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SCRAPPYDOO9 SparkPoints: (4,745)
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6/3/13 9:53 P

I would just add that you are able to achieve your goals, even if you are not sure you can. I saw so many poeple on here who said they never thought they would be able to do it, and then they posted tremendous successes. That gave me a lot of inspiration to do what I could, and as I have progressed, I find my will to do more grows and grows. I agree with the baby steps advice...even baby steps are leading you toward your goal.

MLS616 Posts: 157
6/3/13 9:16 A

I agree with the others.
I always tell myself - even if I do 10 minutes at the gym, it's better than not going.
you know what? I often do more...sometimes I don't but most of the time just getting out and getting there is enough to keep me motivated.

Try a diet soda for a while? I know they aren't good for you, but maybe cold turkey is too much right now.

Often I like to find alternatives to cut calories.


CHRISTASP Posts: 1,620
6/3/13 2:49 A

Another tip is to make the most of the opportunities Sparkpeople gives with regard to support and social contact. Write a bit about yourself on your spark page. Write a blog entry about how you're doing at least once a week. Respond to other people's blogs. Make friends, read their blogs, interact with them. I'm sure you will get tips and encouragement that make a big difference.
Use the 'planner' option (click on 'trackers') to send yourself reminders of things you want to do daily. Use the 'other goals' function (also under 'trackers') to set those small goals.

Edited by: CHRISTASP at: 6/3/2013 (02:50)
ATSESSION SparkPoints: (15,388)
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6/2/13 7:25 P

you are absolutely right. i just could not get myself to exercise and i kept reading and hearing 10 minutes. And 10 minutes is what I did and after a while I Wanted to do more. Baby steps.

CHRISTASP Posts: 1,620
6/2/13 4:55 P

I think your plan is still too ambitious! :)
Really. If you only do the no soda, you have made a big step. Remember you want to do this for a long time. So I'd say focus on the 'no soda' for a week. If that goes well, add 'ten minutes of walking' per day and do that for a month. (Once you start walking you may walk for longer, but let's say that you did GREAT if you walked those ten minutes).
Saying 'I will do just ten minutes' worked very well for me. It led up to doing a lot more per day. But you must build up a little confidence and make the goal really small so you can be proud for reaching it, day after day.

Edited by: CHRISTASP at: 6/2/2013 (16:58)
EGOMOM Posts: 4
6/2/13 2:41 P

Thanks:) I needed that focus!

Ok so my baby steps for today, 1) slow down and think before I eat. (going to a cook out) and tomorrow, 1) go to the gym even if just to walk on the tread mill for a half hour. 2) no fast food for breakfast and drink water not soda between meals:)

Oh and most importantly for me at least, track my food even if I am not on my plan:)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,936)
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6/2/13 2:31 P

Hi, Erica !

I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water that's still a step in the right direction. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future. But, you do need to be proactive. Thinking about what you want to do is one thing. Deciding what you need to do to implement those thoughts is another matter. And that's what you need to do. You need to decide what you need to do to achieve your goals.

Start small. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Create realistic goals so that you don't set yourself up for failure. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. Then you set new ones.

No "all or nothing". Making a conscious effort to drink more water during the day really is a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does add up.

So, let me ask you, what are some simple things you're willing to do this week ? Can you eat 2-3 servings of veggies each day ? Can you take a daily walk ? Can you drink more water ? If so, you CAN change your life for the better.

EGOMOM Posts: 4
6/2/13 12:39 P

Hi! My name is Erica. I am obese and unhappy and if I could lose weight by the power of my constantly THINKING about it, I would be a supermodel by now. I am finding new things wrong every day, I have no desire to dress nice anymore, I live in a prison guard pony tail, I am sedentary, but oh do I have time for ideas, ideas, thinking, planning...never doing! I NEED to DO. I NEED to find a support structure that give me the kick in the ass to GO and then provides that accountability to keep me on track. This is exactly how I quit smoking years ago and I am hoping beyond hope that this will work again with my weight.

My goal is small, to live healthier, and regain my fitness. One step at a time but I have to get it out of my head and off of the couch.


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