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ITSCRYSTALCLEAR Posts: 10
4/25/13 11:10 A

Thank you all for the warm welcome :-) Best wishes to you as well.

BILL60 Posts: 526,112
4/25/13 9:01 A

Welcome to SP and good luck on your quest for a healthier you..

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4/25/13 12:34 A

Hi and welcome to Spark People! It's great to have you here! Jump right in and make yourself at home. This is a great place for support and inspiration. Good luck on your journey!

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4/24/13 7:37 P

Welcome back, Crystal! The program works if you work the program. My calorie range is 1200-1800 calories. I generally eat about 1200, but lose best at 1300-1400. You need to 'tweak' the program to find what works for you.

Are you measuring all of your servings? I strongly suggest it! Under "community" you will find success stories. The blogs also have them. There is a lot on this site and it can be overwhelming. Don't try to do it all at once or every day. Do it the way you lose it- 1 step at a time....

Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss

Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!

0309COOKIE Posts: 8,436
4/24/13 4:02 P

Welcome back!

Cookie

ITSCRYSTALCLEAR Posts: 10
4/24/13 3:54 P

Well, I'm back, giving Spark another try. I have tried this site several times in the past but have never had any success - not sure if it's because their range of calories is higher than it should be, not sure. At any rate, I set a smaller weight loss goal, average 2 lb. loss per week and have come up with a new calorie range. I guess I've gotten so frustrated in the past and given up because I have tried a few time, faithfully logged and I am no stranger to exercise - I usually do a 20-30 minute cardio, in my target heart range, workout a minimum of five days per week.

I don't know if my weight loss goal in the past was set for too long so it gave me a high daily number of calories (was 1600-1800), but I haven't lost a pound on Spark :-( But I'm willing to give it another try and would really appreciate any feedback to get me motivated. Success stories would be awesome.

Also, is it just me or does anyone else get overwhelmed by all the information on this site...like where do I even begin to get encouragement when days are uuugh? I see forums, blogs, communities - so many choices!

Thanks and hope everyone is doing fantastic on healthier living :-)

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