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  • v VMAIJALA83
    On Thursday there is only 45 more days left of this year. We should start a streak... huh?!?! Like at least 15 minutes of exercise a day for 45 days? Or we could be more creative.
    3266 days ago
  • v VMAIJALA83
    I don't know why I got overlooked. I wonder if a whole page got overlooked because it seems like quite a few people weren't on a team. I don't think we missed anything.... hmm.. I don't know if I care enough to email the gal running it though!!
    3274 days ago
    Hey thank's for checking in!! I'm doing pretty well! lost 2 pounds this past week so I'm at -12! How are you doing!? emoticon Oh love your picture btw!
    3444 days ago
    You're welcome. Having the list really does help. I didn't even think there were that many reasons why I wanted to lose weight. A couple of my reasons are confidence, being happy to have my picture taken, more stylish clothes. Whatever really motivates you. You can really personalize your list by typing it in a fun font or decorating it. I am also 22, so I like to make things more fun and creative. :-)

    Good luck!
    3445 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2011 7:59:01 PM
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already! Wow, you've lost more than 100 lbs - I'm so impressed!!!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! 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' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - 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.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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.


    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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3446 days ago
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