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.
I want to congratulate you on making this journey. I began my own journey a few years ago and though my pace has been slow I have lost over 100 pounds! You can have success too!
What an experience you are having living in China. Take advantage of the fresh produce. Every area has it's own but fruits and vegetables are great high volume low calorie foods. Remember to focus on lean proteins and low or no fat dairy.
This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.
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Welcome to SP and good luck on your quest for a healthier you..
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Fitness Minutes: (27,986)
3,743 4/25/13 8:43 A
to Spark People!
I don't know anything about British or Chinese ingredients, never having lived in either place (though I like to eat Chinese cuisine in America!). I'm sure some people on here would know, though. Members are from around the world.
I do know this site has lots of wonderful and healthy recipes. I don't know how many of the ingredients are readily available where you are, though.
It sure seems as though the more healthful foods cost more than the "junk" foods. It could be that way everywhere. They say water is the best drink around, but I much prefer tea, as it adds flavor to the water (and I heard somewhere recently that China has the best variety of teas around).
Fitness Minutes: (307)
4/25/13 4:40 A
I am 19 years old and I am currently living in China! I think I am very lucky. I was swimming since birth so my arms have always been pretty naturally toned and my Mum made sure we had healthy home cooked meals very often. So, for about 5 years I was 9 stone and always naturally tall and thin. I never tried to eat healthily myself, I snacked when I wanted, I didn't really do much exercise but did if I wanted.... I just never thought about any of it before! We didn't own a microwave until around a year ago so there was none of that! She is a pro on SparkPeople too so that's how I know about this. She has found it very helpful over the years and she frequently talks about her friends and how her sparking has been going. The tables have turned now though... I always lived in fear of the day when I'd wake up and have a belly, or when I'd suddenly move from my 9 stone that I've gotten so used to. And I think that day has come. Well...... Those months. I came to China 8 months ago and have 2 more months to go. Living out here has thrown my eating and slight exercise patterns completely off the table! I get paid very little so can't always afford to buy everyday British things. The Chinese supermarkets are very different so making a normal English meal is made a lot harder! And in was -20 - -40 for literally 5 months, so the times where I would've gotten exercise from walking to and from school (where I teach) were instantly gone as it was just too painful to be outside for so long. My bedroom is so small it literally fits my bed and the door space in so I spent most of my time sitting/lying in bed on my computer - when I'm not teaching.
I really need help! I've asked my friend who luckily happens to be a personal trainer, to put together a training schedule for me but I know I should also start to really work on what I'm eating. It's crazy here... Fizzy drinks are cheaper than fruit juice and the prices of some fruits is really mad compared to the other things here!
So please help me if you are good at substituting British ingredients for weird and wonderful ones that I could get here, if you know easy recipes for a girl still learning how to cook with lovely Mum by my side and hey, if you just want to know some more about me and my life in China! I am completely up for making new friends on here!
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