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22,655 3/5/13 5:09 A
It is best that you DON'T throw the stuff away. This journey should be undertaken using baby steps. This means changing only one or two things to start with and allowing your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be something as simple as consuming more water, but less soda/juice, AND mobilizing a wee bit further in your day. The next step might be increasing your fruit/vege consumption AND building on your exercise regime a little. It takes time to do it the healthy way - the way that will help you to stay on this healthy lifestyle journey.
Chucking everything away will make it more difficult for you to achieve what you want to achieve, because you will be left feeling deprived. You will feel that you are on a diet, and this isn't what it is about!
I am here to tell you that if you put your heart into it you can do this. Use all that sparks has to offer. There is a wealth of information on here. Go get this........... Keep us posted on your amazing progress.........I have hope for you in this.
You've already gotten great advice from the first two posts.
I just wanted to welcome you and to let you know that we're all in this together. We may all be at different points in our journey, but we're all trying to be healthy. Reach out, experiment with some of the tools and be sure to let us know how you're doing!
I completely agree with DRAGONCHILDE - You have to start small or you will only frustrate yourself for not being "perfect".
I like the idea of recording what you eat and not trying to make the servings perfect - Just build self awareness. The Spark Nutrition Tracker is great - it is so easy to use (the mobile app is great - allows you to scan barcodes and everything). It's all about knowing where you are so you can be sure to get on the right road. Make sure you are not setting unreachable goals!
I really concentrate on one new thing a week - Drink 8 glasses of water one week, focus on fruits and veggies the next, focus on sleep the next, focus on condiments the next, etc.
You have a wonderful opportunity to start to respect yourself - and you have found a wonderful community of people to support you! Stay here with us, make small changes, and you will definitely succeed! I have found myself telling people on this site things I never tell anyone - but it gives me a chance to be completely honest without anyone judging me - only supporting and encouraging!
You took the first step - you can do this!!!
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9,691 3/4/13 10:40 A
No, you don't have to throw away everything in your kitchen.
This is a journey for life; start where you are. You're far more likely to succeed if you start making small changes. You know how I got started on this journey? I started mixing my pasta half-and-half. You see, I know that whole wheat pasta is better for you, but I HATED the texture of whole wheat. But I could tolerate the half-and-half, and the kids even liked having multi-colored pasta.
I started where I was. Instead of eating half the pizza like I used to, I'd eat two pieces (maybe three!) and stop.
I would eat ONE sausage biscuit at McDonald's instead of two.
Drastic changes can be traumatizing and hard to keep up. Start first by tracking what you eat. Measure and weigh everything; don't worry about making perfect choices... just track what you eat, and do it for a week. then, you can look at your intake and start seeing where you can make improvements. Once you've done that, start looking for ways to make things better. It will also help you identify potential triggers. We all have our foods that when we eat them, we tend to lose control and go overboard.
If simple carbs are your problem, start making swaps. Switch to honey wheat bread instead of white.
Add more vegetables. Start cooking at home more. Just make small changes.
The most important tool you have here is your nutrition tracker. Use it, faithfully, and accurately. If you don't have a food scale, go get one. You'll be stunned to find out what you think is a "serving" is really not!
Remember that this is NOt all or nothing. This isn't a short-term fix, nor a diet. the point is to make healthy changes you can live with for the REST of your life.
THe last time I "fell off the wagon" I stopped tracking for 6 months, and stopped exercising almost completely.
But you know something? *I DIDN'T GAIN WEIGHT!* I maintained it. That is a HUGE step. It means that this lifestyle is sticking, even when I'm not perfect.
You can get there. You WILL get there. Just remember there's no room for perfection in this journey. It's all about perspective. Don't worry abut the fact that you're over 300 lbs. Focus on losing the next two. Then, the next two. Then do the two after that.
YOU WILL DO THIS. You CAN do this. You're worth it!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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1 3/4/13 10:26 A
Just getting started on a health way of eating should I throw everything you of my kitchen and start a new beginning. I just upset with the way I just let myself go. I really want to stay on track this time. I way over 300 pounds.OMG I cannot believe I just relieve this information to people I don.t even know. I guess that let me know I'm tried.
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