Lenna, my mother-in-law, and me
I am a 49 year old mom with 5 grown children, who are my life, and a husband who is my best friend. I have been fighting the battle of the bulge all my life it seems. It is my goal to find an exercise that I love enough to get addicted so I can stay motivated and get healthy, since I am addicted to food and find it hard to control that habit.
I would like to stick to a diet and not feel like I'm on a diet.
I would like to exercise 5days aweek for 30 minutes and see progress.
I am giving the spark diet a chance.
I am walking my treadmill for 30 minutes 5 days a week.
I am happily married for 28 years to the man of my dreams. I am the mother of 5 exceptionally bright children. I am a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, and respond on the Ambulance of a small town in Northern Utah.
I like to read, watch movies, play with my grandson, watch my son play football, go for long walks, take pictures from the top of the mountains looking down on our little valley.
| Pounds lost: 16.0
Welcome to the Dealing with Depression Team!
Four pieces of advice from my own experience:
1. Make 1-3 small changes each week and build on them. Many times people try to make a bunch of changes or some very big changes right away, and when they aren't successful with those changes, they get frustrated and lose hope. You didn't get to where you are overnight. Don't expect to get fit and healthy overnight either!
2. Long term goals like, "I want to lose 50 pounds" are great, but you need to set intermediate (monthly) and short-term (weekly or daily) goals. When you establish these goals, also set up a system to reward yourself for achieving your goals.
3. Be active in the community. Join SparkTeams and post in the message boards. Blog regularly. Seek out and add new friends. The SparkPeople community is wonderfully supportive and encouraging. If it wasn't for the community, I'd have given up hope and quit a long time ago.
4. Reward yourself for successes, but do NOT punish yourself for mistakes! EVERYONE here has eaten too much, or skipped their scheduled exercises. Forget about it and move on. You can't change what you've done, but you can keep trying to do better. None of us are perfect. Strive for progress, not perfection!
Good luck on your journey! Feel free to message me or add me as a friend if you need advice, support, encouragement or just want to chat.
When you think about quitting, remember why you started. A year from now you don't want to be wondering where you'd be if you hadn't quit!
23 days ago
Hi, I'm excited to go out, thank you for suggesting it. My progress is slow. I started out strong. Trying to workout 1 hour in the morning and then riding my stationary bike in front of the tv for 1 hour in the evening. My problem is food. I can't quit eating. I need to follow a meal plan that I learned from OA.
I follow OA for a while then I get lost and forget about it, get desperate and go back; it's a cycle. I resubscribed to their magazine. I think that if I read an article every day it may help me to always remember and to stay on track. I saw that you joined. If you're ever interested there is a meeting in Logan once a week. I don't want to go alone, so if you ever want to go, let me know and I'll go with you. Maybe we could at least, work together.
1974 days ago
Hi, hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I'm trying to get motivated to get going again on Monday. Are you ready?
2005 days ago
Comment edited on: 12/28/2010 11:01:29 PM
Ahah! now i can spy on you.....what about zombies?
p.s. emoticons are really fun.
2375 days ago
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
2403 days ago