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Edited by: WELDER43 at: 9/18/2013 (13:18)
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9/17/13 6:58 P

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take baby steps

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9/17/13 3:42 P

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emoticon LGSTARTED 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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9/15/13 6:37 A

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9/14/13 10:41 A

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I am new to this team as well! Struggling with the avolition that so often accompanies Depression. It's frustrating to have such good intentions and then have my Mood Disorder get the last say...working on overcoming that is a real goal for me!

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9/14/13 12:10 A

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Hello and welcome to our team. Hang in there

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."

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9/13/13 1:13 P

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Hi.l Welcome to the team.

I love SparkPeople

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie I live in CT, DST.

I went from 258 to 126 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

Too Blessed to be Stressed.

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9/13/13 1:37 A

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I am really sorry that you have had such a rough time in recent years. I hope that you have had support around you so that you can talk through some of your problems. If you don't have a Therapist, now might be a good time to look for one. Talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to one. If cost is an issue, there are ways of accessing the help (medication and Dr/Therapist) for free or cheap, so if this is a factor for you, just ask and I will give you some links.

You don't appear to have much weight to lose, and so with that in mind, I wonder if your rationale is that if the weight comes off, your problems will go away, or some of them will. Often the weight issue is a side-effect of other issues, rather than the problem in itself.

Just start this journey with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with, and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. Ensure that you eat all of your meals, and aren't tempted to under-eat in the hopes the less food is better! Ensure that in time you are eating lots of fruit/veges, and getting sufficient quality lean protein.

If you have any questions just ask - there is usually someone around so a response shouldn't be too far away.

Good luck,
Take Care,

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I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan

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9/12/13 7:44 P

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Hi. I can appreciate your situation; I lost most of those things too when I was 40. Hang in there! Now, start just doing one thing and go from there, something like drnking 8 glasses of water a day or whatever you choose to do to start with.

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9/12/13 6:32 P

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Welcome! I'm just getting started too! Maybe we can plod along together and figure it all out. There's so much information and so much visual input, I can only hope it doesn't all overwhelm me!

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9/12/13 5:47 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!

* SparkPeople's User Guide:

* New Member Tutorial Videos:

* For Additional Motivation:

Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

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You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

Go little Turtle Go!

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9/12/13 5:09 P

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Hi and emoticon to our friendly, caring group!! Most of us suffer from depression and some from other diagnosis as well. I am so very sorry that you are having such a rough time and face many challenges. My heart goes out to you. You have come to a very understanding and compassionate group.
The program is simple: eating healthy food, in proper proportions and adding activity to your day. If you haven't already checked it out, you might want to take a look at the Getting Started Guide located under Site Quick Links at the right hand side of this page.Take your time looking around the site at all there is here for you. Be sure to start out with baby steps, so that you do not become overwhelmed or discouraged. Change only one or two things in the beginning, letting those become habit before adding more to your program. The nutrition and fitness trackers are invaluable tools. They will help you determine your calories in versus calories out. The nutrition tracker will help you to see where you can make readjustments in your diet for optimum results. There are a myriad of informative articles, exercise videos for every fitness level - including chair exercises for those with mobility problems - and appetizing recipes.
You will make many friends here. We are here to offer encouragement, advice if asked for and support whenever you need it. There are over a million members, so there is a lot of experience out there if you should require assistance. Please ask questions if you have them. There is generally some one around 24/7 and an answer is never far away. If you are looking for instant motivation may I suggest that you read some of the Success Stories, located under the Community tab above? They are wonderful stories about ordinary people, like you and me, who are meeting extraordinary challenges and winning. They are uplifting and inspiring. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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9/12/13 4:33 P

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Welcome to a group where the experiences you're describing are familiar to quite a few, right up to and including "... imma do what ever i have 2 to loose this weight but then again i say that all the time and sit and do nothing..."

The part about whatever-I-have-to-do pops out because it's such a huge, shapeless notion. No wonder you and everyone else gets stuck right there. Taking action and sticking with it is so much more manageable when "whatever" is defined and approached in logical steps.

I-say-that-all-the-time is another well-known pothole. Maybe it's time to say something different, which is for each of us to discover individually. You'll find help giving shape to it here.

No one said it would be easy, but it can be easier.

There is substance in glibness and vice versa:
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
-- Winston Churchill, master of both?

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9/12/13 4:18 P

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I am 24 i had my life going good few years ago then went down hill and hit rock bottom a year ago i lost everything my job my car my apartment my fiance and just started gaining weight and so i moved to another state with my mom thinking that might help but still can't find a job and now i have no friends and no transportation i have a medical condition but imma do what ever i have 2 to loose this weight but then again i say that all the time and sit and do nothing i start to but end up giving up.

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