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DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (553,782)
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7/28/13 1:28 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. 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.

2. 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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-SHAWN- Posts: 25,252
7/27/13 11:58 P

Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
* Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate! emoticon emoticon

EDWARDS1411 SparkPoints: (689,870)
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7/27/13 10:48 P

emoticon Greetings MUSICFAN1124 - glad to have you onboard!

Sparking is all about creating a healthy lifestyle by making lifetime changes and is not a quick fix. Changes that you make should be reasonable ones made gradually - ones that are sustainable for the long run.

Don't expect to change everything overnight. It takes small steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. Just think about The Tortoise and The Hare. You can win the race if you stay focused and take slow, steady steps to get there.

"Moving More & Eating Less" works so try getting in some exercise everyday even if it's only in 10 min. increments - it all adds up in the end. Work on making healthier food choices and watch your portions. And tracking your food does make you so much more accountable for everything you put in your mouth. Here's a couple of articles to help you get started.

"Stop Dieting and Start Living"

How to Start Eating Healthier

Wishing you the best as you work towards your goals!!!

LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (337,919)
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7/25/13 8:20 P

Hello and Welcome!
One of the best ways to stay motivated and accountable is to be active on your Spark Teams. That's also a good way to make new Spark Friends who have similar interests or challenges.
Sometimes when tempted by foods that might not be a good choice try finding something to keep yourself busy, a hobby maybe that gets your mind off of it. Or agree to wait 15 minutes before eating it and then decide if you really still want it.
Hope this helps.

Best of luck to you!

MUSICFAN1124 SparkPoints: (3,450)
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7/25/13 7:13 P

Hi everyone. I am from Ohio and on a journey to lose 35 lbs. So far I am doing okay but I need to step it up so any ideas to keep myself motivated will be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions on how you are staying away from "bad" foods will be more than welcome because this seems to be my biggest obstacle right now. Thanks and I look forward to getting to know some of you.

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