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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Happy New Year and congrats on taking the first step to reaching a healthier you! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    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' - 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 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!


    2720 days ago
  • v IRISH_EYES_66
    Every journey begins with the first step and you have made a great first step by joining Spark. You are going to love it here!! I highly recommend joining a few teams to meet some of our members to share ideas and get added support when you need it. Good luck in reaching your goal!!

    2720 days ago
  • v ANNA00001
    I really need to lose weight bad, i am trying really hard, but its seem its not working, i go to gym 5x a week. do cardio i am eatikng health food, drink lots of water. no junk food how so ever emoticon
    2735 days ago
  • v BERRY4
    Word picture follows:
    I used to know someone who was always hollering "Help! I'm drowning!" (true story--different words) When people listened and tried to offered a life vest, life preserver, rope to grab, the person ignored those offerings and continued to holler, "Help!"

    After several months of working with this person, I became convinced that they got something out of hollering! They really did NOT want to change. They had been that way for a long time and got something out of it. They actually seemed to prefer their misery.

    Which are you?? Someone who hollers...or someone who is willing to do the work to make the changes. NO ONE can do it for you. Ball is in your court!

    If seeing a doctor to receive tools to help you dig your way out of your hole is what is needed, then make the appointment.
    You decide the one thing you can do to move you from point A to point B. No one can drag you or force you to do what ONLY YOU CAN DO.

    That is what it is to be an adult. Own your own life. Take responsibility and take a step forward. People are wiling to walk with you and encourage you, but YOU have to take the first step.
    2764 days ago
  • v VW_STEPH
    You could try the meal plans here on Sparkpeople to start you off with ideas on what to eat, and do the exercise, burn those calories and follow the goals that Sparkpeople help set with you. If you're finding it hard to find what exercise to do, try fitness DVDs! Or Spark workout vids! Only 10 mins long, do 2/3 in a row! ;)

    Goodluck!! x
    2764 days ago
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