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-SHAWN- Posts: 25,252
10/24/13 5:14 P

Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
Diet is a dirty word, every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate emoticon emoticon

SUZIPAM1 Posts: 1,464
10/24/13 2:08 P

so how did the day go?

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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10/24/13 12:35 P

emoticon Hi! Glad to have you here! So glad to see that you already have your Sparkpage set up! I invite you to check out the Sparkteams under the 'community' tab above. In particular, check out the 55+ Females group.

Next, I would like to give you some motivational advice.
Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.

The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.

SUZIPAM1 Posts: 1,464
10/22/13 2:26 P


SEVERINA418 SparkPoints: (53,066)
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10/22/13 2:21 P

A lot of us don't like who we've become, and oftentimes that is the driving force that leads us to make a change within ourselves, especially in needing to lose weight. Never give up on your goals and dreams. Losing weight isn't easy, but it can be done. You've definitely taken a step in the right direction by coming to this site. It has a wealth of information available, and lots of aid for almost anything you are struggling with, that may be helped via the internet.

Would you like to be friends on here? I would love to help guide you the best that I am able to!

WEEZYLT SparkPoints: (0)
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10/22/13 9:53 A

Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and to begin to like myself again. So I need alot of motivation and encouragement. I work a full time job (50hrs a wk). Would appreciate all the help I can get!

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