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12/28/11 12:07 A

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Hello Everyone,

I am from Brooklyn Park and my story is no different then anyone else's I am sure. I am 37 years old and I am the heaviest of all of my friends and most of my family. Weight issues run in my family. I have always been "bigger boned" as my Mother always told me, but right now I am just plain overweight and unhealthy. I have a 14 year old daughter that is so conscious of herself that I finally looked in the mirror and told myself that if anyone should be her roll model it should be me. So, here I am. I read about this site in a magazine and joined yesterday. I didn't do great on my food choices today, but I did track everything. If anyone has any advise or tips for beginners, please share emoticon I am excited to be a part of this team!

Wishing each and every one of you health and happiness!


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11/27/11 12:43 P

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Welcome Chrissy! I know that being a nurse is difficult and with an un predictable schedule it is hard to eat right and get exercise in. There is a lot of information on this site and I am sure you will find what you need. I look forward to hearing about your journey!

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11/27/11 12:39 P

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Welocme 3ABlack! I remember those days. I had my weight undercontrol until I started dating my now husband. He is Mr. Meat-Potatoes-Gravy. It's great that you have a goal and that you are getting on top of things right away. GOOD FOR YOU!! Let us know if you need any support along the way.

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11/18/11 5:22 P

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Hello Team! I just joined the website last week and am really excited to get in shape. I've gained weight (and lost energy) ever since I started dating my now fiancee. The wedding is a part of the kick in the pants, but I also just want to do this for me and my future.

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11/16/11 4:07 P

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Hi everyone.
My name is Chrissy and I am from the twin cities area. I am a 26 year old registered nurse and have struggled with weight most of my life. I recently joined the YMCA and they told be about this website. I had been about the same weight for years and then in 2007 got in a car accident and began to gain more weight. I hope that this site can help me out and getting it off and getting into shape and starting a new lifestyle.

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10/17/11 12:03 P

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Hi All!

I live in western 'burbs. Getting married in Sept and need to shed off some of the weight I gained after meeting FI. Pretty excited getting to hear everyone's stories

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10/17/11 10:28 A

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Hi. My name is Jill & I live in northern Minnesota on the Iron Range. I have yoyo-ed with my weight for years. Finally thought I had things figured out a year & a half ago-met with a wonderful weight loss doctor who was awesome & motivating-and lost 40 pounds. My son's wedding was cancelled a year ago & that threw me into total angst. He finally did get married a couple weeks ago but I think emotionally I couldn't think about losing weight. I know I have some emotional issues with my eating. I really need to get back into control of my eating & exercising. I'm afraid to go back to my doctor-I think he will be so disappointed in me. I am so disappointed in myself. I need lots of support to do this. My husband tries but he is very health conscious & has never had a weight problem. I sometimes resent him for trying to give me tips which is wrong because I know he loves me & only wants to help. I need help from people who have been there. And are there. I decided to try Spark people so I can get the support I need. My doctor was the one who recommended Spark people to start with. Thanks.

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9/30/11 3:11 P

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Hi Everyone,

I'm Darcy, I live north of the cities. I am the mother of 2 girls (22 & 13) and a grandson (10 months) I have been on Spark People before, but wasn't able to motivate myself to keep up with it back then. My husband was diagnosed with Diabetes last year and his doctor says he can probably get off the meds if he loses weight, so I have good motivation this time! Although, I really want to lose weight for myself too (I'm not about to let him look and feel better, while I look and feel bad)!

Looking forward to getting to know you all!

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9/21/11 11:04 A

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Hi, Im Tiffany, I live near Rochester. I am mom of 4, married and looking to get out of my rut. I am eager to start a new life with healthier food choices and excercise so that I can be more active with my family.

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9/7/11 5:56 P

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Hi, I'm Emily. I'm new to sparkpeople and am stoked to see how this can help motivate me. One of my main problems is eating. I eat bad foods all the time and too much of them. I need to change my eating habits, while maintaing a healthy exercise routine.

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9/5/11 11:31 P

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Hello! My name is Michelle,and I am a 29 year old wife and other to 3,ages 5,4and just 2 months old,which is why I am here. I have over 70lbs to lose,last time it took me 2 years,I'm not going to wait that long this time! I live in saint paul,was born in saint paul,went to Harding and hazel park academy.

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9/4/11 11:54 P

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Hi my name is Tami and I live in the Northern suburbs. I am not new to this team but I would say reborn. I have been avoiding spark people for about a year now, due to an ugly battle with an eating disorder. I have made leaps and bounds and am back on track with my food and "most" of my emotions.

Never the less happy to be back and part of this team :)

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9/2/11 11:02 A

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CTracy and Bellys, remember that "slow" is okay. The important thing is to set those short-term goals, get streaks going, and remember to reward yourself for progress! Every step forward is closer to the goal of a healthy lifestyle! So many here have done it, and you can, too!

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9/2/11 10:14 A

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Hello Everyone, I'm Linda and I have a lot of weight to lose. I live in the north metro area, am married with 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. I found SP while reading an article in a magazine and thought that I would try this as WW was not working for me. I hope we all have the success we are looking for.

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9/1/11 9:10 P

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Just trying to get in to shape after all these years. I'm a wife, mother and grandmother, and I'm tired of seeing pictures of myself that I look fat in. Have joined a fitness center this last spring and trying to eat right, but weight is coming off slow. My Short term goal for myself is to lose two dress sizes. Long term goal is 75 pounds. It better start coming off soon.

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8/3/11 2:45 P

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Hi, I'm Hue(pronounced way). I know it messes people up but that is what my parents did. If you know how to pronounce my name then there is a good chance you already know me! I live south of the twin cities and have been lurking around this site for a couple of months now, finally decide it was time to stop lurking and get out there. I'll be turning 40 soon and really want to get back to a healthy weight. I had lost it before on WW but it just didn't stick, got tired of always counting points and eating the 100 calorie junk instead of fruits and veggies. That and just tired of paying for a plan I just wasn't using. So here I am ready to be challenged, motivated, and hopefully helping others on the same journey!

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7/30/11 9:27 A

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Hi I'm Deb. I live in SW MN. I got an eye-opener at my daughters wedding and realize I NEED to lose at a minimum 75 lbs. I am desperately in need of encouragement and motivation as I don't get this at home but I am determined to be healthy and slimmer.

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7/25/11 4:59 P

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Hi, all! My name is Jean and I live in central MN. I had gastric bypass 3 years ago and have lost 100lbs. I gained a few lbs back but have not yet achieved my goal weight and could use some support/ideas/kick in the butt! Thanks, Jean



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7/23/11 11:51 P

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Hi Everyone!

I'm April and I live about 40 miles south of the Cities. I joined SP 2 years ago, but am starting new now after a baby born in September. I look forward to MOTIVATION to keep going. I've been OP for a week and was doing great until tonight--went to Applebees and made the mistake of "tasting" some of the spinach and artichoke dip. When I got home I looked up what my half of the dip cost me in calories and about cried. BUT tomorrow is a new day and this is just one tiny little blip in an otherwise great week.

I hope to get some good ideas for healthy high protein and/or easy snacks. I look forward to getting to know ya!

April

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7/14/11 1:29 P

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emoticon everyone to the team, I am Kat the leader and i have been off and on the team do to personal reasons so I am now tryign to get back on and get to know you all. I am a mom of 3 daughters and a grandma to #10 due in march.
I live in the Waite Park/St.Cloud area. I am trying to maintain my goal set by dr. between 135-140 do to my health she doesnt want me to get any lower at one point i was at 115# i was almost admitted to the hospital that was over 3 years ago and at that time i had lost my fiance he passed away and found him the next morning so needless to say i quit eating and i did drink everytime i smelled good i wanted to throw up. i went into a depression mood and didnt want to deal with things i was in shock because of what happened and we were going to get married that year allready had a house less than a year lost it after he passed do to foreclosure i couldnt afford it and it was on a va loan and since we werent married yet they couldnt put my name on it.so lost that in 4 months I loved out of the house into an apt.and here i sit in this apt.
so i like to make blankets for all my grandkids i just got done with one for my granddaughter who is 3 months and will start another one later on this winter for the new grandbaby. to soon to tell what it is at the moment hopefully in oct. when my daughter has an ultrasound it will show up. I am hoping for a boy and daughter wants a girl. she has 3 boys.
well i am around here and you can sparks mail me i check sparks mail daily so if you have any ??? feel free to ask., have a great day and good luck on a healthier lifestyle to a new you.

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7/4/11 9:22 A

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Hi, my name is Donna and I live in Eagan. I am a single mom with three adult daughters. I put on weight after my divorce and have decided it is time to take the weight off. I have tried tracking my food before on another website and it was so hard that I quit doing it. This website seems to make it easy to track your foods with the grouping feature. Anyway I am looking forward to making new friends in MN on here and to help support others as we strive toward our mutual goal of getting healthy! emoticon

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7/3/11 2:05 P

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Hi
I'm in central Minnesota.

My Motto for life is: Eat to live; not to live to eat.

I joined Weight watchers. I have a gym membership! Now I have Sparks. I am excited for what comes next.

Laura

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6/23/11 9:41 P

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Hi everyone!

My name is Heather and I'm 27 (nearly 28). I can't really remember a time when I was skinny and I regret the fact I didn't try to lose weight more seriously sooner. I work full time in public service and I'm just tired of being 124 lbs over weight. Great to see so many people from Minnesota on here!

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6/21/11 3:38 P

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Hi everyone!
My name is Jennifer, I am 32 and a mother to two daughters. I want to live a healthier lifestyle to help teach my daughters to be healthy. With the support of my husband we have joined a gym and I have falled in love with Cardio Kickboxing which is my big workout once a week. Hoping to get involved with the group and to start up with the challenge.

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6/20/11 9:43 P

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Welcome Tracy - I'm new too but much older! Good for you for wanting to get a handle on your weight now! Glad you are joining us on the journey! emoticon Take care of YOU!



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6/20/11 3:05 P

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Hi, I'm Chelsea I'm 25 and i live in Maple Plain, MN. I'm a single mom of a 2 year old little boy. I work full time and finally decided that I needed to take care of myself so I joined a gym. I have to force myself to go each day, but I pick up my son from daycare and head to the gym. That way the couch and TV can't suck me in and ruin my motivation. The gym has a daycare in it so I don't have to worry about who will watch my son while I work out. It's nice to have the time to myself as well. I'm currently 235 pounds, but started at 250 so I'm on the right track. I'm hoping to get down to 150 at least, but we will see what else I can do once I get there. My biggest issue is eating out of boredom and eating healthy foods. I'm getting better and realize I can't do everything in one day so I take things one day at a time.

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6/20/11 12:35 P

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Hi! My name is Tracie and I live with my hubby and 3 daughters in SE MN. We are about an hour east of Rochester. I had my 3rd daughter 3 1/2 months ago and I am trying to lose the weight I've gained with all 3 pregnancies. We would like to have 1 more child (still looking for the boy), but I would like to lose at LEAST 20 pounds before we try again.

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6/9/11 12:15 P

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Hi everyone!

I'm Meg and I've lived in Rochester for a little under a year (I previously hail from Princeton, NJ). While I love it here, I found it too easy to snuggle up at home with my s/o all winter, snacking way too much in front of the fireplace! The end result was me hitting my heaviest weight ever. emoticon

I've recently started dieting and exercising again to try and get things back to a reasonable level, and I look forward on working with everyone here at Spark so we can all reach our goals!

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6/7/11 3:12 A

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Hello everyone! I am Bre I am from Moorhead, Mn. I just joined Sparkpeople last Monday. I am looking forward to my new journey in life and this group!

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6/6/11 12:22 A

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Hello! I just joined the team though I've been on SP for a little over a month now. I'm currently in Moorhead, MN.

"Forget regret or life is yours to miss. No other road. No other way. No day but today" -RENT




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5/30/11 10:37 P

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HI! I am new today and live in Columbia Heights. I look forward to getting to know some other MN folks looking to get healthy. Ann

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5/21/11 6:48 P

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Hi All,

My name is Bethany. I am 31 years old and live with my hubby and two daughters in southern mn. My bday is June 16th.

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5/13/11 3:06 A

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Hello everyone,
I am in St. Cloud and I am happy to have been referred to this site on our local moms like me site.

Jennifer


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4/27/11 11:06 P

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Hello All, I've been on SP for two weeks now so I thought I should introduce myself before any more time goes by. I live in the NW Metro with hubby and our dog China. I quit smoking in early Feb and started walk/jogging in early March. Six weeks later and, incredibly, I'm able to comfortably jog a mile. emoticon

Our bodies are amazingly resilient and efficient. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way and let nature heal. I'm 48 and the destination of my journey is to shed 80 pounds by this time next year, and to complete a 5K this Fall. All the best to you on your journey !

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4/18/11 11:54 A

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Hi I'm Jen and live in South Central Mn. I joined this site mainly for tracking what I eat in hopes I will be able to start losing weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I see I will probably get more out of the site once I take the time to find my way around. I'm 33, married, have two kids and a spoiled cat. :)

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4/17/11 11:02 P

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Hi, My name is Karolina, I'm about to turn 31, single and kind of new to MN. Last year I had some serious health issues and ended up gaining nearly 100lbs, which I am in the process of releasing. I feel like having a good support system is really going to help me in my journey and really looking forward to getting to know some of you better.

Raw vegan baby :)
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4/12/11 8:31 P

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Hi, I'm Emily, I'm new to this website. As you all know, summer is coming soon! I really need to get in shape for shorts, tank tops, and swim suits. It seems I can never stay motivated, so hopefully this site will help! :)

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4/11/11 4:04 P

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Hello! I'm Corrie and live in the east metro. New to Spark and trying to figure this all out. I do love the trackers. I remember writing it all down in a notebook back in the day...lol I have 3 boys ages 18, 11 and 4. I've been in tip top shape before but have completely been slacking the past few years. I had my first workout today and feel good. I'm excited to get back into shape and have an online support system too!

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4/11/11 11:34 A

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Hi, I'm Dawn. I live in Buffalo Lake, MN. I moved from the Twin Cites to rural MN about 3 years ago to take care of my mom. She has PSP - she is unable to stay by herself. I live on a farm - we have about 40 chickens and 4 ducks. I still work in the Twin Cities.

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4/8/11 7:40 A

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I know what you mean by information overload.WOW
I try to keepup with my tracking I get to the middle of the week and then ge sloppy
I'll just keep trying But it's great to have all this inf at your fingertips.
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4/7/11 5:43 P

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Hi All,

Not exactly brand new, but I am just now diving into the Teams to help keep motivated and get back on track after vacation.

Anyhow, I'm about to turn 38 and need to lose at least 50lbs. My goal is 50lbs by the end of the year. So far, I've been on track. A little worried about weighing in on Monday, which I may switch to be on track with the Challenge.

I'm in MPLS, have two kids, and still trying to adjust to finding Me Time as a working mom.



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4/4/11 12:22 P

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Hello everyone! I'm from SW MN in Canby. I'm about 8 miles from SD border.

I used to be a member of SP but after losing about 15lbs, I figured I had all the tools and knowledge to do it on my own... Boy was I wrong! I have gained that all back plus about 50 more pounds! It is horrible. So now I'm on the track to losing weight. I show horses and would like to be able to get on my horse without a mounting block...that would be a huge accomplishment.

Can't wait to meet everyone and get to learn a bunch of new tools.

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4/3/11 5:39 P

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Hi, I'm also one of those from a little town in NW MN-so an hour north of Bemidji & Sarah I know exactly where Leonerd is too. I am a full time nurse & the other week realised I was at the same weight as I was went I went in to have my daughter over 5 years ago. I have a goal of losing about 45 lbs and started the couch-to-5k running plan earlier this week. My older sister lost 40lbs by age 40 last year and has a goal of a 5k before age 41, so we are going to do one in July or August. Love all the suport on this web-site, it's just what I need!

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4/2/11 7:58 A

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Hello to Everyone! This is my 3rd day and being a part of all of this, is kind of overwhelming, or is it just me? I live in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Look forward to learning more from all of you. emoticon

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4/1/11 12:58 P

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Hello Folks,

I am a retiree living in the Brainerd area. I received the April challenge in my mail and thought it was time to accept a challenge. I have plateaued and my resolve has weakened. The April Challenge may be just what the doctor ordered.

Vicki

In case you couldn't tell by the picture, I have a terrible case of spring fever...lol.

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4/1/11 12:17 A

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Hello, I'm Anna from Mora, MN. Yet another person from a small town and also a teacher. Seems like I might fit in around here. I've been steadily gaining weight since the end of high school. The hubby and I just invested in a craigslist treadmill and have been planning healthier recipes. We are also thinking about throwing out our tv because it seems to suck the motivation out of us. Glad to be here with fellow minnesotans!

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3/31/11 12:26 P

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Hi, I'm Patty from Apple Valley, MN. I just joined a few days ago. I think this web site is fantastic!! I'm tracking my food choices everyday and have to say it helps me make better choices. The fitness tracking pages with the demos - Love it! I have a grown son who is married and I'm hoping for a Grand Baby one of these days. I'm lucky they live close by and we get to see each other often. I love to camp in our MN state parks. I do a couple trips each season. We use a tent but we also use Aero beds to sleep on so it's not roughing it to much! I quit smoking after 30 some yrs last May. Yahoo! Unfortunately I ended up putting on the lbs. Now that I've got the smoking taken care of I'm very motivated to lose this extra 50lbs I've been carrying around. With the snow melting and warmer temps I feel energized!!
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3/29/11 3:02 P

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Hi Sarah I live in Bemidji, and looking for buddies and friends in my area. I have lived in Bemidji for about 6 years; have gained about 50 pounds. If interested let me know.
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hello this is my 2nd complete day with sparks there is information overload on this webpage!!
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If you live in the Ham Lake, Andover, Anoka area and like to bike email me!


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Welcome to everyone to this team am a proud member of the team as it is active and supportive with great topics and ideas
Have lived in Bixby, Albert Lea, Austin, Spring Valley, Rochester, Byron,Glenville, Blooming Prairie, Shakopee, and currently Minneapolis , north mpls near Robbinsdale would love to hear from others in any of these towns and of course anyone who cares to write enjoy making new friends computer is my connection to the world one day at a time

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3/22/11 1:29 P

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Hi I am Charu. I have been SP memeber last yr. then was off for a whiel gained pounds and now I am back to start fresh

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon we have alot of new members and would like to say emoticon to the team. we have alot of tools and if you dont have a sparks page up go to sparkspoints secong section and it will left you set up a page.
its nice to see new members and good luck to you all to a healthier lifestyle and make sure you drink your 8 glasses of water a day, rest, exercise what you can do and walking its getting nice out so i am waiting for the sidewalks that i walk on and the path i take will be clear by this week.
I am happy to see some returned members and welcome you back.glad your back.feel free to stop in and say it use the chat room visit the threads, if you need any help we have a monthly weight loss challenge run by Jamer123(Eileen) starts the 1st of the month.
Foxstar10(Joy) is doing a challenge each week on the fitness and sparks points the first 4-5 people on the list are winners for the amounts and times,
we have a few games to get to know each other feel free to join in love to have you in them.
the leaders are here to help you with any thing you need help with.
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Good luck everyone and happy to get to know you better. Kat

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Hi! I'm Becky. I'm not new to SP. I've been a member for a few years. I live in SE MN. Spring is finally coming!

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3/10/11 2:33 P

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Hi, my name is Andrea and have lived in Duluth, MN my whole life. I have been exploring SP for about a week now and am getting to know the tools on the website. I have several motivators to get in shape right now: I just graduated from college with a music education degree, and am searching for my first teaching job; Last spring my asthma was noticeably getting in the way of playing my horn, and I really like to play; I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding this summer; I have chronic bursitis in my shoulder that will only get better and stay better if I exercise regularly; and I'm just tired of being tired. Right now, I'd say that I have about 50 pounds to lose to get to a healthy weight. My doctor tried to get me to count my calories last year, but that's a lot of math (which I'm good at, but it bores me), and I'm really bad at keeping a journal. I think that it'll be easier now with SP because I can do a search of the foods that I eat and the nutrition tracker counts the nutrients for me and compares it to my nutrition goals.

Good luck with your goals, fellow Minnesotans!

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3/8/11 8:56 P

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Hello from Wheaton. I'm the western most hump of Minnesota out near North and South Dakota. On December 22, 2010, I began taking a appetite suppressant called Phentermine and started the Mayo Clinic diet. I had lost 32 pounds, but after gaining two back, I find my foundation is being shaken when I put a peanut butter cup in my mouth. In November last year, I stopped drinking coke and any soda of any kind. I ommitted high fructose corn sweetener from my diet. I gained 3 pounds. I am a patient of the Mayo Clinic. I have a self attacking disease called Auto Immune Hepatitis. My disease has been under control for 9 years. I gained 65 pounds on Prednizone many years ago and have not taken it off. I do have Cirrhosis of the liver. I have not drank an alcohol for a decade. My doctor has nicely been on my case to loose weight. I never lost significant amounts. On my last appointment, I was told (which I already knew) that if my liver should fail, I won't be admitted to the organ donar list, because of obesity. My liver is doing wonderfully, but you never know about disease. I really love my life and I want to live. I live a very sedentary life and had hopes if I took off weight my energy would return. I've lost 30 pounds and its a start, but obviously not enough. I have issues with counting calories, as I dislike math. Today I found this website in search of a calorie counter. I'm feeling optimistic and I want to stay that way and not give up! Hello fellow Minnesotans!

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3/8/11 11:20 A

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Hi, I am from Milaca, MN. I was a sparkmember a few years ago but life got busy and i lost track. I am back again with a few extra pounds to lose also. I am about 260 and my goal is to get to 170 by May which is when I graduate from college. I am a mom of 2 girls, 5 and 7, raising my nephew who just turned 18, and caring for my mother in law which can be very trying most days . I work part-time, go to school for teaching full time, and work at a school part time as well as taking care of home and everyone in it.
I had previously lost about 100lbs about 15 years ago and with all the stress and having babies over the years I had put it back on. I am sick of being big, I want the energy, movement, and freedom again. emoticon

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3/4/11 5:34 P

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Hi I am Opal in Minnesota, I really like sparks and this is really cool, a forum for those from Minnesota, how wonderful. I am glad to be part of this forum.

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Thank you! I'm excited to be here! Leonard (population of about 42 LOL) is up north near Bemidji.
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3/4/11 1:20 P

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Welcome to the team!!!! We are very excited to have you.
Sarah what part of the state is Leonard in? I don't think I have ever heard of it. That doesn't necessarily mean much, I don't get out very often. LOL
Good luck with your journey and if I can help with anything please let me know.

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3/4/11 11:59 A

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Hi, my name is Sarah and I also am new to SP. I have just been testing the waters this first week and truly am impressed with the site and people who are going through this too and are there to support each other!

I live by Leonard, MN (it's an inkdot but a great place to be). emoticon

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3/3/11 6:01 P

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Hi, my name is Minda-- I joined Spark when a friend recommended the site back in 2009. I didn't spend the time I should have learning how to navigate the site, and with all things that deal with losing weight, it got pushed to the side.

Recently, my boyfriend has been losing a lot of weight, and its been getting difficult in the house cooking two separate meals-- not to mention, it just sucks watching him shed pounds while I'm stuck hovering around 350 lbs. I just want to be happy with my body again, I don't even feel like myself anymore when I look in the mirror.

My first goal is to get under 300 lbs, I've lost a significant amount of weight before, but I want to make it real this time. I'm looking for motivators and supporters to be my sparkfriends.

I enjoy cooking, I'm currently a student and unemployed. I have a treadmill, a weight set, and a yoga ball in my home, and have access to work out videos on netflix. If you want to buddy up and get serious with me, please message me!

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3/1/11 2:12 P

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Hello All,
My name is Amy and I live in central MN (Verndale), itty bitty tiny town. People usually know where it is because they have been through it going somewhere else.
I am a substitute teacher but I broke my leg at the beginning of the year and now I'm not sure if I can work for the rest of the school year. My boyfriend and I have two sons ages 9 and 2. My 9 year old is from a previous marriage and his father is involved in his life but my boyfriend treats him like his own.
I was on SparkPeople before but I deleted that account because I am completely starting over. This time I am not trying to do it alone. I am going to be more active on the site and I have included my family and friends on my journey. I am doing it right this time.

It is none of my business what other's think of me.


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3/1/11 9:23 A

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Hello everyone,
I just joined SP yesterday! I'm hopeful this will be the right incentive for me. About 12 years ago I lost 80 pounds (245 down to 165) and kept it off give or take 5 lbs. Three years ago I had a son and have since had my weight creeping up and up and now I'm almost at 200 lbs. This was a wake up call. I have such respect now for older moms and the struggles related to health, children, and age.

I appreciate the tips, nutrition calculator and fitness planning I will have available to reach my goals. Thanks for all the encouragement already! I hope I can motivate and be motivated by all of you.



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2/27/11 7:30 P

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HI Jen and welcome to mn spark fat kickers team..please go ahead and jump into the threads and make sure you visit the birthday forum..have any questions feel free to ask..good luck in your journey

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2/27/11 7:14 P

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Jen and I am really excited to be starting this journey. I look forward to having the support of all of you in this forum as well as being able to support each of you. I am currently at 247 pounds. My weight loss goal is to lose 30 pounds by my August 6,2011 wedding. I have already began to eat in a more healthy manner and am working on cutting down (eventually eliminating) all pop. I am working on exercising for at least 20 minutes 4 days a week. My overall weight loss goal is to get to 150 pounds by July 15, 2012!

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2/26/11 11:20 P

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hi new members of mn fat kickers team.(leader)

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2/26/11 7:32 P

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Hi! I'm Sharon. I've lived near Aitkin since we retired 15 years ago. I've lost weight and gained more back for years--now I am determined. The cold, ice and snow make outdoor exercise hard in this country. My husband and I bought a treadmill and a bike, but need to really be motivated to use them. I love to walk when the weather is good--but this winter has been a tough one.

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Hi! I'm Sharon. I've lived near Aitkin since we retired 15 years ago. I've lost weight and gained more back for years--now I am determined. The cold, ice and snow make outdoor exercise hard in this country. My husband and I bought a treadmill and a bike, but need to really be motivated to use them. I love to walk when the weather is good--but this winter has been a tough one.

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Hi my name is Angie. I have tried to lose weight on my own and haven't been very sucessful. I'm looking for someone to workout with and help me out when times get tuff.

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Hi, I'm Beth.
I had tried Spark last summer, but was way too demanding to myself and just gave up! Now I'm being more realistic and kinder to myself. I'm happy to find a Minnesota team that understands our weather workout challenges and family food stuff. I actually started out at 203 (I'm 5'7") and then stopped taking an antidepressant that I decided wasn't doing anythng for me anymore and just like THAT (snap) had more energy and wasn't hungry all the time. I've lost 16 pounds since Thanksgiving just due to that and cooking more real food at home, even if its not especially diet-y.

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Hi everyone..and thanks for joining our team mn fat kickers team..please jump right into the threads and if you have any questions please feel free to ask one of us team leaders..

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2/24/11 12:44 P

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Hello my name is Amie! I am excited to be part of this group and to have found Spark! I am a working mom, have a son who is almost two and my husband stays home with him. The last two years have been rough with a move cross country, new job, my son was sick all of the time, and the sleep was few and far between. Life has become a little more normal now with my husband staying home-he's a great daddy and husband and takes care of most of the house work, so now I have time to focus on me and this is why I am here! I want to lose 70 lbs by my wedding anniversary on October 21st. Looking forward to learning more about each of you, your tips, tricks and support!

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Welcome all the new members who have just joined and introduced themselves it is always so nice to see what towns and areas of MN people live in and best wishes to everyone on your weight losses and fitness goals one day at a time

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Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm just starting and I've lost a few pounds (not recorded on the ticker) so far. Some days are better than others but being part of a group like this is very encouraging and I hope I can achieve my goal and enjoy chatting with all you folks.

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Hi I'm Jeannie. I live on the Iron Range. My husband and I are renting to own a duplex. We've made it into more of a family home. My little sister lives downstairs with her daughter and fiance. I'm working on getting my health back on the right track. I have Fibromyalia that has make it difficult to workout. I do what I can, when I can.

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Good Morning. I joined back IN jan when a lady from our Herbalife weight lost program said this site be great to track our meals.
IM a stay at home mom with boy/girl 11 year old twins and my goal is to lose 90 pounds before I turn 40 in Sept. I have always been big size gal since I was little but the older you get the harder it gets to lose specialy after you come a mom.
But Im from Northern MN.

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Hi, I'm Tammy and live in southwestern MN, Redwood/Lyon county area. Married for 30 years with 2 married daughters and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I was thrilled to find the SP site and am enjoying all the information it has to offer. I am a new member to the site. Good luck to everyone! emoticon


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2/5/11 12:04 A

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Hi All from our lovely state! I am new to Spark and so far it really seems awesome, I am really impressed.

I am looking for workout buddy(s) who are members of Lifetime fitness in the Twin Cities. (Sorry BABYLEONTYNE13, wrong gym, otherwise I'd be with you!)

I am about a week in and finding that the site is really helping me monitor my food intake but I am still struggling with the fitness part of it all.

Also, where can I get one of those nifty pound trackers??

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Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone works out at a YMCA in the Twin Cities? I would love to have a workout buddy!

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Welcome to Skjupnorth, Eopython2, and Ronnie. Glad to have you, come on over the the chat room anytime. emoticon

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Is not MN a wonderful place to live
You can freeze one minute and see the sunshine and feel warm the next
Would not choose to live anywhere else
One day at a time

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Hi everyone my name is Ronnie and I just joined the team this morning, I just moved to Minnesota to take care of Mom and would very much like to be in an active team, which this one looks like it is

Hope to get to know you better and hope you like me too

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Hi Fellow Minnesotans!

I just found about this website from a friend of mine in Ohio and I am excited to now be a part of it! I have lived in Minnesota my entire life, but I may be moving to Milwaukee for graduate school by the end of the year. I have been trying to lose weight since the beginning of last year. So far I have lost two pants sizes, but I still want to lost more!

The only person you can depend on is yourself. Only you can make the difference!

"The word 'can't' doesn't belong in your vocabulary!"- Jillian Michaels


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2/1/11 3:48 A

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Hi everyone I am Kat the leader and welcome to the MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM. Happy to have you on the team and good luck on your weight loss to a healthier you. if you have any questions just ask.we have a monthly weight loss challenge. remember that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello from the tundra of central MN! After a job loss (being the bread winner for the family and not having that check come in has been a huge challenge) However, I feel like I have my mind right and now am ready to deal with the physical part of my well being. I'm looking for better choices and a lifestyle change, something gradual that makes sense. Not scheduling 4 hours at the gym, but working healthy activities into my routine. I realize it may take me longer but I think it's the best way to start for me.

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Hi fellow Minnesotans. Been on SP about a week and am just joining your team. Looking forward to commisserating or rejoicing (depending on the day) with all of you over our weight issues.



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Best of luck to you Howie! I am sure you will do GREAT!!

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Hi Everyone! I have been a member of Sparks before but this time I am determined to make the lifestyle changes necessary to keep my weight off! I can really use the support!

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Hello All and Hello San Diego,
I have belonged to this team for a long time but have not been on here... but Im back now. I am originally from Orange County, CA and moved here eighteen years ago as well. I live in Hutchinson, MN. I so need to lose weight and become healthier. My husband of eighteen years and our combined four kids enjoy our eight Grandchildren ages twenty years to four years old. We are empty nesters now and want to start enjoying life but it is hard tugging the extra weight around.


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Hello Everyone!

I am originally from San Diego and I moved to a small town (pop 3200) about 18 years ago. I met my husband a month later and so I guess this is my home now. About this time of year I really, really rethink that decision...lol.

Anyway, I have been in a battle with my weight for most of my adult years. I am hoping to win the battle over the next year. I look forward to accepting all that SP has to offer!

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Hello all!

I'm from the Twin Cities area and joined Spark because I want and need to lose weight. I am trying to take charge of my health this year. :)

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Hello everyone!

I just joined Spark People and thought I would tell a little about myself. I live in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities! I am married with 2 children (girls ages 8 and 5)and we have a Golden Retriever as well. This website looks great, and I am hoping it is just the motivation I need to lose this excess weight once and for all!

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Hello all! My husband and I live outside Minneapolis with his daughters who are 7 and the little one turns 5 this Thursday! We were married this past June. I loved to MN from Tennessee in March of 2008 and other than getting tired of snow each winter, I love it here!

I joined the site because I finally hit my breaking point and WANT to lose the weight I have gained over the last few years.

Hope to talk to everyone and get/give advice and support!

~~We forget half of what they teach us in school. But the torment, and the people that inflicted it, makes us all have an elephants memory.

~~Scars fade with time. And the ones that never go away, well, they build character, maturity, caution.

~~What we are never changes, but who we are never stops changing.

~~This meat looks like a frog." *stabs meat* "Dead frog! Om, nom, nom"- 7 year old stepdaughter


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1/17/11 2:14 P

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I'm new to SparkPeople. Had never heard of it until I saw someone talking about wanting to lose weight on Ravelry (a community for knitters and crocheters)...as a result, I joined a new group on there and found out about sparkpeople. Its only my second day but I think this may finally be the website to really help me reach my weightloss goals.

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1/11/11 9:43 A

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Hi everyone! I'm new here to the group as well as the SparkPeople website. I live in the Twin Cities and am looking forward to what 2011 has to bring. I am hoping that with hard work and motivation that I can reach my weight loss goals. Looking forward to learning more about you all!

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1/8/11 8:11 P

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Hi, I'm a 30 year old mother of 4. I am on my 8th day on the site and I love it! I've put the nutrition tracker to great use and find the bootcamp workouts extremely convenient to use when I actually have a few moments to myself! I haven't really had a chance to personalize my page or post a picture yet,(still have to figure all that out)...LOL... Anyhow, I live in the twin cities and hope to meet amazing people with wonderful weight loss and life changing stories to keep me motivated to make my own lifestyle change! I wish everyone the best in 2011 and let's make it happen!!!!


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1/8/11 1:12 A

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Hey, my name is Alisha. New to the site too. I'm from central MN and have also piled on the pounds since marriage...anyways, looking for fellow supporters/friends to help keep me in check! I wish you the best of luck on your weight loss endeavors!

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1/7/11 11:25 P

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I am new to SparkPeople! I am living in MN for 4 years now and love it completely. So much to say I wouldn't know where to begin. I was seeking out a wayt to track nutrition and plan meals and found this site.

First Marathon: 2011 Grandma's Marathon

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First Triathlon: 2012 Trinona International Distance

First Half Marathon: 2010 Minneapolis Monster Dash

Running It Off!


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1/7/11 12:18 P

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From your spark page, go to edit, at the top of the pg on the right side are a bunch of options to check or uncheck. the first one says something about allow only your sparkfriends to view your page.(or something like that), if you uncheck that box and save your settings, that should make your page visible to all members. Hope this helps!

BECCA

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.



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1/7/11 11:47 A

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thanks for your help - i doubt i've figured it out but isn't the end of the world. I wouldnt even know how to get my "private" setting changed hahahaha

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