CURIOUS0702 and to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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Hi and to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. We are so happy that you have decided to join us! Remember your baby steps as you commence your program, it's so easy to become overwhelmed. I don't know if you have found them yet, but the Success Stories, found under the Community tab at the top of the page, are great for instant inspiration. You can learn a lot by reading them. Having a gym buddy is wonderful motivation. You sound as if you are already on the right track to living a healthier lifestyle. I tried to stop by your Spark Page to leave you a short message and a welcoming goodie, but you have it set to private. If you should decide to make it public, we can support you so much better by leaving inspirational messages and goodies to help with your motivation. I hope to get to know you better through your posts. Keep in touch with the group. We love to hear about your progress and celebrate your successes. It is wonderful to have you with us on this journey!! Take care and God bless, Deb T.
Edited by: DEBTEVELDAHL at: 6/26/2012 (14:20)
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Co leader of the Dealing with Depression team
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Thanks for the welcome. Right now I am a little overwhelmed with all the info. I have started a fitness program and have been doing well. It helps me to have a "gym buddy". We motivate one another and don't accept excuses like...I'm too tired. Plus my gym buddy is 24 so she can really challenge me!
As for baking...it is my stress reliever. I am good as long as I don't bake cookies. Other things I bake I tend to share with my nonbaking friends. I don't eat much of what I bake. I do eat tons of fruits and veggies. This time of year is great because it is so fresh.
I will have to try setting the timer. That is a good idea Thanks.
You have come to the right place to find support on your fitness journey. You are NOT DIETING---you are BECOMING MORE FIT. Spark is not a diet. It is not about deprivation. Spark is about making healthy choices in your nutritional intake and in your exercise. The Spark fitness program works best when you set your fitness goals then make small changes at a time in your lifestyle until those changes have become a habit.
Since you are committing yourself to a program which supports fitness and weight loss, you have an alternative to consuming what you bake, You could give it to bake sales and to friends and family who are not challenged by the issue of being overweight. Once you start avoiding breads and other starches you will tend to lose your addiction to sweets and starchy foods and you should begin to lose weight. Vegetables, fruits, fiber and water are central to losing weight---as well as strength training to increase your metabolic rate.
Working at home at the computer tends to be fairly sedentary. I bought an inexpensive timer which I set for 60 minutes. When the alarm goes off, I get out of my chair and do some sort of physical activity for 5 to 10 minutes---housework, treadmill, a strength training exercise such as push-ups or lunges, etc. When I return to my work I feel refreshed. I also walk daily at a park near home and use the strength training exercise stations as well.
You have joined a team of compassionate individuals who are in various stages on their fitness journey. We are willing to listen and to share with other members from our own experience. Stay in touch, okay? I'm glad you've joined us!
Co-Leader, Dealing with Depression Team
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Hi! I am just like most of you. I both need and want to lose weight. I have some health issues that could possibly be resolved with some weight loss. I have some self image issues that could definitely be resolved with some weight loss. I LOVE to Bake and cook. I do have a sweet tooth. I love to read. I dabble in some creative things....making jewelery is my latest. I was just looking at a painting class today...maybe that will be my next thing.
I have been married to the same man for 30 years. We have one child, a daughter. She has flown the coop and now owns a place of her own not too far away. I work out of a home office. My company for the day consists of 2 cats. I like music....mostly today's country/rock. But I have my moments that I listen to classical, hard rock, alternative....just about anything!
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