SparkPeople MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13164 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13164 Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x62025713 Hello everyone! New to this group. I have been in Minnesota a year next month and LOVE it here! Transplanted from Montana. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:59:43 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x62025699 Hello everyone! New to this group. I have been in Minnesota a year next month and LOVE it here! Transplanted from Montana. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:57:32 EST Kinda new, kinda not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61961385 Hi all. <BR> I've been a member for a bit, but had stepped away for various and sundry reasons. <BR> I'm back with a vengance now. <BR> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:04:56 EST Welcome to the July 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x61891644 A fresh start! <em>436</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:53:47 EST Not new but kinda am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61850210 Hi! I am not really a new user of sparkpeople or this group. I was on here and had great success a few years ago. I am back!! Since leaving the site I have gained weight, lost weight, and then continued to gain weight to now be at my highest weight in 8 years. <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 60lbs to be at goal and am so tired of not fitting into my clothes. I feel uncomfortable in my everyday work clothes and too self conscious to go out in public much. I am here and ready to get my life and... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:14:03 EST Welcome to the June 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x61637427 A new start! <em>224</em> Sun, 31 May 2015 19:25:15 EST Hello! new and looking for friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61389101 I just joined and so far so good! Looking for friends to share this experience with. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:19:00 EST First day of early Retirement: Fitness is Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61383374 Decided six months ago to retire from my stressful worklife - the generosity of several of my late siblings offered me the chance to do so and when my mother passed away in Dec 2014, I was certain: Early retirement was the only way to truly focus on my health and fitness goals! As an 8 year cancer survivor, I know the importance of a fit body and mind to prevent recurrence. Starting today May 2nd I am renewing my contract with myself to MOVE every day with exercise and be aware of what I e... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:00:26 EST APRIL WINNERS POINTS & FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61381382 Here are the WINNERS of both POINTS & FITNESS During APRIL 2015 <BR> <em>243</em> <em>208</em> <em>380</em> <em>48</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> POINTS <BR> <BR> 1. 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4C<BR>ONNIESHEALTH </link> <BR> 2.JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 3. KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 4. BARBIEE52 <BR> <link>ww... Sat, 2 May 2015 12:34:25 EST MAY 2015 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61380956 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the MAY Team News where you will find links to those who have MAY BIRTHDAY or a SPARK ANNIVERSARY (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday or SP ANNIVERSARY during the month of MAY and it is not listed, please list it to APRIL-MAY-JUNE BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY <BR> Here is the link for that: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596265 ... Sat, 2 May 2015 11:54:21 EST Welcome to the May 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x61364977 A new spring leaf! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:18:44 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61323860 Hi there. My name is Jennifer and I joined SparkPeople this past week and have been slowly poking around the site. I live in MN and my husband and I have a cat and dog. I am a knitter and crafty girl, a bookwork, and I love to take our old camper out to the state parks and hit the trails. My goal is to make healthier choices and to educate myself on what it takes to get to a healthy weight and to maintain that for life. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:36:10 EST FILL IN THE WORD~LETTER "R" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61253660 I am skipping "Q", because I think it's hard to fill all of them..I can always list it if you want <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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. ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:06:57 EST FILL IN A LETTER "P" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61229007 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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> <BR> 15. A part of a car ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:50:02 EST FILL IN A LETTER "P" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61116514 <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - Pillow <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> <BR> 15. A part... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:53:08 EST In search of SUPPORT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x61114872 Hey there...my name is Sonja, I am new to all of this but I was told by my doctor to join as he said I could find a lot of support on here. I am beginning a weight loss journey because I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. The doctor said that if I lose weight, the diabetes will go away. I need to lose at least 100 pounds, but am really overwhelmed by where to start, what to eat, what to cook at home, and what kind of exercise I can do with arthritis in my knees. I am 42 years old and h... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:48:55 EST APRIL 2015 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61091257 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the MARCH Team News where you will find links to those who have MARCH BIRTHDAY or a SPARK ANNIVERSARY (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday or SP ANNIVERSARY during the month of APRIL and it is not listed, please list it to APRIL-MAY JUNE post <BR> Here is the link for that: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596265 </link> <... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:26:28 EST Welcome to the April 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x61090210 A new start! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:17:56 EST MARCH WINNERS POINTS & FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x61089337 Here are the WINNERS of both POINTS & FITNESS During MARCH 2015 <BR> <em>243</em> <em>208</em> <em>380</em> <em>48</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> TOP 5--WINNERS OF POINTS <BR> 1. JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 2. 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4C<BR>ONNIESHEALTH </link> <BR> 3. KLEE957 (offline)-can still send Congrats to her email <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:42:32 EST Mary's time to start over-again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60811779 I am in the beginning of a complete "re-boot" of my life. My children are all above 21 years old and living on their own. After years of talking about finding jobs by our lake place and moving out there, we have finally taken the plunge and done it! I am leaving behind a career in music ministry, which I loved, but the hours were crazy and left no time for my hubby and I to be a couple. <BR> I have been in and out of healthy eating and exercise habits. My jobs in music ministry made it ha... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:39:20 EST FEBRUARY WINNERS POINTS/FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60801492 Here are the WINNERS of both POINTS & FITNESS During FEBRUARY 2015 <BR> <em>243</em> <em>208</em> <em>380</em> <em>48</em> <em>244</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> TOP 5--WINNERS OF POINTS <BR> 1. SUZYBFIT <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SU<BR>ZYBFIT </link> <BR> 2. SPARKLED146 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SP<BR>ARKLED146 </link> <BR> 3. 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4C<BR>ONNIESHEALTH </link> <BR> 4. JAMER1... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:59:45 EST MARCH 2015 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60800683 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the MARCH Team News where you will find links to those who have MARCH BIRTHDAY or a SPARK ANNIVERSARY (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday or SP ANNIVERSARY during the month of MARCH and it is not listed, please list it to JAN-FEB-MARCH post <BR> Here is the link for that: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596265 </link> <B... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:49:45 EST Welcome to the March 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x60794820 A clean slate! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:26:03 EST Welcome to the Febuary 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x60794802 Oops! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:23:58 EST WORD ASSOCIATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60773192 high Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:31:38 EST unicorn33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60636908 hello this is my first time on here and i hoping that i will get the support and make new friends i need to lose 45-50 lbs Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:21:13 EST FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60593547 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the MARCH Team News where you will find links to those who have MARCH BIRTHDAY or a SPARK ANNIVERSARY (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday or SP ANNIVERSARY during the month of MARCH and it is not listed, please list it to JAN-FEB-MARCH post <BR> Here is the link for that: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596265 </link> <B... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:44:15 EST west metro? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60547373 Hey everyone...I've moved to Lester Prairie (tiny town) way out in West metro...anyone here familiar with it or Glencoe...Winstead...even Hutchinson? I just need some help finding out more about gyms, pools, good parks to walk in etc. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:17:44 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60529735 Hello everyone! I am new to the team and starting again a weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey. My 3rd and final? baby is ten months old now and I am more than ready to shed the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life. I recently made the decision to become <BR> Vegan and take my unwitting family with me! I really struggle with finding time to exercise regularly and get enough rest. Thanks for the warm welcome! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:43:19 EST JANUARY 2015 WINNERS POINTS/FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60525409 Here are the WINNERS of both POINTS & FITNESS During January 2015 <BR> <em>243</em> <em>208</em> <em>380</em> <em>48</em> <em>244</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> WINNERS OF POINTS <BR> 1. KLEE957 (offline)-can still send Congrats to her email <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 2. JAMER123 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 3. SPARKLED146 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SP<BR>ARKLED146 </link... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:04:52 EST Welcome to the February 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x60521688 A clean slate! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:45:49 EST I'm not new to SparkPeople, but am starting again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60478931 I am retired and live in Buffalo. I have been on SparkPeople before and want to try again. I am not happy with my weight and need to do something about it. I know there is so much good info on this website and would like to get back into a healthy way of living. Thanks for the welcome. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:42:47 EST Hi My name is Denise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60345914 I just signed up on this site today. Currently I'm doing Weight Watchers but thinking about stopping it (I don't want to say quit) because of the cost. It's a great program but I would rather use that money towards a personal trainer. So far this site has a lot to offer. I'm in Jordan near Mystic Lake Casino Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:43:45 EST Fill in a word--Letter 'O' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60330965 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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> <BR> 15. A part of a car -... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:41:47 EST Social Media Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60215659 Ive only been doing this for 10 days , so maybe it's just that initial "honeymoon phase but I'm currious if others have found themselves on FB and similar sites a lot less and really not miss it? Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:46:57 EST Greetings from Northern Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x60178685 Hello, I am new to this team and new to Minnesota this year. Have been on spark people in the past and just getting back on now. Going in to update and clean up my page today. Stopping into the new member forum/thread to say Hi! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:37:08 EST DECEMBER POINTS/FITNESS WINNERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60170457 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>209</em> <BR> The top 5 winners of TOTAL POINTS for the month of DECEMBER <BR> <BR> 1) KLEE957 (private page) <BR> 2) MLHAYES17 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ML<BR>HAYES17 </link> <BR> 3) 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4C<BR>ONNIESHEALTH </link> <BR> 4) JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 5) TRIM180 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeopl... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:02:12 EST JANUARY 2015 TEAM NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60168652 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the JANUARY Team News where you will find links to those who have JANUARY BIRTHDAY or a SPARK ANNIVERSARY (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday or SP ANNIVERSARY during the month of JANUARY and it is not listed, please list it to JAN-FEB-MARCH post <BR> Here is the link for that: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596265 </link... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:38:32 EST FILL IN A WORD~~LETTER "N" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x60168499 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - Nicolas Cage <BR> <BR> 12. A recipe ingredient - <BR> <BR> 13. A color - <BR> <BR> 14. A body part - <BR> <BR> 15. A part... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:19:43 EST Welcome to the January 2015 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x60166571 A brand new year! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:31:49 EST Calendar for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8017x13164x60151530 Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> Download (need a pdf reader) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007 -01.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> **OR** <BR> <BR> Read it here: <BR> <BR> <l... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:39:31 EST Welcome to the December 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x59911836 Sorry about starting December late! <BR> <BR> 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. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:55:16 EST DECEMBER 2014 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59900512 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the DECEMBER Team News where you will find links to those who have DECEMBER Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary) <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 SP specifically re... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:53:25 EST NOVEMBER WINNERS POINTS & FITNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59899374 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> The top 5 winners of TOTAL POINTS for the month of NOVEMBER <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> 1. TRIM180 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TR<BR>IM180 </link> <BR> 2. JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 3. KLEE957 (private page) <BR> 4. 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4C<BR>ONNIESHEALTH </link> <BR> 5. 2. MLHAYES17 <BR> <l... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:32:00 EST FILL IN A WORD~~LETTER "M" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59639457 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - Lavender <BR> <BR> 14. A body part - <BR> <BR> 15. A part of... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:14:28 EST October Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59631368 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of TOTAL POINTS for the month of October <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> 1. TRIM180 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TR<BR>IM180 </link> <BR> 2. MLHAYES17 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ML<BR>HAYES17 </link> <BR> 3. KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 4. JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=J... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:31:10 EST Welcome to the November 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x59626387 A clean slate! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:58:44 EST NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59626281 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the NOVEMBER Team News where you will find links to those who have NOVEMBER Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) or as often as necessary <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 SP specifically rel... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:41:44 EST FILL IN A WORD~~LETTER "L" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59604830 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - Lavender <BR> <BR> 14. A body part - <BR> <BR> 15. A part of ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:30:17 EST Hi...I'm Risa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59596371 Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:59:06 EST Doing it again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59592965 Looking for a low carb eating plan to start. Can anyone help/ <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:41:47 EST I am new as of late last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59521516 Ok...I already posted this on some other forum...so please forgive me if you see this twice, but I am still trying to figure out my way around. If anyone has any items that you think I must see or do on the SparkPeople site please let me know. I need all the help I can get! ;) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:44:06 EST Hello! I am new as of late last night!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59521463 I am from a small town in Southwest Minnesota. If anyone has any **MUST SEE/DO** ideas on SparkPeople that you think I should check out. Please feel free to let me know. Thanks! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:41:14 EST Back from vacation and starting anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59517334 Hello. I have been here before, half-heartedly. This time I mean it! I mean to do this and get it right. I mean to lose this fat and get healthier. I mean to be able to walk again for miles at a time. Without a cane. I mean to be happy with my body...IN my body...for once in my life. <BR> <BR> "Hubby" and I just got back from a 12 day train trip to California and the west coast. Not all that time was spent on trains. We visited my brother in Santa Cruz for a few days. He spoiled us rotten, t... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:06:22 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59513177 Hi! My name is Renee, I am 33 years old. I'm married, and I have 5 kids. (2 sons, 3 step-daughters) I live in Southeastern MN. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 50lbs. Maybe a little more, but right now I'd be really happy with 50. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by joining your team, I'll make some good friends and we can all support each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone!! --Renee-- <em>249</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:19 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59364805 Good morning! I just joined Spark today, have been contemplating for quite a while. I need to lose 50 pounds. Like many, I have tried WW, Biggest Loser, etc. I have been somewhat successful in the past, losing 15-20 pounds , then gaining that and then some back. I am at my all-time highest weight of 200 pounds, and I am in constant pain - either my knees hurt or my back hurts, or I have a headache. I am never not thinking about my being overweight, it haunts me constantly. I feel like a horri... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:02:47 EST October 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59330282 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the OCTOBER Team News where you will find links to those who have OCTOBER Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, so feel free to share... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:48:22 EST Fill in a Word Letter "K" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59328973 <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - Karo syrup <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> <BR> 15. A... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:45:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59314816 Hi my name is Tammy and I am new to the site. I am in need of loosing weight to get healthier and get weight off my joints. I have many health issues that involve Joints, nerves, and muscles. I have had many fusions and am in need of more and I want to avoid them if possible. I need all the help and support I can get. I have no will power so all the positive I can get will hopefully get me into the right direction. If you have any ideas on how to loose the weight or any recipes to help me ou... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:06:33 EST Welcome to the October 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x59313450 Time to wipe the slate clean once again! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:18:01 EST Fill in a Word letter 'J' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59294367 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - Jefferson Airplane <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> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:35:41 EST September Winners for Points and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59286346 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Total Points for the month of September <em>209</em> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> 1). BETHORLO <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BE<BR>THORLO </link> <BR> 2). ELELDE <BR> 3). ALLSUNNYDAYS <BR> 4). SISTERADELHEID <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SI<BR>STERADELHEID </link> <BR> 5). VALKY <BR> POINTS <BR> <BR> 1).JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:39:37 EST Blog from Spark Guy, (Chris) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59256377 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Today is Day 164 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy streaking to anyone else out there joining in the fun. Today’s highlight was doing pushups, lunges, and stretching outside. The nice fall weather is here. <BR> <BR> I had a fun trip to Cincinnati last week to visit with the SparkPeople team. Our small team is like a family in a fun office in downtown Cincinnati. <BR> <BR> One project we worked on together is the launch of the 10+ Fitness minutes challenge Min... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:35:47 EST FILL IN A WORD~~LETTER " I " http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59205342 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <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 - indigo <BR> <BR> 14. A body part - <BR> <BR> 15. A part of a car - <BR> ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:35:00 EST I'm new to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59176650 Hi everybody! I'm new to the team, and was here before and got off because I had so much going on at the time. Now that life has slowed down some, I have found out that I miss this team and the connection of us MN people! I love it! I need to lose 20# that I've gained back from my 67# loss and I hope to make some good damage before the end of 2014. I started gaining back in 2012 and it's been a struggle ever since. My health gets in the way of exercise to the point of really feeling a d... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:29:36 EST NEW GAME~~Last 2 letters starts a new word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59144745 peopLE Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:55:57 EST FILL IN A WORD~~LETTER "H" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59144463 Letter "H" <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 - <... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:57 EST September 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59059116 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the SEPTEMBER Team News where you will find links to those who have August Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, so feel free to shar... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:02:50 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59050488 My name is ashlei... I'm new to spark but not working out. I been heavier my whole life I used to like the way I looked then after my daughter was born ( two years ago) I've been at my heaviest. 234. I got down to 226 about a month ago and my first goal is 214. I'm doing little goals, but I do have an ultimate goal of 130. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:19:34 EST Welcome to the September Trivia Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x59033736 I was remiss in not posting this on time! <BR> <BR> 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. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:10:23 EST Weight Loss Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x59032446 Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST September Trives Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59023940 Today you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. <BR> <BR> This month you have answered 6 of 6 questions correctly, 100% correct. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:14:43 EST August 2014 Winner Points/Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x59002459 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Total Points for the month of August <em>209</em> <BR> 1. KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 2. JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 3.MLHAYES17 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ML<BR>HAYES17 </link> <BR> 4. HOLLYM48 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HO<BR>L... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:14:31 EST Moving back home!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58997314 Hi, all. <BR> <BR> I'm Barbara. Hubby and I are moving back home to Minnesota after 2 years in Wisconsin. We moved for jobs but kept working on finding a way to move back. <BR> <BR> I'd gained weight during grad school .... all that stress and time spent sitting at the computer did me in. But I'm taking this move as the opportunity to get my life back in order!!! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:11:44 EST Changes to site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58911917 Due to several comments and issues from many SP members, the leaders did a short survey. This is a note from Coach Jen in regards to what changes are coming. I posted it on the wall and sharing it here as well. You welcome to let me know if there are concerns about the pages or anything else. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we asked you to complete a survey about the widened/redesigned SparkTeam and Message Board pages. Based on your feedback, we have made changes that ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:10:11 EST Hello - introducing myself to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58898091 Hello! I am Andrea and I live in Maple Grove. I first started using Spark People a couple years ago but haven't used it consistently for over a year. My initial goal is to lose 36 pounds but ultimately need to lose about 85 pounds to be in a "healthy" range. I'm currently at my highest weight ever and am not happy about it. I don't like the way I look or feel, and my confidence and interest in going out and doing things suffers because of it. Most of all, I need to lose this weight for ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:08:53 EST Ideas for NEW GAMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58786565 Please list any games you would like to play on our team. I have a few ideas, but would LOVE to hear any suggestions from you.. <BR> At the end of the month, I will be adding some new games, so hoping I can add your game on our list. <BR> Feel free to list more than one. All ideas are welcome, so would love to hear from alot of you..the more ideas, the better selection of games we can choose from. <BR> Hoping to hear from you!! <BR> Thanks!! <BR> Leaders of MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM Sat, 9 Aug 2014 00:42:26 EST August 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58733331 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the August MN Sparks Fat Kickers Team News where you will find links to those who have August Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, s... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:47:01 EST Winners for July Points and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58705300 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Total Points for the month of July - <em>209</em> <BR> 1. JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 2.MLHAYES17 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ML<BR>HAYES17 </link> <BR> 3. KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 4.MSTMARY (page offline) <BR> 5. BARBIEE52 <BR> <link>www.spark... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:56:52 EST Welcome To The August 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x58705242 We wipe the slate clean and begin again! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:55 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58528958 I've been on SparkPeople on and off for the last three years and have loved it when I used it. I had some awesome success with it in the summer of 2011 and lost 20 pounds in a few months, but due to a lot of stress in 2012 and a family tragedy this January I resorted to over eating as stress relief. The WRONG thing to do! But, I am getting back on track and and hoping to get it back off in the next few months! I'm excited about it and am also thrilled to be training for a 5K! You'll be s... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:27:34 EST July 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58397073 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the July MN Sparks Fat Kickers Team News where you will find links to those who have July Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, so fe... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:49:16 EST Welcome To The July 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x58387288 Once again, back to a clean slate! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:51 EST Winners for June Points and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58372534 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Total Points for the month of June - <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> 1. - KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 2. - JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 3. WILLPOWER2014 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=WI<BR>LLPOWER2014 </link> <BR> 4.- MLHAYES <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myp... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:32:47 EST spark tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58363212 My spark tracker is a little off according to my phone app that has GPS. 2-10th of a mille. about the length of a city block (well my block) I'm not upset like I see the others are on the other forums because different Co. different product. just have to live with it and go go go. the point is i'm moving, working out, and always what more could I do. they inspire me to keep moving....Andy Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:51:59 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58313093 My name is Mike and I live out in Hutchinson (about an hour west of the Twin Cities). I'm here to be motivated and help motivate others. I need to lose about 50 pounds. I also have Celiac Disease which complicates things a bit but I can still do this. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:29:24 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58135107 My name is Kellie Jansen. I'm 22 years old & I'm getting married in October 2014! Other than my wedding, I've finally decided that I want to have a healthier life. I'm excited to get started on a better life! :) Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:38:07 EST Help staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58125647 I have a hard time staying on track, I will write my actives and food down and within a month or two. I give up. I need motivation Fri, 6 Jun 2014 01:02:29 EST June 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58087115 <em>524</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Welcome to the June MN Sparks Fat Kickers Team News where you will find links to those who have June Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, so fe... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:19:27 EST nice to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58083166 Hi my name is ashlei but you can call me ace. I have a daughter and a supporting boyfriend. I'm taking a step to take my life back Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:18:34 EST Winners for May Points and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58073023 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Total Points for the month of May - <em>209</em> <BR> 1. - JAMER123 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MER123 </link> <BR> 2. - KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 3. - MLHAYES <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ML<BR>HAYES17 </link> <BR> 4 - CONNIESHEALTH <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:33:44 EST Welcome To The June 2014 Trivia Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x58066529 Come back and try again with us! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:18:00 EST Daily Steps to a Healthy June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x58054230 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For June, that means achieving an active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Many of the health and weight problems that people face today are related to a lack of physical activity. Although we're "on the run" during the day, we're sedentary as we drive, work, watch TV and use the computer. On top of that, modern technology gives us timesaving shortcuts (like dishwashers, car washes, escalators and remote controls) that e... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:49:36 EST Newbie just making my way around the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x58051575 Hi. I just signed up last night & am looking around the site today. I am also on My Fitness Pal but saw all the community things on here so I thought I would check it out. <BR> I have been losing weight since January & my goal is only 8lbs. away & then to tone up a bit. <BR> Hope to learn more here & get some great ideas from everyone. <BR> Heather <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:55:49 EST I'm ready to get serious & could use some buddies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x58009406 Hi everyone! I'm almost 33 years old and I am a mom of 5. (step-mom to 3 great girls, 21,16 & 14 and mom to 2 great boys 11 & almost 7) I have 45-60 lbs to lose and I'm ready to get serious!!! (oh yeah, I live in Southern Minnesota) <BR> <BR> I want to walk at least a mile every day, drink lots of water, waaaay less soda, every time I go to the bathroom I want to do 10 squats or 10 push-ups (work my way up to 20) and that way I can sneak in extra exercise. :-) <BR> <BR> I would really lik... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:39:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57883419 I recently joined SparkPeople but have just figured out how to put messages on my SparkTeams-I am kind of a slow learner!!! I have lived and worked in Rochester, Mn. for a long time and now hopefully will be retiring at the end of the year. <BR> I am at a point where I am trying to maintain the weight I lost over the last 2 years. Have been doing some 5K's with friends but honestly people walk faster than I run but I don't care. My goal is to run/walk a 10K this year and possible a half ... Thu, 15 May 2014 12:45:37 EST May Winners in Fitness & Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57756947 <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>209</em> Here are the top 5 winners of Fitness Minutes for the month of April - <em>209</em> <BR> 1. KLEE957 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KL<BR>EE957 </link> <BR> 2. QUEEN~PLANT (page is offline) <BR> 3. -BLESSINGS- <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=-B<BR>LESSINGS- </link> <BR> 4. BGALCOR <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BG<BR>ALCOR </link> <BR> 5. JONNY62 (page i... Sun, 4 May 2014 19:43:20 EST OOPS!! (MESSAGE TO MEMBERS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57742741 I am so sorry that my message got totally messed up, and I truly wish I knew what happened. <BR> Here is the links for TEAM FORUMS. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard.asp?board=28379x13164 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link for "APR-MAY-JUNE" Birthdays <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56<BR>596284 </link> <BR> <BR> Again, I apologize..Hope this works!! <BR> Thanks! Sat, 3 May 2014 14:26:08 EST MAY 2014 MSFK TEAM NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57741761 Welcome to the May 2014 MN Sparks Fat Kickers Team News where you will find links to those who have May Birthdays (these will be posted twice a month) <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 SP specifically related, so feel free to share outside links. <... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:32:30 EST Welcome to the May 2014 Trivia Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x57708327 A new month and maybe some sunshine! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:23:55 EST Hi! Totally just realized... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57595713 I never introduced myself here <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Ok so I'm Nikki and I live in Dakota county (Eagan more specifically). I'm very enthusiastic about the prospect of losing weight and am doing what I can to make sure the person I envision myself becoming is made into reality. I know I have a long journey ahead of me but I welcome it and hope to have a few fun stops along the way. This is the second part of my weight loss journey in a way as before joining sparkpeople I lost a lot by m... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:18:56 EST Week Three and beyond. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x57592148 I know that I have just started today but my issue the last couple times I haven't been able to get past week number 3. I start seeing results and then I sabotage myself. <BR> <BR> Any ideas to help me? I want to get things in mind to help me through the week 3 and 4 times to get past it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:30:16 EST Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57590210 My name is Vikki and I live in Pine River MN. I'm a Office Manager at a resort and living with my boyfriend who sells real estate, is a Medic and a fabulous cook. <BR> I go to school part time as well for my Bachelors in Business Management with a Minor in Hotel/Resort Management. <BR> I'm looking forward to getting involved as much as possible on here with time permitting after working, school and homework. <BR> Today is Day One of the new me and looking forward to the new journey. <BR... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:46:54 EST Hello!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57564696 Hurray for us! It's suppose to be 68 on Sunday. This is my first message on any Spark pages and my second day using this plan. I sure hope it works. I just went to the clinic and learned I topped my previous weight...not the kind of news I wanted. HOWEVER-I will not be defeated....Time to move around outside! <em>30</em> <BR> Leanne Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:03:36 EST April 2014 News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57496422 Below are the MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM members who are celebrating <em>236</em> their birthdays in April from April 15th-30th. Show your Team Spirit <em>321</em> by visiting their page to wish them a <em>383</em> <BR> April 17 - JONHAUGEN <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JO<BR>NHAUGEN </link> <BR> April 22 - KAT745 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KA<BR>T7457 </link> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>303</em> Please do not reply here, but send a comment... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:32:26 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57439399 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57400034 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57362487 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57360007 Today is a good day, even if it's cold!!! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:59:05 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57359731 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x57333460 Here we go with a fresh start! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:12:09 EST Welcome to the March 2014 Trivia Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x57333435 Here we go with a fresh start! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:08:56 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57309756 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57292246 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>About.me/tma75 </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:16:27 EST Back again with small start success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57270424 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 Challenge for the week (have fun with it!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x57238291 Happy Monday through Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> The challenge is to try to get as many points as can. Post them here daily. <BR> This IS NOT a race against others. <BR> This is a way to challenge yourself. <BR> <BR> How do you get points? You can: <BR> *Spin the wheel <BR> *Log in all your food <BR> *Exercise, exercise, exercise <BR> *Drink all of your water <BR> *Read articles <BR> *Make a Spark recipe <BR> *Post messages <BR> *Mark off items under Other Exercise <BR> *Ma... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:25:11 EST Hello from Hermantown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57223926 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57202273 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57173733 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57173719 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57164131 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57110658 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x57087294 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57074740 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x57055196 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56990287 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56988110 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x56956552 Time to start anew! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:45:22 EST Trying again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56952495 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56934512 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x56883520 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56872585 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56814808 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56770961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56672978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56672958 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56635343 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56596305 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 Apr-May-June Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56596284 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 22:41:46 EST Jan-Feb-March Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56596265 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 22:40:41 EST Welcome to the February 2014 Trivia Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x56596193 ...and time for a clean slate! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:36:41 EST Just introducing myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56589255 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56547100 Jan 28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:45:27 EST Returning Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56535048 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56513209 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56419292 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56407761 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56361677 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56329292 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56303524 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56302587 Plum sauce Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:19:38 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56260355 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56253863 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56240789 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56214710 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56181641 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x56175311 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56165871 Thank you for all of the warm welcomes! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:40:03 EST Welcome to the December Trivia Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x56159110 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56132026 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56124284 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x56106963 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..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x56000961 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 yet....here 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x55863640 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x55831087 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x55816265 It's the last clean slate time again for 2013! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:38:42 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55765134 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55707219 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55632244 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55582287 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55573971 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x55466164 Clean slate time! Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:54:59 EST Hi I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55450986 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! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55397674 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x55346474 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55333102 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55228909 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x55204859 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55188749 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x55100118 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x55099614 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x55094730 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54905411 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54902032 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54902002 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54876626 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54839573 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54777295 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x54722838 Clean slate time again! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:58:42 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54681303 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54676976 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x54654862 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54654067 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54643841 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54619230 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54608545 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54600354 Lanesboro, SE corner of MN Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:31:46 EST Returning Minnesota Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54544671 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54521902 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54504051 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54423003 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x54395661 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54342049 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54332740 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x54322887 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54317910 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54290741 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54269935 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54236362 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54221954 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x54216480 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54210585 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54175917 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54171131 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54152053 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54090989 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54085791 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54065435 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>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54059959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x54045623 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54042323 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54034096 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54013683 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x54003365 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x53941602 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53925512 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53925501 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53882891 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53833105 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53813100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53779230 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53767827 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53680258 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53673623 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x53550189 A clean slate! Fri, 31 May 2013 15:39:48 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53494631 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53442181 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53377708 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53356951 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53325665 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53288343 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 Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53265653 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53182461 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x53173626 Once more, a clean slate! Wed, 1 May 2013 01:00:08 EST Hello from Maple Grove http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53153320 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 ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53144791 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53126411 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53071548 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x53022444 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x53001434 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52968071 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52932887 <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52897861 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52839723 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52839399 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52827724 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52823338 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52813122 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52809081 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13164x52798062 Richfield Nature Center!! I love it their! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:30:48 EST I'm excited to join your group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52785643 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x52774141 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52771908 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52766524 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52555812 Just joined Sparkpeople.com. 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52514739 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52502021 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52433105 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52328767 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8017x13164x52326535 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52323865 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x52317310 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52310930 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52276768 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52181112 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52149564 Hi friends! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:00:26 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52116990 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52113208 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52092576 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x52070450 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1872x13164x51914651 Once again a new month, a clean slate! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:40:47 EST Greeting from Southern Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51900385 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51864272 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51843634 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51752453 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51717554 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51709675 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51686962 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51672821 Hello From St. Paul, MN Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:50:02 EST Hello from Bemidji! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51637224 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51625031 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13164x51621193 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