Hello, and welcome to SparkPeople. We are glad to have you here with us.
SparkPeople can't promise that you will once again get your 'girlish figure' but by following the program you CAN get on the path to leading a healthy lifestyle, and you may notice that you'll feel better both physically and mentally.
Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals.
Co-Leader of the Fitness Instructors Team Senior Moderator of the Dealing with Depression Team
Fitness Minutes: (217,794)
52,656 1/20/13 1:07 A
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. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.
2. 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.
3. 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 *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)
Proud Team Leader of Determined Divas!
Fitness Minutes: (77,665)
1/19/13 11:50 P
There are a ton of resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is a key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you are comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, you can start adding in and exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. I've tracked everything since May 2011 and have had great results to show for it. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!
Well, yesteryear has long since passed for most of us. Now it is on to newer and better healthy choices and fitness goals. Welcome to this wonderful Site. I think you will be empowered and encouraged and will find much support on your journey! Join a support team and soar.... :)
Ute - Upstate NY Eastern Standard Time
2013 Casual Travelers in Spring 2013 Winter into Spring 5% Challenge *Casual Traveler Team*
Psalm 91 is all I need when things get tough. :)
Fitness Minutes: (210,398)
165,377 1/19/13 10:30 P
& to Sparking, COLDSPR411!
Ahhhh, don't we all wish it was that easy, even possible, but alas it's not. What is possible though is working on becoming healthier and more fit!!
A healthy lifestyle is a process - more of a journey than a destination. SP with all its features and tools can help you along the way and with the support of its members, well, it's a recipe for success!
The best way I found to get going was to use the "Getting Started Guide" which you can find at the top of your Start Page under the “How to Use the Site” tab. It will take you step-by-step in getting you up and running and in no time at all you'll be feeling right at home!!
Don't expect to change everything overnight. It takes small steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. Just think about The Tortoise and The Hare. You can win the race if you stay focused and take slow, steady steps to get there.
Surveys have shown that participants in Message Boards lost more weight and stayed with their program longer than non-participants so come by as often as you can. Here at SP you'll find all kinds of motivation and support from people who have similar goals as you do. We are all taking this journey together and we truly want to see each other succeed!!
Wishing you the very best as you work towards your goals!!!
Moving More! Eating Less! Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going!
Fitness Minutes: (0)
7 1/19/13 10:19 P
Hello to all that can feel my pain......If only there were a black pill to sink fat cell and return my girlish figure of year gone past!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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