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CAROLINAKIWI Posts: 642
1/30/13 1:58 P

Just do this at your pace. Everyone is different in how their bodies respond. The babysteps are the answer. I am 71 years old and I have finally gotten it through my head that I can accomplish this goal and now I am half way there! Good luck and if you need someone to talk to just shoot me an email.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/29/13 3:59 P

Please take The Biggest Loser with a grain of salt. They way things go on there is often very unhealthy. Dehydration for bigger numbers, pushing workouts through injuries, etc. I do sometimes enjoy watching the show sometimes, I love seeing the transformations, but it is not real life. There was an interview with a contestant, I think her name was Kai, that was just eye opening about some of the things that go on there.

Now that that's out of the way, welcome. As has been said, start slow. Replace a juice or soda with water. After a couple of days, replace two. Eat smaller meals. Go for a walk. Start to track, weigh and measure your food. Add in a longer walk. Baby steps are key. Once I realized I didn't have to go b@lls to the wall from the get go, and that I didn't have to do X diet or eat only X, but not Y, I lost more weight that I ever had in the past, and I've (mostly) kept it off for a year now. There's tons of great info on this site. Browse around, ask questions when necessary, and get ready to make some great, healthy changes and habits!

NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
1/29/13 3:49 P

You already got a lot of good advice from the moderator, so I'll just say that we're glad to have you with us. Little steps make a big difference when they're part of a new healthy lifestyle.

I, too, love watching the Biggest Loser. I don't expect that kind of quick weight loss, but I do find it very motivating.

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1/29/13 1:25 P

MRSJ412,

Welcome to Spark People !! I'm going to give you one piece of advice I give to all new members and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Start with some simple changes first so that you don't feel overwhelmed. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It's not "all or nothing". It starts with a few simple changes because one small change CAN change your life !

You are not too old to make a difference or a change, you have to believe that. But, you have to be practical too. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

You have to start slowly. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. If you feel stressed out and don't know what to do, post on the forums. The Spark Community will support you.

But you have to be ready to do things that might take you out of your comfort zone. You might have to get up early in the morning to take a walk. You might have to spend more time in the grocery store making better selections. It's going to be a lot of work, but you have to tell yourself that you ARE worth all the effort !!

There is a lot to learn. That's why you need to start slowly. Start here.


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1/29/13 12:47 P

I have been struggling with my weight for over 30 years...I'm 41 and I'M TIRED. I've been watching the Biggest Loser, which I have never done before and I can't stop crying on and off. I understand these people's pain and I want someone to understand mine. I'm just a mess right now and decided to put my post here so I can just get it all out and do better...thanks for reading this.

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