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7/11/12 10:02 A

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Hi Gerri, yes, PLEASE follow everyone's advice on here. My uncle had 4 bypasses, and the dr. told him to work up to 2 miles a day. All he heard was 2 miles. I and my father tried to tell him to start out like Popeye said--walk around the house for a few days. Then walk to the sidewalk and back for a week. Then go to the end of the block and back. Then make 2 blocks,etc...He didn't. He focused on the 2 miles and wouldn't do anything because he was tired (and he was, his health was in the toilet and he had diabetes) but he couldn't understand that movement, even when you're tired, will help you. Please start out with something, anything, and work your way up. You can do it!! This is a great team and you will have much support and encouragment. May God bless you in your efforts.
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7/8/12 10:54 P

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7/7/12 11:38 P

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Gerri, welcome to the team, and don't worry about being supported - that is a given.

One of the most powerful things you will hear anyone tell you here is to take small steps that lead to giant leaps.

I had a quadruple bypass back in the days that it was still considered one step from suicide (at the age of 33), but I lived in Houston and Dr. James DeBakey had taught my Cardiovascular Surgeon his new techniques. I survived, but the surgery and two weeks in the hospital had zapped my energy and strength.

My instructions on being released were to walk, for a week, just around my house - then I was to walk to the sidewalk; then to the house next door and so on and so on.

There were days I didn't think I could do it, but I took that one more step anyway.

The result was a loss of 25 pounds and the ability to wog (walk/jog) 5 miles.

You don't have to extend your walk every day - do it when you feel you can do more.

"If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right!"

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7/3/12 12:41 P

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Hi Gerri, welcome to the team.
Changing your lifestyle can be difficult but it is the only way to make a permanent change in your weight and health.
Start by making a few small changes, in a few weeks when you get comfortble with those, make a few more small changes. In a few months all those changes will add up to a big difference and they are more likely to be permanent.
When it comes to exercise, find something you enjoy, your more apt to stay with it that way. Start out slow and build so that you don't get so sore you won't do it.

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7/3/12 9:45 A

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I've make so many healthy changes through SPARK that even though I've lost very little weight... I feel great and am extremely health and happy!!!


"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a SPARK from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." (Albert Schweitzer)


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7/3/12 9:30 A

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I love Spark! I am trying to lose weight right now with portion control. No seconds! I was so hungry tho last night when I went to bed I had to get up and drink a glass of milk. emoticon

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7/3/12 7:27 A

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Welcome to the team from SW Florida.
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7/3/12 6:45 A

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 100 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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7/3/12 12:44 A

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Hi everyone. I'm Gerri from Cork and I'm a serial dieter. :) I've lost and gained so often in the past. I'm joining SparkPeople to try and give myself the motivation to stay the course this time.

I'm undergoing treatment for a hyperactive thyroid but I didn't lose any weight. I have an increased appetite instead, but I'm worried as my thyroid will eventually by underactive after treatment. So I want to lose two stone. If I can hover around/ maintain 12 stone I'll be happy. It's a reasonable bmi for me and generally means I'm a size 16 and I'd be delighted if I managed to stay there.

I have never been the type to go for a walk. I've joined the gym in the past and never got value out of the membership as I didn't go often enough. Right now my resting heartrate is 100, so I'm not allowed to "exercise" as it is. But I am going to try and make a daily walk as part of my routine. When the doctor says it's ok, I plan on joining my local gym for three months to see if I can establish a habit.

I read online about SparkPeople. It seems like a really comprehensive tool and community! I need motiviation so badly, so I'm really depending on you guys!!!! (No pressure! lol)

So here goes!

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