to the Lost a Loved One team. My sympathies on your loss, whatever it may be. It looks like you suffered a loss of someone you love in November. You've come to a great team of individuals who have experienced loss and are grieving much as you are youself. I lost my Mom in August of 2010 and have found the journey much more difficult than I ever could have imagined. I hope that in this team, you will find an element of healing for your grief.
I hope you will stop by the team message boards and introduce yourself in the introduce yourself thread. There is also a resources thread that has a lot of good references and information, as well as a chat & support thread where team members just meet to vent and learn to know each other. If you have specific things you would like to have discussed, please feel free to start your own thread; and if you don't feel up to posting, just come to read and find encouragement. Looking forward to learning to know you and best wishes on your journey to a healthier you.
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 - 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!