SparkPeople SP Class of February 10-16, 2008 Team Messageboard This class is for all members who joined SP from February 10-16, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of February 10-16, 2008 Team Messageboard Happy NINE Year Anniversary! <em>591</em> <em>593</em> <em>345</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so thrilled that I realized that we are on our anniversary week before it passed without a mention! <BR> <BR> Who is still Sparking and out there? How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> <em>591</em> <em>593</em> <em>345</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>283</em> <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:25:11 EST Back at it - need some support! Back in 2008, when I first joined, I embraced the SparkPeople way and lost quite a bit of weight. I felt great and was pretty happy with how I looked. I maintained for about a couple of years - and then something happened - life intervened. First, I started having female problems, and lost the energy to exercise or eat correctly. That alone is bad news. <BR> <BR> Then I lost both my parents within two months of each other. Mom passed a week after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:29:24 EST Back to Sparking So, we joined almost 6 years ago! Anybody else around? <BR> I haven't been here in almost 2 years. But, I haven't been inactive. I had to have my knee scoped 2 years ago and decided that losing a few pounds would probably reduce any further damage. Went to Weight Watchers and lost about 20 pounds. Last year, I started back to school, working toward an Exercise Science degree, started working out more and lost 2 inches off both my hips and waist (but no more weight-I'm good with that). I als... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:44:53 EST Four Weeks to our Anniversary, and Counting! That's right! We're now T-4 weeks to our FOUR YEAR SparkPeople Anniversary! <BR> <BR> We've made it through the holidays, made it to 2012, and now we're running full-steam ahead again, right? <BR> <BR> We still have FOUR weeks to make positive changes to help us reach our goals! <BR> <BR> How are you doing on your goals? <BR> What do you want to say that you've accomplished come Feb 10-16, 2012? <BR> How are you going to celebrate your success? <BR> <BR> Post your goals, accomplishments ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:32:42 EST 8 Weeks Until Our FOUR YEAR Anniversary! So I got to thinking this morning about our upcoming four year anniversary on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I know we don't have a ton of activity on this team anymore, but there are lots of active members out there - I see you on the Team Stream! <BR> <BR> I think it would be great to take a moment to think about where we are right this moment, and about what we want to accomplish before our anniversary, which is about 8 weeks away. <BR> <BR> That's sooooooo much time to make positive change. ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 03:44:09 EST 17 Day Diet That is Being Promoted Just wondering what everyone thinks about this 17 day diet that Dr. Phil is promoting on the air. It seems to be working but then...we had Dr. Atkins , South Beach etc. I still think Weight Watchers is the best and this 17 Day diet is going to fade out some day too. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:25:11 EST Inspiration "May you find serenity and tranquility <BR> in a world you may not always understand. <BR> <BR> May the pain you have known <BR> and the conflict you have experienced <BR> give you the strength to walk through life <BR> facing each new situation with courage and optimism. <BR> <BR> Always know that there are those <BR> whose love and understanding will always be there, <BR> even when you feel most alone. <BR> <BR> May a kind word, <BR> a reassuring touch, <BR> and a warm smile ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:50:30 EST Need Movation I have been losing weight slowly since March have lost 20 lbs. but at this point it seems I'm not losing anymore no matter what I do. I would like to lose at least 30 lbs more I have done this by myself and its not working anymore, so i need help by losing 30 more lbs I will hopfully overcome some health issues that can take place in time to come. Looking at December to meet this goal but may be impossible. I feel like SPARKS is the place to start I have read about folks that it has helped... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:13:13 EST I'm back for GOOD! Hello everyone! I haven't been on SP for awhile...and missed out on alot of good support. I am determined to do what I say I'll do. And one of them is checking SP at least 4xs a week...if not everyday & to lose the 55lbs that crept in when I was in neverneverland. I know that I will accomplish it with the help of SP & discipline. I have limited access to the computer at home(hoping I get a computer for VALENTINES DAY...yeah!!!)'ll have to be at work during breaks. Aloha! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 20:12:48 EST 2 years on SP 2 years ago today I started on SP without knowing what I was doing. Today I have kept off 25kgs from my then weight and had lost a total of 35 kg but put 10 kg back on in a period of depression and that was not good. I am back to losing weight again and hope to continue down the tract to healthier living and smaller sizes. I am pleased with my progress and realise that losing weight too soon is not good for a permanent result. <BR> <BR> Thanks SP and the class of of February 10-16 especially... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:42:33 EST Another busy mom with a home business, and a job. I have been married for 18 years (almost) have two daughters, a dog, a part time job at my church and a home-based business. I spent a huge amount of time driving my kids to dance. They are on a competitive team, and they are at a studio about 25 miles away. they are there 3-5 times a week. So needless to say we spend a lot of time in the car. My home business is about helping people free their homes of toxic chemicals, in making our homes healthier we can make ourselves healthier. I hope at... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 22:14:33 EST Another busy mom with a home business, and a job. I have been married for 18 years (almost) have two daughters, a dog, a part time job at my church and a home-based business. I spent a huge amount of time driving my kids to dance. They are on a competitive team, and they are at a studio about 25 miles away. they are there 3-5 times a week. So needless to say we spend a lot of time in the car. My home business is Wed, 3 Feb 2010 22:12:53 EST Weighing Daily I know everyone has their own issues and opinions on this, I happen to weigh myself daily as long as I am home! I am actually ready to buy a scale for Andy!! Anyhoo, this was the SP tip of the day emailed to me on the subject: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep the Weight Off with Daily Weigh-Ins <BR> <BR> Sometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown Univers... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 08:12:40 EST 20 month check in Its been awhile since a check in, so how is everyone doing? I'm back on track now, got lost for a couple of months and gained weight. It seems I stay on track when I log on to spark. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:15:35 EST MY SELF HELLO I AM HERE TO LOOSE SOME WEIGTH ,I NEED SOME HELP OR ADVICE OF HOW CAN REACH MY GOALS IF YOU CAN HELP ME LET ME KNOW Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:08:18 EST New to posting! I've been at SparkPeople for a while, but never posted. I'm getting serious this time. I have actually recorded everything I ate this week and stayed in the range in every area. <BR> <BR> I recently talked to a girl that works at the hospital. They have been attending classes with a nutritionist that recommended putting 1 can of orange juice concentrate into a gallon of water--makes very weak orange juice--flavored water. She said that if you sipped on it all day, your blood sugar would stay... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 11:44:52 EST Help! I am really fighting the urge to quit. I have been trying to be successful at being healthier and losing weight, but despite all of my efforts, I am back to the weight I started from - never having lost more than 7 or 8 pounds at any one time. I have done more exercise on a regular basis than at any time in my life - almost 3 years now, so I don't get why this isn't working for me. I would try to continue if I knew what I should change, but I am really at a loss right now. Sun, 28 Jun 2009 13:28:21 EST 16 Month Check-in! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just realized it's our anniversary week of the month and we haven't done a check-in for a while! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <em>503</em> + <em>517</em> + <em>515</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 03:57:55 EST Living 5/6/7 It's time to take it to the next level! <BR> <BR> Beginning Monday the 6th, and throughout the month of April, the challenge is to stay in range 5 or 6 days of 7--you choose. <BR> <BR> We'll check in at the end of the day, or the next morning for the previous day, and we'll report whether we stayed in our range--and maybe how far under we made it!! <BR> <BR> I'm excited--it's time to take this to the next level!! Sun, 5 Apr 2009 21:14:14 EST 4-2 Game Of The Day This is a really fun game. <BR> <BR> 1. Choose a 3-6 letter word. <BR> 2. The next person has to compose a sentence using the letters of that word as the first letter of each word in a sentence or phrase. <BR> <BR> Example: B O A T (chosen word) <BR> <BR> Boys Often Aggravate Teachers <BR> <BR> T A L L (next word) <BR> <BR> OK...I will begin with T A L L <BR> <BR> Have fun with it. <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 21:53:03 EST 13 months down... So now that we've all celebrated our <em>503</em> ... <BR> <BR> How is everyone keeping the momentum going? <BR> <BR> Personally, I've made it back to the gym - after not going there for 5 years! <BR> <BR> Anyone else making a breakthrough? Sun, 15 Mar 2009 03:06:31 EST Happy Anniversay Fellow Classmates! Check in here! <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> This is a BIG week for our team! <BR> One year down and time to celebrate our SparkVersary!!! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Are you planning a celebration for sticking with your plan for a year? <BR> <BR> Tell your story here! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>209</em> <em>236</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>209</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:28:10 EST 2-11 Question Of The Day We have all seen or heard about the show Biggest Loser. So here is the question... <BR> <BR> If you received a prize choice of : <BR> <BR> A) Going to a place like the Ranch, and working out like the contestants, 4-6 hrs a day, with your own personal trainer pushing you all the time. Leaving your work, family and friends behind for THREE MONTHS, (with a $1,000 a week stipend for expenses) would you do it? <BR> <BR> B) Or would you take $60,000 instead (5x as much) and continue to work o... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 23:49:07 EST 11th Month Ck In - Most Important Lesson Learned? I was faithful for the first 6 months and a few pounds away from the top range of a healthy weight, then I was seduced by life. I thought I knew it all. Wrong! <BR> <BR> We continue to change as we get older and we need to continually adjust our eating habits and exercises. <BR> <BR> So I fell behind the last 6 months and gained a few pounds back. I know what I did wrong but other things were playing against me. I don't think I absorbed the nutrients from my food as well as I did e... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 00:16:13 EST 10 Month Check In! Hey! It's our week again! <BR> <BR> 10 months on Spark People! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing??? <BR> <BR> Staying away from those holiday temptations? Sun, 14 Dec 2008 03:30:42 EST 9 Month Check In! Hey! We should be celebrating 9-month Sparkversaries this week!!! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing??? <BR> <BR> I discovered today that with my new bra that actually fits and supports me that my "girls" are leading the way again!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone else had a breakthrough lately? <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:20:07 EST Thanksgiving This holiday has gone from what is was meant to be, a time to slow down and be greatful for what you have, to a frenzy of cooking and pigging out, to sleeping in front of a football game on tv and then pigging out some more. <BR> <BR> We've been working here for almost 9 months. How do you plan to navigate this food-filled weekend? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 09:49:11 EST 8 months on How is everyone doing at the 8 month mark? Sun, 12 Oct 2008 23:48:37 EST Have You Ever .... To Play just answer the question of the last replier and then ask a new question. <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> Have you ever flown on a plane? <BR> Thu, 9 Oct 2008 19:38:01 EST New Member Hello all! I decided to join my class of Sparksters from February. This site has changed my life! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:46:32 EST The 7 month check in Hi team <BR> <BR> So another month has gone by - how did you do? Have you re-committed to the good habits learned so long ago? Tue, 9 Sep 2008 21:23:27 EST Sparkpeople emails Hi, I was subscribed to several mailing lists (e.g. recipe of the day), but haven't received any emails the past 2 days. I just wondered if anyone else has had this problem. I have looked through most of the Sparkpeople webpages to try to find any information on where to find the lists I am subscribed to, but can't find it. Can anyone help me with this? <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks. Julianne Sun, 7 Sep 2008 17:50:19 EST How do I make a change on my chart? Hi. I am having trouble figuring out how to change my wt. chart at the bottom of my messages and also; how do you get that little icon that shows how much weight you have lost? Cheryl Fri, 15 Aug 2008 22:37:31 EST 6 months in check in!!! G'day team! <BR> <BR> So, 6 months have gone since we all joined SP - who is still around? How has this long road been for you? Share your success! <BR> <BR> Ti Wed, 13 Aug 2008 21:57:43 EST Five Months & 20 LBS Gone! What About You? Hey Team, <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE THE NUMBERS so we can feel good about ourselves. Then tell us your new idea or goal to keep yourself motivated. <BR> <BR> Yes, Christmas is coming and we wanta look our best for those Christmas photos. <BR> <BR> I Started 2-10-08 at 195 <BR> today 7-10-08 I'm at 175/172 <BR> <BR> New goal - increase walking time to 60 min a day <BR> cause I hated last years Christmas photos. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Bonny Bev. <em>104</em> <em>243</em> <... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:10:44 EST Moving on to Level 4? This was my blog today, but, with a little editing I'm posting it here because I'm really interested in how others in this group are feeling. <BR> <BR> Today my Start page tells me its time to move on to phase 4, but I'm wondering if I'm ready. I've hit a little plateau - I haven't lost lbs or inches in about a week. I've kicked up the strength exercises, but cardio's fallen off. So I'm not discouraged (yet) since I'm not exactly giving it my all at the moment. <BR> <BR> I still struggle ... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:56:02 EST It's 4 month check in time! Hey ladies and gents! Happy 4-month anniversary! <BR> <BR> So, how is everyone progress going? <BR> <BR> Ti Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:21:59 EST How do you eat when you're home alone? My husband is traveling, and I noticed that my eating habits change drastically when he's gone. For the better, actually--and certainly for the easier!! <BR> <BR> Like today after church I had a totally weird lunch--but I loved it. Sautéed sugar-snap peas, cottage cheese, pinto beans, and half of a whole grain English muffin. <BR> <BR> There's just no way he would like that, so I don't "cook" like that when my DH is home--but it's kinda fun to improvise when he's gone!! <BR> <BR> Do an... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 13:13:56 EST Non scale victories Scale is being stubborn and won't move? Loosing motivation? <BR> <BR> If so lets use non scale victories to get us through the rough patch. What are your Non scale victories? Wed, 28 May 2008 00:25:37 EST Summer Survival Strategies Challenge Here's the challenge: When you're faced with a special event that may put your healthy habits at risk, use these three Survival Strategies to help you enjoy your event--and enjoy your weigh-in, too!! <BR> <BR> Plan your strategies before the event, and let us know your plan before you go. Then, when the event is over, let us know how it went--what worked, what didn't and how much fun you had!! <BR> <BR> Strategy #1: Water works! Your plan to keep your water intake up to the top during th... Mon, 26 May 2008 19:51:16 EST stop losing weight so i got nine lbs til i reach my goal. and i am just curious after you get to your goal weight how do you stop losing. i am trying to maintain the weight not continue to lose so i can look like a skeleton. that would be nasty. so please some let me know so i can stop where i want to and not gain back the lbs i lost!!!!!! Sun, 18 May 2008 15:15:27 EST How many sizes have you dropped in 3 months? I went from a size 18-20 to a size 14 in 3 months! <BR> Even my ring and watch are loose. With the combination of lifestyle change and exercise, I now wear a smaller size than when I just dieted! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 17 May 2008 09:44:54 EST Where are YOU From and Where Have You Been? I Love Meeting New People and Making New Friends! <BR> Here is something about me and I would love to get to know you all better. <BR> <BR> I live in Macomb Twp, Michigan. Mother of a 30 yr old son who is a Producer/Editor in Ann Arbor, Mi and a 26 yr old son still lives at home. He has an Assoc Degree in Web Design and looking for a job. <BR> Hubby and I are 60 yrs young. I love to travel and he does not. I have a cousin that lives in Phoenix, Az and I've been to Bermuda, Florida and Nash... Tue, 13 May 2008 23:35:27 EST Would Love to Hear Your Mother's Day Story! Would love to hear your story! Here's mine! <BR> <BR> I was fortunate enough to celebrate Mother's Day all <BR> weekend with the family. Sat the weather was mild and sunny all day in Michigan. <BR> <BR> We started Sat morning by eating breakfast at the Farmer's Mkt Café while listening to our favorite folk band the "Motor City Sidestrokers", who were playing live. The band consists of a stand up bass, banjo, violin and guitar player. Then we ran into another couple we know and toget... Mon, 12 May 2008 02:39:58 EST It's Three Month Check-In time!! Happy Three-Month Anniversary Week!! What changes have you made? What new habits have you formed? How are you progressing toward your goals? Share your progress, and share the fun! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost 13.4 pounds, and just made it through my first plateau. I am eating very differently--WAY more fruits and veggies, fewer empty carbs, more whole grains. I'm doing strength training from my heart, and upped the intensity of my cardio. <BR> And I've met wonderful people who hav... Sat, 10 May 2008 07:32:50 EST New Team Member Hi, I just joined the team. I am still finding my way around the site. I have been mostly tracking what I eat and my workouts. Glad to be here. :) Sat, 10 May 2008 00:38:58 EST 1 week goal I need help.I was building momentum until about 3 weeks ago when stress, lack of sleep and arthritis commandeered my decisions. I've been lurking in the outskirts since then. I've been able to maintain some good choices but not with any consistency. I need to get back on the SP track but can't seem to make it click. I'm hoping a short-term goal will move me forward. Any suggestions? I know I need to get that positive mindset back,but how? I will cruise SP for motivation but it would help to k... Thu, 8 May 2008 12:41:26 EST Plateau Busters What has worked for you when you've hit a plateau? I thought it would be fun to share some plateau busting tips--since we've all either hit one already, or will before too long! <BR> <BR> I hit one two weeks ago, and started some new things today to get out more quickly. <BR> <BR> I started calorie cycling--today I hit the bottom of my calorie range; tomorrow will hit the top edge of the range. I upped the intensity on my cardio, and did a "superset" and a "dropset" with my strength ... Wed, 7 May 2008 20:10:06 EST Hitting Goals!!! Happy Wednesday everyone! Today was my weigh in at Weight Watchers and I hit a lot of goals! I hit my 25lbs lost, another 5lbs lost and sixteen weeks on plan! I was really excited...I lost 3.2lbs for a total of 26.2lbs lost...WOOHOO! I'm so friggin' excited! <em>9</em> <BR> Julie Wed, 7 May 2008 15:36:10 EST GOING DOWN! ANOTHER 2LBS GONE THIS WEEK - AND IT'S NEVER COMING BACK! <BR> Tue, 6 May 2008 02:42:44 EST Sparkpeople swimsuit bootcamp I just wanted to let you all know that sparkpeople is having a swimsuit boot camp. here is the info <BR> <BR> Join the Swimsuit Bootcamp (May 4-31) to get DAILY tips and workouts! By completing the challenge you could win $1,000 or a host of other fun prizes. So what are you waiting for? <BR> <BR> So everyone can plan ahead and have a better understanding of what the Swimsuit Bootcamp is all about, here are the basics of the 7-day workout plan: <BR> <BR> Sunday: Do the "Day 1 Workout Vid... Sat, 3 May 2008 16:28:18 EST The 1 thing I won't give up I was having an interesting conversation with a friend about the 1 thing that I won't give up in my lifestyle change and weight loss, and I'm wondering if everyone else has something they won't (not the same as can't) give up <BR> <BR> Mine is sugar in my coffee. Artificial sweeteners are just that, artificial, and I won't go anywhere near them. I'm happy to have brown sugar and non-fat milk, but I will not give up my sugar or coffee for that matter. <BR> <BR> Just curious <BR> <BR> Ti Thu, 1 May 2008 02:33:00 EST Anyone know how to use a heart rate monitor for fi Do you have any strategies for using a heart rate monitor in your workouts? I've purchased a Mio heart rate monitor/watch thingy, and am looking for strategies to applying it to my exercise. What should an active heartbeat be, and for how long? <BR> <BR> How should I be using this thing? (I should have answered that question before purchasing the thing... <BR> <BR> Jessc098 Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:51:39 EST Is it ok to go over your recommended fat level I go over my recommended fat level quite regularly but the fats I'm taking are the "good fats" I take a tablespoon of flaxseed (linseed) oil every day. Flaxseed oil has higher levels of Omega 3 than fish oils and has many benefits including strenthening nails, teeth, giving you added energy and reducing cholesterol. 1 tablespoon is about my daily limit of fat so if I have anything else during the day then it puts me over the limit. Is this ok or should I knock back on the flaxseed oil (I e... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:49:55 EST Are Vitamins Calorie Free? Does anyone know if taking vitamins adds calories? <BR> It sure seems like they do. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Bonny Bev. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 21:43:07 EST New to the team Hi everyone! My name is Maria. I am living in Malta but am originally from Manchester, UK. I re-joined SP on 4 February this year weighing 280lbs. To date I've lost 31lbs and am thrilled! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all. Looks like a great team! <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 09:25:57 EST Sign Up for Your Two Month Check In! Then 2-13-08 Now 4-18-08 <BR> <BR> 195 lb/ 181 lb <BR> 40" waist/ 38" waist <BR> 46 hips/ 43.5" hips <BR> <BR> Then 2-13-08 <BR> no exercise <BR> no walking <BR> Joints hurt and I shuffled when I walked <BR> Knees and lower back hurt, hard to stand up straight <BR> <BR> Now 4-18-08 <BR> I ran for the first time in years <BR> I walk 30 min a day outside <BR> Joints, knees and lower back don't hurt <BR> I can stand up straight <BR> ... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 02:10:20 EST How do you know when to go from Stage 1 to Stage 2 I've been on SP for a couple of months and have been really working at it for about three weeks (trying to get in the habit of logging on every day). <BR> <BR> My question is this--how do you know when you move from Stage 1 to Stage 2? Does something prompt you and say "it's time to move up already?" or is it supposed to be a certian period of time? I'm not consistently meeting my goals each week in Stage 1, so that's why I ask. I probabally should move to stage 2, but haven't got the firs... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:20:14 EST New to this team... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been enjoying Spark for the last couple of months and have started to take a poke around and see what else I'm missing - that's how I stumbled onto this team! lol <BR> <BR> On Spark so far I have lost 12 lbs - I lost about 20 before I joined it so things are moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new people on here! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 23:10:52 EST Healthy Lunch Challenge - April 15-30 Some of you have taken the Quick Poll, "What are your brown bag lunches like?" <BR> <BR> I've noted that 50% pack healthy lunches and 10% are improving. Overall, there is much room for improvement. Let's improve these numbers as a team. <BR> <BR> Everyone is engouraged to participate in this challenge, for the period April 15-30, by sharing what you pack/have for lunch. Feel free to make suggestions; share with the team what you think could be improvements to your habits and how to make ... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 08:08:33 EST Let Me Tell You About Stage 3! I took a chance! I have the time to devote to learning whatever I need to learn. I also have the <BR> time to do whatever I need to do. I found out that if I go back to Stage 2, you start from the beginning of stage 2. It's better if you don't bounce back and forth between stages. I'll keep you updated! If anyone else has and info they'd like to share. Please add your comments. Thanks! <BR> This is my first day and it's Sat so I'm sure I'll find out more next week. <BR> <BR> Your... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 13:22:44 EST Quick Poll...What are your brown bag lunches like? I took a SparkPoint Challenge poll today. The question was: <BR> <BR> What are your brown bag lunches like? <BR> <BR> a) Healthy - I plan, prep, and pack <BR> b) Improving - I make substitutions when I can <BR> c) Unhealthy - I pack all the wrong things <BR> d) Boring - I always eat the same foods <BR> e) Missing In Action - I don't have time <BR> <BR> I chose a) Healthy since I pack a balanced lunch every day. What's your answer? <BR> <BR> Tisha Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:58:12 EST Move on to stage 3? G'day all, <BR> <BR> I received an email from SP suggesting I move on to stage 3. So I had a little read and it all sounds good, but I don't know if I'm ready to (mentally) make the move from diet to lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Anyone moved on to stage 3 yet and how are you doing with it? <BR> <BR> Ti Mon, 7 Apr 2008 22:28:03 EST I'd like to step down... as a team leader. I have several other teams I'm on and you guys are doing great. So if it's okay with everyone, I will be bowing out next week. If there's anyone who would like to be a leader, just let me or one of the other leaders know. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone. You're doing fine! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 14:02:03 EST SWEETS I have been having a big issue this week with cravings. i want sugar. like lots of chocolate and candy andall kinds of stuff. and i dont understand it. i havent had this problem before. but them again with other diets i have been on i havent lasted this long. i usually go a month and then i am done. what am i supposed to do. The sugar is all over my house. and i cant ruin my diet this week too. i already ruined last week cause of easter. oh please i need some advice. ihow do i make it throug... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:27:32 EST Holiday Weekend How did everyone hold up, through the Easter holiday? <BR> <BR> I ate a couple of things that weren't the wisest choices, but I think for the most part I did well. I didn't eat dessert or the many jello salads, etc. The worst part was I didn't get in hardly any exercise due to traveling and spending so much time in the car. <em>39</em> Also, I weighed myself in on Sunday and nothing changed. That was a HUGE disappoint... I guess I'll just have to work harder this week. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:23:57 EST Question.... Where do i get one of those cool trackers on my posts and on My Spark Page? You know, the ones that show all the pounds I've lost? I have a small loss so far but I want to show it off!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 23 Mar 2008 13:40:07 EST Hypnosis I am going with a friend tonight for hypnosis for weight loss. Has anyone else done this? I did it for smoking with my husband and he quit but I didn't until this year. . . that was 9 years ago. I was just wondering about the weight loss side. Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:32:17 EST Weird.... Did everyone else get their Spark emails today? I don't have any in my inbox this morning... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 08:15:04 EST weekly weigh in okay so i have been doing really good about losing weight. i have been losing like 3 lbs a week. now i am suposed to weigh myself today at 11 am and i am really worried i wont make my goal for the week. and i know it sounds sillybutt thats really what i look forward to is seeing the scale go down. i was shotting for 179 this week. if i dont make it this week i guess ill just have to try harder next week. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 01:08:06 EST New favorites Have you found some new favorite foods since starting Spark? <BR> <BR> <BR> I've found that I really like roasted Butternut Squash. Also, I love starting my morning with a fresh piece of fruit. This week its been an apple everyday, who knows what it will be next week. :) Maybe grapefruit... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 21:48:07 EST Do you take supplements? If so, what do you take. <BR> <BR> <BR> I take a multi-vitamin & mineral supplement, fish oil, B6 and B12. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm also doing a natural detox. I can't believe how much better I feel. Mon, 17 Mar 2008 13:35:30 EST what do we all do Well, we have a "where are we from post" what does everyone do for a living? <BR> <BR> I am a stay at home mom, just recently started working from home, selling childrens clothing and I love it. <BR> <BR> What about you, what do you do? Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:49:39 EST bronchitis - need to get back on track I have been battling bronchitis, and my baby has double ear infection. We are finally starting to feel better, and I'm finding it very hard to get back in the swing of things. I told myself Monday is the day to start back up with counting calories and doing cardio. I'm afraid Monday will come and go and I won't start. <BR> <BR> HELP!!! I need to find my motivation again to get my butt back in gear Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:35:41 EST Holiday Candy Can I brag for just a moment? <BR> I'm so proud of myself and DH, we have 2 bags of Easter candy that have been sitting in our house for about 3 weeks and both are still unopened. <BR> <BR> Also, M&M's are my all time favorite and we still have a bag that is unopened from Valentines. <BR> <BR> I'm really proud of my DH and I. In the past we would have polished them off together in a weekend. Honestly, they aren't even a temptation. I just found them today when I was cleaning out/r... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:31:47 EST Guilt I started this weight loss journey, not because I really wanted to, but because everyone else wanted me to. I admit I felt gross and lethargic and hated the way I looked but I didn't want to make some grand commitment to losing 20lbs just in case I couldn't do it. So now I'm on this journey and I've lost 8.5 lbs but for some reason I feel selfish when I take an hour out of my day to exercise. I think about my fiance who works 10 hours a day and I think I should be doing something more prod... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:16:33 EST No weight loss... Anyone else? Hi all! <BR> <BR> After buying myself a snazzy new scale and comparing the results at home with the results I got at the gym(Curves) I've come to the realization that I've not lost ANY weight so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been doing the SP program religiously (Honestly truly.)and I joined curves as well (So far going 6 times a week with two 45 minute circuit days instead of the usual 30.) but I'm still not seeing any results. <BR> <BR> I would be happy with even an honest pound. <BR> <BR... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 01:01:04 EST Weight loss side effects? G'day, just wanted to check if anyone else is having "side effects" to losing weight. I've lost 4.5kg (around 10 pounds) over 4 weeks, so I don't think it's too fast, but my body is giving me all sorts of strange feelings. Sometimes I feel nauseous (eating sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't), WILD mood swings, headaches and I can't stop peeing (sorry, bit graphic). <BR> <BR> Is anyone else having trouble like this or have I got something else going on? <em>24</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:38:46 EST Lost 6 pounds with SP since I started Hello, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to encourage everyone to really do this, keep up the work, track your food and excercise. I joined sparks around when you did and I have lost 6 pounds as of last week. I really did not even believe the scale. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:40:33 EST what stage is everyone in I've been sick and not on for a lil while and I got an email for me to change my stage. Has everyone changed stages? Are we all in the same place? Where is everyone at? Just curious Sun, 9 Mar 2008 23:59:16 EST How Do We Change Our Goals After Dropping 10 LBS I know where to go on the Start page but when <BR> I click on the change goals, I don't know what to choose on that page. I'm currently doing the high <BR> protein and fiber diet. Do I just click on that again and it will adjust my daily intake calories to the correct amount. I read somewhere that the tracker does not just automatically adjust your calorie intake amount. We have to manually make this selection. Thanks Team! <BR> <BR> Bonny Bev. <em>9</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2008 13:17:25 EST Memorial day challenge The challenge will start on March 10 and will end on may 26. The chalenge is simple. Eat 5 fruits/veggies,get in 64 oz of water, and exercise for at least30 minutes. Post here daily to talk about how you are doing with the challenge. <BR> <BR> Post starting weight for challenge, and goal weight. <BR> <BR> Whose up for the challenge? Thu, 6 Mar 2008 15:04:02 EST GREAT NEWS concerning my MRI results!!! I am SO excited I got an appt w/ The Puget Sound Spine Institute April 10th!!! They were talking about it being July or August...My Dr's are so great!!! That means if it's time for another neck surgery I'll probably be able to get it done b4 summer!!!!! I know it might seem crazy that I actually WANT neck surgery but if you all knew the difference between how I felt b4 my last one (which is how it is again) & after it was done you, too, would be thrilled!!!! I have degenerative bone disease ... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 17:08:11 EST Big, ugly t-shirts that hang to my knees-NO MORE! I went through my closet yesterday & threw out EVERY fat girl t-shirt I had!!!! Bagged them up & took them to the dupster at hubby's work!!( I didn't want to give them to goodwoll & feel like I was encouraging other women to be in those ugly things & I didn't want to keep them for rags & pull one out thinking it wasn't 'that bad'!!!!) It was so uplifting& liberating!!! I would encourage everyone to throw away EVEN 1 shirt that you have undergrown!! If any of you noticed my ticker moved up 10... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:30:17 EST I Ate Today's Breakfast Last Night! Not to worry. Instead of dinner, company and I had <BR> a jelly roll cake, carrot cake, healthy cookies, <BR> yogurt, fruit, pecans, and more. See? Not a crumb <BR> left and nothing to worry about. <BR> <BR> I'll just sleep until noon so I can eat lunch. <BR> <BR> Even if I drink any water, I might eat the cup. <BR> No calories in cups, I hope. <BR> <BR> Still right on the money, Bonny Bev. <em>4</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2008 00:56:58 EST Hello My name is Carol and I am from Chicago. I would like to try and join in on your water challange. So far have only gotten up to 4 or 5 glasses of water a day but am trying to get to 8 glasses a day.I need to lose a lot of weight which is not coming off as easy as it should because I am heavy to begin with so maybe the water will help me. Carol/Chicago Sun, 2 Mar 2008 00:18:46 EST hello my name is carol and I am from chicago. I am not doing sovery good in losing a lot of weight, as I am so heavy that it just doesn't seem to come off as fast. I am trying so hard but it gets very frustrating sometimes. I hope that I will start losing some of this weight soon. Can't take walks because of the snow. am not good on walking in it. I need to do exercises for my waist but can't get on the ground or will never get back up again. Carol <em>39</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2008 23:38:31 EST I lost 10 lbs. TODAY!!! Okay..not really lost, but finally got the affrimation I needed from my friend who used to be a weight watchers manager!!! I weighed 150 before I got pg & thought I was HUGE(i had never weighed more than 135 before I started taking meds) but, I've been thinking that at 5' 9" that 150 is probably more realistic! I was talking to Amanda today & when I told her I was going for 140, she said she would have recommended 150!!! So the 'expert' has spoken!! & only have 29 lbs to go!!! NOW I KNOW I CA... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 20:52:31 EST Anyone Planning a Veggie Garden this year? I cant wait till I can start growing some veggies. I wish spring would hurry up. I have already tilled up a bigger garden than last year. This year will be tomatoes, spinach, squash(lots of variety), peppers, cucumbers, lettuce..ect. I am still learning but it is so much fun. My bigger garden should give me more of a workout than last year. HURRY UP SPRING! Sat, 1 Mar 2008 11:35:20 EST HELP me get off my duff!!! I think duff means bum. Anyway, is anybody a great motivator?? I NEED you!! <em>303</em> Lisa Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:19:53 EST My first dandelion came in today!! YEA!!! Lilacs are budding, redbellies (robins) are out in flocks!! AND my son picked the first dandelion of the season!!!WOOOOHOOOOO!!! <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 19:47:11 EST Numb feet using the elliptical While using the elliptical @ the gym, my left foot starts feeling numb after approximately 15 minutes. It doesn't do that on the treadmill or anything else? Am I doing something wrong? Any suggestions would be great!! Thanks ahead of time. <em>41</em> <em>24</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:17:01 EST lost 2 in. YAY!!! I lost 2 inches on my hips....... WOOHOO!!!! That just makes me more motivated to keep going. WOOHOO <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2008 15:05:05 EST Weighing In One Day Before my Weigh-In Well, let me tell ya. Fixing mistakes is tough but not impossible. I made two mistakes and ate too many calories this week without realizing it. SO... <BR> <BR> I managed the damage control and still lost 1 lb as of today. I'm going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I also lowered my fat intake and increased my protein and calcium intake. Now I have to work on <BR> increasing my B12 and Vit E which is way too low. <BR> <BR> Vit E is important for good eye sight! <BR> <BR> Any co... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 12:28:17 EST Where are my challenge girls!??? Okay, girls! I'm out of my funk & IT'S TIME TO GO!!! WHO'S IN??? Let's do this!!! It's 1:06 my time---ya'll got 10 minutes to get with me!! <em>20</em> Exercise with me!!! Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:04:19 EST I'm not doing so good today... Diet's fine....just feel kinda NOT want to exercise!!! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:11:40 EST 25 Tricks to Losing Big 25 Tricks to Losing Big <BR> <BR> I get the Weight Watchers emails, and this I found interesting. 25 tricks to lose big :) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Good things come in small packages. <BR> Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Get "water-wise." <BR> Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a ... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 17:31:00 EST Pat on Back :) Lately I have been watching what I eat, and eating slower. I have noticed I am only eating about half what I need just because I believe my stomach is shrinking!!! Yay! I am so excited. Was in the hospital with my 6 year old last night cause he busted open his head and had to have stitches, so McDonald's it was. I only ate half a grilled chicken sandwich & 10 fries. :) Today at lunch I only ate half a Chic Fil A Grilled Chicken Sandwich. My coworkers say I am going to turn into a Gril... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 17:17:49 EST I'm a Newbie To This Site - I just found you! I joined SP Feb 13th and lost 5 lbs the first week. <BR> I've never been on a diet before but pushing 200 lbs scared the bejebies out of me. I wasn't feeling well either. I really don't know what I'm doing or how I lost 5 lbs. I don't expect it will happen again. <BR> <BR> This weekend I had a chocolate mousse, which I've never had before. Wow! What a surprise. I'll never do that again. My son is moving in with his girlfriend and I'm afraid I really didn't know what I was doing when... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:48:15 EST Should I care about SparkPoints? It is kind of intersting to gather the SparkPoints, and I have to admit they have motivated me to explore new areas of the site. <BR> <BR> But what else do we use them for? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:46:41 EST Site for calories in fast food, as well as regular <BR> <BR> Its really easy to use you can see to nutrients in most places that you are goin to be getting food from or for food your buying.. <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:13:57 EST Hi Y'all! I am an almost 40-year-old mom with 5 kids. I have decided to do something for me and get HEALTHY this year. I quit smoking on Jan 10 and have been successful with that. I have managed to NOT gain any weight either, mainly because I am trying to loose it!!! <BR> <BR> I am at, well, don't really know my true weight. Do I go by my scale or the scale at Curves??? THey are different, waaaayyyy different. I like the numbers on my scale a WHOLE lot better. Anyway. I have lost 2 pounds si... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:43:11 EST Journaling Hi All, I have two ?'s. I'm having a problem finding where to journal. I stumbled upon it once, but I can't find it now. Can someone help? <BR> <BR> Second, I'm trying to learn how to properly cook collard greens. I looked in SparkRecipes but couldn't find one. My husband is a good ol boy for Charlotte, NC and misses his greens. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 20:29:10 EST Change 1(ONE) thing today! Is it grocery shopping week?? Do NOT go down the pop/chip aisle!! Just DON'T go down it!! Spend 50 % of your time in produce. I know fruits & vegetables SEEM expensive, but how much money do you spend a week at McD's? on soda? on chips? <BR> Seriously get out your calculator!! You can afford fruit & vegetables, if you make it a priority!! Even(ESPECIALLY) if you have kids!! <BR> Our kids eat what is in our cupboards! If they won't eat what is in there then it is probably that much more imp... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 19:07:44 EST I'm doing it, I'm doing it!!! In the immortal words of Spongebob... <BR> I'm going to buy an exercise ball today! It will round (HAHA) out my exercise room! I've had my ski machine since my last birthday...March 20 & just started using it at the beginning of Feb. My honey spoils me so...He is so happy for ME that I'm finally losing weight!(he'd love me ANY way!!) I've already put away $30 toward my new(used) clothes!!!....$210 to go!!! For those of you that don't know about Goodwill...ask! I can get A LOT of clothes for... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:53:22 EST Hi I wanted to introduce myself to the team. My name is Genette and I am 25 and 150 pounds. I am trying to become a better/healthier me so my goal is to lose ten pounds. I really look forward to reading and conversing with everyone. Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:19:45 EST calorie formula Your body weight is 180...plug it into the formula: <BR> <BR> 180 x 11 = 1980 calories you need to maintain your weight. <BR> <BR> 20% reduction in calories = 1584 calories <BR> 15% reduction in calories = 1683 calories <BR> 10% reduction in calories = 1782 calories <BR> <BR> Your maximum caloric intake for the first week is one of the above numbers I listed. Don't weigh yourself until the end of each week, and on Sunday, use your new body weight x 11 again, and figure the 10%, 15%, 2... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 14:38:54 EST General help advice please! Hey guys! so my 24th b-day is on Tuesday which means that the b-day week starts. I always seem to have whole weeks of b-day celebration because between me and my friends there are a bunch of b-days and then my family, the in laws, the other side of my family, AHH!! Not that I mind it just means I am is the problem- <BR> <BR> Tonight we are going to the movies followed by out to dinner at Chilis (who has a guiltless grill), tommorrow it is olive garden, and then Sunday my siste... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 14:22:10 EST i need your help! Hey guys! I entered a scholarship contest at and the objective was to make a political cartoon. If I get the most votes, I win $500 for school! <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR><BR>ums/PhotoView.aspx?picid=382895_934684<BR>21&=PropPlayer_PPIMEMAIL&isep=1&pbapi=<BR>427340&pbvi=11964197 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:56:15 EST Can Work Count As Exercise? Oh my, I had a rough day. I am a pest control tech(haha..yeah I know a girl?..I get that alot)..gotta make a living ;-). Anyway today I had a big termite job to do and it consisted of trenching(dirt dug out around a foundation wall of a home)on the outside and under the home. Drilling holes in concrete slabs that were about a foot deep ;-(. I had one new guy to help me (not alot of help I got the job done in 8 hours but now I am just dead and cant imagine getting up to do car... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:00:53 EST Get up and go! Now I finally have a cd-player in my bedroom so I can decide what to wake up with. Oh joy! I like the idea of a get up and go song in the morning, but what song would make me get up and go :) <BR> <BR> What kind of music or song would you pick for a get up and go song? Thu, 21 Feb 2008 18:00:44 EST 7 fat burning foods fiber ( at least 5gm for breakfast) <BR> Citrus <BR> peppers <BR> cold water fish (fish oil pills) <BR> protein (lean red meat, poultry, fish) <BR> pistachios <BR> green tea Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:54:00 EST WHY DOES GOD HATE ME? I'm fat <BR> bipolar <BR> an alcoholic (RECOVERED..Thank you!) <BR> <BR> OH, WAIT... Those are the things PEOPLE don't like about me. <BR> <BR> I'm smart <BR> funny <BR> motivated <BR> a great friend <BR> An AWESOME mom & grandma <BR> <BR> God made me the way I am... <em>43</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:32:39 EST Help!!! I'm trying not to fall off the wagon.... Ok so I'm day 4 into my "bringing sexy back" plan lol and I let the stresses of today get to me. I ventured off big time and had a donut. And not just any donut, I had a Krispy Kreme chocolate glazed donut. I had been doing so good before today! <BR> So right now I just need a little bit of encouragement, b/c it's only noon here and the day has just gotten started. I'm trying so hard not to turn to food when I get upset, but that's difficult especially at work. Anyway if ya'll would let m... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:11:05 EST Hola fellow Spark Members! Hey all, Im new here so i wanted to say hello to all of you and wish you the best on your goals. <em>247</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 03:44:30 EST A weed is a mislabeled flower How many of you know this: <BR> <BR> A dandelion belongs to the daisy family! <BR> <BR> Never misjudge a weed again! <em>214</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:26:03 EST Exercise challenge The challenge is to get in at least 15 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week Along with the previous challenge of drinking 64 oz of water daily. Post daily your minutes of exercise and amount of water weather its good or bad. Whose up for the Challenge! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 23:54:46 EST YAY I did it - woohoo I was able to do 10 glasses of water today. Yay me, I'm so excited and know now that I CAN do it. YAY. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 21:05:52 EST Nutrition Tracker Question Sorry People I am new to this so still trying to figure things out. <BR> I am trying to plan ahead meals as both my wife and I do work late a lot and travel a fair bit for work,so planning is essential. <BR> <BR> I find that I cannot select past the Feb 26 2008 date on the Nutrition Tracker Calendar,is this normal , or is it an initiate thing , or am I missing something....If anyone knows that would be very helpful...Thanks :-) Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:18:16 EST where is everyone from? Well it seems we're all in this together, so where is everyone from? I'm from brrrrrr, cold MA, but it was pretty nice today. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:46:58 EST How is everyone doing today after the weekend? This board seems a little slow and quiet today, how is everyone doing and feeling after the weekend? <BR> <BR> Me, i slacked a little this weekend, but I went to my neices 2nd birthday on saturday and instead of having birthday cake I had some raw veggies and a lil dip, woo hoo, i'm so proud of myself because I really wanted that cake it is looked soooo good. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone did well this weekend. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:05:47 EST loose skin i know we v all just started dieting but with so much to lose (hopefully) i am kind pf worried about ending up with loose skin .is there any cream we can use to control damage before it happens? Mon, 18 Feb 2008 08:59:08 EST Help I am soooo new I just want to know how to make the little weight bar that everyone has at the bottom of their posts. Where is mine how do I make it cute!! Mon, 18 Feb 2008 00:22:40 EST Increased Energy I've been doing this for just under a week. I've kind of sucked at keeping within the calorie limits (not much over, but still not always in the 12-1500), but I've been drinking 8+ glasses of water and going for a long walk every day. Well anyways my point is that I find that today I have more energy than I have in a while. I should be exhausted today because my daughter didn't let me sleep but I'm not! Is anyone else noticing this or is it just me? Either way I can't complain! Sun, 17 Feb 2008 13:03:34 EST Hi everyone! My name is Anne and I have just joined SP. I live in the north of England, I am 46 years old and I have had weight issues for as long as I can remember. I eat to make myself feel better emotionally and always have. It is a coping mechanism that has got me to 250 pounds (and higher in the past) I want to find a new healthier way to live before my body gives up on me. Nice to meet you all, <BR> <BR> Love and best wishes, Anne <em>213</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2008 05:39:36 EST a little help for tracking I just signed up a week ago and have been on the site everyday. I weighed myself and took my measurements yesterday after one week and when I entered them, they replaced my initial do I get it to track with one of the colorful tracking boxes that everyone uses...I want to see every step of my progress and I've looked all over the site to find out how to do it including the reports section which showed some graphs. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 03:20:07 EST First Time Hiya, my first check in! Joined SP on the 15th...very excited to change stuff about my life. Couple of days has been tricky to cut back on foods and to cut back on eating mexican foods...which I love! I think I can get on track with some help LOL. Its nice to meet U all! Good luck to each and everyone of ya! <em>146</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2008 02:44:11 EST looking to loose 70-75 by feb 14/2009 Hi I am a 37 yr old, happily married, mom of 2, who runs a daycare home. All my life I have struggled with my weight. When I was younger I was quite active and still could not keep my weight reasonable for long. As I have aged, I have had many health challenges, two types of severe arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, gout & severe IBS to mention the major issues which have contributed to me gaining the most weight I ever had. Finally, a little over a year ago, I got a really good doctor wh... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:35:38 EST HI I joined SP on 2/13/08 after hearing about it from my best friend who was only using the food tracker. I've emailed her lots of links I've found on this site and hope she joins some teams. I really like all the tools available to me here at SparkPeople. Thanks to all who participate. <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>252</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:30:42 EST WATER QUESTION My biggest challenge so far is to keep from eating in the evening when I'm watching t.v. etc. The other thing is "I hate drinking water!" But...I am trying. Just wondering...they tell you to drink 8 glasses of water a day....what is the serving size per glass...8 oz.??? Most glasses appear to hold about 12 to 16 oz. Cheryl <em>91</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 19:20:03 EST Shoveling Snow - log in cardio? The other day here in MA, we had a snow storm followed by it raining all day. I never shoveled the driveway because of the rain and it has been thick ice. So today I decided to tackle the icy drive way and clear it. It took me 2 hours to chop all the ice and shovel the pieces off. <BR> <BR> I was thinking I could log it in the cardio section so I searched for shoveling snow and it was there. For 2 hours the calories burned was 1150, can that be right? Does that sound right? I know I'm pretty... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 17:04:07 EST Another Newbie. Hi, I'm just getting started here and am looking forward to having encouragment through discouragement <BR> from people in the same boat. I hope I can be an encouragement to you all as well as make some life long friends. <em>223</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:18:48 EST back extension OMG this is way much harder than it looks. My boobs are really big, so I have a hard time lying on my belly. And then I'm top heavy so its hard to bring em up.... LOL <em>198</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:05:58 EST confused Ok today is day 3 for me. On wednesday I took my measurements, my waist, hips and neck and logged them. I measured again today( friday) and my waist is the same (i expected it to all be the same) but my hips went up 5 inches, and my neck down 2 inches. How can my hips get bigger and nothing else? And how often should I be measuring? <BR> <BR> THanks <BR> Krista Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:58:47 EST how do you drink 8 water a day? Ok, even when I was pregnant I had the same problem. How do you honestly drink the 8 glasses of water in a day? I had 2 glasses today and I was literally in the bathroom all day peeing. <BR> <BR> Any ideas or advice? <BR> <BR> Krista Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:07:13 EST Hi protein breakfast? Help! I am struggling with the protein...I can tell from tracking the past couple days that I am loading up on carbs but not getting enough protein. <BR> <BR> Can you suggest some QUICK no cook hi protein breakfast options? You'll earn my undying gratitude (there's no spark gift for that, is there?). Thu, 14 Feb 2008 08:59:26 EST hi, new here Hello, my name is Krista from MA and i'm 33 with 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 5 months. I am looking to lose my baby weight that has built up since my first child. With all the information and motivation i think this is the place to do it. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 02:03:20 EST Fast break goals The first part of the Spark people plan is Fast Break, it is a time to focus on being successful in meeting 3 goals that you can accomplish everyday. <BR> <BR> What 3 goals did you pick and why? let us know how you are doing with meeting your goals. <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:43:44 EST Woo Hoo!! Reached a goal? Stayed with in your calories? Did your exercise or got in all your water? Post you achievements here no matter how small you they may seem. Your achievement may motivate and help someone else. This is the place to celebrate your accomplishments! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:40:25 EST If anybody needs extra support or a friend---here Everyone, <BR> If anyone needs support or a friend, here I am. I've got enough enthusiasm for all of us!! Spark mail me & I will respond...I check the boards but usually only the ones I don't feel neglected like I did in the other groups I tried...spark mail ME!! Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:19:15 EST Wow! What a great site! This is an amazing website! There is so much here that I'm a little overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite part of SparkPeople? I love all the various motivational features (I've already earned a trophy woo hoo!) and the huddle. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to learn more about this! Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:46:03 EST What Music Gets You Going? So in the pursuit of trying to get myself interested in exercising, I've decided the first thing I need to do is get a kickin' song list. <BR> <BR> Do you have any songs in particular that get you in the mood to exercise? Tue, 12 Feb 2008 19:10:31 EST Exercise calorie counters <link><BR>hp </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:26:18 EST My biggest challenge - estab. an exercise routine I have not worked out on a regular basis since I first started college 14 years ago. I was going to school but not working, so I had the time to work out. <BR> Now, all these years later, I've become very sedentary and it shows, I'm up about 50 lbs since then. <BR> My problem now is finding the time to exercise. I live in Michigan, so outdoor activity is pretty limited. In the summer I walk/hike my dogs every night for about an hour, all around our wooded property (10 acres). But as soo... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 08:55:57 EST water challenge I am already about done 64 ozs. good thing it is almost bed time!! <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:26:51 EST what gets in my way?? exercise and eating right!! Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:19:44 EST who am i???? 1. I think what people see 1st with me is my weight..i am overweight,,morbidly hence my finding this site seeking advice! <BR> 2. I am persistent..I try almost everyday to be aware of what i eat..i don't that's why i am persistent! <BR> 3. I am a mother of three..twin girls 23yrs old and my son is 26 soon! <BR> 4. I am a GRANDMOTHER and just love that part of grandson gives me hope for the future! <BR> 5. I am a wife of 25 years to a great man..believe me he is the bomb diggi... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:17:47 EST Hello to everyone! I am 47 from the NE just found this place today! And i am so thrilled with it!! This is an unbelievable site ...for no money!! WOW <em>304</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 20:05:23 EST Handy Calorie Counter I was passed along this really neat calorie counter where you put in your weight, the activity you do, and the time spent at said activity and it gives you the amount of calories you've burned. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's great for people like me whose chores usually involve a lot of housework etc. Sure, you're not "exercising", but you're DEFINITELY burning calories. (I challenge anyone to say mopping isn't a workout!) <BR> <BR> I've been manually entering ... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 19:26:30 EST Hello all I'm Tommie Jo, but go by T. J. Since 2002 to 2004 I lost 25 lbs due to not eating and being depressed. I took in a roommate who is very active for his age. I on the other hand am not and gained 50 lbs. I am so ready to take back control of my eating habits and my life in general and hope to find it here at SP and along the way make new friends. Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:38:47 EST I'm hungry! I created a meal plan/allowance for the entire day completely within my goal range and it's very helpful to be able to see exactly where I am and how much I'm consuming, but I'm very tempted to bump up lunch because I'm feeling hungry LOL. <BR> <BR> Any tips? (Besides drinking water, I'm already at 5 glasses to maintain my "full" feeling.) Mon, 11 Feb 2008 12:32:15 EST 10 things about yourself Tell us 10 things about yourself. Whatever you would like us to know so we get to know each other better. Sat, 9 Feb 2008 17:30:46 EST Water challenge for the first challenge as a team will be a water challenge to clean out our bodies. For this challenge let's focus on drinking 8 glasses of water a day. If you drink less then 8 glasses a day try to increase the amount of water you drink by one glass each day. Who up to the chllenge! Sat, 9 Feb 2008 17:28:06 EST Team Challenges Challenges to the team to help you reach your goal. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:57:37 EST Your biggest challenge to achieving your goal is? Tell us what your biggest challeng to achieving your goal is here. We'll try to help with suggestions, advice, or links that might help. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:56:57 EST Where do I find...... Any questions about where you might find answers on sparkpeople regarding a specific topic can go here. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:51:58 EST General questions about sparkpeople Please post any questions regarding the best way to use sparkpeople here. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:51:00 EST