I am 44 and so far have lost just over 20 lbs on spark people. I still have another 20 or so to go. I have reached some significant milestones on my journey so far. I went down two clothing sizes, fit into my favorite jeans and have a workout schedule that I stick to. I treat myself to one meal a week where I make choices to stray off plan just for the meal. The very next moment, I get right back on plan. I am so looking forward to spring and summer 2011 because I plan on taking advantage ...
I am 44 and so far have lost just over 20 lbs on spark people. I still have another 20 or so to go. I have reached some significant milestones on my journey so far. I went down two clothing sizes, fit into my favorite jeans and have a workout schedule that I stick to. I treat myself to one meal a week where I make choices to stray off plan just for the meal. The very next moment, I get right back on plan. I am so looking forward to spring and summer 2011 because I plan on taking advantage of outdoor activities and reaching my final goal during the summer.
Eat smarter and healthier without depriving myself of food groups. Eat in moderation MOVE MORE and see progress regularly.
I really do eat what I want but very aware of portions. I cook and pack most of my meals and eat almost no processed foods.
I'm a 44 year old yo yo dieter and I live in New Jersey. I am married and have a 13 year old boy and a 15 year old boy. I am an accountant so I am very sedentary at work so I have to add movement to my day in other ways.
I like to cook but my 13 year old is a picky eater. I have challenges in trying to cook healthy foods that everyone will eat or at least try. My husband and I LOVE onions but my kids hate them and there is often an "onion struggle" in the house! LOL.
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. You're off to a great start already!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom 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.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!