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  • v MYTHYMENOW
    emoticon emoticon emoticon ANY time is a great time to start...especially with Sparkpeople. Give yourself a big hug for making this positive choice for yourself. Take your time to explore all the resources available for you here. It can seem overwhelming because there are so many resources to choose from. Two to consider using are the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. Also, check out Spark Teams under the COMMUNITY Tab. Do searches on your goals, interests, hobbies, whatever. Then join one, two or more Spark teams. You'll enjoy getting to know these folks and giving and getting lots of encouragement along the way. It's all good. Enjoy the journey!

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    2615 days ago
  • v MLPHOWER1
    Welcome to the Alabama Team! emoticon
    2618 days ago
  • v JHAACK39
    Welcome to SP! Here's all my tips and words of wisdom form someone who's never ever really been a healthy in his life, until earlier this year. Sorry if this got TLDR....too long didn't read. I finally re-broke the 200 lbs barrier again after gaining a few after Thanksgiving...and probably needed to remind my own self about what works for me.

    First off, don't be daunted by any longterm goal you set. As Ron Popeil says, "Set it, and forget it." At least in terms of focussing on it. NOTHING happens overnight. But something can happen overnight. And this is a case where a whole lot of SOMETHINGS add up to that NOTHING. My goal is 100 lbs. I'm 90 in. If I would have kept paying attention to that 100 lbs, I never would have made it. It was too daunting and I like things to happen IMMEDIATELY. I'm impatient.

    So, I highly recommend setting Fast Break goals. I figured I could do anything for a week or two and stick to it. By achieving those goals, you'll get some immediate satisfaction of progress in life changes. Further, if you set some in regards to excercise and nutrition, I can guarantee you that you will FEEL the difference. It's very possible you'll SEE a difference on the scale or fit of your clothes as well.

    Next, FOOD TRACK FOOD TRACK FOOD TRACK. Who cares if you 'go over'. Nobody dies. Nobody laughs, and you're still the same great person you were the day before when you didn't "go over". And you learn from that process.

    Also, here's my big tip on food tracking. TRACK BEFORE YOU EAT. Ideally, you log your food before you decide what you're going to eat and before you prepare it. At the very least, try to log it before you actually sit down to eat. This will help you keep making better choices and help you push away from the table.

    Here's the thing I learned about "eating better". Eating better can mean a lot of things. When I started, I assumed "eating better" meant "eating healthier". And, while I still think this some, "eating better" now means "EATING BETTER". Meaning. better food, better taste, more taste, MORE SATISFYING.

    I'm a big guy. I'm the guy that wins the pancake eating contest at the Cub Scout banquet. Or the guy who's known for taking down a rack of ribs and all the trimmings from the "dinner for 2 menu", or being the amateur foodie. I was worried that something (food) that I enjoy so much would no longer be a part of my life.

    It's probably a bigger part of my life than ever. Best example: Instead of two ham sandwiches with a little mayo and some cheese (not a terriblly unhealthy BYO lunch, mind you) thrown together and tossed in my brown bag...I go with 1 sandwich with a half serving of ham, mustard, onion, green pepper, roasted red pepper, poblano, fresh jalapeno, pickle (or other relish), spinach, more onion, Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle, and/or whatever else sounds good.

    It's a far more TASTY and satisfying food experience than what I did before. I realized how much stuff we cram down our gullet simply because we need to eat and a hamburger and fries sounds better than anything else. Until you start thinking about a delicious soup you made or got from a decent fast casual joint with maybe a little morsel of crusty bread on the side. Panera garden veggie or black bean FTW!! And all the sudden this whole new world of food satisfaction opens up to you. Just give yourself an extra 10 seconds to process your decisions and stop for just a moment to consider something other than the easy pizza option. Once that initial moment passes, you'll find options. They exist and they are delicious and satisfying.

    If you spend more "thought" time (note, not actual prep/etc. time) with your food, it can be both "better" and "BETTER!"

    Good luck with your efforts. The other thing I can confidently say is that all that stuff "they say" that you think would never work for you, (excercise is enjoyable, vegetables taste good, eat more smaller meals, food logging, etc)...they can work. I thought none of it would. I was wrong.

    You can accomplish everything you want to. And Sparkpeople, by far, has had the most significant impact on my life. You got this!! It's in the bag.
    2619 days ago