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0309COOKIE Posts: 8,436
8/8/13 9:54 P

Welcome aboard Melissa!


LKEITHO SparkPoints: (562,698)
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8/8/13 9:40 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

SCRAPPINPOLLY SparkPoints: (84,978)
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8/8/13 1:41 P

Hi and welcome!! It's great to have you here!! Jump right in and make yourself at home! Join a team or two and get the support and inspiration you need to succeed! You can do it!

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (560,905)
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8/8/13 1:10 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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DEULSENIA Posts: 184
8/7/13 9:26 P

Hi Melissa,

First off warmest welcome to Spark People. It's going to be a hard journey but if you stay committed even when you fall off get right back on. Log log log, log everything as if you were writing a book about yourself. Food prep is a big key. Troll this site for recipes and plan meals for the week...Tupperware or brown bagging works. It's about 80-90% what you intake and the rest is activity. Try something new whether it be food or activity. In order for your body to change you have to change your mind. I can go on & on about what helped me loose 56lbs, you have to play around w/ what works for your body. Listen if you need an accountability partner let me know. I have a support page on Facebook (link below) if you ever need some daily inspiration, recipes or if you'd like to add some input on what helps you. Stay committed in this journey!!!

BABYPOLARBEAR SparkPoints: (15)
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8/7/13 9:13 P

I have been sick for the last week and not feeling good about anything. Thought since I had not eaten much this week I would have lost some weight, but didn't and getting very tired of trying to figure out what to do to lose weight. Gained over 40 pounds when I had my hysterectomy over 10 years ago, lost about 30 lbs. but have managed to gain it all back. I feel like giving up. I have been on every diet out there and taken just about every diet pill that I could afford to purchase. Now I am tired of wasting money and just want to drop the weight to something normal for me.

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