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Ok...I have been overweight forever it seems and I always have an excuse as to why. My last excuse began in December 2008, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most people don't realize it but breast cancer almost always results in weight gain due to the type of treatments required to fight this ugly disease. I was over a 100 lbs overweight when I was diagnosed and have gained about 20 more lbs since my diagnosis.
In July 2010 I was told that I was no longer in remission and that ...
Ok...I have been overweight forever it seems and I always have an excuse as to why. My last excuse began in December 2008, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most people don't realize it but breast cancer almost always results in weight gain due to the type of treatments required to fight this ugly disease. I was over a 100 lbs overweight when I was diagnosed and have gained about 20 more lbs since my diagnosis.
In July 2010 I was told that I was no longer in remission and that my cancer had spread to my bones. Lot's of pain and more treatments that left me fatigued and sick. Until God intervenes, I will have cancer. Currently it is considered stable and have been able to stop the chemo (YAY!!) I am trying to take this time to motivate myself to become more active and continue fighting my cancer with weight loss. My cancer is estrogen positive and although I don't have ovaries anymore, our bodies store estrogen in our fat...so, I have to get rid of this fat!!
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WILDFIREKRISTIN
7/27/2011 2:16:55 PM

Hello Blemmon,

I have sent you a peace sign because after reading your bio I think you need some peace and calm in your life. You are amazing and strong and I love that attitude! I am praying for you and your recovery.

Thank you for showing me support and for adding me as your friend, it means a lot to me! I certainly hope I will be the supportive friend you need here too.

How is life going for you? Are you enjoying the days of summer?

Take mega good care of you my new friend,

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TADZIO
6/9/2011 3:47:51 PM

I've read part of THE SPARK -hoping to get into the 28 day portion now and the new parts in the paperback.

I bought the paperback with hopes of using it like a "workbook".

Randy



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HANKENSTEIN
6/5/2011 12:04:29 AM

Thank you for adding me as a friend and welcome to spark. I'm sorry we meet under such difficult times for you, but I assureyou the more time you spend at spark, the more you will know you have great support behind you. I look forward to joining you on your journey and watching you fight ... and win.



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/2/2011 4:20:44 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. 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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