SARAJEANBEAN85 and to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (100,920) Posts: 122,916 3/31/13 10:05 A
Hi Sara. Welcome to the team. When I looked into surgery I was disqualified because I have chronic depression. I have only been hospitalized once and that was in 1996. I have lost 121 the old fashioned way through diet and exercise. I call my journey Blood Sweat & Tears. At first you don't want to do it, you have to fake it until you make it.
The nutrition tracker helped alot. Yes, it is a PITA to log in and weigh and measure your food everyday every meal. But it is also a PITA to walk across a room and be out of breath. Pick your PITA. I am in maintenance now and I still weigh measure and log. It becomes a habit. The exercise was a bit harder. I didn't start exercising until I had lost about 30 or so pounds but I was 56 when I started my journey. I have bad knees, and degenerative disc disease. The knees is from being overweight for 2 decades at least part of it is. You are 27, you have time to prevent all this. I am still more sedentary than I should be. I hate to exercise. It is a battle with myself every single day.
Start with one or two things to change, don't start trying to change 10 different things at once. You will burn yourself out and probably give up from overload. You can start with drinking more water and eating more fruit. Then when that is done start weighing your foods and measuring. Then you can start exercising for 10 minutes, then add another 10 so on and so forth. We will be here to cheer you on if you post your progress. We will be here to support you if you need help.
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Fitness Minutes: (11,969) Posts: 1,079 3/29/13 6:22 A
Welcome Sara to the team Well one motivation to get to the gym is to help with your depression, for one, and, two, that it's a part of you being healthier now and on into the future. You can do it! And, you might find that it's an open welcoming home away from home for you like gyms can be for many of us You might want to check out the emotional eating spark team as well. Again, welcome. Thomas
current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,280) Posts: 280 3/27/13 5:56 P
You've come to a supportive place for all of the goals you've set for yourself. You don't have to do everything at once. Making changes step by step will give you a feeling of accomplishment with each one and time to acquire new, healthy habits.
We have two things in common. I've had weight-loss surgery (gastric band). I did well in the first 15 months, but then had a major reversal over the past two years. I'm just now reconnecting with my surgery practice and returning to the local support groups. The main thing you must be aware of (and something that any medical insurer and surgeon requires) is that surgery is not a quick fix or magic forever after. Losing weight with the help of surgery still requires making significant changes in our behavior for the rest of our lives if success is to carry through all the way.
I also have a membership at the Y around the corner, but have gone to the gym only once. That was only because a friend who works out all the time came as my guest. I'm hoping that an acquaintance from the lapband community who happens to live two blocks away will join so that we can walk in there together. We've talked about it and she says she'll join next month.
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current weight: 238.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 3/27/13 2:09 P
Hi Im new to spark people so bare with me. My name is Sara Im 27 years old and struggle with severe depressiona and many more mental health issues. I also struggle with weight issues I need to lose about 145 pounds to be at a healthy weight for my height. I struggle alot with emotional eating and not sure how to stop. I also need help finding motivation to get to the gym more often I have a YMCA membership and the YMCA is right across the street from my house its just getting there is the problem for me cause I lack ambition.Im also in the process of starting my journey to have weight loss surgery I have to weight six months til I can meet with a bariatric dieticain because they want me to have had a year of now psych hospitalizations and I had one six months ago. Im hoping by joining this site I will gain insight from others and motivation to work harder at my health and fitness goals.
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