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Member Since: 11/16/2009

Fitness Minutes: 360

My Goals:
My goals are to lose weight and to get in shape. I want to feel attractive again. I want to have more energy to play with my young daughter. I want to gain my self-confidence back and not be constantly worrying if people are judging me based on my size. I want to be proud of myself. I want to go to the store and not end up leaving in tears because I couldn't find any clothes in my size. I want to be able to look in the mirror and for once, finally love the person looking back at me!


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My main course of action will be using Sparkpeople. I plan on mostly focusing on portion sizes rather than just eating healthy foods all the time. I will be adding more healthy foods and exercise into my routine as I go along. I realize that I can't go from being obese and eating anything and everything to a super healthy athlete overnight. I also know that I can't go from eating all the food/junk I was eating to just a salad at lunch. Portion control will be my main focus while gaining endurance and confidence



Personal Information:
My name is Stephanie (Steffi) I am a young mother to a very active very stubborn 4 year old girl. I am finally divorced (thank god!) and I now have a nice house with my amazing boyfriend. I consider myself to be pretty fashionable but It has been a problem for me to find nice clothes that I would actually like to wear. My options are basically shop in the womens section and wear clothes that are geared for older women or spend a ton of money at a plus sized store. So one of my goals is to lose a few clothing sizes to be able to buy stylish clothes. I would also like to be healthy and fit. I have also struggled with depression for several years now, but now that I have gotten my life on track and thanks to the support and love from my amazing boyfriend I am not taking my anti-depressants anymore and the happiest I think I've ever been...now to just lose that weight and get healthy and I'll be all set!


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  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    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, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
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    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!!
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    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!
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    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.
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    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
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    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.
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    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!
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    3133 days ago
  • v FITFABJENN
    Hello and welcome back to Spark People! You have definitely come to the right place for support.

    I simply LOVE this site! It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and lots of great information, resources, and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 59 pounds. But more importantly, I have GAINED healthy habits that will last me a lifetime.

    Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and stop by my Spark page any time.

    You can do this!
    3134 days ago
  • v ERIN4771
    hi steffi....i'm sorry you were offended by one of the comments re: smoking. i saw the comment myself, and was taken aback as well, and wanted to stop by and tell you not everyone feels that way towards smokers.....i started the thread as a rant because it actully happened to me that day, and i was mad...although not to the extreme of wishing death!!! anyway, i wanted to apologize for that persons stupid comment, wish you good luck on your journey and hope you have a great weekend!!!
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    3418 days ago
  • v METTAKARUNA
    Dropping by with a warm welcome to SparkPeople's Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge! I wanted to wish you and your family much success on reaching all your goals. This 4 week challenge will help you get your household on the right track to eating better, getting more active, and spending more quality time together.

    If you haven't done so, please introduce yourself to the team, follow the action steps and feel free to open a discussion. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please feel free to contact me.

    A little inspiration:

    Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other. ~ Henry David Thoreau

    Much love and light on your journey.

    Keep Smiling,

    Mandy ツ
    3448 days ago
  • v REALLYHOPIN
    Hey... thanks for the comment on my starting again thread on the message boards... it definitely helps to have supportive people leaving notes...

    I'm adding you as a friend so we can keep up with each other... It looks like your program is similar to what I do... I am a fiend at the checklist though, if I don't have it on my list, it probably won't get done. Needlesstosay, I have a long list.... lol

    Be good to yourself...

    Barbara
    3456 days ago
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