Congrats on getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10% - I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and 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!
Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location, common goals such as a certain weight loss or several other ways. I'd also like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ exercise.lbl.gov SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ ual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.
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 and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!
12/5/11 10:17 A
Welcome! I too am new and ready to get this show on the road. I have put off losing weight for far too long so I am hoping with this site and support from others I can finally make it happen!
12/5/11 10:13 A
I am new as well! I am almost a 42 yr old woman...married almost 25 years to the man I Love and 2 great kids...both sophomores...one in college and one in high school. Between aging, loving food, and some thyroid problems...I have put on about 30 pounds over the last few years! Time to stick to it and LOSE it.
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12/5/11 9:17 A
Hi everyone......I've finally decided it's time to take control of my life, my body and my eating habits. I don't want my weight to be a struggle anymore, I want to end my battle with food and weight. This is day 1 and I'm feeling ready to do this, but would love any support I can get!!!!
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