Hi, and welcome to the team
It is very difficult when you are caring for someone who is ill. My late husband was on oxygen 24/7 for several years. Those last couple of years, I felt like a prisoner in my own house. It is very hard being a caretaker. Quitting smoking was the best thing you ever did! I quit 15 years ago and have never once had any regrets.
I know you probably are limited in the time you can devote to exercise/activities, but remember, you don't have to do hours of exercise at one time. You can do 10 min. 3X a day and get results. I don't know if you are familiar with the Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVD's?? They are great and you can do them right in your living room. I have a 3-disc set that has 1, 2, and 3 mile workouts and EVERYONE can do these - no matter what your fitness level. I know Target used to carry them and I'm pretty sure you can get them through Amazon too, if you're interested in checking them out.
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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