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KSCHRAUT SparkPoints: (0)
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10/6/12 7:49 A

Welcome and good luck! It's definitely a journey, but its one that's so worth it!

SUZYQZ123 SparkPoints: (11)
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10/6/12 12:15 A

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to reply. I really appreciate the support.

I hope the triglycerides come down quickly. They were 3,300. Really! With it that high, you'd have thought I had been eating three triple cheeseburgers three times a day, but while my diet was not perfect and we did eat out too much, that wasn't the case. I think I have leaky gut syndrome that contributed to it. I get blood work done in about another week, so we'll see. Day seven and still haven't cheated. I did have half of one chip today, but in no way tempted to eat more. Never thought I'd say that, but when death is knocking, you do wake up.

Walked 1.5 hilly miles with a friend, - in the rain, with an umbrella, in 46 degree weather. Again, never thought I could do it, and have a friend who would be supportive enough to do it with me!

I did start a home page. How can I get back to it easily? I can't seem to find the button.

Edited by: SUZYQZ123 at: 10/6/2012 (00:17)
BELIEVE0724 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/12 5:17 P

Welcome to SparkPeople!

My name is Sarah and I’ve been a member of this site off and on for a few years, and I do love it. I was here a few years back and lost 20 pounds, then went away and stopped using the site and gained all that weight back.

I have tried other diets and found that what I truly love about SparkPeople is the community, I believe it really helps keep you on track. Utilize the community here, add friends, join teams and challenges and post to the message boards.

Best wishes on your journey!

MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
10/5/12 4:46 P

OMG - those kinds of wake-up calls are just *scary*! Please know that you're in a great place to start to turn things around (along with your health care professionals, of course)!

Welcome and best wishes!

JHAACK39 SparkPoints: (12,343)
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10/5/12 11:57 A

As someone who's fought high triglycerides, I can tell you that it's very easy to see positive results. You can impact them very quickly. A couple of weeks. Use them as a goal. Stick to the plan and if that's a goal, you'll see results.

I'm a big fan of the fast break goals. Like the triglycerides, you can achieve them in the short term. Hitting a short term success will help distract you from fears of the long term goal of making complete and permanent changes to your life.

You got this one. Trust me. If you're playing by the "rules", you'll see and feel results pretty quickly!

NEVERORNOW SparkPoints: (242,358)
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10/5/12 9:35 A

emoticon to Sparkpeople! I'm glad you have decided to make changes to your lifestyle! This is a great place to do it!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (290,167)
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10/5/12 9:31 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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AMAZON_AMY Posts: 454
10/5/12 9:18 A

Welcome to sparkpeople! Good luck on your journey. I've found many resources and much support here and I hope you do. You CAN do this!


BIKECHIC1 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/5/12 8:25 A

Welcome and good luck on your path to a healthier you.

You've come to the right place for lots of help, support and motivation.

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BILL60 Posts: 952,588
10/5/12 7:31 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you much success in your quest for a healthier you.

BIGSKYCHERIE SparkPoints: (105,674)
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10/5/12 6:50 A

Welcome to SP--you're off to a great start here. Keep posting and tracking daily. Setting up your own Spark page so we can get to know you is a great help. And remember, we're all in this together. We help one another to get to the goal of a healthy weight and lifestyle. Together WE CAN DO IT! emoticon emoticon

SUZYQZ123 SparkPoints: (11)
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10/5/12 2:18 A

One week ago, my doctor told me I could die any day if I didn't follow a diet and exercise. That was a turning point and wake up call. I've been able to fully do it everyday! I had massively elevated triglycerides. I get my next set of bloodwork drawn in one week.

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