Hello. Welcome to the Team!!! Glad you have made the decision to join sparkpeople. That's haft the battle taking that first step. You've received some wonderful advice already, but I still wanted to say Welcome. One thing I wanted to add is make friends on here you will be amazed at how much easier the journey is when you have friends that are here to support you and cheer you on.
Hi Cate... I can understand how you feel totally...and you are right...its a life style change...its NOT a diet...its forever...IF you want to be healthy and IF you want to live longer... I LOVE chocolate...I just LOVE it...I could eat it 24/7...but I don't and I won't and its not in my house...there are, in fact, many foods that are not in my house because I know I will eat them...so my suggestion to you is to get rid of all your "HOT" food items...the ones that you just can't have just one of...and don't look at this as deprivation because when you start changing clothing sizes and you look in that mirror and you see the new you...you are going to be one happy camper! Each day is a new day...don't get down on yourself if you slip....just get back on the horse and ride it...
Strong yet fragile... To sin by silence makes cowards of men...Abraham Lincoln
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Hi, Cate, and welcome to the team and to Spark from Lake Wales. This is certainly an inspirational site and I'm glad your dr recommended it! Spark makes it so easy to stay on track and if you don't on occasion no one here is going to criticize you. This is a great group of people. We'll cheer you on when you succeed and boost you up when you aren't so successful!! It is very easy to stay entusiastic about your journey here. There are lots of tools to help you. I find the nutrition tracker very helpful and you will find that you don't HAVE to "deprive" yourself. Just spend your calorie allotment wisely. The exercises here are many and varied. There are some for everyone. I walk for my exercise and it is working for me. Drink plenty of water. It does help. Any goal is obtainable if you go after it a bit at a time. Make small obtainable goals to meet like walking a certain distance every day or losing 3 lbs a month. When you are consistently reaching those small goals make them a little bigger. Before you know it you will be at your ultimate goal!!
Good luck on your journey, take care and please keep in touch!
~ Kathy in Lake Wales ~
Goal to be at 212 by Apr30
"Each day is a gift for itself; if squandered, it is lost forever" (Chofetz Chiam, A Lesson a Day)
You must be the change you want to see in the world (Ghandi)
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
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I would love to win an award for the most inspirational, but would prefer to be honest. I am about to start dieting again and I don't want to. Call it a lifestyle change, or whatever you like, but it still feels like deprivation. I have tried every diet imaginable (I've typed a list if you want to compare) and none have been successful. I want to be healthy and live longer, but a healthy weight seems unobtainable. How do I turn this bad attitude around and achieve my goal?
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