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
Hi, I'm Sue :-) I'm 31, in grad school for my MLS, work at both my local library, and my local JoAnn Fabrics. I have tried on-and-off for the last.... probably decade... to control my eating and my weight. Tracking has never been my forte, as I'm easily distracted, loose interest, or get too OCD over numbers. This past spring semester, I gained my usual "I'm studying and need brain food!" weight, but then it didn't come off in the usual way over the summer. I think I've hit that age where my metabolism changed. My other problem is also that I have never been able to figure out how to cook for just one person. And I have been living on my own for definitely the last decade. I have finally decided that I can't do this weight control or food thing on my own, and that it's time to use, and actually follow, some outside help.
I'm currently in the low to mid 170's depending on the day, and I'm setting my goal weight at 150, but really, 145-155 is a comfortable fluctuation range for me. That has always been the weight range that I am most comfortable in, and was always the easiest range for me to settle back into. I hope that I can make it back to that range, and that with a little help, I can go back to maintaining that range.
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