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SUEFROMRI Posts: 2,267
6/14/14 1:22 P

One change at a time. Deep Breath.
One easy way to begin tracking is to decide on how many calories you will have at each meal. Then come up with 5-6 meals within that range. We all eat the same things over and over again anyway. Think of it as a check off sheet.
I know in advance that I can either have
Eggs, Potatoes, and Toast for breakfast with Oatmeal or Veggies for Lunch OR
Fiber One Cereal for breakfast with a 6" Subway chicken sub for lunch.
The overall calories work out to the same, leaving about 500 calories for dinner. If I go over I work some extra activity in before bed.

Hope this gives you an idea how to simplify things a little.

GAVRIMAE SparkPoints: (636)
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6/14/14 12:44 P

Thanks everyone. It's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of EVERYTHING that needs to change. Even though I'm only trying to do a few now things now, knowing the future changes looming in the distance intimidates me. I have to believe that I can do this and that it will be worth it.

DISNEY4537 SparkPoints: (158,241)
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6/12/14 5:23 P

Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! You have come to the right place!

Sparkpeople is full of motivation, support, encouragement, inspiration, and information to help you achieve your goals!

Best of Wishes! You can do it!

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HMBROWN1 Posts: 16,880
6/12/14 1:17 P

Hi ! Great to meet you! Best wishes!

LKEITHO SparkPoints: (545,939)
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6/12/14 11:50 A

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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6/11/14 7:20 P

You have one question to ask yourself now and on the journey. "Do you hate the fat more than the tracking?"

50YEARSAWIFE Posts: 7,685
6/11/14 1:23 P

emoticon and emoticon This is a wonderful site. Good luck on your journey to a healthy life.

PLAYFULLKITTY SparkPoints: (150,899)
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6/11/14 1:15 P

Making a change isn't matter how good for us it is!! With me, I know i had to jump in and just do it...once i seen the results starting to became easier...the fight isn't as hard each day now...i can do it...have been yea, it does get easier :) Hang in there and most importantly...Just Do It! emoticon

GAVRIMAE SparkPoints: (636)
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6/11/14 11:56 A

I never really paid much attention to food or nutrition and I've never liked the idea of tracking and logging everything I eat and do. I have always been overweight but while my current BMI is in the obese range, my weight has been stable for the last 8 years within about 5 pounds so I haven't really worried about it too much.

Then I got some medical test results last month that were a real bombshell. My diet needs to change. I NEED to lose the weight. I'm seeing a nutritionist who will hold me accountable for the tracking. I look at the written goal sheet she gave me and it seems pretty impossible but I'm hoping if I go with a few healthy changes and can make them stick, it will be enough. Part of me is very much fighting this. I don't want to have to do it. But I want to live. I don't want to be in constant pain. I don't want to be on a dozen different daily medications before I'm 50. I hope those things are strong enough to override my whining. I probably need to consider a counselor in addition to the nutritionist.

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