Fitness Minutes: (48,524)
4,868 6/24/12 12:47 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Make sure you make a SparkPage as this is how you can have people post to you to help inspire you! Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I am down 71 lbs with SparkPeople and I feel so much lighter and stronger and healthier every day! You can do it! Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
Fitness Minutes: (66,144)
6/23/12 7:49 A
Welcome to SparkPeople!
Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.
When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.
Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.
Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.
Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!
Fitness Minutes: (335,078)
57,598 6/23/12 2:34 A
WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.
A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.
2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
Fitness Minutes: (3,988)
17 6/23/12 1:28 A
Thank you so much for the encouragement! I will check out that team for sure!
Fitness Minutes: (10,839)
6/23/12 1:13 A
and Glad to have you as part of the Spark family. Hope you take advantage of the great tools we have available for Sparkers; Nutrition and Fitness Tracker, Spark Teams, exercise videos for every level, and many great articles and recipes that can help in obtaining a healthier lifestyle. One team I can suggest that might help is Emotional Eaters. You will find several Spark friends that are dealing with what you are dealing with. I hope it helps. Wish you continued success on your journey to a healthier you. God bless and Keep Smiling
Fitness Minutes: (3,988)
17 6/23/12 12:32 A
Just found out about this site a few weeks ago and I am really enjoying it so far! I am trying to get down a few pounds before I start back to school. I have some very cute clothes that I would love to be able to wear. I eat when I am nervous, anxious and bored. It's hard having a family who doesn't need to watch what they eat as much or who doesn't want to change what they eat. I am really trying to be better. I have lost weight before and know what it takes. I just can't seem to keep it up! I am very disappointed with myself, but I am back on the wagon and hoping to see some success!