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Getting My Head Screwed on Straight

Monday, March 04, 2013

I joined SparkPeople 2 weeks ago because I was fed up with my weight and overwhelmed with where I find myself. The thing that bothers me is that I don't each much. Sometimes, in my thoughts, I get whiney because it's not fair that I can't eat the way some can, with no affect on their weight. The more I obsess about certain foods being off limits, the more I want to eat them.

One thing I have going for me is that I do enjoy healthy foods. So that is a plus.

Another positive thing is that I enjoy being on Spark People. I am discovering that the more I come here, the more motivated I get. It's also motivating to learn that even small efforts will have big dividends, namely with making the habit. But the gravy on top (no pun intended) is that I should still see results. I am already beginning to feel better.

For now, I am mostly committed to being on the site daily. If I do no more than that, I haven't broken a goal. However, when I get here, I am getting more and more fired up. My daughter even wants to come along with me in developing good habits. We both exercised today. And because it was only for 10 minutes, she had no complaints.

Yay! I'm excited now. That is fuel for the journey.
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    Congratulations! Getting started is the hardest part of anything! I just joined as well. The thing I found helps the most for me diet wise is having a specific plan. I have lost about half my weight (30 lbs) since last summer doing Slim-Fast, or at least counting the calories the same way. (ie 200 Calories for breakfast and lunch, 3 100 calorie snacks and close to 500ish for dinner) Lately I've kind of hit a plateau so I'm mostly trying to incorporate exercise for now.

    In case you are wondering for ideas, I think I'm going to try a partial following of the 80/10/10 diet (there's a book about it). With that one basically you get pretty much all your calories from fruits and vegetables in really high volumes. I followed some of the principles of that diet when I was pregnant the last time because EVERYTHING made me sick and throwing up except for fruits, vegetables and bland grains. I even had to switch to almond milk because dairy made me sick as well as most meat! In order to eat the high volumes on that diet to get enough calories (especially pregnant!) I put A LOT of fruits (and even a few veggies sometimes) and juice or sometimes a little yogurt to fill up my blender and sip it all morning. It helped to also get my calories in steadily throughout the morning without being too hungry or too full which also made me sick (it was a hard pregnancy for the sickness LOL). The one thing I can say about it though is as long as I followed it I actually FELT GREAT with a lot of energy and gained only the exact 15 lbs I needed to and was back to pre-pregger weight within a few months! (which was still too much lol)

    Anyway, congrats, good luck, and blessings your way! emoticon
    2420 days ago
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    I know what you mean about people eating whatever they want and not gaining any weight! It stinks sometimes :(
    but hang in there, you've got this!!
    and good job with the exercise!!
    2422 days ago
    I have been the same weight as you and I know it can get overwhelming, but it sounds like you have a good plan of action and you can do this! emoticon
    2423 days ago
    Thank you so much for the encouragement. I have actually done this twice before. I lost 67 lbs when I was 22 and kept it off for years, until I developed PCOS/Insulin Resistance. Then, 4 years ago, I lost 48 lbs. But then, alas, I had a stressful patch. I gained it all back plus 38 more. It has been discouraging to have to climb this mountain a 3rd time, but I'm doing it.
    2423 days ago
    emoticon I've been on since January and I love it! So glad you are feeling better and that your daughter is joining with you.

    Keep it up!
    2423 days ago
    Whoo hoo! Every positive healthy choice is a step toward a healthier you, and you are worth the effort! emoticon Sparkpeople is a great educational resource as well; I've learned so much in this last year, and it's empowering!
    2423 days ago
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