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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Damon describes the realization that he eats to medicate his emotions, and he discusses motivation--get out there and do it!
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    Your vlogs are great!
    I can relate. I CONSTANTLY make excuses for not working out.
    Oh, my ankle hurts.
    Oh, it's too cold outside.
    Oh, so-and-so peed me off, so I'm going home to pig out.

    I finally realized that sometimes I have to do things I don't want to do. My work is not particularly enjoyable, but I have to do it. In my mind, that hour at the gym is just another hour of my workday. That is what keeps me going.

    Since I lost weight, I am also noticing that, somedays I actually WANT to work out!
    Sometimes when I reach out and go into the "uncomfort" zone, I surprise myself!

    1872 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/7/2013 11:02:39 AM
    Thats great your making an effort to exercise. I know what you mean about the excuses because I have been doing the same. Some things I tried makes my back hurt. I just need to do things in baby steps I guess. When your bones and muscles have a whole 150 lbs more than what you should weigh, its not so easy to do them exercises. I know my heart and lungs get burning. But walking is great.
    Im not one for fast foods too much. My problem was the quanity that I was eating. I just started my journey to weightloss this year. I find having snacks alot helps. But the snacks are cucumbers, peppers, apples, and I went thru 5 pints of grape tomatos this week. Also been eating unsalted peanuts. I also eat a skinny cow ice cream sandwhich on the days I have extra calories yet to use up. I did have a subway one day and another day a Runza and onion rings. But I kept within my calories that day. But I like your honesty in your blogs. Hang in there. You have thousands of friends here who know just what you mean. Emotions do have alot to do with the way we eat.
    1951 days ago
    Hi there - how are you doing?

    I liked the video though I would argue that being hungry isn't a requirement. I haven't really felt hungry at all - and I'm being honest here - in more than two months. The key has been consuming more foods that are less calorie dense. I can eat pretty much all the veggies I want and drink as much as I'd like and my stomach is never gnawing at itself. I've lost 30 pounds by just eating better.

    Be strong! You can do this!

    Make it a great day!
    1952 days ago
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  • 2013LOSE20
    Great blog and so relatable. I think we have all played excuses in our heads one time or another or we would not need to lose weight. I think now that you have said it out loud you will be conscious in a way to beat it.

    If I am on the road, even just doing errands I have snacks with me. I can't go longer than 3 hours without something or I feel too hungry and all those restaurants on the road start calling my name. Finds snacks you like and are satisfying to you.

    You seem like you have a social personality. I bet you would enjoy joining a bowling league. You may even get Sparkers in your area to join or form a Sparkers team. That way you can share your thoughts with people who can relate. I walk once a week with two fellow Sparkers and it's nice having people who understand your inner dialogue.

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    1952 days ago
  • D-ABBY
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    1952 days ago
    I loved you vlog because it was very honest! You have a great smile and laugh. I love the advice that MIKKI7771 gave you. I find that eating small amounts 5-6 times each day keeps me satisfied and helps keep my blood sugar stabilized. It has worked great for me. This keeps you from getting so hungry that you overeat or eat the wrong things. Always take a piece of fruit, boiled egg. or a peanut butter sandwich made with whole grain bread and sugar-free jelly (if you eat jelly). Doing this will cut down on cravings also.
    You hit the nail on the head with talking about your feelings and the way that you think about food. That is why so many don't stay successful with weight loss because they have not changed the way they "think" about food. I like to look at my weight loss as a lifestyle change and not just a diet I am on until I lose the weight. I am living a healthy lifestyle and forming healthy habits for LIFE!
    emoticon If you ever need support, stop by my Sparkpage and I will be happy to give you support and encouragement. We all need that. I am adding you as a Sparkfriend. I hope you don't mind.
    Have a blessed day!
    1952 days ago
    Loved your truth, honesty & laughter!
    1952 days ago
  • MIKKI7771
    Damon...for one, you are not alone in this. We are with you. I also know about excuses and I just recently went back to SparkPeople and I am glad to say I am now down 5 lbs. I am not going to lie, I did have bariatric surgery back in July of 2011. I went in around 265lbs and today I am 207lbs. I not only will show my emotions but eat as well. Now I am learning to control my emotions and eat better. You mentioned it was 3 or 4 hours since you ate your breakfast...maybe it would be better if you ate small meals every 3 hours....carry a granola bar or cereal bar....a fiber one 90 calorie brownie..cheese sticke..etc. That way you are always chewing something and the brain says, hey...I am constantly eating but just better choices. I would like to follow your progress and wish you the best.

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    1952 days ago
    Great Blog. emoticon
    1952 days ago
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