I guess you would say I am a typical overweight discouraged and cynical woman at this point in my life, because I have been on the diet treadmill for decades, and am now 70 yrs.old and totally disgusted with myself and my life. I am widowed 20 yrs.now from a very traumatic and abusive marriage, have one son 42 who is also lost emotionally; was forced to return to work because of no retirement savings (lost on investing in our business ventures which bellied up), have diabetes with neuropathy and nephropathy; underwater mortgages (2) and in general, almost suicidal. My weight is of great concern to me (5'8" and 240lbs), and I know I will feel better just losing 100lbs. and possibly reversing some of the diabetes effects. But I have no motivation and feel angry, lost, overwhelmed, and alone. I hate to cook or fix meals, like food in general, but am not the touchy feely type of female and am turned off by warm fuzzy talk. I don't know if SparkPeople is the site for me, but I am here for the second time; and maybe something somewhere will click, and I can at least develop a more positive attitude and start losing weight. Most days, I feel I would be better off not being around any more, and my weight and large belly have a lot to do with that. Sorry to sound so pessimistic, but that's the state my life is in right now and losing weight is the one thing I see that could really help me.
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6/17/12 3:23 P
Hi 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.
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6/17/12 11:40 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!
6/16/12 7:27 P
Hi, I'm new to this message board. I'm like you I'm finally going to do it. I was looking in my journals the other day( 2008) and seen that I was trying to lose weight but the thing is it was the exact same weight I am now. I have suffered with this many years. This time I am going to do it! I don't want to look back another four years and see the same thing again. So, I signed up with sparkpeople and joined the team.
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6/15/12 3:02 A
Welcome to our site. Good for you for wanting to be a healthier you.
Lord, make my words sweet and tender- for tomorrow I may have to eat them!
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52,424 6/15/12 2:21 A
WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.
A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.
2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)
Proud Team Leader of Determined Divas!
Fitness Minutes: (22,974)
6/15/12 2:07 A
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 change...one 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. Hugs, Helen
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007 Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~Mary McLeod Bethune
"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
6/14/12 9:48 P
Howdy and welcome to Spark People! I don't live anywhere near you but I am sure there are Sparkers who do. This site has got so many useful tools, great articles and stages material and a lot of support - the best part, I believe. It's free and there is always someone to interact with. Have some fun, join a Team or two, make some Spark Friends and post. The program really does work and since it is NOT a "diet" is is adaptable to real life all the way. Spark ON!
You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
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1 6/14/12 8:59 P
Hello all!! I found this site last night while online; and it has helped me so much already! I am determined to lose the weight and be healthier!! I do NOT want to end up with diabetes or any other preventable health conditions! I live in Fremont, CA and I would be happy to meet any local people and walk together or meet for low calorie items once in awhile. Best wishes and health to all of us!!
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