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ditto Kobe and Kayla!
Try to be very gentle on yourself at the beginning. You are just figuring out your habits and things that make you want to eat. You will learn that you need to plan around the things that may challenge you. But you have to figure out what challenges you first! This is learning time for you. If you can just get a few things under control like water and more exercise, then you can concentrate on calories and portion control in a week or two. Patience is the key, you will find many challenges along the way that make you question your commitment.
Best to you!
Ditto everything Kobe said... Maybe you should try working on just counting your calories. Sometimes it's hard to track calories, nutrients, protein, carbs, yadda yadda yadda... Try starting small and reducing your calories, then once you get that down, then worry about how much of this or that you are getting. You don't have to do it all at once!
The pool should be great! Even just swimming around will be great for you! I used to take a water aerobics class and the exercises are so basic but they really help. Try jogging in place or doing scissor kicks.. like, in case you don't know what i mean... stand in the pool (i assume it's shallow enough to touch?).. then jump slightly and land with one foot out in front of you and one behind you.. then jump slightly and switch legs with the other in front and the other in back.. keep doing this and you can do it side to side too.. legs out, legs together, etc... it's kind of fun and really great for the legs! I have more exercises you can do if you are interested!
Just keep at it and slowly but surely you will get there! Lean on us whenever you need to and don't shy away if you "mess up".. we don't expect perfection! :)
If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.
You shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
Hey nightsky - you're not a mess - proof is just by being here! Trying different things, making adjustments and continuing on is the important thing. We are here for support, ideas, suggestions...heck even a kick in the butt if ya need one but you have to return the favor as I need one OFTEN!!
Don't get discouraged - you will do great and each little accomplishment will raise your spirits. Just remember - life gets in the way of our best intentions sometimes and we just keep going - don't stop.
have a great day!
Hi. I'm just starting. So far, I've gained 2 pounds, which would have upset me, but I lost 2" from each of my thighs at the same time. I haven't weighed myself since then, which was like a week ago, so I need to do that tomorrow.
We just got a new pool. It's up and running, so I'd like to include it in my goals. I noticed that I can do 10 strokes across the pool (freestyle), as one lap. I'm not sure how many laps I should start with? If one lap = one time across the pool, then I'll start with 4 laps of freestyle. How many times per week? I'm thinking 3x's per week, just in case there's a rainy week. (I will try to exceed that when I'm able to swim more days.)
I'm not doing well on my high protein, low carb plan. We went to Friendlies tonight. I got buffalo chicken tenders and fries. A weakness of mine (buffalo chicken & bleau cheese). And I had some of my kids sundaes. I think what I need is a simple plan of a few different things I can have for breakfast and lunch and just go with that.
I'm also feeling stressed cause I need to de-clutter my house by the weekend cause we're having visitors. I'm gonna try to do most of it tomorrow.
I haven't been drinking my 8 glasses of water, either, because I'm addicted to caffeine, so I drink Diet Coke instead. I know I'm dehydrated from the caffeine.
I feel like I'm a mess. Oh well. I just need to focus.