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    Hiya! Are you coming to our SparkRally? It would be great to see ya! The date is Sunday, 10/7 at 11 am at the normal place from last year - Panera on Carmel Mtn. Rd.

    Our main theme (if there is one besides connecting with other SD SparkPeople and "Spreading the Spark") is planning healthy living through the holidays.

    Please RSVP at the Official SparkRally page if you can:


    2736 days ago
    Hey there - I just wanted to give you a belated welcome to Spark and to the San Diego team. I also noticed that you are on the Parents with Infants team that I'm on as well.
    I hope you have fun on the site and with your groups. I've added you as a friend - feel free to add me if you want and we can cheer each other on as we lose weight.

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    3218 days ago
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    Welcome to SparkPeople and the SD team!
    Wishing you much success in your journey! ♥
    You have come to the right place. SP is full of awesome tools and has the most supportive community. Take some time to navigate around the site, and take advantage of all the great things it has to offer! If you need help with anything, feel free to ask me, I'm here to help my fellow Sparkers!
    And I'm with ya on the everything being centered on food thing. I didn't realize just how much before SP and tracking, and it's kind of sad to see how much we lived to eat, whereas now we eat to live! Good luck on your journey!

    3228 days ago
    Thanks for adding me! You're going to do just awesome. Just go day be day and it'll all work out. And if you veer off track, hey you always have the next day to try again. emoticon
    3228 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. You're off to a great start already just by posting here!


    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think 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 including gaining weight or saving money - 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.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3229 days ago
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