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JANROLG's Photo JANROLG Posts: 3,002
12/21/19 5:12 P

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The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you. - Oprah

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12/21/19 4:52 P

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You have gotten some good advice from the members below. The only thing I can think to add is, take your time and look into each of the labels at the top. There are a lot of things to discover here.

It just depends on your interest and how you much time you have to devote to your health. When choosing your teams, your going to want them to be active teams. So pay special attention to the dates of the last post. That will give you a good indication of how active they are You will see what I mean once you go to Community and click on Spark Teams. You can click on any one that looks interesting and look around without joining. Have fun with it. emoticon

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12/18/19 1:36 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople so glad you have joined us.


1) Go to your sparkpage and put a little about yourself and your journey on it so that when we come to say hi we can read how you are doing

2) Participate as often as possible on all the groups you have joined as that is where you will get encouragement and motivation

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12/18/19 1:36 P

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I've found two things that help a lot. Number one is the obvious one... use the nutrition and fitness trackers honestly and diligently. The second is to get hooked on SparkPoints. In other words, meet your goals every day. Set a minimum number of points to obtain per day and then just never fail yourself by going under. SparkPoints force you to do things that are good for you and forcing yourself to build good habits is what it's all about. You'll hear talk about motivation and such, but I'm a firm believer in concentrating on discipline. Motivation is something that kind of comes and goes and it's great when you have it, but discipline just gets stronger the more you build it and it's always there. Start under the "Learn" tab above by reading and doing. You'll surprise yourself with what you can do. Best of luck with your new goals and welcome to SparkPeople!


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12/17/19 9:09 P

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This is an awesome community filled with supportive and encouraging members. Being active here will help keep you accountable and motivated. Reading blogs, and articles, commenting on friend feeds and being active on your Spark Teams is a good way to connect with other members.

Best of luck to you!

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"Most people don't change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing."

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12/17/19 3:16 P

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Just a quick intro of myself. I'm a 48yo dude, married and father of 2 teenage boys. Professionally, I teach biology at a small college. Personally, I have a lot of bad habits when it comes to health and eating.

I'm going to give sparkpeople a try, primarily for the potential I see in getting some support as I try and make some major changes in my life, healthy eating and healthy living. I do have a weight goal in mind but I'm really trying to approach this from changing some really bad behaviors I have when it comes to eating.

I would love any suggestions on where to hang-out here at sparkpeople. Or any advice in general really! Thanks.

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