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I have been part of SP for three months as of April 12, and it's GREAT!

I'm developing better habits, which is the most important thing. The weight is coming off slowly, but that's OK. I have lost lots of weight and gained it all back (and then some) too many times in the past.

Looking back, my most successful weight losses were when I developed better habits. Those habits are what allowed me to maintain a lower weight for a longer time.

So back in December, I decided to start working on improving my habits again. I had let them get away, and I had expanded to 325 (my highest ever). I was walking slower, not able to carry on a decent conversation or sing or whistle continuously while walking. Out of frustration, I was eating more, as if it would cheer me up somehow! (Yeah, I know: Frustrated about being overweight? I'll think about it over this chocolate bar,,, and this double-cheeseburger... and...) I knew it was counterproductive, but it was almost instinctive. So it was time for a change!

I was looking for motivational assistance, and read some books, and them I picked up the Spark book.

It really inspired me to start doing more. I started to work my way through, but I still needed something. That's when I checked out SparkPeople. I will admit that I was skeptical at first. I can do this myself, I thought. I have done it before. (Of course if I was that great at doing it, why do I need to do it AGAIN!)

So I cautiously looked into it... and I'm hooked! The support from everyone is AWESOME. Total strangers sharing a common path and supporting each other. It's inspiring me to reach out to support OTHER people, because I realize how good I feel when other people encourage ME here in SP.


It has been great, and I'm looking to many, many more months ahead!

Member Since: 1/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,015

My Goals:
Get Fit (and lose weight in the process)

Reduce Stress

My Program:
Set long-term goals, then take them a day at a time.

Personal Information:
Husband & father. Grew up a South Sider (Chicago), still a South Sider at heart, though I no longer live within the city.

Large as a child, I was often asked "So, you gonna grow up to be the next Ditka?" So now I am!

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    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, but don't let it overwhelm you. Just 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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