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A New Start

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Admittedly I'm scared to do this whole 'let's lose weight!' thing. I've tried in the past. Atkins, South Beach, liquid diets, even the contemplation of not eating at all used to be a part of my daily life and through diets, I managed to keep myself at 160 pounds all through my adolescent life. Not too heavy, yes but as a teenager, I felt like a planet.

I moved away from those diet influences and then gained 50 pounds, upping my weight to 210. I got sick and lost 7 pounds last month and then I realized I wanted to lose more. I wanted not to get back to 160 but to get down to the healthy weight of 140.

I sit here now, unsure of how to start and what to do. As I stated earlier, I'm scared. I'm scared I'm going to fail or give up. I'm scared that my progress won't be noticeable. However, the possible benefits I will reap have louder voices than my fears. The benefits of confidence, of health, of not hating myself everytime I look in a mirror and the benefit of not getting depressed whenever I went shopping.

With perseverance and help from friends, I hope I can do this. I hope this new start will not be like a firework: Flashy, loud, pretty, but instantly put out.

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    I think you will be able to lose weight here on SparkPeople by tracking your food, exercising and being faithful to yourself and your teammates. There are enough resources here for any kind of problem you should have. There are many motivational stories and tip, recipes, fitness articles and just general support from all of us who are dedicated to changing our lifestyles to healthier living. Wishing you much success on your journey to a healthier you. emoticon emoticon
    1847 days ago
    Don't be afraid. You have come to the right place for support, information, tools and motivation. First get started by learning your way around Sparkpeople. You have tools here to log your food and exercise. You can blog so others can cheer for you and support you. Set yourself some small short term goals so you can have success all along your journey. Come to the site regularly.
    1848 days ago
  • NIKO27
    1848 days ago
    You can do it!! Baby steps!!! Set small goals and as Nstarsmith says make it a lifestyle change instead of a fad diet.
    1848 days ago
    I wish I could relieve you entirely of your fear but mostly I can RELATE! More than a year and a half of Sparking and I still feel fear of failure ... BUT with Spark People I KNOW I will NEVER QUIT, no matter what. This journey of mine has not been a straight line from 'way over weight to perfectly at goal. It has been a learning experience, fun, fascinating and troubling and really worth the struggles with the same old food urges. I have a strong ally - actually, dozens of allies: my Spark Friends! So I would say learn all you can about the non-diet, lifestyle change process that is the Spark process. Read the articles and join a couple Teams, get your Spark Page up and running and blog about your journey. And be sure to read the blogs and posts of other members and reply with encouragement and support - cuz that'll likely help you at least as much as it helps them! Get your Spark ON!
    1848 days ago
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