to the team - I guess my best advice is to set small goals and don't try to change everything at once or make BIG changes - it will stay with you much better if you ease into the new lifestyle slowly. Good luck!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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My best advice is to use the nutrition tracker and track those exercises each day. When you see it in writing, you'll be amazed at the progress you have made! When I first started SP, I thought I did good on calories and thought I just HAD to have walked 100000000000 steps a day!! LOL It was a HUGE surprise to be hit in the face with a 3000 calorie-filled day and no more than 3000 steps either. That's what woke me up.
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Hi Marian! Welcome to Sparkpeople and the 10k Steps a Day Team!
My first piece of advice is to stop using the word "diet". In my experience, "diets" don't work. In my opinion, "diets" mean depriving yourself of your favorite foods to lose weight quickly. Plus, who wants to do something that has the word "die" in it?! Sparkpeople has really taught me a lot about changing my lifestyle. I still eat pizza, chocolate, cookies, and chips - but I now eat smaller portions of them. I no longer beat myself up when I have a bad day (ok, well, I do sometimes beat myself up, but I get over it quicker and get back on track!).
I would start by making small changes in your daily life. Drink 1 or 2 more cups of water than you normally do. Take a 10 minute walk during lunch instead of sitting at your desk. I have found that if I start out with these HUGE plans, I tend to fail. But if I make small plans, it's easier to meet my goal and then I'm more motivated to do more!
As for weight loss, I have also made small goals for myself there too. I "officially" weigh myself at the end of every month. My goal is to weigh less as the end of the month than I did at the beginning of the month. That way if I lose even a 1/2 pound, I still met my goal!
Best of luck to you and feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions or need any help!
Hi everyone, I am Marian and am new to Spark People and have been back on the diet train for several months with limited results. I started walking again and bought a Fitbit to track my steps and mileage. I have been trying to get the 10K steps in daily but I work in an office at a desk all day long and often do not get home until after dark which makes this a challenge sometimes.
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