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7/5/16 10:40 P

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7/5/16 4:45 P

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Welcome! I've been on Spark People for a long time and I always come back to this group when I need help. I think when I started on Spark People I was 265 pounds. Now I'm 232 pounds. I did manage to get to 212 but started eating fast food and not following my meal plan. I don't know if I could have gotten this far without the help of Spark People. It can be done, and here you can find support to go on. Just don't quit!

~Rissa, AKA Diane

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"Learning to Love Yourself is the Greatest Love of All" ~Whitney Houston

 current weight: 176.4 
7/3/16 2:53 P

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emoticon to the team! emoticon on beginning your journey to a new and healthy lifestyle!

Being bipolar definitely presents extra obstacles to weight loss. We've been through it all, and we stick together.

You might be familiar with these ideas since you've been a sparker about a month now, but I like to leave everyone with theses

Tips to help get you started: emoticon

Remember this is NOT a DIET. It's a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. That's why it works. Why you'll shed the pounds and keep them off and become healthier overall.

Trackers! Use them!

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MEASURE your food portions (at least at first) and TRACK ALL FOODS! Try your best to stay within your calorie range. Also, keep tabs on your macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc. Make sure your diet is balanced and nutritious!

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EXERCISE! This means cardio and strength training! Cardio means getting your heart rate up about 70% above it's normal resting rate. Use a heart rate monitor if you have one (and/or if it's financially an option for you) or use the Perceived Rate of Exertion… this means you should be working hard enough that you are not so out of breath as you are unable to answer a question, but you should not be able to carry on a conversation. Cardio is what burns most of your calories. Strength training is also important to build muscle. I'm not talking to bulk up, I'm talking straight up just be able to perform daily functions better, have better balance, and keep your body in it's best shape and ability to burn more calories. The more muscle strength you have, the more calories you'll burn during your daily activities, be it your workouts, your household chores, or even just resting!

emoticon WATER!! Water is so important when it comes to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle! This may sound counterintuitive, but the more water you drink, the less water weight you hold on to. You should drink at least 8-10 glasses each day, more when you're heavily exerting yourself or the weather is hot and humid. Even if you have a day when you cant stay within your calorie range or you miss a workout, be sure that you're keeping yourself well hydrated! emoticon emoticon

emoticon Don't rely on just the scale to track your progress. Use body measurements, how your clothes fit, how much energy you have, and how you're feeling overall. Weights fluctuate day to day, and even hour to hour, but these other gauges of progress are more accurate. emoticon

emoticon Persevere! There's going to be days when you feel down on yourself or you're lacking in motivation. Don't let that deter you from creating this better life for yourself! Surround yourself with positive images and quotes that remind you exactly why you're doing this! emoticon

emoticon Take advantage of the community! That's why we're here! To keep you motivated, to answer questions, to help you along in whatever way you can. Join challenges, post on the message boards, send/receive spark goodies, find yourself an accountability buddy, join as many teams as you want that share similar interests in goals. It's all up to you exactly how much you want to participate, but community participation is certainly encouraged! emoticon emoticon

Having trouble finding your way around the site? Wanting to learn something new, but just don't know where to start. The Spark E-mails are super helpful for that, as is the SparkPoints tracker and how about the FANTASTIC redesigned Start Page (seriously, could they have made it any more convenient?). Have fun trying to earn as many spark points as you can! It's fun, educational, motivational… what more could you ask for? It'll help you find your way around the site fast as a flash!

The most important thing is have FUN! Enjoy your life! You aren't going to adopt a healthy lifestyle if it makes you miserable or feel deprived.

Also a note on so called "diets"… if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Take care of yourself and don't fall for the gimmicks.

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Determined Daisy Winter 2019
My 5% goal

Current Weight 219
Target Weight 208
By When: March 3, 2018

Winter 5% Challenge Plan
MINIMUM 10 active minutes daily
Full Body strength training 3x a week
Only eat when hungry.
Drink that water!!!

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 current weight: 245.3 
7/2/16 5:57 P

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Hi and emoticon to the Team!!! We are really excited that you have decided to join us!! Congratulations on those 10 pounds !! That is fantastic progress. Right now I am at a plateau and I would kill to be able to say that I've lost ten pounds. That's okay though, I have joined the Plateau Busting Challenge to try to remedy my current situation. We all understand bipolar here. You can post anytime you need motivation. We are very supportive of each other and understand the nuances of bipolar disorder. I hope to see you posting often. Welcome again !! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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7/2/16 12:07 P

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Hi everyone! Today is my 27th day on SparkPeople, but my first day on the team.

Right now I am in a mania phase, so motivation is high and my efforts are paying off (down 10 pounds since joining SparkPeople). However, I am pretty consistent with my cycles and it dawned on me today that I am probably going to shift into my depressive state soon... so I thought I would search for like-minded Sparkers. =)

Thanks for reading and looking forward to getting to know all of you!


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