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My weight loss journey.

I am married with three children. We live in a small town in rural South Dakota. I have been on a roller coaster weight ride my entire life. In the Spring/Summer of 2009 I weighed 157. Since then I have put on 50 pounds. I am now on a journey to lose those 50 pounds, eat healthier and get into an exercise routine that I can stay in long-term. My husband has also added some pounds so we are on this journey together, which I am excited about. Both of us would like to lose a significant ...
I am married with three children. We live in a small town in rural South Dakota. I have been on a roller coaster weight ride my entire life. In the Spring/Summer of 2009 I weighed 157. Since then I have put on 50 pounds. I am now on a journey to lose those 50 pounds, eat healthier and get into an exercise routine that I can stay in long-term. My husband has also added some pounds so we are on this journey together, which I am excited about. Both of us would like to lose a significant amount of weight before our planned summer vacation trip in July.




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3STRIKES
3/11/2011 2:32:41 PM

Hey there! I just noticed your post in the South Dakota team & noticed your are from Lennox. ME TOO! Been there all my life. Best wishes on your journey. emoticon



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2/5/2011 8:31:59 PM

WELCOME! Nice to have you with us! I love my Sparkworld, and so will you! I know all about roller coaster rides, get ready, you are about to get off of yours!
Here are some tips that may be helpful to you!
Use your Spark Points (click on view SparkPoints) as a map to the site. It is a good way to learn your way around and you can send yourself or others Sparkgoodies.
Go back to your Start Page if you get lost, you can get almost anywhere from there.
Be sure to use the nutrition tracker. You can ensure you are getting the proper nutrients as well as tracking your caloric intake and this is so important to any weight loss journey.
Never "diet" again! Keep focusing on living a healthier lifestyle!
Read the book, THE SPARK for guidance, motivation and inspiration!
Log on everyday to stay focused!
The online community on the site is wonderful! We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you. Any type of interest you have, there will be a Sparkteam for it!
Stop by my Sparkpage anytime and let me know how you are doing! I would love to hear from you!
Enjoy your journey to a healthier YOU!
Have FUN along the way!
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
2/5/2011 3:16:34 PM

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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.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams 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!!

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 - 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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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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SLENDERELLA61
2/5/2011 2:16:25 PM

Welcome, Anna, to SparkPeople!! Being a good role model for your kids can be one great motivation for getting fit. Feeling better, looking better, being healthier -- it all adds up to "worth it" even when the going gets tough.

My mom summers in Spearfish. Although I live in Central Florida I get up your way from time to time. It is a lovely area of the country.

Best wishes for a joyous journey to health and fitness!!



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GETTING_TO_GOAL
2/5/2011 11:59:48 AM

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find all the support you need here to help you meet your goals. Use the resources available and don't be shy about joining Teams for extra motivation and encouragement. If there's anything I can help you with, just let me know. Again ... WELCOME! Best of luck to you!
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