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A Guide to Posting in SparkTeams & Message Boards

Get the Most Out of the SparkPeople Community

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SparkPeople has a wide variety of resources to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Finding support from others who share common experiences and goals can be an important part of your success. The Community Message Boards and SparkTeams are two features that can help you connect with others like you.

When it comes to using the Community Message Boards versus joining SparkTeams, you might be unsure about which to use. What's the difference? How do you know where to post your questions? Where should you be spending your time? Understanding the purpose of each and the differences between them will help you get the most out of these important features.

Purpose of the Community Message Boards
The Message Boards cover a wide variety of topics, and many relate specifically to your program. For instance, if you have a question about your account, you would post that in the "Site/Technical Help" forum. If you want to know the best abdominal exercises, you would post that in the "Fitness and Exercise" forum. SparkPeople's Resident Experts are qualified to answer your questions and provide advice about your program. Our experts monitor most of the Community Message Board forums, and can answer your questions here. On top of that, using the Community Message Boards gives you access to the entire SparkPeople Community. No matter how large (or small) your Team is, you'll likely get more responses and ideas from members if you ask questions here.

For more information on how to use the Community Message Boards, check out The Beginner's Guide to the SparkPeople Message Boards.
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • I just joined this group and love this app. My goal is too loose 20 lbs and getting motivated to do some excersice. I am retired and have been living a sedentary life due to lower back pains. I am excited and looking forward to reaching my goals. - 3/2/2016 6:33:40 PM
  • I, too, would like to know how to remove myself from a team? I'm no longer in
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    - 1/17/2015 8:54:32 PM
    I need to lose 68.8 pounds but I will get there by 12-1-15. I have to prove it to myself that I am strong enough to do so. 2 pounds a week isn't very much. - 1/9/2015 10:57:23 AM
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  • KATHEY12
    Need to lose 35 lbs. and it sure is a PAIN!!! Trying to organize some recipes that won't be boring is quite a challenge. I not exactly a meat eater as it tends to slow my energy down, make me feel sluggish and ill. Always been that way, weird for a Tennessee farm girl,huh...LOL. Anyway, I am looking for some good recipes to try without meat or very little WHITE meat! Red meat just puts me down to much. - 4/29/2014 1:06:09 AM
  • Feeling like I will never lose the weight. It was easier when I was younger. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will keep me motivated to eat healthy. - 4/10/2014 2:26:42 PM
  • I am going to start over again. 2 years ago I had lost 70 pounds and was well on my way to losing another 70 but I sustained a head injury which put me off exercise and work for the next year. Now I just feel as if I can't get motivated to do ANYTHING! grrr I gained back 40 pounds and want the gain to stop.

    I am hoping Sparkpeople will be a valuable tool to help me on that path. - 4/6/2014 11:37:54 AM
    Hi, Im new here I lost 30 lbs, but have put some back on, hoping u can help me, started my healthy eating habits 2 day again. Had cereal ( hot grape nuts cereal with low fat milk), this morning. lunch was a ( spinach wrap with ham , low fat cheese, mustard, water ) , snack ( frozen grapes dipped in carmel & water ) , good start I think, dinner not sure yet. I use to be 115 and I wanna get back down. so ned encouragement. I'm 212, and wanna get to 115 again. my small goal right now is 180. Smaller goals are easier. :) - 4/4/2014 7:28:29 PM
    Hi, This is my first day. Setting up my planned food intake really was a heads up when I found that good for me avocado (guacamole) and sweet potato tortilla chips would have added 2000+ calories. Oops. Maybe that is why I kept losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for the last two years. My goal is 30 pounds off from where I am at 173, by October. I think the nutrition tracker is going to really help. - 4/1/2014 11:22:40 PM
  • Thanks to each of you for your encouraging comments. To date I have lost 85 lbs; however, 4 months of doing nothing has led me several directions for help. The last 15 are the hardest to lose. Sometimes I just seem to forget there are others just like me struggling. God be with us all. - 3/31/2014 7:02:44 PM
    For me it back on sparkpeople, was off for two years cause had a eighteen hours driving so me my eating was quick fast foods, but now I am back after a couple non-fault wrecks but did damage to parts of body and the exteme weight don't help. - 3/29/2014 11:16:46 PM
    Lost 8 lbs so far in 3 weeks, on my way to the 30 lbs I would like to loose. I already feel like I am making progress. Thanks to Sparkpeople I have set some goals I beleive I can acheive. And logging food everyday has really helped me to keep the calories in control. - 3/27/2014 12:42:26 PM

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