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  • v MOSTMOM1
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jenny. Hope you have an amazing day!
    PS: I'm a transplanted Okie, living in OH. Boomer Sooner (or Go Pokes, wherever your loyalties lie)!
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    3268 days ago
    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.

    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 - some of the teams 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 - 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 already 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.


    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!


    3269 days ago
  • v MOSTMOM1
    Hi Jenny! Welcome aboard. I'm pretty new myself, but I'm really impressed with all things Spark. Lol. We can do it!!
    3269 days ago
  • v no profile image SCOOPMAN
    I feel your pain, I try and try and never succeed. I've read everything, but the minute there is a set back I give in. I have tried WW too. I actually gained the first week, I was ready to throw the towel in. It was so frustrating. But I have learned that you can't let the little set backs bring you down. I have learn that you must set goals. Daily, goals, weekly goals, monthly goals. Read them every day. You must not let set backs stop you. You have to figure out why the weight gain or no loss. In my case my body was in starvation mode and I was not losing weight. Tell yourself everyday that you are going to be skinny. This probably all sounds crazy, but you have to program your subconscious . You must also count your calories and write everything down. I wish you the best
    3269 days ago