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Weight loss to date in this photo: 14 lbs. Nov. 2010


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    Really? Wow! I just read The Spark, and I started tracking my food everyday on SP. I used to wear the BodyMedia Fit Armband and tracked through their tool, but I stopped wearing it to try to lose the last 10 lbs. on my own...no crutches, so to speak. So I thought I'd give SP Nutrition Tracker a try. I like it! I am having some motivation issues lately, though. Not really wanting to work out. I'm trying to keep my fires going by reading lots of stuff on SP and interacting when I can.
    Thanks for the encouragement!
    2269 days ago
    July may have only just started, but you're on track to be this month's SparkPoints leader of the Birmingham Sparkers. Keep up the good work!
    2269 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    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!


    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 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!


    2459 days ago
    Thanks so much, 60Sixty! You've given me lots of good links to check out. I really appreciate the guidance.
    2459 days ago
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    emoticon Jennifer ! ! !
    I would suggest setting goals one month at a time.
    Some of my teams have fitness goals. A team may help keep you encouraged.

    I have always chosen pretty healthy foods. The nutrition tracker helped me realize how much I was actually eating. By cutting my calories about 250 / day from what I was eating, I have been able to lose weight. I have found that increasing my exercise has been the most important factor for me. The exercise has been key in getting my cholesterol under control. Even if I eat 500-600 fewer calories from what I used to, I don't seem to lose weight. The smaller decrease combined with exercise has been a winner for me.

    I like this quote from Sir Francis Bacon:
    "A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul;
    a sick body is a prison."

    I have some favorite links I like to share with new Spark members:
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan
    6 "Biggest Loser" Lessons to Forget
    SparkPeople Tutorial Videos
    How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople
    Kick Your Metabolism Into High Gear!
    2459 days ago