First, AWESOME that you are here. SP is the BEST and most helpful place to guide you on this journey. There are coaches and dietitians here to help, fantastic recipes (I have made a few!) and the best part, people like all the posters below to help you. Add some of them as friends, and try to follow the SP program. First, do the weight stuff. Then, every day, track your food. Track your fitness. And try to get as many spark points as possible by doing the list of stuff that they give you to do. It might seem strange, but I am NOT kidding, this is what makes my journey so much better. TO check the message boards and realize that I am not alone, there is someone like you starting a journey like mine. AND there are people that are months ahead of us making strides and successfully keeping the weight off!!! The best part is that by doing the list of things you get points for, you "meet" people like yourself, you read blogs by them, and you start your own blog! It helps you track your food and fitness, keep motivated by reading posts by others, and blogs by others, plus you take quizzes to learn how smart you are about it all! You learn more every day on the site if you do it all, and I LOVE that. It is keeping me motivated.
You can do this. Be active, be smart, and be realistic. You can do it, it will just take time!
3/18/13 11:03 A
I think small steps are the best. Also if you a worried about setting your calorie range too low you can talk with a dietician or use Spark. I just put in what I weighed, what I wanted to weigh, and how long to get there. If you set too aggressive of a goal it will warn you. The biggest thing to remember is that this is not a diet or something temporary, but something you are going to do for the rest of your life. With it being a lifestyle change it has to be liveable.
3/18/13 7:01 A
Small incremental steps usually turn into habits, and stick. Trying to change everything at once usually only lasts until you can't stand it any longer
Hi - I am not surprised that you would get dizzy doing walks like that with such a low calorie intake. 1200 calories is for a woman who is average weight and very sedentary. Overweight women and those who are active (walking that distance certainly counts as active) need a fair bit more! It would also be a major player in your having regained the weight.
I suggest that you start this journey off with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with, and allowing your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be something as simple as reducing soda, and mobilizing a wee bit more in the day. When your body/mind has gotten used to the change, add something else to the mix - maybe a couple or three extra pieces of fruit/veges?? :-)
When I first had to reduce my calories it was only by 250-450 calories per day. I dropped suddenly. It caused a lot of problems - nausea, light-headedness and even getting woken in the middle of the night suffering with it and hunger PAIN. I had to go back up and gradually work down - my Dietitian had given me 1400 calories - no range.
You will find if you make a SparkPage you will get more support from the members - they will be able to drop by and leave encouraging little messages. This has been proven to help us to reach our goals, and it is also a great way to form some real good friends on the way (and get loads of SparkGoodies :-)
Take care, Kris
3/18/13 1:32 A
I am 34 y/o, 5'2" and 240 pounds. Rather inactive as well (I walk to work which is about a mile per day, 4-5 times per week).
I lost 55 pounds about 4 years ago using calorie counting and walking but, I was VERY obsessed. I would limit myself to about 1200 calories per day and 4-5 miles of walking. I remember being so dizzy that I had to sit in a parking lot and then cried all the way home quite a few times. I would lean on trees from dizziness but, I kept on going. It gave me something to think about OTHER THAN my recent broken engagement.
Needless to say...I was "happy" again and was back to my regular self. And I gained all the weight PLUS more back.
Which leads me to today...and I want to make a change.
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