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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/14/13 9:12 A

my best suggestion is listen to your body. Watch your form and just have fun. I used to hate exercising with a passion. Even now I would rather not, but the NOT won't get me to my goals and my body actually craves it.

Check out the articles and other people's blogs as well. Lots of information. My other suggestion-- understand that since there are so many people on this site, opinions will vary greatly. Do your own research as well, don't just take what is said on this site as gospel. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

but the motivation and inspiration you can get from this site is second to none.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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1/13/13 10:01 A

Hi Lis,

Let me be one of the first to Welcome you to Sparkpeople. The first couple of days here are like the first days at a new school or a new job. You don't know where everything is, you're unfamiliar with the routine, and you don't know many people. But it's exciting too. You're having new experiences everyday and discovering new things not just about the web site, but about yourself too. And that's the coolest part.

As far as exercise for your first few days I always suggest SLOW and STEADY. It is almost always tempting to jump in with all of your enthusiasm and do too much too soon Follow Coach Nancy's advice and take it easy the first few days and let your body get used to exercise. As your body adjusts, you're going to be tempted again to do more than you are ready for, but don't give in. Remember the old saying "Slow and Steady wins the race." And this race is a marathon not a sprint.

This is enough to think about for now. If you like you can "friend" me and have access to my blogs. There might be something on there you can use as motivation, setting goals, exercise tips or something else.

Good luck on your journey and JUICE to you!

Jonny Mac

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1/13/13 8:55 A


You can do this! Remember you don't have to make up months of inactivity the first few days or weeks. Allow time for your body to ease into an exercise routine. I know for me, when I started my journey 8 years ago, 10 minutes on the elliptical was all my body could physically handle, but over time as my body made the adaptation, I could add more time.

I wish you all the best!

Coach Nancy

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1/13/13 7:48 A

Hey all,
I'm about to start my first day of exercise in my weight loss journey, but I'm feeling nervous.
I don't know why. I will do my exercise, I won't let it beat me, but I guess I can use a bit of encouragement, lol.

Did anyone else feel like this when taking your first steps in your weight loss journey?

Thanks all, look forward to hearing from you.

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