WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.
A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.
2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)
Welcome! Yes, SparkPeople can help you to lose the weight and to keep it off! Small steps and small changes equal a lifestyle remodel! Don't "diet". Eat healthy food in healthy portions, and "if you bite it, you write it". Which means use the nutrition tracker. Good, bad, it doesn't matter. When you start to track you become so much more aware. And you will be able to decide whether the ice cream is worth the calories (and sometimes it is...) or whether you will skip it this time. There is nothing that is forbidden. it is just using the simple calories in versus calories out. And along the way, moving. When you realize that exercise not only helps you lose weight, but it helps you feel better and enables you to do things you didn't think you could.
Good luck on this journey, and keep that spark burning!!!
Just joined SparkPeople after hearing about it in a session at a Kaiser Medical Weight Management program I am currently in. Started at 246 lbs and have lost 25, but want to get to 170. Even more important is wanting to keep it off for the long term, and that is where I am hoping SparkPeople will help.
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