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2/21/14 3:47 P

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Beakadilly, congratulations on getting started!
Taking action is definitely better than sitting around and worrying.


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2/21/14 10:04 A

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Welcome!

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2/15/14 10:41 P

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Welcome to our SparkFamily!

Great job in getting serious about putting your health front & center in your life!

For losing pounds, there is NOTHING that beats tracking all your food and reducing the calories.

Exercise loses inches, careful food choices loses pounds.

Stick with the SPARK and we'll ALL reach our health and wellness goals TOGETHER! :-)

Don

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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

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2/15/14 3:54 P

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emoticon BEAKADILLY 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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2/15/14 2:03 P

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Specific goals are important; wonderful that you have this lined up!

Another helpful 'tool' is having mid-range goals. They can be good incentive, making you reach goals as you reach for the 'real' one. How about setting goals in increments of either 5% or 10%?

Like... If 10 percent (I like easy numbers...) is the goal:
........................... 236 - 23.6 equals your 10 percent (loss) goal = 212.4
........................... 212 - 21.2 equals your next 10% goal.............. = 190.8
etc.
You might leave those decimals in the goals or round up or down, but the middle goals.
However you want to do it, being able to look in the mirror and say "I lost [x] percent of my weight!" feels so good!

Some reading for thought:
"The 10% Solution - You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought"
.......... By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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2/15/14 11:55 A

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Thank you for all the great info! My nutrition is becoming more balanced I am actually enjoying going to the markets/ wegmans and trying out new Spark recipes :)
I have seen several des regarding the hernias including my oncologist. They have all pretty much said the hernias will need repaired but lose weight first. Which just dug my depression hole a little deeper and unfortunately very comfortable until I realized " DOH! Do I want to live freely or in a rut?"
That's when I focused on ME. I went back to a GI dr. ( check up) . When the side subject if the hernias was brought up I asked him directly " how much weight should I lose?" He looked at me sort of dumbfounded and said " how about 30 lbs"? I weighed 236 lbs at that visit... Now I have a specific goal... Now I am ready and starting my journey learning and re- evaluating along the way... Thanks for making me feel welcome :)

-Pam
"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!"
~Eleanor Roosevelt


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2/15/14 10:38 A

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Hi and welcome, BeakaDilly!

Your positives are greater than your nails; you can reach your goals!

Ok, the hormone issue is a fact of life, and being aware of the changes from the surgery is a reality, but totally within your control. I've been there (1981) and understand. You will greatly benefit from tailoring your use of the nutrition tracker to go beyond the basics; do include calcium among the nutrients you track. STUDY the summary and feedback reports, because balance of nutrients is more important than ever for you these days.

Time to stop sitting around (which you already know). Do activities/exercises that you LIKE doing, so that you look forward to doing them. If the hernia locations affect comfort/pain levels when you move, consult a doctor about what types of exercise are recommended for you. One of the best exercises is walking, so if you can: do it. :)

When you mention 'overhaul' in your diet, I wonder what that means? Is this a balanced nutrition or a 'diet'?? The more we learn about nutrition, the more opportunities we see for improvement, so do read and keep your mind open to changes with one important word in mind: "balance".

Balance is what we eat and what we do is a good measure in healthy lifestyle.

I recommend you create a SparkPage and UNcheck boxes on the edit page that would make your page offline. Be sure you select options (topmost f the edit page) to allow others to comment on your page and on your blogs. Bloggng invites ideas from others and can be a great help. The same is true of being an active member of an active team which focusses on goals important to you. Other members' experience and advice can be very helpful, especially when we encounter difficult bumps.

ENJOY the journey!

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2/15/14 10:05 A

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WOW!! those are great positives!! You are doing fantastic..so glad to have you on the team!! Keep up the wonderful work!!
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2/15/14 7:16 A

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Hi everyone! I'm mid 40's my goal weight loss is 50 Lbs.( nail #1). I have been inactive for the most part for 4 years since my total hysterectomy ( nail#2). I currently have 2 hernias that need repaired...but I need to lose weight first...(nail #3). So I have lived the last several years worrying and sitting and wasting!!! I'M READY TO CHANGE!! I'm just unsure which direction to go.
I started really " practicing" tracking on Spark people about a month ago( possitive#1)I've joined a gym and have gone 1-2 times a week with a co worker -I'm confused about what sort of machines I can do, in regards to the hernias. But I am doing abdominal at a minimum. ( possitive#2) I've really put an overhaul in my diet (possitive#3) . So far the scale is pretty stable, but my clothes are getting roomy! I'm looking at the little steps right now and looking forward to becoming a Spark group member / friend .

-Pam
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