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10/2/15 9:26 A

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First of all I want to congratulate you for realizing lengthy computer time can be a problem and deciding to do something about it. Good for you! I have the same problem and I view my problem as an addiction. I know that is a negative word but I believe it to be true in my case. I live alone and the computer is my company. I keep resolving to do better and I think I am making progress. For me it's a "mind over matter" situation. I decided that it's probably unrealistic to go cold turkey but to take it in baby steps. It is a daily struggle. No fast and easy cure. I just started on this site myself (after coming and going for 3 years) so I don't have any advice about spark people except that it looks like a good site to help us get engaged and motivated to lose weight and for me the implication is exercising as much as possible. I have a friend who lost 100 lbs by breaking up her exercise into 20 minute time periods through out the day. I prefer to do it in one hour and get it over with for the day. But my point is, this is your program, do it any way you feel comfortable because that is the only way you are going to stick with it. I am 61 years old, have arthritis and frequently want to use that for my excuse not to exercise when in reality that is another reason to exercise. So good luck! Maybe we can keep in touch. Karen C, Detroit MI emoticon

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9/25/15 12:22 P

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As a relatively new SparkPerson, I don't feel really qualified to answer your question, but since no one else has taken a stab at it, I'll just share my vast (1 month's worth) experience with this site. 1) Track your food and water every day. The water is almost more important than the food in losing weight and controlling blood glucose levels. Be totally honest in your tracking. It should go without saying that if you cheat, it is only yourself you are cheating. The computer doesn't care. 2) Don't get hung up on daily weights. I weigh every day, just so that I have a routine set up so I don't forget to weigh on the days I should. 3) There is only room for 2 challenges on the Start page, so I am careful to only do 2 challenges at once because when I tried to have more, I would forget to check what their daily task was and it just didn't work for me. 4) You only get 5 bonus spins for teams each day, so I limit my teams to 5 so I don't have to choose. Pick teams for which you have the most interest. You can change any time if you find you're not sympathetic to that team as you go along. And that's the wisdom according to Karen for this Friday. The main thing here is to relax and enjoy the process. You will be more successful that way. Good luck in your quest for a healthier you!

Karen in Sunny California
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Life top weight: 232
Top weight this time: 226
Goal: 135
12/21/15: 206
3/21/16: 199.5
6/13/16: 203.5

6/20/16: Starting weight 207.0
6/27/16: 204.5
7/4/16: 204.0
8/8/16: 209.5

 Pounds lost: 4.5 
9/23/15 2:16 P

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I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be

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