Congratulations Daochica and Laochin! Well done! I had a surprise this morning. At the beginning of summer I moved summer clothes into my bedroom closet, including some items I have not been able to wear in years. This morning I pulled out two of these. I buttoned a blouse and zipped up a skirt, and they weren't even tight! It's like shopping for new clothes, but out of my own closet! Cheers! Cheryl
current weight: 157.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,839) Posts: 90 8/5/12 6:11 A
Awesome to see everyone's successes, no matter how small, it is still worth every step of the way!
I started eating healthy and exercising on 7/14 and as of last Sunday (Weigh myself every Sunday ONLY) I had lost 9 pounds so far. Tomorrow is my third weigh in and my second time taking measurements. I am feeling a lot better, starting to have more energy, and am feeling more and more confident every day. I even started seeing a change in my thighs and butt in my jeans!! Should be the next size down in another week or 2 hopefully!!
I use the calorie and exercise counter. And I have a bit of a cheat day every Saturday also (but I don't over do it).
Morning all! I never check this board and it's about time I do!!! I started my lifestyle change with the Insanity program, and am following their nutrition guide. Well, seeing as I ate so horribly before and am now eating clean, I'm down 9lbs since July 16th! Holy Moly!
My weight loss is now slowing to more realistic numbers but that big drop the first week really made me push through to continue. I love it! Hope everyone is doing well!!!
"It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable." -Socrates
August Minutes: 0
Fitness Minutes: (4,000) Posts: 34 7/26/12 9:31 P
Hi everyone! I tracked my food this second week, weighed in today and lost my first pound. I also continued to track my fitness and have exercised at least 30 minutes everyday. I feel great. I went out to lunch today at Cheesecake Factory, so I am a little over my allowed calories for the day. But I am okay with it because I made a conscious decision to split a piece of cheesecake with two of my friends. And I swam a few extra laps in the pool tonight to help make up for it.
Note to WIICHICK: We recently got a Wii for my son, but I haven't paid much attention to it. What games do you use for exercise with it?
current weight: 157.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,125) Posts: 501 7/21/12 10:30 A
Hi all! I joined last week and had been avoiding the nutrition tracker. But you were right- no surprise that I lost no weight! I eat fairly healthy but my idea of a serving of trail mix is the whole bag. So I started the nutrition tracking today. On the positve side, I have been tracking my fitness and I have exercised for nine straight days! Also I read recently that people who drink diet sodas have large waistlines and I am certainly guilty on both counts. So this week I weaned myself off diet sodas, replacing with water and unsweetened tea. So even though I lost no weight, I have made progress on lifestyle changes toward a new healthy me. Thank you all you people on SparkPeople!
Tracking my food has been my biggest help! I signed up on July 11, and at my one-week weigh in, I'd lost 3.2 pounds. Just by tracking, and using that info to make better choices! It's amazing what we put in our bodies when we don't pay attention to it's calorie and fat content. I'm still at the beginning of my journey, but I can see this being a long-lasting relationship with SparkPeople :)
"All I have is what God gives, and that's all the life that I was meant to live." ~John Reuben
I just signed up a couple of days ago and I was so excited and gong hoe. Now I am so frustrated and I'm ready to throw my computer out the window and forget I've ever heard about sparks people. I have search and read the help pages for hours. I try to email some sparks employees but I was supposed to have clicked a link in an email I can't find. I've created my own recipe but have no nutritional information. My concept was that I'd enter my own recipes and meals. Then over time I'd build up my favorites and it would be so easy to enter them in my daily tracker. The way it is now it takes way too much time to track my meals. So between being an emotional eater and too much preoccupation with food I can only envision gaining weight instead of loosing it. Is there anyone available to interactively walk me through the process. This is my last hope. HELP!!!
Copied with permission from a friend on another team, but it is written so well I had to share!
Are you enjoying your Successes?
July 16 / 2012
You'll never achieve real success in your lifestyle change unless you like what you're doing and like what you're eating! It's true. If it hurts when you exercise or if you do exercise that you don't like doing, chances are you'll quit is a short period of time due to lack of interest! The same is true about what you're eating. If you're forced to eat things that are not what you like, chances are you'll give it up and return to your old eating habits.
The trick to this whole lifestyle change is to enjoy what you do and enjoy what you eat! I'll let you in on a little secret... If you create a list of all the foods that you like, all the food that you'd like to try and do a little research, you'll find that (apart from junk food) you're probably eating really well! Sure your portions may need to be looked at and the quantity of each food may have to be looked at but generally, most people know what is good for them when they prepare a regular plate of food! Now... once you find out all of the foods that you like to eat,the next step is to pick the food with the best nutrients (like green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, kale, collared greens, beet tops, Swiss chard just to name a few, add a small potato or some rice (I had to cut back all white potato, rice, white flour products and white bread) then add your protein like black beans, brown beans, lentils, chicken, fish or red meats. Remember... everything in moderation. Make sure your portion sized are correct and you're on your way to a healthy you!
The next step is your exercises. I realize that everyone is different and some people can't make it to a gym... but there are ways to exercise that you may like that don't involve gyms! Just a little note here... I am a member of a gym and I love it but there are those that simply don't like gyms... For you I offer this solution. Start a list of all the activities that you like to do such as Bike riding, hiking, swimming, running, jogging, walking, playing ball, soccer, climbing a tree, Bocci, lawn bowling, Horse shoes, kite flying, swinging on a swing... The list could be endless. These are all exercises... or how about gardening, cutting the grass, edging the grass, painting, sanding wood, cleaning house... It all adds up! Choose the exercises that you like and enjoy it! You don't have to lift weights or go on a treadmill if you don't want to... Just enjoy the exercises that you want to do!
The more you love what you're doing, the more successful it will be for you. Don't set compensation as your goal...just do it for the enjoyment of it! Your compensation will be less pounds to worry about, a great new look and perhaps a new wardrobe... why? Because you deserve it!
Remember: If you enjoy what you are doing and enjoy what you're eating in the proper portion sizes you won't pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success because you'll have earned it while enjoying it!
You deserve all the good things that life has to offer you... the work... the play... the food... the drink... Let life be your reward! Don't punish yourself...
It's time that you enjoyed your life to the fullest! You deserve it! You know you do. Don't wait for your life to change... Make the changes that will get to your ultimate goals! The time is now... Leave your past in the past and excel to your new future... The new you! The you that you want everyone to see!
It's not too hard to change your lifestyle... you just have to do a little research, plan how you want to proceed and start... The first step is always the hardest but once you've made a few small steps... more are sure to follow. You have unlimited support through Sparkpeople and all of the fabulous people here, you also have everything you need to track your food intake, exercising, and other great stuff! Take full advantage of everything that Spark People have to offer and soon you'll be on your way to a new you! For those who have already made it to their goal weight and are staying on track... CONGRATULATION'S! You deserve it... you worked hard for it!
All the rest of us will see you at the finish line!
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