SparkPeople.com - Why I love it.
I just got the "Spark" book and the introduction has the explanation of why I love it. I really could not have said it better.
The Sparkpeople Magic Formula
- Goal-setting: A system of visualizing your larger goals that gives more meaning to your daily actions, and a way to create and build confidence and momentum that fuels results.
Goal setting is a proven method. It works if you work it.
- Behavior change: Using wisdom from the science of behavior change to help you turn the tide on negative behaviors and effectively replace those unhealthy habits with healthy ones that then become a natural, even enjoyable, part of your life.
Yes, yes it does.
- Community support: Inspiring real-life stories of ordinary people who’ve transformed their lives, and a 24/7 source of help and encouragement.
There is an abundance of support. From the message boards to the individual spark pages. When I first found Sparkpeople I was looking for someone in my neck of the woods to walk with. I found a group of ladies that walked twice a week at the park right down the street from my house. It was perfect. Side note: Just be careful when meeting people over the Internet. Safety first.
- Positive motivation: Points, trophies, and awards that transform dieting into a fun and exciting adventure.
Points, and trophies, and awards... oh my.
- Team-building: Affiliations with other members based on geography, hobbies, interests, and amount of weight to lose.
See community support above.
- Accessibility: A program that easily fits into the most hectic life, building momentum while remaining entertaining and fun.
Sparkpeople.com is open 24/7.
- World-class technology: Tools, content, and community, continuously updated, often from suggestions by SparkPeople.com members.
The tools alone are priceless.
I just started reading the book so I can't comment on it. If it's anything like the website then I love it.
Thanks to the support at Sparkpeople.com, eating healthy and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred I lost 50 pounds in less than four months.