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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.

    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!


    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!


    3806 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:

    Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!

    I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

    I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.

    I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

    Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

    You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!


    3806 days ago
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    We are so glad you joined the San Antonio Spark - the most supportive, encouraging, and inspiring team around! Stop by the team page and look around, read the blogs and threads. We hope you will take the time to introduce yourself, respond to some of the topics, and let us get to know you better. Let us know what you need in the way of advice and support. We are here for you. We are on this journey to a healthier lifestyle TOGETHER, and TOGETHER, we can do this!
    3807 days ago
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    Welcome to San Antonio Spark- the Official Team! We are so glad to have you! This team is full of wonderful, strong, supportive people who are ready to cheer you on as you work toward your goals. We really value encouraging each other, working toward common goals, and pushing each other to be our best. Please stop by the message boards and introduce yourself (if you haven’t already) so we can all get to know you.

    The team leaders work hard to create fun, motivational, and (well) challenging Challenges. Joining a challenge can give you extra motivation, accountability, and a great jump start if you need it. I encourage you to join a challenge, either on our team, on other Spark Teams, or join one of the Official Challenges. We currently have a couple “mini-challenges” going on, but we are really gearing up for a totally EPIC challenge! I hope you will join us!

    No matter how you choose to reach your goals- through participating in challenges, or by starting small and working your way up- remember that this is a lifestyle change. Make sure that you are creating habits that you can sustain. We are all working toward a healthier life for good!

    Please, let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions or need help with anything. I look forward to getting to know you, and I can’t wait to see all that you will achieve!

    3807 days ago
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