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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
10/27/12 5:22 P


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (345,942)
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10/27/12 2:17 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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. 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.

3. 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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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (319,442)
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10/26/12 10:15 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!


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JUDYPOPPINS Posts: 17,679
10/26/12 5:36 P

emoticon to SP. You'll love all it has to offer you in support and information. You aren't alone in how you feel being seen in a swim suit; but have no fear, nearly everyone has the same fear and they are too busy worrying about themselves to even look at you. I've found that in every class I've one cares...everyone is working and paying attention to the instructor...not the other participants. And I've taken all kind of classes with all ages and all sizes in them. Even Zumba (and I'm totally uncoordinated...was frightened but found most of the other people aren't too coordinated either)! Feel free to add me as a friend and check out my sparkpage!

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MAMA_CD Posts: 1,505
10/26/12 5:34 P

For sure, I hated putting a bathing suit on in public. I went to water exercises though and they are a great workout providing you put a lot of energy into it. I'd suggest getting a bathing suit that offers the best support and go for it, you'll have a lot of fun and get fit all at the same time (without sweating) emoticon

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,133
10/26/12 5:32 P

Darling, EVERYONE feels this way! One reason I'm here to lose weight is that I go to the south of France on holiday and never have the courage to put on a swimsuit!

Join your workout class! Once you are in the water, you'll feel different. If you're too timid to bare all (or nearly all) maybe you could take your towel with you and leave it at the edge of the pool. It's important for health to exercise. Once you've taken the plunge (pun! sorry) you'll feel better the next time.

SANDYJ74 SparkPoints: (208)
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10/26/12 5:14 P

Hi everyone. I am over weight with fibromyalgia and osteo arthritis. My doctor says I can only exercise in water to save my knees and I am about to join my local YMCA for water workouts and swimming but I am scared to be seen in my swim suit so I just keep putting off the start date. I should be at the age and confidence that it shouldn't matter to me what other people think, but I am very busty along with my over weight body and I'm chicken to show so much of me. Has anyone else felt this way?

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