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November 20, 2012 5:50 AM
I wanted to congratulate you for taking this first step!

You can do it - many here have lost 100+ pounds - in fact, there's a group for that ( and I'm sure you would get a lot of support and advice from those folks.

Best of luck to you! flowerforyou
November 20, 2012 5:54 AM
Hi Dani,

Welcome to MFP and let me just applaud your courage in taking this step! I don't really have any great words of wisdom or advice, other than to let you know that while, sure there are people on this site of all different sizes, I assure you we all have the same insecurities, the same tendencies to over-eat, binge eat, emotionally eat...the same issues with motivation and self-esteem and the temptation to throw in the towel and quit trying because some days it just feels so useless. But don't give up! Even when you "fall off the horse," get right back up again. Isn't your life and happiness worth it? I don't know you, but I'm confident in saying that it is. You go, girl!
November 20, 2012 5:55 AM

Good for you for taking these first few steps, going to the doctor and joining here. I don't have as much to lose as you but I'm generally of the same mindset. I am just not looking forward to it. I know it needs to be done, and generally, I want to do it, but the actual execution trips me up sometimes.

It's a daily struggle for me to say no to sweets, soda, etc., and to remind myself and force myself to get up and exercise. But start with little things. Cut one thing out of your diet at first, like soda, add a salad to dinner instead of a heavier side. Gradually work in other things, take something else out of your diet, take a 10 minute walk, etc.

It's all about baby-steps but you've taken the first one!

Feel free to add me.
November 20, 2012 5:55 AM
4000 calories gives you a lot of wiggle room. I would start eating lean meats and tons of veggies and fruit, switch to diet soda if you must drink soda at all (I drink the flavored sparkling water you can buy at Walmart instead). You don't have to cut out everything you love, you can still indulge in treats... you just need to be accountable for the calories you're consuming and either make sure they're in your budget or exercise enough to burn it off.

If I were you, my first step exercise-wise would be to get out and walk! I much prefer the outdoors to gyms, so I'm always looking to go for a walk or a run. Walking is easy on the joints and, more importantly, it gets you moving. If it's cold or wet outside, the track or treadmill at the gym is a great option. I'm struggling with a knee injury currently, so I'm trying to walk despite my depression over not being able to run. I always take music with me and I use that time to think/plan/worry/be peaceful... whatever I need at the time.

You've got some great advice already in this thread and you're headed in the right direction! Here's the plan I'd follow:

1. Start logging every bite.
2. Make some good food choices (healthy food can be decadent when prepared right)
3. Cut out a couple bad things you know aren't helping at all (regular sodas, candy, etc.)... you want your food to fuel you, so fods with no nutritional value and tons of calories are only hurting you.
4. Get out there and move at least 20-30 minutes every day, whether you decide to walk or do some sweat-inducing cardio at the gym.

You can do it! Feel free to add me!
Edited by Cornmuffin On November 20, 2012 5:56 AM
November 20, 2012 5:56 AM
Hey Dani!! No matter what size you are, or how much you have to lose, we are all in this together!! We can do this.. YOU can do this....You are now on your way to a healthier you.
November 20, 2012 6:10 AM
WOW Dani.....if all of the above doesn't let you know how much we all care nothing will happy
We all have different size mountains to climb but our struggle is the same....the battle to control our eating habits instead of them controlling us. I've only been registered since yesterday but I'm already feeling part of a pretty special community. There's so much comfort in knowing I'm not on this journey alone. Mine has been a life long one, I've been bigger, I've been smaller but I never give up completely.....don't like the alternative - one life darlin, one life.

The exercise bit scares me too.....I've never found a sport I enjoy. Do you enjoy music? If so, put on your favourite band (preferably not chill out lol) and dance your heart out in your chair! Move those arms, tap those feet, wiggle til you laugh out loud! One day soon you're gonna feel sooo much better you just want to get up outta that chair and shake that bootie! Heck, maybe we should have a group dance in, it'll travel the globe!

I wish you so much strength, positivity and positive can do attitude. Feel free to add me as a friend.
November 20, 2012 6:11 AM
I'm not your size but YOU CAN DO THIS DANI.
November 20, 2012 6:13 AM

I watched a program on someone that was around 600lb a while ago, and his personal trainer simply made him stand up from the sofa over and over again. It may not seem like a lot but he said he's having to shift his weight up and down, it got his heart rate going and it was a good starting point. Once you've gained some mobility then you could look at doing small walks, and work it from there.

This is awesome advice. As I was reading your post, and this, I recalled back when I was almost 300 pounds several years ago. And then I remembered 3+ months ago when I started doing this the healthy way. Even at only 268 pounds, I was in pain all the time and could barely move -- it was compounded with low back compressed disc and fibromyalgia. With just a 30lb loss, I've been able to lower pain meds and I'm in significantly less pain.

You could try moving around in a swimming pool. I go to LA Fitness' lap pools, and I'm now to where I can swim laps, but I had to start just walking back and forth across the pool. The water lessens the pain impact a lot, and your muscles get work because you're pushing through the water. If swimming is not an option, the whole couch-to-standing thing is a brilliant idea. Believe me, once you start that daily, you'll move forward quickly.

I have no doubt you can do this! And you'll feel awesome pretty quickly!
November 20, 2012 6:14 AM
You can do this. Add me as a friend if you would like!
November 20, 2012 6:14 AM
You took the first step, and you're here, WELCOME! Stating your weight to all these strangers took a lotta guts- good for you! Take it one day at a time, but most importantly believe in yourself!

Check out one of my dear friends and his accomplishments for some inspiration:
November 20, 2012 6:16 AM
Welcome! I'm really proud that you took that first step at the doctor! The only advice I can really give is to eat A LOT of healthy food. Fill yourself up as much as you need to, but do it with nutrient dense food. Don't eat low-fat sugar-free blah blah. Don't eat garbage. Try fruits, veggies, meats.
November 20, 2012 6:16 AM
Welcome to the site - there is a lot of support, great ideas, sharing laughs and tears here! WE all are here because we realize and accepted the fact we want to become healither and HERE we can do it.... I would love to be your friend thur our journey!

November 20, 2012 6:19 AM
You can do this! Add me if you want :)
November 20, 2012 6:21 AM
Congrats on taking that first step, Dani! Add me if you like- we're not in the same weight category either but I've struggled with weight my entire life. I get frustrated because my body never seems to respond the way it should. I've made a lot of recent dietary changes after seeing some things with my health that frankly scared me. I'd be glad to be a support for you :)
November 20, 2012 6:22 AM
Hi Dani, I'm also Dani wink Stick with MFP, it works, trust me. Maybe don't worry too much about exercise until you've lost your first bit of weight, and then when you have more energy you can start. xx
November 20, 2012 6:22 AM
Congrats on making that first step, coming here with the goal to lose some weight! We are all fighting the same battle with different amounts of weight to lose but we all have the same be healthier and happier in our lives! There are so many caring people here who can offer you some great advice and to keep you motivated on your journey. I sent you a friend request, I hope we can be friends!
November 20, 2012 6:25 AM
Hi, welcome to MFP....I may not be in the same weight group, but we all go through the same frustrations and emotions on this journey... and we are both here for the same common cause- to get healthy and live. Feel free to add me
November 20, 2012 6:27 AM
Hi my name is RaNae I have sent you a friend request u can go to my profile page and see my pics and read a lil about me I am currently 341 my highest was 370 and I started MFP at 349. Congrats on going to the dr and taking these first wonderful steps towards a healthier you. When I started exercising all I could do was sit and lift 1 and 3 lb hand weights I bought at wal mart while watching tv- then I found water aerobics in my area that had a stair or zero entry.... it took some internet searching but eventually I found it anyways if you want more info on that message me now I ride a bike just did 10 miles on Sunday boy was I hurting yesterday but it felt so good- I am sharing all this so you can see I can relate and I have progressed and so can you.
I have so much love for you because you are so dam courageous I hope we can walk this walk together.
RaNae aka

Luznit 1 Meal, 1 Snack, 1 Logged Calorie, 1 day at a time
November 20, 2012 6:30 AM
So glad that you are here. I would suggest as a first step is find out what your basal metabolic rate is. This is the rate at which your body burns calories just to survive. So it is the rate for sleeping and having a day with no exercise. The rate to maintain exactly where you are. Try this site.

Then, eat a little below that rate on a daily basis. As you lose go back to the site as your rate will lower constantly.

As for exercise, do it, DAILY. Mix it up. If you can use that suggestion about standing up multiple times from the couch, go for it. You could also shadow box. There is a pedal contraption that you can buy that you could pedal from the couch. Or put it on a table and pedal with your arms. Any of these will increase your heart rate and help you lose weight.

I would suggest since you cannot yet use a scale, have some other means of measuring your progress. The way a certain pair of pants fit, measure your waist with a string, anything so that you can see that this is worth it.

I would be happy to help you. I will send a friend request. You can do this. I have faith in you. You are worth it.
November 20, 2012 6:32 AM
Welcome to MFP. Feel free to add me if you like, even though I might not be in the demographic you're looking for.

Loads of people above have given sound advice. My addition would be this: One exercise you should get into the habit of doing is in assessing what you eat. Not in a guilty way. In the way of saying "what's the best value food for me", in terms of taste, filling you up, and nutritional value. I've worked out that some foods are quite efficient for me in terms of getting me to my next meal without killing my calorie allowance. Some foods are better than others, e.g. you can eat far more melon than apples for the same calorific value.

By logging absolutely everything, you get to understand this, and it becomes second-nature.

Also, if you can get your food intake down to your target level, then for the first 6-9 months, you will be able to treat any exercise you do as reward-generating. My calorie allowance is such that I pretty much have to exercise in order to get enough of a calorie allowance to not feel hungry. But I recommend that if you undergo the sacrifice of exposing yourself to the pain of exercise, you should be able to use some of those calories for reward.

And that, actually, is what I really love about tracking through MFP.
November 20, 2012 6:35 AM
Welcome to MFP lady. As far as keeping your calorie intake low, I would recommend boosting your fruits and veggies, making sure you get a lot of protein, and cutting out empty refined carbs. In the journey for weight loss, protein and fiber are your best friends.

As far as exercise goes, try for things that are super low impact. If you have an xbox with a kinect, I would try some of the exercise games, sometimes they have boxing as an option which is mainly upper body, but can still get your heart rate up. I have a recumbent bike, which is very easy on the knees and can give you a pretty decent workout. Just make little steps and keep in touch with your doctor!

Add me, I'm on here all the time. I'm far from perfect, and don't exercise nearly as much as I should, but I love having more friends!
November 20, 2012 6:37 AM
It's so great that you're here. I have a feeling that you're going to impress all of us, but mostly yourself, with your progress. I sent a link to this thread to one of my MyFitnessPal (MFP) friends, eye4art, who started at around the same weight as you. She is encouraging and warm, and she inspires me all the time just by seeing her progress.

Whatever way you can move, even if it's just sitting down and raising your arms and kicking out your legs, vow to do it every day. you'll be amazed at how quickly you improve.

Everyone here struggles to lose weight, nomatter what size - so please know that you're among friends and supporters.
November 20, 2012 6:38 AM
trying to find new freinds.... we can help each othersmile
November 20, 2012 6:41 AM
Good job on getting started. At 4000 calories, you have a lot of room to work with. If you start cutting out the soda, sweets, fried foods etc and start eating good, low fat, low calorie and high protein foods you will be surprised how much you can actually eat and still lose weight. I only have about 30 more pounds to lose myself but fell free to add me if you would like.
November 20, 2012 6:44 AM
Good for you, you took that first step! I don't have that much to lose but we are all in this together! Best of luck and remember, you are not alone!


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