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MARILYNS69 Posts: 17,686
3/3/14 3:36 P

Welcome to sparks - so glad you have joined us

Take a few minutes to make up a sparkpage - make it public and allow members to post a message to you on it

Also don't forget to participate on all the groups you have joined - lots of encouragement there.

If you are interested come to my sparkpage and look for the group Changing my lifestyle is a challenge = we are a small group and have monthly challenges. All that is asked is that you participate regularliy - such as once per week would be a good start - more posting if possible.

I am older than you have also have a lot to lose - as most of our group has - so I thought it might be a good fit for you.

Let me know if I can be of help

ISTACY SparkPoints: (3,551)
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3/3/14 2:58 P

Oh I have yet to track any food. Right now I am just starting with tracking my exercise. I am reluctant to track my food for some reason. Perhaps it is because I do not really want to see just how bad for me the stuff that I eat is.

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3/3/14 12:54 P

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There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you're comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, start exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. By tracking everything since May 2011 and using the other features here to keep myself focused, I lost 90 pounds and have maintained that loss for over a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!

p.s. You CAN lose the weight and keep your love affair with food. But, the foods you love will probably need to change (and they will over time). That's partly why tracking is so important. Over a few weeks you can look back at the numbers and see what adds up. You may find yourself saying "I love xxxxx, but I don't love it THAT much."

ISTACY SparkPoints: (3,551)
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Posts: 23
3/3/14 12:12 P

Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year, but didn't participate for very long. I just have a love affair with cheeseburgers that is hard to deny. I am ready for a change. None of my clothes fit. I don't want to buy a bunch of fat-girl clothes to make myself feel better about my chubrolls. I want to get rid of the chubrolls. But I am realistic. I have been quite sedentary for at least a year, so I know that I have to start out slow. It took me a long time of pounding down little debbies a box at a time to put the weight on, so I know that it is going to take longer to make the weight come off. I am starting with a 16-minute "Miracle Mile" aerobics walking workout that I found on youtube. I have done that every day for a week now. I was thinking that I should add in something else, perhaps a 10 minute pilates core strengthening exercise, but I think I am going to stick with just the aerobics for another week. I don't want to do too much too fast, or I will scare myself off the whole process. I also have been trying to make healthier choices when it comes to food, but I have not gone all-out diet mode on my food. Yesterday my husband ordered a cheeseburger, mozzarella sticks, and ham and cheese balls from the local burger shop. I went with a chef salad, and felt good about it, even though I will admit I stared longingly at his burger while he was mowing it down. I did steal a few of the ham & cheese balls. Baby steps!
I guess I should talk a little about what I do. I am a wife (duh) and mother of 3 wild children, Laura (9), Mato (5), and Sara (4). Mato is actually my boy's middle name, he is Ian Mato, but we call him Mato, which means bear in Lakota (my husband is from the Rosebud Sioux tribe). Laura is in 3rd grade, Mato is in an ECSE (early childhood special education) program, and Sara is in a 3-year-old school readiness class and an ECFE (early childhood family education) class. I am a full time on-line student with Rasmussen college, working toward my RHIT in Health Information Management. My husband works full time day shift at a steel manufacturing job. I take Sara to her classes 2 days a week at the school, which is like 4 blocks away from our house. Our family has only one vehicle that my husband uses for work during the day, so Sara and I walk to school and back. It is winter in Minnesota, and cold, so I usually pull her in the sled while she is wrapped in blankets. That has been the only exercise I have been getting for a while now. I am addicted to Mt. Dew and Pepsi. I know they are freaking horrible for a person, but I just love them. One of my goals is to STOP all of the pop, but like my exercising I am working up to it. I used to drink a 2 liter of either Dew or Pepsi every day. I am making a conscious effort to drink more WATER and less JUNK, but I refuse to give up my coffee. I did flavor my coffee with equal for a wile other than sugar, but then I started reading about aspartame and what a horrible thing that is, so I went back to plain old sugar. I want to lose weight, but I also want to keep my love affair with food. I know that that is not possible, but in a perfect world wouldn't we all be skinny and able to eat everything that tastes wonderful all of the time? Maybe that's just the fat girl in me talking. I think I am done rambling for now. If you like my ramblings I blog on this site too, and no one has ever read them. You could be the first!

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