SparkPeople 40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard 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 Discouraged So I'm still on my first week, just started on Tuesday, actually. I'm really frustrated because I have not yet found any workouts, even the seated, no-impact ones, that I can fully tolerate for the entire video. I knew my health had gone downhill and that physical exertion was difficult, but I did not realize just HOW bad it really was, and it's extremely discouraging!! Heck, I can't even make it a full 2 minutes on the stair-stepper that my friend loaned me. Am I just wasting my time attempt... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:24:58 EST New Hi. My name is Kim and I'm from Florida. I have 50 pounds to lose. I also have two lovely children who just so happen to be dogs. That's all my husband and I can handle. :) I promise I'll open up, I'm just nervous. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:59:27 EST My BF List Hiii... I'm a 40-something mom with a BF list as my goal - Be Fit, Be Fab, By 50. I've scrolled thru and recommended others to the website for several years but only joined recently myself. I've decided to use the website as the spark to help motivate me to complete my BF list and make that much needed lifestyle change. I was an exercise fanatic, an avid reader, and motivator for anyone that needed support; that all changed once stress stepped in and took over my life. As a result of all... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:28:52 EST Losing is my ONLY option! Hello, my name is Tammy. I am 40 years old and I am completely new to the site, and let me just say right off that I am going to need a lot of support to keep motivated to do this. I have struggled with obesity for the majority of my adult life, and over the past few years my health has gone downhill, and I have 2 options....push myself to lose the weight, or slowly die. I am on meds for high blood pressure, I am anemic, I have chronic pain due to osteoarthritis, and at my most recent checkup... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:49:02 EST Hello from a stressed out mom in North Carolina I have stopped and started on Spark People before, but I need a large kick in my rear. I'm hoping to team up with others who need the same. Any takers? Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:00:27 EST Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:06 EST PRESSURE COOKER RECIPES WANTED Anyone fond of using a pressure cooker? I am looking for some easy, tasty, and healthy recipes. I have a large (almost canning size) electric pressure cooker that I would love to utilize a lot more. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:53:15 EST To be motivated Hi All, <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:48:42 EST Mom of 9 My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. My kids range from S- 18, D-16, D-15, S-13, S-12, S-9, D-6, S-4, S-1. Our house feels like Grand Central Station. It's hard to keep things clean and in order. I am a little unsure if I should reach out like this. I guess I can give it a try. I use to be 100 lbs. I use to walk every where I needed to go. Now I am 172 lbs. I want the energy back and I want to look good again. I have struggled with depression in the early years of my marrig... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:52:35 EST weird change....that really worked. I thought I drank a lot of water. It was my beverage of choice. I'd take a couple of 16 ouncers to work. I drank some when I got up in the morning, out of a glass. I may or may not drink both of them during the day. When I started back on sparkpeople, I switched to a tumbler with a straw. A 24 oz. tumbler with a straw. Yesterday I drank 5 of them! Now I don't fill them all the way to the top, so they are probably not 24 oz. But still, that water goes down much easier. I can sip on ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:05:30 EST Introducing myself Hello there. I'm joining this group, probably again, but who knows. I've joined sparkpeople several times and then stopped using it. I am a 47 year old woman with about 85 pounds to lose. I am married, and have 3 daughters, one who is graduating this year, a teenager with Asperger's and an elementary schooler who is going to run the world some day. I work two part time jobs and my husband works 12 hour days with an unpredictable schedule. Let's just say I'm stressed. I'm starting to ha... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:37:42 EST OMG! HELP!!! What happened to my motivation??? I haven't been here in a year! I had lost about 20 pounds and apparently just quit. What happened? Obviously I'm back but so are the 20 pounds! And now my 13 year old and I are sharing clothes!!! I had this plan that if I lost the weight, she'd follow my lead but I quit and so did she! Now not only do my ankles and knees hurt but I can't even bend down without my back going into spasms. Even the condition of my skin has gone to hell from poor nutrition. I feel sick, I feel tired, but ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:03:20 EST Getting my life back on track! I'm 46 and trying to get back on track after losing my mom to liver disease. I turned to food to ease my pain of losing her five years ago and just created more pain by not caring about myself or my health.Now I'm ready to get my life back. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:24:01 EST The Time Has Come... Hello - I'm BJ, and live in Canada. I'm 49, and very happily married for over 27 years. Mother of two grown sons, both still living at home. I am 5'8" and was 245 pounds when I started back with SP. Would like to lose at least 65 pounds. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:52:14 EST Hello - new to this site I just joined the website and would appreciate any help I can get to help me lose weight. I have about 75lbs to lose and know it's going to be a long journey...but the first steps are what are freaking me out to be honest! <BR> <BR> I had knee surgery in late-November that took forever to recover from and I'm just going back to work full-time Monday. This left me in a funk way beyond the normal winter blues and I gained 15lbs through emotional eating. I know that the extra pounds are 90... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:49:19 EST Hello Everyone! I am Christine . I have been on a diet off and on since I was 11 or 12 years old. I stopped when I was pregnant with my oldest as I wanted to focus on being healthy and not be fearful of weight gain. I have gained so much and I don't want to have the obsession I had in the past with diet and exercise. I am committing today to keep the Spark journal, to try to stay within the calorie limits, drink more water, and exercise more regularly. I actually like walking and hiking. I need more en... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:48:30 EST Hello Out There! My name is Amy and I've got 60 lbs of weight that I want to lose. I'm trying to learn all the secrets to this website and eat healthy today. Planning seems to take me a lot of time. Anyway, I hope to learn a lot from all of you. Talk to you soon! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:44:46 EST Hi Everyone!! Hi.. I'm Kim and i started with spark people several years ago... i lost but then gained almost all of it determined to lose it for good this time. It has been a tough last few months... we found out my hubby has lung cancer this past september and its been so stressful... but now i a ready to do this for me...this IS something I have control over!!! Maybe you guys can help to make sure i sty on track...Have a great day! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:46:01 EST HELP NEEDED!!! Hello, I am not new to SP, but new to post. I have not been consistent with my daily tracking and of course, have not had ANY success whatsoever! I feel frustrated because even though I want to, I cannot seem to find the will power within me to do it. I will be 43 this summer, and I am reaching 200lbs at mere 5.1ft I really need to lose a lot of weight. I cannot concentrate on that bigger picture, I have to instead focus on loosing bit at a time. Last year, I lost 30lbs and was back to 174 po... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:10:19 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I'm new here and am finally trying to feel better. Yes, I have a ton of weight to lose but my true motivation is to feel better. I'm just exhausted, nauseous and grumpy. Here's to better health to all of us! <BR> <BR> dawn Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:13:17 EST Hello I am very happy to have found this group. My name is Alison and I am going to be turning 41 next Friday. I have been trying to lose weight for awhile now and am happy with my progress to date going from 309 lbs to 274.8 lbs. My goal weight is 200 lbs and once I reach that I will then evaluate if I want to lose more weight. <BR> <BR> I have had a difficult year emotionally as I battled with the decision to have/not have gastric bypass surgery. In the end....even though I was approved, I deci... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:21:20 EST Again and Again!! NO MORE! I used Sparkpeople several years ago and found the challenges so helpful! There are so many new users but I do find it all very overwhelming! <em>40</em> <BR> I had some good successes in the past with Sparkpeople and hope to find more. <BR> I have downloaded the app, and will likely be on there more often than anything. <BR> I have easily 60 pounds to lose... I have just forgotten about the weight loss and the health for about six months and gained 30 pounds! Why do we do this to oursel... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:23:34 EST Working out in the morning Hi everyone, I need some help with getting motivated to exercise in the morning. I don't start work until 830am, but I don't get home until 700/800pm. So really working out in the morning would be ideal. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips or tricks to get going <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:19:22 EST losing weight for me Well where should I start, I am a mother of two teenage boys soon to be adults. One is 19 and one is 18 yrs. I have been divorced for 2 yrs now......I joined because I want to feel good and look good for myself!!! I live a pretty boring life lol. I work everyday with little ones so by the end of my shift I am pretty tired. I have had the same job for almost 20 yrs now, opps dating I thought this would be a great way to keep me motivated and on track. <BR> <BR> Love to hear... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:29:43 EST Mary's time to start over-again! I am in the beginning of a complete "re-boot" of my life. My children are all above 21 years old and living on their own. After years of talking about finding jobs by our lake place and moving out there, we have finally taken the plunge and done it! I am leaving behind a career in music ministry, which I loved, but the hours were crazy and left no time for my hubby and I to be a couple. <BR> I have been in and out of healthy eating and exercise habits. My jobs in music ministry made it ha... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:39:20 EST Finished my first month Hi all - I just finished my first month on SP. I have mixed feelings but I did go down 5 kilos so that is definitely a good thing. I haven't been posting a lot because I kind of feel on the outside of the community but I wanted to post today to let people know that with even a little effort you can do this! <BR> <BR> I absolutely did not starve myself and I am no fitness fanatic. For many reasons that I won't go into, the only sport I committed to doing this month was 30 minutes a day of ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:58:57 EST on the fence Hi there, <BR> It has been so wonderful hearing from others who are working on their health goals! It is helping me with my motivation. Like I recently reported, I'm tired before I have even begun. I'm also thinking I can do one of two things: keep doing what I'm doing and feel safe not doing anything OR start, one step at a time, working towards a new way of life. I realize as I am now middle-aged that different things are important than were important in my 20's and 30' health, my ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:08:18 EST Hello Fellow Losers! :) My name is Eileen and I am 41 years young. I've been a memeber of Sparkpeople for years but am hoping to become more active now. <BR> <BR> Like many of you, I've been struggling with my weight all my life. I recently lost 30 lbs (since November) after I finally realized I had enough. I had been struggling with depression over my weight, no motivation, I was moody and it caused a major problem in my relationships with my children (who are teens) and my fiance. I knew I had to do SOMETHING... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:56:42 EST Just starting Hello All. My name is Jennifer, just turned 43 and hoping to make some major changes in my life this year. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and I am at my heaviest now, it is so frustrating. I've tried every program there is, with varying degrees of success, but at the end I always gain the weight back. I know how I should be eating, I know what I need to do to lose weight but I don't know how to sustain it and make changes rather than just dieting. I do feel very alone and know ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:29:47 EST Hello All I'm 48 and I've tired everything to loose weight, from weight watchers on down the line. I loose and then gain it back then loose it again. This month I topped the scale at 238 and after looking on line for help found you all. <BR> I love the fitness and food tracker, I need that desperately, I can forget what eat, faster than I put it in my mouth. Oh, and I can over estimate how much exercise I've done too. When I was young I could eat anything and everything, when I turned 30 my met... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:14:22 EST I Tried Aerial Yoga Today! I found a local place that does aerial yoga for $10 a class, drop-in. I'd seen it before and was intrigued, but today I finally signed up and did it. Boy am I glad! It was crazy, and fun! I've never really done yoga before (well, I've taken maybe half a dozen classes in my life but never regularly) and I am incredibly INflexible. I was a gymnast in high school, but a trainer once told me that the overstretch I accomplished then has had a "rubber band" effect now, and I can barely bend o... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:05:31 EST tired and just starting Hi there, Feeling awkward being here. I think I'm in the contemplative stage of losing 100 pounds. I am always thinking about my weight but am too tired to start really plugging away at this but know I need to. I lost 110 pounds a couple of years ago using a specific diet program and all I did was starve for over a year. Gained it all back in a matter of months. But, I'm here. I gave up chocolate and soda last month. They were doing a number on me. I'm the type of person that can't stop ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:43:10 EST HI, Hello Friends, got a way to go, hope to lose around 60 pounds, taking small but sure steps at first. <BR> Take care, and thanks for reading. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:30:52 EST Good Morning! Hello! I'm Sharon, and I'm from Ohio! I am a newlywed (married 8 months). I have two sons 15 & 19, and now I have 3 beautiful step-children ages 4, 6, and 8. I have a lot of work to do! Starting today I have pledged to stay off Facebook for 30 days because I spend way too much time on there, and I figured all that time could be spent working on ME. I quickly found myself needing something to do this morning, and came across Spark People. Perfection! So, any tips, motivation, recipes, etc. are... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:36:49 EST Hello My name is Diane and I have been on Spark People for a week and I LOVE it! I've already had to cross one hurdle...I was supposed to be out of town for 3 days which means eating out for 3 days. three days is now going to be 6 days! I've been trying to do good by eating mostly grilled stuff and salads but it has been hard and it gets harder each day! Of course every good place to eat is within a very short drive! I did get up and walk this morning and hopefully I can make it thro... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:08:17 EST New here... Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I'm a writer, and I belong to an online group for writers where the focus is accountability. It has worked wonders for me. I'm hoping to create the same thing for my health and fitness goals. My goals are simple: MOVE every day (I'm too sedentary now); eat the recommended daily veggies & fruits; eat more fiber; get in those omega 3s; get sugar out of my life (I may be a sugar-aholic; once I have a morsel that contains sugar, I can't shut it off - the crav... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:15:34 EST hello Hello I am a 42 year old mother of a two year old. I am trying to lose weight for better health but don't know how to start. I found this site on google and it looked like it was a good place to start. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:42:58 EST 50 pound challenge I have entered a 50 pound challenge with a co-worker that started Feb 2nd. I have until August 1st and/or whoever reaches 50 pounds first. my start weight was 245 and my first weigh in was 238.6. I just need to be able to keep the momentum. My worst problem is sticking with counting calories. wish me luck. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:37:18 EST Greetings to All I have perused the Spark site and been a member for some time. I have never been active, but now want to utilize all that it offers. I have 120 pounds to lose and honestly feel very overwhelmed by it all. I'm in my mid forties and feel like time is of the essence. I have accomplished a lot in life and have been blessed with so much but can't seem to conquer this issue of weight. I want to be a success and hope that communicating with others with similar weight loss goals will help encourag... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:19:19 EST Returning for another try Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm trying this again, with shorter, easier goals set. Wish me luck! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:43:47 EST I want it! Hi everyone! I have been mostly lurking for a week, but I am ready to jump in now. I am a work-at-home homeschooling mom with two sons, DS4 and DS6, and my husband is a regional delivery truck driver. He's mostly home on the weekends and Tuesday evening to sleep. I really need support and am hoping to support you, too. I actually have closer to 100 lbs to lose, but y'all seemed like a good group to jump in with, committed to the goal. This is my year. I don't want my kid's lives to be defined... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:16:38 EST Lovee says hello Hello my name is Lovee, no that's not my government but that's what I'm called. In September I will be 50 years old and I have been diagnosed with too many ailments. I can barely move from all of the pain that I'm in. I love to dance and I want to exercise but it hurts too much. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:12:26 EST Starting over Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Maria, I'm 40 and I have 66 lbs to lose. Had successful weight loss in 2012 and gained it all back. I'm determined to stay on track this time and joined Spark people for some much needed support. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:38:03 EST Hello folks Hi. I am new here. I am 43,and out of shape. Advise and support would be welcome. Thank you Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:53:20 EST Trying Again Decided to get back on track and looked to join a SparkTeam for some added challenges Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:54:24 EST New to this Good Afternoon! I am excited to start this journey. I am 40 (almost 41) mother of 3 active kids. I work full time and have a very active husband, and family so anytime we are not at their games/dance/whatever they are quite content to sit on the couch. I have a lot of weight to lose, but breaking it in smaller chunks. I am hoping to lose 50lbs by July. I went in on eliptical at work with 2 other ladies, and have been faithfully doing that during my lunch every day for 3 weeks. I just ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:20:12 EST **Biggest Loser Challenge** Good morning, team! <BR> <BR> I wanted to help my friend, Sheryl, from another team out by posting some information about a Biggest Loser Challenge. I have been on this team (it is by invitation only--not a public team) for the past three challenges and it's a lot of fun (and a challenge!). If you're interested in participating in the Spring challenge, please visit the link below and let her know of your interest. <BR> <BR> I will tell you that there are minimum requirements to be part ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:19:34 EST Favorite pedometer app? I dont have a fit bit (yet) but I am looking for a pedometer app for my phone. In the past i have used MOVES which was good, but it didnt track calories burned. Anyone have a favorite? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:29:53 EST Hello! Good morning! I am very excited to join all of you! About 4 years ago, I went through a divorce and lost a little over 40 pounds. I have gained it all back- and then some. I am the happiest I have ever been in so many ways, and hate that I have gotten to this point. Can't wait to join all of you on this journey. Can anyone tell me how to find the February challenges? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:48:38 EST trying to get back to my usual weight Hi. I just joined Sparkpeople after reading about it in a weight loss article. What a great site! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 01:48:49 EST I thought I would give it a try... So I'm on my journey and thought lets give this a try ... so here I am! <BR> I was at my goal weight 7 years ago (185 lbs) forward to a few months ago...I was 272. Well so far I'm down to 260 but its slow going...I hope to find some encouragement in here.. <BR> Bill Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:52:13 EST Hey SparkPeople! hey folks, I am David Smith and I need to lose a lot of weight. My life literally depends on it. I just hope to find some support and meet people that are struggling with weight issues like myself. It's time to stop talking about it and get down to business. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:57:39 EST Hello :) Hello, I'm Michele from Indiana. Looking for support and motivation through my journey. Working on changing my eating habit and adding exercise at least 4 days a week. I started my journey back up two weeks ago this Thursday. As of last Thursday I was down 7 lbs wooohoo. Have lost all together as of two years ago to date 46 lbs. So have slacked a bit have lost not gained but need to do and lose a lot more!!! So looking forward to getting to know others on this same journey and to support ea... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:08:23 EST Trying Again I am starting back with Spark People after a couple of years away, because I found lots of encouragement and motivation here. I am 44 and have some chronic health issues that interfere with my activity--some days I can do more than others. I have two boys who are very sporty and a busy husband that I want to keep up with. Plus I really want to feel better. I have been discouraged for quite awhile and sometimes feel overwhelmed with making lifelong changes. I think my baby steps attitude is he... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:02:24 EST ! :) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:58:04 EST ~*~FABULOUS FEBRUARY Challenge Chat Thread~*~ Please post all chat to do with any or all of the February 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> THANKS! Happy gabbing! :) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:50:52 EST I am 45 (almost 46) and need to loose 98.4 pounds. My New Years Resolution was to get serious about my weight and health. I have gained a lot of weight since I lost my job in July and I was already very over weight. <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly how much I gained but my clothes were not fitting. My scale had a dead battery so I couldn't weigh myself. <BR> <BR> I on January 1st started taking a daily vitamin and my Fat Burner pills that came with my Food Lovers Diet that I purchased months ago and never started using. I also started takin... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:47:13 EST ~*~FABULOUS FEBRUARY Nutrition Challenge~*~ Welcome to the FABULOUS FEBRUARY Nutrition Challenge Page <BR> <BR> How the challenge works: <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the fitness minutes challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All a... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:46:21 EST ~*~FABULOUS FEBRUARY Mileage Challenge~*~ Welcome to the FABULOUS FEBRUARY Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:43:28 EST ~*~FABULOUS FEBRUARY Fitness Minute Challenge~*~ Welcome to the FABULOUS FEBRUARY Fitness Minutes Challenge Thread! <BR> <BR> <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> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenge... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:42:18 EST eliptical Hey guys and gals has anyone lost any weight by using the elliptical machine? I was thinking of buying one. <em>213</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:34:23 EST Just saying hi :) Hello from Newfoundland !! I'm here because the weight is over (pun intended) <em>9</em> I am sure I will need some help and support through all of this but it is of upmost importance that I have to lose a lot of weight. I am at the point where I am having too many medical issues that need to be addressed and weight loss is key!! This is my first day here and I welcome anyone out there who is in a similar situation (or just want to get healthy) to add me as a friend. <BR> <BR> Hope to ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:32:13 EST Hello from Arizona Hi! :) I'm Shawn, 43. I live in Goodyear, Arizona. A mom to 2 teenage girls, married for 20+ years, have a few rescued animals. I work from home or at someone else's home. I'm a full time pet sitter. My goals are to lose my 50 pounds by august of this year & stay motivated. My #1 problem is motivation. I have been doing very well for a month of exercising everyday & eating healthier. But many times I slip & have no interest in exercising or eat something not so good. So, trying the calorie t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:54:19 EST back in the saddle again I would like to tell you that I'm confident that I will meet my weight loss goals, but I would be lying to myself if I said that. I used to be svelte, yes svelte and health was one of my priorities and it seemed so easy. I am married and have three growing boys. I have an amazingly supportive family and network of friends. I have a rewarding job with amazing people. There was a time that I didn't even own a scale,instead I measured my weight based on my running pace. Now, one of my favo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:05:05 EST Hello from Denver! Looking forward to taking full advantage of all the perks of being a part of SparkPeople. I have wanted to lose weight for the past 5 years, but I haven't been willing to put in the time and effort. My recent fall really made me aware of my weight being more than just a hazard to my physical health, mentally and emotionally I am finally ready to get rid of my excess baggage and come out with MY BEST SELF! I hope we all enjoy the ride. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:09:13 EST Introduction hi, <BR> Been with sparkspeople for a while but never joined a team. This is my first team. Hoping for support to lose 50 lbs or more for my health. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:23:32 EST Starting Again Ok. I really messed up. I lost 25# 2 years ago and have put it all plus back on. I got stressed with change of Administrators at work (school) and ate and ate. I need to lost that plus more. What I need is support, support and support. My biggest problem is snacking while I cook and before bed. Any help/advice will be appreciated. Thanks. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:58:12 EST Before and after pics? Do you? I lost weight once before and I took before and after pics - I was really proud of them UNTIL I gained the weight back. Then I deleted every single after picture. Instead of motivating me to do better it only made me feel worse. This time I did not take any pictures. I hate having my picture taken as it is, but I certainly don't want to have a picture taken when I am feeling my worst. <BR> <BR> Did you take before and after pictures? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:33:10 EST Starting over! 65# to go! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:15:04 EST Hi Y 'all! I'm new and looking forward to achieving some goals with y'all. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:34:09 EST Hello! New here =) Hi! I started with SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago. Saw it a few months ago and joined but didn't really do anything. I just started following the meal plan and am loving it. Also love the support and motivation. Looking to get more involved in the community part and meet some people. <em>213</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:20:56 EST HI I am new to this team. I am a single mother of two daughters ages 21 and 10. My husband passed away 4 years ago. Finding time to do this for myself if difficult as both of my daughters have mental health issues. <BR> <BR> I had gastric bypass surgery 8 years ago and have lost 170 lbs. I am at a plateau now and am discouraged. <BR> <BR> I am here for support as to support others as well. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Dee Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:32:48 EST Hello Everyone. Here I go again Hello Everyone. My name is Rebecca and just this month I turned 40. Ive never really focused on my age as the number really doesnt bother me. Ive been overweight all my life and would really love to change that. 2 years ago I got to my highest weight ever at 290lbs. With the help of writing everything in spark and my dietitian I lost down to 225lbs. I had major gall bladder issues and after surgery and laziness on my part Ive regained to 240lbs. I would like to stop the gaining and get back t... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:16:18 EST Nearly 50... ... but still got placed on this team... I like what I see... so here I am. <BR> <BR> Will be 50 in about one month. I'm a vegetarian and I am Dutch, living in The Netherlands. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:21:16 EST Hello Everyone! I am happy to be here. Hello everyone. I am Sherita. I live in Florida. I am 40 something with 50 to 99 pounds to lose. I am the mother of 4 and a grandmother of two. I need help with inspirations so that I do what I need to do to be healthy. My biggest challenge is lack of energy to exercise. I love music so any good exercise music suggestions are greatly appreciate. I love nature. I love riding my bike. I am so ready for a new way of doing things. Please loan me your advice and encouragement. I am open to it. <B... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:24:37 EST recharging my batteries My name is Jeanne. I am almost 49. I need to refocus and get going losing weight before I am booted from this group for being in my 50's. <BR> <BR> I hit my lowest mental point last month. I was at my lowest point and my highest weight. <BR> I had enough. I put my grown up family on high alert that I was not going to be the dumping grounds for everyone. That it is time for everyone to pull their own weight and to appreciate me or that I was checking out. This amazing thing occurred. ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:47:20 EST Feeling insecure Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Since Monday, I have started eating healthier, watching calories eaten and being a bit more active. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I could lose 22 lbs easily and everything was fine. But now it's almost 64 lbs I need to drop, and it feels overwhelming. I put on 30 lbs in the past year. <BR> <BR> I should reach my goal at the beginning of May. Which would be perfect, since there'll be a big family event around that date. Then May-October, I could try losing other 10/12... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:09:42 EST saying hello and looking for friendly support Hi, my name is Christi, and I am new to this program as of earlier today. I am 42, pre-diabetic,and an ex-smoker who understands the need for change in lifestyle. I'm a married woman, 3 older boys (20, 19, and 15) and I lead a sedentary life. Until recently I played an online game day in and day out, but found that I lost all interest, so I have nothing better to do with my time but get healthy, right? Wow... I mean, its very overwhelming here in the beginning and to be honest I am scared to... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:42:59 EST I'm back Hello, I am 43, single mother of a 21 year old son. <BR> <BR> This will be my fourth time needing to lose 100+ lbs. I do really well when I decide to lose, eat healthy foods, 100 oz of water, exercise. I have made it to my healthy weight 3 times, and 3 times I have gained it back. Hoping this is the last time. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm doing the Mediterranean diet, drinking 100 oz of water a day and doing Physical Therapy 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> I know that because of my neck injury I w... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:42:16 EST No more excuses! I want to become fit and healthy. I really enjoyed exercising as a child and still do. Due to some life issues my weight has spiraled out of control. I always have had curves and seem to build muscle, so by being obese I really feel lost, scared and quite frankly overwhelmed. My mantra is No More Excuses. I WANT TO BE THE REAL ME! But I need help to know where to start. I'm hoping that by joining Spark that I found the seeds to plant to succeed. I appreciate the time any spark people take to... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:14:24 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Yz, 44 years old, married but no kids. I'm from the Philippines. My goal this year is to lose 25kgs by December. I'm hoping I can find support in this group and also give my support to those who are working on their fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being part of this group. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:12:20 EST 40 today Hi Now I am officially 40, I am ready to introduce myself. I have been a part of spark people since 2006, but I find myself starting again. To be fair baby number 3 has been born since then. I have finally got to the point where I realise that I need to change, not only what I eat and do, but also my mindset. I have many bad habits to break. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:49:39 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone I'm new to sparkle. I'm Angie Aka PorkChop. I'm 47 I've lost 80 pounds so for over a few years. I need to loose over 100 more. I'm disabled. I would love to have ideas on exercise I can do from a chair or the side of my bed. I walk with my cane I'm unsteady so some exercise are hard for me. I have health problems. I'm married for 26 years now and have 2 step children and 3 grand children. Thanks for adding me to the group. I have fur babys and a turtle also. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:38:32 EST one day at a time started and starting again...I have to no matter what is going on in my life to stay to pray for strength to resist over eating when I am mad and had a rough day. <em>521</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:40:07 EST it's quiet, no motivation I really would like a magic pill that didn't require a lifestyle change to lose weight! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:37:29 EST New Hello, I am 40 and live in SW Georgia. I am wanting to lose weight and make a lifestyle change. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:35:36 EST Need to get it in check Hello, <BR> <BR> My Name is Wendy and I just turned the big 4-0. I had previously lost 38lbs and had managed to keep it off for two years until this past August when the stress of wedding planning and a miscarriage derailed it all. So I am getting back on the train. I know I can do it, I did it before, but it is really hard. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:13:47 EST Trying it again Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for off and on about 10 years. LOL I lost almost 50 pounds <em>9</em> the first time. A lot has happen in my life since then. Children off to college, death in family, I graduate college <em>58</em> and after my older two boys got grown and moved out I had another little boy. <em>334</em> Yes, we call him our start over baby, but he was planned. LOL <BR> <BR> Long story short I want to lose that 50 pounds plus more. <BR> <BR> Thanks ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:29:29 EST Restarting again Each time I restart I at least look at past tries to see what I learned and where I slipped up. trying real hard not to blame myself, or consider it a failure. I am still alive and still trying to lose weight, so I have not failed. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:50:20 EST Taking yet another leap Good morning everyone. I'm Christina, turned 40 last year and realized after being placed on high blood pressure medicine and told that I have high cholesterol by my doctor that I need to fix myself once and for all. I have two kids, a 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son, who need their mom to be around for many more years. I also just got married to my long time love last October and he needs his wife to be healthy as well. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to starting this journey once a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:41:40 EST Hello I'm back once again. Wanting to get back on track and start losing again. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:18:17 EST hello just want to say hello. i have been here since the beginning of the year and have been doing great with my weightloss. i have a long way to go. but i finally found the right way to do it. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:46:54 EST Heya Spark People !!! Lets see what I can I say...this is probably my 100th try at dieting...I'm a real bad yoyo dieter and I know I need to stop that. Sticking to the plan is my goal this year! I turn 41 next month and I'm originally from New York City. I live now in Northern NY and I mean NORTHERN ...Like nosebleed seats...due to being a military wife and they stationing us at Fort Drum....I am really down to earth so friend me anytime ! <BR> <BR> ps...Halloween is my favorite holiday in case you haven't notic... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:03:31 EST Hello,everyone I am a 46 year old mother of three in need of making some healthy lifestyle changes Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:37:59 EST New to Spark People....Hello I am 47 and live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. I want to make a life change and feel good again. I want to dance again! Hello everyone! :) Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:56:16 EST Not 40 yet, but why not? I am 39, so spark people put me in the 30 something group when I signed up - but honestly I think I relate to 40 somethings much more! So, here I am - one of the only 39 year old I know who is actually EXCITED about being 40 and thanking God I made it this long! <BR> <BR> Amber :) Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:21:18 EST Anyone use wii fit? I am thinking about getting it this weekend, we have an older wii (not the wii u) - I usually use walk away the pounds videos or walk outside. I am thinking of trying this as something new and my kids may also benefit as well. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:18:12 EST Who am I? No, really. This journey is about finding who the new me is. And who I want to be. I want to be fit, healthy, up for anything. Not afraid to fail, more afraid to NOT try. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:35:40 EST New to this group..Hello All Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group and just wanted to say hello. I've got a lot of weight to lose and hope that I will find help here. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:26:19 EST Good day to you My name is Karren. I'm happy to be on this path to a healthier me. I've always enjoyed working out. I've managed to keep my weight hovering around 200 since having my last child 10 years ago. Last year I slipped on ice and broke my tailbone. It made for some very slow recovery,unable to workout, time and so I did the next best thing to I ate. Blew up to 225 lbs. I decided to take control of me, said no more to the excessive eating. <BR> Been on this site for about 2... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:49:42 EST How are you Motivated to Exercise when Exhausted?? How do you motivate yourself to exercise when you're exhausted? <BR> <BR> What are some ideas to perk up your energy levels? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:31:49 EST I'm Back!!! So I am back and fatter than ever. The past year and a half has been very difficult for me. My husband retired from the military and is a full time student. That means I have to get use to having a third kids in the house. He is like a big kids. He eats horrible and so I have taken on his habits. I blame it on stress eating but I can't deny that I am a all or nothing girl. Either I am in it 100% or I am not trying. Thankfully I am in it 100% now and I want to stay motivated. So far I... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:36:51 EST Just turned 40, reality check Hello team! <BR> I just joined because A) I just turned 40 and B) I have a goal to lose 52 pounds by 2016. I hope that this team can help me, and I in turn help the team in our efforts. I've never been this out of shape or heavy in my life, so I am facing this reality with determination. <BR> <BR> Thanks for welcoming me. <BR> <BR> -Greg Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:59:34 EST Hello everyone! I hope to lose 50 pounds by June. <em>521</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:39:25 EST Hi - I'm new to all of this tracking! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Toni - a 46 year old stay at home mom. I have four kids, almost 21 (yikes!) down to a seven year old first grader. I am excited to have this online encouragement and accountability. I have a hard time seeing things through - but I want to change destructive eating habits and be a healthy mom and wife. so... in this new year, I hope to make new friends and lose weight! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:17:11 EST Nervous start So... once again I'm setting out to lose weight and to be living a healthier life. I've been exploring the site and using the tools available. I feel nervous and excited and hopeful. Nice to have a community of support and resources at my fingertips. Looking forward to the successful journey with you all. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:31:39 EST Losing weight again I am 48 with 5 kids. I have chunked back out again after losing weight. My problem is I eat when I'm bored. Haven't done a decent workout in a couple of months. When I do workout I can do 20 to 25 pushups. I lift weights, yoga and other exercises when I do anything. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:01:40 EST Newbie with New Year Motivation Hi all. I'm new and ready to use this new year's motivation to build some serious momentum about getting fit and healthy, dropping a bunch of pounds along the way. <BR> <BR> I'm 45 and looking to lose around 85 pounds. I've struggled with weight most of my adult life and am ready to do what it takes to finally have the outside me reflect what's inside. If I want to be one of *those* old ladies everyone gawks about, I better get this business down! <BR> <BR> This team looks like a gre... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:11:06 EST Started this week. Hi, I am GC. I am 47 years old and need to loose around 80lbs. My goal is that I have young children and I need to be more active with them. I work a lot so I am tired when I get home and need more energy to keep up and not just sit around. I joined because I wanted to find people on the same path to help hold me accountable and help when the motivation isn't there. I think it also helps to get positive feedback when you have small successes. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:45:33 EST New to this....again Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Amy. I am hoping not to be another statistic and actually make this stick this time. I am a full-time mom, wife, and work 50-70 hours outside the home. My husband is disabled and stays at home. <BR> <BR> I use food as my safety/comfort feeling and even though my mind thinks that I am active, I am actually quite sedentary and mentally exhausted. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get myself back into a healthier state as it is not about number on the scale, it's about my health ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:34:48 EST Back again I am back again after life side tracked me last year. I'm a 43 year old single mom and work in public safety. Looking forward to making new friends on here :) Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:09:36 EST Hi I'm Deborah I hope I can meet knew Friends on here. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:55:10 EST New My name is Steven and it is time for me to make some changes. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:31:00 EST Hi. I'm Debra. Hi. My name is Debra. I am 44 years old and really want to lose weight this year. I am hopeful that I can do this with the help of this community and site. <BR> Thanks. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:29:24 EST Hello from a newbie Hello! <BR> My name is Johanne from Quebec City (Canada), I am 48 yearsold, a newlywed (yep, this late!) and a mother of three. I have about 65 lbs to lose (again...). <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark People and am still trying to figure how this works. I'm looking for a community to be accountable to, to share my journey and to provide support to my fellow companions. After more than 40 years losing and gaining weight, I am approaching this from a different angle, not so much obsessing on food... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:06:53 EST Another Returning Member Hi Everyone! I am a 41 year old self employed F with a 9 year old son. Time is precious and I have had a weight problem for about the past 15 years. My current weight is 224 as of this morning. My goal weight is 160 and I know I can accomplish that with the right formula. My biggest problem is my eating habits. So for the new year my resolution is to cut out refined sugars. No more sugar in my coffee, no more donuts every Sunday morning, no more cookies, cakes and sugary beverages. I know tha... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:06:16 EST January Fitness Challenge MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1000 <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 1/1: 40 walking <BR> 1/2: <BR> 1/3: <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... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:03:06 EST January Fitness Challenge MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1000 <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 1/1: 40 walking <BR> 1/2: <BR> 1/3: <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... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:02:42 EST January Fitness Challenge MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1000 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 1/1: 40 walking <em>521</em> <BR> 1/2: <BR> 1/3: <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/... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:00:23 EST Hello from Quebec, Canada Hello Spark friends. I am new to this group, but this is my 2nd or 3rd time around in Spark People. I am looking to keep this up as a long term commitment. I know myself, I need to take things slowly and not bite off more than I can chew. I look forward to taking this journey with all of you. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:41:18 EST Hi I am new to the team! Hi everyone, I am 43 and have quite a bit of weight to lose, about 65 to 70 pounds to get to a healthy weight for my height. I have been battling a stressful work situation for quite some time and over the past year I have put on about 30 pounds. I was able to start a new job this week and I hope to get my stress under control so that I am able to work on making myself healthier all around. <BR> I have a gym membership which I don't use often enough and I want to begin using that at least 2... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:42:52 EST Ready for a challenge Renewed by the new year, I rejoined spark and I want to meet my goals set for the year. I live a comfortable(lazy) life, and need to step out of my comfort zone and move more. Hubby has gained 20 lbs himself over the past couple years so I want to make our family a healthy one for our first grandchild we welcome in June. My son will be going if to college this year so I will face many emotional challenges I'm sure. Like a lot of you I need accountability. So, here I am. Fresh and ready for w... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:36:34 EST Hi! I am sorta new here. I actually signed up in 2013, but I never did anything with it. So here I am again!! I would love any encouragement you can give. I will do my best to help and encourage anyone that I can. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:49:01 EST New Year Newbie Hi All, <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a part of this group. I am from a very small town in Oklahoma and I run a food service division for a medium security mens prison, which does not help with my eating! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am a total stress eater who is trying to focus on real food and stress management excersize. I am testing out the yoga waters, but know it will be slow going as I have lost all flexibility. <BR> <BR> Kelli Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:19:26 EST My Monthly Goal MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 600 <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 1/1: 30 <BR> 1/2: 30 <BR> 1/3: 30 <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:... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:27:17 EST New Life in 2015 Hello everyone! My name is Lisa, I have hope and faith that this year will bring great things! Alot has happened to my life in the last 2 years. I am determined to conquer the weight first and get in shape for my first grandchild in May. So very excited to communicate with fellow spark people! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:15:26 EST New Member Hello to all! I am new to Sparkpeople and I am hoping that this website and all of the support from the people on here will help me get on track and stay on track! I live in a house with and cook for several people with different eating habits, and I find it hard to satisfy all of them as well as myself. I have been taking a backseat for a long time and it is now my time to shine. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:01:06 EST Cold weather walking/running So, while I am not officially a runner, I am on my way. Are any of you runners in a cold, winter climate? I am looking for suggestions for inexpensive outdoor wear for those chilly runs (ok, mostly walks <em>211</em> ). Thanks! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:41:42 EST Returning member. . . Hi. My name is Heather. I have used Sparkpeople off and on for years. I am back, hoping for a permanent change. Like many, this journey is full of ups and downs. My hope is to find a balance that works. I hope to be on here regularly, but not to become obsessive about my participation. <BR> <BR> I tend to be one of those people who goes all in at the beginning. Then I am quickly discouraged and negative about my progress (or perceived lack of) and weight loss. I am fortunate to hav... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:36:13 EST ~Jump Starting JANUARY Challenge Chat Thread~ Please post all chat to do with any or all of the January 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> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:34:04 EST ~Jump Starting JANUARY Mileage Challenge~ Welcome to the Jump Starting JANUARY Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:30:40 EST ~Jump Starting JANUARY Nutrition Challenge~ Welcome to the Jump Starting JANUARY Nutrition Challenge Page <BR> <BR> How the challenge works: <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the fitness minutes challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. Al... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:25:25 EST ~Jump Starting JANUARY Fitness Minute Challenge~ Welcome to the JANUARY Fitness Minutes Challenge Thread! <BR> <BR> <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> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:20:25 EST Hey :-) Posted to the wall - probably should have here -well so goes the learning curve :-) I am working on getting started (again), trying to organize/prioritize and get some baby steps on track to get them set in stone. I tend to overwhelm and fuzz out. I go to the gym about 2 -3 times a week (at least 12 times a month for my insurance reimbursement) and walk 30 mins on a treadmill with varying speeds and mph. <BR> <BR> I'm 48, standing at 5'-2" and at last weigh in 195 point something. Plan... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:48:34 EST I'm back I have been gone for a long time and wasn't very active on here when I was here but now I want to give it a try again and see what happens and go from there. I have a hard time doing this be myself so fell away for a long time. Maybe this time will work. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:08:35 EST Newbie Hello! Just starting the journey today. :-) Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:43:31 EST New to the team Hello, I am new to the spark teams forums. I have 50 plus lbs to loose and am looking forward to sharing my journey and supporting others on theirs! I am currently unemployed, the stress this brings to me daily is not helping my weight loss. I started tracking my food today and have exercised 2 days in a row. I am on the right track! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:05:23 EST Back Again Been away for awhile determined to get back on track and get healthy! <em>521</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:23:25 EST Hope Marie Lane I have been a member since June, and I started off very well; then life happened :-( . It started with my husband Chris, his health took another nose dive and then there was the death of 2 of hip babies (lizards). With the frustration of having yo-yo weight and needing to show 6 continuous weight loss, so he can have bariatric surgery (his cardiologist said 2 years ago that this is a medical MUST, due to many health issues). <BR> <BR> We started going to the YMCA, which worked wonders! He s... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:29:14 EST Hello and Starting over Hello, I am here starting the "new year, new you" thing yet again. I am 42 years old and homeschool parent to 3 kids, ages 10, 8, and 3. <BR> <BR> Realistically, I need to lose 85lbs and that number scares me. I am have been overweight my whole adult life but only moved to the obese category in the last 5 years. <BR> <BR> My biggest issue is really "sticking to it" for the long haul. I am here looking to change the way I eat and overhaul my family's diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:28:57 EST need to lose 55 pounds I need to lose 55 pounds I tried before and now I am back to try again. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:33:49 EST Hi everyone Hi <BR> <BR> I joined a while ago and have been reading the messages coming through, but have now decided that it is time to get off my butt and be a be more active about participating on this website. I am hoping that this will help me keep motivated make a difference to my health and well being. <BR> <BR> Claire Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:54:50 EST scared Hi, I'm almost 50 years old, and I'm about 50lb over weight ,I have tried so many different diets and I have failed, my daughter getting married in 2016 and I want to look good , not this fat over weight person, I need all the help I can get, not sure what I'm doing on this but guess I'm looking for support and help on sticking with it and not giving up on myself Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:20:16 EST Hanging in there! Just joined Sparkpeople today. I've been on a weight loss journey since April and looking forward to reaching my goals along with you all!! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:09:45 EST Back on a mission Hi all, I have been on and off again with Spark for a few years, but am looking to continue with the healthy journey I started. My family is very active and I want to keep up with them in fit, fun and healthy ways. I am looking forward to the motivation this team can bring! Happy New Year to you all! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:45:04 EST My determination Hello, my name is Faye. I'm not new to Sparkpeople. I've tried several times and I've been unsuccessful but this time I'm determined to succeed this time and I plan on doing everything that's suggested to me in order to reach my goal. I can't say all of this happened as I've aged because I've been overweight my whole life and I'm tired of it so here I go..... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:30 EST Hi my name is Dawn Gordon My goals are to be able to get myself to eat 3 square healthy meals a day with snacking in between. However I am a diabetic and a smoker who just found out a few years ago that I have COPD/ Emphysema . I was also diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. My goals is to lose weight but cannot to strenuous activities due to joint pain and arthritis. I need to get a little more active without sending myself into a breathing issue but also not to hurt my joints any further then they are right... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:29:37 EST Introducing...Me! HI, I'm Stacy and I signed up with Spark People a few days ago. I need to lose around 60 - 65 pounds. I used to want to lose weight for vanity reasons, but now that I am suffering the fallout of my poor lifestyle choices (read: too much food; too little activity), I am here to get physically fit and become the healthy me that is beneath the layers of fat. I call it Stacy 2.0. I hope to make some friends along the way, as I think having someone join you in your efforts leads to better results.... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:53:29 EST Hello from Washington Hi everyone, I am new to the 40-somethings team. I am from Washington state, near Seattle, and have 9 year old twin boys - one with autism. <BR> <BR> I joined SP when my boys were little, and did well, however life got in the way and well - It's time to return to get my spark back! <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:03:19 EST Hoping for a healthier life.. Hi! I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom.First off, I need to do this for my health, but who doesn't want to look better? My starting goal is to lose 50 lbs. I don't have any emotional support. I'm hoping to find some here. I definately need it! I would love to make this journey with others who are just starting out. Also, would love to hear from those who have had success, especially those that remember just how hard it was to start their journey. Hopefully, I can make new friends here :) Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:57 EST Another dutch newbie Hi, 2 days ago I found sparkpeople while surfing on the internet to find a way to help me realising a severe weightloss and healthier life. <BR> I am Marleen, 43, married, mom of 3 + 1* and living near Rotterdam. <BR> I need tot lose 31 kilos and I hope to reach this goal somewhere near 31st of December 2015. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:00:09 EST 45 with 66lbs. to lose! hello! I just had my 45th birthday 2 days ago and have vowed that my later years will be lighter years! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:38:19 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:12 EST I feel like I'm melting! :-( I've lost about 65 pounds so far, and one thing I'm noticing is that I'm "melting". My boobs, my rear and even my cheeks (well, they're jowls now) seem to be falling as the underlying fat disappears and they lose their support. <BR> I see so many pictures of successful Sparkers and I'm always encouraged by the fact that their faces look so much better, but now I feel like I need Juvederm! I know the extra skin all over is to be expected, but is it too much to ask that I don't end up as a pud... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:40:22 EST I'm New! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! I'm starting on a new journey and it's nice to have other people to do it with. <BR> <BR> I've got 85 pounds to lose (I'd love to do it in a year), but I'm going to take it one step at a time! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet ya! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:54:39 EST new to sp Hi I'm Rhonda new to spark people have tried lots of fad diets who hasn't right, anyhow decided to try this i was really active last year this year i chose to go to Nursing School what was I thinking I have been out of school for 25 years anyhow, I have not done much this year in way of monitoring my diet or exercise. I am now 17 days away from graduation and have decided im going to reclaim my life. I have celiacs disease which makes a lot of food choices difficult everything has more carbs ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:14:51 EST Ready to get serious now!!! Hi I have tried all of the fad diets off and on now. I have many health problems and am tired of feeling down. I am ready to do something sensible now. Ready for summer & a healthier life. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:29:56 EST **Dashing DECEMBER Challenge Chat Thread** THIS thread is for all the chatting you want to do in regard to the challenges...please DO NOT POST in the actual challenge thread other than your original post (and then edit every day/week). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:12:41 EST **Dashing DECEMBER Mileage Challenge** <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Dashing DECEMBER Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcom... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:09:23 EST **Dashing DECEMBER Nutrition Challenge** <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Dashing DECEMBER Nutrition Challenge Page <BR> <BR> How the challenge works: <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the fitness minutes challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:00:43 EST **Dashing DECEMBER Fitness Challenge** <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the DECEMBER Fitness Minutes Challenge Thread! <BR> <BR> <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to part... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:57:26 EST Newbie Checking In Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group (just rejoined SP yesterday) and thought I'd pop in and introduce myself. I'm 42. I'm happily married. I have 3 children, 1 grandchild, and 2 fur-babies. I love running, music, hiking, photography, camping, fishing, scary movies, good books and of course...COFFEE!! :) <BR> <BR> I've lost right about 40 lbs and I need to lose another 60 lbs to be at the high end of my "normal" weight. I'd also really like to run a half marathon next year too.... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:40:26 EST Back on track after the holiday Went on vacation and ate Italian food over Thanksgiving - not a bad deal! But I'm back almost 2 pounds heavier. I'm back on track today and hopefully can stick to it all week! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:19:13 EST Back yet again:/... I am back again after a little break. During the last year and a half I have lost 25 pounds and gained 30 pounds. I'm tired of the roller coaster and am here to hopefully get and give the much needed support it takes to be successful. I am now at the heaviest I have ever been (not pregnant) and am determined to conquer this beast! Hope to get to know some of you! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:37:35 EST Hi My name is Tami, I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2007 but have been off for over a year. I turned 40 in September, just went to the Dr's this week for the first time in 4 years...Found out my cholesterol is slightly elevated...Not enough to have to take pills as long as I start taking care of it via eating healthier...So here I am, trying to get back to becoming healthy. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:03:11 EST Popping in to introduce! Hi all <em>524</em> <BR> My name is Marlyn. <BR> Needing a change and a new outlook! <BR> I love life and enjoy the food way too <BR> Looking forward to this site, meeting goals and new friends Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:28:35 EST Back to Spark in search of change I've been back and forth on this page, only because I'm not good at meeting new people, and reaching out for help. But I've become so frustrated with the whole weight loss process, I've decided to try this and see if reaching out will help me. <BR> <BR> My name is Daisy, and I have to lose 120 +/- lbs. I've given myself 1 year to lose it with the goal date as Nov. 14, 2015. <BR> <BR> Thank you for letting me jump in here. I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:38:45 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:49 EST New member I'm joining this program to lose 60lbs and to improve my fitness. I'm feeling pretty positive and encouraged with all the support! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:14:39 EST Returning & New to Team I've been a member of Spark for awhile, but I took a break because there was just too much going on. I got a new job, moved (several times), and now things are finally settling down and I had a health scare. So now I'm picking myself back up and shaking myself. Time to get back into good habits. <BR> <BR> Some history. I've been overweight my whole life. I have PCOS. I am at my heaviest right now at 314 and I was completely shocked when I saw the scales at the doctor's office. It was quite ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:10:09 EST Hello Team1 My name is Michelle, and I have been on SP before, but I have been away so long I just started a new page to help me get back on track. I am sure my story would sound much like many of yours-- the title alone says a lot about this team! Love it! <BR> <BR> Please come by my page and say hello--you would make my day! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>524</em> <BR> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:45:37 EST Hello everyone New to the team. Been with SparkPeople for a while. Looking for motivation in small goals that I can build on. Just signed up for the 'walk a mile a day' goal!! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:10:21 EST Kimbooz73 Day 1 - I want to lose a small chunk, around 75 lbs. starting with food tracker first couple weeks and adding in excercise. <BR> <BR> What are your 3 favorite foods that give you the most energy or fill you up? (Low calorie, high fiber, high protein)."The details matter less than the power packed food options I should consider as I head to the grocery store this week) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:14:43 EST Was your weight loss a secret at first? I'm not telling most of my family and friends what I'm trying to achieve. The people at work know but that's different as several of them are into fitness and I can ask them questions. <BR> <BR> One - I guess I don't want to tell them in case I fail. <BR> <BR> Two - I want to see what happens when they can tell for themselves. I think that will be some affirmation I will need at various points of the journey. <BR> <BR> So I was wondering how many others started off in secret and how di... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:48:23 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST Return Newbie <em>213</em> After a few years and failed diets, I am back. I love support of WW but it has gotten too expensive. I am married a man who eats all kinds of junk and won't give it up. I have a nine year old son who is very small for his age and needs to eat fats to gain the weight. I also work two jobs. One full time where I sit all day at a computer and one part time in retail and I am running all over the place. My son does scouts and guitar so I am always on the run. <BR> <BR> I a... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:22 EST 48 & need an new Health Reboot I am 48 and need a health reboot. I am 100 lbs over weight with type 2 diabetes... need friends on here Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:10:21 EST Introducing myself I'm Tonya and I was recently diagnosed with a fatty liver which was causing me pain. The doctor told me the only relief I could get was to lose 25-30 pounds. So much easier said than done. But I decided if I have to lose that much, I might as well as go for my dream weight of no more than 150. <BR> <BR> I was 228 pounds (5'2") and some friends started a Dietbet right at that time (middle of October). Since then, I have lost 6.5 pounds. I didn't measure my body but I can see some diffe... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:49:58 EST 44 is an excellent age for a lifestyle change There's a new Bunny in healthy lifestyle town, and she needs to make the most of her opportunities. I've always been a big fan of eating fruit and veggies, and drinking water, so I've got that going for me. My main problem areas that I need to watch out for are: sitting on the couch for HOURS on the internet, eating my own body weight in cookies, and not getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I've recently gotten a few worrying medical results, and know this is the kick in the bunny pants I ne... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:20:29 EST Just getting started Ok so this is day 2 of my complete lifestyle change. I do have a question, I am just starting to walk for my health and I was wondering on a pace and distance to start with. I'm gonna be honest I was a bad couch potato so I am not fit at all. I just need a little advice to get started doing it right without injuring myself. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 04:34:46 EST Hello this my first time using sparkpeople I am a 45 year old female of a special needs child . I am over weight and can't seem to loss the weight no matter what i do . I love being outside with my kids . Now that winter is fast approaching its kind of hard to get outside and get the exercise that i need . Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:20 EST Hi all Just want to say hello, I have just joined, hoping to lose a lot of weight and gain a better lifestyle, but baby steps I suppose to start with. I am from Ireland, a mother of 3 handsome boys. Wishing all well on here, looking forward to getting to know you as time goes on. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:32:31 EST Hi! I'm new here I'm a 43 yo mom of a grown son and middle school daughter. Also, my graddaughter will be 1 this month! I have type 2 diabetes, and want to lose weight to go off of my medication if possible. My goal is to lose 65 lbs and I would love to run a 5K. <BR> I am tired of setting goals and not reaching them! I am hoping this website and team will help me keep myself accountable. <BR> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:49:48 EST Hello! Newbie here! I'm a 44 year old mother of 3, my son is 19 yo and is currently in the National Guard, my step son is 6 yo and is in the first grade, we have him on most weekends, and my husband and I have together a 2 1/2 yo little girl who lights up our world. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my daughter, but now have Type 2. I struggle daily with my diet, as I live with an Italian that loves his pasta. I do well at work, but when I get home my husband and mother in law do majority of the ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:53:12 EST *~* NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER Challenge - Week Four *~* <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> We're mixing up the challenge this month. We're going to go week to week. Hope that will be OK with everyone! We're also going to try to combine the challenges. We will get your feedback at the end of the month to see if this is more to your liking or not! :) <BR> <BR> YOU will choose your goals! What is your water goal? What is your fitness minute goal/mileage/strength training goal? Freggies goal? You decide and if you hit your go... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:50:50 EST *~*NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER Challenge - Week Three*~* <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're mixing up the challenge this month. We're going to go week to week. Hope that will be OK with everyone! We're also going to try to combine the challenges. We will get your feedback at the end of the month to see if this is more to your liking or not! :) <BR> <BR> YOU will choose your goals! What is your water goal? What is your fitness minute goal/mileage/strength training goal? Freggies goal? You decide and if you hit ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:44:48 EST *~*NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER Challenge Chat Thread*~* Hey team! <BR> <BR> We're mixing up November challenges a little this month. Please notice we're going week to week. Read through the post and send any questions to me. :-) <BR> <BR> THIS thread is for all the chatting you want to do in regard to the challenges...please DO NOT POST in the actual challenge thread other than your original post (and then edit every day/week). <BR> <BR> FEEDBACK IS GREAT! Let us know what you think. It won't hurt our feelings if you don't like the chang... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:34:14 EST ~*~NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER Challenge - Week Two ~*~ <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're mixing up the challenge this month. We're going to go week to week. Hope that will be OK with everyone! We're also going to try to combine the challenges. We will get your feedback at the end of the month to see if this is more to your liking or not! :) <BR> <BR> YOU will choose your goals! What is your water goal? What is your fitness minute goal/mileage/strength training goal? Freggies goal? You decide and if yo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:26:41 EST *~*NO EXCUSE NOVEMBER Challenge - Week ONE*~* <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're mixing up the challenge this month. We're going to go week to week. Hope that will be OK with everyone! We're also going to try to combine the challenges. We will get your feedback at the end of the month to see if this is more to your liking or not! :) <BR> <BR> YOU will choose your goals! What is your water goal? What is your fitness minute goal/mileage/strength training goal? Freggies goal? You decide and if yo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:22:04 EST Newbie Hi! My name is Mary Beth. My first goal is 50 pounds. I'm an emty-nester and I'm going to be a grandma soon. I blogged a little about my weight loss and gain journey, so I won't go into it here. I've re-committed to my low-carb lifestyle and look forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:55:17 EST Ready to lose weight forever I have been dieting on and off for about 30 years, I am so sick of this roller coaster, I am a happy person but would be much happier if I could lose this weight, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:19:30 EST Treating Myself Better Starting Today! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting fresh today for a healthier me in the future. I have contemplated weight loss surgery or the stomach band but I want to try AGAIN to do this on my own and I think Spark People can help me. I want to be much healthier when my son and daughter-in-law come home to visit from Japan in June of 2016. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:24:16 EST 60 by 50 HI, <BR> <BR> I've been doing this off and on for a couple of years. I've lost about 40 pounds so far and am hoping to lose the last 60 before my 50th birthday next year. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:23:45 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST Late To Join W = reached water goal <BR> F = reached freggies goal <BR> T = tracked food <BR> R = stayed in calorie range <BR> <BR> Joined during Week 4 <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK FOUR <BR> <BR> 10/19: W, Not enough F, T, R <BR> 10/20: W, Not enough F, T, R <BR> 10/21: W, Not enough F, T, Exceeded R this day <BR> 10/22: W, <BR> 10/23: <BR> 10/24: <BR> 10/25: <BR> <BR> WEEK FOUR BONUS POINTS: <BR> <BR> WEEK FOUR TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:17 EST New and Hopeful I am starting today not tomorrow. Doing pretty good . I had my physical all ok but down in vitamin D. Of course my weight has gone up and up but I can't stop trying. I have been making better choices today more water less Diet pop . I join the gym. My first day tomorrow it's local so I am hoping that will help my excuse for not going. Driving half a hour to somewhere sucks but this place is about 10mins. I am going to try spinning since it wont be so hard on knees. I have my playlist ready... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:57:34 EST hello new to spark people.... Hello and welcome to my health and wellness fitness journey, this was actually my very first day of my journey. Actually a few days ago I have made a health discovery from my cpap machine. I really haven't been consistent with my machine and the cause of myself not being consistent with it, very tired throughout the day, very low energy. At first I thought it was my thyroid problems, but I said to myself let me try using my machine consistently for a few days and see what happens. The results... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:04:54 EST Hi I am a newbie I am married and have 2 wonderful sons 20 and 14 yrs old. They love me and tell me I am fine the way I am and do not need to lose weight. I am unhappy with my body and lack of energy. I have a hard time keeping focused on my weight and exercise goals without a positive kick in the butt! I am hoping to find that encouragement (kick) here with your help. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by April 2015. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:28:51 EST Nice to have found you! The rocktober challenges might be just what I need! I refound Sparkpeople again after a few years and a few pounds. Hoping that filling out the diary will remind me what eating within my calories REALLY looks like, instead of wondering why I am not losing weight <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I live in Colorado and have also returned to working out. Trying to go at 5:30 everyday! <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:22:15 EST Hello! Hi! New from Ohio here... have 75lbs to lose and starting slowly. I know this time I need to be ready and have the right mindset. Reading a book called The Daniel Plan at the same time as starting this journey. Looking forward to getting to know you all and the support I will get from this site! <em>30</em> Have a great day everyone! <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:46:53 EST Starting Over I quit for a long time. I am now bound and determined to lose 75 pounds. Glad to be back! I lost ALOT here before! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:22:19 EST Tosha Good morning and have a outstanding day. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:02:49 EST New in Irving Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new to Irving, TX and also new to Spark. I was just doing a google search on diets and came across this site and decided to join. I don't have any health problems, but I do need to lose some weight and learn to eat right. I figure new place, new start so here I am!!!! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:23:15 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:22 EST Where does everybody live? I've been meeting some real nice neat people on this team. It never dawned on me to ask where everybody lives. So if I may, I would like to ask the question -- where do you live? I'll start this forum off by answering -- I live in Port Orchard WA (go Seahawks!). The GREAT NORTHWEST (been there since 1990 and I love it)!!!!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:25:42 EST Getting Fit in Colorado Hello team, I've got a lot of pounds to shred and am finding it hard to stay motivated. I have done really well over the past year and lost a ton of inches but now it's time to focus on the scale too! I go to Planet Fitness 5x per week and am using a plan the trainer there set up for me but am finding it harder to go each day. I show up, I work, I sweat but I'm lacking in motivation. Any tips to get that mojo back? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:12:39 EST Hello From North Carolina! Hello team! I've been on and off of Spark since 2008. I've lost and gained weight several times since then. Here to get it off for good! Nice to meet people my age with the same goals. :) <BR> Holland Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:38:30 EST Joining from Dayton Hi team, <BR> <BR> I hope this journey together will be the catalyst I need to stay motivated and truly start living a more healthier lifestyle. I wish everyone well and am committed to be a support to each and everyone of you. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:26:41 EST How Do You All Feel Being in Your Forties?? I know that may seem like a weird question. I turned 41 this past June. I don't feel like a 'number' though. I find it strange how society's perception of us changes just b/c of a number. Jennifer Lopez's new video 'Booty' (the song itself is not the topic showcased her great body...she's in GREAT shape...better than a lot of 20 year olds, yet a lot of comments talked about how she's too old to be doing a video like that, she needs to go on and retire, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm also at ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:44:45 EST Work out Had a Great workout this morning with my trainer. I've missed last week so it felt great to get back into it! <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:49:25 EST When eating out, what do you order? We try to cook at home when we can and work out almost daily - after 10 months, I've lost 40 lbs. However, travel for work and for leisure lately have halted my progress. I've dealt with it as best I can, but it gets pretty challenging when eating out. Save for the salad on every menu, what are some delicious but healthy alternatives to order at different restaurants? <BR> <BR> Here's my usual, but maybe you can let me know if I'm missing out on some yummy but healthy things, variety and cu... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 01:00:11 EST Joining in from Maine 46 years old, I've recently lost 35 pounds but need some team motivation to get the scale to move again. I need to lose another 50. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:13:19 EST What feels good about dropping pounds? After holding a teething baby all night I finally got a chance to hop in the shower just before noon. In my sleep deprived state I have several thoughts going through my head....I have been here before and lost the weight only to gain it back. GRRRR I really want it for keeps this time. Why? <BR> <BR> *I like the feeling of being able to wrap a towel around me and have it reach all the way around! <BR> <BR> *I like it when my 25 year old son comes over and picks me up threating to throw m... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:09:57 EST At it again I utilized Spark about two years ago and lost about 20lbs. I simply just stopped one day. No excuse for it. Good news is I am back and I know it worked. It holds me accountable. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:46:35 EST Newish person to all of this I tried using Sparkpeople in the past and never really stuck with it. I just hit the big 40 and really need to lose about 80 pounds. I live in TX with my 16 year old daughter, my husband, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a snake so I stay pretty busy :) <em>524</em> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:18:27 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST Hello from Minnesota Good morning! I just joined Spark today, have been contemplating for quite a while. I need to lose 50 pounds. Like many, I have tried WW, Biggest Loser, etc. I have been somewhat successful in the past, losing 15-20 pounds , then gaining that and then some back. I am at my all-time highest weight of 200 pounds, and I am in constant pain - either my knees hurt or my back hurts, or I have a headache. I am never not thinking about my being overweight, it haunts me constantly. I feel like ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:34:46 EST Weight tracker I see the cute weight do I get one? I'm new at this! :) <BR> <BR> Nevermind...I figured it out! :) Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:47:40 EST Hello from the UK. Came across this website and along with my wife "THEHIGHLANDMOO" joined up straight away. <BR> <BR> I have been busy filling in and familiarising myself with all the content so I'm ready to jump in and start losing weight come Monday 6th (we're currently making our way home from holiday at the moment). <BR> <BR> I wanted to just pop my head in to say hi. <em>524</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:33:46 EST 84lbs to lose Hi all. I'm on hols at the moment and my wife and I are starting our weight loss drive to each lose 84lbs from next Monday. We've discovered this site today so we are busily setting up our accounts. I look forward to chatting with you all and getting and giving the support we all need :) Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:18:51 EST Doing this again Hi all -- I'm a 48 year old mom of two (10 and 8) girls. I work from home as a writer and grant researcher (sedentary desk job!) and am not a huge fan of exercise, which makes me sad that I have lost the joy in movement that I used to have. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed with all the work I have to do to reach my goal and am trying not to think about the number but about behavioral goals (drink water, eat more vegetables, exercise even a little bit each day). <BR> <BR> I've been to this ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:41:42 EST ~*~ROCKtober Challenges Chat Thread~*~ Team! Here is where you can CHAT for any of the challenges! Please DO NOT post in the challenge threads themselves, other than your original post. <BR> <BR> You can visit any of the challenge threads by following the links below. Please READ first post on each thread, copy and paste the information into a "REPLY" message, and EDIT that post every day/week with your stats. Thank you for your help and cooperation! Let's ROCK this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:30:29 EST *~*ROCKtober CHALLENGE CHAT *~* <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here. a new challenge chat thread was started. please go back to main team page and look for the latest thread chat. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Challenge threads are up for our next month''s challenges that starts tomorrow: <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> ROCKtober here we come! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:25:31 EST *~* ROCKtober NUTRITION CHALLENGE*~* <em>335</em> Welcome to the ROCKtober Nutrition Challenge <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the fitness minutes challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:10:44 EST Hello Hi my name is Tammy and I am new to the site. I am in need of loosing weight to get healthier and get weight off my joints. I have many health issues that involve Joints, nerves, and muscles. I have had many fusions and am in need of more and I want to avoid them if possible. I need all the help and support I can get. I have no will power so all the positive I can get will hopefully get me into the right direction. If you have any ideas on how to loose the weight or any recipes to help me ou... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:06:32 EST **~ROCKtober MILEAGE CHALLENGE~** <em>335</em> Welcome to the ROCKtober Mileage Challenge Thread! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <B... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:54:42 EST ~*~ ROCKtober FITNESS MINUTES Challenge ~*~ <em>335</em> Welcome to the ROCKtober Fitness Minutes Challenge Thread! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welco... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:49:23 EST excited to try this! hi guys! i'm excited to try spark people and see how well this works, Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:14 EST **LEADER LEAVING** Team, <BR> <BR> Katescape and I wanted to make you all aware that April has decided to pursue some other ventures and step down as co-leader of this team. It was completely her decision and was NOT due to issues between us, nor any other issue other than time she had to dedicate and her desire to pursue a different path. Our best wishes have been extended to her! :) <BR> <BR> We would very much LOVE to add another leader to this team. If you are interested, please send both Kate and I a ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:50:26 EST idea for a challenge hi <BR> <BR> don't really know how popular this idea would be <BR> <BR> i have been taking cold showers for the last month, or so. also been outdoor swimming, almost daily, having been inspired by some of the ideas in this blog : <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wers/ </link> <BR> <BR> it has been an interesting process. the first couple of days, i experienced the cold shock, and found it quite difficult to calm my breathing. these effects can be somewhat mitiga... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:46:09 EST You look like an active team Hi all. I've been on Spark for a long time. Just checking out the team. I've lost and regained and am trying to kick myself into losing mode again. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:37:07 EST HI Team Feeling a little frustrated, gained 5 pounds and not sure why?. I have been watching what I eat and following diet tips. I do need to add more exercise. Any other suggestions. Thanks Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:17:36 EST Hello Sparkers Hello! I am happy to be a member of Spark and look forward to receiving and giving inspiration and tips to my fellow sparkers! I have been working out and eating clean for well over 3 months and I have lost 2 lbs. I am beginning to wonder if I have a medical issue. I will keep you all updated on my journey and hope to hear from you as well if you have experienced this heart break. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:11:33 EST Back on Spark with 60 more pounds to lose I've been an on and off member for a few years. A visit with my doctor at the beginning of the month pushed me to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I'm a 47 year old women that is way overweight. Obese according to my BMI. <BR> <BR> I promised my doctor I'd commit to 2 hours of some sort of activity every day and replacing one meal with a green smoothie. <BR> <BR> So far I'm down 5 pounds doing this, I started with 65 pounds to lose. I walk 2.6 miles nearly every day as well as yoga. Every oth... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:44:57 EST Dropping 60 by 42 Hey everyone. I am a 41 year old mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 and I want to lose weight and be healthy to see more grandbabies born. I am 262 lbs and 5'3" with Type 2 diabetes and taking 1 500mg pill per day. I want to get rid of that pill and not get any other diseases all because I can't control what and how much I put in my mouth. I look forward to recieving and giving advise and support to reach my goal. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:03:19 EST i am not giving up !!! just struggling.... I am a diabetic plus have a rare diease that I have to live on steroids,i have adrenal insuff,addisions diease,so it is HARD loosing weight on steroids,i have in the past year lost but I am a place I am stuck,yet trying so hard on logging my food daily,plus I have having my 3rd back surgrey soon so it makews it hard to exercise without getting hurt more....thanks Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:24:18 EST Hi again. Well I am back after a 2 year absence and have even more weight to lose. This time I need to lose if for life. I am not getting any younger and need to keep up with my kids & grandkids. I am willing to help others in any way I can because it will only make me stronger. I might start out slow, but know that we all need someone to share this journey with. Thanks for any help you might be able to offer. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:20:31 EST hello Hi, just introducing myself to the group =) <BR> i am currently a single mom working on my health goals and so far i have lost 31 pounds and working on losing another 60 to get to my ideal weight <BR> with a healthy diet and adequate exercise i have been averaging 2 lbs a week. <BR> been a member of sparks on and off for several years and always ended up straying from my goals and starting over. since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes i no longer have the option to stray and have been stea... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:56:19 EST Greetings Hello everyone. I joined here today. Feeling very discouraged and truthfully very alone however decided that I'm not going to wait to feel motivated. I'm taking small steps towards my goal. I'm going to make small changes and keep them up. I'm hoping my motivation will go up when I start achieving some of my small goals. I would appreciate any support that I get from anyone here. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:45:16 EST Hi everybody Newbie here, hello! I am the queen of yo yo dieting and am hoping to change my lifestyle and get healthy once and for all. I am going to start slow and change habits one at a time, Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:34:08 EST Hello Team I am an oldie, but goodie to Sparkpeople. I had success here a few years ago and lost almost 100# and then my diabetes went way out of control and no doctor could figure out why. I was put on insulin and the doses kept increasing and I have gained about 25# back. I do not know where to begin again. I had lap band surgery in 2008 and it has stopped helping me lose weight. I still have to be careful on what I eat because food will get stuck and it will make me sick. I have a full time job... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:36:59 EST Motivated to lose Hi, I'm Robin, I'm 40 (soon to be 41) and am committed to losing 100+ pounds. I began a low carb, low fat nutrition plan 6 and a half weeks ago. So far I have lost 20 pounds. I set a goal to lose 25 pounds by my birthday (10/10) when I began and I am poised to succeed at that goal! My longer term goal is to lose 100 pounds by my 42nd birthday. I am divorced with two children and I want to be healthy, energetic and fit, both to enjoy them and to set a good example. My sister in law and I have ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:08:09 EST Hello Hello all. Excited about this forum, as it pretty much sums me up. I have always had body image issues, and looking back I really didn't have all the trouble I thought I did with weight back then. But now, I am older (and occasionally wiser :) and it really is not as easy to take it off. Ready to get back to healthy! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:56:43 EST Introduce myself Diana Thomas Hi, team <BR> I wanted to introduce myself I am 47 years old have 3 kids well their not kids 23, 18, and 16 soon to be 17. Been married 20 years, 21 in December. I just finished my Masters Degree in Business Administration. I work at a hospital as a Health Unit Coordinator at this time but looking to move up. <BR> I was diagnosed in 1999 with Cardiomyopathy and I have battled with weight all my life, but this has been the worst I have ever been. I told my daughter that I was so unh... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:20:59 EST Becoming an active member Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I originally signed on to SP in 2010 but never really followed the program. I have been using FitBit for 2 years now and keep losing and regaining the same weight. Since turning 40 it seems even harder then ever. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to making small lasting changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle. It's time to make ME a priority and getting healthy is the number one goal. <BR> <BR> Now that Fitbit and SP sync I would love to add the support piece to th... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:00:58 EST Yep, I'm back again as well! Hi Everyone!! Long time member, short time contributor here. I've been a member of SparkPeople since about 5 years ago (I think). Just getting back into it today, although I have been following my current weight loss program since April and have lost 36 pounds so far! Yay me! <BR> <BR> Hoping to get more involved on here now that I have more time on my hands (just recently graduated with my MBA). <BR> <BR> I have a SparkPage that tells a lot more about me, so I won't go into details here... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:03:06 EST New to spark people. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I am a chronic obese woman, I have been obese all of my adult years and chronically overweight during my teenage years. Dealing with my weight issues is very depressing. I suffer medically and mentally with my weight issues. My medical issues include: hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, hypertension, high triglyceride's, back and knee pains, And of course I have depression. I have gotten to the point where I am just tired of it. I need to lose this weight if not just for ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:51:50 EST starting over.....AGAIN :) Hi all. This is my second go round on sparkpeople. First time was about 5-6 years ago, I ended up losing a total of 75 lbs. Well, after a turn of some major life altering events I have gained about 40 lbs back. I'm starting back fresh and getting back on track. I do well when I am diligent about tracking, Motivation seems to be my biggest issue,,,staying motivated anyways, And late night hunger, Glad to be here and I'm happy to restart this journey now that life has regained some normalcy, ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:01:18 EST In it to win Hello everyone, I am thrilled to begin this journey again. I am committed to making it work this time as I am at my highest weight ever. I realize if I don't do something now my health will suffer in the future and with that my quality of life. I am hoping to meet like minded people and that we can act as supports and cheerleaders for each other on this journey we are all on together. In the past I've always tried to do this on my own and realize that I need to do something different thi... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:51:32 EST Newbie here Checking in Ok y'all I'm jumping off the deep in. I want to get back on track and get this last 50lbs off I have to loses. I would really like to make some new friends. Looking forward to getting to know any and all. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:15:48 EST New to Spark People I am new to spark people. I am an obese woman who is 41, with some health problems. Among my health problems are sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, Gerd, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol which all are being treated with medications. I have been on these medications for years and I have been told that if I lose weight I could get off most of these medications. I am tired. I am sick and tired of feeling and being like this. I want to lose this weight my problem is I get started t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:08:27 EST Fighting against Bypass Surgery Last Option HI, Spark World! My heart is very heavy and full right now. I'm 44 5"6 296 pounds. My husband is overweight as well. I have had issues with chest pains and last check my cholesterol numbers didnt look good. My husband has diabetes and high blood pressure. He has been going to Gastric Bypass Meetings and is at the end of the rope trying anything else. <BR> <BR> I know this is a struggle for him. I love him so much and know how scary our situation is. He has been hiding this from me ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:10:32 EST Lets Do This...Again... OK, Here I go again... I am a 44 Year old mother of 2 boys. One 18 and one 7. I have my first grandbaby on the way and could not be more excited!!! October 13 due date but thinking he might be here sooner. I recently fractured my ankle and am really frustrated by not being able to walk normally. I can walk, just not to benefit me. :(. I have about 4 more weeks before I am back to the norm. So they say. <BR> I have restarted this venture many times and really would love any help on maki... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:55:47 EST my september challenges will use this thread to document anything to do with the challenge <BR> <BR> have the stomper & fitness minutes challenges. started late as i hadn't logged on to the site for a while, and wasn't aware of the challenges <BR> <BR> here are some links to my challenge logs. i have the page with my fitness minutes, uploaded from my polar hrm, and some photos of step counts from pedometer <BR> <BR> <BR> fitness minutes <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:00:19 EST Hi says the Newbie Hi, <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople but have been dieting of various types for 30 years now. I am not looking for a diet but a healthy way to live. I have chronic severe asthma which became uncontrolled again in Dec. 2013. Overnight I went from running 5Ks to not being able to walk 10 ft without an inhaler. Exercise is what I enjoy and it has been very difficult to find any that I can do at the moment. I also have multiple food allergies but have found I enjoy cooking. Anyway, that's the b... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:47:50 EST Finish every day... ...and be done with it. You did the best you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; learn from them and forget them. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely. <BR> ~~R.W. Emerson Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:42:44 EST Really need to do this but have questions ... So, hi, I am a 40 year old female at 5'9" weighing about 220. I have one child who is 9 years old. I am self employed and I have high blood pressure. <BR> I have a lot of problems being motivated about exercising because it tires me out, presumably because I am out of shape...therefore I push it off. When I do exercise, I don't feeel like I see benefits from it. Last spring I was walking 4 days a week for 30 minutes each. Did not lose any weight. I do lose weight when I restrict calories gr... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:24:23 EST To begin again I am a 48 y/o single female looking to make significant life changes. I have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my oldest child in 1986. Before that I was active in dance and other activities. My goal is to lose 80 pounds and go back to an active lifestyle now that my kids are grown and out of the house. I look forward to meeting people here and getting to know and support the connections I make. <BR> Cheryl Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:29:01 EST challenge late-starter hi <BR> <BR> just wanted to check if there was anything in the rules to prevent me hopping onto a challenge so late in the month ?? <BR> <BR> thanks Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:24:55 EST New to Tracker I've used LiveStrong for years, un'successfully', regarding weight, but as a means to just look at my nutrition levels, due to having fallen ill some time ago to mysterious illnesses. That app helped a lot, and now I've moved on to SparkPeople to continue because this website is most comparable. My 'old' app is no longer supported as I upgrade mobile devices. (I also cannot get SparkPeople on mobile, but at least their site will operate well as mobile website. <BR> <BR> This time, with Spar... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:59:04 EST Re-committing Happy Sunday- <BR> I am hoping with the beginning of this week, I can get firmly back into the community here at spark. I have been going it alone for some time and gained back a couple pounds since I do not have the accountability I once had. My goal is to check in daily and keep my goals at the front of my mind so I can't keep telling myself to "start tomorrow". <BR> Michaelene Sun, 7 Sep 2014 06:12:37 EST My Monthly Kilometre Goal MY MONTHLY KILOMETRE GOAL: 28km <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 9/1: 1.21km <BR> 9/2: 1.34km <BR> 9/3: 1.96km <BR> 9/4: 1.04km <BR> 9/5: 1.5km <BR> 9/6: 1.36km <BR> 9/7: 1.58km <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: 9.99km <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 9/8: <BR> 9/9: <BR> 9/10: <BR> 9/11: <BR> 9/12: <BR> 9/13: <BR> 9/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> 9/15: <B... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 04:18:12 EST Getting a little discouraged... Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a bit discouraged at the moment. I stepped on the scale today to see how things were going so far even though it hasn't been a week yet since I last weighed. Instead of loosing weight I'm GAINING! <em>46</em> I wonder why?? I've cut out all sweets and junk food. I only drink water and lots of it. I'm eating healthy and within my calorie intake usually 1200 or so. <BR> <BR> As far as exercise I'm doing a bit of everything but started doing streng... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:32:24 EST New to lifestyle changes Good morning! I'm really happy to be here with all of you. I have been putting off and pretending that I didn't need to really lose weight. But now I'm more than 50 lbs over weight. I don't even really recognize who the person is who looks back at me in the mirror. I noticed a few years ago, I pretty much stopped looking, hoping it would just go away. <BR> I just joined (again after a pathetic attempt to join 2 years and 18lbs lighter ago) and I'm really looking forward to hearing abou... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:00:32 EST new and need support Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined in august, but it took me most of the month to get my act together, and I am looking for some new friends to help me on my quest to defluff. <BR> I have 78 lbs to lose...Gulp. and if you want to pal up for mutual support, war stories, or just to have someone else share the journey...Please mail me on here:) <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Jill Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:16:11 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST How to track mileage? So I chose to track my mileage under My Fitness. I thought when I input my walking in the cardio that it would automatically update the miles - but it doesn't. Yet, I can find no way to enter the mileage manually either. What am I missing?? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:21:46 EST New to Team Hi! I have been a Spark People member for a while but have been inactive. I am ready to try again. I hope something permanent clicks. I typically work 10 hours per day and have a hard time finding time to workout. I am usually too exhausted to work when I get home or have kids to shuttle around and I have to get up at 4:30 am just to get to work on time. I have not worked out a routine that will work for me. I hope to get some motivation from this team! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:20:50 EST Not new, but new here :) Hi, all. I joined SparkPeople in 2011 and was very active for about 8-9 months, then fell out of practice on checking in and have been back on for spurts of time since then. During my most active time I lost almost 40 pounds, and maintained for about a year before slowing falling back into bad habits (I didn't reach my goal at that time, but it was still major progress for me). <BR> <BR> I have been actively back to SP since May of this year, and have checked in and out (lurking) since I jo... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:04:12 EST 40 miles in September <BR> <BR> <BR> MY MONTHLY MILEAGE GOAL 40 MILES <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 9/1: 2.25 miles <BR> 9/2: <BR> 9/3: <BR> 9/4: <BR> 9/5: <BR> 9/6: <BR> 9/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 9/8: <BR> 9/9: <BR> 9/10: <BR> 9/11: <BR> 9/12: <BR> 9/13: <BR> 9/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> 9/15: <BR> 9/16:... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:27:47 EST I am back again My daughter is tracking me as well. We are in this together! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:03:09 EST Help Getting Started I would like to participate in all of the September challenges but I am new so I am not sure how to begin. Actually, my real question is where do I get my mileage, fitness minutes, water and freggie goals to know if I am reaching them or not? And after know my goals where do I go from there? I know how to copy and paste the thread but... <BR> Sorry to be such a rookie but this is exactly what I was looking for to give myself some motivation and accountability. <BR> Thank you for any advice yo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:45:32 EST Back Again! I don't even know how long ago it was that I originally joined this group but it has to have been years ago now. Years! How have YEARS gone by and I am still the same overweight I was back then?!?! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm ready to buckle down again and get it together and I'm hoping coming on here daily will help. <BR> <BR> Short version: 45 y/o and I quit smoking (after 22 years) 7 years go. Over the course of that first year of not smoking, I went from my life-long, just-naturally-this-we... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:06:50 EST ~*~September Stompers CHALLENGE CHAT~*~ <em>465</em> Welcome to the September Stompers Challenge Chat <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE CHALLENGES AT ANY TIME <BR> <BR> We are going to have 3 separate threads for the September Stompers challenges. <BR> <BR> This thread will be for chatting and you can post as often as you want! <BR> <BR> The other 3 threads will be for the official nutrition, fitness minutes, and mileage challenges, and are under the CHALLENGES forum. <BR> <BR> <em>228</e... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:33:02 EST ~*~September Stompers MILEAGE CHALLENGE~*~ <em>465</em> Welcome to the September Stompers Mileage Challenge Thread! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:23:24 EST ~*~September Stompers FITNESS MINUTES Challenge~*~ <em>465</em> Welcome to the September Stompers Fitness Minutes Challenge Thread! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:17:40 EST ~*~September Stompers NUTRITION CHALLENGE~*~ <em>465</em> Welcome to the September Stompers Nutrition Challenge <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the fitness minutes challenge, a separate thread for the fitness mileage challenge, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welco... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:11:29 EST Karen Hello, <BR> I'm Karen and I am so ready to get started again. I've been up and down on the scale, and I feel better, sleep better when I'm down in weight. I really need a motivation partner(s). Thanks for reading. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:30:54 EST Another newbie to the group Hi everyone. I just joined SP two days ago so still in the process of sorting through everything and getting things set up. A lot to take in. So far I am really liking what I am seeing here. Looking forward to using the tools that SP has as well as chatting with others going through the same process that I am. I might have some questions in the next couple days as I continue to look around and figure out how everything works and any tips so thanks in advance. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 01:33:35 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Kia ora from NZ - Just started today <em>213</em> Just thought I would say hi <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:30:00 EST I am Back ... Trying this again. Hello Sparklers, <BR> <BR> I need encouragement to get started with MOVEMENT! My body acts very depressed and yet I feel fine. Body wants to stay put and my mind says we can move tomorrow it will be okay. HELP! <em>24</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:56:01 EST Just started Any positive motivation would be appreciated....started and failed too many times!!! I want to start and succeed !!! Thank you in advanced Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:04:13 EST EMOCON <em>36</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:18:08 EST NEW AVENUES NEW SPARKIE! Originally I was Googleing Carb Cycling diet plans and low and behold, Google brought me to the Sparkpeople website. I'm new to this site just today and I'm still learning to navigate it. I've been seeing the different Team forums and blogs and I love it! Please feel free to take a look at my profile and make comments if you wish. My plight is to get off my plateau that I've seem to hit this year after 2.5 years of gym, eating better and some weightloss. I've recently found that Mother Nature... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:06:55 EST Newbie My name is Stephanie and I am new to Spark but not new to weight loss. I have lost and gained but I am ready to make this loss permanent. <BR> I didn't realize how much more difficult weight loss is after 40 <em>40</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:50:20 EST Newbie in the house Hi I'm Kate and I am new to this team. I've been a SP member for years but I'm taking a fresh new approach and I've decided to shake things up, so I thought this team might fit the bill. You seem like a friendly lively bunch and that is just what I need. <BR> <BR> I'm 48 and I though hailing from Ireland, I spend a lot of my time travelling the world, which is great but the lack of continuity wrecks havoc on my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you and sharing my j... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:36:05 EST Indiana New Girl Hi! I'm new and wanting a few friends. I'm trying to lose 50-60 pounds and could use encouragement. I gladly provide encouragement back. If you are in the Fishers, Carmel, Indianapolis, Indiana area, I am available to walk or workout at the YMCA. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:03:52 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:34:10 EST Better late than never So I actually joined Sparkpeople back in March but haven't done anything with it until this week. I kept putting it off till it was convenient to actually start. Well it is never convenient!! So it is past time to get my bootie in gear before it takes on a life on it's own. Literally. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:19:16 EST New Here I am new to this & am trying to figure out the website. Tomorrow will be my first full day so I'm trying to mentally prepare myself today. I have went up & down in weight for years & am trying to make a lifestyle change & not just diet. I have a husband that I love very much & is very supportive. I also have have two daughters that I want to learn to be healthy at a young age so hopefully they won't have the weight problems that I've had. I do better if I have someone to report to so I need ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:16:55 EST Fit and Forty is my goal Hi all, I just turned 40 about a month ago and I went ahead and swapped my 30 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose for this group! Hopefully I will see my number get closer to the 50 this decade around! <BR> <BR> The great thing is that this group appears to have ongoing challenges so this will help! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:05:25 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:45:38 EST New to Spark Hello. I'm new. Trying to work my way around the site so hopefully I'm doing this correctly :) I joined last night but today is the day I really started eating healthier. Didn't do too badly. Did get in my water and then some. Ate on plan. However, did not get time to work out due to a very long day at work. Little crabby but hoping that is normal. Here goes and I'm excited to start feeling better! Nan Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:10:39 EST just joined Hi everyone. Just joined. Hope I can do this!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST Poll: What type of body weight scale do you use? I'm taking a poll. What type/brand/model of body weight scale do you use and are you happy with it? Do you think it's accurate? <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:28:28 EST