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My goal in losing weight is for health reasons as I am 57, housebound and on oxygen 24/7 with congestive heart failure. I want to be able to enjoy living and have fun and do things with my two beautiful grandchildren 9 & 5 years old.
My goal in losing weight is for health reasons as I am 57, housebound and on oxygen 24/7 with congestive heart failure. I want to be able to enjoy living and have fun and do things with my two beautiful grandchildren 9 & 5 years old.



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5/31/2011 4:00:26 PM

emoticon to team Picky Eaters so glad you joined us Sorry I am late inthe welcome but I have been very under the weather Have a great week


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5/30/2011 6:52:15 PM

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There are lots of great helps here and the comraderie is wonderful.
Be sure to check out the beginner check lists on the MY POINTS
page, about halfway down.
Just take it slow. For the weight, pick just 1, 2 or 3 items
to focus on until they become a habit. When I first started
Spark, I joined a dozen teams, set 20 daily goals and
After several start-overs, finally go it. Picked 6 glasses of water
and 5 minutes of exercise daily. After a couple of weeks, upped.
We are re-learning a lifetime of bad habits. Slow is ok.
Here is a good Spark article Top 10 Strategies for Success
emoticon WE can do it!
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5/30/2011 11:31:41 AM

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!


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5/30/2011 10:37:57 AM

Hi Ladybugblue. I like your username. It's cute. Welcome to Sparkpeople. I think you will be very glad you did. You will get support and people really care.

I'm on your Picky Eaters team. Good luck.


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5/30/2011 9:28:38 AM

Welcome to Spark!

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