It sounds like you are really ready to make a change so don't dwell on the past but don't forget it, either, because it will propel you into the future. You're in the right place to get that new start!
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 - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
There are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of 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!
Hi! Welcome to the Done Being the Fat Girl team.. This truly is a great team...lots of laughs and lots of "Wow! Now I get it " moments..Glad to see you and hope you post alot...Come on to the threads and have some fun...somebody is always around.
Peace my lettuce leaf, Shannon "THE Sexxy Strapless Strawberry" 2250 days ago