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5/2/16 11:55 A

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Phina, you have gotten some great advice here. My biggest advice I always give people is to make small changes and build from there. Trying to overhaul your eating and exercise at once is too overwhelming. I started this journey 2 years ago (my 3rd time around) and lost 85 lbs (granted I gained 40 back). I started by walking 15 minutes a day. After a couple of weeks, I changed my eating habits. The first month was really hard, especially since I wanted to see huge results. Keep working at it and you will get there. We all have bad days and slip ups, but you just have to remember not to give up. Keep posting on here. We will all help you along the way!!

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5/2/16 11:29 A

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Hi Phina-
I started off with portion control, calorie counting and cut out the diet soda for the first 3 weeks, then I joined a gym (just a few days ago). Baby steps, you don't have to do it all at once. I felt that I needed to cut out the bad choices first and after I got used to eating better and healthier, I was ready to start exercising. But this is slow. I am starting with 30 minutes a day and so far, I've done 30min/day since I joined 4 days ago. I have to stick with it and am trying to motivate myself to get out there now before I totally lose motivation. Good luck! :-)
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5/2/16 9:32 A

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Welcome to SP!

You don't have to change everything all at once or give up foods you love. Small, achievable goals build habits and momentum. Decide what you can stick with long-term and aim for consistency. Determine where you struggle and create a plan for success.

Support is very important. You can connect with others through Spark Teams or by friending people that inspire you. I recommend opening your Spark Page to help make friends by going to your page, clicking Edit My Sparkpage (on the right side), and making sure the Turn my page offline box is not checked.

Best wishes!


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5/2/16 8:02 A

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Hi Phina!

Take your time! It's not easy making a lifestyle change like this (well, some things are easier than others).

Here's what worked for me in the past (and is working for me again this time since I fell off the wagon years ago and just started back up):

Tracking food is paramount. Be sure to track every tiny nibble or drink you take in. Even if it's a single crouton, those calories count! It will help you to get to know where your calories are coming from (and also helps tremendously if you have issues that are triggered by eating certain foods).

When you're ready, ease into exercise and track that as well. Remember that the more you exercise, the more you can eat... but start slow! The nutrition tracker will automatically change your calorie range when you track your workouts if you have it set to do so.

I do walking workouts at home and throw in some walking outside. This is easy on the joints and it's a simple way to get moving and get your blood pumping. Then when you're ready, throw some strength training in with it on alternating days.

This is what worked for me in the past, and is working for me again now that I've returned to SparkPeople.

Everyone is different, and sometimes it helps to see how others handle it so you can decide what you feel will work best for you.

Remember that you can always go to your teams for help! You can do it!

~Tammy (imasillymomma)

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5/2/16 4:09 A

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I'm ready to do something to lose weight but I have no motivation to exercise due to pain. I'm thinking of starting with eating well and portion control. Any advice will go a long way to get me started again and keep me going.

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