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7/10/14 9:04 A

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its official I am ready to cry. I went to the doc for my foot ( I have a nasty burn on my foot) and am officially in the 200's. I knew I was close but never thought I made it there. My doc wants me to walk for a few min a day even it is only for 5-10 min and build up until my foot heals. I have a follow up in 2 weeks so my goal is to lose 5 lbs by then.

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7/9/14 8:08 A

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Glad to hear that you are motivated to keep on!! Let me know if you need a buddy to vent to anytime!! Been there and lucky enough to have a very supportive husband to vent to, and my father for a weight loss buddy.

What is done is done. I will not dwell on it. I will move on and learn from my past. I love myself.


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TROJANGIRLY02 Posts: 2
7/7/14 8:53 P

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Thank you everyone for the words of encouragement. I know you all know how frustrating it is, sometimes you just need to vent and hear you're not alone! I got a fitbit this weekend and its so fascinating to me it's challenging me to walk more, to do more than the day before. And you're right, the calories when you log food its shocking! It adds up quickly, even though I don't eat poorly. I'm looking forward to seeing results.... at some point!

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7/7/14 3:26 P

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I love Shannon's reply!! She has summed up everything that was going through my head.

Just start with tracking what you are eating. Then try making small changes to make it healthier. I have just made my family switch from 2% milk to 1% milk. Not a big change, but it is a step in the right direction. I switched from full fat margarine to a light margarine. There again not a big change but cut several calories and some fat.

Small changes in routine, like drinking a glass of water before a meal (like 10-15 minutes before) can help you not eat a much. Change to baked versions of fried foods. That was a big change in my house hold, but a needed one!! Now we all feel awful when we eat those friend foods. Swap a baked sweet potato for a regular potato.

It is amazing how much just cutting back on condiments on your food affects how we feel!! My family isn't big on salad dressing, but ketchup was a huge condiment around here. I started measuring out how much I use and noticed a big drop in sodium! I watched pounds drop from retained water weight!! My father is also on this weight loss journey, although not on spark, and cut back on creamy salad dressings and has noticed a huge change. He has lost 15 lbs in about 5 weeks with exercise and small diet changes.

The journey will not be easy, but taking baby steps will get you farther than taking huge leaps and failing. The trick for me was finding manageable changes to make then building on them. A big change for me was switching to sweet potato fries even when my family has regular ones.

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What is done is done. I will not dwell on it. I will move on and learn from my past. I love myself.


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7/7/14 10:24 A

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Okay, be frustrated. Then I want you to get angry...and then I want you to do something about it. Your post sounds exactly like me. I started off at 212 then gained to 215!!! Talk about a downward spiral...I don't know your family situation but here is mine. Married, two children under 4, I work full time 9-5 and then I have a business I run at home at night. Not much time for me huh? I got so frustrated. I didn't like myself, I refused to get into pictures and I was completely miserable. So, I had a little pity part for myself. I got angry and then I thought okay, what can I do about this? Nap time always came after I ate and once I was down that was it, I was not getting up.

I joined a gym and exercised the day I signed up. Then I didn't go back for over a week. I was worried working out wouldn't help and I didn't want people looking at me. Then it hit me, people are going to look at you regardless. Weather you are at the gym or out of your house. You never know, if you catch someone looking at you at they gym it could be because they were once in your shoes and understand your struggle. It's not easy. It's work and you have to put the time in.

You can do this. You sound like you are in a rut. Get out of it. How? Just do it. Just tell yourself that you don't want to feel like this anymore. Take baby steps. If you can't plan your meals, at least log them. You will have a reality check with the calories...I know I did. Start by taking some walks. Even start out with 10 minutes. Walk around a block or where you work. You will feel so much better after it. Slowly increase your time. You will see that you will go from dreading that walk to craving it and wanting to do it longer.

Do not give up. Do not accept feeling this way. You can do it! If I can do it, YOU can do it and if I can do anything to help, even just listen, feel free to reach out to me on here.

One positive day with exercise can change everything.

Hugs,
Shannon

Please excuse any typos as I am posting from my iPad.

Shannon
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I understand where you are coming from. I started out at a whopping 230 pounds. I started losing weight through exercise as well. After awhile, I decided to join Spark People. The first thing that I focused on at Spark was my diet and sleep. That seems to have helped give me more of the energy that I need. I slowly made my way into the diet part. I tracked calories, and started making simple changes, like less calorie infused mayo on my sandwiches. No more honey smoked turkey sandwich meat, just oven roasted. I also noticed that the more soda I drink, the worse I feel. Although I haven't completely kicked the habit, I have significantly cut back. As time went on, I learned a little more about portion control. I am far from an expert and far from good. I have started falling off the band wagon, and have definitely noticed it! I promise that this is doable. emoticon

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TROJANGIRLY02 Posts: 2
7/6/14 4:51 P

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I've struggled with my weight for years now and I'm at the heaviest I've been- 212. I want to lose weight because I want to feel better. I feel sick all the time, either bloated or tired of weak or short of breath. I got a fitbit and started tracking my food but I feel so physically exhausted every moment that I don't have the strength to create my meals, etc. I have all these great ideas for healthy eating and meal prep and recipes, but I feel like I need to lose some weight and start to feel better before I can jump full-fledged into my lifestyle change because I don't have the energy to implement them. Kind of a catch-22.The other thing I find frustrating is that for every idea that seems healthy with regards to meals and what to eat for B, L and D, there is contradictory information on why its NOT good. Even drinking more water is making me feel bloated. Every time I eat I want to fall asleep- I've had my blood work done and everything is normal, thank goodness, but I just don't know where to start given how I feel all the time. emoticon


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