Hey there! :)
My name is Emily, I'm 22, and I'm in desperate need of a lifestyle change!
As of February 24, 2012, I am 190 pounds, the heaviest I've ever been with my measurements standing:
Upper Arm: 15
Upper Thigh: 29
:( :( :( :( :(
Not good whatsover!
However, my goal is to get down to 140 asap!
Since everyone in my family is big and most of my friends are big, it never seemed to get to me how big I was getting. I just kept telling myself "well, you're still smaller than they are so you're ok". But lately it's the little things that have begun getting to me. Looking in the mirror and seeing bulges here there and yonder. Jiggling when I make basically any movement at all. Wrapping a towel around myself after a shower and I have like a cocktail dress slit going up the side instead of it closing all the way down, things like that. My boyfriend recently decided that he wants to lose weight and it seemed like the second he decided this, he was losing like crazy! I'll admit, I got worried. I couldn't be bigger than my boyfriend! So I finally took a long hard look at myself in the mirror. I'm 5'4, and 190pounds..obese. It's embarrassing to say but now is the time to do something before it gets worse!
My two biggest problems are 1) soda. i love drinking it and since one of the number one things to do when changing your lifestyle is drinking a lot of water, that will probably be the biggest thing I have to worry about and 2) I tend to be a bargainer when it comes to diets. Like if my daily caloric intake is 1600calories, I'll eat cinnamon rolls and potato wedges and say "well at least it was under 1600 calories"
It's this way of thinking that got me to this point in the first place, and this way of thinking that needs to be the first to go.
I've been through so many crash diets (all of which have backfired) that I want to try something NEW, and something that WORKS. I stumbled across this site and saw the success stories, the nutrition/fitness trackers, the message boards and support and thought to myself "this is different" and signed myself up. Currently I'm only on day two so I've still a looooong way to go but hopefully with the support via this site I'll FINALLY be able to get rid of this extra weight!
My overall goal is to just be happy with the way my body looks, to enjoy looking in the mirror or stepping on the scale instead of dreading it.
UPDATE (MINI GOAL): I found a workout video on youtube that I am literally having to stop every minute or two to catch my breath! so a mini goal I now have is to finish this video all the way through without a stop :) 2/24/12
I'm taking to heart what the fitness/nutrition trackers tell me and trying (albeit with difficulty) to cut out all soda and replace it with water.
| current weight: 195.0
"Even if the challenges are immense and the obstacles are many, step forward and live the life you choose to live. Your dreams are worth every effort.
Even if you get knocked down again and again, get right back up and get going. With enough persistence, any goal is within your reach.
Even if you can’t see all the way to the end of the road, go ahead and take the first step. Each time you make some progress, you’ll find new ways to make even more.
Even if your results fall short of your expectations, keep making the effort. Each new day brings you more experience, wisdom and effectiveness.
Even if you’ve been deeply disappointed in the past, focus on the positive possibilities. For your future is what you choose to make it now."
— Ralph Marston
Keep doing your best, Spark friend! I know you can do it, and I'm here if you need support! Have an awesome day!
1551 days ago
Happy Monday, Sparkfriend! Make it a MAD Monday...Motivated And Determined! Do your best today, and keep taking those daily steps that lead you towards your goals! You know you're worth the effort, right?
"It happens - you miss a few workouts and you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon.
It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.)
Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You.
The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon.
And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process - it takes time.
You will encounter small failures - everyone does - but every pound you gain can be lost.
And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world!
Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals.
Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow.
New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it!"
1553 days ago
Yeah, there's a lot of information on this site. I find out something new whenever I come on!
I really like the fitness tracker. I love the nutrition tracker! It makes me take notice of what I'm actually eating and how much. It has really helped me with portion control. I seem to do a lot better with my diabetes control when I record my food also.
1554 days ago
1554 days ago
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins--not through strength but by perseverance."
--H. Jackson Brown
How's your weekend going, Sparkfriend? I hope you are having a good one and doing your best to stay on track. Hang in there and don't ever quit. I know you can do it!
1555 days ago