SparkPeople MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM Team Messageboard This is a team for ANY ONE from Minnesota to come and join and support each other on their way to a healthier life style. SparkPeople MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM Team Messageboard Hello! Hello MN fat kickers team! I am forever Minnesotan who is living in the Cumberland Mountains of TN. I grew up in Dakota County which is 20- 30 minutes south of the cities. I work as a Sonographer and I love my job and the people with whom I work. I am married and we have 2 dogs and 2 cats- our fur babies. <BR> <BR> I have been a spark member for a while but wanted to expand into the groups a bit more. Group and individual support is important on this weight loss journey as you all know and ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:03:15 EST New Picture of MN Hi everyone!! I am a much absent leader most days since I tend to "check out" when I am working. Just wanted to let you know that the picture here on our page is new. This one was taken in Grand Marais, MN. I hope you enjoy it. I will be taking some more pictures around our beautiful state this summer to add once in a while for a visual change. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any plans to take a vacation in State this year? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:09:15 EST Im new I live in southwest Minnesota. I have 3 wonderful kids. Two cats, two dogs, and two lovebirds you could say I love animals. I weigh 200 and want to get down to 140 to start anyways. I am looking forward to using all the tools available too me. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:01:38 EST Happy Today is a good day, even if it's cold!!! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:59:05 EST hello Just introducing myself to all you other Minnesotans. Hope our weather gets nice enough for us to all get out and play soon. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:35:47 EST Welcome to the April 2014 Trivia Challenge Here we go with a fresh start! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:12:09 EST Welcome to the March 2014 Trivia Challenge Here we go with a fresh start! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:08:56 EST Hi Everyone! Just joining SparkPeople today. I'm not sure how this whole website works, but I'm excited to learn! I'm a recent empty-nester and am struggling with this even after eight months, so I've decided it's time to reclaim myself and my time. I'm looking forward to lots of exercise/walking time with my dogs now that summer is near, and hoping to shed some pounds doing it. :-) Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:39:14 EST Greetings from Chammplin I am a wife and stay at home Mom, crafter, graphic and mixed media artist with a formal background in photography, advertising & web design. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:16:27 EST Back again with small start success I really love how easy it is to use the Spark tools, there isn't a good excuse to not track. I just get so disappointed when I don't have any success, I give up easily. Thankfully I have had some success and it motivates me to keep going. Even small success,so I just keep tracking the small success and every bit of food and activity that got me to that success. <BR> <BR> I need to remember to come out here to the team pages and read about other peoples success too. That is motivating, ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:29:27 EST Hello from Hermantown Hello, my name is Sheri and I am from Hermantown. I am in management at a medical facility and find that with the stress of the job and all of the meetings, I don't get up and move as much as I like. When I get home at night, I find I am tired from the day and just not motivated to exercise. My goal is get active and lose at least 40 pounds plus learn healthier ways to cook. <BR> I found this site through our work health program and look forward to a healthier lifestyle and it's awesome th... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:16:15 EST FILL IN A WORD Letter "A" <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - Apples <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8. A famous band - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10. Television program - <BR> <BR> 11. Famous person - <BR> <BR> 12. A recipe ingredient - <BR> <BR> 13. A color - <BR> <BR> 14. A body part - <BR... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:15:19 EST Introducing Myself I live between Buffalo and Monticello. We have a dog "Ozzie" and 2 cats (inherited when our granddaughter moved and couldn't take them with) PeeWee and Herman. I am trying to lose 50 pounds the right way. I hope I can find the commitment to track all my foods. I know that is the only way I can lose the weight. Minnesota is a great place to live. This winter has been very trying to us, but we will make it to spring eventually. Looking forward to starting this journey again and any help I can g... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:14:50 EST Introducing Myself I live between Buffalo and Monticello. We have a dog "Ozzie" and 2 cats (inherited when our granddaughter moved and couldn't take them with) PeeWee and Herman. I am trying to lose 50 pounds the right way. I hope I can find the commitment to track all my foods. I know that is the only way I can lose the weight. Minnesota is a great place to live. This winter has been very trying to us, but we will make it to spring eventually. Looking forward to starting this journey again and any help I can g... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:13:46 EST Sick of carrying this weight~ In more ways than 1! Hi, I am Sara, and I always thought of myself as young and healthy, all of a sudden I found that I turned 33 and I realized, I feel old, I am 4-5 different prescription medications for heart and cholesterol and I am overweight. I have maintained this weight for quite some time, but that isn't helping the situation. <BR> On Feb. 28th one of my co-workers thought he was having a stroke. Long story short, it scared me VERY badly. I have high blood pressure, high heart rate, high cholesterol and... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:23:07 EST Good morning! <em>304</em> <BR> Thanks for the warm welcome! I was so encouraged today when I stepped on the scale and entered the 180's! I'm down over 20 lbs!! It's not primarily about the weight but about changing my lifestyle, but still...YES!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Like the rest of you, I am so ready to shed my winter coat. A couple warm days was all it took for me to really resent those pounds of heavy wool! Won't be too long and we'll be taking our active selves outside again!! Can't wait! I... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:47:12 EST Starting over...again Hi everyone, <BR> I am a wife and mother of 4, living in Duluth. I have tried many times to pull off this weight. I lose about 8 pounds and then I start gaining again. I am now tied with the heaviest I have ever been. I know I can do it, as I lost 30 pounds between my 3rd and 4th child. But now I cringe, as I am about 15 pounds heavier than I was when I was pregnant with my 4th. I haven't had any health problems, but worry that I may be headed that way. My husband had a heart attack a ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:50:42 EST New member Just wanted to say Hello and I am new to this site and hope to get some good feedback and maybe some ideas on my journey to be a healthier me..... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:54:04 EST March~2014 Team News Welcome to the March 2014 Team News where you will find links to those who have February Birthdays (these will be posted weekly). <BR> <BR> We also want to hear what’s new from you! If there is something you would like to share with the team, let us know. <BR> Post your own personal news, links to articles, videos or a blog that you think would be of interest to the team. This information doesn't have to be specifically related, so feel free to share outside links. <BR> Have a great month, ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:04:00 EST Re-Introducing myself I started this whole new me this time last year and well fell off the wagon over the winter months. I have now got back on the wagon but won't be able to stay there for long or might have to change my intake as we found out that I am pregnant but I will be logging my food so I can see what I am eating so I can eat healthier for baby and myself. <BR> <BR> I also have a 4 year old boy who keeps me busy and a 2 year old boy with medical needs that really keeps me busy. We have now fully adopted... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:18:10 EST I am the fat mom. Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year,... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:12:08 EST Welcome To TheMarch 2014 Trivia Challenge! Time to start anew! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:45:22 EST Trying again :) Hey neighbors! I joined sparkpeople a few months ago and for about a week and a half I tracked everything I ate, I was very meticulous. As I am prone to do, I lost interest and motivation. Now I am doing something I did not do before, I am reaching out to this vast community. <BR> <BR> I'm in my early 20's from the southern Minneapolis suburbs. I love reading, cats, and getting outside. This winter is totally killing me, I almost cried last week when I saw the forecasts! Thankfully it looks... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:41:40 EST new to spark My name is Jody and I am new to Spark. I am dealing with depression, lack of sleep and have heart issues. In the last year I have had 3 mild heart attacks and I just turned 42. I am looking to better my life and eating habits. Does anyone know if we are allowed to drink Sobe Life waters? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:18:50 EST Shoulder problems Hello Minnesota team, <BR> I live in Kasson and work at Mayo clinic and I scrub for sports med. I have been on this journey for more than a year and all iwant is to loose twenty pounds. That is it. This has been really difficult for me this year because of all the challenges I have been through. <BR> I had emergency surgery in October and that put me out for over 3 months and now it is my shoulder that is giving me issues. <BR> Before all this happened I was down 15 pounds and now I am ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:12:11 EST February 2014 Team News Welcome to the February 2014 Team News where you will find links to those who have February Birthdays (these will be posted weekly). <BR> <BR> We also want to hear what’s new from you! If there is something you would like to share with the team, let us know. <BR> Post your own personal news, links to articles, videos or a blog that you think would be of interest to the team. This information doesn't have to be specifically related, so feel free to share outside links. <BR> <em>303</em> ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:43:35 EST Are any of you into curling? As my husband and I sit, with eyes glued to the Olympics, we both commented on how we'd love to give curling a try. The only thing we know about it is what we've seen on TV. Just wondering if there are any other Minnesotans out there into this sport that could give advice on how and where to give it a try. We are from SW MN, but wouldn't hesitate to drive to the metro for a weekend. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:24:00 EST fitness tracker I am looking for a fitness tracker that will link to my ipad, I don't think the spark one will work, I could really use some help in this area. Thanks and have a great Valentines Day.. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:32:47 EST Introducing myself Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicci, I live in inver grove hts. I joined sparks people to lose weight, and to find confidence to be a better mother, wife and sister. I am trying to decide between gastric bypass or the traditional way of losing weight. I'm trying this first, then kind of going from there. I have back issues due to a car accident and so I have stopped being active. I recently began going to a pain specialty center where I am hoping to get answers. Nice to meet you all. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:34:38 EST Introducing myself Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicci, I live in inver grove hts. I joined sparks people to lose weight, and to find confidence to be a better mother, wife and sister. I am trying to decide between gastric bypass or the traditional way of losing weight. I'm trying this first, then kind of going from there. I have back issues due to a car accident and so I have stopped being active. I recently began going to a pain specialty center where I am hoping to get answers. Nice to meet you all. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:32:09 EST Hello from South of the Twin Cities My name is Stephanie, and I am 21 almost 22 years old. I have been struggling with my weight since my early teens (although I would love nothing more than to weigh what I did back when I started thinking I was fat!) But anyway, I have tried time and time again to lose weight, and always manage to gain back what I lost and then some. Well no more! I have reached a point in my life where it is time to stick with it. I have learned a thing or two over the years, and am putting it all together an... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:17:16 EST Oct.-Nov.-Dec. Birthdays If you have birthdays in these 3 months, please add them, so we can help celebrate that day with you.. <BR> Thanks!! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:43:07 EST July-Aug-Sept. Birthdays If you have birthdays in these 3 months, please add them, so we can help celebrate that day with you.. <BR> Thanks!! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:42:24 EST Welcome to the February 2014 Trivia Challenge ...and time for a clean slate! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:36:41 EST Just introducing myself... Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm Lauretta and have been on and off the fat wagon for awhile now. Actually, my entire life with food and eating through my emotions. I'm hopeful to get started (AGAIN!) and start to find a healthy and new attitude towards food and activities towards a leaner and fit self. <BR> <BR> I've done the weight loss surgery five years ago and have still maintained most of the 120 lb weight loss within the first 18 months but never really changed anything about my activitie... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:30:12 EST birthday Jan 28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:45:27 EST Returning Member Hi There, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of spark for a long time, but went away for awhile. New year, starting over, and find myself logging in more often. I usually use Spark for tracking, reading articles and motivation. Always been bad about posting, but try to follow a couple groups. This team has always had good motivators so you might see me post occassionally. <BR> <BR> I just turned 49yo this month and decided that if any one asks, I'm almost at the top of the hill! <BR> <BR> I li... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:12:56 EST Nutritional Weight and Wellness in MN Has anyone gone to a class or consultation with Nutritional Weight and Wellness in MN? <BR> They have the podcast called Dishing Up Nutrition. <BR> If you have, what was your experience like? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Jane Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:29:18 EST hi from lakeside i joined as part of my nutrition class requirement. i found i was OBSESSES with tracking everything i ate, which most days was not a lot. nutrition class is over,holidays are over. instead of losing the weight i set as my goal i gained. <BR> i'm going wedding dress shopping with my daughter & her friends. she insists she is going to pick out my dress. the date is not set but i don't want to keep adjusting the size. HELP!! i have about two weeks to begin the journey. i'm in school five... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:59:43 EST just new here Thanks for the greetings! Hope to lose weight and eat healthier and get into some fitness!! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:15:28 EST Starting Over Achhh!!! I keep doing this over and over! Well, now I'm 50 (as of 1/11) and it's TIME. Yesterday I recorded everything I ate and today, too, so far. The hardest thing for me will be cutting out alcohol. I'm really excited though! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:17 EST Introducing myself Hi. I'm Karen. I used Sparkpeople to lose weight in 2009, so I know that it is an effective tool. Can't believe I regained the weight! It came back slowly; I thought I was eating a healthy diet, but obviously I ate too much of a good thing. Time to return to Sparkpeople. Unfortunately, the website is a lot harder to use in 2014 than it was in 2009. Obviously, a lot of people have discovered Sparkpeople; the website is sluggish, and it crashes a lot. Any suggestions? I will try to be ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:07:03 EST hi from central MN Hello frozen people!! I'm from Brainerd lakes area just recently decided to rejoin the spark community in hopes of jump starting myself. I work full-time have 3 grown kids, almost 2 grand kids. Tired of being tired, of panicking every time we have a function of any kind because I don't know what will fit. Not looking for a quick fix (that would be nice) but something that will stick. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:16:30 EST i'll play Plum sauce Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:19:38 EST I'm back! I have really fallen off the wagon. :( I am going to recommit though and get back to this. I have gained 27 pounds back and am currently only down 10 from where I first began. My fitness level is pretty much back to where I started but I am starting out slow and changing my habits again. Glad to be back! <BR> <em>15</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:39:09 EST Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014. Hi. I am Renee from a Southern Mn/St.Paul suburb, and really like Sparkpeople. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 03:13:19 EST Hello! Hope you are staying warm! Hello Spark Minnesotans. Today as you know is enjoying historic low temperatures and I've found myself back on Sparkpeople site as I embark on losing 50 lbs. I'm tired of the roller coaster of weight gain / loss and hope to get into better habits this year. I work full time, have a golden retriever who keeps me sane, and travel some for work, though a lot less than my prior job. I'm looking forward to a year of eating better, feeling better, looking better and being better. Wishing you and me... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:56:09 EST Hello! Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Sonja and this is my 3rd go round with Spark People...this time I am back to take of the 50 or so pounds I have gained from quitting smoking last year. I am back because I KNOW it works and I can't wait to get to know the rest of you better!!! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:16:03 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone. I am a 37 year old mom to an eight year old boy and stepmom to three boys ages 16-22. I have used Sparkpeople in the past with great success but spent the last year completing my LPN to RN program and stress eating my way through. I am now at my heaviest weight ever but am determined to take control. I just bought a gym membership and have gotten in two workouts so far and am feeling good about it. At 185 pounds right now, my first goal is to get to 158 (pre pregnancy weight) and... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:34:22 EST Welcome to the January 2014 Trivia Challenge Come one, come all! Join us in a brand new year of Trivia challenges! A one month score of <BR> <BR> 90% or above you will earn a Trivia Award from SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:33:11 EST Thank you! Thank you for all of the warm welcomes! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:40:03 EST Welcome to the December Trivia Challenge Come one, come all! Join us in a brand new year of Trivia challenges! A one month score of 90% or above you will earn a Trivia Award from SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:52:15 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! I am Sonja and this is my third run at Spark People...I KNOW it works so that is why I am back! I can't wait to get to know the rest of you better!!! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:19:00 EST Just Joined! Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined this team. Anyone south of the river? Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:53:56 EST I'm back and looking for a buddy... Hi everyone! I'm back! I have been hired at a great new job and will start January 20th. I also have found my FitBit and am very excited about that. From today on, my lifestyle is back on track and I'm working on achieving my goals. <BR> <BR> But while doing that, I would REALLY like to find some buddies that we can all check on each other and support one another. I'm a very positive person, I am able to stay in touch easily and can't wait to start! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great wee... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:05:35 EST Day #1 for the millionth time..... HI, I just became a member today and I am ready to start my journey. I will need all the support I can get because I have done this a million times and I am again. I am at my heaviest weight ever and I am so stressed about it. I want to lose 60 pounds. I am a stress eater and also eat when I am bored. I also have been lazy with working out so I have a lot of changes to make! Here I am hoping that this will help support me and also motivate me because I will be held acocuntable for... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:23:17 EST Breakfast Shakes Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking to add protein shakes for breakfast to my routine. I'm having a hard time choosing a shake or even the protein powder. I would like something that I do not have to mix in the morning. I do not have time for that (I barely have time to do my hair). I can prep things at night, just no morning mixing. Can you recommend anything to help? Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:32:13 EST ABC Christmas word game Let's try a new word game for the season. Think of a word or phrase that reminds you of December in alphabetical order. I'll start with A. <BR> <BR> A~~Already getting colder. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:48:22 EST Welcome to the December Trivia Challenge It's the last clean slate time again for 2013! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:38:42 EST Hello! Hello, I'm excited and nervous. I really want to lose weight but have unsuccessful for at least two years in doing so. When I get home from work, I am starved and eat all night until I go to bed. Many times I wake up and eat in the middle of the night. Never have I been so out of control. I even do all of this when any sugar and white flour make me very ill. I hope to make many connections here that will help me stay motivated and be successful. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:12:35 EST greetings What do you say when people say "you look great, have you lost weight?' and you haven't lost an ounce? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:13:28 EST New to this team. Back on SP New to this team. I have been "dabbling" in SP for about a year or so. Had a health scare (minor) and I found some commitment. So I decided to join the "Minnesooootans." Truth be told, I am not a native, but this is where I have put down roots and lived her longer than anywhere else. This is home. So Hi <em>524</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:32:56 EST MN Newbie Hello fellow Minnesotans! I'm new to spark people and just recently joined yesterday after finding spark people online. I live in Northern MN and have roughly 50 lbs to lose. I'm 30 something with two small kids. Looking for a support crew to help me shed these pounds. Excited to begin this journey! Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:49:39 EST Greetings from the Twin Cities Hey everyone! My name is Alayna and I live in the Twin City metro area. My childhood was filled with Hamburger Helper and boxed mac and cheese and I've developed horrible eating habits, mainly not eating enough and pigging out at night. I'm ready to get healthy and fit! Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:35:33 EST Welcome to November's Trivia Challenge! Clean slate time! Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:54:59 EST Hi I'm new My name is Debbie and I have lived my whole life in Southern MN Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:06:17 EST Northern Minnesota Newbie! :) Hey Y'all! Can't wait to meet fellow Minnesotan's moving along in their Journey! <BR> My name is Bobbi... and I live way up in Northern MN in a little tiny spot called "Buyck"! It's probably not on the map.. so I'll say it's between Orr and Crane Lake. It's one of those places, if you blink when driving through, you'll miss it! lol Beautiful Country anyway! <BR> Anyway, excited to get started on this journey! Look forward to chatting with y'all! :) Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:45:16 EST The New SparkPage Blog by SparkGuy I am not allowed to send out more than one team message per week and have used it this past week, so I hope everyone takes note of this link and takes the time to read it re: the new start page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519295 </link> <BR> <BR> This is also posted on your individual StartPage to the left of the current date on the top of your page. Hoping all goes well for each of you as we learn together!!! <BR> <em>224</e... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:12:18 EST I'm old to SP but new to this team! Hi everybody! I'm old to SP but new to this team! I live in rural West Central MN with a Barrett address. We dairy farm. It will be fun to see where everyone is from. I'm a transplant with originally being from Seattle, WA. That's why my SP name says Seattle. I love Seattle but have learned to love MN too. In fact, I've been living in MN now for more years then the years I was living in Seattle! Have a great week ahead! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:47:01 EST Newbie Hello Minnesota - Fall is such a beautiful time of year. i'm looking forward to this wonderful journey of caring and loving myself into fitness and health. looking at the changes I need in my life. <BR> <BR> I just worked up the courage to finally weigh myself and it wasn't pretty. I really feel that it is time for a lifestyle change. It will take time but it's very doable with small changes and small good choices. <BR> <em>524</em> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:17:35 EST Recovering from Emergency Surgery Hello to you all, <BR> I know it has been awhile since I have posted but I am needing a little advice. I had emergency gallbladder surgery on Monday and I am of course recuperating for the next two weeks, but I can tell you I already feel like I have taken several steps back, I got on the scale and to my shock I had put on 10 pounds of fluid weight because they put 10 liters of fluid on me from Saturday night, thinking I had pancreatitis. <BR> So any words of wisdom would be greatly apprec... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 17:04:02 EST New Member Hey. My name is Britnee. I live in Northfield. I am just trying to get myself back into shape and a healthy life again. I pretty much lost myself, and lost control, but who doesnt at least once right? I honestly have no idea where to begin with anything. So any pointers would be awesome, especailly when is comes to eating right! Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:47:12 EST Want an accountability buddy Hi all, <BR> I'm in Brooklyn Center and need help! I need to have someone to help me stay accountable and get done what I know I need to do. So often I don't feel like doing anything because I'm so tired. Hopefully there's someone out there that can help me change my tune! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:58:27 EST Kittykat ready to make some changes I have tried over the years many different diets/fads and I either didn't stick to them or they didn't work. For the first time in my life I feel confident that I can lose weight, eat healthier, and get exercise on a daily basis. I am excited for this new chapter in my life. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:24:53 EST Welcome To The October 2013 Trivia Challenge! Clean slate time again! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:33:44 EST Hi! I'm new here! Hi everyone! I'm Renee. I'm 32 and I am ready to re-take over my life! I am a full-time student at Winona State University, I work 2 part-time jobs, and I'm a mom of 5. <BR> I decided it was time to do something for me. So I went out and bought a FitBit One and here I am! :-) <BR> <BR> I would really like to make some friends and be a part of a support group so together we can all make our goals!! :-) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet y'all! <BR> -Renee- Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:18:59 EST Displaced from the Iron Range, living in Miami I am from Tower/Soudan (my dad is Rodney Anderson and my mom is one of the Stefanich clan). Somehow I married a Colombian and have been living in Miami for the last thirty years! !!! No one here knows boiled dinner, hot dish or pasty! I haven't had smelt, walleye, deer or rutabaga in years! I miss Ollie & Lena jokes!!!! I am looking forward to the friendship and humor that is truly Minnesotian. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:23:42 EST Displaced from the Iron Range, living in Miami I am from Tower/Soudan (my dad is Rodney Anderson and my mom is one of the Stefanich clan). Somehow I married a Colombian and have been living in Miami for the last thirty years! !!! No one here knows boiled dinner, hot dish or pasty! I haven't had smelt, walleye, deer or rutabaga in years! I miss Ollie & Lena jokes!!!! I am looking forward to the friendship and humor that is truly Minnesotian. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:20:41 EST re-introduction I am not new to SparkPeople or to this team but it has been quite awhile since I have been active. Ready to make myself accountable and get back in shape! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:41:29 EST So Here I Am Hi All, I'm Traci (aka MiXRSGiRL). I joined spark people back in January to use the trackers, a lot has happened between then and now, but I'm here to lose weight! 120 more pounds to be exact. Here's hoping I've got a few Minnesotan's that can count on to support and encourage me on my journey as I start it back up. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:55:30 EST Post something you love about yourself each day! Hi everyone! I don't know about you, but I find that I beat myself up about my body and other things. The truth is. . . I'm a good person, with a big, fat heart, but sometimes I get caught up in my "failings" and forget the good inside. I started this thread to help everyone remember that there is something to love about you, about me, every day. So. . . I will try to remember to post something I love about myself everyday. There are no rules. . . I will try to keep going until no one is inte... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:57:34 EST Welcome To The September 2013 Trivia Challenge! Clean slate time again! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:58:42 EST New Member Hi.... <em>334</em> <BR> I am glad to be here, I have been going through some changes in my life over the last few years that has contributed to my weight gain. <BR> <BR> I quit smoking, which is a YEAH!!! But not so much on the waist line. <BR> <BR> My youngest went into the Air Force, so proud and yet so scared. <BR> <BR> Just me and my other half, we have been together for 20 years. I am a care taker, in my eyes the order of care taking of people/animals is the kids, my man, the d... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:23:29 EST All Things State Fair So, I am going to the State Fair tomorrow, anything new this year I should not miss? Also, how do you keep from eating all the greasy foods? My trick is to start the day with a full bowl of watermelon. I also go in a group, so we split things 3 or 4 ways. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:36:55 EST Team Goals Hi, fellow MNs: <BR> <BR> What is meant by the goal "Huddle 1 time per day?" I don't want to commit to something . . . about which I know nothing. <BR> <BR> Already did that . . . :) Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:50:19 EST I did it I got to a goal. I haven't wore my wedding ring in over a year and today I am wearing it and it does't feel tight. <em>334</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:18:16 EST I need words of advice! Ok, I have had a lot going on in life lately. Mostly stress from not having any money. My child support order has gotten dropped, which is what I had been living off of *very frugally* while I was going to school since the place I worked for closed at the end of February. Now that my CS has dropped to less than half of what I was receiving before I feel like I should not continue with school and find a job. I have been applying places for almost 2 months now had many interviews and no luck at... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:17:04 EST Dry, dry, dry We were supposed to get some of that rain yesterday but it passed us right by. We could really use it. At least it isn't quite as humid today. <BR> This is the part of summer I don't like. Can't take the heat, but we have had a good summer by my standards this year so I can't complain too much. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:08:10 EST New here! I tried to come up with a clever topic name but failed. Anyway, I'm new to the site. I currently live in Maple Grove with my boyfriend and ADORABLE lab puppy, who are both supportive of my desire to be healthy and lose a little weight (the dog supports me by demanding plenty of exercise). <BR> <BR> I joined the site because I'm hoping for a little more support - while my family and friends are supportive, I don't always feel comfortable talking about my weight with them for some reason. Any... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:35:56 EST Where in Minnesota are you from? Lanesboro, SE corner of MN Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:31:46 EST Returning Minnesota Member Greetings to my friends in the Minnesota Sparks Fat Kicker's team. <BR> After a several-year hiatus, I have found my way back to Spark People. <BR> I am feeling a little desperate. <BR> I don't know what more to say, so . . . that's it. <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:29:08 EST Hello Fellow Minnesotans I am newer to Sparkpeople, well I've been on for a few weeks, and have just discovered the Message Boards. Just wanted to introduce myself a little bit, so here it goes. <BR> <BR> I'm originally from Northern Minnesota, but now live comfortably in the Metro with my hubby of 5 years and 2 cats. No kids yet for us, but I still have plenty of time. Actually that is the main reason I joined Sparkpeople. I am hoping to lose some weight so I can have an "easier" pregnancy. I also want to be the mo... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:11:07 EST Hey everyone!! New to SparkPeople! Hey everybody! I'm Crista! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and wanting to say hello, introduce myself and maybe find some solid supporters! <BR> <BR> A little about mysef...I recently turned 29 (like the other day) and I'm feeling like I need to get this weight loss goal thing taken care once and for all! I don't want to go in to my 30's feeling overweight and un-physically fit! <BR> <BR> I used to be an avid runner and would have considered myself an athlete at one time. Now I feel li... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:04:50 EST New to spark Hello, I am from Bemidji. I have a 4 year old son and we are in the process of adoption a 21 month old. I have 1 dog Dazy, and 3 cats Moo Moo, Snuggles, and Miss Kitty. I work on houses either building them or remodeling them. I enjoy my time with my kids and my wife. <BR> <BR> My biggest reasons for wanting to loose some weight is to be able to play with my kids and feel healthier. I have tried to loose weight many times and just can't keep off the pounds. Normally something happens and ou... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 17:46:54 EST NEW! Welcome To The August 2013 Trivia Challenge! I got 3 out of 4 right today for 75% <BR> I am at 9 out of 10 right for the month at 90% Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:14:04 EST NEW! Welcome To The August 2013 Trivia Challenge! Let us all aim to be above 90% this month! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:38:34 EST new to spark just joined spark . like it so far. have tried to do this alone many many times so hoping this will be the beginning of a journey to weight lost that finally see the finish line. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:13:23 EST MILES CHALLENGE IRD 2013 TO IRD 2014 LET SEE HOW MANY MLES OF WALKING, EXERCISING WE CAN GET BY IRD 2014. YOU CAN CONVERT YOUR STEPS OR MINUTES OF EXERCISE INTO MILES. <BR> <BR> POST YOUR EXERCISE THEN TEAM TOTAL <BR> <BR> MY EXERCISE MIN <BR> MY STEPS <BR> TOTAL MILES <BR> TEAM MILES <BR> <BR> I HOPE EVERYONE PARTICAPATES Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:56:02 EST August Calendar Download SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For August, that means improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. With a little effort, you can catch those Zzz's. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you sleep better each night. Click below to download and print your August calendar. (You need a pdf program like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and b... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:50:27 EST New To Sparkpeople Hi...I am new to Sparkpeople. This site is great so far. I am learning a lot about myself from the articles I have been reading. I want to lose 20 lbs and meet some new people from MN.I am super excited about what I can do with help and support from everyone! <BR> Thanks Diane Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:56:06 EST New again to sparks Hello, <BR> I am starting up again on this site. I half heartedly signed up years ago but wanted to start tracking my nutrition to become a better runner now. I started running a couple months ago and have 4 5k races coming up, my first one on Saturday. I am hoping to get to a 10k next spring and maybe a half marathon next summer, we will see, I have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> I have lost about 20 pounds since last year just eating better and doing Body Pump 3 times a week. My husband h... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:00:52 EST Another newbie! Haven't had time to get on here, just started a new job with a huge training period! <BR> I am new to MN, only moved here a year and a half ago. Still trying to get used to your colder weather! I came from SD and always thought our weather was similar...not so much! Your 60 degrees feels WAY colder than 60 degress in SD! <BR> I have been at my goal weight for about 6 years, but have to keep fighting to keep off those pesky 5-8 # that creep on without regular exercise and watching what I ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:20:07 EST A bit stressed out Last week starting Wednesday things have took a down ward spiral. But that isn't important anymore as we got it all straightened out. But with me being stressed out I over ate a few days and gained a pound. Now I am faced with traveling to the cities on Wednesday and spending the night with my 4 year old and 20 month old after the 20 month old has tubes put in his ears. So all of you that live down there I will be staying in Bloomington is there any good places to eat there so I can stay with... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:48:01 EST Looking for local workout buddy. I have been a sparkpeople member since April, I was off to a really good start.... <BR> Then life happened and I "fell off the wagon". <BR> <BR> I'm returning with a stronger, more REAL goal in mind. What I mean by that, is that not only do I need to lose weight for the purpose of feeling better and being healthier.. I NEED to lose at least 60lbs (or turn it into muscle mass) AND I need to gain muscle mass. <BR> I am an EMT, after returning to the field I love, I realize that in order to do... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:00:52 EST New to sparks Hi everyone. I just started a week ago. I'm 34, and decided that it was past time to lose all the weight I gained after my daughter was born 6 years ago. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:50:45 EST New to Sparks and Newly back to MN! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have been away from MN for 11 years but I am back now - man, is this a beautiful state or what?? While away, I packed on some weight that is holding me back (physically and emotionally) from getting out and enjoying this pretty weather. So here I am - I need some help! I need to lose some weight and since I am currently rather friendless (not much in common anymore with old friends from here), I figured this would help with both. Good luck everyone! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:53:35 EST New to Sparks Hi there everyone, <BR> <BR> I am totally new to sparks and I am here for some help, like the rest is I believe, Hehe. Alittle bit about me. I live in Northern MN, in the Bemidji area. I live with 3 dogs, 1 cat and 3 chickens. Yes chickens. I had a wild hair one day and I thought I will grow chickens and butcher them. Never happened. I am not the kind of person. I also live with my mom and my brother. I know, I am old enough to live on my own. I lost my job a year ago and never re... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:14:26 EST Light at the end of the tunnel I know this isn't something about weight or anything else like it but its something that is happening in my life and I'm really excited about it <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can say that we finally see some light at the end of our long tunnel. After months of fighting with social workers and the states we are looking at some new things. <BR> <BR> For starters I am going to a phone conference tomorrow to talk with all of the social workers from both states. <BR> <BR> I also got an email from ou... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:48:50 EST who I am I'm a 47 year old woman who has been in Minnesota for nearly a year and have had the most difficult time in my life. My daughter was with me, but she is 16 and hated it and me so the hardest decision I had to make was to let her go back and live with her dad. I have a job that I do not like, no close friends, and have dealt with depression for nearly 3 years, and here lately it has gotten to the point of me seeking a Psychiatrist which will hopefully give me the tools to survive. I have ga... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:44:15 EST Newbie Good Morning all...My name is Tamara and i'm 38, recently divorced after 18 years with 3 children, 2 daughters 17 & 14 and a son whose 5. Weight has always been a struggle for me. I guess i love food too much and it has been my comfort through all of my problems. I am ready to work on ME. Be the healthiest i can be for myself and my children. I'm a size 18/20 now and have a goal of being back into my size 14's again. Looking forward to this journey with all of you. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:03:01 EST New Changes in the SP Nutrition & Fitness Trackers I posted a SparkMail a short time ago and neglected to add the link through the "Add a Link" button. I can't go back and redo for a week. So here is the link for those that are not able to copy and paste the email version. Sorry about the confusion. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new _feature_calorie_ranges_based_on_fitne ss_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> PLEASE remember to read the entire blog!! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:15:46 EST When Raining What do you all do for exercise when it is raining outside? It looks like it is going to rain all day long so now I'm not what to do for exercise today. Also how many times a week should you exercise? Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:08:39 EST Starting my journey I have officially started my journey to my lifestyle change. I am not going to call it a diet as that tends to have bad out comes for me. I started off my day by feeding my in-laws goats then went for a walk with my 4 year old son around our development. I came home and made myself a protein smoothie and got my PCA for my 20 month old up to date with all of the things that the 20 month old needs or has done in the last few days. (My 20 month old son is a medical needs child we are foster par... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:09:11 EST Kind of new to this website! Hi Group! I joined this website in June and I haven't been here much since I joined but, <BR> I am glad to find a group with people in the same state as me. I think it would be cool <BR> if I could actually make some friends and meet them in real life but, I won't get my hopes <BR> up too much! Anyway, A little about me I am in my twenties and I am obviously overweight! <BR> I have struggled to lose weight and I am still struggling and it doesn't help with my life problems and my health condi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 03:21:28 EST Hello! Just read the book and am excited to embark on this journey! I have never done a message broad community thing, I am completely new to spark people, but here I am! <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people - here is what I wrote as my intro :) <BR> <BR> My name is Susie- I am from MN! Married, mother of 3 (ages 7, 4 &2), I like to paint, sew, go for a walk/jog, see movies and hang out with my little family :) <BR> <BR> I am currently maxed out- not sleeping, swimming in self doubt and unsure a... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:30:29 EST New to site but not to dieting! Hi. My name is Mary and I am a WW life-timer (multiple times) who is trying to stop gaining back all of the weight I lost a couple of years ago. I have put on 20 of the 50 pounds that I lost and I need to find something to help get my eating under control again. I'm hoping that SP will do the trick. <BR> <BR> I am a retired IT professional and former teacher. My husband and I travel a fair amount, some for pleasure and some to visit family. I tend to use travel as an excuse to over-indulge -... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:30:56 EST Hello everyone New to spark! I m loking forward to share a success story in ths forum. <BR> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:43:43 EST NEW! Welcome To The July 2013 Trivia Challenge! Here we are with a clean slate again! <BR> <BR> I hope all of you will be back again in July chasing the monthly Trivia award, and most importantly learning about healthy Spark living. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 01:34:53 EST hi everyone My name is terry and I <BR> m a 34 year old young woman from MN whom loves to a lot. I'm looking to lose weight and feel good doing it. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:27:36 EST hi everyone My name is terry and I <BR> m a 34 year old young woman from MN whom loves to a lot. I'm looking to lose weight and feel good doing it. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:27:01 EST Hi everybody Hi, My names Gen and I am soon to be 33, married and have 3 wonderful children. I have actually been on here for a few months now, but I have been so busy trying to get my life in order I didn't introduce myself. I want to lose a total of 100 pounds and I know I have a great deal of work ahead of me. I am happy I found this site because it is full of valuable information and it really has been inspiring to me. I do not have many people who will cheer me on and support my weight loss goals ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:57:42 EST Hello Hello, I am from Bemidji. I have a 4 year old son and we are in the process of adoption a 19 month old. I have 1 dog Dazy, and 3 cats Moo Moo, Snuggles, and Miss Kitty. I am a stay at home mom with an active 4 year old and a medical needs 19 month old life seems to keep me busy and just grabbing what is easiest to eat. <BR> <BR> My biggest reasons for wanting to loose some weight is to be able to play with my kids and not just sit on the side line and watch them. I have tried to loose weight... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:38:14 EST Hello - New Member I am glad to have found this group. I am at the heaviest I have ever been, including pregnancies. I am going to need your support, encouragement and motivation to get me to my goal. <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:51:09 EST Back again after several years Well....I'm back again after a good 5 years of REALLY working on my lifestyle. Here we go again!!! Fingers crossed I can keep with it this time! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:22:06 EST Hello Again... Hi! My name is Aly (Sumdayitaly), and after some time away from Spark I am back and committed to achieving my healthier lifestyle goals. This site has always been a wonderful place to feel connected and keep myself in check so this time I am going to keep plugged in. <BR> <BR> A little about myself... My most important role in life so far has been Mom to an amazing 17 yr old son. We live in the MN Northern Suburb of Monticello and really enjoy the country feel. I work full-time as a Crop I... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:08:29 EST Feeling frustrated OMG, I am so frustrated, this is so difficult. All I want is to loose just 2 lbs a week, and I keep bouncing back and forth. <BR> So far I have lost 10 lbs. and I still have 25 to go, to get to my healthiest weight. I am eating every two to three hours and eating in proper portion, and I am working out five days a week, doing cardio for an hour three days a week and resistance training for 25 minutes two days a week. <BR> I cannot seem to move down, and I am really frustrated. This has bee... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:12:27 EST intro Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a former exercise and health addict who, because of a new career, move to MN and increase of responsibilities have not been able to maintain my former lifestyle. I mean well but just haven't been successful at getting back on track. I'm hoping I will find the support and motivation I need to do so here st SP! <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:33:48 EST NEW! Welcome To The June 2013 Trivia Challenge! A clean slate! Fri, 31 May 2013 15:39:48 EST New to SparkPeople I am from central MN. I am ready to be healthier and more fit. I have recently started a gym and have started using a trainer as well. I am hoping by using this site I will get more information and support on the nutrition part of my journey. Mon, 27 May 2013 09:26:47 EST New to Sparks I am in the Midwest and attempting to finally get back to being healthy and fit! I am looking forward to all the information this site has to offer. <em>306</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:23:51 EST New Poster to teams rnmaryann, age 56, live in Minnesota. 2 knee replacements, allergic to the world, but my brain is pretty sure I am 34. Fri, 17 May 2013 14:04:27 EST New from West Saint Paul Hello everyone. My name is Amanda, i'm new here and pretty new to MN. I am on a journey to lose about 100lbs. Would love to make new friends who are also losing weight and even better if you live in my area! Wed, 15 May 2013 14:56:54 EST New to SparkPeople I am a mom of 9 children ranging from 5 yrs - 21 yrs (all 2 years apart). I have been married for 23 years and have been living in MN for 26 years (moving from the Mississippi). I home-school 5 of my children, one in college, one in the Navy, and two in the local public high school. I weigh 164 and am hoping to lose 30 pounds and found this link when I was looking for a low fat recipe for a tuna salad. My husband and I are trying a lifestyle change and are trying to eat more healthily. T... Mon, 13 May 2013 08:52:02 EST What is a Huddle? Hi Guys! I am Carla from Granite Falls. I was looking at the goal for the month and say "Huddle one time per day" What exactly does that mean? Wish this darn weather would warm up <em>67</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 04:18:14 EST CHAT ROOM Continue to chat here Thu, 9 May 2013 12:05:39 EST Hello all! Hello everyone! <BR> Let me say that I have been a yo-yo! I know your all shocked! I have such a wonderful family that the question, "Do I look okay in this or does it show my weight too much?" I would get anything from "Mom, clothes dont make the woman" to " Mom, are are so beautiful in my eyes that you could wear a feed sack and look gorgeous!" When I saw the pictures, she was right...probably should have worn the feed sack!!! I cried for a week straight, but put on my big girl pants(liter... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:14:01 EST Newbie Alert! Hello fellow Minnesotans! Why do we still live here and put up with this weather?! lol <BR> <BR> Newbie here! <BR> <BR> My name is RJ.... I am living in St. Paul, MN, originally from the north country... I'm 30 years old and weigh 360lbs, hence my username. I am an overeater - us MN girls love our creamy casseroles, venison, and potatos am I right?! <BR> <BR> I never truly had a problem with my weight, I thought I carried it well, being 5'9", but it's to a point where I am starting to FEEL... Wed, 1 May 2013 17:24:44 EST NEW! Welcome To The May 2013 Trivia Challenge! Once more, a clean slate! Wed, 1 May 2013 01:00:08 EST Hello from Maple Grove Hello all, <BR> Love this weather!!! My first day here on the Minnesota site. Been wanting to take charge for a while. Trying to do it simply an hour at a time. My goal today is 10 minutes of walking. <BR> I have RA so must work up to it. Best of luck to you all!!! <BR> Yours, <BR> Karen Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:39:14 EST follow me ?? I am just your everyday gal who works 8-5 and has every excuse as to why I can't lose the weight...I hope to be different this time. I hope with spark I can stay on track, get motivated, and be held accountable by others...I need spark friends so please add me, I hope to blog my journey along the way too.. wish me luck!!!! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:08:42 EST Greetings from Champlin! Hey fellow Minnesotans! I am 45 years old, I work in Human Services, and "the race is on" as George Jones would say, to keep the fat at bay. My job involves more sitting than it used to, so that coupled with middle age, motivated me to get back to SparkPeople and make the commitment to good food and daily exercise. I have relatives in Northern Minnesota , Cloquet, and the St Cloud area, so I feel connected to some of you already. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:56:48 EST Hello from Madison Lake! Hi everyone! My name is Rachelle. As I mentioned, I live in Madison Lake with my three daughters. Today is my first day on SparkPeople. I am looking forward to making some positive changes in my life and meeting some new people along the way. My overall goal is to lose 55 pounds. I have made a goal to try to lose 20lbs by July 4th. It may be a little aggressive for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I hope everyone is having a great week!! (I heard 70s this weekend.. could it be t... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:34:18 EST so...this weather we're having... I'm convinced spring doesn't exist any more. And its making me lazy. Any one have ideas how to get out of this minnesota winterland blues funk I'm feeling? I'm suppose to be outside training for a 5k but apparently mother nature is having having a fit. :c Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:17:58 EST I hit the bottom! Hi, My name is Kari. I am a Teacher, and I'm married to the man of my dreams, Kurt, and we have 2 beautiful daughters!! I've struggled with weight my entire life. I go through phases, where I pretend it doesn't bother me...but it does. Here is my story: <BR> <BR> This journey began because of a belt! Yes, you read that right, a belt! I've been looking for a belt, for my favorite jeans f-o-r-e-v-e-r!! I finally found one!!! (this is not an easy task when you are as heavy as I am) S... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:28:25 EST hi from cloquet! Hello! I found this awesome group through my sistets sparkpage and wanted to check it out. Nice to find some people from my area. I'm 24 years old trying to get back in shape after gaining a lot of serious weight. Like around 40-45 pounds in two short years. I have always been kind of big since highschool and with my big quarter of a century birthday around the corner I decided its time to make an overhaul of my life, particularly in th health department. So I signed up for my very first 5k f... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:05:32 EST Intro <em>304</em> My name is Kathy. I am from Mankato..and it is good to read the other intro's from MN. I am a 120#s overweight. I was not an over weight child, but through the years became less active, did not cut back, dieted so often that the word "DIET" left me frustrated and fatter. As one ages, I became fully aware that my current eating patterns were putting me at risk for early death. I will now pick foods that add to the enjoyment of my life not my detriment. I am much more reali... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:15:18 EST Hello from Owatonna! I just joined SparkPeople today. I've lost 50 lbs on my own and still have 40 lbs to go (see my before and after pictures on my homepage); I'm hoping SparkPeople will be just the help I need. I seem to be at a plateau and need an extra push to get the scale moving again! <BR> <BR> Valenchia Tue, 9 Apr 2013 14:10:41 EST Hello from Farmington Hello all I am new here my name is Andrea and I live in Farmington MN. I am on here to lose a few pounds and try to have better eating habits. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:42:50 EST Any U of M'ers out there? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Pam. I am back again to Spark People. I guess the system says I have been on Sparkpeople since 2009! Now I have SParkpeople on my iPhone so I am more likely to use it. :) I have between 130 and 150 lbs to lose depending on which end of the BMI scale I believe. In the mean time, I would like to take off 20 lbs by the end of summer. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if there is anyone else out there who works at or attends the U in the Twin Cities and works ou... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:18:59 EST Hey Now! from Andover Just wanted to say hi to everyone. Trying to get more in shape so simple weekend tasks don't leave me in the dumpster all week. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:08:27 EST Hello from Brainerd Thought I would drop in and say hi to the group. New member here from Brainerd. If there are any other members here from my area, feel free to get ahold of me. It would be nice to have a "partner" closer that I can workout with, go on walks...or just help me stay on track. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:58:14 EST Hello from Duluth, new to the Team! Hello MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS, <BR> <BR> Thanks for the welcome email it meant alot to get instant support! I'm Matthew and I am recently returned to Duluth from NYC. My move home was sparked by a few things but largely the breakup of my six year relationship. Since being home I have put on around 40 lbs and my drive for exercise has diminished greatly. What prompted my return to spark people was doing laundry and realizing that none of my "laundry day/dress pants" fit me any more. I... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:54:52 EST Hello from Stillwater I'm not new to SP, but have been for sporadic. I do well for a short period of time and then I slack off. Developing Planter's Faciitis from walking too much on cememt has curtailed me. I am going to try walking only a mile a day and start some chair exercises. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:15:59 EST What is their to do in MN?? Richfield Nature Center!! I love it their! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:30:48 EST I'm excited to join your group Hi everyone! I am 67 years old & want to take off some pounds and be healthy. I am retired & do volunteer work delivering meals on wheels & calling bingo at the senior citizens center. My dog is 15 years old. His name is Owen. He is chihauhau (?)/terrier cross. I will check in daily to learn how to use your site. Thanks for the warm welcome. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:58:09 EST NEW! Welcome To The April 2013 Trivia Challenge! Today you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. <BR> <BR> This month you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 01:43:19 EST Getting started Just starting with spark, I've always struggled with my weight and yo-yo dieting. I'll do good with healthy eating and exercise for a while and then I'll totally blow it. My main struggle seems to be with sweets and emotional eating. Need to find a new way to cope and would love to see lasting weight loss and overall well being. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:54:23 EST Hello from Lino Lakes Hello everyone, <BR> Just getting started with SparkPeople. Was using WW but got bored. Used my no smoking $ to reward myself with a personal trainer at the gym. That contract ended so now I'm looking for something that I can manage on my own. I registered with SparkPeople last July but never used the tools, now I'm ready. If there's anyone nearby Lino Lakes and looking for an exercise partner, I'm available if we can work something out with schedules. I also just ordered the book on Amazon... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:33:59 EST Hello from Monticello! Just joined Was a WW member for almost 2 years but my weight loss stalled because I was bored with the plan. Needed a "spark" to get going again and I think this is JUST THE THING TO DO IT!! <em>244</em> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:48:21 EST Helloooo from Woodbury! Hi! <BR> Actually, I'm a Woodbury transplant. I moved here from Saint Paul last June. Joined a gym nearby in July, but haven't been back since the day I signed the papers. <BR> <BR> I have anxiety about working out in front of people, but I'm sick of being fat. Need to find that happy medium. I first used SP six years ago and lost a lot of weight, but have put almost all of it back on. My highest weight was 208 pounds; I'm down to 193 (barely a 10 pound overall loss). I missed it enough to ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:40:54 EST New here!! I am going to be 24 in a couple days, I am married almost 4 years and I have 3 kids. A 6 year old boy, a 3 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. My mom died 3 years ago and my husband and I have custody of my younger brothers, now 17 and 13. I am always stressed out about everything and I tend to eat junk when I am stressed and I have gained just recently 15 lbs but I have gained around 40lbs sense my mom died. I have been able to lose 3 or 4 lbs here and there but it never lasts. I also s... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:59:54 EST Hello from Waite Park Just wanted to say hi. I am just starting my long journey and am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. Talk to you all soon. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:30:30 EST Hello from Waseca Hello MN peeps!! <BR> <BR> I've been here before and deleted my page and now I'm back for good. March 1st is the first day of my new life!! Wish me luck and thank you for letting me share my journey with you!! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:18:09 EST Kicking the "Bear" for the winter. The holidays are over and I'm back in line, well mostly. I still feel like a bear getting ready for hibernation. Because of the cold weather, I feel like I need to or want to eat more and I have heard this isn't uncommon for people who live in colder climates. Who is with me? and how do you deal with it? Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:17:04 EST Going the Distance Hi, <BR> My name is Diane. I am new to SparkPeople so still learning how things work. I just wanted to say hi. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:40:42 EST MN Spark's Fat Kickers March 2013 Trivia Challenge On Friday we start with a clean slate for another month on Trivia Challenge! Join me. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:12:27 EST Hello from Henderson Hi- <BR> Just joined this week. I am a 38 year old mother/stepmother of 5 kids from 4-15. I have lost 26 pounds so far and have about 55 to go to get to my goal weight. I am hoping this site will make it easier to keep motivated. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:35:30 EST Hello from Forest Lake Hi! It's great to be part of the MN Sparks! If we can beat Minnesota's winters, we can beat a few pounds, right?!? <BR> <BR> Gail Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:01:50 EST Hi everyne I`m New to sparks and could use your help and support. Looking forward to meeting new friends and helping each another. <em>381</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:12:49 EST Mimimom69 Hi friends! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:00:26 EST New Hello from Lakeville. This is my first day on Spark. Hoping to drop about 30 lbs in 3 months. Wish me luck. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:56:04 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi my name is Tina and this is the first time I have ever tried a site for losing weight. As a young person I never had trouble with my weight and after I turned 30 it slowly started coming on. I am also a smoker and have tried to quick many times and when I have I have added 20 lbs and kept the weight and started smoking again. This is a stressful time in my life, I lost my job at the end of the year and I am looking for a new one. My husband is away during the week doing a PTS program a... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:05:27 EST Hello everyone from the Iron Range Not really "new" to Spark, been a member for a while now, but I did not USE it until today. From 2010 to 3/2012, I lost almost 100 pounds on Atkins - but with family around it's hard to stay on that kind of program. Over the last several months I have gained back 30 pounds! and I want to get it off! I need to learn a way to change habits while eating REAL everyday foods, since I need to cook for husband and son who is still living at home. Husband SHOULD lose weight, but he doesn't want t... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:09:35 EST Hello From Duluth! Hi everyone! It's been a VERY long time since I've tried SparkPeople. It looks as if there are a lot of improvements since then! <BR> <BR> I will start off with a little bit about myself. I am a married mother of two teenage daughters, one of which will graduate this spring. I am a medical transcriptionist and in my spare time, I love to make my own greeting cards; although, I believe my true passion is quilling (or paper filigree). <BR> <BR> I rejoined SparkPeople because I need help, I ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:20:01 EST MN Spark's Fat Kick February 2013 Trivia Challenge Once again a new month, a clean slate! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:40:47 EST Greeting from Southern Minnesota Hello my name is Norma, I have two beautiful daughters and two beautiful granddaughters. My youngest daughter is a freshman in college at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Ag Business and Global Relations. I have been married for 23 years, and have 2 very spoiled dogs one is a Saint Bernard and the other is a Shih Tzu /Bichon Frise who is really spoiled and barks to much , and 3 even more spoiled cats. I have worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the last 12 years so stress is my friend L... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:02:54 EST Recommitted to Health and SP I lost almost 50 pounds with Sparkpeople a couple of years ago, then hit a snag. I want to recommit and renew my vow to get healthy finally. <BR> <BR> Joined the team but have been stagnant for so long, hoping to get some new motivation! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sheila Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:27:48 EST Hi I am Sheila! Hi, I have broken down and decided to try this being as it is working great for my neighbor. I have a problem with cooking for my family (my son has gluten, milk allergies. I have the inability to eat any kind of onion, garlic, green pepper, or other strong spices. My FAVORITE thing to eat is chicken, which my son refuses to eat. I am very active, walk about 5 miles a day, and I work on my feet for 6 hours a day. The problem is I work as a cook, so I get the benefit of eating the majori... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:42:23 EST New to Spark too! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark, but so far it looks very good. I am 53 years old, and starting to accumulate belly fat. My goal is 12 lbs in 6 weeks. I normally workout at least 3 days/week, but the weight just won't budge. Hormones, I guess? I am ordering a couple of the Spark DVDs to try out--they look fun. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:42:20 EST Hello from Cottage Grove! Just stopping in to say hello! Just came back to Spark after I thought I didn't need the help to maintain. Well I do and I am back! Have a fabulous day! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:17:59 EST Hello from Northren Minnesota Hello i guess I am wondering how this whole thing works! This is my second day new to this site . I think I am loving it already !! Just dont really know what i am doing though . I have the food and exercise tracker down just dont know the rest . I am a wife and mother of 5 boys . and I am a stay at home mom - wife . I need to get motivated and make alot of lifestyle changes in my life . I weigh 307 lbs . So ya I have around 180 lbs to lose . I have struggled most of my life being overweight ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:40:31 EST Hello from Andover Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm Leah, 30, from Andover. Had my first child, a darling daughter, in April 2012 and I've recently realized that baby weight does not take itself off. :) I was overweight (but not at my highest weight) before getting pregnant, and did not take my weight gain seriously during pregnancy. I ended up gaining 60 lbs. YIKES! I dropped 30 lbs within the first 3 months post pardum, but have struggled to take off the remaining pregnancy weight. <BR> <BR> I'm commiting to t... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:42:08 EST MN Team Hello From St. Paul, MN Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:50:02 EST Hello from Bemidji! I am 43, married and a mother of an autistic 8 1/2 year old daughter. I am looking for a job and trying to get myself back on track with my weight and fitness. I have struggled with my weight all my life. Before I got pregnant I decided to get fit and healthy so that I would not struggle so much with getting in shape after the baby was born. In January 2001 I started out walking 20 minutes, 3 times a week on a manual treadmill that I bought for $2 at a garage sale. I continued to increase tim... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:42:13 EST Hello From New Brighton Things are going well here except I need some better clothes for exercise. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great week. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:24:56 EST Hello from Sartell I joined SparkPeople years ago, but have been away for a long time. <BR> <BR> I am struggling with health issues and am feeling isolated. I am not driving right now and probably won't be able to for a few months, so I have no real human contact. Well, there's my husband, but he is a man of few words. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is just part of my health focus right now and realistically is not going to happen very quickly as I now have lymphedema. Well, it's complicated, but I don't expect to ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:04:59 EST Hello from Eden Prairie Hello everyone - new sparkpeople member! After having three kids and an insanely hour intensive job, I'm taking back my life from work to health! More life friendly job accomplished. Now back to exercising and being active, and paying more attention to what I eat. I used to be an avid runner and play tennis, and want to get back into both. With kids activities, work and daily life doings, it's been a bit challenging to hold myself accountable to a consistent exercise routine. I love to ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:12:59 EST Hello Hello, my name is Adrianna. I was born and raised in the great state of MN. I haven't always stayed here but I keep coming back because its home. I'm back to Sparkpeople once again to try to become the person I want to be health wise, so here I go..... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:46:27 EST Hi everyone.. Hello.. I am new sparkpeople and very excited to be here.. I live in Saint Paul, MN and I am ready to kick start a healthy, well balanced life. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:05:20 EST New to Spark Hi Minnesota people! <BR> This is very new for me - and I am looking forward to being held accountable in this way! <BR> <BR> As my user name suggests, I'm a very proud grandma of 7, just celebrated my 50th birthday, and am ready to be healthier! <BR> <BR> The word DIET is not something I like... at all. I'm hoping to simply be mindful of what I eat and when I eat. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:20:22 EST NEW! Welcome To The January 2013 Trivia Challenge! A new year and a clean slate! Let's all get better and better! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:00:41 EST Hello Well.... here goes! I know it's cliché, but it's that time of year when we take stock of the year past and look forward to the new year. I hit an all-time, lifetime high in my weight this past year. Some days I can accept the fact - most days not so much. I know what I need to do, it's just being disciplined and/or motivated enough to follow through. With two boys, a husband who can work long hours and a job working with special needs pre-schoolers, take-out for dinner and collapsing on... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:25:22 EST Today's "My Day" I am a 40 year old, wife and mother of 3, who has struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. As a child and teen, I was extremely active with a variety of sports and had a very muscular and toned body. I never really had to watch what I ate or learn portion control. Now...I find myself 80+ pounds over my ideal weight, lacking energy to do daily tasks and dealing with preventable health issues (mild sleep apnea and moderately high blood pressure). I want to be a good role model for my... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:47:25 EST Hi fellow spark team! I just joined the spark page. Been looking for a place to track food n fitness and stay motivated to lose weight. Lets hope this works. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 15:17:49 EST Hey Hey Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a 26 year old single mother of a 5 year old boy and a 6 month old girl. I am only 4' 10" and not in the best of shape. I work part time and try to keep busy with my kids and other activities. I joined SparkPeople to help myself stay motivated and really set some goals. So far I am doing ok but not as well as I would like to. Trying to just find any little time to do a work out or not just eating on the go. <em>24</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:38:21 EST Hello, Small Introduction. Hi Everyone. I just signed up with spark people and thought I would give it a try, I have 110 lbs to loose and this looked pretty easy and healthy. I have Hashimoto Thyroiditis and it makes it quite dificult to loose weight. I have to remember patience and determination. <BR> I have a full time desk job that doesn't help matters. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:09:21 EST Hi~ I am TWORSMOM I have two wonderful kids and a great hubby. I need to loose some weight and quit smoking so I can be more active and do more things with my family. I am busy with a two shift job, and donate quite a bit of time to our church. <BR> Does anyone have any tips? Have a blessed holiday season! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:37:39 EST Hi! I am new here, so please be patient as I learn the ropes! I want to get back in shape, eat healthy and have more energy. <BR> <BR> I have 2 kids, so I struggle with finding time to exercise, but it I need to make priority. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone and I am looking forward to better choices in my life. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:20:49 EST I'm back! Hello, I am a former Spark member. I lost 60 pounds by using Spark people about 6 years ago. I was able to maintain for about 5 years but stress levels in my life have skyrocketed and in the last year and a half, I have gained about 25 or so of it back. It feels out of control and depressing to me. I need to regain some control and lose that weight again. I didn't get involved in the message boards before, so this is a first for me and I'm not sure what to think about it! I look forward to ge... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:00:36 EST Howdy Do!?! Thank you for the invite! Accepted by the way. <BR> I am on a journey to reclaim a me I forgot I am. Not only here to lose some weight but to firm up and lose the bat-wings, jiggly thighs, and frog butt. I am also COMMITTED to stop smoking FOREVER, and stop being a a perpetual quitter. I just want to be done with it. I am also going to hold myself to meditation an hour a day, and to give thanks nightly. Adding the team to my list tonight! Hugs to all-Cherrie Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:20:42 EST Hello everyone! Hello, my name is Barbara and I want to lose weight and be healthy again. I am very busy and I can't find enough time for myself. I have a hard time staying motivated and focused on my goals. I joined Spark People for motivation and help with my goals, so far it's been a slow process but I'm not interested in quitting. I'm looking forward to reading the messages here and meeting new people. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:58:22 EST New to Sparks but old dog of weight loss Hello fellow MN Fat Kickers! I just joined Sparks and am trying to navigate. I am an old pro at weight loss and weight gain, many programs, and have been much too complacent with my obesity for the past several years. Although I am much too young (47) to be a grandma (ha!) I am expecting my first grandbaby in late Jan. I am also going on a cruise with my sisters in April and don't want to be old, tired, and fat! Losing 50 lbs overall is my goal, but 20-30 by April would be wonderful! I am tr... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:11:05 EST Hi! Hello! I never knew something like this existed! I've just started the long journey of weight loss. This is my first serious attempt at weight loss, and I have to admit I'm a bit nervous. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 100 lbs my November 2013. <BR> <BR> I learned about this site from my nutritionist and I'm thinking the moral support is exactly what I need. Although my family says they are in this to help, I fear they will let me slide back into my old habbits too easily as they are relu... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:07:01 EST Back at it!! So here i go again. Last year about this time I started to really work out and watch my diet. I got down to 185 which is the lightest i had been in years. Then we go and have a great year for work in which i travelled alot. Many road hours 10-14 hour drives which meant beef jerkey, sunflower seeds, and Mt. Dew to stay awake. Needless to say i ballooned all the way to 208 my heaviest ever. Damn. I felt great to. I miss that extra energy and the way i started to look again. So i am jus... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:16:41 EST Not waiting for New Year's: new choices now! Hi my name is Mimi. I need to improve my health-a screening in October provided some not very good results. I tried some changes that first week however my "stick-to-it" self lost the battle to my "stress-eater" self. Besides improving my health, I would also be happy to improve my appearance. My goal is to weigh 154 pounds on my 54th birthday on 2-7-14 so I need to get started on that now....and quite frankly, it is overwhelming and a bit discouraging to think of how I am going to loose ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:43:58 EST NEW! Welcome To th December 2012 Trivia Challenge! It's time again for a clean slate! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:50:59 EST ME I AM NEW Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:15:37 EST Hello My Name Is: Nicki I am finally getting around to introducing myself. I had to put my dog down last month which put me in a funk and has kept me from positive people and healthy things. Getting back on track now. I am done feeling sick all the time, being weak and tired. Ironically, I am the only one that can change that by stopping the sugar carb continuum. I am ready to make the change to a healthier lifestyle, for real - I hope. I've tried lots of things in the past as I'm sure many others have. But none hav... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:17:04 EST Hello Team Fat Kickers! I am a busy Mom of 4 kids. Because my husband travels for work, I am pretty much a single mom most of the time. I find it hard to find time for myself. Being an only child, I am not good at depriving myself when it comes to food! Every year I go on a diet for 3 months and lose 15 - 20 pounds. After that, I get bored or something stressful happens or we go on vacation and I spend the rest of the year gaining it back. <em>24</em> I feel like if I had an accountability system, I could break th... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:45:35 EST Winter activities! What do all of you do in the winter when its too cold to go outside? <BR> <BR> I find it hard to workout outside at all in the winter *with the exception of the forced shoveling the sidewalk* I'd love to go walking and even running sometimes, but I'm too afraid of slipping on ice and throwing my back out or worse, whacking my head. So I stick to inside activities, like my treadmill, workout videos, etc. <BR> <em>425</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:03:13 EST Hey All Hello everyone! My name is Liz, I live in Rochester, and I want to lose weight and get more fit and active. I love to go for walks and bike rides, play DDR, and use workout videos. I'm just starting P90x, so hopefully that will be fun and effective, especially since I seriously doubt I'll be walking outside much in the next few months! Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:14:46 EST New to Spark Hello, I am new here, just discovered this great website last night! I live near St.Cloud, am a college student and a single mother. I get no support at home and am really hoping to find people to connect with who share the same interests and desires in life as me! A healthy life! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:57:15 EST I need support and motivation! I am so ready for this. I am done with this body and want my old one back! I'm not sure what happened but instead of getting depressed (that wasn't working for me)! I am going to get on the ball! In 2004 I lost 85 lbs. and kept it off for almost 8 years! And then... it started creeping on. I had partical knee replacement and quit taking my vitamins. Totally unsure why? Then went on Zoloft for anxiety... and it really came on.... I gained almost 40 lbs. over four or five mos. I am miserable!... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:26:53 EST Hi! I'm new so I'm slowly navigating around the site, I have no idea whats going on quite yet, but it's pretty cool so far! I'll introduce myself I'm Kristina, a housewife and mother of two little ones. Out of the blue two months ago I decided to make a goal for myself to lose about 85 lbs. I was 200 lbs at the time and my health and moods were spinning out of control. Tired of being crabby, ill, exhausted, self conscience, ashamed it was time for a change. I started to work out everyday with ji... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:22:37 EST hello Hello everyone! My name is Kathryn. I am a mother of five and in need to lose 30 to 40 pounds! I am tired of losing and gaining the same 7 pounds on my old program!! I heard this is an awesome site! I am excited to be a part of it. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 23:49:59 EST Back to the healthy way of life Hi everyone. I am trying to get back to a healthy way of life. I work full time, have a wonderful husband, and a DD who is 16 months old. Sometimes with the commute to work and work itself it leaves little time to do much of anything else. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say and if you have any wonderful ideas how to get this mama moving again please let me know. <BR> <BR> Heather Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:48:53 EST NEW! Welcome - November 2012 Trivia Challenge Again, after tomorrow, enjoy this clean slate! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:41:10 EST Four letter word - change one letter Trim Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:08:09 EST New to Spark New to spark, but not to MN... I have always lived here! Currently in Lakeville. Mom to 4 ages: 23, 21, 15, and 12. Still trying to navigate the ins and outs of Spark! Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:43:11 EST Back to Mn Hi Everyone <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Mandy, married SAHM of 2 VERY shall I say 'energetic', boys. We recently moved to North Branch from Uvalda Ga. I was born in Mn so it's nice to be back. <BR> I joined SparkPeople a couple of years ago but I didn't let it work for me so I'm hoping I can make it stick this time! I am so ready to loose this weight and start enjoying things again. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:56:24 EST Hello from Apple Valley Just joined <BR> Have been "too busy" to "take care of myself" for too long. I'm devoting the next 18 months to doing so. I've been a single mom, working full-time, for over 20 years. I need to lose 50+ lbs, be healthier and reverse high bp and high cholesterol. I need to stop eating McDs and latte' for breakfast and I need to stop snacking at night. I need to exercise. I need to feel better. I need, need, need to enjoy all of it! <BR> So here I am, with a positive outlook, commitment,... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 22:13:26 EST New to Sparks - MGottberg Hello, I am new to Sparks People and so far I love it. I am a single female that has been over weight my whole life. I was born in Wells, MN and lived here my whole life except to go to college. <BR> I have tried to lose weight my whole life, at times I have been successful, then only to gain it back. I bet that I have lost over 500 lbs only to gain it back and then some over my life time. I always say that this will be the time, but then I let my self esteem get me down and fail. A fr... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:30:32 EST Just starting out Hello, Today is my first day using spark people. After several years of a chronic pain disease I gained approx. 90lbs. I have gotten the pain under control and I am feeling better now. I have been searching for a way to lose weight in a healthy manner. This site is fabulous. Today is the start of a new me. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:41:19 EST Greetings from St.Paul Hi, I am totally new to this type of program! I have recently gained back 30 of the 50 pds I lost in Weight Watchers. I find the timing of the weekly W.W. meetings prohibitive and need a program more accessible. Plus the cost isn't 'doable' anymore as my spouse has cancer and medical bills are rising. So, I am looking forward to the support and inspiration from this site and hope that I will be a support for others too as we journey along a path to health, wellness and our weight loss goals... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:58:54 EST Hello from FF Decided I should Introduce myself. I joined a while ago, but haven't used this site much yet. I live in fergus falls now but grew up in the cities. I love the quiet out here...cities were just too busy and too fast paced. Everyone always in a rush, and my life seemed to move way too fast. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with stage 3 tongue cancer at the age of 25 March 25th 2010 and that was the day that changed my life. I lost 65 lbs from treatment, but I have probably another 60 or so I would l... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 04:17:24 EST I am a New Oldy Hi fellow Minnesotans! I am back after a 2 year absence. I lost 25 pounds two years ago , and kept it off. Now I am ready to take off the next 20 pounds. I'm looking forward to joining you on this journey. <BR> I have a white German shepherd named Sophia and a tri colored one Named Ezekiel. There is a photo of Sophia and her brother, Maynard on my Spark page. one of Ezekiel will becoming soon. <BR> I have been a nurse since 1982, and work at Children's hospital. I have12Grandchildren... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:14:10 EST Not much of a blogger. ........ Trying to get back into shape is hard work :) Started 8/8/12 and so far 12#'s but I've been stuck at that # for weeks now - any suggestions to move the scale? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:15:51 EST Hello again I am back after having some success on slimgenics. Was getting a bit expensive so I thought I can do the second half on here. <em>224</em> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:10:08 EST Hey I'm back.... Hello.... <BR> I was here before and not active at all but, I'm back again!! I'm feeling very motivated and have lost 2 lbs since October 1st. Slow and steady. During this wonderful change I've also decided to quit smoking. Going well so far but its only day 3. I had some lab work done and it wasn't good and so I decided I better do something about it. Also a really rude drunk lady at the bar one night tried to sell me herbalife and when I kindly declined so told me I needed to get on a tread... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:56:31 EST Starting....again Hi, I'm Diane. I just turned 54 yesterday. The cake and ice cream is done and it's time to work at weight loss, hopefully this time for good! I've been a WW member off and on since i was 20. I've lost and regained the same 25 pounds I don't know how many times. 6 years ago, i was at my highest and then lost 50 pounds, only to regain it all back again. I know it's not productive to beat myself up about it, but it's hard not to. I often wonder what I would've been accomplishing it I hadn... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:04:23 EST NEW! Welcome - October 2012 Trivia Challenge Clean slate time again! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:37:05 EST New to Spark Hi everyone. I am new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself to the MN team. I am excited to be starting this journey and hope that it will be successful for me. My goal is 20-25lbs by Feb 2013 (when I turn the dreaded 40). <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know people here and share your successes as well. <BR> <BR> Tamera Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:02:34 EST HI Hello everyone!! This is day 1 of my road to a new me. I have preached to my family and friends for 10 years on how I need to lose weight and get in shape... tried every diet fad in the book.... sick of not fitting into my clothes, seeing myself in pictures and not feeling healthy. Today I make the change...and lean on all of you when I start to fall off the wagon so to speak ha ha. <BR> <BR> I am positive that this will be a good resource in helping me stick to my goals and be a supporte... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:59:20 EST Hello all I have been on SparkPeople for a couple months now. I needed to make a change to my life after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Life was/is pretty hectic with a 10 year old son, 3 year old and 364 day old daughters in the house. But I need to make these changes, not only for myself, but to set a good example for my children. Fortunately my wife made me aware of this wonderful website. I have found that SparkPeople has been a great tool to help me be more accountable to myself. I en... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:03:18 EST Hi everyone! I have been a Sparks member for the last couple months but I haven't been really ready to take on changing my health. I think it's time! I am looking for overall balance in my life and this is an area where I need some. My goal is to lose 40# and get strong! Life is busy with a spouse, 2 kids, a dog, a cat, a full time job, and school. It's always going to be busy so I have to learn how to make time for me. Great to be a part of your team! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:49:33 EST Laughter!! You've been hit by a powerful jolt of sparkled sparkiness. <BR> <BR> Pass it on ... <BR> <BR> These instruction will definitely help you to live a sparkled day in all your sparkiness. <BR> <BR> 1. Smile a lot. <BR> 2. Practice random acts of kindness. <BR> 3. Give someone a hug. <BR> 4. Laugh out loud. <BR> 5. Do at least one positive thing for yourself. <BR> 6. Do at least one positive thing for someone else. <BR> 7. Give a goodie to your Spark friends. <BR> 8. Give someone prai... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:30:51 EST Just Moved back to MN Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just moved back to SW MN and I'm glad to be back. I originally grew up in the Vermilion Range and after two years in Iowa *shutter* I had enough common sense to move back with my husband. I am in need of loosing over 100 lbs and some motivation to stay on track. I am glad to be here and hope to make some connections to stay here. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:36:37 EST Hello! Hi there! My name is Emily. I am a senior in college at SCSU (Go Huskies). I signed up for spark people, because I am trying to drop around 30 lbs. My doctor recommended this website as an easy way to keep track of my eating habits and as an aid to dieting. So, here I am. :) Not sure what else to say, but I am glad for all the support! Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:08:05 EST good morning! Just introducing myself to the team today! I'm Katie--recently married, mother of an incredible 2-year old daughter, working on my Master's in Education. I joined SparkPeople as a way to gain knowledge, keep track of my progress, and meet others who are in the same boats as we are: crazy schedule, putting everything but our health first, and trying to set a good example for our daughter. Looking forward to joining a progressive community...thanks for all the hard work you do! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:05:13 EST Good Morning Hello. I am new to the group. I am a single mom of 2 trying to get healthier. Right now I am aiming at small goals (baby steps) to get me going. I do enjoy riding my bike and walking my dogs. Cold and dark MN mornings do not help me get motivated. I do like my Wii and Kinect workouts. I am looking forward to getting to know the group more. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:53:13 EST Hi There! This is my first time on Sparkpeople, but from what I have seen thus far I am certain that this community will be the perfect place to help me achieve my goals and meet people who are supportive of each other. Thank you, everyone, for your commitment to getting and staying healthy, and for helping to motivate others! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:25:29 EST What's your favorite season? Although I love fall, because I love hot chocolate and anything with pumpkin in it I love summer best. I'm an out doors kinda person and I love warm weather. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:50:06 EST Hello Hi everyone I am new to this website and this team. Lokking forard to losing some weight and becoming healthy. I am frfom Minnesota and love being outdoors! Although I have an extremely busy schedule between work and classes I am going to try my best to start a routine. Looking forward to meeting all of you! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:46:00 EST Hello! I joined Sparkpeople back in May of this year, but this is the first time I have actually attempted to interact. I am struggling with my weight loss and I have come to realize that I can't do this without the support of a community like this one. I keep hearing many wonderful things about Sparkpeople and I am very excited to start this journey with all of you. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:05:39 EST Brand new but already loving it! I am new, as of yesterday. I already find myself feeling super excited and very hopeful. There are so many cool tools on here that are really helping me out. I also added the app to my phone so I can track my food where ever I am. This is so far my favorite tool, it really makes me think twice about what I eat and what I WANT to eat. LOL. <BR> <BR> I am a newly married 28 year old mother of 2, ages 12 and 6 months. I want to lose at least 50 pounds so I am healthier, happier with my bo... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:18:39 EST hi new to this group Hello my name is Debbie and live in southern MN near the Iowa border. I have been trying to lose weight all my life Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:17:36 EST Hello everyone I read an article online today about this site and how well it can work. So since I've been trying for over a month now to drop some weight and it hasn't happened, not even a lb :( I figured I could use some more help:). Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:52:49 EST Heyya! I'm new to this site and I'm still tryin to get used to it and figure everything out. :) I am really bad at introductions, much better at Conversating! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:12:40 EST Hi Team MN This is my first day, and I'm sure Sparkpeople will be a big help <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:56:45 EST Stubborn to life style changes Hi, <BR> I'm a 52 years old super fat Dude. For the past 5-6 years I have stabilized my weight to...245 pounds (5’ 7”). Needles to say that my BMI hits the roof. I am a very sedentary (that's “nice” for couch potato) person but I never been an athlete kind of guy. I tried a few (free) diets but nothing worked out. I assumed they didn’t work because of the lack of exercise. However, I still want, from the bottom of my heart, to shed some pounds but I still didn’t figure out how to do it witho... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:12:59 EST Hi im Ashley and new to this page I am a single mom that needs to get more active for herself. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:50:14 EST Hey, I'm introducing myself Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm new here. I found out about sparkpeople from my co-worker, who is currently organizing a "Biggest Loser" challenge team at work. I'm excited to have some motivation and accountability. I've got about 20-30 pounds to lose (we'll see how this goes) and a wedding to plan for next summer. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:39:18 EST HI EVERYONE Hello my fellow Minnesotans :) Hope you are enjoying what nice weather we have left! <BR> <BR> My name is Katy. I'm 21, almost 22. I've been overweight since I was a teenager. I've swung up and down and I'm the heaviest I have ever been but I'm really committed to changing. I'm on a 1500 calorie diet and I am on my 2nd week. I have lost 5 pounds, which was my goal for my first month. I'm crazy excited about that. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet everyone. I hope to make some friends and partner... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 03:23:36 EST Hello! I am new to SparkPeople, and new to Minnesota! My husband and I moved up here from Ohio to take care of my grandma, who has dementia. I work full time (kind of) managing a small retail store, and I work a day or two a week at an organic restaurant - I love both of my jobs. <BR> When we first moved up here, I was a lot more active - I was starting a garden with my neighbor, which involved tearing up the lawn and working in a bunch of dirt. I also used to go for 4 mile walks a few days a week ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 23:53:02 EST vitamin D there has been talk in the papers between a link between Vitamin D and obesity. a deficiency in Vitamin D and obesity is there -- and that those who take in more Vitamin D tend to lose weight easiery than those who don't . interesting. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 05:36:25 EST Geico bodybuilder Just out of curiosity.....does anyone else think that the Geico commercial with the bodybuilder directing traffic is a hoot? I love the look on his he's having WAAAYYYY too much fun! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:23:09 EST Is it bad? If you are under your daily goal by 200 calories and 15 fat ? I am for today and I dunno if I should try to eat something or let it be,,, Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:41:47 EST Feelin' bad ... I ate over my suggested amount of fat by 15... My calories are below what I need but, Im disappointed that I let myself eat more fat because, I went out to eat! I guess tomorrow is a new day..! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 00:24:50 EST NEW! Welcome - September 2012 Trivia Challenge Time to start again with a clean slate! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:16:55 EST hi :o) Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> My name is Andrea, thanks for having me! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:17:22 EST Hi everyone! Hello MN <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and looking forward to the support I know the site will provide!! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:29:49 EST Changing My Story By Changing My Lifestyle Good afternoon/evening. <BR> My name is Melissa and I am new to SparkPeople. I saw this site on Pinterest and it seems to be a great fit for so many people, so here I am. <BR> I am a nurse and a mom so the health benefits of losing weight will allow me to perform better at both of those jobs. I love to travel, and let's face it ... airplane seats are not getting any smaller. I would also like to be more active: run a 5K, learn to ski, ride a bike (and have my butt fit on the seat), hike long... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:34:05 EST Newbie Just going to jump right in here and post before I chicken out. Looking to lose quite a bit of weight which is embarrassing for me. I’ve lost 55 lbs since April with the support of my beautiful daughter and encouragement from my son. She is going away to college in a week so I am looking for more support. I eat a low carb diet, lots of greens, no processed anything, whole foods and have set a goal of getting in 2 lbs of veggies a day, I have a ways to go! <BR> <BR> This is a particularly di... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:15:44 EST I'm a Newbie Don't know much about this site but thought I might get some motivation to move toward a healthier me! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:56:52 EST What is one of your hobbies? Photography Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:27:58 EST Hi Team! I joined half-heartedly a couple months ago, but now am heading full steam into losing weight and feeling great. I am part of a few teams, but just ran into this Minnesota one! I'm from the Dassel area...anyone know where that is? It's nice to be able to be a great loser with friends from Minnesota! Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:22:02 EST Just getting started here.... I joined SparkPeople in Feb, but I am just getting started now to really try to lose weight. I'm following the 17 Day Diet, but using SparkPeople to track all my goals and meals. So far so good! I lost 7.5 pounds and already feel better. I have a long way to go, but am looking forward to the support and the results along the way. I have about 70 pounds to lose. It is tough to change your way of life, but looking at what mine has led to there is not a doubt in my mind that my diet and bad habi... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:07:00 EST What is your favorite vegetable? I <em>26</em> sweet corn, but I think my new favorite if spinach. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:14:39 EST wishin on a winter coat Hi i am ready to do.this...I have a brand new white columbia winter coat I recieved last xmas...what ascary reality check when the xl was extremely snug i hope with the help.of spark it will fit nice by xmas !! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:24:40 EST I think I can......I think I can I can't believe I joined SP the first week in 2009, and I'm just now posting to introduce myself!!! My name is Paula, and, obviously, I procrastinate!!!! So, the desire of my heart is to be healthy and well. The last 10 years or so, I've been gaining more and more weight, and have not been able to lose it. My brothers used to say I was too thin. I'm 5'8, and always weighed 120 until I turned 35. Since then, well, I've almost doubled my size. I always try to eat rig... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:00:20 EST Hello All Hi I am Tasha. Wife and mother of three (7,4, 17mos). Currently, I'm finishing up my master's degree and work full-time as an employment trainer. I'm busy, busy, busy and when I am not I'm tried, tried, tried. Usually, I loose all my baby weight by my 6-wk check-up but not the third time around. <BR> <BR> I'm trying hard to carve out time for myself to get in shape and be more healthy. I am 206lbs. and have a weight loss goal of 30lbs by Christmas and 50lbs by March. <BR> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 13:31:06 EST Hi everyone! I'm back at Spark, and this time determined to use the community features - they've been a missing dimension to my weight loss efforts. I am very excited to get started, and looking forward to using the tools that the website has available. My name is Brenna by the way; the moniker was inspired by the fact that I'm turning 32 next week, and committed to getting to my goal weight before 33. I have some work to do, but it's completely attainable with the extended time horizon! Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:37:20 EST Good Morning! Just finished a wonderful walk in my neighborhood! Sunny and cool. Birds chirping...wonderful! God bless you! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:00:23 EST Workout Buddy Wanted / LA Fitness Member I am living in Maple Grove and looking for workout buddies!! I have a membership to LA Fitness so it would be nice to find someone who goes there. Also I am signed up for a 5K in September so need to work towards that and want to start biking. <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:32:15 EST Hello, newbie here, going to reach my goal! Hello everyone. I have heard wonderful things about the motivation and inspiration that can be found on this site. So after a little research I have decided to jump right in! I am a thirty some year old mother of three that wants to lose 50 pounds, become much more active and just be healthier in general. I am looking for ways to become accountable for my actions - or lack thereof! I am hoping to get involed in the forums and definately looking to do some challenges. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:16:54 EST 8 glasses of water! That's a lot! For me anyway! Maybe it's just that I've never drunk so much water or any other beverage. Please tell me that it does truly help! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:10:57 EST NEW! Welcome to the August '12 Trivia Challenge! Another clean slate! Let's rock it! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:31:50 EST Vacation is over, reality is here! Hi! Spent the last few days relaxing on the Mississippi River and eating NOTHING healthy. Even though I did bring a huge container of fresh fruit with us and brought it right back home, untouched! So, I am planning on getting refocused and work on losing weight. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:20:25 EST Hello I am not so much new to SP. I have been on here a few times before. I am hoping this time I can stick to it and lose the weight that I need to lose. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:56:51 EST Hi! I'm new here. I am a middle aged divorced father who is morbidly obese and a food addict. But, I am changing my life and taking charge of my health. Not tomorrow, not next month or next week or next year - TODAY. <BR> <BR> If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - I laid it all out there. <BR> <BR> I wish you all every success in your goals. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:09:56 EST beautiful weekend! So nice to have a couple days where the humidity isn't so oppressive. I took full advantage of it and took a nice long walk. Hope you're all enjoying this weather. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:01:39 EST Introduction My name is Jean and I live in Tyler, MN. I have three children and single and 49. I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:20:25 EST Do you have any pets? I have a cat named Jack. He just turned a year old. He's orange and white with orange eyes. I <em>26</em> him. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:13:45 EST Hi Everyone! :) Hi everybody! :) I'm Chee and I'm new to Sparkpeople. My friend recommended this site to me a month ago and I haven't started till today. So far it has been exciting to be on this website when I got to learn how to keep track of what I eat, learn different exercise I can do, and meeting new people! I'm hoping that I can lose the weight and keep it off. I've tried many times before and failed and now I'm at my second highest weight in my life. I've already trimmed off 8 lbs before joining this... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:21:51 EST I shall introduce myself :) My name is Erin. I am 22 and a college senior who has been struggling with my weight for my whole life. I have finally decided to do something about it. I welcome all the positive support I can get. I am still super new to Sparkpeople and hope that this is the right path for me :) Have a great day!! :) Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:38:51 EST getting started I am originally an Ohio girl and now live in MN. Love it here. Love the healthier atmosphere. Now I want to be healthier too. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:06:24 EST Here to beat diabetes and loose weight Like the intro states I'm here because I've been searching for answers as to how I can no longer be per-diabetic. I would also love to loose weight and feel healthy. <BR> <BR> I've been to Drs, Nutritionists, and talked to people who actually live with diabetes. I've received my fair share of conflicting information to the point I don't even want to eat food anymore. Every time I've tried to eat healthy I seem to fall farther and farther towards having to stick myself with a needle everyday... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:39:15 EST What is your fav. part about SP? I thought it would be all I'm learning, but it's not. My favorite part has to be the support. I get very little in the real world. The people on SP have been so encouraging, supportive, helpful and motivating. <em>252</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:48:10 EST Compulsive eating Day 2 on my new journey. I have a compulsive eating disorder, so everyday is a challenge. I eat out of loneliness, sadness, boredom, etc. . . I have learned I need to be more mindful of what my body is trying to tell me, and not listen to that little voice inside my head that keeps telling me that I'm hungry. That little voice sits at the forefront of my brain and is obsessive when it comes to food. It just nags me until it gets its way. I am really working at ignoring that little voice... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:54:16 EST Hello Hello everyone. Well as you can tell I am new to this site. I am from central MN, and have never really done online weightloss groups before. I have a goal of loosing 40-70lbs. If anyone has any great advice I am open to suggestions. <BR> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:28:04 EST Minnesota Farm Girl Hi Everyone. I'm 57 years old, single, no children. I live on a 10-acre hobby farm where I keep 2 Tennessee Walking Horses, 2 collies, and 5 cats. I work full-time as an executive assistant and am responsible for the care of my 94 year old mother. I need / want to lose at least 50 lbs and am looking for motivation and support to get me to my goal. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:53:02 EST Hello I'm back again!! I need to stick to it this time because I'm just plane sick of myself. Please help me stay strong!! <em>303</em> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:27:29 EST The computer says I should introduce myself Hello, <BR> <BR> I wish to lose weight and I am going to use this website. I am from St. Paul and I have at least 100 pounds to lose. I hope to use this site often. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:57:19 EST The computer says I should introduce myself Hello, <BR> <BR> I wish to lose weight and I am going to use this website. I am from St. Paul and I have at least 100 pounds to lose. I hope to use this site often. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:57:01 EST Hello and Introduc tion.... Hello MN Fat Kickers! <BR> <BR> My name is Aly, and I am new to this team! Currently I reside in Coon Rapids, MN but will be moving back out to the 'country' come September. No matter where I live, I know SP is the right place to be for support, sharing, and positive attitudes while working on my health goals! <BR> <BR> A little about myself and my journey so far... <BR> My life is full of raising an amazing 16 yr old son, working FT in the agricultural insurance field, writing fiction (n... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:50:22 EST