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    Hi There!
    I stopped by SP Class of June 19-25, 2016 today and saw your comment from 337 days ago.
    I made a lengthy post there for any of the team to read. I've copied it below for you. I missed reading it was 337 days ago. Seems like no one goes there any more but seeing your post made me feel sad and I want to reach out to you. I hope you've had successes since then but for what it's worth see below.

    I've now lost 43-44 lbs since joining. I have about 20-25 more to go to reach my goal. My doctor asked me why I set the weight I wanted to achieve as I did. I told him that is what I had weighed my entire adult life until menopause and the metabolic issue began. We're about to renegotiate the final number. I told him that at 71 the weight I set is probably too low as I don't want to look like a bag of bones. However, I do have a dress from back when I'd like to be able to get into and that may also be at too low a weight so we'll have to determine where I stop after I lose another 15 lbs. It's been a long hard process and I'm not willing to allow myself to go back up. My health has really improved and I'm now beginning to look like something of what I had always been.

    If I can help you along the way, please do not hesitate to contact me. Much luck and success and happiness to you.
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    Hi Team!

    I haven't stopped by much as it seems no one visits here but thought I'd give it a try and post today. I hope this finds all the team having done really well since joining. We all have our ups and downs but overall I hope it has been a path to success for each of you.

    Variel: Sorry to read that you've regained much of what you lost but IT"S NOT over unless you just give up. I'm going to post my thoughts here in case anyone else is having a similar crisis.

    FIRST: make the commitment to yourself that you WILL make the changes necessary for you to have good health.

    SECOND: What is your long term goal? Why do you want to lose weight? Get as specific as you can. You will need these answers to help keep yourself motivated.

    THIRD: Break the goal down into small segments. Ex: want to lose 30 lbs. over what period of time will this take? For younger folks 1 lbs a week= 4 lbs a month so 4.5 months to lose the 30. I'm in my 70s with a metabolic problem so losing 1 maybe 2 lbs a MONTH is about the best I can do. For me to lose 30 would take about 21 months gauging I would have some good months of losing 2 lbs. DO THE MATH! -3500 calories= l lb of weight loss but it's more than calories to succeeding. I will say that again....IT'S MORE THAN CALORIES TO SUCCEED IN WEIGHT LOSS. What you eat is important. For me it is markedly reducing carbs, sugars, fats.

    FOURTH: EXERCISE!!! It's a must. It charges the metabolism to burn calories, circulates the blood, builds muscles (which then help to increase metabolism), gives you energy, shapes up the body and makes you look firm.

    My doctor requires me to exercise for 30 minutes EVERY DAY because of my metabolic issues. It really does make a difference for me. Plus, I feel better --energized and toned from it.

    FIFTH: Water--drink a minimum of 8 eight ounces of water every day or more if you can.

    My method to accomplish this is:
    starting a midnight counting...any water consumed through the night--I get 1 to 1.5 in over the night. I finish what's left before I hit the kitchen. Then 2 glasses of water at EVERY meal so 3 meals (B,L,D)= 6 glasses. Any snacks in the day? Drink water. Hungry and it's not mealtime? Drink a glass of water first!

    So there are lots of ways to add water into your day. You just have to keep track and that will get you drinking it.

    BENEFITS OF WATER: zero calories, it flushes the system out. If you had too much salt in something it flushes that out. It flushes out the kidneys. It makes your skin more supple and rehydrates everything. GIVE UP THE SODA!!!! EVEN DIET SODA.

    SIXTH: See a doctor to help you. You want to do this safely and with solid advice on what is appropriate for YOU. What I have to do under doctor's supervision is not what is best for others. You want to know if you're healthy to begin with and whether you have any issues such as diabetes, hypertension, etc. (I found out I have a documented metabolic problem. They tested me and found it was a pretty severe case. For me I found out that because of this dieting was actually making things worse so I had to have a plan set up that would keep the body from thinking it was starving all the time as that was shutting down the metabolism. This is a very unusual situation which is why I say SEE A DOCTOR FIRST.)

    Don't give up. There are times you'll feel I'm not getting anywhere. Times you blow the calorie range over just one meal ---so don't make it worse by permitting yourself to just go on a rampage for the day or days. We all blow it at times. What matters is getting right back to the plan.

    It's a day, by day, by day process. The more you stick with the plan the easier it will become. You didn't get where you are overnight nor will you lose it overnight. In time, (it's nearly 3 years for me) you'll come to find you don't have to think so much about it as it will be your routine. Weightloss is not just a temporary lifestyle. It's to become your new norm. Once you've lost the weight you will need to work on maintaining your weight and that's also a learning curve so you don't just blow back up the scale.

    A lot of this is a mindset to just do it and stick with it. I have had long periods of just yo-yoing back and forth 3 lbs for months. Frustrating but sticking with my program did bring it moving back down. Our bodies need time to readjust every now and then. It's not a straight line down, you will have blips of ups and then downs IF you stay committed.

    REWARD YOURSELF but not with food. Pick small things. Initially, for me, just losing some lbs was the reward. When it got tougher I set up small rewards such as: buying a new lipstick at the end of the month if I met all my goals. Buy a new book, get a new hair clip. As I had more success I stretched out the rewards for longer periods but made them a bit bigger. For example: after two months of meeting the goals I could treat myself to a movie out, buy a new T-shirt that was on sale or go to the Dollar Store and find a treat.

    Give yourself pats on the back for sticking to it, for meeting goals, for accepting you have had the determination to stick with it even on the bad days. Chat with people on Spark to help you along the way. Chatting with folks about day to day stuff not just diet/exercise can help you when you're feeling down, lonely and also lets you do something for others too. And, smile and laugh, it does make you feel better and improves mood.

    I hope this helps anyone who is on this team. We all started our journey together. Let's lend a hand to any who are having a struggle, give a hug and say CONGRATS to those who have made it!
    Hugs and good wishes teammates!

    222 days ago
    Just saw your comment in another feed on loving kitties. As a cat lover, I wanted to visit your page. Your story of the passing of the love of your life touched my heart. My wisdom is not high enough to offer any suggestions on that loss, other than to let you know that Spark makes for a nice place to express yourself and your pain. I believe that you will achieve your goals here.
    672 days ago
    What a lovely pup! May he fill your days with joy and laughter.
    675 days ago
    Are you interested in a Challenge?

    The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa Fill His Sleigh, Run Rudolf Run and Super Bowl. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Spring challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Thread.

    677 days ago
    Sending you hugs on this Christmas morning. Thinking of you. Hoping your day will bring peace and joy into your life.
    710 days ago
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