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9/12/12 9:41 A

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Hi CoffeeJunky,

I know how you feel! What I would suggest doing is finding your support here, there are a lot of people here, on SparkPeople, who also need support or just want to be there for those of us that need it. Become someone's friend and talk with them about your goals and it will help you stay motivated, you will feel accountable if you tell someone that are going to get in your exercise (but you have to be honest about whether or not you do!). Look through the success stories and find inspiration! You can even follow them to keep you motivated.

Spend time with your son, by going walking with him (he could ride a bike or scooter), just a short walk at first, then add a little more to it each day. Remember, it takes time to make changes and don't get discouraged when you don't have instant results (in real life we can't lose weight like they do on the Biggest Loser!).

Use the site to log food and exercise- it will help you too! Just remember to be honest with yourself :) And challenges like the 10 Minutes of Daily Exercise will help you continue on your way. Take a look at how far you've come- you have 559 spark points, keep up the good work!

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9/12/12 8:15 A

Hopeless is not a word you need to carry around in your head. You will be what you believe in. Take a walk and think about what your life should look like. What and how do you want to teach your son about living a healthy lifestyle? How dp you accomplish that? I started out with one goal: get into my jeans without tugging. That little, simple goal got me exercising, walking and learning about portion control. Don't give up on yourself before you even start. We're here to support you.

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9/11/12 9:41 P

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Don't ever feel hopeless. Take pride that you made the start to come to Spark People and to lose weight and get healthy. We all had to start somewhere. I'm not quite as short as you (I'm 5'-5"), but I started at 211 lbs. and currently at 156 lbs. and I started on 2/1/12. This is just saying that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. You did come to the right place since we all came here for encouragement and help in losing weight. We're all here to encourage and push each other to keep going, even if we've had a bad day or have "fallen off the wagon", so to speak. But once you start progressing and seeing the positive changes in your mind and body, it's such a great motivating factor to keep going. Set small, realistic goals for yourself and before you know it, you'll be there. Remember to keep active and know that emoticon

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9/11/12 4:59 P

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Just want to add that walking outdoors has the added effect of improving your mood. No matter how little sunshine, just being outdoors is great.

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9/11/12 3:31 P

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emoticon start walking everyday, it will also help with your motivation. If you work outside the home, then walk on your breaks, lunch, etc and you will soon see some results. You have to find what works best for you, walking is mine. It gets me up and moving 3 times during the day while sitting behind my desk.

Yes, Rome was not build in a day, so our journey is long, with lorts of small victories. Find you MOTIVATION and we will be your SUPPORT system.

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9/11/12 10:46 A

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9/11/12 10:43 A

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9/11/12 10:16 A

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One way of coming to grips with this feeling of hopelessness is to write down the 'whys' of losing weight. This will help you clarify your thoughts. Some people wish to lose weight for health reasons, or to feel better about themselves. Some do it because they want to join in and enjoy their childrens' childhood. These are concrete reasons, and help to motivate you. Good luck in your endevour, and remember, 'Rome wasn't built in a day'. It will take time, but worth it.

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9/11/12 10:05 A

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Welcome to the team. I think you have chosen a great challenge to get started. First things first...find some motivation. If you want to lose weight then you have motivation. Better to grab a hold of it and then refine it into some specific goals.

This challenge can do that. Is there any physical activity you like to do? Go walking, running, biking etc? Is there something you have always wanted to do? What inspires you? (Shopping, painting). What kind of a reward system could you set up for yourself to help aid in motivation.

Also - don't worry about support. These forums are the start of that. We are here to support you.

Good luck and keep communicating with us!

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9/11/12 9:56 A

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Hi Everyone,

I'm a 33 year old Mom of a wonderful 9 year old son. I'm 4'11'' and 156lbs. Which on someone my height is pretty horrible. I'm obese according to my BMI. I want to lose weight but don't have any support and lack motivation. Please someone help!

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