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CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (27,232)
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7/11/13 1:35 A

Welcome!

You sound like a very busy woman, but I'm sure if you're able to find the couple minutes here and there each day it takes to track your food and fitness, you will go far! It's amazing how simply becoming more aware can help make healthier diet choices. I know it does for me! Spending spare time on Sparkpeople instead of Facebook or watching tv also helps me personally keep focus on healthy eating and fitness.

Good luck--we can't wait to hear your success story!

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (280,810)
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7/11/13 1:18 A

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Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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TEENY_BIKINI SparkPoints: (136,090)
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7/10/13 8:53 P

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MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (134,573)
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7/10/13 3:41 P

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There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, 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 almost a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!
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MOM2TALK SparkPoints: (218)
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7/10/13 2:47 P

Hi, there! My name is Tiffany, and I'm from Alabama - up near Birmingham. Typical story... girl meets chocolate cake, girl falls in love with chocolate cake, chocolate cake makes girl buy elastic waistband pants...

Seriously, though, I'm a mom of 5 - a step-daughter in her 30's, a son who would've been 20 this year, a daughter who's about to turn 19, and two who live at home still - aged 12 and 9. That's what my Spark Name means, by the way - TALK is the first letter of each of my biological children's names. I'm also married to a wonderful man - this year will be our 13th. I almost lost him in 2010 to a massive heart attack that destroyed 1/3 of his heart - and it's because of this that I've been yo-yo'ing on diets ever since. I actually found SparkPeople because I was researching the 'hype' of a program and I came across the comments offered by some of the members regarding the program. I have since decided to join the community, as you can tell, instead of investing in yet another program that'll probably not work for me anyway.

So far, I've done many different things, and right now I just want to focus on increasing my exercise, decreasing my calories and making small additional changes to improve my health and the health of my family.

Ok, that's me on a health and family level - personal level, I'm in real estate and my hobbies include singing, writing, drawing and website design. I like to dabble with photos, too, making subtle changes to create my own versions of art. I love animals and the outdoors, and I'm hoping to start a small back yard garden as soon as I figure out HOW and WHEN to begin. I'm pretty sociable and outgoing, and I'm looking for friends here so that I can be part of a support group that will enable me to finally reach my goals - because I'm at the beginning of a VERY long journey. My ultimate goal is to lose over 100 pounds... and while it seems really far away right now, I know that each small step in that direction will ultimately get me there. Any advice or experiences that you can share will be GREATLY appreciated, and I look forward to making many friends here!

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