Congrats on taking the first 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!
Welcome to Animal Lovers. We are happy you joined orr team. If you haven't already set up your fitness and nutrition trackers do it. They will show how many calories you are taking in and burning off. To get an idea of everything available here I recommend going to Spark Points. If you go down the list you will see what Spark has to offer everyone. You can then choose the ones that motivate you and help keep you focused. For some it's reading the blogs and others it my be the articles. If you have any questions you can post them on the team page. Try the 28 day boot camp from coach Jen. It's a great way to start your life style change. 2099 days ago
to Sparking! Hormones can do funny things to us girls. Be aware when you reach twice your present age. But it doesn't mean you can't do this, because you can.
To both give and receive support, I suggest joining and participating in at least one Spark TEAM. When you signed up, SP offered you a "Spark Class" which is a team for the newbies who signed up the week you did.
This weeks Spark Class SP Class of January 23-29, 2011 www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i ndividual.asp?gid=47168
You might find this blog helpful. www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=a_s ecret_tip_for_healthier_eating
This is helpful also: If I consume fewer calories than my plan recommends, will I lose weight faster? www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th e_experts.asp?q=58