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TENNISJIM
Posts: 9,525
6/24/13 6:17 A

Hi, Tabitha -- welcome! Use the food and exercise trackers.



KKKAREN
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Posts: 11,487
6/24/13 6:13 A

The food tracker is my favorite part of spark people, get to know it and know it well. Then I'd say go to the spark points page, not to get points but to learn your way around the site. It takes you everywhere, and you get the points as a bonus.



MRSR13
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Posts: 19
6/24/13 4:26 A

Hiya!!
I've been back and forth to this site over the last few years.. following on from what has already been said... track everything!! It really does work!!

Good luck!
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LADYCJM
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Posts: 1,645
6/24/13 3:06 A

Welcome and grats to both of you newbies for getting started.

The best piece of advice I can offer is to honestly track your food and exercise every day.
It only hurts you if you fudge on tracking.
If you over eat, track it.
If you under eat, track it.
If you exercise, track it
If you don't, track that too
Tracking makes you more aware of what you eat and the calories you are eating.
It's really easy to undercount calories and over estimate exercise but your better off doing it the other way around!




ROXYCARIN
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6/24/13 2:02 A

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JANIEWWJD
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6/23/13 11:42 P

Welcome to Spark People!!! The best advice I can give you is to track everything: workouts, what you eat, etc.!!!! Good luck and God bless you!!!!



JO88BAKO
SparkPoints: (154,535)
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Posts: 6,860
6/23/13 11:39 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! This is a great place. I think tracking your food daily helps a lot. I ti accountability. It also helps you know your calories, carbs, etc. There are lots of great articles to help you learn. Take it one day at a time, one good choice at a time.



LEANIE64
SparkPoints: (18,283)
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Posts: 1,135
6/23/13 11:30 P

First I'd like to say ...WELCOME"! I have belonged to the site for a couple of years anyway..I do find it such a wonderful help to post to the message boards, listen to the spark radio, use the food and exercise tracker..blog, etc.
Wonderful people here to lend a hand where ever
It sounds like the individuals that have replied to your post already have shared some great advice..So again , welcome and enjoy the journey.



REJ7777
Posts: 4,021
6/23/13 11:22 P

Here's an article about getting started :
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
ition_articles.asp?id=58





ETHELMERZ
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Posts: 3,519
6/23/13 11:10 P

This site is full of interesting things, take your time and click around, takes more than a few minutes................gives you something to do when you are hungry and need something to focus on.



HAPPYTUHA
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Posts: 415
6/23/13 10:53 P

Everybody needs help



OKIEGIRL561
Posts: 2,362
6/23/13 10:52 P

The food tracker is a big help. Take time to use it. There are features that make it easier to use like making a favorites list and a groupings list. Excellent recipes. Joining "teams" that focus on various subject matter, depending on your interests. Spark people radio is good to listen to while you are using the site. The hosts give a lot of good, basic advice. There are health-related articles to read, also. No big hurry. Take your time and learn the site. It is best to commit to be here for the long haul which will help you live a healthier lifestyle. Oh, and there is a place to keep record of your physical activity.



IVETTETORRES1
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Posts: 2
6/23/13 10:36 P

If you need someone to talk to, let me know, I am there for you. If you need a friend I am here for you. I am new myself to this webstite.



STSAGNER2011
SparkPoints: (120)
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Posts: 9
6/23/13 10:22 P

Hi Everyone!
I am a new member and excited to get started! I am just wondering if you could give suggestions on how to best use this website for the best results! And I'd love to know who's on here and say hi! Thanks! Tabitha



 
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