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 62 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:
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.
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams 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 - 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.
If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them 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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
God Grant me Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to Change the things I can and Wisdom to Know the difference!
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -- John Wooden
"Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit."
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Well... we are here for you when you need us... if you can't be on regularly, just be sure you are taking your blogging offline and still journal on what you eat and the exercise you get so you give yourself proper credit. :) WELCOME!
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to SparkPeople! Best wishes to you along your journey to a healthier you!
Be sure to use all the tools available to you. I know there is a lot to this site, but take your time and check every nook and cranny. The extra motivation of interacting with SparkFriends is invaluable. SparkPages, SparkTeams, and community message boards play a significant role. The site's articles on health, fitness, and motivation are extremely helpful. The Success Stories inspire!
Your ‘my SparkPoints’ page is a page worth visiting every day. It’s a quick link to many of the areas you should familiarize yourself with. Accessing the links will help you navigate the site, communicate with other members, and earn SparkPoints.
Be active and be well! --Shelley
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to Spark! You'll find it has great resources to help you reach your goal.
Hello and welcome to Spark People! You've certainly come to the right place to learn how to have a healthy lifestyle.
I simply LOVE this site! It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and lots of great tools and resources. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 45 pounds!
Good luck on YOUR weight loss journey, and stop by my Spark page any time!
Jennifer, (Co-Leader) Get Fit & Stay Fit for Life
Running Achievements: Cinco Ranch Rotary 5K (37:00) Lone Star Stampede 5K (34:46) ASH Dash Bunny Run 5K (31:15) Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (32:27) Bayou City Classic 10K (1:11:23) Bunny Hop 5K (34:06) USA Fit Half Marathon (3:14:21.8) Turkey Dash 5K (38:15) Monster Mash 5K (41:35) Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 5K (42:26) Save the Males 5K (44:39)
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My name is Queen. I started my healthy lifestyle journey December 30, 2010. So far I have lost 24 pounds, changed my eating habits, and started a fitness regimen which I love.
I pray you find everything you are looking for here at SparkPeople.com. There is so much to learn and so many amazingly kind and supportive people to meet. Look around at the teams, tools, articles and blogs. They are so insightful.
Check out my blog '5 Steps for Sparking' to see my tips and tricks of 'Sparking'.
If you need a buddy, add me! If you need support, ask me!
Truly, Your Spark buddy, Queen
P.S. I highly recommend getting The Spark (the book). It made me look at this journey in a way that has allowed me to stick with it and remain positive.
"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still." –Chinese Proverb
"We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough." Helen Keller
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Rom.12:1
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Hi there. I saw this in Fitness magazine and decided to join. Have had some health issues the past year. Had my gallbladder out last May. It has been a nightmare. Food takes on its own adventure with every bite. Trying to get a good grip on the stomach issues now because of a trip to England in November. (no porta pots at Stonehedge) I will try very hard to post on a regular basis. I have a facebook page that I haven't seen in months. Work on computers all day and avoid it like the plague at home.
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