SparkPeople Forever Young Sparkers Team Messageboard A team for anyone who is or even feels young! Come join us and be a part of a great community of sparkers who will help motivate, support, and push one another on this healthful journey! SparkPeople Forever Young Sparkers Team Messageboard Classes this fall? What classes is everyone taking for the upcoming fall semester? <BR> <BR> I'm taking Chemistry, Biology, Problems of Philosophy, Into to Anthropology, Orientation to Honors, and a honors bio add on. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:52:56 EST BeFit 90 Day Challenge I recently joined the BeFit 90 program. I just finished Day 1 today. Has anyone else tried this program? I'm hoping to reach my goal weight before college, and I'm using this program as an extra push. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:14:37 EST Forever Young Sparkers Biggest Loser Challenge! The season of The Biggest Loser just recently ended. I was amazed by Danni's transformation. She is around my height, and I would love to be around the same weight as her. As we are almost rolling into April, some of the motivation might be wearing off from our New Year Resolutions. Why not get the motivation back up with a little friendly Biggest Loser competition? <BR> <BR> To join in the challenge, simply post your weight here. I will split everyone interested in participating in teams, ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:32:08 EST Hello hello!! New to the board but not new to spark :) Just need some extra support and new friends! Im 24 and needing to lose about 100lbs overall-- a lot i know!! Really ready to get some energy back and feel myself again. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:10:06 EST Hi Everyone! Hey there. My name's Abby and I'm 19 years old. I'm studying Graphic Design in college. I'm looking to meet people and make some friends with similar goals. I don't really know why I can't lose weight. I eat normally. I walk to school every day. It's probably my lack of exercise, to be honest... I just find it hard to leave my house because I deal with high anxiety and depression. I'm looking to lose 80+ lbs, as I'm a 5' 3" tall girl who weighs about 230 lbs. 80 lbs is my goal, but I'd like t... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:27:59 EST I'm Back! Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I took some time off in January to refocus and prioritize some personal matters and am excited to jump back in with all of you here at SP! <BR> <BR> I haven't been too focused on my weight loss efforts. Life has kept me very busy in other ways. <BR> <BR> I'll be posting a blog post soon here on SP (you can also visit my blog posted below if you wish since I've been posting there for about a week now) about what's been going on. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great da... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:29:32 EST Spin the wheel! How many SparkPoints did you earn from the SparkPoints wheel and bonus wheel today? <BR> <BR> 3 + 7 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:48:57 EST Last fruit or vegetable you ate? For me, it was apple slices with caramel. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:45:55 EST Howdy Folks My name is Kimberly "The Kimbo" Bucher, I am 19, gonna be 20 at the end of April. First off, I would like to say I have had the song Forever Young stuck in my head for about 3 days now and then I found this team. On another note, Hello other weightloss/health people. I am here to lose 120 lbs and try to get my life in order. I shall do my best. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:19:11 EST Midnight Musings If anyone has any late night thoughts about their weight loss/healthy living progress please post them here. It would be nice to get this forum interactive again! We're all in this together! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:19:44 EST Hello Hello, I am 18 and I am currently going to the community college in my town. I was home schooled and was able to go to college a year early. I know being home has made allowed me to gain weight. This is because I can eat whenever I want and it needs to stop because there is a history or overweight people in my family. I really just need the motivation and help to loose weight. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:48:33 EST Week of January 13th-19th Challenge For this week, the challenge is going to be being more active in the Forever Young Sparkers SparkTeam and the community. You can keep track of the challenge on here. The person who completes the most of the challenge activities will receive a Team SparkGoodie! <BR> <BR> -Huddle at least 3 times this week in the Forever Young Sparkers SparkTeam <BR> -Post a motivational comment on at least 1 other Sparkers wall or blog <BR> -Post at least 3 times this week somewhere in the Forever Young Spar... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:54:28 EST Ready for Spring Term? So... the college kids here don't seem to be very active. So... anybody here starting spring term soon, or just any new term? I start it on the 14th (this is my sophomore year). Exciting stuff! How did your last term go? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:41:57 EST Oh, hey there new team leaders! Please meet your new team leaders! <BR> <BR> RUFUSRIO and LAUUREENXO! <BR> <BR> They have graciously stepped up and volunteered to be co-leaders of this great team of ours. <BR> <BR> If you didn't receive my SparkMail, I will be taking a hiatus for personal reasons from SparkPeople (well, social media in general) through January. <BR> <BR> Your new co-leaders will help you navigate through SP and participate in challenges. <BR> <BR> Please reach out to them if you need anything. <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:52:18 EST Sparkers Choice Challenge 2012 Here we go team! <BR> <BR> There is about one week left in 2012 (10 days exactly!)- How are you going to end it? <BR> <BR> Let's end STRONG! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Pick a healthy habit and keep the streak alive for 10 days. <BR> <BR> SIMPLE! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Examples? <BR> <BR> - I will drink 8 cups of water every day <BR> - I will complete at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. <BR> - I will log onto Spark People every day. <BR> - I will post on the message boards e... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:38:12 EST Motivation Tips Do you have any tips for staying motivated? <BR> <BR> When I don't feel like working out, I make myself get dressed, from head to toe, laces tied and everything. <BR> <BR> If after all that, I still don't feel like working out, then I give myself the OK to change out of my workout clothes. <BR> <BR> But majority of the time, I'll do *something*. Whether that's a brisk walk around the block or a few jumping jacks/push ups/ crunches combo- it's something! <BR> <BR> And that something is be... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:36:10 EST Hello :) Hi there, I am Amanda from Southern Minnesota. I'm 18 years old, a college freshman at a nearby community college that is close enough for me to commute from home and I'm working on getting my Liberal Arts and Science Associate Degree. <BR> <BR> I have been on and off sparks since I was 16, when I had wanted to lose weight for a Costa Rica trip. But now a few years later I'm a college student fed up with being over weight, since I have been having a hard time seeing my true self in my pictu... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:46:21 EST Challenge Ideas Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> Got any ideas for team challenges? Post them here!! <BR> <BR> There are so many different challenges on SP so if you see something in other teams that you think might be fun, go ahead and share with all of us! <BR> <BR> Feel free to start any challenge- I'll try to keep an ongoing list of all current challenges with links to sign up so we can all stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:13:18 EST Motivational Quote of the Day Stop by this thread if you're in need of some motivation or would like to share a motivational quote or story with the team <em>224</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:32:42 EST Welcome to All New Members! Welcome to The Young Sparkers <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to introduce yourself here =) <BR> <BR> My name is Vanessa and I'm a 20 something (not quite 30!) looking to drop about 60lbs. <BR> <BR> I first joined SP over 6 years ago as a junior in college and lost about 30 lbs. Since then I've graduated, got a corporate job, left for a non-profit, got married, and had a baby. Needless to say, life has been busy! <BR> <BR> Since graduation I gained all the weight I loss and then som... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 02:25:55 EST Well Hello There! Hello everyone, My name is Laryn and I am 24 years young. I use to be a proffesional dancer and dance teacher for children and would love to get back to that. I have a 3 year old daughter, Part time job, Im a full time student, and a bride to be. I know my plate is full but I just want o stay on a healthy journey to success and could use a alot of guidance. I am pleased to meet everyone and Im trying to break out of my shell....:) Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:05:54 EST New to SparkPeople... Hi, <BR> My name is Stacey and i am 20 years old. Ive tried many times to lose weight, but failed everytime. I did manage to lose about 10 kgs already since returning for a holiday in August last year when i was my heaviest. Since being the weight that i am now, i find it really hard to lose weight. I have discovered i am a binge eater. I eat constantly, when im not hungry. I found myself eating a whole block of chocolate, just because it looked good, i wasnt even hungry. <BR> I am hoping th... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:52:10 EST New here! Hi everyone! Im new here! My name is Nicole and I am 26 Years old from Canada! I just got married this past August to the love of my life of 7 years! I was recently diagnosed with endometreosis, and am struggling with this, and trying to lose weight. I know that if I can get some weight off, it may be easier for me to become here I am! <BR> Feel free to add me as a Sparkfriend, as I want to stay very active in this community! <BR> Hpe to talk toyu all soon! Sat, 27 Oct 2012 22:18:02 EST Getting Back on the Wagon I've been a member of Sparkpeople since June of 2011, but officially since January of this year I started and worked out for a good while, stopped after loosing 12lbs. Unfortunately, I lost my motivation after relocating. I dropped an additional 8lbs after I stopped working out and have not gained or loss really. But, I need to get back on the wagon! My goal is 130lbs, currently 165. I need someone I can relate to share ideas and give motivation to one another. I know I can do it because I've... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:16:24 EST Heyyyyy(: Hi I'm Lizzie! Herp derp! <em>390</em> <em>249</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:04:18 EST Ahem...hi! I'll start this with the fact that I'm nervous to start this journey. I have had some success with Weight Watchers but never really stuck to it. I'm hoping this time will be different. I'm hoping that I will change for the better. <BR> <BR> I'm only 26 and am already considered "obese." I have been considered that all my life, so the stigma has waned. But, I'd like -- just for a short while even -- to not be considered such. I want to know how it feels to not always hide behind clothing or n... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:00:33 EST Holassss Hi! I'm Lizzie. 18. Attend PHCC. Trying to get fit! Tue, 9 Oct 2012 14:20:44 EST Hey People! Hi, <BR> My name is Sophia and I'm from Maryland. I was born and raised here and I absolutely love my state. I'm currently a freshman at UMUC and planning to major in Chemistry Education. I love animals and nature; the U.S. National Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit; I'm there probably every week! ^.^ <BR> I'm a very active person but I don't seem to be able to keep the weight off. I eat at crazy hours and am constantly snacking; I hope I can remedy this through this program. I ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:56:53 EST HI! Hello You All, <BR> <BR> My name is Arielle and I recently gave birth to an amazing little guy, I also have a 6 year old daughter who is the ultimate little princess! I am on a weight loss journey and I would love to make friends who motivate me, I can motivate, and who can reach their goals with me! Everyone around me is either a smart mouth or just doesn't understand my need/want to lose these 40 lbs. Join me on an emotional, physical, and spiritual journey as I gain my self esteem, my he... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 19:35:01 EST Hello~! I'm Sea! It's a pleasure to meet you all! My name is Sea, and I look forward to getting to know you all. I am trying to slim down a bit, since 160 pounds at 5' is not exactly healthy. :D <BR> <BR> If you should ever want encouragement, someone to rant at, or a shoulder to cry on, feel free to email me and I will do my best to help you! That being said. . . <BR> <BR> *breaks out the confetti* <BR> <BR> Happy losing! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:52:54 EST c: Hi there and Looking for buddies! Hello everyone! Im looking for a buddy <BR> Im 18 and heading for college in the spring. took my fall semester off because i was moving to my new location and was undecided on my college. Im going towards criminal justice if you would like to know! Im friendly! i would love to make buddies it would make losing weight so much more enjoyable! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:59:39 EST I'm Marionette! I'm eighteen. <BR> I can't even think of a good intro. <BR> HI. c: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:42:34 EST How are you beating the heat? I'm from Manitoba and the weather here has been ridiculously hot. It's too hot to go outside and the gym isn't much better, but I've still been exercising. <BR> <BR> How are you surviving the heat and exercising at the same time? Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:06:12 EST New to Spark (ish) and Couch 2 5k Hey guys! I'm a young woman, 20. I was on the site a year ago and had pretty good results. But I gained back 10 lbs and am ready to lose it for good! I've just started doing Couch to 5k today for my exercise. Anyone else tried or had luck with Couch to 5k? Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:59:59 EST Adult Acne Is there anyone else here that's about my age (20) who is still struggling with acne and acne scarring??? If so, how do you control it? What's the severity of it? Has anyone tried Accutane? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:53:07 EST Well, helloooooo there Hey everyone! So I've been a member of this team for... I'm not even sure and I'm just getting myself out there and noticed :) <BR> I started on SP back in May 2011 (I joined in January but the journey didn't start until May) <BR> <BR> I started making friends on SP and getting involved in blogging and posting on team boards, then slowly my friends list started to disappear. Certain people became inactive and others deleted their page in general! I've had my bumps in the road and I've stumbl... Sat, 19 May 2012 11:38:05 EST New here! Hi! I'm new here :) <BR> My name is Stephanie and i'm 18. <BR> I'm also getting married next month! <BR> Well, I just wanted to say hi lol i'm super nice so hit me up :) Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:08:23 EST What's Your Dream? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:31:45 EST Hi there! Hello, I'm Leny. I'm 19. I have been on this site since last year but haven't really been active until now. <BR> I love art, movies, my tv shows (Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, etc...), all things horror, books and many other things. <BR> <BR> I have always been over weight and am ready to shed the extra pounds. I am tired of putting it off. <BR> <BR> Feel free to message me if you please. :) Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:24:40 EST Need Motivation! Hey there, fellow sparkers! <BR> <BR> My name is Tenika and I'm not exactly new to this whole weight-loss thing, but I definitely need to revisit it. I've been trying to get all my tools together so that I can hold myself accountable and I don't know if any of you are on tumblr, but if you are please follow me on there. I'm posting every day and would love to know that there are actually people looking at what I do. :) Thanks guys! <BR> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:57:57 EST Hello! Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm Sophie, I'm 18 and I've just joined the site :) <BR> I've lost 3 stone since July and am having trouble keeping my motivation up, so have joined the site in a bid to do so! Any advice anyone can give me would be great! <BR> I'm a boxer and avid kettlecise fan, so if anyone shares these interests then feel free to message me :) <BR> Currently in my first year of uni studying Psychology, and hope to do a doctorate in Clinical Psychology when I've finished. <BR>... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:04:56 EST Lent Challenge Been a little slow on getting this up but here is a challenge for all the young sparkers out there. <BR> <BR> Lent is approaching and I want to take a sparkers approach to it. But i want to challenge you all to do it too and do it longer. This IS NOT anything relating to religion except for how I am using the time frame. So PLEASE NO ONE BE OFFENDED!!! <BR> <BR> Lent Starts February 22 but I am starting this on Sunday the 19th. It will run until the 8th of April or Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:23:24 EST please help me ned someone to help me workput an deat right anyone want to heopl can text or email..7155339408 Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:22:06 EST Hi! I'm Sunflower Hi all! I'm Sunflower :) I've gained about 25 pounds in college, and definitely want it OFF before my last year next year. Im interested to learn from you all! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:50:56 EST New leader! Hey everyone! <BR> I'm Maddy - your new Team Leader. I'm 18 and I'm a senior in high school. I've decided that I want to maintain my current weight rather than lose since I'm already at a healthy weight anyways. I happen to know a lot of information regarding fitness and weight loss so if you have any questions, feel free to ask :) Thu, 8 Dec 2011 21:13:29 EST Hey Guys! Im ELEUTHERIA316! Hey Young Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Im Eleutheria316 and have joined the Young Sparkers Team! I am 18 yrs old and plan to lose 50 lbs. I look forward to hearing from you guys as we help each other lose weight! <BR> <BR> “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” <BR> <BR> Stay encouraged and be blessed, <BR> <BR> ELEUTHERIA316 Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:14:33 EST Amber from Missouri HI, <BR> I'm Amber and new to the sparkpeople website. I've had chronic health problems for three years now and just went to mayo for them. I was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome and Hyperinsulinemia and the doctors are trying to manage my diseases with diet, exercise, sleep and ultimately weight loss. My condition made it hard to go outside my house, so I lost basically all my friends and am looking to make new ones! :) Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:26:33 EST KelseyGardner Hello everyone!! i'm new to this whole SparkPeople thing and i just thought it would be fun to join!! :) Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:56:16 EST new! hey guys, <BR> <BR> i'm new to the sparkpeople community but i'm hoping joining this site will really help me kickstart my goal to lose about 20 pounds. i'm 18 years old and a freshmen in college and about 130 pounds, 5'4". i'm someone who's always found health to be something very important but i have a problem going on the occasional binge. i feel like crap afterwards and hate myself and etc. it really makes me feel sick and i'm trying to figure out a new lifestyle for myself so i don't fe... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 12:38:16 EST What is your motivation for losing weight? Hi guys! I was just wondering what your motivation is for losing weight? Is it vacation, wedding, reunion, dating, etc. I'd probably say that my motivation is for dating and self-confidence. I want to be able to feel better about myself, especially around other people. <em>41</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:20:08 EST The Halloween Challenge 2011 Hey There Young Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Welcome to October! Another month means another time to start over and get motivated again. This month, we should all come together to fight against the real villain of Halloween. No, it's not witches, or ghosts, or even's candy. I know that I've already been faced with it at work, at the grocery store, and in my apartment. Let's band together and try to snack responsibly. <BR> <BR> For myself, I've decided I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Not gorge ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 11:28:08 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:07 EST New page for a new beginning Hello all! My name is Richard (Stlfreshstart) and I have been on Sparkpeople for about 4 years now constantly going up and down and have all kinds of information that I looked at years ago that i don't know whats going on or what it was. So I am starting over, new fresh start new adjustment! Getting it going!!! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:34:18 EST GREETINGS! :) My name is Symone. I'm 20 years old and a full-time college student. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to study out of state. I get the chance to learn and adopt a healthy lifestyle habits on my own that I can carry on into adulthood. When I'm away at school, don't have a car so I must walk or ride my bike everywhere, I mostly drink water and the occasional black coffee for a pick-me-up, and I make healthy choices at the dining hall by choosing to eat lots of fruits, veggies, lean m... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:09:50 EST Hi Everyone! Hey! I'm Bekkie and I'm a 19 year old photographer. I'm studying several things part time and I'll be going to university in a couple of years, and despite not being in ~education~ right now, I felt like I'd probably fit in here better than in most of the other teams. <BR> <BR> I'm just looking to get fitter and healthier, and hopefully tone up and lose all this extra weight at the same time, too. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:42:33 EST How's the next semester looking? Fall semester starts on the 22nd of August for me and I am SO looking forward to it! I'm four general education classes that will go towards my major, namely: <BR> - Introduction to philosophy <BR> - Cultural Anthropology <BR> - Western Civilization I <BR> - Physical Geography + lab <BR> <BR> and a beginning aerobics class that I wanted to take to help me stay on track! No matter how busy I get, I know I'll get at least 2h/week of aerobic activity, which is good! <BR> <BR> How's everyone's ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:27:55 EST 20 something losing 20 something! Hey everyone! My name is Lynn. I'm entering my last year of college and I'm ready to start shredding some of the dorm weight I'm holding onto. Ideally I'd like to lose 20 pounds within the next few months. I'm looking forward to getting lots of tips and support here! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 20:21:34 EST HI EVERYONE I need new friends so plz add n support me and message me to ill do da same thanx Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:36:37 EST Creating a New and Happy Me! Hi everyone! <BR> I joined this team a few days ago but have been quite busy and haven't had a chance to introduce myself. My name is Kristen, I am 23, just got married a little over a month ago and have a one and a half year old son who keeps me on my toes all day long! I am also getting ready to go to college this year so that's just going to add a whole bunch of new planning to my plate! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with getting my weight down into a healthy range. I'm not looking to ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:37:00 EST Water intake!! Ugh I have noticed recently that I am having trouble getting in anywhere close to 8 glasses of water a day. I used to be pretty good about it but it was slowly gotten to the point where I may only have 4 glasses a day. Today I used crystal light peach tea mix in my 24 oz bottle and it seems to be going down much better. Since I added flavoring to my water does this still count towards the 8 glasses?? I am hoping that it does, I know that plain water is better than nothing but the peach tea does h... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:59:51 EST Hi, I'm Rachel! I've been on Spark since april but have only started truly paying attention since a couple of weeks ago - and have already lost a little so I am happy! <BR> <BR> I'm 20 and live in Kansas, although this time last year I was in my home country, sunny, tropical Mauritius. I also weighed 15lbs less, lol. <BR> <BR> I really really hope to make new friends my age here! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:18:46 EST End of Summer Challenge Okay young sparkers, summer 2011 may not have been your best moments or maybe it was. But as summer is winding down i am issuing all of us a challenge. Use this last bit of summer to set an awesome goal for yourself to accomplish just in time to return to school or even if you want the official end of summer. Make then end of july and august really count for you. Those of you who have had a great weight loss and lifestyle change this summer, that is fantastic I am so proud of you. Push and en... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:00:40 EST Need a buddy Hey everyone I am a 21 year old. I am in a wheel chair do to a four wheeler accident in which i broke my back i have full mobility back except for not having full feeling in my legs and feet and I cant move my ankle. I can walk but i don't have my balance back yet. I have been overweight since 8th or 9th grade and for the past three years i keep saying i want to loose weight and get back to my healthy weight. Now i am trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone get thinner and a healthier weight to h... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:57:09 EST Balancing Life Hey Guys! I'm just curious how you everyone manages schoolwork, social time, sleeping AND working out into your schedule! I'm a tutor and tutor 15 hours/week, in addition to being a tour guide, peer mentor, and Big Sister (through BB/BS), on top of classes and schoolwork!! <BR> <BR> Next fall, I want to work on fitting more work out time into my schedule and am wondering how you guys fit it all in so that I can get some ideas!! :) Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:38:24 EST Hi, I'm Angel. :) I'm new on here. I need to lose about 40 pounds. I would love any kind of motivation you guys can offer. I know that I'll need a lot of help. I have a job, a son, a husband, and I'm going to school in about a month. I've been trying to lose weight for a really long time, seems like my whole life. Hopefully this site will help me get the job done. :) Wed, 6 Jul 2011 22:01:04 EST Hello:) I am 21 years old and in desparate need to shed 30+ pounds. I am taking back my body and improving my confidence level. I want to feel and look amazing. I have come here because I don't want to endure challenge this alone. We can do this! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 16:33:30 EST Hi I am Devin Hey my name is Devin and I am getting ready to turn 20 in about a month. I have about 65 pounds or so to go. I want to do this for me I want to feel hot again just for me. I am currently in my third year of pharmacy school which can be stressful. I am really looking forward to using this site and having other people my age to support me in my journey!! <em>334</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 15:04:56 EST Hey I'm Tay Am new to the site and I am hoping to find some motivation. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:42:36 EST =] Hey! I am most definitely looking for a sparks buddy! It would be great to be able to talk to someone about what is going on with my goals and daily choices. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:51:22 EST Summer Workout Songs What songs are you guys listening to well you work out this summer? <BR> <BR> My big 3 are <BR> Lady gaga's edge of glory <BR> glee's light up the world <BR> Neon tree's in the next room Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:42:41 EST Needing a Buddy!!! Hello there! <BR> <BR> My name is Tenika and I'm 20 years old. I am looking for a buddy that is around the same age and weight as me. They must be someone who wants to stay in contact a couple times a week if not every day. I'd love to have someone to update about my exercising, my eating, and my life and I'd love to do the same for someone else. It doesn't have to be a a long sort of communication (but it could be) a simple message a day will do. I just need someone to report to so that I ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 10:20:34 EST Hello. I have lost 30 lbs and want to lose 20 more Hello, I'm Merari and I'm 19 years old. I decided to become healthy on March 16, 2011. I was 13 when I started to gain weight. I gained nearly 20 lbs in one month from medications I was prescribed. I became depressed from my weight gain, the stress of school and my family. I put off going to college because of my depression and the anxiety I get when I’m around people. I rarely go out because I feel embarrassed of my body and ashamed of myself. I wasted much of my youth and I have decided I d... Tue, 17 May 2011 11:32:03 EST Find Your Sparking Buddy here!! I noticed that several members are looking for a diet buddy. Well for everyone find a buddy here on our team to update and encourage each other. Who knows they may become your best friend. Let's get together and encourage each other! Mon, 16 May 2011 10:59:02 EST new team leader Hi i am katie I am a new team leader just wanted to say hey and all Sun, 15 May 2011 00:31:22 EST Looking for a diet buddy! I'm looking for someone I really clique with! <BR> I'm in high school, 5 ft 6 in, and 200 pounds. I really just want to be healthy, but I think life would be easier/more fun if I was skinny/healthy weight! <BR> I'm looking for a long term "relationship", someone to kick my butt when I don't feel like working out, want ice cream, etc! <BR> Preferably a girl, and in high school, but I'm not picky! <BR> I spend most of my free time babysitting, and I'd like to be able to run around with the lit... Wed, 11 May 2011 22:12:31 EST THEME PARK:) has anyone ever been restricted from a ride cuz of there weight? Tue, 10 May 2011 15:11:57 EST Hi! I'm Mel :) I'm new to the team but I've been Sparking almost 2 months. I really want to live healthier and look halfway decent in a swimsuit this summer. I'm also a bridesmaid in mid-June for one of my good friends so there's a cute yellow dress that I'm working to fit into. I'm excited to see what other people around my age (23) are up to on SP! :) Mon, 9 May 2011 15:21:34 EST I'm katie I'm katie and i am a college student in PA. My goal is to be around 145lbs for summer 2012. I want to be under 200lbs for the star of fall semester as well. So yeah I love to talk to people and stuff Wed, 4 May 2011 15:26:03 EST Hey, I'm Kayla! I am so glad that I ran across a community where there are so many support systems. I think this is just what I need right now! :) <BR> My starting weight was 187 (I know that doesn't seem like a lot but I am only 5'3), I am now down to 143. I don't even remember the last time I weighed this much, so I am pretty excited. However, my goal weight is 125 and I have currently been stuck at a road block. I am trying to get motivated again and I am hoping that this community will get me motivated ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:55:24 EST Hi CoolGirl here :) Hello girls. My name is Alexis but everyone calls me Alex. I am 16 years old and i am in college attending in Florida. Im very excited i found this site because it actually gives me a motivation to want to loose weight. I am 5'2 and i am currently weighing at 165 pounds. I would love to get down to about 125. Hopefully i can do this in a few months however nothing drastic. I am very mature for my age and very smart as well. I own a video game and develop new content for my players every week.... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 03:46:50 EST hello... new member here I'm new to the page and am learning a lot still. I'm really looking foward to getting back on track. I want to feel good like I did before. I know I can do this with the support of my family, friends and you <em>30</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 12:07:07 EST Back again, for Round 2 Hello everyone! <BR> 3rd year college student here, working towards that B.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Audio/Music. I had signed up a bit ago, but never did anything on the website and ended up deleting it, because it was making me feel guilty. :D <BR> <BR> This last quarter was kind of rough, and I realized I need to start prioritizing my health/fitness as much as I do my classes! So I chose to try Sparkpeople again - I like that here, you do little things to... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:57:55 EST looking for a diet buddy :) Hey Ya'll <BR> My name is Carolyn and im looking for a serious diet buddy. Someone to keep me accountable and motivated. and i would do the same in return :) Someone who like me, has about 50 pounds to lose. if anyone is interested feel free to friend me and send me a message :) Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:37:12 EST Healthy Eating Ok so i'm sure most of you know what its like to live out on your own and never really "cook" anything. Cooking dinner to us is should we have top roman or Mac & Cheese. And going grocery shopping is buying mini frozen pizzas and junk. So I need some advice: we have a chance to go grocery shopping with a pretty good chunk of our budget. What are things I should concentrate on getting? I know I wanna start making dinners at home instead of fast food and I know we're gunna get things like chick... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:31:44 EST New to the 18-29 Team! Hey guys! <BR> I'm Becca, an 18 year old student at Oxford... it's so nice to know you have a team of people there going through the same thing and offering their support. Nice to meet you all! <BR> :) Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:27:59 EST Spring 2011 Challenge!! Hey team! As you all know, Spring is here, and bathing suit season is fast approaching! I would like for us all to challenge ourselves this season. <BR> <BR> What we are going to do: Everyone who participates in this challenge needs to set a goal for themselves and post it here. It needs to be a tangible goal that can be reached by June 1st, such as losing 10 pounds, or eating a vegetable every day or something like that. So, come up with your goal, and post it here. We can also challenge e... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:40:56 EST getting to know each other :) Hi young sparkers! I am trying to re-engage the message boards since there are very few recent posts. I figured we could have this discussion be about getting to know each other to help us all reach our goals! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 14:18:43 EST welcome new team members 2011 :) hello everyone! this is the forum to introduce yourself and meet new friends! please give a little bit of information about yourself, your hobbies, your goals, and anything else you'd like for us to know! :) <BR> <BR> I am the team leader! My name is Kayla. I am 20 years old and I live in Georgia. I like to take my dog for walks, go horseback riding, and hang out with my friends and boyfriend. My short-term goal is to lose 20 pounds, but my ultimate goal is 30-35. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:58:37 EST Texting buddy :) I am 18 and live in the northeast US. I have 25 lbs to lose and I would like to text someone on occasion with similar goals and it would be great if you were also a college student and live here. I really want to make this happen & I also want to maintain this weight so hopefully my buddy will stick out for the long haul with me. :) Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:08:54 EST Hello! :) New here :) I'm 18 and a student in London :) <BR> Gonna make 2011 the year I lose this weight! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:04:21 EST Introduction of myself Hi, <BR> I'm rachael, I'm 18 and I live in Brisbane, Australia. <BR> I have always been the sporty type person. <BR> But, since grade 10, I have pretty much hated running. I prefere to walk on the treadmill then run. When i use to run down the road, I wouldn't last very long at all. SO in the end I resulted in just walking the whole way. <BR> For about the past week, I have been going on the treadmill everyday, and I try and burn about 220 calories a day. Which is about 60-70 mins of walk... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:52:33 EST What defines you? There are so many things that define YOU. <BR> <BR> but our weight does NOT define who we are. <BR> <BR> So tell me guys! What defines YOU and what makes you special? <em>26</em> Cos you know you are ;) <BR> <BR> What defines me: Daughter, sister, student, girlfriend, fraternity sister, hard worker, leader, independent, friend, Italian, fun, outgoing, jogger, Coach obsessed, phone obsessed, Psychology major.... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:08:22 EST SUPER awesome newbie, lol Hey! I'm completely new to spark . I am in serious need of some motivation/butt-kicking. Looking for some young friends(I'm a frosh). Thats it for now.Message me because I need virtual friends, lol. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:00:41 EST Breakfast, anyone? What kind of foods do you eat for breakfast that really get you going in the morning? I usually am pretty slow when I first get up, so I need some ideas on what to eat for my first meal that really provides energy... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:21:27 EST Weigh in Hot spot. Let's use this area to record weigh ins and provide motivation for those that may need it. :-). I currently weigh 157 pounds. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:04:42 EST new here Hi, I'm new. I'm a high school senior hoping to get in shape for prom and graduation and stay in shape so I can look good coming into college. I would love encouragement. Thank you(: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:06:41 EST Hi! I'm new here and I thought I'd drop in say howdy! I'm a music student in my sophomore year in college and I'm ready to finally face the facts and to stop procrastinating! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:41:54 EST Hello Spark People :) I'm Angie and I'm 18 years old. I have joined spark people for motivation. I will be having a wedding soon and I am super excited! I can't wait to be able to look great in a bikini. I live in Texas where "everything is bigger" hahaha. However, I am originally from sunny California. I have been dealing with weight issues since I was a little girl and I feel like it's time for a change. My weight loss motivation is not only for my wedding and honeymoon, but also for my health. I started at 220 ... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 14:18:08 EST What is your plan? <BR> So what do you guys do to lose weight? You've gotta have a plan and you must start somewhere! What's your's? <BR> <BR> This is mine: <BR> <BR> On the weekends, I cook healthy meals. I store them in the refrigerator so I can eat them during the week. I also buy lots of fruit and frozen vegetables. I take these things will me to school and work for snacks. <BR> <BR> I try to exercise everyday. I usually go for a run/walk that is about 1.6 miles long on the weekends. On the weekdays I u... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:41:39 EST here My name is Cassie. I am 18 years old. I am a freshmen at a community college in my area. I am majoring in Journalism. On July 24th, of this year, I married my wonderful husband. I work part time at a stupid job but it pays the rent! I want to lose about 20 pounds! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:33:55 EST Just another college student Hello :) I am 19 years old, currently taking a break from PCC and going to PSU next year for a biology degree. I love camping/ hiking/ the great outdoors but unfortunately don't get to enjoy them too often. Maybe if I find a weight loss buddy on here I will start getting outside more! Other activities I like are running, biking, and swimming. Hobbies are reading, drawing, and sometimes writing. I have been trying to lose weight on and off since I was about 15 and I am good at getting lots of ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 22:35:31 EST Newbie I'm new! Sophomore in college...pursuing a nursing degree. Trying to lose weight before my birthday in November. I definitely need to kick it into gear! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 13:39:58 EST so discouraged This is my 5th week of going to the gym and working out, I took 1 week off for vacation and gained some weight back, and now that I am back to it nothing wants to change! My measurements are all the same, my weight wont budge, and my clothes all still fit almost exactly the same!! It's so frustrating to work so hard and see no progress at all. I just don't know what to do with myself. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 10:28:13 EST In Need of a Serious Weight Loss Buddy Hi all, <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople, have been on caloriecount for quite some time now. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely not new to dieting and am looking to shed the last 10 vanity pounds. I'd like to be 130 pounds at 5 8. <BR> <BR> Thus, I am looking for a IMing or texting buddy, though I'd prefer texting as I am a crackberry addict. <BR> <BR> Message me if you'd be interested in something like this. <BR> <BR> I find that temptations are hard to resist in the moment so being able to immediately... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:42:46 EST Hi there! I go by Sarah! I'm new here... kind of. I've been here before, but I had to come back! How is everyone doing today? :) Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:45:40 EST Future Student (Again) Working Out Hey all! I`m trying to get down to about 125lbs. <BR> <BR> I`m also moving with my family and am planning on going back to school next fall. I want to look really good by then. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:18:12 EST Friends? Hello! New here. Busy busy busy college student. Friends/acountability buddy would be awesome! <BR> <BR> :) Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:28:28 EST Team n00b! Brand new to this sparkteam, just saying hello! :P Fri, 20 Aug 2010 17:49:02 EST New Girl!! Hi! My name's Kacey. I live in NY, but I'm a country girl at heart. I always say I was born in the wrong state. In a few weeks I'll be going back to school to start my third year of higher education. I'm 19. I love to read, write, draw, listen to music, watch movies, be with my friends watch/play baseball, run, etc, etc. I started losing weight around Sept. I've lost 43 lbs so far and my goal is to lose about 33 more. I want to get down to around 125. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet people here ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 08:01:46 EST New Guy in the Team! Hey everyone! Just recently joined SparkPeople and really like the community! Looking forward to exchange stories and get to know motivational people! <BR> <BR> One of my goals besides losing weight is to run a 5k!!! Can't wait for the day :) <BR> <BR> All the best to everyone! Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:44:54 EST New to the team!! Hi there, I'm a 20 year old college student with about 45 more pounds to lose, looking to connect with other people working on weight loss! Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:04:52 EST hi my name is ashley. i go to wilson tech and i am trying to lose between 30 and 40 lbs. I have gained 37lbs in the last 4yrs. i don't like my belly fat at all. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 18:27:14 EST New kid on the block! Hey Guys, <BR> My name is Teresa new to spark! I am getting a working on a Post Bach. in Nutrition and have a Bachelors in Health and Human Performance.. I love working out and am currently trying to lose 6lbs and it's really hard... Just got back from the gym and just completed 70 mins of cardio..Hope to hear from you soon! <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 01:05:24 EST Hey Sparkpeople! Hey guys! I'm halfway new on here. Although I signed up at the beginning of May I fell off the bandwagon pretty quickly. The stresses of school was always my excuse. Now I am recommited and have no excuses to hold on to my old ways! My goal is to go from 168 lbs to 140. I am hoping to become way more confident when I go to college in the fall! Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:37:42 EST HCG ANYONE HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:04:27 EST Summer BLAST community This is a forum for others to discuss their goals, progress, and successes, as well as possible setbacks. Hopefully others can use this forum to help others, find encouragment themselves, and BLAST it!! <BR> <BR> There are people that are here for you! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for others? That is also welcome! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has fun, finds friends, and gets moving! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 16:33:44 EST Summer BLAST for MAY This is for May Summer BLAST. In order to get a good kick-off to summer and get in healthier for that sometimes dreaded "swimsuit season" let's put our best efforts in. We CAN do this!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>220</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> For this month we need to start with getting active. If you are interested in participating in the challenge then post in this forum, but just once. You may then go back and edit your post to add progress to it. Th... Mon, 3 May 2010 16:30:22 EST One College student, with her heart set on a goal Hi! I'm Caitlin this week i am turning 20, i am ready to turn my life around and have confidence. I have been on SP before and lost 30lbs, but i got distracted and gained it all back. Hopefully this time through i will stick with SP and lose even more. I am looking for friends on SP ! I need people to help me keep them on track, and ill do the same to them =D Mon, 3 May 2010 02:52:49 EST Howdy neighbors! Hi folks! My name's Alyssa but most everyone calls me either Lyss, Aly or take your pick, I'll answer to all of them! ^_^ <BR> <BR> I'm not new to the site per se, I've been on here maybe a few months or so, but I am new to this group. I'm currently retaking an English class that I bombed back in 2006 so that I can get my GPA back up to a 2.5 so that I can transfer to the University of St. Francis in Joilet in the fall. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by the time move in day rolls around i... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:44:56 EST HEY THERE Hey everyone I am still very new to this and getting acquainted with this program. This seems like a very cool site and it is very motivating to read all of your blogs. I just started my road to weight loss and am more motivated than ever! I am 22 and a student studying economics! Fri, 9 Apr 2010 18:16:24 EST Need a buddy! Hi everyone, my name is Ashley and I am in search of a motivational buddy to keep me (and you!)on track! I am studying economics at the university and plan to graduate next spring. Fri, 9 Apr 2010 18:11:39 EST Well, I'm new here Hello everyone! My name is Mary, and I'm an 18 year old theatre major going to a local university in the southern CA area. (For safty reasons I'm not saying which one.) <BR> <BR> I was originally on SparkTeens, though I moved over to SparkPeople a few weeks after my birthday. In addition to the goals of loosing weight and toning my body, I am working towards a ovo-lacto-pescatarian diet to help with my health issues. <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure about what else I should say, so I'll e... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 23:56:38 EST Hey everyone I need some help... SO this is my millionth time trying to lose weight and be healthy but nothing seems to work. I am a 19 year old college student who cant seem to lose any weight no matter what I do. I have been going to the gym for the past two months and I have only lost 1lb. I try to eat the best I can and really only drink water but of course that doesn't work either. I have people in my life that will support me but I need someone that I really don't know to give me the support and help me fulfill my goa... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:59:30 EST new here. buddy? Hey, my name's Jessie and I'm new to this team. <BR> I'm looking for a buddy so if anyone's interested and has similar stats, let me know! :) Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:08:21 EST Challenge 1 (3/1-3/15) The Challenge for these two weeks will be a two-part one. The first part will be to post a blog/journal about what you hope to accomplish over the next year...mostly your goals for the year and maybe even how you plan to get them done. This may help you visualize your goals better. <BR> <BR> Second is cardio hahaha. You will start on 3/1 and weigh in if you like. The goal is start with at least 15 minutes of any kind of cardio you want and by the end of to weeks you should be up to 25-30 min... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:10:38 EST ~*~SpringB ast2010~*~ sign upssss~ hey here's the post for the challenge sign a few weeks we'll start and have the first weigh in! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:36:37 EST Hello I've been slacking off recently and to change that so I can lose about 10 pounds until this summer. <BR> <BR> I would like to have a spark buddy so if anyone is interested contact me. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:14:27 EST Hey! Hey everybody. My name's Lyndsay, I'm 18 and from Kentucky. I am looking to find some weight loss buddies and to help support anyone who needs it! Feel free to spark mail me or add me as a friend :) Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:16:07 EST heyyyooo Hey guys im new round here. I have joined other groups but im looking for spark buddies around my age which is 23 by the way ;) I have about 45 pounds to lose and I want it all gone by June! So if anybody needs someone to keep them on track or wants to help motivate each other please let me know! <em>32</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:27:15 EST *~*MOTIVATIONAL 2010*~* I will try to post something new every 1-2 weeks for motivation that will hopefully help someone in their journey to fitness! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:08:28 EST *~*CHATTER 2010*~* Well this is just like the daily chatter. Feel free to talk about whatever randomly going on with you or even just about how your day went. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:03:52 EST *~*BUDDIES 2010*~* Hey! So if you're looking for a buddy for the new year here's the post for you.hahaha and I'll go first I guess. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:00:00 EST *~*WELCOME 2010*~* HEY NEW MEMBERS! I HOPE YOU ARE ALL ENJOYING SPARKPEOPLE AND ALL ITS BENEFITS. MAKE 2010 YOUR YEAR TO GET FIT, LOSE WEIGHT, OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU'RE WORKING TOWARDS. <BR> ~BEST WISHES ON ALL OF YOUR GOALS~ Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:56:41 EST *~*BOOK CLUB 2010*~* This will be the post for the book club. For the next 1-2 weeks we will be taking suggestions for books to read this year. So feel free to post any suggestions you may have! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:46:03 EST new to this team :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:57:37 EST Hello There! Hey all! I found this team after being on SparkPeople for a couple weeks. As soon as I joined I had friend requests from members, however most of them weren't in my age range and have other obstacles to overcome as they attempt to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I am a recent graduate just getting into the job market trying to manage a healthy lifestyle while still having a life! I am looking to lose 50 lbs. and am in it for the long haul with success so far. I hope that some of you are in simil... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:00:24 EST Cleansing? Hey guys... <BR> <BR> Just wanted to know if any of you have tried any of the "cleaners" out there? I am thinking about trying to to kick start my weightloss. Hit me up! <BR> <BR> ~B Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:11:08 EST How do you get a progress bar? I would like one. =] Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:51:20 EST HI! i´m new here! ;) hi my name is ingborg and i'm 18 years old. I´m looking to loose 14-15 kg. <BR> i´m really excited about finally doing this and can't wait to see the results. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 02:46:02 EST Hey, I'm Sydney. I need to loose 50 lbs. by the fall when I start college! I'm hoping I can get to my goal weight a bit sooner so I can start learning how to keep it off. Well, I am going to be actively(no pun intended) blogging and trying to motivate other people as well as myself. 2010 already feels like it is going to be an all around successful year so, we will see what happens. =] Reply if you have similar goals so we can share notes. Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:42:48 EST Introductions Hey guys! <BR> <BR> My name is Bryant. I a 19 year old (soon to be 20) college student from Missouri who is majoring in Secondary Business Education. I am new to SparkPeople and have been overweight all of my life. I have been on many diets and stick to them until I start losing weight and then start cheating--it's kinda wierd I know but I guess I think: "Wow, this is'll be ok if I eat this or that" until this or that turns into a lot of junk that wasn't apart of my plan unti... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:42:09 EST hello everyone Hi everyone!I'm a 22 year old graduate student pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a a concentration in mental health. I hold a busy schedule taking classes full-time and dealing with the internship which goes along with my degree. Eating is often placed on the back burner as well as exercise, but this needs to change. Starting in 2010, I have decided that I want to be healthier. I want to look the way I did when I was in high school, and feel that way too. I hope that with changing my eat... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:53:41 EST NEW AND DETERMINED Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I woke up today and realized that I need to make a change. I am nineteen and weigh 250 pounds. I feel my life slipping by my fingures everyday. Everyone else seems to be embracing their loves and living them to the fullest. I sit back and wish it was me, limited by the restictions that my body and the emotional state that my body enduces. <BR> <BR> I've never been skinny or even what would be considered healthy. I dread going to the doctor because I cannot stand to ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:05:10 EST Hi I'm new to the message boards, not to Spark People. Just stopping by to say hi! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:16:32 EST Hello :) I'm a freshman in college and I attend UNCW. I was considering engineering as a career but now I'm undeclared. <BR> <BR> I started dieting when I was 13, about 5'2", and weighing 174 pounds. I've lost 30 pounds since then and I hope to lose about 10 more! Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:50:23 EST hello!!!!!!!! hey my names lesley and im 19 and im so excited about being apart of spark <em>30</em> Fri, 6 Nov 2009 18:15:25 EST Hey Hey! :D Hello, I'm Taylor. Young and proud and lovin' me some sparkpeople. :) Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:25:46 EST Hello everyone! I'm new here! Hi everyone, my name is Hope, Im new to spark people and I really dont know how it all works yet! Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:10:36 EST hi! hey guys, i'm ella. i'm 19 going on 20 and i live and go to school in nyc. this has been and will be a massive journey for me but i'm really trying to instill good habits now because we're young and they'll stick and we'll have the rest of our lives to enjoy that way, right? as cheesy as that sounds, it really is true haha. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:08:28 EST Eating out Hey everyone! <BR> So im having this problem with going out to eat. I work alot and when i go out to eat its usually the only time i get to catch up with my friends. The problem is that i always tell myself ill just get a beverage or soup, and when i actually get there i pig out and get a whole meal and sometimes dessert. It's also getting sooo expensive! I could be spending that money on going to weight watchers! How can i go out to eat with friends without ruining my whole day and spending ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:11:20 EST Howdy!!! My name is Heather and I have been in this group for a while just never posted and recently not been very active on SP. I am a single 26-year-old. I work a full time job and go to school part time. I am very excited to get this journey back on track. To-date I have lost approx 50 pounds and I have about 70 more to go to reach my ideal weight. Consistency is my biggest problem O and I luv food <em>198</em> but once I get to one weight I usually can stick with it fairly easy. Just gotta... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:08:49 EST Just Some Help Please!!!!! Im new to this and i am really going to try!! i just didnt know if there is any advice i can get? cuz honestly i dont know what i am doing and i need to lose the weight big time!!! and i dont know how to make my spark pages or how to pick out better foods for me! im sorry im just hoping someone can help me out give me some advice maybe some ideas cuz i tend to eat the right food just too much of it... so any advice would be great!!! thank you so much and i am excited to be part of spark peopl... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:59:04 EST hi everybody =] hello all! my name is kelly and im just starting out on sparkpeople today =] <BR> im so excited to get started and reach my goals! Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:15:50 EST New! Hey everyone! I'm not really new, but I haven't introduced myself on the team heyy! <BR> <BR> I'm Megan and I am 20 years old and a Junior at York College of Pennsylvania. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 16:42:56 EST Hey guys! Hi, <BR> My name is Krystle Hunter and I am a senior accounting, general business, and management major attending Mississippi State University and I plan on graduating this December, but with a smaller frame than the one I have now. Ever since I first attended Junior College I have been struggling with my weight, but I am determined to get this weight off and keep it off! Good luck to everyone and God Bless!!!! <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:14:32 EST What up from Canada :- ) Heyy kids I'm Emily hows it goin? I'm from Van Island, BC. I just got back from camping and decided I want to get in shape for the next trip :) haha I don't know anyone on here but seems like fun. Do I like add peeps? What's the deal, anyone around 18 maybe can relate?? Anyway Peace&Love, - E Mon, 15 Jun 2009 06:57:38 EST Back for Round 2! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Just came back today to sparks after a few months. I decided to come because of the community ! can't wait to get the ball rolling!! Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:16:05 EST English Laddyyyy here :) Hiiii guysss! <BR> I'm newwwwwww! Help! Haha... <BR> I'm 18, just finished highschool (still got exams to go!) <BR> And then University in October. <BR> I totally need to lose some weight before then :( <BR> Anyone fancy a bit of chit chat? <BR> xxxxx Wed, 27 May 2009 06:37:50 EST European Girl On Board Hey guys :) I'm Gery from Bulgaria. It's awesome that young people like us are trying to live healthier without eating chips in front of the tv, but instead to actively sport and eat real food :) Sat, 23 May 2009 08:13:56 EST Hey ya'll! Hey ya'll! My name is Nastavia and I'm from Chattanooga, Tn. Im a distant learning college student attending UAB with a major in health information management(the business side of health care). I currently weigh 165 lbs and I'm trying to lose 15 lbs and tone up a little bit. Thu, 21 May 2009 09:41:41 EST Post your motivation How do you motivate yourself?? <BR> <BR> My main form of motivation is reading the spark pages that are being highlighted as fitness achievements or motivation achievements etc. It's what made me get out of bed yesterday morning and take my dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> My other form of motivation are goals. But I'm not very good at being motivated by goals. I'll say that I'll reward myself a certain way for reaching a goal, but it doesn't feel tangible and it doesn't motivate me the way it s... Tue, 19 May 2009 10:45:09 EST Hello I am currently trying to lose weight and find a job and it's been very stressful, lol. I am currently fasting for two weeks to help me transition into healthier eating. The thing is I'm at home so it is easier to accomplish but in uni it is so hard. I figured buying my own food would save me money and force to be healthier but I don't always have the time to cook. Well I would love some tips to help me out, thanks!! Tue, 19 May 2009 09:43:49 EST Food Tracker Does anyone else have trouble tracking the food that you eat? <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to start carrying a miniature journal around because I can never remember what the heck I ate by the end of the day and usually little things suck as that handful of sour patch kids a coworker offered me get forgotten about and then my stats aren't accurate. <BR> <BR> And sometimes if I have a bad food day I feel guilty just *thinking* about tracking all my food and seeing how many calories I took it ... Sat, 16 May 2009 21:55:44 EST Has Spark helped you? Hi everyone, I'm doing a paper for my sociology class about the effects of online communities on weight loss, and I could really use your help. If you have been using SparkPeople and you think it's helped you lose weight, could you reply to this post and explain how exactly it has helped you? Or if it hasn't helped, can you explain that as well? Feel free to go into as much detail as you want, the more elaborate you are, the better. You'd be helping me out so much! Thanks in advance!!! <BR> ... Fri, 15 May 2009 23:18:10 EST Hello.... Hi.. My names Beth, Im 22 a junior in college, and in my 4 years of college I have gained more than the "freshman 15" and I started working out and now Ive lost all motivation... I just need some support from people that are going through relativly the same thing.. Tue, 12 May 2009 20:20:18 EST Hello :) Well, I'm Brittany. I'm 19, I live in Rhode Island. I've gotten to the point where I just can't live like this anymore. So I'm hoping to have the will to change my life. <BR> Its hard for me because I'm a picky eater and have a baaad addiction to soda. <BR> Water makes me gag, I have to get over that somehow. <BR> I'm so unbelievably unhappy with the way I am. <BR> I hope to find some support here! :D Sat, 9 May 2009 01:36:06 EST healthy snacking: is there such a thing??? hi All!! <BR> <BR> seems like we never chat anymore. haha. <BR> ok well i'm going slowly..but slowly..not at all happy with my lack of progress. would love to get below 70 frikken Kg's. hah <BR> but my main problem is snacking on unhealthy things.. chips, chocolate, biscuits. <BR> is it just me? <BR> so this discussion will be based around healthy..but good snacks that satisfy all those cravings. <BR> <BR> 1: Beta Snack digestibles: fabulous fibre biscuits with yoghurt chocolate on top. Al... Thu, 7 May 2009 03:24:01 EST Hello Everyone!! My Name is Ashley, I'm from the Bay Area, CA; by San Francisco. I'm 19 years old as of tomorrow (May 7th) and I'm in my 2nd semester of community college. In high school and middle school, I was a cheerleader/ captain. I just want to be back down to the weight I was then. I've gained a lot of weight since graduation, so for you high school seniors stay active. =] Wed, 6 May 2009 18:24:24 EST TWILIGHT Vamps/Wol ves-JOIN MY TEAM! Hey Everyone!! Are you a fan of Stephanie Myer, or any of her work? I am a HUGE Twilight/Stephanie Myer fan. I hope there are plenty of you out there who would like to share this experience with me. This team is going to be FUN!! We'll discuss everything Twilight/SM related, and just have a good time, along with sharing a tremendous amount of support for you while you are on this wonderful journey to a new/healthy YOU!! Thank you for visiting! Tell everyone you know to join!! Thanks!! <BR> ... Wed, 6 May 2009 12:37:03 EST *waves* Hi, I'm Chelle, 24 and an Open University student from North East Scotland(I guess the Americans would call it a correspondance course... of sorts). I'm studying for my Bachelors of Engineering whilst working full time and trying to lose weight! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 05:01:32 EST a fun little challenge Hey all, <BR> A friend and I are starting a little online challenge and I figured I would see if anyone here was interested in being a part. <BR> <BR> We are calling it the walk across America. According to google maps it is about 2,993 miles from LA to Boston (which is where we are from and it works because they are on different coasts). <BR> <BR> Our challenge is to see how far we will run, jog, bike, swim, eliptical power walk (or what ever you want to call that thing lol)By the end of A... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:23:12 EST Hi guys. I can remember when I first realized that I was bigger than everyone around me. Fifth grade, we were standing in line to be weighed as a routine and on our way back to class we were all talking about the number on the scale, and I couldn't understand why my number was so much larger than all of my friends. I'd always been tall, but my weight snuck up on me before I even knew what fitness was. <BR> I had no control, I was big for so long until finally during the summer of 2008 I slimmed down q... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:38:32 EST Need Help Staying Motivated!! I have been on Spark for about 10 months now. I joined soon after I got engaged to get in shape for the wedding. I started off really well and lost 15 pounds in the first two months. But then I started to get really busy will school and wedding stuff and I started to get off track. My main problem is that once I get off track, I have an extremely difficult time getting back on. Now it’s down to crunch time (less than 6 weeks until the big day) and I have gained back all of the weight I h... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:49:02 EST Hey everyone Hey there! I just joined sparkpeople on Saturday because I just happen to come across it. I love it too!! It's motivated me more in the past five days about losing all of the weight I carry than anything else has. I am so siked :) <BR> <BR> Good luck on your journey to a healthier you!!! Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:16:49 EST Whats something you refuse to give up?? I just recently took a huge pay cut in order for me too keep my job. So now I'm having to play god with my finances to see what I keep what has to go. What are some "luxery" items you refuse to give up. My would be my gym membership or buying any toliet paper that isn't soft and fuffy... I can't stand toliet paper that is half paper half bark...or if you can see through it lol <BR> <BR> I don't care if I have to live my life eating roman noodle soup as long as I can wipe my butt with the oo... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:05:25 EST SpringBlast5k Official "weigh-in" post Hey! This is where you will post your info. If you want you can post your starting weight because you might lose some pounds once you start running! <BR> <BR> Be sure to post the 3 days you do the program and whether or not you completed all of it or part of it. <BR> <BR> Also mention the changes you made to it if any were made to make it fit you. <BR> <BR> hmmm oh and if you don't start off on week 1 just post which week you started on! <BR> Best wishes~ Thu, 9 Apr 2009 16:25:28 EST Chatter! How Y'all Doing?? Hi All!! thatnks for all the great support with the motivation thing! Grealty appreciative. <BR> This is just a topic to share what you've been doing and how well you're doing! Even if you aren't losing weight!! <BR> <BR> So i found out that i was making muscle and not burning fat when i cycle.. and such i was getting heavier.. So i reduced the resistance on my bike and increased my time so that my heart rate was at a higher rate for longer..thus burning callories. I'm already down by half a... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 02:15:46 EST New to the Team I have been on spark people for some time now but I just found this group when I was browsing some of Crunchers Team members. I'm not in high school and I dropped out of college but I am 21! It sucks to be legal drinking age and trying to lose weight at the same time.... I hardly drink anymore. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 21:07:38 EST Am i the only demotivated person??? LAtely i have just not been keen to work out. and i wake up with this insane headache every morning. Karma i tell you. So how does one stay motivated??? Wed, 1 Apr 2009 02:16:08 EST ~BuddySearch~ Okay, so I forgot to post this one!!! I know there are a lot of new members and I think the old buddy post is wellll old, so here's a new one for everyone looking for buddies. Just post some stuff about yourself and/or what you're looking for in a buddy. Maybe you'll see someone on here!!! Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:13:42 EST ~SummerBlast 5k~Sign Ups Hey!!! So if you don't know we're going to do the couch to 5k program which is a 9 week program to running a 5k. It will begin on April 10th and end on June 20th the first day of summer(at least in California). I've done up to week 4 and it took longer than 4 wks, so this will be done at your own pace. If you have to stay at week 1 for more than one week, then that's okay. Depending on how this one goes, we may just do a "get ready for school" one also. <BR> <BR> I think I will give everyone... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:12:00 EST ~Book Club 2009~Twilight Hey! So we will be reading the first Twilight Book!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> This will begin on April 10th so that everyone will have enough time to get the book if they don't already have it. We will read for one month and then everyone will post what they thought about it on this thread. I think I will start naming each topic like this so that we have one for each book! Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:55:12 EST Hey, anyone need a support buddy?! Hi everyone! I'm looking for someone around my own age to sort of chat with at the end of the day via email or aim or whatever and just talk about the diet and exercise for the day to keep eachother motivated. Basically, someone to keep me accountable! Lol. <BR> My name's Brandie and I am a college student in NYC and very serious about losing weight! I want to look great for my graduation from college. Anyhow, hit me up if you want to be buddies. My AOL sn is beatmepinata. Cool. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:01:35 EST Newbie Hi I am Josh and I have been on SP for about a month and just added this group. Visit make spark page if you'd like to learn more about me. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:10:20 EST This is me Hi! my name is Ashley. I'm a Junior in college education major and well since it seems like I have more work then ever I let everything go including my weight which was really bad but I'm ready to take control now. I joined this team because it seems to be my age group. <em>249</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 21:33:33 EST STUPID ASTHMA!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 ok so im going to child psych on friday and im saying to my friend,while we are waiting for class to start, and before i even go in the class i say im having an asthma attack..or anxiety not sure wich one.. well then i go into class im sweating bullets!! and my professor looks and me and says "are you ok?" i say no i start tearing up 'cause i was panacking!! its been a while since my last asthma attack!!! thats what it turned out to be anyway he said point blank go home ssoo i did my mom pick... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:43:50 EST A Variety of Ways to Burn 100 Calories FAST I stumbled upon a few ways to burn 100 calories fast and so I decided to do a bit more research and thought that I'd share it with all of you guys! These all burn approximately 100 calories! Some of these are just to make you laugh too :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Play a vigurous game of tennis for 15 minutes (even on Wii) <BR> Garden for 20 minutes <BR> Fly a kite, wash your car, clean house, or play frisbee for about 30 minutes <BR> Slather on lip balm 765 times <BR> Laugh for 30 minutes <BR> Shove... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 01:04:33 EST Hiya! <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Khadijah and i come from England-and i can see i'm from amongst the few!!!Wel i found this site wen i was on youtube and it looks pretty good.I'm 18 and just finished the boarding school i used to go to-ye i do sound really english ryt wiv da boardin school stuff?!lol.i love sports especially football-wel dats Soccer to u american people!!!Wel tc everyone and c ya round! Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:52:23 EST workout music how many of you workout to music... and what songs, or artists do you generally listen to? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get a playlist going that I can listen to when working out to keep me in time and give me a general idea of how long to workout for. <BR> <BR> thanks ^_^ Sun, 8 Feb 2009 16:07:04 EST Calorie log in Is it bad to stop counting calories if you had been doing it? I stoped because I wanted to see if I could continue to lose weight without having to obsesses over the number of calories I had been eating. I figure I have given myself enough knowledge to know when to stop eating and what isn't good to be eating. But a friend of mine told me not to stop once ive started. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any advice. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 17:54:17 EST Note of the Week~ *****please note that I am not a professional so whatever I post will be things that I've learned from the fitness meetings I go to, or from sparkpeople.***** <BR> <BR> Note of the week- Eat at least 5 times a day. 3 meals and 2 snacks. Basically eat every 4-5 hours. Do not go all day without eating even if you don’t feel hungry. If you don’t feel hungry for a long period of time, your body may have gone into starvation mode slowing down your metabolism and making you less hungry. This goes ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:07:09 EST SpringBlast Winners Week 1 <BR> <BR> Rvandenbroek with a loss of 4lbs! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:01:16 EST Your Workout Music~ hey~ so what do you listen to when you workout? what are your favorite songs etc. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:25:24 EST 25 Things Hey! List 25 random things about yourself! <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. Mon, 2 Feb 2009 23:25:55 EST eh, im at play rehersal bored... <BR> how was your day? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 16:06:30 EST What Classes Are You Taking? random post about what classes you have for the spring! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:57:01 EST Hello New to the Team Hello, my name is Cyndi and I'm 24. I'm attending Metro State here in Colorado. I'm a major in Behavior Science and a minor in Elementary Education. I have a year left..then on to my masters :) Besides school, I've been married to my best friend for 5-years, we were married at 18. We have a daughter named Aleen who just turned 5. Anyway, I'm hoping to get some support on this weight loss, because my goal is to get to my old weight before my daughter (135), it will be hard considering th... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 12:14:28 EST Hiya! :) I'm Shaquanda. I'm 18 years old and i am still a senior in Highschool headed to Liberty University in fall of 09! I have always had problems with my weight, but im looking to change that. I figure I'm going into the real world soon and I dont want to take these habits with me and I dont want any health problems later on in life. I'm kind of comfortable in my skin but I could use some work. This is all just an attempt to get healthy and make some cool new friends while doing it haha! I am look... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 09:33:49 EST Advice needed Hey All, <BR> I'm getting a little unmotivated and I was hopeing people could help me out here. <BR> <BR> I feel like I work my butt of, I stay in my nutrition rage, I usually burn around 300 - 450 calories every time i go to the gym, I strenght train... But I feel like i'm not seeing any results. My clothes all fit the same, my scale hardly budges. <BR> I'm not sure what else I need to be doing :( <BR> <BR> any advice? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:15:01 EST Third time arounds a Charm?? I am old to SParkpeople but this time I need it to work. I have lost the weight and gained it back more times then I can count. I am hoping this time around I can stick with it. I am really interested in getting a support team going. would anyone else be interested? Sat, 24 Jan 2009 22:16:18 EST NEW NEW NEW Hi all!! I'm Lauren and i'm turning 22 in a few short weeks. I am a senior (ah!) at UMASS Amherst. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:26:07 EST newbie to team ello! <BR> <BR> my name is Jessica but everyone calls me Jesie. I am 23 years old and just got married in October. I live in Indianapolis/Terre Haute, Indiana. I love you cook,read,knit,watch movies and spend time with friends and family. <BR> <BR> I dont have any kids but I do have 2 dogs and a rabbit. I am here to lose about 200 pounds in 2 years. It is going to be hard but my husband and I are ready to have a babies and my weight is not healthy for that right now. <BR> <BR> I h... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:30:47 EST would this help you a little? it helps me! As I was laying in bed last night mad at myself for being sick and not taking care of myself. Not working out because I hurt so much from coughing and not being able to breathe and not watching at all what i have eatten in the last two days I thought. "I really need some kind of outlet" I remember that I had a PostSecrets Book in my night stand so I got it out and started reading. If you have never read a postserects book or been the the website then you have no idea what I am taking about... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:27:46 EST I think an introduction is needed HEllo, I joined sparks i think in October but I didn't really become active on the site untill the begining of this month. I've created a page and feel free to stop by, you can even add me as a pressure. <em>30</em> talk to u later, maybe...toddles! <em>213</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:10:31 EST JDRF Walk So I have signed up to do the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk. It's on Saturday March 21st. I am looking for anyone who is willing to donate to the cause. The link to find me is <link> </link> . All you have to do is put my name in (April Waller) and click find to donate. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys! I am super excited about this. It makes me feel like I'm doing something worth while. Like a great accomplishment! I can't wait for it. Hopefully... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:08:56 EST Hello to all! Hi! My name is Andi. Im 23, married to my best friend and we have a little girl together. She's 1 now! Its been over a year since she was born, and I am still holding onto the baby weight. I've even gained some more on top of it. <BR> <BR> I have a few issues with losing weight, like when to find time to get to the gym or to exercise. I am a fulltime mom, fulltime college student, and part time tax preparer! I barely have time to think! Finding time to work out is difficult, and I am trying ... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 08:33:20 EST Weekly Challenges SpringBr eakBlast 1. Cardio for week one 1/19-1/25 will be 20 min 4 days a week. You can do more than that, but at least try and do the minimum. <BR> <BR> 2. Toning for week one is 15 min 3 days a week. Note: when doing toning you should either take a rest every other day to give your muscles time to rebuild or alternate which muscles you work. example) if you do upper body monday then you shouldn't do that again tuesday. Instead do abs or lower body(legs, glutes, etc) Or you can do toning every other day. <... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 23:21:58 EST Weekly WeighIns SpringBr eakBlast Hey! here is where you will way in every monday. Monday the 19th will be your first weigh in and it will also be your starting weight. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 23:03:54 EST NEWBIE! Any body from MA or RI? <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:12:49 EST 2009 SpringBr eakBlast Here's the sign ups for the challenge! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 21:56:14 EST why, hello there :) hey everyone! <BR> i'm lesley! i am a freshman at unc-chapel hill looking to capitalize on the motivation propelled by the success of my first semester of college and lose weight! let's hope it works haha <BR> <BR> :) hope everyone is having a fantastic break! Tue, 30 Dec 2008 22:52:19 EST hello from Rome, Italy Hi i'm new on spark glad to have joined this team hope it helps my weight loss progress.... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:12:49 EST Hey everyone, I'm Michelle !! Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name's Michelle and I'm a 19 year old college sophomore. I'm a psychology major and other than that I'm pretty normal I guess. Anyway, over the past year I've lost about 50 pounds(from a size 18 or 20 to a size 10 or 12!) I'm 5'7" and weigh 175, but my final goal is 135 or a size 6. The first 40lbs came off relatively easy, I ate healthy and exercised by walking my puppy and doing a fitness video once or twice a week. However, it's proving really difficult to lose th... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:07:47 EST Hellppp!! Ok so. As of right now I have no gym membership. And I was wondering if anyone knows of some good at home cardio work outs that can be done in a some what small space. I'm really self conscious so I can't do anything in the living rooms with my roommates there. <BR> <BR> I will really appreciate the help. I already have Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing- But I don't want that to be my only form of working out because my body will get used to it. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much <BR> Loves: <BR> ... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:44:39 EST You know what I just realized? I've only been working out for a few days but I FEEL skinnier I'm not but I feel skinnier and I feel prettier I like that lol keeps me motivated! Wed, 10 Dec 2008 17:21:39 EST Diet Pills? Has anyone used them and if you have what were your experiences? I have used 2 different kinds Hydroxycut and Stacker 3 Vials. I didn't see anything with Hydroxycut and I occasionally take the stacker 3 they give me energy but sometimes make me feel nautious. My mom told me she lost weight naturally then i found like 4 different weight loss pills in her room that she was taking all of them at the same time and I told her that dangerous but she didn't listen to me. So i was just wondering Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:51:16 EST What's Up? I'm Dorothy I just started yesterday and I already love this site and I'm glad there is a sparkteam with whom i can assocaiate with people who are in my situation. Feel free to message me whenever you want! Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:38:05 EST Thanksgivi ing...Ugh! So the feast is over, but it's so hard to get back on track...especially with all of the leftovers. I've been off track for 5 DAYS and I feel horrible! A couple of years ago, Thanksgiving was what started it all. I didn't get back on track until after the New Year's. I gained 10 pounds! Not this time-no way! Since it's officially the holidays, let's discuss what we can to avoid a "frenzie" of poor dieting and lack of exercise. Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:14:25 EST Hello, good to be here! Hi! I've got to say I love love this site! I think that it's going to be helpful and I can't wait to help modivate people and to have someone else believe in me! Just wanna say hi, and glad to have joined! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 23:52:21 EST Hi! I am Brooke :) Hi! I am Brooke and I am new to Spark People, I recently lost some weight and I am looking to keep it off and maybe lost a little more! My struggle is pushing myself to workout and resisting any type of sweets. Thu, 6 Nov 2008 12:50:00 EST Hey.... anyone here in East Tx? I was just wondering if anyone is in East Texas and would like to work out-- I live in Wills Point which is between Terrell and Canton, or smackdab in between Dallas and Tyler. Drop me a line...Thanks!!! Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:22:24 EST Weekly Challenge 1-2 Weeks 1-2 will be something easy, crunches...We'll start off with 20 a day for week 1 and 30 a day for week 2. You don't have to do both weeks, just do what you can do considering your schedule!best wishes~ Post here the week and number of crunches done/date you did them... <BR> <BR> example: <BR> Week 1 <BR> 11/3-20 <BR> 11/4/20 <BR> etc. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:58:20 EST SpringBr eakBlast Sign-ups It's just what the title says. I'm sure by the time the holidays are over we'll all be wanting to shed some extra pounds we might have gained and get ready for spring break. So here's the sign up post! Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:52:44 EST SpringBrea Blast-sign ups don't post messed up the title so I'm going to repost a new one!~ Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:50:52 EST Book Club Voting/No minations Hey everybody!!! here is where we will be voting/nominating the next few books to read. So feel free to post what you'd like to read! Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:48:45 EST hi Hey Guys!! Just wanted to check in and see how you all were doing. as you may have noticed i have not been around since Febuary which is real bad because I have been doing terrible with my weightloss Journey. I started College in August and been working full-time so that is taking up alot of my time anyways I am getting back on Track <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Alyssa Wed, 22 Oct 2008 20:43:02 EST Halloween!!!!! So, what are you all doing for halloween this year? Dressing up? Trick or treating? Or are we too old for that :P lol <BR> <BR> I think i'm probably going to a halloween party at my university but I don't know what to go as!!! Thu, 9 Oct 2008 04:49:00 EST Cafeteria Food How do you eat what you need to eat when your menu is predetermined by your school cafeteria? I sometimes buy my own food, but that gets costly on a college budget, so I can't do it very often. Mon, 6 Oct 2008 12:56:10 EST Starting week 6 weigh inssss sorry everything's late..dormmm stuff Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:54:01 EST Challenge Biggest Losers <BR> <BR> End of Week 1 biggest loser: <BR> Gmufelicia <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> End of Week 2 biggest loser: <BR> A_Smaller_Nova <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> End of Week 3 biggest loser: <BR> Teenersue <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> The next weigh in will be the end of week 4~ <BR> <BR> Congratulations to everyone and keep doing a great job!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:38:43 EST Where Is Everyone?? What happened to everyone participating in the challenges? Looking back at week one, there were more than twenty people posting and supporting one another... this week, we're down to six? I understand that life gets in the way sometimes, but I'm just a little disappointed that so many people lost motivation so quickly. Sun, 17 Aug 2008 23:03:00 EST Our Biggest Fear.... This qoute/speech is pretty fimilar to i think a lot of people...but im goin to post it anyway...not for just people who dont know it and may need encouragement...but for me as well who needs ALOT of encourgement...this quote u can put in alot of situations...not just dieting and changing ur lifestyle..but everything you fear and face...i think that it is a perfect saying for those who fear either changing or what others think of whatever they are dealing with at the please take th... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 22:25:59 EST acne : ( well anyway i bought the clean and clear advantage kit i just used it last night and this morning... have any of you used it? did it work well? i had just the cleanser which wasnt really working so i went for the whole kit maybe that was dumb? well if anyone has used it let me know :) :) thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~kathy Sat, 16 Aug 2008 11:10:59 EST Accomplishment I'm training for my first PT test in August for AROTC (Army Officer Training in college), and I've been working on pushups, situps, and running. The run is my biggest concern. Well, minimum I have about 18 and a half min to run 2 miles, maximum in about 15 minutes. I've had a lot of trouble so far pushing past a mile, mile and a half. <BR> <BR> Today I set my ipod to 18 min and ran 2.2 miles without having to walk. Hopefully, I can train better by my test, but it was a big accomplishment... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 23:27:53 EST week 5 booty 20 squats 5 days a week <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:49:15 EST week 5 legs/arms sparkpeople:(dumbbell squats)<BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=160 <BR> <BR> try the video...if you don't like it or it's too hard, then just do (3 sets of 10) leg lifts and weights also remember it's only 3 days a week insted of 5!!! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:48:38 EST week 5 abs 60 crunches 5 days a week...nothing big this week but this is a lot of crunches so best wishes!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:47:20 EST week 5 bonus 1.) drink 6-8 glasses of water a day….aim for 4 out of 7 days...if you go for everyday that's good <BR> <BR> 2.) lessen the amount of soda or coffee you drink by 1-2 cups <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:46:29 EST week 5 cardio 45 minutes for 5 days a that's only a 5 minute increase from last week! best wishes!!!!! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:44:53 EST Starting Week 5 Weigh ins Hey!!!!! Here's thursday's weigh in! 8/14/08 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:43:09 EST What's up? I'm Lauren. I'm going to be a sophmore in a college near Richmond, Virginia. However I'm spending my summer in Texas and enjoying not eating the awful cafeteria food. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 21:15:52 EST Hi from a newbie! Hi Everyone! I'm Nadya, I'm 18,originally from Moldova(Europe). I'd like to loose about 22 lbs. <BR> I hope all of y'all are doing well and Good Luck with your weight loss!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2008 00:03:17 EST week 4 booty sparkpeople:(5-Minute Booty Workout with Ball)<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1048 <BR> <BR> <BR> ok. i know not everyone has an exercise ball, so you can either continue with the 15 squats(now 3 days a week) or try the video with or without the ball! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 12:01:43 EST Week 4 legs/arms 2 sets of 15 3 days a week <BR> <BR> anytype of leg lift or arm weights...don't forget this has been cut down to 3 days a week in case you are lifting weights or doing push ups. This should give you a rest day. and you get the same amount of points despite 2 less days. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Aug 2008 12:00:27 EST week 4 abs 50 crunches or sparkpeople:(Day 7 Bootcamp Workout)<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1089 <BR> <BR> <BR> either do the 50 crunches 5 days a week or the video...if you want to alternate both of them that's fine with me just post which one you did each day Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:58:26 EST Week 4 Bonus Think about your diet as a lifestyle change instead of a temporary fix. Now think about one thing you can do to improve your diet and explain what it is. And make a meal plan for week 5. <BR> <BR> <BR> like usual post on here or in a blog... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:57:29 EST Week 4 Cardio this week is 40 minutes 5 days a week...if it's too much stay with 35 but aim for 40 minutes! good luck Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:56:44 EST Starting Week 4 Weigh Ins sorry it's late..if you already posted somewhere else just let me know!!! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:50:22 EST Did we get forgotten? :( Seems like we got forgotten whats up with this ... wheres the weigh in and last weeks results :( . Thu, 7 Aug 2008 10:21:09 EST need a lil advice Well.... <BR> I'm new to this team but no stranger to SP. So let me explain my situation. <BR> <BR> I am a 22 year old senior in college and I have previously been in a two year relationship with my boyfriend. Yesterday we called it quits. I'm not so much sad because we were growing apart. I guess I'm more so scarred to start over again. I mean all my old friends are not health for me(drink too much,smoke too much,eat too much...just a negative crowd basically). <BR> <BR> So what or where ... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:46:56 EST who's your famous inspiration okay I like to put pics up on my inspiration/goal board of women close to the size I wanna to be. So now I'm looking for women around a size 10-12, but I can't think of any famous women that are that size. So who do like as inspiration. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 16:12:43 EST Should I make myself eat? So... I've eaten about half of my goal calories today <BR> <BR> Same with all my other needs (carbs, protein, &fat). <BR> <BR> But... I'm not hungry, and it's now 7:08. I've procrastinated long enough on dinner. So my dilemma is, should I make myself eat, or just forget about dinner tonight? <BR> <BR> I don't want to get hungry after 8:00 because we all know that those calories really stick. <BR> <BR> I just feel too tired to eat haha. <BR> <BR> I think, for now, I'm going to try to wor... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 19:11:23 EST Pilates Does anyone know any good pilates tapes. I want to start adding it to my fitness routine. but the tape i have aren't that great. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Cassilynn Fri, 1 Aug 2008 13:49:43 EST Hey:) Hey. My name is Sara. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a day and it seems really awesome. I'm 20 years old and a senior at Towson University. I will soon be a Special Educator in Maryland and I love what I do. I did Atkins in HighSchool and lost a whole bunch of weight, but now I'm back up there again due to being a full-time student and having like 5 jobs (I work at the admissions office at Towson, substitute teach for Baltimore, Harford, and Howard County, tutor, babysit, and work with... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:09:51 EST How often do you workout? I've been reading lately about how working out TOO much can actually be damaging. I've noticed that a lot of our goals in our blastchallenges are to do strength training exercises 5 times a week. I've read/heard from various sources that there should be a day of rest between strength exercises...anyone else have thoughts on this? Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:28:21 EST NEWBIE Hi. I just started SP yesterday and I'm really looking forward to acheiving my goals. It's good to know that there are people who are here to support me. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:21:55 EST Week 3 Booty 15 squats 5 days a week...if you have problems with the squats then choose a modified version or something like lunges or anything that works the same area. Just post what it is on here so that I know what it is. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:38:25 EST Week 3 abs just 40 crunches 5 days a week. no video or anything this week Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:37:18 EST Week 3 arms and legs sparkpeopole:(triceps dips with bent knees)<BR>ses.asp?exercise=124 <BR> <BR> <BR> here's the link let me know if you have problems b/c the links don't always post correctly on here. also let me know if it's too hard. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:36:47 EST Week 3 Cardio 35 minutes this week. same amount of days I just upped the cardio minutes! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:35:58 EST Week 3 Bonus Think about people who might be able to help you in your weight loss journey. Explain who they are and why you chose them. Again you can post it here or in a blog! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:35:30 EST Starting week 3!!!! SummerBlast Weigh ins July 31s here's the weigh in for tomorrow! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:33:23 EST Healthy Sweet Snacks Hey all. <BR> i have a random question for you all. How do you satisfy a craving for sweets with out going over board on calories? I'm the biggest sucker for ice cream, but when i'm dieting i don't want to allow myself to have it. Does anyone have any "healthier"suggestions for yummy snacks to replace this craving. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Cassilynn Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:04:47 EST New college student :)) Hey all! <BR> <BR> I've been on this site for about a week, and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm 18 and going to Agnes Scott College (a women's college) in Atlanta. <BR> <BR> How is everyone?? <em>26</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:52:54 EST Hey Hi Im Darlene. Im 18 yrs. old and about to be a sophmore in college where I am majoring in Sports Medicine. I just had ACL surgery and Im trying to getting back in shape. Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:35:09 EST week 1 results 1st place-Team 2 360 pts <BR> 2nd place-Team 6 340 pts <BR> 3rd place-Team 11 305 pts <BR> 4th place-Team 1 295 pts <BR> 5th place-Team 8 275 pts <BR> <BR> Not in order of points: <BR> <BR> Team 3-170 pts <BR> Team 4-185 pts <BR> Team 5-50 pts <BR> Team 7-200 pts <BR> Team 9-120 pts <BR> Team 10-110 pts <BR> Team 12-125 pts <BR> Team 13-20 pts <BR> Team 14-45 pts <BR> <BR> Hey!!!!! Congratulations to team 2!!!!!!!! Team 6 is pretty close though! Everyone keep working hard. I'll have the re... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 17:08:56 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Tara. I am 19 years old, and going to college. Which I graduate from in May 2009. I am so excited about that. Well for being 19 I am over weight. I totally don't like myself, meaning I am negative about myself all the time. I am ready to look in the mirror and see that I am pretty. I know that I am going to need a lot of support from people. Since I can't get support from family and friends. Fri, 25 Jul 2008 23:56:26 EST Team 14 where are you? I can't find you guys anywhere! Fri, 25 Jul 2008 18:02:49 EST SummerBlast weigh in week 2 July 24th here's the weigh in for week 2 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:12:57 EST summerblast abs week 2 30 crunches or sparkpeople: <BR> <BR> (15-Minute Abs Workout)<BR>s_articles.asp?id=675 <BR> <BR> try the video...if it's too hard or you just don't like it, then do the 30 crunches as a substitute <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:12:00 EST summerblast leg/arms week 2 2 sets of 10 leg lifts and arm lifts with weights <BR> <BR> any type of weight even if it's just a towel or something...same thing...5 days a week Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:11:05 EST summerblast cardio week 2 25 min <BR> 5 days a only a 5 minute increase! Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:10:38 EST Bonus week 2 List some things you'd like to improve on and explain why. Then plan your meals for week 3. This can include snacks too. Be sure to include your maximum caloric allowance by sparkpeople and the total amount of calories to be consumed each day. If you need help, feel free to email me and I can show you what a sample would look like. You can post the whole thing in a blog, or post one day in the forum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:09:35 EST Summerblast booty week2 hey! try this video out I put the title down too in case the link doesn't work. <BR> same as last week...try it for 5 days a week <BR> <BR> sparkpeople:<BR>esource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1059 <BR> <BR> 6-Minute Hips, Glutes & Thighs Workout Video <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:09:17 EST weight sorry i was a way for a trip and wasnt able to get online.. i am 86 now... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 09:29:39 EST Team Two Chat This is the thread for the best team in the SummerBlast Challenge, Ashley, Mandy and Karoline! :) <BR> <BR> This is so all three of us can talk together at the same time, share our ups and downs, motivation and feelings! Sat, 19 Jul 2008 08:48:51 EST Ticker help My ticker is starting weight should say 146 not 145. I'm not sure how that happened. I did a weigh in under the My Tools toolbar and enter that I was 145. I thought that would move my ticker down NOT change my starting weight. <BR> <BR> Any ideas oh how to fix it is greatly appreciated Fri, 18 Jul 2008 19:59:05 EST SummerBlast Chatter Here's an idea from Alicia...this is a post for all those doing the summerblast challenge. So feel free to post whatever you want about the challenge, from problems to tips for other challengers! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 19:21:41 EST SummerBlast Weigh in Week 1 post your starting weights here! thanx! Wed, 16 Jul 2008 23:26:43 EST Hi Im neww Hi I'm Lindsay, finally a senior in highschool. Can't wait to lose the weight. Feel free to add me or leave me a comment. I'm always looking for new people to chat with. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:39:57 EST Hi there I'm a 24 yr old female from Illinois. Looking to lose a lot of weight and stick with it as well. Glad to be here. Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:37:51 EST Goal!!!! My goals are: <BR> -i want to lose weight for xmas...still far <BR> -feel great in my achievement <BR> -and make every young spark member happpy!!!!! <em>30</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:00:16 EST SummerBlast booty week 1 try 10 squats 5 days a week for a total of 50 squats for the week <BR> <BR> If this is too much let me know, but I think this is a small enough amount to get started with. again <BR> <BR> remember to post only one time and then go back and edit your post when you want to add what you've done <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:03:47 EST SummerBlast legs/arms week 1 Do this 5 days a week <BR> <BR> sparkpeople video: Day 3 Bootcamp Workout <BR> <BR> be careful when you put in the link because a lot of times sparkpeople links skip spaces when you copy and paste <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1085 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> remember to post only one time and then go back and edit your post when you want to add what you've done Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:01:52 EST SummerBlast Abs week 1 20 crunches 5 days a week....this equals 100 crunches total for the week <BR> <BR> remember to post only one time and then go back and edit your post when you want to add what you've done. this prevents multiple posts by the same person! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:59:45 EST SummerBlast Cardio Week 1 20 min of cardio 5 days a week...that should give you a total of 100 minutes for the week. <BR> <BR> Cardio includes anything that gets your heart rate up so if you climb a bunch of stairs or walk a lot around campus, count it as cardio. So don't be worried about the type of cardio it is, just try and get it done. I know that some of you already do more than this a day, so if you happen to pass the 100 minutes for the week, before 5 days is done then you'll still get the points. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:58:17 EST Bonus week 1 List 2 things you think are holding you back. It can be weight loss related or something general as in life. <BR> <BR> Post it here or either in a blog. If done in a blog just let me know you did it so I can give you the points! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:55:50 EST Hey I'm Rod Whats up team? Im a 23 year old May '08 college grad. I'm basically trying to get back to where I was when I was playing football in high school. Yeah I went to college and got out of shape. Time to reverse that. I swear sometimes I feel like the only male on this site lol. Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:29:44 EST Count me out but please force me 4 real. Count me out but please force me in 4 real....time to lose weight SP....COME ON!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2008 19:00:04 EST I am David hello my name is david.... dayy-aaayy-v-i-d....Hello Everyone at SP!!!!!!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:55:24 EST Are your eyeballs swimming? Okay I know I'm starting a million threads in here, but I <em>26</em> this team so I'm getting all kinds of into it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have a heck of a lot of trouble getting 8 glasses of water a day? I can't really find a bottled water that I like, and I'm wondering if the Brita or Pur filters work better than bottled for some of you. How do you get your 8 a day? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 22:45:08 EST Healthy eating in college Hey everyone. I keep looking at all of the suggestions on this site, and message board posts of people who grow their own veggies and eat all kinds of nutritious foods. <BR> <BR> I want input from my age bracket: how do you guys and gals eat healthy when you live on a work-study job paycheck that comes once a month, and you're basically dependent on financial aid and minimum wage jobs? Additionally, if you don't have a whole foods type store in your neighborhood, what alternatives do you use... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 17:47:22 EST