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12/1/14 11:37 A

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Hi everyone - I'm a 30 year old music teacher in central Indiana, just getting started at Spark People...I joined a couple weeks ago, but am just now figuring everything out. Turning 30 this summer was really hard for me, but it was also the kick in the pants that I needed to make some changes in my life. I feel like some of my struggles are a little backwards because I am a Jazzercise instructor, and have been for the last 3 years. Getting my exercise in is no problem, but my diet needs a major overhaul!! Shameful for a fitness instructor, right?? I'm hoping this website will me something I can stick with.

Looking forward to sharing this journey with everyone :-D

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11/26/14 6:15 P

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Hi I'm Ria, age 60. Mother of 3, grandmother of 3 (hopefully more to come), best friend to a border collie mix, and wife of almost 40 years. Need to lose the bad belly fat around the middle that came with age. Need to get active to stay energetic when the grandkids come to visit.

Enjoy reading all these posts and meeting everyone.



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11/22/14 8:33 P

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Hey Chelcey!

Welcome to Spark People! I'm so glad you are here. My hubby and I actually have four girls and a boy, too. 😉 You'll find lots of friends here and lots of people with similar backgrounds.

Enjoy your journey!

-Mary in Michigan


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11/22/14 10:37 A

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Good Morning!

My name is Chelcey, I am 39 , going to be 40 in December :) I have 5 children, four girls and one boy. I keep starting and stopping programs to lose weight and I am soooo tired of being overwieght. I want to start the second half of my life fit and healthy :)

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11/20/14 12:58 P

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Hi there Steve, Steve, Stella and Sherman!

WOO HOO!! WELCOME!!

My dad's name is Steve and so is my brother's. So I can relate to the SteveSteve stuff. :-)

I'm so glad to hear you are having a great recovery from your accident. Sounds like it was pretty horrible and probably miraculous that you are alive. You know, there used to be a Recovering From Injury group on SP but I don't think it's active anymore. You could search for it or for a similar group. It was super helpful for me when I needed it.

Well we're glad you are here Steve!!



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11/20/14 12:29 P

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Hi everyone!

I'm Steve, 57 years old, living with my husband (also named Steve) in Sacramento. I was in an accident on May 2, and I'm currently on disability while I recover. I had 3 surgeries in 9 days while in the hospital, but am on the mend and surprising my doctors at every turn. After 3 months in a wheelchair, I'm now trying to get my body back into better shape and appreciating the time at home to do it!

We have two dogs: Sherman Stevens and Stella Stevens (their last names are because of our first names, get it?). Our first dog was adopted back in 2000, right after our commitment ceremony, and we named her Samantha Stevens. She crossed the rainbow bridge last April, and Stella is our new addition (adopted from our next door neighbors, who left her in the back yard ALL DAY LONG). They are both chihuahuas. I will have to post photos of them.

I bought a new scale yesterday, and so I've had to reset some of my starting points (I thought I was 200 pounds, the new scale said 207.7) but it's all good. I'm enjoying SP and getting to know people here. Your stories are so inspirational!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

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11/19/14 8:48 P

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Hi Allie!!

I love your intro! You are hilarious and all I have to say is "Weirdos UNITE!!!" :-)

Welcome to Spark People!! I'm glad you are here!

:-)

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11/19/14 11:42 A

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Hi all, I'm Allie.... from Alabama. I am 33, I have a husband I love dearly & 2 Rat Terriers, Squishy & Gracie. I'm very shy, and totally uncomfortable talking in public, even online. I'm mostly a lurker, but I'd really like to get out of that habit.I have a tendency to come across as a witch, but I don't mean to... so, this is me. Fat, sad, and weird. But I don't want to be, so hopefully, I can make some friends here who can help me on my way to being healthy, happy, and not quite so weird. :)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

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11/18/14 7:58 A

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WELCOME Naomi and Karen!!! It's so great to see you here!

There is so much information and help on this site that it can sometimes be overwhelming. At the same time, though, there is so much information and help on this site that there truly IS something for EVERYONE!! Just get out there and participate and you WILL find help and success! NEVER STOP STARTING!!

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11/18/14 3:28 A

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Hi all! I'm Karen, 38 (until December 10th), a Central New Yorker, a 3rd shifter, a blogger, a geek, a book junkie, a tv addict, and most importantly mom to 8 year old John. My mom was killed by her obesity and I refuse to leave my son too early for the same reasons. It feels like I've tried it all -- low cal, low carb, Points. I was here what feels like eons ago but my head wasn't in the right place. I hope it is now!

I have a thing. It's like a plan but with more greatness. (The Doctor)
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11/17/14 3:06 A

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Hey everyone. My name is Naomi, I'm 29 years old and live in Northern California. I have a 9 year old daughter.

I have been overweight my entire adult life, and while I have tried several diets over the years, have never been successful in losing/keeping off the weight. I think I huge part of it is lack of motivation. I hope that this time it can be different!

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11/16/14 4:03 P

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HA HA!!! Kids.........it's like that eternal wish of (almost) every parent: I hope you have children exactly like you!!! lol Instead, it's like your wife married two of you. I'm sure that's a good thing!

So welcome back to SP, Matt! I'm glad you're here! :-)



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11/16/14 4:00 P

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Hello,

Name is Matt. I have been here before and had a certain amount of success. I wanted to start new, since that seems to help with the motivation a bit. I am an introvert, so I don't really get out and meet new people.

I am married(18 yrs) and have a 15 year daughter who is much like me, which drives her mother nuts...

Have a great week

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11/16/14 10:28 A

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Hi Maisie! What a great name! :-)

Welcome! I hope you enjoy Spark People and are able to achieve all your goals!! :-)



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11/16/14 10:19 A

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Hi everyone, I'm Maisie from MO. in the last few years I have gained a lot of weight and think t is now time to get rid of it. I looking forward to getting to know all of you and maybe making a friend or two.

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11/16/14 8:09 A

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Hi PASTORWIFE!!

WELCOME!! Thanks for posting your intro and sharing a little about yourself. I am looking forward to getting to know you and encouraging you on your journey.

I see you ordered the Spark Tracker, too. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you love it as much as I do!!

Have fun exploring SP and meeting your new friends!



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11/16/14 1:27 A

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Hello!!!

I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. God has blessed us with 2 children. Our son who is 9 and our daughter who is 1. We live in the southern part of Kentucky, but I was born and raised in a small, farming community about 45 min out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

I've always had a hard time with my weight. I always hoped I would grow out of my whole "chunky" stage and I did...just not the way that I was hoping. I grew right out of my "chunky" stage into my current "obese" stage. As of right now, I need to lose around 110 lbs to get to a healthy BMI. Huge task, but with my family's support, you all cheering me on, and God helping me, I know that I can do this!

Feel free to stop by my page and introduce yourself. Also feel free to add me to your friends. I can't wait to meet all of you and to watch you guys not only meet your goals, but bust through them!

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11/15/14 6:57 A

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Hello Team!!

My name is Mary and I'll be your Team Leader for at least the first month of your journey. I love SparkPeople, its philosophy, and all the great people I have met on this site. I have finally found success in weight loss and healthy living and SparkPeople has been a big reason for that success.

I live in rural mid-Michigan and am very happily married. My hubby and I have five young adult children (2 are mine and 3 are his). We also have two son-in-laws, a granddaughter and a grandson who is due to arrive any day now. FUN!!!

Oh, and guess what?? I'm going to turn 5 0 on Monday November 17!! How fun is it that I was asked to lead the Spark Team for my birthday week!!??? Yup, I'm excited about that! That makes all of you even more special to me! :-)

You can check out my Spark Page to learn more about me and my journey. Just click on my user name or picture and that should take you to my page. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing your new Spark Pages so make sure you create one!

Okay, who's next??

-Mary in Michigan


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11/15/14 6:50 A

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Let's get started by posting a quick introduction about yourself. We'd love to know more about you but please feel free to share only what information you are comfortable sharing.

Even if you just say "Hi, I'm using the name ODAT1117 on Spark People and I'm glad to be here" it's still a great way to say "hi".

WELCOME!! I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new Spark Friends!!

-Mary in Michigan

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