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LADYKIMBERLY28 SparkPoints: (3,067)
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4/17/12 11:58 P

It takes time to get good at this healthy habits routine. Starting at around 3,000 calories a day, I wanted to go straight down to 1200 and drop the weight...BUT it's not realistic. If you are eating that much, aim at 2600-2800 for a week, then go for 2400-2600 and keep dropping your intake. You've got to reach deep. And forgive yourself often.

HAPPYDUTCH SparkPoints: (1,043)
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4/17/12 2:34 P

Okay, you need to go back to your own post, and read the last sentence. You are giving yourself the advice, you're just not taking it.

Go stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself to STOP AND SMARTEN UP!

Maybe your first goal should be to 'clean up' your eating habbits, and not worry about the weight goal. It all starts with eating right. Once you have cleaned up your diet, just start to walk, then jog, and then...... RUN!!

I can't wait for you to look back at the day when you took matters into your own hands. emoticon

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,893
4/14/12 11:19 A

Losing weight doesn't happen overnight and this is not a diet but a lifestyle change. You must have a plan for keeping the weight off. Find food choices you can stick with that are low glycemic such as pears, peaches, plums, apples, oranges, kiwi, cherries and all sorts of berries. Try to keep moving evwry 20 minutes (this helped me) dance, walk, figet, twist, lay in bed and shadow box with the ceiling. Take a 20 minute walk daily. Eat foods high in nutrition. Eat a salad a day with vinegar an oil ( a Small one will do) Eat cabbage soup 2x weekly. It helps me keep losing.

Cabbage soup is eaten to give your system a "rev" in weight loss
1 Green Pepper
1 Large Can Diced Tomatoes
2 Stalks Celery, 1 Large Onion - Chopped, 1-2 Cubes of Bouillon , low sodium
1 head cabbage. A nice, big green one.
48 oz. of V-8 Juice (low sodium works best)
4 cups of water
1 teaspoon of olive oil (no more)
1 tsp. of cumin, sprinkle of rosemary, 1 tsp of garlic powder or garlic clove, minced
Pepper to taste

Good Luck

SA2002NG Posts: 420
4/13/12 9:27 A

Same problem here, up 10 pounds since the year began and was supposed to be down 10 by now...

DUSTCOSTA1 SparkPoints: (67)
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4/10/12 6:31 P

Keep your head up and understand that it is going to be a long haul and a lot of work but you will look back on the adventure and realize that you accomplished something great that thousands of people can't or won't do. My best advice for you is that 75% of your weight loss is going to be in the kitchen. Eat clean and stay away from pre-packaged sodium filled crap and no fast food. You body is going to hate you for about a week but if you can get through that first week you will be home free. Also give yourself a cheat day about once every 2 weeks where you can get a pizza or go out to dinner. No more than once every two weeks. Good luck and I hope you reach your goals.

DUSTCOSTA1 SparkPoints: (67)
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4/10/12 6:30 P

Keep your head up and understand that it is going to be a long haul and a lot of work but you will look back on the adventure and realize that you accomplished something great that thousands of people can't or won't do. My best advice for you is that 75% of your weight loss is going to be in the kitchen. Eat clean and stay away from pre-packaged sodium filled crap and no fast food. You body is going to hate you for about a week but if you can get through that first week you will be home free. Also give yourself a cheat day about once every 2 weeks where you can get a pizza or go out to dinner. No more than once every two weeks. Good luck and I hope you reach your goals.

BETHS60 Posts: 547
4/10/12 4:04 P

First of all, give yourself some credit! You lost 20 pounds! emoticon

Second of all, you are not on a diet. You are changing your life so that you will be healthier and better able to enjoy the things you love. It will not be a straight line journey. There will be ups and downs. Just keep moving forward.

Someone on Spark asked the question, "Are you trading what you want for what you want right now?" It's a good question to ask yourself when you are faced with food.

One thing that helps me is the food tracker. I try to be very honest with the food tracker. And if I know I am going to track what I eat, I make more careful choices.

Best of luck to you!

NICOLEB1977 SparkPoints: (5,605)
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4/10/12 9:26 A

I sadly do not have any tips. You have to do this for you. We can tell you everything we do and maybe give you some good ideas but in the end YOU have to be the one to decide.

For me I started small back in January, Quit drinking alcohol, and since I smoked cigs when I drank I quit those nasty things too. Once I felt ok with that, I started eating better and then incorporated exercise. i have been going for 6 weeks and I'm down 15 lbs and noticing a difference in the mirror and that is all the motivation I need now to keep going.
I used to read those magazines, drop 10 lbs in 2 weeks, try this diet, try that diet, in the end none of them worked and I had to do this for me. I still allow myself a cheat meal a week, maybe a burger and fries, maybe go out for breakfast, whatever I feel like but if I ever want to eat something bad any other time I think of how happy I am and how I dont want to go back and choose a better option.

Ok Im rambling, feel free to email me if you want to talk more but I'll let the experts chime in. Good luck, you CAN do this!!

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 451
4/10/12 7:41 A

Well, here it is April already ! Which means it is that much closer to summer ! I love summer, but, I promised myself at the beginnining of this year that this is my year, the year I lose weight and get healthier. I have lost some weight, but I have also gained some back. Almost 10 of the 30 lbs I had lost.
I know I wont be skinny by summer but I would really like to be under 300 anyway which is not unreasonable but at the rate I am going, it definitely is not going to happen.
I have begun a 12 week weight loss challenge with my sister this week, its day 2 and things arent going so well. I really dont want to go through another summer season not feeling well, minding the least little bit of heat, sweating up a storm doing the least little thing, not wearing shorts, or hardly even wanting to wear capris, embarassed with my swollen feet and fingers from the overdose of daily salt I eat, and having absolutely no energy.
I am usually a competitive person. I have got to learn to get control of my poor eating habits and stop letting them control me. I am always on here complaining one day, back on track the next. So tired of yo-yoing. Suggestions please on how to stop the yo-yo cycle, smarten up and take charge of my health once and for all.

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