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Fitness Minutes: (55,520)
9,872 6/17/12 11:36 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!
Natural Carbs are contained in veggies... how about pre-mixed veggie bowls that you can grab instead of the sugary foods? Also, drink water with it.
With that said, are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.
When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.
Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.
Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.
Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!
This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.
Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine on "fighting the fire":
, so glad you joined us here at spark, getting active with teams and individuals will keep you motivated and moving forward, I wish you the best on your journey to wellness and believe that you will be able to accomplish ALL that you set out too, this is an awesome start to a new you!
Fitness Minutes: (46,770)
4,868 6/15/12 2:15 P
Hi Cammy! Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 70 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
For mid-afternoon snack when craving sugar, try fresh fruit or greek yogurt with fruit. You can even add some whipped cream to those and it's like a dessert. Also, a healthy protein snack and then gum works. Fiber granola bars are a good choice, too.
Fitness Minutes: (98,973)
21,440 6/15/12 12:04 P
Hi and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!
There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.
If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.
That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.
I want to share with you how badly I lack in will power. I've been fighting with carbs and sugar almost all of my life. I just can't seem to give them up. I can try for a few hours, but around a certain time of the day, my body seems to be craving it. It's like a drug addict figuratively speaking. If there's any advice that can be offered, I'm highly interested and I welcome all.
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