Happy New Year! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
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' - 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 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!
Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat ion_articles.asp?id=1124
Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti on_articles.asp?id=1154
I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.
I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.
I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.
Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!
You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!
Hello and Welcome to SPARK.... You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the info that is here....But give it some time. Everyone on this web site is here for the same reasons,maybe a little different end goals but we all want to have a better quality of life.
~~Loving Spark is something you do. ~~ Being Spark member just becomes part of you. If you have any questions just ask, there is always someone to help, and to pick you up. Come check out the team and see if it's for you. We would love to have you on board with us. The team has daily challenges something for everyone at every level. And We would love to have you join...HOTTEST Spark Team around.
It's called Your QUICK FIRE Team.....WARNING!! It is proven that QuickFiring can lead to a HOT BODY!
~~I dare you to come join us!~~What do you have to lose?~~ Just copy/paste the address below into your browser~~ www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i ndividual.asp?gurl=QuickFireChallenge Make change happen.....QUICK FIRE Your LIFE!!! ~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~Mic~~~~ Lynn ~~~ Karen~~~Rosie~~~ Wendy 2007 days ago