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BILL60 Posts: 874,772
2/3/13 8:18 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough and stay healthy.

IT-IS-WHATITIS Posts: 1,998
2/2/13 6:51 P

WELCOME Kathy! Nice to have you with us! I love my Sparkworld, and so will you!

Here are tips I put together to share with each new Sparkperson I meet. I hope it will be a help to you as you work toward reaching your goals!

First of all, I notice you have your Sparkpage setting on private. You may want to consider making it public. Great place to send you encouragement, support and Sparkgoodies! It is also the place you can keep us updated on reaching your goals!

The site can be overwhelming, take your time. Learn one topic at a time, when you get comfortable with it, move on to another area of the site. Soon you will be using all the tools SP has to offer, and loving it!

If you get stuck, and have a technical question about the site, here is a link to the Customer Support Team that is eager to help you:
(only technical questions, if you have a nutrition, fitness, or health question, post the question in the Forums, other Spark members will eagerly try to help you!

Use your Spark Points (click on view SparkPoints) as a map to the site. It is a good way to learn your way around and you can earn points to send yourself or others Sparkgoodies.

Go back to your Start Page if you get lost, you can get almost anywhere from there.

Be sure to use the nutrition tracker. You can ensure you are getting the proper nutrients as well as tracking your caloric intake and this is so important to any weight loss journey.
Never "diet" again! Keep focusing on living a healthier lifestyle!

Read the book, THE SPARK for guidance, motivation and inspiration!
Check out for extra support, motivation, and inspiration. I joined it, and LOVING IT! Great way to stay accountable!

Log on everyday to stay focused!

THINK POSITIVE! If you have a bad day, let it go.
Wake up to a new day, fresh start!

One of my favorite SP quotes (from BobbyD31)
"Remember we all have Setbacks:

Remember, this is a LIFETIME JOURNEY!!

The online community on the site is wonderful! We are all here to offer support when you need it, and celebrate your successes with you. Any type of interest you have, there will be a Sparkteam for it!

Stop by my Sparkpage anytime and let me know how you are doing! I would love to hear from you!

Enjoy your journey to a healthier you!

Have FUN along the way!

MELINA3582 Posts: 1,748
2/2/13 2:14 P

Hello and welcome to Spark. You will enjoy being here. I have reached my goal weight and I know you will do the same. I am here for you every step of the way. Have a wonderful day.

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (56,458)
Posts: 10,602
2/2/13 1:50 P

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.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

SMILES_CAN_DO Posts: 488
2/1/13 2:23 P

Welcome Kathy!! I'm fairly new myself, less than a week. I believe you've come to the right place!! I think what we put into it is what we'll get out of it. Congratulations on losing 65 lbs, that's awesome!! Keep up the good work!! I wish you lots of success!!

2/1/13 1:59 P

Hi, I'm Kathy. I'm 62 and I've been overweight ALL my life. I am now obese and tired of how I feel and how I look.
I want more out of life. I want to lose 100 more pounds. Iv'e already lost 65 pounds. I told my son about sparkpeople and he suggested I get involved with the community. So here I am.

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