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How many times have I attempted to lose weight over the years? Well, let me count the ways ( oh forget it - too numerous to mention!) I finally gave in and joined a fitness club earlier this month so this is like the last stand. It's not easy losing weight at 50 as it was at 25 and my scale, my doctors's and the gym's just seem to love the number 150. The reasons to lose weight are far beyond getting in to a particular outfit. It's about being healthy. I want to avoid hypertension and diabetes and all those ailments that extra pounds can create. I am happy to be here and I ask for your support and I pledge to support you as well.

I have been a member of this community for close to four years and I've lost and gained and lost and gained and now I'm back with a Spark in my eyes and a pep in my step amd I'm ready to lose those unwanted pounds and inches. May the Force be with me!

Much success to all of us!

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~Earl Nightingale

Member Since: 9/10/2004

Fitness Minutes: 4,617

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To be healthy and to show gratitude for this body God has blessed me with.

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Just started 2 days ago so am getting myself acclaimated to the program. I'm going to do some exercises and try to drink water.

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  • v JIBBIE49

    I'm reading the BECK DIET SOLUTION, which isn't a "diet" but she teaches how to THINK like a THIN person. (Got a copy from the library.) I recommend it to everyone. (We have a support team here at Sparks.)
    Walking for five minutes is better than walking for zero minutes. Exercise is essential even if I don't do very much at first. I can build up the amount that I do over time, but I have to start somewhere.
    Hunger is never an emergency. It is only mildly uncomfortable. I can tolerate it. It will come and go.
    I really do deserve credit for breaking old habits and it is essential for building my confidence. Once my confidence grows everything will become so much easier.
    If I want to lose weight permanently, I can't make exceptions. I'd rather be thinner. I can't overeat on week-ends or any other time.
    I have to develop the habit of eating every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I can fully enjoy it. It is worth developing this habit, so that I can have a lifetime of being thinner.
    I'm not going to let any minor setback ruin everything I've accomplished. One mistake doesn't ruin my diet, but falling back into old habits will.
    I will recommit to my diet right here, right now!
    Exercise is not negotiable for good health. It needs to be a daily lifetime habit and I need to make it so. The hardest part is getting started. I'll feel so much better when I'm done. So get started!
    OH WELL! I'm going to ignore this craving. I'm going to do something and let it subside. I'm turning my attention to something else, like exercise.
    2821 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    2923 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/2/2010 9:46:29 AM
    Hey there! Just noticed we have similar goals. Good luck to you!!
    2924 days ago
  • v CHARIA
    I'm hanging in there and I've resumed going to the gym. I'm not looking at the total amount of weight I'd like to lose; instead I'm focusing on losing 5 lbs. That seems so achieveable. Like any big goal you want to accomplish you need to break down each task to make that goal more manageable. So I'm focusing on exercise, drinking the 4 or 5 glasses of water (I can't do 8 yet) but 4 or 5 is better than none. Once I'm settled in to these 2 things, I'll go for those fruits and veggies (the most I get right now is 2.) Some people can plunge in to everything at one time but I've learned that doesn't work for me, therefore I'm going to do it my way and gradually work toward achieving my ultimate goal.

    What about you? How are you managing?
    3110 days ago
  • v CHARIA
    I've been away for so long. I gained, I lost, I gained.....well, you get the picture. I'm starting again slowly but surely one day at a time. For those of you who sent e-mails and checked in, Ithank you for your support. It means more than you'll ever know. emoticon
    3194 days ago
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