This quote was on today's Best of Spark email:
SparkPeople's Dietitian Becky says: SparkPoints point me in the right direction.
I have to tell you... for me, this rings SOOOO true! I have responded to many blogs posted by those who feel overwhelmed by the plethora of information on SP. Many people end up giving up on SP due to being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start or go from the start. I used to feel that way too, until I started using the SparkPoints page as my guide. Then I set a GOAL - it's a DAILY goal - to earn a minimum of 50 SparkPoints a day. Some days, it's a breeze, other days it may take a bit of time. How? you ask? Well, here's how I do it...
(Fair warning - this is going to be a lil long....)
First, you have to decide what you really want to get from SP. Sign up for Teams that interest you, and subscribe to emails for the various teams or support groups. If there are many, you don't have to do this all at once. You will find that some teams you think are going to fit into, may not later fit down the road. But, it's okay. Join as many or as few as you like..... it's FREE!
Under the daily list of "things to do" are some one-time only tasks. They are very helpful in setting up your SP "life" and I highly recommend taking the time to complete them.
I am VERY active on FaceBook (not a requirement for SP success) and I belong to a few fitness groups. So, everyday, when I sign into my email account, I read my SP email and if it is something of interest to my FB "Peeps" &/or Fitness groups, I share it with them. When you read an email from SP, at the bottom of the email you will find a button to collect SparkPoints. The SparkPoints page will tell you how many points in each category you may earn for the day.
You also earn SparkPoints for blogging, commenting on blogs, posting comments in Teams, reading a recipe, meeting the goals you have set up in SP, and MANY MANY more.
The point of all this... the SparkPoints Page can be used as a guide to "force" you to delve into SP in areas you would not normally look into otherwise. I have learned so much from doing this and have been able to help others by being able to direct them to an area I recently read about. Also, posting SP info on my FB page has brought SP to my FB Peeps. It will also guide you into making habits of SP activities which will make habits of your lifestyle changes leading you into our mutual journey to better health.
So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by SP, please take a deep breath, and realize SP is way too big for any one person to use ALL of it. Take a look at the SparkPoints page and give it a try!
If you need any help, I'll be glad to help if I am able.