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-SHAWN- Posts: 25,246
10/31/13 3:38 A

Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (266,338)
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10/30/13 7:46 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (198,329)
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10/29/13 8:10 P

Hi Penny,
Welcome to SP!
This is a great site with lots of tips and tools to help you reach your goals. Members are supportive and helpful so feel free to ask questions.
One of the best ways to stay accountable and motivated is to be active on your Spark Teams. Plus, it's a good way to make new friends who have similar interests.
Good for you on quitting smoking. It's been 4 years this month for me. It's a hard habit to quit, but well worth it.

Best of luck to you!


SIRENALEANNE SparkPoints: (37,946)
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10/29/13 3:08 P

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FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (120,190)
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10/29/13 1:30 P

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I invitee and encourage you to check out the Sparkteams for others sharing your medical problems and for others with similar interests.

Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.

The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.


PRINCESSPENNY69 SparkPoints: (283)
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10/29/13 12:46 P

Hi all, I have been trying to lose, joined here and got too busy, gonna try to stick with this and get motivated to lose, I have severe fibromyalgia/Myofacial syndrome and 5 herniated disks in my neck and back.
Despite these physical problems I am still trying to get some excersise:)
I quit smoking 15 mths ago soooo a lot of this is that?
Also depression, that happens when you gain massive weight in one year:(

Any tips greatly appreciated
Penny emoticon

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