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50,318 1/7/13 1:39 A
WELCOME TO SPARK!!! 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 *~
Hi Remington, Spark people is a great place to find people with similar goals and needs. Try looking in the Spark teams for people who have about the same weight lose and exercise goals or who have common interests. Also, it really helps to make a Spark Page. Start simple and add to it as you can. Good luck
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1 1/6/13 11:15 P
Hello all ! I'm very excited to start this journey and want to give some background with the warning that it'll turn into a novel!
I've been overweight for almost my whole life. Not terribly overweight when I was young, but it has increased as i've gotten older. I remember my first day of grade 10. Standing at my locker, puting all my new supplies in with friends coming up to greet me and say hello. I remember that morning being concerned that I'd put on weight over the summer and that I looked terrible. Now that I'm 22 and a lot of pounds later, I'd love to go back to how I looked then. I don't remember my weight when i was 15 but I'm sure it is somewhere around my goal weight now. If i would have taken the proper steps back then i wouldn't be in the situation i am in now. But enough of that..
i've made excuses for a long time. Luckily I've had a boyfriend of 6 years who is supportive and loves me for me, but this topic is a hard one for me to talk with him about. I feel embarassed. I've done the whole fad diets, pills, practically starving myself etc. I have finally now accepted that there is no easy way or magical pill that will do this for me. I need to kick my laziness to the curb.
The following is a list of challenges or difficulties I'm going to face with my diet success: 1) I live with my boyfriend and his family. They are all fairly thin and can eat what they want. Therefore the food in the house isn't geared towards somebody who is dieting. I am going to have to really watch myself and make different meals. This is probably the hardest one. 2) I have a fairly physically demanding career (with short hours though!) with a 45 minute commute one way, which makes wanting to do anything physical when i get home, a challenge 3) I am by no means an alcoholic, but I'm young and enjoy my weekends. I have given up beer (which has been hard!). I don't "need" alcohol to be happy, but I don't want to completely cut it out as I need my "me" time. Maybe a one day cheat day is acceptable ? 4) I do not have the money nor the desire to get a gym membership. I am totally open to cardio and weight training, but I do not want to go to gym for that. 5) I'm lazy. and an emotional eater. This is another big one.
So with all that said, I'm seeking some advice and some support and importantly some friends on here ! I put in with my registration that I am 5'8 and 240 lbs. I am not 100% on the weight, I'm going by what my last medical exam had said. I actually do not own a scale and don't really want to either. I am going to measure after I make this post (which I probably should have done prior, but oh well). My goal weight is 180 lbs. I'm sure when I get to that point I'll set out another goal. I am big boned, very strong for a female and am overall healthy. i do have borderline high blood pressure, but hopefully not for long !
Thanks for reading and hello to everybody ! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and I look forward to meeting you!
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