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BILL60 Posts: 904,018
10/31/13 5:51 A

Welcome to SP.

-SHAWN- Posts: 25,252
10/31/13 3:39 A

Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

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 emoticon emoticon

10/30/13 5:04 P

Hi Jeanne, I read your post and so much of it reminds me of me!! I too have PCOS and was 100 pounds overweight. The hormonal imbalance definitely makes everything harder. I'm glad you were diagnosed in your twenties...I was 33 when I finally found out and then everything, all those "undesirable things," finally added up...that was 13 years ago. All I can say is that there are so many great people on this site, so much encouragement and good advice, try to stay focused on your goals and keep coming back here for the support. One day at a time..

CAPTATHLETICA SparkPoints: (3,771)
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10/30/13 4:45 P

Jeane, never give up! Welcome to the site. There are so many helpful tools and people here and you should never feel alone. I am here if you ever need anything. When you feel like giving up, think about how you want to be here longer for your daughter, how you want to be happier, and every other goal you set when you decided to get healthy. I'm barely going to be 1 month in and my life has changed dramatically. I am no longer sad, angry, irritable, or anything! I feel amazing! You can feel amazing too. I wish you the best of luck

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10/30/13 4:21 P

Hi Jeanne! So glad you're on here and asking for help with your health/weight goal~good for you! I really appreciate the advice fit4mein2013 gave you. I, too, have just begun a change in lifestyle, eating, exercising for health reasons. As you know, you can have the brain knowledge but still not be ready~it's when it gets deep inside your heart that you begin to have the will to do this. So, I'm praying for you to have the will to do this for you and for your daughter. Hugs and prayers!

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10/30/13 10:13 A

emoticon Hi, Jeanne!

You came to the right place. I have lost 134# here at Sparkpeople. You can do it, too!
Here are my suggestions on how to get 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 YOUR 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 weeks 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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10/30/13 5:54 A


DEB2448 Posts: 197,056
10/30/13 2:14 A

Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.

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10/30/13 1:23 A

Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. I am a single mom of a beautiful 9 year old daughter and I want to be healthy and teach her to be healthy. I have struggled with my weight my whole life but really gained weight during and after my pregnancy (about 50 lbs) and later gained 50 more lbs on top of that. I am an emotional eater and I really struggle with sticking to any plan . I am going to try my best because I want to change. I am open to meeting friends and accountability partners on here. I really need help. I've tried to do it myself several times in the last 2 years and failed. I frankly can not do it by myself and need support and this website. I would love anyone to comment on hear and share their story, progress, struggles, achievements, and anything they want. Thank you for reading this and I am trying to stay positive and take this day by day. :)

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