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!
4/23/11 12:34 A
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 61 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 today:
Welcome to SparkPeople. Yes this is a great place. You are right about making ones self accountable for the choices we make helps. I think you will find the teams here are a great help in keep us accountable to our selves. I love the food and fitness trackers they are good tools. It just takes time to get acquainted with this place and you will find lots of great tools. I am glad to meet you.
Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. You are right. It will take some time to get to know this site and all the wonderful options there are. So much great info and mostly, friendly supportive people. You can do it!
Fitness Minutes: (1,673)
4/22/11 4:02 P
I am a 49 year old mother of three daughters, one graduating from college in 3 weeks, a freshman in college and a junior in high school. Joined SP to have a source to track my daily calories. Was surprised by all the options this site offers and I am sure I have just tapped the surface. Working out regularly is not an issue for me, it has been a lifestyle choice most of my life. I know the rules to eat healthy....unfortunately I don't always practice what I preach. Thought that if I was accountable for my choices, I might make better ones. So far I have made much better decisions of what to fuel my body with this past week. This weekend will be a big test as candy and desserts are a major downfall of mine. Happy Easter everyone!!!