Welcome! My number 1 lesson when I started was to be patient with myself. I am trying to change my lifestyle and not just my weight and fitness. Congratulate yourself on small victories, even very small. Watch your "self talk" and try to counter negative or sad thoughts with at least one positive one, even if you think you're faking it at first -- you know the old saying, "Fake it till you make it" -- it has an effect!
I think it's great that you're tackling the fitness aspect of your program. I simply cannot lose weight unless I'm doing regular cardio, and I run a small vegetable farm and get in 10-15,000 steps a day anyhow. It's not the same as a walking program (or, for me, running, but I didn't start OUT doing that!). Active is good, but regular walking is fabulous. And I love those times when I walk (or run). I use it to practice visualization of how I want to look and feel, to consciously try to think of where I want to be in a lot of things in my life. It's energizing, in itself.
“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales
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