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  • v LIZMEYER
    Welcome to SparkPeople. I am so glad that you found us. There is a lot of information here and the best tools to help you reach your goals.

    I have been on SparkPeople since April 2009 and I have lost a total of 30 pounds since I have been watching what I eat. Are there days when I eat stuff that I know I shouldn’t – of course. This is a life long journey, one with many paths to take. I just have to keep making the right choices and when I don’t, I get back on the right path and don’t look back.

    The encouragement and motivation I get from my Spark friends is amazing. They are always there to help me through tough times and bring a smile to my face. I have found that if I post something that is bothering me, within an hour someone will respond back and make sure everything is alright and offer encouragement.

    Being new, I would suggest that you use Your Spark Points (click on View SparkPoints) as a map to the site. It is a good way to see what is new and a great tool for any situation.

    My other suggestion is to get on a few teams. Make sure that when you are checking out a team that you look to see if there has been recent activity. If you join a team where there is no activity, chance are that you will not get the support and encouragement you need. You are more than welcome to check out my team, Spin Me A Yarn. It is a small team but it is active and I always try to find new topics to talk about.

    Best of luck on your journey and I hope it is a successful one.

    Sincerely,
    Liz

    1522 days ago
  • v MRE1956
    Welcome!
    1522 days ago
  • v PUDLECRAZY
    Hi, Welcome to Spark People. emoticon

    You have come to the right place. This is not just about dieting, it is about life style change and finding support from positive people. Check out the Fitness Tracker and Nutrition Tracker features. These are powerful tools to help you get on track and stay on track. Try blogging, too. It is amazing the support you get from others who are struggling with similar issues or who have overcome them.

    Jump in, join some teams, and be kind to yourself. Change doesn't happen over night, but it does happen.

    Welcome to the new you!

    Chris
    1522 days ago
  • v ALASKAN
    Welcome and Hello Amanda
    I'm glad to have to you on Cooking Made Easy team. I hope you will enjoy being any of the teams on this site. If there is anything I can help with, send me a spark and I will see what I can do.. This site will help you along your journey and the members are wonderful. You get to choose any of the team you would like to join. Take care and talk to you soon. And I know that and having a positive attitude will go a long way.
    1) when you come into Spark, on the right side, at the top, click on View
    My Points, and spin the wheel.
    2) read and posting will help you get points
    3) meeting and making friendships do help you along the way on your journey
    4) staying and focusing helps you to stay motivate
    join any team(s) that you are interested in
    5) if you need any help, there are a lot of people that will help you along
    the way (even me)
    6) and most of all:::: enjoy yourself.
    My name is ERNA
    1522 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi Amanda and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to change...one thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
    Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
    Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
    Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
    Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
    If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
    God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
    Hugs,
    Helen
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    1522 days ago
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