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    Don't know if this applies to your particular circumstances but thought it was worth a shot as apparently many people are unaware that these programs exist:'s_Eligible.html

    Hope you begin to find help for your challenges!

    2019 days ago
  • v RFJSJ50
    emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining!
    I've been a member almost 3 years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
    Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you haven’t, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support.
    Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
    Good luck!

    2022 days ago
  • v PATTIE441
    Hi There! Welcome to SparkPeople! You can do this! We are here for you and we are so glad you are here! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2022 days ago
    Welcome to SP and I know you can make headway with your issues if you work hard to do what you can and not someone else, so always keep your own unique situation in mind.

    Now working at 10% at a time is the right way to go at it. Be as active as you can on your teams where I know you can find others who are also dealing with hypothyroid and sugar issues.

    The exercise demos and videos here can be very helpful. You will find there are a number of exercise videos that do not put wt on the knees, even in the ones that do, you can always do some modifications. Now even without that and your total gym, you can always do some upper body exercises using cans from your cupboard as wts. Really doing what you can will help to boost your metabolism and as you have success you will find it easier too.

    One final encouragement I would like to offer...those with lower income will not have to pay big penalties for not being able to buy insurance and I am hoping you will find that healthcare will become more accessable for you. Please don't allow yourself to get down about that until and unless you have to.

    Take care and I am sure you can have success!
    2022 days ago
  • v MARILYNS70
    Welcome to sparks - so glad you have joined us

    Remember to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined - lots of encouragement when you do

    Do you have a Wii - or are you able to get one. If so I have a group called Exercsing with my Wii - come to my sparkpage and click on the icon to get to it - would love to have you join me there

    If I can be of help please let me know
    2022 days ago