Where and how do I begin?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I log on to Sparkpeople just about ever day. I read all of the success stories and motivational stories but I just can't seem to let it sink in. I am struggling! I am out of control with my eating and nothing stops me. Not wanting to do it for myself, for my son, not for anything or anyone. How do I capture that feeling, that feeling that so many of you have? I get up every single morning and tell myself today is going to be the day and it works for a little while but then I end up right back into my old habits. It sucks! Absolutely sucks. I keep gaining and gaining and just can't stop. Then when I think about really getting serious about losing the weight once and for all I get disgusted. Disgusted that I let myself get like this and I have to start all over again. How am I going to possibly lose over a 100lbs. I so badly want to do it but I just can't get out of my own way. I am an absolute mess!! So I ask where and how do I begin?
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    Okay so I'm not an expert, but I have lost 23#'s with SP. I have taken it slowly. The first HUGE step was just documenting what I put in my mouth. I do get a lot of encouragement from Frecks96 (she's my daughter) and she has had me try some of the yummy recipes she has found here. My motivation is Alexis, my Granddaughter. I want to be able to keep up with her and my knees hurt. In November, there were days when I didn't think I could make it through a day of work. Now I can walk 2-3 miles. No I'm still not consistent, but I am definately more active. As a wise woman once told me, "my worst day on Spark is still better than most days before Spark".

    The tools and the support of this site is a huge help. I consider keeping my nutrients in the correct range a game-can I stay in my green zone today? (Yesterday my carbs were down, but my fat was hi, today is better.) Best of luck to you.
    2799 days ago
    You may need to hit your own person rock bottom health & weight wise before you are ready to make the change. Then you'll have nowhere to go but up. emoticon Your come-to-Jesus moment just hasn't happened yet, but it will. Just keep absorbing the information so you'll be ready to go full steam ahead when it happens. emoticon
    2799 days ago
  • ANDI571
    For me, I had to just start. As they said baby steps. Order a kids meal, or a senior meal that has smaller portions. Take the top bun off of your sandwich, eat half of your fries. Split a meal with your husband or friend. Eat 1/2 of a candy bar instead of the whole thing. As you start the steps, they just keep getting easier.

    I have had tendon problems in my feet for the past year, and walking hurt. I started slow and just kept increasing my distance. Now I will be out walking and notice my breathing is easier and I am a bit faster, and go a bit farther.

    Next, believe you are worth the effort of getting healthy. As one spark friend says, progress, not perfection.
    2799 days ago
    I agree with what others have said. Just try one thing...maybe drinking 8 glasses of water each day or getting 8 hours of sleep each night. Get a streak of a week or two going on that one thing and then add one more thing. Don't try to do everything at once! For example, I tracked my food for 5 weeks before I really got serious and tried to stay in the recommended calorie range.

    I think you'll find that success with one thing will lead to success with the next, and so on. Each improvement in your health will make you feel better and will give you the energy to try another change.

    I'm saying a prayer for you right now!
    2799 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Start with baby steps. Try just one new thing everyday for a week. Once that gets comfortable, you can add something else. I think that's how most of us start. Don't try to change so much that you'll get overwhelmed. Also remember, you have to want to change for you, not for anyone else. Good Luck!
    2799 days ago
    Baby steps. I've been fed up with my weight and even though I've been on Sparkpeople for about 2 years, I really have not followed the plan. I finally found something that has sparked my interest and am following it and I lost 2.2 lbs. the first week. I have not exercised as much as the plan calls for nor have I eaten 100% of the plan. But I am doing most of it and losing even a little bit counts. It's called Live Fit Revolution. You can find it at
    R>But find something that will work for you, and start with small steps until they become a habit. Good luck!! emoticon
    2799 days ago
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