Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. Right now there is a 'special offer' on Amazon to get it in electronic format for just $1.99 - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this generous offer - so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
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Hi Kylie and to Sparkpeople! This is such an awesome place and you will find so much support!! Have you tried Diet Dr. Pepper? It taste really good.. :) Take one day at a time! :)
Hello and welcome to Spark People! You've certainly come to the right place to find motivation and support.
I simply LOVE this site. It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and LOTS of great resources, information, and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 57 pounds! But more importantly, I have GAINED healthy habits that will last me a lifetime.
Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and stop by my Spark page any time!
You can do it!
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Hi Kylie! Welcome to Sparkpeople! I'm so glad you're here! This a community of, friendly, motivating, and inspirational people. Sparkpeople is an awesome tool!!! I know you'll love it! It's helping me transform my life EVERYDAY! I wish you the best of luck while you reach for your goals, and dreams!
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Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
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Welcome to sparkpeople where it's a way of life and not a diet. Good luck on your weight loss journey. Feel free to email me or add me as a buddy if ya need any help.
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Hello all! My name is Kylie, I'm 25 and have an almost 2 y/o little girl, and I'm here to lose some weight!
I started comfort eating when I was 13. The heaviest I've been (that I remember) is 245 lbs. I'm currently at 198, but have been hovering around 200 for a while. I can't stop drinking Dr.Pepper! I love it. :) I, also, have been having trouble keeping myself on a schedule when it comes to working out, because I work 2nd shifts and try to spend time with my daughter in the mornings.
Any (and all) advice & inspiration is welcome! I decided it was time to find some type of support to give me a little more motivation.
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