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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (267,512)
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9/12/13 9:32 P

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

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (296,252)
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9/12/13 1:55 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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PROUD-GRANDMA SparkPoints: (97,045)
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9/12/13 1:50 A

Welcome to SP La Nette! I'm glad you're here!

MEETSADMAMA SparkPoints: (36,504)
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9/12/13 1:24 A

It's great to meet you =]
So sorry to hear that you've had something so horrible happen to you. As a past victim of physical and mental abuse for most of my childhood I know how much of an impact things like that can affect you on a regular basis and also on how people that have no idea what you are going through can't understand the effects no matter how hard they try and it can be very frustrating!!

You'll notice that there are a lot of people on SP that CAN relate and they HAVE overcome the effects and they're stories are just so inspiring =] This place can be such a strong supportive community. Just stick to your goals and the friends you make on here will help you get to your final destination. Something I like to pass on to new members I meet to help them stay on track...it's not about being perfect - it's about being better than yesterday. Just think about the results if you just change 2-3 things at a time. It may not be as fast as you want, but it's more likely to stay off and you're less likely to have days where you just say forget it I'll start again tomorrow.

Good luck with your journey!!

DEVYNDIOR SparkPoints: (83)
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9/12/13 1:00 A

Hi guys/girls, I'm La Nette and I'm 18 years old. I'm starting hopefully my final weight loss journey. I'm currently trying to lose 100+ pounds and finally be happier with myself. I have been a bigger girl since I was about 6 years old but I hadn't been morbidly obese up until the last two years. I was sexually abused back in 2011 and have been putting on weight since. Over 90lbs to be exact, and I've decided that I'm finally going to fight to get my life back. I've had very hard times sticking with any diet because I have very low self esteem and feel like I could never do it also I eat to deal with my feelings especially here lately. I figured this would be the best place and hopefully a place that I can stick to it and finally be myself again.

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