& TAKE IT EASY, GO ONE DAY AT A TIME. EXPLORE THE SITE AND DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. SET YOUR GOALS AND WAYS TO TRACK THEM. ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED TO AND JOIN IN AS YOU ARE ON THE THREADS. WISHING YOU MUCH SUCCESS ON YOUR JOURNEY :0)
That hole you said your were in? Think positive because just taking this step for better nutrition and fitness...you just stepped out of the hole onto the surface. You are in the starting blocks. It will be a process and it can be very rewarding if you want it to be. It took me a month playing around with the website but I finally bought the book and read it cover to cover in one day. (I hate to read) The book gave me the basic foundation. I started my journey on Dec. 28, 2009 and have lost 51 lbs in 5 months. My nutrition is under control and I have a good fitness program of my own. It is hard work but there are many benefits. Some major keys to my success: Have a plan,Motivation, Consistency, Accountability, Nutrition, Fitness, and the most important of all "Accountability" to myself. For accountability I log into SparkPeople everyday, read educational articles, log in my food intake and fitness activity. If I go over my calorie intake I can spot the offending food culprit immediately.
It would be helpful to figure out your Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR) and your Body-Mass Index (BMI). The results will indicate Approximately how many calories you will need for everyday needs. One of the major problems I see in many people who starts diets (previously me included) is that they do not eat enough calories. You need to eat enough calories for BMR + other fitness exercises. If you don't eat enough your body goes into starvation mode. Good luck on your journey, and just educate yourself on this website and follow your plan.
I think Spark Oregon might be just the right place for you to relate with other people in similar predicaments as yours (besides the weight issue). We all have our own journeys to wherever and while we all do things different, the end result for all of us is the same. To be happy and satisfied with ourselves. I commend you for getting a head start on this. Hope to see you around here often. What part of Oregon are you in? I'm in the Eugene/Springfield area... Bettyor
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I made a blog posting before even introducing myself to ya'll.
I'm going on here by Ada, but feel free to call me by my actual name, Jamian. Shortening it to "Jam" is peachy-keen as well. I just joined SparkPeople about two days ago. Honestly, I thought the site might have been some form of weight-loss scam center because it seemed a bit good to be true. However, after looking around, I am highly impressed with both the abundance of resources and the community. I had been on a few sites before, looking around for something that would strike me personally. Seems I may have found it.
A small tid-bit about myself. I'm 24 and just shy of 275lbs. I've had bad eating habits instilled in me since a very young age that followed me into adulthood. I also suffer from a bit of emotional and psychological stress over my personal worth and weight, as it has always been an issue between myself and my mother. Now that my mother is out of the picture, I am trying to do the 'right thing' by getting healthy and learning what I should have known as a child and young adult.
I don't expect it to be a sunshine-and-rainbows type of journey. I am honestly dreading the fact that soon I'll have to push myself and acknowledge that I'm not as 'okay' I thought I was and that I am, in fact, on the rock bottom of my physical and mental health. The upside, that I am dearly trying to keep in mind, is that the first step to getting out of a hole is to stop digging. The second is to look up, as it is the only place you can go. Corny, cliche, yes. Best fitting for my situation? Yes.
Hopefully, when I am able to emerge from this hole of mine, I'll find someone who is stronger and more sound in mind, body, and soul. Someone I've wanted to meet for all of my life.
Looking forward to chatting with everyone and spending the next few years achieving new goals.
(p.s.: I am so very sorry about the long-ish post. When I post, I tend to get a bit overkill on length. :p)
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