Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly. Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind. Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life. Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration. Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals! Set up your Spark page so that we can visit and get to know you, send you spark goodies, and leave encouraging and supportive comments to help you along the way. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you. God bless you on your journey to a healthier you. Hugs, Helen
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007 Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~Mary McLeod Bethune
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Hi and welcome.
You'll find meal plans in your nutrition tracker, you can set it up that you follow them. It also provides a shopping list for you each week which is very helpful.
As far as fitness goes you'll find some of the SparkPeople videos that Coach Nicole did that you can sit in a chair and exercise. There are also a few teams around that you might be interested in joining. That's a great way to get motivation from a smaller group.
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"Success is not an accident. It is sheer hard work. There are no short-cuts. You have to take the stairs and you have to start from the bottom" - Rita Zahara
Hi people, I am new at sparks. I need to lose 100 lbs. My Doctor is very concerned for me. I dream every day to lose the weight but when theres food in front of me I just need to eat it even if Im not even hungry. Im 42 years old woman and I need some ideas on how to eat healthy or food plans. Im clueless on how to eat healthy. I also need motivation too. Im so depressed. I have artheritis in my spine which is extremely hard for me to walk long distances. I work as a cook of all things. But my days of cooking is coming to an end pretty quick because of my back problems. Can anybody give me some freindly advice?
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