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GYPSYROVER's Photo Posts: 2,595
5/14/13 5:14 P

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Couldn't help but notice your dilemma. I quit Spark People my 1st time around because I felt lost on the site and unable to be as involved as it seemed to require. This is my 2nd attempt and I am on Week 2. I realize that now I am logging in regularly, it has become"familiar" and not as overwhelming. I also decided that for now, it is MOST important to just focus on "me & my goal". Tracking what I eat and my exercise minutes are key. The rest will be there when you get to it! emoticon Good luck on your journey! This time is YOUR time! We are all here to help! emoticon

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5/10/13 5:51 P

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Many people find that at first the nutrition tracker takes quite a bit of time to use, but that over time (as you become accustomed to the system) it gets much faster. For now, what you might want to consider is using our Quick Track feature. That will let you track the number of fruit and vegetable servings each day by clicking an arrow (like the water tracker). You can also track fitness minutes on Quick Track by simply entering the number of minutes and listing the activity. A link with instructions to turn that feature on is here:

Regarding community use, that is a little more difficult to answer without knowing the types of things you typically do. If you are active in teams, you may want to pick just two and stay current with those. If you read a lot of blogs, you may want to set a goal to read/comment on 3 each day. Those are just examples, but if you only have 15 minutes each day you may want to pick just one community goal to focus on at a time.

Once you become more familiar with the site, you may find that you are completing QuickTrack and your community goal in a shorter amount of time--at that point, you can consider tracking more of your food on the main nutrition tracker (maybe even start with one meal per day until you become proficient, etc.).

I hope this helps!


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5/10/13 5:48 A

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I've been a member for a short time now, and I really would love to make full use of all the resources available on sparkpeople. However, I really do not have much time in a day to set aside for this. I look at the sparkpages of some other members and I really like what they do and I would really love to do more. I would want people to be motivated when they see my activities. So putting it simply, if I had 15 mins a day to be on the site, what could I do within that period. Using the food tracker takes so much time that I end up not bothering. I would also love a simple and quick way of using the fitness tracker. I'll also want to communicate with friends and be part of the communities. Thanks.

Let's keep things simple, but not any simpler.

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