Welcome to Spark People. Your story sounds all too familiar. Overweight, loose it, find it, and it gets more difficult to loose as we get older. I had pretty much given up and then signed up for a 3 month gym membership. I learned that the slow metabolism could truly be kick started with exercise and got motivated. With a balance of exercise and healthy eating I have experienced more success than I expected. Remember I had virtually given up. The tools available at Spark People help to keep me on track. Tracking some goals, using the nutrition tracker and exercise trackers have kept me accountable. I have been so encouraged by the many people who are willing to share their success stories. Hope you quickly find your place here and experience success in your desire to live a healthier life style. Welcome.
to SP and the Keep It Simple team! Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. The key is perseverance and consistency-take it one day at a time and you will see results! It will be hard at times, but just keep at it, you will win this battle! I Have been with SP for almost 2 years and still going strong! It really helps! If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the top of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start. Good luck!! 1524 days ago
You have decided to take care of YOU! How wonderful. You will see that you are not alone. We all have struggles and I too have struggles in the past. I am maintaining now but struggle at times when I go a pound or two over my maintenance range. It scares me when I do that.
it together. We'll help you keep a positive attitude. You wil succeed! 1526 days ago
Good for you. As a school teacher, you must have lots of stress in your life. Exercise is a great stress-buster. Turn up those toons & turn of that stress. There are some great motivators on SP, and all kinds of people to help you. Great recipes too !!! 1526 days ago
I am relatively new too this too... There are some great suggestions in the message from Ragamuffinkel. Try not to do too much at once, set small goals, like tracking your food and water -the good and not so good. as the weeks go by add more things. One of the things I added is recording the times I eat in the note section - I have a feeling when it gets tougher I will find that information valuable.