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BILL60 Posts: 976,011
2/3/13 8:19 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough and stay healthy.

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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2/2/13 6:22 P

Welcome to SparkPeople!

QUILTERWOMAN419 SparkPoints: (2,348)
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2/2/13 5:13 P

I lost my way after my dad died seven months ago and gained back 20 of the 104 pounds I lost. But I knew where to come to get back on track. I am reading "The Spark". Thanks for the support. I have alrady lost 5 pounds. I am looking forward to losing the rest and maybe 10 more. I am on track with the healthy eating but having a hard time with the exercise. HELP!

XHASTEDMOMOF2 SparkPoints: (141,353)
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11/29/12 11:25 P

emoticon Welcome 55BUTTERBALL!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!

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MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
11/26/12 7:50 A

emoticon back and best wishes!

PUDLECRAZY Posts: 4,471
11/26/12 5:48 A


Welcome back to Spark People. emoticon

You have come to the right place. This is not just about dieting, it is about life style change and finding support from positive people. Check out the Fitness Tracker and Nutrition Tracker features. These are powerful tools to help you get on track and stay on track. Try blogging, too. It is amazing the support you get from others who are struggling with similar issues or who have overcome them.

Jump in, join some teams, and be kind to yourself. Change doesn't happen over night, but it does happen.

Welcome to the new you!


MOMMA_BEAR_69 Posts: 49,815
11/26/12 1:59 A

Hi and welcome back to Spark People where you will find lots of information and tons of support and encouragement from all our members. You will find that we also have fun along the way. Drink your 8-8oz glasses of water a day (If you only drink one now, add to as you are able until you are drinking your 8 cups or more a day), watch your portion control (measure everything in the beginning...guaranteed it will get easier) and walk, dance or do any exercise you enjoy (start with 10 minutes a day or several times a day and add to it as you are able or have time). Use your fitness and nutrition tracker daily (guaranteed to work if you use them consistently and honestly). Pick one thing to thing at a time. Don't try to change to many things at once as that can be very overwhelming. Just try to take one step, one minute, one hour, one day, one week at a time. They honestly will all add up to the bigger numbers. These tips will definitely help in lowering your numbers and increasing your ability to enjoy life. Don't expect miracles right away...this is a lifestyle change not a diet. You will be much healthier in the long run. Post any concerns, comments or questions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on an inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your thoughts determine whether you have a good day or a bad day. Fill your mind with positive ideas, suggestions, and thoughts. You will find it will change your attitude and changing your attitude can change your life.
Sometimes just reading an inspirational quote or a short paragraph helps one see the positive in a situation. Sometimes as your day progresses you just need to take a breakā€¦Take a mental break and read or think about a message of inspiration.
Never underestimate your power to change and improve! You are a good person, with wonderful qualities, and you can reach your goals! You can do it again!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know with a spark mail or a comment on my page. I am here for you.
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
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55BUTTERBALL Posts: 48
11/25/12 11:38 P

I joined SparkPeople a while ago--I even did pretty well with the help of the food tracker--however life got in the way when I needed to be the responsible adult in making Life decisions for a husband that was on life support and then in the hospital or facilities for over 5 months--never thinking he was going to make it. 5 months later he is discharge to home for me to take care of--that means not taking care of myself as there is no time or energy left for me

Over a year later from the beginning of my husbands battle for life I found myself fighting to get my life back. I have dealt with a few medical conditions, a few hospitalizations and currently I have been recuperating from Pertussis that I developed over Labor Day. My breathing is a major issue at this moment, but I need to do something for ME--to get my life in order.

Since I do breathing treatments 4-5 times a day I have been getting caught up in my reading--yes, I picked up and dusted off my copy of The Spark that has waited a long time for me to read. I am very impressed with what a wonderful man the creator of this site is. I did it once, I will do it again with SparkPeople and I will not go back the wrong way again!

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