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7/23/20 12:07 P

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Hello Everyone! I'm a mom of 5 and a grandma to two and happily married for 20 years. Anxious to better myself and continue to improve my self esteem.

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7/21/20 2:18 P

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emoticon DISNEYLUV1!

I hope you have a good day too.


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7/21/20 1:15 P

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Hi I am returning to SP after being away for a little while. I am excited to get back on track! Have a good day! emoticon

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7/20/20 10:31 A

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Hi 60TOSENSATIONAL,

Thank you for all your service as a nurse! Retirement is great! You definitely have more time to devote to your own fitness now. I wish you all the best. Let us know if you need any help or motivation along the way.

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7/19/20 5:49 P

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Hi everyone! New here to Sparkpeople and looking forward to getting fit and healthy and losing some excess pounds. I'm a 65 year old woman, retired nurse. I had been on Sparkpeople several years ago, but found it hard to keep up with everything. Decided to try again - hopefully this will be better, since I'm now retired, with more time to devote to health and fitness, and needing to get back in shape! Looking forward to a new beginning!

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7/13/20 1:36 P

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RKNNANA - I am so glad you have decided to dive in and become active. One small step at a time will get you moving towards your goals. Let us know how we can support you along the way.

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7/13/20 1:19 P

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I was on sparkpeople before with a different user name. I have 'ghosted' the site for years without seriously using it. I have used other paid apps as well, but have not made it to goal and and am still morbidly obese. I feel I am ready to change my lifestyle and have enough experience with diet attempts to know that diets are not the answer. I have to make sustainable changes and I believe that SparkPeople supports this mindset. They give support and encourage ownership of our own health and what works for us. I'm eager to dive into the community and tools available here.

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7/12/20 9:39 P

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emoticon COLORADOASH1995!

This is definitely a great place to help you with accountability so you can progress towards your goals. Congrats on your engagement!

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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7/12/20 5:27 P

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Hi everyone!

I used to be on here a year or two ago with a different username. I am getting married in less than a year and really needed to get life back on track. I have tried a few different things and none of them have worked. I remember finding many ways to keep myself accountable using spark people so I am back!

My goals include gaining confidence, making healthier food choices regularly, and working out beyond walking the pup on a regular basis.

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7/11/20 3:18 P

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Welcome back, ZEN_PIXIE!

I'm sorry to hear you're having some rough times. Joining SparkPeople again can be the first step towards progressing towards your goals. Wishing you the best! Keep in touch so we can all support you along the way.

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~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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7/11/20 3:10 P

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Hi everyone! I was on this site years ago and I had made it to my goal weight. But, I had the hardest time maintaining and then life happened. Recently, I have been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes and hypertension. My anxiety has been through the roof and I am struggling to manage my stress.
This site helped me in the past. Changes need to be made and I could use the support, motivation, and the tools that this platform offers to help me on my way to a healthier lifestyle. emoticon

"The world is big and I want to take a good look at it before it gets dark." ~ John Muir
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7/6/20 8:19 P

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emoticon PNWJEN! This is a great site with lots of resources to help you reach your goals. Just let us know if we can help you along the way.

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"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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7/5/20 10:18 A

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emoticon BEACHPANDA!

You have certainly had a lot of excitement this past few months. Congrats!

~ Merle

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7/5/20 7:54 A

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Hello everyone! I have used SparkPeople in the past, and have continued to use it off and on for tracking meals and such for awhile. But I recently decided that I truly need to get back to being ‘all in’. I have had a lot going on this past year. In addition to lifestyle changes due to COVID19, I also became a grandmother in September, built and moved into a new house in February, and got married and turned 50 on the same day (May 9, 2020 - new hubby should never forget my birthday or our anniversary. Lol)! A trip to the doctor last week showed that I am post-menopausal and have an extremely low metabolism, which is why getting the weight off just isn’t as easy as it used to be. My life is so beautiful right now... I want to be healthy enough to enjoy it!

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6/17/20 8:59 P

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Welcome CINDYKNUDTSON! I love seeing you say "I can do it". You are right! emoticon

It's great that you have someone you are doing this with. The buddy system really works. Wishing you all the best.

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~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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6/17/20 7:39 P

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Hello everyone I am new here to sparkpeople been calling it sparklepeople and my mom laughs. I am 55 year old heart attack survivor. Have struggled with my weight my whole life. emoticon I am trying something new for my health. Tried the gym and it cost to much been trying on my own but no luck. So i decided with my mom for us both to join. So nice to meet everyone. We Got This!!!

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6/8/20 11:44 A

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Welcome back, MEEBAJOY! It sounds like you know what to do and I'm glad we are here to helpl

~ Merle

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6/8/20 11:38 A

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emoticon Shirley! There are a lot of great resources here to help you reach your goals.
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~ Merle

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6/8/20 9:34 A

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Hi to all, I'm a senior, 76. I'm at 201 and need serious help losing weight. I'm happy to be here and ready to use all the resources. Best wishes to all. Shirley

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6/2/20 1:58 P

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Welcome back, MEEBAJOY! Sometimes, we all need a little kickstart to get us back on a fit lifestyle.

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6/2/20 1:53 P

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Hi everyone! I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I'm back after a hiatus of a few years. I've had a lot of success here before and am looking forward to similar success this time, with longer-lasting results! This time around, I'm going to try to be more involved in the forums to help hold myself accountable. I'm also trying out the coaching. I know that if I can keep logging my food and stay accountable to myself, I will succeed!

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5/25/20 10:39 P

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Wishing you all the best, SEKHMETSFIRE!

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5/25/20 12:49 A

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I'm back again after an 8 year absence. I've been up and down the scale all my life and I'm hoping for a major change this time. I'm almost 83 and I'm running out of time to reach my goal once and for all! Wish me luck. emoticon

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5/17/20 6:35 P

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emoticon LILINCHEN! This is a great place to get the tips, accountability and support you need for those final 15. Congrats on all your success to date.

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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5/17/20 5:11 P

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Hello! I joined SparkPeople a few days ago hoping to get the necessary boost to get me to lose the last few pounds (well, the last 15 lbs I guess...).

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5/15/20 1:16 P

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Hi STEPHADB,

Welcome to the challenge! Tracking my food and fitness made all the difference when I first began my fitness journey. I think you will find it very beneficial.

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5/15/20 1:07 P

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Hi! I've been tracking my meals and my exercise for about a week now. I've been a member for about 10 years but only just now getting serious about keeping up with what I eat and going through the New Member Challenge. I do a lot of mindless eating so the tracking is really helping me realize how much I eat. And there's something about knowing I'm going to have to record what I've eaten that makes me stop and think "do I really want to eat this" so that's helpful. I was also diagnosed with high blood pressure 9 months ago so I'm walking almost every day to see if that will help lower my blood pressure.

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5/12/20 2:06 P

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emoticon Howdy, Holly!

Welcome to SparkPeople and to the New Member challenge.

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~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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5/12/20 1:39 P

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Hello I am new too.
Joined Spark People yesterday.
Hope you are all doing well.
Have a great day! Holly emoticon

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5/8/20 9:49 P

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emoticon Anja and Alisha! I wish you both all the best. Since you've been here before, you likely know your way around the site; but, just ask if you ever need help.

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~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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5/8/20 4:25 P

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Hello Everyone, I'm Alisha from Wisconsin. I've been a Spark member in the past, but have decided to recommit with a goal in mind and a lot of determination to change my behaviors! I have about 30 - 35 pounds to lose, but I would just like to feel better in my skin!

Alisha: There is strength in numbers, yes, but even more so in collective good will. For those endeavors are supported by mighty forces unseen. ~Richelle E. Goodrich


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5/7/20 5:05 P

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Hi everyone! I'm Anja. I've been on SP on and off since 2009 and it's worked really well for me in the past so I'm back! Unfortunately now I'm at my highest weight ever, but on my way back down!

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5/6/20 9:27 P

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Hello and welcome back! Sorry to hear about your back pain. I sure hope all is back to normal for you soon.

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"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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5/6/20 5:34 P

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Hi everybody. I've been a little sporatic here but will work on making this a daily ritual like I follow like clockwork. I'm a former member and am now back after a long, long time. Time got in the way and many things have happened. You could say that I have a new life to begin living and what better way than to start all over again here. Been nursing a nasty back pain incident since last Sunday (two weeks this Sunday) and have begun my yoga up again which seems to help alot. I think it has to do with the psoas muscle and is affecting greatly those vertebrae included within the psoas muscle area. I couldn't even lift my foof up off the floor to take a step last Sunday. Better now but still really, really sore and still not walking without pain. I have had to take a stick to help move my forward steps so still working on getting out of the woods from this injury. What better time for that to happen when we're still all quarantined at home.



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4/21/20 11:40 P

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emoticon 2020UTTER! You know you can do it and I wish you the best!

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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4/19/20 1:32 P

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Hi I'm a mom of 3, always had a hard time with weight. So ready to re lose again hope the whole 90 pounds. I've done Sparks long time ago and did good, lost 78 pounds but in time gained it back. So here I am again.

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4/17/20 1:56 P

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emoticon Erica! Nice to meet you.

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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Hello everyone! my name is Erica! I have been on my weight loss journey sine 2017. Since then I have had 2 more children and my weight has started bouncing around a bit more. I joined Spark people today to stop bouncing and lose the "Corona-15" I have started to gain since I have been home form work. I can't wait to get started!

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4/10/20 1:01 P

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emoticon Cassie! It's nice to meet you. It really does help to have a community where so many people understand what you are going through.

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~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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Welcome back! Glad to see you here. Be well.

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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Hi! My name is Christina (aka Chrissie). I am a 27y/o vegan living near Seattle, WA. I work full-time as a registered dental hygienist. Like some others here, I am not new to SP but starting over fresh for a renewed sense of energy and to help hold myself more accountable.

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Keep your chin up all will be well as you will see!
Lots of love,
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Best wishes on your new start, MISSLISAANN1! Glad to hear you are still learning more about our site.



~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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im not new, but I am starting fresh. I have been trying to keep track of these challenges and It says I am done but I missed a couple of days. I am learning alot about this webpage and its very helpful. The articles are great

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Hi BETTERLIFE05!

It's fine to be a lurker. emoticon You can always jump into a conversation anytime you want, or just read and learn. I am sorry to hear you have some health issues starting. Sounds like that may be good motivation to improve your eating and fitness habits. Being in your 30s is so young and so great! Making improvements now will pay off for a long, long time. You can do this!!!

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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emoticon Barb!

It sounds like you have some big, exciting things happening in your life. Congrats on the new job and upcoming wedding. I would love to go to Hawaii! You can do this! Just set small goals for yourself as you get started, learn to accomplish them and then move on to the next set of goals.

Wishing you all the best!

~ Merle

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
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~ Merle

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