W is for WELCOME!!!

I decided to post W’s article a few days early.  Hope you don’t mind!

Welcome, Freshmen!  I understand a number of you were referred to needlesspounds in the UAMS Weight Loss Program orientation session this week.  Some of you were referred by your dietitian.  A couple of you are Mary’s friends.  It doesn’t matter how you got here — WELCOME!!

Photo by Claudio Matsuoka

I was where you are in November.  You’re approaching Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and Independence Day.  I was approaching Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday.  You can do this!  You have an excellent team of experts who have helped countless people succeed in losing weight and keeping it off.  In addition to the endocrinologists, nutritionists, and clinic staff, you also have the support of other patients like me.  Make friends, grow your support network, and learn from one another.  I swear I don’t work for the clinic.  I’m just one very satisfied customer sharing my story as it happens.

If you’re a newcomer to the program and to this blog, I’d like to point out some posts that you might find helpful to quickly get up to speed.  I’ll list them below.  If you’ve come across something you don’t see on the list, mention it in the comments.  More on commenting below.

Helpful Posts


If you see a post that makes you think, share your thoughts by leaving comments.  If you’re viewing the post on the home screen, click the small link at the end of the post that says, “Leave a Comment »”  You’ll be asked to enter your email address, but that isn’t shown to the public — It’s to help fight spam.  If you’re viewing a post on a page by itself, you can fill out the box marked, “Enter your comment here…”  It will take you through the same process that asks for your email address.

Finding “That Recipe” or “That Article”

If you recall reading something on the site that you’re unable to find again, use the search box at the top right.  Enter one or two words that you recall being in the headline or text, and you’ll be able to quickly retrieve the post.  I sometimes forget what I labeled a post when I want to link to it.  The search box is very handy.  You can also use the category list along the right-hand navigation column to pull up posts relating to particular topics such as Recipes, Exercise, Motivation, etc.


There are a number of convenient ways to get the latest posts.  The easiest way for most people is with an email subscription.  Below the categories list on the right is a section that says, “Follow Blog Via Email.”  If you enter your address there, you’ll get a notice in your inbox each time I post.  If Facebook is more your speed, you can also like needlesspounds on Facebook to have the posts appear in your feed.  Some people do both.

Again, welcome to the program, welcome to the blog, and welcome to the family!  If you need anything, just holler!

Why not give commenting a try right now?  Say Hi!

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