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HEARTSHAPDBOX SparkPoints: (1,540)
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4/17/12 9:18 A

I know it seems hard to cut out the caffeine, Ive had the same problem. I would usually start my day off with a few cups of coffee loaded with creamers until I found out how bad they were for you, yuck! One thing I've found to help me is the water flavor enhancer, MiO. They make an energizing brand that I found to give me just enough energy without the crash. Also, superB vitamin supplements which help with not only energy but metabolism. Just keep at it, try to stay focused and youll be seeing results in no time.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
4/17/12 1:06 A

Everyone's "tipping point" is different. There are many active members here who would LOVE to be 200 pounds. That being said, I wish you the best of luck and good health on your journey.

BLUEDEVILS77 SparkPoints: (827)
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4/16/12 8:05 P

I'm starting with small goals. No diet soda on the weekends and only one a day during the work week. I can't go totally without caffeine during the work week. I was having 2-3 a day everyday. I'm logging all my food which helps me see what I am eating. I will give everyone updates as I get them. Thanks for the HUGS and well wishes.

CHERRY666 Posts: 545
4/16/12 3:19 P

Oh, I can relate all too well. In January, I went to the doctor's office and found out I weighed 198. I'd been avoiding the scale for a while because I could tell I'd gained weight but didn't want to know how much exactly. I thought I was going to start crying right on the spot. It's such a horrible feeling, and I'm sorry you're going through that right now. Like others have said, you can't do anything about the past, but you can change what you're doing now. Making small goals really does make a difference -- it gives you confidence which, I don't know about you, but it's something I can always use more of.

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Feel better soon!

JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,409
4/15/12 1:54 P

Maybe you needed to hit 200 to have a wake-up call. I know I was comfortable with my weight creeping up ("ehh, it's only another 10 pounds...") until I stepped on the scale and it read 190 exactly. That woke me up! I decided NO WAY am I going to continue to be ok with gaining another 10 pounds and hit 200. So that's what it took for me to evaluate my lifestyle and decide what changes I can make. So maybe it's the same way for you! Either way, you can do this!! You can make a change & a year from now you will look back and see how far you've come! emoticon

TJANGIE SparkPoints: (6,844)
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4/14/12 1:12 P

I can also relate. Had a hysterectomy last Oct and gained 20 pounds, so none of my summer clothes fit. Made up my mind to make changes and my clothes will fit by the end of June. So far, 2 pair of jeans fit and I still have to work on my summer pants, so, I am taking it day by day. Some days are easier than other, however, this is a lifetime journey. Be good to yourself, swap healthier foods for not too healthy ones, and move more. You will see a difference in how you are feeling! Good luck and stay positive!!!

LKG9999 Posts: 1,474
4/14/12 9:33 A

Blue Devil, I can totally understand. From 2009 to 2010 I worked hard to go from 230 down to 160. Then a lot of things happened in my life, and the weight crept back up again so I am now over 200. For a long time I was very upset with myself, mad that keeping the weight off takes so much work, ongoing energy and mental focus. Honestly what is helping me a great deal right now is that my cholesterol also shot up, to the point that I knew I would be on medication if I didn't change my attitude. So I'm working on accepting that this is my reality: I will never have the lean. lithe body that I've wanted all my life. But I can have a *healthy* body. Like you I am looking at what I am and am not willing to do to get there.

I know this is easier said than done, but work on forgiving yourself and move past how you got to where you are now. Focus on being kind to yourself, and the small steps you are willing to do to reverse the situation. I suggest checking out some of the Slowest Loser blogs, they are well-written, funny and take the focus more on the small steps than the large goal. Hang in there - you've already taken the first step, which is acknowledging the present reality.

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Edited by: LKG9999 at: 4/14/2012 (09:34)
BLUEDEVILS77 SparkPoints: (827)
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4/14/12 9:01 A

Thank you for the support. I'm still trying to figure out Sparkpeople. I have used it for tracking weight and food but really nothing else. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

DROPOFHONEY SparkPoints: (35,316)
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4/14/12 8:46 A

As you can see many of us can relate to what you are going through. I remember hitting 200lbs.. I was around 18 and since then I have never been below 200. I remember the day I stepped on the scale and I was OVER 260. This was so discouraging to me. I had gained almost 100 lbs in a little over a year. Imagine that.

I always committed to changing and did for awhile I lost 60lbs when I was about 22. That brought me down to 200-210... I went on to have three babies.. I was able to drop the weight after my first two but then I had my third and My weight stayed between 220 and 230.. I tried it all.. Every fad diet out there I tried and failed.. I had to find a solution that worked for me. And I did.. Slow and steady. I've lost a little less then 20lbs in 6 months but that's okay I'm so happy with that.. I'm moving more like a turtle trying new things and finding who I am and what works for me as opposed to the rabbit I was before.. I wanted it done NOW and NOW and perhaps Yesterday would work. If I didn't see drastic results after a couple of weeks then I gave up..

You can do this!!! You have a strong community behind you..
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Edited by: DROPOFHONEY at: 4/14/2012 (08:46)
HAPPYERIN Posts: 326
4/14/12 8:35 A

I can relate to how you feel. My weight slowly creeped up on me once I got married and took a job with an hour-long commute. And often, you don't FEEL as though you should weigh what they scale is telling you. It just isn't possible. The fact that you are on this site is a very positive and commendable step. Try to look at it day by day rather than the big picture and how much you want to lose -- the daily success will start to motivate you more and more each day.

MSKIZ69 SparkPoints: (207,723)
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4/13/12 10:28 P

For some of us, it's the scale shocks us into reality, for others a very unflattering picture, and for more a cruel and/or well meaning relative or friend who comments(I was 'lucky' enough to have all three!). We've all that moment where we know we need to make a change for the better-so use this as your starting point back to health. emoticon

NEWMOM20121 SparkPoints: (60,596)
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4/13/12 9:30 P

Been there, done that. That is what brought me to Spark People. I was hitting 200 and was scared this would become my new norm and that really scared me. There is so much support and advice here. Best wishes

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
4/13/12 6:31 P

Sorry that you are struggling. This is a very difficult journey and it's not easy. First, you need the committment from yourself to make it happen. Then you need a plan in place to make it happen.

In the beginning, I set small goals. Sometimes when you look at the whole piece it can be very daunting. Once I acheived one goal, then I set another one.

The formula is pretty simple though. If you eat around 1200-1500 calories a day and put some exercise in it you should be loosing weight. The key is you need to be consistent and work your plan.

In the beginning I hated the gym. I hated not eating junk. Now though I wouldn't ever go back to 172 pounds nor putting junk in my body, but this has been a long journey. I didn't get here overnight.

How bad do you want it? If you want it bad enough, find the willpowere within yourself to make it happen. You are the only one that CAN control your destiny.

Big wins, NO fast food, No candy, drink only water, add veggies, fruits, fish, nuts and eggs to your diet. Egg whites are an easy win with hardly any calories. Drink lots of water with lemon like a gallon a day. It will rid your system of toxins.

Good luck and work your plan like a job!

BLUEDEVILS77 SparkPoints: (827)
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4/13/12 10:32 A

Thanks for the encouragement ARCHIMEDESII

This is the biggest that I have ever been and it is very frustrating. I am setting small goals. First with water. No more "diet" drinks, just water and I will move on from now.

I do appreciate all the responses with the exception of the 1st response that I received on this topic, which I found rude.


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (141,853)
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4/13/12 10:02 A

BLUEDEVILS77,

I think at some point, everyone of us here on Spark had a "wake up" call. You can't beat yourself up because you gained weight. That's something each and everyone of us has done. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future. If you look at my Spark Page, twice in my life I weighed over 200+ pounds. I made a decision that that wasn't going to happen a third time.

If you're ready to make a change, then Spark People is here to help. First thing is to sit down and set some goals. Those goals should be realistic. We'd all love for the weight to be gone overnight, but that's just not happening. Start with the first five pounds. What do you need to do to lose that first five ? Well, I started with some simple changes. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals.

If you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, then set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, then set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, then set a goal to walk for 30 minutes each day for one week. doesn't matter what else you're doing, you start with these goals. And once you've achieved those goals, you set new ones.

That's how good health starts. It starts with some simple changes.



BLUEDEVILS77 SparkPoints: (827)
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4/13/12 5:26 A

Thanks for the advice and positive encouragement from the 2 of you.



MELLISOND Posts: 1,277
4/12/12 10:15 P

Hi, I know how upsetting it feels to hit that 200 mark. Then I went on to get to almost 300 pounds. Now after many years, I am heading the other way and feeling great. I am here to tell you that you can do it. Please start your journey knowing that you are worth the time it takes to plan for, shop and eat healthy meals, sleep well, drink water, exercise and relax. But it can be overwhelming to try to do it all at once. So start with one thing that moves you on the path to good health and the weight you want to be.

All the best!


JAMIELG622 Posts: 25,060
4/12/12 10:11 P

I feel your pain. I've been flirting with this one for a while myself. It's a long road, but here's what I tell myself: What's already done, is done. You can't go in the past and change it, so it does no good to spend energy dwelling and fretting on it when you can use that energy to make improvements. Use that "dwell" time to exercise instead, or plan your healthy meals for the next week.

It's easier said than done-not going to lie. Frankly, I'm still struggling myself. But I find, the more positive things you tell yourself instead of just ripping yourself to shreds, the more successful you'll be in the long term. Good luck!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (103,464)
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4/12/12 8:59 P

Own up to it and commit to positive change. If you've been on and off as you say, then weight gain is the result.

BLUEDEVILS77 SparkPoints: (827)
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4/12/12 8:39 P

I've been on and off the diet wagon since January. Now I step on the scale and 200!!!

I am so upset and about to cry.

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