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CADAMS351 Posts: 4
7/20/12 2:05 A

Life changes are hard! You get stuck in bad habits, and a lot of times it's not necessarily our fault but all the obligations we are stuck doing! It's hard to stick to a diet if your at a wedding, grad party, out with your girlfriends every weekend, or in your case have a husband who (because he's a guy) can automatically get away with eating more of what he wants and larger quantities than you! I have a thin brother who eats whatever he wants, (but still works out), he literally can't gain weight, and I've watched with my own eyes as he put down a foot long subway sandwich and taco bell burritos in one sitting!(and believe me I was salivating and cursing my gender! lol)
Basically, you just need to start. And think of it with the same eyes as your new job-something exciting and fun! And I really think the more you get into it, the more fun it becomes. I think tracking it is so helpful because you have record-good or bad of what you're really eating. And it makes you feel good and accomplished if you've stayed in the calorie range/did your exercise goal.
And this helped me-I stopped worrying about the weight I wanted to lose and made my first and primary goal about being healthy! Yes it sucks to 'suspend' your favorite foods, but once you start cutting portions and getting your tastebuds eating veggies and proteins and in a routine, I promise you will find that you no longer crave the types of foods you've been eating. And when you do, indulge every once in awhile (I say this with care because sometimes you just need to say no)- but do so only a little! Find how much it is for a slice of pizza online (around 200-250 calories) and eat only 2 and keep that day still within your calorie range.
I incorporate one piece of sugar free chocolate a day (45 calories) and 1/2 bagel with eggs in the morning. (Plus a lot of veggies have taken up my need to snack! ex cucumbers and hummus) There are so many great low cal options!
Id also recommend not forcing yourself to do exercise you hate. Of course anything can be monotonous, but do activities you like to do and are realistic for your lifestyle as exercise!
Good luck!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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7/16/12 8:20 A

Hi SOUPNAZIN,

Life happens and I always say I learn more from my mistakes than I do from trying to do everything perfectly. It took me over 30 plus years of being on the diet roller coaster to discover that deprivation and chronic dieting do NOT lead to life-long healthy living, especially if we vow off some of our favorite foods--such as pizza and cookies. This does not mean you get to have them every day, either. You have to plan for them and track them in your tracker.

It took me 3 1/2 years to lose 80 pounds and while some people are shocked to hear how long it took me, I tell them by doing so slowly over a long period of time I have not just lost the weight, but I have now kept it off for over 4 years now.

Studies are now showing that when we aim to lose 5% of our weight over a 3 month period of time versus rushing to get the weight off, the time to lose the weight allows our habits to become more ingrained in our way of living so that we never have to "DIET" again.

Remember you do not have to have a perfect life to live a healthy lifestyle. You don't have to work out hours and hours a day to lose the weight. You just have to commit to making this way a living a permanent lifestyle for you.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 7/16/2012 (08:21)
NANCYPAT1 Posts: 48,084
7/16/12 7:59 A

You know what you need to do - sort of. You don't have to completely forgo all your treats with hubby - just practice a little moderation. Have the pizza - make it a veggie pizza, have only a slice or two, don't have it tooo often. Find a way to get your exercise in - do it WITH hubby or alone, but find a time and a place that works for you. I find I do better when I don't have to go out of my way to get my exercise - the fitness center is across the road from my job - no excuse since it is RIGHT THERE, every day when I leave work, I have to drive right past it - and be reminded so I stop more often than not. Don't give up on yourself. On the list of stressful life events both getting married and starting a new job are right near the top of stressors - just below death of someone close to you and moving. Take time for yourself and for your hubby that can include food but maybe you can cook together and make new recipes that are really healthy. My son created a zucchini lasagna - he used slices of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles. He said it was a little moister than he liked but he and his friends ate it up and asked for more. He didn't have a recipe but created it in his head.

DON'T beat yourself up, but DO start making smart choices now and you will not face the dreaded 50 or 100 pound gains that sent so many of us to SP.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/16/12 7:42 A

Good for you for seeing the situation and also seeing solutions.

Track ALL your food, whether it's a great choice or not
Drink your water
Go to the gym or exercise wherever you happen to be - even for a few minutes daily - it will get better as your fitness level improves

Get your hubby on board.

Getting married and all the changes it brings can throw you for a loop, but now that you've identified problem areas, you can address them - individually, if necessary, rather than trying to change everything at once

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7/15/12 10:47 P

I joined Spark a little over a year ago. Last summer I did awesome, I reached 125lbs! My wedding I was 135lbs, and now I'm 150lbs! Dannng what happened? I totally just fell off the wagon. I haven't been this heavy since I was 20yrs old. I'm 27. My highest weight was 160, and I dropped it all when I was 20-21, it was a lot of hard work! I worked out almost everyday and was on a very strict diet! NOW LOOK AT ME!! AHHH!!!! And 80% of the time I don't care. My husband and I easily order out, pizza hut (terribleee!!) and buy "goodies". I have a gym membership and havent been in about 3 weeks because I got so pissed I kept gaining even though I was working out (yes I was eating wrong). I know exactly what I need to do, and what not to do..I just don't do it!!!! WHY CAN'T I JUST DO IT?
So here is my plan. I start work tomorrow at a new district (Im an art teacher) and I can look at this as a whole new part of my life. New job, new me. If I can develop a routine to go to zumba, eat salads...and just eat better I know I can improve. I was just talking to my friend about joining Weight Watchers online too. To kinda help each other out. I'm not sure if this will really motivate me though... but I am willing to do anything to just get back into it! So we might join and push each other to become healthy and fit again. I need to start saying NO to pizza! and NO to cookies. I am seeking help, but I think just typing this out is helping. Whoever reads this, thanks for listening. Please share any advice, and maybe opinions about weight waters. I need to lose 20lbs. Thanks. I know I am the only one that can do this! I want control over my body.

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