Hi Vanessa and Welcome to Spark.... Yes this is an awsome site and it's great that you have set a goal to push towards... I have lost 70 lbs since June and I would definately encourage you to use your trackers dilligentally... they will help you see what you are doing with nutrition and fitness. If there is anything I can do to help, support, motivate or encourage you PLZ feel free to msg me... I wish you the very best on your new journey... Sheryl 2148 days ago
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 - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
There are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of 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!