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  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    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 - 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' - 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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    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.

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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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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    1974 days ago
  • v MUEHLBBO
    Welcome to SP. I have been a member since August, having lost 60 pounds total. I think SP is awesome. I use the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker everyday. Set your goals so that you see how many calories to eat in relationship to your exercise. I really think that one of the reasons that I struggled before SP was that I wasn't eating enough. I'd lose five pounds, stagnate, gain them back. Even while on SP if I'm way below my calorie range for more than a couple of days, things really slow down.

    I wish you the best of luck and hope that you will love SP as much as I do.
    1975 days ago
  • v RAYLINSTEPHENS
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    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!

    Linda

    1975 days ago
  • v DDHEART
    Karen, Welcome to SP! You are obviously very motivated but I hope you'll accept some constructive criticism...First, it is so tempting to limit calories strictly but there is some good science to not restricting too severely...please check the articles here on how to determine the number of calories you need. The reason I say this is that the body tends to slow the metabolism down when it thinks we're starving...once your body gets into that mode it is very difficult to lose weight. Another thing that I guess you have already found out is that when we push the exercise super hard at first we often sabotage ourselves or at least we risk burnout even if we don't have an injury. Now please don't take my comments to be critical...I want you to succeed and these are just things I have learned the hard way. You can do this!
    1975 days ago
  • v BECKYQUIGLEY
    Hi Karen!

    Be careful in that snow! I fell a few weeks ago myself, but sounds like yours was much more of a fall!

    Welcome to SparkPeople! I hope you will find this site is a good fit for you. One of the first things I would recommend is setting up your goals under "Home." It will walk you through the best number of calories per day for you to reach your health and weight goals safely. 900 calories is very low, I'm thinking you could eat more for energy and still lose weight.

    One way I got to know SP is by finding Spark Teams that match my location and goals. You can look for teams under the Community tab at the top of the SP page.

    Best wishes on your health journey! emoticon
    1975 days ago