Guest Author - Alicia Bodine
I discovered Sparkpeople.com several years ago. It is a free site that allows anyone to join. Not only can you learn how to eat and exercise in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but you also get to use various tools to keep track of your progress. Other Sparkpeople members can offer encouragement and support if you feel like you are struggling to meet your goals.
The first thing I did was make use of the free recipes that Sparkpeople members submit. There is even a section for vegetarians. Each of the recipes comes with a nutritional label. I was very impressed with how comprehensive the labels were. This makes it easy for users to select recipes that fit the diet or eating plan that they are trying to follow.
The next thing I did was set my trackers. Once you join you have your own food tracker, workout tracker, and weigh tracker. You can set goals here and then record what you eat, how you exercise, or what you weigh throughout the day. I recommend you don't weigh yourself on a daily basis though. Also, I want to point out that the food tracker also asks you to input how many glasses of water you drink each day.
If you aren't sure what to eat, or how to exercise, Sparkpeople can make recommendations for you. I find their meal plans extremely helpful and big time savers. They will even provide you with a grocery list to take with you to the store.
Don't forget to make use of the forums. I was able to join a few exercise challenges that really motivated me because I felt accountable to the group. New challenges are being issued all the time.
There is no pressure to stick with any of the goals you make using Sparkpeople. This is another aspect of the site that I love. You can change your goals if you need to. I know I went in guns blazing, thinking that I would be able to much more than I actually was capable of doing. Once reality set in, I went in and adjusted my goals accordingly.
Please note that I do not receive any type of compensation for telling you about this website. I simply find it an excellent resource for living a healthy lifestyle. Best of all it is free to use with no catches, making it accessible to everyone.
You can visit SparkPeople.com by clicking HERE!