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RAGAMUFFINKEL
SparkPoints: (53,257)
Fitness Minutes: (38,759)
Posts: 5,369
3/8/12 2:35 P

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emoticon on taking the first steps to a healthier you. A emoticon toast to a healthier and more enjoyable life! emoticon emoticon emoticon And emoticon prayerfully you will find that you can enjoy it more than you would ever imagine!!! The easiest way to learn some of the basics is to watch the videos. Another opiton is to ask questions in the site/technical problems message board...that typically gets you fast answers.
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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VALANIS9335
SparkPoints: (14,196)
Fitness Minutes: (1,629)
Posts: 165
3/8/12 1:58 P

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ANGELUS__QUINN
SparkPoints: (54,318)
Fitness Minutes: (59,871)
Posts: 10,076
3/8/12 12:53 P

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***Just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to Sparkpeople. Joining Sparkpeople is on of the best decisions I have made and I know you will love it as well.

***Try joining a spark team. The support and motivation that belonging to a team will help you stay on track. This can be found under “Community”.

***Make short term goals. They will help reaching your long term goals manageable. If you look under “My Trackers” click on “Other Goals” and you can set your short term and long term goals. Sparkpeople offers some for you to choose from or you can create your own.

***Try using the nutritional tracker. It really makes it easier to stay within your daily nutritional goals. This can be found under “My Trackers”.

***Read the many success stories to help you stay focused and motivated. This can be found under “Community”.

***Be patient. This is a journey not a marathon. If you need support during your journey please feel free to email me anytime. I am more than happy to be your spark friend during your journey.

***Check out Challenge Central. There are many challenges designed to keep you on track such as the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge, Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge, and many others that may interest you. This can be found under “Community”.

***Under the “Community” tab you’ll find Secrets of Success. There you will find tips from members to help make your journey easier.

***Do exercises that you enjoy. Working out can be fun.

***Please feel free add me as a friend, and I'll do the same.

You can do this. Believe in yourself. You are worth this journey.
In friendship and support,
Gwen

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ANGELWENDYMAMA
SparkPoints: (53,460)
Fitness Minutes: (46,235)
Posts: 4,868
3/6/12 5:39 P

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HI Alicia! Welcome to SparkPeople!! This is a wonderful site with so many resources like articles, trackers, and community SparkTeams to help give you support and keep you motivated. See how many SparkPoints you can get each day and this will help you find and use many of the tools of the site. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
Posts: 33,955
3/6/12 5:31 P

emoticon Greetings and emoticon

Congrats on getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
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Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10% - I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and 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!
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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 and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!
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HEALTHYGRAMMY49
Posts: 14,052
3/6/12 3:16 P

emoticon to SparkPeople and to the Message Boards AHWILDTHANG27! We are so happy you have decided to join us.

For some the website can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. I recommend you go to the Start Page, click on 'How To Use This Site' at the far right top menu bar, choose from 'Getting Started Guide' or 'Site Tour Videos' or 'FAQs'. These will familiarize you with different areas of Spark and help you to get started. You might even want to consider watching one tutorial daily and practicing the tips until you are comfortable enough to go on to the next.

Don't be shy. Post often so we can get to know you. Friendly help, motivation, clarification, and fun are just a click away. Be sure to set up your SparkPage, if you haven't already done so as soon as possible. It gives people a place to drop an encouraging message and support you on your journey.

I hope you will love SparkPeople as much as I do! Wishing you every success on your journey to reaching your personal goals and a healthy lifestyle. I invite you to visit my SparkPage and get started sparking by leaving me a short comment at the bottom of the page.

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AHWILDTHANG27
SparkPoints: (1,832)
Fitness Minutes: (1,997)
Posts: 31
3/6/12 2:55 P

My name is Alicia and I am new to this website. If anyone can help me learn the ropes of how to log information that would be great.



 
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