Welcome! Thanks for introducing yourself. No matter where you are starting you made the largest step possible towards the direction of health. Congratulations! I hope you are sick & tired of being sick and tired enough to look at the food, or should I say: phood! choices that you've made that have made you feel this way. Possibly the best thing that you can do for yourself is to switch your diet over to a plant-based eating program. Eating as many vegies and fruits in their natural state is the best ticket for health and well-being. Drinking green smoothies daily is a great way to start doing this. There are links in my signature area that will help you learn about not only a plant-based healthy eating program but also green smoothies. Visit the links and take a look at my teams. You won't regret the visits.
Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly. Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind. Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life. Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration. Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals! If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you. God bless you on your journey to a healthier you. Hugs, Helen
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007 Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~Mary McLeod Bethune
"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
Fitness Minutes: (6,460)
1/21/12 9:17 P
I was sitting on the couch as I usually would do for hours. There was nothing on the on TV and nothing to mindlessly snack on. So I got up off the couch and went outside. It was a beautiful day. The temperature was just right and the sun was shinning. And then it hit me like a ton a bricks, what am I doing sitting around watching my life just pass me by. I am only 24 and I need to be out living life and having new experiences. But instead I find myself overweight with no energy and trying to fool myself into thinking that my current lifestyle makes me feel fulfilled. I knew what I had to do. I have to start making some drastic lifestyle changes! Although I have tried 1000 different times to lose the weight I wasn't successful. I realized all those other times I wasn't ready to really change the way I live. Now with my 1001 time I am ready to put in the hard work, patience, and discipline to commit myself to a new way of living. The adventure I have been looking for starts now! It's time for me to start living!!!
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