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6/13/12 8:56 A

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welcome to the team! so glad your here.. i know you can do this!~

loving myself as i am beautiful inside and out!!! Think positive .. you can do it!!!..... i do care.��Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.� � Don't give up we all can do this!!
Lost 110 pounds so far! i am loving it!
I am now exercising 50 mins a day working up to 60 ! Keeping active is so important!

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6/12/12 4:54 P

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emoticon from Orange County! Your story is a familiar one as I think most of us here have tried all sorts of diet programs and what-have-you to try to lose weight. And I think ALL of us know the difference between healthy and unhealthy choices. So you'll have plenty of company here on SparkPeople, that's for sure.
Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at
I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and 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!
Anyway, glad you've found us and hope to get to know you better as we travel our journeys to better health!

Lynda in Orange County, So Calif


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6/12/12 4:34 P

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Ok so let's get this over with. I have tried diet program after diet program and random other odd course these have all failed. Which is why I am here with all you lovely folks. My weight has now ballooned completely out of control and I have got to get a handle on this. I have only done my weight loss attempts solitary. Never with support or any real form of accountability which I am sure has made it easier for me to not follow through but that is a whole other issue.

Now that I have spewed too much random info here is a bit about me; In my late 20's err, Queer femme identified living in the Haywardish area of Northern California with my lovely and supportive wife who loved me unconditionally more than I have ever even attempted to love myself. My weight as of this morning is 316 which is not my all time high but pretty damn close. My first long term goal is to be 200 or less by this day next yr which I feel is feasible and reasonable.

I am fairly good with good wholesome nutrition when I choose to be and do know the difference between bad food and stuff that is genuinely a proper choice so no excuses their just laziness and bad food choices. I avoid excercise and sweating like the plague and am still trying to force myself to take the plunge into joining Planet Fitness here. I know it is a must if I am going to make this life change permanently. Sad part is I don't even have an excuse because I am a stay at home wife that cop out I had before when I was working and felt I didnt have time to invest in my health and body is no longer there. Ok my long winded "hello" is over......Would love to make some friends local especially!

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