Thanks - you and your sis are doing something amazing! I hadn't thought about a pedometer, but counting the steps could be a way to keep track more accurately. Grains and sugar ... they're everywhere! Very good starting points, though. Thank you for your encouraging story.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 7 9/18/12 9:48 P
Wow, that food tracker is popping up as a top recommendation! I do pretty well with water but have room for improvement there. The fitness tracker feels sort of overwhelming, but I will give it another good look and figure out how to make time for these new habits. Thanks!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 7 9/18/12 9:46 P
Thanks, Carol. Your advice is really making sense. I am feeling a bit daunted at the prospect of finding more time each day for new endeavors. As a mom, my attention always goes to my child, my home, etc. Starting two new daily habits! Wow. Tracking and walking :) A new relationship with food - yep, that's what I need. I am so glad to see replies to my post ... so encouraging. Thank you.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 7 9/18/12 9:42 P
Hi, Barbara, and welcome to Spark and to the Team!
Here is my best advice - not complicated and from the heart: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and print out the daily report on that page so you can make sure you are getting the proper balance of fats, carbs, and protein. This will keep you honest and accountable for your choices. Checking your report each day is critical - you want to make sure you are getting the right % of nutrients and not just eating empty calories. Remember, it is possible to stay within your calorie range eating "junk" but that isn't going to promote weight loss and it certainly won't maintain it in the long run .; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually ENJOY doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you like what you are doing the chances are much better that you will stick with it ; 3) Stay active with your Team(s) because this is the place you will get encouragement, motivation, and support - including hugs on those days when things are especially tough! and; 4) Try to have fun with this journey to slimness and better health! It's a given that if you enjoy something you will stick with it!
One last thought: it isn't important how fast or slowly you lose your weight. This is one area where 'slow and steady wins the race' is more then just some old cliche . Spark teaches you a new lifestyle and you need time to re-educate yourself and develop a new relationship with food.
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