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WIANGEL SparkPoints: (15,070)
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4/28/13 8:58 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

Although each person has different goals, you're in great company here. The amount of support and community at Sparks is unlike any other website. (Trust me, I've tried them all!) emoticon

If there is any way that I can help you along your journey, just let me know! I'm always here for friends in need.

Irish smiles,
Shannon
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My FitBit page: www.fitbit.com/user/25TMLP

"When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say."

Original Starting Weight: 208lbs.
SUSIQZER Posts: 2,381
4/28/13 8:43 A

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If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
RASPBERRY56 SparkPoints: (110,798)
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Posts: 6,281
4/28/13 8:21 A

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If you can't love yourself, how are ya gonna love somebody else? - RuPaul

Take action, and inspiration will follow - Gilad

Change without losing yourself and you can accomplish anything. - Tim Gunn

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars - Casey Kasem (RIP :( )
TORTISE110 Posts: 5,536
4/28/13 6:49 A

Hi Valerie, Welcome to Spark! I'm so glad you have friends who got you here. I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. So many of us start our time on Spark with health wake up calls of one kind or another. It's a great place for getting healthier. I'm glad you are here and hope you enjoy using all Spark has to offer.

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Toni
Go slow to go fast.
Maintaining since September 15, 2012
SMARGED SparkPoints: (79,863)
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Posts: 3,134
4/28/13 1:59 A

emoticon to SP! This is a great site, with lots of resources and loads of wonderful people ready to support you!

Posting on the message boards of your teams is a great way to meet people and make friends! My personal experience is that my Spark friends are my biggest motivation.

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Blessings and emoticon ! Marge

Marge

"I sing your praise, God, my King;
I bless your name forever and ever!"
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"If you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul, you shall find Him!" (Dt. 4:29)
MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (173,859)
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Posts: 7,522
4/28/13 12:03 A

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There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you're comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, start exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. By tracking everything since May 2011 and using the other features here to keep myself focused, I lost 90 pounds and have maintained that loss for almost a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!
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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (306,463)
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4/27/13 11:01 P

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

Keith

Treadmill Desk Users Team Leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=40083


Senior Olympics Team Leader
BILL60 Posts: 526,113
4/27/13 6:21 P

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your quest for a healthier you.

"Excellence is but for the few."
JAMBABY0 Posts: 15,384
4/27/13 5:28 P

Hi Valerie, and welcome. So glad you are here to make a change! Get familiar with egverything and join some teams. Teams are good for motivation, support and accountability. I have added a couple of links to teams I think you may find helpful. Please don't think I am pushy and good luck on your journey!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=21402


www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=12811


Remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!
VSERENITY SparkPoints: (11,422)
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Posts: 87
4/27/13 4:16 P

Hello, my name is Valerie. I live in a small southeast city of Alabama.
I have three children and four grandchildren.
Last year I was diagnoised with lupus and dermatomyositis. My doctor suggested weight
loss and diet change. I am joining sparkpeople because I have heard great things from
former members.

Edited by: VSERENITY at: 4/29/2013 (10:00)
Tomorrow we begin again.
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