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Perhaps I Am Overcomplicating Things ...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tomorrow will be one week since I joined SparkPeople, and during this past week I have studied this site a good deal and become active in several different areas. Some of it has been confusing ... only because I'm somewhat technologically challenged. But what has been the most difficult is ... me. I am so caught up in the food part that I am borrowing from every possible plan in order to create my own personal plan. Why? I am now asking myself - why?

As I continue to examine this website, it appears that all I really need is right here.

Perhaps I might prescribe some good self-medication, and that is to just RELAX, and not spin my brains so much trying to figure it all out. Weight loss/weight control has been a lifelong challenge which I have never really won - consistently. I expect it to be hard.

Maybe it just isn't so COMPLICATED!

So, I am taking my self-meds now ... Breathe deeply and just Relax, Mary. Just let it be. It has already been figured out. The tools are all here!

Thank you, SparkPeople!


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    I so much appreciate all of your comments. I get the message loud and clear. To use an old cliche: Rome wasn't built in a day. Slow and gentle. For now, my decision is to stick with the Nutrition tracker and follow most of the meal plans. If it needs tweaking down the road, that can come. But no more stressing about where to begin.

    Thanks for the encouraging words. You all confirmed my self- suspicions and I needed that. I needed YOU.


    3146 days ago
    All good advise...don't try to fix it all at once, it won't happen. Make small goals and not too many of them at once. This is a life style change so it won't happen overnight and there will be mistakes and "falling of the wagon" times. For me, I was getting so frustrated when I first started because I couldn't keep up with logging the food, changing my eating habits and adding more exercise. That in itself was stressing me out and I was using food as a stress reliever.

    Now, I'm going a little slower. I have a few set foods that I know I can eat, make quickly and are low in cals. My main goal this month is to drink my water. If I can add exercise in I will (just walk/jogged 2.5 miles and swam a little with my daughter).

    I realized I was the hardest critic on myself. I was setting too high expectations and always failing. My goals maybe small, but I can accomplish them and when I have a grasp on them, I'll add another goal.

    Good luck, take care, you can do this
    3146 days ago
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    Mary, I'm going to be presumptuous here and pretend that I know what I'm talking about even though I grew up a dumb ole country boy. emoticon I think you are over complicating it.

    I use the food tracker and keep track of calories, fat, carbs, and protein. If I were hypertensive I would track Sodium. As long as I keep those things within my limits I am eating reasonably well. I pay attention to my fruits and veggies and water but I don't obsess over them.

    When I started my exercise program I started with 3 strength exercises with 2 sets of each and now I do 12 and 3 sets. Do that at your pace. I started my walking on a treadmill and did 15 minutes. I eventually worked up to forty minutes of slow walking and then I began increasing the intensity. I added in walking around the neighborhood to my cardio routine.

    Keep it simple, start slowly, and gradually work up to that ideal lifestyle you're seeking. If I aspired to write a novel I would start with short stories and keep working at it until they got too long to be short stories. Voila, a novel. emoticon

    I hope all this babbling makes sense.

    3147 days ago
    the way i've looked at this is i'm changing my life forever...if i can't do something for the rest of my life, i probably shouldn't do it now. so, choose one or two healthy habits at a time, get those ingrained, and keep moving on until you've done a major overhaul. if your house needed a complete makeover, you wouldn't tear everything up at once, you'd work on one area at a time, then move on to the next. it will be overwhelming if you try to do it all NOW, but if you just take baby steps, you'll get there. be gentle, reward yourself, and watch over your thoughts carefully. emoticon
    3147 days ago
    What may work for other people may not work for you so just keep trying to find out what works for you. One thing to remember is that vegetables are your friend and will help with weight loss. Water is another. So use them a lot.
    3147 days ago
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