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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    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!


    2564 days ago
    Hello Marilyn. Welcome to SparkPeople. You will find the teams here are great with giving advice, support, and a little push from time to time. I use the food and fitness trackers. I find them very good tools. We are all here on this journey of getting healthier one day at a time. I am glad to meet you.
    2564 days ago
  • v MYASHA
    Hi Marilyn and welcome to sparkpeople! Best of luck achieving all of your goals. You CAN do this.

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    2564 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    Hi Marilyn, Checking back on you to see how you are doing and I hope you are signing in every single day.
    I'm doing great and now that it has warmed up, I am going to get outside and ride my bike more and go to the beach. Adam has graduation. Maggie leaves for SPAIN the day school gets out, so we are busy, but I'm staying on track. DON'T QUIT. You can do this!!! emoticon
    I'm still reading "SHRINK YOURSELF" by ROGER GOULD, M.D. who I found on talking about emotional eating and how to avoid doing it.
    3636 days ago
    Hi there! I saw your post on the Health Prof team - general section about there being so much to see and do on this website. I agree. I feel overwhelmed sometimes. I really want to get involved in the support aspect of Spark People. I know how to lose weight, I've done it so many times. I need more help with how to stay motivated..... Good luck on your journey, I look forward to seeing your successes. Tracy
    3700 days ago
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