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2/12/12 7:18 A

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ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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2/11/12 7:52 P

Gaps.. it depends what you entered as weight you wanted to lose and by when. They usually set it for weight loss of 1 or 2 lbs max per week, which is the safest thing you can do. I managed 10 lbs per month for 6 months back 2006, but that was really pretty fast for the average person and I worked out 2 hrs a day.

TwoBoysMommy - Hang in there! It takes consistency! When you slip up it's important to get back on track as quickly as you can. There are lots of articles on Motivation and what to do when you lose it.. And I highly recommend you make a sparkpage and join some sparkteams to find friends who will support you on here.. It is great to have Sparkfriends!

2/11/12 7:48 P

Yo-yo, roller coaster ... so many terms/phrases to describe one of the most common syndromes weight/health challenged individuals, such as myself, have experienced most of our adult lives. We know our pitfalls, weaknesses and challenges ... we also know our high points, strengths and successes and what it took to get there at one (or 2, 3, 4 ....) point(s) in our journey. Finding the motivation and determination to take that first step back on the right path is the first challenge, staying on course the second. Along the way, hopefully we can find the encouragement and support we all need to keep on, keeping on with the positive choices we make in our quest for a healthier and happier life. Trite as the phrase may be ... we need to take it one day at a time ~ past is past, future not yet ... the present is just that, a gift. I joined this site back in 2006, checked in again in 2010, and now am ready to get back on track yet again ~ hopefully with more positive and lasting results. I look forward to drawing from the stories, experiences and support offered here, as well as sharing my own.

"The most important relationship you will ever have, is the one you have with yourself" ~ author unknown ~

TWOBOYSMOMMY1 SparkPoints: (5,187)
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2/10/12 10:38 P

I am in need of some motivation and encouragement. I started January 1st with the January Jumpstart. Then I hurt my back and caught a cold and sort of fell off the wagon a little. I seem to be a yo-yo, like eating well, exercising, feeling great and losing weight one week and then the next...slipping back into overeating and not having as much motivation to exercise. Anyone have any tips for what to do when motivation is waning?

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2/10/12 10:20 P

Thank you for your words of encouragement and your support. What is a typical weekly weight loss if you follow the caloric intakes and exercise regularly. I understand that we are all different and will achieve different results but I would like an estimate only.

ANGELWENDYMAMA SparkPoints: (54,300)
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2/9/12 3:11 A

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Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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2/9/12 2:26 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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GAPS4VEND SparkPoints: (0)
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2/8/12 11:19 P

emoticon I am in my late 40's and have always had a weight problem. The thing that concerns me the most is that I now have health issues with this weight problem, namely elevated cholesterol and blood sugars.

I have vowed to get my levels back to normal as I want to see my kids graduate from university and get married. That is my story and I have never been as dedicated as I am this time.

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