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MIRROR89 SparkPoints: (515)
Fitness Minutes: (115)
Posts: 14
3/22/13 12:07 P

Thank you so much Sheila. It is comforting to know that I have support in this. I will keep you posted.

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (62,797)
Fitness Minutes: (56,458)
Posts: 10,602
3/22/13 11:00 A

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 havenít, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated.
Iíve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!
Sheila


MIRROR89 SparkPoints: (515)
Fitness Minutes: (115)
Posts: 14
3/22/13 10:41 A

Thank you so much for the valuable information you gave me. I will definitely use it and I will let you know how things are going. Thanks so much!!

IT-IS-WHATITIS SparkPoints: (97,383)
Fitness Minutes: (50,447)
Posts: 1,985
3/22/13 10:29 A

WELCOME MIRROR89! 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, think about creating a Sparkpage or if you have the setting for private, make 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!
To create your Sparkpage, you will see a link to create one on your START page. The "Create Profile/SparkPage" link is located in the "My Community" section, which is in the upper right area of the Start Page. You just click on that link and then follow the step-by-step instructions to setup your Page.

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:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/hel
p_support.asp
(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 SPARKCOACH.com for extra support, motivation, and inspiration. I joined it, and LOVING IT! Great way to stay accountable!

Log on everyday to stay focused!

NEVER QUIT!! NEVER GIVE UP!
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:
ACCEPT it, HANDLE it, and MOVE ON!

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!
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MIRROR89 SparkPoints: (515)
Fitness Minutes: (115)
Posts: 14
3/22/13 10:16 A

Hi everyone, I am a new member and my primary goal is to feel good mind, body and spirit. In order to help me accomplish this goal, I want to lose the extra 30 pounds I've gain over the years. It is wonderful to be apart of a supportive website that gives me the encouragement and tools I need to help me on this journey. One of the reason I joined, was because of the great blogs and stories I have read about the same issues and concerns I face, how to overcome those things and to be inspired. I am ready to MAKE THE CHANGE to be the best me I can be. Please e-mail with any advice or motivational quotes you can share with me. You guys are an INSPIRATION!!

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