Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A new spark member had questions to me on where to begin, and after I finished writing to them, I felt I wanted to share it with more people.
I HAVE NO MOTIVATION FROM ANYONE...
This is the best benefit of SparkPeople... it a site FULL of motivation... all you have to do is reach out to it and it will give back to you. Spark is one of the few places you will ever be in life where everyone here knows what your going though and what your dealing with. The more you reach out to others, the more that will come back to yourself.
Now... First things first...
Face the truth:
I strongly recommend you take a picture of yourself as you are now. "Ewww... No..."... Nothing like a dose of reality to slap you in the face... but as you start to make progress and you start to see change it will be come more and more of a motivator to you. My "fat" picture is right up on my spark page and I look at it every day... "NEVER AGAIN"
Take and weigh yourself for your starting weight... then take that scale and put it in the bottom of the closet and bury it under the kids toys. Don't take it out again for AT LEAST 90 days. The scale is NOT your friend. Especially in the beginning. In the begging the only thing you need to feel in yourself is the fact that your energy level is starting to grow and your cloths are starting to fit better.
I did not loose a singl pound of weight for the first 2 months that I was exercising... but I went down 3 inches in my waist... Toss the Scale OUT. It means nothing right now. Focus on the positive.
Be honest with yourself:
It's not going to go away over night. It took you a long time to put the weight on. It's going to take a while for it to come off. You are going to have to face the fact that it's just going to take time. The best thing to do is just worry about today. Each day we faced with choices. We can make good choices or bad choices... and the choice is ours... You can always pick... Do you want the apples or the Twinkies? Use every day to make the best choices you can and the pounds will take care of themselves in their own time.
Be Active Here:
Do not be afraid to ask questions of the community here... every one of us is in the same boat here. We are all either there with you... or have been.
Be active in a few of the Message board groups of people who have similar interests to you. The Memphis board itself is not all that active, but there are 100's that are... stop in and say hi! People with similar interests can help to motivate you.
There are 1000's of articles... READ... you're a teacher... educate yourself here... there is so much good free info on this site... you can dig around here for a few years and not read half of it...
In the begging, let spark put you program together for you for a few weeks... that will get you soeme strength training that is so key. Muscle burns 12 times the cals that fat does... There is no feeling like feeling strong again. Trust me. After that, there all all kinds of workout vidieos here on spark that are quick and good... toss a few of them in the mix...
Logging your food:
You said below "I know the drill on how to eat"... that's great... but trust me here..
Take your first week here and just eat how you think is healthy for you and log EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth into spark... I mean EVERYTHING. It's time to be honest with yourself. The only person your going to lie to here is yourself. You just may find that what you think is healthy may just be far from it. It made a real impression on me when I did... Then you can start making adjustments each week as you go along and your eating will get better and better.
A word of warning... collecting spark points here gets to be an addictive game... you'll get close to your next trophy and you start looking around for things to do to make those last few points...
That should be enough for a first mail...
I'm always here for your questions... You CAN do this.
Do you have questions or answers? Reply and add your comments!