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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (202,029)
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5/3/11 10:30 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos. That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!

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MAGDALINI1 SparkPoints: (7,450)
Fitness Minutes: (3,131)
Posts: 485
5/3/11 12:39 A

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE Posts: 33,955
5/3/11 12:29 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.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams 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 - 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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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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BABIE_JANE Posts: 19,723
5/3/11 12:19 A

Welcome to Spark People. There are many tremendously supportive people to help you in your journey to a healthier you here at SP. The tools SparkPeople provides will help in achieving your goals. Start off by getting acquainted with all the features of the site. Below are two links to help you acquaint yourself.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Best of luck in your journey to a healthier you.

~BJ

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=1179


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=1124


ZZYYGGY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (71,521)
Posts: 9,072
5/2/11 9:17 P

Hi and welcome to the SP community. Good luck on your healthy journey.

PINKHOPE Posts: 25,758
5/2/11 8:39 P

Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! You are very smart for choosing to do this for health. I BELIEVE in SP. I am 55 years old and have lost 62 pounds so far!!!

There are two keys to success: 1) tracking your food and staying in calorie range and 2) fitness minutes. The thing about fitness is you can start small with 5-10 minutes. It also helps to read blogs. You can start with one I wrote:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=4197745


Losing weight and/or getting fit is a journey of many steps. These days before we go on a journey we always turn on the GPS. So turn on YOUR GPS for the journey:

G - Good Nutrition
P - Personal Fitness
S- Sparkpeople Involvement

If you have any questions feel free to ask. Also, drop by my sparkpage and check out my blogs for lots of tips. I'll be happy to show you around.

Press On!

Suz


FROSTY1234 SparkPoints: (0)
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Posts: 5
5/2/11 8:34 P

I am a snackaholic...I need help! I am a 57 year old female...with high blood pressure, diverticulitis and now hip problems which I'll see a Dr about Thursday. I was told that if I lost some weight it would help with all my problems. I need to lose about 35 lbs . I've been on every diet from South Beach to food combinations.. I've lost 20-25 lbs on several occasions and then gained them back. I want to regain my self confidence and energy levels. I want to feel good about myself again. Help me PLEASE!

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