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8/9/09 4:41 P

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Hi Debbie, welcome to the team, so sorry about your fur kid. I lost my Anna, a GSD, on Mother's Day of this year and its a slow process getting over the loss of a pet who is so much a part of your family.
I know exactly what you mean about being an all or nothing type, I am the same way. Consequently I wind up hurting myself and having to stop. Last year I badly injured my knee needing surgery. This time around I decided to be smart about it and went slow and easy started out with running and now I'm biking and running and feeling great that I haven't injured myself...yet! Just take it easy and try not to hurry things too much.

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8/9/09 2:19 P

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Welcome to the team Debbie. I am so sorry for the loss of your fur friend. I lost my dear friend several years ago, but the memories have become less painful over time.

The health issues are contributing to the weight, and vice versa. You just gotta take little steps and do what you can. This will not be an all or nothing proposition any more. Start with your nutrition tracker and use it for a week or two. Do some exercise, but concentrate on only one thing at at time to keep from being overwhelmed.

When you are comfortable with your nutrition, start increasing your exercise. If you can only do 1 mile, do it. Tomorrow perhaps you can do 2, next week perhaps 5.


One Day at a Time:
1) walk/ride 30 minutes
2) organize something in my home
3) fruit or veggie with each meal
4) sew 1 bobbin full
5) make someone smile

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8/9/09 1:44 P

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Hi Debbie:
I am truly sorry for the loss of your dog. Ours died 3 years ago suddenly also and I cried like a baby.Time will heal the emptiness you feel.
The one thing that stood out in your post is that you wrote something down and that you have commited yourself to get back to feeling good and have better health.
You know deep down inside that the weight is causing most of your health issues, and you know what you need to do to get back to feeling better both mentally and physically.
I lost 30 lbs so far this year, I started in January and it has taken me time to get to "almost" my goal weight, which is 6 lbs to go !
I took up spinning in the Winter and liked it so much I went out and bought myself a bike in April and I am now addicted to riding. I do cross train at the gym 3 days a week BUT my love is Biking right now, but I know I need some weight training also to help burn calories throughout the day.
Just by you stating you want to start off doing 15 minutes a day is GREAT! You'll know when to work up from there on how you are feeling. Remember it is all a process, exercising, eating etc.
I use every tool available on here that Sparkpeople has to offer, I record everything that I put in my body, all my exercises I do and read a lot of the message boards.
I have gotten rid of all processed food for the most part..
Trader Joes has been a Godsend to this point. I plan my meals out on Sunday each wekk so I have time to workout after work and not come home starving that I eat too much.
Cook up your meals a day ahead of time and they will always be ready.
Keep us posted on how you are doing with your biking, If it hot and humid out and you feel you can't do it. then go to the gym that day and cardio there. Just stay consistent and remember fall is coming up and the biking will only get better !!
I am anxious to see how you are doing each week, I bet one of these days you will be able to bike 30 miles at one time and when you do you will feel so good inside and out.
Good Luck in your journey


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8/9/09 1:14 P

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Hello there. My name is Debbie and live in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am 41 years old and about 100 pounds overweight. I'd be happy to lose 75. Unfortunately, I've been plagued by some health issues which do affect my weight and my ability to exercise. A month ago i was riding my bike anywhere between 4 and 15 miles at a time, a few times a week. A month ago, my 14 year old Pekingese unexpectedly died and I became so exhausted and depressed that I didn't ride. Then, two weeks ago, I had a bad asthma attack, landed in the hospital, had to be put on alot of steroids, and have just been focusing on getting well. Although I'm still fatigued, I am hoping to begin exercising again this week, either at the gym or on my bike, providing it is not too humid outside. I am an all or nothing sort of gal, so I generally jump into things too far too fast which burns me out in regard to exercise. My goal this week is just to start exercising again, even if it's for 15 minutes a day...and to be smart about it so I don't end up in the hospital.

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