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4EVER21B Posts: 9,937
7/10/13 3:55 P

Welcome to Spark People!

Be sure to check out the teams. The teams have helped me stay focus and provided me with support. Also, a great resource for challenges to help you develop and/or maintain good habits.

If you have questions about any aspect of the website or the program, post a message in one of our Forums. For example, if you have a question about nutrition, post a message in the Diet and Nutrition Forum. Or a question about exercise, post in the Fitness Forum and so forth.

Feel free to drop by my Spark Page and say hi.


BEGINNINGTOBEME SparkPoints: (5,223)
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Posts: 33
7/10/13 3:47 P

Thank you for the quick-reply welcome and advice. And congratulations on 90 lbs lost- that is truly amazing, and inspirational!

MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (148,968)
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Posts: 6,754
7/10/13 3:40 P

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!

BEGINNINGTOBEME SparkPoints: (5,223)
Fitness Minutes: (981)
Posts: 33
7/10/13 3:30 P

Quickly, I am 33, married, two small kinds (2 and 7), a second career RN in hospice (love it). I am a vegetarian (yes, a fat one) since the age of 14. I love classic lit, Anthony Bourdain (even though he eats mostly meat), Pilates (when I feel confident) and I am trying to reconnect with my former artistic side (shelved when I became a mama).

I am going on vacation to Santo Domingo in one month. And once again, I am imagining the potential horrors of appearing before anyone in tropical-climate-appropriate attire, let alone a bathing suit. I can allready see myself pouting on the sidelines while my healthier hubby and son frolick in the sunshine, carefree. This idyllic vacation (and well-deserved after years of 50-60 hour work weeks) may just be another opportunity I don't take full advantage of, because I am 80+ pounds overweight.

So, at 33, I am again trying to get my mind and body to a place of health. I have struggled with clinical depression and panic attacks since adolescence, and my roller-coastering weight has only added to the mix. But I am not giving up, and I hope to find motivation and comaraderie here, so that I can stop missing out on the brilliant opportunities ahead.

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