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!
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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My name is Queen. I started my healthy lifestyle journey December 30, 2010. So far I have lost over 30 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'.
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I'm a new member and I'm excited to explore the site, utilize its tools, and meet new people who understand the struggles and triumphs of getting to healthy. I'm 33, I have a 12 year old daughter, and a confusing, busy life. I hope to learn healthy living skills and to pass them on to her through example. I also want to get into better shape so doing day to day activities are less painful and more enjoyable. I've lived in Alaska my entire life but never got into the beautiful wilderness I'm surrounded by. I want to go fishing, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, biking and maybe more. First things first, though, to get to a weight That wont risk potential injury. A pre diabetic scare a month ago not only focused my eyes to the present, but opened them to all my potential futures. I don't want my future to end before my sweetgrrl has a fulfilling life and family of her own. I'm plan on fulfilling some of my own dreams as well. I've seen alot of positive posts and helpful feedback, so I can't wait to be an active part of the SparkPeople community.
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