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DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (560,282)
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5/5/12 2:37 A

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Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 49,815
5/5/12 1:33 A

Hi Janie and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
Set up your Spark page so that we can visit and get to know you, send you spark goodies, and leave encouraging and supportive comments to help you along the way.
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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JANIECAKES44 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/4/12 7:53 P

My name is Janie Nelson. I am 44 years old, I have 2 kids---my son is 25 years old and my daughter is 20 years old. I am married to my best friend, John, for 3 years. I am originally from Roseville, MI and moved to Austin, TX in fall of 2008 and we moved to Biloxi, MS in December, 2009. Love living only 3 minutes from the beach.

I started on my weight loss journey in 2006 at which time I weighed in at 326lbs. It was at a Mary Kay convention in Michigan, when I couldn't take care of myself when I went to the ladies room. I was embarrassed, I went back to my hotel room and when I looked over my clothes and noticed that my clothes were huge. I cried and decided to take my life back into my own hands. Since then, I have yo-yo'd around; in 2010 my lowest weight was 183; however, with stress, time, premenopausal symptoms, and depression; I have gone back up 30 lbs or so.

In August, 2011, I started feeling like I was pregnant---very! However, I just chalked it up as the stress of working alongside my husband 18 hours a day 6 days a week that I was losing control of my self. By Christmas I was feeling extremely pregnant and made an appointment to see my doctor. It turned out that the fibroids tumor that was slowly growing decided to have a growth spurt. On February 22, 2012, exactly (to the day) 25 years after the birth of my son, I gave birth to a 3lbs beign tumor and both of my ovaries had adhesions on them. Now the factory and it's smoke stacks are gone, I have lost 16 lbs (day before surgery i weighed in at 223lbs); but now I am going through hot flashes worse than before and my depression is now on a roller coaster ride. I am taking medications for hormone replacement and for my depression. Oh yeah, I have problems sleeping and taking mess for that too.

Anyway, I am very excited to be apart of this wonderful website. I have tried so many different things to lose weight and for the last 2 years feeling like I need to starve myself just to lose the weight. I can't wait to get back under 200lbs.

I am so looking forward to getting to know everyone.


P.S. I am my husband's administrative assistant and working for him hasn't always been smooth sailing. Lol!

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