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KRISEPOO88's Photo KRISEPOO88 Posts: 18
10/16/09 10:43 A

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21 year old, full time college student here! I just started on this web site today (still trying to get used to everything!) I am on WW and someone suggested I come here for more motivation! :) I am about 90 miles south of Chicago, in a little farm town :)

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ANGELGIRL12107's Photo ANGELGIRL12107 Posts: 189
10/11/09 10:22 A

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Hi Everyone! I'm 27 and live in a NW Chicago Suburb. I have a beautiful 2.5 year old daughter, great DH and a black lab! A friend of mine turned me onto SP and I checked it out and I really like it! I'm very hopeful! I've tried several programs (JC, WW) and nothing seemed to work in the long term. I want to feel comfortable and confident in my skin again. I want to be healthy, not only for my family, but for myself! GL to everyone!

3/4/13: 1st day of the rest of my life!

March 9 - start 200 lbs
March 23 - 196 lbs (actual 196.7)
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FATSHIONISTA Posts: 23
10/10/09 11:48 P

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A college friend lost a significant amount of weight using SP combined with another program. I checked it out and now I like it. Wanted to improve my life and stop hiding myself and felt motivated to change. Its going well so far, I'm determined to make a permanent change and put this issue to rest once and for all.

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GATORMOM43 Posts: 1
10/3/09 8:20 P

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OK, so tomorrow is my birthday and it's time for a change. I am tired of being overweight, I am tired of knee and ankle pain, but most of all, I am tired of being tired. Tomorrow is the begining of a new lifestyle. HELP!!!

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I am so happy that I have finally stopped making excuses and started exercising and getting in shape. So far I have lost 16 pounds and I feel so great. And you know what, it really wasn't so hard. I really love this web site. It has been an excellent motivator for me. Good luck everyone! Keep it up!

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9/10/09 12:05 P

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Welcome! May you keep seeing such wonderful results!


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CRYSTALANN715 Posts: 1
9/10/09 11:22 A

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I just got out of a three year relationship, where I was pretty much housewife and step mother to his child. I cooked for them all the time, and in turn ended up eating most of what I ate. I have lost 60 pounds in two months, which is alot, but my goal is to lose more, with motivation from everyone here and my own motivations. My biggest thing was sugar soda, and lately all Ive been drinking is water and water with crystal light. Thanks for having me here!

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PASTORCHEEZHEAD's Photo PASTORCHEEZHEAD Posts: 127
9/9/09 4:38 P

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Welcome aboard
If your are looking for support and help, you are in the right place.

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JUSTSLS's Photo JUSTSLS Posts: 2,381
9/8/09 9:48 P

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Hi everyone, I am new here, just a couple of weeks. I was sent here by a friend. 5 years ago I quit smoking and did gain a few pounds but I managed it well with exercise. Last year my Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and me and my siblings had to take turns living with her and cooking 3 good meals a day, she passed away in January and that's when the emotional eating started. I have now gained 30 pounds in the last year or so, this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life and am determined to get this weight off so my clothes fit again! How do you get those bars at the bottom that track your weight loss? I posted this twice because I think it was in the wrong place the first time, just a newbie trying to figure it all out.

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7/20/09 10:20 A

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I'm sorry for your loss Carmella. You are on the right path know. Your Fiance' I'm sure will help fight the good fight.
We are all here to help you, all you have to do is look us up. If you are interested there is also a Central Illinois team that has periodic get togethers as well.
God Bless

We can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengths us. Philippians 4:16

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AUDCAT's Photo AUDCAT Posts: 4
7/20/09 7:02 A

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Audrey. During a routine annual checkup, I informed my doctor that occasionally I get a chest pain. She immediately ordered an EKG and Stress Test. After completing all the test, my physician informed me that I had slight congestion in my lower left heart valve and I needed to lose 60 pounds or go on medication for the rest of my life. I chose to lose the weight. I spoke with a friend that is an aerobics instructor and she recommended that I join Spark. Since joining 3 weeks ago, I have lost 17 pounds and I want to thank everyone that sends me emails and encourages me to continue.

That's my story. What's yours?


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7/20/09 12:52 A

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Hey!
I am Carmella and I am from Chicago but I am currently at the university of Illinois. I am 21 and studying music. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer my freshman year and passed away the following summer. I was and still am an emotional eater. I am trying to get my health back on track I gained about 50lbs, I am trying to get back to about 160. I am looking forward to starting my life with my fiance.

Go Team Edward!
Mella

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7/18/09 9:14 P

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I've been around for about a week now. With my disability I've read where weight can be a factor. I also need to get my upper body strength up so that I can start cycling, used to be one of my favorite past times. Recently my wife looked up information on hand cycles. I have been in spec ed the last 6 years, and never thought about adaptive bikes for adults, silly me. I plan to be on a bike by April, and ride with my wife in the Arthur next fall. In the mean time I'll continue working on my MDiv and my ministerial credentials.
emoticon slow and steady is always a good plan.

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BDTEACH Posts: 1
7/13/09 6:30 P

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HI
I have recently logged on to this also, and signed up for WW and never go! I need to find something that works, but I am not sure how this works. Do you understand it?

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7/7/09 8:44 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Katie. I am originally from central Illinois, but I'm now living in the St. Louis Metro-East area attending college. I came across this site today looking for an alternative to Weight Watchers and think I am hooked.

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CINGER0439's Photo CINGER0439 Posts: 27
7/6/09 8:48 P

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Hi everyone!

I'm from a western suburb of Chicago. I found this site today and I was amazed at all the information. I was using Weight Watchers online but found I needed a no-cost way to manage my weight loss.

I didn't gain weight until after I got married. I guess I figured I could eat junk forever - not! I was a slim 130 pounds until I was about 29 years old. Then, I got married when I was 30. I guess the 20 pounds I gained between the engagement and the marriage date (9 months total) should have been a clue. I continued to gain through the birth of my son (who is now 15) and through my divorce eight years ago.

I really want to lose weight for several reasons. I want to be healthy and keep up with my son. I also would like to start dating again and I am scared to death. I want to feel more confident so that I feel good about myself while dating. I have found some confidence through my work and I figure it's about time I gained confidence in my personal life.

I always think about something I heard Oprah say in an interview once - "I'm a smart professional, why can't I seem to get my eating issues under control?"

I am enjoying reading everyone's stories and I look forward to posting and reading the messages on all of these different boards.



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ROBINRS's Photo ROBINRS Posts: 1,485
6/29/09 1:01 P

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Hi, I'm from Alton but lived most of my life more in central Illinois. I am enjoying reading everyone's stories and will be going back to read ones I've missed. It is interesting to see how many I can relate to.

Here's my story. Always have been overweight - even in my baby pictures. It first really hit me that I was fat when I was in fifth grade and weighed over 200 pounds. Before then I considered myself pudgy, overweight, a little big, etc. I have been on and off diets and various programs ever since with varying results. The only times I have had any success is when I have counted calories. But I would always gain everything back plus some. I finally decided I was destined to be fat forever and had given up hope of ever being healthy. Two years ago at the age of 47 I was scheduled for my third hip replacement surgery (I had broken it when I was 12) and I read somewhere that every pound of weight you lose takes about 7 pounds of pressure off your joints. I knew I had to do something. Then some radio program mentioned the Spark Guy leaving his career to start Sparkpeople.com. I decided to give this a try and have been hooked every since. I am working on life changes instead of dieting. My focus is on overall health rather than just weight loss and I think that is making a great difference for me. emoticon Glad to have all you other spark people on the team and I wish you success on your journeys toward healthier you.

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UHAVENOIDEA's Photo UHAVENOIDEA Posts: 425
6/24/09 9:41 P

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Hello state mates! I've been sparking for nearly a month now. I'm closer to 50 than 40 years old and weight a lot more than when I was nine months pregnant over 13 years ago! I've struggled with my weight my whole adult life. I've even considered bariatric surgery recently. talk about at the end of my rope? I've beaten myself up more times than a prize fighter for the way I eat, the way I look, the way I feel. Food is the only addiction you carry around with you 24/7. I really do love the food tracking in Spark and the unlimited opportunities to learn! Good luck to me and to everyone of my fellow residents of Illinois in your journey to better living!
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BLUEBIRDS_FLY's Photo BLUEBIRDS_FLY Posts: 22
6/17/09 8:10 P

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Hi! I'm Sally. I wish I were a pirate, but I don't even live near the ocean =[
I heard about this awesome Sparkspeople.com from an equally just as awesome coworker. I love everything about this website! I am PUMPED to meet new people, and to share success stoires as well as struggles. Life rocks. You rock.
K,I'm done now =]

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MSKNOCKOUT Posts: 6
6/10/09 12:31 P

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Hello again! I found out about Spark people on some Celebrity Fitness Show with Dr. Ian. I have been struggling with my weight for a long time. I've tried many diets and weight loss programs but the results are only temporary. I needs a permanent fix concerning my weight loss too. I desire to have a body of a dancer.

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6/3/09 9:44 P

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Hello everyone! I'm 29 years old and living in Kankakee County Illinois. I've always been chunky, but it's been getting more towards superchunk since I've gotten married. I'm looking to not only lose weight but make a serious lifestyle change and at its most basic, get my butt off my couch! :)

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4JOYCE's Photo 4JOYCE Posts: 7
6/2/09 11:29 A

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Hi Everyone!

I'm a 33 year old wife and mother living in NW Illinois. I've been overweight my entire adult life. I currently weigh 227 and want to lose 100 pounds.

After so many years of hoping for an easy way to get rid of the weight without making any real changes to my bad habits, I think I'm finally seeing the real work ahead. And I'm ready to fight for the person buried inside.

I would really love to get to know other folks like me. emoticon

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GENESIS12LIZ's Photo GENESIS12LIZ Posts: 26
6/2/09 6:27 A

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My name is Liz. I've been steadily gaining weight ever since I got married more than 25 years ago. I'm almost 50 years old. My husband just started a new shift and now I can't seem to get enough sleep. I've gained 10 more pounds in just a month. I've decided it's time I do something about my weight. I want to enjoy my life. This website has been very motivating. Already on the first day I've changed my diet and started exercising more. Thanks for all the encouraging words. I'm sure I'll be able to reach my goal because of this website.

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KNEWTON11's Photo KNEWTON11 Posts: 94
5/29/09 4:03 P

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I'm from Dunlap Illinois. I retired in 2004 took care of my mother till she died in January at 98 years old during this time I put on a lot of weight.
Just started sp tommorrow will be two weeks. I do enjoy the information and friendly tips. My daughter had twin boys in Feb which I take care of three days a week. I want to get this weight off so I can enjoy playing with the boys when they get older.

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SOPHIESMOM6 Posts: 42
5/29/09 3:58 P

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Hi. I just joined the site which is a tad overwhelming but I'm hoping it'll become easier in the next few days.

I'm almost 40 and am at the same weight I was when I was pregnant with my second child. I don't want to be pudgy and I want to be able to go to my closet and put on anything I want without feeling embarrassed by how tight it is. I just want to feel better about myself so I need to lose 20-30 lbs. (15 would be great!!).

I exercise often drinking a lot of water. I need help with my eating habits and that's why I joined. Looking forward to melting the pounds away!!

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APPLEROSE_4 Posts: 4
5/27/09 7:47 P

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Hi my name is Frances I have been 250 for the past 5 years and this is what I weighed when I delivered my 4th child. Now 5 years later I am ready, i am tired of being shaped like a ice cream cone. I do love my self, but it is time for a change. I have 4 children that I have to keep up with. emoticon

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U-CAN-DO-IT's Photo U-CAN-DO-IT SparkPoints: (2,321)
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5/25/09 8:51 A

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Hi,

My story is I've always struggled with my weight. Now I'm 67 years old I'm at the highest I ever was, even after stomach stapling. That worked for about 8 years, but one day I woke up and could eat almost anything and it wasn't long that my 90+ pounds that I lost came back. I still can't eat a lot of certain foods.

I've been tracking for a while and just started with walking the last couple of weeks. I read that if you walk 10,000 steps just to be healthy.

I have over a hundred pounds to lose and am trying so hard to head in the right direction and figure out something that works for me.

I'm now at 1400-1500 calories and walk from 1/4 mile to 1/2 per day, but I seem to be stuck at my current weight. I have trouble staying under that number of calories, so what do I do?

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TIKA77 Posts: 25
5/21/09 7:04 P

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Hello, everyone. I love this site, I was really just trying to find out how many calories where in a banana and it lead me here. Wonderful divine intervention if you ask me. I have just come to the point where I decided I needed to lose some weight to become healthier for my children. I have been working on it since Jan of this year. I started out at 245 and presently I am at 210. I want to get down to about 150, that will be close to what I weighed back in high school.

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5/17/09 12:16 P

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Hello all, I am 29 and have been trying to talk myself into finally doing something for about the last 2 years. My story is probably universal to a lot of people. I was married at the age of 18 and had already started gaining weight at that point (I don't remember what I weighed then). I started college in 2001, had my son in 2003. I then started nursing school in 2004 and also became pregnant with my daughter then as well...let me tell ya, nursing school and pregnancy don't help to keep off the weight. I have now been a nurse for the past 3 years. I work nights in the ICU, which makes it difficult to have a schedule on working out and such. I finally decided to do something about my health and weight a couple weeks ago (my goal is to lose 50ish lbs by my 30th birthday in Dec). I hired a personal trainer to kind of get me on the right track as far as working out goes. I also subscribed to Spark! I love the nutrition tracker. I definately helps keep me on the right track to make sure I get enough calories.

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CURVACEOUSCUTIE's Photo CURVACEOUSCUTIE Posts: 131
5/16/09 6:49 P

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I'm an Illinois native. I've battled my weight all my life, but this is the most I've ever weighed. I'm tired of being disgusted by myself when I look in a mirror, tired of cutting myself out of family life by not wanting my picture taken, and tired of being the fat girl in the family.

I'm loving SP so far, and finding it really helpful and motivating.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.
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5/6/09 11:14 A

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Hello, Moved to IL. 2 months ago today... I have been dealing with fat all my life... I had over 200 lbs to loose. (total loss of 20 lbs) I lived as a prisoner for years. But through alot of struggles and a lot of chains breaking off, my thoughts concerning ME is changing, and dI am making smaller goals at a time. I am looking forward to meeting more of you...Diana

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My story - Girl half full of the wonderful things in life. The weight I've gained since 2003 is keeping me locked and unable to fully enjoy what life should be like.

I'm in the battle to lose the 90+ I've gained since 2003 and to finally climb out of the box I've put myself in. I'm just starting out and learning the site, but hope to find a "new home" where I belong and where I can change myself for the better.

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I logged on and found that I had been put on this team too. I live in Carterville, IL. I absolutely love the nutrition tracker. The fitness tracker also motivates me to get up and MOVE. I have a long way to go, and I plan to get there!

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MotiBoost-You can do it!!! I used to have the "all or nothing" attitude. I'd cave at 10 am and have a cookie, so I'd be like "I blew it! Heck with this today!" If you miss a workout, fall off the diet wagon, don't beat yourself up. Just get back on track and put it behind you. I think I would have been at my goal weight long ago if I had learned that lesson sooner!!!
SP is the best place to be. Everyone here is fun and movitating. If I feel frustrated, I come here and all the SP's pick me back up and help me get motivated again.



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I'm getting married in less than 2 months and need to lose another 10lbs!!

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I am new to the board. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. I have now completed my first week tracking on my sparkspage, and I feel motivated. I still have a fear of failing or backsliding, but I will keep trying.

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I am learning to love me. I have put so many people before because I didn't think I was worth it. I have learned to not tolerate anything because I want a friend or to keep peace.

I f first you don"t succeed brush your self off and try again.


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I am coming back to sparkpeople after being away for a long time. I am determined to make "me" a priority this time and change my unhealthy habits into a lifestyle that I can easily incorporate into my busy life.

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I've had some success on sp but have recently fallen off the wagon. I'm trying really hard to get back on board with the program. I enjoy the accessability of the program and would love to read more encouraging stories.

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I love sp alot good people on this site. I am losing weight to improve my health and flexability and lose weight. I work at a job where I sit most of the day. I work in the mental health field. I live in southern Illinois but live in Elgin most of my life. lorettast

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I'm Sheri. I live in the country outside of Paris. I love SP's message boards, articles and just the supportive atmosphere.
I have tried everything to lose weight. SP is a great tool which has helped me get going on my weight loss journey.
Hello to everyone & best of luck to all!



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TANGERINEPLAID's Photo TANGERINEPLAID Posts: 19
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Hi All ~
I'm from Plainfield. Some of my coworkers recommended this site last summer. Love it! It's been a while since I made my first go with SP - but I'm back and ready to get back on track!


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Hi Everyone .. I am sugi.
I have been working for past 4 + years as an IT engineer. My job was a seat job in front of the computer, i picked up on my weight and had no time to loose it.

I had to leave my job last year and it was not easy for initial months to get adjusted to the lifestyle that was waiting for me.
But instead of thinking what i lost i decided to make the most of the time i have , i started with registering in the nearby gym and taking long trail walks.
I saw the results. i lost around 10 pounds. i felt good and more confident and motivated.

From past 1 week i have introduced more changes to my lifestyle, i have added diet plus mat exercise to my daily schedule. Diet surely facilitates, only burning calories doesn't help. intake and burning should be balanced, else the results are not expected.
After introducing the diet, i already start feeling light. I have to check the weight yet.
My goal is to loose 10 pounds by july.
I wish everyone good health and good luck.


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Hi everyone! I'm Nicole from Streamwood! I go to Elgin Community College (soon to be Roosevelt University) and am pursuing a degree in Psychology. Aside from school, I hold two part-time jobs. I've been a member of Weight Watchers since the end of September of 2008, and I've lost about 20lbs! I'm still motivated and working my way to my goal weight! Feel free to email me! :)

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Lynn,

I have asked some of the same questions. I do well and then feel I have the right to splurge a little and undo all my work....what is up with that!?

Have stayed the same all winter, am looking forward to warmer walking weather....

Cheri

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05-15-13 CW 195.
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emoticon ! I am so glad that SP is around--I am the kind of person that works better with accountability--the nutritional tracker is an excellent tool for me to have at my disposal--I am also following the 6WBMO eating plan so I am good to go exercising and eating right!! emoticon emoticon

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Hi Everybody! Welcome to the official SparkPage of Illinois! So glad you're here. We're all facing a lot of the same struggles:
I never thought I could do this!
How will I ever work out enough to make a difference?
I have a terrible time denying myself the foods I love, can this really work?
I feel alone and have no support in my fitness journey...

Friends, this is the place to ask questions, get answers and share your frustrations and celebrations. I've only been a member since July 2008 and can tell you that SparkPeople has really helped me work toward all my goals of health, fitness, gaining strength and losing fat. I hope you'll prowl around, get to know some of us on the "chat" thread and contribute to our conversations.

You're on the right track!!

Lynn



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Hi I am Carolyn from Sycamore and have been with sparkpeople for the last two years. I have reached my goal weight but now the work really starts. Maintenance! ! I am a wife and mom of 2 teenagers and work in EMS and also am a hairstylist.


“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
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Hi I was searching the web looking for something to help me once again (and hopefully for the last time) get this weight off.....I have really been impressed by all the posts and the information. I am a wife, mom, and have the 2 best grandkids in the world, and have been a nurse for a long time...a job I love. Have recently found out I will need a knee replacement and have been pretty bummed by this...so as you can see I NEED to lose a LOT of weight and buy some time for these creaky old knees of mine emoticon lol don't think I will be doing this position !!! Trish

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emoticon Jerod!

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