JLYNN634, you've already started! You have come to SparkPeople, set up your page and your tracker and are asking for help! That is awesome!
Now, if you haven't already set up your goal and found your calorie range, go ahead and do that. Nutrition is the main component to losing weight. Exercise is great, but calories are the key.
If you're not sure how to eat right, which is where I was when I started, look at Sparkrecipes and read the Nutrition articles right here on the site. One thing that REALLY helped me a lot was to find a good breakfast, a good lunch and a good snack and repeat them daily. Too many choices make me a mess, so having the same things, or close variations thereof was easy and easy to follow. For example, for b-fast I would have a greek yogurt smoothie with Chia seeds and frozen fruit. It's just under 300 calories and has a ton of protein and good carbs, as well as fiber. For lunch a salad with black beans, avocado, all kinds of veggies, really, and some low-calorie dressing like Bolthouse Farms Greek Yogurt Ranch. Then for snack, carrots or celery with 2 tbls peanut butter.
Make sure to measure your food. I had major portion distortion. When I saw what 2 Tbls of PB looked like for real, I was shocked. It really, really helps to measure.
As for exercise, if you're out of shape, start with walking. It's free, you can do it outside and if you have one, you can also listen to music or podcasts on your iPod or iPhone. And then it also makes you feel so good.
One piece of advice I got from others here was to NOT beat myself up if I ate not-so-well, or went over my calorie range for the day (or week), or missed a workout. Just dust yourself off and keep going. Don't give up! One day at a time, or one hour at a time, Just Do It.
Come to these boards and ask questions, vent, cry, whatever, and you will get great advice from people who have been there and know where you are- they are invaluable.
I started doing Jillian Michaels workout videos and LOVE them, even though they kick my butt. My batwings have gone and are being replaced by toned triceps. I never even knew that was possible! I also have started reading her books, which are very inspiring.
You can do this, girl! It's not going to be easy, but it is SO worth it!
Edited by: COANNIE at: 7/26/2013 (12:26)