Day 1 on Sparkpeople

Monday, February 13, 2012

I have been working on the latest phase of my weight loss journey. Jan 2, 2012 I weighed myself. The scale said 222.2. This is the most I have ever weighed. I felt discouraged and hopeful. I was discouraged because I let myself get here. But I was hopeful because I decided that this is my year to make a change and stick with it no matter what. So I started tracking points with weight watchers online. At first I did really good, but then I got discouraged quickly. I am not a very self motivated person. But despite my diet shortfalls in January I lost about 3 lbs. Then in the beginning of February I decided I was going to join the gymn. I have had some weight loss success in the past by taking classes at the gymn. But now I have a child and rely on only my husbands income. I used not wanting to put my daughter in childcare at the gym and money as an excuse not to join the gym in the past. But I knew I had to do something or I was not going to live to enjoy my life with my husband and daughter. Also I was not teaching my daughter good health habits. So I decided to ask a friend to go with me to check out a new gym that had childcare. We went and I decided right then I was going to join. At first my daughter cried when I dropped her off and this was hard for me. Now after going for about 2 weeks she actually enjoys playing with the other kids. I had some free sessions with a personal trainer and she put me on a somewhat restrictive diet. I lost another 8 lbs for a total of 12 lbs. Today I found out how much it is going to cost to keep using the trainer and their is no way I can afford it. Also I think I would rather try counting my calories than restricting certain foods. Anyway I know I can't do this without support so I joined Sparkpeople to help keep me encouraged and motivated. I really want to lose another 85 lbs.
I am excited, hopeful, nervous, scared. But I need to have faith that I can do this. Really.
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    Thankyou everyone for the great comments. I feel very welcome emoticon
    2593 days ago
    Hey, I was the same on the exercise front. I have a young daughter and limited funds. I was looking for any excuse not to exercise really. I even enrolled her in the closest pre-school, which was only a block away.
    Ironically, a few weeks before she started we had to move, and now we live about 1.5 km away from her pre-school. So now, since I don't drive, I walk there and back twice a day (dropping her off and picking her up), 3 days a week lol
    I hope sparkpeople keeps you encouraged and motivated further on down the road.
    2594 days ago
    Hi:) Welcome to Sparkpeople!!!! There is such a great amount of resources on here and truly a positive community:) You sound like you have such a great attitude. I have no doubt that you will see success! Keep up the GREAT work!!!!
    2594 days ago
    I am so excited that you joined SparkPeople! Definitely take advantage of everything this site offers. The support you will receive from this community is wonderful and encouraging. I am on the site everyday!
    So welcome! You are already doing an awesome job! You absolutely can and will do this. Just take it one day at a time.
    2594 days ago
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    The exercise routines here are wonderful - sone can be done at home as well.

    It is important not to give up - sometime when we start a restorative diet can help but i have found that it is best to re-train our selves with healthy eating and movement.

    You have made an excellent start and i know you will go far.

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    2594 days ago
    Yea! You did the right thing joining Spark People. It has everything you need. Including support from the Spark Community and they even have exercise demo's of all kinds. You can find what is right for you and save it as a favorite. I love their Food and Exercise Tracker. It keeps me honest. The more you use Sparkpeople resources the more you will like and depend on it. Use the Spark Points Page list under My Trackers. You can earn points, virtual awards, Spark Virtual Goodies (those are nice), and blog about you needs or problems. There is a whole community out there to help you out. You can read their blogs for help to. A big plus you make Spark Friends. You have gotten off to a great start. Keep it up. Oh there are Spark Teams to join. There are all kinds that will meet you interest. emoticon
    2594 days ago
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