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    Welcome to Spark People. I have doing Spark People since mid May and have been really enjoying the program. It sure seems to make you realize what you are eating when you log it in every day. I also am in my 50's, have grown children and decided it is time to take charge. If I can be of any help let me know. emoticon
    2457 days ago
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    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 emoticon 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!


    2481 days ago
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    Thanks for the pep talk I need it right now thats for sure. 52 pounds thats great!! I bet you feel great to.

    2481 days ago
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    Hi, Kimmie. Welcome to Spark People! You've really joined an awesome community! It sounds like dial-up makes it more difficult for you to participate, but do the best you can. The more you participate in the Spark community and take advantage of all that is here, the more success you will see.

    I simply LOVE this site. It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and lots of great resources and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 52 pounds!


    Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and stop by my Spark page any time you need support or just want to say, "Hi!"

    2481 days ago