As you can see by the replies so far, this is a great team for advice and encouragement. I joined SP a little over a year ago, Aug 2011. I ask questions and got really good tips.
I sign up for PCRM's 21 Day Vegan Challenge every time one comes up. I get really good recipes that way. The last one was for India and I learned some new foods in that one.
Coach Nicole has had several exercise videos lately that can be done at a desk at work. I have a friend who works as an IT Specialist in Seattle who walks during her lunch hour for exercise. She has lost 15 pounds in 4 months just doing that.
Happy to have you on board!!
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Welcome to the team. If you haven't yet purchased or gotten any books out of the library to read. I would suggest the books or videos by Dr. Neal Barnard. He also has done many hour long PBS tv specials . Parts of his videos are available on youtube too. His book Program for Reversing Diabetes really does work. I have seen it work for many many people. It is a plant based program. I think it is what you are looking for since you are on this vegan/vegetarian team. The good news is, the weight begins to come off with eating a lot more food than you think you can eat and you gradually add exercise in when you begin to feel better. Mike is right adding in small steps of weight lifting and short walks throughout the day are a great way to get started. The main thing is to just move your body more than you are doing now and to move it more and more every day. A little bit more here and there adds up and on the week ends or in the evenings seek out a walk and eventually you will look back and say, "Oh my goodness, I have a completely different body."
Rowan, my sister is what would be called morbidly obese. I love her dearly and we have a great relationship. I try so many times to tell her that there "are" exercises a person can do from a sitting position. But she complains of lack of energy and not being able to walk (you know how it is with family--who wants to take their little brothers advice! Ha! So she never does it.)
Benton gave you some great advice just now. I would add that a great way to increase your metabolism is to lift weights from your chair. Just get some dumbbells you are able to lift---even if it's just 1 or 2 pounds. (Five or ten would be even better, but you know better than I what your body can handle.) Do this two or three times a week for about 15 or 20 minutes. Also begin watching your calorie intake (Spark People has some good tools for doing that. Or if you are like me and not into logging in food daily into a computer, what I did was buy Richard Simmon's "Food Mover", so I can track my daily calories.) Or you can just write it in a notebook and keep track that way.
At first weight lifting will make you tired. If you do it in the morning, you'll find that you'll want to sleep by the afternoon. Your body is repairing itself when that happens. In time (with me its usually in about a month) that sleepiness will turn into pure energy and you'll feel so much better!
As you start feeling better, add some mild walking (like Benton posted about). This will burn more calories.
You've got a great diet plan, sounds like. You can do this, Rowan! You can do this!!!
And don't think we are gonna "preach" to you every post about what to do. We all struggle in some area of food or fitness. I know I do. (Just look at my weight tracker!) I fell off the weight loss wagon last year and I'm getting back on it myself--so I know it can be hard, but the journey is worth it! You'll love having more energy and feeling better, Let us know if we can help in any way!
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Welcome, Rowan! SparkPeople has a number of exercise workouts that can be done from your computer desk and chair. Check them out. Just walking a little bit, 10 to 20 minutes a day, can bring cholesterol, sugar levels, and blood pressure down. For people who don't have much time to exercise, suggestions like parking in the farthest part of the parking lot a work and at stores gives some good exercise. Welcome again and good luck on your journey to good health!
My name is Rowan and I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I would like to convert to a Green Smoothie/whole food lifestyle. Any help would be appreciated :) I sit in front of a computer all day at work so exercise is a challenge as right now, I don't have a lot of energy. I have a lot of weight to lose and much work to get my glucose level to normal.
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