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ASHLEYT31 Posts: 13
2/6/12 10:47 P

Thank you for your message and advice! I had a pretty good day. I made it to a Zumba class and did a round of weights and 50 sit ups. I can't believe how out of shape I am and how much muscle strength I have lost:( My abs are so weak. I made it through Zumba okay though! I did not eat enough throughout the day and am so tempted to binge eat right now, but I am going to go to bed soon, so that I don't.

Quick question for you. I would love to find a Spark Team to find consistent people to chat with and help me stay on track and to be accountable to eachother. However, most of the Teams I have checked out, only have a handful of posts. Any suggestions on a good place to start?

Thank you once again,

ASHLEYT31 Posts: 13
2/6/12 10:40 P

Thank you for your positive message. Congrats on your 50lb loss! I hope you continue to hear good news regarding your heart. I will keep you posted.

Take care,

MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 49,815
2/6/12 9:47 P

Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
Set up your Spark page so that we can visit and get to know you, send you spark goodies, and leave encouraging and supportive comments to help you along the way.
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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2/6/12 12:35 P

Honey you are singing my song... except I have an almost 30 year lead on you. At 31 I needed to lose about 25 pounds. At 40 that 25 turned to 55. At 59 for the first time since my 30s I weighed less than I did in high school. I had tried almost every diet that came out and watched my weight yo- yo up and up and up.

I joined SparkPeople about 2 years ago but only found my diet program one year ago Feb 1. In this year I lost 50 pounds. The loss brought about a stopping of half my blood pressure meds. I was on 9 (had a heart attack at 53) and now am on 5. I did go crazy beginning in Oct and our vacation and then into family bdays and Thanksgiving then Christmas and holiday parties. In January I hit momentary insanity (not really) and just decided to eat whatever. Well I regained 20 of my lost pound but since Saturday have already lost 6 or them. Smile. I'm on Ideal Protein but you have to find what works for you.

I am so proud of you and happy that you have set realistic goals that will make your whole life a lot easier to live and with much less anguishing guilt... the daily battle with the brain. Smile. Best to you. Keep us posted. Smile.

ASHLEYT31 Posts: 13
2/6/12 11:57 A


I recently purchased the Spark book and learned about this website. I have decided to give Spark People a try, in hopes that it will somehow be different than all the other websites and weight loss gimmicks, I have tried in the past.

I have been a yo-yo dieter my entire life. Growing up, I was never truly overweight, but I was never happy with myself. I was always striving to be this image of perfection with washboard abs and a close to perfect body. Unfortunately, I was not doing much to actually achieve this. Looking back, I only wish I could be the weight I was back then, wish was around 150.

From the time I was in high school, until this very day, at the age of 31, I have woken up almost every single morning of my life and weighed myself. I start each and every day off as a diet. Thinking, today will be the day I make change. Then as the day goes on, stressors kick in and it all goes out the window.

I guess I should back up a step and mention that I am now overweight. Throughout University, my weight hung around 155, with short periods where I was around 135 and also periods where I went up to around 160. Then, one day, when school ended and real life began about 4 years ago, I gained a tremendous amount of weight. My highest weight was 217lbs, last year. I finally got motivated in the spring and got down to 189 by the summer. Since then, my weight has gone up and down all year, I went back up to 204 and then back down to 192 by this past Christmas. Just one month after Christmas, I am now back up to 207!! Only 10lbs away from my highest weight and the worst I have ever felt in my life.

I cannot do this anymore. I am young and I want my life back. I want to stop letting food and weight control my life. The problem is that I have trouble grasping that I am the one in control. My friendships have suffered, my work has suffered and my relationship with my husband has suffered. I do not like to go out anymore and I am not the same person I used to be. This is supposed to be the best time of my life and I feel like I am wasting it. I can never get this time back and I want to change once and for all.

I want to not only lose weight, but to be healthy and fit. I want to reach my goals of; finding a full time job, paying off my debt and saving money to buy a house, starting a family, catching up with all the friends and family I have lost touch with because I don't want them to see how much weight I have gained; looking in the mirror and being extremely happy with the person I see looking back at me; buying the clothes I have always wanted to; taking up skiing, skating and joining a sports team... the list goes on! There are so many parts of my life that are hindered because of my weight and I do not want this to be my life anymore.

I have two weddings coming up and a vacation in the summer. The first wedding is in mid-April and I would like to be down 25lbs by then. My ultimate goal is to weigh 130lbs and lose just over 75lbs, by New Years Eve of this year.

I know I have a long road ahead of me and there are a lot of factors in my life that I have not mentioned, that are obstacles to achieving this, however I have to move past them!! I want my life back.

I am new to this forum, so any support would be much appreciated. Is there a section where you can find a buddy or two, with similar goals, who you can help stay motivated together?

Thanks for listening!

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