Monhegan Island - amazing day & amazing time with my guy.
Apple Picking one of my very favorite activities - Love all things FALL!
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My name is Michelle and I am from NH (fairly new to my new home state). I joined here a while ago, but then got too busy with nursing school and recently finished up and passed my boards so time to get serious about life again!!! Very exciting!!!
I am on here mostly as motivation and ideas. I have about 7 lbs I want to lose. I am a huge foodie! I love to bake and cook - pretty much all healthy foods, but I love my sweets - chocolate being my biggest downfall.
I am a triathlete and runner. Just completed my first half marathon since starting nursing school and have signed up for another one for May. Can't wait to get back to triathlons now that school is done! I love most sports-especially in the cooler weather - snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. And in the summer you can find me getting up early to run before the sun is out or biking along the coast.
I am obsessed with dogs and have recently moved to a more country setting so I anticipate getting a Swissy (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog) in the next year or two depending on my schedule.
I'm so excited to be done school and back to life (this is a 2nd career for me). I love my new (permanent) home in NH and I look forward to meeting more friends and finding training buddies. I joined a local running group and have been running with them most Saturday mornings and am looking to join a local traithlon team!
Will be looking on here for workout ideas, cooking tips and most importantly positive people!!!!
Thanks for reading!
Some of my favorite quotes:
*Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. ~Redd Foxx ~ (This is me to a "T"-haha)
*Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~World Health Organization, 1948
*“Every ending brings with it a brand-new beginning " ~Oprah
*Always thank your nurse, Sometimes the only one between you and a hearse.~Carrie Latet
*"Be nice to me, I might be your nurse someday:^)" ~unknown
*and my very own: ~Laugh as much as you can, it's an automatic smile!
Lose 7-10 lbs
Have more fun
I'm going to post my goals up so that I see them everyday and don't lose sight of what my main goals are: To be Happy & Healthy.
Also, I've got to stop mindlessly eating at night.
I'm a huge Oprah fan.
Love the Biggest Loser and my bf and I love How I Met Your Mother.
I want a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog!
I'm obsessed with Moose's!!!!!
I'm super active, some of my favorite activities: Running, Swimming, Snowboarding, Rollerblading, Walking, Pool Ball (our own game), Water skiing, & much more!
I love to read books & magazines. And I'm a beginner scrapbooker.
I'm originally from Maine and love spending time there with my family.
Best of all: I work so I can play - work is not my life, but a small piece I do to enjoy the rest of it.
| Pounds lost: 0.0
Welcome to the Spark Triathlon Club. We are delighted to have you as a member. Don't forget to introduce yourself!
1826 days ago
I just wanted to post a quick Welcome to the **Positive Sparkers** TEAM. We're so glad to have you join us. Please jump in and have a good time getting healthy. This is an excited group of folks and really active team so you should be able to find all sorts of inspiration and motivation. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. There's always someone willing to help in any way possible. Don't forget to use the food/water tracker that spark people provides as well as the fitness tracker. These are excellent resources that will help keep you on the path you've chosen. Come on... let's get healthy TOGETHER!!! Together WE can do anything! Spark On! -Dawn PS: Remember to SMILE, they're contagious!
1826 days ago
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 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!
1826 days ago
Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. It's a great site and it will help you reach your goals. When I started out (about a year ago) I intended to lose 20 pounds. I enjoyed sparking so much that I lost 30 pounds. I enjoy tracking my food and exercise, reading articles, and connecting with friends and my teams. I hope that you come to enjoy SparkPeople as much as I have.
Good luck reaching your goals!
1827 days ago
Hello and welcome to Spark People! You've certainly come to the right place to kick off a healthier lifestyle.
I simply LOVE this site! It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and lots of great (free) resources and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 51 pounds! But more importantly, I feel happier and healthier and have so much more energy!
Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and drop by my Spark page any time you need motivation or just want to say, "Hi!"
1827 days ago