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LAURELSPARK SparkPoints: (95,997)
Fitness Minutes: (80,024)
Posts: 6,718
2/9/13 7:22 P

Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. There are so many great tools and great people involved with this site. I'm sure that SP can help you along on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Good luck reaching your goals!
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IT-IS-WHATITIS SparkPoints: (94,716)
Fitness Minutes: (50,447)
Posts: 1,985
2/9/13 5:48 P

WELCOME! Nice to have you with us! I love my Sparkworld, and so will you!

So sorry to hear about your auto accident!! Hope you are on your way to recovery from the knee surgeries. You will definitely have to take it slow. You will be surprised even slow moving will help you get closer to your goals.

Here are tips I put together to share with each new Sparkperson I meet. I hope it will be a help to you as you work toward reaching your goals!

The site can be overwhelming, take your time. Learn one topic at a time, when you get comfortable with it, move on to another area of the site. Soon you will be using all the tools SP has to offer, and loving it!

If you get stuck, and have a technical question about the site, here is a link to the Customer Support Team that is eager to help you:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/hel
p_support.asp
(only technical questions, if you have a nutrition, fitness, or health question, post the question in the Forums, other Spark members will eagerly try to help you!

Use your Spark Points (click on view SparkPoints) as a map to the site. It is a good way to learn your way around and you can earn points to send yourself or others Sparkgoodies.

Go back to your Start Page if you get lost, you can get almost anywhere from there.

Be sure to use the nutrition tracker. You can ensure you are getting the proper nutrients as well as tracking your caloric intake and this is so important to any weight loss journey.
Never "diet" again! Keep focusing on living a healthier lifestyle!

Read the book, THE SPARK for guidance, motivation and inspiration!
Check out SPARKCOACH.com for extra support, motivation, and inspiration. I joined it, and LOVING IT! Great way to stay accountable!

Log on everyday to stay focused!

NEVER QUIT!! NEVER GIVE UP!
THINK POSITIVE! If you have a bad day, let it go.
Wake up to a new day, fresh start!

One of my favorite SP quotes (from BobbyD31)
"Remember we all have Setbacks:
ACCEPT it, HANDLE it, and MOVE ON!

Remember, this is a LIFETIME JOURNEY!!

The online community on the site is wonderful! We are all here to offer support when you need it, and celebrate your successes with you. Any type of interest you have, there will be a Sparkteam for it!

Stop by my Sparkpage anytime and let me know how you are doing! I would love to hear from you!

Enjoy your journey to a healthier you!

Have FUN along the way!
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JAMBABY0 Posts: 13,142
2/9/13 5:39 P

Hi and welcome! So glad you are here to make a change! If you have yet to join some teams you might want to they have helped me with motivation, extra support and accountability and if you have any physical limitations you may find a team with others having the same issues. Good luck on your journey!

SERIOUS2020 SparkPoints: (90)
Fitness Minutes: (160)
Posts: 3
2/9/13 5:35 P

Serious2020 here.
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