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Hello! I'm a 20-something from Wisconsin who is trying to build and maintain healthy habits. I'm currently a grad student, so life is busy and often stressful. I've never taken the best care of my body, and I do not have great eating or exercise habits.
I have a tendency to try to do it all at once and burn myself out, so I'm hoping to start slowly and keep my expectations somewhat realistic.

I love TV, movies, and music and am more of an "indoor girl," though I usually ...
Hello! I'm a 20-something from Wisconsin who is trying to build and maintain healthy habits. I'm currently a grad student, so life is busy and often stressful. I've never taken the best care of my body, and I do not have great eating or exercise habits.
I have a tendency to try to do it all at once and burn myself out, so I'm hoping to start slowly and keep my expectations somewhat realistic.

I love TV, movies, and music and am more of an "indoor girl," though I usually love outdoor activities once I start them. Anyway, that's me in a nutshell!
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Member Since: 10/21/2007

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My Goals:
Healthier lifestyle/habits
Balanced and regular meals
Exercise regularly
Get to a healthy weight
MAINTAIN my habits
Love my body


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Start by finding some healthy meals and starting exercise

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TEXASCATFOOD
4/3/2012 12:01:07 PM

It’s GREAT to have you on the Texas team!

Do you have any questions??? Can we give you any encouragement or support??? Can you figure out how to get around in this HUGE website??? Or even know what the computer terms mean???

If you need help with any little thing, please feel free to contact me! If I don’t know the answer right away, I’ll look it up and get back to you as soon as possible.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/5/2011 7:27:06 PM

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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. You're off to a great start already just by posting here!

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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!!

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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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QUEENCREOLE
6/5/2011 7:58:35 AM

emoticon new Sparkie! 

My name is emoticon Queen. I started my healthy lifestyle journey December 30, 2010. emoticon So far I have lost over 30 pounds, changed my eating habits, and started a fitness regimen which I love. 

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I pray you find everything you are looking for here at SparkPeople.com. There is so much to learn and so many amazingly kind and supportive people to meet. Look around at the teams, tools, articles and blogs. They are so insightful. 

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Check out my blog '5 Steps for Sparking' to see my tips and tricks of 'Sparking'. 

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If you need a buddy, add me! If you need support, ask me! 

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Truly,
Your Spark buddy, 
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P.S. I highly recommend getting The Spark (the book). It made me look at this journey in a way that has allowed me to stick with it and remain positive.
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA
6/5/2011 2:38:34 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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DIANEWITHASMILE
5/12/2011 8:56:53 AM

Thank you



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