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1/7/17 1:48 P

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1/6/17 6:37 P

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emoticon Others have already given you some good advice here and I don't think i can add much to what's been said. I would emphasize taking things slowly, focusing on just one or two changes that you want to make until they are comfortable for you and become a habit.
You might want to join a challenge that could help you to be accountable. I believe that there's one for new members that would probably help you to develop some healthy habits that you may not have. Do take time to explore the site - gradually - there's so much good information here including articles on nutrition, exercise, motivation and of course plenty of ideas for exercise for people of all fitness levels.
I've been a member for more than 6 years but only had success in the past year when I got involved in some of the team forums and committed to daily exercise. Developing friendships on a few teams that reflect your interests or issues can be a huge asset in helping you to stay involved, to say nothing of helpful hints and encouragement that others will give you. The 50+ team forum has a New year New you 1 pound a week challenge that is very casual and is a place where you can make friends and find support. Choose what is going to be most comfortable for you - you can't do everything at once - and good luck to you on your journey.

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I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try...dreams are made if people try. - Terry Fox

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What you will do matters. All you need is to do it. - Judy Grahn

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1/6/17 5:46 P

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Welocome! First of all, you are not the only one who feels as you do. BUT here to tell you, you made the first courageous step and joined SP, joined this group and posted. Now build on that.

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1/6/17 3:21 P

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Welcome. Take it one day at a time. The goal is progress, not perfection.

Don't set unrealistic goals, or you'll just disappoint yourself if you don't achieve them.

Try aiming for small changes, like 5 pounds, or 10 minutes of exercise at a time.

When just starting out, tracking your food may seem intimidating, but it gets easier. You can create meals you eat frequently, so that makes tracking easier.



"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
** George Eliot

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
** Amelia Earhart

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
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1/6/17 3:13 P

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Hi Angie, welcome!
I hear you about feeling nervous, and I felt like that too when I first joined. BUT - remember, it is called Spark PEOPLE not Spark POLICE! emoticon
You can find lots of support here and information to get started.

My best suggestions:
* Take small steps. Do not try to change all of your lifestyle at once!
* Start by making your diet more healthy, add say 1 more piece of fruit and 1 or 2 more servings of vegetables. And compliment yourself if you do it! Turn it into a habit.
* Begin to do just 10 minutes of exercise, any kind you like, I greatly recommend walking if you can do it. Do 10 minutes everyday or 6x per week. Make it habit too!
* Add other members as friends and give a comment on their blogs. Start to write a blog at least once a week about your goals and how it's going.

Best of luck! emoticon


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1/6/17 3:01 P

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I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. Has anyone else felt this way when starting? I want to do this. I need to do this. I will appreciate any encouragement, words of wisdom, ideas, or just a good joke! Thanks and here I go!

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