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Hi! I am a 40 something wife and mother of two grown boys. I have gained a lot of weight over the last three years and am ready to make a change. I am looking for support during this journey.
Hi! I am a 40 something wife and mother of two grown boys. I have gained a lot of weight over the last three years and am ready to make a change. I am looking for support during this journey.



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 Pounds lost: 9.0 

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Member Since: 3/4/2011

SparkPoints: 708

Fitness Minutes: 238

My Goals:
10 lbs gone - get a manicure

20 lbs gone - buy a thumb ring

30 lbs gone - buy a new purse

40 lbs gone - get a massage

50 lbs gone - buy new earrings

60 lbs gone - go shopping at Victoria's Secret

Personal Information:
I am from a small town in Virginia nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have two sons, Jacob and Zach who are both serving our country in the Air Force. I have a wonderful husband, Jerry whom I adore.

Other Information:
I love going to Gatlinburg, TN and roaming in the mountains and shopping in all the stores.



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Member Comments:
3/26/2011 12:08:23 AM

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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 already off to a great start - 7 lbs - woohoo!

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!


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.


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.


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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3/25/2011 9:36:39 PM

Hi Carol,
Welcome to SP!
This is a great site with all the tips and tools to help you reach your goals.
Members are supportive and knowledgeable and participating on your Spark Teams is a great way to make new friends and stay accountable.
Best of luck to you. You can do it!

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3/25/2011 9:28:01 PM

Hi emoticon and emoticon to spark people! Let me roll out the emoticon
Let today be the 1st emoticon of the Rest of your life!

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I am here to help!

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3/4/2011 11:14:16 PM

Welcome to SparkPeople!

I started June 2007 and by using Spark and some self discovery in the process, I'm down 25 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for at least two months!

* Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate! emoticon

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