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Up until about 5 years ago, I had always been fit and at a comfortable weight. After turning 45, the weight started to creep on. I'm now 50 (almost 51) and about 15-20 lbs overweight. This is not what I want for myself or my family. I'm hoping to get back to where I was so I look and feel good as I head into the next phase of my life!

Surround yourself with positive thoughts and people and learn from them. Negative vibes will only bring you down. We all make mistakes, ...
Up until about 5 years ago, I had always been fit and at a comfortable weight. After turning 45, the weight started to creep on. I'm now 50 (almost 51) and about 15-20 lbs overweight. This is not what I want for myself or my family. I'm hoping to get back to where I was so I look and feel good as I head into the next phase of my life!

Surround yourself with positive thoughts and people and learn from them. Negative vibes will only bring you down. We all make mistakes, learn from them and move on. There's always, always room for improvement in everything we think and do.
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Member Since: 5/15/2011

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My Goals:
* To go shopping and want to try on clothes knowing they'll fit
*For the doctor to be surprised when I go for my physical
*To feel good

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
5/18/2011 2:37:38 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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LUNATIFF
5/18/2011 12:08:48 PM

Welcome I'm pleased you have chosen to share your journey with us all. If you haven't already you may want to look at joining some of the teams that may be interesting to you. Joining a team helps to bring you together with others who share your interests which helps with accountability, motivation, and support.



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