SparkPeople SP Class of January 20-26, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from January 20-26, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 20-26, 2008 Team Messageboard 2017 Any members left here? <em>30</em> Today is Jan. 8th, 2017 and I have written down my food everyday In my fitness pal journal. I DROPPED 4 POUNDS THIS WEEK. Hope to loss another 2 this week. <em>521</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:41:23 EST Is Anyone here??? Are there any active members out of the 30,000????? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:40:47 EST 5 Year Check In - Are you still Sparking? Wow we have a 5 year anniversary to celebrate this month. <BR> <BR> How are you doing and what is your plan for this year? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:05:02 EST 5th Anniversary on the Horizon As a team what are some ways you would like to celebrate or acknowledge 5 years on SparkPeople? <BR> Goals? <BR> Updates? <BR> Any Ideas would be great Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:48:49 EST Looking for a new team leader I have been listed as your team leader for a long time. For months now I have not been able to devote the time I should to SP and to being a leader. I am getting back to a good place personally, but it has been a long journey. <BR> <BR> I have not been active on the site for many reasons, but it is not fair to the team. I am hoping someone will be willing to step in and take over. <BR> <BR> Please reply here or email me and I will see that the change takes place. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> ... Sun, 13 May 2012 20:09:46 EST Maintenance or weight loss Are you working on maintaining your level of fitness or are you in the weight loss phase? Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:38:07 EST 4 Year Anniversary with SP--Give Us an Update What features are you using most? <BR> What goals have you met? <BR> What are you still working on? <BR> Anything else you'd like to share about your 4 years with SparkPeople. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 19:03:35 EST Holiday Plans What are you doing for the up coming holidays? How will you stick to your goals? Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:09:20 EST Halloween Plans What are you doing, if anything, for Halloween? <BR> <BR> We live in the country so we get very few trick-or-treaters--just a couple neighbor children. I have pumpkins in front of the garage. For work my team is dressing up as Oompa Loompas. Not sure how that is going to work out yet. Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:40:42 EST New Team Goals Added I finally got a couple new team goals added. Check them out. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:21:24 EST Last Book You Read What is the last book you read? Was it something you chose or did someone require it for work or school? Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:25:56 EST Music preference What is your referred type of music to listen to? WHo is your favorite artist? What is your favorite song? Sun, 10 Jul 2011 08:16:54 EST Team Goal Ideas I am looking for ideas for team goals. What are some you would like to see? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:02:36 EST In or Out Do you prefer to workout inside or outside? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:58:04 EST What has worked for you? We've all been on SP for sometime now--so what have you found found works for you? What is your workout schedule for a typical week? What nutritional changes have you made since startingSP? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:53:35 EST Question about Strength Training! Hello, <BR> <BR> I have a question for any of you that would like to help me out. I am thinking of changing up my exercise routine to hopefully get better results in my fitness and weight. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I have been doing strength training three times a week and do a full body workout. But I am considering going to 6 days a week doing 2 days a week of each area: upper, lower and core (alternating of course). I was wondering if you think I will get better results. Please let ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:40:21 EST Summer Plans What are your plans for the summer--with family, at work, major goal, etc? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:04:46 EST Sweet Dreams The Sweet Dreams challenge is to get at least 7 hours of sleep 5 nights a week. <BR> <BR> Each weekend post the number of night you slept at least 7 hours the previous week. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:31:46 EST Favorite Strength Training Activity We've all been part of SP for a while--What is you favorite strength training activity? Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:26:38 EST Favorite Cardio We've all been part of SP for awhile--What is your favorite form of cardio? Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:24:22 EST Who Is Still Active Who is still active and what are the features you continue to use on SP? Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:21:12 EST New here Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have noticed that over the last few years I have been slowly gaining weight and I am now dertermined to shed those extra pounds and start feeling good again. I find it difficult figuring out what is ok to eat and what isn't. When I think something is ok, I then find out later when entering it into my nutrition tracker that it was toally wrong! I'm also not a water drinker, that in itself is a challenge, but I am dertermined to get it done! <BR> I look forward to g... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 13:58:19 EST The Great Green Challenge Each day eat at least 1 green food--(Shamrock shakes do NOT count ). <BR> Post daily the green food you ate. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 20:34:26 EST Newbie <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I am new to the Team. <BR> <BR> I didn't see a new members forum just the Let's Get <BR> Reacquainted. <BR> <BR> Looking for lots of support and fun... <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:39:38 EST January Challenge We will celebrate our 3rd anniversary with SP at the end of January, so let's turn it up a little. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue your regular exercise routine. <BR> 2. Add just 10 minutes of cardio (your choice) each day for at least 5 of 7 days each week. <BR> 3. Post each weekend what extra cardio you did. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:13:55 EST One Main Goal for 2011 What is the 1, overall goal you will work on throughout 2011? Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:05:33 EST Starting A New Habit Hello everyone. I am mother of a beautiful little girl. She is my inspiration to becoming a healthier and more improved me. I know that I am an emotional eater. I tend to eat A LOT of sweet and salty junk when I am stressed or unhappy. However, I am here to make changes and become healthier and happier. I am here to lose the weight and keep it off. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:52:40 EST Sparking Discussions! For Us Who Are Still Here! Time to get a new discussion going. Who is still here? What are you doing? Have you kept Sparking since you joined? What else is on your mind? Mon, 6 Dec 2010 23:07:57 EST December Challenge December is a busy & at times stressful month. <BR> <BR> This month set aside 10 minutes each day to do something you enjoy--crossword/suduko puzzle, paint your nails, listen to a couple favorite songs, etc. <BR> <BR> Each weekend post what you did & if it helped you stay focused better the rest of the day. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 08:33:59 EST Snow removal If it snows in your area, do you shovel it, use a snow blower, or hire someone else to remove your snow? Sun, 5 Dec 2010 08:28:29 EST October Spark points Challenge I challenge you all to earn 500+ Spark Points this month! Tue, 5 Oct 2010 19:32:07 EST Where are you in your journey? Are you working toward a weight lose goal, fitness/healthy living goal, or maintaining health/weight that you have achieved? Sat, 2 Oct 2010 08:29:48 EST Active Members Check In Wondering who is still active 2 1/2+ years later. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 08:25:10 EST Let's Get Reacquainted Tell us again about yourself. It's been a couple years since we all started this journey, so update us on family, goals, occupation, etc. <BR> <BR> When I started with SP I "lurked" on the message boards for a long time before joining in the conversations. Now I post almost daily & find it helps keep me on track. I'm still teaching preschool, but have gained confidence and stamina over the past 2.5 years. This summer I took a big step & started running--haven't done that since high school. I... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 08:22:07 EST Challenge for July - Around the World in 56 Days! Around the World in 56 Days! Yes it’s time to sign up for the July challenge and have fun while you get your 5% weight loss. We will travel the word and make new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I lost about 20 pounds in two challenges. Another one starts in July. You are welcome to join. I wish you all the best in your journey to better health. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43524 </link> <BR> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:41:54 EST Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info. <BR> <BR> Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things – food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s intended to be all inclusive so everyone can participate i... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:10:38 EST Weight Loss Tracker - Please help! My weight loss ticker is showing kilos not pounds. How do I change it to pounds? Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:32:44 EST Roll Call - 2nd Anniversary! Please Check In <em>504</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team! Wow, 2 years later, do you wonder who else is still here? Let's leave messages to let others know how we are doing. <BR> <BR> My update - had cancer treatment in 2009, cured and am doing well. I am back on track exercising and dieting. I am eating high fiber dinners and it's keeping me from eating after dinner. My goal is to get to 199 or less by June 30th. I am working out ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:58:18 EST Hi I am new again!! I joined SP about a year ago but discontinued. It seemed like it was taking to much of my time sitting in front of the computer. But another year down and here I am again. I joined Curves last year and I have not lost weight, infact I have stayed the same but I have lost a total of 12 inches. So now I want to rev up the weight loss. So if any of you have some ideas send them my way. I also swim and bicycle. I thought I'd start walking also. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:01:54 EST Gone yesterda y...back today! I started last year stong and did very well...summer came along and I went on my way...did run my first 5K...the holidays started (Labor Day) and I got lazy. Here I am, back with a vengence and ready to get back to it. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:13:52 EST This time its for good! Hi! My name is Amber. I am a 30 year old mother of a 3 1/2 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. They make every day of my life worth living for. The problem is, is that I am not offering them my best. I want to be healthy for my kids. I want to keep up with them and keep them active and healthy. I want to lead by example. Thats why this time its not just about me, this is for them too! I am on a restricted calorie diet, but eat what I want as long as it is not empty calories and d... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 16:20:14 EST This time its for good! Hi! My name is Amber. I am a 30 year old mother of a 3 1/2 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. They make every day of my life worth living for. The problem is, is that I am not offering them my best. I want to be healthy for my kids. I want to keep up with them and keep them active and healthy. I want to lead by example. Thats why this time its not just about me, this is for them too! I am on a restricted calorie diet, but eat what I want as long as it is not empty calories and d... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 16:20:11 EST January Spark Points Challenge 1,000 Spark Points in the month of January. <BR> <BR> It's doable - who's in? <BR> <BR> Post your daily points total here! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:40:22 EST January Daily Cardio Challenge OK Friends - I've been gone, but am back now and ready to get healthy again! <BR> <BR> I challenge you to AT LEAST 15 minutes of cardio EVERY SINGLE DAY in January (remmber, I'm restarting, so I'm moving slow!). <BR> <BR> Who's in? Wed, 30 Dec 2009 11:25:19 EST This is my first step to a better me.............. Hi t all... I'm on my way to a healthier, better me. I'm almost 56, time to get started. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:04:18 EST Newbie I have been a "lurker" here for several months now and have finally decided to take the proverbial plunge. <BR> I find myself in need of support and I'm thinking if I do something I have never done before, I might be more successful. So here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how much information one generally puts into an introduction but I am a 53 year old woman who is basically healthy (none of the chronic complaints most of my friends have), eat pretty well (generally don't have a problem... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:38:52 EST 5 Free Things to Do For Fun Get DVD's from the library <BR> Walk in the woods with the dog <BR> Visit a friend <BR> Go to the gym (membership is paid for whether I use it or not) <BR> Play cards with hubby Tue, 8 Sep 2009 15:45:34 EST September 2009 - Who is Active? Summer is winding down, kids back in school and time to get back into a routine. Over the summer I slacked off a bit, but Sept. 1 I am back recording my food and walkign daily. I am going to Mexico for Christmas and look forward to wear a bikini on the beach. Also I want to have lots of energy for long walks on the beach. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:21:05 EST Get Ready For September! I hope you have enjoyed the summer. Summer is going by so fast. What would you still like to do? Please let us know what your plan is to get back on track in Sept. What is your biggest challenge? Do you have a special event coming up that you would like to set as a milestone? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:03:42 EST Multivitamin question I work for a pharmacist who eats terribly. I keep telling him he is not getting the nutrients he needs but he says he takes a multivitamin. I still don't think he is getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. Am I correct? I assumed that vitamins should be used as supplements not as your main source of vitamins and minerals. Who is correct? Mon, 8 Jun 2009 09:22:55 EST June 2009 - Who is Active? It seems the time has been flying by. Don't let my profile picture fool you. This month I am in Las Vegas helping out my family. My son-in-law had an operation on his kidney and it will take some time for him to recover. It's been great to spend time with my 4 year old grandson while his parents are at UCLA. <BR> <BR> I had my laugh for the day. I went to Home Depot to get 2 bottles of water for the cooler. As I was going out of the store a clerk said, "Mam would you like to leave the cart a... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 01:55:12 EST Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp Anyone doing this bootcamp? I thought it might be nice to post on here how you're doing. <BR> <BR> I did the workout today and I posted my stats and pics in my blog. Sun, 3 May 2009 19:06:54 EST May - 2009 Who is Active? Hi everyone. Wow 15 months since we joined Spark People and we are still here! I hope you are enjoying good weather and being active. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Couch to 5K training daily with Kali and maintaining my weight. I didn`t think running was for me - too heavy, too old to run but surprisingly it gets easier and easier to do. I am also going to the gym and water aerobics. I got water aerobics gloves to increase the workout on my arms. <BR> <BR> In April I went shopping for smaller j... Sat, 2 May 2009 15:02:33 EST I'm back! I posted a blog entry <em>30</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:38:53 EST April - 2009 Who is Active - Roll Call! Hi Team. A new month, and spring has arrived. I hope you are enjoying good weather where you are. We have a lot of snow and temp is in the 40`s. <BR> <BR> I am going to water aerobics 2 times a week, walking my dog most days while doing interval training walking and jogging. It was my way of kicking it up a notch. <BR> <BR> With food the little bits of goodies are gone. As I ran out of blue cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, etc. I didn`t replace them. I am shopping at a store that has a... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 21:38:45 EST What is Your Biggest Challenge & What Can Be Done? I know we all have issues from time to time. Let's have a thread to discuss it. I would appreciate input from you, and if you ask I will tell you what I think about your concerns. <BR> <BR> I am frustrated with my weight loss. My weight hasn't changed much in the last year. I continue to exercise and diet, but I am maintaining my weight. I would like to get it moving again and maybe my thinking is stuck and I just keep doing the same things. What would you suggest? Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:16:29 EST plateau After several great weeks, I have hit a huge plateau...can't seem to break through it. My trainer says that I need to eat enough calories...which I am doing...just depressing though. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:55:49 EST March 2009 - Who is Active? How are you doing? What are your accomplishments and challenges? How do you feel about what you are doing? <BR> <BR> Last week I had the flu and my energy level is still low. I lost interest in exercising when we had a cold spell and have to really push myself to do it now. Diet is ok. I had let extra calories sneak in - blue cheese and cranberries in salad, creamy salad dressings, a glass of red wine, but they are gone. I will not stop dieting and exercising, but at times I am frustrated wi... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 13:21:20 EST My simple goal...? Hi All! <BR> I joined sparkpeople last year and guess what? I never posted and I never stayed motivated soooo I'm back and now I am becoming more involved. <BR> I pray my new commitment will help. <BR> <BR> How about a goal of just "checking in" everyday? <BR> <BR> I would like a seemingly simple goal. Starting my day with Sparkpeople may just be the encouragement I need! <BR> Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:46:37 EST emoticon for how you are feeling today... Got this idea from another team...add an emoticon for your feelings today.... <em>198</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:15:23 EST What is your favorite mid-morning snack? We needed some new outlets for posting on this site...I thought that if we could come up with a list of low calorie snacks it might be helpful to others. I have breakfast at 5:30 in the morning...I need a mid-morning snack...Iam looking for some new ideas. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 06:04:52 EST We Need a New Challenge We need a new challenge for this team....there doesn't seem to be many people here anymore. Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:24:44 EST favorite exercise which exercises do you find as your favorites...videos, machines, running, etc? Sun, 8 Feb 2009 08:46:57 EST come join I belong to a group called BLC9 - its a challenge that goes for 12 weeks.. its fun and exciting and really gets people pumped up! Come and join us.. heres the link.. right now its only opened for a limited time to fill some slots.. first come first serve.. <BR> <BR> <BR> ndividual.asp?gid=30400 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=30400 </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2009 13:41:46 EST February 2009 - Who is Still Active? Hi Team. We did it, stayed with SP and we are working on the second year! I am sure we have all learned a lot, and made changes in our lives to improve our health. The other day I saw a SP page of someone who joined SP in 2005. Wow, we didn't even know it existed then LOL. <BR> <BR> I felt a boost starting a fresh year and feeling some momentum from 2008. In January my goal was to get back into a routine and I did it. When I got hungry between meals I drank V8 juice, which helped me get my... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 15:01:28 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Group Hug Team! One year this week and we are still here and going strong. Take a moment and let us know how you feel about 2009 and your plans. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:51 EST Exercise and Other Good Stuff How about sharing what you are doing today. Are you exercising, eating well, having fun, hitting a milestone, have diet successes and challenges? Please let us know. <BR> <BR> I am doing and exercise streak and want to do it daily till at least Valentines. Today is a warm winter day and I want to be out walking. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:55:06 EST Goals What are your long term goals and when do you expect to accomplish them? What are your short term goals? <BR> <BR> I want to be under 200 by Valentines and under 186 (over weight not obese) by May 12 Biggest Loser Finale. Even if I didn't lose more than that this year I would be happy if I maintained it... however I would like to get to 130 by New Years Eve. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:50:23 EST January 2009 - Who is Still Acitve? Hi Team. We have our one year anniversary coming up. How are you doing? What are you plans for this year? What are you goals for this month? What advice do you have for your team members? <BR> <BR> When I did my Jan. 1 weigh in I was pleased improvement over last year. I am looking forward to dieting and exercising to lose more weight this year and increase my level of physical fitness. I am getting involved with Spark Challenges this year. This month I am doing Coach Nicoles Boot Camp. It s... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 13:46:56 EST 2009 New Years Resolutions, 2009 Our Time to Shine Do you make new years resolutions? What resolutions are you making for the new year? <BR> <BR> I always look forward to a new year, new beginnings and new commitment. This year I want to go down one size to 14, lose at least 20 pounds, get a job, and set realistic monthly goals to do this. Oh yes, one more - I want to earn enough SP points from exercising, so each month I can send a goodie to each person here who answers active. <BR> <BR> Let's make 2009 Our Time to Shine! Thu, 25 Dec 2008 12:53:41 EST SP's New YOU Bootcamp Challenge and Contest <BR> SparkPeople's New YOU Bootcamp Challenge and Contest <BR> Get Fit and Win Big in January! <BR> -- By SparkPeople Editorial Staff <BR> <BR> You've set your goals for the year and resolved to get fit, eat better, tone up and lose weight for good. Are you ready to uphold your resolutions once and for all? <BR> <BR> SparkPeople can help! <BR> We created the New YOU Bootcamp Challenge and Contest to motivate and inspire you to reach your fitness goals in 2009. We call it “Bootcamp” not be... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 00:00:08 EST Spark Diet I was recording my food and looked at what was on the menu for the Spark diet today. I was shocked to see there is no protein for breakfast or lunch, other than the milk at breakfast. <BR> <BR> Breakkfast - Raspberries, Milk, Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, Bread, Jams <BR> <BR> Lunch - Baked Potato, Sour Cream, Red Ripe Tomatoes, Portobello Burgers <BR> <BR> Do you think a weight loss diet should have more protein? Wed, 10 Dec 2008 11:25:49 EST Coffee creamer This may sound really dumb but I just realized this morning what a "real" table spoon of coffee creamer looks like. When I have coffee, I have never measured out how much creamer I put in my coffee. I decided I would check to see just what a table spoon of creamer looks like at the bottom of my coffee cup. Well, I realized I actually put about 5 table spoons of creamer in my coffee. If I have 2 cups of coffee, that's an EXTRA 350 calories and 15 grams of fat that I have not been putting into ... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 14:55:58 EST December 2008 - Who is Still Active? New month, and winding down the year. How are you doing? Do you have plans to keep up the momentum in December? It can be so easy to slip, but please watch that you don't slide. <BR> <BR> I am doing a 1% self challenge. I want to lose 2.1 pounds this month which would make it a loss of 25 pounds for the year. My plan is to exercise daily for a goal of 900 minutes toal and track my food. That should do it for me. <BR> <BR> It's almost a year for us! I think we should all feel proud that we ... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 16:19:21 EST What Are You Thankful For? I am thankful for my husband and his love <BR> Better health <BR> Had a wonderful holiday <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:14:36 EST November 2008 - Who is Still Active? How are you doing? Drop us a line and let us know your successes and challenges. What have you been doing for fun? Please give us one of your best tips. Let's keep going team, we can do it! Mon, 3 Nov 2008 18:04:13 EST I'm on hold I'm here, but 17 weeks pregnant :) Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:12:58 EST giving up I have lost track even more than normal. I've been depressed and sick, and since I'm sick, I'm not allowed in the gym. I try to keep track of what I am eating, but I just get depressed and give up. I want to get back on track, but I don't even know how. <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2008 13:40:43 EST still here I am still here... I don't check into the boards very often, but I have lost a total of 40lbs and get great compliments all the time, which is really encouraging! I don't worry about "falling off the wagon." I am pretty determined to make this a lifestyle change, so there are going to be occasions where I drink, and eat pumpkin pie (it is Canadian thanksgiving today!) so I may need to walk a little more and make sure tomorrow is a good day! Overall I am thrilled with my progress and trying... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:27:42 EST October 2008 - Who is Still Active? How are you doing? Drop us a line and let us know your successes and challenges. What have you been doing for fun? Please give us one of your best tips. Let's keep going team, we can do it! Tue, 7 Oct 2008 21:17:05 EST Weekly Spark Team Newsletters From Coach Nicole: <BR> <BR> "This Monday (October 6, 2008), we are launching a new weekly email newsletter that will summarize what happened in your SparkTeams during the previous week, such as message board discussions, new members, and Team goal updates. This will be an easy way for you to stay up to speed with what’s happening in your Team—especially if you prefer to not receive notifications each time a new post is made. You will receive one weekly newsletter for each SparkTeam you belo... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:18:14 EST Sept 2008 - Who is Still Active Leave a message if you are still active on SP. I have noticed a few of my buddies have disappeared. I was wondering how my team mates here were doing. I am still dieting and exercising and it was a struggle after vacation to get back at it. Yes, I did indulge a bit on vacation. I hope you are all doing well and wish you the best. Sat, 20 Sep 2008 08:57:43 EST 15 Days Of Sept. - Get MOVING Challenge! OK friends - there are 15 days of September left. The weather is changing and it's time to get back outside and get MOVING! <BR> <BR> Your challenge - GET MOVING for at least 30 minutes EVERY DAY for the rest of this month. You choose the activity (walk, bike, hike, swim,run, etc. etc.), just get GOING! <BR> <BR> Who's in? Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:34:27 EST Cast Your Vote! Passing this one to all my teams, so we can be no. 1! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ofweb2008/health.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 17:09:04 EST Seven Months - What are you most proud of? The time has gone by so fast. Who is still active on the site? How have you been doing? What are your plans for Sept? Sun, 24 Aug 2008 16:00:53 EST What part of the Olympics do you like the most? I love the gymnastics and am starting to get hooked on the swimming too. The opening ceremonies this year were also great. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:14:11 EST The August-S eptember 2008 Buddy Challenge! <BR> hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august-sept. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date (8/1), thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain str... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 13:46:40 EST BUDDY CHALLENGE---Au gust-September hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august 1-sept 1. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date, thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain strong!) ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:08:02 EST August Spark Points Challenge - Are YOU Up For It? OK Team: <BR> <BR> Earn 2,000 Spark Points for the month of August. <BR> <BR> If you reached the goal last month, set your August goal for an extra 100 points (add to your July total). Who's in? Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:12:48 EST Counting Calories Does anyone have a trick on how to count the calories on recipes I have made out of a cookbook. Do I need to add each ingredient separately? I can easily track the simple foods, but dinner time usually gets me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Kathy Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:18:11 EST 6 month check in Hi all, its just over 6 months since you all joined? <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> have you reached your goal? <BR> are you stuggling? <BR> let us know! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:47:01 EST still active still active but I need to deal with eating cause not losing much because of that... <BR> I joined a gym just about a month ago and it helping me doing something :) <BR> My friends and I have a goal of losing 5 pounds in two weeks and who ever loses that or more will have a manicure paid for by the other :) so that is our challenge... <BR> I am at 168 and I am shooting for 163 in about a two weeks :) <BR> good luck to all :) Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:40:07 EST Magic Formula For Losing & Keeping Off Lost Weight There's a new study out. The article can be found here: <link><BR>y/RTGAM.20080729.wlweight29/BNStory/sp<BR>ecialScienceandHealth/home </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:48:28 EST Six Months - What are you most proud of? Today marks my sixth month on sparkpeople! What a change..... <BR> <BR> I am most proud of not having any alcohol since joining. Alcohol has always derailed past efforts and I am so happy to have beat that demon. The result is more energy (especially in the morning) and continued weight loss!!! <BR> <BR> What have you accomplished/changed/overcome that makes you proud in the last sixth months? Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:35:52 EST Study: Low-carb diet best for weight, cholesterol Excerpt: <BR> The new study's results favored the Atkins-like approach less when subgroups such as diabetics and women were examined. <BR> <BR> Among the 36 diabetics, only those on the Mediterranean diet lowered blood sugar levels. Among the 45 women, those on the Mediterranean diet lost the most weight. <BR> *********************** <BR> Study: Low-carb diet best for weight, cholesterol <BR> <BR> Jul 16, 9:03 PM (ET) <BR> By MIKE STOBBE <BR> <BR> ATLANTA (AP) - The Atkins diet may have pr... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 23:06:44 EST Running outdoors Hi everyone, I have a question... I don't usually run outside and today my cousin convinced me to go with her. I usually work out inside or at the gym and thought that i was in decent shape..turns out that I'M NOT and not only was my lungs burning.... i started getting a headache! that's never happened before while i exercised so I found it super weird...... and it concerned me. I don't know if it was the heat or if i was bit dehydrated? (although i did bring a bottle of water with me and... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 21:58:26 EST How to start? I feel like I am running in place! I guess I do not understand how to get started on a healthy eating plan (not diet). I am a RN and I should know but I do not know. Help! Donna Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:38:33 EST Who Is Still Active? Hello "Class Of Jan. 20-26" Team! <BR> <BR> There are over 31,000 of us. We're curious to know how many of you are still active here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> If you are still Sparking, respond to this post. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:38:40 EST July - New Month What are you doing this month to get you closer to your goals? This month, start anew and do it right. June was busy for me so I didn't have time to exercise and eat the way I wanted to. I want to lose 10 pounds this month and today is day 1. I am going to eat and exercise the way I should and let others know how I am doing. Do you want to join me? Have a great month! <BR> <BR> Lynn Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:05:54 EST July Spark Points Challenge I challenge you to earn 2000 Spark Points in the month of July. That's an average of 64.5 points a day. It's doable, but you're going to have to work hard to meet this goal. <BR> <BR> Who's in? Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:16:50 EST NOT Wearing a Sportsbra Can Be A Good Thing! I guess I wouldn't hate mine as much if it saved my life! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>T/ </link> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:34:09 EST New Member - Hello! I joined back in Jan but never tracked anything, or lost any weight :( <BR> I am ready to commit and looking for any support or tips!! <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 16:24:36 EST Pedometers Really Work to Increase Exercise Pedometers Really Work to Increase Daily Walking Exercise <BR> by David Gutierrez <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) The use of pedometers to track daily walking goals actually leads to an increase in how much people walk, according to a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Stanford Medical School and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. <BR> <BR> Researchers examined the results of 26 studies on a total of 2,767 people. They found that people who set daily walking goa... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:06:26 EST question about stomach workouts Hi Everyone! <BR> Just wanted to say that since I joined SP and this group, I've lost 10 lbs!!! I am very excited!! 10 more than I'm at my goal weight. I do have a question though. I have a 1 yr old and even though I don't have stretch marks on my stomach I still have some extra skin and fat. Any ways I can get rid of it and tighten up my stomach???? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:35:57 EST Pedometers Really Work to Increase Daily Walking Pedometers Really Work to Increase Daily Walking Exercise <BR> by David Gutierrez <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) The use of pedometers to track daily walking goals actually leads to an increase in how much people walk, according to a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Stanford Medical School and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. <BR> <BR> Researchers examined the results of 26 studies on a total of 2,767 people. They found that people who set daily walking goals ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:04:32 EST Anyone Like the Band Seether? If so and if you are interested, please feel free and join my team 'Seether Fans' i know.. it's cheesy, but it will be fun I promise! <BR> Thanks All, Take Care! <BR> Anne <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 12:29:30 EST Getting close to 5 months now !! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering how everyone is doing? Are you getting excited about it being our 5 months on here? <BR> <BR> I have come to hate the scale, but love how big my clothes are getting on me and I see a big difference in the mirror. I now know the saying "muscle weighs more then fat"... LOL <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing amazing !!! <BR> Lots of love, <BR> Dawn Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:38:41 EST New Team -Goal under 110 Many people believe 110lbs to be the ideal weight. However, this does not always 'fit' on everyone, especially when you're short. But getting below this weight is difficult for most regardless of height and requires a different sort of dedication. This team is here to support you through the journey below 110. <BR> This team DOES NOT encourage anyone to go below what is deemed a healthy weight for their height, sex or age. <BR> <BR> <BR> if you're interested check out the team at <link>w... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:29:49 EST Newsweek Article - Gym Sins Funny and Yucky all at the same time! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:23:02 EST trying Hi everyone: <BR> Stayed within my calorie limits yesterday <BR> Did 35 mins cardio...walking with hubby & our dogs <BR> Met goal of 200lbs. <BR> <BR> This is fun, <BR> Good vibes to each and every one of you. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:41:49 EST How to stop myself? It's hot here in NY! While I was OK with food over the weekend, my beverage intake made up for my allotment and then some. <BR> It's hard after you drop off to get back on. Today...I ate way too much food-3 slices of pizzeria pizza for starters. <BR> Glad I logged on. Just coming back to the site and reading the "challenge" is setting me straight. <BR> I'll do my best to catch up. <BR> Could use some tools on what to do so I don't repeat the error of my ways this weekend. <BR> Thanks for ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 20:09:11 EST Motivation Challenge I think one of the best parts of SP is the motivation and support we get from other sparkers and that we can give to each other, so here's a challenge with a twist. <BR> -Stay under you max calories EVERYDAY <BR> -Do Cardio for at least 30 mins, at least 4 times a week <BR> -Post your progress here everyday or as close to it as you can <BR> -Motivate the person who posted before/below you, send a goodie, comment on their page or offer words of encouragment within the thread <BR> <BR> This ch... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 15:29:59 EST Check out my spark cookbook Hi all, i've complied all my best recipies into a saprk cookbook and some of my favorites from other members. Check it out and remember recipies will be added often! <BR> <link><BR>p?cookbook=37926 </link> <BR> <BR> Niamh <BR> Team Leader Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:32:20 EST Starting again! I have become very lazy it seems. Not paying attention to what I'm eating etc. I do still manage to walk a couple times a week. I have not been posting, tracking or anything and imagine this, I'm 8 lbs heavier this morning. I plan to get back with it! I wanted to wear a bikini! Now I'm at square one! Wed, 28 May 2008 07:22:55 EST 4 month check in Hi team! <BR> Its been just over four months now, how is everyone getting on? Use this space to post your achievements, what has helped you, how you feel and also your difficulties or to just say hello! Tue, 27 May 2008 05:04:06 EST New Spark Streaks Feature Here's the post from SPark Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> "We launched a new feature today called SparkStreaks, where you can challenge yourself to reach certain goals every day (or week or month if you'd like). We know that members track streaks on their own, so we wanted to create this feature to make it easier to track. Streaks are a great way to give you extra motivation to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can view and manage your SparkStreaks by clicking on My Home/Start, then finding a link to ... Thu, 22 May 2008 15:22:21 EST Small Streak Challenge - Are You Struggling? Some of us may be at the point in this journey where we find we are struggling. It's happens to all of us, and it's NORMAL! The season's are changing, spring is a busy time of year and maybe like me, you're having a hard time staying on track. <BR> <BR> One way to get your motivation back is to start a small streak. Here's a great article explaining: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=88 </link> <BR> <BR> I challenge you to start a small streak of your ... Wed, 21 May 2008 20:59:42 EST Low Fat Menus I went out to Olive Garden on Mother's Day and ordered from their low fat menu. The entire week I felt sick from all the grease and my weight spiked. I could swear that there was no way the nutritional info on the menu could be right. <BR> <BR> This morning I came across a news story from our local tv station about the topic. ( They tested the low fat menus at several restaurants and found big differences in the stated calories and fat from lab tests. It's a pretty interesting... Wed, 21 May 2008 09:26:37 EST What did you do.... So I read this thought in another group so I thought I would post it here. So today, what did you do to make you feel proud of you. What I did is I ran two days in a row and also biked today. Absolutely great is how I feel. Thu, 8 May 2008 22:18:50 EST Plateaus Having a difficult time with the plateaus. I have changed and or added different things to my workouts but still seem to be at a standstill. I try to rotate my workouts so as not to get in a rut but the plateaus still seem to hit. <BR> Is anyone else experiencing this? Wed, 7 May 2008 09:17:23 EST Sparkpeople's Official Swimsuit Bootcamp Has anyone else joined this? If not check it out its great and starts today. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=20982 </link> <BR> It consisits of 4 weeks of <BR> Sunday: Do the "Day 1 Workout Video" (cardio) <BR> <BR> Monday: Do the "Day 2 Workout Video" (lower body) + 30 minutes cardio of your choice <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Do the "Day 3 Workout Video" (upper body) + 30 minutes cardio of your choice <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Do the "Day 4 Workout Video" (c... Sun, 4 May 2008 03:50:23 EST Housework & Calories Hi everyone. I'm wondering what people think: does housework count as a cardio activity? I don't think it's on the Spark list...but it must burn some calories, right? How much? Any thoughts? I'm a clean freak and I'm hoping that my cleaning obsession has some benefits in terms of burning calories! Fri, 2 May 2008 21:52:47 EST Body Cleanse Has anyone tried a body cleanse? Which one and how did it go? <BR> Have a friend that tried the 10 day master cleanse a few months ago and she said it is like her body doesn't crave junk anymore and she felt like her metabolism was back on track, plus she lost almost 10 pounds after the cleanse. She hasn't gained any weight back and seems to be maintaining and may have lost even more. (she is on spark too) <BR> I'm not really looking to take any pills to cleanse my body, doesn't seem like bod... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:41:27 EST $ per Pound Think of all the $ you've spent to lose weight. I have spent thousands on Xenical, WW, magazines, books, videos, diet pills, etc. This time I am not spending the money, but getting the results. I love SP. <BR> <BR> Lynn <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:00:15 EST Tricks? <BR> Anyone have any tricks that they've picked up to help them through? One of mine is I eat sugar-free apple sauce, it's half the calories as an apple and is still a serving of fruit. Oh, and strawberries! Can't wait for them to come back in season. I alway forget how delicious they are! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:12:27 EST Easier than you thought? <BR> Now that we've all been working at this for a while, I was wondering if people have been finding it easier that they ever imagined it to be? I've found it to be pretty easy. Of course I have rough days but, I really never thought it would be this easy. Sun, 20 Apr 2008 20:16:52 EST How are you rewarding yourself? I'm guessing most of us this week have the lifestyle strategy regarding rewarding ourselves for our hard work (or else everyone else has been here already and I'm behind). I was wondering how y'all have been rewarding yourself. I remember when I first started here at SP, I was thinking "Ooh, when I lose [x] pounds, I'm going to just eat whatever I want for one day and reward myself". I sort of did that on Valentine's Day and had Ramen noodles (I know, such gourmet splendor), wasn'... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 11:49:09 EST YOU are in charge of your mood! Sure, the way I feel is always affected by more things than I can even count, but I had a moment today where I remembered none of them are as much of an influence as ME. <BR> <BR> I was very blah this morning. I wanted BAD BAD delicious food for dinner last night, but I was strong, and I was proud of myself, but I wasn't happy. <BR> <BR> So I had a little talk with myself. I DECIDED that doing my swim work out today was going to be what changed things. I was going to get out in the sun, ... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:59:35 EST I've almost lost 3 newborns! good thing i'm not a mom! How about you guys? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your weight loss = <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human's skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 pounds... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 12:48:54 EST Anyone else beginning to struggle I guess this is the time when all the New Year's resolution people start dropping off. Pesonally, I have felt myself waining. I haven't done great on eatiing and my workouts have become routine. <BR> <BR> However, today I realized that with only 6 days to vacation, I need to kick it up a notch. So I have created my own 6 day challenge. To the goal is to burn 500 calories per day with exercise and to get rid of 3.5 pounds by next week. I need this push! <BR> <BR> Anyone else struggling to ke... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 07:52:07 EST Stage 3 Well, I finally moved on to stage 3 today. I believe I am ready for that. <BR> How many of you have moved to stage 3? How many are still in stage 2? <BR> If your in stage 3, are you liking it? <BR> Thanks and Lots Of Love, <BR> Dawn <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:46:26 EST I'm Doing a Happy Dance! Today is a wonderful day!! Not only did I reach 2500 Spark Points and get a cool new Spark Trophy, but I also stepped on the scales and found I've lost a total of TWENTY POUNDS!!!! Wow, am I proud! I know I still have a long way to go, but I'm pausing to celebrate, and to say thank you to everyone of you who have been my support along the way. We really CAN make a difference in each other's lives, and never forget it! Love, Carol <BR> <em>252</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>304</e... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:44:40 EST Growing Own Garden.. maybe... So I was doing some thinking and with all the crazy prices of everything from gas to clothes to food, I was thinking of growing some of my own fruits and veggies. I've never really grown anything. I think the last thing I germinated a pumpkin seed in like the 3rd grade. I just wanted to know if anyone else grows their own veggies and fruits and how you did it. And is it really worth the effort? I just would like some opinions on it. <em>211</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:03:07 EST 4 week calorie defict challenge Ok this is a 4 week challenge to loose an average of 4 pounds, however there are 3 options depending on your current weight and goals. <BR> <BR> It’s based on creating a calorie deficit. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to loose one pound. So here’s how we are going to do it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Go to <link><BR>lculator.htm </link> and calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate. Enter your details and on the drop down menu choose Basal Metaboli... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:17:24 EST Spark Points Challenge April 13 - April 19 I challenge you to get at LEAST 70 Spark Points each day this week! It is definitely "do-able," but you'll have to be focused and work hard using all the tools Spark People has to offer. <BR> <BR> Report your progress here each day. <BR> <BR> Good luck and have a great week! Sun, 13 Apr 2008 10:50:38 EST I need a buddy! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Patrice, I've been a member here at Spark for a few months and I need a buddy! Although it would be nice to have someone to workout with (I'm in California), distance is really not an issue. I look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2008 16:59:35 EST MSM Attacks Water; Recommends People Drink Soda I'll drink to that. <BR> <BR> While it is regrettable that some 'expert' made up the "8 glasses of water a day" recommendation, I don't need a scientific study to know that water is good for you or smoke is bad for you. Excerpt: <BR> <BR> This hilarious finding comes as quite a shock to the more than one trillion living beings on this planet (animal, human and otherwise), all of which somehow happen to need water as their No. 1 nutrient. Nobody bothered to tell all the deer about this resea... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:17:17 EST I'm back... Well, I've been gone about 2 months. Life prevented me from having time to devote to being here. But now here I're stuck putting up with me again! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing updates from old friends, and making some new ones. <BR> <BR> If you would like to know a bit about my past 2 months, check out my journal posting. Tue, 8 Apr 2008 23:47:34 EST Subway Hey all, I had a Subway sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich for lunch... YUMMY... <BR> <BR> Here's the question. Do the nutrition facts include all of the veggies? none of the veggies? are all the different types of bread really the same calories? <BR> <BR> It just seems like there ore so many different options for how you have them put a sandwich together, I'm curious how accurate the numbers are... <BR> <BR> any ideas? Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:18:21 EST Weight loss pills? Does anyone else take Phentermine? What is your opinon and how has it worked? Mon, 7 Apr 2008 23:14:37 EST Confession <BR> Ok, So I have a confession to make. Since I have started spark I have only done any type of organized exercise um maybe four times. Four times in 2 and a half months. Now, here's the thing. I've still lost 23 pounds, I've been losing an average of 3 pounds a week and I'm terrified that if I were to start working out, that would stop. I know myself and I know this would be devestating!! Maybe even to the point that I quit. But, now I want to start doing some toning with weight trainin... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 10:03:18 EST Dried Fruit I picked up some dried apples and mangos at a local organic bakery in town. There was no nutritional value or anything there since they make them there. I have heard dried fruit isn't that great for you since it has a lot of sugar. Is this true? What are your guy's opinions on dried fruit?? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Trisha Sat, 5 Apr 2008 10:46:22 EST Undereating? So, as I've posted many times over the last few weeks, I've been on the hugest plateau in the history of plateaus. <BR> <BR> When I started spark I got NO EXERCISE WHATSOEVER for the first week or two and lost 15 lb by just staying in my nutrition ranges. <BR> <BR> When I started swimming 4 days a week (which burns A LOT of calories: 1056 for each hour) I didn't think to change my fitness goals for about a month, then realized maybe I wasn't eating enough, so put in the amount of time I spe... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 14:35:50 EST The 15 SP pounds lost Hello, <BR> <BR> As of this morning, I have gotten rid of 15 pounds and I want to put the 15 pounds lost (I hate the word lost.. LOL) with SP on my page, but I don't know where to find it. <BR> Can someone please tell me where I can find that? <BR> Thank you... <BR> Dawn <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 18:18:31 EST April What are your goals for April? <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 10lb <BR> Do one hour of swimming 4 days a week <BR> Dont wait till the fridge is empty to buy groceries <BR> Do something active on at least 2 days off work. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:43:50 EST 10 Things About Me 1. I started to improve my health last year <BR> 2. I live in Northern Canada <BR> 3. We are empty nesters <BR> 4. I am doing South Beach <BR> 5. I love to listen to audio books when I work out at the YMCA <BR> 6. My husband joined me to exercise & diet <BR> 7. Have a dog named Kali <BR> 8. Have lost 23 pounds <BR> 9. I love SP <BR> 10.I want to lose 40 pounds by Oct. 31 <BR> <BR> Lynn Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:24:47 EST Strenght Challenge 31 March - 13 April Ok we all know by now that strenght training is an important part of our fitness but do we do it? This challenge is aimed at making sure we do! <BR> Building muscle increases the metabolism and we all want that right!? <BR> So what do we have to do? Take measurements at start of challenge of <BR> Waist <BR> Hips <BR> thighs <BR> and again at end <BR> <BR> DO: At least 5 exercises 12-15 reps 2 sets, 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> Post the exercise details and how you are feeling along the way! <B... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 13:54:22 EST Treadmill vs. Elliptical: What Burns More Calories March 23, 2008 <BR> Treadmill vs. Elliptical: What Burns More Calories? <BR> <BR> Treadmill_vs_elliptical_2I'm often asked, "if I want to make the best use of my time and burn the most amount of calories which machine should I choose?" <BR> <BR> If you're strictly looking at which cardiovascular piece requires more energy expenditure, the elliptical or treadmill, then you will find that the answer lies in the amount of work that is asked of your body when using each piece. All other things ... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 01:51:21 EST Make the Most of Your Day... <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> From SP's Healthy Reflections: <BR> <BR> Making the most of your day... <BR> <BR> "Do you often tell others (and yourself) that you just don't have enough time? If you are like most people, this is probably something you think about at least once a day. It seems like our lives continue getting busier but time never grows in proportion. This quote reminds u... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 11:22:06 EST The 20 Worst Foods in America I received this in an email and thought I would share!!! The counts are AMAZING!!! <BR> <BR> 20: Worst Fast-Food Chicken Meal - Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips <BR> from McDonald's (5 pieces) with cream ranch sauce. 830 Calories, 55 grams <BR> fat (4.5 trans fat), 48 carbs. Add a large fries and regular soda and this <BR> seemingly innocuous chicken meal tops out at 1,710 calories. <BR> <BR> 19: Worst drink - Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo'd Power smoothie (30 fl oz). 900 <BR> calori... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:21:40 EST SPARK in the NEWS... Here is the video segment about SparkPeople courtesy of MyFoxNY: <BR> <link><BR>contentId=6153066&version=1&locale=EN-<BR>US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.5.1 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought it was well done and worth forwarding to anyone that might benefit from joining! <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:01:12 EST tofu as listed on the meal plan Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari) <BR> <BR> This is the way it's listed on the tracker. The tofu I bought was the firm kind. Those 2 ingredients were not listed. I see mine has more calories. <BR> <BR> I'm learning to like it, but where can I get the kind SP recommends. <BR> <BR> Brenda Fri, 28 Mar 2008 07:13:15 EST mail & blog extras Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> 2 small things we wanted to let you know about: <BR> <BR> -You can now send links in SparkMail. They work just like links on Message Board posts with the "add a link" popup. <BR> - We also changed how links are done in blogs. They are now like board links too so that you can put multiple links into a blog post. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Thu, 27 Mar 2008 13:32:49 EST LEAVE OF ABSENSE I JUST FOUND OUT THUR THAT I'M PREGNENT SO I'M TAKING A LEAVE OF ABSENSE FROM SPARK. I'LL BE ON IT'S SISTER SITE BABYFIT.COM BUT I'LL BE BACK PERIODICLLY TO SAY HI. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:23:28 EST Stage 3 Staying Motivated In stage 3 maintaining the weight we lose. It is important to learn how to keep any amount of weight off. I lost 6 pounds in fast break and then I gained in back. I feel in Stage 3 I am learning to stay motivated, I want to learn to keep even 3 pds. off. Then 6pds. off. etc. I am so glad I moved on to this stage. Any one else feel the same? <em>30</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2008 14:56:52 EST Two month check in Ok guys its just about 2 months since you started, how is everyone getting on? Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:42:46 EST Stage 3? Help! I got the email this morning welcoming me to stage 3, how do I know if I am ready to make this move?? I don't feel I have done the best with eating and losing over the last 2 to 3 weeks so would it be best to make the move or wait and then go to stage 3??? I read through the overview and it doesn't seem to be too much different than stage 2, just more consistency, I didn't know what to put at the end when it asked if I was ready or not, how do you know??? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Trisha <BR>... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 11:25:30 EST Happy St. Patty's! Resist the green beer!!! (and regular beer too) <BR> <BR> all those empty cals and carbs... it's gonna be hard, but we can do it! <BR> <em>137</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:59:14 EST Weigh-In - Report Your Progress HERE! This is the place to post your numbers. Whether you weigh in weekly or daily, let your team know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Let's cheer each other on when the scale is "playing nice," and support each other when then scale isn't "playing" at all! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2008 13:03:44 EST Couch Potato Challenge - 3/16 - 3/22 Get off the couch this week team! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to do some form of exercise for at least 15 minutes while watching television EVERY day this week. It can be cardio, strength training or a combination of both. You just have to do it for 15 minutes (or more if you wish). <BR> <BR> Come back here and post your progress each day. Good luck! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 13:01:20 EST Ode to my Food Scale I have now become completely unhinged. <BR> This has got to be the WORST poem I have ever written. <BR> Laugh and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Ode to My Food Scale: <BR> <BR> Oh food scale thou doth delight me, <BR> Offering your powers to measure my food. <BR> When deprived of the convince offered by thee, <BR> Unknown amounts I’ve eaten cause me to brood. <BR> <BR> Having you in the kitchen has changed my ways, <BR> No long just guessing the weight or amount. <BR> I now ca... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:00:30 EST Keep The Wrappers I saw this posted on another team - sounds like a good idea: <BR> <BR> If you have an affinity for candy, and you find that you chow down on candy without even knowing it, you may want to keep all those wrappers around as you eat. Recent research has found that having a visual reminder of how much we eat, keeps us honest and keeps us eating less. We see the empty wrappers piling up and register that it may be time to stop. So instead of throwing the wrappers in the trash can immediately keep... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:50:53 EST Eye Openers! Hubby sent me this link recently. Lots of fun stuff here like the 20 WORST foods, restaurant ratings, etc. <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <link><BR>l </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:23:29 EST SODIUM ... help!!?! Ok I am awesome on the water; good about my calories on point with my exercising routine becoming habit...but theres just too much sodium in my diet. I am appealling to all the teams I belong to with feedback. I love having my FF deli chicken for lunch b/c it is a great source of protein but its loaded!! I hate grilled ckn sandwiches and all in all not a HUGE fan of meat (think meat w/o the weird texture lol). I also like my pretzels/sun chips but in moderation. How do I cut the salt out wh... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:08:32 EST high blood pressure and working out I was wondering if it is okay to workout when you have high blood pressure? is it good or bad for you? will it make it better? Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:32:11 EST tonights show,watch it i want eveyone to watch the show tonight,the voted off contestants are returning. <em>192</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:57:29 EST How did fast break work for you? I may be missing something but is fast break just a time when you get used to using the trackers etc.? I stayed in FB since I was coping with other things but I just don't see how this stage is going to start the wieght loss. I've lost nothing yet. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 21:35:11 EST weight watchers i was wondering if anybody has ever tryed weight watchers? I would like to hear sucess stories or good or bad comments about it. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:32:10 EST Getting a good start I have been a member since January, and I really like the web site. With three kids, and all that comes with raising them, I have let myself go. Now it is "Mom's time" to get myself back in shape. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 16:28:51 EST It's time to introduce myself Hi. I'm Gif and I just can't seem to get that weight off. I find it very hard to stay focused in the office where there are tons of goodies. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 13:49:37 EST Daylight Savings Time <em>67</em> Just a friendly reminder!!! <BR> <BR> Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9th. So spring ahead! Don't forget to change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Spring is almost SPRUNG!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 01:27:24 EST Work lunch meeting I have shared before that my work environment isn't exactly healthy or geared towards eating right (Yesterday chocolate cake in copy room!!) and we are scheduled to have a training all day on Friday and we are working through our lunch hour. My boss is buying pizza for us. I of course would love to eat pizza but don't think it would be smart for me to do! (is there any healthy pizza) I don't want to feel like I'm not trying to be part of the 'team' and doing something different by bringing my... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:50:01 EST TWELVE Weeks Until Summer! I heard on the Today Show this am that there are exactly 12 weeks until the official start of summer. <BR> <BR> What are YOU going to do to get ready for bathing suit season? <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:27:56 EST Weighted Hula Hoops<BR>n.html - How do you figure the calories on an exercise like this? I usually do 10 minutes in each direction (L/R)w/ a 6# hoop? <BR> <BR> I've just been increasing my curves cicuit training minutes Sat, 1 Mar 2008 20:08:02 EST Weight loss to date! Fifth week and I lost another two pounds! This is the first time in years I have actually made a positive step towards getting this extra weight off. Had a funny week last week but my SP buddy got me through it so that I had a positive outcome. We have a great bunch of people that is for sure. <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 12:32:32 EST Water how much is to much? I know it sounds like a stupid question but it actually something I fear. I read in the paper awhile ago a radio station had a drinking contest for water. And the girl died b/c of it since she drank to much water and it diluted her blood to much. Which is one of my fears when drinking water. I will be on role of drinking water and then I will all of a sudden stop thinking what if I am drinking to much in to short of a time. <BR> <BR> So I was wondering if anyone knew so that maybe then I... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:43:44 EST Five Things about me 1. I have been a pediatric nurse for over 20 yr. <BR> 2. I have four grown children and five grandchildren <BR> 3. I have been married for 38 yrs. <BR> 4. I love gardening, sewing and reading. <BR> 5. I love being near the ocean; but live in northern Illinois. <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2008 01:10:54 EST Things to do Instead of Eating!!! Things to do Instead of Eating: <BR> <BR> Do you eat for comfort because you're frustrated, bored, in pain or because of some other feeling or issue you want to escape? Here are some things that you can do instead: <BR> <BR> ** Carve a watermelon or other fruit! (see my blog for a picture) <BR> ** Call or e-mail a supportive friend. <BR> ** Go to the gym or for a walk or run. <BR> ** Read the Team posts and blogs. <BR> ** Enjoy a long bath or shower. <BR> ** Chew some sugarless gum o... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:32:41 EST Finally introducing myself Hello all! I'm fairly new to the site. I love it though. I have found that I stick to my diet and exercise program a lot better knowing that I have to check in. I'm feeling healthier everyday. I joined the site in January but I really got started about a week and a half ago. I'm Ready!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:15:33 EST new ziploc or glad steamer bags i just used a steam bag for brocoli and carrots and was delighted on ease and flavor... anyone have suggestions on more ways to use them??? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:23:04 EST And I'm back! So I joined here a year ago, but I didn't stick with it- <BR> <BR> BUT I'M BACK! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit nervous, but I'm really into sticking with this new healthy lifestyle this time. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all!! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:04:51 EST Countdown to Rome 1 Month until I leave on my FREE TRIP. I need to get really serious now about the exercise and the eating. I hasve been behaving badly in both areas and am back on track now. Any tips on excelletating the weight loss and conditioning? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:02:35 EST Introducing myself I've been a member since the end of January and have posted on other message boards but not this one. <BR> I've fallen off the wagon and need help getting back on. I have so many bruises from being run over by the dang thing it's pathetic! <BR> I'm almost 36, married and have 2 teenage children. I'm funny, outgoing, outspoken, open minded, love to laugh and make others laugh. Love to cook, and eat! go figure! Looking to make some great buddies here to help with accountability and motivation. ... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:03:11 EST HELP I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT HELPED ME THROUGH MY SLUMP. I KEEP GAINING BUT MY CLOTHES ARE STILL LOOSE. I'VE NOW GAINED A TOTAL OF TEN POUNDS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BUT IT'S A NEW DAY AND ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. ONCE AGAIN THANKS AND I HOPE I FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON. <em>304</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:26:10 EST What is your favorite substitution alternative? Mine is: When I have pancakes I substitute Sugar Free Maple Syrup at 35 calories for the regular maple syrup which is 240 calories. A savings of 205 calories! Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:50:01 EST How much have you lost since you joined? And also...what other improvements have you noticed and or made?? Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:06:04 EST Calorie Challenge With A Twist By now you should be used to using the nutrition tracker. This week we're going to put it to good use! Your challenge is: <BR> <BR> Track ALL your food this week and stay within your calorie range. The twist? Go to a fellow challenge participant's Spark Page and post a comment encouraging them. Report in each day. <BR> <BR> Remember friends, if you don't get in range every day, you're not out - just work hard at it the next day. I'll reply with the response format. <BR> <BR> Who's in... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:15:15 EST Vitamin D? What other foods are rich in vitamin D that isn't milk? I also heard that when you go out in the sun vitamin D is this true? Sat, 23 Feb 2008 13:37:35 EST That Time of Month - T.O.M. :-( Wondering if anyone else is having trouble when their period rolls around. I seem to do great for three weeks and then PMS hits and I literally eat the whole pantry!! I can eat well - and exercise with little effort until that T.O.M. - I am even on a low dose pill to try to alleviate the symptoms and heavy period - but it does not help much. I am considering a new laser procedure- but until then was wondering how you all deal with this? <BR> Thanks <BR> Dory <em>2</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:55:37 EST THE GREAT ABS MISTAKE This is a good article if you woul dlike to see more definition in your abs. It seems to be targeted towards men but the sames rules generally apply, EXCEPT remember a womens body fat % should not be lower than 12% <BR> Check it out <BR> <link><BR>l </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:59:11 EST HELP WHAT DID I DO!!! OKAY GUYS I'M LOSING IT. I WEIGHED A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO AT WORK AND THE SCALE SAID I'VE GAINED TEN POUNDS. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE WRONG SO I WEIGHED AGAIN YESTERDAY WHEN I WOKE UP. THE SCALE DIDN'T SAY THE SAME BUT IT WAS STILL TELLING ME THAT I'VE GAINED 6 POUNDS. WHAT'S HAPPENING? WHAT HAVE I DONE? HELP PLEASE!! ANYTHING I CAN DO TO LOSE MORE WIEGHT? <em>46</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:32:04 EST 7 Reasons to drink green tea The steady stream of good news about green tea is getting so hard to ignore that even java junkies are beginning to sip mugs of the deceptively delicate brew. You'd think the daily dose of disease-fighting, inflammation-squelching antioxidants--long linked with heart protection--would be enough incentive, but wait, there's more! Lots more. <BR> <BR> CUT YOUR CANCER RISK <BR> Several polyphenols - the potent antioxidants green tea's famous for - seem to help keep cancer cells from gaining a f... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 08:41:59 EST Hidden Sodium Hidden Sodium: Where Does It Lurk? <BR> By Frances Largeman, R.D. <BR> <BR> The No. 1 reason people choose the foods they eat — over convenience and health — is flavor. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to make food taste good is by adding salt to it. A few salty foods in your diet won't do any harm, but most American diets are laden with sodium. <BR> Here are the cold, hard facts. The body requires only 500 milligrams of sodium each day. The American Heart Association recommends no more... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 06:04:46 EST Try to get it right this time!!! Friends...I posted this to my other sparkteam too so some of you may read it twice but I wanted you to know where I am and where I want to go!! Thank you, Carolyn <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is the place to post this because I am still learning whether I should blog or post with the team but I am taking my chances here. I have messed up REALLY bad. I have decided I needed to just completely start over. I am going to start over with the Fast Break and everything. I didn't completely commi... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:57:51 EST Forced Motivation through Temptation Today I REALLY wanted to go to Chipotle, have a big burrito, sit and read my book and relax on my lunch break. <BR> <BR> Problem is, I attend a swim class for my regular exercise, and it meets on my lunch break... not to mention a chipotle burrito is about 1000 calories! <BR> <BR> I hadn't exercised in a week, I had a lazy weekend, I over ate on valentines and a couple other days... i went out ot lunch instead of swimming yesterday... it was raining earlier today... i just wanted to wallow ... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 17:46:01 EST Caffeine Junkie? Read this! In my teeenge years I drank 10+ cups of tea a day. It was a routine, its what we did, both my family and my best friends family all drank lots of tea. In my 20's this went down to approx 5 cups a day give or take a couple. When I started learning about healthy living I started to replace my tea with herbal teas. I now only have 'real' tea maybe once or twice a month and usually because its social and there isn't a herbal alternative. A couple of weeks before I got married I spent the day orga... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:50:29 EST Class reunion So I might be getting ahead of myself a bit but here it goes. My 10 year class reunion is next year and I a slightly nervous. Yes I know that I have a year, but I want to show how I have changed and I want to go back looking sensational! I want to walk in and have those who didn't notice notice. So my question out there is for all of you who have made it to that 10 year reunion or even those with them coming up. What did or do you want people to see about you? And where there any suprise... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:44:55 EST One Month Check In Today is the 20th of Febuary, exactly one month since the first of you joined! This thread will run fo the next week of so for everyone to 1. post their accomplisments so far 2. say what they have found difficult or are struggling with and 3. to get and give advice or support surrounding these issues! <BR> <BR> get posting everyone! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:54:21 EST 1st Gain - bummed I gained 1 pound tonight at my weigh in. I'm sooo bummed. I've been sick and haven't been exercising, but I've been sticking to my eating plan - so upset - just kinda venting. <BR> <BR> I could use some spark mails and comments on my sparkpage to raise my mood and motivation. <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <em>46</em> <em>230</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2008 21:04:44 EST I'm back! Hi everyone! I have finally got my computer back and am back on Spark! I'm so excited to be back especially because i've put back on a few lbs since being away from here! (not changed on my tracker yet) It looks like so many of you are doing so well so <em>242</em> for those of you struggling don't loose heart, you will get there! Mon, 18 Feb 2008 04:13:49 EST SparkGoodie Hi, I'm Jan (Sophieem03) Can someone explain the Spark Goodie e-mail I received and the site. I visited it, but am confuses as to what it is about, and I haven't been able to find an explanation of it on the Spark People site. <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:26:20 EST Hi everyone! I just wanted to stop in and say hi. I had been trying to lose weight for a while, and didn't realize what I was doing wrong. Spark has certainly helped me with that! Tracking my calories has been difficult, but it's certainly helping. Now to work on getting more fruits and veggies in. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:52:21 EST accountability partner? Ok...I need help. Although everything about this site is helpful and motivating to me, I need a bit more (ok, a lot more!) motivation. I would like an accountability partner. Someone who is willing to read my journal every day (one of my goals is to post every evening on how I've done on reaching/not reaching my goals for that day) and give me their opinion. Someone not TOO nice (don't want them sugar-coating everything) and not TOO mean (don't want to be lectured). Someone who will be ... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:48:26 EST Snack Time! I've noticed great snack suggestions in a variety of threads... so I thought I'd start one dedicated to the snacks! <BR> <BR> Share with us the snacks that aren't just good for the diet... but satisfying enough that we dont miss the bad stuff!! <BR> <BR> I recomend Jello Sugar Free, Fat Free, Instant chocolate pudding (espescially if you like dark chocolate, as it's not very sweet) <BR> <BR> Cheddar flavor (or any really) mini rice cakes when you want a chip-like snack <BR> <BR> Snackwell... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:57:39 EST Saying Thank You - When I introduced myself to ya'll the other day, I received a very warm welcome and received some very welcoming responses as well as instant support. I really appreciate it and wanted to be sure that I let you all know that your responses were important to me! So, thank you! <BR> <BR> I probably won't post here much mainly because I get busy (working, children, house, pets, ME) and feel bad that I probably won't offer a whole lot of support to others here (again, not because I don't care ... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:44:37 EST defiant - denial - and binge Last week I went into a period of weight denial and diet defiance. In other words... I told my self that this is easy and I can do it on my own and not keep track. Who needs to write down every single thing? I can just keep a journal, stay organised and plan my menu ahead. LIKE I HAVEN'T TRIED THAT FOR MANY MANY YEARS AND FAILED! I gained 4 pounds last week! So, here I am. Back on the road again. This time I will remind myself of how well I do on my own. <em>48</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:51:11 EST HELLO HI MY NAME IS KRISTI. I AM 30 YEARS OLD. I LIVE IN VIRGINIA. I HAVE 4 CHILDREN. AND DETERMINED TO LOSE WEIGHT. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:51:57 EST What in the heck is Stimulus Response Choice? On my short term goals it says to use stimulus response choice method but I can't find any info on what it is or how to use it. Tue, 12 Feb 2008 22:27:02 EST intro(finally) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople about a month ago, but I've just been reading everything on the site and havn't had time until tonight to read some of the forums. <BR> I'm 42, I work as an ultrasound tech and love it. <BR> I have about 50 lbs to lose. I see at work many people who have many health problems due to being overweight and not eating healthy, so i am trying to avoid that myself. At my work we have started a biggest loser contest, so i have a weigh in every thursday. I... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:20:35 EST Grocery Shopping I went grocery shopping last night and I was looking at every box or bag that I picked up to see how many calories there were, I was so surprised! I can't believe how many caloires I must have been eating before! Maybe I never paid attention before because I didn't want to know! Even my husband started looking at the nutrition labels on the packages! <BR> It feels good to be healthy!!! Tue, 12 Feb 2008 19:30:58 EST What to do when you are sick? Good morning everyone. This is my daily check in and I was wondering what everyone does when they are sick. Do you muttle through and get your cardio and strength training done? Or, do you give your body a rest. Have had a virus and have tried both ways. Sorry to say I gained 1/2 lb. I'd like to hear what you would do:{ Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:21:31 EST exercise help Ok, so I need help here. My mom is in really bad shape health-wise. Extremely overweight, lots of medical conditions (including over 15 years with diabetes, diabetic neoropathy, depression, just had a triple bypass last year, plus numerous other health conditions. At this point, I am about the only one she listens to (sometimes lol). She has trouble walking due to the weight, spurs, and a lifetime of just sitting around for everything. To be plain, she is extremely lazy. We've spent the... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:27:07 EST Hi all I am a 30 year old stay at home mother of two. I have been battling my weight a big chunk of my life. While raising my children I have learned that a big part of my problem is portion control. I was brought up that you are full when your plate is empty. It is time that I learn portions so that I can pass that knowledge onto my children and hopefully they won't have the same weight battles that I have had to face. <BR> Nice to meet everyone and good luck! Mon, 11 Feb 2008 18:12:54 EST Get To Know Your Neighbors Challenge By now you are getting the hang of Spark People and the many tools available here for your use. You've probably also noticed one of the main reasons that SP works and why so many members love it - it's the community. We're all in this together. In that spirit, your challenge this week is to get to know your neighbors! <BR> <BR> When you are on our main team page, scroll to the bottom and you will see a section titled "Newest Team Members." Click the button that says "Show All Members." ... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:57:35 EST Introducing Myself Hi: <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose a lot of weight - a little at a time - it was so easy to put on - but harder to take off. It's good to have support groups out there to encourage. <BR> <BR> I'm 59, live and work in West Virginia. I have 2 grown daughters, 5 granddaughters, 2 great grand children (1 of each). <BR> <BR> I need to get healthy so I can enjoy retirement and enjoy living life to the fullest. Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:57:18 EST Hello! Hey everyone! I just joined this team, although I've been a member of Spark since January 24. So far I've lost about 5lbs, and am looking forward to losing many more! Nice to meet you all! <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 21:18:01 EST 5 Things About Me 1.I'm a lesbian <BR> 2.I was in the Navy <BR> 3.I am now a Forensic Science Major in College <BR> 4.I love swim training <BR> 5.I'm Independent Sun, 10 Feb 2008 19:18:07 EST Hello Everyone Hi! <BR> I'm LaShay a 5'1 non-smoking/drinking scorpion college student majoring in Forensic science. My minor is Psychology. I enjoy reading, writing, jogging, long walks, drives, and amusement parks to no end. I am also training to become a competition swimmer on the side. I decided to take my love for water and make something tangible of it. This way I can not only be a part of an extracurricular activity, but I can also have a shot at winning a few metals, be apart of a team, and meet som... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 19:12:43 EST Welcome New Team Co-Leader LANA-00! Gang, we are very fortunate to have a new co-leader join us! Lana is a super inspirational SPark Friend of mine who has agreed to come over and hang out with us. You're going to love her as much as I do!! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 14:06:07 EST Take A Minute This is a wonderful site when you're stressed, or not sure if you can go on. It only takes a minute to watch, and it's so rewarding, so please everyone take a minute. Make sure your speakers are on. The music is beautifu. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dani Sun, 10 Feb 2008 11:31:43 EST Off the scale accomplis hments... So how many of us get discouraged when we don't see the numbers moving on the scale and then give up? I thought this would be a good place to post our progress when we need that mental boost to show our accomplishments when the scale is not one of them. <BR> so did you .. <BR> Drink all your water today? <BR> Loose inches on your waist? <BR> Put on clothes that haven't fit before? <BR> Exercise longer this week? <BR> Resist a temptation? <BR> <BR> Let us know and be proud of the little stuf... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 09:52:50 EST The one thing... that you plan to do after losing the weight and getting healthier that you haven't done before or quit doing because of the weight? Sat, 9 Feb 2008 19:36:40 EST TOPS??? I just learned there's a TOPS meeting on Friday nights really close to my house. Does anyone attend TOPS? Could someone please give me some more info. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dani Sat, 9 Feb 2008 18:09:07 EST Words of Inspiration So this morning I was thinking: saying goodbye to those first 10 lbs I lost during the first two weeks was certainly inspiring. But the honeymoon is over and now I'll be lucky to lose two lbs a week, three weeks out of the month (taking into account that I will probably lose nothing during that time of the month). <BR> <BR> But really, what is two lbs? Have you ever picked up a two lb. roll of beef at the supermarket? Heck, just a one lb. roll of beef is fairly heavy when you consider th... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 16:12:42 EST Just introducing myself Hi, I am new to this. I am learning as I go. My name is Lisa and I live in upstate NY state. I have been heavy my whole life. I did lose about 60lbs about 2 years ago but put back on almost all of it. I am 41. Although I am younger I have been forced into menopause because of a radical hysterectomy. So this seems alot harder to do that it used to be. I have increased my exercise everyday. I have lost 3.4 lbs so far. I really find this website to be quite helpful. I try to get on he... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 10:41:02 EST rewards Do you have a reward system in place? How does it work? What kind of rewards do you give yourself? <BR> <BR> I just noticed the "goodies" on SP. I have already thought about putting back $5 for every pound I lose, to spend on new clothes when I reach my goal weight. But that still seems like such a long way off. I haven't come up with anything as far as rewarding myself for 5 pound losses, or smaller goals like that. But I have thought about maybe using the goodies as a reward system. ... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 22:21:58 EST These Malls are Made for Walking! Tonight My niece and I walked the mall! Yeah for us! It has been awhile. At Customer Service they have a map that shows the route to take and it comes to 1/2 mile. We did it! She is younger than I, but we did it! Took about 25 minutes, with a potty break before hand. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite place to walk? I always liked the mall as the temperature is controlled and I don't have to worry about holes. Only bad part was a STRONG scent coming from Bath and Bodyworks that overpowered me! A... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 21:22:33 EST Share Your Secret for Getting Your Daily Water In! Sometimes it may seem hard to work in those eight glasses of water into a busy or hectic life. <BR> <BR> What's your secret that you can share to help others who may have a problem getting good ole' H2O?! <BR> <BR> For me, I fill one of those 32 oz refill cups from the local convenience store with crushed ice from Sonic (LOVE it!) and ice water from the fridge. Once I've finished it twice, I know I've achieved that goal! Crushed ice is my treat to myself as I am a long time ice cruncher! lo... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 19:12:07 EST suggestions on how to eat..... ...a veggie burger! As it is Lent and I'm making a lifestyle change, I've purchased and plan to fix a veggie burger for dinner tonight. How do you eat them? Do you fix it up just like a hamburger? Or can you pretty much do whatever you want? I was thinking of a bunless burger topped with black beans, corn, and salsa. I'm open to suggestions. Please shoot some at me. Thanks! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 14:07:09 EST Does anyone have a Gazelle? I'm wondering if I should get one, so whatever you can tell me would be great, pros or cons, does it really give you a good workout, how much space does it take up, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> -Sue Fri, 8 Feb 2008 11:58:14 EST Hi, I'm NEW, Have been trying to diet myself for ages but have been unsuccessful so Im hoping that joing this site will keep me motivated and the tips are great. I live in Ireland, I am 22 and a financial Advisor . I like eating out, trying to kick the habit though! Watching films and not excercising! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 06:55:30 EST Hello From Washington State I am just introducing myself I am new and didn't do this a week or so when I first joined. I find tracking the nutrition and intake to be a big help. Boy there is a lot of sodium in food. EYE OPENER for me. <em>30</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2008 02:06:02 EST Hello from TX I am over 40, in fact I just had a birthday last month. I feel that I am pretty active but it seems harder and harder to lose weight or keep it off as I get older. I would love to lose 30-40 lbs. I know that one of my downfalls is the portions I eat, but I have been trying to eat healthier and be more active. I have four children (24, 23, 17, 16), two married and 1 granddaughter. I have a supportive husband but he doesn't struggle much with his weight, like I have my whole life. I want to be ... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 22:19:03 EST I'm new too! Greetings, gang. I'm Peggy, 60, diabetic & have mild Parkingson's Disease (that means I have shaky hands often, but can still walk & exercise even if I don't feel like it!). I've battled my weight forever and am usually 20-25 lbs. overweight. <BR> <BR> I've owned an antique shop for over 20 years, manage estate sales and am a certified antiques & residential contents(i.e. personal property) appraiser. Before the shop I taught special education. I'm a cat lover and am adopting 2 new cats... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:12:54 EST Team give me some encouragement I am new stumbling but like everything,just need to hear from my team so I will feel like I am on the team <em>223</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 14:27:01 EST Has anyone noticed any changes becoming habits? I'm at about the two and a half week mark, so I'm not quite to the "three-four weeks to make a new habit" mark, but I swear I'm already doing new (good) things without thinking about them. <BR> <BR> Before I started SP, I was a 3-4 Diet Coke a day kind of person, sometimes as many as six, never less than two. When I started, I made a commitment to drink no more than two a day, and only one if at all possible, and water the rest of the time. I've only had two a day maybe three times, and mo... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 13:02:12 EST Hi Everyone I have recently joined Sparkpeople and so fan have found it extremely usefull. I am the mother of three kids 20,19 and 7 and no the last one wasn't a surprize. I also have 2 dogs, tow cockatiels, a cat and fish. I work in the field of Early Childhood. My goal is to lose 30 more pounds and begin to exercise again. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 08:21:17 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm 32yrs young and a mother to a rambunctious almost 4 year old. I wish I had half the energy he has. I really knew it was time to change when he pressed on my stomach and it simulated a waterbed. He of course thought it was hilarious.:)Kids!! Thu, 7 Feb 2008 07:03:28 EST 5 things about me 1. Mother of four children, Matthew 16, Kimberly 14, Ariel 10 and Torri 9. <BR> 2. 31 yrs old will be 32 end of March. <BR> 3. Divorced twice already. <BR> 4. Drive a school bus for a living. <BR> 5. Oldest of four; have two sisters and one brother. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 04:31:51 EST Hi All Hi my name is Shannon. I am so to be 32 yrs old in March. I am the mother of four wonderful children Matthew 16, Kimberly 14, Ariel 10 and Torri 9. I drive a school bus for a living and have done so for most of the past 5 yrs. I moved to western Maryland about a yr and a half ago from South Eastern PA. I am a single mother (been married and Divorced twice already). Anything else anyone wants to know feel free to contact me. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 04:24:10 EST New to the team Hello team my name is Craig I am a 35yrs old trying to get back into shape, I have been on Spark People for two weeks now and think this is great. I have been trying to keep up my calories and exercise everyday. I have had my ups and downs but seem to be on the right track. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 22:31:07 EST Im New here Also Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Im new to this program and this group. I look forward to getting to know you all and to getting myself healthy and in shape. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 21:32:01 EST Making this my year!! I am new to Spark People, not new to the weight battle. I have gained a lot of weight in the past few years. Extra weight = extra health problems. I want my life back, my health back, and the weight to be gone for good!! I joined Spark People a few weeks ago, but haven't done much since. I promise to remain faithful to the site and to my Jan 20-26 buddies. Please support me!!! I need it!! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 21:25:06 EST Intro I am Sandra, 43 with two daughters ages 9 and 11. I have battled weight since I left high school and quit being an athlete. I need to get it off now, I need to keep up with my kids and I am unhappy with the shape I am in. My feet HURT! I don't think they like all the weight they have to carry around. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 21:00:23 EST 2nd week no LBS, but inches I'm so glad, I took my measurements, because this week I needed that to see some kinda proof that my body is changing! There's 2 1/2" less of me from last week! I'm also walking faster! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 19:18:37 EST 5 Things! Howdy! Hi! Hola! Hello! <BR> 1. Recently turned 30yrs <BR> 2. Currently working out 6 days a week with a friend/trainer <BR> 3. LOVE laughing <BR> 4. Swimming or any other water activity is pretty high up on my list. <BR> 5. I'm a believer! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 14:55:45 EST What Happens when You Skip a Meal? Good Morning, <BR> <BR> The following are reasons to eat regularly; consider these facts if should decide to skip a meal: <BR> <BR> It is important to understand what happens when you skip a meal or go on a crash diet. When you skip a meal your metabolism slows to conserve your energy. And when you lose weight too quickly for a few days, your body thinks it is threatened with starvation and goes into survival mode. It fights to conserve your fat stores, and any weight loss comes mostly from... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:50:38 EST So 5 Things.... <BR> 1) I loooove playing/watching sports, especially softball, football, and futball (soccer) :) <BR> 2) I'm a master's student in Dallas working on my MA in history. <BR> 3) I want to teach, write, and travel. <BR> 4) I'm a serious movieholic. <BR> 5) I'm a 23, single student and worker of 2 jobs. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:47:06 EST New Girl Hi I'm new here have been exploring on my own and I guess I have gotten the hang of a few things there is something new to discover all the time. I'm 32 and have been loosing wieght on my own for 9 months when I hit a bump in my weight loss when I moved in with my boyfriend. Getting comfortable here is hard to keep your calories in check. But I have lost a coulpe inches since I got here so all is not lost just slower going. Been trying to motivate myself more but cuddling up with him is much ... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:43:27 EST newbie here Howdy! I joined a few weeks ago (obviously) and was really gung-ho about it and then I got sick with a bad case of the flu. I'm still fighting some of the after-effects including a sinus infection, but I'm more determined then ever to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Food has always been the bad button for me. I can eat healthy, and I do, but it's the samll things like candy and ice cream and my portion size of the bad things that gets me into trouble. I've got a 70lb goal that I hope to hit within tw... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:39:15 EST getting rid of very bad habits 1. i used to drink A LOT! After commiting to changing my lifestyle, i haven't had a drink in over a month. <BR> 2. i also quit smoking cold-turkey over a month ago. <BR> 3. on new year's day i moved home to work towards becoming healthier, to say goodbye to some bad habits, save money, and finish school. whew! big transition here. <BR> 4. i'm very artistic <BR> 5. i can be a terrible procrastinator! but i'm trying to work on that too. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:32:48 EST Hi from Coronado, CA Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure about posting on the message boards, but once I started reading some of the posts, I felt encouraged to do my part, both health-wise and community-wise. So thanks to everyone! <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all. I know you can do it. And that means, I can do it, too! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Daphne Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:24:06 EST Team Map Hey, did y'all know we have a team map? <BR> <BR> To access it, go down to the bottom of our page to "Newest Members" and click on "View Team Map". <BR> <BR> To put yourself on the map, click on the "Community" tab at top of screen and choose "Spark Teams". Go to the bottom of the screen to "My Spark Teams" and click on "Manage Team Preferences". <BR> Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:23:52 EST new to the site hi! i'm really enjoying the site so far. it's so helpful to be able to track exactly what i'm eating day to day, and my calorie burning activities. looking forward to being involved with the site from now on. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:23:06 EST Hello Hi everyone, I am finally trying to get started for real. I am in Charlotte NC and I am so tired of having a fat stomache. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:32:17 EST Hi People <em>15</em> <BR> I am late with this, still uneasy doing this sort of thing. I am trying to stay warm with the snow & ice we received last night & today. I am still trying to get my "SP legs". There is so much here to learn and the navigating is probably the hardest for me. This is the like the 3 time that I have actually entered into a Blog type conversation. <BR> I am fumbling for words right know so I will just finish up by saying I am glad I found this site. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:24:42 EST hello I joined Spark People a few weeks ago and was doing really good...until last Friday when I found out I'm pregnant again! <BR> So I'll be back after baby number two comes out (end of September). <BR> A big cheer to all of you on your path to weight loss! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:23:16 EST I'm Baaaaaaack! Wow...last week I wasn't feeling too hot and didn't get to the all. :( <BR> I wasn't tracking what I ate either, but I hope that I did alright. I'll hopefully get to the gym tonight, but I'm pretty sure I won't till tomorrow - I'll get to weigh in then. Fingers crossed!! <BR> <BR> Glad to be back. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:50:37 EST hello for 1st time Hello for the 1st time to my team. I'm not real comfortable with computers but hopefully I'll get the hang of it. I'm the mother of 2 small children. one of which was a big surprise back in 2006 and for which i put on a lot of weight during pregnancy and can't seem to lose it. i will be 40 in October of this year and would like to be about 30lbs. lighter by then and hope this site will help me. i look forward to working with my team so we can all reach our goals in 2008. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 12:05:31 EST Carbs are my enemy! HELP! So I've realized that I tend to eat too many carbs during the day. I love my bread (which I've cut back and switched to whole grains) I love my occasional bowl of rice (white, I can't change to brown its too chewy.. and i've tried wild..but they just don't go with home made chinese food) and I love the occasional noodles (all different kinds that chinese and vietnamese use n their cuisine) <BR> <BR> I've always grown up with these carbs and I can't live without them because I LOVE THEM I've ... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 21:41:59 EST Just Keep Swimming.... I know a lot of people who joined when I did saw some successful sparkers on Ellen, so I thought the title would be fun! <BR> <BR> But! To my point! <BR> <BR> My swim class started today... I signed up for one at my local community collge that meets 4 days a week for one hour on my lunch break. So no eating out, a coach to keep me motivated, and some time in the sunshine to get a tan... all for WAY less than a gym memberhsip! <BR> <BR> plus, being a fatty, no impacts on joints or undue s... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 18:09:42 EST Hi Hi I am just finding my way through the community so I thought I should introduce myself. <BR> My name is Megen and I am 29. I wanted to lose my weight prior to turning 30 this summer. <BR> I have three kids aged 2,1, and 4 months. I am happily married. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you guys! Mon, 4 Feb 2008 12:37:46 EST Stage 2 - Week 1 Many of you are now moving into Stage Two of your Spark Diet. Stage Two is where you really start to build those healthy lifestyle habits! <BR> <BR> During the Fast Break, you learned how to use the nutrition tracker. Don't you love that thing?! How shocking was seeing your actual food intake? I know it really was a slap in the face for me! <BR> <BR> This week, you'll be striving to stay in your calorie range and watching your portion sizes. Be sure to actually follow the actions spar... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 11:59:14 EST Hi! I'm new to the team. I didn't realize there was one for when you joined. I'm sure I've missed out on some great advice and info, but no more. My name is Karla and I have around 40 lbs to take off. I am ready to start Stage 2 tomorrow. I'm motivated and ready. Sun, 3 Feb 2008 15:17:33 EST Greetings from a newbie Hi! I'm relatively new, but this is my first post. My name is Jayna. I'm mom to two little guys, three and nine months, and wife to one big guy. I "stepped away" from my career when the youngest was born to stay home and be with my boys full-time. They are great and I love them with everthing I have (and I'm thankful to be able to have the opportunity to stay home with them), but it was a pretty rough transition. Some of you may know what I mean. <BR> <BR> Starting in January, I began ... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 13:13:32 EST 5 A Day Challenge Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it - is to eat AT LEAST 5 fruits and veggies each day. You must have at least 1 of each (i.e. 5 veggies and no fruits doesn't count. 4 veggies and 1 fruit, however, would). This one is sometimes much more difficult than it sounds. <BR> <BR> This challenge will run from Sunday (2/3) until next Saturday. Report your progress here. Sat, 2 Feb 2008 22:47:27 EST Happy Ground Hog Day Happy Ground Hog day to all you sparkers out there. Good Luck this coming week on all your weigh in's. <em>219</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2008 16:17:28 EST New user name I changed my user name from sdbergmann to this new more creative one. I'm still the same old Dani though. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dani Sat, 2 Feb 2008 13:20:01 EST Acupuncture for weight loss? Has anyone tried acupuncture for weight loss? I've heard it works but know nothing about it. I've had a friend give me a name of a pretty well respected acupuncture specialist; thinking about trying it... <BR> <BR> If any of you have any knowledge or input I would greatly appreciate you sharing it with me and the rest of the Team. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2008 11:09:47 EST do a quiz every day Today I did the sleep quiz and got 9 out of 10. You can learn a lot from them and they are on lots of topics. You get points for reading the article. Sat, 2 Feb 2008 10:49:25 EST How did you pick your username? I know a lot of us probably have some variation of our names/initials as our usernames, but I've seen some others, too, and I was just curious how/why you chose your username. <BR> <BR> Mine is the title of a Philip Larkin poem that I love. A warning before you go google it, there is some "bad" language--the only regrettable thing about the poem, because now I can't frame it and hang it on the walls of my grandparents' house or recite it to my friends at church. Fri, 1 Feb 2008 23:50:28 EST Just saying HI! Hi everyone! I'm Judy - 40+ year old Mom to Megan (7) and newly wed to Mike! Looking forward to figuring this whole site out! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 21:21:52 EST I need lunch ideas! Hi Everyone, I'm looking for some help coming up with some options to pack in my lunch now that lent is starting next week and I can't eat meat on Friday's! Last year I ate a lot of cheese pizza and I don't want that again so would like to have some ideas in place of options to take! Thanks in advance! <BR> Trisha Fri, 1 Feb 2008 16:25:02 EST Where do I get a virtual pic for my page? I want a virtual me now and one for when I lose the weight. I think it will be great motivation for me....where do I get it??? <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Joanna Fri, 1 Feb 2008 15:21:08 EST Four days, no change Well I shouldn't say NO difference, because I defintely feel better with all the healthy food, but the scale is the same... I have a cold, so maybe it is just being stuffed up (I once read an article that says people can gain five pounds from having a head cold because of the stuff in the sinuses -- blech)! <BR> <BR> I know four days is not very long. I really don't weigh myself very often just for this reason (because it ALWAYS gets me down). <BR> <BR> I guess I am posting for a little c... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 14:17:45 EST WAYS to FIGHT YOUR CRAVINGS Many of the cravings we experience are psychologically based. However, we still need to help combat the desire for those unhealthy foods which can throw us off our desired road to health. The following should help head off the need to munch on those undesirables. Hope they help: <BR> <BR> If you crave: <BR> <BR> Chocolate you need Magnesium which is found in raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits <BR> <BR> Sweets you need: <BR> *Chromium which is found in Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried b... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 12:42:10 EST TWELVE MONTHS - TWELVE NEW HEALTHY HABITS I know this a long post, but it contains some excellent information. I would recommend printing it and reading it at your leisure; maybe put it on your refrigerator or a message board in your home as a reminder. Remember, building a solid foundation is essential to your success. <BR> <BR> This year you can succeed at being healthier. Just follow these small changes, one month at a time <BR> <BR> Here’s the first thing to remember about living a healthier 2007. You’ve got the entire year t... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 12:38:49 EST computer broken hi all, sorry i haven't been around but my PC is broken, its back in the shop but they said it could be two weeks b4 i get it back. Keep up the good work seems like you are all doing amazingly! I will try get to a computer every few days if poss and check in but if you dont see me around that is why! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 10:17:20 EST How do I get a "pound ticker/t racker"? I don't know how to get that little icon that tracks your pounds lost and it shows on your posts. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 03:12:21 EST Hi, from the frozen Minnesota tundra! :-) Greetings! <BR> Just introducing myself: I just started on Friday, I think it was, and this is a great site! I've got high motivation and intend to keep it going. I lost 30 pounds last year, but gained back 10 over the holidays. I quit smoking (for good this time, Honest!) on Dec. 31, and I am going to reach my goal weight by the end of this year! Talk to ya all again soon! <BR> -Sue <em>104</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:23:21 EST Hey Everybody! Hey everyone, how are ya?! I am so excited! I joined spark last year in april but had some really rough times and fell off the wagon, so to speak. But things are looking up and I am determined to win this time and so far I feel wonderful and have lots of great support. I just want to say good luck to everyone and I am glad to be in the same class with you all. <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 19:42:15 EST Join me in the Happy Dance!!! Ok, so let me lay out the whole story for you... When I went backto work 6 months ago, my weight was around 250. That was the last time I had weighed myself. The middle of last month I had to go through the ER. They weighed me. Idon't remember my weight then, but do know it was 200-and-something. I started "dieting" (read: lifestyle changing) this week. The rst of that time I had not been dieting. I do know I always lose weight when working, rather than being a SAHM. So anyway, I don... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 19:13:41 EST 1 week 3LBS DOWN! I can't believe it's working for me, but it is! Just tuning in to the spark web site keeps me focus on my goals! A GREAT BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! <BR> HUGS Wed, 30 Jan 2008 12:55:22 EST cardio ideas? Ok, so I haven't exercised in YEARS. I'm still in my first week here at SP, and am working on planning a cardio workout. I want to start with a goal of 5-10 minutes a day. I know that's not a lot, but it's to help build the consistency first and foremost. Some days I do walk to/from work (a 20-minute walk) but that's not very dependable considering the temps and so much rain lately. So on days I walk, that will just be extra. I don't have a lot of time, and it will also take time to ge... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:57:26 EST checking in Hieveryone,just checking in. Everything is good so far.I weigh every day.Trying not to.Did miss 2 days so far.Friday is my weekly weigh day.I get up up 30 min earlier to try and get my exercise out of the way for the day.I actually started my diet dec 26 and have lost 15 lbs.Haven't lost any since starting SP on the 24th of this month.But,I'm not giving up.Hope everyone has a great day. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:59:16 EST Weekend #1 How did everyone do this weekend? I am totally in shock that I did so well!!! I think it helped that I went grocery shopping and bought good food instead of junk like usual! I hope I can keep it up! I cam excited to share the journey with all of you! Mon, 28 Jan 2008 19:12:29 EST Wow!!! I lost one pound and i am so happy for myself like i have never lost 1 pound in the first week before!!! and oh my all the support you get on this website it is amazing so thank you to all... <BR> Jackie Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:48:59 EST Daily Check in Hi, this is my very virst checkin. HERE! PRESENT! and ACCOUNTED FOR! :-) today is going alright. I planned on preparing my meal for the day but when I got home it was late, I did put some beans in the crockpot tho, so I will wat good (healthy) tonight after the gym Mon, 28 Jan 2008 15:55:23 EST 5 Things about me 1. I'm 45, currently at my pregnancy weight which was 17 years ago! <BR> 2. I like to exercise, feel better when I do it but can't get myself started!!!!! <BR> 3. I have 3 beautiful daughters ages 21, 19, 17 <BR> 4. Single and ok with it. Too picky not to be! <em>211</em> <BR> 5. I'm a coffee-holic! Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:05:22 EST e-mails Help! I am recieving about 30 e-mails daily notifying me about messageboard stuff. I want the informative stuff, but I can look up the other posts, right? My hubby will have a fit. It took our old computer and hour to download it. I can't figure out how to stop them. <em>198</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2008 20:23:04 EST Introduction of Vicki Hi, just now finding time to introduce myself to this group, 'my class.' I hope we graduate together with great success! I am in my 40s, have about 30 pounds to lose. My goal is to lose it slowly, while making some lasting changes nutrition and exercise. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering, how can I learn about SparkPoints? I have figured out the Teams, Message Posts, My home page, and I still don't fully understand SparkPoints. Anybody can explain? <BR> <BR> Thank you. And blessings on your e... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 20:21:36 EST night workers Any night workers out there? I work from 8p-8a and find myself snaking out of boredom and to help me stay awake. Any tips? Sun, 27 Jan 2008 19:13:04 EST new to here hi I am new to here hope i can make this work. sounds like a good thing. Wish me luck!! Sun, 27 Jan 2008 18:18:51 EST Intro Hi to Everyone, <BR> Joined last week and very happy about it. Been trying to lose 6.5Kg for a long time. Desperately needed a place to log. Currently doing goal calories and 20 min cardio every morning. Very warm and humid in the Gold Coast, Australia, so doing treadmill first thing in the morning. <BR> Positive that Sparkpeople will keep me going. Sun, 27 Jan 2008 17:43:11 EST What have you noticed different? I just came in from playing with my kids outside.. my son bought himself a bow and arrow set and we took it out and chased after arrows that were not hitting the target..unburying many from the snow etc.. and I realized something... <BR> Just over a week ago that bow and arrow would have sat in it's box. Since the kids can't use it unless under supervision... and I probably wouldn't have gotten off the couch... <BR> Just wondering if anyone else has noticed something different since they beg... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 17:03:57 EST