My name is Dina, and I live in Southern New Jersey somewhere between Long Beach Island and Atlantic City. I'm a Technical Writer/Editor, and I work from home full time. No kids, no pets, no current relationship--I'm as free as a bird! :)
I have been overweight my whole life and have watched my family and friends suffer from many diseases that could have been prevented with a healthy diet and exercise program. I do NOT want to be another statistic! I have learned a lot about clean eating (a la Michael Pollan), and I have been making good food choices, but I need help with exercise. It's just not fun for me!
I've learned that I need a goal to look forward to for motivation. Just wanting to look sexy in a smaller size isn't enough for me. In October 2011, I walked a 116-mile pilgrimage in Italy. I had to lose weight and get fit so I could do it--and I did it! I lost 55 pounds on Weight Watchers, but then quit the program when I returned from Italy. I had become fed up with counting PointsPlus and listening to their sales pitch of unhealthy packaged food and overpriced products. I thought I could continue to lose weight on my own, but instead I have gained back 30 pounds. AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!!
In my defense, 2012 was a year of many challenges for me. My mother passed away on August 4th after a long illness, my dad had heart surgery, I started a new (great!) job, started working from home instead of an office, and my town was hit very hard by Superstorm Sandy. Yep, was a difficult year.
I'm discouraged about my weight gain in 2012, but I'm back on track. I'll be turning 50 on January 20, 2013, and I want to start my 50s looking fit & healthy.
Many thanks to my former coworker, Angela Lundberg, who turned me on to SparkPeople and is a constant source of motivation and inspiration. Thanks, Ang!
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| current weight: 192.5
I lost my dad in March and I know what you are feeling. It's a whole host of feelings that surface at the most inopportune times and there is never any pattern to them. We are all in this together. Whether we have thirty pounds to lose or three hundred when it comes down to it the most important lesson I have learned is that of balancing body, mind and spirit.
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1635 days ago
Welcome to SP. I just read Michael Pollan this summer. Better late than never. I really admire his writing style...I learned so much!
1645 days ago
Hi Dina, I am so sorry about your loss of your mom. Allow yourself time to grieve...time that you need just for you. There are no time limits or special ways to grieve. This is something you will do in your own way. However I wanted to welcome you to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
1651 days ago