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BILL60 Posts: 290,807
6/5/13 8:15 A

Welcome to SP. Sight tight and enjoy the ride.

LKEITHO SparkPoints: (256,558)
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Posts: 13,587
6/4/13 9:35 P

Welcome back to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

BILL60 Posts: 290,807
6/4/13 8:23 A

Welcome back to SP. Hang tough and ride those waves.

PINKHOPE Posts: 25,738
6/3/13 1:52 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople!

I want to congratulate you on making this journey. I began my own journey a few years ago and though my pace has been slow I have lost over 100 pounds! You can have success too!

This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.

Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. You can join mine to start. I share many helpful tips, recipes and insights from my own journey so you too can benefit. The DAILY CHAT section has lots of helps.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=50151


Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=5334837


If you have further questions or just want to chat, stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail. Just click on the button under my profile picture on the left.

Press On!
Suzanne

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TIFFSMITH75 SparkPoints: (602)
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6/3/13 12:17 P

I, too, am 38 years old, 5 feet 4 inches...but I weight 258 lbs. I understand your feelings and concerns. This is not my first rodeo in regards to weight loss either, so I can understand your frustration. In 2010, I lost 40 lbs, but gained it all back when the Army moved us again. I lost my mojo and went back to old habits. My rule this time is to find something that I can do for the REST of my life. I knew I had to get past the dieting mindset and realize that the changes that I make have to be permanent. There is no stopping point. I am also learning to love myself where I am and most of all I am having to learn to be patient with myself. If it were your best friend going through this, what would you say to her? Take your advice and apply it to yourself. As for exercise, I used to be a gym rat. Now, I do well to get in a mile walk every day. Start slowly and work your way up. Time is going to pass. Stop being so hard on yourself! You will do this! Find a program that works for you...and that means you may have to experiment with different ones. That is ok.
Take heart, you are choosing change! Good luck!!
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BSTRONG08 Posts: 21
6/3/13 12:06 P

Hi All,

I used to be a participating member of Spark People, absolutely loved it...the message boards, the enthusiasm the community provided, and was doing great on my fitness journey, then I crashed....HARD!!! Long story short, I have gotten ridiculous. I am 5'4, 38 years old, mother of two and I weigh 200 pounds. This is just shameful. I feel tired all the time, my BP is prehypertensive and I feel like I am on a hamster wheel to nowhere. I can't stand it anymore. I used to be very outgoing and now I have to force myself to join in on certain events. I hate receiving wedding invites because I am mortified to be the "fat girl" at the wedding. My husband is amazing, so supportive, but I don't know if he truly understands my struggle with emotional eating. I take full responsibility for my now sedentary lifestyle, but I can't live like this any longer.
I know all of the tools to be healthy, but have a question for those of you who have been at this awhile. First, I have never been this heavy. My knees hurt, my back hurts, I get out of breath quicker since I am out of shape and I suffer from heartburn most days. My question is, where do I start??? Can I begin a program ie Body for Life at this weight and fitness level?? I would love to gain the advice of others who have walked this path. Part of me is terrified that I'll have a heart attack when I work out, but the logical part of me says I will have a heart attack if I don't work out!!

Any advice on a starting point would be so helpful to me. Thanks all!!

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