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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
* SparkPeople's User Guide:
* New Member Tutorial Videos:
* For Additional Motivation:
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Go little Turtle Go!
Welcome Amy! I don't personally have any experience with conditions like yours, you seem like the kind of person who will be successful on this journey to a healthier you. Keep making those small changes, they all add up to big things. (hug)
Hello, My name is Amy. I'm a 35 yr old married mother of an 11 yr old, soon to be 9 yr old and a 6 mo old. I was diagnosed with PCOS and Insulin Resistance in 2006, prescribed 1500 mg of Metformin and exercise. That worked well until I became pregnant last year. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, put on a strict diet and a new medicine. After giving birth to my daughter I thought nursing would help get me back in shape as it did so many other women. Nope, not me. I gained 30 more pounds AFTER giving birth. My PCOS symptoms came back full force (weight gain, intense sugar cravings, anxiety, and the dreaded cystic acne). After 5 months I gave up nursing, got back on Metformin and the birth control pill. After about 6 weeks time the only thing that has changed is the acne. It's been SO much harder to control my PCOS this time. SO I found Spark and I'm hoping to find other people like me that I can learn from and connect with. :) I have figured out that I need to cut out all sugar, processed foods, yogurt, and white flour. The biggest challenges for me is the planning and breaking old habits. If I don't have a meal plan in place for the week I set myself up for failure. The smaller challenges are making meals that everyone can eat since my husband and children don't have these issues and finding recipes that don't require breaking the bank because they require uncommon and expensive ingredients. I hope that being a part of this community will help get me going in the right direction!