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UWPALUM
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4/6/13 3:11 P

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Welcome to SP and to the team. I was in your position in December, and my current focus is to keep on the path forward to a healthier life.

First, I made SP my homepage! I started with baby steps. The first week was tracking whatever I ate, and focusing on my food. The second week I posted my goals and motivational pictures/quotes where ever I needed them (kitchen cabinets, fridge door, bathroom mirror, office desk) and this was great! Then I found myself making progress, losing inches and finally I started to really use the website. I started blogging my feelings/successes and started to support other community members. This was the turning point for me. I firmly believe that what you get out of this site is what you put into it.

It has not been easy, but you can absolutely do it! I've had a couple rough weeks, but as long as I'm still participating here, I feel like I'm still moving forward. It helps me feel connected and accountable to other people in my same position.

Stick with it! I find myself doing little things to help avoid my triggers like fast food...I leave my purse in the far back/trunk so I can't consider the drive through...:) And I've learned lots of great tips through people on this site!

Good luck! Come back anytime you are looking for some extra support and encouragement!

Karissa

"I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards."
~Abraham Lincoln

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."
~Albert Einstein

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GOPHERGOLD
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4/5/13 12:20 P

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Thanks for the kind words. I am going to take this to heart. I am going to start with those baby steps. I will lean on the team here to help me along the way. emoticon



UPTOWNGRL1105
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4/5/13 10:54 A

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Sometimes you just don't know where to start. So instead of starting, you munch on everything.

Changing the way you eat does NOT mean you can't have something nonhealthy on occasion, or in my situation once a week, 1 meal. Start with baby steps. Start out by watching your calories for breakfast. Get rid of the crappy things in the house. If you don't buy it, it's not there for you to make a mistake with. Frankly, I am a fast food kind of person. The faster I can get it to my mouth the more likely I am to eat it. So, my response is everything in my house is meal types of food. I gotta prepare and cook it. I hate cooking.

Get active. If you are active at something Wii, classes, walking, gym..whatever, you are less likely to want to eat that bad thing. Why? My motivation is because I just killed my self at Zumba, I am paying $60 a month to get fit there, and I am going to ruin it with stuffing my face with junk. What a waste of money.

When you want to "sneak" and eat, drink some water, have some Skinny cow or weight watchers "bad" foods on hand. Throw out left over dinners immediately after everyone got their plate. If it isn't there, you can't pick. -I'm a picker.

Good luck, we're here for you. It is truly hard in the beginning, middle and end...but with help and choices you can do it. It gets easier here and there. Don't deprive yourself something naughty once a week, that way you won't dwell on it.

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10 lbs = Zumba bracelet 3/18/13 Woohoo!
15 lbs = New workout shirt
20 lbs = New workout pants
30 lbs = Zumba Shoes!
40 lbs = Zumba Shirt


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GOPHERGOLD
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4/4/13 11:53 P

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I am having issues getting started. I found this site three weeks ago. I am finding it hard to get started with the eating right. In fact I have gained 6 pounds. I find my self eating crap food all the time. I am closet eating too. Does any one have some advice on how to get motivated. I know I need to get healthy. I am grateful to have found a site that seems it could be so helpful. I just need a little guidance from some people in my same boat.



 
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