SparkPeople College Students Team Messageboard This group is for college students who are looking to get healthier and need a little support from those in a similar situation SparkPeople College Students Team Messageboard Hello Team! Hello! My name is Halee. I'm a returning Sparker. I have around 220 lbs to lose. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:01:59 EST Mental Health If anyone is struggling or has struggles with their mental health, please share details on how you cope with difficulties! I found this cool Buzzfeed article that offers some pretty good advice if you're interested :) <link><BR>do-this?utm_term=.tvBlrOlZR#.bp04v84Me </link> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:28:18 EST Hi, all! I'm Rebekah, 19 years old, sophomore @ Berkeley College. I'm about to start running again after stopping due to injuries and an eating disorder. Wed, 27 May 2015 12:15:58 EST Starting over! Hey! I am Liv! I have done spark people in the past,but after 2 years i gained the weight back :( I am looking forward to this journey again with the support of Spark People! Feel free to add me! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:39:39 EST Be my BUDDY! Hello <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking for an online buddy. Somebody I am accountable for my good and bad decisions. Recently I feel like I make a lot of bad food decisions.. I haven't had a buddy yet but I feel like I need to tell somebody on a regular basis. Of course I also want to hear about your ups and downs! <BR> <BR> Since this group is not as activate as I was hoping for, feel free to message me whenever you read this post. Tomorrow, next week, in December,.. <em>224</em> ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:10:23 EST I'm Hella New! Hey guys! My name is Alicia. I'm an 18 year old college student from Ohio. I've often tried to lose weight, since I've been overweight my whole life, but now, with the overabundance of girls with fit bodies at college, I've gotten a little jealous and want to get serious with getting my body right. My goal is a 50 pound loss, and my ultimate goal is a 75 pound loss.So hit me up and help me out! I love meeting new people. Wed, 14 May 2014 17:38:08 EST Results of a Student Survey...o opinions?? So, I thought this was interesting for many reasons. I'm a psych major, and we had a group project assigned in an experimental design/analysis course. We chose to study the connection between sleep quality and GPA based on a previous study involving the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory, and a survey we created on our own. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, our results between sleep and GPA weren't as significant as the other studies, which could have been because of the sample size (we surveyed 31 p... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:17:29 EST I'm New :) Hi, I'm Madison I am 20 years old and I have gained the Freshman 15 for the past 2 years and I would love to take it back off!! I am on the full meal plan at my school and I know that is a part of my problem and also eating out all the time. I play golf for my school so I do get some exercise, but I always off set any good I do by walking the course with my horrible eating habits. If anyone has any suggestions on how to eat better while being on a meal plan that would be great!! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:42:29 EST hiii! :D Hey! my name is Tori, I'm 19, and I want to lose about 40 pounds before the start of next semester. <BR> <BR> I'm currently a freshman in college pursuing an English degree, and a vocal performance minor. I've been overweight my entire life and I'm tired of being unhappy and unhealthy. Time to change! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:24:31 EST Newbie looking for a weight loss buddy! Hi, I'm Angelina, a pre-nursing student who's just about to finish up her freshman year of college. <BR> <BR> I gained a lot of weight over the last few years due to stress eating - and I would like to lose that weight so I can be happy with my body and so clothes will fit me properly. I'm sick of being self-conscious about myself. <BR> <BR> Does anyone want to be my weight loss buddy? Just reply to this, send me a private message, or post on my profile if you want. :) Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:43:12 EST new kid! Hey guys, my name is taylor, and I'm a Conservation Biology major at UVA. i'm totally new to the whole weight-loss blog thing, and I'm hoping it will help motivate me. I've been overweight my whole life and want to change that. it's gonna take a lot... I want to lose 150 lbs. I know this will take a lot of time and effort but I think I can do it and I appreciate your support. thanks for reading! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:39:40 EST New to the forums, not to the spark I haven't really done much forum posting since I started this account a couple of years ago, but I figured it can't hurt to try it! <BR> I'm a 20 year old art student in New Brunswick and I've gained a bit of weight since starting school, or rather since leaving school the last time. I don't weigh myself because it stresses me out, but I want to get back into my size 8 pants by the end of the school year, which is probably somewhere between 10 and 20 lbs. I'm a runner and I box and a local g... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:05:35 EST Dealing with stress I was just wondering how you all deal with stress from school, personal lives, work, etc. <BR> <BR> I haven't dealed with stress very well at all. I binge most of the time and it makes me feel guilty and ashamed afterwards - just setting me back even further. <BR> <BR> So, how do you deal with stress? Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:43:31 EST Hey Everyone! Hey, I'm Carly! I've pretty much always been overweight, and I've pretty much never thought very much about it. It's only now that I've started being on my own and going to college that I've realized how much my weight it hurting me. In other words, I need to get it together. I'm hoping to find some help and support and meet new friends with common weight-loss goals! I'm currently 240 pounds and hoping to drop down to 160 by July. :) Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:44:55 EST Hi I'm StephAnn My name is Steph. I'm a junior trasnfer student at Shippensburg University. I'm majoring in psychology, and I just decided that for my Master's degree I will be going for Forensic Psychology. <BR> <BR> Things I've learned since I started living on campus: <BR> I try to eat one plate of regular food at each meal, and I really try to have it half full of veggies. <BR> I try to eat a plate of fruit at each meal (I usually eat cantaloupe with some pudding) <BR> I drink a lot of water <BR> I take... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:15:05 EST Hello Hey everyone :D <BR> I'm a college student (or at least I will be soon). I joined because I could use some support from other students. I am moving to Alberta Canada to attend college, which is quite a move from New York. <BR> I am very stressed out about this, and being overweight and self conscious about it only makes it worse, so some support would be great. <BR> <BR> Thanks for looking! <BR> <BR> -Kiko <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 03:45:29 EST My weight Hello all. <BR> <BR> I've posted to this page a few times but I am looking for people to share weight stories and how you got there and what you're doing now to change it. <BR> <BR> Here's my story: Two years ago a few of my friends left to go study abroad in England while I stayed at school. I couldnt go because of financial reasons so I had to stay and it was a long semester without them. Instead of trying to keep busy and make new friends, I started to fill the void by binge eating on ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:34:58 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:16 EST Hey-oh! I just wanted to say hi to everyone and to ask for some tips. Right now I am a full time student, working close to 30 hrs a week and doing about 8 hours of field experience a week. (Education student!). School doesn't start for 3 more weeks but I'm concerned that when it does, between work, classes, field experience and homework, I won't have time to work out, or even cook for myself. Last semester I was in a similar situation and I got completely overwhelmed and ended up gaining 5 lbs. Does ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:37:03 EST Hey there! I am obviously a college student who really wants to lose weight!! I hope I get what I need out of this group! :) Oh and my name is Amber Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:08:28 EST Hey future buddy! Hey all - I'm Jessica, a 21 year old working/full-time university student. I used to be pretty fit in the past, but the last 3 years I've struggled mentally, and had problems with binging and staying motivated. I'm 5'2'' and would like to get down from my highest weight of 180 to about 140-150lbs. I've been going pretty consistently for the last month with C25K running 3 times a week and strength training 3 times a week, and lost 6 pounds so far. Working on my mental wellbeing is one of my ma... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:29:58 EST Newbie Alert! Hi, I'm new and pretty friendly! It would be awesome to gain some friends and develop a support network to have during this journey. <BR> <BR> About a year ago (spring semester of my freshman year), I worked really hard and dropped down to 125 pounds. I was the smallest I had ever been and I looked really good at that size. Over the next few months, many things happened that contributed to rapid weight gain. <BR> I would like to get back down to my smallest weight again, but I want to do it... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:10:24 EST Starting over My name is Mariah, I am 20 years old. I've been working on losing weight for almost 2 years now. I lost 80 pounds then gained back a little over 20 pounds when I started college. I want to keep losing weight but I'm having trouble sticking with it this time around and I don't want to give up on it. I would love to have people to talk to on here :) <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 16:55:53 EST Hello!!! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a 20 yr old college student that is just looking to get back in shape. I am currently about 10 lbs over weight and can't seem to get the motivation that I need to get back in shape. Here it is though! I will be 21 on July 1st and bought this amazing dress the size I could wear 10 lbs ago. It is my goal to wear that dress to my party. With a little help, I'll be able to! Thu, 2 May 2013 16:41:18 EST Support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings The bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 shocked the world. Terror struck on (arguably) Boston's most celebrated and joyous day. In the days and weeks following the attack, runners around the world joined to run in honor of the victims. For some it was just a mile, for others, a marathon. Honor the victims and the heroes today with this t-shirt. And go on a run, for Boston. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>etail/5604 </link> <BR> <BR> 50% of all profit... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:25:25 EST Weight loss buddy <BR> I'm a college student at wvu and been overweight most of my life and have tried to fix it and I can usually loose 20-25 lbs before I start to head to my old ways I find it easier to keep with it if you have to report to someone so I'm suggesting a weight loss buddy to report to every week I would like some one of a similar age and weight loss goal and I'm 20 and I could loose 100-115 lbs so if anybody would like to do this journey with me either message me back here or email me about kc... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:23:56 EST Hello, I'm new! Hello, I'm Chelsea, a sophomore at the University of Oregon and I've been struggling with weigh loss since high school. I'm been trying to make a serious change this year because I've become increasingly unhappy with my weight and I decided I need a better support system than my three skinny roommates! <BR> <BR> Winter quarter was really the start of my "get fit" goal, but spring break happened and being home with my mom cooking delicious food every night derailed me, so now I'm getting bac... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 00:05:21 EST Oceana Hi! I'm new to this team. I had been on SP a few years ago and have regained some of the weight lost. So I am here to DO THIS this time! ;) Looking forward to getting to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old from up north Canada (the north OF Canada, heh). Have a partner and a bunch of fur babies. ;) Work as a counsellor and advocate for mental health. (More info on my SP page.) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:34:05 EST Retureing to college after spring-break how do I stay on a healthy eating plan when I am at school? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:34:39 EST New to Sparks! Hey everyone! Been looking for a college group! I just joined today and think the site is amazing. Looks like a great way to stay motivated which is what I always need help with. To say a bit about myself, I am a 3rd year college student. I attended 2 years in Montana, but in August 2012 I decided to drop everything and move to the Netherlands where I now am earning a completely new degree:) Now that I feel settled in my new home I am thinking it is time to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. I ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:10:05 EST It's time! Hello everyone! I have been a member of SparkPeople for a while, but I was mainly a lurker who read other people's blogs and tried to avoid actually being accountable for anything. I have finally changed my mind set and am looking forward to putting much more effort in to fitness and nutrition and reaching my goals. I'm hoping to add some new friends and find motivation any and everywhere! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:34:48 EST Need a buddy=] I'm Rachel, 19 years old, sophomore in college. Although I've technically been a user for awhile, I've only really started using the site again about a week ago. I'm really trying to keep track of my intake because I tend to snack. I've go about 10lbs to lose, and I'd REALLY like to tone up for summer=] Message me for motivation! Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:16:48 EST Looking for a buddy :) Hey :) I joined a few months ago, but just started looking around. My name's Danielle, I'm almost 20, and I'm 228 lbs. I've lost 40 so far. It'd be great to have a buddy to help keep me on track. Message me if you're looking for a buddy too! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:42:46 EST Newbie here! Hello :) Hi guys! I'm a freshman in college in Massachusetts, and I'm hoping to lose 40 pounds by sometime in the summer. I'd love to get to know some of you all, and hopefully find a buddy who I can check in with so we can keep each other on the right track! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:00:36 EST Hi everyone! Hey everyone! I'm Maddy, 19 years old, and a freshman in college. Recently I gained the Freshman 15 (well more like 30). I'm working really hard to get it off and I'm so glad I found this team. I'm at 140 pounds now and I'm trying to get to 110-115. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:35:13 EST Hello Hey all. My name's Sara and I'm a single mom going back to school. I wish I would have known about this group in my first year! But, I'm here now. That's all that matters. I am working on my AS in Biology (hopefully will be done in the next 2 years - gotta do lots of math classes b/c it's been 10+ years since I had a math class. Yeah, don't really know what else to write. Hope to get to know everyone soon! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:26:52 EST Hello :) Hey all! I'm new here but not new to sparkpeople or college. I am a 25 year old stay at home mom going to college. I am hoping to become a Veterinarian eventually. I started back to school last fall and haven't stopped going since. I didn't even take the summer off! Next semester I will actually be going full time and I'm a little nervous about actually keeping up my new healthy lifestyle when school starts back up on January 29th! I only go 2 days a week but still it's a lot to obsess... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:47:09 EST New to SP! So excited :) I am brand new to this program and so far I have spent a few days looking around and it seems like SUCH a great program and idea. Love this! Anyway, I am a 21 year old from South Caroline who is going to school for marketing. I have been struggling with my weight all my life and I am now working on approaching it with a new attitude and perspective! Would love to get to know people! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:23:54 EST Hello all! Newbie on board Hi, my name is larrissa and I am a early/special ed. major. Since I picked this major I kind of have no free time or life. I was just curious how everyone makes time to exercise properly? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:14:50 EST Newbie from California! 22 living on California's beautiful central coast. I shouldn't be out of shape considering my geographic location but it is what it is. Being a college student adds additional challenges for me to obtain optimal health. By December I'd like to be in the125-133 weight range. What are your goals? Where do you go to school? What are you studying? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:09:52 EST Brand new! Hi everyone! I'm Allison, a junior at the University of New Hampshire! I'm majoring in pre-veterinary medicine and minoring in dairy cattle management. Basically, school and work consume my life and I often find it hard to fit in any sort of exercise, and I definitely don't have a lot of time or money to actually cook myself healthy meals. So, I joined SparkPeople in hopes of finding the motivation and tips to do what I want! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:27:19 EST Trying this out Hey there. My name is Zack. I am a 22 year old senior in college. When I came into school, I was at my ideal weight of 185. Today, I am up to 227 and I want to get back to where I was before college. I have struggled with depression and still do from time to time, so that really doesn't help with weight loss. I am looking for some people with a similar situation to help me be accountable to my weight loss goals. I promise that I will help you out as well. I hope to get to know some of... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:25:32 EST Christmas Break is a killer! During the summer, I lost 15 pounds doing the 28 day bootcamp challenge and kept it off during first semester of school. Since I've been home for Christmas break, I've gained 7 back! Anyone else in the same boat?? Starting the 7 day bootcamp over again until it's time for spring semester! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:44:05 EST Hey there! My name is Lindsay and I am a junior in college. I would lovvvveee to lose about 40 pounds before I leave for Romania in may, but as many of you know it is so hard to lose weight in college! Stress and caf food do not mix very well! But, it is time for a change! I am excited to be a new member of spark people and to all of the encouragement going around! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:11:12 EST Introduction Hi my name is Hunter and I am a college freshman. Since entering college I have gained 30+ pounds in my first semester. I am diagnosed with depression but I have made lots of friends this semester. Trying to maintain a 3.5 GPA, and eat healthy in the cafeteria is super hard. Our cafeteria doesn't serve much healthy options. I would like suggestions on how to eat healthy in a typical college cafeteria. I have been to a nutritionist and counselor about my weight and depression and just would l... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:15 EST Hi everyone ! So I just created my program yesterday, I am on the crew team, so my main workouts will consist of rowing, erging, and running. I also just ordered the Zumba fitness dvds, so if anyone has any workout suggestions or simply anything in general feel free to write me! In the past I have not done so well with programs because I eventually slack off, I am hoping being on sparkpeople and interacting with people that have the same goals will give me accountability! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:18:40 EST Hello everyone! Hello, my name is Barbara and I want to lose weight and be healthy again. I am very busy and I can't find enough time for myself. I have a hard time staying motivated and focused on my goals. I joined Spark People for motivation and help with my goals, so far it's been a slow process but I'm not interested in quitting. I'm looking forward to reading the messages here and meeting new people. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:58:22 EST Hi Hey, everyone. I'm just trying to get down a few pounds so I can start gaining muscles. Its nice to meet all of you. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:24 EST Heeey! Hey everyone! <BR> I'm 20 years old and I weight 65 kg (143,3 lb). <BR> <BR> I'm a full time student and I used to be a very active person, but university started to fulfill my time! Then I started to gain weight without realizing it! <BR> I've been demotivated and tried to find a way to stay motivated and achieve my goal! That's why I've joined this community! <BR> <BR> I hope I can find some buddies who can keep me motivated :) <BR> Thank you all! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:00:43 EST Anyone planning to take a year off? I'm nearing the end of the first semester of my junior year and I'm feeling really burned out. This semester was not what I expected, I just got assigned 3 research projects due during finals week (on top of exams, of course), and what should have been my favorite class is currently my least favorite. I still have 3 more semesters of undergrad and then I want to go to pharmacy school - 4 more years. <BR> <BR> Last night I was whining (I'm not even going to pretend that's not what it was) to ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:40:49 EST :) Hello Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm Mar, and This is my first time on Spark People... It seems like an amazing resource,and I'm really excited to start my journey to health!! <BR> <BR> I am currently around 280 lbs, although I've been told I look much less, and I don't feel like I'm 280 lbs. I love to swim, do Judo, and be active and busy in general, but unfortunately I seem to love eating even more. I tend to stress eat, especially when I get home late at the end of the day and feel the need to... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:05:44 EST Receiving Mixed Signals Hi all, <BR> <BR> This question isn't related to weight loss... however, in my new-found confidence associated with weight loss, I've been trying to get back into the dating scene. It's been... interesting :) I'm currently talking to a guy who's sending me some very mixed signals. <BR> <BR> Exhibit A: I gave him my number when I asked if he wanted to join a group of friends in going to a comedy show last Friday (he couldn't go because of work), and we had a few pretty flirtatious texts. ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 06:32:20 EST Hi Hey y'all.. I'm new here. I'm 19 and planning on starting college here soon :) Um I'm not really good with introductions lol, so if you wanna know anything else or have any questions, just lemme know :) Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:55:43 EST Hii :] Hey guys, my names Chelsea and I'm 18 years old. I'm a freshman and am currently attending FSU. I just wanna get healthy and loose weight while here in college. I want to have confidence in myself and I wanna do it while having fun doing it with other people. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:55:01 EST Drinking alcohol Do you any of you have a really hard time not drinking? I wouldn't say my friends pressure me to drink at all but it is hard to not drink on the weekends when all of your friends are. There will be a party and people will be "pregaming" and I am there just hanging out. Though it doesn't bother me to be the sober friend, I just think about how much easier it would be to have a few shots with them. I try really hard and I haven't had anything to drink except for water and tea since this semeste... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:17:59 EST New to the team! Hey everybody! I'm joining up to get a bit more overall and all-around motivation. I'm doing pretty good with the exercise and healthier eating (weekends can be tough), but I'm afraid now I'm lacking motivation on the school front... I've always been a procrastinator, and I told myself I would amend my old ways this semester. Yet here I am, falling back into the same patterns of procrastination. Any tips for getting stuff done EARLY? I hate that feeling of impending doom when an assignment de... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:26:10 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Megan. I am 25 years old, and am trying (again) to get healthy and lose weight. I have tried several times before, and have had some success, and then get busy and give up. But I am going to make my health more of a priority, and I hope SparkPeople can help me do that! Mon, 8 Oct 2012 06:43:56 EST ready for an adventure! Hello Everyone! I just wanted to say hi, my name is Melanie and I am a college who is ready to be healthy! I Have tried this before but with the attitude that loosing weight will solve all my problems when I know it won't. Losing weight will make me healthy which is something I want to do! I am ready to be healthy and love myself no matter what I look like on the outside! Let me know if you'd like to support me in my adventure and I will be here for you as well! <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:29:15 EST hope this isn't TMI I joined this site early this morning at 3am (I work a swing shift so I'm often up very late) after attempting to go to the gym. It took me over an hour to walk 3 miles! And the only way I got through it was because I was watching TV shows on Netflix with my smart phone. <BR> <BR> I'm not over weight at all but I'm also the laziest person I know. I've noticed that I don’t' really do... anything! If I try and work out I get tired almost immediately. And for eating healthy... It’s just so muc... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 13:29:10 EST How are you dealing with school stress? I've got quite a bit on my plate right now - both figuratively and literally! <BR> <BR> Since starting senior year (taking 19 units, working on senior project, studying for the FE, writing grant proposals for graduate school, and grading for a professor), I lost a couple pounds the first two weeks, but then I went out of control this weekend with the snacks! <BR> <BR> The gym is helping me decompress, and I've been doing well keeping portions in check up until this point - I'm glad I'm ca... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:10:06 EST Hello All Hello all. I am currently on a break from school. I have a almost a year and half left on my Masters at USC. I decided to make use of this time to get back in to shape and sometimes it's hard just getting out of bed to go to the gym. It also doesn't help that I work at nights and some mornings. For me my biggest problem is when I am at work and want to snack. I have cut down tremendously but I would like to be 100% snack free while at work. I bring my medicine ball and resistance tube ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:08:44 EST Hello there! My name is Shannon, I'm 19 and a college student from florida who also works full time. I just want to lose weight but with a busy schedule it can be difficult. I love nutrition, talking about food, what I ate that day, what I'm doing to workout, etc. If anyone wants to talk let me know! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:03:23 EST could use some angles help if possible...gah! Naturally my construction streak is ended after only a few hours with the need to clarify and figure out angles. Mathematics is a harsh mistress to me. <BR> <BR> I do remember pythagoras and the pythagorean theorem, which is always helpful, though i gotta remind myself how to configure the radical numbers to something inches. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, i can't remember how to find the angles in the triangle once you've got the lengths figured out. I will have to cut the wood a... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:21:06 EST Why Hello Hiya, I'm Holly, obviously new to SparkPeople and this whole workout eat healthy thing. My graduation is in 2 years and I want to look pretty for the first time at that. :) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:35:21 EST Hello. :] Hey everyone. So I am completely new to this site, as well as new to getting fit. I'm mostly working on being healthy, but losing weight would be really nice too. :] <BR> <BR> Any quick tips or tricks? Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:38:26 EST Hi! Hello! I'm a sophomore at NGCSU and am really trying to become healthier. I've struggled with my weight for about ever. I'm so thankful the school has an awesome rec center but I struggle with making the right food choices in the dining hall. I feel like making the healthy options means eating the same few foods every day and there just aren't a lot of options. Any tips? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:19:00 EST Dinners Hi guys, I'm new to the site, but I'm having trouble with dinners. I work all day and then go straight to school, which usually leaves just enough time for fast food. Are there any suggestions you might have or healthy ideas at local restaurants I could try? It's hard to get out of the "quick burger after work" rut. Lookin forward to this program knowing there are other college students out there. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Brit <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:51:25 EST hi! i just started this program! hi everyone. i am currently attending college. i hope to loose the weight i gained in the past few years. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:40:07 EST Ohai! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a graduate, fresh from high school! I am now starting the college mania and I want to be a slimmer, happier me! I will be going to the DATC (Davis Applied Technial College) for the welding program, and then when I graduate from that, I'll be kickin' tail in the interpreter's program! I want to be strong enough to schlepp all my welding stuff around. Wish me luck! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 02:37:53 EST 40 yr old newbie here! Hello everyone! I am a 40 year old (well 39 for the next 10 years) :) I am single, no children, 3 cats and currently in an apartment rentor in hopes of meeting my soulmate B4 I'm 50! I have had weight 'issues' since 14 yrsold, and my biggest hurdle to overcome would be 'stress, or emotional eating'. I have a sweet-tooth (and not for chocolate alone!), large enough that I prefer to eat the icing of the cake and leave the rest. I hope to meet some great people here, and if anyone is like me at ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:39:29 EST New semester brings changes? To get me be committed to working out I registered for a tap class, Irish dancing class, and tae kwon do class. It is my final semester and was able to take any classes i wanted. <BR> I also look forward to checking out the new athletic building with the gym. <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing something different this semester to help them reach their goal? Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:15:43 EST Going to the gym... So I don't feel I belong at the schools gym. I'm 24 with a BMI of 34 (at a major state university were most people are 17-21 and fit). I have so much anxiety about going to the fitness center here. I went in yesterday to a meeting room (trying to join a weight loss program) but I didn't really go into the gym area. Everyone walking in was jock like. No one was even "average" let alone "overweight". <BR> <BR> How can I get up the gall to go in? How can I make it feel like I belong? Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:11:53 EST Healthy Lunches! Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm super excited for the beginning of the academic year, but I'm worried about the because I really can't afford to eat in college canteen - for health and financial reasons!! <BR> <BR> What do you guys do for healthy lunch options? <BR> <BR> Any good tips? <BR> <BR> What are your favourite salads - what do you put in your salad? Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:55:25 EST Hello Hi, my name is Bethany. I am 20 years old and a senior at California Baptist University. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and am on SparkPeople to begin my journey to being healthy. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:12:12 EST Hi! I'm new to Spark People! Hi! I've been on my weight loss journey for roughly 4 years now. I have met a lot of great people and learned a lot and hope to meet more people and learn more here! Throughout my journey social support has been a great help to me and I hope I will be able to recieve help, support, and motivation from other on this site! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:01:38 EST Help me reach my goal Hi its nAjla im 19 years and weighted 93 kg <BR> I decided to socialize with people may help me reaching my weight lose goal <BR> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:12:42 EST Hey everyone :) Hey everybody :) I'm Cam. I've been a member of this team for almost a year, but I haven't really been taking advantage of it! I'd like to get to know some of you better. I'm majoring in psychology, and I love to read, write, and cook. Check out my SparkPage :) Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:17:58 EST Ciao! Hey everyone, my name's Jen. I've been a member of this group for a few months now but never got around to introducing myself. So here it goes. <BR> I'm 23 years old and a sophomore/junior in college. I'm from Dallas, TX and enjoy reading, writing and music. <BR> I plan on majoring in English and want to go into the publishing world to become an editor for a book publishing company. <BR> I really enjoy editing essays, so if you need help with yours. shoot me a message. (: <BR> And that's al... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:57:15 EST I just blogged! I hope this will help people that have just blogged and would like to get more traffic to their page. So once someone has blogged, post here as well and the rest of the team will take a look and hopefully read and leave supporting comments. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:57:24 EST Join my other team Hello! I have a team for anyone interested in roller derby called derby girls. Check it out on spark people! Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:46:12 EST Heyy! Hi all! I'm Shalei. I'm 21 and I'll be a senior at ball state university. I find that sometimes it's hard to exercise at school because there's so much you already have to do, but this summer I've started to make a change and started exercising. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:39:14 EST Summer Fitness Goal How's everyone doing keeping up with their fitness goals this summer? <BR> <BR> Mine is to lose the weight I managed to gain while taking Paxil (a bad breakup, heavy class load, and lots of work made my junior year pretty tough), and I'm halfway there. It's taking lots of work, though! No more nut butters with a spoon :) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to remember that even if beach season will end soon enough, my body doesn't have to suffer and pack on the pounds! How are you guys staying motivated... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:01:50 EST Hi all! Hi everybody! I'm new to SparkPeople (obviously). I'm a 19 year old college student trying to get into better shape. I already eat fairly healthily, but I would like to keep better track of my nutrition due to the fact that I have several dietary restrictions which make it difficult to keep track of the nutrients/calories that I'm getting on a daily basis. I also definitely have some work to do on the exercise front, so here I am! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:48:47 EST Hello. Hello, Just thought I'd introduce myself. The name is Tony. <BR> <BR> I'm currently a 21 year old Sys.Admin whom is looking become fitter (And better looking) I started this wonderful journey around 4 months ago, and since then I have lost around 20 pounds. (Started at 167 now 146 if my scale is to be believed) I did around 2 months of hardcore exercising but I will admit, I got lazy these past two months and stress primarily due to work and personal problems. However thankfully the previous... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 00:21:13 EST New! Hey there, <BR> <BR> I'm a 20 year old student at UW-Madison and brand new to this group! I have used SparkPeople on and off for a number of years, but its so much easier now that I have a smartphone. Now, wherever I am, I can just enter my food quickly and get on with my day. I have been eating clean for the past week and I feel great. I haven't weighed myself or anything, but I'm eating a consistent number of calories and following the MTLC workouts. I normally eat pretty healthily (only E... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:25:20 EST Constant Battle Honestly my weight loss journey is not going as I planned. My problem is that I am not consistent. January 2011 I started to exercise but when summer came around I slacked off. Once again in January of this year I started to exercise and now summer is around I'm slacking off once again. I took 1 week off to revamp my exercise plan and think about what new things I can do but then I took another additional week of simply doing nothing. I'm so discouraged. I really don't know what to do. I thin... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:40:50 EST Any workout DVD recommen dations? I've found the gym to be to inconvenient for me because I have to pack up all my stuff and trek across campus for a one hour workout. I want some DVDs to play on my computer in my dorm. Can anyone recommend any, particularly when there's limited space? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:30:54 EST How do I measure portions in the cafeteria? I'm seriously thinking about bringing a measuring cup for rice and things like that. Any tips? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:28:23 EST I'm new Hello. I'm a college student on vacation right now. This may or may not surprise people, but when I got to college, I lost a ton of weight. Why? Reason number 1: I was walking everywhere. At home, I never did that. Reason number 2: I didn't bring along any peanut butter or fiber one bars, my two biggest weaknesses. (I know, how bad can those be? Well, what happens when you eat five of the 140 calorie bars in one day and spoon peanut butter straight from the jar). I have a very close fa... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:20:55 EST TV time blues I try very hard to not eat in front of the's a lot harder than it sounds. I feel as though I need to do something while sitting there, and eating has been my only solution! Please help! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:39:44 EST Day 1! Trying to figure out how all of this works! Wish me luck :) Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:50:19 EST why hello! I'm an incoming freshman at Mount Holyoke College. I've gained a lot of weight since going on and off medications -- my disorders have gotten in check, but my weight hasn't, and I don't want to be this heavy when I reach the campus. So I'm going to try and be really good and use Sparkpeople to get down to my old size! Please feel free to say hi, especially if you're in the Consortium or at one of the Seven Sisters! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 00:32:13 EST Stress Lately I have been stressed out! I have never really had a problem losing weight until now, I guess it all caught up with me. I have been really stressed lately because I studied abroad and have put on an extra twenty pounds. I need to lose them fast and in a healthy way. I need help and suggestions because I'm embarrassed and need a friend for encouragement! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:13:23 EST Hello... My name is Sarah and I am only 20. I joined because I am not extremely over weight. I am just not where I should be. Its hard to be motivated during the summers to do stuff and in my summer work I am usually tired and don't have time to workout. I'm hoping that by using this i can really see and be more conscious of what I eat and do. Oh and also I have an older sister who is overweight so maybe by me doing this she will take quiet mental notes too and be more inspired/motivated to make herse... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:53:08 EST Protein in campus dinning? I'm headed off to college in the fall after spending two years at university. I'll be going away, so that means dorms and meal plan. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for how to squeeze in protein into your campus meals? My dinning hall is all you can eat, but as it is at home I consistently fail at meeting my protein requirements. I'm pretty petite (5'0) so anything lower calorie is preferred as I only get 1200 calories to work with. Any suggestions? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:11:55 EST Hello there! My names Danielle and I'm 24 years old. I am a stay at home mother to a 4 year old! I also run and operate my own business from home. Recently I have been put under a lot of stress and fought my way through it with food. I have become way to heavy and I am tired of being tired. Tired of having no motivation. Tired of being over weight and I want to look good again. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:05:09 EST Strength Training and Protein I'm hoping that there are at least a few people who, like me, are interested in not just cardio or weight loss, but strength training as well. A big part of strength training is eating the right amount of carbohydrates and protein. The carbs are easy enough to come by, especially since I enjoy pasta foods. The protein, however is something most people lack; a lot of our food doesn't contain enough protein. So especially since I focus on muscle build and strength along with my other goals, I'v... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:54:00 EST University of New Hampshire So this is a stretch and a long shot, but I've checked for Durham, NH pages and University of New Hampshire pages and they don't exist, so I was wondering if there was anyone out there in the Durham area or better yet someone who goes to UNH? Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:42:01 EST Hey, everyone! Hey! My name is Diana, and I'm from Romania. I'm in my third year of college, studying to become an industrial engineer. I've always been overweight, but I plan that by the time I finish college this time next year I'll be a whole new me :D. Right now I still have 2 exams left next week, and I hope I'll be able to keep up with my daily workout routines and to eat healthy too. I'm a stress eater, so that's a big problem for me, but I hope I'll find all the support I need here :). Good luck to ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:34:52 EST New and Excited! Hey all, I'm Amber! I'm 19 years old, and will be a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati. Yes, I have gained the freshman 15... plus some. My mom introduced me to spark people, and I was kind of nervous about joining because I assumed all of the members would be of the older crowd. Since I found out that there are younger members like me, I'm super excited to get started and be successful! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:30:17 EST Hi my name is :MYCHAL Hello so my name is Mychal and I'll be a freshman in college this year planning on become a rad tech aka( radiology technologist) and I want my freshman 15 to be a -15 but I don't know how this all works so help or give me a shout out :) Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:12:53 EST Day 1 Hello my name is Ashley im trying to loss 40 pound by november...hope i can do it!!! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:03:57 EST Howdy Folks! Hi everyone! I'm new to this (posting about health on a website, not the trying to lose weight or be healthier thing). I'm not really sure how everything works yet so if you have any helpful hints or tips I'll be glad to listen! Feel free to drop in on my page anytime!! <BR> <BR> -mogriggs Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:03:24 EST hiii all So Im new to this site. Looking for support and hopefully to meet people with the same goals... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:31:50 EST Trying to make a big change. My name is Jessica and I just joined today, I really have high hopes joining the site, and I hope I can make some new friends in this journey. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:27:02 EST Preventing the "Summer Couch Potato" Syndrome Hello all, I'm home now for at least few months and need serious help. I don't want to pack on more weight and become a complete couch potato. What do you suggest I do to prevent overindulging and tips on how to get and stay moving, even with a summer job. Thanks and happy losing/maintaining! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:44:33 EST Need Support Hey guys, <BR> I am writing a blog on blogger to help me through my weight loss journey. I plan on losing 30 lbs. before April 20, 2013 which is my 21st birthday. :) I want to weight 145. I joined weight watchers recently and I am using SparkPeople. I weighed 178 when starting and I now weigh 171. Slowly but surely I am losing weight :) Please support me by just checking out my Blog, thanks guys!! <BR> <BR> Post comments of advice for me, support, or just a hello. I am open to be email partn... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:53:09 EST Newbie to the site.. Hey guys, <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa and I am new to the site, I am a sophmore in college and will be transferring to TCU next semester, I gained weight after I had my son in August of 2011. I was wighing 166 and I am looking to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight which is 128 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:49:21 EST Hey There! Hi, My name is Sam and I am 22. I'm actually on a break from college right now, But I am hoping that I am back in classes come January. (I've been wait listed, which really irks me.) I'll be going back to finish up a fashion design program and then an additional year of costume design. Because I'm going into the fashion industry I really want to slim down and get healthy, So I decided to join spark for some support and to keep myself on track for my goal. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:39:46 EST Hey guys!! I need support... Hi, My names Katelyn and I am 20 years old and for as long as I can remember I have had a weight problem. I thought more about how good bad food tasted rather than thinking about what kind of food I was putting in my mouth :/ When I got into college I was a healthy 155 lbs. I am 5'7. Leaving my freshman year of college I weighed a frightening 179 lbs.!!! I was scared, upset, and wanted to hit myself for doing this. I couldn't believe I had gained so much weight. You hear people talk about the... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:55:23 EST bored of limited options...? So I'm going to be a freshman this fall... And I've been freaking out about what I'm going to be eating in college! I'm living on campus and therefore am going to be eating in the dining halls... (I'll also have a mini-fridge and microwave in my room, but we get money to spend in the dining halls, so I'm basically forced to eat there for most meals). There are 2 all-you-can-eat buffets and a few a-la-carte places. <BR> <BR> I've checked out the menus on their website, and the only healthy st... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 13:49:35 EST Hey all you college kids. Hello, I'm Kristin and I'm a Junior at the University of Portland. I'm pre-med, and getting a double-degree in biochemistry (BS) and music (BA), with a minor in biology. <BR> <BR> I play flute and I love chemistry. I often volunteer for non-profits and am an insane kid. I'm in my university's honors program, as well as the Blue Key and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. Oh yea, and I also am working two jobs and taking 22 credits a semester. I don't like talking about my school stuff much ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:39:01 EST New member Hello my name is Eric,I'm just using this site to track my diet,but if any o e gas any fitness advice I'll gladly accept Ty Thu, 31 May 2012 09:16:56 EST Week 2: Hello Sparkpeople! I'm into my second week on sparkpeople and am still learning how to use this! I am more into the app on my phone than the website, so this part is new to me! My name is Emily, I'm studying at Virginia Tech and looking to get in shape for some summer plans. :) Thu, 31 May 2012 08:24:03 EST Hi! My name is Nikita, I am 20 years old and I just graduated with my A.A. degree and I am in the process of moving to Saint Augustine, Florida to pursue my bachelors. <BR> Through out high school I was very thing from participating in color guard. Yet when senior year rolled around and I decided to not do color guard so I could participate in other activities the pounds started creeping up.. I would drive to town on my lunch break and eat at Sonic 5 days a week. Instead of having a sleep ov... Mon, 28 May 2012 17:55:08 EST Hey, I'm Kindra Hi, my name is Kindra I'm 18 and a sophmore in college. I go to SUNY Oswego and am excited to meet people in my age range on this site going through similar stuff. I've been overweight my entire life and just lost 30 pounds my freshman year in Oswego and hope to continue. We all know being in college in losing weight is hard and I hope we all can go through this together and give eachother advice and tips. I'm new to this site its my first day so with that being said hey guys. :-) Sun, 27 May 2012 17:52:03 EST Leaving . . . . I'm leaving this group because I am graduating! :D <BR> <BR> Yeah! <BR> <BR> In slightly over a week I will be finishing my master's degree and heading off to, hopefully, find a full time job in my field and finally get some regular hours and the professional salary I deserve. Hoping this will help make it even easier to fit working out into my days and to afford to eat the healthier food too. :) <BR> <BR> Best of luck to all of you as you continue down this road! :D You can do it! Sun, 27 May 2012 15:03:59 EST Hello there! Hi, I have been overweight my whole life and I have tried to do something about it, but never did. I want to take control and become fitter and a better person. I have never had any real support from anyone before, which may be partly why I never had any motivation. But I want to go into my second year of university and for people to look at me and go wow! And just to know that I accomplished the biggest problem I have ever had in my entire life. Thu, 24 May 2012 02:31:07 EST Hey I'm Paula Hey what's up? I'm from Chile, South America. Currently trying to lose weight for the millionth time in my life but this time I'm going to stick to it! I need some help so yeah haha. Can't wait to get started! Tue, 22 May 2012 00:22:15 EST This is all new to me! Well Hello There! <BR> <BR> As that topic says, this IS all new to me! I've done work outs and weight loss type programs before but haven't really stuck with many. I definitely need encouragement. I think my biggest lie that I tell myself is that I am alone in this battle, which is obviously not true! There are countless commercials on TV about programs, diets and gym memberships. I definitely need help and reminders that I am not alone and that I can do this! I posted in the main message fo... Mon, 21 May 2012 12:27:59 EST New here! Cant wait to get healthy! Would love support!! Sat, 19 May 2012 23:30:09 EST HEEEY Hey everyone! So I've been a member of this team for... I'm not even sure and I'm just getting myself out there and noticed :) <BR> I started on SP back in May 2011 (I joined in January but the journey didn't start until May) <BR> <BR> I started making friends on SP and getting involved in blogging and posting on team boards, then slowly my friends list started to disappear. Certain people became inactive and others deleted their page in general! I've had my bumps in the road and I've stumbl... Sat, 19 May 2012 11:58:11 EST hi :) well im a high school graduate and im staring school in the fall at broward college. i live in the sunshine state which i love but hate cause im not confident with myself/body. i want to lose enough wait that i am living a healthy lifestyle nd feel more confident with myself ! wish me luck! :) <em>334</em> Thu, 17 May 2012 21:57:13 EST Hi! My name is.... Hello, everyone! My name is Tiara, and I am a 25 year-old student looking to make some positive changes in my life. Over the past couple years, I noticed that I was retaining more weight than losing it. I've been wanting to do something about it, but I just never really found the right way. I wasn't the most motivated person either, so that didn't help. For me, this is the first step to a healthier me and a healthier lifestyle. I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, and also to... Thu, 17 May 2012 00:21:22 EST Hi new memeber! :) Hi my name is Allie and im new to sparkpeople! I am 19 in college and a soccer player. I have been going to the gym almost everyday now in the summer time. I am hoping to become a personal trainer soon and am working on becoming certified. I am a vegetarian and am obsessed with finding healthy food alternatives. I would love to learn awesome recipes and health tips from other members! :) Mon, 14 May 2012 02:30:32 EST somewhat new :) hellloo everyone :) ! my name is Sarra & I'm not new to the site, but I am new to the team! I've been following Weight Watchers on my own for the last few months but I'm plateaued. I figured Spark would be exactly what I need to monitor my intake of micro/macro nutrients ! Plus an amazing support system always helps ;) ! Sun, 13 May 2012 22:04:56 EST Home for the Summer. Now what do I do? School is over but what will I do about my fitness and eating. I am back at home but I do not want to fall back to my old ways. I can't do my exercise videos at home because there is no space. I also can not cook what I want because once again there is no space. This summer I really want to make some changes in my weight loss goals. Another thing is I will be taking summer classes. I am unsure of what to do. Any suggestions? I would really appreciate it. Sun, 13 May 2012 10:51:23 EST Hello everyone! Hi my name is Felicia, I'm 22 and just finished my second semester of college :) I have a min of 25lbs to lose (to be enlistment weight for the Navy) but hope to lose more. I've used spark before and loved it, but when I started school I stopped spark'in! I work full time and go to school full time..Anyways feel free to add me as a spark buddy :) Together we can accomplish anything! Sat, 12 May 2012 00:43:56 EST Good luck on finals! Good luck on finals, team! Continue to eat healthy and squeeze in those workouts! Don't let the stress of finals week get the best of you! Thu, 10 May 2012 12:58:47 EST SUCCESS! I went into my freshman year weighing 170 pounds. I didn't really like the dining hall food and I was determined to make use of the gym we have on campus. I started eating much less and working out 3 to 4 times a week. My workouts included spin, elliptical, and turbo kick. I just finished my 1st year of college and I am down to 145 pounds. I started spark people to lose that extra 15 pounds I've been trying to shed. I plan on purchasing turbo fire to do so and monitoring my diet. Wish me luck... Wed, 9 May 2012 19:30:32 EST Hi Hi I am new on here and I need some help to lose my weight because being a single mom of 2 its a struggle to do much of anything. If anyone has any advise or can help me that would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 8 May 2012 16:55:05 EST Hi, I'm another newbie. Hello, My name is Whan, twentysomething Asian girl, I'm 5'5 tall and until last year my weight was 165 lbs, I've been living in a country where I've always been the only one in the class who was over weight,never been on a date and never be able to find any dress I could fit in. <BR> Last year I have lost 34 lbs. now my weight is 131 lbs. Though I'm still the biggest girl in the class,I feel a bit better about my self :) <BR> <BR> I am now struggling with my last 10 pounds and reached the ... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:58:23 EST Hey there! Hey guys! I am so excited to get going, and really want to find some sparkfriends to keep me accountable an motivated, and provide then same in return! add me as a friend! Mon, 7 May 2012 17:52:00 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! <BR> My name is Carlisha. I'm 18 and getting ready to graduate high school and start college in the fall. I want to lose weight for college but I also want to develop a healthy lifestyle so that I will never be in a situation where I am overweight again. Nice to meet people with this common goal so hello to you all! <BR> Sat, 5 May 2012 16:31:46 EST Hello! Hello I'm Chloe. 5 ft 4 and 162 pounds... Not the best but that's why I'm here! Fri, 4 May 2012 09:12:18 EST Working Out during the last couple weeks of school So, I've made a routine to go to the gym three times a week, tuesday, thursday, and saturday. However, today I am not able to go because I have a huge biology final, and my monday, wed, fridays are all packed with student activities. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, but I don't want to get in the habit of not going to the gym. Tue, 1 May 2012 17:53:50 EST Newbie! Hello Spark community! Found this site while searching the internet, and I'm glad I did because there is so much information. I have decided to make some healthy changes in my life, I guess mostly because I really miss my old friend energy! I hope to shed some weight, and gain some confidence and energy. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:17:12 EST Hey! i'm Kelsey HI! i'm Kelsey I go to school around the Milwaukee area. I'm a Freshman and I have gained so much weight! It's horrible I really want to make a huge change and become a lot more healthier. I want to lose at least 80 pounds. I would love people who could help and be support and I will also. :) Sun, 29 Apr 2012 01:53:00 EST attention UT students! Hey guys! I'm new to sparkpeople and noticed that there is no group for UT students! If you are a UT student (any location) feel free to join the team I started. Best wishes to all of you on your goals! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:41:49 EST Hey all ! Hey everyone! My name is Sam and I'm 19 from Ontario, Canada. I just finished my second year of my BSc in Nursing. I've been around SparkPeople for a while but just recently got back into it. I'm excited to meet some new people on here! Please feel free to add me as a friend or message me! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:53:24 EST My Name Is Hi Everyone! My name is Cate. Im nineteen. Im interested in living a healthier lifestyle as well as losing ten to seventeen lbs! I need advice on healthy recipes that won't break my budget, fun workout ideas including new music to work out to, and motivational tips! Excited to get to know everyones(: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:13:15 EST Final Exams help Help! I am starting finals and I am afraid ill fall into the crazy snack binges that happen with this stressful time. Any ideas for easy healthy meals? That will be easy to take to the library to study Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:06:52 EST Hey Beautiful People! Hey SP Fam! <BR> <BR> My name is Ayanna bka Nana. <BR> This is my 2nd time giving SparkPeople a try so I'm going to try to stick in there this time. <BR> I would love to have a accountability fitness partner so we can reach our goals together. <BR> Any one interested, shoot me a message! <BR> <BR> <BR> Be Blessed, <BR> Ayanna <em>224</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:24:01 EST christina ready for those abs All I want is to look skinny again. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:31:08 EST new to team i just joined the site today and was a little overwhelmed with all the information and i just wanted to make sure i say hi before i go to bed. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:42:10 EST new & looking for buddies! Hi guys, I'm a freshman who's ready to start eating right and getting some exercise. <BR> I'd love to keep in touch with people so we can help motivate each other! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading, <BR> Feel free to add me~ Sat, 14 Apr 2012 23:43:32 EST Hello! First thing I love about this site is that I can do one "intro" message to all my boards - yay! (Because it's late, and I have to work tomorrow! :) <BR> <BR> But just a short note to say hi to everyone out there reading this and doing this journey alongside me! My name is Katie - I'm wrapping up a graduate degree this semester, and finally finding the personal motivation to lose the extra weight I've been carrying my whole life. <BR> <BR> I'm an amputee and a childhood cancer survivor,... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:15:50 EST Excited about starting my weight loss Hello everyone! I am excited about making the choice to be healthy and lose weight. I all so look foward to meeting new people! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:08:00 EST What's Your Dream? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! <BR> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:22:19 EST new! Hey everyone just wated to say hi!! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:56:08 EST new! Hey, I'm Colleen, I'm 24 and a clinical exercise science major in college. I've heard of SP before, and never really looked into it until about 15 min ago! I'm not necessarily looking to lose weight, but more so looking for more motivation and accountability to eat better and to make sure I'm exercising every day. I'm currently finishing up physical therapy for a patellar tracking injury, but after I'm done with PT, my goal is to run my first 10k! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 12:55:18 EST Newbie :) Hello! I am new, and was wondering how to get to the facebook page for this group? I couldn't find it! Thanks :) Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:11:04 EST Hi!!! : ) I am new to this site and am not sure yet quite how to do anything on it. Well, I joined last year, but then forgot about it. I am trying to get motivated after a long period of being just lost in my constant struggle with my weight. I am engaged and want to lose weight for my wedding. But more importantly, I want to lose weight so I can walk out of my house and be comfortable outside and around people. I have never been this overweight in my life, and just putting on clothes and going t... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 03:25:18 EST Starting from Scratch You ever bake a cake from scratch? There are so many ingredients that individually wouldn't taste so good, but when you combine them in the correct order and manner, they become this amazing construction. <BR> <BR> That is how I am viewing this weight loss/ lifestyle change. There are so many individual pieces: drinking 8 cups of water, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, getting the appropriate amount of calories, getting the right amount of sleep....each of these alone will provide ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 16:12:42 EST Study group madness Hi everyone, <BR> I have a huge PROBLEM! I am a nursing student, so I have study groups usually on the weekends. twice some times three times a month. Well since I HAVE started these study groups I cant stay on track does anyone have any suggestions on what to do <BR> Thank you for your help and all advice is welcome Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:19:33 EST LUPE001 Introduction Hello Sparkspeople, I am 42 yrs old and my goal is to lose 10-15 pounds and getting toned, fit and eating healthy. My eating habits are awful. I dont drink water, I am a sugar freak and I love big cups of coffee with milk. I dont exercise; actually I am scheduled to meet up with a gym rep Wednesday. My goal is to go to the gym at least 4 days per week. I know at first it is going to be hard to go because for me it is better to go with a friend. I dont know, maybe its me. It motivates me. <B... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:37:45 EST Kind of New. Hello everyone! I'm kind of new to SparkPeople, just haven't posted anywhere yet! Figured I might as well, who knows, maybe I'll make new friends. :] <BR> <BR> A little about me, I got to UGA, technically a Junior, but since I transferred I am behind about a year. I'm a double major in Art Education and Drawing and Painting. <BR> <BR> I'm just here to get healthier and try to make better choices regarded my fitness and nutrition! Loosing the extra baggage is just an advantage of it! (A welcomed one by all ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:44:26 EST Very Excited to start Hi! <BR> I just wanted to stop by and say how excited I am to use this website. I just joined today, because a friend introduced it to me, and I can no longer to vigorous exercise, so I had to find another way to lose weight. I guess that's all I have to say. <BR> Goodbye Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:11:14 EST Very New To This. Hi Guys ! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:07:35 EST hi Hi my names kim Campbell. i had weightloss surgery 6 years ago and since i got married last year i have managed to gain 20 lbs so not happy and trying to lose weight. again. im a college student who turned 40 last week lol. i do have a daughter she is grown and in college herself. if there is anything else you want to know feel free to send me a message Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:19:28 EST ...Anyone NOT celebrating St. Patty's Day? I honestly don't understand this "holiday" and I feel like the only college kid, at least in my town, who doesn't drink sun up to sun down, and then some. <BR> <BR> But for those of you who are celebrating, be safe! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:00:26 EST Hi! :3 Hello. I'm new here. My name is Jackie and I am twenty years old. I've always been overweight but I'm tired of it and looking for a change. I have lost about fourteen pounds so far and I'm currently at 184 and my goal is to be somewhere in the 140s. I'm 5'7" by the way. I've tried on and off to lose weight but this is the longest I've been consistent with exercising and eating right. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:44:48 EST And sorority or fraternity people out there? Hey all! its my first day on spark people! Are there any sorority or fraternity people out there? Im a Kappa Delta! Any tips or advise on success? Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:49:39 EST What time of day is the best to weigh? So it seems that my scale goes up drastically at night, I've been told that weight fluctuates during the day and I've seen it first hand. So my question is, "what time of day is the best to weigh?" Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:21:35 EST The new girl Hello! My name is Tiffany. I guess I'm the new girl. I am a sophomore in college and I am looking to lose weight. I love to try new things and I would be interested in any new classes you guys have tried and loved. I'm very friendly and positive and I've been told I'm a great motivator. Unfortunately, it's harder to motivate myself, so I'm in search of some extra support and advice. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:43:21 EST New Hi I need help with healthy eating. I am a diabetic and I am currently attending Lawson State Community College. I have to stay away from the cafeteria because the food is not cooked for diabetes. I don't know how to cook. I was wondering if there is a way to eat healthy without cooking? I'd like to hear some suggestions as I try this dieting thing one more time. I have failed at my diet routine almost 4 times now and I'm bout ready to give up. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:51:05 EST Wanted: Spark Buddy Hey hey! This is my second time using the site and I have lost 30 pounds the first time around. This time I am looking to reach my ultimate goal! I am looking for people to just talk with that understand where I am coming from! I am a full time college student and looking to better my life and live healthier!! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 20:59:37 EST new here just wanted to check in and say hello, introduce myself. my name is aj, i'm 31 and i'm a part time college student (for the third time now). currently working on a degree in History. so, hi everyone! can't wait to be part of this team. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:32:46 EST Mrs. Motivated Hello everyone. First of all I choose not to call any this a diet, but I prefer to say I'm promoting a healthier lifestyle. I'm no stranger to this but it takes support from others and you have to learn to be creative. I lost 32 lbs and gained it all back plus when I became pregnant. I can say I'm finally motivated again and I have my husband on this journey this time around. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:00:25 EST Meal Ideas? I'm an extremely picky eater, it's not that I don't try new food. I just don't seem to like anything, and its the hardest part of eating right for me. I just end up binging on fast food! I was wondering if anyone had an meal ideas? and I hate the cafe food at my school Sun, 4 Mar 2012 18:53:48 EST Support looking for a support buddy! my friends at home are not motivated at all or dont need to lose weight. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:19:37 EST Hi & Hello! Hello everyone! i was recommended to this website by Taralynn McNitt who i believe started using this when she start her new healthy lifestyle. She has inspired me to do the same & i planned to. If you need more motivation you can visit her blog like i do at Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:50:25 EST Hoping to rid myself of my yo-yo weight issues. Hi! You can call me Kate. I'm a freshman at Penn State University studying biology. My weight has been an issue for my entire life. It's been both difficult to maintain and the cause of self-esteem issues I am not proud of. My weight fluctuates like crazy. My highest was 150 pounds. I currently weigh about 138 pounds, and I probably should weigh somewhere around 120 pounds for my height. I'm looking for some motivation, information, and support, which is why I joined SparkPeople. I hope this ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 04:55:25 EST ist day of the rest of my life Hi. I have been a sparks member for years. Never posted before. Starting over today from scratch. Have had serious health issues. Unable to exercise. Gaining weight. I have a colonoscopy tomorrow and hernia surgery on tuesday. I am on a 3 day fast. I intend to use this to jump start my new way of life. New way of thinking about eating. Gastric problems. New ways of thinking about exercising. Today a walk to the mailbox. Tomorrow who knows. No more I can't do it. Now it is I did it... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:46:25 EST Hello Everyone Hello, <BR> My name is Alissa. I am a junior in college, studying Biology. I've always struggled with my weight and I have tried so many diets, but I lose interest within a month of starting. I decided this time is going to be my last for starting over. I'd like to lose weight, but my main goal is to live a healthy life. I'm excited to start this journey! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:31:29 EST New in Town How are you guys doing? I'm Meg, 22 and looking for a buddy. Someone who is strong and motivational. A little bit about me? I go to college and work full time. I have 2 cats and one dog. I love, love, LOVE my family. I'm super laid back and down to earth (or at least I like to think so). I love children.... hmmmmmmmmm. I like doing pretty much everything. <BR> GOALS: make some new friends on spark people and keep track of my food and fitness. <BR> DOWNFALLS: FOOD!!! I love me some carbs! <BR... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:44:01 EST New Here My name is Austin I'm a 19 year old college student who works part time at a grocery store. Throughout high school I was typically pretty active. However, I love food and that kept me as a big guy despite my high activity. I recently moved to Connecticut and so without friends to keep active with and my busy schedule with school and work I haven't been able to keep up the activity and I gained about 20 pounds. I always disliked the fact that I am a big guy; however, I am finally ready to get ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:38:57 EST Anyone else HAVE to eat at a dining hall Hi, Im new to this particular forum. I have been having trouble finding people that relate to a college student looking to lose 50 lbs by August. It seems like im the only person on my entire campus who HAS to eat at the dining hall and is trying to LOSE weight. Please somebody tell me how they do it and how they make it work? Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:01:59 EST I am new to SparkPeople I am in college and a friend who works in the library (momma_little) told me about this site. I hope this program will be one that works for me. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:50:14 EST hi hey hey hey... :) Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:16:49 EST Dining Halls...Yuck! How do you guys eat healthy at the dining hall? Mine don't have much healthy food :( Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:44:15 EST How do I eat healthy on campus? (See more) I'm a busy college girl on a budget and I'm looking for healthy eating suggestions where lunchtime and snacks are concerned. <BR> <BR> I sometimes treat myself to a bagel but I'm aware it's not the healthiest considering the spread and cheese it contains. I also get a smoothie on occasion, however, it comprises of nothing more than frozen berries and frozen yogurt which isn't great either. <BR> <BR> The cafeteria food tastes great but is surely high in fat so I avoid it at all costs. <BR> ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:30:23 EST Hi Hi : - ) Hi fellow Sparkers! I'm Edgar and I've come to to this site, not only to lose weight, but also because it is a whole "lifestyle change" website. i love the motivation and wellness aspects of the site, and I hope to be meeting other people who are wanting to change different aspects of their life. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:31:27 EST I Need a Boost I just started focusing on my nutritional care. I definitely overeat every other day, although I am hoping it was worse then, so I can say I am getting better now. <BR> <BR> I go to the gym and work out on my thighs, specifically. I have quite a bit of fat there. <BR> <BR> Recently I noticed my arms gained a lot of extra fat on them and I don't know why. <BR> <BR> If someone could tell me why that'd be great. Otherwise I feel so depressed, confused, and worthless knowing I made yet anothe... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 00:00:38 EST Hey Everybody hey everybody this is my first post, so I just wanted to say hi but also to see if anyone had any weight loss suggestions for someone in my current job position. I work front desk at a hotel. We stand all day and are basically supposed to stand in front of our computers the entire time (ready and waiting to assist). The only time we get to do any moving around (besides shift from one sore foot to the other) is on the way to lunch or on an errand for a guest. I will say that I am NOT a workout... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 17:29:38 EST Ready to be Skinny My name is Dana, and I want to lose 33 pounds. I'm excited but nervous about going on this weight loss adventure, and hope that I have what it takes to reach my goal weight. Anyone have any tips on how to deal with "sugary sweet withdrawals"? Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:48:41 EST Homecoming Queen Turns Fitness Queen Hello fellow sparkies :) <BR> <BR> My name is Bola and I'm a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. I'm finally starting to learn how to use this site and I'm really glad to see that so many young people like me are trying to achieve a goal of wellness, fitness, and awesomeness! <BR> Can't wait to see all the great changes in myself and others! <BR> <BR> -Bola :) Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:47:22 EST New Beginings Hey Everyone! I am so happy that I have decided to join this group! I hope that I can meet a lot of new people! I am excited to be on board and working towards my goals! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:19:58 EST muscle focusing ok. so i REALLY want to slim down my stomach and my butt, however in the gym i only do cardio (about 40 min) and upper body exercises (chest and arms). this normally takes about an hour to do (and that is as much as i can do a day) <BR> so my question is: should i forgo the arms and chest exercises and only focus on my stomach and butt? should i shorten my cardio and add on more exercises for different muscles? or is cardio enough to slim the butt and stomach? <BR> <BR> and if i am totally o... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:28:26 EST Glorene Hi Everyone! My name is Glorene, I'm a 48 year old woman who is currently about 30 lbs over weight. I want to look good and feel good about myself again. I also want to get active again. I currently went back to college so it makes getting active a bit difficult while trying to take care a home and studies. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:07:05 EST Hello want to correspond Hi I am Theresaannie and new to Spark People... and would like to correspond to others to share interest in staying healthy and excerising. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:17:38 EST hi :D hi, call me s :) i'm a 19 year old college student on the east coast looking to lose weight for the summer and just be healthier overall. i'm a fan of raves, the beach, nyc, doing hair and makeup, listening to crazy music, and just having fun. add my page or hit me up on here, i don't bite :) Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:29:45 EST is there such thing as too much? ok so i have been back to college for two weeks now. since day one i have been going to the gym everyday (doing 40 min of cardio and a few upper body exercises) then i joined a kickboxing class that meets every tuesday and thursday. lately though i have been sore all over. so am i overdoing it? or is this just the price one pays to lose weight? <BR> <BR> i'm just curious Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:19:06 EST Another new Kid. Hello everyone! I'm Roxanne. I joined today, I'm 18 and a college student in CA I'm looking to loose weight and gain a healthier lifestyle. While meeting new people while I'm at it. I have a new years resolution to loose weight, but today i had big wake up call. So, I pretty much decided to step it up a notch and join sp for motivation, information, and support. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:21:06 EST New to Spark! Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Lindsay. I am 23 years old and live in Iowa. I work third shift and because of it i have really let myself go and gained a lot of weight. I overall need to lose 50 lbs this year to be at a healthy weight. I found sparkpeople through Self magazine and thought I would give it a try. So far I am impressed by how organized and easy to use is! The main challenge I am going to have is finding time to exercise. Working all night then sleeping during the day really hin... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:47:58 EST New here Hey! My name is Annie and I'm a college student at Tennessee Tech University. It's time for me to start being serious about my weight loss and it's great to have support to be able to do that. I'm excited about where I'll be going from here. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:23:30 EST Creating an informative linkedin profile Did you know that posting projects on your linkedin can get you noticed by recruiters and employers? It also prevents you from being screened out from positions because it maps your experience, interests, makes you stand out, and causes you to show up in employer and recruiter web searches. Don't take such actions for granted I find in interviews employers are often misinformed about how related college experience can be to engineering projects conducting on the job. I pickedup these from re... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:29:33 EST Where to donate?? Hey y'all! So I haven't reached my weight goal yet, but I am definitely walking around in some baggy clothes and want to buy a few things to atleast look like i know how to dress myself while I continue to lose weight. Anyone know of good places to donate old clothes/ bags/scarves, etc? Sort of just want to go into my twenties looking like a put-together adult haha <BR> <BR> I'm in New York City, so if anyone knows of a place I can give them away to or somewhere I could sell stuff at (even i... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:39:00 EST New Here Uhm, Hi. <BR> I'm Jay. I'm currently going to Highline Community College for Running Start right now. My weight has gotten out of control, so I decided it's finally time to start cracking down on it. So... Here I am. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:54:03 EST HI Hi my name is lyndsay i am 22 i have a 3 year old and i am engaged, i am looking to lose 100 pounds so that i can be back down to the weight i was before i had my son. I hope to lose and keep it off the only problem is I HATE VEGETABLES! If you have any advise for this feel free. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:45:34 EST 25 down in 5months :) Hey there! My name is Brittney :) I'm a Sophmore at the University of South Florida, BioMed major. I just joined SparkPeople because I wanted to track my progress and I'm very excited!! My goal is to lose 25 pounds by my 20th birthday in July. Currently Im 5'8" 215lbs... yesss it looks bad on paper but with hips, a butt, and full chest it's rather balanced. Any questions just ask!! <BR> <BR> Chao! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:21:33 EST 20 years old and ready for change... Hey everyone! Check out my SparkPage for more information about me, and leave a comment to say hello if you want. I'm so ready to permanently change my lifestyle and become the person I know I am inside. I do a lot of research on my goals, so check out my blog as I'll consistently be posting the tips I find along with my progress. I hope I find the support I've been searching for on SparkPeople and I am totally willing to give support to anyone who wants/needs it like I do. Good luck with all... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:36:23 EST Hello My name is Jenny. I'm a non-traditional full-time college student and I work full-time. I'm 100% single. I live in Nebraska. Any question feel free to ask. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:32:11 EST Hello Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm currently restarting what has felt like a lifelong battle with my weight. I go to Florida at the end of February and California at the end of April so I want to feel good for those vacations, also I get married August 9th, 2013 and I want to look and feel good about myself long before then. <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> ChelseaIrene Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:29:30 EST Starting the spring semester! Today I begin the second to last semester of my bachelors degree! Usually I feel anxious before the start of a semester but this time I feel prepared.. [probably because I've been doing this for four years :) ] <BR> <BR> I have kept up my workout routine for the past couple months, just joined weight watchers and found it to be the most realistic "diet" I've ever done, and not just back on spark but more involved in it, too. <BR> <BR> Monday is my weigh in day & I was 2lbs lighter than las... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:44:33 EST day 1 first day hello everyone Sat, 7 Jan 2012 12:37:00 EST Hello Hi, my name is Pia and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I joined sparkpeople about 2 weeks ago and have been flicking around trying to get used to everything and the plethora of info on this website. I am really excited about getting to know people on this site as i'm sure that they are also going to be a great source of information, motivation and support, and hopefully soon enough, I'll be able to do the same for you. Cheers! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:30:54 EST Finally committing to getting fit Hi everyone! I'm Anna, a 21-year-old sophomore at the University of Vermont. After traveling in between my high school graduation and my freshman year, I found myself 22 pounds heavier. For someone who used to be active every day and who went to the state championships twice for track, this was an awful lot, and devastating in a lot of ways for my self-image. I realized how bad my eating habits were and how much I needed a regular schedule, even a team, to keep myself going and active. I don'... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:04:22 EST hey everyone Im Jackie, College student and mother of two, looking to lose a few pounds, and enjoy myself while doing so! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:54:18 EST Hello! Hello everyone...thought I'd introduce myself! I'm Abby.I've had an account on this site for about a year now, but never used it, so I thought I'd hop on seeing as I need help keeping track of some newer goals I have. I'm not actually in college yet (in the process of applying) but I attend boarding school so I'm having alot of the same issues. Glad to hear from any of you and talk! <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:29:20 EST HEEEEEEEEEY!!!! So. I thought it's about time I introduce myself! My name is Shae, I'm 20 years old and currently inbetween transferring schools, (kinda complicated). But anywho, I now reside in Charleston, SC and has made the decision not long ago to start getting my life together, beginning with my health. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping SP will help me keep this going and I'm loving this SparkTeam! Don't be a stranger! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 20:37:18 EST Walking to and from Classes? Would you count that as exercise? Like that I can log? My campus is on a hill and I have about a bazillion lb backpack plus a gym/lunch bag to carry while I trudge from class to class. I think it is a workout. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:18:54 EST Being home keeps pushing me off track I started sparkpeople (actually using it, I made my account long before) December 9th, and my winter break began on December 23rd. The weeks before heading home I had lost 1.4lbs and 3.2lbs respectively. Over break I am spending monday-thursday at my apartment at school and have been able to work out all of those days. My eating habits at school are fairly good because I am cooking only for myself, so I can make food that meets my nutritional needs. Being home is much harder; for starters it ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:17:09 EST Feelin and lookin good! Hello all! I'm Laura, a grad student in Illinois. (music ed) Like everyone on this site, I wanna feel better about myself and fit into those skinny clothes again. I would love to lose about 45-50 lbs! I'm in a friend's wedding next september, so...cross my fingers...hopefully I can fit into a size 10-12 by then. :) <BR> Friend me if you need a buddy to chat with, Lord knows I sure do! <BR> Good luck to everyone and happy New Year! :) Wed, 4 Jan 2012 20:49:40 EST Hey Im Nadia I am 20 yrs old and looking to lose about 25-35 pounds. If anyone needs a motivation buddy, i am your girl! I as well would like to have someone to give me the motivation i need when i need it! <BR> <BR> Dont be afraid to friend me :) Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:08:06 EST Portion Control! One of my biggest downfalls is I'm a serial snacker.. I'll eat a little bite here or there right out of the box and then have no idea how much I've actually consumed. <BR> <BR> Well tonight is a victory for me! I'm just a few days back on the health wagon and when I got home from grocery shopping I did something I've never done. .. I love chips so I got some PopChips and seperated them into portion sized ziplocks! I would have never thought of it until I read the idea on Spark. I also made ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:03:47 EST Hi everyone! Ready for a great 2012? I am! Who wants to make THIS the year?? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:30:05 EST Hey all! Hey, my name is Kelly and I just started today. I am obviously a college student and am very lazy. My family has health problems and I DO NOT want to be next. I want to be healthy and not have to feel so heavy and blah all the time. I know I can do this but I need to motivate myself and hopefully meet new people on here so I don't have to conquer this alone. Thanks! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:33:47 EST Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Jenna. I'm 18 and currently a sophomore. Double major in Theatre and Spanish. I'm 5'2" and 165 pounds. My current goal is to be 140 pounds by my birthday in May. My main reason to lose weight is to feel healthier, boost my self-esteem, and to look better for my boyfriend. But I assure you, he already tells me I'm beautiful. I just want to be healthier. I've had trouble with anorexia in the past. I dropped 35 lbs in four months due to starving myself. I'm trying to lose weight the h... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 00:14:00 EST Hey Everyone :) I guess I'll start with the basics. I'm Jessica; Jessi for short. I'm 21 year old with a 2 year old. He is my pride and joy, and honestly the main reason I'm here. I want to be alive for his graduation and marriage. I want to see my future grandchildren and honestly, on the road I'm on, I'm not gonna make it. <BR> It started when I was 18. Beginning of 2009, I had joined Gold's, and lost 15 lbs and was 160. Mid-March, I found out I was pregnant. I kept on light exercise and eating healt... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:04:43 EST Hello Hello I am a 21 year old Graphic Design student in college. I am currently a senior and my major is extremely tough. I average only getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night during school if im lucky,just to finish the minimum requirements. I am 165 pounds and would like to get down to 130. I am also a picky eater which makes this even tougher. Without much time to exercise, and not much money to make food with I'm really looking for help keeping with this when i go back to class in 2 weeks, and any... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:13:36 EST Hello everyone :] Hi everyone! My name is Ellen. I'm 19 and from Florida. I'm a sophomore in college now studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. I'm preparing for a career as a Speech Therapist. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the fall semester, I exercised a lot and lost 10 pounds. Unfortunately with the stress of finals and the holidays, I gained the weight back. Now I want to lose 15 pounds for good. <BR> <BR> My goals are to eat more fresh food, exercise more often like I did at the beginning of fal... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:39:52 EST joining the facebook group i want to be part of the facebook group :) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:42:30 EST Happy 2012! Resolutions? Happy New Year, everyone! What are your new years resolutions? <BR> <BR> I have a few - <BR> 1. Strength train more often and tone up <BR> 2. Drink more water every day <BR> 3. Eat more fruits and veggies <BR> 4. Run a 5 or 10k <BR> and not fitness/nutrition/wellness related... <BR> 5. Broaden my musical horizons and listen to different artists/bands <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:57:48 EST Hello, my name is Lauren. . . Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren and I'm in my senior year at Ferris State in the Social Work program. I also work full-time and find that my weight fluctuates with each semester. I lose 10, gain 10, lose 10, gain 10. My goal is lose 20 and KEEP it off! Although I do have people who support my goals, I currently do not have anyone in my life that has the same goals as I do that can share the journey with me. I am hoping getting more active on Spark can help with that. <BR> <BR> Nice to mee... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:10:39 EST What do you eat for breakfast? I am going to make an effort to incorporate breakfast into my diet; I am looking for suggestions. What are some healthy, quick-fix/on the go breakfast ideas that you have? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Happy New Years & Good luck to all of us in school! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:04:56 EST it's a new year and a new person Hey all. I'm Dan. I'm positive I already had an account here but I can't remember any logins or anything so I'm starting again. I'm a 22 year old who's living in Pennsylvania and here to lose about 90 pounds. Tomorrow I'm starting college, in July I'm moving to where my son lives and my last resolution was to get in shape so that's what I'm doing. (I just backspaced over 'trying' and replaced it with 'doing' !!!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm certainly here to try to make friends so if any of you gu... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:05:14 EST Ready for me Hi everyone, my name is Megan and I have been on sparkpeople before. I got out of it but I'm ready now for me. I used to want to get healthy and lose weight because it was what everyone told me to do. But now I want to do it. I want to do something for me. Something to make myself proud of. Today is Day 1 of the rest of my life! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:13:41 EST My name is Meghan. I'd just like to introduce myself. I'm 18 years old and a freshmen in college (although with my credits, I'm a sophomore) at Old Dominion University. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember and I'm ready to change it, but it's proving to be harder than I had ever imagined. I can never find motivation to get up and work out, I'm scared to go to/join a gym... I just need inspiration. I weigh 228 pounds; I weighed 261 in May. I'd be a lower weight now but college food options are no... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:10:32 EST My Name is Marta Soliz HI everybody! :) I am so happy to join SparkPeople. Hopefully I will be able to accomplish my goal. Hope everyone has an awesome day :) Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:49:56 EST Ready for a change Hey everyone. I'm not exactly new but I have not been an active member. Let me re-introduce myself. I'm 21 years old and I live in North Carolina. I have been overweight all of my life and I feel like I'm not living my life to the fullest when I'm hiding behind 400 lbs. I have a gym membership, I know what i need to do but I never have the motivation to do it! <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose but I want to succeed, I HAVE to succeed. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. <BR> <BR> -Steve Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:46:58 EST Group Newbie Hey everyone! My name is Katelynn and I'm 21 years old, and a senior in college. I've been on SP since May 2011 and boy has it been crazy. For the most part over the summer and into the first few weeks of school I did great. Total I lost about 25 pounds (which is the most I've ever lost). I lost track and I just started back up. My problem is.. I'm just always so exhausted after long days of classes, and meetings, and work that I dread going to the gym. <BR> <BR> Because of my schedule I go... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:00:02 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Megan and I go to CSM and am trying to become a social worker. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:06:20 EST What do you make for lunch? As college students we can get crazy busy, but to stay on a budget and on track with our diets we need to bring our lunch with us sometimes. <BR> What are you favorite things to pack for lunch? Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:45:07 EST Hey! Hey you guys, I'm Kaetlyn. I'm 19 and a sophomore nursing major from Kentucky. I can't wait to meet y'all, so feel free to message me. I love getting and giving support! Sat, 17 Dec 2011 14:00:18 EST Howdy! My name is Shannon, and I am from KY. I attend KCTCS. I am 26 y/o w/ 280 pounds to lose. I have always been big, but I ballooned after I got married. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:46:46 EST Joining In Hi! My name is Jonni and I'm a 39 year old married, mom of 3 teens. I am also going back to college next month. I have been a member of Spark People for a long time but have never actually done anything with it until now. I am about to turn 40 and it is time to get my life in control so I can do the things I want to do. I have been overweight my entire life and that needs to change. It's time to live the life I want to live! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:37:51 EST Hi! New here Hello! I am a late college bloomer I suppose. I am 27 and am somewhere between freshman and sophomore at my local community college. I have one final left this semester and am sooo looking forward to my break. <BR> <BR> I have found that working and going to school is a big culprit in bad eating and exercise habits so it is really good to know there is some sort of support out there. <BR> <BR> The end of <em>249</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:43:24 EST I am in need of some HUGE pick me up advice! Hey, my names Katelyn and for a couple of years now I have been struggling with me weight. My freshman year of college I weighed 155 lbs going to school and left at 179 lbs. 24 lbs. gained!! and boy did I feel like crying every time I stepped on the scale then. I wanted the weight to just be gone. Honestly, I wanted to quit! After the summer I dropped to 169 but I am still NOT happy in any ways. I find myself so far from any goals I have for myself. It's like every time the mirror hits me I ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:41:47 EST New Here! Hi All!! <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica--23 years old--college student, majoring in Clinical Social Work. <BR> <BR> Just joined SparkPeople! Lost 20 lbs on Weight Watchers but it was beginning to get a little pricey for me. Thought I'd try this out since I have only heard good things! Would love some accountability partners for motivation!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:05:00 EST End of the semester Hope everyone has (or had) a fairly stress-free finals week! Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:08:44 EST Breakfast - porridge Hi. <BR> I'm first year student. I don't have much money, I can't work, too much to learn. <BR> I've got lately some amazing idea. I'm going to eat porridge for breakfast. But here is what it's getting complicated. I don't know what can add to it. I already tried banana. It taste weird. How about some low-fat and low-sugar jam? <BR> Help, please. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 06:25:52 EST HI! Hey, I am desperately needing to get my eating habits back on track. I have struggled with compulsive overeating and bulimia. My food addiction is unhealthy and makes my life miserable. I neeeeeeeeeeed help. I hope we can all lose weight together :) Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:42:09 EST Elliptical or Brisk walk???! Hiii there, <BR> I've been wondering which is better for a long time, please help me out! <BR> <em>324</em> or <em>311</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 04:32:00 EST Hey there! I just thought that I would drop in, and say hi to everyone, and to tell you all that I am very excited about the journey that I am headed on! :D Sun, 4 Dec 2011 03:05:12 EST Intro hey im new anyone els new? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:45:50 EST Hello! Hey everyone! I'm Kaitlyn and I'm super new to Spark People (obviously haha). I'm 20 years old and have lost about 10lbs so far, from cutting out pop and fast food, but want to lose about 20-25 more. I'm super excited to get really serious about losing weight :) Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:58:26 EST hello!! :) Hello everyone! im not new to sparkpeople, but i am new to actually using everything it has to offer! so heres to a new beginning! & to new friendships! im so excited to meet you all and find motivation (& hopefully give some along the way!) Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:19:52 EST ready to lose Hello, I'm April. I've been trying to lose since last year. I lost 15 last year but I gained it back. I weigh about 205 and i want to just look good. I want to lose probably 55-65 pounds, whichever make me look good and feel great. Of course I lack in the motivation like everyone else. My boyfriend's brother is getting married next year in dec. I want to reach my goal by then. That means I need to lose 1.25 pounds per week. Looking at on paper makes it look easy but we know that's not true! I... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:22:34 EST I love thanksgiving! Boy, do I love Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> I tried to stick to my diet plan,but everywhere I went temptation was there. I even reverted to talking to myself "stay strong you can do this." My will came crashing down like a stack of cards when my aunt brought out that sweet,sweet, German Chocolate Cake...sad to say, but it started a four day eating frenzy, inwhich made my belly stick out like I swallowed the whole turkey. <BR> <BR> If anyone knows of something to rid of this belly or any advic... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:28:10 EST Dorm room diet I am a college freshman and am still getting used to the dorm room and cafeteria foods. I need suggestions on how to choose healthy foods so that I can lose my 15 pounds before I gain it!!! Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:55:23 EST Helpppp! Hi, everybody! My name is Madison. I'm 21, from Spring, TX and currently weigh 244lbs. By this time next year, I want to weigh 150lbs. Every time I think about it, it seems like so much. I've been a part of this site for a little while.. but I've had a really hard time keeping myself motivated. I don't have anyone in my life to really help me. My mom isn't very supportive and my husband "loves me as is". I love him for that, but I need this. I need to not feel like I'm huge. I need to feel co... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:09:23 EST Fatty stressed fulltime college student and mom my topic , describes exactly how I feel. Before I started this college (at my previous) I had lost 90lbs with Weight Watchers , however I am unable to do it anymore ! Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:28:19 EST Healthy is the new black... Hey. <BR> I've only started here today, so I'm still looking round at all of the features this site has to offer, but it's slowly getting easier! I'm currently at a sixth form college and studying geography, English lang&lit and maths, hopefully going on to do a MSc in Geography. I have struggled with my weight for 5-6 years now, fluctuating by 40 lbs throughout this time. I have was diagnosed with mild depression 2 years ago just as I was working towards my GCSE's, but had no treatment. I am... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:00:45 EST Just getting seriously started. Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> So I've been a member of Spark People for about two years, but I'm just getting serious about losing the pounds. I have a long way to go before I'm at a comfortable weight again, but I am excited about engaging in this community and meeting like minded people. To begin with, I was hoping that you guys had some tips for staying motivated as well as your favorite exercises. Glad to be here!!! Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:54:45 EST Here we go... Another person on board and looking for weight loss! I am 22 years, currently finishing up my college education at a University in Wisconsin. I graduate December 17, 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have struggled with weight my whole life and really want to make a change. I am at that point in life where everything is changing. I am looking for jobs and wanting to start a family, however I believe my weight holds me back from m... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:06:35 EST Digital scales driving me crazy! So to meet my goal I bought a digital scale because I heard it is more encourgaing when you see small incremental changes but everytime I stand on it it gives me a different figure. I have no idea if I am gaining or losing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions on a good scale to buy that isn't too expensive? <BR> <BR> Should I just stick to the scale I have and weigh myself after long periods of time e.g. three weeks, two weeks?.... <BR> <BR> Help! :( It's really discouraging according ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:30:07 EST Hello from Memphis, TN! I am new to Memphis and am looking for some workout buddies. Message me if you are from here and interested(: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:53:15 EST What to do when you dont buy your food As I am going to college I still live at home with my parents. Unlike other parents that would be ecstatic that I am trying to lose weight they spend their time making fun of me and telling me I can't do it and if I do I will gain the weight back. <BR> They refuse to buy fruits or vegetables and the food that they make are very fattening. I can't buy healthy food because when I do my step mom purposely eats all my food telling since I eat the food she buys she gets to eat the food I buy. Wha... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:36:44 EST Good study breaks? Luckily, the major I'm in (public relations and journalism) isn't nearly as stressful as music education, which was what I was in last year. But there are always those evenings, weekends, or weeks where it feels like you're studying/writing papers nonstop. The way I work best is if I work in 30 minute chunks, taking 10 minute breaks between each chunk, then every 2 or 3 hours, I take a half-hour break. I like my study breaks to not involve screens (TV, computer, etc.) or reading/writing, beca... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:19:57 EST Greetings! Hey everyone! My name is Tyler, and I joined Spark people for the motivation to lose the rest of the weight. I've always been a heavy girl, but I lost 62 lbs, and want to lose the last 40 lbs to my goal weight. So.. yeah! Hi! :) Thu, 10 Nov 2011 01:28:06 EST Hi! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Rachel Just joined today after hearing about this website from a friend. Hoping it can give me the boost I need! Looking forward to meeting new people on here!!! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 20:35:06 EST hi!!!! Hey guys! My name is paige and I'm a freshman at Texas State. I'm trying to be healthy but sometimes I slip for a week or so. Can anyone help? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Nov 2011 22:02:55 EST Hi :) Im Jessica I'm not sure what to post.. lol but I wanna wish everyone a good luck with their personal goals and share my excitment to start this new journey in my life. woo! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 01:44:00 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Katelyn, I am a junior at Oklahoma State! I'm new to the group! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:16:33 EST Hey! hey, name's Beach and i'm a newbie to this site. just looking to lose some weight and then hopefully be able to maintain it :) <BR> <BR> any English/British people on this forum? lol Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:41:57 EST How to Avoid the Grad Grande As a master's student, I have found myself doing a whole lot of sitting down to read books, articles, writing papers, writing my thesis, and anything else needed not only for class but my thesis. After my first year I was stating to find that my pants were getting more snug - and that wasn't going to fly! <BR> <BR> At the start of my second year I immediately looked into getting a trainer (because I know that if I have a forced commitment I will be more likely to do this, otherwise I would e... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:12:10 EST Hello team! Hi everyone! My name is Jeni! I am a teacher, mother, graduate student, and wife. I am completely overwhelmed with my life right now and have the stress weight to prove it! I joined SP to do something for myself. A little therapy, you might say. I need encouragement and motivation. I have found in the past that it is harder to stay on track with a diet when everyone around are enablers. I want to lose around 25-30 lbs. in the next 6 months. HELP ME! Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:16:24 EST Making the right choices and changes Hey all! My name is Rachel and I'm so excited to be getting started on my weight-loss journey. i've always been the overweight girl, and I want to know what it's like to be skinny and walk into a store knowing I can wear whatever I want, not just plus sizes. Not just for my appearance and how I feel, but I want to start these habits while I'm still young so I can keep up with them the rest of my life. I'm thrilled there is a team for college students like me, and I'm sure I will be able to be... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 01:34:59 EST Hi Hannah Hi I'm Hannah and a junior nursing student. with the many long night of studying i ended up gaining at least 50 pounds within the first year and a half. Now i am looking to become healthier for my patients so i can live what i teach Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:30:47 EST Hi, I'm Megan! (19) My name is Megan. I am 19 years old and I am on the quest for fitness! It is partially for vanity but mostly for optimal health. I have had a little bit "extra" on my body for most of my life, and in the last few years of high school, it became a lot extra. I have never been happy with my body, never worn a bikini, etc. I finally decided I I'm ready to get trim and healthy. I want to become more athletic and less fearful of challenging myself! I made this blog to chronicle my weight loss, and... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:46:39 EST Hi! I'm Jessica and I'm a junior majoring in Accountancy. I've gained about 30 lbs since I started and I want to get that all off, and more! I would like to get the first 30 lbs off by summer. I want to do this the right/realistic way by eating the right foods. Basically, I just want to be healthy, happy, and back in shape! Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:13:46 EST Professional Students? Hey guys - <BR> I don't know how many of you out there are professional students (med, vet, dentist, whatevs) but how are you dealing with your increased class load? <BR> <BR> I was a ambitious student as an undergrad (to get into vet school you totally have to be!), but now that I've started school, I have so much more work than I ever thought I would. It is 10X harder and I am really struggling with managing classes and working out/ good nutrition! <BR> <BR> I did so well working out the... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:01:25 EST Animation student looking for motivation! Hey everyone! My name is Sam, I'm 23 and about to go off to grad school soon hopefully and major in animation so I can work on motion pictures or television YAY! I wanted to lose about 60 lbs before I go there next year so I won't be considered the fat friend anymore. I want to fit into a bikini so I can actually enjoy myself at the beach and not feel judged. I hope you all know that feeling, it sucks. I would love to have a few friends to help motivate me, I'm a good listener and I would lov... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:28:35 EST Heyy Whats Up?! :) Hi. My Names Melinda Im 18 Years Old From San Diego,CA! I Attend Palomar College & Majoring In Criminal Justice. After Reading Peoples Posts Im Feeling Motivated & So Ready Too Start Sheding Pounds! 6 Am Workout Here I Come! =P Mon, 17 Oct 2011 04:59:01 EST Spring Break 2012 anyone? The main reason for finally wanting to do something about my weight is because I want to look AWESOME for my first spring break EVER in Cancun! I hope to look like a Tomb Raider Angelina by the time I walk onto the plane (I'm disregarding my weight for this). My reason for posting this is because I'm wondering if anyone else if heading down south around March 9th to the 16th, and if you are, if you'd like to meet up? right now I'm going solo (my friends are nerds, lol) and don't really want t... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 02:23:42 EST Hi there. :) Hi I'm Katie. I'm 18 living in England. I have 110 pounds to lose and I'm studying Graphic Design at college. :) Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:36:06 EST Hi I am Joeleane Hello, my name is Joeleane and I live in Florida. I am a mother to a wonderful eight year old son, and have been married for eight years too. :) I am a full time college student, and hope to become an elementary teacher. I gained weight during my pregnancy with my son, and then shortly after he was born I was in two serious accidents, which made me gain even more weight. Well now I am sick of being out of shape, and ready to make a change!! I hope this website really helps me, because I have ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:14:07 EST Tia Hello everybody! My name is Tia, and I am a mother to 3 little kiddies. I have a daughter that is 3 yrs old, a son who is 1 1/2 yrs old and a son who is 3 months old, and I am trying to get rid of this weight. How in the world will I ever lose this weight I have no idea. My husband is also trying to lose weight. He has gained just as much as I have with the pregnancies. I tried the counting calories diet and that got blew out of the water, and to be honest I dont know what other way to lose t... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:51:46 EST college kid making a change Hi I am a sophomore in college who is trying to make a serious change to her life in many aspects. I have just started blogging on here and I would be happy to make connections and become a part of this wonderful support systems. I have had experience with dieting all the wrong ways, and this time im out for a change.@ Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:57:18 EST college kid making a change Hi I am a sophomore in college who is trying to make a serious change to her life in many aspects. I have just started blogging on here and I would be happy to make connections and become a part of this wonderful support systems. I have had experience with dieting all the wrong ways, and this time im out for a change.@ Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:57:15 EST The first step is always the hardest.... My name is Breanna. I am 24 and live in Texas. I am currently planning a wedding to get married to the man I have been with for almost 7 years. We have two beautiful boys. They are all my love and support for this wonderful and crazy lesson. I am so thankful to finally be ready to lose weight. People dont understand sometimes that you have to be completely and mentally prepared for the weight loss or you will end up failing. I am very excited to try and learn from my failures on this weight l... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 19:10:46 EST looking for a free app... im looking for an app for my iphone 3 that will help me run...with a trianer that wll tell me when to start and when to finish, know of any???? I tried one today but it will only give one training free and for the rest you need to purchase. <BR> <BR> thank you!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 9 Oct 2011 15:44:05 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:22:49 EST My name is.... Hi, <BR> My name is Jessica. I have about 60 lbs I want to lose, plus I want to get back to how I felt when I swam competitively, I want to feel strong again. I'm also in nursing school and I want to be an example for my patients. I don't want to be obese and try to educate my patients on proper nutrition. I also want to have a family and I don't want my habits to have a negative effect on them. Originally, I joined the site because of a class , but now I'm using it because my support s... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:54:02 EST Help Please!! :( I'm having trouble losing weight. I'm not sure where to start. I tried keeping track of my food but that only last a few days. As a college student its very difficult to keep up with things because of my schedule. So far I've made sure I had breakfast. I avoid fried foods and sweets. I make sure I have a vegetables and fruits with each meal. As for exercise I have a cardio kickboxing class twice a week. The class is great but I still don't see any results. I think I even gained more weight. I... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:12:32 EST Any problems having Free Hugs Campaign on Campus? I'm gonna e-mail the girl who i did it with last year, she kinda set it up, but i wanna do it for our school's school spirit event. I don't think she had to clear it with anybody or anything, but i'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anybody else has tried to do this on campus and been shut down for it, or they just thought it was great and let it go on. It was really underdiscussed last time we tried it, and only me and this other girl did it, but it was fun and uplifting, and we wanna ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:31:05 EST New Here...Almost! :) Hey! <BR> So I didn't know about this forum until today, but I joined like a few weeks ago. <BR> Needless to say, I'm on top of things. <BR> Anyways, I'm 18, going to college in Cali, wanting to lose 70 to 100 pounds and so far have lost 7.5 since September 11th. <BR> Pretty excited. :) <BR> I'm a sophomore English major, by the way. <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 16:38:08 EST New to the boards Hello everyone. I am a first time mother of a beautiful baby girl. I am sick of making excuses for myself and always falling off the wagon. I need to get in shape/be healthy for my family and hope to find some great tips here and maybe a workout buddy or two. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:42:37 EST Hey! I'm NEW!!! Hey everyone!! My name is Kendra and i am new to Spark People and also a college student. I love hanging out with my friends, music, tv, facebook, working out (when I feel up to it) and just wanting to lose weight be healthy. What about you guys? Thu, 29 Sep 2011 08:10:40 EST Hi Everyone Hello Everyone I am new here. My name is Madrias Tue, 27 Sep 2011 08:20:35 EST I love working out! Hey everyone! I'm so glad to be part of a community that understands the importance of healthy living. Come check out my blog! <BR> I'm a college student studying communications. My life-long goal is to practice and communicate the urgent issue of being healthy. Wether it be eating right or just getting the needed amount of exercise. <BR> Maybe become a personal trainer someday. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:15:46 EST Need Support Hey Y'all my name is Deven. I am a 20 yr second yr freshmen in college and I need some help. I was always the chunky kid in class, but the summer between my 6th and 7th grade year that all changed. I started marching band that summer and I only ate one meal every day for the whole summer, I lost somewhere around 40-50lbs. (It's not good I know) Some how I was able to stay at 115lbs five years, maybe gaining a couple pains here and there but never went over 120lbs. Two weeks after I graduated ... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:04:29 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:05 EST New to Spark and Need Some Motivation! Hey All, <BR> I recently joined Spark after hearing about it in my nutrition class. My name is Jacobi and I am 19 years old and a sophomore in college. I would not classify myself as obese, just would like to lose a little weight and get back into shape. I have come across a few problems that I was hoping some of you could help me with. My first problem is motivation. Between school, work, and caring for animals at our farm I don't have a lot of extra motivation to work out. My nex... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:14:58 EST Allow me to introduce myself Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is LaDon. I joined spark this past Friday and already it is helping me tremendously. I am finding I had more bad eating habits than I thought, and I am overwhelmingly inactive. There have been a lot of positive changes in my life over the past month and want those changes to reflect in my appearance as well. <BR> <BR> I am a college student, however, not of typical college student age. I'm going back in hopes of making a career change. I am really h... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:55:01 EST Hi Everyone! So today's my second day on SparkPeople, I think it's going well so far... fingers crossed :) My name's Lauren, I'm 20 years old, I'm a second year student of Paediatric (children's) Nursing and I'm here to lose 20Kg (about 40lbs). My goal is to have lost the weight by my birthday in February. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:26:51 EST Freshman.... 40? Someone told me the other day that the Freshman 15 is more like the Freshman 40 nowadays. Has anyone else heard this? Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:04:17 EST Just saying HI!! Hey everyone... in the past when I've come on to the website I haven't done the whole introduction thing.. but I am feeling READY and so excited to start working towards my goals and meeting new people who share those same goals with me.. My name is Jules and I can't wait to become a part of the SparkPeople community for real this time. <BR> I hope to meet as many people as possible, so leave me a message! I will be checking in daily!! :) Can't wait to hear from you!!! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:37:30 EST Reviews: Android OS vs. Windows--any thoughts? I've been around windows my whole experience with computers when it came out, so i'm super used to it. i haven't been brave enough to try out mac more than a few minutes at a time, just not used to it. <BR> <BR> But i've barely heard anything about Android OS, and found lots of netbooks having that available. Apparently its the big threat to Apple's operating systems, but I barely know anything about all this. I've got a netbook with Android shipping over to me next week and it was a very de... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:22:08 EST