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SCRAPPINPOLLY SparkPoints: (83,133)
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11/3/13 6:57 P

Hi and welcome to Spark People! This is the place for inspiration and support!! Jump right in and join a team or two and get the inspiration you need!!

XHASTEDMOMOF2 SparkPoints: (141,353)
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11/2/13 7:24 P

emoticon Welcome DOTYOUNG!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!

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SUZIPAM1 Posts: 1,464
10/28/13 4:24 P

good luck with all the changes

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
10/28/13 2:48 P

emoticon emoticon Yes you can! Best of Luck! I'm 60 and using moderation and some exercise and losing-So can you!

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10/28/13 8:48 A

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FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (120,468)
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10/28/13 12:19 A

I strongly Encourage you to track daily. At very least, write down every bite that you eat.

Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.
The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.


DOTYOUNG SparkPoints: (260)
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10/27/13 11:31 P

I'm a 63-year old woman who is changing my life by eating vegetarian meals (no dairy or eggs) and stepping up my exercise program. I have high cholesterol and arthritis in my shoulders, hips and back. I'm scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery in January 2014 so I am losing weight and getting healthier in general to aid in my recovery. I came across this website through AARP's website. I usually don't get on my computer every day so I will have to get used to checking in daily or at least a few times a week. Wish me luck.

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