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BILL60 Posts: 368,362
4/14/13 9:09 A

Welcome to SP. Stay focused and you will succeed.

RASPBERRY56 SparkPoints: (79,867)
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4/13/13 8:15 P

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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (267,357)
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4/13/13 8:14 P

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

SCRAPPINPOLLY SparkPoints: (83,133)
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4/13/13 10:15 A

Hi and welcome to Spark People! Jump right in and make yourself at home and get the support and inspiration you need to accomplish your goals! You can do this!!

BILL60 Posts: 368,362
4/13/13 9:41 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough and stay focused.

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (296,097)
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4/13/13 1:19 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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TAMARA_2014 Posts: 38
4/12/13 9:19 P

My name is Tamara. I am thrilled to be back. I am the heaviest I have ever been at 482 lbs. This came due to being diagnosed with a rare, life threatening autoimmune vasculitis called Microscopic Polyangiitis. It causes organ damage and damage to the blood vessels. To save my life I was put on medications one of them being Prednisone, which harmed my bones and muscles but also made me gain hundred plus pounds. I am here determined to not only save my life, but my health. I can't do a lot, but I can watch the food and do chair and limited mobility exercises. And I WILL get there. I will lose weight and be fit and healthy some day. I just need some friends and encouragement. It is hard enough to deal with being sick, but being sick and dangerously overweight is not leaving me any life. If I get well, how can I enjoy it being 482lbs and tired and in pain? My illness is lifelong. I may always need meds...but I am determined to enjoy it and lose this weight, so I can have as best a life I can have. I long to sit in a chair at a theater without pain, or go on rides at the fair. To go on a plane to visit places I never have been. Life for me may be short, it may be long...living too big to live life to the fullest is taking away my ability to live life to it's fullest while I can. So here I am...anyone who has suggestions, please let me know :)

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