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4/29/12 10:09 A

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Welcome! Stay strong,you can do this.

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4/27/12 10:47 P

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Thanks, I appreciate it.

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4/27/12 10:22 P

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hello and welcome


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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Life is full of obstacle illusions.
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4/27/12 8:02 P

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Welcome and good luck.

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4/27/12 10:00 A

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Thank you for the support! I don't live on campus but I am a member of a local gym. A blog sounds like a great idea as well. Hopefully I can get that started or just start posting updates on the SparkPeople blogs.



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4/26/12 11:15 P

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And take my signature quote to heart. It has helped me through many impossibilities.


Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
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4/26/12 11:14 P

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As you take off the weight, you will be amazed at how many things improve for you. Your joints will thank you, you heart will thank you, and we won't talk about the women yet ....

At 400, I think you are being very conservative guessing 100 pounds loss is needed. Seriously, 200 plus may be closer to what you ought to do. Don't be discouraged by that comment. I have seen it done.

BUt if you go into this with the mindset of "I need to lose 100 pounds (or 200 or 225) and I need to do it buy this time next year." I can almost guarantee you won't. Then you will become dicouraged and quit.

Do not do that.

Your first goal should be your 5%. You are currently at 390. 5% is 18.5 pounds. Shoot for that first. Then go for 39 pounds, you 10% goal. Here is a link to what Weight Watchers says on the subject ... and it is genberally applicable: www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/inde
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Read Chris Downie's book The Spark, which is what this site is based on.

* Change you eating habits. It is a must. Track every morsel that goes in your mouth. SparkPeople has an excellent tracker.
* Move. Your goal should be 30 minutes a day of exercise. More if possible. But anything is good. Do you watch TV? Get out of the chair and maybe walk inplace for 10 minutes. Doing 10 minutes three times a day get in your 30. My first exercise was 10 minutes around the block and I was exhausted. The trick was to do it tomorrow and the next day. By the time winter arrived, I was walking for an hour a day. Then I hit the treadmill. By spring, I started walking and I peppered in a few short jogs. By june, I ran 3 1/2 miles non stop. That first walk was impossible. I am now a marathoner. And my response to running novices who want to know how to become a marathoner is this: Don't run until you can walk.
* Seek the support of people who are losing weight too. I expect you won't find too many who have lost 100 - 200 pounds. But I lost 90 in 18 months. I know several centurions on this site and from weight watchers.
* New habits are a must. For me tracking is one such habit. Every meal I write down what I have consumed. Exercise is a habit for me now. If I don't get it I miss it. This winter I was injured and while I could run, my strength training went to hell in a hand basket. And I missed it. I made a habit of cleaning up the kitchen after every meal so food was all put away out of site. I still have bad habits (peanut butter) but I am getting better.

What you are embarking on mauy seem impossible, but I know at least one other person, personally, who has done it.

Go for it! Be a Spark Success story.
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On the exercise, only do what you can do. Walking is good. Are you on a campous that has a gym? Use it. Ask the people who run it for training help. Some colleges will help you with training but you have to ask for help. I recently got a trainer be cause he keeps me accountable. I expect you cannot afford that, but it may be worth looking into. Maybe Mom and Dad can help you with the cost. Or some insurance companies will pay for it if a doctor orders it.

I have already babbled on too long. But I want to encourage you to get at all the resources you can and to use them.

Good Luck.
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Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
ie.competitor.com/dublin/


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4/26/12 10:32 P

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Hey everyone. I'm new to the group so I just want to introduce myself. I'm a 21 year old college student. When I'm not on campus I am taking care of my grandma full time. I've had a weight problem pretty much my whole life. The heaviest I've ever been was over 400 pounds. Right now I am 390 pounds. It's really affected me this year. My knees and ankles hurt due to the weight. I also have diabetes and high blood pressure.

You would think that all of those things would motivate me to get in the gym and change my lifestyle but it hasn't. I have over 100 pounds to lose and I just don't know where to start.

I look forward to using this site to help me stay motivated!

-Steven

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