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3/3/08 10:44 A

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Good Chicago Morning to you Carol,

You can do this. It's easier than you think. I'm trying to strengthen myself and my son laughs when I can't even lift the 20 1b. bar for the weights to go on. He's physically fit and 18. I can only laugh with him. Anyhow, I have those little dumbbells and I finally can lift them without being totally exhausted. You could take a couple cans of veges or soup to bed with you and use them as dumbbells in the morning, if you don't have any dumbbells. Go under the fitness tab in your Spark People and play around in there. They have dumbbell exercises you could do.

I went through therapy last year for my back and neck, so I was very fearful to even do any exercises, but I've made it a week exercising and so far so good.

I use Splenda, rather than sugar, for coffee, tea, cereal, etc. I have been eating Wonder Bread Light Wheat Bread, only 40 cal vs. 80 cal for regular white bread. I also use I Can't Believe It's Butter. It's not bad. To curb my sweet craving, I chew Trident Gum. The flavor lasts a long time. Drinking those 8 glasses of water a day, fresh fruits and veges help, too. I do mine in portions, like celery sticks, I eat 2 of them at lunch with 2 measured tablespoons of peanut butter to dip the celery in. The peanut butter gives me the protein I need and salty flavor I like. Crystal Light has lots of flavors to add to your water, if you are bored with water intake. Also, the diet pops, I enjoy to, once again to curb the sweet craving.

I use to live in Rockford. I understand the snow scenes there. It seems like April before you can go enjoy walks. I try to jog in place for a minute, let me tell you, my lung capacity is small, but starting to grow. I also do some windmills that's just a stretch, crossing one arm over to the opposite foot, (while standing) and reverse to the other side. I guess slow and steady is the key, Carol. Don't get frustrated, just take one step at a time and not everything all at once. We can do this together. Keep playing on Spark People, that alone, is a great motivation.

Take care,
DeLorisM/Little Holly
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3/3/08 5:30 A

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Hi Carol,

I am Anne and I live in the UK and I have around 100 pounds to lose. I have learned that even the smallest of movements can help us - why not put on some of your favourite music and just stand and move to it as much as you can? Or walk round the house? That way you will be helping your muscles get stronger so that when all the snow goes you can get out there and walk!

You will do it, I know you will. The longest journey starts with one small step...

Love and best wishes, Anne

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3/2/08 8:52 A

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Hi Carol, I'm from Carol Stream and I also started at 215. I had a hard time walking at first because my back would feel terrible. I had to force myself because I have an active dog and he wouldn't put up with me sitting around. If you have a hard time walking maybe you could join the Y and do some water exercises. I wish you lived near CS and we could go walking, but I'm guessing you live in the city? You could also start just by stretching, or look online for some weight lifting exercises while sitting. I hope this helped a little. I'm sure by the end of today you will get loads of other answers. Please don't give up. You deserve to take good care of yourself! emoticon

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3/1/08 11:52 P

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Hi Carol,

I was so out of shape two weeks ago and the first
thing I had to do was to start eating properly.
Once I got the right foods in me, my legs stopped
freezing up and I could start walking.

As I was waking up in the morning I simply stretched in bed. I did some bicycling and anything I could think of while lying in bed without the stress on my knees.

I hate to exercise but after a few days I tried
the exercise where you stand in front of a wall
and push off with you hands. My arms ached so bad but it was just what I needed to loosen up those
muscles.

As I sit in front of the computer, reading
this wonderful site, I bounce my legs using the balls of my feet and that has helped me loose 5 lbs the first week and I really couldn't tell you how
I did it.

So get excited about your life because it's going to
be great. One small baby step at a time. We're
here for you. Today is the first day of a new you.

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3/1/08 11:38 P

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my name is carol and I am from chicago. I am not doing sovery good in losing a lot of weight, as I am so heavy that it just doesn't seem to come off as fast. I am trying so hard but it gets very frustrating sometimes. I hope that I will start losing some of this weight soon. Can't take walks because of the snow. am not good on walking in it. I need to do exercises for my waist but can't get on the ground or will never get back up again. Carol emoticon

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