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Old 02-18-2018, 01:37 PM   #41
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I call it maintaining also could be pms week etc. Wgt loss isnt usually a straight line for women.
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:36 PM   #42
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I did have a lot more "cheat moments" this week, the dinner out led to overindulging throughout the whole week. I need to reevaluate what I'm eating and make a bigger commitment to stay strict to my diet. *sigh*
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I've had a very rough emotional week and I feel really crummy, and with the many "cheat moments" I've had this week and the poor choice I made to not buy enough food for the week to make room for unhealthy snacks (after the fact I spent my whole budget and ate the snacks) makes me feel even worse.

I could really use a cheerleader and a good pep talk.

I sat down and wrote in ink a list of all the good things going on in my weight loss regime, and I also wrote myself my own pep talk. This is what I wrote:

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I am on Week 5 of my diet and feeling very discouraged about my diet. I am worried that because I did not lose anything because of many little cheat moments last week that I'll never lose the weight, but look at the dramatic results the first 13.2 pounds gave! My stomach has shrunk and no longer stretches out underneath my t-shirt--in fact, my shirts are baggy! And look at those purple pants and yellow/pink striped pajamas--they are loose and fit over my butt without any "crack exposure" LOL! Those 13 pounds were from sheer willpower--a conscious decision to nurture my body with healthy and nutritious foods. All the research I've done has only scratched the surface of exploring new ways to give my body what it needs to heal itself. I know that I may always struggle with weight and the need or desire for emotional overeating. It is one way in which I cope, but to continue on in my quest to not only lose weight but to live a healthy lifestyle will be rewarded in so many ways. Let God help you trust in yourself. I never give up and though some days or even weeks will be tough...

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I've had a very rough emotional week and I feel really crummy, and with the many "cheat moments" I've had this week and the poor choice I made to not buy enough food for the week to make room for unhealthy snacks (after the fact I spent my whole budget and ate the snacks) makes me feel even worse.

I could really use a cheerleader and a good pep talk.

I sat down and wrote in ink a list of all the good things going on in my weight loss regime, and I also wrote myself my own pep talk. This is what I wrote:

Dear LL,

I am on Week 5 of my diet and feeling very discouraged about my diet. I am worried that because I did not lose anything because of many little cheat moments last week that I'll never lose the weight, but look at the dramatic results the first 13.2 pounds gave! My stomach has shrunk and no longer stretches out underneath my t-shirt--in fact, my shirts are baggy! And look at those purple pants and yellow/pink striped pajamas--they are loose and fit over my butt without any "crack exposure" LOL! Those 13 pounds were from sheer willpower--a conscious decision to nurture my body with healthy and nutritious foods. All the research I've done has only scratched the surface of exploring new ways to give my body what it needs to heal itself. I know that I may always struggle with weight and the need or desire for emotional overeating. It is one way in which I cope, but to continue on in my quest to not only lose weight but to live a healthy lifestyle will be rewarded in so many ways. Let God help you trust in yourself. I never give up and though some days or even weeks will be tough...

You. Got. This!

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LL,

There are a million ways to "diet". I've even read that there is a diet where they recommend that you eat way too much once a week (until you're full including a few "bad" foods) in order to rev up your metabolism (so it doesn't get used to operating on very low calories constantly--eating very little all of the time can make your body learn to "conserve" what calories it gets). Maybe this dieting trick is BS (not sure) but what I do know is that you have to begin to learn to not worry about going off your diet for one day. What is important is that you learn to go right back to eating healthy the way you should the very next day.

I am a believer that belly fat (versus your exact weight on the scale) is the real enemy of our health so how much our belly sticks out is a more important gage than the scale from my POV. For me, processed and high glycemic index foods are the enemy: sugar, flour, rice, white potatoes, some fruits: bananas (I do eat bananas a lot), grapes, cherries (love these--they are an occassional treat for me), watermelon, raisins, many breakfast cereals (I do eat steel cut oats 2 or 3 times a week), including puffed rice and corn flakes, bread. While I focus on not eating high carb foods, perhaps the "enemy" is different for different people just like some psych drugs work for some people but not others

During my sophomore year in college (35 years ago), I decided to enter the two year Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program. I qualified except for my weight. I had gained weight during and just prior to my freshman year. I had already shed some of it but in order to remain in the program, I got down to business and shed more. Back then I noticed I could not indulge in milk shakes or cheese burgers with a side of fries/onion rings without my weight going up. When I began dieting, my friend and I would regularly hit the all you can eat salad bar at a restaurant that had the best salad bar in town. Other than a reasonable breakfast--that would be all I ate many days. I did not cook while I was in college. It took me at least two years to shed the weight I had piled up in merely one year. While I was losing this weight I was also running, swimming laps three times a week and occassionally doing group classes (back then then high impact aerobics was popular).

Since those days I have found that my weight always creeps up when I am not exercising regularly. I am 54 years old and my weight has gone up and down my entire life so the pattern is well established. I must exercise or my health goes to sh**. I think some of it is psychological for me. I gain weight when I get depressed and exercise and being outdoors has always lifted my spirit. Walking and running (I can no longer run) are meditative for me. Sticking to a diet is more psychological than physical for me.

IMO, if you exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet, it will pay off for you later in life. People who let it get away from them become less able to get around, end up getting knee replacements, sex is better when you are fit (flexible, not out of breath, etc.). When I got my weight back down in college, I was getting much more attention from the opposite sex. Of course, that was a two edged sword--during my junior year, I allowed myself to get off course in my studies for a while because of a crush on a boy I was dating. So being "fat" for a while back then was a blessing in some ways.

But in the long run--getting in shape is really going to pay off for you! It is the ultimate in preventative medicine and will literally extend your life and make it more enjoyable.
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Thank you for sharing this HopingTrying. It made me feel better and yes, the key is to not give up because of a few cheat days.
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I lost an even 2 pounds this week, 14.6 pounds total! Woo hoo!
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And on top of it, I dropped TWO pant sizes!
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