WEBSTER2012 - I went to Community and then chose Sparkteams from the drop down menu and then typed in challenge in the search box and I found tons of challenge teams. Just a few of them are: SparfkPeople 8-week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Official Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge Official Healthy Cooking Challenge Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge
You can do as I did to find other challenge teams that might suit your needs and interests better. There are also some teams that offer challenges but do not have the work challenge in their titles. One such is the 100 Plus Club (for those who have 100 or more pounds to lose).
I have been at this for ages. Yo-yoing down a pound up a pound. Tomorrow I start afresh. My new bigger bra thinks it needs to be replaced by its bigger cousin and I have decided it is not going to happen. I will replace it with its smaller cousin when that will be more comfy. Let's go for goal one a smaller bra. Never mind what the scales say
Here was my food for today ... apple cinnamon oatmeal from tim horton's and a cup of coffee. the oatmeal was delicious and i only ate 1/2 the order ... my coffee was black. lunch consisted of a pulled pork sandwich and a 1 oz. bag of sun chips ... thought i was doing ok until i plugged my food in the nutrition tracker and was already at almost 1000 calories ... So back to the drawing board ... what do you typically do for breakfast and lunch? I work M-F ... I used to try to pack my lunch each day but do to other circumstances I have been buying lunch out (some day I will explain). Do you have any "fast food" / "take out" suggestions?
As far as workouts ... I had signed up for a 1/2 marathon that took place this past weekend. I originally signed up in January and had trained at it for awhile but then stopped. Mostly walking but trying to add some jogging. I went ahead and participated and really paid the piper for being out of shape ... I am still extremely sore thus the motivation to get started again. So starting tonight ... I plan to walk a mile or two ... trying to get back into a routine.
Any thoughts ....
Fitness Minutes: (19,397) Posts: 16,375 9/18/12 1:38 P
Hi and welcome back. This time make it different by viewing it as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. To succeed we need to make changes in the way we do and view things and dieting just does not teach us how to make those changes. SparkPeople has all the information we need to make those small, necessary changes. All we need to do to read, learn, and apply what we learn. We are here to encourage you to do as much reading as you can and to make constant use of the nutrition and fitness trackers. We are also here to cheer you on when you are making progress and to encourage you when things slow down not to lose heart and quit. YOU REALLY CAN!
************* * SHARON * *************
Starting over Nov. 23, 2009, 245 lbs.
current weight: 235.0
Fitness Minutes: (673) Posts: 7 9/18/12 1:32 P
thanks so much for your words of encouragement and your advice. I was updating my food tracker i got your message .. :) I was also going thru some of the recipes offered ... I am excited and hope to stick with it. Have a great day!
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 . Carol AZ
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
Hi,Right now it feels like I start over everyday.I need suport to.Maybe we can help each other.I have no will power at all.I do try and then I mess up.I was posting my food and then I mess up and stop. So maybe if you post your food and workout.So be my friend
current weight: 256.0
Fitness Minutes: (673) Posts: 7 9/18/12 1:09 P
I am starting back up again today! Not sure why this time will be different but I sure hope it is. I really need direction and someone to motivate me ... I hope someone is out there willing to help! I am 51 with about 45 lbs to lose ...
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