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Hey guys.

Though I actually joined Spark a little over a month ago, I've not yet made any posts in any teams, so I've chosen this one for my first :)

I'm 26, and started my membership somewhere around 146kgs. A week or so after I joined, I coincidentally had a doctors appointment, with a new doctor, who suggested, and prescribed me Xenical after a discussion. Had a weigh in last week (the 3 week mark) and I was down to 142kgs, the kind of progress I've not seen in a long time.

So I figured today, on the 4 weeks on Xenical mark, after a check in with the doctor to get my next lot, I should take some measurements (I've refused to weigh myself at home as the scales we have grossly understated my weight so getting the 146 figure when I first went to this doc was an unpleasant surprise!). And after the measurements, I needed somewhere to record them, and after recording, I figured I need more motivation to eat even better still and get kick started on the exercise. So I will be looking forward to reading what others use for motivation to getting the exercise in.

I have a problem in that I have no sense of perception of myself compared to others. I look at obese people and think "Am I that fat? Fatter?" I know I like to think I am quite muscular, but whether that's the truth or not, I don't know. I've had (obese) people exclaim when I tell them my weight - they'd pegged me as lighter, so that tells me that compared to their experience I am more muscular. And sorry if I start offending people, but I swear I don't have the waddle that a lot of us seem to get! I only waddle when I'm tired or sore! I also think that considering my weight I'm doing okay, I do get asthma, but despite this I consider myself fitter than my sister who is about 20kgs lighter than me, who borrows my clothes and they're not too visually baggy on her. But I do want to bring her into my quest for a better, healthier, me, it's just doing it right!

We're both really busy people - workaholics! This week I've been leaving home at 5am and getting home after 7pm, with not even a long enough lunch break for a walk around the block. I'm currently working on resetting this mindset and convincing myself that work isn't as important as my health - I leave work early to go to the doctor, why don't I take a longer lunch to get a stroll in? I do need ideas for lunchtime wet-day workplace 'workouts', and the streets around my office are absolute chaos on a wet day and I'd rather not stress myself out with that!

I've successfully cut out of my weekday diet the morning tea of hot chocolate and greasy pie cabinet fare. And my usual consumption of up to a 1 litre bottle of Mountain Dew. I've not yet managed to cut it out of my nights and weekend diet, but I've severely dropped it. Other nasty eating habits are lurking not far from the table - but being at home is definitely the let down, I've pretty much got work down pat - healthy snacks and the odd piece of chocolate to replace the previous caffeine/sugar hit from the Dew. I've never had much of a sweet tooth - workmates would always ask if I was on a diet when offered cake, I would reply I wasn't, and they'd be puzzled why I wouldn't take a piece.

Well crap, I think that's enough... good luck everyone :)


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