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3/15/13 12:37 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!

* SparkPeople's User Guide:
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* New Member Tutorial Videos:
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* For Additional Motivation:
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Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

Katrina
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You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

Go little Turtle Go!


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3/7/13 10:04 P

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Hi and welcome! I'm mom to 3 kids and yes it is challenging to find time for yourself when they are very little. It gets better around the 18 month and up age range. My suggestion is to not be too hard on yourself right now. It takes 9 months to put the weight on and you should allow your body at least 9 months to get back to normal with common sense eating and fitness whenever you can fit it in, even just 5 minutes at a time.
I had two munchkins in diapers for awhile and the short bursts method was the one that seemed to work for me and our family situation. I applied it to exercise as well as tasks around the house. Just 5-15 minutes here and there will accomplish so much more than you'd think! The 30-90 minute sessions will come back in a couple years. ;)

Sweat is just fat crying!


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CZBRYANT628's Photo CZBRYANT628 SparkPoints: (839)
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3/7/13 11:29 A

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HI there - I now have a 2 year old and 4 month old twins. After my first pregnancy I lost all of the weight and then some - I was so happy. But back then with only one child I was able and motivated to workout 4 plus times a week. Now I hardly workout (time and motivation and culprits) and have to rely on eating a pretty low-cal diet to reap benefits of losing weight. I lost the first 30 lbs in the first 4 months and now of course it is slowing down. I am accepting it is going to take more time but what I really need is consistent motivation. Because I got rid of all my bigger clothes I only have a few outfits I can wear and then ALL of my wardrobe once I lose 15 more lbs.. The hard part for me is sticking to my diet and working out. I probably workout 1-2x a week. Anyone else have these challenges and if so how do you power through?
Thanks for reading.

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