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ZELLAZM Posts: 12,053
8/31/14 7:50 A

WELCOME! Fear not! We're here...and the whole site was created to help you reach your goals. It's a great time to get started, too, with the new month ahead. You've already had some good advice (the Getting Started guide, joining a team or two, etc.) but I saw that you were on line and wanted to give you some encouragement. Don't get overwhelmed by the wealth of information there is here. Just take one step at a time and you'll get there!

Let me know if I can help...I'm just a Spark Mail away or you can stop by my page. emoticon emoticon emoticon

AMYISSUCCEEDING SparkPoints: (269,268)
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8/31/14 3:47 A

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 in reaching your goals. Together we will travel this weight loss journey and reach our goals too.

HANAKIM24 SparkPoints: (600)
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8/31/14 3:40 A

don't worry dear ... just one step at a time .... I also have to loose around 25kg (55 lbs) ... but I am determined and I will succeed .. so just take one step at a time start something today and gradually add things as u proceed .. try something for 7 days /... then add something for nextx 7 days ...
start brisk walking or jogging from today even if it is 15mins ....
just take a step and you will be their///
remember .. slow and steady ... :)good luck

OTTERTAIL61 SparkPoints: (1,151)
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8/30/14 10:42 P

Thanks for you welcome and advise, I am more and more looking forward to this journey the more I look around at all the different sections of this sight, I love what I see.

LKEITHO SparkPoints: (554,376)
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8/30/14 9:17 P

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

SUEARNOLD1 Posts: 3,438
8/30/14 7:59 P

Hi Ottertail,

Don't give up on your self! You've come to a great place here at SparkPeople. Everything you need is here. Education, videos, support, trial and errors, challenges and so much more.

I came back in April. I have a goal to get healthier, live healthier and be healthier. That means losing weight, eating more healthy and moving more. I turned 64 earlier this month and decided that I've got to establish these habits before I retire or I'll be a dead couch potato shortly there after. All this to say - If I can, you can.

Some suggestions

Create your Spark page
Start and follow the Spark Diet
Join a team or two
Get settled a bit and join a challenge.

It's all here you just need to put the "you" into it.

You'll have support and encouragement a long the way. You'll also do the same for others. It comes back to you with great rewards. You'll make friends that will lend a hand and lend an ear!

Loose the fear - you can loose the weight.

Good luck with this new journey.


LAURA747681 SparkPoints: (5,684)
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8/30/14 7:59 P

So glad you are taking the steps of starting! I just got back from a mini SPARK rally in Indianapolis that was organized by Indygirl (Beth) and Hoosiergirlindy (Tina). You may also want to look at Bradmill2922 (brad) and OntoVictory (Robert) for inspiration. They all spoke at the rally and all have lost a ton of weight, so inspiring! Never quit. Never, never. Best wishes!

OTTERTAIL61 SparkPoints: (1,151)
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8/30/14 7:11 P

Hi, I desperately need to lose about 150lbs, learn better habits and I pray I can keep it off. I would not be truthful if I didn't tell you I am scared to death that I can't do this, I have tried other plans and gained the weight back with a few extra which got me where I am today. 150lbs over weight and so weak I can barely participate in my own life.
I have checked out some of the teams and was brought to tears by the support and friendships that have developed between people who only know each other from like experiences, I hope to someday build relationships and support groups like this to help me keep on track and hopefully I can help someone else too.
I am somewhere between excited and scared to death;)

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