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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (385,188)
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7/8/14 9:10 P

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

JIBBIE49 Posts: 64,703
7/8/14 1:12 A

How wonderful that you had sense enough to get out of a bad marriage and now you are married to a wonderful guy. Four kids is a lot, so I understand your stress. The Atkins diet works for me but I have to really follow it as I've had five kids and so I don't lose fast either. Just be careful you aren't eating to many calories on it.
Work on releasing FIVE POUNDS ten times and you will get to your goal.

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (400,995)
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7/8/14 1:09 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. 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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TRACYG0625 SparkPoints: (11,889)
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7/7/14 11:30 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople! I am returning after a long hiatus which I am still kicking myself over. I lost 36 lbs in about 6-8 mths back then and then gained back 10. So here I am again starting over. I started at 256 lbs and am currently at 230. I am 47 and a mother of 2 girls (20 and 15).

This is a great place to start! I gave up diets this time around. I am focusing on eating balanced meals and staying within my calorie range. Tracking is very important - that 10 lbs I gained back? I stopped tracking. It is kind of a pain in the beginning but gets easier as you do it more and your 'favorites' build in your meal tracker. Exercise tracking is important too! I use it to motivate to keep going when the scale doesn't move. Slow and steady wins the race as they say. Also I have found that setting up other measurements to track (waist, hips, biceps, thighs, etc) helps also so when the scale isn't moving the fat usually still is and you will find you have lost inches. I found my waist this way so am no longer an apple but a pear (darn hips and thighs). Still a work in progress but it does keep me motivated.

If you would like you can add me as a friend on your page and we can help each other stay motivated. Just click on the 'view sparkpage' or whatever the button says on the left emoticon

Good luck! emoticon

CANTOLINA2014 SparkPoints: (3,081)
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7/7/14 11:14 P

I have never had any problems with my weight because I was in the military and worked out quite a bit. I have had four kids and a very rough divorce. I packed on the pounds. I am finally at a place in my life where it's time to start working on me. I am remarried to my best friend and loving life. He and I are both overweight and have been on the Atkins's diet. He dropped 28 pounds in a matter of weeks. I have yet to lose even one pound. I was on this diet once before and the weight came right off, I just got tired of eating the same thing over and over. I am serious about this weight loss and could use any help that any of you could offer. I do work full time and also go to school full time, so time is an issue with me. My family has been going on bike rides and started hiking, so I'm heading in the right direction.

My husband tells me I'm beautiful. Wait till he sees me 50 pounds lighter! I'll leave him speechless. So please I need your help.

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