SparkPeople SP Class of March 9-15, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from March 9-15, 2008. Welcome! / Welcome Back!!! SparkPeople SP Class of March 9-15, 2008 Team Messageboard Hello! This is my first post :) I have to thank God for giving me the strenght to keep pushing to meet my goal. Since march, I have lost a total of 20 lbs. Need another 38 lb to meet my first goal, then I will go step by step, untill I reach my desired weight. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:21:59 EST weight gain I have gained 14 pounds and I am determined to get it off by May 30th. I will not fail. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:31:52 EST A new start. hi, I joined the 28-day bootcamp workout challenge because i want to get fit. I put on a lot of weight after years of doing nothing and eating a lot. I want to feel active again and stop feeling sorry for myself. Last week I went to the gym for 5 days and by the end of the week I was feeling great. I want to keep feeling like that. I hope that this challenge will keep me on track on My get active, get fit plan. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:45:53 EST Not New to the group, but haven't been on forever! Hello everyone, I have lost 33 pounds and am making sure that I am recording my food appropriately. I am at 141 pounds and need to loose 15 more to be at a "healthy" weight! I am so excited toget back on track and plan on biking and snapping pics on my way to a healthier me! <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:25:19 EST hi im niki hey guys, i need some seriious support its like i have a yo-yo weight. i gain weight easily and lose weight easily. I get depressed when i gain weight and i induce vomitting to lose weight quick. I need someone around me who can give me sound advice and check up on me to make sure i lose the weight. the last time i weighed i was 184. i went up to 192 and i was like ohhhhh hell no, i dont want that. im almost 200. my dream weight is 120 and i want to lose atleast 12 pds a month. i need help, d... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 17:51:56 EST New Team Goals Thanks to everyone that emailed me with ideas for new team goals. I tried to combine everyones thoughts into three. Does anyone want to share what their short term goal for this month is? I'll start.. If anyone is familiar with the Smokey Mountains, my goal for the month is to hike the Cades Cove Loop. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:05:00 EST Hi all... Hey everybody, I'm Zack the new team leader. This group has been around for a while so lets get some updates on who's still around...Intros, how you doing..anything to "spark" conversation. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:42:15 EST 770 calorie diet? What would make a 52 year old woman, weighing 246 pounds decide to go on diets 700-770 calories? This really bothers me. Should it? <BR> <BR> She has a cappuccino for breakfast 120 calories, Slim fast for lunch, maybe dinner and take vitamins. She's not big on eating vegetables. She has one cheat day per week whereby she may eat 1/2 a regular pizza or a whole oreo cookie pizza. She says her doctor said her diet is okay and that she's on a healthier diet than most people. <BR> <BR> Sh... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 23:12:21 EST help with meals I do my best every day to fix healthy meals that I know I need to eat with the protein and vegetables. I get it all fixed and the aroma is great, but then when I sit down to eat it is just not what I want at the time and head for something that is not really what is healthier for me. I am not eating really bad things, I ususlly go for yogurt or fruit . I am not getting the protein I need and for this I don;t feel like I am dropping the pounds I need to. <BR> PPPPPPPLease help me Only patty Sun, 1 Feb 2009 20:56:11 EST staying away from the snacks My question for you is what low callorie munchies do you use when you get a craving? Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:02:08 EST Am I the only one here? This appears to be the first post in this team for 2009. Where did everyone go? Did you all reach you goals leaving me in your dust? Or are you still working on yourself like me? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:53:24 EST How is everyone? is everyone doing well? let us know how things are going for you!? Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:01:49 EST Has anyone actually reached their final goal yet? I'm just curious if anyone that started this mission when I did has reached their final goal yet... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:22:29 EST work I work at subway and I am on my feet moving all day long well about 6 hours of it anyways. And was wondering how i would go about logging that in for exercise. Mon, 12 May 2008 21:47:14 EST Exercises Does anyone know how often you have to change the exercises you are doing? I have heard that after a while your body can get use to certain exercises and therefore stop working. Is this true, and what can one do to mix it up, but still keep the same exercises? Mon, 12 May 2008 08:20:35 EST Father's Day Challenge WATERNYMPH101 did sooooo awesome on the Mother's Day Challenge. She wants to continue to Father's Day for another 10 lbs. So here's the new challenge thread to report our loss. If you are in just reply and post your starting weight. Everyone keep their own totals again and post here each weekend from now until Father's Day. Here's to 10 pounds gone by then! <em>224</em> Sun, 11 May 2008 12:05:18 EST Get Well Ang Been there with the kidney infections. Not fun at all. Last time I did it the doctor gave me Darvocet for pain and the antibiotic...24 hours later back in because I couldn't keep anything down. <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Get well fast. Sat, 10 May 2008 22:01:57 EST ANG feel better soon! I didn't want to add to your email avalanche. Get well and take it easy. I really appreciate the daily encouragement and will look forward to your emails when you are feeling up to it. <BR> Janice <em>247</em> Sat, 10 May 2008 20:58:27 EST Exercise I just wanted to share with everyone what happened while I was exercising today. I am not tooting my own horn. While doing crunches I notice I was able to come up farther then before. Same thing with the hip flexors. Without feeling winded. Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so hopefully it will be good. If not it will be ok, because of what happened tonight while exercising. Plus, a co-worker asked my about my weight loss, and was saying how she could tell. I have to tell you, that was a b... Wed, 7 May 2008 21:47:18 EST Calorie intake Is it important to get all the calories you are suppose to have? I lacked about 300, but I was not feeling well, so is it ok? I don't feel hungry at all, infact I feel like I ate to much. I never had a problem with reaching my calorie range. <em>39</em> Mon, 5 May 2008 21:20:36 EST I'm Turning Over A New Leaf!! Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here I am up at 6:00am and at the computer. I have decided that I have to change my patterns. Since I have not worked, I have fallen into a rut. I have too much time on my hands. So, it's back to getting up early!! The first thing on my to do list for today is taking a walk along the river here in Mystic. I used to run along there years ago, and I remember how serene it is.I also have to make my Mother's Day cards today and look for a gift for grandson #2, Na... Mon, 5 May 2008 07:46:38 EST May daily FITNESS log 5/1 <BR> 10 strength training <BR> 40 min cardio Fri, 2 May 2008 00:10:12 EST May daily CALORIE log 5/1 <BR> allowed 1560-1910 <BR> intake 1942 Fri, 2 May 2008 00:09:35 EST My First Message Today is the first day of the month and I thought that I would try something new. I have been working on a new job for the past few weeks and I have since gotten off track with my goals. I thought that today would be a good day to get back on track! I'm making a go with it again and hopefully I can make it through one day at a time! <em>244</em> Thu, 1 May 2008 22:31:19 EST Pinch a Penny Challenge - May For every strength training exercise you do during May put a penny in a jar. The penny counts for each set of 15. <BR> <BR> For example <BR> 1 set of 15 lunges = 1 penny <BR> 2 set of 15 crunches = 2 penny <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep a running total for the month <BR> <BR> Example Post <BR> 5/4 <BR> today $0.15 <BR> monthy total $1.02 <BR> <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> At the end of the month - reward yourself. How ever much you saved, go and buy yourself... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:10:59 EST Unhealthy weight loss? You tell me. So I've been doing the weight loss plan for a few months now. As is my custom, I've been on and off it a dozen times, usually doing everything perfectly for a few weeks, then spending 4 or 5 days doing everything absolutely terribly wrong before jumping back on the horse again. <BR> <BR> Looking at my progress I've noticed a weird occurance. What I've found is that when I'm on the plan, doing everything properly, I'll lose 2-3 lbs and then seemingly plateau. I'll go a week or two without los... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 08:46:37 EST For Mothers out there This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors. <BR> <BR> And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me, Mom?' they could say, 'Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world,' and mean it. <BR> <BR> This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair ... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:34:31 EST Struggling, need help! Ok people, I am struggling right now! I want so much to stay on track that it is killing me! I am lacking in will power to not eat what I want. I know it when I put that bad food in my mouth, but I can't seem to stop!! Is anyone else struggling? Sun, 27 Apr 2008 20:51:35 EST To exercise or not to exercise? To Exercise Or Not To Exercise <BR> <BR> *It is well documented that for every mile that you jog, you add one minute to your life. This enables you, at age 85, to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5,000 per month. <BR> <BR> *My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She is now 97 and we don't know where she is. <BR> <BR> *I joined a health club last year, spent about $400. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up. <BR> <BR> *I have to exerc... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 19:54:01 EST 20s x 4 Complete the following each day: <BR> 20 crunches <BR> 20 squats <BR> 20 pushups <BR> 20 dumbbell reps <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:07:07 EST I Need Help Well i've lost 5 pounds since i joined here. but unfortunatly it wasnt done right. i'm eating or exercising like i should. i've been working weird hours where i work and can't seem to get motivated to really exercise. i cant afford all the food that are on my list. and the stuff i do eat aren't listed and i dont know what they're nutrition information is. i usually eat at work most of the time (subway) and not everything i eat is listed correctly. i also have a bad back which is one of... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 12:09:41 EST Summer! So, what are some of the things you are looking forward to do this summer? Fri, 18 Apr 2008 09:55:21 EST Taking a few days off for recovery and mourning... Yesterday was a genuinely crappy day. First, I got my wisdom tooth out, which was what I wanted, but gee I hope it eventually becomes worth it because right now it hurts twice as much as it ever did, the Advil don't seem to be helping at all, and I have to be immensely careful with eating for the next 10 days. <BR> <BR> But the real stress is much more difficult. Fiance (J, for simplicity) and I got a call last night...his Grannie (that's great-grandmother) is in the hospital. They're sayin... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 05:56:38 EST Some change Even though I am on vacation in NC and seeing so many things getting my cardio in this week as been easy. Have not done any strength training exercise which believe it or not I miss. A couple of weeks ago I was asking advice about my husband not being my worst enemy, well I believe progress is being made. My husband went for a walk with me tonight. At one point I wanted to turn around and he actually motivated me to keep going. We ended up walking for a little over 2 miles. He actually ... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 20:36:54 EST Sick - taking a couple of days off Hello team! <BR> I just wanted to let you know I am sick. This crud just won't go away. So I am not going to be for the next few days except to track my calories. I can't do any exercising because the deep breathing hurts my chest. Then I start coughing. <BR> <BR> For those that look forward to the daily mailer, please forgive me. You will not be receiving that as well. <BR> <BR> Thank you for understanding. <BR> Ang Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:26:57 EST The "Trailing Off" Factor..... Why is it that the first few weeks are so wonderful - you log every meal, exercise as much as humanly possible, buy good foods, etc - and then as the time goes by you slowly slip back into what can only be described as self destruction? <BR> <BR> I had an amazing first few weeks. I logged EVERYTHING, I did the IBC's, I got up early every morning and did some aerobics, I ate MUCH better and much less than I was used to. I lost a grand total of 12 lbs. <BR> <BR> And yet now I find myself in... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 06:57:54 EST Stage 1 How many of you have stayed on Stage 1 longer than 2 weeks? I am staying on stage 1 until I get things thru my thick bullheaded skull and more disiplined. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 15:17:09 EST i'm finally gona be able to get back on track This is the way my life always goes. My first week I did great and lost 6 lbs. The second week both my kids got sick so i got way off track. I din't have time to even get on the computer let alone track my food. Week 3 my husband was out of town and I started getting sick. Week 4 i ended up in the bed all week til today. So now it is time to start over. I have gained back 2 lbs. Thank god that was all. TIme to get down to business and start all over again. Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:56:17 EST Just starting HIIT I've just started adding HIIT to my workouts. I have an elliptical so I plan to do most of my HIIT on it. However, when the weather gets warmer I might take it to the road and do some walking/jogging/sprinting. I'm looking forward to taking my fitness to the next level. I know this board will provide lots of great motivation and information! <BR> <BR> Becca Wed, 9 Apr 2008 21:50:25 EST Strong start, weak finish I start really good in the morning and still good in around lunch time. It is when I am home to eat dinner that I seem to fall. I cook for the whole family and after working all day, I don't have the energy to cook two separate meals. My kids sometimes will try something new, but my husband will not, and if it is the least bit health he walks away and doesn't even try it. Any suggestions? Mon, 7 Apr 2008 20:35:35 EST mother's day challenge Hello everyone, <BR> I've decided to challenge myself to lose 10 pounds by Mother's day (may 11th) and I'm wondering who's willing to join me, it doesn't have to be 10 pounds, but it should be a challenge you feel strongly about and are really willing to work for. also, if it is a weightloss challange then my suggestion is to weigh in with our peers 4 times throughout the quest. <BR> just pick the dates of your weigh-ins and on those dates come back to this page and press "edit" to your orig... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 13:47:39 EST Cardio Suggestions? I had a really good first few weeks. I drastically changed my diet (dear lord, the amount of calories I was eating...) and have managed to stick to it really well. This (almost) alone has netted me a weight loss of 10 lbs. 30 more to go! <BR> <BR> The thing is, I've hit a plateau and I know the exact reason: I haven't been doing enough cardio (or much at all, really...). <BR> <BR> So what I'm looking for are suggestions for different little cardio moves I can do, because I've got a few res... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 07:31:40 EST April daily FITNESS 4/1 <BR> 16 strength training <BR> 54 min cardio Tue, 1 Apr 2008 21:33:17 EST April daily calories Allowed 1200-1500 <BR> <BR> April 1 - 1596 <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2008 06:50:58 EST How do I put the picture in my photo gallery that says 5 pounds? Tue, 1 Apr 2008 00:37:21 EST Lost 5 Pounds Now how do I add the picture that says "I lost 5 lbs. with SP" to my photo gallery?? Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:50:24 EST Only ONE Pound of Fat!! Recently read this and thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> Hello, do you know me? If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat, and I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. <BR> Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me, I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound! <BR> Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one. <BR> So I just stick around and happly keep you fat. Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never se... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:21:15 EST HUDDLE I am here to huddle. Joint me! <em>214</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:07:32 EST 30 challenge Try to complete the following challenges daily <BR> <BR> 30 crunches of your choice <BR> 30 squats of your choice <BR> 30 dumbbell reps of your choice <BR> Tue, 25 Mar 2008 13:58:21 EST Want a sweet lo-cal treat? If you like chocolate and marshmallow, go out to the stores RIGHT NOW and rummage through the super-discounted Easter candy. I noticed, when my mother gave me one, that those marshmallow eggs have only 90 to 120 calories (depending on the brand)! I bought about fifty of them for random snacks when I feel I MUST have sugar. They totally indulge my craving for sweets. ^__^ Tue, 25 Mar 2008 11:31:09 EST IBC All Done! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:48:28 EST What a Day! I just wanted to say I am so pumped! I weighed today and have lost 6 pounds these past two weeks. Which I guess I would have to say it should be more because I had put on a few pounds within that first week. I have been trying to keep up the excercise and strength training on this site and its been a struggle but I am starting to see results. I am just so excited to actually be making progress and I am starting to feel better. Keep up the good work you guys! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 19:28:04 EST HELLO to all of you who began last week! Hi there! <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing? I'm still learning how to navigate this site, but am so very pleased to have found such an hospitable place! I'm still getting my ducks in a row, and continue to figure out what to post and how. <BR> <BR> So, how is everyone doing? What are your biggest challenges and most helpful tips learned here thus far? <BR> <BR> What do you like the best about this site? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite group so far? (I'm sure I've not yet even discovered th... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:10:05 EST Help with Spark page Hi! I'm new and I'm trying to personalize my Sparkpage. How do I get one of those nifty tickers that counts down the weight? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 10:02:33 EST How much did you lose the first week? I'm down .8! Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:49:11 EST hi!! new here! ok first i just posted this in the wrong group accidently*sigh* :) <BR> <BR> well i already posted an intro in this group in a sticky topic but its gone i don't know where the topic went or my post :*( lol so I'm trying again <BR> sorry I'm new to all this so bare with me please!! <BR> <BR> ok well my names Beth, I'm actually trying to do this this time and stick with it and lose the weight, i just need alot of motivation and support and I'm not getting that at home. I'm hoping to get to ... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 12:11:53 EST Protein? I was looking at my numbers over the past few days, and I think I hit the target range for protein like once! I keep falling just a little bit below. I've been making my own mealplan - but even if I follow the one provided - it still doesn't get into the range! <BR> <BR> Am I the only one having trouble with this part? Any suggestions for low calorie, high protein foods? Fri, 21 Mar 2008 09:55:17 EST Behind the power curve Okay, so i just found out that there is a SP team for those new to spark...i'm slow i know...oh well, i found it w/in a week...that's good! <BR> <BR> So far I've enjoyed my first week as a SP member!! Fri, 21 Mar 2008 06:29:29 EST Newbie I'm excited and nervous about joining SP. I don't do real well on my own and will need support to get through this. I just turned 50 and I want to be healthy and enjoy my family, most especially my grand children. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SP! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Beebz <em>247</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2008 18:04:10 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I'm new too and I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Best wishes with weight loss...we can all do it! Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:26:18 EST My Intro Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I just started this site. I really like the set-up. I have about 20 lbs to lose. I'm a mom with two children (12 and 10). I work full time and often have to travel, which makes sticking to any kind of plan difficult, but I'm committed to losing the weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Jodi <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2008 08:12:39 EST Another newbie! I'm also a newbie here. I joined last Friday and am just getting my page set-up and getting on the team pages. Wish me luck! Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:12:37 EST Yummy Recipe - low calories I make this recipe a lot and even though it includes pasta (which I love) it's still low in calories (about 400 calories per serving) with lots of good vegetables and it's good comfort food that your whole family will love. <BR> <BR> Roasted Vegetable Pasta <BR> <BR> 1 red bell pepper <BR> 1 zucchini <BR> 1 summer squash <BR> 4 cremini mushrooms chopped <BR> 1 yellow onion <BR> 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp ground black pepper <BR> 1 tbls dried Italian herb ... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 14:16:22 EST Hello I'm New Hello everyone I am new here.. hope I get to know everyone as friend. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:28:01 EST Today's challenge I finally did one! I hope to continue these small challenges - with my schedule it's about all I can get in. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:04:52 EST How To Maintain Good Health Hi Everyone, My name is Sharon Williams and I am presently a new member to this forum. I currently reside in the beautiful city of Orlando in the Sunshine State of Florida.I must say I was little surprised when I stumbled across such a great support team and other members who were equally, as myself, concerned about their health,etc. So I am excited to be here. Again Hi and I am sure we will talk with each other frequently as time moves past us. Until then. Have a great day to all. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 12:32:27 EST Is Going Over on Your Protein really that bad? Hey! I am having a terrible time trying to stick to my daily #'s with my meals (calories, fat grams etc....) I was wondering if anyone knows if it's really a big deal to get too much protein (go over my limit) I thought protein was good for you. I'm so confused. I didn't eat much today. I had 2 grilled chicken breast for brunch in a tortilla with a tbsp of shredded chedder and baked pork chop and augrautin potatoes for dinner and drinks (diet coke and fuze juice) and i'm way over my da... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 19:49:41 EST How to track weight?? I did a weigh in today but I cannot figure out how to put it on my profile to track my weight. Can anyone help me out? Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:07:21 EST Beer Question I like Guinness, no wait, I LOVE Guinness. How does that fit into all of this? I'm sticking to my plan like I'm suppose to but I was thinking as a personal reward for a week of doing everything right I'd have a Guinness with my Friday night meal. Is this undoing everything I've done through the week? I read the "Today's Feature" but it doesn't list Guinness only "Lager" which I assume it is as there is a picture of it in the post :p Thanks in advance :) Mon, 17 Mar 2008 13:00:22 EST How did you do over the weekend? I must say, I thought the weekend was going to be really, really hard - since I am at home more and snackies are in closer range. But I behaved - came within my calorie range on both days, and got my 8 cups of water both days! I didn't get out for any fitness minutes, but the marathon cleaning for 5 hours on Sunday has to count for something, right?? Mon, 17 Mar 2008 11:04:56 EST new member HI, <BR> <BR> my name is musicpower, just joined on saturday and have not had a chance to get back to this site since. do not know my way around yet so bear with me. still trying to figure out how to enter foods i've eaten. unfortunately i have to go to work now so more will have to wait till later. Mon, 17 Mar 2008 07:22:40 EST I am here and Wow is it nice in these parts.... Well, we're on our way, aren't we? <BR> <BR> I have gone back and forth between irritation, optimism, and the general drag-your-feet-ish-ness that most people face when starting to change any portion of their existence. Now I am really looking at myself and how I spend my day, what I eat, and how I think. I am becoming aware of what thoughts I have and the pattern they take. I didn't realize quite how negative I could be in any given moment, even when I seem to be in a bad mood. I also have... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 01:41:39 EST HI i'M NEW I'm new and still trying to figure out the site. I'm hoping once I get the hang of everything I will start to see some results. I'm a stay at home Mom,3 kids,a husband,a dog,8 fish and 2 hampsters. I am having trouble finding time for ME!!! How Do you do it? Sun, 16 Mar 2008 21:52:54 EST intro Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparks, so far it is a lot more interesting than I first thought. I need to lose about 70lbs, but that may need to be put on hold. I find out Thursday (3/20) if I'm pregnant. I have 2 cats and a dog. Thanks for all the inspiration. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:20:15 EST how do you get the weight tracker How do you put the weight tracker on the bottom of your messages? <BR> javascript:void(0); <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:08:57 EST Hello to the SP Class of March 9-15, 2008 Hello Everyone! My name is Brenda. I recently lost 40 pounds in a little over a year with the help of a Dietian. I love to swim and walk. I also enjoy doing dance aerobics inside when the weather is not so good outside. I exercise 30 min. to 1 hour at least 5 days a week. I look forward to meeting everyone! Take care everyone! :) Brenda <em>237</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2008 09:40:39 EST New to Sparkpage Hello, I live in washington. I excited to find something that does everything I need to be successful. I look forward to meeting everyone. Sat, 15 Mar 2008 23:45:16 EST A little depressed ....gimmi a hug? Okay, I know this is terribly silly, and some of you are probably going to want to smack me for being a whiner, but this honestly has me off-kilter. <BR> <BR> So I went out today and bought myself a digital scale. A really nice one that can do a body fat analysis and whatnot. I set it up in the bedroom and stepped on it for the first time...and confirmed my suspicions that my spring scale was crap. I'm actually 10 lbs heavier than I thought I was. Not only that, but I really have no way to p... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 23:18:08 EST new Hi My Name is Elizabeth I currently live in Mobile,Alabama and im 24 years old...I have 3 kids from 6 years old to 1 years old...i gained alot weight while pregnant with my first child i was able to get some of it off..but not much.. then 3 years later i got pregnant again gained 60 pounds i wasnt able to get any of that off and i got pregnant with my 3rd child 8 mths later...gained another i have kept on about 90lbs...and i am here to lose it all...So hope to hear from some of you gu... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 22:43:30 EST Another one Hi! I am Kelly from Abbotsford BC. <BR> <BR> I am a mom and have a silly supportive DH. I am looking forward to giving and receive support on this jouney towards an healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 20:47:56 EST Hi From Indiana I am new to all this. Newly divorced, I have lost over 30 lbs in the last 4 and a half months or so. I decided that I would finish up what I need to lose by doing the right things. Be patient with me, lol. Sat, 15 Mar 2008 18:38:06 EST Good Morning, Good afternoon and Good Night... Hello Everyone. I wanted to say hi and say that I'm very excited to be trying something new. I have recently reached the heaviest I have every been in my weight tracking career :) I was also recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I decided now that I'm taking care of my sleep problems, I should get back on the wagon and try to lose some weight and get a bit more healthy. Currently I'm 5'11" and 286lbs. I'm gonna try to get to 195. I'm shooting to have it off by next year at the la... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 13:44:00 EST Sick.....what do I do? I'm currently fighting a cold that my baby girl is sharing with me. What can I do at home to keep exercising (esp. cardio) so that I don't have to go to the gym and get everyone else sick? I don't really have much energy, so I can't do a lot. Please help! Thank you! <BR> <em>24</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:21:05 EST Hello from Ohio Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Robin and I just joined this morning. Im a 37 yo mom to 3 kids (16,10,&5). I've been trying since mid Janurary just to be healther and make lifestyle changes. That's my major goal. The weight loss will be an added bonus! Looking forward to traveling this journey with everyone. <BR> <BR> R- <BR> <em>249</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 10:41:49 EST Im new at this! I am open for any suggestions to get this weight off!!! I feel Nasty!!! Although I am really not sure how to work this program, I could use some hints HAHA!! Thanks so much! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:29:03 EST Hey Everyone Hey Everyone... <BR> <BR> I'm Valerie ~ I need to lose about 100 pounds... I have gained ALOT of weight, over the past 10 years and I am ready for a change... I have been married for the past 10 years, but with my soon to be ex-husband for 14 years... I have 3 BEAUTIFUL children (17 months, 8 and 11)... I have taken care of everyone else besides myself, well that is now changing, because I have realized if I don't take care of myself - I might not be here to take care of my children...... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:33:06 EST New and lost Hi everyone! I'm new to SP - been a Biggest Loser since January. So far, I'm down 13 lb. I'm married and a mom of 2 boys, so like most of you - I'm BUSY. I work full time and am a full time college student. <BR> <BR> I love that this site is FREE!, but I'm looking around and there's A LOT to see and do. I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up. <BR> <BR> I'd sure like to reach my goal though, so I'm going to give it a shot! <BR> <BR> Smiles, <BR> Lisa Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:07:08 EST NEW TO SPARK PEOPLE Hi My name is Cindy and I am from Baytown Texas. I currently weigh 222.5 lets not forget the half of pound that I seem to have found today, I am 37 years old and I have two wonderful boys ages 5 and 18 both are graduating from school this year. LOL <BR> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:14:23 EST My first team post! Hi everyone! <BR> I joined this last Monday & have just found the time to post. <BR> I'm looking forward to chatting and gathering tips to help reach my goals. <BR> Spring is in the air & I'm ready for outside activities to include in my excercise routine. <BR> Have a wonderful weekend & Happy St Pat's! <em>213</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:56:48 EST Butter Pounds! - WEIGH IN HERE! Post your weigh in and pounds lost here. Remember every pound you lose - think of what a pound of butter looks like <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Post in the following manner <BR> Date <BR> previous weight <BR> current weight <BR> pounds lost <BR> <BR> Congrats on losing your butter! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:22:37 EST What Song? What songs give you an almost overwhelming compulsion to get moving? <BR> <BR> For me one of them is FootLoose. Bryan Adams I think? But there are several for me. What are some of yours? <BR> <em>216</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:18:38 EST Wannabe Biggest Loser Hi everyone! I'm Jenny. I just learned about SP a few days ago and thought I'd give it try-anything to encourage my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am on a "Biggest Loser" like team at work that started a few weeks ago. I am trying to just start healthy habits - eating and exercising rather than South Beach or some other quick fix diet. I have never done any online message board type thing before. I pray this helps!!! I want to be who I was when I met my hubby 13 years ago! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:37:45 EST Which would you be more apt to believe.... a digital scale, or a traditional spring scale? <BR> <BR> I ask for a personal reason. See, I have a spring scale. It's only MAYBE a year old, so I can't see it being broken. A few months ago before I'd lost a few lbs, my scale read 153 for me. <BR> <BR> My mother has a digital scale. One day when I was visiting I stepped on it and it read almost ten lbs higher than my scale, at 162. I was aghast. <BR> <BR> So I went home and stepped on my scale again...153. I checked to make sure it was... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:00:55 EST I'm a newbie! Hi everyone! Well here I am starting yet another diet that I have swore to myself I will keep to. Maybe with a little help from new friends this time it will stick. Anyways the real reason I'm here is I have an autistic child and I am finding it's not as easy to deal with when I'm overweight. Good luck to all of us! <em>9</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 10:07:52 EST Hi Everyone Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the program and I have goals set that I really want to achieve. I am currently 296, 5'6. I would like to lose over half my weight so that I can be healthy. I'm only 26 and I want to lose this weight before 2009. I have looked into other programs including lapband and lipo, but I'm giving this program a go so that I will not have to try either of those options. I look forward to this experience and I know I'm going to make it. Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:49:37 EST Stopping weight gain is just as important as loss I'm not sure if this will help someone out there, but about 5 years ago I realized I had gained about 20 pounds a year for 4 years in a row. For me to change my habits so that I wasn't gaining was going to be just as hard as losing weight... <BR> <BR> The past four years I haven't tried too hard to lose weight. I'm not saying I haven't been on a few diets, but my main goal at first was just to stop gaining. I've only gained about 10 pounds in the last 5 years, which I think is a pretty go... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:46:46 EST Trying To save a meal for later use Today is my first day <BR> <BR> I modified a meal (substituted the fruit, used peanut butter instead of walnuts, etc)...and want to save it for later use. I'm a creature of habit due to laziness and would like to have 2-3 templates for breakfast that I always use but that fit into my daily plan. <BR> <BR> Is there any way to "save" my breakfast so I can, for example, use it again on Monday? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:28:18 EST Ready for a come back! Hi, I'm a mom of 3 awesome kids ages 4, 18 months, and 3.5 months! Needless to say my body has been a bit used and abused, and I'm ready to take it back. I have a small frame and was in great shape before I had my first son. But unfortunately for me... I'm not one of those new moms that is able to just snap back in to place. Then I started to tell myself that, if I was going to have more babies.. why then should I worry about getting back into shape? Nice try, I know, that's a pretty lam... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 23:54:43 EST One more . . . Just one more on the weight loss journey. I've battled with weight issues since childhood and am hoping that this is the last time fighting towards the lower end of the scale. I know that this needs to be lifestyle change and I have many habits that need to be broken, but I'm inspired by what I see here on this sight and already the support that is offered. This is definitely a wonderful foundation and tool for a lifestyle change. Thanks for the great first week!!! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:25:31 EST new here Hi there my name is Grace and I am new to the site. Found this site last night and have played with the site on and off today, well improving my health. I want to lose weight for a better, healthier life. I also want to lose about 20 pounds between now and the first part of June. Will be going on a cruise the last week of May. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:50:26 EST Family I am so tired of hearing my family tell me that I need to lose weight. I cant stand it when they tell me that my clothes fit tight, and it depresses me. I know that they only want what is best for me but I thought they would be a little more understanding about my weight situation. Any comments or suggestions about what I can do here? Thu, 13 Mar 2008 19:02:16 EST IBC Weekly Challenge This is my first week with the team. Thank you so much for the motivational and daily emails. I have completed my fitness challenges for the past 3 days. Thank you!! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:18:14 EST Second Time's The Charm (Newbie) Hello everyone! My name is Cym. I just joined spark for the second time after first starting in September, and losing 25 pounds in three months after I stopped smoking. Now, I am back at the weight I started at (195) originally, and I want to lose this weight and be able to keep it off for life! I am a secretary for an appraisal company so I sit (and eat) ALOT. I just recently joined a fitness club that I really like (Lady of America), and I am hoping that this will keep me out and about so I... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:11:37 EST CHALLANGE DONE!! OH BOY! <BR> I really can feel the neglect from not exercising like I should! I really need to exercise more...thanks for the challenge, it got me motivated to do more!! <em>198</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:11:29 EST Hi I'm new to sp Hello everyone I'm new to sp and I joined a few days ago but am now figuring out how to use the website. This is a big step for me to tell others how I'm trying to lose weight. I've never done this before so maybe this is what I need to do lose weight. I appreciate all those who are doing this to. It's nice to other people working on what I'm doing to. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:41:53 EST Fresh Meat So I was just forwarded a link to this site and joined and so far am impressed. I am currently on a diet and didn't realize it would start me off right away , or maybe ther is a part to change that. Anyhow I want to dance ballet again keep my bf interested in me and just all together get this health thing under control for once. Wish me luck <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:17:05 EST new here as well. Hi, my name is sherry Ann I know for me this weight thing it's been an up and down battle that I feel I'm finally starting to win. I had my colon removed 3 years ago and after my last surgery to put me all back together was so happy with all the weight I lost during that time. I had not been that skinny in years. The sad truth of it all is once I started living and eating again the weight started to come back. Where I was once 130 lb I now found my self 162lb and climbing. I'm now back... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 12:38:17 EST new here Hello, I'm Toni and I just started Sparks yesterday. Since I just decided that it was time to lose weight. I'm getting off to a pretty good start Thu, 13 Mar 2008 12:30:44 EST Karina I guess we have to post an entry for each introduction??? Hi, I'm Karina. It's my first day here. Glad to find SP and meet other fitness conscious members. WE CAN DO THIS! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:18:13 EST Big Wave 'Hello' from Barbados. Hey everyone!!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Chantal, and I'm 24 years old. I was born on, and still live on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean. I come from a very close family which is rather large in number with all of the extended family, but small in the immediate ones. I live with my mother, aunt and cousin in a small apartment. I am my mother's only child and the middle child on my dad's side. I have an older brother who is 36 and a younger brother who is 4. <BR> <BR> At the momen... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:39:04 EST I'm a hypocrit LPN! LOL! Hello! My name is Angie. I am a busy mom of 5 kids, work fulltime as a nurse at a local hospital, and attend school trying to get my RN license! So, I guess you could say I'm busy! LOL <BR> <BR> My main motivations are: <BR> To be a good example for my children <BR> To have energy to keep up with my life <BR> Not to be a hypocrit, as I try to encourage my patients to make healthy life choices <BR> <BR> I weigh 238 lbs. right now and hope to reach my goal by graduation in July of 09! <BR... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 07:48:21 EST What is your biggest downfall? We all have those things that, more than anything else, kill us inside and make us seriously reconsider this weight-loss thing. What's yours? <BR> <BR> I have two: <BR> <BR> 1. Serving sizes. I'm getting better, but I still find it hard to believe that some serving sizes are designed with human nourishment in mind. Quite often I've checked this site to see how much of something I should be having only to find out that it's HALF as much as I was planning to eat. It's a major disappointment s... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 07:01:13 EST So, what does everyone DO? In correlation with the "where does everyone live?" thread, I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone does for a living. I have noticed by reading the Itty Bitty Challenges thread that I seem to be one of the few people here who doesn't have an office. lol <BR> <BR> Myself, I'm an Instrumentation and Controls Mechanic. I work in a paper mill fixing valves and transmitters and the like. It's a physical job, but unfortunately it's more a muscle-building physical than a sweat-the-p... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 05:58:50 EST Hey Everyone!! Hey everyone! I'm so glad I found this website. Everyone seems to be so supportive and encouraging. I can't wait to meet many new people here and I hope that I can motivate you as much as you have already motivated me!! :) <BR> <BR> 1. Name: Allison <BR> <BR> 2. Place: Louisiana <BR> <BR> 3. Birthday: September 1987 <BR> <BR> 4. Beginning Weight: 206.5 <BR> <BR> 5. Target Weight: somewhere in the 150 range <BR> <BR> 6. Marital status: not married but I've been dating someone for o... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 23:21:12 EST First post in NZ Hi, this is my first post, I live in New Zealand and have decided its finally time to bite the bullet and lose a few kgs. Still trying to work out everything on the site, and I must say I haven't really thought about what to eat and what not to eat yet. Usually i am very busy at work and sometimes don't even get round to eating lunch so that is one of my goals to eat a proper meal, especially at lunch time. My job is quite active, but once I get home I don't usually do much but sit around, so... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 23:01:55 EST first post Hi all, I'm new and this is my first post. One of my goals was to post on here. I had LB surgery in Aogust and have lost 54lbs. That's good I know but it's less than my goal and I am begining to sabotage myself. I thought I better join a site or something and get re-motivated. I like this site because besides tracking the food it gives you exercise plans and meal plans. I need that kind of structure. I want to learn how to use everything here. My ultimate goal is to lose 119lbs. I wo... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:45:54 EST so where is everyone from? Since we're all in the same boat and looking to lose weight and help motivate each other, it would be cool to see where everyone is from. <BR> <BR> I am from MA. How about you all? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:33:32 EST Hello Hello everyone <BR> I wanted to introduce myself also. I am 39 and I am back in college, trying to loose weight. I am motivated and determined. It is hard to attempt to loose weight again for the second time but I know I can do it. My boyfriend and I walk on his off days so I am encouraged. We as a group can do this together. Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:27:01 EST i'm new Hi I'm tina and I need to lose some weight and i'm hoping this will be the place. Good luck eveyone Wed, 12 Mar 2008 21:13:38 EST personal goal I reached a personal goal today that I have been struggling with for a while now!!!! I went from about 6 32oz soda's a day to none!!! NONE TODAY <em>30</em> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:23:05 EST Hello Just wanted to say hi to everyone and how much I'm looking forward to gearing myself up for loads of new challenges and a new lifestyle with all this wonderful help from SP. Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:02:05 EST Introducing myself!! Hello, I am Mariel Huss. I am a college student and losing weight is hard. I did it once but it got to expensive so i stopped going. I gained all of my weight back. So I am trying to lose it again. Wed, 12 Mar 2008 19:14:52 EST hi! I am new, hope to report huge successes. <em>247</em> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:36:37 EST My very first post... I must admit, I'm completely overwhelmed. There is SOOO much information and tools here, and SOOO many people with similar stories. We are all headed in the same direction, so I guess I'm just going to jump in and go with the flow, where ever it takes me! <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 15:19:10 EST Another newbie here! Hello! I'm Shannon and I just signed up yesterday! My hubby is wandering around here too - we're both trying to shed some pounds before a trip we have planned to Disney in October with our two little girl. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:26:24 EST Howdy! Hey guys, my name is Gordon and I have recently started a diet and exercise program. I'm unhappy with my lifestyle and weight, and I know that with support and dedication I can change for the better. <BR> Thanks to all of you! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:21:07 EST Did the challenge! I did 50, someone match it! You can do it! <em>104</em> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:09:09 EST Hi, Im new too! Hello All, <BR> I am Angela and I joined Spark on the 10th. I have been doing my routine and diet and feel good. I joined to get support and guidance for food and exercise, as well as motivation. If I have it in print I have to do it! <em>28</em> My weight now is 150, I want to get down to 130 by October. <BR> Everyone have a wonderful day! If anyone needs a motivational buddy, the invite is open! <em>213</em> <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:59:04 EST Hi! Another newbie!! Hi! My name is Tina and I joined a few days ago determined to make a lifestyle change! I currently weigh 220lbs and I want to be down to my goal weight of 140!! I want to feel like myself again and feel better and healthier! Thanks for letting me join! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:44:48 EST Horse Lover Here! Hi!! Hello everyone! I just joined yesterday and am hoping I can stick to this. I want to lose the weight so I can ride more and get serious about it. Hope to meet some nice people. Any other horse lovers here? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:41:47 EST Goodies Hi. This is my fourth day at SparkPeople and I'm just getting to know the program ins and outs. Does anyone know what Goodies do? I understand you earn points and you can purchase virtual goods. Where do they go? Are they supposed to be rewards for reaching a goal, or what? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:26:32 EST Welcome committee needed Hello all! <BR> I hope you are finding SP to be as wonderful as I think it is. I know many are you are just trying to figure it all out! It will get easier with time. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, we are looking for a welcome committee to post welcomes/hellos on behalf of the SP Class March 9-15 on all the members pages. <BR> <BR> To do this, you would go to the team map at the bottom of the SP Class March 9-15 page. You click on a person's sp profile pic. That will take you to that... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:27:30 EST hello all Hellos my name is Heather and today was my first day starting out on spark people. I was on weight watchers for a little over a year and lost 65lbs then life happened and i lost control of keep track of everything for weight watchers so i gained back 45lbs (groan) but i'm ready to get back on track now and do it in a better way that i dont feel deprived like i did. <BR> I also am pushing myself to go more and more organic because i know it is much better for me. well i hope you all had a goo... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:09:34 EST Heyas I'm a 28 yo female in Austin who is looking to lose about 55-60 pounds. Why? Because I just want to feel and look better. And avoid those horrible things like diabetes and heart disease. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose it in a year, but I'm trying to be realistic about it because I know what a slacker I can be. I need the kind of accountability and motivation that Spark brings to the table. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reaching my goals along with everyone here. :D Tue, 11 Mar 2008 17:39:34 EST Hello to all! I'm new here. I recently (1/18/08) gave birth to my forth child and I've dedicated my maternity leave to jump starting some much needed changes in my life. I'm hoping that the group can help to keep me motivated and focused on my goals. <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 17:13:23 EST Newbie here too, hello everyone! Hi everyone, I'm really glad to be here and to finally be doing something about my weight and fitness, heck, about my life and something for ME! I am a 40 yr old mom of 2 little kids (ages 1 and 5) and also work full time. Busy and hectic life, coupled with some really sad eating habits has brought me to a place where I am finally ready to make some healthy changes. I am looking forward to meeting others on this journey! <BR> <BR> Trish Tue, 11 Mar 2008 16:33:12 EST I'm a newbie Hello....My name is Kathleen and I would love to lose 84 pounds. I have two little ones - a sone who just turned three and a daughter who is 1-1/2. I want to be a healthy mom! I can't wait to be a loser with all of you! Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:50:41 EST My Introduction I'm a 38-year-old Christian female needing to loose 167 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to have most (if not all of that) gone by the time I'm 40. <BR> <BR> Before joining SP, I had lost 20 pounds on my own...but it was over a 28-week span. I'm hoping Spark will provide me the daily accountability I need to work the next 167 pounds off on a more consistent basis. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:39:36 EST Transition (from DKAYCROWDER's sparkmail) In such times of great transition, <BR> Don't get stuck in one position. <BR> Be supple, be bold, <BR> Be strong, don't fold. <BR> Hold your nerve <BR> Through the swerve, <BR> Retain your verve, <BR> And all will be well, <BR> As far as I can tell. <BR> <BR> If in doubt, <BR> Or afraid you'll go without, <BR> Say, 'all change is good', over and over <BR> And before you know it, you'll recover <BR> Your composure <BR> And will stop fearing exposure <BR> To the new, so much. <BR> Use a light ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:02:04 EST Hello!! Hello everyone! I came across this website by accident but it's the best thing! Everything keeps me motivated and I've even got some of my co-workers to join the site as well! I hope to lose some weight before the summer! Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:32:35 EST One more newbie! Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi! I'm 40% of the way to my goal - each day is another step closer. <BR> <BR> There is so much information here - I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Holly Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:22:20 EST I'm new and I'm ready! hi everyone! I'm excited to be here and I can't wait to get healthy, I just joined yesterday and I want to lose from 20-30 (for a start) I am motivated now and I want to feel like this everyday. Hope everyone is haveing s HAPPY TUESDAY!! Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:03:19 EST Another newbie! Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm still wrapping my head around this whole site. :) I'm hoping to shed about 17bs or at least one size. My best friend is getting married 5/31 so I'd like to be as close as I can by then! <BR> <BR> good to "meet" you all. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 12:53:37 EST TAG sparkers - you're it! The game works like this: <BR> <BR> post a small exercise/nutrition challenge here. The next sparker to read the post does this challenge. Then post a new challenge for the next sparker. <BR> <BR> 10 bicycle crunches (demo in fitness tracker) Tue, 11 Mar 2008 12:25:57 EST A Question about Logging Cardio Okay, when I try and log "walk" as a cardio exercise, I'm presented with several options about how fast I'm walking (x-number of minutes/mile). The problem is I don't KNOW how fast I'm walking because I don't know how far a mile is. <BR> <BR> Generally speaking, if you're not POWER walking, but walking fast enough that your heart is beating a little fast, what option would you choose from that list? Tue, 11 Mar 2008 12:22:47 EST Penny Jar Challenge The way it works: <BR> Put a penny or IOU slip in a jar for every daily point you earn on SP. At the end of the month, take your reward pennies and reward yourself! Buy yourself a new piece of exercise equipment, a magazine, a manicure/pedicure - do something for yourself! <BR> <BR> <BR> Post in the following manner <BR> <BR> 3/11 <BR> 45 cents <BR> Total $0.45 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:38:29 EST IBC (Itsy Bitsy Challenge) This challenge is designed to take less then three minutes out of your day. When you have completed the challeng, post your completion here! <BR> <BR> <BR> 3/11 <BR> 20 jumping jacks <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:36:02 EST Daily Mailer 3/11 <BR> IBC (Itsy Bitsy Challenge) <BR> This challenge is designed to take no more than 3 min a day. After you complete it, go to the IBC thread under the challenge forum and post your completion. <BR> <BR> 3/11 IBC <BR> 20 jumping jacks <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> Motivation <BR> Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life. -Morarji Desai <BR> <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:34:17 EST Allo! Greetings everyone! My name (the real one!) is Tracey and I'm trying to lose approximately 30 lbs. The main reason is that I'm getting married next year but I also have some other reasons as well. ^_^ <BR> <BR> I have nothing else to say. lol Good luck to everyone!!! Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:56:37 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Amanda and I'm 28 from Edmonton, AB Canada. I had a baby last June and need that kick in the butt to get me going. I have lost 10 pounds since January 1st but have sort of been off track for the last month or so and need that motivation to get back to it again. <BR> <BR> The reason I want to lose weight is to be confident. I find I shy away from meeting new people or being put in situations where there are big groups. I'm always afraid that no one wants to be my friend because no... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:18:12 EST Ready, Set, GOAL (set them/accomplish them) Post your daily/weekly goals here. When you have accomplished them - post it here as well. When establishing goals, make them pertainable to you. Not a goal that someone else feels you should accomplish. Start small and then work up to the big goals! <BR> <BR> 3/10 daily goals for the week <BR> 10 min elliptical - nope (sick today) <BR> 5 min jog - nope (sick today) <BR> 21 min walk - 10 min <BR> 5 fruits/veggies - yep <BR> 1 whole grain - yep Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:43:37 EST Venting - it does the body good Ok - let's hear it. We all have horrible days - awful days - and days we just plain want to quit. WELL - don't quit! Tell us about it here! You will feel better - I promise! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:36:38 EST There's NEVER a dumb question! If you have thought it - it is not a dumb question. ASK AWAY! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:34:38 EST i need help!! does anyone have any ideas to keep me from eating after 8 p.m.??? i can do really good all day until after dinner... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 22:18:21 EST Supplements I'm adding a list of the supplements I take daily. I have done some research about what a woman of my age should be taking and am still working on getting it all in. They can be expensive so I add supplements as I can afford them. <BR> <BR> I take: <BR> <BR> Nutrinate Chewable Multivitamin (a prenatal vitamin that I have continued to take postnatally because of nursing but also because its only a $5 copay after my insurance pays the rest) - 1xday <BR> <BR> Nature Made Super B-Complex - 1... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:02:06 EST Easter words - last letter starts new word The way this works - last letter of the word posted before you starts the word you will post. All the words in the list should pertain to Easter. <BR> <BR> So here is the first word <BR> <BR> Easter Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:39:04 EST 5 for 5 challenge Earn 1 pt for completing each of the following 5 things each day. The week will run Mon-Sun. Keep a running tally of your points. Perfect scores of 35 for the week will be announced on the following Monday. <BR> <BR> 5 fruits and veggies <BR> 5 min to yourself <BR> 5 comments on other people's pages <BR> 5 glasses of water (at least!) <BR> 5 crunches <BR> <BR> Total: 5 pt <BR> Weekly total: 5 pt <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:27:08 EST Life Boat to the Rescue If you need a quick pick me up because you are having a problem, need extra support, or are experiencing problems besides weight/exercising - post it here. This thread will be a quick way for us to help each other out. Once you have read a post, feel free to answer it here or drop by their page and leave a comment. We are here to support each other - support is the key to this whole program! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:24:36 EST March Daily Exercise Log Log your daily exercises here for extra accountability <BR> <BR> 3/9 <BR> no strength training <BR> 20 min cardio Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:21:24 EST March Daily Calorie Log Log your daily calorie for more accountability! <BR> <BR> 3/9 <BR> allowed 1560 - 1910 <BR> intake 1903 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:20:11 EST HI Just wanted to introduce myself Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:55:25 EST New co-leader checking in Hello everyone! <BR> I am one of the new co-leaders for this team. I AM SOOOOO excited to be here. A little info on me <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for over 6 months. I have reached my goal by losing 37 lbs! WOO HOO! Currently I also lead the PMS premenstrual munchy survivors team and Leading the Fun Path (a private spark team for team leaders). <BR> <BR> I am always here for you - and will answer your questions to the best of my ability or send you in the right direction. It is wond... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:48:30 EST I want a big Hiii.... Hi everyone... <em>9</em> <BR> I'm Radobies, 19 years old. <BR> My goal is to reduce my wight + Have a good time with you all... <em>246</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:32:36 EST Any old ediet people here? I have not decited to jump ship just yet. I am just checking to see if this is any better than ediets other than $. <BR> <BR> Lady Lisa Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:52:00 EST Hi All Hi I am Vee2008 and I am overweight. :) I am new to Sparkpeople and very excited about this journey that I am starting today. Thank you in advance for your support and putting up with my crazy questions. Enjoy the day.. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:16:14 EST Hello Everyone! Hi Everyone! My name is Randi, I'm 23 and from North Idaho. I was a memeber of Sparkpeople before, but life got too busy and it kinda got pushed to the side. I am back now, and am hoping to lose some weight before my wedding in August, but more importantly, prepare myself for the next step in life- children. It is nice to meet you all and look forward to this journey with you! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:29:33 EST How's it going guys? Hey thought I would say HI! I'm Kira, I'm new obviously, and am very excited about my journey to getting healthier. <BR> <BR> Hope I can be here for anybody! Take care ya'll!! <BR> <BR> Kira Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:26:35 EST Good morning everyone! I'm Rose & new to the board just today. I sought a free online diet & this was the 2nd one I found (I chose this one over the other.) <BR> <BR> I've been married for 7.5 years & have 2 boys: Caleb (5) and Joshua (4). Last week, I started a healthier diet plan with my family - mainly because my 4 yr. old has been having behavior issues at his daycare for about 5 months now. As best as I could, I bought as close to all natural foods as I could find on limited funds. Honestly, I will say I... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 11:11:21 EST Hi I'm new to SP and I am trying to figure out everything. I turned 40 last year and I was pregnant with my daughter who was born on 12.20.07. I'm currently nursing but still tying to lose some weight and tone my body. This seems like a great website to start. If you have any tips on using this site please let me know. <BR> Gina <em>30</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:31:41 EST Hey Hey my name is Elizabeth but u can call me liz. Im new at this so im trying to get everything figured out. but i would love someone to talk to Mon, 10 Mar 2008 03:38:06 EST Hi!! Hi there! <BR> I found this web site by accident and glad I did. I have lost 130 down to my goal and have gained 15!! Fighting like crazy to get it off...downfall: exercise! Tomorrow is a new day! <BR> Nice to meet eeryone <em>247</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2008 22:12:01 EST hello all I am new to Spark people and to motherhood. I had my daughter, a first child on Feb 15th by an unplanned c-section. I was not at a healthy weight before and now am trying to make up for that and the baby weight. During my pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and the doctor told me that I need to get my weight down in order to prevent getting permanent diabetes. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 21:22:20 EST Hi! Hi I'm Holly and one of the team leaders. I'm down about 60 pounds with a LOT to day at a time is my motto!! Welcome and glad to have you with us! <BR> Holly Sun, 24 Feb 2008 16:03:16 EST