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emoticon Maria, sounds like you have a good plan, and that's the best place to start!

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3/14/16 11:27 A

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Hi Everyone- I'm new to the team! After not taking care of myself this past year, I've decided to get back in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. I've renewed my gym membership and started lifting weights again (my true passion). My strength is slowly coming back. I look forward to being an active part of this team!

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"Throwing in the towel is no longer an option. The only towel I'm throwing now, is landing in my gym bag."

"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?"
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1/14/16 12:10 P

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emoticon to our new members, we're happy to have you on this journey with us!!

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1/11/16 5:12 P

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emoticon Bellew28!

emoticon and we're here if you have any questions or just need to talk. Join along in our discussions, challenges and games. It really does help keep you accountable.

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Linda from Central Illinois

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4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
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1/11/16 9:23 A

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Morning! New to Spark Illinois. So glad to be here with fellow Illinoisans on this journey of a lifestyle change and getting healthy!

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LJK091354's Photo LJK091354 Posts: 30,877
1/8/16 9:59 A

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Welcome! You can do it. (what is your given name?--you're username is kind of hard to remember)

Linda from Central Illinois

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2. Lose 2 pounds.
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4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
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1/8/16 12:54 A

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I used to be on this site before I had a kid. Well. During my pregnancy I did alot of exercising as well as afterwards. Given I had to take it easy a couple weeks right after I had my boy, but I lost weight quick. Then I went into a deep depression after a fallout in family and my new surroundings and rules that my own parents should have taught me and just stopped caring about literally everything except my kids. I still have alot of anxiety but I'm hoping by rejoining spark I can have motivation for a better lifestyle. emoticon

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Hi Kelly, so happy to see you back!! Never give up, girl, we're gonna do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

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11/17/15 8:48 A

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Thanks Linda! Right now let me tell you I'm just barely squeezing into 16's but I refuse to buy larger.

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11/12/15 8:37 A

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Welcome Kelly!
Love your user name! Took me a few minutes but I figured out what you meant! We're here to help. Good luck.

Linda

Linda from Central Illinois

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3. Track.
4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
4. Start sorting out clothes in closet
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11/11/15 6:49 P

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Hi all - I've been a member of this team for a long time and have known Karen for a while but never introduced myself or posted here. Thought it was about time. I've joined 3 of the team challenges and I really want to see results. I'm busting out of my clothes like a stuffed sausage. emoticon

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10/15/15 10:45 A

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emoticon Kelli! We're here to help and lend a hand if we can. Challenges and games on this forum are great. Please join us.

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Linda from Central Illinois

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1. Stay in Calorie Range
2. Lose 2 pounds.
3. Track.
4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
4. Start sorting out clothes in closet
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ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
10/15/15 7:00 A

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emoticon Kelli. I did the same thing, left and came back. It's been a lot easier for me this time, I hope it goes the same for you. We have monthly challenges on this team, just to give us a little push in the right direction. Join in anytime!

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10/13/15 3:58 P

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Good afternoon! I've been away from Sparkpeople for a while now. My scale and fit of my clothes have been reminding me that I need to get back here. There has been some work stress, home stress, college-shopping stress, and financial stress going on, so it's time to make some changes where I can. This is one of them!

My name is Kelli and I live in Northern Illinois (near the WI border) with my husband and three kids (almost 18 yrs, 13 years and almost 12 yrs).

I'm starting again with the small changes and look forward to stopping in here frequently.

I hope you're all doing well. Talk to you again soon!

Take care,

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LJK091354's Photo LJK091354 Posts: 30,877
9/13/15 9:42 P

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Welcome Charie! We'll do our best to help you!

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Linda from Central Illinois

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1. Stay in Calorie Range
2. Lose 2 pounds.
3. Track.
4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
4. Start sorting out clothes in closet
4. Exercise 5 days a week


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Hi, I'm Charie (pronounced cherry), an RN in hematology oncology/bone marrow transplant, work night shift which is so hard on the metabolism. I'm 65 so only work 2-12 hour shifts, while visions of retirement dance in my head. I have 2 grown sons who live with me, 2 cats and a dog, in a small house. I LOVE to garden, kayak, and bike, but haven't been doing as much because the fat caught up with me and slows me down. So, I'm back here on Spark to LOSE!!! I joined in 2008 and lost a lot but gained it all back.


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9/1/15 7:21 P

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Hi My name is Kala and I'm from Carlyle....I'm hoping to lose weight and become a healthier me.

ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
8/13/15 6:36 A

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Hi Shannon and emoticon to the team. We are here to support and encourage you on your weight loss journey. If you need any help with the site, don't hesitate to ask for help. Good luck with your goals this week! NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!

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8/7/15 11:41 A

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Hi my name is Shannon. I am 23 and a mom to two toddlers. I am at least 20 pounds overweight and would love to shed this weight for my health with my type 1 diabetes and kids:) I don't have a ton of time for exercise all day but i am determined to get strong and feel better about myself and get rid of my anxiety over my weight and how I look:)

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I'm in Hanover Park. Anyone else in this area????

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ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
6/14/15 9:43 A

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Hi Nikki, emoticon to the team. Sounds like you're headed in the right direction, a good plan is a huge step forward! I hope you're able to find a workout buddy, that can make working out so much more fun.
Good luck with your goals this week. NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!

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6/14/15 5:09 A

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My name is nikki, just recently joined sp and would love to maybe even meet local people to go to the gym with. I currently go to golds gym express in bloomington il. Finding a local group I think will be amazing and much needed for encouragement and possibly ly dome great friendships. I have about 60 to 70 pounds to loose to be back down to my high school Weight of 130. I have 5 kids and a great husband. I have made some big steps in the right direction, like drinking only water, going to the gym almost everyday, and only bought healthy food when I went grocery shopping. For me it's an all or nothing kind of thing, so extreme was my only way. I also have the trainer planning my workout for the month. Now all I need is support and possibly someone that goes to the same gym that would like a workout buddy :)

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Welcome Haley glad you have joined the group. Good luck and be sure to look around the website it has a lot of good resources. Just a thought, can you get off the bus one stop early to get in some additional walking?

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4/13/15 9:21 A

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emoticon to the team, Hayley. With a busy schedule, it's hard to get in exercise. But every little bit helps, so try to sneak in a few exercises here and there. You'll be surprised at the difference it makes.
Good luck with your goals this week! emoticon emoticon

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4/11/15 8:06 P

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Hi. My name is Hayley. I live in Kankakee. I am a student and part-time receptionist. The most exercise I get is walking to the bus stop, from the bus to school, and from the bus stop to home. I am trying to lose some weight to feel better about myself.

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ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
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emoticon to the team, Terri! We're glad you have joined us. If you go to the "Fitness" section on this site, they have a lot of different exercises listed, along with videos on how to do them, that can help you with that area. My middle section is one of my bad areas also. Seems like the older I get, the worse it gets!! emoticon
Good luck with your goals this week and I hope you have an emoticon Wednesday!!!

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4/8/15 12:57 P

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Hello fellow Illinoians. I am Terri. I live in Central Illinois. I am 49 and on my way to a weight loss goal of 40 pounds. My main target is my mid-section. That stubborn spare tire that won't go away! Any exercise suggestions to target that area would be a help?

Thank you! :)

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emoticon to the team, SHARI47. I think you will find the support and encouragement you need here, we're all in the same boat, in this weight loss journey. And having someone to walk with you on the journey is such a spirit booster!! Have a wonderful day. emoticon


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3/5/15 10:48 A

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I am new to this group. It is hard for me to get the exercise that I need. I have gained over 20 pounds since I retired to take care of my husband. He can not help me since he has dementia and can not be left alone. I use a glider and get 2 miles a day on it. I live in west central Illinois and in the country where we are very isolated. I get out only when I need to get things or have Dr. appointments for my husband. Have no support system out here and most of my friends have deserted me since I have chosen to keep my husband at home as long as I can. I am using The Daniel Plan to learn how to eat right. I am addicted to sweets and junk food. Could eat pizza every day of the week. Looking for all the help that I can get.

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emoticon to the team, Rose and Stef!!!!! We're happy to have you join us. emoticon emoticon

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Welcome to the team. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello! I'm Stef and I'm looking to lose 100lbs this year. I've lost 160 in the past and need to lose that 100 again! I'm getting married April of 2016 and I want to have all the weight back off before I start dress shopping.

I'm really looking for a support system to help keep me on track and to keep me accountable! I've done well so far of starting to eat more healthy again and go to the gym. Though in the harsh winter months I'm finding getting sick and just the bitter cold is making it hard to get to the gym and keep going. I certainly do not want to use winter as an excuse though for bad eating and not meeting my goals!

"If you're paralyzed by a voice in your head, it's the standing still that should be scaring you instead. Go on and do it anyway." Ben Folds Five


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Hello, I am 43, single mother of a 21 year old son.

This will be my fourth time needing to lose 100+ lbs. I do really well when I decide to lose, eat healthy foods, 100 oz of water, exercise. I have made it to my healthy weight 3 times, and 3 times I have gained it back. Hoping this is the last time.

Currently I'm doing the Mediterranean diet, drinking 100 oz of water a day and doing Physical Therapy 3 times a week.

I know that because of my neck injury I will not be able to exercise as much as I once did. I figure it will take up to 2 years to make it to my goal.

Feel free to add me as a friend,

Rose

~Rose~

May your life be filled with Love, Hugs & Peace.


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emoticon Denise, we're so happy you have joined us! If you're interested, we will be starting a team challenge tomorrow (for the month of January). There will be more information about it on the team page, later today.
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Hello, I am Denise. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a while. I mainly use it to track my food. Joining a team is new for me! Looking for support but also hoping I am able to provide some support along the way! How can I forget.... I am a mother of a little 3 year old princess!

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thanks Zany. Don't worry I won't quit. With the stress I've had this week it's hard to get my motivation back. But I did workout this morning. So, it's a start.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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Damion, even a few exercises at home or at the motel will help. A few here and there will lead to more, before you know it, you'll be moving in the right direction. Just take it one step at a time, one day at a time. When I first started walking, I could only walk 5 minutes at a time (I have COPD). I thought that was ridiculous, that couldn't possibly do anything. But every week I added another minute, and now I'm walking 4 miles at a time. NEVER thought I would be able to do that. But I took it one day at a time, and look what happened. It's emoticon

Hope you have a wonderful day. NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!

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12/12/14 6:47 A

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Welcome to the team everyone! I hadn't checked this particular thread for quite a while. Glad to see so many newbies. Love the Illinois team. It's one of the few that I'm active on. Let us know if you need help, we're here for you!

Linda

Linda from Central Illinois

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3. Track.
4. Work in Quilting room 3X a week.
4. Start sorting out clothes in closet
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I need to get back into the gym. Feeling fat and gross. Just have to get out of this stress funk.

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I imagine it does get old, FAST!! I don't like being away from home for too long. It's always nice to visit somewhere else, but I too am ready to go home after a couple of days. emoticon

Guess some people are just not meant to travel, I'm one of them!!
Hope things calm down for you and you're able to get some exercise in. It always makes me feel better after I have exercised.

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Hey Zany. I'm doing good. Cheer season is now over and I can breathe again.... for a bit. Trip was actually cancelled due to funding issues (good old government budgeting issues), but instead was put in charge of a few reports and had to do some online courses. Hoping tomorrow I can get back in the gym because I'm starting to feel like a fat slob.
While traveling has slowed down, I do travel quite a bit. It gets old fast. Usually after a couple days I'm ready to go home. When I'm gone for a couple weeks I become really cranky and lock myself in my room.

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ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
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How's it going Damion? My husband does traveling for work and hates being in motels all the time. I feel for ya!!!!
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Thanks! I'm just trying to use it as motivation to keep at it. I'm living in hotels starting tomorrow through Tuesday. Tomorrow starts the state cheerleading championship and then Sunday I have to travel to MN for work. Hoping I can still get workouts in.

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emoticon Damion! I know (all too well) about the yo-yoing of losing weight, I've been dealing with that for all of my adult life. Just take it one day at a time. You will have days that you don't do too well, just move on. Don't let one incident ruin your day!

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Hello everyone. I'm Damion from McHenry. I am currently on the roller coaster of weight loss. Ups and downs. Currently I was down 19 pounds but have put 3 back on since Thanksgiving. I stay pretty active between being in the Army, drumming in 2 different bands and coaching my daughter's competitive cheer team. But my eating habbits can go from great to WTF did you just devour quickly. Tired of being the fat guy behind the drums, want to look good in my uniform, tired of hearing, "look how thin you were"!

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ZANYGIRL1's Photo ZANYGIRL1 Posts: 38,714
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emoticon Karen!!!!! We're happy to have you on the team. I'm sure you'll love the SP site, they offer so much to support you and keep you motivated. And we will also help you along the way!!
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Hi i am karen ! Western suburb of chicago called Lisle. New to all of this. Need support. Need to droip the weight. I am 50 years old and am very morbidly obese. I am also in the prediabetic stage. I need to get healthy and drop the weight. My friend faith told me of this web site and so i am here. Lets go TEAM ILLINOIS!!

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emoticon GIGIPIT1109, we're happy you have joined the team. Have you received your invitation to the Biggest Loser Team yet? I think you will find those challenges doable, and the support and encouragement that comes with being on a team like that, is emoticon

Have a great weekend!


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Hi Everyone, I'm from Frankfort. I joined Spark about six months ago, got derailed due to some illness and minor surgery and plain laziness. My DH and I took a delayed honeymoon to Hawaii and I had my photo taken ( I never have my photo taken) and was horrified. I knew the scale said I had gained back the 70 pounds I had lost five years ago due to that wonderful menopause time of life and life stress. So I am back and motivated, went back to the gym this week and not grazing. My goal besides using weight is to be able to hike up to Diamond head again without thinking I was going to die. I made it, it took me a long time, I didn't die, but it was a changing moment for me. I don't want to be the huffing and puffing and having to rest old lady. I don't want another woman from Brazil to call me fat. ( yes that happened.) So hold my hand, wish me luck and LETS DO THIS!

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emoticon Mona, happy to see you again!! And emoticon Kelly!! I hope things will turn around for you soon, NEVER GIVE UP!!! emoticon

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