Hi and welcome to SP. I have been here over a year, and I think that there are still many things on this site that I don't know about nor take advantage of. But the things that I do use and that have helped me are: the food tracker. For me, I think that the calories in play a huge part in my weight. I just never know what I'm actually putting into my mouth. The tracker helps me to figure this out; the articles - I have read and read on here and learned so much about motivation, fitness, food, etc. Knowledge is powerful. For me I need this educational aspect; the spark pages and blogs - reading what others have to say inspires me and encourages me to go on. When I blog it helps me to sort things out in my head and be open to help from others; the videos - I need to see things before I can try them. Having exercises demonstrated for me is so helpful; I even like the spark points which help to keep me going on the days that I just don't want to do it anymore. Best of luck to you!!
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength.”
current weight: 130.4
Fitness Minutes: (43,401) Posts: 2,211 8/27/12 11:20 A
Welcome, Wanda! Glad you're here. On this team, we offer a daily challenge (a beginning and an advanced exercise to choose from that you try to do for five minutes) and a weekly challenge (posted on Mondays - a video workout that is typically longer than 5 minutes). I haven't posted yet today, but I will in a bit. Plus there's a chat thread for you to post to and other threads for fun games.
Overall at SparkPeople, there are a lot of great resources. I personally like the fitness tracking which allows me to map the routes I walk and figure out what the distance is. There are also many forums and articles. I use SparkPoints as a motivator, so looking there and doing the tasks required to get points is also fun.
Hope you enjoy Spark! There's so much for free, and there's also the SparkCoach offering that's new - you can try it for free and then it's .99 for the first month and 7.99 a month thereafter. That program offers some daily tasks as well as the opportunity to email a coach weekly and receive a personalized response. They are going to be adding to and refining the offerings of that program, but it can be beneficial for folks who like having assignments as well as for those who would like to speak specifically to an expert about their situation.
There is also SparkLive, which allows you to have interaction with others. It's a meeting format (there's a cost associated with this as well) that you dial into, sort of like Weight Watchers or other programs' meetings.
Good luck - feel free to SparkMail me or others or visit the message boards to find out more information! And welcome to Spark!
Sandy from California (Pacific Time)
Pounds lost: 2.6
Fitness Minutes: (127,198) Posts: 1,216 8/27/12 10:41 A
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