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Starting Out

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

For the last two weeks I have been learning how to be a part of the Sparkpeople community. For someone who has not exercised or tracked food, I think I started off a little over zealous by joining the 8-Week Diabetes Challenge. Not that someone else shouldn't start off with it immediately, it was just more than I could handle! I was, and still am, so excited to have found Sparkpeople that I just wanted to jump in "running".

Some examples:

Did they say 10 minutes a day to start is good? No problem, I'll walk for 45, in new shoes, not having walked for YEARS and with rheumatoid arthritis. The next day was painful. The thing is, it felt sooooo good to finally do it that I didn't want to stop!

Did they say track my food for three days a week? Why not everyday?Easy for someone who's computer savvy, but it took me quite a while to figure it out. I'm glad there are tutorials. That was a great help. At first I would take so long to input that I would tell myself I'd log it the next day. Then I'd be overwhelmed trying to do two days so I'd skip it all together.

After flopping I decided to do what I should have I'm the first place, listen to all the people who are currently going through or completed this process already! So I'm reading, learning how to set goals, exercise with a disability and make better food choices. I have been tracking and walking ten minutes at a time. Yesterday my ten minutes were up but I was feeling so good I wanted to run! But I didn't because I knew I would be out of commission the next day. But, you know what? In these short two weeks, I have never felt so good about myself! It's amazing how deciding to stop the path you're on and change your future can make everything brighter and happier. The spring weather helps a lot too! Go me!!!!!

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    So glad you found us emoticon
    It takes awhile to figure everything out and then a little while more to get a rhythm that works for you. Not everyone is the same and it's easy to get burned out if you hit the ground running and forget you need to slow down at some point. I added you as a friend and see you have several others too, if you need help or support that's what we're all here for emoticon
    1770 days ago
    Now you are getting down to the routine. One step at a time is the best way to go.

    Welcome to SPARKS!

    1783 days ago
    This blog totally made me smile emoticon
    1784 days ago
    This blog made me tear up. You have such hope in your voice and that makes me SOOOO happy. I remember starting out and being SO overwhelmed. I was so thankful to have found spark and this wonderful community. I really hope you it does for you EVERYTHING it did for me.
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    1784 days ago
    Teams do make their own goals and tracking 3 days a week was one of theirs. Please try to track every day so that you can truly see a picture on how well you eat or don't eat

    good luck
    1784 days ago
    I hope that you enjoy all the great things that you can find at SP. I, like you, tried to restrain myself from overdoing things and to just start easy with healthy changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. At the beginning I tried to stick to the stage 1 of the Spark People diet, which helped me to learn what was it all about the new lifestyle that I was going to embrace. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1784 days ago
    GO YOU!! Baby steps and know your limits. It's no good to you if you over do it and can't move the next day. The first step is the hardest. You can do this!! emoticon
    1784 days ago
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