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12/30/11 12:23 A

Hiya Lori! I'm Melanie, I'm from Goodyear on the other side of the valley. Glad to see another Arizonian here! Use the decent weather now to your advantage before it gets too bloody hot out to exercise outdoors again! ;)

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12/29/11 11:38 A

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Use the site daily and be consistent with your food tracking and exercise. Read the articles for information. Read member blogs for motivation and encouragement.

This is a fabulous site and if you rely on it daily and remain consistent with your program, you will achieve your goals.

Good luck!

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12/28/11 9:40 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. I'm also here in Scottsdale. Love it here! All the best on achieving your goals!

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12/28/11 9:01 P

Hi Lori and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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12/28/11 8:35 P

hello i am from portsmouth

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12/28/11 7:54 P

Hello folks,

Here I am, almost 48 years old. I've always been relatively healthy, until about the last 2.5 years. I have gained over 40 lbs, and just found out that I am not as healthy as I thought I was. High triglycerides, high cholesterol, no hormones to speak of, etc, etc, etc... So after a good month with my doctor, and getting me on all the correct bio-identical hormones, the last thing for me to tackle is: diet and lifestyle changes!!! As I write this on 12/28/11, I know that I only have 4 more days until the New Year, and that's my start date. I am brand new to Spark, and hoping it helps. I've been a yo-yo dieter (mainly Atkins) for the past 5 years, and nothing is working anymore. Time to get on track and do things the right way. I'm looking to get help from all of you. WE CAN DO THIS!

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