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12/7/17 10:43 P

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Welcome Back WIGIRL. Does WI stand for Wisconsin? If it does we are from the same state. I have been with SparkPeople since November, 2015 and have reached my goal weight.Now I just have to maintain and that is as hard as losing the weight in the first place. I believe that a positive attitude is half of the battle and have found some positive and true friends here. I think that we think the same way. If you would like to be my Spark friend, come over to my Spark Page and let me know.

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- An old English Proverb

If it's important to you you'll find a way.
If not, you'll find an excuse.
- Frank Banks.

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12/3/17 11:54 P

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I originally dropped 35 lbs. using SparkPeople, which was great! Then, in January 2011 I was in an auto accident on the highway in which my car was hit from behind by a semi-truck. I was lucky to survive w/ only a pinched nerve in my neck & severe muscle spasms in my back (nothing broken or fractured... I was still able to walk around, but only short distances).

For the next 10 months, I went in for therapy w/ a chiropractor 3x per week. During that time, I was limited with what I could do for exercise so I started gaining weight. Four months into my therapy, I lost my full-time job due to budget cuts. Depression set in... Gained more weight & lost my motivation to even try to exercise. I lived my life & was content, but never quite 'happy'.

My life was spiraling downward... I think it hit rock bottom in October of 2013 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer @ the age of 39 (3 weeks after my birthday). I had a choice to make... I chose to fight because I wanted that 2nd chance. Chemo, radiation & several surgeries later & I am proud to say I'm now a 3 1/2 year survivor (still Cancer free). During that time, I continued to struggle with my weight. I was now heavier than I've ever been.

My big 'turning point' came in October of 2017 when I found out my company was changing insurance companies... The new insurance company had a free weight loss program in which they provided all the tools needed to succeed. Reading the information about the program was all the motivation I needed to give weight loss another try.

Knowing I needed more than a poorly designed website & app from the insurance company, I chose to return to SparkPeople knowing it works! (it did after all work for me years ago) So, I logged back on & updated my information... Amazingly it was easier to get back into the swing of things than I thought.

Since returning to SparkPeople, I eat healthier & exercise more (approximately 5-6 days per week - I set up a weekly workout schedule). I track all my meals & fitness activities... Blog 5-7 days per week. I feel better than I have in a long time.

From the time I originally joined SparkPeople through the auto accident & Cancer, I lost a lot of friends. I learned who my true friends really were. Since then, I try to surround myself around positive people whenever. I say this because there is the 'one' friend who doesn't support my weight loss journey.

That's my story... And I made it to this point. The point where I'm able to pick up the pieces & continue on (making a few changes along the way). If I'm able to do it, so can you. You just need to remember a few things...

1) Believe in yourself & never give up.
2) You are losing weight for yourself, not others. Do not let non-supporters
discourage you from succeeding.
3) Never take anything for granted (no matter how big or small).
4) No two people are exactly the same... What works for one person, might not
work for someone else.

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11/27/17 12:44 A

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Weight loss is 95% what you eat, and 5% exercise. So focus on healthy food choices. Really cut the junk. For example sugar, pure calories, nothing else.

As for motivation. I understand. I battle my own personal daemons. I had brain surgery a number of years ago, and at times I can get into a real funk, for no reason. I was't like the before. I have to force myself to get reconnected with life. Sitting at home and doing nothing is not helping me at all.

But I do find motivation.


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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)

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11/26/17 11:41 A

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Hi everyone, I've been reading all the comments on this thread/team and I'm in the same boat. Ever since I lost my husband I just can't seem to find the motivation I need to stay with it. I've been on and off so many times I find myself just saying just forget it but I can't let myself do that. Every comment I've read has helped me see where I'm at and what I need to do. So I'm going to try it again and hopefully stay with it and lose the weight I need to lose. Good luck to you all on this journey.


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11/6/17 7:09 A

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I'm glad you are all back with us. I'm sorry you are missing your friends from the past but we are all here to support each other.

It's very hard sometimes to make new friends. There are plenty of challenges out there that inspire us to do better, encourage us when we are down, and give us the support we need.

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10/7/17 11:33 A

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Welcome back! Your weight is not your worth -- you are worth a lot no matter how big or small your body is. We can do this together!

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10/5/17 12:29 A

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Welcome back. check out some spark teams but also check and see how active the members are the more activity on a team the better chance of finding friends on here. you are welcome to add me.

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9/20/17 8:04 P

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Find a team that fits for you. You've been here before I take it so know that you are not alone. May God Bless you and he helps you find your way.

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9/18/17 2:57 P

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Ask GOD for strength and energy to move forward.

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9/17/17 10:42 P

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Welcome back - and hang in there you can do this

9/17/17 4:34 P

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Joeyspook, Welcome back! You made the first positive come back here. It's not to late to start over and make a change. It is only human to go through the hurdles and bumps in the road.... never to late to make new friends.

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9/14/17 11:07 A

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JOEYSPOOK has been gone for the past week. I hope he has got involved in some things so that he feels less alone.

Please come back, JOEYSPOOK, and stay connected!

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
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9/11/17 10:28 A

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not to worry, you have plenty of company, we are all in this together, so lets go!!! emoticon

9/11/17 6:35 A

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JoeySpook, Hi, I'm JSusan1773 and I'm back also. It is scary when everyone and everything seems new! Please don't give up. You know you can do this! I'm so sorry you are going through this. Please feel free to contact me. emoticon

In the day of my trouble I will call to You, and You will answer me.
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9/10/17 10:17 P

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I know what you mean about coming back to find everyone gone. I'm in much the same boat. I had a profile a decade ago. It was so old I wasn't able to reactivate it, but I can still look it up, which is weird. All my old friends have moved on or perhaps have different accounts too. My old teams haven't seen a post in years. And finding new ones can be a bear. Most of the ones I join or consider joining are completely inactive. 40,000 teams members and not one person posts. So it can be really hard to connect with people. And the posts I do find all seem to be more like status updates than posts. There really isn't any response to give. And if you give one anyway, you don't hear back. I know it takes time, but I'm a bit impatient. I miss my old support system and super active teams. I've been back on Spark for a couple weeks now and have been really trying to get on everyday. So if you need someone to message, chat with, or just to confirm that some days life looks better from under the covers, feel free to contact me.

Best wishes,

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9/7/17 5:12 A

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Welcome back.

Please do NOT go beating yourself up over your having regained some of the weight that you had lost. You are still significantly down on what you were right at the beginning of this journey.

I suggest that you start again, using baby steps, meaning that you change only one or two things to start with and gradually make changes as your body/mind gets used to them.

I note that you are on the Dealing with Depression Team. You will find it very beneficial to post there as well because it is very active and has loads of people who face the same/similar problems ... i.e. depression/weight gain after loss, etc.

I wish you well and hope that you keep in touch with us. It really is the best way for most to stay on track.


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9/7/17 12:56 A

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emoticon !!! WOOHOO And emoticon on taking the STEP to COME BACK!!! Hey it's NOT easy!!

I've been where you are. I had an infection in my bone and though I stayed on Sparks, I was not able to exercise. Once I decided "ENOUGH OF THAT!" and spoke up to my Dr's, it was set up with guidelines for me to safely do so. I am not sure if you have any restrictions, if so PLZ as below was commented, CHECK FIRST with your Dr. Better SAFE than sorry.

I am on the 5% Challenge which is a GREAT Challenge. I can't seem to do the link so if you wish to check it out, please click on my name which will take you to my page, and then click on the FALL 2017 5% Challlenge (I have belonged to the 5% For YEARS, why? IT WORKS). MAKE SURE you at once read "how to pick a team" than choose one that's still accepting members. It's an easy to start with (though MANY of us stay on during our journey for YEARS if needed). IF needed. I am a leader who has many health challenges, but they do NOT own me, I WILL reach my goal. You will find many on Sparks as you have experienced who have this mindset.

WB!!! Being active as you know is the way to GO!

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9/6/17 5:42 P

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Welcome back to your Journey! I'm sure you will find some new Teams to join and make new friends along the way. Check out the Challenges section again, and stay active on the message boards...Enjoy the articles and resources....!

One aspect to realize is how much knowledge you bring back with you! After all, you've kept off 40 pounds---and THAT"S a WIN in anyone's book!!

Unlike someone totally new to this have taken a detour...but you still *know* what will work for you, you have a history of what didn't work (and a few recent lessons to reinforce that!), and the motivation that comes not from desire..but from knowledge of how you will feel, and what it will actually be like to be down 50 pounds again. THAT is a lot going for you...

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 9/6/2017 (17:43)
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9/6/17 4:32 P

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Hello, Joey !

Welcome back to Spark People !

Try to be more active on the forums or even the new community feed. If you reply to threads, members will get to know you again. With time, you'll make new spark friends.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take some time to get it off.

That's why I encourage everyone to start with some simple changes first. Setting simple goals will help you to slowly ease back into a healthier set of habits. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day. set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you set new ones.

Now, when is the last time you had a full physical ? If you haven't been in a very long and you have gained 50 pounds, it's time to go. You need to find out some important numbers like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. And if you have been feeling depressed, you should talk to your doctor. They could prescribe some medications to help you get past those roadblocks.

If you are ready to take back your health, you should start with a trip to your doctor for a full physical. Talk to them about your depression. they can make suggestions.

Mostly, I do suggest starting with some simple weekly goals to get you started. And something I've found to be true, when you eat crap, you feel like crap. So, if you want to start feeling better, it's time to start eating better.

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9/6/17 3:33 P

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Been really screwing up and have gained back basically 50 of the 95 pounds I Iost. Trying to get back on the wagon, reset all my goal, clean slate and all, but all my spark friends I made before have been inactive for literally years... :-(
Really could use some active members to bounce things off of and just get and offer support on a daily basis... it motivates me when I have folks to partner with... I am so depressed all of the time, I have some friends I have been trying to motivate with but they aren't "IN IT" as much as I feel I need to be, so really need to connect with some virtual folks to help me want to log in everyday.

I was hit by a car two years ago and it has changed everything and made it all so much harder, but I am tired of feeling terrible all the time.

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