Thanks for the friend add. I have no doubt that you will be participating in a 5K before you know it! If you can walk an hour, you can do a 5K, or if you can walk/jog for 45 minutes. It really is very exciting and when you finish, it is such an accomplishment.
(¯`♥´¯) .♥.*¨`*♫.♥ .´*.¸.´♥ Welcome to Spark People!
One thing I would suggest is: Keep collecting Spark Friends like candy!! It is calorie free and they always give you something to "chew on"!!
You can just "friend" them...no need to ask. We are friendly and don't bite!
You can find motivation and inspiration from everyone here, even those that are struggling (because you know how they feel!!) Welcome new people, Join teams, blog, join challenges, blog, be excited, blog. And did I mention: blog? The future fabulous you will want to look back at your journey and will want to encourage others!! When the excitement wanes (it WILL!!) put down your pom poms and lurk in the background, (but don't leave and don't do too much damage) and wait for the tide to turn...pick up your oars and keep rowing.
You can do this!!
Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand the process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away. -Bryant McGill
°..¸ღ¸☆´ (¯`♥´¯) .♥.*¨`*♫.♥ .´*.¸.´♥ We can do it one day at a time!!
Glad you feel inspired! Key for me was finally accepting that a few months of deprivation and then back to eating what I liked hadn't worked long term in the past and wouldn't in the future. So - I had to look for lower calorie foods and recipes that I wanted to eat regularly.
Using the food tracker daily and looking back over the week to see where all my calories were going helped me see where I needed to cut down on portion sizes and what was working. Now I think I know quite a lot about the right things to eat but doing that really threw up a few surprises.
I've lost 32 pounds since I started, put a couple back on and have been on a plateau for a few months. But if I'm honest I've been doing a bit of emotional chocolate eating due to some family stress and I've been slacking on the food tracking. So I know as soon as I crack back down I'll be losing some more and at least I can keep better control now and not pile it back on.