Monday, December 29, 2008
We are now giving 1 SparkPoint for your first blog post each day! We've found that members who blog get more support, both from other site members and from people outside of SparkPeople (if the member shares their blog).
If you have never blogged on SparkPeople, Coach Jen recently wrote an article about using SparkPeople's blog feature. The article covers both what you can blog about, and also technically how to use the blog. You can click here to read this article.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tough economic times make everything in life harder--including maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
Instead of dwelling on the negatives like bankruptcies, foreclosures, layoffs and cutbacks, SparkPeople is focusing on helping people maintain their healthy lifestyles and look to the future. We aren't trying to make light of the dour economic situation, but we are striving to be a ray of hope that can help people maintain a positive outlook.
SparkPeople has created two teams that will help you make lemonade from this lemon. Join the Beating the Recession Blues SparkTeam or the Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeam today.
Beating the Recession Blues
Money worries, job insecurity, high prices--all of these can make maintaining a healthy lifestyle harder than ever. You can let these worries and difficulties turn you into an emotional eater, sidetrack your exercise plans, and generally sabotage your weight loss or fitness efforts. Or you can use them to fine tune your healthy living skills and take your lifestyle to another level.
It's a lot easier to do this when you have some help and support--and when you know your own efforts can also help other people.
That's what this team is all about: sharing stories, tips, information, and strategies we can all use to solve problems, keep each other motivated, and reach our goals.
Laid Off But Staying Strong
Getting laid off, especially when it's unexpected or on short notice, can send shockwaves through every aspect of your life. The added stress of worrying about your finances and your future can make dealing with all your other responsibilities, goals, and projects (including weight loss and healthy living) quite a bit harder as well.
But this can also be a great opportunity to take stock of where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go from here. It's an opportunity to establish clear priorities, set short- and long-term goals for yourself, and work out strategies for accomplishing those goals. The more you keep yourself looking ahead towards what you want, the more energy and creativity you'll have for making that happen.
For more information on these new teams and our other financial fitness resources, read this article.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Baking cookies is a fun holiday tradition--one you needn't forgo once you adopt a healthy lifestyle. That's why we compiled some of our best, slightly healthier recipes for you this holiday season. Thanks to all of you who signed up for our 12 Days of Holiday Cookies email newsletters.
We shared recipes for these delectable treats:
Cranberry Almond Cookies
German Fruit Bread
Chocolate Emergency Cookies
Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies
Whole Wheat & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pecan Cookies with Muesli
Soft Ginger Cookies
Did you miss one? Want to share a recipe with friends?
Not to worry. You can find all 12 of the recipes here.
Find these recipes and more any time of year at www.SparkRecipes.com
Thursday, December 18, 2008
When we first told you about SparkPeople's Fitness Starter Kit, your comments were overwhelmingly positive. But we noticed a trend: Many of you had all or most of the Kit's equipment already and wanted to purchase just the DVD, not the whole Kit. Loyal members, we heard you loud and clear. We're happy to report that you can now purchase the Fitness Starter Kit DVD in the SparkPeople Store!
The SparkPeople Fitness Starter Kit DVD is on sale for just $10. It contains two full-body workouts: one that uses a stability ball and another that uses a resistance band. These short and effective workouts are easy to fit into your day. Coach Nicole designed them exclusively for the SparkPeople Starter Kit, which means you can't get these workouts anywhere else!
Click here order the Fitness Starter Kit DVD today!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Good afternoon, SparkPeople!
We're always listening to your suggestions and requests, and I'm happy to report that our Team has been hard at work adding a few Nutrition Tracker features that you're going to love!
Here's what you'll see on your newly updated Nutrition Tracker:
1. Subtotals below each section for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: This was a request from many of our members who wanted to see how their nutrients add up meal-by-meal and at the end of the day. You'll find subtotals in red for calories, carbs, fat and protein!
2. "Remaining" Values for the day: At the bottom of your Tracker, you'll now see how many calories and other nutrients you have left, in addition to how many you've consumed. This makes it easy to know exactly how much you still need to eat to meet your nutrition goals for the day!
3. Report for Nutrition Notes: Next to your Nutrition Notes, is a new button that reads "See Notes Report." When you click this button, a window will open that shows all the days where you entered any Nutrition Notes, as well as the calorie totals you tracked on those days. This report defaults to show the past month, but you can change it to show any date range they would like.
If you have any questions about using these new features, please post them in the Site/Technical Help forum to receive an answer. We think these new features are valuable additions to the site, and we hope you agree! Check them out yourself!
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