My Change is too slow!

Friday, July 18, 2008

I signed on to spark people on June 1, 2008 and so far all I've managed to do is login every day, drink 2 liters of water per day and try to be a little more conscious of my habits. I know what I am suppose to do. I know all the info. I have to know. I'm just going sooooo slow in changing. The most important thing is watching my food intake, planning what I eat and recording it in the nutrition tracker. I am angry with myself for not doing what I need to do, to get on the same page with everyone else. I know we all go at a different pace, but I feel like I'm my own worse enabler, and I'll never get on track! Has anyone been where I'm at and gotten past it?

"Failure to plan; is planning to fail"
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    Oh yes, I have been there too. I have so far lost eight pounds, so much more to go though, it's such a long journey, we can do it, I know we can, I'm afraid of failing.
    4372 days ago
    Of course we have. We all have been where you are at one point or another. What you are going through is only human. I lost some weight very fast early on because I was very motivated, but now I am loosing very little. So, I have been there.

    Maybe you should ask yourself this questions. Why are you doing this? What is the purpose of you try to loose weight and have a different lifestyle. Are you doing this for yourself? Are you doing this for someone else? Are you doing this for your health? How important this for you? I truly believe that you have to do this for yourself. You have to like yourself enough to give your body a new life style.

    What got me started is knowing how many calories I have been eating. I went on www.caloire-count.com and looked up all the things I have been eating. Wow!!! I was shocked at how many calories I was putting into my body. Please take a look. This might help you. This web site also includes fast food places and name brand items that you would buy in the store.
    Please let me know if you find this web site helpful.

    Take care and don't be so hard on yourself.

    4374 days ago
    Just try one change a week. Three weeks makes a new habit. Slow change is likely to last longer
    4374 days ago
    I joined in January 2008,and I have only lost 25 pounds. I feel like I have hit a wall and it is impenetrable. You have lost 20 already in such a short time, you should be proud. Don't be discourage, you are doing just fine. Remember, if you keep reading the posts and participating in them, it helps to keep a perspective on your progress. We all find ourselves discouraged at times, and we all need each other to cheer us on. It is not easy to change the habits of a lifetime that put us where we are today, and this is a major part of what I have learned here. I understand how you feel. I sometimes realize that I regard weight-loss as a deserved reward for the sacrifices of retraining my diet and doing my exercises, but it isn't a reward, it is a consequence, and all of us have different bodies with different ways of reacting. Most of us are here because the usual ways haven't worked well, which means we have to work harder than most others to get where we want to go. It isn't fair, but it is real. When I was pre-puberty, I ate and drank whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, and never put on an ounce of fat. It was a terrible shock when I found myself in my teens suddenly faced with the ability to get fat! I didn't really develop weight issues till I was in my 30's, but I was still saddled with the attitude that it was so unfair and it needed to be corrected. Who do I complain to to get this fixed? It seems funny when I say it, but it was the feeling that was creeping around in the back of my mind. It still crops up now and then, but at least I recognize it and realize it isn't realistic.
    Take heart, you will be fine. We are a work in progress, and we are fixing so much more than just our weight.
    4375 days ago
    Slow change is SO frustrating. But look, you are already logging in every day, drinking your water, and being more conscious of your daily habits. Those are already small changes, and small, consistent changes are what it's about! Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the need to be "watching my food intake, planning what I eat and recording it in the nutrition tracker" perhaps you need to pick just one area, and try to incorporate one more change into your life. As you are more conscious of your habits, maybe try using the nutrition tracker, starting from where you are now (without also making major changes to what and how you eat at the same time). I know that the nutrition tracker has been essential for me, largely because I have learned so much about what makes up the food that I eat. As I see what I'm putting into my body, it gives me more motivation to make better choices.

    It's OK to go slow, remember that the habits that brought you here were not learned overnight. You will not un-learn them overnight, either. I've been Sparking for 10 months, and I've made a lot of changes... and I still feel that without the accountability of tracking my food, I would quickly fall back into old habits, because they are so ingrained and so comfortable. So go easy on yourself, and take baby steps. They will still add up to changes, over time.
    4376 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2008 4:46:11 PM
    I've been on Spark for over a year, haven't even lost 20#, and often feel like I'm going way too slow! True, there's been some major upheavals and set-backs in my life, but still... with all the tools and information at my disposal, how come I'm not further along toward my goals???
    Then I remind myself that even the smallest steps I take now are more than I was doing before Spark; my physical health HAS improved, and so has my mental state. (The emotional support on Spark has helped me through some tough times lately, and I don't know how I would have survived otherwise.)
    Progress is measured by more than numbers or graphs, and ALL of the changes in your life (due to Spark) is part of it. Remembering this is a life-long journey, as I hope to be alive for a long time, helps me not worry about how slow I'm going. Besides, habits changed deliberately over time (ie. slowly) are far more likely to stick and become permanent.
    Hang in there! emoticon
    4376 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2008 1:42:06 PM
  • CATH32351
    I too am starting slow. I joind SP in March 2008. I was not ready fora life change but I have been doing good on my water and coming to Spark People every day. I have MS so my exercising is not up to par but I am trying. by coming to SP every day, I am getting into the mind set to change. You look like you are starting out alright. At least you have started. It took a long time to get where you are, It will take a while to loose what you need to. From what I hear, slow is better. It will stay off longer and you learn how to keep it off. emoticon
    4376 days ago
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