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Anniemarie, reading these posts suggests we all have a lot in common with our family and health histories, along with our ages. You decided to walk when it was getting tough. Good for you! Walking is soooo good for a lot of the things that ail us. Does not cost anything typically, although a good pedometer will help give you feedback about the number of steps/miles you put on. For a while there I used the map charting part of the fitness tracker to calculate my walking routes. Then used that info to create a virtual journey (Michigan to Cape San Blas, Florida). Had to log 1100 miles to get there. What a hoot to realize what those miles translate into when.......
ANNMARIE - Welcome to Spark People!!!! Walking is a great start!!! The same health problems in your family are also in mine plus a few more including cancers etc I've been overweight since I was 21 and I'm now almost 67 (October). I have been on just about every diet there ever was - lost weight and gained it all back and then some!!!! Since being on SparkPeople (SP) for 13 months now I have lost 30#, gone from a size 22W-24W (bottoms) and a 2X top, and am now a size 16 bottoms and XL misses tops. I have been able to get off my Metformin for Diabetes II and bring my high cholesterol and high triglycerides down to well within the normal limits and my BP is also normal again!! So you see, it can be done!!!!
Set yourself some small goals that you know you will be able to achieve. Set your weight loss goal for only 5-10% of your total weight that you want to lose, NOT the total amount of weight you want/need to lose or you are very apt to become discouraged and we all know what happens when we become discouraged!!! Set your food goals to maybe increase your water every few days and maybe your fitness goal for 5-10 minutes of exercise twice a week to start. Take it one day at a time and one step at a time!! Slow is better.
Try to track your nutrition every day as it has been proven that those who track their food lose twice as much weight as those who don't!! By tracking your nutrition you get good feedback on what areas you need to decrease and which ones you need to increase (Protein, Carbs, Fat). Also, try to track your exercises daily as well if possible. If you happen to have a bad day with food, don't be hard on yourself - just get right back on track!!!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask them or even to vent if need be. There is always someone close by here that can help you.. We are all more than will to offer all kinds of encouragement to you because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! and together .
Have fun and enjoy your journey!!
One Day At A Time Dear Jesus!!!
Not looking at how many # to go but back and how many #s I've already lost!!!
Welcome - I hope your walk was wonderful. THAT is a great starting place. Have fun, explore the site, explore YOUR feelings, habits, and ideas, and create a plan that will work for you. You can change all of those health problems with changing your life and making it more healthy.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
Okay I am starting today. This is my first post on Sparkpeople and I am hoping this will motivate me to stick with it - this time..... At 63, I am on a slippery slope: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, family history of heart blockages.... Just writing this depresses me. However I am going for a walk right now!