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  • v EMMABE1

    Thank you so much for adding me as a friend - I wish you every success in your journey to better health and fitness

    2565 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Thank you for spending the time to read my blog - I think having just put that blog together - the first time I have actually put the developing story together like that and now the penny has dropped - and I am beginning to realise what I have done!! So - I'm just a bit slow in the uptake!! LOL!!
    However it has proved one thing to me – that if I can do it anyone can do it and you will find that the results are way beyond your wildest dreams!!

    2567 days ago
    First of all, congrats on your weight loss! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. It's so true that we can't keep beating ourselves up. So I guess this means we're human and we will mess up right? Let's do this; mistakes and all! emoticon
    2584 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 - wow, losing 55 lbs is awesome!!!

    I don't blame you for not wanting to re-gain any weight but you don't have to let your company push you around. It's YOUR house and she should respect your preferences. Would you take her to an alley to buy heroin? Would you take heroin with her just because she pushed the idea? I suspect the answer would be no - so think of junk food as the same thing! It's HER problem if she wants it and you need to let her know you can no longer just go along with the higher-calorie foods. If she wants to take you out to dinner, choose a place that serves healthy foods - or suggest you'd prefer to stay home and cook so she can provide healthy foods for dinner and you can prepare them together.

    Part of the lesson is this is to strengthen your own commitment to being healthy and part of it may also be to Spread the Spark to your friend who is visiting. You know how miserable it is to be overweight - it's emotionally painful, physically painful and ridden with bad feelings of all sorts - so help your friend by showing her there is a better path. If she chooses to go back to her old ways when she goes home, fine - in the meantime, she needs to honor YOUR current lifestyle, not the other way around. If she doesn't like it and insists, then she is not really a friend. Sorry to put it so bluntly but each of us has to draw the line somewhere and realize that life is much more than trying to please people who want to destroy us, along with themselves, and/or drag us into misery.

    There's lots of support available here - Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there, including others who have Food Pushers or saboteurs in their lives. 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!


    2590 days ago
    Welcome! Being stressed out is probably not going to help. Have you considered talking to your friend? Congrats on losing 55 pounds! That's awesome. Don't let someone else ruin your progress!
    2591 days ago