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Step one Quit Smoking : completed Oct 9 2009
Step Two Return to a Healthy Weight: beginning Jan 2011
Step Three. Relearn how to enjoy life

Before I hit 50 I would like to complete all of these steps. I knew I had to quit smoking first as it was beginning to really effect me and has done some permanent damge to my airways.
I see others out enjoying life and I have choosen to sit around and watch from the sidelines for way to long. I have missed so much, I have ...
Step one Quit Smoking : completed Oct 9 2009
Step Two Return to a Healthy Weight: beginning Jan 2011
Step Three. Relearn how to enjoy life

Before I hit 50 I would like to complete all of these steps. I knew I had to quit smoking first as it was beginning to really effect me and has done some permanent damge to my airways.
I see others out enjoying life and I have choosen to sit around and watch from the sidelines for way to long. I have missed so much, I have a 14 year old daughter who is my world, and I regret the fact that I couldn't do the things with her I wished I could, wether out of embarassment of my size or just physically incapable. Not that I wanted to choose this life style but I did, fear was in the way of taking the first step to making the change and I let fear rule me.
I have proven that I can handle the fear and take huge life steps as I did when I quit smoking ( seriously I found it so easy compared to how I dreaded it ) I am determined to take the next step and not let fear get in my way. BYE BYE 100 LBS !!!
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RAVEN2FEATHERS
2/8/2011 5:48:32 PM

That is exactly the poem that I needed to read and have. Thank you so very much ! I truly appreciate it and your taking the time to give it to me. Bless you !

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PUNKROCKCOWGIRL
2/2/2011 12:20:08 AM

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Welcome to spark! Best of luck to you!



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
2/2/2011 12:18:13 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.

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 - 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' - 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 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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RAYLINSTEPHENS
1/31/2011 7:31:07 PM

Sounds like you could use a "buddy" spark team!
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Welcome to SparkPeople!

Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1124

Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.

I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!

Linda




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RACKETMOM
1/31/2011 2:15:19 PM

Wow, congratulations on quitting smoking-that's BIG!!!!

And now I'm glad you're here to continue working on getting healthier!

Be sure to use the trackers and stay connected-the support here can't be beat!!
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