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!
| Pounds lost: 1.8