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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon back!

    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 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 - 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!


    3280 days ago
    Welcome to the Diabetes Challenge Team. I love your enthusiasm already! I may have to quote you next time I talk to myself and say, "Let's get it together girl, we have a goal to reach!" Love it!

    Here's to us! Let's do this thing!
    3280 days ago
  • v no profile image SHISMAMA
    Welcome. You seem to know what you need to do. emoticon Good luck!! emoticon
    3280 days ago
  • v KITT52
    welcome back
    take it one day at a time, figure out what works for you then stick with it...
    it's never easy but then being over weight isn't easy either..

    good luck
    3280 days ago
  • v NATROZI44
    I have not been as committed as I should of been, but I am determined to reach all goals that I have set for myself. There are days when I just do not want to do it, but I have to communicate with myself and say, "Let's get it together girl, we have a goal to reach" I want to also add, it is ok to talk with yourself.
    4885 days ago