Hi and welcome Wow, I got tired just reading about your exercise program!
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 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 It sounds like you've already found yours ; 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
I need all the help I can get. I am part of a YMCA Fitness Challenge (think Biggest Loser). I go to the Y four times a week working out on 9 strength machines and attend three 45-minute classes...Spinning, Body Sculpt, and Cardio Dance. I keep a diet journal counting calories, carbs,protein, fat, fiber and sodium. My team also has a fitness challenge every week. This week is to compare my favorite restaurant food (Ultimate Feast from Red Lobster) with a healthier choice from the same restaurant. I have Hypertension and mild COPD. I only take meds for the blood pressure. My main goal is to remain as healthy as I can and to lose 30lbs. I'm in it for the long haul!!!
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