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 just by posting here!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. 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 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!
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.
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.
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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to Spark People! This is an amazing web site with lots of helpful & informative tips, motivational tools, & wonderful people! It's a great place to meet people with the same weight loss & health goals in mind, as well as an awesome place to learn how to be more healthy!
I hope you enjoy it here, I'm sure you will! If you ever need anything or just want to talk to someone about how things are going with your weight loss & dieting, or even just life in general, feel free to contact me!
5/29/11 10:37 A
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 65 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:
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HI, Alyson! to SP!!
This is a great site, and yes, it does work! There are loads of wonderful people on this site, ready to support and accompany you on your journey to a healthier you!!
This site does have a lot of resources, and, yes, it's easy to spend a lot of time here. But you can adapt it to your own needs and time limitations. With little kids, you won't have a lot of time, but maybe after they're in bed, you can find a few minutes to log on.
Don't try to do too much all at once - better to pick one or two things you can really commit to and be consistent with that - like promising yourself to exercise for at least 15 minutes a day and maybe track your food. With just that, you'll begin to see results. As you feel ready, you can add on more.
A good place to start, is the Getting Started Guide....
Good luck on your journey! Marge.
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5/29/11 12:53 A
Hey there, Do people really use this stuff? I'm not very technologically saavy and I just wonder how much people use these things. And if they do, how much time does it typically take? I'm a busy mother of two (age 3 and 1) and work full time so I can't spend too much time on the computer. Looking forward to some good tips and help in my journey. Thanks!
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