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11/22/12 1:24 A

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Good evening fellow Sparks! I am originally from South Dakota, but am moving to Evansville in January with my husband of 11 years to be closer to his family. I've actually been in the area for about 3 weeks now and love the feel of the town and am excited about the opportunities available in the area. It'll be nice to be back in Indiana...my husband and I were married in South Bend where we lived for a few years. I would love to find others from the area to get acquainted with and help be accountability partners with.

I started Sparkpeople not too long ago, and what got me started was a PCOS diagnosis along with a pituitary tumor. I'm learning how to deal with both as I've been on my weight loss journey. The big kicker was "waking up" one day and realizing that I was over 300...and I said I would never get there. My goal/hope is to lose 100+ in a year, beat PCOS, and within the next 3 years start having children. I know I can do it, and I'm more able, more equipped, and more focused than ever before. Cheers to you all and for our successful beginnings :)

~Georgia from Indiana~
"Be strong when you are weak. Be brave when you are scared. Be humble when you are victorious. Be BADASS every day." ~P!NK


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8/5/12 5:56 P

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Hello fellow members! I'm from Worthington, Indiana and very new here so please be kind :) I'm a 46 y/o mom who needs to whip it into shape instead of just talking about it. I can use any and all helpful tips and information. I'm currently walking and stretching as my choice for exercise and just started using the calorie counting tools and WOW!!! I was astonished at my blind eating habits. I'm a work in progress, so I am starting with just ten pounds to lose by mid September as my first real goal. I'm getting married next June so I want to be in healthful good shape and I'm hoping sparkpeople can get me motivated to looking and feeling my best. Thanks for listening :)

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7/22/12 10:14 P

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Hi, Southern Indiana Sparkies. My name is Eva and I live in Bristow, a small farming community of about 1000 including the cows, chickens, and deer. I have only lived in Indiana for 20 months I am originally from Washington state, where I lived for over 60 years.
I am a widow with one grown daughter, who lives in Evansville.
I have fought weight all my adult life. At my highest I was 245, currently I weigh 195 and my goal is 115. I WILL make it - I believe

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6/3/12 9:43 A

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Hello Southern Indiana Group!! Not really "new" to SP - I joined a while ago but went over to My Fitness Pal - but i really like what SP has to offer. So I'm using both ....

Anywho, just wanted to say hello.... emoticon

Every day is another chance to turn things around.

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1/12/12 8:02 P

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Hi, I am from New Albany area. Trying to get in shape for the last time. Tired of the yo-yo- dieting.

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Hello, I'm Carol. I am 48yo & married. I am back to sparkpeople again. I was here a couple years ago, but dropped out. I have gained about 40# in the past year! I am from Tell City. I sure do need motivation!! I would love to meet someone from Tell City area to be buddies with me. I no longer work, so I am available just about anytime!! I so want to lose this weight(I have about 50-60# to lose) but I am a sweet-aholic!!! Please message me. I also have facebook we can stay in contact thru so give me a holler on here and we'll go from there!!

Hugs to all,
Carol

one day at a time...one pound at a time!!


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Welcome SIMPLYISH7399!

We don't live too far away from each other. I live in the Hope area of Bartholomew Co. Are you still looking for an accountability partner?

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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9/5/11 2:56 P

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Hello everyone! I came back to sparkpeople.com on July 11, 2011, after 3 years of being away and gaining back about 50 of the original 82 pounds I lost while I was on spark in 2007 & 2008. I have many excuses for the reasons I left spark and for gaining back 50 pounds. I will start a blog about that instead of going into great detail here. Since I started back on sparkpeople I have lost 15 pounds in about 8 wks. I'm happy to be back, motivated and ready to make this a permanent change in my life and accepting all that goes along with that! I live in southern Johnson County. I could really use an accountability partner, just someone to check in with on a daily or e/o day basis to say yea I did what I needed to do today and help each other stay on track. So happy to be back!

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I have family in Hope. They have 2 who have graduated from Hauser and another in grade school. Welcome to the team!!! Have a great time! Keep Sparkin'!!

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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8/2/11 8:55 P

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Hello fellow southern IN Hoosiers!
I live in the Hope/Hartsville area. Married 25 1/2 years, 2 'children'--20yo daughter in college and 14 yo son which I homeschool (this is our 12th year). I have several health issues which I let take over my life and found myself at 227 lbs and miserable. Since Oct, I've lost 34 lbs; 24 of which is since joining sparkpeople in mid-May.

Is there anyone in the Bartholomew/Jennings/Decatur/Shelby Co area here who enjoys also flower gardening and/or hiking trails through the woods?



Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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7/9/11 9:23 A

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Hey to all newbies. Son't you LOVE these hot S.Ind days???? Just stay cool and keep Sparkin'!!

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. ~Indygirl

Beth Donovan

230 Pounds Lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery so, have hope!

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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K, I was thinking about your message. Have you been in touch with Indygirl. She has a Madison friend. I'm just outside of Scottsburg and don't get over in that area very much.You have a lot to be motivated for, just keep Sparkin' and you'll make your goal. You might join the "fantasy" walk team that chooses a place they'd like to see and decide the milage and everyday tries to go a certain "distance". Anything that works. :)

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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3/31/11 12:59 A

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I'm not really new to Spark but kept letting life get in the way.

I am looking for someone who may live near Vevay, Florence, Rising Sun, IN. I am about 35 miles from Madison and 25 miles from Lawrenceburg. I need a person who I can talk to or work out with from time to time.

I live on a farm and home school my 3 niece's so I don't get to get out much. So I am not always motivated. My family tries but since none of them are trying to loose weight they just don't seem to understand.

Remember God Loves us all.

We can make any goal we set out minds to.

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Welcome, newbies all!!! We need each of you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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Welcome Christy!! I wish you the best in your journey for a healthier life :) prayers for much success with your goals!! Good to have you as part of the team!

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“Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting…”Wow! What a ride! Thank You Lord!”
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2/22/11 11:24 A

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Hi I am Christy. i am getting ready to turn 27 next month. I am going to be getting weight loss surgery in July and am trying to live a healthy life. I was recently diagnosed with pcos and my doctors told me that this weight loss surgery is probably one of the only ways that I can have kids. My husband and I have been married for 5 years and are ready to start a family so I am hoping that soon our wish will come true.

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2/11/11 4:43 P

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Hello Ashley and welcome to our team :) I'm a firm believer that the first step to getting healthy is "wanting to". I don't say that casually, I know few people, if any, want to be unhealthy but I mean that a person must truly want to be healthy & fit to the point they're willing to learn (and then do) what it takes to achieve their goals :)

There are some wonderful resources on this site to help you learn more about fitness and nutrition & the best part is, you can take your time navigating the site & learn little by little, reading articles & learning to use the tools that will help you most.

I encourage you to find a team of people with whom you connect, perhaps others who share your interests & goals. I believe the success so many have achieved through Sparkpeople, has happened because they received encouragement from others who could relate to their struggles and share the joy of their successes!!

I'd be honored to help in any way I can!! Feel free to send me a Sparkmail anytime!! I've been a member for almost 5 yrs & am happy to share any info I have that will help you in your journey!! One step at a time :) I know you CAN do this!!

Wish you the best in this adventure!!

~Deej

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Hello, I'm Ashley from Vincennes, IN and this is the first day of a new life. I say that a lot actually, but I really and truly want to mean it this time. I've said since the new year that I was going to change my eating and exercise habits, but so far, all I've done is gain weight. I'm now tetering on 300lbs and I cannot imagine my own worst fear of hitting that number coming true. I've been married for a little over a year and want to start a family fairly soon. I worry that at this weight, becoming pregnant would be very difficult and a little bit scary for me.
I've always put a lot of work into my personality and insides. I feel like it's beyond the time that I should be putting equal effort into my body and getting healthy. I have a lot of psychological issues with food and I hate working out. I mean, hate it with a passion. It's going to be very hard for me to stay on track, but I need and welcome all the help I can get. I know it can be done!

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Hi there...

My name is Melissa. I am a 32 year old married SAHM of three children 10, 8, and 5. Now that my youngest son is in half day kindergarten, I am learning how to take care of my own needs and get myself into shape.

I was thin and athletic in college. Once I got married at 20, I started to gain the weight. I am trying to get down to the bottom of my food issues. My husband is much smaller than me, but he wants to loose some weight and is doing this with me. I look forward to getting to know you all. emoticon

"For you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

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Welcome Lisa!! I'm not from Evansville but want to wish you the best as you strive for a higher level of fitness :)

YOU CAN DO IT!

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1/9/11 10:56 A

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My name is Lisa, I live in Evansville. Looking for some local people for support and motivation.

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Welcome HitchChick! Wonderful to have ya aboard :) I wish you the best in reaching all your goals!

I live on the North end of New Albany :)

Let me know if I can help in any way!!

Keep on Sparkin'!

~Deej

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Hi everyone. I am a 28-year-old newlywed living in Clarksville. I'm pretty close to my goal weight, but am mostly concerned about just being active and eating well.

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Allene, WELCOME to the team and to this message board!! So glad you decided to post!

My hubby is also a junk food junkie & while he's trying a little harder than he used to, he doesn't eat nearly healthy enough and I'm a trainer & weight management consultant so don't feel bad; you're not alone!!

Wonderful to hear you're making your health a priority! You'll never regret this journey & will have some slow steps & even a few stumbles along the way; that's natural. Just keep your focus on the path ahead & never turn around!!! YOU CAN DO THIS and I hope you'll let me know how I can help!!

I wish you the best and keep on keepin' on!! You'll be amazed at how your body will adapt & continue to make measurable improvements. Your fitness level will increase & little by little, you'll accomplish your goals!!

GO YOU!

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Hi everyone! I have been a member of SP and this team for almost a month but haven't posted. I'm 25 and I live in Greensburg with the best hubby in the world and our baby who is a 6 yr old German Shepherd. I have been unemployed since June but just got a job today!!! So I am hoping I can keep up the routine I have gotten into. I am trying to lose about 80 lbs. I am walking every day and trying to walk further each time. I'm also trying to be conscious of my fat and carbs and get more fiber. So far I'm down about 6 lbs but it's just not coming off as easy as I thought it would. But it IS happening so all in all I'm really excited. I read another post about how her husband wanted to eat and drink beer and it sounds just like mine! He's the greatest but not at all health minded. He loves me just the way I am but I want to get healthy for me!

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That's awesome!! If you're ever in town & would like to meet up, just let me know!!

I've met with Spark pals from all over the country; would be a real treat to meet someone close by!

Hope you're enjoying Sparkpeople. It can truly be a life changing experience to be part of it. Has been for me :)

Be well!

~Deej

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Thanks Deej! I used to live in Shelbyville, KY. We make it down to Louisville often to see old friends, and we bought our bikes at Bike Couriers in L-ville, so we are down there often to have those serviced as well.




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Hello there and welcome to SPARK!!!

What an awesome goal and very doable :) CONGRATS on your decision to live a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family!

I'm south of you, near Louisville, but would be more than happy to offer any support I can at any time. I've been a member of Sparkpeople for more than 4 yrs now and always happy to offer a word of encouragement or answer a question if I can.

You've found an incredible place to find the tools you need and people with similar goals to help you every step along your way!!

Enjoy the journey :) You CAN do this!

~Deej

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Hi All! I recently relocated to Columbus from Charleston, SC. I am the mother of a wonderful little three year old boy, and wife to the best husband ever. I am a SAHM, but have an entrepreneurial spirit, so I am sure I will be starting some kind of business here soon.

I have LOTS of weight to lose, but am initially focusing on losing 20 pounds by September 11th. My husband and mother in law are also taking this challenge. If you are in or near Columbus, please let me know, I need all the Spark buddies I can get.




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emoticon MD!! Thrilled to have you as part of the Spark community :)

I encourage you to continue to use the message boards as support from others who can relate to what you're experiencing is such an incredible motivator as you're on your journey. It just helps when others are there to help you celebrate your victories and help you through the challenges!!

Good for you in seeking a healthier lifestyle! You're going about it wisely, one step at a time, each small goal you reach will propel you 4ward & before you realize it, you'll have made strides toward your goals.

Enjoy this journey!!!

~Deej

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Hello, I am a SP message board newbie. I am starting small with 20 lb weight loss, eventually I would like to loose 120 lbs. Slow and steady. I would love to meet new people and encourage/be encouraged in the road to weightloss! I am married mother of 1 awesome 11yr old, I live n So. Indiana, and have been married almost 13 yrs. emoticon

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Hi Ashley, I'm from New Albany but actually live closer to Jeff as the county line runs past my subdivision. I work part time at the Jeff Y. Welcome to Sparkpeople and to the SI Sparkies team!! It's great to have both you and TATTER aboard and I wish you the best as you use the many tools Spark offers to help you reach your goals! I know you can do it!!!

Let me know if I can help in any way or answer any questions you might have as you navigate the site :)

~deej

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My name is Ashley im a 26 yr old SAHM, and live in Jeffersonville IN. Ive been a member of SparkPeople for a little over 3 weeks now. I need to lose at least 50 lbs. And as of my last weigh in ive lost 14. Anyways, my son is 3 years old, and my step-daughter is 10. My husband and I have been together over 6 years now and married almost 2 years. Would like to meet some people in the area at least for more motivation. I know that I could use a kick in the butt every once in a while.

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Hello all. I'm from Scottsburg Indiana and have been in SI for about 36 years. I live with my sister in an old civil war house that we scramble to keep up with. I feed a stray cat we call Bo Jangles and garden during the warm months. My only daughter is married and lives about 30 minutes from her so we stay in touch. I'm a triage nurse in a VA clinic locally but have also worked in Salem, New Albany, Sellersburg, Madison, and Louisville. I can't list all of my hobbies, but if my hands can do it...I will try to learn the craft.
I am a born again Christian, sing gospel music, direct a choir at my church, and travel as a motivational speaker for women's groups.
My goal is to lose 150 pounds over the next 4 years, but at least take off 30 pounds annually and be more healthy....just in case God allows me to have grandchildren to spoil.
I reckon that's enough to start with...but I'm looking forward to a Sparkin' good time with this team.

Keep Sparkin'!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers Philemon 1:3,4



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Hi there! I'm from North Vernon, In. and I need motivation and encouragement. I'm not rich or brilliant. Just a regualar house mom. My husband works 5 days a week at a stead job (we're lucky for that, too, in these times!) And I'm here at home for the moment with the kids. My girls are 2 yrs, 9 yrs, and my step daughter is 10.

I've known about SparkPeople for a while, but I've been a total "loser" (not in the good sense) for awhile. Thinking about getting the motivation to even work out has got me down emoticon

So here's what I was desperately hoping for... WILL SOMEONE PLEASE BE MY BUDDY? I don't just mean talk to one another s o m e t i m e s, but everyday! Or as much as possible at least. I have facebook and I'll add new sparkpeople friends too! Plus I'm willing to give my cell # to anyone who will text back and forth when we are in the dumps~ either YOU or me emoticon

So, please, help me and I'll be there for you too. Hit me up on Facebook under Joenetteg@live.com

good luck to all!!!

Hi I'm Joenette' (pronounced: Jeanetta)



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I joined Spark People earlier in the year and did well with it for a while, but with graduating and a new job I was side tracked. I feel fat and nasty and am back on here, so I can have some where to go to keep myself motivated since my husband is no help. He just is always wanting to eat and drink beer. Oh and no matter what he just tells me I am not fat and I am so pretty. Not really the motivation I need :-)

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Welcome JULIE! I'm sure your daughters are proud of you no matter what your weight but I understand that you want to feel better and be healthier!! You've come to the right place! Spark has some wonderful tools to help you get back on track and I know you'll find many people with similar goals who can motivate you and keep you accountable :)

I wish you much success!!!

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hello eveyone, my name is julie. i live in rising sun,IN. i had my gallbladder taken out 2 yrs. ago. i have always been able to lose weight in the past,but, i just can't seem to lose the 50 pounds i have gained. i have 2 teenage girls that i would like to do things with, and not to embarace them. i have not been this heavy for a long time.

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Hi LADYBUG!! :) WOW!! First of all FitAngel is an angel to remind you of how far you've come!! Which brings me to my "Second of all" comment; YOU GO GIRL!! You've had amazing success & it's not at all uncommon to hit a plateau. When you do, FitAngel's exactly right, it's time to regroup & change it up a bit.

I lead a weight management class at our local Y & we choose a topic each week to discuss about weight loss, nutrition, &/or fitness in general. This past week we were talking about how the best place to start is often with our mind rather than our body. What I mean is, we must have the right mindset to begin a lifestyle change. We must determine that a healthy body is truly what we want & that we are willing once & for all to make the gradual daily changes necessary to walk ourselves into a more fit & healthy life, one step at a time.

If we improve our nutrition & add daily activity (more & more as our body adapts to new challenges) we WILL get there!!!! But it's SOOOOO important that we also enjoy the journey...

That's what's so cool about this site. I rarely go a day w/o connecting w/ someone on Spark; friends with whom I share common interests and a desire to get & stay fit!!!

Wish you the very best and here for you as a part of the SPARKIES' team!!!

~deej

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Hi LadyBug and welcome to the team! Goodness, you've done a great job so far and should be proud of yourself! We all hate those plateaus and know how frustrating they are. What kind of eating and exercise plan are you following? Sometimes when we reach a point where we cant lose anymore, we need to shake it up a bit to jump start our weight loss again. You've come to the right place for motivation and support. SparkPeople is full of great tools and caring people who will help you in your journey. Good luck and hang in there, you'll reach your goal eventually.

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Hello to everyone. I am new to this site and hope to find the motivation I need as well as give support to others. I started this journey in 2001 weighing in at 470 pounds. I currently weigh 290 pounds and can not seem to lose any more. I am hoping though to lose at least another 100 to 120 pounds. Any suggestions for plateaus I welcome with open arms. emoticon

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Thanks so much for the welcome from you all its nice to be part of a team. Support is what i need its so frustrating this time is so much harder but i'm gonna stick to it i promised myself i would.

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I hear ya on the weight gain from pregnancy being hard to lose Anna. I didn't have any trouble losing after my first 3, but for some reason I just couldn't lose the extra weight with my last three. I did finally lose most of it in 2003, but gained all of it back over the next 6 years because I lost it in a very unhealthy way. I'm doing it the right way this time, with healthy eating and exercise.

As Deej said, there is a lot of support and help here on SparkPeople, so your not alone on your weight loss journey. Good luck and we're glad to have you on our team!

~Nothing taste as good as healthy feels~

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Hi ANNA!! emoticon Fabulous to meet you :) Welcome to the team!

I have 3 sons and 1 daughter. I had surgery 4 mos into my last 2 pregnancies and spent the last 6 weeks in bed w/ my finale' so I can definitely relate!! (Mine are nearly grown; hug 'em & squeeze 'em, they grow up far too soon!) It takes time to make healthy living a lifestyle but it is SOOOOO attainable if you're willing to take steps each day toward that goal!

You've come to the right place for support. Spark has the tools you need to help you and you'll find all kinds of supportive people on these threads who will be there for you every step of the way!!!

YOU GO GIRL! Enjoy your journey!!

~deej

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Hi everyone my name is Anna and I'm 33 I'm new to this team but have been a member of spark people for about 3 months. I have three children 2 boys one girl 11 5 and soon to be 2. I live close to Brookville Indiana I have about 65 pounds to loose so a long haul, got to start somewhere I guess. Its been so hard for me this time around i have lost allot in the past but then of course put it back on again. I also have gone through two pregnancies that unfortunately left me on bestrest i put allot of weight on during those times and my body is just not responding quickly to the weight loss as it did in the past frustrating but i will not give up.. Its nice to read and see others on this site so close to me going through the same thing i hope that i can encourage and support others in this group.

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emoticon Bear; so glad you've climbed aboard!! :)

I couldn't agree more with what's been said!! You've taken an important step on your journey by joining this team and asking for advice. Exercise is like anything else, it must become a habit before it can become a natural part of your life. Just 5 mins a day EVERY DAY can help you to form that habit & then add a little to that once you've established it as a routine.

Getting fit is a process but it's definitely doable, one step at a time!! As you start to feel better and see results, you will become more & more motivated to continue!

Let us know anytime you're down or discouraged!! We're here to uplift and be uplifted as we all follow our own paths.

YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

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Hi Bear and welcome to SI Sparkies! Exercise seems to be a struggle for most of us. I think if we strive to do at least a few minutes per day though, it will eventually become a habit, just like brushing our teeth. Good luck on your journey and let us know if we can ever be of help.

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Hi Bear and welcome!

Nice to have someone close by... I live in Jasper.

That's what we're all here for... is to help motivate others! I always feel so much better, after I walk, jog or do any kind of exercise... it's just doing the exercise daily, like I need to, is the struggle for me.

Have a good night!

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I live in Holland and have two beautiful daughters. I am a stay at home mom. My biggest issue is getting up off my butt to exercise so that is where I need motivation.

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LOL Too funny!

It's the opposite here... I'm the one who's always asking and his reply is "I don't know" or "I don't care". emoticon lol

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LOL That's funny! We have a place called "A Nice Restaurant" wonderful little diner serving breakfast & lunch. My hubby always said we'd make a mint if we opened a place & called it "I don't care" since every time a man asks his wife where (or what) she wants to eat; she says (YOU TOO HUH? LOL) "I DON'T CARE"!!!

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I was wondering about the Argosy too.... that's neat to know!

I haven't been to Garfields (here in Jasper) since the new management took over. They used to have really good veggie quesadillas! That's been a couple of years ago though. Two of my favorites now though are... Azura & Let's Do Lunch on the Square. And yes, that's the name of the place. lol

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Hi Patty! We have a casino on the river as well, just a few miles from New Albany. It's been there a few years & hubby & I just stopped in for the first time a few months ago and just walked around a little. They do have a lot of great shows. We saw Bill Cosby there in January (another Christmas present:)

I had some friends from Lawrenceburg years ago. They visited relatives every summer in my hometown of Marengo; Denton was their name. Probably wouldn't recognize them today if I met them on the street. Nice family :)

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I can't stand smokey places either! Yuck!

Argosy is the casino here in Lawrenceburg. It is bigger than those in Rising Sun, Vevay, and French Lick. Good for the county, but we still don't go :-)

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Hiya ladies :) FitAngel, there's a Garfields in Vincennes that was always a great place to eat! Wonder if they too have changed hands? hmmm

My bro took me to the Peter Frampton concert last year at French Lick, I was front row center right in front of Frampton & it totally ROCKED!!! It was a blast! Hubby & I got a gift cert for Christmas from our son & his wife for French Lick; enough for a weekend get-a-way :) need to get that booked!

I'm w/ U 2 on appreciation of the non-smoking sections!! I won't get started on how I feel about that habit, let's just say it hits close to home & I'm passionate about encouraging those hooked to seek freedom from the habit. Not much on anything that controls our lives but also not one to judge anyone. None of us are without issues...

Have a fab day everyone. Gotta git on w/ mine :) C ya soon!!

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Patty~ What's ARgosy?

Beth~ I haven't had a chance to check out 33 Brick Street yet. Were they any good? Me and my husband just lost our favorite spot, a place in Jasper called Garfield's. They used to have the best food, but changed management and the food is awful now. It would be nice to find another good one close to home. Have you tried the mexican restaurant in French Lick called Miguel's? They have the BEST mexican food around.

I love that the casino has a non smoking section to. I have asthma as well and would not be able to go in there if it wasn't for the smoke free zone.

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My husband and I went to French Lick a few weeks ago too! We actually went there just to go out to eat and for a nice little drive. Stopped at "33 Brick Street". Ever been there? It's a nice non-smoking bar and restaurant. We didn't go to the casino this time, but we've been in the past. I love that they have a non-smoking section now! It used to be all smoking, making it very difficult for us to have a good time... due to my asthma and allergies. Now we head straight for the non-smoking section. lol

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Hi Patty and welcome to the team!

Thanks again for the welcome, April.

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We're not gamblers either. We live in L'Burg where ARgosy is, and only go when out of town guests are here and request it. We did go over to the French Lick Casino and bet $5 each in the slot machines. That is the extent of our gambling!

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Glad you enjoyed your visit to French Lick. They have been working so hard for the last three years to restore all of the beautiful historical landmarks we have here. The French Lick Resort and Hotel, The West Baden Dome and many others. They just got through building a huge indoor water park as well! Did you get a chance to visit the casino? Me and my husband have been there a couple of times and had a lot of fun. We're pretty stingy with our money and only played the slot machines, but you can see some big spenders at the card tables. No need to travel far from home to have a good time anymore.

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Nice to meet you---My husband and I just ran down to French Lick this week! It was my spring break and we hadn't planned anything when out of the blue, he suggested it! We stayed at the West Baden---WOW! What a great place.


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