Fitness Minutes: (48,524)
4,868 6/24/12 12:48 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 71 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
Fitness Minutes: (600)
6/23/12 9:49 A
I am new here too and I have a hard time with motivation. I find that hanging on to an article of clothing that I love and want to fit into again helps, I stare at it and visualize me wearing it and first I get overwhelmed, but if I continue with the visualization, the feeling changes into....I'm gonna do it no matter what. Also when I feel like pigging out, I stand naked in front of the mirror and look at myself....that makes me lose my appetite. LOL
Anyway, welcome, I think you will really enjoy it here, I do so far.
Fitness Minutes: (66,144)
6/23/12 7:47 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!
Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.
When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.
Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.
Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.
Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!
Fitness Minutes: (57,642)
3,562 6/23/12 3:34 A
6/23/12 2:48 A
Hi everyone. I had started an account on here last January after I got some diagnoses of medical condition. I didn't really do anything with it though. Now a year and a half later, I'm slowly realizing I need to change and I'm not really sure how. I have tried to lose weight in the past and have been unsuccessful. I was doing okay for about two months, had even lost about ten pounds, but I stopped for a week and then just crashed. I'm 20 years old and I weight around 280lbs. I feel fat and disgusting all the time and its incredibly hard to get motivated. I'm discouraged easily. My hope is that by posting it, some of you can help me be accountable (as obviously it's not working by myself). I hope some of you will also have suggestions for me on how to keep it up. I don't really know how to cook, I'm have a tendency to binge eat on sweets (cookies, ice creams, chips)...all the bad things. Anyway, so far the site seems a little bit confusing and I'm still trying to figure it out.
Thank you in advance for your advice, suggestions, and support.