Welcome!! I'm new too but I'm really exciting for your journey!! :)
~Kristin :) Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now. —Elisabeth Elliot
Welcome! We are glad to have you! This site in an absolutely amazing resource and this group in completely wonderful! I have had more success on SP then any other "diet" or program I have been on. I hope you do, too! I am adding you as a friend so ask away any questions you may have!
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty. -Lao Tzu
Welcome newbie!!! Glad you are here and it sounds like you are starting with a great attitude - to start slow - I found that that really worked for me. I started by walking a few days a week with a friend - then started drinking more water - then adding more veggies - then tracking food. After several months I have added in strength training. I have a long way to go, but am making progress - and you can too!! And remember - even losing 10% of body weight has huge health benefits. One thing I do that really helps me - I don't think about the big goal - I'm always thinking about the next 10 lbs - and I ALWAYS reward myself for all progress. I used to reward myself for things with food - so i did a lot of thinking and came up with some ideas for how to reward myself with other things... it really helps to be nice to me!! Good luck - and I look forward to hearing about your progress!
current weight: 173.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,874) Posts: 7 4/16/12 5:29 P
When I read your post, it was like I was reading something I had written myself. So many similarities it was scary! This is a great website. I've been on since January, and I have lost 45 pounds so far. Its all about learning control, which has been hard for me. Trust me, you can do this. If I can do it, anyone can. Good luck and keep us all posted on your progress.
current weight: 234.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 4/16/12 5:22 P
Hi Team! I joined this site this week after months of following SlimKatie's blog, www.runsforcookies.com - after reading her story and scanning a few of yours, I feel that I am in the right place. I have never dieted or exercised in my life... I've always had a distorted reality of myself and never really realized how big I am until recently. A couple side-view pictures and a couple uncomfortable experiences have brought me to Earth...
I'm 5'9" and 360lbs, I remember in high school saying "if I ever get past 200lbs, shoot me." well, being taller, I could carry my excess weight pretty well, but there's no space to really tuck in and hide 360lbs. It's embarrassing having to ask for a table when you can't fit into a booth and having people next to you move down when you're all tucked into theatre seats... I've caught a couple not so flattering glances into a computer monitor or window when I'm "resting comfortably" and I do not like what I see. So here I am!
I'm going to try to start out slow and not overwhelm myself. I know I won't see results overnight, but I also know I won't see any results AT ALL by continuing to ignore it. I love food, I am an over-eater, and it's gotten worse now that I am living on my own. Before, I could cook for roommates and family who I was living with and it would get gobbled up, cooking for myself easily tempts me into eating a 2nd and 3rd helping. I also don't enjoy cooking just for 1 and find myself hitting up the drive-thrus and ordering out for that and convenience.
I look forward to reading the message boards, participating in goals, and I am excited to relate easily, provide and receive support from people with my same "obstacles" and begin my journey.
Feel free to add me as a friend, but be ready to answer some questions about how the site works, I am slowly exploring each tab and link and trying to remember how to get back to sections I like :) I just joined this team after reading a success story that said such great things about you all, and I joined 300lbs +.
Some other random facts: I live in Minnesota, I'm a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I live alone in an apartment with my overweight cat (why do they make looking fat and fluffy so good?), and I'm turning 30 next month!
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