SparkPeople 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us in our 20's, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard My intro Hey everyone my name is Rachael and I hope to find you all doing beautifully. Just a little bit about myself I am 28 about to be 29 (yuck!), I live in beautiful Alabama, and have recently rejoined spark to help me again with my weight loss goals. I have used spark before and it really does work wonderfully when you can account for everything you ate and where your at as far as calories burned. When you keep up with it, its so motivating (Its just keeping up with it that's hard). Any who I am ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:13:49 EST New girl looking for motivation pal Hey there. I'm 28 years olds with 66 pounds to lose while building a new lifestyle. I want to be healthy and feel strong, like I can do anything without my body being an obstacle. I'm originally from Venezuela but now I'm living in Dominican Republic. If anyone wants or needs a motivation pal, I'm here, available. I speak English and Spanish. So, I hope to hear from anyone soon. Take care and stay strong. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:25:56 EST Hello! My name is Janet and I'm 27. I've been on this weight loss journey on and off for five years, but this year I'm taking it more seriously than I ever have. I have a little sister that is overweight and I want to be a positive role model for her. I want show her that a positive attitude and hard work will pay off. I've hit a plateau in my weight loss recently, so I'm here to take the boot camp 4week challenge and get healthier and fitter. If you have any tips or secrets to share, please message... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:13:43 EST Hello every onemy name is Natalie Hi my name is Natalie I am 24 yrs old and, i am a mother of two beautiful little girls, they keep me busy at home but I'm afraid that's where it ends, i don't have much energy to do anything and, its not fair to my children, and its something i would very much so like to change. im 200 lb and it takes its toll on me, i have a lot of back pains and i just want to get off my ass and enjoy life with my children, i owe them that much. my weight loss goal is 50 lb, wish me luck and your support wo... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:05:46 EST Introduction Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am a (soon to be) 28 year old in Austin, Tx. I have had some major recent stresses added at work over he past year and have found the weight piling. I love the outdoor life that my city has to offer but have found myself too tired or not in proper shape to participate in things I have always enjoyed (Like mud runs!!) I want to get back down to my ideal body weight and more importantly be able to start being active again! Looking for any inspiration/motivation I ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:34:14 EST Hi Hello, My name is Lisa. I have tried spark people once before about a year ago and thought I would try it again. ,I am recently graduated from college and am finally working on me. I am in a relationship with a man in the military and he will be deployed for four months. So I am hoping that while he is gone I will be able to get close to my goal weight to welcome him home with a healthier me. I am wanting to get down from 198 to 140 which is what I weighed my senior year of high school. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:00 EST I need your help! <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> So, my boyfriend and I have decided to do this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston. This walk requires us to raise $1800/person in order to be able to participate. We are currently still about $2100 short between the two of us and we were wondering if you could help us out. Even a $20 donation brings us $20 closer to our goal, and we really truly do appreciate every single penny that we receive. <BR> <BR> <link>http://inf... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:14:10 EST Back Again Hello Everyone, My name is Amada and this is my second time around with Sparkpeople. I did good for awhile but slowly fell back into the same old habits as before. This time around I will remain focused and determined with my goals. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:58:05 EST need a support pal I need someone to motivate me and l can do the same for the person. l am trying to lose 40lbs Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:24:24 EST need a support pal I need someone to motivate me and l can do the same for the person. l am trying to lose 40lbs Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:23:10 EST Starting again How many times have you guys been doing very well on a diet and then just given up? So annoyed that it's so hard to stick to something. Any help? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:36:16 EST Needs Motivation Hi. My name is Teri and I am 27 years old. I am not happy with they way I have been unhealthy the last couple years. I have signed up for my first 5k in May excited and nervous at the same time. Looking for support to help me loose extra weight that I have put on and motivation for my 5K. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:31:41 EST Hello Everyone Hello, I am new on SP and looking to get healthy. I have always tried the quick and easy way out, which never seemed to last meaning the weight. I would always gain it right back plus some. So I got tired of doing it my way and decided it was time to do it the right way.Since I am new to this world of healthy living I am struggling to find the right foods as well as the right motivation to keep me going. Life can be so hard sometimes to where I just want to give up. I just want to be able to ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:13:58 EST Mid-20's life crisis??? Anybody else??? Hello all. <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica and I am 24 years old, going to be 25 in a few months. At this point in my life I am having a very hard time transitioning into the new me and my self-esteem is suffering majorly. I feel insecure about my weight, my appearance, and my marital status (single) while all my friends are currently in relationships and shacking up. This has caused me a massive weight gain, about 20 pounds. Does anybody else gain weight when they are going through an em... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:12:41 EST Trying to find the motivation I need Hi, my name is Roxanne and I'm hoping this site helps me achieve my goals. I been looking everywhere for the right tool to help me get some sort of self esteem considering the fact, that I've never really had any. When I was young, I was miserable and made myself invisible even though it didn't work much, but now that I am older and I now have a 6 month old son, I realized this is way past due, I just can't seem to find the right steps to start and get past the lack of motivation. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:29:14 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Cole and I live in the DC area! I have always been someone who struggles with their weight. I was really thin as a child but then as soon as high school came around I started to become a very big emotional eater which unfortunately has continued to stay with me. I have tried multiple diet plans and while some of them work there always comes a point when I just give up. I am refusing to be that person now. I am ready to make a change in my lifestyle for me, and... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:22:38 EST New girl over here, hello all! Hello, <BR> My name is Jessica and I am a 24-year old teacher currently living in China. I have struggled with weight my whole life and have not been a healthy weight in 10 years. Recently, due to all the traveling I have been doing, I have gained 15 pounds! I am unhappier than I've been in ages. No matter how much I diet and exercise, I always gain the weight back due to my emotional state and whatever is going on in my life. I have always shyed away from support groups, but seeing as nothi... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:07:18 EST Intro? Hey guys- <BR> <BR> I got asked today if I am pregnant- I'm not. But I am far overweight and have been ignoring it for too long. I'm a 25 year old college student, and about 60 pounds over my goal weight. My biggest struggle is that when I am happy and content with my life, like I am now, I don't feel motivated to work extra hard to improve my body. It makes me anxious and disrupts the content I feel about my relationships, my home, my school work, my job, and my life. So, I'm here to s... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:43:45 EST New to spark There is a lot goin on here. I'm still trying to maneuver the site get set up. I'm reading the book and I totally can relate to the spark people founder so that is why I joined. My life is being wasted away and I'm getting fat and settling for a life I don't want. I know I can do and be so much better than right now. I want to change my life. I want to be the person who can reach her goals and not give up. I fizzle. Yeah. I fizzle out and quit. I give up on myself all the time. Yes, th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST New to Spark People Howdy! <BR> <BR> I am new here on spark people and just wanted to check in here and say hi! If anyone has any suggestions for a newbie I'd love to hear them! <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:52:03 EST Here we go again I am not new to spark people at all...This is my 4th time of getting on here...the first round I was able to shed 23 pounds in 11 weeks while using SP :) I aim to get to my goals by using Sp again :) I have stuggled with weight all my life ( since the age of 13) I have PCOS ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) <BR> ON top of that, we have been struggling with infertility for 5.5 of our 6.5 years husband is also losing weight to improve himself :) Both of us are on this journey togeth... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:12:53 EST Rejoinging Spark for another weight loss adventure Hey guys, <BR> Im making a change and looking to drop about 100 lbs (again). any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated. I have cut out soda and junk food and im down 12 lbs so far (only 88 to go!!) Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:00:22 EST Hi! Hi my name is Stephanie, I am 20 years old and live on McDowell County West Virginia. I have 3 dogs and a husband i exercise with. Im a little worried that my husband is in better shape than i am and i cant keep up. I try to stay at my own pace but it is hard. Any advice? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:57:53 EST Hi there! Hey everyone, my name's Elizabeth, I'm 20 years old, and 4'9". I started at 170 pounds and am currently 159.2. I've always been overweight, but I'm here trying to change that. :) I'd love to have a weight loss buddy, so if you'd like to, shoot me a message. Thanks for reading and good luck on your weight loss journey! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:31:25 EST Hello. Hi. My name is Kara. I've always been bigger and the older I get the worse it's getting. I don't want to run the risk of getting worse later in life, so I'm going to try my best to start over here and now. I want to be a healthier me, which I guess translates into a smaller me... I don't know. Here's hoping I can do it... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:20:06 EST Weekly Mini Goal I thought it would be a great a idea to write down small weekly challenges that help us to reach our fitness goal. Since is small and weekly it might be easy for us to follow up and keep on track. Who's in?? <BR> <BR> For this week, my goal is to eat within my calorie range and complete week 1 of squat challenge from Fitsugar. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:17:30 EST Hi Hi, my name is Ashely (obviously), I am a college student with a demanding job, so it is hard to fine time to workout. I am hard of hearing (according to my Deaf boyfriend) i need to lose weight, period. I am a friendly person so if you want to say hey or something about anything, I am here !! :D Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:21:00 EST Hello :) My name is Becky. I have had a hard time with my weight for a long time and struggle to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I have problems with my knees which is why it's so hard to find exercises that work for me. I also have bipolar disorder which is why I struggle to stay motivated. I've struggled with depression most of my life. Having bipolar is another reason that I should watch what I eat and exercise regularly. I'm hoping that I can find people on SparkPeople that can help keep me mo... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:41:25 EST salut - an introduction hi! I'm lauren, I'm newly twenty and while I used to be a member of SparkTeen, I've fallen off the band-wagon a bit since entering university. However, I"m back with a vengeance! The 20's are supposed to be the best years - for adventures and new beginnings and finding yourself and hopefully, that's where this is going! I look forward to getting healthy with all of you! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:17:09 EST Im a Newbie! Hey just wanted to stop by and say Hi! I'm excited to join this site and start my journey to a healthier me. :) Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:22:10 EST Hey :-D Hi, I'm Kat :-). I'm 24 years old and 257.5 pounds. I want to lose at least 100 pounds by my wedding day, which is probably about a year and half away from now, so I have time. :-P I've always been chubby, even when I was a kid. It started to get worse when I became depressed at 10 years old. It's snowballed since. I have tried plans that my family went on (yes, it's a whole family problem) that were expensive and I did do well until my parents decided it was too much money. I'm in college an... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:16:25 EST I'm just me Hi my name is Kayla and I'm student in north Carolina but I'm a Pittsburgh original. I joined this group because ideally(according to a doctor who I feel is an idiot) I need to loose 100 lbs but my goal is 80 I feel like 120 for me wouldn't look right. I joined spokespeople as a firm of motivation I keep starting to go to the gym then stopping but I'm sick of it I know I need the community support and my family doesn't get it because they all got bigger after pregnancies or menopause I'm the ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:14:20 EST Ready to male a change Hi. My name is Lauren. I am turning 28 this month. I am 5'7" and weigh 225. My biggest was 233. I have been married for almost 2 years. My husband and I lost a pregnancy 3 years ago. I think through the ignored depression and just being in a relationship, I let myself go. I ate like he ate and went from 170 to 233 in 4 years time. I never have been super skinny. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today, I am a little over a year from graduating from dental school - I'm going to be a dentis... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:58:47 EST Hi there Hey guys, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Jess, and I've just hit 200 pounds. I've been heading there for a while, what with my terrible eating habits and lack of exercise, but actually seeing that number on the scale really hurt. I'm here trying to lose the weight, and I hope we'll inspire each other along the way. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:12:37 EST Hello Hello <BR> I'm going to first start out I LOVE FOOD! I tend to make poor choices though when it comes to the foods that I love. Pizza and bread sticks are one, I could eat them just about everyday of my life if I could. I also love sweets cookies, candy, cake, all of it. I would like to learn how to cook healthier as well as make better food choices for myself. I'm hoping to make some really awesome friends along the way that will help encourage and strengthen me as I start my weight loss jou... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:09:09 EST Woah, you just put me on the spot Hello everyone. My name is Sunny and this feels a bit like rehab ( not that I've been there). Anway, I'm 21 and graduating from college this semester and I really hope to slim down by then. My sister's wedding is also soon and I really don't want to hear any negative comments. I'm smart, pretty ( how conceited of me),sporty, adventurous and funny(they point and laugh at me, I must be funny). Just gave up so many times, but now I'm serious! I won't let my loser side win this time! You're g... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:34:11 EST Finally getting to it So I'm 22 years old been over weight my whole life and I would always hate on myself for looking so fat and always wanted to make a change but never stuck to it so here I am 22 205 pounds and I use to be 260 just after I had my son 2 years ago but I want to be comfortable in my clothes and body and show my kids that being comfortable with yourself makes a world of difference so here I am on spark looking for some friendly words of advice and motivation cause I know I can do this if I don't g... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:40:28 EST Hello! Hi everyone, my name is Michele. I'm 28 years old (just a couple months shy of 29). I have finally decided to do the one thing left that I have to do to make myself happy...dedicate myself to losing weight! I have made so many other changes over the past couple years, it's time to tackle my biggest obstacle. I am so grateful to have the support and inspiration of all of you. Please be patient with me, as I may stumble from time to time...but I will always get back up and try again! I look for... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:53:23 EST Hello! I'm a newb here, how is everyone doing today? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:29:51 EST Hello <em>524</em> <BR> My name is Alyssa Howell. I recently moved to California this Jan. I'm 20 years old and I weight 188. I have lost weight over these past few weeks. I used to weight 194 and now I am fluctuating between 187-188. I wish to lose weight until I am down to 120. I saw that was the best for my height; 5 ft 9 inches. Right now, I just started taking diet pills (only mega green tea) and I am watching my calories. In addition, I too hope not to frequently check my weight on the s... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:45:49 EST Hey y'all! Need a friend? Let's do this!! Hey y'all! My name is Emma I'm soon to be 24, a wife, and mother. I am energetic, quirky, silly, and to be honest a food junkie. I love the taste of food and it has lead me to be where I'm at now.... overweight and miserable w my body. I was diagnosed w prediabetes so I need to loose weight and adapt a healthier life style. I have recently started working out and actually look forward to it everyday. The thing I can't seem to get a hold on is food. I am a southern girl with taste for southern... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:52:36 EST HELP: Non-fitness goals? Hey all, <BR> So I set 2 goals for myself each week, one fitness related and one non-fitness. At the end of the week I post a blog and reflect on my accomplishments for the week. I used to do 3 fitness goals/week but felt I was getting in over my head and wasn't accomplishing much. I restructured my goal system and only do one fitness goal each week along with one non-fitness goal. I'm having some trouble coming up with ideas for non-fitness goals though. Last week's non-fitness goal was... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:05:09 EST Returning Member...Again. 4th time a charm? Hello, everyone. This is literally the 4th time I have been back here, and I am hoping, it will be the charm. I have been back on SP since last Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I am 28 (29 next month!) and I cannot get to 30 and still be in this position. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say that so far, I have done a food journal EVERY DAY (even yesterday which was a horrible day eating wise!!!) and that's helping me a lot. I have to stick to it. I have also been returning to the gym and I also will sometimes... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 22:50:17 EST Hi Everyone Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST Hello Hello, my name is chrissy and I'm a 26 year old and a mother to a 4 year old little girl. I am 244 lbs and have struggled with my weight for years. I have tried losing weight a few times and always seem to lose motivation. I'm really hoping that joining this site helps me get healthy and lose the weight. I. Want to be healthy for myself and also want to be a good role model for my daughter. I'm hoping to talk with some new people here and share stories and motivation :) Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:28:43 EST Hello Everyone! Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I am 26 years old. I have been married 8 months. I have been overweight since I was 14 years old and have never been successful at loosing weight. The first time I seriously tried to loose weight I tried weight watchers. I hit it hard for 6 months and only lost 5 pounds. It was then that I discovered I had untreated thyroid problems. Now that I am on thyroid medication I am hoping I will finally be successful at my weight loss. I would like to finally be... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:06:41 EST Intro! Hello everyone, My name is Hailee and I am 21 years old. I am so motivated its amazing! I started working out again 3/01/2014 and have already lost 2 pounds! My start weight June 2013 was 252, I have since kept the weight off but I am at 229 today. I look forward to meeting and connecting with people who have the same interests. The main reason I came on here was to have some support and support others! Lets get healthy together!! <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 04:42:02 EST Hello there! Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been getting really discouraged lately, mainly because I seem to be gaining more weight than I'm losing, and not gaining muscle but gaining more fat... has anyone else had this problem? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 22:08:34 EST Starting again Hi all! I have decided to start working out and eating better. I did not realize I joined the community over a year ago, but didn't really do much with it. I am looking forward to using this as a tool to get to becoming a healthier me. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:36:06 EST Hello!!!! Hello, nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> I have come on here to motivate myself and maybe I can help some people out too. <BR> <BR> I have already lost 35 pounds and I have 60 more to go. <BR> <BR> I have nearly finished couch to 5k and I can jog for 25 minutes. <BR> <BR> I stop smoking on 25th May 2013 <BR> <BR> I am hoping to do a race for life on 25th May 2014 <BR> <BR> I am dealing with past life abuse but I am on the way to a better life. <BR> <BR> I have recently came out as a le... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:21:17 EST Hopefully this sticks thsi time around Hi my name is Krista and I am currently 23 and turn 24 in April. All my life I have been that overweight kid and have always tried diet and exercise. However, most of the time it works for a bit and then I give up and lose motivation. This time I have been doing the workouts for now two months and if I go a day without working out I feel like I have not done anything, anyone else feel that way? Currently I am doing monthly challenges that I found on Pintrest to work myself up to doing a worko... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:59:28 EST First Day Hi! Today was my first day of tracking everything on sparkpeople. So far I'm in love. I do need to make some friends so friend me, help me, give advice, share your success please!!! This is the first time I have been open about my weight and goals to anyone.... kind of scary but I think it is just the push I need:) Oh, and how does everyone do that tracking thing at the bottom of their comments? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:04:39 EST what do you think (about the new fda food labels)? Sitting on my butt (oops) watching the news, and I see a piece about the new FDA nutritional labeling guidelines going into effect within the next 2 years. Increasing the serving size from what they are now, to what people are really serving themselves. (1 cup instead of a half of ice cream, 12 or 20 ounces of soda instead of only 8, etc). Do you feel this will help you when planning your diet, or will the increased serving sizes make things more difficult for you? <BR> <BR> This is the par... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:51:07 EST Need help finding info please On my way to work this morning I picked up a 7oz container of Del Monte Apples and Dip (caramel dip) but there's no nutrition info on the package. I've tried the company website but can't find the information to enter in my tracker. Any ideas? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:31:41 EST do or don't: use fitness to gauge caloric intake Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I was wondering what people thought of Sparkpeople's option of factoring calories burned into daily caloric range. <BR> <BR> I have found that it is very difficult and not enjoyable to try and stay under my base calorie range, so I have opted to work out more and add to my caloric intake. <BR> <BR> Some days I am near the bottom, but I am mostly in the middle-top of this range after I track my fitness for the day. <BR> <BR> I am only three weeks into my weight loss... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:00:27 EST Step Aerobic Advice Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my first time posting. <BR> <BR> Currently, my workout routine is circuit training with lighter weights on weight machines with step aerobics in between (Planet Fitness 30 min workout). <BR> <BR> My problem is that I am having trouble figuring out what exactly to do in between machines! <BR> <BR> Some step aerobic exercises are shown on the gym wall, but they are all low impact and I am looking for something a little more intense! Also I am afraid of falling... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:01:17 EST FairydoMamma Hey this is my first time on this page, trying to lose weight after my first baby. Need some support and motivation here guys!!! pls help me out. I have started walk away the pounds 3 mile routine yesterday. Wish me luck <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:27:08 EST over sthe road-rolling strong Hey how are we all tonight? I'm spencer 24 and a long haul driver. I have a goal of getting down to 150-160ish. Currently I'm starting at 194. I'm shooting for 1-3lb a week. Any support given will be appreciated. Out here on the highway there isn't much support for a driver so any is greatly apreciated Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:06:09 EST Hello i'm new lol I am 23 i am sper busy like all the time i have jobs, school, and an entire family to take care. We are all trying to loose weight becase together me and my hubby gained 100 pounds. i went shopping yesterday, i went into dressing room with a variety of sizes from juniors and womens and i left with the biggest size i went in with. i felt so bad. my hubby did the smae thing...even though we are doing this together i am the one who does the menu plannin cooking and all that jazz so its pretty mu... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:34:07 EST Hello guys Hey Everyone, I am Sandhya. I have had a yo yo journey with my weight loss goals.With time, I am just getting bigger which is not a good sign since I feel like I am looking older. My biggest problem is my fluctuating motivation. I have realized I am the kind of person who has a hard time following a routine. I have tried yoga, gym, running, it! It is frustrating that I can't keep up with what I begin. I have googled weight loss pills, tea, program to lose weight but I don't know... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:01:19 EST Hey! New here! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sage Annunziato. I am 21 years old. It's my first day on this sight and I'm still trying to figure every little thing out. Over the past two years I have gained an amount of weight that I'm not happy with and totally abandoned exercising. I became majorly depressed my senior year of high school and since then started gaining the poundage. Now after these past couple of years I have finally decided that I am completely unhappy and need to change this and be ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:34:39 EST Losing weight I don't really know what to say because I'm new to this but I want to lose weight I feel like I am fat but everyone tells me that I'm not, I currently weigh 218 and I am 20 years old about to be 21. Any advice? Please be truthful and brutally honest. Thank you Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:45:02 EST intro Hi! I'm Angela and I'm 27. I've never been skinny- I was unfortunate enough to have sleep apnea as a young kid, not because of weight but because of issues with my nose/throat so I slept all the time, trying to catch up. Fortunately it was something that was corrected by surgery but bad habits are hard to break. I got into cheerleading in middle school and was in pretty good shape then but after college when I started working full time I gained alot of weight. I've been on this site for awhil... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:26:28 EST Howdy... From Another New Face. Hi, <BR> <BR> My name's Stephanie, I'm 26 and I'm from Adelaide, South Australia. <BR> <BR> I have ALWAYS struggled with my weight. I successfully dropped about 18 kilos between December 2012 and July 2013 by following a strict Paleo diet, then completely dropped the ball, and piled it all on again. I could make any number of excuses. If I'm honest, it boils down to my own complacency and lack of self-discipline. <BR> <BR> Now, I am determined to lose 26 kilograms, and to keep it off for g... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:03:16 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Falon and I am back, after a hiatus. Looking for friends who will be motivational and supportive! Wishing you all a wonderful day and week, and remember to keep the fire lit! All it takes is one little spark to start a fire - &#9829; Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:46:55 EST Hi! I'm Becca Hi everybody, my name is Becca. I am 22 years old, a full time college student graduating July of 2014, working part time as a cake decorator, and have a fiancé who I am marrying in November of 2014. I've never been skinny, yet I've never been too fat either. I was never one to get teased for my weight. In grade school and high school I was very active, participating in organized sports pretty much everyday. After high school ended, I was so overwhelmed by college and working that I didn't ma... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:38:35 EST HI.. New to this site.. Hi, my name is Nissi, and I looked upon this site, because I need help losing weight, I needed my every step being tracked and my nutrition intake as well.. I had my first child a year ago I started at 150 and now I am at 234 pounds! I have not been able to lose anything in the whole year, I have not gained more, nor lost anything I am exactly at 234, where I was when I gave birth to my baby boy. I really need the help, to me is not just losing weight, but changing my whole life. To be health... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:30:55 EST SCleveley My name is Samantha and I'm 27 years old. I'm a stay at home mom that has climbed to 204 pounds. My physician told me about this site as she uses it! After quitting my job in September 2012 to stay home with my now 5 year old, I quit smoking and ballooned to this size. It not only affected how I feel about myself but how I feel in my marriage. My husband always tells me I'm beautiful and I'm not fat but I feel the total opposite no matter how many times he says it. He tells me he married me f... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:09:08 EST So i'm 25 years old I'm 25 and i literally feel like i'm 45 or older. i'm tired all the time and sick and fat with stomach pain. i want to feel my age. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:59:56 EST hello :) Hello everyone. I'm ready to give this site a shot. My name is Erica and I am 23 years old. I am happily married and I have two amazing kids. I was 17 when I got pregnant with my daughter and I weiged 160lbs. Since then I have gained 102 lbs at my max weight. I'm ready to shed this weight and live an all around healthier lifestyle for my family and myself. My first goal is 199lbs. I can't wait for that scale to have a 1 as the first number again :) I have been taking phemtermine since Jan 16t... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:08:08 EST Hello hello! Hello! I recently joined a gym and started tracking on Spark, but I haven't spent much time getting to know the community yet. <BR> <BR> I'm a graphic designer and illustrator living in Minneapolis, MN. <BR> <BR> I love video games, dinosaurs, drawing, building stuff, reading, cycling, and cooking. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my page for a bit more of my story, and add me as a friend if you'd like! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:12:06 EST Hey!! Hey everyone!!! My name is Lisa. I just turned 29 and I've gained about 10 pounds.....I was doing really well until Christmas time......those Christmas treats sure are tempting. I am engaged to a wonderful guy. I'm also in college to be a Dental Hygienist. With that being said, stress is a daily thing. I stress about school A LOT. I'm trying to keep more good foods in the house. I don't really eat a lot of sweets. I'd say my downfall is jawbreakers....I eat them when I study lol. I'm a... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:12:27 EST Rewards I've reached that point in my journey where I am not gaining or losing anything, and find myself with no motivation as to why to keep going. My question is: what are some of the rewards you plan for yourselves to help keep you motivated? Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:26:44 EST Hello All! Hello hello! I am excited to be starting up on SparkCoach, and I'm hoping that this works for me. <BR> I feel like I get all excited, and then tend to lost my motivation. Okay, so anyways, <BR> <BR> I am a 23 years old graduate student from Tennessee, and I currently weigh around 265. I have struggled with my weight since I was a teen, and have gained about 30 pounds since 2008. <BR> <BR> I love my family more than ANYTHING. I have a fantastic partner of 3+ years who is the absolute love o... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:40:15 EST Hi Hi I'm Kila I'm trying to lose weight so I can keep up with my job, kids, school. I decided this year after seeing all the adds for gyms to start going to one I've had a membership for about a year to. I also started taking pole classes and it really helps me with the exercise motivation. I love doing cardio and planking. My most difficult obstacle so far has been eating healthy. I'm trying to see a dietician and I haven't decided which of two options to go to but I'm hoping to get my whole f... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:05:45 EST Full but not satisfied? So this is day two of my weight loss journey and so far I've been eating good and sticking to my diet. But I don't feel satisfied. I think that's why I fail at dieting because I'm so aware the food is healthy it's just not "fun" to eat, no matter how tasty. Anybody have any suggestions or is dealing with the same problem? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:35:58 EST Hello Hello Everyone :) <BR> <BR> My name is Kanettra I am 25 years and I've been down this weight loss journey before but never as determined as I am now. This time around there is no room for excuses. I look forward in participating in the challenges and keeping track of my journey to a happier and healthier me. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:17:14 EST Back on the wagon/ba ll/horse ect So I signed up back in January and was on ball for about a week and lost 2 lbs! Then I fell off the wagon <em>46</em> No reason really. I have just done this so many times and I never started with much motivation to begin with. But now I am back on the horse! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:48:35 EST first challenge So this will be my first challenge here. In the past when I would set a goal it would be a small goal and I don't think I ever really completed any of them. How do you start on track to complete simple goals? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:10:58 EST Whole Foods Diet? Hi there (I'm new :-D)! I was just wondering if anyone was following a whole/real foods diet as they're trying to lose weight. I lost about forty pounds two years ago and have kept most of it off (even after having a baby!!), but I still have about seventy pounds to shed. Anyway, when I initially lost a lot of weight I wasn't really focusing on what I ate, but just how much and exercised a lot. So, basically, I would still eat junk, but just not as much. Now I want to try to eat unprocessed, ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:41:24 EST Here's to new beginnings I thought I could do it on my own. I tried, 4 years ago. I lost 60 pounds. I gained it all back. Then a few months ago in November I thought, what's stopping me? My only obstacle is myself. So I decided to try again. I lost 30 pounds since November, and got under 200, which was one of my goals. A part of me is scared to get back down to the weight I was when I last lost weight, in fear that it won't stick this time either. But I will never get there unless I try. Every day is a struggle, and ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:40:20 EST Hello Everybody! Hey there... Sparkers? Sparkies? Sparkaroonies?... Wonderful people! <BR> <BR> Firstly apologies if I've posted this in the wrong place and I've suddenly spammed all your in-boxes and made everyone cross. I'm not so hot at the whole internet thing. <BR> <BR> I'm Hel and this is my second round of Sparkpeople and hoping this time I'm going to be a bit more successful. <BR> <BR> I'm three and a half stone heavier and a whole lot more pessimistic but hey here's to hope! <BR> <BR> Looking for... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:34:37 EST Hi! Hey everyone, I'm Hilary. I've tried Sparkpeople before but ended up just fizzling out because I drove myself crazy tracking every single thing I ate and freaked out if I got more than 1000 calories a day. This time I'm focusing more on the exercise tracking, reminding myself how good it feels to watch the monthly fitness minutes go up. I've been doing some strength training plans that were recommended, and while I'm not sure if I've lost any actual weight yet, I can already feel myself getti... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:34:09 EST New Beginnings ! In about 8 months I will be walking down the aisle to marry my best friend (yes thats corny!) and I want to look my best not only for the big day, but for myself! Although my timing is a bit late, I think this page and its memebers will give me the motivation I need to get my butt and gear and look amazing! <BR> <BR> The basics: <BR> 29 years old <BR> live in West Texas <BR> 1 dog <BR> 2 cats <BR> 1 amazing fiance <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:14:26 EST Hi. My name is Fran. HI! My name is Fran. Just joined on here. Want to loose another 70 lbs. . I have lost 45 already but have stopped again and need some help getting back on it! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:08:54 EST This is my redo for health Hello, my name is Kimberly and I am 23. I've had an account since August 2013 but never really used it, this time will be different. I am on my journey to lose 70lbs total from my starting weight. I currently have 64lbs to go (as of Monday). Good luck to all! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:50:23 EST New girl here <--- Hello all I'm a part time working mom of 2 little boys. I am weighing in at 231 i have lost 4 pounds in two weeks. But my goodness patients to see results is killing me. I have a goal of 50-60 pounds by middle of summer. I also have a realistic goal of 30 pounds by June. I just need some anonymous support you know some people who knows that its a daily battle not a quick fix. Thanks guys!! I'm feeling more positive after finding this site, <em>104</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:22:28 EST Anyone trying focus t25 I just got my kit. Today was day 1 for me. It was crazy, my body is sore. But I am going to continue and see how far I get in 3weeks. Before my guarantee runs out, lol. I am going to log efficiently everyday. Anyone doing or thinking about focus t25? Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:24:33 EST Hey! I am new! Hello. I am not sure how to post in a current topic. N-E-HOOO... I am Leah and I am from Cincinnati. I am trying to get healthy due to a number of health problems that I am too young to have to worry about. My doctors have told me that if I lose weight that most of them will correct themselves. However, I suffer from depression and I don't always feel like doing anything. I really need to get healthy so here I am hoping to find support and comfort. I am also looking for a wellness coach and a... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:09:39 EST Hello!~ Hi everyone! my name is Felicia I'm 24 years old. A newly certified personal trainer who knows the right things to do to lose weight and stay healthy but has trouble following it! I know no one wants to be trained by a fat trainer and I want to use my success story as motivation for others! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:59:33 EST New member Hey guys im new. Hoping to loose 100 pounds :) Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:28:09 EST New Gal in SparkPeople Town! Hey everyone, I'm Staci! Found this site by chance and I couldn't be happier! I have been on the "Weight Rollercoaster" for the past few years... UGH! I just turned 29 in December so I decided that I have... absolutely HAVE to make this year count and what better way than to dedicate not only this year, but the rest of my life to living a healthier lifestyle! I'm not trying to go on this crazy diet, because I don't want to set myself up for failure! I'm starting off with baby steps... cou... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:27:46 EST Motivation to work out at home?!?!? I have always been the type of person if im not at the gym working out or taking a class at the gym I feel like it doesn't count. There are all these great free videos on amazon prime id like to try but I just cant get the hang of working out at home. My question is to the people who solely workout at home and have lost weight doing so. how do you get motivated to do it? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:59:03 EST Starting from Scratch! Hello All! <BR> <BR> My name is Chris and I 28 years old. I had an account on here for about 3 years that I never really used. I would log on from time to time just to read some articles and whatnot, but today I am starting from scratch. Time to get serious, ya know! It's time for me to take control of my life and get in shape, and get the information I need to teach my children good habits as well! <BR> <BR> I am very excited to get started again, and be a lot more active on SparkPeople! <... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:21:03 EST just joined the gym I just joined holds gym and I'm about to start a 12 week challenge with the gym and I'm going to try to lose over 30 lbs within those 12weeks. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:20:51 EST Starting again... this time for good! You know how it goes, you start with the best intentions, and after 1 or 2 weeks, you slowly start going back to your old ways. Well not this time! I am bound and determined to lose the weight and feel healthy again! For me, it's not about the size or the number on the scale...I just want to feel healthy again. I want to feel like myself again. This will be hard, the weight didn't come on overnight and I won't lose it overnight. So far, I have created a motivational board that I look at... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:09:10 EST Lacking motivation.... so i havent really been working out the last two days and today proves no different. i dont know why. i did lose a long ten year friendship yesterday. maybe that has alot to do with how i feel today. this person was very special. he said he would always be there for me. no matter what. we told each other everything. now he has a new gf and i was just dismissed out of the blue. im sad and angry. sorry to blurt this out there i just need some encouraging words to a grim and crappy day when i am... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:51:41 EST Hello. Hello. My name is April. I live in South Dakota with my three kids, ages 7,5. and 9 months.. After the last one, I got my tubes tied and it sent me into a severe depression. When I'm depressed and stressed, I eat. I gained 70 lbs. Now I'm finally mentally healthy and ready to lose the weight and get back to healthy. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:29:29 EST new year, new goals! Hello everyone. I am 21 yrs old, married and mother of a 2yr old. I currently weigh 167 pounds. before I got married I weighed 120 pounds and was at my highest. I know that I can reach my goal if I determine myself and motivate myself to have a better selfesteem. I'm thankful for this website and all of its helping information. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:35:26 EST I let myself go hello i'm Unikarm and over the course of a few years since high school I've let myself go. ive gained weight and my health has plummeted and my digestive system is terrible. i'm 216 pounds and I want to lose 50 pounds or more. I can do this. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:48:01 EST I need MOTIVATION HEY Ladies and Gents. My name is Breanna. I am a 25 year old mother of 4. I have been struggling <em>524</em> with my weight since I had my last son. I am currently at 220 which is the heaviest I have ever been in my entire life!!! I found out while I was pregnant with my son that I have an under-active thyroid. Therefore, I am struggling with taking my medication everyday. I hope to get back down to my high school weight of 140. I am learning more and more everyday that my body can't take... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:06:55 EST How do you feel after exercising? I just did a butt-kicking 45 minute Tae Bo DVD. I feel like I could just go to sleep. No matter how far or little I push myself or change my dietary intake - I never get that "rush" or energy after working out that I hear so much about. I just want to shower and take a nap afterwards - am I the only one?? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:40:18 EST Budget food shopping I am trying SOOOO hard to lose weight, and I am trying to find a great shopping list on a small budget... <BR> <BR> I literally make 100 dollars a week and that actually leaves me with 27.50 a week to spend on groceries. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on HEALTHY food I could try to purchase ( maybe in bulk) to help me make decent meals that are cheap. <BR> I basically only need food for Supper(dinner) because I eat sugar free oatmeal for breakfast at work which doesnt ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:54:32 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I had lost 42 lbs now i've put 14 back on. I have severe depression that has been with me for years, right now i feel awful, it's a chore just to get out of bed in the morning, but I am trying. I want to go back to losing and exercising. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!!!! <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:16:24 EST Hi Everyone! Hey everyone, My name is Shanice, and a fairly busy college student looking to becoming a healthier me. I hope to get to know quite a few of you while I am on my journey. I've never participated in this type of community. Hopefully, the website will be the push I need to stay motivated and lose some weight. If there is anything that I can do to help anyone to stay, or get, motivated I will. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:15:34 EST Hey guys!! Hey there!! My name is Michaela :) <BR> I am looking to get to know people and work to reach my goals! <BR> I'm looking forward to encourage y'all and rock out in 2014!! <BR> Let's be friends :) Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:28:46 EST hi i'm new Hello everyone, my name is Cassianna and I am fairly new here. I started at the beginning of this month, so just about a week or so ago. my husband has decided to join a pool at work to see who could lose the most weight in 4 months. I decided that it would be helpful for him and myself if I joined with him so that he wasn't trying to do it alone. plus I cook most the meals so it would help if I were cooking better food for both of us. I am setting my goal to lose 50 lbs in about 6 months. bu... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:38:52 EST Jessyann Hoping On Board Hello Everyone. My name is Jess. I've decided I finally want to take control of my wise and financially. My current fitness goals involve working out at least 3 times a week and losing 50 pounds by the end of the year. Health wise I'm trying to drink more water and eat healthier. Life wise I really need to learn to become a positive thinker. I've recently started a new business and am working on the courage to share the opportunity with others. I've joined the site to keep track ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:49:02 EST Hi im new <3 Hi im new and ive lost 78lbs bt i want to be back in the community of postive people again! i love to swim thats my fortae to loosing weight im getting back into things so why not embrace share and have support of others!!! <em>285</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:39:02 EST Newbie.... Hello everyone! I am a 27 year old female and I have a desk job. I have about 60 lbs to lose and I want to lose 30 of those lbs before my wedding in June of this year. My fiance is also using SparkPeople and has about the same amount to lose before the wedding. I am very blessed that he helps keep me accountable on my workouts and tracking food. This is my first week to use SparkPeople and I'm very excited to say that I've lost 3 lbs! Woot! I know some days/weeks won't be this easy but so far... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:13:15 EST Managing Stress/Food Hello, my name is Emily. I am having trouble managing my stress and food; which I guess is one in the same since when I'm stressed,I eat & when I eat, I am stressed. You just can't win apparently. I guess to start off; does anyone have any suggestions on how they beat their stresses. (At least bring them to a manageable point.) Second how do you beat the Stressing Munchies. I am up for anything. Working in and Emergency Room definitely beats the tar out of you. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:47:23 EST Working out in a sweatshirt? Ok...question...Every day at my gym I see people working out in sweatshirts and/or sweatpants. Is there any benefit to working out in heavier clothing? It seems to me like it would just make you more sweaty... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:35:15 EST New and trying to be motivated! My name is Chelsey. I just joined. I am trying to be motivated, but its hard sometimes. I am determined to do this though. Im not only doing it for me, but for my family as well. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:21:21 EST Did you know... That "chair exercise, low impact" <BR> and "chair exercise, moderate to vigorous intensity" have been added to the fitness tracker? I'm not sure if we have anyone these would apply to, but a big thanks to SparkPeople fit making the options available! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:10:44 EST New recipe ideas Hi all, <BR> I'm getting a little tired of the pre loaded meals on SP's meal plans. Does anyone have any resources to find new and exciting 300-400 calorie dinner ideas? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:25:49 EST Just stopping by Well i am really new to the site don't know any one and i am trying to stay on tract buy it's hard when you do it alone but i am trying. <em>521</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:00:44 EST Hello everyone I am from MS and a wife,mother and tired of being unhealthy. I have been working out every day and keeping track of what i eat thanks to this site its so much easier. I am very friendly and like to meet new people. <em>311</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:03:49 EST Determined Hi! My name is Heather. I am a former Marine and now a mother of a two year old boy. After having my son, I struggled with my weight loss even while still in the service. I completed my diploma in a Baking and Pastry Arts Program. Now, I am in a Business program. I am finding trouble finding time to work out and lack the motivation. That's why I'm here! Really hoping for some motivation. My goal is to lose at least 50 #s in general. No time limit, just want to be better for my family. Thanks!... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 01:13:25 EST 23 at 215. 85 lbs to go. I am only 5 ft tall, and I have never really been skinny. <BR> I don't really care about my looks. I don't get insulted when people call me fat. <BR> I only feel sad because someone is trying to use that part of me to hurt me. <BR> Any words of advice on how to make myself feel like this is about ME rather than about what other people think of me? Because it feels like I am not doing it for myself. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:40:37 EST NeedHelp! ZERO MOTIVATION! I am just getting started with my weight loss plan and so far it is not going so good! I am always tired and worn out, I can't seem to convince myself to just get up and get moving! Has anyone ever felt this way, if so, what did you do to change it? I don't know how to get my body to just push thru the exhaustion!!!!! Any ideas and tips would be helpful! THanks Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:09:45 EST Hey Hi all! I'm Michelle. A 23 year old in NYC. I'm currently at 220lbs and I'm looking for any possible buddies who are in a similar place to possibly text or email. Message me if interested! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:21:56 EST Just one more last chance Hey guys. <BR> <BR> My name is Dan and I'm a 24 year father of two boys and husband (of one woman. lol.) <BR> I live in coal mine country in Pennsylvania in towns you've probably never heard of, situated about an hour east of Pittsburgh. <BR> I work for the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of District Mining Operations. It sounds fancy, but really all I do is plug numbers into excel all day and occassionally get to drive a vehicle around that isn't... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:30:45 EST new here Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> I am new in this country, new in SparkPeople, but not new with diets. I actually was on diets for almost 18 years now, changed often, never keep any... I did good diets, and dangerous ones. I know would like to loose weight properly, and definitely. My weight loss is the condition I impose to myself before getting married with the wonderful man I love. It also is a condition for me being fitter, and feeling better. <BR> <BR> I hope we'll have a good time together!... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:19:33 EST Hello! Hi I'm Ami, <BR> I'm 23, a wife and mother to an amazing 1 year old girl. I have just begun my weight-loss journey. I want to get healthy and lose weight so I can do more things with my daughter and so that I am more self confident. Also, I have suffered problems with prior pregnancy as well as a miscarriages (my daughter was a preemie) so I want to lose weight before I have another child to see if that makes a difference. I'd love to meet new people! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:33:18 EST Giving this a shot... hey yall! <BR> I'm Bre and I just turned 21. I'm from Louisiana and I grew up in an Italian and Cajun household where food was always the center of everything, and portion sizes didn't exist. <BR> I've been overweight my whole life, but I never really noticed it. I never got picked on, my family never said anything, my friends never said anything, I was never treated differently or anything....until college. I developed severe depression and anxiety due to issues going on in my family life,... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:09:55 EST Need Help and Support Hi, I am new to this site and i am hoping that is will help me achieve my New Years Goals. I am a 27 year old mother of two beautiful kids. I am looking to start living a healthy life style so i can be around them for many years. I am also doing this to prove not only to myself but to my kids that living a healthy life is the best way. I am a border line diabetic, meaning i am insulin intolerance. I have had many consultations with different diaticians. I have heard many different things that... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:40:02 EST New Year's 2014 Happy New Year, team! <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> As we enter the new year, I'm sure we all have "resolutions". Well I'm not one for resolutions, but what are your GOALS for 2014? Why have you set these goals? What steps are you going to take to reach them? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:00:47 EST Happy New Year! Although I'm just introducing myself now, I actually joined the site months ago (or a year ago?). <BR> <BR> I just want to spell out my goals now with the hopes that that will actually help me reach some of them if not all. <BR> <BR> I want to: <BR> - exercise 4-5 times a week. <BR> -cook at home at least once a week. <BR> -eat at least 2-3 servings of fruits/vegetables a day (I know its supposed to be 5 servings but baby steps). <BR> <BR> My ultimate goal is to lose 50-60 pounds. I ho... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:03:44 EST Newer to Spark Hi. My name is Alynne. I am newer to Spark. I have struggled with my weight all my life and I really need to make some positive long term changes. Any tips would be much appreciated. I really am determined to overcome this battle and become healthier. It's not about being a size 2 or looking good in a bikini for spring break for me. What matters to me is my health and I am newly married this past June and we eventually want kids. I know I need to make these changes in order to be there for my... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:47:01 EST Hello Everybody! Hello everybody my name is Phyllis and I am from Illinois. I have 3 beautiful children and I work full time and I also go to school full time. I was just googling some workout sites and I came across this one so here I am. I made a goal to lose 45 pounds by June. I started working on this goal last week. During the Black Friday sell I purchased a treadmill and me and that bad boy has been going at it every since. I also have been using the wii fitness there are a lot of activities that I like... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:59:00 EST Hey I am a stay at home mom to two girls ages 4 & 9! I had gastric bypass surgery in 2011 and lost 100 lbs. however I have been stuck at that for several months now, and I am hoping this will help! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:25:49 EST January Challenge January's challenge is a stacking challenge each week you will be given 2 new tasks to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle- 1 fitness 1 non- after you complete a week the next weeks will be given out and you add that to week 1's. So to clarify in week 2 you would have 4 to do daily as you do not stop and change tasks but simply continue to add more into your routine. If you continue to do these things daily by the end of the month they will have become habits and you will have a great st... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:47:55 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah. I live in Lafayette, Indiana. I'm the director of a small (but growing!) nonprofit that helps international guests and students adjust to life and culture in the United States. I've recently moved back to the US from South Korea. I was there for three years, teaching at a women's university in Seoul. <BR> <BR> This transition back to the US has been incredibly difficult. I've found myself withdrawing from groups of people, not sleeping well, having ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:40:29 EST Hello :) Good morning (well it's morning here), <BR> <BR> I'm a stay at home mom of 3 and working on getting into shape to keep up with my husband. I have been overweight most of my life, but it got worse after having kids. I'm an avid photographer, hiker, camper, really love anything outdoors. My oldest child is an all-star cheerleader so I would like to set a better example for her. Here is to getting to be a better me in 2014 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:00:14 EST Losing Weight Gaining Confidence Nice to meet you all! I'm 23 years old and I have generalized myopathy . Losing weight will be hard due to my limited mobility but I hope to lose 50 pounds by summer 2014. I will be sharing my progress on my blog If you would like to stay in touch outside of Spark People you may follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:50:38 EST Hello there!! I have been following this page for a bit, but I haven't really looked into it. <BR> <BR> Currently I feel like I have no motivation or desire to lose weight!! I want to just keep eating cupcakes and cookies and drink soda........ I HATE IT!! My husband tries to stop me, but I want to eat it!! I really don't feel like I care right now. <BR> <BR> I do care about being this size... I just don't know what to do. I wish I had a friend around my size so I could have a buddy in this to keep me ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:41:48 EST Introducing myself to Sparkpeople Hello. <BR> <BR> My name is Chelsea and I have the goal to lose roughly 65 pounds. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until I was in my junior year of college did I gain weight. I used to be very thin and athletic, however due to a sports injury that led me to breaking my back, I gained a whole heck of a lot of weight. I was put on bed rest and ever since then I have been having a difficult time losing what I put on. <BR> <BR> So this is my attempt to get back to the old me. <BR> <BR> Thanks for re... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:50:54 EST Need help dealing I started my journey at 250 lbs. After four and a half months of working my butt off and changing many things in my life I am down to 206 lbs. I am very proud of myself and most of my family and friends are proud of me as well. There is one person who has seemed to be jealous of m success, she happens to be my cousin who until recently I was very close to. She was more like a sister, but since I started losing weight she has distanced herself from me and seemed to be jealous. She is a big gi... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:27:18 EST New year challenge? will there be a new challenge at the beginning of the year? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:58:38 EST HELP!! So I'm new to the calorie counting thing and feel like i started on a really great foot but i am having concern about the input/output. With double workouts burning more am i suppose to eat more or stick to my original budget? i know i have to have a deficient but i don't get the whole workout more to eat more if i'm trying to lose weight. Help! <em>46</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:55:23 EST new Hi I'm new and I have decided it is time in my life to make some changes, not only for me but for my children too. I want to have the energy to play with them and ride bikes with them. I just stated exercising and find it quite relaxing on those stressful days. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:21:26 EST Newbie-ish Hey all...I'm Kate. 24, from Michigan. This is my 3rd go 'round with SP. I'm hoping the third time is a charm!! My goal is to lose 55 lbs from my current weight of 235. This is the heaviest I've been in my life, and also the most miserable. I'm currently on disability (for bipolar disorder) so I'm not working or going to school. So really, I have no excuse to not take this time to help myself become healthy. While I've been on SP for awhile, this is the first time I've joined any teams... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:08:31 EST Introduction Hi, My name is Sarah, I have been off and on Sparkpeople, now I am here for real to get down to my desired weight. I am a special education teacher in training so my class, study and work schedule keep me busy, but since I am between semesters I will set up a routine that can hopefully fit well into my busy schedule. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:22:44 EST Hello! Hey guys, I'm starting fresh and working on improving my lifestyle. I could definitely use some tips on staying motivated when life gets difficult. Over the last year I haven't paid attention to my diet at all, I was incredibly stressed out and depressed. I changed things up a few months ago and I'm starting to feel like myself again. So yeah, and spark people says I could make my goal by August if I keep at it :) Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:23:41 EST Hello Everyone Hey there, my name is Eryn and I had some issues with the College Freshman weight gain. I came to college weighing just under 150 pounds and I felt a bit too tiny for my size. I now weigh over 80 lbs more than when I came to school. I want to get back to a healthy weight that I can feel attractive being. I was recently married and I would love to get back to the size I was when my husband fell in love with me. I look forward to all the aid that this site with provide on my weight loss journey Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:25:23 EST Hello! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Erin, I am a 23 year old woman living in Calgary, AB. I've never formally joined the Spark People community, but I have used this site as a tool for weight loss in the past. I have about 90 pounds to lose to get back to my fittest ever, but I'd be happy to lose about 70 pounds to put me where I was in my profile picture (my motivation). I'm looking for buddies for support along the way! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 16:45:03 EST Introduction Good morning! Im Shayla, and I am a 22 year old college junior. I have a one year old son. Before becoming pregnant I was comfortable with my weight of around 130 pounds at 5'2". Now, more than one year after having my child, I am still about 50 pounds over my original weight! I have lacked both motivation and support to get back into shape, but I am very determined to stick with it and develop a healthier lifestyle. (: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:01:51 EST My first official check-in <em>521</em> So, it has taken me quite some time to get on here and be pro active with my weight loss. In fact, from I started sparkpeople I put on additional 17lbs. I am happy to say slow and steady, I have lost 14 lbs in 3 months. Only 36 more lbs to go. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:41:44 EST Introduce yourself Hello I'm Christina and I am 24 years old. I have always been heavy, but as I am at my biggest now (220 lbs.), I am ready to change my lifestyle completely and maybe make some new friends along the way! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 18:24:58 EST Hello! Hi all! My name is Patricia, and I'm looking for some friends and teammates to bring with me down this road. <BR> <BR> Some facts: <BR> * I'm 24 years old <BR> * This is my cat, and he is too cute for words - <BR> * I live in Georgia and work in the registrar's office of a local university <BR> * I am aiming to lose, ultimately, ~100 lbs, but every step is one closer to the goal! <BR> * I worked out today for the first time in years, and only had about 15 minutes, bu... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:36:02 EST Hi everyone! I'm a newbie needed Hi everyone I grew up in a Greek household where food was a big ordeal and portion sizes never really mattered until I noticed that I had gained a significant amount of weight and my clothing wasn't starting to fit me comfortably. Honestly, I've been a yo yo dieter and many times I lost weight for all of the wrong reasons. Therefore, NOW I am finally regaining my courage and confidence to lose weight for me. This journey isn't going to be easy but I am ready to love the girl in the mirror onc... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 03:59:16 EST December Daily Workout Looking to keep your motivation up during the month of indulgences? December is a tough one, it's colder out, we're busy shopping/cleaning/decorating/wrapping, there are a ton of get togethers, food is everywhere! Get your motivation flowing, let it carry you into the new year, give yourself that extra oomph, while everyone will be just starting January 1st you'll be 30 days strong already! Stop here daily for a reason to workout and a new workout to complete each day! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:09:47 EST Alright. Let's do this ish. <BR> I love burlesque. I love booty poppin'. I love baking. I love bacon. <BR> <BR> Two of these things just don't belong. <BR> <BR> But you do. <BR> <BR> Let's be friends. <BR> <BR> Come on. You know you want to. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:44:54 EST I just passed the 55% of my goal mark^^ I had a really reasonable thanks giving dinner and weighed in today and I have lost 27.5 pounds since September 20th which is 55% of my total goal. I hope to keep it up and to get back to were I was in high school and really impress my gf. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:51:58 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hi, <BR> My name is Joanna and I am 22 years old. I have been battling my weight for a long time. I've done a lot of fad diets (one 3 years ago and I lost 40 pounds then gained it all back and then some). I had finally decided 4 months ago that I was going to do this for real- no more diets, no more restrictions, eating healthier and in moderation. In that 4 months, I've lost 20 pounds! <em>224</em> I have the full support of my family...and I don't think I'd be this far without them. I s... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:17:43 EST Hello Hi My name is Ashley ! so happy to find this site. <em>224</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:38:12 EST What's your Thanksgiving survival plan? Share your survival plan here, and don't forget to come back and let us know how it went. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:30:25 EST New to Sp Hi my name is Kourtney! And I am trying to start fresh. I am 21 turning 22 in a couple days and I want to make a change and believe in myself. No more doubting and I'm going to just have faith in God!! I am 236 lbs. And Im no longer ashamed! Because this is the last time I will ever see that number! NO looking back!! God is LOVE! <em>43</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:34:59 EST Realize I look at every famous person there is and realize they are in a way like us needing to loose a couple extra pounds. I look at them that way and go hey it's easy in there mind to do it then HELL I can too! That's my motivation. <em>247</em> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:12:14 EST We're in this together!! Hello there fellow weight-loss friends! <BR> My name is Jessa. I am a blissful newlywed. A mother to three fur-babies (2 cats and a dog!), and as I am already an educator, I will be a certified Elementary and Middle School teacher by May 2014! I am currently in my last semester of college and I want to look good as I step into my official career! <BR> I'm not sure if I should be in the 20 Somethings category as I am turning 30 in a few short months (MAY! 23rd!), but alas, I am here! I know ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:50:48 EST About me :) My name is Niki. I have been in Spark People for a couple years but just now getting back into the swing of things. I am 26 years old and from the mountains of North Carolina. I work as a Receptionist for a church software company. I am a devout Christian and very strong in my faith and active in my church. I sing in the choir and am one of the youth leaders. I currently weigh 225 pounds. I have been over the 200 mark for way too long and am ready to get my shape back. My goal is to lose 85 p... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:30:39 EST About me! Hi, my name is Heather Spyres and I am 20 years old. I currently go to a community college to get my associates in web development! I have struggled with my weight my entire life and would like to change it. I have about 75 pounds to lose. I would like to be on here to make friends and have people support me. I think it would be cool if someone could trade emails with me so that I have someone to email like once or twice a week. We can share about our success and help each other out when we f... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:21:25 EST Starting over. So I've been here before. Unfortunately I gave up on my goals. I'm trying to start over and health is my motivation this time. I recently went to the hospital for a minor health problem and they almost admitted me for having high blood pressure. Talk about a reality hitting you like a ton of bricks. I have a long ways to go and hoping that I stick with it this time. I knew it was easier to do this with Spark People because you want to report in with positive things that you have done. So here... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:33:43 EST Not done yet! My transformation story is more of a journey of many ups and downs... I realized for a while that I needed to make a change, because I really wasn't liking who I was seeing looking back at me in the mirror (at my heaviest that I weighed myself I was 234 lbs.). I would exercise, then get discourage because I wasn't seeing the results like I thought I should with the amount of effort I was putting into the workouts. Then because it wasn't coming off, I had gotten it in my head that "I wasn't de... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:57:11 EST finally broke 2 hours of cardio! I just got back from the gym and I finally broke 2 hours of non stop cardio milestone. I have been trying to make the two hour mark for about 2 weeks when I hit 1.5 hours. I feel great that I not only broke the 2 hour mark but that I improved on every machine I used as well so there was no phoning it in just to add an extra 10 minutes lol. <BR> <BR> Today's cardio 2 hours 8.1 minutes estimated machine calories burned 1,333 <BR> elliptical 65 minutes 822 calories <BR> exercise bike 16.7 mp... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:18:10 EST I've lost 85 pounds this year already! My name is Terri and I live in Springfield, Mo. Since February I've lost 85 pounds while on doctor prescribed phentermine. Now i'm needing to try to lose the remainder of the weight without the medication (about 50 more pounds to lose) and i'd like to talk to people and get their take on how they lose weight! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:45:39 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Kim! I'm a full time wife, mom and secretary. I commute 45 miles each way to work with my mother in law, who I also work with. We also live right behind them lol. I deserve some kind of medal. Anywho, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself! I am eager to begin a lifestyle change for my whole family! I am very interested in whole foods and trying to motivate myself to work out in my hectic schedule. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Kim Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:25:56 EST Curb Temptation!! Since Tim Hortons coffee gives me wicked stomach cramps, I buy my coffee form Bulk barn and grind it fresh every morning at home. Well, last time I was at Bulk Barn, the loose leaf teas were on sale, so I thought, what the hell. I bought a strawberry coconut and a chocolate energy tea... let me tell you, the aroma of these tea's can satisfy any craving!! Today at the office, filled with over 20 women, I decided to try the chocolate tea and omg was it ever good! It had a fantastic aroma which ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:13:34 EST Bye Bye Excuses!! What is one crutch that you used to use when it came to exercising and weight loss and how did you over come it? Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:59:13 EST how do you know if you've just been on a date? hey you beautiful people of the curvier side of awesomeness, :D <BR> how are you all doing? <BR> soooooooooo... girl. 20s. was just out with a friend who she asked out with friendly intentions, trying to create a social life from scratch. she's never dated, kissed or even flirted before. she had a wonderful time and she didn't expect it. lovely conversations, though she feels she talked most of the time (is that a bad thing? generally, when it comes to socializing. i'm really a begginer with... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:14:43 EST Hello everyone! I'm currently trying to motivate myself to get back to the exercising and losing weight. All of my life it seems as though I have been on the weight loss battle and I lost a good chunk of weight. I then stopped being so motivated to keep going that I have eventually gained all of my weight back. I hope that this site will be the motivation I need to get myself back on that track! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 18:59:41 EST Meli703 Hi everyone! I'm Melissa and I am 28 years old. I have been struggling with weight since my early twenties, especially keeping it off. I have gained and lost the same 30 lbs countless times. I would like to lose between 60-70 lbs. I am currently at my all-time high at 205. I have a great boyfriend who is not overweight and loves me the way I am, but it affects me and the way I feel about myself, and ultimately our relationship, that I am obese. I need to not only lose weight but keep it off f... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:29:17 EST No Weigh In November Start/End Stats It’s time to get our minds off our scales! Free yourself from the numbers! The number is not you; it does not determine how attractive you are, how good you feel or how much you’re worth. It is not even an accurate depiction of your progress you CAN lose weight without the number on the scale changing it’s called burning fat and building muscle! So here is what I want you all to do-fill out this questionnaire post it in a reply on this thread and then forget about it hide your tape measures, ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:29:43 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST Hallo Hey, I just joined Spark people, I've got about 97lbs to lose. i'm sort of aimless at the moment, I don't really have a reason I want to lose weight other than because it will make me healthier. I feel like I might do better if I had goals and milestones I was heading for. I'm trying to approach this with the same no nonsense approach I took to quitting smoking. I'm not trying to gimmick myself into success, I'm not looking for a magic bullet. I'm starting in on what I know will be a lon... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:25:53 EST November Challenge Here is your challenge for the month of November. Each day's activity is worth 5 points with the exception of Friday which has a possibility of 10 for the day. Once you have completed the assigned task come back here and reply to this thread with your total for the month. Person with the most points at the end of the month gets....the satisfaction of knowing they're the winner (what more do you people want! ;)) Remember this challenge does not start until Friday the 1st. <BR> <BR> -Move it M... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:50:33 EST it may help others too 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 18:31:31 EST Help! So I'm having trouble sticking to the nutrition guidelines and calories given to me in my tracker. I've been exercising everyday but the nutrition is the hard part for me I do really well until about 7 o'clock, then I feel super hungry and give into the donuts my roommates left out for everyone or order stuffed cheesy bread from dominos or just eat more in general. I need some ideas or motivation to get over the 7 o'clock hurdle! Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:32:11 EST Hello :) Hi there, My name is Lamya, i am a 20 year old student and I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I am constantly suffering from the legendary yo-yo diet and I have been stuck in a rut for ages. I have just joined and i hope that this attempt will work. At the moment I weigh 130kgs, and I am hopeful that I will succeed. Also, I am looking for a diet buddy- so if anyone is interested please let me know! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:44:44 EST Hello I am 28, from michigan, and obviously have a bit of weight to lose. got a bit depressed but I am slowly turning my life around, I am really enjoying it here so far. IF you would like to add me to your friends list please go for it, because i respond to any feed back I get -- I hope you all have a great Morning/ Afternoon/ Evening... <BR> <BR> Ill be back soon ! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:20:18 EST Starting a new journey-looking for a friendly hand I have been on spark several different times in the last few years. I have a hard time sticking to a healthy lifestyle because i only have to account for myself so when i let all my goals and hard work go in reality "I" only know i gave up and i thought it was ok but its not ok anymore. I am 27 years old and currently weigh 268 i originally started at 302 over a year ago.. I'm proud of what i accomplished thus far but am not done yet. I want someone to give me a kick in the butt. I have a bf ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:47:28 EST Trying to lose 20lbs before my 30th B-day! HELP!! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Annie, 29 from NJ and I am trying to lose 20lbs by my 30th Birthday which is in the first week of January! Anyone willing to be my motivational/support buddy??!! Are any of you looking to lose a certain amount of weight by the new year?? We can help each other out! :) Looking forward to making some new friends and looking great for the new year/my birthday!! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me or message me! Good luck to everyone on their journey to becoming/b... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:41:14 EST Hello I'm Stevie I have gallstones and went to a dietian she recommended 1800 calories so that's what im doing I saw her last month and I have lost 6 pounds its just 6 pounds but it feels nice and I know I don't want to be 233 again so I gotta keep on goin!! my goal is 130-140 lbs I have a 4 year old daughter and wanna live very long so its time for this change, its hard im a sweets aholic..anyone is welcome to comment and join im new to this so I will need guidance thanks Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:10:47 EST I just passed the 20 pound mile stone! I have been working my butt off quite literally since I transferred for my Jr year at university. In just about 1 month as of about 10 minutes ago I am down to 259.0 which is 21 pounds less than the 280 I arrived with lol. I am so happy with the progress ive made so far and nothing stopping me now! I just had to share with someone! Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:22:48 EST 1 month and ive reached 33% of my goal! I have been walking a few miles every day going to class, and going to the gym a few times a week for weights and cardio. I weighed myself for the 3 third time in in 3 weeks since I transferred for my jr year. I have gone down form 280 my heaviest ever to 263.4 pounds wearing shoes, and full work out cloths. <BR> <BR> I am so happy by the results so far I even have scheduled some personal training sessions with the student trainers at my university gym to help me kick it up a few more notch... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 03:37:52 EST Looking for a accountability partner! Hi I'm Sara. I will be 29 in December. I have been married to my husband for 7 years next month.Our family just moved here to Mesa, AZ from Rapid City, SD a month ago. We have 3 kids: Jacob is 6, Ashlynn is 4 and Jackson is 2. Right now I am a stay at home mom but within the year I will be going back to school to get a degree as a Paralegal. Before I got pregnant with Jacob I weighed about 150 lbs....It went downhill from there with the him and the other 2. I am weighing in right now at 250.... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 12:25:52 EST It's time for a change Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Jenn. I am 28 and live in New Hampshire. I have 3 kids and a great husband. I am loving life right now, but not myself to much. I need to get healthier for myself and my family. I am really hoping that this page will help. Today is day one. Wish me luck. I have done so many different diets and they never work. I am doing something different this time. It's time to make it fun maybe that will help. Good luck to all of you going through this as well. Hope everyo... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:56:14 EST Overeater Anonymous Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Just re-joined SparkPeople for a fresh start. I've been yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember. I just got married 2 weeks back and before that I had attempted South Beach Diet Phase 1 to just regain the 10lbs I lost in a week. I think I'm a very big emotional overeater. What can I say? I absolutely love food, but it has to end someday and I'm aiming for today. Maybe, emotional support is what i'm missing or me confusing emotions for hunger. <BR> <BR> My ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:06:03 EST getting ripped starting from scratch? I am working on dieting and exercising with cardio which can not be avoided anymore since my dorm hall is next to the university gym lol. I haven't lifted weights before and I got a buddy of mine to commit to 3 times a week for weights. I dont know how to approach this other than knowing that eventually I want to be ripped^^. <BR> <BR> What kind of exercises should I do with free weights and on the bench press and how much weight should I start with? Also once I am ready to increase the w... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 03:08:46 EST hello from Sterling Heights :) Hi there, I probably signed up for this group many moons ago, as I have been getting sporadic messages to my gmail account telling me to log in. Well, today I finally logged in XD <BR> <BR> To start the month off I weighed in at 320. My goal is to get down to 225 pounds, preferably by Spring time, but as long as I'm making progress I'm happy (was up to 400 at my high point in weight /low point in life). The scale just told me I'm currently 316.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I started going back to the... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 18:13:17 EST Getting back on the workout train! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Allie and I live in Germany. About a year ago I lost 30lbs doing Zumba, counting calories, and seeing a personal trainer. Then I moved and totally got out of my regular routine. I've gained most of it back and it's completely set me back emotionally. I am back on track now and have lost about 5lbs so far... which isn't much but it's something! My goal is to lose 65lbs and according to this web site, that will happen by May 23. It's good to see a date... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:06:59 EST Battle of the 10’s Challenge This month we will have a little friendly competition to see who can rack up the most fitness points. For each 10 minutes of cardio (walking, jogging, elliptical, treadmill, stairmaster, etc), you will award yourself 1 point. Cardio has to be in minutes, not seconds! As for strength training, you need to complete 10 reps of one exercise...For example, 10 reps of crunches will equal 1 point! There also some cardio exercises that you can count 10 reps...for example, 10 jumping jacks will give y... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 11:55:57 EST Accountability partner hi I'm kirsten I'm 22 in the virginia hampton roads area, a working student who really wants a buddy to help keep myself on track. I dont need to be in the same area or actually meet, emails work just fine for me. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 00:48:53 EST coming back from rockbottom! I gained almost 20 pounds since my mom died May 29th this year and was at my heaviest ever of 280. Since I transferred to Eastern Washington University I am walking at least a mile every day going to class I have been eatting as sensibly as a college campus allows lol, and going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I have lost at least 5 pounds as of yesterday in the 3 weeks ive been here and I have arranged for a friend of mine to be my weight lifting buddy 3 times a week. I have also noticed my fitness i... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:01:53 EST hello I hope to finally be able too lose the weight and keep it off. So i can, live longer and be more active for my children Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:45:45 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Desiree and I am currently 28, soon to be 29 next week. I hope to finally be able to reach my healthy lifestyle goals and kick this excess weight before my 30th birthday next year, so that I can enter the next decade of life at my best. After trying other sites, reading numerous books, and other ways I have tried in the past, I hope I finally found the help I need using spark people and all the resources they have available. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:43:52 EST Just saying Hello! First time user! Hi, my name is Amanda! I'm a stay at home mommy of two toddlers who keep me very busy. I had my children 13 months apart, suffered from Postpartum depression, and my thyroid levels dropped significantly. I currently weigh 189lbs which is down from 250lbs right after I had my daughter, June 2012. I would like to get back down to the 130-140lbs range while also toning muscle. I was doing great for awhile then somehow managed to lose all motivation, I'm hoping to find that again and get back to ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 01:35:19 EST Hello Hi I just joined Spark People for the first time this week and really hope to find this as a successful measure in helping me to reach my healthly lifestyle goals. I have explored other sites in the past and other weight loss programs but really want to see myself succeed in adopting healthier habits and lose this excess weight before my 30th birthday next year. :) Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:01:51 EST Hello Hi I just joined Spark People for the first time this week and really hope to find this as a successful measure in helping me to reach my healthly lifestyle goals. I have explored other sites in the past and other weight loss programs but really want to see myself succeed in adopting healthier habits and lose this excess weight before my 30th birthday next year. :) Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:01:47 EST Aloha Y'all! Hey! I'm Valerie, I just recently moved here with my boyfriend who's in the Coast Guard. I've got about 55 pounds I'd like to lose, as long as be healthy and fit. I'd like to be able to do one of the Color Runs with ease and hike some of the great trails without being out of breath and wanting to quit. I'm new to this fitness and healthy stuff so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm up for it! Much love! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:48:54 EST I wanna fall in love with ME AGAIN HI, im a single mother of 5. I have a set of triplets plus two more I am desperately trying to lose weight I have been through a lot and I have completely fell out of love with myself. Im 5"7 and I weigh 300lbs I don't like my size at all because it makes me very insecure and not to mention it makes dating very difficult I know that you have to love yourself but its so hard to do when your not happy with your appearance. I also want to be healthy for my kids because im the only parent they ha... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:20:37 EST Saying Hi Hi Everyone, my name is J and I am 25 years old. I'm currently 234, looking to get down to 135 in about a year. I'm addicted to fast food and am not a fan of working out and I'm looking to change that. I want to get healthy while I'm still young and can do so. I'm looking forward to meeting new people with similar goals as mine. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:41:40 EST Hi Everyone! I'm Jenn. I joined SparkPeople again a few weeks ago, but I have been hesitating to come onto the forum. Basically, I'm only going to be in my 20's for another week and I wasn't sure if a soon to be 30 year old should crash the party. LOL. <BR> <BR> So anyway, here I am. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:10:00 EST new here hi mi name is elizabeth and i am new here i am here to try and lose weight .. with this site i hope it helps Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:10:30 EST i'm a cheeto addict i'm unikarm. i'm a cheetos addict seriously i can eat cheetos until i get sick....well my kind of sick. stomach sick not pukeing sick. <BR> any way my goal is to lose 20 pounds in 5 (kinda killed the 1st week by binging) weeks you think that's possible or is that too risky or too big of a goal? Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:46:57 EST Hello Hey everybody, my name is Kara. Joined SparkPeople for some help with motivation. I've got about 50lbs to lose and I know I can't lose it alone. I love to drink soda and eat anything sweet that isn't nailed down. :) Hopefully I can stick to a healthy "lifestyle" and not feel deprived like the number of other diets I have put myself on. If anyone else needs support, please feel free to email me, I have a great listening ear.... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:09:39 EST Question Hey all, <BR> <BR> I have a question about something on sparkpeople. I noticed that when I exercise, the calories I burned get added onto my daily calorie allowance on my nutrition tracker. IS it me, or does that defeat the purpose? I should be sticking with the normal allowance right? Please let me know what you all think and do! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Laura Sun, 22 Sep 2013 03:26:36 EST How do you post inside the topic threads? I can only seem to post outside the topic threads not inside them? Not too savvy on the social media :) Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:24:50 EST Help Please! Hi all! <BR> I am terrible about keeping up with these boards and teams and i apologize! <BR> I need a little help/encouragement/advice here. <BR> I've been working out/eating fairly healthy for about 2 years now on spark. For the last 6 months I have had a personal trainer, we mostly focus on strength training, and I do some cardio on my own the other times I dont see her. When we started she told me in 6 months she could get 50lbs off of me. I'd been despirate, trying EVERYTHING I could to ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:01:34 EST Hello Hello So I've already lost 62 lbs this year. I'm going for the next 50 now. Awesome, right? I'm in the Birmingham, AL are. My biggest challenge will be making time to exercise. I work 12 hours a day Mon-Fri. I've got this, though. I'm just gonna do it. And I'm rewarding myself with a tat when I get down to my final goal weight :) Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:56:37 EST I'm soooooo In Signed up a week ago for the challenge, just want to make sure that I'm In ! <em>209</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:25:26 EST Thank you and good bye! I turned 30 a week ago and so my time with this group is over. I never was really active on the boards but I did enjoy the season challenges a lot! I lost a lot of weight in my 20s and am determined to reach my end goal within the year. Thanks for all the support!! Free free to add me as a friend. =) <BR> <BR> -Amy Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:14:25 EST question about changing jobs??? so i've been trying to get this post office job in my town for about 2 months now and finally was told today that i'll be starting the job on the 23rd! which is great but on friday i have to drive to get a 15 minute physical... its a 3 hour round trip drive to get the physical done :( bit rediculous if you ask me! but if thats what is needed for a good job with great pay, it looks like i'll be making that drive.. <BR> <BR> So with this news I came striding into work today knowing that i coul... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:24:13 EST Introducing MySelf Hi My name is Shamika... and i am very new to site. Im here because i want to get rid of these extra pounds that i have put on. I just turned 26 a couple of months ago and i dont want to spend the rest of my twenties being over weight. I have about 75 pounds to loose and i would prefer to loose the majority of them before my 27th birthday in July. I have great friends and a good support system that is encourging me. But like most people i have tons of things preventing me from being the best ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:22:50 EST Challenge Count me in! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:19:26 EST Hello there Hi guys! I'm new to the spark people community a little about me I'm 24 years old on my first and last weight loss journey working on losing 100 lbs. Pretty hefty goal but I'm determined. I joined for some support in my goal I don't get much of it at home so I'm looking for some friends with similar goals/interest :) Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:33:40 EST Starting Out Hey im just starting out and wondering if anyone has any wisdom they would like to share with me, best bits of the website and ways to avoid going off track... anything yous can help with will be amazing! <BR> xxx <em>304</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:50:32 EST Hi I'm starting over again and I rejoined sparkpeople for the umpteenth time. I don't really know if anything will be different this time, but I'm going to try anyway. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:35:23 EST Farewell vices I've been told there are three steps to achieving a short term goal: Think it, Speak it, Make it true. <BR> <BR> Today I'm speaking it, good bye unhealthy vices, <BR> today is my last day for alcohol, soda, fried food, sweets. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share what you are giving up to promote a healthier life, hopefully we can support each other through this difficult time Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:09:31 EST Done with it! My name is Will I'm 23, and weigh about 250lbs. I'm so sick of being the fat kid, I've come a long way on my own at my largest I was just around 350 and I got down to 215, then I guess I got lazy and now I'm here I just can't seem to get the weight off any more. I try to eat healthy and I don't know many exercises, so I'm here looking for what I don't know. Namely, a smarter way to eat/shop, some exercises that I can do without buying lots of equipment, or running (I have severely flat feet a... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:56:48 EST ****Fall Challenge Info**** The new fall challenge sign up has been posted, as always I see there are lots of questions being posted in the sign up thread so for all those who are confused or looking for more information here is a FAQ for you. If you have additional questions that are not answered by the info here please post them as a reply in THIS thread and myself or another captain will answer as quickly as possible. If you post your questions in the sign up thread there is a good chance of them getting overlooked u... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:06:50 EST I'm in too! I'm in too! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:40:17 EST !*!*!*! LEAP INTO FALL FITNESS CHALLENGE !*!*!*! <em>7</em> <em>381</em> <em>7</em> <em>381</em> <em>7</em> <em>381</em> <em>7</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Fall is fast approaching and it is time to do one of our main challenges. We will only be doing large challenges twice a year. Please make sure to hit "reply" to this message to ensure you get signed up for our challenge. Sign ups end September 15, 2013. We will start the challenge beginning September 23rd, 2013! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>381</em> <em>... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:43:11 EST Hello! Hello all! I am Nichelle (Nicci) and I am a 21 year old financial accounting major that lives in Colorado. I have been trying to lose weight for a while and learned about SparkPeople from a friend, so here I am. Until recently I have lacked motivation and support, but I hope that by joining this site I will have an abundance of both. I really enjoy a wide variety of things from reading, writing, videogames and horseback riding. I look forward to getting to know many of you and aiding each oth... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:39:12 EST Starting Fresh I'm Natalie. I have experienced a constant weight gain since relocating to a new town and away from my immediate family. On the cusp of turning 30 and wanting the next 30+ years of my life to be healthier than the first 30. Looking forward to developing some healthy habits and encouraging others along the way. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:31:19 EST Hello Everyone Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Tiffany and I live in the Central OH area. I'm 25 and I've got about 80lbs that I would like to lose (100 ideally). This is about the third or fourth time that I've tried to do so but my first time on SparkPeople. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:47:56 EST Tip, tricks and the whole shabang!! Ok, so back story here... I work from 6am to 2pm Saturday through Wednesday. It's a constant "go go pace" (Coffee Shop), which I love. I don't eat much of the food we sell because I've actually never been a big fan of donuts and sweets. I usually pack my own lunch for my break, and a small snack for when it dies down around noon. By the time I get home, which despite the fact I work until 2pm I'm usually still there until 3 or 4pm because I love my co-workers haha, I do w/e workout I have pla... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:14:46 EST Whats Up? I came to this site to try to lose weight and to get support that is lacking at home. I want to be able to look in the mirror with pride and know that I have worked hard to be myself. I want to live positively and invite you to do the same. This will be hard because I spend all my time on the computer and hate to exercise. I am only twenty one so I am going to change my life and others. I just need a push every once and a while. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:52:18 EST where to begin..... Hello My name is Maureen.... I'm 5'3 and currently weigh 238..... My goal is to loose 88 pounds..... I joined SparkPeople today after My failed attempt to jogg/walk for 30 minutes at the park today.... Within a mere 10 minutes My body responding to the exercise was horrible... I put myself down the whole car ride home..... I joined because I felt that I need support from people that are going through the same difficulties as me, because I have none here at home.... I've always been on the chu... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:51:37 EST Hi fellow sparkers! And HELP!!! Hi everyone. My name is Amber and I'm new to SparkPeople. A little background...I've been struggling with my weight for about 4 years. I had a baby in 2009, then another in 2010, then ANOTHER in 2011. I've finally decided to take a hiatus from having children and my weight is at ann all time high! I'm 5'7" and 230 lbs! I'm miserable. Before having children I was very into working out and keeping in shape. As you can see, that went out the window when I became a mom. I lost almost 30lbs in ear... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:42:49 EST Hi! I'm 23, I just graduated with my BA in film studies this past spring, since then I have had a lot of trouble with motivation. I'm looking for an accountability buddy that would be willing to message back and forth a few times a week, or daily, if possible. I just need a little extra support from someone going through the same struggle I am! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:36:28 EST Hi there! I'm new! Hey everyone! <BR> My name is Jamie, I'm 20 (21 in November!), and from Milwaukee, WI. I've been struggling with weight ever since Elementary School. I'm 5ft 6in, and am currently 237 lbs. Hurts to type that! Makes it so real! I'd like to get down to 160, and then see how I feel then. I've always been a little more on the thick side, and want to keep some curves! I'm really hoping to help find people here to help motivate each other and such. I'm really serious about wanting to reach my goal ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:59:02 EST Hello. Hello, everyone. My name is Sasha and I am a stay at home mom. My son is two years old. I have been overweight pretty much my entire life, and after I had Jax, i gained about 40 more pounds. I weighed 235 pounds, the last time I checked. My short-term goal is to lose 50 pounds...I would like to lose at least 80 overall. I am horrible when it comes to sticking with things like this. I never can keep myself motivated, I always feel like there is no point to even trying. I've never tried being a... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:17:08 EST Hello Hi, my name is Kayla and I will be 25 in September. I am from Woodhaven, MI near Detroit. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life. I am currently at my highest weight of 352.1 pounds and would love to at some point get down to 199. I cant even remember the last time I weighed under 200. I really want to do this for myself and for my husband. I feel like I hold back our relationship because I am not able to do some things because of my size/weight. I really just need help in stayin... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:35:23 EST WEIGHT SW-230 <BR> LW-228 <BR> CW-226.8 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:30:56 EST intro Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Georgia and I am so excited to be apart of this challenge and also Spark People..Its so great to have somewhere to go to to share in all the challenges that we face with our weight issues. I have been overweight pretty much all my life but it became even more so when I had my kids. Its hard to look in the mirror, I hate shopping for clothes so i decided for my 30th BDAY this year I want to lose the weight!! I know that it wont be easy, but I know through hard wo... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:25:06 EST Autumn Gerardo Hello all!!!!!!! I've just joined spark people and hoping this will finally give me the motivation to drop 81 lbs by May! Wish me luck! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:06:02 EST Gotta keep up with the toddler! Hey! <BR> I'm Katie and this is my first time on SparkPeople. <BR> I'm having trouble dealing with stress at home from being a single mom and holding down a full time job, which has lead to significant weight gain! <BR> I'm aiming to lose 60-70 pounds!! <BR> It's gonna be hard, especially since I have a very viscous sweet tooth! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:30:42 EST Check in Ok i know i really haven't been part of the group but I am so excited right now! I am taking baby steps to get to my goal. I would start and then fall off and then get back on. Well I fell off hard this time. But I have gotten back on (again) and it is off to a great start! About a week ago I started to eat healthier and not eating fast food. Well after a week and a half (almost 2 weeks) I have lost 9 lbs!!! I haven't had fast food in a week, no soda in over 2 weeks, and all I am craving is f... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:52:50 EST Is there going to be a fall challenge? A couple years ago I did a summer challenge which I loved. I would love to do a fall challenge! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:23:23 EST Feeling Discouraged.. Going on week 3 of eating healthy and exercising. I've attempted this change before and I dropped weight so fast. This time around I'm making no movement. I know these things take time but seeing no change is just so frustrating :( I need help. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:27:19 EST Fall is coming! What's your plan for exercise? Hey folks! The fall and winter are coming up fast! If you're an outside exerciser, what's your plan for exercising through the cold months? <BR> <BR> I myself enjoy hiking and will probably continue to hike until snow hits the ground, but when that time comes it'll be workout DVDs and my elliptical trainer for me! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:31:04 EST Decided to write a blog... Decided to write a blog about my experience in losing 55+ lbs. Hopefully it will give you a reason to start loving yourself today instead of X amount of months from now! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are doing great. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459203 </link> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:47:13 EST Feeling Grateful! Hi Everyone, I am so glad that I have an avenue to meet and receive support from people of the same age group and who are going through the same challenges as me. <BR> I am a 25 year old living in Singapore. I have been struggling with my weight since young and Oh Boy! What an emotional damage it has done. Not easy being the overweight kid (and adult) in a country of Asian petite girls! I am glad to say that it has came way past the point of me being "Thin". Now its about wanting to be strong... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:12:50 EST Exercise Balls/ Exercise at Work I recently brought an exercise ball to my desk job at work (sitting almost 8 hours a day) to use occasionally as my chair. Now I've heard that just sitting on the ball alone can work your core and burn calories. Now I have noticed sitting on the ball makes my back ache but not much else. Does anyone have any thoughts on this or ideas on more things that can be done at a desk job to boost exercise? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:58:44 EST Hey everyone!! New to SparkPeople! Hey everybody! I'm Crista! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and wanting to say hello, introduce myself and maybe find some solid supporters! <BR> <BR> A little about mysef...I recently turned 29 (like the other day) and I'm feeling like I need to get this weight loss goal thing taken care once and for all! I don't want to go in to my 30's feeling overweight and un-physically fit! <BR> <BR> I used to be an avid runner and would have considered myself an athlete at one time. Now I feel li... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:04:49 EST Hello to all. Hi, my name is Katie, and I am new to sparkpeople and I am really hoping this will be a resources that keeps me on track. I have done programs that focus on lifestyle change, which I know is what is needed to be successful, however once I reach that plateau and start loosing motivation, there doesn't seem to be any support to keep me moving. I am hoping this community will be different with all the members and all the different recipes, how could I get bored with it? <BR> <BR> I struggle... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:05:34 EST Hello! I'm a college student right now and I'm planning on going to Jerusalem next summer to study there. I want to be in great shape by the time I leave so I can have a blast and not be self-conscious the whole time. I need all the help I can get, so don't be afraid to talk to me!!! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:37:33 EST Weekend Mini Challenge Hey Team, this is just a little extra push to get you through your weekend! We're going to work lower body, do this set 2x a day Saturday and Sunday! No points just for fun :) <BR> <BR> 25 squats (legs together) <BR> 25 plié squat (legs spread) <BR> 20 calf raises <BR> 15 lunges (each leg) <BR> high knees 1 min <BR> 15 side leg raises (each leg) <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:17:53 EST Hey everyone! My name is Ronie, I found this site yesterday and am loving it so far! My goals are to completely transform my body not only to look good but so I can live a healthy life. Also I don't want any chubby pics of myself from my wedding that will <BR> be here on the near future so I am motivated to work hard and not stop until I reach my goals! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:39:41 EST How much do you weigh and what size do you wear? Hi guys, <BR> I posted this in another forum and didn't get a response. Maybe ya'll can help me? <BR> <BR> Height 5'7" <BR> Weight 199 <BR> Size L-XL tops and TIGHT 14 pants and a LITTLE loose size 16 pants <BR> My goal is to be in a 6 pants, I don't really care about the tops... Is this possible if my goal weight is 145-150? Also, I'm in a 38C bra right now... will this change much if I loose the 50lbs? Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:24:51 EST Hello all! I'm an LPN making my way to RN. Right now, however, I'm 268 pounds at 23. I've started the Virgin diet on Friday and am already feeling some of the benefits from it. I'm going for a 68 pound loss by April. Wish me luck!! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:04:59 EST n00b-ish Hi everyone! My name is Ziggy. I'm 23 and I'm a single mommy to a 3 year old girl. I've struggled with my weight pretty much since puberty but I was always really active and good at maintaining my weight without really gaining much. Since having a child, however, I just can't seem to lose anything. I joined SparkPeople and this team awhile ago but the timing just wasn't right for me then. Now, I am ready and willing to fully commit myself to getting healthy and adopting a new way of life not ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:39:38 EST Hi Everyone! Hello all! I'm 29 years old and want to lose a lot of weight and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. My goal is to lose at least 50 pounds and learn how to maintain it. I have to do this not only for me but to show my family what a healthy lifestyle is about. I have tried to diet and exercise on my own but I always fail. I have joined sparks for motivation, encouragement and the advice you could receive from others. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:47:01 EST Hello Everyone :) :) Hey everyone, my name's Amanda I'm 24 years old and the lucky mother to thee most amazing 7 year old son anyone could ever ask for! It's my time, finally after years of struggling with my weight IT'S MY TIME TO LOSE this excess baggage! I have an amazing boyfriend who's right beside me with all the motivation I need but sometimes I need more than that, he's too nice sometimes and I need motivation from people who wont let me slide! I'm tired of looking in the mirror and feeling ashamed and di... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 02:37:15 EST Hi guys! I'm new to Spark People and I'm just trying to find my way around the site :P This weight loss journey is going to be a big lifesetyle change and I'm so glad to have found this site with SO many people like minded people in one place! It might make this journey a little easier =) <BR> <BR> So here's to a healthier lifestyle! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> -RIXXI =D Fri, 2 Aug 2013 02:26:37 EST Where to begin Hey everyone, I'm new to spark people and I'm trying to get started. I really want/need to lose all this extra weight, I just have no clue where to being. Any tips on getting started? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 02:13:44 EST August Individual Challenge! I know the Summer Challenge is in it's final week, but I'd like to keep the momentum of the team moving! There won't be another official challenge beginning before the end of the month, so I hope you'll all consider keeping yourself motivated here! I'm not going to lie, I'm stealing this challenge from another team I'm on, so please don't judge for lack of creativity, instead be happy that I took the time to share it with you. I will award a SparkGoodie to the top 3 point earners each week. S... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:42:22 EST hello everyone hi im kelly and i am working on losing 65lbs and getting my body back Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:48:29 EST Stuck Scale I have been weighing myself since I started walking/jogging and for the last two days i have been stuck on the same weight and I can not figure out if my scale is broke or my body?! Does anyone have any idea what to do to get the number to actually move?? I have been eating healthy and walking/jogging every evening and my weight just isnt moving. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:20:48 EST hey ;) This is new to me. Iam getting married in 2 months and really really want to loose 20 pounds. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:13:05 EST Hey everybody! Hey ladies and gents! I am a 23 year old new mom looking for other like-minded people who really struggle with over eating / unhealthy eating. I want to be a fit, healthy mom for my 10 month baby boy and a happy, sexy wife for my hubby ;) I have a 3 year old aussie shepherd who is like my second baby (seriously) and love to take him for walks. I live in beautiful BC and was born and raised here. I have battled severe anxiety and depression for most of my life, obviously getting worse whe... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:10:55 EST Desperate to get Healthy this time! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 21-year-old college student. I've tried losing weight before (even with SparkPeople!) and I've never lost more than 10 pounds :( I'm really bad about staying motivated in the long run, and give up fairly easily. This time, I am pretty much desperate to get healthy and happy with my body. I want to eat healthier and acquire a love of exercise. I would really appreciate some hard-core motivation so that I have no choice but to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I look fo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:39:34 EST Mom of 2 ready to lose. Hello everyone! My name is Tiffany and I am a wife and mother of 2. I have tried everything to lose weight, and have had no luck! I am hoping that this page will help me lose! I am wanting to lose 70lbs by March 16, my birthday! I graduate from college in May, so this would be an awesome goal and reward for me! I look forward to getting to know you all and encouraging one another on this journey! Blessings to you all! Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:16:19 EST Hi all! Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly. I'm 22, and I've been big my whole life. Many time in my teenage years I vowed to get skinny and "pretty". Safe to say, that never lasted very long. Now that I am older, with a great support system around me, I think I am ready to just be a healthier, more active version of me. I have no goals to change what people see me as, but rather how I feel on the inside. <BR> <BR> Oh, and my new Torrid jeans are getting to be too tight. Can't have that, too exp... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:11:51 EST New! =) Hello! My name is Jess and I am 25 years old. I have always struggled with my weight and in 2010, I finally reached a weight where I was comfortable and confident. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I gained 55 lbs. I've struggled to lose it and in the process, gained a little more. I recently started portion control with my eating habits and have gotten a slight jump start and lost 17 lbs. I'm now looking to get back on track and lose the remaining 61lbs so I can be comfortable and confid... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:10:17 EST 25 and Trying to Get fit I'm ChyAnne. I'm 25, 5'0 and Pre-Diabetic. I've struggled with weight from the time I became a teenager til now. I work 11-12 hrs a day, 5-6 days a week in an office. I'm recently married and my husband and I are looking to be more active. I'm currently 197 and just want to get down to a healthy weight. Nice to meet you guys. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:57:30 EST After Workout Snack? Drink? What do you all eat or drink after a workout to get your energy & minerals back up??? Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:20:37 EST Hello Everyone My name is J9 <BR> I am glad to have found this website <BR> I have lost 10 pounds before i came here <BR> It is hard for me to eat organic fresh fruits and vegetables through out the month due to finances <BR> but I remain conscious of intake of ingredients and nutrients to the best of my abilities <BR> Bad food is cheap good food is expensive <BR> <BR> Go figure <BR> <BR> I was told i was 100% at risk for diabetes 2months ago so I went into overdrive <BR> I recently lost my 6 month old ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:26:31 EST Weight Loss Group Hi Everyone. I have been with spark people for a little over a year and they have wonderful people and wonderful support here. I love all the great ideas. Everyone has inspired me to eat healthier and lose weight because we are all very supportive of each other here. I just also wanted to let everyone know that I did create my own facebook group that has healthy recipes, weight loss tips, a great support team and much inspiration. With all the wonderful responses I have got to it I just ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:15:10 EST Great to be on here! Hi! My name is Ashley. I look forward to losing weight. I hope I can stay motivated long enough to reach my desired size! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:48:19 EST Motivation Hello, my name is Tineka and I am a 31 yr old mother of two. I've always been the "fat one" and I'm tired of it. I want to love shopping for clothes rather than feeling anxiety and depressed because I hate the way everything looks on me. I'm 5.5 and 242 lbs. My biggest issue is my inability to give up my favorite foods and exercising!! HELP! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:14:10 EST intro Hello! I'm Johnney. I'm 20 years old. I was doing pretty good with losing weight but a recent accident didn't help that much. I have put on a few pounds. I'm ready to lose weight and get on with life! <BR> :) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:27:55 EST Hi from Tulsa! Hi! My name is Kelly, and I just recently got out of the military and moved to Tulsa. I stopped working out after I passed my last fitness test and REALLY regret it. Its time to take that weight off, and hopefully meet some new people in the Tulsa area! I need to lose 73 lbs (Im 5'1", but honestly wear the weight well), but work out 6 days per week for a hour each. Let me know if there is anyone in the area! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:39:32 EST New =) Hi all, my name is Breanne. <BR> <BR> I'm a 23 year old student that has for some reason allowed myself to put on an extra 50 pounds over the past 6 years. I was always super athletic and fit in high school, and I let everything else get in the way over the years. <BR> <BR> I got engaged in December to my boyfriend of 6 years and although the wedding, and our honeymoon is great motivation, I really want to lose this extra weight to make sure that I will be healthy throughout our marriag... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:55:39 EST Late Night Snacking Lately I have been getting this craving for food right before i go to bed. Does anyone have any suggestions on anything that could help me? I eating like im supposed all day. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:24:00 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone. I am a 28 year old mom of 2 and a wife. I been married for 2 years now. I was at my highs weight after having my daughter. I been trying to lose the weight but felt like I just didn't have the right support team around me to keep me motivated. I'm so happy to know that this page has people like me that is trying to do the something that I am doing. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:08:03 EST Is anyone else... having problems with the "map my route" function in the fitness tracker? It won't allow me to input the city or starting address. I can type it in the search bar, but "go" doesn't seem to work. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:33:28 EST Moved down a weight group!!! Started on spark people with over 100 lbs to lose!!!! Got down to 91lbs now. Started at 257 down to 241 as of yesterday! Feel free to add me :) I can't sign on regularly throughout the week due to work and college classes right now. I usually am on on the weekends and maybe once or twice during the week! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:06:54 EST Never posted, but I need to try something differen My name is Lauren and I'm "fluffy". Its something I've been struggling with as long as I can remember. I hope to lose roughly 75 pounds. Not only am I dealing with being over weight, but battling depression, asthma, taking care of a husband (whom I adore) with a TBI & drinking problem, plus we are recently married so we are still in that "just figuring out our roles"stage. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:32:58 EST The Tempted Days So today was a good start I knew what I had to get done - Even though it seems so hard in my mind after i get it done I think it was easy and we all know what that is - Exercising <em>228</em> Soooooo, I did 28 min of Exercising today! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:14:45 EST Spark calories too low? Disclaimer, I do not log my food or working out on here regularly. I prefer a paper log. So I am not sure if that will effect what I am about to say. <BR> <BR> It seems to me that the calorie intake they suggest on here is just way too low. For me they suggest 1200. <BR> <BR> When I calculate my BMR it is 1607.55 <BR> Using the Harris Benedict Equation (moderately active) <BR> 1607.55 * 1.55 = 2491.7 <BR> <BR> So if I burn about 2491 calories per day and I am only eating 1200, that is a ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:38:14 EST New here <BR> Hi everyone, I'm Abby. I'm 29 and after looking at some pictures from my brothers wedding on July 3 I made the decision that enough is enough. This is the first time in my life I've been over 300 lbs and I need to change it. I'm starting myself off hoping to be able to lose 50 lbs and go from there. I'm always good to get started but I suck at keeping myself motivated to keep going. I'm really hoping this time it will be different, I've downloaded apps to help me track things and joined... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:11:19 EST Hello everyone! Hi! I just signed up to take the SparkPeople challenge and I'm really excited! I've been using Plexus Slim for the past few months and at first I lost 20lbs. However, I have stopped losing weight and have actually begun putting some of the weight back on. So, as you can tell...I'm definitely in need of help! I'm a teacher so I'm not working right now and I'm hoping that I will be able to lose a few pounds and inches before I go back to work in roughly six weeks. Advice welcomed.... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:19:51 EST hi! Hi, I'm Aunie. I'm 25 years old (26 on the 29th, yikes!). I joined this a while ago. Forgot about it. Gained a ton of weight. Thought, "hey, you need to loose some weight for good." So, I'm back. <BR> I'm currently recovering from ACL surgery that I had in February. That was probably the hardest thing that's happened to me. I am slowly building back strength, but I am limited in the activities that I can do. With the torn ACL, I became very depressed. I ate a lot of take out/delivery and ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:19:31 EST Hello all! Hello, my name is Kelly! I am a 22 year old grad student from michigan. I have about 60lbs left to lose, I have already lost 15. At my heaviest, I weighed in at 238, and I am not 215! I am new to this, and would love some friends to help along the way! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:11:45 EST Scale or No Scale? I am contemplating buying a scale so that I can be more realistic with myself and where I am on my journey. I have been avoiding buying one because I am of the belief that it doesn't matter what you weigh if you are eating right and exercising then you can pretty gauge things as your clothes get looser. Back when I was in the worst of it weighing myself and not seeing what I wanted 1) put me in a sour mood the rest of the day and 2) triggered me. I don't want to avoid the scale anymore bec... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:02:36 EST hello ready to lose these pounds! I weigh 230...this is as big as I got with both my pregnancies. ....except now im not pregnant. I want to get healthy for my family and for my future. I also have hypothyroidism makes it very difficult to lose weight Sun, 7 Jul 2013 07:52:17 EST Hi looking to lose weight for good Hi there, <BR> Im kaitlyn and I've struggled with my weight for the last 6 years, I am currently at my top weight and am looking for a community that is inspirational. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 03:45:36 EST Bar Food I am going to a local bar tonight. They serve typical bar food, burgers, wings, etc. I am totally stumped as to what I can/should eat. Suggestions? Hubby is growing tired of my eating habits and will be annoyed if I fill up before we go. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:44:07 EST How to balance work, exercise and eating right Hello all! <BR> I’m having some trouble getting a hang of balancing my work, diet, and exercise. I work 4 days a week (10 hours per day) and I just can’t seem to figure out when I’m supposed to go to the gym on those days. I know that I shouldn’t eat within a few hours of going to bed and I shouldn’t eat within an hour of exercising… It is IMPOSSIBLE… repeat, IMPOSSIBLE for me to work out in the mornings. I am in NO WAY, shape or form what would be considered a “morning person” so I have to e... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:31:27 EST Introducing myself Hey there, my name is Elizabeth. I'm 24 with 50-60 lbs to lose, preferably before January 2014. I have lost 3 lbs in 1 month. A little slow to start but I'm hoping that will change once I up the anty on my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> My weight has fluctuated from 160-215 for the past 6 years. I used to lose weight just for the sake of looking "good". Although I do want to gain confidence, I have a more crucial reason for shedding the extra pounds. I'm getting closer to 25 and I know the me... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 02:26:36 EST hi everyone I'm not really new to this site but I've returned, and I've promised myself to lose the weight for good this time. I've been overweight since childhood and I've been able to lose the weight but put it back on again several times since I was a teenager. It's been a really big struggle and I'm still trying to find something that will last that's not just nutrition and exercise. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:21:43 EST Hey.. I'm heather, 24 years old and have had a hard time keep the weight off while completing school. I am here to find support to keep the motivation going so I can finally get the weight off rather than yoyoing between 214lbs and 245lbs. <BR> <BR> thanks for the support, <BR> <BR> *kiss kiss* Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:25:11 EST Hello I am new here Hello everyone I am new to this site. I am a mother of one as well as a full time student and I have tried many different things to try and loose the weight I have had it since I was pregnant and still cannot seem to get rid of it and I am very active and I eat well so I am not sure what else to try I hope this site helps me it looks promising thus far. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:52:59 EST Here we go again... Hey there. I have re-joined spark people in hopes to lose weight (again!). I am just trying to find an active group with friends I can check in with daily that can do this journey with me :) I am 27 and I would like to lose around 70 lbs. The most I have ever lost was 40 and im hoping I can beat that this time. Feel free to friend me :) Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:10:28 EST joining group Hello everyone my name is Sheera and i would love to join this group. I just recently had the gastric bypass and i would love to have.someone to talk to about something and to have a bigger support group. I have a long journey ahead of me and would having a few new friends to help me along the way. So if anyone can help me with joining the group that would be grand. I am new here to spark people and I'm not to familiar with how it works. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:10:59 EST