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  • v FIT4MEIN2013

    Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

    Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

    Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

    Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

    Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

    MEASURE YOU SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
    TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. DO it immediately after you eat if not before.
    MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several week I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.
    The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.

    1101 days ago
  • v TONYAB2000
    Hi! Welcome to SparkPeople!! We have a wealth of information on weight loss, fitness, diet, & lifestyle changes that are instrumental in helping you get started and keep going on your new journey. Also, the teams and challenges are great ways to meet people and get encouragement, help, support, and friendship from likeminded people. I wish you the best on your journey. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or just need a friendly chat.
    1101 days ago
  • v MICKEY543
    emoticon You can do it!

    I'm still very new to SparkPeople but have used the trackers and tools faithfully. I have just completed my second full week, and I feel fantastic! I've lost 5 pounds and have not had a drink. (It would be great if there were emoticons for weeks, months, years of sobriety.) emoticon
    1102 days ago
    Wow thanks everyone , day two and so much to see and learn about to site I am pretty excited, i will post pics and stuff next week , right now trying to find my way through the site , i joined a team yesterday walking 10thousand step now i need to find where that was yikessss

    I did great yesterday and followed my plan so far so good today , just need to increase water intake...

    Thanks for the support everyone and wishing everyone all the best

    1102 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.

    1102 days ago
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