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BILL60 Posts: 861,859
6/8/13 8:33 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough and be tougher.

WIANGEL SparkPoints: (15,070)
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6/8/13 7:21 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

Although each person has different goals, you're in great company here. The amount of support and community at Sparks is unlike any other website. (Trust me, I've tried them all!) emoticon

If there is any way that I can help you along your journey, just let me know! I'm always here for friends in need.

Irish smiles,

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (38,869)
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6/8/13 2:42 A

Elizabeth, you already got great words from BigSkyCherie, but I'll add my condolences, too.

Here are some links I like to share with new members:

If you haven't already, you might enjoy checking out the SparkDiet overview, which explains how the nutrition program here works:

And I think these new member tutorial videos are very helpful:

Some things that are helpful to many new members:
Get on a Spark Team or two that match your interests. You will find it easy to get acquainted with folks on Spark Teams. For instance, you can select a Team of Sparkers in your city, or Sparkers who follow a particular food plan (vegetarians, low carb, etc.), Sparkers with a particular health concern, or Sparkers who share your hobbies. Another option is to set up your Spark Page and start blogging. Some folks use the Community Journals. Post a lot on the message boards, especially if you have successes or challenges. You'll soon find that you're connecting with many nice folks here.

Taking good care of yourself is a way to affirm that life is worth living, and that the life your son fought for was worthwhile. I wish you the very best.

ELIZABETH1225 SparkPoints: (41)
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6/7/13 11:33 P

Thank you, and i would love to have you as my friend. This is a new site for me so i hope i am in all the right places, with my son Brandon who passed he had to have three to five thousands of calories a day, and of course i ate with him. Right now i have been drinking slim fast twice a day and dinner . I have joined the gym it has been helping .

BIGSKYCHERIE SparkPoints: (99,744)
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6/7/13 11:21 P

WELCOME! You've come to the right place. Yes, I'm sure he would want you to continue to get as healthy as possible, and to honor his memory, I'm sure you will do it. For his memory, for your daughter AND FOR YOU! I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. Any words I would try to say are surely inadequate. Please know that my heart breaks for you and I will keep you in my prayers. The people on Spark People are very caring and supportive. I'm sure if you join a few teams of people with something in common with yourself, you will find many great supportive friends here. Please allow me to be one--even though we may not have a lot in common (my children are grown, I'm much older than you and I have a lot more than 50 lbs. to lose--even though I've already lost 103 lbs.). I'd like to be one of your Spark friends, cheering you on as we travel this journey together toward a healthy lifestyle. I find it's helpful to look at losing just 5 lbs. at a time, or 5 or 10% of my body weight at a time, rather than looking at the whole amount at once (that's depressing to me). Remember that it's not JUST about losing weight--it's about getting healthy and creating habits you can live with for the rest of your life. So taking it one baby step at a time will yield great results.
I treat SP as a job--I log on daily, track my food and exercise each day and try to earn at least 50 points a day before I log off. Those points can be earned by reading articles, watching videos, interacting with Spark friends, etc. It all works together to teach me how to get healthy and stay that way. I look forward to getting to knowing you. Remember, together we CAN do this.
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ELIZABETH1225 SparkPoints: (41)
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6/7/13 10:45 P

Hello I am Elizabeth a mother of two my son passed away last moth at age 19, he lost his battle with cystic fibrosis, are goal together was for him to to receive a double lung transplant and for me to lose weight, he wanted to try his new lungs by racing around the world on amazing race. So now i am alone without him and gaining weight i know he would want me to continue living life, but as the days go by it gets harder and i become a emotional eater so i need lots of support, i still have my daughter to live for, i need to lose at least fifty lbs

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