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4/1/20 9:57 P

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It sounds like you are on the right path. Just hang in there!



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4/1/20 8:21 A

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Couldn't agree with you more.....


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3/30/20 11:23 P

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I'm starting over for the 300th time...being stuck at home has been awful for my diet. Let's all do this together. You got this...do it for you.



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3/3/20 4:12 A

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Good for you, Linda! You're making great headway toward better health. You can do this...just one little baby step at a time. Every bit of movement counts. Already, you've come so far. Keep up the good work and keep pushing!!

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3/2/20 10:10 A

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Linda,
super!

I'm an all or none person in a different way. I have put all of my effort into one thing to the exclusion of others. So when I studied, I studied what I liked (mathematics and physics) and fought for every better grade. I didn't learn much socially. My goal was to complete the unification of the various forces ... to complete the work that Einstein was working on.

Yikes! Did that ever happen, did I get the Nobel Prize? ... heck no, I didn't even get a position as a professor of physics. Am I a failure? No.

I ended up working for IBM in the system software area, some pretty complicated stuff.

Likewise for changing what you eat. Perfection is ... perfection. Doing well, and getting healthier, ... that is a huge success.

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3/1/20 4:09 P



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Linda,

That's wonderful news. Just take things slowly by making simple changes. I've mentioned this before, start by setting some simple weekly goals. If you aren't eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day. set a goal to take a 20-30 minute walk each day for one week.

This may not seem like a lot. but they are simple things you can do to make your day a bit more healthy.

Stick with it. If you need support, come here !


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3/1/20 9:00 A

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Good morning, an update on how I am doing. Things are going pretty good. Not perfect but I am learning that it is ok not to be perfect and not to give up because I’m not doing everything perfectly which is hard for me. I am such an all or nothing person. Focusing on water and a lot less junk food this week as well as not going back for seconds. I have yet to get on the scale but I am going to today. Haven’t been on the scale since way before Christmas. This weeks focus will be including more fruits/veggies into my diet and cutting back , not cutting out carbs. This will be difficult as I am a carboholic. I still struggle daily, it would be so much easier to fall back into my comfortable eating pattern but I don’t want to keep gaining, this extra weight is really taking its toll on me in so many ways . Anyway, time to get off my butt and get some housework done. It’s not exercise but I will be moving which is a step in the right direction !

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2/25/20 6:40 P

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It's hard to stick with it when nothing seems to be working. Tracking really does work; posting for help really does work. Just keep us posted.



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2/25/20 8:35 A



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@LINDAANNB1

Hi, Linda ! I wanted to check in to see how you've been doing the past few days.

Are you still coming to Spark to log your food or read some of the articles ?

Just think baby steps.

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2/24/20 10:43 P

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We are all in this together and we understand. It's so easy to slip up. At least for me. I'm far from perfect. But I also learned to be kind to myself and let it go. If I hit my goal weight and had a crazy day of eating, I would just get right back to business. For some reason it's harder to do when I'm still trying to lose.
I am back again after many tries. So far, 3 weeks in, it's been working for me. I've been able to keep my head in the game. I'm doing well but still have my days. My reaction to those days is what has changed. I accept it. It is always going to be a part of my life and I am OK with that. Expecting something else is what has thrown me off before. But no more.
You can do this. You will find what works best for you. It's not a one size fits all life and it won't be a one size fits all weight loss. Accept your successes as well as your failures and learn from both. Do this for you. Do this for your health. You CAN do this.

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2/18/20 8:47 A



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Linda,

You're doing exactly what you need to do. You're taking things one day at a time, one meal at a time. And don't beat yourself up or give up if you think you slip. This is something that happens to us all.

Making a less than healthy choice doesn't mean you screwed up. You're not a machine who can eat right 24/7. You're a normal human being with normal human needs.

The goal isn't to be perfect. The goal of each day is to make sure the healthy choices outnumber the not quite as healthy choices.

Just start small. Get the junk out of the house and replace it with healthier snacks like fresh fruit, nuts or even air popped popcorn. No one is saying you shouldn't snack. In fact, Spark encourages healthy snacking so that you don't end up gorging on junk later.

The food you eat CAN help you regain your health !


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2/17/20 9:14 P

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Great restart!

Some thoughts:
🗝 you are not alone in restarting again and again. Any good habit is a daily reaffirmation
🗝 the past was not wasted; each time you learned something about why you eat and new ways to eat. Write out visually your journey so you can remember how far you have come
🗝 We are always kinder to others than ourselves. Imagine a good friend lose 50 pound and then “blew it” gaining back 5 one week that they were feeling put of sorts. What would you say to them? Now write that down and save it so you can read your inner kindness when you need it most
🗝 You are not limited here on Panic moments - lean on us
✨🧗🏼‍♀️Keep climbing

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2/17/20 8:54 P

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Well, it’s been a couple of days and I am making better choices. I have been drinking lots of water, went grocery shopping for healthier lunch options and I left the junk food at the store. I haven’t had potato chips or chocolate bars since Friday which is a big deal for me. Archidemes, you are right, I watch my 600 lb life and I know if I continue on the path I’m on I am going to be like them.i don’t want that for myself, food just isn’t worth it. I am going to take this one day at a time , I know it can be done, and no it’s not easy but the alternative is definitely not easy either.
I will be back this time, another change I need to make.



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2/17/20 3:24 P



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Hi, Linda !

Will you post to this thread so that we know how you're doing ? If you can log into Spark on a regular basis, that will help you stay on track. Start reading some of the articles. Read INDYGIRLs blogs. When INDYGIRL started her journey, she weighed over 460+ pounds. She's lost half that weight and so can you.

Is your family ready to support you ? What about your husband ? If you don't get the support you need at home, you'll just find a reason to up and quit again. You will need a good support system to help you lose the weight.

Will your family help you ? If not, that's why you need to come to Spark more often. You will find support here.


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2/16/20 8:19 P

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At my local Sprouts, they have a sign that says, "Every meal is a decision." Sometimes I just say that to myself and then try to make a good one. Hang in there and keep us posted.



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2/16/20 5:09 P



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Linda, you know we're all here to support you !

If you really are ready to make a commitment to lose weight and regain your health, you can't keep running away. If you feel like you are slipping, just leave a post in the panic room and wait for us to reply. Don't up and quit.

Think for a moment. where did that attitude get you ? I'll tell you. It got you over 400+ pounds. And if you don't do something, you'll be ready to appear on an episode of My 600 Pound Life. That may should harsh, but that's the road you're traveling.

Are you ready to make a commitment to do what you need to do to regain your health ? If so, we are all here to help you !

But you've got to want to help yourself.

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LINDAANNB1,
you don't have to get all "gung ho". You have to make a decision.

Yes there are things in life that happen, there are events, but really these events aren't themselves forcing you off some dietary path. I suspect it is some other emotions, which food fills some sort of hole. Some sort of escape ... I'm just guessing.

Yesterday I was at a funeral for my Aunt. There was a buffet of food, some of it healthy, some of it not so healthy. To put it in perspective, I'm a type-2 diabetic, so any carb heavy things are going to raise my blood sugar, and that is not a good thing.

I could have eaten more out of sadness, I could have told myself that this was just one day, one event ... Though I know one days can add up to a whole week, etc.

So I simply navigated my way around the buffet. I had no desserts. I ate a lot of the veggies (raw cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers ...) with a creamy dip, I had half of a pita wrapped chicken salad sandwich, ... not the regular bread type sandwiches.

You gained the weight over time, and you will loose the weight over time. There is no miracle that will happen. If you loose any measurable weight in a week, like a pound or so, ... that is a victory week.

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2/16/20 9:00 A

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You are back here and that is the first step. Please know that others, including myself, have started over again. After reaching my goal and staying at it for 1 year and 9 months I found myself slowly inching up again over the past 4 months. I am starting over again today too. I know logging in, recording what I eat, and getting in my exercise are key to a healthy life. Having a close SP group is probably the one best thing that helped me to reach my goal.Check out the 5%Challenge group if you get a chance.

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2/16/20 8:39 A

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I joined sp in 2008 and since then have gained probably 150 lbs over the last 12 years. I get all gung ho about following a healthy lifestyle then some little thing or event happens and that is it. I keep coming back to sp looking for incentive which I find but my problem is I tend not to stick with it, once I slip up I think what’s the sense. I know this is a terrible way to think, I know logging in everyday really helps keep me on track. I guess it’s just another excuse for not staying on track.
I have to lose weight, my health and my life depend on it. I know what I need to do, I’ve been to dr and dietician and I know what needs to be done. I weigh well over 400 lbs now, my health and my mobility have both been affected. Many weight related issues. You think that would be enough to make me smarten up. I am going to try once again, to get back on track. I know I will feel so much better once this weight starts coming off. Here’s hoping this time is the time that I really give it my all and get some of this weight off.



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