Sounds like you've got a good plan! As others have said, don't think about the big picture. Look at small numbers and small changes and adjustments. I started out around 330 pounds, and I have to say, it was very daunting at first because I realized that I had so much weight to lose. Taking it 10 or even 5 pounds at a time is less stressful and it can keep you motivated as you go through your journey. Tracking food is important to this journey. It took me a long time to realize that when I didn't track, I was only hurting myself. Also, this isn't 'all or nothing'. If you 'mess up', don't throw throw our your entire day. I made this mistake so many times! I would end up saying "well, I'll just eat whatever I want, and start again tomorrow", and then sure enough, the same thing would happen the next day.
Finally, remember that progress is progress no matter how slow! It's taken me 4 plus years to get to where I am as it's a learning process. I know that when I finally do reach my goal weight, I'm definitely not going to say "Sorry, it took too long, I don't wan it anymore"
Congrats for starting your weight loss journey! I give you props for starting. Just keep working at it and you will get the results that you want :)
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Well, I for one can say I am in your same boat and even in the beginning stages. My peak at one point was 336 :( Right now I'm at 309 (I was 308, but period happened...then a binge yesterday and I don't wanna see the scale right now) BUT!!! Point is...as one user noted, track EVERYTHING you consume on spark people food-wise and then track all your fitness on spark people as well. Psychologically, if you see you consumed some junk food and get a reality check of what's calorically going into your body...it's eye-opening enough to not want to put it in your mouth again next time. Also...the fitness minutes/calories burned added...is also going to be psychologically appealing to you in your mind when you're entering that in.
I give you props. I've suffered with heavy social anxiety since my early-mid teens and now I'm in my early 20's. I went to a gym in 2010, but it was a 24 hr one so I could ONLY go if I knew it was super late and nobody else would be in there because I was so ashamed of how fat and disgusting I felt exercising in front of all the....."more fit" people. I always felt judged (but it's part of the disorder). Heck, I still feel judged when all the girls wanna order food at work and invite me to order out with them and turn them down. I automatically assume "Why wouldn't she wanna eat with us? She's fat, we know she eats garbage food", ya know? I know it probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of you, but that IS what goes through your head. I even feel judged if we have luncheons at work since I started the diet and I only eat fruits/veggies without dip and small slices of meat with no bread.
I can tell you, Nancy...the first three weeks of the diet are....H-E-Double Hockey Sticks. Especially if you love your salts as much as I do. I started my diet April 1st...and now that I'm 5 weeks in (6 on monday)....it's so much easier to pass on the goodies. And FYI....a GREAT tool lol...is the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray...INVEST IN IT - it's WORTH it! Because of my diet-disgust of frozen lean cuisines and smart ones, unless they're lean pockets and I need something quick and on-the-go...I will avoid frozen meals altogether because of high sodium content (which will equal water retention and leave weight on). For dinners, they usually consist of a vegetable (my favorites are cauliflower, green beans, corn, and broccoli), but most veggies are great for you...and I boil them to soft-goodness...then I like to bake a chicken breast...and for flavor...DIP ONLY...in bbq sauce. I'll even have a baked potato tossed in the oven with it too. After microwaving it for 4 min after it's washed and dried....spray the 0 calorie butter on both sides of it....toss it in for 1/2 hr at 400 degrees...take it out, turn it over, respray....put the chicken in....cook for another 25 minutes and your dinner will not only be low calorie, low-sodium and low fat, but it will fill you up too.
It's the adjustment period that was hardest for me. Lol now I walk past women in the office and think "Aww....coffee? How can you waste calories on a DRINK?" LOL! It doesn't bother me any though cuz they're not MY wasted calories. Before and after I started my weight-loss journey 9.5x out of 10 I'd drink water strictly anyway.
Another hinderance of mine is I'm a complete dunce at cooking (and also a bit of a germaphobe). I contantly worry I'm not gonna cook meat correctly and I'll get salmonella or something (You all think I'm nuts if you've read this far, it's fine. You're not the first or last) lol...I just need to learn to cook different kinds of lean meats because my variety of two low carlorie sides is enough variety for me. Also....heck, if ya feel like "splurging" a whole can of green beans after they're strained and rinsed of all that salt from the can is only 60 or 70 calories for the whole thing if you're feelin starved!
Anyway, if you want, I'd be happy to have you add me as a friend too since we have...relatable weight ranges and I'd like to keep in touch on your progress, Nancy.
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hi fit4mein2013, What did u do to lose so much weight?
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I agree with Live_N_Learn1. I'm not at your stage, but please add me as a friend too!!! Would love to keep in touch and share your journey, because I know you can be successful. I would also be more than happy to support you!!
Remember, it's about progress, NOT perfection. We all have our moments. Baby steps. Don't try to do everything at once (just like a previous poster said). There are TONS of SparkPeople articles that can help you also, so don't miss that section. I remember one specifically about the 10% solution; it suggested aiming first for losing 10% of your body weight.
You're doing the right things. Just stick with it. The only true failure is to quit trying ...
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I was at one time over 300#. You can do this!
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Im not in the same shape .. but im defiantly your buddy!! Add me as a friend and we can keep in touch!! Im very proud of you by the way.. i started at 300 pounds 2.5 years ago.. im down 80 thanks to sparkpeople.. this website is amazing.. you will gain much out of it!!
Congrats on beginning your journey. What has helped me the most is to not focus on the big number I need to lose but to attack it in smaller increments. That way I don't get overwhelmed and I can continue to see my tracker move (don't know why this is so motivating for me, but it is). Also track, track, track. I tend to think more about eating that cookie if I know it's going to put me over my calories. Staying connected is a big help too. There are lots of great people on here.
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14 5/3/13 10:48 A
Hi my name is nancy. I am starting out e\]with high numbers and I need help getting started. I have been going to the gym 3 days a week., trying to skip junk food.. what else is there?..lol..Needing a weightloss buddy in the same shape as me....thank you
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