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1/31/12 2:39 P

emoticon Welcome to SP, this is a great site which I believe you should use on a daily basis, not only for information, but for motivation and encouragement. Good luck!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (228,492)
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1/31/12 7:55 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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1/30/12 9:59 P

emoticon Welcome KIMBOBROCKY2011!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

Now that I have reached my BIG 50: Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

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NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
1/29/12 11:43 A

Howdy and welcome to Spark People! You have sure got some physical issues starting out - which is common I think. I know I did (and still do!). A lot of us have chronic disorders that getting healthy really helps, money or no money. I think the part of the Spark approach that helps me most with my physical issues is learning to be gentle with myself, patient and to take everything in small steps, building success on small accomplishments to improve my confidence. I have been reading other peoples' blogs and posts and earning a lot from the courage and determination many of them have. It is absolutely not just another diet program here! It is great that you already have a modest exercise program and a few disciplines you stick to. Setting small goals and working toward them builds on your strengths, so read the Stages and Strategies material for ideas. Good luck. Feel free to check out my Spark Page or Spark mail me any time!

You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
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1/29/12 9:41 A

I have hypoglycemia and no money right now to deal with it. I am having trouble sleeping. I exercise 15-20 minutes per day on a stationery bike. I eat several small meals a day with usually one big meal in the evening. I don't eat sugar or chocolate. I use stevia and splenda. My water intake is up and down. I have trouble staying asleep at night.

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