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8/11/12 9:40 A

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Hiya Tori emoticon we're glad you're here!
I LOVE Spark's nutrition tracker, and I'm glad that you're finding it to be a useful tool as well. That's awesome that you're able to cut back on the fast food.
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Here's to your success - including those 8 cups of water a day!
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8/10/12 2:47 P

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I'm Tori. I'm in my 20's and just got my 3rd "big girl" job, but the 1st that I feel is permanent! After temporarily moving away from my boyfriend of 5 years, I noticed that I wasn't eating as much as I had while I was still living with him (and feeding him). Yay for not eating so much FAST FOOD, but boo for not eating throughout the day! I started BodybyVi shakes to help get my eating habbits on track, and recently picked up Spark People to make the calorie counting and weight tracking easier...and MAN HAS IT!

I'm already greatful to SP and the SP community (even if I can't seem to get to that 8 cups of water a day!)

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8/8/12 11:19 A

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Hey Mykel emoticon welcome to SparkPeople, and our team - from another Oregonian!
I'm sorry to hear of the stress you and your family are dealing with right now. I do hope things will smooth out for all of you.
Way to go on running! emoticon I hope you'll find SparkPeople as great as so many of us do. There are lots of resources and tools to help you be successful!
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8/8/12 1:38 A

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My name is Mykel. I am tired of being overweight and trying this plan. I just moved to Utah from Oregon. This has created a lot of stress for our family but all is well. I ran today for my second day even though my feet were hurting me. I was proud of myself for doing it. I have been married for 20 years and have 5 wonderful children.

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8/6/12 10:24 A

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Alison emoticon that bootcamp workout video is no joke! It's also a great lesson - we can do anything for 10 minutes. Keep up the great work, you'll find yourself improving and loving it!

Kylesmommygirl emoticon we're glad to have you on the team. You're absolutely on the right track with the right attitude! Congrats on your loss so far - here's to your continued success!

Hiya Xe emoticon welcome to you and your hubby! I think it's great that you're embracing SparkPeople together. I know working with my husband (who doesn't really need to lose weight) makes a world of difference for me. The support is awesome. Congrats on such a great success with your loss! You've got the experience and know-how and will be a great inspiration and asset to others working on the same experience.

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8/6/12 9:09 A

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hello, I'm Xe, pronounced 'Z'. i've been on and off SP since May 2010. But, this week (well, the joining week) my hubby decided he kinda wanted to join, so I closed out my old account and opened this one, so we could be on the same starting team. He really only goes in and tracks his nutrition. I will be off and on here as I'm taking a math course online. I'm really just trying to tackle 1/2 to one pound of fat-loss per week. It's easier for me to deal with smaller increments than trying too much too fast and becoming discouraged. My overall highest weight was 270 pounds and through the last 9years I have managed to dwindle myself down to 178. I am very pleased with the almost 100 pound weightLoss, but with age and less desire to be as active as I used to be - I find it very complicated to stay motivated and keep Losing. I'm trying, just slowly. emoticon

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8/6/12 8:19 A

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Good Morning. My name is Sue and I am on the weight loss roller coaster. I am on active duty in the US Navy and am having a difficult time maintaining the weight standards. I had a baby 15 months ago, and after the baby came into the world...the 30+ pounds I had gained while pregnant never left.
Anyway, after over a year of trying and failing I have decided to just grit my teeth and do it for me. I would love to be one of those super thin ladies, but at age 41 reality is not that kind. All I really want is to feel comfortable in my own skin and look good in uniform. I am looking forward to having support from others going through this same process. It is never easy to anything alone. But the hardest part for me was making the first step. That I have done. After only a month I have lost 3 pounds and a few inches in circumferance. Baby steps to reach my goal of loosing 50 pounds.

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8/5/12 7:30 P

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Hi All.
Yesterday I started the 28 day Bootcamp, and it was HARD. I hadn't realised how unfit I was. Thank goodness it is only 10 minutes a day. I WILL do it everyday and by the end of it should be a lot fitter than I am.
So glad I found this site and I am grateful for all the encouragement I am getting. For all you newbies like me I would recommend small steps each day, and if you slip, crawl right back up and push on.

Have a great day
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8/5/12 10:51 A

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No worries Tizzie5 emoticon we're just glad you're here!
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Geela66 emoticon hey there. Many of us have lost and gained, lost and gained, many times over. You're not alone. As for advice? Take things one step, one day, one chunk at a time. Set small goals, and as you become successful, add more.
There are tons of resources - tools, trackers, free workout videos, workout plans, menus, etc. etc. Take you time, get to know the site, read read read and track track track!
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Fit4men2012 emoticon what a great start! Well done. Here's to your continued success!
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8/5/12 1:46 A

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I am Jaynee and started my new fitness program 8 days ago. I am focusing in exercise rather than diet, but find that diet is following nicely. Although weighing, that is not my obsession. I know that if I exercise, everything else will fall in place.

RIght now I am playing (at) racquetball about 5 times/week, circuit training every other day, cardio daily and a body shaping class on M-W-F. I lost about 5 pounds this week.

Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss

Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!



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8/4/12 11:49 P

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Hi Everyone,

Just trying to get the knack for this....after losing and gaining quite a few times I am giving this a try. I hope with the support of others I can do it. Any good tips for a newbie??

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8/4/12 7:13 P

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I posted my introduction under the wrong topic. That's what I get for turning to talk to my husband! emoticon

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8/4/12 5:03 P

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Charlotty emoticon Great attitude! Happy to have you with us!

KAPRILISSANA emoticon we're glad you're here, too! Crazy how 'someday' sneaks up on us, isn't it? Your time is now, and you are totally worth it!

If ANYONE has any questions, come back and post them here, or feel free to visit my or NightSkyStar's Spark page, or send us a SparkMail.
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8/4/12 1:52 P

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Hello all. I'm new and still trying to find my way around the site. I recently turned 50 and think it's about time I focus on me first. I have a lot to loose. Single mother of now grown four boys. Two still at home. I have always seen to familiar .. friends ..and works.needs first always thinking there was time for myself tomorrow. Well it's now tomorrow! !! Sparks looks to have exactly what I need to achieve my goals. Looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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I'm on a journey towards a healthy lifestyle that is good for me and my heart... most my images will be themed around a heart!!!

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8/4/12 1:24 P

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I am ready to take on this journey to a healthier and happier me. emoticon

Good luck everyone

Charlotty x

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8/4/12 12:49 P

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Hi Momokia emoticon ! There are lots of resources available here for folks interested in a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Even the SparkPeople menu plan has options available for a vegetarian plan.
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Welcome Aliaja emoticon I've found that tracking my food here on Spark when I first started was SO revealing! I didn't realize how many calories I was taking in on a normal day. The nutrition tracking tool is invaluable for being able to really recognize what you're eating.
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8/4/12 6:56 A

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Hello there. I have just joined this website. I am new to this sort of thing so am trusting that I can come on every day. I need to lose 27kgs and today have started on a low carb eating plan...which didn't last very long as I had 2 cups of ice-cream for dinner. I have a tendency toward self sabotage so hope that by having it recorded in black and white(and colour) I will stay on track.
I am starting small on the goals - drinking more water and going for a walk each day. Oh...and not hitting snooze button in the morning. It usually takes me an hour to get out of bed.(It's a very comfortable bed).


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8/3/12 11:57 P

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Hello! Hoping to get my goals met to lose 25lbs. I am also looking to change my diet "lifestyle really" and my goal is to go towards a vegan type of diet.
Wish me luck!
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8/3/12 5:09 P

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Hey Indigofish emoticon so happy to have you with us!
An active life is great, and will absolutely help. Here's to your success in releasing those kilos and whittling down that BMI.
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8/3/12 4:41 P

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Hello! I've just signed up (I've been here before, but never used the site). I am in my late 30s. I'm British, but live in Germany. To reach a healthy BMI I need to lose 67 kilos (147 lbs)...it's pretty daunting to be honest. Considering I'm so obese I live a relatively 'normal' and fairly active life...a bunch of active kids, a great marriage, lots of cycling and walking (no car family!)...I don't quite know where to start (other than setting myself small goals within the bigger one!), but I'm going to do this!!! emoticon

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8/1/12 10:57 P

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Holly, congrats on your loss so far!! That's quite a goal you have there!! Good luck on your Spark Journey!

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8/1/12 7:36 P

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Yeah, I heard that September was probably the best time to visit. I'm very excited.

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8/1/12 3:01 P

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Hi Joamma and WELCOME!!! looks like you have done GREAT so far!!! YAY!! glad to have you with us!!
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8/1/12 2:46 P

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Portland is great, Joanna! I hope you'll enjoy your visit here. You should be getting here at just the right time, between the heat and the rainy season LOL
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8/1/12 2:07 P

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Thanks CBAILYC. I see that your from Portland, OR. I am actually going to be visiting Portland for the first time next month and I'm really looking forward to it.

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8/1/12 2:03 P

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Welcome Joanna, and congrats on the loss!
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8/1/12 1:58 P

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Hello, my name is Joanna and I am 25 years old. I lost 9 pounds before joining SP and have 70 more to go before I reach my goal. Also this is not my first time joining, I did not stick with it last time but this time I am determined to stick with it.

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8/1/12 10:56 A

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Hi everyone!! I'm Holly, 54, down 50 pounds but still a long ways to go!!! Glad to have you all with us!!

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7/31/12 9:53 A

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Great to have you with us, Megg! emoticon
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7/30/12 10:30 P

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Hi! I'm Megg and I too am restarting my SparkPeople journey. I had success here when I originally started last November. So I'm hoping this time to stick with it no matter what!!

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7/30/12 10:59 A

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Andy and Megan, welcome! emoticon Great to have you with us.
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7/30/12 8:18 A

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Hi Im Megan,

I have rejoined SparkPeople as a motivational tool and to track my progress in my endeavour to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for a Charity called MediCinema in 10 Weeks time.

Feel Free to visit my sparkpage and the links I've provided about my journey. So far it's been tough but i'm hoping a little encouragement from fellow sparkies will help spur me on my goal.

-Megz

Everyone has a story. Below is mine...

I am taking the journey to fitness to run The Royal Parks Half Marathon for the Charity MediCinema. Feel free to ask me more!


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7/29/12 9:34 P

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Okay Hi I am Andy and I am restarting my weight loss journey. I am 30 years old and I have been overweight my whole life. I will get to my goal weight this time, and I will stay there.

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7/24/12 11:38 A

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I'll start.

My name is Candy, and I'm 44 years old, living in Portland, OR. I'm married with three fur-babies (lhasa apsos) and three adult kids out on their own. I joined SparkPeople in May of 2010 and have been working on this healthy lifestyle ever since.

I have successfully lost and kept off 40 lbs, and hope to continue to lose another 70-80. I've learned many things thanks to SparkPeople - to run, to cook and eat healthier, to enjoy being active, and to Never Ever quit.
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7/24/12 11:33 A

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Hi new SparkPeople! Welcome to your Class of July 29 - August 4 team.

We'd love to get to know you. Please tell us a little about yourself - where you're from, who you are, what you hope to accomplish here on SparkPeople.
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