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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon - I'm really glad you've joined us!! Congrats on completing your longest run and good luck with your upcoming 10k!

    Congrats on getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
    Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at
    ost=one_healthy_change_leads_to_another . I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and 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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
    Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location, common goals such as a certain weight loss or several other ways. I'd also like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at
    ndividual.asp?gid=19805 for more information. If you're a fan of The Biggest Loser reality television show, you might enjoy the Biggest Loser Fans SparkTeam - you can find it at
    roups_individual.asp?gid=3822 - whatever you choose to do, I hope you find teams of people who share your interests!
    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 and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!

    3233 days ago
    Beauty Lies in the Beholder's Eyes

    So many beauties in this appealing world,
    The true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.
    There is beauty in the child's innocence and in mother's love,
    There is beauty in a friend's affection and in a tender heart.
    There is beauty in a pretty smile and caring eyes,
    There is beauty in the morning sun and a rainy day.
    There is beauty in the flaky slow and a pleasant spring,
    There is beauty in the milky moon and the graceful rivers.
    There is beauty in a hard earned victory and a hopeful soul,
    There is beauty in me and beauty in you.
    So many beauties in this spectacular world and its dazzling life,
    And the true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.

    Kavitha Krishnamurthy

    As we give thanks this week, let's not forget to count our blessings; remember there are those who are less fortunate. Take the time to really enjoy your holiday and stay safe, especially if you are travelling! As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way today and EVERY day= )

    Happy Thanksgiving, my SP family!!!!


    3866 days ago
    "This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk the forest and be part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy."~Susan Polis Schutz

    "The fact that our happiness depends upon our relationship with ourself, leads to an important conclusion: that we alone are responsible for our happiness. Nobody else can make us happy and fulfilled. Only we can decide how we view our lives, and how we choose to respond to all the events in our lives. "~Theun Mares

    "I always wanted a happy I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."~Gilda Radner

    Sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way....don't forget to thank our vets this week!!!

    HUGS= )


    3879 days ago
    Why God Made Friends

    God made the world with a heart full of love,
    Then He looked down from Heaven above,

    And saw that we all need a helping hand,
    Someone to share with, who'll understand.

    He made special people to see us through
    The glad times and the sad times, too;

    A person on whom we can always depend,
    Someone we can call a friend.

    God made friends so we'll carry a part
    Of His perfect love in all our hearts.


    Thank you Lord, for all my friends
    Each one is dear to me
    For all the smiles and glowing hearts
    I seem to always see.

    They're there in times of good and bad
    Their love, they always share
    They fill me with unending joy
    And show me that they care.

    I see them as the shining stars
    God placed them there with care
    I may not always see their smiles
    But know they're always there.

    November is the month we give thanks and count our blessings; for what are you most thankful? As you evaluate your goals for the month, take the time to "give thanks" and don't forget to spread the Spark. Remember your body doesn't know the difference between a weekday or a holiday--so make good choices EVERY day= ) As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way!!!


    Melissa emoticon
    3886 days ago
    emoticon to SP and emoticon on taking the necessary steps to becoming a healthier you= ) SparkPeople is like no other site: you'll receive advice from various health professionals and support (night or day) from others striving to become fit. Be sure to use all this site has to offer and check out the Teams...there's something for everyone!!!

    Best wishes throughout your journey and I hope you have a emoticon week: )


    3892 days ago