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1/14/20 9:09 A

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Hello everyone! I have been lurking around here for a while now. I have joined SP and left, and then joined again, but hopefully I am back for the long term now.
I live in Iowa City and have 2 kids, a dog and a fish. I am the secretary at our church as well as a professional photographer.
I have lost 24lbs and am working towards a total of 50lbs. Slowly but surely.
Mostly I run but I also enjoy lifting, walking, hiking, and kayaking.
Glad to be here!

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8/16/19 7:46 A

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Used Sparkpeople in 2008 to lose 70 lbs and have changed jobs, relocated 4 times and gained it all back! "Re" Starting now, and am glad all that old information is gone. Feels like a fresh start!

Glad there is an Iowa page. Living in southern Iowa, I always get people stopping to offer help when I'm out walking. Its like they can't believe someone would be out pounding gravel for exercise, Lol!

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12/29/18 10:42 P

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Hi. I joined this team a few months ago (maybe two) and have been lurking and posting but not introducing. I am, as Dearly Beloved says, a fabricista. I knit, sew, spin, weave. If it is fiber I want to play with it and make something. I was forcibly retired on 14 February 2017 (happy valentines day!) but so glad I am out of that cess pool. About two months after that I became the loom house curator at the Kalona Historical Village. Last year (April-October) was spent mostly about cleaning the loom house and assessing the equipment/artifacts in the building, as well as talking with visitors. The loom house was created in 2003 but not really taken care of except for the one week the fall festival happens. Over the winter I assessed the textile equipment stored in other buildings. One spinning wheel was able to be rehabbed and I have been spinning on that. Through chance, hard work, and a lot of donations from people, we were able to get four treadle wheels fixed during the first half of this year so I spin on those also. Four looms, of various sizes and types, are woven on during the season. There is always so much going on that I could write pages describing what I do and how I feel about it when I work there but I will stop.

It was nice to find an Iowa Group so when I talk snow, people know what I mean.

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1/7/18 3:01 P

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Hello. My name is Michael and I am 42..43 next month. I had been here a few years back when I was married and in college. Now that I am single and graduated, I have more time to devote to my life and health. I don't really need to lose but 10 pounds, I am more working toward looking like I did when I was 25 (wishful thinking). Basically I am working towards looking more like Connor Murphy the YouTuber. I also skateboard as well. I am an IT guy and my son and I are creating our own YouTube channel where we will be filming our workouts and progression as well as our skateboarding. I like being part of a group of other people with similar goals to help keep me motivated. If anyone lives in the Quad City area and would like to workout with me at Planet Fitness I have a black card membership so you can work out with me free. If anyone would like to contact me and talk feel free.

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5/20/17 7:33 P

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Hi, my name is Robin and I live in the West Central part of the state by Omaha, NE. I guess I started my account in 2007 but I never used it. That's not going to be the case this time. Thanks for the warm welcome and here's hoping I make some new online sparkpeople friends.

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2/3/17 9:19 P

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It is great to have everyone here on the team. This is the best place for finding the right tools to get to your fitness goals.

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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1/22/17 12:20 P

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I'm Laura Lee, and I'm back for like the 5th or 6th time. It's been a rough couple years since my last attempt at losing weight. My mother passed away a year ago, and it was stressful for me as I had to also deal with my only sibling not really being as close as we were before. Fortunately, that has improved. But I gained back all the weight I had lost because I chose to eat whatever I felt like--comforting myself with food.

In October I retired from my job. While that has been a good thing, it has also been bad. I've not felt like exercising at all and I basically spend my days on the computer and sitting in my easy chair. I recently was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea, which explains a lot of the way I feel--tired all the time. However, in researching sleep apnea, I have discovered that in addition to the CPAP machine for nighttime use, exercise and weight loss will make the situation better.

I'd had so much success with SparkPeople previously, I decided to come back and try again. I'm anticipating good things again

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...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13b-14

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12/1/16 7:11 P

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How are you all doing? I hope using Sparkpeople is helping!

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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10/30/16 5:13 P

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Hi Everyone! I am Alivia. I just moved to Iowa a few months ago from Arizona. I live in the Cedar Rapids area.

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9/19/16 2:04 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Amanda and I live in west central Iowa near Carroll. I'm currently a stay at home mom to a 4 month old and a 22 month old. After having two babies in less than two years I really need to work on my weight and get healthier.

Our lives can change with every breath we take.


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9/9/16 12:02 A

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Hi my name is Brad and I am from Des Moines. I have been fighting my weight for years and well IT NEEDS TO STOP TODAY.

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7/27/16 4:46 P

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I'm Big Mike from Norwalk, trying to loose weight so I can be healthier and feel better about myself.

Change comes from within.


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6/29/16 10:48 A

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Good morning! Good morning! Good morning to all!! I'm back! :) I was here awhile ago and then life got in the way (father diagnosed with cancer last year and passed away last July). I needed a break and time to regenerate and get back on track. So here I am! My first goal is 25 lbs by my birthday. It feels good to be back!!!!


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6/27/16 11:21 P

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I'm back again--for the umpteenth time. I gained back almost everything I'd lost because I wasn't tracking anything--not food, not activity. I had been a part of a support group at work, but it was such a negative bunch of women that it wasn't fun. Everyone just made excuses for why they didn't exercise or track food or why they had gained. I had a talk with my medical advisor once a month to keep track of my BP and weight. She's one of the group leaders, and I explained that I just feel so negative when I leave group that I decided to drop out. It's no reflection on her or the other leader as I love them both.

I'm excited to be back and looking forward to interacting with you all again.

...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13b-14

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2/12/16 7:51 P

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emoticon To all our new friends!

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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2/7/16 3:55 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Brittany. I am 29 and just moved to the quad cities area from northern Virginia. I'm hoping this time I stick with it and lose the weight and get healthier. If anyone is in the area and needs a buddy feel free to add me!

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1/17/16 2:52 P

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Hi all! Roxann McKee from Montezuma!! Great to be here!!

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1/14/16 2:34 P

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Hi everyone, Jeneane from Oskaloosa here, not truly a new member but it was time to get back on track and get my life in order.

Back again, this time I STAY and WIN!


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1/10/16 6:23 P

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Welcome! This is a great place to find friends who are ready to support each other! emoticon

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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1/6/16 9:46 A

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Hi , Jessica. I am Jennifer from Portsmouth, Iowa, not too far from the city. I am here as well to start over again to take off pounds that took nearly 20 years to put on. Perhaps teaming up and supporting each other would be nice. I had been with Weight Watchers before and Jenny Craig, but they are both way too expensive to afford long term. I guess that is why I always journey back to Sparkpeople, I don't have to spend money on it unless I choose to buy something from the store, but that isn't necessary to use the program, thank the good Lord for that.

One step at a time moves mountains of obstacles. Keep moving forward instead of looking in the rear view mirror.


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9/28/15 10:28 A

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Just letting you all know that I didn't realize that I had an old Spark ID...I forgot all about this one...so this is the one that I will be using...

One Goal at a time~One Step at a time


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9/16/15 11:59 A

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Hi everyone! Annie from Pella here...not really new to SP, but doing a "start over" with the fitness journey emoticon



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8/17/15 8:31 A

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emoticon Katie! Good for you to get going on this journey! Join us on the threads and you'll get to know your fellow Iowans. emoticon

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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8/9/15 9:01 P

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Hi everyone!!

My name is Kathleen but I go by Katie. I am excited about starting my weight loss journey once again. I have been off and on my journey several times but I think this time I feel that I am more dedicated than all the other times. My daughter is old enough now to exercise with me and she wants to get out there and help me which motivates me more. I am looking forward to making new friends along the way.


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7/29/15 3:32 P

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Good to hear that Toots! Join us on the team page emoticon

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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7/29/15 9:24 A

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I have been on sparkpeople on and off since 2008. This time I think I better stay so much more fun with other people in the same frame of mind. I am from east central Iowa, looking forward to talking with fellow Iowans.
Toots

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7/20/15 3:44 P

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TRICIASUE-we are so glad to have you on board with the Iowa team! This is a great site and the information on it is a little overwhelming. So take your time navigating SP; please join us on the team page. There's a thread that is called team forum and it's a great way to get to know fellow Iowans. Join us there!

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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emoticon to our team! SparkPeople has been a huge help in my keeping up with my grandchildren.

Please know that you are not alone here! emoticon emoticon


~~Paula Jean from central Iowa~~

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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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7/20/15 12:27 P

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New to the group. Wife and mother of 2 very on the go kids. Hoping to get healthier to be able to keep up with them and feel better.



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7/11/15 8:40 A

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Kammy and Paula it's great to have you here!

Joann

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emoticon I joined SP back in 2008 and returned to it 3 months ago due to a recent osteoporosis diagnosis. I'm hoping to turn things around with my healthier life style changes: working out at the nearby fitness center & eating healthier.


~~Paula Jean from central Iowa~~

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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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5/18/15 7:53 A

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Hi, this is Kammy....I'm an oldie that is dusting myself again with a new username. I closed my past account, opened a new one so I could start fresh. I live in NW IA and slowly but surely I will get to the goals I want to get too. I always seem to gravitate back to SP...the support is very helpful...and something I need.

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5/14/15 3:11 P

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this is a great site to get all the tips and tricks that you need. I'm glad to have you onboard! Just ask if you have questions, I'm sure someone can help you out.

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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5/8/15 2:29 P

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Hi! New to Spark People (joined 5/7). I started my weight loss journey 5 years ago and did quite well - I lost 84 pounds in 3 years (hitting 3, 6 month plateaus along the way) and then stalled - 2 years not a pound lost or gained. Then I gained 30 pounds back and I'm not sure how or why. I'm following SB and working out 3 times a week and trying to squeeze a walk in on 2 others days. I know a major downfall for me is a lack of time so I'm hoping for lots of tips and tricks to make meal times easier.


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3/29/15 6:59 P

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emoticon Here's to you and getting healthy! I'm glad you are with us!

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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3/26/15 9:59 P

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Hello fellow Iowans!!

I need to get serious, once again, and loose weight while I am still healthy. I am 49, and have been given a clean bill of health, all labs were normal. However, in medical terms, I am morbidly obese. Tough pill to swallow. I agree, there are many things that I was once able to do without any problems that is now something that I feel for a couple of days. I may not have the ailments that go along with obesity, such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, ect, and do not wish to obtain any of them neither. Now, the once again come froms that this isn't my first rodeo. Four years ago I lost 120 pounds, only to regain it all and then some. I have dabbled with this site before getting serious and have seen it is in many ways useful in the aid to assist in weight-loss. Hope to get to know a few here!!!

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3/12/15 10:03 A

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I'm glad you are here, Jessica and Tracey! emoticon and emoticon


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3/9/15 11:48 P

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Welcome! I joined Sparkpeople many years ago. My last name was different and when I went to get back on I could not remember anything of my old account. So here I am again about 10 years or more later and about 10 to 15 pounds heavier than I was then...UGH! Now at 52 my knees and lower back hurt all the time from the extra weight. I need to lose 15 or so pounds. I'm hoping I can do it

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Welcome to the group Jessica! Hope you find the information and support you need.
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My name is Jessica and I am a wife and receptionist from Council Bluffs. I have been on Sparkpeople before, but I wanted a fresh start so I make a fresh account. This last year has been a real journey for me mentally. I started a job I actually enjoy for a company I can support, I turned 30 and discovered my life isn't over lol, and I have done a lot of work on trying to cultivate a more positive mindset. I still have a long way to go, but I know that if I can get good food and exercise into my routine it will help a lot! I look forward to getting to know you guys along the way.

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1/31/15 9:53 A

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emoticon Jodi! I'm glad you are here! Working the night shift is hard enough, but add to that 12 hour shifts and you have a bigger challenge. This site is great and can give you helpful information to help you through your journey to getting healthy.

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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1/31/15 3:49 A

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Hello my name is Jodi and recently joined about a week ago. I work night shift and trying to work in a routine with food and fitness while working 12 hr shifts.

Most "impossible" goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine.


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1/29/15 12:05 P

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emoticon Bonnie and Jacki! I'm so glad you two are here; I like this site and all the friends I've made. Join us on the team page-that's a great way to meet fellow Iowans.


Joann

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Hi everyone! My name is Jacki, and I live just outside of the Quad Cities. I joined back in 2013, but it didn't stick, so to speak! I'm back now, and I have a renewed sense of wanting to make a lifestyle change to be as healthy as I can be! For me, for my husband, and definitely for my children! Have a great day! emoticon

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Welcome Bonnie!

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1/26/15 8:22 P

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Hello All!

I am finally here. I was on the fence between Spark People and My Fitness Pal. I have decided I will stay here.

Two ladies sent me emails, welcoming me. Thank you ladies.

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1/15/15 8:17 P

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emoticon Julie! We are glad to have you here! I use the nutrition tracker, it really helps with knowing how many calories are in the foods you are eating.
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1/13/15 11:48 A

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Hi, My name is Julie and I am new to SparkPeople. Well, almost new. I tried it a few years back but was not really committed. Here I am again. I signed up for WW but am finding that the PP Program is not working for me. I miss knowing the calories I am eating and the tools WW provides does not allow me to work towards one of my goals, which is to eat fewer carbs.
Anyhow, here I am again. I want to lose 65 pounds total, with 30 by June when I go on vacation. In addition, my motivation for weight loss is to reduce the back trouble I have been having. I have chronic back pain, worse in the morning, which I think is related to my weight. I can't go on with this pain for the rest of my life, so here I am to do something about it. I am 40-something, married, with a 6 year old. I have an office job, sitting at a desk all day.
Here's to a new

Forget regret-- or life is yours to miss.
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1/4/15 7:16 P

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emoticon Pat! I'm glad to see you back with us. I love it here on Spark People and have learned so much. I hope you are successful on your journey! Please join us on the team page so we can get to know you.

Joann

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" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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I rejoined Sparkpeople today after a long absence. I desperately need to lose weight. I'm suffering physically and emotionally from all this weight. My goal is to lose 100 lbs by the end of 2015. I need motivation and support to stick with a plan especially for exercise. I live in a suburb of Des Moines and work for a before and after school program as a lead teacher. I feel my limitations daily when students want me to play with them. Even sitting done and getting up is a challenge. Help please.

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emoticon Brenda! Life does get in the way sometimes, I'm glad to have you back!. You can do this!!

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Hi everyone!! My name is Brenda and I've been here before. My New Years resolution is to stick with SP all year. I always slack when summer gets busy and I stop logging my food and activity. Then I start eating the wrong things again, everything I lose in the first half of the year creeps back on in the second half. I want this to be the year I get it right!! emoticon emoticon

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11/3/14 6:27 P

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It's great having so many Iowans to welcome! So emoticon and emoticon


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Activity Tracker info is in the tread called life hacks, you have to scroll down for awhile to find it. It has a lot of info.

I personally love my fitbit I bought at walgreens for 55 dollars. It counts minutes and steps, and only needs the battery replaced every 5-6 months. It went in the washing machine and is still working. The clip on it is sturdy also, haven't lost it yet.

Spark lets you link up to your fitbit with wireless. So I do not even need to update the fitness minutes in spark. We have a thread called fitbit, You can get more info on how to do that also there.

Welcome to the team!

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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Welcome Amanda!

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Thanks for the WB Jen!


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Welcome back Jack! I am returning also!

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Thanks for the WB Lisa!

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have any of you ordered the Spark Activity Tracker? do you like it?
I am looking for a tracker and am not sure which one to get.

any advice?

thanks.

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I am a returning Spark People user. I am looking for team motivation. I was doing pretty well at exercising regularly, but life happened, work conferences happened, and now I need to get back on the track.
I work as a Youth Program Specialist for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Iowa. My children are all gown up adults, living in Wisconsin, Iowa and South Korea (I have 3 children). My husband is a farmer, so this is a really busy time of year for him.
I need team motivation (this accountability seems to work best for me). Our oldest daughter is getting married on February 7, 2015 and I want to be looking good for the wedding.

I am looking forward t being part of Spark Iowa.

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10/29/14 10:42 A

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Wow! Look at all our new/returning friends! I'm so happy to see all of you on the Iowa team.

Joann

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10/28/14 7:41 A

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Welcome Amanda, and welcome back Jo! I am new to Iowa, so didn't meet you before.

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Hello Amanda! You are in the right place, just start making new healthy choices each day and you will be on your way. This site helps a lot with the journals. So glad I found it .

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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Hi! I'm Amanda and I live in the Des Moines area. I'm here to change my life and lose 130 pounds!

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Glad you found your way back home Jo! This is the best for tracking and finding your way to the healthiest you!

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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Wow, I started the "introduce yourself" forum and have not been back for a LONG time...I am shuffling back in with my head lowered. I really need the help of Spark People to help me with my goals. I have been on 4 days now with tracking food and hope to get lots of encouragement to add fitness. emoticon

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You came to the right place Chris! I love how there are tools for every thing you need here. There is a couch to 5k plan somewhere to get you in the right direction. I love when they make it fun and attainable, plus you meet so many people that are doing just what you are so you know you can do it. Best wishes!

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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Hello!

I am yet another former spark-people follower that is hitting the reset button.

Originally from Philly, I moved to Iowa for work ~4 years ago. Since that move I slowly reverted back to old eating habits. When I had HG with my pregnancy in 2013, I didn't eat any solids for ~7 months. When I could begin eating again, it has been a mess. Consistent excuses to avoid going to the gym at work was the final nail in the coffin, and I am now the heaviest I have ever been.

I want my daughter to grow up seeing healthy eating habits. She has been formula fed, and is transitioning to all organic veggies, fruits and proteins. She need to see me eating as healthy as her to stick with the habits we developed. I need to be better, and tracking food is the discipline needed.

The main personal goal is to be back to half-marathon shape by April 1. I did run one marathon and a few halves ~2008-2010.

I look forward to getting to know everyone and finding mutual support as we all move towards our goals.


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Thanks everybody for the welcoming messages. Hopefully I'll get used to the site soon. I look forward to reading the messages.

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I love my fitness tracker, it keep me honest, and motivated to find ways to add steps daily! I think the more aware of what our daily habits are, and work to improve them one by one, is the route to take. Have a great week! Yes, get outside while we still can!

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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Hello to my fellow Iowans, I hope you're enjoying the harvest season. I had been wanting to try one of the new fitness trackers, but couldn't find one that completely suited my needs, either they did - mostly - what I wanted, but were bulky. Or they were less bulky, but couldn't tell the difference between activities. I saw the Spark fitness tracker on sale at Amazon and decided at the price I could at least dip my toes in the water.

So far it is a great motivator, albeit I am a bit surprised as to how many steps I was actually taking each day. According to the tracker I am walking between 5,000 and 11,000 steps each day or an average of 6,000. Not the 8,000 to 12,000 steps (10,000 average) I was imagining. I am a little disappointed that it appears that ANY pause (standing at a red light or tying my shoe) seems to affect my 10 minute workout walk, so I don't always get credit for a 30 minute workout walk and on a couple of occasions NO credit.

Regardless, at this point I am very impressed with Spark People and being a competitive person I enjoy some of the motivators on here. I look forward to adding points to the Iowa Spark Team.

Now quit reading this and go out and enjoy the last of our warm weather, before the Iowa winter hits. Thanks for having me!!!!

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Welcome to all new members for the Iowa Team!

Spark people is the best place to gain a wonderful support system to help you down your path in this journey to health!

So many tools to create awareness, and find people that have stories to share for motivation and encouragement.

Best wishes to you.

Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
Together we can achieve our goals.
My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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emoticon Jess! I'm glad you are ready to make a new start! emoticon Keep us posted on how you are doing by joining the team forum thread on the team page.

Joann

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Hi everyone! This is not my first time on Sparkpeople, but this is a new page. After years of yo-yo dieting I decided to hi the reset button, including making a fresh start on here. My name is Jess, I am a 30 year old receptionist from Council Bluffs. Married but no babies yet, just two spoiled furbabies. I hope to get to know all of you so we can form a great support group!

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emoticon You are here! We are so glad to have everyone on board! I have been a member of SparkPeople for many years and love it here! You are going to meet some pretty nice and helpful fellow Iowans, so let us get to know you. emoticon and emoticon

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Hi Everyone! I am Kaela and I am from Ames, Iowa. I was introduced to SparkPeople about a month ago. I have done Weight Watchers several times over different periods of my life and have been successful in getting it off... but never in keeping it off (obviously, or I wouldn't be back trying to lose again!). I have to say that I was skeptical of trying to do it this way, but I think after a month I feel better all around. So I am here for life it would appear. Hoping to make some new friends as well! Happy Friday, and enjoy the weekend!

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So obviously I cannot live without Spark People. I'm back yet again, I keep leaving and coming back but this time, I am NOT leaving! I think I'll just step away from it for a while if I feel like closing my account :)
Let's see, I have been here as IARunnerGirl, AmyBarkerPhoto and IAPhotoMom (I think!)
Anyway, I'm here for good. You're stuck with me LOL!

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Welcome Everyone!

Edited by: STARLITNIGHT at: 8/15/2014 (15:56)
Hello, I am glad you found your way to spark people.
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My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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