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MZKEMMER SparkPoints: (11,632)
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6/23/12 8:44 P

Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I have actually been working on this for about a month and I will be going back to my doctor next Thursday for my first check up. Can't wait to see his reaction. I don't know how much weight I've lost because he hasn't wanted me to weigh for the first month. Something about yo-yoing in the first weeks can often cause discouragement. But my clothes are definitely feeling looser and more comfortable.

6/22/12 9:59 P

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Hi ~ Welcome to SparkPeople. I find that interacting with other Sparks is really the best way to stay motivated and on-track. Taking advantage of the educational aspects of SP is also key to weight loss goal success. Come back to the message boards and read blogs to find people that you feel like you would like to "friend" These folks will help you attain your goals.

Know that through using SparkPeople to it's fullest potential will help you more successfully attain your goals. Come up with a BIG reward (like mine is a cruise) to help you stay focused and successful in maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. And look at this as a change in your lifestyle, not just another diet.

For any questions on SparkPeople that you have if you can't find them on the site yourself or through using the HELP section, e-mail They will answer your questions and help you out.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 49,815
6/22/12 9:45 P

Hi Mandi 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. I will keep you in prayer that you will soon be healthier so that you can have the hernia surgery you need. HUGS!!!
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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MZKEMMER SparkPoints: (11,632)
Fitness Minutes: (6,046)
Posts: 528
6/22/12 8:04 P

Hi, I'm Mandi and I live in the middle of nowhere, in North Central Missouri. It is a very rural area. There are 325 people in our town and only 3500 people in the whole county. The nearest Walmart is nearly 40 miles away. Just to give you an idea. I am enjoying Spark People very much because I get to meet so many interesting people with some of the same goals that I have.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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