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1DRWOMAN SparkPoints: (66,376)
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2/12/12 5:34 P

Hello Elle!
Congratulations on your new journey! Welcome to SP! :)
I always suggest that newbies go to your Sparkpoints page and work yourself through the list of things. It helps you learn everything this site offers and you earn sparkpoints in the process. I set a goal of 100 points a day except weekends. Track everything that passes your lips, be honest, and eat as many veggies as possible and you can't go wrong!
Please holler if you need anything.
Enjoy your first week and keep that awesome attitude!

Happiness is a choice! Live with Passion!


Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

"There's nothing you've ever been successful at that you didn't work on EVERY day." Will Smith
BOBCATGIRL76 Posts: 920
2/12/12 2:37 P

Hey! I joined in December and have absolutely loved the support I've found.


Starting weight: 274.8
Goal Weight: 155.0

For whatever it's worth: It's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life that you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over. -F.Scott Fitzgerald

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SUSIQZER Posts: 2,389
2/12/12 7:19 A

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (355,361)
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2/12/12 2:34 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. 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.

2. 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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Paula in Denver, Colorado

"You were given life; it is your find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 45,701
2/12/12 2:28 A

Hi Ellie and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."
~Mary McLeod Bethune

"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (191,509)
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2/12/12 12:59 A

There are a ton of resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you are comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, you can slowly start adding in and exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. It works well for me. I've tracked everything since May 9th and am 80 pounds lighter to show for it. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!

RAGAMUFFINKEL SparkPoints: (63,775)
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2/12/12 12:50 A

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Don't lose 60+ find a healthier you.
Take off 60+ but don't lose it. When we lose something we want to find it. When we lose games we wish we had won.
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2/11/12 7:43 P

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ELLEBELL20 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/11/12 5:41 P

Hello everyone! I'm so excited that I found SP! I have been looking through all of the blogs and success stories and I must say that everyone here is a true inspiration!

Keep up the amazing work everyone! :)

You won't fail if you're not perfect, you'll fail if you're not committed to improving yourself slightly each day.
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