Welcome. I haven't been here for a few years. Like anyone else, the weight creeps back on. This is a great site. You will do great!
Edited by: LBS3341 at: 11/29/2011 (08:47)
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11/29/11 6:29 A
We're glad you're here.
Use the site daily and be consistent with your food tracking and exercise. Read the articles for information. Read member blogs for motivation and encouragement.
This is a fabulous site and if you rely on it daily and remain consistent with your program, you will achieve your goals.
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53,002 11/29/11 2:31 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. 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.
2. 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 *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)
Proud Team Leader of Determined Divas!
11/29/11 2:22 A
185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010 Joined weight watchers on 10/18/10 @ 188.0/after multiple 17 week passes took a break on 2/11/12 Weight Loss in 2011--24 lbs. 01/01/12--162.0 02/08/12--159 Plan to lose 12 lbs in 2012 4/19--157 5/18--150 7/07/12=6th anniversary 2012--lost 12 lbs this year!!! 1/04/13--149 :-) 4/11/13--147 5/28/13--145 9/29/13--138 50 lbs 1/13/14--131.5 3/26/14--diagnosed with diabetes 7/26/14--a1c 7.1
Fitness Minutes: (87,100)
11/29/11 1:23 A
Welcome to Spark People!! I am so glad you are here! This is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. There are so many amazing resources to benefit from. From the fitness and nutrition trackers, to the teams and groups where you can get endless amounts of support, motivation, and advice to the articles which will make you fitness and health smart! This is a great site! I hope you have much success!!
Hi Muriel and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly. Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind. Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life. Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration. Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals! If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you. God bless you on your journey to a healthier you. Hugs, Helen
Edited by: MOMMA_BEAR_69 at: 11/29/2011 (01:06)
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007 Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~Mary McLeod Bethune
"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
11/29/11 12:50 A
Hello & to spark, where you will find all the support you need. I for one am on that path to eat healthier & exercise daily. I wish you the best of luck on your journey..
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12,063 11/28/11 10:30 P
Muriel, to SparkPeople. We're so glad that you have joined us!
If you're not having fun, then why run?
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. -- Joan Baez
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. -- the Buddha
Fitness Minutes: (121,710)
11/28/11 10:27 P
Hi and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!
There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.
If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.
That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.
Welcome to SparkPeople. You have a good out look to take one day at a time. I love the food and fitness trackers also. I am glad to meet you.
The rabbit lost the race, but the turtle won because he was slow and kept moving. Co-Leader of 50+members with 100+pounds to loose
Fitness Minutes: (58,261)
11/28/11 9:39 P
Today is day 3 for me to be a part of Spark People. I am excited that I can have food and fitness trackers and all the other tools of this site. I need to lose about 30 lbs. to be healthy. My goal is to take it one day at a time.
I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.
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