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  • v ZWIELICHT
    Welcome to the 28 day Challenge. You'll find all the Sparkies there are great people and will offer any help and support they can so don't ever feel like you're alone!

    The videos aren't as daunting as they seem and after a week it'll seem like child's play.

    Keep up the great work!
    3850 days ago
  • v HIGHLANDMUM
    Hello, and good luck with the 28 day bootcamp challenge. I would love to be your buddy going through this challenge. I myself have just started the challenge. Feel free to email me or post a comment if you need anything. Together we can get through this challenge.
    3851 days ago
  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
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    Happy New Year and congrats on taking the first step to reaching a healthier you! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    Weight loss is NEVER a steady, consistent slide in my experience - it's not even the best way to measure our progress because there are SO many things that affect the scale - hormones, salt, sugar, water, exercise can all make the scale numbers go up, even when we are losing weight - sounds crazy? Well, it is but that's the way it works.

    Find other ways to measure your progress and don't worry about daily fluctuations - my weight can go up or down 4-5 lbs at a time without changing the 'basic me' - just because of water retention! Make sure you drink plenty of water so your body doesn't 'retain' it, get plenty of fiber [there isn't much of that in most salads!] and eat protein at every meal - combine that with a moderate amount of exercise and the scale will catch up with your efforts!

    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 - 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' - 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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    If you haven't 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.

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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 do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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    3853 days ago
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