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Right after college graduation, at my grandma's house.
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Howdy y'all :)
I'm a recent college graduate (December '11) who landed her very first job as a web developer six months ago.
I'm 24 years old, 5' 1", and 240 lbs. I know... Yikes!
I'd like to eventually get back down to 150 pounds. Still heavy, but WAY healthier than I am now! I'm not a very active person really. Judging by my screen name it's quite obvious why. ;) I have a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and a minor in Art, and I love playing video games and doing stuff on my computer. My job as a web developer also requires me to sit in front of a computer all day. Unfortunately, sitting on my fat butt in front of a computer screen is not the best way to lose weight.
I've dabbled in a few interesting sports, namely archery (traditional medieval style with a real wooden longbow! No modern compound bows for me! I made my own arrows too!) and fencing. I'm ok-ish at archery (been months since I've gone shooting) and terrible at fencing (which I've also not done in at least a year.) I like swimming too, but I'm far from professional (you wouldn't exactly call my stroke methods "standard") and there's no pool where I live that I can go swim laps in for free...
My biggest concern with this site so far is the food tracker. I don't cook my own meals as I still live with my parents, and I don't know how to cook anyway unless it's microwaveable, so I don't know the calorie content of some of our dinners.
So I guess that's all y'all need to know about me... anything else you wanna talk about, feel free to ask.
Oh, and I don't respond well to those who think "tough love" or being blunt with me is the way to go. If you can't give me advice in a positive and encouraging way then please don't bother.
Go from 240 pounds to 150 pounds by next year. I'd like it to be sooner, like my next birthday, but... well... the goal setter thing said that rate of loss would be too fast.
Attempting to meet my calorie range with the tracker. If I can ever find time or motivation after work to exercise, I'll do that too.
24 year old web developer from Texas.
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Just wanted to check in! How have you been doing the past week or so? :)
1381 days ago
I read your comment about cooking. Have you looked at the Spark cookbook? It has been specially designed for people who haven't ever cooked before, and the recipes are really easy and taste great- maybe you could cook for your parents one night a week? All the recipes are calorie- counted, and you can add them direct to your food tracker (form the "Recipes" tab)
Good luck with your journey and WELL DONE for joining SparkPeople- you can do it!
1389 days ago
I hope I didn't come off too preachy on the message board. I'm a Mom and it's my instinct to want to Mother "young folks". I see the potential in you and I just want to push!! LOL
Have you checked out this site? http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/
1390 days ago
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
1850 days ago
Hey ProudNerd! I just joined like five minutes ago and I saw you post in the forum about tracking food. I can totally relate to your story, since I still live at home (when I'm not at college) and I just have to eat what's put in front of me! Ah well. I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who has to deal with that. I hope everything here goes well for you and your last semester goes awesome!
1850 days ago