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LYNDALOVES2HIKE Posts: 33,955
5/8/11 10:31 A

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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!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. 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 emoticon 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!

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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.

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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. 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.

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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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FITFABJENN Posts: 5,068
5/7/11 3:18 P

Hello and welcome to Spark People! You've certainly come to the right place to find motivation and perhaps that extra "umph" you are looking for.

I simply LOVE this site! It is filled with truly wonderful, supportive people and lots of great resources and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 47 pounds!

Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and please drop by my Spark page any time!

QUEENCREOLE SparkPoints: (14,976)
Fitness Minutes: (5,433)
Posts: 723
5/7/11 3:04 P

emoticon new Sparkie! 

My name is emoticon Queen. I started my healthy lifestyle journey December 30, 2010. emoticon So far I have lost 24 pounds, changed my eating habits, and started a fitness regimen which I love. 

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I pray you find everything you are looking for here at SparkPeople.com. There is so much to learn and so many amazingly kind and supportive people to meet. Look around at the teams, tools, articles and blogs. They are so insightful. 

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Check out my blog '5 Steps for Sparking' to see my tips and tricks of 'Sparking'. 

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197997 

If you need a buddy, add me! If you need support, ask me! 

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Truly,
Your Spark buddy, 
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P.S. I highly recommend getting The Spark (the book). It made me look at this journey in a way that has allowed me to stick with it and remain positive.
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IRISH_EYES_66 Posts: 14,811
5/7/11 1:53 P

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Every journey begins with the first step and you have made a great first step by joining Spark. You are going to love it here!! I highly recommend joining a few teams to meet some of our members to share ideas and get added support when you need it. Good luck in reaching your goal!!
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KARTOON426 SparkPoints: (136)
Fitness Minutes: (87)
Posts: 8
5/7/11 1:35 P

I'm looking for something that will help motivate me to reach my goal of losing 55 lbs. I began my journey in Sept of last year and lost over 30 on my own but I've hit a plateau and haven't lost anything else since February. It's been up and down, like a rollercoaster, and I hate rollercoasters! I hope Sparkpeople will help give me the extra umph I need to reach my goal! Which would be a first ever in my life. emoticon

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