Welcome Dawn...I too, am new to Sparkpeople..only since the first of July. I have found support here, even though I wasn't looking for it. I said I was only joining to use the food trackers and recipe calculator. But the first time someone left a comment on my Sparks page I felt that I really wasn't alone on my journey. Although my family is very supportive and encouraging, they don't have a weight problem and don't truly understand completely what it's like. For me being overweight was liking to being an alcoholic (or some kind of 'holic') first step on the journey was saying, "I am overweight, I don't like how it makes me feel, and today I will start doing something about it" Then actually taking that first step. I knew I was overweight, I couldn't even look at myself naked in the mirror, hadn't worn shorts in 3 years or a bathing suit in 2. But for me, the thing that pushed me over the edge, was when someone asked if my 9 yo daughter was my granddaughter. I was crushed and decided I owed it to my husband and children not to continue on the path I was on. I have found strength and will power I didn't know I had. I have been on a 1200 cal/day diet for about 30 days and with the exception of a few days (we went on vacation), I have met that goal daily. For me, everyday is a choice...some days are way harder than others...but some days are way easier than others...but everyday is one step closer to my goal. To date, I have only lost 5 pounds, (I don't weight but once a month) but that 5 pounds gave me a reason to keep going. Next month, maybe it will be 5 more, then I will have lost 10lbs and maybe a pants size....we will just see. Although, I'm not in your weight range, I would love to be your buddy. I too, need encouragement in the exercise department...can't always make my self get out there. And as you can tell, I'm a bit chatty as well. It's nice to meet you and remember...you are not alone!
I joined sparkpeople.com three days ago. There is a lot of information on this site and it's by far one of the best. Never seen so many people trying to get healthy in one place before. First thing that came to mind was "at last, people who get me." That's huge for me because I'm introverted and this year has been a devastating year all the way around, yet here I am trying to ignore that and move forward with life in a positive way and to lose weight too. I have a LOT to lose.
I started the week under my upper range of caloric intake. Yay! The next day I went over but it was only 67 calories. Yesterday, day three, was awful. I went over by just under 300 calories. However, today is a new day and I will persevere. One day at a time I guess, huh?!
Working from home temporarily while I try to find full time work. Am under a lot of stress because since April of 2010 I've been dealing with my father's disabilities and eventual paralysis to this April when my boss retired without warning. Since April 1st I've had seven losses of close friends and family and my 18 yr old dog. It feels like there's no end to these sad feelings. It's just been a weird couple of years.
I could use a weight loss buddy. I'm chatty. I can't seem to make myself exercise, though I do like exercising once I get started. I'm huge and I have Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis so I really do need to exercise regularly. I lost 27 lbs over the winter and am thrilled to be below 300 lbs, but can't seem to really budge much below that. I would really like to be under 250 by Christmas. I think that's possible, but I want to do it in a healthy way. I would love a buddy that's encouraging and in my weight range or that has been there!
Well, I tend to ramble so I'll reign myself in till y'all get to know me. Thanks for your time. Nice meeting you!
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