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    I saw your comment about ignorant people on a message board. I know how difficult it is to hear rude, disrespectful comments. People will always point out the imperfections of others, but never their own. At the end of the day, the ignorant comments don't matter because the people who say those things have absolutely no significance in your life. You know you are getting healthy and the SP community knows that you are striving toward a healthier future so keep going and pay no attention to remarks who come from close minded people. The best way I know how to deal with ignorance is by not acknowledging it. Besides, I bet that lady who made that chocolate cake remark eats way more junk than you do! I know, easier said than done. At least take comfort in knowing that when you are at a healthy weight, you won't treat heavier people in that way. It's disheartenting the way people treat each other, but you should be proud of every change you make. :)

    :) Good luck with reaching your goals!

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    2218 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2012 12:23:31 PM
    Thanks for the insight on Slim Fast - I think I'd end up with the same experience. I've been really just watching my intake and making sure to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. It's working GREAT! In 27 days, I've lost 10 pounds. Thanks again, and GOOD LUCK!!
    2276 days ago
    Thanks yall! emoticon
    2539 days ago
    congratulations on making the decision to live a healthier life :D

    i'm rooting for ya.

    2539 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, just by posting here!


    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. 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!


    2539 days ago
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