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  • v TORTOISE110
    I'm glad you are on the coach team for consistency and motivation. Welcome! This is a great place to get consistent and focused on your life style. I know you have a demanding job and such an important one. I hope that Spark is a place just for you. I hope you feel and find great support for reaching your goals!

    In the meantime, welcome!! emoticon
    1817 days ago
  • v JMANDA86
    I saw your little 'introduce yourself' thing in the Challenge forum and wanted to come by to comment on 'motivation'.
    You talked about clothing being a motivation but also discouraging. I have a goal pair of jeans that I put on every week. It encourages me not to give up and makes me feel good about my progress. I haven't done this, but I've thought about taking a picture every week with them 'on'...right now I wouldn't really say I can get them 'on' necessarily. Then you can look at the pictures and see how far you've come. Much better to have a visual than just go by the negative feeling of 'ugh, I'm still way too fat to fit into these'. (That's what sometimes goes through my head and I bet it goes through a lot of other people's too!)
    I started Insanity and put a beginning picture on my SP and then a picture after about 2 weeks. Even if I don't feel the difference and there isn't a ton of visual different, it is still there and can be seen. I keep saying to myself, I did that in 2 weeks, imagine the difference in another 6 or so when I can post my final picture.

    Find something visual that helps you. This is sort of weird, but I google weight loss before and afters and it's hugely inspiring and motivating to me.
    2028 days ago
    Hey, fellow Summer Challenge teammate! emoticon
    Keep up the hard work. emoticon emoticon
    2108 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
    2524 days ago
    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. You're off to a great start already!


    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think 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 including gaining weight or saving money - 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.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    2524 days ago
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