Sunday, January 21, 2007
I saw this post on someone's blog on another site about SP and loved it - thanks for spreading the spark!
My best friend Sharon got me to join this free site online called Spark People http://sparkpeople.com/ and let me tell you OMG I love it!! It is like an everything in one type thing! It is the largest health community on the web! You get meal planning, recipes, calorie counter, fittness program you can do at home, excercise demos, tips & articles, expert answers & so much more! You also get your own personal homepage (set up similar to myspace but not all the images & simple to customise- easy loading!) message boards, your own team or you can join up with other support teams like for instance I found raw food ones, there is the 50+ pounds to lose group, 20 somethings group, pregnant or nursing moms, you name it! I even joined one that uses DDR (Dance Dance Revolution video gave) as cardio! ;) I also started a team there called Empowered Eating & Living which you can find on my page!
I love that it lets me customise things my way or just pick a plan! You enter in your height weight age etc and what you want to do whether it's lose weight, get in shape, maintain your current weight etc. Then it calculates all the details like how many calories you can eat & have to burn etc! You can choose from their meal plans or do your own! You enter in the foods you eat into your favorites so you can just click & add! It is a little time consuming in the beginning if you eat weird stuff like me because I cant just do a search & choose nama shoyu LOL but I can look at the label & enter the info in once then it's always there on a drop down menu of my favorites! Most foods are listed already like if you search for tomato, everything with tomato comes up like sauce, whole fresh tomatos, and other tomato items! You just add it to your page under either breakfast lunch dinner or snack! You can choose from all different excercises & add them to your routein with just a click also! Then check them off as you do them each day! It's so simple!
There is a point system where you earn points for doing things like drinking 8 glasses of water a day, posting on the boards, reading articles, making their recipes and also refering people! So if you do sign up, PUT ME DOWN!!! LOL my name there is RawVeganMom (like you couldn't already guess that LOL)