entry one

Thursday, July 19, 2012

hello, I have never posted here before and I don't know exactly what to say. I think I will start off my blog telling a little bit about myself and why I need to get healthy and lose weight. I am a 26 year old SWF. I am attending art school for my second degree. My first degree was in linguistics. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have tried to lose weight before, and things worked (sort of I lost around 20 pounds on WW), but they were temporary, and once I stopped following the program, I gained the weight back.

I feel as though this time is different though. I am much more motivated and I think this time, with the help of SP. It all started with getting enough sleep and taking my meds on time. I take a medication that causes drowsiness, Abilify, and I used to take it before I went to bed, the only problem was that I would go to bed at random times, sometimes midnight to two or three in the morning. Durring the summer my mom said that I had to do three things in order to take the car, one of which was wake up by 10 in the morning. I found out that Abilify lasts for approximately 12 hours, so I needed to take my pills by 10 at night. After I started getting enough sleep, I felt more energized and more "here", if you know what I mean. I am more alert and can think better. From that small change, I started to make other small changes. I started reading self-help books and health books. I wanted to eat healthier, so I changed my breakfasts. I cut out cereal. I used to eat 2-3 bowl-fulls (I don't even want to think about how many servings were in one bowl). Instead I cut out cereal all together and substituted a banana and peanut butter and a Chobani yogurt. I tried eating less durring the day too.

I started walking the dog a mile a few times a week. I couldn't believe how hard it was to walk that far, it hurt really bad. My parents and I had set up a rewards system that if I work out 3 days a week, they would give me $5, and if I worked out 5 times, they would give me $10. If I did not work out at least three times, they would take my laptop away for a week. (I forgot what started this was my brother staging a sort of intervention. He was very worried about me and set up this system for me.) The first week I worked out 3 times, the second week I only worked out 2 times, and my parents took away my laptop, which was really hard for me to live without ( which I was surprised by). That motivated me to work out more the next week. From there I found Planet Fitness, a gym with a $10 monthly membership fee. It is a great gym that I can afford. the only problem is that it is far from my home and I have to take a bus to get there. Over the next few weeks I lost about 7~8 pounds.

A week or two ago I started wanting to get a real plan together, for eating, so that I could have a program to follow and lose weight more quickly. I was on a website that reviewed different diets and I was looking at a bunch of them. One stood out to me, it was a free ediet, you guessed it, it was I went to the website and it looked like something I could do. I wanted to read the book, so I called my library and checked out the book, "The Spark" I was amazed, what was in the book was exactly what I was already doing; small manageable changes that will stick over the long term, better yet this site has a community and free tools for tracking everything. Last week I started to follow the program a little bit. I tracked my food and other stuff. I bought the book today and re-committed to the program. I have officially lost 12 pounds since I began my weight loss journey. Wow I wrote a lot. I plan on writing here tomorrow too.
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    2123 days ago
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    You're my hero!
    2129 days ago
    Welcome to Spark and good luck on all your goals!!

    I have been enjoying your blogs and especially the simplifying ..something I struggle with as well as my weight!!
    2131 days ago
    Just like me!!! I have a degree in culinary management and now working on an education degree! And finally on my way for true weight loss.
    2134 days ago
    Welcome to SP! The first blog is often the hardest, but know that even if people aren't commenting there are always people reading!

    Small changes over time really do add up. The body physically can not handle dramatic and drastic changes quickly - it will actually rebel against you. By making smaller changes and adding new ones whenever it gets easier you will get to where you need to be. Walking the dog a short distance might be difficult now, but if you keep doing it eventually you might be able to take the dog on a run!

    Sounds like your family helped give you the final kick in the pants to get going, but eventually it will all be on your shoulders to keep it up. So think about how you will stay motivated and how you can give yourself small (non-food) rewards. That way someday you can tell your family you no longer need their reward system because you've set up your own.

    Best wishes to you on your journey!
    2135 days ago
    You see some very important aspects of getting healthier and fitter now! Modest changes continued over time really do seem to make the difference for more of us. I like your rewards approach -- I do this a lot with myself to encourage me to keep at some exercise or diet effort. Good for you for joining SP! We have a really good time getting healthier on here!
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  • NIKO27
    2136 days ago
    Congratulations on losing the weight. There are some good people on sparkpeople,success stories,great motivators and failures who came back to start again.It is a great program if you put the work in . When you start to follow the portion control and calorie counter you will find you can have cereal again.I wish you luck and success. Remember,discipline and focus will take you a long way.
    2136 days ago
    You are SO on target now.... regardless of what Reward system you use, you are the one who ultimately takes the responsibility for your progress...


    We're rooting for you, too!
    2136 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    That is wonderful you are doing a great job, keep up the good work. It is easy to make friends on SP and they will be a great source of support for you and you might want to
    join some teams that share the same interests as you and you will be all set.

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