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  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
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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, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
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    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!!
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    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!
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    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.
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    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
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    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.
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    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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    1887 days ago
  • v FULLFIGUREDGAL
    Thanks for adding me as a Spark Friend...much success to you with your goals! :)
    1888 days ago
  • v WILLOW49
    Welcome to the EE team :) If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself. Let's get going!
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    1889 days ago
  • v JANLEH
    Thank you for adding me as a Sparkfriend! I am slowly making it through all my emails, etc. Wow! I was definitely not expecting this reaction to my little blog.

    Best wishes to you on your journey to health. I'm glad we can do this together!

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    1889 days ago
  • v HIKETOHEIGHTS

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    Welcome to SparkPeople! Here are My tips to YOU: I suggest you log in everyday. Acquaint yourself with tools because they are key in helping your weight loss. I love the articles and they help me a whole bunch of alot!

    Have a blast making your page. It is your fingerprint. Change it up & make it your own. Most of us use it as a form of expression and a major source of motivation.


    Definitely use the food tracker, there is nothing like seeing what you are eating day after day in terms of your weight and health. The food tracker will do this for you so give it a chance. Should you ever need support or have any questions, speak up we have more than our share of people who can help you.

    Stay with it and Spread the Spark, HiketoHeights

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    1889 days ago
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