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Hi Erin! 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 71 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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You are worth having a healthy body!

This is a lifestyle change to be healthy, not a diet and not a sprint to get there.. one day at a time, one pound at a time.. as long as it takes, starting again as often as possible.
MIRAGE727 Posts: 9,887
6/23/12 11:25 P

Welcome Erin!
You have the concept. It is no fad diet. It is a lifestyle with a life's journey. You will find people who will inspire and motivate you! But most of all, they will support you in the best virtual community you will ever find. I know not only for being in this technical field for over 40 years but because Sp helped me realize ny dreams and goals. You are never alone in this journey. I wish you the very best and good health. I know you can do it here!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 44,799
6/23/12 11:14 P

Hi Erin and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (234,388)
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6/23/12 9:35 P

Hi Erin,
SP is a great site and it's about a lifestyle change and not a diet.
Members are supportive and helpful. One of the best ways to stay motivated and accountable is to be active on your Spark Teams. Plus, it's a good way to make friends who have similar interests.

Best of luck to you!

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."

DOIN911 SparkPoints: (1,054)
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6/23/12 6:33 P

Hello my name is Erin...I am hoping that this will work for me I have tried so many different diets but I am looking at this as not a diet but a lifestyle change! I am looking forward to getting support and hearing all of your stories and making friends

I can not control everything in life but I can and will control my weight!
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