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Dear Poeticblonde: You’ve done well and I pray you will not to lose hope and stay the course towards healthy living. The scale will catch up on its own timeline (not ours). I believe one week on the scales should never have the power we often give it . . . and yet, we do. Please do not allow the scales to steal your joy in true victory. Sweetlips has brought you the faith element of God’s great love for you. Amen! What a message! And such a beautiful, inspirational song.

I’d like to share with you some resources here that may help pull you through those times when our real, but sometimes fickle emotions sometimes get the better of us.

In a recent Weight Loss Myths quiz I took here on SparkPeople, one of the answers had the following rationale:

“While some people lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks, others might not lose any weight for a few weeks. Although this can be frustrating when you’re doing everything right, it’s not a reason to give up. Sometimes it just takes a little while longer to see the results of your hard work reflected on the scale. Many people lose a lot in the first few weeks, and then their weight loss slows down considerably. It’s totally normal to have weeks when you lose more than expected, and weeks when your weight remains the same despite your consistent efforts. Our bodies are very complicated and don’t always cooperate with the estimates of how much we should expect to lose. People rarely lose a consistent amount of weight each week. Debunk this myth and more by reading 6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid” at www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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Non-scale victories: 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move
By: dailySpark Guest Blogger : 4/22/2011 2:36:29 PM : 38 comments : 6,347 Views
By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL

Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are!

1 You feel like taking on something new.
2 You notice a new pep in your step.
3 Your clothes are fitting differently.
4 Your medical test scores are improving.
5 You start taking that one extra step.
6 You look for ways to make other’s lives easier.
7 You feel more positive and energetic.
8 Your hair, skin and nails start to look marvelous.
9 You look forward to your workout time.
10 You crave healthier fare.

As you can see, the scale is not the final decision maker as to whether you are getting healthier on your health plan. YOU are. Look for and celebrate the little things that you find new to your life.

For more detail, go to the source of her blog: www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=10_
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Four Signs It’s Time to Step Off the Scale
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By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer

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Measure Progress Without the Scale
An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer
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Four Non-Scale Signs of Progress
1. See results by taking a trip to your very own closet.
2. Aside from weight, use other numerical signs of progress.
3. Monitor how a healthy diet and regular exercise affects your energy levels.
4. Lastly, be conscious of how you feel emotionally.

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Please stay the course, Poeticblonde. Results WILL follow . . . the answer may simply not quite be what we expected . . . the answer may even be a test God has for us. Eventually, we'll begin passing these tests better and better when we abide in Christ. (John 15:2)

Allow me to wrap up this message by saying something Joyce Meyer taught me: "Every time you feel like doing the wrong thing and you choose to do the right thing you are growing and God is smiling!"


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1/16/12 2:41 A

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Amy.
I know it is frustrating when someone puts alot of effort into weight loss or other goals, and thins don't seem to budge/ or change. But really, if we hold out, it eventually actually does.

My sister isn't on Spark, but she hasn't tried to do any diet and exercise in between about eighteen years. She has two adult sons and a eight year old daughter. She is in her 50's. She decided to try and lose 50 lbs. She has now hit 80 lbs. off and is going for 100-115. She looks and feels so good. It is just amazing. It has cahnged alot more than her body. She is helping others. You just have to get used to starting again, we you need to. Joyce, wrote a book called, Never Give UP. It's a good read. So is Power thoughts by the same author.

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1/15/12 6:06 P

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Good to hear you are more "chilled" about it now. Sleep well and let us know how you are doing.
God bless
Tina x
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Thanks so much for being so supportive and understanding. I appreciate you Sam and Jacki for both taking the time to respond and say encouraging things. Sam, I think I'm going to take your advice and start again today and draw that line out, theres no law saying I can't make a fresh clean start so thats what I'm going to do. I'd like to look at these first two weeks as just my starting out period and now I know what I can learn from them. My sleep has been wacky too so I'm going to work on that as well.

And Jacki, I think you are right about my body needing to get used to it. I have another friend on here who is having similar trouble with the scale too. Those look like some great psalms and scriptures to check out also, uplifting and powerful, thanks so much for posting them. And what you said about concentrating on God and not the weight loss made sense too, it reminded me of the scripture seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things shall be added unto you. As for going to church that helps a lot too. I didnt go today because the roads were really icy, the one I go to is about 30 minutes away, but otherwise I really like going to church.

I guess thats what I really like about this website, that its not just about "loosing weight" its about getting healthy and feeling better, physically and emotionally & spiritualy and I get to meet some great people along the way who understand and who know what its like. I still can't get over how nice people are on here and how people just get it! I have been to so many message boards in the past and people would come on there just to say rude things, I like the fact people that come here are serious about change and committed to supporting others. Thanks again.

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*~*Amy*~*

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1/15/12 6:32 A

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Good Morning Precious Amy,

You are not stupid, and I did not read complaining, you are alright - really. God loves you whether you lose weight or not, whether you make mistakes or not, God just loves you. You are God's creating and God as my witness, knows no boundaries. We and I say we are no different than the woman at the well, the centurion solider, the man at the pool of Bethesda, we have our Peter moments, and even our Paul experiences, and we will be tempted, and we will have moments of unbelief, and yet in the midst of all of this, the one sure truth is that we have God's love, it is not earned by our actions, it is given to us freely.

I can understand really how you feel and know that you are not the only one. Although this is not about me, I would like to share with you this little bit, so you can see where I am going. I recently shared this in my musing that I provide to a group of people and this is part of it: "I have lost a large bit of weight over the past two years 68 pounds to be exact – and for the past year, I lost and regain about 10 of those pounds, because the ‘troubles’ were never released, and food was a source, I also did not love me enough to love God for my healing. The other thing about me is that as I cleanse and heal, I am honest and it is not pretty sometimes. I felt unloved and unlovable – there is no rhyme or reason for some of this. Wow, God has gifted me with the fruits of the spirits and many of the gifts of the spirit and sadly, I refused to really acknowledge it – why, deep down inside, why me – I stumble, I fall, I fail, I make mistakes, I breathe, I walk, I laugh and I cry – actually, I probably do no more than any of you, but realize that I looked more at my faults, my perceived failing and counted myself out." And Amy even through out that God kept me, and I am a work in progress, just as you are Precious. I too have regain some of my loss this year - I am exercising, praying, reading my scriptures too, and I gained. Some of it is the fact that my body is now resetting itself, we have to look at all of the parameters - the scale is not my only measure - as my clothing are getting looser, my skin is softer - and then that scale - yes, it is an effective measure, but it is not the only measure.

John 10:10 says in the King James version of the Bible - 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Remember that when doubt sets in to your mind. We are all under construction, honey and I also ask that you read Psalm 30:1-5 the commentaries call this a psalm, a song, for the dedication of the temple of David. What a wonderful scripture to read as we triumph over life’s adversities – from within and from outside of ourselves.

For the most part, today, I would like you to stop worrying about the weight loss, and just concentrate on the Lord for God's grace and mercy and read scripture like Psalm 91, for which God has given His angels charge over you, and spend time just centering and praising God for being God. Please understand that weeping my endure for a night, but Joy does come in the morning. Everyone of us comes to a cross road in our lives, and I can guarantee you that you have been through something before, a storm, and you can even look back now and know that you made it through. Are you in fellowship with believers - where you can go worship? For me sometimes, getting in the sanctuary at my church surrounded by others is one thing I need more than anything - Now, I know that churches are made up of people that are just like people on the street, but when we come together on one accord, what a time, what a time. What I love about God, is that time is not the factor, yes, we are in the middle of the month, but aren't you in your day to day life, the days of the month are not nearly as important as the fact that the God we serve knows every hair on your head, created you and fore knew you as He knew you from your mother's womb. Oh, God is able Amy, do far more than you can imagine or even think about and has and will. You are God's gift to us, and I am so grateful for you because we are all in this together; holding one another up, fighting through the battles of life and being on this journey.

Precious, there is nothing to hard for God, nothing at all, there is nothing that God does not know about us, and even me and my messy self, loves me so much. God ask that you love yourself and today, send some time thinking about your positives, I know that you are kind,caring, and generous in your spirit, I know that you are an encourager, I know that you really are happy when others have made accomplishments and you stop by to tell them on their blogs, and you are a good friend - do you have faults, well yeah, but we all do. Don't be down today, rejoice and relax - it will happen, but first you (I am not one to really tell folks what to do_, but I must suggest that you stop, regroup, and release - My favorite and most often focus scripture is Jeremiah 29: 11-14 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Amy, do not give the enemy the continued opportunity to keep you in exile - trust in the Lord, trust. even when you don't know what to pray, what scriptures to read, God sent the Holy Spirit for utterance and groaning to pray for you, intercede on your behalf as I will do and the other intercessors will do here. I am here and if you need to talk, please call me as I am sending you my number through sparkmail and also some words that God has provided me for you today. Chin up, and allow and accept God;s favor for you right now. Here are a couple of links that may also center your soul:
You need some time to heal, and so today, just for today, take baby steps for your journey, one moment at a time. As you described, you are exercising, keep that up, increase as you can, review your eating, eating too little can stall weight loss, drinking water, add more, and most important, increase your fresh fruit and veggies as much as you can - eat whole grains and some beans as well.

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Love jacki

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Hey Amy, the first thing that I want to say to you is that God loves you so much, whether you get things right or not. He's not punishing you because you didn't pray, he wants you to pray because he wants to have a real relationship with you - how great is that eh!!
He's not bothered what your shape is, it's what's in your heart that he cares about and sees.
Don't give up my friend, just try and chill about it, draw a line under this last week and start again TODAY.
Use the tracker and count your calories, if you exercise do what you can and let us know tomorrow how your day has been today.
Try not to set yourself guidelines that will be hard for you to reach. One day at a time is the key.... at the beginning of each day decide what you can fit in that day and don't be stressed if you don't achieve.
Just hang onto this promise from our Lord:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you
1 Peter 5:7
And please post on here if you need any help
with love in Him
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I had a very rough week. I realized that I didnt eat as good as I should have but I was shocked to see that I gained back all 6 pounds I lost last week. It felt like a sick joke, because in no way did I think I actually blew it. I feel like everytime I get happy or excited it never lasts. I really want God to help me but I feel like if I forget to pray I pay for it big time. I'm really trying hard to start new habits this year, like praying more often and losing weight, its just I'm not doing it perfect and sometimes I make mistakes.

I really considered giving up and not coming back to this site because I felt like something was wrong with my body and it might not ever happen, I didnt want to embarras myself on here with my weight never changing. I feel like sometimes I have to practically starve myself for any progress to be made. I did everything I was supposed to. I stayed in my calorie range. I exercised 3 days a week and it just wasn't enough. I had to take my ticker off my sparkpage because I just felt bad about it. The more I look at it, the more I feel it should be moving faster and now its right back where it started.

I don't know what anyone can say at this point. I tried looking for scriptures to read on weight loss and stuff and I have written a bunch down, but I still feel very miserable right now. Even writing these posts I dread them because Im afraid of sounding stupid, but I didnt know what else to do at this point. Its already almost half way through the month and I've lost nothing. The only thing I can think of is just to try really really harder the last 2 weeks I have this month.

I hope I dont sound like Im complaining or anything, it just really hurts when you try so hard, you think your doing well, then something happens and ruins it all. Sometimes I just dont see the point in being happy about anything I feel like everytime I start building anything in my life, a heavy wind comes and blows it all away, so to speak. I just need someone to understand and be supportive right now. I'm very confused. I figured this is a team of people who believe in God and being kind so that perhaps this would have been the best spot to post this.

*~*Amy*~*

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