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RAGAMUFFINKEL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/8/12 11:18 P

emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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XANADUREALM Posts: 7,430
6/8/12 4:41 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople! It is great to have you join us on the road to weight loss success! Be sure to join some Teams that spark your interest or match your weight loss goals!


NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
6/8/12 9:23 A

I want to second that welcome! The articles and Stages and Strategies material really help with getting some sane momentum going. In the past I, too, had a hard time with consistency - I think the missing ingredient was support. This is an excellent place for support and encouragement! Join a few teams, make some Spark Friends and be sure to read and reply to other peoples' posts cuz giving support and encouragement is at least as helpful to you as it is to the others! Get Sparking!

MAMAWALMART SparkPoints: (25)
Fitness Minutes: (10,839)
Posts: 1,316
6/8/12 9:06 A

Be such and check out the SPARK Teams. There is something for everyone. Great place to find Spark friends that will keep you motivated and give you plenty of support.
Wish you continued success on your journey.
Keep Smiling

SINCHEST0 Posts: 7
6/8/12 9:00 A

Good Morning! Just joined sparkpeople today and am having loads of fun just navigating through the program:) Wanted to introduce myself and hope to join fun challenges and groups to keep me motivated which happens to be the main reason why I haven't reached my goals on my own:)

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