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6/15/16 6:50 P

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Welcome to the team CLG! I am so happy to hear that you are looking at this like a lifestyle change. That is the ONLY way to have long term success. Spark is a great resource and the people are incredible. I hope you have a successful surgery! I really hope you can find some sort of exercise you enjoy! Try new things. You never know what you might fall in love with!! I am training for a crazy long triathlon (swim, bike, run) and when I started my journey I couldn't have even imagined it! Sometimes, having great friends join you is exactly what you need. Don't be afraid. Everyone has to start somewhere! Go gettum!!!!!!

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6/13/16 1:47 P

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It really has to be for the long run. It actually takes a couple of years to work out the major kinks, and in a certain way, it never ends, or hasn't for me even after six years. Appetite changes, inner processes change, etc. The good news about doing it for health is that you don't have to actually get thin to achieve major benefits for health, and you can be getting terrific benefits on the inside from good habits even if they don't always show up on the outside. THAT is what often has to keep us going. Getting that knee handled will really help, as moderate movement- no marathons needed for health- is equal to or even more important than thinness. I'm still working on that! Even in this gorgeous place where there are usually a few hours EVERY day I could walk outside!

So glad to have you here. Please reach out personally, if you need. I don't like to make the culture a terrible villain, but the truth is our culture does NOT easily support vitality and healthy longevity. Most people need some kind of "tribe" to help change the habits and navigate the situations out there without feeling like a complete weirdo or driving everyone else crazy.

Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting!
*Get to the next meal hungry!

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6/11/16 8:03 P

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"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~ Leo Buscaglia

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6/11/16 3:43 P

Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. I have lost 20 pounds (a drop in the bucket) and am committed to becoming healthier. Exercise is terrifying. I hate it. It is painful and I don't look forward to it. I just read the article, "Put the 'I' Back in Your Vocabulary" and am taking responsibility for my choices. I can do this. I will learn to enjoy exercise as much as I enjoy a candy bar. Scary! I've started with"'Excercises to improve my posture" and "Learn to Love Morning Excercise". That's it for my introduction. Good health for us all, stay strong and stay commited.

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