WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
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. You did a great job with losing 150 lbs on WW and you'll do a great job losing 50 with SparkPeople if you put the same effort into it. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. There are teams for people who follow or used to follow WW, too. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! 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' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - 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.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. Right now there is a 'special offer' on Amazon to get it in electronic format for just $1.99 - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this generous offer - so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Hows it going? I am doing GREAT! I have been very busy here and there..I have tired to stick to my diet but it was very hard to do..being Gulten free is extremely hard !
On Thanksgiving I ate reg food and it landed me in the Er..no fun, wont do that again,lol...Its still a hard change for me, even though there are foods out there for me, its very hard (BUT) I will win this.
Come Monday (tomorrow) I plan on walking 1 mile daily..thats it no more then that
So whats going with you?? Hows your healthy eating coming along?? My weight is the same 156 (bummer) but I am hoping that by the end of Dec I will be at least 5 pounds down..time will tell,lol.. Ok I have to tag other Spark friends..so I will holler at you later this week.. Its the holidays!! Peace and Love,Sonia
Good Morning my friend, Well this morning i thought that I will make you some breakfast
So have a seat and use your imagination with me. here we go..........
I made some coffee and tea not sure which one you like est I also made that is fresh Picked from my neighbors tree (dont tell them) hahahaah..I also made my self at home while I was there and grab some they looked so good, and some I had to look at the colors so beautiful, then I saw the wow grab them too, I started to walk out of her yard and I notice the my fav fruit in the world!! I had to grab it too, minding my own as I was walking I trip over these then I notice a cow and I thought what if you like milk so I grab some fresh just for you (let me tell you it was a battle grabbing that milk from that cow, I got kicked 4 times my upper teeth feel out and a chicken garb them so I ran fast to the hen house to fine my teeth in the nest with some fresh eggs and I thought you might like I did see the pig but it looked mean so sorry I had to pass that up this time. So please sit down and enjoy,..
Here is a little poem that I found in Womans World :)
You're more than good enough! We all go through spells when we feel like we dont measure up. But you do! You are likable and lovable. You are capable and creative. You are strong and brave. For all those reasons and more,you're the kind of person who should feel great about herself,because there's simply no excuse not to!
Always remember that you light up the word!
Well my friend I have to ride my happy butt to my next friends page and tell them hello too. You have a super week...and if the come dont tell him that I took his fruit and veg you see that my next door neighbor. Peace and Love,Sonia
Guess who,its me again Hows is everything going? I see that your weight loss is coming along mine is good,steady,lol....Well as you can see I took a spark break too much going on in my house....
Anyway, I found this little poem at Womans World and I wanted to share it with all my friends :)
You're not stuck. You're on the brink of success! Sometimes it may feel like your dreams are stalled. But that just means it's time to rev your engine! You're on the right path: Its been mapped by the best GPS system around---thats your (heart)! You have the best fuel there is hope! So don't give up now! Your life's not on hold. Its about to unfold!
You have whatever it takes to make your dreams come true!