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!
5/5/11 1:29 A
Hi and Welcome to Sparkpeople! I lived in GA from 90-99. I started at 328 pounds. You are very smart for choosing to do this for health. I BELIEVE in SP. I am 55 years old and have lost 63 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 - it might just help you too.
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.
5/5/11 1:16 A
Welcome, Tamie! If you haven't found this already, I think there is a Spark Team for people who are going to have surgery. You may want to look into it. I wish you all the best with your goals! :)
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2,170 5/4/11 11:35 P
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 is 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.
hello and welcome! good luck on achieving your goals! you can do this! you are worth it! have a great day!
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1 5/4/11 11:18 P
Hi y'all (said in the most up beat perky southern tone possible) lol. My name is Tamie I'm from north georgia and currently in the process of getting approval for the lapband surgery. I hope to get to know people and make friends .....
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