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KBROWNLEE1 SparkPoints: (628)
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8/6/14 12:28 P

Thank you so much for your encouragement! I will definitely be sure to work on tracking my foods first - thanks for the great reminder!

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (552,821)
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8/6/14 1:14 A

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Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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8/6/14 1:13 A


MPLSKEN SparkPoints: (331,921)
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8/6/14 12:59 A

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There are so many great resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you're comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, start exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. By tracking everything since May 2011 and using the other features here to keep myself focused, I lost 90 pounds and have maintained that loss for over a year now. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!

And, setting up your own SparkPage and making it public/accessible will allow others to provide you with support, motivation and encouragement!

KBROWNLEE1 SparkPoints: (628)
Fitness Minutes: (70)
Posts: 4
8/5/14 11:04 P

So I've heard about this "SparkPeople" thing for a while now, and a friend's involvement finally inspired me to join up. I know I do best when I track my nutritional intake - calories and ratios, not just foods - because I'm a teacher, so I like that data!! I even wear a heart monitor when I work out to track the calories. How nerdy is that?
I just turned 40 at the end of last year, and in spite of my hope that all that talk about women's issues with turning 40 was myth, I hit 40 like a brick wall. Over the past year, I've gained 10 pounds that I can't shake off no matter how much I shake! So that's my goal - get rid of this 10 pounds and give it to someone who needs it!
I look forward to meeting like-minded individuals and sharing the journey with you!

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