Welcome and your are doing this right. Reaching for small goals will keep you in the game until one day you wake up and you find that you are at or close to your target weight., I set my goals small so that I do not get discourgaged. Have a great journey
You can do this! Good for you, looking at taking it slowly and not focusing on the whole amount at once.
With the exercise, I started by committing to a 20 minute walk each day. I didn't focus on distance or speed, just 20 minutes. Over time, I often increased my time to 30-60 minutes, but still told myself I only had to do 20 minutes each day. Walking is something I enjoy and I live on a quiet cul-de-sac, so I have a nice place to walk outside.
I also took things slowly with changing my eating. I had already quit drinking sodas, so I began with increasing water, fruits and veggies. Gradually, I cut out highly processed carbs and shifted to focus on maintaining mostly fruits and veggies with lean meats, beans, and nuts/nut butters. I also then began focusing on particular nutrients, limiting sodium significantly and looking at other nutrients in the foods I eat.
Find what you enjoy doing, take it slow making those changes in your diet so it isn't such a shock with huge changes. You can do it!
~~Kim in NC~ EDT Aug 2009: 175 Dec 2009: 142 Aug - Dec 2012: 135 size 4 *30lb gain in 8 weeks* Feb 2013: 164 Hypothyroid Diagnosis, April/13: 166 size 12-14 July/13 Jaw surgery Sept- confirmed Hashimoto's Dec 2013: 162 March 2014: 155 Goal: 135-140 size 4 �Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown
I have about 95 lbs to lose to reach my goal but am working on 5 lbs at a time. It sounds like losing 5 lbs is a lot more manageable than saying I need to lose 95 lbs. I lose weight very slowly and I yo-yo a lot, but I really want this weight off. I've tried a number of different plans but I think for me it's a matter of cutting calories but making the most of what calories I do allow myself. So I'm trying to eat more fresh produce and fruits, and limiting all the junk foods. I do eat meat but am working to cut out a good portion of that and limit it to mainly fish and chicken. My exercise is sporatic at the best. I'll go days and not do much then for a week or two go crazy with activities that are considered exercise. I need to get more into a regular routine of daily exercise that I enjoy doing.
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