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3/10/13 6:19 P

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My turning point came in September of last year. I stepped on the scale, and saw that I had reached my highest weight at 240lbs. I was feeling terrible from being overweight. I was having trouble going up the stairs, and getting up from sitting. The most concerning was getting chest pains. I was living a very solitary lifestyle. If it weren't for work, I probably never would've left the house.

Turning 26 that month, as well, it really made me realize that I needed a change in my life. All together since then, I have lost 45lbs.! Still need to lose another 45lbs. to reach my goal.

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3/10/13 10:55 A

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It's not stealing at all! Ideas and knowledge are meant to be shared and experienced! If it helps you, I'm glad I was able to make a positive impact!

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3/10/13 10:04 A

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My turning point is to eat healthy and not overeat high calorie foods... to do more massages walks and prayers emoticon

(¸.♥ ·´ .¸.· ♪♫ Somewhere over the Rainbow,
Way up high There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby...
Somewhere over the Rainbow Skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true...♪♫
Some day I'll wish upon a star, And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, ♪♫
Where troubles melt like lemondrops Away above the chimney tops, That's where you'll find me...&https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6JB
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3/10/13 10:03 A

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That is truly awesome!!! I love that! Hope you don't mind if I steal it!!! I can always use some positive self talk throughout the day and that one word may truly help. Thanks for sharing that!!!

"I know God won't give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn't trust me as much" -Mother Theresa

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." - Max Dupree

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3/9/13 9:40 P

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Thank you for your sympathy.

I can say I've been fortunate to never doubt my abilities. I have been learning Japanese for the past two years. They have a word "Ganbaru" which means to "do ones best". I find it interesting that when you say "Oh man I have a test next week..." their response is "ganbatte!" (Please do your best). In contrast, in English, typically we're more likely to say "Good Luck". I think it's an interesting change of perspective to take something like luck, that we have no control over, no state in it's outcome, and to change that way of thinking to "doing your best". I'm not even entirely sure what my best is. I attempt to test it each day to discover the more and more I can do for myself, and for others.

On my fitbit, where it should show your name when you pick it up, mine says Ganbatte, typically I'll read this first thing in the morning, after my shower. I spend just a few moments really thinking about the best I can do. It's amazing when you really think about it, and it has changed my outlook in life dramatically.

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3/9/13 9:08 P

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Hello friend! First off, I want to say that I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father:( I want to welcome you to spark and let you know that you are in the right place!! You are going to do awesome here I can tell you that right now! I will be with you throughout your journey here so stay focused and never give up! You CAN do this! Hugs, Rose:)

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/9/13 8:26 P

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Hello all, (My first post also).

My turning point is a little complicated without a bit of that "this is my life story time" so hope you're bored! I'm 24 years old, and I wasn't over weight when I was in high school. After I graduated, I slowly added a few pounds each year, nothing alarming, too busy to notice. I was 140 when I graduated, and I was 180 last June. During those few years, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, and had a few other ups and downs. In June, my father passed away. I was under an overwhelming amount of stress in those final months, full time college in a town an hour away from home, being an only child and my mother was really stressed with my father's illness, so I held everything together.

A few weeks after he passed, and things started to be "normal"... maybe "tolerable" is a better word... I decided I was finally going to get myself in order, and do the best things I could for my body. I was sick of eating food that was not giving me anything in return, and poisoning myself. My father would work from dawn to dusk, and maybe a little bit in the night, always going, busy busy busy. I operate in a similar fashion. I just know I need to take care of myself better than he did himself.

Originally I was using myfitnesspal, and bought a Fitbit for my birthday. (Yay presents for self!) However, after a few months of using their site, they changed how the calibrated the burning rate, and I went from a 1500 cal. allowance to a 1250, and there was just no way I could handle that. I've wandered from place to place, tried other trackers, but none of them were what I needed. I am most successful with the fat,carb,protein counts. After using the system here for a few days, I've really enjoyed it. This is most certainly what I need!

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3/7/13 9:13 P

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Hello friend! Welcome to spark and the team!! We are so happy that you have come to join us! So come on in and let's get healthy!! You can do this my friend and in the end, you are going to SHINE!! Hugs, Rose:)

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/7/13 8:21 P

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This is my first post :)

My turning point has been off and on, I've heard such good things about spark people. I finally just decided to do it when it was linked today in a blog entry I was reading. I have 3 beautiful children (ages 4 and under) and I need more energy, I want to be the playful active mom they deserve. And my horse desrves a lighter load too, lol. To the poster above me, I'm in The County!

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3/7/13 6:44 A

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Hi Danielle! Welcome to Spark! I can attest that this does it work. Though it was awhile ago that I first started... it worked then and it will work again! You can do it and this whole community is here to help!

"I know God won't give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn't trust me as much" -Mother Theresa

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." - Max Dupree

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.•* Best Wishes*´¨) ¸.•´¸
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3/6/13 7:05 P

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Hello Danielle! I guess then I can take it that you looked at my page!!!!! Thankyou so much for the awesome words! I feel awesome and the reason is 'cause I do not give up! I want you to stay focused and to never give up! If you give up, you cannot go any further! I will be with you throughout your journey and if you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call on me! I am here for you! I hope that you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Rose:)

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/6/13 5:58 P

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MEMORIES7 you are certainly an inspiration! Congratulations! It's a tough road but the journey is so empowering!

Danielle

I will train harder.
I will eat cleaner.
I know her weaknesses.
I know her strengths.
I've lost to her before,
but not this time.
She is going down.
I have the advantage
because I know her well.
She is the OLD ME.
-Bonnie Pfiester


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3/6/13 5:46 P

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Hello friend! You have come to the right place to get the weight off and change your entire outlook on the foods that you eat! We are so glad that you are here with us! Please stay focused and never give up! You can do this my friend:) Hugs, Rose

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/6/13 5:30 P

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Hello, I'm Danielle and my moment came when I was chatting with my mother. She was complaining about how big her stomach has gotten since menopause. She was always a thin person prior to menopause. I will be turning 38 this year and realized if I don't get healthy now the weight will be an even bigger issue as I get older. I have carried an extra 20 lbs. since my last child 11 years ago. I have done some yo-yo dieting and dropped the weight but it was never healthy and always gained it back. Last fall I decided enough was enough and I started working out 6 days/week and watching what I eat. I am religious with the exercise but don't always eat exactly the way I should. I have lost 20 lbs. so far which was my original goal. Since meeting this goal I have made another goal of 10 more lbs. I have made great strides in my fitness level and joined Spark to work on my eating habits. If anyone is looking for some kick butt free workouts you should check out FitnessBlender.com

Danielle

I will train harder.
I will eat cleaner.
I know her weaknesses.
I know her strengths.
I've lost to her before,
but not this time.
She is going down.
I have the advantage
because I know her well.
She is the OLD ME.
-Bonnie Pfiester


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3/6/13 10:58 A

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Woohoo!!!! Way to go! emoticon

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/6/13 10:17 A

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I actually just sent her an email telling her that I signed up. She has been on before so I encouraged her to signup so we can do it together.

"I know God won't give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn't trust me as much" -Mother Theresa

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." - Max Dupree

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (
.•* Best Wishes*´¨) ¸.•´¸
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3/6/13 10:05 A

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Awesome!! I pray that all is alright with your mom! Is your mom on spark too? That would be Awesome :)

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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3/6/13 9:20 A

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My turning point happened this morning. Although I have been wanting to do this for awhile I was lacking that "something". This morning I got a call from my mom and she told me that she thinks that she may be diabetic. She is making an appointment with her doctor soon to actually find out. A few years ago when I was on Spark and lost 50 pounds my mom kept saying how much of an inspiration I was to her and I was motivating her to eat better and to exercise. At that time I was in New Jersey and she was here in Maine. If I could motivate her from that distance imagine what I can do now. Not only is she giving me the motivation to eat better and to get moving hopefully in turn I can do the same for her.

"I know God won't give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn't trust me as much" -Mother Theresa

"We can't become what we need by remaining what we are." - Max Dupree

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (
.•* Best Wishes*´¨) ¸.•´¸
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3/2/13 10:07 P

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Hello friends please share with us that point where you said I have to take control of me and do something about your weight and eating habits. Please do not be shy!

Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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