SparkPeople Scared to post? We can help! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=12481 This team is for any SparkPeople member who wants to post, but might be a little intimidated by our Community. Not sure how to start posting or nervous about getting involved? We're here to help! SparkPeople Scared to post? We can help! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=12481 Do you eat fast food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x59696282 If you answer 'yes'.... what and how often? <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:00:52 EST Blood Moon Eclipse tonight (early tomorrow) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x59391383 <link>www.space.com/27353-total-lunar-ecli<BR>pse-october8-guide.html </link> <BR> This will be a special celestial event!! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:48:48 EST gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x59255397 I am grateful that this site is available to support people trying to become healthier and slimmer Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:44:31 EST using program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x58691271 Just how does this program work? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:13:44 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x58660181 My name is Lori. I am sorta new here. I joined months ago but never jumped in and took it seriously. I am a happily married mother of 6. I have 20lbs to lose and really need the motivation. March of this year I had dental surgery and recently went back to work so now I am finding it difficult to make time for exercising and tracking my food. I know I can do this I just need to hold myself accountable Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:39:37 EST 43 pounds to go after lap band surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x58650310 Hi, I'm Kay from MT. I had lap band surgery about 3 years ago and lost approximately 50 pounds and have about 43 to go. I joined for motivation and support. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:53:24 EST New Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x58615013 Roll on the bed using only abs to raise legs and make me roll back and forth. Arms across my chest to protect the girls :). It's a hard workout and childish fun. Do it until you are winded. For me its about 20 rolls total, 10 back and forth. How many for you? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:18:30 EST bequiltn8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x58228529 I finally decided I need to take better care of myself-- I have a lot of weight to lose, and I certainly need help doing it. I have just spent 18 months away from my home caring for my ailing 90 yr old mother--has made me realize we don't have forever to do the things we thought we did. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:49 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x58106543 I am thankful for waking up and feeling hopeful <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:22:06 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x57982913 I am grateful for the sunshine after all the rain. <BR> I am grateful for a weekend off. <BR> I am grateful for a day spent with family and friends. <BR> I am grateful for spark people. <BR> I am grateful for another day to be alive. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:42:59 EST My daily gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x57962064 Grateful for the support this morning. <BR> Grateful for spring finally coming. <BR> Grateful for a husband who loves me and supports me. <BR> Grateful for my life. <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:56:01 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x57950557 Grateful to be alive. <BR> Grateful for a loving husband who calls to see how I am today. <BR> Grateful for another pound lost. <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:02:27 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x57939027 Today I am grateful for low pain in my joints today. <BR> For a beautiful day of sunshine. <BR> Energy to work out and feel great. <BR> For another pound lost. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:09:32 EST Need more help to post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x57548626 I would like to post, but I feel like I need more help. I think the daily gratitudes are excellent, but I am struggling to actually post there. I think it would be helpful if there was a topic with a specific and simple question to answer, such as "What fitness activity did you do today?" Does anybody else think this would be helpful? Or have any suggestions to help those who are still too scared to post? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Melanie Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:28:52 EST Hi There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x57374321 Hi! My name is Storm, I'm 19 and I just joined SparkPeople today. <BR> <BR> I'm turning 20 in August and I want to start off my 20's by getting healthier and into better shape. I weigh 185 which is 45 down from my highest weight of 230. I actually didn't lose the 45 pounds on purpose. I really needed a job so I took the first job that was offered to me: cart pushing. Walking around the parking lot and collecting carts for the last year melted those 45 pounds off of me. I didn't change my eat... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:42:48 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x57268910 Hello : ) I wouldn't say I'm afraid to post, but feeling overwhelmed with all the info and not sure how to blog, etc. Did this even go through ? LOL... Miss Mary : ) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:05:06 EST Thought I would give this a try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x57104198 I am a 22 year old wife and mother, I know that sounds really young but I have always been ahead of the curve for my age. I was early to develop the desire to take care of people, I was early to desire marriage, I was early to wanting to start a family. Now once again I am early, I am early to hit the mommy who has let herself go category. So its time to do something about it. I am still young. I feel like i should look better than I look. I feel like I should be more comfortable in my own sk... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:58:55 EST Never posted before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x56959886 This posting is all new to me.. not sure what I am doing here.. but nevertheless, here I am.. just like everyone else, looking for support & help... I am 55, single with 2 grown sons. I have been struggling with my weight for years, & now do to a back condition, my weight has gotten out of hand.. I have to get it to a healthy # again. I have tried to do this alone, & am not having any success.. i have tried other weight loss programs, & all eventually become just too expensive to continue f... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:43:09 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x56942744 i feel like kind of an imposter here. i'm already at a weight i'd like to maintain rather than trying to lose. i joined to hopefully keep my motivation for eating well and get more exercise in. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:51:42 EST First Post Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x56838173 Hi, My name is Jess, im 22 this is my first time using spark people even though I think I got an account years ago. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'9 and currently 13st and looking to lose 3st. When/if I get there I will take a view as to whether to maintain or lose. I've lost over a stone before and wasted all my hard work and went back to binging. However, I am really determined to make a real change this time. <BR> <BR> If you have similar goals to me or want to have a friendly chat about dieting then... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:32:06 EST .. if you want to lead a successful life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x56832200 This is from a linkedin post from Deepak Chopra: <BR> <BR> "What do you really need if you want to lead a successful life? It seems odd in hindsight, but for a very long time no one seriously asked this question. Life was divided into traditional compartments - work, family, religion - that hadn't changed for centuries. A breakthrough came when the psychologist Abraham Maslow offered a new model that put basic needs first and worked up the ladder toward higher needs.... <BR> <BR> This "hier... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:31:29 EST you don't look 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x56548647 my oldest daughter couldn't believe I was 50!! she said, "mommy your skin looks amazing! " Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:44:34 EST New to Sparkpeople and Looking for Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x56515611 I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support and strength to continue on my path to a healthy body weight. I reached an all time weight of 297 back in July 2013 and lost 55 pounds by the end of 2013. Since then I have been completely obsessed about my weight number on the scale and have gone back to eating horribly. I am terrified I am going to gain all my weight back. I am trying to break out of my obsessive, isolated brain and get back to eating normally and exercising and not overthin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:06:45 EST Hello there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x56405457 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm not really sure where to start, but here goes: <BR> I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life and I finally decided that I needed to make some changes. <BR> I work part-time, go to college full-time, and have a 5 year old daughter so it's been difficult to find the time to take care of myself. I've set a goal to lose 20 lbs by summer but I'm afraid that I'll lose motivation. <BR> What do you all do to keep the momentum going? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:40:51 EST What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x56205817 What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:15:18 EST What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x56188649 ...or best recently appreciated compliment/kindness? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:16:22 EST Need to be held accountable every week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55875834 Hi, My name is saadia massey, I have been trying to lose weight like forever, but no success, what I need is to be pushed and motivated every week so I can stay on track. I can start any diet, but sticking to it is the hardest part. I want to lose 90lbs and encourage my children as well, since my daughter is overweight as well. I want to be a good example to her so she would automatically follow me, and both of us can become healthier. I have tried doing it alone, but it doesnt work. I need h... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:20:12 EST :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55871322 I'm new to this forum.... mom of two kids went from 286 to 165 in 3 yrs... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 01:30:27 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55575916 hi- I'm Tia. we'll say I'm in my "early 30s". I'm a mom to a very busy 3 year old boy, special ed teacher and I am training for a marathon so I'm shooting to loose about 20lbs by race day (approx. 11 months). I have no legitimate reason to be anxious about posting (my boss could care less and I think my friends are all on here, too), I just am. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:27:05 EST Diabetes and You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55546807 November 1, 2013 <BR> Spring Valley, NY USA <BR> Contact: Editorial Department: info@walgreendiabetes.com <BR> <BR> Free copies of Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine are now available in all stores. <BR> <BR> November is American Diabetes Month, and free copies of the award-winning Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine are now available at over 8,000 Walgreens locations across the country, as well as online at walgreensdiabetes.com. <BR> <BR> Walgreens Diabetes & You's feature article is on hip... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:43:23 EST Is this where I introduce myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55521507 Hey. My name is Shaunda, I'm 54 years old and I have menopausal weight gain. I am 5'3' and weigh 189 lbs. A real butterball I am. I've had weight problems all my life to the extent of 15 to 25 lbs and can usually get it off pretty easy, but this time I'm stuck. Normally when I gain weight I just start jogging and watching what I eat but this time I'm retaining incredible amounts of water (edema) in my legs and feet I can't even sit on my knees. I look like I have sausages for legs lol. I we... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 05:38:45 EST Hello I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55436996 Hello! <BR> I am new to SP! <BR> I happened to come upon this website when I was surfing the web this AM in desperation! <BR> I have been dieting for ever and just seem to be gaining weight! My goal weight is 129 and I am a very fat 153 and scared! I have no clothes that fit and I don't want to leave the house because of that! <BR> I think I will try the LCHF diet next! Does anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I decided not to try that diet but I am at as loss to what I should try! I am t... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:28:45 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55342434 Well my first post here goes! My name is Lavinia I'm 37 years old and weigh 285lbs!! It's the heaviest I've ever been and I hate it. I've tried so many diets I've lost count. Normal is something I don't seem to know the meaning of as I seem to either be on a diet and hungry or not on a diet treating everyday like I'm gonna be on a diet so therefore having my last treats. It's a horrible cycle I can't seem to get out of. So here I am asking for help to maybe change this mindset once and for al... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:11:12 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55205534 I've never posted on anything in my life but I hope that posting this will allow me to turn a page in my weigh loss journey. I have been an introvert all my life and because of this I eat to feel the void of being lonely. I'm hoping that posting on this board will be cathartic and I can come out of my shell enough to enjoy life and all it has to offer. Thanks for listening to my little rant. With all that being said HI ALL <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:18:33 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55152140 Hello everyone, My name is Jennifer. I am 27 years old and have lost 19 lbs and am 85 lbs to my goal weight. I have a personal blog (I know seems weird I would be scared to post lol.) that I has started to try and keep me accountable for my loss. Feel free to check it out. I would love to make new weight loss friends that understand the struggles we are going through. If you need support feel free to add me. <link>questofachunkymommy.blogspot.com/ </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 15:59:11 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x55005150 Hey all! I'm trying to lose weight and develop a healthier relationship with food. I have an almost 3 year old and am trying to instill healthy eating habits into her as well. I'm here looking for encouragement and motivation and I hope I can help others as well. I'm not really great at making friends because I have poor social skills but I'm trying to change this. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:28:02 EST Back on SparkPeople, Was a Member Last Fall/Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x54999787 Hi!! I'm Cindie. I was on SparkPeople last year, really enjoyed it, but left for a while. I've decided to come out of my shell and start communicating and joining teams on here. I think SparkPeople is so positive, I love the trackers, although, the last couple of days recently, haven't been using them. And that's not good. I've been dealing with PMDD and now my menstrual cycle. But as soon as I feel better, I'll be back on track. What started out as a way to get into better shape, feel better... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:23:46 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x54600890 Thankful for feeling better today. I had vertigo this morning and couldn't work out. I slept most of the morning away and woke up feeling better. Unfortunately, I ate comfort food for brunch. Thought I totally blew it in the calorie department. I decided to track nutrition anyway and discovered that I could salvage my day and stay on track. Feeling good about that, and the vertigo is gone too! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:17:04 EST Graphs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x54557697 So, please could someone tell me how to post the little~~ graphs? So I can show my weight loss or mileage?? Dingbat can't figure out how to do that? Thanks Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:01:42 EST To lengthen thy life lessen thy meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x54122379 <em>4</em> <em>4</em> I am thankful that without the overwhelming taste of hot cheese puffs lettuce tastes so sweet. Without the chemically manipulated taste of ranch dressing balsamic vinegar is truly awesome. It is so true thar hunger flavors your food. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:15:40 EST First time posting but lifetime dieter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x54118504 Hello, I decided to try Sparkpeople after regaining 100 pounds and getting back up tp my pre gastric bypass weight. The daily menus arr so helpful. I am still learning my way around the site but I had to start somewhere! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:53:59 EST First time posting but lifetime dieter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x54118499 Hello, I decided to try Sparkpeople after regaining 100 pounds and getting back up tp my pre gastric bypass weight. The daily menus arr so helpful. I am still learning my way around the site but I had to start somewhere! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:52:56 EST Never posted, but I need to try something differen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x54113806 My name is Lauren and I'm "fluffy". Its something I've been struggling with as long as I can remember. I hope to lose roughly 75 pounds. Not only am I dealing with being over weight, but battling depression, asthma, taking care of a husband (whom I adore) with a TBI & drinking problem, plus we are recently married so we are still in that "just figuring out our roles"stage. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:32:59 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x54100750 I'm new to spark people and still figuring things out. I'd love to join this group. I've read some of the posts and find them encouraging and upbeat. Here's my very first post! <BR> <BR> Love the summer. <BR> I'm thankful for good health, good friends, my grandchildren, and music and dance. <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:58:45 EST I am tired of comparing myself to others http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x54090206 I have joined SparkPeople because I am tired of comparing myself to every beautiful woman. Never measuring up. The only true thing that I can change is my weight. I cant change all the other things wrong with me but at least with this I dont have to feel insignificant next to someone who is not obese. I will learn to accept the things I cant change but...this I can. I hope this will help me turn the page on obesity in my life. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:21:45 EST Discouraged and feel alone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x53988687 I joined this site a few years back and never did anything - it's kinda funny that I was almost 20 lbs lighter then. About a year ago I was in the best shape of my life. I weighed 157 lbs but it was almost all muscle. I delivered mail and walked about six miles a day in the Florida heat. I had an accident last August and since then I have been out, with the exception of a few weeks in an office job. <BR> I'm five foot one so 182 lbs looks like 230 lbs on someone else. I can't stand to look at... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:39:26 EST Weight Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x53942276 How do I add the weight bar at the bottom of posts? <BR> <BR> *After posting this a link came up to add the ticker :) Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:35:47 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x53911809 Glad that I found you all. I would like to lose 50 pounds by December. This will be a challenge, but I am eager for success. Very nice to meet everyone! 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I was working on an essay about who I am and weight loss and I realized that I am at a crossroads - either I start eating healthy and start exercising reguarly or I settle for being who I am right now - and learn to accept myself as I am. The fact is, I don't know if I can change - I have been "trying" (sort of) for a over a year (well all of my adult life,... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:34:22 EST scared, ashamed and lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x53371139 I joined this site a few years ago and then didn't do anything with it. I'm great at reading about weight loss, healthy eating and new recipe ideas for healthier meals. If that counted for something I'd have lost weight by now. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am embarrassed, ashamed and horrified about my current weight. I have 100+ pounds to lose to get my BMI just to the border of healthy /overweight. I'm scared to start and fail again and gain more weight. <BR> <BR> I don't want to share t... Fri, 17 May 2013 02:58:28 EST New to spark people, with a positive new outlook! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x52663959 Hello! <BR> <BR> So far I'm pretty darn intimidated by this entire system, there is just so much to take in without being sucked onto the computer for hours; which is what has been happening! Where does one start? <BR> <BR> Right from 14 to now 23, I have been making pathetic attempts at losing weight but failing horribly due to what I now realize is a form of binge eating disorder and lack of self control. A month ago I stabilized at 200, I felt so disappointed in myself. Earlier this week... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:20:15 EST I LOVE SP! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x52556254 Hi there! <BR> I'm Pat from Sweden, EU and 3 weeks "old" here at SP. <BR> <BR> I gave myself SP as a gift for my 43rd birthday; 24th February I decided that enough is enough and either I stop whining about my flubber ...orrrrrrrrr - I do something about it! <BR> <BR> SP is great but I am not a person who prioritises social-media activities in my life, hence now I find SP even greater after joining a like-minded crowd like you guys :-) <BR> <BR> Goal: from 72 kg to 59 kg until 22nd June. W... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:45:32 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x52532890 Grateful that I had courage to try this again Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:14:25 EST Some how I just do not seem to be able to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x52532835 Hello Terry here, <BR> <BR> I keep coming back to this site, but can never stick to it. I just feel like I will fail again, so what is the use. <BR> <BR> I really hate being obese. Now up to 276, and feeling so weighed down. I live with family members with awful eating habits. I can not seem to resist the junk food they bring into the house. They say they will help but never do. <BR> <BR> I think I need a buddy to check in with me and care if I keep going. So i will start again. ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:09:56 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x52397166 My name is Audrey. I'm new to posting and a little nervous about posting, but I really want to. I enjoy reading what others have to say. I am a happy 56 year old grandmother. I need to lose 50 lbs, but I just don't stick to any programs. I went shopping with by two beautiful 32 year old twin daughter yesterday and tried on clothes. What a shocker. That's when you notice how you really look. I woke up this morning and thought 'today is the first day of my new self'. I need to take it ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:34:24 EST Hello i;m a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51573021 Hi! I just joined sparkpeople. I am excited to get started on this new journey and look forward to chatting with everyone! <em>30</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:00:54 EST Not sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51521867 Hi. This is my first post, so I hope I get it right. I'd like to take advantage of more things on the site. What are some good places to start for newcomers? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:58:53 EST lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51521588 Im sarah and Im new here and Im hoping to get support to lose weight. I keep saying and wanting to lose weight, but am lacking motivation. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:34:53 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51504253 Hello! Same as some others here, I too am not sure if I am doing this right, so let me know. I've joined for encouragement and motivation, so please feel free to help/advise. I joined Spark last year but the last 2 years have been emotionally draining on me and very stressful and left me as heavy as I was almost 10 years ago when I had my son and the least active I've ever been. I think I am now ready to try to make this work again and start my new life. I NEED to get healthy again if I ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:58:10 EST Joined years ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51419285 I joined spark a few years ago but did nothing with it. This is my first post. Additionally, the groups seem to be women-centric. I'm not trying to be a creepy voyeur or something but I hope that maybe some peer pressure might help. <BR> <BR> I left a 28 year career that required fitness about a year ago and have ballooned since. I now need to lose about 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> I hope that maybe I can give and receive encouragement through this. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bill Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:33:37 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51410769 My name is Alex and I have been a member of sparks for awhile, but I have never actually posted anything. Over the last 2 years, I have dropped 63 kilograms in weight, I don't like to say that I have lost it, 'cos I certainly don't intend to go and search for it and pile it back on. I hope that everyone has had a good festive period and I hope that everyone will achieve their goals this year, I like to make small ones, rather than a big one. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:29:13 EST 2013 Daily Appreciation s-Gratitudes (Welcome All) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x51400607 Whether you agree or just feel it could be possible, that you create your joy from within, Sincere gratitude empowers you to focus on the positive aspects of life, and develops into greater awareness and appreciation of the overlooked, often misinterpreted, and ever so important little blessings that make up this experience we call life. <BR> <BR> Please join me in posting 5 things you appreciate each day. I will be here with my 5 when it is 2013 for me. <BR> <BR> "When things go well gra... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:05:35 EST Wheat Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x51338843 Could someone tell me, before I get totally into Spark, if there are alternatives to <BR> recipes that call for wheat products? I am just not very familiar with all of the <BR> options and am wanting to join this site for weight loss.... just can't do wheat <BR> and not very "nutritionally organized"! Thanks so much for your help. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:07:08 EST Hello there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51277049 Hi all. <BR> <BR> I just started on SparkPeople today! (Haha. Pointing out the obvious there.) But I'm a little shy before I go out to the big board of the Spark community. <BR> <BR> (Gah, I am horrible at these posts) But I am a 20-year-old that is looking to lose some weight for a wedding I am in June 2013. :C I won't be exactly where I want to be, but going down from a size 24 (used to be a size 26!) dress to a size 18-20 would be perfection. :) SparkPeople will help me stay accountabl... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:01:22 EST HELLO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x51200895 I've been working with Sparkpeople for about a month now, I thought it's about time I come out of my shell and introduce myself. I was having a blast with the trackers at first. And I was able to drop 10 pounds!!! Woo-Hoo!!! I took a break due to illness and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Oh, about that introduction, I'm Cindie, my grandfather use to call me Cinderella and my good friend Darryl. I'm 39, married, a mother to a tween, and a kitty lover. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:26:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x50897385 Hello everyone. I joined Sparkpeople a while back and was unsure where to start. I kept making excuses such as not having time to dedicate to this. I know I need help. I am 38 years old with 3 kids: 19, 4 and 16 months. I am ashamed to say that I was about 200 pounds when I had my youngest and am now 183. I know my eating habits are bad and exercise is inconsistent at best. I look in the mirror and cannot believe what I see. I am hoping that this time I have the courage to stick to this. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:38:50 EST this is all new to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x50856256 Posting is new to me but I am hoping it will help keep me on track with the changes I want to make in my life. If anyone has suggestions about using posting to stay focused on my goals please share them. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:45:32 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x50824922 Not really sure how this whole thing works. I'm not even sure I'm doing this right. I've basically been dieting since I was 5. I can remember my Mom saying hurtful things about my weight and looking back in my baby book, I can see it in her writing too. I'm a twin but unfortunately I''m not the skinny one. My whole life I've been the big one in the family. I've done every single diet you can think of from counting calories to no carbs to vegetarian to vegan to everything in between. I was bul... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:59:42 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50642434 There are so many things I am thankful for today...my life, my husband, my children, my health! I could go on and on! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:39:55 EST Hi everyone! Excited to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x50620642 Hey everyone! My name is Lena (legogirl), from Uk. Well, couple of weeks ago I turned 27 and I have realised that I actually do not live the life I deserve. For months, I have been telling myself how I would love to change my current job, to lose those extra kg, to take on some interesting hobby/sport or to just start a healthy lifestyle. However, I have always found an excuse...such as I am too tired or tomorrow! But today I am here, because I am tired of my excuses and I am ready to make so... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:58:45 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50563103 I need help, it seems like I do not have motivation to lose weight, I want and need to lose, but every time I start I fail-I need to lose 40 lbs, my goal is to lose this weight my June 2013-I am either not eating the right combination of foods, plus there is no support from my family-HELP!!! Any suggestions, please, Thank you Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:09:58 EST help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50550231 I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:28:35 EST help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50550224 I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:27:58 EST help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50547978 I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 months I'm up to 15 pounds gained and I can't seem to stop! Everyday I get up thinking I'm going to be good and go back to the site and next thing I. Know im pigging out on some junk food...i need help and I don't know how to turn it around! I use to be so good and now I feel like i can't do it! <BR> Thanks for any advice, <BR> Adriana Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:07:19 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x50543600 Hi, I have never posted before so I hope I can get the hang of this. I am 49, have two teenagers and would like to become more active and lose 25-30 lbs. I have struggled with low energy for years, I have ups and downs. The pounds just kind of creeped up over the years and I haven't successfully lost any weight in 10 years. I lost 10 pounds with a weight watchers program a long time ago, but didn't keep it off. It seems like everytime I start a program I get huge cravings for sweets or b... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:48:12 EST depo provera? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x50382835 does depoo provera cause weight gain and did anybody gain weight from depo provera? Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:23:42 EST Unsure what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x50086126 I am told by Spark People to loose from 158 down to 140 pounds. The program says to take in 1100 to 1500 calories but I only take in about 450-500 calories a day. How can I increase my calories and not gain weight too? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:33:54 EST Fat in Phoenix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49961312 I'm not sure if this is going to help but I have to do something. I have just ended a very verbally abusive relationship that has left me fat and unhappy. I suppose that was the first thing I had to do for all this to change. I have become so accustom to not leaving my house once I am home from work I am finding it very difficult to actually go and do something. Im not all that outgoing so its not like me to just jump in and say "Hi lets go hiking or biking" I am watching what I eat more, but... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:21:20 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x49960122 I work in a grocery store. I have a very stressful job and the urge to snack is hard to resist. <BR> How can I keep on track without grabbing snacks on the spur of the moment? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:41:14 EST Let's get started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49938935 Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am new to Sparkpeople. I have decided I'm tired of saying I want to do this and do that, it's time for me to actually do it. As hard is it is for me to admit that I need help, I do need help. I need help with motivation because I lose it quickly. Does anyone have any suggestions or words of wisdom? I know everyone is busy, but I believe in helping others and could seriously use some help in this journey I wish to set out on. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:42:57 EST Hello from sunny Florida! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49916729 Hi everyone - my name is Faithe and I am new to Spark. I am 4l years old and a mom to 4 great kids - ages 16, 11, 9 and 8. I have watched as my weight has increased throughout the years and am at a point where I am ready to see it go away. I have about 70lbs to lose and hope that I will get lots of support from Spark to help me reach my goal. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:31:14 EST AM I DOING THIS RIGHT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49876804 I am 38 years old and have 3 kids...16, 12, and 10. I work in an office 8-10 hours a day but do not keep facebook, twitter or anything else. I am not sure I am posting this right...I quit smoking 4 years ago and thought that was the hardest thing I would ever do as I smoked for 20 years. I dont drink as alchohol and I do not get along so when I am stressed or anything else what do I do? I eat. Loosing weight and eating healthy is more difficult than anything I can think of. You do not see a ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:40:25 EST thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49843447 1.Grateful for my daughter and son in law. <BR> 2. Spark People <BR> 3. Cooler weather <BR> 4. Having my laundry done for the week <BR> 5. A new friend that gave me a hug this morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ok just realized I did not post this correctly. Still learning on how to do all this....sorry for the mix up Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:36:18 EST Newbie...trying to work my way through SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49843273 Hi all, <BR> Somehow found this team and it spoke to me...this is for me!!!! Just joined SP today so still learning my way around the site and all the information. <BR> I am a single 42 year old female. Work 12 hour nights 5 nights a week. Been at the same boring job for the last 15 years and really down on myself with the weight gain and hating the job and such. <BR> Recently got told by my doctor that I am borderline diabetic and she wants me to go on the GI Diet. I asked her if that ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:24:36 EST vibrations of solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49835829 The Law of Vibration states that every thing in this Universe has a specific vibration. A problem vibrates at a different rate than the solution. In order to become a vibrational match with the solution, you need to stop giving energy to the problem. Get centered in your heart space, ask for Divine guidance and allow the solution to unfold. It may come to you through a dream, a song on the radio, a random conversation, a billboard or a repeating thought. The Universe has a great sense of humo... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:27:32 EST 8 Unique & Surefire Ways to Control Your Appetite http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49796133 <link>psychologyofeating.com/8-unique-and-<BR>surefire-ways-to-control-your-appetite<BR>-part-1/ </link> <BR> <BR> I met the author of this article several years ago and have enjoyed his unique perspectives and most helpful tips. Thought I would share his wisdom here, Enjoy! <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:06:27 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49491231 Not sure how to do these... I'm not too big on the social aspect of this site so far. <BR> 1) Having a few friends <BR> 2) Free time <BR> 3) Ability to afford healthy food <BR> 4) Reading so many books <BR> 5) My imagination <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:04:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49487131 Glad to be a part of the Spark Team. New to this so hopefully will do things right. But looks like there is no right or wrong way for doing things. <BR> Hope you all have a great day and stay on track. <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:56:47 EST New! Anyone who cares? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49481171 My name is Rhia, 45yrs old. I'm a mother a 16yr old girl, 15, 13 and 9 yr old boys, a total of four. By this time, I'm working 8 to10 hours in a day - five times in a week in the office, working at least 2 to 3 hours in a day at home and full time on saturdays and sundays doing household chores. To tell you... I'm a solo parent and i don't have helper in the house. I missed those days that i was about at 20's... i used to exercise. Now i really feel i'm heavvvy and so so uggggly. I want to... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:25:28 EST Deep Breath... and Dive in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49399930 My name is Jill and I am 28 years old. I have two children (Seven year old daughter, and Four year old son), and have been married 9 years yesterday. Unfortunately there have been some people in my life that have made it a habit to put me down daily, and have successfully squashed any real spirit I used to have in abundance. I have little to no self confidence left, and therefore have been a member here for years (under a different account for a while) and never actually posted. I'd love to g... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:10:44 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49394985 My name is Diane. I am a former WW member who had to quit due to financial constraints. I found SparkPeople, but I'm a little shy about posting. I AM having a difficult time following any sort of weight loss programme. I eat healthfully, but too much. I want to cut back, but I feel the need to nosh frequently during the day. Sometimes for hunger, sometimes just as a crutch. I have started to track my food, but have not been consistent. I guess that would be my first step, no matter wha... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:45:29 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x49385103 I'm very grateful that I just got more than twice as much as I expected from insurance to cover damage costs of a terrible storm in June. <em>334</em> Dianne Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:26:37 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49382628 This is my first post. I'm 60 and very low tech. If anyone responds to me I might not even know how to get back to this post to respond back to them. I did make a spark page. Right now I am so overwhelmed with everything in my life so sparkpeople is kind of my last hope. I'm going to keep trying to learn. <em>41</em> I just tried to add an emoticon (smiley face) but some letters came up instead. Maybe when this posts it will be a real smiley. If not I'll keep trying. :) Dianne Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:39:56 EST never posted before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49377135 Hi group. I'm looking to continue my own motivation. I've never posted ever so this is completely new to me. i'm going thru a separation and have some stress, trying to keep kids happy through it all. Would like to keep myself happy, I know i'm not the only one in this situation. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 05:54:33 EST HELLO HELLO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49277364 my name is Iris i'm 23 years old, Dominican living in Spain. I am259 pounds 2 years ago I was 325 pounds. I want to be in less then 200 pound but i have a big problem with motivation. i live with my boyfriend and he tries to help to keep me motivated but i think that because he is not on my same situation he doesn't really understands. so i hope i can find a friend to motivate and keep up with each other on this road to a better,happier and healthier life. <BR> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:14:13 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x49191982 Hi all!!! I am so new to this and have no idea what I am doing but am going to try to stick it out. I have 20 lbs to lose and have tried and failed so many times it's not funny! Not even sure if I am learning how to post correctly so if I do something wrong please tell me. Wish me luck in all of this. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:27:32 EST So grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48966218 To finally have a few quiet minutes in the house. No loud tv..nothing distracting. Well the trash men outside are a little distracting. Grateful that we don't have to pay for trash pick up! That's huge! <em>249</em> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:09:34 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48945162 Hello i'm sarah, i suffer from bulimia and binge eating and im really trying to control it by trying to eat sensibly to not feel like i have over eaten which triggers everything off whilst realising i can maintain a normal weight at the same time. This is why i have joined the site as i feel i need help and support with it :) <BR> xx Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:28:56 EST feeling great today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48895455 I'm going to slow down, smell the roses and appreciate what I've done to this point instead of looking at the negative. It's been a slow process and I've lost 8 pounds but I'VE LOST 8 POUNDS!!!! Yaay for me! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 4 more pounds this month. I'm going to focus on drinking water and exercising - the rest will fall into place. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has been there for me! I appreciate you! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 07:48:37 EST umm....hi. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48884421 I don't know why it's so hard for me to get involved here...I guess because my history of weight loss attempts shows so little success I didn't want to commit to something I couldn't follow through on. <BR> <BR> But here I am. I don't own a scale so I dont' know how much I weigh, nor do I want to. For me it's more about fitness and looking better. I'm 44 years old, 5'10" and for most of my life have fluctuated in size from a 12 to an 18...I've never been one to stick to any exercise or die... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:52:02 EST Ready to put in some work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48866922 Hey everyone, my name is SJ and I'm 20 years old. Honestly- I'm not quite sure what to put here so I guess I'll just talk a bit about my weight concerns along with some things I enjoy. Basically, I've never had serious problems with my weight. It's always just been a gradual increase kind of thing. Lately though, I've been starting to feel more and more crappy about it and I know that if I let it get even more out of control, things are going to change and instead of feeling crappy just every... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:08:42 EST Finally introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48775521 hello i am hope4150 and i just wanted to take to break the ice and get involved with this group especially since we are a community of like-minded people as the the name of the group would aptly suggest, lol. i am 23 years old and i have been battling obesity my whole life. last year i had reached a point where i had had it. Up until recently i have been successful. but lately i am struggling to be motivated. I'm constantly putting the needs of others before my own and has cost me a lot. i c... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:28:23 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x48769893 hi my name is ana but i have question how i can lose weight i weight 150 and im short 4'10 i mean i work out and stuff but i fail i need help and support i been dealing with eating disoder at young age now i feel ashmed of eating too much i mean i watch how much i eat and stuff but i feel depressed sometime i have no friends because of my weight but i need help and support <em>39</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 01:55:51 EST Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48740681 Today is the day I decided to recommit to really losing some serious weight. I've been with Spark for awhile but never stayed with it. This is my first post, but not the last. 50 pounds or bust! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:29:01 EST success is sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48728598 i've lost 8 pounds and feel wonderful. with hypothyroidism and some health concerns, i've been able to lose 8 pounds.....i'm feeling great! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:14:05 EST Ready to lose a whole person!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48672368 Hi everybody. I joined SP I think in January but I never followed through. But I am excited and ready to lose some weight, get healthier and fit and make some new Spark friends along the way. My name is Jennie and I have a lot of weight to lose although I have already lost almost 65 pounds since I started losing this time. I love to read; be online; encourage others and do lots of volunteer work. I also LOVE my job. I am single and very happy with my life. I look forward to meeting you or as ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:52:41 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48654749 I am very new to message boards but I need help and motivation to lose weight I have tried everything else I might as well try this also. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:28:56 EST Scared but Determined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48526870 Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been part of Sparkpeople for quite a while now, but lose my motivation often. Also, I haven't had the guts to post anything. I really wanted to make a change in my health, not just my weight but the way I feel about myself in general. I'm my worst enemy and have always put myself down for this or that. At the end of the last school year (i'm a teacher too) I made a commitment to really change my lifestyle. Not just my weight, but my overall look at myself! I joine... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:00:05 EST Afraid to commit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48486814 I'm afraid to commit, my life has been a roller coaster. 38 years ago I weight 113 pounds now I weight 173. I want to go back to my old way but I think I don't want enough because I haven't lost a pound. <BR> Spark people are been a great help, reading the messages and trying to made them my push to change. <BR> Today 12 of June is my start again but this time I'M GOING TO MAKE IT. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:26:10 EST New member here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48316696 Hi my name Leticia I am new here. Just started last Monday. This is my 1st post so I am kind of nervous. I am 29 going on 30 in September and I don't want to start my 30's at the point that I am at right now. So, I am here for inspiration, guidance and lots and lots of support. Thanks SparkPeople. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:26:16 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x48291213 My name is Silvia and I am new to sparkpeople. I am very excited to get tips and help when I lack the motivation. I have struggled with living a healthier life style, working out, and so much more. I am gluten intolerant and lately it has really changed my eating habits and I decided it was time for a change overall. Looking forward to this journey! Wed, 30 May 2012 09:32:26 EST Thankful for class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48214529 Went to my diabetic management class and the dietician told me about this website Thu, 24 May 2012 15:51:04 EST finding my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48140055 I am thankful for finding my way here so i can begin the baby steps i need to create a better lighter me )) Sat, 19 May 2012 12:38:52 EST Help with dieting with irritable bowel syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x48128712 Hi-I'm new to this. Am having horrible IBS symptoms-pain, diarrhea, headache. Cannot eat much of anything; have problems exercising also because of arthritis and a tailbone injury. I cannot eat three meals a day because of this. So I am sure that my metabolism is slowing down even more. Can anyone help with any suggestions-I have a lot of weight to lose. Am tired of feeling sick and weak; my job is sitdown at a call center. Fri, 18 May 2012 14:56:44 EST Daily Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48069563 I am totally grateful for people who are with us in this journey - who know what we are going through and not willing to give up on us even when we are lost in despair. Making it today is so good - one day better than yesterday under my belt. Mon, 14 May 2012 22:00:37 EST Thankful stuff? Hmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48048831 Howdy. New here. Probably setting myself up w/ too much stuff to do. <BR> It's a nice day today. <BR> Wife is doing well, enjoying Mom's day. <BR> Getting garden stuff done. <BR> Enjoying some new equipment, computer, kitchen gadgets. <BR> Oop, time to move the chickens. We do so enjoy them, and the eggs. Sun, 13 May 2012 13:46:13 EST I am not sure what I am doing here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x48009592 I have only been with sparks people for 3 weeks. I am very grateful for the Nutrition tracker and the Fitness tracker. I have also made a few goals that have been quit helpful, but I feel lost and I am not sure how to go about joining the community. I am scared to post. I hope I have done this right? Bear with me. I will figure it out eventually. <em>40</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 17:10:26 EST Looking foward to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47969807 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark and am getting to know how all this works. I am so excited to learn new things and have the support of the Spark people. I sure need the support to stick to my life long goal and make positive changes. I am not out to look like a supermodel but be a super mom and person. Healthy, happy, and living life for me for once. :) Tue, 8 May 2012 09:23:55 EST A lil advice please?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x47917577 I have been taking boxing classes for about a month now and I knew going into it that I would be gaining some muscle. However, i've gained about 6 lbs and im meeting all my goals for my food log. Does anyone have any idea how long this will last? I am starting to get discouraged and I don't want to get scared of the scale and quit. some advice is greatly appreciated!!! <em>33</em> Fri, 4 May 2012 21:14:01 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47913668 Hi, my name is cindy and i am new to sparkpeople. I am trying to lose weight and get healthier eating habits at the same time. I have tried some recipes I found here and enjoyed them. Fri, 4 May 2012 15:29:36 EST Question about fitness trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x47900987 Hi my name is Karen and I have a question about the fitness trackers. I been updating my activity for a while but I'm not sure if I'm doing right. I add the cardio activity manually and then checked the box to add the exercises in my strenght training workout page. But I'm also adding this activity, the strenght training, as a cardio, manually to have a record the calorie burned and the time expended in that activity. Am I doing wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Thu, 3 May 2012 20:45:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47895232 My name is Tina. I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2008. I've been on the weight roller coaster for many years. I really like this community and am jumping in with both feet this time. Though I'm still learning to navigate through the site I hope to become more active with participating in all that it has to offer for the journey. I am looking forward to getting healthier and meeting new friends along the way. <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 13:28:20 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47858373 I am new at doing this (blogging?) I am a happy 56 year old grandma who would like to lose about 50 lbs. I and not very disciplined with my eating and exercising so I thought this site would help. I do want to look better and feel better (especially as I'm getting older). I hope I can keep this up. Tue, 1 May 2012 12:43:35 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47856920 I just joined this site yesterday. I am recovering from a back injury, slipped disk, and am a little overwhelmed at getting started working out again! Just wanted to introduce myself and am looking for some support. Tue, 1 May 2012 11:08:14 EST Greeting to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47822969 I've just now joined and I dearly hope I have the motivation to continue. If anyone has good tips on this I would be very glad to read them. :D Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:00:58 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47797558 Hi everyone :) I am Laycie. I just joined today and am a little shy about posting. I just hope I am doing it right. I just had a baby two months ago and am trying to get to a healthier weight so I can keep up with her and my 3 year old son. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:04:08 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47760382 Hi, Just wanted to say that I am so ready to live a healthier lifestyle. I am finding it hard to incorporate exercise into my busy schedule, but I know I can do it. I just need to make small changes. Anyway, I am here and I am ready to be a loser. =) Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:25:07 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47739785 Hi, my name is Tammy, I'm 45 and have been feeling around this site for a couple of weeks now and find it truly amazing and motivating! I am looking to once and for all to take control of my weight instead of it controlling me. I feel like my weight is baggage I cannot get rid of and its holding me back from enjoying life. Hopefully I get the opportunity to meet others to share this uphill battle. Best of luck to all!!! :) Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:44:08 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47722067 I am new to this site and a little apprehensive about sharing my weight with strangers <em>41</em> . But I figure its the best way to go. I would like to lose 40+ pounds. I am a soda addict and don't care for fruits. Any advice would be appreciated. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:37:16 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47685670 I've joined the site this week. Have never posted on anything or used this sort of place before. I am a bit overawed by the amount of information available at the moment. Its a great site Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:49:48 EST eat2much9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47575232 Hi, I'm new to this program, but it looks like what I've been looking for. I'm also not too computer knowledgeable, so am a bit leery of getting into opening up something I shouldn't have. I have a solid 30+ pounds I need to lose. I am 73 and healthy, but overweight and tired. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:30:35 EST A NEWBIE HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47441362 <em>198</em> am new at this so i dont know exactly what to say much less do. lol. any suggestions would be appreciated. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:38:50 EST Posting for the first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47399315 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly new to Spark People but I am recently back to regain some ground I lost. In 2010, I had a fantastic job and I was out on my own for the first time in my life, a girl from central PA out in the wilds of North Dakota! I got motivated and lost 40lbs. Within a few months of meeting that goal, I unfortunately lost my job and had to go home with my tail tucked between my legs. Now, I gained all my weight back ( I had gone from 295- 255) and I'm ready to work all of i... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 00:54:36 EST Newbie Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x47150460 Hi, my name is Brandy. I am a 30y/o woman who has struggled with her weight since about the age of 13! I'm pretty shy, new around here and still learning the ropes and any help/advice is appreciated. I hope to be a regular around here, make some new friends and achieve some awesome goals!! <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:47 EST Easy Vegan Meals Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x47095377 I am not sure I will even be able to get back to this page or topic but here it goes..... <BR> I came across an article on eating vegan and ended up on Amazon.com looking at the "Easy Vegan Meals by Spark People............. by Stephanie Romine. It sounds awesome and I would love to have it but I only found it available on Kindle. Since I don't have one it is no help to me. Is there another version available to Spark Members? Hope I can find the reply when it comes. <BR> I am not computer saa... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:45:08 EST Hi, Im Kylie and very new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47085874 Hi there, Just joined this site today, so just working my way around it. Feeling pretty motivated with the site, seems pretty good. I have never posted anything on a forum, so hope this is all ok. I only have one question at this stage. I wont be following the suggested food/diets/menus on here, so is there a way I can enter in my own food that I have eaten for the day? <BR> Good luck to everyone and I hope I can get positive outcomes like you all. <BR> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:31:32 EST How long will I carry this baby fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x47004522 Hello all, I am Pat. I have been on spark for about a month. I am over 50 and my baby will be 30 in June, and I still have a 42 inch waist! I have come to realize that as a single female I stepped back out of living into my own private life. With no regular friends I visited. I went out to work, food shopping and that was it for the most part. So on Friday's my parties were with cookie, potato chips, ice cream and soda and a good movie. I thought I was doing fine until I started having healt... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:22:36 EST hi, i'm karen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46962346 I'm starting my weight loss journey (again!). I really need some support from others in the same situation. I'm fighting an uphill battle tho, with work ($) stress, medical problems, age, and no body to look to for support. Trying to lose weight seems like just one more chore. I've tried at lot of diet plans and they have worked (to an extent) but the emotional toll took over and I gave up. <BR> If someone has any thoughts or positive insights I could really use them. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 21:34:37 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46935392 Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined this site a long time ago then some health issues got in the way and I never followed up. Well now I am back and have a lot of weight to drop between now and August because I am GETTING MARRIED!!!!! I found the dress now to make it look good!!!! Here goes!!!! <em>104</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:25:28 EST At 63 plus I want to only "yo" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46893920 Hi - I'm Dee63 (almost Dee64) I have been yo-yo dieting my entire life. I finally realized that it is time to only "yo" - that is to stop vacillating, lose weight for good and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I am on my "weigh..." I've lost a few pounds and have joined a gym with a mature buddy. (Working out with a woman my own age and with the same limitations is liberating.) <BR> I have been reading sparkpeople on the net and find it truly motivational. Thank you all for helping me begin... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:18:26 EST New to this site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46868567 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just joined Sparkpeople as I want a healthier new me. I'm a busy mum of four and I run my own business. My children range between 20 and 11 and now I seem to have a lot more time to myself to concentrate on looking after myself. <BR> <BR> It's time to get this show on the road! If anybody fancies joining me to keep motivated your very welcome as I am going to need it. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 14:59:20 EST Hello to Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46865740 Hi, my name is Jo. I am a mother of 6 children aged between 19 and 2. I enjoy reading and music as well as swimming and walking. However, I have found it difficult to indulge in any of my hobbies in recent years, mostly due to lack of time or energy. I have always struggled with my weight, having successfully lost weight in the past only to gain it again. The birth of my youngest child resulted in quite a large weight gain, which I have been unable to lose. I've been told that my age i... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:35:30 EST Over 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46831361 Hi! I am totally am so sick of following these crazy diets that eliminate food...I lose weight and then gain it all back plus some extra just for fun haha. I would like to know is anyone else over 50 has lost weight just by counting the calories. What is everyone eating? i cannot tell you how excited I am to eat good food like fruit and healthy carbs instead of just protein. Please someone out there let me know how you are doing and what you are doing. Thanks. A starving teacher! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:21:42 EST Hello friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46778585 I am elizabeth from Ohio. I just recently joined sparkpeople. I have a long way to go in my journey to weight loss but stay optimistic. I have many wonderful resources here to fall back on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for having this team, I find myself anxious to post in any of the other teams. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:07:02 EST Just to tell myself I am not scared to post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x46771294 Hi all, <BR> <BR> well, ever since I've joined this team I receive mails every now and then that somebody has posted in the "Scared to post". I just wanna say that I am not scared to post anymore and here's my first post. <em>41</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 02:03:54 EST diet and exercise?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x46744507 Hi, <BR> I'm not sure if I am doing this right I have never posted on spark but I have a question about the whole diet and exercise thing. My first month was great this is my second month and I have stopped losing weight. I eat my 1200 calories a day and do cardio 5 times a week (burning 400-600 calories on those days) It's weird but it seems adding the cardio was what stopped me :( <BR> Help... I'm sure this added stress isn't good either. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Michelle Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:47:14 EST New Kid on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46625807 Hello; my name is Lori and I am new to posting. I am not new to SparkPeople.com, just didn't have the motivation to do it the first time around. Now I am at my heaviest weight and have around 175 pounds to lose. That is almost 3/4's of my current weight. I have some health issues currently going on and I know that if I lost this weight that is currently weighting me down, that not only would I feel better, but I would have much more energy. Right now, I am currently a caregiver for my e... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:12:23 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46615774 Just started and wanted to say "Hi". I am starting my new journey. Trying to make a lifestyle change and not going on another diet. Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:55:38 EST newbeeie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46609393 hi i need tips on grocerys i can't afford fresh produce and fruit the heakth food is exs=pence and he junk food is not i have a tight budget im widowed since 99 my boys were 10 &4 they are 22&17 any help would be great Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:42:37 EST A Beautiful View http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x46607268 Suggest you view this in fullscreen (click on the little 4-arrow icon to the immediate left of the word vimeo at lower right of vid frame) <BR> <BR> Don't forget: Esc key gets you out of fullscreen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>matadornetwork.com/tv/yosemite-hd-wi<BR>ll-blow-your-mind/ </link> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:29:01 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x46551676 When is the best time to exercise? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:37:39 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46539029 Hi I've recently stopped smoking and now I'm going to lose these extra pounds so I ll be healthy once again. I need all the motivation I can get so I'm looking forward to all the great advice and tips from fellow members that I know Ill find on here.I can do this <em>249</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:23:18 EST just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46465367 Not yet physical fit but looking forward in exercising and breathing in fresh air. <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:59:05 EST 5 weeks until Spring Break :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46432687 Hi! My name is Marianna Jelani! And I'm on here to achieve the weight/size that I've always wanted to be which is a size 10/12 so I can be a plus sized model/actress. My intermediate goal is to look good in my swimsuit for spring break which will probably be a monokini since I doubt my stomach will be flat enough lol. <BR> I've always been pretty closed about my goals because I'm afraid of people judging me when I don't achieve them. I'm looking for positive support so that if I go off track... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:02:23 EST Heyyyyy!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46367254 A little about me.. <BR> Im Amber, im 22 and i have a gorgeous little boy who will be 2 in may, im from the UK. <BR> I started my weightloss journey last june weighing 216.5lbs and im currently at 198.5lbs using weightwatchers (slow but steady LOL) but im getting abit bored of it so i thought id give this ago. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some lovely, supportive people on here. <BR> Good luck to everybody here (and especially those of you kind enough to read my post hehe :)) xx Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:56:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46365140 First time joining something like this and I am not a poster. I think that's correct. Anyway, hello everyone. I need to lose a tremendous amount of weight and I hope that I am strong enough to do so. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:32:13 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46258721 Hey everyone, My name is Leslie and I'm 42 years old (uggg so dislike the sound of that) anyway, I'm the mother of two awesome kids 18 and 16. I live near Vidalia, ga. and have about 18 lbs to lose, as of which is kicking my butt to get off. I'm very shy, so this is a big step for me to be posting anything. Hope to make some friends since i've lost touch with most of mine that I went to school with. Good luck with the weight loss everyone. :-) Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:16:05 EST New Need Help on how to get stated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46166821 Hi, <BR> This is a first for me. I'm just starting and trying to learn and will need help on how to get started. <BR> <BR> I know we can do this together. Please relpy <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:09:10 EST I am new to this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46152723 I am new to the site confused about using spark people where do I start ? <em>40</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:07:10 EST Hi my name is Luceepop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46124832 Im a single mum with a 7 month old and a 14 year old ive let myself go considerably my weight has reached a massive 18st 4 im devastated lonely and suffer depression im on anti depressants which are not helping my weight i hate my body not worked for a few years I want this year to be my year to change i want to lose 8 stone and gain employment or volunteer i have so many bad habits dont no where to start im so fed up of being fat frumpy an unattractive i wanna be able to take kids swimming a... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:14:17 EST Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46085395 Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:25:48 EST Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46085377 Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:24:38 EST Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46085345 Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:23:14 EST Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46085315 Hello. Joined SP today. I'm looking forward to losing at least 30 lbs that I haven't been able to get off for the last 4 years. i love dance type exercise & stumbled across this site looking for exercise shoes. i'm 61 years old, married 40 years, have 5 grandchildren, and am excited about promoting my health and energy for optimal living. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:21:43 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x46025753 My name is Diane and I have decided that it's time to take my life back. I recently turned fifty (gasp!!!) and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with my beautiful, adorable, and dare I say perfect, eight year old grandson. I want to be around to watch him grow up and become the man God intends him to be! I also want to enjoy the company of my wonderful husband for many, many years to come. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and currently working as a Christian Counsel... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:47:19 EST Hi....AGAIN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45960649 Who I Am? Three words that are hard for me to figure out how to answer. I could start with the obvious: I am a mother to a wonderful, active, vibrant 6 year-old little girl and a 2 month old little girl (YIKES!!); engaged to a wonderful husband (I love my soldier!), and a daughter to two wonderful and loving parents. But underneath it all is the description that the world sees: I AM A FAT PERSON!! This is the description that I want to change the most. I am tired of being the “fat girl”. I wa... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:47:27 EST loosing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45940985 Hi everyone, I am a member of sparks but have really never used it that long, I want to loose weight but dont know how to go about doing it, I have no motivation, want to start up some kind of a weight loss program, how can I do that with sparks? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 06:52:24 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45881092 Hello. I am new to sparkpeople. I would just like to introduce myself. I am 28 years old and a mother of 3 children. I joined this website because I am trying to lose 50 pounds. I would like to be healthy for myself, my kids, and my husband. So anyway, hello everyone, lol. I am new to this type of thing so if anyone has any suggestions for me please let me know. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:21:36 EST new to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45834744 Hi I'm Janet and have known about Spark for about a year now but my new year resolution is to become more healthy and fit and of course lose weight ! My aim is to lose about 16 Kilos. Not sure what that converts to in pounds. I am English & have lived in Athens, Greece for many years. Could really do with the support of Spark members and looking forward to this journey. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:03:13 EST Here I go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45766776 I am 61 years old and each January I seem to start again with the goals. Want to keep it up this time! I have about 15 pounds to go and want to be realistic about starting and keeping it up! <BR> I am off of work this week and am getting ready to put everything in place for a real start on Jan 9 when I am back to a routine. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:11:54 EST Hi I'm Ms Lisa , http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45763242 I'm diabetic , shy , single , a people person and trying to get tone up for better health. I'm not sure what to say here but , I'm willing to give spark people a try , I'm not very motivated when it comes to walking or excercising so Help . walking alone is no fun. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:22:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45748383 This is my my first day with Spark People. I am very excited to start and finish my weight loss goals. I am navigating through the website and trying to figure everything out. Wow! I am very impressed with it so far. I look forward to working with all of you to help motivate me and stay on track. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:15:16 EST 2012 Daily Gratitudes -Welcome All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45748129 "The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A heart filled with Thanksgiving, even when appearances tell us that we are mired in scarcity, conflict, and affliction, moves us to a higher frequency in consciousness -- and we soon witness reality shining through the illusion." <BR> - John Randolph Price <BR> <BR> The idea here is to write at l... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:03:36 EST 2012 Daily Gratitude/Ap ppreciations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45747989 Since there is no way to edit the topic, I am re-posting this thread with correct spelling.... <BR> <em>245</em> <BR> Please post to other post with correct spelling.... <em>24</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:55:50 EST NewYears http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45739905 Hi. This is my third time trying sparkpeople, and i want to fully commit this time! Im hoping i can finally take the initiative to change and become a healthier person. My new years resolution :) Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:13:59 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45739638 Hello. Depression is a big part of my yoyo behaviors over the years. I am now at my highest weight ever at age 61. My kids are very worried about my descent into immobility and isolation. I don't just want to lose weight. I want to be active, organized, and hopeful. I am going to a mental health center which is working on the emotional end of this problem. I'm hoping this site will give me the direction to move forward and take good care of myself. Thank you so very much, Robertakaye Sun, 1 Jan 2012 02:14:35 EST Anyone Have Any Helpful Advice?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45681083 Hello Everyone. My name is Stephanie Lynn and I just joined today. I am getting married in 10 months and I don't feel comfortable the way I am. I have gained a lot of weight over the past 3 years that I have been with my fiancée and I am not happy about it. I am a little nervous doing this alone without help. I don't know if I can be strong. Well I guess I just need others to reassure me that I can do things sometimes. Well I wish everyone the best of luck! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:40:27 EST ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45523186 hi, I have a question. I am really confused on how to use these forums and I don't know how to post on certain topics in groups and I don't know how I can delete my posts, does anyone have any recommendations? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:09:47 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45502640 glad I wasn't the only one scared to post. :) Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:47:27 EST Finally ready to change my body, and life:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45174769 My name is Becky....I am 48 years old. I am married & have 4 grown Children. I joined this site a few years back but never really was ready to change my life:( I am disabled... I have Lupus, Type 2 Diabetes, and also Thyroid problems. I was feeling sorry for myself for the longest time but then we got a treadmill given to us so I have been walking on it for about 2 months now:) It has become part of my morning routine, and is just second nature now:) I am up to 37 minutes:) <BR> When I first... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:11:42 EST LOA and affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45159173 "Any words you speak have a frequency, and the moment you speak them they are released into the Universe. The law of attraction responds to all frequencies, and so it is also responding to the words that you speak. When you use very strong words, such as "terrible", "shocking" and "horrible" to describe any situation in your life, you are sending out an equally strong frequency, and the law of attraction must respond by bringing that frequency back to you. <BR> <BR> The law is impersonal, an... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:48:25 EST Not sure I am posting right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45147927 I guess I am suppose to created a new topic to talk to everyone on a Sparks team like I am doing now. If I want to reply to a certain person I hit their reply button.... Right??? Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:08:56 EST Nurse J http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x45109904 HI everyone just call me Nurse J. my friend introduce me to sparks people and i"m glad she did,right now i am just getting familiar with all the options and support i can get from spark.com.I know that with your help i will not fail again,i"m feeling confident and happy already thanks a million everyone. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:06:47 EST Can't figure out how to post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45090973 I'm sure I'm making this too hard, but I CAN NOT figure out how to post under an established topic! Help is appreciated. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:09:45 EST The Latest China Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x45055269 "Usually, the first thing a country does in the course <BR> of economic development is to introduce a lot of livestock. <BR> Our data are showing that this is not a very smart move <BR> and the Chinese are listening. They are realizing that <BR> animal-based agriculture is not the way to go...We are <BR> basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a <BR> wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of <BR> animal foods...Once people start introducing animal <BR> produc... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 08:32:07 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x44978023 The chance to regroup <BR> -my kids <BR> -the rain and snow holding off till I go for a walk <BR> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:54:16 EST Looking for friendship and motivation !!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44912393 hey all! I'm back here after having my self pity party for the last 3 months cuz i put 10 pounds back on, meanwhile as i was sulking about that 10 pounds I've managed to gain an additional 12 pounds. So I am back, and starting fresh. I am a 24 yo single mother of a near 4 yr old little boy. I love him to death but wish i had some other companionship and someone to talk to about my woes when it comes to my body,and someone to honestly help keep me going. I want to be able to play with him all ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 02:00:20 EST What did you do for a workout today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x44892489 We had our second big snowstorm of the season so I shoveled snow for an hour....and the sun came out when I was nearly finished. It felt like a reward for my effort. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What did you do? Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:41:03 EST hello my name is missy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44827971 i am excited to be a part of this site and i am thankful for sparkpeople and i'm always looking for friends and i wish everyone good luck.... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:08:26 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44740579 Hi all, <BR> Have no idea what i'm doing, but my bestie is doing weight watchers and i wanted to do something along the same lines but online, so here i am. I have inflammation issues and am just starting to learn how food and diet are wreaking havoc on my body. I am interested in nutrition and weight loss and making it work for the rest of my family. <BR> <BR> ~J <em>249</em> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:03:11 EST Hi I am Joeleane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44587167 Hello, my name is Joeleane and I live in Florida. I am a mother to a wonderful eight year old son, and have been married for eight years too. :) I am a full time college student, and hope to become an elementary teacher. I gained weight during my pregnancy with my son, and then shortly after he was born I was in two serious accidents, which made me gain even more weight. Well now I am sick of being out of shape, and ready to make a change!! I hope this website really helps me, because I have ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:14:08 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x44511819 Grateful for my wonderful husband of 24 years. <BR> Grateful for my 2 wonderful boys <BR> Grateful for my church <BR> Very grateful for sparkpeople finally found something that I belive is going to be a life long motivation for me <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:45:17 EST Im starting again. i need some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44452391 Hi im new and this if my first post my name is Katie and i lost 10 on this before but then i think i got to happy about it and went back to my old ways. thinking i wouldn't gain it back i need some help some motivation something! I have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Wish me luck im on my way to being happy and healthy and not failing again! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 04:35:36 EST Hello I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44443030 I'm amanda, and I'm excited to be using sparkpeople to help me get healthy. It's definitely hard but I know it will be worth it. If any of you have any advice I'd love to hear it. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:55:38 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44406621 Hi, My name is Maria. I am 47 years old. I am a stay at home mom of twin boys age 13. I have been trying to lose 20lbs for a long time and can't seem to get it off. I would like to start to live a healtheir lifestyle and to be a good example for my boys. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:34:14 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44328434 This is my first post. I am the mother of three great kids, 2 teens and a tween. I have been doing SP for about 7 weeks now. I read that people who post are more successful than people who do not--so I thought I would give it a try. I have battled my weight off and on for most of my life. I have been on just about every diet. Lo carb took off the weight, but for me it was not a sustainable life style. I need balance in my life. I am excited about the support that SP provides to help members ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:00:05 EST Hi to All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44324247 Today is my first day on Sparkpeople...first post on sparkpeople. (and it is a bit scary) I'm not the most internet knowledgeable person but I am willing to do what I can to help me lose this extra weight I've been carrying and get healthy. I'm really looking forward to meeting people who are sharing similar goals. <BR> <BR> This site looks fantastic. I can't wait to do a bit more exploring. I've already joined my first team...already signed up to visit daily and post my "i am thankful f... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:49:27 EST Hi, I'm gonna need a lot of support from all!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44261985 I am fighting 30 pounds and it's winning! I work 3-12 hour days then have 3 days off, so my schedule fluxuates.I love to eat chips! I will try fuit and then buy chips! I also love the starbucks frappuccino (they keep me awake). So I guess I have some addictions to work on! I live alone during the week, my bf drives a truck and is only home on the weekends. I think I should tell you all I work in a store that sells grocs! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:06:50 EST New to Spark (tomorrow's my FIRST day!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44241000 Hi my name is Amy. I just signed up with Spark and tomorrow will be my "first day" to: make healthy choices/changes, exercise, think positive (try).... <BR> I want to loose about 35 pounds. I've always struggled with my weight. It's such a battle. <BR> We had to have our photos updated for our company website. What an eye-opener, I hardly recognized myself. I thought 'how could I let myself go like this??' <BR> Anyone else feel this way? Where do you find your motivation / inspiration? ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:53:14 EST All Some People Need Is A Push http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x44228285 Hey, <BR> I'm so very very new to this whole thing, and just happened to stumble upon this site and this discussion board, and I'm actually glad I did. I'm not quite sure what to say exactly, except that I'm just that normal 19 year old girl whose tired of looking this way. My problem is, I skip meals a lot, and then I overeat. And of course combined with the fact I dont exercise... EVER its just hit me now. I'm going away to school, and I want to go away a new person. <BR> Just need a lil m... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:25:19 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44184478 I devoted most of the day to learn about this site and there is so much information! I am so excited to be a new member! Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:09:41 EST Need Help - can't find where to get tech support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x44123032 Dear SparkTeam... I didn't know where to ask for help on technical issues so I'll post it here or if you can point me to the right area on this site to ask such questions. <BR> <BR> I'm having an issue with Google Chrome browser. When trying to enter my daily strength info, the pop-up window does not display any of the fields correctly. Any ideas?? <BR> <BR> thank you for any help... Greg Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:10:54 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x44085319 Hi, I'm a 29 year old mother of 3. I'm a registered nurse, so I know what I am supposed to do, but can't seem to get the job done. I had all three of my kids close together and never lost all of the weight between them. I recently lost 15 lbs on Weight Watchers, but proceeded to gain 25 back. I'm really encouraged by all the posts and SparkPages in SparkPeople and super motivated to get the job done the right way this time!!! Good luck to everyone in your weight loss journey! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:58:46 EST On my way... first time posting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43835128 Hi, I am a small business owner and mother of two. I love to exercise, but struggle with my food intake. I'm hoping I can connect with other motivated individuals and stay committed to tracking every morsel! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:22:03 EST Help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x43799683 after 2 years of dieting and losing 5st I suddenly find myself falling off the wagon an odd biscuit here a spoon of sugar there. I'm trying to keep the fitness up but there always seems to be something more urgent demanding my time. I eat once a day and have been fine but the past few weeks its just not been enough and then I reach for the biscuit tin. I don't like eating but I love food - how does that work. I just got to my goal weight and now seem to have lost all control. I keep telling m... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:06:24 EST Brand New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43770854 Hello everyone. Im new here and looking for friends to help with this journey that I have started many times before. Please help me to figure out what Im doing wrong!! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 04:51:22 EST Yo-Yo's anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43700355 2007 = 140 lbs.= my ideal weight. I'm 5'8" and 60 years old so I think that's appropriate. Fast forward to now, 2011 = 210.4lbs. I'm disgusted at myself, beating myself up for gaining it all back. Hate to exercise - doesn't matter what kind. Love to read, computers, teach high school (don't EVEN get me started!) I remember in the day I used to LOVE to go to the club to do resistance and strength training (never did like cardio- ICK!) Now cannot even think about it let alone actually go.... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:09:53 EST Hi, I am MagicandBoo, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43683848 I am excited to start this lifestyle change, I don't really know what I am doing so if anyone what's to help me out i would greatly appreciate it. I am a 48 yr old female who has 2 adult children, I also have 5 grandchildren 1 two year old, 3-six year olds and one 10 year old. I have been married for 20 years. I have been over weight all my life and been on too many diets i have lost count. I have type two diabetes and I need to lose weight and keep it off if I want to live to see my gran... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:50:18 EST hello!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43637537 i am not new to spark people, but i am new to posting. i look forward to giving and getting encouragement from this community. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:52:39 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43636240 Hey guys. I'm new to dieting this way. I'm new to asking for help. I'm new to being open like this but I know the other way was not working for me. So, I'm trying something new. I don't come to SparkPeople everyday (I'm working on it). I'm hoping getting involved will help me lose the 60 lbs that have to go. My doctor said I am boardering on diabeties, my ankles swell and my knees hurt all the time. There is a great possibility my weight has a lot to do with these problems. <BR> <BR> I give ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:17:48 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x43518978 After maybe three weeks I am finally posting. I am grateful to have conquered my hesitation. I am grateful for my wonderful children and supportive family. I finally graduated college. I am stronger emotionally. <em>334</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:10:04 EST Sure hope I did this correctly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43499368 I finding the message boards daunting and confusing. That aside... <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Leslie and I've been a member for years, but have never, ever posted. The very prospect gives me severe anxiety, but I think having feedback from others would be beneficial. So! Here we are. I am 27 years-old and live in Colorado in the middle of nowhere where it's nice and quiet. I love working out and taking care of myself (in theory) but always seem to fall short by setting unrealistic goals... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:34:57 EST My name is Veronica aka "OHSOCREAMEE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43488736 I am a Mother of 4 and a very Laid-Back, Down-2-Earth Woman with a Beautiful Soul who enjoys meeting new individual, learning new things, and most of just experiencing what life as to offer. Not going into any major detail of why I am on here because I am pretty sure that you already as a notion of my joining this site...Right now this is bout all i have to say feel free to hit me up. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:41:15 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43488126 Hello everyone, I am new to the site, Im 26, and looking to make some big changes to my life an d hopefully make a few friends along the way. I want to lose 80lbs and Im Currently at 242 lbs. Wishing everyone good luck on their journeys Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:46:28 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43424521 Hi, I've been working with the Spark People for about 2 weeks and it really does intimidate me to post. I know I seriously need all the support I can get. I'm almost afraid to lose.weight for fear that I could just gain it back like so many times before. I know I'm a major emotional eater and unconscious eater. I also sabotage my own weight loss efforts. But all that said, I am hopefull, I have lost almost 4 lbs! I love all the motivational pages.and seeing all the success stories. Thanks fo... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 00:47:08 EST Hello Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43375006 This is my first post and I am excited to be here I welcome anybody's advice when it comes to motivation. Looking forward for some feedback. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:13:58 EST Looking for new friends :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x43274059 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Ive just joined sparkspeople and am looking for likeminded people with 90lbs or so to lose. I am a stay at home mum so do not really have many people in terms of friends and the ones I do have are uber tiny and tell me I look fine how I am (i know I dont) just looking for support from anyne who is in the same boat as me, be nice to be able to share how I am doing with someone else. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add, not really worked out how to do it just yet lol <BR> <B... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:24:52 EST SHE'S HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x43234555 Cora Elaine was born Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 5:56 pm. She was 7 lbs, 13.6 oz, and 21.5" long. She and I both had a few complications, so she has had to stay in the hospital a few extra days to finish a course of antibiotics. She's coming home on Saturday, on what would have been her great-grandfather's 96th birthday (he passed in 1999). That was also one of my calculated due dates, so it's like a second birthday that she gets to share with him. <BR> <BR> Now we wait until I get the all ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:13:14 EST New starter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43220049 Hi, I just wanted to make my first post and this seemed the most comfortable place to do it :) <BR> I'm 43, live in the UK and want to lose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:11:53 EST Singapore..a food paradise ..*sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43122385 Hi all! <BR> Its my first time here...pretty nervous. <BR> I'm a mother of 1 and have been struggling to lose weight since before my wedding. Being in Singapore, where eating is a lifestyle, I fell off the wagon more times than I can count. I'm really hoping I can get motivated and lose weight with the help of sparkpeople. Wish me luck!! <em>30</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:39:46 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x43102653 I know nothing about posting a comment can someone please advise Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:08:07 EST Falling off and getting back on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x43090402 I am a mom of two teens and an infant (surprise!). I was already 20 lbs overweight when I found out I was pregnant and finding it harder to lose the baby and additional weight now that I'm in my forties! <BR> <BR> I've been a Sparkpeople member for quite a while, but this is the very first time I've posted anything. I was on a bit of a streak for the last 3 weeks and then my older kids went to camp and my husband went on a business trip and voila, I reverted back into bad eating habits the ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:10:09 EST Thankful for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x43083024 -for my husband <BR> -for my family <BR> -for being off fromwork these last two days <BR> -being able to just rest and relax for a couple of days <BR> -being able to sleep in in the morning <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:10:28 EST I could use some good ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x42963666 I've been going to a gym on and off for years. I recently just started going again a few months ago. However, I could use some help finding exercises that are ok for a fractured foot. I've been doing the elliptical, and pilates, but if anyone have any other ideas, please share them. I get bored easily, lol Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:53:22 EST A Beginning to my Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42898584 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to new friends and reaching my goals. I have picked up so much weight and feel so unhealthy. I wish I would have know about this program 6 months ago but, it is never too late. <BR> <BR> I found this site on Women's First and thought this is for me. This is my first time participating and I am so very excited. I ask you My friends to Help Me! I need your support and knowledge in this program. <BR> <BR> Your friend, <BR> Bellanette Sat, 9 Jul 2011 23:23:50 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x42886085 I'm new here, but just love making gratitude lists. <BR> <BR> Today's list: <BR> 1. sharing a veggie garden with my neighbor. <BR> 2. Our view of beautiful green rolling hills and farmland. <BR> 3. Comical dogs and kittens that keep us company as we garden. <BR> 4. Hedges full of wild blackberries that are ripening. <BR> 5. Good water and healthy food. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:27:09 EST Somewhat new to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42863260 Hello, <BR> <BR> I can't say I'm an SP newbie, I actually started SP in August of 2009, and did it for a couple months, fell off the deep end, got back on, and fell off again. All since then. <BR> <BR> It has come to the point now where I really want to make a life time commitment to living a healthier lifestyle and losing this weight, and I think now is as good as time as ever since I am newly engaged. <BR> <BR> I have a nasty habit of being really gung-ho and going all out for the first... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:36:44 EST Not ready to jump in the deep end http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42814757 Hi! I left sparkpages but now I am back. I am a very quiet and shy person but I am beginning to realize I cannot do this alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:17:26 EST setting up weight loss goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x42752799 Howdy folks, <BR> First day here! And I am excited; this site looks awesome. <BR> <BR> So, I am sure it is easy, but I cannot figure out how to set up my weight loss goal, and rate of loss...dates, etc. When I entered in my weight, somehow the site automatically gave me a goal weight. But I want to set my own and figure out how to do rate of loss...1 lb/week or .5lbs /week, etc. <BR> Can anyone help? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much!!! <BR> <BR> Xo3 Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:17:29 EST Want to add Healthy Life to my Happy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42751005 Hi, I am new here. Just joined few days ago. Not real good at writing, so bear with me. I am 48 and want to learn how to start eating healthier (one of my biggest problems is chocolate. I live and breathe chocolate), and a exercise program. Haven't really set any goals and not much on exercise except for walking. Love to walk. Have a few health issues, and hoping a healthier way of life will improve my health along with losing weight. Ready for a change, one day at a time. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:58:10 EST Hi, I am scared to post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42645757 I am trying to find a healthy lifestyle I can maintain for the rest of my life. I have traveled the weight loss road many times before, and it is hard to get back on track every time after I have gained weight back. Still this time I know I need to focus on defining and creating a healthy lifestyle. Developing good habits that work for me and support my health goals. There are so many ways our thinking can sabotage our efforts. In a sense it is really my negative thinking that needs to be let... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:06:44 EST Hi, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42626934 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my weight loss journey but only at the beginning of the rest of my life of healthy eating and fitness. I'm here to meet likeminded people and to learn lots from you all. :) Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:00:09 EST Hey everyone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42578578 My name is Megan and I'm 21 years old. It's been a challenging couple of years for me and during those years, I gained a total of 40 pounds. I want to change my consistent gaining of weight to a consistent loss of weight...that makes sense right? <BR> <BR> I'd like to make some buddies while on here as well. I'd love some support and would love to support others as well!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Megan Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:33:37 EST Just saying hi : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42545431 Hey everyone! I'm new to sparkpeople but it looks great and I'm excited about working towards my goals! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:17:54 EST My new found HOPE in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42369017 Hi...I am 47 yrs old and reside in California. I feel very fortunate to have stumbled across Sparkpeople,com and look forward to being a part of this team. New to messaging/blogging and sharing online when it comes to my weight issue...but slowly learning and doing alot of self-talk just to get this introduction out. I have decided to not hide any longer and reach out. It's been alittle over a year's total time that I've gained over 100 pounds because I believed I had everything under con... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:10:20 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42353601 I really do well when someone keeps me honest about dieting. I did great with Weight Watchers years ago but then I got an autoimmune and compounded health problems due to being on Prednisone for so long. I wanted a website so I could track food, meet other dieters in the same boat. I found Everyday Health and was no successful with this site because I found some of the calorie tracking and group interaction to be too cumbersome. My daughter told me about Sparkle People and said she really... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:19:41 EST IM LOST HOW DO I DIET DIFFERENTLY?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42338613 I DO NOT KNOW THE INS AND OUTS OF DIETING WITH THIS DISORDER, I AM ON MEDICATIION. BUT THIINGS SEEM DIFFERENT????????????? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:32:40 EST i'm new and excited about my future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42326033 i've gained and lost weight most of my life. It's basically been a losing battle but I believe that I can do this and keep it off. With the support from Spark, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I've just got to keep motivated and make sure that I track my food intake. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 08:01:41 EST I am new and nervous about this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42301829 My name is Lisa and I have bever been involved in anything like this before. I needed to lose weight and know that I cannot do this on my own. I found this on the internet and was hoping for some motivational tools. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:41:06 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42265625 I'm new here, as I'm sure you've guessed, haha. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit of a nervous person, so please excuse me if I'm awkward at all. <BR> Hmm, let's see, I joined Spark just yesterday, in hopes I could lose 20 pounds. I'd heard it helps to have a group or buddy who supports you, so I was hoping I could get that from here :). <BR> I hope to become acquainted with you all! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:41:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42247114 I have joined to find a way to keep me motivated and inspired. I have always had a hard time staying committed and consistent so I'm hoping with the help of the teams and the community I will find the encouragement to reach my goals and maintain them. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:33:15 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42246838 need help with motivation, would love to lose, but can't keep it up. walk for a few days then don't help if you can!!!! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:15:31 EST Hi I'm Peggy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42236199 New to this site, had joined back in 2008 its time to get serious, it just seems a little confusing. <BR> enjoying reading the different blogs and post. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 18:51:35 EST Not really scared, just not sure what to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42208099 Hi, I live near the Katy area. I read all the Spark emails I get BUT...I do not think that I am doing things correctly. I have tried to post but it doesn't come out and I try to sign up for things but I do not think I do them correctly. Anyway, I need to be around people otherwise I conveniently don't have time to walk or exercise. I also need help on the computer because I must not do the steps correctly. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 07:33:52 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42206460 Hi, am lyn. just joined. Want to lose weight and maintain a healthy life style. Need your support guys. a buddy would be fantastic. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 02:09:09 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42206145 Hey all! I'm finally ready to begin this weight loss journey. Hope i'm as successful as some of the others i've seen on here! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 01:13:26 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42206093 Hey everybody, I'm Brandi. Been on here for a little while, but haven't really been motivated to do much till now. I wanna be healthy and happy. Sometimes I feel like I need a support system or a little push now and then...i'm hopin this helps. :) Fri, 3 Jun 2011 01:05:28 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42097469 My name is Jackie, i'm new at this and here's to hoping it works! Good luck to everyone. Sat, 28 May 2011 21:22:29 EST How is everyone doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x42097016 What healthy habits have you found? Are you working out? Favorite exercises? Sat, 28 May 2011 20:43:53 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x42087522 Hello to everyone! This is my first time posting. I have been overweight most of my life (all of my adult life). I finally "woke up" to my need to change due to medical issues (probably due to my obesity) and starting exercising and watching what I ate last September. I have lost 45 pounds - but have more to lose. I have been encouraged by seeing others who are struggling and pursuing a healthier, more disciplined life. I have hope of change! Sat, 28 May 2011 09:10:18 EST 1st time poster - new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x41781087 Hi, I just joined today! Excited. Thu, 12 May 2011 11:32:07 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41769349 My name is Debbie and I don't really like to post. But I like to tead posts. I need to lose a few pounds that I put on when I quit smoking a year ago. Wed, 11 May 2011 20:39:19 EST 250 pounds or more to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41684486 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this program and posting (just started a half hour ago!) and I would like to know if there is a team dedicated to those who have at least 250 pounds or more to lose. <BR> <BR> I am a 55-year-old introvert who is very nervous about posting, as I have never done it before and don't know what to expect. I would appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer. Thank you. <BR> <BR> dbourne Sat, 7 May 2011 15:45:19 EST it's me again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41644902 it's me again. once again I need all the help I can get is there anybody else that is handicapped and having a hard time losing weight? if so I could really use some help I have no idea what I am doing it's like I'm stuck on stupid or something, I know you can make your own menu witch is great but, if it were"nt for what I have been eating and my in mobility I wouldn't be in this mess Thu, 5 May 2011 12:42:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41635529 Hi, everyone im returning after 2yr, to finish what i started . im willing this time to do whatever it takes to lose weight and get healthy . Wed, 4 May 2011 23:54:27 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41597374 Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark People for about 2 weeks now. I am hoping this will help me to learn more about being healthy and lose some weight. Tue, 3 May 2011 10:49:10 EST advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x41527430 I am struggling to lose the last 10 pounds. I am trying to eat all the calories I'm told and find it difficult sometimes. I drink the water recommended. I also exercise 4 days a week. Any suggestions? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:43:51 EST HELLO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41440497 SO I HAVE BEEN TELLING MY HUSBAND FOREVER HOW I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO DO SOME KIND OF MARATHON. ALL I HAVE EVER DONE IS TALK ABOUT IT. NOW I AM READY TO PUT MY MONEY WHERE MY MOUTH IS...BYE BYE COUCH, HELLO PAVEMENT. I AM NEW TO THE SITE AND SOCIAL NETWORKING IN GENERAL, BUT I AM HOPING THE SUPPORT WILL HELP ME REACH MY GOALS! <BR> <BR> THANKS Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:11:16 EST Just an Update from Me. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x41433542 Man, I haven't been on ANY of my SparkTeams in MONTHS. It's easy to get sidetracked when you're not trying to lose or maintain. ;) So, I thought I'd pop in an give a little update. <BR> <BR> For those who don't know me, I was tapped along with Rebcca to co-lead this team, but since I got pregnant in November, I had to bow out of the Spark Family for a while... as a result, I have utterly slacked off in keeping up with the site. It's hard to keep it going when you're not trying to lose or ma... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:44:44 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x41422101 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just wanting some support, encouragement, help and would like to have a friend to talk to that has lost at least 100 pounds because that is what I'm looking to lose and I need encouragement, I feel like I can't do this.... I love sweets I love food and on top of it I'm an emotional eater :-/ can someone please tell me how I am suppose to eat, and how many times a day... please, I need someones help! Thanks! CntryGrl83 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:15:22 EST Happy Earth Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x41381035 How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> Are you getting outside to exercise today? <BR> Have you started a garden or have plans to plant one? <BR> Do you make/set intentions? <BR> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:02:05 EST Hello! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41339078 Hi, all! My name is Erin, I am 33 years old, and I live with my sailor husband in Virginia Beach. I am joining today to take control of my weight and of my life in general. I have attempted to lose weight in the past, but I have no support system, and I really need one. I'm hoping to get that here. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:28:46 EST Im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41298971 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and joined this group, mostly because I feel overwhelmed. I have set a goal to loose 23 lbs by mid September, and I have never joined an on line weight loss community before. I hope I can figure this all out! Right now it seems confusing for sure, and I am nervous. Still, I am glad to be on here :0) Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:06:17 EST thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x41258334 -my son <BR> -my bf <BR> -my two cats =p <BR> -my health <BR> -being alive Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:47:30 EST muscle cramps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x41103260 I need help. I have trouble with muscle cramps.Legs , sides and stomach.I eat my banana,,s drink lots of water and stretch every morning .I even tried tonic water wich i hate.your help would be appeciated. thanks' Fri, 8 Apr 2011 20:37:48 EST Please allow me to introduce myself :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41050478 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. I am a Master Herbalist and small business owner from NE Ohio, super shy oddly enough, and on a journey to do some major life changes. With that said I have already had a great start and wish to continue my success. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you and sharing in your journey as well! <BR> <BR> Warm Regards, <BR> Talula Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:34:29 EST I'm back, I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x41032263 I just read some others post about being scared to post, I dido that. I find Spark quite awhile back and didn't do a whole lot with it, so now trying again. There is so much, don't know what to do. Time is what I don't have, I'am almost 57yrs old, need to lose 30pds and get a new life. I smoke, have been taking dieting pills (still eat). I want to quit smoking too.I know my biggest problem is emotional eating. We've been going through fininacial crisis, I have my own business, work da... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 17:44:56 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41021068 So I have to confess. I left this team yesterday.I felt kind of silly because the whole "afraid to post" thing really didn't apply to me anymore. I figured I should move on. But, I had to come back. I totally love posting to the gratitude thread. It's nice to share the good news on good days. But, it's even nicer to have the nudge to look more closely at the bad days and find things to be grateful for. I think I'm hooked on "Scared to Post". Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:05:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x41008520 Hi everyone, my name is Bree and I am 22 years old. I am here because I need to lose weight, which has been the case for many years now. Instead of losing weight I have gained more weight. I have tried so many times and failed. I hope this time I succeed and I can use some friends for motivation in the process <em>30</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:21:33 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40974536 Just joined SparkPeople a little over a week ago (signed my pledge card on 3/24!), and so far I really love the site. I'm finding the trackers an enormous help, and the SparkPoints have kept me excited about coming back and spending time on the site. Sooner or later I know I'll need more support than just tracking (which isn't always so fun), and spinning the SparkPoints wheel, and I understand that the message boards can provide a sense of community and support. So, I'm trying this out. ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:29:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40882571 I joined SparkPeople less than a week ago and so far really enjoy the site. Looking forward to engaging more in the online community and achieving my goals! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:12:10 EST What lifestyle changes have had the most impact http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x40790796 When I decided to get healthy and fit I became a vegetarian and started walking. <BR> Those two changes have snowballed into a much healthier lifestyle than I imagined. <BR> <BR> What are the changes you have made? <em>38</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:53:31 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40777492 Hello everyone! I signed up for s/p over a year ago. Never really followed the plan, it always seems too complicated. I just recently decided to give it another try, it still seems complicated, but I can't keep doing what I am doing. I have been going through the process of having bariatric surgery, and that requires that i loose before surgery, and develop new eating patterns. Is anyone else going through the same thing. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:44:24 EST Question about slim fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x40586199 I am thinking about going on the slim fast diet. I am wanting to know others opinions about the slim fast diet, is it good or bad? Thanks for the help! :-) <BR> <BR> On a side note I have been on a 1200 calorie diet before, and lost 55 lbs in 5 months. I can not seem to get the motivation to do that same diet again. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:45:39 EST Figuring out how to post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x40555260 Ok. I figured out how to start a post. Now, if I can just figure out how to post to other threads. Help? Someone. :) Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:35:16 EST gratitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x40533811 I am thankful for feeling SO much better after being sick. <BR> I so enjoyed my weekend-2 days off work!. <BR> I am glad I felt good enough to exercise. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:47:34 EST wamacr11 also known as Wanda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40329527 Hi everyone, I am new and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Wanda, I'm a married, sahm, 3 kids and starting my healthy new lifestyle. I am excited about this journey and hope to be a huge success! Hello World, meet the new me! LOL! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:26:01 EST Here goes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40317640 My names Sonja and I'm 49 years young, getting ready to turn that big 50 here soon. I have been on SP for several months but have been afraid to post. So here goes, I have lost a total of 96lbs since July of 2010 with much encouragement from friends and family. Been overweight for many years, have tried and failed so many times. I lost myself and just starting to find myself again. Still have about another 40-50lbs to go. I finally hit that *onederland* that I have been so long aiming for. I ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 20:20:19 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40273023 Hi my name is Alessandra. In the last three years I have gained a lot of weight. I used to weigh 145 but now I am at 227. There is no excuse for my weight gain. I just became lazy and I started eating a lot of junk food. What I really want to do is not only lose the weight but also keep it off. I am very excited about this journey because this is my very first weight loss program I have ever joined. I hope to gain motivation and strength from my peers and maybe helps other who need it. So I... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 03:26:57 EST Well Hello Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40185549 Hello everyone, my name's Amber and I have Internet Social Anxiety at least when it comes the issue that is my weight. I have been overweight all my life and I honestly am sick and tired of it. I have no real excuse for being the way that I am. I have no disabilities or illnesses. I'm just lazy some times and lack motivation. I started dieting at the beginning of this year and the first thing I did was give up meat. Everyone doesn't agree with it, but I think it's a good way to start. I've st... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:51:22 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40169492 I am not really sure what to say as I have never joined any type of online community. I have wanted to lose 20 pound for the last 5 or so years yet I keep putting it off. Today I had a bit of an epiphany. Instead of spending my energy complaining about myself, I could be using that same energy to try and reach my goals. I don't have any supports in my own life so I thought maybe this would be a good way of not being so alone in my journey towards health. <BR> Thanks. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:27:04 EST In a newbie!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40154708 Hey my name is Mina, and im not used to posting in forums.........good luck to everyone in reaching your goals! Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:54:59 EST Just wanted to day Howdy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40116937 Hi all! I am 23 years old and am 190 pounds. I am "newer" on Sparkpeople. Joined up in november and fell off the diet wagon and just never signed back in. Not this time though, I am ready to lose this weight. I want to lose 55 pounds by august. I am 190 now, so that would pupot my goal weight at 135. It doesnt even seem possible right now. Sorry if I am coming off as grumpy right now! My son (20 months) has 2 teeth coming in and was up fussing the entire night! Only got 1 hour of sleep, and I... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:01:24 EST My kids are too skinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x40109696 I have under weight kids and I have to do my best to make meals that give them calories and I have tried to bulk them up any which way I can. It is difficult for me to have a sensible meal when everyone around me is eating fatty foods. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:52:44 EST In Control At Last:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40098530 My goal is to remain in control of my eating, rather than the other way round - I enjoy dancing, walking the family dog, volunteering with the sailing club, going to our community church each week, and seeing my friends. I joined the site because counting calories makes sense, it's clear and easy :) Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:28:26 EST Huddle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x40075951 What does it mean to "huddle"? I've seen it on the sparkpoints page. So I guess I'm looking to find out the how's and why's of huddling. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:58:08 EST debbiegreeen2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40063971 i have been on many different diets within the last 30 years and always lose weight but I went back to my old eating habits and gained the weight back. THe way SPARK is different is that I feel I am starting to see what I am eating and how to cook the food correctly. This way I may be changing my habits for the better. <BR> I have lost 11 pounds this pass month and I feel great. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:39:14 EST *SMILES* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40027795 I just wanted to thank everyone for the welcome, it means a lot. Thank you! <em>30</em> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:09:34 EST I'm so new, I don't know how to post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x40015731 Hello all, <BR> I have just joined SparkPeople and really don't know what I'm doing. I belong to a few teams but have no idea how to even introduce myself. Anyway, I have lived in Colorado Springs, CO as long as I can remember (but I'm not considered a native). Let's just say I'm in my 50's have retired and am working part-time. I need to get my act together before it's too late and lose 19 pounds which means I need to eat healthier and exercise. If anyone could help me find my comfort-... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:53:45 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39955756 Hi everyone I am new here, I've been on SP for a little over a week now and I just wanted to say "Hi". I am amazed at how full I am after following the meal plan. The portions seem small but they really fill me up! I look forward to dropping this weight and keeping it off and also to making new friends. :) Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:29:19 EST HI i'm dwilliamb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39896491 I'm new to this progam. My weight when I started as 386Lbs.I now weigh 368.I like hunting, fishing, walking, and gardening.I'm a 51 year old married male.I have one child and a lovely wife. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:12:38 EST water weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39854354 HELLO EVERYONE ! IMDOING GOOD WITH FITNESS AND EXERCISE BUT WHEN I DRINK IT MAKES ME FEEL HEAVY. IM JUST WONDERING IF ITS NORMAL ? <BR> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:13:52 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12481x39819263 finding SP,family,good recipe,warm house,music Thu, 10 Feb 2011 02:57:09 EST Help! Need Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39685504 Hi! Im very new to this. I work from home and need to lose about 100 pounds. Im finding it very difficult to stay on a diet and exercise program because of being home all day..I live where there is more snow than sidewalks right now. And to put more pressure on my family is going to Disney in April! Is there any hope for me? Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:25:10 EST wallflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=362x12481x39673113 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I've been doing spark people for about two weeks now and I've joined some spark teams. But I've felt a bit out of place posting, even though some people have tried to reach out. I guess I'm an introvert and having some trouble being otherwise even in this virtual community. Are there good ways to get over shyness? <BR> <BR> Eloi Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:37:58 EST I feel like a fish out of water. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39582324 Hmmm... Well I have no idea what I'm doing. Is this how you "post"? I've never done anything like sparkpeople or a message board before. I am a 29 year old stay-at-home mommy. I've got oodles of weight to lose and I'm not even sure what a reasonable goal is. But, so far I'm loving sparkpeople... and making babysteps to a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:13:30 EST new member (sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39514452 i have been a member for awhile but just now started following the plan. i have found the sight to be very motivating and the book if wonderful. I am working to lose 47 pounds, hopefully by september 5th, i will be 52 then. i have lost and gained weight many times but i am FINALLY understanding the importance of making myself a priority. it's been a great and relatively painless week for me and i actually am looking forward to the spark strategies in all areas of my life. have a great weekend... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:44:50 EST Hey... an introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x12481x39438140 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago and have put off posting a message until now. (I'm a little shy and self-conscious - even online.) My friend told me about SparkPeople and I'm really glad that she did. I have found it to be an invaluable tool in managing nutrition and fitness records; it's the most comprehensive and user-friendly site that I've ever found. Anyway, just stopped by to say 'hi' - FINALLY. =) <BR> <BR> <BR> -Amy Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:33:03 EST