Thank you Don, I really appreciate your kind words. It's been a heck of a day - not long after I posted that message, we had a meeting at work and just as everyone else around the world is hearing, it's budget issues and how it could affect our jobs. I'm hoping to hold it together today. When these kinds of things crop up I tend to retreat, eat the worst possible food I can find and not exercise. I really hope today I can stick with my routine today.
Hey it's great to have you joining in with our local SparkTeam!
Let me HIGHLY recommend you start up your own SparkPage to increase your level of connection with others in our SparkFamily!
For weight loss, NOTHING beats healthy food choices. Start by logging your food and you will automatically learn a LOT about your choices by seeing the calorie counts. This usually steers us toward better choices. I love Michael Pollan and his basic food rule:
Eat FOOD, not food-like substances that your grandmother wouldn't even recognize as food, mostly plants, not too much.
As far as workouts? No great expense necessary! #1 rule? Find something you find enjoyable and fun which involves being more physically active. That will boost your odds of being able to follow through on your workouts! Walking is a great way to get started...good pair of walking shoes and you're set to go! Many find workout DVDs to be helpful. For strength training dumb bells and resistance bands are fairly inexpensive ways to get started. Coach Nicole has MANY workout videos posted here at SparkPeople free of charge!
Keep coming back to share your trials, tribs and SUCCESSES to get the MOST from your SparkFamily! It's been shown that those who are more active with others here at SparkPeople are more successful in achieving and maintaining their health and wellness goals.
Good for you to take charge and begin building a healthy lifestyle for yourself NOW!
Edited by: DDOORN at: 12/1/2010 (11:08)
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Well, where do I start? I'm trying to lose ~45 lbs. before my wedding next September. For most of my life I was very active, involved in sports and in great shape. After I graduated college and started working in various stressful jobs and entered stressful relationships, I started stress eating/drinking. At one point a few years ago, I hit rock bottom and was able to get back to close to my college weight. But, slowly and steadily last winter the pounds crept back on and now I'm back at square one again. I've lost almost 10 lbs. on Weight Watchers, but it's taken 5 months for that to happen - admittedly most of it my own fault. It doesn't help that I love to cook/eat. I guess the point I'm making is that I'd like to find something that just works, that isn't terribly complicated and that doesn't cost me a small fortune. I'd also like to get some great recipes where I can eat enough to feel satisfied (some of the WW recipes were good, but the portions were so small that I was starving after dinner). The upcoming wedding is a good reason to lose all the extra pounds, but ultimately it's the need to be healthy again and feel good about myself when I look in the mirror again.
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