Congrats on taking the first 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 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!
Welcome. You are going to love SparkPeople. This is a very supportive site. If you get involved you can't help but be successful with all the encouragement you will receive. Join a team, make some friends. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't feel like you are going it alone!!
YES YOU CAN! I've been up and down and in a crazy business and not finding time for myself until a health crisis showed me that if I don't put myself above everyone else here on earth, I won't be here on earth for much longer if at all. And when I put God first and me second everyone else in my downline benefited instead of complained. Try it. Be blessed, Celia 1951 days ago
********Welcome to the Fab 40's Team! We offer lots of support and encouragement. We have terrific challenges. JOur newest one is the 2011 Fresh Start Challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me ssageboard_thread.asp?board=962x11525x 38714963 Good luck!!