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MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (86,172)
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4/17/12 6:08 P

I went over to your sparkpage but don't see that you are sharing your trackers. Do you use them to track your food and fitness minutes? If not, that would be the first thing I recommend you start with. Knowing what you are eating and whether or not you are getting enough fitness minutes is a huge factor in managing your healthy lifestyle.

4/17/12 2:51 P

Hi Joanna,
I feel your pain and am struggling with the same problem right now. In my heart I truly want to lose weight but the day to day stuff just really gets in the way sometimes. Eating fast food or prepackaged meals is just so much simplier after working a 10 hour day. However, this time I'm really using all the positive tools available here at Spark to help me achieve what has eluded me in the past.

Struggling all my life with weighty issues has taught me some valuable lessons though. None of us managed to become overweight overnight! So don't let temporary set backs deter you. Set smaller goals (perhaps not "diet" related). Reward yourself with something small (lip gloss, nail polish, massage....) Celebrate the successes and toss the rest aside.

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4/17/12 10:42 A

Hi, Joanna !

Perhaps you're setting goals which are too ambitious. It's great to have goals, but some times people create goals which just aren't achievable. Are you trying to be perfect with your eating ? If so, that will set a person up for failure. It's impossible to be a perfect eater. NO ONE is perfect. you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Have you tried setting some simple goals for yourself ? While it's important to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, if you're not used to eating that many, you may find it daunting to do it. So why not start by setting a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. Once you've achieved that goal, you create a new goal.

Don't look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. And that's what weight loss and good health is, it's a series of small steps.

So, what sorts of things have you been doing to make your life more healthy ? because there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. There are many health positives that do not show up on a scale. Example, if your blood pressure has decreased since improving your diet, your doctor would be thrilled. lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success. So is being able to do more push ups or carry more bags of groceries or walk up stairs without getting out of breathe.

What improvements have you seen since starting on Spark ? Because if you've seen subtle improvements in your overall health and well being, then you have been making a difference even though the scale isn't moving in a direction you'd like.

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4/16/12 10:08 P


Weight loss is not a goal itself,but the results of all the goals we put in place to reach our weight loss destination. In other words, when you start using the tools (nutrition tracker, exercising at least 30 minutes 5 days a week, eating more fruits, veggies, lean protein, etc) you will begin to see the changes in your way of living. Not just to lose the weight, but in the way you embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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4/16/12 9:44 P

It is never easy and nothing easy is ever worth it! Keep setting small goals, make little changes and you will overcome this!

JOANNAB1177 SparkPoints: (14,526)
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4/16/12 8:50 P

I keep losing gaining the same five pounds...arg!!! Right now I am on the upside of the five and I am insanely frustrated! Feeling like a failure. What is wrong with me that I cannot finish what I start? Just fell fat and ugly and sad.

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