Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
I'm not sure you meant your writeup to be funny but it gave me a good chuckle. A story that is all too familiar but I didn't have the kids and only gained 40 lbs. Welcome to the team! I strongly advise reading our sticky topics and maybe afew others. We have books' worth of information, references, recipes, ideas, etc in them. It's a great start to getting on the right path and getting to know our team. Barb (co-leader)
Finally diagnosed 3 years ago. the docs had previously dx me as an overweight read obese, slightly angry , very depressed, post menopausal female. I was so skinny in my youth that I have very late period and no physical development. When I finally got pregnant , my son was very sick and now lives with me after being dx with schizophrenia. For my second child, I ate like a pig and downed every vitamin, still not knowing what was the matter with me. She was normal. for years-lethargy, confusion. I did real well in college with the Atkins diet. Unknown to me the fact I was not eating wheat. I actually got real smart and went from being the dumb girl in the back row ( ok that was special needs 50 years ago) to the brightest thing that ever came down the pike. L won all sorts of fellow ships and awards and then discovered pizza and beer and all went to hell. I thought I failed due to alcohol, but looking back, I never drank that much ( that's what all alky's say), but it was the type of alcohol that did me in. Beer and Barley, Scotch. Even cheap booze that is filled with grain alcohol. I swear the Yellow tail is loaded with grain alcohol. But I digress. Once I quite smoking, I ballooned. It is said that celiac are in so much pain, smoking and drinking are ways to sooth the body. i swore I would gain 300 pounds if need be to never look back at those darn butts. Well I almost did gain that much. Maybe 240 at worst. Then I could not lose weight for love nor money. Recently I read one of Dean Ornishes books about - volume volume volume and really took a hard look at my crackers and cheese, mashed potato and meats diet. I am not yet ready to give up meat, but the veggie department and fruits are way out ahead.
Nice to be here. Taking lots of vitamins , the RDA plus a great celiac diet and the skin has cleaned up. I have energy I never knew existed for me. It as if sleeping beauty has finally woken and I have a few more good years to raise hell. IP
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