SparkPeople UK - London and the South East Team Messageboard A team just for us in London and the South East. Share your ideas and info about what’s going on in our corner of Britain. SparkPeople UK - London and the South East Team Messageboard The lounge - somewhere to vent, discuss, chat... Make yourself comfortable in your favourite seat and tell us what's on your mind. Happy, sad, angry, or just plain bored. We're all in this together and here to have fun! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:17:45 EST Hi from SE London Hi all, I live in the north-west corner of London Borough of Bromley with two of my sons. I've been overweight for most of my adult life but never as heavy as I got this year. Previous attempts to lose weight have always stalled and plateaued and I gave up in frustration. <BR> <BR> Now, I am focusing my attention on making healthy and sensible choices. If I happen to lose weight along the way, wonderful. <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:45:47 EST Question of the Month - August How can you contribute to revitalise this group Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:45:13 EST How are you feeling today (emoticon fun) <em>20</em> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:26:56 EST Question of the Month - JULY what do you do to overcome temptation? Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:23:37 EST Walking in the South East Good walks in Kent, Sussex, London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire... <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:17:34 EST LOGIN Points for JULY <em>334</em> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:13:17 EST What is going on in your neck of the woods in JULY Tells us some of the events going on in your area Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:11:52 EST What are you drinking to day? Tea, coffee, Juice, tell us what :) Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:05:50 EST What Exercise did you do today? Tell us your exercise choice of the day, you can also include what you chose to do on a rest day if you like Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:03:10 EST Flip the Flag Team Bonus Points: <BR> Do you flip the flag each day you log on, tell us how many points you get for the team Wed, 25 May 2016 04:59:15 EST So come and tell us about yourself Thought I would start a new thread where you can tell us a little about yourself Wed, 18 May 2016 08:07:49 EST Team up with a Local Spark Buddy Need extra motivation/support post here to find a Spark Buddy in your area, you never know you could find more than one and become a group of friends, working together towards the same goal. "Let's Get Sparking" Tue, 10 May 2016 11:17:51 EST Favourite recipes Post your favourite healthy recipes here, or healthy meals you've enjoyed. <BR> <BR> One of my favourites is sashimi and sushi. I'm very lucky, because my husband makes wonderful sushi. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:38:03 EST Renewed introductions It's been a long time, people come and go. <BR> Say a new hello and update us all on you! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:14:22 EST Coffee Shop - ALL welcome here!! We need to work together to resuscitate this team. At the coffee shop, here's your chance to discuss those local issues that you feel strongly about, ask for help or advice, or simply have a natter with likeminded souls. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:05:00 EST Help planning needed. No kitchen. Okay I'll be loosing my kitchen this summer. And I want to stay on track with the nutrition. This is going to be a challenge. I will have a microwave slow cooker and hob element and mini fridge. Buckets or bathroom sink for washing up. <BR> <BR> Eating out and convenience meals are going to be pretty common for us me thinks. <BR> <BR> Would love your ideas. Help! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 04:53:18 EST What about take aways I was reading LYSI77's post about lunch places and thought about evening meals. <BR> <BR> How do you stay on plan when no one has the energy to cook and the premade meals in the freezer - well, you'd rather starve? <BR> <BR> I like the Pizza express Leggera pizzas, though as they don't deliver it takes some planning. <BR> Or in our area there's a place called Deliverance - they have menu items below 300 calories and below 500. They are expensive though. <BR> <BR> How do you manage keeping ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:29:51 EST Favourite healthy lunch places I'm surely not the only one regularly buying lunch because I didn't manage to prepare one myself. <BR> What are your favourite places for a healthy lunch? <BR> <BR> Mine include: Pret A Manger, local market falafel stand and Sunny's Olive Tree Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:49:33 EST North Harrow Gym Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Anyone use this gym - want to be motivation/ass kicking/workout buddies? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:26:16 EST South coast newbie Hi I'm Georgia, I live on the south coast. Mum of two and work part-time, aiming to get from 147lbs to around 112lbs :-) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 05:21:52 EST Anyone near Brighton or Worthing? Hello everyone. I'm new today and wondered if there is anyone on the south coast near Shoreham by Sea - or anywhere from Brighton to Worthing? <BR> I'd love to find someone - perhaps a mature woman like me - to seek out an exercise class together, or go on gentle (initially) walks! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:03:30 EST Big Burn Is anyone going to the Big Burn event at the end of May? I think they've only just started advertising it: <BR> <BR> <BR> It's not cheap for just a class/expo but I think it would be an amazing atmosphere. I haven't got my ticket yet but I'll be in the cheap seats when I do (not actually sitting around though!) Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:36:52 EST Hello Londoners Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I live in Crouch End I'm 56 and fifteen and a half stone <BR> <BR> I was on this site 4 years ago but altho I was good with jogging the food thing has always been my hardest challenge <BR> <BR> I've started *WALKING* every day - (well I'm on Day 2!!) I used to jog but I'm far too unfit <BR> <BR> I'm worried about my health rather than looking better or loving the whole fitness thing <BR> <BR> there are a lot of heart attacks in my family - 3 last year - all 2 aunt... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:52:37 EST Newbi from Essex Looking for running/exercise buddies Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:28:06 EST More postings challenge As there hasn't been a lot of activity here maybe we should have a challenge to pits twice a week and get more support going in this team ? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:18:11 EST Running buddy for Hyde park Hi all. I am new to this team but not to SP. I have recently started a C25K programme with the intent to carry on through to being able to do about 8K three times/week. <BR> <BR> At the moment I am running solo in Hyde Park as the days are still long but it would be nice to find a buddy to run with for safety and motivation as the daylight hours grow shorter. I would be happy to run in the early morning (6 or 7) or evenings after 6PM. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested. :) Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:08:42 EST London lunch I will be in London on Tues 20th Aug. Hopefully Anihaka will be back by then. We usually have a bit of lunch and a walk, if anyone fancies joining us you will be made very welcome. <BR> <BR> We understand that most people won't be able to make it as Tuesday is a work day for most people but if you are free we are too! <BR> <BR> Hope to see a couple of you Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:43:10 EST Berkshire Buddies Hi all, <BR> <BR> I find myself unmotivated & in need of some support & encouragement. I live in Maidenhead & am hoping to find someone/some people who are able to give & receive encouragement to get out walking or cycling or swimming - nothing too strenuous, I'm too unfit for that at the moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:37:00 EST Anihaka As many of you may know Ani has been in NZ for a while. She was on her way back to the UK when she fell at the airport and has suffered a broken leg. She might not get on the web very much for a while but could we send her some recovery wishes? <BR> I'm not good at links but if you put her spark name into the search place above this post you can get to her page. <BR> Thanks everyone Tue, 18 Jun 2013 03:50:08 EST Zumba I tried a new class at the gym yesterday which I thought i would enjoy - Zumba. <BR> <BR> Dont know if tt was the teacher, but most likely me, but i just could not do it. I was always about 10 steps behind. I did not enjoy it at all, even though I love dancing, my co-ordinatiuon was way out. I am not going back, I will stick with what I know <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 06:11:17 EST Fishing Just wondering, does anyone else on here go fishing? <BR> I do freshwater, coarse fishing and carp fishing. Try to go once a week at least, weather, family and finances permitting of course! <BR> It may not be the greatest of exercises, but its good for relaxation and meditation. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 04:10:58 EST Helllllooo oooooooooo Hi <BR> <BR> I am new and my name is Lynne and live in North London <BR> <BR> Off to have a look around <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:38:51 EST Pinch punch First of the month. Or it will be tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Share your SparkPlans for May. <BR> <BR> Go on go on go on. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:26:34 EST fancy a walk? Sat 6th April, the Thanet Viking Coastal path. <BR> <BR> Starting at Ramsgate harbour, along the coast via Broadstairs and ending at Margate. The tide will be on it's way out so all good news. <BR> <BR> People coming from London would either catch a train from Victoria (about £22 cheap day return) or St Pancras (High speed cheap day return about £36) There are loads of b+b places if anyone wanted to make a w/e of it (and we have a couple of spare beds too). <BR> <BR> The walk is also a... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 05:47:48 EST Any signs of spring? Please cheer us up with hope that warmer weather is round the corner. Birds nesting, flowers blooming, feeling frisky . . . <BR> <BR> My contribution is that I have seen snowdrops growing. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 04:57:14 EST Our New Team Icon........ Cakes!!! Really!!!! Whilst I do love cakes, the diabetic in me is weeping inside........ <BR> <BR> Any-one else have any thoughts on this subject, or am I the only one? <BR> <BR> Louise <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:40:35 EST Newbie Hi all. I'm Pollypig from Sussex, married with grown ups and one grandchild. I found out about this site via a relative through Facebook. Wow I can't believe this is free and has so many members! Once I post this message I'm committing myself to the weight loss challenge, (so here goes). I'd appreciate some support to get me motivated. Thanks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:01:48 EST Cured of the Ready Meal Habit! I have to confess that I have been known to have the occasional ready meal- they're just so handy. I have been cutting down anyway (from maybe once a forthinght to once a month) but I think the horsemeat scandal has cured me for good! <BR> <BR> At least that's one silver lining to come out of it. Especially as I'm now looking at all processed meat twice (ham, sausages etc). <BR> <BR> What about you? Did you ever indulge? Will you continue to do so in the future? Maybe sticking to the vegg... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:36:41 EST Spread the love mwah mwah <em>212</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:39:43 EST Who's having pancakes on Tuesday? Don't think I will be able to avoid the siren call of the sugar and lemon. <BR> <BR> to say nothing of the nutella, apple, peanut butter, stoo, etc etc. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:36:04 EST Favourite places You can now search online to rehome a dog or cat. Honestly, ten minutes and I feel weepy. My boys would never allow me to get another moggie. <link> </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:34:53 EST Which ads can you see to the left and right I had crunchy nut cornflakes a moment ago, now I've got jewellery and the SP cookbook. <BR> <BR> And now there's a graze box. Nuts. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:59:54 EST The great January give-away It's nearly the end of the month and I still have some team SparkGoodie points left. Seems a pity to waste them. Anyone who thinks they particularly deserve (or not) a team goodie, apply here and you might get something appropriate. Or more than you bargained for. <BR> <BR> Har har. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:03:21 EST SNOW It is your birthright and duty as a Londoner/Southerner to moan about the snow. Is it bad where you are yet? Have you abandoned the idea of going into work already? <BR> <BR> If you are originally from The North please feel free to moan and gently mock our inability to cope with 2 cms of snow while you walked uphill both ways in t'snow to get to work. <BR> <BR> It is snowing lightly but consistently and since I got in to work an hour ago we've already got a couple of cms. Hope the transpo... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:06:28 EST hey im new Hello, my names Danielle I've just signed up to a marathon so I'm looking to get fit and kick last year's bad habits lol, I'm from Essex and hopefully I shall make some buddies on here to keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> Danielle Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:06:42 EST motivational friend....??? Hey, this is quite strange but I'm looking for someone to team up with to keep on track with exercise. I have my goals for the new year and also signed up to a marathon. So I would like someone to keep me on track and maybe I can help them too. This is out of my comfort zone asking but as fitness would be a common interest it would be good motivation. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:58:14 EST Hi there! Londoner newbie... exercise issues! Hi everyone, <BR> I live in East London, I'm 31 and i want to lose weight and get fit! i struggle with motivation so thought this might be a good idea, maybe spur me on a bit...... <BR> My issues are i really like food, all food really, lol. I want to be fit, healthy and feel good in clothes i wear.... I'm a size 18, weighing 14stone 11 pounds, and 5ft 11. I am a bigger person, i believe that my build is big but some people say that's an excuse? still i wanna be lighter and fitter! i can re... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:49:17 EST How are the new year's resolutions doing? 10 days into the new year . . . anyone slipping? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 03:21:46 EST What's the (Chrimbo) damage? Confession is good for the soul, so if your weight has moved the wrong way in the last month, feel free to fess up. I'm getting weighed by my GP in a week's time and am starting to feel panicky . . . Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:16:05 EST Sparkpeople in Brighton? Just curious, are there any other Sparkers in Brighton or the surrounding areas? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:19:45 EST Hairy Dieters - BBC2 7-8pm I watched yesterday's episode of 'The Hairy Dieters - how to love food and lose weight' on the iPlayer today and found it quite interesting. It's the Hairy Bikers and a group of other foodies trying out healthier versions of their favourite recipes in a bid to lose weight over a three month period. Worth a watch especially if you're a bit of a chef - or trying to be! <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:01:37 EST What exercise did you do today? And how many calories did it burn? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:29:06 EST Start the new year the right way I'm planning to walk in Epping forest on 1 January. Anyone want to come along? The walk is about 8 miles, and the start point is Epping station at 10am. <BR> <BR> Waterproof boots are a necessity - though the path is very good most of the way, there is a boggy bit about 100m long in the middle. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:27:52 EST Ho Ho Ho: Santa's fairly grotty Roll up, roll up. As a special Christmas treat, Santa's here to give you a SparkGoody. Whisper a message saying what you hope your loved ones will give you for Christmas and Santa will identify a suitable SparkGoody. <BR> <BR> Do not ask for a particular SparkGoody, we don't want anyone to be disappointed do we? <BR> <BR> Ho Ho Ho. <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:48:26 EST Challenge: how do you plan to keep on track? over Christmas that is. <BR> <BR> Personally, I have nearly three weeks off work (oh bliss!) and I have promised myself I will either go to the gym or walk for at least two hours every day. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to allow myself Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to eat (and drink) what I want, apart from that, I'm aiming to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I'll report here on how this goes. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:25:22 EST Winter solstice walk Friday 21 December is the winter solstice and I'm personally planning to celebrate it by going for a nice long walk. That's assuming the world doesn't end that day, as some excitable people are suggesting owing to the Mayan calendar ending there. <BR> <BR> Anyone else coming along? I'm thinking of about 8 miles, somewhere nice and wild - Epping Forest to Waltham Abbey as a default but open to other suggestions. Waterproof boots will be an absolute necessity - bits of this walk are very muddy... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 03:14:51 EST Anyone interested in a penpal from the US of A? Hey there! I'm Julie from Kentucky, USA. Just trying to get healthy and wondered if there was anyone would like to chat with someone from across the pond. :) Hope to talk to you soon! <BR> <BR> --Jules Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:10:28 EST Did you all see this blog? We lost a team member Dreadful circumstances. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNINGBATTLE </link> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:34:17 EST Things to do when the weather's lousy My normal occupation at weekends is going for long walks but not when it's pouring with rain. Am already sick of housework and the gym will only take up an hour or so. <BR> <BR> So what do you suggest for interesting occupation when the weather's bad? am contemplating the Hockney exhibition at Tate Modern. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:31:58 EST Active members - please give us a wave We'd love to see you - drop by and say hello on this thread and you get a team sparkgoodie. <BR> <BR> Unmissable offer! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:04:12 EST Healthy places to eat in London Hi, I'm an American living in Germany, but will be in London next week during the American Thanksgiving holidays from school. (I'm a teacher). Any good suggestions for some healthy places to eat in London that won't put too much of a strain on my budget? I love Pret a Manger, but if I remember correctly, there seems to be an awful lot of bacon filled sandwiches, and while I LOVE them, I want to try and make some healthier choices if I can. Thanks! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:26:49 EST Walk on Sunday 18 November Anyone want to walk Epping Forest with me? Route to be negotiated but between about 7.5 and 10 miles, and you will need waterproof footwear; it is muddy. Meeting 11am at Loughton or Epping station (central line), to be decided on depending on route etc. <BR> <BR> This one is dependant on the weather being dry. While I'm not a fair weather walker, once you set off there is no shelter and the only transport available is your own feet. <BR> <BR> Don't all shout at once . . . Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:04:02 EST Just wanted to say Hi from Bedfordshire Hi, My name is Debbi and I happened by chance to come across this website and I am finding it so motivating. I have been a yo yo dieter for all of my adult life but I think Sparkpeople may be what I have been looking for to sort myself out once and for all. :) Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:51:11 EST The team photo... Can you tell us where each one is when you change it? <BR> <BR> I would love to know where each is! Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:09:21 EST Challenge: get off that sofa for 20 minutes While the adverts are on, do five minutes of exercises. Do this four times and you've exercised for 20 minutes. Polskarenia suggests crunches, which I am going to try for the first time in donkey's years. I may have difficulty getting upright again. <BR> <BR> Come and tell us what you did (and what you were watching between bouts of exercise). <BR> <BR> I'm starting tonight. <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 01:19:33 EST Walk on Sunday 11 November I'm planning to walk from Cheshunt to Broxbourne and back again, about 7 miles altogether. Anyone up for this? Meeting at Tottenham Hale at 10.30 to get the train to Cheshunt. <BR> <BR> There's a pub at Broxbourne where we can have lunch, if the weather is as cold as it was today. There are plenty of nice places to sit by the river too. If anyone wants to walk one way and get the train back from Broxbourne, that's straightforward to do. Walking, we'll be back at Cheshunt station by about 3pm... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:36:55 EST Challenge: anyone got any ideas for new challenges We could do with some bright ideas. <BR> <BR> Anyone? Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:46:10 EST Challenge: go for a walk and tell us about it I'm challenging everyone to go for a walk of at least 3 miles/5km before Christmas and come back and tell us all about it. Please give precise details of start, finish and route and anything there is of interest to see on the way. <BR> <BR> Group walks with other members of the team don't count: the aim is for us all to learn about some nice new walks. <BR> <BR> Post details of your walk on this thread, or blog it with photos and post the link here. <BR> <BR> Best foot forward! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:43:19 EST A competition for walkers Noticed this on the online Guardian today and thought it might be of interest to some of you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ers-tips.jsp </link> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:04:13 EST Walk on Sunday 4 November - who's coming? I'm planning to go for a walk next Sunday ie a week tomorrow. Anyone interested in coming? After much rumination I've decided on starting at Kew Green (nearest tube Kew Gardens) and walking along the river to Richmond then taking a left turn so to speak, up to Richmond Park. Distance Kew to Richmond is about 3 miles so that's the minimum and at that point anyone who's tired can get the bus back. The maximum is as far as you want since once at Richmond Park you can go on for a long way. A very... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 04:46:04 EST Photo competition I have been out and about taking photos of wellknown places and buildings in London today, and I've put one of them up as the team pic, at the top of the team page. <BR> <BR> Thought it might be fun to turn this into a competition. <BR> <BR> Here are the rules, such as they are: <BR> <BR> The pic stays up EITHER until next weekend, or until someone guesses where it is. The first one is a relatively easy one, they'll get harder or even impossible if I'm in a bad mood on the day I post them... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:21:42 EST The 'Pie And Mash': drop by for a cyber beer I'm starting this thread for team members who want to stop by and make an observation on life as a London/southeast SparkPerson. <BR> <BR> Landlord! Pint of bitter over here, please. And a bag of your best saltnvinegar too, let's push the boat out. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:28:16 EST Has anyone tried a Boris bike yet? I've never dared, just wondered what they are like. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:13:01 EST Walking in the London area Any good ideas for nice places to go walking or hiking, between 5 and 10 miles? Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:35:29 EST New and Rearing to go! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well I stumbled across this page today when I was bored at work and thought "why struggle alone" <BR> <BR> So with that in mind it would be great to "meet" some of you and maybe we can help eachother to reach whatever personal goals we have. <BR> <BR> I live in South London so if someone wants an exercise buddy I am game or even just someone to chat to. <BR> I am a big foodie as well (possibly part of the problem?) and maybe finding someone to talk about it with inst... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:56:04 EST Road Race I was over in Fulham yesterday. They had barriers up EVERYwhere for today's road race. <BR> <BR> Really narrow. That said, in 10 years of living in London, I've never seen the embankment moving so smoothly. There was NO traffic to speak of. <BR> <BR> So...I'm not sure - will everyone be out watching - or will everyone be hanging out at the local avoiding the crowds? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 05:24:17 EST had enough of this hot weather when's it going to rain? Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:34:02 EST Hello from 'Sunny' Brighton! Seems like the suns even abandoned us now! I'm Madzz, 23 originally from North West London but now an unofficial Brightonian. Looking to reach my goal weigh by Mid/Late August as I predict that's the only time we're going to see any sun again lol! <BR> <BR> Also looking for buddies, some support, people to connect with and make this a really good experience. Always here to chat even if we've never spoken before. 2012 has been a tough year but I'm changing it round now and hope I can help any... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:05:30 EST Meetup Has anyone tried one of the Fitness Meetup Groups? <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the meet-up website. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:23:34 EST Jet Stream Why won't the jet stream move!!!!???? <BR> <BR> Isn't it about time someone else someWHERE else got some RAIN! <BR> <BR> Sheesh. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 03:58:22 EST Olympics So anyone going to any of the events? <BR> <BR> I think both the cycle race and road race are free. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:21:52 EST The Harcombe Diet for Men I've been recommended the Harcombe Diet by a friend of mine and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience of it. <BR> <BR> It seems pretty simple (maybe too simple). <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 03:02:10 EST Kensington & Chelsea Bicycle Tour: 7 July Sorry for the short notice, but I just found out about this event. I am unable to attend, but maybe you'd like to go? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, there's a Magical Music Tour, revealing all the musical history Kensington & Chelsea have to offer. It looks pretty sweet. <BR> <BR> There's also another tour, or rather a sort of interactive play? I'm not quite sure, but it sounds really different. <BR> <BR><BR>urs/ Fri, 6 Jul 2012 04:48:24 EST Inactive forums.... anything you want here? The forum here is pretty inactive, myself included in that! <BR> <BR> Is there anything anybody would like to see here? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:20:40 EST DAY DREAM - What's Yours? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:10:58 EST Keeping on the wagon Just back from a week in the alps skiing, where I thought I'd put on weight due to the yummy food I enjoyed on my holiday. Fortunately, I did keep one eye on the fact that I want to get fit, healthy and slim, at the same time as eyeing up all the goodies on offer and enjoying some of them. Result = neutral, no weight gain, no weight loss. Now I have to go for it big time, I have already lost 22lbs and I have another 14lbs to go. So today I got my bike out, washed it down, pumped up the ty... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:51:51 EST hello sparkteam members Hi, my name is Jo and I have joined sparkpeople 3 days ago. My aim is to lose 20 kilos, get fitter and make some friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I live in Orpington in Kent and live happily with my husband and 14 year old son. <BR> <BR> It would be great to chat and gain support from people in my area. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:40:42 EST Newish-ish @_@ hi there! I'm Collette/ Kola call me whatever you like (even though I prefer the latter because then it just doesn't seem as formal) <BR> I'm from Bicester, a town not far from Oxford. would love to chat to others and possibly hear your success stories and / or get together for meets or something. <BR> I joined a while ago but didn't do anything, to me spark people was like a little gadget you can play with for the day but then you can just get tired of it and throw it away. that is until i ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 01:51:17 EST Newbie from Essex Hey everyone, Im Kendra from Colchester, Essex and am looking for a gym buddy. I am excited to be starting on the venture to get slim. I want to be noticeably thinner by July with the aim to lose 30 kg by December. If I could be half way there that would be awesome! <BR> <BR> If anyone in Colchester goes to Leisure World and wants a motivational buddy let me know - <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all, and, wish me Luck! :) Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:18:59 EST The British 10K London Run July 8th 2011 I know its a few pages away in the diary, but I am looking to see if anyone is interested in training for this 10K. It should be good fun as its less than a month away from the Olympics and such a great route. <BR> <BR> Ideally, I would like to get a group together to run as a Sparkpeople team. I would be open to creating a network for regular running sessions, motivation, and training tips. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:45:25 EST Hello from Ipswich, Suffolk New to Sparkpeople, hello everyone in London & South East. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 19:45:49 EST New to SP but not to dieting Hello everyone, I've recently joined SparkPeople to help me track my weight and calorie intake. I've been logging my calories for a little while and lost some pounds into the bargain. Although I found it works on my own, I could do with some encouragement and motivation, so here I am. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:15:43 EST Plans for the New Year? I'm looking for running buddies!! <BR> <BR> I do a little bit of running. But in a run/walk style. I'm very much a beginner. It would be nice if there was anyone who fancies doing some running together? <BR> <BR> Either in the Peckham area during the week, or running different parks on the weekends? <BR> <BR> Also, if anyone else is interested in this but not in my area please post, because we might be able to match people up! Sat, 17 Dec 2011 12:44:48 EST Hi Hello <BR> I've just joined this team after slowly working my way round the site. <BR> I live in West London. Anyone else from London for support or diet buddy? x Thu, 8 Dec 2011 08:09:07 EST Visiting London for a Month Hello! I'm Mary from Mississippi in the US. My sister is in graduate school at Goldsmith's University. I am visiting from mid December to mid January for her break and I thought this SparkTeam would be a great way to find out what weight loss resources there are in her area! Goldsmith's is in New Cross and she lives in the dorm. I will be staying with her/close by. I just started getting back into my weight loss groove and do not want this trip to mess me up! Any hints/advice of where to work... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:33:51 EST I need your help... I really hope this is ok to post here but really need your help. <BR> <BR> I am trying to set up a new business and need to do some customer research. It is really exciting and I am just trying to write my business plan but it is taking a while as I want it to be very thorough. <BR> <BR> If you have 2 spare minutes would you answer the 10 short questions by clicking the below link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your help it is ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 02:39:51 EST I need your help... I really hope this is ok to post here but really need your help. <BR> <BR> I am trying to set up a new business and need to do some customer research. It is really exciting and I am just trying to write my business plan but it is taking a while as I want it to be very thorough. <BR> <BR> If you have 2 spare minutes would you answer the 10 short questions by clicking the below link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your help it is ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 02:35:03 EST travel question I will be visiting London in May, and that is why I joined this ask a question. <BR> <BR> My hotel is on Edgeware Rd., and the tours I am thinking of taking pick up, but do not deliver back to the hotel. <BR> <BR> I have been told that tube and bus transportation is quite easy to follow. <BR> <BR> I'm just asking for even more reassurance. One tour ends at Victoria Station. <BR> <BR> Will a small town gal like me really be able to manage to get back to the hotel? Are t... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:11:31 EST Nervous hello Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Emma and I'm currently living in Ashford (the one in Kent). <BR> <BR> I've only joined the site today but it is looking like it's just what I needed. <BR> I always really struggle to talk about weight with people when face to face, meaning I always start (and fail) these ventures alone and not talking to anyone about it. So I am hoping I might be able to find some nice people who I can talk to while hiding behind my computer screen. <BR> <BR> <em>21... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:21:19 EST Do you have any winter weather exercise tips? Maybe it's a little too early to post this question. However, yesterday I started to notice the night closing in. Then, this morning, the sun was just that little bit longer to rise. A sure sign that ... wait for it ... WINTER. IS. COMING. dun-dun-duUuuun! <BR> <BR> How do you folks exercise when the weather turns cold? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 06:51:41 EST UKs Strongest Woman On saturday I won the title of UKs strongest woman! It is so amazing, I am over the moon. There were 9 women who entered the competition and it was so much fun. <BR> <BR> I have posted some video blogs if anyone is interested <em>209</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 07:24:26 EST A huge HELLO from Maidstone! I happened to be searching for an exercise buddy on google today after realising that I just lack motivation to exercise alone, when I came across SP. <BR> <BR> I am 29 (30 in 6 months, eek!) and have been overweight since having my daughter, she is now 11 so I really have no excuses. I went up to almost 14.5 stone at my heaviest, I am 5'3", then managed to lose almost threee stone but I changed jobs so was no longer able to walk to work and back so it has slowly piled back on. I swore I w... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:17:59 EST Hi i'm newish.... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Katie but my friends call me Smurfette/Pixie. I am orgionally from Wolverhampton but i live in Romford, Essex and have been a member for nearly a week now so still getting used to the site. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:07:24 EST Whats Happened to Conversation? Is it my imagination or has there been a lack of chat on here lately? Where is everyone? What is happening? Or am I just being thick and not looking in the right places lol? <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:45:58 EST Riot conviction will lead to family eviction. <link><BR>-14509902 </link> <BR> <BR> How do you feel about this? <BR> <BR> J Mon, 22 Aug 2011 05:12:14 EST Everybody safe and ok? We of course all know whats on the news... is everybody ok? Wed, 10 Aug 2011 04:55:36 EST How has everyone been affected by the Riots Personally, the company I work for has lost one of the offices we are fitting in Brixton. The Footlocker below CDG was burned and sacked. We are unable to get in to assess the damage at the moment. It will be expensive no matter what, as we are delayed a least a week in the handover. Also, Ealing Broadway has been destroyed as well. We are lucky enough to live North on Hanger Lane so damage at home, yet. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 06:53:40 EST Splurge of the day What did you do today to take care of YOU? <BR> <BR> I went to the Vidal Sassoon school (Brook Street) and got a great cut and colour for £12. My butt is numb by the end of hour 4 but it is 6/8 weeks of practically no maintenance hair. <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying it. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 05:53:52 EST Summer Food What are your favourite healthy summer recipies? <BR> I'm thinking BBQs and summer salads but your head may be going in a different direction. <BR> Here's a few of my favourites right now. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=557714 </link> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=349303 </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:44:17 EST Hi Everyone I'm Pauline. I live in SE London (Peckham). I'm a youngish 48yr old with children aged 16 & 10. Been struggling to lose my excess 3st but I'm not giving up. Just being part of a team of people living less than a days travel away is a very nice thought. <BR> <BR> Would love to make some Spark Friends. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:26:33 EST Croydon calling...hello Hi fellow sparkies.I have just found you lol !! Still finding my way around SP.Is there anyone here from or near Croydon? Can you tell me how I add my stats to Spark earth for the UK? I keep getting Spark America coming up lol !! <em>213</em> <BR> Oh and one more question please,what is a huddle?? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 06:08:41 EST Summer Is it summer yet? <BR> <BR> My courgettes haven't even flowered yet. Salad greens are doing okay though. <BR> <BR> Maybe if we all wish really hard at the same time the sun will come out. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:41:06 EST Newbie hello from Hampshire Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, hoping to keep an eye on what I'm eating, exercise regularly and lose 6kg in the process! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:21:11 EST 14-day challenge: one new healthy habit Welcome to our new team challenge! <BR> <BR> The idea is to pick a new healthy habit and stick to it every day for two weeks. <BR> <BR> A healthy habit can mean a lot of things. Maybe an exercise commitment. Or eating fruit/veg, or drinking water. Perhaps you want to include more wholegrains. <BR> <BR> Maybe it is something that isn't diet/exercise related. You may want to take the time to list three positive achievements of the day every night before bed. Or to give yourself a complimen... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 17:11:09 EST Wake up! Hey everybody, is anybody still active? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:07:37 EST advice on boss hello! <BR> <BR> could I just get some advice from you on my boss. To take it upfront, I put a grievance on the company for racial matters. Legally I was adviced to adress the grievance on my boss. However, since than a year went by in which we both I believe tried to avoid each other. He is overall a quit affiliating person who is horribly stressed. <BR> Recently he started to ignore me. He would ask a question, but walk off before my answer or he would disregard it. He also does not answer... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:41:19 EST Hello from Hampshire! Hi there! I've been a member of SP since Jan/Feb but only since mid May have I been serious about it. I've felt a change in my health and fitness, which has been great, but I am hoping to see some better results in weight loss, and soon! I'm new to the area, having lived in Scotland for 3 years prior and I am originally from US. Wouldn't mind creating a network of fellow peeps in this area if there are any! Cheers Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:50:47 EST Morning all from Burgess Hill Just joined your team, and nice to see there are people more local. I joined Spark People about 2 months ago and have really found it to be a source of inspiration. Logging my calorie intake is a real eye-opener and has helped me focus my eating. Certainly doing far more exercise than I used to, but still lots of room for improvement. <BR> <BR> Would love to hear from anyone close to maybe a lunchtime walking buddy or similar. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 02:52:00 EST Anyone is Loughton? Essex. I am new to the team but forgot to say where I lived duh! <em>33</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:08:45 EST Hi all, I have just found this team and i am really pleased as I hope to connect with some people on my journey. I have been using this site for 1 month seriously. I am a young 47 years old. I have 2 children, a boy aged 18 at college and a girl aged 5 in reception class. I want to lose about a stone and get fit and healthy. I have good days and bad, but logging into spark is fantastic support helps me in my struggle. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:30:49 EST Hello Hi - just found the geographical bit of the spark teams and joined up to the London and South East. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 03:13:40 EST hello everyone dale from london hi everyone im dale from london and im here looking to lose over 90lbs <BR> my goal is to lose the weight and become a personal trainer and teach people about healthy eating and the effects and health issues being overweight causes <BR> hope your all well <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:46:50 EST District line on the London Underground isnt it such a pain? the fact i have to travel from dagenham east to turnham green every single day, east to weat, back and fourth, early moring late night, just to go to uni? <BR> The fact that the london underground is NEVER reliable and the district line is the WORST LINE EVER! <BR> and also, the fact that my bum can just about fit nice and SNUG in the most RIDICULOUS arm rests youve ever laid eyes on! WHO makes arm rests for your hips? <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? <BR> ... Mon, 16 May 2011 15:30:03 EST Moving to London soon! I currently live in Blackpool, my boyfriend has been given an amazing job near Bromley and we are moving sometime in the coming month or so! Sun, 8 May 2011 14:02:35 EST From High Wycombe, Bucks and loving SparkPeople!! Hi everyone, I'm Manda, almost 30, married and have a very energetic 2 year old!! I've been Sparking for just over 2 years now and I love it, although I haven't made a huge change to my weight as yet, using SparkPeople has made a huge change to my outlook on everything!! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet fellow Sparkers in the area! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:59:44 EST marvelous methodist mummy mermaid in Stevenage i'm just getting silly now. <BR> <BR> hello...i'm 31, i'm not actually from Stevenage (lived here just over a year), i have 2 daughters, 1 husband and i'm looking to get fit, thinner and to stay that way. <BR> <BR> it'd be good if i could learn to love whole grainy type stuff and increase my veg/fruit looking for ideas... <BR> <BR> thanks for readings <em>41</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:30:48 EST hi everyone! my name is Emma and I'm a 20yr old aupair, currently living in London! I'm trying to lose 10 kg and tone my body. I use the "30 Day Shred" from Jillian Michaels at the moment. It's so exhausting but I hope it will be worth it! I want to start running soon as well but haven't managed to do that yet. <BR> Take care xx Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:35:07 EST HI!!!! Hello everyone!!!!!!!! I live in Surrey/near Dorking. <BR> <BR> Starting my journey tomorrow so wish me luck and i wish all of you the best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 03:51:33 EST Emoticon for the Day <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Saw this on another team and thought is was a great idea. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:29:33 EST Mutton or Hoggit I'm thinking about trying Mutton (2 year) or Hoggit (1year) for Easter. <BR> Anyone ever try it? <BR> Jo Mon, 28 Mar 2011 06:48:38 EST HELP! need 2 interview some1 about sparkexperience Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Rema Gouyez i'm a freelance journalist and also a spark member. I'm doing a feature on the success of social networking weight loss sites and am in desperate need of a success story of someone who has used this website to help them lose weight. I live between Luton and London but need to interview someone next wednesday if possible Literally any time that is convenient for you. It would take no more than 15 minutes of your time! If you would prefer to do the... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 06:02:44 EST Profile pictures It's been 3 years since I joined sp and I haven't changed my profile picture once. <BR> I'm getting my hair cut next week. So I'll change my photo then, the body, the face and the hair colour have all changed. The hair colour has changed several times in fact. <BR> Anyone else game for updating their profile picture? <BR> All the best gang! <BR> Jo Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:15:58 EST Gyms near Waterloo station? Hi <BR> <BR> Do any of you know of any good, inexpensive gyms near Waterloo station? I'm working in the area, and it would be great if I could find a gym near where I work so I don't have any excuses not to go. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Marcia <BR> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 16:40:37 EST RACE FOR LIFE In READING Hey <BR> just wanted to see if anyone near Reading was planning on entering the Race for Life this year? <BR> I was thinking about it, and wondered if any other sparkies were! <BR> Amanda Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:16:13 EST Chippenham River Swim 2011 28th August This year I am the organiser of an amazing expereience detailed below. <BR> Anybody Enjoy swimming ??? Join in . <BR> Last years swim was a truly amazing experience for all of those who took part, this year we hope to make the event bigger and better. <BR> It is an unique opportunity to swim a stretch of the stunning "River Avon". <BR> The 28Th August 2011 is to be a special date for all outdoor swimmers to add to their diaries. <BR> All swimmers completing the swim will receive a commemor... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:48:22 EST Can anyone help me find this? I need a shop in London. I don't mind where. <BR> <BR> I want to be able to buy stuff like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and the like for cheap. But I want a wide selection with some cool flavours and things. Healthy snacky food.. Preferably where you can buy in bulk. <BR> <BR> Does such a place exist? Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:41:31 EST Gym equipment says one thing. Spark another. Hello all, <BR> <BR> So I've been working out down the gym a good bit recently which has felt quite rewarding even though visually there seems to be no difference. My measurements don't seem to be changing despite my fitness level obviously increasing. Anyway I'm confused. So the equipment in the gym I go to allows you to set a program for yourself depending on whether you want to set a time,calorie or distance challenge. It then prompts you to input your weight in KG for an accurate calorie... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 05:41:27 EST Walking Meet Up! Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in doing a little meet up for members of the team! Lots of people also seemed interested in starting a walking group so I decided we'd do a combination social/walking type thing. <BR> <BR> The lovely JWOURMS had the brilliant suggestion of doing something undemanding for the first time, and also because of the unpredictable weather, something inside. <BR> <BR> So, been as though we're London and the SE we thought we'd go for something cent... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 15:22:43 EST Challenge: Try a new exercise Hello all! <BR> <BR> I have a new challenge for us to indulge in. Its pretty simple: this month take the opportunity to try a new form of exercise. <BR> <BR> This could be pretty much anything. Perhaps you've never been into strength training but realise it could be of value to you. Or maybe you've been meaning to have a go at pilates, or zumba, or whatever. <BR> <BR> This is an opportunity to forget about the concerns, doubts, fears, etc and just do it! Let's make 2011 a daring year! <BR... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:43:08 EST just wanted to share with y'all (I promise I'm not some kind of ambassador of this site lol)...A guy that works at my gym told me to go to and get myself a free box of health food goodies. I was soooo sceptical, cos I always think it's just some money-making thing. <BR> <BR> But anyway, I got my first box today, and believe me it is the tastiest thing EVER! I just wanted to share the name of the site with you guys, in case you wanted to check it out. <BR> <BR> And cos I love... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:47:00 EST Hello! :) Hello, <BR> I am new to both Spark People and London! <BR> I have only lived in London for 4/5 months as I go to university here. <BR> Looking forward to finally losing weight :) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:56:09 EST Exercise classes Have you tried any exercise classes recently? <BR> <BR> What were they? How did you find it? Where did you do it? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:36:13 EST Tricks for the evening grumblings I'm not HUNGRY, but want MORE. I've only got 40calories left in my daily allowance. <BR> I've been drinking fennel tea or painting my nails. <BR> I need some more tools as back-ups. <BR> What are your tricks? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:33:27 EST Free Taste Card I thought this might interest some. <BR> All the best <BR> Jo. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:39:32 EST Women's Challenge - 5k, Hyde Park, September 2011 Further to the posts in the walking group thread ( <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=10108x10459<BR>x38349445 </link> ) I thought I'd set up a thread for this 5k! <BR> <BR> The details: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 5k fun run around Hyde Park on 11th September 2011. <BR> <BR> The website includes training tips to get you started, which is great! <BR> <BR> Express your interest and discuss your plans here! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:36:30 EST Positive Thinking Challenge I think an important part of a healthy lifestyle is getting thinking positively about ourselves and congratulating ourselves on our achievements. <BR> <BR> To this end here is our new team challenge: <BR> <BR> Check in at least once a week and tell us about the positive things you have been doing. You can either do a little list of lovely things, or tell us about your main positive thing. <BR> <BR> Positive things could mean things that you have done consistently over days, things that y... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:30:48 EST Want to start running? I have been a member of Spark People on and off for a couple of years and have used it as a check in area really for committing to whatever training plan I was up to at the time. I haven't really looked into the forums before to find out what everyone else is up to and what their goals and motivation are all about. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit of a running enthusiast - not that I'm much good, I just really enjoy it and the benefits it has given me. My problem is I like to spread the word and "sell" r... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 06:06:42 EST Favourite outdoor place As it says on the tin - what is your favourite place near you to get outside and play? <BR> <BR> Any favourite walks? <BR> Scenic areas? <BR> Good places for families? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:08:55 EST Exercising at home? What are your favourite things to do at home to keep active? <BR> <BR> I ordered some new dvds this week off of amazon - they have 80% off some fitness ones. Though to be honest I don't tend to do well with dvds!! <BR> <BR> I'm weighing up the pros and cons of kettlebell training at the moment too.. Little bit concerned about the potential for injury. <BR> <BR> What do you guys enjoy doing at home to keep fit? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:07:26 EST Anyone around the Orpington area? Hey guys, any of you out there fancy having regular meet ups for chit chat and motivation? When I was walking home from the station last night I walked past a Weight Watchers board and it got me thinking that even though there are many of us out there trying to achieve our own goals off our own backs, I bet a little check in with others may just give that little bit of extra determination with sticking to the things we say we are going to do. So, was thinking that maybe an hour once a month t... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 05:15:24 EST Hello everyone! Hey everyone, <BR> I have joined recently about a week ago, I have about 2 stone to lose and am really focused on getting my fitness up so that I can enter the Reading Half Marathon next year! I have always wanted to do a marathon and I used to be able to run for ages, but since having my lovely hyperactive daughter a year ago I lost all my fitness and gained a bit of weight. Now she is a year old I feel its ready to start to lose weight, and get back to how I used to be! But it will be hard ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 06:14:53 EST BMF (British Military Fitness) Hi all, <BR> <BR> No - I;m not on commision but really suggest people give this a go. Google it and you'll be able to read up on it all. <BR> <BR> I've spent years going to gyms and this is without doubt the best class I've ever had. It's very inclusive meaning all levels of fitness are catered for. Each 'level' has a different coloured bib and you are separated, as such you exercise with people who are of a similar level. <BR> <BR> It's very friendly and social, and hard work! <BR> <B... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:22:56 EST hello Hi there, <BR> <BR> Just a quick hello...looking to get used to the site. Great to know there's a group in my corner of the world. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 04:27:35 EST Hello I have been a member a long time, but need to come back for help as I am so near to my target, 10lbs to go and need help getting there. <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 17:43:37 EST Pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast I made a version of the pumpkin pie oatmeal (found on spark recipies) today for breakfast. <BR> Pretty good and definately seasonal. It would have been better with nuts though - it would have added a nice texture contrast. <BR> I think an endive salad for lunch might help empty out the crisper. <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:15:58 EST Anyone Kent or Thanet way? Would be great to meet buddies around this area! I'm in Margate but also willing to travel :) xx Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:23:05 EST January Challenge This is my programme for the month: <BR> I will get my exercise daily (low intensity but weight bearing - i.e. walking). <BR> I will eat 5 - 7 fruits and veg daily. <BR> I will experiment with food to ensure I enjoy it. <BR> I will get adaquate rest. <BR> I will take my medications. <BR> After the 4th of Jan. I will log my nutrition daily. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 03:58:17 EST I joined up today Hi I was wondering if there is anyone in my area .. Suffolk Mon, 27 Dec 2010 16:05:47 EST Snow - how are u keeping active How are you keeping active with the cold weather and snow. <BR> I shoveled my walk a couple of weeks ago. We didn't get enough snow yesterday so I'm just keeping up with my walking. I've got a Wii fit, but am not motivated to use it. <BR> What are you doing? Sat, 18 Dec 2010 04:32:47 EST going on So what's going on in your world? Mon, 13 Dec 2010 03:52:43 EST Map your walk/run and share Website I think this site is really great -- great way to see how many miles you're walking & to share your route. Also, get new ideas for new places to walk. <BR> <BR><BR>B Wed, 8 Dec 2010 22:47:03 EST Walking Group in London Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I was wondering who would be interested in walking the Capital Ring or London Loop. I'm suggesting we meet up either once or twice a month & tackle a section of these walks. We can finish one, and then move on to the other. <BR> <BR> I'd suggest we begin with The Capital Ring. It only has 15, shorter sections. The Capital Ring section distances vary from 4 - 8 miles. <BR> <BR> I was thinking we could start this in the New Year, Sunday 2nd of January -- and, we cou... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 19:10:15 EST pets Walking the dog has been my major exercise routine. We foster for Battersea Dogs home. This is a great girl that is currently looking for a home. She's a bit of a sad story though too. <link><BR>l </link> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 03:57:24 EST What's your exercise? What's everyone doing for exercise? <BR> Mine's a bit boring - walking. It works for me though. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 03:39:48 EST 'allo, 'allo. I'm not new to sparkpeople, but I haven't really participated. Just joined this team. I am ready to drop some weight, and looking for fitness buddies in South West London. <BR> <BR> I'm 29 y/o female, and would like to get into being more active ie. bike riding, running, swimming. At the moment, I am starting off with walking. <BR> <BR> I'd like to lose a stone by Crimbo. My overall goal is to lose 3 - 4 stones. by my birthday at the end of April. <BR> <BR> All the best, <BR> Amy <BR> <e... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 14:14:50 EST Zumba Fitness Hi went to a Zumba fitness class last night was A++ fantastic. Would recommend to anyone regardless of their fitness level or size. <BR> <BR> Used to see it on a shopping channel you know when you wake up to find you forgot to turn the tv off. <BR> Seeing thousands of people doing amazing dance moves to latin rhythms, claiming to have lost xx amount of pounds.. <BR> My first thoughts: yeah, whatever! <BR> <BR> Last night I got it! Not just an advertisement after all. So much fun. My tw... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 07:55:37 EST Hello! Hello to all my Spark friends. Hoping no one minds me joining your group. I'm not actually in England, but I will be in December. I live in America and my husband is in the Air Force. We will be getting transferred to Lakenheath in December. So I will be there soon! Just trying to find some groups to join to try to get to know some people on my weight loss journey! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 15:57:58 EST October Team Challenge Inspiration! Use this thread for a discussion of ideas for cooking for the October challenge.. Please do share what you're thinking of, and any recipes you have that other people might like to try. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I'm going to have to do something with pumpkin. I haven't ever really cooked using it. So if you have any ideas for a dinner with pumpkin in it, or ways to prepare it, please do share! Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:09:22 EST October Challenge Week One Share here what cooking adventure you've had this week! Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:06:53 EST October Team Challenge! Here we go! Our first team challenge since I became leader.. <BR> <BR> I think a core part of sustaining a healthy lifestyle is to keep food interesting. To do that we need variety! So this month's challenge is to cook a totally new meal once a week through October. <BR> <BR> A breakfast, lunch or dinner. Preferably cooked from scratch. And wouldn't it be nice to use a seasonal ingredient or a vegetable you have always avoided? <BR> <BR> Let us know if you're on board and what nice things... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:06:07 EST Hello from Peckham! Hello from Peckham. <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday and am hoping to find the support and guidance I need from the people on this site. <BR> <BR> I have just realised that I need to lose 3 stone just to get into the over-weight category which has depressed me slightly but I'm choosing to see it as something to aim for instead of something that I will never achieve. <BR> <BR> Emma <BR> <BR> (originally posted this in the wrong section. Apologies to anyone who had the misfortune to come across... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 10:57:42 EST Anyone go to Fitness First? I just had a random thought: I always find it soooo hard to motivate myself to go to the gym on the weekend. It's so much easier to go during the week cos I already have my work-gym routine all worked out. <BR> I've half solved this by playing badminton on Saturday mornings with my brother instead of going to the gym. But Sundays are still a struggle. <BR> <BR> Sooooooo is anyone a Fitness First member? Maybe we can start some kind of Fitness First club where we meet up at a Fitness First so... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 04:48:01 EST Wonder how many calories burnt playing cricket? I played in a 25 over game...I was not a bowler but did play in the field and did quite a few sprints to get the ball. (Unfortunately my batting was short and not too active) I wonder if I burnt many calories? Regardless, it was fun! Sun, 5 Sep 2010 13:38:26 EST what about breasts? Hi girls!I'm sure i'm not the only one who noticed with loosing weight equal decrease in a bra size and gravity pulling your breast down. I was just wondering if you know any good cream , who can help prevent it a little bit Thu, 2 Sep 2010 06:16:50 EST Hello from nr Maidstone Hello, I have recently joined here and am looking to track my progress and get some friendly local advice and motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:44:32 EST Adidas Women's 5k Hi there, <BR> I'm a North London newbie :) <BR> Just wondering if anyone is doing this run - it's on Sunday at Hyde Park! <BR> It'll be my first 5k run - good luck to anyone else who is going! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:08:08 EST Bank holiday weigh in results Did the Bank Holiday cause anyone else a set back? <BR> I travelled to Wales to be with family and had a great time but unfortunately gained four pounds. <BR> Now the kids are returning to school and my visitors have returned home, I can get back to the old routine and rectify this situation I hope. <BR> this week I am baby sitting most days so will not be doing my usual swimming, walking and toning tables regime, but will certainly not be idle whilst entertaining the two lively boys. <BR> G... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 01:14:43 EST What's for dinner tonight? Go on - share your foody ideas! <BR> <BR> I had pepper + onion + mushrooms + quorn fillets (cut up) fried in a tsp of oil.. With reggae reggae sauce to dip in. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:32:46 EST What exercise do you enjoy? I'm looking to re-energise my workouts (since I have been lazy recently). <BR> <BR> What do you do? Why do you enjoy it? How do you fit it into your day? Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:04:11 EST NEW! Fitness and Food forum Hi all, <BR> <BR> I changed this forum to fitness and food. So please use it to discuss what you're eating and doing and what combinations are working for you. <BR> <BR> I'm especially interested in fun exercise ideas! <BR> <BR> If you have any fitness or food related challenges you want to share you can write about those here too. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:59:41 EST East Street Market Hi, <BR> I live very close to East Street Market-Elephant & Castle. There are plenty of fresh and cheap vegetables and fruits. I also live near lovely Burges Park. There are many tennis courts and I'd like to learn play tennis. Anyone would like to join? Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:57:42 EST New member from Southwark, London Hello, <BR> I'm 31 secretary from Southwark. Like everyone here I'm trying to lose weight. I used to be yo-yo dieter. 2 years ago I lost 23kg but gained back 50kg. I'm fed up of feeling fat, tired with low self-esteam. But it's time for changes, this time for good. Recently I've lost 5kg and this keeps me motivated.I found this website very useful especially nutrition tracker.I know that it's much easier to lose weight when you are in group and have the same goal so please keep in touch. Is a... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:02:18 EST Private Sessions For This Team? I have a really low bordom level but have found many exciting activities for getting fit over the last few month. However I hate turning up to something new and joining a group where everyone else already knows what they are doing, its much more fun to try something with other newbies where you can all learn together. I am now in touch with a number of instructors and would be happy to try and organise some sessions of activities for members of this group to try new things. Would this be s... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:54:35 EST Anyone Fancy Trying Ballet On Thurs 2nd September? I am planning on attending a new ballet class near Liverpool street station on Thursday 2nd Sept. I beleive its normally £6-£8 per session but the first week is 4 pound per person when you come along in a pair!!!. I've tried ballet before and its great fun and great for core strength and posture but usually seems to be about £10-£20 per class which is just too expensive to do weekly, but this new class seems pretty cheap and the first week is a serious bargin!! I am hoping as its new it wil... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:46:33 EST Surrey Street Market - Croydon Every day of the week, easy access from the tram and only a short walk from the main shopping area. Its great for fruit + veg (and other bits too!) at reasonable prices. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:04:56 EST NEW! Local Information Forum Please use this forum to share all your local knowledge which could be useful to other Sparkers. <BR> <BR> Things like fruit and veg markets (where, what days), nice places to walk/run, gyms or pools with cheaper rates and any local tips you can think of! Also any events going on that you think we might be interested in. <BR> <BR> You can also use this forum to request information about stuff near you too. <BR> <BR> To keep things easy to read, it would be best to put where you are in the ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:02:28 EST Any interest in a London Meet? I had a go at this before, but then for various personal reasons was unable to push it forward. <BR> <BR> So how about it? Somewhere in central London so its pretty central to everyone? A date yet to be decided? <BR> <BR> If you'd like to register your interest here please! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:47:49 EST Welcome to all! Just a quick welcome to all our new team members! <BR> <BR> Hope we can help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Any questions, post them here.. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:44:42 EST Hello! I'm Giulia... I have just joined sparkpeople and this team of course. I live in Bishop's Stortford, on the way to Stansted Airport, and have lost 63 lbs on Weight Watchers. Now I have been maintaining for 2 months :) <BR> <BR> Anybody else from here? Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:17:35 EST Hi from NW London! I'm an American expat who has been living in London for six years. Since moving over, all I've done is gain weight. I blame it on meeting my husband who loves food and can easily maintain/lose weight...and who likes women who eat (a lot). I've lost my way and my motivation to be fit and eat in a healthy manner so hoping that I can get it back! Looking forward to reading more about all of you! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:19:16 EST Good afternoon Hello all and thank you for welcoming me in your group. <BR> I am 37 years old living in the Medway, working in London. About 70 pounds to lose ( I have lost about 15 by myslef) and my overall goal is simply to get there slowly but surely through calorie control and exercice... sensible eating as Marjorie would say, bit of dust and half calorie diet! ahah. <BR> Anyway, if any of you goes to Roko Gillingham and would like a training buddy, drop me an email :-) <BR> <BR> Nina Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:42:14 EST English/South African who can't eat wheat! I love being outdoors as I grew up in S Africa. Been back in England for 24 years but still miss the South Hem way of life that good weather allows. I started fast walk/jog 5 weeks ago and have lost 10 lbs!!! Have a long way to go, and have been fat since I was 7 - so 34 years!! I have a high wheat and maize intolerance so that makes life a bit more awkward, but enjoy cooking and we never eat ready meals. My kids are 6 and 11 and my hubby could do with losing too, but as he's 6'4" he get... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:23:16 EST Maid of Kent I live in Medway Towns between Gillingham and Rainham <BR> Week 2 day 3of Spark. Lots of motivation and friendly messages here. Loving it! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:59:44 EST Hi all from Welling I joined today and thought I should say hi to everyone here :) Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:28:44 EST Hi, newbie here from East London Hello London people. I have just joined today and am currently living in Walthamstow. Any local people here? Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:50:19 EST Going well! I've been with SparkPeople for a month - I had no idea my fat and calcium intake was so low until I used the nutrition tracker! I've lost 10lbs, lost my excema and feel good - who knows maybe the alopecia will go as well and my hair will grow back! <em>244</em> Sat, 5 Jun 2010 07:12:14 EST Do we ever do meets? I was thinking about this. I have belonged to forums before where we've done little gatherings - in a pub or whatever. And I know people meet up from Spark. <BR> <BR> But I was wondering about the concept of a group gathering? A social type event.. <BR> <BR> And then I figured the ones I am used to are food and drink related. Which could be cool, but doesn't wholly fit in with the healthy living concept. <BR> <BR> So then I thought, especially now its summer, what about a park meet? Maybe ... Fri, 28 May 2010 15:21:35 EST Hi I'm new from Central London Hi there - for the record I hate writing internet introductions and these things as I always have the mental picture of someone cute and bubbly going 'Hi I'm.... I like long walks and sunrises.....' you get the picture :) either way - hate introductions <BR> <BR> So about me... I like long walks..... I'm a 36 6'3 man, born in HongKong, raised in the UK - moved to the USA in 1998 to marry, in 2009 my wife and I were put back in the UK for work reasons for 6 months. We're still here in 2010 th... Fri, 14 May 2010 15:04:18 EST Is it me? Or is the team UK notice board really quiet? <BR> <BR> Do we all know each other? <BR> <BR> Any ideas what we can do about it? Wed, 12 May 2010 02:30:29 EST Hi I'm new - South West London Hiya <BR> <BR> I've joined this week and thought I'd join a London group as a lot of the site seems to be US centric. I live on the Surrey / South West London border. <BR> <BR> Nessa Fri, 7 May 2010 11:51:05 EST Is this the right place for me? I live in Norfolk so is this the correct region for me? I cant see where I fit anywhere else! Maybe the midlands but thats just as far away. <BR> <BR> I'm new here and still finding my way around. Today was a tough day but nothing is going to put me off my stride nor ruin my Igoals. Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:18:56 EST Newbie from West London Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm a 37 year old flying towards the big 4-0 and determined to get my fitness and body the way I want to be - to look in the mirror and to really see and love what I look like and to wear a bikini with confidence! <BR> <BR> I am great at getting on the wagon of fitness and great eating, and equally as good at falling off! Whilst I have no plans to live an entirely pure life of beansprouts, tofu and water, my body just isn't as forgiving as it used to be, and I want to... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:41:12 EST Exercise Clothes Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I need your advice. This topic has come up on the general message boards, but the answers tend to refer to those living in the US. <BR> <BR> I need nice, slightly fashionable, not overpriced exercise clothes to make working-out a more enjoyable thing. I like clothes in general, and I think working out should be no different. <BR> <BR> Can you recommend where to get good exercise clothes from? Clothes both for running, and also for yoga-style exercise... and defini... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:58:46 EST North London! Hello everyone, I'm from Mill Hill in North London and I was wondering if anyone wanted to meet up for walks, etc, in and around North London in April? <BR> <BR> I saw this informative walk around North London (Golders Green) and would really enjoy some company: it's a free historical tour of a bout 4 miles walking. <BR> <BR> Free of charge. Limited spaces, book in advance at Golders Green Library, 83 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE, or email, or call +44 (0)20 ... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:14:59 EST Grocery list- staple must have items moving to london very soon! needed some ideas as to what all i should include in my grocery shopping list.. i think theres a whole foods & a tesco a few minutes away from my house. any tips/products that are a must have for a vegetarian? pls list everything you can think of! thank alot guys, help much appreciated! <BR> ive discovered i love fiber one yogurt, its only 50 cal! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:00:15 EST Originally from S.W London Hi all. I'm actually living in Germany but from London. I come back most months to London to visit my family so I thought I would join this team. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:50:12 EST Newbie from Cambridge Not quite London or South East, but I'm pretty often in the capital! ;o) <BR> <BR> Really excited to find this site - hopefully it'll give me some focus for my weightloss. <BR> <BR> Best wishes, x Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:14:54 EST Race for life I was wondering if anyone here is taking part in this years race for life 5K? <BR> I am hoping to run the whole way if I can, but I will certainly finish even if I end up walking to the finish. <BR> How about everyone else? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:51:33 EST Hi From East London Hiya, I'm Elle. I live in the eastern section of Greater London, more specifically Ilford, which is technically Essex. Look forward to getting to know everyone. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 05:31:18 EST London & The Spark I ask or help and I'd like to ask you Team...I'm sure you know where I can get the book in London, is there any bookshop where I can find it??? <BR> Any idea where I can find it in the Bloomsbury area????????? <BR> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:18:35 EST COLD I'm stuck at home with terrible cold. All I want to do is it chocolate. HELP! Any ideas for comfort food? The healthy options, please. <BR> Cheers. K Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:13:28 EST Just want to introduce myself Hello there. <BR> I've started this week on this website. I think I've tried every diet under the sun. <BR> I just want to introduce myself. I'm Kamilla. I'm 37. I've got a 5 year old and have been struggling with weight pretty much whole of my life. I think I've tried most of things, but this time I'm really desperate. I've only been doing it for a few days, but really sticking to it. It's hard. It's going to be even harder when I get back to work, as I ha a week off. Have you any suggestio... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 06:19:56 EST Hello from West Sussex Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Found this site by acident this morning, and liked the look of it. <BR> <BR> Today I have embarked on another diet, hoping this time to lose weight and keep it off. I am following the Flat Belly Diet For Men. <BR> <BR> Have tried many diets in the past, and had some success with most although have reverted to my old ways of too much to eat, and not enough activity !! <BR> <BR> I did try the original Flat Belly Diet a few months back, and it worked although I was ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:17:48 EST Hello from West Sussex Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Found this site by acident this morning, and liked the look of it. <BR> <BR> Today I have embarked on another diet, hoping this time to lose weight and keep it off. I am following the Flat Belly Diet For Men. <BR> <BR> Have tried many diets in the past, and had some success with most although have reverted to my old ways of too much to eat, and not enough activity !! <BR> <BR> I did try the original Flat Belly Diet a few months back, and it worked although I was ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:17:40 EST Archaeology Appeal One of my team members posted an appeal to our members to help save Colchester's Roman Chariot Circus from developers. This is the only known Chariot Racing circus in Britain, and the land is currently earmarked for housing development. Colchester Archaeological Society is trying to raise the funds to buy it off the developers and excavate it properly. <BR> <BR> There's a good website here: <link> </link> where you can read about the plan and the fundraising activitie... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:43:55 EST Anyone in east London Just wondered if there is anyone out there in east London at all... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:51:03 EST Left and back again I was a member of this group before, but left for a while. <BR> <BR> I'm back again. Getting my physical health back together again. I finally got a handle on what was causing my health problems and have been taking steps to correct it - diet changes, tracking my food and fitness, and setting some achievable goals. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:09:06 EST I'm originally from London, now living in Ohio Hi, All! I'm originally from St John's Wood, London, but moved to the United States in the 1980's. I joined this team so I could feel more connected to my British roots! I love living in the States, but sometimes I miss the British culture, and the difference in words & expressions! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:40:06 EST Hi all! I'm new to this group. I'm studying at University of London for my masters degree in Chinese art and archaeology, and living near King's Cross. Just want to say hello! Sending my good wishes to all! <BR> Sami Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:01:11 EST Milton Keynes... anyone? Hi guys I am Hannah from MK, moved up here from west wycombe in South Bucks and I work at the NSIC in Aylesbury as a radiographer. Just back from a weekend break and put on :o( Mon, 25 Jan 2010 07:12:23 EST Am Worried about this week! What to do? Last week I was really pleased with myself for losing 7lbs. However, this week I have a problem. I have tried not to eat too much so that I can have a piece of my mothers birthday cake tomorrow. It is a special birthday (she's 70) and there will be lots of food there. To top that on Saturday evening I have been invited to our friend's annual Burns night and have been chosen to do the ladies speech. Part of me wants to be good and not have anything fattening. The other part o... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:12:53 EST Newbie From Reading Hi,I'm Cam. I'm originally from Bromley in Kent but moved to Reading around two years ago. As i'm having a change of career,I thought I should tackle my weight now instead of hiding behind it hehe. <BR> This is all very new to me,so any start up hints or tips would be great. Hope to chat to you all soon:). <BR> <BR> Cam x x Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:09:57 EST UK foodstuffs Hi, I am new and in Sussex. I realise that it is probably easy and just that I don't know it do you find and enter English food on the somewhat American food choices page. <BR> Respect Chrissie Fri, 8 Jan 2010 10:08:33 EST Hi Im from Essex...... I wish I had heard about sparkpeople sooner!! Its so much better than the online slimming clubs I have paid to be a member of in the past....have already let my friends know about it so hopefully some more recruits will join our team soon.......... <BR> <BR> Has anyone got the book? would you recommend it? Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:05:09 EST Where oh where is my Spark book? Pre-ordered the Spark book but it hasn't arrived yet - should I be worried, or am I just impatient? <em>305</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 06:34:31 EST New Year, New me Hi all, just joined. I'm looking for a community that will help support me during my quest to get back the real me. <BR> <BR> I'll never be a size 12 or a 14 for that matter but I'd like to get back to being a size 16 again. I'm now a 20. My health is suffering and I no longer want to get out and about and see my friends because I feel fat, bloated and sorry to say this flatulent too. <BR> <BR> I know I've not been eating well and I know I've not been getting any exercise save the 48 step... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 05:27:24 EST New Year challenge. Please use this space to say yay/naa for a new year challenge? <BR> Suggestions greatfully read. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:12:47 EST Hi! Any other members in Bracknell? I'm a newbie to this team and just wanted to say hi and Happy Holidays everyone! <em>444</em> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:23:09 EST Newbie from Hertfordshire Just sitting here looking out at the beautful snow which has appeared overnight, thought I would just stop in and say a big hello to everyone. I have just joined and am enjoying finding my way around the site. Planning a frantic snowball fight with my Sons (who can't get to work) - do you think it will be a trackable activity !!!! Take care in the snow. <BR> <BR> Julia Fri, 18 Dec 2009 02:57:59 EST Hi allll am bk got to change to East sussex? Got to change the area I am in now as I moved house 7 wks ago. <BR> I now live near the coast insSt.leonards on sea east sussex. <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:54:29 EST Hello from Oxfordshire Hi <BR> <BR> I'm back on SP after a few months break (and a few pounds back on), and need to kick start my diet - so was hoping for a bit of support to keep me on track! <BR> <BR> If there's anyone around the Oxfordshire area give me a shout, I'm up for getting together for a spot of running - with a view to entering the Reading Half Marathon next March!! <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> Mads x Sun, 22 Nov 2009 14:16:12 EST Jane from Kent Hi, been registered for a while, and just starting to get to grips with this huge site! I am actually looking for anyone from the East Kent area who would like to meet up eventually to go on walks. <BR> <BR> I am currently on the Pete Cohen programme and have lost 3 stone so far. Feel alot better for it too! <BR> <BR> Jane :0) xxxx Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:26:17 EST Brighton!!! Ello brighton people! and non brightonians :D <BR> <BR> Im new hear, im overweight but i've got a lot of determination to be happy again and loose so of my stubborn fat! <BR> <BR> Just saying a big hello and well done to everyone who can commit to this website, its pretty cool i must say :) <BR> <BR> Vykkye <BR> xxx Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:38:54 EST I'm new, well sort of.... Hi <BR> <BR> I registered with the site back in spring this year but never really did much except read the daily emails and occasionally read an article. then a few weeks ago, I needed some info and after looking at the site properly for the first time, I have become addicted. I cannot believe how supportive it is. It also gives me something to do other than pick at food. <BR> <BR> I am 38 and live in Kent. I am married to a great bloke and we have three amazing children. All three hav... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 14:19:23 EST New to this team . . . from High Wycombe. Hi everyone, been using SparkPeople for a while but new to this team. Is anyone else in the High Wycombe area? Thu, 5 Nov 2009 08:16:48 EST Inspirational story I'd like to post a link to the most amazing blog that I read this morning. If you're lacking in motivation, have a look - this lady will inspire you. <link><BR>62341 </link> <BR> <BR> If you click on "I Liked This" she may even be featured as a "Popular blog". Tue, 3 Nov 2009 03:13:44 EST hello from another newbie Greetings <BR> Just wanted to say 'hi' to all you determined inspirational folk & introduce myself. <BR> My names Rosie I live in sunny Hastings, east sussex (at least it is at the moment but who knows how long it'll last!) <BR> I'm 49 worried about being 50 & determined to look fab at 50 despite underactive thyroid & being diagnosed with ME. Oh to cap it all I suffer with bad knee's and menopause symptons but apart from all that am fine (honest). <BR> Anyways - enough of my ramblings, waves ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 05:26:05 EST Claire's Day at a Time Challenge Hi there all. I've been getting very sloppy lately, so have decided to to a "One day at a time" challenge, just for me, looking at my weak areas. For me this is booze (I do like my wine) and exercise (ugh). <BR> <BR> TODAY, September 14th, I shall stay on the water (apart from my breakfast OJ and coffee), and I shall WALK to and from a client's house, 2 miles each way. <BR> <BR> Anybody want to join me? Pick an area where you know you've been backsliding and set (and keep) one target tod... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 05:04:10 EST Winter's on its way!!!! <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Has anyone else noticed how fast the nights are drawing in.... I was amazed when I was on my way home last night and it was already dark at 9.30 pm! <BR> <BR> It made me think that it'll soon be autumn and that's when I start to slip.... <BR> <BR> So... I have made myself a pledge that I need to lose 40lbs between now and next spring or I'm not getting a holiday..... <BR> <BR> That will make tho... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:48:46 EST hello I am from the Essex coast Hello everyone, I have been registered with spark people for ages now, but havnt been using it for a good few months.............hence no weight loss! Have just joined an on-line yoga class and it has inspired me on many levels. I intend to use spark people to help me achieve my targets - a new years resolution in August , perhpas I will be bale to keep this one! <BR> Penny <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 04:44:07 EST Hello, New joiner living in Surrey Hello, just joined the site and thought i would introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am Sonya,37yrs and my gp says i need to lose 3 stone/ 42lbs, however i would like to make it the round 50! <BR> <BR> I have actually managed to record my food for 3 days which is a miracle! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any advice for me on keeping my head on track? <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2009 16:06:36 EST August Challenge, anyone? I'm going sugar free!!!! I feel a challenge coming on! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or willing participants??? <BR> <BR> I'm also going to do 2000 fitness minutes this month, and eat clean. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 1 Aug 2009 05:52:03 EST Hello Hi everyone, I joined the site recently and am still trying to find my way round everything - there's SO much on here! <BR> <BR> I recently lost 4 stone of post-baby weight, came off the diet and put on a stone which I'm now working to get rid of. Am finding this one very difficult to shift! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to say hello. <em>41</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:13:01 EST Hi, any Somerset apples here?? Hi everyone, I'm a newbie today and it would be wonderful to find a gym/dancing/motivational buddy nearby - I know it's a long shot but if you're anywhere near Glastonbury/Wells drop me a line. <BR> <BR> Great to be here. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:03:02 EST I'm newbie! Hi all... <BR> <BR> I'm mummy to two beautiful daughters who are 7 next month, wifeypoo to Jason since 2003 and just finished my 1st year teaching in Bedfordshire.... <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd stop by and say "Hello"! <BR> <BR> Cheryl <em>213</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2009 17:02:16 EST Fat swim in London Silly question, but does anywhere do a "fat swim" session in London? <BR> <BR> I feel awful swimming in a pool at the best of times, but would feel a thousand times better if I was with people of my own size. <BR> <BR> Also... I'd love to find a gym that specialises in fat sessions.... <BR> <BR> Shaz x Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:39:58 EST Anyone in Suffolk? I have joint today and am wondering if there are any members out there from Suffolk? <BR> <BR> Drop me a note if you, as would be great to meet some people from the same area! <BR> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 09:55:13 EST Adding food to favourites. Quite a while back, someone explained how to do this for English foods from another sparker, can anyone tell me again how to do this please? Thanks x Fri, 3 Jul 2009 09:27:24 EST July Challenge - Deal with a problem area Hi there, here's a challenge for all of us. Find an area where you have difficulty meeting targets and concentrate on getting there. Don't be a hero and do too much, just meet the targets every day. <BR> <BR> I have two areas that I find difficult, but (as usual) will concentrate on EXERCISE. I WILL make exercise a habit. I still don't do nearly enough. I have pathetically low goals (30 mins, 216 calories) but don't often meet them. <BR> <BR> So my challenge for myself is to meet both the ... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 03:12:42 EST SparkPeople Gear in UK Is there no UK outlet for SparkPeople gear:- T-shirts,dvd's,etc? Surely there must be enough current and potential members in the UK to warrant such an undertaking. <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 06:15:44 EST Hypnother apists... Hey all :o) <BR> I want to give up smoking and have tried all the usual routes and was just wondering if anyone, or anyone you know has used a hypnotherapist and whether someone may be able to recommend one for me. <BR> There are so many, but i believe more in word of mouth than in advertising. <BR> Many Thanks. <BR> <BR> p.s i don't mind travelling if they are very good. <BR> <BR> Bye <em>213</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:10:37 EST Returning !!!!!!!! Not been on here for a while but am back and will try to keep in touch. <BR> Anyone else returning ? <BR> Hows it all going for you ? Sun, 14 Jun 2009 03:14:20 EST Hello! Hi everybody <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople as of today, and I'm also fairly new to London. I have a new job and for that I need to be fitter and stronger, and for myself I want to lighter, and fitter and stronger. <BR> <BR> So I plan to start a good diet and regular exercise. I forsee a few problems, mainly how busy I am and the shifts I'll be working but hopefully they will be easily overcome. <BR> <BR> Any hints and tips on easy meals for 12 hour shifts, and night shifts would be ve... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 04:57:58 EST June Challenge! What's your personal pledge? Ok, it's a little late in posting this, but not too late to focus on your goals for it??? <BR> <BR> I've committed to cycling at least 5 miles daily for another team (and I don't usually cycle every day!), and sticking to My Fitness Coach commitments - 5 days of workouts - but I think I'll really push the boat out and also burn up 500 calories daily. That should lose me 1lb every week...3,500 calories = 1lb! <BR> <BR> This will be a stretch for me, but your goals can be whatever... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 18:38:56 EST weighing in mayhem Been with Sparkpeople for a week, but I was screaming at my scales this morning, the scales decided to die on me, even tried changing the batteries, but didn't help. I think I have done well, as my dad this morning said I'm looking thinner. So I think I have to go shopping tonight, anyone know of some good scales I can buy? <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 08:45:17 EST Any one interested in a meet up ? I have been recieving a fair few messages from people who seem to be living in or near the same area as me, would anyone be interested in mayb meeting on a regular basis ?liz Fri, 15 May 2009 03:01:18 EST Gratefully,new too, from Shepherds Bush, London I'm really pleased to have found Smart People and am looking forward to meeting up with as many others in this region. <em>213</em> Sat, 9 May 2009 17:10:11 EST Surrey- ish Hi I'm in Croydon - it sucks! lol <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose at least 50 pounds. <BR> I am addicted to books, i love reading! And dancing - along with my cat these are the things which make me happy. <BR> <BR> Anything you want to know just ask x Thu, 7 May 2009 05:33:22 EST May Fitness Challenge! I'm really sticking my neck out shooting for 2,300 minutes this month, despite not making my April goal. <BR> <BR> Plan to get on my beloved stationary cycle every day. Pulled something in my knee and think it will help, plus I can study whilst I'm cycling. <BR> <BR> And I don't care if no one else is here, I'll do it anyway! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Fri, 1 May 2009 07:45:59 EST Introducing myself... Hi everyone, just thought I'd let you know all about ME - though why anybody should care I can't imagine <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 52 and live in Essex (one of the rural bits). Pretty tall at 5ft 10, and carrying just about as much extra weight as I can before showing it too badly. That's the good thing about being tall - you can carry a LOT before it shows! Double-edged sword, though - I've got a fair bit to lose. Currently hovering around 12st 11, (179 lb) and aiming to drop 1st to ... Fri, 1 May 2009 05:02:16 EST Happy Easter everyone! I'm away on holiday from today, hence the slightly early greeting, catch up when I get back..... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 04:29:06 EST Hello I am new! And I live in East London although originaly an essex girl! <BR> Great to find some people in the uk! Sun, 5 Apr 2009 16:51:43 EST Next six months ? What do you see yourself achieving, doing, going, wearing, seeing in the next six months or so ? <BR> <BR> (1) My second operation <BR> (2) Run the race for life in july. <BR> (3) lose that other half a stone i need to. <BR> (4) Back to work in September. <BR> NOW YOUR TURN ? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 10:54:39 EST April fitness minute challenge anyone? I'm aiming even higher this month, the sun is shining (at least for now) and spring is in the air, and I've exceeded the past two months' <BR> <BR> I will do 2,250 fitness minutes this month!! <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:34:29 EST Weekend ? Tis nearly the weekend so what do you all have planned? <BR> Going anywhere ? Doing anything special ? <BR> What you got planned to eat ? <BR> What exercise you going to do ? <BR> I am going away for the wkend to a top London hotel with my gf for our anniversarry on sunday, we have nothing planned so we can chill and relax and do what we want wen we fell like it. <BR> Now you turn ? <BR> liz Fri, 27 Mar 2009 04:31:23 EST Moving to Surrey Hi guys! Does anyone live in Surrey? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:18:39 EST Black. This thread is for you al to say what you have lost be it , momentio, weight, get up and go what ever. <BR> <BR> I have lost my get up and go. <em>46</em> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 04:49:04 EST Friends .............. I want friends/ friend who know me and want to be there for me , and i dont mean an spa friend a friend friend ? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:45:48 EST yes/no ? This pos tis for you to tell everyone else if you are having a good day/bad day and why ? <BR> Diet, exercise, family work ....... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:33:51 EST Ideas ? This post is for you to all say what you would like to have on your team ? <BR> Friendship ? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:32:20 EST Puddins, desserts, something sweet ? Any ideas on what you have for sweet & dessert ? <BR> Any recipies anything you find helps or you enjoy making and eating ? <BR> <BR> Fruit compote....... Any fruit you have or enjoy cut up and baked in oven for about 30 mins serve with natural yogurt Mmmmmmmmmmmmm ???? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:59:11 EST THE PUSH ( JUST A BIT FURTHER !!!! ) ANY EXERCISE YOU DO BUT YOU MUST PUSH A BIT FURTHER THAN YOU ARE USED TO !! <BR> Dont hurt yourselfves but want a bit more. <BR> Posting everyday, exercise ??? <BR> Running/walking 45 mins with dog ran ( counting to ) 300,120, 90 & 120 with 6o between, longestes yet.. <BR> NOW YOUR TURN ?? Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:55:27 EST Team Goal ?/////////?? ???????????? I think we should have a team goal ? <BR> Wot about 5 lbs lose by this time next moth , if you lose more then thats great ? <BR> WOT DOES EVERYONE THINK ? <BR> LIZ Sun, 8 Mar 2009 09:32:01 EST Hi Everyone! I am moving to Suffolk. Hello, <BR> <BR> My husband and I are moving to Suffolk with our two children by the end of the year. We are coming from Italy but originally from New York. <BR> So extending a <em>213</em> to you all. Sun, 8 Mar 2009 05:15:53 EST Protein ( meat, fish, eggs, cheese, beans soya ) This challenge will start 8th March sunday. <BR> Please write down wot protein you have eaten and how you prepared it . Daliy please. Sat, 7 Mar 2009 04:37:12 EST Freggies ( challenge to start 1st March.) Please read and think about what the article means to you !! <BR> Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight l... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 10:31:20 EST Mad March Fitness Challenge!!! I'm going to challenge myself to do 1500 fitness minutes this month, and really stick my neck out and commit to losing 10lbs. <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? Choose any amount of minutes to challenge yourself, but I think we should set a regular check in day, perhaps weekly or even daily for the seriously committed! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 05:57:49 EST Hello - Wimbledon I'm new to SP and moving to London *hopefully* next week (I'm still waiting on my UK work visa). I'm suppose to start working on the 9th in London and already have my apartment. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting other Londoners here on SP and learning lots! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:13:21 EST Lent Is anyone giving up anything for Lent? <BR> I'm going to try to stop smoking. <BR> I know, I know.....disgusting habit etc. But it has been my time off thing for a long time and I wont find it easy. <BR> Just been out to fill up the fruit bowl, and fill house with healthy slimming type nibbles for when I'm feeling desperate. <em>18</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:25:50 EST Sticky Topic. Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm new here and wondered what a sticky topic was. <em>40</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:42:55 EST The March Challenge. Have put this up now to see what response it will get, and to get you ready for it. <BR> March will start weekly challenges (starting on sunday 1st March and run til saturday 8th Mach) where you all have to log on daily and tell us all wot fruit/veggies you have or are going to have on that day.I will post some interesting facts anbut fruit/veiiges( well will try anyway. <BR> End of the week will tot up how many everyone has eaten and the winner gets a reward? <BR> Pleaze let me know wot you... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:30:35 EST Hello I am from Kent.... ........ Just thought i'd start this Kent thread off . <BR> Anyone else near me am near Bluewater? Fri, 20 Feb 2009 04:02:36 EST Colours of the Rainbow . This thread is just for anyone to drop, in post, say hi, just use it as you want to . <BR> <BR> Hi, am in a great mood my partner is coming to visit for a few days. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:46:09 EST Birthdays ! Please put on this thread your birthdate. <BR> <BR> 9/2/1962 <BR> YEAR NOT SO IMPORTANT Sun, 15 Feb 2009 14:50:12 EST Reward !!!!!!!!!!!!!11 This thread is where you come to reward yourself. <BR> Say wot you are going to give your self and why. <BR> I'll start....... <BR> I lost 2 lbs this week thats 8lbs altogether so bought myself sum bulbs and planted them in garden. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:57:50 EST New from Sussex Hello all, just been on here a week, finding it a great help. I've lost 5lbs already so am celebrating today! Would be glad to hear from anyone, I'm in Seaford. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 05:31:01 EST This is where you can come ********** ********** Had a day day or something has made you MAD ? <BR> THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN LET OF STEAM, FEEL FREE TO SHOUT, JUMP UP AND DOWN DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IT OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM? <BR> <BR> AHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA <BR> for the pain i am in . <em>249</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:31:29 EST Smiles!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>30</em> <BR> The idea is to write and tell us what made you smile ? <BR> <BR> I'll go first .......Sun shining, My hand is recovering well, <BR> My run ........... Made me feel good to be alive. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:19:05 EST Where do you ove to go ? Where do you enjoy going ( maybe on a day out?) <BR> Is it somewhere near you or do you have to travel ? <BR> Is the getting there all the fun of the day ? <BR> Say a bit about where it is ? Sun, 8 Feb 2009 12:31:47 EST