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Hi ! I'm new to Sparkpeople !!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Well, let's be clear. I'm not really new to Sparkpeople, in fact I joined this site over 3 years ago. My current Sparkstreak is over 400 days.
My point is I'm new to using this wonderful site for all it has to offer. Oh, I logged in daily, spun the wheel, logged my breakfast, played trivia at the end of the month I got my trophies. But nothing in me changed. I was not healthier, thinner, exercising more......nothing!!!
My light came on about 2 months ago. I read my weekly hightlighted Sparkpeople blog email. I believe it was titled "The Mystery of Motivation" It was such a well written blog and made me really think.
The author and I became friends (Christi-screename SHAPNUP)
emoticon We started writing to each other several times a week.
We tell each other our struggles and victories. It has made all of the difference in the world in my quest to get healthier. It didn't happen immediately, but it did happen (also my jeans were getting a bit too snug and I refused to go up a size !) So to all of you "newbies" out there like me (and others who may really be new to this site), I recommend
you get a friend or two to help you stay motivated. You don't know how you say? Well join a team, read members blogs, post comments. You will find someone you connect with, I promise. It may take a bit of work on your part, but if you're serious, it will happen. And to the motivators out there (i.e. Christi) thank you for sharing your journey with us. You probably don't have any idea how many people you have touched, but know that you have made a positive difference in this world and that makes you special in my book emoticon

  
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SMARTCOOKIE518 10/23/2011 2:31PM

   
Thanks for sharing!!!

blessings, Cookie

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DEBRITA01 10/23/2011 12:19PM

    I've met so many terrific and supportive fellow Sparkers...Christi happens to be one of them :) It's such a blessing when we can connect with someone who knows our struggles and can be there for us. That's the beauty of Spark People!

Wishing you continued success on your Spark journey...we can do this...together! emoticon

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SHAPNUP 10/23/2011 10:45AM

    YOU are a good friend, Nettie. I appreciate all the encouragement and support you offer me. We can do this together! emoticon

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SETAGOAL1 10/23/2011 10:21AM

    Greetings and emoticon

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're off to a great start already!

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including plenty of us who have had those 'dressing room moments!!'. 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. 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!


Janet





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TOPAZROSE 10/23/2011 10:05AM

    You have really turned a corner. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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DRB13_1 10/23/2011 2:30AM

    Good blog! Having a buddy helps us be accountable, and the support is so motivating! Best wishes on your health journey. emoticon

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MISSY455 10/23/2011 12:58AM

    emoticon on finding your motivation. It definitely makes a difference!

Wishing you continued success!

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DWROBERGE 10/23/2011 12:30AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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