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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/3/13 7:24 P

It's so frustrating when people do that. It happened to me so much I named my blog after it. ;)

I am pleased to report that it hasn't happened in over a year, now!

Here's how you lose this weight. It's both simple, and complicated, all at the same time.


Yep, that's it. You don't have to "diet" or prevent ourself from having the things you enjoy.

there are tools right here to help you with this. Your goal for this week:

Start tracking your food. I don't mean just guessing, either. Weigh and measure everything! If you don't have a food scale, go get one; you can get a very nice one for less than $20 at Walmart (I paid $14). Don't guess! Only 11% of Americans accurately know what they're eating, and I doubt you're one of them. ;) I know I'm not! Don't try to eyeball it.

Don't worry about "dieting" or restricting yourself. Your goal for this week is to figure out where you are, not where you're going. By tracking for a week without making changes, you KNOW what you are dealing with.

once you've done that, you can start making smart choices and small changes. You know how I started this journey? by mixing my pasta with half whole wheat, and restricting my portions. I could eat whatever I wanted, but I had to eat less of it... no more eating half a pizza, I can only have two!

Over this time, I've started adding more vegetables, more whole grains, and making all around healthier choices about everything.

This isn't all or nothing, either. This isn't a journey of perfection. Make baby steps, and over time, you'll find you start to see them adding up to big changes.

NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
2/3/13 7:06 P

First of all, welcome! While our particular stories differ, we're all here to try to lead a healthier lifestyle.

My first suggestion to you would be to take an honest evaluation of where you are. Do you know your starting weight and measurements? You'll want to look back on those throughout your journey so you can see how far you've come.

Second, what small goals do you want to start with? Exercise? Drinking water? Calorie tracking?

Third, do you have the tools you need on your journey?

For instance, if you're ready to tackle your calorie intake, do you have a kitchen scale and measuring cups and spoons so that you can track your calories? If so, have you decided how you'll look up the calories you're consuming (SparkPeople tracker or calorie counting book, etc.)?

Be sure to turn to SparkPeople with any specific questions you have. You'll find a lot of people ready and willing to give support!

HOOKCHICK Posts: 143
2/3/13 5:48 P

Just get started! My motto is "Do something; something is better than nothing!" Start by using the nutrition tracker on here. That will give you some idea of how good or bad your diet truly is. Then, start making small improvements to your diet every day. Start getting some exercise every day, even if it's just walking in place for 10 minutes. Something is better than nothing! Getting started is the hardest part, after that it's not quite so hard; keep that in mind. You can do it!

HAPPINESSX101 Posts: 89
2/3/13 4:08 P

Ok here goes. I have a very big stomach and gut. I look like I am carrying triplets. A lot of people ask me if I am pregnant. No no and no, I need to lose this weight, but I am not sure how. No matter what I eat I just gain gain gain. I hate it. It makes me so depressed.
Any suggestions?

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