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1/6/10 10:20 P

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Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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1/6/10 1:57 P

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Thank you everyone for your help and for your warm welcome!

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1/6/10 12:49 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:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/user_gu
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e_ALL.pdf


* New Member Tutorial Videos:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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* FORUM: "What Advice Would You Give to a New SP Member
www.sparkpeople.com/dietforums/archi
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* For Additional Motivation:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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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.

I make my own meal plans, and just use SP as a guideline for calories, carbs, protiens and fats.

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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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,257
1/6/10 8:09 A

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Welcome! I make my own meal plan but do use the tracker.
I like to keep track of my calories (and fat, carb and protein levels) as well as my calcium and iron intake. I find it very helpful.

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1/6/10 1:47 A

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First, Welcome to SPARKPEOPLE and to this team. I am not a good one to answer your question. My Naturopathic Doctor has me on six gluten-free mini meals daily. I write down what I eat in a journal but I don't track it on SPARK or go by their food plan. I do know that you don't have to follow their
food plan if you don't want to. Some people track their own plan on the tracker but I don't know how you do it. So maybe someone else can help you with your question. Again, Welcome!
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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1/6/10 1:14 A

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I am new to spark. I was diagnosed with celiac five years ago and have been gluten free ever since. My question is about the spark meal plans - how do you modify them to a gluten free diet? Does anyone have a way to do this, or do you just ignore the meal plan and substitute gluten free food?

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