What would you tell a new member about our site? Share your quick and easy insider tips for using SparkPeople.com.
I finally figured out how to enter my personal recipes on the Nutrition Tracker. Now that they are on my Favorites list, all I have to do is click on it once and all of the numbers are entered for me. It makes it so much easier and gives a more accurate count of calories and nutrition .
being a part of the SP challenges helps me to remain focused and enhances my social skills.
I have developed the habit of making a comment when I read a blog or review my Friend Feed. I've found that by my focusing on what others write and responding to it I have stayed positive or regained a positive attitude if I'm losing some passion for my Spark journey.
I use the blog to write down what I want to accomplish. By 'saying it out loud' in the blog, I make a commitment to myself that I have to keep.
I blog every day. Even when I don't have much to say. It is a good way to give myself a pep talk, explore the emotions I am feeling that day, and get encouragement from people who are going through the same thing I am. :)
Tracking everything I eat, keeps me focus!!
This is the single most useful tool SparkPeople.com provides. If you're new to the site, learn to use it first. Exercise is useful, but learning and controlling what you eat is paramount to weight loss. It takes a little time to learn its special features, but it's well worth it.
Have Sparkpeople design strength training workouts for you by Editing your Fitness settings. They will customize a workout for you with the equipment you already have on hand. Use it to design a new workout every 4-6 weeks to keep from getting bored and see continued improvement in your strength.
The first thing I check on SP isn't the wheel, it's my Friend Feed. I get pumped by reading about everyone's successes and it helps inspire my day.
Since many people spend lots of hours on Facebook & Twitter, this can be a great way to get reminders about your goals and stay in touch with SparkPeople. We share tips, contests, updates, and generally just have lots of fun with members there too!