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2/5/13 7:16 A

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

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2/5/13 1:34 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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2/4/13 11:43 P

Well I wouldnt be so hard on yourself. 5' 4'' at 150 pounds is not that unhealthy. For me im 5' 3'' at 159 pounds and a healthy weight is 145 poinds. Stress wont help you lose weight so i recommend talking to someone (maybe a family doctor, school social worker, even a phone support group) and just talk about all of the stressful things your family does. I would also recommend talking to your family and/or writing in a journal.

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2/4/13 6:58 P

Hi welcome and good luck on your journey, I hope it's a good one!

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2/4/13 5:46 P

Hello and welcome to Spark!!! You will find a lot of support here on this site. It can be a little intimidating at first, so here is a wonderful starter tool. It shows you all the important steps and how to get around the site. You can also set up a Spark Page so people can communicate easier with you, and join a few teams to help you stay accountable and help you with your eating and health needs.

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2/4/13 5:22 P

I had always been a little on the heavy side. Over the summer I got serious and lost 30 pounds. It seemed like everyone had noticed.When I lost the weight my family had accused me of an eating disorder and had pressured me to gain weight instead of supporting me As the year progressed I began to gain weight back and ended up weighing more than I had ever before I went from being 5' 4" and 115 lbs to 150 lbs in the same year. I was horrified! I felt like I couldn't keep the weight off cause of the constant stress and lack of support. Later that same year I developed bulimia, which didn't cause any weight loss.There has been a lot of stress within my family which contributes cause I am an emotional eater. I need to get back to a healthy weight. I will never be happy living like this. Someone please help!

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