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3/8/12 12:16 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.

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In friendship and support,
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3/8/12 12:04 P

emoticon emoticon ! Remember we're all in this together. Be sure to stay active on the boards and join a challenge. YOU CAN DO IT! If you need anything I'm here. Love yourself no matter what. Good luck with your new journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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SERENA2208 Posts: 49
3/8/12 7:30 A

Congratulations on taking the first step to getting healthy!
I would suggest getting back to the gym. Usually, there will be a trainer there who can help you come up with a plan that will work for your fitness and level and your goals. If that is not an option then I would consider starting off with something gentle like pilates or yoga for 2 weeks to get your body back into the art of moving. This was rec to me by my doctor to help prevent injury. There are a ton of great programs out there. I love P90X and Insanity. Both kick my butt, and make me feel great.
As far as meals and snack, I try to have 5 small meals a day. I take the amount of calories that I need to eat for that day divide by 5 and try to have my small meals = that amount of calories. Example: If I have a 1500 calorie diet I would try to eat 5 300 calorie meals. I make up all my snacks in advance so that they are convenient and easy.
Another very important thing is to keep yourself hydrated! Most hunger pangs come from dehydration. When you start working out you will need to hydrate more.
I hope that this was helpful for you.
Good luck on your journey!

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3/8/12 3:01 A

Hello everyone. I am very excited to have found this site and am looking forward to reaching my goals. I have struggled with my weight for what seems like forever. This site seems to have so much motivation and I am one that really needs it. I have a hard time trying to figure out what works best for me. I work the graveyard shift, go to school full time, and am a mother of six. I have a gym membership that I haven't been using but am still paying for. I am always tired and never have energy to do anything. I have tried in the past to lose weight but fell off. Lately I have been so emotional because of my struggles and my children are noticing my depression. I have a four year old daughter who is very energetic and wants me to play with her all of the time. But I physically have not been able to because I am too heavy. Yesterday she took a pic of me with my cellphone because she loves to play my games, and I was so upset by what I saw that I started crying. She felt bad and started saying Mom I told you that your stomach is too big because you have too much food in there but it's o.k. I love you and she started rubbing my back telling me to stop crying. This draws the line. I am tired of making excuses because I am fat because of the wrong choices that I have made ALL my life. However, I am asking for some advice. What type of fitness routine should I begin and what times should I schedule my meals and snacks? I have been taking a garlic pill supplement for about a week and it seems to have reduced the mucousy (I know that's not a word. lol) buildup that causes me to cough a lot. Please let me know any suggestions and if anyone is in my area: Warren MI 48089 and looking for a fitness buddy- please let me know. Thanks.

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