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Exercise has always been a chore.

I've realized that my body is aching under the stress I put my body under with the extra weight I carry around. It hurts in more ways than one to be overweight. I have dealt with chronic pain issues for over 10 years so I came to the conclusion early on that if you don't move much you don't hurt, but now I'm seeing that the inactivity is just as painful. When I vision how I'd like to live my life so many things have actualized, except changing my habits to keep me both active and healthy ...
I've realized that my body is aching under the stress I put my body under with the extra weight I carry around. It hurts in more ways than one to be overweight. I have dealt with chronic pain issues for over 10 years so I came to the conclusion early on that if you don't move much you don't hurt, but now I'm seeing that the inactivity is just as painful. When I vision how I'd like to live my life so many things have actualized, except changing my habits to keep me both active and healthy physically. I always tell myself I don't have time right now; I'll do it when I cross the next hurdle of my life, but I never do. I've got to do it now before my bad habits will further confine me to my wheelchair permanently.
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Member Since: 12/17/2010

SparkPoints: 2,201

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Move more and make a conscious choice of what to put in my body, not what is most easiest available.

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MANDIBEES
1/2/2012 8:11:54 PM

Love the Kali! You have to check out my friends web site! She is a local artist and you can find her Art work for free at junemoon.com She doesn't have her Kitchen Kali up yet but she's working on it!!



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WNTMOREOFLIFE
8/4/2011 6:35:17 AM

KALIMA said: "I can do all those things. I used to love to do water aerobics. I really need to get a new gym membership to the YWCA! I also like to bike (anywhere it's not too hilly- my knees). The problem is always when. I work as a direct care person at a group home and I always seem to be working. Luckily the fitness tracker has heavy cleaning as a cardio exercise, cuz that's basically what I'm always doing when I work."

Which YWCA do you belong to? In fact, where do you live? We should probably move this conversation to E-mail since it's getting to the point where we might start disclosing more personal facts, but I feel comfortable saying that I live in Saint Paul, in Cathedral Hill, and I intend to join the YWCA on Selby and Western. I wonder if the membership is transferable, so that I could come work out at your location with you (if different), and vice versa.

Believe it or not, I don't know how to ride a bike. But maybe we could trade off coming to each other's houses and doing a pilates video together? I have cable, and the On Demand section has a lot of free fitness videos.

With regard to time, no pressure! I think it's great just to connect with someone who kind of has the same sort of worldview and the same sort of goals, and who's local, so that the option is out there for us to get together as time and circumstances allow.

Hope your week is going well!


Jen



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8/2/2011 11:40:12 PM

Hi Deanna and welcome 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 breakÖTake 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.
Hugs,
Helen
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JAKEANDNELLIE
8/2/2011 6:39:21 PM

emoticon Welcome to Spark!
I've been here since Nov. 9, 2009 and have really learned a lot about myself, food, and exercising. I truly feel joining Spark was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I've managed to lose over 100 pounds in that time, but I need to be honest and admit that Iíve regained 20 of those pounds the past few months. I was not consistent in tracking my food and exercising daily and it really made a difference! Iím back on track now and hope to reach the 100 pounds gone mark again by my second year Spark anniversary in November.
One of the best tools is the nutrition tracker. You will be shocked when you enter a typical day's food! Try to track everything you eat and stay within your limits. Donít panic if you slip - we all do! Just put it behind you, you canít change it, and move on. One of the main concepts at Spark is to take two steps forward for each step back!
The fitness tracker is also a great tool. You can track your steps, mileage, cardio exercise, and strength exercises. It will tell you how many calories you have burned.
Take time to make lots of Friends and tell them when you reach a goal or are having a hard time. They are here with praise and support all the time! Don't be afraid to ask any question, no matter how silly you think it is.
Take time to explore Spark. Read and respond to message boards, blogs, and other members' pages. Join challenges on teams. The help, support, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and friendship you will receive is awesome!
The site can be confusing at times but just keep looking around. There is really a lot of valuable information here!
emoticon Feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way. Drop by my page to say hi.
Stay focused, determined, and positive - you will be successful!
Sheila




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DOTTIEJANE1
8/2/2011 4:29:37 PM

emoticon back, glad to have you. If I can assist you just let me know. Dottie



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