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6/14/12 4:55 P

emoticon Greetings and emoticon - I'm really glad you've joined us!!

Congrats on getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at
. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location, common goals such as a certain weight loss or several other ways. I'd also like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at
for more information. If you're a fan of The Biggest Loser reality television show, you might enjoy the Biggest Loser Fans SparkTeam - you can find it at
- whatever you choose to do, I hope you find teams of people who share your interests!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!

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6/12/12 6:57 P

Hi Lynn
Just want to say emoticon in taking the first step in joining SparkPeople and asking for help. We are all here to give you all the support and motivation you can use.
The way I started out was a made a Spark Page. Then I started looking through the Spark Teams and finding ones I had things in common with. You will find lots of Spark friends on the teams that will be very glad to help you.
I also started by making small changes, one step at a time. First I started by tracking my food and my activities no matter how much or how little. I changed one thing at a time toward a healthier lifestyle.
One of the many things I have learned from joining SP, is not to measure our success by scales alone. NSV, non scale victories, are a much better way to enjoy your success.
Feel free to stop by my Spark Page and add me as a Spark friend, and I will help you all I can. Look forward to getting to know you on our journey to a healthier us.
Keep Smiling

BEAUTY_WITHIN Posts: 2,663
6/12/12 6:31 P

First of all. Welcome to Sparkpeople! Second of all Breathe. It's going to be okay. emoticon Start small - USE the fast break goals that you set; they really do help! change 1 - 3 things at a time, get used to those, then add soemthing else.

LITTLE THINGS DO MATTER! That choice you make to park farther away from the store may SEEM like nothing, but little bits of activity, and small choices can make a HUGE difference.

Secondly, set yourself small goals. To say, loose 5 lbs to start with. Big amounts look scarier and more insurmountable.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! You can do this!!!

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6/12/12 6:18 P

I'm 75lbs overweight! I want to lose weight. I NEED to lose weight. I'm borderline diebetic, my blood pressure is high and my periods are irregular (it could also be because I'm 42, but who knows). I have hypothyroidism, and I'm on anti-depressants (cyprelex, 20 mg)! My doctor refused to sign my "gastric bypass" surgery and I'm desperate! Please can someone send me some advice, some love, some solutions? Lynn

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