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SASKATIA Posts: 3,731
10/17/10 11:10 A

I'm STILL overwhelmed by some aspects of the site.

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (93,227)
Fitness Minutes: (120)
Posts: 13,379
10/17/10 11:04 A

LOL!! Yeah, its overwhelming at first and takes osme getting used to.


Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

PIEGRRL Posts: 81
10/17/10 10:00 A

I'm a newbie too, and at first, it seemed very confusing. But the more I explore, the more I am getting it. Log your nutrition and fitness, then the rest of the time, earn spark points! I just go to the "view spark points" list and select activities to earn points. That makes you touch just about every aspect of this site and makes things click a little better.

Just hang in there OK? You can do this!! Heck, we ALL can do this!!

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb
10/15/10 11:25 A

I agree, post your food and exercise, and challenge yourself to earn spark points each day. Good luck!

SILVERJUDI Posts: 1,803
10/15/10 9:59 A

60Sixty- thank you for your suggestions for SparkArticles!

BugHugs from Judi

"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels."
TLCFME Posts: 1,434
10/14/10 7:32 P

First learn to use your nutrition and fitness trackers. Then start each with your spark points. As you decide what points to go after, you will learn more about the whole site. At least, that has worked for me. Good exploring. Have fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

A Smile a day keeps the pink in your petals!
POCSMOM SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (220)
Posts: 28
10/14/10 6:16 P

Thanks for all the links 60SIXTY. I'm new and understand how overwhelming it is. I have learned that a great way to find out is by earning sparkpoints. Your links will help a great deal as well!

DLBCONDUCTOR SparkPoints: (46)
Fitness Minutes: (4,426)
Posts: 305
10/14/10 1:20 A

My suggestion is to first learn how to chart your nutrition and exercise. After that becomes second nature, then you can slowly proceed to the other areas of the program. Remember the site is strictly for your benefit. Take your time and don't feel pressured. Go your own pace.

FORTIERDL4 Posts: 306
10/13/10 2:42 P

The best way to learn the site is to work on earning Spark Points each day. Think of it as your to do list. Pick and choose which areas you want to focus on. Learn how to track your food first, then look into fitness. Join some Spark teams and check out the message boards each day. Good luck.

10/13/10 1:44 P

At first, learn the essential basics like how to track food. Everything else will come in time as you have time to explore. If you press "Help" at the top of the screen, you can find some tutorials. Also check out the "Insider" daily on your StartPage.

Best wish and best of luck!

Keep a sense of humor. Remember, laughing burns calories too!

Laugh until it hurts! It's one of the few things in life that's still free!!

Any effort is better than no effort!
ROADRRUNNER007 Posts: 1,369
10/13/10 11:14 A

No..I'm good

60SIXTY Posts: 24,921
10/13/10 10:05 A

Give it some time to learn to use the site. I checked your spark page. As you have time, check into your spark teams. Find at least one that you enjoy to help give you encouragement. I find that a couple of my teams are especially encouraging.

I have some favorite links I like to share with new Spark members:
Frequently Asked Questions

Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan

6 "Biggest Loser" Lessons to Forget

SparkPeople Tutorial Videos

How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople

Kick Your Metabolism Into High Gear!


Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.

Frugalists and Simple Living [co-leader]


"To lose a healthy one pound of fat per week, all it takes is a 500-calorie deficit per day."
GESHANNON Posts: 855
10/12/10 6:44 A

not really

10/12/10 6:18 A

This community is huge. I feel a bit overwhelmed right now. I feel like it is going to take forever for me to figure out all that is going on here.

Rather than aiming to be perfect, aim to be better than today.
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