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BILL60 Posts: 953,063
3/22/13 9:14 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you te very best on your journey.

GIGI4AUSTIN SparkPoints: (66,963)
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3/21/13 1:05 P

emoticon ! You've come to the right place!

JLMCCREARY2005 SparkPoints: (1,391)
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3/21/13 12:52 P

A couple weeks into this an a few pounds down. Looking forward to weighing in and seeing the 250's. My downfall with trying to diet has been going cold turkey on things I like to eat, because what ends up happening is I get such a craving I go way overboard and then regret it. So portion control is my approach this time and exercising daily.

SparkPeople is definitely a huge help as I think about having to put online what I've ate, it causes me to give a second thought before indulging myself. Portion control is my first goal. I love Dr. Pepper but instead of drinking them all day long I have cut back to 1 to 1 1/2 a day. I did eat at Burger King today but I went with a Whopper Jr instead of a regular Whopper and I went with a small instead of upsizing to Large. I've increased my water drinking too which has helped me not feel so bloated. When I am at work it's easy to drink water all day but at home it's too easy to grab a Dr. Pepper, but I entered a challenge to drink 8 glasses a day and I have been doing that for several day now.

I am praying for strength and commitment to continue this each day. Once my wife gets cleared from the doctor she's going to join me in exercising so that'll help. She wants to get her stomach back in shape now that the baby is born.

Edited by: JLMCCREARY2005 at: 3/21/2013 (12:54)
BILL60 Posts: 953,063
3/15/13 7:46 A

Welcome to SP where when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

JLMCCREARY2005 SparkPoints: (1,391)
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3/14/13 1:38 P

Thank you both for your encouragement! SparkPeople is definitely an awesome tool to acheive your fitness goals. I am definitely amazed when I see the numbers you have lost. That's encouraging in and of itself. I will definitely get in a routine of plugging in my nutrition/foods each day. Thanks again!

MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (327,055)
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3/14/13 12:57 P

There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you're comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, start exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. By tracking everything since May 2011 and using the other features here to keep myself focused, I lost 90 pounds and have maintained that loss for almost a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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3/14/13 11:31 A

emoticon You have the ultimate incentive in those kidlets of yours! I don't know about your job situation, but I have started using a stability ball emoticon at work in place of my desk chair. It exercises the core, I am in constant motion and I do crunches, stretches and other strength building exercises naturally throughout the day. The added bonus is that they cost about $20 so they won't break the bank!

I encourage you to get your Sparkpage up and running. It allows others to 'friend' you and to give you personal encouragement and support.

Also, consider joining a Sparkteam (or more than one)! Here is a link to teams that are family focused.
There are many more, so start exploring!

Keep pushing. emoticon

JLMCCREARY2005 SparkPoints: (1,391)
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3/14/13 11:21 A

I've been out of college for almost 8 years now. I've been on a 10 lb a year gain since I graduated. Each year a higher percengtage of my day is spent sitting behind a desk staring at a computer. I just kept slowing down and being less active with each passing year. I have a 2 year old and a newborn and I want to be healthy and active for them. Our company is doing a biggest loser challenge...this is the 3rd year and every year I've said I'm going to win but then do absolutely nothing. I weighed in last Monday (3/4) at 263 lbs. After a week I've lost 2 lbs. Hope to have a 2-3 lb weightloss each week. My biggest enemy is soda. I've tried going cold turkey but that doesn't work because I get such a craving and then over do it. This time I am not cutting them out just cutting it down to just enough each day to kill the craving.

My ultimate goal is getting down to 200 lbs. However, my goal by the end of our company challenge is 30 lbs by June 3rd. I hope to be at 200 lbs by October 15th!

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