Welcome back - I see you have been with Sparkpeople for about 9 years but are now back. Glad you have returned.
Suggestions for what it is worth
1) Go to your sparkpage and put up a little more of what your journey looks like up to now - when you update it possibly put the date first with 'update' after so that members will no that you have done so
2) Remember to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined - lots of encouragement and motivation there.
3) Make use of the food tracker (and the exercise tracker) that spark has - it is an excellent tool to help with accountability
Come to my Sparkpage and look for the group 'One Year of Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes' We are a small group that is very active - all members participate at least once per week and most are posting a lot more than that. So if you are needing encouragement and wanting more accountability AND are willing to participate at least once a week if not more this could be the group for you.
Welcome to SP! Just take it one day at a time. Be active here. Read blogs and articles, join and participate on Spark Teams. You will find members are really supportive and encouraging. You might check out the Fitness videos under the learn tab at the top of the page. You can do it!
Best of luck to you!
Jackie Northern Ky.
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." -Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."
This site, these message boards, and community feeds and all the rest can be your accountability. Stay active here and do the same with your attempts at fitness. Stopping and starting is far superior to just stopping and quitting, so you're already headed in the right direction. Start with some really basic stuff like the SparkPeople 28-Day Program under the "Learn" tab at the top of this page. Building good habits is what it's all about and it can be a challenge to build those habits, so look for things that will continue to inspire you, even if it's just a note on the fridge or a youTube video. Read the articles and do what you read. Stay active both here and physically and you'll get to where you want to be. Most important of all is to never quit. Welcome to SparkPeople!
Dave A.- South Central PA, USA
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." - Mark Twain
Two years ago I was extremely fit and had a very physically demanding job as a barn hand. I left that job because of personal issues and my body quickly changed. I have never been fond of the gym or 'working out'. I much prefer an active lifestyle and physically demanding labor. But over the last year or so I have found it very difficult to maintain any sort of fitness schedule.
I have gained about 15 pounds from my barn days, which doesn't seem like a lot, but I know I have lost a lot of muscle too. I had a knee injury last summer so I did not do much at all over the summer/winter of last year. This past summer was much better, but now the snow has set in so it's even more difficult to enjoy activities I like such as hiking and kayaking.
Even worse, I have noticed my relationship with food is beginning to spiral. I know what a good relationship with food looks like, but sadly I'm just not there right now. Lately I've been rewarding/punishing myself with food and trying 'fad' diets like keto just to quit after a couple of weeks.
I need help please. Mostly someone who can help me stay accountable with my eating habits and fitness. I have watched a lot of videos on calisthenics lately and I'm interesting in starting exercising with some body-weight workouts (no gym nearby really). But again, usually a week or two in and something comes up and I quit for a few weeks and then have to start all over again. It seems to be a vicious cycle and I want out. I don't want my goal to be to lose weight or to see gains. I don't want my happiness to be based on numbers. I just want to feel healthy and strong and not like I need to sleep or eat all the time.
Sorry if this was a bit of a read, but if anyone is in a similar situation and wants a motivation/encouragement buddy, I know I could really use one right now.