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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (295,867)
Fitness Minutes: (151,970)
Posts: 22,337
6/20/12 9:18 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
Fitness Minutes: (66,144)
Posts: 9,872
6/20/12 8:10 A

Welcome to SparkPeople!

Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!

LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (341,292)
Fitness Minutes: (173,330)
Posts: 16,695
6/19/12 7:28 P

Hi Bambule,
Welcome to SP! Thanks for telling a little about yourself.
This is a great site with all the tips and tools you need to be a healthier you. Members are supportive and helpful.
If you haven't already, join a few Spark Teams that interest you because that's a good way to stay motivated and be accountable. Use the Fitness and Nutrition Trackers as well.

Best of luck to you. You can do it!

BAMBULE SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (185)
Posts: 1
6/19/12 4:14 P

Hello there! My name is Bambule, I´m Czech (therefore my English is funny I guess :-p ) and here I am with my little story. I was always a big girl. Since I was a kid. My mum´s unhealthy cooking and my laziness made me a monster :-( I was seventeen when I had 100kg!!! I´m people person so I was always surrounded by friends and I was never alone, therefore I thought there´s no reason to be upset with how do I look like. I had everything I needed. Friends. Fun. I have no idea why, but somehow I thought that how do I look like just doesn´t matter. Well it didn´t for a while... but as I got older I found out, how unhappy I am. BUT!! I found a warrior within myself :) and I fought it. Furiously fought it. And I won, I lost almost 19kilos in 3 months and I never gain it back! Well....I´m 26 now. I quit smoking and gained 5 kilos. I´m on 85. It stopped there and I think that´s the price for being a non-smoker. But screw it! And I am very upset with myself, because I have no boyfriend, I´m busy with work every day and I feel like s**t. And I want to change it! Forgive me my language, but I am not the sweet type of girl. I´m wondering where the hell is the Bambule who won that fatty war. Did the adulthood kill her? I hope not. Um I am going to find her! And I am going to use this web page to push myself further. I´m too embarrassed to go to gym, I´m just too ashamed for showing my weakness... that I am fat :-D I know it is ridiculous, because everybody can see that :D I have no idea why am I writing this...maybe just to release the sadness I´m having deep deep somewhere inside me. Today I did some workout, 20 minutes and I was sweating, I was exhausted, .....but it made me feel good. I pray to god (although I dunno if there´s any) PLEASE JUST MAKE ME ADDICTED TO DAILY EXERCISE :-) My personal goal? Lose 10 kilos. Can I do it? I know I can. Will I? That´s the question. Let´s see! Cheers!

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