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9/6/13 10:55 A

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Shawna, To find a team where I fit in and where folks posted often, I searched for forums that had things in common with me, aquatics, disabilities, crafts, my local area or state, etc.In my experience the teams that have higher member counts are more active with posting

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9/5/13 9:10 P

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This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!


“Being overweight and out-of-shape is hard. Being lean and in-shape is hard. Choose your hard.”


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9/5/13 8:28 P

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I am cruising right along. 6 pounds and 5 inches down. I have found a water fitness team I like. The weight loss has stalled the last week, but I am sticking with the plan and getting plenty of exercise. Joined the YMCA doing a water fitness class 4 times a a week and physical therapy twice a week. I feel pretty good.

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8/27/13 2:37 P

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This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!


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8/20/13 2:05 P

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Glad you guys are still here and making progress!!! emoticon

There are some teams that are more active than others. Take a look around the teams and you might find some with the same interests as you and they might be more active. Summer is a crazy time also. Many ppl are outside doing this or that, and tend to be more active with their teams and spark in general during the winter months.

Blogging is great! It is a great way to get your feelings out there, your thoughts out there, and to get some feedback.

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8/19/13 10:50 A

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MISFITSHAWNA: Agreed! I'm new here and am still looking for a place where users are consistently posting in the message boards / forums.

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8/16/13 10:48 A

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It doesn't seem like people use the chat room much. I hope there are still a lot of members still active in the group. I saw a lot of people posted on the introduction feed. Maybe people are blogging and reading blogs. I've never really blogged but it seems helpful and I'm going to give it a whirl at some point.

Anyway the tracker is really helping me. It helps me take control of my fluctuating. When I see my line shoot up past my goal line I know I need to take action. Another interesting thing I have discovered is that when I dip far below the goal line, within days it shoots up even higher. Basically what I am saying is that I now believe that slow and steady is the way to go. I was hoping to lose a bunch of weight really fast and I was getting kind of discouraged but I now realize that I need to be patient. Today my goal weight line and my current weight are in the same place. That makes me really happy and motivated because I know if I keep following that path, even if it looks like Charlie Browns shirt at times, I WILL reach my destination.
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See, I guess I should be writing blogs. Haha

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8/13/13 11:15 A

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I too was feeling terrible with low energy. I have added some carbs and feeling some better.

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8/13/13 7:09 A

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LENNIELOU many ppl experience what they call carb flu. When you come off the carbs, off the sugars, off the wheats, etc .... it makes ppl feel crappy. Some for a few days, some for a few weeks. Low energy also.

For most though, they come out the other side feeling better than ever. But if you cut too low for too long, I have found that while I am not hungry, I am low energy and weight loss stops. I added a few more carbs back in, but good carbs, like fruits, etc. I calorie and carb cycle, and that keeps the body guessing, and keeps it from thinking there is a famine. I try to time my carbs with my workouts, when my body could best utilize it.

Good luck everyone! Glad you are here.

Oh, also on the scale, I answered that in a couple of other teams so hopefully you have already seen my answer emoticon but basically I got one at amazon and prior to that I was using my Wii.

But also, take LOTS of measurements. One lady takes weekly pictures.



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8/12/13 5:02 P

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Hi all,
Any recommendations on a good brand of scales - not too pricy. I weigh a little over 200 so nothing too delicate!
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8/12/13 4:41 P

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We just got a treadmill off Craigslist for $40! It's an old "lifestyler 2000". Still, I'm stoked. Never heard of that brand before but it's in good condition and will do the trick.
I'm excited !
We moved to a really small town and I know it sounds dumb but I don't feel comfortable running or walking around in circles around here. Not to mention I have a 4yr old and a 10yr old that I'm home alone with most of the time. School starts soon though and my 4yr old is starting preschool. It's going to be crazy having 3hrs 3 days a week to myself! I think that will help me get back in shape as well.
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8/10/13 8:10 P

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For two weeks I've been on that famous "low-carb" diet and felt horrible. I had no energy at all and it was a struggle to get through the day just from sheer lack of energy. Yesterday I had reached the point where I just didn't care and ate carbs...all I wanted. Today I woke up feeling better than I have since I started that stupid diet. Today is my first day with SP and now I'm discovering I'm having a hard time getting my calories and carbs in. I'm below the mark in both and don't see me eating any more tonight. This is something I will definitely have to work on. My goal is 30 pounds by Nov. 22. Then maybe I'll decide to lose a little more.

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8/10/13 3:24 P

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I totally understand the feeling overwhelmed bit! It will take me about a year to reach my goals also. And yes I too went over calories the first day and felt like "Hey this is half of what I normally eat, and I still went over?" But they say to start slow and just change a few habits at a time, and I figure just tracking my food intake will help immensely. Thanks for posting cause now I don't feel like I am the only one.

"You have failed only when you quit trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure.---Tommy Kelley


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8/7/13 10:40 A

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Remember when you are counting calories that not all calories are created equal. Some foods, such as celery or grapefruit, may burn more calories than they contain. Other foods, such as processed "diet" bars can cause turmoil in your digestive system and cause you to store extra fat.
The best way to decide whether or not a food is helping or hurting you is to ask yourself how close it is to it's natural state. If the label has a million ingredients including ones that sound alien, it's prob not the best choice. Foods without a label, in the produce section that is, are your best bet and will give you the most bang for your buck (cuz if you're counting calories you've got to treat them like money and spend wisely har har).
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8/7/13 9:05 A

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It can seem daunting, but it's very doable :)

By making lifestyle changes, you increase your chances of keeping it off exponentially. People get into trouble when they make drastic unsustainable changes. They might lose some weight initially on drastically cut calories, but it all comes right back when they can not continue like that and go right back to their old ways.

So yes, slow and steady. Find your groove, what works for you. For me, I had to learn how to get the most out of those allotted calories. I find protein keeps me full for longer. It also uses about a third of it's calories to digest and process itself (thermic feeding), therefore 100 calories may only have metabolizable calories remaining of 70.

Healthy fats, like avocado, olive oil, etc, I learned that those are my friend.

If I am ever running low on calories for the day, I eat more veggies. I don't really count veggies because they provide only enough glucose for their own digestion. But that's just me.

Cutting crap carbs was the clincher for me. Things like pastas, breads..... had to go from my day to day way of eating. They leave me bloated, retaining water for a few days, and hungry again within a few hours.

I also try to not drink very many of my calories. Sweet tea, soda had to go - along with all the sugars & chemicals that were poisoning my body.

You will find some days you might go over, another day you might be under. That's all good. It is called calorie cycling and I think that helps to keep our bodies guessing, helps to keep the plateaus at bay at least somewhat.

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8/7/13 4:15 A

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Feeling a bit overwhelmed. When I started, it had me put in my weight and my goal. If I do everything right, goal will be met in Nov 2014! Seems like forever.

Makes me want to go and eat a cupcake. LOL But, that will do me no good. Monday I ate over 1700 calories when I'm only allowed 1550 top. Yesterday I ate 1560 calories. I can't believe how much I must have been eating before, because it seems like I was eating about double than I have the past 2 days.

Intellectually, I understand studies show losing weight slowly ups the chances of keeping it off. But, boy it seems like such a very, very long time.

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8/6/13 2:04 P

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Fantastic! Welcome!
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8/6/13 1:59 P

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I am finally on my way to losing weight. I wont be on daily but i will be getting on regularly and will help where I can.

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8/6/13 11:35 A

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7 hours of sleep is great! Sleep is so important. If I don't sleep well, I don't lose weight.

You can do this!

This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!


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8/6/13 10:48 A

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OK I guess I'll be first.

I had a pretty bad day yesterday. I struggle with anxiety and it was just horrible. I won't get into details but I made myself feel sick. I might blog later.
Well I still managed to eat healthy, mostly fruits and vegetables, and I drank plenty of water. I took Benadryl and fell asleep by 1:am which gave me 7 hours of sleep. That's way more than usual.
So I'm sure today will be better. I'm going to keep myself busy, making a lasagna to bring to my husbands work. He stands 2-3 days duty at a time twice a week so I'm home alone a lot with the kids. It'll do me some good to go visit him.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.


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8/2/13 11:48 A

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Welcome to this SP class. If you need any help or have any questions, we are here for you.

Use this thread to check in, say "hi", and share your thoughts, questions, goals and victories, or just anything in your day to day that you would like to share emoticon

This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!


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