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  • v ELLBELL22
    Thanks for the feedback. I am working on everything and it is good to know everyone is supportive.
    1959 days ago
  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    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 just by posting here.

    You don't need intense workouts like p90x to lose weight - you can do it just by walking more and doing a few simple exercises throughout the day. Remember that 'vegetarian' was originally intended to be 'fruits and vegetables,' not just 'no meat' - those are healthy carbs and there is actually no room for pastries or 'unhealthy carbs' in the original true vegetarian diet because they all contain animal products. So you can focus on the healthy carbs, which your body needs, and simply skip the unhealthy kind! Combine that with extra walking and you'll watch the extra pounds melting away!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there, including other vegetarians. 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!

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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. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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    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.

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    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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    1961 days ago
  • v NAOMIEVA
    emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople! emoticon

    Be sure to check out the message boards, join some of the fantastic SparkTeams that are out there, and add some SparkFriends... the support & motivation that you will find on here is amazing!

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    1962 days ago
  • v SDJOLLY
    emoticon to SparkPeople! Best wishes to you along your journey to a healthier you!


    Be sure to use all the tools available to you. I know there is a lot to this site, but take your time and check every nook and cranny. The extra motivation of interacting with SparkFriends is invaluable. SparkPages, SparkTeams, and community message boards play a significant role. The site's articles on health, fitness, and motivation are extremely helpful. The Success Stories inspire!


    Your ‘my SparkPoints’ page is a page worth visiting every day. It’s a quick link to many of the areas you should familiarize yourself with. Accessing the links will help you navigate the site, communicate with other members, and earn SparkPoints.


    Be active and be well!
    --Shelley
    1962 days ago