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Monday, March 02, 2015

I've tried doing this weight loss thing for so many years now. When I first started SparkPeople I was ON A ROLL! I was able to drop pounds like flies. Then, My motivation dissipated. My dad died, work got stressful, we had money issues, family issues, and a whole slew of other things going on. That I just gave it all up. I ate my feelings and gained back everything I worked so hard to lose and then some. I am right now at the heaviest I have EVER been. I'm disgusted by it. I have NEVER wanted to be this large. I look at photos of myself and I'm just disgusted by them. I went to a concert last night with my daughter... and sitting in the stadium seat was so uncomfortable. Not because it's hard... but, because my fat butt barely fit.

My husband has been following a program where he works out every day and has been using weights and really working towards his goal... and I sit on the couch and watch him. WHY AM I NOT JOINING HIM? I am light years away in the progress he's accomplished. I need a game plan. I read something today that said... just like any appointment I might have... I need to make an appointment for working out. That resonated with me.

I've been experiencing more neck, back, knee pain lately... and I wanted to know... what exercises are good choices to start with? I've already started with walking at work. I've rallied up some co-workers to keep me going. Even if they cannot walk with me... I go. I've been doing this for several weeks now. But, I need to do more. What are some good starting exercises to get my momentum going again besides walking?

Thank you for your input!
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    Thanks for the advice Runner!
    2192 days ago
    Just need to say that you are beautiful! Believe in yourself is the strongest piece of advice I can give you. Believing in you is what is going to push you through. Actually mentally wanting it. The physical stuff comes later.

    I struggled for many years and once I got to that mind set of actually mentally wanting it and being ready, changes started to happen. I started believing in myself and more changes started to happen. It is the strongest thing you can do for yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you are worth it. It really does help.

    Other things that I found that helped along the way is logging in ALL my food that I eat. Every last bite. I measure everything and use the logging tool app, MyFitnessPal. I know Spark has nutrition for logging but I just find that MyFitnessPal was more user friendly for me.

    As far as exercising goes, weight lifting (strength training) is a great thing to do and it really does help shed fat. Start with the basics; push ups, holding a wall squat, lunges, plank, bicep curls, tricep dips, etc... and then keep adding more. Start with just body weight and then start increasing to using heavier weights. Keep up with the cardio with walking. Try even adding in some interval walking.

    I try to do weights at least 2-3 times per week and then cardio on every other day.

    emoticon emoticon And always know that your Spark family is right behind you every step of the way!

    2193 days ago
    Thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. I agree with you whole heartedly. I do need to come back here faithfully and track things again. It's what helped the last time.... I know it can work again.
    2194 days ago
    Oh my! So many places to start. Exercising was easiest for me to start with....I struggle with food so much and getting the exercise going helped me eventually getting around to the diet. I found a used recumbent bike and I keep in it my living room so I can watch tv while I bike. It's typically my rule that I can't sit on the couch to watch tv until I've done my 30. Also, I ice my knee after every cardio session now because I'll use the slightest twinge to skip working out....must keep it in good shape. Of course I slipped and fell in fell in the parking lot this morning and now my knee is bothering me....woops. You can do it. I also recommend coming here and blogging every day, it really helps me stay accountable and encouraged. You can do this. Don't be afraid to ask for support from your husband.
    2194 days ago
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