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JANROLG's Photo JANROLG Posts: 3,002
2/5/20 6:00 A

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Welcome to SparkPeople!

The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you. - Oprah

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2/3/20 2:27 P

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emoticonMEGANCOLLINS12 and emoticon to SparkPeople...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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1/21/20 11:12 A

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Welcome to SparkPeople, this site has a wealth of information to help you get and stay healthy. I agree with all the previous posters, look into SparkTeams, try to find teams that share your life stage (age, parenting, etc.) and your interests. Having children makes this more difficult and easier. Playing, dancing and fooling around with your kids is a great way to get active, it also encourages them to be active. Finding ways to eat healthier impacts your whole family, small changes make it easier. Getting more active and building muscle will help boost your metabolism. One thing I have found is that a "diet" isn't the answer, changing your eating habits in a way you can maintain for life is the key.

Good luck!

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1/21/20 1:14 A

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I agree with Bobbie... the successes are who you want to steal your success from. You don't really have to steal it because they will willingly share it with you. To begin with, concentrate on the basics of the SparkPeople program and those are the trackers. Get in the habit of honestly and consistently logging everything you eat and all of your exercise. It's the easy next step then to just start controlling the number of calories you eat and the number of calories you burn. Once you've built that habit, move on to refinement with balancing your nutrients and improving your workout regimen. None of this happens overnight, but sticking with it over time will win you great rewards and all the tools you need are right here on this site. Good luck and welcome to SparkPeople!


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1/20/20 6:37 P

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Hi Megan,

Welcome to SP!
This is a really supportive and encouraging community. Being active here on the site will keep you motivated and accountable. Using the Nutrition and Fitness trackers will show you how you are doing food and exercise wise. There are exercise videos on the site that you may find useful. I think the biggest thing is willing to commit to being a healthier you.

Best of luck to you!

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

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1/20/20 12:54 A

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Hi Meg,

Wow, you really are brand new. I just to a look at your S. Page and today is your new member date. 1/19/2020

I have to tell you if you really do want to lose weight and keep it off you may have to change your lifestyle somewhat. There are hundreds of diet plans or lifestyles I like to call them and most of us think ours is the best plan. The only good advice I have for you is to check out some of the women on SP that have lost weight and kept it off for a few years. I think if I were in your shoes I would join a team or two that are teams for maintenance. That's where you'll find those who have proven that whatever plan they were on they loved it enough to stick with it even in maintenance.

Good luck to you, I wish you the very best in your journey to your goal. Please feel free to visit me on my S. page. I will support you on your journey. I have added you as a
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(((Hugs))) Bobbie

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There is no Finish Line in NO MORE SUGAR and a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

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I Quit Smoking 11/10/17

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1/19/20 5:18 P

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Megan welcome to Sparkpeople so glad you have joined us.

Consider going to your sparkpage and putting a little about you and your journey so that when we come to say hi we can read how you are doing

Participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined as that is where you will be encouraged and motivated

One year of making healthy lifestyle changes

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1/19/20 5:19 A

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Hi! Im megan ! I have recently turned 30 and found my body slowing down in terms of shedding extra weight. I have looked at every program under the sun to help me better understand what I should and should not eat and do and not to do in terms of exercise. Sadly, none of them fit my lifestyle. As a mom of two very active little boys I needed something with easy access and could keep track of my progress for me because brain. I hope this program will help me reach my goals not only in my weight loss journey but also in my everyday life.

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