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LYNDALOVES2HIKE Posts: 33,955
6/4/11 7:34 P

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

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Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

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In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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Lynda in Orange County, So Calif

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God Grant me Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to Change the things I can and Wisdom to Know the difference!

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden

"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
6/4/11 7:21 P

emoticon to SP and best wishes!


Don't wait for inspiration to come to you - take action, and the inspiration will come! - Gilad

If you don't love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else? - RuPaul

I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore! - the late Peter Finch as Howard Beale, "Network"

The time is always right to do what is right. - Dr. Martin Luther King

You've got to work at living. Ninety-nine and nine-tenths of Americans work at dying! - Jack LaLanne (RIP
RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (219,993)
Fitness Minutes: (207,851)
Posts: 35,273
6/4/11 6:53 P

Welcome to SparkPeople!

Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=1124


Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1154


I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120. I am 5'1.5" short, lol.

I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!

I spent most of my 59 years in Obesityville - that is one town I never want to visit ever again!
Slim City is way more fun!!

Linda
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Central Time Zone
page 39 in The Spark

I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!

KATPRIEBE SparkPoints: (61,569)
Fitness Minutes: (59,715)
Posts: 1,868
6/4/11 6:36 P

Hi and welcome to Sparks,

This is a great place to be with down to earth people with realistic goals and ideas. People who want to help and People who have been there and know what you're going through. Sparks offers a good "getting started" article. You can check it out here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_started.as
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Know that you can do it!

KathyP




Kathy Priebe
www.kathypriebe.com
-Leader of the Wiccan Dieters.
"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."by Virginia Woolf***and*** "Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations." by Ray Bradbury, WD
LKEITHO SparkPoints: (302,214)
Fitness Minutes: (244,382)
Posts: 15,404
6/4/11 5:59 P

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

Keith

Treadmill Desk Users Team Leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=40083


Senior Olympics Team Leader
SPOKENWORD Posts: 4,421
6/4/11 12:00 P

Hey Taitermom! So glad you have joined! You have come to the right place! We are on this journey to healthy living together! I love the SP trackers as well as having someone to be accountable to! Take your time and get use to everything, including the message boards. :) It takes times. Wishing you even more success on your future goals!

Looking forward to hearing more from you!


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What I treasure most in life is being able to dream. During my most difficult moments and complex situations I have been able to dream of a more beautiful future. ..Rigoberta Menchu Tum
LORIT51 Posts: 9
6/4/11 11:37 A

Hi all. I'm am a Canadian mom of four grown sons who came looking for a web site that I can use to keep myself in check. If I know I eat better when I have to report to "someone" so I love the "trackers". Guess we'll see how this goes. I'm new to this whole message board thing too so just thought I'd try saying hello. More later.....

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