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KATHY98665 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/26/12 3:45 P

WELCOME!!! You are in the right place to make this a reality. The caring support you will find here cannot be beat. Any time of the day or night, Spark Friends will be here for you. The site can be a little overwhelming- but it is because they have truly thought of everything. Spend some time just clicking and exploring. Read some blogs, take some quizzes and start working on your first trophy! Glad you are here!

MARDENE1 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/26/12 3:30 P

I agree let this be the last day of sadness..indulge today because that will be can start at any of the oldest body builders started exercising in her 50s and now she is making all kinds of headlines as the oldest female body builders at 70 plus. You are in the right place so use the resources here and get your confidence back. All the best!

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4/26/12 3:01 P

I'm 53 and according to any of the weight range charts, I'm overweight, too, but I don't use those ranges to determine if I'm healthy or not because I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm toned and strong. At 5'8" I wear a size 10-12. I exercise five days a week...Zumba, strenth training, walking, and bike riding. Eating healthier came AFTER I started the exercising because I could feel the results. (I will admit it's taken me a long time to let go of the scales and those weight ranges...but my life is so much happier now.)

Let yourself be sad today and only's OK to be sad because it feels so hard on the first day.

This afternoon, look at your options for exercise. I don't belong to a gym...I use the neighborhood recreation center which is cheaper and going there makes me feel as though I'm supporting my community. If you're going to start walking, plan a reasonable route around the neighborhood...marathons aren't won on Day 1 of an exercise routine. If you've not been exercising, you'll be breathing hard...let that hard breathing become your person song...Inhale--"I am strong", Exhale--"I can do this".

We're all out here betting on you!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
4/26/12 2:32 P

We're so glad you're here! That means you're taken the first step - a step we've all taken because we wanted to get control of our health again. It is the first of many steps, but the fact that you've taken this one, means that you can take 2, and then a third.

There will be times when you're frustrated, because you feel like you're doing everything right and it's not coming off as fast as it should, but every good small choice leads to a lot of good choices, and you will eventually start to enjoy the journey as much as you want the result.


LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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4/26/12 2:07 P

Yes you can and yes you will. Just stick with it. Don't see it as a diet, see it is as a way to get health. Good Luck.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (212,689)
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4/26/12 1:39 P

YES - you absolutely can do it! It won't be quick, or easy, or without bumps in the road... run from any program that promises "magic" solutions - but if you are determined and if you really work with this program, you CAN do it.

Let me tell you a bit about my story. I'm 68. I've been over-weight most of my adult life, starting about 2-3 years after my 3rd child was born. I've been on more diets than I can count, with some degree of success with most of them. Problem was, as soon as I stopped the diet, I regained the weight plus more.

Three years ago I reached my highest weight ever - 192 lbs. at 5'1" - and joined WW yet again. I lost about 30 lbs., quit, and gained back 20 lbs. I saw a reference to SP in a magazine article, went to the website and joined right away.

I've lost 28 lbs. since. I believe the reason SP works for me is that it isn't a diet. It's a program I intend to follow for the rest of my life. I'm learning how to balance my carbs, fats and protein so that I'm not hungry all the time. I have fewer food cravings. I still have to work hard at not eating for comfort when I'm upset about something, or bored. I have to get better at exercising every day, even if it's only for 10-15 minutes.

I have a long way to go, but I think I'm on the right track. The support that I get from the SP website, the message boards, teams and the Spark Friends I've made is hugely important to me.

I believe I can do it, and I believe you can do it. I've added you as a friend, and I hope to see you on the site regularly.

Gail emoticon

SPILLARY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/26/12 8:05 A

Yay! Welcome to SPARK! I started almost 3 months ago and I have at least 50 pounds to lose. Although it may seem complicated at first, it actually has been the most fun and effective way I have ever tried to lose weight. If I can do it so can ANYONE. I am the LAZIEST person I know but I am down 12 pounds now. If you need any encouragement or help, these message boards are great.

BETHARDS SparkPoints: (0)
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4/26/12 5:42 A

I'm here to tell you YES you can do it. I'm also here to tell you it isn't easy. If it were, nobody would have any extra weight on them LOL! I'm 43 and was 100 lbs overweight. It has been 11 weeks and I am down 33 lbs. I have to tell you it wasn't easy. I had to build up my endurance slowly but I am way better off today than the day I started. I feel like a million bucks compared to the day I started. A few quick tips. READ READ READ. There are many motivating people on this sight and they have helped me greatly.

BRANDIG7 Posts: 2,198
4/25/12 9:10 P

Welcome! You can do this, just start small! Read some articles, get some information, learn how to use the fitness/nutrition trackers. The message boards are a great resource, so use them any time you have a question :)

PATTIMET Posts: 657
4/25/12 8:23 P

Hi, I'm 41 and I've lost over 50 pounds in the last 4 years and kept it off. Yes you can do this, just want it. You need to remember why you are doing it. Most of us here have been where you are. We all have days where we ask our selves "can I do this" or worse, "I can't do this" but we get back up and continue on.

Good luck in your journey...remember only you can stop you. And you're here - you've done the hardest part.

MANDYJ73 Posts: 310
4/25/12 8:09 P

yes, you can do this! I have lost nearly 80lbs in 6 months.... Sparking is awesome... track everything you eat and exercise as much as you possibly can! Try to fit in a workout at least once a day, twice if you can! I started with a 1/2 hour walk twice a day... now I do an hour twice a day with hikes 2-3 times a week!

Good luck!

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
4/25/12 4:55 P

Yes you can! I started with 90 lbs to lose and am getting it done every day.

It may take time, it will take persistence and consistency, but it is doable!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/25/12 4:54 P

You can do this. What have you got to loose? 80 lbs. I believe you said. What have you got to gain? A new positive outlook on life.........a new healthier life style........a healthier self esteem..........a new and improved you. Use all that sparks has to offer. You have the whole world ahead of you. At your young age you can do this. If at 56 I can walk 10 miles ( just came home) then you can do whatever you set your mind to. Good luck................

INFINITEJESS84 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 4:14 P

Hey hey hey! Spark seems overwhelming when you first join, but start small, make reasonable goals and be consistent and yes, you will eventually reach your overall goal. Your health is worth it!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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4/25/12 3:24 P

You only have 80 lbs to lose?

Let me introduce you to someone. Her name here on Sparkpeople is Indygirl, and I think you'll find her very motivating. She's inspired a lot of people, because she's been where you are... AFTER getting started. She's lost over TWO HUNDRED POUNDS, and she's done it the right way, without surgery, without gimmicks.

You can do this. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. And today, you toko that step. You started Sparkpeople, and posted here.

Welcome to the journey. We're her for you!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
4/25/12 10:22 A

Ltrain you CAN really do this. I am 51 and have lost almost 50 pounds already. Yes, it has taken me way longer than I thought 4 years to be exact, but I wouldn't trade those 4 years for anything. I am in my best shape of my adult life.

I would suggest you do cardio and some weight training. The weight training has given me a scultped physique and strength I never knew I had.

If you want something bad enough YOU can make it happen. Mind over Matter. Get a plan together, stick with that plan and you WILL see results.

Oh, must be patient on this journey too!

LTRAIN40 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 9:57 A

Thank you for the encouragement. All of you will be great motivation for me!

LTRAIN40 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 9:41 A

Thanks for the motivation

MARATHONDAD SparkPoints: (28,046)
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4/25/12 9:22 A

you can do it and spark people is a great place to help motivate you and meet your goals. Take your time and get to know the site its a bit overwhelming at first but you will get the hang of it.

CYNTHIACYNTHIA1 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 9:10 A

Hi, I'm 50, I'm 140 pounds overweight, and I AM doing this.

I only started about 2 weeks ago. I am giving it my best shot, even though I have not been brought to tears, I have been scared out of my wits because I am running out of options for my physical health; GERD, Hypertension etc.

I believe we can do it even at this late stage in our lives--it may take us longer to do it than our younger counterparts here, but it's the journey not the destination that I focus on that keeps me going.

Good luck on your journey, I wish you well.

LTRAIN40 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/12 8:31 A

I am 55. 80 lbs overweitght. Just joined SP. Am sitting here in tears. Can I really do this? emoticon

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