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    You asked where I started - last year I finally had an amazing job and everything in my life was going really well - except my weight. So I decided to try to lose weight. I bought a Wii Fit and decided to try WW again since I had done it when I was younger. I started really slow - maybe 15 minutes of exercise 3 times a week on the Wii. But the weight started falling off and I was SO excited.

    I had gotten an elliptical machine for Christmas maybe 10 years prior and it was in my bedroom gathering dust. So I finally decided to try it. I could only do about 5 minutes at a time when I first started, but it felt awesome.

    When the weather got nice I started walking outside, and as I got more fit I started hiking again (a passion of mine). By the summer I was able to do an hour on the elliptical and was hiking usually three times a week.

    My birthday was in August and I cheated for a whole week. I gained about 10 pounds and felt awful. I lost it in September but then the holidays hit and I gained again.

    I joined the gym in November (but was too scared to go) and finally started going a little before Christmas. Now I'm at the gym Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I actually like it.

    Food is still harder for me than exercise. I think about it all the time. I have a sweet tooth that should seriously make me diabetic (I could probably eat and entire cake by myself. or a dozen donuts) so I still cheat more than I would like.

    I have two days coming up next week that will be cheat days. Hoping I can get through them without doing much damage!!

    That was a very long winded reply, but I hope it helps!!! Any questions you have, or if you just want to vent or talk - let me know!! :)

    1569 days ago
    Hi! I am STILL self conscious at the gym! I joined in November and it took me over a month before I actually set foot in the place!

    Basically all I am doing for diet is the old "classic" weight watchers plan (POINTS based on a calculation of calories, fat and fiber). I'm doing it because I had done it about 10+ years ago and had success. I have a non-WW app on my phone that calculates the POINTS and I track all my food. Basically I eat about 1500-1600 calories a day. If I workout and burn 400 calories I will "eat back" 200 of those calories.

    That's it! I try to work out 4-5 times a week (cardio - either the elliptical or hiking/walking and now that it's winter I go to the gym) I started running in late December and I just kept trying more and more. I got up to 3.5 miles last week, but I had hurt my leg. So now I am doing much less :(

    I still have about 36 more pounds to lose, but I feel like a completely different person. I always wanted to be athletic, but I was too lazy. And I love food. lol

    But we can do it! I still cheat and still have bad days (bad weeks, bad months...haha) But I am going to keep going. I can't wait to get to maintenance. I have never reached my weight loss goals before!
    1570 days ago
    Hi, I am new to this also & have about the same amount of weight to lose (75 lbs).
    I have lost 14 so far. I haven't done any exercize as I have bad knees & am a lil lazy, lol but I find tracking my food daily on this site is a humongous help. Maybe we can be on each others friends list and check on each other once in awhile? I have been looking for a buddy that I can exchange what works for us both & root each other on.
    1572 days ago
    HI and Welcome!! I'm adding you as a friend :)

    You should always leave calories for dessert!! Seriously, I would go crazy and binge if I couldn't have my skinny cows and 100 calorie Pringle packs!

    1572 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    1573 days ago
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