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BILL60 Posts: 284,635
3/26/13 8:02 A

Welcome to SP, where the rubber meets the road.

LKEITHO SparkPoints: (255,984)
Fitness Minutes: (213,190)
Posts: 13,571
3/25/13 8:29 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
3/25/13 9:05 A

Along with welcoming you to Spark People, I want to encourage you to be gentler on yourself about the struggle you've had with weight. Take it easy - this happens to a lot of people! I think bringing an elliptical home was a great idea - that eliminates traveling and paying for exercise opportunities. Tracking food will probably help a lot. And no more weird diets and trying to lose a lot fast, cuz it will just come right back on really fast! Be sane about food, slow and sure and permanent is better than fast! Take care of yourself kindly. Spark ON!

BILL60 Posts: 284,635
3/25/13 7:57 A

Welcome to SP and the very best on your journey.

DEB2448 Posts: 154,219
3/25/13 1:50 A

Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.

ELMUMS SparkPoints: (215)
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3/25/13 12:46 A

I'll start by saying I'm 25 and up until I started having kids I was fine with my weight. I was even ok with my weight after having my last child. I was a little uncomfortable with my 'mommy' belly but it wasnt anything that bothered me as much as my body does now. Two and a half years after I had my last child I started gaining weight and by the time I got out of denial I had gained 30 plus pounds. I stepped on the scale one day and was shocked. The last time I had weighed that much I was 9 months pregnant. I joined a gym and with that I had a 'trainer' and a 'meal plan'. I was told that if I worked out this much and only ate these foods (mostly protein bars and lean cuisines) I'd lose an average of one pound a day. To me this sounded too good to be true but I tried it for 3 months. It was difficult to go to the gym as often as I was told I should because the hours it was open left me on a tight schedule. I work 30 minutes from my home and by the time my other half was home to watch the kids I'd have to rush out of the house to get to the gym before the 30 miniutes before closing. Luckily the gym was only a few blocks from my house. By the end of my 3 month membership I had lost 11 pounds and was starting to get toned. I was feeling good. Then came time to renew my membership but unfortunately it was a little too expensive for me at the time so I decided to do alot of walking instead and stick with the meal plan. It was good for a while. A few months later I joined the only other gym in my town which was alot cheaper and was open 24/7. I went most nights for 30-45 minutes. I used the elliptical (love it) and the bike machines. I wasn't losing anymore weight but rather maintaining my weight which was fine because I was feeling good. A few months later my gym closed with the promise that a new and better gym that was more centrally located would be opening within weeks. Well it actually took 9 months for the new one to open and by then I had slipped back into my old bad habits and gained back the weight plus some. Now feeling huge and severly uncomfortable I'm ready to start this again. I bought an elliptical for my house. Summer is right around the corner and I'm determined to lose some weight before the heat kicks into high gear. I'm starting to feel uncomfortable when my other half looks at me. I'm starting to feel like he's finally noticing how much weight I've gained. I hardly ever feel attractive. I don't want to be social at all because of my weight. I actually dred being invited somewhere. I'm overall embarrassed about my body and that I've let it get this bad and that I cannot keep up with my kids. Friends and family keep telling me not to worry about it I look fine but when I look into the mirror or step onto the scale I don't feel fine. So tomorrow when I wake up it'll be a new start. The start to a better, healthier lifestyle!

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