Really? Wow! I just read The Spark, and I started tracking my food everyday on SP. I used to wear the BodyMedia Fit Armband and tracked through their tool, but I stopped wearing it to try to lose the last 10 lbs. on my own...no crutches, so to speak. So I thought I'd give SP Nutrition Tracker a try. I like it! I am having some motivation issues lately, though. Not really wanting to work out. I'm trying to keep my fires going by reading lots of stuff on SP and interacting when I can. Thanks for the encouragement! 1981 days ago
I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
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!
Jennifer ! ! ! I would suggest setting goals one month at a time. Some of my teams have fitness goals. A team may help keep you encouraged.
I have always chosen pretty healthy foods. The nutrition tracker helped me realize how much I was actually eating. By cutting my calories about 250 / day from what I was eating, I have been able to lose weight. I have found that increasing my exercise has been the most important factor for me. The exercise has been key in getting my cholesterol under control. Even if I eat 500-600 fewer calories from what I used to, I don't seem to lose weight. The smaller decrease combined with exercise has been a winner for me.
I like this quote from Sir Francis Bacon: "A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison."
I have some favorite links I like to share with new Spark members: Frequently Asked Questions www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_a ll_faqs.asp Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _articles.asp?id=268 6 "Biggest Loser" Lessons to Forget www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat ion_articles.asp?id=1192 SparkPeople Tutorial Videos www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat ion_articles.asp?id=1182 How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _articles.asp?id=102 Kick Your Metabolism Into High Gear! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _articles.asp?id=676