My daughter and I... Would love to make this picture look better by losing some pounds.

Close ups are all I like taking. It's amazing how skinny one can look with a twist of the head. Now to make it true.

I believe this is the only full picture I have of me and now you see why. This was me participating in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge to raise awareness this year 2011.


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    I see that your struggling today, we all go through times like these at some point. You have to remember that your main focus cant be on weight lose or it will be very hard to succeed, focus rather on your well being, learn to see yourself as a work in process and not as just a fat person trying to lose it. I've been there myself and if you focus on the weight it will seem like a huge task that will never get done.

    One thing I see is that you play softball, great find a batting cage and release some rage lol it works for me, with my head clear I can focus on the things that matter most to me.

    Good Luck and God Bless
    2454 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    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!


    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!!


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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!


    2455 days ago
    Hi Jessica! Thanks for the encouragement. Good luck on your goals! I know you can do it. :up:
    2455 days ago
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    Hi Jessica - I'm new to Spark too, but I feel like this is really going to work for me, and I am sure it will for you too! When you read the fantastic stories of success you can't help but be motivated - we are all the same in so many ways, the same struggles, the same problems but with such terrific support we can't help but succeed. It has taken me a while to get used to the website and get familiar with all it can offer but I feel very confident that I can do it - and it is so inspiring to see how many others are achieving their goals too, or at least giving it a go. That is the main thing - to keep trying. You don't drown if you fall in the water, only if you don't get up! Good luckl!
    2456 days ago
    You will make it... We all support you.
    Let me tell you what keeps me going until my diet buddy.
    it is really amazing when you have a good diet buddy who cares for you and always make sure you stay on track.
    I advice you to have a diet buddy too.
    I wish you the best... :)
    2456 days ago
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