I know the website probably seems a little overwhelming. I know I felt that way when I get started. Figure you'll need a week to get the hang of the basics. Don't worry ! Here are some articles to help you learn how to use the software as well as a link to some frequently asked questions. www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
I think most of what you need to know about using Spark People, you can find with this
Take things slowly !!