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RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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4/11/12 11:02 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 SparkPage with your weight loss tracker on it for all to see. Write your goals (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!

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
4/11/12 9:36 A

emoticon Great having you here!!

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (545,458)
Fitness Minutes: (331,173)
Posts: 57,378
4/11/12 3:34 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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MAMAPOSTIE SparkPoints: (123,927)
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Posts: 2,541
4/11/12 3:14 A


Hi Rita, firstly, so glad you've made that first step by joining SP. It must be hard having your husband away much of the time and 5 kids to keep smiling for. Gaining weight can really make you feel down and lose your self-confidence, but you should find a lot of help and encouragement on this site.

Start with a few small and achievable goals and you will soon find that you start to feel more positive as you reach them, and encouraged to do more. It's taken me a year but I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel now! Feel free to visit my page and hopefully one of my blogs or something will help you along your way.

All the best and if you need any help, just ask.


TELFERS01 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/11/12 1:40 A

Spark on!

ARMYWIVE98 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/11/12 1:11 A

Hi! My name is Rita. I have 5 kids one in college, one in high school , two in middle school and one in preschool. My husband is in the army! We have lived in az, ga and now ny. I gained alot of weight after they fixed my thyriod with radiation. Hope I get to know alot of people on here. I have not really made any friends here and this does not help with wieght lose. emoticon

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