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!
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This site is your first step to loosing the weight and keeping it off and being supported by the most nicest people around that are just like you!!!!
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Hi Jenn, welcome to Spark People. Using the tools here has really helped me, I try to track my food daily, and that has probably helped the most! If you look up in the right hand side of the tab bar on your main tracker page you will see a drop down menu to help you learn hot to use the site. There are articles and tutorials that explain the Spark program and the tools available.
Also take a look at Spark Teams, I happen to know there is a really great team for teachers! You were also placed on a Class team when you joined, that is a team of people who joined the same week. It is lead by experienced Sparkers who can definitely answer any questions you may have.
Good luck, remember there are a lot of members here who will be happy to help you along this journey, just ask!
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Welcome to SparkPeople! It is a great site to gain health and lose weight, for free!
I see that you have already joined some Spark teams. They are a great way to meet interesting and supportive friends.
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Hi Jenn, Welcome! This is such a good site with everything you need to be a healthier you. The tips, tools and info are really helpful not to mention all the supportive and knowledgeable members. Best of luck to you!
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Spark is a wonderful site for healthy recipes,tons of information and motivational people. I wish you all the best on your new journey!
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My name is Jenn. I am getting started with SPARK and I think its going to keep me on track with healthy living. I'm loving it! The true test will be when I go back to work next week as a first grade teacher. I'm on spring break this week.
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