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    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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    1260 days ago
    Hello and welcome! I'll answer two of the questions you asked!

    How do you stay motivated? I stay motivated through the community. I blog frequently and am honest about how I'm doing. I join teams that resonate with me and inspire me. I friend people who inspire me, and actively seek out blogs / people who inspire me.

    What to watch on the treadmill? I watch trail videos. There are videos that show you someone walking outdoor trails while we're indoors. So for example, I hiked a Grand Canyon trail 10 minutes at a time, watching the video. I find it keeps me moving if I want to see what's around that next bend. My target was 10 minutes of exercise a day, which is still a big improvement for me! Now I do 30!
    1260 days ago
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    I'm not sure motivation is what keeps me going. I read something here that resonated with me (and still does) and that is "persistence not perfection." When I started I wanted to choose to eat healthy most of the time, track my food and move more. I didn't have a goal to lose x lbs by y date and even my initial goal was just to get in the middle of the overweight BMI category. So when I didn't lose weight or even saw an uptick I just stuck with what I was doing because I knew that would result in better health and eventually weight loss.

    Also it wasn't a diet. I recognized that whatI was doing to lose weight had to be what I'd be doing for the rest of my life.

    Second, portion control is easier for me because I still weigh and measure most foods and read serving size on the little processed food I eat. I changed the way I ate slowly; e.g., stopped buying the high calorie high fat lunches at work and brought a sandwich and a bag of reduced fat chips. then skipped the chips and brought a salad, then eventually started making BIG salads with all sorts of veggies. Now love that option. It doesn't happen overnight so work with the food that you like and gradually introduce small bits of healthier options.

    Third, I worked on the food part of getting healthy first. While I looked for opportunities to walk more it took me 6 months to start really walking and even then I tended to do a few 10 - 15 mins walks/day because that was easier to work into my life. Over time upped the exercise and now it is unheard of for me to not get at least 10,000 steps. Get to the gym 4 times/week, do yoga once or twice, work with weights.....of course it is easier now that I'm retired.

    Check out my page and add me as a friend. We're all here to help
    1260 days ago
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    Be sure to check out the Site Guide on your SparkPage along the top in the orange section. There are lots of helpful hints there to get you started.
    1263 days ago
    My own motivation varies from time to time - and I suspect it does for a lot of us) - think long and hard about what you want to accomplish on this journey (is it a health condition? Desire to improve appearance? Need to "be around for a long time for my family"? (That's a *huge* one for many!)

    As far as shows on the treadmill - what are *you* interested in? That should help.......I probably wouldn't recommend a full hour-long program if you're just starting out with the treadmill - perhaps a shorter, 30-min. show where you can go for about 10 min. or so (that's probably what I would do if I were starting out and wanting to try this).........working out to *music* may also be a pleasant option, as it is for many.......

    Welcome and best wishes!
    1263 days ago