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LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
11/29/11 9:27 A

Welcome, welcome, welcome!!! You came to the right place for support & encouragement!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

CORINNEMOMMY SparkPoints: (61)
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11/29/11 8:24 A

Welcome to SP. If you want a sparkbuddy just let me know!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (290,544)
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11/29/11 7:31 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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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
11/29/11 5:29 A

I don't have one single good thing to say about teenagers these days! A pox on them all - and especially their "parents" (or should I just say sperm/egg donors or "baby daddy-mammas" instead due to the lack of parenting quality)!

All that having been said - welcome and best wishes!

RORYLYONS Posts: 18,299
11/29/11 12:56 A

Hello & emoticon to spark, where you will find all the support you need. I for one am on that path to eat healthier & exercise daily. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.. emoticon emoticon

MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 49,815
11/29/11 12:54 A

Hi Lena and welcome to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a break...Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals!
Set up your Spark page so that we can visit and get to know you, send you spark goodies, and leave encouraging and supportive comments to help you along the way.
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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LENABELLY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/28/11 11:56 P

Hello, I am new to SparkPeople. I had been thinking about trying a new approach for awhile, as I had been counting points off and on for years. Yesterday I hit a new low when I was followed by a group of teenagers in walmart who began mocking me and making sound effects as I walked. Talk about a new low! I really have to change and get healthy, I want to have enough self confidence to never be in that situation again and be humiliated without a thing to say to those rats.

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