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Friday, May 10, 2013

So I'm fairly new to Sparkpeople, and fairly new to the whole losing weight and getting healthy. I started getting healthy over a year ago when I decided that I was tired of being overweight, and tired of my joints and knees hurting due to the extra weight I was carrying. I started swimming three times a week, and enjoyed every minute of it. That was, until, I got a bad ear infection and swimming hurt. I tried to stay active after that, but I really hadn't changed my eating habits, so I didn't lose anything. Well, then in September of last year my good friend and I decided that we were going to cut fast food out of our diet completely. I was eating McDonald's at least 2 times a day. So we did it. We cut fast food out. I haven't had anything from a fast food restaurant since September. Not even a french fry. I felt better, cooking good meals, eating more fish, less red meat. And I have to say I've stuck to that part of my getting healthy plan a lot longer than I even expected.
It wasn't until three weeks or so ago that I started trying to exercise again. My sister is the one who got me to join Sparkpeople, by way of joining an 8 week challenge where part of the challenge is eating more fruits and Veggies, drinking more water, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day. That has been the hardest part for me. I work at a laid back job where I sit at a computer all day, but I've forced myself to get up and walk around the building at least every 15 minutes, I ride the stationary bike almost every day. I wanted to start swimming again but I had an accident and got a large wound on my leg that has to heal before I can do that.
Anyway, the point to this blog is that while I enjoy getting up and moving and not being a lazy butt, I get disappointed easy, especially when I step on the scale and notice that nothing is happening. I've cut way down on the portions of what I eat, I eat healthier than I ever was, I do at least ten minutes of exercise ever morning followed by at least 30 every night...I know I shouldn't get disappointed with what the scale says, but I do. I know I need to stick with it, and I have a lot of motivation in the form of my sister and my best friend who is pushing to get healthy right a long with me. although he doesn't need to lose any weight because he's a stick. It's just so hard to change so much and see nothing for it.
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    You can do it. Measure yourself this week. See how many inches you have shed. I won't give up on you. We are in this together. We can do it.
    1771 days ago
    Hi there...Welcome to SP!

    I would suggest that:

    1. you start using the food tracker on here. It on the start page under "track my food" on the upper left of the page. That will help you alot.

    2. Get joined up with at least one team...they will help motivate you. Go to Community (on the top toolbar) then to spark teams...

    3. Lastly make sure you drink at least 8-8oz glasses of water a day!

    Remember that you should only weigh in once a week and sometimes you don't lose pounds but inches...

    Hope that helps :)
    1772 days ago
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