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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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Posts: 9,872
4/11/12 11:03 A

emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople!
Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your SparkPage with your weight loss tracker on it for all to see. Write your goals (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months or a year. You can do this!

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
4/11/12 9:32 A

Welcome to SP!!!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (296,298)
Fitness Minutes: (152,573)
Posts: 22,338
4/11/12 9:29 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
4/11/12 6:58 A


JULSIE22 SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 1
4/11/12 6:26 A

Hi, I've just joined today, still trying to find my way round and not sure about all the different settings etc but I'll get there :)

I've been counting calories since just before Christmas and have lost 2 stone but seem to have got stuck.....I know it would help to exercise but I suffer form osteoarthritis and sarcoidosis which make exercising hard, have been advised by the doctor to start swimming as theres no impact on my joints so will try that but workouts and jogging are definitely out of the picture for now....well looking forward to meeting some of you and figuring out how this all works out over the coming days and weeks :)

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