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SCRAPPINPOLLY SparkPoints: (83,133)
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1/26/14 12:43 A

Hi and welcome to Spark People! It's great to have you here!! Jump right in, join a team or two and get the support and inspiration you need! We're all in this together and I wish you all the best on your journey.

LOVEROFJC SparkPoints: (41,198)
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1/25/14 6:06 P

Thank you Susie! That is exactly what I need to do! It's sunny out today here in Seattle and I'm going to work in the yard....that's my favorite form of exercise.

SUSIEDERKINS21 SparkPoints: (10,746)
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1/25/14 12:06 P

Tiger Lily is completely right! I'm just starting over with weight loss right now, but the last time I lost a significant amount of weight I started my exercise program like this:

1. Put on comfy walking clothes
2. Walked 5 minutes out and 5 minutes back, in my neighborhood

That's it, that's how I got started, and within 2 months my family and I were walking 2 miles three times a week in a walking park. The act of getting out there and making the effort, even though I SOOO didn't want to, helped me see that it wasn't so bad at all! You really can do it, and baby steps are still steps in the right direction. emoticon

LOVEROFJC SparkPoints: (41,198)
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1/25/14 7:10 A

Thank you Tiger Lilly!

TIGER_LILY_613 Posts: 519
1/24/14 7:16 P

You can do it. Really, you can.

One option is to join a team challenge here on Spark. Being in a group of people doing the same thing can be encouraging, because you get to talk about it, share experiences and have people encourage you and vice-versa.

Another option could be to start by doing something small that you like to do, and aim to do it for 5 minutes today. It doesn't have to be anything drastic, something simple like a walk is a good start. If you want to keep going after 5 minutes, then do, and don't forget to pat yourself on the back, because you made a small change, and these things add up !

Try to do 5 minutes for a week and see how you feel about it. The next week, aim for 10, etc. If you can find someone to go with you, that's even more fun :)

Slow and steady wins the race. You can totally do this emoticon


LOVEROFJC SparkPoints: (41,198)
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1/24/14 6:56 P

I want to begin, but seem unable to...... emoticon

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