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3/6/13 8:29 A

Hi Marianne. emoticon to Sparkpeople!

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3/6/13 8:19 A


I agree with newrunner, it really is about starting small. at first, just focus on making better food choices, as you get more and more comfortable with that, start counting the actual calories and putting things into the tracker, then, once you're comfortable with that, add in a small amount of exercise, and then increase the exercise as you are able/comfortable, over time. Just remember, any good step is a step in the right direction, and you don't have to do it 100% perfectly starting out. You will still see a difference! :D

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3/6/13 7:47 A

Welcome to sparkpeople. I hope the site can help you meet all your goals and encourage you to keep moving forward as it has me! There is so much to do on the site. Remember all good things take time!

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3/4/13 6:23 P

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your journey to a healthier you.

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3/4/13 4:43 P

Hi, Welcome to SP!!! I hope you enjoy your time here & that it helps you in reaching all your goals!!

My advice would be to use the trackers and STAY CONNECTED here no matter what! You will have great days & those not so great days, but come here on ALL of them! We're all in this together and it really helps knowing others are going thru the same things you are!!

And when you get a chance, be sure to make yourself a Spark page-fellow Sparkers can visit & leave you comments & goodies to encourage you on your journey to a healthier YOU!!!


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3/3/13 12:03 P

Hi and welcome to Spark People! You can do this!! Just take it one day at a time and don't stress the numbers on the scale, they are only a minute portion of your weight loss!!

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3/3/13 10:52 A


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3/3/13 9:16 A


This is a great place to give and to get support on your journey.

For myself, I've found the following helpful:

*Start slowly. Make one or two steps a solid habit, then add more. Don't take on the whole world at once.

*Try to see every nutrition and fitness choice as an opportunity. For example, choosing fruit and oatmeal over a doughnut is an opportunity to reach your goals, not something to dread.

*Realize that everyone makes mistakes. Get back up. You're strong enough! emoticon

*Figure out as closely as possible both calories in and calories out. That way, if other things come in that affect weight loss, you at least know this piece of the puzzle.

*SparkPeople is a great place to find other motivated people, but find also someone around you if you can. If you can't, at least find a buddy you can turn to on the phone or online for times when you're struggling.

These are just a few things that came to mind when you asked. Please share your journey with us and reach out whenever you need help! emoticon

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3/3/13 8:39 A

My name is Marianne and I read about this on womans world my favorite magazine. dont have money to join weight watchers again but I need support for others to be successful. please send me any helpful suggestions.

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