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MARILYNS70 Posts: 20,038
3/8/12 4:16 P

when you logg on and are on your homepage, click on my account - you will see different things there that you can edit - I'm forgetting which one it is but about 1/2 way down it show a small box and says 'metric' unclick it and it will go to pounds

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3/8/12 2:40 P

emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!!
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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TIGGER2094 Posts: 511
3/8/12 2:39 P

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There are tons of SparkTeams out there, and there is one (at least) for Managing Arthritis. You can find it on my SparkPage or

You can also search for anything under the sun in the Community section of SparkPeople.

Good luck, emoticon

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3/8/12 12:22 P

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***Just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to Sparkpeople. Joining Sparkpeople is on of the best decisions I have made and I know you will love it as well.

***Try joining a spark team. The support and motivation that belonging to a team will help you stay on track. This can be found under “Community”.

***Make short term goals. They will help reaching your long term goals manageable. If you look under “My Trackers” click on “Other Goals” and you can set your short term and long term goals. Sparkpeople offers some for you to choose from or you can create your own.

***Try using the nutritional tracker. It really makes it easier to stay within your daily nutritional goals. This can be found under “My Trackers”.

***Read the many success stories to help you stay focused and motivated. This can be found under “Community”.

***Be patient. This is a journey not a marathon. If you need support during your journey please feel free to email me anytime. I am more than happy to be your spark friend during your journey.

***Check out Challenge Central. There are many challenges designed to keep you on track such as the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge, Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge, and many others that may interest you. This can be found under “Community”.

***Under the “Community” tab you’ll find Secrets of Success. There you will find tips from members to help make your journey easier.

***Do exercises that you enjoy. Working out can be fun.

***Please feel free add me as a friend, and I'll do the same.

You can do this. Believe in yourself. You are worth this journey.
In friendship and support,

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SPACEBOT1 SparkPoints: (32,667)
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3/8/12 11:57 A

Hi Marilyn, thank you so much for the welcome emoticon

I haven't joined any groups yet but will definitely look around at them. Am very much hoping there will be something around exercising with a disability or managing arthritis.

I was wondering something - my ticker is set to display how many pounds I've lost but it seems to be displaying it as kilos instead. Any info on how to alter that would be most appreciated, thanks emoticon

MARILYNS70 Posts: 20,038
3/8/12 11:48 A

Welcome to sparks - so glad you have joined us

Remember to take time to participate on all the groups you have joined - they tell us that those that do seem to have the most success

Any questions, please just ask

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3/8/12 11:44 A

Hello Sparkworld

I've landed here after becoming increasingly frustrated with a certain extremely well known *watching your weight* company. I lost 45lbs in a very short period of time and then hit a giant brick wall and have been trying to bust my way through it for a few months now, without much success. I was really shocked when I first started using the sparkpeople tracker to see how skewed my diet was. Even though I thought I was being really healthy and within my *marks* I was very carb heavy and hugely low on fat and protein. So I'm happy to be here and feel like I'm eating a lot more healthily even if the stupid scales still aren't moving.

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and am taking lots of really unpleasant meds as well trying very hard to exercise as much as I can. Still have about 40lbs to lose before I reach the fabled healthy weight range. Would love to hear from anyone facing the same sort of challenges, or just anyone who thinks I look good as a Na'vi emoticon

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