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  • v LETHA_
    Welcome to Spark People. It’s a great resource for meeting your goals.
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    1755 days ago
    emoticon to Spark and looks like you have a fine start.. I always suggest the getting started guide .

    it is a awesome way to find your way around.. Spark has lots to offer information, support, tools.. you will find it all here .

    Best wishes on a successful Journey ,
    1755 days ago
  • v FIT4MEIN2013
    Welcome! You are already showing the signs of a winner (or should I say "loser" emoticon ). Use the trackers! Measure your food. It is amazing how our eyes lie to our brains about how much we are really eating.
    1755 days ago
    I am so happy to see you will use the diabetes challenge. It started the month I joined Spark and so just like you I did it. My favourite things to use are resistance bands. You can take them anywhere and used them watching the video. It gave me great biceps and lost weight in my upper body first. The leg exercises were TOUGH at first but now I can do them better now my thighs are more muscular. I bought my band at Wal-Mart GOLD'S GYM brand, they were $15.00 and they were worth it to me. Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon
    go to my page and see my photos, I sure have changed.
    1755 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2013 8:25:11 AM
    you can do it you just have to learn how and Spark people like myself will help you to get there. You are doing great. Getting to the gym is a great idea that is just part of the healthy living weight loss issue.

    I am much older than you are and struggled just like you are doing now. I tried everything and My Dr sent me to a medical center specializing in weight loss and people with eating disorders. That specialist Dr. said eating so little you will never lose weight so just learn to live with yourself. I was amazed and so was my Dr

    I had always been athletic and wanted so much to be at least overweight instead of OBESE at 225 pounds and 5'4"
    Then I found the Spark Book and read it at Barnes and Noble and bought one and one for our sons too.they are not overweight but they read them and refer to them, they will not do Spark though.
    I never had a computer. I read the book I was given an old computer by our son. Now I am 172 and so much happier and HEALTHIER,
    I got type Diabetes and needed medication but not now I keep it in control by eating RIGHT. I take no medications at all.

    PORTION control is the key. I measured my food at first now I can easily serve the right amount. EATING THE RIGHT FOOD is something else I never knew. Eating whole grains instead of white processed flour, Brown rice instead of white and whole wheat pasta really helps. Those three are usually eaten in excess so switch and measure the serving, it will surprise you it did me. Eat lots of fruit vegetables and drink plenty of fluids preferably WATER.
    No soda and even more important NO DIET ANYTHING. Diet sweetener makes me and many others crave carbohydrates. Carbo hydrate is the food our brain uses so do not think they are bad they are very bad if you eat way too many, chips, ice cream and whit processed food. That puts so many dieters off track. Eat the fruit but DITCH the artificial sweeteners.

    You are getting GOOD SLEEP emoticon You are exercising emoticon and now fix the food by TRACKING. If you are pre-DIABETIC use the diabetic tracker and there is a pre-diabetic team.

    Diabetes is not obvious, at first there is no pain or obvious symptoms but later in life it is an awful disease so please look to your future to begin a healthy living lifestyle.
    I am here for you and there will be many other friends but only if you tell people why you need help and YOU DID IT, Well done stay with the gym and read articles about nutrition and healthy living
    Pat in Maine USA

    1755 days ago