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IZZY216's Photo IZZY216 Posts: 582
2/2/19 6:18 P

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Thanks everyone, I appreciate your support.

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2/2/19 12:48 P

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That sounds great about following your doctor's plan! I wish you all the best. I hope you check in here from time-to-time to let us know how you are doing. The SparkPeople community is always here to help in any way we can.

Best wishes!

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Edited by: SPARK_MERLE at: 2/2/2019 (13:10)
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URBANREDNEK Posts: 10,478
2/2/19 12:08 P

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That's awesome that your cardiologist has a program for you, and it sounds like it has everything that you might need emoticon

I hope that you are able to reach the point where you are NOT on a "weight loss journey", but instead are starting out on the exciting adventure of creating your new healthier lifestyle - with activities and foods that you enjoy so much that you WANT them to be the basis of your "new normal".

Please keep us updated on the group, and your discoveries, and what new and fun things that you find that we might want to add to our lifestyles, too!

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Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

"The Inuit Paradox" ( discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-
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): "...there are no essential foods—only essential nutrients. And humans can get those nutrients from diverse and eye-opening sources. "

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2/2/19 9:05 A

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Its Feb.2nd and still I procrastinate with facing my weight loss journey, a journey that I have been on many times. I have lost and gained so many times that its hard to start when I guess I am so afraid of failing. Well. not failing more thinking I'll get excited about losing and knowing most likely I will fall back into old habits and gain it all back. I know until I change that thought I will be stuck in the pattern of self defeat. So my cardiologist has suggested their wait loss program which works on all areas of losing weight including mind and body. I can't wait to find out more and hopefully get started. I hope everyone is doing well and having a great weekend.

Weight Loss Journey Started 08/05/2019
Beginning weight:232 Your Goals: 6.625lbs. per month long term weight:175 by 03/31/2020


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IZZY216's Photo IZZY216 Posts: 582
1/21/19 6:12 P

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Thank all of you for great advise, especially urbanrednek. You hit the nail on the head. I think that all the medical I have been through in the last 18 months have really hit me harder than I realized. I just need to get my head back in the right spot and find what will work now and how I can improve on MIND and Body. I need balance. I am surrounded by negative people, family, friends you know what I mean.

Ok thanks again I really appreciate your post.

Weight Loss Journey Started 08/05/2019
Beginning weight:232 Your Goals: 6.625lbs. per month long term weight:175 by 03/31/2020


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1/21/19 1:52 P

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Saw I was losing inches!



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URBANREDNEK Posts: 10,478
1/20/19 1:01 P

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I may be way off base with my interpretation (in which case - feel free to ignore, or laugh at me!), but what I am understanding from your post is that you are in the middle of some major life changes, including getting closer to retirement and having to figure out what will need to be done in the near future to ensure that you can continue with a reasonable lifestyle. While focusing on that, you have also had some medical issues come up that have left you feeling betrayed by your own body, and have made you realize that you can't just "bully" your body into health with "plans" and "goals", but need some other approach --- but don't know what.

Basically, it sounds like you are seeing the most basic and secure foundations of your life for the past decades --- your work and your body --- being massively shifted at the same time. With the foundations shifting, you are absolutely correct in understanding that what worked with the "old you" in your "old life" won't necessarily be the right approach to stepping in to your "new you" with your "new life".

What worked for me when I was going through this sort of scenario was to skip the whole concept of "goals", and start looking at my way of eating and my choices of activities as a new hobby --- one that I was excited about, and one where I understood that I was starting as a rank newbie and could take my time to learn and explore different approaches to find what is the best fit for me. I realized that I needed to pay attention to my body and find out what made me feel the best (regardless of what "experts" may try to tell me), and that I needed to find options that I loved enough to WANT to stick with (since I can only "bully" myself into following rules and goals for a limited amount of time - regardless of the reason). Timelines and schedules are more of a detriment than help in this kind of approach, since I needed to gradually create an overall new lifestyle that can be my "new normal", but will evolve as I learn more and as my needs change.

If this sounds like it might be sorta familiar to you, then the best suggestion that I can make is to spend a few weeks just tracking and making notes, so that you can learn a bit more about the "you" that exists right now, and then start thinking about what part of your new "hobby" that you want to start with. I suggest that you not just track "what" you eat and how much, but also note when, what your mood is, and why you ate (hungry, munchies, habit, time, emotional, etc.). With a week or so of tracking, start looking for your personal trends --- such as preferring sweet for breakfast, morning, and evening snacks but savoury for all others; what foods leave you satiated for longer and which ones leave you hungry quickly; what your own needs are for volume / texture / aroma / flavour / variety for most satisfaction. Also keep some notes on your sleep habits, and your activities, and how you are overall feeling physically through the days.

Once you have this base data, then you can spend a few minutes analyzing and then choosing where you want to start experimenting - with the focus being on what you can ADD in order to increase healthfulness and your enjoyment! It might be that you could add in some extra vegetables with your meals - so you can start learning different preparation and cooking techniques, or pick up a new-to-you vegetable each week and try it in different ways. It might be that you notice that you really like sweet to start your day, but need something high protein and high fibre, so you do some research in to different options such as baked oatmeal or baked custards or roasted fruits with eggs. As you start tweaking your eating you can also start tweaking your activities, based on your own body and what you are learning about it. You might find that your mind and body both need some "nature" time - so you can start by finding a park or natural path nearby where you can get in a short walk every day, or you could find a local group that goes hiking, or get in to a bird-watching group --- whatever activity will leave you feeling happier and healthier at the end of it. As you feel better, then gradually add in more activities that you really enjoy to maintain your strength, flexibility, and fitness --- but experiment and have fun with them, and try not to create stress with artificial "goals" and deadlines.

Since I was creating my "new normal", I chose to skip the whole "calorie restricted diet" thing, and focused on improving or maintaining my health markers and using my scale more as an interesting bit of data rather than anything important. I used a calculator to determine what sort of calories I would need to maintain at the top of the "healthy" BMI range for my body, and then let my intake gradually fall to that level as I added in more and more healthy options --- and didn't fall below that. I find that planning a few days in advance makes my life easier and less stressful (but leave room for extras every day, and don't fret over last-minute changes), so I came back to using the tracker every day even after months of maintaining all great health markers without it --- purely because it is a part of my "new normal" that adds to my happiness.

I've already put too much here (sorry!), but it hopefully will give you something to think about as a place to start creating the "new normal" for the "new you". Remember - changes that make you happier are the ones that you keep, so focus on creating the lifestyle that brings you the most joy :)

Oh - for figuring out what my end calories would be, I used this calculator to get a single number for an average day of activities, then made my range "that number minus 200" to "that number plus 150". I also don't let my activity tracker change my nutrition tracker --- if I am more hungry than planned, due to activity or whatever, then I eat to hunger and don't worry about it showing as "over". The calculator is: www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditur
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"The Inuit Paradox" ( discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-
paradox
): "...there are no essential foods—only essential nutrients. And humans can get those nutrients from diverse and eye-opening sources. "

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1/20/19 6:59 A

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No, you should not be able to just get back on track. Yes, losing thirty pounds was a great accomplishment, but now you have to review what worked, what did not work and how your medical issues impact your life. You might have a strong base in there somewhere but some things will have to change and it will take some time to figure out what those changes need to be.

-google first. ask questions later.

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1/19/19 9:45 P

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Hi Izzy!

REBCCA gave some great advice. I'd suggest you check out the goal setting tips and info on this page for some ideas that may help you set and reach realistic goals:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/resource_cent
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Edited by: SPARK_MERLE at: 1/19/2019 (21:45)
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Welcome Izzy ,
Start by making and writing down goals.
Know that this process requires perseverance and patience so resolve to be mindful as you create this new healthy lifestyle. It worked for me to share my goals and to start tracking everything I was doing from food to fitness.
Since weight management is 80% about the food you eat resolve to choose the highest quality unprocessed organic non-GMO food as your fuel. Be liberal with vegetables 🥒. Decide that you are creating healthier choices, for example when you feel like a cookie try some fruit instead. Make healthy substitutions.
Keep posting on his message boards so you can learn more tips and get encouragement. Take advantage of all of the wonderful articles here at Sparkpeople.


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1/19/19 5:41 P

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Today I looked in the mirror and I did not know the person looking back at me. I am not young, I am not old. I have a body that overweight and filled with aches and pain. I try to start a healthy weight loss journey and I am stuck, I have good intentions but I feel like I just can't get started. I have never been a negative person and have always tackled life's challenges head on and usually meet them well.
But this time for the first time I am not me. I don't know this person, I am having a hard time coming to terms because I am not sure what the terms are. I have been told that I have had a really challenging past year. Yes. But?

I lost 30 pounds in 2017 and was 20 pounds away from my goal and kept it off for about 7 months. I gained back all the weight and had a lot of medical set backs.
But I should be able to just get back on track. I am lost, I am not me.

If you are reading this then perhaps you know what I am talking about, if so where do you find motivation and how do you just get started? emoticon

Weight Loss Journey Started 08/05/2019
Beginning weight:232 Your Goals: 6.625lbs. per month long term weight:175 by 03/31/2020


 current weight: 219.4 
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