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7/29/14 2:07 P

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Getting there.

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7/21/14 12:10 A

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Keep moving forward...that's what I do. Ii struggle but I keep moving forward.

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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7/20/14 4:37 P

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I struggle with consistency as well. Eating right is easy some days, hard others. I take small steps. Don't beat myself up when I slip. Praise myself when I win one of those food battles or don't want to exercise battles. Summer is hard because I'm a teacher and therefore completely out of my routine for 2 months. I don't lose weight easily. I don't lose size easily. My legs are hard and visibly muscular. My belly is fat and flabby. I have a large chest and muscular arms under a layer of fat. I believe if I were to eat clean I'd lose more fat, but I do like sugar. I will eventually win.

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7/13/14 1:31 P

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I can relate to weekends being harder with the unstructured nature. It sounds like you are having difficulty with eating right on the weekends? Do you munch while you prep your week's meals? Those little bites here and tastes there can add up, but if it is healthy stuff rather than junk, that makes it a little bit better.

I work a very active job, and sometimes I struggle to get my 10,000 steps in on the weekends. I try to take longer walks, and I sometimes find that if I want to eat but know I don't really NEED to eat, I walk around the block to clear my head.

Hope you finish the weekend strong, and get some ideas for how to handle next weekend. Maybe plan to do a "special" activity to reward yourself - something you really enjoy, but don't do very often.

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7/13/14 11:44 A

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Weekends are a real challenge for me. I find it very difficult to eat right. On the hand I use my Sundays to meal prep for the week ahead. Guess it just a matter of staying busy and off the couch emoticon

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5/15/14 2:51 P

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Hugs Kris!!!
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5/15/14 2:22 P

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What great advice Lovely!!!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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5/15/14 1:39 P

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I completely agree. It's difficult to be consistent if we haven't developed our habits first. Start small. Baby steps. With eating, first define to yourself what does it mean, 'eating the way I should'. Each body is different and everyone has different diets. But I've learned from mine that carbs was the culprit for my imbalancing hormones and weight gain. Even if I went on diet, I'd still gain weight. Until I went to my Gyn and realized how much hormones affected my well being. I just assumed the way I was had to do being in my 40s even though I didn't like it, I started to accepted it. After balancing my hormones with medicine and diet change and exercise, I felt like my old self again like I was in my 30s and 20s.
Then it became easier to do the everyday challenges.
It's easier to commit once we develop our habits. Baby steps. Track everything for the first few days or weeks until you're in balance. Then slowly learn from the developed habits and become creative and custom make those old recipes or try new recipes. Once you've established new ways of healthy diet, it gets easier and before you know it, you're being consistent because you've learned this new healthy lifestyle.

Same goes with exercise. Start small. I started with walking. At first it was just simple walking. Then I started having this attitude and started pushing myself. After that I started hiking. Simple hikes. Then going uphill. This was just last year. I started with 3k steps daily to 10k to 15k steps daily. Last year although my weight stayed the same, my body started to shrink. So it was awesome to go shopping! I developed lean muscles. Lol

Start once step at a time otherwise it gets overwhelming. And easier to give up. Remember to listen to your body. You can do this!

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4/28/14 3:43 P

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I am having a hard time with consistency - consistently exercising, consistently eating the way I should, consistently considering my mental and emotional health. I think it has to do with making a committing to myself. I think I find it is easier to commit to others than to commit to myself, especially if that means having to say 'No" to others in favor of doing something for me.

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4/25/14 2:53 A

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Hi Laura
When I started last year with this team and SparkPeople, I remember couple of nurses who were nurses especially nights. Yes, it's hard. But they've done it and so can you. I've worked nights doing odd jobs when I was young and I believe you it's very hard. I think being in our 40s I understand it better. I think the part of the gaining weight is due to stress and working nights. And not getting enough sleep or interrupted sleep during the day.

If you can even if you don't need it, get the darkest blanket and place it over the blinds/drapes. It will help alot! Drink lots of water. Do you usually sit down during the night or walk a lot. Either way start carrying pedometer and focus on your number of steps. Not minutes. Increase it gradually. Once you start getting enough sleep, start walking, drinking water and next focus on is what you're eating.
Remember baby steps. It's not a diet but a lifestyle habit change. Start slow because I know it's hard and habits are easily broken. Don't give up. You always get another opportunity the next day. I know you can do this.
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4/2/14 4:13 A

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Kelly, read your SparkPage. Wow to both you and your hubby for having the knowledge of cooking. You're step ahead of everyone. Do you take turns cooking at home? If so negotiate the ingredients. But if you cook, let everyone know at home of eating healthier. Start making small changes otherwise its easy to get burned out and go back to old habits. If I was in your shoes, I'd not eat at home but 'cheat' at work. I know. Lol. Take the time to plan meals at home and make sure proteins carbs fiber calories etc are within balanced nutritional values. To do this, you'll have to log your food. Once you get in the habit, you can have all the food around you but you'll only touch healthy snacks. And if you're delegating to others, make sure you get plenty of walking around the kitchen.
Please let me know if there's anything more I can help. Hugs!!



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4/2/14 3:46 A

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Try and if fails try again. Don't give up. We've all been there and you just have to find what works for you. Real difficult thing to do is to start doing anything. Starting is always hard and then being consistent.
MGAB: Let's start with your SparkPage. I think it'll be more helpful to get you motivated to update your Page. First things I'd do would be to update the Goals. It's very easy to write down how many minutes we'll walk daily but do we actually walk? Most likely not. So, write how many steps you'll be walking or miles if you don't carry a pedometer. And how many times a week is realistic for you. Update rest of the goals the same way. Be more precise. Only because if you have it writing and you have a goal in mind, then you're more likely to stick to it. And please updating your entire page will get you more motivated too. Lots of luck. You can do it! emoticon

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3/29/14 1:10 A

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Hi everyone
I think the hardest for me is routine I work different shifts every week so I find it a challenge to get myself in to a good exercise routine.
Part of my issue I think has a lot to do with cold weather still hanging around it has been snowing again and has gotten me into a mood of total lack of motivation.
But the good news is that I still try to get in at least 10 minutes of walking through out the day I take stairs most days at work (last 2 days have been feeling under the weather so no stairs for a bit) But Hopefully the weather improves soon and I can get back outdoors for longer walks.

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3/25/14 4:49 P

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I can't pinpoint my hard time with... I guess I will say just about everything! I work nights as a nurse, so my eating schedule is not very consistent (or if I even get a break to eat) and my sleep is poor. I get easily frustrated because it appears that even though I go to the gym and workout 4X / week, I have put on 4 pounds. Anyone out there who works a night shift that may be able to give me some feedback on what works for you??? I could really use some info or suggestions. emoticon

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3/25/14 8:09 A

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I'm having a hard time with a lot of things. My 41st brthday will be here in a little over a month and I haven't lost any of the weight I promised myself I would. I got stuck in this funk and even though I've been physically active (I'm at my dojo 3 days a week, about 8 hrs) and have started doing the jillian Michaels work outs, I haven't been able to break myself of old destructive eating habits. I'm very frustrated right now and feel like I've let myself down.

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3/9/14 10:54 P

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This team has lots of both!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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40 Somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose
SP Class of January 17-23, 2016
SP Class of February 26-March 4, 2017
Co-Leader Spark People's Social Team for Team Leaders and CT Members


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3/9/14 11:32 A

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New to posting but trying to find support and motivation.

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It's all about supporting each other. Thank you for all that you do.


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3/2/14 12:57 A

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You are awesome Lovely! Thanks for making sure we have so many ways to get and be supported!

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It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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SP Class of January 17-23, 2016
SP Class of February 26-March 4, 2017
Co-Leader Spark People's Social Team for Team Leaders and CT Members


Feel free to add me on fitbit! I love to compete in the challenges and welcome new friends to help me stay motivated and/or challenge me to get in more steps!



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3/1/14 2:12 A

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Hey Team
Everyone is doing really great! For those wanting extra support with any issues but don't know where to begin, you can always post on this thread. Our team is totally awesome and let's support each other even more.

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