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Posts: 39 5/4/12 10:57 A
I go walking or biking every morning after my son gets on the bus. I find starting the morning off with my exercise keeps me motivated. I also track my food and exercises ! This combined is really working for me. I weigh myself 2 times a day morning and afternoon to see the difference.
current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (23,694) Posts: 369 4/30/12 2:03 P
Winding down earlier in the evening is working for me. I have cravings with a capital "C" after 8p.m. I've found that if I brush my teeth by 8 and make my way to bed (either to read or watch t.v. for a few) by 9, I fight off my cravings for stuff like my son's Easter candy. Not the proudest moments in this mom's life when it comes to all the candy my son doesn't like which all has one main ingredient: chocolate!
current weight: 160.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,360) Posts: 251 4/18/12 1:46 P
Food Tracking. It has made me realize what i was eating and to eat healthier. I have lost 10 lbs in the last 2 months on Sparkpeople!!!
current weight: 140.4
Fitness Minutes: (2,110) Posts: 3 2/28/12 9:53 A
I am tracking my food and fittness everyday. I recently bought a stationary bike and I've found that since it does not require me to change my routine I am able to work out 60 minutes at least 5 nights a week. I come home, make dinner, clean up, and while everyone is watching tv, I work out. I've already lost 4 pounds!
current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,966) Posts: 172 1/31/12 11:36 P
Tracking of my food...What an eye opener! Now that I am tracking, I am thinking more carefully about my food choices..
current weight: 173.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,137) Posts: 58 1/25/12 11:21 A
tracking and exercising.... staying consistent
Fitness Minutes: (595) Posts: 19 1/24/12 8:40 P
Tracking, tracking, tracking... Not fudging about anything. If I eat it, I track it. I have lost 7 pounds in my first two weeks. I love this site!!
Keep Your Eye On The Goal!!
current weight: 166.0
Posts: 748 12/2/11 12:49 P
Menu Planning by the week. I keep it flexible for convenience and I tend to roll big batches of things like beans, chili, and soup into several meals.
Only you can.
current weight: 255.0
Posts: 658 9/21/11 9:55 A
What is working for me: counting the calories that I eat and working out in the morning. It means getting up at an insane time, but it is what is working. After work, the rest of my day is just too packed with family activities: homework, sports, play time, dinner, etc.
Also, what helps the morning routine go efficiently is having everything ready the night before: lunches, clothes for work/school, bookbags/purse/work bag packed and ready to go. Getting all this stuff ready can take 30-45 minutes. Trying to factor that time into the morning I found myself saying weaseling out of exercise (I can't work out or I can only do have of my routine because I have to get all this stuff ready).
current weight: 194.0
Posts: 57 9/16/11 12:06 P
This is an awesome thread! I have been a Sparker for @ 8 weeks - and in that time I've lost a few pounds but definately need to lose more. I have been a little slacking in my tracking and I know that if I want to succeed... I need to TRACK. But I think another thing is that I have looked at what I am doing to see if it is working or if there is something that needs to change.. for example: I am training for the Virtual 5K, I am wondering if I am not "eating" enough to account for the drastic change to my workout efforts.
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Posts: 946 9/3/11 10:31 A
Nutrition tracker helps me focus the most, staying aware of what I'm eating. Fitness tracker I also use almost every day. Third: reading articles on positive thinking, motivation, consistency. The support from spark members is uncalculable.
current weight: 239.4
Fitness Minutes: (8) Posts: 2 8/28/11 1:58 A
I am trying once again to get back on track. For me the best thing to do is to record what I eat. I have tried a few other diets and even did Weight Watchers a few times. Once I stop logging what I eat the pounds creep back on. Logging everything you eat is my best advice!
current weight: 250.0
Fitness Minutes: (983) Posts: 2 8/25/11 7:56 A
I play Wii Fit with my kids. They are 9 and 10 and very competitive. They are also a great cheering section especially as we see my Mii character getting smaller.
current weight: 156.0
Posts: 209 8/21/11 6:53 A
I run MWF and on my non-running days, I do workout that I get from Netflix. Each month I change to a different workout from Netflix to keep things changing.
Pounds lost: 19.9
Fitness Minutes: (2,320) Posts: 85 7/13/11 10:46 A
I also started out with small steps in changing my eating, drinking WATER WATER WATER, and started walking. Then we added Zumba through the week and in a couple days past a month I dropped 20 lbs (15 since I started on here). I feel so much better, have more energy. My daughter goes to Zumba with me and she is free (she's 11), and she loves it. Ready to go each day they classes are held. My sister goes with us also. I have had so much stress in my life the past few years from having a husband who loved to drink instead of loving his family and that was the first step was to get rid of that stress for the kids and I. He seemed like he was getting himself together and then lost another job due to drinking a couple days ago. So I am left to support these two kids. Those kids are most important and they need to know that I will always be there for them no matter what, and I need to get myself healthy so I can be. I was so depressed and didn't even want to get up to face the day for so long, now I have school, making better choices in my life, and most of all 2 beautiful kids that give me such joy. I feel healthier and when I loose more lbs, that's just a bonus!!! Good luck everyone.
Pounds lost: 29.0
Posts: 153 7/3/11 12:40 P
baby steps.....I started out by changing eating habits. Started cooking healthy meals and snacks and started losing. It has only been a few months since I started exercising. When it comes to that, find something you love to do!! I love Turbo Fire and Chalene is so motivating! The music is great too and sure helps to get you going. I am not someone who can go to the gym. Exercise equipment make me dizzy and my work schedule changes a lot. So I workout at home. But do what works for YOU, find your soul mate workout
"Happiness is where you find it, but rarely where you seek it."
Pounds lost: 37.1
Posts: 25 7/1/11 1:53 P
Parents please try to watch the following lecture, whenever you get a chance. Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM
Former vegetarian who gained 55 pounds, but I've lost 15 pounds since starting the program. I'm still losing about 2 pounds a week.
Tip: Drink 16oz warm water with lemon upon waking up. Helps with bowel movement. Know your Vitamin D levels. Low levels work against you in so many ways especially weight loss. Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly. I use chop sticks. Cut out your starchy carbs, sugar and junk food of course. Eat your protein/fat first, followed by your carbs. Try to bring down your stress. I know easier said than done. Move, play with your kids.
My tip, even if you do not want to exercise do something. Just about a month ago on a Sunday I was sitting on the couch feeling down. It was gorgeous outside. I finally told myself go walk, you love to walk outside. Went and hit the trails at the local park district and felt great. I keep remembering that day and do something. Even if it is just getting down on the floor and doing 5 pushups or throwing in wii just dance. Just moving gets me feeling better. And doing the small things may push you enough to do a complete workout. It can be baby steps sometimes, just make the steps in the right direction.
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Pounds lost: 2.8
Posts: 116 6/3/11 5:31 P
For me what has worked (I have lost 56 pounds since las November) is that I joined a weight loss center, Inches-A-Weigh. I had tried dieting before, and exercising but never had real lasting success. After seeing a picture of me at my highest weight, not pretty, I joined the center and started loosing weight. I started drinking my 8 cups of water a day, started watching what I was eating, and exercising. I lost a lot of weight doing this, and then a family member got me to sign up for a triathlon. I started training for that and it helped me loose even more weight. I have 20 pounds left to loose, but I know I can do it with the support I am getting from great team members on sparkpeople, and continuing to eat healthy and exercise. I have found that there is no special formula, just hard work and determination.
The only thing you can't accomplish is the thing you don't start.
current weight: 187.6
Posts: 2 6/3/11 3:12 P
This is my first time on here, and I have to say that I can relate to everyone. I have two kids one in Kindergarten and one in 3rd grade. I am a stay at home mom, who felt like I had no energy. Felt like I was being pulled in every way possible. Do stuff with the kids, spend time with the husband, cook, clean, grocery shop, and somehow try to fit in excercise. And this is all staying at home, I couldn't imagine having to work a full time job and have to do all this. So those of you who do, I really admire you. I have been working out 3 times a week since last July. I was doing Zumba, and then would work out at home on the Wii active, or Biggest Loser games. I hit a brick wall this January. Just didn't have the get up and go, to do anything. I would rather sit on the couch, then work out. I knew it would help me feel better, but we had an awful dark yucky winter, and I just got the blues. People say things come to you at the right time, well they surely do. A lady at my church invited me to a "informational meeting." I thought well I will go and hear what they have to say, but I'm not buying anything. The meeting started and this guy said has anyone here heard of this product "ZIJA.' Well no, I've never heard of it. He said this is from this such and such plant, called Moringa Olifera,"The miracle tree" Continuing on he goes on to say that someone introduced him to these products 18 months ago, and 45 pounds ago. That caught my attention. This fella lost 45 pounds, so now I was intrigued. By the end of the "meeting", needless to say I bought a box of what they were selling, and took it home and gave it a try. On the fourth day, I felt great. I had energy, I didn't want to sit on the couch and watch tv anymore. I actually felt like cleaning my house!! Now a month and a half later, I am still taking the Zija smart mix, and I feel wonderful. I felt so good on the products that I decided to become a distributor with the company. To date I have lost 11 lbs, and 4 inches. There has been no diet involved except for the fact that I have been taking the weight loss capsules that have an appetite suppressent in them. I have not ran to the cabinet to find the junk food that I was craving. My mood is better, my body feels better, therefor I am better with my kids, and my husband. The best part about these products for me is that my love handles seem to be disappearing. No amount of excercise that I have done before has ever attacked my love handles. If you want more information on this company or products, contact me. I encourage you to research this moringa olifera. You will be very shocked at what all it can do for your body, and it is safe for anyone. There is no known side effects, except for an initial detox phase that your body goes through once introduced to pure nutrition. www.lanicrume.myxmstory.com
Fitness Minutes: (1,455) Posts: 9 5/26/11 2:25 P
I'm with you. I'm hopeless at dieting. I am also trying to focus on lots of water and find it is displacing other things. Not much room for Coke when there are 4 more cups of water to drink! :) Keep it up.
current weight: 173.5
Fitness Minutes: (202) Posts: 4 5/20/11 12:35 A
Hi! I just joined a few days ago. I have to admit that I'm TERRIBLE at "dieting". So what I'm trying is increasing my fruit and veggie servings, and making sure I drink my 8 cups of water every day. Every day after my coffee, I don't allow myself anything to drink other than water. This is dramatically decreasing my sugar intake, as my favorite drinks are sweet southern iced tea and Dr. Pepper. I also purchased Wii Fit Plus, and I absolutely love it. I'm way more motivated to exercise with this because it's actually fun!
current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,280) Posts: 50 5/19/11 9:39 A
Bought a $15 exercise bike and I am on it two to three times a day. It gets the blood flowing and I am ready to do more!
current weight: 155.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,688) Posts: 37 5/10/11 11:17 A
I am new to Sparkle. I lost 110lbs and now see to yo-yo between 170 and 160. I would like to ideally weigh in the 140s. So here I go, off on this adventure.
current weight: 139.9
Posts: 20 4/12/11 10:01 A
Good morning. I am new here. Thanks for the tips about the TV fitness shows. I do get those , just haven't done them yet. you have motivated me. I work part time(teaching). I ahve a 7 yr old ADHD son(we adopted him in 2004) he has been in our home since oct 2003(2 months old). we also have 2 grown daughters (19, 23) my 23 yr old is married and has a baby girl (age 15 months). such a joy. my husband has his own business. i help with that also. anyway, I need motivation in exercise etc. i plan on trying the tips you posted. have a blessed day
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 3/28/11 11:42 A
I have lost 115 lbs in 7 1/2 months. I do a program www.alitelife.net I eat every 3 hours and exercise... I walk with my kids and hubby after dinner. then when during commercials in our hour TV watching I do the exercises workout form spark. It works out really well.
Posts: 1,730 3/18/11 7:52 A
I have 3 kids and work full-time so my excuse not to exercise was that I don't have the time. However, I recently discovered a lifesaver!
If you have AT&T U-Verse (or any cable carrier that has On Demand, as opposed to Pay Per View), you can go to the "On Demand" menu and choose "Free". Then, go to "Health & Fitness". Then, choose "Exercise TV". You will find about 50 free workouts there that you can do right in your living room!
I have done belly dancing, hip hop, Jillian's 30 Day Shred, Zumba, Yoga, Bollywood, Walk Away The Pounds...there are so many cool options! And most of them are about 20-25 mins long. The kids like to join in too! This is now how I get my 20 mins of cardio in every day.
Fitness Minutes: (16,204) Posts: 1,525 2/22/11 11:15 A
Hi Centuryflower - a while back I found a great book with all sorts of scavenger hunts; the clues were already printed up in the book ready to tear out and place around the house. You don't even need a book - just use your imagination and make up your own clues. For younger kids, it's probably easier to use non-reading clues, like a color or starting with a certain letter. It's a great way to get my kids away from the TV and get moving around the house, especially when the weather is keeping us indoors.
Another hit with my kids was Hullabaloo by Cranium Games - the game comes with different colored and shaped pads which you scatter on the floor and a battery operated console calls out directions to move onto a pad or do something silly. Lots of fun for mom or dad to play along too!
Hope this helps - best of luck!!
"If your dreams do not scare you, then they are not big enough." ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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Fitness Minutes: (24,720) Posts: 519 2/19/11 10:57 P
I'd love some ideas of things families/kids can do in the winter-- really any sort of idea, and it doesn't need to be exercise. So I am (for once) very motivated and I'm loving my exercise routines. But my kids are addicted to screens (computer, TV). It was the parent's couch potato habits that got them there. We talked to them today about limiting screen time to only 2 hours and on this cold Saturday. I then couldn't think of enough activities to replace the screen. My kids (6 year old twins. Boy and girl) exercised with me and used play dough cans instead of hand weights and it was great.... but I need help figuring out how to replace this habit. We ended up with 7 hours screen time rather than all day at least. Eek! Help!
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Pounds lost: 26.0
Posts: 132 1/27/11 4:37 P
Planning, planning, planning. If I didn't think my day through properly I think I'd fall off the healthy eating/exercise wagon in a heartbeat. I sit at the start of the week and plan meals for myself and my family. I block time out each day to exercise regardless of how busy I am. When I felt guilty about not spending enough time with my family because I was either working out or at university, I included them in my exercise. Now my husband and I go to the gym 3 times a week and my wee girl and I go swimming all the time. I'm so grateful to SP, my 9 year old was a very fussy eater but since I joined this site she's been coming into the kitchen to cook healthy meals with me and then eating it all. But the main thing that keeps me on track (apart from my family benefiting from a healthier lifestyle) is planning it all out. Good luck
"Your problems do not define you"
Pounds lost: 26.0
Fitness Minutes: (140) Posts: 1 1/16/11 7:51 P
Hello everyone! I'm also new to Spark People and I've been very motivated! My simple lifestyle changes have made it easy for me to drop some weight and feel better about myself!
My huge vice is SODA... I didn't realize how many calories I was drinking in a day! My change has been to drink as much water as soda in a day. If I drink a 12 oz can of soda I have to drink 12oz of water before I drink another soda. It's help me immensely!
I also make sure to have healthy snacks READY to grab when I want them. Cucumbers sliced up, hummus made, cottage cheese always in the fridge, etc.
Can't wait to hear more about how everyone is doing!!
Fitness Minutes: (11,226) Posts: 682 1/14/11 12:30 P
Hello ladies I am new to this sparkteam. What I have been doing is to add my water to my food tracker. I drink 4 glasses of water before each meal. By the time the meal is ready I am full enough not to over eat. I always got my water in but it was a chore. Now I am making it work for me...as an appetite suspresent
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Pounds lost: 30.5
Fitness Minutes: (335) Posts: 6 1/6/11 10:25 A
Hello ladies! New to the team and starting with the WW drop diet to give me that boost to get going. After that I will watch points along with my exercise goals. I started the diet and have lost 9 pounds in 2 days! Surprisingly, it's not that hard!
Edited by: LITTLEGOALS at: 1/6/2011 (10:25)
current weight: 209.0
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 3 1/3/11 9:36 A
I'm also new (returning from a few years ago). My tip is tracking your food faithfully. If it goes in my mouth; it goes in the tracker. It's very revealing to see what I am actually eating. Sometimes my slip-ups are not as bad as I thought.
I hope this helps.
Best Wishes for a wonderful 2011.
Posts: 28 12/29/10 6:19 P
I'm really new. However, what seems to work for me is setting up my fitness tracker and "doing what I'm told, when I'm told" ... lol
current weight: 192.0
Fitness Minutes: (419) Posts: 13 11/23/10 9:17 A
Hi all, I'm new to sparkpeople so i don't know how well it's working yet but so far (2 days) i'm staying positive and motivated. I work in a bakery (lots of tempting treats that can really add up) and not everyone in my household is on board so there is temptation all around. I've decided that it's time for a change, my entire household is overweight (my by 100 lbs, my 6 year old by 35lbs and the other 2 members are overweight as well but i'm not sure how much). Anyway i read the book "Fish" about the fish philosophy and it really hit home. Although i generally lived my life that way anyway it really made the point clear... and so here i am. I am choosing to be happy and i'm choosing to eat and exercise better for myself and my family because i choose a better lifestyle and as long as i keep remembering that every time temptation jumps in the way and i remember that i am in control and although we can't control events, situations, etc. in our life we can can control how we react and what we do and how we will allow or not allow it to affect us. Anyway that's my thoughts for now... i would appreciate any feedback you may have. Have a great day
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current weight: 517.0
Fitness Minutes: (365) Posts: 58 11/19/10 10:54 P
We all need some tips and help sometimes....This is the perfect post just for that....
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current weight: 222.0
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