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    Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you.
    2789 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    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!


    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 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!


    3571 days ago

    emoticon to Spark People. You've found a great site with lots of tools and information to help you along the way. I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but here are some starter tips.

    There is a great starter check list on Spark People that might contain some information to get you going.

    Also, some great tutorial videos to get you started here:

    And here's a link to a great Secrets of Success slideshow:

    Also, notice on your start page at the top right is a feature called Spark People Insider. This contains a different link daily to a lot of cool features on Spark.

    In addition on your start page, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you will find that there are stages set up to get you started in the right direction with little steps at a time. Little steps, slow and steady – that's what got me started in the right direction and it is what is helping me stay on track after some life altering experiences.

    I've had some tough experiences in recent months and am happy to say that I have found my friends on SparkPeople absolutely supportive. I've found in SparkPeople an anchor that has kept me coming back to my healthy lifestyle when in the past I would have dished it completely under the circumstances. It has truly been a life changing experience for me and I hope you find it the same.

    Best wishes on your journey.

    3571 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon to Spark People. This site is a wonderful place to achieve your healthy lifestyle. Don't forget to check out all the articles and exercise videos. emoticon
    3571 days ago
    emoticon Hello! My name is Stacy! emoticon to SPARK PEOPLE! I hope you find this site very helpful on your new journey to a healthier you! emoticon

    3571 days ago