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What Will It Take

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I wonder what will it take for me to commit to this thing and just DO it? I've been hanging around here since 2008, and guess what I've accomplished? The yoyo factor, that's what. Up, down, up, down. Might as well be on a see saw! It's frustrating that I cannot seem to muster the self discipline to DO this! My youngest son's high school graduation is in May, and I really didn't want to go weighing dang near 200 lbs! I'm 9 pounds heavier than last year, and last year in my middle son's graduation pictures, I look like a CHUNK! I've had it with myself! I could scream to the moon and back! I have to do something to push me the right direction. I'm logging all of my food, but I would never buy all of the things the suggested meals call for. I wish I knew how to make the low glycemic method easy to myself. I have a huge hunch that it would work for me. It's all so complicated that it makes me want to throw my hands up and say, "to heck with it". I'm tired of feeling like a big, frumpy weeble wobble!
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    You can do this.Lately I have sometimes just eaten due to stress,but did well today.
    3469 days ago
    Hi! I just saw your status - that was five days ago, so I hope you're feeling lots better by now.
    Anyway, I decided to visit your page, and I read your blog.... and I felt moved to share with you. I truly understand how you are feeling.... in 2009 I was up to 195 after years of yo-yoing... I was so frustrated with myself too. I hated buying big clothes, I didn't like the way I looked in the mirror and I was sick of people commenting things like "you've put on a lot of weight, haven't you"!! Sometimes I felt I would scream at them - thankfully I never did!!!

    Anyway, I finally decided that I had to do something.... so I seriously committed to exercising 30 minutes a day. And I began to try to eat healthier.... no special diet, and I didn't use any special recipes.... I hate to cook... I do everything - and I mean everything, except for fried eggs and chicken breasts (I use a toaster oven) - in the microwave! I bought some special dishes to steam fish and vegetables, and that's how I cook fish fillets and fresh vegetables. I usually have skinless, boneless chicken breast and vegetables once or twice a week, fish fillets (I buy different kinds of fish - my favorite is salmon) and vegetables 2 or 3 times a week, and once or twice a week I just have a BIG salad - lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grated carrots, broccoli florets, black olives, green olives, grated cheddar cheese. Sometimes I throw in a hard boiled egg, or half a can of tuna, or I cut up a broiled chicken breast.

    Anyway, I guess what I want to share is that I eat healthy, low cal meals without a lot of preparation... even if it isn't exciting, it's healthy, tastes good, and has helped me lose weight, get my blood sugar into normal range without medication and lowered my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure!

    I've lost slooooowly, and often hit plateaus and several times gained back some of what I lost, but the general direction is down. Now I'm aiming to lose at least 6 pounds by the end of April - I have a special trip coming up! And then, hopefully, at least 4 - 6 more by August, when I go up to visit my brother and his family.

    So don't lose heart - we CAN do it!! Just aim for a pound or two a week. I do think exercise is indispensable, and try to avoid late-night snacks.

    Good luck - and if you like, let's keep in touch and encourage each other!!
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    3480 days ago
    Hey Trace,

    I have dealt with the yo/yo thing for many years. I really had to dig into learning about myself. Getting to know why I turn to food for comfort. One of the things I tried was Overeaters Anonymous. Have a support system really helps.

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    3481 days ago
    It is very frustrating, Trace. But we have 2 months + to make a change. You might not be where you want to be by graduation time, but you can lose enough to make you feel like you're on your way.

    My advice to you is not to feel married to any one "diet", but rather to set a goal or two and stick to it. One of mine is to eat 6-8 servings of veg and fruit every day. When I do this, I don't feel so deprived because I'm full.

    The comments about negative self-talk are spot on. I started by leaving cards with Bible verses that tell me who I am on the fridge, bathroom mirror, dashboard of the car, computer monitor, etc. Eventually those messages came to mind when the negative thoughts rolled in so I could replace the negative with a positive.
    3484 days ago
    Don't for get the fact that if you have been soothing yourself with food, it's a habit that's been created. You might want to check out a book from your libary and learn about it and how you can replace it with something else. Negative self talk goes along with the self-soothing with food issue. You might check out 50 ways to self-soothe without food by Susan Albers. It's been helpful for me. Don't give up.

    Take care.
    3485 days ago
    Do what works for you!
    I myself have given up on their suggested menus - i have my favorites that they helped me find - like the whole wheat pretzles, and blueberries on my cereal, but now, i plan out my whole month or at least a couple weeks ahead, and just do my thang!
    You can do it, we the spark peeps are with you!!!
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    3485 days ago
    Thank you both for the encouragement! I appreciate you!
    3485 days ago
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    I know how frustrating it is.. Its just so much easier in our comfort zone! you can do it tho.. and if the glycemic thing seems too much, or that complicated try another route. Just do what works for you! You got this!
    3485 days ago
    I am praying for you and just remember that you have not gave up and that is a good thing, I pray that God will help you with your weightloss and show you what to do. I know how hard it is and all I can tell you is what I am doing is taking it one day at a time. God Bless you and I am here if you need me.

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    3485 days ago
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