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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hi everyone, thought I would introduce myself. My name is Brooke, and I am 49 years old. I have fought the battle of being overweight, my entire life, even when I was in the Navy, I had to fight to maintain an acceptable weight, by the Navy standards. I have COPD, and advanced degenrative disc disease, which has put me in a wheelchair, most of the time. I do however, go swimming, and try to get to the pool three times a week, working out with laps and splashercise classes. I live alone, and a lot of the time do not feel like cooking much, which is my down fall, as I used to cook, and love it when my son lived with me. He is now on his own, and I work part-time, while going to school also.
I feel like a yo-yo, as I have for the past week and half gone up and down about 6 pounds, so I don't get a true weight. I have also fallen off the program, so it is no surprise. I have been in the two hundreds which spiked at one time to over three hundred pounds. I am now at a weight of 255-260, and would like to be at a weight of 130-135. Exercising is difficult, as I am unable to do lunges, or floor exercises with my back and legs, out of the water, but I do try. My problem is perseverance, to adhere, and to, and stick to anything for a long time. Maybe someone has some suggestions, to help with staying within the appropriate boundaries, and levels. I know I do better with a buddy to be accountable toand share with each other our milestones and hurrdles. I have tried to look at the Spark page, that suggests, what they think you should eat, but I can't seem to get it to work, or come up, so I can see it. Well, that is about all for now. I am grateful that there is a site, which holds you accountable with your weight. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me, also. Thanks.
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  • 2BETHINAGAIN2
    Thanks Everyone, for your wonderful suggestions and support! I was able to swim for 20 minutes and then take a water aerobics class for an hour! Whew,Whoo! I feel great and love the saying, "Just do something", as that is what I said to myself this morning before, when I was beginning to talk myself, out of exercising! I didn't give in! I am also within my calorie intake for the day! I would like to ask anyone, who would like to communicate daily, as a support buddy, let me know. Have a fantastic day!! emoticon
    3928 days ago
  • ME_FIRST
    Hi Brook. Welcome. I'm glad to blogged. I thought is that if you can spend one morning or afternoon a week making a bunch of food that you can eat during the week or even freeze some in single size portions, then you'll have some good "go to" food. Getting the amount of exercise you do with your physical limitations is fantastic. I find that tracking my food really keeps me from way overeating . . or if I do have a little bit too much to eat, I know now much it is so I don't go crazy.

    Keep in touch with us. We're here for you. emoticon Yvonne
    3928 days ago
  • YAY_PIXISBACK
    Sounds like you've got your head in the right place! Try not to let this overwhelm you, take your time and go slow. If you look into the main fitness area of SP you will find some sitting cardio using a resistance band. I don't know how much pulling you are able to do with your back but the resistance bands are easy to use. Mine is just a pilates band so I can adjust the tension just by tightening or loosening the band by grip.
    emoticon I am so proud of you for your service in the military! Wish I had been so brave, Thank You!
    Time to be brave again and get yourself healthy. I'm rooting for you!
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    3928 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    emoticon Brooke!
    here is a video tutorial on how to use both the Nutrition Tracker and the Fitness Tracker. It is vital to start tracking what you eat because staying in the calorie range will help you lose weight. You don't have to use their meal plans, but those should have come up automatically when you first clicked on the Nutrition Tracker. You must set the Fitness Tracker to what ever exercise you do in a week as that will affect your calorie range.
    Congratulations on doing exercise in spite of your health issues. There are workout DVD's where you remain seated in a chair you should look into. You can also do some strength training in your upper body as well that would help.
    When I have surgical layoffs and am unable to do exercise, I set my Fitness Tracker to zero exercise and then stay in the calorie range it shows me. I have now maintained my weight thanks to Spark people. I always track and weigh and measure everything I eat. It has really illustrated for me how important it is to watch your calories. Guessing doesn't work, its too easy to go over.
    I wish you all the best with this.
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    3928 days ago
  • no profile photo ELLEN0407
    saw you are a vet...thanks for all you do. does the VA have any plans you can participate in? how about college gym...maybe some sports type major can help as a trainer for free? when you shop, don't buy anything that is not on the plan (your weaknesses) throw out whatever is your temptation. i know its easy to say, but you need to do it. good luck on your journey
    3928 days ago
  • SONEAMUDGAL
    Welcome to SP... Have a great time...


    Cheers

    So
    nea Mudgal

    3928 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2244567
    WELCOME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW HEALTHIER LIFE STYLKE CHANGE IF YOU TRACK YOUR FOOD AND EXERCISE DAILY IF HELP TO KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE ONE STEP AT A TIME IS ALL WE ALL CAN DO WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED ANYTRHING JUST ASK GO TO THE FITNESS AND CHECK OUT THERE ARE SO MANY THAT YOU CAN ADAPT TO YOUR BODY AS LONG AS YOU KEEP MOVING THAT IS THE MAIN THING. THE MESSAGE BOARD ARE THERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TAKE CARE.
    3928 days ago
  • TATTER3
    Welcome to blogging!!! I work for the VA and have several young vets like you who have ongoing problems. You're right. Losing weight will definitely help with your stamina and flexibility....and your pain level as well. I'm with you!!! Just keep Sparkin'!!!! I believe in you!!!
    3928 days ago
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