I like the "Commit.... and Don't Quit" part. That has been my problem in the past. I gain, then lose and after I lose quit. I don't know why. Even the last major time I lost weight I had gotten 9 pounds away from my ultimate goal. Then I started working 2nd shift, eating crappy and stopped working out. Well I gained most of it back. But NOW.... I need to keep this in mind and make it my new mantra.... COMMIT, DON'T QUIT!!!!! Thanks!! ;o)
This article is a really good one. I tend to be to hard on myself anytime I mess up on my diet or exercise, which leads to disappointment and discouragement. This article helped me realize it happens to the best of us! Very encouraging to not give up and keep doing your best. Thanks!
Hi, I'm new and would like to correspond with anyone still living in order to keep me motivated. I'm new to spark. Found the book in a garage sale, no less. I'm taxikent in Galveston, TX. I haven't explored this site yet, but will.
Writing goals consistently, and marking progress are a good practice. I do not do this as I should although I track, I never really mark progress. I will try this and hope to become more aware and proud of the steps I have taken,.
My goals entail both losing 40lbs AND having the endurance to run a 5k! Im terrible at running, and would like to improve.
It's easy for life to get in my way. Between work and school, I remain fairly busy. However, I do my best to get in my workouts, and avoid the unhealthy foods on campus and in my workplace.
8/28/2012 2:00:00 PM
So inspired by your comments, everyone - congrats on all your hard work! I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Behavior change does take time, but planning, breaking down barriers and reinforcing small gains will help you stay ahead of the curve! Best of luck in your continued success.
YES we can do this --- plan plan and more planning with accountabiltiy
8/28/2012 8:15:18 AM
This is for the MsHealthy56: I am so proud of you! Congratulations on your achievements so far. Lifestyle change takes time and you are doing it. The best of luck to you and don't give up. Love the Spark People!! You are the place for real people.
This was a wonderful article and especially important for me this morning. I was feeling hopeless and down today...with so far to go to lose the excess weight that I have been carrying for many years. But after reading the article I do realize that while I have not lost much weight in the past 7 months I have accomplished many things...I now eat healthy the majority of the time, rarely have anything from a fast food restaurant, buy organic when I can afford to and have been gluten free for almost 3 weeks resulting in improvement in my psoriasis and joint pain. I have cut my blood pressure medications in half just by improving the quality of my diet, I weigh daily and am no longer "afraid" of the scale, I realize I will have to be diligent about my weight when I reach maintenance and awareness everyday helps me address tiny issues before they become big issues, in fact this is the first time I have lost more than 10 lbs and have kept it off for months..a huge accomplishment in itself. I do log my food every day and and track my fitness ( an area where I will now use the goal setting techiniques described above to improve). Just the reminder that even successful atheletes, scientists etc. may have failed many times before they succeeded they did eventually succeed with effort. Thank you for brightening my day!!
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