Welcome to SparkPeople and to the Dealing With Depression Team. We are glad that you've joined our group. We are a very supportive group of friendly and caring members. We will help you reach your goals in any way that we can. We are here for you, and WE CARE!
The SparkProgram WILL work for you if you follow the suggestions provided here on the site. All of the information about the program is included on the tool bar above this message. Check out our member's SUCCESS STORIES to read how the program has worked for others.
The problem with most recognized 'diets' is although most of them DO work for one to lose weight, once we go off the 'diet' any weight that has been lost quickly returns (along with a few more added pounds). That is discouraging because sticking with a 'diet' isn't that easy, and then for the weight to come back (and it comes back on quickly), one can feel like 'throwing up her hands' and giving up.
Not having to go through all of that is one of the many wonderful things about the SparkPeople Program. This site isn't just about losing weight..it is about getting on the path to leading a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. We do that by changing our habits, and if one has weight to lose (and not all people on the SparkProgram have weight to lose), then she/he can lose weight by following the program. What's more important is that we learn how to KEEP the weight off, once we reach our goal weight. In addition, many of our members comment on how much better they feel both physically and mentally by following the SparkProgram.
Explore the headings on the tool bar above. If you have questions, post them here on our message boards. It won't be long before someone will respond with the answers.
A quick summary of the program is that we begin by focusing on the three 'baby steps.' Those three 'baby steps' are:
1) Drink 8 glasses of water daily. (If one is not already a water drinker, begin with drinking 2-3 glasses each day and work on it until easily being able to drink 8 glasses each day).
2) Exercise 3-5 times each week (preferably 5 times, and it doesn't have to be anything strenuous or exhausting...a 10 minute walk each day will be a great place to begin...OR check out the fantastic beginner friendly videos located right here on the site ).
3) Cut back on calories by eating healthy foods. (There are a gazillion recipes right here on the site that one can use if needed).
That's it...all there is to it! It WORKS! Choose ONE of those steps and work it into your daily routine until it becomes a habit. Only choose one, because trying to do all 3 beginning on Day #1 can be overwhelming and too much, too soon. Once we accomplish one of the steps, we move on to the next step and then the third step.
An important tip that will help you lose the 100 pounds is to break the 100 pounds down into smaller increments such as 5-10 pounds. Rather than focusing on "I have 100 pounds to lose," focus on "I have 5 pounds to lose." Get started on one of the 'baby steps' with that 5 pound goal in mind. Weigh yourself at the end of the week, and see how you've done. You may lose the 5 pounds in ONE WEEK at first, because sometimes that it the way it goes..OR you not lose anything. Do NOT be discouraged if that occurs..stick with it. Not all lose at the same pace, and realistically, losing 1-2 pounds a week (sometimes more and sometimes less) is about the way it goes, especially in the beginning.
Continue on with the program because even if the scale does not show a dramatic loss or even if it refuses to budge, by getting on the 'baby steps,' all sorts of healthy things are going on INSIDE our bodies. When you lose the 5 pounds, REWARD yourself with some small item that you've been wanting...and then focus on losing another 5 pounds. On and on it goes until goal weight is reached.
That is the main focus of the SparkProgram. We are not all about losing weight...we are about getting healthy. Drinking water (rather than sodas), getting active (rather than sitting), and eating healthy foods (rather than high calorie or high fatty foods) is the answer. Once we've made those lifestyle changes, we feel better and we look better. Once goal weight is reached, it can become our 'FOREVER WEIGHT" because we've made LIFESTYLE CHANGES, rather than "GONE OFF" another diet.
I wish you the very best in reaching all of your goals. Take care, and keep us updated on how you are doing. We are here for you, and WE CARE!