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  • v DAWNO64
    Welcome to 40 somethings with 10-24 lbs to lose! I look forward to seeing your posts on the team message boards.
    3247 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    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!


    3250 days ago
  • v no profile image OLYMPIALISA
    Good luck! If you need anything reach out!!! I'm here as much for you as I am for me!
    Lisa emoticon
    3250 days ago
  • v 1DRWOMAN
    OH MY GOD BECKY! YOU GOT IT!!!! WHOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! I try to explain to people all the time, it's NOT a diet...I wish they'd change the homepage and the word's a place to train yourself how to eat and live in a healthy way for the rest of your life! YEA for you!!!!!

    Now...EATING IS GOOD...YOU NEED TO's just about WHAT and HOW MUCH you eat that matters! :) Same for your kiddos.
    An easy thing to aim for if you feel lost a bit...this helped me in the start:
    2 servings of fruit a day
    5 servings of NON-Starchy veggies a day
    Protein, starch, and fat serving at each meal
    64 oz. water/ 2 liters a day
    and getting your sleep and some activity sure helps the process!
    You CAN do this!
    Let me know if I can be of any help! Have a great weekend!
    3250 days ago