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JMCROF SparkPoints: (7,520)
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12/31/12 11:55 A

As so many others, I say start today! I would like to add...start small. Don't jump in and hit the ground running but make small changes and add to them. That's why you should start today. Just get use to logging your food. Just watching what you ARE eating will help you. It makes me thinwk twice about that second piece of fudge when I know I have to put it in my food diary. The same with exercise. Don't start at 5 miles but maybe a mile and some weight training. You don't want to burn yourself out by trying to do everything and feeling discouraged when you don't measure up to what you want or are to sore to do more.

12/31/12 3:27 A

Yes, I managed to complete 60 minutes of low cardio activity by walking on the treadmill. I am trying to be consistent and walk daily without injury.

Activity record from 11:43am to 12:43pm
Duration 1hr
Cals burned247
Distance 2.92 mi
Pace 20:32/mi

ZRIE014 Posts: 43,293
12/31/12 12:20 A

run for 54 min

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (185,593)
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12/30/12 11:53 P

Best thing about having a good treadmill is that it is ready absolutely any time, so you are never a slave to a gym schedule or the weather or the time of day. Mine has been one the secrets to my success, since it's always there as a way to keep me on track. I've even been for a run on it at 10pm just to get my planned workout in for the day. (Not often - but I've done it!)

I agree with everyone else -- don't wait for the 2nd. Just on there and get moving, and make it a habit! And remember -- you don't have to kill yourself to do your body a lot of good. (Ignore the "Biggest Loser" mentality -- it may work in the short term, but believe me, you can't keep it up at that intensity forever and when you fall off that wagon, you fall hard.) It took me a while to figure out that going "all out" every time I worked out just wore me out, got me injured, and didn't really give me the benefit I was looking for anyway. Go hard sometimes - to test your limits and make yourself stronger -- but the real key to success is just getting in your regular, moderate workouts (together with watching what you eat, both during the diet phase and after you reach goal).

Congrats on making this investment in your health. Enjoy!!

SHELMIKK20 SparkPoints: (4,408)
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12/30/12 10:57 P

Might as well start asap :))

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/30/12 10:40 P

Start today, and tomorrow, and every single day after that!
Good luck, you can do this! And you have all the tools you need.

TINKER112 Posts: 72
12/30/12 10:25 P

Kristen, you are an inspiration. OMG....looked at your before and after and you have to be happy. You look great. I'm really inspired now and know I can do it. I am 47, but you know what? I don't look it as i've been told. I just need the body now so I'm going to be looking for words of encouragement and you seem to have done just what I want to do. Wish me luck. emoticon

SARBEAR126 Posts: 120
12/30/12 9:16 P

I agree - start today! I used so many excuses to avoid my treadmill, but always remember "you never regret a workout when you are done".

When starting out, I remember being so excited everytime I would cut more time off my first mile. Set personal goals for yourself along the way to help you stick with it.

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TO-BE-AMAZING SparkPoints: (906)
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12/30/12 12:45 P

Start today! You'll feel so much better!

RANNYJEAN SparkPoints: (773)
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12/30/12 12:13 P

I so feel the same way, wishing you the best of luck!

IVFNURSE2 SparkPoints: (1,563)
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12/30/12 11:03 A

I'm with the others. Hop on that treadmill today - even if all you do is try out the various workouts that are programmed for a few minutes.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/30/12 10:57 A

Suggest you get Bill Phillips book, "Body for Life" to give you a plan on how to best utilize your new treadmill. He has a 30 minute workout for most efficient calorie burn with a warm-up, cool-down and different intensity levels in between. Great guidance.

Treadmills are great. You can change your intensity level every minute so you don't get bored. Also can change incline to add intensity level.

Suggest you get or make a chart with start weight, and measurements (hips, waist) so you can watch your progress. A line on a chart shows what we tend to forget!

Set realistic goals of losing 1-2 pounds per week. Set realist exercise goals (walk before you start jogging)

Stay on SP for information, advice, and group support. Go for it!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/29/12 10:57 P

make today your January 2nd. Your body will thank you. Make your treadmill your best friend.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,961)
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12/29/12 5:18 P

Yeah, start today!

ARMARTIN527 SparkPoints: (15,818)
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12/29/12 5:12 P

I agree. Start today! If you're concerned about too many parties before now and January 2, the best thing you can do is get a good run in before. You'll have the added bonus of those carbs being absorbed into your muscles and used for recovery vice being converted to fat.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (189,251)
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12/29/12 4:56 P

I agree. Start today.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
12/29/12 4:44 P

Why January 2? Why not today?

TINKER112 Posts: 72
12/29/12 4:31 P

Ok, I am on board now. I have not stuck to anything since I joined this site. I think I have actually gained weight. Not acceptable. I just got a really nice treadmill. I have it up in spare room along with my exercise ball and all my other stuff to work out with. Come January 2nd, I am full on board and life is going to change. I can't wait to get started. No longer am I going to be wearing shirts that I have to pull over my belly or hide myself from my boyfriend of 4 years that has not even seen me naked. I am strong and I will do this for myself. I need you sparkpeople to keep me on track. I will continue to track my progress and hope for the best. Thank you for all the support.

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