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PRINCESS1959 SparkPoints: (130,562)
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6/9/12 7:42 P

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SECAFF SparkPoints: (4,305)
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6/9/12 7:25 P

Hi! I'm new to this. I got a trainer for my BD, and the rest is going to be history----- I am working on eating right and trying to get into shape. The perfect shape I once had has completely morphed itself into something else. I am currently shaped like a box - which is a challenge, and I am having a lot of trouble losing weight. Things are moving around though. Anyone got similar stufff? I pray that we all make some goals and then go on to meet those goals! X, Susan emoticon emoticon I don't get how the emoticomms work? YIKES

EXCIRA SparkPoints: (0)
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6/9/12 9:08 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

If there is any way I can help you along your journey, just let me know!

Irish smiles,

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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6/9/12 9:02 A

emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople!

Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!

BILL60 Posts: 952,588
6/9/12 8:46 A

Welcome to SP and the very best to you on your journey.

RENAY1961 Posts: 10
6/9/12 7:45 A

Hello, I'm new to sparkpeople, and so far I like what I see, but I haven't really made any new friends yet, I would not mine getting info from someone new like me, and hearing how sparkpeople have helped you so far..

TELFERS01 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/9/12 4:22 A


DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (545,889)
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6/9/12 2:30 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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6/9/12 1:07 A

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Hi PattyJane! Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 68 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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RAGAMUFFINKEL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/8/12 11:12 P

emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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KATD13 SparkPoints: (88,947)
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6/8/12 8:54 P

Welcome to SparkPeople!

You are at the right place!
I know the site is huge & can be a little overwhelming. But just go slow, you don't have to participate in everything.

I highly recommend checking out the Nutrition Tracker. It really is the key to successful weigh loss. Besides keeping track of calories, it tracks vitamins & minerals. It can also plan out a whole days menu or you can enter your own foods in.

The Exercise Tracker is really good too. It helps me stay accountable.

Be sure to look for some SparkTeams you might like too. You can find teams by geographic location, age group, hobby...the list goes on & on. Everyone is super supportive & you will be surprised that you actually make real friends here.

I wish you great success here on SparkPeople!

PATTYJANE11 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/8/12 3:41 P

Hello everyone!! I stumbled across this website, and took the time to fill everything out, and I hope this is what I need to help me stay on track!! I am a divorced mom of 3, I am the heaviest I have ever been (except while pregnant). Just turned 40, even though I dont feel like it, but the weight has me depressed!! Now that I just turned 40, I wanna be the lady who is the "Fab 40" and I want to take back my life and enjoy it!! Keeping my fingers crossed!! emoticon

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