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BILL60 Posts: 922,246
2/11/13 8:09 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your pursuit of a healthier you.

NGCHILD SparkPoints: (157,581)
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2/10/13 3:38 P

Hi and welcome to Spark! The points for me are a fun way to track what I am doing daily by reading articles, blogs, sending motivation and support via my teams and communicating with others.

Good luck on your journey!!


LAURELSPARK SparkPoints: (102,898)
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2/9/13 7:21 P

Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. There are so many great tools and great people involved with this site. I'm sure that SP can help you along on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Good luck reaching your goals!

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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2/9/13 4:42 P

Welcome to Spark People
Yeah, the Spark Points are just fun, but they were a way of tracking my "stick-to-it-ness". I found that as I was getting at least 100 points per day, I was interacting, writing, and tracking exercise and calories. For me, it helped me stay on the program and helped me be consistent.

Good luck!!

NIKIZ628 SparkPoints: (48,119)
Fitness Minutes: (22,345)
Posts: 3,152
2/9/13 1:01 P

I too found myself gaining weight when I stopped nursing. Oh, nursing, the best weightloss program I had ever been on, haha. I miss being able to eat a lot and still watch the pounds come off. It has been 1 year since I stopped nursing my son, and I have gained 25 lbs back. So, now its baby steps to do it the real world way.

Wishing you lots of luck on your journey!

(And the points really don't do much on can send your Sparkfriends goodies with them, but other than that, its just for fun!)

REDBARON61801 SparkPoints: (753)
Fitness Minutes: (722)
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2/9/13 12:47 P


This is the first time I've ever actively tried to lose weight. I'm a 44 yo wife and mom of three, ages 11, 8, and 2 1/2. I'm a freelance writer/editor, but hoping to get a job with our kids' online school. My husband works in manufacturing, formerly home remodeling,and before that was an auto mechanic. He's in school part-time to get a civil engineering degree.

I always tended to lose weight after having our kids because of nursing. A year ago, I was down to 140 before I had surgery (preventative hysterectomy/oophorectomy because of breast/ovarian cancer risks in our family), when our youngest daughter was almost a year old. However, once the nursing slows down, the weight creeps back up again, and we stopped nursing back in December (cold turkey, as none of my kids would wean off lol). I'm back up to 165 (especially after a week with my in-laws over Christmas with a lot of southern cookin' lol). My doctor recommended I lose 5-10 pounds at my last checkup. My personal goal is to get back to 150, my comfy weight.

So far, I've done pretty good on the calories per day, most of the time lol. I need to work on exercising more regularly. I have to find something that will work on my 3x c-section belly lol. But it has to be something that won't aggravate my back, as I've sprained it twice and have had whiplash twice. The kids and I do walk a good bit in the summer, but once the weather gets nasty, we don't get out as often.

I do have one question, what good are the points? Do we earn anything for them? Or is it just a status thing?

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