Good job on your pounds lost so far! How has the eating and exercising been going? I haven't lost in a week and a half but my husband says I'm the thinnest he's seen me in a long time I just have to keep at it and it will come off. I think part of my problem is I eat too much sodium. Anyway, have a good weekend! 1994 days ago
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.
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - 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' - 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.
If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Losing inches Definately isn't a bad problem to have. In fact, it is very common occurance at the begining of your journey to fitness, or even when you amp up your workouts. You are building new muscles, and since muscle weigh more than fat, there is even a poosibility that you could GAIN weight. that is why it is SO important to measure success by more than just the number on the scale. How are your clothes fitting (or NOT fitting as the case may be ) how do you FEEL? How are your energy levels? These are just as important to use to measure your achievements as the scale. Soon the muscle gain and the weight loss will even out and you will start seeing the scale numbers go down. Good luck! 2005 days ago