This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.
Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine on "obstacles":
If you have further questions or just want to chat, stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail. Just click on the button under my profile picture on the left.
Press On! Suzanne
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Welcome to SparkPeople! Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.
When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.
Maintain your SparkPage with your weight loss tracker on it for all to see. Write your goals (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.
Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.
Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months or a year. You can do this!
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Thanks for all the replies and welcomes, I do think this site will help me, it makes everything so much easier. Not just because it has everything at your fingertips, but because you can see so many people going through it with you. I definitely will have questions and I know I will find some answers here, looking forward to all of it :)
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Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
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Welcome back to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
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Well girl you know I love you and am so happy to have you going through this process with me AND I'm more thrilled to be go along on yours because you are a true inspiration to me. So glad you are back on here and helped me find my way here too! :D Love ya!
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Hi and Welcome Back
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Welcome back to Sparkpeople. When you get time, make use of the many articles and resources available on the site. Make new friends (add them as Sparkfriends), and start to share your stories. I found this site to be very helpful in my weight loss journey, and went from 200+ lbs to a marathon runner.
Best of luck on your journey.
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5 4/10/12 4:50 P
I started here years ago, but lost my way :( a week ago I decided to change for the better and am sticking with it! My name is Nicole, I am 31, a single mom and changing things for the better for not only myself, my son and my mother, but also for my best friend. I want to be healthy to be around for my son to grow up and play with and set a good example for him and get him on the right track. I also want to help my mother lose weight, but my best friend was very recently diagnosed with diabetes so things will be changing for her. If I can change my ways and get myself healthier, it will help her get healthier as well and I want to help her her journey in way that I can as she does not live near me so this is the best I can do :)
I am determined this time to make things right and work! I lost 12lbs already and am ready for more, I know it will be hard, but I know I can do it. I hope to learn things along the way through here to help me out and am excited to meet wonderful new people along the way :)
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