and to a great team. We are glad you joined us. You may already be aware of some of the following information and I hope I can share some information to help get you started.
Take time to look through this awesome site and begin to use the tools available. I find the nutrition & fitness tracker valuable tools. Track every morsel you eat and count the minutes you exercise even "just walking". Motion counts even if you are starting with a 5 min. walk each day. Work yourself up to at least 30 mins. of exercise daily.
Read the wealth of materials available as they give you wonderful ideas of easy changes you can make.
Build fruits & veggies into your diet. Eat 3 meals a day as well as 1-2 snacks. Keep the snacks healthy, not "junk" foods. They are a lot of empty cals. Drink lots of water as this will help flush your system & give you a fuller feeling thus decreasing the hunger sensation. Do not attempt to eat LESS than 1200cals/day as your brain is told you are starving your body so it retains carbs & fats for the future; thus weight gain. Set up your BMI to get your calorie range and try to stay within it.
Post often. Ask questions and we will help you find the answers. Join in on the fun, challenges & conversations. You just might be able to help others with their dilemmas. Try getting as many SparkPoint as you can. Reason; this leads you to a lot of fantastic information. Most of all, have fun with us.
Best wishes to you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner. Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.
"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)
With God all things are possible.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David Viscott
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Hello everyone! I am a 23 year old female who has been making some big changes in life! I'm originally from a small town in NW Iowa. This past Memorial Day weekend I met a great guy from a neighboring small town only to find out he was soon moving to Welcome, MN. We have been together since mid-June and I now live in Welcome with him! Aside from meeting and falling in love with him, I have also graduated college with my teaching degree and am working full-time at a school in Iowa. Since we started dating we have been working together to lose weight and get back into shape. I really let myself go my Sophomore year of college and before I knew it I had packed on 50 pounds since graduating high school. Since October 2010 I have lost 40 of those nasty pounds and am now weighing in a steady 150 pounds. We both want to lose 10-15 more pounds before his brother's wedding in April, but we both seem to have sort of plateued at our current weights. So far SparkPeople has been an awesome tool. I have been using the recipes at home and we both love them! I am hoping this website and all of you will help me find that last little "umph" I need to get my weight dropping again and get me back to 135-140 where I was when I was at my healthiest! :-)
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