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CAYBBY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/6/12 5:40 P

I agree. I have never had my weight attached to everything that I said, and it is going to be hard to pick up a piece of pizza knowing that people may see my ticker go up on a message board. :x Scary! Also I have never really openly admitted that feeling of defeat that comes with binging. I think I'm going to like it here... :)

Thank you everybody for the warm welcome, and good advice. I will be scurrying around the site now checking videos, reading blogs and looking at recipes!

Edited by: CAYBBY at: 7/6/2012 (17:42)
LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (296,053)
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7/6/12 11:06 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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BILL60 Posts: 977,116
7/6/12 8:15 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough!!

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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7/6/12 8:04 A

Welcome to SparkPeople!

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!

SPARK-PRINCESS SparkPoints: (0)
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7/6/12 7:45 A

Welcome to SparkPeople.

I have been a member here off and on for a few years, and now have the time and determination to finally stick with the program.

Utilize all the wonderful things here on SP. The food and exercise tracker are key. Join a group, and post, post, post to the message boards. Other members here have great advice if you have any questions.

Hope you are successful on your journey!

MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
7/6/12 6:45 A


BIGSKYCHERIE SparkPoints: (107,602)
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7/6/12 5:38 A

Welcome to SP--you're off to a great start here. Keep posting and tracking daily. Setting up your own Spark page so we can get to know you is a great beginning. And remember, we're all in this together. We help one another to get to the goal of a healthy weight and lifestyle. emoticon

DOTTYANNE93 Posts: 17
7/6/12 2:56 A

I think we ALL know the feeling. I think that tracking your success publicly is key! Feeling an obligation, not only to yourself, but to this online comunity, may just be the kick we all need.

CAYBBY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/6/12 2:11 A

My name is Cayla and I am ready to embark on a long journey to health and happiness with all of you. First and foremost, I am my own worst enemy (and I'm sure many of you are too!). I have had my fair share of mini-successes, only to be quickly sabotaged by overconfidence and hasty binge eating. I have sat in a chair silently scolding myself while scarfing down something I know I will regret, yelling at myself in my mind, 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU AREN'T EVEN HUNGRY!'

I have gone from a comfortable weight to a depressing one, and I have built muscle just to watch it break down with the destruction of good habits. While this is a sad story of success and loss, it is important to remember that I can never give up. Like you, this is not something I can simply ignore; becoming and STAYING healthy are intertwined, and based largely on persistence and optimism. I believe that I, and you, can get to where we want to be.

But it sure won't be easy.

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