Hi, Webster2012, and welcome
It can be different this time! I am a veteran "dieter" and I have been on and off Spark, in between fad diets and just quitting, for years! This time is different for me because I came back in May of this year with a new and improved attitude and a sincere desire to shed the excess 35 pounds and keep it off - once and for all.
I'm not breaking any records, but I'm losing weight at my own pace and my clothes are getting baggy
so I know I'm doing something right!
Here is my best advice - not complicated and it works: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and print out the daily report on that page so you can make sure you are getting the proper balance of fats, carbs, and protein. This will keep you honest and accountable for your choices. Checking your report each day is critical - you want to make sure you are getting the right % of nutrients and not just eating empty calories. Remember, it is possible to stay within your calorie range eating "junk" but that isn't going to promote weight loss and it certainly won't maintain it in the long run
; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually ENJOY doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you like what you are doing the chances are much better that you will stick with it
; 3) Stay active with your Team(s) because this is the place you will get encouragement, motivation, and support - including hugs on those days when things are especially tough!
and; 4) Try to have fun with this journey to slimness and better health! It's a given that if you enjoy something you will stick with it!
One last thought: it isn't important how fast or slowly you lose your weight. This is one area where 'slow and steady wins the race' is more then just some old cliche
. Spark teaches you a new lifestyle and you need time to re-educate yourself and develop a new relationship with food
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He wlll make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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