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EATIN2MUCH SparkPoints: (0)
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8/31/13 11:14 P

Thanks everyone! I'm working on a plan, and taking baby steps. I have already given up soda about four months ago, so that was a big thing for me. My next plan is to get on my treadmill for at least 30 minutes each day. I have been trying to find more time for reading, so I think my kindle will help me accomplish both goals. By Tuesday I hope you have a plan for lunches so I can avoid the grazing all day. That should help me get started. I appreciate all your encouragement and ideas!

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8/31/13 9:54 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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8/31/13 8:57 P

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 YOU 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 week I trie the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.

Oh, yeah..and here is your kick in the butt- emoticon

LETHA_ Posts: 4,621
8/31/13 6:23 P

Welcome to Spark People. It’s a great resource for meeting your goals.
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BEFITNHEALTHY SparkPoints: (548)
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8/31/13 5:46 P

Best of luck to you! YOU CAN DO IT! I have been loosing weight, and I still am loosing weight, and in all honesty, I think your best bet to success is having that support system of people being right there with you! That's why this site is great!!

When I started it was hard, but now I love my new lifestyle, and I enjoy meeting new people on here and helping them and in the meantime they are helping me get closer to my goals as well!

My advice! Be active on here, STAY POSITIVE, and remember that it doesn't happen overnight, but in time you will see results, and your body will thank you!

EATIN2MUCH SparkPoints: (0)
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8/31/13 5:34 P

I joined SparkPeople about two years ago, and only lasted a few days. I haven't had much luck, honestly haven't really tried, losing weight on my own, so here I am trying again. I would really like to lose 50 pounds. I know I would feel better and have more energy if I could just get started. I'm 46, I work full time, and I never take my lunch to work. I usually end up working through my lunch time anyway. This all results in me 'grazing' at my desk while I work. I have a treadmill and exercise bike at home, but can't seem to be consistent in using it. I guess what I need is motivation. I have done Weight Watchers in the past and had success with it, but I honestly don't want to spend the money paying for the meetings. In this economy, that just seems like an extra that I can't do right now. My weaknesses are sweets and vending machine crap at work. I'm just tired of being uncomfortable and not having any energy, and really tired of feeling like I don't look good in anything I wear. Please share you wisdom, and feel free to kick me in the butt and get me started.

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