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Be a Goal-Getter: 25 Ways to Reach Your Resolutions


So, it's mid-January, and you've got your exciting New Year's Resolutions all planned out and ready to go. But are you still unsure of where to begin your journey—or how to keep the momentum going? Take your next steps with these tips from successful SparkPeople members who have stuck with their own goals for the long haul! 
Posted 1/15/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Denise Tausig : 7 comments   11,752 views
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SparkPeople Members on the 'Today' Show!


Every day at SparkPeople, we hear amazing stories of our members' successes, both in weight loss and in life! Today, we have some especially exciting news: Katie (SLIMKATIE) and Carly (CARLYOLEO41) were featured on the ''Today'' show this morning to talk about their amazing experience participating in the Ragnar Relay Race in Key West, Florida. Although they were not featured on the show, John (RUNNER12COM), Jennifer (JERSEYGIRLJEN), Linda (LINDAK1971), Lealah (JUSTLEALAH) and Allison (LYSSAYN) were also members of the team. This group of SparkPeople members ran the Ragnar Relay together as a part of the documentary From Fat to Finish Line, which ''will document the journey of 12 people who share the common bond of losing 100 pounds.'' Check out the ''Today'' show video clip below!  
Posted 1/10/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 90 comments   27,458 views
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Success Story: 'I'm in Training for the Rest of My Life!'


Meet Jennifer Schmidt (username OAKBORN), a SparkPeople member who lost 60 pounds--and got fit enough to join the Army! Read on for more about her inspiring journey.

What is your age? I am currently 47 years old.

How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I have been a SparkPeople member since January of 2008, but didn't really start using the site until April of 2008. I was using a couple of other sites, but they didn't fit my needs as well as SparkPeople does.

I think I found SparkPeople through a web search, and it was also recommended to me by a friend. I kept coming back to it, and the more I saw, the more I found that the site really fulfilled my needs.

What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? I love the SparkTeams, the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers, the blogging, etc. I use them all. I made a great friend in one of the groups, and we hit goal together and have remained friends. I plan to meet face-to-face with her someday. (I hope sooner than later!!)

I guess if I had to choose one thing, it would be the support of people just like me, going through the same ups and downs... and the wisdom that we share. I also love the solid science behind everything SparkPeople has to offer, rather than the sensational ''eat 42 grapefruit a day and lose 30 pounds this week'' diets.

How much weight have you lost? I lost a total of 60 pounds. My joining weight was about 205, and I got down to 145. I hang around 150 now, give or take 2-3 pounds.

How long did it take to lose the weight?
Posted 1/8/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 68 comments   23,154 views
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A Simple Reminder: Keep Looking Forward


Here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of new and amazing possibilities!

What are you looking forward to in 2013?





Posted 12/25/2012  12:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 31 comments   10,111 views
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Success Story: 'I Was Made for More!'


Meet Carley Cooper (username SPARKYCARLEY), a SparkPeople member who pledged to heal her body so she could heal her mind. Read on to learn about her inspirational journey! 

What is your age?:  46

How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?: I have been a SparkPeople member since October of 2008. I was referred by another SparkPeople member who I had met on a support website.

What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople?:  My favorite features are the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers, as well as the support from other members. I could not have done this journey without their support.

How much weight have you lost?:  I originally lost 75 pounds, which put me at my goal weight. I gained back a little and I'm now at a loss of 62 pounds. I've reset my new goal to be a total of 85 pounds lost.

How long did it take to lose the weight?:  It took me about one year.

What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight?: 
Posted 12/11/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 103 comments   27,476 views
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Success Story: 'It Was Worth It to Spend Time on ME'


Meet Diane Wilson, a SparkPeople.com member (username WILSOD1) who lost 75 pounds! Here, Diane shares what has worked for her in her journey so far--and how she plans to lose the baby weight from her recent pregnancy.
 

What is your age? 28
 
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I joined SparkPeople in November of 2009. I had started trying to lose weight, but no matter what I did, it didn't work--I was always hungry!  My friend suggested I check out SparkPeople.com, and I fell in love with the site.  I had found a "pot of gold" to the rainbow of my life! I now had the tools to help me with my weight-loss journey.
 
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? My favorite feature is the Nutrition Tracker. It allows me to see exactly what I'm eating and how much I'm eating.  I've learned that carbohydrates are in everything, and that I don't need to eat bread/pasta/rice to get enough carbohydrates in my diet.  I also learned I was eating way too much sodium.  No wonder I couldn't lose weight; too many carbs paired with too much sodium equaled me carrying extra water weight and being hungry (eating carbs, but not fiber-filled carbs).
 
How much weight have you lost? I have lost 75 pounds.
Posted 10/11/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 90 comments   35,669 views
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Motivation Monday: Stop Waiting


Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 10/1/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 12 comments   8,429 views
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Motivation Monday: Persistence vs. Perfection


Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 9/24/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 7 comments   8,509 views
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Motivation Monday: Let Others Be Guides...


Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 9/17/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 3 comments   5,062 views
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'I Lost 94 Pounds and Lowered My Blood Pressure!'


Meet Cathy Storey, a SparkPeople.com member who lost nearly 100 pounds and took control of her blood pressure through diet and exercise. Find out her full story over at Huffington Post!

Congratulations, Cathy! Keep Sparking!
Posted 9/15/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 68 comments   28,516 views
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Motivation Monday: It's Not Who You Are That Holds You Back


Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 9/10/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 14 comments   8,472 views
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Motivation Monday: What Are You Thinking Today?









Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 8/27/2012  10:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 6 comments   6,890 views
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Motivation Monday: Losing Weight is Hard









Inspired by this piece of motivation? Share it! Check out hundreds of inspirational quotes and images on SparkPeople's Healthy Inspiration page.
Posted 7/30/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 5 comments   22,020 views
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Sometimes the Littlest People Know the Most


Forget about talk radio, research labs, late night TV, or a magazine rack full of scantily clad cover models. Everything you need to know about fitness and nutrition, you can learn from your kids.

Here are 11 things children can teach you about healthy living:

Posted 7/8/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 14 comments   12,594 views
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Be Brave


I can't tell you how many opportunities I've passed up because I've beaten myself down before I've even had a chance to go for the brass ring.  In the past, instead of losing weight, I resigned myself to failure almost every time.  I could not believe in myself or be brave enough to face the obstacles on the long road ahead.
 
I remember my first act of bravery.  I went outside for a walk and passed a car wash, where all of the guys laughed and yelled.  I was in tears.  Didn't they know how much bravery it took for me to go out in the first place?  I turned around and was headed home, when I decided that they could not determine my fate.  I walked back to the gas station, tears in my eyes and told them exactly how I felt.  It wasn't nice of them to make fun of me and make me cry when I was only trying to improve myself.  They apologized.  I went home and cried and quit walking.  It was brave to confront them and I needed to do that in order to secure my place in the world, mentally.
Posted 5/18/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Beth Donovan : 70 comments   10,132 views
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