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Need to make big, lifelong changes so that I will live longer and have a fuller active life. I want to live in a way that I am aware of my choices and not sleepwalking through my days in denial of my health.
Need to make big, lifelong changes so that I will live longer and have a fuller active life. I want to live in a way that I am aware of my choices and not sleepwalking through my days in denial of my health.




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Member Since: 1/31/2011

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My Goals:
Make small changes that turn into lifelong habits that will put me at a healthy weight with more energy to serve God by serving my family and friends.

My Program:
Learning and exploring options for weight loss and exercise, also making attitude and thought changes so that I will want to take care of my body.

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I'm 51, married with three children and two grandchildren. I'm a teacher librarian in southern AZ. I am a Christian with a wonderfully supportive extended family

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PIANOMOMOFTHREE
2/2/2011 7:35:07 PM

Welcome to SP! You will find tons of support and encouragment here! Also, I've found it's nice to go ahead an "friend" alot of people. The little goodies and nice comments that you get really help to spur you along.

I'm also a member of the GOG(Girls of God) Team. Come check us out if you'd like.

Best of luck on your weight loss journey and may God bless you richly! emoticon



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LORIELP
2/2/2011 12:03:49 PM

Hi, It is really nice to hear that my story is an example for you. I found that Dr. Phil's book on emotional eating was really helpful to me. You can find it by going to Amazom.com type in Dr. Phil. The book is titled Weight Loss Solution. Of course The Spark book written by the Spark Guy is also another good book. Changing your lifestyle is going to take time so be patient. Before you know it, you will begin to notice changes in how you feel and how much more you can enjoy life. Feel free to sparkmail me anytime. Lorraine



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WINDSONG~
2/2/2011 3:32:45 AM

Hi and welcome to Sparkpeople!

Change is here in 2011.

Not only are your eating habits going to change, your LIFE is going to change.
Your self esteem is going to go up. You will be more motivated and your numbers are going to go down, down, down.
Be excited and remember:
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA
2/2/2011 3:09:09 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
2/2/2011 1:57:12 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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