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8/26/14 12:54 P

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Hi! I'm Risa, I am 47 yrs old...I survived a stroke in February...and kinda plugging along...so happy to find this group.... ready to be aspired & inspired! Yay!

All is well; life is good.

Namaste,
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emoticon Katie! emoticon on your upcoming wedding emoticon !

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8/4/14 4:38 P

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Hi everyone:) Katie here!! I am back. I had been on here quite awhile back. missed you all. a lot of big changes since I last heard from all of you. I am live in northwest Arkansas but will soon be moving to a different city in Arkansas with my daughter and in 8 months my new husband. I am doing k 12 with my daughter she is in her 2nd year of school.

I am working on my last goal weight so I can fit into a smaller size wedding dress for my wedding in April. really need the motivation. would love to be friends with my gang. dancinganne, kraxy4 cats etc. new friends too.

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5/20/14 10:15 A

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Glad to have you both wish us!

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5/17/14 1:02 P

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i never know what to say on these ..
Hi, i am Colleen and i am 50ish .. LOL i joined Spark in Jan of this year .. it was my New Years' intention (stopped saying resolution because resolutions are too "concrete" and therefore, scarier, LOL) to get healthy and fit and lose some weight .. i am well on my way .. been doing my fitness and eating lifestyle changes .. mostly doing really well with a few, what the heck was i thinking" moments. . LOL i started out with about 75 lbs to lose, although i have changed my original goal weight from 125 to 135 .. i WILL make it to 135 .. but 125 may be unrealistic for my age .. but i am going to TRY and still make that my secondary goal .. i am married, have 4 grown children and a beautiful grand daughter ..i am a currently unemployed medical assistant .. i love the water, waterfalls, lighthouses, nature and the outdoors, camping, (and all sorts of crafts, like crochet, knitting, beading/jewelry making, drawing, want to learn watercolor and pottery, and my DH got me a wonderful digital full 82 (or is it 84, LOL) keyboard. . it is awesome and i am trying to find some good programs on line to learn to play until i can afford some lessons .. LOL i have 3 beautiful rescue kitties (full grown kitties .. LOL) .. and i talk to much .. that is about it i guess .. can't wait to get to know everyone !!

~~"We gain strength, confidence and courage by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face; we must do that which we think we cannot"
~~"It is better to conquer 'yourself' than to win a thousand battles."
~~"You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible!" Deepak Chopra

I have been smoke free since July 18, 2008
Carpe Diem!! Colleen - EST / Sensational Sisters


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5/14/14 6:44 P

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Hi, I still fairly new to SP and still trying to learn the ropes to get around. My name is Phyllis. I am retired from being a Janitor/Motel/ House cleaning and last but not least a Demo girl from Costco in WA ST. I moved back to AL in 2005. I have two adult children and 3 grand children. I love animals and have two cats. I read books by Mary Higgins Clark and Joyce Meyer. I do believe in Miracles and one day a miracle will come and I'll be thin again. I'm working toward 170. I have a long way to go yet, and it's going slow and may not be too steady yet, but I'm getting there.

Thank you for inviting me to join your team.

Phyllis
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5/13/14 5:02 P

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Glad to have you with us Pastel! Best of luck in your journey.

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5/11/14 4:40 P

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Hello everyone.

I am Pastel and I am new to SparkPeople. I have a goal to lose 120-130 lbs. I am starting small though and aiming for 10 lbs at a time. I am new to the active lifestyle, but I plan on starting to increase my activity level with daily walks.

I look forward to meeting everyone and making friends who share similar goals and to develop a support and motivation team to help me along the way.

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5/8/14 11:51 A

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Glad to have you with us Sarah!

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5/3/14 9:46 A

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emoticon My name is Sarah and I am a 37 year old wife and mother of two. I have a daughter who is 13 and a son who is 17. I am fairly new to SparkPeople, and my friend/boss invited me to join this group. I just started my fitness journey. I am not only in it to lose weight, but in it to get healthy. I have about 50 lbs to lose, but am taking it slow so that it will stay off I hope. I have a tendency of losing weight and then gaining it all right back. So I am hoping by joining this group I will be inspired by you, and hopefully I can inspire a few of you! Thanks for letting me join, and feel free to add me as a friend if you like.
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Welcome Lesley and so glad you joined!

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4/28/14 4:45 A

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Hi, I am Lesley. I joined Spark about 4 years ago, and last year was really good with working out. Due to injuries, I haven't worked out in almost a year and am trying to get back on track. Looking forward to being a part of your Challenges!

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomfort.

Lesley - Boston, MA

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4/16/14 10:10 A

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Hi Jes and welcome! Congrats on the weight you've lost already and best of luck on your goal. Maddox is so cute and you have a lot of good reasons to be healthy.

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4/16/14 12:00 A

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Hello Everybody:)

I'm Jes! I joined SparkPeople on September 3rd of this last year & have lost 56.6lbs since then! I am a Stay At Home Mama to my gorgeous little man, Maddox! I joined this site after experiencing many health scares after having my son & my main goal is to become a role model of health & strength for my family! I don't want to be thought of as the fat, sick, tired Mom, Significant Other, Daughter, Sister or Friend ever again! I am taking my life back & I am running with it because I am WORTH fighting for! My current goal that I'm working towards is to have lost a total of 80lbs my son's 2nd birthday on August 8th & I know I demolish my goal because I have TOO much to live for to ever stop fighting for my health!

Stay Positive Friends, Change IS Coming,

Jes

Dreams ONLY die if you LET them Starve - - ALWAYS stay HUNGRY;)

You are far too smart to be the ONLY thing standing in your way.

I intend to accept my body today, love my body tomorrow & appreciate my body always.

Stop wearing your wishbone where you're backbone ought to be.

Be an ENCOURAGER; The world has plenty of CRITICS already. --Dave Willis

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4/10/14 11:54 A

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Cathy's right that we're more of a family who truly care for each other. Best wishes to you!


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4/10/14 3:20 A

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emoticon to the team! Many of us have known each other for a long time and we're like a family here. We're glad to have as a new member to our team/family. It's good that you're ready now to really lose the weight. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to ask. Good luck on your weight loss journey!

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4/9/14 3:10 P

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emoticon I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time but never really stuck with it! I am ready to get healthy! I have just turned 50 in December and I am ready! Thanks for allowing me to join your team!

"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"


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Welcome to the team/family Pam! I can empathize with you as I reached my goal back in 2010, and then fell off the wagon and haven't been working out. As you, I've got to do start doing something myself.
Best of luck to you and so glad you joined!

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3/10/14 11:08 A

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Hi Im Pam. I am 50
I first joined sparkpeople in 2007.
Reached my goal and disappered. But I have gained and lost over the years and now Im back after gaining again.
I pulled out my old pictures the other day and said I gotta do something or I will be right back where I was at one point so here I am back at spark again.

I work full time on my feet all day and I love making jewelry in my spare time.

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emoticon Jillian! I sent you a private spark mail. So glad you're here with us!

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1/30/14 8:52 A

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Thanks Cathy for the tip! I'm excited to be here emoticon

-Jillian-

Learning how to love myself again. Learning how to be healthy again.

Doing it for myself. Doing it for my family.


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1/30/14 2:09 A

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Hello Jill! Glad to have you join our team. I think you'll really like the team. It's a very supportive team and many of us have known each other for several years. We're all in a different place in respect to losing weight. I look forward to getting to know you. Feel free to post a new topic or if you need help. You might be interested in joining the February BSG (Buddy Support Group) Challenge. The sign-up is on the main team page under the Announcements Forum. Good luck in achieving all of your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1/28/14 2:41 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Jillian (or Jill, I go by both!). I'm both new to Spark People and this team :) I'm 25 (I'll be 26 on Feb 12th). I'm a new mom. My daughter, Perynn Jane, turned 5 months yesterday. She is my inspiration for everything. I want to get healthy for her.

I've struggled with weight and food issues since I was 16 years old. I've been underweight, healthy, overweight, and am now in the morbidly obese category (even though I hate those words). I'm determined to get down to a healthy weight over the next year through diet and exercise, you know the healthy way, not exactly how I've dealt with it in the past.

My self esteem over the years has gotten worse and worse to the point where I don't even go out of the house and I'm afraid to make new friends in my area. I honestly have no idea how to even make friends anymore actually, pretty depressing to admit.

I'm here on spark people at the recommendation of my doctor. I just recently joined a medical weight loss program to help me deal with my weight loss and food problems. Since joining, I have found it is so much more than I expected it to be and I love the amount of support I can find on here.

I'm hoping some of you can help support me and I'd love to help support you too!
So hello everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this team emoticon emoticon emoticon

-Jillian-

Learning how to love myself again. Learning how to be healthy again.

Doing it for myself. Doing it for my family.


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1/15/14 2:13 A

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Welcome to team Changing-Turtle and Joanna. We're glad to have you here with us. We really are like a family here. Many of us have known each other for years.

Cathy (Central Time Zone)
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1/14/14 1:11 P

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First Name: joanna
Birthday: feb 5
When did you join Spark People? it was summer of 2011.
Where are you from? greece. originally an islander, now off living in athens
What are your aspirations/goals? i want to write. and solve the soulmate riddle. find a place dark and peaceful and just be (free).
How can we help inspire you to reach those goals? how you can help me? i don't think you can. emoticon i love being part of a community. in real life i don't feel i belong anywhere. i love helping others. i could have pursuited a psychiatrist's career; if it weren't for the pain. i feel in place when i'm useful to others. i love seeing people doing their best, getting the best and be happy; especially if i know i've somehow helped them get there. so that's why i'm here i guess, to do some good without having to go out there where it's so hateful and lonely.
Add anything else you would like to share (pets, hobbies, what work you do, etc.):i'm 21 years old (almost) and i study economics. and i'm always looking for buds, so add me! :D

Joanne

~Running to stand still~

'If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.'

:This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!:

{I am not afraid... I was born to do this.}

#No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, SHOW UP and never give up!!!#


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Hi just joined the team I am not new to Spark am in my 3 year. I have lost over 30 pounds and have about 30 to go. I love to exercise and do it most every day. I like the challenge this team has each day and have done today, felt good to feel the muscle burn.
I am married and in my 50's. I live in Sacramento CA but have travel a bit around the US.
I love to do push ups and am currently doing 50 a day most every day.

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I AM A FIGHTER, A WARRIOR I AM DETERMINED TO NOT BE OVER WEIGHT !!!!! I WILL NOT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN!!!!!
I WILL CONQUER!!!!

Who I am really keeps surprising me.

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1/9/14 12:25 P

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Amy, you'll be so glad you joined this team which, to me, is a family. Many of us have known each other for years and we all (team leaders) do our best to keep it active and especially positive. That's why we have so many leaders so we can all take on different tasks.

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That's wonderful news Amanda! I'm sure it's not easy having to adjust your nutrition and wish you the best of luck.

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Hello .My name is Amy, and I look forward to making friends here and chatting with people. I just want to say thank you to everyone for the warm welcomes that I got on my spark page for joining. This looks like a nice & positive and active team.

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*~*Amy*~*

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"Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



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1/9/14 11:59 A

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Thanks for the welcome Krazy4katz and Havasujules (and the prayers!). I'm happy to report that even though my weight only went down 2 lbs (which is a little bit of a bummer, but at least it's DOWN and not UP!) my A1C (which measures your average blood glucose level for the last 3 months went from a 12.7 (extremely high) to a 7.6 emoticon
I was quite nervous to l find out the result this morning but I am so beyond happy with this number. It shows me that all the work and effort I put in (even with not being as diligent over the last month) that good things happen when you work for them!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

~~ Amanda ~~

"You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got."

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1/9/14 11:48 A

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Welcome Amanda!

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Hi Mary...Welcome to the team. It looks like we joined this team about the same time.

Commitment issues concerning weight can be a challenge. Boy do I know. I ended up changing that to just wanting to get healthy and make small changes. How old are your daughters? Could you and the girls and Mom start by committing to a "Girls Night Out - Walk" one night/afternoon a week?

A stationary bike could be a great thing....I wouldn't mind saving to buy one myself.
Welcome and Good Luck

Julie
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Welcome to the team AMANDAKP84! I am also new to the team. I understand the weight issues from my own personal experience as well as the diabetes issue as my husband received his diagnosis a few years back. One thing he is just learning, is that when you find a plan that works -- Plan your work and then work your plan. What has worked for him is cutting the carbs and upping the protein.

I will be praying for you and your visit to the doctor today. I am not a team leader or anything, but if you need something - let me know.

Julie
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August - Sensational Sisters
July - No BSG Team :(
June - TAKING A SPARK BREAK
May A&I Motivated Marigolds
Apr A&I Dancing Daffodils
Mar A&I Lucky Charms
Feb A&I Pink Candy Hearts
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"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28


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Hello all! I just joined this team and am excited to meet you all! I have a very significant amount of weight to lose, as well as dealing with a fairly new diagnosis of diabetes. I'm finding that I'm struggling with all of my weight loss/fitness goals recently (maybe it's just the holidays) so I'm looking for a little encouragement and accountability. I'm heading to the doctor for my first official post diagnosis checkup this afternoon and once I see where I am sitting health wise I'll be setting my goals for the coming months/year. Have a GREAT day everyone!

~~ Amanda ~~

"You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got."

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emoticon Julie, Sandra and Mary! Glad you joined! I also have added your birthdays to the list.
Best of luck with your goals!

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Hello! My name is Mary, my bday is June 5th, and I am from Maryland. I, really, really want to and have to lose weight. I want to for myself, for my health, for my daughters, for my mom. I am having or have had commitment issues concerning losing weight. Things I like are reading, animals, I want to get back into sewing and crochet. I like movies and new things (ideas, etc). I like walking, should do more, going to fix my stationary bike. Any and all inspiration will be greatly appreciated! Thank you! emoticon

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Sandra,

I understand very well the accountability and getting to know your team aspect. I have dropped several teams because of in activity or lack of support. Hang in there and don't get discouraged. It has taken me a year to find a couple of good teams.

Julie
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August - Sensational Sisters
July - No BSG Team :(
June - TAKING A SPARK BREAK
May A&I Motivated Marigolds
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Mar A&I Lucky Charms
Feb A&I Pink Candy Hearts
Jan A&I Snowy Owls

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"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28


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1/5/14 12:56 P

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Hi everyone,

here is a little about me!

First Name: Sandra
Birthday: October 5
When did you join Spark People? Joined last week!
Where are you from? Alberta, Canada
What are your aspirations/goals? to once and for all lose all the weight (45lbs) and keep it off.
How can we help inspire you to reach those goals? Accountability, maybe small team challenges, getting to know each other so I dont ditcjh out of here in a few months

I have a kitty and a hubby,both very much like children! We are vegetarian (well, not the cat). We enojoy travelling and have visited many places and are planning our next big European vacation.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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Accidentally posted twice. emoticon

Edited by: PREACHERLADY565 at: 1/5/2014 (20:57)
Julie
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August - Sensational Sisters
July - No BSG Team :(
June - TAKING A SPARK BREAK
May A&I Motivated Marigolds
Apr A&I Dancing Daffodils
Mar A&I Lucky Charms
Feb A&I Pink Candy Hearts
Jan A&I Snowy Owls

My Life Verse
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28


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Hi! I am Julie. New to the team but not to sparkpeople. In 2013 I lost nearly 30#. I am so much healthier now. But I have about 20 to go. I gained 4 between. Christmas and New Years and have been nursing an injured foot for the last 3 weeks....so need Lots of encouragement and motivation.

Also WAY over ate tonight (see my blog about no excuses).

I am glad to have found this team.

I am 48 yrs. old and my husband and I are Salvation Army Officers currently appointed to Lake Havasu City AZ.

Julie
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August - Sensational Sisters
July - No BSG Team :(
June - TAKING A SPARK BREAK
May A&I Motivated Marigolds
Apr A&I Dancing Daffodils
Mar A&I Lucky Charms
Feb A&I Pink Candy Hearts
Jan A&I Snowy Owls

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emoticon Patti! Be sure to let us know if there's anything we can do to help you.

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Hi! I'm Patti, age 63, and I've been with SP for five years. Married, retired, live in San Diego County and am looking for better nutrition AND exercise to focus and get this weight off.
I am eager to join in and support you all too! This is our year to get it done!

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emoticon to the team JESUISPRET! So glad you joined our team! Wishing you the best of luck in your goals!

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emoticon emoticon to the team! We're glad to have you on our team! Stop in the daily chat thread and chat with us if you want.

Cathy (Central Time Zone)
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Hi, I'm new. I love the idea of this Sparkteam. Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend.


First Name: Prefer not to say
Birthday: January 26th.
When did you join Spark People? Around 2007, but I hadn't logged in for a really long time until recently.
Where are you from? Near Seattle WA.
What are your aspirations/goals? To get back to a weight where I can race in Triathlons and run longer distances.
How can we help inspire you to reach those goals? Conversation, tips, and/or positivity.
Add anything else you would like to share (pets, hobbies, what work you do, etc.)

~Nicole~
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A&I Team January Challenge ~ Snowy Owls
2014 Winter 5% Challenge: Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters
2014 Spring 5% Challenge: Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters (has not started yet.)



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emoticon to the team Simone! I changed my user name as well. I think my user name was CATHYT2009. I look forward to seeing you around and chatting with you from time to time. emoticon

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Thank you Susan! I did notice your previous name at the start of this forum and that it wasn't an active account. So glad to have found you emoticon I look forward to getting to reacquainted with you emoticon

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~NEVER GIVE UP!!!


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emoticon Simone! Thanks for introducing yourself. You might recognize me from my previous username of IZZYBEBOP.

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I'm sorry for the late intro! I am previous A&I member from over a year ago. I recognize some of the names. I look forward to catching with those of you I do know and getting to know the ones I don't know. I know from past experiences, this is an amazing team!

First Name:Simone
Bday: 7/29
When did you join Spark People? 7/2009
Where are you from? Northern Virginia
What are your aspirations/goals? To continue to get fit and healthy on this journey while supporting others who are trying to do the same!
How can we help inspire you to reach those goals? Support is the key for me.
Add anything else you would like to share? I love to read and formed an addiction to getting my sweat on through walking & running. My greatest choice is my daughter Emma. She is my why!

Simone
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~NEVER GIVE UP!!!


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emoticon to the team Elizabella and RIPPI_NIT! Glad to have you on our team!

Cathy (Central Time Zone)
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So glad you accepted the invitation!

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I checked in this morning to find an invite to this team in my mailbox! I feel blessed to have been invited emoticon I look forward to sharing my ups and downs with all of you and just share in support! emoticon

I'm not trying to look perfect... I just want to feel better, look great, know I'm healthy and be able to ROCK any outfit I choose. :)


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emoticon Elizabella and emoticon welcome to the team! Best of luck on your goals and so glad to have you with us!

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Hi, I'm Elizabella. I'm trying to lose 11 lbs and work myself into running a 5k.

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emoticon and emoticon welcome to the team!

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Hi-I'm Jan and just joining the team because I see you have actual daily conversation which looks pretty lively!
I will be with Sparks 2 years next February .......... I like meeting new people with like interests like healthy fitness and health goals ....... My page says it all I think so please come visit ............... I like to write weekly blogs in Sparks, and also am very interested in what others have to say. Looking forward. emoticon

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I'm Pam, and new to the team, but not spark. I have a lot of weight to lose, and a lot to overcome. I heard this might be a place to find some encouragement with, like, EVERYTHING! Nice to meet you!

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emoticon & emoticon to the team Jen! What a great introduction! Best of luck in your goals and so glad to have you with us.

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emoticon Jen! It's great to have you one the team!

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Hi everyone, my name is Jen. I am new to this team and my present username but not new to Spark. I have been on and off (for various reasons or should I say EXCUSES) Spark far too many times! We all know that no matter how you think you have things in control, without the help and support of people who are on the same "page" as you, you are sure to experience some difficult times and maybe even failure. To make a long story short, I have fallen, picked myself up and aspire to reach my goals with the help, encouragement and inspiration of fellow Sparkers whom I will, in return, do my best to encourage and inspire. I came across this team while looking for a team that would fit the criteria of aspire and inspire and I like what I have read so far so, here I am ... your new team mate. I look forward to participating along side all of you as we journey towards our goals.
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Glad to have you back Sheila!

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Don't know if I should post here or not, but this is a new username. My old username was RFJSJ50 and I was on this team before.
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emoticon Helen, so glad you found and joined our team, and wish you the best.

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Helen we are so glad that you are here!! : ) I am so impatient with myself because I expect my body to do what everyone else can do but alas it doesn't. Take it at your own pace! : )

I have a brother in Calgary! Small world! : )

**hugs**

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Helen, we're glad to have you on the team! There's no need for you to do as much cardio as anyone else is doing. We're here to support and encourage you no matter what fitness level you are at.

I'm glad you belong to a Challenge team to help keep you motivated and moving.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your journey to a healthier, fit you!

Cathy

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I just quit and rejoined in less than 24 hrs. b/c I just can't keep up with others on the team who can do all that cardio, etc. I have to take it slower. But a nice team member explained I can go at my own pace, and I do like everyone so far on this team!

I think my page pretty much explains who I am and where I live - Calgary, Alberta Canada.

I do belong to a Challenge team, so my aims are sincere! LOL

Hope to get to know everyone better with time

Helen


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emoticon to the team Barb! emoticon on your 2 month Spark-versary! Glad to have such a positive person on the team. We look forward to getting to know you better!

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Welcome to the team, Barb! Great job making progress toward meeting your goals!

~Melanie
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emoticon to the team Barb! emoticon on your 2 month Spark-a-Versary! Best of luck with our goals, and so glad to have such a positive and optimistic person on the team!

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Hi! My name is Barb, and I am 61. Today is my 2 month anniversary of being on SP. One of my goals is to lose 7 lbs. and maintain. I have only lost 1, but I am learning to eat healthy, walk (I do a lot of walking) more, I am on the team walk/jog to a 5k. I am on my 3rd week of that, and I love it. I really enjoy the running along with the walking. I have felt so much better, both emotionally, and physically since joining. I have met some remarkable friends. I could go on & on, but will leave it for another time. I am happy to be on this team. Hoping to make some lasting friends. emoticon

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Welcome to the A&I Team, Tonya!

~Melanie
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emoticon to the team Tonya! We're glad to have you join the team. We have 2 different challenges going on this month. We're here to support and encourage each other on our journey's. We have two different challenges going on this month. Feel free to check them out and sign up for them if you want. We look forward to getting to know you!

Cathy (Central Time Zone)
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so happy you joined. you will love it here!

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Hi, I'm Tonya. I'm fairly new to SparkPeople (just joined in June). I've been actively trying to lose weight and get in shape since April and so far I've lost approximately 20 lbs but really the best thing is the way I feel. I feel so much healthier and happier since I started exercising pretty much daily. I have so much more energy. I joined SparkPeople to find recipes, workout ideas, and just PEOPLE who were experiencing all the same things I was. This group looked like a great place to get support and encouragement and just make some new friends!

About me: I am married (13 years in Sept). We have six kiddos, and we live in West Texas and I am a SAHM.

~Tonya~
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emoticon to the team Rachel. Thanks for introducing yourself. You've picked a great team to join for motivation. Glad to have you on our team!

Cathy (Central Time Zone)
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emoticon and emoticon to the team Rachel. I restarted SP a few months ago (originally joined in 2009). Glad to have you with us! You picked a good team for motivation.

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Thanks!

Rachel

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Welcome to the team!

~Melanie
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Hi I am Rachel! I have been going strong with my restart with sparkpeople in Jan. I have lost 15lbs so far! And now I am working through a plateau! I have joined a gym and started with a personal trainer! I have been a member since 2007. I saw this team mentioned in a SparkCoach forum and thought I'd look into a team for motivation!

Rachel

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Hello everyone,
I have been off and on on Sparkpeople. I saw this team on my joining team so I decided to try it out. I see that the team is alive and well.
I am a mother of 4; 20,19,16,12. I am almost 50 and controlling my hormones have been very challenging. I have noticed that it has effected my eating as well. I exercise 6 days a week doing various things. I like to Spin and lift weights. I must say the last few years my body has been changing. So that is why I am here. I enjoyed the stories and I look forward to new ones. emoticon

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Live the life you've imagined."
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Thought I'd introduce myself as well because I had left SP and then came back. I was previously known as IZZYBEBOP.

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Glad to have you back Melanie!

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I thought I'd re-introduce myself since it's been about a year since I was active on the team.

I'm Melanie. I'm 36, I live in Georgia, my husband is in the Army (and currently overseas more often than not), and since I was last year, I've managed to give my 4-year-old son (nicknamed LittleDude) a little brother (now 4 months old, nicknamed Squeaky). At the moment, I'm about 10 pounds lighter than I was when I got pregnant with Squeaky, so the good news is that the baby weight is gone. The bad news is that I'm STILL working on what I've now dubbed the "pre-schooler weight" and learning to live a healthier life.

~Melanie
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Welcome Katie! I just sent you a sparkmail.

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Hi! my name is Katie. I am a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I began my weight loss journey 3 years ago when I weighed 250 pounds. I am currently at 178 pounds. I am working on my binge/ under eating and taming the sweets challenge. I hope to make lots of friends. I signed up on the June challenge but so far one person other than me is not on a team

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emoticon new members!

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Hello my name is Katie. I am a 38 year old single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I need to establish healther eating habits and stay consistent working out. so that I can acheive my goal weight of 135 pounds. keep on track.

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Hello,
I'm Trish a 31 year old mom from Springfield Mo. I'm kind of a nerd but I love life and living in the minute. I'm new to spark people and looking forward to getting to know everyone here and making new friends.

I'm not there yet, but I'm closer then I was yesterday.

Trish- Go Team Peaches!!!!



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Hi everyone, my name is Debbie, I am 54 and I am from Lancaster Ohio. I am happily married and the mother of 3, ages 35, 33 and 13. I was with SP for over 2 yrs. and former leader of Laugh a Lot and Be Your Best team. My spouse suffered a heart attack 2 yrs. ago and it took me from here and I have since returned 3 wks ago and am so glad to be back.

It was through reading a blog from one of your team members today that inspired me to look up the team and decide to join. I loved seeing the activity of members and the positive, upbeat spirit that shines through.

I now have much weight to lose and I know no other place to find the support and encouragement than here at SP. I love the outdoors, like to read mysteries and novels, crochet and loom knit, embroidery and sew as well as cooking and baking, and love trying new recipes. My favorite form of exercise is Walking. Before becoming disabled I worked for a major credit card company in collections and was a licensed beautician for over 30 yrs.

I look forward to making new friends here, any of you that are from Ohio I would love to invite you to join my new Ohio the Beautiful team.

Debbie (Leader of Journey to a new You).

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& You Are Worth It!!
Debbie
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4/27/13 8:19 P

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Im Amanda, Im 32 and my birthday is july 9. I have been on spark since august 2011. Im from Salem, ohio and my goals are to make changes every day to turn into a new healthier positive me! You can help me by providing support and I will do the same to you! I love to make handmade cards and I have 9 cats!


~Amanda~

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CANDYCANE2B's Photo CANDYCANE2B SparkPoints: (28,743)
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Hi, I've named myself after my special kitty, Candy. She died last summer and will always hold a special place in my heart!

I'm looking for a team that has a challenge that incorporates both fitness and nutrition! This seems to be the perfect fit for me! I'd love to join in the BSG challenges! Just tell me what I need to do, to join in!

A little about myself. I've been with SP for several years off and on. I even closed my account a year ago thinking I could do this on my own, and guess what....yeah, I'm back and loving it!!!

I'm 55 yrs old, been married for 31 years to my very best friend, have 8 children and 3 grandchildren. My one and only daughter is getting married this June 8th so I'm all excited about that!

I've been a yo-yo dieter for over 25 yrs and I want this year to be the end of all that! I want a lifestyle change, as so many call it, but I'm using portion control with lots of salad and freggies, I've lost 24 lbs in the last 12 weeks and I want that to continue! My health needs me to get and stay healthy! I know I'm going to enjoy this team and team-members.

~Candy~

~Ruth-Ann~
Western NY ~EST

A&I 2013 April Showers, May Peonies, June Mangoes, July Daisies,
Sept Morning Glories, Nov Brilliant Scarlets, Dec Silver Bells,
2014 Feb Red Roses

Little by little, change can be made permanent!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I'm Possible!


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Hi, I'm Eva and I'm new to the team. Love the idea of challenges in a supportive environment. Most recently I haven't lost any weight. Came from a hiking trip (which was challenging and thought it would cause weight loss), but no, of anything I gained. Guess food consumption is the most important measure.

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Hi Bobbi and welcome to the A&I team. It's a great group of folks who will help whenever you need it. I'm not on meds and I can take baths, but I'm with you on everything else you said. We can do this!

Sherry
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Hi everyone, I just restarted myself as of today 2-18-13...I left sparks a few days ago but,
ended up coming back because I missed everyone on sparks here...I wasn't getting the support that I was needed so I left and went somewhere else, but as you can see I am back,

First Name: Bobbie
Birthday: 0ct. 28

When did you join Spark People? Feb. 18, 2013...but been here longer than that because I
am not a newbie.

Where are you from? Visalia, California
What are your aspirations/goals? I want to live a heathier life...I want to feel better about myself...and not be ashamed out in front of others @ the way I look.

How can we help inspire you to reach those goals? I am looking for support to help me stay focused on my goals.

Add anything else you would like to share: I like to read and I am hoping to get off of my meds one day...and one day I would like to fit into some smaller clothes...and one day I would love to fit into a bathtub instead of taking a shower ugh...support is what I need here.

I would love to say out loud one day when I get their, "THAT I DID IT" without a doubt!



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Hello Jineane! Welcome to this wonderful team! It's a great group and I think you will enjoy it!

Let's make it a healthy day!

Anna

Team Leader, Diabetes - Diabetics Winning the Battle

"You can't change the wind but you can adjust your sails."

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -
Thomas A. Edison


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