You're in the right place to make some permanent changes in your diet and lifestyle - start at your own speed and you'll gain momentum. I would make one suggestion - you say you're in denial about what you weigh. Bite the bullet and get on the scale. Then when you start losing you will be able to track your progress. Don't feel bad, we've all been there.
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Pounds lost: 19.0
Fitness Minutes: (50,933) Posts: 4,989 5/31/07 6:25 P
I really love the ask the experts section- they tell you about what caloric intake to use and WHY- 10 X your weight & exercise will mean you don't get the wildly hungries and have your metabolism drop down. YES to the water. Just don't get too much in a hurry. It's fun to write this stuff out. I KNOW it, and I've KNOWN it all for ages- what's so way cool is that I'm DOING it for now... yummy. Just you wait... my goal is to be under 200 by Sept 7, my 53 birthday (yes, a Virgo, I know, I know). What enormous fun this all is! Mary
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current weight: 218.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,397) Posts: 16,369 5/30/07 6:00 P
I have little to add to what everyone else has contributed, just to be as involved as possible in this program. There is a wealth of information available. Read as much as you can so you fully understand what you need to do to succeed. This is a remarkable program. Never before did I have such fun while losing weight. So learn and enjoy your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Get involved in some of the challenges and stay motivated.
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current weight: 243.8
Fitness Minutes: (66,893) Posts: 12,290 5/30/07 11:36 A
Harry$2, take it a day at a time, baby steps are best. I have slowly been conquering this one day at a time. I have walked for years but not as regularly the last 10 or so. When I first started I walked half a mile twice a day. I eventually worked up to 5 - 8 miles a day. I had a buddy to walk with and that helped a great deal. Now I am walking at least 30 minutes a day and more if I have a chance and can motivate myself. Let the Spark program help set what you need to do and just do it a little at a time. Definitely use the food tracker, with that I have been able to lower my cholesterol and fat and I am now working on my sodium intake. I carefully track my water each day and I drink at least 8 cups almost every day. Posting here and being able to talk to others is almost as good as having my old walking buddy. The support is tremendous.
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okay HELP... the others are right on track. Start small. Get the water bottle out. I fill up my allotted amount every am & put it in the refrig. that way I know how far I have gotten & what I still need to drink for today(my memory is not always the greatest.I have lists for everyting). Then slowly start with the rest. I logged my food on a paper at home daily so I'd see what I ate...the Sparks menu & tracker was too much for me to handle all at once, but by the 3rd week it had seemed old hat. We are all here to help just like I know you will be there to help us lose weight. Sandy
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current weight: 204.0
Fitness Minutes: (285) Posts: 295 5/30/07 8:41 A
I agree, the main thing is to keep track of what your eating so you can see how much and what you are eating and drink lots of water. That is how I started. When I started writing down everything I was eating, (including a bite of this, and a little of that) I couldn't believe everything I was putting in my mouth. That's how I got up to that high weight to begin with. Good Luck.
Ginilee hit the nail right on the head! I know how you feel, I am new at this too and everything seems to be overwhelming, so I just decided that I would start with just keeping track of what I was eating and trying to eat what I thought was appropriate and each day I try to make one more little chnage in my lifestyle that is more conducive to healthiness. Exercise is my nemisis - but I figure if I move just a little more today than I did yesterday and a little faster tomorrow than today, I can't be doing anything wrong and maybe even I'll be doing something positive. I also have tried to clear my life of any extra "stuff" as much as possible and am trying to just devote my energies to taking care of me for a while.
Good Luck to you and we look forward to hearing more from you.
current weight: 279.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,682) Posts: 115 5/30/07 7:08 A
I knew I forgot one very important thing ... the weekly meal planner. It is crutial for me. My husband and I sit down on Saturday evening or Sunday morning and figure out what we will have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the entire next week. I go to the store and buy the stuff. When I get home, I immediately rotate out the fruits and vegetables that we have for snacks so we don't have to throw a lot away. Then, the weekly menu is posted on the refrigerator, and everything is much less stressful when trying to figure out what to eat ... it's right there!
Allow only positive self talk, and you will achieve your goals.
I agree about the water bottle and the food and fitness trackers. When you hear fitness you probably want to hide, I know I did. But I started out very small. I would walk for 10 minutes and not very fast I might add. I'm up to 30 minutes a day now. I have tunes on my mp3 player for walking and I invested in a good pedometer. I like to try to do more steps each day. I keep track of the steps taken, calories burned and miles walked. I have a chart to accumulate the miles. I'm trying to walk to a friend's house in distance that is an 8 hour drive. I think when I get there I'm going to walk home, 1 mile or 1/2 mile at a time. Have some fun and don't make this work. I make a weekly menu of dinner foods and a daily meal plan of each day's food and snacks before the day begins, sometimes the night before. Then when I'm hunger I can chose something from the meal plan. Good Luck and keep in touch.
Fitness Minutes: (3,682) Posts: 115 5/30/07 6:53 A
My advice would be to get a big water bottle, fill it, and make sure you keep it within arm's reach all day. If you can get down eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day, you will feel more full and not want so much food. I would also recommend that you use the food tracker and record every single tiny piece of food that you put in your mouth. This will help you see just how much you are really eating. It is probably much more than you actually think you are eating. Use the tools that SP have available to you. It will be much easier. Good luck!
Allow only positive self talk, and you will achieve your goals.
Help! I am a 56 year old female...have been struggling with my weight for many many years. I lost quite a bit of weight last year on low carb diets but i am concerned about the health implications of this but nothing else seems to work! i am in denial of what i actually weigh but it's a lot and i really need the help and support of others to push me along and lead me in the right direction.
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