SparkPeople Sterling Heights Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in Sterling Heights and the surrounding area. Welcome! SparkPeople Sterling Heights Sparkers Team Messageboard Back at it Hello. I'm Lorene. Mom of four girls ages11, 9, 7 and 5.I've gained and lost the same 30 lbs for the last time.I am ready to do this for good. I plan on dropping 50 lbs to hit a healthy weight by my 35th birthday in June. I am active, but I also like to eat. I just need to find my balance again and I will be ready to roll. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:32:08 EST August 2012 roll call and chat Wow, month of july slipping by! Missed the sticky for July. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to August.. <BR> <BR> Here is our thread to put random thoughts, daily check in.. Questions and miscellaneous stuff Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:45:51 EST personal training! Hello! Thought Id post this on here cause I know there's a probably a lot of people in the Detroit area wanting to begin a fitness program and not sure where to begin. <BR> <BR> I am just letting you all know that I am a certified, established and experienced personal trainer offering personal training and group training rates very low cause Im having a slow summer and like to keep busy:P <BR> <BR> The gym is Anytime Fitness Warren at 9 and Van dyke. its a smaller neighborhood type facilit... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:20:32 EST No excuses... This was a featured spark blog... I tloved it and had to share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_15_best_but_busters </link> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:31:04 EST June 2012 check in and chat Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> This year is zooming by! Half way through the year already... how are you doing on your goals? Did you make New Year's Resolutions... are you still committed to them? This is a good time to re-evaluate your plan. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 23:00:40 EST May chat 2012 Sorry for the late post to the thread. <BR> <BR> Use this space for a check in, just to say Hi.. Or whatever you want to chat about. Sun, 13 May 2012 08:05:50 EST April 2012 check in and chat Has everyone been enjoying the mild weather? I know I have been. <BR> <BR> Iam looking forward to being able to plant a garden this may. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:47:32 EST How to be Happy This article has some really really good thoughts. I wish I could take credit for it, but I can't. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts on it after you read it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-happy/ </link> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:44:53 EST Does Shoulda, Woulda or Coulda have hold of you? Here is a link to a great blog.. Sure to help kick start the willpower to resist these evil roadblocks. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_shoula_coulda_and_woulda_an_eviction<BR>_notice </link> <BR> <BR> I challenge you to start giving the eviction notices to them today... Send the evictions out daily if needed. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:09:04 EST March 2012 check in and chat Wow! This year is cruising by so quickly! Two months have past since the "new years resolution" season has been around. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing on their resolutions? Did you make them? <BR> <BR> I personally do not make them. I try to be consistent through the year so I don't have to start over. Doesn't work all the time, but it's me. Lol Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:27:08 EST Do you take time for YOU? This blog is wonderfully written. Taking time for yourself each day is so important. It doesn't have to be hours each day, even a moment to do something that brings a smile to your day. <BR> <BR> What are ways you take time for you? <BR> <BR> For me, exercise everyday has become a very big part of my day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>your_weight_loss_puzzle_missing_a_cruc<BR>ial_piece </link> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 22:51:52 EST February 2012 check in and chat This year seems to be flying by! Can't believe we hae already gotten through January. I hope everyone is staying focused with the goals you have set for this year. <BR> <BR> We are here to encourage, support, and celebrate in each step of this life journey we are on...together, through SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> -- use this thread for everyday conversation and questions, or just a shout out to let us know you are here. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:59:14 EST Walking at lakeside mall Anyone interested in walking at Lakeside Mall? <BR> <BR> I will be there at 9:00 on Monday January 16. I will be inside the food court entrance. <BR> <BR> I organize a walking meetup and there will be people from this group walking too. <BR> <BR> ••• PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING ••• send me a spark message, reply to this.. I need to know who to look for. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:20:56 EST Stopping self sabotage Here is a link to and a nice article on ways to retrain your thinking... "mantras" that sabotage and better ways to think about it. For example, when you have already blown it for the day.. Instead of telling yourself you may as well make today a cheat day, and start again tomorrow... Think instead "progress, not perfection." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eating-help/control-cravings/control-o<BR>vereating/?sssdmh=dm17.573516&esrc=nwf<BR>itdailytip0113... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:55:02 EST January 2012 daily check in and chat Hi everyone! I am hoping 2012 brings each of us closer to our goals. Let's check in here often to help keep each other motivated to work toward our goals and celebrate in success. Don't forget, success is not measured by the numbers on a scale alone. We each have non scale victories, we just have to be looking for them. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am here for any one of you... If there is anything I can do, just let me know. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:34:04 EST Thinking about "taking a break"? With the CHRISTmas holiday upon us, have you given thoughts to creating a "survival plan" OR are you thinking about "taking a break"? <BR> <BR> This sparkblog gives very good real life examples with the potential cost (in calories) to take a break.. It also shows examples of how to "have your cake (or Christmas cookie) and eat it too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_cost_of_taking_a_break_for_the_holidays </link> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:41:22 EST 10 ideas to overcoming roadblocks (mind over body) I thought this was very good to help get your plan of attack set so you can minimize the stumbling blocks that may be along your healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er_body_fat.asp </link> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:00:24 EST Holiday survival ideas I know many are stressing over the holidays and are in search of coping skills for the upcoming festivities. <BR> <BR> Let's share our success stories, ideas on how to cope with the over abundance of goodies that will tempt our willpower. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:34:53 EST Healthy food vs. fast food I am guilty of this! I fell into the drive thru for meals... <BR> <BR> This article shows how easy it can be to to go healthy and be cost effective too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unking_all_the_excuses_for_choosing_fa<BR>st_food_over_real_food </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:17:03 EST Goal setting I saw this on SparkPeople today and thought it is an awesome article with very solid tips to making your goals reachable. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=696 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone care to share their challenging, attainable and measurable goals? Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:24:47 EST Just starting my journey I am just starting my weight loss journey and I can use all the help I can get. I want to lose the last of the "baby fat", which is about 30 pounds. I have done really well up until now. I seem to have hit a wall and I can't seem to get the last of the weight off. I look forward to getting to know everyone here and I am hoping to find a few people that I could possibly work out with in my area. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:22:16 EST Heyyy =) Hey whats up! <BR> Im Bee, and im 23 from Sterling hts, MI <BR> I am hoping to get on here so I can get some tips for weight loss and some good ideas on getting active! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:49:18 EST The new me by Christmas 2011 Hi My name is Denise Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:02 EST Back on track I haven't been on this site in over a year. I am back to try again. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:46:43 EST September 2011 Please list any events from nutrition, fitness, weigh loss and health here. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:03:41 EST August 2011 Please list any events from nutrition, fitness, weigh loss and health here. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:03:19 EST July 2011 Please list any events from nutrition, fitness, weigh loss and health here. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:01:31 EST June 10 - Weigh In SW <BR> -/+ <BR> CW <BR> <BR> What worked for you this week? <BR> What is your June Goal? <BR> Go Team!! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste from "Go Team!!" up to make sure you copy the questions - add to a new post and fill in your info along with the questions. <BR> <BR> The last time you weighed yourself will be your start weight = SW <BR> Fridays will be your loss or gain for the week = +/- <BR> List your current weight - CW <BR> <BR> Happy Losing!! <BR> Kim Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:56:09 EST Daily Check In Hi Gang!! <BR> Check In and let everyone know how you're doing. <BR> Michigan has some great parks, area attractions and resources to get fit and healthy. <BR> If you are planning a walk, ride, run or any kind of activity you think other would enjoy, let us know. <BR> Get Fit! <BR> Kim Sat, 4 Jun 2011 08:55:15 EST Ok here I am Hi my name is Jeanne. I'm starting this site today. I joined a community center with a pool and gym yesterday (even though I'm a non-resident and it cost more). In the past 5 years I have had way too many health problems for my age. All caused by obesity. I am healthy enough to exercise now and this Cinco de Mayo is my Independence (from disease) Day. I'm going to use all of you and all of these resources shamelessly to get healthy. Thu, 5 May 2011 10:04:07 EST Hi My name's Kristie and I'm new to the forums. I was a member of Weight Watchers and I've lost 30 pounds on the plan but keep falling off. I want to try something different. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:04:31 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I'm Michelle from Michigan and I recently joined SparkPeople to help me reach my goals of losing weight and becoming healthier. I'm still learing about the site but so far have found it very helpful. I appreciate your support! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:34:14 EST Dodge Park 5K 1st Saturday in June Anyone on S.H Spark team signed up ? <BR> It's my 1st 5k and I never run outside <BR> <BR> (treadmill at LTF) <BR> <BR> I'd like a running partner to help motivate me. <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:06:38 EST Hello everyone!! I have been a pretty useless team leader for that past while... long while. <BR> <BR> I am working to get back into the swing of things and if there is anyone out there that would like to help me get things going here again... please let me know. <BR> <BR> Joette Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:45:16 EST Katie From Sterling Heights Hi I am almost 28 and have lived in Sterling Heights forever. I had my daughter in 2005 and gained more weight than I should have and continued to gain...and kept diving deeper...until my now 5.5 year old looked at me and said "mommy you need to lose weight or you are going to die and that would make me very sad" I am not only am doing this for her but also for myself...I am looking for support and motivation from locals... and trying to keep motivated with the help of my daughter and... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:33:02 EST Hey there from the 48312! I'm in a competition with a couple of my friends .. kind of a biggest loser thing.... <BR> <BR> I'm the youngest (still in my 20's), but we're all trying to lose the baby weight! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to use this as a support system for me! <BR> <BR> AND I'm more than happy to help motivate others as well! It's a team effort right? <BR> <BR> Sara Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:26:22 EST Hi, My name is Cheryl. I am 50 years old.. My goal is to lose 5 lbs., My intrest inclue, listening to the radio, talking with friends, scrapbooking and exercise. I joined the site to become more fit. In March of '09 I was diag. with Breast Cancer , it was caught EARLY, due to having a MAMMOGRAM! I didn't need treaent , but did need to increase my intake of fruits and vegies, and a few other things. One year later I am doing and feeling fine. Cancer doesn't discriminate! I was born with a disability. And am confined to a wheelchair Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:19:29 EST Stressed and Afraid to fail at this Hello, I'm starting this diet and I'm already stressed with general life issues going on and am afraid I'm going to fail at this. Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions? It is to hard to talk to my friends b/c they are not in this situation and I'd love to find a chat buddy that is going through this as well. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:57:01 EST Hello! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writenow10, and I just joined Spark People this morning. I'm 25 years old and I currently live in Michigan. For the past 3 years, I taught elementary school in North Carolina. This year, I'm making a career change. I'm trying to become an author! <BR> <BR> I recently lost 30 pounds (woohoo!). I would like to lose 10-15 more. I would also like to work on developing a healthy lifestyle where good nutrition and fitness are normal parts of my life, not a "die... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:30:02 EST SparkDetroit Annual Picnic If anyone is interested, there is a SparkDetroit picnic July 18th. All the details are at <BR> arkrally.asp?event=8656 Fri, 9 Jul 2010 17:46:06 EST Go For It: What do you consider the best goal? I currently have a goal to lose weight. I have a fixed numbers to lose and to reach. What though do you consider the first and best goal that you have/had? <BR> <BR> Not trying to end any sort of discussion yet isn't the best goal that anyone could have is to establish a habit of exercise as part of their lives? have you established that? How did you do it? For me, I was told to just go to the gym every day at the same time. I did that for a few months until it felt like it was the normal ro... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 12:19:48 EST YourViewof LocalGyms: We have global and local work out facilities in Sterling Heights. Are you a member of one? Answer a few questions and share with the Sterling Heights Sparkers- <BR> 1) How long have you been a member <BR> 2) Did you feel welcomed as a new member <BR> 3) Does the center provide continued guidance <BR> 4) Does it motive you being a member or no/difference <BR> 5) provide any other information about the perks of the facility. <BR> <BR> DO NOT POST regarding negative experiences or w... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:38:59 EST Go For It: Walk/Run/Jog Wow, it is hot out there the last few days so make sure that you are drinking water. (also did you know that there is no real real to how much water that you drink? I drink tons.. initially the time you start drinking water you lose water weight since your body will adjust to thinking that more water will be coming so I can let this stuff out) <BR> <BR> Side topic there, back to topic: <BR> I hope you are out there walking,running,or jogging. They varying in speed and technique so what are... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 17:48:28 EST Go for it: Free Weights. Why are you not using free weights? <BR> <BR> One doesn't have to pick up the heaviest weight as form is so important so use a weight that you can handle. <BR> <BR> Free weights provides a full range of motion in your body(muscles) which provide all the fun basic motions to your body like being able to walk. <BR> <BR> No, you will not get huge muscles. It takes body builders a lot of focus workouts and specific meal plans. <BR> <BR> Last muscle mass will increase your resting calorie bu... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 17:09:52 EST Does Anyone Know? Hi I am knew to this group and I live in Sterling Heights. I was wondering if anyone knows of any place where you can do a spinning class. I am currently a member of Charter Fitness, but would love to take a spinning class somewhere. If anyone knows where I can just take a spinning class I would love if you would let me know. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Jenn Mon, 5 Apr 2010 20:08:43 EST I'm back baby! :) I'm back!!!! Life is slowing down at the homefront and my daughter is back at school full-time! :) I have rejoined my gym (Lifetime Fitness) and have decided to take on a vegetarian diet (with the help of a nutritionist). I have discovered my love of black beans and green peppers! :) <BR> <BR> If any of you have a lifetime membership, I would love to work out with you some time! I can rarely make the early morning walks because of my Lila but I am open to meeting in an afternoon or e... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 02:49:48 EST I'm back baby! :) I'm back!!!! Life is slowing down at the homefront and my daughter is back at school full-time! :) I have rejoined my gym (Lifetime Fitness) and have decided to take on a vegetarian diet (with the help of a nutritionist). I have discovered my love of black beans and green peppers! :) <BR> <BR> If any of you have a lifetime membership, I would love to work out with you some time! I can rarely make the early morning walks because of my Lila but I am open to meeting in an afternoon or e... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 02:48:43 EST HELLO HELLO Where did everyone go?? <BR> I've been MIA for a few months but dang I didn't think everyone would leave!! Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:56:34 EST Hello! experienced with fitness.. new to team... Hello! I am lookin for people interested in getting fit at the gym. Ive studied fitness for years and have recently lost so much weight that Im losing muscle so I need to back to the heavier weight sessions a couple days a week and Im very family with circuits and keeping them fun and new and incooperating cardio and full body moves. I'm 27, live in Clinton Twp, a bit on the alternative side. Just hoping having a partner will motivate me:) Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:30:47 EST Hi from Michigan Hi, <BR> <BR> This is Anni from Michigan! I wok in an office and sit most of the day. Especially, now that we are short staffed it's sit, sit, sit. My husband and I have a commuter relationship and we see each other on the weekends. It's easy to sit around and junk out during the week...but, I did join a gym last December I suffered with sciatica and was off my schedule for about 5 months... it was awful! Now, I'm feeling better and back to working out a little bit at a time b... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:27:20 EST New and emotional Hi. A friend told me of this site. I live in Sterling Heights, I am a married mom of a 4 yr daughter and a current WW member. I was down 13 lbs. with 7 to 10 to go. Then I lost my mother to cancer 2 weeks ago. Went on an emotional 2 week binge,went back on the pill (docs orders for a condition) and gained 6 1/2 lbs. in two weeks. Back on track. thought I wld try this along with WW...need to start exercising. Confused with this site but working on it. Never did chats before. New at all. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 00:14:55 EST In Need of Advice Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I'm in a bit of a slump right now and am looking for some advice. <BR> <BR> I am almost finished with month #2 of operation diet/fitness. I started out great... Working out with my wii fit everyday (I still do this, haven't given up yet) By the end of month #1 I lost approximately 20 lbs. It felt great! I was so happy! <BR> <BR> Now, month #2 is almost over. I still am watching my portion sizes, still am not eating white flour, still am not drinking soda, basical... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:56:34 EST Hello!! Hello Fellow Sterling Heights Sparkers! I am going into my 3rd week as a spark person and so far things are going great! We got a wii and wii fit plus for christmas and I have been using it as my main way/reason to exercise... So, that combined with my sparkpeople ipod app has helped me lose 12 pounds so far! My goal is to lose 50 by next january 1st and I feel confident that I will reach it! So, anyway... I just wanted to say "Hi"to everybody and that I'm excited to be part of this online c... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 07:44:55 EST ~Hello Everyone~ My name is Lisa and I am a 27 year old single mother of a beautiful almost 3 year old (she turns 3 already next month...yikes!) So I am not new to the whole eating correctly and excercising everyday game. It was almost 4 years ago that I fell off the bandwagon. I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship and was pregnant. I just think I gave up on myself. Well now I am back and ready to get back into hopefully even better shape than I have ever been in! i can't believe I have put on more... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:47:09 EST Week 1 I am very skeptical about dieting after being on so many yo-yo diets where I lose weight but gain it all back plus some. It is frustrating. I used this first week to just kind of see what this site was like and count my caloric intake... it was enlightening. I really wasn't aware of the number of calories that I was consuming in a day, it was shocking. Now, I am taking the next steps to a healthier me. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:59:52 EST Has this team shut down/quit/moved on? What's up? I just joined and am checking out the site. Sterling Heights doesn't appear to have any activity. Say "Hey!" if the group is still around. Sun, 20 Sep 2009 17:43:57 EST New to the Group This looks an amazing site that can really help keep me motivated. <em>104</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:22:38 EST New and confused Hi, I am new to SparkPeople and need to try to understand the website. I dont know how this team page thingy works. I recently changed work hours from full time to part time so that I can take care of my new grandson so my daughter could go back to work. I think it is a great time for me to take care of myself as well. How do I participate with and find out what is up with the Sterling Heights Team???????? Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:34:23 EST Honey, I'm home! anybody here? <BR> <BR> I'm back!!! Hope to talk to u all soon. <BR> <BR> Dorie Fri, 10 Apr 2009 09:55:56 EST Work out smarter not harder!!! You don't have to workout hard to see results! As matter of fact, the chance is you won't see much results at all! Why? Well, first let me ask you, how do you gauge the intensity of your cardio workouts? The 220-age method? If you sweat much? How you feel? The cardio program on the machine? Well, it is time to work smarter!!! <BR> Ask what heart rate do you burn 50% fat? At what heart rate does your body stop burning fat and use all sugar? This is what you need to know!! And ev... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:26:54 EST Impromptu lunch... joiners? :) I am going to lunch tomorrow at the Waterstone Cafe and Grill on Woodward (just north of the zoo) tomorrow at 1 p.m. Any joiners??? email me @ and let me know. :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:54:00 EST Gym Buddies I've been looking for a gym buddy for a while and I figured this might be a good place to find one. I work out at Lifetime Shelby and I'd like to find someone so we could motivate each other, make things more entertaining :) Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:18:37 EST Noob! Hi everyone! I just found this website today (love it so far) and am hoping it can help keep me motivated. I have about 38 pounds I'd like to lose. I've lost 11 so far and I'm hoping to really kick it into gear in the following months. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 01:35:11 EST Hi I am new here Hi everyone, <BR> I am the newbie, getting started and amazed at this site...thanks to my friend Connie I am here....looking forward to getting to know you and getting healthier, by getting into my exercise routine...being a diabetic its hard to get weigh off but I am a lazy exerciser..... <BR> Sandi Sun, 1 Feb 2009 07:49:21 EST Lunch on Thursday? Anybody up for lunch or dinner on Thursday???? :) <BR> <BR> Laurel <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:07:49 EST People magazine This week's people magazine is FULL of nutritional info and tips on weight loss. It is the "Half their Size" edition and sparkpeople is mentioned because one of the members is profiled. :) <BR> <BR> I was shocked how many pages of info there was. Plus, a lot of inspirational profiles, which helps me. I am always moved by other people's accomplishments and it inspires me to try harder. <BR> <BR> Check it out... $4.49 for the magazine but the information it holds is priceless. ;) <BR> ... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:02:07 EST Looking for a treadmill... I am looking to buy a used/new treadmill. Mine is fried and I am on the verge of tears about it. <BR> <BR> I know I sound like a big baby, but you have no idea how much that treadmill meant to me. It was my freedom to walk inside when the weather is utter crap. <BR> <BR> I am not looking for a handout... just wanted to know if anyone has a treadmill they want to sell. <BR> <BR> Thanks... Laurel <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:35:33 EST Looking for new clothes... I am looking for size 14/16 shirts (or Ls or XLs) and size 16/18 pants (or smaller... but nothing under 14). <BR> <BR> Reasonably priced please. :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:48:25 EST January 09 Challenge... I think our Jan. challenge can be to walk at least a mile in one way or the other... count your steps, take a relaxing walk, jog at the gym... you name it, it counts. Make sure to check in here. :) <BR> <BR> I am checking in for today... I walked 2 miles. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:46:37 EST New To You Hi There, I just found this team. I live in Armada, is anyone close? Sat, 3 Jan 2009 16:17:58 EST January 09 Contest Anyone up for a January 09 Contest? I think we should do it by % lost. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 09:14:07 EST Tailoring Can anyone recommend a good tailor in the area? Sun, 21 Dec 2008 19:11:39 EST Are there any Spinning Classes in Sterling Heights Ive been searching the web and id like to try it does anyone know where i can find a spinning class? Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:18:39 EST Most local group Hi everyone, I just found this group and it appears to be the closest one to my home in Waterford. Thu, 4 Sep 2008 20:51:29 EST Looking for 14/16-18/20 clothes on the cheap????? old news Thu, 21 Aug 2008 01:43:42 EST Walking for a charity (Light the Night) Ok, So I've been thinking about this for awhile now and would like to know what others thought. But would anyone like to walk for a charity There is the light the night walk that takes place at Memorial park in Royal Oak it happens on Oct. 3 and will help out the Leukemia and lymphoma society of Michigan. If anyone would be interested in creating a walk team for this please let me know so I can get a hold of the organizers to get our team registered. Just remember if you decide to participate... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 18:33:53 EST Update... Sorry I haven't been on here much this summer. Summertime is so much busier than I remember it. I used to stay home a lot before I lost the weight, now it is tough to keep me down! LOL <BR> <BR> The heat is a little much to bare, but I have been working out still. I miss the outside walks. Once in awhile, I will take one in an evening. Mostly, I am relying on my treadmill and Wii Fit to get me through the summer. LOL <BR> <BR> Other than all that, I am good. My daughter, Katie, spen... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:53:09 EST Photo Gallery updates 1) You can now add up to 50 photos to your gallery, up from 25. <BR> <BR> 2) You can now also change the order of your photos. Go to Edit SparkPage, the click Edit My Photo Gallery. You can then put your mouse on any photo to move it around the page, and click Save at the bottom left when you are finished. <BR> <BR> We hope these changes make SparkPages an even more helpful way to both showcase your success and share more about yourself with other members. Also, keep in mind that if you'd... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 07:45:22 EST Looking for suggestions Hey everyone, We are looking for suggestions on how to make this a better team. If you would like to be involved please post any and all suggestions here. We'd love to here from all of you whether you are new or just haven't posted in awhile. We would still love to hear from you. <BR> B. Thu, 24 Jul 2008 17:32:21 EST good feeling for the day I know sometimes when I read these they brighten my day and influence my life. In fact I get them sent to my daily email. Anyway I thought this might one might help motivate some of you, I know it helped me. It's from a few days ago but if you like there is a link to get more of these daily eye openers as I call them down at the bottom of the page. <BR> B. <BR> <BR> July 17, 2008 <BR> Actively Participating <BR> Showing Up For Life <BR> <BR> The way we walk into a room says a lot about the... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:01:08 EST Scammer uses "failure to report f jury duty" This was on another message board and I felt it important to share. <BR> ~~~ <BR> This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take <BR> those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced. <BR> <BR> The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, ... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 13:51:33 EST I'm baacccckk :D Hey everyone, I'm sorry I've been a bit distant and away. I've been lurking a bit in sparkpeople. I've not been commited to staying focused the past month and as of this past Monday, I found the inspiration somewhere. I'm glad too! <BR> <BR> In the past month of not doing my weigh in and not tracking everything that goes into my mouth..I've put back on 5 pounds! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let everyone know that I am recommited to this lifestyle. I know it works, and I have enjoyed it. I honestl... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:07:28 EST Hello. New here. Hello everyone. I just joined yesterday and am still trying to figure out how everything works but what I have found so far is great. I'm here because I want to lose some weight, feel better about myself and have more energy to keep up with my children! <em>41</em> I'm looking for some motivation to stay on track and not get discouraged when I don't do well. I look forward to getting to know everyone. <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:53:41 EST New To group HI every one-I currently live in utica and Work @ Lifetime fitness as a Personal Trainer. I am looking for some new friends and inspiration to get back on track. Also to help anyone along their own journey. Please take a look at my page for more information. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:49:17 EST That Time of the Month This is the first PMS I've gone through since I started eating right and exercising. I find myself craving more food. Not really sweets, but greasy things, like fried chicken. I didn't go buy any, though. I also have a weird feeling of foreboding, like something is wrong, but that must just be the hormones. How do the rest of you deal with these monthly cravings? I'm just sitting here gritting my teeth trying to ignore them. Fri, 13 Jun 2008 22:46:31 EST Spark Goodies! I don't know if they just did it, or if my being away had me miss it.... but we have NEW spark goodies to use! Check them out if you haven't already. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 21:48:57 EST June outing? Is anyone interested in trying again to get together for June? <BR> <BR> I know the month is quickly slipping by, but wanted to put it out there. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:15:28 EST Message from sparkpeople re: "chain messages" Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> We've started to have more of a problem recently with "chain" messages. For example, you're asked to send something along to 10 of your friends, and before you know it you're getting this same message (or a similar one) from lots of different people. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of these are very nice, but not everyone wants them. So we're going to ask that people stop forwarding these along- either as SparkMail messages or comments on SparkPages. Please pass the word alo... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:20:50 EST Won't be around for a long while... I know I just seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth. There are good reasons for the absence. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have since had surgery and am currently going through radiation therapy. It was caught early and to the best of our knowledge it has not spread. At least all of the poking and proding has said that so far. <BR> <BR> The radiation is tough. I am always tired and it seems all I do is go for treatments and sleep. I've lost a lot of weigh... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 08:55:07 EST I'm New I just discovered this page i have been trying to lose weight since the beginning of this year. I started out at 235lbs on jan 1, 2008 im now at 203lbs. But the past month i have not exercised and have fallen off of my diet. But today Ive decided im going to get back on it. I hope to make some friends here I really need help with staying on track. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 14:49:01 EST Another new SparkFeature! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> In addition to all of the exercise demos that you can do from home, we now have demos of gym equipment too. That's been a common request from members, so we're happy that we could get it done! <BR> <BR> These demos can be found in the Fitness Resource Center, the add-a-exercise functionality in the fitness tracker, and they will also be included in the randomly generated routines generated by the fitness page. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Fri, 30 May 2008 06:32:55 EST New Feature: SparkStreaks Sparkpeople launched a new feature today called SparkStreaks, where you can challenge yourself to reach certain goals every day (or week or month if you'd like). We know that members track streaks on their own, so we wanted to create this feature to make it easier to track. Streaks are a great way to give you extra motivation to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can view and manage your SparkStreaks by clicking on My Home/Start, then finding a link to SparkStreaks in the "myTools" section on ... Thu, 22 May 2008 14:49:47 EST May's Walk day OK this is how it works I am choosing Mays walk day. Please only post if you are planing on coming also post if you are bringing anyone that way we know an approximate #. <BR> <BR> Host: B.Fitts (Becky) <BR> Where: Stony Creek Nature center <BR> When: Saturday, May 24, 2008 <BR> What time: 1:00 pm <BR> I will be arriving a few minutes early and we can meet in the parking/picnic area. <BR> <BR> Things you might want to bring <BR> - $4.00 for parking if you do not have a metro park pass. ... Sun, 11 May 2008 18:04:30 EST SparkPeople emails??? I haven't gotten an email from SparkPeople in the last 2 days! I am signed up for 5 or 6 that I receive daily, not to mention the alert emails I get after posting on a message board. <BR> <BR> Is everyone else getting emails? Sun, 11 May 2008 09:10:11 EST Calories /Working out I have a really dumb question…I am very new to the whole counting calorie thing-I was doing weight watchers but thought I would try it out! <BR> <BR> If anyone has seen my log, I have a tendency to go over, I am TRYING not too and admit to having a ‘night snacking weaknesses that I am trying to curb-smile <BR> <BR> So here is the question, when you have 1200-1500 calories does that include what you are using during your workout, for example, I go over say 200 calories and burn 250 during a ... Thu, 8 May 2008 10:02:41 EST How's everybody doing? The team has been pretty quiet lately - just wondered how everybody is doing. I am hanging in there - I wasn't perfect over the weekend, but have been doing good this week. This weekend will be challenging, beginning with tomorrow. We are going to Abuelos for dinner tomorrow and then on Sunday a Mother's day brunch. Wed, 7 May 2008 21:27:06 EST walk day each month I was wondering now that the weather is getting nicer out if any of you would like to meet on a Saturday or Sunday once a month to walk. I was thinking we could maybe choose a different place if everyone would like each month. That way no one would always be the one who gets stuck driving further. Also it would give all of us an excuse to see different parks and walking area's. <BR> I'll even host the first one at Stony Creek metro park on they're Nature Trail in May. <BR> I just need... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 02:35:38 EST May Challenge Hey everyone, I can't believe it is almost May already! It's time to get a new challenge going. The past couple months it seems we do real good the first couple weeks then fall apart. <BR> <BR> Do you think a challenge of the week would fit our group better than a month at a time? <BR> <BR> What kinds of things would you like to see in our challenges? Sun, 27 Apr 2008 23:47:41 EST Thought you might want to check this place out A new restaurant opened up by work over on Hall Rd. between Garfield & Hayes called Potbelly's. They have some great salads and sandwiches. Even offer "Skinny" breads. I was checking out their website to see if they had any nutrition info and they actually have a calculator! They also provide a detailed list so if you need to avoid gluten you know what is safe to eat. I had the Veggie on Skinny Wheat... mushroms, lettuce... lots of yummies and for a 12" sandwich it was only 287 calories.... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 21:31:07 EST Personal Question??? Seeing that it seems to be mostly women on this team and it's a local question anyway I though I'd ask this question here. <BR> Where's a good place to buy a Sports Bra for a person with big breasts? <BR> Ok I hope that wasn't to up front but, <BR> I'm frustrated, The one sports bra that I have finally bit the dust, I have been looking for a new one but got my last one while we were living in TX. So I have no clue on where to shop for this very necessary item. The other problem is I'm a n... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 18:26:41 EST Earth day challenge Hey all I went for a walk with a friend today and she does something really cool and I thought it would be a good challenge for Earth day coming up on the 22 of April. I challenge everyone to take a bag with them on the next outside walk they go on. Whether it is down the road or in a park or where ever you walk. and pick up any garbage that you see. It's an easy way to not only keep yourself happy but also mother earth happy too. Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:38:49 EST Blog Features added!! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a new feature that's been a popular request: <BR> <BR> The blog subscription manager works exactly the same as board manager; it shows blogs you are actively subcribed to, and ones you've been subsribed to in the past. Blog subscriptions have always worked like board subscriptions, where you need to click the link in your notification to "re-subscribe." <BR> <BR> This is linked from the "My Community" section of the Start page, under the "My SparkPage" sect... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:22:26 EST stuck I'm sort of frustraited right now. I started the sparks diet and I was 203, I'm eating better, excersicing almost every day and I've lost 3lbs which is good but that was in the first week it's now my 3rd week in and I'm still stuck at 200. But I also tape myself and have lost about a 1/4 of an inch off my waiste, in the last 2 weeks. So I have to be doing something right? Just don't know why I'm not loseing weight? If anyone can help me I'd appreciate it. <BR> to sum it up I want to know w... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:57:17 EST Food Tracker Features Announced :) From Resident Expert Dave: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This morning we launched an enhancement to the food tracker where you can share you manually imported foods with all members, and then also import these shared foods from other members. We hope this makes the tracker even easier to use by making many more foods available. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can share: <BR> 1) Go to your myNutrition page and click Add a Food, then click to the My Favorites tab. <BR> 2) On Favorites, click... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 19:08:41 EST What are you looking forward to most? What are you looking forward to most after you drop the weight? <BR> <BR> Personally I want to have a family portrait taken. The last one we had taken was over 10 years ago. I keep putting it off because I can't stand the way I look. My oldest will be a senior next year and I desperately want a family picture taken before he leaves for college. <BR> <BR> I just feel like a lump. My husband is 6'5", my oldest is 6'4" and my youngest is 6' at 15 and still growing. All of them are built... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:29:29 EST Hello new members... Welcome... and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to post or email me directly. :) <BR> <BR> Feel free to post new conversations and enjoy your time here. <BR> <BR> Good luck on your new lifestyle and contined success at weight loss. If you are just starting out, remember that you CAN succeed at weight loss. Even if you have over 100 pounds to lose. I did it and so can you! :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Sun, 13 Apr 2008 09:39:17 EST question about weigh-ins Just many people change their weight amounts when you GAIN? I did change it once, and then back again when I lost, but now I've decided that I'm only posting my progress (ie: when my weight is below what is currently posted then I'll update). <BR> <BR> I decided that I wanted my little weight meter thingy to reflect my triumphs, not every little failure. What does everyone think? Sat, 12 Apr 2008 21:02:46 EST New Diet ;) Toddler Miracle Diet <BR> People are always on the lookout for a new diet. The trouble with most diets is that you don't get enough to eat (the starvation diet), you don't get enough variation ( the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat diet). Consequently, people tend to cheat on their diets, or quit after 3 days. Well, now there's the new Toddler Miracle Diet! Over the years you may have noticed that most two years olds are trim. Now the formula to their success is available to all in... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:41:15 EST Newbie here! Hya Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first day here, I am a 38 year woman living in Oakland Country, I am originally from Texas and don't know many people here, so I am so glad I found a group located in my area. <BR> <BR> I have done Weight Watchers and lost 37 pounds, I am now down to only losing 17... <BR> <BR> I am having abdominal issues and will be having a endoscope Tuesday so I hope to start working out again after that (they think I have an ulcer) <BR> <BR> I have 50 pounds I want... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:25:36 EST RiverBend Park I just found out that dogs are allowed at River Bend park in Shelby Twp (22 Mile and Ryan)! I've been wanting to try out some trails, instead of just walking my dog thru my neighborhood all the time. I probably would also walk trails without the dog (with a friend - not alone), so I was excited to learn about RiverBend. I live at 22 and Romeo Plank so it's not too far to drive. <BR> <BR> However........................ I work with law enforcement on a daily basis, and I've been told that ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:34:03 EST Workout music and guilty pleasures I read an article on this site earlier this morning and it got me thinking... <BR> <BR> What music do you walk/workout to? What guilty pleasures are in your iPod? <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to listen to a lot of 70's funk, some disco, metal, and southern rock. As for guilty pleasures hidden away in my iPod; Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing", Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood", Ebn Ozn's "Aeiou And Sometimes Y", and many more. <BR> <BR> So fess up ladies... what's inside your iPod? <BR> <BR> Maybe w... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 08:40:38 EST Soda pop information ~ Anyone drink the stuff? Found this on another team... More reasons sodas are bad for us. :( <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cle.jsp?id=1000004 </link> Tue, 8 Apr 2008 20:13:26 EST Through the sanity there is light Of all the weeks to decide to start living healthy. lol With everything that has happened this week, both physically and professionally I was scared I hadn't done everything I could to insure a successful week. Well, I am proud to say I lost 5 lbs.! <BR> <BR> I didn't do this on my own though. I want to thank all of you for the support and guidance. It means a great deal to me. <BR> <BR> Here is to success and good health! (Lifting my glass of ice water) Sun, 6 Apr 2008 16:40:14 EST Beginning again I joined Sparkpeople last May with two goals: lose thirty pounds and run a 5K. I couldn't run to the end of the block then so I was worried about achieving that goal - but, you know, aim high right? What an amazing summer it was. I lost the weight with the help of this fabulous website and ran the CRIM 5K in August. By Thanksgiving I had run a few more races, even a five miler. However I made the mistake of thinking I could do this weight loss thing on my own and stopped using this site ... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:51:15 EST Who's eating nutrition (energy) bars? I am totally hooked on my Odwalla BerryGoMega bar. I eat one for breakfast every (and I mean EVERY day) and sometimes one for a snack. I used to have a thing for ZonePerfect Mango Orange Bars and almost sunk into deep depression when they stopped making that flavor. I don't know why I don't care for any of the chocolate flavors...but I LOVE these fruity bars! <BR> <BR> I also like Lara Bars in the fruity flavors (apple, cherry or lemon) and Nature's Path Optimum Energy Pomegran Cherry. To... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:24:13 EST HEY! Why did I have to huddle all alone today??? I can't believe it! I posted a huddle around 6am today and I come back at 8:42 and my huddle is the ONLY-est one here!!! What's up with that??? <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2008 20:44:39 EST A dieter's work is never done <BR> a dieter's work is never done <BR> ...written by WILLLOSEIT <BR> <BR> Saturday, Jun 9 2007 <BR> <BR> being prepared is what we do <BR> to beat this thing <BR> called obesity <BR> <BR> we food shop <BR> for hours <BR> reading labels <BR> good fat <BR> high fiber <BR> low carbs <BR> making the choices <BR> the right choices <BR> to help us <BR> beat this thing <BR> once and for all <BR> <BR> we go out to eat <BR> and peruse the menu <BR> the minefield <BR> we ask q... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 17:11:07 EST I need help with urges...please Long story short, I had been on birth control injections for the past 15+ years and have recently stopped taking them. Well today was the first day of my first cycle in all those years and I am craving like a mad woman. I want salt so bad... right now I am craving nachos w/ guacamole. Earlier it was butter and salted popcorn. How in the heck do you overcome these unearthly cravings? I tried one mini ricecake but forget it, that's not what I want. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to do. He... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 15:15:00 EST What's in a name? I found this on another team and it realllly is something to think about. <BR> <BR> ~~~~ <BR> <BR> More than we might think. Especially when it comes to our usernames. Many of us, including FROGSTYR, have come to SP with low self-esteem issues. When people see our username they begin to form an opinion, right or wrong, about us. <BR> <BR> More importantly, our choice of our username can actually influence our success here and in our daily lives. How? Because we see that name everytime we ... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 09:23:44 EST Restaurant suggestions needed... I am looking for a good restaurant suggestion for my weight-loss celebration party. <BR> <BR> I would prefer it was in a northern 'burb... as far up as Great Lakes Crossing. The only area I am ruling out is downriver and Detroit proper. <BR> <BR> Laurel :) Thu, 3 Apr 2008 09:23:58 EST New here too! Hi I just joined! I was pretty excited to see there is actually a Sterling Heights team. I am still figuring out all of the features around here. I have about 30 lbs. that I would like to lose and need someone to be accountable to! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 22:49:33 EST Scale recommen dations. Got any? My husband suggested we purchase a new bathroom scale since ours is close to 10 years old. I have been looking on line and OH MY! They don't just measure your weight anymore. <BR> <BR> Do I want all of these bells and whistles? Body fat percentage, body water percentage, weight of bone mineral in the body, daily caloric intake, age level according to basal metabolic rate.,. yada, yada, yada... Is anyone else as lost as I am? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Is there a band/model that you rea... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 11:44:30 EST Eat This Not That... I am reading this new book, Eat This Not That, by David Zinczenko. <BR> <BR> He is the editor-in-chief of Men's Health. He co-wrote it with Matt Goulding, who I heard on 95.5 the other day. <BR> <BR> It is FULL of comparisons of restraunt food, and you will be utterly SHOCKED at what is high in fat and what isn't. <BR> <BR> They rate which restaurants are better than others. In it, they pull apart menus and show you what to order vs. what not to order. <BR> <BR> Fifteen restruants... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 15:53:09 EST Found this article interesting... Last year, I was denied access to a roller coaster because of my size. I am sure that wouldn't happen to me now, but you can imagine my embarrassment. People just looked. This year, I will just "blend". LOL However, I remember that feeling and started checking out weight restrictions and such on roller coasters and other amusement park rides. I was surprised... last year I wouldn't have been able to even ride some of the water rides. Some of the limits are 400 per car, but with 2 peopl... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:03:00 EST Health Food Stores in Macomb County? Are there any good health food stores or organic grocery store in Macomb County? I love Whole Foods and Trader Joe's but trying to get over to Oakland County can be a joke. Depending on the time of day/traffic it is not always possible. <BR> <BR> I worked out in the San Francisco Bay area over the summer and became spoiled by the markets. I know I would have an easier time eating healthy if I had those resources. I'm just not much of a Kroger or Meijers shopper. I tend to shop at those ... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 08:09:00 EST Water workout... I did the 60 minute water workout tonight... was intense, very cardio (heart rate up, fat burning, muscle building), and very fun. I was surprised I liked it as much as I did. <BR> <BR> If you are looking for an intense exercise that is easy on the joints, you should check it out. It was awesome. <BR> <BR> I worked out 3x today... walked the entire pathway at the nature center (a little over a mile and a third), did ten minutes of quick walking on the treadmill, did some strength exercise... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 21:28:54 EST Com Casts on demand fitness channel Hey all, I know I'm pretty new to this board but I was messing around with my cable today and came across a really neat channel for any of you that have comcast which I'm sure some of you do. and if you subscribe to there on demand TV. There is a great channel on there call Fitness on demand they have tons of work out video's everything from hard core Cardio workouts to Yoga and strength training videos. all together there was a list of something like 90 different video's that you can get to ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:07:52 EST I'm so glad I found this place! Hello. I just joined yesterday and already I love this place! Usually on my day off is when I stray from my diet. Especially today as it is raining out and all I want to do is sit by the fireplace and watch movies. Every time I would start to even think of "cheating" I would pop by here and read an article or just surf the site... and it worked! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to say hello. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:32:50 EST PUSH Time ~ April 2008 Here we go... April's challenge: <BR> <BR> We are going to start with a stretch: <BR> Torso stretch <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=62 </link> <BR> <BR> Then: <BR> Modified Plank <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=7 </link> <BR> <BR> Standing Side Bend <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=131 </link> <BR> <BR> Since we all kinda faded after a couple weeks, lets check in with this mid ... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 23:32:54 EST New members - please read. :) I know a few of you are here because my good friend suggested you join. :) That was nice of her to help me spread news of our team. <BR> <BR> I am not ignoring you all... just a little busy with a daughter's health issue, spring break for monsters, and trying to get up north to see my mom and a friend. CRAZY. :) <BR> <BR> Anyhow... welcome. :) I am going to spend about 2-3 hours only tomorrow catching up, making a new challenge and updating all the info. <BR> <BR> If any of you nee... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 23:14:44 EST Macomb Twp in the House! Woooo Wooooo!!!! HI everyone! I'm fairly new to SparkPeople, although I signed up for regular emails from them a long time ago. I was a member (still am, I guess) but this place looks like fun! I need something new and different to step up my game and get the rest of this weight off. Looking forward to getting to know some of you! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 16:30:01 EST Sparkpeople on Fox2 Hi everyone! I've heard that Fox2 is airing a spot frequently today about sparkpeople. I haven't seen it though. <BR> <BR> I went to their website and did a search for sparkpeople. They have a very short paragraph that is dated today. <BR> <BR> just thought you'd like to know. :) Sat, 29 Mar 2008 09:21:52 EST Hello Hi I'm 30 years old and live in Washington TWP. married and trying to concieve our first child. I just joined sparks a couple of days ago but this is the first time I've stopped to look around. Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:54:05 EST Presidents sChallenge Hey everyone!! Who's up to the Presidents Challenge? <BR> <BR> Check out the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What is the challenge you ask? <BR> Committing to 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. It does want us to log in our activity at their website. I know everyone is busy, and tracking in one more place may be difficult. It does give you a certificate at the end of the challenge that can be printed. :) <BR> <BR> If there are a co... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 10:08:55 EST Do You Need Visuals for portions? Hey, I found a cool interactive webpage at that gives a real good look at what portions look like. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dyoueat.html </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:51:00 EST MORE Nutrition Features! We launched an often requested enhancement to the myNutrition page today. You can now add extra meal categories for tracking food! Many members have requested this because they eat more than one snack a day. So now you can add as many other meal categories as you'd like. <BR> <BR> To add new categories: <BR> 1) Go to your myNutrition page <BR> 2) At the bottom of your day's entries, click the button that reads "Add/Edit My Extra Meal Categories" <BR> 3) You can then click to add a new ca... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:45:11 EST SAVING $$$ at the PUMP I took this from another post. Some of this I did know...other information is very helpful!! <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Again, I got this in Email, I did not create it, I am not this man who works at a Pipeline in California. Still, the information here can HOPEFULLY save everyone some $$. <BR> <BR> <BR> "I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so h... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 22:51:14 EST Check-in Weigh-in Instead of doing a contest this month, I am goign to just make a spot here where we can, if we choose to, report our weekly weight change. <BR> <BR> I will start with my 3 pound loss. I am hoping for the same or a little more this week, but we'll have to see. :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:15:01 EST Inspiration abounds I've snagged this from another team I am on. If you haven't seen this yet, it is really something to think about. On those days when you just don't wanna get moving... or need the extra push to go the extra mile this is cool. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Let's try to get some discussion going about this. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 08:01:47 EST Welcome new members... Welcome to SYDFORSYTHE and all the other newer members. :) <BR> <BR> I have been down with the flu, but Joette and I are always happy to answer any questions you might have. :) There is a wealth of information on and a lot of information is also within our posts. :) <BR> <BR> There is a crunch challenge going on right now that I have tried to participate in. I have been enjoying the exercise, even if I haven't posted about it. LOL Hopefully I am back to my old self ... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 21:20:30 EST Food for thought - about food I found this link today and thought it was very interesting. It talks about GMO's (Genetically Modified Foods) and our food. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/food-safety-what-you-need-to-know </link> Fri, 7 Mar 2008 17:17:45 EST MORE NEW Features in Sparkpeople! I just found out that sparkpeople is at it again. They have added an option to the "weight loss ticker" that shows on our sparkpages and message board posts. <BR> <BR> The 2nd option now available is the ability to show "Progress" instead of actual weight. <BR> <BR> Go to Edit your sparkpage <BR> find the box where you have your weight ticker and there is another box to select as an option. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you have questions or experience difficulties with it. Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:02:04 EST CRUNCH time ~ March 2008 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Lets spring into March with a crunch challenge. Anyone up to committing to 30 crunches a day? <BR> <BR> I am committing to 30 crunches and 30 reverse crunches every day. Sat, 1 Mar 2008 23:10:22 EST Walking groups... Joette on here has 2 walking groups. <BR> <BR> I am trying to think of places in Royal Oak that are good to walk at. Any suggestions? So far I have the Oakland Mall, Somerset Mall, and Starr Park, which wouldn't work until summer. There is also the high school track. <BR> <BR> Joette... when is your next walk? <BR> <BR> O.k. that's about it for now. I am hoping to have time to post a blog later. :) <BR> <BR> laurel Sun, 24 Feb 2008 17:23:16 EST INVITATION: Monthly Walks Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> The Metro Detroit Sparks team has invited our team to a montly walk with them. If anyone is interested in this the info follows: <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Let's establish the first Saturday of every month as our get together day. This will eliminate one component - it's so hard to get everyone on the same schedule. <BR> <BR> So- <BR> DAY: First Saturday each month <BR> TIME: 12 noon - <BR> PLACE: So far, the most partic... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:03:09 EST A gift! I saw this floating around one of the other teams I am on and wanted to share it here as well. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 22:52:10 EST Homecoming Pictures The pictures from our college homecoming dance are right in this Photobucket album. :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rtwind75/ACC%20Homecoming%202008/ </link> Sat, 9 Feb 2008 18:15:01 EST Walking tomorrow... sick today. Tennille, I think you got me sick. LOL j/k I am sick though. I have a sore throat and a little bit of a stuffy nose. <BR> I am still walking tomorrow morning though. I am back to exercising and loving it. So, tomorrow is walking day. Today is Richard Simmnons Sweatin' day. <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2008 11:24:37 EST NEW Spark Features Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about 3 new features and enhancements that we have added to the site today. <BR> <BR> #1: SparkGoodies! Now, you can use the SparkPoints you earn to buy virtual “goodies” for yourself and others. You can learn more about how it works by reading this article at the bottom of this message or going to your SparkPage (Goodies are located on the left side below the photos). <BR> <BR> #2: SparkTeams privacy. As of today, you can now choose which... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 16:39:14 EST Ouch! I haven't been this sick in years! My chest hurts so bad I can feel it in my back and neck. My head hurts, I'm weak. It really hurts to cough. And the thing is, I got it from my college history teacher because he's been teaching all week sick as a dog instead of canceling his class. He said it's because we had a snow day last week. Well, jerk, thanks for passing around your germs! <BR> <em>101</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 14:41:30 EST Newbie ........... I'm a 32 year old SAHM from Roseville who wants to lose these 8 lbs before they turn to more. <BR> I lack motivation to keep doing the exercise - that's why i'm here, no more excuses. I need support from local moms to STAY on track through cheers, new ideas and the forums. <BR> thank-you and nice to meet you all! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 13:13:59 EST Hello All Hi, I'm a 32-year-old married female from northern Michigan. I'm a full time college art student. I've been struggling with my weight since I was 6, but in 1997 it got much, much worse. I have recently gotten macular degeneration in my left eye from eating too much butter and vegetable oil. It's really a scary idea that I could go blind. :( Being this overweight makes it so I have 0 energy, so exercising is really hard. I could use all the support I can get. Nice to meet you all. Fri, 1 Feb 2008 23:06:47 EST Before/After contest Anyone that would like to can view my before/after photo on my spark page. :) Yeah. :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Fri, 1 Feb 2008 20:39:15 EST Weight loss for February 08 My starting weight is 281. Ugh... but it is much better than a year ago when I weighed 357. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see who can lose the most weight in 28 days. <BR> <BR> Laurel Fri, 1 Feb 2008 20:38:38 EST Weight loss for January 08 I won't play... but I lost 20 pounds. :) <BR> <BR> Laurel Fri, 1 Feb 2008 20:37:28 EST New ideas and an update on yours truly. ;) Well, I think I will be at the walk tomorrow morning... but I will be walking VERY slow. :( But, hopefully I am able to do it because I have been so inactive that it is depressing me. <BR> <BR> O.k... I have some ideas to start some spirit for this team. :) <BR> <BR> I would like to have contests. Any ideas? I have an idea for 2 contests... biggest loser for each month and biggest loser overall... any other ideas? Will some of you participate? <BR> <BR> I would also like to invite e... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 17:45:09 EST pain I am in pain. I seem to have really strained my back. :( I can hardly move, walk, anything... I am REALLY watching what I eat because with no movement, I am not burning calories. <BR> I hope it improves soon. This is no fun. :( <BR> <BR> Laurel Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:59:03 EST Icon... We need one. :) <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Laurel Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:20:29 EST newbie <BR> Hi, <BR> My name is Nancy. I started my lifestyle change on Jan 3, 2008. So far, things have been going well in the fitness area. I exerise for about 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week. Eating has been good too, but I feel that there is so much more for me to learn in order to make this work for good. I tend to start off strong and fail quickly. This time will be different. I didn't weigh myself the first day I started, so I am going with a starting weight of 225 lbs. I look forward t... Wed, 16 Jan 2008 17:09:17 EST Hi I am new to the Team Hi my name is Brian, I seen the E TV thing about SparkPeople and thought it was worth a try. I have been over weight for years. Every time I tried to loose weight I have peaked at about 20 pounds, I can't seem to get any farther. I am typically about 60 pounds over weight. I lost 20 pounds this summer and haven't been able to get any farther. I am hoping to find some inspiration on this site to get rid of some of the remaining 40. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to everyone on reaching your goa... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 19:57:12 EST New to the Team Hi! I just joined today. I live by 15 & Ryan. I just started working out again and eating healthy but it is really hard to stay motivated. I want to lose at 40lbs by the end of May. I'm getting married in Las Vegas so I want to look good. My start weight is 168lbs. I had gained 25lbs in 2yrs! It just keeps creeping back up. I was heavy at one time and lost 55lbs but gained quite a bit back. I'm hoping this will help me stay on track! Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:30:30 EST at the gym early wish me luck. i start back to the gym first thing in the morning. i feel soooooo lazy. i hope i don't fail ths time. <em>39</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 23:50:02 EST hello sterling heights sparks I'm new to sterling heights sparks. need alot of motivation. please help <em>198</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 23:29:44 EST Going out and keeping it under contol Hello all. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself tonight. I went out for my friend's birthday party tonight at Dooley's on Hall road. I had a few drinks. Best of all, For dinner there I ordered a salad!!! Before I would have had fried cheese and chicken fingers. Tough when drinking to eat salad, but I did it. Thanks for all the support in this group. I hope to maybe meet others who have my goal. Even just to walk with my little ones at Lakeside and maybe hit the play area. Take care, <BR> ... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 22:46:02 EST Hi I'm new... Hi! I'm new to this Sparkpeople site. My name is Kalynn, I live in Sterling Heights w/my hubby and 2 year daughter! :) I'm looking forward to chatting and getting all the help i can w/my weight loss goals! :) <BR> <BR> Kalynn Tue, 1 Jan 2008 19:23:02 EST New Year - New Challenge? Anyone up for it? Happy New year everyone! Does anyone want to work on a January Challenge? <BR> <BR> I have committed myself to the SparkAmerica challenge and am going to do 500 minutes in January (each month this year). Tue, 1 Jan 2008 08:43:20 EST Hi from Metro Detroit Sparks I just wanted to invite everyone to the meeting our team has planned. We have a unique opportunity as Spark members to be able to meet each other in person. So our team is planning a get-together on Saturday,January 19th at noon, at Starbuck's in Oakland Mall. There is a thread on the team page that will have all the details. <BR> We'd love to have as many Spark members as possible join us. Please Sparkmail me if you have any questions or join our team and post on a thread. Fri, 28 Dec 2007 12:36:26 EST New to the team and the area Hello everyone. I just moved to the area a couple of months ago...first in Sterling Heights with friends while I looked for a place. Now I'm in Rochester Hills. I'm from a small town and I'm loving traffic and the people everywhere and the easy access to malls! <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Dec 2007 10:57:34 EST I am new Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am new to this sito today. Hope it is the one time I can do it right. Looking forward to talking with everyone... Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:27:20 EST I'm new New to this website. Just wanted to say whats up everyone.If anyone feels like talking ever just say hi. <BR> Later, Steve-O Tue, 18 Dec 2007 21:28:11 EST cleaning the body for the new you Okay I started sp about a week ago. I actually started back in the summer but was working and taking classes so I could not stay dedicated. I'm more focused now because I want to fit my clothes. I don't want another season to go by and I still have to look in my clothes try to put an outfit on and have to take it off b/c it won't fit. uuuuugh....that makes me so angry. So I have been working out faithfully and have lost since I first started in the summer. I done some research about body... Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:53:22 EST another newby to the team Hello to all! I'm excited about being a member. I'm working on my sp page so please be patient I will have pictures in the future. I think its great Joette(hopefully spelled correctly)that you have a walking group. I teach aerobics at fitness usa on 17 and Vandyke. I love working out and I love helping others get in great shape. I know you all are probably wondering. How am I overweight? I had a set back last and was not able to work out for over half the year. That has pushed me over ... Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:40:31 EST December Challenge ~ Check In. I walked 3.2 Miles today. Walked at Macomb Mall. Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:25:35 EST lets do a challange! I know I'm not the leader if this group but lets start a december challenge! <BR> December starts at the end of this week! <BR> Also lets do a weekly weigh in! <BR> ~cassandra Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:34:15 EST not enough time So I have a question. <BR> I work a full time job and now I have a part time job(21hrs on top my 40hrs). I work from 5am to about 9 at night. 3 out of the 5 days. How can I fit in some exercise? <em>128</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:27:44 EST I am new too. Thanks Joey for getting me into this. I feel so much better already. You are a great inspiration to me and others you come in contact with. Keep it up! <em>7</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2007 08:17:13 EST HI! I'm new to sparkpeople <em>295</em> My motivator to get back into shape has been a walking group. I am the organizer for the group so it is up to me to plan the events. Part of the planning is being familiar with our park or place we walk. That means I have to walk before the event. :) If you are interested in joining our walks, please let me know and I will gladly give you details. Wed, 17 Oct 2007 11:03:33 EST