My name is Debbie and just joined the group today. 2012 is going to be a great year!! When I found this SparkTeam page, I knew that it would be important for me to join. I realized last year that my being overweight relates to my being in debt. I tend to hang on to the things I really don't need or can't wear anymore (clothes that I might fit back into when I lose weight...) and then buy new things when I feel bad about my self image causing me to spend too much money. I've noticed a vicious cycle and neither my excess weight nor my indebtedness is going away. So I decided that this year I would do things differently. I decided to live each day to it's fullest meaning that I'm not going to look back at the past what I did or didn't accomplish. I seem to stay stuck in the same way of thinking and that hasn't done me any good. And I am not going to look too far into the future. I know there are good things to planning, but when that consumes my day and that's all I ever do, then that is not beneficial either. So, I'm living in the day and aiming for a healthy balance in every area of my day! I worked out a monthly and weekly budget for my finances and I'm using SparkPeople to help me with my nutrition and fitness goals. So, here goes to a great beginning of 2012!!!
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
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1. I'm a new member. Can I jump into a board and start talking or do I introduce myself first, then wait to meet people before I talk on the boards?
If you are a new member to the team, feel free to jump into the middle of any board. We encourage you to explore the boards and even if its an old topic, you are welcome to post. Sometimes a fresh take on an old subject is helpful for all. Feel free to introduce yourself in this forum as that's another quick way to meet other team members. You don't have to wait to post, we'd love to get to know you.
2. Am I allowed to start new topic boards or is that only for team leaders?
All members are welcome to start new topic boards. Or post in old boards and revive a converstion. The more members participate in the team, the stronger the team becomes, which in turn really helps to support and motivate all members.
3. What exactly is this group (again)? Can we talk of anything or can we only talk about debt and weight?
This team recognizes that there are many stressors in our lives that affect our health and weight - debt is one of those stressors. Debt affects not only our pocketbook but whether we can afford to join a gym, what food we can afford to buy and other such health/weight issues. Stress creates changes in our bodies and for many, it brings on emotional eating. For others, it brings on emotional starvation. And for others, stress changes the hormones and metabolism in the body which in turns, creates excessive weight or the inability to lose weight.
With that being said, this group is a place to learn ways to manage money and reduce debt, to know that you are not alone in your struggles and make friends. Conversations in the boards can be about anything, not simply weight and debt.
4. What are team goals?
Team goals are monthly and totally optional. If you have any ideas for goals, feel free to share with the team leaders or post in the board. Team goals are fun and allow you to move outside your comfort zone. Team goals also are terrific for morale and friendship as we are all working together to reach a common goal.
5. I like the look of capital letters and prefer to talk in street slang or use text language. Will this be a problem?
Capital letters can be difficult for some members to read as the letters tend to jump around the page, making it very difficult for some to focus on the words. If reading posts is a difficulty for you, there are tools in Windows that will enlarge print and making reading that much simpler. If you need help as to where this is, please ask and we'll be sure to help you out.
Text language, street slang and over-use of abbreviations can also be difficult for some members to read. Members are from all over the globe and for some, English is a 2nd language. Too many text abbreviations and street slang (specific for local areas) may make it difficult for some members. Since your post is important, please try to refrain or keep it down to a minimum. Tks!
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