Just this morning someone mentioned this on line program. It is along the lines of e-diets, I think, without the fees. Totally free and seems to offer so much. Anyone here trying it? www.sparkpeople.com
I've been with them about 2 weeks now. Lost 5 pounds. It is free and you track what you eat and how many calories you burn . It's a very upbeat site with a lot of good information. You earn points daily but they're just a self-motivational thing. Can't really do anything with the points except challenge your self or others. They do not push the idea of dieting as much as lifestyle changes. Kinda fun.
Well I've been with SPARKPEOPLE since Jan 30, 2006 and as of today I've lost 55#.
I looked up the website and it sure has a lot of freebie info on it...I liked what I saw...
Wow Parttimer, I am IMPRESSED!
I like Spark People. I prefer to track my food on Fitday, but Spark People is a great place for motivation, support and challenges. I never knew I was so competetive! lol.
Well I've been with SPARKPEOPLE since Jan 30, 2006 and as of today I've lost 74#.
It's been about 2# a week with a little fluctuation. I haven't eliminated anything from my diet - just portion control. The improvements in the site during the last 6 months have been amazing. The staff is very responsive to the members even though there are few of them.
I find the challenges very motivatiional. I'm sticking with SPARKPEOPLE until I reach my goal weight - A WAYS OFF YET.
Diet trackers are great. They're a terrific tool for weightloss & improving your eating habits. There are a number of brands that all do the same thing. Some are web based & some are downloadable programs. I use a purchased software, DietPower, & have lost 39 pounds since January 2006. Some people in this forum have had good luck with Calorie King. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal last January about diet trackers & the pros & cons of using them.
Here is a link that might be useful: WSJ article on nutrition tracking software
I just heard about sparkpeople on Thursday from a co-worker who has been on it just about 2 weeks and is down 9 lbs. She showed me her print out and it looks reasonable. Apparently based upon your food plan for the week you even get a food shopping list. I am counting points on WW but will definitely have to check this site out.
Donna, I think that you will like Spark People. A lot of great articles, motivation and support. There are "Challenges" there too which can really spur you on.
sign up for the emails because they have great information...they are not just junk mail but full of great stuff.
After reading this post I signed up at SparkPeople Aug. 31 and have lost 10 lbs. Yeah me! Like ruthieg_tx wrote, sign up for the emails and read the articles, I have and they help me stay motivated.
I use WW etools as my tracker but I love sparkpeople for motivation and tips. i especilly love the pics that go with instructions for exercise. I've added 20 minutes of stretching to my routine and got somre of it from SparkPeople.
Well I've been with SPARKPEOPLE since Jan 30, 2006 and as of today I've lost 92#.
I've slowed down little from the 2# a week to a little over 1.5# a week but that's OK. The site still completely amazes me with how positive it remains. The staff is so accessible and are constantly upgrading the site. The members are extremely encouraging. My favorite part of it just might be the challenges.
My sister is thinking about signing up with SparkPeople, but she's afraid she'll get a lot of spam. Anybody get a lot of spam after starting with SparkPeople?
I just went over to Sparkpeople and a virus warning popped up on my screen, so I don't think I will go back there. Those darned warnings about give me a stroke !!
I have begun to use Fitday and really like it so far.
I was so surprised to receive copies of emails supposedly responding to my post on gardenweb. Whoa, I thought, I haven't been there in ages. So I checked it out and here it is...imagine my surprise to see folks responding to something I posted 3 years ago!
Helen, that is baffling about the virus warning. I've been on and off that site the past 3 years, and know many others who faithfully use that site and never had a problem. Perhaps your anti-virus program is set to a super sensitivity level that would pick up on something quite innocuous. But I am sure no expert on that.
Haven't heard of Fitday.
I think maybe I will go over to SP again and check it out and see if my Anti virus pops up a warning. I sure hope not. I want to see what all the accolades are about.
I just got into SP with no problems at all. No red alerts or anything. I HAVE been to this site before and liked it but forgot about it until recently. Then I got those virus warnings and that my friends scares the holy bejeebers out of me. I am going to see what's new over there.