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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
Posts: 33,955
5/9/11 11:26 P

emoticon Greetings and emoticon

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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PINKHOPE
Posts: 25,716
5/9/11 10:51 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 63 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=4215632


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




MISSYZAC123
Posts: 23
5/9/11 6:21 P

Welcome to SP!!!!!



JANLEH
SparkPoints: (42,714)
Fitness Minutes: (40,947)
Posts: 3,902
5/9/11 6:16 P

Welcome to SparkPeople. You've come to the right place! I'm sure you will be able to find some really fun SparkTeams that involve parents of other little ones! You'll find great support here. Have you just started? If so, relax and explore the site. It's huge with a lot of information. Don't get overwhelmed, just try to learn a little bit at a time and start making small changes to your lifestyle. Before you know it, you'll be tracking your nutrition and your fitness and setting some great goals that fit you just right!

Good luck on your journey! emoticon emoticon



MERDAL14
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Posts: 3
5/9/11 4:43 P

Hi Everyone,
I am a 26 year old mother of a 4, 2, and 1, year old. I have been married for almost 7 years, and I have put on about 40 lbs. since my wedding. I just weened my 1yr. old and I am desperate to shed this baby weight.



 
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