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7/16/13 1:20 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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MEETSADMAMA SparkPoints: (0)
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7/16/13 12:07 A

Welcome to SparkPeople!!

No worries - I talk a lot too. I quite often write way too much and then I delete half of it before posting because I realize my post is just insanely long LOL.

For me I'm the biggest person on both sides of my family and I'm the biggest person when we go to my bf's family things too. I'm just tired of being the biggest!!

Something I've chose to do this time around (I've tried this site quite a few times and quit cuz I was selfish and thought that minimal effort should result in 2 lb weight losses every week just because I decided I was ready to lose weight), is to deal with the emotional aspect and the mental aspect of my weight. My newest thing I'm doing is making myself look at ALL of me in the mirror EVERY day. I haven't accepted the woman in the mirror yet and in order for me to deal with this weight, I need to accept what I've done to myself (I eat just because I have nothing better to do, or it's just sitting there and so I feel the urge to eat, or I just have a hard time throwing out leftover food) and then use that image that I know see myself as, to motivate me to be more consistent to achieve the goals I set for myself.

If you need a support buddy or just some advice, feel free to message me =]

ALIPIE56 SparkPoints: (16)
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7/15/13 11:08 P

Hi, I'm Ali and I've been overweight since about the age of 5. Eleven years ago, when I was 46 I had a gastric bypass and brought my weight down to what would for most people sound really high but I had one pair of size 14 jeans and a size medium shirt, both of which I loved. Now, you would think that having had that major surgery I would not gain back the weight, however, that would be wrong! I never got down to my "goal weight" of 150, and frankly, my goal weight is 170 and I'm not extremely tall.

I live in Minnesota, have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren and 2 step-children. My dad's side of the family is overweight, my mother was the "fat twin" at 125. My most successful effort at losing a substantial amount of weight was when I was 24 or 25 and my Dad and I went on Weight Watchers together and lost 60 pounds. My mother, bless her heart, made all the food and I did not eat the liver that was a requirement at that time!

It sounds like I'm obsessed with my weight, and I'm not. I just know that I am 47 pounds lower than the highest weight I ever was. I had a fairly stable weight at 270 for a while, and then gained 50 pounds after my divorce.

One thing I want to stress is that I don't beat myself up about "failures" or "shortcomings" or whatever we would like to call this regaining of weight. I have bipolar disorder and take 2 medications that keep my stable but unfortunately have a weight gain side effect. I've tried other medications to get around that side effect, but carrying extra weight is a much better thing for me than to have a manic episode. I'm very successful in my vocation as a licensed insurance producer and so I don't need to beat myself up. I think guilt is a wasted state of mind.

I love the idea of a free site devoted to getting healthly. I joined a workout center that has a diet plan and a pool, and have been there twice for family swim. You can see I have lots of work to do and I am feeling motivated to become healthier.

Oh, by the way, I am verbose, which means I talk too much! Ask my co-workers! They love to tease me (for some reason the way I react is quite entertaining).

Thanks for reading this! God's blessings to each and every one of you...Ali

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