WELCOME TO SPARK!!! 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 *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to 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)
Proud Team Leader of Determined Divas!
Pounds lost: 17.0
Fitness Minutes: (161,621)
12,737 7/26/14 9:43 P
Hello and Welcome, Spark People is a welcoming, supportive community. Members are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. You are still the person you were, just in a different package. If you want to change that package, this is a place. Just take it one day, one step at a time. Even 10 minutes of exercise is better than none. There are lots of exercise videos here you can use. Once you start seeing results, it will spur you on. Using the Food Tracker is a good way to see what you putting in your mouth. Also, being active on your Spark Teams is a great way to stay accountable and motivated. Plus, it's a great way to meet others with similar interests and or challenges.
Best of luck to you. You can do it!
Jackie Northern Ky.
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." -Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."
April Minutes: 140
Fitness Minutes: (128)
7/26/14 9:02 P
I used to be someone I thought was attractive. I took pride in my appearance. I took pride in myself. About 5 years ago, I became sick. It culminated 3 years ago with me having brain surgery and several related procedures. I gave up. Within 5 years, I gained roughly 130lbs. One whole person. I can't believe I lost sight of who I was. Who I thought I would become. I became an invisible person. I try to blend into the background as often as I can. I barely know the woman who would proudly walk into a new situation and put her best face forward. I think my illness and subsequent weight gain has been a mixed bag. At times, it has brought about a new person that is very likeable (and who I like): see people for who they are on the inside; values family; etc. But in many (most) ways, I have hidden someone (myself) from trying; letting go; being healthy; etc. I feel at 32, that I have the physical ailments of someone much older. After a long day on my feet at work, I can barely get off the couch when I get home. My feet kill me; my inner legs are chafed from walking; my joints hurt, etc. I can't do the things that a healthy woman of my age should do and be doing. Forget a love life - I would never allow myself to be seen in such a way. I don't think I am worthy of someone's romantic love. I have resigned myself to being single for the rest of my days. Sadly, I am more comfortable in that thinking than if I ever were to think I would allow myself a vulnerability of letting someone get to know me. I guess I feel I wouldn't be someone anyone would want to get to know. I know I am a very good person but I can't get past equating my self worth with my looks. And right now, I don't think I would even register on anyone's radars. Wow, I guess I had more to get off my chest than I knew. Going forward, I am going to lose weight. Now, it's not just because I want to "look good." I want to feel good. I want to run with my girls. I want to run with my dog (Kermit). I want to just run back to myself and shed the person I built out of sadness; illness; insecurity; shame; etc. I want to find me.
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