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2/15/14 9:57 A

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Hi and Welcome, BkWrm!

Long intro's are GREAT! Gives us a better idea of your goals and challenges!

You'll be able to tackle your challenges of healthy food choices and time management by WORKING through the SparkDiet's stages... especially the third stage that deals with habits. Go slowly; make changes at a rate that will slide into your lifestyle, so that you don't burn out from trying to make too many huge changes all at once. SP is about LIFEstyle... lasting change. if you feel cheated by changes you make to reach goals, you're not as apt to want to continue them, so do what you ENJOY! A world of healthy options awaits discovery, and SP's tools and articles will guide you.

Creating a SparkPage and making it viewable to others would be a step in the right direction for getting support and encouragement from others.

If you haven't already done so, I hope you will now go to the "Getting Started Guide" (a link is listed in the right hand column of this page under the heading "Quick Links"). Read everything there. And do work through those "Diet" stages. The SparkDiet is NOT a 'diet' in the sense of the word you may suspect. The stages include nutrition but also so much more: lifestyle!

This applies to all aricles you encounter:
When reading articles, pay special attention to those that make you think "oh I KNOW this... I'll just move on to something else" because our worst undermining 'bad habits' often are so solidly ingrained that we don't realize we do them beyond 'occasionally'!

You aren't just creating changes to help yourself.
A wonderul goal for you is that beyond helpig yourself, You grew up without the habit of eating lots of healthy foods, so your child will benefit from the changes you make as your new habits create healthy habits for the child too! You may find one of your challenges to be that the child balks at your changes; be patient and consistent, try to include your child in making choices of produce at the store if possible because your changes are your child's changes too.

ENJOY the journey; your life is about to expand in wonderful directions.

Edited by: SAM60SUMTHINK at: 2/15/2014 (09:59)
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2/14/14 7:17 P

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emoticon BKWRM619 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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2/14/14 4:17 P

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Congratulations on taking the reins of your life and re-inventing yourself!

You're gonna LOVE our positive, supportive SparkFamily! Stick with the SPARK and we'll ALL reach our health and wellness goals TOGETHER! :-)


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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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2/14/14 3:40 P

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Hi everyone! I am completely new to this site! I am a 30 year single mother to a 6 year old who got out of an abusive relationship a little over 2 years ago and am looking to regain self confidence again. Since I've had my daughter, I've gained over 40 lbs. I know it may not seem like a lit but to me it's a big leap. I was never a healthy person. My foods consisted of fast foods and junk foods. Even being raised, veggies and fruits were not pushed towards us. Because of that I'm an extremely picky eater which makes losing weight all the more challenging. The one good thing is that I am very good about drinking water (though going to the bathroom every 15 minutes is not fun! lol). I have cut out all soda though. First baby step.

I think a big problem I have is time management. I'm up at 6:30am every morning (I am NOT a morning person), drive my daughter to school and then drive to work where I sit at a desk for the entire time. By the time I get home it's 7pm and I am rushing to get dinner done, homework done, baths done, and bedtime routine. I end up exhausted and completely unmotivated to even THINK about working out in any form. On Friday nights I promise myself that I will work out on the weekends, but alas...I wake up Saturday feeling drained and tired. Aside from doing housework and laundry I just want to relax. It's a vicious cycle that I really need to get out of. I need that person to literally knock my door down and force me to get up and get out, otherwise I will continue to make excuses lol I do want to be healthy and I do want to lose weight. I am hoping that this site could be the motivation I need!

Thanks for reading and sorry for the long intro lol

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