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emoticon 11-19-15 Sparking late today! emoticon I was out of the office, work errands emoticon & dancing Zumba emoticon & meeting the organizer for Zumba/Yoga emoticon free classes, for possible performances. She is wonderful! We are VERY 'like minded'. emoticon Have you all joined Spark Guy's new program, blog? THE ULTIMATE SPARKPEOPLE life challenge! Even with my busy time frame, I'm going to do it at least 1 time a week! I KNOW that is how I am successful with SP emoticon , come on SP let's play this game called life! emoticon


Getting ready to do the Santa 5k, Dec. 5, (this was 2014)

15,000 Santa's, we won World record 4 years in a row!

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"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
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11/18/15 2:29 P

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emoticon What an inspiring story. emoticon

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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11-18-15 Todays tidings from my life. WHY I joined the Motivator SP team:
In an email from SP dated 6-20-13 SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATOR, (I was thrilled!)
Also, 2 Popular Blog Post: "How I eat in Restaurants & maintain" August 26, 2014
"Today is my 3 year Sparkaversary!" March 16, 2015
To KNOW, really KNOW I am helping people means the world to me! Plus, it helps me SO much! This is the place I do my "Volunteer" work! Really! I feel like I am an ambassador for SP. The Santa 5k, Dec. 5 is the place I wear my headdress & walk & promote SP! I promote it daily! SP just works for me, seems it does for YOU, too! Finding this website was an answer to a prayer! It came to me, several minutes after my request for help! emoticon emoticon


My before SP, photo, the inspiration to release weight!

My current weight, Halloween 2015 I was a Fairy Princess!

Edited by: SPARKLINGME176 at: 11/18/2015 (12:36)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
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11/17/15 6:42 P

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I just found out about this team, today! I've been Sparking since 3-16-12!
I have met my goal But still play around up & down about 8 pounds. Been the same, most of this year. I have always said I would choose my goal weight by what my body says. BUT, I like being a little lighter!

I LOVE to motivate people, it helps ME so much, being ecstatic about my life & so very thankful for it. I am a VERY positive person, even when going through MAJOR stress, as I did last year. But we are on the 'other' side of all the issues & realizing how each & every moment is so VERY precious!

I hope to add my joyful nature to this team! emoticon emoticon
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"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!-by Karen Drucker
"SP Class of March 11-17-2012"~ Leader
"Christmas Present- From Me!"~ Leader
"Loving me, For The Love Of Performing"~Co Leader
"Las Vegas Santa 5K Run" 12-2016~ CoLead
"An Angel's Touch is unstoppable" -Coleader


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Hi, I'm Karen and just joined this morning. When I joined SP in 2010 at the ago of 61, I weighed 230 lbs and had tried unsuccessfully for years to lose weight and keep it off. I was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I was to the point of knowing it was "now or never" - if this didn't work, I would just give up and deal with the consequences. So I decided on the user name nowornever but that was taken so I just turned it around to be neverornow. It's served as a reminder of why I'm here and what's at stake. My blood glucose is normal now, I'm on a much lower dose of bp meds, and my cholesterol is under control. Still struggling to reach my goal weight but SP has helped me to make progress at least.

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I changed my name to what I have now because I sang with Sweet Adelines for 8 years and loved it. (Previously Singinglady47) Hugs, Mama Judy

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I joined after I moved to these beautiful Ozark Mountains and was pleased that I was able to claim the Ozarks as my new home and that NO ONE else had taken the name...Ozarkmary.

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It is nice to know y'all got your Usernames. My is self explanatory,, Singing Lady 1947 from Tennessee. Nothing to it. But I have seen some I just can not figure out. Have a good'en.

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Hi, I am Jan (some call me 2B) ............ I was pondering my username when joining nearly four yrs. ago and it literally came to me! ................. So 2BDYNAMIC I am ............ emoticon

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8/16/15 8:42 P

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emoticon Jeannie and Donna!

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Hi my name is Donna and when I signed up I didn't know what to put, so I used my initial and last name. LOL guess I could always change it. I am 66 a cancer survivor 2 times now and an Alcoholic & sober 20+ years now. Sometimes things happen for a reason, in the last few months a blocked memory surfaced from my childhood and I found out I was physically abused by a friend of my father & nobody ever knew. I am not ashamed of sharing my past as now I can see that my actions & behavior over the years was in fact my wall building. I am Taking it down brick by brick , one step, one moment at a time. I am thankful for knowing and taking steps to improve my health. ( I have several health issues so my exercise is at times limited)
Thank You for inviting me into this group. I truly believe that The Good Lord has a plan for me and I am still a work in progress.
Donna

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Hello. My SparkName came from me...LOL...I live in Iowa and I'm a Gramma. I go by Jeannie here on SP, but MagicHour, my name is Jeannette, too...with a second n added in there for good measure! Thanks for the team invite.

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LOVE IT! WELCOME to the team. We are so glad you are. Just make yourself at home and I wanted to let you know that as Leaders we are only a Sparkmail away if you have questions or support or encouragement. Congratulations on being a SparkPeople Motivator. Glad you joined. Hugs, Mama Judy

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Hello my name is Jeanette my sparkname came from my wake up call to fix my life and take control of what I was doing. I call it my "magichour".

Jeanette

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WELCOME TO ALL NEW MEMBERS. WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU ARE HERE. You have come to the right place. If we can be a support or encourage you in any way or if you just need to talk. The Leaders SURVIVOR61 ( Jill ) and I (SINGINGLADY47TN) (Judy) are here for you. In fact we are only a Sparkmail away. We hope you will be as happy here and we are that have joined us. Hugs, Mama Judy

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7/25/15 1:17 P

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My spark name is my name and the age I was when I joined Spark People

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emoticon to the team! I can tell you are a motivator in "real life" as well as here on SparkPeople! I would love to be able to speak Spanish! So glad you're here. emoticon

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emoticon I am MaestraPlank12 and I am the leader of Recovering Alcoholics. I am sixty-nine soon to be turning 70 years in November. I have four sons and currently 14 grandchildren with another expected arrival soon to be announced .. emoticon

I live in Washington State and have a view of the Columbia River. I am president of our HOA. I also am member of a gospel blue grass band that ministers in music to local retirement and nursing homes. I also knit and crochet items for the Caring Pregnancy Center and I design and make hats for chemo patients at Kaiser Permanente and individuals that are referred to me.

I studied Spanish in college. I speak Spanish fluently and travel to Akumal, Mexico twice a year. I taught Spanish for many years and have been involved with translation service.....hence my SparkName....MaestraPlank.

I am so honored to be part of this team. Thank you so much for the invitation!

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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hello everyone! I am not a new member...... but I haven't been on in so long. I am back! I am ready to get back into shape and hoping to be able to find some friends and support on here :) I have 50 pounds to lose !

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Welcome to all new members. I am Mama Judy (Singinglady47) one of the leaders of the team. I have been in seclusion for a little while but I am trying to come back slowly. I am so proud that you have joined our team. Let us continue to encourage and inspire one another.

Hugs, Mama Judy

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emoticon So glad you're here!

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Welcome to the team Monika, I to is in maintenance mode. You are doing a great job already

Good luck in keeping up with it


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emoticon members! My name is Monika. I am 58 - years young-at-heart. I am the proud widowed mom of (3) children and grandma to (2) grandsons. During the school year, I volunteer my services as an advocate for parents with special needs' children. I have lost over 50 pounds and am in the maintenance stage. My sparkname, "Corky", represents the nickname I was given soon after my adoption from my beloved late parents. It's an honor to be a part of this team. Thank you for the invitation.

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A hearty welcome to all our new members. I am Bob another of the Leaders on this team. Life has gotten into my way of spending as much time here on SP as I like. We are so happy that you joined us. Get active and join in the many forums and find something that you like and participate. Again thanks for joining us and may you have a blessed day!

Bob

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Well, some of you who have joined recently, I am Judy one of the leaders. I am from Nashville TN now living in Mount Juliet. I love to sing. I have one son and four grandchildren. I am 67 years young. And I am happy to be here



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Welcome, Melissa. We are so glad you joined us. Make yourself right at home and have fun. Again, Welcome. Hugs, Mama Judy

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youtu.be/0dKzs68T4sY In Christ Alone Medley ( The Booth Brothers)

I love you. Thats what Jesus said. I love you written in red. (Written in Red-Gaither Vocal Band)


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Welcome to the team Melissa


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Thank you for inviting me to the team as well!

I got my sparkname because I had started an embroidery and crazy quilting blog several years ago and my name is Melissa which means Honey Bee so that seemed fitting but I came up with Bliss because it was about doing and creating things I loved. When I rejoined spark last year after starting my weight loss journey I found the username was free and now looking back at my journey I see that the name was fitting here too!

During my journey I kept doing what I loved and enjoyed, eating what I loved and enjoyed finding new loves new things to enjoy as I went and so it really fits me well. I love my new healthy lifestyle that I've built! And I love being an encouragement to others as well.

Melissa - HoneyBeesBliss
Start Weight Sept. 2013: 214
Original Goal Reached 18 Nov. 2014: 144(-70 Top of Healthy BMI Range)
Maintenance Goal Reached 14 Apr. 2015: 129(-85)
Continued Maintenance Goal: Target 129(+5 to 10 max)
Continued Fitness Goal: Increase Muscle/Strength
Favorite Success "Secret": Enjoyment!!! Focus on, Do, and Eat what you ENJOY that supports a healthy weight and life!


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TO ALL NEW MEMBERS. WE ARE SO GLAD YOU JOINED THE FAMILY.

Edited by: SWEET_ADELINE47 at: 4/14/2015 (14:38)
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Thank you

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Join the 10 minute exercising challenge and get exercising.

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Welcome Peggy and Trev!

Let Go and Let God!

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Welcome to the team Peggy

Trev

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Trev, Medway Towns, Kent Southeast UK

How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.
Join the 10 minute exercising challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 10k steps day challenge.

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I was invited to join the team & my name is Peggy. I chose my name since when I lose weight it will be for life. It is great being here to help the team stay motivated.

Peggy (Colorado)

Please check out the teams I am on: DO IT FOR LOVE! (co-leader), FLYbabies, HAVING FUN WHILE REACHING YOUR GOALS!! (Co-Leader), Isagenix users, & The SONflowers.






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emoticon to all the new members!

Koshie – emoticon I 'm with you on resisting getting a smartphone....not sure I'm “smart' enough. LOL. I have my cell phone for convenience and safety – NOT to be always available whenever someone wants to reach me. Most of the time it stays in the car so I'll have it with me on the road. Not sure about how one becomes an official motivator – I think its an option on your sparkpage that people can click on – where it says “does ??? motivate you?” You get a certain amount of clicks and you're a motivator. As I said...that's what I think...someone please correct me if I'm wrong. emoticon

Barb – emoticon I, too, have found it so helpful to walk the path to healthy living with the support of others here on SP.

Trev – emoticon like your quotes – “finish what you started” is a good one for me.

CSDAYS, emoticon I've always heard of TOPs and what a good program it is. Your schedule sounds quite full.

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Hi,

I'm glad to be a part of any kind of motivation. It makes you feel as good as the person you are trying to help. I have been an elementary teacher and now I'm an Area Captain in TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and give awards to the best losers. My husband and I visit about 30 chapters and answer questions and give a yearly lesson. We have done this for about 6 years.

I just used initials and the last name mostly for the SN. I wanted to be able to remember it.

I put sayings around my desk and now I have, "IF IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN'T CHANGE YOU!" "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING." AND ROMANS 8:22-39 More than Conquerors.

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Good morning, my name is Trev and I have been ask to join you.

As you can see my SP name is most of my name so nothing new there but easy to remember.

To help keep me motivated I use two quote and these have help me over the last 2 and 1/2 years two of which I have managed to maintain my goal.

One quote is " finish what you have started" copywrite Bob Harper TBL.

Two is " if you have not tried and failed you cant know that you can't do it"

There are others but by helping member keep on track help a lot more than quotes.

Have a good week

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Hi everyone! Newbie onthepath2 here! (a/k/a Barb) I chose my name because I am walking the path to better health along with each of you. I have struggled alone on this journey for years, so this time decided to join with others on the path for inspiration, motivation and encouragement.... and to offer it in return!

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and...
My nickname is an old family name. It is very unusual. I E-GOogled it about 10 years ago -- there were only 8 Koshies in the USA. So, when I joined SP 4-5 years ago I felt safe in requesting it as my SP name. Guess what? "Koshie" was taken already! I've no idea how to find the other Koshie here on SP, but I wish I could.
So I became Koshie1. I like to keep things simple.

You could call me "clueless"! (but don't! Please!) I don't know a lot of things technologically-speaking. DH has had to drag me kicking and screaming into the 20th and then the 21st centuries. Poor guy has had to pay for his efforts too -- I somehow erased half his stuff on the computer (I TOLD him he ought to teach/supervise me but NOoooo..... it's impossible for me to screw up, he said....) He still has to rescue me at least twice a week from the mysteries of the computer. And I am currently resisting getting a smart phone. It only took 3 years of me living alone in the mountains (after we moved to Colorado) while he worked back in Texas (and came home on weekends) for me to get a cell phone (by then I saw its practicality) -- but I see no need for complicating my life with texting or even turning my phone ON unless I need it!

Ugh! All of which is my way of leading into asking, "How does one become a motivator?" I mean, what are the criteria? Here I am, and I haven't a clue as to what I've done nor how I've done it!

And it is strange. People ask for all kinds of help, as if you know everything. I'd LIKE to help -- but I don't try to pretend to be a smart-ass!

I'm a team leader; I joined this team so that maybe I can brainstorm with you all on how to become a better leader/motivator. Heck, I could use someone lighting a fire under MY butt, too!

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Hey, Susan (FOCUSONME57).

I just wanted to send you some sympathy. I know you are going through BIG adjustments. Mom says it is like being a bird trying to fly with only one wing.

I hope you've found a job. You mentioned "too young for SS"... you do know that you qualify immediately for survivor benefits, right? It'll help you get through some of the stress!

"Logic puzzles". Hmmm. That sounds interesting. I wonder if that is similar to something I found in my newspaper (oops! how old-fashioned to read an actual newspaper!). It is called Cryptoquip. It is a clever wordplay sentence -- but all the letters have been substituted with other letters. They give you one hint (ex.: D= A) and you must figure out all the other letters from there. I enjoy the challenge!

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Trying. Too much pain!! Ugh! Hope you can get some sleep.

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Looks like someone else isn't sleeping well tonight. I am trying to get caught up on SP and make myself tired so I can sleep. Hope you have a restful night!

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Clever. My biggest issue is password. I CANNOT remember the stupid things. My most used password is the name of a cat l had. Got her as tiny kitten. I didn't like her and she didn't like me. Called her my demon child. Meanest cat ever. So her name is one I can't forget. Use it alot with a long list of numbers. Lol.

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No I just didn't want to have to remember another username/password combo! I am lazy, and at work I have at least 20 accounts, that can't use the same password. So it gets hard for this old brain to keep everything sorted out. So I use the old cub scout motto - Keep it Simple, Make it Fun - KISMIF!

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That is pretty unique Bob. You mean we
have that many rhook's running around SP??? Lol!

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Mine is more boring than yours, back in the 70's when aol started up I had to make a username. I wanted rhook for Robert Hook, but rhook1,2,3,4,....24 were all taken so they suggested 20047 and it stuck, now I have had it so long, I can't change it.

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Hello, Its Stonercreeklady or was anyway. I have gone back to my original name SINGINGLADY47.. The reason for the name is because I sing and I am a lady and I was born in 1947. Mine is really kinda boring.

Any of the rest of you care to tell us how you got your name. I love these stories. I try to guess but I am usually not even close. Let's make this a fun thing. What do ya say? Hugs, Mama Judy.

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Welcome to the team, Pat, and I second what Judy says about your being a motivator! Keep up the good work!

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Hi, Pat. It is so good to have you on this team. No doubt to me about your being a motivator, I know that for a fact. I hope you remember me as Singinglady47 from HH a while back. I am Judy from Tennessee and I often wondered how you got your username. I am happy that you have joined us. Welcome. If you need me for any reason, I am STONERCREEKLADY and I am usually around for a sparkmail. My user name before was because I sing and was born in 47. Now, I live in a complex with the name Stoner Creek and I hope that people consider me a lady. God bless. Hugs, Mama Judy. (BTW...love that profile picture. Did you paint that?)

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Hello to all. I'm FloridaGhost and to be honest, I can't remember the total reason I ended up with my SparkName.

Florida is because that's where I'm at right now and I think Ghost came from when I was so irritated at the economy bust of 2008, about the time I made this name, I wanted to become a ghost so I could haunt all the dishonest bankers by going to their waste-money parties and steel all their jewels, right in front of them by wearing them out the door. They would see their jewels but not me, of course, and they would just know they were doomed.

Alas, that's a part of my life that is gone and I don't give a whip about any of them. I'll survive and besides, I have too much work to do making myself positive, becoming healthy, and learning from SP and all my friends.

emoticon is one of my favorite emoticons, but there are several I love. I love bringing joy to people's day and I love to be able to feel the encouragement I try to give them. I want to edify people, not tear them down. Sure, we occasionally need to be scolded for being too righ tor left and acting like everyone should toe our line, but it isn't really necessary to have the world following our lead. None of us are dictators. I think I would make an awful dictator.

I thank God that He has given me a desire and love to try to find out what makes someone happy and try to make them feel the joy they seek, not as a puppet or for personal gain on my part, but because like a comedian, I like to see people laugh and have joy. The world has enough sadness in it.

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Hello and welcome to all you newer members of the team. My name is Judy and I am one of the leaders of the team. I took a leadership position a few months ago along with Jill and Bob but have been out due to illness and surgery for a while. Hope to be spending more and more time with you now and even more once I can go home from rehab. I hope you have a great evening. Best wishes from Mount Juliet, TN. Hugs, Judy

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My sparkname is Bravah. That is short for Brava Heidi! I'm a singer. In Italian, 'bravo' is masculine, and 'brava' is feminine. If you want to applaud a group of people 'bravi' is plural.

Even though I won't be interacting on a regular basis with the group or its members, I really do wish you all the best in your health goals! Here's to a fit and wonderful 2015!

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There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And
maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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Good morning! Just joined, and am excited to have been invited! My 'Sparks' name is because I live in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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Hi everyone, I'm Cat! I'm new to the team, I just joined tonight. My username is pretty boring. It's just my name... Cat Tutt.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone!

My name is Cat, and I'm in Columbus, Ohio. Eastern Time (US), GMT -4.

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Sharon, welcome to the team. As SparkPeople Motivators, sometimes others think we don't need support and encouragement. We are all still on this journey whether we are in maintenance or still losing. Life happens to all of us and we need to be there for one another. Again welcome to the team. I will be praying for you and your daughter. I have something similar in my life. Sometime being alone is not fun but I feel like this team and the other team I am a part of (Keep Walking With Jesus) are places where people understand why each of us are here. God bless. Judy

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Joined this team for the friendship and support. As times I feel very alone because my angry teenage daughter keeps finding new ways to be hurtful. So here I am, looking for support and encouragement.

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Thank you! I HAVE to have a goal or it doesn't work! Keeps things interesting and I get to meet new Sparkers :)

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emoticon Roxy is adorable! Just checked your page out and I see you're a fan of the challenges here on SP, too -- Being a member of several challenges here on SP has really helped with my healthy goals!
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I made my name to include my Boston Terrier, Roxy. She goes everywhere, work included, with me (she is 14 lbs). She is the sweetest dog ever.

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emoticon Dari! Love your screen name, and also the names of your daughters.

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12/17/14 5:07 P

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Good afternoon. My name is Dari, I'm happy to be here and thank you for the welcome! My user name is from what I wanted to name any babies hubby and I had. I loved the name Kyle for a girl or boy but hubby wouldn't let me name our Amanda that emoticon Lacey is what I wanted to name our 2nd daughter Alissa but he didn't go for Lacey either so I thought I'd use them here emoticon . Paula I love your LALALA!

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Welcome to all new members. We are so happy you have joined the team. We are all here to be supportive of each other and all others along this healthier life journey. If I can be of help to any of you, please know that I am only a Sparkmail away. Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all. Hugs, Mama Judy

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12/15/14 6:18 P

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Welcome Paula hope you enjoy yourself on this forum.

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12/15/14 5:31 P

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emoticon Thanks for the invite!
I've been around SP for quite some time now and rely on the tools and friendship to be found here on a daily basis!
My username PAULALALALA I chose because I wanted to have my real name Paula in it. I had a good friend that used to add the extra "lala"s on my name. When I was originally keying it in I was only going for two, but ended up with 3 instead -- like the Christmas song.

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12/14/14 7:52 P

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Welcome Sharon, and aren't we all so much better off since we are HIS? Great to know a little more about you.

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12/14/14 6:53 P

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Hi my name is Sharon; my spark spark name is IAM_HIS. As you can obvious tell, I am the daughter of the King. Although I am not perfect, I AM HIS and I so need Him.

I have some health issues which will get better is I exercise and lose weight. So That is why I joined Spark People. I love all my Spark Friends who keep me moving forward and on track.

Well, I am really not a person to talk much about me. My goal, now that I am no longer working, is to make every person I meet feel better about about them self and become healthier.

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12/14/14 2:58 P

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hello my real name is John and my spark name is amino_wellness which is the name of my wellness company that I started earlier this year after I graduated from nutrition school and became a fitness instructor!

2 years ago at the young age of 28 in 2012 I was diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol levels and type 2 diabetes in 2010 I was at my biggest weight of 308lbs! Getting to 2012 when I got diagnosed i finally hit rock bottom and came clean with myself. That's when I finally got up the strength to deal worth my weight issues for once and for all! I got a registered dietitian who saved my life help me control blood sugars snd taught me more then I'll ever be greatful for she also inspired me to go into nutrition and health studies and get into fitness.

In February 2013 I did my first fitness activity the BC lung association stair climb for clean air a 48 flight 800 stair climb up the tallest skyscraper in downtown Vancouver Canada where I live! I was the slowest male under 50 with a time of 15:36 but even though I had to stop 5/6 times to catch breath and rest quickly I did finish the whole thing and was so proud of all the training I did and That I did finish even if at the bottom. I got into 5k running and did my first one on April 28, 2013! Took me 58mins 13secs to walk / jog the course slow again but I didn't stop and yes walked a lot! I kept doing 5ks after That about 10 more that year and in January 2014 got down to 29:57!!! Feb 2014 I did the stair climb for the 2nd time and this time I didn't stop at all and got s time of 9:46! What a massive improvement I would have been happy with 13:00 but 9:46 really? Wow!

May 2014 I graduated with my associates degree in nutrition and wellness and in June became a zumba instructor and Loco fitness and insanity teacher!

I'm currently at 172.8lbs as of this morning and I'm just under 5lbs away from my final goal weight of 169.9 by Xmas day!

Thanks to those who believed in me and allow me daily to support their health and wellness jounies! It's a pleasure to be in the group of inspiring people!

Here I am now!

-john

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12/14/14 9:11 A

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Welcome to the team1

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My spark name is my real name, Liz Springsteen. I should have come up with something a little more original than that, but didn't care at the time. I'm new to this team. Have a great day everyone!

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12/8/14 9:57 P

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Hi! My initials are PM and I like to run, it helps keep me sane and helps keep the lbs from creeping back on. Hence pmrunner. Although, after I used the login, I realized that it sounds like I like to run in the afternoon or evening. Generally, I would rather work out in the morning or at lunch time.

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Hi I'm Susan and my goal is to become Fit and Fabulous, thus my screen name. My original Spark Name was Myturnnow and I changed it a couple of months ago.

I am honored to have been named a motivational member and am working through the beginning grieving stages of being a new widow (two months ago) while being determined to stay with my healthy eating and fitness plans. I also am looking for a job. I had taken a very early retirement to bring my husband home from the nursing home, and he passed away ten months later. Too young for social security and too bored staying home. I do have a few potential employment opportunities coming up in January so for now I am focusing on getting through my first round of Holidays alone and keeping my head on straight.

I am co-leader of the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle, took over that role in June 2014 and it keeps me on my toes.

I share my home with two cats who were adopted about ten years apart from our local animal shelter, enjoy gardening, logic puzzles, bowling, biking and walking.

Anything else you need to know, just ask :)

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12/2/14 12:37 P

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hello long story short my name is Danielle and my screen name is my first initial and last name haha..original I know. Ive been a member of spark for about 7 years or so now and this is my 3rd time losing 100+ lbs or close to it! The first time I lost 117 lbs after having my second child (weighed my highest ever at 265 lbs) then got pregnant with my third child and gained 89 lbs back. Lost almost all of that and then got pregnant with my now six month old son. Unfotunately I was put on bed rest from week 7 until I had him and gained 100 lbs! I am proud to say because of my stubbornness and determination to finally get back to the old me I have already lost 77 lbs in a little over 5 months. I had a rough 4th c section and started working out even before I was supposed to! I am done having children and I will not stop until I get to my ultimate goal. I am almost there and gave my self a year (may 2015) to get to it. I have also started going to school for my bachelors in nutritional science and in 4 years would like to open my own facility and help people do what I have done. I have already helped a lot of people in the past lose weight start running etc and I want to live the rest of my life doing it...its my passion! I am happily married, 34 yrs old and have 3 girls and a baby boy!

Highest weight EVER may 16th 2014 the day I gave birth to my son...288lbs





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12/1/14 7:37 P

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Hi my name is Ida. I am from Idaho and just love it here. I was born and brought up on the East coast and moved out West in 1970. I got my user name because my DH & I love the out doors and we were always hiking and fishing before we both developed heart problems. We still love the out doors and get out as much as we can. God provides the good health for when we do go. You can go to my page and read all about me. Every year the only part I change is the two numbers at the end.
God is the one keeping me here on this earth as I died back in 2008/2009 New Years eve and he sent me back as I had a lot of work to finish down here. He is my strength. My Faith is what keeps me going and when he is ready to take me I am his and ready to go.

Thank you for inviting me to join this team.

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Hi I am Bob, alias RHOOK20047. My name is Robert Hook, and when I got my aol account 30 some odd years ago, rhook was taken, and they suggested rhook20047 and it stuck, not a glamorous name, but I am stuck with it now and I'm getting too old to change it now. Not a great story huh? My weight loss story is just about as boring. I have been overweight my whole life. When I was a child, I was husky, as I grew older, I became plumb, then after marriage and kids, I became fat. The last 5-10 years have been miserable. My weight just steadily climbed. I would do this diet or that one, and lose 20-30 lbs and then gain more back than I lost. I had plenty of signs. High blood pressure, shot knees, sleep apnea, taking pain pills for all the aches and pain. I joined SparkPeople in 2009, but was not serious about it. In 2012, and 2013, I hit rock bottom. I skipped Thanksgiving dinner because my knees hurt so bad. I finally saw a surgeon who told me I was too heavy for a knee replacement. He said I had to lose 75-100 lbs. I started dieting, but after almost 6 months, I had only lost about 25-30 lbs. While that was good, that meant it would be over a year before I could think of my knee replacement. So I considered bariatric surgery. I have tried everything so many times, so I seriously investigated it. I was going to go for the lap band surgery, however, there were too many ways to cheat on it, and the complications were numerous. Also research showed that after 5 years, 45% of the people who had the lapband surgery, gained their weight back. So I investigated the Sleeve gastrectomy. This sounded like what would work for me. A smaller stomach can only hold so much, and if I overeat it will tell me. So at 387 lbs. and feeling the lowest I had in my life, I decided on the sleeve. So I lost 36 lbs on the doctor supervised diet. And on March 6, 2014, I had my surgery. It has been my salvation. Total, I have lost 120 lbs. so far. I feel better, and although I have not had my knees replaced yet, I can tolerate the pain so much better. I was getting cortisone shots every 6 weeks before, but now I get them every 3-4 months. I have turned my eating habit around, as I can only eat 6-8 ounces at a meal. So I have learned how to get my protein in and my other nutrients. I have learned that pasta, the food I loved the most, are wasted calories with little nutritional value. So I am still on my journey. I feel more optomistic than I have in years. I know that I still have a ways to go til I meet all my goals, but for the first time in many years, I feel I can do it. Now I want to play it forward and help others. That is what I have gotten most from SparkPeople. So much motivation and support. And now it is my ministry to share what I have learned. Sorry this went so long, but my story has been a long one. Hopefully this tell you some about me

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I love learning about y'all. And especially how your got your Sparkname. It is so interesting. Some times you can tell but other times, you simply can not even guess where the name comes from. Thanks for sharing.

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hi,
my name is Lita hence the same name it is short for another name but have always been called Lita.....
.have been here since 2007 with many ups and downs with my weightloss journey.
i am a mother of 2 daughters one a single parent with a 16 year old son and the other married with a 10 yr old boy.
hope every one is having a great weekend so far!!

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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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emoticon Name is Val, also known as "edwards1411", have been with SP since Jan. 2008 and live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Was a hockey Mom in my younger years - players have their last name on their backs along of course with their numbers. My sons numbers were 14 (my oldest) and 11 (my youngest) = edwards1411. And now in my older years I'm a hockey Grandma with my 5 year old grandson already playing the game.
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Hi emoticon my name is Jill and I also go by survivor61. I am from Ft. Pierce, Florida originally but have retired with my husband and the family pets to Chuluota, Florida which is on the out skirts of Orlando. I love the Lord and owe my whole life to Him. I am also a grandmother to 10 of the greatest kids in the world.

I got my spark name because of all the things that I have survived in my life. Being the only daughter of an alcoholic father, losing a baby brother when he was 27 and having to take on his 2 kids to raise with mine and surviving 2 undiagnosed tumors being left paralyzed for almost 4 years and then being attacked by a family members dog and was hospitalized for 3 days. I have had countless surgeries and really don't care to have any more. I Thank the good Lord that I am alive to this day, He walks with me daily. Thank you Lord..

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11/29/14 8:08 P

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Hello, my name is Pam. I have been teaching fitness classes for 40 years. That might be a clue as to how I came up with my Spark Name, "WORKOUTWITHPAM." Judy, I am also from Tennessee. I live near Memphis, which isn't too far from Nashville.

Have a GREAT WEEKEND, ALL!

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Hello. My name is Judy. Also known as Mama Judy and I am your new leader. Ihave introduced myself before as Singinglady47 from Tennessee. Please feel free to visit my page and get to know more about me. Please feel to sparkmail me off you have questions
Have a great evening. Hugs, Mama Judy.

My name is simply what my grandchildren call me and where I am from. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I am a singer and that is why it was Singinglady before. But now I am just Grandy or Mama Judy.


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