Kellis612! We are so glad you joined our team! Remember to use the resources that are available to you because they will help you with your goals! Also, we are always here to lend support when you need it! Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day because none of us are perfect! The main thing is you get back on track the next day! This is a lifestyle change, not a diet so try and remember that and after all the struggles it will be worth it in the end to look at yourself in the mirror and say I did it!
"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world.
"Your past does not equal, nor does it dictate, your future.
Welcome to the team and so glad you joined Sparks! Set up your Spark page, write your story, and list some goals. Read others' pages to see that their struggles are like yours and they are losing weight here. Take your time learning the site, and most important, please start using the nutrition tracker daily as that will show your intake of calories, protein, fats, carbs, sugar etc. You really start to see what you are doing wrong so you can change your eating habits. Please add more vegetables and whole grains as your carbs instead of white bread or pasta. No fast foods anymore. Isn't your health worth the effort to spend some time preparing wholesome foods, not fast foods? Less expensive and so much better for you and your family too! You will have more energy to do exercise, like walking, when you start eating the right foods. Get your kids involved in the kitchen and out walking with you. Stay focused, slow and steady, and you will reach your goals. You will have a lot of support here to help you. Any questions, please ask! Cheers Allie
Edited by: ALLIEINSHAPE at: 6/4/2010 (15:51)
--Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul-- --The journey of discovery begins not with new vistas but with having new eyes with which to behold them-- --Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful -Wm. Morris--
i have been on this insane emotional roller coaster of a life since the day the OB/GYN told my mom, congrats, its a baby girl. I will say for starters I have never, ever ever been thin or anything related to it. I have always been a healthy girl. it wasnt until I had children when whatever was holding my midsection together was broken.
lately i have done tons of self evaulation, and needless to say, i have been harsher than i should. there is so much anger, so much bitterness, so much bad food choices. While going through my eldest childs bookbag I was pleased to see that he had written a poem. Being a lover of the spoken word (even the elementary kind!) he wrote a poem, I love all the food. At first I shared it with my husband as a secret giggle... and then it all began to sink in. oh my God! I love all the food too. I dont remember it word for word, " Oh how I love all the food. Cookies, cake, burgers and fries. hot dogs, not boiled but the grilled kind..." then as Im sitting at home on the couch I realized that I was making love with the chocolate ice cream I was eating, I really love this. then I asked why does it have to taste so good. I walk thru the grocery store. I go down the isle where the cookies and crackers and crap is(im there because thats where they keep the rice cakes - i really love them too) I know what I should buy, I know what I should eat and further more I know I can do this - I was on a mission a few months ago, and I worked out 4-5 times a week went on a vegetarian diet and lost 23lbs... then i stopped and i gained it all back. so I look at my self in the mirror and lament openly to my reflection fat a**! I do this at least 4 times a day. As Samul Jackson said, "enough is enough, I have had it with these" ... well you know the rest.
so here I am. I am on a mission (yet again) to love who I see in the mirror. to be able to do things with my husband and feel like a damn whale, to rund around with my kids without the fear that people are probaly laughing and hoping I dont fall on the little ones and kill them. essential in this life: humor!
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