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Hi new members, I am pretty new to this team also. I think it is a great team ! I am looking forward to getting to know others here. Hug Sandy

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6/28/14 2:35 P

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Hi Annie and Tammy. WELCOME to your new team. So glad you're with us. I look forward to getting to know each of you better. Keep hanging in there. We're here to support you. You are not alone. Dari

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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6/27/14 8:37 P

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Welcome Tammy to the team, let us know what we can do to help you on your journey. From this team you can expect great support and motivation from your new team. I look forward to getting to know you.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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6/27/14 8:32 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Tammy and I'm excited about joining this group and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone!! I'm 37, single and my only child is my 14 year old Schnauzer. I've battled my weight my entire life. I've been on and off sparkpeople for years but I really hope I stick to it this time. I've lost 20 pounds the past 4 months but I've been struggling lately. I've been dealing with my mother who has developed a severe mental illness and it's taking a toil on me. I have faith that she will get better but right now it's so hard to deal with.

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Welcome Annie to the group. You will find kind and generous folks here that are full of support and motivation. I look forward to learning more about you.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

Bob Hook

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6/27/14 1:01 P

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Hello everyone,

My name is Annie, I am new to the team. My journey started on Wednesday, June 18,2014. With the guidance of God I will be able to achieve my goals.

Wishing each and every one of you a healthy and blessed day emoticon

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Welcome new members!!! So glad to see God directing people to our team. It is the best!! Hope you all will be part of the threads and feel free to reach out to any of us. We are all here to cheer each other on. Hope to get to know all of you better. Eileen

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Hi Theresa, I'm so glad you decided to join us!! God is so good at directing us to where we need to be. I know you'll find a new home here.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Welcome to the team, Theresa. This is a great team for support and motivation. We look forward to learning more about you.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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6/26/14 4:36 P

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Hello, my name is Theresa and I have recently re-started my weight loss/fitness journey on spark people. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and an RN. I would like to lose 50lbs by my 50th birthday in February 2015 and I would like to do so healthfully. I am a Christian and have been asking God for a place to connect with others in my situation for encouragement and to encourage others and for daily devotionals. I had an invite to check out this team and I sure liked what I read. God is putting the right people and tools in my path!!!

Getting stronger every day!!!


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Welcome Amy and Cryssy. Welcome to the team. We all come with our shortcomings, but we are here to help support and motivate. I have high blood pressure, sleep appnea, osteoarthritis, and who knows what else, but with my weight loss things are getting better. If there is anything I can do to help, just ask. That is what we are here for. To support and motivate each other. If this journey was easy, we would have all succeeded already. So get active and bring up any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks again for joining us.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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6/26/14 12:06 P

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Good afternoon friends. My name is Cryssy ( PHATCRYSSY), I have been on and off of sparkle s couple times but this time I am here to stay. I have been obese all my life. I have high blood pressure, sever depression, anxiety-change disorder and in November last year I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, I am VERY perimenopausal (sorry gentlemen for the T.M.I.). I live with my husband and his parents. My husband is disables with Marfan syndrome, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, khyfosis, bi-polar, ..etc.. , his father is disabled with COPD, degenerative disc disease, depression, first stage Alzheimer's, ..etc.. his mother works outside the home as a waitress. I do the scheduling shopping, cleaning, cooking. I also listen to their rants and raves, I take care of the 4 pomeranians that our house has, one is mine 3 are the parents.

I am here on spark for the friendly positivity and support, I love the trackers and use them during the day when i have few minutes to log on. I also try to be supportive back. I am a born again christian. I am a non-denominational and as of right now do not attend a church. I do though read my Bible and pray daily.

I falter everyday in what I eat and there are days I DO NOT want to retry. Its then i need the extra support. My live has been filled with failures. I am using this point in my life to change from failure to success. I can succeed, I can change. With motivation prayers. I can do it. I have to change for me. I want to change for my family.

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“NEVER!! discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
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Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am here for support on my weight loss goal as well as I suffer from depression and sadness. I want to overcome my depression and live a healthy life in order to be there for my children and husband.

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6/22/14 7:36 P

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Welcome, Sandy, we are all here for the same reason, to lose weight, and to support and motivate each other on this journey. I am one of the leaders of your team, and if there is anything I can do for you, just let me know. Welcome.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi my name is Sandy, I am in my late 50's looking to give and receive help in Jesus Name Amen!

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Welcome Barb to a great team for support and motivation. I hope that you can grt some peace in your life and can tackle your weight issues the samevway you have made it through all your other challenges. Let us know how we can help you.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi, I'm Barb! I was just told about this group today. I am still recovering from a serious stroke I had six years ago at the end of July, right after turning 57. (My birthday is on the 24th, and I had the stroke on the 29th.) I have relearned to talk, do some computer, drive only very close to home, think reasonably clearly and write on blogs again. I will be 63 next month, and have been working on my weight for health reasons.

Jesus has helped me through 28 years of a bad marriage, and the divorce. I came out with three wonderful sons who love the Lord and me, and 10 years later I'm still finding God's plan for me. I've also been through several auto accidents. In the first one (in May 1983) I lost my father, and my daughter was stillborn. A year and a half later I lost a six week old son from illness.

In college I was a hippie, then got saved and got rid of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and a spirit of suicide in the order the Lord wanted. Because of the dramatic changes in my life, I was ripe for years in a Christian cult. The Lord delivered my family and me, and ever since I have been seeking the Lord to understand His ways so I can walk with Him more closely.

God bless you all, friends!

What I do about my weight expresses how I feel about myself and my relationship with my Lord right now.

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6/20/14 7:14 P

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emoticon Princessv!! You are right! This is a great place for support and encouragement. I look forward to getting to know you!

Lianne, welcome to our team which is now your team. You didn't write too much at all in fact it lets us know how to pray for you. You've had/are having a rough time and I want you to know you can mail me at anytime to vent or just talk. I've experienced some of the same situations you have. Keep going one day at a time. God is with you wherever you are!

emoticon to both of you!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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6/19/14 1:52 P

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Welcome back Princessv. GLad to have you back. This is a great team that I am so proud to be a part of.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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6/19/14 12:39 P

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Purplerose.........it took great courage for you to share your heart & life with this board. A lot of people have regrets, and the hurt others cause us as children cause many problems as we grow older and we can suffer greatly because of it. I hope you find the acceptance and the encouragement here to meet your goals and to live a healthy life. I am sorry that you have gone through so much tragedy. I'll be praying for you. V

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Not really new, just been away from Sparks since February. I decided this morning that this is the place to be to get the support I need to loose weight and to break free from the festering hurts in my heart. Hurts from my childhood and from more recent happenings. I am an emotional eater. When I was a young woman I was anorexic, all I could control in my life was food so until I escaped from a very, very bad situation I just didn't eat. Now I use it for emotional reasons, I graze when I am sad, discouraged or hurting for any reason. I want to overcome this and use food for what it is meant for, sustaining life, helping me/us to live healthy and to be strong. I find my strength in the Lord even so, it is so helpful to have people around who are or have experienced the same problem and can encourage and support without condemnation. Glad to be back......

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thank you RHOOK20047. it was a little much to write and I usually dont do that at first as i would rather keep silent and not say anything as it was drilled in my head not to say anything.
thank you for the welcome. you are right we can do is the best we can do and I just need to accept that I can not change anything and just accept things the way I am but i am working on me now! thanks for having me.



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Purpleroses, you sound like you have had a rough life. I hope that you can find some peace. Thank you for being so open. We all have things in our lives that we may not be proud of but at the end of the day, all we can do is the best that we can do. Get active on the team and you will see that there are many loving people on this team who will offer support and motivation to you. Just let us know what we can do for you! Welcome to the team.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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hi everyone. I am Lianne. I am 51 years old. I just joined sparkle today. I am hoping to start eating better and loose this unwanted weight that I have put on since I had my second child. I have fibromyalgia, depression, ulcerative colitis and who knows what else. I am married to my fourth husband and we have a 12 year old daughter. I am originially from Mississippi but have been in Germany since 2001. I met my current husband online. I have 3 other children that live in the states. One in Missouri and the other two in Mississippi. We are flying there in August as I have a granddaughter I have only seen in pictures. She will turn one while we are there. Hmm..so, I am going to give you a warning over what you are going to read next so please be prepared.

I was physically, verbally and sexually abused by my father from birth until I left home at 17. The sexually abuse started at 13. My mother found out but didnt believe me. She passed away in 2001 when she went into a diabetic coma and never came out of it. We came to terms with what happened but I kind of kept my kids from him if I could help it. I don't have much self esteem and lived pretty much two separate lives.

I was also sexually abused by a minister when I married my first husband. He didnt know about it as I was ashamed to talk about it. My first husband hit me and I left and filed for divorce. We met in the military, someplace I didnt want to be. My mother decided to put me there at the age of 17. I also tried to commit suicide at the age of 17 when I was in the military. Was discharged and moved to Georgia. I have been from one man to another. My second husband was 10 years older than me and I only married him to get away from my controlling grandmother (father's mother) that I was living with at the time. We ended up being divorced 3 years later and I ended up giving him custody of our son to him with me having visitiation rights. Which he fought me for everytime I turned around. When I met and married my third husband, the ex accused us of sexually abusing my son which almost ended up in court if he would not have dropped it. He didn't want me to have anything to do with my son but I fooled him and wasn't giving up without a fight. My visitations got lesser and lesser which caused me to have panic and anxiety attacks and migraines. He made me literally sick with everything he put me through. well 11 years later me and the third husband divorced and I moved here to Germany. I guess I thought the further away I was the less stressed out I would be and not be so sick. Well, I found out that I have PTSD and fibromylgia. I went to counseling for 3 years and no longer have migraines but the pain is still there no matter what I do and the heartaches and guilt that I have from doing everything I have the last 13 years really gets to me as I gave full custody of the other 2 children to my husband and just ran and came here and started a whole new life so to speak. My ex got married and the step mother doesnt let me live this down either and has spoken so bad about me to my children that there is so much damage done to my youngest son that I really don't know if I can ever make him understand that I do love him and care for him. But anyway. this is me. I have some good days and I have some bad days.

thanks for letting me be a part of this group. so now you know about me. I look forward to getting to know some of you.



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emoticon Hooray for all you folks here!

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BELLAMITZI, I'm so glad you joined us! You're doing great giving up sugar!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Hello everyone! I joined SparkPeople 3 weeks ago. I gave up my sugar addiction 2.5 months ago and have lost 13 pounds and enjoying eating fresh, healthy food! I love the Sparktools and community! Thank you LACEYKYLE for inviting me to this group! God's blessings to all! emoticon

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Hey Mad Hatter! We are here for each other so feel free to reach out to anyone on the team. Faith is a journey too. Don't hesitate to reach out to God. He is right there with you all along even when you don't feel close to Him. Check out the inspiration threads on the team page. Glad you are part of our team family. Eileen

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Hello MadHatter-- and welcome to our team as we journey together and you will lots of support here!

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Thank you Lacey! I look forward to getting to know all of you as well.

You determine whether today will be good or not.
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Krissy you came to the right place for encouragement and support and no one is where they want to be with God. We are here just for those reasons you mentioned. I'm so glad you're here and I look forward to getting to know you.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Thank you so much!

You determine whether today will be good or not.
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Krissy we are all on different levels on our faith journey, so that is between you and God. We are willing to help you on your way, in whatever we can do to help you. Don't hesitate to ask anything as someone has probably thought about it in the past but might have been too scared to ask. There are no dumb questions. We are here to help you however you want us to. We offer support and motivation. And you are free to take as much as you like! Welcome to the team, glad to have you!

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi everyone I just joined. I'm nervous about joining because I know I'm not as close to God as I should be, but I would like to change that. My life hasn't been easy and right now I'm trying to, not only lose weight, but better myself emotionally and spiritually. I'm looking for support and hoping this will work.
Have a great day!
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A warm welcome to all you new members!! We're glad you're here!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

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Glad you are part of the team! We are here to help each other along so don't hesitate to let us know if there is something we can do to help you. Just post to the threads or e-mail any of us. emoticon Eileen

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Welcome, Willpower, to the team which will give the most support and motivation. Let us know how we can help you along the way.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hello, my name is willpower2014, and a divorce mother of two boys, and I have other kids but they are grown. I been on this yo-yo diet for sometime now. I realize on May 29th of this year I broke down and realize this weight been brought on during my childhood, teenage, and during the twenty years. I have forgave myself and other that cause me pain or hurt. I cover up that pain or hurt thru food. Now for me to move on and leave the past alone I have to shed these pounds. so every pound I lose it will part of my past coming of me.
On a positive side I am very going lady who loves the outdoor, my higher power. I am just looking for support, and making sure I don't fall off the wagon this time.
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Hi Lesli and welcome to your team! Your are one busy lady with one cute little boy! Awesome you are set to graduate in the fall! emoticon . You're being a wonderful example for Ronan. There are several members who also have MS, you are not alone. You'll find a lot of support and encouragement here in any area of your life. Don't hesitate to participate! I'm Dari, one of the many co-leaders.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Hello LESLI, and welcome to HOPEFUL HEARTS Breaking Free. This is a wonderful Christian Team and you have come to the right place for comfort and support. If there is anything you need for prayer and have any questions feel free to ask us. We all have some type of weight and or health issues and fully relate to your concerns. I have raised 4 children while running a business on my own, so I fully understand the pressures of single parenting..... reach out for support when needed. Again welcome! Phylis.

NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1


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Welcome, Lesli to the best team here for support and motivation. We are glad you chose to continue your journey, with Our Lord and us. Let us know how we can help you on your journey. emoticon

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hello Folks,

My name is Lesli. I've been a Spark member for quite a while but am still having troubles. I am a single mother to a very VERY active 5 year old boy, Ronan. I have recently returned to church and am trying to find my way. I am currently a full time Student and am set to graduate with my AA next fall. I have a host of medical problems due to my multiple sclerosis but I'm tired of letting my disability define me. I am a coffee junky and like it light and sweet :). My current weight loss goal is 15lbs before the fall semester. This is my first step to getting my MS under control and stopping the pain.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy week.

Lesli

Why do we try so hard to be like everyone else, when we were born to be unique?


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Thanks Laceykyle, Eileen, & bob for the warm welcome! I am hopeful that I will find more good friends, too, as well as you good people. I am learning that life is more about good relationships, than anything else - well, other than Jesus! This I never learned when I was younger. emoticon

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." (MSG, Matt.11:28)


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Hi SGASPERSON and WELCOME to your team!! I too am diabetic, am on insulin and am watching carbs (most of the time). So glad you're with us!!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Welcome to the team and I think you will find this a great team for motivation and support. Glad you checked us out. And welcome.

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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I'm retired and still have a lot of weight left to lose. I taught school and worked for AA&T. I have three children who are married and five grandchildren. I have been on Spark People for awhile so the weight has come off gradually. I have been searching for teams that would motivate me to exercise, lose weight, and stay motivated. I have to use a walker to walk but I do get out and walk a lot. I have a small dog also which keeps me going even when I would rather not exercise. I am diabetic so that adds in the element of having to watch carbs as well as calories. I do not take insulin but control mine thru diet.

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Hi Pam and welcome to your team! It's difficult when our past rears it's ugly head but you've done a lot of work by forgiving. You will find a lot of support and encouragement here and if you ever need anything there are many of us to reach out to.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Welcome to the group, Pam. We are like a family here. Glad you are with us! It is hard to live with rejection. Things that happened in our past still stick with us, but isn't it wonderful that God is with us too! Hope to see you on the team threads. Eileen

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Welcome, Pam to the best team here. You won't find a team that has more support or motivation. Let us know how we can help you in your weight loss journey and share your faith in God with us. emoticon

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi my name is Pam I am fifty. I joined a while ago but have not been good at posting in my groups so I don't know if I ever introduced myself. I have a wonderful husband of 33 years an twin boys and four wonderful grandkids. I did not have the best childhood, my real dad gave me up for adoption and my adopted dad never treated me as his own and was mean to me. I have not had a relationship with my sister for years and my mom shows special favor to her also so our resale ship is distant. I am so thankful to God as he has made it easy to forgive my family, but at times I still struggle with the hurt. I am thankful to have found this wonderful uplifting group. emoticon

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Welcome, Diane you will find this is the best team for support and motivation. Look forward to getting to know you! emoticon

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi Diane and welcome to the team! You have come to the right place. Sounds like you will be a great addition. Hope you will post to the threads regularly so we can get to know you better. Take care, Eileen

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Hi Diane and WELCOME to Hopeful Hearts! We're so happy to have you with us. I know you'll be an asset to our team!

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Hi! I'm Diane, a divorced mother of 2 adult children. I just went on a nice vacation to Florida to visit my DD who was at the Naval Base in Pensacola! Very warm! Nice graduation where she was honored.

I am very blessed & happy at this stage in my life. The Lord has opened up doors at my Pentecostal church to sing & play piano, many things involved in the music ministry. There was a time when I was severely depressed; attended 3 mental hospitals, with not many friends.

I'm wanting to be available to however the Lord wants to use me. I'm not meaning to boast; the Holy Spirit has been using me to pray for healing for others.

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." (MSG, Matt.11:28)


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Hi Gretchen, You have come to the right team! We are here for each other. I'm a "fur Mom" too. I have two cats that travel around with us in our motor home. I hear you about being heavy all your life. Story of mine too. I know with the help from Sparkpeople that I can get this weight off!!! Hope you will post to the threads on the team page. We have an active prayer thread that you will want to take part in for sure. Hope to get to know you. Eileen

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Hi! I am new to the team. My name is Gretchen. I'm 38, single, no kids, 2 cats. I've been heavy most of my life, but it rose to new proportions after I went to college and pretty much has risen in spurts ever since. My highest weight was 418.6 pounds.
I've had some traumatic things happen in my life that have most definitely impacted my weight. I think I've mostly healed from all of those things, and have learned how to successfully deal with them, although occasionally something will pop up and bother me every now and again. Right now I am more dealing with the impacts of those traumas on my health as that seems to be the bulk of what's remaining -- the evidence of pain I've had in the past.

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WELCOME to all the new people. This is a wonderful group!
Hugs and Prayers Constance / Creativeheart5



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Sounds like a plan!! Just don't take your RV to Alliance Coach in Wildwood Florida!!! We have been here since February 27 waiting for a fresh water tank. The latest news as of a half hour ago is that they don't have a clue where it is!!!! My husband is ready to blow a gasket!
I've given up hope.
We love going to RV shows to just look. That part is all free ; ) Eileen

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Thank you for the welcome! You are living my dream. I keep telling my children that I am going to get a motor home and ride into the sunset when I retire!

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Welcome to the team. You have come to the right one for caring and support. Many of the members deal with depression including myself. There is a thread on the team page for chats on depression. Hope you will check it out. We are all here to cheer each other on so be sure to reach out to anyone on the team. Don't go it alone.
I'm a "fur" mom to two black cats---one black and white. They travel with us and my husbands dog in our motor home. Hope to see you on the team threads. Eileen

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Welcome Mary, and you came to the right spot! This is a most compassionate group of people that I have encountered and has helped me in my weightloss journey. Peruse the site and read about all of our problems and issues and maybe something will shout out to you and be a help in your journey. We are all here for you. emoticon

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Hi Everyone. My name is Maryam and I am the mother of 4 children ages ranging from 28-10. I have struggled with my weight since having my last child t 37. It just stayed on and I continued to yoyo up and down not really losing any weight for the last 10 years. I am also the mother of 2 cats, 2 lion head rabbits and a turtle. Most of my weight issues are due to depression which I fight a daily battle with, I am back on sparkpeople which I have used successfully in the past to lose weight. Here is hoping it works this time. I am really focused on getting up and moving more. I want to be healthy for my youngest who is very active and I need to be able to keep up with her.

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Hello Diana and Lullugirl, Welcome to Hopeful Hearts!

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I am going to kick this fat!!!


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Welcome Diana. You came to the right place. I think you will find what you are looking for here. A great bunch of people with like minded ideas and thoughts. Glad you decided to join us and I hope we can meet your needs as well. emoticon

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Welcome, Lulugirl, and I hope you can find more resources to help you on your weightloss journey. Don't think that any question you may have is too dumb to ask, as others have gone through the same thing. I think the thing that I like most about SP is that I find so many others that have walked the walk I have done, and I get so much inspiration from the site. Welcome again, and thanks for joining us!

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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Good day everyone!
I am from Ottawa. I am a mom of a wonderful 12 year old boy. I joined spark people last summer but only in the past few weeks have begun my journey. I have been over weight since College. Only in the past 10 years I have gained the most., due to circumstances in my life that were difficult to overcome.
I am an emotional eater and enjoy food very much especially since I quit smoking 3 years ago..
I am learning a lot. I have become more conscious of my eating habits and started moving more almost every day.
I enjoy the challenges and am now familiar with logging. I am determined to have a more healthy lifestyle for myself. I am excited and appreciate the support and am ready to be supportive to others.


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Hello everyone. I am Diana and I live in Utah and have been here for 35 years. I have two beautiful adult, highly-successful daughters and two beautiful grand-daughters. I am a Born-Again Christian and gave my life to the Lord back in the early 1980's. It's been a rough go at life for me through my child and adult years (trust issues) but I have always trusted in the Lord and he has brought me though. I have been married to a wonderful man for 10 years now.

I've been a member of Spark for quite a long time now and will use it on and off so I need to stay more focused. I thought if I joined this group, you all will help me stay focused and walk with the Lord at the same time. I am a private person but love live.

Thank you for inviting me and I look forward to meeting you all.

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Ya'll are in the right place for encouragement and support and we're so happy you're here with us!!! I'm Dari.

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Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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Welcome to Hopeful Hearts. I am Judy(Singinglady47). We are so happy to have you with us. Let us know if we can help in any way. All of us are only a Sparkmail away. emoticon

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Hello my name is Vicki. I am 36 years old, married, and have a beautiful step daughter that is 7. My fur children include our dog Miss Dakota who is 4, and our cat Sassy who is 13. My husband is an amazing man, and we have been married for 3 years in October.
I was born with whats called congenital complete heart block, which basically means I was born with a slow heart beat. I am currently on my 2nd pacemaker. I also have atrial flutter, and have had 2 ablation surgeries to correct it. This does not hold me back.
I recently just quit smoking, 7 weeks ago actually. While going through this process I gained 10lbs. which in itself wouldn't be horrible, except this winter I was a bum and did nothing to keep myself healthy. I would like to lose about 20-25lbs. I am currently down 6lbs. from when I started using Jillian Micheal's 90 day body revolution program about 2 1/2 weeks ago. And I am down 3 since when I started logging back into SP. I am truly excited for this new journey. And I am looking forward to being part of this wonderful team. So thank you for the invite!!

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WE AT HOPEFUL HEARTS BREAKING FREE FROM HURTS WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR TEAM WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US. FEEL FREE TO JOIN US IN ANY THREADS/DISCUSSION ROOMS OF INTEREST. AND ALSO DONT FORGET TO STOP BY OUR DAILY ROLL CALL ROOM TO LET US KNOW HOW YOU ARE FEELING TODAY....


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Hello All. . Good Friday& Easter is coming up, but in Ohio we have snow today. Was 76 degrees here yesterday. Had a blood moon early this morning I did not see. They say there will be more of them this month. That is my latest newes.

Been married 35 yrs in November. Steve has had 3 knee& staph infection surgeries in a year& a half. I have added some stress-weight. Wanting to lose it, but also be healthy at every age!

I am a child of God. I volunteer counsel@ a crisis pregnancy center. I get to share the gospel& pray with the women& couples God sends there. Then we come alongside them to help them parent in anyway He provides!

Feel free to add me as a friend! I love meeting people!
Have a blessed day& Happy Easter. Jesus Has Risen.. He Has Risen Indeed! ^ j^

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Hey everyone im Ashley i am a mother to a handsome 3 yr old little boy. Im struggling with bipolar, panic attacks, and depression. In the past 5 years i have went from my ideal pants size of 16/18 to 26/28. I currently weigh 336 and feel horrible. I want to go back down to about 195 i think that would be a perfect weight for me. I want to not just loose weight for me but for my son as well i want to be able to go play with him at the park and not feel disgusting about my size

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Welcome Phylis!

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Welcome Diana!

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Hello! Thank you for inviting me to your group. I am excited to meet such great people. I feel so welcomed and wanted. That is a really great feeling.

My name is Diana. I have two daughters, one will be 10 in May and the other just turned 6. Both of my babies are miracle girls. I had to do IVF in order to get them here after 3 ectopic pregnancies that almost killed me. Being a mother is my greatest achievement.

My second achievement is coming up on May 2nd. I am finally getting my bachelors degree. It has been a long journey completing this goal. Because of family troubles when I was younger I didn't graduate from high school but I did later get my GED and started a journey to get my bachelors. I started taking community college courses right after I got my GED in about 1995. I started University studies in 2000. I had many interruptions of life along the way but I refused to quit and finally it is here!!!! Sometimes it just doesn't seem real, but its only a couple of weeks away. It's been a tough goal but it almost a reality!!!

I had lost about 80 pounds and then I gained 35 of it back while I was going through a very horrible divorce and custody battle. I am turning to Sparkpeople for the tools I need to take back control of my life.

This is the first time that I have used the community section of Sparkpeople and I am really impressed with the people I am meeting and the groups available. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends.

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Good morning everyone, I have just been invited to join your team page! It is a warm sunny Sunday morning the 'Lord's Day' and I am so glad to be here! My name is Phylis and it has been a long roller coaster journey of weight struggles. I should weigh about 110, but because of my age and physical conditions I would be very happy at 125!!!! Last year in March I fell at work during a mandatory fire drill helping the handicapped outside and now I am 100% handicapped as well. I will be scheduled for 1 knee replacement, (possibly the other knee next year) this summer after I loose some more weight and strengthen my arms and legs...... and I have to wait for Worker's Comp approval for the surgery-- we are still waiting for (Court approval) also! What a stressful mess! Which is why I have also joined the 'stress' challenge for this month. I am also just getting over the death of a long time friend and family pet member our beloved dog 'Bear' who passed away April 5th. (his pic is on my page) I miss him dearly.... I am thankful to God to have had the 15 years spent with such a wonderful companion. This past year has been difficult trying to diet and exercise in constant knee pain, but I am enduring..... with Osteoarthritis in my spine, and now the knee injuries, it makes life interesting.... I have to loose this weight.... thank you for inviting me to this team-- prayers will be well accepted please!!! emoticon " PRAISE HIM "

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4/12/14 8:11 A

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Hi everyone,
I'm sorry that I fell behind on reading this thread. I've enjoyed meeting everyone. We all have a lot in common...losing weight and looking to Jesus to help us get through it. I see we have a new mom and a new wife. Congratulations. RELEASINGC, I'm impressed that you're trying new things. Last night I was reading on SP that if I could do anything on my bucket list, what would it be? Honestly, I'm still thinking about it. I have gotten so use to my "condition" (MS and excessive weight) that it's hard to see beyond that. I'm glad that you all are here.
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4/10/14 6:59 P

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Hey there! My name is Summer. I'm married with 4 children. In the past four years I slowly added weight by emotional eating & cutting way back on exercise. The weight gain started out as a layer of protection and from low self esteem after a divorce, a heartbreaking dating relationship and a custody battle. Then last year, getting remarried and moving. A lot to go through in such a short time. I'm learning to see myself through the eyes of Jesus and relying on Him for my strength and validation of my self worth instead of looking for it in the wrong places.

I am a God's girl who begin each day with a grateful heart for a chance to do better than the day before.

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4/7/14 10:53 A

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Hello everyone! Thank you so much for inviting me to your team. My name is Angie and I am a mom to a beautiful 18th month old girl who keeps me on my toes these days...lol, but I am loving every minute of it. I am here to lose the rest of the baby weight so I can be a good role model for her and not to mention have enough energy to keep up with her...lol. I lost over 40 lbs on Weight Watchers, but reached a point I was no longer losing so I switched to a low carb diet and Sparks People and I am now starting to see the numbers go down on the scale again. I am a Christian and am so excited to be apart of this group and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.

I hope everyone has a great day and may God allow something wonderful to happen to you today.

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4/7/14 9:32 A

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Hello thank you for the invitation to your Team. My name is Ruthie I am 56 and have struggled all my adult life with my weight. I really just gave up trying to lose weight for about 15 years as I would lose 5 pounds and gain 10. Then I start weight watchers for the 3rd or 4th time really for my daughter, I wanted to get her motivated to lose weight and what do you know I lost 60 pounds from 2011 til 2012. Then I got lax and gained 30 pounds back. I found sparkpeople i n 2013 and just love this site. I still haven't gotten control of my weight. Losing weight slowly can be very discouraging but I refuse to give up. I may be gaining ounces once in a while but at least it is not pounds, and even if it was I know I am doing things that are healthy for my body more than when I wasn't doing sparkpeople. I love earn points and giving and getting spark goodies.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of Men" Ecc. 12:13


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4/7/14 9:00 A

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Good mornin' Funmi. We are glad you are with us. This is a wonderful place to be. This is more like a family than a team and we are all here for your and each other. God bless you. Have a wonderful day. emoticon emoticon Judi emoticon

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4/7/14 7:37 A

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Hi, my name is Funmi. I am glad to be here. I have struggled with heartbreak in the past, i'm sure we've all. I am hoping to keep healing from hurts, forgive, release the circumstances, disappointments, and unmet expectation to my heavenly Father and ask him for a new strategy for my life.

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4/4/14 1:15 P

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Welcome to all of you. I have been pretty much off line for about a week. So, I just wanted to say welcome. We are so glad you are here. If you ever just need to talk or need me for any reason, I am only a Sparkmail away, but I will look forward to seeing you on the threads. Have a blessed weekend. Judi (Co-leader Singinglady47) emoticon emoticon

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4/3/14 7:56 P

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Hi my name is Pamela. When I received the invitation to join this page I asked the Lord if He was trying to tell me something. I am sure He will let me know His reasons for me being here. Well I am a Christian wife, mother, grandmother and breast cancer survivor. I lost 100 lbs during me cancer thing and put 17 of it back on emoticon It is ok I know I can lose it again plus some more. I am an artist, not professional just casual. It is my goal to use this gift God has given me to bless others. As far as hurts go I have had to many to post on here. I know that God is healing all my hurts, pains and sorrows. If I can help anyone just let me know. emoticon

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4/2/14 12:56 P

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Hey everyone! I can honestly say that this team has given me the warmest welcome over the last few days. My husband and I just moved to Santa Clara, CA just outside of San Jose.

I just had a baby in January and am working on getting healthier so I can be a role model to him and keep up with him as he gets older. I want to lose 100 lbs (from my highest preggo weight) but I'm focusing on 25lbs at a time. So far I lost the 27 I gained while pregnant and am working on the next 25.

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4/1/14 8:13 A

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Hello everyone! I'm Christy from Kansas City. Trying to get back on the road to a healthier lifestyle. I fell out of the routine about 5 years ago when my best friend past away from cancer. I ate every single one of those emotions and gained 80 pounds. Hoping to steer away from the negative thoughts and get back into a routine of taking care of ME! So, nice to meet everyone!

"Success is not final and failure never fatal; its the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

"It isn't about winning a game, it's about fixing what's broken" - Bob Harper

"Unless you puke, faint, or die, KEEP GOING" - Jillian Michaels

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3/31/14 1:58 P

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WELCOME gals to the Hopeful Hearts team. RELEASINGC, Sharon and Heather you are on the right team as there are those of us who are also bingers, emotional eaters and those of us who want to ramp up the exercise and needs buddies. So glad to see you on our team threads. It's one of the ways we get to know each other. Again WELCOME to our team/family.

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Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4 NKJV


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3/30/14 4:51 A

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We Would like to WELCOME YOU to our Hopeful Hearts family, thank you for stopping in to share your stories we're going to enjoy getting to know you all. Blessings and love From the
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3/28/14 5:02 P

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Thank you for the reply to my message - I love your quote 'don't look back you are not going in that direction'. Carol emoticon


You become stronger only when you become weaker. When you surrender your will to God, you discover the resources to do what God requires.


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3/27/14 10:19 P

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Heather, Sharon, RELEASINGC, emoticon !! So glad to see you here in the forum threads.
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3/27/14 8:21 A

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Good morning, C. I am Judi. Welcome to the team/family. We are so glad that you are with us. I enjoyed reading your introduction. If I can ever help in any way, you can always reach me by Sparkmail. I invite you to see my Sparkpage to learn a little about. God bless. I hope your day is wonderful. emoticon Judi

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3/27/14 12:58 A

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Hello everyone,
I have restarted my SP program and found this SparkTeam interesting - I like the 'venting' area lol. I am 51 and decided I was going to try things I have always wanted to do. I learned how to ride a motorcycle and am just starting to learn the guitar. I still feel really limited because of my weight though. I binge eat and am in the process of working out the real reasons why I run to food instead of God. One of my favorite scriptures is 'Even so consider yourself dead to sin and your relationship to it broken, but alive to God living in unbroken fellowship with Him in Christ Jesus. 'Unbroken fellowship' how comforting. Well that is my sermon for today lol. blessings, C


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3/26/14 10:00 P

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Welcome, Heather and Sharon, we are so glad you are with us. My name is Judi and I live in TN. It is so good to meet y'all. God bless and have a great Thursday. emoticon Judi

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3/26/14 7:51 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Sharon, I am from New Mexico and am delighted to be included with this group. I took a quiz on spark page, and discovered I am an emotional eater. Diet alone probably will not work, so I am looking for emotional and spiritual help. I will also try to help anyone that needs help or prayer or whatever I can provide. Thanks for including me, and looking emoticon forward to this new transformation.

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3/26/14 5:29 P

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Hello everyone! I'm Heather.. I live in Pennsylvania. I'm currently a junior in college, studying Early Childhood and Special Education. I've been on this site a lot over the years.. with different usernames (I kept forgetting my old ones).. but this time I plan to be here for a while until I'm finally at a happy weight. Overall I plan to lose about 60 pounds. I'd love to have more fitness buddies so feel free to message me :)

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3/26/14 2:32 P

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Wow! So many new members. WELCOME all of you. We are so glad that you have joined us. This is the best place to be. This is a loving, encouraging and supportive family and I, for one, am very happy to be a part of it. Again, WELCOME! Judi emoticon

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