Fitness Minutes: (100)
5/7/13 3:49 P
3:45am? I didn't even know there was such a thing...lol Thanks for the advise for tracking the food before I eat it and not after...I will definitely implement that one
Fitness Minutes: (8,498)
3,283 5/7/13 3:16 P
to Spark People!!
Fitness Minutes: (56,458)
10,602 5/7/13 3:15 P
Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining! I've been a member a little over 3 years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going! Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you haven’t, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated. I’ve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Good luck! Sheila
5/7/13 1:18 P
Welcome to SparkPeople! It sounds like you are already incorporating several good habits like walking on your lunch breaks and eating healthy during the week! It actually sounds like as far as our days go, they are somewhat similar. I'm exhausted by the time I get home from work so I recognized that a workout just wasn't going to happen...so I do get up in the morning since it's the ONLY way it will get done. And since I start work at 7:00 AM, you probably don't want to know that my alarm goes off at 3:45 AM. Yeah, I usually hit snooze at least once, so I'm not actually out of bed until 4. ;-)
Weekends are also my downfall so I'm working on curbing that (again) right now. I have found that if I track it before I eat it and see that it's going to send me over, I can keep myself in check. If I track after the fact, the damage is usually already done. So maybe that's something you can try?
I also have to say it is great that you aren't using the scale as your only measure! Our bodies might lose fat without actually losing any pounds, so going on how your clothes fit and such is a great measure of your progress. Keep that up!
Good luck to you and have a great time getting acquainted with Spark!
Fitness Minutes: (100)
5/7/13 12:51 P
I'm new here (obviously) and am looking for some motivation. I'm having a very hard time getting back to being physical and have gained 30 pounds since I started a job last year. I sit a lot and the last thing I feel like doing when I get home is working out (I still ahve to make dinner, make lunches for the next day, spend some time with the kids). My biggest obstacle is time (I never have any). I'm trying to keep all the junk food out of the house and I eat really well at work. The weekends are my downfall. It's very depressing not mention discouraging when the scale doesn't move so I've decided to stop using it. On the plus side, my pants feel looser this week and I've been trying to walk every day at lunch (I don't really like being sweaty at my desk all afternoon though). I guess my only other alternative is to get up early in the morning (5:00am ). Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated for nutrition and/or exercise