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ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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6/24/12 12:43 A

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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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6/22/12 9:56 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 9:53 P

Hi 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!
Set up your Spark page so that we can visit and get to know you, send you spark goodies, and leave encouraging and supportive comments to help you along the way.
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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6/22/12 7:20 P

Well, I'm always saying "Tomorrow. I'll start tomorrow." So, it is no shocker that I am still overweight. I gained all of my weight while I was pregnant and never really did much to get it off. I would start and never finish BeachBody programs, I ran a couple of times telling myself that I was determined to be a runner.... And I am not.. Yet.

I bought new sneaks around Christmas time because I had started, and was doing well on, a new get-healthy journey and those same sneaks still look new :-\ I need to get my bum in gear and I've heard good things about this website.

I just want to be healthy for my son... Myself too, but it all boils down to my son. I need to be a better Mommy for him. I need to get off of the couch more, turn off the Toy Story more often, and take him outside WAY more often. I just left my fiance, so it really is all up to me now. I need to get in gear. I moved back into my parents' house with my son and to see my pre-diabetic father loaf around in his obese state makes me ill. I don't want to be that. I need to be better. If my son is going to be around that now, I need to show him that PopPop is not a good example of what to do with yourself. I need to set an EXTRA good example to cancel out my father's bad example.

I'm unemployed because of the split and don't have a gym membership. I have a wii fit and intend to use it. And a gym membership is one of the first things I plan on "purchasing" whenever I get a job. And I will use it. I WILL.

I'll need a ton of motivation, here. I am going to want to give up, I know I am. I always do. I see a quote floating around online that says, "If you are sick of starting over, quit giving up." This is what I will be living by from now on. I am so sick of starting over and giving up.

Sorry for the mini boo-hoo-fest here... Just giving a little background. I am just so sick of being in this body. Before pregnancy, my highest weight was 145 and that was awful to me because my "normal" had always been 125. My goal is 135 for now. However, I really just want to be happy and healthy, to not want to hide from cameras, to be excited to get my picture taken with my son, to turn heads again, to get off the couch and do things, to have clothes fit well again....... To be me again.

"Here goes nothin'" doesn't quite fit here.... because this is it. Here goes everything........... Let the games begin :)

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