Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Go little Turtle Go!
current weight: 245.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 4/17/13 3:22 P
Hi there, sounds like I have the same issues as most everyone here, I guess that's good (& bad). Right now I'm at 150 lbs...depending on where I start I can tell you I'm down from 168 or up from 137. I've been hanging around 150 for the last couple years and I'm getting to a frustrated point, all the while knowing it's of my own volition. I'm 34 and getting married in a few months. The reason for my desire to drop some pounds isn't just an upcoming wedding, it's also for health reasons. My entire family is either overweight or obese. In 2009 my grandmother passed away and she had already purchased her casket over 20 yrs earlier (when my grandfather passed). The awkward part was when we were told she didn't fit in her casket!! My family is not well off so we had to get the largest we could with the amount of money she had spent, in 1988! That was a huge wake up call for me, I didn't want to let my weakness over food lead me to a decision like that for those I will someday leave behind. I am by no means obese, although I do fall in the overweight category. I just want help, my fiance does the whole "you're just happy" and that's why I gained weight. I was 137 when we met. He claims to like my bigger butt, I worked damn hard to shrink that thing and now it's returned! My time was spent with him rather than with my friend out finding paths in the woods to climb. It wasn't easy hiking those trails but my friend was my motivation. My body screamed "NO" but my mouth kept saying "Sure! Let's Go!"...She has since moved to Arizona, and I am still in Pennsylvania about to marry the man who is ok with my extra load. He may be ok with it, but I know that if I don't really start watching myself I'm just gonna get bigger.
My problem is Mountain Dew...some ppl have cigarettes or alcohol. Mine is the green poison! I just need help...how do I stop eating garbage and start eating better? Chips and candy is so easy to grab...how do I grocery shop? I'm at a loss!
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