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10/9/19 8:09 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople,

you will gain success again and learn how to keep healthy. One day at a time is the best attitude and I wish you all the best at reaching success with your goals.

Susan from
Welland Ontario CANADA

I FOUGHT for it!
I WILL NOT give it up!
NOTHING will prevent me from maintaining my HEALTH!

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10/7/19 6:22 A

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"Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They are the temporary, happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either." - Carrie Fisher (may she and her mom RIP........)

If you can't love yourself, how are ya gonna love somebody else? - RuPaul

Take action, and inspiration will follow - Gilad

Change without losing yourself and you can accomplish anything. - Tim Gunn

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars - Casey Kase

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9/26/19 11:49 A

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Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give -- which is everything

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9/26/19 10:43 A

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I'm a very busy, very stressed buisiness owner that eats whatever is available when I have time. It may be candy, a cookie, crackers, etc. Whatever is quick and handy! And that's my problem. I don't have the time, or take the time to plan my meals and snacks. And some of my family members aren't any help and are always buying junk food and bringing it to my house. I've asked them not to, but they continue doing it. Of course then I have some when they're having some! UGH! I just need to get on a healthy track and stay there. I'm not happy with the way I look and feel, and I need to make a change for the better. Any help and advice would be appreciated.

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9/25/19 2:36 A

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Mine was similar. I started here nearly fourteen years ago and had great success, losing a hundred pounds and hitting my goal weight and kept it off for a couple of years. Then I had some surgery that resulted in eating soft and mostly bad foods for a while which turned into a major backslide. Fast forward to five years ago and I had gained a large part of it back and was informed that I was type 2 diabetic. That scared the crap out of me and gave me the boot in the pants I needed. Thank goodness for the SparkPeople discipline and support I needed to get rolling again. It's been over five years and I'm nearing my goal again with normal blood sugar and better vitals all around. I've been either maintaining or losing for the whole five years and hopefully, things will remain that way this time. Wishing you smooth sailing and welcome to SparkPeople!


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Dave A.- South Central PA, USA

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9/23/19 6:40 A

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Hi and welcome to Sparkpeople. Congratulations on making this move toward a healthier you. By joining teams, you will receive accountability, encouragement, support and motivation. Check out the teams on my sparkpage. We'd love to have you join us on them.

If I can be of any help, please let me know.


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"By changing nothing, nothing changes." Tony Robbins

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9/22/19 7:20 P

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It's too bad you don't have much support from friends, etc. But, you should do what's right for you and not worry about what they think. It sounds like it's their issue not yours.
This is a really supportive community. Members are helpful and knowledgeable. Participating on the site will help keep you accountable and motivated.

One day/ one step at a time. You can do it!

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-Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."

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9/22/19 11:42 A

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Welcome to Sparkpeople so glad you have joined us

I read the 'long version' of your story and could see myself in it. Though I have a lot more than 60 pounds to lose. You are a wise person to catch it now before it gets any worse.

How about putting a little more on your sparkpage - some of your long version - so that when members of Sparkpeople come to say hi they can read how you are doing and post a not of encouragement

Also I would like to remind you to participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined as that is where you will find motivation and encouragement

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9/22/19 9:53 A

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Welcome back to your goals. Starting is a huge step and you have done it! Community is often found in team membership so I suggest you check them out, find something that interests and explore.

All the best to you and congratulations again for getting back to taking care of YOU!!

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9/22/19 4:08 A

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If you want the short version:
I lost 60 lbs years ago, gained it back, just realized it at a check-up, and realized I need to make serious changes in my life.

For the long version:
About 7 years back, I got really serious about my weight. I did very well, and lost 60 lbs over the course of a year. I was very proud of myself, and I've had people tell me it's not an easy feat. I kept it off for a good couple of years when I check the logs of my FitBit Aria.

I did the weight loss and working out regimen with a coworker, but he has moved on. He was passionate about health and eating, and I learned so much from him. The energy from the conversations kept me on track. When he moved on, I found that a lot of people were not receptive to healthy habits, and I've heard disparaging comments like "Everyone gains it back anyway" or "I'll die anyway." Most people in my life at that point didn't care, and the energy slowly rubbed on me, as much as I'd like to think I'm independent of it.

I fell into a deep depression a couple years ago. I started eating unhealthy starchy foods and drinking heavily to cope. I knew the weight was coming back, and I avoided the scale for years because I didn't want to deal with it.

I knew I needed to lose what I had gained back, but I kept putting it off. I struggled with self-confidence and finding my own inner voice. People I have dated in the past were not supportive of me losing weight.

A week ago, I had a physical. When I stepped on the scale, the scale I was avoiding all these years, my heart sank. I had gained every single pound back. I knew I gained some back, but I did not realize that I had gained every single pound back.

That was a major wake-up call, and I knew I had to get serious. I had to get serious about my diet the way I had when I was working out with my former coworker. I realize a lot of the reason I held back was because I knew it would rub some people in my life the wrong way.

So, I am back at it again. I set down firm rules, and it is already causing tension in my relationships. But I have to do this. I have to do this for myself. I set a firm boundary on foods, and I started weighing myself daily again.

I decided to join this board because I need a community. Many people in my life are not serious about adopting healthy habits, and I feel isolated when I do so. I need to be around positivity and an intentional concern for health.

If you read this far, I thank you for your time. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community, and encouraging each other as we strive for a healthier life.

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