Fitness Minutes: (82,445)
9,561 6/2/13 3:50 P
Welcome Renae!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!
BTW, my personal motivational phase is "I can do this!"
Fitness Minutes: (185,851)
50,991 5/30/13 1:45 A
WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
Fitness Minutes: (151,941)
12,193 5/29/13 9:40 P
Hi Renae, Welcome to SP! You will find lots of support and motivation here. Members are knowledgeable and supportive. SP is a lifestyle change and eating healthier is a good place to start. One of the best ways to stay motivated and accountable is to be active on your Spark Teams. Plus, you can meet Spark Friends with similar interests or challenges.
Please believe in yourself! Do you have some people around you that can help support you? If not, there are people here that you can buddy with!
It's great to have you with us. This is a great community of people who are striving to lead a healthier lifestyle.
For me, it has really helped to consider this a lifestyle change. I've been on SparkPeople on and off since 2007 but every day is still a day when I have to choose whether to exercise or not, whether to eat healthy or not...
SparkPeople has a great page with hundreds of motivational quotes. Peruse them and maybe print some off (I have one stuck to my fridge right now!) Here's the link: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quot es.asp
Many people here find it helpful to start slowly and make a couple things into good, solid habits (for example, tracking foods or exercise or drinking water). When those things are solid, then they add some more.
Explore the great tools here on SparkPeople and ask questions if you have any.
After you've gotten used to the tools, I would also encourage you to consider writing a couple of blogs. It can be a great way to share your success and your struggles, and get specific feedback and support from people who can relate.
Like many of you, I'm sure, I've been on the weight-loss roller coaster for many years. From my teens, I slowly crept up to the 180 range, where I stayed until I quit smoking. Then, when that happened, I gained another 50 lbs ... lost 40 of them ... gained it all back ... lost 20 ... gained it all back ... and now here I sit, again, needing to lose a boatload of weight and am just really unsure that I can do it. And it feels hopeless to try, because I feel that I need such a MAJOR lifestyle modification. I've done it in the past, but it was soooo much work ... and then the weight came right back once I stopped counting calories and working out. I could give you a gigantic list filled with excuses for why I don't think I'll be able to do this.
On the other hand, I am SOOOO tired of obsessing about my weight. It has been a thorn in my heart for almost 30 years now -- even earlier! I can't believe that I thought I was "fat" when I was back in high school. I weighed 117 lbs at 5'4". What I wouldn't give to be that "fat" again :)
So I don't know -- I love reading about others' successes, and seeing the before and after pics. It's motivational. I used to think that quitting smoking was the hardest thing ever, but this is much more difficult. Once the nicotine cravings stopped, it was over. This seems to NEVER be over -- and even when it is "looking good," I know that I could easily gain it all back again.
Does anyone have any motivational words or phrases that got them through? Do I need a mental shift? What is my problem here?!? I "think" that I want more than anything to lose the weight once and for all so that I can FEEL good ... but yet I don't work out ... don't count calories ... and just sit here in my chair, avoiding mirrors and feeling terrible.
Sorry for the "woe is me" post. I'm feeling kind of hopeless but still really do want to be able to do this....
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