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BILL60 Posts: 919,709
2/23/13 7:53 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough cause it's gonna be tough.

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (530,863)
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2/23/13 1:29 A

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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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MAKINGHERPROUD SparkPoints: (83,586)
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2/22/13 11:43 P

Welcome. You can do it, just take it one day at a time.

BJONES519 SparkPoints: (2,190)
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2/22/13 9:22 P

Sounds like you are listening to your body and that's a good thing to do for yourself. Keep your goal in sight - it's not easy to get back on track, but it sounds like you have a good idea of what you have to do. Be strong.

PANDARAINBOW SparkPoints: (3)
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2/22/13 5:38 P

Hello to everyone out there

I'm in my 30's and about 3 years ago started a job that required me to be up very early (3:30am) I found myself depending on Starbucks espresso and sugar to keep alert (I'm a known night owl) I soon started packing on the weight as my job was very stressful and required me to be glued to my chair. To make matters worse, I have had irregular heartbeats and a fast heart rate most of my life: so this unhealthy lifestyle was literally making me sick. I also soon found myself with bad acne ICK in your 30's it's not a great look.

Then sitting in my doctor's office strapped to a EKG machine and a heart rate at 160 and my weight at 158 at that time, My doctor looked at me and said "you are very unhealthy and you won't have a long life living this way." I knew I had to change.

I joined a gym. I slowly started cutting my caffeine (I try to have only one coffee a day compared to 4) I gave up soda and have water with lemon throughout the day. I do veggie smoothie's and make a great carrot smoothie. My acne has cleared up and I feel more alert.

Now I'm not perfect and still learning. I know I need to give up dairy but it's in baby steps (I never would believe I would drink carrots/kale smoothie. I would like to lose 14 pounds and feel I have hit that road block. I need to learn from everyone on here and this isn't about a "diet" but,for me, it's a life saver because I don't want to die from heart disease. I am determined. Anyone who has irregular heartbeats, knows it's scary and I'm tired of living in fear.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I look forward to learning and growing.

Edited by: PANDARAINBOW at: 2/22/2013 (17:41)
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