Welcome Staceyes, from the token male on all of Sparkpeople. Congrats about the coming Bat Mitz - just been through that times two. Still paying, alas...
I was new right after Chanukah 2011. Some things that helped me get off to a fast start might help you too:
1. Drink the water. Every day. 64 oz at minimum.
2. Use the nutrition tracker as though it is the Soup Nazi. (Or Louis Gossett Jr.'s character in An Officer and a Gentleman). Aim for the minimum of the calorie range. Eat or drink NOTHING that is not counted.
3. Track sodium. Salt makes you retain water.
4. Get your personal trigger foods out of the house entirely.
5. Find an exercise you enjoy, and do it as often as you can, as vigorously as you dare.
One final thought: Hilary said "Itr Takes a Village" and also true here on Spark. While privacy and discretion are admirable traits, you may get more out of the social side of the experience of being here if you dial back on your privacy settings some. Again, welcome and congrats!
Edited by: BOSS61 at: 2/21/2012 (07:08)
"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)
Pounds lost: 38.2
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Hello and welcome to the team. I agree with everything already said. With a bit of luck and effort you should be able to lose the weight in time. Happiness on the day will make you look special. Your pride in your daughter will make your face glow. That is what people will notice.
"To share often and much--to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-- This is to have succeeded."
Remember that if you want to lose weight and keep it off that dieting won't work -- you have to really change your lifestyle. This isn't so terrible. Just change small things in what you eat and how you exercise, with the aim of creating for yourself the lifestyle you want for the rest of your life. And it will be a fantastic model for your daughter. Great that you are planning now, so you can do a little bit at a time and not be overwhelmed by the details. Have fun! And welcome to the site!
If not now, when?
Highest weight: 179 Reached goal weight of 145 on April 1, 2004 Current weight: 143
Whatever you do, dont obsess over details. the most important thing is whatever your daughter does at shul (every one has different amount the kids do). Second is food and music, so dont obsess over the ribbons on a bathroom basket or the table decorations (keep it simple and so that people can see across the table), and people will deal with whomever you seat them with - just dont go so crazy you eat yourself crazy or have that huge letdown the day after.
I'm doing a wedding now - and reminiding myself of the same things, but my daughhter the bride is soooo organized and so not obsessive, she's making it easy! Good luck!! Sherri
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