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2/5/16 9:58 A

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Welcome. Start by realizing you haven't failed unless you've stopped trying and you haven't stopped trying so you haven't failed. We all go through set backs and then pick back up and start again. That is not failure.

Do start by just tracking your food and exercise for a week. You won't know what to change if you don't know what you're doing. Then check out Challenge Central on the Community tab at the top of the page. Pick one that seems to fit your needs and do what they tell you each day. Also set aside time to read an article from the Articles & Videos tab that seems to fit your needs. Get you mind around where you want to be next year first then start setting some goals to get you there.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.--Socrates
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2/4/16 9:11 P

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2/4/16 3:03 P

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Hi! emoticon

I can certainly identify with your fears -- they're pretty much the same as mine. In fact, I expect most people here felt the same as you when they joined.

I do have some advice for you. Don't try to do all the components perfectly all at once. Pick one thing to work on, and when you've got that in place, add another. For example, my sister-in-law finds it works best for her to get into an exercising routine first, then sometime later start changing her diet. I'm the opposite -- it works best for me to get settled into my new way of eating, then start routinely exercising.

For you, it might be starting to drink enough water or eat enough veggies or just tracking your food without trying to control what you eat yet. In fact, SP used to recommend just tracking what you eat the first week, so you can see what your habits really are.

However you start, just make one change at a time, and eventually you'll be living a much healthier lifestyle.

One more piece of advice: When you goof up (and we all do from time to time), don't give up. Figure out what tripped you up, think of some other ways you could have handled it, then let it go. Don't beat yourself up -- just pick up where you left off before your mistake.

Good luck to you! emoticon

Edited by: EDIEOFTHEBIRDS at: 2/4/2016 (15:08)
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JSGEORGE1 Posts: 6
2/4/16 1:54 P

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I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there???


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