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BILL60 Posts: 963,512
9/16/13 3:02 P

Welcome to SP.

GIANTPANTS SparkPoints: (741)
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9/16/13 1:29 P

Hello Jeri,

We started at the same time, i love the nutritional counter and the workout counter is just awesome, Yes i started out with a 10 minute walk and as i limbered up during the week i'm back to a 20 good pace walk everyday.

I just cant believe the amount of great people on here. It feels great knowing I'm not alone.
BTW, neater are you Jeri, hopefully i can be a positive point for you also.

Thanks for the reply

GP in NJ

GIANTPANTS SparkPoints: (741)
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9/16/13 1:25 P

Thanks Shannon,

I can use the support, I've been struggling with my weight most of my life. Its September here and the weather has cooled some. So it makes it easier to go out for a walk. If it rains i try strength training in my home. But how do you stay motivated? I've notice with me, the motivation wears off in about a month and when the days grow longer with the cold of winter, it gets worse in some cases. Though i really don't feel alone any more in this endeavor. How did you stay motivated?


RAINA413 SparkPoints: (98,670)
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9/16/13 2:01 A

Welcome to Spark!! So happy to have you here!
Be sure to take advantage of all the support within our community as well as all the resources Spark has to offer and you are sure to be successful!

SCOOBAGIRL SparkPoints: (614)
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9/15/13 5:13 P

I just started this site on Monday and I've found that if I plan what I'm going to eat every day, I stay on track. I use the nutrition tracker on this site and I find the things I'm going to eat and enter those things. I find it easier to do that, and I can go back through out the day and remove or add items if I don't happen to exactly follow the plan I made. (adjust quantity, etc)

Set easy goals, like drinking 8 glasses of water a day, or walking for 15 minutes. It will get easier. I look forward to the time I spend on this site, and I find lots of motivation.

Good luck! you can do it!

Jeri in Texas

GIANTPANTS SparkPoints: (741)
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9/15/13 9:05 A

Thank you so much Paula i will look into all of that, however just one quick question.
I have always had problem with goals, long turn and short, maybe i don't think that far ahead, lol, can you give me some examples?
I'm sorry if this sound like a stupid question with me its always jump in two feet first, all or nothing kind of dude.


WIANGEL SparkPoints: (15,070)
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9/14/13 9:25 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

Although each person has different goals, you're in great company here. The amount of support and community at Sparks is unlike any other website. (Trust me, I've tried them all!) emoticon

If there is any way that I can help you along your journey, just let me know! I'm always here for friends in need.

Irish smiles,

BILL60 Posts: 963,512
9/14/13 8:31 A

Welcome to SP.

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (553,114)
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9/14/13 1:16 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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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MSMAKEOVER SparkPoints: (230,347)
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9/13/13 9:45 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople GP! Wishing you the best! emoticon

GIANTPANTS SparkPoints: (741)
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9/13/13 9:22 P

Hi I'm Giantpants i guess you know why i wear giantpants...I'm so greatfull to all of you and your stories and look forward to making new friends.
I'm a big boy and looking to taking my first steps into taking this life seriously.
Its nice to know that i'm not alone.


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