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DIGGING2GRAVES SparkPoints: (227)
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1/28/12 11:15 P

Thanks Joann, I like the energy the online community has to share!

DIGGING2GRAVES SparkPoints: (227)
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1/28/12 11:14 P

Thanks MRE for the inspiring quotes!

JOANN1212 SparkPoints: (69,958)
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1/28/12 3:51 P

WELCOME TO SPARKPEOPLE AND HANG IN THERE!

DIGGING2GRAVES SparkPoints: (227)
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1/28/12 1:10 P

Thanks 60Sixty for the quiz. When I signed up, it suggested Spark Teams and it did enroll me into the newbies group for this week, so I will find that Spark Class you speak of. Thanks for the info again!

Edited by: DIGGING2GRAVES at: 1/28/2012 (13:11)
DIGGING2GRAVES SparkPoints: (227)
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1/28/12 1:02 P

Thanks Laurie for sharing the resources. I didn't know about the video recipes and it's nice that they include the nutrition info and you can even add it to the tracker. I also liked the monthly calendars for motivation and the video on how to use the community features was helpful too. Looking forward to using Sparkpeople.

Edited by: DIGGING2GRAVES at: 1/28/2012 (13:11)
LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (199,450)
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1/26/12 9:07 A

Hi emoticon 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.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=571


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 and best wishes!
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60SIXTY Posts: 24,911
1/26/12 8:14 A

emoticon . to Sparking! . emoticon

To both give and receive support, I suggest joining and participating in at least one Spark TEAM. When you signed up, SP offered you a "Spark Class" which is a team for the newbies who signed up the week you did.

I found this Spark Quiz loaded with useful information for newbies:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quizzes_start
.asp?quizid=54


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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
1/26/12 6:36 A

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DIGGING2GRAVES SparkPoints: (227)
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1/26/12 12:29 A

I'm rebounding from a marriage broken by my former spouse's infidelity. It has changed my life forever and as we have children together - it seems like I have to relive the pain and humility over and over again with being forced to deal with said cheater - and I will have daily reminders of not only a broken heart, but a broken self. On top of the sneaky grief that creeps upon me almost every day - it gets to feeling overwhelming having to deal with the esteem issues, self doubt, self hate and discovery of an ego I thought I never had. During counseling, I've been told to take a walk outside in the sun? - but to be honest, I am questioning the validity of my former perception of my own attractiveness - and while thinking about my appearance may seem superficial, I weigh on the pros that tackling something tangible might help distract me and hopefully help me find confidence in getting over my other problems, such as the sense of loss and heartache I've had.

Aside from my anonymous confession here, the only other people I've confided in as to the truth why my marriage ended are my therapist and sister. Even though I secretly believe that in order to survive as a victim of infidelity requires a good stroking to my ego - a more tangible reason is wanting to look decent in pictures as I received a generous "cheer up" gift from my sister; she has booked us a trip to the Bahamas in August - and while I hate to say it, I don't believe any woman could really enjoy such a trip if she can't pull off at least one bathing suit.

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