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ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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6/24/12 12:56 A

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HI Terry! 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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RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/23/12 2:44 P

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!

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
6/23/12 2:37 P

Welcome! Sounds like you have a really good attitude about this process :) One thing that helps me even when my scale isn't moving is to look at my day and see if I made healthy choices- healthy choices will ultimately lead to a healthier me even if my scale isn't moving as fast as I'd like it to!

I would really recommend finding some sparkteams on here that speak to you- they're a great source for extra motivations and often run challenges which can be a fun way to stay on track!

If you have any questions feel free to message me!

6/23/12 2:26 P

Hi everyone. My name is Terry. I have struggled with my weight and self image all of my life. I'm 54. For four brief periods I was at a healthy weight, but never maintained it. Several years ago I lost from my heighest wt. and gained some back, but have maintained a 20 lb. loss since then. But I still need to lose 130 lb to get to my goal. My problem is patience and persistance. In the past I have wanted the weight to come off fast. Sometimes it did, but no longer. I realize I need to accept myself where I am while making changes at the same time. I need to do this for me. I know I have the inner strength to do this because I have accomplished other difficult goals. I am not a weak person. However, I have continually failed to develope the self discipline to care for myself. This is now my greatest goal. I intend to take the skills I've used in achieving other goals and focus them on my health. Here's to a new me. emoticon

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