Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! You are very smart for choosing to do this for health. I BELIEVE in SP. I am 55 years old and have lost 62 pounds so far!!!
There are two keys to success: 1) tracking your food and staying in calorie range and 2) fitness minutes. The thing about fitness is you can start small with 5-10 minutes. It also helps to read blogs. You can start with one I wrote:
Losing weight and/or getting fit is a journey of many steps. These days before we go on a journey we always turn on the GPS. So turn on YOUR GPS for the journey:
G - Good Nutrition P - Personal Fitness S- Sparkpeople Involvement
If you have any questions feel free to ask. Also, drop by my sparkpage and check out my blogs for lots of tips. I'll be happy to show you around.
Fitness Minutes: (370,753)
23,656 4/30/11 3:12 P
Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
4/29/11 11:34 P
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
Fitness Minutes: (31,907)
2,331 4/29/11 4:57 P
Welcome aboard! I guarantee you will not be disappointed in your decision in joining Sparkpeople. I will admit though, the results will vary due to your efforts and your honesty towards yourself. I wish you the best in your Sparkpeople journey and if you should need some words of encouragement or motivation, hit me up as a Sparkfriend and I will help you achieve your goals. If you should have some time, read my blogs and sparkpage. It has been a bumpy road but it is starting to smooth itself out. Again I wish you the best! Now, enough writing- go and accomplish your goals (Ooorah)!
Fitness Minutes: (277)
2 4/29/11 3:55 P
Thanks! I'll be sure to do that, it makes it seem a bit easier!
Welcome to Spark Erin! I know you can find stuff here to help you with your goal - the resources are pretty amazing.
Just remember that carbs aren't the enemy - it's the type of carb and the amount that you need to watch. Your body actually NEEDS carbohydrate desperately to be fueled correctly. Your brain needs carbohydrate to run the way it's supposed to. So don't be afraid of veggies, fruit, and whole grains. Just watch that white rice, white flour, white sugar, and white pasta.
Fitness Minutes: (277)
2 4/29/11 3:44 P
Hi My name is Erin and I'm a college student ending the semester. I joined so I can get in shape for the summer and be a more healthy. As a college students I have trouble avoiding carbs so wish me luck!