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    Hello. Hope you are having a Great Day!

    3662 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as your friend. I'm here to help in any way I can. Even though I don't know the full conversation I just want to piggy back MOMWITH7KIDS. Use EVERY negative word, thought, and suggestion to get the pounds OFF. If you have to cry, (I did) cry on the treadmill. Sweat and Tears!

    Keep coming back to The Spark.


    Much love.
    3679 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2011 7:16:05 PM
    You can do it! It is hard when people are tactless and thoughtless. That has happened to me before and it sure hurts. Just remember the sticks and stones saying. The more you can ignore idiots like that the stronger you'll become! Don't let them define who you are. emoticon
    3683 days ago
    Welcome to the spark community. I tried to leave you a message yesterday, but things were going too slow. If you're looking for friends, yoiu could count me in. I've been on spark a while and really love it. Always looking for new friends to encourage and pray for. Pam
    3684 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    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!

    I'm sorry you ran into that person making rude comments - it's disheartening to run into people like that but keep in mind that HAPPY people don't say mean things to other people so she must be pretty unhappy to pick on you like that!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many who binge to deal with emotional issues. 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!


    3685 days ago
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