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Getting Fit: It's all about Attitude, Loving Yourself & Sharing With Others

If you have the attitude that you, your health and well being are much more important than whatever food is enticing you -- you'll make it.

If you love yourself enough to want to do waht will keep or get you healthy and fit -- you'll make it.

If you have a terrific support network of people who care about you and are interested in your efforts (yay PT!!) -- you'll make it.

Don't think of yourself on a diet. Diets don't work because your mind automatically interprets them as short term periods of deprivation to quickly lose weight. When the weight you want to lose is gone, you go back to eating what you considered to be your "normal". Then, of course, the weight creeps back on.

To really work, your "normal" has to change. Think about what you eat and ways to change each meal so that it's healthier. Start slow with small changes. They need to become part of your new lifestyle habits in order to really work. And habits take at least 3 weeks of consistency to really become a part of you. Begin by adding a serving of fruit to every breakfast. Then add a serving of vegetable to every lunch and dinner. For portion control, use salad plates instead of dinner plates. Instead of butter, dip your fresh baked bread into extra virgin olive oil. It's still a fat, so don't go overboard. But it's a much better fat with lots of health benefits. Don't buy anything that has high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils in it. Try not to buy pre-packaged processed foods; they have very little nutritional value and lots of totally unnatural ingredients that are detrimental to your health and well being. There are other options without those unnatural fat magnets in them. If you have a natural foods co-op or health food store nearby, check out the labels on all their condiments, salad dressings, nut butters, etc.

Don't think of yourself as "losing weight". You are making lifestyle changes that will result in "GETTING RID OF excess weight". LOSING implies it could possibly be FOUND (GFB!!). The term "losing weight" sets off all kinds of alarms in my brain. GETTING RID OF implies it's GONE. No implication at all that it could come back. And while you're at it, as soon as your clothes are too big to wear anymore, GET RID OF THEM! Give them away, sell them, toss them -- do whatever it takes to ensure they aren't waiting to be worn by you again.

And join some really active PT groups and teams so you can have the friendship and moral support of others who are like you, going through the same things as you, and support you every step of the way. I'm in 2 absolutely awesome groups and an outstanding team of wonderful, caring people. It makes all the difference in the world.

Check out my team in the spotlight.


Thu. Dec 20, 9:57am

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I've looked at your logs and you seem to eat only healthy stuff. Are you listing everything you eat? I mean where 's the pizza, chocolate, cake, sodas and stuff? Nobody can eat that perfect for that long. Are you for real?

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 1:11 PM

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1:11 I think you're being mean. I looked over her logs for a few months and she eats chocolate sometimes. She even eats Arby's sanwiches sometimes. Nobody is perfect. I believe this lady is for real. Did you look at any other part of her profile? She is awesome! With all the things she has holding her back that aren't within her control, she's done an amazing job. Did you see where she says the doctors told her she'd only get worse and should move to a nursing home? This lady is walking around now! She lost more than 50 pounds and 4 or 5 dress sizes. Don't make lightof all her efforts, especially when she's only trying to help others. Workingit, you go girl!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 1:55 PM

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I think the 1:11 poster is just curious. Sometimes I do wonder about some people's logs... they seem to be eating sensibly but on their weight loss... it does not seem to be budging. I am not talking about workinit... coz you are right she has lost 50 lbs. I am talking about the people who have been PT on a yr, and have only lost less than 20 lbs...

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 2:09 PM

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i can't stand when people believe just because they lost 50 pounds this way, EVERYONE should be able to do it. PLEASE!

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 2:36 PM

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Well PP everyone should be able to take control of what goes in their mouth and how they move their body. I don't think workinit is trying to say everybody can lose 50 lbs because she did. I think she's saying everybody can be sucessful at changing their life by changing their habits if they care about themselves enough to work at eating the right things in the right amounts and have others who are supportive cheering them on. I agree with this. She sure as heck didn't say it's easy. Look at her logs and her notes and you'll see it wasn't anywhere near easy for her to get where she is today. She didn't just drop the 50 lbs. She struggled with it a few ounces at a time. And you'll also see she has a heck of a long way to go before she's done. I for one am behind her all the way. She's my inspiration. I'm not disabled and I don't have anywhere near as much weight to "get rid of" as she says. So I really ought to be able to make it if she can.

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 4:45 PM

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workinit - you're a huge motivation for me! Whenever I feel like quitting 10 minutes into my workout I think of you and remember how lucky I am to be ABLE to run or kickbox or spin or whatever, and I finish my workout joyfully. You inspire me to work at my full potential just like you do everyday.

your Spotlight buddy,

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 4:47 PM

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I'm the 1:11 poster and I was not trying to be mean. As someone said, I'm just really curious to know if those logs tell the whole story. Because I couldn't do it eating the way listed in those logs. I'd be really hungry and cranky. Gotta have my pizza, lasagna, cheeseburgers, tater tots, fritoes & taco chips, cookies, ice cream, chocolate (sometimes, not every day).

If this is really it, accurate logs. Then power to you lady! You're much stronger than I am willpower-wise. I'll be watching your weekly weigh ins to see how they match up to your food logs. Maybe I can try to eat somewhat like you do if it's really working for you.

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 5:01 PM

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I second the motion about making the habits consistent so they stick. And adding veggies. Eat a salad with whatever else you have. Or add veggies to anything! iI love zuchini , carrot slices, and summer squash in spaghetti, or you can add a handful of spinach, tomato, or broccoli to most pasta dishes. Also, v8 is a great way to get in more veggies, if you like the taste. Drink it or use it to make soup.

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 5:05 PM

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Oh yea and I also agree about getting rid of the clothes that are too big. Right away as soon as they don't fit. If you don't keep the fat clothes maybe you won't get fat again.

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 5:18 PM

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I'm the OP (workinit) and I'd like to address the questions. Yes, my logs are accurate. I list everything I eat and everything I consider exercise. Some may not consider my physical activity to be exercise, but in my special situation it is.

Some of those foods that were mentioned by the poster who wouldn't be happy without them aren't foods that even appeal to me. So I don't miss them. We are all different. Everybody has different tastes for different foods. Sweets have never had a hold on me, and I don't care for much meat or too often. I do like lasagna and pizza, but only every few months or so. They aren't foods I think about much. So please don't try to compare yourself to me. All I'm suggesting is that you make changes to your lifestyle that work for you, and that you do it slowly so they become a part of you. If those are foods you love and wouldn't be happy without, then definitely don't give them up. I never suggested that anybody give up foods that they love, whether they're considered healthy or not. But some of those unhealthy ingredients should definitely be axed. You can still eat the foods you love if you're careful about ingredients and more in control of portion size and how often you choose to eat them. Nothing works if you feel deprived in any way.

And I'm certainly not trying to set myself up as an example for anyone to follow. I still have a long way to go myself. Just sharing helpful hints and tips with the hope that it will be of benefit to others.


Thursday, December 20, 2007, 5:44 PM

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