RLUCHMUN   5,494
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Back to (almost) square 1. This is me at 62kg/136 lbs.





My beloved puppy Kokonut. Part of my motivation to work out is to be able to keep up with her!





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Moving to the USA for college was a life changing event in many respects. Faced with stress, cold weather (there is no snow where I come from!), no job, and a whole new state full of eating places, it's probably not surprising that I packed on the pounds.

I had been skinny-fat (I was skinny enough that my collarbone was clearly showing, but the lack of muscle meant that my body lacked the definition and looked flabby) for a while and all the additional eating just filled me out. It ...
Moving to the USA for college was a life changing event in many respects. Faced with stress, cold weather (there is no snow where I come from!), no job, and a whole new state full of eating places, it's probably not surprising that I packed on the pounds.

I had been skinny-fat (I was skinny enough that my collarbone was clearly showing, but the lack of muscle meant that my body lacked the definition and looked flabby) for a while and all the additional eating just filled me out. It took me a while to come to grips with how much I had put on, but the truth is that I steadily went from 125 lbs to 141 lbs! It hit me like a rock during an outing to the waterpark, and that is when I decided to make a change.

I'm starting slow. I have been completely sedentary for months, and I'm trying to work my way back up to the good endurance levels I know I can achieve. I also want to tone up, so that my body (and especially my belly) stops being so flabby.

UPDATE: after falling off the bandwagon, I'm back on track now, hopefully. Just starting to eat right by following Spark's meal plans and going on daily walks as much as possible.
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Member Since: 4/20/2011

SparkPoints: 5,494

Fitness Minutes: 5,409

My Goals:
Getting back to the weight I was at before coming to the United States and keeping it off.

My Program:
Daily walks (that will probably become jogs as I get more endurant), simple strength workouts (especially the core as I have back problems and my back muscles could use reinforcing).

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TXGRANDMA
7/9/2011 4:59:28 PM

Thanks so much for the compliments on our horses! They are our "kids" along with our precious dogs!

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MRE1956
6/29/2011 7:00:26 AM

Welcome to SP and best wishes!



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MOMMA_BEAR_69
6/29/2011 1:25:10 AM

Hi Rachel 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 break. Take 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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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/29/2011 1:06:07 AM

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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!
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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!!
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In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon 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!
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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!
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4/21/2011 1:57:31 AM

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Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

"Begin with good intentions and action and you'll end with satisfaction!" (Denise Austin)

Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~



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