SparkPeople Plus Size Exercise Team Messageboard A SparkTeam for the plus sizes to discuss and come together about exercising and getting fit while being overweight. SparkPeople Plus Size Exercise Team Messageboard Hello everyone back again! FISHINGGAL101 Hello everyone, new to this spark Team and want to start excising. l lost 75 pounds thru surgery and need to lose 100 pounds more. I need advice and support. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:33:52 EST Reasons to lose weight My reasons to lose weight <BR> <BR> For my health, diabetes, hbp, arthritis of knees, painful standing <BR> To live a full, busy life instead of being so sedentary <BR> Be able to do more with grandkids <BR> So I can hike, walk a lot like I use to <BR> To go kayaking <BR> Learn to ride a horse, must weigh 200 lbs or below to take lessons <BR> Easier to shave my legs, clip toe nails <BR> To wear cute clothes <BR> To take stress off of my joints <BR> To take baths, hurts knees to get out of tu... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:19:07 EST Reason to lose my weight My reasons to lose weight <BR> <BR> For my health, diabetes, hbp, arthritis of knees, painful standing <BR> To live a full, busy life instead of being so sedentary <BR> Be able to do more with grandkids <BR> So I can hike, walk a lot like I use to <BR> To go kayaking <BR> Learn to ride a horse, must weigh 200 lbs or below to take lessons <BR> Easier to shave my legs, clip toe nails <BR> To wear cute clothes <BR> To take stress off of my joints Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:12:04 EST Newbie My name is April. I am in my late 30's, live in the midwest, and have a bmi of 54. I am on month 3 of scheduled weight loss classes before gastro by pass surgery. <BR> In addition to being obese, I have depression. It makes it very difficult to get out of bed sometimes, let a lone exercise. I have had a goal to get 3,000 steps a day but have not met it. <BR> I would love to hear what other people's exercise/ walk routine is. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:01:38 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST Resistance Bands Anyone doing resistance band training? I'm really interested, but not really sure where to begin. I had started getting into weight training (and was seeing a HUGE difference in my energy level and "trimness"!!!!) but then I had an injury that prevents me from going back to the machines. However, I've been told that if I do body weight or light bands -- working up to heavier resistance -- I can do a lot of what I was doing on machines... AND at home! :D <BR> <BR> I was just curious if anyone... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:23:04 EST Hi! Always looking for friends and co-motivators. This is my... second? third? time back at spark. This time, I'm here for keeps. I'm a 34-year-old PhD student who wants to get healthy, live the life I deserve, and have the freedom to do anything (physical) I want to do! <BR> <BR> I'm at my highest weight yet, 340.2. I have 200 lbs to lose to get me to my ideal weight, but my first "big" goal is to get back under 300. Heck, let's be realistic: my first big goal is just to get back under 340! :) <BR> <BR> For the first time ever, I've strug... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:15:20 EST Hi everyone. 70 lbs to lose. Been Aquasizing Been Aquasizing 5 days a week, River Walking 3 nights a week. Rx on the floor. And other workouts with no weight loss yet. Hashimoto's is taking its toll on me but I am gonna keep going. Let's fight together! <img src=""> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:59:57 EST Never Giving Up! Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:06 EST Married 2x?? so now that you told us that you got married the 2nd time in 2 weeks. Please give us the details!! <BR> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:46:58 EST Hi Everyone I am not new to Sparkpeople but new to this group. Perhaps it will give me more motivation. I get married for the 2nd time in about 2 weeks. <em>337</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:08:20 EST Your Favorite Sparkpeople Video Many exercise videos are not designed for people like me (obese) and I frequently get injured. I started this thread for us to post SP videos suitable for plus sized bodies. <BR> <BR><BR>os-detail.asp?video=42 <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful seated core workout with Coach Nicole. Even though you remain seated your core gets a BIG work out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit: does anyone know how to make the http address a link? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:10:40 EST Hi I am obese and finally facing my reality. I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:54:22 EST How to track heavy housework Is there a way to track housework or anything similar to that on fitness? I couldn't find any search words. If not, what would you compare it to that is in their list? I'm really pushing to do the heavy duty deep cleaning not just picking stuff up or dusting. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:22:16 EST Exercise Hi, I'm Tammy <BR> <BR> When I go walking I use Nordic ski walking poles due to my accident last year and I ride my stationary bike because it has arms so I know I want fall off. Does anyone have any suggestion for different exercises for someone who has trouble with balance and stability? Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:52:23 EST Introducing Myself Hi, My name is Sue Ellen. I am retired and live in northern Indiana. Fall is my favorite season, and the weather, and the leaves, are very beautiful here now. I weigh 400 pounds and have a lot of arthritis. I need to find some ways to start being more active--less sitting at the computer, LOL! I have purchased four chair-exercise DVD's and one of those bicycle-pedal things like people put under their desks at work in order to exercise your legs. I have yet to start to use these consiste... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:44:09 EST joined this group today Hello been a member for some time now let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am 5 '2' tall My father passed away 8 mons. yesterday.. <em>39</em> I was forced to walk every where I went since the month of March, I lost 10 lbs., <em>41</em> the walking also helped me clear my head many times I also did a lot of crying. One thing I did notice when a person is taken out of their comfort zone things change, co-workers started giving rides to all the places I had to go to, (they were n... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:31:22 EST Newbie Hi I am new to the team. Really excited about this joining. Hoping to accomplish a lot of weight loss slowly but surly. <em>244</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:37:24 EST Upcomming Surgery I have an upcoming surgery that is going to place me out of commission for at least 2 weeks while my chest heals. Does anyone have suggestions for exercises that will not place pressure on my chest wall? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:52:30 EST Hello I joined SP after not having much success with other places. I really love being here. Its such an inspiring place. I started this journey on December 29 and have lost 38 pounds. I joined this forum to get some exercise inspiration and pointers. I have a sit down job and I just don't have a lot of drive to move when I get home. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 14:03:50 EST veggies and fruits A to Z.....cont. I made a new topic <BR> <BR> just because everyone on the team gets the notice of a new topic. Sometimes a few new people get interested. <BR> <BR> I hope you don't mind that I did that. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:22:24 EST big toe cramp while exercising i'm sorry if this a bit off topic, but i'd like a little input on this. <BR> so, i frequently get big toe cramps when i'm stretching my feet (not exercise like); but today i got a bit scared. <BR> First day at the gym. i was 20' on the elliptical and then 20' on the bike. before even starting on the bike, just by plaacing my feet on the pedals (which weren't looking upwards) , i got a toe cramp. then, while biking, another one. and again, and again. i had to stop earlier than i'd like to , a... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:54:51 EST Hello There =) Hi my name is April I am 34. I have 4 kids, work in the medical field and I also have two dogs... I am not brand new to Spark people but new at utilizing it. A few years ago I started the trip to make a healthier lifestyle for myself. Then after losing weight and reaching my goal, I got pregnant and gained it all and some back....I have been doing good for the most part but i have a hip problem, and at times cant find the courage to break through and do my workouts anyways....I am starting sm... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:20:45 EST hello i have'nt posted in awhile, i just started back on here, being trying since jan 7th, i started at 244 pds got down to 235 and just gained back 3 pounds, i ride a stationary bike 10 miles a day, do you think i need to up my exercise to get this weight off, it just comes off so hard, should i do the treadmill instead of the bike, the bike dont make me sweat, help what should i do? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 03:53:25 EST Back surgery and exercise I had back surgery about 3 months ago. I am near 300lb and the doctors have put lifting restrictions on me because they don't want me tearing my disc again. Any recommendations on gym workouts that won't compromise my lower back? I have been walking and doing the elliptical but I'm afraid to do any weight training or jumping exercises. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:36:07 EST Hi My name is Rasheda. I've been a member of Sparkpeople off and on for a couple of years. I found that all of the information was overwhelming, and the earning of Sparkpoints was a distraction. So I would stop. But I haven't found any other sight that provides good information for weight loss and healthy lifestyle building , that wasn't asking for $50+ per month, just to get little bits and pieces. So I'm back on here, with a new attitude and desire to drop 60 pounds before the summer. <BR> <B... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:43:20 EST Ready to Shine Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Jenny, 36 and I'm from Carlsbad, CA. I joined SP about a year ago and lost interest but am really ready to start and make the necessary changes. I have about 100 lbs to lose and need motivation and workout buddies. Anyone in the C-bad area? <BR> <BR> Find your spark and shine! <BR> <BR> Jenny Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:14:26 EST I need help I need help. I want for a better body, I want for a healthy life, I want for a good night sleep. It seems like every time I actually feel good and get on a band wagon for exercise I injure myself. In 2007 I was training to complete a half marathon, ended up in PT for 6 months 3x a week for my hip. Still have issues with it to this day. This past spring discovered yoga. Discovered I enjoy said yoga and not to shabby at it either. In April 2014 went to the doctor with pain in my neck and... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:36:01 EST Happy to be here! Greetings!! I think I found my peeps! I posted on exercise and fitness that I was scared to start working out. I've gained 80 lbs and used to be a fit athlete. Now I'm achy and lethargic but inspired to get moving again and lose the pounds that have stacked up so sneakily. Immediately you all have inspired me! I just ordered Mega Yoga that was recommended by one of the members here. You guys understand how hard it is to start and maintain exercise when every cell in your body is screaming OU... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:34:04 EST New to sparks not to trying to be lose weight I want to lose 90 more pounds I have lost between 22 and 26 pounds. I started this journey in June 2014- I wanted to lose just 50 before I turned 50 I was getting up early 4 days a week and was up to an hour a day exercising from my bike to the treadmill I just knew it would happen, when I got stuck at just 22 pound and I was not eating a lot some days I got discourage I know I can do this with hard work and determination its hard to get back focus. My birthday is just around the corner and... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:23:15 EST Exercise/Move! words ABC order A- absorbent <BR> <BR> like in exercise clothing <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:34:07 EST Runners Anyone here a runner? I am thinking of mixing walking and running! It will be more lite jogging. <BR> <BR> Walking makes me feel so good-just thought maybe I would give it a try. <BR> <BR> Thoughts?? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:59:14 EST i need some tips/advice I have alot of cellulite and a little fat on the side of my knees, any suggestions/excercises to get rid of it? thanks! <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:02:25 EST Suggestions for a big girl just starting out? Hello everyone! :) (tl;dr at bottom!) <BR> <BR> I wanted to ask if anyone had suggestions on just getting started with exercise. I am a very big girl (about 170kg/385lbs) and while I can do walking to an extent, it's very painful for my lower back and hips after about 5 minutes, to where I feel like collapsing. <BR> <BR> I previously had led a very sedentary lifestyle, sometimes due to laziness and sometimes due to pain and no energy for other health reasons. Even stretching a lot of times ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:17:40 EST What to do with small race shirts Okay so I am a big woman big, like 3x big. When I do races the "free" race shirt generally max at L sometimes XL. There is no way for these to fit me, especially since workout clothes generally run small anyway. <BR> <BR> So other than just mounting them on the wall with the bib and metal, are there other good ideas to do with them? I'm not a quilter or seamstress so things that take skill aren't really going to work. They also range from cotton long sleeves to technical short sleeves.... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:53:59 EST i need some suggestio ns/advice just started back, trying to lose 50 pounds by spring, what would you suggest would be some good excercises to do this, I carry my weight in my legs, hip and thighs and i have a little bit of a belly, i want to slim down and tone up....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:39:21 EST Couch to 5k So at work I started a couch to 5k program, though they are calling it a desk to 5k. I think this should be interesting. I am in okay shape but so not a runner. I hope to get some endurance and speed from this! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:48:29 EST Need Advise on Switching up Routines! Hey all :) I am at a kind of stand still and I am needing some fitness advise. <BR> <BR> My current routine for exercise is cardio - zumba style dancing for about 40mins a day. I've been doin this for about 2months now. I love to dance and that is what keeps me working out each day. I know I need to change up my routine but what does that entail exactly? I do about 3 videos a day, that are 10mins 16mins and 12mins. Could I do them in a different order and that would be sufficient enough or ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:52 EST fit bit? Does this thing help anyone? Chime in if you own one and love it or if you own one and are iffy about what it actually does. My husband ordered one for me along with a fancy gold bangle (from some designer that is doing some things for the company now). I want to know if I should have him send them back before I remove the stuff from the packaging. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:15:39 EST Has anyone tried cross fit? There are a few centers that have popped up near me and this method of working out seems interesting, but IDK if it's OK because I've had surgery on my right knee and it seems that the left one is arthritic. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:35:47 EST Graphs How do I get one of those little fun graphs at the bottom of your posts? They would motivate me! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:58:11 EST Kettlebells? (Cross-posting from another one of my teams, sorry if you're seeing this in more than one place!) <BR> <BR> Hey all! I'm trying to get started with kettlebells and got what I'm referring to as the "kettlebells with training wheels" kit. The bell is adjustable up to 12 pounds which I thought would be good for me to use as I get the hang of things and decide if I really like it before investing in some real kettlebells. It did come with a dvd, but I thought it was kind of lame. I'd love to hea... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:50:41 EST JessicaSmithTV on YouTube Who else uses her videos to workout at home? What are your favorites? <BR> <BR> I Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:03:59 EST new Hi I am new to this board and I was on this site before but stopped doing it. I Really want to be healthy. I have the hardest time exercising. I am over weight and out of shape. And I am only 37 not good. Sat, 17 May 2014 01:24:11 EST Has anybody taken and urban rebounding class? They look sooo fun! They've also gotta be easier on the knee that's had surgery than a Zumba class. Does anyone know how long I should typically wait until I can try a class at my gym? My surgery was February 3 and I feel fab since I started taking off the weight (even though it's only like 14 or 16 lb in so far) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:54:02 EST ok i will try this again hi , i'm 65 yrs old and have loss and gained weight all my life, i dont really like to exercise, but i'm going to get back into it, i just hope and pray my legs can take it, i will be starting on the treadmill, well here i go, wish me luck Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:25:21 EST Sneaker suggestions. I had knee surgery in February. meniscus, I am down from 260 lb to 243, but I need a decent workout shoe that will give me joint support. I used to wear Mizuno running shoes, but I can no longer run (because I don't want to risk having my knees replaced). Brooks and NB were some of the suggestions made by the orthopedist. Any positive reviews? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:42:34 EST Balance on a bike Hello Everyone, <BR> I haven't ridden a bike since I was kid, and even then I was a pretty crappy rider. I've now lost of the weight that needed to be gone and I've been trying to get on a bike, at last. <BR> I used to think my butt was much too big for me to sit "comfortably", but I'm having second thoughts on this one. <BR> Sure, my butt is far from fit even now, but I think my problem lies elsewhere. See, I have back problems, aka upper back kyphosis, lower back lordosis and right shoulder... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:22:39 EST KEEP MOVIN don't like to do exercises because you feel at this weight , they are too hard, I understand totally. this is what we need to do . we need to KEEP MOVING, as long as you are doing something besides sitting or laying around you are doing some type of exercise. cant work outside because of the snow, walk around the house, up and down stairs if you have them. lets do this and become more fit so we can start doing those other exercises. YOU CAN DO THIS. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:54:05 EST exercise too much well not sure what my problem is. is it I am doing too much exercise on the gazelle and not eating enough( which I am full. or doing too much eating and have the wrong gazelle exercise numbers . I picked the gazelle with resistance because when my meter was working( granddaughter broke it) I used up about 800 to 1000 calories over a day or day and a half, this said it was 864 calories used so I chose that one for my hour of work out the other one listed tells me to eat on 50 calories over t... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:11:51 EST doing it well I am still doing my 60 minutes on the gazelle, walked around 3 or more big size stores yesterday with my son, so I guess that is added movement I wouldn't have done. well good luck all in your venture forward. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:11:43 EST hi all i am very new to this site and still trying to figure everything out. but i am here to really lose weight and get fit and healthy Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:23:12 EST fitness club thinking of joining a fitness club today. only reserve is that its 30 minutes from where I live. gas going up and up so it may be hard to go often. well we will see. let you know and how it goes. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:38:59 EST Additional exercise calories- Do you use them? I was wondering how many of you use the calories you burn to eat more or just stay within your normal calorie range. I don't want to let starvation mode kick in from not using them but also I have been doing alot of walking and don't really need them unless it will help me ? Please any thoughts or input would be appreciated :) Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:52:38 EST Newbie Hello everyone, newbie here. Hoping to gain some motivation, new acquaintances, weight loss, and more. Hope you all enjoy ur day. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:50:19 EST week 2 workouts hi still using the gazelle everyday this week for 60 minutes. I also danced around to some fast music yesterday, that was fun. have a great day Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:01:55 EST Ideals good afternoon this is my second day and doing better . Need ideals of what I can do . Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:10:10 EST Introduction! Hello All !!! <BR> <BR> I'm Stacy and this website grabbed my attention immediately, after decided to change some things around in my life, I come to notice that a big change needed to come from my waist...and my arms...and my thighs... pretty much everything on my body except my hands! This is not my first stab at weight lost. However this is my first time with this MINDSET to lose weight....Thanks for having me. with the community and my new brain.... 130 pounds don't seem that hard to los... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:19:44 EST Hi from Sunny Arizona Hi, I am new to this forum and Sparks People. I have 180 pounds to lose and exercise has always been a dirty word to me, I hate it. However, I know in order for me to get healthy and lose the weight I need to do something. Even though I have always been overweight, I was active until the last year and a half. Due to a chronic health problem the doctor limited (really deleted most) activity. I now have the go ahead to start carefully. I can not get up and down off the floor as it causes pressu... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:34:12 EST Best Workout DVD sets for beginners So I have decided I would like to try a workout routine at home. I need some structure and would like to try one of those box dvd sets. The problem is that a lot of them are at an advance level and are really hard to follow. I have over 100lbs to lose so I need something I can do and not et too discouraged. Anyone have any they have used that they can recommend? Ones you would not recommend? Thank you in advance for any advice. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:42:22 EST Gotta start somewhere... gotta start sometime... Hello! <BR> Where do I begin... I've been addicted to all sorts of bad things. I am hoping to become addicted to good things! I know this is not a diet- it's a life style change. And change doesn't happen overnight. There will be blood, sweat and and lots of tears, I'm sure, but I've got to give it a shot. I deserve to be healthy and enjoy my body. I'm recruting friends to join me on this journey. Motivation, support and celebration! I can do this! We can do this! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:09:38 EST Fitbit VS Nike Fuelband I am wanting one for my birthday, but wanted to know which one is better? I would like to hear pros and cons of both <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:42:13 EST Treadmill 20 min a day Hey there all, <BR> I am a plus size exerciser. I know that I need about 20 min daily to help with not only weight loss, but also managing stress. I work shift work and find that challenging. I lost my son in Aug. and also find myself feeling very tired all the time. I know that regular exercise will help on many levels. <BR> Do any of you want to join a goal of 20 min. daily on the treadmill? <BR> Thanks all <BR> Walkon2 - Sheilagh Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:48:40 EST Ab workouts for plus size? I'm wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for ab workouts that would work for someone who is obese. Of course I am big all over but my stomach is my big problem area and I want to start working on it right away but of course typical ab workouts are too hard for me right now. Does anyone know any good ab workout dvds with good modifications?? <BR> Thanks everyone:) <BR> <em>532</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:09:33 EST Hello i'm new to Plus Size Exercise I have found my way to change my eating habits for a positive weight loss. It took me 50 years of dieting, all kinds of ways but just now at 59 years old I was ready to lose the pounds. I do not think anyone can lose weight till they are ready and in there own way. I think I just got so tired of feeling depressed and uncomfortable and thought that a 2 year goal is just 2 years out of my life. The older I got the years just seemed to fly why not losing weight? All the sudden it made si... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:07:09 EST Hello Everyone I am here to get healthier and loose 100 lbs in the next 2yrs. Looking for friends and encouragement. I am still trying to learn how to use sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend and let the fun begin. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:11:36 EST New to SparkPeople and this Group Hello my name is Diane, and just joined Spark people. I need to lose 180 pounds and need the support from others who are also trying to become healthy for God,themselves and Family. Or for whatever reason they may have. I know its not a easy task but with strong perseverance i know it can become a victory! Good luck to all that are just starting a positive change in your life and congratulations to those that have reached your goals and beyond! Thank You,Diane Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:38:17 EST When do you....? I was thinking, we all can use new ideas to try. So, if you would like to share please do, all some or just one question. Thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> When do you like to work out? <BR> Where do you work out? <BR> What is your favorite form of cardio? <BR> What is your go to favorite food (and have you found a heather version of it)? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:37:01 EST Hello i am New to this team All my life i have always been over weight. I was told that it was genetic but i feel that i can overcome this with a strong will to stay alive. I have so many health problems,plus a husband who is going blind,a son who is schizophrenic and a daughter who abuses drugs. But thru prayer and perseverance i will lose 180 pounds and better myself,for me and family and God.Thank You for your support. Diane Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:36:55 EST just changed name Hi its Julie again joining ur group Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:25:18 EST Sale Alert Old Navy has their women's plus active wear on sale until 1/15/14. I snagged two more pairs of my favorite workout pants for $12 each. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:51:36 EST New Hi I'm a new by to this group and I'm trying to find a way to stay motivated. Something seems to happen every time I get into my routine. Its been a little discouraging.&#128546; <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:39:09 EST Intros Hi, my name is Lauren and I'm from upstate NY. I've just joined SP as a way to get more motivation and organization with my weight loss journey. I've lost 2 pounds in my first week and I feel amazing. I haven't just started exersizing though. I have been walking 2 miles a day 5 days a week for my job and I work at a daycare center so I'm always active at work. If I'm not too tired when I get home I try to do as many burpees as I can. (I usually don't make it past 15 or 20, but I thinks that's... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:45:18 EST Weight Loss Family Sil Vous Plait? Hello there! <BR> <BR> I'm Sha, no I'm not french. That's actually short for Shaheera. I'm from a little country on the coast of South East Asia called Singapore. I'm 19 and actually new here. I'm currently in my final year of school and I'm debating going back to pursue a degree or even moving on to work. <BR> <BR> So I'm sorta trying to get the hang of this whole thing, and the main purpose I'm here is to lose a ton of weight and get my sexy back. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet a couple if n... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:41:23 EST looking for a support buddy or team Hi, <BR> <BR> Let me introduce myself; I am having been trying different diets and fads for almost twenty years and I have always come back to my original weight. For some reason I can't lose past twenty pounds and been and still am in the twenty pound range. I am almost 240 lbs and really need help on how to incorporate the changes that come with healthy lifestyle. I gained over 80 lbs with my twins (who will be twenty in less than a year) and haven't seen below 200 since my pregnancy. <... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:04:53 EST Hi Everyone! With 2014 just around the corner I am amping up my involvement with the Spark challenges and saw this team and decided to join. Working out is something I love to do but, yes but, with my knees (severe osteoarthritis) and my weight it is challenging finding activities to engage in, especially in the Winter. For the past several weeks I have working out on my stationary bike and it is the one activity that helps my knees. In a couple of weeks I am getting hyaluronic acid injections in my le... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:01:59 EST Joined A Gym So... I joined a gym Monday evening. I went with the intention of just getting a tour and info, since there was another gym a little closer to home my husband wanted me to check out. But when we were doing the tour and there were all types and sizes of people there working out, I felt like I would be comfortable there. They have free personal training also, so I signed up for a <BR> "design your own program" thing this evening. <BR> <BR> I'm a little nervous because new things are scary, an... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:09:10 EST Too tired I am finding myself too tired to exercise and with winter closing in, I know this is going to get worse. I heard that Green Tea can sometimes give a boost. What kind of green tea is best, or does it matter? Does anyone here use Green Coffee Bean Extract? Does it work? ANy help/hints would be appreciated. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:39:32 EST a series that could help Hello, hello and hello again :D <BR> I'm happy to say i'm back and fighting. :) <BR> <BR> i'm posting this to share with you something that helped me take up losing weight once again, since during this summer i had decided i'd quit the game forever. <BR> <BR> it's a british tv show which pairs a supersizer with an underweight person in a food clinic, where each one must feed on what the other person would eat on a normal day. it goes on for a few days and most of the time it's really intere... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:30:40 EST Here we go again..... I am at this topic page as this is the area that I have the most difficulty starting. Foodwise I have been on plan for a week with no difficulties however although I know how important exercise is, it is not something that comes easy for me. My knees, hips, shoulders and ankles are on the stiff side. I'm sure gentle exercise would help make those areas stronger and in the long run feel better but I need to get some motivation to get me started. I am 217# as of Oct 12th. I have been succes... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:35:18 EST Back at the gym Hello everyone. I've belonged to gyms for years. I was hardly going for the past 3 years because I was working full and part time jobs. I gave up the part time job in June. I was hesitant to go back to the gym because I had gained weight but then I thought that a gym was where I should be if I wanted to lose the weight. I'm so glad I went back! I do Zumba, kickboxing and a dancey aerobics class. I've lost 20 pounds since I started back. It's also nice to get out of the house. I've go... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:35:30 EST It's been a long time..... It's been quite awhile since I've posted in any of the teams I belong too. I have gotten very busy this year and life kind of took over. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report I've lost not only weight but inches! There is a reason for that, but I don't want to quite say what it was because I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to advertise. But I've been doing good with my weight loss. So I'm offering any support to any and every one that needs it. Please send me a message if you'd like to become ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 05:01:46 EST New Girl in tow... um, web.. .site Hello Sparkies! <BR> <BR> My name is Shawana Thomas, I'm 31 (soon to be 32 in OCT) and I am seriously looking for some motivation AND exercise buddies! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this isn't my first rodeo in this perspective, but I am genuinely looking to achieve some goals and make them my permanent solution! <BR> <BR> Also, I have just recently relocated to Arlington VT from Boise, ID and I would LOVE to meet locals, make friends, hear advice, or anything else for that matter from a... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:42:55 EST step aerobics?? I'm somewhat interested in doing step aerobics at home. I know I look like a fool working out-I can barely keep up with the videos I do have. Point is though I'm trying, and I'm moving and it's helping. But anyway, I'm interested in adding step aerobics to the mix. <BR> <BR> I'm currently hovering between 420 and 434 pounds (depending on how much water I'm retaining....) and I'm down from my all time heaviest of 508. Yea! But anyway..where can I find risers for step aerobics for my size... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:47:57 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone, I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I have been given the desire to be fit. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Zumba classes since Saturday in June 15th and recently added more days of exercise to my routine. I now workout a total of 3 days a week. Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday. My best friend and I have decided we are going to run a marathon and are training for that as well as getting fit for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I have a better eating habit, thanks to the corporate fast at my... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:44:02 EST Hello everyone. Well here I am again on Sparkpeople, I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. My motivation is just not there, but I'm slowly getting there. I've done Karate for 6 months (then got injured, but continued till I could not afford it), then joined the Y and started to do water aerobics, loved it, but again, my motivation just disappeared. I've lost weight in the past, usually once my mind is there, I'm fully there. I'm sick and tired of the aches/pains and I'm ready to get healthy. My fe... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 02:39:37 EST Hello! Sparkpeople Novice Here! Hello everyone! I'm ChubbyFencer a 28 year old former athlete (fencing, gymnastics, and karate) that is so TIRED of defining myself by accomplishments that have long since passed. I thought I'd seek out some active teams that I can check in with to help me stay accountable and successful! <BR> <BR> After suffering from years of major depression, I've started to finally see results from treatment at the beginning of 2013. The second I found the right mix of medication and was lik... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:27:42 EST Hi Just wanted to join the group and say hi. I've got lots to loose and hope sticking with and working a plan will do it for me. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:08:15 EST Trying to get this weight off! Hey yall! <BR> <BR> My name is Lea and I'm new to the whole SparkPeople Page! I live in Southeast Texas! I used to be a size 6 for a while but after high school, my activity level went from a 10 to a 0! So, the weight just started packing on! Got married, got pregnant and totally used the pregnancy as an excuse to eat! Now, I have put on 70-80 pounds since high school! It's crazy! I need to control what food I put in my mouth, when I eat, how much I eat, etc. So, I am completely changing my... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:00:27 EST Always knew what to do, now I'm doing it! Hi, I'm finally starting my very OWN program for losing weight and getting fit, and this team will be a big part of my inspiration. I'm 61 years old, retired, and have about 100 lbs. to lose (well, I'd like to lose a little more than that, more like 115 lbs.). I once WAS that slender and fit woman, but I lost her someplace starting about 25 years ago, and then this fat person just took over my life. I am lucky in that I do know how good it felt to be move with ease and to feel... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:41:40 EST newbie & starting over HI everyone!! <BR> Where to begin.. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want more energy, I want to look in the mirror and go "darn I'm not bad looking"(lol), I want to be able to walk downtown Chicago without thinking I am dying. Is that so much to ask. Ok maybe a little. I am learning that I can't do it alone. My husband is supportive, but he is also my sabotager. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:18:17 EST Sore legs and knees I joined Curves about 6 weeks ago. I did very well for 3 weeks. I knew I had bad knees and I went to the doctor and received injections in both knees once a week for 3 weeks. My knees started feeling much better, but my legs were hurting and weak. (I think maybe I had pulled a muscle in my lower back.) I havn't been to Curves in 3 weeks and know I need to start back. Meanwhile, their fee is still being deducted from our bank account. After resting over the weekend my legs are also feel... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:14:43 EST Workout Gear Okay, this is going to be strange. Maybe a little TMI, but here goes ... <BR> <BR> I have a big ole flabby belly and some exercises are a little on the painful side (because of flopping). Any suggestions for what to wear to prevent that??? Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:06:31 EST Portion Distortion! I have this.....I serve more than I should which means I consume more than I should. I have bought measuring bowls and that has been a huge help. Does anyone else have this distortion and if so, what else can you suggest that will help? Thanks in advance! <em>30</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 00:24:20 EST Motivation in Numbers Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently joined spark people because, while the food and exercise diaries are robust, My FitnessPal is becoming a little too much like Facebook. I live in Kansas City, MO and looking for workout buddies. I have a fitness center in my building and thought someone would be willing to meet there to workout. <BR> <BR> Feel free to reach out to me, if this sounds like something you'd like to do. <BR> <BR> Best of luck on your journey! Thu, 23 May 2013 11:22:58 EST Running/Jogging Sneakers I started the c25k app a couple weeks ago and was in week 3 when I sprained my ankle. I'm not sure if it's due to playing softball on crappy fields (although never sprained it before playing softball) or from running on my treadmill in cheap sneakers. Anyway, my friend thinks I sprained it because of my sneakers and that I should buy actual running sneakers that are a bit more expensive in the $50 - $100 range. The sneakers I have now I bought from Payless a long time ago, just to use occasio... Sun, 12 May 2013 12:59:06 EST Getting Started Hello Team, I have already received a few welcome messages from this team and 2 other teams that I have joined and I just wanted to say thank you. It is strange that few written words from people I have not met could have such a positive impact it did. So Thanks <em>334</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 09:21:29 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Helena. I'm new to SparkPeople and looking forward to learning as much as I can from everyone. I'm starting out at 325 lbs and will be easing into exercise. I have three great kids who are willing to walk with me each evening and help their mom reclaim her health. I have a very long journey a head of me but if I want to be around to see my children grow up it's necessary. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and supporting each other. <... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:13:10 EST Starting over My name is Mariah, I am 20 years old. I've been working on losing weight for almost 2 years now. I lost 80 pounds then gained back a little over 20 pounds when I started college. I want to keep losing weight but I'm having trouble sticking with it this time around and I don't want to give up on it. I would love to have people to talk to on here :) <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 16:55:53 EST Walking... everyone's favorite topic :) Hi folks, Melissa here. I've led a pretty inactive life and now I'm overweight (I know... it's a shocker). I've been going through a very stressful time and it's really made me look at what I'm doing. So last friday I said it was time. I got up and went outside, had no idea where I was going just started to walk. I was just going to start with an hour, so I was timing myself with my phone. I got to the half hour mark and I thought to myself that I could totally go for more. Sooo... long sto... Wed, 1 May 2013 23:16:20 EST Carma72 Hi does anyonknow why I am not able to add new food or make a subtitute for a single item on meal plan? Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:52:17 EST Calorie intake and exercise ive only been here just over a month, and in the exercise at the end of the day its telling me i need to adjust my's the problem ... when i adjust it, it adds more calories to my nutricional section- telling me i need to eat more calories... the problem is im just not hungry enuuf to eat them....i feel full around 1100-1200 and it wants me to eat this going to be a problem ? Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:12:09 EST hi, im amy im 43 yrs old, married and have 3 kids-ages 18, 13, and 5. ive been on sparkpeople bout a month now and have lost 13 pounds looking to loose another 100 in the next year. i find my cholesterol out of wack and getting harder to take care of my flower bed. As of recently- my 5 yr old has been very blunt when she says "mommy, your fat" it hurts...and she's right ! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:30:59 EST Newbie Hi all. I'm Roxann, and I just started here last week. I'm really motivated to go from 254.4lbs to 160lbs <BR> <BR> I've lost 9 pounds since I started. I know most of it is water weight, I am recovering from knee surgery a month ago, and I have high blood pressure. My feet have been SO swollen, and I started on a diuretic HCTZ in addition to my blood pressure pill, and the swelling is completely gone today. I also went from drinking around 10 cans of Diet coke a day to only drinking w... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:56:50 EST Scared Overwieght Mom I'm a 34 year old mom of 6, who desparetly needs to lose wight. I'm 5'6 and 212 pounds. I recently joined a community center with a gym to try to lose weight but am finding it hard to get motivated to get there Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:32:52 EST A Yummy Breakfast Idea I don’t usually do things like this but this morning I found a SparkPeople Recipe I want to share. I’m not much of a fruit eater so when I buy bananas I always end up with some over-ripe ones I have to figure out what to do with. I’ve also been looking for ways to get more protein in my diet. I bought some protein powder and now am on the look out for other things to do with it besides just drink it. This is a recipe for Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins. Besides the fruit they’re made wi... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:11:00 EST the $10,000 diet <link><BR>the-woman-behind-nyc-s--10-000-diet--f<BR>-factor-s-tanya-zuckerbrot-194103880.html </link> <BR> <BR> I don't even know where to begin other than saying oh my my my *head shake* Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:49:15 EST Cheap clothes I am trying to update my wardrobe. I haven't bought clothing in close to 10 years. I went to the mall and browsed in every clothing store I could find. What a shock! Not only were the prices sky high but the selection for someone my size was incredibly small. EIther it was filmy, gauzy, creepy feeling. OR it had cleavage to my navel. OR it was long, down to almost my knees. I just could not find anything I liked that fit, that I could afford. The lowest price shirt I could find was $29.99, th... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:12:33 EST Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes Someone emailed me a couple of days ago asking my opinion of Digestive Enzyme Supplements and/or Probiotics to aid digestion. I thought the answer might be of interest to others so decided to share my reply with my teams. The information I’m providing is educational only, I’m a retired biology teacher, NOT a doctor. I’m not attempting to offer medical advice. Also, SparkPeople has an excellent Diet and Nutrition forum. This is a great place to ask questions related to nutrition, fitness... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:28:08 EST Frustrated? Grumpy? Try this! OK everyone, <BR> I started out the day in a real diet (excuse me, “lifestyle change”), exercise funk. I feel like I’m going nowhere fast and am getting frustrated! Daylight Savings Time is making me grumpy! I even wrote my blog today about it. Since I prefer to be a positive person all this negativity was only making me grumpier – can you see the beginnings of a cycle here? So I decided to look online for some weight loss jokes, hoping I could cheer myself up a little. I’m not sure my... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:30:03 EST Swelling Ankles? The Sodium/P otassium relationshi I recently had a problem with my ankles swelling, some of you may have followed the posts on my other teams and I thank you for your input and suggestions. What finally solved the problem for me was simply recalling a concept I used to teach, the relationship between sodium and potassium in your cells. I’m a retired Biology teacher, NOT a doctor so this information is from an educational standpoint, not medical advice but I thought it might be helpful to understand a little more about how t... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:01:15 EST Exercising with BenGay OK, I guess I just have to vent a little here. I have extra strength BenGay rubbed into both arthritic knees, something called Salonpas patches stuck to all the sore areas on my feet and I just took 800 mg of Ibuprofen (prescription) just so I could try to do what has become my daily exercise routine. The Salonpas were recommended by my aunt who has the same foot condition I do. She also suggested Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Rub which evidently is different than regular Gold Bond. What's ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:28:34 EST Hip and leg pain while sleeping - need advice I am significantly overweight (c. 150lbs above upper end of healthy weight), and have in recent months been having pain in my hips and legs at night. I don't know if this is because of my mattress (it's only 7 months old, pretty firm), or maybe a lack of some nutrients, or...? <BR> <BR> I think this has been happening for several months but I only really consciously started paying attention a few month ago. I tried looking it up online, but all I really found was about restless leg syndrome,... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:56:29 EST Okay...I gotta get fit and thin. I am new here and would like all the help I can get. I have tried this a few times myself and it has not stuck. I have no idea how to even begin to exerciser. I am 42 and I was the quintessential "gym hater". So, can some one please help me? I do okay with the eating thing, its the getting up off my butt thing I have issues with. I want to get thin...there is a thin girl inside of me just screaming to get out there!!!! <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:03:46 EST i am new here and need all the help i can get I lost weight before on spark people but gained it all back plus added more .My health is getting bad i have ashma due to smoking.i have trouble breathing climbing my stairs.I walk but very slowly.I want to lose for me to be here on this earth for a very long time.Please help things here have changed so much since i was here back in 2009. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:12:33 EST New to this site I just started this program today and I hope this can help me. Can anybody give me some suggestions on how to go about this big and long road I have ahead of me. Any comments, Thank you. <em>24</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:04:09 EST Couple more great DVD's to workout to Hi all, <BR> <BR> I added a couple of DVD pix to my blog today of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds Walk and Kick and Just My Size Yoga. I just took pix of the cases but they are great DVD's. All of Leslie's are doable and the Just My Size Yoga is meant for bigger girls and helps with modifications to get into the poses. Yoga/stretching is so important so I was so happy to have found this DVD. <BR> <BR> Good Luck and hope it works for you! <BR> <BR> Tina Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:11:55 EST Exercizes for People with Pain Issues Can't use your legs? Use your arms! I got a wonderful arm bike that I use called the Magnetrainer. There is a picture of me using it in my photo gallery. I've lost 230 pounds to date- over a 7 year period just using SparkPeople and exercise. I;m disabled, so I have to find ways to get in exercise that don't involve my legs. Herniated disks, degenerative joint disease, pinched nerve bundles, knee replacements, fibromyalgia, clinical major depression and the list does go on. But the tric... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:41:34 EST STARTINGOVER HI EVERYONE,THIS IS MY SECOND TIME ON SPARK,LOST MY FOCUS,I WAS TRYING TO DO IT ALL BY MYSELF AND IT DIDN'T WORK,SO I'M BACK AGAIN AND THIS TIME IT HAS TO WORK,I'M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER,THE LONGER I PUT IT OFF THE HARDER IT GET, YOUR IDEAS AND TIPS ARE WELCOME. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:33:47 EST Found a great new DVD to workout to I just finished Tae Bo Foundation. It's the Tae Bo that explains all the moves. It's 65 minutes long and I did it all and was SWEATY but never got overwhelmed nor frustrated. The last 20 minutes is stretching/yoga and it felt fantastic. It also has a segment called Energy that ramps it up a little more when you are ready. I will stick to this one for a bit 'til first I have all the moves down pat and can do without thinking, and I'm ready to move on. <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd pass alon... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:52:43 EST Hello all! My first day on here and I haven't figured it all out yet so I'm not sure if this will even be posted anywhere so any responses telling me you can see it would be great! I'm looking for huge changes in my life. Its my job to save my own life for my family. They can probably live without me but I don't want them to. Its time to change and live. Looking forward to meeting new people on the same journey and succeeding together. Fat Girl Falling is a positive thing - I'm ready for the fat t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:34:26 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy new year everyone! Best of luck for 2013! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:09:17 EST Leslie Sansone Hi everyone I need your help. <BR> I used to have a video by Leslie Sansone that had a timer on it. It helped me a lot. I lost it when I had to send my puter in for repair. Does anyone know the name of this DVD? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:01:50 EST Gym conundrum Just a month ago I had perfected being a couch potato. I can't believe I've hit Curves on a free 30 day trial at least 2-3 times each week. Now that's over and I have to decide if I want to stay there and become a member. The problem is that the owner is lite on staff so she closes 3 hrs in the afternoon. The time tends to be when I'd like to exercise. Then there are other days like Fri, Sat that are half days only and Sun closed. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I forgot and drove there during ru... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 23:01:52 EST been a crazy few days/week I wanted to post and say thank you for all the support, comments, blog comments, and goodies. This week has been pretty crazy but I am really hopeful for December. I have been making the gym 3 days a week, doing my just dance every morning but one last week. I did something to my ankle and I knew I was walking at gym later so I took it easy on it. I also have decided that the weekends other then my gym on Sundays I am gonna chill out some with the workouts. The major reason being I just ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:43:15 EST Having trouble getting started Hi, my name is Freida and I am 63. I have just started my journey for the second time, with SP. I love SP for the teamwork, but mostly I don't feel like I am all alone. Thank you all for that. What my problem is, is that I want to start exercising but the pain in my spine makes it difficult. I know I can do it when I get started, I just need that little push, and maybe an exercise to ease into it? Does that make sense? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:51:42 EST New and Need Motivation Hi, Ive been trying to lose weight for 2 years and I keep giving up, I need help staying motivated, use to be a size 10 and now im a 20, HELP! Thanks! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:58:28 EST Upright Exercise Bike I love spinning at the gym on their upright stationary bike and plan on purchasing one this weekend to use at home. I'm looking for a sturdy bike that is quiet, has a comfortable seat, an adjustable console, many resistance levels and a price point up to $400. Does anyone have any suggestions for bike models or brands that they have used or purchased and recommend? Also, where did you purchase it? I'm thinking about using Thanks. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:23:56 EST glad to be here hello everyone i am so happy to be here i am new and i have a long way to go. i am not use to exerciseing but i am going to start i am disable so i can only stand a few min. but i am willing to staret with that please write me for suport Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:37:39 EST Support and motivation I figured I would pose this question here hoping someone else has had or is having this issue: <BR> I started out small with making lifestyle changes. I started to limit my eating out, exercising and doing little things. I've managed to make these small changes, and I'm now ready to move onto more challenges. However, recently in the last 3 weeks, I've developed problems sleeping. I'm so exhausted during the day, I can barely find the energy to get through a full work day. But I'm at least ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:23:14 EST Just getting started! Hi I am a mom of 3 and determined to get healthy!! I have tried many things in the past and nothing is working. I am trying to set small goals so I dont get discouraged :) I hope I can be as successful as many of the people here are. Have a great day!! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:01:02 EST Late night fitness infomercials I'm usually not up this late, but unfortunately insomnia decided to rear it's ugly head. Anyway, I'm always looking for something new so I'll watch a few minutes of the fitness informercials. I totally understand these are paid advertisements so they have to look good. But is it just me or wouldn't these informercials be more effective if we saw someone at the beginning on their weight loss journey? I totally appreciate before and afters, but I would like to see more people like me in the Zum... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:03:17 EST Started over again and finally making it! Hi everyone. I joined a long time ago but lost my focus, so I haven't been back in quite a while. Last July 26 I relocated that "focus" and have been working very hard on getting healthier and losing weight since then. Please keep a good thought for me as I have a long way to go. <BR> ~Mushka~ Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:49:24 EST Do You Need A Workout Buddy? Do You Have Skype? My name is Brandi and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! (Skype is super simple to download and you can get a good webcam for as little as $30.00) I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:08:16 EST Desperate to find exercise buddies via skype My name is Brandi ...I'm new to this online support group and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I set out to ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:35:13 EST IM A NEWBE HI MY NAME IS JULIE AND IM A NEW MEMBER TO SP. IM ASKING TO JOIN THIS GROUP BECAUSE IM PLUS SIZE. IM STRUGGLING WITH WEIGHT AND WANT TO LOST ABT 80 LBS. I WAS JUST TOLD IM PREDIABETIC AND HAVE A SICATIC NERVE AND CANT DO JERKING THINGS. SO IM LIMITED TO CARDIO EXERCISE AND NEED HELP LEARNING SOME OTHER EXERCISES. THANKD YOU :) Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:32:45 EST HELLO I am new here Hi everyone my name is Tathy49 and I am trying to not only get down to a haelthy weight , but to find myself too. I think I lost myself long time ago , I have aways take care of my family as a single mom and somehow I neglected who need it the most care ... Me ! Now I found myself unhappy with how I feel and very uncomfortable with myself , before my weight was my security blanket or at least that is what I told myself as my reasons of why I had put on weight , but now I don't feel like this ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:42:40 EST $25 Coupons Hi. I have 3 $25 coupons for Lane Bryant. You spend $50 and pay $25 and the other $25 with a coupon. I don't want to waste these coupons, but will not be using them. Let me know by Sparkmail if you are interested in me sending you one. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 17:19:48 EST just joined im49 yrs old. i have gained so much weight over the yrs. part of it is emotional binging. its difficult for me to walk as i have feet problems. i also have a motivational problem. i want to excersize but just cant get myself started <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 19:03:42 EST "You are going to be great, keep going!" I found this on Facebook and had to share it, I hope that's alright! It really moved me. :) <BR> <BR> ------------------------- <BR> <BR> Hey, Fat Girl. <BR> <BR> Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe. <BR> <BR> You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:10:57 EST need help falling <em>39</em> i find my self sinking in a big whole i havent excerzised in about 3 days and beging the doctor for some kind of diet pills when i know i need to loose by myself someone give advise be i say thehell with it Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:10:11 EST working hard I am working hard!! and it is starting to show!! i am so proud of myself and i am working towards my goal! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:54:45 EST Finding Plus Sized Workout Clothes Hi. I live in Indiana. Anyone know where to find reasonably priced plus sized workout clothes? In particular, where would I find a good sports bra? Thanks. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:47:11 EST no motivation need help <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> this is my first time doing this im over weight by 100lbs and need some other peoples advice in what im doing wrong i excerzie each day and keep track of what im eating i have considered having the lap band done but i would rather do it the natural way im a mother of 3 grown kids im 43 years old and need all the help i can get Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:19:57 EST Consistency is the Key I know consistency is the key to be successful at anything, I just let life get in the way. Time to get on track, again, and make it work this time. I need to lose weight and do a better job of taking care of myself. Today is step 1, many more to follow. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:41:41 EST First Day Hello everyone joined the site last night. found alot of great stuff on here. 43 year old female i have about 130 lbs to loose. but my first goal is to loose 60lbs. been trying for a long time to get this weight off , i believe this site really has some great tools that can help me along the way. glad i found it.hoping to make some great friends along the way.! could use all the encouragement i can get. would love to be there for support for others as well.Have a blessed day <em>249</em> <em... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:45:20 EST no motivation for anything. I started this site about 2 weeks ago, and now i have no energy or motivation at all to do anything . Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:40:02 EST Hello Hello Everyone, I'm Erin and I just had my second child, a baby girl in May. Lost the 'baby weight' fairly quickly but find the pounds are creeping back on. I want them to creep off. I ride the stationary bike almost daily and I think I obviously overeat. I have a hard time tracking but I think that is precisely what I need to do. I am at home alone with babe a lot and eat for entertainment. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:51:59 EST Hey there Thought I'd give this team a try, so I wanted to drop in and say hello, and I look forward to getting to know you! Have a lovely day! :D Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:20:14 EST Horay to day is the day Hi! I am Amber i am 29 and have two amazing children and the most loving husband. I have been sitting on the sidelines wishing to be healthy and i have found out that all that does is help me get heavier. I am going to actively lose weight and be a role model for my children. I find it hard to do sit ups or excersises that cause a lot of stress on my joints my kness are very sore as it is and am looking for great support and ideas Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:00:26 EST HI There I am new to this program, it looks fun and it has already hooked me into spining the wheel. <BR> I loved to walk outside but I found that since I have gotten heavier, I avoid walking in public. <BR> because II hate getting others people judgments and I have goten them all to often.I do tell myself "sticks and stones" to ignore them but they actually land up paying rent in my head. <BR> <BR> Any Ideas? Sun, 5 Aug 2012 02:27:25 EST Ankle Weights I found ways to add my new balance board activities to my fitness tracker, but I can't figure out how to add using ankle weights for walking. All I can find it for is when used for strength training. Any ideas? Thanks in advance! <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:58:27 EST workouts for asthma i have exercised induced asthma and i just can't seem to get any cardio done. i use a treadmill for 35min and that's pretty much all i do. i need some help i can't afford a gym membership and the only equipment i have at home is 5lb dumbbells and treadmill. i tried to do jumping jacks and it's hard to do cause i just wanna faint cause i'm out of breath. and pushups i can only do 4 cause i'm 215lbs and i'm 27 years old so my arms can't hold all that weight HELP i need to lose weight and be hea... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:44:53 EST 2012 Olympics I'm sitting here watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics. And I can't help but be inspired. I want to get up right now and run around the block a few times...but it's midnight and raining. But I'm definitely giving 110% in the gym tomorrow morning. What about the summer games inspire you to get motivated and meet and exceed your goals? Which events are you looking forward to? I'm looking forward to men and women swimming, women's tennis, basketball, women's soccer, women's gym... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:01:53 EST A rant about eating out I felt so strongly about this I just had to share. My boyfriend wanted to go out to eat last night and his favorite place is IHOP. I'd already made up my mind I would just get a salad. Usually when i go out to eat I'll check something like myfitnesspal to make sure what I order is within my calorie budget for the day.. But this time I didn't. All I thought was, a salad can't be that bad. I ordered the Chicken and Spinach salad. It typically comes with fried chicken, so I substituted grille... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:45:22 EST Newbie here!!! Hi everyone. My name is Corrina. I'm 30 years old. I live in Northern California. I'm trying to lose weight and I noticed this group focuses on what I need help with, plus size exercise. I look forward to interacting with everyone and I hope to learn a great deal with this team. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:07:23 EST Greetings, all! My name is Cindy and I am 27 years old. Weight was never an issue for me until after high school; I was active/athletic before, playing varsity basketball and volleyball for 4 years. In those days I weighed 140 pounds and I felt great. During senior year, I had already started to gain weight but since they were just "vanity pounds," I thought nothing of it. But I continued to gain weight, and very quickly. At graduation, I weighed 200 pounds, but continued to gain even more weight until it fi... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:24:10 EST Three days in a row! Woot! Proud of myself for exercising 3 days in a row this week. Yesterday and the day before I took an aquafit class and today I went to the pool to take another one and discovered the teacher was sick and a replacement hadn't been located so it was cancelled. So....I swam lanes for half an hour and then did some of our aquafit moves on my own for 15 minutes. Yes, it crossed my mind just to enjoy the hot tub, but I chose to exercise instead. Feeling good about that choice! <em>334</em> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:33:14 EST Hi, everyone! I am back to SP after a couple years away. I lost over 50 pounds the last time I was here, and then as it does, life got in the way and I stopped tracking so slowly, over 2 years, about 1/3 of the weight crept back on. I'm actually impressed that only 1/3 came back on which makes me think at least some of the things I learned stuck with me. About 7 months ago I knew I needed to do something because I was feeling pretty crappy...walking upstairs in my own home was becoming difficult. So I... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:45:25 EST Returning SP Member Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste. I am 27 and have been <BR> a member of SP in the past. <BR> <BR> I have a hard time talking myself into exercising. <BR> <BR> At 200lbs, I don't find a lot of things easy. <BR> <BR> I had been doing karate for over a year, but last <BR> month, due to knee problems, I have had to give it up for <BR> a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I have the Wii Fit and I have a small apartment complex gym. <BR> <BR> I just have to use them. <BR> <BR> So, I ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:31:41 EST Just joined this group. I started SP almost 2 months ago and started out doing great. I think I might have over done it a bit though. Hoping to find some ideas on things I can do for a good work out that won't ravage my knees. I just started biking and doing zumba, and that seems to be going well, but it's not something I want to do every single day. Don't want to get bored of it ;o) I'd like to find a few other things to do so I can mix things up a bit. Any other suggestions? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:49:58 EST First post int his group! Hello everyone. My name is Corrina. I'm 30 years old and I currently reside in Northern California. I'm striving to lose weight like the rest of you. I try to do as much as I can in my diet and exercise routine. However I do have a small dilemma. I love to dance but I don't know many dances that I can do as a form of exercise. I was hoping some of you could point me in the right direction. Maybe through Spark or on YouTube. I'd really appreciate it. Please feel free to add me as a friend. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:27:53 EST Introduce myself Hi, I'm Jody and I have just joined SparkPeople. I have a lot of weight to lose and really want to be successful. I have tried many different programs many different times. I will lose and then gain it all back and more. I now have several medical issues that I know would be improved if I lost the weight. I am hoping this is the place and time I will finally be successful. <BR> <BR> I am married and have two daughters. I am 61 and have retired after teaching for 32 years. I love to re... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:23:45 EST Introduce myself Hi, I'm Jody and I have just joined SparkPeople. I have a lot of weight to lose and really want to be successful. I have tried many different programs many different times. I will lose and then gain it all back and more. I now have several medical issues that I know would be improved if I lost the weight. I am hoping this is the place and time I will finally be successful. <BR> <BR> I am married and have two daughters. I am 61 and have retired after teaching for 32 years. I love to re... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:17:27 EST Introduction! My name is Courtney, I'm 23 and currently weigh 233 lbs. I am engaged to a wonderful man and we have 2 children together. Like most, I was "average" growing up, but once I got pregnant with baby number 1, it just went down hill from there. I have tried a hundred times over to start exercising and eating healthy, and it only lasts, at most, a week. I would give anything to get that motivation I use to have to start getting healthier and exercising. I use to be highly involved in sports, a... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:52:21 EST 63 yr old trying to exercise hi, i;m 63 yrs old and trying to exercise, i weigh 230 pds and my knee's are killing me, i been trying to walk on the treadmill for 30 min a day, and some days i ride stationary bike for 30 min, i been watching what i eat, but this weight just wont come off, should i do a different exercise or what ? HELP Mon, 9 Jul 2012 06:51:48 EST Heat exhaustion I got my bike fixed and am so excited! I rode from my house to the beach and down the boardwalk and pier. It was in the 80s but nice and cool by the water. As I rode back and it got hotter and harder to breathe, my head started to hurt really badly. I was only about 2 miles away when all of a sudden I was sweating profusely and vomiting. I got a ride home from a neighbor, who fortunately had a bike rack on her car. By the time I got back, was still nauseous, I couldn't drink, had chills, a te... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:37:20 EST I'm Still Here! I want to apologize in advance to anyone who may share multiple forums that I am in for the repitition, but I am posting the same message in the several that I have joined.... <BR> <BR> I am still here, I AM able to access SP from work...for now anyways. We are being bought out (supposedly in a few weeks time), and who knows what the new owners will let me do or not do. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Since (for now, lol!) I have quite a bit of work that I do on my work computer, I don't ha... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:59:12 EST Help I'm to FAT to exercise How many have said this. I weigh over 300 lbs have multiple medical issues. The worst right now is I try to walk but my knees give out on me. I don't have access to a swimming pool. Can't afford to join a gym. I even have a recumbent bike but can't ride because my knees give out. I've tried and have actually had to call into work sick because I couldn't walk. I feel helpless. Please someone wave a magic wand and make me fit. Ok if not that please offer suggestions. I was told about chair exer... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:52:27 EST Need Something New I have been on SP since Feb 26, 2012 and lost 25 lbs since starting. I did loose 16 lbs before that, but not in a healthy way. I was 4X in clothing and I just bought shirts that were 2X and they fit great. SP motivated me to exercise and I started a meager 3/4 mile which took 20 mins and I was tired and sore for days. My routine has grown and evolved into a 6 mile walk around a levee close by here, which takes 90-95 mins and I'm never sore or tired. I have lost several inches in my waist... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:41:28 EST Pedometers I have horrible luck with pedometers. If they're on my shoe, I lose them. If they're on my waist, they usually pinch or hurt my love handles. LOL I recently got a pocket one but it doesn't seem to calibrate correctly at all. <BR> <BR> Any one have a reasonably-priced one that they like and can recommend? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:07:18 EST Challenges? I'm new to SP and so far this is one of my favorite forums. I was just wondering if this forum did any fitness challenges or not. <BR> Thanks in advance. :) Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:03:31 EST Is there a difference? I haven't really logged any exercise minutes on here like walking except when I use my glider, because it feels different when I use it...purposeful. <BR> Its like, I stretch out a bit, walk over to it, use it, get off, and stretch. <BR> <BR> I don't walk outside much for several reasons...I am being treated for asthma and in S. La. the humidity is horrible! Not to mention that it will be around 100 for the next few days. There have been air quality warnings on and off for the last few wee... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:28:38 EST Support? I'm a very big guy, about 370 pounds. When I walk or jog, I have issues with my jiggly bits which is most of my body! Women wear an exercise bra to keep this from happening and give them support when they work out... is there a similar garment for those of us with big bellies to keep them from bouncing and possibly being damaged when we work out? Also, I'm hoping that supporting my belly may make it easier for that skin to "bounce back" rather than just become a permanent hanging apron tha... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:53:07 EST Newbie to Spark :) Hello, friends! I just started here on the recommendation of several friends. I look forward to meeting you, learning from you, sharing with you and partaking in this journey together! <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:59:55 EST Getting back up and trying again... I went to Red Robin to celebrate with some friends this last night. It was a last minute decision which kind of stressed me out. I usually plan out what I'll eat if going to a restaurant and eat accordingly the rest of the day. The food was insanely delicious and now I feel gross and really blah. I can't even say I ordered healthier options, so I feel a pretty down on myself, too. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>40</em> <em>15</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The kids have a h... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:57:37 EST Hello, Good People I have been lurking around SP for almost a week now, I think I have a pretty good handle on my nutrition tracker and now I need to work on getting moving. <BR> I have a lot of widespread pain, not only in my lower half from bearing my weight, but just in general. I have been nagging the heck out of my doctor to figure out what its from, I know enough to know that its not all because of my weight. I also have been having some breathing problems lately. <BR> <BR> I am pretty sedentary, my ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:41:24 EST Returning... .......again Hi, <BR> I am returning to Spark after a 2 year hiatus. I joined in 2010 after my son was born and now that's he's 2 I'm having more and more difficulty in keeping up. I'm glad I found this team because I'm having a great deal of difficulty exercising. I'm currently at 250lbs. and I stand on my feet all day at work so by the time I get home my legs, back, and feet are all killing me. I'm hoping I can find a lot of great ideas to at least get me "moving" in the right direction. <em>334</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:33:49 EST Exercises for the 60-something I wonder what 60-somethings do for motivation to exercise. Do I need to see a therapist and get my head straightened out in order to succeed? I have lost my motivation to move. <BR> <BR> I have no real physical problems besides being 50 lbs. overweight, have no "core" to talk about, and have poor flexibility and balance. I have a Gazelle Sprintmaster which gives me a good cardio workout a couple times a week, but that's all it does. My waist is still too big and I'm still overweight. Du... Tue, 29 May 2012 12:03:08 EST Just joined Hi everyone, <BR> Like many of you, I've been very overweight for a long time (since my mid twenties) and I'm ready to change. I'd describe my biggest challenge as consistency with exercise, though not grabbing meals on the go is the first thing I'm addressing. I'm a great planner, just need to apply it to myself. I've been in denial about the extent of my obesity for a long time so going "public" like this is scary! <BR> <BR> I've been suffering from sciatica for a year now and it is relate... Thu, 24 May 2012 14:32:58 EST I borrowed an idea from another team. What do you 1.Location. <BR> 2. Is this where you are from? <BR> 3. Married, single, etc. . <BR> 4. Kids ? (have any) <BR> 5. Animals ? (have any) <BR> 6. Hobbies, interests: <BR> 7. How long a member of spark? . <BR> 8. How many are you cooking for? <BR> 9. How can the team help in supporting and aiding you in meeting your goals? <BR> <BR> This away we could find out more about our teammate? Any suggestions, like or dislike?? <BR> Thu, 24 May 2012 08:33:04 EST Has anyone tried... I am just looking for any reviews or recommendations or really any kind of info of the following: <BR> <BR> 6 Week Body <BR> 10 Minute Trainer <BR> Taebo <BR> Bridelicious Boot Camp by The Knot <BR> Leslie Sansone Walking Dvds <BR> <BR> Just curious as to what you think about these. I'm finding that me just randomly picking up DVDs isn't enough to satisfy me. I keep thinking that I am missing some sort of spot on my body that needs to be toned & jiggle free. haha Thu, 24 May 2012 08:10:25 EST I need help finding lowfat protein Howdy! I'm new to sparkpeople and not much of a cook. I love to bake, which does not help with meals. I have certain guidelines from my doctor and I am sooo far short every day (ymy protein requirements (yesterday was a bad eating decision day, start again today) . I know meat & nuts are from protein, but both have fat & I'm too on my triglycerides. I am determined to learn not only to cook well but enjoy it too! My children are grown so its just me to fix for but I have a pretty big freezer,... Wed, 23 May 2012 20:27:13 EST why is this so hard???? How come something that sounds sooo simple is actually the hardest thing in the world to do? I have been battling issues with food and weight since I can remember and I just don't understand why it is so hard. I mean I know exactly what I have to do and how to do it but when it actually comes to just putting the right thing in my mouth there seems to be something blocking it. It is so hard to comprehend, I mean I love fruit and I like a lot or vegetables, and I absolutely hate how I feel know... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:15:28 EST Water Hey all.. I just got done talking to a few different people and they all had different ideas about the whole water issue... <BR> many had been told that they didnt need just 8 cups/glasses of water a day but needed more... <BR> i was shocked so did a bit of research ... yes a bad.good habit of mine... and found this link that has you take a quiz as to how much water you need to drink a day and what all counts as water... <BR> <BR> so if you want check it out.. and see.. i found out i need ... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:18:56 EST Just gettin started Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Marcia and I am just getting started on SparkPeople. I am hoping for some motivation as I have around 80 pounds to lose. Just can seem to get my butt to the gym. Yes, I pay for it monthly... Something else always comes up... Sun, 20 May 2012 10:03:37 EST Buddies?? I am hoping to find some accountability buddies... <BR> <BR> I started on here in Feb, most of the friends that I have made on here have been inactive since about a week after I joined & no longer communicate with me. I kinda fell along the wayside for a bit, but I am back. I am not able to be on here everyday, but am trying much harder to not go longer than every other day. I also check my email daily. <BR> <BR> I am 29. <BR> I have a 14 year old daughter & fiance (getting married in Spr... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:30:08 EST workouts ok as a few of you know i get bored easy... ADD/ADHD... and i was on pintrest and founda site that had workout routines to help with boredem on the treadmill... im gonna post them on my page so if ya want to see them/use them whatever.. they will be there.... <BR> also i think im gonna add them to the workout book... <BR> Tue, 15 May 2012 20:31:37 EST Ten reasons why you eat. I just got through reading the article about the 10 reasons you eat when you are not hungry. The one that caught me was, "it's time to eat". The problem I have with this one is you have to eat when you get the chance. Where I work you are required to ask permission to take a break, or lunch. It has to be no more than one break an hour, cannot be in the last hour of our shift. You are not allowed to eat on the clock and cannot have food on the floor while you work. (we are not even supposed to... Tue, 15 May 2012 15:32:32 EST Looking for Yoga routine Is there a good yoga DVD for plus size people? I'm fairly agile and I've been doing one I found on Amazon "chair yoga" but I'm looking for more. Thanks. Mon, 14 May 2012 16:08:32 EST boredom issue ok i guess my add is kicken in big time... im bored with the route i do at the gym ALREADY... now what? Wed, 9 May 2012 21:06:29 EST scared, happy, excited ok heres the story... i lost my mother about a year ago to a heart attack. This scared me enough to take a long look at my self and my family. my brother and sister ( all have same mother.. i have other with my father) are all over weight. My sister has a heart issue allready and is working with her doctor on what and how to low her weight. My brother on the other hand.. welllllll he seems to not even realise how big he is. i dont really know his weight but i know he has a hard time find... Wed, 9 May 2012 10:16:19 EST starting again Joined a while ago stopped started stopped starting again for companionship of people who go through same struggles. When first starrted was 226# now am down to 208 very excited trying to stay motivated and involved. Thanks for listening or reading Sun, 6 May 2012 18:53:10 EST My journey Exercising has been fun with Zumba. I don't like to run with my trainer but he motivates me to do my best i am liking how I look now even though I was comfortable with myself it just wasn't healthy. Sun, 6 May 2012 18:15:47 EST exercise book hi all, thought i would let ya know what i did the other night. <BR> i was looking through all the exercises that this great site has and realized . ILL NEVER REMEMBER HOW TO DO THEM WHILE AT THE GYM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... so i made one up for myself. <BR> I went through all the exercises that looked like i could do with my knee issue.. and copied, and pasted them into a word document. then added a couple lil pics for encouragement... front page says it best. ONE POUND AT A TIME.. i added a place ... Fri, 4 May 2012 18:44:08 EST motivate hi my name is Amanda and i hope to meet people like me too help motivate me and my weight lose goal.About nine years ago i lost fifty pounds only to gain it back. so please motivate me to win the race on being healthy and happy for the rest of my life. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:50:07 EST newbie Hello all, I'm new to team Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:54:04 EST New to the team... Hi, <BR> My name is Boni and I have over 100 pounds to lose. I am new to the team but have been on Spark for a while and also belong to WW on line. I am 62 years old, live in KY and have been on a diet most of my life. I have the hardest time with exercise due to arthritis, and buldging disk in my lower back, but I am determined to get this exercise program going. I finally have my diet in control and am able to control my diabetes with diet, no pillls now, but I can't move the pounds...t... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 07:50:19 EST Hello new at this . I hope I can get some go advice Doc says gget moving and lose will help me breath better an I won't be in so much pain. <em>193</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:48:56 EST 30% Off Entire Order Today Only! Got this info in an email today from the folks. You can get 30% off your entire order, one day only, using code OSPTAXFREE in the Promo Code box. <BR> <BR> It works!!! I just placed my order for some cute shoes, pajamas, a couple sports bras and active wear to spruce up my workout wardrobe. I also got a one-piece bathing suit and matching board shorts for my water exercise classes. These two items only cost $42! Such a deal! <BR> <BR> EVERYTHING in my cart was adjusted 30%... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:32:16 EST Rice Hi, <BR> I need to ask a silly question. Does brown rice taste like white rice? I don't like rice, have only eaten it twice in my life. But I don't like wheat either. So trying to eat healthy I am going to add some rice to my menu, but I would rather eat white rice if the brown rice tastes like wheat. I don't eat any wheat, I find the taste nasty. Thank you for your help. <BR> <em>67</em> Have a great day! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:07:56 EST Looking for Workout Clothing Blog Not long ago--maybe late Jan, Feb or early Mar--someone put out a blog that listed all the best places to find workout clothing. It was a concise list of both brick 'n mortar locations as well as online shops. <BR> <BR> Of special interest were the plus-size active wear clothing suppliers. I'm down a size and am looking for this list to update my spring/summer workout wardrobe. <BR> <BR> I've been searching for this post for weeks and cannot find it through the conventional Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:58:04 EST To Fat to Move I guess I need to reintroduce my self. I am Kathy and I am very overweight. I put 355 down as my weight only because the scale can not weigh me. I broke my computer chair. Sat in it one day and it felt a little snug so I moved around in it a little and it gave way on me and thank God I didn't hit the floor.I noticed that I was so squeezed into it that my fat covered the arms of the chair.So between my size and my back and my loss of balance and neropathy in my legs it is very hard for me to d... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 19:40:01 EST How long did it take? I see people on this site talking about how they exercise for an hour or more everyday. I can barely get through a 30 min workout without having to stop several times due to exhaustion. And I've been doing it for 3 months now. I was just wondering how long it takes to be able to do a 30 min walking workout without getting tired. I don't even know how my friend gets through a 2 hour zumba class, that seems impossible to me. Even when I was in my peak physical fitness in high school and was... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:30:27 EST Spark Points Monday 5+3 Mon, 2 Apr 2012 08:39:05 EST Sports Bra help and advice! Can anyone recommend a good plus sized high impact sports bra? The bras I normally wear and love just don't seem cut out for Zumba! <BR> <BR> I wear a 44 DD. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <em>334</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:29:01 EST Seeking advice from active gym members I'm considering joining a gym when school lets out for the summer. I've read what "experts" say about choosing a gym, but I'd like to pepper in some advice from those of you who joined and actively use a gym. <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure what I'm digging for, but some questions that spring to mind are: <BR> What is your favorite gym activity and why? <BR> What do you wish you had known about the gym before you joined? <BR> What is your gym missing that you wish it offered? <BR> What keep... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:05:59 EST Hello All Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark people and to Plus Size Exercise. I'm a lung cancer survivor and trying to get back into shape. It's hard as I only have one lung now and I'm realizing the hard way that I can't do what "I used to do". I joined spark people with my daughter to help keep my head where it needs to be to get back in shape so I can walk in the Lung Cancer Alliance's 1/2 Marathon to celebrate my remission. I have good days and bad days and am hoping to get through all t... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:01:40 EST HI Im new to this. I am 52 years old with a whole list of medical problems - mainly Diabetes and Blood Pressure out of control. I tend to be a "GraZer" thus making rounds at night and grazing for food. It seems when I track my foods I eat most of my calories at night. I also am trying for disability - because of left sided weakness and neuropathy in all four extremities. I walk with a cane only short distance, and driving is a lot less that what it was.... my real question is wITH ALL MY LIMITATIONS... any s... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:56:04 EST What will be our Challenge for April? Hey Team!! I know it's early in the month but I'm a planner and like to know what is happening in advance. I am participating in the Meatless March challenge right now and am loving it. Does anyone have any suggestions for April yet? Let come up with something we can do together. Lets Go Team!! <em>224</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:11:32 EST Hello and Happy Monday I joined a few weeks ago and just wanted to say hello. I read about Sparkpeople in a news article and just had to try it out. It has everything I am looking for to get started. Looking forward to exploring the site more and meeting new people. Have a great week! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:18:12 EST best fitness equipment? Hi everyone! My name is Lisa, and although I've been a member of SP since early December I'm just now starting to take exercise seriously. I've been doing pretty good on the eating and consistently loosing weight, so now I need to kick it up a notch. <BR> <BR> My exercise of choice is walking, and with winter slowly winding down I'm sure I'll be able to do more of that. But right now it is too cold most days. And in the spring, there will be times when it's raining. And summer will have... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 19:21:39 EST Tracking Fitness Question When on my feet for two or more hours working as a volunteer, I know it's energy I'm burning. How does that count towards my daily fitness goals? It's well beyond my usual routines. <BR> <BR> For example, yesterday I was on my feet for 60 min helping with kitchen prep for our parish Fish Fry. Tonight, I'll be serving meals and scheduled to be on my feet for another 2 hours. <BR> <BR> Since I'm already wearing my pedometer, I'll be tracking my steps. I'm just at a loss for how I track this ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 14:34:01 EST Stretch Bands After therapy this morning - my therapist cut me a piece of the "green" stretch band to work with at home. Can anyone tell me what type of exercises can be used with these bands? I've seen them in WalMart and on-line - would it be beneficial for me to purchase and if I do - what do I do with them !!!! <em>317</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:03:54 EST Actually Going To CRY!!! so for 4 weeks iv been eating between 1500 and 1800 calories and excersising for an hour a day switching between long walks, workout dvds and jogging but yet every week i stand on the scale its gone up indtead of down! :/ i have no idea whats going on but iv about had it with life at the moment. iv gained 13 lbs in 4 weeks somebody please help me! Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:30:08 EST Zumba Gold Has anyone every tried Zumba Gold? I'm going to my first session tomorrow. I'm told it's easier and less intensive (low impact) for older adults. Just curious if anyone else has heard of such a thing before. <BR> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:08:33 EST Family Treadmill Ideas Hi everyone. I am buying a treadmill for my family. It will be used for a family of 5, with 3 of the adults being obese. We're looking for a durable, sturdy treadmill with a good warranty, heart-rate hand rails, weight limit up to 325 lbs and a longer walking belt to accommodate tall adults comfortably. I'm looking to spend between $900 - $1500. I have some ideas, but was looking for some suggestions. Does anyone have any recommendations of treadmills they currently use? Thanks. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:50:57 EST Step Aerobics Hi all, <BR> <BR> I asked this on another team but I'm hoping to get some good feedback. I'm thinking about doing step aerobics from home. I used to a couple of years ago but with a long distance move, my step didn't get brought along. Does anyone have any videos for step aerobics (simple moves) that they recommend and a particular (but affordable a.k.a cheap) aerobic stepper? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Della Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:13:03 EST Wii verses XBox Kinect? My grandson has been wanting me to get an XBox Kinect. I watched him use his (he brought from home) and it looked like a lot of fun. I had thought about getting the Wii because there seems to be a lot more exercise things to do for it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have an opinion on one over the other? Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:24:18 EST Help with fitness videos I was wondering how you calculate calories burned when you do the videos on here. <BR> Thanks Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:35:28 EST Re: Zumba and Just Dance I am 210 lbs with knee issues. I bought the Zumba because the experts said anyone could do it. Well this anyone couldn't. It was very difficult for me with my knees and lack of coordination. It was actually painful, so I sold it and bought my daughter and myself 2 new Just Dance games for the Wii. LOVE THEM! So much easier and a lot of fun to challenge my daughter on. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:41:18 EST Hello Everyone Hi My Name is Becky and I'm new to this forum, still getting the feel of things and am a bit nervous, but I know I have to take the time and initiative to better my health. I look forward to reading others posts as well as participating. <BR> Have a wonderful second half of the week. <BR> <BR> Becky Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:21:40 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this, so bear with me. I am almost 50, and have Type II diabetes. I work 50 hours a week and find myself so stressed out and tired all of the time. I really need support in helping me get back into exercising and losing weight. I have two young grandchildren and want to be around for them for many, many years. I find I never take time for ME, and I know this is why I am having such a hard time. I look forward to talking with you all. <BR> <BR> Jackie <em>30</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:44:29 EST SparkPeople Exercise Ball videos Has anyone else done the sparkpeople videos with the exercise balls (the ones that call for the big exercise balls)? <BR> <BR> I find that they kill my back and it's easier to do some of the exercises on the floor instead. Does anyone have the same problem? Maybe my form is just off.... I love the exercise ball though. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Della Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:42:47 EST shoes?? I need to buy a good walking/running shoe. I am 110 Lbs overweight, and want to start walking, and eventually get back to running again. It's been 30+ yrs, but something I really want. I also have plantar faciatus so a good shoe is important. Any suggestions? Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:07:54 EST 30 Day Shred? I have Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and I have WATCHED the first level but I have not actually tried it. I'm wondering if its possible to do it at my weight? I carry most of my weight in my middle and my balance and range of motion isnt the best. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else around 300lbs using this? Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:38:19 EST Results Ok SP pals, I answered the 15-minute daily exercise challenge and managed to fit that in my schedule 6 our of 7 days last week. I had my weekly Monday weight in and only lost 4 oz(which I dont track,lol) so my question is does anyone have any feedback that may enlighten me on what happend? I tracked my food as well and 6 out of the 7 days stayed on track. Help!! <em>101</em> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:51:31 EST Any success using beach body products? I want to lose 100+ pounds and want to know if anyone has successfully used any of the beach body products-Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs, Power 90, etc? I'd hate to waste $$$ if I will get discouraged before I get off to a good start. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> ~Cee Sun, 29 Jan 2012 01:22:22 EST 1st day of the 15 min workout daily challenge Just wanted to drop everyone a note and let you guys know today I started the 15 min daily workout program. I decided I would start out walking my dog. All went well, I bundled up in a nice big coat and have my route mapped out! Good luck to everyone else. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:40:48 EST Suggestions anyone Other than walkaway the pounds, can anyone suggest a beginners workout? I have not exercised in a long time and am very obese so I want to start slow but raise my heartbeat. <BR> <BR> I do not have a WII yet. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:13:17 EST Exercising after a knee replacement A few questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Have any of you had a knee replacement? <BR> <BR> 2. What exercises are you able to do with ease? <BR> <BR> 3. Are there any exercises that are harder to do? <BR> <BR> I had a replacement a few years back (right knee) There are many exercises I have difficulty with (jumping jacks, running, getting down on the floor) I was wondering if anyone else had words of advice. <BR> <BR> Thank you,, Donna Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:47:00 EST Wii zumba vs wii just dance? Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have wii zumba and its really hard for me I know it will get easier but its a little frustrating. So my question to those of you that have used both do you think just dance is easier? Or should I just stick with zumba? <BR> <BR> Thanks guys. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:59:34 EST Hello Hi everyone my name is vickey I've been on SP for a while now....I'm not where I used to be but I still got a ways to go. I was born with Spinabifida so its kinda hard to just do any exercise but I get by with what I can do. I look forward to making new friends with u guys. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:03:58 EST too heavy to exercise I have not done any exercising in over two years. I can't stand for any length of time and my back hurts when I do. I know that I need to get started. When I do walk to say "mailbox", I get out of breath. I have put on alot of weight in the last year. Any suggestions??? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:50:33 EST Just wanted to say hello. I've been getting use to the site and I love it. I've recommended it to friends already. I really enjoy the nutrition tracker. My problem before wasn't overeating but eating two meals a day of the wrong stuff. Now I eat three small meals and three small snacks a day. My problem now again is eating enough, it seems hard to make calories eating healthy :P. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. <BR> <BR> My name is Tammy by the way and I'm 25 and live in Michigan. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:32:49 EST So discouraged I tried to workout this afternoon using my wii and zumba dvd that I got for christmas what a joke I couldnt keep up and the moves were next to impossible for me. <BR> <BR> Will it ever get easier? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:47:55 EST Craving Food!! ERRRGG!! Hi guys its me again, I am so frustrated with my cravings for more food! I have cut down my portion sizes and my calorie intake but the changes arent dramatic enough for this craving for food! I think its the combination of this and the increase in excersise thats causing me to constantly think about food and convincing myself that im hungry! Instead of heading to the kitchen im writing this and i hope that i can keep it up because im dying to see the results on the scales on friday! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:12:24 EST introducing myself Hi I am Char and I am over weight, and need motivation to get back to exercising. I had lost over 100 lbs and now i am gaining almost all of it back and it scares me. Does any one live in the Joliet Ill area ? Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:12:54 EST oldenough2 Hi i am Violet and this is my first time to post a message. I have a lot to loose and am having a hard time of it this time. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:22:43 EST NEW TO SP I AM NEW TO SP AND HOPE TO LOOSE 50 LBS. AFTER THT I WILL RE-EVALUATE TO DECIDE IF I WANT TO TACKLE THE NEXT 50. ALL TOGETHER I NEED TO LOOSE 130LBS BUT I AM GOING TO TACKLE THE FIRST 50 AS IF THAT IS ALL I NEED TO LOOSE. IF I CAN CURB MY SWEET TOOTH I KNOW I CAN DO THIS. I DONT DO WELL ACHIEVING GOALS ON MY OWN SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO HOOK UP AND BE BUDDIES I AM ALL FOR IT......NELDAMAE Sun, 15 Jan 2012 02:28:11 EST Introducing me.. Hello all name is Jane and I live in Georgia. I am brand new as of this morning brand new..I am 60+ and need to lose 50 some pounds..I will need plenty of motivation and find a way to make time for myself as I work full time and am raising a 10 year old Grandson. Looking forward to making progress with all of you!! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:11:18 EST Motivation! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new to SP, but wanted to share a link that rocks! It shows 15 small changes to lose weight! Most of them we'ren't necessarily new to me, but certainly motivated me! Just thought I'd pass it along!! <BR> <BR><BR>loss-strategies/15-reasons-why-you-wil<BR>l-lose-weight-year Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:21:40 EST Introduce Yourself Hello, <BR> My name is Tammy and I am new too I am here too lose 50lbs. It's gonna be hard on me too do so this time, unlike any other time. Being that I had major back surgery in march 2010 and can't do any excerises or lifting. Plus I'm paralized in my left foot and have too wear a lag brace. So I'm gonna make the most of it this time and try really hard and walk as much as I can, and follow a weight loss diet plan. And well I'm a mother of 3 children and and soon too be a... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:45:33 EST Exercise...Need motivation! Hi, my name is Stephanie and this is my first week on Spark. I'm really looking for a way to get motivated to get some exercise under my belt. I've walked on the treadmill once this week and was supposed to again last night, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it! Does anyone have any motivating ideas for me to get up and just do it?? Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:51:25 EST I want candy! There I said it!! I had always been a big candy eater and gave them up to lose weight. I gave up sodas, candy, chips, cookies, beef, pork, fast food and anything that would irritate my gallbladder. I'm slowly introducing things back into my diet with the exception of fast food. I know if I do, I'm a goner. Anyway, I was researching a candy I could have and remembered they always have Tootsie Rolls out at Planet Fitness. Of course, I wanted something that would last longer so I chose Too... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:05:05 EST I have a ? for wii users... I noticed that a lot of people post that they use their wii for an hour or better and I was just curious what your doing for over an hour? <BR> <BR> I have a wii and I use the wii fit plus I do things like hula hoop & step class but they only last a few minutes each. I just got zumba for christmas but I havent tried it yet. <BR> <BR> Just wonder what you were all doing and if you have any recommendations. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:33:13 EST Who would eat a cup of flax seeds?? Not sure why it's an option, but I mistakenly forgot to change it to 1tbl and wondered why my calorie count was so high this early in the day! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:17:44 EST Hi All I am just starting out with this program. I am 228 lbs. :( I have decided that it's time for a change. I would love to get back down to what I weighed when I graduated high school (180). But after 2 c-sections, my gall bladder being removed, and a really bad thyroid it is a challenge. So I come here to you looking for support, and backup! In return I promise to always offer the same. Thanks in advance. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:44:48 EST Good Afternoon Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and am very excited and anxious to begin a new healthy lifestyle and loose weight! I am 40 years old and the mother of three (ages 3, 13, and 23). Just wanted to say "Hi" and wish everyone a new year filled with happiness and Health! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:59:45 EST Moma looking to feel better about her self in 2013 Hello I am a Wife and mother of 3 Very bright, fun and funny kids. I love to have fun and play games with them. One thing we love to do as a family is Eat. But they all stay slim. But for me I gain and gain and dont lose anything. Well I cant say I dont lose I lose 3 pounds when I try but then gain 7 back. My hubby and kids all play sports so they are all on the move and can lose weight and am Stuck on the sides lines eatting a hot dog. Well Not no more. My daughter found out she is going to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:04:55 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and I am very excited to be here! I hope to acheive my goal by Dec. 22,2013. I am a mother of five and grandmother of 6. By losing my weight my main goal is to be a healthy mother and grandmother, I also want to be able to ride a bike again. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:05:41 EST Frustrated But Determined! Hi guys this is my 1st post of 2012 :) as iv said in my previous posts my dad had a stroke in may last year and i have been going down hill weightwise ever since! i had lost just under 40 lbs at 209 and then quit dieting and excersise... im regreting this now as my last weigh in on friday produced the number 233 to me! I new i had gained weight but would have never guessed id ballooned back above the 220s, the shock has made me 100% determined to change my life for good. I have quit smoking, ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:51:52 EST Intro Hello. <BR> I finally decided it is time to make a change. No longer happy with how I feel or look. <BR> <BR> I've been using this for a week now, and taking it slow. I started by tracking EVERYTHING I've eaten and doing something (anything exercise-wise) for at least 10 minutes a day. <BR> I'm surprised how well this is going so far. (I caught myself doing a stretching exercise while pumping gas the other day and again today when doing dishes) <BR> I'm making small steps toward a healthi... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:59:20 EST HI Hi, I'm Jazaray. Nice to meet everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jazaray Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:54:44 EST Nike+ and iPhone 4s? Before I go and buy the Nike+ sensor kit, does anyone know if it's compatible with the iPhone 4s? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:09:39 EST Time to stop lurking. Hi I'm DeeMd I'm 57 years old and in need of losing a bunch of weight. I have fibromyaliga and arthritis in my knees. I'm not using that as an excuse for gaining weight. I gained it like everyone does. By eating to much of the wrong things. How ever I have used my health issues as a reason for not taking off the weight . I used my pain and stiffness as a excuse to not excercise. Years later and many many more pounds than anyone needs to be carring around later. I realise that I 'm slowly kill... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:00:10 EST Intro to me Hello everyone my name is Coleen I will be 50 in July and do not want to continue my life running out of breath when I play with my grandkids. I am starting this after seeing the big change it made in my sister (Linda Park) she is half the person she once was. She is so much healthier and happy. Seeing her transformation has made me think of my own. Starting at 235 my first goal is to hit 200. My ideal weight would be 165. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:46:41 EST New to group Hi! My name is Sherri. I'm new to both SparkPeople and to the Plus Size Exercise. My goal is to drop some weight as well as adapt a healthy lifestyle. I have to admit one of my weaknesses has been exercising but I'm hopeful that's going to change. I'm looking forward to embarking on this quest for a new and healthy me. I do enjoy seeing the successes of others so I will be reaching out to some of you for advice/suggestions. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:31:25 EST Anyone else find frustrations? A friend of mine is on an HCG diet and losing weight. I've been good about eating and exercising with maybe 1 lb lost. We've been doing this the same amt of time...I don't like the idea of gimmick diets but it's a little frustrating... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:45:30 EST Can't Blog? I'm using Google Chrome and can't seem to make a blog post. I click the button and nothing happens. Is this a Chrome issue? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:27:57 EST Newbie in the new year Hi all, newbie whose been there done that and trying to get off on the right start. Life changes for the healthier better me. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:38:59 EST Chubby Kiwi Kia ora people <BR> <BR> Just found this website and looking forward to having some support and friends online who are on the same page as me. <BR> <BR> I have struggled for years with my weight flucuating up down up down and now its time to get serious and be healthy and well again in my life. <BR> <BR> I am a counsellor supporting others and with little time for me but 2012 I have claimed as mine and beginning to give to me. <BR> <BR> I am a fun person but sad at being so obese, I am an... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 15:13:28 EST Hello! 25 year old female I am new around here and hope that Sparkpeople can help keep me on track as I try to lose weight and gain some more self esteem. I don't like myself very much lately because I am unhealthy, unhappy, and miserable in my own skin. My body image and weight issues cause low self esteem and lack of confidence which hurts the perception that I have of myself as a beautiful, sexy, worthy young woman. I need a lot of help and I can never seem to get to the point that pushes me forward so I hope that ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:23:06 EST Reeved and ready to go!! Hello everyone! My name is Veronica and I am new to this site. As most people I am very excited to start my weight loss goal, but knowing me (doing it on my own) I will lack the motivation within two weeks. I hope that by joining this site I will meet people like me trying to accomplish the same thing and that will help me to stay on track. I use to love walking, dancing, and pretty much had go-goitis but that has changed in the past year and I've packed on at least 30 MORE pounds. I just wan... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 01:02:23 EST Newbie needs sports bra info please Hello! I just joined Spark a while ago. <BR> I need to start exercising, but need a sturdy plus size sports bra without <BR> underwire for high impact exercises. Does anyone have a movement <BR> minimizing comfortable brand and style that I could buy online or at a <BR> retailer? Thank you for your help. <BR> J Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:39:24 EST Hi all!! Hi! I am Tracey from Conroe Texas, I am the mom of three kids who are the reason I breathe... and have gray hairs I have been married for almost 15 yrs this coming June and I have set a goal to lose 50 pounds by December 2012... so far off to an ok start, I lost 4 lbs in under a week, could have something to do with being sick as a dog....BUT 4 lbs is 4LBS! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:42:11 EST Any ideas??? Hello everybody!!! I just joined this site earlier this morning, I've been checking it out, and I can say that I think I love it already!!!! I've had weight issues for years, but I never feel as big as I really am until I see myself in pictures. A year ago, from January 17th to April 10th I lost 27lbs and I was really feeling better about myself. In April we moved away from my family, and since then I have put it all back on and then some. When I lost it before I walked a mile every night... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:18:57 EST New to the Team Hello everyone, my name is Luci and Im a new member as well as being new to SparkPeolple. I joined the group for exercise motivation, ideas and anything else that I can get here. Exercising is my biggest stumbling block, and I won't lie, I'm lazy! lol I have no trouble doing the treadmil or walking, I do Wii Fit but when it comes to the strength and toning part I want to quit. It just seems like it is such a chore. Any suggestions? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:15:54 EST Need help I am Sharon fm Knoxville and I really need help with some exercises. I walk with two canes cause of my knees and I have RA in both hands and carpal tunnel in one. I know there is something out there I can do at home but I need help finding it so pls help. Thanks! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 03:43:56 EST Hello Hello I am hoping to finally be able to reach my goal, and to get healthy and be able to stay that way. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 06:00:33 EST Need support Hello, I have lost weight before and gained it all back. I am trying to find people like me. That have lost and gained. I am an emotional eater as well. I believe that is my biggest down fall. Trying to easy back into and hopefully lose the eight and keep it off. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:16:25 EST newbie Hi all. I am very excited to have found this forum. I lost about 30 pounds in just over 3 months a few years ago on the 1200 calorie diet. I went to gym 5x a week for 1 1/2-2hours a day. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things. I download the App to my phone and find it much easier than writing stuff down. I hope I will reach my goal!! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:15:22 EST First time loser! Hi! My name's Kate and i'm 20 years old. <BR> Up until the age of 16, I had no issues with my weight. I was slim and happy. However, things started changing when i hit 17, and I gained a good 3 1/2 stone more than I should have. It's got to the point where I'm at the biggest I've ever been, and I am not happy. <BR> So, I'm starting my first diet. My aim is to lose that 3 1/2 stone and get back into my size 12 jeans and size 10 tops. <BR> It's going to be hard, I'm a massive chocoholic, but I ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:04:47 EST Hello I'm new to this team, been with spark people for 2 months now. I'm trying to get in shape, though with so much excess skin and flab it's hard to do traditional exercises. I'm looking for a no-excuses way to lose the weight and get in shape!! Hope to find it here and hope to find some friends along the way!! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:25:19 EST Hello everyone My name is Marcia and I am glad to have the pleasure of joining this team. I am at my heaviest weight ever, weighing 280 and I do not want it to get any higher, so I am going to make 2012 my year to began a healthier lifestyle and try to shed some of these unwanted pounds. It seems very easy to get this heavy but i know that it will be a challenge to get rid of it. I am welcoming any advice as to how to get started and mentally prepare my mind for the challenge of losing 80 lbs. Let's get ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:20:30 EST Where do I begin? I have for the past year have been put on Zoloft and I read only 1% gains weight. I have gained 60lbs and 10 of those were just in the past 3 weeks. I started walking yesterday, but I woke up today with chest pains. I don't think they are related, but I know the weight is a big concern on my health. I am discussed and realized I am considered obese. Any pointers on where to begin? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:07:48 EST Hello Group I would like to take the time to say hello to everyone within the group. I am a 26 year old teacher from Ohio. I am also a newly wed as of July 30,2011. I have joined Spark People to start a healthier lifestyle. I understand that I am not as healthy as I could be after reading "The Spark" and would like to begin a family very soon and need to have a place that I can be motivated to make that healthy change. I guess I forgot that my name is Amanda. I am looking forward to working alongsid... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:41:18 EST Hello My name is Arsonia. Right now am 306 at age 34. This is the heavist I every been and it makes it even harder due to me suffering from PCOS. My lowest weight was 235 when I was about 24. My goal to reach this year is 21o. Making short goals of losing 8 pounds of month which is only 2 pounds of week. Am tired of feeling like I dont have no energy and everyone wearing nice clothes for cheaper prices.I would like to run and play with the kids and join kick-boxing after I drop down to at least 236... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:10:00 EST I AM A FOODIE HAPPY NEW YEAR...I COME FROM AND ITALIAN FAMILY WHO LOVE TO EAT AND I HAVE TO BRAG THAT I AM A WONDERFUL ITALIAN COOK..I AM NOT AFRAID TO TRY ANYTHING NEW AND LOVE GOING OUT TO EAT..LAST WEEK I HAD CURRIED GOAT WITH YOGURT AND NAAN..BUT IT IS TIME FOR ME TO LOOSE SOME POUNDS AND BE ABLE TO GO OUT AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES.. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:24:41 EST ready to change it up! Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Megan and I'm 28, living in Chicago. I just joined Sparkpeople after talking with my mom about getting healthy and losing weight in 2012. I'm so happy to have found such an awesome and thorough website, and what seems to be some amazing groups of people who really care for each other in this process. I'm so glad to see a group like this, and am excited to see what the future holds! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:17:51 EST Daily Thread Jan 1, 2012 Check in Happy New Year ! <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> I am feeling a bit better, still have a mega headache, but got up had a green shake, and did my laundry and showered and dressed today so that is a move in the right direction. I am down the 6 pounds of fluid I put on last week. Parsley is a great herb for taking off fluid, I put a cup of it in my shake yesterday and 4 pounds came off over night! YAY! <BR> <BR> Sandy so good to see you back ! Big hugs! <BR> <BR> Hi Sexy good to see you, I don't kn... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:13:25 EST the road to the new me Hi everyone starting jan 2nd I will be going to the gym here in saint paul mn My goals is to lose all the weight I can. So I do pray every morning and every night to. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:46:10 EST Welcome to 2012 Hey team, welcome to 2012. What goal do you plan to reach first? Mine is to find a job! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:18:48 EST Happy New Year! This is the year I am going to get healthier! I'm new to the message boards but am excited to be motivated by all of you. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:20:48 EST Hi Everyone, I'm Kat! Just wanted to Introduce myself to this community. <BR> Just Like most people joining today, I have a new year's res. <BR> I'm very friendly, I'm a 20 year old woman, love to make new friends. <BR> Hope this website is a big motivation. <BR> :D Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:47:48 EST Hello! I am excited to start on my new journey with Sparkpeople. I have my game plan and am makine myself a priority! Blessings!!! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:37:55 EST Ready for me Hi everyone, my name is Megan and I have been on sparkpeople before. I got out of it but I'm ready now for me. I used to want to get healthy and lose weight because it was what everyone told me to do. But now I want to do it. I want to do something for me. Something to make myself proud of. Today is Day 1 of the rest of my life! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:13:41 EST 50 lbs to go Hi everyone, I'm Cathie. :) I'm a 32 yr old mom of 3 girls, who has 50 lbs until a healthy BMI. I've tried MANY times to lose weight but my allergies hinder it (not prevent). I need to see it as an obstacle instead of letting it prevent me. So I'm hunting down motivation! Wish me luck! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:39:04 EST newbie is there a place to find plus size exercise. I have a bad back and alot of other problems.thanks for your help. This is the 1st time I have posted here. Thanks Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:57:01 EST Wow! Swimming actually counts as exercise? It is so much fun! <BR> <BR> The new Gold's Gym opened up this week. They have a 3 lane Olympic length pool. I finally tossed my swim suit into my gym bag and went to try it out. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not a big time swimmer. I don't even know the names for the strokes I do and I always keep my head above water. I hate it when water gets up my nose and sucked into my ears. I have 6 basic strokes I do: two forward strokes, two backstrokes and side strokes on each side. I ended up doing 3 sets o... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 22:55:37 EST 50 women in there fifties to set a hooping record Hi ,I am new and want to loose 100lbs and try to set a record too (if possible).I want to get 50 women together in their fifties(50-59) to hula hoop on my 50th birthday next November in Ca. central coast.You can practice in your own communities with friends,sisters ,cousins anyone who is out of shape and wants to laugh about it.I will be eating healthy and doing other exercises too but I hope to bring some fun to the process and do something inspirational and moving (us) for my 50th birthday.... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:02:32 EST Hello, It's Me! Even though my start date shows sometime in the past, I am officially starting my SparkLife this month. If you look at my SparkPage you will read why I am finally getting on board. Right now I am taking baby steps by lurking on the board and weeding through all of the many options and activities there are in SparkPeople. That's what I love - something for everyone! And it keeps me busy rather than eating. But as I get more active in managing my life, I will also get more active in the bo... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:08:20 EST Hi Everyone! I am not sure if I introduced myself or not, so I will do so again. I'm Terri and I need to get fit and loose weight! Unfortunately, I took care of everyone else and didn't bother to take care of me for so many years. It is coming back to bite me in the tush and it's time to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, have had a hysterectomy, heart cath, and my gall bladder removed. This all started on September 15, 2010 and I've been sick off and on ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:54:38 EST Introdcue Yourself Game Tell us your first name/user name/nickname (just choose one) and tell me what's your biggest challenge with losing weight, exercising, dieting, etc. <BR> <BR> my user name is soupocci and my biggest challenge in the being-more-healthy arena is motivation. i could never motivate myself to make the efforts to get healthier even though i complained and put myself down about my appearance all the time. any tips on how to get motivated? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:03:55 EST Merry Christmas!! I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. May the giving and renewing spirit of Christ infuse your life with light and goodness!! <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful Christmas Eve and I'm feeling very happy and blessed. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 00:59:41 EST MERRILLANN188 I am brand new to all of this - starting two days before Christmas! I am hoping to lose 31 pounds by April - a huge task with the dreary days of winter ahead. SparkPeople looks like a good place to begin! Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:29:15 EST My name is Lynn Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Lynn and I use a walker because I have a family history of bad knees and a bad disk of the spine and hip problems so exercise is most days a big problem for me however I did buy a tread-mil and do try to use it as often as I can I also do some walking around with my walker for stabelness I also try to do chair exercises I a have a ripped shoulder muscle from working as a cashier and never had therapy for it so it actually knitted back ... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:52:22 EST Hey guys! I am returning to SparkPeople and getting prepared for my my New Years Resolutions. I am in a wedding in April, and need to lose some weight. Looking forward to working with you :) Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:40:22 EST