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SWEETEPIPHANY's Photo SWEETEPIPHANY Posts: 99
12/1/17 11:08 A

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Thanks, @EMILYSNEWLIFE! I'm looking at your ticker and you are doing awesome. I am starting to break my weightloss into smaller goals too. In November, I gave myself a goal to lose 10 lbs and I ended up losing 13 lbs, which felt awesome. So, this month, I'm doing the same thing, giving myself a small goal.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
*Og Mandino*


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11/30/17 2:41 P

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I agree with @CAJUNBUCKEYE59 without looking at smaller pieces of the weight loss pie it is very overwhelming i have been through the same. I try to take it 10 pounds at a time right now im 175 so im just trying to make it to 160 then so on until i get to my goal. I also set small achieveable weight loss goals for the whole month like for December my goal is to hit 170. Chunking it down in small pieces really helps to not get discouraged and give up. Keep your chin up you are going great

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11/9/17 7:41 A

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Thanks for the rewards ideas. I got some new ideas!

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"This too shall pass"

I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!

Shirley


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11/8/17 10:58 A

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Good ideas!




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SWEETEPIPHANY's Photo SWEETEPIPHANY Posts: 99
11/7/17 12:10 P

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I like some of the reward ideas too. I was always rewarded with food growing up, so it's hard to break that habit, but I think that I'm going to come up with a gift idea for myself that is not food related and when I hit below 300 lbs, I'll get it. Also, one of my best friends is getting married in January and of course I want to look and feel great on that day, so I'm going to use that as a motivator too.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
*Og Mandino*


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11/7/17 12:06 P

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Hey friends. I apologize for taking so long to respond. I thought that I had subscribed to the thread to get notifications but I didn't.

Well, it's awesome to see all of your encouraging words today. I can't tell you how much it means to me to know that you all understand where I am coming from and have great advice. I feel a lot better than I did last week and like some of you said, I'm trying to focus on an attainable goal. So, for November I want to lose 10 lbs and try to drink 100 oz of water a day, both of which I think are doable.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
*Og Mandino*


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11/7/17 10:48 A

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My rewards are very similar:

-massage
-plants for my house
-jewelry/scarf

Things out of the ordinary that remind me of my successes.

Hope you're all having a great Tuesday!

Laura

2019 is my year to work on ME!

~Laura

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11/6/17 10:43 A

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I have done or have wanted to do the following:
~a new book I've been wanting
~a movie night
~a piece of clothing or jewelry
~extra time for me away from daily stresses (going to a hotel for a night)
~a massage
~a manicure/pedicure at a salon
~a special craft activity







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SHIRLA7's Photo SHIRLA7 Posts: 2,597
11/5/17 7:10 A

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What kinds of rewards does everyone use? Just trying to get some new ideas.

2019 End of Year Challenge! (Goal: 274)
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11/03: 279
11/10: 277
11/17: 279
11/24: 279
12/01: 281
12/08: 283
12/15:
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"This too shall pass"

I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!

Shirley


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11/4/17 11:08 P

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Having a couple good teams, a few really good SparkFriends, and blogging have all helped me. I struggle A LOT. I have lost 66 pounds over the 18 months or so, and the last two months have been especially difficult. If it weren't for my Spark support system, I would have given up by now. Correction: I would have given up a long time ago! So my advice is to reach out, connect, and be a friend. Those of in the 300 and 400 club, we're gonna be here awhile, and these friendships matter.

As others have mentioned: reward systems and keeping your eye on the REAL prize (better health) are also very important.

I'd also recommend setting smaller goals. Starting at 446 lbs, I couldn't/can't fathom a "medically correct" goal weight of 160 lbs. That's just incomprehensible to me! But I played around with the goal calculators, and I decided that losing 1.33 pounds per week for a year sounded reasonable, and that's how I set my goals. I look at one year at a time, one week at a time. And I don't worry about that "medically correct" goal. There's plenty of time for that.

As for time... The time will pass anyway. Whether you are working towards your goals or not. You owe it to yourself to try.

Edited by: MERMAIDLIFE at: 11/4/2017 (23:16)
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11/4/17 6:36 P

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SweetEpiphany,

How are you doing? Are you okay? Better? Thinking of you!

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." Phil. 4:4


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11/4/17 4:11 P

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I defintely agree with the others .

Set goals instead of looking at the "whole" thing. Make those goals attainable.

Set up a reward system if you're the type of person who works better with a "carrot" dangling in front of you. A night out, a new outfit, a new piece of jewelry or something you've been wanting.

Don't make your goals all weight loss geared. Include trying new foods or recipes, a new activity, events - things you've wanted to try but haven't.

Small steps will add up so everything you do to bring your towards your weight loss goal is only going to enhance the journey and make it more enjoyable. You've got a good start with what you've lost so far. Keep doing what you're doing!

Check in when you're having not so good days. You'll find support here to help you!

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11/4/17 5:43 A

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My dog was named MacDuff and weighed 25 lbs. So I'm trying to lose "a MacDuff" by Christmas. It feels more manageable somehow.

~ Cat


"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
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11/3/17 7:19 P

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I think we all feel like that - a lot of the time!

I also agree that it helps to take it one small step at a time. I try to set up a reward system for each 10 pounds but alas, I have been adding 10 pounds instead of removing them emoticon

We got this though, one day at a time, one step at a time, helping and guiding each other along the way. emoticon

~Sonia

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

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11/03: 278.8
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11/3/17 9:02 A

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I understand the feeling of "why bother?" because the task seems too huge. I'm still learning myself, but it seems that breaking it down into segments and celebrating each mini-finish line helps keep the focus off the distant final goal.

~ Cat


"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
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SHIRLA7's Photo SHIRLA7 Posts: 2,597
11/3/17 7:22 A

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I've started focusing on trying to lose 5 pounds a month. I can't look at how much I have to lose, too depressing.
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2019 End of Year Challenge! (Goal: 274)
10/27: 280
11/03: 279
11/10: 277
11/17: 279
11/24: 279
12/01: 281
12/08: 283
12/15:
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"This too shall pass"

I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!

Shirley


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11/3/17 5:53 A

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I agree with Cajun....this is NOT about just hitting a goal.

This isn't about one year from now or two years from now. It is about today!!!
Maybe tomorrow! Maybe next week.

Stay focused on that!

First, let me say.....I would be thrilled if I looked like you, you are such a pretty girl.
Second, losing weight is not just about the scales its about what eating better can do
for your body now. Hopefully starting to feel better, more energetic, heart beating a
little easier just because it is carrying around one less pound.

You can do this.

Our daughter's family just took a big trip, she wanted the children to focus not just on
getting there, but she wanted them to enjoy the journey, to enjoy "getting' there. That is
what we have to do, this is a journey, we need to enjoy things on the way or we won't
maintain our new weight if we haven't learned lessons in the process of getting there.

Like learning new recipes, and making them our new favorites, how bad certain oils are
for you, or certain fats, it is all a learning process.

The thing is you have started, the thing is you have lost 40+ pounds.

The thing is you are a beautiful person in the here and now, your goal is to keep being a
beautiful person on your way to being a smaller person, that's all.

I am so proud of what you have accomplished. So proud, it is amazing,
But dear one, don't forget to enjoy the journey.

Love and prayers, Proverbs3128


"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." Phil. 4:4


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11/3/17 5:41 A

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Dont look so far down the road, look at 10lbs to go....smaller bites of the apple
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Randy Gautreaux
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Central Ohio

Slow motion is better than no motion!!!!!

Smile God Loves Ya!



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11/2/17 9:20 P

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Today, I can't stop thinking about the fact that I still have a long way to go. emoticon

I've already lost 42 lbs but like many of us in the 300 Club, I'm more than 100 lbs from my goal and it feels like this huge thing to accomplish. I'm trying to take it one day at a time, but sometimes, like today, I just feel overwhelmed.

Does anyone have any tips on dealing with these feelings?

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
*Og Mandino*


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