SparkPeople SP Class of November 4-10, 2007 Team Messageboard This team is for all new members who joined SparkPeople from November 4-10, 2007. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of November 4-10, 2007 Team Messageboard self empowerment and loving myself !! Hi all, <BR> As many of you, I have tried losing weight countless times and I have in fact lost but never reached my goal weight. For the past 8 years I have tried to reach my goal weight of 115-120 lbs and just never quite made it. This year I realized how little I really loved myself and how I was always braking promises to myself. Yes, among them losing weight. This year I decided to lose the 20 lbs that have haunted me for years. I am very excited. This is not just about looking good phy... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:09:30 EST 4 Year Anniversary So we've been at this for FOUR years now! Who is still going at it?? Wed, 2 Nov 2011 14:58:40 EST Sandra Hello! I'm new to this website and i'm hopefully looking to see if it will help guide me in the right direction to eating right and losing weight. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:03:02 EST How many of us are still here? It's been a while since we all started. Who all is still kicking? I've been known to drift away and come back and am currently in my second week back with the program. It feels good! Anyone else still around? Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:16:08 EST Starting over Happy New Year to everyone. I quietly joined SparkPeople (and this team) back in Nov. 2007 and lost twenty pounds, then hit a stall and stayed there all year. Right before the holidays, I realized I had gained back 5 lbs! Now I am happily getting back on track and looking forward to losing the last 25 lbs. to reach my goal before my birthday in May. Has anyone else rededicated themselves to reaching their goals this year? Are you going to do anything differently? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:53:20 EST Is anyone doing Wii Fit? I'm currently living in Germany and took a 3 week vacation to the states. While I was there my husband told me to buy a Wii Fit if I could find one. I asked in every store and got various answers like, "Check back on Sunday when the truck comes.", "We had two yesterday.", "You can camp out here on our delivery day and buy us coffee and we will let you hangout." So, when I found one at an independent used game store(not Gamestop) for $25 over suggested retail, I hesitated for about 3 second... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 06:53:37 EST Are you where you thought you'd be in a year? Those of us in this group are almost at our year anniversary of joining Sparkpeople. Are you where you hoped you'd be? <BR> <BR> I know I'm not only because I haven't been doing everything I know I should but I'm back on track now and plan to get there! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:10:02 EST fat to fit in four months-- Thought I'd share this article I saw today. As far as I'm concerned, her "before" would be just fine! <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:09:05 EST Everyone ready for back to school? I'm not! We just got back from vacation, and now I'm trying to find all of the leftover things from last year before we go buy new things. My kids all need new shoes though, but I'm not getting them until school starts. Otherwise they'll start wearing them out too early! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:53:19 EST Let's Drop 200 Pounds Together -- post 'em here! OK, this is like the last challenge, but we're starting from 200 lbs. Just subtract your weekly or monthly losses from the previous total of 200. <BR> <BR> Let's go team! <BR> <BR> 200 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:49:42 EST Favorite Snack? I have a major sweet tooth so I'm looking for different ideas. Right now I'm pretty addicted to the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 12:48:27 EST Hi everyone!!! Well I walk and use a perdometer to measure my steps: <BR> I post starting from the first of July: <BR> <BR> July1- 12,243 <BR> July 2- 16,904 Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:36:36 EST Do you find it harder to eat right in the summer? I find it a bigger challenge to eat right in the summer than at Christmastime! I guess that I just get in a party mood, we do a lot of camping, go to a lot of summer bbq's etc. I feel it happening to me already! <BR> I guess that I'm just saying I need more support in the summer to stay on track. I'm wondering if anyone else feels the same way. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 21:14:56 EST have a great Memorial Day weekend I hope everyone has a terrific holiday weekend, whatever you may be doing, and gets back safe and sound after enjoying the time off thoroughly. Holding the good thought for Momclp, who's been working hard to open the season -- this is it! <BR> <BR> I subscribe to, and thought I'd pass along an article in today's inbox about coping with the pig-out weekend. Of course, all we expert Sparkers are way beyond that! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/pig-... Fri, 23 May 2008 16:30:51 EST Losing 100 pounds? Post your losses here! We're starting from 100; weigh-in every week, and reply to this with "100 - your pounds lost = ____. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 May 2008 13:35:57 EST Travelling 500 miles? Post your miles here! We're starting at 500 miles: reply with "500 - your miles = ____." <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 May 2008 13:33:52 EST reflections on six months of SparkPeople I just realized that this week marks the end of 6 months doing SparkPeople for this team. It seems like a good time to take stock of what's been going on with our plans, what we've learned, what we plan to do differently, what we were surprised by, how we may have been changed in other ways. <BR> <BR> After all, this is a team that has survived both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, gone through the New Year's resolution rush, and may be looking at less-crowded gyms as others' resolution... Mon, 5 May 2008 00:32:57 EST New Team Leader I'd like to thank Liqueurlady for becoming co-leader with me, I can't seem to get online every day, and it's nice to have someone else to help motivate the team. <BR> Anyone on the team can start a new discussion topic, and if anyone would like to suggest a challange that we could all do, feel free. <BR> I know that this team isn't very active right now, but those of us that are can still motivate each other. <BR> Thanks again. <BR> Carol <BR> Sun, 4 May 2008 14:39:03 EST SWIMSUIT BOOTCAMP Has anyone joined??? I did. It isnt as easy as it looks... You should look into it. Sun, 4 May 2008 14:35:12 EST How did you How did you lose some of your weight? What is your method? Mon, 28 Apr 2008 11:58:35 EST Do you want to set team goals? We can set team goals if we want to. I know that we don't have a whole lot of regular members, but we can still have some goals if we want. Any ideas? Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:43:40 EST Working out on weekends Hey Guys. Just wondering if you work out on the weekends. I just started my new exercise routine and I dont other than playing with the kids, walking around walmart, or other outings. So what do you do if you do anything at all. Also, Do you eat before workouts?? Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:29:34 EST Woman Challange 2008 Here is the link to the Woman Challange 2008: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> You register, and pick a virtual route. Then you log in you exercise. It's really motivating, I did it last year. It's for girls and woman age 9 and up. I think that I'm going to challange my daughter to do it this year as well. It lasts 8 weeks, starting on Mother's Day. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 13:05:49 EST April calories, water, and exercise Tell us how you are doing in April! Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:17:46 EST Happy Easter and Happy Spring! Spring is finally here, now we can get outside and walk! Happy Easter everyone, hope the bunny treats you well. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:41:04 EST Snow Shoveling Anyone else have to do a lot?? <BR> <BR> In the past week I have spent 285 minutes shoveling!!! The good side, I pushed myself every time and broke a sweat - in other words, great exercise!!!! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:49:07 EST Post your March exercise here How are you doing on exercise? Share it with the team! Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:07:52 EST I'm officially down 30 pounds today! I joined on 11/6 and today makes 30 pounds gone! I'm going to go for 30 more and see if that's a good stopping point for me. :-) Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:34:56 EST Have you seen this TV Show?? Okay, I read about this on another forum, but HAD to share, in case you guys hadn't heard of it. PLEASE check out this show, you can watch the entire first episode online, and it's FANTASTIC! It's hosted by Carson Kressley (who I adore), and it's so real, and so insightful. <BR> <BR> I realize that we all are here to lose weight and become healthier, which is a great goal, but how about if we start to love who we are NOW, while we are on the journey?? Why wait until we reach our final destin... Mon, 7 Jan 2008 15:43:36 EST Daily Menu Anybody interested in posting a daily food plan. I find that if I write it down it keeps me accountable and I'm less likely to fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> Today's Plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 orange, 1 cup oat bran, 1 cup soy milk <BR> <BR> Snack: pear with 1 tbsp peanut butter <BR> <BR> Lunch - 'chicken' strips, cabbage, red pepper, nutritional yeast, 1 tsp flax oil, 1 apple. <BR> <BR> Snack - baby carrots with 2 tbsp hummus <BR> <BR> Dinner - veggie burger, white potato, edamame, br... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 04:55:25 EST Weigh ins for New Years/Easter Challange We'll start weighing in once a week when the New Year begins! Good luck! <BR> <em>192</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2007 13:51:27 EST New Year until Easter Challange How much do you want to lose by Easter? Put down your goal, and we will start keeping track of how we are doing every week. <BR> I am doing this on other teams too, the more support the better! Just copy and paste the list onto your post with your goal. We'll talk about what day everyone wants to weigh in. <BR> <BR> momclp- 15 pounds Mon, 24 Dec 2007 19:38:31 EST No longer Obese!!! So... I was trying to get the family packed to leave for our trip back home for Christmas, and decided to weigh in a couple days early, so I know where I'm at, and I dropped a pound, which officially put my BMI in the very tip top of the overweight category, but no longer obese, yay! That's very exciting to me :) <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2007 17:02:39 EST What is a set? I am going to do my strength exercise. I am not trying to sound stupid, but it says to do 2 sets. What is a set? Or how much is a set? Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:43:36 EST Scale Recommendations <em>192</em> <BR> Ok. I have been measuring myself and it's finally time to bite the bullet. I need to buy a scale. I have never owned a scale for many reasons. The biggest being that I'm scared to see the numbers. <BR> However, if I am going to do this and take it seriously, I need a scale. <BR> Please let me know if you like your scale. Is it necessary to have the body fat function? <BR> Also, what should I avoid? All advice is greatly appreciated! Wed, 28 Nov 2007 12:40:48 EST 8 Glasses of water All, <BR> <BR> I would like to hear your opinions on this subject. I have been trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and with a coke (diet) in the morning, and juice at lunch, my bladder is ready to burst. Do any of you feel that the liquids (other than water) that you drink should count against the 8 cups of water. most drinks are primarily water anyway, so it would make snese that you body is processing the fluids the same way. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Steve Tue, 27 Nov 2007 07:56:07 EST My Virtual Walk So, I found it mentioned on SP in a few places, that people do "Virtual Walks", where you choose a place, and then keep track of your miles walked, and you walk to your destination. I decided that it would be a great idea to keep me moving! <BR> <BR> I've blogged about it, and I have a whole map planned out, of cities that I plan to visit, and I thought it would be fun to blog about each place, as I reach it. My first destination is 9 miles from my home, and I did a mile today, so I've got 8... Sun, 25 Nov 2007 21:34:27 EST Visual Imagery I have been doing a bit or reading around on SP, and noticed some ppl make visual imagery projects. Does anyone here do that? Any good ideas? Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:04:55 EST Happy Thanksgiving Just wanted to shout out a big Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans out there. Enjoy but be wise! Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:41:20 EST Helpful hints for getting through the holidays I thought it might be useful to have a place for us to post anything that might help us get through the holidays without messing up our progress. Any hints or ideas? Post 'em here! <BR> <BR> One thing that I do is to try to plan out what I am going to eat before I get to the holiday meal. Also, I try not to graze on munchies beforehand. Luckily, my family usually has lots of vegetable and fruit choices at meals. Mon, 19 Nov 2007 11:52:49 EST Stage 2 Today I was sent an email from SP telling me it was time to move up to stage 2....instead I opted to stay in stage one. I did so because I still feel like I'm getting in the routine of workouts and good food choices. I guess I dont feel comfortable enough to move up this week....but then again I dont want to get bored with it either. Has anyone moved to stage 2 yet? Did you feel confident with your workouts and eating to move up? Mon, 19 Nov 2007 11:27:52 EST Is it strange? I know everyone's body is different & losing weight diffrent times, etc. <BR> I weighed myself for the first time since I joined. My first day on SP was 11/6. I have not lost any weight at all yet. Not even a pound. I'm not discourgaed or anything.. just wondering if my age has anything to do with this? <BR> Or if I need to workout harder?? I know it can't be what I am eatting because I track everything I eat..even if its a piece of gum.. its getting tracked. <BR> Just wondering! :) I just ... Sun, 18 Nov 2007 08:44:28 EST Christmas Challenge There are five weeks left till Christmas. If I were to lose 2 pounds per week, that is ten pounds off. In order to do this, I need help from all of you. Is anyone in it with me? Does anyone want to be my weight loss buddy? Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:04:20 EST Carbs-HELP!! I'm not getting the recommended carbs in my diet everyday. Can anyone give me some ideas for healthy carbs??? Thu, 15 Nov 2007 18:17:11 EST How often should you weigh yourself? I'm not sure about this. I don't know when and how often I should weigh myself. If any one has any insight on this please let me know. Thank you. Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:08:08 EST Trying Again - Anyone doing GI Diet ? Hi everyone: Just started again after another period of loosing weight (almost 20 pounds) just to have gained it all back AGAIN ! I guess I have people here who know what that feels like. In the past I have done well when keeping my carbs lower. I have not gone on the Atkins Diet, but I did like one time when I counted the carbs and kept the carbs at under 100 per day, and kept the protein to about 70 per day. I have recently been looking at the <BR> GI Diet (Glycemic Index). I like th... Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:28:37 EST Whats your game plan for the holidays? I LOVE stuffing so its going to be incredibly hard for me to control myself ;) <BR> <BR> I'm planning on using a small plate and eating my vegetables first..then I'll have a little stuffing. I also volunteered to bring a dessert so I know there will be at least one low-cal option. <BR> <BR> What are your plans? <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:51:11 EST Hello! I'm new (11/9). Let me introduce myself: <BR> 1. Name:Aubree <BR> 2. Place: Southern Utah <BR> 3. Beginning weight: 200 <BR> 4. Target weight: 125 <BR> 5. Marital Status: Married (but my husband is currently in Iraq.) <BR> 6. Children: 1, 1 year old boy <BR> 7. Grandchildren: No <BR> 8. Pets: 1 Siberian Husky (M) one Husky mutt (F). <BR> 9. What are your strengths: Positive Attitude. <BR> 10.What are your weaknesses: I'm shy and lack motivation (even though I should have plenty). <BR> 11.A... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 23:15:15 EST How can I track my sugar? I went to add a nutrient and I thought it was sucrose but it doesnt show the amount of grams I should have like the other nutrients Mon, 12 Nov 2007 21:19:37 EST New Here I'm Christina a newbie to the group. <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2007 11:00:14 EST Newbie Hey ya'll. I am rejoining and am doing this weightloss thing for real. I had a really disturbing dream the other day and realized that this is the one chance I get at this life and I need to do it right. So I am hoping to get in the groove and do it with you guys. Sat, 10 Nov 2007 21:26:10 EST I'm new too!! :D Hello everyone!! My name is Brooke and I am sooo glad I found this site!! I can't wait to start my program!! This is my first day on the site and so far, things are soooooooo confusing! I have soo many questions!! Lol :x ! But I think once I start logging on everyday I will get the hang of it!! Well good luck reach your goals and I hope everyone has a great day!! Fri, 9 Nov 2007 23:48:29 EST Hey, just getting started. aka NEW! Hi, I'm Lish. Just introducing myself - yay. Fri, 9 Nov 2007 16:34:04 EST What is mindful (intuitive) eating? I just took the daily poll on this question. I never heard of this. Have any of you? Fri, 9 Nov 2007 09:21:20 EST Snacks Hi I am new...Well, I have been on spark since August, but I havent been following the program for two months, and it is time to pick myself up and start over. I decided to start new with a new account as well. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has a favorite snack, or any snack ideas. Fri, 9 Nov 2007 03:54:07 EST Measuring calories, etc in food items Hi ; <BR> Being a newby yesterday, I am wondering what the quickest way is to find the nutrient value of foods we are thinking about eating. For instance, I wanted some mixed nuts, and wanted a speedy way to check calorie content, but had to look and look ( remember, I am a newby!) and ended up using the tools on the menu page. <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Riverwalk1 Thu, 8 Nov 2007 22:59:24 EST hi new here I want to lose 48 lbs by may my main problem is stress eating but i am getting better I have alot of restrictions as to what excerises i can do but i'm going to give it all i got to lose Thu, 8 Nov 2007 22:03:44 EST Hi, I'm new!!!! Hi everyone, my goal is to lose 28 pound by at least february. I did it before but my plan now is to make this a habbit not something temporary but a lifestyle... <BR> <BR> God bless you... <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2007 16:24:43 EST Hi, I'm new. Hey everyone. I just found sparkpeople and joined today. It really seems like a supportive community and i hope that i'll stick with my goals and get things right this time! <em>241</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2007 14:27:21 EST Hello everyone! I am just starting on Spark People and looking to lose weight and become healthy! I just recently got the lap band and realized that I need to change my outlook on dieting. Thu, 8 Nov 2007 11:56:58 EST Are you hungry? So I am sticking within my 1400-1800 calorie plan (usually in the 1500's ) and I literally am having stomach pains from hunger, I ignore them, drink water etc, will this diminish?? Thu, 8 Nov 2007 11:03:27 EST Sounds Like The Place To Be I am a stay-at-home mother of two cute little boys and the wife of a medical student. I'm excited to get started with the program and meet some new people. I am still struggling with the same 20 lbs that has been there since college. Wed, 7 Nov 2007 15:45:00 EST Fast Break Challange Your first diet stage at SP is the Fast Break. At this stage you need to set 3 goals to ease yourself into the program. <BR> This challange is simple, just tell us your three goals and post how you are doing for your first two weeks. Let's all encourage each other to meet our goals. <BR> My three goals for the next two weeks: <BR> Drink 8 or more servings of water per day. <BR> Post everything that I eat, and I mean everything! <BR> Read one article, or watch one video a day on Sparkpeople. Wed, 7 Nov 2007 13:36:15 EST Another Newbie Hi. I am another newbie. I just separated from my huband and now need to start looking and feeling better. I need a lot of motivation. I am setting myself with some mini goals and hopefully I will achieve them. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2007 12:43:11 EST A Tip::::Cut 100 Calories a Day I get fitness/nutrition tips from weekly newsletters with Shape magazine, Womens Health, Fitness, LHJ, Self, etc.. here is one I got today :) <BR> <BR> Dunk chips in salsa, but pass on the cheese dip or guacamole <BR> <BR> Eat only half the bagel or switch to kiddie-size "minis" <BR> <BR> Eat the filling from a piece of pie and leave the crust <BR> <BR> Eat only the muffin top <BR> <BR> Use one capful of salad dressing rather than pouring it on, unmeasured <BR> <BR> Give four Hershey's ... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 22:13:11 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to say hi and to wish everyone the best of luck on their journey to better health! I look forward to sharing tips and encouragement with you all! Tue, 6 Nov 2007 22:00:30 EST Hi Everyone I am a new member with an attempt to loose around 70 lbs, I am just thankful that I heard of this site I know I will need all the support I can get, So let me thank you all ahead of time Tue, 6 Nov 2007 21:14:46 EST Hello I am a new team member Hello all, <BR> I am new to this on line stuff, but I will learn. I am 41 years old and very overweight. I am looking for another alternative to surgery. I am not really sure what else to include here. My concerns are for my health and my goals are for short term to have a pain free day and as a long term goal to be able to play tennis again with my family. I am excited to find this site and thankful that I have met others in my position. Good luck to everyone with the upcoming challen... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 17:22:51 EST New too! I am starting this today. I am trying to lose 15 pounds by January. Tue, 6 Nov 2007 11:58:19 EST Newbie here ready to get started Hello everyone, just taking some time to figure out this site. Can't wait to start losing!!! <BR> <BR> Heather Tue, 6 Nov 2007 11:25:38 EST New Member Ready to Lose! Hi everyone! I just signed up today. I learned about this site last week on WebMD. I checked it out and found it very informative. After weighing for the month and not happy with the results I decided to sign up for this for some extra support and motivation! Tue, 6 Nov 2007 11:11:05 EST i am new to sparkpeople hi all! <BR> I am new to this site. I have overweight and want to lose about 110 pounds. my eating habit are terrible. I do not know what to eat to help me lose weight. Growing up I never had a problem with my weight. I never really had to watch what I ate because I never gained weight. Tue, 6 Nov 2007 09:45:21 EST Here we go! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> What a great site. I'm site trying to navigate my way around a bit. But everything I read and see is so encouraging! <BR> <BR> I am 29 years old, getting married in July '08, have a new job I love as a counselor... So many wonderful things! It's just that much more of a shame to be held back by my issues with food. Yes, I want to lose weight. 10 pounds would be great! But mostly, I want to establish a healthy relationship with food. The motivation and support... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 04:15:46 EST Konnichiwa! Hello, hello! <BR> <BR> This is my second attempt at SparkPeople; it really helped to motivate me once before til I was working out regularly and eating much healthier. The weight was coming off as quickly as I wanted it to, so I got discouraged and used that as an excuse to go away. <BR> <BR> I started a whole new account, away from my well-intentioned group of friends here, because I wanted to be able to join groups for my weight "class" that I was too ashamed to join before. It's not t... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 04:02:43 EST Hello, I am new and got 20 lbs to lose! Hello to all, I wish evryone success on their journey to whatever your personal goal is! Mon, 5 Nov 2007 20:19:13 EST Hello! Hello. Trying to lose 10 pounds, but more importantly I'm trying to inject more exercise a good eating habits into my life. I am looking forward to the program on Sparkpeople! Mon, 5 Nov 2007 14:45:53 EST What's Your Exercise Plan for Today? Running is my exercise of choice, so I'll be leaving in a few minutes to run for an hour or so. I'll let you know how much I did when I come back. <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan for exercise? You don't have to do it all at once. 10 minutes at a time a few times a day is a great start. Just move it. Mon, 5 Nov 2007 05:03:42 EST Hello Hi i would like to lose at least 15 kilos i live in mwelbourne Australia i will need your support. <BR> <BR> kaye <em>249</em> Mon, 5 Nov 2007 05:00:34 EST Here goes another try at turning things around Here I am on Day One again, writing that I am on Day One again. I am determined to turn this around. It is such an uphil fight. I am encouraged to see so many people here doing the same thing. I hope I can catch the spark this time. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2007 04:41:21 EST Hello! Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself... I actually started SparkPeople back in like March, and did pretty well for 2 months, and then life took over, and everything fell apart. (Let's rephrase... I got busy, and used that excuse to be lazy. I definitely need to start holding myself accountable!) <BR> <BR> But, it's time that I dedicated myself to this process, because it's something I need to do. Not only for my outside, but for my inside as well. <BR> <BR> I want to look in the mirr... Sun, 4 Nov 2007 19:42:15 EST General Chit Chat Let's talk about....whatever we want! <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2007 20:22:55 EST Introduce Yourself! Welcome to the Class of November 4-10. Introduce yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions. There will always be somebody around to give you an answer! Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:32:45 EST