SparkPeople SparkPeople Fast Break Messageboard Just started the program and looking for support? Meet others who are also in the “Fast Break” stage. SparkPeople SparkPeople Fast Break Messageboard Gym buddy? I am joining a gym next week and wondered if anyone else is too? Then we could maybe share our gym experiences. Cheer each other on etc :-) Fri, 9 Mar 2018 04:16:02 EST Looking for buddies Just started over again in the program and would love to meet some friends in the program too. Please feel free to add me. Sun, 4 Mar 2018 17:06:28 EST Sparkteam Recommendations Anyone have an good sparkteam recommendations? A team that holds each other accountable? Maybe not too large so you can get to know each other a little. A team that has challenges monthly? Thanks. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:16:15 EST In a Slump, 85 lbs to lose Today is my first full day and feeling unmotivated, already making bad choices <em>39</em> I really need to get out of this slump, get my big butt in gear and start losing weight! Tomorrow begins Lent and I haven't participated in Years. So this year it will be my Motivation to lose some weight by Easter. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:26:24 EST Sleep apnea? Help! I've been waking up exhausted, and I'm told by my husband that I'm snoring like crazy. Whenever I'm lying down, I feel like my fat is smothering me. I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea, but don't know anything about what to do. Do I make an appointment with my regular doctor? This is so embarrassing for me, as I've never had this issue before. I'm 5'4" with a very small frame, but my weight has now hit an all-time high of 234 lbs. I hate that I've let myself get to the point that ... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:42:22 EST Buddies? Hi I'm just in the fast break this an open discussion or just for 2 people? I'd love to connect with someone else just starting the SparkCoach feature. <BR> I'm in California, retired, need to lose 30 or so pounds and get fit. I'm such a slouch now. <BR> SparkCoach is really great, at least I have really been inspired by these first days with it. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 16:16:07 EST What was your best lifetime weight, how'd you do i Mine was 125 pounds. At the time I was on nutrisystem and it was the best time of my life. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:47:34 EST Snacks Oreo thins, peanut butter and crackers. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:03:12 EST day 2 reboot round number 3 reboot on fast break. so far doing ok here joined the y.. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:26:50 EST water how do you drink all this water. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:55:56 EST do you vape? did you quit cigs recently? or trying I've been a smoker for 17years. the very day i turned 18. I know bad right <BR> I've tried gum, lozenges, patches, the cigarette shaped e-cigs <BR> I plan on moving to vaping very soon & need vaping & x smoker or trying to quit smoking cigarettes buddies <BR> thank you <BR> looking forward to meeting you <BR> love you bunches <em>303</em> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:35:31 EST how do you get that weight tracker thing on the end of your page. I'd like it for me, to see how I'm doing. Can't figure it out. Any tips. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:09:57 EST Spouse not helpful! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My husband has said he wants to lose weight. I need also need to drop about 45 lbs. So I recommended we start eating cleaner, better, etc. This lasted a week. I'm still working hard, trying, but its difficult. He does most of the weekend cooking and he loves to cook and try new recipes. Most not healthy, fattening, just not conducive for losing weight. When I suggest something "healthier", he's very agreeable, yet changes it up so not what I was looking to do. I cook durin... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:18:10 EST Real Appeal? Anyone else on here using it? It's an online support program offered for free through my health insurance company. They send you free stuff and you can check in at a virtual meeting weekly. I'm so far logging everything. Their tool is kinda crappy but I make do as best I can. Anyone had success with this? Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:53:59 EST Day 2 looking for good advice Hey its day 2 for me so far going good. Looking for new buddies to be there when i had fallen off diet plan. In return will be buddy in same situation Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:01:29 EST Fifty Pounds in One year.. Tell me about your journey to lose fifty pounds in one year... :) This is my goal. It will take as long as it takes ofcouse..but one year is my target date. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:35:53 EST Day 2: Fast Break Looking to connect with people who are in the fast break stage, I don't know how to send friend requests! Haha Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:55:05 EST Done this before but I am on day 32 of exercise I am doing well with that. Just start fast break. I am hoping that this time will be different. I am posting more places then I ever have. I am alone so this is hard sometimes but I think this time I have the right attitude. Baby steps and don't feel I need to do everything at once just because someone else is. I can do this. <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>593</em> Tue, 5 Dec 2017 22:43:12 EST Looking for Friends Hi. Looking to make some new friends to help motivate each other to lose weight and exercise. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:27:08 EST Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople!!! I've always struggled with my weight most of my life now after many attempts to eat a healthy diet and exercise to stay healthy and lose weight this time I will stick with my plan I know I've got this I will reach my weight as well as my health goals!!! Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:13:42 EST Journaling I realised that I was kind of copping out on my original wellness fast break goalmouth so I've changed it to journal 3x a week. I know I bottle things up a lot in my 'offline' life, so I'm thinking just having an outlet will do me emotional good. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 01:47:35 EST Extra exercise on busy days? I work a factory type job 10-12 hours a day 45 minutes drive from home. I need some good ways to add in some extra exercise at home or work with very limited time. Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:02:34 EST Looking for support buddy... Hi. I'm emptynester from WI looking for a support buddy. I have 150+ pounds to lose and could use some positive people in my life. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:44:30 EST Blood Sugar chart I used to be able to log my daily blood sugar number, but I can't find it now. Where do I log in the numbers now? Sat, 4 Nov 2017 12:00:10 EST Why does blood sugar rise after exercise? I check my BS right after I get up in the mornings. Today it was 119. I drank 2 cups of water and walk 2.25 miles in 43 minutes. When I got back, within minutes I am very tired and sleepy. I checked my BS and it was 137. Why does BS go up after exercise? Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:21:59 EST Coming from Weight Watchers I have been a lifetime Weight Watcher for many years now. I've lost, I've gained, I've lost, and I've gained. The program just isn't working for me any more. I love all the free fruits and veggies, but think that may be part of my problem. I need to get down 10 pounds and it has been impossible even with sticking to the plan. <BR> I have just started on the calorie train. This sounds like it should work. Anyone else out there know where I am coming from? If so, how are you doing? I am not a ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:01:43 EST Starting Over I'm starting over and the fast breaks and SparkCoach is really helping. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:47:43 EST Fast Break Would someone explain to me what Fast Break is? Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:04:16 EST Question Can you access fast break goals from the mobile app? I can't seem to find it. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:20:04 EST Day 2 Fast Break This is my second day trying to follow the Fast Break Guidelines. Here's to building consistency and hopefully see some results when all is said and done. <BR> Mon, 7 Aug 2017 10:28:22 EST Submit button on Trivia screen Oops.. the screen must have jumped.. thought I was keying a message to tech .. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:05:37 EST Lowering Cholesterol with diet and exercise <em>249</em> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 16:53:16 EST When will people notice the loss? Have lost 26lbs the past couple of months and can really feel the difference in more ways than one. I think it's strange that nobody seems to notice except for a very few. <BR> You would think when you lose 10% of your body weight more people would notice. <BR> It's a team effort at our house with my wife losing 16lbs in the same amount of time and she says absolutely no one at work has commented on it. <BR> <BR> We are trying a permanent change in our diet & eating habits for ourselves, but... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:19:02 EST Good Morning! Hello ! <BR> I am glad to be here, and am looking forward to making positive changes in my life. I am always looking for others to walk lifes journeys on , so if your looking for that too, send me a message <BR> Have a great day and happy sparking! <BR> ~Sarah Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:03:25 EST Hello! I've been on Sparkpeople for years and while I've lost and gained weight, I'm dedicated to creating a lifestyle that will result in me keeping off the weight and staying healthy! <BR> <BR> Any advice, support, friend adds, etc. are welcome! I'd especially love to hear from people who are also in Montana! I recently moved to Missoula, MT and I'd love to make some friends who are also on here! Sun, 28 May 2017 17:05:20 EST BIGGEST LOSER SUMMER CAMP CHALLENGE INVITATION BLC34 - SUMMER CAMP IS REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? <BR> Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:56:58 EST Fast Break goal - avoid snoozing! Hey all! So, one of my Fast Break goals is to get up without hitting the snooze button. I've got a really bad habit of snoozing until my alarm has had enough and won't let me any more. Anyone else struggle to break the snooze button habit and how did you manage it? Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:50:56 EST geography What city and state do you live? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 21:43:42 EST stop smoking Hello everyone, this week marks 3 weeks on Chantix, and 2 weeks smoke free. I feel great no side effects and so proud of myself. At first I thought it was never going to work for me, as my quit date approached I was still smoking and calling myself a failure, last Monday woke up as usual made my coffee and bam no Cigarette to go with my coffee, continued this and right now I don't even have the desire to smoke Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:49:17 EST Really sore Really sore today from my training yesterday, really just want to stay home and take a break but I'm gonna go to the gym and do the treadmill and hot tub to help my sore muscles, that'll feel nice. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone, has a great weekend, stay active, stay focused, good luck!!! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:11:06 EST Fast start Today is day 1, please wish me success. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:30:59 EST First Day with Fast Break I've been on SparkPeople for 4 weeks and I love it! So today I decided to join this wonderful community and see where life takes me next! I am 1/3 of the way to my weight loss goal already thanks inpart to what I've learned about myself as well as nutrition on these pages!! Thanks for being here for me, I really appreciate all the support, advice, and motivation from everyone of you !!! <em>593</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:22:59 EST Happy Sunday Good Morning I'm looking for a spark buddy. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:01:26 EST Anyone starting out looking for a buddy? I'm just starting out, slowly with fast break goals and looking for people to chat to <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> This is my 3rd day of doing 10 minutes exercise, drinking enough water and eating a piece of fruit - all of which for me are big changes. <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:36:47 EST Decided to Follow the Format So far, I've followed Sparkpeople in a hit or miss fashion. My goal is to be more astringent to the Spark program and see how far I can get. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:51:33 EST Any Vegans Among Us? Hey guys! I've been on and off of Spark for about 8 years. Last time I left because Spark was taking up way too much of my time! I would lose so much time posting and being on the message boards, and not nearly enough time actually exercising and eating right. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've gone vegan, became a cyclist, yogi, semi runner and work out at least 6 times a week. I finally feel like I'm in a place to bring Spark back into my life, without getting too caught up. <BR> <BR> The only ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:27:14 EST What keeps you motivated? It's easy to be motivated at the start of something new, but what do you do to keep it going? My issue is that after a month or so, I start to slow down, get frustrated and revert to old habits. This just isn't about eating or being healthy. It seems to be a pattern in general. <BR> <BR> So how do you keep it fresh? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:30:22 EST SparkDiet? Hi! I used this site a few years back and remember that back then I had the option of signing up for the SparkDiet. It had a few stages and different strategies within those stages. Does anyone know where I can find it again? I've looked around the website, but can't seem to find a link to it. <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:01:54 EST How do you measure your progress I measure my progress in a few ways. <BR> <BR> 1 - How I feel. Do I feel better today after eating better and exercising? <BR> 2 - Do I have more energy? <BR> 3 - Am I sleeping better? <BR> 4 - Do I feel happier and more patient? <BR> 5 - Am I having more fun in general? <BR> 6 - Do I feel like I have accomplished something for today? <BR> <BR> I try to check in everyday with myself otherwise I have the ability shut down and ignore until one day I look up and I have gone completely off the ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:08:51 EST :) Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:55:26 EST Motivated Trying to stay motivated when having 200 pounds to lose. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:46:08 EST Is anyone doing the 30-day Keto Diet Challenge? I'm just getting back into Keto after a stint off the wagon. I'm doing the Keto Diet Challenge (found here: as a way to stay accountable. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend is doing it with me, which makes things a lot easier! <BR> <BR> Who else is participating, and is there a group for that? <BR> Are you doing it alone or with a significant other/friend? <BR> What's your favorite recipe that you reach for all the time on the keto lifestyle? Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:16:18 EST My first day goal. I have one goal today. <BR> <BR> Do not stop for fast food. That simple. 1 step. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:34:05 EST a small victory i had a very horrid dr in july for my annual GYN visit. she was cruel and insulting..i totally understand that drs have a responsibility to speak with you if you are overweight, smoke, drink, do drugs, whatever. But this woman....called me fat, said i was going to die of a heart attack, criticized my GP for one of the meds i'm on (we worked VERY hard to get the right combo...i am "in remission" from late stage Lyme disease and have residual damage) and then, the clincher, that she was surpris... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:59:27 EST Diet Soda...Yay or Nay? Just wondering... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:55:49 EST Age Concern My age concern is absent when I workout, there's something about the moment, that time you are in the mind set of in that world that your body is working to overcome resistance, with weights, the wind when on a self powered vehicle. Age is the last thing I think about, it's a great feeling when you lift that weight that you couldn't not too long ago, the same process that happened many years ago, that many believe is over because of age. <BR> Well, it still happens, it still works, the more y... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:22:43 EST Eating Habits So anyone have experience here...eating most of my calories at night after a day high activity. Is my body burning muscle because of this? I'm just not hungry till night time. Also, if I don't eat more than 1200 calories am I just losing muscle? Is my body unable to go into a fat burning mode? I'm 125 lbs and had hip surgery due to an overuse of running hip injury (labral tear in the hip). I have lost SO much body strength and seem to have gained a bunch of fat or lose skin or flab in hips, t... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 17:03:57 EST Looking for new friends :) Well, I am doing this since it is part of my Sparkcoach activity for today but I am looking for people who have a lot of weight to lose like me! We can help encourage, motivate, and cheer each other on! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:05:10 EST Help! Any one else trying to avoid coffee?? Coffee seems to be my problem right now. I can stay under my calorie limit . . . unless I give in and have a cup of coffee (with cream and sugar). After that, I seem to fall off the wagon and eat things I shouldn't. <BR> <BR> This seems ridiculous, but I love coffee and can't figure out why satisfying that craving would wreck the rest of the day. Any suggestions? Thu, 5 May 2016 10:12:12 EST Clean eating Calculate my calories eat clean exercise 3xs per week sometimes more. No thyroid problems but have not lost an ounce. Been ketogenic for 2 weeks lost 2 lbs grr Sun, 1 May 2016 20:26:00 EST What's easiest, losing weight or maintenance goal I have 75 more pounds to lose before reaching goal, but from past experience I've learned losing weight is easier for me because I'm learning a new way of eating and learning how to adapt both in my lifestyle. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:55:10 EST Meal replacement drinks So my friend started her diet same time I did. 2 weeks ago. I have lost 5 pounds and she has lost 14 pounds. I am sticking to what has worked before ,tracking calories and keeping a calorie deficit of 1000 to lose 2 pounds each week. She drinks her veggie smoothie 3 times a day. I do feel a little discouraged because she had such a dramatic weight loss. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:47:27 EST Making Small Changes In order for me to get the results that I want I am going to have to make better choices when it comes to food. I have done better today than all the other days that I have been on this diet. I'm still struggling a little with breakfast but will make a better choice tomorrow. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:17:38 EST 2 weeks not smoking Hi. Thanks for having me and listening.I quit smoking 14 days ago and this morning I lit a cigarette and then threw it away. It tasted OK. I was hoping for horrible, but it wasn't. I feel bad now, but am just going to carry on like it didn't happen. I want to smoke more now than the first few days. I caught a terrible cold and couldn't breathe at all, never mind smoke, so was into it before I really realized...I haven't been able to breathe or do things that I used to do and knew I had ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:07:36 EST Learn to say no The hardest thing for those on a weight loss journey is to say no. I am working hard on this and yesterday I was able to do that. Now the consistency begins <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:03:24 EST Not overweight On reading about BMI I have come to the conclusion that I am not overweight at all. I am just 1 ft 2 inches too short. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:58:34 EST Tips for getting up without hitting snooze Hi Sparkpeople community! I set a fast break goal for the week to get up without hitting the snooze button. I am notorious for hitting the snooze button, even when I have gotten plenty of sleep. I am looking for tips on how to get myself out of bed when that alarm goes off and resisting the urge to stay cuddled in my warm bed now that the mornings are starting to get colder. How do you guys get out of bed in the morning without hitting snooze? Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:30:28 EST Who has issues staying under sodium level? Anyone else been watching their sodium intake? I started recording then a few days in I did the evaluate nutrition for the day and it said my sodium was high. I went back and noticed the other days it was high too. What's a good alternative? I obviously like meals with salt. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:49:15 EST Warm lemon water I'm trying to drink a cup of warm lemon water first thing every morning. Day #1 success! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 02:03:15 EST Advice for type 2 diabetic What is the best advice you have for losing weight if you have type 2 diabetes? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 21:36:00 EST Over 200 Pounds to Go! I am just getting started back on this fitness journey and I have a long road ahead. I am going to need to stay motivated for the journey and I need to make new buddies along the way. If you'd like to join me on my journey then add me! I'm starting out at about 440 pounds and have about 275 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight of 165. LOL it's kind of funny... I have to lose and overweight person worth of pounds lol. I'll be blogging and venting and sharing probably TMI but it's the only wa... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:40:39 EST What are your fast break goals? My fast break goals are: <BR> <BR> To eat at least 2 fruits/veggies a day <BR> To take a walk each day <BR> To read one success story each day. <BR> <BR> I'm starting today so wish me luck :) <BR> <BR> I would love to hear what other people have chosen as their fast break goals. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:13:29 EST I lost 8 lbs! My first week I managed to lose 8 lbs! I know its not going to be like that very often but what a great start right? Tue, 19 May 2015 02:24:20 EST Slow and Steady I am trying to walk for at least thirty minutes each day, but the pain in my right leg has gotten extreme. So, until I can get new and better walking shoes, I am peddling on the stationary bike. I am not really sure which is more important, the time or the distance. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I peddled four miles. This morning, I peddled two miles. I intend to peddle at least that many more this evening. <BR> <BR> Also, I wonder, what is the "best" shoe to invest in for walking...I don't see ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:21:19 EST Absolutely Naps are the best thing ever! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:51:35 EST Do you have a plan for Halloween? one of my fast break goals this week is to take any leftover candy AWAY from here on the 1st of november so i'm not tempted! how about you? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:14:23 EST Meatless DAY My husband is recommending one day a week due to some health issues with my liver. Going to check with doc on Monday just to be sure. Any feedback would be appreciated <em>304</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:37:08 EST Looking for tips on getting 8 hours sleep Greetings to SPFB ers! <BR> <BR> I have a tough time stopping and going to bed and getting meeting my goal of 8 hours sleep. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tips? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:48:10 EST What motivates you to make changes in your life? Let your fellow <em>223</em> 's know what motivates (or motivated) you to make changes in your life. <BR> <BR> I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of being overweight - whether considered healthy or unhealthy. I want to move more, do more, explore more than I was able to do when my life was so sedentary; and I had awful eating habits. <BR> <BR> I want to be a healthier, happier, thinner person! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:21:57 EST What do you do at night to AVOID eating? Looking for ideas to find victory over my worst habit! Thanks! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:55:15 EST Motivational quotes "Take care of your body - it's the only place you have to live." <BR> Jim Rohne Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:43:46 EST Favorite thing about losing weight I have so many but the one I was thinking about this morning is just being able to cut my toenails! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:52:31 EST Looking for Diet Buddies Hello I started Sparkpeople a few months ago...started out strong and then lost my way...let myself get off track with everyday life events. <BR> <BR> I'm back and just as determined as ever..don't want to let myself get way-layed again. Would really love to meet and share with others on the same journey! Think this will take a lot of support! Sun, 18 Feb 2007 08:43:52 EST