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It does seem overwhelming sometimes and you can't do it all in one day or by yourself. But you're here and that is a step...set some small achieveable goals...walk 5 minutes a day...drink a few more glasses of water a day...add 1 more fruit a day. Then when you can do these goals easily, raise the goals a little higher, maybe 15 minutes of walking, adding a few more veggies, cutting one bad habit. The journey is long, but even baby steps will get you there. Just know you aren't doing this alone, there are plenty of us going the same way, who can pick you up when you fall, or push you along when you need it.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
KINGD11 - I was there at one point! My highest weight was 308 last year! I seriously felt disgusted with myself! But I didn't want to do anything about it. I didn't want to dress nicely, wear make-up, or even blow dry my hair because I knew nothing was going to make me feel better about myself. A couple of other people in my church began losing weight (they are about 20 years older than me) and I got angry with myself - if they can do it why can't I????
I immediately decided I was going to check out following a low carb lifestyle - I decided to check out Atkins...it was the best thing I ever did. Within the first two weeks I lost 15lbs and I wasn't even exercising...but losing the weight gave me motivation to want to exercise, not to mention the extra energy.
We started a 'fluffy to fit' group at my church to get other ladies working out, too, so I'd have somebody to stay accountable to! We started with 7 ladies and after a year we only have 3-4 on a regular basis, but it's still enough to keep me pushing through.
I can honestly say doing it this way was the best thing I could ever have done! I exercise 5 -6 times a week and, though I still watch my carbs, I don't constrict my carbs to under 30 per day. I usually eat around 75 a day and I'm still losing weight. Since June 1, 2010 I have lost 75.7lbs! If I can do it I know you can do it!!!
Since I've lost all this weight I feel so much better about myself. I want to blow dry my hair every day to look my best, I want to wear make-up, I want to dress nicely. I wake up and look in the mirror and never feel disgusted. I'm still over weight...I still weigh more than 200lbs, but I know I won't forever and I feel good about the progress I've made.
I know you can feel that way about yourself too! You just need a starting point and a support team. You're on the right track with sparkpeople! Let us know if we can help!
"Looking back and regretting your past never helps you move forward. Let go and look to the future." -Me
Spark is a great place to learn and find motivation.
It may seem overwhelming right now, but if you take it one step at a time and take that first step right away, you are on your way.
I think my best advice would be don't try to change everything right away. Write down everything you want to accomplish and figure out steps to work towards that accomplishment. Start to move and exercise daily.
Spark is a great way to start. Create a sparkpage so you can start to make friends and get goodies. Check out different teams that interest you, most have challenges. Find some friends that will hold you accountable, and you are on your way! Use the spark tools to track your weight, food and exercise if you like. Get active in the spark community and you will stay motivated.
Good Luck KingD11
I have joined the site because I hate my life and the fat in it. Do I do anything about it. Not really. I am over 300 lbs and never thought I would see this in my life but here I am. I hate my life. I do have a goal though and thats to learn from all of you how you are losing fat and gaining a life you love. Please help me.