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Old 06-07-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Question What advantages and disadvantages do you have in the weight loss game?

Right now I am in a funk about the various problems I'm having on my journey. But I should not forget about all the advantages I have and how far I have come! What are some of the advantages and disadvantages you have that make you feel lucky or unluckier than the average bear? I will start:

Disadvantages:

-Diagnosed in the past few months with unexplained high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar - might be metabolic syndrome or PCOS, they're still figuring it out
-I really, REALLY love sugar - started eating sugar out of the bag at age 4 and still look forward all week to my weekly dessert splurge
-Dealing with a neck injury for the past 4 years that makes it hard to exercise
-Have yo-yo dieted in the past and it's a lot harder to lose weight than it used to be
-Want to lose weight quickly because my doc says I have to get healthy in order to get pregnant but I'm finding it incredibly difficult and slow

Advantages:

-Good health insurance and good access to doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, tests, and meds
-Living in a major metropolitan area where lots of things are walkable
-I like to research recipes, cook, and I love my fruits and veggies
-I love walking and I love weights (hate cardio tho!)
-Supportive husband

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Old 06-07-2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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you forgot "My mother picked a great name for me" as an advantage haha
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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Lol!!
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:19 AM   #4
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I definitely think one of my advantages is that I actually look forward to working out and going to the gym!!! I might hate it while I am on the elliptical or whatever, but I always feel amazing afterwards and get antsy if I can't make it on a certain day!!

Disadvantage is that I haven't been able to quite curb the sweets binging. For instance, there were oreos the other day out. I told myself that I would have ONE....and I had like 6.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #5
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Disadvantages:
I have a background of crash diets and eating disorders.
I have a desk job!
A boyfriend that loves junk food as much as me but does not need to diet!
I cant cook and am a very fussy eater.

Advantages:
I still live with my parents so I just have m, myself and I to plan for.
I have a long walk to and from my office.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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Disadvantages:
-Time constraints. Work, family, house often leave me with little energy to focus on exercise and meal planning.

Advantages:
- I'm the primary shopper and cook, so I get to make most of the meal decisions.
- I like lot's of fruits and veggies and enjoy eating them/making them the focus of a meal.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #7
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I love fruits and vegis.
I enjoy jogging.


I crave sweets...
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:20 AM   #8
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Advantages:
-Supportive hubby (when I lose weight, he loses too without even trying argggggghhhh, he loves that!)
-Motivation (2 kids that I want to be around for them)
-I love the gym (just hate going but once I'm there I love)

Disadvantages:
-Kids (time management is hard, plus breast feeding)
-Sweets and fat nom nom
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:55 AM   #9
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Disadvantages:

-I have a desk job
-I have a tendency to give in to cravings and junk foods (But I'm working on that)
-I have a tendency to overtrain due to my sometimes obsessive nature
-I have some health issues which cause me to tire easily and a tendency to sleep a lot
-I am a little obsessed with subtle changes in my body shape/size (things get bad when I'm having a 'fat day' even though I know it's natural to have these) but... on a positive note, if I can see my abs returning or new muscle definition it is a most joyous occasion!
-Oh.. and I'm a little vain... or does that count as a plus? Hmmm... dunno.

Advantages:

-(When under control) I can focus my energy and determination to break thru when working out gets tough'
-I really enjoy working out (most of the time)
-I have a supportive family who help me to take the necessary time out to work on my fitness/health goals
-I am self-motivated (I have never really been comfortable in a gym environment preferring to work out on my own)
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:34 PM   #10
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I work graveyard 11p-7a by the time I'm done with work, all I can think about is my warm cozy bed. I also go to school 4x/week from 3:30pm-6:40pm. However, I'm starting to map out my schedule and attempt to workout for at least 30 min to 1 hour 5x/wk.
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I don't really like sweets or sodas
I am tall so I naturally burn more calories
I have an elliptical
I cook and grocery shop
I am not going through university anymore
I am young, my skin should snap back
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #12
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Disadvantages:
-Time constraints. Work, family, house often leave me with little energy to focus on exercise and meal planning.

Advantages:
- I'm the primary shopper and cook, so I get to make most of the meal decisions.
- I like lot's of fruits and veggies and enjoy eating them/making them the focus of a meal.
This is pretty much me!!
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:09 AM   #13
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Disadvantages:

I do not like to cook and I often eat whatever is quickest and easiest. I have found ways to work this into my plan but I do not eat many veggies at all. I like them, I am just too lazy to prepare them.

I started out with over 100 lbs to lose and probably have about a year to go before I hit my goal.

I have an office job with tons of food around all the time. Breakfast is offered every morning (donuts, bagels, breakfast burritos etc), lunch at least once a week, and even a free frozen yogurt machine. I am amazed at my willpower, honestly.


Advantages:

I have a great home gym with a treadmill, mini-elliptical, dumbbells, stability ball, and a tv.

I have a really great friend at work who constantly compliments me on my progress and is always excited to hear my weight-in updates on Monday mornings. A cheerleader makes a huuuuuge difference.

My son (almost 8) is very supportive and keeps himself entertained while I work out.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #14
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Disadvantages
Time constraints as well..I am a stay at home mom to a 7 year old, a very busy two year old and breastfeeding a 2 month old. Which leaves little time to plan a regular workout and meal planning around their busy schedule.
Working out-I am lazy when it comes to working out since running after kids all day is exhausting.

Advantages
Having a supportive husband and children who have never said the F word.
Being the primary shopper and chef.
I have access to a pool so I can swim and do laps for exercise.
Motivation to be around for my kids and to get back into my old clothes.
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Disadvantages

- I own my own buisness, I work 6 days a week 10 hours a week behind a counter that has chocolate bars with a fridge of pop and a stack of chips behind me, all of which I techinically own.
- No time for a gym due to work.
- I have MS and exercise is not easy.
- I hate most veggies
- Chips are my favorite food
- I LOVE McDonalds

Advantages

- I actually WANT to lose weight, never cared before.
- I am 2lbs away from what I weighed in 5 years ago, moral is high.
- I LOVE fruit so have been eating that instead of chips as snacks.
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