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9/16/13 8:34 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,

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9/16/13 7:42 A


RAINA413 SparkPoints: (98,670)
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9/16/13 1:58 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!

9/15/13 10:48 P

Thank you for your responses...

I "forget" to eat, so I stay mostly in starvation mode, keeping every lb that I have....then when I DO eat, I am ravenous and will eat anything in sight, usually something not healthy.

I got a wake up call, when my son (39) had a silent heart attack, and I went and had blood tests done, etc. My cholesterol isn't where it should be, and my weight is way way more than it should be too... and Dr put me on 1500 Calorie low cholesterol diet, so...that is my motivation now... to get healthy, lose weight, and exercise!

I also don't normally DO water.. BUT.. (progress)....I recently found that I CAN drink it and not get nauseated if I put those MIO flavor enhancer drops into it... so there is hope!

Up to drinking one bottle of water a day from zilch!
Working towards two a day now emoticon emoticon

Edited by: PENGUINWMN at: 9/15/2013 (22:55)
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9/15/13 10:35 P

Welcome! Here are some tips to help you get started:

Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....

Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.

Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...

Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.

Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.

MEASURE YOU SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating.
TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. DO it immediately after you eat if not before.
MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several week I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem.
The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.

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9/15/13 8:59 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople! You have come to the right place. This is the best website. Everyone is very friendly and supportive. Lots of good information and useful tools to help you along the way.
Be sure to read the Getting Started Guide and take it from there. Join a few teams and become involved. This is where you will get most of your support and make friends too. You may also find reading some of the Success Stories very helpful too.
Good luck to you in reaching your goals. Together we will travel this weight loss journey and reach our goals too.

9/15/13 8:43 P

Hi.. Today is the first day of the new and improved ME!
Just wanting to introduce myself and say HI!

emoticon oh no.. time for more water ... lol

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