Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
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WELCOME TO SPARK!!!
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. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
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! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
590 days ago
Welcome! You are not alone. The first step I feel to success is self love. You don't look awful, you look like a woman who has borne some difficult times and could not find it in you to care for yourself. NOW you are the woman who is caring for yourself. That is LOTS of walking you are doing, and make sure you stretch when you are done to restretch your calf, hamstring, hip muscles. When walking, think "sternum up" for good posture, rather than head up, which can crimp your neck if you aren't aligning everything else. If your breastbone is moving up towards the ceiling, your posture will follow. In eating, use the nutrition tracker on this site to get a feel for the calories you eat, and how they balance your nutrition. I think knowledge is power, and increasing nutrition has worked better for me than food restrictions. My favorite book on weight loss is "The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual". I recommend you find that, plus use this site a lot.
591 days ago
Hi and welcome to Sparkpeople. Congrats on making this move toward a healthier YOU! By portion control of food, drinking water and getting exercise...you will see a difference.
If I can be of an help, please let me know...by shooting me an email message.
591 days ago
sipping water & thumbing through blogs. Hey you are in the game to play this life style change, some days it's as easy as ..... other times the hours just take a toll and everything is edible! don't I know it!!! of course I do.... the percentages favor spark people because we are going at it in a healthy manner as often & as much as we can on any given calendar date. you can make one meal reliable in both size & content. The meal holds you to the next, you can make it on a tight budget (for when money is tight) you can get it ready any season of any year. One meal I can get right any day any season any year. Pick one and make it happen.... maybe you guessed I figured out breakfast is cheap easy fast and lasts plus there is a first meal every day anyway- that is my secret.
1070 days ago
Comment edited on: 10/24/2013 12:14:08 PM
Soooo happy today. Weighed myself for the first time since my first "back to reality" day...3/9/13...when I weighed 200 lbs., and almost could not believe the number I was looking at. Today, 4/6/13, I weigh 185 lbs. I have cut out all salts, eating only fresh or frozen veggies, chicken, salmon, brown rice, lots of good veggies in that selection.....limiting myself to 3 tbsp. light margarine per day....drinking at least 8 glasses of water, and, most importantly, up to 51 minutes of walking on my treadmill at a 9.5 incline and 4.0 mph.....I am sweating a LOT by the end of that workout. I do this workout 6 days out of 7, so tomorrow (Sunday) is my day of rest......but I will NOT stop monitoring my caloric intake, all my nutritional info. every day on my Nutrition Page. It has been the change I needed!!! Love Sparkpeople!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1271 days ago