Welcome back to SparkPeople, Cindy. Not only is it the best and easiest way to lose weight, it is also the healthiest and most fun way. Enjoy your journey to less weight, less stress, and better health.
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 .
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
My name is Cindy and I am 51 years old. I have been living with my parents since my mother began having medical issues in 2007. I had already begun gaining weight but living with someone in pain gave me a good reason to eat. In 2009, Mom's pulmonary doctor basically told her to quit smoking or die. In support, I quit smoking also which added more weight. I tried on numerous occasions to lose weight and even joined SparkPeople under another name. At that time I topped out at 165 and at one point got down to 135. I gained weight again and as of last month was up to 170. Next month my nephew is getting married and I will be around family I haven't seen in years. I decided I wanted to drop at least one dress size prior to the wedding. Of all the diets I have tried, SparkPeople was the easiest and most enjoyable way I had lost weight. I don't plan to stop dieting after the wedding. I am determined to reach a healthy weight so that I reduce the chances of having the same medical problems my mother has experienced. Although I am unable to do much outside of the house, I look forward to making new friends and giving as well as receiving support during my journey to a healthier me.
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