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12/29/13 9:32 P

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emoticon TTT555 and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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12/26/13 10:07 A

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Welcome to the team!!
Stay motivated by your goal and remember: There is no quick fix!

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12/24/13 11:02 P

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Welcome to SP and the NY team!
Sometimes we jump into plans with tons of energy and do so much so quickly that we just plain burn out. So. Take it slow and easy, and you'll find sticking with the changes you make is not so difficult. We are motivated when we do things we ENJOY, so do be sure that you like doing the changes you slowly incorporate into your nutrition and activities. That way you will want to keep doing them.

Chris Downey (SparkGuy) recommends starting with a 10-minute-daily exercise commitment to yourself. No big grand plan: just... spend 10 minutes a day consistently. And then eventually increase the time, change the activities. Consider WHY you lost motivation. The answer might be something basic. Example? If your former exise plans depended on travel to the gym, consider committing to 10 minutes of something you can do right at home or anywhere.

Do create a SparkPage and while on the edit page to do this, be sure to UNcheck the boxes that would hide your page from others; then scroll to the bottom of the edit page to click the button to save your changes. Doing this will help others motivate you.

Hawaii is great. Hmmm... why not put pictures representing Hawaii around your home to remind you of your commitment to move your parts and stay on track to be your best for your visit there? ;)

ENJOY this journey... and the one next summer!

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12/24/13 11:11 A

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Welcome to our SparkFamily!

You are sounding oh-so-ready to make some lasting improvements in your lifestyle!

There is nothing like the 24/7 support of our wonderful online health & wellness community to keep one motivated for the long haul! Step by step, you will be amazed over the gradual transformations you will bring to your lives! :-)


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12/24/13 10:14 A

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emoticon emoticon I have the same concerns and I have a lot to lose. I have started and failed many many times. I am hoping this time will be different. I have been thinking on all of this awhile. Part of my problem is boredom and laziness. My plan is to keep the menu interesting while using the spark trackers. I think with the unlimited recipes, a schedule for exercise, the constant encouragement from Sparkers, and me being honest with what goes in the mouth , and how much I move this body, I have a better chance of success. That has been my problem, honesty and boredom.. I hope you can find some information in this "mini blog" that will be of some help to you. Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/24/13 9:58 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm a 32 year old female from NY. I used to be fit during high school, but gained a lot in college and have continued gaining ever since. I have tried losing weight many times....sometimes successfully, sometimes not. I am so tired of being overweight, and now I have a big goal to shoot for - a trip to Hawaii next summer! My biggest problem is with staying motivated. I often start out great, but as time goes on and stress enters I slack off on workouts or begin eating junk food. I'm excited to be starting again, but this time with a community of people I can look to for motivation and support.

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