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7/21/18 2:11 A

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The body needs physical, spiritual, mental & emotional health. Steps taken in all 4 directions can & will help the body find better overall health.
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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7/20/18 8:52 P

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I agree with you Berry4- all aspects are needed.

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7/20/18 8:04 P

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Since this year, I've just found what is working for my "older" body (in general). I continue to take steps toward better health. -- The 25 lbs that are GONE and stayed GONE is a good vote that this what my body needs / wants.
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I will continue to push towards improved fitness & health and provide ongoing opportunities for my body to heal itself.

The body needs physical, spiritual, mental & emotional health. Steps taken in all 4 directions can & will help the body find better overall health.
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Edited by: BERRY4 at: 7/20/2018 (20:05)
"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
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"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
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6/27/18 9:30 A

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I wish I was more consistent. Lately it has been a battle, every day. I hate to admit it. My will power has really slipped.



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6/26/18 10:20 A

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I am consistent but lately I have been sneaking in extra carbs. Got to stop, weigh loss is at a standstill.



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6/26/18 8:15 A

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my doctor recommended keto diet for me 3 months back and i try most of the time to stick with it but there are days when i want carbs or sugar and i lose it



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6/25/18 9:58 P

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I just created a similar question in the staying motivated forum. Wondering how all you "found the trick" folks got to the point where you were comfortable with your weight and lifestyle? Especially if you came from the opposite end of the scale (so to speak).

I don't wish to derail this thread, so if my question is too off-topic then feel free to visit me over here to share your thoughts: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=31&imparent=45892908

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6/21/18 5:48 P

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I've been following my healthy eating plan for about 6 1/2 years. What helps is that I see this as just a way of eating this is healthier. When I committed to this, I made small changes and as those became habits I added more. Over time I've sort of morphed to Michael Pollan's approach to eat real food, more plants, less of it.
Not a vegetarian, but about 70% of my meals are vegetarian.

What really helps me to stay on track is that nothing is off limits. If I really want something I have it and that has helped me to not overdo it, at least on any regular basis.

Tracking my food is also key. I can look at a week and see how I'm doing.

I've been at or under my goal since April 2013.

Edited by: MARTHA324 at: 6/21/2018 (17:49)
Persistence is more important than perfection.

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6/21/18 2:48 P

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1 year, 4 months so far this go-round. Have been very consistent but living my life so when I am out of calorie range I make sure I log it and move on. And hopefully enjoyed the meals that took me over my calories! I have also been very consistent with my exercise for about a year now so that I am usually doing cardio 5 days a week and I look forward to it. Who would have thought?

When the blues whomp you up on the side of the head, throw them to the floor and kick them out the door... -- the B'52s


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6/21/18 11:05 A

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Wonderful!



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6/21/18 11:04 A

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I have been consistent with SparkPeople, my diet,and daily exercise for 5 months (since February 2018). Let me be the first to say my life has changed for the better!



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6/20/18 2:31 P

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This time I've been completely compliant with my plan for 24 days and binge-free for 45 days.


My Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!

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6/15/18 8:33 P

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I have problems sticking to my diet plan when my husband is home or when we travel together, which we do a lot because of his conferences, and vacation time on top of that. His idea of "being good" as far as dieting goes, is sharing a dessert...with me. I almost never even like the rich, sweet desserts he prefers, but then I feel bad if I say I don't want to share with him. Plus, he very frequently wants to go out to fancy places and order an appetizer for us to share too.



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6/15/18 12:17 P

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Thanks quite and accomplishment!



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6/15/18 12:16 P

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Yes, consistently following my plan. Thanks for the help from Sparkpeople.



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6/14/18 10:56 P

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Not a great track record..this is my first day at Sparks and I am really hopeful..The diet tools and community are amazing. So I will take just one day at a time..



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6/13/18 3:14 P

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Started with my doctor and Sparkpeople in late February 2018 and this is the longest and most consistent plan yet. I plan to make it a lifetime plan.



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6/10/18 12:11 P

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I have completed 9 years of "maintenance". My highest weight was 212. In the past 9 years I have varied from 122.8 to 142. That is too much variation and I'm trying to keep my fluctuation between 126-132.

I am currently counting my days of sticking to my calorie range. Current count is 35; I believe my record is 45 days. I still have a tendency to be a binge eater, although my binges are much smaller, healthier food, and far less frequent. I am proof, though, that you don't have to be perfect to succeed with managing your weight.


My Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!

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6/8/18 8:14 A

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i've been tracking my intake since january 2. i have adjusted my eating overall and we do go out sometimes (i treat them as zero deficit days but still try to balance out what i'll be eating later). for me, planning makes all the difference. i also tend to eat similar items for breakfast and snacks so it's easy to keep them stocked in the house. building up a repertoire of healthy recipes we like is SO helpful- now when i want to meal plan, we just look at my recipes and pick what we feel like :)

both me and dh are foodies- we'll plan vacations around all the food we want to try (and their proximity to sights we want to see!). what helped on our most recent trip was: 1. walking everywhere we could- 10-20k steps/day at a minimum. 2. eating smaller amounts of food more often. 3. sharing more indulgent things instead of ordering one each.

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!


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6/7/18 5:12 P

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6/7/18 9:24 A

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Had 6 operations Friday, 3 on the gums, so no food for 4-8 weeks, so juice,soup,ensure etc. for nutrition, simple diet. Before operations needed a high protein diet advised by hospital for 30 days, now also on high protein diet from hospital for 3 more months. I had hip bones removed also and bones from both sinuses used in mouth as well. 6 total operations in 2.5 hours in hospital. I was put on a high calorie, high protein diet before my operations,gained weight before my operations. I have lost weight since my operations & have a "fat, muscle scale" so I keep accurate track of protein I eat daily. So 50% carbs. mostly fruits & vegetables, 30% protein, 20% fat is extremely important for me. I track on site "Eat This Much" as it transfers to grocery store I shop at for delivery from the grocery store, has recipes and very specific, cost $60.00 a year.

I am on the 2018 Fall challenge, Determined Daisy Team. I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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6/6/18 3:14 P

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I've gone through many changes but I have adjusted my eating regime to whatever I needed. I sometimes fall off the wagon, but I get right back on the wagon, immediately, and don't wait for tomorrow.

I've been with SP since 2011. The best years ever!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


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6/6/18 11:09 A

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Pretty much, I have times when I indulge too much, but up activity the next day and eat a little lighter.



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6/6/18 10:49 A

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I am sticking to my diet plan even though it not consistently reflected on the scale, my glucose levels are dropping or maintaining. That to me is sucess!



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6/5/18 8:53 A

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I began on my journey to lose weight and be healthy 8 years ago. I’ve lost 32 lbs. It happened in a stair step fashion, up and down. I am so close to goal but can’t seem to push it there. It’s a process and as a result I am much healthier for it.



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read the INGREDIENTS!

"It's not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters, it's what you eat between New Years and Christmas that counts. "

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6/5/18 7:03 A

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I started with Atkins 20 and have had to modify my diet to low carb because of the other foods people bring into the house. It's all healthy foods, but I technically don't follow the diet plan because I'm including simple carbohydrate sources such as fruits. Still losing weight, though!

Palo Alto resident and dog owner looking for a walking and exercise partner (with two legs).


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6/4/18 2:34 P

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Sheesh - this question sure has made me think! There are just so many different variables involved for me, that I can't even come up with a single answer...

If I look at "eating the way I do now" as being defined as "choosing foods based on overall nutrition, and generally fitting in to the calorie range needed to maintain a healthy BMI" --- well then, I've been consistently doing this since I first joined the site back in early 2013.

If I define it as "following the same general macro ratios", then I can't say that I've ever been really consistent! Over the course of a year, it usually averages out around 45% carbs / 27% protein / 27% fats, but even on a weekly basis it can be all over the place. I enjoy experimenting and trying different foods, so often incorporate low carb days / recipes, or veg*n days / recipes (which can be super high in carbs), so I'm not really consistent on this at all.

If I define it as "enjoying the same types / preparations of foods", then I was fairly consistent for a couple of years (10-15 servings of veggies per day, often raw, and with protein over 30% and fats closer to 20%), but then had some health issues that forced a change. I spent well over a year trying all sorts of different approaches, and have now been fairly consistent for about 10 months settling in to having less raw veggies and less variety, a bit more fruit (often cooked), going with higher fat (mostly nuts, seeds, and dairy), less protein, and more wholegrain breads.

If I define it as "following an eating schedule", then I've been fairly consistent for about 4 years now at eating 5-6 times per day, since that makes me feel the best.

As for "staying on track" - well, for me it was and is important that my "goal" is feeling healthy and having all of my "health markers" showing that I'm at the right place (with a number on the scale being mostly irrelevant). Since "feeling healthy" includes my mental health, and enjoying my food and activity is a big part of that, it is pretty easy for me to make choices based on how happy they make me, and how much they contribute to my health. The nice thing is that my general goal allows for lots of fun experimentation, has no strict rules or restrictions, and works just fine on an "overall average" so I don't really think about variations in daily or weekly specifics.

Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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6/4/18 1:20 P

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I've kept 75 pounds off for over 9 years. Currently 4 pounds over goal weight. I fight the urge to binge, although binges are now smaller, healthier, and far less often. Currently 30 days binge-free. Sometimes I don't count, but when I've been counting 45 days is about my record.


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This is my goal. I've been consistent in only one thing - restarting! Hoping to learn consistency (not perfection) by participating with Sparkpeople

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6/4/18 6:33 A

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Sugar and flour free over ten years.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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6/3/18 7:39 P

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About 6 years. Maintenance is great!

Adrienne
Reached my goal weight of 128 on 3/20/2012

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
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6/3/18 7:25 P

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I have bad moments but I never let them last too long. Overall consistency not perfection.

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So far 515 days & still counting but maintaining!

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6/3/18 2:33 P

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'Diet' just means the food you currently choose to eat.

SHOAPIE - How long have you been eating 'all things in moderation' then?



Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 6/3/2018 (14:35)
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I'm a Non-Practicing Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.


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I just believe in “all things in moderation”.



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6/3/18 8:45 A

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Consistency. How long have you been eating the way you do now?

I have been following my 'diet' for over 8 years.


Any tips that help you stay on track?



Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 6/3/2018 (08:46)
JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm a Non-Practicing Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

5'4"
Maintaining since 2012
41 years old
2 kids

Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.


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