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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
2/1/12 6:49 P

I can absolutely relate. Some days the last thing I want to do is go out for a run. I've read that the hardest step is the first one out the door and that is SO true. Once you get out that door and you get to the gym, you'll probably enjoy the zumba class. And if you're like me, you'll feel amazing after the workout - so much energy, such a positive attitude, such a great feeling. It's such a change from how I feel before I get out there.

And the pizza? You can eat it. Not all the time by any means, but like archimedes said, in moderation with a nice side salad, it's fine. I'm probably going out for wings tonight, but instead of an entire plate, I'll have 3 or 4 and eat a healthier entree with it.

I always remember a physics principle - an object at rest tends to stay at rest. An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Right now you're an object at rest. How much effort would it take to become an object in motion?

Just that first step out the door.

Good luck.

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2/1/12 11:19 A

hi emily, im feeling the same way. i was going very well for 2 weeks but now ive been doing bad for a few days. its hard to get back on the wagon but sparkpeople helps me stay on track and see that there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

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2/1/12 11:00 A

Hi Emily,

Welcome to the SparkPeople Family!

Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, perseverance and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks or months to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.

If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.

Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.

Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.

I wish you well!
Coach Nancy

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2/1/12 10:43 A

Hi, Emily ! Welcome to Spark People !!

First off, don't look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. Any healthy thing you do for yourself during the day IS a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a lifetime. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's not happening. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Can you eat pizza ? YES !! Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. Pizza, beer, a cheeseburger, donut, etc... can all be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion.

What to do ? Have your piece of pizza, but pair it with a big leafy green salad or a couple of pieces of fruit. If you don't have any fruit, go to the store and buy some. Start with simple changes. If you're not used to eating fruit every day, start with a piece at lunch or for snack.

As far as exercise, ditto, don't try to do everything at once. If you're not used to exercising for 60 minutes a day, then don't do 60 minutes a day. start with what you can do. If you enjoy zumba, take your zumba class. enjoy it. have fun. Don't get into the mentality that if you eat too much, you need to do more exercise. that's not a healthy way to look at good health. it assumes that if you eat too much you deserve to be punished. Do you really want to exercise for 1-2 extra hours because you ate more than you wanted ? Of course not !

All things in moderation. If you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. Will you see change overnight ? Nope. Will you see change in a week ? nope. Will you see change in a month ? Maybe.

Change takes time. So, take things slowly. Make those simple changes so that your healthy habits will become just that, a habit.

Patience, it's a virtue.

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2/1/12 10:13 A

I'm new here as of today. I am sitting at work thinking about the leftover deep dish pizza in my lunch box. I had a sudden burst of motivation this morning when I was signing up for the site, then remembered the fatty, calorie-ridden lunch that's waiting for me. There's a Zumba class at an area gym tonight, so I could go, but the bad-habits part of me would rather go home and nap. Is there anyone out there that can relate? I've walked this path many times and have always failed, so it feels easier to just not start again, rather than start and fail. If you've got motivation on your side, I could use some! Thanks for any responses!

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