SparkPeople 40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11528 This team is for those of us in our 40's, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 40 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=11528 Stumbling Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66240648 Hi all...I am 46, Wife, Mom of 5 and veteran. I weigh 272lbs but try to not let that define who and what I am. Inside I still feel like the 20 yr old model I was in hawaii when I was in the service...but looking in the mirror there is not sight of her anymore. My husband and I have decided to work together to fix the weigh issues...I have no idea what I am doing, but that doesnt stop me from trying. I have many health issues, including being a disabled vet (back injuries) and have been strugg... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:30:04 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66233597 I will be 40 in March, so I think I belong here now <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have 80-90 pounds to lose and am looking for a lot of support. It is so hard and I know I can't do this alone. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:14 EST feeling lost, and like a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x66222224 <em>199</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:21:12 EST skype womens group to help with motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x66194522 Hi everyone I'm 44 and weigh in now at 210 me and 2 other gals are wanting to start a Skype womens exercise and healthy eating chat/live workout group id like to have meetups every day or even a couple times a day and people can join in when they want to and when their schedule allows but I would also be interested in a 1 on 1 Skype exercise buddy too so if anyone is interested in a womens Skype exercise group or having a Skype exercise buddy message me and we can keep each other on track mo... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:46:43 EST confusd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x66186561 so confused, and feeling upside down,,... I haven't really haven't been changing how I have been eating ( cause I cooks and buy like I am diabetics .. for that was how I was raised do to mother and grandmother, and now ex hubby) ... only to find out what I eat doesn't even eat 1200 cal.... ok so why is it now that I exercise it says I need to be eating close to 2000... I don't eat that much... never have... and I hate HATE bread, sugar, and my food allergies are so weird that I cant eat a lot... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 19:08:36 EST Hi Ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66143559 Good Evening everyone!!!!! My name is Jessica, I am 41a wife, mother and a mimi . I have a 25 year old step daughter, a 21 year old son and a 13 year old son. I also have the best loves of my life my 2 grandchildren ages 7 and 18 months. I am new on here, with a goal to loose about 60 pounds. I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. I have been on and off diets and exercise programs that seem to have a short term effect. I was told 2years ago that i was pre diabetic ... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:08:19 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66056928 Hi my name is david by my given name. I thought i would give this a shot no matter what I do I cant keep the weight off me. First of all im disable and what I do just cant keep up with my daily plas. Any help would be appreciated. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:09:52 EST Meet Mama P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66041120 I am excited to be joining this site. So many great opportunities for support. Looking forward to the next 30+ years of life in a healthy, joy filled, productive way. Leaving 30 years of grief, loss, illness, fear and doubt in the dust!! Thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me and being my accountability partner in this journey. May this journey ignite a positive spark. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:54 EST No Excuses Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x66022952 Hi -- <BR> <BR> I was successful in active weight loss many years ago and one of the chief reasons was because I was part of a "no excuses" support group online. We didn't allow ANYTHING to derail us and if we did, we didn't post about it because if we did, it "sparked" a slew of "oh that's okay, you'll do better tomorrow" posts which were enabling the derailed. <BR> <BR> The "rules" of the thread were pretty simple: <BR> ***Post no "downfalls", but rather what you did RIGHT to ensure you ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:44:04 EST NEW to SparkPeople - It's Karen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x66016734 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Karen. I'm 49 years old. I joined SparkPeople with the hopes of losing 50 lbs before I turn 50. It's the 50 before 50 pledge I made to myself. I ultimately would like to lose 98 lbs. I currently weigh 218. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:00:41 EST Starting again, again, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65999091 I'm starting with Sparks People again because I need people. People who understand and can offer advice and support. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:14:18 EST How did this happen again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65997052 I will be 50 this year and had twins when I was 44 with lots of health issues and I was overweight. Very motivated after gave birth and lost 40 lbs but it has crept back on and so now I just tipped into the obese level. I think I'm having a mid life crisis as I'm starting to realize my mortality and feeling a sense of urgency to get my health in tip top shape which includes losing weight. I have well controlled hypertension and my cholesterol is high now. I joined for support so I don't h... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:56:59 EST New to the team forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65973685 Hello - I am hoping to be active on this forum, and make some friends along the way (feel free to add me as a friend anytime, and I'll keep up on your progress). <BR> <BR> I am really not that concerned about my weight in terms of how much I weigh or how much I've lost. I am interested, however, in developing healthy habits/behaviors... and, then going from there. <BR> <BR> Thanks for a chance to share a little about my program, and best of luck on YOUR goals! :) Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:42:17 EST Crowding 47 and Needing to Get 60lbs Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65972885 Open minded and looking to share with others on here with similar journey! Wishing everyone a successful journey. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:20:39 EST Good morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65968727 Hello everyone, I'm new to this group but not to the world of weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have been on some type of "diet" since I was a kid &amp; only seemed to manage small losses with huge regains. <BR> <BR> In January of 2013, after much research, I had weight loss surgery known as "The Sleeve". I had a grand total of 170 pounds to lose &amp; the surgery helped me lose 100 pounds of it. I have, since then, gained back 20-25 pounds &amp; I am going to put a stop to it before it gets out... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:07:47 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65967714 Hi I am new here. I had a goal to lose at least 50 pounds last year but some health issues stalled that but did lose about 40. I am ready to do it again this year. I have changed eating habits this week and have started back walking (walking dvds until it gets warmer outside). For my health I have to do this. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:17:28 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65967274 Hi All. I am 49 with about 60lbs left to lose. I have already lost 60lbs in the last few years. I am working hard to get the rest of the weight off and get my diabetes under control. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:10:32 EST Ready to do this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65961870 New to group. 45 with 70 pounds to lose!! <em>521</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:45:46 EST Almost 42 with 110lbs to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65960087 My birthday is in one week. Ive decided to get focused again on weight loss and I decided to try a low carb one. Im dropping my carbs to 100 or less a day but Im not sure how much protein and fat I should eat to compensate. Ive noticed Im not hungry much any more and I dont have the major stomach bloat. when I do get a little craving I will just eat a few almonds and that seems to satiate me. Im actually waking up hungry which is a strange feeling to me. Weekends are harder for me as my husba... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:28:39 EST Hello, Its ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65948149 Hi there, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Vikki, I have been married for 29 years to my DH. I have 3 very grown up daughters. When I was younger I was very thin and on the go, but after having 3 children the wieght started to pack on and then I was diagnosed with Hypothyriodism. I am ready to really get back into shape and be a healthy ME again. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:14:30 EST Any other Kiwis out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65940397 Hi. Joined ages ago and never really followed any programme. Have been slowly losing weight over the years but never actually realised just how heavy I am until yesterday! (Doh!). Would love support to help me lose this weigh sensibly and safely. I'm a Kiwi, working mum of three. Love to touch base with other Kiwis out there in a similar position! Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:30:24 EST Super Excited to Join This Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65939277 I am new to this site and to this group. I am super excited to have found y'all! I am 46, live in Fayetteville, NC and have approximately 90 pounds to lose. I look forward to working towards this goal with everyone here!!! Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:21:21 EST Not sure what to put here, sorry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65936733 Hi my name is Leslie , I am 49 and weigh 201. My goal is to lose 51 pounds and then maintain. I have many health problems . I joined this site in hopes to help me learn how to eat and exercise right. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:49:07 EST 41 and not getting any younger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65927723 I am new to this site, I am determined to lose this weight. I seem to get on a roller coaster. I will do great for a while then I give up. I don't want to give up this time. I'm getting too old for that. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:55:33 EST new to 40 and lots of weight to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65915749 I just turned 40 and i have a ton of weight to lose. <BR> I am here for tips, support, advice and anything that will keep me on track. <BR> i have lots of issues with sticking with it and i would love to learn how to break them. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose for my health. i have a 3 yr old and i would love to be able to keep up with her. <BR> greetings! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:16:39 EST Ready to Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65909113 Hi everyone! <BR> I am a 43 year old female who is ready to finally make a change in her life. I yo yo dieted in my early 30s. Then I got married and had 4 children over the span on 7 years. With each child, I added more and more weight. I always made excuses that I did not have time to eat healthy or exercise. I now realize that I need to make time for myself so that I can fully enjoy my time with my family. I am looking forward to chatting with everyone and making changes together. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:03:44 EST Just Do It January Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65905389 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:09:34 EST Just Do It January Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65905365 Welcome to the Just Do It January Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and pas... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:06:00 EST Just Do It January Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65905327 Welcome to the Just Do It January Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:59:48 EST Just Do It January Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65905280 Welcome to the Just Do It January Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WO... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:50:58 EST New and ready to lose 60! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65899809 Hi All, <BR> I am new here and on a quest for a healthier me. I have at least 60 lbs to lose and I am ready to learn a new way of eating and to begin daily exercise. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to support others on this journey! <BR> Dana Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:11:21 EST January goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65898748 I am setting 4 goals for January. The first is no more than one 20oz diet pop a day. I am starting out slow on giving up pop all together. My second is drink 100 oz. Of water sports day. My 3rd goal I will eat 2 servings of freggies a day. This may seem like a small amount but it is better than my current amount which is zero on most days. Unless you count potatoes. And lastly I will exercise for 10 minutes 6 days a week. This will be above the time I'm on my feet at work. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:04:03 EST Back with motivation to win http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65893946 <em>244</em> I'm back. I started with this site in 2009 and let it go. But I gained 16 pounds in the last 9 months and need to loose more than 100. I think with the phone and going mobile might help me stick with it. I have lots to live for and want to be brave enough to do it. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:41:26 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65892798 <em>41</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:07:05 EST back to do it right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65890320 Been 8 years since I've been on here. HOping to get it right this time or at least have better success. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:56:11 EST New to Spark and Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65886625 Well, I'm 49 so I still qualify for this team lol. My hubby surprised me with a Fitbit for Christmas. I'm in need of friends and accountability. I don't have a lot of online time but in the past I've done well with a format like Spark. ' <BR> <BR> If you'd like to be Fitbit friends, please message me. I'd be thrilled with a 50lb loss but I could stand to lose 100. <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:00:28 EST Starving but in a good way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65880103 <em>4</em> My metabolism kicked on! Yay Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:12:45 EST Hello Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65872830 I'm here for support and to get tips and ideas on meeting my goals. I got a 3 month gym membership for Christmas and stocked my fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables. I hate the word diet. I am going to think of it as a health and nutrition plan. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:00:53 EST Need some success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65854070 Hi there. My name is Tammy and I am new to this forum. I have been trying to develop a healthier lifestyle for as long as I can remember without success. I usually try to go it alone. This hasn't worked, so I am reaching out and trying to find people with some of the same goals and challenges. I am hoping that by supporting others and feeling supported I will finally have some success. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:32:03 EST To Live a Long Healthy, Active Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65780325 Bottom line is I now have two beautiful new grand babies (my first) one boy and one girl. They are six weeks in age difference!! I am now on a journey to be the best grandparent I can be by becoming the healthiest and active grandparent I can be <em>521</em> <em>104</em> !! Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:27:11 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65726019 I am new here.... but not to dieting <em>46</em> Sat, 3 Dec 2016 01:58:11 EST Dashing December Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65718669 Welcome to the Dashing December Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:30:42 EST Dashing December Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65718628 Welcome to the Dashing December Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS:... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:25:17 EST Dashing December Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65718597 Welcome to the Dashing December Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORK... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:20:52 EST hello alll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65715588 New to the page. I started it before, but never really got in to it. I have a totally new mindset and I am ready to begin this journey and look forward to meeting people and sharing knowledge and encouragement. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:25:53 EST Excited To Join This Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65708383 Hello - <BR> I recently graduated from the "30 Somethings" group as I just turned 40. Looking forward to continuing my journey with all of you here in this group. <BR> See you around! Ü -Trisha Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:43:38 EST Slowly losing the weight... ever so slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65703436 When I very first joined Sparkpeople, I think I weighed close to 250 pounds. I can't remember though. My highest weight was 300+ pounds (I stopped weighing myself when I hit 301 and my pants were size 28 and not buttoning). My weight has gone up and down depending on my medications. It is so frustrating at times! But I AM losing the weight. I keep reminding myself that I have come a long way. I may be losing weight slowly (like SUPER slow) but I AM losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have epilepsy, c... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:03:15 EST restarting and looking for spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65698601 hi! I'm starting again and looking for spark friends to help keep each other motivated! add me so we can cheer each other on! Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:47:19 EST New & Looking for a Serious Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65683091 Hello all! I'm pretty new to this team and coming over to introduce myself. <BR> I'm Rosie from Northern Minnesota. <BR> <BR> I started Spark long ago, lost weight and gained weight. I'm looking to take control of things better, making time for myself now. <BR> <BR> I am looking to find a serious spark bud who is willing to check in regularly, meaning almost everyday, for at least 30 days to start. I have had buddies in the past but they have come for a bit then left spark or stopped comin... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:31:52 EST trying this again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65682224 this is my third try and hopefully this time I can stick with it. <em>40</em> <BR> I start out strong, but seem to just fade off plan and I do mean fade. <BR> I don't just quit, I slowly stop doing what's worked. I forget to track for a few days and then start again, then forget, then after awhile I don't even think about doing it. <BR> I don't think about what I'm eating for a bit, then I think about it again, then I stop, then worse of all I start rationalizing why its okay to eat... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:02:22 EST Hope I will go all the way this time.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65662363 Despite being a sparkpeople member for quite some time now, I have never been able to work on my goals with any conviction earlier. <BR> <BR> I was a sportsman all my childhood and teens, but got distracted later in life. With years of desk job, and infrequent flings with the gym, particularly weight sessions, I ended up 116 Kgs of layers of muscle and fat at age 40. <BR> <BR> Thanks God that so far nothing major has hit my health, so I think its high time I should make amends. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:19:58 EST Changing my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65653928 Hello all. <BR> I won't get into detail of all the crazy dieting I have done in the past. I am sure you all have been there, done that. I have been thin most of my life, but gained weight about 10 years or so ago when my husband left for Iraq. By day, I was a super-mom! Clean house, lots of packages sent to both my husband and fellow Marines, part of the military support group, and made sure my kids had a great life and didn't worry so much about Daddy being gone for a year. But by night, I ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:58:04 EST Hello there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65637824 I am just starting out on my 98 lb journey. Can't wait to start making some progress Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:48:45 EST Doc appt today - good BP results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x65611765 I had a BP check and a visit to have my back examined. My BP was almost perfect (120/80). He ordered some updated bloodwork and scheduled a full physical, but the doc is happy with my results and the changes I'm making. <BR> <BR> Back is your run of the mill sciatica. He gave me some anti-inflammatory meds and told me to take them for 10 full days, even if I feel OK. When I asked if I was restricted on activity, he said, "If it hurts, don't do it." <BR> <BR> Looking forward to running a... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:50:03 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65609309 Just joined this and am excited to start counting! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:31:24 EST Feeling a bit of a little of everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65609299 &amp;#128522; &amp;#128564; Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:27:04 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65607277 Hi I am new to the group. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:01:31 EST One pound at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65578322 Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I have been extremely overweight since 1999. My highest was 237 in April 2015. Keep in mind that I am only 5'2. I lost 14 pounds without trying from April 2015 to July 2016. In July I met with an endocrinologist who told me that I was pre-diabetic and advised me on making some changes before she put me on medication. I stopped drinking soda, eating cakes, cookies, chips, chocolate and candy. In September I joined a gym and started doing some card... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:41:21 EST No Excuse November Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65523354 Good morning! I've never done a monthly step challenge so here's hoping I can do this! Keep me motivated group! <BR> My Monthly Steps Goal: 25,000 <BR> <BR> 11/1- 7,091 <BR> 11/2- <BR> 11/3- <BR> 11/4- <BR> 11/5- <BR> 11/6- <BR> 11/7- <BR> Week one totals: <BR> <BR> 11/8- <BR> 11/9- <BR> 11/10- <BR> 11/11- <BR> 11/12- <BR> 11/13- <BR> 11/14- <BR> Week two totals: <BR> <BR> 11/15- <BR> 11/16- <BR> 11/17- <BR> 11/18- <BR> 11/19- <BR> 11/20- <BR> 11/21- <BR> Week three totals: <BR> <BR> 11/2... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:20:20 EST restarting yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65521191 hello... just a little bit about me.. mother of 1 (19) step mother to 12 ( 14-30) and grandmother to 11 ( soon to be here to 5 years).... kinda need to really do this cause grandkids have far to much energy for me Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:33:52 EST No Excuse November Challenge Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65517047 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:04:41 EST Recommitted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65516910 Hi, all, I joined this months ago, but fell off very quickly, between vacations and a really changing spring and summer schedule. <BR> <BR> I will still have a changing schedule this fall/winter, but I can't let that be an excuse anymore. I've got over 80 lbs to lose, and it can no longer wait for 'tomorrow'. <BR> <BR> I'm in: no more excuses. <em>381</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:49:32 EST Next two months are going to be hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65516876 I'm going to be on the road constantly. 7 cities (on 3 continents) in 7 weeks. All for work, not a vacation. <BR> <BR> That means eating crappy food in restaurants and no gym... just whatever "fitness center" the hotel happens to have. <BR> <BR> I swear it's going to be like starting all over again in January. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:48:01 EST No Excuse November Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65516487 Welcome to the No Excuse November Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy an... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:12:48 EST No Excuse November Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65516472 Welcome to the No Excuse November Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORK... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:10:45 EST No Excuse November Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65516456 Welcome to the No Excuse November Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WO... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:08:45 EST Fall down 7 times, get up 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65491679 Hi, I'm Kim and I continue to fall down. But the positive in that is that I know the value of getting up again. I'm a grad student at the end of a masters program in counseling, for marriage and family therapy - well, at least the academia aspect of it. I begin practicum in March which means that I will be serving in the capacity of a therapist for hours instead of money. I have to earn 700 of those hours between March and December. I am highly stressed and have excessive anxiety, and I think... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:23:55 EST Here I go again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65478524 I am back to doing the weight loss thing again. And back to Sparkpeople. Have had great experiences in the past, and expect this time to be no different. Weight loss so far is going slow. Plus now that I am a little older, I have a few health challenges that make exercising painful. I do what I can, but I want to do more. Taking it step by step. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:31:38 EST Something is wrong with me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65461540 Hi all, <BR> I always thought I was a very determine and motivated person but I am so wrong. I have been a member of Sparkpeople from 2012 and from then till now, I have moved from 240 to 260 and for the life of God I cannot seem to get things going. I might loose a 5lbs here, then I put it on back with some, wow, it has been a roller coaster. I am so discouraged because no body can do this for me, I have to do it myself. I have always been a small girl all my life and after giving birth to m... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:27 EST Hello from North Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65449031 I just turned the big 4-0 in July and want to get healthy. I was previously doing well on my weight loss to health journey but fell off and gained some of the dreaded pounds back. I stumbled upon this site and became motivated again to get back on track and stay on track! I love the idea of teams and online support and I look forward to getting to know my other team members! <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:17:22 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65430610 So, my recent physical with the Dr. revealed that my caffeine habit is a bit out of control. Hello, my name is Connie, and I am addicted to caffeine. Seriously, like 2 cups black coffee, 6-8 coca colas a day, plus if I work an event after my day job, add a Java Monster! This, and the fact I usually only eat lunch, never breakfast, and rarely dinner, and he went crazy ordering lab work! The good news is, my labs weren't bad. My weight isn't good, at 192, but dear Doc seems to think if I c... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:43:57 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65423394 Hey everybody! <BR> Nice to meet you guys. I'm just starting *back* with SparkPeople after a loooooooooooooog break. I recently joined WW at my work and am on week two. Their website *stinks* LOL so I decided that I needed more tools/interaction so found ya'll. <BR> <BR> I'm 42.. have if you calculate BMI 99 lbs to loose. Realistically I'd like to loose 50 lbs and celebrate and hope to loose more. 99 seems sooo overwhelming. <em>40</em> I'm also trying to help my 10 year old son who'... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:51:16 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65385640 <em>213</em> I am so excited to be here. I look forward to getting to know all of you. I need all the support I can get. I am here to offer as much support as I can. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:59:28 EST Hello from France http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65364120 Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST Taking the Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65317084 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 10/1: 0 <BR> 10/2: 57 <BR> 10/3: 30 <BR> 10/4: <BR> 10/5: <BR> 10/6: <BR> 10/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 10/8: <BR> 10/9: <BR> 10/10: <BR> 10/11: <BR> 10/12: <BR> 10/13: <BR> 10/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 10/15: <BR> 10/16: <BR> 10/17: <BR>... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:21:03 EST Rocktober Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65310471 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:30:57 EST Rocktober Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65303628 Welcome to the Rocktober Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the be... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:13:48 EST Rocktober Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65303585 Welcome to the Rocktober Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR>... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:06:19 EST Rocktober Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65303567 Welcome to the Rocktober Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <B... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:02:36 EST Hello from Apache Junction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65293378 <em>524</em> My name is Marnie. I joined Spark People a few days ago and thought I would introduce myself to this group. I've already lost about 51 lbs before joining, but would like to lose 57 more. I am 46 years old, am divorced and am an artist who works part-time in the behavioral health field. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:47:40 EST Hello from Alaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65252747 I am down 25 pounds...... It took me a year. I am still on a goal to loose at least 30 or 40 more. <BR> Any suggestions send them to me! Happy Saturday!! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:55:32 EST Would Anyone Be Interested In Being A Buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65250592 Hello everyone! New here and I am feeling really lost and a little unmotivated. I have struggled with my weight for some time now and as I get closer to the beginning of menopause I am finding it hard to lose weight and stay focused. So I would love someone to join me on this journey who may feel that accountability and motivation is what they may be lacking, then please message me . privately if you prefer, and lets try and get this weight loss journey happening. Thank you for reading an... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:30:23 EST Starting All Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65245508 Hi All, <BR> I am new to Spark. I thought I would try something new. I live in Wisconsin. I hope I can be supportive to anyone on this site and if anyone can be a motivator for me. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:22:29 EST Desert Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65241243 Hello! I am Ginny and a ping pong Sparker. This time I am more committed than ever for lots of reasons and I am ready to make some lifestyle changes not just go on a diet, lose a few pounds for a few months. <BR> <BR> I live in Phoenix AZ, I am a school librarian at a K8 public school. I have four grown daughters and I am divorced. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:30:47 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65230698 Hello, I am looking for a 1260 calorie meal plan. Need help. Thanks Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:22:05 EST New to Team ~ Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65225715 Hi! I am new-ish to my 40's and new to the team! I've been on and off SP for years but have been very committed for the past six weeks. I hope that by "re-joining" the SP community that I won't feel so alone in my journey. Love my hubby but he is a twig...as are our kids! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:32:16 EST From Wisconsin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65204318 Hello!! i just signed up with Sparkpeople today. I have about 100 to lose, and I'm a little daunted by the task. <BR> <BR> My youngest is moving out into her first home in a couple of weeks (proud mom..she's 23, not a year out of college, working full time, single and is buying her first house). <BR> <BR> It's well past time I started taking care of myself, I guess. I've done the "diet thing" before, but without true success. i did lose 50 pounds at one time, but not for the right reason... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:59:02 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65155307 Hi my name is Anne and I am new to spark. I am 46 and have insulin resistance. I joined to get my health in better shape and avoid getting diabetes. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:54:32 EST Newly 40 and needing to find that rhythm again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65136211 Hi all! Getting back in my groove, lost some weight - gained it back - need to lose it again, this time for good! <BR> <BR> Here in Florida, living with my Hubby and cat. We have a cheap gym, and I have been introduced to Fitness Blender - shortish, hard workouts. <BR> <BR> Glad to find you! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:26:19 EST Hello from Wyoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65134008 Restarting my weight loss goals again. My last groups didn't seem to be willing to do much. It's been about a year since I have done anything and it is really showing. I need to get down to my goal weight and hoping the third time is the charm, could be the 4th, I've lost track, lol. Looking for more interaction with people so I can get this weight off. and searching for weight loss tips and support. Here's to another beginning. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Trix Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:20:25 EST Keeping motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65132528 Hi everyone. I wanted to introduce myself - My name is Angie and I have been on spark people since January. I lost 40 pounds between Jan to May but fell off the wagon for the whole summer with family and vacations - and gained 6 pounds back. We are back to our school routine and I am ready to get focused on weight loss and exercise again. Soooo ....I was wondering, what do you do to keep motivated? I totally gave in to all my cravings for the last 3 months and I am at a loss on how to keep fr... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:57:28 EST Hi from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65098905 Hi <BR> I have been on Spark in the past, and is now back again. I really really want to get this weight of this time, and keep it of. I have been in a cycle of healthy weight and over weight for the last 20 years. having years of healthy weight in-between being overweight. <BR> I weight in at 216 this morning. My goal weight is 140. <BR> I am 41, married with three kids. The pregnancies definitely contributed with me gaining the weight. But my youngest is 4, and I am getting tired of the e... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:37:49 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65098641 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am glad to be part of this team. I turned 45 a couple of weeks ago and boy has weight loss been harder since I turned 40. I was at my heaviest 275 and with WW got down to 155, but I have struggled to keep it down. I am currently at 225 and really want to lose it again. I have tried every diet under the sun trying but nothing seems to stick. I even tried WW again, but it's expensive and just not working. My doctor says it's just the joy of my age, but I know I can d... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:53:45 EST First time posting on this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65090747 I joined, I think for maybe the 5th time, in July. Tracked for a week or 2, and.... <BR> ...And here I am. Going for #6 <BR> I tend to be a self-sabotager. Not sure why, but, at least now I am aware of how to focus on my end result. I have lots of "stuff" going on right now. I'm not a boo-hoo'er, just putting it out there. <BR> I'm almost 47, great husband, 2 great sons, fabulous lil shih-Tzu, and own my own hair salon. I want to lose 50ish pounds and lose my bad back in the process. <BR>... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:25:14 EST September challenge chat thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x65089563 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:34:33 EST Superstar September Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65089546 Welcome to the Superstar September Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and pa... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:31:51 EST Superstar September Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65089524 Welcome to the Superstar September Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:29:19 EST Superstar September Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x65089498 Welcome to the Superstar September Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:25:43 EST Reintrodcuing myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65077375 I joined this group earlier this year but have yet again...."fallen off the wagon" for most of the summer, adding back pounds that had been lost last year. I feel like the biggest failure....but I have decided that the only one who can do what I know needs to be done is me! I had lost 59 lbs in 2015 and felt amazing....I have gained 43 lbs back :-( <BR> <BR> I have started tracking again and am going to start with a weekly behavioural goal to assist with keeping me on track. I also joined... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:20:25 EST Been tracking for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65075551 Hi Everyone! I have started back a week ago and lost 3 pounds with about 80 more pounds to go. I have done this before but have never joined any of the teams and thought I want this time to be different. Thanks for the support! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:33:43 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65039140 Hi all - I'm looking forward to being supportive and supported as we all get healthier before the big 5-0! :) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:47:17 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65032472 Hi all. I am a 40-something nurse in Florida, just starting my weight loss journey. Again. This time, I'm starting 20+ pounds heavier than I ever have before, and I have a lot of work ahead of me! I'm looking forward to getting to know some new peeps while giving, and getting, support as I work on my health. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:54:51 EST Hi All, I have 60lbs to lose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x65011290 Just wanted to say hello to the team. Losing weight has always been a private thing for me, with not much success. I'm hoping that by putting myself "out there" and letting others support me, I'll finally reach my goal. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:17:51 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64998336 Doing a restart on my health and fitness. More commited to it. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:06:04 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64932293 Hi all! Brand new to Spark. I'm a single mom of a 3 year old. I lost a bunch of weight right after I had her, but lately I just see the scale going up and up. Hoping to get more motivation and support on here! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:30:34 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64924014 I started SparkPeople many years ago but didn't really keep at it. I recently had some success with Weight Watchers but can't really get to the meetings. When I compared online tools with SP, I was really impressed with how much more SP seems to offer. They surpass WW's mobile app by far. So, rather than pay for WW just for their online tools, I am going to start using SP again. When my cash flow improves, I'd love to check out SP premium. It would still be a bargain for everything offered he... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 18:48:23 EST brand new on spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64923126 Hello everyone, I have been obese for most of my life, all of my adult life thus far and three quarters of my teenage life. I am 43 years old and I joined weight watchers program on June 7th and I have lost 21 pounds. My weight loss journey seems like a roller coaster I have some weeks where I lose weight and then I have weeks where I don't. Sometimes I feel like I miss out on the good food that is advertised on tv like pizzas and ice cream and I crave them. But I know they are not healthy fo... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:10:42 EST Hi everyone. 70 lbs to lose. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64919744 Just wanted to say hi to everyone out there. Hope to make some friends here on the same goal. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 00:10:22 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64916906 I'm a 45 year old woman who has yo yo dieted for 20 years. I know i'm going to be in good hands on Spark People. <BR> My goals are to lose weight slow and steady. As a cook, I need to make lasting changes to my nutritional needs. <BR> I have set a goal for myself and would like input on how to stay the course. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:25:19 EST Hello from London - 70lbs to lose!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64900830 Hi everyone, I'm Vicky - fat and very unfit at 46! I've always had a bit of a problem with my weight, but now I'm at the stage where I've had enough and want to do something about it. I'm about to join a gym with the intention of doing strength and resistance training along with a couple of classes a week such as aqua aerobics and zumba. Trouble is, I have difficulty sticking with anything! I look forward to chatting with you all and sharing our experiences xx Thu, 4 Aug 2016 05:23:17 EST Mileage Challenge, I'm in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64889105 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1000 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 8/1: 30 <BR> 8/2: <BR> 8/3: <BR> 8/4: <BR> 8/5: <BR> 8/6: <BR> 8/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 8/8: <BR> 8/9: <BR> 8/10: <BR> 8/11: <BR> 8/12: <BR> 8/13: <BR> 8/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 8/15: <BR> 8/16: <BR> 8/17: <BR> 8/18: <BR> 8/... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:59:07 EST Adventurous August Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64885522 Welcome to the Adventurous August Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and pas... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:56:07 EST Adventurous August Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64885493 Welcome to the Adventurous August Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:52:33 EST Adventurous August Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64885468 Welcome to the Adventurous August Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WO... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:48:06 EST Hello from California! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64883097 Hello, <BR> My name is Julie. I'm 40 something, newly (re)married in May. I have 2 grown kids and 5 grown step-kids. I gained an exorbitant amount of weight over the last 4 years and it's time to GET IT OFF! Feel free to contact me if you would like to help each other in our weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Julie Mon, 1 Aug 2016 14:47:42 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64881979 <em>334</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 12:03:09 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64881966 Hello! I'm Nikki just turning 40 and I need to lose to get my health on check. I have a 5 year and a 1.5 year old. Plus I want to look good in my 40s and I'm looking for support. <em>524</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:59:53 EST brand newto spark people...my intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64864879 I joined spark people because I needed that extra push, that motivation that i am not getting from weight watchers. I joined weight watchers June 7 of this year (2016) and I have lost almost 20 pounds through that program but I have sooo much weight to lose, I needed that extra something, and I believe spark people can do this for me. I read up on spark people and the reviews were very helpful on my decision to join. So I joined this evening and I am very happy I did. I am pre diabetic so I... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:00:28 EST 40 and new baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64848018 Hi! I'm Melissa. I turned 40 and had a surprise baby boy 2 weeks later. He's now 9 weeks old and sweet as can be. I also have a 13 y/o son and 9 y/o daughter. Life is busy! I weigh the most I've ever weighed in my life. I want to get back to feeling healthier and energetic. I'm new to Spark and am hoping it will be motivating. Looking forward to feeling great and looking good! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:54:52 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64847042 Hi, I'm 46 and having lost 20+ pounds in the last two months, I'm wanting to loose an additional 60. Hopefully not to ambitious. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:34:51 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64809552 I just joined this team. Looking to make new friends and find a buddy or two to help me stay on track :D Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:20:36 EST Taking my health back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64795723 Hi all. I am 42/f mother of 5. My youngest are twins who will be 3yo this weekend. I was on bedrest during my pregnancy and gained 80 lbs and lost a lot of fitness. After they arrived my whole life has revolved around them and I have made no time for myself. I have struggled to lose (and keep off) my pregnancy weight until I have actually gained almost all of my pregnancy weight back and I have no babies in me. I got on the scale and I was 102.9 kilos. So in my head I was thinking thats not ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:41:32 EST Hey Y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64789562 So the last time I logged into SparkPeople, I was in the 30-somethings page. Apparently I've now been accelerated to the more appropriate 40-somethings page! I've yo-yo'd back &amp; forth, but it seems that in my 40s, I have a bit more of a sense of urgency (and I just feel bleah!), so I'm recommitting to eating healthy and working out regularly. My husband is on board, so this will be a lifestyle change for both of us! I love zumba and riding my bike, but my real challenge is food - I love... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:29:35 EST Newbie 44yrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64762958 Happy to be in my 40's and part of Sparkpeoples team 40 something. I am looking for friends and encouragement. I am Honest, Open Minded and have Willingness to do what is infront of me to get Healthy once again. If your interested in my journey message me and we can chat. Joined a couple of goals. Thanx for the Support. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:23:59 EST Push or relax? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x64759742 Sorry I accidentally double posted. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:32:33 EST When to push on, and when to say enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x64759597 A big obstacle of mine is starting out great, and then slipping off track, as I am sure many of us do. Well I am back here for my third time and really want to stay motivated and moving forward, even if that forward motion has some bends in it. <BR> <BR> Right now I am looking for some opinions. I am in my third day being back. I am trying to make small changes so that I have a better chance of moving forward steadily. This week my goal is to wake up every morning and do a few stretching... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:08:39 EST Unable to figure out how to log in my workout... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64757871 ...I did look. I just cant figure out which would be closest to what I did. Since the exact DVD I did is not on SP. I did Debra Mazda's Cardio Toning with Weights for the beginner for 30 min. <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have done exercise for that long and I REALLY would like to log it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thank for the help. <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:49:20 EST 42 Years old and 65 lbs overweight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64752773 I am a mother of 3 and MiMi to 2 and 1 on the way. I quit smoking 5 years ago today, and have decided today I will start my weightloss journey. I am hoping to make small changes to my routine and turn those items into habits. They say it takes 2 weeks to form a habit, so here goes the start of my 2 weeks. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Glad to be here! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:30:50 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64749156 Hi, Today is my first day. Hoping this is the start of something great! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:28:33 EST Ready to Step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64745315 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in steps): 200,000 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 7/1: (days during vacation, before joining challenge that I did wear my fitbit) <BR> 7/2: 8,235 <BR> 7/3: 10,276 <BR> 7/4: 12,412 <BR> 7/5: <BR> 7/6: <BR> 7/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 7/8: <BR> 7/9: <BR> 7/10: <BR> 7/11: (Officially joined the challenge) <BR> 7/12: <BR> 7/13: <BR> 7/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:37:31 EST My health depends on this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x64735037 <em>521</em> I am 47 and have far too many health issues for my age. Diabetes, Arthritis, High Colesterol, Obesity just to name a few. I am currently undergoing testing for a digestive disorder. It is time for me to make changes and better choices if I want to live happy and not connected to a bathroom. Day 1 starts now. Goals for today: 1. Drink my water 2. Go for a walk around the block (have to start somewhere). 3. Eat dinner by 6pm. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:20:21 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64731579 Hi! I am a wife and mother of two. I have over 100 lbs to lose and ready to start the journey. I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. New beginnings! Nervous because I have never done this before. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:52:54 EST 40 something newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64722822 Hi all, I'm new to sparkpeople. Enjoying it so far but am having problems keeping my fat &amp; carbs intake low &amp; upping my intake of protein, I'll get there though. Good to meet you all! Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:07:42 EST Back for more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64719643 I've been an inactive member for a while now. Stopping by to say hello. Mom of 4 boys who need a more active role model of a mom. I work as an elementary school secretary and I want to use my summer time off to create some good habits. <BR> <BR> Looking for any help, suggestions &amp; encouragement. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Kelley Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:04:10 EST Hi y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64700875 <em>213</em> I am a married mother of one. I have always had weight issues. The most recent being that I had gallbladder surgery a year ago and have packed on even more! It is now more noticeable to ME. I am more uncomfortable than I have ever been. <BR> <BR> My biggest issue is the dreaded exercising! Yep. Hate it. So I've decided to take small steps with it and try to slay the beast! I did my first Spark exercise video this morning and it wasn't to bad! <em>246</em> It was very shor... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:22:01 EST July step challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64698655 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in steps): 250000 <BR> <BR> WEE <BR> 7/5: <BR> 7/6: <BR> 7/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~ <BR> *.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 7/8: <BR> 7/9: <BR> 7/10: <BR> 7/11: <BR> 7/12: <BR> 7/13: <BR> 7/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~ <BR> *.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 7/15: <BR> 7/16: <BR> 7/17: <BR> 7/18: <BR> 7/19: <BR> 7/20: <BR> 7/21: <BR> <BR> WEEK T... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 05:30:24 EST July step challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64698645 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in steps): 250,000 <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 6/1: <BR> 6/2: <BR> 6/3: <BR> 6/4: <BR> 6/5: <BR> 6/6: <BR> 6/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~ <BR> *.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 6/8: <BR> 6/9: <BR> 6/10: <BR> 6/11: <BR> 6/12: <BR> 6/13: <BR> 6/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~ <BR> *.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 6/15: <BR> 6/16: <BR> 6/17: <BR> 6/18: <B... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 05:23:39 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64685283 Hi everyone <BR> My name is pam <BR> I have not got a job, I suffer from depression and sciatica and I cannot motivate self to do exercise I do eat good but it's just the exercising what cannot make me move to do it <BR> I am upset about the weight I have put on Sun, 3 Jul 2016 06:45:22 EST Jumping July Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64672485 Welcome to the Jumping July Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and past... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:54:21 EST Jumping July Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64672456 Welcome to the Jumping July Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:51:40 EST Jumping July Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64672397 Welcome to the Jumping July Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:45:27 EST Jumping July Challenge Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64672318 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:36:45 EST Golden Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64664578 I have come across several articles talking about Turmeric and all the benefits. Golden Milk is a recipe with Almond Milk and several spices including Tumeric. <BR> <BR> I decided I have nothing to lose, so I made some last night. It wasn't too bad at all. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried this? Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Below is the link if you want to read about it. <BR> <BR> <link>happyhealthymama.com/2015/11/golden-<BR>milk-turmeric-tea-recipe.html#_a5y_p=4<BR>558814 </link> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:31:25 EST New to the TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64659552 Good Afternoon <BR> I am not new to spark but new to this team. I have tried to do this on my own and well...not working out so well. I am married, mother of 5, and Nana to 4 and 1 due in October. <BR> <BR> I stay at home and take care of the grands while the parents are at work. <BR> <BR> I gained 40 lbs when I quit smoking almost 3 years ago and another 40 last year when I lost my job. Staying at home is not really good for my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a team that is act... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:59:25 EST Okay, Let's DO this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64659091 I'm here on a mission. I'm a 43 (about to be 44) year old lady that will be starting the TTC process. I just married my soul mate a year ago. I need my body in tip top shape and I've done this before. I need support, encouragement and reassurance that I can get this done. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:28:21 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64643391 I turn 49 in a month so maybe my goal can be to lose my weight before I am too old for this group next year! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:46:36 EST new memberHI EVERYONE. MY NAME IS LESLIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64626552 HELLO EVERYONE. MY NAME IS LESLIE. I'M 44 YEARS OLD AND WANT TO LOSE ABOUT 50 POUNDS. IT SOUNDS LIKE A UNOBTAINABLE NUMBER RIGHT NOW, BUT I'M HOPING WITH THE SUPPORT OF ALL OF YOU HERE ON SPARKPEOPLE.COM, I WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT. I HAVE LUPUS AND TAKE ALOT OF MEDICATION, THAT MIGHT MAKE IT A LITTLE HARDER. BUT I'M JUST GONNA HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER TO REACH MY WEIGHT LOSS GOAL. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:30:15 EST HELLO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64602821 Hi all! Just joining in for the first time! I am ready to conquer this! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:58:56 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64596607 Hi everyone! I'm Delois. I will be 45 in August and need to lose about 50 pounds. My goal is to make some lifestyle changes--starting small. I have tried Sparkpeople before but didn't stick with it, I think, because I tried to change too much too fast without really having the motivation. I have the motivation now though! I will be getting married next summer!! <em>337</em> I want to be in better shape and health to be able to enjoy life. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:14:03 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64574637 Hi, my name is Angela and I am 46 years old. My gosh I can't believe I am that old. In my head I am much younger (like 12) :D. I have about 60 pounds to lose. I had lost 80 pounds doing low carb and exercising like a fiend but then in the last four years I have put 60 back on. I had a medical issue three years ago and that is when I put on 30 pounds, and then the weight started creeping from there after I stopped playing all my sports. Now I am in the game and focused on getting back to a... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:26:20 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64564816 I am just starting to get back on track. Staying motivated tends to be my problem. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:33:38 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64548136 I am returning to SparkPeople after quite a long hiatus ... I first joined in 2010 and was extremely successful, losing approximately 50 lbs - it was the most successful diet ever. <BR> <BR> In the past few years a lot has happened in my life and I've gained back I came back in February 2015 (new login, etc.) but just was not in the place I needed to be to be able to focus as I was changing jobs and leaving a place I had worked for 16 years! <BR> <BR> Now, it's more than a yea... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:19:44 EST This is it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64534940 I'm just joining this group, not entirely new to Spark, but really trying to use it to the fullest to keep my momentum going and remain serious and on track with loosing weight. I have hit 200 pounds at my heaviest two years ago (not so great on a 5'3" frame), and have been a habitual "yo-yo" dieter over the past 12 years (since having baby #1). It has been challenging to get my weight down and keep it off. I'm a wife, mother of three (ages 12, 10, &amp; 7), and a teacher. I am hoping to ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:23:50 EST Dreary Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64534708 Good morning everyone. My name is Kim and I am new to this team. I was on Spark some time back and had very good success and lost 50 pounds. Well life got in the way and lets face it...I love food, especially Mexican, which is not always the best for you. I gained 30 back but want to take it off. I live here in the great Pacific Northwest, just south of Seattle. My husband is going to be my stumbling block, as he loves me to cook for him and I do, then just eat whatever he eats. I wa... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:31:20 EST NEWBIE FROM SOUTH AFRICA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64527788 Hi there <BR> Name is Bronwyn, and I am from South AFrica. <BR> I struggle alot with my weight. It is as if I am riding a seesaw. Up the down etc <BR> I need help and support on my journey. <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:48:01 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64521592 Hello.. my name is Holly and I have been a member here on SparkPeople... well, it seems like forever. I lost 85 pounds in my first rodeo here, and yep, gained it all back, within a 10 year period. I've played around on here a little since then, not really committing to anything, because of frustration, disappointment and shame. <BR> <BR> I'm now trying to get back into it... maybe not to lose weight, but to just be overall healthy again... I realize I'm in my 40's now, and things aren't go... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:14:51 EST *SMACK* back to reality..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64513669 od morning everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been using SP for a couple years. I was always skinny with curves until I hit 30. After that I consistently gained 5 pounds a year no matter what I did. Now at age 45, I've spent the last 5 years losing and gaining the same 20 pounds. I've tried every (and I mean every) diet. I've tried vitamins, I've tried diet pills, starving myself, fad diets, weight watchers, workout programs at home, eating 8 small meals a day, eating only protein and veggies, sh... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:15:04 EST New and in need of support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64510321 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight since my teens and I have never been very good at getting much of it off. I'm now finding it harder than ever to even lose a pound. I have been doing low carb for 2 weeks and am actually up 2lbs. I'm so discouraged. I'm also discouraged at myself for never sticking to what I say I'm going to/need to do for longer than a handful of days before I fall off and then start over a couple of days later. This vicious circle has to stop. <BR> <BR> Ho... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 20:39:27 EST Does anyone remember Callanetics? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64510007 I've picked up some DVDs, I still love this exercise series. It's dance-based muscle strengthening and toning. <BR> <BR> How do you think I should classify it for exercise? Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:24:35 EST Im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64503044 Hello, I am 45 and will turn 46 in September. I have never in my life wanted to loose weight like I do now. I am not happy at all. Not just with my weight but with alot of things in life. I know I have the key to that. I deserve to be happy. And my weight plays a big part in it. I will do this. I will loose the weight. I just have to start somewhere. I dont have alot of money to spend on this diet. So I hope it works. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 19:00:11 EST Returning after a 5 month absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64496108 Hello there. I've been away and doing... nothing much. I've re-started my exercise program, committed to going to the gym more often. I'm currently sitting at 210lbs and would like to get down to about 150. I don't plan on doing this overnight, but I do plan on doing it! <BR> <BR> So, hello again, and I hope to return with more frequency. <BR> Amethyst Sun, 5 Jun 2016 20:52:46 EST Never Giving Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64488752 Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64476221 <em>4</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 21:55:36 EST Back on the Wagon.... AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64474566 I have been using spark people for a few years on and off. When I was a stay at home mom I saw great results, as I was able to log on every day and be accountable. When I returned to work I found I was lacking in time to log my food, check in with my spark teams and unable to complete challenges. Which eventually led to not logging on at all for months at a time. After what feels like 5000 attempts to get this right, I am back! <BR> <BR> Today is my 40th Birthday and it made me realize I ne... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 17:06:16 EST New from MA too :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64455119 Just a quick good morning from up north. I'd love to join a group to be accountable with yet a group with similar goals. I am you - I am down 20 lbs. back up 24 lbs...lose 10 gain 7... doing great for 4 weeks - derailed one afternoon and quit. <BR> <BR> I am a habitual quitter. Which was a good thing when I quit smoking 6 years ago. My lungs thank me every day - but I put on an immediate 50 lbs. and in 6 years have lost nothing. Last summer I lost 20 lbs. low carbbing - then roll in - T... Tue, 31 May 2016 07:44:11 EST Just Do It June Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64452509 Welcome to the Just Do It June Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and p... Mon, 30 May 2016 20:41:11 EST Just Do It June Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64452497 Welcome to the Just Do It June Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: ... Mon, 30 May 2016 20:38:18 EST Just Do It June Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64452474 Welcome to the Just Do It June Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS... Mon, 30 May 2016 20:34:47 EST Starting over in Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64433483 Hello all I am a stay at home mom of 2. I was on SP a few years ago and went for almost 300 to 180. fast forward 7 years later and I am starting again. I got back up to 240 it's been a week and I have lost 4 lbs already. Can't wait to see where this journey takes me this time. Fri, 27 May 2016 18:36:39 EST Hello from Sunny FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64407325 Hello! <BR> My name is Tammy. I live in sunny Florida. I have about 60 to 70 lbs. to lose. I'm excited to be here. :) Mon, 23 May 2016 22:33:16 EST Taking this journey again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64392440 Hi! I am a mom, grandma and nurse. I had joined Spark People about 10 years ago and lost 50 pounds. Life got busy and I didn't have time to worry about me. Now that my youngest one is on his own I need to concentrate on those 50 pounds that I gained back~~he brought friends with this time and they need to go to!!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 18:26:47 EST Hello There Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64385620 My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:47 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64384129 Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:12 EST Hello from Huntington Beach, California! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64371134 Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Just started my journey on Spark People for the very first time! This website has so much information it can be overwhelming! Navigating my way through little by little... <BR> <BR> I'm Barb and I've been married to my hubby, Jeff for over 24 years. My goal is to lose 60 pounds - of course I'll take more if the pounds want to melt off me, but I'll be happy with 60. :) <BR> <BR> By the way, I'll be 50 in December. Hope the site doesn't automatically kick me out of ... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:19:07 EST Trying to get a handle on this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64311793 Good morning! I've been trying to get my weight under control. Been a life long problem but I was off work for almost a year so I gained about 40 lbs and many bad habits. I miss the days when I could diet for a week or two and lose. I suppose that's why I need to learn a new way to eat and diet. Tue, 10 May 2016 06:25:22 EST MAY MONTHLY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64308202 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 360 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 5/1: <BR> 5/2: 48 <BR> 5/3: 57 <BR> 5/4: 15 <BR> 5/5: <BR> 5/6: <BR> 5/7: 10 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: 130 <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 5/8: 59 <BR> 5/9: 40 <BR> 5/10: 12 <BR> 5/11: <BR> 5/12: <BR> 5/13: <BR> 5/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 5/15: <BR> 5/16: <BR> 5/17: <BR> 5... Mon, 9 May 2016 16:44:02 EST Starting back on my journey to better health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64305811 Hi everyone! I am just getting started back usingSparkpeople after a 6 year absence. I so wish I hadn't gotten out of the habit of daily log in to help with food and exercise tracking. But enough of looking back....it's all about living in the moment and new beginnings! I am looking to lose 90 lbs in the next 10 1/2 months and really think I can do it with the SP community's help and these great tracker/tools they have provided for us! Hope everyone has a happy, healthy day! <img src="... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:07:04 EST Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64305476 I am currently unemployed, so I figured it would be a good idea to see how long it takes me to go through a morning routine with a workout. My findings: 2.5 hours. When I am working, I work an 8-5 job and I don't see how a morning workout is really feasible. I would have to get up at 4:30AM in order to have a morning workout session. Worse, that would mean being in bed by 8:30PM in order to get in 8 hours of sleep. I don't see how I can possibly go to bed that early. <BR> <BR> I'd like to... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:26:40 EST New to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64301700 Hi everyone, I am just starting on my weight lose journey. I have set a weight lose target of 70lbs so it may not be easy, and I may be looking for support from you all. Sun, 8 May 2016 18:36:06 EST Third time's the charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64294638 So this is my third attempt to live a healthier lifestyle using SparkPeople. When I use it, it really helps, but then I tend to stop using it and fall back into old habits. <BR> <BR> I'm starting at 250 pounds and want to lose 50 pounds by the end of October. Other goals include reducing my triglyceride levels and glucose levels. I have type 2 diabetes and my A1C is currently at 8.6. Sat, 7 May 2016 15:38:43 EST Day 1 of starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64278049 from 07/2015 - 12/2015 I lost 27lbs, needless to say I gained those lbs back after the holidays and never looked back. Now I have to start all over, imagine how much I would've been down by now if I had stuck with it. No point in crying over it, my new weight loss goals start today! Wish me luck! Thu, 5 May 2016 08:41:11 EST May 2016 Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64260027 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in miles): 50 <BR> WEEK ONE GOAL 12.5 <BR> <BR> 5/1: <BR> 5/2: <BR> 5/3: <BR> 5/4: <BR> 5/5: <BR> 5/6: <BR> 5/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO GOAL 12.5 <BR> <BR> 5/8: <BR> 5/9: <BR> 5/10: <BR> 5/11: <BR> 5/12: <BR> 5/13: <BR> 5/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE GOAL 12.5 <BR> <BR> 5/15: <BR> 5/16: <BR> 5/17: <BR> ... Mon, 2 May 2016 21:26:33 EST Sabotaging my weeks efforts on the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64256607 I am struggling with my weekends. I get in my exercise and my daily caloric goals, but once the weekend comes I seem to have no will power. So all my efforts during the week means nothing because when i weigh in on Mondays, I have gained weight!!! <BR> Can going overboard on weekend actually cause weight gain in two days of over eating and not exercising? I am feeling so disappointed in depressed right now! <em>198</em> Mon, 2 May 2016 11:16:22 EST Magnificent May Challenge Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64256114 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Mon, 2 May 2016 10:31:16 EST Ready to do something but no motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64253667 I'm ready to do something to lose weight but I have no motivation to exercise due to pain. I'm thinking of starting with eating well and portion control. Any advice will go a long way to get me started again and keep me going. Mon, 2 May 2016 04:09:31 EST Ready to get started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64252727 I've been here off and on reading posts. I'm anxious to get started. Not sure where to go first, but sure could use a buddy or 2 to keep me accountable. Sun, 1 May 2016 22:46:30 EST Is it truly harder to lose weigh after 40? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64248980 That is what I have heard.... I would love everyone's feed back on this. What you've experienced, any problems you've run into, how you got out of those or fixed them. I need to do it right and keep it off this time. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:49:39 EST Magnificent May Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64247667 Welcome to the Magnificent May Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR>... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:50:59 EST Magnificent May Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64247545 Welcome to the Magnificent May Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:36:31 EST Magnificent May Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64247481 Welcome to the Magnificent May Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:27:53 EST About to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64209558 Hello. New to the group. Feeling lonely &amp; depressed about my weight. Been over weight all my life &amp; I'm just sick of it. The more I try the more I fail. My husband loves me for who I am &amp; he doesn't judge me but I feel guilty because I'm much heavier then when we met. I just feel like right now I need people to talk to who know what I'm going through &amp; how it feels. <em>39</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:49:35 EST Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64199292 Hi, everyone! <BR> I feel as though I've been trying to lose weight forever. I've done it a few times. My current challenges are working full time, being the default parent (and all the volunteer positions that puts on me), trying to become a published writer, and running a small home-based business. That's enough for 2-3 lifetimes! <BR> <BR> My focus the past few years has been on meal planning. I was subscribed to the Fresh 20 for a while, which I enjoyed, but it was also a little too m... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:52:27 EST Here I Go Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64154244 Hi all! My name is Tammy. I'm a 41 year old mother of two (ages 20 and 17) and step-mother (??? not married, and not "officially" engaged yet...LOL) of two more (ages 8 and 12). I keep putting myself and my life on the back burner to help everyone else, and I feel it's time I work on *me* before I fall apart more than I already have! <BR> <BR> I used SP from 2007-2008 and had lost 35 pounds before I fell off the wagon and had some MAJOR life changes. I keep trying to get back to it, but hav... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:59:36 EST My goal for April is 900 minutes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64151245 April <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 47 <BR> 6 47 <BR> 7 56 <BR> <BR> Week 1: 150 <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 10 <BR> 9 <BR> 10 8 <BR> 11 48 <BR> 12 15 <BR> 13 41 <BR> 14 46 <BR> <BR> Total week 2: 168 <BR> <BR> 15 30 <BR> 16 30 <BR> 17 90 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> <BR> 22 <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <BR> 28 <BR> <BR> 29 <BR> 30 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:12:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64147978 My name is Jennifer, I am a high school teacher, mother of seven kids (three in college) and my youngest was diagnosed with autism this past May. My life has gone into a bit of a tailspin and my weight has definitely gotten out of control. I am moving across the country in May back to my home state and plan to go down to part-time work as an attorney. I have been coming to Spark consistantly for about two weeks now and feel ready to join a group. I stopped in several years ago and didn't r... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:37:40 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64143939 I am starting my weight loss journey. Looking forward to see where it takes me. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:17:38 EST So, this chick logs on to a website and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64143505 Here I am! Ta-Daaaa!!! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! My name is Carrie. I'm a mom to five, an avid concert goer, a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.... I work from home, so that means I am sitting at a desk at least half of my day, and over the last few years I've been slowly but surely ballooning up to an obscene amount and becoming less than strong and healthy. <BR> <BR> Although my weight protects me in a mosh pit, it doesn't feel good at the beach. Know what I mean? <B... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:12:53 EST Hello.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64102356 I came back after who knows how long with 50# to lose. My goal is to increase my physical activity, run a 5K, drink more water and eat more veggies. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:52:02 EST Just like that!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64092768 Hi everyone! My name is Shawn.I will try and post photos soon and update this profile from the first time I became "curious" in 2011 or 2012, I believe? Well, now I'm "serious" and no longer just curious. Good Planning &amp; Motivation to everyone!!! If you want to go and work out for "free" at Planet Fitness in Oceanside, let me know, And, "Just like that" we will. :) :) Sun, 10 Apr 2016 03:37:32 EST April challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64083031 Hi, I am new here. I will be trying for 100,000 steps this month <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 17:04:35 EST Hello, new to the team but not sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64074475 Hi everyone my name is Christy. I have been on and off sparks for years. In 2011 I lost 38 pounds and got knocked off track and gained it all back well here I am 5 years later and still at square 1. I am looking to lose this weight once and for all. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all better, hope everyone is having a great day !! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 13:06:12 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64074265 Today I'm at 192, getting there little by little Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:25:00 EST Feeling down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64061603 Hi, <BR> I am feeling down. I have battled weight most of my life and I am morbidly obese with many health problems and I may lose my job because of it. I know I need to do this but I am lacking what I need to get started. no mojo. If feeling terrible everyday and nearly losing your job doesnt give you mojo then what can? <BR> Thanks for listening. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:33:53 EST Amazing April Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x64040283 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minutes ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:05:13 EST Amazing April Fitness Mileage Challege http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64040259 Welcome to the Amazing April Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:02:38 EST Amazing April Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64040172 Welcome to the Amazing April Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste th... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:54:51 EST Amazing April Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x64039973 Welcome to the Amazing April Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR>... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:41:40 EST hello sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64026874 my name's julieann. i'm 44 yo, and much heavier than i should be. it started at about 30 yo and has just slowly but consistently crept up regardless of eating fairly well and being active. i have several health issues not related to obesity, and some of the medications that i'm on kill my appetite and slow my metabolism. i decided that something ***had*** to change, or i might not be here for my miracle baby, 3.5 yo "tumblebug." with that in mind, i went to a nutritionist for the first t... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:37:46 EST New to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64020415 I am a 43 year old women and I weigh about 355. I am very obese. I want to create a healthy lifestyle. It's kind of hard when I have arthritis in my knees and feet. But I have the attitude where I can change my life around. <BR> <BR> I also have sleep apnea, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, acid reflux, depression, migraines, over active bladder and seasonal allergies. <BR> <BR> My very fist objective is to start a food and exercise journal as well as logging it in... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:57:45 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x64001368 Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a week ago but am just starting the social side of things today. I am 47 and am wanting to lose 54 pounds. I am using a fitbit to help me stay motivated with exercise and am tracking what I eat. Baby steps... but each step is one step closer to my goal. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:38:49 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63972932 Hi all! <BR> <BR> This is my second time around with SparkPeople. A number of years ago I had some success (38 lbs) with it. But then life happened, I had to deal with health issues of one of my daughters which caused alot of stress and anxiety. Needless to say, I stopped taking care of myself and ended up gaining all of the weight back and then some. <BR> <BR> This time as I approach being an empty nester with my baby's high school graduation looming. I've decided it's time to take care o... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:08:48 EST 45 with 60 to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63957641 Hey all, <BR> I've been on SP on and off for a long time. Married to a retired Army Sgt, have three kids, work full time, our oldest is graduating this year. <BR> <BR> I started on IdealShake a little over a week ago and so far have lost almost 3 pounds. I have been doing morning workouts for a week and half as well (woo hoo) and so glad I am back into that, makes for a much better day. I also try to get AT LEAST 10,000 steps a day. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:33:34 EST Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x63957494 I started this journey about 10 days ago. I find myself jumping on the scale way to much. How often do you check your weight? <BR> <BR> From Monday through Sunday I lost 7 lbs. Then after a rough Sunday and Monday, gained 3 back. So I started jumping on the scale more, for some stupid reason. I have now lost 2 of those 3 and am sitting at 6 lbs down from start. <BR> <BR> I want to only weigh in on Friday mornings. <BR> <BR> What do you do to keep yourself from jumping on the scale... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:12:48 EST 42 with 66lbs to lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63927057 Hello. I have played the up and down weight game for years. The weight has crept back up and I'm finding it more and more difficult to lose weight and live my every day life. I work at an elementary school every day. I take my lunch. I walk quite a bit at school. My mom was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last year and she has high blood pressure. I don't want to wait until I get to that point. I have to do this now. With losing 2lbs/wk I should reach my goal weight by November 7, 2016. I... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:57:30 EST Hi everyone :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63914451 My name is Cyndi, I'm 47, married with two kids (daughter, 24 and son, 15). I'm a homemaker and home school my son. We also own a business that I do the bookkeeping for. For fun I do Disney (as much as I can since I live 90mins away), go to the beach, do photography, zumba, walking and love the outdoors and animals. I have 4 dogs, 1 cat and a rabbit (who started as a foster). <BR> I've been back on Sparkpeople (not sure how many previous times I was here) since June/July (can't remember) of 2... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:22:05 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63908353 Hello everyone. Never introduced myself to the group. Here goes, I'm Stynette, married for almost 16 years, mother of 5 daughters and grandmother of 3 grand kids and I work full time. I decided to make a lifestyle change 3 years ago and so far so good. I'm going back to my basics so that I can reach my weight goal by the end of the year. I'm off to a great start and hopefully I will continue to stay on the right path. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:57:15 EST Re-Re-User http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63885290 I came back to SP about a month ago... <BR> This is my third time round - after a very successful 150lb weight loss around eight years ago, I have since DOUBLED my weight in the intervening years, and really gave up on myself. <BR> A few times I have 'popped-in' to 'Spark' - but have always let excuses and circumstances dictate my failures. <BR> This time round, it's harder than ever - I'm 47 years old now, with so many debilitating health conditions, that I' surprised I'm still in one piec... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:43:22 EST The Courage to Start...Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63864251 I'm back at it... after successfully losing 50 pounds 5 years ago with Spark People I let life get in the way &amp; found all my bad habits and lost pounds again. Time to do this and make it last. No MORE EXCUSES!!! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:47:07 EST Returning member... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63858912 Hi! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I joined a Weight Watchers group at my job. We are all enrolling online individually, and we are going to meet unofficially at work each week to encourage each other. I have to do something, as I have never weighed this much before. I stepped on the scale this morning, for the first time in over a year, and was shocked to see 225 lbs on the scale. But today is day1, so it should only get better from here! <BR> <BR> Today I also decided to rejoin Sparkpeople, as I... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:13:28 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63855499 Good Morning everyone! Started my weightloss journey back at the end of September 2015 and have lost 22 pounds so far. Decided to join SparkPeople and get myself motivated some more! <BR> have a great day! Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:36:10 EST BlaqBeri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63846180 Hello Spark Community, this is my very first post and I'm not exactly sure where to begin. So, i'll start by saying my goals are to get healthy, lose weight, restore and maintain some sense of normalcy in my life. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:17:04 EST Hey all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63829539 Super newbie here. Not sure about anything yet other then I hope this works. I guess only time will tell. I'm extremely bad about procrastinating and staying motivated. I'm doing this on my own with no support. My pugs don't really give me much encouragement other then wanting their walks so... LOL. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:14:22 EST Returning User http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63805625 I used to belong to Sparkpeople many years ago and have just rejoined in the hopes of getting back on track. I am currently unemployed and staying in my parents' guest room while I look for a job (it's been 4 months so far) and have been feeling even more down on myself than usual. On top of that, my beloved kitty, Disney, passed away unexpectedly a month ago. She was only 8. My mother doesn't like cats, so Disney was staying at my brother's house. Her brother Cheshire is still there and I am... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:00:29 EST Stumbling around the site = ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63804850 I still don't really know what I'm doing but hope to figure all of this out soon lol.... <BR> I am 48 the 11th and weigh 190lbs... My goal is 130 being i am 5'1"... 125 would be awsome! <BR> So happy to join your team! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:08:06 EST My first walk in a long long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63797338 I took a ten minuet walk today. It felt like hell.I am Sweaty, heart pounding, and breathless. As I climbed the stairs to our apartment my 11 year old started singing the final count down. It was funny and also motivated me by reminding me to have a little fun. I weigh 310 pounds. I am most proud of myself today for doing my walk and drinking 44oz of water. Before that I hardly got off the couch and drank 0 water. Yay me <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d01e025-d9eb-4eaa-8ffc... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:30:37 EST Nice to meet you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63797201 Hi my name is Autumn, <BR> I am 310 pounds.41 yrs young. Today is my first day. I walked 10min and climbed stairs and drank 44oz of water. My heart is pounding but I am ready to do this and would love some friends to take this journey with me. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:05:20 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63797018 I have been using Sparkpeople on and off for a few years. 2 years ago, I dropped about 45 pounds. Since then I had stopped tracking, and was not doing all the right things. I have not really been involved with the teams before. Maybe this will be something that can help as I get back in gear and working on my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Hope to try contribute as I can. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Greg Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:41:21 EST Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63792204 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 930 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 3/1: <BR> 3/2: <BR> 3/3: <BR> 3/4: <BR> 3/5: <BR> 3/6: <BR> 3/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 3/8: <BR> 3/9: <BR> 3/10: <BR> 3/11: <BR> 3/12: <BR> 3/13: <BR> 3/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 3/15: <BR> 3/16: <BR> 3/17: <BR> 3/18: <BR> 3/19: ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:30:37 EST March Madness Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63789572 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and a step challenge. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minute... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:15:44 EST March Madness Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63789528 Welcome to the March Madness Step Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR STEPS at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE STEP CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and pas... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:10:08 EST March Madness Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63789508 Welcome to the March Madness Fitness Mileage Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MILES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:07:12 EST March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63789478 Welcome to the March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:03:40 EST Just joined - lots of work to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63743721 Hi everyone - just joined this site through my nursing program. I am still learning everything and am hoping this will help me create positive change. <em>41</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:53:03 EST Hey, new to team and spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63727571 A week from now I will be 43, and I am very disappointed and frustrated in myself because of my weight increase. Late last year I have lost a good 20 pounds and I gained it all back. What's more important I have given up hope in losing weight. I was hoping at that time when I lost the 20 pounds I could lose another 20 by my birthday but that is all downhill. I signed up for spark people tonight, in hopes to change my attitude,feel better about myself and definitely lose weight. I know I have ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:27:23 EST New-Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63666503 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6cc18727-3b67-4e41-bf1c-90cfc92253bd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is my second try at SparkPeople. I really like the site and the tools but I'm a little introverted for all of this community stuff. But I guess I need to change something because I really need this weight to come off before I hit 50. That's my new goal: Fit by 50. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:50:34 EST Hey everyone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63649429 Day One. :) Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:16:46 EST Hi there, My name is Liber8ed2Aspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63646103 I'm excited about joining this forum. I've been self-defeating myself thinking I can do this alone. Now five years later no results. I'm hoping to be held accountable...Yes, I know it shouldn't take all of this yet apparently it does for me. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I need to lose 60lbs to accomplish my ideal weight. Now that I've turned 46 years of age a few weeks ago, I do not want to have another failed year. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!, any support from like minded... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:10 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63645394 Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tammy. I have had issues with my weight for as long as I can remember. I'm looking forward to this year being the year that I finally reach my goal of 149 pounds. I look forward to any advice and motivation that this team has to over. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:06:01 EST New to 40's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63636378 I'm new to the 40's but not new to SP. In my 30's I lost 100# (3ys ago) with the help of SP. I'm back to do it again a little older and a lot wiser :-) Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:05:58 EST You have to start where you are, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63619900 I've been carrying around and extra 60+ pounds for several years now. It has been probably almost 10 years. Now I am 100 pounds over weight. When I started spending time with my grand daughter last year, I started to realize just how much my health had gone downhill. When I would carry her around the mall, I would sweat and be out of breath. I have been having some mild swelling in my lower legs for a few years, but last week, it was so much worse!! Wake up call !!! I want to be in good he... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:01:38 EST Feb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63617376 Hi, new here , r there any Feb challenges? Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:12:29 EST new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63616945 I am just trying to better myself these days. Looking forward to the warmer days where I can get back outside to think.In the meantime I'll take what I can get. These have been the longest days without any sleep! It's torture being up at night with nothing to do.Maybe I'll start out with some nice yoga if the powers that be let me. I don't know how much longer my situation will be like this. I do know that I have to do something before it's too late! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:52:18 EST Hi I am obese and finally facing my reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63597309 I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:54:22 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63582517 This is my 2nd day here. My daughter went to see a nutritionist, so I thought I would try to help her and try to eat healthier also. I stumbled upon this site on my phone and I really likes it. <BR> My goals are to change my eating habits and get myself back down to a healthy weight. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:24:43 EST Fabulous February Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63571289 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Dail... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:17:34 EST Fabulous February Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63571193 Welcome to the Fabulous February Fitness Milege Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:06:25 EST Fabulous February Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63571167 Welcome to the Fabulous February Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:03:34 EST HI I m great fan of spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63561721 hi <BR> <BR> I am from india . fighting with weight issue for last 7 years. want to get rid off excess weight during 2016-17. want your support.. thanks Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:44:44 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63559311 Just some quick information on me/ I will be 43 next month and i live alone. So cooking for one is hard for me especially since I learned to cook in large quantities. I drink diet pepsi, I want to get off the caffeine habit since soda has caffeine and other flavorings, not sure what. I want to drink more water. I guess that is my first 2 baby steps stop drinking soda and drink more water no excuses. <BR> <BR> I have many medical issues that accompany my obesity such as high blood pressure, ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:40:29 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63541794 Hi all! My name is Jennifer, I will be 42 in April and I am ready to be healthy!! <BR> <BR> I live near Columbus, Ohio with my husband Sean, and 3 teenagers, (1 son and twin daughters), and a fur baby Scarlet :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:20:08 EST I'm back to try again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63532042 Hello, I tried SparkPeople a couple of years ago but was so overwhelmed by it I never got involved. Now I have taken my time to get acquainted with all that it has to offer, and I'm really impressed. I am looking for friends for mutual support and motivation! Everyone have a fabulous day! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:55:24 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63514472 Hi. <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I live in Colorado. I'm 40 something and trying to lose weight! I have been on SPARKPEOPLE on and off since 2007 but mostly off. This past April, I finally committed myself to losing this weight and getting healthier! I have lost almost 30 pounds by walking alone and would like to lose another 50 by my birthday in July! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:45:06 EST hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63511296 <em>213</em> I'm 46 and wanting to get my healthy on! This team looks like the best place to start! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:33:07 EST new to spark people, glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63510339 I have many medical conditions, I can't really blame my weight on my conditions but what I can do is change my lifestyle around to get healthier and happier. I want to exercise more and eat healthy. And drink plenty of water. I have watched many you tube videos on weight loss yesterday and today and I searched the net and found this site, hoping to change my life around one healthy habit at a time. I am a little depressed because this weekend we got at lest 15 inches of snow here in Delaw... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:40:58 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63510034 Hi everyone! I am a 41 year old single female who gained 80 pounds in ten years. Now I am five feet tall and 188 pounds. Even when I was thin, I did not eat healthy. This endeavor to losing weight by changing my life style is new. I do not have a choice about losing weight now. Many health issues. I would like to shed 83 pounds in 20 months... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:31:12 EST Hey all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63509205 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People. I joined because I am tired and bored of being over weight and in pain all the time. It's time for a change. Let my introduce myself a little. I am 43 years old. Single. I am in pain all the time. I suffer from headaches. Cronic backaches. Kidney stones and diabetes. I try to work out, but my back hurts, I just give up. Maybe that's my excuse for everything, I just give up. I want my life back. Oh, I have very weak ankles and I d... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:12:50 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63502513 Hi there! Just introducing myself... I joined Spark People a week ago and am just checking out the community features now. I've had a very difficult last few years and let the weight really pile on, in a big way! Trying to course correct now. Feels good to finally be trying to get back on a better track w/ my weight. Thanks! :-) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:47:41 EST How to convert steps to a trackable exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63490173 Heya. I have an Android phone with a built in pedometer. As I can keep it on me at work, and I walk a lot at my job, I generally get in a minimum of 5000 steps a day. This has really helped with weight loss! Since I started in October I've lost ten lbs, even with all the crud I ate over the holidays. <BR> As far as I can see there's no way to put steps in directly, so how would I track this exercise? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:18:08 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63489166 Hi everyone, my name is Kym. I'm from florida, ready to get started. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:28:01 EST I'm New here! HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63484908 I'm new to SparkPeople but not to dieting. I've tried more than I can count. T his time I'm going for a lifestyle makeover! It's gonna be good! Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:43:17 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63473512 Thank you for inviting me to join. I am a re-joiner to Spark People and am doing the Resolution Challenge. I'm motivated to lose weight. I have gained 30 pounds back after losing 50 at one point. I'm an engineer/environmental specialist and also am going back to school part time for graduate degree in nonformal education. I have shied away from social media but after re-engaging with this website and making a few posts to the Resolution Challenge, I'm getting less shy. <BR> <BR> I'm join... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:09:43 EST new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63470927 <BR> Hello, I am new to spark people. I want to be honest. I know what I need to change to lose weight, but it is motivation all the way. I start to get motivated but after a week or 2 I lose my motivation to get into a healthier lifestyle. I weigh 338, and my sleeping schedule is way off. I am up almost all night and crash about 5:00 am and sleep almost all day. I want to change my sleeping habits. How do I go about doing this? That is my very first goal. My second goal is to get the requir... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:22:11 EST Fellow Dukaners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63468138 Hi, I've been doing the Dukan Diet for 2 weeks and lost 7kg (1 week of Attack). It would be great to connect with any other Dukaners who are keen on sharing experiences... I'm based in South Africa. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:57:23 EST Also a re-noob http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63468022 Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I've tried a few times, and now I'm trying another. I'm reasonably fit, but being overweight is taking a toll on my knees and ankles. I've started a new job recently (I was working at home before), and walking all day has already taken off 10 pounds. I know I'll plateau before long, so hoping to keep my weight going. I'm at 210 right now, I'd like to be down to about 170 or 160. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hi again! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:39:50 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63467706 I've been gone about a year and a half and have gained back all of the 30 lbs I lost plus some. I got a little too much confidence and quit logging food and coming to SP for motivation, and slowly it all came back! Going to stay on track this time! Nice to meet you all again. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:55:13 EST Weight Loss support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63462306 Hello everyone my name is Roxana from Los Angeles and I have done this before to where I have lost 35 pounds in just six weeks and was feeling great. I tried last year to restart but really didn't get the motivation to do continue. This year my motivation is to finally lose all the weight in a reasonable time and healthy. I miss the energetic me. Hoping to get some support to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Roxy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:38:27 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63456376 Hello Team <BR> <BR> Jeanette from Illinois here. This is my first time joining. I'm still learning how to navigate the site and looking forward to talking to guys. <BR> <BR> Thank you for the backup :) Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:19:51 EST Bright Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63444621 Hi! I'm Angela, and this is my day 1. I just celebrated my birthday this last week, and am looking forward to a healthier future. I have managed to hold off 46 pounds from my heaviest recorded weight, but still have a considerable amount to go. I'm an accountant and a supervisor of 10, so I endure a lot of sitting and even more stress. My husband and our dog are the joys in my life. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:03:06 EST Hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63441289 HI everyone - <BR> <BR> My name is Sandra and I am 42 years old. I quit smoking on December 20, 2015 and I thought that would be the hardest thing that I would ever do. Boy was I wrong. Eating healthier and getting to the gym is so much harder. When I am bored, stressed, or just moody I turn to food to occupy me. I know this in my head but having the will to stop is harder than I ever thought it would be. I suffer from PTSD plus manic depressive disorder so I am on about 5 antidepressants/m... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:25:16 EST Hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63441043 <em>386</em> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:54:38 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63431849 Hello. <BR> <BR> I am back again. I have about 70 lbs to lose and want to do a better job reaching out this time. I am hoping that being a more active community member will help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> For eating, I am focusing on cutting out processed foods, cutting carbs, eating lean protein, eating lots of fresh produce, and getting all my water in every day. I am also doing 35 min of cardio a day and want to add strength training (but I'm not ready yet). <BR> <BR> I have been a... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:40:46 EST Play it again Sam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63411348 Hello everyone! I am sure I am like many of us who have tried many times to loose the weight and gained it back. I originally lost 65 pounds about 5 years ago on SparkPeople, but one bad relationship and a move across country totally trashed all my efforts. I had a wake up call when I got married in August and looked at my photos. Grrr! I looked so bad to myself, even though my honey told me liked me just the way I was. Shortly after that, the diagnosis of high blood pressure came in.... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:41:52 EST Looking to take it off and keep it off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63407333 Hello, I hope this introduction finds all who have decided to make a choice to live a healthier life, well. I never thought that I would be so motivated with wanting to be healthy. Since I'm an absolute workaholic at 44yrs of age, single, with so much energy that has been misused in the wrong way for so long that I am literally on this site reading and looking at all of the success stories and becoming more and more enthused with healthy living and not just existing. I am a vocalist and an as... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:25:27 EST Meal Planning Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63400625 <em>189</em> I know I need to make a meal plan and then a grocery list, but I just cant seem to get motivated to do it. I really need to go to the grocery store but don't want to go unarmed with a solid shopping lists. Any ideas that work for you would be helpful. <BR> <BR> So far I am not excited about the meal planner in the nutrition tracker. I just need to make one and then add it in. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:05:55 EST No more excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63395292 |Hello all. I am really looking forward to this, and to getting to know some new people. I am done being the "big" one in the family. It's time to really experience what it is like to be thin and healthy! Looking forward to finding some new friends to share this journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:21:13 EST January Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63382115 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1300 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> 1/1: <BR> 1/2: <BR> 1/3: 108 minutes <BR> 1/4: <BR> 1/5: <BR> 1/6: <BR> 1/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 1/8: <BR> 1/9: <BR> 1/10: <BR> 1/11: <BR> 1/12: <BR> 1/13: <BR> 1/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 1/15: <BR> 1/16: <BR> 1/17: <BR> 1/18: <BR>... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:38:46 EST Day 1, so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63370239 My first day and I feel so blessed to have found a forum with so many 40 somethings like myself! Looking forward to the healthy days ahead! <em>30</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:43:38 EST Really going to TRY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63366867 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I haven't logged in or tracked what I'm eating for 3 years. I am ready to really track, walk, do what I can. I look forward to connecting with all of you! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:46:54 EST How do you get your water in???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63366055 I know I must drink my water!!! I know it!!!! I do... <BR> <BR> ... BUT why cant I do it? Every day I say I am going to drink more water, Everyday I have good intentions, everyday I fail to drink more water!!!! <BR> <BR> I even said ok, this week I will drink 2 glasses (which I am accomplishing <em>334</em> ) and then next week I will up it to 4 glasses( which I have yet to do <em>39</em> ) <BR> <BR> yesterday I had a heart MRI and when I was done they handed me a bottle of wate... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:28:24 EST new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63355920 Hello, I do not actually know what to say here but I guess I will say a little about me. I live alone, 42, disabled and even though I love to cook I also love to eat. I guess that is why I have been obese all my adolescent and adult years. I weigh about 332 now my highest weight was about 356. I lost 24 pounds on my own than I started to think I wasn't living because I wasn't eating the foods I really wanted. I felt deprived. I cut out all the sodas and snacking. I started eating more vegetab... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:44:31 EST needing to get it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63352536 i am married with two girls 24 and 17 ive currently lost 50 lbs on my own but now im stuck and i need to lose more for my better health so im looking for some healthy help, no pills or drinks or having to spend money on special food. so i am hoping for this community to help me get this done. i am so eager to check in daily and keep this going. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63352240 Hi, my name is Natalie and I live in Utah.I have been overweight since I had my last child which was many YEARS ago.. I have tried to be a happy yet overweight person. Always ready with a joke about my weight. I am sick of faking being happy about the extra pounds. I want to get back to a more slender me. I would love not to go untag myself on social media because I am not comfortable in the photo. <BR> I look forward to losing weight and gaining back more energy. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:35:47 EST Great Day to make a lifestyle change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63349419 Hi team, <BR> <BR> today is my first day with Sparkpeople! I am nervous and a little happy at the same time. I am 41, a diabetic and have had weight loss surgery that although worked a lot, has not been enough to create the holistic healthy person I need to be. So here I am. I am looking to make a lifestyle change and joined the team to have some support! I look forward to participating and helping the team reach its goals! <BR> <BR> Christy Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:33:10 EST Enough is enough. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63348916 Today's the day everything changes. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:20:12 EST Starting for the LAST time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63347457 Hi all. I have been on every weight loss program in existence over the last 30 years, and of course I weigh more now than ever. I am ready to do this for the last time because this time I'm going to stick with it for the long term. I am married with two kids and live in western New York. <BR> <BR> I just finished a 4 mile walking video and now I'm going to drink water. :-) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:20:00 EST New Gal on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63342695 Hi all! My name is Jenn and I am a 44 year old licensed artist, chicken farmer, and mountain girl living in Central PA with my husband, Eric. We have 2 adult sons. <BR> <BR> I am 2 months into recovering from a total abdominal hysterectomy and need to get back into fitness slowly, but am anxious to do what I'm able to until I'm able to do more. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 186 (down 3lbs eince coming back to SP, yay!) But have about another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that this group wi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:10:50 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63342232 Used SparkPeople in the past, but became a slacker. 5 years ago I lost 110 lbs in 5 months, swore I would never gain the weight back, but guess what...more than 1/2 is back on. I never felt better about myself than when I was in a size 10. I actually ENJOYED shopping and have a beautiful wardrobe. Except nothing fits anymore. Went shopping for a Christmas outfit and was completely sick and disappointed in myself. It was at that moment in front of the mirror that I said, NO MORE! 2016 is my ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:40:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63339659 Hi, <BR> This app was recommended by our diet leader at Kaiser. I've lost about 50 lbs on Kaiser's medical weight loss program but have about another 70 pounds to lose to get to my goal. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:39:04 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63337993 Good morning, my name is Connie and I'm in South Carolina. <em>524</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:32:25 EST Good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63335674 Good morning.....I'm Tina....foster parent of two sets of twins...very busy . Two 8 yr olds and two 9 year olds. I have had major surgeries on my hips knees and ankles and I can't do much activities not to mention the time. So I will start with just eating better and more healthy and see how it goes with adding things of activities as we go along. I'm doing the old points system in weight watchers. Just got some better foods in the house and giving it a real go. <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:55:02 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63333410 hello, sorry if Im doing this wrong but at least Im trying. :) Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:14:04 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63333318 I am new to Spark people...so hello to everyone here <em>213</em> Over the past year I have put on a significant amount of weight, while I have always been up and down, this is the heaviest I have ever been. Now I feel really bad and I'm seriously ready to change my eating habits and begin to exercise regularly. I will be going to a TOPS group weekly to weigh in, and using this app for support. I need friends here because I know I can't do this alone! Feel free to friend me...I hope we ca... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:02:21 EST Jump Start January Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63328512 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minu... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 12:45:12 EST Need Friends and accountability partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63323470 I am "newish" to spark. I actually used spark before several years ago with great sucess. I lost a total of about 80 lbs at that time just by tracking my food and exercise. Unfortunately i have gained it all back and then some! :-( I decided this year I need to get back on track, I know what to do but sometimes knowing what to do and doing it is completely different. <BR> <BR> I really need friends and possibly an accountability partners to assist this time. My best friend was su... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:37:03 EST Total transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63316961 Happy New Year all! I'm new and excited to be here! I've recently lost 53 lbs and I've got another 45+ to go. I'm working on getting fit and less flabby, if that's even possible. I'd also like to train for a 5k this year. <BR> <BR> I was married for 20 years and neglected myself terribly. Always put everyone before me. I'm now divorced and re-evavaluating my priorities.... <BR> <BR> I look forward to your friendship and encouragement along this journey! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:51:37 EST Hello from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63316565 Hi. I'm Kara and I'm from Lakewood, CO. I am a single mom to 3 amazing, grown children and now focusing on taking care of myself. I just turned 48 on New Years Eve, but I want to be healthy and in shape by the time I reach 50. I work overnights and struggle to keep things balanced, but I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone and making new friends. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:48:08 EST