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My name is Carrie and I am almost 24. Im joining sparkpeople to find the motivation and support I haven't found yet in my weight loss journey. I am a weightwatchers member and still plan to follow that program, using sparkpeople to hopefully enhance my weight loss, and I sure have ALOT to lose.

I am an English Education major with plans to finish my bachelor's degree about the same time I plan to be at my goal weight. (and no, that is not a sarcastic, "haha" comment) I love to read and I collect books. Some girls can't stop buying clothes or shoes, I buy paperbacks...the local used bookstore is my equivalent of a dealer to an addict :)

Member Since: 2/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 100

My Goals:
Truly, I want to lose enough weigh to feel healthy. Of course, I have a number in mind but there are little things I want to be able to do...

=I want to RUN

=I want to be able to do YOGA...well!

=I want to not hate shopping for clothes

=I want to ultimately lose 140lbs...HALF OF ME.

My Program:
+Currently following the new WeightWatchers Points Plus Program.

+Reading SHAPE Magazine instead of Cosmo, for inspiration


+Starting a "Walk a 5K" program

Personal Information:
Im almost 24 years old

I am an avid reader

I live in a suburb of Chicago

Message Me with any questions!

Other Information:
"There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die... If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer."

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  • v BETH3331
    Hi HEAVYREADER! I stumbled across your blog somehow and could really relate. I added you as a Spark Friend. I hope you'll do the same for me. Congrats on your loss this week and good luck hitting your 10lb and the goals you listed next week! emoticon
    3588 days ago
    I am so sorry I somehow missed your comment to my page. I hope you had a great week and that things are going well for you.
    3589 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 - 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.


    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!


    3593 days ago
    Welcome to Sparks.

    This is a great place to be with down to earth people with realistic goals and ideas. People who want to help and People who have been there and know what you're going through. Sparks offers a good "getting started" article. You can check it out here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_star

    I know It's hard when your busy, or when you get discouraged, but sometimes just doing some small things will keep you on track.

    You don't have time to log those calories...So read the articles here on size comparison, and try to at least "eyeball" your portions.

    Post-it notes with taped on pencils.... On the cupboard where your plates are.... put up a post-it note and a pencil...and put a mark for every serving of vegetables or fruits you have each day.

    Put a post-it on the fridge and mark off waters, juices or sodas.

    and other one for "moving your body"

    hash marks are a quick and easy way to keep some kind of track of what you're are doing and eating.
    and it's not as complicated or time consuming
    as logging all the foods and calories. It's not as "good" as keeping a full account, but when time is scarce and it's better than nothing.
    And another thing you can do is to do what this article suggests, (this is what I'm doing- I have 135# to lose)...Now this article, suggests to break down your weight lose into 10% at a time. (Which is what I did) And I finally lost some weight. It is SOOOOOOO nice to see that weight lost ticker move which motivates me even more. Instead of saying...I have 150 pounds to reach my goal... by setting your "1st" goal at 10%, your closer to your goal. It's reachable - it's manage-able, it's doable.

    Here is the link to the article: The second page really gets to the heart of the article...

    So Welcome again!
    3593 days ago
  • v RENNY30
    Hello Heavyreader,

    Welcome to Sparkpeople. I'm a newbie too. Just joined on Friday. I'm a writer and I love to read as well and I'm hoping to be able to treat myself to a Kindle for my birthday. All the best to you!
    3593 days ago
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