Hi, Julie and
I am also a breast cancer survivor and that is another reason I'm trying to lose weight, stay active, and eat healthier.
You picked a great place when you joined SparkPeople. I have done all the diets and have been a member of WW more times then I care to mention since the 1970's! SP gives me something that no other diet or weight loss plan ever gave me - ACCOUNTABILITY for my actions and the tools I need to make the changes, permanently. Even after I reach my goal, I plan to stay with SP and my teams because it has to be a way of life and my observations is that once we get too comfortable we backslide and back comes the weight.
For me, once a week isn't enough - I need my Spark Friends every single day because they are my cheerleaders! My lifeline is the Nutrition Tracker because it keeps me honest. By faithfully using it, I have also been able to see the areas where I was sabotaging my weight loss. I was eating too many carbs and getting way too much sodium because I was eating a lot of Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, etc. Those little dinners are very convenient but they are loaded with sodium and usually pretty high in carbs. I stopped that and started cutting back on pasta, bread and potatoes, and I'm doing much better. I don't believe in cutting anything completely out of our diets but I've learned I don't need a starchy carb at every single meal.
Use the Spark Recipes, take advantage of your Spark Teams for the encouragement and support they give, and Track what you eat, adding some activity to your weekly routine, and you will succeed. Good luck
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He wlll make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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