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For all the right reasons... finally.

I've been working at this since I was 12, but with no success. I realized I've been doing it for the wrong reasons: to make my mom happy, to look better. Now I'm in my third year of college, and I've decided to do this for my health and because I really want a career in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture. I have an amazing man who loves me the way I look now, so that is no longer my motivation...and I think that is going to make all the difference.
I've been working at this since I was 12, but with no success. I realized I've been doing it for the wrong reasons: to make my mom happy, to look better. Now I'm in my third year of college, and I've decided to do this for my health and because I really want a career in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture. I have an amazing man who loves me the way I look now, so that is no longer my motivation...and I think that is going to make all the difference.




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Member Since: 5/8/2011

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Fitness Minutes: 248

My Goals:
-Be able to do whatever activities I want to do
-Be good at my career
-Not to get diabetes (it runs in my family)
-Be able to live a full life with my love

My Program:
I'm currently doing a simple calorie-counting program with exercise 4 times a week. I'm horrible at drinking water, so that's something I'm trying to work on.

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I'm Joy, I'm in my third year at The University of Florida(Go Gators!), and I'm here for accountibility and inspiration.

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I'm an LOTR and Harry Potter fan. I'll read anything. I love Facebook. I'm a Landscape and Nursery Horticulture major, and I love it. I love football games. I love my soul mate, Nathan. I really do love my life...and I want to live it as long as I can.

"Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy. " -Ralph Ransom

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JCBCPAE
5/16/2011 7:17:29 PM

Hi Joy, I stopped in to see how you are doing on your healthy lifestyle journey. Take it slow, eat healthy, exercise and don't be hard on yourself. You are your own best friend. Drink lots of water, it helps metabolize your food and helps you to loose weight emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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KAYELENE
5/10/2011 7:19:42 AM

emoticon emoticon to Sparkpeople. Wishing you all the best with your weight loss, with reaching your goals and with your journey to a new you emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA
5/10/2011 2:42:17 AM

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
5/9/2011 11:30:34 PM

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' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. 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!

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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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JCBCPAE
5/9/2011 10:00:02 AM

emoticon emoticon emoticon Hi Joy, My name is Janice, I love gardening and landscape design. Plants are my passion. I'm glad you joined SparkPeople the Spark community is a great group of people. They will inspire, motivate and encourage you on your healthy lifestyle journey. YOU GO GIRL ! ! ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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