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8/15/11 2:00 P

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Hi Everyone! I'm new to Spark as of today. I just moved to Plant City (Hillsborough County) in April from Greenville, SC. I was diagnosed with class 2 Diabetes about 3 years ago. Right now it's diet and exercise controlled and I want it to stay like that so Sparks will be a great help.

Hoping to make new friends and Sparks will help me with this goal. I haven't had the chance to get to know anyone yet. I was only here 1 week and not even finished unpacking, when my mom (I was her caregiver. She had Alzheimer's) was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She just passed away 4 weeks ago and I am now trying to pick up the pieces and get my life back together. I was her caregiver for 3 yrs. I'm having what you call "Empty Nest Syndrome".

I started exercising on my elliptical trainer and using portion control and have lost 8 lbs in the last 3 weeks. Would like to become very active on this board and would love to participate in near-by get -together and events. Please feel free to message me. BTW, I'm 59 years young and plan on getting younger ;).

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8/9/11 5:10 P

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Hi Everyone!!! I'm new to the group and to this site. I live in the West Palm Beach area.

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8/6/11 10:45 A

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Hi, I'm relatively new to SP and still trying to find a neat photo to add to my "signature". I figured out how to add the neat wt loss tracker bar. Very motivating. There is so much on this site it will take time to figure it all out and select the bits that are right for me. I like that there is so much diversity here.

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Hi my name is Alda and I have been on SP for a week now and still trying to get the hang of it all.

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8/3/11 12:21 A

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Hi Sparkfriends!

I'm Rana, currently in Largo, originally from the 'burg (St. Pete, for those not in the know.) I'm new to SparkPeople, but I've been overweight my whole life, and I'm ready to make the lifestyle change needed to live a healthier life. I'm an English teacher at 2 local colleges, and I love love LOVE my job! Usually... I'm also a jane-of-all-crafts, making jewelry, painting, cross-stitching, and making cards and paper-crafts (I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, too...)

My biggest problem weight wise is that I forget to eat, and my body has decided I'm starving it. I'm making a concerted effort to eat more often, and so far, it's going fairly well.

Thanks for reading!

Rana

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8/1/11 6:27 P

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Hello Spark People, I am new and have been following the nutrition guidelines for the last 2 days. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, but have been fighting the same 10-15 pounds for several years. I have been with weight watchers for quite a long time and that has always been successful in the past; but recently it doesn't seem to be working.

I am 67, am married, have one grown son and one grown stepson, and live in West Palm Beach, FL. I work with a trainer at LA fitness once a week and generally follow up with 2 additional visits on my own.

I look forward to succeeding with the SparkPeople program and learning more about other people on the program here in Florida.



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7/31/11 11:59 P

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Hows it going everyone my names Jay i'm around 220 now trying to get down to at least 165 so i have a ways to go... i'm from Miami Dade i love the water and walking trails in the everglades.

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7/31/11 8:50 A

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Welcome Luna, There's a lot you can learn and apply here that will help you. There are also people that care and are on the same journey. Commit and do the right things then watch the magic. Patience is always something you need as well to learn...I did. I wish you the best and be well....
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7/30/11 10:37 P

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Hello everybody, My name is Luna, I am 22, and I weigh 214 and I need to be somewhere around 145, so I need to lose 69 pounds. Since I was 12 I have fluctuated back and forth between 180 and 250. I have managed to stay below 220 for a few years now, (excluding during my pregnancy). Hopefully, this year will be my breaking point and finally get away from the usual routine.

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7/29/11 4:13 P

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Hi Sparkpeople,

I am brand new today and as of today I an giving myself a gift of a year. I am married and have two daughters in college and give to everyone all the time. Now is the time for me..so I have started my journey today and I have a weight loss goal of 30 lbs. by 2/15/2012, Would love to meet and hear all your stories.

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7/27/11 11:26 A

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Hello my name is Margaret and i am new to the team. i have been a member with spark since june. i live in Miami and i decided that i needed to lose weight and i will be looking forward to chatting with the team.

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7/25/11 10:47 P

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Hey Christina!
Good to meet you. First of all, relax, this is no race and patience is the key. This change to a healthy lifestyle can be fun as it is a life journey compared to none. I did it because of my family and especially my Granddaughter. She's the reason we moved from the Wash DC area. When I committed to her, it all made sense. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we're all on the same cruise here! All the best...
Monty

And yes, Palm Harbor is amply represented here! "Ain't it cool!"

NOW, who said CHEESEBURGERS?
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I highly recommend Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers! A great alternative, you can get them at Costco.

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I'm a newbie and I'm from Palm Harbor too! Wow! Small world

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After a month long vacation, I REALLY need to get sparking instead of PARKING myself on the couch or the table. Way too much fun and food while I was away. My brother inspired me by losing 40 pounds and getting back to his teenage weight! YIKES! I have three weeks before I return to work and a chaotic schedule. Any helpful hints/tips/tricks would be much appreciated, It would be wonderful to lose 40 pounds and call my brother or better yet, send him a picture! THANKS! emoticon

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7/21/11 8:52 A

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Hello Floridians!

So glad to have found this website and this group. I live in Brevard County but love to travel the state. Best of luck to all of you. I hope to be an asset to this team as we meet our goals.

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Hello and Welcome to all. We are glad you joined us. If you are new to SparkPeople as well as SparkFlorida - the Office Team, welcome to both.

There are lots of people here that are very capable and willing to give a lift along your journey. So if you get frustrated or feel like it's a rough spot, reach out and you will get some very encouraging help.

Mirage727 is in our Hall of Fame as he has reached is goal and is in maintenance. He has some great inspiring stories to help you past your rought spots. So do not hesitate to sign out when the going gets tough!

I wish you all Sparkling success in reaching all your dreams and goals, health, wealth, and happiness. Check out the threads (especially SparkWheel Golf in the Games and Fun Forum on this page) and join in the fun of the team. It truely does help. Please check out the thread, "New What County do you live in?" and enter the name of your county. This will allow others in your county to find you or for you to find them if you are looking for exercise buddies or just talking friends. You never know - you might be living right next door to a Sparker!

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Welcome all! Great to see new and returning SparkPeople. Stay active in the community, do what you need to and have patience. Be well!
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Hi everyone,

I'm not new to Spark People but a re-starter as I dropped out for several years. However, now I need some accountability so will start out slow and see how it goes. I will be reading the boards to get some ideas for everything and hopefully can stick with it this time and not be a loser.

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New to SPARK and to Florida. Just moved to Fort Myers last month- finishing up college down here! emoticon

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7/18/11 6:24 A

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Good morning everyone. My name is Stacy. I live on the west coast of Fl in Pasco county Spring Hill. It has been a while since I have been back. I really have to loose this weight for my health problems. When I am active in a group it makes it a lot easier to make my goals. Looking forward on sharing with all of you. emoticon

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Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lauren and I just recently relocated to St Pete, FL. I'm excited about reaching my goals and I know I will work harder to achieve them if I am active in a group of others that are wanting to do the same. :) I look forward to sharing the journey with many of you.

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Welcome to all. I know you will find what you're looking for. Just commit and stay active here. You will learn a lot. I did. Don't hesitate to ask.
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Hello everyone! I'm 32 and live in Fern Park in Seminole County. Anyone nearby needing a workout buddy?

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Hi!! I'm Amanda and I live in Okaloosa county. Just minutes from the Gulf! I do go to the beach, even though I'm a little (lot) overweight. There's always someone fatter than me! emoticon I don't wear cute little suits like most girls I see out there, though. I would love to be able to do that again!

I am originally from Chicago, so the Air Force has brought me down here. I'm a nurse and I work in the recovery room. I'm not completely new to Spark People...just renewed! I started a new account and I really need to get serious about getting this weight off.

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Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Floridians! I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend. I just started SparkPeople today...so I am brand new to all of this. My name is Alison or Ali, by the way, and I live in Marion County, but I am partial to Pinellas County. I will turn 37 on October 20th. It sure would be nice to be a little lighter and a littler more in shape by my birthday. I really don't want another year to go by where I don't want to go to the beach (HELLO, I live in FLORIDA!! I should be at the beach constantly!) So, here I am, ready to get going, and very happy to be here. :)

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7/1/11 8:29 P

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Hi Everyone! My name is Susan. I live in Central Florida, Volusia County, Orange City. My birthday is Dec. 30th.

I've been with SP for just a few days, still finding my way around. I happened to come across this group and thought it would be a great way to find others close to me.

Hmmmm....from what I see you've been to St. Augustine, a wonderfully delightful little place with lots and lots of spirits floating around. Yes, I've brought some home as well. LOL!

So, let's see....what can I say about myself? Well, I'm 5 ft 6 in and weigh 170 lbs....too much for my structure. I'm overweight and need to lose the weight.

I have many interests: Agatha Christie books, Arthur Conan Doyle, plus many others so I'm an avid reader.

I love good life adventures so this is my new one here on SP.

So, here I am and I see there is alot of help and advice from many topics that I'm interested in.

Number one.....my weight. I need to get back to a 'normal' weight.

Susan

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6/23/11 10:50 A

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Hi SUNNYBARBEE! Welcome to the team and SparkPeople. I'm from the Emerald City (Seattle) but I don't know where the Emerald Coast is.

Please go to the thread on entering your county so everyone will know what county you are in. That way, you may be able to find more people in your county and if you all want to get together some day and meet up face-to-face, or find a workout buddy, etc., it's much easier.

Join in any of the threads and enjoy the team and learn all kinds of things.

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6/22/11 11:25 A

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Hello Fellow Floridians! Today is officially Day Two for me here on Spark and I can see where this just may have been the answer to some prayers. I welcome any advice or helpful hints anyone can share and would love to find some new buddies to help encourage and vice versa. I am a working mom of 3 but my kids ages are very spread out! I have the most supportive husband and fmaily in the world. I am not a native Floridian but I moved here to the Emerald Coast 22 years ago and just haven't been able to pull myself away!
Great to get to know you all!!

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Hi, SLIM-FOREVER!

Welcome to Spark Florida. I think you may be able to find a buddy in your county. I just started a thread to list your county so if you would jump in there and post your county, that would be great. Then if someone else is posting your county, they'll see it and you may get a buddy real quick that way.

So check out the threads and enjoy the team. Don't forget to huddle.

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6/19/11 12:06 P

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Hi Everyone
I am so looking forward to meeting some friends in my area. I am restarting and this time I am going to make it.
I live in beautiful Naples where the shopping is great. I want to be able to buy something of the "regular" rack.

I enjoy playing tennis and plan to play on a team this fall. I like to read(all kinds of things).
I am walking on the treadmill and lifting some weights.

would love to have a "buddy".
Looking forward to being a part of this forum.
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6/15/11 12:09 A

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Hi, I am new to SP, it's taken me a while to figure out all the options on the site. What a great site! I am Susan and I live in SE Florida. I am a Flight Attendant for an International Airline. I started to gain weight after I started to fly International. We work all night when we go to Europe so your eating gets crazy. I'm a pretty healthy eater, I think my downfall is that I eat out all the time. Also, decided I drink a lot of calories in Lattes and OJ ect.. Looking foreward to loosing this weight and getting healthier! emoticon

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Hi! I have recently re-started sparkpeople and have just found this team. I live in Vero Beach and love the small town feel here. I have been struggling to lose weight since my son was born. It soesn't help that I am an emotional eater, born and bred. MY mother's 2 favorite sayings were "You can't scream with a mouth full of food" and "chocolate cures all problems". So anyway here I am trying my best.

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6/13/11 8:35 A

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Welcome, All!

We are glad you joined and feel free to check out the different threads. There are several and all enjoyable.

Ask questions, brag, cry, laugh, we've got it all here. It's a team full of positive, caring, happy members and we are full of uplifting words of encouragement. We've all been where you are so don't ever feel alone. You've got friends here and we keep getting better all the time.

Keep Sparkling My Friends!

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6/12/11 11:47 P

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Hi everyone!
I'm 20 years old and I live in Florida. I've always found it difficult to manage my weight (I weigh about 130 now) and I've gone through so many dieting fads but it's tough to stay on them because I love to be in the kitchen! I'm going to school for baking and pastry so it's very hard to stay on track with a diet when I'm around delicious treats all day! I'm just starting to break out of my shell and explore the world as a young adult and I want to feel confident and sexy! I can't consistently stay motivated to work out so I'm hoping this website will help me achieve my goal of losing at least 10 pounds by mid-August!

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6/11/11 9:50 P

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Hello. I am fairly new to SP but have already got a lot of great advice and information. I currently live in St. Augustine and am retired and caring for my two small grandchildren while my daughter works to provide for them. She has little or no support so my husband an I are trying to sell our home in Ohio so we can move here an help out at least until the kids get a little older . they are currently 2 and 5 yrs. Their Daddy was hurt in a construction accident about a year ago and has a traumatic brain injury. He is 41 and will never work again. So money is tight and there is a lot of stress. I tend to be a comfort eater and when stress is high I like to eat sweet stuff. I am working very hard to break those bad habbits. I have just finished two days of no junk food and snacking only on fruit and veggies. A big accomplishment for me. I want to loose 50 lbs and have lost almost 4 so far. I welcome all encouraging words and suggestions. emoticon

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6/10/11 8:19 A

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Hello!

I saw you are from Ocala, I am in Inverness. I just started tracking my food on here and trying to get more involved with all of the amazing things they have here! I can't believe how much time I spend on here now.

I need to lose about 30 pounds, so I am on my way:)

Hope to chat with you soon. Where do you live in Ocala?

Angela

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Thanks for the welcomes! I knew that Monty would catch up with me, and it's great to meet you, Pokie!

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Welcome! And quirky is good! If you ever get back into the Tampa area, let me know! Tampa is as quirky as they come, you know emoticon
Florida is a beautiful place, and lots of places to walk.The heat and humidity makes it difficult to walk, at least until evening. Let us know when you move here and we'll give you a great Florida welcome!

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Hi Sue
I saw your comment earlier, welcome to the Team. I think it is so exciting that you may move to Florida soon.

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Hi all! We're planning on moving from NH to Florida as soon as this fall. It'll be a big change for me, less so for Bill who left Tampa 12 years ago. So, I'll be lurking at this team for a while, while we home-hunt. We're looking at a quirky little place in Largo right now. Just somethin' about it, as they say. That's what lured us into our current house--it just FELT right and was as quirky as they come.

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emoticon to SparkPeople and SparkFlorida. I'm from Washington (Puget Sound Area) myself. Florida is beautiful and I love it.

This is a great team for encouragement and help. Just ask and you will receive.

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Hello everyone: I am new to Sparkpeople, am on day 6!
I have lived in Florida since 1989, moved from Oregon. I love Florida, it's so beautiful here!
I just wanted to introduce myself, and will post more in the future as I get more familiar with the site and how to navigate it all!

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A really good place to get started in reaching your goals is the Spark Diet found under the Healthy Lifestyles tab. That gives you lots of information on how to get started, etc. Then I would get real familiar with the Start Page, Food Tracker and Fitness Tracker. You will want to spin the wheel everyday. This gives you free points, just for logging in and occasionally some other free things, too.

I would suggest that you get your mind set for taking babysteps and learning how to live one day at a time, even one minute at a time. Remember that you can get answers from the members of this team, and other teams, too. You'll find this team is full of people that have lots of experience on this road we are all on and they can give excellent encouragement. I can't believe how many times I've come to this team, crying my eyes out over some frustration or anger, and they have lifted my spirits, many times not even knowing it. But their encouragement to others was easily taken to my heart, too and it helped so much, so please, don't be frustrated or angry and not come here and let us know your feelings.

Keep Sparkling my Friend.

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6/2/11 8:57 P

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Hi all! I am an ex-South African and have been living in FL (Boynton Beach) for the last 10 years. I just started reading the book and joined the site - still trying to get my head around everything and to be honest am feeling a bit overwhelmed. Any suggestions on a go place to start? I work full time and have a 4 year old. Looking for some inspiration and a kick start
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5/29/11 2:36 P

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Hello Yleonie and welcome to the team. You should be able to get some great ideas from this site for losing weight or anything else you are trying to change or loose. There's a team here for everyone, I think. Horse lovers, dog lovers, cat lovers, TV show lovers, Hobbiests, and the list goes on. You can find the teams under the Team Wizard if you haven't gone that direction yet.

On this team, Xanadurealm has lots of great answers and help. I can help a little, but my specialty is more into encouragement while Xana has the carb answers.

I have lost about 35 pounds by using this site and while I am losing it slowly, I am not unhappy at all. I have no intention of gaining it back, ever, so I will keep going on my journey.

Read SparkArticles everyday. They are so helpful You can find them from anypage. Look for the Healthy Lifestyles tab, click it, then look for Nutrition, Fitness, Motivation, and Wellness. Those are the main categories of the articles. Inside each of those categories a breakdown of more categories can be found and then you can get to the actual category. They are so inspirational or factual. They all help.

Also there is the SparkDiet that I never felt like was a diet - at least not like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers but more like an informative naration on how to get started and how to keep yourself motivated and generalized good practices to lose weight and keep it off. In fact, I'm going to go look at it again because it won't hurt for me to do a refresher course myself.

So welcome and feel free to ask any question and one of us can help you. We have a few members that like to help, too. Just post your question or concern and someone can help.

I wish you Sparkling success in reaching all your dreams and goals. Have a sparkling Memorial Day Weekend.

Keep Sparkling my friend.

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5/29/11 1:29 P

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Hi everyone,
I am from Ocala, Fl, I stumble upon this website purely by accident on Friday. I have been trying to lose weight on my own for the past three weeks, it seems as if this weight will not budge. I hope to learn some techniques from other member that will help me.

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5/24/11 8:08 P

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Welcome CARBARRICK & ANETTLES80!

Both of you sound like you have great attitudes and are racing after your goals. Great job!

I don't think an occasional pizza will undo anything, unless it really bothers you. There is no enjoyment of a particular food - for me potatoes - if you are constantly considering the damage it will do to you or worrying about getting on the scale in a day or two.

I have a policy for food. If you think it is not good for any reason, throw it out. Will you enjoy it while you are eating it if you are worried about it? I think you can apply a similar ideology to eating food that you feel is not right for you.

Now cheeseburgers is a different subject! I love cheeseburgers and I know what they do to me so I consider them poison as that is what they are for me. I can only suggest you get a little tough with your Dearly Intended. Does DI know you are attempting to become a more beautiful woman with a designer body that takes a great deal of work on your part and his cheeseburgers are weakening the structure of your resolve and the core of your battle plan?

I hope he understand what you are feeling. Of course your chicken whatever is no match for cheeseburgers. Sometimes we can be so caught up in something we fail to see what's going on around us. Maybe he was wanting to please you by bringing you dinner that he didn't even think about how horrible a cheeseburger is for you. On the other hand, maybe he doesn't even know how horrible cheeseburgers are for anyone.

What if you both make a plan on an alternative food for those times when DI brings homes the cheeseburgers and french fries or you're out with the kids buying pizza to feed the masses. Let them eat their food, you eat what you decide is your best alternative. For pizza, I would opt for salad as most of the pizza joints I've been to in the past few years also have a great selection of salads. I might opt for a salad instead of cheeseburgers, too. I know it's hard, especially at first because you haven't changed your eating habits, your mind is a fledgling in the healthy eating department, your resolve is easily swayed, even if only temporary, and you can become easily overwhelmed or diverted, but if you make a determination, commit yourself to eating healthy, doing the fitness routines, and holding onto diligence so nothing can get in your way, then you can do this much easier. No - I'm not saying it's easy, but there will be times when it feels easy.

Remember, SparkPeople is here for you. We are all in this together. We are all working to reach our goals, whatever they are, for whatever reason we have, and the best way to do it is to talk about it with each other, to spell out our frustrations and anger, to laugh with each other over some little realization, to be happy when someone has a SparkDay (Ah Day) and to cheer on someone that has reached their goal. We help each other climb over, under, walk around, or dig through any obstacle that stands in the road of our journey and hold hands when the going gets really tough. It makes us all tougher and stronger and able to move on to our goals.

I wish you all sparkling success in reaching all your goals and dreams, health, wealth, and happiness.

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5/24/11 7:21 P

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I am born and raised in Florida. Currently, I am planning a wedding late next year. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. This is actually my second week of strict eating habits and so far it has been successful. The hardest this right now is that my significant other doesn't share my same goals. For example, last night he brought home double cheeseburgers from McDonalds! My chicken and veggies just wasn't the same. :(

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5/24/11 6:11 A

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Hi! I am new here and very much enjoying this site. I've been trying to change things for a while now, but this seems like it might be a workable program! I tend to get caught up with work and kids and will at times go get that pizza to feed the masses (and I have a hard time declining). I'm hoping for some great success!

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Welcome Marilynn2 and Tigger2094! Welcome to the team and we're glad you are here. Feel free to check out the threads and join into anything you like, and make suggestions on what you would like to see, or what you need.

If you have days of frustration, or just want to vent, we have a thread for that, call the Pound Heap! There's the place to go if you're frustrated and thinking about giving up. There are supporters in there that can really help you get past the frustration and motivate you into keeping on with some pretty wonderful results. Even I get frustrated and down on myself and they have given me a few reboots and boosts, too. Oh! And if you want to vent without anyone coming back to give you suggestions or any help, start the post out with something like, "I'm venting!", then nobody jumps in to give suggestions and you don't get more irritated with someone trying to help. I've gone through that, you just want to vent a rage and even a pat on the back is enough to send you over the edge. I think we all pretty well understand that position. Another easy way to get past that is to unclick the 'I WANT AN EMAIL TO BE SENT TO ME WHEN ANYONE REPLIES TO THIS TOPIC." That will make it so you don't come back and read someone's posting back to you when you didn't want it in the first place. We all make mistakes. It's better to just forgive and go on.

So enjoy the team, huddle with them, and join in wherever.

Keep Sparkling my friends.

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