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Thursday, May 24, 2012

I signed up on SparkPeople in March... I wasn't very active until these last two weeks. I was very scared, and thought to myself, "I'm just not one of those people who can lose weight at all, so why even try." Which is a ridiculous statement, yet that is how I honestly felt about any kind of life change for the better.

Recently, after looking at some pictures from a shooting trip, I was stunned at how much weight I had gained!! How unhealthy I felt! And how depressed I was. Especially about not doing anything to change my health and just letting it get to such an unhealthy point.

But reading all these success stories, and motivational blogs, and seeing what a great community of people Spark has, I was overly inspired! Why couldn't I do this? I had no reason not to start! So here I am, beginning a new journey!

I have started tracking my food everyday, and started walking at least 3 to 4 times a week, and am in the process of quitting smoking. (which is one of thee hardest things I've ever had to do in my life....) I'm trying to start a little at a time, and after the first initial week or so, dive right in to a better style of living!
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LAURALOOP 5/25/2012 11:41AM

    Thanks for the encouragement and advice! It means a lot! I appreciate it greatly!

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POSEY440 5/24/2012 8:48PM

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JESSICA_STULTZ 5/24/2012 4:00PM

    I suggest not diving in full force at the second week. Most people go full force right away and then fade out. The best way to go is gradually add things in.. and I also found that the first month is crucial. If your heart isn't in it after the first month, you are more likely to give up. The first couple weeks you see the best results so when results start to slow down is when alot of people start giving up. Whatever you do.. Don't give up! You can do it! :)

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JCKC77 5/24/2012 12:12PM

    Way to keep with it. I have been a member off and on forever. I too thought it was going to be a waste of time because every time I diet I may lose a few lbs then something happens and I gain it all back and then some. The most important thing is to keep going. You will have good days and bad. You will eat things that aren't that healthy for you and you may not exercise every day. However the key is to keep going. I live by the motto every day to try and do more good than bad. I ate a cheeseburger for lunch but I got exercise in and drank my water. Just start fresh the next meal or day and forget about it. In the grand scheme of things a few set backs are not a big deal. Just try to catch it before it goes into weeks or months. Good Luck on your journey.

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SILVASHAN 5/24/2012 12:12PM

    This is awesome! I know what you mean about feeling like you're one of those people who just cant lose. It can be daunting. But its exciting to see you putting in the effort and really trying. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised to be wrong! :) In a few weeks it will be interesting to see how much different you feel and how much you've lost if you stick to it!

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