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8/12/13 10:26 A

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Immediate reason of joining this group is join with others that have a desire to take control of their lives again!!!

I need help and encouragement in this, I have allowed it to just slip through my fingers. Excited to see the transformation not only in myself but in all of you as well!!!

“Each day I am moving toward my goal of achieving a beneficial weight; I love my active lifestyle; and, I am making wise food choices”


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7/20/13 11:37 P

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Immediate reasons: Trying to bust through a weight loss plateau I've hit. Seeking community (add me!).

Larger reasons: Better mental & physical health. Overall wellness. Losing the weight that I put on while sick. Better balance in life (so that stressful challenges don't rise to the top of my priority list and derail everything else that I am working for, like has been the case). Feeling strong, capable and empowered -- empowering myself. Personal growth and self-discipline (if I can build a fitness habit, that is a leap in the right direction). Reaching and maintaining the weight that is healthiest for my body. Achieving a "normal" BMI (as flawed as that measurement is).

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7/18/13 2:15 P

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I want to take control of my health and weight.


Just take it one day at a time.
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4/3/13 2:22 P

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I joined this team because so many things were in control instead of me. I was here at Spark a couple years back, but put the weight back on because I did not take my life back, I just lost pounds. So,, I am here with a new outlook, my sleeves rolled up, and I am ready to make a lot of healthy changes, so I will make it to my goal, and stay there.

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4/1/13 5:07 P

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I finally am tired of having this extra weight on me and not doing a single thing about it. So, I am on day one of a new workout routine today and I completed it!

I want to take my life back because I feel like unhealthy food is something I turn to at times when I'm bored and I want to stop that. I need to learn to make healthier choices and I believe if I change my lifestyle, my eating habits and incorporate exercise in several times a week then I will definitely have a sense of having my life under control.

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1/15/13 11:52 A

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I want to redefine myself for me. I want to be a better person.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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1/8/12 11:55 A

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I am taking my life back. I have done this before but in the past few years I have allowed stress and other peoples opinions and thoughts to guide me. I allowed myself to lose control of my eating and to use food as my comfort again. I allowed myself to gain 55 pounds of the 110 pounds I worked so hard to lose.
I am taking my life back, I am taking control of my food, I have changed employment so stress no longer holds on so tightly, I am taking control of my weight. I am taking back my life. My life.

Wishing us all success and happiness.

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1/1/12 5:51 P

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I want to lose weight for my boyfriend. He doesn't care how big or small I am as long as I am healthy. emoticon I want to lose weight so I can be more secure with myself. I don't want him to feel like he has to reassure me how much I am loved because I am insecure. He supports me, but isn't with me at the moment so I don't have anyone to talk to on a daily basis. I would love to make friends and give my support to those who are in the same boat as myself.

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12/11/11 3:01 P

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Well I was a sparker before but quit before any real progress was made, but I just re-joined in March. I need to lose weight for my health and myself. I love the teams and the motivation I receive on sparkpeople and love the little challenges. I am more accountable for my health and well being now and wouldn't change it for the world

"You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That's what makes you a winner." - Venus Williams

"I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday." -Eleanor Roosevelt


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2/12/11 10:59 A

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Whoa - don't know why that posted 3 times - sorry about that.

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Progress, not perfection.



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2/12/11 10:59 A

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Whoa - don't know why that posted 3 times - sorry about that.

Striving For

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Progress, not perfection.



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2/12/11 10:58 A

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Whoa - don't know why that posted 3 times - sorry about that.

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2/11/11 9:43 P

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I've been heavy for a long time, and had many ups and downs in weight, many temporary successes and many setbacks.

This week I hit a new high in weight, and a new low in the way I feel. Not just emotionally, but physically. My weight has never really affected me physically before. It has made me depressed and disgusted, angry and ashamed, but never have I really physically felt the effects of being overweight. Until now - suddenly my feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurts, I have zero energy and I get out of breath too easily. The real last straw was when I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes.

Enough - this has to end.

Hey, since I've been here for 3 days now, it's already the beginning of the end. :)

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2/11/11 9:43 P

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I've been heavy for a long time, and had many ups and downs in weight, many temporary successes and many setbacks.

This week I hit a new high in weight, and a new low in the way I feel. Not just emotionally, but physically. My weight has never really affected me physically before. It has made me depressed and disgusted, angry and ashamed, but never have I really physically felt the effects of being overweight. Until now - suddenly my feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurts, I have zero energy and I get out of breath too easily. The real last straw was when I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes.

Enough - this has to end.

Hey, since I've been here for 3 days now, it's already the beginning of the end. :)

Striving For

Moderation ~ Balance ~ Sanity

Progress, not perfection.



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2/11/11 9:40 P

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I've been heavy for a long time, and had many ups and downs in weight, many temporary successes and many setbacks.

This week I hit a new high in weight, and a new low in the way I feel. Not just emotionally, but physically. My weight has never really affected me physically before. It has made me depressed and disgusted, angry and ashamed, but never have I really physically felt the effects of being overweight. Until now - suddenly my feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurts, I have zero energy and I get out of breath too easily. The real last straw was when I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes.

Enough - this has to end.

Hey, since I've been here for 3 days now, it's already the beginning of the end. :)

Striving For

Moderation ~ Balance ~ Sanity

Progress, not perfection.



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9/24/10 8:31 P

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I joined because even though I am a wife and a mother I feel alone and scared.

Edited by: LAUGHLIVELOVE97 at: 9/24/2010 (20:33)
"i myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions "

"If your alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile...but anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me."

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5/30/10 4:05 P

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emoticon to the team, Jennifer. It is time to take care of you--you totally deserve it!

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5/30/10 3:06 P

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I joined the team because I was surfing on SP & the name caught my eye. I've had depression for as long as I can remember. But, as a nurse, I do all I can to help others. I've always been last, or even worse, not even on the list at all. It's time to take care of me, cause no one else will. I call myself a work in progress, & I am learning to love myself for maybe the first time ever. I'm happy to be here!

Jennifer :-)

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Refuse to quit. Overcome obstacles. Account for all my actions. Reach all of my goals.





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5/28/10 10:41 A

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I'd initially joined SP in 2008 because as a non-traditional college student, I am worn out after a semester. I needed to learn how to de-stress and keep active. I was doing pretty good until my mother's health declined. When she died I tried to bury my sorrows in more school work. I dropped out of SP completely.

I came back here December, 2009 with a new energy, determination, and fifteen pounds to lose. I want to take better care of myself no matter what life throws my way.

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5/14/10 10:29 A

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I joined this team because for a long time now I've felt out of control of my life. I've been hard on myself and think that eating and gaining weight became a sort of self punishment for me. Like I didn't even deserve to be treated like a human.

I definitely need to take my life back. The mini-goals here and positive self talk seemed to speak to me, so I joined.

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In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown


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5/11/10 3:34 A

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I'm so glad you're here, zoesmama03! emoticon

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5/11/10 3:20 A

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I joined SparkPeople long ago. *hides under chair* Its probably been 3-4 years since I heard about it. I've been on and off here. I of course singed up for calorie journaling mainly. I wanted to keep in range and what had worked before as the points system with Weight Watchers. I fell off and of course eventually gained back weight.

I've started to see that is not an approach that is going to work for me. SO now I'm trying to change my TRUE diet. That is the one that defines your eating habits, choices etc. Not just for a "weight loss" but that is going to be a added benefit.

I joined this team when I realized I needed to do just that. I've been having a rough few years and just got to the point where I have no job and can't find one(despite an education in a popular field) and even though I lost weight in 2009 I gained it back. Well about 3/4th of it anyway. Half of the weight loss was from involuntary fasting. I lived on mostly water and a light dinner for so long. A couple months but I also had no hunger as I was in a very stressful emotional time.

So anyway I am here to watch and see what people are doing to take life back. I also may/hope to get around to offering some things I'm doing. Its always nice to have support from people in similar situations.

I've just skipped caring for myself far too long. It is easier than I make it so just need to give myself the time and attention I deserve. I have all day for the most part. Darn unemployment. Maybe I can gain some more confidence and start using my "hobby" photography to bring in a little cash and build up. That is an ultimate goal but I find I'm very self critical and have a hard time feeling others would appreciate and "gain" from the service.

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5/10/10 9:40 A

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Suggested to me by a friend who knows of my weight loss plans & SP has helped her.

What you see depends on what you're looking for. Source Unknown

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.Ralph Waldo Emerson
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5/3/10 1:26 P

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I am sure you can do it. Wish you a nice journey throught it.

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.

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5/2/10 1:46 P

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The reason I joined SP mainly had to do with my surrendering to the fact that I had to do something different if I wanted to stay healthy and slim. My old way was to control my weight by using drugs, bulimia, and starvation. I thought I would be different, that I could lose weight and keep it off by using these dangerous, unreliable techniques.

I haven't been a steady member since I joined back in 2008, but I'm back now and feeling better than I have for a long time. I thought making lifestyle changes would be hard, impossible--that I had to find the easier, softer way. But now I know that the SP program is the easier, softer way. And the healthier way, too. emoticon

My name is Kristin, and my kitty's name is Haku.
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5/1/10 12:10 P

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Hi,
I was very angry after I broke my leg in a car accident. I let the anger and all the other bad feelings get control. I was at home and practicaly in bed for about 16 months. Two surgeries and lots of pain. Then we started a family business so I am out of this house now. Then one day I realized I just lost control of everything. I gained a lot of weight after accident. By the way, before the accident I wasn't a skinny girl:)
Now I am trying to get the control and take my life back. So I am here.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.

--Judith Viorst


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4/20/10 2:42 P

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I never realized how I looked. When you look at yourself in the mirror everyday it seems to me that it is hard to tell how much weight you have really put on. I noticed when my pants were tight and then I saw some photos of when my foot was broken and I was at my heaviest 220. For the first time I realized how big I was and that I wanted to do something about it. Getting ready to go into a size 22 jeans was the final breaking point for me! I am down to a 14, but I want to be a size 9/10 again and I am surely working on it! I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE! emoticon

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Me? I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Plus everytime I see a photo of myself it depresses me.

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I saw a picture of me at Christmas with my puppy that was too scary ( this was in April ). I didn't realize that I had a weight issue at all. I lost 10 lbs by myself when I hit a plateau. I was looking for an online calorie counter when I came across this site.

I joined this team because I was tired of people, food and depression running my life. And since joining this site life and weight loss has been a lot easier for me.

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What is/was your reason for joining Sparkpeople? What was the final straw-so to speak-that convinced you to join? Why did you join Taking Life Back? What is there about the team that interests you or you wanted to see or receive from the team?

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