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2/26/11 10:17 P

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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 emoticon 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!


MARLENE160 Posts: 8,900
2/25/11 10:09 P

Hi New Member,
Welcome to Spark, you're in a good place. May your journey be safe and very successful.

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (290,558)
Fitness Minutes: (145,396)
Posts: 22,313
2/25/11 9:35 P

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos. That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!

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SDJOLLY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/11 9:17 P

emoticon to SparkPeople! Best wishes to you along your journey to a healthier you!

Be sure to use all the tools available to you. I know there's a lot to this site, but take your time and check every nook and cranny. The extra motivation of interacting with SparkFriends is invaluable. SparkPages, SparkTeams, and community message boards play a significant role. The site's articles on health, fitness, and motivation are extremely helpful. The Success Stories inspire!

Your ‘my SparkPoints’ page is a page worth visiting every day. It’s a quick link to many of the areas you should familiarize yourself with. Accessing the links will help you navigate the site, communicate with other members, and earn SparkPoints.

Be active and be well!

PINKHOPE Posts: 25,770
2/25/11 12:40 P

Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! Fourteen pounds is GREAT! You are very smart for choosing to do this for health. I BELIEVE in SP. I've lost 53 pounds so far!!! Here are the pictures:

You will need some basic tools to complete your journey. I have compiled a short list in one place.

This is an awesome site with so much to offer. A good way to sample what's available is to go to your upper left and click on MY TOOLS. Then click on MY SPARKPOINTS in the dropdown menu. All those different ways of earning points each day will expose you to so much like

1) articles
2) fitness videos (I love the 10 minute kickboxing cardio one)
3) tips on how to use the site (insider)
4) secrets from other sparkers
5) healthy recipes (try the unchained lasagna)
6) teams/support groups (use the search tool there to find a favorite topic)
7) trivia (great learning tool)
and more!

Take advantage of as much as you can. I highly recommend you join a few teams/challenge groups. Click on COMMUNITY on the upper tab then SPARK TEAMS. In the right corner is a wizard to help find the right team for you. That is the best way to make friends. Also, read lots of user blogs. People have great insights on this whole process from personal experience. You can start with my "50 Tips for 50 pounds"

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.

Press On!


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KENGIETA SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/11 12:36 P

My wife and I began our weight loss journey with the 17 day diet, on February 7th. So far we have both lost 14 lbs each on the first cycle of 17 days. It is not easy but we are sticking with it...starting cycle 2 today...

We are Christian, live and work at a church camp and keep busy with four children as well as our jobs.

Want to know more... ASK

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