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SWEET40SOMETHIG Posts: 1
7/27/10 9:34 P

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Hello to all. my name is Cathy and I joined a few months ago. Just trying to meet the demands of life and take care of myself. Its time to take control of my health and fitness and make new friends along the way.


RONIROBLES Posts: 2
7/21/10 2:41 P

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Hi everyone, I don't even remember how I found Sparkpeople.com a while ago but here you have me. I'm trying to get back on track with my weight but I've been struggling. I had gastric bypass 6+ years and for the most part did really well and lost 100 lbs but in the last 3 yrs have gained 15 lbs and having a hard time loosing it.
I'm hoping to find other people in LB area who can give me ideas of how to get motivated again.

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COLLEENR32 Posts: 4
7/20/10 2:44 P

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I joined at the end of May, but in the last couple weeks have fallen off the wagon.
I am trying to get back into it this week.
I have a sensitivity to wheat/gluten. Does anyone have ideas for gluten & wheat free snacks ...besides fruits & veggies??



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7/20/10 10:25 A

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I joined this webpage at the suggestion of a friend who was successfully loosing weight. I have had lots of life changes in the last year, many of them not for the better so I decided to do this for myself. Good luck to all of you on your journey's. emoticon

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TRANBY1 Posts: 15
7/20/10 7:15 A

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Well . . . the last year has been an eye opener on every level of my life - health, love, and self. After 20+ years of taking care of everyone else - this year it is take care of me time - making me the priority. So far so good - thanks for all the motivation and encouragement!

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7/15/10 7:49 P

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I just found this group. I technically joined SP on May 30 but have really been active over the last month. I really feel like I can do it this time. No more yo-yo dieting or exercise bulimia. This time I am doing it right.

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emoticon It sounds like you're doing a great job.

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7/14/10 9:33 P

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Hi everyone I just joined a little over a month ago and have really found the site so helpful. I have lost 10 lbs and have 40 more to go. I always thought I could never be at goal weight but now with the daily pep talk, I have decided I can with the help and support of spark people so I am fired up and ready for the ride

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KARLI7707's Photo KARLI7707 Posts: 192
7/14/10 10:45 A

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Hey all! I joined about a month ago but never introduced myself on here... so I figure it's about time! I recently got engaged and am planning my wedding. I lost 30 pounds before joining SP, but I have about 15-20 pounds still hanging on before I'm to my goal. I thought this might be the kick in the rear I needed to get to my goal! I want to lose the last 20 pounds before I buy my wedding dress which I need to do by January, so I want to have it gone by November so I have some time to shop around. :-) So far I really like this site and it has some great tools and some very inspiring members! I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you!

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BEELUV2 Posts: 5
7/14/10 8:56 A

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Hello everyone my name is Belinda and I joined a little over a month ago. I use to be totally fit and in control of my life but the last 2 years trying to meet the demands in corporate america has taken its toll on my health and fitness. Looking to regain control of my health and fitness and make some new life long friends in the process.

MUSICFANMD Posts: 7
7/13/10 3:42 P

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Hi I'm Deanna and I joined over a month ago. However, I've been a little unmotivated ever since I found out my husband is deploying very soon. I'm not over eating, I'm just not eating the healthiest or exercising. I just want to spend as much time as I can with him. Buying a house doesn't help it either.
Any hints of how to do both?

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7/8/10 11:08 P

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Was this intended to be a PM to someone in particular? I'm sure anyone on this thread is down to help you out with personal advice if you need it, I've noticed that everyone seems to be super friendly around here...

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EDIT: replies to specific posts just bump the thread. What's up with that?


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7/8/10 12:03 P

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Hello I go by sbbutterfly1 I just now posted a message and introduced myself.
I was at first lost for words after reading your post you couldn't had described "me" better!
I seclude myself from the world, and just study and try to parent my teenage daughter overwhelmed with stress from all sorts of places in my life "MAINLY" school and my eating habits during the semester(s)
My question to you is I'd like to know if I can ask of you your personal advice sometimes if needed?
I know (as we all do) it's a job of it's own trying to be and remain healthy! emoticon

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7/8/10 11:53 A

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I was referred to sparkpeople.com by a significant other who knew I struggled with staying on track exercising and wanted to lead my life more healthfully. I was hesitant from introducing myself in any group I had joined do to the fact I lacked consistency.
So far I have lost a few pounds and I have become excited more than ever to keep losing and build my self-esteem more importantly stay motivated and put my membership at a local gym to use!
Time management is going to be the key once I start college up again after summer break, I am going to keep logging in daily to read up on all the fantastic features on spark and all the wonderful members FULL of encouragement! emoticon

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7/1/10 1:52 P

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Heloooo, - just found this group the other day. I'm 28, female, and mind blowingly awesome.

Got fat in undergrad, lost about 40 lbs with the help of anorexia, destroyed my metabolism. Gained it back plus some during grad school due to horrible horrible eating and drinking habits, as well as inactivity due to massive studying.

Actually joined sparkpeople in 2006 after i had gained 15 lbs back once i started eating food again after undergrad, but never really cared enough to use it.

Not really actively looking for a job so I'm hermiting myself at home, working out at least an hour a day, but having a hard time restricting calories when I'm just surfing the couch all day. It's a trade off though, trying to avoid my triggers of parties and openings where booze, cheese and after-parties are a necessity. Hanging out with thin and lithe people is way depressing.

Lost about 10 lbs in the past 2 months, but getting frustrated about how slow losing weight the healthy way is.

Oh, and I'm really, really in love with tennis right now.


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6/28/10 7:13 P

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just was looking at email and found you glad to get help just a little about me I'm 62 retired driver and getting fat found sparks and looking for help. I'm 5'7" and 270 need to go down to at least 200 180 would be great but oh boy that seems to far away. I have been riding my bike with my 10 year old girl yup 10 , I have to admit a fat guy on a bike looks funny but you have to keep your sense of hummor. We live in northern Mn. so I just ordered a Schwinn 230 exercise bike to keep me busy in front of the TV and try to bern some of that stuf all over my body, and keep it off. But like I said I need help my wife is a small woman and never has any problem not like me any way. So hope to hear from all of you.

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6/21/10 8:37 A

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6/20/10 9:57 P

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Hi Everyone! I decided to join spark people after hearing about it from a friend of mine. I think this is a great website to reach goals. I was going it alone with an Excel spreadsheet to track my food and using active.com to track my workouts but having it all together on one website is great! It's very user friendly as well. Just wanted to drop in and say GO TEAM!

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6/20/10 5:42 P

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Hi emoticon

I was about to turn 30 and decided I would like to start enjoying life a great deal more. I want to feel comfortable and happy in my body! I'm hoping that with both the nutritional and fitness tracker I'll be able to lose the extra weight!


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LHEFFERN's Photo LHEFFERN Posts: 40
6/20/10 11:09 A

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Hey all,
I'm Lee and I'm 49 years old.
I'm a literacy coach and former teacher, so I'm using summer
vacation to focus on myself and my health. I've started the Couch to 5K and that's been DIFFICULT, but I'm onto week 3 this week.
School was stressful this year and I've developed a range of ANNOYING health problems.
I'm glad I found spark people to help me get focused. I'm looking forward to being in this SP Class with all of you.

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GMSGIRL Posts: 1
6/20/10 1:49 A

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Hello, I am Rosalie, 39 years old. I have have been a big girl all my life. The past 10 years I have been at my all time high and since I joined SP I have lost 15lbs. I am trying things I have not done before and look forward to a better way of life. I have stopped drinking soda, which was a major change for me as I LOVED soda!!!!

I want to be a Fabulous 40 and don't want to live the next 10 years as a big girl. I do have a underactive thyroid and have found that the only way for me to lose any weight is to work it off. Exercise has never been my friend. So I am taking on this new challenge, changing my eating habits and so far it is working!!!

Keep me going you Sparkles! I will keep you going too! We CAN do this for a better us!

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6/19/10 3:40 P

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Hi Everyone, I just found this team. My Name is Tara and I'm 28 yrs old soon to be 29 come August 14th

I admit I joined sparkspeople a few yrs ago but then I gave up and walked away from it.. Now I am back and this time for good.. I Gotta lose this weight and I'm ready to change me and everything else in order to do it..

I became active again End of May beginning of June.. I have lost 16lbs since beginning of may mostly by walking and then began eating nothing but healthy goods in beg of June. I no longer buy junk or allow it in my aprt. I will admit I do still at times have the odd coffee or the odd soda when I'm out but I no longer have soda in the aprt and i Never had coffee in the aprt anyway.

I am on a huge lifestyle change and not just in the eating healthy and losing weight department either.. I am trying to be more positive, build my self-esteem and self-confidence and become more of a leader too and less of a follower. I don't just want to be in the background anymore. I want to get out there and get active some how in some way.. Not to be noticed but to become more healthy. Since I started walking and eating Healthy my depression that I apparently suffer from has dissipated immensely. I have realized also that I enjoy things I never thought I would..

I am waiting to get my bike so I can do more then just walk but even bicycle for about 5 minutes until I'm able to do more.. I just recently bought a used dumbell set. I remember my mama had one when I was a kid.. And I'm going to use it..

I have a long way to go in all the changes I want to make but I'm doing them slowly sometimes a moment at a time.. I know I can do it especially when I have Christ with me and so many people to motivate me and support me in my journey of a BETTER Life too.

Thanks

Edited by: TARAFROMONT at: 6/19/2010 (15:42)
Men look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.
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For with God nothing shall be impossible Luke 1:37

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2PERMONTHCAROL's Photo 2PERMONTHCAROL Posts: 308
6/18/10 9:37 P

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Hi, I'm a working Mom of 2 (2 and 4) and am trying to work on losing weight without becoming neurotic about food. WW really worked for me because of the group, but with my job and kids I can't find a time to go back so I thought I would try an online community. My goal is to eat as if I am my goal weight until I become my goal weight....slow and steady. My biggest challenge is that as soon as I start recording my food, I stop eating entirely so I need to remind myself to eat *more*. Crazy!

I also have PCOS and my biggest goal is to go off my Metformin...something my endocrinologist says I should be able to do if I get to my goal.

I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you so we can share ideas, encouragements, and accomplishments.

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EKUPSTIS Posts: 4
6/17/10 10:10 P

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Welcome, Emily! I'm right there with you...it's tough to stay motivated some times but this site has really been helping me a lot! Message me anytime...for a pep talk, advice, friendship...whatever you need. it'll be nice to lean on each other and stay motivated!

Emily

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EROSENBACH Posts: 2
6/17/10 5:20 P

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Hi...My name is Emily. I am an HR professional in Houston Texas. I have had a constant yo-yo with weight.

I am trying to get some control back in my life.
I am going to personal trainer...have fallen in love with spin class. =)

I am trying to keep my motivation even though I don't seem to be loosing weight.

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6/15/10 2:13 P

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emoticon Emily! Glad you joined the group. I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism last month so am still just getting my head around what that means for me. I joined SP as a result of researching information online about thyroid issues and thought that signing up would help get me on the right track with my overall health & weight loss goals. Best of luck to you!

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EKUPSTIS Posts: 4
6/14/10 2:38 P

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I'm Emily, age 23. I am a newly graduated college student gearing up to go back for my master's degree this time next year. I am a CT certified elementary school teacher but the job search has proven to be fruitless right now.I am a specialty camp director for an outdoor center over the summer and I look forward to being outdoors and working with kids. I picked up The Spark in a book store after having seen an advertisement for it in Fitness Magazine.

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 6 years ago. I had lap band surgery a year and a half ago. The weight came off easily at first but old habits die hard and I started to gain about 6 months after my surgery. I've been an avid exerciser since high school but I have found that in times of stress or extreme busyness, I tend to let exercise fall by the wayside.

I have been using the SP website over the past week and a half, using the nutrition tracker to keep me honest and the fitness tracker to keep me consistent. I'm here for motivation, support, and to share what I have learned with the rest of the Sparkers out there. This is the first time I've felt hopeful and excited about getting healthy in a really long time. Thanks in advance for welcoming me into the SP family!

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RNPRUITT Posts: 1
6/12/10 5:12 P

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I'm MaryAnn, age 50. I have three children and two beautiful grandchildren(ages 22 months and 6 weeks). I'm a registered nurse and I work full time. My weight is affecting my ability to enjoy many aspects of my life. I have been overweight for most of my life. I have tried many, many weight loss programs and products. I was blessed to read an article on Sparkpeople in a magazine. My daughter, who is also overweight, (and just gave birth to her second bundle of joy), and I decided to focus our efforts together and see how successful we can be using these resources. So far, so good....I plan to be on the sparkpeople site every day for a long time to come. It's an adjustment we are making in our lifestyle!! I know God will bless those people that have made this free site available. I thank Him and them for it!! Let's get healthy!!

MYSTIKDOLPHIN Posts: 4
6/12/10 11:24 A

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Hey everyone my name is Nicole. I am a mother of 6 kids. So I always ask myself how could it got that bad. Two of my kids I didn't give birth to and they are 8 year old twins. In order there is Katelynn 8, Alexander and Brandon (the twins)8, Michael; 7, Ethan 6 and Hannah 3. I am really looking forward for this coming school year then all kids will be in school and then i can some how hit the gym etc.

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I am still learning all the great things in SparkPeople so I haven't introduced myself yet. My name is Margie, mother of 2 (19y & 23y). I started Spark People 4 weeks ago when I had to take my husband to ER and he was diagnosed with A-fib, rate 180-190. That has gotten our attention very fast and we have been on a healthy eating lifestyle ever since. He has lost 22 pounds (isn't is always that way? Men always lose faster), I have lost 8-10lbs. This sight is great and I am still finding more and more cool and helpful stuff. I haven't done the emailing other members but I want to. So this weekend this is my goal. Can't wait to get to know you all!

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6/11/10 7:01 P

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Hi all, I'm from Florida, 58 years old, married and wanting to lose 50 pounds to get in better shape. This first week, I lost 2 pounds. am getting used to the site, did use SP a while ago.
Hope we all have great results and do it together.

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CMCHMOMMY1278 Posts: 1
6/11/10 1:03 P

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Hi, I started this journey on June 1st. I have lost 3 lbs as of yesterday. I feel good. I am learning to enjoy exercising. I am a wife and working mother of 2 children, ages 5 and 2.5. My husband and I are going on a trip in August and I hope to meet my first goal by then. I am about 18 lbs away. I know I can do it. I hope to be down to my goal weight of 140-150 by June 1, 2011. I am also learning how to eat healthy. I am learning how to listen to my body. I have been drinking water if I have a hunger feeling and if I still feel hungry, then I will eat. I have had 2 C-sections so I am trying to get my stomach muscles back to where they were (when I was in high school). I need to be healthy so I can enjoy my husband for a long time and my children and grandchildren.

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6/11/10 12:28 P

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Welcome to all the new members! Can't wait to share our successes on this journey.

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I'm Kelly, I started about a week ago and I'll do my first weight check this weekend. So far I feel great and I expect to see some success despite a lack of progress for the past few years. I'm starting my second career after spending most of the past 15 years at home with my kiddos who are now 18 and 15. My son just graduated and I still haven't taken off that baby weight! Better late than never...


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Hi, my name is Brandi. I'm a working wife and mother of two. I have more then 50 lbs. to lose and I would like to do it by Christmas. I have not really tried alot of dieting before. I've been with Spark People two weeks tomorrow and I have already lost 4 pounds, so I must be doing something right. Good luck to everyone on my team. I am a great listener, so if anyone needs to vent or talk let me know. Congradulations on starting this new journey in your life.

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Hi my name is Jamie I am 24 years old. I am newly married with no children (except my 3 dogs and 2 cats). I have had weight problems in some form most of my life. I am up to my largest ever weight of 225 pounds thanks to being on/ going off of topamax for migraines. One day I was 130 pounds and bone skinny to sinny the next i had to change medications and gained 60 pounds with in a few months without changing anything. From there on it was down hill and i have gained more and more uncontrollably. I am here becuase I am becoming unhealthy and my family deserves better from me. You just can be the same person with an extra 100 or so pounds. good luck to all!!!

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6/10/10 11:37 P

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I don't think I have intorduced myself here, but if I have, forgive me. I live in Shreveport LA, am the morher of 3 grown sons and grandmother of 4 wonderful grandsons. I was normal sized until the birth of my sons, after the birth of each, I graduallly gained back up to my pre-birth weight. Then after the death of my first husband, I gained another 50 lbs gradually.

I am now married to a wonderful man who thinks I am wonderful just like I am, however, he deserves a healthy mate to spend the rest of his life with.

My goals are good health and more energy.

I am glad to be here and I know that this time I will DO IT. emoticon

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hello! not sure if i introduced myself before. i joined 12 days ago. please check out my sparkpage and get in touch! would love to hear from people who want to keep each other motivated :)

TIFFWISNER1 Posts: 2
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hi my name is tiffany and i'm a 27 year old mother of 3 ages 2, 4, and 6 and i'm a full time massage student. i was doing really well with my diet for a while but when i started school it became "impossible" to keep track of myself and here i am 5 months into being a student and i have put 10lbs back on. i am really hoping that i can get myself back on track and get back to the weight falling off. this time last year i was 270lbs and as of right now i am 237 which is still a better number then before but ideally i need to be around 130-140 i know i can do it but it won't be easy.

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6/10/10 9:54 P

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today has been a hard one for me too. But just think about the things you have done right like the other goals and tomorrow will be better with the food right?

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6/10/10 9:14 P

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Welcome everyone. I have had a bad day today foodwise. Went out to lunch with the other teachers for Chinese food and also didn't have a great night or a walk because of the rain. Last day of school tomorrow and I hope to have a lot more energy for this whole thing. Its been a VERY rough year, but things are looking up for next year!

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3MOS2HEAVEN Posts: 2
6/10/10 8:07 P

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It's nice to see I'm not alone! I will post here daily at least until I get control of myself. That's all for being here, I am feeling more optimistic.

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This site is really awesome and all of you are really supportive! Thanks for the encouragement... and right back at you-we can do this.

I have a very assertive way. It's wake up, move your ass, or piss off home.
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CD7584700 Posts: 8
6/10/10 6:35 P

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Hey Janine, it's my millionth trip down Weight Loss Alley, too! I don't think we'll need to sew our mouths shut, all the other trips were learning experiences. I know we can do it!

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Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm from Iowa. I'm going to be 40 later this summer, and I have four kids (ages 19,18,16 and 7). My goal is to lose about 70 lbs (100 would probably be better), and I also plan on running a 5k. I've always been a big girl, and I've lost and gained the same 20 or 30 lbs a good zillion times. I have to say when I started this just a week or so ago I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and a wee bit hopeless about all of this...but I've been doing pretty good staying in my calorie range and with exercising. I've found this to be pretty motivational so far, and I'm excited to get to know you guys and to have all of you for support.

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Hi, I'm Molly from NY and this is my 4th (or so!) attempt to lose weight with Sparkpeople. Here's to hard work and sticking with it! emoticon

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6/10/10 3:41 P

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Hi, my name is Burr, and I have failed so often that I have very little confidence left about my ability to reclaim my life. But I have to try again. I have to succeed.

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6/10/10 2:08 P

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I'm Janine... and this is my 1 millionth trip down Weight Loss Alley. I've tried about everything when it comes to weightloss outside of sewing my mouth shut!


I have a very assertive way. It's wake up, move your ass, or piss off home.
-- Gordon Ramsay


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6/10/10 1:58 P

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Hi, I'm Kat from Ohio and according to those charts I have 140lbs to lose. However, I'd like to lose approx. 75-100lbs. I've tried WW and the points, but learned how to work around them. Felt I was creating worse behaviors, so I'm back to basics and hope this site can help me develop the consistency and determination I lack to meet my goals. emoticon

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