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9/29/19 5:01 A

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Linda how are you doing?
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“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

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9/26/19 8:35 P

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Hello again!

Start by taking 10 minute walks. Gradually increase the time walking until you eventually reach 1 hour. Don't think of it as work. 1 hour might seem long but not if you have a nice space to walk. Do you live in a nice neighborhood with tree lined streets? Is there a nice park nearby?

Also, start to decrease the portion sizes of what you eat gradually till you eventually start eating a normal portion size. And start to eat less fried foods, more veggies & fruits, less processed & fatty meats. I like steamed fish!

There are lots of tips on diet on this site! Don't worry so much about the exercise part for now, just start with walks. If you have access to a swimming pool, try water aerobics. As you start to lose more weight, you can add strength training exercises to your routine in order to tone up and lose even more weight. Strength training is essential too but don't worry about all that yet, just start by walking or water aerobics, I hear being in the water puts less stress on your joints.

Aim to walk / do water aerobics twice a week for a start. Gradually aim for 3 to 4 times a week. Try not to think of it as work but something fun!

Good luck! Have faith in yourself! You CAN do this! Just start!

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9/25/19 3:03 A

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You are doing what's most important--taking steps. This isn't something where we just "arrive". We all can be doing much better. I can be too. I've been trying to get on track, and I know what it's like getting sidetracked.

How important is your weight loss goal to those close to you? Do they support you? I find that support from those close is the most important. It's always more fun doing it with someone. It's easy to "stop believing in ourselves" and think that our efforts aren't worth it if we're around negative people.

I know how easy it is to reach for easy food. I have some celery, pickles, herring, and cheese around when I get munchies. I can munch a little, but I have to still watch myself, but it is low calorie food. It's even better if it's higher in protein because it helps you feel full.

I'm glad you're back here. Sometimes it feels like a wall. But just keep walking. The wall will completely disappear. It's just an illusion. Keep at it and you will see results.



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9/18/19 3:18 P

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Hi Linda,

I don't know if you use apps. I have an app I use for "logging" my meals, it is called "Ate" and it's so simple to use. You actually take a photo of your meal or snack before you eat using the app (not the camera on your phone), and once you take the photo, there are arrows. One arrow says "on path" and one arrow says "off path." You press the arrow that applies to that meal, and then at the end of each day, it gives you a percentage of 100% or less, of "on path" or "off path." There is an option to text if you don't want to do a photo, and there is also an option for notes, if you want to note if you ate alone, out with friends or family socially, or if you want to note how you were feeling when you ate. I find that this has been very helpful for me, since I usually always have my phone with me, and have trouble remembering to write everything down or log on to the computer. It helps me to look at my food in a photo to stay on track and see if I am keeping with my goals.

Best wishes!
Maria

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9/17/19 8:03 A



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Hi Linda. I'm really please that you have made it back.

I had a little peak at your SparkPage and see that you are on Team ~Indygirl & NewSparkDebbie. That is GREAT. I suggest that you read Indygirl's blogs (aka Beth Donovan) - you will get a load of really good, simple ideas from them.

I also suggest that you have a good talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian and to a Therapist who specializes in treating people with weight issues.

In the meantime, just try to do a bit more today than you did yesterday. By that I mean getting up and walking to the front gate and back, or reducing cake/biscuit/take out, soda and replacing it with a piece of fruit, or a hard boiled egg, or a tub of Greek yoghurt, water.... anything that is a healthier swap.

In time you will start to notice a difference with your energy and fitness. In time youj will find that you are less tired. In time you will start to feel a lot better about yourself. In time you will see that you are winning emoticon

Just remember you are worth it and you and your family deserve for you to be healthy for you AND for them!!!!

Take care,
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9/15/19 3:51 P



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LINDA,

I am so glad to see you back on the forums ! I was worried that you had decided not to come back.

It's no wonder you're feeling so overwhelmed. You're trying to do too much too soon. As many of us have recommended to you before, start with some simple changes first.

You said you can't seem to log all your meals. then don't. What should you do ? Set a simple goal. Start by logging ONE meal each day for one week. Why not start with breakfast. For one week, you log your breakfast and that's all you log.

Can you try that ? Can you log breakfast, each day for one week ? Don't worry about logging anything else. Just log breakfast. That's where you start ? Don't listen to the voices in your head telling you that it's not enough. This is how you learn to change those inner negative nellies.

In order to create a new habit, you start by setting a simple goal.

Are you willing to do that starting today ? Each day, for this week, you log breakfast. Next Sunday, we'll talk about setting another weekly goal to help you learn how to track your food choices.

What are some other things you can do ? You can drink more water. You can eat an extra serving of veggies at your meals. You can eat fruit for a snack. There are lots of very simple things you can do that will help you learn to eat more healthy.

Are you ready to try ?

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9/15/19 3:41 P

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Hi Lindannb1

You have taken the first step, you recognize you can't continue down this path you are on. Take a breath, and think about what you can do differently tomorrow. Is it eat 1 healthy meal? Is it go for a 15 minute walk? Is it resist sweets for the day?

Start with small changes tomorrow, add 1 or 2 changes the next day, then work on those changes for a week. After the week, add a few more changes.

Small steps will bring change. Put yesterday behind you and look at what you can do differently tomorrow. If logging food is a challenge away this time, then hold off until you are ready to go back to tracking. It doesn't mean never track again, just maybe not now while you get back on track.

You've done the first step, now the next step.

You can do it.



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9/15/19 12:24 P

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Ok, so I have not been completely on track lately, I have been doing better but still have a lot of room for improvement. I am tracking but will admit, not every meal as I should be and I really don’t have a good excuse. I could give many, no time, work stress, too busy, worrying about a sick friend ... all true but all excuses. Well, I came across an old movie this weekend I had never seen “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” the mother is very large, has a difficult time getting around, mobility issues, gets stared at, made fun of, laughed at for her size. She ends up dying at home, her son finds her dead in bed. When police come they decide they are going need help to get her out because she is so large, the children are afraid this will all become a big show for the town folks and set the house on fire with her body in it to save embarrassment of having to have her carried out of the house by a large crew of men. Well, this could very easily be me, something about this show really touched me... I don’t want this for me or my family. I have got to take my health more seriously, I went to the dr recently, I know what needs to be done and I know what this extra weight is doing to my health and my body. I think about how I want to be healthier all the time, I just can’t seem to stick with it. So discouraged, disgusted and fed up with myself.



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