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SONIA841 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/30/12 12:52 A

Thank you all so much. i hope i can keep in tpuch with all of you as a take these small steps to huge changes. Feel free to shoot me an email, because im not always able to jump on line, but i do always have my phone. another question what is the "best" time to work out? what kind of work outs? jullian m?

MISSNUSS Posts: 120
12/29/12 11:26 A

Hey there! Wow, go you go you for determination emoticon . Everyone gets like that, where they just want to throw in the whole kit and kaboodle. I have the busy schedule problem too. I get up at 7, and sometimes wont come home till midnight. Breakfast is usually some kind of hot or cold cereal. If you got to get out the door, make no cook refregerator oats. (Google it, the recipies can be modified a thousand ways). Lunch is almost always natural peanut butter (note: no sugar or filler oil goo, only peanuts and/or salt) on whole wheat bread with 100 fruit jam or a banana. If I dont have time to go home and eat dinner I bring along a vegetarian meal. Not because I am, but because they tend to sit in the car better. Try tofu, most people hate it because it wasnt cooked (or even pressed!) right. If you wanna get fast food, stick to lean protein at subway or whole wheat french toast at IHOP if its really late night (which I have done at 11 at night). You can do it! You just have to find your groove. Hope it helps

A_SPARKLING Posts: 825
12/29/12 9:12 A

little steps...such great advice below!
Grateful for each step in the right direction and grateful to learn what doesn't work...knowledge is power and can help you to achieve your goals! emoticon emoticon

CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/28/12 6:53 P

Girl we all gotta start somewhere I started at 240 and im down to 205 You can DO IT!!! just come here for advice and support!!!!1

KAKONOLADY SparkPoints: (22,537)
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12/28/12 5:16 P

what I love about the food tracker is you can save groups of food and just use them over and over again!!--
Protein shakes are awesome!! fruits, string cheese, nuts, hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, carrots, and celery are my favorite grab and grow foods....hugs you can do this--- I was 240 pounds on 9/11-- I am 195 this can work!!!Crystal

SONIA841 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/27/12 9:46 P

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! im thankful for all the tips and words of encouragement. Im excited to start this journey with a positive attitude and all of motivation from all of you! One more favor, where can i find a daily mealplan for busy schedules? or is that something i would come up with my self?

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
12/19/12 1:12 P

Just a reminder that being thinner doesn't guarantee happiness, relationships or children. In fact, allowing yourself to be happy right now in your present moment, not postponing it for your future thin self, may help you succeed in your journey.

Perhaps you should spend time daily identifying all of the things in your life that make you happy and give you joy. If you find that list short, that's always a place to start. Your schedule seems to be a little crazy to live a very balanced life. Stress in and of itself has been proven to trigger overeating and weight gain. Sometimes we have to make tough choices.

As far as controlling your eating with such a crazy schedule, you have to have a plan and make it work. I know one woman who is on the run all day. She has a fairly big cooler and fills it with all of her meals for the day. That ways she is never stuck without healthy choices. Others do all the prep work and portion packages for the week. It takes some effort and thinking at first, but once you get it down, it will be easier.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,109)
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12/19/12 10:20 A


I know things may seem overwhelming, but you CAN change your life !! I'm going to give you one piece of advice I give to all new members and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you do today is drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.

Start with some simple steps first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals for the week. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It's not "all or nothing". it's some simple changes you can stick with ! Stop trying to be perfect. No one every became a healthy eater over night. Stop looking for miracles or quick fixes. there are no fast ways to lose weight. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Slow and steady really does win this race.

So, why not start by setting some simple goals for yourself. Be reasonable as well as realistic. Don't set goals that set you up for failure. that's what happens to many people when they try to lose weight. they don't see instantaneous results and end up frustrated.

This isn't the Biggest Loser, unless you can spend 4-6 hours a day in the gym, you're not going to see dramatic results in a a or so. weight loss really does take time and not seeing a change in the scale doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

You're not alone. Twice in my life I've weighed over 200+ pounds. A few years ago, I made a decision that that wasn't going to happen a third time. If you need inspiration, check out member INDYGIRLs page. At her highest weight, she was 460+ pounds. Two years later, she's lost over half that weight. If she can do it, so can you !!

But once again, you have to be patient with yourself and your body. change takes time.

check out INDYGIRLs page

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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12/19/12 8:51 A


Healthy living is a life-long journey. It has to be. You can't just lose the weight only to go back to your old ways which is why it is so important to allow time for the changes to happen. None of us gained the weight overnight, therefore we should not expect to lose it quickly either.

In the beginning it will almost seem as though all you do is think about what you're going to eat, how you are going to fit in exercise, manage stress, get plenty of sleep, etc. But the reality is, when we make small changes over a period time (such as adding one fruit/veggie to every meal, committing to 10 minutes of exercise daily, drinking water in place of soda or sweet tea, etc) this empowers us to continue to move forward. This does not mean giving up your favorite foods either, but you cannot expect to have them daily.

I love the previous poster's McDonald's is so important to allow your body time to change and adjust. For many of us going cold turkey is more stressful than making a few changes. In due time the positive healthy changes will outnumber the not-so-healthy choices we have been making.

It took me a solid 3 1/2 years to lose 80 pounds, but I am proud to say for the first time ever in my life I have kept the weight off longer (4 1/2 years) than it took for me to lose it and I attribute this to making the commitment that integrating small permanent changes do allow us to let go of the diet-mentality and live life.

Hang in there, you can do this!

Coach Nancy

FIT4LIFEIN14 Posts: 616
12/19/12 8:01 A can do this. You can transform your life and become the person you desire to be. Just start now! Take it just a little at a time. You will start a journey of changing habits you have had since childhood. SP has some great direction on their plan or you can even see if you need coaching through SparkCoach. It is one step at a time. For me it has been three steps forward and then two steps back, but I do make progress and you can too.

BARB0863 SparkPoints: (10,555)
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12/19/12 12:16 A

Welcome, you've come to the right place to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

I started mid-August with tracking what I ate and working on drinking 8 cups of water. I slowly added walking around my neighborhood, 10 - 20 minutes. I started changing the way I ate, I really don't cook but love my microwave. I go to McDonald's once or twice a week, I get a McDouble with only cheese and don't eat the bread, a small order of fries and water. I used to get a 20 pc nuggets with BBQ sauce, large fries and large drink. Know what? I don't miss the old food because I still get my fries (my weakness) and if I want nuggets I know I can plan my meals so I can get a six piece. Honestly I enjoy Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets more, I can also have more and they fit in my meal plan. When I started I bought protein bars to fill in when I didn't know what I should eat or didn't have time to figure out what my best choices are, I still have some in my fridge and grab one to tuck in my purse when I'll be out for awhile just in case.

It does take time, there is so much to learn - I don't think I will ever learn all there is but I know there is a ton of great info on this site.

I spend time entering my own foods which takes time to find the nutrition info online then adjust what I eat to get the correct nutrition counts but to me that is time well spent.

Start small with baby steps, one foot in front of the other. Don't try to tackle everything at once since it can lead to more frustration. Remember we didn't gain our weight overnight and it's going to take time to loose it (which is really the healthier way to go).

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SONIA841 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/19/12 12:01 A

I'm done trying almost 3 years of losing and gaining. I don't know where to start, how to eat, how to work out? I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo ready just to give up on the happiness i so strive for. Yes i want to be thin, but i want to be healthy, i want children. I'm stuck! 230 lbs heavy I'm only 28 and i never have been able to enjoy life because of my weight. I'm allowed to date, to be happy.. I just need the help, guidance. I have the most trouble with eating daily, on a busy schedule. I work 45 hrs a week and go to school 15 hrs a week. PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE, ANYONE!!

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