Hi and welcome! You don't have to walk - I sure can't! but you can do chair exercises (videos on this site) and you can just take a walk (slowly) around your house (inside in winter - outside in summer). the key is to start small. I began this program with 100 lbs. to lose. so far, 42 have gone and it's been hard work each step of the way. but I started with chair exercise and now have moved on to water aerobics - started with bad eating habits and am doing better with fruits and veggies and portion control. I still have a long way to go and can't do all the things I read that others are doing, but I have learned that I'm ME, not THEM. just start slowly and do a little. read Indygirl's blogs from the beginning - she is my inspiration and will be yours, too!
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but building on the new. - Socrates
Welcome.. take baby steps. Walk around the block when you go to get your mail. Maybe a 10 or 15 minute walk during your lunch hour. Is there someone at work you can buddy up with and walk with? Do portion control and when it's something you know you shouldn't eat either take a bite.. and only a bite.. or ask yourself.. do I reallllllly want this? Once the weight starts coming off, look at how far you've come, not how far you have to go. And reward yourself. Sometimes an atta girl is not enough, and maybe a new lipstick or nail polish or book will add to your motivation. Good luck.
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Hi, Pam! I live in Maryland too...Silver Spring. The worst thing you can do is beat yourself up about your current condition or look at how far you have to go. Be proud of yourself for every small step--measuring serving sizes at a meal, choosing a healthier snack option, sharing a meal with your husband instead of eating the whole thing--a lot of stuff you probably already do but don't give yourself enough credit for the strength it took to make the right choice. Also, consider getting a 24-hour iodine urine test (http://www.prolotherapyphoenix.com/Urine- Iodine-Test.aspx ). It saved my life and completely turned it around. I had the symptoms for 3 decades, and they were getting worse and worse to the point of being debilitating until I was lucky enough that a coworker happened to recognize the symptoms. Once I started the iodine therapy, the weight fell off with barely any effort. You have to get the test first, though, because taking high levels of iodine for an extended period when you don't need it will cause the thyroid to shut down. Also, it's important because some studies have shown that low iodine levels can lead to breast and ovarian cancer. More than anything, though, keep seeking the support from all of us. We'll gladly cheer you on and celebrate each small victory with you!!
Yes, you CAN do it!!! Call on us when you need help and Indygirl is a great one to motivate you. I'd tried "dieting" for over 60 years when I came across SP and it is the first successful program I have ever found. Keep your chin up! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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Hello everyone.. My name is Pam.. Im 52 yrs old .. I live in Maryland. I am married to an awesome man.. I have 3 grown children and 5 granddaughters..
I have approx 160 pounds to lose and feel so disgusted with myself. I call myself trying and trying but give up so easily with trying to eating right. I have been told Im either a all or nothing type person.. whether its eating right or exercise .. Speaking of exercising, I havent done any of that either.. I cant even hardly walk into work with out being out of breath.. All of a sudden now I keep getting heart burn. You would think I wouldnt want to live like that this but I dont seem to do anything about it except eat junk.. I have been told by a heart doctor if I didnt lose this weight I would die.. that didnt seem to do much as I have only gained more weight. There are so many times I feel like im HOPELESS!
So here I am again. Praying to God for his love and mercy to help me get on track. Also that by joining this group that I will be a winner this time. I am looking forward to going thru this journey with you and making some wonderful friends.
God bless each and everyone of you. May we all have a successful journey!
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