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8/19/09 12:23 P

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Hi and welcome to Spark! This is a great site to help you achieve your goals!

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8/19/09 8:11 A

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The Quick Fire Challenges are great! I have a desk job, too. I do these QFC exercises when I go to the bathroom. I drink lots of water, so I'm in there several times a day. It only takes a couple of minutes & helps burn calories & tone you up!

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8/18/09 5:23 P

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Welcome Emily you are getting lots of good advice and suggestions. Drinking lots of water has been what has helped me the most. If you dont care for plain water you can add some crystal light. I love the individual packages.Just pour it in a bottle of water and ready to go. Can help curb the appitite also. Good luck to you
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8/18/09 2:02 P

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yeaahhhh Emily! Go Go Go Go! You can also challenge yourself to do different exercises each day so you don't get bored. There's a "quick fire challenge" team that will give you one every day, many of them are great calorie burners and lots of fun. No gym required!

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8/18/09 12:49 P

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Great suggestions BOVEY - we have folks in the building (school I work at) all year round to walk. Also, I am from Michigan and bought a pair of YaxTrax and slap them on and actually walk outside in the winter up and down ice/snow covered streets. Great workout as well.

Emily, I think it is inevitable think you can fail. All of us are out here sharing and cheering you on!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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8/18/09 12:45 P

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Hi Emily.
Welcome to SP. Your story reads a lot like mine - until SP. This site has been a God-send to me. I can't believe the difference using the nutrition and fitness trackers has made. I have also learned to love food that are good for me and the more of these food I eat, the less I crave those that are bad for me. I no longer have to drive routes that don't go by the local Burger King - I can drive by now and am not tempted to go in (something I never thought would be possible).

As for exercise, you have the tools - your legs and your dogs. I started out with short walks at a slow pace and am now at 17-minute miles averaging 2-6 miles per day. One step at a time. Through SP I have also learned the benefits of mowing and gardening. Being a fellow Minnesotan I was worried about winter and these activities. Then I realized there will be raking, yard work in preparation for winter and of course shoveling. I am also setting up a work out area in my basement and have been filling it up with equipment purchased at rummage sales. I can't afford membership at the YMCA where there is a walking track, but have learned that some local schools will let you walk in their halls after school hours and malls are another great place to walk when the sidewalks are ice-covered.

Best of luck and whenever you need support or motivation, it's right here at SP - twenty-four hours a day.
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8/18/09 11:13 A

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Hi, Emily! Welcome to SP & the team! I've read all the posts & agree with the advice that's been given. Just want to add my 2 cents here.

I joined SP over a year ago & never really did much. I was so excited to find the website & especially excited since it's FREE! I had done Weight Watchers online years ago with a lot of success. I reached my goal & maintained for nearly 2 years. I won't go into what caused me to gain the weight back. But finding SP was the best thing that has happened as far as my weight & health since then.

I was not especially motivated to start tracking my food again or getting into exercise too much again. But I started by just tracking what I was eating without making any changes. After about a week, I saw where I needed to make major changes, but started with small ones. I've never been a big soda drinker, but love the salty & sweet snacks. I also loved the fast food. There are healthy substitutes for just about anything for which you have a craving. I get a daily email from hungrygirl.com. She has got great, yummy recipes that substitute for fast food places & chain restaurants like Applebee's, too. Her site has most of her recipes on it for free. I've never tried one that I didn't like. Even my DH, that doesn't have to worry about anything as far as weight, loves the recipes.

With exercise, I used to do the Firm, Turbo Jam, Tae Bo & just about anything else I could get my hands on. But when I tried to get back into the routine, I felt burnt out, too. So I started again with the Walk Away the Pounds dvds. I could do 15 minutes a day, no big deal. I just increased slowly by adding 5 minutes per day. That way I felt good about what I was doing without adding too much too soon. Now I can do the Firm, TJ, whatever with no problem.

Just keep at it & you CAN do it! Stick around here, post a lot & you will get all the support/motivation you need!

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8/18/09 10:28 A

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Great suggestion Songwriter. It is true, once you curb your intake of this junk, your body doesn't care about it. Protein is a good way to stay full so even a protein shake might be good too. I love the 100 calorie almond packs too. Crunch!!

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8/18/09 10:18 A

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Emily, You said you love fast food..I did too and I tried this: Packed my lunch every day, filled the lunch bag full to overflowing with portion controlled items: A bag of 8-10 cherry tomatoes (24 calories or so), a bag of 8-10 grapes (30 calories or so), a bag of Special K wheat crackers (17=90 calories), a slim fast shake or two (cappucino is my favorite =180 calories plus lots of minerals and things good for your body, my favorite fruit juice (170 calories per 8 oz, but = to 2 servings of fruit), celery with cream cheese, 1/2 grapefruit (50 calories, I like 1/2 tsp sugar on mine..). Anyway, my goal was I could grab something out of the lunch bag that was always going to be good for me, I had taken control by portioning out. Before long the fast food seemed yucky to me. I started at 148 on June 15 and I'm about 10 pounds lighter now and feel a lot better about what I eat. Just a few ideas for you, of course the water helps too! Keep us posted!

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8/18/09 10:16 A

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Well Emily, I'm up at 3:40 a.m. Care to join me? Yes,I'm in bed by 8:30 p.m. but this works for me and I do it at least M-F. I still do my hour on the weekend but not quite as early. Just starts my day off right.

No more beating yourself up. Now to get busy!!

See you in the morning!

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8/18/09 10:07 A

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Thank you Louise!
Thats awesome advice. That is one of my biggest challenges, self discipline. I just don't have it. Lol! I need to stop making excuses, or stop b*tching about the fact that I'm overweight.
I CAN do it! I have to do it. My body fat percentage is at like 42%. Which is about where diabetes and that starts setting in.
Hmmmm... I wonder how early I can get up tomorrow. Lol!


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Welcome Emily! There is a wealth of information and support here on Spark, and it is free! (lots of recipies, meal plans, articles, exercise ideas...)

Use the nutrition tracker religiously! Start by learning about what you eat now, then learn what you should eat. There are lots and lots of very low calorie, high nutrition foods you can eat when your "monster eater" fiance is chowing down. Fruits and veggies are great, there are many low calorie, "good carb" crackers, cereals, etc.

Next incorporate fitness of your choice. You can walk the stairs and squeeze in cardio when you never dreamed possible.

Don't be overwhelmed. You will succeed!

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8/18/09 10:02 A

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Emily,
Sounds like you need to discipline yourself a bit. How about getting up a bit earlier in the a.m. (even when you don't want to) and take your dogs out for a walk. Start small and increase as it gets easier. It is a starting point. Focus on the beauty of the day and the quiet time with your dogs. Just a suggestion.

Maybe something less aerobic to start as far as DVD's. Have you tried the Leslie Sansome Walk at Home DVD's. They are low impact and might be easier on your knees. You can work up to the turbo jam. Just fine something and start and get consistent and then challenge yourself.

You also should work on the 'self' talk. You CAN do it and you WILL feel better if you follow thru. Fear? We all have fear but if you don't face it, you will never move forward. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

One foot in front of the other. Baby steps and stay focused on RIGHT NOW! Not yesterday or tomorrow. Right now, this very moment and see what you can do for YOU!



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8/18/09 9:58 A

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Hi Louise!
My greatest fear is that I will fail again. I have started out on fitness/weight loss tangents before and end up burning out within a week. Ulgh. Its frustrating and disappointing.
I have 3 dogs who need walking every day. I have ALWAYS wanted to be one of those people who jumped out of bed every morning to go running. I dream of becoming a triathlete. I told myself that the first step was to get out of bed to walk my dogs. But even that is too hard most mornings.
I DO have a trainer at my gym. But I get to the point where I just dread going. He really was helping. But... But but but!
I got the Turbo Jam series on DVD. Loved the workouts, but it hurt my knees.
I just cant find anything that I stick to.
I did record my breakfast and I'm chugging a huge bottle of water. Lol!
Food is my greatest enemy. When my brain says it wants fast food, I will do just about anything to find fast food. Its so dumb!

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8/18/09 9:53 A

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Welcome Emily!!

First, you can do this. You need to find something you enjoy doing if the gym isn't for you. I know it is NOT for me either. Meat market is what I feel like they are so I avoid them. Anyway, find things you enjoy and maybe can do at home. DVD's, walks, there has to be something. Then start keeping track of all your food on the nutrition tracker. Keep a journal on what you're feeling and figure out, with your activity level, what the calorie range you should be shooting for.

Focus on one thing, do it awhile till it is a habit, then move on to the next thing.

You can do it but you gotta wanna.

Good luck to you. I believe YOU can do it.

Louise

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Is there a program that I dont have to pay for??

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Good Morning Emily,
You have made your first step today by asking for help. I work for Weight Watchers, part time, and for the people I work with, it is a very good program. Of course, any program you try, requires participation and dedication. If you are passionate about the your weight, check them out. emoticon

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Hello all!
My name is Emily. I'm 25yo and I live in Minnesota.
I HATE the gym. Absolutely loathe going. And my brain has a funny habit of finding ways of talking me out of going.
I am overweight and have been for about 4 years now. I'm 6ft tall and was always very athletic at a toned 175lbs. But now I'm tipping the scales at a whopping 254 pounds as of yesterday. I hate being this way. I just returned from Colorado. My dog and I went out there with a disc dog club for the Colorado Canine Challenge. I had a blast. However, everyday I was inhibited by my weight. I'm very aware of how heavy I am. When somebody even talks to me, in the back of my mind I'm saying "Don't get too confident, you're fat!" And I feel like all anybody sees is my weight.
I used to feel sexy and confident. I dont know what happened to me.
I need you ladies to help me put my life back together! And hopefully, I can offer the support in return.
I have a desk job (which was the beginning of my troubles). 5.5 years ago, when I was in great shape, I met a sexy man who is now my fiancee. about a year after we started dating, this monster eater (who never gains a pound) well his eating habits started wearing off on me. Between that an my desk job, well.. I think thats a major reason for the way I am now.
Sorry for rambling. I NEED to change. Help me!
Sad and Obese in Minnesota

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