Hi Christina: I just got here and read all these notes...can't say anything more...I just found that putting everything I eat down on that list page is a miracle for this old bookkeeper... I find that I don't have the heart to upset my eyes by reading foods that I know I shouldn't be eating, so I just stay away from them... I gave up two things on this this road to better health...Soda and bread. Since I started I have had nothing but water or juice to drink. The only "bread" type is eat is either some low-cal crackers or a lo-fat wrap. It's not coming off fast...but I know it took me a few years to put it on. Keep up the courage...enjoy it...it's your new life-style. I look forward to the time when you write us that you've lost so much it surprised even you!!!!! Good luck!
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789 6/11/12 6:21 P
You don't say how tall you are, but I started at around the same weight and I lost pretty consistently at five pounds a month until I hit the low 120's. At first that didn't seem like much, but then I realized that if I was aiming for about a 50 pound loss (rounding to make the math pretty), each month was a whole 10% of the weight I wanted to lose! That was great progress! And I'm short, so if you're taller than my 5'1 self, you have even less to lose and that 5 pounds represents an even larger precentage.
You're doing everything right from the sounds of it. You're making healthy, reasonable changes to your diet that you can sustain (remember that you're going to have to eat this way for the rest of your life, so you'd might as well enjoy it), you're adding in exercise and activity, and you're laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Neither weight loss nor healthy habits are instant. They kind of sneak up on you, one decision at a time, until you realize one day that you've lost an entire cat/dog/child worth of weight and hey, you're actually looking forward to a plate of fresh veggies at lunch.
Rather than looking for a jump start, just keep looking forward and doing what you're doing. You've already made a difference to your body, and it's only going to keep getting better.
I ran into a guy at the gym a few months ago, he is a about 6'9" and I found out he was just over 400 lbs when he started coming. We talked a bit about our journeys and how we were both pretty big (I wasn't that heavy nor am I that tall, but the journey is important). At that time, I was down about 15 lbs from my start, so just in my infancy of the journey, and he was dropping pounds like crazy. In 7 months, he has lost nearly 100 lbs, but he had a lot more to lose.
I don't toss those numbers out to make someone jealous or demotivate, just the opposite. Him and I got to talking about his weight loss, as he has slowed the rate at which he loses. I asked him, "How long did it take for you to get to 400+? It wasn't as if you went to McDonald's, had a number 1 with a large Coke and the next day you were that heavy."
He looked at me as if a lightbulb had just gone off in his head. He told me that he had never thought of it that way. It took him years and months of less than stellar choices with food and activity level for him to get that big, and it can certainly take that much time to undo the "damage" from those choices as well. Think about things in the macro scale of it all. One bad meal here or there, so long as it isn't the "norm" is perfectly fine. I "cheated" last night with a 6 oz vanilla greek yogurt with dark chocolate roasted almonds as a mix in. I didn't beat myself up over it today, and I'm not going to. However, I take solace in the fact that my "cheat" food has more health benefit for me than say a bowl of ice cream or a late night cheeseburger.
The message I wish to convey, and it looks like others have reiterated it in some form, you didn't get to where you were overnight, and you can't get to where you want to be overnight either. Enjoy the journey, and keep in mind that there are the day to day battles that we fight, but in the big picture, this is the rest of your life, and it is something you can easily commit to.
Also, take some body part measurements: neck, arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, etc.
Since you have started an exercise program, you will also want to record those drop in inches.
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4 6/10/12 7:40 P
TY all very much for your kind words and encouragement. It has made a difference. I just have to stick with it and have faith.
6/10/12 7:07 P
5 lbs is a good result so far. Keep up the good work. It takes time to lose weight. 1-2 lbs/week is a safe rate of weight loss.
6/10/12 6:56 P
5 lbs in a month is excellent! 1-2 lbs a week is healthy, so you're doing fine. Weight loss is a marathon not a sprint. Keep doing what you're doing!
6/10/12 6:16 P
First, don't get discouraged. Eating properly how Spark recommends is what counts....weight comes off slowly, I mean slowly BUT it does happen. All of a sudden you will see the numbers go down.....Good luck.
it's a life style change and not a diet. If you do understand that then that is a place to start. Get all the junk food out of the house....if it isn't there you can't eat it. Log into sparks and put in everything you eat. You will be surprised how much you eat. Keep up on the workouts. You can do this..............
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4 6/10/12 6:11 P
I started my journey the 15th of May. At the time I drank sodas and ate what I wanted when I wanted. Now I try to watch portions, drink very little to no soda, and really watch what I eat. I especially am trying to stay away from processed foods. I didn't exercise at all when I started. The first few weeks I walked a mile every day. The past week I have been using the Gazelle Edge (20-30 minutes a day) and the abswing95-10 minutes a day). I have only lost 5 pounds. I started at 165 and now weigh 160 lbs. I want to lose weight, but often sabotage myself when I don't see results. Does anyone have any suggestions that can jump start my system into losing weight? I have to succeed this time. I'm 48 with a high chance of getting cancer. I had two cancer scares this year and I know losing weight reduces my chances.
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