hi and welcome. I started with tracking everything I ate just to see what the page said. It takes some time to get used to it, but now I can track my daily food within 5-10 minutes. I also track my fitness. When you plug in a food, you can see the range of fats, sodium, calories, etc this was very helpful and still is. I started walking the dogs just .2 miles and now we get up to a mile easily daily. If the mile is too much at first, just do it till you are comfortable and add more each time. If you push yourself too hard at the beginning, you may want to give up and no one wants that. take your time, come here to talk whenever you need and read the blogs. this group is the best support system. Glad you found us, Annabelle
It took me a couple weeks to get comfortable using the nutrition tracker here; now, on a good week, I try to input the next day's food every night, so that all I need to do is tweak things here and there as my day goes on.
When I started, I was routinely under in protein and over in fat, and it took me a few weeks to get the balance right. Now, that's not a problem for me. When I started tracking sodium, that took me a month or two to get right. Now, I sometimes forget to look at it because it's rare for me to go over. Ditto fiber -- it took a couple weeks to get that in the right range, and now it's no problem.
Which is all to say that it took me several months to get my food where I needed it to be. And I know I'm not alone -- most people here will tell you that. Remind yourself of that when you've been tracking a little bit and start to feel frustrated with learning it. You CAN learn it, and once you do, the tracker will be your life preserver.
wow! you definately are awesome! you are doing a great job. you look fantastic. you must feel great. i dream of following in your footsteps soon and looking as good as you. thanks for all the advice. i find it so confusing how to track carbs and protiens and sodium and all. i'll have to keep trying. from what i saw on your sparkpage you haven't followed any certain diet plan. you just started fruits, vegies and lowfat protiens cut down on salts and sugars and just started walking is that right? and you have had amazing results. i think i will try that as i can't seem to stay on any structured weightloss plan. i need a natural program that i can stick to with out having to think of calories, points or measuring things. i think i will try to put the whole family on this way of eating. most of them need to reduce also plus it's a much more healthier way of eating. thanks so much for commenting and advicing me. have a great day!
I started by counting calories here, and keeping my protein, carbs, and fats in the right ranges. Just tracking my food showed me how out of proportion my eating was.
I then added sodium and fiber to my tracker. Pre-packaged food and junk food are both high in sodium and low in fiber, so by tracking those two elements, I wasn't just counting calories but judging the quality of my food. That helped me make healthier food choices. During my first month here, I lost over ten pounds, which was good enough to help me stick with it. By my second month, my clothes were fitting better. Now, eleven months in, I'm about 80 pounds down.
For the emotional eating, I still struggle with that. I've found talk therapy to be somewhat helpful, but also the support of this community. It's good to see so many people addressing the same problems I have, and I know that if I'm having problems, there are people here who are around to support me.
thanks for the advice. i decided tomarrow to get started eating healthier more salads and protiens and fruits. i'll cut out the tea with sugar as i like it sweet so that should help. i also have a walkathome 1 mile tape i'll try to start daily God willing. i know those quick fixes aren't good but i guess i thought i'd see if it worked for anyone here. but your advice is what i see those who have achieved goals here were doing. thanks for the advice and wish you luck on your weightloss journey
I can understand that you want speedy results in the first weeks but I'm not sure that is the right thing to aim for. Really rapid weight loss is often just water.
I started by portion control and just trying not to eat unhealthily. I did track my food on here.That worked well for me although I must admit I've gone off track since then!
Although you say you feel too big to exercise and that is why you want a rapid start, there is always something you can do. Even a 3-5 minute walk on the spot is something or doing some squats in the tv ad breaks. You will be surprised at what you can do and how soon you can do a bit more etc.
Try tracking your daily food intake on here and see how you go.
As boring as it sounds simply calorie counting or differently said portion control. And adding to it to listen to my body, meaning noticing what effects some food has on me. E.g. a piece of cake or some peanutbutter triggers me to binge. So Ieave it out. Right now I try withing my limited budget to eat as pure as possible. So as whole as possible with no added sugar, salt or other additives because those trigger me too.
hi everyone, new here and at a loss of what weightloss way to take this time. like almost everyone who has more than a hundred pounds to lose i've tried about everything. i would love to know what everyone is using. i really need a quick way the first month to at least lose enough weight to feel a difference to encourage me. that way i would hopefully be able to start some exercise. after that i would probably switch to ww as i am already subscribed online with them. i'm an emotional eater and food is my best friend and what i lean on when i am stressed bored or anything. but it doesn't last long and then i feel it as my enemy. i have lots of health problems and the doctors keep saying lose weight. i guess that's my story... i hope to be a success story on here reaching my goal like so many others on here who have done a great job and taken their lifes in their hands and done something about it.
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