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BILL60 Posts: 944,022
3/23/13 8:28 P

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

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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3/23/13 2:29 P

Welcome! I do recommend that you build your Sparkpeople page. You can use nothing more than your user name and don't need to put in personal pics if you don't want. It will allow others to offer you more personal support and encouragement. emoticon emoticon

3/23/13 11:59 A

emoticon I'm so glad you've joined us at SparkPeople! It's a fabulous place to learn new habits, to make friends, and to shed those excess pounds. Please stop by my SparkPage and read a bit about my journey ... it's been a long one, but I never give up. And that's what it is really all about. You're soooooo worth the effort that your journey takes!

Keep working to get to your goals. You can do it!! One step at a time! I'm sooooo glad you are here!

Cathy emoticon

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/13 11:49 A

emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining!
I've been a member a little over 3 years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you haven’t, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated.
I’ve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

MINZ56 SparkPoints: (9)
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3/23/13 2:36 A

I desperately need to lose weight and need the motivation and the anonimity to do it...For me, it is hard to go to excercise groups and weight loss groups with tiny little people around you, or where you have to make your weight public and I am hoping that by taking this step, I will find other food addicts that are overcoming a life long struggle to control the urge to eat, and get the motivation to stick with healthy eating. One of my problems is that I just keep eating, even when I am not even hungry, and I get so disgusted with myself. I am sick of not going anywhere because I am so embarrassed about my size, and missing out on things that I could otherwise be enjoying. I have arthritis in my knees, which my weight doesnt help, and find it hard walking at this stage.Sorry, I sound like a " Woe is me" candidate, looking for sympathy, but I am not really like that...just when I started writing this, it all came pouring out how I feel. I have so much admiration for people who have the empowerment to lose weight, and wish everybody here all the best with their journey to become whatever makes them happy.

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