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Take a deep breath and relax...you have come to the right place! It sounds like you are in just the right position to take action. I know because I've been there done that!
Sick & tired of being sick and tired!
At this point don't worry about exercise. That will come in time. I realize with the dire straights you are in you're going to want LOTS of relief FAST...BUT:
It doesn't work that way. It's all about building a new, improved healthy and well lifestyle and learning about all the pain and hurt you've stored away in those extra pounds so that in time you can accept it, learn from it and leave it behind. Results will come more quickly than you think!
The place to start? Food. Making healthy food choices. Michael Pollan has the BEST and SIMPLEST rule for making healthy food choices. It's only seven words:
"Eat Food, mostly plants, not too much."
By food he means REAL food, with as little processing as possible. Ideally food that you've prepared. But even canned / frozen fruits and veggies have a great deal of nutrition and satisfaction to offer!
Next step is to begin to TRACK your food! Every morsel that you consume.
Here is how to use SparkPeople's Nutrition tracker...one of the most vital resources on this website: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
At first don't even concern yourself with your food choices. As you track your eyes will be opened to the caloric values of your choices. Tracking will begin to nudge you into the right direction.
Making healthy food choices is the smartest, most effective way to start getting some results in the form of weight lost.
If possible, consider ditching any / all caloric beverages. If that is too radical, consider baby steps in the direction of limiting your caloric beverages. I am a HUGE fan of water, black coffee and brewed un-anythinged green tea. I prefer to CHEW my calories!
You will soon see the pounds go. And as they go your body will reclaim the joy of moving. Find enjoyable physical activity for yourself to enjoy on a regular basis. Don't worry about caloric burn. If you enjoy it, you will continue it...and consistency is the most important thing. However at your size you should get some feedback from your primary care physician and possibly a referral to a physical therapist.
While I haven't been as successful as I would like to be in maintaining my progress, overall I've done pretty well in maintaining myself below 250 (ideally I'd like to be around 200) which is a LONG HAUL down the scale from my all-time high of 450 pounds.
You have to take this journey day by day, minute by minute...don't worry about the future because taking the right steps NOW will ensure that you have a future worth living LATER!
Browse some of our SparkPages for inspiration and keep coming back to the message boards with all the questions, thoughts, struggles and TRIUMPHS to get helpful feedback from others. I highly recommend BLOGGING to get more support as well!
Thank you for sharing your story with us! We are here for you 24/7!!
There are SO MANY here who can empathize with your story as we, too, have been there, done that! YET: we've moved on to living lives filled with SPARK!
Edited by: DDOORN at: 3/27/2012 (16:55)
Co-Team Leader for All Health Pros, Binghamton Area Losers & Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams
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| Pounds lost: 78.0