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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (280,943)
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6/27/13 1:22 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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DIXIEMCCALL SparkPoints: (11,808)
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6/26/13 8:18 P

You're there, now begins the mental journey of being happy with yourself even if you're not at your "ideal." I find that reading some of the awesome success stories here help me a lot to realize that I'm OKAY!!
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JORDANXNICHOLE SparkPoints: (3)
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6/26/13 3:14 P

Hey guys, I'm Jordan. I am a 22-year old female living in Lansing, Michigan.I am faced today with a task that has largely been the struggle for the entirety of my life: losing all of the weight--and then actually keeping it off. Since 2009, I have lost 145-150 pounds, and am well within my healthy weight range as I am now. At 5'8", I weigh 155 on a bad day (today), and have gotten down to 146 at my lowest weight. When I was there I felt I was at my maintenance weight; I was very happy with how I looked and felt about my body, but then I let it slip. Never more than 10 pounds, but, over and over again, I have let the same 10 pounds take over my body! Something about being skinny is really scary for me. Psychologically, I think I have used weight as a way to protect myself from others judging me, when ironically, it causes me to harshly judge myself and to develop low self esteem. I have always been told I was beautiful, and now I hear it constantly...but part of me feels so uncomfortable with it, like my "beauty" is the only thing people love me for or see in me. I know it's not true, but I find myself always working so hard to prove my worth to the world, to prove that I'm a good, hard-working person and that I'm not just a pretty face...and it is exhausting. I feel like there is some responsibility that comes with being technically "attractive". Some people hate you for it. Some people see only the way you look. I am setting my goal today: I want I get to a place where I see and proud of my body; which is not very far away, but I need guidance. When I get there, how do I stop myself from feeling so vulnerable, so open to judgment...even guilty? I know I can do this. I have done it. I just don't know how to deal once I'm there. It sounds so silly, but, I am ready to feel deserving of a healthy, active body! How do I get to that place?

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