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12/9/18 6:42 P

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The best time to lose weight is during the holidays. Here's why... because if you can LOSE during the most tempting 6 weeks of the year, you can do it anytime! Don't make excuses. You can do it. Grab the bull by the horns and take control of what you eat and how often you move. Baby steps to start. You got this.



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11/25/18 9:58 A

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Hi, I am starting over .....again too. It's hard but I am going to try very hard to stick to my goal. I am going to make time ever day to visit this page for support and work harder to tract my goals.. What are your goals?

Just being here we are off to a good start.



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11/23/18 8:00 P

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This is my 3rd time starting over with Spark People. I need help keeping motivated. Please help!

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11/19/18 7:37 P

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I have to disagree.... January is SIX WEEKS away. That's enough time to comfortably lose 5 to 10 pounds...especially if you have quite a bit to lose! I agree one doesn't need to go at this 150% over the Holidays, but I think its a mistake to let another month and a half go by without making some definite changes.

It doesn't take a great amount of effort to up your veggie/fruit servings to 5-10 a day in place of some less nutritious food. It doesn't take a great amount of effort to commit to a 10 min walk every day....or...drink 5-10 glasses of water a day.

Taking positive steps to take care of yourself is a *really* good way for coping with stress. Making 'negative' decisions: like I won't have any dessert, I won't eat at work, I can't... I shouldn't.... those bring on more stress. So don't plan to deprive yourself.... but look into things which make you better.
YOU CAN DO THIS!!
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"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
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KEELYME Posts: 1,235
11/19/18 10:38 A

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Starting in January will give you a much better chance of success than fighting the heightened stress and temptation of the holidays, on top of the effort already required for starting a diet plan.

I would recommend that you spend the next six weeks emotionally readying yourself to start again by taking more walks, watching portions, and maybe buying some new workout clothes. But save hardcore tracking and fitness until the holidays are over.



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11/16/18 6:53 P



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Starting over is somewhat akin to living in the moment, making the most of our present and this is a good thing. Releasing all things that do not serve is a great way to move forward. Part of the baggage that may be weighing you down might be excuses. Try deleting all excuses, justifications and decide and realize that every choice you make is ultimately up to you. Take your power and move forward.
Food choices definitely can fuel your success and energy too. Whole, unprocessed, nutrient rich choices will eliminate hunger caused by needing nutrients you are not getting.


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11/16/18 6:48 P

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11/16/18 5:12 P

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I'm starting over for my health. I have several health issues so it is hard tostay focus but my mind is made up doing the fitness challenge and water challenge doing it for 9 days so far so good.



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11/14/18 7:49 P

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Part of learning how to do anything is learning how not to do it. You probably didn't pedal away into the sunset the first time you hopped on a bike, and it's going to take some experimentation to find out what works for you in your life. One of the hardest things to do is to find foods that you enjoy, that also fit into your budget, cooking skills, time restraints and calorie limits. Baby steps are how a lot of people find traction. Makeover one staple to be a little bit better for you (ie have a serving of vegetables with your mac and cheese, even if it's just reheating frozen) and play around until you find something that you really like. Mushrooms might not work for you, but perhaps tomatoes, peppers and salsa will make your mac taste like that Tostitos dip -and pack a serving of vegetables in. Peas or cauliflower or squash or spinach are all common options as well. Figure out what you actually like that works within your constraints and it becomes much easier to keep up.

-google first. ask questions later.

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11/12/18 6:50 A

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A lot of us have been or are where you are. I regained 40 of the 80 pounds I lost about 10 years ago and struggle to get it off. I keep trying and am about ready to refocus on it.

I don't think of it as starting all over again. I know what I need to do. You know you can't eat desserts every day and be healthy. What can you do to starting getting it under control?

Here's my example. I am working back in the office and my coworkers have bowls of candy on their desks. I love candy but I can't eat it every day. I was consuming multiple pieces daily. Yes, they are the minis of fun sized but 5 or 6 of those a day was easily adding 200 to 300 calories. I have starting yelling YUCK in my head as I walk by them.

Guess what? It's working. I had 1 piece of candy on Friday after having none all week.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 11/14/2018 (20:05)
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11/11/18 12:54 P

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One of my biggest challenges is that half of my family is overweight and the rest aren’t. I try to not have junk food around because it’s so hard to resist but other family members keep buying ice cream and other desserts all the time. I want to start walking and have set a goal to do an exercise activity everyday. Today was a fair amount of yard work.

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11/11/18 12:34 P

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I hit the restart button for the gazillionth time last week, but have stuck with it for a week. Yay me! It is my internal monologue that most affects my weight loss and I KNOW that I'm an emotional eater, but I won't reach my desired end result if I don't start, so here's to second, third, fourth, etc. chances on ME!!!



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11/11/18 12:20 P

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I know exactly how you feel. My progress has been up and down. I too have been gone for a while. Local support is hard to find because overeating has almost become a religion in this country. There are fast food windows everywhere and most people encourage us to eat unhealthy foods, especially during the holidays. This said, we can do it if we stay motivated. Journaling daily to reflect on my progress and emotions helps me a lot since I am a stress eater. Maybe we could be accountability partners. We could check in with each other regularly to encourage and uplift each other. Maybe even vent if we are having a hard day. How about it?

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11/11/18 10:29 A

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I have kept up reading the articles sent to my email from sparkguy Chris but it’s time to get serious again about getting healthier and lose weight. But when I logged in and went to my page with my last weigh-in, it was over a year ago and I have gained additional weight. It hits hard to realize that I have gone backwards. I don’t have any local support and find it so hard to stay the course everyday, every week, etc. So now I’m at another crossroads of trying and hoping I can make some progress with all the holiday meals to come and enablers in my life. I feel very alone in this but really want and need to make progress.

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