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for a long time I was committed now since my heart attack I am having problems with that commitment because I can no long do the exercises I like. I am committed to finding my commitment again

goal is to be able to walk again
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Day 2 – October 11, 2016
Declaration – today, October 11, 2016, I have made the decision to be committed to my weight loss plan, and not just interested.

I will stick to my program, no matter what.

I will stick to my weight loss plan even if:
- people offer food to me – I’m responsible for what goes into my mouth
- even if my favorite treats are in front of me – they will still be available when I get to goal – there is no shortage
- I’ll workout even if I feel tired – I can do a less intense workout – an easy, low impact workout is better than no workout.
- I’ll sleep early so I feel energized for morning workout.

Today – I missed my morning workout due to lack of time. I did the workout at mid-day. Committed people workout anytime – morning, noon or night!



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Determined and committed!

I've analysed where I drift. I am taking better care of portion sizes and I am getting out of the house for a brief walk when I comfort eat.

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Day 2
Are you committed or interested?

I have committed to this journey to become healthier and fit. I have been faithful to log in to Spark every day for almost 3 months as a place to go for encouragement and learning.

I have exercise plans A, B and C so I can fit some exercise in everyday and a backup meal plan for quick meals when the day seems to fall apart.

I 've committed to tracing my food every day, even on the day or two a month when I may indulge in something I wouldn't normally eat.




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Sarah!

What I love most about the 100 Days material is that it helps us 'see' what's going on - to take that step back and watch how we're behaving! This is a great example. Thanks for sharing.

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Today was a green day and the lesson really gave me a lot to think about. I never really thought about the difference between being interested and being committed.

I have been truly committed to tracking my food intake daily and truly committed to doing some kind of exercise daily. Today I decided to that I will always be committed to my weight loss plan. Today I preplanned my food, tracked everything I ate and stayed within my WW points range.

I used to tell myself that I would fit exercise in when able, but now I'm going to include planning for exercise just like I plan food intake.

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Committed.

AM Cardio and Healthy Breakfast - every day. Now adding strength training most days.
This is a sound and solid habit going on 4 years again after a break in 2012.

No seconds, limit carbs, focus on fruits and vegetables, small plate or bowl (reminder for small portions), no sweets. Working on reducing/eliminating evening snacking.

Snacking is an area that creates confusion for me: most 'plans' include two snacks a day, and many of the instructions about eating suggest querying one's desire to eat, delaying eating that is not scheduled, distraction techniques to delay eating etc but if true hunger is identified then having a healthy snack is appropriate. Well, which is it? Most work days I can stick to 3 regular meals with no snacks (until evening) quite easily. Weekend days, I often get so caught up in projects that I don't eat (or miss it) anything between breakfast and dinner and even then am only generally hungry, not ravenous. My bugaboo is evening hours when I am winding down. This is when I find myself snacking: healthy, controlled snacks but still not needed or warranted. I think I might do better if I had a clear rule to follow that outlawed snacks all together, but then I might just be setting myself up to binge and fail. As it is, my evening snacking takes me from the lower end of my range to the upper end and I suspect this is why I am not seeing the results I want.

I want to understand what it is I am telling myself at this time of day that results in this unwanted behavior, and why. I do know my guard is often down at this time. I did try drinking water instead but then I was up several times in the night to urinate. Can't seem to win.

Hope you are all having amazing success.

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Wow … I just read SkiRunner1 post:

Don't depend on results for motivation. Motivation is a decision. You decide to stay the course, your course, understanding that every road has ruts and detours. When you go off course by your own volition, you review the map or ask directions to get back on the road. If there is a bridge washout, you find out an alternate route.

I am FIERCELY DETERMINED. Staying on track would put me at my goal by my next birthday. My healthy journey will not be over … the losing and gaining, and losing and gaining would be over.

As a retired project manager … you think outside of the box for all challenges, risks, scope creep and timelines. I am not striving for perfection … but striving for staying on track to reach my health goals.

Just DO it!!! No matter what.

Pam – please share what you learn about fermented foods. And I love your signature … Neglect Me No More!!!


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I am committed to walking every morning before work. I make sure to rise early enough to have time for the walk. But I am having trouble to committing to healthy food choices. Maybe it is as said, that too many changes at one time is difficult to manage. So, I am ready to commit to healthy food choices all the time, so that consistent weight loss will follow. I commit to choosing healthy over the not healthy at work. I plan on having something healthy stashed in my desk, so when it is offered, I can just grab something to eat that is healthier instead just blindly accepting what is offered, if I am truly hungry. I must eat mindfully, not just while I am eating, but eating before I am starving and then overeating because I waited too long.

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I have been 'interested' in losing weight and regaining weight for the past 6 1/2 years. My commitment though has waxed and waned during that time so I knew that just like many other things in life I had to raise the bar on what I felt the current meaning of commitment meant to me. I think it changes or it has for me anyway.

For example, when my husband Paul had some polyps removed in August (which he had no symptoms whatsoever) during a routine colonoscopy it really brought home to me that although I had dabbled in organic food I knew that with his strong family history of colon cancer (his Dad had colon cancer surgery at age 90 about 2 years ago) that he had to immediately start to eat organic meat as well as potatoes and other produce. Paul has had skin cancer surgery already and there are stray cells in his body that the doctors are watching closely so he will have to return in a year.

Now, as all of you well know (at least in this country) although organic food is more easily accessible than it has been in the past it is about 30% more in cost than non-organic food. So, I had been hit or miss in the past. If the store had it I bought it but if it didn't I didn't. Since then I have made a specific effort to buy organic foods for us and actually seek it out with more purpose.

There was an article about "Food being medicine". I have read with interest in the past and again I have dabbled but this time around I am trying many of these suggestions. Recently I have ventured into fermented foods as a 'treatment' to combatting unhealthy gut bacteria.

So, add to the fact that 'food is fuel' that food is also 'medicine' to heal our sick and weary bodies and well that takes a new level of commitment that I am just learning something about.

Rawcookie(Gill): Thanks for the quote. Well said. emoticon

Fisker: I think that is the main reason why I decided to cease following the No S food plan. I have heard that if you stick with it long enough the days will self correct themselves but I was starting to regain weight and that was a red flag for me. I have at least 100 lbs. to lose so I just can't be indulging on the weekends at this time. I decided to retry the No S when I am in maintenance. I just think it seems more tailored for that IMO.

Since our last journey through this book I switched food plans and I am still getting used to it. It is the default American Diabetes Assoc. food exchange program. Anyone here who is a diabetic will recognize it since it is older than dirt. LOL. It has been around for decades. However, when I was reading what you wrote I was thinking about how I had to view certain food groups differently because on this FE food plan cheese and yogurt are counted as protein and not dairy as is some starchy vegetables like legumes (1 protein + 1 starch). Nuts and nut butters are in the same class as butter. I had to wrap my mind around that one!

I was coming from a low carb high protein food plan so to have 7 starch exchanges per day was a mind 'trip' and reducing my protein (especially animal meat) down to 5 exchanges (5 oz.). I am about 5 weeks into this and I am still getting accustomed to this paradigm shift but I am also finding some freedom in this that I didn't have in my other food plan. For example, I love peanut butter and since I feel this has ample exchanges of fat I routinely have peanut butter as a snack option. Also, since I was not used to having so many carbs I allow myself a small individual bag of chips (crisps to our UK friends) for lunch.

DSB (Donna): What is the Slimming World food plan? I have heard of this before but I wasn't sure what it entailed.

MawMaw:(Phyllis): Glad to hear that you have found out what works.

FocusONMe: It sounds like you have a good plan in place. It will serve you well. Glad you have a walking partner. That always helps.

LivinToday(Wanda): I like how you define your commitment. It does start with that mindset and goes from there.

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I would 'like' to say I'm 100% tee-totally committed ... but after doing 100 Days before and taking my 30 day break I realize I have 'commitment' issues - ha! Or, as Gill wrote on previous post, I think I am trying to commit to too many changes/things all at the same time.

I can say I have a 'general' commitment ... to getting/staying healthier in all aspects - mind, body and spirit. That means a lot of changes in old, bad habits...which, for me, does not happen overnight or even over months and months time ... or maybe year(s)? I am NOT one of those 'do something 21 days and it becomes a new habit' person ... wish I were! ha!

I can say I am 'in' - commitment wise - for 100 Days, No S ... for other things such as increasing my activity, for meditating more, for putting less 'junk' in my system in form of mindless entertainment, reading, etc., I'm IN ... not saying I'll do it perfectly ... but will make progress!

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I don't know where I read this, but you know you are committed when you can't not do it!
When the habit is so strong that wild horses couldn't stop you!

I also read that it's not possible to nurture too many new habits at any one time; you need to work on one, then add another - otherwise you get side-tracked, overwhelmed, and fail.

There are certain things that I am very committed to - fortunately one of them is my diet plan! I am committed to the No S diet, and to low-fat, plant-based eating.

Linda writes that commitment is the precursor of motivation - in other words, unless you are committed, you are unlikely to find the motivation to prevent that pattern of faltering.


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I am definitely "committed"! I've joked before that I probably should be committed because I am so determined to be healthy.(Hmmm....actually it may have been my husband who said that!)

That does not mean that all my food choices are good; it does not mean that I get the exercise I should every single day; it does not mean that I don't face temptation or laziness.

I am certainly NOT perfect; I am however, committed to the good health that is absolutely necessary in order for me to live the life I want to live.


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Day #2 - Interested or Committed

I am committed to my healthy eating plan. I have made a monetary investment to cover the first 90 days of Weight Watchers monthly pass, and I intend to get my money's worth.

Reading the next days lesson each night and preparing for the next day keeps me focused.

I plan meals in advance as often as possible. We eat most of our meals at home. I check the "cost" of items before I eat them.

Tom is helping me by being my walking partner to help me get in exercise, and by checking first if I have enough points left before saying things like "Let's go out for ice cream"

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Interested or Committed?
I have been through the 100 Days before but this question always makes me pause and take a good look at my actions or lack of action!

I AM committed to a healthy lifestyle.
To make sure this statement is true, I need to develop a "no matter what" attitude in my daily life.
It comes down to just paying attention to what I do each day to make my life healthier.
It's time to stop wishing and hoping for change and "just do it!"

This time I am also in the NoS group and have "made friends with my scale" so I am happy with how it's going.
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I am totally committed to my Slimming World eating plan as I know it works if done properly. I am Committed to putting the extra work/planning in and staying to class at least once a month! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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love the clipart -

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NO MATTER WHAT  I am committed to work my exchange and if I eat too many carbs or no enough of a exchange, I will get back on it the very next bite. 
Fitness  I am interested- working on getting committed.  I will make a schedule and follow thru.  although when at work I get over 12000 steps. 
I am committed to getting to my goal so I can become a KOPS

Today I will get 10 minutes of fitness other than work. 

I have to go back and check what I wrote last round would be interesting to see if they are different.

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Well said! Here's something to help us think more deeply about this one today.



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Day 2, R U Interested or Committed? I am committed to a second round of 100 DWL

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Don't depend on results for motivation. Motivation is a decision. You decide to stay the course, your course, understanding that every road has ruts and detours. When you go off course by your own volition, you review the map or ask directions to get back on the road. If there is a bridge washout, you find out an alternate route. I slightly sabotaged myself last night, I'm not sure why, but I'm pondering it. To keep the metaphor, it was like a tire had lost some air...



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I am committed today .. this morning, feeling strong .. to stop looking for excuses and get and KEEP in control . When I start feeling tired, I'm going to rest.

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Way to go, Amanda!



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I had plans to walk with a friend this morning, i was up after 2 am, i slept in and woke up 15 mins before walking, i.almost mesaged her and cancelled, instead i hurried up and got ready and walked over an hour this morning.

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No seconds all day yesterday. When I made the commitment to no eating in the car it took about 3 months before I stopped thinking about eating every time I got into the car to drive home from someplace. Now, I seldom think about it. I hope this works the same way. No seconds also means no picking at the food the grannies left on their places. Seconds means anything put in my mouth after finishing my own plate.

goal is to be able to walk again
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First success - cooked too much breakfast - bagged half and ate half - no seconds - and I do not have to cook tomorrow

goal is to be able to walk again
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No seconds is a great commitment to make - well done! I like the way you are focusing on a specific commitment - that is SMART and leads to success.

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I am committed to certain aspects of my program. I am eating healthy food. I am drinking more water. I have increased my sleep cycle from 4 to 5 hours to 6-7 hours with my goal being 7 to 8 hours. I am exercising regularly. I do not drink anything except water, tea and coffee. I have been committed to these things for 2 years so I know that it is real.
Then there are the things I struggle with every week; portion control and overeating (getting seconds). I am going to commit to NO seconds. This has to be everyday all day, all week the rest of my life. Right now I am committing to NO seconds from this minute on.

goal is to be able to walk again
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At first I was committed , but then I changed to interested. I am trying to be committed again. So I am going to track all of my food daily and get in 10,000 steps daily.
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Action steps for today!

~ decide if you are committed and what that means to you. Are you committed to you and improving your life? Are you committed to changing your life for the better, not just interested.

emoticon I can get off track when I do not see regular progress improvement – either on the scale or in the way my clothes fit. And as I get older, I see that it is taking longer for the weight to come off and so – easier for me to get discouraged and yo-yo diet.

~ write your commitment down. Take some time to reflect and think about how you will stay committed to you, to your goals, to losing weight or to maintaining your weight. What are you willing to do?

I am tired of starting over.
I want to lower my blood pressure and my cholesterol.
I want to feel good in my skin.
I will buy myself nice clothes that fit now – instead of waiting until I have reached my goals.
I will take steps to look good in my skin every day … while I am losing weight and being healthy. This is not something that happens at the end of the journey.
I will go to the gym 5+ days a week.

~ do at least 1 thing today that demonstrates your commitment. For example take a walk or eat some freggies! No matter what! Because you are committed. To you!

Today I went to Zumba class and ran a mile.


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Thanks for reminding me ladies 'it's normal' or human nature to go through the feelings I'm having lately ... you're right ... the examples given were good and it helps me feel better toward my feelings, myself ... and releases the tension/confusion over it a bit.

Amazing what a few posts can do!!!! THANK YOU ...

Gil - I'm doing No S Diet as well ... it's a great 'habit changer' tool I feel ... but for me it is one that's taking 'time' which is perfectly okay ... but I love the simplicity of it. I no longer can count, measure, track as I have in past decades ... and I love the freedom my eating plan(s) and No S actually give but I realize there still has to be 'structure' of some sort - ha!

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
Eat as healthy as I can, moderate exercise, spiritually focused/supported - that's the plan!

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Wow! We have a LOT of committed people here and some who want to be committed but know that the feeling of being "committed" can slip away.

I think it has slipped away from everyone on this team at one time...or many times! As Gill said, that is a very common human reaction. I try to be aware of the slippage and just like binging, slacking on exercise, forgetting to plan meals, I have to tell myself..."PULL UP, PULL UP!!! You are on a downward slope!" It works, actually, until the next time. The down times are getting further and further apart now.

YES! I am committed to being as healthy as possible, to having goals and working towards them, and to enjoying life while I'm at it!

We can do this!

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Day 2

I am FIERCELY DETERMINED.

I am on this journey for life.

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emoticon with SKIRUNNER1 - weight loss goals are unreliable motivators!

emoticon dj - it's human nature - I read about this recently - even people who have had near-death experiences lose that 'so glad to be alive' feeling after a while. Once the crisis has passed, our brains stop using energy on it - we revert to 'normal' mode! Well done for achieving better health by making changes to your diet.

I am definitely committed - I back this up by logging into this team every day, I also log onto everydaysystems.com (No S forum). I've been through the 100 DWL book several times now - and not always done all of the activities - this time, I am committed to doing all of them - for the experience, and to support others.

Since I 'discovered' the No S diet - which is based on habit-formation, not weight loss - I've been able to remain 100% committed to that way of living/eating - and my weight loss has been a side-effect of the eating habits. Liberated from the tracking, counting, weighing, label-checking 'prison' which relies on restriction and resistance - I now enjoy my menu-planning and meals so much more!


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Wow! You guys are emoticon

Reading your posts I can see, feel, hear the commitment ringing in your voices. I admire you all!

Now we get to me - ha! Here we are Day 2 and I'm having PROBLEMS!

I realize reading this chapter this time that in my decades and decades of prior 'dieting' I 'thought' I was committed but actually I was only interested. That is when I used to count everything, weigh everything (even my food on scales way back then), track everything ... I'd do good for a while and the results would be showing it ... then life would 'happen' and for whatever reason I would go off the track ... restart ... fall off again, etc. etc. So that was NOT commitment ... LIFE IS GOING TO HAPPEN after all - ha! Need to learn to deal with it and in the meantime stay committed.

Then 3 years ago I had a 'health' wake-up call ... was advised by cardiac specialist to go 'vegan' for a fast way to lower blood pressure, reduce/eliminate edema and inflammation, etc. ... he suggested that option in response to my statement that I did NOT want to go on ANY medications. I didn't track, count, measure anything ... it isn't really necessary eating this way ... and I WAS COMMITTED ... I did not want to end up in the hospital, having heart procedures, on medications the rest of my life. SO ... amazing health results within a week and onward till I was back to 'normal' blood pressure, many other health problems resolved ... only thing it didn't 'fix' were my KNEES! But even they are 'better' somewhat because there is less inflammation.

But since I'm NOT about to keel over with a heart attack now I've noticed my COMMITMENT has been slipping ...

Does nothing truly WAKE ME UP???? This was a pure blessing that I 'healed' as much as I did but if I'm NOT COMMITTED I'll wake right up in that same boat AGAIN ...

So I'm perplexed as to what it TAKES for me to GET COMMITTED ... weight loss is not enough of a 'goal' for me any longer ... it has to be my health ... but honestly (I ask myself) am I only going to be serious if my health stats are 'alarming' ... why can't I stay JUST AS COMMITTED and continue to stay or get even better?

So I don't know ... I'm hoping the phrase/idea NO MATTER WHAT will be in my brain/heat/soul ... but even saying that shows it's not there if one is 'hoping' ...

All I can say is I will try to change ... I'm going to have to use 'no matter what' as a mantra. I find it odd I can intellectually understand what eating - and even dieting honestly - the way I used to DID to me ... and even though I truly ENJOY eating the wonderful foods/dishes I've learned to in a vegan lifestyle ... I still - when things fall apart - want the OLD foods/ways.

What is the saying? We can be our own worst enemies?

I'm sorry if this sounds down or depressing or not getting with the 'game' .. but I'm NOT any of those things ... I'm just honestly perplexed about myself!!!

Will just have to KEEP CALM and SPARKLE ON ... NO MATTER WHAT! emoticon

Thanks for 'listening' ...

dj ~ Big Island Hawaii
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"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7

"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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I have been committed many times, but then I get into that "I don't care today" phase.

I am feeling much more committed by accepting that I cannot always work off the extra calories.

I am totally committed to working out and would never think of missing just because.

So, if I am committed to healthy eating, I should not allow myself to stop caring for a day here and there.

I really hate tracking, but it is a great tool to see what we are really putting into our bodies.

Lift Heavy and Eat Clean!

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First of all I am really glad that I have found a team such as this that are comprised of people who are actively reaching for their weight loss goals. Keep up the good work! I read all of your posts and I saw a little something in me in all of your commitments. emoticon

I made this choice back in January 4th. So, it is nice for a day to be devoted just to commitment. It means no time off for 'good behavior' because 'good behavior' is a goal within itself. emoticon

The way that I answered this question of "Am I interested or committed?" this year has been different in years past. I started this year out with the intent of sticking it out 'no matter what'. I have been tracking everything I eat, do and drink since January 4, 2016 so today is Day 151 of consecutive days doing that. emoticon

For me the definition of 'commitment' means that I don't give up although I have felt like I have had several restarts in the past 5 months. At first, it meant making it through the first 30 days which was always really tough for me. Once I did that then I set my sights on 100 consecutive days of tracking everything that I eat, do and drink. Once I accomplished that I decided on 200 consecutive days. My end goal is of course 365 consecutive days of tracking everything that I eat, drink and do here on SP. My only worry now is losing the internet. LOL. emoticon

My definition of commitment is following the calorie range that SP has set for me. I also do my best to follow a general healthy balanced food plan which does include some 'off plan' foods provided they are pre-planned, within my caloric range and I have tracked them.
My definition of commitment also means that I reach out to improve my level of physical fitness within the capacity I am able to do. I am disabled so that means something different than what someone who is younger and more able than myself. emoticon

My definition of commitment means that I work on me and some of the reasons why I continue to reach for food for comfort or boredom. It is also identifying some non food problems that I need to solve. For example, I decided after a two month debate that I would get my second car fixed so that I could be more independent. It means going into debt and foregoing spending my income on paying this debt (for awhile) but it will also allow me to attend some OA meetings in person, attend a water aerobics class and a women's Bible study during the day. Prior to this I was always waiting for hubby to get home to use the car and often I was just 'too tired' to do those other activities. I think this will cut out my boredom eating although it will also create a new problem: picking up something to eat when I am out. One problem solved and another one to tackle. That is how life is. There will always be something we need to deal with and problem solve. LOL emoticon

My primary motivation is improved health which I am already seeing even if the scales are not responding as quickly as I would like. My B/P is down quite a bit, my FBS is less but it needs to be better, I have been increasing my steps and I am actually getting tired now from the movement. I don't mind adding some birthdays (and one coming up in July) but I want to be an active senior as long as I can. I am discovering that being in my 60s is exciting. emoticon

Those are the markers that know that I am on the right track. All of this can and will be tweaked over a period of time. I rarely am reaching for the sweets any more and I am training myself to think of fresh fruit as dessert. This doesn't happen overnight but it does happen if you WILL it. I do WILL it. emoticon

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A Look Back: January 4, 2017: 265.4 lbs.
January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
Total Wt. Loss in 2017: 33.8 lbs.

2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
End of Year 2018 Wt. Loss Goal: 188.2 lbs.

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I am committed and I will track food BEFORE doing anything else in SP, starting today. emoticon

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I think the most important word in lesson 2 is 'decide.' When I comprehended that motivation is a decision, things got easier for me. The other sentence that screams out at me is "...when you're just interested in dieting, you depend on seeing results to keep you on target." BINGO!



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Working on Healthy Commitments
I lost weight during Feb-May results kept me interested. II did not track carefully because I was losing. Lately I have been gaining a little. Is it salty, sugary or too much? Unless I track regularly I don't know. I have learned from SP that tracking works.
I commit to healthy habits that will work in the long run. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Interested of Committed- Update

I am committed! I posted a few weeks ago ( restarting here), and committed to what I would do to stay on program. I DID IT!

I am recommitting now. I will stay on my nutrition program, amended to exclude starches except for one meal a week, when I allow myself to enjoy a "day off" program

I will continue my exercise regimen of water aerobics and recumbent bike cycling. I am committing to walking 30 minutes a day.



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Interesed or committed

Commitment means I will have my cards and journal at all times- I will plan meals out and have the healthy food in the house. I will prepare meals ahead of time if needed so if tired there wont be excuses. Exercise well one step at a time. for now I plan on gardening and mowing.

-To make time to prepare and plan meals
- Water drinking esp if wanting to snack
-Track food immediately or as soon as possible so don't forget
_Get back to commitment to get to Gym

_ Aim for 30 minutes per day or 10,0000 steps or both
_ Eat more veggies -salads esp.

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emoticon Thanks everyone for the great ideas yesterday. Together we can get so much from this book.

Interested or Committed
Of course I'm committed, is my first reaction to this lesson.
But am I really?
To be fully committed to my plan today, I will need to let my friends know I will join them later for a meeting and just skip the lunch at a place without good options.
To be fully committed I will need to get that "no matter what" attitude in my daily life.
It is easier said than done but good health is all that matters as I get older.
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