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BILL60 Posts: 612,740
3/22/13 9:18 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you te very best on your journey.

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/21/13 6:37 P

emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining!
I've been a member a little over 3 years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you havenít, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated.
Iíve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

MARILYNS68 Posts: 10,170
3/21/13 12:36 P

Welcome to sparks so glad you found us

Dont forget to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined as that is where you will get a lot of encouragement and motivation

If interested come to my sparkpage and look for the team Getting Healthy in 2013 - we are a new group working on no flour / no sugar / no processed foods / daily exercise = if interested in making a commitment to these changes and to participate as often as possible we would more than welcome you to the group

ESTHERNAUT SparkPoints: (5,528)
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3/21/13 11:09 A

I am feeling motivated and excited about losing weight. I am coming to the realization that it has been about 8 years now that I have been gaining and gaining weight. I am scared of not having control over food, but I feel much more confident that I have the power to resist and to be open. Food is a secret pleasure, but if I bring it all out in the open and stay completely honest with myself, it is no big deal and I have plenty of strength to stay in control.

I started my journey in mid-December, weighing a grand total of 192. Eesh. But I joined a bootcamp workout, exercising 30 minutes in a HIIT type workout, with great results. Of course, this is in combination with a 1200 calorie diet, consisting of 5 small meals a day. With the help of a fitbit that I got for Christmas, I became aware of my lack of movement, and did anything to keep moving, even if it meant doing high-knees while waiting for the microwave to beep. Ha.

I have two small girls: ages 16 months and 3 years old. Naturally, the loves of my life. I am doing this for them (almost as much as doing it for me) because they deserve a mom who can move and groove with them, to engage instead of sit on the sidelines watching.

So, I am 18 pounds down, with a total goal of 52 lbs: down to at least 140.

I took the advice of a website I saw and made a list denoting "What are you getting out of NOT losing weight?" A list like this shows me the excuses to not keep going to achieve my weight loss goal, and I refer to them often, so I recognize them when I see them. I don't want to fail, and there are always reasons we stop trying. Here are my reasons to NOT lose weight:
ē I donít try, therefore, I donít fail.
ē I donít have to tell people that I am on a diet, or sheepishly eat food that I know is bad for me because I donít want to look like I am dieting.
ē I donít have to make lifestyle changes and am not forced to count calories, track water consumption, push myself in a workout, or juice vegetables. Ha.
ē I can gracefully bow out of trying new activities. No, my plantar faciitis hurts. No thanks, I donít trust my knees. Excuses, excuses to not try something new.
ē I don't have to engage as much, with my kids or with my friends and family, pretending that I donít enjoy such activities, but really, I wonder if my weight or lack of fitness will get in the way.
ē I can enjoy any food I want, though I pay for it in my mood and lack of activity level.
ē I donít inconvenience my family with having to leave them to work out or go on a walk. Itís hard to ask people to support you and to take full advantage of it, because that means you have to know that you are worth it.
ē I am afraid that I never have to stop trying. That even if I lose the weight, I am always on a treadmill moving in the direction of easy, fatty foods and a desire to just sit on the couch. But I know that life means living, and the more I get in shape, the less daunting that is. In fact, itís motivational: I am not a stone, I am full of life, and while my breath persists, I will keep on moving.

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