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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (295,975)
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6/11/12 12:51 P

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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NOTMEG Posts: 39
6/11/12 11:51 A


LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
6/11/12 11:12 A

Congrats on losing 67 lbs. YOU CAN LOSE THE REST!!!

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/11/12 10:08 A

emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining!
I've been a member a little more than two years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you haven’t, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

BYEPOUNDS Posts: 7,204
6/11/12 1:02 A

Taking one step at a time, really works!
Glad that you are here!

DPITT2 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/10/12 10:12 P

Danny from Texas. Downloaded the Android app last summer, used it for a bit and lost a few pounds but forgot about it. I even considered having the gastric sleeve done before I realized that it was not really justifiable to go through that much trouble and pain for something that might not even work. Started working on my weight again in earnest in January and so far I have shed 67 pounds and and am now just 21 pounds short of my goal weight.

My message to those who are struggling is to take it all day by day and pound by pound; focus on smaller goals and you will not feel so overwhelmed and hopeless.

Good luck and keep at it

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