Hi Lisa, I hope you do not mind, I have added you as a friend on Sparkpeople. I felt an instant connection with you while reading your post. If you need any support at anytime, please feel free to email me or leave a note on my page. I may not respond immediately, but I will as soon as I am able. I am here.
I am glad you are back and I know that you will succeed in reaching all of your goals!
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!
Stop looking at the scale if it's making you crazy. Make sure you're taking measurements every month though. Your goal is to change your life! That takes time and patience. It takes 100% honesty with yourself and tracking everything that passes your lips. It takes moving your body. If you are exercising lots, make sure you have done your fitness program under My Tools....it will adjust your calories accordingly so you eat enough and not store your fat!
The cleaner and healthier and fresher you eat, the better it gets. Even if the scale doesn't move...your body should change in a positive way! Also...you're a woman...our bodies are a mess...:) But seriously..lots of water, vitamins, and healthy food and movement...you'll get there. Just trust the process. Avoid salt and sugar and fizzy things...etc You could be bloated even....not sure...but just do the right things and it'll all fall into place!!! YOU CAN DO IT!
Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find all the support you need here to help you meet your goals. Use the resources available and don't be shy about joining Teams for extra motivation and encouragement. If there's anything I can help you with, just let me know. Again ... WELCOME! Best of luck to you!