I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come! Diet is a dirty word, every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate
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hope doesn't get you there, hard work does. Here is my recommendation for getting started.
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 YOU 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 week 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.
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I certainly think that coming here and talking about whats going on will certainly keep me on top of what I need to do. With everything else I have tried since my first encounter with SP, I never got amongst the online forums etc, which was probably my downfall. I was trying to lose weight on the sly figuring no one would know if I messed up. So I wouldn't have to tell anyone that I ate half a block of chocolate after dinner and then feeling to sick to go to the gym. I plan on checking out the forums every day. Reading others struggles and successes will keep me motivated so I can go back to wearing the clothes that I used to now that here in Oz the weather is warming up.
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Hi JACQUI82 Welcome back to SP! You will find support and motivation here. Just be active on your Spark Teams and make Spark Friends who share similar interests.
You can do it!
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Welcome back to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
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I used this website about 7 years ago to lose a fair bit of weight, and managed to keep it off for a good while. Had baby number 1, kept it off. A couple of years ago I quit smoking and had my gallbladder out. Weight started creeping back on. Then baby number 2 arrived, so did the weight, and I have been struggling ever since. I am back at the weight I was when I started using Spark all those years ago so I am hoping to lose that weight again. Ive tried a few things and haven't stuck to it, which makes me so mad at myself. If I did it before, why cant I do it again. I am hoping that being really strict with my calories and checking in here regularly will keep me accountable so I can get back to how I use to be. So here's hoping to a successful journey for the final time so I can be comfortable with myself again.
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