Fitness Minutes: (56,458)
10,602 5/21/13 9:21 P
Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining! I've been a member a little over 3 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. We are here to keep everyone motivated. I’ve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Good luck! Sheila
Fitness Minutes: (77,801)
5/21/13 7:13 P
It sounds like you have a great mind set and attitude, good luck on your journey and be sure to join teams.
Fitness Minutes: (517)
2 5/21/13 6:17 P
This is my second time using Spark People. When I first used Spark People a few years ago, I was able to lose 30 pounds and was very healthy. Unfortunately, with many depressing life events, I strayed way off course and ate more then I could chew (literally). Since then, I have gained a great love for cooking which will be helpful this time around.
I noticed how much I miss running. It has been over 4 years since I was able to run a mile without dying. So starting in June, I will start training for my first ever using the Couch To 5K Program. Eventually, I would love to be apart of the Color Run (and maybe the Mud Run in the future.) I really do enjoy walking and there are plenty of parks around to start this wonderful dream.
Here I am returning because my future is so bright, why shouldn't I be prepared to keep up with it?
I love Spark People and have even recommended it to some of my friends, my boyfriend and his family. Our families already love eating healthy already but this just adds to our journey to gain a healthier future (individually and together!).
We have been planning our futures together and I have been fearful of health issues that run in my family. I may not be able to control every portion in my life, however, I will do everything in my ability and power to become healthy. I want to be able to keep up with my future husband and our children.
Professionally, I work at a Zoo in the Education Department as an Education Programmer. It is definitely a dream job for me considering I went to school for 6 years in order to reach my goal of combining education, animals, and conservation. I travel to local schools, work with groups that come to the zoo, and also develop programs for families. It is truly wonderful seeing children's faces light up when they see an animal or learn something new. (It's also exciting when the teachers or parents discover something new as well!)
I couldn't imagine a more diverse community filled with support and the shared goal of being healthier then this one. Thank you in advance!