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12/7/11 6:11 P

Welcome to Spark People!! I am so glad you are here!
This is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. There are so many amazing resources to benefit from. From the fitness and nutrition trackers, to the teams and groups where you can get endless amounts of support, motivation, and advice to the articles which will make you fitness and health smart!
This is a great site! I hope you have much success!!

12/7/11 5:42 P

Hi JTGOOD55 I am from Galveston Texas and have called Arkansas home for 11 1/2 years it is a different culture here and slower pase then Galveston. I live in Mountain Home. welcome to Arkansas and to Sparks

DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (561,086)
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12/7/11 8:53 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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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (296,124)
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12/7/11 8:47 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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BILL60 Posts: 977,718
12/7/11 8:16 A

Welcome to SP. Hang tough!!

XANADUREALM Posts: 7,431
12/7/11 7:14 A

Welcome to Sparkpeople! It is great to have you join us on the road to weight loss success! It sounds like you are a real survivor! Be sure to join some Teams that spark your interest or match your weight loss goals!


MRE1956 Posts: 9,360
12/7/11 6:21 A

emoticon to SP and best wishes!

JTGOOD55 Posts: 7
12/7/11 4:23 A

My story could turn out to be terribly long so I will attempt to give a condensed version. Born and raised in Texas, but call Arkansas home for now. Have a beautiful wife, 3 biological sons, another son and a beautiful daughter who I adopted. I have another beautiful daughter whom I claim because her real dad never was a dad...anyway...
It seems like I have lived my entire life being ill...a lot of boils, excruciating earaches with sinus infections + hyperactivity disorder in my early years plagued me. Got to be about 14 and all the childhood things seemed to be getting better...just in time for drugs to debut in Texas. Peer pressure is how it got started, but some almost 20 years later I couldn't use that excuse anymore. What started out being fun had turned into a terrible nightmare.
Fast forward to my 33rd year...June 1st was just another day until about 6pm when riding with a friend my heart almost gave up on me...I was right next to an ER and the docs said had I not been I would not have made it. I had no idea at all that I was sick...I lifted weights regularly...rode my bike probably 100 miles a week and was doing a lot of walking, but man I almost became a casualty of drugs. I quit drugs immediately.
Spent several months in 2 different hospitals...the 2nd did bypass surgery on me saving my life.
This heart problem eventually led to a multitude of other problems...CAD, Congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, A FIB, Ventricular tachycardia, hypertension, type 1 and 1/2 diabetes, hepatitis C (from a transfusion and cured now...yeah!), interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, PAD, irritable bowel syndrome and last but not least...inoperable cervical pain associated to degenerative disc disease. These things came upon me little by little until now I wonder how much time I have left. Things being as they are, my cardio doctor says that I am doing very well for someone who has this many things wrong. Sometimes I don't feel like I am 56...there are times where I feel like I am 30 again, but mostly at times where my neck is absolutely trying to kill me I feel like I am 100.
Anyway...lots of people would have thrown in the towel by now, but I cannot do that because God says not to do that. And as hard as things are sometimes I am glad all of this happened to me...because of this I was led to my wife (has nothing at all to do with drugs), I was able to get my GED, then go to college getting a AA then a BSW degree. I was able to fix relationships I tried my best to destroy and there are many positives in my life now that were not there before.
Anyway...whew...about as condensed as I can make it...hope to be able to make a lot more positive changes right here in this community. Places like this make me glad that we have computers. Going to sleep now...byebye emoticon

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