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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,005)
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8/17/13 5:04 A

To add someone as a friend, simply click on their link that says "My SparkPage" under their name on the side. Once there go to the top-right-hand side and there is a link to add them as a SparkFriend. Then they will appear on your page.


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8/14/13 10:16 P

COLBYJACK3, there is definitely a learning curve to this site. By checking out the tutorials, and using the site often, you will be up to speed in no time. Once you've got the hang of it, you're home free.

Spark On!

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8/14/13 8:33 P

Fat2Fit2011....Thank you for all your support, I would love to add you as a do I do that?

Edited by: COLBYJACK3 at: 8/14/2013 (20:35)
COLBYJACK3 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/14/13 8:31 P

Thank you! Thank you! Thank all that responded to my post! All the ideas and suggestions are awesome! I do exercise, I have a Wii and I do the Wii Fit, I recently bought a Fit Bit and today I took 16,000 steps! I have about 45 lbs to lose, and I seem to fall off the wagon (eating wise) a little to often, it is nice to know that there are people who care.I definitely will use the tracker, I just haven't figured out how to navigate all the really cool stuff that is offered here! I do think that I have finally found my "cheerleaders".


MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (62,120)
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8/14/13 7:05 P

COLBYJACK3, you came to the right place. We have cheerleaders galore here! You can create the New You here. It's ALL here. You can totally succeed here. This site is completely free, but at the same time is worth its weight in gold, or platinum, whichever is more valuable!

First thing: learn, live, love the Sparkpeople Nutrition Tracker. It is the single greatest tool (in the universe) to achieve weight loss. If you do not use this religiously, you will not succeed. Period.

Second thing: walk 20 minutes a day and do strength training 10 minutes a day, five days a week. It's all here. It's free. It's waiting patiently for YOU.

Welcome. Remember, the New You is here. Spark On!

BETHS60 Posts: 569
8/14/13 6:22 P

Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you might be able to find a neighbor who will walk with you or do exercise videos with you. There may be community classes that you can join.

Posting to Spark is good, too. Ask for help when you need it. Give help when you can. Post your little victories. Congratulate other people on their successes. Track your food and your progress. Blog. Read the blogs of other sparkers and send them comments.

You are not alone.

Edited by: BETHS60 at: 8/14/2013 (18:23)
2_NEW_HORIZONS Posts: 3,915
8/14/13 5:41 A

Hello and welcome. I have 5 kids, a foster baby and no money lol.
Good news is that you can still get this done. I'm down 31 lbs with no gym or pool. How?
1. Count each and every calorie. DO NOT eat LESS than your goal.
2. I walk at least 12000 steps a day
3. I do a free nhs podcast routine for strength and flexibility once the kids are in bed
4. I took up couch to 5k with the baby in her stroller. Now running 4.5 miles 3 times a week.

It's hard. No doubt about it but you are worth the effort. If I can do this as a single mother so can you!

Add in fun too. I've just ordered a weighted hula hoop for my living room workout hehe.
I also play the odd sock game. All odd socks get put at the top of the stairs. I then retrieve them one at a time running up and down the stairs. That's an amazing aerobic workout for free!

Add me as a friend if you like emoticon

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,118)
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8/14/13 4:17 A


Welcome to Spark People ! Swimming and water aerobics are wonderful cardiovascular activities, BUT you don't need access to a pool to lose weight. How about taking a walk ? There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. Walking is also wonderful cardiovascular exercise.

There are lots of different things you can do to be more active as well as meet new friends. You could ride a bike in the park. You could take long walks. You could work in your garden. You could go bowling ! how about a bowling league in your community ? How about dancing ? Lots of communities have dance groups. Salsa is really popular here in Boston.

Do you have an adult education school ? I've taken night school classes for fun. those aren't very expensive. many can be very reasonable.

And well, you could always post on the forums. You may not get an immediate answer, but eventually we all start reading the posts to see how our spark buddies are doing for the day. if you don't want to post a question, reply to them. that's another good way to interact with the community.

If you want to meet people, you need to be brave and come out of your comfort zone some times. It's okay to take a chance ! you'll be pleased with the results.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,005)
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8/13/13 11:23 P

Hi. Do you know anyone with a pool of their own? If so, you could ask if you could use it for therapeutic reasons. Perhaps as a thank you, and if you can afford it, you could take a healthy morning tea or lunch to share if they are at home.

I don't use gyms, and mostly get my exercise by walking IN my own home. I put all my laundry and groceries away one at a time. This a.m. I managed 18 minutes with the laundry. Often I get more than that in - especially when I do the groceries, because I have them packed in light-weight bags (I have skeletal issues so can't lift heavier weights) and have 11 steps to walk up to get to the house as well.

You can do some chair exercises while watching TV - or put some music on with a good beat, and do chair exercises in time to the music. You can actually burn quite a bit doing that - LOL!

It is to be noted, too, that most of weight-loss comes down to what and how much you eat. I weigh everything I eat and enter it all into the nutrition tracker - even if it is only 2 grams of garlic or parsley. By doing that I have been able to stay focused and tweak my intake as and when necessary to ensure that I stay on track. Because of this, I lost a fair bit of weight and finally reached my goal nearly 3 years ago. I had been overweight for about 30 years, with a mostly very healthy diet, and also mostly in a normal weight-loss calorie range. Alas, it was too much for me :-( I STILL weigh all of my food and enter it in the tracker to ensure that I stay there!

You CAN do this - you just need some faith in yourself and your abilities. As far as being alone is concerned, we may not see you in person, by we are here for you - all you need do is stay in touch and you won't be alone!

Take care,

LAURIEANDBLUE2K SparkPoints: (55,364)
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8/13/13 10:31 P

Welcome to Spark. I have been a member for just 6 weeks and I love it. There are so many tools and resources and wonderful people. Perhaps you can tell us a bit about your goals for weight loss and/or exercise and we can give you a few tips. Good luck and we are all here for you.

COLBYJACK3 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/13/13 8:55 P

My daughter who lives quite a distance from me has found such a wonderful support group in her small town. She has joined a water aerobics class and met some wonderful people, and I am THRILLED for her. I need to lose weight also, however the area in which I live does not have a community pool, the gym memberships are so expensive and I have tried so many times to do this on my own and failed.....I feel so alone right now. I am new to SparkPeople and I have heard such great things about the people here.....just looking for a small bunch of cheerleaders to help me find my way!

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