Hi Janie, You've come to the right place, and it sounds as though you're serious about making healthy changes. Spark People is great for providing the supports you need for success. Be sure to use the nutrition tracker. THAT tool was my biggest key to success; however, the support of others who were walking on similar journeys came in a very close second.
Get involved in two or three active teams. This team is a great place to start since all of you are making the commitment at the same time. Be active on the team forums -- post questions and reply to others. THAT is the best way to find people that you can connect with best. "Friend" those people through their Spark Pages so that you can see their updates. Visit their pages to encourage. Others will do the same thing for you.
Use the other tools - I like the ease of tracking water and getting the point rewards. Read Spark articles, etc. etc.
Take one step at a time. If you happened to have taken a bigger step than you can manage, don't give up, but instead slow down and commit to small changes and baby steps. I started by committing to a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day (500 less than the average of what i had been getting). A 3500 calorie deficit a week equals roughly one pound. That is exactly what I got. I never felt deprived, and though I didn't see big changes on the scale, it was fairly consistent. When I reached my first plateau at about 9 weeks, I made a commitment to two -three hour-long fitness classes a week. After adding them, my remaining weight came right on off.
Good luck and call on me if you need additional support!
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