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DIVAGLOW SparkPoints: (554,513)
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5/22/13 1:26 A

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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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. 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.

3. 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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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (555,380)
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5/21/13 11:53 P

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

JAMBABY0 Posts: 15,384
5/20/13 5:37 P

Hi and welcome. So glad you are here to make a change! Get familiar with everything and join some teams. Teams are good for motivation, support and accountability. One of your biggest problems I am seeing from what I read is your dieting, dieting will not help you make changes you can live with. I eat normal food, using portion control, moderation and most things made in a healthier way. I deny myself nothing. Try using the nutrition tracker to keep track of your calories and use the recipes to find healthier ways to eat some of the food you really like. For instance I use smart balance if I use oil to cook with, otherwise water. If you eat pastas try smart taste, it is better for you. Use the team search bar and put the first number of your age followed by a 0 and something. Example- "30 something". That should get you started on a team. Good luck on your journey

PLATINUM755 Posts: 44,060
5/19/13 1:18 P

emoticon BAZOTA and emoticon to SparkPeople...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

BAZOTA SparkPoints: (389)
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5/19/13 11:06 A

Hi! I'm not sure where to start - I actually feel like I know a ton about nutrition and eating healthy due to being an on-again/off-again WW member over the past 12 years, trying various plans including South Beach, Atkins, and my own made up calorie-reduced plans. There is very little I haven't heard of, studied, or tried over the years.

My weight is nearly at an all-time high. Just over a year ago I had to have blood work done to get into the college program I had applied to, and I discovered a red flag next to my fasting blood sugar. If I remember correctly, my fasting blood sugar level was 106. My doctor blew that off and said it was "No big deal." At 201 pounds at only 5'2", I felt it WAS a big deal!

So I started the Atkins diet because I had lost weight quickly on it in the past. I didn't deviate from that diet one bit from July through mid-November, and I lost 30 pounds. Then I became angry and irritable all of the time and was extremely annoyed and upset that I had to eat like that when the rest of my skinny and healthy family didn't. I was angry and miserable all of the time.

Sorry this is so long -trying to give you a true snapshot of what has happened to me over the past year and why I'm having such a hard time figuring out where to start!

January came around, and I wasn't following any eating plan any more. I had my hardest semester of college ever (I'm married with 3 kids and have been to college years ago, but college now and college then are two VERY different things! Plus, the program I am in is EXTREMELY rigorous and stressful.), and was more concerned with getting through each day and getting things done than figuring out what to eat.

So here I am now, and I have gained back 25 of the 30 pounds I lost - SINCE JANUARY!!! That's a lot of weight in not a lot of time! I'm out of control!!!

I know I'm headed down a bad path again, and I know it needs to stop. I am feeling bloated and uncomfortable and I'm getting heartburn regularly again. Even though I had success with Atkins in the past, I feel like it's too restrictive for me in the long run and I need a long term fix, not another short-term weight loss. I need something I can live with and feel like I CAN have a glass of wine with friends or go out to dinner and splurge once in a while. I want to be able to enjoy my mom's home made stuffing at Thanksgiving and not feel so stressed out about it. Most of all, I just want to be healthy and feel good every day!

I hope there is someone out there like me - who has tried everything and has had some success with SP. I need some motivation and someone to give me that kick I need to get this started and stay on track. I'm off from school this summer, and my mission is to get healthy habits in place before I go back to school and life gets completely crazy again.

Thanks for reading - I tend to get long winded!

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