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BLUEROSE73 SparkPoints: (149,401)
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1/23/14 3:53 P

Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!

* SparkPeople's User Guide:

* New Member Tutorial Videos:

* For Additional Motivation:

Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

DISNEY4537 SparkPoints: (158,905)
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1/23/14 12:52 P

Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople!! emoticon emoticon

Sparkpeople is full of information, support, encouragement, motivation, and inspiration to help you through your journey! emoticon

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MSMAKEOVER SparkPoints: (230,347)
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1/23/14 11:45 A

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AWHITT612 SparkPoints: (531)
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1/23/14 9:40 A

I am in my 40's and looking to lose 40 pounds. I am doing this not just to look better but to be healthier. I have done it before but had a back injury and have been going through treatment and unable to exercise. I still have a bad back and waiting for approval from my insurance for surgery, so I am going to start off with changing diet and walking everyday.

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