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    Hi! emoticon to SP! This really is a great site - lots of resources and so many great people ready to encourage you.

    I can so identify with you!! The same thing happened to me, only I let it go on for too many years until I got up to 195. Now I'm fighting to lose it and get healthier!!

    A good way to meet people and make friends is to join a few teams and post on the message boards of your teams. I have found that my Spark friends are my greatest motivation.

    Another suggestion - don't try to do too much all at once... that can set you for failure. It's best to start out with one or two things you can really commit to - like tracking your food, and exercising at least 15 minutes a day. Then as you feel ready, you can add on more.

    Good luck on your journey! Blessings and emoticon Marge

    2060 days ago
    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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    2062 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople. Congrats on the 16 lbs loss as well as walking 3.5 to 4 miles as often as you do. That is wonderful. Just remember that you are doing this for your self so you can have more energy as well as feeling better about your self. We all can do this one day at a time. I am glad to meet you.
    2062 days ago