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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.

    I know it can be hugely disappointing to see the opposite results from what you were expecting but please keep in mind that the scale is only one way to measure progress, and not always a very good one at that!! There are so many things that can affect the scale numbers, you have to look at it over a longer period of time. Hormones, salt or sugar intake, dehydration, constipation and a whole bunch of other things can make the scale go up even when our bodies are actually getting thinner.

    Also, a day-to-day fluctuation can distort things immensely - for example, my scale numbers in the past week have been up and down several pounds. This morning I actually weighed 4 lbs less than I did two mornings ago! Sounds great unless you consider that the scale had registered 3 lbs of gain during the same week so the 'net loss' was only 8/10ths of a pound. There are many other weeks when it APPEARS that I've gained weight but it eventually catches up - just give it time. [yeah, yeah, I know how hard that is but PLEASE don't let the little bumps in the road get you down!!]

    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!! Getting involved in some of the 'non-scale' challenges might help you get your focus headed in the right direction because you can concentrate on the process rather than the results - we can control the process so that's a good thing to monitor - we cannot control the results so it's better to let them 'do their own thing' - as long as we are working the righ tprocess, the results will follow - honest!

    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!


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