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DEB2448 Posts: 173,936
7/10/13 2:23 A

Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (400,044)
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7/10/13 1:20 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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. 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.

3. 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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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (384,235)
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Posts: 17,106
7/9/13 10:15 P

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

SCOU5ER Posts: 3
7/9/13 5:53 P

Hello I'm new and from England. You've really done well congratulations. I have two little ones, 3 and 2 and my difficulty is exercise so I am focusing on diet while I figure out the exercise. I have used weights before and never bulked up. Look online for p90x that explains how the weight training supports weight loss and leaner bodies for men and women. Hope that helps

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
7/9/13 5:14 P

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MARILYNS68 Posts: 10,175
7/9/13 2:35 P

Welcome to sparks so glad you have joined us

Take a few minutes to make up a sparkpage making it public and allowing members to post a comment on it

Also don't forget to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined - lots of encouragement / motivation there

If interested come to my sparkpage and look for the team Believe it to Achieve it - it is a new group and you might find it worth joining

MSMUMMY SparkPoints: (3)
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7/9/13 9:56 A


Dear all,

Im a SP newbie. My 18 mth old twins are finally asleep, so im online trying to relax before going to bed, and i happen to have come across this website.

Since giving birth, ive lost 44 pounds(it's taken me 1 1/2 years, as ive had a few complications post birth, and its been a struggle!) (i gained 75 pounds with the pregnancy). I am still very much overweight, and would like to lose a further 55 pounds (rest of my pregnancy weight, and then some). I have only 4-5 months to do that in, so i need that added determination and focus, and thought SP and all your stories could help with that.

I am unable to join a gym, so all my efforts have involved me exercising 1/2 hour daily whilst the twins are napping (thinking of increasing the time by 15 mins as i feel like ive plateaued). After recovering from a strained back, i have recently started incorporating stomach crunches into my routine. Im scared to add any weights as i definitely dont need to bulk up. I am at that point where i need to make sure i keep toned given the large amount of weight im losing, however, im worried that if i up the resistance on my exercise equipment, that i'll just bulk right up. Has anyone else lost a significant amount of weight post pregnancy, with still a way to go? Would love to hear about what keeps you motivated, and what you did for exercise (apart from joining a gym - child minding is an issue for us)...


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