Welcome Jessica!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!
Hi, Jessica! I want to second that welcome. You are here for the right reason: lifestyle changes that will stay with you the rest of your life. Make them gradual, sane, meaningful and get the support you need to keep moving forward. For motivation, first, hold up your primary goal of health and fitness, and be sure to write about the values behind those goals. And then aim for the rewards you promised yourself. A vacation is a very cool reward! Make sure the timeframe is realistic and set small goals to reach and reward yourself for along the way. That is the key to maintaining your momentum, which is actually what is behind "motivation". Spark People Community is very wonderful for support. Blog, post on the Boards, huddle with Teams and especially be sure to read and post on other members' posts with encouragement and support, cuz that will help you even more than it helps them! Get Sparking towards that vacation! 1345 days ago