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Somewhat Discouraged

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm somewhat discouraged about my weight loss--or the lack thereof. I realized that it's the end of February and that was suppose to be when I met my goal of reaching 210. I had made my goal around Christmas. Since I seem to be losing weight slower, I thought that instead of 2 lbs. a week, that I'd shoot for a little over 1 lb per week. I figured that a good goal would be to lose 10 pounds in 2 months. That's doable, right??? Well, it didn't happen. I'm stuck at losing about 2 lbs. I know. I know. I tell myself all the things that I've told other people....look for non scale victories....don't get discouraged....at least it's 2 lbs (although it keeps fluctuating)....be thankful with what I have lost (forever!) My problem last night was that I was exhausted!. Infusion on Monday. No naps and a very active 2 years old ALL day on Tuesday and Wednesday. Right before I gave myself a pity party, it clicked.....that in itself is a victory (and a miracle). For those of you who know about MS....trust me, that's a miracle! I was still able to function. So, I went to bed very early. I got up early, but that's OK. I can make it even if Hannah doesn't take a nap again today. So, I guess, I'm just saying that if the scale is stuck for you, don't go eat every thing in sight. Just stick with it. Slowly but surely, we'll win! Turtles Rule!!!
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    Hi, Lady. Welcome home. I thought that I would lose at a faster rate than I have and have been very discouraged. With the exception of my first week where I lost 5 pounds, I have lost mostly 1 pound a week as well. I, too, am a turtle and we are both going to finish what we started here. You certainly have the right mindset to win and it sounds like you are doing all the right things. Sounds like you have had a few "non-scale" victories...increased energy and being more fit enabling you to keep up with a toddler. I bet your clothes are loser as well. Well, here is to more "non-scale" victories until the scale catches up with the changes! emoticon emoticon
    1560 days ago
    Keep hanging in there my friend! Ive been going the same way! My arthritis keeps me from doing more like i want... and im just stuck and some days i hate it but i try to just keep going knowing im actually pretty healthy because of what i do just not shrinking like i wanted! My big thing is when i dont lose i feel like just pigging out and thats what i need to work on and i will!
    I know MS well! My brother had it 25 plus years and i helped him daily and my friend has it and i know what a struggle it can be! Im with you my friend when its harder we have to stick to gether and do this not just to lose weight but to keep our bodies Healthy....Love and Hugs, BONZ

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  • SUNRISE141
    GOD ANSWERS PRAYER my friend sometimes not the way we want them. When you have health issues you can't focus so much on the scales for success. I focus on eating healthier and doing more with my time daily but most of all if i am tempted i ask myself do i REALLY NEED THIS ! IS IT WORTH THE CALORIES ? Also before i get out of bed i ask the Lord to help me make healthy choices today . THANK YOU FOR BEING ON THE TEAM GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! You can sparkmail me if i can help you in anyway !
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    1569 days ago
    I know that space. LOL! Such a familiar place for most of us, I would say.

    I am laughing, because I can say all the right things to you, but when I have hit plateaus in the past, I do the exact same mental process and reach the same emotional places and walk myself through in the same way.

    Yes, by faith we both know that if we keep going it will work. So we keep going, because if we stop, it won't work, and, we are going to do what it takes to have it work.

    I am pondering a "watched pot never seems to boil" strategy for myself for this process. I am not sure which strategy will work. I am thinking changing focus - whether to clothes sizes or accomplishing a fitness goal is the way to not stumble over results. Still praying about it.

    You are brave and strong in my eyes. I have known a few people with MS and all of you are heroes to me. I know that God gives the grace to be more than a conqueror and I am praying that for you. My battle has been more internal emotional, but it has been a fierce war for my soul and, by God's grace He is winning in my life. I know He will win in yours, too - for the glory of His name.

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    Comment edited on: 3/4/2014 1:07:26 AM
    Actually, according to my doctor, if you want to keep the weight off, you shouldn't lose more than .5 lb per week so you are doing it exactly right :)
    1574 days ago
    Turtles do indeed rule!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    love you!
    1574 days ago
    Yes they do! And you are, too!
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    Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 4:36:15 PM
    I stayed at a plateau for three weeks without losing anything and I too suffer from MS so I know what you are talking about. Lack of sleep, not taking in proper food amounts, I had increased my exercise amount but didn't increase my calorie intake, everything was just getting out of whack and I was getting in a rut. I had to sit down and readjust calories to increase according to exercise burns and I added strength training just mix up what I was doing.

    But just cut yourself a break - you have a lot going on and with the MS factor thrown in you have to listen to your body and adjust to it and not let it get you down you know that it will throw a wrench in your plan then just the plan just changes and you move on you know that better than anyone. You are a great inspiration to everyone so don't let this little bump in the road get you down. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint. You are doing an amazing job.
    1574 days ago
  • GENRE009
    you have overcome obstacles that seem horrific to others. you push forward, never complaining about the health you have been dealt. you do so much for this team. You do a lot for your daughter. Maybe you just don't always have enough time for yourself. Over coming bad eating habits is very hard. look at me I stayed at 166 for 15 years, and didn't care. I was in too much pain from a car accident. then I went 4 1/2 years without work, and ate myself up another 20 pounds. To 186. So, after I retired 2 years ago, I still had stress, so I couldn't concern myself with feeling calm, and dieting. now I am trying & calmer. but over coming bad habits, that seems impossible for me. I don't want to believe that my weaken spirit is always at fault. So feeling like a food addict. I had to join Weight Watchers to learn what to do when I Bing, and how to eat differently. It has helped, but spark was given me a healthier diet with the diabetic diet. yet I have to do many new things to loose weight-journal-plan meals-plan snacks-have snacks always within reach-get the bad foods out of my life- and attempt to exercise at least 3 times weekly to hit that 2 pounds\ off. Don't be so hard on yourself, please. you are so much more than your body. And I am sure once you finally set your mind to it, you will over come many of those things you thought you couldn't. Last month, I thought I was going to be so ambitious, yet Hares lost. So, I say to you nothing is final, and I know that you can still do it with or without exercise. eva emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 3:16:53 PM
    You have had some wonderful suggestions; You are a great inspiration to several of us so just don't give up. As long as you don't give up the stuck scales will move. Just like everything else our bodies need to accept where they are before they will accept change.
    1575 days ago
    I'm in the same boat, too. I will say that I have had times like this before, when for whatever reason the pounds just won't go or even try to come back over several weeks - then BINGO - I'll get rid of 2 or 3 from one day to the next. Just stick it out and let your body have time to figure out what is going on. Be sure you are tracking and paying attention to what you consume. That can be a real deal maker or breaker, too.
    1575 days ago
    You know, I am in the same boat, but you know what? You get to start fresh tomorrow. So --- let's do this! It's never too late to have our happy ending!
    1575 days ago
    I hear you ............. Felt somewhat the same--so let's stick together and w/ March just a couple of days away .............. We can refresh our minds and go from there ............. emoticon ............ (Had a terrible night sleep too w/ bad pain) But we can and will overcome all those obstacles!! emoticon
    1575 days ago
  • JES818
    You seem like an amazing woman, too amazing to be discouraged. I work with a lady that has MS and know the struggles you face. You are doing great, keep the faith! Love the Turtles Rule! emoticon
    1575 days ago
  • SUNRISE141
    First i want to thank you for being on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! I am the one who started the team after much prayer and prompting from the Lord . I AM PROUD OF YOU! YOU HAVE COME ALONG WAY and your not done yet . Please don't let the scales control your emotions . I have been on steryoids for over a year now and have gained the 30 lbs i lost over 3 years ago on spark but i have decided I WILL DO MY BEST AND GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST ! Everyday i am striving on eating healthier and most of all staying close to the Lord spending more time in devotions and i know God is happy with me doing that no matter what the scales say i know my choices are leading up to the best i can be . I won't beat myself up over this it just adds to the problem . I AM HERE DAILY FOR YOU AND OTHERS IF I CAN HELP YOU IN ANYWAY !
    1575 days ago
    Awesome blog. Reminder: Don't weigh too often. That can kill motivation Love the attitude. Positive. That is the way to be. emoticon .
    1575 days ago
    emoticon you are having reasonable weight loss. With your MS please reconsider weight loss goals. Maybe try 1-2 pounds weekly even 1/2 pound a week is reasonable. We didn't put the weight on over night and it is going to take us turtles time to take it off.
    Love you sister
    1575 days ago
    I'm proud of you my wonderful friend. You are soooo right...you are still keepin' on and that is the key! Hugs and many bright wishes for your happiness and comfort! emoticon
    1575 days ago
    As a fellow MS sufferer (still hoping believing for healing but learning to face the reality of today and deal with it) this is exactly what I needed to hear today. It is a miracle. Any weight loss is a miracle and a great success.! Thank you for the reminder that I am not Superwoman and to cut myself a little slack. Not enough to backslide but enough to keep from giving up! emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 10:15:29 AM
  • _RAEVEN_
    emoticon Where's that darn weight loss fairy? She sure would make our lives so much easier. emoticon
    You're doing great and I love your positive attitude. Just keep being stubborn and you'll get there. emoticon
    1575 days ago
    In my opinion you are doing awesome! I usually make a list when this hits me. List of ailments. Lists of can't or haven't dones and a list of can dos . Even little victories go on this list. The 'extra' one on my list (so far) today is my "nap" after getting out of bed this morning was only 45 minutes long! Usually is is like 2 hours! I weigh out these lists. Compare them. My victory list usually wins. Praise God that I CAN do these things.

    Did I ever tell you that I collect ALL things 'turtle'? I have a Curio cabinet of my Mom's and 4 out of 5 shelves are filled with my turtles.........the rest you can find around my house in various places.

    So..turtles DO rule! emoticon
    1575 days ago
    emoticon Amen!! Turtles rule!! LOL!!
    1575 days ago
  • DUBGIRL418
    As long as you do your part, the weight has to come off. You're a strong woman, so I can see you putting that fat in it's place and getting it gone! My best to you, Ronda... Hugs!

    1575 days ago
    It helps a lot to be able to keep a strong mind. Sometimes it is not easy. I know that you can do it Ronda!
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    Life dose not always emoticon follow the rules
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  • SNS1968
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    1575 days ago
    Great attitude. You've been such an inspiration to everyone. We've all experienced the same disappointment but most important is NOT to give up. God will let us prevail. Keep pushing.

    Bob in sc
    1575 days ago
  • JAROL7
    You can do it. Count every calorie and write it down. Budget your calories carefully. If still no action, cut some more. You can do it. I'm on Day #203
    1575 days ago
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