BLAIRROSE to sparkpeople.com!!!! All of what GETFIT2LIVE said, I agree with!! Along with learning about the role of nutrition and exercise in the articles, you can also read blogs. There are so many blogs with wonderful self experience stories. But the biggest thing that I find to success is remembering to not give up, it is a lifestyle change. Never give up on yourself, you are worth it!! AND
Don't envy my determination, join me for the ride.....
Lifestyle changes are great...they don't change who we are, they just help us bring out what we can be!!!!
SparkPeople has a lot of resources to help you. One of the best places to start is simply tracking your food in the food tracker; you can choose to track your sodium intake as well as your calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. To add tracking sodium, go to the food tracker, and click on Tracker Options, then select Change diet settings. Click on the button Add another nutrient to track, and you can choose Sodium there. SparkPeople recommends something like between 500 and 2300 mg., but you can change the range there to what your doctor recommends.
For the food tracker to be effective, it's important to be honest with yourself about what you're eating--both quantity and type of food. You don't have to share your food tracker with anyone else, this is just for you to become aware of what you're actually eating. I know it was an eye-opener for me when I first started using it, and it really helped me start getting a handle on eating healthier.
Realize that it's taking small steps each day, making better choices as you become more aware, that will do the job. Don't expect to be able to change everything in a day, or to do things perfectly. One day, one choice at a time, try to do a little better. It adds up in the long run; just keep at it, a little at a time.
Check out the other teams here on SparkPeople, too, and start getting connected with people who are in similar situations, either in terms of how much weight you want to lose, health challenges you're dealing with, activities you're interested in, and so on. It helps so much to know you're not alone, and that others have done this successfully.
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I am a 57 year old woman and weights 323 lbs. I have been trying to lose weight since I was in my teens. In 2005 I was in Katrina then relocated to Chicago. That is when I found out that I have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure which have worried me since. I recently relocated to Arizonia where I now have found out that my kidneys is not doing too well and I am now on a low sodium diet of less than 2,000mgs a day. I have started eating right or trying but it is hard to do at times. I have been looking for help every where. All they talk about is just calories but I something that will help me in my sodium intake as well. I just was on the internet and saw this article about this lady using your site lost a lot of weight. I am also suffering from arthritis in my shoulders, knees, right hip which I hate I am always in pain everyday. I really need help and support so I achieve my goal of losing at least most of this weight and become healthy. I think this site might be just what I need.
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