Greetings and - I'm really glad you've joined us!!
Congrats on getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=one_healt hy_change_leads_to_another . I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and 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!
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 and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!
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."
12/25/12 3:29 A
Hello, and welcome to SparkPeople. We are glad to have you here with us. I wish you much success in reaching all of your goals.
Co-Leader of the Fitness Instructors Team Senior Moderator of the Dealing with Depression Team
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"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be." -Marc Pagnol
Fitness Minutes: (207,532)
52,241 12/25/12 1:49 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: (239,462)
15,109 12/24/12 8:40 P
Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
Hello and welcome to the Sp family....this is an amazing site and you'll love it....yes you can do it again....right now you're doing great keep up the great work and let Spark show you how to complete your journey.....good luck to you on meeting your fitness goals
If You're tired or starting over stop giving up
Tema - Matteson IL
"Tenacity is the quality displayed by someone who just won't quit -- who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Anything really worth doing takes persistence, perseverance, and stubborn determination! I AM a Tenacious Jungle Tiger and these are my survival skills!!"
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7 12/24/12 6:10 P
Hi everyone! I've always heard much about SparkPeople, but never really decided to give it a look until about a week ago. I am a mother of 2 girls...one is 4-years-old, and the youngest is 9 months old. I have just weaned her from breastfeeding and decided with haste about major weight loss. I am the HEAVIEST that I've EVER been and so out of my comfort zone. I am doing a diet consisting largely of protein, including some low carbs such as vegetables. I'm drinking 8+ glasses of water per day. I've already lost 9 lbs, so I am VERY excited! My total goal is to lose another 50 lbs by March. Then, another 20 lbs by June. I've done it before, I can do it again!
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