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9/29/11 5:18 P

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I just joined and have no idea what it is about. My niece joined and posted on facebook so I figured why not. Have lost 42 pounds since March without this so I figured support would help. I am on the insulin pump because over a year ago I was on steroids for a year due to uncontrolled asthma. I kept eating and eating until I just blew up. Now I have been on a crash dieting and I am afraid when I start eating again I will blow up again! So here I am ready for the challenge!

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9/29/11 3:39 P

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Hi everyone! I'm Gabrielle - I've been a Spark member previously and did well but fell off the wagon and gained everything back. I'm back now though and will lose it again! My first goal is to lose 60 lbs by 2/14/12. My husband and I are going on a 2nd honeymoon early in February and want to have a good start to my weight loss by then. I've started eating a yogurt and having either a fruit or Luna bar for breakfast every day at the office and packing healthy lunches. Doing that alone should help a lot because normally I would have eaten fast food for at least one, if not both, of those meals. Dinner is a bit tougher, but I'm trying out some new, healthier recipes for dinner as well. The hardest part for me is to start exercising because I've been sick with bronchitis and sinusitis for the past three weeks and it's still lingering. I know that's a critical part of my weight loss success, but hopefully I can shake this bug soon!

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9/29/11 12:18 P

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Since I am constantly on computers, I like SparkPeople as a way of staying on task. It allows me to email/communicate with like minded people at times that work best for me.

Overall to be a healthy weight, I should lose about 85 lbs. My goal right now is losting the first 30 pounds (which should take me to one-derland). My current plan is to focus on certain habits first, and the work on my food plan.

Excersize wise - Since I am signed up for the Oct virtual 5K - I will be working on my running program. (Last year or so I was part of a 10 week walk/jog group that was similiar to couch to 5K. I am going to use their schedule (jog 3 times a week, walk 1) as my method. I am also going to be doing schedule from the sites 100 pushups, 200 situps, 100 squats to help get my strength back up.

I currently am not a member of a gym and depending on my work schedule (there are times they have us lots of travel) may actually consider joining. (This way come winter I don't have to jog/walk outside).

One thing I like about this team is the daily challenges. So far, they have really made me focus and give me a reason to come to the site and type. (I am currently looking at other challenge teams and might join one of those also). It's accountability of that that works for me.

Any questions, etc - don't every hesitate to contact me

Suzanne

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9/29/11 6:28 A

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Hey Hey Hey!
A few years back I learned about spark people and did a really good job losing weight. Then I gained most of it back. I'm tired of waking up and feeling yucky, so I decided to try this again. I really want to commit to a more healthy lifestyle so that (I look good on my wedding day too) and so that I can be a healthy wife, mother, employee, friend.

So far I have found great inspiration and motivation from this team! Keep it up ladies and gentle mean, we are in for a rocky ride!



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9/28/11 10:35 P

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Hello everyone,
I am tired of not wanting to buy anything new because I would have to try it on. I'm tired of hiding behind weight because I am using it as a crutch to keep people away. It's time to stop hiding and start have some fun again!

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9/28/11 9:45 P

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Sherita, I'm a single mother of 2 n i'm a nurse. I join this group to lose a couple of pounds n 2 get in shape

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9/28/11 8:47 P

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Hello Everyone!

I'm Steph. I recently just graduated from college, I'm here because from January first till now I have lost 29ibs. But I have been stuck at this weight since May, so I joined to have the motivation to keep going. I have 36 more pounds to go, but I know that this time I can do it!

I'm excited to be supporting you guys!

-Steph

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9/28/11 8:21 P

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Hi all, my name is Ashley :)

I joined because my friend wants someone to have on the journey of weight loss. I said, sign me up! My goal is to lose about 30-40 pounds to get down to my ideal weight. Plus I want to look good on my wedding day (not that there's a date set.. but still).

From reading through the posts I've been encouraged by you all to really keep on top of what I'm eating and to actually DO THIS!!

Keep it up all :) We're in this together!

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9/28/11 7:35 P

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My name is Kay and my goal is to lose a couple of pounds without gaining them back again. emoticon
How hard can that be? emoticon

Happiness is remembering what I really want.
Laughter is the best medicine. The best things in life are free.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Dream with no action = wishful thinking
Action with no plan = chaos
Dream + action + persistence = success

The ego tells me you can't do it. The spirit tells me I can.

Each time I say "no" to impulse eating, I will visualize fat melting off my body.


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9/28/11 6:09 P

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Hi I'm Alexandra,
I joined once before about a year ago. I kept "finding better things to do" than keep track of my nutrition and exercise and fell wayside. Getting discouraged took over my intentions.
I recently went to the doctors and found out that although my cholesterol has the thumbs up my fasting blood glucose mader her diagnose me as Pre-Diabetic. I saw a nutritionist and i mentioned i was on spark. She encouraged me to restart with a fresh profile, a new outlook and she incorporated home work so to speak to keep me held accountable.

I'm also here because I want to get back down to 160 and live a healthy active life. I've been dormant for so long I began feeling like a lamp on the table..never moving and ignored. I have no life because I'm to embarrassed to go into public view on social occasions. I am limited to one friend and my mother at the time due to them not making me feel like im being judged,

Hopefully with Spark and all of the wonderful people here I'll change that all one day at a time, one goal at a time!

Losing weight is not Hocus Pocus...it's hard work and goals are reachable


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9/28/11 5:58 P

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I came to Spark People after coming across the website. Checked it out at first thinking nothing so comprehensive and helpful could possibly be free! I hadn't made a deliberate decision to lose weight and change my eating habits for the better, but after taking a look at all that was availalbe on the site, there was no way I could resist. For too long I have seen myself in the mirror, been so very disappointed with what I saw, and resorted to the comfort of fried food, cookies and chocolate bars Well, to be honest sugary foods of any kind. That only increased the guilt, the disappointment, and the self loathing.

I want to feel and act in a more positive way towards myself, learn to accept myself as I am but also to remember that I CAN change, change my eating habits, change my lack of exercise to something much more enjoyable and beneficial, change my apathy for motivation and enjoyment, and best of all, I can learn to like then eventually love myself.

I never even dared to believe that I would survive the first day without resorting to the usual binges and yet not once was I tempted. Same for Day 2, although I faced it with a little more positivity. Day 3, yesterday, was a really exhausting and challenging day, and yet I didn't even think of bingeing. My ultimate goal? To be happy, healthy, within my weight range, to have changed my bad habits for good ones, and to be proud of the person I am.

I deserve to be healthy and happy, and no one can do that for me but myself!


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9/28/11 5:14 P

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Hi, I am Merissa.
I have steadily gained weight with each pregnancy I have had and just kept piling it on after. My youngest is three, and I am heavier than I have ever been, heavier than I was even when pregnant. I'd try sporadically to lose weight, but anything I lost came back with extra.

My oldest came home from kindergarten and informed me that our dinner was unhealthy--she was learning about healthy foods and decided (rightly) that we were not eating healthy.

This, combined with having to buy a size fourteen in pants, and the general aches and pains I experience all the time made me decide it was time to make some sweeping changes to my lifestyle. Feeling old AND fat is a pretty lousy feeling.

So here I am. I'm attempting to eat better (and make stealth changes to the dinner menu to make dinner more healthy without causing a widespread rebellion among the rest of the troops), to drink more water, wear sunscreen daily, lose almost 50 lbs, and exercise. And I'm here for the support, the accountability, the guidance and the recipies.

The pot at the end of the rainbow? A healthier family, pants that fit and are not in the double digits, and feeling my age.

Glad to meet you all.

MerissaJoan
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9/28/11 4:20 P

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I have a friend from my community that posted on facebook that she had lost 20lbs in a month (I think it was) and that she was going out for a jog, which didn't seem like the person I knew, when someone asked her how she did it she said sparkpeople.com and their was a bit of good talk about it and the support they gave, and such so I thought 'What do I got to loose?!? And here I am, I'm soooooo very impressed so far. Thanks so much everyone here!
Blessings emoticon

I wanted to add that I think we've got an amazing group of friends here!!

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9/28/11 3:19 P

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I actually purchased a lunch tote that had the SparkPeople website on it and I started exploring the site right away and liked it. I've been consumed with it for the last 3 days and have been doing good on it so far. It's amazing to see how many calories you actually consume when you record them.

I joined to get healthy and to hopefully be motivated by others.

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9/28/11 2:48 P

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My name is Oscar, yes I know, a guy. I joined Spark because I am on a mission to get healthy and to stay active. I am a father and a husband. I work full time. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. More so as an adult, since I work in the the Internet industry, my job entails that I sit for 40+ hours a week and the way I was eating wasn't helping.

At my worst I weight in at 289lbs on a 5'6" frame. So bad. On March 1st the Wifey and I joined Fitness 19 and since then we have both lost weight and have started eating healthier. My current weight is 250.8 (as of 9/23).

What has helped me is doing some reading and encourgement from my uncle, wife and communities like these. I think that at some point in the last 3 wks a switch flipped because I have found myself more focused than ever on my weight loss.

I love to chat with other people, provide encouragement and just listen. If you need a helping hand or a prayer, let me know. God Bless you all.

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9/28/11 2:36 P

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I have been overweight since I was little and recently I have come to conclusion that I've had enough. I have tried many different programs and diets and some things worked and more things didn't. I am very excited to try SparkPeople.com though and I'm ready to change my life for the better.
I'm recently engaged and I will be graduating from college next fall so I am determined to lose 165.5lbs but next October so I can look great for graduation and be on the right track for my wedding.
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9/28/11 1:42 P

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I joined Spark because I am getting married in May. I'd have to say that's my biggest motivation. My other motivation is just being a healthier person. When I am healthy, I feel good about myself. When I cheat and gain weight, I feel good at the moment when Im cheating but in the end I feel badly about myself. I am tired of that cycle. I also feel tired alot and only being 22 I dont think thats acceptable. Cant forget that I work at a desk and that doesnt help. I just joined yesterday but I have had a good look at the site and I am very excited to have the support and advice that Spark offers all in one spot. Other sites only offer bits and pieces to what this site does and I appreciate that. I downloaded the app on my phone to track food and fitness and I'm ready to become a better person! I wish everyone the best in their goals and I havent been on here long but I am open if anyone needs help or advice



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9/28/11 1:06 P

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I have been a yoyo SP member for more years than I care to mention. I have always been the fat kid and decided it was time to put in a real effort to change that. I tend to really gain weight when I am in a relationship (thinking I should leave those alone for awhile). I thought I would do this without counting calories, but then Bob Harper said that weight loss is almost impossible unless you count calories (ugg.) So decided it was time to come back and count my calories and make myself accountable.

My short term goal is 199 pounds. I have been trying for two years to get to this spot, and I need to hit it to keep my motivation going! I feel that to tell your kids not to do something you must be an example to them. It isnt fair that I make my daughter eat healthy and she is into cross country and track, but then I eat junk and sit around on the couch and computer all day. I want to be an inspiration to her and not an embarrasement.

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9/28/11 12:49 P

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I have had successes and failures in my weight loss journey. I have done WW and other weight loss programs. I have felt very burnt out with WW and the cost is too much for us right now. I tried Sparkpeople about a year ago and really liked it so I decided to come back and give it another try. My short term goals are to stop mindless eating at night (hard one for me!), be under 200 by Thanksgiving, and excercise 3x a week at the gym and anything extra I can fit in.

I love reading everyone's posts and I really like these daily challenges! They give me something to look forward to in the morning!

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9/28/11 12:49 P

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I am in your shoes also, Papa_john. that is why I have forgone the menus and do the food tracker. As you keep track of your intake you will feel better.

Edited by: SUMMER565 at: 9/28/2011 (12:50)
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9/28/11 12:03 P

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Yes, there are a few of us guys on here trying to lose weight. I just joined and am still trying to get used to everything on this site. I have trouble with the menus due to low income. I have a wife and three kids, and we are living on my disability check and a food card, and we all know Indiana does not support the poor very well. Because of my heart condition, I am unable to drink the water one usually needs, and due to spina bifida and joint deteration in my back I am unable to be as active as I need to be. Before I got sick I was only 160, solid muscle. I barely eat and still manage to gain. However I have not given up. If there is a way to loose this weight, I will. I have an appointment with my neurologist friday. Maby he will have some ideas on some exercises I can do that will not damage me any further.
If any has any ideas, I am open. If anyone needs a shoulder, write me. I'm always open to a new friend. I could get into this support group thing. I don't feel so alone in trying to retain what health I have left.

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9/28/11 11:12 A

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I joined SP the 1st time in 05 or 06, at that time I got down to 199 (from my highest weight of 248). Then we hit a rough patch and had to give up internet for a while, and I slowly stopped exercising, eating as well, and started gaining weight. I re-joined in 2010, but really feel as though I just wasn't ready. I didn't gain during that period (or since) but I haven't lost either.
So I am currently 221, and 5ft4in. My ultimate goal is 145, which is still barely overweight, but I can't picture being smaller than that. Focusing strictly on weight loss hasn't worked for me, so my approach this time is different, I'm more focused on health and fitness.
Currently my goals are to:
Drink 9 glasses of water every day (the cup I'm using holds 3).
30min exercise, 3 times a week
Be 210 by Christmas

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Oh I forgot to say, Yes I am enjoying this team! Lots of active, goal oriented, nice ladies ( if their are any guys Go You! I just haven't seen you yet), and these challenges are great.

Edited by: THISISFORMENOW at: 9/28/2011 (11:15)
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9/28/11 10:51 A

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Hi, I have been reading over everyone's posts and I must say that I really love the energy of this group. I joined spark people because I am looking for a healthy long term approach to losing weight. My short term goal is just to remain active on this site through the end of October. Being active on the site means that I track my food, get some form of exercise most days and remain committed to what I am doing. I'm trying not to overwhelm myself with too many promises because when I do that I tend to quit.

I have not been feeling as physically good lately and I think it is due to the weight. I want to spend my time enjoying life, not creating obstacles for myself. One thing I recently did was join an organic food delivery service. Now I'm pretty much forced to eat healthier due to all the veggies and fruits filling up my fridge - if only I could kick that nasty starbucks habit :).

I love how active this team is and I just get a sense that the people in this group are very positive and committed. Can't wait to watch everyone's journey!


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9/28/11 10:42 A

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I joined because my youngest is now 1 and I still have 10 pounds of baby weight to lose. I only gained 22 pounds during my pregnancy and lost it all but gained 10 back during the summer. I have always been active and pretty fit, but with two children it is much harder to work out and eat healthy so I joined sparkpeople to help give me that extra motivation. My husband is now getting healthier too, so that is really helping keep me motivated!

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9/28/11 10:27 A

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Hi. I am glad to be here. It is day 2. I have promised my two daughters for years that i would lose this weight. Well, 10 years have come and gone and I am still big as ever. I need to lose 70 pounds at least to feel young again. Please help! I need lots of encouragement. So sick of feeling this way. Please also tell me how I can get one of those cute tracker things at the bottom of my post. :) P.S. GOT THE TICKER! emoticon

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9/28/11 10:00 A

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Hi! I just rejoined spark people yesterday after leaving due to pregnancy. My baby is now almost 2. I am not happy with the way I look, and also have recently started having knee problems. My cholestrol is over 300.

With the heart history of my family, I knew I needed to get this weight off..


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9/28/11 9:28 A

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I started because I start to have back problems and I'm only 32 years old with 2 little boys to take care. I have to be in my best shape to be able to show my kids that you have to eat right and exercise to have a healthy life.

So far I'm really happy with all messages from the members and theur motivations. You guys are keeping me strong.

Thank you! emoticon

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9/28/11 8:43 A

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I did weight watchers as well and it never really stuck for me. I would go into this negative spiral when I messed up and ran out points. This is my first week on Spark People and so far, it is going good:) I'll let ya know how I feel about as the weeks go by and I weight myself lol!

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9/28/11 8:38 A

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I really like you approach . I went to WW too but here in Spain is not so popular and the group didnīt last long. But iīve lost weight with other diets like Dukan and pronokal (both expensive fad diets and in my case regained all I had lost and then some. emoticon )
We have similar weight to lose so I wish you the best
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I honestly could not tell you how I found SparkPeople. Something in the very back recesses of my memory tells me I may have accidentally stumbled upon it while searching the www for free weight loss programs...

...but that was back in 2005. Then I came back in late 2006 and documented some weight loss efforts...took another break...came back spring of 2007 while my hubby was serving in Afghanistan. There were a couple stirrings in 2008 when I managed to get back into running and trained for a 10K...my hubby was on a 6 month career course and then he came home and I faded from SP.

I, too, have been back and forth with Weight Watchers. My most successful time with WW was in 2008 when I used SP as a tool and my friend, who was a WW instructor, gave me all the books and materials. She wasn't supposed to do that, but she loved me and knew I couldn't afford the weekly fee.

This is me then, and my motivational picture:
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We moved again to a new base in 2009 and I spent the following winter in a series of bottles of wine. Petawawa is a very depressing place. The base is fantastic, but the surrounding communities are so lacking...there is nothing to do here and it is not even a pretty area. So in spring 2011 I joined WW again, and with the new Points Plus programme I wasn't doing so well. I canceled my membership and came back to SP. I discovered that my sister had become a member sometime in between. I don't have a healthy relationship with my sister. It is very toxic. I started to notice that I was withdrawing from the site (and gaining) again because I didn't want my sister knowing my every move. We have an unhealthy subconscious competition with each other, and I didn't want to feed the fire.

The breaking straw was seeing the finish line pictures from my Half Marathon on 18 September. I was much larger than I had pictured myself, and I was shocked at how I'd let myself go. I have a strong family history of Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer. I don't want any of those things...and I realized I can't just sit on the couch and let them find me.

So I deleted my old account. Decided to start fresh and this time, I made a promise to myself to try to be active within the SP community. I decided to focus on just one team (this one) instead of bopping around from one to another filling my plate with too many challenges.

I will eventually share my odd family dynamic with y'all, but I figure I've rambled enough for one day.

Oh...my short term goals are on my page. I plan to loose an average of 8lbs per month...and I've set up a reward system along the way.

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9/28/11 8:08 A

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I hope you find some flexible tools to work both with your situation and your goals. I practiced aikido for many years. I'd like to start again at a class in my neighborhood, but I may have to work up to it. My knees aren't what they used to be. Welcome and I wish you all the success.

The future starts now.


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9/28/11 7:39 A

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Good Morning! It's a beautiful day here at Fort Bragg! I hope it is the same where ever you are.

I joine SP because I have gained about 25 of the 40 pounds I lost after my accident back, and I want to get it off to help my recovery efforts maximize.

My downfall is I am on 3 medications that the side affect is weight gain. I feel like I will never get that initial nudge to start losing anything. It is very frustrating.

I look forward to making new friends here and really getting motivated.

My family does Tae Kwon Do together three nights a week, and I currently am a yellow belt. Hopefully in the next two weeks I will be a camo belt - and I am excited and pleased about that.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Mary Kav

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9/28/11 6:38 A

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I've been yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember. This time, i'm staying the course. I recently got engaged and I'm looking forward to my wedding next year in October...However, I want to look amazing in my wedding dress! I've been successful at losing 10 pounds so far, but I felt I needed a tool to help me keep on track. Sparks people is just that.

Sometimes I feel when I talk to my friends who aren't currently dieting or exercising about such they get annoyed hearing the same things over and over again, so it's nice to find a team where I can share my thoughts about this weight loss journey.


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9/28/11 5:25 A

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I was an avid Weight Watchers member - joined about 4 different times. My last attempt was quite successful and I lost over 50 lbs, but it found me again. We moved across the country and I gave myself a million excuses to cheat.

I found Spark People by web-search. I can't afford to go back to WW at the moment and I don't really like the group here. I was looking for some on-line tools that were free and emoticon I found one!

My immediate goal is to lose that first 5%. I have osteoarthritis in my knees and am having so much discomfort. I know, from experience, that even 5% will make a huge difference. After that I'll aim for 10% then celebrate every 5lb success.

I like the flexibility of this plan - its an amazing tool.

I'm motivated by the idea that this time next year my life could be incredibly different. I'm trying to focus not on my last "failure" but the success of sticking to a program for 6 months! I did it before and I can do it again.

Finally, a "shout-out" to my friend Sheryl who motivates me to keep going. She lost 130 pounds over the past 2 years. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: BLUNOSR at: 9/28/2011 (05:27)
"Its never too late to be what you might have been." George Elliott


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9/28/11 2:14 A

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I am too a Kim Komando reader/listener and have been looking for a way out of my size 16's for quite some time.

My long term goals are #1 to feel and be healthy, #2 to feel and look healthy, and #3 to look at myself in the mirror again with pride.

Gaining control over my life has been something that has escaped my entire existence. And, although I have faired well, I can only imagine what could have been.

Well that time for me must start now! Losing 60 lbs will give me the confidence to achieve some of the other things that have been eluding me for one reason or another. I grew up an athletic girl in Ohio, playing every sport and playing them all well. I had 2 athletic scholarships to college, but looking at me now...need I say more!

I'm ready and I think this type of support system is exactly the set of wings I need to fly. emoticon

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9/28/11 1:50 A

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Spark People was introduced to me by my boyfriend's mom. I joined because I have been overweight since about 5th grade and I am sick of it. Before I moved to Laramie, my boyfriend and I joined weight watchers and I did lose quite a bit of weight, but then I ran out of money and motivation and the pounds (and then some) came back. I am really looking forward to be a part of this community and I am hoping for the motivation I need to stay on track, to eat right and to exercise every day.

As for my goals, my short term goals are to track what I eat every day, do strength exercises three times a week and cardio exercises four times a week. I am hoping to lose around 5 pounds a month, or 50 pounds this year.


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9/28/11 1:27 A

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I also joined by way of a Kim Komando e-newsletter. I joined a health club about 3 years ago and took a year to lose just a little over 100 lbs. Unfortunately, my passion (racquetball) is not enough to maintain that weight loss and I put 3/5 of the weight back on. I am looking forward to the camaraderie and challenges that are already heading into my inbox. :) Thanks so much to the folks out there that head up these groups, I appreciate and value your time.

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9/28/11 1:17 A

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I recently joined Sparkpeople in an effort to finally lose the excess weight (80+ lbs) I've carried around for way too many years. I am a yo-yo dieter, but for the past 5 years my weight has steadily increased, and I am afraid if I don't take action now, I will be faced with health issues as a result of my binge eating and lack of exercise. There are so many weight loss programs out there from which to choose, but I think Sparkpeople has it all--motivation, sound nutrition, focus on fitness, and a great community with something for everyone. I am reading The Spark and setting my nutrition, fitness and motivation goals as outlined in the book. I completed day 2, and drank my 8 cups of water today-- emoticon

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is not an act but a habit.
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9/28/11 12:35 A

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Gaddabout, you seem very clear-headed about your situation and issues and how to deal with them. Take it slow and steady and you will win this race!

The future starts now.


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9/28/11 12:15 A

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I'm not quite sure what this is all about, but I'll jump in and find out later, I guess. My goal is to lose 215 lbs. I'm guessing this is a two-year project -- about 9 lbs. a month. I actually eat fairly healthy, have no serious health issues, not even warning signs. I'm just very overweight and I'm tired of using it as an excuse for not getting off the sofa. I got here by drinking about 2 gallons of Coke a day. I wish that were an exaggeration. I have the added challenge of working long, strange hours, and my personal discipline has gone out the window after moving to these new hours. I'm combatting it by radically changing my diet and starting out by working out 3 days a week. I've already lost a few pounds by eating breakfast -- Naked fruit smoothie blended with oatmeal, protein powder, and "SuperFood" supplement. I feel better already and I don't have the energy crashes that lead to me drinking a 2-liter before I get to work.

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9/27/11 11:59 P

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I found out about this web site from the Kim Komando enewsletter. I joined because I'm a Caucasian whale in a sea of Japanese minnows here in Japan. I really want support to set and stick to reasonable weight loss and exercise goals for my 57 y/o Caucasian body. The public health center in my neighborhood goes into a tizzy when I go in for my annual health check and call me Ms. Sumo Wrestler. Their goals for me would require amputation of some valuable body parts. They really can't think outside the box on this. My goal for the coming year is to lose about 15 kg which translates into about 33 pounds. That would put me at about 150 lbs. which is about right on this body frame of German and East European heritage. I've got low BP, low cholesterol, cook healthy, but I NEED portion control and antidotes for emotional eating.

The future starts now.


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9/27/11 10:53 P

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My short term goal is to lose 60 lbs (almost half of the total). I plan to hopefully lose 30 lbs by January 3rd by exercising 4 times a week (Zumba 3 times and weights once), drinking plenty of water, and healthy eating habits, as well as journaling.

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9/27/11 10:42 P

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my little sister got me into this. ..i've been procrastinating healthy eating and losing a couple of punds 'cause i'm just lazy!! so i entered out of curiosity. today is my second day and i'm loving it. mostly because of all the support i get and the stories i can relate to.

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9/27/11 10:03 P

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Get to know me challenge-Day 3
Posting early because I may not have time in the morning.

Good Evening.

I REALLY enjoyed your blogs and posts about self-love. Thanks for sharing.

Today I have a question that will hopefully help us continue to get to know each other.

Spark People has many different tools and stuff to help us on this journey. When I look over the different Spark Pages of members I often wonder why people joined and how they hope to benefit from Spark People.

Your challenge today is to post a reply here on this board telling us why you joined the what are your short term goals and how do you plan to reach them.

Have you benefited from being a part of this team?

What do you like about this team?


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