FREAKYGRANITE and to the team. Don't deny yourself your favorite foods completely as this will only lead to overindulging/binge eating at some point. Instead limit the amount you eat at one sitting. For example, if you eat pasta, instead of having a full plate of the pasta measure out one serving and fill the rest of the plate with veggies or salad and a small serving of chicken or other meat. Also make sure you get enough water. Many times when we think we are hungry what we really need is a drink of water. One small step at a time.
You all are so Great! Thanks for all the words of encouragement. I know this will be the right fit for me. I just have to find an exercise I like. I will, I know I will. I talked to my daughter today and I am going to go over to her house maybe at least a couple times a week and she will help me too! Thanks to all!
Edited by: FREAKYGRANITE at: 9/11/2012 (17:53)
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Here's my best advice - it's not much, but it's all I have to offer: 1) Use your nutrition tracker faithfully, every single day and for every single meal. It will keep you honest and accountable for your choices of food and the amounts you eat; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually enjoy doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you enjoy the activity you will stick with it: 3) Stay active with your Spark Team(s). That is where you will get your encouragement, support, and motivation along the way; and, 4) try to have fun with this! If you make this your friend, you will hang in there and until you reach your destination
One more thought: don't worry about how fast or slow you lose the weight. This is one area where the old cliche "slow and steady wins the race" really does apply. We are learning to develop a new relationship with food and re-educate ourselves regarding how to make healthy choices and eat the correct portions This process takes time but in the end, it is well worth the investment made.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
Welcome FREAKYGRANITE, It may seem hard at first but don't give up. All of the advice you receive are on track. We are here to encourage you. Take this journey not as a diet but a way of life to a healthy lifestyle for you and those around you. Starting with yourself will encourage your family, if not then for yourself.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me
Like you I had 100 pounds to lose but felt I would never succeed at losing it. Originally (4 years ago) I aimed to lose 40 to 50 with a dream of 70. I started walking and yes it was hard. It took me 25 minutes to walk that first mile and I hated it! Look at this a a lifestyle change you are not on a diet. It will take time and you will begin to feel better in a few weeks. After that it is up to you how far you can go. I do not regret working as hard as I do because the health benefits are amazing,
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." anonymous
Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!
"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." John Dewey
Like you I started out and had a tough time with the exercise. I started walking with small goals. I joined a gym and did what I thought was the easiest group workouts. I was intimidated at first because of all the thin ladies and their tiny workout wear. It is a all female gym which I love. Now, one year later, I play tennis a few days a week, I do a body pump class which is very strenuous and I have been walking 20+ miles a week cutting grass. I am down almost 80lbs. You need to make small realistic goals and use the resources that are offered here and get involved in support groups here and you will be amazed. The trackers are a great thing to use as it will tell you how much fat, sodium etc. you are eating a day if you track what you eat. Good luck to you, and remember we are all here for the same reason and to help each other. Laura
Hi People! This is my first day here. I started my dieting and healthy plan on Monday, September 3, 2012. I need to lose at least 50 lbs., that's just for now, my immediate goal. I really need to lose about 100. I just can't seem to get into the exercise program the way I want. Seems like I get so out of breath just walking alittle. I'm trying though. Been trying to walk the dogs. I just thought I'd join here so I could at least read some inspirational stories or something, not sure what. I lost a good amount of weight last week. 8 lbs. But my eating habits changed so drastically. I went from eating everything and anything, especially sweets and pasta, and such, to salads, some fruit, fish, and veggies. It takes a lot of will power to not eat my favorite, sweets!!! I've tried before on diets, lost, gained, lost gained, lost gained, etc., etc., etc. This time I'm determined. Went to the doc and had blood work done. Cholesterol was 174 which is good. Bad LDL was good. My triglycerides were 242 - High, and my Good HDL's were 31 - Low. I really need to work on these 2 things. I hope I'm posting in the right spot. Good luck to all of you!!!!
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