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7/10/11 4:56 P

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Hi Chris!

I'm a newbie as well. WOW congrats on the weight loss! Thats fantastic! I hope I can make as much progress as you have already. Right now I'm just taking it kind of slow and tracking all my food. It really is an eye opener when you can see just exactly what you've eaten all day and how many calories, grams of fat ect... you've ingested in one day (not to mention without working out at all lol) After a few days of tracking, I said to my husband "Jeez, no wonder I'm fat!" LOL Knowledge is definitely power and now I see what I have to work on. emoticon

Cheers!
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7/9/11 2:36 P

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Welcome to Spark and to Team 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose! We're so glad you chose to join us. We're an active bunch and you will find a lot of support, camraderie, and positivity here. Remember, one of the most important tools for successful weight loss is our community - so be sure to set up a Spark page if you haven't, jump onto our message boards, and join our monthly challenge.

Remember to focus more on your direction than your speed. Every day of this journey is important, every healthy decision is a victory. The scale is not the be all, end all. Sometimes it will be kind, sometimes it will not be kind. Both are normal. Neither should change your perception of yourself or your success. As long as you focus on going in the right direction, you are successful. Focus on feeling good, figuring out how to love yourself, and being positive instead of berating yourself. The rest will follow!

Spark is what you make of it. You will get out of it what you put into it. Is this opportunity knocking, showing you the way to a new, healthy life? Or if this a scary, unsurmountable challenge? It's up to you.

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First mini goal: pre-pregnancy weight by concert July 14. (Guns N Roses, baby!)


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7/5/11 10:18 P

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6/28/11 3:35 P

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Ok, since all you guys seem to know what yer doing....how the heck do I get myself one of those little loss meters at the bottom of my posts? Oh the joys of being a newbie LOL Thanks for all the welcoming wishes...I have a feeling this is gonna be fun!! :)

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6/28/11 1:41 P

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emoticon emoticon to the team. Way to go on the 60lbs you have already lost, and I wish you all the best on reaching the rest! emoticon


A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~Larry Elder


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6/28/11 1:35 P

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Welcome to the team and to SparkPeople. Congrats on the weight you have already lost.
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6/28/11 10:48 A

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!

* SparkPeople's User Guide:
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* New Member Tutorial Videos:
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* For Additional Motivation:
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Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

Katrina
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You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

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6/28/11 10:10 A

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Welcome to the team and congrats on the 60 you have lost so far!

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6/28/11 9:21 A

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Hey Chris - good to have you here!

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Hey all :) New user from Canada! Im Chris, and I'm fat...but that's gonna change :) Have already lost 60lbs, but have another 75 to go! And tips/hints/suggestions you wanna give me would be great! And ps...I'm single too ;) LOL (CRAP! I guess I should mention I'm female too...since I have one of those multi purpose names LOL)

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