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11/23/18 12:10 P

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RD03875,
is so right. Small steps, and there are indeed many folks on Spark People who will connect one on one. Just send some spark notes and there is a good chance they will reply and connect.

Also, when you look for teams to join, have a glance at the activity, how recent the posts are, not just the name or type of team. Community is so important.

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11/23/18 7:36 A

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I have no wise words except don't give up, take small steps. You CAN do it and there are a lot of people here for support and help.

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11/19/18 5:29 P

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The Road will be just as long...whether you decide to travel it, or put it off. emoticon

The one piece of the puzzle that puts it in perspective is to remember that This is a Lifelong Journey, not a single destination. Focus on how you want to be eating and feeling five years from now...get a long term goal in the picture, and then simply start taking small steps towards it.

If your health is at risk...that's the first thing to start taking care of and a wonderful motivator. Finding out I had pre-diabetes was my "get real" moment, and started my journey with a kick in the butt! Now its more of a thought process: what can I choose today that will contribute to being healthy still in five years??
All the best,
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11/17/18 12:52 A

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Research "cheat days" and "cheat meals". Psychologically, they can break up a "long road" into shorter durations. They can remove guilt, and let you enjoy having a meal with others. You do need to realize it's not carte blanche, and you will lose weight slower than if you didn't have them. But I've found them useful to stay on my diet and enjoy my food. YMMV.

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11/15/18 3:48 P

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Thank you. This is a good frame for me to think. I will try this perspective! Thank you for your encouraging words

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How would you feel if you had to lose 200+ pounds ?

When you have time, check out member INDYGIRL's spark page and blogs. At her highest weight, she was over 400+ pounds. Since she has been part of Spark People, she has lost half that weight.

If anyone understands how daunting losing a lot of weight can be, she does.

Follow her journey and be inspired by all her hard work to get where she is now.

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11/15/18 2:37 P



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908887,

If you look at how much weight you have to lose, it will seem like a daunting task.

Let's say you had 100 pounds you needed to lose. You'd think that is going to take years. And that's true. It really could take years to lose 100. BUT, it might only take a month to lose 10 pounds. We all have long term goals. However, it's best to start with short term goals. Don't try to lose 100 pounds, start with your first 10 or even 5. Once you've lost 5 pounds, you move onto your next five.

people think losing 52 pounds is impossible. but if you lost one pound each week for one year, you'd have lost 52 pounds.

Start with some simple goals first. Yes, this could be a long journey. As I tell all members,"rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you". If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take time to take it off.

Take things one day at a time, one pound at a time. Slow and easy really does win this race. there is a lot to learn and you're not going to learn it overnight.

Be kind to yourself as you would to others.


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11/15/18 11:38 A

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When I had to lose a lot of weight, I was told to plan to lose 2o# at a time by my doc. Then keep it off for a month with minimal fluctuations. It took me 3 years to lose the weight, but I never gained it back - just always have that pesky 10# to lose that would put me back at my HS weight - but realistically speaking at 69 it's not likely to happen. Take it slow. Buy yourself non-food rewards. In the beginning, I suggest something that will fit forever - earrings, a scarf, a hat. After you reach your first big goal - say 50 pounds, then buy a piece of clothing that fits you and take a picture. Begin here to think of a long term lifestyle change, not a diet.

Good luck.

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11/15/18 5:31 A



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Don't focus on the long-term it takes to lose excess weight, but instead focus on the health benefits:

* improved blood results and BP if they were problematic

* reduced pain if you suffer from arthritis or similar

* improved quality of sleep

* increased energy

* improved fit of your clothes

* improved self esteem

The list goes on.

Make sure that you don't rely on the scales for evidence of success because they are just a small part in it!!!

You will find that once the weight starts coming off, AND you start to see some results apart from the scale, then you will find it easier to do.

My Dietitian set me a goal of 80kg (176lb) (to weigh, not to lose) from 97kg (214lb) I thought she was barking mad, because altho' I didn't doubt I would get there, I felt that given that my legs were very slim to start with, they would end up looking like sparrows' legs and would snap in a breeze. When I got to 80kg, she shifted the goal to 75, and then 70kg. I took me 16 months to lose the first 22.5kg (50lb) and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. My Dr doesn't want me UNDER 70kg, but I am a wee bit less at the moment) I had been overweight for about 30 years and all the while eating a very healthy diet, and in a range that the Dietitian said people of my starting weight/activity level are often put on to lose the weight.

I reached my goal a few years ago, but I STILL weigh all of my food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the nutrition tracker.

You will find that there will be times you won't lose any weight, and may in fact gain a little but that doesn't mean that you are doing anything wrong. It is perfectly normal.

I never deprived myself of anything. I had a plan that I always practiced. I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted, BUT with the less wise choices, that was permission was for once every two weeks. To achieve the loss I just ate a wee bit less, but NOT under the recommended calories, and very seldom under 1400 calories. I found that quite often that two-week period would roll around and I couldn't be bothered with my 'treat' meals. I still practice this method, even tho' I reached my goal .... well, my Dietitian's Goal LOL!

You will do this. You KNOW deep down that you can achieve this. You just have to have faith in yourself and don't expect everything to happen overnight because it won't. A quick loss isn't a healthy one, anyway, and will likely go back on.

Take care,
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11/14/18 11:14 P

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Set intermediate goals, perhaps 5 pound marks, perhaps 10. Have a little enjoyment at that time, it need not be food related. Perhaps a movie, perhaps a small trip somewhere, perhaps a new pair of shoes ... an acknowledgement of achievement.

Don't look at it as "all or none", like you can't consider it success until you get to your final target, or that if your weekly goal was to loose 2 pounds and you "only" lost one. Any weekly loss is a victory.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 11/14/2018 (23:14)
James
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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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11/14/18 8:29 P

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I have a lot of weight to lose and things are going well. But will I be able to stay on course for time it takes to get all the weight.

I guess I am little overwhelmed by the task in front of me.

Any words of wisdom for a woman that will need a year or better to lose the weight?

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