Fitness Minutes: (150)
2/7/12 1:42 P
Thank you so much for the welcome and all the advise. I have being using the food tracker online and in my smartphone. The tools provided are very useful. I just need to work very hard because when I fall into depression I don't feel like doing anything and I tend to overeat. In addition to my nutritionist I'm seeing a therapist, so hopefully I will stick with it. I definitely will check the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. I had join some teams also. TY so much for the support. Hugs, Mari
Fitness Minutes: (124,812)
2/7/12 9:32 A
Hi and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!
There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.
If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.
That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.
Welcome and best wishes!
2/7/12 9:21 A
I will second that welcome! I am glad to hear you are working with a nutritionist. Starting slow is truly the Spark principle, so that is good advice. As for exercises for challenging physical conditions, the fact that the chair exercises aren't easy is a good thing - you can reduce them to make them a bit easier and then build up. There are many, many exercise demonstrations on Spark People, so check out all the fitness videos. There are lots of folks who have disabilities who manage regular exercise and almost everyone says exercise improves your energy and strength and decreases fatigue and pain! Sure has for me, with a lot of arthritis (not to mention taking the weight off my joints!). This is a very supportive place so get rolling slowly and explore all the tools. Good luck. Feel free to check out my Spark Page or Spark mail me any time!
Fitness Minutes: (56,458)
10,602 2/7/12 8:34 A
Welcome to Spark. You have taken the first step on your journey by joining! I've been a member a little more than two years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained 30 back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going! Explore the site, make your Sparkpage, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Good luck! Sheila
Fitness Minutes: (150)
2/7/12 8:27 A
Hello everyone, I'm 41 yrs old, wife and mom of 2. I'm here because I can use all the help I can get. I'm an emotional eater. At this time I'm having a lot of problems at home making it very hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle. My husband is sick with cirrhosis of the liver and my 19 year old is giving me lots of problems. Also, I have lupus, fibromyalgia, IBS , anemia, arthritis, bad knees and chronic depression and anxiety. I crave sweets and I usually give in. I'm seeing a nutritionist that have me just working on my size portion and stop drinking sweetened drinks. She said to start slow. I know I need to exercise for this to work out but it's so hard when I'm in pain and tired all the time. Maybe someone with similar health problems can advise me what exercises to do. I have tried to do the sitting exercise, is not as easy as I thought. I have read some of the success stories and I hope to be one in the near future. Hugs to you all, Mari
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