Hello, welcome to Sparkpeople. I am not an official SP greeter, I am just someone trying to make health changes for the better, like you. I hope you enjoy this website as much as I do. I have met some wonderful folks on this website. All the advertising can feel distracting, but it keeps the website free for all of us. Just ignore it if you want. The website can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but don't give up. Explore a little at a time. If you are confused, ask questions on the Messages Boards, under the Get Help section. You might want to join a few teams that interest you and check their message boards daily. Scroll through other Sparkpeople’s pages to see what teams they joined. You can always withdraw from the team if you find it really doesn't interest you. It can take a little bit of time to get used to the website, don't give up. Under the Message Boards tab, check out Sparkpeople Café and the Sparkpeople Game Room. There are a lot of fun running posts on these message boards. Check your Sparkpoint page and see where you can earn more points. It’s fun to use the points to buy and give the ‘goodies’ to yourself or to other sparkpeople. Be kind to yourself. Take it one day at a time. Expect set backs and just ride them out. Don't compare yourself to others, you are unique and an individual. Have some fun with this new journey you are on, don’t beat yourself up. Don’t ever give up, instead, reach out. That is what we are all here for. You can do this, one pound at a time. Good luck.