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Agree, watching the scale creeping to lower weight but sprinting to higher weight is so frustrating while others seem so easily reduce their weight without not too much effort, not even controlling their food intake and do exercise! But I like the idea of slowly losing weight because now instead of rushing to get my weight goal, I do in my own limit and capability and gained great benefits along the way - not huffing and puffing after walk up 2 floor stairs, able to keep up with my longer limb male colleague and still can talk in coherent sentences and most important, less feeling depressed and sorry about myself, hehe.

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Welcome Beth and Sunrisesunset. emoticon

I agree that plateaus can be the frustratingest things! But the more I learn about fitness and the healthy lifestyle, the more I am convinced that the popular press has misled us all into believing that weight loss is a downhill run. In reality, it is more like a long staircase. It is perfectly natural and healthful for our bodies to "take a rest" after each small loss. Writers call them "setpoints", and some of us have them more than others. Perhaps our biggest challenge is convincing ourselves to continue our journey when it seems TOO DARN SLOW!! emoticon
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Hi, I'm Beth and just discovered this team through the blog post. I have been on sparkpeople a year and have lost a little weight, but have been bouncing around the low to mid 160s most of the time. On the other hand, I've started running (at 45) and run 3 half marathons so far. I'm back to weight training and feeling good about that. I'd still like to get 30 lbs off, but I can also live with eating better and exercising even if the weight stays the same...

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Hi.

I'm SunriseSunset and I've been on Spark since May 1st 2006. I've been trying to lose 80lbs for the past four years. I'm still trying because of me. In the past I've eaten too much or little, exercised too much or little, given up on counting calories and/or exercising, plateaued, and lost 0.5-1.5lbs a week.

Unfortunately, after a binge day my weight has refused to go back down. Two weeks later, I'm still at the same weight. I don't know whether this is a plateau or not. Three months ago, I confused eating 200-400 calories too much for a plateau, but this time I'm within my range, not over/under exercising, and still not losing.

I used to get angry because of my slow losses, but standing still is even worse. Suddenly my 0.5lb weekly loss doesn't seem so bad.

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Welcome to the team all the new members!

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Such a great attitude! Yes, you can do it even though it seems to be fruitless. I hit those walls and then change something I am doing nd take off again at 1-2 lbs. a week. But then a month comes along and nothing or a gain. Keep the positive and you will defeat the negative. Post and talk. It's always good for the body.

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hello! this is the team for me. I think I'm like the majority here. Usually off to a fast start and then wham! There's the wall and I give up. I've hit that wall again and haven't seen the scale move for a month. I refuse to give up again but sure am getting discouraged. Am so happy to find this team and realize if I lose even .5 in a week I'll be doing good. I'm trying to change up my eating habits and exercise and see if that helps. I love the blogs here and the encouragement. Keep it up all!

The journey may be rough and rocky but the view when I get there is going to be awsome!


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Hi everyone! I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have found this team. Let me tell you why I am the slowest loser...

I have approximately 40 lbs to lose and so far it has taken me nearly 20 years to lose it. I have been fighting this weight since I had my first child. I have a tendency to start off very strong while still not losing quickly and then to lose motivation or to feel as though "it is not working" when I know full well who it is who is really not working!

This is my return to SparkPeople. I swore last time that I wouldn't quit again - and I didn't - I just didn't log on for a long while. I realize now how much better I felt and how much better my mood was when I was eating healthy and exercising daily. So today I begin 100% again.

With the support of this team, I will succeed.

Thanks for being here for me, the slowest loser.

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Hi all. Finally getting to the introduction thread. My name is Eileen and I joined this team because I have been losing about 1-2# a week or nothing at all. I think slow weight loss is the way to go and it will be better at keeping it off. I have lost weight on other types of programs just to gain it back and then some. (Sound familiar??) I live in MN. and we are having a fantastic day today (with no rain!) Good times to get out and going. Stop by my SparkPage and visit.

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To Ritarose and Kathy! You are both to be congratulated for your loss and for realizing that the slowest loser will win the race. Getting fit and healthy is not about the scales but about the way you improve your life. Onward, healthy tortoises! emoticon emoticon
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Hi: I'm Kathy from Ontario (Canada). When I first joined SparkPeople 5 months ago, I thought I was going to lose 8-10 pounds/month. I must have been in fantasy land when I set that goal! At 5'2", the calorie deficit I would need to create was totally unrealistic. I have lost my first 10% (18 lbs.),but now the weight loss has slowed down to about 2 pounds per month. Rather than rigorous stints at the gym, I am incorporating more activity into my daily routine. It is slow and goes against my 'all or nothing' tendencies, but this lifestyle has to last as long as I do. There is so much hype out there on how to lose weight quickly, but once the weight is gone, we are still the same people. It is not always about the weight. Maybe once I stop trying so hard and putting so much pressure on myself, everything will fall into place. Anyway, I am glad to be here.
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6/29/10 6:55 A

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I FINALLY was able to get my weight loss started after being overwhelmed by needing to lose 100# by losing 10% of my body weight through changes in diet and learning to exercise often. After that finally came off I thought, "hey, I can do this as long as I don't expect it to happen fast" and the rest as they say is history. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm making good choices in both food and exercise that are slowing melting the pounds off.



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Thank you. That sounds like it makes a lot of sense. Does it give any suggestions for how to jumpstart those cues? Mine seem really out of whack.

(maybe we should take this discussion to another thread? I don't mean to derail this discussion--but I was curious. It sounded like something that could be helpful to me.)

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I get the same feelings as you!

IE is learning to eat from your body's cues. You eat when hungry, stop when you think you're full, eat slowly and consciously, and eat what you want, not what you think you should. You take the time to think about what you would like to eat and how it makes you feel. It covers emotional eating as well. It's about listening to your God-given cues and not eating simply bc it's of the time of day, someone tells what you can or can't eat and how much, or eating to solve emotional issues or starving yourself to lose weight. IE is about feeding the body and when one learns that balance which takes many months, the body will shed the weight it doesn;t need...provided you follow the guidelines stated in the beginning. Basically it's learning to trust yourself again and letting go of outside influences.

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What is intuitive eating?

One of the things I'm struggling with is that I rarely felt hungry--I would get irritable, impatient, fatigued, and be unable to concentrate on anything but never actually register hunger. Now, after a year on sparks, I feel like I'm often hungry all the time--I would really like to strike a balance between the two!

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I couldn't have said it any better than PEWILK!

I don't know anymore what my goal weight is, I'm going to let my body decide that from here in out. I've been so structured and so rigid with myself in the past that I got lost in the numbers game and thus, I lost myself. I've had more food and fitness issues than I could imagine and it's time I just go with the flow. In the past it's always been about "how much I lost by ____" and who was doing it faster, better, ect. I began to hate my body, hate myself, and hate just anything and everything related to health, wellness, and fitness. I've lost hundreds of pounds, but I've never kept them off.

After discovering Intuitive Eating and spending now 1 year learning the practice, I've come to love myself again. I still have struggles and challenges, but that's what keep me going. Whereas in the past, that's what brought me to my knees. I don't have a goal date or a goal weight, but rather just to feel good, gain strength and endurance, and learn to rediscover myself again HEALTHFULLY.

I'm the Slowest Loser bc it's what feels the best. I don't care anymore if I only lose 5 lbs or 45 lbs, I just care that my heart, my mind, my body, my perspective, and relationships are healthy. I no longer keep a scale in my bathroom and weighing in no longer holds negative and positive emotions; it just is. I do what feels good and I stop when it doesn't. I eat what I enjoy and what again makes me feel good, stop when it doesn't. I don't need a computer, a 3rd person, or a program to tell me how much or what to eat, how much to move, how to live, or how I should do whatever it is I want to do...my body does it all for me. I just have to listen carefully and respect it. No one else knows my body better than me. Like someone else said, for me it's not about calories in and out, it's about how I feel and how I view myself in this world.

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My school has set up a staff "Biggest Loser" contest for the last two years during the spring semester. Each time I've started the contest and lost 2-3 lbs. within the first 3 weeks. After that I start dreading the weigh-ins, go back to my old habits, and use temporary "tricks" (weighing before lunch so my breakfast has been digested, walking the halls several times before weigh-in, or not eating lunch at all before I weigh) to lower my weight. At the end of the contest, I feel more of a "loser" than when I started (I'm one of the staff that is the biggest).

This low pressure, sure and steady team is what I need!

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I have always been the slowest loser. Whenever my friends would have 'friendly' losing weight competitions..they'd reach goal before I could lose 2lbs. Really, no lie.
Over the last ten years I have slowly slowly gained about a net gain of 4 pounds each year. The weight gain has been gradual..and the weight loss has been near impossible.
In Jan 2004 I did weight watchers to lose the last 20lbs I had gained in my pregnancy (from 2000) and for the first time in my life (I never had a weight problem as a kid) I lost weight. I was 183 and I went down to 158.
I hung onto that weight for quite a while..but once again the weight came on gradually.
I joined Spark People in 2008 at 166.. and managed to get down to 161..before going back up *again* to 166.
I recommitted in Jan 2010 at 167..and it's now June 2010 and I'm dancing between 170-172 after experiencing a big weight gain in April.

I know in my case medical issues are the likely cause of my inability to lose weight..but it certainly is frustrating..and downright upsetting.

The only thing I try to remind myself is that at least I have never given up (even though I have threatened to do so more times than I can count.) I am still here..trying to live a healthier lifestyle and trying to reverse the symptoms of Insulin Resistance and PCOS.

I've been working out 5x a week for 60 minutes since January.. and not seeing weight loss sometimes frustrates me to tears.

The only thing that keeps me going has been a shift in attitude.. that my goal is health and fitness.. not being 'thin'.

Even before this team was created I constantly told my husband that I should win the "slowest loser award".

Anyway I'm hoping this team helps keep me on the right path even if I don't see the scale-results I want to see!

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I NEED to be the slowest loser! I have a large amount of weight to lose and can't seem to stay on track beyond the second week. I always experience a big weight loss in week one - usually 7 or 8 pounds. During week 2, I generally stay even or possibly gain a pound or so - regardless of how closely I track and exercise. I then feel like a failure and give up. This has happened at least four or five times over the last six months. I vow to set a very modest goal and NOT weigh myself for two full weeks. Thanks for providing such a great alternative approach.

If you wait for everyone and everything around to change and make weight loss easier for you, you will spend a long time in your fat pants.


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6/28/10 7:23 A

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I changed my ticker to read a 15lb goal rather than go from 189 to 130. Thinking of losing 10% at a time and not putting a time limit on that feels better. I think it' more attainable for me. emoticon

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I may be a slow loser but I looked at my stats and realized I am close to losing 10 pounds... so, perhaps the turtle really does win the race. emoticon

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I signed up for the team because I am a slow loser and love it...there are days where I might get down on myself, but most days I feel great about it.

What put me over the edge was I needed to get serious about health this time, and the fact that my hinny started to bounce when I walked and I said "Oh, hell no..this is not going to continue on"...soooo that was my turning point at 195 as I always hovered around 150, still have a ways to go, but hey, it is happening slowly, but surely...and I love spark..tracking, the people, etc.

Thanks for starting this team!

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why i can say i am a slow loser too? cuz my mate & i have been workin out since march or so.. watchin what we eat, etc.. & i am losing hardly any thing... emoticon

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Angela I am right there with you. I just had back surgery on May 21st and am also unable to exercise. I am also watching my nutritional intake to try to lose weight steadily but slowly. I am trying to walk at least 3 times per week. We are in this together. Keep me informed on your progress.

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Hello, I'm Angela from Texas. I am the slowest loser because I start off fired up, and then I fall off of the wagon. I have noticed one thing about myself. When I'm doing great in the exercise area, I'm doing terrible in the nutrition area, and vice versa. Right now, I am still recuperating from surgery and am forced to get my nutrition choices in check since I still can't exercise. My plan is to continue tracking my calories so that when I can start exercising again, I can see some slow, steady losing!

Proverbs 3: 4&5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

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I'm the slowest loser because i keep losing the same ten pounds over and over and over. I lose 13 pounds, gain ten back, , , , , emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am the Slowest Loser because I can't seem to budge off of 179-180lbs. I joined SP in May but finally returned to be more productive June 17th. And no matter how much exercise I have done and how little or not food I've eaten I am still hovering. But, I know that my body is like that all my life. Which is the main reason it has taken me since 2003 to lose down to where I am. Life Sucks when you are trying to Buy back time on your Physical Being!

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I just joined a few minutes ago! I've enjoyed reading the Slowest Loser series recently and, although I've been on SP for a couple of years, I AM the Slowest Loser...or NOT a loser yet! Being on summer vacation, I've joined a fitness challenge and am exercising on a daily basis---a first for me in years. I was looking for an additional 'boost' and you're IT! I'm looking forward to the new challenges.

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I have been down this road before - I lost over 60 pounds about five years ago with WW. Fell into a terrible depression and gained all of it plus more back. I've been on SparkPeople for a couple of years but only started using it seriously and consistently in February. I've lost 28 pounds so far which is about 1.5 pounds a week. I'm happy with that and look forward to continuing to lose at least 1 pound a week. I feel that this process is infinitely healthier than WW - then, I was always looking for ways to cheat: eating endless packages of 100 calorie snacks or processed foods made with splenda. Now, I eat whole foods and stay away from artificial sweeteners. I feel so much better and am really enjoying myself. It's wonderful. I'm glad to join this group - I'm glad you exist!
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Hello All:
I joined this team after reading the blogs, which were terrific and really reasonated with me.
I read Geneen Roth's book and am working my way through the Why Weight book exercises. I am not dieting anymore--it just makes me crazy and I do not lose any weight. I decided to just tap into my intution, use some tools (like recognizing impulses and using my breath) and watch myself get smaller. VERY SLOWLY, so that it is something I can sustain. Glad to be here!

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Well...I have been a yo-yo dieter most of my life - except the last 4 years with SparkPeople. So its been v-e-r-y slow weightloss for me. I lost 40 and then gained 20 back. Not because of yo-yoing but because I gave up struggling with food for awhile when we began to travel so much. I have not forgotten the excitement of losing that 40 lbs and I am getting serious again about having better control over my impulses. BTW Bruce, your blog about that spoke meright over to join this team!

I am going on 3 weeks of staying away from the situations where I have few options for eating well. And, this week, I started an exercise streak of 6 days a week. With the cooler weather here in the southern hemisphere (Brazil), I know I can keep it up!

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My goal was to lose 2lbs a week. I've lost a total of 9.5lbs since OCTOBER. I'm going to Curves, staying between 1300-1600 cal., logging my foods, am active on the site etc. so being the slowest loser isn't my choice. I think I've no metabolism left from all my years of dieting. But, I'm not giving in or giving up!! I'm still determined to do it if it takes forever!!

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6/25/10 11:48 A

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I just found the blogs today and decided that I already am the slowest loser. I set a new goal today to lose 13 pounds in 26 weeks. I can do it!



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6/25/10 11:32 A

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I decided to join this team for a couple reasons:

1) the weight came on slowly (crept up on me!), so it has to come off slowly;

2) the only way to keep weight off is to consider lifestyle changes that are permanent, not temporary; losing weight quickly requires changes that I can't maintain. I'd rather go slowly and keep it off;

3) I read the wonderful blog about impulse intervention and could immediately relate.

Glad I found you all!

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Howdy from Upstate New York! I've read the blogs, and boy can I relate, so now I am here! I almost doubled my weight when I hit puberty in about a year and a half's time. Now I want to lose the same in about the same time frame (that's the goal) but that may be too ambitious.. might not have been had I really started a year ago when I had the idea but now - well, so be it. I hit 60 in 1 year 5 months and would like to be about 150 when that happens... I was 306 at my heaviest.

I think I have tried almost every diet fad in the book.. well not really as there are way too many of them... and for each success at losing I have gained back more than I lost. When I was going to have my knee repaired I was supposed to lose weight - swam like a fish and lost 25 pounds in a month and when the surgeon said it wasn't enough it was enough swimming for sure..

This team almost seems too good to be true - but I am glad I found you - or you found me!

Happy weekend everyone!
Faye

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6/25/10 9:17 A

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Hi everyone. I am new to this group and boy am I glad to find you. I guess I could be considered both a fast and slow loser because I had gastric bypass surgery back in 2005 and lost 115 lbs in less than a year but regained 40 lbs in 1 year. Have maintained that weight gain for 1 year. Gained some lost some but basically stayed the same. Just want to take it slow and lose about 2lbs a week to meet my goal of 149 lbs by my anniversary 04/19/2011. Currently at 201.6.

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6/25/10 3:02 A

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Hi All

Just joined this group after realising that there are so many people out there who just CAN'T lose those mythical 2+ pounds a week.

Long story short, years and years of yo yo dieting have totally wrecked my metabolic rate, which means that if I don't do any form of exercise I would only be able to eat 700-900 cals a day. I do walk the dog 3 times a week, and "allegedly" go to the gym 3 times a week (errrr I can't remember when I last went, but my bag is all ready to go in the car!).

Last year I bit the bullet and had a gastric band put in, all very drastic I know, it hasn't been the quick fix you read about in the news, but it certainly has helped, bread and soft cake type things are an absolute no no which is good, but fish is a problem as well which isn't so good.

I used to think there was something wrong with me because I couldn't lose lots of weight week after week and keep it off, I only have to inhale food aromas to put on weight xD. My goal is half a pound a week.

I would rather be a turtle and plod slowly to the end, than be the hare I used to be who ploughed headlong into every diet going, lost a few pounds, and then fell by the wayside.

I vowed not to be fat and forty, and here I am fat and fifty, no more I say, no more!

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6/24/10 10:41 P

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I am joining this team because I have literally tried every single get thin diet ever put out on the market. It is sad to think of the time and money as well as the self esteem lost in this pursuit only to end up being at my heaviest weight ever. It is time to realize that I will only be able to assimilate the necessary skills, habits, and attitudes to lose and maintain the loss if I am willing to go slowly enough and often enough to create "Muscle memory".

So here I am.

Chris
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You can't leave footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?"
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I am joining this group because after reading the blog, laughing and crying my way through it, I felt like I had finally found someone who knew me. I have been gaining and losing weight for as long as I can remember and this time I want to get it all off no matter how long it takes. I will not give up this time!!! emoticon

I've come to far and accomplished too much to start taking orders from a cookie!


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I feel this team is for me because in the past Ive acted as if its all or nothing, Ill be 100% for 2 days and then on the third I fall completely off course, like scarf and scarf and scarf completely ruining the 2 previous days efforts. Its a vicious cycle and instead of setting a retarded deadline Id like to change my mindset as well.. my friends perceive me as healthy but when left alone I stuff my face - I dont let anyone know, but its definitely happening otherwise I wouldn't be this fat. :( Ugh I want to put an end to this once and for all.

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6/24/10 7:03 P

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I feel this is the team that I was made for. I have been fighting my weight for most of my adult life, I actually was successful for a short time , got pregnant w/my 2nd child and lets just say, I can't lose this weight any slower than I am.(i hope that made sense) I look forward to being part of team and meeting all of you. emoticon

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emoticon ALL. I JUST READ BRUCE'S BLOGS ON IMPULSE RECOGNITION, INTERCEPTION AND BREATHING. I FEEL THIS IS THE PLACE FOR ME, WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SAME ISSUES.

I LOST 35 POUNDS IN 2006. I INTENDED TO KEEP LOSING ANOTHER 70 LBS. THEN I GOT INTO A RUT FOR A YEAR GAINING AND LOSING THE SAME 5 LBS. TOWARDS THE END OF '09, I GAINED 7 LBS. AND KEPT WORKING ON LOSING THAT. HERE IN JUNE OF 2010 I HAVE GAINED 18 LBS. BACK AND AM IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. I DON'T WANT TO GAIN BACK ALL MY WEIGHT. I ALREADY FEEL BAD ENOUGH.

SO, THIS IS WHERE I START. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW MY FELLOW TEAM MATES. STOP BY MY PAGE AND SAY HELLO:)

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Hello everyone well I got to the gym last night for two classes a total for 110 min workout so that is always good we had some bad storms already may be getting more if we do I will workout at home if not I would like to get to a spin class'

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Welcome, new team members. You have come to the right place to get encouragement for your slow journey. We have all learned that we can't get slim by yesterday, so we are concentrating on getting healthier and learning new habits, and the loss is coming as sort of a welcome by-product! emoticon emoticon
Happy trails! Esther!

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I never loose...but I don't plan to gain either.
It takes so much work for me to stay the same! I just don't want to start climbing the pounds again!
Not only am I the slowest looser...I refuse to ever be a looser again!
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6/24/10 9:04 A

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I just joined this team after reading the Slowest Loser Blog. The reason I joined is, I can relate. This January, like many, I made the standard New Year's resolution - not to lose weight, but to be healthier. I shifted myself from a focus on the scale to a focus on my behaviors. Nearly 6 months into 2010 I've experienced many changes; I'm eating healthier and better foods, I'm exercising consistently 3-5 times per week, and I'm drinking 64 oz of water daily. Consequently, I've also lost 20 lbs. which, while not the focus, is certainly an added bonus. So, fellow Spark-ies, I too am a slow loser but I'm happy and I think healthier for it.

Stephanie

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I keep telling myself "Enjoy the journey it's not a race" but then I keep looking at the scale in anticipation! I started in January this year. I have lost but it is much slower than I think it should be. Some days I'd like to throw a tantrum and scream I want it now! LOL I exercise a lot and I have been eating between 1200-1500 calories.

I have learned so much and changed many habits. This really is a lifestyle change and not feeling like a diet.


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2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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Hi, I'm Amy and new to SparkPeople. I joined this team after reading the Slowest Loser blog about controlling impulses. It was well written, held my attention, and was something I could put into use right away. In fact, I had a baggie of M&Ms on the kitchen table, and every time I went for them I just thought "impulse" in my head and stopped. I haven't touched them yet!

Amy - Running in Pennsylvania
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Hi J-ME, I think 16 pounds is awesome and 30 in a year would be amazing!! If it's a more realistic goal then you should go for that, because you'll feel so much better about yourself when you achieve it, and not feel like a "loser" for not dropping 50 pounds.

YOu can do it!

Lee Ann

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