Welcome - remember to set small achievable goals adding new ones as you go along. One step at a time.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)
Lost 48 lbs. in 2012 & 13 but gained 30 back!
Pounds lost: 19.2
Fitness Minutes: (23,718) Posts: 2,807 2/15/14 9:51 A
Welcome. Yes, please don't try to change everything all at once. Go slow so you develop new healthy habit. Along with going to the gym you can work on strength training at home. Just buy a set of dumbbells or a resistance band. Do uppers one day and lowers the next. There are a lot of good strength training sites on the web that explain the exercises.
If you want to speed things up a little and you can do jumping jacks, doing 10 jumping jacks every hour that you are awake will keep your metabolism up and burn a lot of calories. Actually any quick exercise that gets your heart pumping will work.
I know a few heavy vegetarians. It's not so much what you eat as how you fix it and how much you eat. Nothing fried! Less starchy carbs and more non-starchy veggies. Less beef, more chicken and fish. Less bread and other things made with flour. No soda. Less beer and go lite. Learn to love salads.
“No matter where you go - there you are” “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius
Pounds lost: 12.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,182) Posts: 224 2/15/14 8:22 A
dont try to cut everything out at once change a little at a time . i hear you on not liking to go to the gym alone . sometimes i go with my wife . sometimes it is good for me to go by myself . i get on the treadmill and veg out for a while , my gym has a movie room and it is real easy for me to get lost while watching a movie on the treadmill. it is dark and i dont worry what everyone else are doing. i also like that there are alot of people my age and fitness level at the gym maybe look for a gym that you are comfortable in
current weight: 281.6
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 14 2/14/14 1:58 P
I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get gestational diabetes. It goes away after they have the baby. He says if since I haven't had it very long and I still young, I probably won't have any permanent effects. I've decided enough is enough and that I want to lose this weight. I feel better when I do and I need to break the emotional bonds to food. I have been reading a lot about vegetarian and vegan diets. That might be too tough for me to handle just yet. My main goal is to eat healthier. Sparkpeople seems to provide many healthy eating plans, options, and articles. My family needs to eat the same meals, maybe. I think it would be a lot of work to fix 3 different meals. 1 for our daughter and 1 for the wife too. I find it nearly impossible to get myself to go alone to the gym. I go sometimes with my mom and do water aerobics. I lost 25 lbs just doing that but gained some weight over the holidays and have not started back except 2 days since. Eventually, the exercise will fall in line, 3-5 days a week. I am pretty confident in that. My diet not so much, I have 37 years bad habits to rewire. I also fear I have damaged my arteries. Working on the vegan book about reversing heart disease. That seems like a monumental task at the moment to do something like that and figure out how to work it into the family diet too. It all takes time, I look forward to finding what works and having a happy and healthy life with minimal pain.
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