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6/9/12 11:53 A

Thanks Kathy! emoticon

KATPRIEBE SparkPoints: (67,491)
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6/9/12 11:19 A

Here are a few hints to help:

When your busy, (or when you get discouraged, every once in a while it happens) Try doing some small things to keep you on track.

Post-it notes with taped on pencils.... On the cupboard where your plates are.... put up a post-it note and a pencil...and put a mark for every serving of vegetables or fruits you have each day. Put a post-it on the fridge and mark off waters, juices or sodas, and other one for "moving your body".

Hash marks are a quick and easy way to keep some kind of track of what you're are doing and eating. and it's not as complicated or time consuming as logging all the foods and calories. Don't get me wrong...It's not as "good" as keeping a full account, but when time is scarce, or your just having a bad spell, it's better than nothing.

Also, here are some links to what is offered here:

1. Getting Started

2. Video on An Overview of SparksPeople Community

3. Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals

4. Video: How to Use Sparks Fitness Tracker

5. How to use SparksPeople Nutrition Tracker

And, remember to have patience with yourself.

Once again..Welcome!

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6/9/12 9:39 A

Hi Shannon, thanks for the welcome, I look forward to chatting with you, communicating with people is certainly a big motivator! :)

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6/9/12 9:28 A

Hi RG, thanks for the welcome. I'm an extremely competitive person, well into my mid 20's I played rugby at a fairly high level in England before moving to Canada you never lose the SPARK, the drive to challenge yourself. Around that time though I suffered a fairly major injury though and my body was saying enough is enough, so my pushing myself moved from the rugby pitch to the corporate world. Unfortunately I spent way too much time focusing on work and not me and here I am now.

So now it's time to push in a different direction for myself (and my family), I work for a great family company now who have a real zest for their employees well being. As the saying happy wife, happy life goes, they know happy employees, happy company! They cover my gym fees, very flexible in the hours we work as long as we get the job done,so they've done their part to helping it's time to help myself!

As said thanks for the reply and motivation and I look forward to chatting with you along my journey.

EXCIRA SparkPoints: (0)
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6/9/12 9:10 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

If there is any way I can help you along your journey, just let me know!

Irish smiles,

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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6/9/12 8:56 A

emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople!

One hundred pounds in a year is very do-able... I've done 90 but I'm about 'there'.

Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!

BILL60 Posts: 952,556
6/9/12 8:49 A

Welcome to SP and the very best to you on your journey.

LUVS2BIKE101 SparkPoints: (209,159)
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6/9/12 8:48 A

By joining SP you made the first step on your journey to better health!
Tracking your nutrition and exercise/activities on the "my Nutrition" and "myFitiness" trackers is key to success. Familiarize yourself with it and use it daily. Also, get active! Join a SparkPeople team of your interest for great challenges to get you started. There is a team for everyone, no matter how much we weigh or what our physical abilities are. Team members offer an abundance of support, encouragement, and advice. I invite you to visit my SparkPage. I'm confident you will succeed in reaching your goals!

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (545,458)
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6/9/12 2:30 A

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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6/9/12 2:12 A

Well at 35 I've decided it's time to get rid of this wait, now or never kind of thing! My aim is to lose 100lbs over the next year, it's going to be one heck of a ride!

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