SparkPeople SP Class of April 13-19, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from April 13-19, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of April 13-19, 2008 Team Messageboard Is anyone still active? Is anyone still active? Tue, 6 Oct 2015 16:29:05 EST New to Spark I am 48 years old and still trying to take off baby fat from having my son 20 years ago. I am down to the last 20 pounds and keep gaining it back after losing it. I have a FitBit that I use daily and I love it! Looking for motivation and inspiration to keep going! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 04:43:31 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>429</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:39:16 EST Trying to lose 20 lbs I've been trying to lose 20-25 lbs for three years... My mental well-being ties in with my physical well being and so it's important for me to find a balance. This week I started walking at the track 3-4 times a week after work for at least 45 minutes. I'm hoping to be able to get support through Spark People. My plan is to log in regularly and use some of the tools provided here and stay in touch so I can stick with my goals. Support messages, tips and suggestions are welcomed. :) H... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:58:55 EST Happy Sparkiversary to us!! The week almost slipped by before I posted here (too much travel and work this past week). This week marks our 3rd anniversary here on SP. Wow. Don't know about you; but, this time has really flown by for me. For all who are still active on the site, I wish you a very happy Sparkiversary and good wishes for your health and fitness in the coming year. <BR> <BR> <em>505</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:08:28 EST Happy & Healthy Holidays & New Year Wishing all my Spark Class the happiest and healthiest of holiday season. I sincerely hope that your New Year gets off to a great start as you celebrate your 2010 successes and prepare for all that 2011 has in store. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>425</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:30:56 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving, team! I hope we all are strong and do our best to enjoy the day's festivities and treats and maintain some self control and good habits at the same time. <BR> <BR> My plan is to workout in the morning, have a healthy breakfast and lunch, and then off to our family dinner. I hope I have the energy for another workout after we get home. We'll see how that goes. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:25:01 EST I'm a Newbie! I'm a newbie....sort of. I was on this site for a while, but never logged in or logged my food. Trying to lose those darn 20#'s. They just keep creeping back - I want to get rid of them for goo! Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:33:36 EST Weekly Pedometer Challenge Alright, Team, here we go...walking our way into fitness... <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>312</em> <em>342</em> <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> We're starting a new weekly challenge on Sunday April 25. The goal is simple: use your pedometer and get in as many steps as you can. We will run it from Sunday through Saturday each week so if you have one bad week, you can always get back to it and start again the next week. There will be goodies for al... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:44:23 EST Pedometer Challenge I plan to start & participate in a pedomenter / walking challenge in another team and thought I'd post my progress here in this team too. If anyone is interested to walk along with me, just reply here to let me know. I think we're going for who walks the most steps each week & month. <BR> <BR> I'll let you know when it begins...likely this coming Sunday or Monday. <BR> <BR> Any interest? Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:08:38 EST 2 Year Sparkiversary - Thank You It's almost here.... our <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> Not sure about you; but, in many respects these 2 years have truly flown by for me. I have changed so much in my life and with my fitness during these 2 years. <BR> <BR> It has been difficult at times, and it is often my Spark classmates here that help pull me through those tough times. So I just want to take a moment to say thank you for taking this ride along with me and being there with support and motivation when needed. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 22:23:04 EST One A Day Hi - I'm going to try again to do at least one SP ball or band demo/video each day in addition to whatever other workout I do. <BR> <BR> I started this yesterday & did 2 sets, 12 reps of Crunches on Ball. Guess it's about time for me to go pick something to do today. <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd track here to help keep me accountable. Even though this is a pretty simple thing to do, I fall out of my routines if I don't keep tabs on what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 15:35:26 EST 28-Day Spark Challenge I've decided to do Spark's 28-day challenge (as defined in The Spark book. I'm just getting started and really have not even looked ahead to see what all is involved in the challenge; but, I figure it will be a good thing no matter what. And, of course, there is the contest and chance of winning a makeover. That could be great fun. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else doing this challenge or contemplating it? I thought we could chat about it here if you are. If it's not for you at this time, I might ju... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:19:51 EST Not really been away..BUT..... Hi I have been here the whole time and lost in 2008 and have kept it off. 2009 was a waste of time, I played about with the same 10lbs over and over and ended up the same weight as I started, so I am taking it seriously again this year. <BR> <BR> I am lb down on the month so far and hoping to lose more in the last week of January <BR> <BR> I am Sue from UK and I joined the week after we got our first <BR> I am 56 and married with 2 grown up married sons and a 6 year old granda... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 04:46:24 EST Anyone Doing the Bootcamp? Started the SP Bootcamp Sunday & am really happy that I decided to join that. If any of you are already doing it, I wish you the best of luck & invite you to post about it here if you are looking for a place to chat about how you're doing. <BR> <BR> If you're not in the Bootcamp, you might think about joining it if you can benefit from a fresh routine and maybe a kick in the seat to get the new year off to a good start. <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> The first day's cardio video really k... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:52:45 EST How are you challenging yourself in January? How are you challenging yourself in January? <BR> <BR> I've joined the SP Bootcamp. I really liked starting off last year with a bootcamp & expect to get a lot out of this one too. It will bring some new variety into my workout routine & I can always use that. Have any of you joined it also? <BR> <BR> I am also doing the EA Active More Workouts 6-week challenge this month. I started it end-Dec. It's fun and a good workout too, really gets my heart pumping. <BR> <BR> Whatever you cho... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 00:37:44 EST Countdown to EOY Challenge Hard to believe that December is here and it's time to start planning to accomplish things we want to do by the year's end. With that in mind, I ask everyone to take a look at your workout routines over the past couple of months and think about what you might want to challenge yourself to accomplish in December. It can be anything...increasing the intensity of your cardio, adding more strength training into your regimen, dusting off that exercise ball, etc. If you're looking for someone to he... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:50:45 EST Is Thanksgiving a Challenge? So many good foods & family traditions are part of many of our Thanksgiving Days. Do you have any special traditions or any unusual food you prepare for your family celebration? Are you doing any pre-planning on how to help yourself avoid overdoing things excessively? We can all use some new tricks, please share. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:34:49 EST November - You Name It Challenge November - You Name it Challenge <BR> <BR> In preparation for the holiday season, many of us set some new workout goals to help ensure we fight against any extra holiday poundage jumping onto us. How about you? What will you do to keep your good habits going (or improving) this month? I challenge you to challenge yourself & let us know what you will do in November to perhaps kick it up a notch. Report in periodically to let us know how you are progressing...nothing like posting goals and... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 03:11:03 EST Halloween Candy Challenge? Is it a challenge for you to avoid overdoing on Halloween candy during this season? <BR> <BR> Do you try to avoid candy altogether or allow yourself an occassional treat that you keep under control? What are the tricks or techniques you use? <BR> <BR> <em>494</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <em>494</em> <em>431</em> <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> I have such a sweet tooth that I try to avoid candy most of the time. I just don't buy any as once I get started on it, it's really har... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 16:48:04 EST Away for a few days Hi all - Just want to let you know that I will be offline likely until Tues night. I'm going on a 4-day trip with friends (really looking forward to it) and will catch up with you Tues/Wed. Enjoy your weekends! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:38:08 EST Exercise Variety Challenge Hello all! <BR> <BR> Let's get October started with some good variety in our exercise routines, maybe at least one different or new thing each day. <BR> <BR> In addition to my regulars, my personal plan is to do at least one ball or band exercise each day this month. SparkPeople has a lot of demos and videos to choose from if you need ideas. I think I'm going to work my way down their list of ball & band exercises one by one until I've done them all. <BR> <BR> Are you with me? <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 09:39:53 EST Busy Week Hey all - Just wanted to report in and say I'm sorry I've not been very active on the posts this week. It was a really busy work week plus busier than normal at home, leaving less time than usual for my online life. I'll be at the SP convention all day tomorrow. Should get back to normal for me after that. <BR> <BR> Have a good weekend! Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:56:39 EST CHALLENGE: Countdown to the SP Convention The SparkPeople convention in Cincinnati is on Sep 26. I thought that would be a good target date to set for some mini-goals, whether or not you will actuall attend. We are all in different stages of our fitness journey and therefore can have very different goals that are right for us. So, from now to the convention, I challenge you to take a fresh look at your goals and your workout routines and determine if anything needs to be tweaked or maybe just have a renewed focus. <BR> <BR> If ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:49:55 EST Nutrition Question of the Day Rather than a weekly nutrition challenge to start September, I thought I would do a Nutrition Question of the Day type challenge for a while. This will run at least the first week of September, maybe longer. It all depends on how quickly I run out of questions & whether or not anyone participates. So here we go... <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Sep 2 Nutri... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 14:34:17 EST Breakfast of Champions - CHALLENGE What do you say we vow to start each day off right this week. That means having a good, healthy breakfast in the morning. <BR> <BR> Do you have the same thing every day or is variety the spice of your mornings? Let us know how you do. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>265</em> <em>491</em> <em>180</em> <em>487</em> <em>490</em> <em>474</em> <em>470</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 01:48:34 EST August Walking Challenge For August, let's focus on our walking and changing it up a bit. Ideas to consider: <BR> <BR> - Maybe get in a little more walking than usual <BR> <BR> - If you're usually on a treadmill, try a few outdoor walks around the neighborhood, nearby park or your own yard <BR> <BR> - Pick up the pace a bit <BR> <BR> - Try some interval walking where you power walk for a few minutes and then slow it down a few, speed up again & so on <BR> <BR> - Walk uphill <BR> <BR> - Use an elliptical <BR> ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 01:38:16 EST July EOM Exercise Challenge I plan to close out the month by doing the SP exercise of the day again. I like doing this to force a little variety in my routine & often go on to do more of the SP demos or videos, so it's a good thing. <BR> <BR> I kind of hate being repetitive like this in the challenges since I did the same thing last month. But, since I may be the only one doing them anyway, I figure it's okay. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Please do let me know if you have any challenge suggestions that you would l... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:36:48 EST what have i missed hi there, just wondering about how people have got on since i gave up. i'm back again and wonder how much weight people have lost over the last year and how they are feeling and what life changes have they experienced. Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:01:32 EST restarting and hoping to lose the weight this time i've been away from sparkpeople for over a year and back with avengence.... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:48:06 EST Jul 11 - 20 Challenge Jul 11 - 20 Challenge <BR> <BR> Let's try a combo of nutrition and exercise challenge for these 10 days. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Challenge: Focus on your protein. Make sure you get more than the minimum required for your calorie range and try to get it from a bigger variety of foods than you may usually do. <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge: Get in 2 different types of cardio per day at least 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> I hope you decide to join me and work to make July a very healthy month. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:31:50 EST 4th of July Goodies?? What are you making or buying for your 4th of July celebration? Or for any other weekend event if you're not in the USA. <BR> <BR> I'm making a raspberry cobbler with the berries we just picked today. Mmmmmmmm Good! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 23:21:19 EST Jul 1-10 Exercise Challenge Jul 1-10 Exercise Challenge <BR> <BR> Let's start off July by following the SparkPeople exercise of the day suggestions. To make it a tiny bit more involved, you should pick another exercise of your choice that works the same muscles and do that also. It's easy to find a good companion exercise by browsing through SPs exercise list and demos. <BR> <BR> Ready. Set. Go! <BR> We're on our way to a fit and fab July. <BR> <BR> To start things, today's Exercise is the Standing Hip Abducti... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 22:41:43 EST New SP Features Launched This Week SparkPeople announced some new features this week. In case you haven't already seen them, here are links where you can read all about them. <BR> <BR> Create Video Blog Entries: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2179948 </link> <BR> <BR> Enhanced Weigh-In Page & Dining Out Guide: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2177487 </link> Sat, 27 Jun 2009 01:54:23 EST Next Spark Convention Coming to Cincinnati Thought you might all like to know.... <BR> <BR> I got a SP tweet today that announced the next SP convention is scheduled. Then I found the article that gives some of the details. Looks like it will be a one-day event on Sept. 26. Here'e the article: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1284 </link> <BR> <BR> This is my hometown so I plan to be there. Anyone else is in the area and might attend? <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:49:09 EST June Challenge: Back to the Bikini Workout I want to pick back up with Bikini Workout that we were doing a few weeks ago. Back then, I did the 30 minute / beginner version of the strength exercises; this time, I'll start up with the 40 minute / intermediate version. I'm hoping you will join me in it for the rest of this month. <BR> <BR> What's required? <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> 3-4 days of 45 mins cardio <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> 2-3 days following one of the three full-body srength workouts <BR> <BR> Follow this link for a ful... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 22:11:57 EST Jun 1-6: SP Cardio Videos For this week, I plan to go back through the cardio videos that SparkPeople has available to us online. I challenge you to try one each day this week. We'll each get in some good variety even if it is just a 10 minute change-up from our regular routines. <BR> <BR> You can pick which one to do on which day. I usually work out late in the day so I'll let you know what I selected end-of-day. Here's a link to the video library so I know you can find excuses. :-) <BR> <BR> Enjoy an... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:58:51 EST STARTING AGAIN HELLO EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> MY NAME IS TONYA AND I AM STARTING AGAIN. I JOINED SP A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND I FELL OFF. DOING MANY THINGS TO TRY TO LOOSE WEIGHT BUT NOTHING WAS WORKING OR MAYBE I WASNT WORKING. IM A MOTHER OF TWO, THREE IF YOU COUNT MY HUSBAND. I WORK ON THE WEEKENDS AND AT HOME DURING THE WEEK. I CAN BE AN EMOTIONAL EATER AND GET TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS OFTEN. JUST STARTED WORKING OUT ABOUT 4-5 DAYS A WEEK. I HAD BEEN WORKING OUT FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND DECIDING ON WHAT PLAN... Wed, 27 May 2009 16:37:43 EST End of May: Exercise of the Day <em>216</em> <em>231</em> <em>84</em> <em>416</em> <em>85</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> I enjoy keeping variety in my workout plan these days & the SparkPeople exercise of the day really helps me to do that. So, I thought we could do that again until the end of May. <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to do at least one round of the exercise of the day. You should usually see it on the right side of your screen and I will try to post it into this thread in case you do not see it or if ... Sat, 23 May 2009 23:22:53 EST New SP Features Soon: Instant Msg & Page Look Coach Jen gave team leaders a heads up on a couple new changes that you'll soon see on SparkPeople. Here's a copy of her message; I'm sure we'll all see the official announcement when they are available: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about 2 new features launching next week. <BR> <BR> The first is a SparkPage redesign. Don't worry- it's not going to be huge changes, but just a few things to make pages easier to navigate and less cluttered. We've gone through ... Sun, 17 May 2009 15:32:28 EST May 17-23: Cardio Variety Challenge For this week's challenge, you can do the cardio workouts of your choice; but want you to try to mix them up. It's easy to get into a rut sometimes, so we'll focus on variety in what we do. Each day you workout this week, change up your cardio exercise somewhat. <BR> <BR> Whether you run, jog, walk, follow SP cardio videos, use elliptical or treadmill, Wii Fit or other fitness "games", try to mix it up and maybe even try something completely new or incorporate intervals training into your... Sun, 17 May 2009 03:29:20 EST May 10-16: Mom is Spicy Workout Challenge Challenge for May 10-16 Mom is Spicy <BR> <BR> My Mom liked to say 'variety is the spice of life' -- especially she would say that when convincing me to do something I didn't want to do. :-) Today, it is only fitting that Mom provides the inspiration for this week's challenge which is designed to help put a little extra variety into our routines. <BR> <BR> I've picked a different exercise or SP video for each day this week, the first letter of which spells out Mom's Day. <BR> <BR> M (... Sun, 10 May 2009 01:06:10 EST hello everyone...I am restarting again Hello everyone...I am restarting again. I've had alot go on in the past year. I was laid off work a few times, had a minor surgery, and now I am back in the game. I joined the local ymca a few months ago and took am ab class that help me realize just how out of shape I am. So I've been working out a few days a week, going to the classes at the ymca, and cutting back on calories. I'm ready to get started! <em>249</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 15:19:18 EST May 2-9: Exercise of the Day Challenge May 2-9: Exercise of the Day Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>23</em> <em>84</em> <em>85</em> <em>108</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Although I plan to continue with the Bikini Workout for a few more weeks, I figured you all might like something different this week. You can easily fit this challenge's requirements into your existing routines. <BR> <BR> Let's just do the SparkPeople Exercise of the Day each day. Do at least the minimum sets/reps ... Sun, 3 May 2009 06:15:46 EST Coach Nicole on Local News In case you've not seen it, here's a link to a short video of Coach Nicole on our local (Cincinnati) news last Friday. She's in the news & press more and more recently, which is great. Thought you all might like to see it too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>151146&clipId=&topVideoCatNo=15048&top<BR>VideoCatNoB=109491&topVideoCatNoC=1047<BR>60&topVideoCatNoD=141804&topVideoCatNo<BR>E=142722&clipId=3688451&topVideoCatNo=<BR>undefined&autoStart=true&activePane=in<BR... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:58:19 EST Apr 26-May 2: Bikini Workout Challenge 2 Hi All - Sorry to be late in posting this. I had meant to ask you if you wanted to continue the bikini workout a bit longer or if you preferred a different challenge for this week. But..... since I've let the first day of the week already pass us by without posting something new, I decided to proceed with the bikini workout. <BR> <BR> So keep going with the good workouts that we started last week. For anyone just joining the challenge, you can find the details in the thread for April 19-2... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:22:50 EST What Good Thing and/or Surprise Happened Today? Having a pretty much uneventful but nice Sunday at home today which gave me time to reflect on life just a bit. I generally try to focus on the positive; but occasionally get caught up in dwelling on some negative or sad thing. So, thought I might try to make a special effort each day to identify at least one nice, good thing that happens...surely most days have at least one such thing. Anyway, I'll give it a try starting today & hope that some of you might reply and let us know something ... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:43:30 EST April 19-25: Bikini Workout Challenge I have been meaning to do Coach Nicole's Bikini Workout and decided that this week would be the perfect time to give it a try. I'm hoping you will join me in it for this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> What's required? <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> 3-4 days of 45 mins cardio <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> 2-3 days following one of the three full-body srength workouts <BR> <BR> Follow this link for a full explanation of the Bikini Workout, including description of the strength portion. <BR> <link>w... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 23:55:08 EST New Here---Started Yesterday Hi all! <BR> <BR> Just want to introduce myself. My name is Carolein (a.k.a. Cat) and I'm a 29 year old mom to a beautiful little 3 1/2 year old boy. I'm looking to change my lifestyle of exercise and eating. I'd like to lose enough weight between now and November to look good for my upcoming Disney trip (mid-November), but my ultimate goal is to look good so that when my son starts kindergarten in September 2010, he's not teased for having the "fat mommy". <BR> <BR> Looking forward to ... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 22:47:05 EST Blew it... Boy did I blow it with my carbs today! I went over just slightly. everything else was great except that one little thing that is actually a big thing! Learning to adjust and plan right is one of the greatest things about SP !! <em>2</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:56:52 EST Challenge - Apr 14 - 18 How about we celebrate the rest of our anniversary week by doing the SparkPeople Exercise of the Day each day? If it requires equipment that you do not have, pick a substitute from the SP demos and let us know what you did. <BR> <BR> I'll try to dream up something more imaginative for next week. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 01:28:56 EST Hello! I just joined today! Want to say Hello and introduce myself. My name is pokeymom3. I live in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area.I find this so exciting to be able to connect with others who, like me, are on a quest to be healthy for life.I for one have never really been healthy before.I am currently 125 lbs. overweight.Recently had knee surgery for a torn cartilage, so, have to start slow and easy with exercising.Started last week with upper body strengthening at the gym.Was doing 15-20 minutes at the gym. Now up to 3... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 21:37:01 EST Member-t o-Member Exercise Game Is anyone up for trying another type of exercise challenge / game? I participate in one like this from time to time in another team and always enjoy it so I thought we might try it here. Here's how it goes: <BR> <BR> I'll start it off by posting an exercise that I've done today & challenge the next person to do the same. That next person does my exercise and then posts a different one for the following person to do, and so on and so on. <BR> <BR> Exercise guidelines: <BR> - try to keep ... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:56:34 EST Today! Today is the first day of our anniversary week here on SP. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary / Sparkiversary, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Year 2 has now begun for us. What will you do differently this year? What worked so well last year that you will continue it in year 2 and beyond? <BR> <BR> I am proud to be part of this life-changing experience with you. Take care and b... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 04:08:45 EST 1 Day To Go 1 day to go until the start of our anniversary week. Wow! <BR> <BR> To me #1 represents that SparkPeople is the #1 online tool that has helped me make so much progress in this year's time. Progress towards a more fit and healthier me. <BR> <BR> #1 also represents the people who are members of SP. All of you are #1 in my eyes. So many people who are willing to share and support and motivate total strangers (at least we all started out as strangers). <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>30... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 03:35:24 EST 2 Days To Go 2 Days to go until the beginning of our Spark Anniversary week!!! I'm almost giddy with excitement...but, then I can be a little odd at times. Shhhhh, don't let everyone know that about me since I don't want to scare anyone off. :-) <BR> <BR> The #2 reminds me of 2 main types of exercise: cardio and strength. Through the first 8 months or so of my Spark life, I primarily focused on cardio exercises. Oh, I threw in the occasional strength exercise and even do a couple small ones very reg... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 12:43:30 EST 3 Days To Go 3 days to go until our SP anniversary week. <BR> <BR> How about using this day to Spread the Spark to some of our fellow teammates? I plan to give a Spark Goodie to 3 of our members just to say hello. I challenge you to do the same. I suggest we each select 3 people that we do not know so that we are sparking and perhaps surprising someone 'new'. <BR> <BR> Make this a Spark Happy day! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:15:53 EST 4 Days To Go It was easy for me to decide what to post about for the #4. SparkPeople talks about 4 stages. Here's a short summary and then a link to the SP Overview. If you've not read it in a while, now's the perfect time to do that. You might just learn something new, remember something you'd forgotten, or be sparked into action again. <BR> <BR> The SparkDiet is a four-stage journey that helps you make the elusive jump from “dieting” to a fresh, new lifestyle. The stages combine healthy tips and to... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 22:54:58 EST 5 Days To Go Continuing the countdown until our anniversary week -- we have only 5 days to go! <BR> <BR> I recently read this SparkPeople article: <BR> <BR> 5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans <BR> Your Old Clothes Could Prevent You from Losing Weight <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1274 </link> <BR> <BR> The short of this article is that it recommends you let go of your "skinny jeans" or other skinny clothes that you have been holding onto with the hope... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 23:56:55 EST 6 Days To Go I had to really think about what #6 meant to me in context of SparkPeople. So, I started searching around the site looking for inspiration. I was tickled pink when I found the following article and so decided that this was the perfect thing to represent our 6 days to go theme: <BR> <BR> *** Fitness Secrets for Buns of Steel <BR> *** 6 Booty-Sculpting Moves to Add to Your Routine <BR> <BR> Here is a link to this great article that I had forgotten about until finding it (again) just now. I... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 01:29:53 EST 7 Days To Go <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>485</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has led me to think about healthy eating when I hear the number 7. 7 represents the number of servings of fruits and vegetables that I now try to have every single day. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that there are days when I struggle with this -- especially since my normal tendency is still to be a carboholic in the form of all t... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:16:42 EST 8 Days To Go As our anniversary countdown continues, day 8 is brought to you by the 8 glasses of water that we should drink each day. Are you good about getting in all the water your body needs? Do you drink it straight up or in some non-plain form to get it all down? <BR> <BR> My answers: <BR> Yes - I have 8-11 glasses of water most days. <BR> Straight up with a few ice cubes is the way for me. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>19... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 03:11:11 EST Anniversary Challenge I hope to have regular challenges for our team going forward. Let's start with one to count down towards our anniversary week. This challenge is a mixture of things to get us going. I hope you join in as we work together to a healthier us. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>84</em> <em>267</em> <em>210</em> <em>186</em> <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> Let's spell ANNIVERSARY together... <BR> <BR> Sun. April 5 <BR> A = Ask yourself what your goals for Year 2 are. Do you want to l... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 02:58:13 EST 9 Days to Go Continuing the countdown to our anniversary week... <BR> <BR> Here are 9 healthy and low calorie snack ideas that I eat often. Some of these I never would have eaten before my SP days. Y <BR> <BR> ou don't have to list 9, but can you add some to my list? <BR> <BR> 1 - apple <BR> 2 - Laughing Cow light cheese on 1/2 serving whole grain crackers <BR> 3 - couple slices of turkey or chicken breast <BR> 4 - yogurt, low cal or regular <BR> 5 - bowl of oatmeal <BR> 6 - cup of seedless grapes <B... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 01:57:49 EST Introducing Myself as New Leader Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to let you know that I am the new leader of the SP Class of April 13-19, 2008. <BR> <BR> Like all of you, I've been part of this team since I joined SP almost a year ago. As we near our 1 year anniversary, I am hoping that we might get some new activity going in our team. This is a good time for us to reflect on how our past year has been -- the successes as well as the disappointments -- and make decisions on how our 2nd year of SP will be. <BR... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 19:52:39 EST 10 Days to Go Hi All - Thought I'd start a new thread each day until our anniversary week. We each have our own exact anniversary date that week (mine happens to be on the 13th); but figured we might all enjoy a countdown to the first day of the beginning of our Class's Year #2. <BR> <BR> Not sure what all we should chat about in these 10 days of countdown threads; but thought I'd start off with 10 things I like about SparkPeople. These might not even be the best 10 things...just the first 10 that come ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 18:08:34 EST Ready for our Anniversary? Hi teammates! We are just over a month away from our one-year anniversary on SparkPeople. I don't know about you; but this time has truly flown by in many respects. It's making me reflect back on the past year, how much I've changed in my life since joining SP, where I am towards achieving my goals, the new friends I've met, the healthier eating habits, and so on. <BR> <BR> It also makes me take a hard look at myself and consider if additional healthy changes are needed, maybe it's time... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:32:49 EST A Team Challenge?? Hey all you team members, it's almost a month until our anniversary. . . anyone up for a team challenge???? Wed, 4 Mar 2009 15:37:51 EST Happy New Year Classmates! Hi All - We seem to have a pretty quiet class here. :-) I hope you all are busy in other teams and doing well in progressing towards your goals. <BR> <BR> I have found SP to be a great experience and great boost to my motivation & hope that it is doing the same for you. If I can ever offer any help or advice, I'm happy to do so...would be wonderful to have this be the most successful class ever!! (Not that I'm the competitive sort. LOL) Seriously, I just wanted to say Happy New Year t... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:45:31 EST What will it take to walk 30 miles? Hi! I'm Sarge. <BR> <BR> For some time now I have wondered what it would take to walk from my house in Anoka, MN, to my parents' house in St. Paul. The trip is approximately 30 miles depending upon the route taken. I wondered if I had the stamina and was interested in the challenge. I have had many gout attacks and my feet have been screwed up enough that any dreams of running a marathon have long since died away. <BR> <BR> Recently I was pondering this challenge and I began to think that ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:57:31 EST Please Help me When I first started Spark it had a workout planned out for you, and I deleted it. I don't remember how I did but I want the Spark workout back. Does anyone know how to do that? Thanks for any help! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 19:02:03 EST 3 Month Anniversary coming up .....Update. It's been 3 months already. How is everyone doing? Is this what you expected after 3 months? <BR> <BR> I have lost almost 30 pounds...28 but hoping by next week it will be 30. I have gotten a whole new wardrobe without going to the store. I'm loving it!! I don't know if this is what I envisioned when I's more. Thanks to all Spark People members for all the encouraging words (even when they weren't directed to me) and advise. I'm a new person. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:32:57 EST Small Victories Post your small victories here! Sat, 21 Jun 2008 02:26:25 EST Anyone else having trouble with... working out their core? <BR> <BR> No matter how I try, I can't seem to work out my core without back pain. Part of me wonders if it will "go away" the more I exercise, but I'm only straining my back instead of working it. <BR> <BR> crunches do not work, I don't feel anything when I do them (cuz i'm doing them incorrectly) and I know there's that little piece of information that i'm missing to make it perfect. <BR> <BR> I just want to know if anyone else ever had that issue and how they fi... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 19:36:54 EST Anyone else want to move on to Level 3 with me? <BR> <BR> Everything that Level 2 is teaching us I am finding really easy. I'd already worked on these things before I came to SparkPeople. My problem has always been portion control and I think I've got that pretty much down now. As long as I have my scales. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm weighing all my food, and even bought a pocket scale to keep on top of it. <BR> I've tweaked to slightly higher fruit and vege in my diet. <BR> I was already drinking plenty of water. <BR> I've tweaked my cardio ... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 07:09:52 EST Have you hit the wall yet? I think that I've hit the proverbial wall.....I've only lost 1 pound in the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else in the same boat as me? Has anyone hit the wall and then managed to bust through it?? Thu, 5 Jun 2008 12:08:54 EST Restarting I've decided to restart Stage 1 since I havnen't made any progress. I've actually gained 3 pounds. Grr. Anyone else have to restart? <BR> Wed, 28 May 2008 08:29:53 EST Sorry It Took Me So Long <em>213</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Hi All, <BR> I'm sorry it has taken me so long to come over and introduce myself.I joined and then didn't really check the site back out,I was struggling.I recently decided I'm ready for changes.I didn't know if it was to late to join the team since it is already May 19th.I have joined some other teams and they have been very helpful and supportive.I hope to get to know everybody,even thoughit is a little late.It has always been very hard for me to reach ou... Mon, 19 May 2008 18:02:43 EST Heart Rate Monitors Hey Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm sure you all know that maintaining an appropriate heart rate during cardio is important for maximum fat burnage (I made that word up <em>246</em> ). Anyway, I used to have one back in the days of action. I went looking for it last week only to not find it; however, I just ordered one this morning from REI-Outlet for under $30. It's a decent monitor and because it's at the outlet it's dirt cheap! I also know from experience it makes all the difference in the world... Mon, 19 May 2008 10:15:50 EST Woo Hoo!! Happy One Month Anniversary!! Well, well - that's one month down for me (and many others of you as well I'd assume). <BR> <BR> I think that it is time to celebrate and give ourselves a collective pat on the back. <BR> <BR> Well Done Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 15 May 2008 12:10:58 EST Slow to Hello I have just now figured out how to say Hello. I'm here for me to become healty and fit. I still have things I want to do and places I want to go. Tue, 13 May 2008 00:45:33 EST Hi! I'm 2 weeks old! I joined 2 weeks ago and have had a great experience so far. A co-worker and I are having a "contest". She's getting married in the gazebo at a local park in July, which is the same place I was married 19 years ago in July! We have both lost 4 pounds so far. I haven't told her about this website yet. Should I tell her? I think I have an advantage because of all the support I've received here. On the other hand, I want her to look beautiful on her wedding day and hope she loses just 1 p... Fri, 2 May 2008 17:02:53 EST Question about Calorie Range I could have sworn that I read somewhere that your recommended calorie range would change as you lost weight, but for the life of me I can't find reference to it now. I'm down a total of 13lbs since starting and I'm starting to find it hard to hit the lower end of my caloric intake range without feeling over full. <BR> <BR> Any assistance as to how I can make my range recalculate itself based on my current weight would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 2 May 2008 08:27:37 EST help...please ok i've been in 16 days and have lost 4lbs...i track daily, weight and fitness and try to have a goal of 50pts/day if I can...tonight i want something really sweet...but really sweet makes me hungrier...i've had some bad lab results so in the process of figuring it out with some more tests wont know till tues...and i'm a comfort eater and having a hard time distracting my self from the kitchen tonight...i'm in about the middle range on my food tracking since i started so i'm looking for sugge... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:30:01 EST Level 2, Here we come! I'm looking forward to learning and implementing new strategies in this level! I'm doing pretty good at staying in my calorie range, but doing really bad at my exercises. How is everyone else holding up? Wed, 30 Apr 2008 06:54:58 EST Another new recipe. So team, I tried another recipe I have to recommend. <BR> <BR> Spicy Thai Salad. YUMMMMMMMMMY! When I posted about the soup, I enjoyed the feed back and have made note of all the recipes everyone suggested. So, thanks for the ideas. I can't wait to try them. <BR> <BR> If you like Thai food, this salad is fantastic! Even my picky husband liked it. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:40:00 EST i'm afraid of carbs. when i've had something sweet then i will crave husband was on atkins so we basically cut breads, cookies, rice, pasta...however my mother was ill and lived with us for 8months and so we brought these carbs that i'm trying to be in charge of my health not sure how to work with carbs. this last weekend i bought as many whole grain breads etc but still not sure how to deal with them. thanks Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:25:17 EST satiety there are times i just don't feel full although have taken in enough calories? any suggestions? Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:20:21 EST Hello Hi all. I'm Jessica and I'm tired of being overweight. This year is the beginning of my transformation: body, mind and soul. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 00:15:09 EST inches only, no weight loss <em>24</em> so what to do, I work hard,lost an inch on my waist line, and fluctuate weight gain 3-5 pounds. drinking more water and doing stomach exercises and leg lifts. i eat better and stay at or below my calorie count. Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:48:10 EST excellent experience so far Good day to everyone. This is all very new to me, but an excellent experience so far. I'm with you fireice I love this site! I quit smoking 3 years ago and have steadily put on weight since. I have given many half-#^@ attempts to lose the weight but have found that complaining about it is easier. I feel ready now to move out of that funk and commit to get on with the project at hand. Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:18:47 EST WOOO HOOOO!!!! hi everyone im heather! i joined a year ago but never got into it, but im fully commited now!!! i am holding myself accountable for my actions! stop by my page and check out my food tracker anytime, its what is really keeping me on track this time. this is going to be the best class ever!!! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:57:44 EST NEW TEAM PLAYER JUST SAYING HELLO TEAM. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:33:42 EST Anyone Looking to Make a Spark people Friend? I am into my second week on the site, and so far I LOVE it! Being able to track my calories and my exercises has been really helpful in giving me a realistic picture of where I am at. I would like to make a spark buddy though. I think it would be great to exchange goals, accomplishments and even setbacks with someone who is striving for similar goals. Is anyone in this group looking for a spark buddy? Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:21:18 EST Getting rid of unwanted Ok what is the unwanted you ask......unhealthy foods in my cabinet. I've made the decision to purge my home tonight of junk food (helps that tomorrow morning is garbage day). I'm scared because to me I am throwing away money but on other hand I know If i keep it there I will end up eating it. I think it's time to make a kitchen overhaul. Trying to stay positive. Plus I really don't want my kids eating these easy convenient foods anymore (son is not happy that he is having to eat veggies)... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:34:33 EST just getting started Hi everyone. My name is Patty and I just joined last week. Have been reading a lot on the SP sight and really enjoy it. I always need a good kick in the butt come spring to fit into my summer clothes so I hope this helps. My friend is an SP member and has done a fantastic job sticking with all of her goals. I seriously lack motivation getting started but once I get it look out <em>246</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:55:50 EST New Girl!! Hi my name is Amy and I just started with SP last week...I love it~ My goal is to loose 50 pounds and I'm gonna need all the support i can get! Does anyone want a weigh-in know, we can both weigh-in on the same day and then message each other with how we did! I'm always nervous about the weigh-in so i tend to put it off, well let me know. I cant wait to hear from you! <em>192</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:20:26 EST I'm new name: Lori <BR> Age: 37 <BR> Weight: 165 <BR> I need to lose 33 more pounds. I was 174 at my heaviest. I am counting calories and exercising and drinking my water. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:52:37 EST End of My First Week. Okay - Sunday was my first week in and I lost 4LBS!! I am soo happy, I was jumping around my front room like a looney....what a buzz, I am even more determined to keep going now, and I even joined a gym. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 06:04:26 EST 2lb gone!!!! I am very pleased to report that I lost 2lb this week despite my lack of exercise!!! <BR> <BR> I am now looking forward to next weeks weigh in as I have alot more exercise planned for this week Tue, 22 Apr 2008 04:50:27 EST Newbie! Hey Everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. I am somewhat new to the site. I'm 24 and have a lot of goals in mind. I am here to get a little help from others and inspiration keeps me going. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you need any help/tips and I feel free to send me the same. <BR> <BR> :) Happy Losing! <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:54:43 EST Newbie from GA Hello everyone <BR> I am from Atlanta GA. Joined last week on my birthday and can't wait to get healthier and hopefully thinner. Have a great afternoon. <BR> <em>174</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:34:12 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone... so glad to be here and ready to start... this is my first day here ...and already it has helped my motivation...I am hoping to loose 50 lbs. It is time for a change...I have 3 children and a skinny husband ...who has never had to worry about weight ...but he is very supportive and just wants me to be happy...and I know I will just feel better and be healthier with out all this extra weight ...I am excited to get going. right now I am struggling with my 5th glass of wa... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:25:08 EST one week down So i joined last Monday, the 14th, and.......3 lbs are gone!!! i feel so good about that. i hope everybody else is doing well good luck all Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:11:35 EST Hello Everyone! Hello..My name is Kelley.. I joined SP on 04/19/08 and I hope that day will be a turning point in my life. Hope to meet lots of new friends on here and get motivation to make the change! Good luck to all! Mon, 21 Apr 2008 13:35:06 EST RMR Can anyone help me with RMR (resting metabolic rate)? According to the internet, my RMR is about 1500, and I'm not supposed to drop below that or my metabolism slows down and will keep me from losing weight. However, I managed to burn at LEAST 1376 calories today. So theoretically, to not drop below 1500 for my RMR, I would need to eat 2876 Calories!!! Is this right? Or do I totally not understand this RMR thing? And will eating that many calories REALLY allow me to lose weight? This s... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 22:44:54 EST Another new week Here is another new week...a week of renewal and a new day to evaluate the ups and downs of last week...see what works and what doesn't Good luck everyone this week Sun, 20 Apr 2008 19:25:27 EST First REAL SparkDay Hi All, <BR> <BR> Even though I joined last week, today was my first day using the tools and tracking my nutrition, fitness, etc. <BR> <BR> I just finished dinner and I'm over on my calories and I was hoping to get a Starbucks tea for about 100 calories later as a treat. Bummer. <BR> <BR> But it was only day one, and I really don't know what it feels like to eat a proper quantity of food in a day. This is a journey and I know that I'll have lots to learn along the way. <BR> <BR> Anyone el... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 17:59:37 EST What lifestyle changes are working for you? Hi guys! Thought I'd like to start a discussion specifically for techniques and new habits that seem to be working for us. No gripes (that's a different thread, LOL), just "Hey, I do this and it really seems to help me!" <BR> <BR> I hate cooking, so I love the simplicity of popping open a Slim-Fast shake for my first couple meals of the day. (Bless those Slim-Fast people!) <BR> <BR> Some other things that are working for me are: <BR> <BR> Eating bang-for-my-buck foods that have fibe... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 16:38:30 EST Hello from NJ Hello, <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you through your posts. I've gained close to 30 pounds since I stopped smoking around 4 years ago. I don't want to use that as an excuse any longer and hope that SparkPeople will provide the motivation and inspiration to begin a healthier new life. <BR> Marilyn Sun, 20 Apr 2008 15:01:36 EST Weigh In/Weight Loss so far I thought it would be fun to have a place where we can report our losses (or gains, or break-evens) each week. How'd everyone do the first week? <BR> <BR> I was shocked today to see that I had lost 4.2 pounds my first week. I haven't lost that much weight in a week since I was in my mid 20s! Thank you, Sparkpeople!!! <BR> <BR> SukayM: -4.2 lbs Sun, 20 Apr 2008 12:36:51 EST Saying hello! Hi- <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday, and am making my way in here to say hello! I am excited about getting something accomplished with this site! Sun, 20 Apr 2008 12:02:46 EST Another newbie I just joined sparkpeople and am finding the web-site a great help to plan how to get healthier. I've been doing the Weightwatchers Core program since the first of the year and have lost 10 pounds (very slowly). This website looks like a good way to stay motivated while losing weight. Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:52:19 EST hello everyone hey everyone my name is delaney. i just joined today. I guess i'm here to try and find someone who can encourage and support me through this, and hopefully hold me to it. My biggest weakness is will power so i'm looking for a buddy who could help me to stay motivated. so, hi everyone Sun, 20 Apr 2008 02:41:32 EST The Fitness Tracker Hi all, <BR> Just joined Spark today. I set up my Fitness Tracker this morning. At the end of the day I thought I would go on and check the things that I had done. I found that there wasn't a box to check to the left of my exercises. Some of these exercises were ones I chose from the Spark list and others that I manually put it. Anyhow, I thought I might be doing something wrong so I click on "How to Use the Fitness Tracker" video. On the video it showed an empty box between the "demo" an... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 23:19:34 EST Thanks for the welcome. I registerd Monday evening and very happy to have such awesome support. <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2008 22:50:31 EST How do you do it with family? This may sound weird, but honestly, I don't seem to be able to keep up with family and myself. How do you find time to just do for yourself? Between the house, the farm, 4 kids a husband and now extended family coming out for a visit, I can't seem to find me time. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 16:44:45 EST The power of eggs! I was searching the internet on Wednesday to find out how many calories are in a large egg and ended up on this site. I am absolutely LOVING it!! <BR> <BR> So far the thing I have noticed the most is that I really didn't realize how many calories were in the foods I was eating. I have been aware of my food choices for a couple of weeks now, but still found that I was eating too many calories when I actually started tracking it. <BR> <BR> I also enjoy tracking my exercise. It's a silly thi... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 16:01:35 EST Measuring tape advice? Hi groupies. I just [re-]started my weightloss journey. Early on, I know I will drop pounds. But I know later on, I may want to rely more on the measuring tape for encouragement when the scale is being mean. LOL <BR> <BR> To that end, I've ALWAYS wondered. . . When we're so squishy cause we're fat, how do we know if we've measured properly? When you're squishy, it's so easy to pull the tape a little tighter without even realizing it, resulting in what LOOKS like a loss of -nths of an i... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:48:09 EST New Members Check-In Hello all, <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone's first days on Spark People has been good! For me, it's just been three days, and I have been taking it slowly and gently - drinking my water, going for a walk each day, and journalling. <BR> <BR> However, the greater shift for me, has perhaps been more internal - feeling more comfortable about taking time to attend to these small steps, taking time to read helpful materials on the site, and knowing more deeply that this is time well spent. It ... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 12:40:34 EST Hello Just stopping by to say hello to all. This site looks great and hope it will be an inspiration to all of us! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 12:20:04 EST I'm new hoping to stay awhile Hi everyone or anyone for that matter... <BR> I'm Tanya I'm 33 mother of 3 with a lot of weight to lose. I'm just like everyone else I want to look the way I feel on the inside. I'm doing this for me and only me. I'm not sure I can do it but i'm trying. I started off in feb at 230lbs I'm now 220lbs hoping and praying for 199lbs by May 26th yes I know not realistic but even if I come close i'll be happy. I need to be able to wear a dress when I pick my husband up from the airport. I never wear... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 21:01:54 EST Day 3 For Me! I am definitely a fan of this! <BR> <BR> I was able to stay within the guidelines with only going over in a fat category on one day! <BR> <BR> It's really nice to have handy because then I can determine if I can have that one extra snack after dinner. <BR> <BR> Now - I really need to work on my fluid intake! I heard that you should never drink more than 32 oz of diet pop a day, so I've done that the last two days! <BR> <BR> I am trying with the water!!! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 19:05:51 EST Newbie Today I signed up to do this. I need this more than ever because being overweight has made me sick. Fri, 18 Apr 2008 16:55:43 EST howdy howdy Hi, I'm 5'11' tall and weight about 185 at the moment. I'm 32 yrs old with a boy and a girl. They're my last kids, and we recently moved to Florida so I'm ready to get in shape and hit the waterparks! This is all new to me, but I need some socialization and some support and I'm on my way. Lost 3 lbs last week! Yay, its a good start! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:26:21 EST New Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to not only "SparkPeople" but message boards in general. Any information on how to navigate is welcome. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will be losing the pounds that "snuck" up on me during the winter and I can inspire my family to become healthier! Fri, 18 Apr 2008 08:13:00 EST Motivation Needed Hi Im new here and am looking to find out what has kept all of you motivated. What are you using or have used to stay focused on the task ahead? Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:56:58 EST lets make SP Class of April 13-19, 08 THE BEST!!!! Hi everyone! <BR> I am sooo psyched about SP! This time I really feel differently, I really feel like this is the real thing. I am going to loose the weight this time! <BR> <BR> WHO'S WITH ME????!! <BR> <BR> (sorry for the tad bit of cheesy-ness, gotta love it!) Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:35:15 EST Hi everyone....How is everyone doing HI!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas on what I can do to try and get exercise in at work. I work at my desk all day but in a prison so I can't just stop and go walk all the time. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:37:21 EST Hi Peeps I new also and I'm glad to meet you all. I usually workout 5-6 times per week with home equipment and exercise DVDs. I love to shop and I have 2 kids. <BR> <BR> My eating is another story. I'm not good at making menus for myself and I tend to over eat at night. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I think I posted this in the wrong place...feel free to delete it. Thu, 17 Apr 2008 12:21:52 EST speaking of motivation... I could really use some today...i am just feeling blah and am already looking for excuses to not go work out at the Y on my lunch hour already...its only 730am... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 08:30:32 EST HI I'M NEW Hi everyone... I'm so happy I found this site, its great. I am so motivated. My first day was yesterday the 16th and I had a great workout since I was so motivated. I am hoping to find new buddies on this journey. WE CAN DO IT!!!! Visit my page... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 01:18:53 EST Carboholicmomma Hello everyone!!! I'm a 36yr old mother of 2 and am tired of being overweight! What a wonderful website!I'm a self proclaimed carboholic! I think if I can wean myself down to a reasonable amt of breads/pasta/rice ect I will actually loose some weight! If anyone wants to be "weightloss buddies"please let me know. <BR> <BR> After all, if will power was all it took to loose weight, we'd all be flag poles! LOL <em>198</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:48:57 EST hi i'm new too... Some friends of mine recommended the site to me a couple of months ago. I only signed up last... but how I wish I had signed up when they first mentioned it. I am really enjoying the tracking features and have just started looking around at the Spark Teams and articles. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:52:10 EST Hi, I'm new--not sure what I'm doing! name is Carla. I just started today and I'm not really sure what I'm doing--this is all pretty new. Any advice I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:00:44 EST Hello Everyone! Hi, I'm John, aka Sarge. I put on a few pounds while recovering from shoulder surgery. I have since lost those 6 pounds and would like to lose another 13 to get back to 200. From there I will hopefully be inspired to get back to the 180-185 range of 5 to 7 years ago. My daughter told me about this site and I thought I would give it a try. Now that physical therapy is over I can use the site to help track my progress and inspire consistency as I continue my workouts. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 18:18:44 EST Scottieluvr's Introduction Hello everyone! My "real" name is Pamela though devoted Scottish terrier lover. Actually was owned by one but he passed away two years ago from old age. I am now owned by two American Toy Fox Terriers. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I am a survivor of PCOS, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue and now, severe perimenopause. This is not how I envisioned my forties, being hormonally challenged. I am now 45 years old. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Joining and participating within Spar... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:18:12 EST not sure if i am using this team forum properly i wrote a new post on the forum called 'low carb', yet it didn't appear on the forum with the other items, just wondering what am i doing wrong. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 11:02:17 EST Low Carb Hi Team, just wondering is anyone else on this team cutting down on carbs as a way to lose weight. I find that when i tried counting calories I was constantly hungry but with lowering the amount of carbs this wasnt a problem. Also I love cheddar cheese and meat.. yum cannot stay away from these. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:29:14 EST New to SP Hi, everyone. My name is Dawn. I am a 39yr old single mother of 3 daughters with 1 granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I am looking for new ways to stay motivated as I have about 80 lbs to lose. I have tried many different diets and always end up going off the diet and then gain back the weight plus some, as I am sure most people have. <BR> <BR> I am tired of my current life style and looking for a big change. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:18:39 EST i'm a newbie hi, I have just registered with spark people today and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is linda and I am 26 years old, I live in scotland, UK and i am hoping to lose 24lb by the 9th of july. <BR> <BR> I started my "diet" 8 days ago and weigh my self on a tuesday morning, I was very pleased to see that i had lost 3lb yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have tried many various diets in the past and have been unsuccessful, I feel very determined this time and I am hoping with t... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 08:57:18 EST doing good so far.... Hi, <BR> I have been working on losing weight since June 2007. I was 293.5 when I started and now I am 238.5. That is 55 pounds. I am looking for support and ideas to continue losing weight. I have a major heart condition that limits my ability to exercise to a certain extent. I need to get down to 200 to be evaluated for a HEART TRANSPLANT. If that gives you any idea of what I am up against and how proud I am of myself for how far I have I came. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:56:18 EST Loves to eat This is my second day looking around the site and found out that my main problem is dinner. My breakfast and lunch everyday is right on track with calories, carbs, protein, etc. <BR> <BR> At dinner I am not necessarily starving but no matter what I make for dinner, I eat and most times eat too much of it. I love to eat, and really have a hard time with portion control. <BR> <BR> Any hints out there for me? Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:15:07 EST Hello All! Hi! I have never done anything like this before. I have been blessed with 'good genes' and have never had to diet or exercise to appear thin or healthy UNTIL now. I just turned 30 a couple years ago and my had my 3rd baby almost a year ago. I find myself exhausted, chubby, weak and not very motivated to do much about it. Help me, Lord! Help us all! <em>40</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:08:10 EST Motivation I am a Biggest Loser fan. Tonight is the finale. I'll be in front of the TV- for sure. One thing that made a big impression on me were the "Why am I doing this?" statements that they had on their t-shirts in the beginning. I want us to share with each other the "Why am I doing this?" statements that we would (and can) proudly display on t-shirts and in our minds and hearts and in the words that we say to others and ourselves. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll start: <BR> <BR> Why am I doing this?... to ... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 08:57:19 EST General Nutrition and Exercise Discussion Here's a quote that got me through a time when I felt like I was totally depriving myself and not seeing any results: <BR> <BR> "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels." Tue, 15 Apr 2008 08:43:38 EST Exercise Challenge Exercise is key to losing weight and keeping it off. You may like to cycle. Someone else may like to walk. There is room for variation. The important elements include finding something that you enjoy and will stick to... finding something that gets your heart rate up to the target range (SP has articles that can help you find your target heart range if you don't know it. I'll send you links, if you'd like.)...finding something that gets your metabolism revved up and gets calories burned! <BR>... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 08:37:21 EST Calorie Range Challenge One of the components to weight loss is calorie restriction and careful monitoring. SP has wonderful tools to help us determine our optimal calorie range for safe weight loss and excellent tracking methods. Let's start this challenge off by reporting what our calorie range is and whether or not we stayed within it. Try to report as often as possible. Also, feel free to share any tips that you might have that help you stay on track. We can use all of the help that we can get. We are here to he... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 08:32:10 EST Newbie here Just checking in to say hi to everyone. Just signed up today, this site looks filled with almost anything we could imagine. I have been dieting, or changing mylifestyle, since August 2007. I have lost 54 pounds so far and still have another 30 to go before November 2008 when I go to Hawaii!! <BR> <BR> I have 4 kids, work full time, am married and have lots to do. Excercise is my one problem. I don't really hate it, I just find every excuse NOT to do it! Mon, 14 Apr 2008 23:42:16 EST Not very good at blogging Hey there, <BR> Sorry, I'm not really good at blogging. I am not very good at excercising either, but I suppose it is time to get over that too. I don't have a problem with excuses. I usually have a million of them. Half of them would be my husband and kids. I really hope that this can work for me. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:57:54 EST Day 1 Hello all, I'm from Ireland and Looking forward to losing weight and hope that spark people will make it easier. Good Luck to you all Mon, 14 Apr 2008 18:04:54 EST just joined today Hi everyone. My name is Jessica and I would love to lose 25-30lbs by the time I turn 30 at the end of the summer! I lost a lot of weight through weight watchers about 4 years ago and the weight has slowly crept back on. My husband and i would love to try and have a baby by the end of the year and i really want to start at a healthy weight. I think this website is great and i am really interested in keeping up with the tracking. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 15:48:40 EST Lean Mean Fighting Machine! My Intro: I'm destined to be 195lbs. I have yo-yo'd from 225lbs & 265lbs. (my present weight). I will try a pound a week until June 28. 2009 my goal date. I will try Low Carb-1 or 2 cheat days a week, preferably 1 day! Let's go SP class! Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:14:39 EST General Questions <em>40</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Have a question or neeed advice? This is the place! <BR> <BR> Together we can do this! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>248</em> <em>225</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:18:42 EST Welcome to Spark...This is the place to say HI <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on Finding Spark... <BR> <BR> Whether you've got 10 lbs to loose or 200 lbs...this is the place to do it. <BR> <BR> Stop in say hi, and find out what else is out there for you. And if you need help, just shout. We're here to help!!!! Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:53:11 EST ***ROAD MAP*** Need to know where to go? This is the place to ask! <em>292</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:51:04 EST Welcome to the team... <BR> <BR> Have a question? <BR> <BR> Overwhelmed? <BR> <BR> Want to chat with people just starting? This is the place... <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:50:06 EST can't wait to lose weight and make friends hi i am dixie, i am 33yrs old. and i have 1 son. i have a heart condition and honestly i dont want to die. i want to live for me and my child. so i need support to lite a fire under my butt Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:22:35 EST I think I can! I hope this is the last "diet" I have to start! My husband & I both started today. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:33:28 EST Hello! Hi from a newbie who isn't. ;) I just needed a fresh start on my goals, so here I am again. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:27:28 EST Newbie Hello! <BR> I'm new here, just still trying to figure it all out. Nice to meet you :D Sun, 13 Apr 2008 20:09:13 EST Hi Guys My name is Fiona and I come from Scotland. I may be a little behind you all with the time difference, but I promise I will not give up this time, I can't give up this time, I can't afford to put any more weight on. I want to be healthy, and I am looking forward to sharing all my experiences with you all. <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:57:51 EST hi Hi everyone, My name is cheryl, a newbie here at sparks. great idea to be able to talk to people in similar situations as myself. looking forward to talking to you all. let's kick the bad habits and extra unnecessary calories to the curb shall we? <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:13:28 EST New to SP - Wow what a great idea and network! Hello all. My name is Lisa. I am new to the SP network and can't wait to begin feeling better and eating more healthy. I live in western Kentucky, having just moved from St Louis. Things are a lot different here! I never dreamed Kentucky was sooo COUNTRY! LOL - I am loving it though! I am looking for friends, buddies, pals etc. on my journey to a healthy me. Email me and let's chat. Love to meet new people :) Sun, 13 Apr 2008 16:00:14 EST hiya all hi im kat and im new to this just joined up,, if any1 wants to give my any advice or any help on how to use this site please do thank u xx Sun, 13 Apr 2008 08:37:58 EST Hi Hi I'm new to spark today and I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Ashley and I'm 21. I'm in school and I love to dance. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 05:00:47 EST