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6/20/11 8:37 A

Ettianna, emoticon to SparkPeople!! We're excited to have you with us! I hope you'll set up a sparkpage soon and when you do, feel free to add me as a friend!

KAREN

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Camp WannabeFit 2015, Winds of Change Lodge

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:22-23
MKGARNER1 SparkPoints: (43,378)
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6/20/11 8:24 A

Yay, you're on your way to a new healthy lifestyle! One day at a time and you'll get there!

LYNDALOVES2HIKE Posts: 33,964
6/20/11 1:18 A

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!

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Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

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In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!

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If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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Lynda in Orange County, So Calif

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"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
PLATINUM755 SparkPoints: (335,040)
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6/19/11 6:04 P

emoticon ETTIENNA and emoticon to SparkPeople...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle....You can do it!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
MOMMA48 Posts: 595,174
6/19/11 5:51 P

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Welcome to Sparks! Super Best Wishes to you!

*And, feel free to check out my profile page for a few awesome teams that may be of interest to you and help keep you motivated all the way to your goal, as we’re all here to help you on your journey to that fantastic health & happiness!

Teams:
STRESSED OUT WOMEN GETTIN' HEALTHY
teams.sparkpeople.com/StressedOut
WomenGettin'Healthy

Make Life Happen teams.sparkpeople.com/LL
Do It for Love teams.sparkpeople.com/DL
Autoimmune Conditions teams.sparkpeople.com/AI
Motivation & So Much More teams.sparkpeople.com/MM
Fabulous 40s, 50s & Up teams.sparkpeople.com/F4
ETTIENNA Posts: 6
6/19/11 5:33 P

Good Day;

I am so nervous yet excited about sharing my weight loss journey.

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