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8/11/11 7:45 P

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Meryl, this is a GREAT site and a GREAt team. We all share hope, strength and helps but most of all encouragement. Agree with others: there's lots of info about things that work. As you get acquainted on the site and learn how to "get around", there are so many really informative articles, fitness videos and recipes. You can add recipes or use them, even adjust a little to your taste. The nutrition log area has caloric intake on most foods or you can add some if they aren't there. So much help--where to start. Glad to have you join this team and come back & visit! Brenda


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8/11/11 4:56 P

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emoticon emoticon Meryl!


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8/11/11 1:35 P

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Hi Meryl, Welcome to the 50+ Maintainers team; lots of good experience here. Join in! First I'd explore the site and get your page set up; give members a chance to "meet" you. All the information and support you need are right here for the asking. Tracking what you eat and your fitness activities is of great value. The things "that work" here are highlighted on your log-in points page; there's a reason you get points for them! Looking forward to getting to know you better. Be well. Joy

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goal-135 range 130-138#

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8/11/11 12:56 P

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Hi Meryl. Welcome to SparkPeople and the 50+ Maintainers team! You are right in that as we get older our metabolism starts to slow down. If you are not incorporating strength training into your fitness routine you should really consider getting started. Here is a great SparkPeople article about "Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone":

Here are a couple of others that you may want to check out too:

7 Strength Training Excuses (such as "I Don't Want to Bulk Up): Busted!

Reference Guide to Strength Training

Remember this: Strength training builds muscle. Stronger muscles increase your metabolism. A higher metabolism burns more fat!

"Everyone wants to change, but change demands desire and discipline before it becomes delightful. There is always the agony of choice before the promise of change."

"You can either make excuses or get results but you can't do both." - Tom Venuto

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8/11/11 11:31 A

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Hi Meryl!
I had the same problem! Check out the Dukan Team! It works! Welcome!

When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through life. When Jesus lead you through life, He brings you safely home. ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

Nothing tastes as good as how being thin feels.

Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard.

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8/11/11 11:25 A

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I just joined Spark and look forward to getting good tips from fellow members and from the website. I run/walk at least four days a week and I've been fairly good about watching what I eat. However, as I get older and my metabolism changes, it's gotten harder to lose weightt, especially around the belly area. I need to also learn how to eat better and record what I eat. I need to learn simple recipes and what to eat when I am traveling which is alot. I welcome any pointers and useful information from you. Thank you.

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