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12/1/11 9:41 A

JLTHIEL82,

Coach Nancy is right. We can't change the past, but we can change the future. What's past has past. Instead, let's start thinking about things you can do to make your future a little healthier. The first thing I would tell you is to not look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. Any positive thing you do for yourself is a good thing. In fact, if the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Today, you drink 8 glasses of water. tomorrow, you drink 8 glasses of water and you take a 30 minute walk.

Set simple goals. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Don't make your goals too ambitious. Don't say you're going to workout every day for an hour if you're not used to working out for an hour. How about starting your new exercise routine with a daily walk ? Studies have shown that people who take a brisk 30 minute walk each day can reduce their risk for heart disease by over 30%.

Would you like to reduce your risk for heart disease ? Then how about that daily walk. Take a look at the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of different short 10-15 minute workouts posted online. Try 1 of those workouts each day. Doesn't seem like much ? That's the point. You start with small changes you can stick with. With time and regular practice, those small changes will become a habit.

Remember, this isn't a diet. this is a lifestyle change. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

So, how about that daily walk ?


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if you'd like, ask the hubby to join you.

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KREAM1973 Posts: 30
11/30/11 7:48 P

I totally agree with Coach Nancy...It's not a quick fix, it's really a state of mind. I was right around 200 lbs when I really decided enough was enough. I felt the same way you do, hated mirrors & dreaded pictures. I set a goal for myself that I was going to lose 50 pounds in one year. I started slowly. Made sure I drank my 8 glasses of water and logged all of my food. Stayed within my calorie range and it came off... Not magically, but with hard work. Don't assume that you have to excercise like a maniac. To be honest, I didn't really work out for the 1st 3 months and lost 20 pounds. 1-2 pounds a week. It does work, you just have to change your focus to you. I never reached my goal of 50 lbs, but got 40 off... It's been up and down lately, but I just have to remember to take it day by day. You can do this. I believe in you.....

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11/30/11 5:06 P

Hi,

It's so easy for us to focus on all the could've, would've, should'ves instead on the positive things that we do.

Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks or months to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.

If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.

Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.

Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

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11/30/11 4:31 P

So I've been "trying" ( use the term loosely now ) to lose weight since January. My ultimate goal was to be slimmer for my wedding. Well that was in September and I did lose about 10lbs, so I looked good in my dress. However that is FAR from what my goal has been! PLUS I put it all back on and THEN some. I keep starting and stopping and doing it over and over. I feel like I just can't stick to a solid routine. I'm tired of looking in the mirror seeing myself so overweight, but I've also been feeling so lazy that I just lose focus. Plus with the weather in NY changing and changing and changing some more my Asthma has been KILLING me! Which just makes me want to sit back and relax. I have no workout or diet buddy. My husband is little help. When he comes home from work he wants to eat watch some TV and go to sleep. Which would be fine if I wasn't trying to lose weight. This is the largest I have ever been and I just don't WANT to be anymore! I'm ready to start covering mirrors!!!!

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