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0309COOKIE Posts: 8,436
11/14/13 4:09 P

Welcome aboard!


AERINMCG SparkPoints: (752)
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11/14/13 3:38 P

Thanks so much for your response! Yes, I definitely track everything. If WW taught me anything, it's to track my food. SparkPeople's tracking system is actually way easier to use, so it's a nice change.
Tracking my exercise is pretty easy. I do HIIT at home, and mark my heart rate.
I'm looking forward to being an active member of the SP community, and will definitely check out the different forums.

Thanks again! Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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11/14/13 12:37 P

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.

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,021
11/14/13 12:19 P

I'm glad things have turned around for you! Spark is amazing! My biggest suggestion is to make sure you track everything, and it sounds like you're off to a great start with that. Do make sure you track your exercise accurately- machines at gyms overestimate so I generally recommend knocking off 10-20 lb if you can enter in your stats on the machine or using a heart rate monitor if you're into that sort of thing!

Spark has great community resources if you like that- there are TONS of spark teams for everything from interests to workouts to special needs (illnesses/dietary restrictions), etc! So if you want a smaller set of people to get support from, check some out and stick with your favorites :)

Feel free to message me anytime! Keep up the good work.

AERINMCG SparkPoints: (752)
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11/14/13 11:53 A

Hi Everyone! Where should I begin...
I guess I should start with how I gained weight in the first place. For almost a decade I suffered from clinical depression. Some days were better than others. When the economy took a turn for the worst, I was laid off. I spent three years either unemployed or underemployed. I lost touch with my friends, and almost never left my house. My depression became so severe that I rarely got out of bed, and I ate a lot. I gained over 40 pounds during that time.
Luckily, I found a job a year and three months ago. The first 8 or 9 months were difficult, because during my unemployment, I developed agoraphobia and social anxiety. I had panic attacks once or twice a day. Two months into my employment, I decided to reclaim my life (and my figure) by joining Weight Watchers.
It started off great. I lost 5 lbs in 4 weeks. Things were looking up. Then my ob/gyn decided that I should try Depo Provera for my dibilitating menstrual cramps. I gained 12 lbs in 2 months. If I wasn't on WW, I'm positive I would have gained twice that much. I was so devastated.
I decided to quit the Depo, so that I could start losing again. Since August, I have lost 3 lbs. I felt incredibly defeated, and I didn't know what I was doing wrong. I work out every morning before work, track EVERYTHING, and still nothing.
After finally having enough, I joined SparkPeople a couple of days ago, just to see what might be wrong with my WW plan. After tracking an average day's worth of meal, I saw that I was consuming 950 to 1000 calories a day. No wonder I was so hungry and moody all the time!
I'm pretty sure the issue is that WW only takes into account heigh and weight. I'm 5'2", and weigh a lot, so WW thought I was very obese. They didn't take into account that I have a ton of muscle mass. I'm not obese; just overweight.
I allowed myself to be downright p*ssed off for a few minutes. After that, I got down to business. I've been w/ SparkPeople for two days, and I've lost 3 lbs. I'm assuming it's water that I was holding onto, but it's very motivating.
Even better, I'M NOT HUNGRY ANYMORE!!! I feel satisfied and optimistic.
Wow, this post is longer than I expected it to be. Thanks for reading this, and I look forward to hearing from this wonderful community!

Bye for now :)

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