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6/28/13 10:09 P

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emoticon Hi everyone, I am new here and to your surprise, Debbie (aka happygirl511) is my better half. She is helping me eat better and hopefully lose a little weight through her encouragement and meal preparation. What you see is what you get, she gives so much to everything and everyone. She loves SP and I'm glad to be here with her and get to know you.
Thanks for having me as a new member of the team.

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6/19/13 8:15 P

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I was looking for a fun spark team and I think I've found one.

I just got a pretty kitty. He is now 6 wks old. I have a billion (or maybe 5) pictures of him on my blog. In the household we have a bunny, Australian Shepherd and 2 other cats.

randominities-etsy.blogspot.com/

My blog where I link a few giveaways I've entered and blog my BzzAgent stuff, sweepstakes and other assorted things.


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6/14/13 12:53 P

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Glad to be a part of the team! CJ is a long-time emoticon of mine so I finally decided to join.
I am married, with two grown children. So my children are now three furr-babies (Izzy emoticon a female Tortoiseshell and BeBop emoticon a male Toyger/Tabby mix, both rescued from a shelter, and Lorelai emoticon a female Blue Heeler that we picked up from Texas at just 6 weeks old. She's now 7 months and just got spayed last week.
My hobbies are knitting, but my passion is digital scrap designs as you can see if you view the link in my signature.

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5/21/13 3:17 P

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Hi. I I'm G4F and I love to laugh and be around positive, upbeat people who can see the funny side in most situations. Laughter really has been the best medicine in my life. I look forward to sharing in the laughter with this group. Looks like this is the place to be! emoticon m emoticon emoticon


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5/10/12 5:24 P

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Hi team, Great to see everyone here and some newbies as well. Well its been a while since I have been here on spark but I am finding my way back slowly and I have missed all of you. I use to go by the name dreamgirl76, (aka Debbie) and was creator of this group for some of you that didn't know me then. Much has happened on my home front and has kept me from doing a lot of the things I love best. As things return to normal I am finding that I did much better on my journey when I was here sharing laughs, quotes, funny stories and jokes and sharing in everyone's celebrations. So I hope that I can visit more often and reconnect with my pals I have missed so dearly and make some new friends along life's way as well.

Love to CJ & Malks Aria, and Happy Mother's Day this weekend to all.








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I'm VB and I live in Florida.
I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. I've put away the scale and will no longer weigh myself except when at the doctors office. I don't want to define who I am ever again by a number on the scale. I've done that for way too many years.
I do want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy.
I'll basically be doing a low fat plan because I feel it's the healthiest way to eat. I want to incorporate a lot more veggies and fruits into my food plan and a lot less red meats and oils as they don't agree with me very much. I don't consider this a diet since this will be the way I eat from now on.



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1/24/12 7:49 A

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Hi, I'm a single mom of 2. My daughter is still living at home with me. We love to joke around with each other and act completely goofy! I decided to start my life over again this year, and start living again instead of just existing. Here's to become half the woman I am!
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Hi - my name is Erin and I have been on spark for about 2 years. I am finding that some of my teams were just stagnating so I decided to perk things up with some fun and am joining some new teams that fit my personality. I'm 64 years old and live in a retirement community and get a huge kick out of watching and blogging on the residents here - who I call "The Wrinkles". Of course I am one of them and find myself to be hilarious so why not make fun of all of us? I live in Nebraska and hate it here as I am a Wisconsin native and it is WAY too hot here for my liking. I would kill to move back home but that's going to happen when cows fly, while being milked, in a snow bank.

"Friends are angels that hold us up when our wings have forgotten how to fly"

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8/21/11 4:52 P

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emoticon I'm Connie and I found SP 2months ago.Have only lost 8lbs for some reason my scale is stuck.I know I'm going to love this team.I'm 63 yrs young,married 43yrs,mother of 3 grown,responsible,self sufficient adults,grandma to 9 beautiful,intelligent,well behaved grand kids ranging in age from 16 to 3.I am a nurse,unemployed at present but looking for my dream job.Too young to retire. emoticon

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7/20/11 4:16 P

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Jami,it's a pleasure to welcome You! I like what said about refusing to grow up.Having fun whether you are an adult or not is very important and laughing is good for the soul.I wish you the best on your healthy lifestyle journey's and being a teacher. emoticon Keep laughing and enjoying life and having fun! emoticon Diana

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7/20/11 10:05 A

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Hi, I'm Jami. I have been a member of sparks for two or three years....not sure... emoticon ummm two...no three....LOL anyway still love it. Just sometimes too busy to be on too much. I am a Mom, a wife, a full-time student (through University of Phoenix -online), and work part time as a paraprofessional in a special education early childhood program. In other words I work in a special needs preschool. Someday I hope to be a teacher. I would say when I grow up, but ship has sailed, and I realize I refuse to grow up. Grown Ups forget to have fun. I like to have fun. Anyway, looking forward to getting to know everyone and "laughing out loud"

You may give out, but never give up!

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Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably
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7/18/11 3:02 A

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Hello,I am Diana,I have been off and on the team and glad I am back.This is an emoticon Team.I am sorry it has taken so long to introduce myself,I am a huge procrastinator and hope to change that someday along with weigh a lot less than I do know! I am a 50 year old wife and mom of 3 children,1 is of the adult variety of a daughter and she is 20 and our next daughter is 14 and a son who is 12.We are nature and animal loving people and have many pets; dogs,cats,chickens and one duck! I lead Journey to a new You and Debbie your Leader helps me with the team and am so happy to be here.I have Congestive Heart Failure and a leaky Mitral valve,this makes for a more challenging to get more fitness than I do to lose the weight I need to.I am not using this as an excuse,exercise is very important for my heart to get healthier and I do my best. Someday s are great,others I tire very fast and than I don't want to do much.I never seem to give up. It's a pleasure to meet you team,see you around! emoticon Diana

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Courage to change
the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference."

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7/18/11 2:45 A

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Welcome all the New Members,it's a pleasure to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon all you New Members! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: 1COUNTRY_GAL at: 7/18/2011 (02:46)
-:¦:- ♥ •*´Diana¨`*• ♥ -:¦:- ♥`*• ♥ ¦:- •*´¨`*• ♥ :¦:- ♥
"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change
the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference."

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7/13/11 11:27 P

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A big welcome to Jenny - my Spark Sister and fellow funny gal!! emoticon

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7/13/11 2:03 A

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Hi there. I'm Jenny from South Africa. I firmly believe that laughter is the spice of life. What a fantastic team to belong to. I see one or two of my friends on here already. Hi Kristina. Love it! Have a great day fellow Sparkers.

Edited by: JENNYBAKER247 at: 7/13/2011 (02:05)
There are no problems….only solutions!!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown


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7/1/11 12:06 A

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Hi I am cathy. I am from North Idaho. I have been active on spark people for 2 months. I love to laugh, meet new people, and I love life.

Strive not to be well known... but to be worth knowing.

Watch me GO! Not grow.

If GOD is your co-pilot, change seats.


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6/27/11 10:53 P

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Hooray! A Team who enjoys laughter. I just joined this team and by the looks of it that makes 100 members!! My name is Kristina and I've been with Spark for about a month now. I have about 50 pounds to lose and take it all one day at a time. Oh, and I love a good laugh. I look forward to meeting the members of this team. Cheers!

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5/16/11 7:31 A

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Good _______,

My name is Thomas and I live in Houston Texas, I am 42 and I need more laughter in my life, I love to laugh, I have a weird sense of humor and sometimes I think people may not get it, But that is ok, Just as long as one of the voices inside me does, we will be all right! Anyway, to many of us to introduce to you at one times, so get to know us, if you see me/us online take a chance, you never know who pops up. emoticon

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4/23/11 10:23 P

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Hi I’m Tia from Montana. Along with my new make over to a more confident, outgoing slimmer me I would love to loosen up and be able to joke, laugh and smile more so when I seen your team name I couldn’t resist. I can’t tell a joke of any kind and what’s worse I don’t get many either and coming from a family who are always the comedians I always feel like the odd man out. So if I can learn to loosen up and let some laughter out, along with my weight loss I would truly be living on the lighter side of life. emoticon


"It's not where you go or what you do, it's who is beside you that counts."


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Hi, I am Nancy. I live in Tucson, AZ, originally from Buffalo, NY, to L.A. I am BiPolar and have spinal problems.
I love to laugh but can not tell jokes.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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4/10/11 5:07 P

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Hi I am new to the team. One of my goals I established when I joined SP was to smile more often. So let's add laughter to that!!

Bo

Northern Arizona MDT

I love my dogs! Annie is a fearful dog and is doing great under careful management. I raw feed my dogs.

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 02/25/2011

Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

Former skinny person who never exercised and is now trying to make exercise a habit.


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4/7/11 6:40 P

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Welcome to the team, Sami :) We look forward to getting to know you too!
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Hi! Sami here-I love your team name & knew I had to join . I 'm looking forward to getting to know you!

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3/20/11 6:21 A

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Thankyou for your support. emoticon

I want to be fit, healthy and happy for me and my family
Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing that you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically. Quote by Ken Follett (b. 1949 English writer
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3/19/11 11:33 P

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Welcome to the team, LEIIGH :) I'm sorry about the loss of your mother and I hope that we can help you as you journey on here at SP and otherwise.

Jen

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3/19/11 10:44 A

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Thankyou Peg. emoticon

I want to be fit, healthy and happy for me and my family
Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing that you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically. Quote by Ken Follett (b. 1949 English writer
I am on GMT summer time in England
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Great Britain/United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC during summer


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3/19/11 10:02 A

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Welcome Leigh!!! We'll work together to lose ok? Sorry about the loss of your mom. Peg emoticon

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3/19/11 7:59 A

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Hi. I joined a week ago and am getting used to the whole concept. I need a lot of cheering up as I feel I have lost a lot of joy in my heart since I lost my Mum. I can't face singing any more, which I did a lot of before. I know I don't have much to complain about other than overweight and some symptoms. But I find it hard to be happy. Spotted this team on a page and thought it might be what I need to motivate me. emoticon emoticon

I want to be fit, healthy and happy for me and my family
Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing that you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically. Quote by Ken Follett (b. 1949 English writer
I am on GMT summer time in England
UTC is Coordinated Universal Time, GMT is Greenwich Mean Time.
Great Britain/United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC during summer


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2/21/11 2:27 A

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Thank you Jen it's a feel good feeling........Spark helped with my staying focused.
My journey will continue on staying focused and not straying......
bad snow storm here so I made cookies and bread lol
It is 1:25 and I am headed to candyland sleep :)

night for now:)
hugs, Paula

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Welcome to this wonderful team Ann and Paula!!!

Ann ... I'm sorry you've had struggles this past year and I sure hope we can help you get your laugh back! We're a great group of people here and I hope you feel comfortable enough to join right in and share what you wish and just 'be' :)

Paula ... WooHoo on the 95 lb weight loss! That is absolutely fantastic and I'm glad you joined us as you journey onward :)

Can't wait to see you both on the boards!

Jen

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2/19/11 10:31 P

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Laughter is the best medicene :) so is a smile.....

My name is Paula, I am from WI, The Green Bay Packers Home, though I am a
"Broncos" fan, hush now don't tell anyone:)

I have been on Sparkpeople two years and have lost 95#'s, so the other person with me is gone now lol

I have my blood sugar under controll, I am a diabetic #2.

wishing everyone a great weekend. we are suppose to be getting a snow storm starting tonight.



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Hi everyone! My name is Ann... I've decided changes need to be made in 2011 - changes to my body and changes to my attitude! It's a new dawn, it's a new day and darn-it I'm going to feel GOOD! Looking for a challenge, motivation and here - a couple of laughs! I used to be known for a great, loud, infectious laugh but I did too much crying last year and want to find my laugh again! The sign on my desk reads "perhaps the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others" You are now WARNED - LOL!!! emoticon

I can do it, so can you. It just might take a while! Go get it... Ann


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Welcome to this group, Peg, I'm glad that you found us and I hope that we can help you get going on your journey here on SP. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Feel free to jump in on our Daily Chatter and our games and please do let us know what we can do to help you.

Jen

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2/17/11 10:45 P

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Hi my name is Peg and I live in S. Dak. I have been married for over 35 years and have three children. I have a son in Seattle and a daughter in Grand Island, Ne. and my baby is at home for a little while yet. She will be graduating from h.s. this spring. I hope someone can inspire me to lose. I have been backsliding since a close friend passed away after Thanksgiving. I was his caregiver and POA. So I have been kind of lost since then. The holidays were very different. I kind of just went through it, but didn't participate much. I am trying to get back on track. emoticon

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Welcome to the team, Linda! I'm glad you've joined us and hope you enjoy the love and laughter here on your journey :) See you on the boards!

Jen

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Hi everyone my name is Linda and I am a proud grandma of new little girls. One is 8 and the other is 1 and a half. I have two sons and I live in Spfd., Mo.
I have been over weight for years and decided it is time I did something about it. When its hard to get down to play with your grandchildren it puts things in prespective.


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Welcome to the team, RedShoes2011! I hope we can help you find things to laugh about :) Laughter can make ALL the difference in the world, that's for sure! Glad you found us!

Jen

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Loved the name of this team, sometimes when stuff happens here at home a laugh can make the difference how my day goes..


Fitness is a battle, welcome to the frontline.
Suit up and fight for your life. War is war, no matter what front your fighting..
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Another welcome to the group to you Deanna :) I live in Council Bluffs, right next to Omaha, so we're not too far away from each other :)
Hope you have some fun here...I know I love this group!

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Hello everyone
My name is Deanna and I just joined the team late last night and have already received the warmest welcome. Wow!! I am 43 and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I love to smiole and laugh, so when I saw this team my eyes lit up. I hope to get support and motivationn to reach my goals as well as offer it to others. Can't wait to get started, I will be jumping right in!!

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Welcome to the group Aria :) I hope you join in the chat and the games and that we can help and support you on your journey here at SP :)
I'm very happy that you got out of the unhealthy living situation and have found yourself in a lovely family :)


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Howdy :) I am Aria - Not my given name, but the name in which i go by - i am my step -children's aria. Dan, Malkcontent's (Malk's), Aria... and that's cuz i put a song in their life He says.

After a very bad marriage to a Mental Health check list and Prescription Drug Addict (best and easiest way to say it...) I divorced, and took our son with me... to safety and received full custody..

Dan and i have been together for 19 months as of the 15th. We chatted and spoke on the phone for almost 2 yrs before we met. We were 735 miles apart. I in AR and he in Albuquerque, NM. I joined him in Abq June 1, 2009. He has 3 girls, who have become ~my~ girls (of my heart). We have all 3 girls most every weekend.

My Son is now 10, Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (and ADHD w/ Anxiety and OCD).

I struggle with chronic myofascial pain -- with lots of knots and pain. I also have a long list of medical issues... So there are many days, that pain is an issue for me. I recently had a Breast Reduction.. .going from a 48L (best guess yes that wide around to hold all the tissue) down to my standard 40 D or DD (still not in standard bras yet...).

I figured i can always use a smile and a laugh, so i join you all.

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Welcome to the team Barbara :) Glad you found us and I hope we can help you along on your journey :) Please join in our discussions and games and have some fun while you're here!
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover from your surgeries.

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emoticon Hi, I'm Barbara, not barb or barbie, just Barbara. I've joined twice tonight, and every time I try to do something, the puter says I'm not a member, or tells me I have to sign in. (Like 4 times already) I live in Bozeman, MT in the heart of the Gallatin Valley. We are a 5K valley surrounded by the beautiful 10 - 12 K ft. Rocky Mountains. I love it here. I work at Montana State University in the evenings as a custodian. I love my job, and I love being around the young people. But sometimes they make me really angry, creating messes and expecting me to run after them and clean it up. So I need lots of laughter in my life. I live alone in a tiny apt. converted motel room with a kitchenette instead of a kitchen, and a bathette instead of a bathroom. If you wonder what that is, it's a hall with a sink next to the toilet, and a shower but no tub, no cabinets, no storage space. In spite of it's size I like it because it is only .5 mi to work and when the weather is above zero, I can walk to work. I haven't been doing any exercise since Nov because I am still recovering from 3 surgeries. I do walk, of course, but don't have any stamina, so it's in short bursts. I am looking forward to some good times on this team. Happy New Year everyone. B

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Welcome all of our new members! Hope you become active so we can get to know you. Best wishes for 2011!

Pattie, especially happy to see one of my newer friends here!

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Welcome to all of the new members! So glad you're here and hope you join in and have some fun here :)

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Hi Pattie, welcome to the Team. Just jump on in and post away we are happy to have you join us.

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Hi! I'm Pattie, from Virginia. I've always loved laughter. This team sounds like fun. If you have a minute, stop by my page,look at my photos and read some blogs to get to know me better. I look forward to getting to know you, too.

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Hi there Karen, looking forward to hearing from you. Always great to have new friends around.

Welcome.

Hugs Wispy.

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Thanks for the warm welcome to the team.

Karen, welcome to you! Look forward to getting to know you.

Sherrey aka Grits46

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Good morning, my name is Karen. what a wonderful name for a team. TO get to know me better, please visit my sparks page. It will also give you an explanation for my sparks name.

I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Merry Christmas, Karen emoticon

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Hi Sherrey and welcome to the team. Looking forward to getting to know you. I agree laughing is great for whatever ails you.

Hugs Wispy.

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"Quitters never win and winners never quit." Anon
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Make the decision to enjoy today. Do what you need to do for tomorrow - but live fully in TODAY.
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Welcome to the team, Sherrey! Laughter IS the best medicine...it sure does help anyway :) Looking forward to getting to know you on these message boards...jump on in to the games and daily chatter...this is a fun place to be :)

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New here, and I'm Sherrey. I love to laugh and believe strongly that laughter is healthy and the best way to get through a tough day. I look forward to getting to know you all and also to learn from you as we journey down this road together.

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Hi there Lynn I am so happy you have joined us. I lost a very close friend in the last couple of months too and understand your loss. My friend went very suddenly and it was hard to even believe it has even happened. We shared so many happy times together.

Big warm hugs Wispy.

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Hello everyone, My name is Lynn and I joined this team because a friend of mine Lynn J started it on her journey w/ spark. Her and I had joined about the same time and we were both disabled. We became close friends....I will miss her forever.....
So,I joined as a rememberence of her.
I am from Kalispell, Montana. I want to continue my journey on spark. And I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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Well I did the one for Fibromyalgia designed by some doctors because I was pretty desperate at the time. It has helped not only with that, but with so much else besides. It is strict at first though.

You have one month weaning of sugar, caffeine and refined carbs. They suggest doing it that way so you dont get severe withdrawals. The only thing I had trouble with was the coffee. Like you I loved it. :o) I had headaches for a week and then they left. I didnt like the decaf stuff at first but enjoy it now, now craving for it though like I used to have with real coffee.

Anyway after the first months you then go on a strict or liberal diet for the next 3 months. I opted for the strict because I wanted to give my weight loss a kick start. Then after the three months when all the toxins are out of your system you gradually reintroduce a little grain, little milk, little fruit etc. to see what you can handle personally without setting up the craving. I have found it very helpful. I lose slowly cos of lack of exercise. I am unable to do real exercise because of disability, but I do some gardening.

with the plan I did you were allowed no cheats at all for the strict three months - and I wanted to give it a fair go so I did not cheat. But its not everyones cup of tea.

There are lots of lo carb eating plans and many of them do have milk and coffee I think. Mine has neither really. I cant handle milk very well because of the sucrose. I really am a carb addict. Fruit sets me off too unless I just have a little.

I do enjoy salmon, also most fish and seafood, but culdnt eat salmon 5 days a week.

I also like pate but surprisingly liver is quite high in carbs, so I dont have it very often.

Oh yes, I do take supplements of vitamins. You can check on the Spark chart to see if you are getting enough of what you need on a daily basis. My doc decided I needed extra B and a multi and I take E for foot and leg cramps.

Wishing you every success.

Hugs Wispy.

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"Give thanks for everything until you are absolutely sure it is not a blessing in disguise." Eastern Proverb.
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world.." Mahatma Gandhi.
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"Quitters never win and winners never quit." Anon
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Make the decision to enjoy today. Do what you need to do for tomorrow - but live fully in TODAY.
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Hi Wispy. I have just started to investigate. I know Dr. Weile has a list of foods.

And I just bought Pericone's(spelling?) weight loss book. He advocates wild alaskan salmon 5 days a week. At least it comes canned.

I love coffee. I cut down to 1/3 caffeine but I do like coffee in the morning and late afternoon.

I can get off sugar. Sometimes I crave sweet things but if I don't eat them, I don't have that craving anymore.

I do like dairy things: cheese (yum!) and yogurt and milk on cereal. I don't mind using almond milk on cereal.

Using olive oil is not a problem. And I guess I should add fish oil supplements.

Pericone suggests lots of other supplements. Do you take things like that? I use some minerals at night because water pills deplete me and I get awful cramps ( magnesium, D3 and calcium, potassium nightly)

I want to increase anti-oxident foods and maybe add anti-oxident supplements.

Thanks, Chris

Am I on the right track? thanks, Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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Hey Chris, Ive just joined this team too and I am also on an anti-inflamatory eating plan. How are you going, and which one are you doing?

Hugs and Welcome. Wispy.

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Hello everyone. I am Christine or Chris, whichever. I am not being successful getting this weight off. I am now reading things about anti-inflammatory foods. Maybe that will do the trick. I teach full time and care for my husband, too. He had a stroke 4 years ago and is in a motorized wheelchair. I have lots of body pain, diagnosed as fibromyalgia. My daughter (28 was diagnosed when she was 18). Her and I have lots of the same symptoms. I need to laugh-a-lot! Is that like Camelot? or Spam-a-lot? I use an affirmation recently to help myself, "Open me to the goodness, beauty and love around me. All will be well." Even if I am in a bad mood, as soon as I say that I notices something beautiful right in front of me, like a big, red maple tree or a creek or a lovely sky. It is like magic. Before I say that I am dwelling on negative interactions with someone. Chris emoticon

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT PLEASE SEE THESE LINKS:
www.caring.com/
www.agingcare.com/

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Hi there Im Wispy. Not my given name but been the name by which Im known for many years. Started because I love Pussywillow trees, so it kind of became Willow, then Willow the Wisp in fun, and Wispy is what stuck. I have to say I love it. It describes who I am and who I FEEL I am today.

I live in New Zealand, am a sober alocholic for the last 40 years, I am 71 belly birthday.
I was abused as a child and as a marriage partner.
Through the AA programme my life has slowly changed into one of understanding and forgiveness for those who have hurt me and freedom from guilt, shame and rage over my past life.

I live alone, I love my life and seldom suffer with depression these days, although I was suicidal in my younger life. This is all due to the promises in the AA 12 step programme - I would never have found my own God without it. When I hit AA I was just 30 and if there was a God I hated him, but I had lost faith somewhere between Sunday School and the woman I was when I entered AA.

Hugs Wispy.

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We love to welcome new members. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself. We like to speak to team members by their real name so if you are comfortable with that then let us know what it is and where you are from. These are just examples but you can choose to introduce yourself any way you feel comfortable doing.

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