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8/31/12 4:12 A


Every single member of Spark has experienced the exact same emotions. We're all experts at having gained, lost and regained weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future. We did it. So can you !!

Where to start ? First off, you can't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. Start with some simple things you can stick with. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It starts with one simple change. because one small change will lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes will add up into one huge accomplishment.

And don't look at the "big" picture. Don't start worrying about how you're going to lose 50 or 100 pounds. You start with the first five pounds and go from there. Set reasonable and realistic goals for yourself. don't be too ambitious or you are setting yourself up for failure. if you need support, that's why the Spark Community is here. We'll support you.

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8/30/12 8:18 P

That sucks! but we've all been there. I hope you feel better soon, but the best advice I can give is to start making positive changes now. why put off till tomorrow what you can do today. A healthy lifestyle, and positive outlook on life will reflect on your body with a healthy fit body (it takes time and effort)

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8/30/12 7:34 P

Try not to let the fatigue and all that goes with a cold impact your weight loss journey. It is the cold speaking right now. Focus on getting better and then take a breath and get back to business. Record every bite you eat. Read the message boards. Blog. Drink water. Try and new activity. Have some fun. Try not to be so focused on the scale. Look for non-scale victories- can you walk longer now? Is your blood pressure lower? Are your clothes fitting better? Embrace and celebrate those just as much as the scale dropping. Get well soon! emoticon

Edited by: KATHY98665 at: 8/31/2012 (09:35)
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8/30/12 6:41 P

Hi TONTOK! I wouldn't be trying to do anything other than ensuring that you are well hydrated and rested while you are battling the flu. That isn't the time to start a weight-loss journey. There is enough time for that when you are well, and hopefully that will be very soon!

Just start this journey off one step at a time. It might be increasing your water intake as you reduce soda/juice. It might ALSO be walking a little bit further in your day. When your body/mind has gotten used to these changes, then it will be time to add something else to the mix.

I suggest that you use the Nutrition Tracker. I weigh all of my food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the tracker. This has allowed me to stay focused and to tweak my intake as and when necessary. As a result I lost just over 50lb in the first 16 months (the slower losses are much better for our overall health and sustainability of this new lifestyle) and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I am now at my goal after having been overweight for about 30 years. I have been maintaining for quite a long time now, and yes, I STILL weigh and record all of my food - THAT ensures that I don't re-gain the weight :-)

Good luck and get well soon,

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8/30/12 5:46 P

Know that none of us gained the weight overnight, nor can we expect to lose it overnight either. Allow yourself time to make healthy changes. Get some rest and I hope you feel better soon.

Coach Nancy

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8/30/12 5:28 P

First of all, get over the flu! Seriously, most people would feel rubbish when they're sick. Get yourself back into good health, drink plenty of fluid and stock up on veg and fruit for your vit C. Then, even if you haven't done any physical activity, you can log your healthy eating and water on Sparkpeople and feel good about it-get a streak going and your motivation should increase. xoxo

Get better soon!

TONTOK SparkPoints: (40,322)
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8/30/12 5:21 P

Today is the heaviest I have ever weighed.

Please help me with a tip on what to do first to change this.

I usually keep ap positive attitude, but today I am battling the flu and my motivation is SERIOUSLY lacking!

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