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7 Things to Do Before You Lose Weight

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  • Advice offered is 50% great and 50% well, gag me. I can think of NO ONE in my family or circle of friends who wants to share this journey to the point of listening to me (gag) read my goals to them. Thin or fat I will always be ME. And I'm the only one (I'm a psychologist) who listens to the others and their problems. We've tried to switch this but it doesn't ever last. Maybe a day - bottom line is they are comfortable in this and that really is how we relate. Funny (?) thing is when I meet new folks they react the same way - it's so easy to talk to you, you listen. And I do. It's me.

    How will I feel lighter (thinner may not happen) well I hope not much different. I was only really heavy once and that was due to drugs and a medical condition. It took me 3 years to lose a lot less weight than many here talk about AND keep it off. I did it at 30# a year. Didn't begin to try to lose more until I could maintain.

    Today I want to lose 30 (well 24 now - 6 weeks in). Ten pounds I gained from meds (not taking them anymore), the 10 I have always wanted to lose - we all have them. And because of complicated medical issues and increased falling 10 so someone can lift me.

    But the bottom line is that I am not any different because the scale says so.

    Spark People is a sound program but the "feel good articles" are often over the top.
  • Some great advice. Gonna set myself up to succeed
  • It was easier to lose weight when I lived alone, even though I love my boyfriend dearly and never want to lose him. I had all healthy food in my apartment and never brought in anything bad. I lost 150 lbs with no problems. When I moved in with him in February 2015 that changed. He wants pop, chips, ice cream, beef, pork, pizza, tacos, sausage, you name it. So that stuff is here now and the old cravings have returned and have been hard to fight. I've gained back 50 lbs! It's not his fault, it's MY fault. I can never blame anybody else for my setbacks and failures. I just wish he was more supportive. All I get out of him is, "Get some self control!" and he keeps buying bad foods. He doesn't understand how hard it is. I have always been overweight and I have been diagnosed with a binge eating disorder. It's very hard to not eat bad food, and my solution, which worked, was to never have it around. But now it's here. *sigh*
  • As a struggling perfectionist, with a lot of ADHD orgranizing challenges this article has great ideas that I would probably feel never ready to begin my journey with - and it could stall me out before I got started. I tend to pick an idea from this as I am on my journey and see how I can apply it to present circumstances or goals as I keep moving forward.
  • Great article and very well written. The good thing about each step is that each person can make it their own. I understand that the suggestions that you give are simply general suggestions because we may all be in a different place. It's all relative to where we are in the journey. I am excited about the 7 steps. For me this article is a wonderful starting place to begin again.
  • RUBEL346
    Eat fresh fruit with breakfast is such a small thing to do, it sets a healthy tone and fruit is low in food abstinence and good for you!
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  • DUNNBV1017
    I would like to have a structured Mediterranean diet...can Sparkpeople help with this. I have diabetes and need to watch sodium & also have a heart condition. I really want to get off the insulin & be able to manage this more naturally.
  • Thank You for the boot in the Butt I needed to refocus. I feel so much better after reading this.
  • Yes, yes, yes!!! This is what I'm trying to do, build a plan to succeed at what I call a Healthier life, which incidentally includes losing weight. I'm also taking small steps, one day at a time, knowing that taking on too much or setting too high a goal will only lead to failure for me. Thank you for writing this.
    What I have been doing as been working for me for 30 plus years.....I am 48, 130 lbs and mother of 5 children. I NEVER diet....I tried a couple of time, but for me, I just found I would eat more....I would be starving. I eat what I want to eat in moderation, except for potatoes chips...It really is very simple, you get back what you put put in fat and sugars, that is what you will get back. I am the type that is picking at food all the time....I always got snacks on hand for that, such as prunes, walnuts, cucumber, grapes, lite on the bananas rice cakes with hummus, I make my own hummus. Have you ever tried fried in olive oil, chick peas with salt, pepper and garlic powder......yummy snack. I use my Sunday for preparing my weekday food....such as snacks or full meals. I never eat out at a restaurant. With all the info that can begotten on the internet for food preparation and recipes ..Why would anyone want to eat out, god knows what they put into it. Getting back to the potato chips, that is a hard habit to break......I have filled my cupboard with smart popcorn and seasoning to go on it....You can get the bag sizes in 100 cal or 250 cal....I usually have the full sized one ....and finish about 3/4 of is still junk, but a lot healthier than potato chips. Eat healthy, Eat lots....and don't be afraid to try new things....I am going to be testing beet chips more thing...I do not like to my house stays very clean, Its not cleaning to me, its a workout....anytime your moving, you are burning calories .
  • This is a great article and it works! I have actually followed a plan similiar to this and so far I'm halfway to reaching my goal. I made a commitment to succeed and this time I am more confident than ever!
    I was able to keep my happy weight of 135 for 10 years by exercising and following a healthy food plan that I lost weight with. I just added a few extras here and there. Then I moved from CA to Fl and gained 20lb after a divorce and moved in with my mom. Now, I am older and my blood sugar and cholesterol are way up. Now I doing it for my health because I care, and there's no looking back.:)
  • I think the key is to never give up

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