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!
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.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Welcome to the team and congratulations on taking control of your life! I know that it can't have been easy to leave your marriage and I understand how it feels as an adult to move back in with your parents. Good luck to you on your journey!
My topic title is the date I took my life back. It's been a difficult, tiring and draining year, but I've decided to make it positive rather than negative. On June 6, 2010, my stepdaughter told me I had to leave. She was 14 at the time and had witnessed me being abused for the past 8 years by her father. He was never physically abusive, yet the emotional and verbal nightmare that he put me through was too much for even a 14 year old to observe. On June 6th I packed up the minivan with our 6 year old daughter not realizing that the nightmare was going to get even worse. Prior to our marriage I had been active and ate healthy. The abuse began slowly by accusing me of being with other people. I wanted him to love me so I worked out even more and ate less. The abuse increased because he wanted to know who I was trying to impress by being fit. To make him happy, I stopped working out and ate the same as him. Over the 8 years that we were together, I gained 75+ lbs. I can't blame him for all of it...I did have a baby during this time, but the majority of the weight was added due to depression. My daughter (7) and I are living with my parents and she is finally seeing what a loving and nurturing environment feels like. I miss my stepdaughter (15) tremendously yet she reminds me that in 3 years when she turns 18 we can be together again. I decided to join Spark a few weeks ago and turn my life positive again. My divorce has been postponed to September and I hope to reach my goal of 30 lbs by this date.
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