Where do I begin?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2009
Where do I begin?
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 9:13pm

Hi Everybody!

I'm new to the group...actually new to message boards all together.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 10:27pm


Welcome to the board!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2009
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 10:49pm
Thank you very much for the ideas and encouragement!! I really appreciate it! :)
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2009
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 11:05pm

Hi Cristen,

Welcome to the board. This is a great place to start with getting support on your weightloss. I notice that when you were younger you were little. I was little as well and now I'm blah. I hope you stick around, so we can get to know you.




iVillage Member
Registered: 04-03-2008
Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:33pm

Welcome Cristen!

OK, I just need to say "ditto" to what SJ said. (thanks SJ!!!) It's a pretty good summary of my journey as well except my starting weight was 294. I got down to 224 last Wednesday, but put on 4 pounds while visiting my family over the weekend. I have 2 of the 4 off, so my total weight loss at this point is 68 pounds.

Definitely small, measurable, physical goals. I started with 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week and worked up. In the beginning, it was not natural or easy to start exercising, and now it's not an option. 5 days a week, minumum of 30 minutes a day. I usually end up with 45 to 60 minutes.

Just start. If you can only get in a 10 minute walk, it's better than no walk.

Good luck and keep us posted!


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-05-2009
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 8:00pm

Hi Cristen and welcome to our board!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-23-2009
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 9:23pm

Thanks again everyone for all of your advice and support!

I am going to try to set some small goals for the coming week regarding exercise. We'll see how that goes and I'll keep you posted!

I turn 30 in June --- with a little hard work and self motivation, maybe I can get to where I want to be by then. We'll see!

Hope you all had a great weekend! :)


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 10:56pm

welcome!! I am just returning so feel like I'm kinda new myself. It's a great group, and I've missed being here. So I'm back! and look forward to getting to know you better. I am encouraged for you that you are planning on seeing someone to talk about things in your life and think it's great that you plan to make physical changes along with other new things in your life
Good luck and see you around the board