Shared Fitness Tracker
I'm just a girl whose weight got away from her. However, I'm here to take back control of that beast! SparkPeople and its community is going to help me get back on track.
I live in Leonardtown, MD with my husband and our pets. We have three dogs and a cat. We love to camp and hang out with our friends. We're always out and about. We love our lives. I can't imagine how much better things will be when I don't get out of breath just thinking about our adventures!
Oh man. My goal is to be at my "ideal" weight. And by ideal, I mean the one my doctor says I should be at for my height and bone structure. Follow me for a couple of YEARS and we may get there together...
My current program is monitoring and recording what I eat along with doing some wimpy calisthenics and walking every day. Since I have three dogs, I have no excuse not to get outside every evening and get my booty moving!
I'm originally from Houston, TX. I spent 10 years in the US Navy. When I got out, I joined my husband here in Southern Maryland. It's alright, but it's not Texas!
I'm an animal person, but I hate reptiles. I love gardening, but I barely keep my plants alive. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I'm pretty sure I want to work in a school.
| Pounds lost: 11.4
Thank you for all the great information, Lynda! I'm sure I'll be referring to to all of your tips throughout my journey!
1821 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. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. 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. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
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!
1822 days ago
Hey, thank you for commenting on my blog.
I don't believe we've met (extends hand). :)
1822 days ago
to SparkPeople!!! & SparkGeeks team as well (noticed that!)
You're off to a roaring start, if you need any guidance around the site, we're all here for ya!
About my bike - I'm sure you'll see a blog from me if something happens with it. So far so good!
1823 days ago
Welcome to SparkPeople. This is a wonderful supportive community. If you commit to using the sites features everything you need to succeed is right here. Join a team that matches your interests, make some friends. SparkFriends help you stay motivated and accountable. Best of luck on your journey, you can do this!!!
1823 days ago