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TOPIC: Adopt a Noob - Official MFP thread

 
January 8, 2014 5:25 PM
In for being a mentor :).

I'm Jess, a single, working mom of 2 darling, crazy children. I know time constraints and have managed to put my fitness in my top priorities list. Former collegiate swimmer turned runner and now into lifting heavy!!! I've been on mfp for a year. I think fitness should be what you make it....fun, sexy, challenging. On the same note, I'm far from perfect. My diet isn't always the best and there are times when I just don't wanna! I've learned to rely on my mfp friends to keep me going strong and enjoy supporting others.

What I think working out should be:
Fun
A way to better yourself
Me time
A healthy way to put myself first
A way to learn to appreciate your body and what it can do
A positive challenge

What it shouldn't be:
Complicated
Confusing
Crappy

I drink beer, I eat candy. (Well I'm working on cutting out that last one :P). I dapple in everything from lifting, to running, to yoga, to Zumba. I believe in fueling your body, not with perfect nutrition, but with real food at an acceptable calorie level. (Ain't nobody got time to be hungry and cranky!) for me it's not about vanity, but rather challenging myself and setting achievable goals to accomplish. I can help so figuring out your macros if you so choose to rooting you on. And I'm here pretty consistently every day if you need that extra push. :)

I originally came here just to lose the baby weight from my last pregnancy but ended up gaining so much more in knowledge and insight.
January 8, 2014 7:22 PM
I'm up for serving as a mentor for one or two.

About me - I've been on MFP for about 19 months, and in that time I've lost about 30 lbs. in the very slow and steady old-fashioned way of improved diet and more exercise. Not an expert on anything other than helping people find the root causes behind the excuses they make to themselves. In my mid-40s, married mother of two, science/technology inclined but not a nerd in the sci-fi/fantasy/gaming sense.

I might be a good fit for a noob who:
- is trying to lose weight while traveling for work. I'm on a plane every week.
- is not looking for extremes in diet or exercise. I'm not a clean eater. I don't fret about my macros other than calories. I don't work out every day; I don't always manage to track every day.
- is grappling with borderline or low-level diabetes and trying to stay off meds.
- wants a gradual lifestyle change rather than instant results, and is ready to be kind to themselves on the journey, not beating themselves up for every perceived transgression. (But is truly ready to make the change!)

Send me a PM - if I think we may have a good fit, we'll give it a try.
  16854321
January 9, 2014 2:21 AM
Someone help me pleeeease.
January 9, 2014 2:26 AM
QUOTE:

Someone help me pleeeease.


read this:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/952996-level-obstacles-lose-weight-target-fat-easy

and then read this:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/1080242-a-guide-to-get-you-started-on-your-path-to-sexypants
January 9, 2014 7:39 AM
QUOTE:

Someone help me pleeeease.


If you're looking to get adopted by an experienced MFP.... go through the thread, and find some mentors who look like they might suit your needs, and PM them.
  49454167
January 9, 2014 9:41 AM
I'm open to making and helping new friends. My life is dictated to my little girl and little boy, then it's dedicated to taking care of my health.

Things I can offer....

- Motivation (and putting things into perspective)
- Nutritional Help
-- Eating Natural
-- Non-GMO
-- Shopping for healthy foods
-- Macronutrient Options (Protein / Carbs / Fats)
- I'm big on supplementation and the different types
- Accountability (if wanted)
- Workout Programs

-Dino
January 9, 2014 9:48 AM
i think this is great for new people. these people are promising to help you and stay in contact with you... answer your questions, and give you some insight. alot of people dont have time to do these things with individual people, so, if you need the help, you should take it. im not offering anything, i actually am not a good friend, and rarely message people back... but i just wanted to encourage new people to take advantage of these offers if you feel it could push you to reach your goals!
  7967499
January 9, 2014 10:20 AM
Hi everyone, thank you all very much for your interest, messages, and friend requests. I just wanted to post and say that I am full up on both mentees and friends right now as I would like to be able to focus on those I already have. If you need someone you think you can click with, let me know and I will try and find someone for you. Thank you all again and I'm sorry I don't have the time to take you all!
January 9, 2014 10:22 AM
QUOTE:

Hi everyone, thank you all very much for your interest, messages, and friend requests. I just wanted to post and say that I am full up on both mentees and friends right now as I would like to be able to focus on those I already have. If you need someone you think you can click with, let me know and I will try and find someone for you. Thank you all again and I'm sorry I don't have the time to take you all!


I thought you said you were full up on manatees.
  6438378
January 9, 2014 10:58 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Hi everyone, thank you all very much for your interest, messages, and friend requests. I just wanted to post and say that I am full up on both mentees and friends right now as I would like to be able to focus on those I already have. If you need someone you think you can click with, let me know and I will try and find someone for you. Thank you all again and I'm sorry I don't have the time to take you all!


I thought you said you were full up on manatees.
Allow me to put us all out of our misery then. The word that is the counterpart to "mentor' that we're all grasping for is "protegé". laugh
  33519010
January 9, 2014 11:08 AM
QUOTE:

Allow me to put us all out of our misery then. The word that is the counterpart to "mentor' that we're all grasping for is "protegé". laugh


What am I going to do with an old beater?

January 9, 2014 11:46 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Hi everyone, thank you all very much for your interest, messages, and friend requests. I just wanted to post and say that I am full up on both mentees and friends right now as I would like to be able to focus on those I already have. If you need someone you think you can click with, let me know and I will try and find someone for you. Thank you all again and I'm sorry I don't have the time to take you all!


I thought you said you were full up on manatees.


Edited by jofjltncb6 On January 9, 2014 11:48 AM
  8625464
January 9, 2014 2:26 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Allow me to put us all out of our misery then. The word that is the counterpart to "mentor' that we're all grasping for is "protegé". laugh


What am I going to do with an old beater?


Is that some kind of an inside joke? Because I find that abhorrent.

wink
  33519010
January 9, 2014 5:29 PM
hay im new here.............. can anyone help me apply my ticker? I made one up but it said "copy and paste" but to where ? and how ?
thanks Deb m
  55544455
January 9, 2014 5:52 PM
QUOTE:

hay im new here.............. can anyone help me apply my ticker? I made one up but it said "copy and paste" but to where ? and how ?
thanks Deb m


http://www.myfitnesspal.com/forums/settings

Just check the block!
January 9, 2014 6:20 PM
just in case anyone was wondering, I am also full up on manatees and I should add horrendous vocabulary to my description next to the disclaimer about the poor grammar.

(I love you guys)
January 11, 2014 1:03 PM
somebody adopt me! im bloody clueless! macros? wut
  2077321
January 12, 2014 12:19 PM
I would love to adopt a newbie.

I started with MFP back in 2011. Previously I'd try working out, lose 20-30 pounds and then stop seeing progress so I'd workout harder, injure myself and have to stop working out and then get so frustrated that I'd eat more junk food and gain back the weight I'd lost and then some. I finally figured out that I was eating a lot more calories and was not burning as many calories working out as I thought. So I was so happy when this app came along to make the calorie counting easier.

I initially lost 88 pounds in 18 months. Then last spring I lost my motivation for awhile and got frustrated with the whole lifestyle change. I had gained back 30 pounds by the end of the year and finally started dealing with the emotional issues that where making it difficult for me to do what I knew I needed to do.

Now I'm back on track and have entered a weight loss competition at my gym. So far it's going well, especially now that I've figured out all the technical stuff (how much to eat, what to eat, what to avoid, how to workout and what exercises work for me), it's just a matter of mind over matter so I work on my emotional health along with my physical health.
  8786825
January 12, 2014 12:30 PM
I would love to adopt a noob or two!

About me: I started last year at 320 pounds, with no confidence that this calorie counting thing would work. Guess what- it does! I lost 75 pounds this year, and I'm working on 85 more. I'm into IIFYM (don't know what that is? It's awesome, you should message me), being a fat runner (think you're too big to start C25K? You're not, you should message me), and just starting to lift heavy (intimidated by the weight room? I was too, you should...yeah, you get it).

I would love to support people who come from a similar place: a place where being really fat has been a part of your entire life, a place where you think nothing can change because nothing ever has, a place where all you see is limits. I know you feel like you'll be fat forever, but you won't be. Let's do this!!
  35223729
January 12, 2014 10:32 PM
Hi! I think if you're willing to mentor a person, I would want to be that person! I don't have to lose 100 plus pounds, but about 40-50 to be in my comfort zone. I have always been a heavy person too, and I'm sick and tired of it.. I think I can trust you to help lead me in the right direction.. You seem to have accomplished a great deal. Congratulations!
January 12, 2014 10:34 PM
I would love to be adopted by someone! Haha. I've been struggling with my extra weight for several years now, and I'm truly tired of it. I come from a big-boned family, literally we're not all overweight but we have big builds, and I just want to be slim! I always start and give up, and I need someone who won't give up on me.. Need some help with planning out daily food plans, etc. Thanks :)
January 13, 2014 4:05 AM
QUOTE:

I would love to be adopted by someone! Haha. I've been struggling with my extra weight for several years now, and I'm truly tired of it. I come from a big-boned family, literally we're not all overweight but we have big builds, and I just want to be slim! I always start and give up, and I need someone who won't give up on me.. Need some help with planning out daily food plans, etc. Thanks :)


I would suggest reading people's profiles and sending a request.
January 14, 2014 4:11 PM
I wouldn’t mind adopting someone. Last year on January 1st (2013), I weighed 195 pounds. I had already lost 22 pounds off of my record high weight of 217 (I am a 5’6’’ female). But the new year was when I chose to “get really serious” about my weight loss. My motivation was coming from the fact that was 22 going on 23 with “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”, which is typically a middle-aged ailment. I was scared and wanted to be healthy.

I now weigh 135 pounds for a total weight loss of 82 pounds since November 2012. I will be a terrible fitness mentor! I am awful at the exercise portion of this. But when it comes to motivation and support, I think I could be of help. I’ll be 24 in February, so I think that, in particular, younger people with a lot to lose might be able to relate to me (I put on tons of weight in college). I’m also getting married this October if that is relevant to anyone. :D
  41847104
January 14, 2014 4:21 PM
Hello,

My name is Laura. I am a mother, am going back to school after being an elementary teacher for eight years. A week ago I weighed the most I have ever weighed. 290 lbs. I have had 2 back surgeries. Two weeks ago I completed a 40 minute Zumba workout at home, at 4:00 the next morning I experienced unbelievable pain in my chest. My husband drove me to the ER. I was lucky, the Dr. Said that I had overdone it on the Zumba workout. I could not believe that I was in such horrible shape.
I am leaving the education field because teaching, for me was a miserable situation. I will be getting a second degree in Computer Science in two years. By that time I want to have changed my self, increase my present ability, and have the confidence to land an amazing job with my new degree. I am 41 years old. I truly believe that I must present myself in a much more confident way to compete in the job market.

I would greatly appreciate your considering mentoring me. I have lost 9 lbs in a week and a half, and need someone to help me stay committed.

Thank you,

Laura
  53832205
January 14, 2014 8:25 PM
QUOTE:

Hello,

My name is Laura. I am a mother, am going back to school after being an elementary teacher for eight years. A week ago I weighed the most I have ever weighed. 290 lbs. I have had 2 back surgeries. Two weeks ago I completed a 40 minute Zumba workout at home, at 4:00 the next morning I experienced unbelievable pain in my chest. My husband drove me to the ER. I was lucky, the Dr. Said that I had overdone it on the Zumba workout. I could not believe that I was in such horrible shape.
I am leaving the education field because teaching, for me was a miserable situation. I will be getting a second degree in Computer Science in two years. By that time I want to have changed my self, increase my present ability, and have the confidence to land an amazing job with my new degree. I am 41 years old. I truly believe that I must present myself in a much more confident way to compete in the job market.

I would greatly appreciate your considering mentoring me. I have lost 9 lbs in a week and a half, and need someone to help me stay committed.

Thank you,

Laura
Hi Laura, and welcome. Have a read through the mentors listed in this thread, and try sending a PM to some of them that sound like you might have common ground; you'll find someone who will be mutually beneficial.
  33519010

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