I like that SparkPeople is about a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet. I have tried nearly every diet under the sun, & none of them worked for me. I couldn't handle the deprivation.
I had to have something I could "live" with the rest of my life & this is definitely it!! I've been here at Spark just over a year now & if it hadn't been working, I'd be long gone by now. No, the scale hasn't moved very fast, but that's ok. Sidenote: I broke through a 3 month plateau this morning, SparkCoach Plateau Busting program.
This journey is about more than the scale. For me, it's about consistent exercise, eating healthy foods & feeling amazing -- it's about the NSVs (non-scale victories). There are so many things I can do now that I couldn't do before & that's exciting!!
This is what it's all about:
I can live with this. I can still eat 2 bites of cake & not totally wreck my plan.
Find what works for you & be consistent with it. While you're at it:
You don't have to be a gym member to follow this journey. You can work out at home or outside. I am so blessed that I can afford to go to the gym because I know me & I know if I come home before working out it'll be a lost cause. I'll go straight to the computer or to my evening chores.
Don't have weights? No problem -- use bottles of water or cans of soup. There many, many great videos on SP including chair exercises that will truly make you sweat. I did a few of those when I hurt my foot.
Do what you can do. Build on it every day, little by little & you WILL see progress.
Don't wait for conditions to be perfect to start. Trust me . . . they will NEVER be perfect enough . . . it's a flimsy excuse. Been there, done that, used that flimsy excuse, etc.