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Getting Started


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Getting started is not easy. You have to make a commitment to do the thing, whatever it is you want to do.

When you get started, you become consumed with the new thing, until it becomes a natural part of your life. Experts say that takes about 3 weeks; starting a new "habit" or breaking an old one. Its change, and change is something you have to work on every day.

I started SparkPeople 9 days ago... I am immersing myself in this website and trying to find everything it has to offer. As my son would say, I'm "eat up with it".

This isn't the first time I've tried to lose weight. I've done Weight Watchers. I found logging my food and counting calories/points to be very easy and dare I say - fun - so the Nutrition Tracker is a welcome tool on this website.

I started walking again - and its not as hard as I expected it to be. I used to walk for my health, back when I was slim, before I wrenched my knee while walking my dogs and injured myself. Now walking is difficult, because that knee is arthritic, and it hurts when I'm on my feet for a long time. But I'm trying - I'm letting moderation be my guide this time. I can walk a mile in about 20 minutes right now. That's good enough for starters - I break a sweat so I know its a cardio exercise. I just have to DO IT everyday. I've slacked off a couple days now and I need to go walk this evening, no excuses.

I've started cooking more healthfully. I became interested in "clean eating" when my bloodwork came back "bad" in June. My cholesterol and triglycerides were both in the mid-300's and my doctor put me on Zocor. I started researching food, and found quinoa and lentils. I love both, and have been cooking them regularly for about 3 months now. My bloodwork was much improved - both numbers in the 190s just after 6 weeks of medication and diet modification. So I know I can eat healthier and enjoy it. I've also incorporated lots more fruit and vegetables into my diet in the last month or so. I still crave carbs, but I'm grabbing an Activia yogurt or a piece of fruit instead of a handful of crackers.

On my 9th day in, it still seems like a big start, but I realize I've been preparing for this all summer. Spark People has helped me put all the pieces together, so I can succeed this time. I'm excited to be here!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANNROW0354 9/19/2013 9:54AM

    Congratulations on making the decision to join SP. I have been on the program for 3 months and it is the first time I have been able to remain committed to an online weight loss/healthy lifestyle program. The site has so much to offer and I learn something new every day.
I encourage you to keep blogging because it is a great way to be honest with yourself. This journey isn't easy but I am worth it and so are you!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 9/18/2013 6:30PM

    Welcome !!!

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CATLADY52 9/18/2013 5:58PM

    Welcome to the Spark site. You'll find that we are a bunch of people just like you, with lots of ideas. emoticon

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RICKI157 9/18/2013 3:44PM

    emoticon to Sparkspeople!!!! I am new as well!!! I think this is an Awesome Site and I think it is helping me too!!!!
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ZMADAME 9/18/2013 12:42PM

    Welcome to SP and thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your 9th day. I encourage you to keep blogging and logging. emoticon

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IGNITEME101 9/18/2013 12:39PM

    emoticon I am glad to see that you are consuming this site! I am also.
I began on the 4th of this month so that is 2 weeks!
I will check in from time to time to see how you are.

It's nice to see someone else who is new and giving it her all.

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