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3/8/12 12:32 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.
In friendship and support,
Gwen

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GTKONECNY6 SparkPoints: (1,067)
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3/7/12 1:17 P

Thanks for the info and support emoticon

GTKONECNY6 SparkPoints: (1,067)
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3/7/12 1:14 P

emoticon on losing 30lbs..

Thanks for all the Pointers.... I need all the support I can get. I haven't had any sugar lows since I started the healthy diet/exercise. Eating smaller meals every 2.5-3hrs sure does help!

I feel good today, but feel water logged. I believe in drinking enough water, but I am not so sure about 8 glasses being right for everyone. I feel it is based on a person's weight/size. I try to drink 1 cup each meal and drinking 6 cups a day, I still feel water logged, but I will stick to the 6 cups and not 8. My husband can drink 8 cups per day and he is fine... but he is 6ft and 180 lbs. I'm only 5ft 1.5in and 134.5 lbs

GTKONECNY6 SparkPoints: (1,067)
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3/7/12 12:59 P

Thanks!!!

RAGAMUFFINKEL SparkPoints: (55,732)
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3/4/12 10:04 P

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emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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MSDIAMOND600 Posts: 11,529
3/4/12 8:55 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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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (284,809)
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3/4/12 1:33 P

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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. 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.

2. 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 *~
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GTKONECNY6 SparkPoints: (1,067)
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3/4/12 12:36 P

My first day on spark and I noticed that there is SO much information on here. Glad I joined. I am 41yrs old ... mother of 3 children and here to lose 18lbs, get tone, and get my hypoglycemia under control by eating right. I am a junky... I LOVE JUNK FOOD and SWEETS, CHOCOLATE and cherry pepsi, cherry coke, and cherry Dr. pepper.

I am giving all that up starting today, 03/04/12. Changed to whole grains, fruits and veggies, salmon, tuna, lean beef, chicken, turkey, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu, and anything else healthy. I protion all of what I eat by weighing everything. Though this is my first day, I am very energenic today after my workout and going to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. with at least 6-8 glasses of water per day. 1200-1500 calories per day..... I am worried about my blood sugar, but I know this food change will be better for me in the long run.

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