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    Thank you all so much for your help and encouragement! emoticon
    2219 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.

    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 - some of the teams 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 - 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 already 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!


    2221 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople! Best wishes to you along your journey to a healthier you!

    Be sure to use all the tools available to you. I know there is a lot to this site, but take your time and check every nook and cranny. The extra motivation of interacting with SparkFriends is invaluable. SparkPages, SparkTeams, and community message boards play a significant role. The site's articles on health, fitness, and motivation are extremely helpful. The Success Stories inspire!

    Your ‘my SparkPoints’ page is a page worth visiting every day. It’s a quick link to many of the areas you should familiarize yourself with. Accessing the links will help you navigate the site, communicate with other members, and earn SparkPoints.

    Be active and be well!
    2222 days ago
    Welcome, JLynne. In regard to your question, why don't you go to the main message board. Where it says "Get Help Here" you can post and a SparkPeople nutritionist will respond.

    One other way you could do it is to track what you put in the nutrition tracker. You can track up to 75 nutrients. When you run a report you get feedback on all those nutrients you are tracking. So when you put in what you are eating, you can see what nutritional goals you are meeting, and what you aren't.

    Best wishes for a joyous journey to health and fitness!!
    2222 days ago
    Hello, I see that you are trying to get on track and need some support. I am co leader of a small team called Sparkie's Spark Plugs, we love to chat on our check in and chat thread and give each other lots of support. We have a joke about needing to hang on to the rope and who has it now, etc. If you are interested I could send you an invite with a link to the team. You need some friends and someone who can help push you and we would like to help. Janey
    2581 days ago
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