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  • 1/12/2011: HI
50+ POUNDS TO LOSE          
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    1851 days ago
    emoticon Welcome JAIME2828!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!


    PS -- You'll be amazed at what kind of info you'll get once you start tracking EVERYTHING you eat!! And then you'll be amazed at the results!!
    2582 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.

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams 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 - 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.


    If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    2584 days ago
    Welcome to our team! I also have diabetes, and started out with blood sugar levels in the mid 300s. Once I made up my mind that something needed to change, I began to seriously work on my nutrition, fitness, and attitude. My blood levels have dropped into the mid 90s! We've decreased medications, and there's a good possibility I may be lucky enough to go off them all together. I just had to make a decision that I wanted to live. I won't lie and tell you that I eat 100% healthy. I love chips and sweets far too much to write them off; but I put them in their place, after I've logged in my food for the day, followed my exercise plan for the day, etc. I'll tell you this for sure--I feel great, have more energy, and a better outlook now than in a very long time. Doing this at age 59 is not easy, so if I can do this--I have confidence you can too. Just do it. I'll be right here making the journey with you. emoticon
    2811 days ago