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DEB2448 Posts: 192,224
5/12/13 1:43 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: (507,885)
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5/12/13 1:31 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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LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
5/11/13 11:09 P

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EDWARDS1411 SparkPoints: (609,044)
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5/11/13 11:05 P

emoticon & emoticon to Sparking, Vicki!

A healthy lifestyle is a process - more of a journey than a destination. SP with all its features and tools can help you along the way and with the support of its members, well, it's a recipe for success!

Don't expect to change everything overnight. It takes small steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. Just think about The Tortoise and The Hare. You can win the race if you stay focused and take slow, steady steps to get there.

"Moving More & Eating Less" works so try getting in some exercise everyday even if it's only in 10 min. increments - it all adds up in the end. Try making healthier food choices and watch your portions. And tracking your food does make you so much more accountable for everything you put in your mouth.

Surveys have shown that participants in Message Boards lost more weight and stayed with their program longer than non-participants so come by as often as you can. Here at SP you'll find all kinds of motivation and support from people who have similar goals as you do. We are all taking this journey together and we truly want to see each other succeed!!

Wishing you the very best as you work towards your goals!!!

VCCRTS SparkPoints: (649)
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5/11/13 10:29 P

Just started this am with my walking and healthier eating habits. I have tried almost everything, and this was a suggestion by my diabetic counselor. I ruptured a disk last August , had surgery in January and was released by my surgeon to start exercising again. I picked walking. Too broke for a gym and not a runner . I have been out of work for 9 months now. I am a nurse and was use to walking and standing my whole 12 hour shift. Time to get into shape so here I am :-) A very good first day.

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