Why am I still fat? Hmmm, I think I ask that about a thousand times a day.
I agree with what the others have said: start slow so you can achieve your gaols (drink water, write down everything you eat, walk 10 minutes per day); definitely write down everything you eat (I weigh and measure it all, because my eyes lie to me about portion sizes); and give yourself permission to start over each day. "Progress not perfection" is the goal.
You are about where I was when I started. For me, it was a lightbulb . I was sick and tired of feeling like I was tied to the couch or chair. Sick and tired of having no energy. Sick and tired of having to haul myself step by step up the stairs to go to bed. Sick and tired of hurting when I woke up because of all the pressure on my hips or arms or waking up because my hands were asleep because of laying on them.
I just called a Gym close to my house and signed up over the phone, I hadn't even walked into the place. I met with the training folks, you know those free evaluations... and signed up for a trainer 1x a week.
I started logging my food, starting with a shake based plan, moving to Jenny Craig and now on a plan where I do more cooking and kind of a combo of things. But it all starts with the first step into your tennies and out the door.
I set goals for myself and compare all actions that I take against those. Will it help or hurt. If it hurts the goal is it a consequence I can deal with, come back from. Mostly its about taking responsibility for my own actions. I also plan alot more, if I know I'm going somewhere with someone that probably isn't the best choice I get info that I can and make the best choices from what I'm given. I log it and build the rest of the day around it.
I can't say its been easy, or hasn't been time consuming. But the rewards far outweigh the efforts.
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Joining sparkpeople was basically done on a whim. Then I started tracking my food. I could not BELIEVE how little food I was eating, but how high in calories it was.
I knew that I needed to lose the weight. I want to have kids soon, and I want to be healthy!
Basically, I had to find a reason that was more than just "because society doesn't like me as a big woman." I wanted to be able to go up a flight of stairs without having to catch my breath at the top! I wanted to be able to feel comfortable in my own skin. That was worth it to me.
MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs
5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!
If nothing tasted as good as being thin felt, no one would ever get fat!
FOOD TASTES GOOD Let us eat it in moderation.
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Well joining sparkpeople is a great start! I guess, everyone has a moment when they say â€śThat is IT!â€ť For me, it was a number so high I never thought I would see it on my scale. For my best friend, it was getting engaged. Just think some about what your motivation is. Like, what prompted you to post this question? I think the best thing to DO is start slow. The very first thing I did was work out while watching TV. I would do bicep curls with cans of beans and then during commercials I would do jumping jacks or sit ups or push ups or just power walk across the room. I first I felt silly but then I felt proud that I was doing something good for myself instead of just watching TV.
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