Hi I'm JoAnne. I just happened to find this site and thought, why not try it. I just started on the 19th and have already lost 5lbs. Yay me!!!! I still would like to lose about 40 more. Having a hard time with exercise though. Wow, Sweatin to the Oldies is a lot harder than it was 20 years ago. LOL!!!!!!
As a veteran of every fad diet known to man and a woman with 5 shelves of diet books, 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 .
For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son.........
Carol Arizona USA
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Hi, I'm Jan. I need to lose 40 pounds and keep it off! I've tried alone unsuccessfully, so I decided it was time to join a like minded group. I'm happy to be here and find this site amazing. I look forward to working with the group.
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