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6/2/18 10:29 P

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We all slip up. It's good you are back. We all know that being at an ideal weight helps us look and feel better and may reduce our chances of disease. But the important thing are good health habits, like “Healthy eating”: eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, “Regular exercise”: exercising three times a week or more, “Moderate alcohol consumption”: no more than one drink a day for women, or two drinks a day for men, and “No smoking.” If you do all four you've reduced your risk of dying prematurely no matter what your weight. So focus on good habits vs the scale. The good habits will likely result in some weight loss and make it less likely you'll gain more. Watching calories will help with weight loss but the good habits are the most important goals. You can do it, you've done it before, and we believe in you!



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6/2/18 4:44 P

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It is always worthwhile to try again. Working on a healthy lifestyle. That is so much different than “going on a diet”. I am in my 60’s and still a work in progress. But trust me, you can change even as you age. And the quality of life is such a reward - speaking of positive reinforcement......



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5/31/18 9:03 P

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Come at this from a different perspective: you've lost 50 pounds, regained some, yes,..BUT... you've kept off 34 pounds for at least 5 months!! Time to celebrate not let yourself feel defeated!

Its perfectly natural as part of this Journey for us humans to lose, plateau, gain some, lose again, repeat, etc.... I doubt there is even ONE person here who hasn't traveled that road.

What is most important is your lessons learned:
1. You CAN do this, and you KNOW how.
2. When you find yourself gaining next time.... take a deep breath and make a few changes towards what will support your goals.
3. Accept that you might need to change some parts of your plan if they haven't been supporting you. 34 pounds lost has changed your body's needs and tolerances. You are truly a different body than you were before. taking time to learn how to support that...and stay there... is your first step. then you can learn and try to get some more weight off.

All the best on your Journey!!
patti

PS: one BIG lesson I've learned is that my exercise is to keep my body fit....and tying it into "weight loss" almost makes it a punishment. Ditto for "eating/diet"---your goal is not to look at it as punishment or "have to".... your goal is to support yourself in a healthy manner. Weight loss will happen as it needs to if you are eating healthy; your body will feel better if it is fit. Either can happen without the other!

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 5/31/2018 (21:07)
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"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf: Lord of the Rings


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5/31/18 12:04 P



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NJHEART2HEART,

Welcome back to Spark People !

Don't beat yourself up because you regained some of the weight. that has happened to every one of us. We're all experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future.

I give everyone 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 a year.

What to do ? Just start with some simple changes you can stick with. 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're not 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 completed these goals, you do them again or you create new ones.

Setting simple goals is how you slowly ease back into a healthier set of habits.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. Thus the need to be kind to yourself as you would to others.


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5/31/18 11:21 A

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Haven't been on Sparkpeople in years, but I remember the best part was the positive reinforcement aspect. Had lost 50 pounds between 2013 and 2017, but have now gained 16 pounds back and am feeling pretty depressed.
I am an extremely picky eater, so that's a challenge, plus I work an office job. Hiking and walking have been some of my biggest helps in the area of weight loss, and I'm just not seeing results now. I'm now 45 and the curse keeps going off in my head "it just gets worse the older you get", and "you HAVE to change things up for things to work". I HATE these sayings, because I am a pessimist by nature, and those kinds of things just get stuck and rattle away in my head and dig away at any sense of confidence or positive feelings I may have. I came so far and have made changes over the years.. Just really struggling right now. I started with things I knew worked in the past - small goals, water, regular walking..but I do feel like I am so far from the habits I had created previously.. and didn't even appreciate how well I WAS doing at the time - it's all relative....
Just got off a great holiday weekend in so many ways, but apparently my eating totally outstripped any of my exercise.. for a picky eater I guess that's to be expected, but it is still really hurting... Just really deflated right now. I have a coach call in an hour and I am doing everything in my power not to cancel it.





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