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4/20/08 6:37 P

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Wow! And here I thought I was alone in this journey. I am glad I am not alone. I am struggling with journaling my food, and on Friday I was feeling so sad and just pathetic. Usually I can talk myself out of my sadness, or even rationalize my thoughts, but this time, even knowing that a run or a walk would help, I didn't want to. I feel like a hamster in a wheel spinning around and around and just not getting anywhere with my weight. And I have just become really frustrated with everything which is showing up in my attitude in life. I feel like I am getting nowhere and it's coming fast. augh!!!

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4/20/08 10:23 A

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Yes, it is so hard when you are going through a tough time to keep focused on food. But do try to track your food anyway. I've been having a bad few days, but I kept tracking, and it's actually made me feel better and a little more in control. I know I went over, but I wasn't over by as much as I thought I would be, and the thought that I would have to put the food on my tracker kept me from eating as much as I would normally have done. I also figured that I might as well keep drinking my water so at least I could meet my goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Hey, if I only do that one thing, at least it is a positive thing for my health! It gives you something you can feel good about until you can get it all back on track. I also tried to continue to do 10 mins of cardio every day, and only slipped up on that once. So that's another thing you can try to fit in even if the food is going wrong.

So stick with it! You can do it! It's better to stumble a little and pick yourself up again than to let that stumble turn into a month-long binge. If we all stick with SP I know we can do it!

~Sarah~


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4/19/08 11:55 P

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You are right they are little things yet the have a big impact right now especially when i am vulnerable. i am going to get through this, but it never seems like the end is near when you are in the eye the storm. You all keep me and my sons in prayer. Take care

"I am what I am and His grace towards me was not in vain..." 1Corinthians 15:10


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I cannot look at it as dieting or I will want to binge and eat everything. We can eat anything right? Just proport it. So we are not dieting, no. But we are being smart about eating. A difference. It's day 6 for me and I made it through the hard days--- usually 5 and 6 for me and 7 tomorrow too. That's when I want to binge because I haven't had my favorites in 5 or 6 days. But I have had peanut butter, I have had chocolate, I have had sweet potatos.

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4/19/08 8:01 P

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It's been great when I haven't had emotional setbacks. But I'm trying to just work through those.

Anyway, my thinking is that because this is a lifestyle change, not a diet, there's no need to try to starve ourselves. Slow and steady wins the race! So if you're finding it hard, try upping your calorie goal for a few weeks (or longer), so that you don't feel so deprived. Then you can always drop back down again if you want to. It's made a huge difference to me to allow myself more calories so I don't feel deprived and obsessed.

Good luck!

~Sarah~


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4/19/08 4:50 A

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Lchris2me....I try to rememeber to not let the little things get me down and that it's all little things... sounds like you are moving in the right direction... I know for me that I emotional eat as well... but really a month ago I did not even recognize that I was doing it... so baby steps and I keep in mind I am striving for progress not perfection...keep trudging have a peace filled moment emoticon

My body is a temple and I am treating it as such...


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4/19/08 2:33 A

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This week have been very emotional for me and I have fallen back into emotional eating. I know this isnt right, but with no friends and family to vent to, I have no other outlet. i have increased my walking time and although I will benefit from it, I am still very lonely here. I have spent more time with my sons and looking for a place of our own so we can move soon, but without a car...it has been very difficult for us. I am trying not to give up on my goals and stay focused too

"I am what I am and His grace towards me was not in vain..." 1Corinthians 15:10


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4/18/08 8:57 P

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I agree this time I have approached this as a life style change, and focused on creating good habits. Today is only day six, but I am enjoying the gym, and haven't minded the food changes either. I think that is the biggest challenge I have had in the past, I treated it like a diet, and didn't focus on breaking bad habits and creating good new habits.

Shel

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4/18/08 3:21 P

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thank u for the mind body site. i have read some of them and will attempt to put them into play. i feel like when i do not concentrate on dieting it is easier. thanx again for y'r help.

"fair to midd-ling oh, really just look it up" Zach.4:6b "not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord of host"


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4/18/08 3:09 P

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I agree completely with Kara - you have to look at it differently. This is just who you are now and the way you do things now.

Shari

"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier"


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4/18/08 2:58 P

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Thank you Kara
you inspire me and help me realize it (weight loss and life choice changes) are possible... I will read the articles... again than you for being here for those of us starting our journey... emoticon

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4/18/08 1:17 P

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I totally agree - I feel like this is working for me because I am embracing the changes in my lifestyle rather than grudgingly cutting out something to lose weight.

:) Alicia



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4/18/08 12:58 P

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It's not a DIEt, it's a LIFEstyle change for a LIFEtime.

Honestly, when I wrapped my head and heart and soul around that concept, that's when things "worked" and I wanted to do what it takes for a lifetime.

I'd strongly suggest that EVERYONE read slowly and thoughtfully through the Mind Over Body series of articles here on SparkPeople. Here's the link:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov
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4/18/08 12:51 P

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it seems i really have a hard time when i am focused on "i'm dieting" anyone else struggle w/ this? how do u overcome this mentality? HELP

"fair to midd-ling oh, really just look it up" Zach.4:6b "not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord of host"


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