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SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,151
1/7/13 3:57 P

Welcome aboard. emoticon

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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1/7/13 3:12 P

Welcome to SP! Way to take control of your health and life! You can do it! :) You'll find lots of support here on SP plus resources. Track and express yourself by commenting on threads and/or blogging. It really helps!! So glad you joined this wonderful community!! Best wishes and lots of luck!

SARAHF1988 Posts: 603
1/7/13 3:08 P

Welcome! this is a great community with so many people doing brilliantly and inspiring others every single day. I love this site. emoticon

ASHDMASS SparkPoints: (202)
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1/7/13 3:00 P

You're welcome, Rosie. I have trusted the whole "calories in/calories out" process. I don't eat perfect. I still might have something sweet now and then, but it comes out of my calorie budget so the worse the food, the less I will eat in a day. I have tried to focus on "perfect" eating but it becomes overwhelming after a while on a tight budget and meal planning for the rest of my family. It really is a learning process. When I can, I stock up on fresh produce because those are the items with the fewest calories, so you can eat more. I focus more on the quantity and balance in the quality. I started in May or June at 200 pounds. I'm 5'2". Today I'm 148. It can be a very frustrating process. There might be weeks at a time when I lose nothing, and other weeks where I shed quite a few, but it all balances out in the end. For myself, I don't drink any calories.

I noticed, too, that once I started becoming accountable for my calorie intake, the less my body required. In no time, I started becoming full/satisfied after eating a lot less than I would before.

For exercise, I have degenerative arthritis in both of my knees, hips, elbows, and back. I also have fibromyalgia. I knew working out would be my biggest hurdle. But through research, I've also learned that working out can improve the quality of life of folks who have those, and other, medical issues. I joined the local YMCA and used the treadmill. I went slow at first, maxing out at only 3.2 MPH. After a couple of weeks, I was cranking up the speed, changing up the inclines, really making myself sweat. Then I started walking outdoors in my neighborhood. Then started C25K (which I do outdoors). I am also including weights a day or two each week, as much as my joints can handle it, by doing some circuit training.

At first, working out can seem like a nightmare but if you're anything like me, the more you do it, the more you want it. Days off make me anxious and fidgety. I crave exercise. I am the type who has to constantly push myself. I seek out progression constantly to avoid boredom, even if it's something small like jogging an extra minute or two.

I'm sorry for the novel. :-) I hope this answers your questions. You're welcome to add me as a friend and private message me if you want to.

As for the ticker, hmmm...I found it by happenstance and I will see if I can find it again. If so, I'll get back to you.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,418
1/7/13 2:29 P

Welcome to Spark People

MZ_MORENA SparkPoints: (1,002)
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1/7/13 2:19 P

Thank You Ashley, Hey way to go. I see from your ticker you have been doing good!! How long has it taken you to lose that weight? And what have you done that you notice has help you alot to lose the weight?


P.S I think I need a can i get one?

ASHDMASS SparkPoints: (202)
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1/7/13 2:05 P

Welcome, Rosie! I am new to SP also. Way to go on deciding to make a positive decision for yourself. You CAN do this!!! If there is anything I can do to help, I'm more than happy to help!



MZ_MORENA SparkPoints: (1,002)
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1/7/13 1:56 P

Thank You "Critical Thought" I wish you the best of luck on you journey!! Come one...We CAN do this!!

CRITICALTHOUGHT SparkPoints: (280)
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1/7/13 1:44 P

Welcome aboard! You post is inspiring. This is day one for me as well and I'll be glad to see you walking this path as well!

MZ_MORENA SparkPoints: (1,002)
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1/7/13 1:32 P

Hello, my name is Rosie. I sign up to this page early in December, but actually starting the road to the new me as of today!! I currently weigh 348 lbs, Im 34 years old, and I am a 6 month newly wed. First thing is first...I need to lose the weight for my own Health. Mid of last year, OB Gyn told me i had pre cancer cells around the fatty tissue around my uterus. So..She told me to avoid getting cancer i need to lose weight. Well just with the word "cancer" in her sentence scared me to death. So i didnt returned to see her. I know i did wrong, but now she even went to extend to send me another appointment thru Certified Mail. Making sure I did get it. Appointment date is Feb 22. So i need to lose as much as i can till then, and continue doing it. Second reason, I want to be a mom someday. I have always had irregular menstrual cycles, again because of my weight. SO if i want to be a mommy one day, I need to lose the weight first. And like i mentioned i am 34 years old already, so my clock is ticking. Third, I wanna look and feel good! I dont feel sexy at all. I want to look Beautiful for my Husband. I want to be able to take long walks with him without getting tired in the first 5 minutes. I want to be able to go into a clothing store with out looking for the BIG sizes section. Oh amaze i have wrote all this with out crying!! Thats a good sign, Im ready to this and stop feeling sorry for myself!! Please all my Sparkles in going to need all the help i can. I dont want to QUIT like i have done it in the past!! I need to hear ur success stories. Well, if you want to know more about me, dont hesitate to ask.

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