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PINKHOPE Posts: 25,770
6/16/12 12:07 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople!

This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.

Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine on "fighting the fire":

If you have further questions or just want to chat, stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail. Just click on the button under my profile picture on the left.

Press On!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (293,593)
Fitness Minutes: (149,121)
Posts: 22,322
6/16/12 9:16 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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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
Fitness Minutes: (66,144)
Posts: 9,872
6/16/12 9:05 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!

PRINCESS1959 SparkPoints: (130,682)
Fitness Minutes: (57,642)
Posts: 3,562
6/16/12 8:35 A

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KOUNTRYFIDDLE SparkPoints: (32,338)
Fitness Minutes: (25,421)
Posts: 1,746
6/16/12 8:34 A

Contratulations on the inches lost! I use to get frustrated when the weight wouldn't move and just focused on the inches that I've lost and I'm very happy with that. Keep up the great work! and Welcome to SparkPeople!! emoticon

JAYDEE925 SparkPoints: (10,388)
Fitness Minutes: (9,899)
Posts: 179
6/16/12 8:27 A

That's no reason to be disappointed - 23 inches is a great achievement! I bet the 4 pounds was muscle! Keep going and you'll see the scale move in the right direction!

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6/16/12 2:11 A

Recently went to Citrus Valley Medical Center Community weigh-in event. Signed up in Jan. 2012, second weigh in was in June. I was dissapointed that I gained 4 pounds, but walked away happy that I lost 23 inches in total.

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