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10/22/08 2:07 P

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I need support now! And most of all, I need friends. I'm so discouraged right now.

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9/6/08 4:17 P

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Hi,

I haven't really been doing alot here either. I read the e mails, log in my walks and that is about it. I really fell off the wagon so to speak. I let something that happened over the summer knock me for a loop and I just haven't focused on taking care of myself. Well, I need to get back up and re focus. Anyone seen my glasses?? lol!



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8/13/08 11:19 P

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Thanks its good to know I'm not alone. I just returned from two days without computer access for anything out of town, but the food that was supplied had good portions and was healthier food, I blew it with a burger when I got back but I am going to log that as well. Travel can be a bummer. emoticon

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8/13/08 8:24 P

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Cut back to weighing yourself once a day at a consistent time, or better yet, once a week. Your weight WILL fluctuate over the course of a day.

I've lost about 35lbs and gone from slightly over "obese" by BMI to just into "healthy"!

And I can now run for over 5k!

#1 rule about losing weight:
It's about making progress, not being perfect
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8/11/08 10:39 P

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OOHH that is a tough one. I guess just try to make a point to cut back. Maybe the same thing that worked for me with the food will work for you. If you log all your fitness and see how many calories you are burning vs how many you are eating it will cause you to cut back. Loging all my food like I said kept me from eating more becasue I didn't want to log it.

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8/11/08 10:33 P

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Hey guys, I just joined the site a few weeks ago as we all did, and I'm part of that silent minority that is guys on this forum. I'm having a little bit of trouble myself, not necessarily with meeting goals and staying active, but with staying away from being addicted to working out. I've been sort of a yo-yo type my whole life, although I've definitely also been overweight my entire life. In high school, I used to play sports, so I was very familiar with the gym; for a long time after then, though, I stopped committing myself to staying in shape, and I ballooned up, even though I used to love going to the gym. My problem now is that I am finding that I want to work out all the time again, especially since I saw results fairly quickly (lost about 12 pounds in the last month).

Obviously, that's not a bad thing, but I just realized that today, I burned nearly as many calories as I ate -- and I couldn't force myself to eat something when I got back from my workout. I know that for the sake of metabolism, I should probably eat something, but whenever I eat to compensate for my workouts, that little bump in weight I get really discourages me. It's almost like the lost water weight is comforting to me, because when I step on the scale for the third or fourth time a day, I'm a bit lower than I was before.

How do you deal with that kind of a neurosis? I feel like I understand I'm getting workout addicted, but I feel disgusting when I force myself to eat, or when I even get up towards the top end of my caloric goal. I'm kind of at a loss here, even though I know it's probably a problem.

Thanks guys.

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8/11/08 10:11 P

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First about the time part.

You just have to commit yoursef to do it. Don't try to do too much. Take it one day at a time. If you only log your food one day and then next you post and do this and that that is ok too. It isn't easy. Don't do what I did and let yourself get lax in logging your food. I did and have put 5lbs back on in just over a month. Even if you don'tdo anything else on the site LOG YOUR FOOD. For me I started loosing weight the first week becasue I didn't want ot have to log that late night snack so I didn't have it.

Now for the other post. DADMAN35 was right. If you are going to weigh yourself daily you should be prepared for a slower weight loss. Just think of the old saying " A watched pot never boils" Take this journy one day at a time. I would only weigh yourself once a week that way the results are little more noticable. You may gain weight in the beging. Everybody is different like he said. Yes like I just said I lost weight in the begining but I put it right back on. Right now to be honest I get more motivation and stress releive from posting and being a leader in this team and another one than I did before.....and because ofthat I have stopped logging my food. But now I drink WAY too much soda and usually have a snack every night....things I shouldn't do. But if I just start taking it one day at a time and log my food agian all will be good.

Have a great evening all and stay positive.

Melissa

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DADMAN35's Photo DADMAN35 Posts: 89
8/11/08 11:06 A

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You are just beginning like I am and each of our bodies are going to react differently. I don't think I would be overly concerned about results of daily weighins but over the long haul the results. I am only weighing in weekly and it has been a bit disconcerting but I am taking it one day at a time and trying to take a big picture view. I am not perfect and am not doing perfectly at this point but I am going to get up every day and do my best for that day. I have to choose not to become discouraged but maintain a good balance at critiqing my efforts realisticly.

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8/11/08 9:02 A

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emoticon I am in need of some support.

I started on 7/31 and except for two days (we went to a festival and I ate a lot of junk, but not overkill, and one other day) I have stayed within the 1200-1550. Basically, I didn't spend any time tracking what I "normally" eat because when I started SP I was already on the road to changing my lifestyle, and since it was easy to see my calories adding up from day one, I really just have tried each day to make healthy choices.

Where I would once upon a time put three slices of cheese on my grilled cheese sandwich and then maybe eat two, I now know that one slice is perfectly good and one sandwich with a salad is just enough. When my friend gave me bbq pulled pork I had one small sandwich at lunch and a very light/healthy dinner to balance it out. Where I used to eat four or five cookies I now have one and walk away.

I also used to be very sedentary. I have done a complete 180. I go to the gym three times per week, do yoga once a week, and have exceeded my cardio goals for the week. Even on my "off" days I've tried to do something, like take a walk or do one of the videos on here.

Oh, and I went from barely drinking one glass of anything per day (BAD I know) to consistently drinking at least 5 glasses of unsweet, decaf tea.

I knew not to expect miracles and I realize it is only 12 days. But on Wed and Fri of last week when I weighed in at the gym I was 121 (down 2 pounds).

Well...I weighed myself today at home (finally put batteries in the scale, now I WISH I hadn't) and it says I'm 123.

I know: different scales so its hard to compare, weight fluctuations, its only been 12 days, you gain before you lose, maybe I"m gaining muscle because I have been doing a lot of circuit training....

BUT STILL. I am so bummed. I was realllllllly motivated, and well, I am now hoping this doesn't make me give up altogether. I'm sitting here with my big glass of tea, and just trying to get over this awful, dissapointed feeling.

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

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8/10/08 6:05 P

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Hey Guys,

How do you learn to balance a busy life with a desire to journal, workout etc. I did Ok my first week but then got busy, working 8-12 hours a day, and wasn't home to eat well, just ate what was there, normally pizza.

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SOBINCORPORATED's Photo SOBINCORPORATED Posts: 66
8/9/08 12:43 P

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One thing that has been somewhat difficult for me is that the membership on this site is very heavily female. Please don't misunderstand me, it's not a problem apart from the fact that men have very different nutritional and exercise needs than women, especially during weight loss. A man can eat a diet that has 100 grams of healthy fats and even be better off for it, for instance. However, I find it difficult to accept support from other men. Maybe it's a competition thing, who knows.

I do know that I have found a great resource in SparkPeople and people of both sexes have been supremely helpful. I'm not quite sure what this whole post was about (it's a bit rambling) but that is probably the main point.

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8/9/08 11:56 A

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Courtmarie,

I agree w/ Irishnavylady. I started on 7/31, and all I've done consistently is log my food and drink my water. As I started logging I realized #1 I wasn't eating fruits and vegetables, and #2 I was choosing alot of high fat options. So gradually I've made a point of eating fruits and veggies (it's even one of my goals), and I make lower fat choices (if I want a burger I get it w/o cheese and mayo and with lots of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and mustard). Logging your food really works.

Welcome, welcome, welcome and good luck. You'll do Great! emoticon emoticon

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8/7/08 9:14 A

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You can do it. And I am more than willing to give you that kick in the butt....

Melissa

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BLESSEDDOCB Posts: 12
8/6/08 7:01 P

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You can DO IT Midg! I remember in a weight watcher meeting once, my instructor made the statement, "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels". I took out "thin" and replaced it with "fit" because that is really my goal. Are there any corny/motivating phrases that you can pull out of your pocket to keep you focused on your goal?


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8/5/08 3:22 P

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I just need someone to push me someone to say hey i see that you did not meet your goals do you need some help

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8/3/08 3:04 A

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Ok here is what I would suggest. First don't worry about what you should and shouldn't eat yet. For right now take a few days and just log everything you eat. And I mean EVERYTHING. At the end of the week say look at what you ate and where the numbers fall. Was breakfast where you had too many calories or was is a snack. Things like that. Once you have a good couple of days worth of logged food you can really see what you eat daily and where you are messing up. Then take that new knowledge and cut 1 thing out that you had often that you shouldn't have and replace it with something healthy. I know that this will take a while but if you are honest with your self in logging it will work better this way. I did this when I first joined a while ago and found out that I needed to change some things. I looked at my food and where I was going wrong. Slowly I have been able to cut the bad out and insert the good.

I hope that this helps.

Melissa

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8/3/08 12:08 A

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i need support! &advice, i really dont understand what to eat & what not to, with all the crazy diets out there. any help will be so very appreciated emoticon

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7/10/08 12:31 A

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From time to time we all need support. So if you need some and need it now then post it here.

Leave a message after the beep and someone WILL get back to you and give you some support.

*******BEEEEEEEP*******

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