Hi and welcome! Glad you signed up. The forums are a great place to find info, advice and inspiration. Most of the folks here are just regular people who share the same feelings and struggles you are facing.
For me, I find motivation and determination in wanting to be in control of my health and the feeling I get when I know that I am healthy and can SEE the changes in my body and my mental attitude.
It is hard to get started and STAY motivated. We all have good days and bad, and alot of regular life issues (kids, job, spouse) can make it hard to carve out the time you need for YOU. But it is so important to find that time to devote to helping yourself live healthier.
It can seem overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. Start small. Make one change at a time. Promise yourself you will devote 15 minutes to exercise a day and try to add to it from there. Just do some basic bodyweight things at home, or if you have any workout dvd's or you can find alot of workouts here on Shapefit. If you have a place you can go walking that is a good way to start.
Wonderworlds wrote:As far as eating goes, that's another story. I have extreme sugar/carb cravings, and I have not learned how to deal with that.
Ahh yes, the dreaded carb cravings!
alot of that is from the foods themselves - they have addictive chemicals in them. The easiest and hardest thing to do is just to cut them out of your life the best way you can. Replace processed carbs like donuts, chips, cookies, cake, etc., with natural carbs like fruit, sweet potatos, veggies. If it comes in a box, leave it on the shelf!
I know when you have kids and have to buy groceries for the whole family it is REALLY hard to buy healthier less processed, or not processed foods like fresh veggies, produce, lean meats, etc. It's not fair that the unhealthy convenient pre-packaged mixes and boxed dinner, frozen dinners are so much more economical. But making small changes can have Big results. Replace refined sugar with truvia. Eat whole grain rice instead of white, same with breads. Cut out sodas, replace with water or tea (I like to make iced green tea with tea bags - not the already bottled teas, they have lots of sugar or aspertame in them)
Take time to stop and think about what you are going to eat. When the sugar cravings come - drink a big glass of water, wait 15 minutes, do some squats, jumping jacks, go for a walk.....you get the idea
try to get past the craving - and you will see very quickly that the cravings will ease up in no time.
Good luck on your journey. I hope you will keep us updated. Feel free to ask questions - it's no easy thing to learn how to start a lifestyle change (notice I didnt' say "diet") Diet's don't last, it has to be a forever change - but that is a good thing! And one that you will never regret. You can do it....just remember every good choice is a victory, every workout is making you stronger. Stay with it!