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RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (62,797)
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3/8/12 12:28 P

emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken the first step on your journey by joining!
I've been a member a little more than two years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained 30 back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
Explore the site, make your Sparkpage, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!
Sheila


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3/8/12 12:20 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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MARILYNS66 Posts: 8,845
3/8/12 11:58 A

Welcome - we are glad you have joined us

Remember to take time to participate on all the groups you have joined - they tell us that those that do seem to be more successful.

If you are interested come to my sparkpage and click on the team Living a healthier lifestyle - I am the leader of this group and we have a place where you can record all your walking - I personally use the treadmill and am working on making a streak of 100 days of doing so

Questions, please just ask

SMARTBLONDE765 SparkPoints: (696)
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3/8/12 11:04 A

My goal is to lose 20 pounds by June and to look toned up in my summer clothes. Ultimately I need to lose 40 pounds to not be considered obese anymore. I want to start walking everyday, but I feel like the weather is still too cold and windy. I need to convince myself that if I just dress for it I can do it. The problem is just getting out the door.

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