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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the encouragement!
so glad you joined the team. There is a lot of info, tools and encouragement on this site. I use everything I can to help me on the journey to healthier days.
At the end of the day, be able to look back and say "I did my best today."
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You are right, Monica. We all had to start somewhere as well. You have made that start and congratulations. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and I am confident that you are truly a good person.
SP works but it is not a guarantee. You will get more out of it than you put into it. Put nothing in, most likely, no benefit out.
This team offers incredible support and help - if you ask.
So please accept my personal welcome and feel free to contact me anytime.
"It is easier to raise good children than to fix bad men" by Fredrick Douglas.
Co team leader for Living With Diabetes team.
Co Leader for Healthy Hearts team.
Leader of Gilbert Speaks team.
Welcome to Spark and the team!
My name is Monica! I'm 21 years old and I am studying youth ministry at Ohio Christian University. This past school year, I got crazy stressed out and couldn't stop gaining weight. I am now at my highest weight ever (287) which is a 40 lb gain since last summer. I also started developing some heart issues -- occasional palpitations and consistent chest pains which became incredibly annoying as a busy college student. I was also having panic attacks because of the stress and the fear that came with the heart palpitations. It was an all around rough two semesters. When I realized that a lot of my issues weren't just because of stress, but also because of my weight gain, I decided it was time to get involved with SparkPeople actively. I am just ready to make a change in my life! I need to be healthy so that I can marry my amazing boyfriend one day and be an actively involved youth pastor who can play sports with the teens and have NERF gun wars. That's the vision I have in mind that is keeping me motivated to move forward.
Edited by: MONICADEEX3 at: 5/31/2012 (13:44)