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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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Posts: 9,872
7/6/12 7:59 A

Welcome to SparkPeople!

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!

KOUNTRYFIDDLE SparkPoints: (32,338)
Fitness Minutes: (25,421)
Posts: 1,746
7/5/12 2:27 P

Welcome to SP!!

JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,472
7/5/12 11:36 A

Welcome! I'm also from the Midwest, and you don't have to give up baking! I still bake cookies, but I usually keep like 6 cookies for myself and then bring the rest to work for my co-workers (they don't complain!). I also love to bake pumpkin bread & banana chocolate chip muffins, but I'll throw the muffins in a ziplock bag in the freezer so I can take just one out at a time, rather than having all of them tempting me on the counter! emoticon emoticon

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (295,779)
Fitness Minutes: (151,853)
Posts: 22,337
7/5/12 11:21 A

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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BIGSKYCHERIE SparkPoints: (107,503)
Fitness Minutes: (12,678)
Posts: 859
7/4/12 11:48 P

Welcome to SP--you're off to a great start here. Keep posting and tracking daily. Setting up your own Spark page helps us get to know you. And remember, we're all in this together. We help one another to get to the goal of a healthy weight and lifestyle. emoticon

LITTLEBO Posts: 1,197
7/4/12 11:18 P

We midwesterners are doooomed...well, maybe not. Today I made black bean brownies...and cut them smaller than recommended.... Check out Sparkrecipes....they have some good ideas (use unsweeteened applesauce instead of oil, etc.)

CATECATE7 SparkPoints: (1,508)
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Posts: 17
7/4/12 8:43 P

Hi fellow Iowan! I have only been a member for a few days but this IS the place to be. I have already learned so much it is awesome....I do feel supported and dare I say at this early stage - I think I can do this! Good Luck - (we Iowans face an uphill battle between bake sales (I am a good Lutheran) , pulled pork and Iowan beef but we can do it) An idea to throw your way - I plan the fun events at church and before our quarterly meeting they like potlucks...well they are going to be surprised, the next one I am planning is "Salad salad salad" There are a few meat and potato people there that might not be thrilled......

MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
7/4/12 3:49 P


VICKIEANNG SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 35
7/4/12 3:28 P


I am Vickie ........... need to get healthier! Hope this place is a good supportive place, cuz I can sure use it!! I am recently married to a wonderful man who happens to be a pastor. We live on a lake. Between the two of us we have 5 daughters and 2 sons, and 13 grandchildren! I like to quilt, read, and bake! LOL, may have to give up the baking!!?
Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

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