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!
Welcome to SP! I love your enthusiasm and know that you will be able to meet your goals. When it comes to your goals I would suggest making many of your goals non-scale related. I say this because the scale can be frustrating and it's important to keep it in it's proper place....so fitness goals are measureable and very motivating...when you find that you can do more than you had before or when you see those fabulous muscles appear where you thought there were none....well that is great celebration time! Oh, and one of my favorites...got a pair of pants that are way too tight?...try them on every so often and as you see the fit improve, you will be rewarded! Great success to you!! 2044 days ago
Hi and Welcome to SP! It's a great time to do this, while your kids are young. You will be healthier and fitter, and be a great example to the kids. Explore the site and start in steps; that way you're not overwhelmed all at once. Track your food, drink your water, and begin to move your body. There's a quote I found here that I like. "Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard." Choose a lifestyle that is healthy and makes you feel fit! C'mon and join us--you can do it! 2044 days ago