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BILL60 Posts: 961,780
4/2/13 7:23 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 73,009
4/1/13 7:24 P

Welcome. Don't quit.

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4/1/13 7:21 P

Hello and emoticon !! My name is Angela and I have been on this site since June 2012. Congratulations on taking your first steps to a brand new you and a new weight loss experience where you are supported by en entire community of like-minded people. This website is dedicated to helping people who want a healthier lifestyle including issues with eating healthy and exercising, as well as support forums where we talk about specific issues.

My advice is to ditch the tea, or cut back since I am a caffeine addict as well, and drink water. Drink so much water you want to throw up water. And remember, when you first start working out more and trying to lose weight, your body goes into overdrive and is working to burn calories you are used to having around. If you've cut back on your calories too far, you ARE starving yourself. My advice is that the first month, go by the calories that this webiste sets for you based on your workouts. Then you can start scaling back. I was eating 1800-2200 calories my first month. So make sure you aren't stalling your body. And get with a SparkCoach if you need clarification on how that works. There is probably already a thread somewhere that you can search to find. Good luck! (BTW, it's been almost 10 months now and I am down to 1200-1500 cals a day, but lost 50 pounds so far... eating at the recommended calories on this site, so I know it works!)

So welcome and enjoy! If you have questions, you can always reach out and send me a SparkMail, or stop by my SparkPage at the link below. We can do this together, with encouragement and support from others, and SparkPeople has really great resources for any kind of workout or condition!

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, and Enjoy!
Sparker since 06/18/12
Co-leader of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Team

4/1/13 7:09 P

Hi everyone! I'm new here, wanted to meet a few new people and get some words of wisdom.

My background - I just turned 40. I've struggled a bit with my weight since I was in my mid-20's - was never really overweight, but never as thin as I wanted to be and it was always an effort. The past few months I've put on a few pounds and now suddenly I find myself for the first time in my life over the threshold - I'm officially overweight, not just heavier than I want to be. So here I am. :-)

Question for you folks: I have been really watching what I eat and bumping up the exercise for a week, so I don't expect results yet, but...I am hungry. To the point where it is distracting and makes it hard to focus on the things I need to do at work and home. I know in time I will get used to eating fewer calories, but are there any tips for dulling the appetite a little in the meantime? I normally drink (unsweetened) tea all day long so I've been trying to use that to cope but I'm still finding it hard to get any work done that requires serious focus because my "I'm hungry" signals keep distracting me even though I KNOW I'm only hungry because I'm used to snacking all day long and I don't actually need to be eating.

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