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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (536,874)
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12/8/12 8:37 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (538,794)
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12/8/12 1:27 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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SAM60SUMTHINK Posts: 13,227
12/8/12 12:23 A

Hi, Tina and Welcome to SP!

First of all, plateaus happen. You may be on one. But if you love junk food, phentermine will not change that fact. Do you feel you are depending on phentermine to curb your appetite? If so, maybe it's time to focus on the food itself... and how you time your meals, too. Many physicians and dieticians recommend that people have five or six mini-meals daily. You may be a person who would do well with that plan; this would mean a healthy balance that fits into your caloric needs and nutritional balance of carbs, fats and proteins. The key will be in planning so that they fit into your day. Note that you don't have to totally give up foods that are healthy in moderation; just have them fit into your day's nutritional requirements. Tracking your foods here will help you learn how to do that.

Now that you are here, do yourself a solid favor: work through the SP Diet Stages! This series of articles, 'activities, and much more is one incredible tool in helping us re-create lifestyle. Suggestion: when you find yourself looking at an article and thinking "oh, I know THAT", you need to pay extra attention, so focus. The same is true of the "activities". THINK about them. Awareness is the first step toward change.

You'll come across articles on topics of interest, and "Start a Streak" is one you'll find helpful in creating a sort of self-challenge to ditch your love of junk food.

For you, the streak should not necessarily be "I will not eat any junk food". Instead, consider what it is about these foods that draws you. Is it your love of sugar or salt? Cravings for carbs?
If quantity is also a problem consider this article about "9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less":

SP suggests we set small goals.... and be sure to also set rewards!
Take your time deciding your goals: making them reasonable, attainable.
They are important, and every achievement is worth celebration!

Increasing activity is essential. Walking is handy and since you like walking, do it. Have a pedometer? Wear it at all times, and you will have a good idea of how active you are every day. A little phrase inspires me at times, and periodically I plop it in front of me:
"Move Your Parts!"

SP is a great site loaded with tools and information that will help you ENJOY changes you make. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

TINA3012 SparkPoints: (13)
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12/7/12 9:04 P

I've been on phentermine 37.5mg since Oct.2,2012. I've lost 30lbs and I can't seem to lose anymore. I blame my eating habits. I can't help that I love cake,ice cream,cookies etc.. I don't workout,but I love to walk. I can walk forever. Has /does anybody taken phentermine 37.5mg? If so, how much have you lost ? Did it work out for you and how can I control my eating habits for junk food. I was hoping to have lost 45lbs by Christmas, but I guess that won't be happening. I really wanna lose more weight but I need some encouragement my husband doesn't help much he just tells me it takes time, yes I know but how much time? Any suggestions? Forgot to mention I snack at night and what time should I take the pill? I usually take it at 2:00 since I have energy in the morning and get tired by that time so to boost me up I take it at that time and I'm not hungry until dinner time.

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