I'm in the same boat too! Finally ready to lose this weight!
My name is Patty & I am 41. I have been married for 24 years to my best friend & we have 2 sons, ages 18 & 16. I didn't begin gaining weight until I had kids. My oldest son has autism & it has taken a toll on me both physically & emotionally.... Then I lost my Mom in 1998 to breast cancer. She waited too long to go in & by that time it was stage 4, she only lasted 6 months....My Dad was absolutely lost without her. Then in 2000 my Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer, also stage 4. He passed away in 2002....My weight then began to really skyrocket. Now I am 100 pounds overweight & totally miserable....I started on January 28th & feel better than I have in years. I'm hoping with the support of others, I can finally do it this time! My first goal is to get under 200lbs & then go from there :)
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You absolutely can do it! We are all here to support and encourage each other!
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Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your journey.
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WELCOME TO SPARK!!! 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. 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.
2. 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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I'm right there with you!
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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 havenít, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Good luck! Sheila
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My site name is Pamjsb55. I am 58 years old. Unlike a lot of people, I wasn't always heavy. I didn't start gaining weight until I turned 42 years old. Before that age, I was very active. I walked 5 miles a day while my son's trained with their track team. Prior to that I always played with my children outside during the good weather. Naturally, children grow up, my activities tapered off. I stopped my 5 mile walks after being mugged.
Then 1999, I fell and broke my left foot. I gained 21 pounds in a month! while recuperating. In 2004, the tendons in that same foot snapped and I had to have my foot reconstructed. I was on a cast for nine months, gained more weight.
The years kept going, I kept gaining weight. In 2007, I fell again while working and discovered that the cartilage was wearing away in my knees. I decided to chain my eating habits and get back to exercising on a regular basis. I lost 50 pounds that year. My money ran low and I wasn't able to afford the weight loss program I was on. I gained 35 pounds of the 50 pounds back. In 2009, My father passed away, I lost 50 pounds for the second time due to depression. Yes, that's right! I will lose weight very easily when I become depressed or there is a drastic change in my life that is very upsetting. I became unemployed and gained 25 pounds of that 50 pounds back. In 2010, my mother passed away, and there was a lot of arguing with my siblings of the estate, I lost 50 pounds. I found a job that following August, which was a lot of sitting. I was able to keep from gaining that 50 pounds back until my job took me off the afternoon shift to the early day shift which started as early as 6:00 am. I wasn't able to keep my exercise program because I get more out of my work out in the morning rather than the evening. This time I not only gained 50 pounds back but I gained some more besides that 50 pounds!
My favorite work out was cycling in the past 7 years because of my knees and my foot, I am not able walk like I could when I was younger. And I found that cycling kept my knees from stiffing.. Last year 2012, I had my right knee replaced and I cannot cycle any more. So now, my exercise of choice is water aerobics, in the morning, 3 times a week.
So far since I signed up on this website on 02/04, I lost 3 pounds! Not bad, don't you think? I am hoping I can keep this up and get to my final optimum weight of 130-160 pounds and stay at that weight for the rest of my life!
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