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12/24/13 9:00 P

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Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!


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12/24/13 12:28 P

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Thanks for welcoming me back... I can tell already that today and tomorrow are going to be tough. But on the up side I already scheduled 2 workouts with the trainers at my gym, one on Monday and then Friday (my birthday). That could be my present to

I'll have to check out some of those boards you guys mentioned. Even if you wrote personal notes that would great too.

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12/23/13 10:45 P

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Welcome home!

Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.

The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.

Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss

Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!

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12/23/13 2:32 P

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Well, I'm here again.... 2014 is almost here and I feel like I'm starting over again. This time I think I'll do better because over the course of 2013 I've figured out what works for me and what doesn't. I'm hoping to jump on some motivating forums or just have a few Spark friends to help keep me moving and motivated. And maybe share some new breakfast recipes..oatmeal is getting tiring. lol...
I have a birthday next week and I want to start out right. :-)

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