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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
11/29/11 5:33 A

Welcome to SP and best wishes!

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (280,943)
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11/29/11 2:32 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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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RAINA413 SparkPoints: (92,769)
Fitness Minutes: (74,352)
Posts: 1,970
11/29/11 1:23 A

Welcome to Spark People!! I am so glad you are here!
This is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. There are so many amazing resources to benefit from. From the fitness and nutrition trackers, to the teams and groups where you can get endless amounts of support, motivation, and advice to the articles which will make you fitness and health smart!
This is a great site! I hope you have much success!!

MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 39,294
11/29/11 1:09 A

Hi and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
Hugs,
Helen
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RORYLYONS Posts: 14,486
11/29/11 12:48 A

Hello & emoticon back to spark, where you will find all the support you need. I for one am on that path to eat healthier & exercise daily. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.. emoticon emoticon

SHELLYKOCH1 SparkPoints: (10,122)
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Posts: 846
11/28/11 11:50 P

emoticon You've made the hardest step...the 1st step. Sparkpeople is an awesome site with tons of support, motivation, information and friends. The biggest thing to remember is this is not a diet...it is a journey to the new healthier you. Some suggestions: join some spark teams, be active, get some spark friends, be active, and most of all be consistent. Feel free to check out my spark page and add me as a friend or send me an email. I'm always looking for friends to share this journey with.

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BRAZIGIRL Posts: 9
11/28/11 11:34 P

Hello everyone! I just would like to introduce myself. I just joined SparkPeople over Thanksgiving. I will get married in June 2012, and I thought this event could be a great chance for me to work on myself, find motivation, and eat healthy. I'm a big outdoors fan and love traveling, especially to my home country, Brazil. I'm very excited for "being" here and look forward to positive changes in my life, starting here. Thanks!

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