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7/17/08 4:49 P

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I really do like this site, I stay on it all day long, that way when I eat something, I don't forget to add it.
Plus there are soo many things to read about, and learn here too.

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MIMISHARON Posts: 76
7/17/08 4:14 P

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I also joined in June but really just began this week. I love all the features on SP. It's amazing to track your foods and really see the calorie, carb and fat intake.

I am starting off a little slow. I need to pick up the pace!

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7/17/08 4:11 P

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WOW!! YOU HAVE LOST 15PDS, I WAS LUCKY TO LOSE 9, HOW DID YOU DO IT?
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7/15/08 3:00 P

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Hi Everyone!

How is it going so far - it has been a month!

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7/11/08 4:34 P

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Hello everyone. My name is Gina and I'm new to the team. I actually joined Sparkpeople on June 19, but wasn't really devoted. But, that has all changed now!!!

Talk to you all soon.

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7/10/08 4:19 P

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Hi guys,
I'm also new. I joined Sparkpeople on June 18th and couldn't really get my act together until recently. First, we went on vacation and then I had a root canal. No wonder it took me awhile. LOL Anyway, I'm back in control and really want to be part of the class of June15-21, 2008. emoticon

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7/9/08 11:13 P

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Hi everybody I'm Delia. I joined SP on June 16. I belong to a number of teams and didn't stumble on to this one until today. I trust that us fairly newbies are still enthused about using the fantastic tools offered to us by this website.

May our journey be prosperous and may we continue to lose weight and gain friends.

Many blessings to you all.

The latest member of SP Class of June 15-21, 2008

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7/8/08 2:57 P

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It's so great to see that we are still having new team members join us!!

Feel free to hop on over to our 'Friends, Encouragement & Chat' thread! We'd love to get to know each of you!

Take some time to look around the Spark People site, set up your Spark Page and find some message board groups/teams that you can relate to and start posting! This is a FABULOUS site and it has TONS of resources to help you on your journey to health.

Hugs from AZ,
Shannon
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7/7/08 12:30 P

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I just started yesterday and am excited to finally lose this weight so I can be healthier and enjoy my family of 5. I have three sons who are very active in sports but two of them really need to lose weight too. I have been a very bad example and want to turn it around, cause I know it is never too late!!!

Wow, you have done great for the small amount of time you have begun SP. Have you been faithful filling out the trackers every day. Do you use the programmed menus or do you add your own?

Looking forward to working with all of you!!!

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7/6/08 4:28 A

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Hi -

I joined on 21 Jun, but have just made it to this team. I've been following the SparkPeople guides and filling out the trackers. I hope to finally lose this weight. Good luck to everybody! Go Team Go!

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7/3/08 11:44 P

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Hi All,

Although I have been lurking for a while, this is my first post. My wellness coach at the YMCA told me about Spark and I love it! I find it very motivating. I look forward to sharing success with everyone. I am a yo-yo dieter, so since I do not consider this a diet, hopefully I will be more successful with maintaining weight loss this time. Good luck to everyone!

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6/29/08 11:50 A

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Hi everyone!

I joined SP on June 18 but haven't been on this team's message board much. I'm going to try to read and post everyday. I found SP by accident on the net and what a great accident it turned out to be! The website is so great and the people are all so positive and supportive of one another. This is a great community to be apart of. I look forward to reading your posts and celebrating all of the goals we will achieve together.
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6/27/08 11:37 P

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Starting over again...a fresh start with a brand new outlook. I'm looking forward to getting to know the group! emoticon

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6/27/08 3:01 P

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Hi, My name is Denise and I joined last week. My main reason for joining is to improve my health and find happiness with myself. I am off to a good start and excited about SP. I am looking forward to meeting you and celebrating our accomplishments together.

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6/26/08 6:22 P

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Hi Heather!
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SO glad you are back at SP! You can do this! Be proud of yourself for joining us again.

Hugs!
Shannon

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6/26/08 3:18 P

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Hello everyone!!

Just wanted to introduce myself. I am back to SP after a hiatus - I was pregnant. During that time, I really let myself go. The baby is six weeks old now, and I am ready to get back on track. Although I gained back a lot of weight, I am still less than when I originally started SP.

I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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6/25/08 1:02 P

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So glad you are here ladies! Hop on over to the other areas of our forum and join some of the discussion topics.

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6/25/08 11:13 A

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Hi annie my name is karen and i am in the same boat. my doctor want s me to lose 30lbs. becuse of my health problem they are trying to treat . so i know how you feel two weeks ago i was 180.5 pounds and i have my self down to 177lbs. it took alot of of warm weather and running up and down 18 steap steps to get to the ref.

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6/25/08 11:05 A

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Hi annie my name is karen and i am in the same boat. my doctor want s me to lose 30lbs. becuse of my health problem they are trying to treat . so i know how you feel two weeks ago i was 180.5 pounds and i have my self down to 177lbs. it took alot of of warm weather and running up and down 18 steap steps to get to the ref.

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6/25/08 9:23 A

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Ohhhhh.... and my profile pic- that is my motivational pic....what I want to look like!! emoticon

"Your ability to persist in the face of adversities, setbacks, and disappointments is your measure of your belief in yourself. Persistence is the iron quality of success, if you persist long enough, you must eventually succeed" ~unknown
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6/25/08 9:22 A

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Hi... joined last week...but, just getting started on my goal. My name is melody-37yrs., married, mother of two beautiful girls (13 and 7 yrs)... I have Asthma- which makes my exercise sketchy at best... but, I try. I need to lose over a 100lbs. It is a tad bit overwhelming... never did I think that I would see those numbers on MY scale...but, it is reality. My main motivation...is me. I want to be healthy and HAPPY with myself. and... I want to be a good example for my girls~ ~Melody

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"Your ability to persist in the face of adversities, setbacks, and disappointments is your measure of your belief in yourself. Persistence is the iron quality of success, if you persist long enough, you must eventually succeed" ~unknown
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6/24/08 10:21 P

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Hi. I signed onto the site last week but have been so busy with school I haven't had time to look around. But I'm done with school in four weeks and am ready to start losing weight! I've been "heavy" all my life and after having my first baby I went over 200lbs and decided it was time to do something about it.

One small step at a time. Nothing great ever happened overnight.
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6/24/08 8:00 P

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Hi my name is Pam, I spent the weekend looking over the site. and My official first day was Monday. I am only in day 2. Nice to meet you all.

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6/24/08 7:18 P

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Congrats Katie!

I'm Rebecca and sorry for introducing myself late. I recently had 2 children and need to lose the pregnancy weight :-)

~Rebecca

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." -- Mary Manin Morrissey


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6/24/08 5:01 P

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hi i'm katie and i'm in my first week on this site. i'd love any help or support to meet my goals. i've been eating less and excercising more since i started and have lost 2lb so far. emoticon

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6/24/08 1:34 P

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Hi Ladies!! I'm so glad that all of you are here!
emoticon for making your health a priority in your life. That's a huge decision and you can be VERY PROUD of yourselves for doing that!

Now the FUN begins!! The hardest step of all, you've already taken...because you are HERE!!
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Take some time to check out some of the many resources available to you--articles, meal plans, message boards,etc. There's literally something for EVERYONE here.

My very best wishes to each one of you on an exciting and prosperous journey to health & fitness!!


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6/24/08 8:42 A

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Hi. My name is Maureen and I joined last week. I started yesterday though and I am following the menu starting Wednesday. I am excited for this to work!!

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6/23/08 10:16 P

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Hi my name is Anne. I joined last Monday, the 16, but I am finding this site a little less user friendly than some others. I actually found it by accident. In terms of my attempt to lose weight I love it.I have already lost a pound and with my crazy schedule that's not easy. I started the exercise program today and it wasn't hard to do. I have almost 70 pounds to lose, but I feel like I'm finally going to be successful.

Success consists of getting up once oftener than you fall down. ANON.


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6/23/08 7:50 P

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Hey guys! I'm Marissa. A friend of mine recommended this site to me and I've got to say that I am so amazed at all the resources available! I've always had "extra me," so my goal is to change that by losing 50 lbs. I really feel inspired after reading others' success stories and own challenges. Being healty and fit is tough, but well worth it, right? :)
Good luck to everyone!

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6/23/08 7:46 P

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Hi All, I just joined SP on the 21st and got started on my path to healthy living on the 22nd. I live on Cape Cod, MA and really need to get back to a healthier me. Tim Russert's passing really shook me as I lost my older brother a few years ago at the same age as Tim was. Being in my 40s I figure I better get myself healthy now. Eating right, getting back into exercising, and in the process of doing those two things hopefully losing some weight (to get my waist size back to half my height at least).
I have been unemployed a year now and feel like I need to get some control back in my life. Being healthier might not hurt in the job hunt either. I also make and sell silver jewelry, and have been hesitant to go show my work to gallery owners because I have not felt confident about my "image". Maybe this will help.
Having used other online diet programs in the past that were not nearly as much fun as SP seems to be, I am hopeful that this will help me fix my poor eating habits for the long term. So far I have to say even adjusting my calorie intake down I feel stuffed after following the meal plans for 2 days!
Looking forward to a health life style!
Gale

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6/23/08 8:46 A

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Just wanted to say a big hello to all the new ones, especially the ones new to spark! This is a great place to learn the correct way to live healthy! You will find great encouragement too! We're all here because of the same reason!
We can do this! It's our time to take care of ourselves!

Marvin Phillips:
The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

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4/15/09 130 (first goal weight.. we'll go from there)


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LORIFORSPARK Posts: 2
6/23/08 8:06 A

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Hi,
I'm Lori. I joined last week, but really have not had a chance to check things out yet. I need to do something!!!!! I have gained and lost weight my entire life. I am at my heaviest and do not like what I see in the mirror. I'm generally a positive person, but when it comes to taking care of myself and even believing that I can lose weight and be successful at exercise, I have a huge brick wall to climb. I really need help and support as I do not get that at home. I'll keep trying to figure this site out. It is overwhelming! Thanks and I look forward to really immersing myself in this!

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6/23/08 7:10 A

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I joined last week too, but did not add my info. My name is Lexie. I am almost 56 (next month), a mother of 5 and an elementary school librarian. This is a great site with so much information!
I gained a lot of weight over the past two years. I was in an online cohort for my Master's Degree which tied me to the computer from January of January 06 to December of 07 including summers. So no I want to get those pounds off again. Hopefully this summer vacation will get me on track to do that. I'm am excited to read about others having good results with this program.

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6/22/08 8:14 P

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whoa, I forgot to stop in here and say hi. hello, my name is Tee and I'm from New York. Tired of helping my skinny friends buy sexy outfits and hot fashions, and tired of not having a life because of my obesity i decided to join Spark and do something about it. I have already lost 18 pounds but would love to lose the remaining 110. emoticon

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
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Hi, I'm Cheryl and I joined on the 17th but didn't have time to look into the teams too much until today. I really hope to get involved and to figure out how it all works. I have exactly 50 pounds to lose and it seems like an almost impossible task. I'm hoping this website will help me stay motivated.

~Cheryl

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Hi, I'm Melissa. I joined on the 19th or 20th but didn't find this team thing until today. I'm 29 and I have over 100 lbs to lose. I can't even wrap my head around that so I've broken it up a bit; my first goal is to get to 235. I've been overweight my entire life and have tried basically every diet program there is. They've all worked. For a little while. Usually, just until I realized that I LOVE freedom and eating what I want and enjoying food more than I HATE being overweight. So, I guess that's my biggest challenge.

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6/22/08 10:55 A

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Hi! I'm Aimee from Texas. I'm 34 years old and mom to two beautiful boys ages 6 and 2. I need to lose about 30 pounds. I have never had problems with my weight until my youngest was born. After that, something shifted, and suddenly I was gaining weight like crazy. It has been very hard for me because I had always been very thin and never had to worry about what I ate. I joined SP a year ago but didn't stick with it - so now I'm back with even more weight to lose... UGH! This is day 3 for me, and so far, I'm doing pretty well. I still have so much to learn about making better food choices, though!! The calorie calculator is a real eye-opener!

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Hi, Mary! Thanks for the welcome! I love meeting other Marys because I've never met a bad one! lol

It's looks like we're looking to lose around the same amount of weight (20lbs), too, but I've had to put mine in increments of 10 because I need baby steps emoticon

Good luck to you as well and feel free to say hi anytime!

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Thsnk for the welcome.

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It's so great to "meet" all of you!! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you're here!!

Take advantage of all of the wonderful resources you have at your fingertips. Look how many of us are in the same boat?? Let's use each other for support and friendship during our journey to health/weight loss.
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How exciting!! I'm so happy for everyone and very proud of you for being here!!
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Hi everyone! I'm Eliana, I'm 22 and I've heard about this site on a music-related message board. My goal is to lose 20 Kg. (40 pounds). I'm tired of feeling tired all the time. I want to be healthy again for me and to improve my social skills with others (I'm too self-conscious of my body and I tend to isolate)

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Hi, I'm Gina and I am just beginning SP. I heard about it while on vacation in Alaska last week. I am happily married and have two wonderful daughters. I want to be healthy for me and for my family. emoticon

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Hi Mary, Another Mary here... I'm new to this whole SparkPeople thing, but figured there was no hurt in saying hi (mostly because we have the same name, and we're both 24!) and welcome to the group (although I hardly feel like I can welcome anyone since I just joined today too...)

I hope you are successful with your weight loss and life style changes!

"What are you going to do with this one wild and precious life?"
-Mary Oliver ♥

"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done."
"Be relentlessly positive!"
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HI I joined today. Glad to find this site. I have a lot of changes to make in my lifestyle to get health and an looking forward to haveing a group to share the journey with.

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Hi all, I just started today too.I am from Oklahoma and I am looking forward to meeting you all. I am 54 and a grandma. My youngest is leaving for college in August. It will be just me at home so I decided to take care of myself for awhile. See you all around.
Grace

I will lift up my eyes to the hill;from whence comes my help?My help comes from The Lord who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalms121:1-3


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Hi,
I'm Tami, 47, married, and joined on Friday, June 20th. I was looking for answers to help me change for the better and lose over 100 lbs. SparkPeople showed up. YEAH!!! I had joined WW and liked their site, but I can't afford it, Big Loser's Club looked interesting, but canceled it because I can't afford it either. It's not that it's not worth it or anything, it's that I don't have enough in the budget to go that far, especially with gas costing more and more each week....I used to be a stressed out admin assistant for busy executives, and needed to have time for me, so I could find how to live a healthy life. I became a School Bus Driver, and love it! Best of all it's what gave me the freedom to have time, and to have hope in doing what it takes for me to lose 100 lbs. I'm so thankful to be here. emoticon

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Jesus is setting on the promised throne of King David!
He is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven!
He invites all to come to the City of Lights!
(See Psalm 2, 16, 18, 22, 45, 72, 110, 122)
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Hi. My name is Cathy and I am here because this is my last shot. I have PPH which is a breathing condition and a very scarry one. I can't exercise because I can't breathe and I can't breathe because of my lungs. Anyway, my daughter and her friend joined and it seems to be going well for them and I just want to feel better. I am retiring soon and I want to enjoy life. I guess that is pretty much all I can say. emoticon

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Hi, everyone! My name is Mary and I'm feeling a little bit odd that I'm joining on the very last day of this Spark Team week...Should I wait and "rejoin" tomorrow? lol

I guess there is no "wrong" time to join; right?

Anyway, I'm 24, 5'9", 177lbs.

I used to be 21, 5'9", 150-155lbs. :-P

I think I played too much beer pong and graduated college...which then gave me a desk job and no longer was I walking back and forth to classes.

I'm pretty sure that's where everything went wrong.

But it feels so hard sometimes to go back to what I was. emoticon

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I somehow posted twice and can't seem to remove this message...

Edited by: MARY04609 at: 6/21/2008 (15:48)
"What are you going to do with this one wild and precious life?"
-Mary Oliver ♥

"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done."
"Be relentlessly positive!"
-Sally Meyerhoff ♥


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Hi all... I'm new to the team, and was even hesitant to join because I was initially hellbent on keeping my "lifestyle changes" to myself, but that it was I have always done when trying to lose weight -- I've never looked for support before, therefore, my success has generally been short-lived or non-existent all together. So, I'm taking the plunge, and I have some really amazing motivation too: I was accepted into the New York City Marathon, which is slated for November 2, 2008. I'm hoping to lose 20 pounds by then and be on track to keep up the healthy lifestyle. Best of luck to everyone else and their endeavors!

"What are you going to do with this one wild and precious life?"
-Mary Oliver ♥

"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done."
"Be relentlessly positive!"
-Sally Meyerhoff ♥


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I am Christie from WV. I am 36 years old, married with 2 children, Nick - 9 and Catie - 11 weeks. I had gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago and broke my back shortly after that in a car accident. I went from 250 down to 102. I was really sick then and lost the weight too quickly. I am back up to 156, but still happy with myself because I have been maintaining this weight for a couple of years. I just had my daughter and have decided to get healthier and lose some extra weight.

I would appreciate any encouragement that is available. If there is something that I should be doing, please let me know. I signed up yesterday and plan on starting my diet on Wednesday. I have to visit my grandmother Sun - Tues so it wont be a good idea to try to start a routine with me not home.

Talk to you all soon


~Christie~

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Hi to everyone! I'm Konnie and I'm from Texas. I've been an in home childcare provider for 18 years. I've lost a lot of weight in the past, just had trouble keeping it off. You know, you fall back into those old habits, especially when stress hits! Now, at 47, my doctor is telling me I need to get serious about doing this for my health. So here I am and this time it's more for my health and well being then looking good in pair of jeans. (Although that's a nice benefit too!) I need all the encouragement I can get. Thanks emoticon

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Hello!

I'm new (again) to Spark People, and I seriously want to get involved and stay involved and hopefully lose 45 pounds and a little bit of hip pain in the process.

I look forward to getting to know you all!

Do your best and let go of the outcome.


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Hello everyone!
I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rosemary and I am back here at Spark after a too long hiatus. I keep working on this weight thing then life happens and I let my emotions get the better of me and off the wagon I fall...Not going to give up, although I almost did that last year. I'm glad to be back at Spark and pray that I'll make the life style changes more permanent. emoticon
Vocationally, I am a teacher of special needs students. I am single and the caretaker for my legally blind 85 year-old mom. I enjoy reading scripture and listening to all kinds of music. (When to a Bob Dylan concert last month - AWESOME! I saw that some of you are from central MA - anyone from SPENCER?)
I hope to get and give support on this team.

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Hi, I'm Zach. I'm 24, and finally serious about getting healthy to avoid the horrible health issues in my family. I have about 111 to drop to be at a weight I'd feel healthy at. I've got high-normal BP and slightly elevated LDL levels, so that's another couple things to nip in the bud. I'm going to have to learn how to get enough calories without going over, because my first few days, I've come in well under my range. I'm currently using Dance Dance Revolution workout mode for aerobic exercise, and looking to put together a strength plan. Glad to be here.

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Hi I'm Victoria and I just joined today. I want to lose at least 24 pounds and see my feet again :) I'm a chronic procrastinator with a killer sweet tooth to top it off so we'll see how it goes. This site is a great motivator and I'm still learning how everything works around here.

Wish me luck!

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Hi Everyone! I'm Sarah. I'm 28 years old and glad to be here. I've finally gotten serious about losing weight and I hope this site will help me with the motivation and support I need. I'm hoping to lose about 25 pounds. I'm taking alli to give me a little extra help, but I'm willing to do the work to get the weight off.

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i am robin 40 yrs old i am here to lose weight and feel good sorry about typing not that good and i dont spell good please bare with me emoticon

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Hi Rose, I'm going to talk to my dr. on monday about everything and see if they are linked to y weight or stress or both. I'm glad you figured out yous were from anxiety and can work to fix it....don't be nervous, we're all here for similar purposes....Good luck with everything and if there is anything i can do to help let me know

kris


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

- Sam Ewing, humorist

Light spring rain showers are life-giving and nourishing. Take that same amount of water, put it in tidal wave form, and it becomes destructive and lethal. Too much, too soon can do more harm than good.


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Hi Kris, I'm Rose, and I just joined today, mother of three, had chest pains about a month ago because of stress. Dr told me that if I didn't start exercising again he wanted to talk about anxiety meds. I have never posted before, so I'm feeling a little nervous. I started walking, which lead to a couple of days of running but have discovered at my activity level and weight, that I am not getting enough calories. So I'm hoping this will help me keep track of my calories and ensure that I take in what I need.

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Amanda, What part of MA is hubby in and you will be moving to?


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

- Sam Ewing, humorist

Light spring rain showers are life-giving and nourishing. Take that same amount of water, put it in tidal wave form, and it becomes destructive and lethal. Too much, too soon can do more harm than good.


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Yemanya, what part of MA are you from? I'm in Uxbridge, MA. If you're nearby maybe we can go walking or something


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

- Sam Ewing, humorist

Light spring rain showers are life-giving and nourishing. Take that same amount of water, put it in tidal wave form, and it becomes destructive and lethal. Too much, too soon can do more harm than good.


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Hi I'm kris, mom to Amber (5) Holly (3) and petie (9 months) I am looking to get healthy and lose about 66 pounds. I have recently started having chest pains and have been through many tests, and all have come back normal. I have to discuss it with my dr. but now I am thinking it might be due to my weight gain since having my last baby. I am currently at the heaviest i have ever been. I have an appointment on Monday with my dr and I plan on discussing my weight as a possible resaon for the pains, so we'll see what he say.


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

- Sam Ewing, humorist

Light spring rain showers are life-giving and nourishing. Take that same amount of water, put it in tidal wave form, and it becomes destructive and lethal. Too much, too soon can do more harm than good.


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wow! your stats are awesome! congratulations.

Take good care of yourself, your skin, your body. If you look and feel young, you are young!



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We're so glad you guys are here!! Feel free to jump right in to some of the other forums on the team. We'd love to have you in the Friends & Encouragement session too!

Take some time to look around SparkPeople, check out all the resources available to you, set up your Spark Page and dive right in!

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy that you've made this decision for yourself. I can honestly tell you, I know it saved my life!

Best wishes on a wonderful journey!
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I added my ticker, thanks!

Edited by: ANNIE_1015 at: 6/21/2008 (10:17)
Take good care of yourself, your skin, your body. If you look and feel young, you are young!



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Hello!!

I'm so happy i found you guys!

I ran into this site last monday. I've been busy getting used to the site, and getting a feel for what's going on.. i love it.

You are inspiration, motivation and company in this quest for health!




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hey yall, I am a 25 year old mother of 4. I have been married for now 2 years and love my husband to death. I have a 10 year old stepson, two little girls that are 6 and 4, and a 14 month old baby boy. I am done having children and done being over weight. I to be the roll model to my kids and show them how to eat healthy and that being healthy is important. My husband is very supportive of me and wants me to be happy. I am willing to do whatever it takes to lose the weight and get my self confidence back.

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Go to "My Spark Page", click "Edit my Page" at top right-hand corner, go to the very bottom and choose your ticker.

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I have a question. How do you get the weight ticker at the bottom of the message??

Take good care of yourself, your skin, your body. If you look and feel young, you are young!



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Hi everyone! My name is Jaclyn. I'm about to turn 27 and I want to be fit for when I finally turn 30! I don't want to be an overweight 30 year old! I want to be the fittest I've ever been.. So here I am.
I'm not new to Spark, but I decided to start fresh and so I created a new name. I've lost 12-15 lbs with spark and I want to keep going!

Marvin Phillips:
The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

Personal Goals:
12/31/08 151 (end of year challenge goal )
1/31/09 145
2/28/09 139
3/28/09 133
4/15/09 130 (first goal weight.. we'll go from there)


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I feel the exact same way you do. My children are 2 and 3 now, but, when I look through photo albums, I'm missing! I love to take the pictures, mostly cause I hate to be in them... That's some good motivation... I AGREE! emoticon

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Hi! I just joined a few days ago and I love this site so far. I'm married with 2 daughters and want to get back in shape.

Take good care of yourself, your skin, your body. If you look and feel young, you are young!



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Hi! I am 36 years old, have a 3yo son (Austin) and a 1yo Daughter (Logan). I am really motivated to get my act in gear, I have a lot to lose and am sick on hating to have my pictures taken with my kids... they are going to grow up and ask where i was! Anyway, that is my motivation!!

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Hi everyone my name is faye...im 23 years old from connecticut.....i heard about this site and for a few days now i have been trying to decide if i should join or not....well im here....and im ready to get the ball going.

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NOTRUB98 Posts: 5
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Hello,

Today is my first day of Spark, and this is my first post. I actually had not heard of this site previously, but a friend introduced me to it because she knew I was having a tough time. I am 32 years old, and I got married last year. Since my wedding, I have gained back 21 pounds, unfortunately. I have always turned to Weight Watchers in the past, and though I think that is a wonderful program, it is not for me right now. I like the idea of being accountable for a healthy reflection of my intake and output of calories, so I look forward to joining!

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Hello, my name is Alesa. I hit my highest weight ever in January and decided that I have to do something. I also decided that it has to be for me and not for anyone else. I am not comfurtable being over weight and it gets in the way of things that I want to do. So it is time to do something about it. Sense January I have lost 35 lbs. I would like to get to 135 lbs. I am glad to meet you all.

Alesa

Alesa from Alaska

SW: 245 01/20/08
GW: 135
CW: 235 05/22/13

BLC24: Sunset Stingrays
BLC23: Sunset Stingrays
BLC22: Rockin' Rose Rangers


Never give up. If you do you are only giving up on youself.



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Hi everyone!
I'm Missy and just realized I hadn't officially introduced myself to the group. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and be a part of the team! Good luck all!!!

Missy


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HI EVERYONE, I HAD A WAKE UP CALL AT SIX FLAGS THEY GUESS MY WEIGHT AND SO DID I WANT TO FELL GOOD AND LOOK GOOD FOR MY SELF AND MY NEW FAMILY. emoticon

Edited by: TERRIBEAR052005 at: 6/19/2008 (16:00)
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Hello everyone,
My name is Kristy and I've joined Spark because I need to start being healthy again. I moved to Kentucky last year and since the move have gained 20 lbs of "happy fat" since living with my bf and 2 mini daschunds. I'm a nontrad student (I'm 27)at Western Kentucky University, so it's hard for me to get regular meals and exercise in. I'm hoping to get more of a routine with all of it by joining spark. So far, I love it!

~*Kristy*~
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I heard about the site from some of my neighbors and I thought I would try it. I am 30 years old would like to lose some weight and also learn to eat a more balanced diet.

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Hi! I am somewhat new here. I used Spark for a while about 2-3 years ago. It worked GREAT. I loved the menu's and all the support you can get. I somehow gained my weight back and decided to turn to Spark to help me lose it! Me and my husband will be using the site together and I have high hopes!

I have been talking about losing weight and getting in better shape for roughly a year now. It's time to put my money where my mouth is and step it up :)

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We're SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you are here!

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hi i am new to this my name is Laurey

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I am new too and am feeling incredibly empowered that I can lose weight and become more healthily by taking lots of small steps. It has been overwhelming to me for a long time - that I used to be so fit and healthy and that I now have 75lb to lose. Here, though, feels a safe and supportive place and for the first time I really feel I can do this. So I am very happy that I jumped aboard.

Liz

Our intention should not be spoiled by the eight worldy preoccupations: gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, and fame or infamy (Dalai Lama)


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Hi! i just joined today after learning about this site on another weight loss site. I have 82 lbs. to lose and have recently been diagnosed w/ diabetes. I've seen it coming all my life, but thought I could outrun it. Now I have to get serious about a healthy life. I truly do want to reach my goal by my next birthday.

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Here we go...

I am almost 30 and have 30 pounds to lose...I am starting a new job this fall and would really like to feel good in my work clothes. Plus ,I would like my husband to look at me like he did when we first started dating :-) I've been "trying" to lose the weight for a long time now, without ever really succeeding, but also without making any dramatic changes to my lifestyle...so I'm not surprised that I haven't been successful. Maybe joining this community will make me feel accountable to others, and improve my motivation. I'm looking forward to talking with other people in the same boat, and getting lots of inspiration! Here we go...



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Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a single mom of 3 kiddos. I'm so excited to have found SparkPeople. I have about 120 pounds to lose. Health is my priority because not only do I want to be an example for my kids but I need to be around to see them grow up. I do have a few health issues such as high cholesterol and anxiety/panic and I'm very suceptible to diabetes. This website has given me so much motivation to change my life. I've met so many nice people already and can't wait to to get to know so many more. emoticon

"It doesn't take any more effort to believe and stay filled with faith than it takes to develop a negative and defeated attitude." --Joel Osteen


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Hi, all!
I am re-joining Spark after an absence. I guess I just lost my gumption and gained all of my weight back. I really need to lose weight to keep my health from deteriorating. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes runs in my family and I now have borderline high blood pressure. I know that losing weight will help these issues.

I am married and have 2 sons. One of which is mildly autistic. I teach high school full time, so I guess you'd say I have a pretty stressful life.

Anyway, I am excited to be back on program! I even worked out today--30 minutes of water aerobics nearly killed me(I am so stinkin' out of shape)!

My blog: www.anotherhatchettjob.blogspot.com
Family business site:
www.hatchettphotography.com

Keep Sparkin'!
Jan


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Hi, all!
I am re-joining Spark after an absence. I guess I just lost my gumption and gained all of my weight back. I really need to lose weight to keep my health from deteriorating. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes runs in my family and I now have borderline high blood pressure. I know that losing weight will help these issues.

I am married and have 2 sons. One of which is mildly autistic. I teach high school full time, so I guess you'd say I have a pretty stressful life.

Anyway, I am excited to be back on program! I even worked out today--30 minutes of water aerobics nearly killed me(I am so stinkin' out of shape)!

My blog: www.anotherhatchettjob.blogspot.com
Family business site:
www.hatchettphotography.com

Keep Sparkin'!
Jan


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Hello and Welcome Ladies!!

So glad that you are here! Whether you are a repeat Sparker or a first timer, you are now a part of a giant family of fellow Sparkers!!

Be proud of yourself for getting started! I'm sure proud of all of you! You are SOOOOOOOOOO inspirational! Let's take all this motivation and bottle it up and save some of it for a rainy day.
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Best wishes on your wonderful journey of self discovery AND to better health!
GO SP CLASS OF JUNE 15-21!!
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Hi I'm Kemmy from Surrey. Have lost baby number 2 weight now trying to lose the weight baby 1 put on me!


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" - Bill Cosby

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."
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I am Margaret from Wales. I lost 15lds with Spark people and I am back to carry on with my goals. emoticon

THERE IS A REASON FOR EVERYTHING.


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And yet another newbie checking in. I just joined today, and I'm trying to figure out how all of this works. I am 32 and had my first child last February. I am still carrying around some of that baby weight. I started training for a marathon last Fall thinking that would help with the weight loss. I found that the more I ran the more I justified eating whatever I wanted to eat. I know if I can keep the exercise up and get my food intake in balance I will be on the road to a better me. Looking forward to the journey ahead with all of you.

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Another newbie :) I'm trying to get back on track after seeing some progress last month (down almost 5lbs), and now almost all of it is back on. Not a lot right now, but also not a good cycle to get on. It's hard because I love to bake and love the finished product, so I need to learn smart snacking. I also need to carve time in my day for myself to exercise!

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6/18/08 2:49 P

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My name is Denise and I live in Ontario, Canada. I joined Spark 2 days ago and I'm thrilled with having found this website to help me track my food intake, calories & fat. I really needed a "SPARK" to ignite my motivation to eat healthy foods!


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6/18/08 2:18 P

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Hi
I joined this morning so I could start tracking my calories on the advice of my sister in law.
My name is Jenni and I am 37, mother to twin 3 year olds (boy/girl) and married to my childhood sweetheart (we met when I was 16).
I lost a lot of weight after the twins were born and was starting to feel good about myself, when at the beginning of this year I broke my ankle and dislocated my foot. Two surgeries later I still limp and have a swollen leg and pain when I walk. Thanks to this (and some pity eating!) I have put back on 26 lbs from my lowest and when I stood on the scale this morning I wanted to scream.
I have recently started swimming as it is something I can do that does not bother my leg, but I really need to get motivated to lose this weight - I dont even like to have my picture taken with the kids as I look so fat. Hopefully I can find the support and encouragement here to keep the lbs dropping now!

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