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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Happy New Year and congrats on taking the first step to reaching a healthier you! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - in fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    I also just discovered The Beck Diet Solution - there is a SparkTeam in support of it and that program also teaches how to 'talk back' to ourselves when we want to eat, even tho we're not hungry - you might want to check that out, too!!

    No matter what, another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3770 days ago
    Oh, I'm not really 'here' per se! I just pop on every once in a while to say hello but I have long since stopped counting cals and logging workouts. I do plan to return though to lose the baby weight. I guess you would've missed my announcement since you probably left SP before I got pregnant in July.
    3771 days ago
    Welcome back! I haven't done anything with SP in a long time either because I'm nearly 8 months preggo now so I've been over on babyfit, but not doing much there either. Unfortunately I'm having bad sciatic pain, so that prevents me from doing much and the rest is just pure laziness and greed I'm afraid! Anyway, good for you for coming back. Good luck on all your goals! I will soon be joining you again once the baby is born in March.
    3771 days ago
    welcome back! You've got the tools and you certainly know how to use them so soon you'll be on the loss track again!
    3771 days ago
    Happy Monday!!

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    As another month is drawing to a close, I truly hope you are seeing progress on your journey.

    Don't forget that the scale doesn't always tell the whole story. Are your clothes fitting a bit less snugly than they were a few weeks ago? Do you have more energy? Do you get more sleep? Can you walk a little farther than you could when you started?

    Why not join me for "Measure Me Monday" to track those non-scale victories! You may just be amazed at what you discover!

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    3993 days ago
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