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8/21/08 12:37 A

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Do something special for yourself. When in those funks, it gets so easy to mope, watch crappy tv shows, and eat too much. once you start to climb out, you will feel so much better,

Tammy, Scarlet Dragons, Time to Bloom

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DIANEO1 Posts: 15
8/20/08 1:28 P

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Good for you! Taking that first step is always the hardest and you feel so much better once you get going! I wish you the best on this journey!

8/20/08 1:11 P

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hi everyone ! i just wanted give you guys a huge hug and say a great BIG THANKS !!! a couple of days ago i was so down and extremely unhappy...after recieving so many messages, goodies and all of the sweet words of encouragement i got outdoors and in the last 2 days i got back on track and now im jogging...thanks once again i greatly appreciate it !!! hugs and kisses for everyone !!!!

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8/18/08 10:53 P

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Okay take a deep breath and slowly exhale! This is a journey for a better healthier you and you can do it. It only takes one day at a time. You are a strong beautiful woman.

Don't worry about things that are yet to be or may never be worry about this minute and the remaining hours in today. Tomorrow is a new day, remember it didn't take a day or even a month or 6 months to put the extra weight on. Give your body time. Eat healthy and exercise and the rest will take care of itself.

Sending you good thoughts and HUGS.


"black bird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise" Beatles

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8/18/08 6:13 P

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I know the feeling, I need to lose more weight in my tummy. I know I have to do more exercising!! I like reading the inspirational articles in spark and in magazines. emoticon

Blessings to all....

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8/18/08 5:01 P

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I understand where you are coming from. I have gained 8 lbs. I have been exercising and walking and I gained weight. I drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. I gained weight after my daughter was born and just can't seem to lose it. But as everyone else says, I take it one day at a time. That's all you can do. Good luck with everything. You can do it. One day at a time.

If you need to talk jut email me. I'd be glad to chat.


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8/18/08 4:35 P

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I started in Jan. You will have the ups and downs. But once you start loosing you will be ok. For low cal snacks I eat Cheerios and Bran Flakes without milk. The scale is a bad thing at first. It will make it seem not you are not going anywhere. Take a measuring tape you may be loosing inches. I am not loosing now but the inches are coming off and my clothes are loose. I been the same weight for a month. I'm ok with it for now. You can do this. emoticon

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8/18/08 3:42 P

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For several years I complained about weight gain and I had really low self esteem. My husband started making me go to the gym. I mean "making" me go. I cried and complained about that, too.

But I went. Eventually (a year later), I accepted the fact that I exercised. I hadn't lost any weight (I'm called an adapter). One day, my DH asked me how I felt about myself. You know, I felt fine. Oh, yeah, I still wanted to lose weight, but I felt healthy none the less. My DH told me I hadn't mentioned my weight in months.

That came as a shock. But it was true. I was so much better than what I'd been a year earlier.

I eventually went to WW and lost weight. But I guess what I'm trying to say is what the others have said. Take it one day at a time. Keep moving. And remember, you are better today than you were this time last year. You're doing great.

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8/18/08 2:52 P

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Most definitely YOU CAN DO THIS!!! NO question. Take one day at a time. Set up a reward system for yourself for every day. Every day you stay within ALL your nutritional goals, give yourself a little something - a dollar, a sticker on your calendar, AND every day you do some exercise give yourself a little something. I make a calendar for the month of what my daily exercise goals are and every day I meet them, I put a sticker on my calendar. I also track on a separate calendar my calories in and my calories out and my weight. I can see what works for me and what doesn't by looking at it on a week to week, month to month basis.

By putting a sticker on my calendar for every day I meet my nutritional goals I have a visual reminder that I want to continue to meet these goals because I want the entire month to be full of stickers without any gaps. But that is what works for ME, find out what motivates you.

I did Jillian Michael's 30 day shred for the month of July and that was also really helpful. I now find a new exercise program to focus on for each month, it makes it easier to stick to since it isn't for very long.

It's normal to have these days when we think we can't do this, just don't let them turn into weeks. Every day is a new day and every day we can turn into a successful day. I have found the Olympics to be very inspirational these past few weeks. People overcome adversity all the time, and those "people" can be US!!

Great job for posting, keep posting so we can know how you are doing!

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"

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8/18/08 2:36 P

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Just take one day at a time, that's all you can do.
I have been stuck on the same weight for about a month now, so I just keep on trying. If you need to talk some more you can email me.


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DIANEO1 Posts: 15
8/18/08 2:23 P

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This feels like a never ending journey some days. When you have a lot of weight to loose it especially seems daunting. I know from personal experience. Believe it or not, I think there are a lot of people dealing with depression due to so many outside factors like the economy. But the previous person is right, one choice at a time - you are not a machine don't expect yourself to act like one and be perfect all of the time. You are beautiful! Grasp that. I know it sounds silly but keep a journal whether it be online or on paper and write the positives only about yourself I am sure there are many. Once today is gone, there is no getting it back how did you spend it? Regretting it or yourself is so harmful! This may all sound philisophical but really believe in you for all you have to offer. This is a journey and if you live for the journey and not the destination who knows what you will find! It is great to have goals but do not forget to enjoy getting there. Good Luck!

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8/18/08 2:17 P

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You are a beutiful young lady! The first thing you have to do is stop talking negative to yourself. You CAN do anything you put your mind to. Take it one day at a time and be consistent with whatever you decide to do. If you slip up, pick yourself up and start over. Start by setting some achievable goals for yourself like drink 8 glasses of water a day or walk three times a week. Get consistent with that then set another goal for yourself. You can do this. YOU CAN!!!!!! emoticon

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8/18/08 1:46 P

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I'm sorry you're feeling bad. When I get down, I look at inspirational stories and Sparkpeople success stories to remind myself that it is possible. I also remind myself that I made a commitment to the lifestyle, not just losing weight. So even if I have a few bad days, there is no reason not to get started again. Plus, it's not all or nothing. Every small choice and every small change makes a difference.

Be as you wish to seem.

8/18/08 1:44 P

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I feel about the same way...I'm definitely at a plateau with losing weight. I have issues with eating that keep me from eating normally, therefore may go all day without eating, so what I do eat, I know turns to fat because my body thinks I'm starving.

Crying won't help us lose weight, you're right, but holding it in won't help either. Cry it out, then decide what needs to be done to take that next step. For me, it's getting my cardio level up. I have no energy to go beyond 10 minutes at a time most days.

So what's your goal? One step at a time, remember that. It won't all happen at once. Baby steps, is what I keep telling myself.

My understanding with the skin is that if you lose weight at a normal pace (not like 20 lbs overnight), your skin has time to readjust, etc. Also, drinking lots of water, using moisturizers, etc are supposed to play a part in tightening it back up. I did tell my dh that when I lose all this weight, if there's still a belly pooch, I WILL have a tummy tuck. I will not have gone through this for naught. :)

If you need a daily encourager, email me....I need the extra boost myself, right now.

You CAN do this.


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8/18/08 1:43 P

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I was at the same place you are in now...same EXACT feelings you are having now. What worked for me is to try to put all of my fears behind me and just go for it.
When there is nothing healthy in my house to eat I go for the Cheerios w/ skim milk. I always keep that on hand.

Right now just focus on losing the weight. As for the loose skin...cross that bridge when you come to it. You are causing yourself anxiety that you just don't need right now. I really don't think it will be an issue though.

Hope this helped.


"Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?'~Unknown


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8/18/08 1:31 P

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lately i ve been feeling so down and frustrated....i havent been losing anything but i havent been completely giving it my all either....i keep thinking to myself that im never going to lose this weight....i always think of the bf says to me yesterday " are you going to be able to do this? " and now i ask myself the same question "will I?" i dont seem to know what i should stick with for eating, and lately i havent been exercising....maybe im expecting too much from myself ? now also i was thinking what if i do lose all of this weight, will i have saggy skin left ? so now im scared if i lose a bunch of weight by working hard i ll have to face another problem....loose skin ! i just feel like i cant win ! yesterday i was so upset that i was crying....i know that crying wont help me lose weight, but i just couldnt hold it in. now im starting to get desperate, its like im willing to do anything now to lose the weight. you would almost think that if i was s0000 unhappy i would do something about bf has pretty much gave up hope on me because he dont know what else to tell me....i dont want to cry anymore and i dont want to be unhappy....when i look at myself in the mirror i begin to feel sad because i know deep inside im not happy....its gotten so bad that i dont want to be in public, i feel like everyone is looking at me and talking about me. my bf wants to go out to the clubs once in awhile but we end up not going because im embarrased of myself....i know if i dont change then i ll probably lose my bf....and i dont want that to happen because he's the best thing thats ever happened to me....ok im gonna go for now, im tearing up again....i needed top get this all out because i dont have anyone else to talk to about this....maybe im just going through some kind of phase right now, but i hope it will be over soon

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