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    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by 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.
    I have done a lot of research and experimentation regarding pedometers and I'd suggest the one I use now, which is the Omron pocket pedometer - it works for all body types, all strides and all types of walking/running without over or undercounting steps. It's not terribly expensive but the cheaper ones are not very accurate so are a waste of money, IMO. I've tried at least 20 different brands and think the Omron is the best BY FAR. You might get other opinions here because SparkPeople is a great place for information.

    I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, but also to maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place! You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and I think you'll be at your goal before you know it!
    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 or several other ways. I'd 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.
    Some of the other teams that are good for beginners include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
    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. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. It takes awhile to get the hang of the site but you can earn SparkPoints and Trophies while you explore and learn!
    I wish you the best on your journey!!!

    3415 days ago
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    We're going into the fall season! Let's make sure that we're actively creating a P-L-A-N for our success! Get our that ol' pencil and paper and let's get started!

    We can do this!
    3445 days ago
  • v DIMI1124
    THANKS FOR MY GOODIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love love love that pic of the skyline...... OMG that is beautiful HOMESICK emoticon
    3449 days ago
  • v GABBY308
    Hi! Check out the new topic "" under the tips forum. It's geared toward emotional eaters.
    3493 days ago
  • v GABBY308
    Where are you in the 17DD? I lost track. You can have ice cream in C3 - Skinny Cow! emoticon
    3495 days ago
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