SparkPeople SlimDown Sistahs Team Messageboard This team is dedicated to Motivate, Encourage and Uplift sisters to lose weight, shape and sculpt their bodies to be healthier physically, mentally and spiritually. All are welcome! SparkPeople SlimDown Sistahs Team Messageboard Ever Stuck?? Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I made a decision in September that I was unhappy with my weight and unhappy with complaining about it. I jumped right in and started exercising six days a week at 5:30 a.m. I reduced my calories and viola, 3 months later I'm down thirty one pounds. I'm proud of my progress, but somewhere between graduating from college (in December) and the holidays, I've lost it. I stuck with a strict program before where I very seldom (almost never) had any snacks, severely monitored... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:34:28 EST Hello Hi Sistas, <BR> My name is Cynthia and I've been a member of Sparkpeople a little over a week I'm new. This site is truly a blessing to me. It makes things less challenging because I can track every single thing I put in my mouth. I was also very happy to find this group and will be praying that everyone of us reach our goal <em>381</em> . <BR> <BR> "So let's not grow weary of doing good (being good stewards of our bodies), for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." <... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 22:50:38 EST Re-Introduce Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have been inactive for a bit, but i am now back to put in work! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:31:26 EST Green tea? I have decided to give up black tea, and opt for the healthier green tea. The problem is, I don't know where to start? I have searched the internet, and there are too many to choose from. I even went on to check the reviews and try to narrow my search, but it didn't help at all. I'm looking for a simple organic green tea or green tea with mint. Loose leaf or bagged. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. <em>304</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:11:13 EST Trying something new... Ok, one of my goals for October is to step outside of my comfort zone, and try different foods. So far, all I've tried is Oikos strawberry greek yogurt, not bad. I want to try a recipe for stuffed chicken breasts that calls for feta cheese, but I don't know what feta cheese tastes like. Has anyone tried it, and if so how did you like it? I have never eaten squash or eggplant, and I'm kind of curious about them too. Has anyone tried them and liked them or didn't like them? And if you did like ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:18:05 EST new to the team Hi I am Yolanda from to the team and wanted to say hello as I begin this journey of weight loss.... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:09:05 EST What inspires you to keep going on this journey? Hey Ladies <BR> What inspires you to keep going on this journey of getting healthy? <BR> Is it your family? your career? is it you? You are doing this for you. You deserve to be healthy and happy. YES YOU DO! <BR> <BR> For me my inspiration is my kids and my mom. They love me unconditionally no matter how I look. I feel I should be healthy so I could live and happy life with them. <BR> <BR> Continue to be a blessing, <BR> <BR> Denise Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:51:35 EST How do you plan to spend your July 4th Holiday? Hey Ladies....July 4th is 6 days away....what are your plans? Is it a big holiday for you and your family? Cheers. <em>244</em> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:11:25 EST Hello Hi my name is Michelle and I just joined this page today. My main goals are to get back active and in shape. I stopped working out 2 years ago. I use to be very active. I also just quit smoking 3 days ago. I been an on and off smoker since I was 21. I actually quit cold turkey successfully December 2008 but started a year and half later again July 2010 due to much added stressors occurring in my life at the time. Looking for new finess sistas and to share encouragment and motivation wit... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:44:04 EST Another Newbie:-) Today is technically my first day. I am starting at 197 lbs. Basically that is 200. I am not happy at this weight. My knees hurt when I bend down and my midsection is too big for me. LOL. The day I can not suck in my gut I will be happy :-) We will get there. I wish you the best of luck! <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:54:26 EST Hello Slim Down Sista's I'm Nickie. I'm excited to join the team. It's wonderful to see Sista's breaking the stereotypes and negative effects of obesity and getting FIT. My initial goal is to lose 40lbs by the time I turn 40. I'm down 22lbs and have about 7 weeks to lose the other 18lbs. I'm confident that I can do it. We can do this!!!!!!! Being fit so much better than breathing HARD! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:20:26 EST Just Want To Introduce Myself :-) Hi ladies!!! My name is Ebony and I just joined the Slim Down Sista Team. I'm excited to be apart of a group of this group because I see some great things happening :-) I see that many of you have accomplished so much in your weight loss journey and I'm hoping to see great results as well. Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself and I hope that you all continue doing great things and keep up the good work. I need this type of motivation. Thanks ladies <em>223</em> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:27:09 EST Hi Ladies! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jess and I am a 30 year old whose curves are taking a bit of a detour these day. Still proud of what my mama gave me but like everyone else, I am making a decision to take better care of myself inside and out. I live in the Midwest with my well meaning husband (french fries are not on the food pyramid,. sorry honey) and 1 adorable chubby cat. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to see where this new journey will lead me and I look forward to cheering each of you on! GOD ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:47:51 EST What's on your Bucket List? Hey Ladies...everyone has a bucket list! I though it would be fun to share some of those things. <BR> <BR> For me I would love to para-sail one day. <BR> <BR> Let have some fun with this discussion topic. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day and Looking forward to hearing from you. <em>30</em> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:35:11 EST Introduction Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I've just "re-started" Sparkpeople after several years of just kinda playing at losing weight and getting healthy.My biggest challenge is staying motivated and making time for working out regularly. I'm looking forward to connecting with other women who are moving along the same path towards weightloss and health. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:38:08 EST Hello All Hello/Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Excited to be a part of a wonderful team which represents my Sista's. I look forward to shedding with each and everyone of you.... <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> <BR> Tenshar <em>41</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 04:22:39 EST Goals and Aspiration for 2012 Hello Team <BR> Okay 2012 is nine days away.. <BR> <BR> What are your goals and aspirations for 2012? <BR> What is driving you to make those goals? <BR> <BR> Let's be creative and let's have fun. <BR> <BR> Denise Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:12:33 EST Hello and Confession! Hello team! I just joined and am hoping I can add a little encouragement and enthusiasm to this great team! I am 48 and fighting menopause with both hands and feet! I just realized I've been avoiding my oldest and dearest friends because I am so ashamed of my weight gain...I know they love me and are always supportive- I am just sick of myself- ya' know? Anyway, I have set some reasonable goals based on the SP plan and I'm already feeling some positive changes.I figured confession is good for... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:21:50 EST New Team Leader Good morning Ladies, <BR> I wanted to introduce myself to you. I am the new team leader for Slim Down Sista Challenge. I have been a member of Spark People since 2009. I really enjoy being part of Spark People. I am 46 years old, 2 daughters and 1 grandson. I am executive assistant for VP of Real Estate at a famous pizza company here in Ontario, Canada. I have been exercising consistently for the last year. I have hypothyroidism which I keep under control with medication, diet and lots of ex... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:58:34 EST Hip Hop Abs In my opinion one of the best dance exercise programs I have ever done. <BR> Shaun T is so up beat and energetic, he makes you want to dance. I laugh at myself because I believe I am the only black girl without rhythm, LOL. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:06:03 EST What's up Good morning everyone. I am new to the group and spark people. I would love encouragement from my sistas! Ok I am aiming to lose at least 5 pounds for my weekend getaway to vegas with my boo. <em>220</em> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:43:02 EST Goals for the rest of 2011 Hello All <BR> Just wanted to say hello....hoping to revive our team Slim Down Sista. <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the rest of 2011? <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day. Looking forward to hearing from you all. <BR> <BR> Denise Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:23:58 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:16 EST Ohhhh my gosh...I can't BELIEVE what I just did!!! Today when I went to work, I stopped by this place in the mall called TJ's Sandwiches and got a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich and small fries with a large ice tea. Then after work, I got into town and went to McDonald's and got 2 apple pies and a medium pineapple smoothie, then came home, got comfortable and devoured THE WHOLE THING. " Well," I thought, "Surely this couldn't be bad right? Just because I have 73 POUNDS to lose doesn't mean I can't grab something every now and then." Thinking about... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 21:57:42 EST New to the Sista Forum Hey there everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Alicia, and I am new to The Slim Down Sista Challenge. I joined because I really want to lose weight and for years I have done it alone with no success so I thought if I joined a support group, the weight would maybe come off. Um, a little about me....I am a 20 yr old college student studying Public Relations, and my weight loss goal is to lose 73 pounds by next May. If you have any advice to give, I am more than willing to take it! Feel free to leav... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:54:37 EST Looking for a co-leader Hello ladies if anyone is interesting in helping me try and revive this team let me know Sat, 4 Jun 2011 18:56:59 EST Zumba Has anyone tried this yet tell me how you liked it Tue, 31 May 2011 22:38:28 EST Hello Hello <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and I am looking for a couple of teams that best fit me and what I am looking for. I thank each of you in advance as you help me get to my weight loss goal. Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:28:01 EST Newbie Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> My name is Bri and I attend Elon University as a student-athlete. The first semester of this year, my sophomore year, was a trip. I made a point of getting out there and meeting more people, especially more black people, and I ended up getting involved in the wrong ways. For one, partying became too much of a priority and the heavy drinking that I was doing caused some unnecessary drama in my life. I also got involved with several jocks, and though I never went so far as... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:11:53 EST I'm BACK! Hi Ladies: <BR> I'm TheMochaPeach and I actually started this group on Sparkpeople almost 2 years ago. Good to see that the ladies have maintained it! YES! <BR> <BR> Bad news on my end: I got divorced...and while ring my leave of absense..I went down to 140..I was almost 10 lbs from my ultimate goal of 130. Most of it due to stress andpoverty. BUT..I kept it up and even got INTO my goal swimsuit for my 30th birthday cruise. After that time..I'd maintaned around 145-150..fluctiating which was... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:30:10 EST My name is... What's up everybody! <BR> <BR> My name is August and I live in District Heights, MD by way of SE DC. I've been dieting off and on FOREVER, so I'm DONE with that business! <BR> <BR> Along with my best girls, I have started a new healthy living lifestyle. I work out at least five times a week kickboxing and weight training, I make smarter food choices but don't deprive myself in moderation (what is a life without cheesecake???). <BR> <BR> Right now I'm teetering between a size 14 and 1... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 17:28:00 EST I'm new to the team :o) I'm new to the team but not to sparkpeople, I lost 66 lbs over the last year and I'm working on losing the rest of the weight which is 50 lbs to reach my goal of 165 lbs. I'm here to support and receive support with like minded and different minded :o)sisters on the same journey, I look forward to communicating with you all. Thanks :o) <em>223</em> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:06:19 EST Do you huddle every day? I like to huddle, it gives me a chance to support everyone who joined the team. My favorite saying, "Let's Go Team"!!! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:09:23 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Shye...I am new to the team but not to Spark. I am determined not to reach the 300 mark which i am well on my way too. My problem is motivation, once I lose it I gain more weight than when I started. I am determined to keep losing this time, until I am happy with my weight. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:35:33 EST Mid-August Challenge Ladies you asked for it, here it is. We'll start with something simple, 30 mins of exercises everyday. <BR> Examples, walk, run, crunches and etc. Good luck ladies!!! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:55:38 EST Hello Hello my name is Helena and I live in Virginia. I first joined Spark people in 2008 but didn't really get serious until January 2009 when I joined Weight Watchers. So far on this journey I have lost 98.6lbs. I still have several more to go but I'm in it to win it!!!! <em>244</em> <em>30</em> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:06:43 EST New Member Hello every one. My name is Tamika I'm 29 I have 4 children and I have been having a hard time with losing weight. For 1 I don't really know how, and 2 I cant stay motivated and or focused for the life of me. I'm hoping this team can help me stay on track. I would love and appreciate and comments or suggestions any one may have. <em>30</em> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:14:05 EST Live from South Africa hey everyone,Im in South Africa and I am not really new just defected and recommitted.Its winter down here and as you know it is hard to get into shape during I just decided I will start now slowly and as spring and summer comes in I will have lots of opprtunities to get outdoors do some running which I love.I aint gaining again this winter oh no.I am fired up an dready to take up this challenge.I also know that in about six weeks time or so I will plateau.I am an early plateaur so ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 03:25:39 EST New to team Hi everyone My name is Dee I live in Phila. with my wonderful hubby and teen daughter, Im 53 yrs old , 10 yrs breast cancer free and loving the Lord first, , I want and need to lose some weight and my starting goal is 30 lbs, Im looking forward to making new friends and encouraging others in reaching thier goals,hope to talk with you all soon. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 13:36:28 EST Can we get a challenge going? I joined this team for the challenges. Is anyone else interested in starting something? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Chelle Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:51:15 EST New from Carolina Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 5 feet 3 inches tall 190 pounds and I have 50 pounds to lose. I will appreciate any tips, success stories, recipe exchanges to help me to stay on track. I plan to log in on a regular basis so I can see my progress and follow through until I reach my goal no matter how difficult it may be. I am determined this time to be healthy and fit. We are all in this together. <BR> <BR> Another goal of mine is a 25 inch waist line, I love wearing stylish belts. I believe ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:48:10 EST hello all Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say what's up and I am looking forward to another group that I can get help with loosing and maintaining weight. I have a few pounds to go to reach my goal. I am finding that now only was loosing the weight a challenge, but the key thing will be to maintain the weight loss. wish me luck <BR> <BR> <BR> Danielle Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:55:38 EST Motivation to help slim down I'm a 34 year old woman with 3 boys and a husband. Only female in house with not much time for self between them and work. Am starting something for me, to make me healthy and feel good. Looking for friends to keep me motivated on my journey to loss weight and stay healthy. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 21:30:47 EST New to the Spark and the Team Hey ladies, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself on here. My name is Aeisha. Im 19 and in college (pre businesss, but my dream is to be a fashion designer). My goal is to be between 120-124 by Feb 18, 2010. Im 168. Puttin in work to slim down!! Wed, 10 Jun 2009 23:44:01 EST Newbie from GA Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark People, eventhough I signed up awhile ago. I'm just now motivated to sitting down and really checking this thing out. I'm a stay-at-home/work from home mom of a 6 month old son and 2 year old daughter. After having 2 babies in 2 years, it's time for me to focus on me and get back in shape. <BR> <BR> La Monica Wed, 3 Jun 2009 14:49:55 EST Today's Inspiration 5/13 Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up? <BR> Wed, 13 May 2009 08:19:21 EST Breakfast alternative Morning ladies , <BR> <BR> I have a quick question is there an alternative breakfast option. I'm struggling to find time to have a proper breakfast as I tend to move quite quickly in the morning so don't always have time to sit down. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any products like milkshakes or protein shakes which are good for your breakfast? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of going to town on Saturday to look for the shakes but wanted an idea of what products are low in calories/fat and won't... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:23:05 EST Goals for the Month of May Has anyone got any ideas as to what their goals are for the challenge once we restart in May? Post here and discuss. <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose another 10 lbs. and 2% body fat, as well as maybe be able to run 5 miles without feeling like I'm going to pass out after 2. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 12:38:40 EST New Weigh In? What about the next weigh-in? That would certainly be motivation for me. May 14th (based on the previous weigh-in) is a little over a month away, so I'll be back to weigh-in! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:20:40 EST Wii Fit I LOVE IT!!! <BR> I don't feel like I am exercising and it builds activities based on the time you spend "playing". It has yoga, aerobics, and strength training exercises as well as balance building games. I hula hoop, box, and do step aerobics, as well as yoga. The strength exercises include exercises for core and thigh strengthing. I was so proud when i did my first 10 push-up's!!! <BR> Others have noticed a difference in my posture and my lower back and shoulders don't hurt soo much anymo... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 17:11:42 EST Fruit, fruit, and more fruit: Is it in you? What fruits did you have today? <em>474</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:40:03 EST Daily Check In Hey everyone. Just thought I would start a running dialog with the group. How is everyone doing? It loloks like there hasn't been a lot of activity lately. How is everyone doing with their goals and eating. Any new and tasty treat ideas that may be good for the group? One treat that I have fallen in love with is the Jimmy Dean D-Light Bowls (230 cal). Very tasty and filling. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:11:59 EST Heyyy!!!! Hey ladies!! <BR> <BR> Just saying hello, I'm new to this team and excited and pumped to lose all this crazy baby weight I've gained ( and then some) wish me luck and I am here for any one who may need support as well..just drop me a note anytime!! <em>247</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:18:24 EST Hello From Arizona! I need Spark Buddies so Holla! Hello Sistas, <BR> <BR> Last year I went down from a size 28 to 22 and maintained that for a few months. Now I am recharging my path downward! My path is about health because I believe I am already hot. I am a bit of a tree hugger to so everything in my life right now is about eating healthier and living healthier for the environment, small changes at a time. I love to cook and to change my habits I now only watch and record healthy cooking shows and websites like I wish I co... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:09:39 EST Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group but I want to share one of the things I do to workout. When I don't have the energy for much else this gets me moving. The DDR game series is available on PS2, PS3, XBOX 360, and WII. Kick your kids or your husbands off the game system and get in the action. My favorite is DDR Max II. You can buy the game w/ a dance pad for about $50 or less. Not quick on your feet? Don't worry there is a beginner's mode. The workout mode allows you to track calorie... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:05:20 EST First Weigh-in for "2009" Weighing in at 235.2lbs!! I can't keep going up! This is were it stops!! It's down from here!! Good luck to all of you as well!! <BR> <BR> ~Diane~ Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:00:25 EST Salad Cobb Salad <BR> <BR> Salad: <BR> 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, washed & dried <BR> 1/2 head romaine lettuce, washed & dried <BR> 1 bunch watercress, washed & dried <BR> 1 small Belgian endive, washed & dried <BR> 2 medium ripe tomatoes <BR> 2 chicken breasts, poached <BR> 6 slices crisp bacon, crumbled <BR> 1 avocado <BR> 3 eggs, hard boiled <BR> 2 tablespoons chives, chopped <BR> 1/2 cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled <BR> Dressing: <BR> 1/4 cup water <BR> 1/4 cup red wine vinegar <... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:26:26 EST Hello from KY Hello everyone, my name is Theresa, born and raised in KY. <BR> I been a member of Sparks since 4th of July last year. <BR> I have lost 80 pounds so far, but have a lot more to lose. <BR> Got diagnosed with Type 2 in September, but have been pre-diabetic <BR> for three years so knew it was coming. <BR> I post my bs readings in my blog every month. <BR> Work really hard keeping my bs in a healthy range. <BR> I also follow the low carb lifestyle which makes having Type 2 easier to live with an... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:19:30 EST what goal would you like to work on before 1/1/09? Well for me there are alot of things that I need work on but to start with something small I would like to get my water in!! I struggle with that too much! So I'm gonna start there!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Diane Sat, 29 Nov 2008 14:14:07 EST We need goals yall We need goals and we should start with drinking water. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:08:52 EST Turbo Jam: Maximum Results I just started Turbo Jam on the 12th of October and I've never done anything better! Excellent workout! Order it at <em>252</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2008 12:53:29 EST Need help trying to stay focus" Need help trying to stay focus" <em>46</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 15:27:19 EST I am New Today if the first day of the rest of my life. My name is Winnie and I am 40yrs old from the First State Delaware. My goals is to loss weight to become healthy so that I will be around to see my son graduate from College and to see my future grandchildren(s). My life has been circle around my son taking him to and fro and in the mist of all that running, I have let myself go (gain over 70lbs in the last 8 years) No time to do any exercise or to eat right, because most of the time I have to... Sun, 21 Sep 2008 20:54:26 EST New from Kansas Hello ladies, I am new to this group but I have been on Sparkpeople for 2 years. I have lost 30 pounds so far, but it has been hard to lose this other 50, but I am not going to stop until I reach my goal. I have never been small but I have kind of let my self go over the years. I have come to realize that in order for me to be healthy and and stay at a healthy weight I must eat right and exercise for the rest of my life. Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:16:34 EST Leslie Sansone Try Leslie's walk cd's I love those. I started using the 1, 2 and 3 mile walk cd'sand now I use her Walk/Kick cd. It has walking and kickboxing together. <BR> njkf,mnnnnn nbvxzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Sat, 6 Sep 2008 09:44:42 EST Team Spark Hello everyone <BR> I'm just wondering what can we do to put a spark in this team and make it more active. Any ideas? Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:50:44 EST newbie onboard hey all! i'm Tina! your name caught my eye! so i said that's the team for me! i'm really tired of being overweight and i believe this is the team for me! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:24:44 EST Post Your "Slim Down" Exercise Here! Good Morning Ladies, <BR> <BR> I just thought this would be great place to start a thread where we can post our excercises for the an effort to help keep us accountable and motivated on a daily! <BR> <BR> So What did you do today?? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 11:53:25 EST Hey....I'm New!! Hey, Hey, Hey!!! <BR> <BR> I just found this team today!! <BR> <BR> It creeped up on me!!LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Anywhoo....My name is Camelia and I have been on SP since January, I am using my treadmill, Old Taebo dvd's, The Firm and My Ablounge so I can slim down. <BR> Feel free to check out my page and I look forward to chatting with cha!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 14:39:16 EST Taking the challenge Greetings beautiful sistas! I am new to Spark and am excited to begin this final journey of weightloss. I have battled weight and issues around weight for far to long. I am done and now I am changing my life. Thank you for going on this journey with me and I look forward to meeting all of you! Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:24:10 EST new team member hello everyone and God bless you just want to say hi and that i am making my way around joing the groups that i feel will help me reach my goal of losing 160 pounds...there are alot of great teams but I want to make sure I stay accountable to all that i join...peace...LaShawnda from FUNKYTOWN (fort worth), TEXAS Thu, 24 Apr 2008 17:53:25 EST New to the team It's a new day and I'm new to the team! <BR> <BR> My goals are to live healthy and lose weight. My goal weight is 140 lbs but no smaller than 135 lbs. I plan on getting to my goal weight by 09/24/2008 but no later than 10/17/2008. <BR> <BR> Happy Health and good luck to everyone on their journey! <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:06:28 EST My weight loss goal Hello, Im satira I am 32 and I weigh 203 pounds I was down to 199 and gained four pounds back I want to get back to 155 this is my goal my short term goal is to lose 10 a month. I live in a state that is cdold all the time so Im trying to get the motivation to excersise no matter what the weather. I love that there is support online it's great. To all my sistas good luck. <em>250</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2008 12:30:17 EST Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Hi <BR> I am Erika I am new to the team and to Spark. Please pray for me to have the strength and motivation to get me where I need to be. I AM a diva under all of this and I am ready to let it shine. Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:04:26 EST 3 days old!!! Hello Sistas---I am 3 days new to the sparks program and I discovered this team and thought it would be a good fit and a good start for myself. I welcome advice on how to "work the program" and get the most out of the website tools. I'm also looking forward to the challenges. I'm excited to hear from my new sisters!!! <em>247</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:28:03 EST Good Recipes, anyone? Share your recipes ladies! I'm sure its some really good ones around here Mocha....where you at? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:32:24 EST BOLD MOVE! OK...I was like...when will my scale be friends with me...then I realized that this is a lifetime journey for me...I am BACK to 182...I went all the way up to 186 this past week...for whatever reason...wasn't feelin' too what did I do...NOTHING...went on a sabbatical...until I realized that the scale isn't my master...I raised up my shirt and said..."Honey, take a look at this!"...check out my "BOLD MOVE" pics in my gallery (what do you think?)...I SEE progress...all over my body..... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:07:32 EST Tae Bo is great <em>216</em> is great..but really can feel the burn tho Thu, 6 Mar 2008 00:27:13 EST Just Joined I would like to say hello to everyone. I've been a member of SP since 1/08. I just joined this team. I am looking forward to being a part of this team and the challenges. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 21:27:55 EST Hi ladies Hi my name is Sarina. I am currently ending my 2nd week of Weight Watchers. My husband and I are doing it together. I am down 2.5 pounds. This is my second time on WW. I lost 26 lbs. in 2004 and kept it off until the end of last year. I currently weigh 192.5 and my goal is 150 - 160. Sun, 10 Feb 2008 01:16:37 EST New Tee Hello Ladies, I'm Telisa. I am excited to be apart of this group. I was looking for a group to join to get some motivation. I am a SAHM and my habits have changed dramatically. I am gaining so much weight it's ridiculous - about 20lbs in 9 minths. I am at my heaviest and I need to put the breaks on. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 17:32:15 EST Hello Ladies! Hello! Happy Thursday. My name is Nalani. I'm new to this team. I just wanted to say Hello. I started Spark on Dec. 31st of last year. I've had some success and a couple of setbacks, but I'm still hanging onto the belief that I can do this. It really helps to hear everyone's tips and advice. If you need someone to encourage you, let me know! I can be a cheerleader or a shoulder to lean on. I've been going through this battle all of my life and I know what it's like to be fat and I a... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 17:00:44 EST It's Almost Valentine's Day! I know you ladies want to slip into something super sexy for that man (or's 2008! LOL) of GET IT INTO GEAR!! <BR> <BR> I have a 1 week Valentine's Day DETOX challenge for everyone. For one week nothing but raw or fresh fruit...fruit smoothies (with no added sugar) and water...or if you must steamed veggies. See how your body feels. I've been on detox going on 2 weeks now and I feel good. <BR> <BR> I think I am down a pound or two but have yet to weig... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:31:14 EST Valentine Day: Will You Diet or Take The Day Off? I plan to stay within my daily calorie budget on Valentine day. At least that's my intention. <BR> <BR> I already told hubby not to buy me any big boxes of chocolate that would only serve as temptation for days afterwards. But I do expect chocolate. Just a tiny box of 2 to 4 chocolates (the good stuff) will do nicely. <BR> <BR> I think I would rather have dinner at home where I can control the calories better. And if we go out, maybe just go for a small dessert and coffee. <BR> <BR> An... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 00:38:06 EST 3 pounds Need to lose 3 pounds before the end of this month it want fall off. Help <em>46</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:49:23 EST Greetings Sistas Hello. I am new to and I am also starting yet another attempt to reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> After browsing a few teams, I felt that this one would be the best fit for me. Great topics. Good energy. Very motivating. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to slimming down with the group. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2008 01:46:23 EST Total Body Cleanse? Have any of you done it? If so what did you use and is/has it been successful? <BR> <BR> Pam Fri, 18 Jan 2008 01:37:25 EST Ready to be DIVA-licious in '08 Hi I am new to the team but I am definitely ready to start working out and losing some weight. I would like to lose 30 pounds before the year is out. <BR> <BR> My name is Cam. Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:04:38 EST MY METAMORPHOSIS Hello ladies, My name is Fran. <BR> <BR> I am excited to join this group because it is just want I'm trying to do; Slim down like Janet Jackson did. The way she has transformed her body is inspiring. I can't wait to see the changes to my body as I strive to reach my goal weight of 135 lbs. <BR> <BR> "I feel like a catapillar stuck in a cacoon, just waiting to emerge a beautiful butterfly." <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople in February of 2006. Since then I have be struggling back and forth l... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 21:34:25 EST Getting my Diva back in '08 Hello everyone....Im Margaret from Oakland. Somewhere in my life, with raising my daughter and working, running my business, taking care of my mom and sister....I lost her. I lost my Inner Diva and this year...Im getting her back. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting and celebrating with you all. <BR> <BR> Margaret <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2008 14:39:05 EST The Slim Down Sista Challenge is BACK for 2008!! So how did you do in 2007?? I went from a size 14 to a size 10...from almost 180 lbs to 157 lbs! <BR> <BR> BUT IT DOES NOT STOP THERE!!!! <BR> <BR> The Challenege is BACK for 2008!! This time we have to get serious and really motivate each other. <BR> <BR> I hope to come in at least once a month and check on members.... <BR> <BR> If you are new..and want to join...introduce yourself and tell us your goals! <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2008!!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:54:03 EST What we need is dedecation... what we need is dedecation & ours goal will get colser... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 20:27:22 EST Scale Why is it when I get own my scale my weight never changes, when I eat it's the same, when I get up in the morning it's the same. Some say that that's a good thing but it's really not. It's like I'm really not accomplishing any thing. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2007 11:29:05 EST just me hey ladies just wanted to introduce myself.the name caught my eye on someones page i thought it wuld be interesting, helpful and encouraging to join u ladies <BR> i'll be seein ya on the boards Wed, 26 Sep 2007 14:23:42 EST Hello Everyone Just stopping pass to say hello. I just have one question, "Where Do I Begin" Mon, 17 Sep 2007 21:17:23 EST Starting Over at 44 Greetings everyone! At 44 years old, I've been making a number of life-altering changes, and becoming thinner and healthier is part of that. I live in Southern California and am a newlywed with three boys (15, 13 & 5). I have been predominantly a stay-at-home mom for the last 3 years. I'm returning to part-time work next month so that's yet another change. My main problem is finding the motivation and time to exercise consistently. Cooking for four guys doesn't help my cause either. <BR> <BR... Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:12:15 EST Hello New to this team. just saying hello an good luck to all. <em>213</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:32:19 EST I'm Just wanted to say Hi! I'm new to the team and just wanted to say Hi! <em>252</em> see you on the board. Thu, 26 Jul 2007 22:28:13 EST New to the Group Hi, I'm new!!! Thu, 28 Jun 2007 18:33:02 EST Tips from Dr. Ian Smith: www.50millio A Healthy Nutrition Plan <BR> <BR> There are small things you can do as far as making nutritional choices that can yield BIG RESULTS. Below you will find a nutritional strategy that will help you make smart, tasty choices that will help you shed those stubborn pounds, feel better, look better, and become healthier. This is not about drastically changing your eating habits, but making a few minor substitutions and compromises so that you can still enjoy the foods that you like, but in a healt... Tue, 15 May 2007 09:09:15 EST Slim down By Summer!!!!! I propose that we all try to make the right choices when it comes to food and workout. That we commit to fufilling our goals to have a beautiful... toned.... yet curvacious body for summer!!!! <BR> <BR> I pledge that I: <BR> <BR> -will drink water everytime I yearn for soda or juice. <BR> -fruit n' vegetables will be my main snack.... not chips or candy. <BR> -when situations arise that bring me to fast food reastaurants I will choose the healthiest and most nutritious foods. <BR> -I will s... Sat, 12 May 2007 18:39:02 EST Newbie In The House! <em>30</em> <BR> I am new to the team and I just wanted to say "hello". I wish everyone good luck in reaching their goal. Fri, 11 May 2007 13:20:26 EST Losing your curves? I'm just beginning on my weight loss journey - but I have one fear that's kept me putting off starting for so long: I'm nervous I'll loose my curves. I've never had much of a booty, but the little bit I do have, will it begin to disappear w/ weight loss? Does anyone know anyway to avoid this, or similar concerns? Fri, 11 May 2007 00:48:25 EST First Weigh-In: May 14th Our First Official Weigh-In Will be <BR> <BR> May 14th <BR> <BR> So Mark your Calendars!!! Wed, 2 May 2007 09:18:41 EST Countdown to Day 1 Is Everyone Ready??? What are you doing to get ready?? Day 1 (tomorrow) officially starts our challenege!! Mon, 30 Apr 2007 14:54:18 EST The Sex Diet Sex and passion best diet for losing weight, Kerry McCloskey <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kerry McCloskey, the research expert who discovered the Love Diet that launched her career as a model and television personality, shares her secret scientific formula for a slimmer, healthier, more passionate life in her new book, The Ultimate Sex Diet, flying off the shelf at <BR> <BR> "Making love," she confesses, "is the easiest, most pleasurable way to lose weight. In ... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:42:42 EST Negativity: Put it where? BACK THERE! So I am new to this site (as are most of you ladies) and I joined a few of them deals with getting fit before pregnancy. (which doesnt include a lot of US) <BR> <BR> I introduce myself and say I wanan get fit because I may have twins cause twins run on Ty's side..and about our group and challenge. <BR> <BR> This broad says: <BR> <BR> It's great that you have a date set in mind..May 1, but that is a few weeks away. I don't agree with people saying they will start dieting on Monda... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 13:47:15 EST Elliptical vs.Treadmill?? I am so torn as to which one to purchase! <BR> <BR> I do have knee issues so the elliptical may be best..BUT...I like the burn running on a treadmill gives. <BR> <BR> Sistas...any advice??? Thu, 12 Apr 2007 09:14:15 EST What is your Motivation??? Tell us your reason for Joining in the Slim Down Sista Challenge...... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:25:00 EST Our Reading Resources For some good reading. Pick up the following books that we will be following along with: <BR> <BR> Fat Smash Diet by Dr. Ian Smith <BR> <BR> You: On A Diet by Dr. M. Oz and Dr.Roizen <BR> <BR> Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover by Bob Greene <BR> <BR> LL Cool J's Platinum Workout: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood's Fittest Star by LL Cool J <BR> <BR> Slim Down Sister by Roniece Weaver,Fabiola Gaines,and Angela Ebron Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:22:22 EST WELCOME LADIES!! I just want to say WELCOME to everyone who has joined..or come over from Xanga and Facebook! Thanks!! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:20:53 EST