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BILL60 Posts: 526,133
10/29/13 8:16 A

Welcome to SP.

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10/29/13 5:57 A

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Take action, and inspiration will follow - Gilad

Change without losing yourself and you can accomplish anything. - Tim Gunn

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DEB2448 Posts: 164,598
10/29/13 1:47 A

Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.
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CALONZO09 SparkPoints: (63)
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10/29/13 12:24 A

Thank you all! Angela, thank you for such great information. I look forward to exploring and learning more. I will definitely reach out to you throughout my journey :)

SIRENALEANNE SparkPoints: (39,091)
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10/28/13 11:53 P

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MMS48390 Posts: 111
10/28/13 7:08 P

Welcome to SP! Definitely use your trackers, they make everything so much better and help keep you accountable! Wish you all the best on your weight loss journey!

-Mallory

"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his/her life will be."
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ANGRITTER SparkPoints: (91,333)
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10/28/13 7:06 P

Hello and emoticon !! My name is Angela and I have been on this site since June 2012. Congratulations on taking your first steps to a brand new you and a new weight loss experience where you are supported by en entire community of like-minded people. This website is dedicated to helping people who want a healthier lifestyle including issues with eating healthy and exercising, as well as support forums where we talk about specific issues.

I recommend reading through the Getting Started Guide at this link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_started.as
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Setting out with the mindset that you are starting a whole NEW lifestyle, while using some things learned in WW or other programs you might have seen, you can definitely do this. It's all about MODERATION!! Making allowances for the things we really want and adding in all the healthy things that we can around it. I call it "eating backwards". You know if you are going to eat the sugary stuff, so put that on your tracker and fill the rest of the day with healthy. It DOES work! I have lost 60 pounds, but have backslid this past month do to oral surgery that "forced" me to eat ice cream! (See what I mean, you can have "cheat" foods, you just have to make sure they aren't cheat DAYS or WEEKS!)

There is a team for everyone that joined the program the same week as you! To go there and join that team, go to SparkTeams and then select ‘SP Class’ and find your week. You will have a mentor running the team, so you will have some guidance and be amongst people starting the same week you did. Makes a good place to find a support buddy.

So welcome and enjoy! If you have questions, you can always reach out and send me a SparkMail, or stop by my SparkPage at the link below. We can do this together, with encouragement and support from others, and SparkPeople has really great resources for any kind of workout or condition!

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, and Enjoy!
Angela
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Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012
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MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (177,911)
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10/28/13 2:33 P

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There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker, because that's the key element in weight loss for most people. Once you're comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, start exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. By tracking everything since May 2011 and using the other features here to keep myself focused, I lost 90 pounds and have maintained that loss for well over a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!
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CALONZO09 SparkPoints: (63)
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10/28/13 2:05 P

Hi everyone, my name is Crystal! I am completely new to this site and still trying to figure it out. I'm still young and trying to find some motivation to help make a better me. Looking to eat healthier and lose some body fat.

I just started daily work outs this past month. I have seen just a tad improvement but feel I can do more.

I must admit, I am a procrastinator. So, Please feel free to check in on me and help me stay motivated!!!

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