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BILL60 Posts: 942,565
4/3/13 8:35 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best.

NGCHILD SparkPoints: (158,982)
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4/2/13 2:02 P

Hi Laura and welcome to Spark!! I wish you much luck on your journey!!

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ALESHA115 SparkPoints: (902)
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4/2/13 1:00 P

Hi Laura!

I just joined this site yesterday and was also thinking it would be fun to have an accountability/encouragement buddy! I'm 5'3" and 135lbs and moderately active as well but am trying to get down to 115-119 lbs and just feel strong and healthy. You said that you have been pretty fit in the past and while that's not so much the case for me (I've yo-yo'd back and forth my entire life) I really want to achieve my ideal body.

I live with my boyfriend/fiance too and can TOTALLY relate to getting comfortable especially when he's such a junk food junky haha. I was about 130 when we started dating but was much more toned back then too. I got up to 145 at one point, was so unhappy, and my boyfriend brought it up to me and let me know that is was a problem (which really hurt but was huge wake up call!). After that it was a lot of two steps forward one step back and I eventually made it to 135 and then 130 then 127 and then I made it to my lowest weight last summer (without ever weighing myself I'd guess I was probably 123) and I felt great!

Obviously, I didn't keep up with it and now I'm back to 135. I've struggled with my weight my entire life (I grew up in a family who was big on processed foods, not big on physical activity, and didn't understand the first thing about nutrition) and don't think I've seen my goal weight of 115-119lbs since I was probably 13 years old!

As I've gotten older I've tried to form my own healthy habits and be better and more conscious of my health and weight but it's really a back and forth thing. Sometimes I'm really motivated and other times I just get complacent and don't care, but I'm 23 and if I can't achieve and maintain the body I want now....then I don't even want to think about what I'll look like in my 30's.
I was actually chatting with someone the other day about weight loss surgeries and people we knew who had had them and the big question was "How do you let it get that bad!?"... and I realized even tho I might not think I look all THAT bad or even if I'm not EXTREMELY overweight I could still lose 20 lbs of fat on my body and that's a lot! I don't want to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I don't want to feel self-conscious in a bathing suit. I don't want to not do something (like going for a hike with someone whose much more in shape, or wearing shorts, or trying to water ski) just because I'm embarrassed or uncomfortable in my body. I don't just want to be thin. I want to be healthy, and proud of my body! I want to be in control of how I look and feel, and I want to prove to myself that I can do it!

Well, that's a Lot about me...What are your goals? Ideal weight? Workout style/preferences? I don't skype but I'm open to daily emailing and keeping each other accountable and motivated.

Good luck! We're totally on our way to forming success stories! :)


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4/2/13 11:45 A

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 haven’t, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated.
I’ve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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4/2/13 10:56 A

Hi, Laura!

Welcome to Sparkpeople! Check out the Sparkteams (under community above) to find those with common interests. The teams really help!

Make sure to track everything. That is imperative to winning this game.


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4/2/13 10:50 A

Hi all,

I'm Laura, I'm 21. I currently weigh 9st 12lbs (138 lbs). I'm about 5ft 3 and have a moderately active lifestyle. I study Product Design at university and am engaged to a wonderful man. The only down side is i used to be a nice slim UK size 8-10 with a really healthy lifestyle, since being with my fiance i have become increasingly disinterested in my weight and have just enjoyed going out for meals ordering in food and eating lots of chocolate!

I am looking for someone who is of a similar weight who would like to regularly Skype/email in hope that we can both keep each other motivated. I would love to have someone to talk to who understands what I'm doing and can hopefully gain a great supportive friendship.

Laura xx emoticon

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