Fitness Minutes: (48,474)
4,868 6/24/12 12:55 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 71 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
Fitness Minutes: (127,289)
6/23/12 1:21 P
Hi and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!
There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.
If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.
That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.
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Hi ~ Welcome to SparkPeople. I find that interacting with other Sparks is really the best way to stay motivated and on-track. Taking advantage of the educational aspects of SP is also key to weight loss goal success. Come back to the message boards and read blogs to find people that you feel like you would like to "friend" These folks will help you attain your goals.
Know that through using SparkPeople to it's fullest potential will help you more successfully attain your goals. Come up with a BIG reward (like mine is a cruise) to help you stay focused and successful in maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. And look at this as a change in your lifestyle, not just another diet.
For any questions on SparkPeople that you have if you can't find them on the site yourself or through using the HELP section, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They will answer your questions and help you out. Best of luck Ruthie
I'm glad you aren't going underneath 1600 for calories though you have in the past with "success". You are right, you want something sustainable and with all the extra exercise you are doing you DO need those calories. Sometimes the only answer is time - not the best answer of course, but sometimes that is the way it is.
I hope SparkPeople can give you the motivation and support you need. There can be a lot going on here and it can get overwhelming at first. Check out what is interesting to you and let the rest fall where it may. I know there are other people who love P90X around here to help support you with it specifically (I'm pretty sure there are a few SparkTeams dedicated to it). (I dream of being brave enough to take on P90X.)
Please let me know if there is any other way I can help and support you and don't hesitate to reach out across the site!
Fitness Minutes: (1,400)
6/23/12 8:46 A
I have never truly counted calories before but this first week on this site has made it seem easier. For the last 9 weeks, I have been doing p90x. I feel definitively stronger, more energetic, more coordinated, and have better cardio endurance than when I started. So that is exciting! However, I couldn't help being a little discouraged by the fact that I only lost 3 lbs the whole 2 months. I did lose 2.5" at my waist but not really anywhere else. I am vegetarian and tend to eat pretty healthy foods so I figured I must be eating too many calories without realizing it. I am trying to stay under 1600 calories a day because I don't want to drop the calories too low and lower my metabolism or stress my body out with the demanding exercise. I would rather lose weight slowly and be able to sustain it longer and not put my body through a shock. Hopefully 1600 calories will be the sweet spot.
My uncertainty comes with a worry that I have a slow metabolism genetically (my mom's is pretty low: she exercises daily and eats healthy and always seems to be struggling with her weight). I have always been an active person and yet, I feel like I too am always trying to lose 10-20 lbs. The only way I have dropped weight before was by really lowering my calories 1000-1200 and I end up feeling very hungry most of the time. So, this time I am hoping with the stronger exercise 6 times a week that I can be more moderate with the calories and not feel hungry all the time. I want to find something sustainable long term.
I look forward to meeting some fellow spark people and giving each other support. I really don't want to get discouraged again. When I step on that scale for my first weekly weigh in, I hope I see a some small change.
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