My original goal was 165 - a weight I hoped I could maintain for life. I changed my goal twice before reaching it because "the Spark Program works!"
I prayed for 148, the lowest weight I could remember - and again changed my goal because I was still losing pretty easily with all the cardio I was doing. (Walk Away The Pounds really does wonders!)
At 135, I was normal for the first time - since 3rd grade! And still I wanted to see what I could accomplish - my sister advised me to go as low as my body would take me. Wise words from someone that used to be there, but hasn't been in a very long time now. At this point I took 5 lbs at a time.
Whenever my DH thought I might be getting discouraged, he would say, "let's go try on some clothes!" When I got below 150, I had to buy new clearance items to put on my closet door! I got into the last one last year!
I am here to tell you, don't define your parameters until you are in the neighborhood. Don't be in a hurry either - our skin is not as elastic as it once was. 1-2 lbs per week will still get you there in about a year. You will never be sorry because more time means better learned new healthier habits.
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I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
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!
Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat ion_articles.asp?id=1124
Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti on_articles.asp?id=1154
I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.
I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.
I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.
Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!
You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!