It is time to recommit to our improving health goals and better fitness so that we sleep and feel great!
Let's get recommitted for 2017!!
This is a renewing of our commitments that we made in 2012!
All those who were posting with us from January 2012 to now and those who would like to join us, welcome to our support group, encouraging each other as we strive to get better fit and healthier in the coming year.
Several of us started and some have had great success in finding a better wellness and fitness for themselves. We are proud of each and everyone who joins with us and is willing to work or encourage us along this struggling and sometimes very frustrating path.
A few of us have health issues that push us to strive for this endeavor, it can be difficult on medications and with conditions that prohibit or work as a stumbling block on our path to wellness. So to have the support and encouragement along the way is a big benefit. It can help one to continue when it would feel better to stop and give up. We can not let each other down. We are a lifeline to keep moving forward and onward to better health.
We have made jokes in the past about the scale being broken and I do love posting cute little pictures that express what we might feel at times in a humorous way, but this can be a very serious struggle.
All are welcome to join us and go as far as you wish but do come along as friends and supporters to each other!
Information from our original thread back in 2012!
Welcome to the "Let's get Fit for Life" thread!
Several of us here at TORC have expressed an interest in getting fitter in the year 2012 and have decided to encourage each other in this endeavor! We welcome anyone who wishes to join us to lose weight, gain fitness, improve your general health or just to cheer us on. We are here to encourage each other and find some accountability to stick with our efforts or to forgive and help us get back on track with our goals.
Now we are going to search for healthier choices and watch our portions as we move more and do some cardiovascular stuff as well. I am with you and will cry with you and cheer you all along the way!! It is not going to be easy and it will be very tempting to give it up and give in to temptations.
The cues and clues I will give you are these:
1) Set goals both long term and short term attainable goals. If you set you sights on something too far away you can get discouraged that it is not happening fast enough and give up. Setting short term goals allows for smaller victories and helps you to feel that you are getting somewhere and the chance to celebrate the milestones as you achieve them.
Reward yourself for achieving your goals, even the short term one. Do not make it a food item but something else that would mean something to you. IE a trip somewhere, a new piece of clothing that you have wanted, new shoes, etc.
2) If you truly crave something and you CAN CONTROL the small portion and then walk away and get back on program - then do it! But remember to get right back on your program to lose weight.
It is easier to give in a little now and then instead of blowing it and staying off and doing whatever you want because you feel bad about it. Do limit how often you do this too!!
3) Eat foods you like! Don't force yourself to eat foods that you really do not find good or enticing at all. You wont stick with it!!
You have to be able to live it!! Eating good foods that you like is the only way to go. Find ways to fix your favorite foods in a healthier version. Graham Kerr was a genius about that, he was known for years as the Galloping Gourmet but has changed all his recipes to more fit and leaner versions. Thumb's Up Limit portion size as well.
4) Do this for you!! Remember where you are starting from.
Make a list of why you want to lose the weight and then keep a diary or journal about your progress and how each success makes you feel. Such as when you can go up a flight of stairs and not feel exhausted or out of breath. When you go down a size in pants, shirt or whatever measurement you use to keep an eye on your success. Write down your measurements and your weight at least once a week to see your progress.
5) Find someone in your area who is willing to walk with you or help to encourage you to keep at it. Some one who will notice the changes you are making.
This gives you more accountability for your choices and in following through with this program. Also talk with your doctor and make sure that the choices you are making are in agreement with his plans for you. He may even have some suggestions on where to find the best vitamins and such.
6) Do get on a good multivitamin since you want to be sure you are getting all the proper nutrients while cutting some of the things out of your diet.
Remember that you also need some good fats to lose weight and keep your insides working properly. NO ONE can lose weight and totally cut out fat, your body wont work if you do!! You need it for digestion!
7) Eat lots of fruit and veggies and be sure they are fresh when at all possible. Frozen is better then canned because canned has more sodium.
Make these your mantra and it will surely help to keep you on track!!!
All TORCers are welcome here even if you do not start with us from the beginning. We are here for each other!!
But if you are wanting to come in and discourage or tease anyone for being here and striving to make a difference in themselves, we ask that you do not post.
This thread is for those who wish to improve themselves with the encouragement of fellow TORCers and those who cheer us on.
So let's get started!!!
We have been made aware of a site on the internet that has wonderful information, support and tracking tools for weight loss and exercise and I started a group there called "TORCers on Track" for any of you who would like to join with us there as well. It is not required by any means but I think the tools are fabulous and who cant use all the tools and information we can get to stay on track and attain the goals that we have set for ourselves.
Let them know that I sent you if you choose to join us there!!
EDITED:Some helpful tools to use along the way...
Measurements of your waist, hips, thighs, upper arms and bust. These measurements along with weight loss will give you the entire picture of how you are actually getting more fit. Muscle is denser then fat and takes less space so even if there is no weight loss sometimes as the inches are coming off, you can see how you are succeeding in your goals!
Keep a journal of your starting measurements, weight and your goals, both short term and long term and give the short term goals dates (when you want to achieve that goal). Use it for encouraging yourself as well. Write down and keep track of the exercise you are doing and how often. Do not lie on paper cause you will know in your heart if you are doing it as you write it. No one else is going to see this journal so be honest with yourself. If you start drinking water and haven't before then praise yourself for that too.
Take the time to look at yourself in the mirror with no clothing on. Learn to appreciate your body, it is the only one you get! Then pay attention to how your body is changing as you lose the weight. See how the collar bone is more defined as the padding comes off, or how the waist becomes more evident and your feminine curves reemerge. These are all good things.
Do away with negative self talk! You are not bad or hopeless or anything else you can say to yourself that is not good. You are wonderfully and marvelously made. You are special and are making positive changes in your life. Look at yourself and see them. Acknowledge that you are doing what you can to make yourself better and that in itself is a GREAT thing!!! Praise yourself for taking up and continuing exercising, drinking water, eating more sensibly, whatever you are doing to lose this weight or improve your overall health. These are positive things and you need to be recognizing yourself for doing them. You are special not just to yourself but to me and to all of us here!!!
Something to add to our Mantra:-When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
-You don't have to go fast, you just have to go.
-Losers look at what they are going through. Winners look where they are going to.
-Transformation is not a future event, it is a present activity.
-Don't let the fear of time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway. We might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
-When you look in the mirror and see no change, and still keep faith, knowing that in time you will get there if you stay focused and on track. That's the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.
-It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
-Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion.