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4/15/18 8:46 P

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When I was 21 I developed bleeding ulcers - I was put on the then-prescribed diet - of lots of milk and ice cream. Never being one to do things part way I followed it and in just about 5 weeks my stomach had stopped bothering me but I put on 30 pounds - I'd never had this sort of problem so I slipped into depression - and stayed there for awhile, eventually "eating my way out" and ending up at 230 - almost twice my previous weight. I was 5'7" and solid so I was "still able to wear a 16" so I thought - not so bad - until someone snapped a picture. I didn't know where to begin. I went to an organization called TOPS - and their advice. Set 20# goals and once you lose the 20 keep it off for 6 months. Then begin to lose another 20# and so on. It took forever but I got back down to 130 and stayed there for a very long time. Fast forward to 2015 - we move X-C and I spend 8 weeks in a hotel looking for housing in a very expensive market. We eat and drink all the wrong things and tho' we are always busy we are not exercising. We finally move into a rental and I find Spark People - and once again I set interim goals. I dropped 10# the first 2 months and that was over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays - another 5# in January - but then came brain surgery and a few complications with wound closure - held steady but no exercise and no loss. In May, June and July I dropped the other 5 to hit 140. The difference now is that I'm much older (68) and shorter (5'4") and whereas before I wore a comfortable size 4 now I wear a tighter one so I'm plugging away at the last 10# - it's only about .25# a week - but I keep at it. I also had another head surgery last month which again slowed me down. But I'm back. Making a commitment to 10 (or 20) pounds at a time makes the situation seem less hopeless - it's still a commitment, but it's an easier one to meet. Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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4/15/18 3:29 P

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Well one thing I learned a long time ago is trying "plans" or gimmicks or starvation, or pills is not good for me and doesn't work. I did all those things when I was younger. Finally, I realized I really buy into the idea of just eating the right portions, count every calorie, and exercise is what works for me like magic. I sincerely want to just learn new ways to eat and live that way for the rest of my life. Therefore, I commit to a reasonable daily calorie count, weigh/measure everything, and always write every morsel down in my food journal. I do not deny myself any particular foods. However, I have eliminated stuff like take out or ordering pizza. I still eat ice cream but I buy those tiny 100 calorie dixie cups (instead of eating a quart of Haagen Das) and then include that in my daily count. BTW I don't do that "half this or that" stuff. I eat the whole thing and count the calories. I want to learn to make it a habit to live right, so I am not going to make this process overly fussy or stressful. In other words, I eat the whole pear!!! LOL LOL

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4/15/18 3:27 P

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Wow, thanks a lot.
I already drink 64 oz of water a day. it took me a while but I started doing it consistently 3-4 weeks ago.
Fruits and veggies I definitely need to work on those.
I can also exercise on my bike, I'm hoping my husband has found the power supply by the time I get home. I'm restricted to a bike or doing laps in a pool because I have Osteoarthritis in my knees. Right now it's biking and I can start with 10 minutes at a time, working my way up to 30 minutes :)



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4/15/18 3:16 P



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STARGAZER838,

Twice in my life I weighed over 200+ pounds. A few years ago, I made a decision that wasn't going to happen a third time. That was my turning point. How did I lose the weight ? I practice what I preach.

I give all new members one 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 for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time ! That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even I year.

You do what I did. You start with some simple changes first. 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're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day. Set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you set new ones.

Setting simple goals is how we SLOWLY ease into healthier eating habits. Stop trying to do everything at once. Stop trying to be perfect. That's why you're so frustrated. I'd be nuts too if I was thinking I can only eat a half bagel today because I over ate yesterday and need to eat less today. If I thought like that, I'd still be fat.

Setting some simple goals is how you learn to create healthy habits. Don't worry about eating a half a bagel or half of this or part of that. Instead, focus on hitting your goals. Find ways to ensure that you do eat 2-3 servings of fresh fruit and veggies. Make sure you're getting out and taking that 30 minute walk.

I've said this before. Before a person can change their body, they have to change their head. You're still thinking like a dieter and that's going to hold you back. Don't think about how much weight you must lose. Don't worry about trying to lose 50 pounds. Focus on losing that first five and how you do it is by setting simple weekly goals.

Tell me, what are some simple goals you'd like to achieve this week ?






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4/15/18 2:49 P

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Only time I thought I would use the word commitment is with a human relationship. This one is actually of the food variety. I've been through so many different programs, La weightloss years ago, beach body 2 years ago, last fall I was trying the ketogenic way, this time I decided I was going to try the sparkpeople way. Sitting down thursday night to plan my meals out for the week proved to be excruciating because of the half portions here and there like half of a pear here, half of a bagel there, half of this. The item isn't used within the another day or so, I see it going to waste which stressed me the plum out! The highest I've been my entire life was 316 when I was pregnant 5 years ago. I'm currently 279 as of this morning, my lowest that I can remember when I started trying to lose weight 15 years ago with Dr. Phil's book was 235.
I have such a large amount to lose, that I get anxious and everything I know gets all mixed up! That I can't succeed, or that I am afraid of succeeding because there will be failure somewhere. Which holds me back from moving forward.
My husband said our group leader mentioned there are lots of programs out there for diets, exercise, finances etc. and they alllllll work, but you have to have the patience to stick with it. Trying it, not getting an instant gratification from it the moving on doesn't allow the process to happen. Jumping from plan to plan will never allow for opportunity and growth in succeeding. As much as I've replayed this message since I heard it Thursday night that has done nothing to rid the commitment problem I seem to have.
I'm going to visit a Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow and see if the weekly accountability is what I need to help me succeed for the time being.



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