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BIKE4HEALTH's Photo BIKE4HEALTH Posts: 6,895
8/30/17 5:54 P

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We find it amazing how great our results can be by following the suggestions of SP. Including the consumption of water. I have tried everything for 30 years and always yo-yo'd back and forth. Since Jan 1 there has been over 30 lbs lost.



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8/22/17 6:02 A

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I am at an all time high. I work for the schools and am busy making my go to diet food..bran muffins. I have lost weight making them in batches and taking them for lunch...eating fruit for breakfast on my way out the door...and a sensible dinner. Hope it works now that I am over 50...Would like to lose 20 pounds before I turn 60...It is so hard to keep it off now...

I am losing weight 10% at a time. I can do this!
Goal: 5 pounds a season.


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8/21/17 9:41 P

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Good luck all.

I "started over" a month a go, and it feels different this time. I'm really focused on small changes that I can sustain. I'm hoping to focus on behavioural changes, rather than calories, and it feels good. I've lost 10 lbs and I think its going to work this time.

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8/21/17 9:24 P

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Ok, here I go! Never been here before so this is all new. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I am really excited to do this. I know it will be hard and tedious. I really want to get rid of this weight. I read somewhere that I could get some buddy's to be more accountable. Good luck to you all!!

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8/18/17 3:31 P

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I'm also 55 and starting again. Everything you said resonated with me.

My biggest problem is that I give up on myself. But I'm working on that!

I am determined to commit to 10 minutes of fitness activity a day, drink my required amount of water and not drink soda of any kind unless it's unsweetened (club soda, LaCroix, Pelligrino, etc.). I am also going to track my food, no matter what. In the past I have tracked unless I "messed up". Which was the same as lying to myself.

I find that when I give myself too many goals to start with that I get overwhelmed and feel like a failure and then I give up and then the cycle starts over again so this time I'm keeping it simple.

Good luck! You can do this!

"Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels."

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

"If decisions are choices...and our thinking dictates our decisions - then we are where we are because of our thinking." ~President Harry S. Truman



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8/10/17 11:04 P

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Hello - I am turning 51 next week and started over again a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely more difficult the older you get, but I think once we get to our goals we'll be better at maintaining them because we know how difficult it can be.

I am doing Fitness Blender's 4 week fat burning program. When I lost the weight before I mostly did walking or recumbent bike riding. I haven't been part of the boards in quite a while, but I thought there was somewhere you could find a buddy? Any ideas?

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8/9/17 10:10 P

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I find it amazing the results that can be created by doing the recommendations of SP, especially the correct consumption of water.



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8/6/17 5:03 P

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Hello,

I just turned 61 and am starting over for the zillionth time. I have 60 lbs to lose but I have gained and lost it 2x before in my 8-year being overweight and gaining and losing period. I jump on so gung-ho and excited and after a few weeks, I give up and don't care. I'm divorced and work out of my home so no one sees me and I live in the country so I don't have a lot of friends. I think if I was dating or had a significant other, I would care more about what I look like.

But I need to do this for me, not for some man or someone else. Now I'm going into the third cycle of my life, I realize I have to make this one count. I took one of those "how old you really are according to your health" -- I'm 7 years older than my age. NOT a pretty picture. I need to gain those years back so that I can live into my 80's at least.

So here I am back on the bandwagon. I was reading about women who had lost more than 150 lbs and kept it off. One lady said that she ate a protein and 2 veggies at all meals and cut out the carbs (bread, cookies, crackers, energy bars, yogurt, etc.) I'm terrible at buying snacks like almonds, because I just keep munching and will go through the whole bag. So quit buying those.

I'm not a soda drinker or a water drinker. I have to find a way to flavor my water a little and start drinking more. I think that would definitely help.

THIS TIME -- It's only been 3 weeks and I've lost 8 lbs without really trying. No exercise. I cut out the bread, the sugar, the crackers, the snacking between meals, the whole-wheat cereals which I love such as Honey Bunches of Oats and Life cereal, and no longer eat my Greek yogurt or nuts.

What I have found is that I no longer am drinking 12 cups of a coffee a day. I don't even finish a whole cup in the morning. I may make a cold coffee with no calorie sweeter and mostly water and a dab of half-and-half for milky substance in the afternoon. Love cold coffee.

What am I doing? I'm eating my oatmeal with 0% milk for breakfast. It fills me up and keeps me regulated. I replaced my LUNCH MEAL with a Meal Replacement Shake -- the WM brand equate in French vanilla. They're little bottles in 3 flavors (French vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). They're only 180 calories and they fill me up and take out that middle of the day meal, so I don't have to make a meal choice there. So am only eating 2 meals, which is easy for me.

If I want a snack before dinner I eat a 35 calories Laughing Cow cheese wedge or a 40 calorie sugar-free chocolate fudgsicle.

For dinner I have a protein (fish, pork chop, chicken, omelet, steak) with 2 helps of veggies. I love the new steamable seasoned Brussel sprouts with sea salt and cracked pepper -- so good.

For snack at bedtime instead of having my 1/3 Greek God yogurt, which I love, 350 calories, I'm having my 40 cal chocolate fudgsicle. I may have 2 of them if I want.

It's weird. I'm not craving food. I'm not snacking between meals. I'm not drinking cups and cups of coffee to stay focused and alert. My skin has cleared up. And I don't miss potatoes, noodles, bread, cookies, my favorite cereals. And it's been 3 weeks and I've lost 8-1/2 lbs without exercise and without really trying.

So I'VE FINALLY found something that works for me. The great thing about eating a protein and 2 veggies at meals is that you can eat a lot of veggies and there are no calories in them. I sometimes eat chicken salad also, with my favorite dressing that I always have because I always am under 1200 calories daily without really counting calories. The not eating the starchy stuff and sugar and all those carbs keeps my cravings down and the calories down.

Today I will dust off the treadmill and start walking and I know that will speed up my weight loss. I am tired of thinking about weight, talking about weight, worrying about weight, feeling fat and frumpy and having 4 size of clothes in my closet. THIS TIME I think I will win this battle because I want to live longer and I deserve to be the best as I can be at any age and this age really counts.

Sorry to go off on a tangent but I thought what I'm doing may help someone else. I thought it would be harder than it is, but it's not hard and I don't even think about food between meals. THIS IS REALLY ODD FOR ME BECAUSE I AM A FOOD MUNCHER AND NIBBLER AND I WORK NEXT TO THE KITCHEN ON MY COMPUTER.

But this is working. I have not lost interest and I don't miss what I'm not eating. If I want a piece of chocolate cake or lasagna for dinner one night, I will have it and move on from there. I can afford to hiccup here and there because I'm doing so well and don't want to sabotage like I did before and just throw it all in and give up.

Good luck to all you "starting overs" like myself. Please find what works for you. I know you will all find your own way. Do it for yourself and no one else. It's like quitting smoking. You're never successful at it until you really want to do it and you're doing it for the right reasons and not for someone else, when you really didn't want to quit anyway. You'll go back to it. You owe it to yourself to be your best at every age!!!

Hugs to you all. Congrats on coming back again!!!

Marcy

P.S. Use the Spark Tracker under FOOD and add everything you're eating. When you can see it in black and white you realize not only when you do bad, but you can see when you do great and what's working for you and what's not. Also you can save your regular foods you eat so you can just click and it puts them into your daily menus. Saves a lot of time. If you can't find a food, search for it and you'll find it. If you can't, you can add your own and save them so you can duplicate them again later. IT WILL AMAZE YOU. ;o)


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MYWAYHIWAY's Photo MYWAYHIWAY Posts: 271
7/16/17 12:08 P

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Started over 11 weeks ago and down 23 lbs. not exercising planning meals, cooking a lot, logging everything plus adopting Ketogenic way of eating is working for me this time. Getting through the first few weeks of starting back in takes discipline but with those first few pounds lost comes a lot of motivation. Best of luck



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7/16/17 7:42 A

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Hello everyone I am starting back up today. My problem is writing down everything I eat but I'm finding it easier if I plan my meals ahead of time and sticking to it!!!



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JOSOWIECKI's Photo JOSOWIECKI Posts: 53
6/22/17 6:49 A

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I am in week 4 and have lost over 10 lbs. I'm starting again for the xxxth time and this time I'm doing things differently. I am writing down EVERYTHING I eat and not leaving it up to guessing at my carbs and calories. My goal is to be at a healthy weight by my 60th birthday in July 2018. I am highly motivated right now but I'm so afraid that my mood will change. I have to stick to "one day at a time" or I'll drive myself crazy. SP is helping a lot because I can share my ups and downs with people who are going through the same thing.



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JOSOWIECKI's Photo JOSOWIECKI Posts: 53
6/22/17 6:45 A

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Tell me more about OA. I went to a meeting once years ago and it was like being at church. There was a huge religious component to it. The idea of giving everything up to a higher power doesn't work for me. I am in control of my life (for the day to day stuff) and it is my choice whether or not I put something in my mouth. If I could find a meeting with more support and less religion, I might want to go again.



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BIKE4HEALTH's Photo BIKE4HEALTH Posts: 6,895
6/21/17 6:44 A

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SP is amazing when we do it just like it says. Drinking the right water amount. staying away for sodas and eating right and logging it daily. For me the water and no sodas seem to have made the biggest impact. Jan 1 I started doing SP as above and I have lost 30 lbs, after 30 years of spending a lotta money trying to buy someone to discipline me to do what I already knew I should be doing. Duhhh.



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6/20/17 4:59 A

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I'm starting over too. Portion distortion and weekends are my problem. I'm tracking what I eat and working on weighing and measuring everything. This time i'm not giving up food groups but finding a way to work all food into a healthy eating plan.



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6/19/17 9:33 P

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I am starting over again, too. :)

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6/19/17 11:16 A

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Yet again for me too! 4 years ago I was down 30+ and due to a new job & poor planning (on my part) I have put it all back on and a few more! I need to figure out how to eat properly while I'm on the road with the job! I really hate packing a lunch and sitting in my car in a parking lot to eat but I haven't thought of another answer!

Tomorrow is another day!


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5/30/17 2:00 A

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Good luck. I am starting over also. Lost weight the first time, love the nutrition tracker. Going to do even more this time. There are so many things to help you!



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5/26/17 4:25 A

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I'm starting again too. In addition to sparkpeople, I plan on doing 12 step meetings w oa (overeaters anon) because I realized there is a compulsive quality often for me. Plus I know the in-person support (there are 4 meetings in my town plus online & esp. phone are easy to help me focus).

My sister has been very successful with weight watchers, she says because of the tracking, but I also think the meetings help. I don't wanna pay, so spark & oa will be my plan. I LOVE the tracking feature here, & especially off my phone, so that should help

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5/26/17 3:28 A

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Use the nutrition and fitness trackers. Precision is my tip. Measure exactly or preferably weigh everything. Keep reading articles and watching videos. Pick it up a little at a time. Most important of all, never, ever quit. Good Luck!

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5/25/17 8:22 A

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I just turned 55 and once again turning to SP. I already know it works, I just need to stay the course. I am down 2 pounds after the first week! woohoo!! I am tracking my food before I eat, and notice this really helps. I guess I am looking for tips that worked for you, and encouragement from others who are farther along this journey. Have a super-great holiday weekend everyone, and thank you.

In order to climb a mountain, you must be willing to take the first step.


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