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Everyone finds a different motivator. KEEP LOOKING until you find yours. I've been on SP for 7 years and lost 15 in the beginning that I kept off. Then I quit to have a baby. Since then, I've kept off the first 15. I've "played" with an additional 10....down, up, down, up. Then I noticed my pants were getting tight again which meant I was gaining back some of my 15. Nope! Not going there. I still have another 25 to lose. I am NOT going to live in stretch pants and I am not going to buy larger sizes.
So, as I always do when I want to lose, I came back to SP. I reset goals and noticed a new one I hadn't noticed before....walk 20 miles in a week. Hmmm...... I hate the gym, I'm not a huge fan of swimming, I've tried countless videos and work-out-at-home routines and I just don't like any of them. The only thing I find refreshing is walking in the evening after work. We have an excellent neighborhood for walking and after being cooped up in an office all day, the fresh air is wonderful. I thought.....hmmm.....20 miles a week. I can do that (I think). Multiply that by 52 weeks and that's over 1,000 miles in a year! WOW!! That's something to brag about. But, I have to give myself wiggle room so while my official goal was 20/week and 1,000 this calendar year, I told myself 1,000 miles is 1,000 miles whether it takes 9 months or 13. I'm shooting for 1,000 miles regardless of how long it takes and I'm just going to try to get it ASAP knowing full well, it's a one-year goal. No more focus on the scale. Instead.....eat well and get those miles in. It seemed like walking those miles was something I could control. So often......I CAN'T control the scale and it de-motivates me very quickly. Walking, I could control. I thought....if I walk, the scale is bound to move in my favor, right?? Eventually??
The first week, I walked 13 miles. The second week, I walked 5. Not the best start. The 3rd week, I walked 18. SO CLOSE! Seeing the 18 gave me determination...I only needed 2 more. During these weeks, no weight loss.
I bought The Spark. It was one of the best things I have done. For the first time in 7 years, I feel like I WILL do this......no longer is it "I can" or "I hope" or "I will try" as it always was before. I have fairly decent eating habits (not perfect, but decent) but I'm just too sedentary. Chapter 3, on exercise and how it helps with so much more than mere weightloss, really inspired me since I'm also trying to switch careers in the next 2 years.
I saw the BodyMedia advertised on here and looked into it.....they want a monthly fee after paying $100 for the unit. Yea, I don't do monthly fees. So then I found the FitBit which does all the same things with no monthly fees. It tracks all walking, and climbing of hills, etc and it syncs with SP. I log food on SP as so many Sparkers do and then use FitBit to track activity. FitBit calculates your calorie needs based on your activity levels, not merely on an average. Since it seems more personalized than SP's calorie calculation, I wanted it. I LOVE it!! Now, I take stairs I wouldn't normally take, I walk at lunch, I walk after work. I'm averaging 35 miles/week so I'm blowing that 20/week goal out of the water!! And, I've lost 5lbs and several inches. Although, I'm too chicken to measure, the waist is definitely trimmer, the pants that were tight now almost need a belt and folks at work have noticed.
I've decided I'm going to walk as many miles as possible this year (definitely MORE than 1,000). Whatever that number happens to be at the end of Dec 31, my goal for 2014 will be to surpass 2013. For the first time in my life, I'm enjoying exercise. Oh, I still have times when I don't want to walk --- particularly lunch hour at work --- and sometimes I skip it. But the family walks are getting longer and more frequent and those are the ones I truly enjoy. My teenager prefers to ride his bike and it's a good thing because it has pegs on the back so when our 5 year old gets tired of walking, he stands on the pegs and big brother gives him a ride home.
Hopefully my story will inspire you but if not......keep reading.....keep trying different things......you'll figure out what works for you. I just hope it doesn't take you 7 years as it did me. =)
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Hi there. I have the same problem. It's hard to loose weight. I hate to exercise. Why would we want to do something we hate? So, I totally get it.
Actually, when I first joined SP years ago, I lost all the weight I wanted to loose. It took me a long time. In fact, my first 6 month, I lost nothing. Several times I wanted to give up, but my SP friends kept telling me to just keep going. Everybody kept reminding me that I did gain weight in a day or in a month,so I should not think I will loose the weight in a month. After 6 moths, the weight just started falling off every day. So, do you think maybe you are trying to rush and then give up?
About 3 years ago, I started having daily migraine headaches that I was not able to control, I gained all the weight back and more. It was very sad. Now, I am back on SP this year with less painful headaches and I am trying to loose again. I am using same strategy as I used before. Maybe this will help you too.
I am packing my own lunch to work. I am eating the biggest meal at breakfast. I like to eat sandwich at breakfast. It fills me up until around 2:00 in the afternoon. Then I can ear a light lunch and light dinner. I also started walking during my lunch hour at our local mall. It's only a 30 minute walk, but it does help. I try to walk on the treadmill at home. I like the treadmill because I am alone watching my favorite TV show without the kids in the room. It's great. No one is looking at me and watching TV distracts me. I also try to take our dog for a walk when I get home from work. Maybe you just need to find something that works for you.
It maybe too late to go back and make a new start, but it's not too late to make a new ending.
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I agree. Spend time looking around. I would recommend setting up a Sparkpage and blogging. I didn't do either until I had lost all of my weigh, but I sure wish that I had during the process. I love the support and friendships that are made here. It's sometimes easier to "spill your guts" to friends that you aren't looking at face-to-face. It's less intimidating.
Blog and post on threads! This way we can support you during the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Edited by: MJREIMERS at: 2/10/2013 (19:48)
Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
* SparkPeople's User Guide:
* New Member Tutorial Videos:
* For Additional Motivation:
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
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Hello, I'm almost 57, weigh 250 lbs. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, don't know why, 2 great kids, one in college, one in the army. I've been overweight ALL my life. Have joined WW 50 times, tried Richard Simmons, read Dr Phil, I've tried it all. With all my attempts, I am successful in the beginning, then for some reason, sabotage myself. I've been a member of Spark People for years. I read the articles, some of the messages, have exercise tapes. I have good intentions, but never follow thru. Early June we're planning a trip to Colorado to visit our son. My husband and I both started diets and exercising to lose weight before the trip. He has been successful, I'm not . I joined the local gym, would go only 2-3 times a week. I don't like going cause I feel people are looking at me. (excuse) I have many health issues associated with being overweight. A couple months ago I found out I have type 2 diabetes. Even THAT hasn't made me want to take care of myself. I don't know what to do, how to get started and stick to it, I feel lost. I need help.