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GLAMNGLOWDIVA's Photo SparkPoints: (273,533)
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4/28/14 2:18 A

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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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. 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.

3. 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 *~

Paula in Denver, Colorado

"You were given life; it is your find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)

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4/27/14 8:31 P

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My best advise is to honestly track your nutrition and exercise. Plan your meals (like preparing a budget) and stick to your budget with the motivational tips on this site. I downloaded the Sparkpeople App and enter whenever I make a change to my pre-entered, planned menu for the day. Enjoy your journey, check out the website, there is more here than take your time to explore.

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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GYPSYGOTH's Photo SparkPoints: (85,036)
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4/27/14 8:10 P

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Hi Campsunshine! Welcome.
Exploring SparkPages (and making your own so you can add people and they can add you back!) is a great way to find motivation.

My main "tip" is to follow the Spark program starting with making SMALL changes at first, like moving 10 minutes every day, drinking more water, and tracking what you eat. Then move on to bigger changes like getting 5 servings of vegetables every day and working toward a specific calorie range. Add in more exercise like walking, and some weight-lifting or bodyweight exercise like push-ups, and you have yourself a recipe for success!


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4/27/14 3:14 P

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I am new to the site and have read so many wonderful stories of inspiration. I am looking to live a healthier life style , get myself into shape and drop some weight - get my energy back and make healthy choices. Please send your success stories and weight loss tips they are so encouraging and I need encouragement from outside. Thank you

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