Welcome to Spark People. This is a wonderful site full of many useful tools to help you with your weight loss journey. By joining a few teams you will get support and motivation from other members. Good luck in reaching your goals.
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WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
WELCOME to SP, and on taking the first step in your healthy lifestyle journey! This site is full of truly amazing people, and there is always someone to encourage you, help you out, answer your questions, etc. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the site because there is so much information available for you here, and it's all free! Of course, the nutrition and fitness trackers will be some of your most valuable tools, but there is so much more than that--articles, health news, recipes, workout demos and generators, the SP community, SparkTeams for anything you could possibly imagine, etc. Since you're just starting out, I'd recommend trying to earn as many SparkPoints as possible, even if arbitrary points do nothing for you; earning those points will allow you to become familiar with many aspects of the site that you may overlook otherwise.
Getting healthy to set a good example for your son is an excellent reason! We all have good and bad days; the key is to not let the bad days drag down your momentum! It definitely helps to know the reason you want to live a healthy lifestyle, such as your son. He's adorable, by the way. I'm assuming he's the one in your profile pic.
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Here is your Getting Started Guide: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_s tarted.asp
These New Member Tutorial Videos are very helpful: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiva tion_articles.asp?id=571
Be sure to set up your nutrition tracker and follow the guidelines Sparkpeople gives you. It is important to eat a balanced diet with adequate calories (yes, if you don't eat enough, you will not lose weight). The website will give you a range of calories each day. Eat well while losing weight by eating within that range. Likewise, you should follow the guidelines for carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, fiber, etc.
I try to encourage new members to get active in the SparkPeople community! Join a Spark Team or two that match your interests. You will find it easy to get acquainted with folks on Spark Teams. For instance, you can select a Team of Sparkers in your city, or Sparkers who follow a particular food plan (vegetarians, low carb, etc.), Sparkers with a particular health concern, or Sparkers who share your hobbies. Another option is to set up your SparkPage and start blogging. Some folks use the Community Journals. Post a lot on the message boards, especially if you have successes or challenges. You'll soon find that you're connecting with many nice folks here.
This is a great, positive community! I’m glad you’re with us.
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Hello. I am new to SparkPeople, it looks like a very helpful site. I would like to lose 70-75 pounds. I am married (to an awesome guy) and we have a two year old. The biggest reason I want to lose the weight is that I want to be an example for my son. Any tips or advice would be great! I would love to make new friends! Thanks for listening!
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