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TENNISX92 Posts: 71
4/29/12 3:13 P

If you want to run away from it it'll be hard. I usually do great for a week then give up after a crash and try to avoid all exercise and calorie counting. I've been back for about three weeks and I think this time I know what to do. I work out as soon as I can in the morning, usually the 20 minute cardio sculpt fat blaster. It's fun and hard, but getting easier. Chocolate's my weakness, so I get hershey kisses so I fill that craving without doing too much damage. I also try to work most muscles about half an hour before bed so I'm tired and sore, but not sweaty and awake. Just find what works for you, I take my ideas from other people's suggestions usually

LIZBETH99 Posts: 287
4/29/12 12:33 P

Every day I take a look at my family and remind myself how special they are to me and how I want to be with them for the longest time I can. That helps me keep on track. Even if I go off the path I know I can get right back to it.

KATHYGOULDSMITH SparkPoints: (7,801)
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4/27/12 2:27 A

We all need encouragement! Everyone is here on this site for a reason. I am hoping that I can meet my goals and encourage others along the way, I have a LONG way to go.

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FOREVERFITNESS1 SparkPoints: (863)
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4/26/12 2:47 P

I am still trying to figure how to make the right changes with my life and the people I live with....It's a huge struggle. But I do see myself making better choices... my fiance and I would drink a 2 liter of Pepsi a day, now when he ask me if I want him to buy a 2 liter, I say "If you want some, but I'm not drinking any of it" and I actually stick with it. All I drink now is water and sometimes Gatorade. I've learned when you are first starting off, be proud of your decisions, even the small one's. My biggest struggle now is getting off my butt. I wrote down a quote I seen on here... this may help you also..
Exercise to be fit, not skinny... Eat to nourish your body... And always Ignore the haters, doubters & unhealthy examples that were once feeding you... You are worth more than you realize.

KATHYGOULDSMITH SparkPoints: (7,801)
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4/26/12 3:31 A

Im new too! I hope for you every success in this journey! Good Luck!

RUNNERRACHEL Posts: 1,909
4/25/12 11:51 P

I would suggest to create a spark page. We can add each other as spark friends. I read my friends updates and blogs every day. You can blog and update status that lets your friends know how you're doing, celebrate your successes and encourage you when you need it. Also, Spark teams can be good to find others who have similar interests, geographic location, goals, etc.

I'm glad you got some support and encouragement when you needed it. That's what makes Spark People so great!

JANIG67 SparkPoints: (22)
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4/25/12 11:31 P

Sorry, I take that back ALL OF YOU for your words, time, and typing those words of encouragement. ALL OF YOU have no idea how much it mean to me. Wanna check back in on this posting every day and we just keep adding to it an being eachother's check in buddies?

JANIG67 SparkPoints: (22)
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4/25/12 11:29 P

Hi RunnerRachel,
You have no idea how much your words meant to me. Thank you so very much. I read it and re read it. Thank you, thank you. I really needed that. Are you all interested in making checking in once a day...kinda like a check in buddy?

ROG190 SparkPoints: (13,753)
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4/24/12 6:37 A

Consistancy is a new way of looking at things on Sparkpeople

JAZZMINE Posts: 1,017
4/23/12 8:31 P

I agree no one can eat perfect. The best you can do is eat clean most of the time and exercise as much as you can!

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PATTOMMC3 SparkPoints: (16,864)
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4/23/12 8:12 P

By eating clean I assume you mean no goodies....well, nobody can be that good! Give yourself a daily treat but make sure you get your 5 fruits/veggies and 8 glasses of water!

SPAGGY1 SparkPoints: (11,886)
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4/23/12 8:04 P

Hang in there. We all start that way. The best advice is what someone has already stated - focus on replacing one habit at a time. Once you replace it, reward yourself. Then try another. Remember - tomorrow is another day and you are HUMAN! When you have a bad day, just tell yourself "and this too shall pass" or "tomorrow is a new day", then plan ahead and begin again. I was stuck in a 1 month "tomorrow is a new day", but finally stuck with my own plan. Now, 20 lbs down and the weight loss is the motivation!! You can do it . . . just remember . . . we believe in you!

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
4/23/12 7:49 P

Don't overwhelm yourself focus on replacing one habit at a time...start by thing positive...my mantra was I can make my dream a reality oh yes, I can! Best wishes to ya emoticon

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,346
4/23/12 6:34 P

I definitely understand how overwhelming that can be. Oddly, you don't have to eat clean to be successful. I've managed to lose about 80 pounds so far, and that's just by eating less of what I was normally eating.

If you can't keep up with a certain type of behavior for the rest of your life, then maybe that's not the route to go.

You can do it! Just find what works for you.

RUNNERRACHEL Posts: 1,909
4/23/12 6:03 P

As someone who has lost 50 pounds I can say that I know how it feels. It IS possible. It takes commitment, time, and not giving up even when you don't feel like you are making a difference. Every day, every choice, every meal is a chance to make a small change. Small changes add up over time. I used to think "what's the big deal? How can it affect me? One missed workout/ extra slice of cake or desert / extra portion of food..." etc. But the positive choices add up. Adding fitness minutes to your day, adding water when you used to drink sugary juice or soda, healthy snacks, etc. Start small. When you accomplish something small, reward yourself (but not with food), and add another small change/goal. I started with late night eating.I did that for a month or two. Then I commited to working out 30 minutes 3 times a week. (I went to Curves) When I did that for a few months, I felt good that I was being consistent. Then I started making small changes to my diet, swapping out foods, packing my lunch, preparing healthy snacks, avoiding sweets. I experienced a plateau and changing what I was eating and making healthier choices helped me break it. I still kept working out, every week. It was discouraging to not lose a single pound for those 3 months but I kept going and lost another 25 over the next few months. I lost an average of 1 lb a week. Some weeks I didn't lose at all. Some weeks I lost more.

So, my advice: keep going even when you feel discouraged. Make small changes. You don't have to change everything all at once. Look for fitness ideas on SP and track your fitness. Look for healthy recipes and track your food. Try to stay in your calorie range but don't give up if you don't succeed one day. Try again the next day. Learn from your mistakes. Drink water. Carry a reusable bottle around (1 liter is good) and when it's empty, refill it. 2 liters=8 glasses a day. When you feel discouraged, still log on to SP, look for inspiration, solutions to problems. Join Spark teams. Blog.

Keep going. Look for ways to fit fitness into your daily life.

Don't give up. It is possible.

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FOREVERFITNESS1 SparkPoints: (863)
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4/23/12 11:41 A

I know how you feel, I am also stuck in a rut, I try really hard to get motivated, and just cant keep it going for even more then a day. I am also over 50 pounds over weight, and feel it everywhere. Keep looking on the message board and get great tips and motivation. Just remember you are doing this for you. I just started this site yesterday and already getting lots of advice. Set simple goals and try to change it up every 2 weeks, I made a plan to at least stretch for 5 minutes everyday, drink 8 glasses of water, Don't eat any junk after 10pm, and write in a journal 3 times a week. If I can accomplish that in 2 weeks, I will be happy to move forward to something more challenging for my body. Remember you are setting yourself up for life, so don't make changes you can't live with forever. Start slow and work yourself up to success! emoticon

Edited by: FOREVERFITNESS1 at: 4/23/2012 (11:41)
JANIG67 SparkPoints: (22)
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4/23/12 11:26 A

Hi Everyone, I am stuck in a rut...I tried weight watchers, all the different diets. I do well for a couple of weeks and then go back to my old ways. I am over 50 pounds overweight. I am feeling it on my back, knees, etc. The worst part is my sister is getting married in August so I am feeling pressure. I just want to run away and hide. I feel like I can't do this...I can't eat clean for the rest of my life. I can't even get through a day or two somtimes....HELP!!!!

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