SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11523 This team is for those of us in our 30's on our way to losing 50-99 pounds. Have a little more or a little less? Come on in! SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11523 100 LBS by 3/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x60100022 I would like to say thanks, for allowing me to be part <BR> of this group. I know that together we can reach our goals <BR> and be healthy and strong. Thanks for your support. Also <BR> please feel free to check my site out. www.run4u.webs.com Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:29:24 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x60085651 Hi All, <BR> <BR> New to the group. Bit about myself... I'm 39 and a mom... I've struggled with my weight my entire life and for much of my childhood always heard "such a pretty face... if only you lost a little weight." I became a mom when I was young, and after 2 kids have finally accepted that with a 12 year old and 20 year old I can no longer use "baby weight" as an excuse. Starting the long journey to losing about 75 lbs, but am starting off with a small goal of 10 lbs. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:13:45 EST Looking for texting buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x60049795 Hey, I am looking for people who are interested in exchanging phone numbers to text one another encouragement throughout the week. I have 83lbs to lose to reach my LTG weight. I really could use some motivation from like minded individuals. I am not always able to get on spark everyday and to be honest I don't really like the spark app via my phone so I don't use it that much. Is anyone interested in being texting buddies with me? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:55:11 EST hello there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x60036298 I've been doing the off and on weightloss thing for what seems like forever, tried 'everything' and nothing worked. I always felt awkward at the Gym, I don't like people looking at me while I workout (or feeling like they're looking at me). I even tried OA but it just wasn't for me <BR> <BR> Recently I became part of a group of mers locally (men and women who make/buy tails and swim like merfolk). The first time I was in the water with a loaner tail things changed, something clicked in me. S... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:02:47 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x60013352 Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:55 EST I need support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x60008852 Hi <BR> I'm Monica and I am 31 years old. I live in Southern WI and work two jobs. Hopefully, this finds someone going through the same issues and we can befriend each other for support. <BR> I am at my wits end with this weight loss thing. The more I convince myself to workout the more I just sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself. The past year and a half has been stressful and the end result is that I am now sitting at my heaviest weight of 220. Where did all this weight come from? ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:42:17 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59980143 I am starting again- and taking baby steps to make changes. I find myself constantly being busy- I have two small children and I have always put them first. My husband works full time and is in the military- as well as working myself. I am trying to make exercise a priority in the mornings, since that seems to be the only time I have to myself. Making the changes with food and making healthy changes. I am happy to join this group- and here to support and be supported. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:12:55 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59967978 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting over for the last time! I'm tired of saying "i've been too busy to exercise" I'm always busy. I need to make time for myself. I have a very busy, and fun year coming up in 2015, and I don't want to be miserable during all the celebrations because I am self-conscious. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be 35 in July. I have at least 60 pounds to lose between now and then. I know I can do it. I have my husband behind me, and my cousin as a gym partner. I'm g... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:10:56 EST Back to the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59938323 I am finally taking the initiative to be serious about losing weight again. I lost 70 lbs about 4 years ago with spark people, and I felt the best I've ever felt in my life. Unfortunately I hit some rough life events, and as an emotional eater, gained it all back plus a few pounds. I loved sparkpeople before, and I am looking forward to getting to know many of you and losing this weight again. Hopefully for good. My goal is to be down at least 50 lbs by May or June of next year, although I ne... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:51:49 EST Newbie saying hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59931715 Hi I'm Mae & I just joined SP. I recently turned 35 & I'm tired of being & feeling unhealthy. I want to lose weight, but more importantly I want better health. So this will hopefully become a lifestyle change for me. I welcome any advice, tips and friendships that come my way. I'm also a positive person in general so would love to return the support & encouragement to others. Together we can do this! Have a fabulous day! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:39:41 EST retrying to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59931181 Im 31 and im at my highest weight in my life. Im trying this again for myself and my husband. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:33:20 EST Hello from Kansas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59921890 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to SP, but the time has come to get serious about my weight loss. I've yo-yo'd all my life, and was actually close to my goal weight about 2 years ago. In that time, I let stress get the best of me and gained back nearly 50 lbs. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest I've ever been, but it really hit home for me last week when I was at the doctor and saw him mark "obesity" as a health concern on my chart. I'm not blind; I know I'm overweight, but I think I was ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 02:11:46 EST New Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59918951 Hi everyone! My name is Holly and I'm returning to SparkPeople after being gone for a while. My goals seem simple to a lot of people, but they seem daunting to me when it comes to actually working towards them - get off my medication for diabetes, high blood pressure and depression and actually live and enjoy my life. I need SparkPeople for the accountability and sharing my goals and struggles with others in similar situations. It's good to be back. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:56:34 EST Insanity Max 30 team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59904980 Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I didn't know if anyone was planning on getting Max 30 for Christmas but I started a team and would love for you to join! <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gid=64021 Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:58:28 EST Brand new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59898044 Hey everyone. I'm Sabrina and I'm 38 yrs old. I live in Maryland. I would like to lose 55 lbs within the next year <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me if you would like Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:36:18 EST accountability partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59890987 Hi, my name is nette, 32 years old, married with 4 kids located in Dallas,Texas. I am in need of a weight loss buddy. I am so tired of starting over, and over, and over again.lol. I am at my breaking point and it's time to get serious. I really need help. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:55:56 EST Starting over ....Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59886269 hello to all I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. once again I've decided to start something new. Since ive last logged my stats I've lost close to 3 pounds. No major changes no exercise yet just drinking more water I went from no water to about 5 to 6 cups a day no junk food and I've actually been eating I had 3 meals yesterday. I had no cravings for picking or snacking. I have not done any exercise yet I plan to start Dec. 1st I've been using spark people to log my food.... I read... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:13:03 EST victorious_diva http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59848222 Hi fellow Sparkers....I could really use some support. I am trying to lose weight and fight againt medication that causes weight gain. I want to be healthy and I hope Spark can keep me going to see results. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:55:26 EST thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59847830 Thank you for the welcomes! Look forward to working with you guys towards our goals. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:19:36 EST Hello from NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59829188 Hi Everyone, <BR> Was on the verge of having lapband and decided to try this the natural way... again! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all :) Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:41:23 EST Advice & Opinions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59811738 Ok, I need some advice. I have to lose about 80 pounds. I work a demanding sedimentary job that sometimes requires A LOT of hours. Also, to be quite frank, I'm lazy and L-O-V-E all the wrong foods. I've tried to "budget" my calories but it only ends up with me wanting to eat the entire pantry by the time I get home. While I might be able to find motivation today, I'll most likely be tired and lose it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> What am I supposed to do? For every nugget of information I hear, there ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59805216 Hi, I'm the newbie to this group. Trying to use SP again. My goal is to lose 66lbs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:04:24 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59791202 Hello!!! <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. God has blessed us with 2 children. Our son who is 9 and our daughter who is 1. We live in the southern part of Kentucky, but I was born and raised in a small, farming community about 45 min out of Cincinnati, Ohio. <BR> <BR> I've always had a hard time with my weight. I always hoped I would grow out of my whole "chunky" stage and I did...just not the way that I was hoping. I grew right o... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:12:45 EST HI THERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59787557 Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:46:59 EST HI THERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59787541 Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:44:23 EST HI THERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59787539 Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:44:02 EST Extremely Sleepy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59787379 I don't understand why... i started spark today and i'm trying to keep with the plan. but i'm extremely sleepy. so exercising is the last thing on my mind. and seeing how i have a teething 10 month old baby i just want to sleep with her...i feel like i'm deprived of sleep right now. i want to either go drink 2 strong cups of coffee or sleep.... any ideas why i'm so sleepy.... i was sleepy before because of her teething.... but maybe my body lacking foods and beverages its use to.... i dunno..... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:27:53 EST Hi, kinda new today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59783951 I want to start a healthy lifestyle & prevent that winter 15 I put on every year. Today sounded like an ok place to start. <BR> Don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today. <BR> & this sounds like a great support team. <BR> I'm a single mom with 3 kids, 15,10, & 2. I will be 33 in February. I also have MS that effects my mobility some days. <BR> I know we all can be successful in this journey, whatever it is & however it brought us here. <BR> <BR> Dannielle Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:39:45 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59767969 After having my fourth baby I have reached my heaviest weight ever.........now is time to go back to my old self and get healthier. Count on all of you for support Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:06:41 EST Not a HUGE problem, but could use some advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59747766 This is my __th time attempting to lose around 70 pounds. There has been a lot of trial and error over the years. The last time I successfully lost 27 pounds after finding that I had actually been taking in too few calories. I increased my daily intake to 1500 from 1200 along with 45 minutes exercise and lost an average of 2.5 pounds per week. <BR> This time I have a FITBIT tracker which I use to ensure that I get 10,000 steps per day. I get about 6,000 of those during an hour-long walk/jog i... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:55:43 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59743336 Hi, my name is Shawanda Muse, I am 33yrs old and I live in Selma, Alabama. I joined SparkPeople because I need help to reach my goal by my 40th birthday and the help that I have at home is not enough. I welcome all help. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:34:00 EST Hello fellow 30 somethings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59721310 Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark people, and joining because I have 56lb (4 stone) to lose before my wedding next year (woo!). <BR> <BR> My plan is to follow the 4 hour body diet but using nutritarian recipes (I'm literally just finished cooking up my dinners for the week). I'm also starting swimming lessons on Wednesday (I can already swim but I just want to take lessons so I'll push myself a bit more). <BR> <BR> I'm joining Spark people mainly to hold myself accountable with a weekly wei... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:35:29 EST Greetings from the desert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59663955 Hello everyone! I joined SP yesterday and as I love to waste time at work browsing forums I figured I'd come over here :-) I'm 33, married, have a toddler, work full time and would like to lose about 65 lb. We recently state-hopped to Arizona so life is in a state of flux at the moment. I'm hoping to reach my goal by July 4th, which is a tall order, but I prefer to set lofty long-term goals for myself even if I don't accomplish it in that amount of time. For now, my short-term goals are ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:10:45 EST Back after a year, feeling lost. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59652714 Good afternoon everyone! <BR> I last logged into spark a week after I found out I was pregnant. That was exactly a year ago today. Now I have a healthy and *if I do say so myself* gorgeous 3 1/2 month old baby boy. I also have another 10lbs on my already obese body. <BR> I clock in at 220 now. And at 5'2, that's shockingly overweight. <BR> I feel so lost. I just can't wrap my mind around where to begin. Even though I know there are articles and everything on where to begin... I just feel li... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:24:07 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59647094 I lost 50lbs on myfitnesspal back in 2010-2011 and I've been slowly gaining it back since I stopped tracking in 2012. I'm here so I don't lose all that work I've done and to get me back on track. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 03:18:08 EST Intro weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59638583 Just started yesterday at 187.7 lbs Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:04:00 EST Intro weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59638573 Just started yesterday at 187.7 Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:03:06 EST Hello Team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59638547 I am new here but excited to start my journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:01:41 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59624351 Hi everyone. I am currently trying to lose weight through logging, exercise and using the plate method used by diabetics. So far, none of this is working. Also, I tend to hold lots of water weight which makes the scale a scary thing unless I have been doing some real manual labor. Can I just get a break? lol. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:31:02 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59620972 Hi there, <BR> I am new and offiically joined yesterday. My goal is to lose 68 lbs. I have been living healthier the last year... eating better, exercising regularly and while mentally I am better for all of that, the scale hasn't seen any improvement. I lose a few then gain a few and just can't seem to make any headway. Which is another reason I am here. My biggest downfall is consistency and my goal in SparkPeople is it will keep me accountable and consistent :) <BR> <BR> Last weekend... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:09:34 EST Hello Team!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59620862 My name is Kerry, I am 37 years old and need to lose 50lbs at least. I have 5 kids and two fur babies, and an amazing loving husband! I work full time and I am also taking classes for work. So pretty much I am a busy girl and having been putting myself last. I have tried many different diets and I lose a few pounds but then lose focus. I am ready to make this work. Any advice you have would be wonderful. Already I have found this journey to be great and I am really pushing myself. I am lookin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:53:28 EST Hello Team!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59620849 My name is Kerry, I am 37 years old and need to lose 50lbs at least. I have 5 kids and two fur babies, and an amazing loving husband! I work full time and I am also taking classes for work. So pretty much I am a busy girl and having been putting myself last. I have tried many different diets and I lose a few pounds but then lose focus. I am ready to make this work. Any advice you have would be wonderful. Already I have found this journey to be great and I am really pushing myself. I am lookin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:52:17 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59596329 Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST Just saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59593996 Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Feel free to friend me if you like. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:13:09 EST Staying Alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59585232 HI ! <BR> I am trying to lose weight once again. 7 years ago I weighed over 400lbs. Then just 5 short years ago I had gotten down to 225lbs. I got married to my wonderful husband. Tired to have a baby, only to find out I cant because of a doctor mess up. in the past 5 years I have had 4 miscarriages. My body is in no way on a balance of any kind. i have now gotten back over the 300lbs mark. I am so mad at my self. I tried to get my husband to lose weigh with me as well but he does not want to... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:10:27 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59576530 I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Hey Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59575853 My name is Jess. I'm 31 years old, single and have no children. I currently live in South America, and am trying to lose 90lbs before I move back to the states in 13 months! I guess you could say I'm one of those "unsuccessful success stories" as about 7 years ago I lost 130lbs through diet and exercise...and then a year later put all but 20lbs back on. I know I can lose weight and be happy and healthy again....and I am finally ready to get back out there and do it...so here I am! I hope ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:38:13 EST Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16421x11523x59556840 <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:38:51 EST Newbie!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59556811 Well I am on here because I am tired of the scale going up and down and I want to be more accountable! I have already lost 61 lbs but got a ways to go!! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:36:31 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59543501 Hi, may name is Joyce I'm a mom of three and go to school part time. I'm trying to loose the weight I put back on from having a baby, she's only six months old. I had finally lost sixty pounds and was able to keep it off for three years before becoming pregnant. now I'm just having a hard time loosing anything or even getting motivated, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:01:56 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59533648 Hi everyone! <BR> I am a new team member. I've been a Spark member for a very long time with ups and downs, but I am recommitting to healthy goals. <BR> I love walking and stretching and cooking healthy meals for my family. <BR> My husband recently began his lifelong healthy journey (25 pounds in a month that stinker!), and I want to support him while looking and feeling better. <BR> This looks like a great group and I am looking for support and new friends. <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:14:05 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59528658 In 2010 I lost 35 pounds with the help of SP, but since then I have gained it all back and then some. I blame the husband and kids, but I am responsible for my own poor food choices and lack of exercise. I recently got a hand-me-down treadmill, and set it up in the living room so I can walk while I watch my shows. I am hoping to make some big changes! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:12:30 EST Just Joined Today...Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59513190 Hi! My name is Renee, I am 33 years old. I'm married, and I have 5 kids. (2 sons, 3 step-daughters) I live in Southeastern MN. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 50lbs. Maybe a little more, but right now I'd be really happy with 50. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by joining your team, I'll make some good friends and we can all support each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone!! --Renee-- <em>249</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:22:23 EST Returning after a very long hiatus :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59509896 I originally was on SparkPeople around 8 or 9 years ago and it really helped me lose weight and begin an active lifestyle. I became a bit of a gym rat and even became certified to teach RPM (the Les Mills branded version of spinning). I had regular classes I taught and I stopped using SparkPeople. I wasn't at my goal weight, but I was extremely fit and very active so I figured I didn't need to keep tracking my food. How wrong I was! <BR> <BR> About 3 years ago I had a career change that ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:52 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59507145 Hello! I am new to this site. I am very excited to begin this journey. I just need to stay excited and motivated! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:22:01 EST Hey everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59504700 Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:11 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59493859 Hi I am new, have been on Spark people before but lost my willpower. Now I am back and hope to finally do it this time. I have very low self esteem due to my weight, I need to lose 60 pounds and Spark tells me that I could do this by next summer which would be fantastic. Now to stay committed!! <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:59:12 EST Very Depressd Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59492286 I don't feel like I can ever lose this weight! How do you handle days you feel like this? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:27:50 EST Challenge Accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x59485120 14 pounds to loose - I got this! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:56:31 EST Reinventing My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59484975 Hello All.. My name is Michelle and I'm new to all this and looking for advise and motivation and my new lifestyle change. I'm open to any suggestions and advise. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:42:20 EST come up with side dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59478950 hello i just started yesterday, and I was wondering what you guy have for side items. my family just mainly want mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. when I fix green beans, or peas or even corn they turn it away. so I was making this tread to see if you all have anyway to spice up side dishes. to wear my family will want to eat with me, and nothing will be just plain boring. thanks Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:59:00 EST Good Morning! Introducing myself here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59432107 Hi All, <BR> I'm a returning member. 3 babies have kept me away and added a whole bunch of weight to my life. Time to reset and do a better job this time. I really want to be fit for my kids, and even want to consider having another (if I can get healthy first this time.) I love food, and eat it for all the wrong reasons. I have done spark twice before, but never really used the community forums. I'm giving it a chance this time. Hoping to make some friends I can reach out to. My name... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:18:14 EST Hello... retuning member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59427757 Hi everyone! Im a returning member. I really liked this site the first time around...this time it is so much better! I love what they've done with the site! Hoping to find all the motivation to stick to a healthy lifestyle change! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:40:01 EST Halfway To My Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59419258 <em>213</em> Hi Guys. <BR> <BR> I have always been in the 30 Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose and it has just dawned on me that I have only 67 pounds left to get to my ultimate goal weight!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So here I am to join you guys. I hope we can all encourage each other to reach our goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:08:01 EST hey everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59412752 Had a health screen and discovered my blood pressure is higher than it should be. I've been putting off dealing with the weight I need to lose, but now I know its time to try and start making some positive changes and sticking to them! I have several things working against me - a lot of stress, emotional eater, and honestly, a lack of motivation, but I know I need to do this. Anyway, looking forward to using the website and hoping it helps me stick to my guns and see some real results this... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:46:30 EST Starting my journey today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59410006 I am currently at 300.6. joined the gym today so I'm anticipating the results by this time next Thursday :) Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:12:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59409711 Hi! I'm Audrey, and I'm not quite 30... I'll hit that milestone on December 17th. I'm a stay at home mom of 2 little girls (Xena will be 4 in December, Isis just turned 1). I started my weight loss journey most recently as 235 lbs last October just before having Isis. I had been on the journey since 2010, but I figure I might as well start off again with my most recent high. It's not the highest of the high, of course... that was 275 lbs when I was 21. I lost the weight then following an ecto... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:34:50 EST Trying something new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59389724 Hello. I'm trying something new to see if making healthier choices will finally stick. Here's to looking better by the summer. :) Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:12:16 EST The road to 200 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59366494 Hi everyone, after many starts and stops, I've been motivated to finally lose this weight that I need to in order to be healthy. My name is Erica and I'm 36 (almost 37) years old. I'm currently at 256 lbs. and I need constant motivation to lose this weight. I enjoy working out, but I can't do too much that is heavy on my knees, because I have arthritis in one of them.. I'd like to meet other people who can share ideas with me about knee-friendly exercises. I am walking right now, so I'm also ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:13:59 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59347382 hi.. im kaila. 31 (will be 32 in dec) sahm of 5 amazing kids.. and 1 angel baby.. we homeschool so the kids are always here. i am trying to lose weight.. my kids are 7,6,4,3,13 months... needless to say being pregnant 6 times in 5 yrs has killed my body. i have a pants size goal not a weight goal. id love friends who can help me stay motivated because thats my biggest problem. im unhappy when i look in the mirror but im soo tired from the kids i hate excersizing lol. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:32:14 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59328025 Hello! My name is Patti and I've been a SP member since 2009 but I just came back yesterday. I lost a lot of weight when I first joined... and then stopped using SP and then gained all of the weight back. So, I think I've learned my lesson! I need support, and I need structure, and SP is there for me to help me accomplish my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I know I can do it again. It will be a long road but I can do it. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:21:42 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59318823 So I started with SP back in July, but haven't really done anything. I decided its time!! I need to grow old for my family! I can do this, but I need everyone's health advice and motivation. Please! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:14:14 EST Hi Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59305597 So I started on Spark earlier this year- but I REALLY started last week :P I look forward to reading the team page and seeing what and how everyone is doing. I'm also looking for an accountability partner, feel free to message me. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:57:26 EST Hi Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59305594 So I started on Spark earlier this year- but I REALLY started last week :P I look forward to reading the team page and seeing what and how everyone is doing. I'm also looking for an accountability partner, feel free to message me. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:57:08 EST 2 Week Food Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59302739 Any one interested in joining me on a 2 week food/nutrition challenge? You can do any food plan that you currently do- just no "cheat" foods. <BR> <BR> I have done very well with tracking my foods, I have increased my exercise, but am not seeing any movement on the scale. I met with my nutrition coach today, and he is also not sure of exactly why. I usually have a 'cheat' food (less than 150 cal per day), but that should not be throwing me off- is it?! So I decided to do a STRICT nutriti... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:36:58 EST Weight Mirror web site for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20410x11523x59300759 If you want some motivation, search for the Weight Mirror web site. You can upload a picture of yourself, enter your height/weight, and then see what you'd look like at different weights. It's really motivating! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the one I did of my picture! <BR> <BR> <link>www0.modiface.com/weightmirror/liftc<BR>ompare.php?before=xlmforig-xlmf-68-15-<BR>109-140-540219.jpg&after=xlmf-68-15-10<BR>9-140-540219.jpg&ops=weight reduction-9%-; </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:09:24 EST New here. Looking for buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59293033 Hi everyone! I am new here. I read the spark book a few years ago, but didn't do much with it. I am 35 years old and want to lose 60lbs. I am starting to get worried about my health and want to be a good example for my kids. I live in Illinois with my husband and 2 kids (8&5). I would be interested in buddying up with someone if anyone is interested. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:34:51 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59290823 Hi, I have just joined. I have been on Spark people before but I fell off the wagon. Now I am back to finish what I started :-) Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:53:26 EST New here, not sure how this works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59262286 Hello, <BR> I am Amanda. I have 5 kiddos ages 12,10,2,1, and 7 weeks. Prior to babies 3, 4 and 5, I was an avid competitive runner. I also was a body builder. I was 139, size 2, Bmi of 28, although I only had 14 percent body fat. (I am 5 foot 4) <BR> <BR> Fast forward 3 years and today I am 227 lbs (granted my baby is just 7 weeks old and pre delievery weight was 262.) My bmi is 40. Yep, morbidly obese. <BR> <BR> In the last week I joined not one, but two gyms. I have seen a nutrit... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:29:10 EST New To Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59230922 Hello everyone! It's my first day on Sparkpeople, and it's a bit overwhelming, but it looks like exactly the place I want to be. <BR> <BR> I turned 30 at the end of August. This time last year, I was at my highest weight (255 lbs). I managed to lose 20 lbs simply by making healthier meal choices, but I still have a long way to go. Today, though, was the first time I exercised in nearly 10 years and I hope to continue incorporating activity and exercise in this process. <BR> <BR> The reason ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:48 EST ready to loose all the extra weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59203736 Hello my name is Katrina and I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids and my kids are my world! <BR> I am 35 years old married to a wonderful man who works long hours. We live out in the country and only have on car so going to town to the gym is not an option for me! I am currently at my all time high of 264 and the last time i weighted just over 200 was the week i found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter Oct 7 2000. i have struggled with my weight all my life. I want to make this change be... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:03:43 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59200280 Hello. <BR> I am coming back to SP after trying it on my own. <BR> I am super nervous about meeting new people and thought this might be a way to connect with new people who are in the same stage of their life as I am - mid 30's, married, professional, no children (but open to the idea), have 80 pounds to lose, and no one in my personal life is having the same issue. <BR> <BR> I am seeing an endocrinologist based on some hormonal stuff I have going on which may have an impact on my weight, b... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:45 EST Weekends- good or bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59199992 Every week, Monday through Friday, I do great! I stick to plan for nutrition and exercise. The weekends seem to be my downfall. I don't do horrible- I try to stick to plan, but I tend to eat few more "cheat" foods. My exercise, is usually not as intense, but I still get it done... I do my weigh-in days on Mondays so I am still accountable for activities over the weekends, but I think it also just leads me to be more frustrated. What do you do to stay on track for the weekends? Or is you... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:30:23 EST I need to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59199523 Hello! <BR> I need to start something. For my 2 girls, my hubby and myself! Hoping to get some extra support and motivation here :) Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:40:47 EST 2 year Sparker, but new to the forums. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59197941 Hi everyone, my name is Cat. I've been at SP for almost 2 years now, but I haven't really gotten involved with the forums. I would like to do that now, though. I find that the more contact I have with others facing the same battle, the harder it makes me fight. The support on SP is amazing, and I feel like I'm just now getting into an untapped resource. <BR> <BR> I'm 34, and as of yesterday weight 260.6 lbs. My initial goal is just to make it to 199. From there I will reassess. I am a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:07:01 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59187832 Hello everyone, I am new to the group, just dropping in to stay hi and wishing us all success on our weightloss. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:18:05 EST I must be missing something http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59181144 I went down t0 205 from 251 and holding now at 220. I just can not seem to make this whole process permanent. Life happens, struggles hit or work schedule changes and I just stop. I know how to eat right just like I know what I need to do to exercise but just don't do it. There is really no excuse for me. I work at an elderly home and know what it is like for people who do not live their best life possible and try to stay active. The ones who have a good positive outlook at living in my assis... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:42:41 EST Starting over...Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59160853 Hi. My name is Andrea and I have been sporadically trying to lose weight since a few months after my first daughter was born fifteen years ago. Every few years I decide I'm going to finally reach that goal of wearing a size 8 in jeans to match my size 8 shoes and make shopping that much easier. <BR> I usually manage to lose 25-30 pounds before sliding back in to convenience and laziness. <BR> This time, as with every other time, I am determined; not to fit into a size 8, but to reach a healt... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:51:54 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59152558 Hi all! Just wanted to introduce myself here. I'm Amy, I'm 31, and I'm a working mom. <BR> <BR> This isn't my first time working on getting healthy and losing weight. I grew up in a very unhealthy household and was overweight because of it for the majority of my life. As odd as it may sound though, it was never really something I felt (at the time) was holding me back. I felt like a fit girl in a fat girl's body, and I didn't really see an obese person in the mirror. I was in complete denial... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:16:54 EST Dont give up. God is your strength! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59116633 Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus has encourage me to loose weight, because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit i must keep my body healthy. I started every day now to pray towards my goals because i know tht prayer is the first step to success and if anyone else want to try t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:52 EST Hello! From Colorful Colorado! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59106641 Hello everyone, I have been away from spark for so long that I had to start a new account just so that I could re-learn the website. I was in the best shape of my life before I left spark last time. I was able to maintain my weight loss of 25 pounds for the last 2 years that I was away but I am still a work in progress. I have no clue how I didn't gain any weight to tell you the truth.. I have been eating everything in sight and I just finally kicked a serious chocolate milk addiction over th... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:39:27 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59081566 Hi, I am Jenn. I am new to this website. I started losing weight a couple years ago and dropped 50 lbs, but I've put 20 back on. I had lost a bit of motivation but its back! I am currently at 205 and want to get down to 130. I am married, no children except two kitties. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:40:19 EST What needs Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59074425 I really need to work on staying on point at the end of the week:/ Friday and Saturday this last week were not good days for me. <em>230</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:57:24 EST Hello everyone !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59072947 I'm Maggie 31 years old mother of 3 boys and currently trying for my girl. I weigh 242lbs as of 3 weeks ago, the good thing about that is that I never look what I weigh but I feel it. I have tried fatsecret.com prior to this and thought it was pretty ok but after a while I stopped using it I just wasn't motivated anymore. I decided to give it another try and by fooling around with apps I came across Sparkpeople and so far I have no complaints of course I'm still figuring out some things but e... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:35:32 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59054839 I'm a 30-something who is looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle (better late than never, right?) I am looking to lose some weight, but more than anything I want to FEEL healthy. Ideas about ways to motivate to workout are much appreciated ;-) <em>304</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:24:04 EST Hello, Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59052741 My name is Megan and I want to get rid of a lot of weight (50 - 60 pounds)., to me this is a lot. I say "get rid of" because to say "lose" makes me think I want to find it again. I know it is weird, but that is me. <BR> <BR> I am a college student, a mother of three, and a wife. These are roles in my life that I proudly accept. I have been a member for a while now (since July, I think) but my ability to procrastinate kept me from doing anything about my weight, exercise, and eating habits. T... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:27:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59050284 Just popping in to say Hi. I have just joined and am hoping to lose 63 pounds. The Spark planner tells me that if I stick to this I could have achieved it by April next year. That would be fantastic! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:02:07 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59047542 hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST Feeling Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x59040011 I've lost one pound so far since joining SparkPeople and making better choices in my life. Feeling stoked! <em>252</em> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:19:02 EST Been gone for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x59000855 I joined SP a few years ago. I went from 290 lbs to 150 lbs in about 9 months. I worked really hard! Over the last few years, I have started smoking again and gained most of my weight back. I got all the way back to around 260. The last weight I remember being, before starting back on my weight loss journey, was 257. As of now, I'm at 208. I would love to get back to around 150 again. I would be happy with that! If I lose more, that would be great! I've just decided that I didn't want my weig... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:09:21 EST Feeling out of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16421x11523x58994967 <em>24</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:22:31 EST Commited Food/Exercise Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x58994600 Hi all, I just started back to SP 5 days ago. I'm at the point where I really need to lose 85lbs. Being here in the past and successfully losing 57lbs, I remember exactly what got me there....a big part of it was food/exercise tracking faithfully. I'm IN NEED of some daily SP users <em>48</em> who would be willing to take this challenge on with me. We will look over each others logs and help hold each other accountable! Who's up for the challenge????? Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:37:47 EST Starting something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58991412 Hi. My name is Michelle and my Dr. recommended this site to me. I'm needing some support in losing my last 55 pounds and hoping that I could make new friends. The best time for me to do my workouts are in the evenings. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:18:53 EST Sept to Nov 2014 loose 15kgs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x58979569 <em>9</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:32:19 EST Hi from the new girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58968635 Hey all! I'm Lizz, 33 and I'm not so new to spark, and maybe even this team, but I'm new ish and trying to reinvent myself. I've got about 70-80 lbs to lose on top of the 20 I've shed over the last two years, to get me to a weight I haven't seen since I was in middle school. I've been seriously struggling with motivation and perseverance and although i'm good at being a supportive person and helping others, I'm horrible at letting people in and accepting help. I'm hoping that by joining Spark... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:34:22 EST well here I go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58958280 I had to reset and essentially just start over. so now I have been added to this team and I am hoping to keep moving forward. previously I had lost 33 lbs. but then gained back 5 or 6 due to loss of motivation that came from a couple of health issues and depression. I really am not ready to give up and I am finding it really hard to keep going however I know that I have to in order to reach my goals. this journey is much harder than I though it was going to be and staying motivated proved to ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:10:03 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58952694 Hi everyone, I am new to the team message boards but not to Spark People. I joined about 2 years ago and did great! I lost about 25lbs and was feeling awesome! Then for some reason my husband and I fell of the wagon and I gained every pound back plus a few more. I just lost all motivation. I am trying this again and hoping that I can fully make a new lifestyle for me and my family. That is probably one of the main reasons why I am joining this team. I feel I need more of a group motivation. I... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:37:30 EST Hey There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58951981 I am just joining and am in need of some motivation. In the past 2 years I started on this journey to a healthier me by ending a long time abusive relationship and quitting smoking. I am now trying to tackle my weight and live a happy and healthy life. I have made significant changes to better mine and my daughter's future and this is just one more step. Thanks for reading! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:41:57 EST hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58939580 Hi! I'm Amy. I am 32 and a grad student living in Nashville, TN. This account is new but I've used SP before with good results -- just need to get with the program again! Among my health issues are asthma and celiac disease, both of which make getting/staying healthy a little more difficult, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm glad to be part of the team! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:33:50 EST I need support in mississauga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58931119 Hi I just joined Sp and am a little nervous. I am a single mother that needs to start taking care of my health. I am really lazy and a stubborn person that needs motivation. I just moved to burnamthrope and Winston Churchill. I desperately need a buddy to work with please. K.olukemi@gmail.com thanks Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:21:11 EST New to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58908868 Greetings! <BR> <BR> Not starting over but starting over with spark. I've been absent for about a year here. In that year I've reached quite a few goals and milestones including turning 30. When I first joined Spark I had 150lbs to lose and now I'm down to 75! Progress is slow but steady. By December I'm hoping to see onederland! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58907697 Hello! I am Heather and I have been on the team for awhile but just now getting around to introducing myself and working on getting everything in order for myself. I look forward to getting know you along this long journey. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:18:38 EST hello from MT, ready to be successful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58905475 I have been exploring salespeople for a week now, I love the different short workouts they offer daily!! Just getting started so even these are a great challenge! I of course want to lose weight, but my main goal is to just become a healthier person, be more active so that I can enjoy what life brings my way! Nice to find a place where people are dealing with the same issues and offer encouragement along the way!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:15 EST New to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58899161 Hi everyone I am new to the team. I faithfully tracked my food and exercise on here about a year ago. Then I quit, I could give you all my excuses but bottom line is I gave up. Well I'm back and now I have more to lose but am determined to give it my best shot. I did my first workout in 9 months today. I have more energy and feel great today. Although it did make me hungrier than normal. Well anyways I would like to say hi to you all and I hope you all have a great day. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:46:05 EST Saying Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58891425 Hello all, <BR> I'm Nicole from Michigan, married w/2 kids. I'm looking to get healthy and lose weight. Overall I would like to lose about 50-60lbs. I'm having a hard time with motivation. Right now, I'm trying to make small changes with drinking more water and getting my servings of veggies/fruits in. I know it's going to take time so here I go, taking one day at a time. Stay blessed! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:52:10 EST New to the team today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58880324 Hey everyone! I have been on the weight roller coaster as long as I can remember, and this is my third time on Sparkpeople. The first time, I lost 75 lbs. Then I got married...LOL! The second time, I gave up because it cost so much to eat healthy. My third try now, I'm willing to do what it takes to get this weight off in a slower amount of time so it doesn't come back on so quickly. Just wanted to say hi and feel free to add me as a friend:) Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:27:32 EST 1 Thing I Need To Work On Improving This Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58876206 What is 1 thing you need to or want to work on improving this week? We'd love to hear next week how you did, too! <BR> <BR> I need to work on eating better on the weekends. I don't eat poorly, but I think I really under-eat the good stuff (so I guess it could be considered eating poorly). I need to work on maybe getting in a few more healthy snacks for starters. We are so busy running errands and catching up after the work week that I forget to take care of myself. :) The last 2 weekend... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:28:25 EST Rania2006 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58862843 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:13 EST Birthday Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58853514 It's my birthday today, and I had "free" evening. I went out to dinner, and didn't even think twice about what I ate... ok, maybe thought twice, but did not go into it thinking I can't eat that, just can't eat alot of it... I tracked my calories for the meal, and it was high (about 1100) but I can imagine it could have been so much worse. Just so it didn't wreck the week... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:09:53 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58852535 I'm a 36 year old teacher with a long history of diabetes in the family and a bad habit of eating the cupcakes and munchkins my students bring in for celebrations! So far I have dodged the diabetic bullet in my family (I'm the only one who doesn't have it) but I do realize I can't count on my luck to hold. <BR> When I was in high school and college I weighed in at 145 pounds, which for my 5'5" frame, is in the normal range. Once i started teaching and adding "grown-up" stress to my life I st... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:13:34 EST question about personal goal weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58834277 Is anyone else's goal weight in the overweight BMI range? Sometimes I feel silly that I'm aiming to be overweight, but the weight is one I've been before and where I felt healthy, strong and confident. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:03:42 EST Where to workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58834011 Do you prefer to workout at home or go to a gym? I have been working out at home but my schedule is changing and it may work that I could join a gym instead/too. What do you do? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:36:59 EST So hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58830911 Ever since about two weeks ago when I really started focus on changing the way I eat, it seems like I'm starving constantly! <BR> <BR> In a typical day: I have cereal and fruit for breakfast. Sometimes peanut butter crackers as a snack. Lunch is usually a frozen dinner, leftovers, or a sandwich and some chips. And then another snack like peanut butter crackers or string cheese or something. Then dinner can be different things. Salad, sandwich and a side, grilled chicken sandwich. An... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:56:00 EST HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58830791 I go back to work on Monday! Its been easy to stick to my exercise routine all summer because I didn't really have a time frame to get it done. I have 5 extremely busy children (3 teenagers--enough said) and know I need to get my workout done in the a.m. in time to get to work at 730. Any suggestions on motivation to get going everyday by 5??? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:35:09 EST Hi, Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58811940 I'm a 32 year old SAHM of 2 and have hit an all-time high in my weight. 259. I am 5'4. <BR> <BR> Today when I was buying my daughters' school supplies I remembered how LAST year I told myself "This will be the year I get in shape! Both girls will be in school all day!" Yeah, not so much...more like I gained an additional 45 lbs during their school year. If I keep up at that rate...well, I don't want to go there. <BR> <BR> I decided that I have to do this and I have heard good things a... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:52:09 EST In need of support for the long road ahead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58809822 hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've recently rejoined spark. I was an active member about 5 years ago and had some really great results. So now I'm back and ready to live healthy and take care of myself the way I should be. And to be honest, loosing weight is a motivator. <BR> <BR> I'm a type 2 diabetic and have hypothyriodism. And as most of you hypos out there know, loosing weight takes a LOT of effort. Sometimes it just feels like you work and work and work AND WORK and get nowhere. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:35:39 EST Advice Needed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58785497 Does anyone have any advice on how to workout with a sore back? I'm considered obese and I carry most of my weight in my middle, and I'm sure this is causing my lower back pain. It hurts to stand for long periods of time, including walking. I have a recumbent bike to use but I'm afraid it's not enough. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:12:58 EST I just ordered the Spark tracker...any reviews? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58782211 I just ordered the Spark fitness tracker on Amazon and am very excited! It should be here Monday. Do any of you have it? I read a lot of mixed reviews online and wanted to check with fellow Sparkers to get your opinion and advice. Where do you clip yours? Thanks! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:10:30 EST A Mommy Losing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58769457 Hi Team, I am new to this team but not to SparkPeople. I have previously lost weight but regained it all. I need to lose weight for health reasons most of all and I have recommitted to my efforts of losing this weight, hopefully long term. I lost 20 pounds in July by starting to walk 30 minutes every day and eating 'less'. I still have a long weigh (hah!) to go. I would like to lose about 80 more lbs but would be happy with another 50 lbs gone to take the stress off my back, knees, etc. 2014-... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:26:19 EST Back for good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58765556 My name is Carrie and I was on Spark one other time. It worked great I lost about 20 lbs. Then life hit. I went back to school was working full time and gained soem of the weight back. Though I am still in scholl and still working full time. I was the most unhealthy I have ever been and am now ready to make a perment change. I have gone through the house and tossed out all the bad food. (my husband was pissed) I am keeping nothing but heathy food in the house my whole family is going to eat... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:00:56 EST Finally Healthy, but now overweight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58761796 I had a stroke when I was in my mid-late 20's and just as I was getting over it physically, I was in a bad car accident, which thankfully I was able to heal from, but all that time down and the meds did MORE than NOTHING for my 130 lbs figure! I have gained nearly a hundred pounds and am ready to get on with my life. :-) <BR> <BR> I am upbeat and happy though, I am thankful to be physically able to pursue this challenge and with God's grace I will shed this FAT and get my body back! I don't... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:10:31 EST Finding My Feet on my Journey of Change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58756739 Hi, So today is day 1, I'm not sure of what or how yet but I know it is time to do something so here is my first step to a whole new ME. My name is Wendy I hail from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal but now live in a beautiful country called New Zealand along with my husband two teenagers (one daughter, one son) and a Jack called Coco. Look forward to getting to know you all better as we all travel on our own journey of change. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:28:44 EST Labor Day Weekend (Yikes!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58750750 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good ideas for foods that travel well and make good snacks for in the car or while away from home? Basically, we are visiting some relatives for about 4 days over Labor Day weekend. We know the people we are visiting don't eat very well (a lot of eating out, tacos, pizza, sloppy joes and the M&M bowls are ALWAYS out on the counter). I am looking for some good ideas for snacks and healthy, filling foods that my husband and I can keep in our bedro... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:31:58 EST New to the team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58745011 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and wanted to say hi. My quick story...I am 30, I have been on a roller coaster of diets throughout the last 10 years. I am finally ready to make a permanent change in my life....and NOT GO BACK!. I would love to have new friends join me for support during this life changing journey. Wishing everyone the best. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:49:18 EST New to the team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58745002 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and wanted to say hi. My quick story...I am 30, I have been on a roller coaster of diets throughout the last 10 years. I am finally ready to make a permanent change in my life....and NOT GO BACK!. I would love to have new friends join me for support during this life changing journey. Wishing everyone the best. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:48:22 EST Mrs. Determination is ready to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58695963 Hello everyone~ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:21:47 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58691910 Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Andie and I'm terrible at introductions! I'm one of those wallflowers at the middle school dance! <BR> <BR> I'm here to try and get an organizational handle on all this weight loss stuff. It's something I know I need to do, intellectually I know what I have to do, for the most part to do it, I just need a little help getting out of my own way I guess. <BR> <BR> Last year I lost 50 pounds on a medically supervised hell diet. I mean it was awful, I've put 20 poun... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:39:33 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58690337 Hi!! I am excited to jump right in and start shedding the pounds. My goal is to lose 50lbs. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:56:51 EST Newbie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58680740 Hello!! Excited to jump right in and get going :) I've got 70 pounds to lose and my GOAL is to be at 140 by Summer 2015!!!!! Definitely want to end my 30's feeling fabulous :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:43:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58677704 Hi, I have just joined. I have been on sparkpeople a while back and lost a bit of weight but then fell off the wagon. I am hoping this time to stick with it and finally lose this excess weight. I am a stay at home mum to four children and have around 65 pounds to lose. I know this is a lot and it will take time and perseverance but I have high blood pressure and I am determined to get healthy again :-) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:14:17 EST New to the group :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58673017 Hi everyone. My name is Mandy and I am new to Spark People. I am excited to be here and involved in a support system. I am a kindergarten teacher in Las Vegas, NV. I never had an issue with my weight as a child. It was having children that did me in! I have 2 kids a boy who is 14 and a girl who is 11. After having them, my priorities shifted and I quit taking care of myself and tried to become super wife/mom and my body has paid the price. They are both older now and I have decided to get in ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:06 EST Tracileah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58648873 My name is Traci and I am 18 months away from my 40th birthday. For my entire life, I have taken care of everybody else and put me on the back burner. I am a wife for 19 years and a mom to two very busy boys (12 and 14). I have decided, as a gift to myself, I would like to lose 100 pounds and maintain it by my 40th birthday. I am looking forward to the support I anticipate receiving on this site! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:36:20 EST Help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58647008 I have 22 days to lose as much as I can the good way. Now for those trying to help I am diabetic but very very poorly controlled (I know I know bad me) I work varied 3 hours with little time for eating let alone eating healthy, and I am a food addict! <BR> <BR> Please any suggestions would be wonderful Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:30:33 EST Almost 40, it's now or never http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58636547 Hello everyone, been on spark since July 19, 2014. Battling health issues, and need to get at least 50 pounds off. When I make it there, I will work on another 34... keeping up in here everyday is keeping me focused... thank you! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:02 EST Hello from ON,Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58622529 Hey everyone, I'm Robyn. I'm new to spark. Came here looking for community, inspiration and resources. I find I am more focused on my goals when I'm more involved (actively tracking and talking and reading about weightloss/fitness). Looking forward to being motivated and motivating others in the struggle we all share. <BR> Hope you're all having a wonderful, negative calorie day &#128077; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:10 EST Hello Everyone :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58622371 My name is Amanda. I am new to Spark People & still trying to find my way around. Wow, SP is amazing, with so much to offer!! I need to lose 50 pounds & become more active again. I recently had surgery & my activity level tanked. I have always enjoyed walking/jogging, biking & being outdoors. I loved the freedom, peace, & overall wonderful sense of well being it brought to me. I am staying positive & I am confident I will be enjoying these activities again very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:03 EST Hello From Devine Tx http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58621426 I have joined Spark with hopes of losing weight and toning up. We have diabetes and crohns disease in my family and I'm needing help with eating right and exercises for all the family to keep diabetes stable for my husband and away from my kids! I'm the crohnie and I know a lot of things I eat is trial by error but I need to do as much as I can to be as healthy as I can. Hope to meet some awesome ppl and have great support along the way! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:17 EST 8 cups of water too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58619482 Does anyone find that drinking that much water is way too much? I literally go to the bathroom every half hour! it's crazy..lol Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:42:19 EST Hi from NL, Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58619413 Hi Everyone! My name is Samantha and I'm 38 years old <em>249</em> and I'm not new to SP but have let things fall to the wayside...again. But the good news is that I'm back at it...with some new perspectives. I'm looking for some buddies to help along the way! <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:36:04 EST Needing accountability! 30 with 99lbs to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58614713 Hey everyone! <BR> I'm here to get accountable! <BR> I'm Kat and I turned 30 in April. In October 3013, I was at my heaviest weighing in at 314lbs. It was my wake up call, for sure, not being able to fit properly into a rollercoaster seat at Disney. My focus began with working on my mental and emotional state to be able to successfully work on my physical health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I started a diet and exercise plan at the beginning of July and I'm down 13lbs (!!) as of my last weigh... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:44:03 EST Interested in trying some new products for free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58611336 Hello! <BR> <BR> As you may know, SparkPeople.com partners with brands to keep our website free for you. Our goal is to work with companies who offer high-quality products that are relevant and useful to our members. We've recently partnered up with Meta® to spread the word about their new MultiHealth product line that supports wellness from the inside out. <BR> <BR> As some of our more loyal and active members, we would like to invite you try 3 new Meta products for FREE! <BR> <BR> Tho... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:27:36 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58611027 I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58571014 Hi my name is Jeanette. I am on my third start with spark people and am determined that this time is my time! After seeing pictures from vacation, finding out that both my mom and my brother have been diagnosed with diabetes brought on by their weight and unhealthy habits, seeing a friend who has lost over 150 pounds by completely changing how she eats and doing Zumba and she looks amazing, and wanting to be a good role model for my kids, I have decided that I have to make some big changes. S... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:05 EST Hello from Burlington, Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58549936 Hello, <BR> My name is Elizabeth. I'm a 30 yr old mom of 2 with 50.4 lbs left to lose (I've lost 18.6 so far!). I've been on SP for a while, but I'm hoping to connect with some other sparkers to help keep me focused and offer support where I can. Looking forward to meeting you! <em>213</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:19:13 EST New Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58541612 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a wife and mommy to a very darling 4 year old little boy. I am trying to get in shape and be healthy for myself first and my son to stop the cycle of bad eating habits. Looking for some great motivation! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:15:25 EST Am I really hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58531503 Sometimes after I eat a meal I still have a feeling as though I were hungry. I think to myself that I cant possibly still be hungry. Example for today's lunch, I had 3/4 c brown rice, 1 c black beans and 3 cups of a mixed veggie medley. about 30 minutes later I feel what I think is hunger. Does anyone else have this issue? Is there something I can try that will help or is this something that everyone goes through when they first start changing what and how much they eat? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:53:57 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58525708 My name is Monica and I'm in real need of motivation. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:12:09 EST Not so new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58524037 Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:11 EST Having to start all over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58519443 Turned 30 in may. I have two kids, a 7 yr old boy and a 1 yr old little girl. I work full time wake up at three in the morning which is making my eating an sleeping routine hard an a little out of wack. I had gotten down to a healthy weight but a month after my daughter I started to gain the weight back. So here I am again starting my journey to a happy healthier me. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:26:34 EST Hello from the Pacific Northwest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58505035 So I've been battling with my weight my entire life. I need to nip this problem in the bud. I very much enjoy eating, in fact I know I have emotional eating issues. I'm hoping I can find some good resources and A LOT of support from Sparkpeople :) My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a long time and there is no physical reason why I cant get pregnant. I'm afraid my weight may be a factor. I cant sit by and not try something that could result in finally being parents so I... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:21:39 EST Former leader, now a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58495709 Hi everyone. JerseyFlower here. Some of you may remember me, or you might see my name as the person who started some of the team's older threads (fun things, etc.) I was a team leader here for a long time, I believe in 2011 and 2012. <BR> <BR> It's time to introduce myself, because I've been gone and off track for a while. <BR> <BR> I have not adjusted to healthy living while being a parent. This is a whole new ball game for me. I rocked through my pregnancy, and through my son's newborn ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:52:07 EST Lorri Brown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58492158 Hi everyone, My name is Lorri Brown. I just turned 33 yesterday. For 50% of my life I was a thin person and I was very active. The other 50% having babies and working all the time. I sit behind a desk all day long. I am very exhausted when I get home so there is no Gym time for me at all. I am away from my house for 15 hours a day. Tuesday I got with the girls here in the office and we have started a Biggest Losers challenge here at work. I am hoping that this gets me motivated. I try to eat ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:31:06 EST Problem, need some advice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58480716 So I am working really hard at keeping in my calorie range, getting exercise, and I have started taking Alli again. I was looking for a jumpstart to weightloss to keep me motivated. Anyway, on Alli, I am limited to 14 gm of fat per meal and a 14 gm of fat for a snack. I know it says 15 gm, but if I go over 14 gm, I have side effects (been there before and know my body). What the problem I am running into is that I am struggling to get the protein grams I need per day while staying in my c... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:57:17 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58468102 I recommitted this morning to getting healthier. <BR> <BR> My life has been a mishmash of stress and drama over the last 4 or so months, so I've lost sight of my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of control over the other stressors in my life right now, but what I can control what I put in my mouth and going to the gym instead of watching endless episodes of Doctor Who and wishing the Doctor would just swoop me up in the TARDIS and fly me away. <BR> <BR> I'm a 37-year-old... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:42:01 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58459601 Time to start over again. I always start over. Hopefully this time it sticks. I have 90lbs I want to loose. My name is Cindy and I am 35. I live in Oklahoma and have 2 kids and a husband. I work at daycare as an infant teacher. Hi all!!! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:50:23 EST Ready to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58458297 I am a mom of two... 3 including my wrinkly brown dog. :) I have two little girls one new one & one that's a sassy 2 yr old. I am looking for friends & support through this journey. Let's do this together! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:07:05 EST Getting a handle on everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58457186 Hi everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to SP, but not to tracking food and exercise. Before my daughter was born 2.5 years ago I did it religiously and lost almost 40 pounds. I lost more while I was pregnant (I was on a special diet for gestational diabetes) and felt great after she was born. With all the adjustments and lack of time, that all went out the window. I am now at a place to get back on the horse. I have spent the last week exploring SP and all tracking my f... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:56:51 EST so frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58448166 I've struggled with my weight for years now and I'm at the heaviest I've been- 212. I want to lose weight because I want to feel better. I feel sick all the time, either bloated or tired of weak or short of breath. I got a fitbit and started tracking my food but I feel so physically exhausted every moment that I don't have the strength to create my meals, etc. I have all these great ideas for healthy eating and meal prep and recipes, but I feel like I need to lose some weight and start to ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:51:36 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58446500 Good afternoon, <BR> <BR> I a newbie to the group, but not to SP. Just looking for like minded people to reach out to on this wonderful journey to the best me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> B Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:55:21 EST I am new here, and here are my "excuses"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58429922 Hello, I have been using this site to help with my health for about a month now. I did not lose a lot of weight but I think what I’m doing so far is better than nothing. :) <BR> <BR> I used a competitor’s site for about 2 years, and lost 45 pounds in total. I was very proud of myself and very happy about the results. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, because of different circumstances, and a lack of motivation, I regained 30 pounds pretty quickly. I still have some of the benefits of fitness that I... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:28:44 EST Hi! I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58428823 I joined about 2 weeks ago, and I so far I love SP. I was 236 but I have already lost 5lbs, my goal weight is 135. I really just want to be healthier. I got my mom and husband started and I am really looking forward to getting fit, so I can play and have fun with my kids. I have 4 ages 7 and under, and I am tired of being too tired or out of shape to have a good time with them. If you have any tips which help with making sure I use SP correctly let me know. :) Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:54:44 EST Now less than 100 pounds to lose to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58419072 Hello, <BR> <BR> I started back with SP after a hiatus of three years in May of 2013. At that point I had lost 20 to 25 pounds and had about 130 pounds more to lose to get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Now, after losing a total of 50- 60 pounds - half of that with SP - I am less than 100 pounds to my goal weight. I need to lose about 90 more pounds. <BR> <BR> So I moved from the 100+ pounds to lose team to here. <BR> <BR> It was nice to realize I had moved a "level down" lol. <BR> <... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:07:42 EST Heart scare leading to me focusing on ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58417959 I am a 36 year old mom of 4 kiddos ( 14, 12, 9, and 7) and recently I wasn't feeling well. The doctor decided to do a bunch of tests including an EKG that came back abnormal. I FREAKED out! My mom had heart disease for years, finally passing away from it before she was even 60. I have never smoked so that was a plus. I don't have the all clear yet until I get a stress test on July 10th. But, the cardiologist doesn't think I have anything to worry about. Yet. But I DO need to lose 70-80... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:54:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58410817 Hi I'm Melissa and am new. I am married with two toddlers. I stay home with the kids and just started my own business of crafts. I want to get back to a healthy weight and am so glad I found this support system. I looking forward to getting to know all of you. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 19:57:08 EST I'm struggling and need some serious motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58407988 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 30 years old and a stay at home mom to 3 beautiful children (8,6 and 8 months). Like many people here I've struggled with my weight almost all of my life. Having children has, needless to say, made my struggle so much more difficult. I've yo-yo'd through my weight loss and gain over the years going from 220 to 150 and back. <BR> <BR> When I was pregnant with my little girl I actually weighed the same the day I delievered her as when I got pregnant with her and... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:41:51 EST Im new sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58398705 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I'm here again...first time I joined Sparkpeople I lost 75lbs. I never reached my goal but I went from a size 18/20 to 10. Well I've gained 20lbs back due to falling in love and now I'm a 12 peeking at a size 14. I can't go back to a 18 so I'm ready to reach my goal. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:54:43 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58394841 Hi, my name is Emily. I have tried unsuccessfully to loose weight in the past. I think my goals were a bit too much to fast. Recently I got into a routine of preparing breakfast and lunch ahead of time to help me get into a routine of working at six-o'clock in the morning. I ended up loosing enough weight that I needed to buy new pants. That made me think that I should give weight loss a try again. Knowing that big goals overwhelm me I bought a fitbit fitness tracker to track my steps. ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:38:37 EST Hi! from St. Louis, MO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58327601 I am obviously new here. Just wanted to say Hi! Looking forward to the journey. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:44:48 EST Hello Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58327223 Hello Fellow Sparkles!! My name is Zuleika (zoo_leigh_ka) but all my friends call me Suli(zoo_lee). I live in SoCal and totally love it. Ive been married for 9 years and have 2 wonderful kids.. a 12yr old boy and a 8yr old girl. I have tried starting my weightloss so many times and I have failed. Being a veteran its really hard to not feel guilty as how I look now and how fit I was when I was serving. I needed a real motivation and finally I have it. My sister is getting married in August a... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:57:39 EST Once and again.. here I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58323026 So I'm not new to SP, and I've been in this group for awhile. But I don't believe I ever said hi. So HI! lol <BR> <BR> I'm Robin. I have two kids, married and have about 150lbs and lose. My weight started with my first kid and went up from there.I'm not looking to get a perfect body. At this point I don't think that's possible. I'm very worried about having extra skin if I drop a lot of weight. Which I am determined to do. <BR> <BR> I bought a treadmill at Goodwill for $16.00. Yay me good... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:22:54 EST Getting involved http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58311773 Hello, my name is BJ. I'm not exactly new to Sparkpeople, my wife got me on here a few years ago but we're in medical school and sitting in classes 8 hours a day then studying for 6 to 8 hours in the evenings has lead to a very sedentary life and many poor eating choices so now I'm trying to lose the 50 lbs that I've gained over the past few years. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:30:27 EST Here I go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58285329 Hey everyone! Just getting set up on this site. I've lost and gained many times but I have to give it a go again and make it last. I have three kids, a great DH and an awesome job. We wre so busy that I often just don't eat much at all. Gotta figure it out before the fall craziness starts again! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:57:51 EST Hi! I am new and apprehensive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58284243 Hi! <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. I just started today. I have a lot of weight to lose. Ninety-seven (97) pounds to be exact. My goals are to lose weight, get healthy and fit, and become a runner. I have always wanted to be a runner. Runners seem so strong and free. My dream to complete a marathon one day. Hopefully sooner than later! lol. Unfortunately, I need some get up and go. Hoping to find information and encouragement here. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Donna Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:05:18 EST New to the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58277984 I am new here to SparkPeople. I have been using MyFitnessPal and do like it a lot, I'm just exploring all of my options. Any tips for a newbie?? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:11:05 EST What's on your playlist for working out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58248915 Trying to create a fast fun playlist for the gym. I bet if we all post some of the songs we have on ours, we could get a great list going :) Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:24:18 EST Joining again after a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58245822 I was a previous member, years ago. I decided to re-join today and I am so glad that I did. I need to be accountable for my activities and exercise and also for my weight loss (or in recent weigh-ins, my weight gain). Its time to lose some of this. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:36:20 EST I'm Glad I Found SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58242616 HI Everyone! For the first time ever I can say that I'm finally able to lose weight for GOOD! SP is the first calories tracking program that actually helps me understand how much to eat and how much exercise I need to lose weight. I always knew I needed to eat 500 calories less each day to lose a pound at the end of the week but I was never able to maintain my weight loss because I wasn't tracking my food right. Plus I was working out so much that I just became mentally and physically exhaust... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:08:49 EST At the beginning of this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58237777 Hi everyone! I am Jenny, and after losing and gaining for over 20 years, I am done with the yo yoing...and back on Spark after being away. I am so overwhelmed, but I know I just need to begin. I have lost 50lbs before, but always with the help of diet pills. So this is the first time I am attempting this without 'help'. <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:42:52 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58237132 <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. When I was last active, I was in the 20 somethings Team, but I've been an inactive member of this team for some time (since some random login in the past). So I gues... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:43:24 EST I'm a newbie also!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58236737 I am looking for friends to help motivate me to shed some pounds!!!! All advise is welcome! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:42 EST over the years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58210142 Hi, my name is Victoria, I'm 32 years old. I was on sparkpeople a couple of years ago, and had some success with it, but later deleted my account. Well, I'm back because over the years, the weight has been coming on. I gained most after a three month hospital stay in 2012, I stared buying all this food to compensate for what I was eating there. Later I was hospitalized again in 2013 and gained 20 pounds there. Now I gained 10 pounds more because of medication and lack of exercise. Enough is e... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:46:56 EST Its time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58209396 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople a few years ago and made some wonderful progress - then life and more excuses than I care to admit got in the way. Now its time for me to get serious about my weight loss because want to be healthier and happier for myself as well as my family. I would love to hear from other Sparkers about their triumphs as well as the hurdles they have encountered in their own journeys. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:50:11 EST Here is to trying one more time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58207183 I am 31 years old and grew up in the Binghamton area. I am a mother of a 2 year old beautiful girl and also help care for her 3 older brothers. I am looking forward to losing some weight (55 lbs) to be able to keep up with the little ones and feel better about myself. My daughter was well worth every pound.. but now that she is two..its time to shed that baby weight!! I have tried everything from loseit.com to Shawn T T 25. I am hoping that learning to eat well and think differently about f... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:47:46 EST Hello from NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58207153 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kim, I'm 33 and looking forward to making a change for the better! <BR> <BR> I was a member of SparkPeople several years ago and I remembered how fun and motivating it was and thought it was time to return and get healthy. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 50 pounds by my 34th birthday in January. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to get to know you all! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:44:57 EST This is it! I am here and ready to LOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58197111 I am a busy busy momma of 4 girls and I work full time. This is a pretty big commitment for me to make time for myself to lose weight but I see it as not a choice I can make but a must. I started my page and began my blog, and so so excited to see my transformation! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:28:39 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58195419 Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Jen - I'm 30..about to turn 31...and need to start taking care of myself. I was at the doctor Tuesday and was weighed...OMG - that was like a kick in the gut (and a small wake up call). I might be at my heaviest and I DO NOT like it! <BR> <BR> I used to be on spark all the time around 2010 and decided to take matters into my own hands...and it hasn't done well for me! <BR> <BR> I'd love to connect with some of you and maybe we can keep each other going. Swe... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:25:53 EST need to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58182254 never really paid much attention to food or nutrition and I've never liked the idea of tracking and logging everything I eat and do. I have always been overweight but while my current BMI is in the obese range, my weight has been stable for the last 8 years within about 5 pounds so I haven't really worried about it too much. <BR> <BR> Then I got some medical test results last month that were a real bombshell. My diet needs to change. I NEED to lose the weight. I'm seeing a nutritionist who w... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:23:00 EST weekly weight in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58180125 Good job to everyone who is posting and losing!! keep up the good work!! I started a week ago and have lost 5.4lbs trying to take another 1/2tsp of sugar out of my coffee this week and reach my 8 glasses of daily water at least twice this week (I hit 6 glasses most days but only 1 day with 8. have a great week Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:36:33 EST Determined to get healthy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58160565 Until the age of 30 I never had trouble with my weight - always between size 3 & 5. After that a combination of depression and fibromyalgia took it's toll - I went from 115 to 230 lbs. 3 years ago after my divorce I managed to lose almost 70 lbs and hold steady at 160, good but not great. In the last year I started gaining that back and now weigh in at 185 again. I've noticed a huge difference in my health too, after losing the weight the fibro and migraines were easier to manage. Gaining... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:52:20 EST Heathy BMI and People Who Don't Think It's Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58110133 Okay so I started with 70 pounds to lose and I have lost 49 so far in the last 9 months with 21 left but I keep running into people being impressed with how well I've done but thinking the next 20 pounds is unrealistic even though my goal is to be just within the healthy BMI range. I think it's really weird that people act this way! Has anyone else run into this? <BR> <BR> I actually had someone say, after being taken aback that I had 21 left, exact words "You don't want your skin to get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:49:32 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58100457 Hi!! I'm new to all of this. I really need some motivation! Excited to get started on my weight loss journey! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:37:47 EST Nothing getting in the way this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58096850 Hi everyone! My name is Reeda! I have tried many times to lose weight and lead a more healthy lifestyle but I have failed each and every time. After lots of soul searching, I figured out that the reason I have failed is that I have been self defeating from the word go. All I ever did was live up to my belief that I couldn't do it. <BR> <BR> All that has changed. It's amazing the wake up call you can give yourself when you stop lying to yourself and blaming everything else. This time I will ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:54:09 EST I'm ready to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58069136 Hi all :) this is first time experience for me and I hope that it is worth the effort. Losing this weight is important to me and I will try to see it thru the end. I'm not too social in the web world so posting regularly will be a feat. Although I aim to be consistent with tracking and logging, life tends to get it the way (hence the need to lose this weight)...ironic huh...I hope to be successful in this endeavor and finish out strong. Wish me luck and I look to see some of y'all at the end ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:08:22 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58048152 35 year old, happily married, homeschooling, mother of 4 - ready to take my life back. Lacking motivation but glad to be starting over. Looking to loose 77 pounds (long term) over the course of a year, work towards being able to complete a 5k, and just being a happier, healthier me. Fri, 30 May 2014 08:57:13 EST Looking for some SparkFriends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58042181 Hi! <BR> I am really trying to do this the right way this time and would like to have some friends to help motivate me during this journey to a healthy life. If you would like please befriend me! <BR> Thanks Team! <BR> Kimberly Thu, 29 May 2014 19:25:51 EST Would love to hear what your go to foods are.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58041813 Hello Everyone, <BR> I am new to this team. I am getting sick of my normal healthy foods I have been eating and I was wondering if any one would share their food finds with me. I am stuck in the rut of eating oatmeal for b-fast, yogurt for snacks and pita sandwiches for lunch. Would love to hear your ideas! <BR> =)=)=) <BR> Kimberly <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:46:20 EST Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58037211 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kate. I've been on spark off and on for the past few years. I just turned 30 on May 2 so this group is brand new to me! I'm down about 23 lbs from my highest of 230 but I have PLENTY to go!!! Thu, 29 May 2014 09:51:48 EST Need Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58036332 Good morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am looking for friends to help me stay motivated. My overall goal is to lose 110 pounds. With a short goal of losing 50 pounds by Nov. Thu, 29 May 2014 08:48:00 EST Back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58032653 Hi! I'm Claire. I'm back to spark after not using it for about... five years or so? I just had my first child and put on a TON of weight after I had him. He was two months early and if I had ever had any doubts on whether or not I was a stress eater, I have indeed confirmed those. So, I'm here because I know it works and I'm ready to lose the weight! Wed, 28 May 2014 22:26:39 EST So discouraged! Not sure what I did wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58027951 This is my third week and I'm already feeling devastated. Lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks, then gained back 4 this past week. I tracked my food and didn't do as well this past week as I did before, but it was still a major improvement over what I'd eat before I started. The first two weeks, I kept my calories around 1200 - 1400, but this past week there were several day that were around 1800. While I can see that slowing the pace of the weight loss or even stalling it, I don't understand... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:54:51 EST Need Some Extra Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58025662 Hello Everyone, <BR> I love this group mission because it matches exactly where I am at. I really lost a lot of my "self" this year while also gaining a lot of weight and breaking years of good, strong eating habits. I am trying to get into a routine that includes regular exercise, good eating, cooking healthy food and losing weight. I have decided that an on-line forum would be a good start. Looking forward to working on these goals with everyone!! Wed, 28 May 2014 10:03:07 EST Newbie with an injury who loves to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x58015897 Hi There, <BR> I was always very active then had to be on medication, one of the side effects was pretty hefty weight gain. I found out by experience and from others who had been on the medication, not because the doctor gave me options. Anyway, I changed doctors after a few years and he told me what I had feared, that the constant craving of food was indeed a side effect, and put me on something different but the damage had been done. I got active again and actually lost almost 40 pounds. Th... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:59:15 EST I'm ready to get serious & could use some buddies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x58009369 Hi everyone! I'm almost 33 years old and I am a mom of 5. (step-mom to 3 great girls, 21,16 & 14 and mom to 2 great boys 11 & almost 7) I have 45-60 lbs to lose and I'm ready to get serious!!! (oh yeah, I live in Southern Minnesota) <BR> <BR> I want to walk at least a mile every day, drink lots of water, waaaay less soda, every time I go to the bathroom I want to do 10 squats or 10 push-ups (work my way up to 20) and that way I can sneak in extra exercise. :-) <BR> <BR> I would really li... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:33:47 EST Hello from Niagara Falls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57980721 My name is Michelle. I am a military wife, mom to 2 teenage girls and a full time student. Just looking for a great support group going through the same challenges as myself. I had managed to lose 30 lbs during my hubby's deployment and since he has been home now for 15 mths, we both have put it back on together...how nice lol. So now I need to lose that 30 plus another 20. But regardless, we are both trying to take it off together in healthy ways <em>521</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 08:47:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57978659 Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Ramona, 30 years old and back in a funk. A few years ago I lost 40 pounds and felt great over the years weight has creeped back up on me. Since last year I have had a back and forth with my weight, a lot of life changes and in the last few days I have noticed my belly is bigger than it used to be and it needs to go. <BR> <BR> I would love to be less than 200 pounds and get back in a fitter stage of life. I am a full time student, with 2 kids and I am in the... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:51:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57956424 Good evening, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. I had heard of it before, but didn't think twice about it. I am finally going to lose the pounds that I have gained, and I realized that I can't do it alone. I am hoping to meet some new friends that are in the same boat as I am :) Wed, 21 May 2014 22:57:47 EST Healthy Chick is in the house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57945122 Hey everybody! So excited to be here! Feeling super motivated ... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:55:15 EST Hi from ARkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57944663 I am a nurse and mom to 6 children under the age of 11. I am a nurse in correctional setting as well. I just had my last baby five months ago and am determined that I will not be overweight again. I was a 16/18 when i graduated high school and would love to get back to a 12/14 or 11/12 that i was in jr high. I have a lot of stress going on with a custody battle with my older three children and now my current husband and i are going through a divorce with our three children. I will start back ... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:16:44 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57941551 Hi I'm so new to this but I'm here cause i want to stay fit and healthy. I'm waiting to lose 100 pounds by next year in may 2015. So I will do this with exercise and the way I eat. I'm on a diet already through my doctor that I follow everyday. Thanks!! Tue, 20 May 2014 18:02:24 EST Hello All! I'm Winnie and I've got weight to lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57939182 Hello Everyone. I'm a 34 year old mother of two and I need to lose weight; not only to feel healthy and confident,but for my boys. I want to run around with them, play horsey (i'm the horse of course) and just have fun without feeling as if i'll collapse after 10 minutes with them. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit shy, so I probably won't have a lot to say. However, your stories are an inspiration to me..so thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:20 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57937915 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Shannon and I am here looking for a supportive, active group. I hope to post on a regular basis and be a contributing member to this group. <BR> I am from Philadelphia, married, have two children, HR manager and run a small embroidery, tshirt business on the side. I know, its crazy. Ha! <BR> Seeing what other spark members have done in one year has really motivated me. Looking forward to getting to know you and sharing in your journey! <BR> Be Well, <BR> Shan... Tue, 20 May 2014 11:03:30 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57931052 I am a 31 year old mother of two who just graduated college. Between finishing student teaching for my Bachelor's degree and taking care of two children (one of whom is on the autism spectrum) I have really let myself go this year. I am so disappointed in how I look compared to even last August! I want to make some positive changes so that I can feel good about myself and be a better wife, mother, and teacher! Mon, 19 May 2014 20:50:29 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57928591 I am married and we have a 9 month old daughter. I really want to lose this weight and get healthy. I want to show my daughter that being healthy is a better way to live your life. My husband and I both have been eating better now that we have a daughter but I still have weight i want to get off. <BR> <BR> My first goals I want to do is drink all my water a day and walk more. Mon, 19 May 2014 16:45:45 EST question on tracking marinated meats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57928166 I have doing pretty well with my tracking, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to track the marinade I am using on a meat. I don't want to count all of the calories in the bottle of italian dressing I pour on the chicken breasts since most of it goes down the drain, but I also don't want to skip over calories I am actually consuming. Ideas? Suggestions? How have others addressed it? Mon, 19 May 2014 15:56:02 EST New here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57927224 Hii. My name is Amy and I'm 30. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life, and after slipping up and regaining 40 pounds I'm putting my best effort back into losing it and the rest of the pounds I need to. I want to lose about 100 total. Most of my sparkfriends aren't around anymore sadly so it'd be extra great to make some new ones. Feel free to add me! =) Mon, 19 May 2014 14:13:05 EST Back for More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57896922 Hello - <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople four years ago and had great success initially. Then I got busy and stopped coming around. I am glad to be rejoining and happy to meet all of you. This supportive community is just what I've been missing. Fri, 16 May 2014 17:57:14 EST Ending with the Heavy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57894242 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Gita and I am overweight. There, whew, I said it! I just turned 30 this year and never dreamed that I would be at my heaviest (non-pregnancy) weight...again! This is the second time in my life that I hit this weight (I guess I need to admit to that as well)...I weight 218 pounds. The first time was right after I had my first son who is now 8 years old. Since then I have yo-yod like the best of us with anything from borderline eating disorder to depressive... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:55:38 EST dealing with depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57874218 I am 37 years old with depression and rhuematoid arthritis and have gained alot of weight from over eating. I am new at this program but hoping it helps. Wed, 14 May 2014 18:14:27 EST mutual encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57870860 I just joined today, and while I have already managed to lose 20 lbs before joining, I would love to meet some people for mutual support and encouragement. I am not the criticizing type of friend, but I do try to be supportive, and have days where I need the encouragement myself. So...it's nice to meet everyone...feel free to add me. Have an awesome day, and push yourself just a little harder than you did yesterday! It all adds up in the end. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:13:00 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57869642 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark People and am excited to get started. Any tips for a newbie? I'm trying to not get daunted by the amount of weight I want to lose. I know I should just treat every day as an opportunity to be healthy and try not to focus too much on the numbers, right? What else? And where should I start on this website? I understand the tracking for food, fitness, etc. But the community feels so overwhelming! Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:09 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57868785 So this is not my first time on here but I'm looking to lose 50lbs total and lead a healthier and happier life! Soooo tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin and just tired, lazy in general. So excited to shed the misery! Good luck to everyone on this journey of ours! Wed, 14 May 2014 09:16:12 EST HELP! cym222 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57843518 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I'mdoing.222cym@gmail.com ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:45 EST HELP! cym222 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57843428 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I'mdoing.222cym@gmail.com ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST Need support buddies,sick and tired of being fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57842242 Hey guys.my name is Abby and I'm a 30 year old mom of 2 girls, 3 and 1 years old. I'm laying awake at 3 in the morning crying because I just weighed myself and 5'2 I'm 186 pounds and I haven't been this close to 200 pounds in years.really need to be held accountable. Mon, 12 May 2014 03:54:28 EST Hi from WI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57839951 Hello! Joined Spark in hopes of losing weight (for good) and getting healthier! I hope I can make it through day by day to a healthier, happier me! Feel free to be my 'friend'! Sun, 11 May 2014 21:30:34 EST CANELA1974's SparkPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57831659 Just signed up so I'm hoping and praying I will succeed with Spark ;) I'm ready!! Sun, 11 May 2014 01:29:55 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57813725 Hello everyone. I've been a member of sparkpeople in the past with success. I did however fall off the wagon and forget my goals and the inspiration that comes from this site! I've since gained all of the weight that I originally lost with SP back. I had my first baby in October and he has made such a difference in my life. I want to be healthy for him and for me. I want to be able to run and play with him as he grows without getting winded or needing to take a break. He is my motivatio... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:47:31 EST cooking healthy for dummies--veggie version, HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57797473 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> Its been a long time since I've been on here, but I've tried to re-assess things and have figured out something major. I'm trying to eat healthier, but the appeal of going somewhere for food is high (and digging into my wallet big time), though I do end up with a lot of subway in my diet lately. <BR> <BR> Regardless, the main reason is though I'm getting some veggies in, I haven't made it a habit. as much as I love the sandwiches and change things around, Subway is limit... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:01:38 EST Ready to stop being so miserable in my own skin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57796947 I've been in denial. In my heart & mind, I still feel like the slender person I was before I developed health issues and gained 80 pounds with my first pregnancy......five years ago! I am tired of putting everything off "until" I lose the weight. I avoid mirrors, hide from friends I haven't seen recently, avoid networking and social events where I'll run into former colleagues, dress frumpily because I don't want to buy clothes in larger sizes, etc. I'm tired of not taking advantage of profes... Wed, 7 May 2014 22:14:53 EST My intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57783338 Hello, I'm 35 losing weight is my goal... Tue, 6 May 2014 20:31:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57776112 Hello everyone. I am not new to Sparkpeople. I have been using it on and off for the past few years, but now it is time for me to buckle down. I have always had a problem with being overweight. When I was in the 6th grade, I remember having to wear adult size large clothes because the girl's clothes never fit me. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 14. The highest weight I've recorded was 233 in 2011. I have been hovering around 220 for the last year. I am tired of feeling uncomfortabl... Tue, 6 May 2014 08:47:46 EST Christina3023 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57772062 My name is Christina and I am new to the page. I will be 40 at the end of next year and I want to reach my goal by then but I need help along the way. I am looking for motivation and support and I will do the same for anyone. I know losing weight is such a daily struggle but with support and encouragement it can be done. I have lost the weight before. I was feeling great. I quit smoking then 4 months later I was pregnant with my son. I have not been able to get back on track and focus... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:13:05 EST Totally blew it today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57770466 I am starting to feel the hunger of this last week (burned my esophagus) and ended up totally blowing my calories away today by eating a whole tub of ice cream. Man, it feels so good on my throat. And I am still one meal away from being done. <BR> <BR> I feel guilty in one sense, but on the other hand, I went from 0 calories for five days, to soft mush foods and now I am on mechanical soft foods and my body is starting to catch up with the hunger now that I can eat something. So I don't real... Mon, 5 May 2014 20:00:44 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57757179 Hi everyone, I'm Stephanie. I have struggled with my weight for a few years now. I developed thyroid problems and quit smoking and the weight just piled on. I have lost 25 lbs in the last year but have since hit a wall. I went back to work, full time and exercise has not been a priority. I joined so I can meet like minded people who want to lose weight. I have a fitbit zip and plan on starting my exercise program with the Wii active 2. Sun, 4 May 2014 20:06:57 EST 38 and overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57755673 Hi! Is anyone else is a binge eater? I can eat well all day while at work, but as soon as my feet hit my kitchen floor I am eating all I can get my hands on. This continues all night, like I have no shut off in my stomach, or my head, that tells me I am full. Is there anyone out there with any thoughts on how I can beat this????? Sun, 4 May 2014 17:30:53 EST Hello from MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57745556 Hi all! I am a 37 year old wife and mother of two. I have just recently joined SparkPeople. I am enjoying it so far and am starting to introduce myself in some of the groups I have joined. Please feel free to add me as a Spark Buddy and we can keep each other inspired to shoot for our goals! <em>381</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 20:20:53 EST Hi I'm TORIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57737459 Hi everyone, I'm new to this team, but not to Spark.. <BR> My weight loss journey started over 8yrs ago when I first found Spark late one night, while I was in a bad place and needed help.. Needless to say, I was kidding myself into thinking I was ready to make a change, and my unhealthy patterns soon took over again, and I gave up and left Spark.. <BR> Well, I'm back again (for the last time) and Ready to lose this weight once and for all!!!! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 01:08:21 EST What happens when I turn 40? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57724868 I was just thinking about this... What happens when I turn 40? I have about 1 1/2 years to go but I was just thinking about it because the group is 30 somethings... Do I leave the group? Or can I stay? I feel weird asking but this is one of the first groups I joined. I may not post a lot but after 5 years of being here, I would feel weird leaving a group that means so much to me... even though I barely post on it LOL Fri, 2 May 2014 01:00:43 EST New and ready to lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57720797 Hi all! I have been steadily gaining weight for years now and finally faced the reality that I need to lose weight. I started last week with exercising 30 min a day and have made some drastic changes to my eating habits. I look forward to this journey even if it may be hard at times. Its nice to be able to discuss this with others that are on similar journeys. Thu, 1 May 2014 18:58:26 EST HELLO EVERYONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57718252 My name is Syreeta. I am 30 years old and i quit smoking 2/18/2013. Although I am proud of this accomplishment I am not proud of the more than 50 lbs that followed. I am hear to create a healthier me. I have been working out at least 3 times a week for the past month. I am currently training myself to run. Having issues with my breathing ( unable to focus to control it). I would like to lose 63-75 lbs at a healthy pace of 1-2 lbs a week. I look forward to working with everyone to achieve my ... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:22:15 EST New and very ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57716534 Hey, new to the site. New mama and I gained 74 pounds during pregnancy. Dropped 20 and gained it back with some extra. Support and motivation needed to get out of this uncomfortable body and back to where I was otherwise it will never come off! <BR> I find myself a little limited to what kind of exercises I can do - restricted to swimming after a hip injury during pregnancy, so I will just have to swim myself back to shape. Thu, 1 May 2014 11:42:26 EST 3rd times a charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57690451 I guess I should be frustrated. This is my third attempt to lose weight, but I'm really excited. I'm hoping to find an active group to keep me motivated! I am a mental health therapist with a desk job....so I have to make myself get active. Any suggestions? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:10 EST What would you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16421x11523x57688537 I have some very specific goals in place to keep me motivated to stay on track. One of the first biggies is a fully automatic espresso machine for losing 10% of my body weight. As of this week, I am halfway to my goal of 30 pounds, so reaching my goal may not happen for another month or two. <BR> <BR> Here's the rub... the machine I have picked out is ON SALE!! It was already significantly discounted, but is now an addition $100 off through next week. <BR> <BR> The husband says to bu... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:22:38 EST Hello from Chicagoland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57679387 Hi Everyone- <BR> <BR> This is not my first time on spark people - I seem to be pretty good at checking in once every 3 or 4 months! I'm hoping that by actually posting, I might get in the habit of checking in daily and sticking to my goals :) <BR> <BR> Gracie :) Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:57:57 EST I'm New to the group.... Not Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57669221 I have been on sparkpeople since before my daughter was born. She will be 5 in August and I have since had a son as well. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to lose weight. I asked my doctor for a referral to a nutrition and weight management group. They called me and told me I didn't weigh enough for the one program and gave me a different number. I called the lady and left a message. she called me back, but i wasn't home. I returned the call and haven't heard back from them... <BR> <BR> I do... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:14:04 EST Hi, everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57668758 Hi, all: <BR> <BR> I'm meesh ... mid-30s with about 80 lbs to lose. I've been overweight most of my life, but moved into 'morbidly obese' in my 20s. Diagnosed five years ago with Type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I've heard of sparkpeople before and decided to join in a whim. I definitely have emotional eating issues and I've been feeling low lately, so I hoped that joining and taking control might help me feel better. <BR> <BR> Sorry to be such a downer with my first post! Looking forward to mee... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:23:28 EST Hello from Ontario! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57663027 Hello everyone! My name is Tammy and I have struggled with weight my whole life. I get discouraged easily, and reach for the worst foods to make me happy when I am down. I have tried just about every crash diet there is, but only end up putting the weight back on (or more!) within a short period of time. I have tried doing this alone for so long, now I am reaching out for support. I am eager , and excited to begin my journey with you! Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:51:07 EST One of those woman things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57655555 Important lesson.... <BR> <BR> If you start tracking your weight during THAT week, things are going to get strange, funky, and frustrating. I'm holding off on posting weight for the week to help keep myself from getting discouraged. <BR> <BR> I'm proud though, that I was in my range every day. I've had a few days right at the top of it, but not all of them, and I was inside of it for all seven! <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:39:35 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57647093 Hello! My name is Amy and I fiercly motivated to lose 50 pounds. I was recently a surrogate and had a baby for a couple back in January and have lost 28 pounds since. I am looking for a group of people and a system that is supportive and helpful. I am currently participating in dietbets which are keeping me motivated and helping me make progress towards my goal. I look forward to making friends on here and motivating one another! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:13:23 EST working mom with 40kg to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57633555 Ello to all <BR> Working mom, gal is 27 months old.. after pregnancy I gain more work. Now that the gal is growing up, I need to pick up and set good examples for her. So hope to get some motivation from you guys. :) See you around <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:32:27 EST I'm a newbie and need some help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57632745 Hi I'm new to Spark People. My name is April. I'm 38 and need to lose about 90 pounds. I'm not sure how everything works around here. Any suggestions or advice would be helpful. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:23 EST A little hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57623871 I'm posting to the forums for my very first time. I don't have a lot of experience doing this but am glad to finally be taking this step. I joined spark people for the same reason that many others join, to lose weight. However, another side to my joining is with the hopes that I can make friends and learn to change my eating habits. I have a strong desire to learn a healthy way to eat. I want to be able to choose the right foods and the right portion sizes to not only lose the weight, but whe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:46:34 EST New with serious motivation issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57614132 Hi. My name is Lisa, I'm soon to be 38, and I want to loose 55 lbs minimum. I'm currently 195. My weight has fluctuated so much due to my binge eating. Last year, I started using My Fitness Pal and went from 208 to 178. Woohoo....then I stopped tracking my food, started eating like a fool, and stopped walking. <BR> <BR> I have every excuse in the book why I can't exercise, and I really can't find time or motivation to change that. I wake up at 5:30 am, have some coffee, get ready for work. ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:12:37 EST So Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57613873 So it's been a over a month since I started this journey and while I can see fitness related improvements, the stupid scale isn't really moving. I weigh a whole .2 less than I did on March 21st. I've tried to keep my spirits up by celebrating all my fitness victories. I've been trying to keep motivated and excited about my journey, about where I'm going to be in a month, a year. But the scale isn't moving, my clothes aren't fitting better... I'm still fat and I don't see that changing. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:51:33 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57608098 Hey everyone! Haven't been on here in a really long time and feel like a total newbie. Looking to lose some lbs and make some great new friends that help motivate me inside of bringing me down. Look forward to working on the challenges!!! <em>381</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:01:57 EST New to Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57601147 Hello everyone! My name is Stephaney and I am new to this group, since I just turned 30. I am having the hardest time finding motivation to lose weight and seem to be stuck at my current weight of 250. I am married and in school to get my bachelor's in psychology. I have had an up and down roller coaster of losing and gaining weight for years. I hope to make some new friends and learn some new ways to lose weight and keep it off. :) <BR> <BR> Stephaney :) Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:18:38 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57600799 Brand new here, just popping in to say hello. <BR> <BR> I have a jam packed life (like everyone else) and in the past have found lots of excuses to let things slide for a day or week(s) etc. <BR> Planning on turning those excuses into reasons to do better. <BR> I'm usually pretty shy but will try to offer support to others as well. <BR> Nice to meet you <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:53:04 EST Discouraged by first weigh in :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57600452 I have finished week one and this morning was my first weigh in. I lost 0.8 pounds :( <BR> I really thought I was doing great. Disappointed.. I was hoping for a jump start UGH <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:13:58 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57593651 I am new and looking for the motivation and encouragement I seem to be lacking. Looking forward to hearing and sharing stories and knowing there is a group of people struggling to be healthy just like me :) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:51:28 EST Been around SP - new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57588874 Good Morning all. <BR> <BR> I've been with SP on and off for a few years. I rejoined about a month ago and I'm going strong and have no desire or intentions to turn back! I'm trying to get as involved in the community as I can to help keep myself accountable. I need this to work, I can no longer stay where I am comfortable. <BR> <BR> So about me. I'm 37 years young. I've been married for 11 years (12 next month) to the most wonderful man in the world! I have 3 beautiful children ages 17, 1... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:30:50 EST Song of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57580640 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I was on Sparkpeople once before for quite a while and had a lot of successes! After a few years of holding my ground and trying all kinds of healthy living ideas, I'm back. The new twist though, is that I no longer have 140 pounds to kiss. Now I have around 70, and let me tell you that feels amazing! <BR> <BR> I'm 35, a professional singer and actress, and sometimes substitute teacher and music arranger. I love running, though sometimes it doesn't love me back. I'm... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:56:20 EST Hopping back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57570541 * waves howdy * Hi everyone! I'm attempting to get back on the healthy wagon after falling off when I got sick and needed surgery to have my gallbladder out in December of last year. I've lost just under 50 lbs so far, but need motivation to keep going. It seems like I have hit a plateau, with no loss in two months :( Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:19:24 EST Failing miserably http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x57553631 I need to get back on track and need motivation and accountability. I have gained 7 pounds in two weeks. I am eating everything in sight and haven't been sticking to my workouts. Someone please friend me and help me to start going in the right direction. I too can be an accountabilty partner. I want to lose 50 by the end of the year so my hubby and I can have a baby. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:55:20 EST Cindy2chubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57553515 Hi! I'm the girl described as has a great personality. I worry that since I am heavier 5'5" 220 lbs that people judge me as gross lazy and pathetic. I also worry no decent man will ever truly love me. So I have come for support to get back to the fun beautiful lady I used to be. I'm having trouble getting motivated for exercise and laying off the comfort foods. Please help and be kind please. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:20:11 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57546732 Hello! I just joined SparkPeople today! I am getting married next April and decided its finally time to lose the weight I've carried around my entire life. I don't want to start a family and have a baby with 60+ pounds to lose, so the time is now :) Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:40:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57544050 I have browsed through some of the forum topics and I was so excited to see the "Today I am Grateful for..." topic. I would love to be a member of this 30 Somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose team. <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me how to join this team? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:14:20 EST Hi everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57535232 Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Lacey and I'm 31 years old. I live in the Chicago suburbs and have had issues with my weight for as long as I can remember. I go up and down, up and down. I do great for awhile and then boom. Something in life happens and I go right back up again. I am currently close to my heaviest weight that I can remember. I am not happy about that at all. I've restarted tracking my food and making exercise a priority, which is really hard some days. However, I am ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:05:57 EST How Do You Spread Calories Across The Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57534883 I am new at this. How does everyone split their calories across the day? Has anyone had more success with one approach over another (ie big breakfast vs equally split across the day)? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:20 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57528029 I'm new and nervous about failing at this. I have trieddiets before and my heart doctor would like me to try the South Beach Diet. I'm not sure really how to start. I need to lose 80 pounds and I don't want to quit because I get discouraged. Any thoughts and help is appreciated. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:51:36 EST Newbie from Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57517887 Hi and Hello!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:18:45 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57494404 Hello! My name is Danielle and I am 32 years old. I have two children and I am getting married in August 2014. I am new to Spark People and wanted to see what it was about and what it could do for me. I have been using myfitnesspal for the past 55 days since I started working out at the gym, watching my portions and drinking more water. I recently purchased a Fitbit One and the Aria scale and I love them so far! I have lost 11.1 pounds so far! My goal is to be at 140 pounds by March 1, 2015! ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:26:43 EST Newbie from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57476718 Hi all, <BR> I'm just joining this week. Hoping to learn how to care for myself, after spending the last 32 years caring for everyone else in my life. I need to take the time to be selfish and work on myself. <BR> Bexx Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:08:06 EST Hello from Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57474157 My name is Angela. I am 34 and trying to lose 85 pounds. I am currently doing the Couch 2 5K program as I am training to complete the Tough Mountain Challenge at Sunday River in Maine THIS July. I also do circuit training. I am trying to get in the habit of logging all my food and doing it consistently. I really am enjoying Sparkpeople and hope to find some great support with this team. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you as well!! <BR> <BR> Angela Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:46:17 EST hi from Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57473567 Hello! I am thistime 1981 and I live in Kansas. I have 82 pounds to lose, and am VERY excited about my journey so far. I am really enjoying Sparkpeople emphasis on being positive. It is really having an effect on me. :) I am in my early thirties and what better time to change then when you know who you are. I have a blog but no pictures yet. It would be nice to have some Spark buddies soon. Anyway, that's all from KS right now, hope to hear from you soon. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:46:35 EST Back in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57462948 It has been a very long time since I have been on here and in that time I have almost gained back the 90 pounds I had lost. I realize that I need the support of this community to help keep me focused and the constant achievements I see others reaching are such an inspiration to me. I have been in a depressive state for many months and I know that there is only one way to change that and it's me choosing to change. So this is me making that choice and I ask with all my heart for each of you t... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:10:07 EST starting my new chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57453739 Hello i would like to start my new chapter of my like and get healthy. .. i am currently 265 pounds and would like to get some encouragement that i can do this. I have been down this road many of times and would like this to be my last. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:27:29 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16421x11523x57451152 I had yummy Fiber One Maple and Brown Sugar Cereal with Protein and a banana. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:41:07 EST Here We Go Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57450476 I'm 35 ... 85 pounds overweight... Been through this once, twice, 40 million times... Yet here I am again - FOR THE LAST TIME! I'm going to make this work and I know spending time with you all here on Spark will be what I need :-) Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:23:39 EST 10 Minutes 10 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x57441553 Knowing that I am a slug... <em>39</em> makes this a little hard for me, but here it goes... I am doing 10 minutes for 10 days... started back in the gym today (we joined this past Friday) My fiance is an ex-marine... (*For anyone wondering, my heart loves him, right now my body HATES him) lol. I'm so sore, but I am doing it... <BR> <BR> So I think this is where I am suppose to put this... Here is my check in for the day!!! I got it in... Actually did 15 minutes of hard Cardio... kept my ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:24:50 EST Fed up with the fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57422722 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Muhsinah. I recently had a physical and my physician informed me. I have high cholesterol and am a borderline diabetic. She gave me six months to loose the weight before medication will be prescribed. I want to eliminate animal products from my diet along with any food that work against me. I am interested in transitioning into a gluten-free vegan diet. Just a diet. I am 37 year old African American female weighing in at 295. I need/want to loose 95-100 lbs of wh... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:50:28 EST "Love" Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57421524 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Gisselle. I was a member of Sparks a long time aga and it helped me loss a lot of wieght and get into great shape. Soon after I met someone and fell in love....and he cooks....welllll!!! So with the years came a lot of extra weight and here we are now. I am happy to be back and looking forward to any tips you guys can give me during my jounrey/ Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:13:58 EST trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57414782 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have been on this website before, left, and now here I am again. <BR> This time around I plan on being more active and join in the conversations and challenges, be more accountable, and working on just maintaining habits that make me feel healthy and strong. I think this focus will work better for me rather than focusing exclusively on reaching a specific weight goal. I mean I still want to lose weight, but more as something that will likely happen as a consequence of ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:12:50 EST Goals and Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57412118 Hello, everyone. A couple of years back, I lost about 90lbs with SP. Since then, I've gained some of it back and I'm determined to get back to where I was when I was losing, surpassing it and getting to my goal of being 125-150. I need to do this for me. I really do. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to get to 200 (where I was before I started gaining the weight back - 202.) After that, I will see where I am and how I'm feeling and I'd like to make another goal somewhere between 125-150. That's rig... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:34:30 EST Wow! I'm message number 10,000! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57409826 That's got to be worth something!!! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all on the boards (which I've never been a part of previously)... this is my first time totally. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> BB Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:32:02 EST Newish to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57409147 Hello, I would say this was a brief introduction, but my life is never that boring. March 15, 2014 was my start date for this site found it while browsing for a calorie counter. I am a 32 year old mom of 4. I have 3 girls and a boy. My oldest is 13, then 11, and 9 and then my miracle son who is 2. I had cervical cancer and had to have part of my cervix removed and was told I couldn't have kids anymore. Well 7 years after my last daughter was born and I get to do it all again, of course boys a... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:38:43 EST missed a post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1681x11523x57407108 day 4 walk 20 minutes <BR> day 5 walked 30 minutes Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:37:24 EST Hello! I'm new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57394263 Hi! I'm Kim. I'm new to this team! I recently turned 30 and I'm a newlywed working to be more healthy with my husband. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with SP and lost over 3 pounds in my first week. I'm feeling incredibly motivated. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to be with the team to help everyone achieve their goals! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:58:47 EST New girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11523x57387004 I've tried Sparkpeople before, but there are a lot of cool new features now. I'll be 30 in June and have lost 111 pounds before I got married in 2012. Since then, I've put 50 pounds back on and I really want to lose the weight so my hubby and I can start a family. I need lots of accountability and cheering to get to my goal. Please help me by friending me. Thanks. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:00:53 EST Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11523x57374527 Hi Everyone! I have noticed lately that I am not the only one that is having a hard time with the snacking issue. My biggest downfall is chocolate. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to handle this, or even some recipes that someone uses to get through their chocolate fixes? <BR> <BR> Lisa Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:07:44 EST