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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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4/27/12 9:37 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 goals on your SparkPage (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!

QUORNDAWG SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 1,970
4/26/12 11:41 P

Hi and emoticon to Sparkpeople!


LKEITHO SparkPoints: (563,410)
Fitness Minutes: (374,113)
Posts: 23,916
4/26/12 10:40 P

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

DAWNWATERWOMAN SparkPoints: (482,724)
Fitness Minutes: (336,387)
Posts: 72,647
4/26/12 6:43 P

Welcome to Spark People. There is so much information available to you here. There are teams that you can join that offer support, inspiration and motivation with members of pretty much any interest that you may seek. The food & fitness trackers are invaluable sources at your disposal. There are articles that cover pretty much any topic that you can imagine. Spark people members share blogs that offer you a glimpse at their experience, strength and hope and gives you a look at their perspective. There are health articles and a vast health encyclopedia, if you will, to help you with all manner of physical health issues. There are even games to help you get involved and meet new friends. This is a wonderful positive community of people, like yourself, who want to work their "weigh down" the scale on the path to better health and happiness. Jump in and get involved. I find that the more active I am, the more I get out of it for myself. It's sort of like "paying it forward" and reaping benefits from the backwash! I am so happy that you are here. Bright blessings to you my friend. emoticon Dawn

H9LIPPY Posts: 1,518
4/26/12 4:02 P

Hi Kathryn

This is a great site with lots of info. I would suggest that you start by tracking your food and exercise first and formost. Because there is a lot of usefully info on this site it might at times become a bit over whelming. Take your time, just as long as you are logging your food truthfully and exercise you can explore the rest of the site from there.

If you ever get stuck you can always give a shout out and someone will answer you and help you through whatever you are going through.

Good luck, welcome, and stick with it emoticon

KAM2654 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (40)
Posts: 3
4/26/12 3:05 P

My name is Kathryn and I am just starting out. I want to lose 20 pounds. I'm from Virginia, I'm 18, and I'm in college. I am also training to do manicures.

If anyone wants to support me in my weight loss goal, that would be great!

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