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KLG111
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5/4/12 11:03 A

I know it's smart to take weight off slowly, but once I felt ready to make changes, I just had a hard time being that patient! I LOVE Sparkpeople so far - it has just about every tool I can imagine and the food diary is very easy to use - easier than WWs, IMO. I agree that tracking everything is important - really helps me lose. So good luck everyone!



RISKELLER1
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5/4/12 10:30 A

sorry should have said I was not into WW anymore... :)



RISKELLER1
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5/4/12 10:30 A

ByePounds,

I love your username! Well so far i've lost 4.3 pounds and I am motivated. I just was in to WW any more and all the changes they made. Good luck to you!




RISKELLER1
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5/4/12 10:25 A

Hello KLG111,

I have to say I agree...When I was losing weight with WW (about 1-3) pounds a week about 3 years ago and then they changed the program. I could not get my head wrapped around the new program and was not have the success. I rejoined last year and they changed the program a couple times since and I just gave up. The only way for me to lose the weight is to count everything unfortunately! I love the fact that I can count my wine and it does not take up all my points because I want more than one glass.

So far, I have been keeping track of everything I am eating on Spark People and the weight is FINALLY coming off.




BYEPOUNDS
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5/3/12 7:51 P

I joined Sparks in 2006 and WW in 2010 and lost 24 lbs last year. I'm maintaining,

I did well with the all fruits and most veggies, and then they started talking about other things, and it just didn't make sense.

I miss them. I'm maintaining.

Glad that you joined.



KLG111
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5/3/12 7:00 P

Hi Marisa, I can relate to the "wine is my problem" problem - haha. For me it's wine and portions. I lost about 25 on WW a few years ago, but gained it back in the past couple of years. I went back to WW and did it for about a month and lost about a pound and a half - much slower than last time. The new WW program just wasn't working for me like the old one. I decided to try the 17-day diet for at least a month and see how it goes. I started Monday and so far, so good-but I'm passing on wine completely for the month. :-0



RISKELLER1
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5/3/12 6:45 P

Hello Diane,

How much exercise do you get a week? I have been sick since Sunday so I have not done anything but plan on going to my kickboxing class on Saturday and Spin on Sunday. What happens if you have goals in place for exercise but you don't do it

I think I get why you would be nervous about your numbers and goals not matching...Wonder if this is a "carry over' from you WW (Weight Watcher) days? I used to be supper stricked about EVERYTHING i entered (exercise and food).

The virtual walking tours sound like a fun idea!



BAMAGRAMA2
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5/3/12 11:32 A

Marisa, I spent some time on the site today and have upgraded my goals to the amount of exercise I am actually getting per week. Now it may not keep reminding me that I am not eating enough. Curious that that would make such a difference.

I guess I get nervous when my numbers do not match my goal numbers. Does that make sense? Maybe being nervous will keep me on track.

WW boards tend to be long term - at least that is my experience. I was on one for a long time that was planning virtual walking tours of different countries. We would put in our steps and get information about the sites we were seeing as we traveled. Great fun and a good motivator.
The one I am on right now is a very old thread. We restart it once a month and talk frequently. We have requested that folks join us, but without success....?

Diane


Edited by: BAMAGRAMA2 at: 5/3/2012 (11:32)


BAMAGRAMA2
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5/3/12 11:26 A

I am having a problem figuring out how to get a picture on here.



RISKELLER1
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5/3/12 9:49 A

Thanks Shannon,

I will! I have to say so far people are much friendly here then the WW boards. I did get on the scale today and down another 2 pounds! So I am extremely happy! Maybe I can get into the bathing suite I bought for our trip to Mexico!



RISKELLER1
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5/3/12 9:46 A

Hello Diane,

Thanks Dianne! Keep me in the loop on how you are doing!




EXCIRA
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5/3/12 9:01 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

If there is any way I can help, just let me know!

Irish smiles,
Shannon

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BAMAGRAMA2
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5/3/12 8:03 A

Thanks, Marisa. I think I managed to get a picture on here now. Not sure....

And congratulations on the loss! It helps so much to have a positive start. It is my hope that my new approach to the Spark plan will give me the success as well.

But WAY TO GO!!



RISKELLER1
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5/2/12 11:09 P

Hello Diane,

So i've lost 1.4 pounds since Monday! I feel great about that now only 35 to go. I was clicking around and found by accident how to change my profile picture. Go to your profile and i think it is at the bottom. If not you can ask on the tech page everyone is very hepful.

Hope you are doing well today.
Marisa



BAMAGRAMA2
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5/2/12 3:12 P

Already I am very glad I responded to your message: That ticker at the bottom of your post was new to me, and I believe that it might be just the thing. A visible means of showing me what I have accomplished....that just might do the trick.

This week I have been vigilant in counting the calories and the fitness minutes. And I am making sure that I eat at least the minimum amount allowed - perhaps that is where I was going wrong. Both WW and Sparkpeople have cautioned against too little food when the fitness minutes go up. Seems counterintuitive somehow, but I am more than willing to test it out.

I love the information I get on here - it never hurts to be smarter.

Keep up the good work, and be aware that this site is full of surprises: you do not need to explore all of them right off the bat. It helps to find new things when the going gets rough.

Diane

PS - can't figure out how to post a picture on here. Can you help?



RISKELLER1
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5/2/12 12:01 A

Hello Sarah,

Thanks for the words of encouragement. Looks like you are doing a great job in the weight loss department as well. Good to hear there are former WW people now finding success on this site. I just started again a couple days ago and am excited about using this site and getting serious about being healthy and loosing weight.

Good luck on your journey!



SARAHK6511
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5/1/12 8:24 P

Hi Marisa!

Yes, I just quit WW before coming here. I lost my first 40 lbs on WW since Dec '11, from 233 down to 193, and I'd love to be down to 150 by the end of the year. WW was good for me to get started with, but I think Sparkpeople will be even better. It seems like there's SO much information on this site, and such a great group of people here. Also, I knew I didn't want to be paying for WW for the rest of my life (I was online only, so I don't think I would have ever even had the opportunity for Lifetime, unless I'd started attending meetings).

Congratulations on your 60-lb loss! That's fantastic! And if you did it once, you can do it again. It seems like there's a lot of support on these boards, so I think you'll probably do great. :)

Best of luck!
Sarah



RISKELLER1
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5/1/12 8:14 P

Nice! Life time is something to be proud of. I think the last 5-10 pounds are the hardest to lose. Have you tried switching up your exercise or changing what you are eating? Sometimes your body just needs a "jolt".

I am excited about this site and look forward to seeing what happens.

If you would like to keep touch feel free to e-mail me. It would be nice to have a cyber friend to help with the journey.

Marisa



BAMAGRAMA2
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4/30/12 5:43 P

I am also a former WW. Lifetimer, actually. It is a good program, but finding Spark People has been a good substitute for me. Now I get the same information but more frequently in my email, and I have one less meeting to attend a week. To say nothing of being free!!

I have learned a lot on here, and I love being able to track things like calcium - which my doctor is a bit anxious about. But somehow I am doing something wrong: I count calories carefully, keep the meals balanced, upped my exercise and still am not losing weight. I am definitely frustrated. I haven't a lot to lose, but I would like to lose about 5-10 pounds to get my BMI right where it ought to be.

Beyond that, I am an active senior citizen. We love to hike, bike and ski in the wintertime. We both work out at the gym 5 days a week - and I have a trainer who gets me to work harder than I would ever do by myself.

This is my first time to post on here. I still have an active thread on ww that has been part of my life for nearly 10 years now. But perhaps the message board here will be the kick that I need.

Thanks,
Diane



RISKELLER1
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4/30/12 4:14 P

Hello Everyone,

I am new to SparkPeople and a former Weight Watchers member. I lost 60 pounds on WW and and was happy with my weight (in a size 10) and they wanted me to lose another 20 pounds. So I quit and then my father passed away and I gained 30 back. I do exercise 3-5 times a week but wine and bad eating habits are my problem.

Has anyone has success with this program?? I was wondering if those especially those that have been successful on other programs.

Thanks in advance!
Marisa emoticon

Edited by: RISKELLER1 at: 4/30/2012 (16:38)


 
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