Oh! The dreaded scale. It is a good idea to place your scale on a firm surface for accuracy and always go by the weight showing on that scale only. That way I get a better idea of how my weight loss plan is working. That is what works for me.
current weight: 148.8
Fitness Minutes: (135,002) Posts: 16,312 10/5/12 10:09 P
Hi Kathy. to the team. Doctor's scales are notorious for giving us bad news but it's good that they do. It help us wake up to what we are doing to our bodies. Weighing and measuring plus logging on the nutrition tracker will help you analyze where lifestyle changes are needed. Sometimes it is not only what we eat but not getting enough water or the proper amount of sleep or exercise. Making just a few minor adjustments in our lifestyle can make all the difference in the world.
Hi, Kathy, and welcome to Spark and to the team! Everyone here really cares about each other and you will get loads of support and advice. Here is my best advice - not complicated and it works: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and check 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. 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 .
You might want to think about setting up a Spark Page so that you can get messages, comments, and Spark virtual Goodies from your friends! Getting a Goodie can really make your day! Good luck and I know
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
Carol Arizona USA
current weight: 151.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,761) Posts: 381 10/5/12 10:36 A
Today I went in for my annual check up. I was always fairly thin until I hit 50. I will be 59 in December. This past year I have kept a journal and recorded everything I ate, but I did not weigh myself. I just went by how my clothes felt and I seemed to be losing weight. I have not been exercising, just dieting. Today I was mortified to see that I have not lost a pound in a year! After my Dr appointment I went on my first walk in quite a while. It was tough, and I know starting the exercise back up will be hard. I think this year, along with the exercise and dieting, I will finally see results. ( also I dug the scales out from underneath the sink and will weigh myself weekly) I look forward to getting the support from reading your posts and adding some of my own some times.
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