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    Need help getting started!

    Hey guys, I need some help figuring out a good workout routine and diet. I am a homeless single mother under a lot of stress with very little free time and weighed down by depression and the struggles of life. I want to make some positive changes in my life, not just for my health and happiness, but to be the best I can for my wonderful daughter. I went to the doctor recently and found out I am heavier than I've ever been, even more than when I was pregnant. I figure it's stress and the crap I eat daily. I also want to mention I have back and joint pain - perhaps because of the weight - so I should probably do something that could help strengthen that as well.

    Where do I start? The problem I have with this site is there's so much information it is overwhelming. That's kind of why I made the account forever ago but never used it.

    #2
    I'm new too. Found this on Pinterest and picked a few easy ones to start with. (Starting tomorrow.) Then I found a Foundation Light program that I may start with. The meals look interesting, I've gotta get away from the sausage biscuits and hamburgers. Hope it works out for you. Good luck.
    Ttyl, Phil.

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      #3
      Mecuniv great to see you here and I am sorry to hear you have so much on your plate right now. The best way to ease in as SCADAman29325 suggested is with Foundation Light. Start a thread here to help keep you accountable, share your journey with others and also get support as you go through it. We all really start from square one and slowly build up over time. None of us can do it alone. At some point we need some help. Here, in The Hive, we have a safe space where we can all get the assistance we need. Keep us posted of your progress and know that we are all rooting for you.

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        #4
        We are root!

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          #5
          Happy training!

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            #6
            I hope you do well Mecuniv In May of 2017 I needed surgery for a torn bicep tendon and couldn't do any exercise (except walking) for four months. During that time I realized how I was taking my health and fitness for granted. "There's always tomorrow" was my favorite motivational saying. When I was able to start lifting weights again I found the discipline to keep at it. About three months ago I found Darebee and it has changed everything. Today I'm finishing 30 Days of Strength. On day one of that program I tried to do the first leg workout at level 2 and literally almost passed out after four sets. Yesterday I finished the Day 29 leg workout at a level 2 with energy to spare. That's the kind of verifiable progress that keeps me motivated.

            Remember, start with small steps. Build a good exercise habit. Make sure it is something you enjoy and look forward to doing everyday. Measure your progress by how much your fitness is improving and not by what the bathroom scale says. Find some change in your diet that you can make and stick with it (mine was to stop drinking diet Coke and to drink water instead).

            Darebee Rocks! Utilize this awesome resource and you'll improve your fitness 100%!

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              #7
              I did my first day of Foundation Light. One set. I'm ok with that.

              ttyl, Phil.
              Days in a row of excercise: 1

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                #8
                Foundation Light is really a good option for a start (especially with joint pain).

                But the biggest contributor for the betterment of your joint pain will be diet. Excess fat also causes inflammatory issues in the brain, which amplifies depression, so this will help in more than one regard.

                I don't know how doable the great Darebee mealplans are without your own kitchen. But calorie counting only requires a free smartphone app or online tool (like cronometer, yazio or myfitnesspal). Unless you're really really tall or work out a bunch, 1500 kcal are a good goal. I don't know how old your daughter is, but it's possible you two will have very similar calorie goals (children need a bit more for their size, because they're still growing, but overfeeding them is still very possible).

                Lately I've been reading a lot about food deserts and the connection between poverty and obesity. Most of those connections can be severed through calorie counting, nutritional information, etc. It doesn't help that the nutrition labels in the USA are usually per portion size and not per 100 g, allowing them to cheat on the calories and macros (that's why it's better to use an app or website). It's not a set destiny, only a trend.

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                  #9
                  Hey Mecuniv. Nice to meet you, and sorry to hear you are having a hard time at the moment.

                  A big thing for me in breaking my tendency to put things off - often by reading too much really useful information! - is to just do something small to get started. The Daily Dare has been a useful thing for me in that sense, though they can be quite demanding. Keep it simple and make doing something is a useful way for me to approach this and I'm sure you'll find a useful way for yourself. Let us know how you do!

                  Have a lovely day.

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                    #10
                    Just checking in. I'm trying early reward gratification. I splurged on myself and got one of those smartwatch fitness trackers. Now I feel obligated to stick to a program. This feels better than delayed gratification too! TTYL, Phil.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by SCADAman29325 View Post
                      Just checking in. I'm trying early reward gratification. I splurged on myself and got one of those smartwatch fitness trackers. Now I feel obligated to stick to a program. This feels better than delayed gratification too! TTYL, Phil.
                      Let me know how that works for you. I've been considering getting one myself!

                      Day 3 complete! Whoo!

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