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ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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6/24/12 12:47 A

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Hi Shannon! Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 71 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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6/23/12 7:51 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!

SHANNONROUND SparkPoints: (0)
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6/23/12 12:02 A

Also anyone that would like to add me, please do! :)

SHANNONROUND SparkPoints: (0)
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6/22/12 11:49 P

Thank you all! The support from all of you is very helpful and encouraging :)

PERFECTVELVET SparkPoints: (65,478)
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6/22/12 9:51 A


You've made a great decision - welcome!

NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
6/22/12 9:49 A

Hi, Shannon. Let me second that Welcome to Spark People! This is a great site for all the trackers, tools, information and support you could need to get healthy. I am often inspired by the blogs of members who are losing more weight than I started out with. I am always looking for ways to keep my attitude positive and the folks with added challenges like disabilities really inspire me. Be sure to read The Spark, the book the founder wrote. It is a good summary of the Spark approach to fitness and weight loss. The very best of luck to you on your journey!

KOUNTRYFIDDLE SparkPoints: (32,338)
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6/22/12 7:31 A

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SHANNONROUND SparkPoints: (0)
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6/22/12 3:26 A

Hello, my name is Shannon. I have 120 lbs to lose, I know this may take a while but I believe in my goal and half a huge support system! I want this weight loss to help me rebuild my confidence and also make me healthy again. :)

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