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12/30/12 10:50 P

emoticon Greetings and emoticon - I'm really glad you've joined us!! Right now is a great time to get active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at
. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!

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12/30/12 9:11 A

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12/30/12 8:05 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best.

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12/30/12 7:14 A

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12/30/12 4:31 A

Hello, I am new to this group. I am realizing in my life that when I try to fix a problem I always add to it instead of taking things away. It's like I am afraid to let go of things, scared almost. Food is no different. Whenever I am down and out a good ole meal or white chocolate cheese cake will do the trick. I also have very low self esteem but I am an AMAZING cook and its the one things even my darkest enemies will give me props for. I realize I sound like a mental case. Losing this weight is going to be hard for me, and maybe seeing a counselor wouldn't be a bad idea...but I am definitely contemplating writing a book while going through my journey. Thanks for reading, Angela

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