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1/18/11 9:28 P

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I'm a perfectionist. It took me a long time to let go of the fact that I couldn't concentrate on healthy eating and exercise at the same time. Then I tried concentrating on the food part first, and nah, that didn't happen. But concentrating on the exercise first, for me I find THAT's the thing that comes easy. Sure you'll be tired doing that extra movement the first few times, but then you'll sleep better, and wake up more energised, and want to do more exercise, and get tired, and sleep better, and become more energised and then one day when you're in the swing of things you'll go "I think this week is when I'll make a start on that food thing". For example, I'm really bad at getting enough fruit and veges in my diet, so I started out by making sure I'd have one day of the week with 5 servings, and moved on to other habits from there.

At least, that's how it's working for me :) That and giving up focusing on WEIGHT and instead on FITNESS and HEALTH. My doctor says I'm the picture of health, until you see a picture of me (she has the oddest humor!)

I'm not sure if you get it where you are, but in some cases here, doctors can give out a "Green prescription" in addition to any other medication needed. Basically setting you exercise goals and in some cases heavily discounted gym memberships. I know talking to doctors aren't always the easiest thing to do, but ask. I got good support from the nurses at my doctors clinic last year and the year before when I had a stint on Xenical (which required free fortnightly check-ins with the nurse) and it was extended to me after I came off it. We would just chat about the good and bad choices I'd made that fortnight, how the food made me feel, and in the course of it all discovered a slight wheat intolerance, and that not all foods percieved as bad are as bad as we are led to think they are - it's how you construct the day of food that leads to bad!

You can do it. You've got the support here. How about for starters joining in with the challenge on the other thread, like it says, we might all get new ideas!

PS I can be a persistant bossy nagger if you want - I sms a friend in another city every day to see if he's done his daily walk, and he knows that if I don't sms him, I haven't done anything so he sends me one!

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1/17/11 12:31 A

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I've been there many many times before. The important thing is to realize its ok. You can't beat yourself up everytime you have a setback. It happens, we all have temptations we can't resist. Then you pick yourself up out of the ditch, dust yourself off and start anew the next day.

Don't think of it as being on a "diet". Think of it as "healthy living". You're not "dieting", you're "eating healthier". And since you're not on a "diet" you can't fail!

Good Luck and remember WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!

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1/14/11 12:38 A

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Learning to accept and move on from a huge binge session invoilving more calories than it's possible to count is really tough. But honestly, it gets easier.
i find blogging helps a lot. Some days I don't have a lot to say but there have been a few times where I was really down at rock bottom and people commented and cheered me on. It meant so much to me.
Setting yourself small goals each day definitely helps. Especially if you can find time to put baby in a stroller and go for a walk. Even if it's only for 10 mins or so. But excercise really helps the mind. And the more you do it, the better at it you become and then you want to do it more.
Best of luck with your journey :) emoticon

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1/13/11 9:09 P

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Dude. I've been there. haha. So many times. Eat a healthy breakfast, a salad for lunch, get home, have an entire pizza for dinner. And it's not even like I am hungry enough to EAT an entire pizza. It's just... there... so I eat it.

Or I go to the fridge, looking for something... and eat.

The answers are never actually in the fridge for me. Ever. Which kinda sucks. :) Life would be easier if the answers to my questions were in the fridge...

But it's the small decisions you make that really count. You know you can do this; third time's the charm? I mean, focus on the daily successes. It gets tempting to beat yourself up, or say I'll start again tomorrow... but don't. Just start where you are, right now. And don't get too upset when you catch yourself messing up; just fix it, and keep going... :)

Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, but anybody can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson



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1/11/11 9:44 A

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I know exactly how you feel. i can do well for a short amount of days and then everything is out of the window. Perhaps we could help each other. I don't have much motivation at home because no one in my family is overweight. If you would like to start a plan together and communicate to keep each other on track, im all for it.

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1/11/11 2:19 A

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I am 29 years old and I weigh 320 pounds. I have a 2 year old daughter. It is 12:13 AM and I can't sleep because I am thinking about how much I need to change my life. I started a diet on January 1st, 2011 and it lasted until January 7th, 2011. On January 8, 2011 I proceeded to eat $10.00 worth of Taco Bell food. On January 9, 2011 I ate Wendy's, pizza, and Chinese Food. On January 10, 2011 I ate Burger King, more chinese food, more pizza. I have a serious problem and I don't know how to fix it. I am Type 2 Diabetic and if I don't change and lose weight I will not see my daughter graduate high school :( I fear that I cannot control my emotional eating. I need help but I don't even know how anyone can help me. I signed up for Spark People several years ago and found it helpful. I'm hoping that it will help me even more this time. I have lost over 70 pounds twice and gained it all back and then some. I really do not want to do that again. I want to lose and have it stay lost. Thanks for reading. I hope I can change my life for good this time.

"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." - Author Unknown

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