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
I know I can do this!
Aug 2009: 175
Dec 2009: 142
Aug/12: 135 size 4
Hypothyroid Diagnosis, 30lb gain in 8 weeks
April/13: 166 size 12-14
July/13 Jaw surgery
Sept- confirmed Hashimoto
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
| current weight: 155.8