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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
11/30/12 7:54 A


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (369,034)
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11/30/12 1:17 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. 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.

3. 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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Paula in Denver, Colorado

"You were given life; it is your find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)

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11/29/12 11:31 P

Hi and emoticon to Sparkpeople!

Here's a vegetarian and vegan group I belong to:


Every life should have 9 cats.

Leader of Lowering Salt Intake Team
PROUD-GRANDMA SparkPoints: (107,768)
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11/29/12 10:41 P

Welcome to SP. You may want to do a search on the SP for vegan. It may pick up some groups you can join. Enjoy!

Live each moment to its fullest!
HEATHERECUMMINS SparkPoints: (9,732)
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11/29/12 8:41 P

Hi everyone! I'm new here, so I'll give you a little background about me. I am a recent university graduate and a new mom. I finished my Honours degree in Indigenous Studies and Business Administration this past May and I am now working full time as an office manager for a snack foods distribution company. My husband is a full time student in his professional year of teaching and he works part time. My daughter is 18 months old. both she and my husband are vegan and I'm... well... vegan-ish. I use eat eggs and I don't consume milk or yogurt, although I sometimes enjoy artisan cheeses.
My biggest challenges have been finding time to THINK about exercising. I know there are lots of tricks (doing squats while emptying dishwasher, etc) but my biggest problem is that I am so overwhelmingly busy at all times that I forget to do these things.
Another challenge for me is finding nutrition programs that suit mine and my family's dietary needs. For example, the Spark nutrition tracker suggests that I should get way more calories from protein and way less from carbohydrates than is realistic for me because my best sources of protein (beans and whole grains) are also very high in carbohydrates.
Looking for some veggie mom support out there!

"I work out not because I hate my body, but because I love my body"
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