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FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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10/29/13 2:22 P

If you sign up for the emails (on your start page or through your profile) you will get new exercises in your inbox regularly which will give you a chance to learn new routines and find something that you like.

I also recommend creating your Sparkpage. Make it public so we can encourage you and help celebrate your successes!

Now about motivation.... 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 YOUR 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 weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.
The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.

NICHWILL2 SparkPoints: (44)
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10/29/13 2:13 P

Hello everyone:

I just signed up for Sparks because, like many of you, I am tired of being fat! I have a wonderful husband who loves me unconditionally and a 3yr old son that is the apple of my eye. But I cant say I want to do this for them. I want to do this for ME! I have tried so many gimmicks and am too scared (and too broke) to have weight loss surgery. I have lost weight before but put it back on during pregnancy. I am 41 and it is time to have the body I know I was meant to have. No pills, no starving and no giving up!.

I would appreciate any advice you all have on good exercises for me. I love to walk but I am ready to have a good routine in place. Thank you for allowing me to join! WE CAN DO THIS!


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