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3/8/11 10:16 P

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Thank you very much for the tips and the words of encouragement. It is soooo nice to know there are all of you to help me along the way. I will do some of this alone and hopefully he will join me soon. I will be doing some of this without his knowledge like changing the foods that I buy and how I cook it. Thanks again.

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3/8/11 10:08 P

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Good to see you here. One thing I suggest for you is to use, is the Nutrition Tracker, daily. I was amazed at how much fat I could take in on one day, and how I was lacking in protein. Also, use the Fitness Tracker. Both of those tools helps keep you accountable. As far as your Hubby...He is Man, and Men are soooo stubborn. My Dad was the same way. I agree with HoundLover. For now, go it alone, and hopefully he will join you.

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3/8/11 9:48 P

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Hi, I wanted so say welcome, too, and I agree that making small changes will work. How do you eat an elephant? One tiny bite at a time. emoticon
Concerning your husband, I can say that for me the most important thing was to shut up and set an example. Go for walks every day without him. Go to bed when you get home late and offer to have breakfast with him instead. Tell him with a smile that you will make some changes in your life and that he is welcome to join you but if he doesn't want to that's his choice. Your example will speak louder than any words. Also, consider getting rid of any unhealthy food that tempts you in the fridge, pantry etc. and load the fridge up with healthy veggies and fruit, some dairy and some lean meat. Also buy some raw nuts and dry beans to make healthy soups and stews. Then buy some herbs to add to foods for flavor instead of salt. Use whole grain flour, rice, oatmeal, pasta etc. and stay away from all processed food. If it's in a box read the label, every time.
You can do this. and we'll help you along the way.

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3/8/11 3:34 P

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3/8/11 1:52 P

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Thanks for the words of encouragement. I really appreciate any help I can get. Thank You emoticon

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3/8/11 1:32 P

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emoticon to this thread. Good luck with your food and exercise program and getting your husband to join you. I can only suggest reading a lot of the material that is provided. It is a wealth of fabulous suggestions and well researched. Especially look for the motivational stuff by Coach Dean. It touches my heart every time I read anything by him.My own story is that I am 63 and want to do the best I can with the body the good Lord gave me for the sake of my everlasting soul and my children and theirs who come after us. My husband is quite sickly and I often just have to do things by myself. Having the dogs helps as they keep me exercising daily. I usually walk them an hr. a day. I try out recipes from Spark and have slowly changed our way of eating completely. Spark is a gift from God as far as I am concerned. Just keep on making small changes and one day you will find your life style so much better and healthier.

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3/8/11 12:46 P

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Thank you for the tip. I agree about a bummer getting older. I remember being young and not thinking anything about what happens to our bodies when we get older. My spouse likes to eat when I get off work at 11:00 PM. Wrong thing to do. He also has some heart problems. I have begun making small changes with the food I buy and how I cook it. I have been preaching to him about going for walks and so far it is NO. I will keep trying because he is just to important to let this go. Again thanks for the tip and look forward to hearing from you again.

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3/8/11 12:20 P

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Sure is a bummer getting older. I'm 63 and just plodding along. I'll be mindful of my eating pattern one week, and the next few weeks, I'm totally not concentrating. The key is consistency, and in your case, with heart problems, I'd suggest you make a plan (food, exercise, etc.), make a copy of it and show it to your physician.

How do you know when you are eating too much? Unfortunately many of us here have broken the meter that tells us we are not eating productively. I can be stuffed to the gills and still crave something. Writing down the day before, or writing an entire day in the morning helps me to stay on task. If I look at my food plan and it doesn't say, "Half a chocolate cake", I know that I didn't plan it, so it must not have seemed that important before. I guess I'll last. Then an hour/day/whatever later, I not only am not wanting it any more, but I'm proud of myself for not having eaten it and I feel stronger and more encouraged. I get stronger with each step.

Welcome to the thread and good luck. You are wished much success.

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3/8/11 12:14 P

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Glad you decided to join the team! Welcome aboard!

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3/8/11 11:50 A

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Hi, welcome to the team! This is a very active group full of great people. Tons of support is available. Check out the videos under Healthy Lifestyle. There are tutorials and short exercise videos. Start small. I picked a couple of goals to get started, drinking 8 glasses of water a day and walking 3 days a week. I have added on from there. The fitness and nutrition trackers are great resources that I highly recommend. Good luck meeting your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/8/11 11:38 A

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Hi everyone thanks for the great welcome. I was not sure what to expect. I am a 50 yr old female and just diagnosed with some heart problems. I joined spark to try to make some lasting changes to my health. I am open to any help I can get. It tends to be very overwhelming when you start looking at diets and exercise programs. Look forward to hearing from everyone with their tips and help. Thanks

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