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BILL60 Posts: 941,404
7/14/13 8:55 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough and be tough!!

NINA4D Posts: 13
7/14/13 1:51 A

Thank you so much, you are such an inspiration! Love all the good advice, thank you again.

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (537,041)
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7/14/13 1:40 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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7/13/13 11:53 P


ZENRYAKU SparkPoints: (78,066)
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7/13/13 7:54 P

Welcome to SparkPeople.

I can empathise with your frustration about doing everything right and the scale or tape goes in the opposite direction. Not sure whether this will help, but I have found that measurements are not always linear. If you have graphed your measurements you will have seen this. But I have seen with my own measurements, that over the nearly 18 months I have participated here, the trend is going the right way! Just now in the time frame in mind when I started.

With regard to setting goals I read these SparkPeople articles recently:

What I learnt was to set goals that are achievable, even if they seem really little to start with. For example, I have a goal to drink 8 glasses of water/day. This particular goal is automatically tracked by SparkPeople, so I decided to use it as a SparkStreak. My longest streak is 103 days. I'm currently on the 3rd day of my next streak.

The idea is to start with small goals that you meet. The feeling of accomplishment is huge in comparison to the goal, and it helps you set and meet the next one. Give it a go!


NINA4D Posts: 13
7/13/13 7:24 P

Hello everyone, just a short message to introduce myself. I have been a Weight Watcher member for 7 years and re-joined then to loose 15-20 lbs. I have successfully lost and re-gained 5 lbs in 7 years along with 4 surgeries and 4 bouts of steroids. I only started exercising after I retired in June 2012, beginning exercising on Sept 10, 12 . I have faithfully walked/ran, high intensity running and varying programs on the treadmill Mon-Fri 40 min, completing 2-3 miles a day and walking approx. 12,000-19,000 steps a day (treadmill included). I eat 22 of my 26 points plus a day never using my extra points and only on occasion using a few activity points. (Over the 7 years I have played with my points and this is what worked the best) So on Wed. after my weigh in I gained yet again and decided to re-due my measurements since 1/1/12 and much to my disappointment gained 2 inches in my waist, 1 inch in my thigh and everything else remained the same. So, here I am trying to figure where I failed and where to go from here. I apologize for dumping this as I introduce myself but I am broken and frustrated and would rather be open and honest than act phony. My goal is to fit into my clothes in my closet which is about 10-15 lbs. I don't set goals because I don't meet them and it only frustrates me more because on paper it looks like I should. I faithfully go to the meetings and faithfully journal every bite and faithfully exercise and NOTHING!!! No results. I saw a dietician and he can't explain it, other that to exercise more. I could use the encouragement, suggestions, advice or anything else that might help. I did punish myself and did Insanity workout 1, and think I will never physically be the same, WOW what an insane workout! I will try it again on Monday, Wed. and Friday to see if that works. I am hopeful, that is it hopeful, not sure where or what my hope lies in next but there has got to be a way for a willing person like me. I have joined this site because it breaks down the food I eat so that I might be able to see if I consume more in one area than another. Thank you so much.

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