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2/9/13 5:17 P

Wow! Thank you all for your wonderful messages of support. I am overwhelmed and feel so much love and energy coming from you all. I began tracking again yesterday but did fall off the wagon in the evening. Today is a new day and will be better! Small changes are the way to go I can see that. Bless you all.

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2/9/13 8:02 A

I'm sorry for your loss. It's difficult to find a balance between taking care of ourselves and taking care of those we love in times like these. But sometimes, taking care of ourselves is taking care of those we love. If we eat well and we feel well we can be more centered and we won't topple so easily when people need to lean on us for support.

Go on walks, meditate. Pick a small goal, just one thing that you can succeed at for now that will improve your health. Someone once told me that the key to better health is not taking things away, but asking yourself, "What can I add?" Can you add 10 minutes a day to sit and focus on your breath? Can you add a yoga class? Can you add a glass of water?

Just remember that we'll be here to support you when you need it too. emoticon

Welcome back to Sparkpeople.

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2/9/13 6:51 A

Welcome to Sparkpeople!
Attitude is everything! Good luck with your journey, and if you need friends, we are here!!!

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2/9/13 6:44 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your journey.

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2/8/13 10:35 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 havenít, 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!

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2/8/13 8:57 P

Thank you so very much for taking the time to send me your message. You are right and already today I am on track with my water consumption! Small steps is the way to go. Bless you!

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2/8/13 8:48 P

I'm sorry for your loss and for everything you are going through. First off, remember that you have to take care of yourself first. If you don't then you won't be around to take care of anyone else. Secondly, you were successful once you can do it again.

Start with small changes and take it one day at a time.


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2/8/13 6:57 P

Hi I had wonderful success with SparkPeople towards the end of last year up until my Dad became gravely ill. I had both my parents living with me for 3 months whilst Dad was in decline. As you can imagine there were daily stresses and fears, all of which completely sidelined my previously successful regime.
Since he has passed away I have been dealing with my Mother who is completely bereft. I am an only child and her main support.
Can anyone give me some tips to get back on track? Or at least help me to feel like taking charge again? I just don't seem to have any appetite and then when I do eat it is not nearly enough I know.
Thanks for listening.

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