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    Hi Jessee, Thanks for adding me as a friend, and I happily did the same, Thanks again and welcome
    2408 days ago
    emoticon to SparkGeeks! We're glad you joined us!

    Jump in and make yourself at home! Let us know if you need anything! We're a quiet group, but we are here!

    Best of luck on your journey!
    2425 days ago
  • v EOWYN2424
    Hi, welcome to SP!
    2425 days ago
    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. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with your church but please remember that churches are run by humans so even if you lose your faith in church, you don't need to give up on God. Everything happens for a reason and it sounds like you got a gigantic 'wake-up' call to change things and get your priorities in order. It sounds like you are doing just that now - and you're off to a great start already, just by posting here and sharing your story!


    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. There are also teams for people who are depressed so you might want to check them out as well as the other resources on SP for depression. 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!!


    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!


    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.


    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!!!


    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.


    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!


    2426 days ago
  • v BUBBLEJ1
    Spinning is a stationary bike class where the instructor tells you to increase or decrease resistance to simulate riding up and down hills. It is a great workout!

    If you can get a cheap gym membership (mine is $15 per week) and the classes suit you then go for it. Most gyms will give you a week long trial membership.

    Best of luck!
    2426 days ago
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