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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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Posts: 9,872
4/11/12 11:04 A

emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople!
Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your SparkPage with your weight loss tracker on it for all to see. Write your goals (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months or a year. You can do this!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (277,526)
Fitness Minutes: (130,276)
Posts: 22,263
4/11/12 9:28 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
4/11/12 7:01 A


ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
Fitness Minutes: (48,524)
Posts: 4,868
4/11/12 12:26 A

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Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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GR8FULLONE SparkPoints: (5,705)
Fitness Minutes: (1,953)
Posts: 94
4/10/12 8:16 P


AWKWRDBLCKGRL SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (140)
Posts: 3
4/10/12 8:12 P

Thank you very much, both of you! i'll be sure to get involved with all of the group things as much as I can as soon as possible. Right now, I'm doing a lot of exploring and getting to know my way around It's great and exciting!

4/10/12 7:57 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople!! Good luck on your journey!!

MARILYNS69 Posts: 17,686
4/10/12 7:37 P

Welcome to sparks - so glad you have joined us

Remember to take time to participate on all the groups you have joined - you will get a lot of encouragement when you do so

Questions - please just ask

AWKWRDBLCKGRL SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (140)
Posts: 3
4/10/12 7:21 P

Hey guys. Today is my first day as a ....sparkle? heh. And I really look forward to making new friends, getting some support and hopefully be able to encourage others in my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I'm glad to finally be here!

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