Welcome Maree to the team and to sparkpeople! It can really help in dealing with depression and living a healthier lifestyle by helping you to make better choices. I too lived in WA State, in the Seattle area (Mercer Island, Kirkland and Redmond) before moving away as an expat. Again, welcome Thomas
current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (128,910) Posts: 160,148 5/22/13 3:53 P
MARREE15 and to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (40,743) Posts: 12,164 5/22/13 11:18 A
Hi Marree and to our friendly, caring group!! We are here to offer encouragement, advice if asked for and support whenever you need it. You have gotten some good advice from Bluerose about how to get around the site. Take your time getting to know all there is here for you. For instant motivation, may I suggest that you read some of the Success Stories, found under the Community tab above? They are wonderful stories about ordinary people, like you and me, who are meeting extraordinary challenges and winning. They are very uplifting, inspirational and unforgettable. Please post often. We love to learn about your progress and share in the journey with you. I look forward to getting to know more about you through your posts and when you get your Spark Page up and running. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance - Samuel Johnson
welcome. I hope you achevive your goal. I need to lose that much and more. I keep starting over and still not loseing. I hope you can find some interesting things to fill time. I read, write, garden and crocet. Have a great day Connie
current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (46,719) Posts: 4,977 5/22/13 7:05 A
Welcome to SparkPeople, and welcome to the team! . You got off to a good start by joining this team, and introducing yourself. it is hard sometimes to admit we need help, and even harder to write about it in front of people you don't know. So, good job, and keep it up. There are many of us who support you!!!
August Minutes: 3,308
Fitness Minutes: (59,589) Posts: 34,045 5/21/13 6:55 P
Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Go little Turtle Go!
current weight: 212.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,687) Posts: 15,878 5/21/13 5:16 P
Glad you are joining us on this journey to a healthy lifestyle. Take some baby steps, set small goals. I have 10 lb goals, hard to look at a larger number. I give myself a small (non food) gift, when I reach each goals. Every journey starts with the first step
Lord, bless my diet buddies and help me met my 2015 weight goals of 50 pounds. Leader "Gluten Free"
Hi, This is my first day with Spark People.....I am a 66 year "young" lady living in Washington state. I am wanting to lose 85 lbs. and it is not easy!! I lost my job four and a half years ago, and am now retired and have way to much time on my hands! I am a mother of five (5) grown kids, have fifteen (15) Grandchildren and two (2) Great-Grandsons. I am also divorced and live by myself, which is very nice. I look forward to hearing from some of you that want to share. Take care, Marree
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