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KILLRBEE18 SparkPoints: (38,835)
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5/8/11 6:53 P

Welcome aboard! I guarantee you will not be disappointed in your decision in joining Sparkpeople. I will admit though, the results will vary due to your efforts and your honesty towards yourself. I wish you the best in your Sparkpeople journey and if you should need some words of encouragement or motivation, hit me up as a Sparkfriend and I will help you achieve your goals. If you should have some time, read my blogs and visit my sparkpage. Look at my Sparkpage Photo Album (you will witness a true transformation of my accomplishments -I am in week 6). I will be honest with you; I am dead serious about achieving my goal and you are invited to ride along and accomplish yours. If you want a friend to talk about family, personal life or Government—go to Facebook. I like to stay on track about our goals and our accomplishments and nothing ELSE! I will say this, it has been a bumpy road but it is starting to smooth itself out. Again, I wish you the best! Now, enough writing- go and accomplish your goals (Ooorah)!

TIME2BLOOM4ME SparkPoints: (0)
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5/8/11 5:32 P

Feel free to email me if you need a workout buddy !!!


LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (293,246)
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5/8/11 4:40 P

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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5/8/11 11:35 A

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


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. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


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!


LILE4ME4EVER SparkPoints: (0)
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5/8/11 9:21 A

I am here for a healthy lifestyle. I have learned a lot about nutrition and have had a lot of great support. I am new as well Just been here for about 10 days. But I can already see progress. There are a lot of great recipes to try. What was recommended for me by my doctor was a low carb diet. Cut out white flour, rice, sugar, etc. I have a sweet tooth and the best sweet with lowest sugar is Atkin's snacks and shakes. Its just an idea. I always recommend talking with your doctor to see what is going to be the best plan of attack for you. If you need help message me. You have plenty of support here and encouragement.

PINKHOPE Posts: 25,770
5/7/11 10:18 P

Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! You are very smart for choosing to do this for health. I BELIEVE in SP. I am 55 years old and have lost 63 pounds so far!!!

There are two keys to success: 1) tracking your food and staying in calorie range and 2) fitness minutes. The thing about fitness is you can start small with 5-10 minutes. It also helps to read blogs. You can start with one I wrote:

Losing weight and/or getting fit is a journey of many steps. These days before we go on a journey we always turn on the GPS. So turn on YOUR GPS for the journey:

G - Good Nutrition
P - Personal Fitness
S- Sparkpeople Involvement

If you have any questions feel free to ask. Also, drop by my sparkpage and check out my blogs for lots of tips. I'll be happy to show you around.

Press On!


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REEKU731 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/11 5:17 P

Hey there! Welcome to the site! This is a wonderful place with lots of resources & positivity! I hope you are able to use it to help you reach your goals!

You can start by exploring all around the site to see everything you can track to help keep you accountable! You can do it!!

We are all here to support you if you have any questions or need encouragement!! Let us know if you need anything!


KYONIGEM SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/11 4:47 P

hi you can talk to me, i'm new here so I guess we can learn together

ABARKER414 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/11 4:27 P

Hello everyone! I need a friend or two to talk with on here and help me stay on track. I am unsure on how to track anything and have thought about givin up a few times. I need to lose weight or I will lose my life....plaease help!

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