Welcome, MOMARY1 -- Spark People has plenty of tools, information and community support to help you achieve your goals.
My first suggestion would be to set up your Spark Page so that we can get to know you a bit better (and send you the occasional Spark Goodie). If you need help with this, let me know (send a Spark Mail).
Next, track everything you consume (not "most" things). Plan your meals in advance so you can adjust the portions and/or components to stay within your recommended calorie range. And yes, be prepared to be disappointed by the results at times... there are a lot of factors at play, and if you weigh yourself after a day of, say, too much salt intake, or not drinking enough water, it may appear that you gained instead of lost. Or, if you're exercising a good bit, you may be increasing muscle mass and losing fat and still appearing to gain. Take one day at a time and don't expect to be perfect -- think of this as a long-term lifestyle and not a short-term "diet", and you WILL succeed.
Best wishes, Sandy
Edited by: SANDYBREIT at: 5/10/2013 (21:54)
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
Make sure you are measuring portions and tracking the food. Journaling can help but you have to note every little thing to see what might be the problem. What you don't track might be more than you think. And bump up the walking a bit. That won't hurt and when you do, enjoy the scenery.
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In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose "If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
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I'm new to Spark & enjoy reading everything....I have been working on changing my lifestyle for the last 7 weeks. I've been walking & working out 3 times a week, changing my food intake & tracking "most" of everything that goes in my mouth....I've managed to lose 10.6 pounds HOWEVER, today the scale told me I gained 7 pounds in 1 week!!!! Don't understand how that happened & not sure I can get over the disappointment...I've found it hard going already & found it so slow loosing weight at 1-2 lbs per week that I was already discouraged...my husband is working out with me & is now walking 2 miles a day & his weight loss is also pretty slow....how do you keep going when you feel so discouraged & it's just like starting over??????
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