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1/20/13 6:01 A

Hello, and welcome to SparkPeople. We are glad to have you here with us. Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals.


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1/20/13 5:13 A

Welcome to SP and enjoy the ride.

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1/20/13 1:18 A

hi all! emoticon

MSBEKANATOR SparkPoints: (89,112)
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1/20/13 1:12 A

You are off to a great start! Glad you are here! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (354,236)
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1/20/13 1:08 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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. 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.

2. 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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SPOOKY_GIRL13 SparkPoints: (11,024)
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1/19/13 11:37 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople!

SMARGED SparkPoints: (83,947)
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1/19/13 11:06 P

Hi! emoticon to SP and emoticon on making the decision to live a healthy life-style. Just remember, emoticon

I'm here for the same reason - and even though I still struggle with being faithful to this healthy life-style, I have been able to see the benefits. I was diagnosed with diabetes a couple of years ago, but through diet and exercise - no medication - have my blood sugar at healthy levels, and no diabetes. I am down to taking just 1/4 of of the dosis of blood medication, and hope to be off it completely someday. So yes, emoticon

You are already off to a good start, you've designed your page and joined some teams. Posting on the message boards of those teams will help you to meet people and make friends, who will become your biggest supporters.

It is important to commit to at least 15-20 minutes of exercise most days of the week. The chair exercises are good... and there are lots of videos on this site - I'm having trouble with my knees and so sometimes use the chair exercises or other no-impact exercise videos.

I wish you lots of success! Blessings and emoticon Marge


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1/19/13 11:01 P

Hello and welcome to SparkPeople! There are a lot of great resources here. Best of luck!

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1/19/13 10:43 P

Just joined and want to get healthy. I'm a few months away from 57, my weight is in the mid-200s, my blood pressure is extremely high (on medication), cholesterol is in the high 200s (on medication), my doctor said that I was pre-diabetic, and my knees and legs are so bad that I can barely walk and when I do I need a cane. Even though I really need to lose weight, above that I need to get healthy and get energy... which I am thinking that eating healthy will go hand in hand. I am hoping if I don't focus on a "diet" then I won't become obsessed with food and blow the diet, like I have in the past. Since my legs are so bad, exercise is going to be a challenge so I purchased two dvds for senior citizens to exercise from a chair. At least it will be a start and more than I'm doing now. I am excited to be here, and to have found such great support groups.

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