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Day 71 It's too Hard
Thank you each one for sharing your thoughts on it's too hard. You have motivated me to get up each morning and find ways to bless me by being more active and searching my thoughts to live healthier.and realizing there is no hard when you believe you can be confident if you take each challenge in pieces and put the puzzle together for a beautiful picture.

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Day 71 - It's too hard

That reminds me of when my 5yo niece came to visit and my sister/her mother told me that niece should make her own bed. So I told her to make her own bed and she said "It's too hard" I sent her to her room to make her bed and she kept repeating "It's too hard" and after about 20 minutes, I was feeling a bit tyrannical for in return insisting that she make her bed, I went in to see, reminded her her mom said she made her bed at home, was thinking to help her a bit but have her help too, - I got in the room and she had made the bed perfectly and was sitting on the bed repeating "It's too hard". I hadn't expected she had made the bed. I looked at her and we both laughed.

Seriously though, even though I have done some hard things, and I am good at delaying gratification on a lot of things like saving money and putting in time to get fit, staying on the path to goal weight, and staying there is one of my most difficult undertakings. It is ongoing. I am getting better at eating healthy and staying a fairly reasonable weight and fitness level, but I would like to get to goal weight and fitness and maintain that. No bones about it, it is hard - but very worthwhile.

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11/11/19 2:47 P

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Sometimes it is hard.
But being fat and unhealthy is hard.
Choose your hard.

One small step at a time. One big successful day I'll reach my ultimate goal!

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Nothing worthwhile is easily won. But over the years, I have learned that BIG changes can be made easier by taking SMALL steps.

All the stuff in Linda's book has helped me enormously - especially the words I say to myself. For example, the recent lessons about saying that I'm making a CHOICE is really helpful - it creates a small space, where I can stop myself and think "Is this what I choose to do?"

If things are TOO hard it's usually because I'm not prepared to put in the practise time! I'm learning some new music to play at the moment, on the recorder - it needs practice, and practice, and practice. Short sessions, but every day. And, sure enough, I get better and better at it.

Same with menu-planning, shopping, eating and exercising. Just have to keep working at it.

The 'HARD' around food has changed for me since I discovered that the sugar/carb things are not to do with willpower at all, but with chemical effects on the brain. And I now know several people, who live 'healthy' lives, who cannot have cakes, sweets, biscuits, ice-cream, snacks in their homes because it will turn them into a compulsive eating demon!

It's more than HARD - it's just an inevitable disaster caused by chemicals.

What's hard is keeping the blinkers on and staying aware of the deluge of non-healthy edible items that are thrust in my path!

I'm not going to list all the hard things I've done. But I am committed to continuing to work hard on this Spark journey!

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I didn't reach this age (71!!!) by having it easy. BUT on the flip side of that, working for things means their worthwhile. I'm worthwhile and so is my health. So I will continue to work hard.

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Day 71 IT'S TOO HARD

Every day does, indeed, have it's challenges and stresses. I have been making a note in my journal every morning - Today's Challenge. Here is where I write what food challenge I will be facing for the day. Today it is my Garden Club which has notoriously been a disaster for me!

As Linda points out - HARD is not a good reason for giving up! Instead you need to learn how to face the tough times without allowing them to pull you off track.

But writing a challenge down helps draw your mind to it so you can set your intention about it. That does not mean I am always successful, but I am more successful now than I have been in the past. And I will continue to work on facing these challenges better day by day.

I CAN DO HARD!



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Day 71 - It's too hard
I'm taking this lesson to mean choices that I've made to do hard things, not things that happened in my life. I need to remind myself of this when I'm tired and wanting to go to food. Also need to remind myself when I want to eat to procrastinate doing hard things.

1 - I passed Intermediate Accounting after making a 27 on the first test. I could have dropped the class and changed my major.
2 - I passed the CPA Exam. Took it two times to get it done.

Those are the things that come to my mind that took a lot of determination and God's
blessing that I could have just quit. I couldn't quit raising my son, which definitely had hard moments.

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Day #71 It's Too Hard
When I think about all the things I’ve been through in my life I sometimes can’t believe I’ve survived it all.
I have made a list and to read it lets me know that “yes” I can get through things that seem too hard.
Striving to be healthy is only as hard as I make it!

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Day 71 It's too Hard

No, it really isn't too hard once you have determined that getting healthy is something you ARE going to do. I would have to say that I found the initial steps of learning was hard. There was just so much, learning what would help me, learning about exercise (Let's face it you do have to get out of the chair!), learning about the stumbling blocks I created for myself, learning my way around the SparkPeople site, learning about journaling, learning about holding only myself accountable, learning to trust that I can try new things...and step back if they don't work for me. SO much learning....

I wanted it though so I accepted that it would be a challenge until I was able to make enough changes to see results. My changes were small and slow but I now know what works for me.

Donna is right! It turns out that taken one step at a time NONE of it was actually hard! I still struggle with journaling but that is because I procrastinate, not because it is hard. I also still struggle with exercise, partly because I would rather sit and read and partly because of my illness but.....I make myself exercise every day and I'm nearly back to my 2-mile walks.



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Day 71, 100 days It's too hard.

Nothing about my Eating plan is Too hard its all about making Healthier Choices. My food diary can be challenging but not hard. I sometimes think Maintaining can be challenging but its not hard!

I have done harder things like having 2 children and being 7 for each of them while pregnant, doing my degree and getting a good grade 2.1, losing 7 stones and maintaining for 2 years. I have to remind myself I am a strong person and it is WORTH IT. emoticon

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Interesting, Gill! I've noticed a lot more vegan options in the mainstream grocery stores and restaurants here as well. And usually they will ask if you want the bread or rolls with your meal. Yes -- good stuff!

Staying on track is harder some days than others, but I can do it. It's harder to get back on track after being lax for an extended period, but occasionally these things happen, and the hard work has to be done. Even if it takes a few tries it's not impossible to accomplish. The hard work is worth it!



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The tide is turning in the UK at the moment. New dietary guidelines. An absolute revolution in veganism. All the major supermarkets are stocking 'healthy' food and vegan products. Slimming World has issued a new plan changing the 'syns' they used to have. It's not over being hard by any means, but it's becoming more socially acceptable to eat healthily. This morning on TV they were showing how a fist-sized dessert was acceptable as a treat every now and then - not on a daily basis. Portion sizes are being scaled back down. It a positive trend I think, and it makes it a lot easier to stay on-plan if you're not swimming against the tide. It's becoming socially 'normal' not to offer people cookies and cakes when you have a coffee with them. It's becoming socially 'normal' not to have bread on every restaurant table. All good stuff I think.





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Day #71 It's Too Hard
There are many "hard things" I've accomplished.
A list is in my notebook and when I read it each time through this book, although it sometimes brings tears to my eyes, it also reminds me of how strong I am.
emoticon Getting healthy and staying healthy is not always easy day after day but it is definitely worth it.
Life changes, things happen and the important thing I think is to live each day the very best we can.

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"Life is Hard, Food is Easy" Tired/upset making unhealthy choices? Before sitting to ponder - get 2 cups of hot water.
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Cat, because food is everywhere. And sometimes we just want to eat it... at least that is my opinion.

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Whew ... I have almost caught up with y'all. Life has been ... hard.

My postings have been very short in words ... but overwhelming in thought.

Many have read my ... challenges with hubby being a procrastinator.

I too, am a procrastinator ... when it comes to getting back on track AND staying there. I would have reached my weight goal a kajillion times over ... if I had done the hard part and been done with it.

I have done zillion of hard things.
I have successfully done ... impossible things.

Why oh, why ... is this something I MAKE harder than it has to be???
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Sue, yes you can! emoticon

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I am a day late here because I needed some time to process this lesson.
This journey has felt TOO HARD lately! I have found myself groaning about it more and more.

Gil asked us if doing hard things in our lives is the same as sticking to a diet. I'm not sure it is. I think that life's hard work comes at us with a vengeance, backs us into a wall, gives us no way out, forces us to deal with it. With dieting it is a choice we have made. It has not been forced on most of us. And if we slip up, give in, or give up the consequences as not always so devastating.

For me going to college after I married and during which I had one child and became pregnant for our second child before I graduated was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. It almost ruin my marriage AND me.

Losing our son to suicide and dealing with all that such a situation brings was the second hard thing I have had to deal with in my life. That almost ruined me.

Dieting and dealing with my whims regarding whether to eat this or that or not seems almost frivolous in comparison to my other hards. Plus this is a personal choice I am making instead of a life event that was forced on me.

But keeping in mind what Linda wrote for this lesson:


I CAN DO HARD THINGS! ! !

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The older I get, the more I get surprised by how sensitive we are all to stress, how much seemingly little things affect us - or at least, me!



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It’s too hard..........yes it is but on this journey I have learned so many things and I think it made me a better person. Appreciation certainly is one thing!

One day at a time!


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Brings to mind the saying "Nothing worth having in this life comes easy". Getting fit & healthy is definitely worth having.

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I honestly don't think there's too much in life that isn't 'hard.' If you want something and it's worth attaining, it isn't easy. At least for me it hasn't been easy. I think it's the journey we're on that makes it all worthwhile. It's the learning process. I take pride in my work and in my achievements. So let's celebrate our work - even though, yes, it's 'hard.'



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Gil,

Thank you for your beautiful heartfelt email this morning.

Life is hard,
but really, what is the alternative? I choose to be a survivor and not a victim. I have all my life.

Losing weight IS hard work, and keeping it off is working overtime!

So losing weight is hard,
exercise is hard,
surviving a heart attack is really hard. Choose your hard!

Agreed, food is non-judgemental, available, and soothing in the moment. Then the moment passes, the pain is still there and now we add guilt on top of it.

I've done a lot of hard things, but resisting that impulse for ooey, gooey, sweet and creamy is sometimes the hardest of all.

We CAN do this....onward & downward!

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Day #71 It's Too Hard
There are many "hard things" I've accomplished.
A list is in my notebook and when I read it each time through this book, although it sometimes brings tears to my eyes, it also reminds me of how strong I am.
Getting healthy and staying healthy is not always easy day after day but it is definitely worth it.



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I added strength training to my routine. I am sore!!!! I can do hard things!

Scale is up a little, but I expected it. Being sore and eating a little more than my body needed. While it was sashimi, and 0 points, I ate more than a serving.

I am not sneak eating due to stress. I am letting my mind's requests float by.....

Of course not following my mind's requests for high fat high carb foods is hard. But I've done a lot of difficult things in my life, and this isn't any different. I know that I can do hard things!

I have the courage to put up with the hard parts and reach my goals!

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Day 71, It's too hard

Many years ago I read The Road Less Traveled by F. Scott Peck. The first sentence has never left me, "Life is difficult". The book changed my life too; I was in my 20's when I read it, still quite immature....after reading it I worked harder at acting like, and being, an adult.

Life is difficult. Weight loss is difficult. Improving one's health is difficult. Changing habits is difficult. Staying on course is difficult. Excelling at a job is difficult. Raising children is difficult. Healing relationships is difficult. Being a true friend is difficult. Facing losses in life is difficult.
That is just the way it is.....because, life is difficult....and wonderfully rewarding when you get it right....so don't give up. Do not accept the fact that it is just too hard to bother trying.

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Life is hard. This one always sums it up for me. Life just is.



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Day 71, 100 days It's too hard.

I have done some hard things in my life but at this time no where as hard as some of you have. I can't imagine how horrible it would be to bury my DH or a child! emoticon to you, not that anything would help! I do still believe my eating plan is not Hard! emoticon

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I've done some hard things - some of the hardest because I had no choice...such as my Mom's 3 month illness with brain cancer, then dealing with all that followed and then being executor of her estate. We are remarkable at what we can do when we have no other choice but to keep on.

But I've also done some pretty hard things where it was actually my choice to make my situation better. About 34 years ago I decided that I no longer wanted to smoke. I was thinking about trying to get pregnant, and I didn't want to do anything that would endanger my hoped-for child's development. I'd smoked for 14 years (stupid peer pressure thing when I started as a teen!), and it wasn't easy to quit. The nicotine gum had just come out -- it was a prescription then -- and I was successful! I did it! Several other "hard" things like that I've done for my health. I've lost weight (I'm about 25 lbs lighter now than at my heaviest) and developed a pretty consistent exercise schedule.

So I know I can do hard things! What life throws at me, and also choices I make to improve myself.

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I am happy you were able to work your way through your loss. I know it is something a person never gets over especially when it happens like it did for you. I am thankful I still have my DH of 61 years. The hardest thing I ever had to do was to watch my Dear Daughter, the youngest of my 3 girls suffer with cancer and hold her hand when she died knowing there was nothing I could do. It was especially hard because she was only 39 when she died and left a wee girl who had just turned 5 the month before. Fortunately her DH was an angel with her and to their we girl. She died on Good Friday, the holiest of days, in 2006.

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The hardest thing I have had to deal with so far in this time on Earth, was having my husband of 40 years die of a heart attack in my arms. I was completely unsuccessful at CPR. Life as a 24/7 caregiver came to a screeching halt and life as a widow started in an instant. There was no guidebook or manual to lead me along the path, it was up to me to blaze my own trail, get through my own grief and hopefully come out the other end with at least half my brain still intact.

In my 4th year as a widow, life is completely different. I share my home with my new love of 2 years and our 3 cats. I am working full time, he is retired. He does most of the cooking during the week, I do it on the weekends.

Sometimes life is as easy or hard as one chooses to make it. I can handle eating what he cooks without complaining about it being too fatty, too salty, too whatever, by adjusting my breakfast and lunch.

All in all, life is full of healthy challenges and obstacles. How we choose to accept the challenges and navigate the obstacles will measure our success.

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Day #71 It's Too Hard
There are many "hard things" I've accomplished.
A list is in my notebook and when I read it each time through this book, I am reminded that those were very hard times but I was able to get through them.

Living healthy is not TOO hard but the day to day struggle does get difficult sometimes.
Life is good at the moment and winter gives me more time to search for recipes to warm up the house by using the oven more or making hearty soups.
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I CAN do hard things. I have been through hard family situations, loss of parents and two grandchildren. I went back to school at age 46 to become a teacher and got my masters degree at age 56. My job as a teacher can be difficult as well as rewarding. I am strong. I can do what it takes to get healthier. I have no doubt. I have given up before, but this time I will not give up!!!!

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It is a tough row to follow but still better than the alternative.

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emoticon SKIRUNNER every change for the better is worthwhile (and I always think to myself - would I want those 10lbs back? NO!)



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It IS hard. Chris, I am older than you. You have the right attitude-never, never, never give up! Winston Churchill famously said that and it's so true. Right now, I'm having to work on fixing myself smaller portions. If it's there, I still try to eat it! Unfortunately, there are times I end up uncomfortable! However, please stick with it! I've been on Spark for more than two years and several times through this book and, as you can tell by my ticker, have "only" lost 10 or 11 pounds, depending on the day. But I'm really happy about it! Because .... what have I gained by sticking to my efforts?
-Perfect medical test results at 73.
-I feel good.
-I enjoy my food.

I have probably read hundreds of Spark articles, learned lots from doing the Trivia challenges, and for several months, daily planned my meals using the substitution method on Spark menus. (See the first paragraph of my "What I have Learned..." linked below my signature.) I have completed several 30 day challenges. I've learned what works for me, how I feel if I eat the wrong thing. All in all, I'm pretty darn happy. And, after awhile, doing the more healthy thing starts to get easier. emoticon

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Ah, yes. I too quite often think "It's too hard. I "can't" (That horrid word!) do this." But then I get back on track.

Why? Because I feel better physically and mentally when I am eating healthy, taking care of myself and have a positive outlook.

Besides - most things worthwhile are hard/at least they have been for me. I will do this.

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Linda's entire introduction was about me! Deciding over and over again to get "back at it" after a few weeks respite. Always starting on a Monday because the weekends are the hardest with more free time and social activities. Getting thrown off my path by the least little glitch in life. And thinking to myself "This is just too hard. I just can't do it any more". Until the next time, of course.

I was just talking with a GF yesterday about how hard it is to eat healthy all of the time and to lose weight; to always need to have food in the forefront of my mind and being analyzing it to decide if I should eat it or not. Yes, it is hard, but emoticon .

I have a journal that I write in every day and recently I started adding emoticon up in the corner each day to remind myself of how well I am doing sticking to my plan. Today is Day 6 and I am feeling proud of this achievement if I do say so myself!



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Yes, I have done some hard things --for years on end. At age 70 I am hoping things get easier. emoticon I am not quite sure why this eating thing is still so hard for me.

But I won't give up.

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Day 71 - It's Too Hard - with practice - gets easier When I'm tired its hard for me to make healthy choices. Planning ahead with veggies on hand to grab & crunch.
Recent trick when I sit to read or watch TV I'll have 2 drinks from my favorite steel insulated mugs ---one hot and one cold.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day #71 It's Too Hard
There are many "hard things" I've accomplished.
A list is in my notebook (on my computer) and when I read it each time through this book, I am reminded that those were very hard times but I was able to get through them.

Living healthy is not TOO hard but the day to day struggle does get difficult sometimes.
Today I'm under the weather with a sore throats, cough and low grade fever.
Today I'm also waiting for the cardiologist to call.
So today I'll drink more water, get more rest and try to not get off track.

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Day 71 It's too hard

Well, heck YES! It is too hard...at least some days. Sometimes getting on a healthy track takes you out of step with your friends and family. Sometimes you can't get support for your goals. Sometimes you are forced to be your own best friend and do kind things for yourself when you have always put others first. Every kind of stress, job stress, relationship stress, self-image stress.....they all seem to intensify because the changes you are making reverberate throughout your life.

We have succeeded at other hard things though....made it through things that just seemed too hard at the time. This journey will get easier as we move up the road but there will be fewer days that it is just too hard....but there will be those days.

I say.....Bring them ON! I am capable! I am strong enough for even the "too hard" days.

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Day 71: It's too hard
For most people, it's extremely hard to stick with goals of healthier eating and exercising. No one is ever immune from bad days, stress, and fatigue. And the ongoing challenges of life events can certainly make it hard to stay on your plan.
But that's not a good reason for giving up! Instead, you need to learn how to face the tough times without allowing them to pull you off track.
"I can do hard things!"
If you're like most people, you've done a lot of hard things in your life. Giving birth, working at a job, moving to a new city, even cleaning the house-all of these fit the description. In reality, you can do hard things!
So instead of caving in on your diet because it feels too hard, buck up and tell yourself, "Of course it's hard. But I've done a lot of difficult things in my life, and this isn't any different. I know that I can do hard things!"
Be willing to do the work
There's no way to avoid it-losing weight takes a lot of effort. You have to plan meals, track what you eat, and avoid food temptations. Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions, tackle challenges, and at times, manage people or situations that feel extremely hard. But if you can find the courage and the focus to put up with the hard parts, you'll reach the goals you want so badly.
In your notebook, write "I can do hard things."
Make a list of hard things you've done in the past. Remind yourself that you are a strong person.
Renew your commitment to doing the work that's involved in this project. Tell yourself you can do hard things, including staying on your diet and your exercise plan. Then do it.
Losing weight is hard work, keeping it off is working overtime, for life! I am worth it!
Gave birth, had a miscarriage, divorce, being a single Mom. Moving switching jobs. and so many other things. biggest one is being a caregiver for dad and him passing and living without him.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS INCLUDING STAYING ON MY PLAN
If I don't do Hard things How can I improve myself health wise and otherwise. Sometimes doing the hard makes us better. And so much fun looking at the successes we accomplish.
I can do the HARD OF HEALTHY EATING, HEALTHY MOVEMENT, HEALTHY LIVING I AM SO WORTH EVERY EFFORT I PUT INTO IT.
SO TODAY I DECIDED I NEED TO GET BACK TO MY JOURNALING AND MAKE THAT SCALE GO BACK DOWN AGAIN. I DONT WANT TO GET OUT OF MY LEEWAY. AND IT NOT SAFE TO BE ABOVE AND IT BEEN INCHING BACK TO THAT NOT THERE YET BUT ENOUGH TO KICK ME IN THE BUTT.
I CAN AND WILL SUCCEED.

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I know I always post this one, but it's message is firmly stuck in my brain and often helps me when I feel like 'it's too hard' because I know that if I want the outcome I desire, then I need to choose the 'hard' that will make the right causes to achieve it.





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