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5/2/13 6:52 P

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Thank you so much for your encouragement and suggestions, I really do appreciate it. What you have said about moving, even simple movement like fidgeting, makes sense, especially for sedentary folks like me. Baby steps, which is what I've tried to get in my head, is best for me but the way I am, I want to delve right in so I see the results. Geesh, I am trying to change a lot of things right now and I know I am too hard on myself at times so reading your wise words helped me to remember that it isn't going to happen all at once. I love the SP website, so happy to have found it as there is so much great stuff here and best of all, it is free! Thanks again SP friend!

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5/1/13 11:14 P

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Congratulations on the 11 pound weight loss!!!
I totally get having difficulty with exercise.
I'm not the most successful person here at SP but I have learned a lot and this has helped me greatly:
-- Think of adding MOVEMENT, not merely doing exercise. This could mean marching in place during comercials when you watch TV or using stretch-bands to add resistance to simple range-of-motion activities.
-- Walk whenever you can. For me that even means setting a timer on my computer to remind me to get up and move when I'm at my desk. (...a body at rest, tends to stay at rest!)
-- Fidgit! Really, it burns calories! Tap your foot, bounce your leg, clap your hands, anything that repeats motion for brief periods of time.
-- Do it in small doses! 3 ten-minute walks can be as helpful as a 30-minute walk.
-- I fully endorse using a pool (Remember, what you look like in a bathing suit is irrelevant!! You're in that water for your health!) whether you take a class or simply tread water for 10 minutes at a time (yep, treading water burns calories too!) you'll feel so much better when you're done!

Hope you continue to enjoy this website & community.
We're pulling for your continued success!!


Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all.
-David R. Hawkins

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5/1/13 10:03 P

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emoticon Glad you are enjoying it here, Sparkpeople is just a great site!

Although I don't have the physical challenges you do, I also would recommend looking into water aerobics. I go twice a week at my local Y and just love it. I also find that yoga does wonders for the arthritis in my hips and spine.

As far as finding the motivation, all I can say is take baby steps. I find that the more I do, the more I want to do. So start small and you may find yourself actually looking forward to physical activity!

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. You can do it!


If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up!

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5/1/13 3:57 P

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Hi Wendy, ask your doctor about water aerobics, it is easy on the body because you exercise in the water. Most communities have the classes at the local YMCA.

Each day is a great new start for whatever you need it to be. Embrace each day.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

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5/1/13 3:35 P

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I cannot say I have experienced what you are experiencing - but I can relate to the long time sedentary and having to deal with pain to move.
I am grateful every day for my anti inflamatories and my 2 oesteo panadol that get me through my morning workout.
All the best wishes on the journey

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5/1/13 12:54 P

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Hello SparkPeople friends,

This is the first message I have posted on any board since I began my journey on this wonderful site, and I have been here about 4 weeks now. It is taking some time for me to get acquainted with everything they offer here and I fully intend to take advantage of it all, in time.
I feel great about my success so far, about 11 pounds lost, but I am having a very hard time making myself exercise in any way. I have been quite sedentary for a very long time, and part of that is due to my fibromyalgia and my psoriatic arthritis which was diagnosed in January 2012. I know what I should be doing, and I think I know what I am capable of doing, it is simply that I cannot seem to get up and do it. If anyone else has experienced this in their journey I would love to hear from you with any help or adviced. Thank you so much and I truly do look forward to meeting some of you.

Have a great day!


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