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Having a really hard time!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I came accross this website a log time ago....and like most other things I just let it go and forgot all about it. Well here I am months later...in the same place if not worse..still obiese not knowing how to fix this problem I have with food. I have tried everything...i even lost 60 pounds then put it all back on when i had my son!! I havent been able to get back there since :( I dont know what to do, my weight problem is really becoming a big problem at home and if I dont make a change soon....I'm really dont know where my life is headed. PLEASE HELP ME!!
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  • DEBBIE7261
    You have accomplished so much just by admitting you need help!!
    If you have been watching what you eat and exercising, the first thing you should do is have your blood checked for things like hypothyroidism. I never knew I had this and when I found out in 1995 my life changed. Thank God that I just have to take one pill a day to correct the problem.
    If your blood work checks out fine then get all of the support you can from people here, they are amazing and without their support my journey would be harder to go it alone. Join the sparkteams that you like and use all the tools this site has to offer.
    Add me as a friend if you want and we can do this together!!
    3980 days ago
    I am with you all the way. I started June '09 and just started back yesterday. My daughter was born on May 10 last year and I lost 40lbs after having her (I was at 230 when I had her) but have gained 10 of it back. With a little support from SP friends I know we will both be able to achieve our goals.
    Best wishes to you and please feel free to add me as a buddy so we can cheer each other on.
    3980 days ago
    Dear Stephanie,

    You have come to the right place. I know that with a baby or a small child it seems that any time that you spend on yourself will make you feel that you are being self-centered, but I want you to keep this in mind-if you don't take care of yourself you will not be there to take care of that little one. When you are healthy in both mind and spirit everything else will fall into place. Just try to stick to the nutritional guidelines and make sure you get in some exercise everyday that you can and you will start to feel better. I promise. And know that anytime that you need to vent we are all here for you.

    3980 days ago
    I'm so glad that you've let us know what you need. First try to calm yourself and then take a few deep breaths. I've been where you're at, so have all of us here. This is what I do:

    I journal everyday to see how my day went the day before and see how my calorie intake was;

    I log every calorie that goes into my mouth, drinks, foods, etc., I try never to go over my calories but sometimes I do;

    I try to workout at least 3 times a week and sometimes it's very hard for me to push myself, then I look at pics of me when I was much slender and ones of me a lot larger and that's one of the keys that helps me to keep going;

    I visit my sparkpeople site every single day, when I'm home and have access to my computer, and I read a lot of blogs and sometimes even comment because mayber they've inspired me to push forward or maybe they could benefit from my experiences too this helps a lot;

    I always take at least 5 minutes to myself everyday, even if I have to lock myself in the bathroom to get that 5 minutes because I deserve at least that time to be alone and collect my thoughts;

    I also use the nutrition tracker here as well as the exercise tracker and other trackers as well, they help me a great deal;

    I sure do hope that everything we've all said here has helped and if it hasn't please let us know that too k ? We're here to help if we can. Take care,
    3980 days ago

    I've done the diet yoyo for years. And I've always worried about what would happen when I reached goal weight. This time I don't have that fear.

    The nutrition and exercise trackers are amazing.

    I made three promises to myself when I joined Spark.

    1) I could eat whatever I wanted, but I had to enter EVERY item I ate into the nutrition tracker. This has made me conscious and it usually keeps me eating healthy, nutrient rich calories.

    2) I would exercise the minimum 15 minutes of cardio that the Spark exercise program suggested for my weight and age. Sometimes, especially at the start, I did it in 3 or 5 minute increments throughout the day. Studies show this works just as well as doing it all at once...

    3) I would eat breakfast--a big, healthy breakfast. Most mornings I do oatmeal with a banana, a tbsp. of maple syrup (instead of 4 tbsp of brown sugar). I would eat three snacks a day. The am one is fruit or a boiled egg, the afternoon one is usually a sugarfree hot chocolate, and the evening one is a jello pudding and fruit. I also eat lunch and dinner. It means I rarely experience cravings or that feeling of "I'm starving" where I go through my pantry like I'm a locust swarm.

    You can do this. Find the tools that work best for you and commit to putting in the time. It is work, but the rewards are wonderful.
    3980 days ago
    To everyone who posted comments....I am blown away that in 20 mins there is this much feed back from people who are in the same place i am!! Thank you so much! I am excited to discover all the things I can work on through this website....with much needed support!
    3980 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3273459
    You have reached a very important place by realizing you need help. I, too, joined SP a couple of years ago but didn't take advantage of the opportunities here until the beginning of February 2010. I've lost 5 lbs. so far this month. This is a great site for support and encouragement. If you do what is suggested by the SP Team, track your nutrition and exercise, join teams, make friends, read motivational SP pages, seek support, YOU WILL SUCCEED. Hang in there! You deserve to be fit and healthy.
    3980 days ago
    Hi, You know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    I lost a bunch of weight last year. Then ended up gaining it all back and got even bigger than where I started. There just comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. I've got goals but my first and foremost goal is what will I do to help myself TODAY.

    I did it once before and I'll do it again. Just take a breath and look at what you're doing. Change the little things and you'll be surprised. Just wake up each day and tell yourself that today you're going to do what you have to do to reach your goals. Procrastination is my biggest enemy so every day and every time I see food I remind myself that I am in this NOW, not starting tomorrow or the next day. Do today what is good for you, and you'll see the results in your tomorrows.

    Good luck, we all need just a bit of that I'd say. emoticon
    3980 days ago
    I have found if I am not paying attention to my weight it will constantly rise. I have to constantly make it a priority in my life. Eating healthy does not always mean eating bad food so you find what works best for you. Search healthy recipes and try new things. If cooking isn't your thing search restaurant's in the area and find out what they have that is healthy. Order it to go. I know alot of times I may go to a restaurant and know what I should be eating but change my mind once in the restaurant to something unhealthy. Find time for a walk or exercise. I actually came to really enjoying my exercise time. It is the only time someone is not asking me for juice, a snack, breaking up a sibling fight etc. You just keep moving forward and when you have a bad day you commit yourself to having at least two good ones. You will find all kinds of groups and tools that will help you. Set a reasonable goal for yourself and when you reach it to set another goal. It can by 10 pounds in 3 months. The next thing you know you are 40 pounds lighter in a year and have learned healthy habits you can live with for life.
    3980 days ago
    The first step is to ask for help. (Check) I am in the same place you are with gaining 60 pounds after having my son almost five years ago. I was shown this site by a friends over a year ago and never signed up until last week. But, after reading and browsing I see that I need to stop beating myself up and take things one day at a time. I have worked out more in the past week then I have over the past four years. Hang in there and try to start focusing on the good that you do one step at a time. emoticon
    3980 days ago
    If you use the tools on this site, it will work wonders on helping you get healthier!

    The nutrition tracker is AMAZING! You can turn off the meal plan and input the food you eat. IT has helped me so much to stay accountable. Every time I want to put something in my mouth, I think about that tracker!
    I haven't given up snacking. I snack between all the meals and leave some room to snack at night. Not big snacks. Just serving size items. Sometimes I'll have a banana. Sometimes I will have a serving of almonds. Sometimes I have a serving of peanut M&Ms!
    I usually have Lean Cuisine for lunch. That keeps my calories a little lower than a sandwich would, plus there's so many different kinds! I stock up when they go on sale!

    Then there's the fitness tracker. I love that thing too! IT helps you know exactly how many calories you're burning. Whether you exercise 10 minutes or 40 minutes...it helps!

    I know finally making the jump is a tough thing...but you feel so much better about yourself when you do! When you lose those first pounds in the first week...it's the BEST feeling!

    I hope I helped a little!!! Good luck!
    3980 days ago
  • no profile photo CHANGINGBODY
    It is a daily struggle which we all share. You are the only one that can make that life change. Believe in yourself, you can do it. Please read my previous blog in which I mention my husband in the title...It is extreme however it caused me to realize now matter how good you are to your husband and children it is important to keep in mind only you can do for yourself what you need to do to feel good about yourself. Good luck on your journey...we are all there with you. You can/must do it or you won't be happy.
    Couple of my fav sayings:
    "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" "Get up move around more and eat less!!! emoticon
    3980 days ago
    Hi Stephanie,

    It is right that it's not easy to lose weight. I find that one thing that is helpful on this site is the fact that we can enter every food that we eat and find out if you eat too much calories, fat or protein. It made me realize why I have trouble losing my weight because I notice that I go over my calories often.

    Another thing that helps me is the support that we get from the other members on the site and all the difference challenge that you can do.

    Good luck with your weight lost.

    3980 days ago
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