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4/20/18 8:38 P

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Be gentle on yourself when you are exercising. Get comfy shoes, if you can, to walk in. Go slow and enjoy the scenery! Also, a lot of people love water aerobics or swimming, because it takes the gravity off of your joints.

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3/26/18 10:29 P

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its so true, u have to be as honest on the bad days as you are on the good days. We have to learn to take an account for our choices, good or bad.

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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3/24/18 10:48 P

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I also have tracked some extremely high calorie days that shocked me. But if I don't acknowlege them, I can't improve, so I am glad to hear that you have acknowledged them. Congrats on 23 pounds!! I am down 35 and feel a lot better. One pound at a time...

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3/20/18 9:42 P

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Knowledge is power, and now you have more power than you did before.

With great power comes great responsibility. What are you going to do with your power? Are you going to wallow? Or are you going to get up and do what needs to be done?

Do you have fast break goals? It's a good idea to start with 2 or 3 behaviors that you want to change. I am currently working on making sure that I weigh in every day, track my calories, and blog once a week. Even with those tiny changes, I am starting to lose some of the weight I put on this winter.

Don't try to do too much, but do SOMETHING. When things seem so dismal, sometimes it doesn't much to make a positive difference.

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3/20/18 3:30 P

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Thanks Lori for sharing.... It mAKes me feel better when i journal and am honest about it.... We all have our days


One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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3/19/18 11:52 P

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Keep on doing your best. There is hope.

I have lost 23 lbs so far. I am over 300lbs, so I have a long way to go.

I have tracked several 3000 calorie days and even 4000 calorie days. During that time, I learned a lot about myself. I'm no longer binging and spiraling out of control.

I feel so much better after losing my 23 lbs. My doctor even lowered my diabetes medication dosage.

You can do this. I promise you.

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3/19/18 2:37 P

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Lots of uplifting advice and support here. I just want to add that I'm sending you hugs and light.

We're all in this together.

One of the hardest parts of this journey is confronting our inner demons and blame/dislike of ourselves. I am hoping that you start to see and accept the beautiful, kind spirit that is within you.

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“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” -- Victor Frankl

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3/19/18 12:37 A

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Thanks...

One day, not only will my PRINCE grow up, ... he will learn to change the empty toliet paper roll...... Hey, I can dream cant I? God Bless


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3/17/18 8:48 A

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The answer to your problem is to have a little courage. That's all you need to be successful. Both words have as their root the Latin word for "heart". There is no spirit or support without heart. First you must care to have heart, for yourself ( to have courage) and for others ( to encourage others). It is common for those very motivated to lose weight to go above their potential and adapt a very rigorous diet or exercise program for them selves which can be either unhealthy or can't be sustained. But with a little courage you will do find in spite of your setback. Let the fact that you do care for yourself and others give you the courage that you need to reach out to others as you have and to follow my or their advice. If you didn't you wouldn't be here in Sparkpeople.
You say you hurt yourself exercising because you were 95 pounds overweight. No you hurt yourself exercising too hard too soon. People being 300 pounds overweight have started exercising to improve their health and did fine, you just need a little coaching and listen to those who are experienced, I.E. had many pounds to lose and who started off too fast but then wised up to overcome their initial setback or discouragement and there are many at Sparkpeople who are willing to help you who had exactly the same discouraging situation that you are in but turned it around. Search the teams to find them. Under the community tab click Spark Teams and in the search bar type "50 to 99" , 100+. You will find teams with many members who can help you as the had the exact same frustration as you starting out.

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Our goal is to help all members obtain enthusiasm and share our joy, for we are alive and can have great potential for success by using our inner powers. The joy is in the shared journey of life whether it be ordinary or extraordinary.


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3/16/18 8:24 A

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If you live in a cold and snowy climate right now, it is easy to get discouraged, imo.
When spring finally arrives and the weather is mild, skies are beautiful, and nature awakens, you will feel more like getting out there and taking charge. I know I did.

My doctor said a good start is to cut everything you are eating right now in half. Push yourself away from the table. Next, exchange your chips and other bad carby things for lean lunch meats, veggies or a piece of fruit. If you start out gradually, it is easier to stick with it, I think.

Just coming here and stating what you did means you WANT to get back on track. You can do it. We've all been there at one time or another.

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3/15/18 6:30 P

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It's very easy to feel discouraged when you see just how "bad" it really is. The good news is, we can always make a change!

I'm finding right now, having lost 24 lbs but with 84 still to go, I'm feeling impatient. It feels like I've worked really hard for 3 months and I'm still really overweight. But it took me way more than 3 months to get here, so it's going to take time. And time will pass anyway, so I might as well move towards my goal, no matter how slowly.

You've been given some great advice here. Just know that we are all on your team, cheering you on! You can do it, one step at a time.

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3/14/18 11:20 A

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The number on the scale is not the do all-end all.
Look at Non-scale victories!
How you feel.
How you sleep.
How your rings start to fill too big.
Clothes getting looser.
So many ways to measure your success.
We are more then a number on a scale!
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3/11/18 9:55 P

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You've already made ...Progress!! Skip the scale... the real battle here is within our minds and hearts. You've reached the point that the status quo isn't good for you---Great News! And, you've taken a serious look at *where you are starting from*. you can't get to Point B unless you know where Point A that you started from is....

You've already got some good advice about making a few small changes, and not worrying about exercise. So that's your next step: select a few places in your calorie list and find better foods to replace some of the high carb items, add in some more protein...and you are on your way. Be Patient...remember that 1-2 lbs a week is a reasonable goal to start seeing changes in your weight. You'll find weight loss is NOT Linear though---so be patient, be persistent, and you'll discover change. One Decision At A Time!! all the best,
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3/11/18 10:39 A

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Getting honest and taking a good, hard look at it in the cold light of day-- that was the first step for me. Like a previous poster said, weight loss is more what/ how much we eat, than exercise. Exercise is important for overall health and well-being.... but it is practically impossible to out-exercise a bad diet.

Seeing it all in the Nutrition Tracker was a real eye-opener for me. No wonder I was fat, and gaining every week! The good news is that you can use that info in the Tracker, to see where you can make changes that are better choices. I used to always eat chips with my sandwich at lunch, until I saw that chips have little nutritional value, and lots of calories. I needed to swap those out, for something that gave me "more bang for my (calorie) buck".

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


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3/11/18 10:21 A

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333555RAINBO,
in my opinion weight loss is mostly about what you eat, not about exercising away the calories. So its not hopeless, or beyond the point of no return.

The second thing is to eat things that don't make you hungry. Hunger is driven by low blood sugar. Ever eaten, then 2 hours later felt hungry, and thinking this is crazy, I just ate?

Look into foods that don't swing blood sugar. Those that do are sugar itself and cheap carbohydrates. So high sugar things are:
- sugar
- ice cream
- chocolate bars
- ...

White bread, for example is 50% carbohydrates by weight.

Eat real food, eat less processed food that takes more time to digest, this will make hunger more even, and allow you to eat less more easily. If it comes in a box, and doesn't look like anything in nature (like Cheerios), then avoid it.

If it can sit on your counter top for 2 weeks and the bacteria don't want it, like it doesn't go bad, then avoid it. Again cheerios can sit in your cupboard for months and the bacteria leave it alone.

There is lots of hope actually.

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3/11/18 10:01 A



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333555RAINBO,

Most of us went through the same thing you're going through now when we decided we needed to lose weight. First, we were angry that we couldn't fit into our pants and had to buy a larger size. We thought, I've always fit this size. they can't be tight ! Second was the shock when we learned how much we'd been eating when we started logging our food choices. Third, the shame we left that we had let ourselves go.

Yes, logging your food IS an eye opening experience. It IS extremely shocking. Who knew one medium Dunkin Donuts muffin could have over 600+ calories ! There was a time I would routinely eat a jumbo chocolate chip muffin as a mid morning snack. I had no idea that muffin had 800+ calories. I didn't know a slice of coffee cake had 600 calories. It was something I learned when I decided it was time to lose the weight.

That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

I give all new members once piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. And that's what I'm going to recommend to you. Take a deep breathe and SLOW DOWN.

Start with some simple changes first so that you don't end up injured or frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you haven't been drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you've been sedentary, don't start with an hour of exercise a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieve these goals, you do them again or you set new ones.

Setting simple goals is how you SLOWLY ease into a healthier set of habits. When a person decides they need to lose weight, they are always in a panic. all they want to know is what is the fastest way to take off the weight.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to gain the weight, it could take that long to take it off. That's why you need to start slowly.

just start with some simple change you can stick too. That's how all of us did it. No fad diets. no pills. we set some simple goals and small changes.

you take baby steps literally and figuratively. There is a lot to learn and you're not going to learn it in a few weeks or few months. This really is a life long learning process.




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3/11/18 4:42 A

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Have faith in yourself!

You can do this!!! Keep telling yourself that!

Take it one small step at a time!

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Hi - The Nutrition Tracker is an eye opener for a lot of people. Don't look on it as a negative or a reason to not use it. Instead treat it as your friend. Enter everything, warts and all.

Don't beat yourself up if you make the occasional slip up. We all do. I actually always planned for my weight-loss mode that one day every 2 weeks I could eat whatever I wanted (I do anyway, but it was to not focus on calories) - I still lost a lot of weight. I am now in maintenance mode and have been maintaining for quite some time. I still practice that "whatever I want" method but now it is once a week. The thing is, I found that there were many times when the 2 weeks would roll around and I wasn't interested in 'that day' so it could stretch out to a month or more LOL!

Just gradually change your habits, with nutrition and with exercise. That way you will less likely suffer from boredom with your diet, or deprivation, and you will be far less likely to suffer from injury.

Where it comes to exercise, there is no such thing as 'too heavy to exercise.' You just start off with baby steps ... even walking to the mail box and back. I get the bulk of my exercise in by putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. Then if I am fatigued or start to suffer pain I can sit until my body is ready to start again. There are chair exercises that you can do. Even waving your arms around to music is getting some exercise.

I am giving you a link to Beth Donovan's (INDYGIRL) SparkPage. She was VERY overweight and required a wheelchair. So far she has lost 220lb .... naturally. How did she do it? Baby steps and sound nutrition. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=%7EINDYG
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I suggest that you join her team and read her blogs. Here is a link to her team:
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I don't want to sound unkind because I am saying this out of care and concern ...... It is time to stop the pity party and start the new journey to a healthier new you. You CAN do this, one day and one step at a time. You just have to have faith in yourself.

Hugs,
Kris

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I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan


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3/11/18 3:02 A

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I haven't been doing SparkPeople on the severe side. I don't even want to talk about how it is going. Or maybe it is the first time I am really seeing how much I'm actually eating with the food tracker and how many pounds I've gained with the weight tracker. I have started exercise a little at a time. Initially I hurt myself trying to exercise because I am too heavy. I don't know if there is any hope for me. It is awful to see it displayed before me. Thanks.

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