Hi and welcome!! This is a great site with many helpful tools and encouraging people to help out whenever needed!! Once I joined this team I went out and bought an inexpensive pedometer and never thought that I would ever reach the recommended 10,000 steps in a day but to my surprise I would check it every so often then each day I would challenge myself to make it past the amount from the day before. Before I knew it I was walking more and more each day and it was so addicting for me. So I wish you good luck on your journey to a new lifestyle and meeting your goals!!!
Welcome to our team Rachael! Activity plus healthy eating will result in weight loss, but the true key is consistency. Being inconsistent will not achieve the results you seek. You can do this but you have to do it on a consistent basis. Good luck Rachael!
Raúl Leader of the FitBit Users Unite! SparkTeam www.fitbit.com/user/228NLM ~Keep moving people!~ ^^^You got this!^^^ *** Just Do! ***
to the team! I'm so glad you've joined us! You've already gotten some good advice on how to reach your goal but I'll explain how I've done it - I tracked my ordinary number of steps for a few days to get an idea of how many steps I take without any extra effort - then I increased the number by 500-1,000 steps per day until that felt comfortable, at which point I increased it again. It actually didn't take very long to get to 7,000 steps but I found it harder to increase at that point so just stayed at 7k for awhile until it seemed easier, then I increased it again.
I'm afraid to increase too fast because I have foot problems and putting too much pressure on them too quickly can cause problems. Once I got adjusted to 7k, it wasn't very hard to increase further to 10k. Now I often get 15k-20k and occasionally more than 20k without needing to dial 9-1-1
It's like the rest of the aspects of a successful weight-loss program - making a few little changes and staying at that level until it feels 'normal' before adding any more little changes. I always used to be in a BIG HURRY and wanted to 'change everything' so I'd reach my goal faster. Well, surprise, surprise - all that would happen was one huge burst of energy for awhile, then it would fade and I'd fall back into old [bad] habits! Going slow is actually faster than going fast, as it turns out! So give it a try.....
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
God Grant me Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to Change the things I can and Wisdom to Know the difference!
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden
"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
Aloha and welcome! I find that getting up and walking throughout the day makes reaching a 10k step goal quite accessible. But if I want to lose weight I (and everyone is different) need to up my steps. And of course, staying within my calorie intake goals.
Congratulations for joining the team! I find that there are a lot of benefits to walking besides weight loss- it is great for clearing the mind and it really helps me when I am writing papers or organizing lectures.
sarah "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato
"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"
October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."
Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"
991 Days since: added sugar
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 8 5/24/12 3:10 P
Im Rachael, 25, married with a beautiful 19 month old daughter. I am one of those who needs to loose 100 pounds but really gets turned off my machines. After seeing this group topic I have become motivated - my husband is out getting me a pedometer and I will be making my 10K step attempt daily - I have just arranged a walking partner for myself daily starting with a 15 min walk.
Any suggestion how to reach this goal? Has this proven to have a real weight loss??
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.