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KHAERA87 Posts: 15
8/2/12 12:44 P

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That is a great idea. I can try to keep track of what I eat, and how much. I just don't know how to "measure" how much. I do drink a lot of soda, but not near as much as I used to drink. I don't drink coffee, and rarely want sweets. I've tried counting calories to get an idea of how much calories I take every day, but so much that I eat, I don't know how to calculate it. I usually have about between 2 and 3 cans of soda every day, depending on how much I drink daily. I've been know to not feel the need to drink anything until the evening, (not often though). I usually try to drink more caffeine free sodas, than the ones with caffeine. I wish I could find alternate meals, but with my pickiness, it seems near impossible. I eat a lot of chicken or pork. I usually don't use much milk or cheese, because they don't always agree with me. When we go to the store, we prefer to park kinda close to the end of the aisle. We love walking, and hate "fighting" for a parking spot. Usually when we go to the store, if it is like Wal-mart, we usually walk around the store before starting our shopping. Like I said, we love walking. When I put dishes away, I do them one at a time, to get more walking in. I do something similar when folding laundry. The laundry room is in the bedroom, but I fold clothes in the living room. So, I dance to the bedroom, grab an item, dance back to the living room, fold and put in a pile.. and repeat. I'm weird like that. It is past lunchtime, and I'm not hungry. I should find something for lunch.

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8/2/12 11:36 A

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When I first started this time around, I simply started tracking what I was eating and how much. Not trying to limit, but just getting a baseline - what do I eat? how much do I eat?

Then I started changing things. I cut out sodas completely, I think I have 1-2 cans per MONTH. Same thing with fruit juices. I kept my morning coffee for awhile, but after 3-4 months, that went too (using too much creamer). I started eating larger portions of veggies and smaller portions of meat & carbs. I saw my doctor and we started some meds (not weight-loss drugs though, even though he offered them). Now, I get completely stuffed on 1200-1500 calories, if I'm eating right. I'm still usually a big high on my fat grams and low on my carbs, but that's because I use real butter and drink whole milk. The only time I use artificial sweeteners at all is my morning yogurt (splenda is in it already). Otherwise, its regular sugar or nothing, normally nothing.

Start with small changes. Tracking what you eat is the easiest. Then you can look and see what YOU think needs to change first - are you drinking too much soda? too many sweets? Trying slowly cutting them out. After you no longer want them, move to examining the nutrition labels on your foods. Picture the ingredients...are you picturing real stuff, or vials of chemicals?

I think exercise is important for your health, and for helping to boost your metabolism, but so far, I just don't have the time for REAL exercise...so I walk. A lot. I intentionally get a bad parking space at work, forcing me to walk about a mile each way to the car (so 2 miles per day). At the grocery store, I park next to a cart return (easier with toddler) instead of near the door. I carry in the shopping bags 1-2 bags at a time, instead of loading up all I can carry. Small changes, but things that can add up to a LOT of extra movement.

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Eric Daniel born 10/17/2010

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KHAERA87 Posts: 15
8/2/12 11:23 A

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Thanks again. I can't seem to watch any videos on this website. We used to go to the park and do a 2-mile walk/jog/run, about 3 times a week. That changed about a year and a half ago, because the park got closed for a few months. We tried going and just walking it a few months ago, and I was so tired and wore out at about the 3/4 mile mark.. and that was just walking. Of course, I had gained about 30 pounds. We want to get back in the habit of walking atleast on the weekends, but I need to get to a point where I can atleast walk the whole 2 miles. I miss going for walks. I miss the 16/17-year-old me. Starting to feel a sadness about how I got to here, so I'm going to stop typing.

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8/2/12 9:03 A

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Well, I think it would be easier to stick with something if you have something! :) One of my goals a while back was to workout for 10 minutes per day. SP has a ton of 10 minute videos, for both cardio and ST. I started a streak with that and felt pretty good. Once that was consistent....and it didn't start off consistent....but once I got it down and I was doing 10 minutes 5/7 days per week, I increased it to 15. I always try to make SMART goals= Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Oriented!! Example: I will work out for 10 minutes on 3/7 days. Or something. Start small and get a streak going. You can do this! :)

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KHAERA87 Posts: 15
8/2/12 8:55 A

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Thank you both. As of right now, I haven't set up a plan. I have tried setting up plans previously, and would always fail at sticking with them. Yesterday, I did manage to drink 20 oz of water, and 10 minutes of cardio. I can usually stick to doing some kind of workout anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks, and then it stops. I always thought that it would be easier if I had someone to do it with me. I don't have anyone nearby that is willing to join me. My SO is supportive, and helped me until he got his current job. I do set goals for my weight loss, but not goals on diet and/or exercise. I just try to get in exercise when I find myself motivated, and trying to eat smaller meals. Hopefully, I'll be able to stick with something.

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8/2/12 8:23 A

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set yourself some kind of goal that you can stay psyched up for. My starting goal was to get under 200 for an anniversary trip to Hawaii with my husband. Yeah, sure, if I didn't make it, I'd still get the trip, but talk about motivation - "I'm going to Hawaii! I dieting for HAWAII!"

I've lost over 35lbs since January while preparing for this trip. I weigh 195.0 as of this morning, and our plane takes off tomorrow. I'm working on deciding my next goal/reward but since I'm hoping to come back pregnant (LOL) its hard to quite define yet.

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Eric Daniel born 10/17/2010

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8/1/12 8:22 P

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Hi!! So glad to see you're here!! What is your usual plan? If can be hard to stay motivated if you don't have well defined goals or a plan to follow.
Right now I take supplements every day to help with weight loss/ energy/ mood (DB Goddess prime fast pack) and I am doing Power 90 (6 days per week, 30-45 minutes per day) and I have changed my eating habits (I try to have one serving of a protein, carb, and veggie every 3 hours). I've only been doing it a week and a half but I'm feeling really great. I also have a workout buddy, so that makes it way easier. :)


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KHAERA87 Posts: 15
8/1/12 8:41 A

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I have always had the problem with not staying motivated, not just with losing weight and becoming a healthier me. With my weightloss journey, I start losing the motivation around 2 weeks after I start. I either get sick, and stop while I'm sick, and never get back into it.. Or I just get discouraged. I want to do well, but I really have no clue what I'm doing. I don't see myself changing what I eat, because I'm such a picky eater. I try to eat slower, and smaller portions. I don't like having leftovers, and don't like throwing food out. Sometimes that causes me to eat more than I want to. Basically, I'm asking for some kind of support or motivation, because I am currently lacking. I know that getting back to a healthier weight would be the best for me and my family, but I struggle with keeping up with it. I get easily "depressed" and fall off the wagon. I have to say that I have been doing pretty good with logging onto this site almost daily. Usually, after about a week - week and a half, I've stopped coming to the site. Hopefully, I get the motivation back again soon. Thanks everyone.

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