Thank you for your advice on my working from home post. I have saved the whole trail of answers to my favourites as I find it really inspiring. Getting a glimpse into people's minds, people who love home exercise, and armed with a list of potential DVDs, I plan to start small, once again I find my views changed about something I was firm before I could not do. Thank you for that! 1961 days ago
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 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!
to Sparking! To both give and receive support, I suggest joining and participating in at least one Spark TEAM. When you signed up, SP offered you a "Spark Class" which is a team for the newbies who signed up the week you did.
You might find this blog helpful. www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=a_s ecret_tip_for_healthier_eating
This is helpful also: If I consume fewer calories than my plan recommends, will I lose weight faster? www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th e_experts.asp?q=58
Hello Amanda :0) Thanks for your blog comment. I LOVE Turbo Jam! Even though I've only got the Fat Blaster one and the "Five Rockin' Workouts" discs... I think it's nigh on impossible to get bored of Turbo Jam :0) I've not looked at the Sparkpeople DVDs, but glad you're enjoying it... Will have a browse now :0) 1984 days ago