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11/29/11 6:30 A
We're glad you're here.
Use the site daily and be consistent with your food tracking and exercise. Read the articles for information. Read member blogs for motivation and encouragement.
This is a fabulous site and if you rely on it daily and remain consistent with your program, you will achieve your goals.
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11/29/11 1:22 A
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!!
Hi and welcome 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 change...one 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 break...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! 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. Hugs, Helen
11/29/11 12:51 A
Hello & to spark, where you will find all the support you need. I for one am on that path to eat healthier & exercise daily. I wish you the best of luck on your journey..
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11/28/11 11:22 P
And to Spark People…you will find lots of information on sparkpeople as well as lots of support and encouragement from all our members. And hopefully you have fun along the way.
Things to remember that will help you reach your goal:
Be sure to track your water you drink. You need to drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day – just one at a time throughout your day and you can reach this goal.
Use your nutrition tracker daily: tracking your food at first will seem difficult but over time it will become second nature.
Use your fitness tracker: Get active/exercise: just 10 minutes here and there adds up quickly. Park your car further from the store and walk. Take stairs rather than the elevator, etc.
Remember this is one step at a time, one minute at a time, one day at a time and it all adds up. Don’t feel you need to start with 30-60 minutes in one sitting at first. It will come in time.
Remember this is about changing your life style not dieting. So do it little at a time, in baby steps. Don’t expect miracles right away…again it is a life style change!!! And over time you will begin to notice the difference in how you feel, your energy level, and how you look.
Post your questions and concerns: Don’t be afraid to ask question or seek out help. We are all on the same journey but at different levels of that journey.
Setbacks can be and are a part of this journey: Don’t let them dictate your mood or progress. Let it go and keep moving forward. Keeping your focus on your goal and you will reach them in time.
Celebrate: Celebrate all your accomplishments. (Set small goals for yourself so you have a way of seeing your progress) Do this through blogging, posting updates and rewarding yourself.
What SparkPeople has done for me: I am a type 2 diabetic that is almost off all my medicine. (I was on 5 orals plus insulin now down to 1 oral which I go off of Feb 1, 2012). Let me tell you how God and SparkPeople have and are helping me: Wow, I have always been heavy and at my peak I was 345lbs. With God’s help and the tools on SparkPeople I have been able to lose 162lbs to date. I still have another 20lbs to go but I know I’ll make it. If I just keep on doing what I’ve been doing. So I know you can do it too!! (I have always recognized that it’s God who has enabled me to be who I am and to accomplish all I have accomplished)
God bless you on your journey to a healthier you.
Steve - SAC-6582 PS check out these videos: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar ticles.asp?id=1124 and www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art icles.asp?id=1154
11/28/11 11:05 P
Hi everyone, I'm new here and still trying to get a feel for things here and trying to make new friends. so, just wanted to say hello