Motivator- Tips for newbies! (And you!)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Wow! I was totally surprised to see several emails from Spark this morning. I am humbled to be today's Spark motivator today! A little about me... I started my journey at 235, I lost almost 100 pounds in less than a year, I love The Lord, I am married to a wonderful man, we lost our first daughter at 23 weeks, we are blessed with a 13 month little girl, I was a teacher but now I stay home. SparkPeople was the key to my weight loss.
I noticed most of you checking out my page are pretty new to weight loss. I thought I would make a list of tips that helped me reach my goals.
1. You have to want to lose weight for you!
I had tried to lose weight more times than I can count. Every other time I was doing it for someone else. The last time I had just lost my baby and I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be healthy!
2. Make small goals!
My first goal was to lose 20 pounds. I honestly didn't think I would reach that goal. However, I had commited to using Spark and I followed their suggestions. I did lose 20, 50, 75 and got to my goal of losing 95 pounds!
3. Slowly change your diet!
You can't go from eating 3,000 calories to 1,200 without feeling starved. I first figured out about how much I was eating/day and slowly lowered my calories. Most of the time I ate around 1,500 calories.
4. Find some lower calorie foods you love!
I love popcorn! I love apples, oranges, chicken, kiwi, pears, bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, vitatops, homemade smoothies, etc. Find what foods can be you go to foods.
5. Find some exercises you love!
I am blessed to have an elliptical at my house. I enjoy watching TV and doing the elliptical. I started slow. I did like 10 minutes, really slowly at first. At my peak ( before I got pregnant again,) I was doing 60-90 minutes at a time. I also loved Jillian Michaels videos. I never went to the gym.
6. Join Spark's social side!
I started blogging soon after I started. I made friends who kept me accountable. I found I really enjoy blogging. Read success stories.
7. Believe in yourself!
You can do this. When I first started my journey, I honestly thought it would be like every other time. Failure. I had tried to lose weight my entire life. This was the only time I was successful. I know you can do it. You have to believe it too :)
If you need any advice or help, send me a message.
You can do this!
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