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3/8/12 12:30 P

emoticon to SP and best wishes in reaching your goals. I personally find it easier to follow my own meal plans, but I know some who do the meals on the tracker and love it, so I guess it's really a personal decision based on your circumstances. I just focus on healthy foods within my calorie range each day, with allowances for a treat now and then, and have lost 55 lbs so far.

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3/8/12 12:22 P

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***Just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to Sparkpeople. Joining Sparkpeople is on of the best decisions I have made and I know you will love it as well.

***Try joining a spark team. The support and motivation that belonging to a team will help you stay on track. This can be found under “Community”.

***Make short term goals. They will help reaching your long term goals manageable. If you look under “My Trackers” click on “Other Goals” and you can set your short term and long term goals. Sparkpeople offers some for you to choose from or you can create your own.

***Try using the nutritional tracker. It really makes it easier to stay within your daily nutritional goals. This can be found under “My Trackers”.

***Read the many success stories to help you stay focused and motivated. This can be found under “Community”.

***Be patient. This is a journey not a marathon. If you need support during your journey please feel free to email me anytime. I am more than happy to be your spark friend during your journey.

***Check out Challenge Central. There are many challenges designed to keep you on track such as the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge, Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge, and many others that may interest you. This can be found under “Community”.

***Under the “Community” tab you’ll find Secrets of Success. There you will find tips from members to help make your journey easier.

***Do exercises that you enjoy. Working out can be fun.

***Please feel free add me as a friend, and I'll do the same.

You can do this. Believe in yourself. You are worth this journey.
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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (290,544)
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3/8/12 9:07 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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3/8/12 8:25 A

Hi, Karen! Welcome to Spark People!

I think you need to decide what works best for you. You can start out trying the meal plan, but if that doesn't work for you, adapt it or just enter your own foods. The nice thing is that this is about flexibility and experimenting. There's no "failure state," there are just experiments that need tweaking!

KKCRIST Posts: 160
3/8/12 8:19 A

Hi, I have inherited a metabolic disorder from my father (thanks Dad) and have been told to loose weight. I have tried and tried but can't seem to loose. I think part of the problem is my snaking. When I work out I am starving and probably over eat. Doc wants to see sugar out of my diet too. I don't drink pop but if a cookie is within reach it is gone baby! lol. I usually only eat a serving size at a time but might eat 2 servings in a day. Peanut M&M's are the same way.

I don't know if I should try and follow the meal plans on the sight or just enter my own food. Insights?

Thanks, K

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