SparkPeople Spark Illinois The Official Team Team Messageboard Losing weight and feeling great in Illinois! For anyone in Illinois, let's support and motivate each other to reach our goals! SparkPeople Spark Illinois The Official Team Team Messageboard Motivated to lose! I have lost and regained weight many times. As age and a few health issues provide new motivation, I am here and I am determined to lose 100 pounds. Seriously, if I lost 50, I'd be thrilled! At age 58, the prospect of pain-free joints and improved blood pressure are my motivation rather than the size 10 dresses that were my motivation at age 28. I hope to be able to offer encouragement to others, too. 2015 is my year - and I hope to make some friends here along the way. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:34:48 EST Jennifer Sturm Hi my name is Jennifer Sturm. I am the mother of four wonderful kids and engaged to a wonderful man. I really want to lose weight to where I have more energy to where I can play and do more fun things with my kids. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:20:26 EST Anyone here live around Herrin Really need an accountability partner and someone to exercise with! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:05:06 EST Turning 60 in 2 wks....I need to lose this weight! Hi to all! I'll be turning 60 in just two weeks (that in itself is unbelievable!) I've let myself go, I am 60 pounds overweight, have back problems and heartburn of which I am positive if I lost the weight some of those issues would be gone. I just seem to have lost all motivation mentally and physically and can't seem to get motivated with anything. I have lost my way along the road of life and I want I want to get it back. I have two great grandchildren that I want to be around for as l... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:06 EST Logan County Looking for people from Logan County who like to walk. My goal is to work up to 24 miles by the end of June so that I can hopefully walk the entire 24 miles at Starved Rock in July. Walking buddies are welcome and appreciated! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:25:25 EST Hello folks Hi. I am new here. I am 43,and out of shape. Advise and support would be welcome. Thank you Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:53:20 EST Introduction Heyy I am Anna and I am a 21 year old college student. I have been overweight most of my life I lost weight then regain it. My highest was 254 and not I am at 233. My goal weight is to get down to 130 pounds. <BR> <BR> I was on Sparkteens a long time ago, and then cancelled it now I am back on. I am hoping that with support and ability to find different recipes for food that I can get to my goal weight. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:40:53 EST Hi - ready to get started!! My name is Jeanne. I will be 50 on Saturday and really need to get healthier. I am currently 298. I lost 48 lbs last year but gained it all back. Tired of being tired and uncomfortable with my own weight. I look in the mirror and do not believe how I let myself gain this back but NO MORE! My goal is to get down to 185. So a little more than 100 to lose. We can do this! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:46:14 EST Hello My name is Julie. I've been following the Spark plan since Jan 5th. I am nine pounds lighter. I'm just going to keep going one day at a time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:10:35 EST I'm New At This Hello. My name is Kara Stribling. I have been trying to lose 40 pounds for a long time. One of my friends referred me to this site. I have a good feeling about this time around. I have already lost 2 pounds in 3 days. I know that's not much but at least its a start. :) Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:11:32 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST This Thread Is Closed This is where you will post every day (or week), the amount of miles you have walked. This can be walking in the house, walking outside, walking on a treadmill, whatever you do to get in more steps every day. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> ****COPY AND PASTE THIS PORTION OF THE POST**** <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) <BR> 6) <BR> 7) <BR> 8) <BR> 9) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:05:24 EST This Thread Is Closed <em>227</em> This thread is only for information, not for posting. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> For the January 2015 Challenge: <BR> <BR> This challenge is: Walking 75 Miles in the month of January. <BR> There will be a thread below this one, where you can enter your mile/s each day or week. There are NO requirements for this challenge, it's just meant to give you a push to see how many steps you can get in, for the month. I realize that everybody is at different fitness levels. What migh... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:56:21 EST Fruit or vegetabl .......A to Z Apples Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:36:19 EST Last letter... ...begins new word. neW Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:32:43 EST This thread is closed This is where you sign up for the January Walking Challenge. <BR> The challenge will be to walk 75 miles in the month of January. If you pass that, that's great. If you don't come close, that's great also. At least you will be getting in some walking every day, and this will motivate us to do even more!! <BR> <BR> To sign up, copy and paste this whole post to a reply. Add your name to the list, then post it. <BR> <BR> Sign your name below: <BR> <BR> 1) ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:21:06 EST This thread is closed Starting January 1st, 2015, we will start a new Team Challenge. It will be a walking challenge, to get you motivated, to keep your bodies moving. I realize that everybody is at different fitness levels, so this will be something that you all can do. <BR> <BR> The Challenge: Let's see who can get in 75 miles of walking for the month of January. <em>311</em> <BR> If you happen to pass that amount, that's great. If you only get close to that amount, that's great also. Sometimes competition ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:14:07 EST New to the Group Good Morning Everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Cheryl and I live in Highland, IL. I have tried numerous (many times over) programs and can not seem to get past week 3. I read an article in the current "All You" magazine where a woman lost over a 100 pounds using SmartPeople. The article was impressive, the program was solid, there was a behavioral aspect, all things I need. So I'm here for the first time; a little overwhelmed by all the steps, options, etc. and I'm still not sure what I'm d... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:53:24 EST Renee Lyons hi <BR> <BR> joined today, have to lose 30 lbs. struggle with what to eat and what to do for a workout Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:19:49 EST Elgin here Hi, <BR> My name is Sandie and I am from Elgin. Would love some buddies from around this area. <BR> We can try and motive each other. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:39:33 EST Joining on Thanksgiving?! Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jennifer and on Tuesday I started the medically monitored Optifast program. My weight has been yo-yo-Ing all of my life and right now I am the heaviest I've ever been. I chose Optifast for the "taking a break from food" aspect so I can re-set and get some initial weight loss going while I step up to gradually reintroducing food. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and Ive been very hungry - which I can ignore hunger pains - but towards evening I had difficulty cc entrea... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:21:07 EST Hi! I'm Harley. I'm 19, 146 pounds, and I'm looking to lose eleven more. Problem is, I've hit a wall of depression, and I don't really have any friends left in my life? It would be nice to have someone to talk to for support with working out and what not. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:34:11 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST new to the forum Hi, I am from Roselle anyone interested in a walking or workout buddy motivation seeker Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:09:35 EST New here. Looking for buddy Hi! I'm Dana and new to spark. I live in Oswego. I am looking to be more healthy and be a good example to my kids. I am looking for a buddy (possibly an exercise buddy) for accountability. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:48:56 EST Minooka, IL Let's go ! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:40:31 EST staying fucus Good morning team, stay focus and be strong!!! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:41:56 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:38:00 EST fat sassy gramma 1 husband, 2 kids, 5 grandkids, and an aging MIL, I need to be much fitter in order to keep up. The RA treatments aren't helping, but I discovered activity helps. A busy summer and I lost the gains 4 mths of physical therapy got me so, looking for some encouragement and accountability cause I do have a sweet tooth and I am lazy I like to read not run Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:35:20 EST Morgan/Sangamon Counties I live in Jacksonville. Anyone around this area? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:26:46 EST Hi I'm Cindy from the MetroEast area. I need to lose at least 50 # and I really would like to just be more fit. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:04:00 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:39 EST Living The Life 23! Hello. I've had heart disease since the day I was born. I've had four open heart surgeries and my 5th open heart surgery, I became a heart transplant recipient. My 2nd birthday is April 29th. I was blessed with a miracle. I feel great. As my past years have been horrible. I've had CHF, valve problems, pulmonary hypertension, and COPD. If you have any questions or just want to know anything, please ask. I love to inspire all people. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:03 EST New to Spark I am new to Spark and am hoping it gives me the motivation I need to get on track to living healthier and losing weight. Any suggestions are motivating tips, please send my way!! Thanks. <BR> <BR> Judy Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:30:06 EST Here I go again!! Hi everyone my name is Linda and here I am again. I am here again but I am having a hard time getting started !. I need a whole bunch of help and motivations! Any ideas? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:34:20 EST New to Spark People Hello I am new. My name is Pattie. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:04:28 EST Hello is this still a active forum Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:44:53 EST 5K Hi. I live in Northwest IL and am interested in any 5K's in my area...anyone? <em>364</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:14 EST Shelbyville area here <em>247</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:55:17 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:18:50 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:24:33 EST Metro East STL This is a wide area but I thought Belleville, where I am from, was too specific. Pretty much looking for friends and support. But I give the same! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:19:00 EST My first day here!! I hope you are all feeling great today....I am and can not wait to get started here! Hopefully this will help me keep better track of myself. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:24:07 EST Hi To All! Five years ago, I was in wonderful shape. I exercised nearly everyday and ate reasonably well. Then something happened. I am not sure what triggered it but I became tired, ate whatever, and started making excuses for myself. Now I find my self out of shape, needing to lose weight and having to get myself out of control. I started a couple of months ago and lost 10 pounds, but the bad weather caused me to backslide (that is what I told myself) and now I have to lose that 10 pounds again. But ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:36:06 EST Bonus Points For The Team. 3 Thu, 22 May 2014 09:55:27 EST Small Group Forum for Illinois Please don't reply to this post... <BR> Information thread only!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Use this forum to create your own small groups within the state! There are teams for some of the counties and towns in Illinois... this forum will be a terrific way for you to either find your way to one of those teams or to just chat with others in your specific area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to advertise your county/city/town team on this forum to draw new members! <BR> <BR> Click on the CREATE A NEW TOPIC"... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:10:06 EST This thread is closed Apples Thu, 22 May 2014 07:06:29 EST This thread is closed excitemenT Thu, 22 May 2014 07:04:53 EST This thread is closed 40 minutes Thu, 22 May 2014 07:03:53 EST WooHoo......if you moved those bodies today!!!! <em>244</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:02:24 EST Seek out members in your area. Trying to find weight loss buddies, let us know here, where you are......county or city/town. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:00:44 EST Montgomery Co. Anyone? Wed, 14 May 2014 13:16:56 EST Starting on my journey! Well I signed up for spark yesterday but today is the first day looking at all the teams. I started my weight loss journey on Apr 22nd and have been doing good so far. I've lost 4lbs to date. But I know I have a habit of starting and then quitting after I lose about 10lbs. I want to have the energy I had in my 20's so I know this is a good start. Look forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:44 EST Hi I am new here looking for an exciting new adventure toward a healthier lifestyle. To be honest, I am looking for support. I have finally been sadden by what I have become. Depression has hit and left me feeling helpless and unmotivated. My husband is great, but too aggressive. I just need a push. Someone who can identify with my struggle and we move forward together. Mon, 12 May 2014 11:53:59 EST Hi All! My name is Andi and I am 26. Over the past 2 and a half months I have officially lost 35 pounds! I am looking to keep going and lose another 60-70 to get down to a weight I will feel comfortable in! <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> -I love to dance. <BR> -I love to karaoke. <BR> -I have a dairy weakness that I blame on my Midwestern status. <BR> -I live in the best city in the world, CHICAGO. Trying to convince me otherwise is futile. <BR> -I love Harry Potter. <BR> -I dislike seafood. <... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:50:40 EST Is any one from Jefferson County Hi my name is Tina. I live in Mount Vernon, IL. I just started sparks back in 8/13 but did not really get into it tell 3/14. My start weight was 290 lbs. I want to be around 200 by my birthday in December. I'm down to 272.4 as of 4/27/14. I hope to keep it up. But I would really like to find a friend to help keep me going and that I can help as well. <em>252</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:08 EST Looking for a new ISP Would appreciate it very much if anyone could let me know in your opinion which Internet Service Provider is the best in the state of Illinois. <BR> <BR> Thank you & have another blessed weekend! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Daisy <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:42:37 EST From Robinson Illinois Would love to know if anyone is close to me.... I am from Newton but don't live there anymore I am now around Robinson Illinois and a full time college student with four kids Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:44:10 EST Hello from Clinton County Hi. Anyone here from Clinton County, IL??????? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:44 EST Day 1...Again. Well here I am. I am looking for the motivation to lose around 60 pounds. I did it before-two years ago. Then I proceeded to put it all back on. I am so disgusted with myself. I love food, and I love to eat. I have tried many methods for losing weight over the years, most of them I am sure. But this is first time I have ever tried SparkPeople. I am really hopeful that I can get this weight loss going, so that I can feel better about my outer self. I am really motivated at this point ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:38:45 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:44 EST Hello! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristine and I have been using sparkpeople on and off for the last 3 years! <BR> I am a 23 year old stay-at-home- daughter, currently serving as a teacher in central Mexico, but I am originally from the Land of Lincoln! <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from all of you! <BR> All the best, <BR> Kristine Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:12 EST 5K Run/Walk May 10,2014 Challenge The Heartland Womens Healthcare is having a 5K Run/Walk on May 10, 2014 . Registration 7:30 am Run at 9:00 am $25 Adult registration fee $15 fun run for youth ages 10 and under. This is in Mount Vernon IL to Pre-Register or pay for your T-shirt online go to <BR> Registration received by April 18 is guaranteed for T-shirt <BR> <BR> I plain on doing this 5K. It will be my first ever but I hope not may last. I have been walking every day for this. I will do th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:11:16 EST penquin64 hi ,my name is marge.i would like to learn to loose weight.i have tried every thing else but all failed. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:21:38 EST Need help with fitness gear. I'm just getting started and I would like to know what kind of shoes do you go walking or running? Have any of you tried the work out ball? I want to get a bike but I have to get a used one or cheap one. Dose any one I could get one? My daughter wants to get one as well to go riding with me. She need to start watch her weight. Being over weight runs in our family and I want to change that. Can any one help me? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:44:44 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:46 EST Hello from (Raceway) Carpentersville I'm in good old C'ville have been here for sometime, I am very close to Raceway and waiting for the weather to get better so I can do some walking with my basset hound who like me likes to just hang around the house and sleep. Has anyone been to Raceway for a walk or bike ride? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:40:41 EST hello, im new here hello, my name is Cassie and I lack commitment and motivation. I have struggled all of my life with committing to things that are good for me. I am eager to do for others but taking care of myself is a different story. I am a recovering addict (4.5 years clean) who has recently quit smoking cigarettes. Yes, I know that both of those require commitment and motivation, but I am now attempting to really dig deep and work on my self image. My addiction is starting to manifest itself in food. ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:19:18 EST hello from Wauconda Not new to SP. Just back to lurking ;) Office is doing another BeWell challenge, a steps/walking program. Sooo,, 5# heavier that my last update :( I need a kick in the pants - since none of them fit me!! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:24:22 EST I so want to loose weight.... trying for the millionth time to loose 45 pounds....usually last one day on a diet.....but I try again each day.......can I ever do this? I am a successful teacher in real life.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:31:35 EST Perla Ayala-It won't hurt trying something new! Hi Everyone: <BR> My name is Perla Ayala I had joined SparkPeople since 2010 if I am correct, but I was never active on the site. I decided to give it a chance this time since I have lost 29 pounds with small changes I have done and learned from all the emails/articles I get from SparkPeople. I am really hungry, but not for food this time, but to accomplish my goal, which is feel better with myself and get rid of those last 24 pounds!!!! I think I am going through depression and as everyone... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:54:55 EST star ready to start my weight loss journey. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:18:19 EST My story IT was about january 2009 i had taken my son (4years old) to the St. Louis zoo.we had just past the tiger exhibit when my son took off running. Here i am at 335lbs trying to catch this 4 year old and the entire time im thinking this is it , im going to have a heart attack and my little boy will be running around this zoo alone . Then it came to me that even if i made it through that day it would just of been a matter of time before i did drop dead and would leave my son alone in this world ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:29 EST Hello everyone I'm in Belleville IL - member of the YMCA i'm loooking for a small group of people to work out with . Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:25:07 EST Hello to All! My name is Cheryl. I am a mother of 6. I am overweight and am now ready to tackle it with support from outside, since the support from within is not working on its own. I love my kids and want to be able to play with them like I used to and enjoy life. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:19:25 EST marcej Hi, I'm marcella I'm 37 years old and a mom of 2. I want to lose 20. But I joined sparks because I want to learn and eat more healthier and to get toned back up. I got in a car accident a yr ago and messed up my back pretty bad. I could my work out like I use to so I got lazy. I hope to get back on track with some help. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 20:31:25 EST Illinois motivation seeker My name is Maria from Illinois. <BR> <BR> I would love all the help and advice, from fellow Illinois team members. <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:29:38 EST New to Illinois and to the team! :) Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I just came to Illinois about two weeks ago to stay with family! I'm from Delaware, so everything here is completely new to me! I am pretty much on the Aurora/Naperville border. Just wanted to introduce myself and see if there are any other sparkers around here!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:18:56 EST November Tornado Hey Everyone. I was just curious if anyone else out there was affected by the November 17th Tornado (whether personally or live in a community that was). I live in the hardest hit town and while my house is ok, was less then a mile from total destruction (I was in my Church). Even now as I drive through town I am in shock, and the snow does little to hide the damage. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 04:05:12 EST Awesome Apps I love my iphone & I have tried all kinds of apps.My favorites consist of: <BR> ZenLab apps~ especially the weight tracker <BR> Digifit which tracks your cardio via gps & sends you messages when you go too long without using it. It tracks distance, speed, calories burned, and time. My favorite tracker. <BR> Then there's the ACTIVE APP. It gives you events near you: 5Ks, marathons, volunteering, triatholons, 10K, and on & on. <BR> <BR> There's one app I've paid for which is ZOMBIE! RUN! 5K... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:59:05 EST Anyone Out There? It seems like most of my teams are dead. I am just wondering if anyone is active on this team. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:05:10 EST Who's from Whiteside and Lee Counties? I"m in Sterling and would love to be able to make friends with people locally. Would could meet face-to-face or just PM support and encouragements. I've only begun this healthier lifestyle and am revved up for it, but I know there will be "those day" when the going gets tough. Hope to hear from others from my area. Have a blessed day! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Marilynn Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:00:48 EST Hello From Sterling IL I'm Marilynn, wife of 40 years to DH and mom to 3 grown kiddos although 2 still live with us plus our 17 year old grand daughter. I'm wondering if it's permissible to send private messages to people who live in surrounding towns? Thought it might be a way to get to know each other as well as possibly meet face-to-face. Who knows what friendships could develop! <em>41</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:53:07 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Springfield Ladies Good morning. I am planning on doing some 5ks in Sprngfield. I really want a partner. I'm not competitive. We wouldn't have to run the whole time. I just don't want to do them alone. Let me know if you're interested Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:49:23 EST birdwatcher I am back for the second time after losing 13 lbs. I hit a wall in Sept. 2013 and could not get back on track. I think I am mentally ready to try again. I have been tracking for a week now. I am very glad there is a sight like Spark People to help me!!!!!! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:46:20 EST 47 years old and soon to be fit Here I go again. I still have the same 16 pounds to loose. I loose a few and I always find them again. I am 47, I returned to school and just graduated. I am about to begin a new career and I want the outside of me to reflect what I feel on the inside. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:15:24 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkspeople and this team. I am from Schaumburg, working towards a weightloss of 37lbs. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:33:26 EST New Julie 14 I have just turned 60 and my weight is becoming a health concern more to me than ever. I have trouble standing on my feet for long periods of time and this limits me both socially and economically. I have 3 grown children and many grandchildren. I enjoy volunteer work in my community and belong to several clubs. My husband is still working and will turn 65 this year but I am not employed at present. I need to get more healthy now not wait any longer. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:31:44 EST Who likes to walk? Do you keep track of your steps with a pedometer? Let's see how many steps our team can walk each month. If you're interested, make a post here and let us know that you're in! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>312</em> <em>386</em> <em>57</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:18:44 EST anyone from Mason Co. Hi, I live in Mason Co. does anyone else Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:32:28 EST HI...NEW TO THE ILLINOIS TEAM LOOKING TO GET MOTOVITED..... I SIGN UP AND LOSE INTEREST I AM GOING TO TRY MY BEST TO STICK TO IT Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:44:09 EST New to sparkpeople Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I read about this group in one of my women's magazines and it seemed like a very supportive place to be. I am 65 years of age. I have type 2 diabetes, but I am very well in control. My highest weight was 197 pounds many years ago; I am now at 137 pounds. My goal is between 125 and 130. I have an A1C of 6.8 as of yesterday. My doctor is very happy with my progress and this time I really want to hit my goal and stay there. I have lost the same pounds many times i... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:40:35 EST In need of workout partner! I live in Cary and I workout at Lifetime Fitness in Algonquin. Please message me if you also are a member, please message me if you would like a friend to workout with! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:46:47 EST Unsure but excited Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Serra, sahm mom to 5 kids ages 11 to 2 1/2. I've been battling with my weight for 23 years. I have 5 reasons to get myself healthy and I deserve a healthy and happy self Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:41:01 EST 1/1/14 Start Hello, my name is Bri. I would love to set some goals and get motivated, and hopefully be able to give motivation to others eventually. I'm so happy I found this site yesterday. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:23:49 EST Hello! Hi! I'm new to the group. I am a junior high teacher and mom from central Illinois. I love reading, genealogy, music, and spending time with my two girls. I am in dire need of motivation, so please adopt me and push me along! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:51:49 EST I'm back with new resolve! I haven't been on the page in a long while. I am committed now to improving my health, losing weight, and living a more positive, healthy lifestyle for me and for my husband. We are retired and not in the greatest shape, but want to get started on a healthier, more active lifestyle. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:50:12 EST Hello Everybody! Hello everybody my name is Phyllis and I am from Illinois. I have 3 beautiful children and I work full time and I also go to school full time. I was just googling some workout sites and I came across this one so here I am. I made a goal to lose 45 pounds by June. I started working on this goal last week. During the Black Friday sell I purchased a treadmill and me and that bad boy has been going at it every since. I also have been using the wii fitness there are a lot of activities that I like... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:59:00 EST Here we go again! Another year, another try at getting healthy and losing some weight. Like the website, and am planning on using it, but not getting hopes up for now. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:03:46 EST Idalia Starting all over,need to stay motivated! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:59 EST New here! Hello! My name is Debi and I'm from Lockport, IL. That's about 30 minutes from Chicago! Right now I'm at 367 lbs. I've lost 56 pounds with WW. Hoping to make lots of friends and share advice and inspiration! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:28:00 EST Hi! My name is Nikki and I'm ready to get healthy! Hi, my name is Nikki! I am 5'1, and weigh approx. 140lbs. My goal is to lose 20lbs and I am really hoping that with the support of my friends and family and a new diet that I can reach my goal! I am 20 years old and am currently a college student. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:28:28 EST Hi I'm from Morris in Grundy county I'm not new to spark people but i am kind of new to IL. I've lived here 2 years now. I lived in so.CA most of my life, so I'm getting used to the seasons for the 1st time in my life. I feel like a child full of wonder every time i see it snow. I am 55, am disabled both physically and mentally (bi-polar). I have six children and six grandchildren. My youngest daughter is 16 and lives with my oldest daughter who is 33. My oldest daughter gave me 4 grandchildren, 2 boys & 2 girls I am very proud... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:45:50 EST My name is Deana I don't know how I feel about the community support, and whether it will be helpful to me, but I am willing to try. yesterday I consumed over 3000 calories telling myself that tomorrow is a new day. I am constantly self destructing and can't seem to stop, but I have at least slowed down. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:13:25 EST Hello from Plainfield I'm Lisa, hi everyone! I've been trying very hard to lose weight, unsuccessfully for the past year. I'm up to 225 now. :-( I am really optimistic though because I've found a local doc that (allegedly) prescribes phen! I took phen in 2009 and lost over 40 pounds in 3 months. Unfortunately after about a year, that weight started coming back due to my sedentary lifestyle. So, hopefully Thursday I'll begin the phen, and be on the road back to my sexy jeans. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:35:38 EST Hello my name is Dianna Have been a member on spark people for some time but stepped away for awhile but I am now back. Need to make changes for health reasons so hoping to keep on track and reach my goals. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:47:16 EST Way harder to lose weight after 50!!!! I want to lose 27 pounds by February 2014. It's been so hard to maintain my weight since I turned 50!!! I somehow gained 10 pounds over the summer which made by clothes very tight! Why is it so easy to gain and so hard to lose weight? I'm using the "carrot" of going on a spring trip as my incentive. It's going to be tough going through the holidays so I decided to join spark people for inspiration. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:01:31 EST Hi there - I'm Viola Hi! My name is Viola. I just joined the other day and I'm looking forward to getting healthier, and slimmer, using this site. From the little bit I've been browsing around, this looks like a pretty awesome place so far. In fact, it looks like I might even have fun striving for my goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:30:03 EST Time to get real. I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST Hello I just started (again). I am an emotional eater. It's been hard to get a handle on it with a few things going on in life that would make you wanna drink-but I eat <em>246</em> .Keeping motivated is an issue for me. Some how I still seem to smile. How do you keep up good eating habits and exercise for more than 3 weeks? That seems to be the point where I get weak and cave. It's inspiring to read about other peoples success-so thanks for that! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:26:45 EST Hi fellow sparklers! From Pisceschild Good afternoon, my name is Starr. I've been receiving spark messages for quite some time but have been shy to join conversations or even challenges. Well here i am. I had lost most of my weight and gained back more Than ten pounds and just have not seemed to be able to get on track, what with additional family stress at this time. I know that's an excuse and I don't believe in excuses ( even though I have been known to use them) so I am here to be held accountable and to be accountable. ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:16:33 EST Starting fresh and sticking to it Hi my name is Twanda, <BR> I miss the old me who was many pounds lighter. I have attempted this hurdle before but life has caused me to walk away. Today I have decided to stay and make it to my Finish line. I am glad and blessed to have all of you pushing and working with me as I become fabulous in my forties. <BR> <BR> God Bless! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:58:52 EST Quad Cities - Surrounding Areas Hello, just signed up today. Looking for people in or around the q.c. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 03:31:12 EST Introduction and seeking Accountab ilibuddy. Hey team, long time member first time poster. <BR> <BR> I'm in the Naperville area and looking for an accountability buddy. Basically someone who wants to try and keep each other on track. I'm not sure what that looks like on this website, perhaps just an email now and then asking about progress but I'll take anything at this point, going it alone is so tough! I've lost 13lbs already and looking to shed about 15 more before starting to build up muscle. <BR> <BR> I'm male, married, no k... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:40:41 EST Fitbit I need friends for my fitbit...MOTIVATION!!!!! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:01:23 EST Hi,i'm looking for friends to help with this new I am a mom of four children.Two live out on their own,which my daughter has blessed us with my first other two still live at home.I have been married to my bestest friend for 32 years...I am diabetic and really need to learn and stick to a heathier life style.... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 19:46:46 EST Hello Spark Illinois! Trying to figure site out! Hi I am 47 years old and live in Macon, Illinois. The last 3-4 years have been rough health wise. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy 3/17/2010. Also had to have chemo and radiation. During this time I have gained so much weight. When I moved to Illinois in 2004 I weighed approx 140 lbs. and my highest weight over the last 4 years was 192 lbs. now it is time to do something about my weight so I can feel good about myself. I first thing I got rid of was pop/soda,, was a big Pepsi drinker,but it... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:50:09 EST hello hey everyone , i tried this site once befor about 5 years ago and lost about 35 lbs . but quit befor i reached goals . making a lifestyle change now . and just get healthy . quit smoking a little over a year ago and packed on the pounds. so i feel like i traded one bad habit for another and didnt really improve my health. feel free to send me a message or whatever . Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:57:45 EST SUE WANT MY LONG TERM GOAL TO BE ABLE TO DO A CANOPY ZIP LINE! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:39:46 EST new to spark & nervous Can't believe I'm actually doing this. Have never put myself out there like this but don't know what else to do. I am only 46 years old but in the last year I have gained 15 lbs. & was already about 30 lbs. overweight. At this moment I am at 174. I can really feel what the extra weight is doing to my body & I don't like it. I have a 4 yr. old granddaughter that I want to be able to keep up with & am afraid if I keep letting my weight spiral out of control, that will not be possible. I am not... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:14:06 EST Hello, my name is Lindsay. I am from Streamwood. Looking for possible gym buddy. <em>362</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:36:50 EST SO is this board inactive now? Im a bit confused - it doesnt seem anyone is posting here = am i wrong ? I s there anybody out there? :) Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:32:25 EST Cuties Has anyone been able to find cuties (the small, clementine oranges) in their local grocery store? I was finding them in early spring but they were NOT good. They are greenish, sour and generally tasted gross. After that initial wave I haven't seen them anywhere - walmart, schnucks, my town's store, nothing. For awhile I couldn't find ANY clementines. Walmart has started carrying ones that are pretty close. But I wonder, WHERE HAVE ALL THE CUTIES GONE?! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:07:33 EST Starting off right. Hi everyone, Im Brandy. I am here to seek looks of support and motivation. My biggest fall back over the last 10 years is accountability. I am terrible at it. I want more than anything to get healthier and fit to be able to enjoy more with my family. Evening saying that should be motivation but it doesn't work like that. I am off to a great start and would love to offer support to people and gain support for myself to meet my goals :) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:19:32 EST new here Hi all, champaign illinois here. <BR> I'm going to lose 70 pounds, I'm 5'11" 215, I'm married less then a year, its harder then I thought. No kids although I care for kids for a living. I lost about 30 lb in april-may on a slow carb diet, but gained 15 back. I would love an accountabilabuddy, either in town (work outs?) Or via the internet. I have very low motivation, I've been yoyoing all my adult life, I'm worn out. I do great some days, but others more then counteract those. I know i want... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:47:42 EST Just saying hello! Hello my name is Tash! I am new to spark and I have a goal to lose about 40 lbs. I've been told that I don't need to lose that much but I would like to just to see if I can do it! I have a 5 yr old daughter and I would like to be healthy for her! I am hoping that by signing up with spark it will keep me motivated to do well and lose the weight! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:56:32 EST Starting Over at 51 Am going through a divorce for the last 9 months and have gained quite a bit of weight. I need to lose 40+ lbs but lack the motivation to do it. Thought maybe joining SparkPeople might help me get started. Look forward to reading all about everyone's success stories. Maybe I'll have one soon! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:26:03 EST just starting Morning..... I'm just starting on my journey can't wait to meet some amazing people along the way. ... I'm currently living in Decatur il . I'm originally from Chicago. email me if you'd like more info. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:37:20 EST Here come Diva Mama Ready to rock the world! Hi! I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and I was overweight before and after the pregnancy I'm looking to get healthy to reduce any of my hypothyroid symptoms and post pregnancy! I also want to be much more active with my kids and husband. I want to get back into toned and sexy shape!!!! Now I would like to learn from everyone's experience on this site and motivations from anyone would be a great help I need that support system and I promise I will return plenty of motivation and support you n... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:00:51 EST Hi I first heard about Spark in 2010. I tend to take an "all or nothing" approach to positive changes, so when I "mess up" I told myself I just would never be able to be healthy. As I approach 50, I have really come to value overall wellbeing and want to be the best me I can be. So, here I am again...ready to take baby steps toward all of my goals and achieve wellness in all areas of my life - physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and relational. I am ready to get off of the perfectionis... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:34:37 EST I am a human yo-yo So I lost some weight and was happy, then I quit smoking after 30 years and not only re-gained all I lost but and additional 15lbs to boot. So I guess its time to start from scratch. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:46:34 EST just getting started Hi my name is darsey and I started the HMR diet 3 weeks ago and joined spark today. I have lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks on HMR but feel like I am not losing fast enough! Hoping this helps Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:13:52 EST hi there new to this forum hi i am 50 old woman i have been over weight for 30 years now. at my heaviest i weighed 221, six yrs ago i hurt my back at work, i have lost some weight do to pain and surgeries, i am down to 177, but i go from 175 to 185 but here this past 2 weeks i have made a change joined a gym and really am determined to lose i need help with good common sense diets that really are easy and good. any help i would love to get thanks <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:32:02 EST Macon County I am in Decatur and am looking for a work out buddy. I hope to hear back something soon. Hopefully we can get a group of people togethere. It would be nice. <BR> <BR> Darci Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:10:49 EST Hi everyone. :) I'm happy there is an Illinois group and I wish everyone success with their goals. I'm 42 and live in Northern Illinois and I'm the mother of an awesome daughter. I'm getting married next week to the most wonderful man I've ever known. This will be my second marriage and the second time will be the charm. :) I've battled my weight for most of my life. At this point I would be thrilled to weigh under 200 pounds again. Thank you all for being in this group and I look forward to the support and ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:59:08 EST Memorial Sprotscare Women's Biathlon Sept 22, 2013 My summer fitness plan is training for this biathlon in Springfield on Sept 22.. Any other Illinois Sparkers interested in joining me? I registered with a group from work and talked my daughter and niece into joining me. <BR> For details and to get the 12 week training scheduled and route go to the following link.<BR>portsCare/Biathlon/ Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:59:27 EST I made it! Hello all! I joined months ago but I am finally focused enough to start. I am 45 and the mother of a 5 and 6 year old. I am ready to take better care of me so I will be here for them. I am using workout DVD 's and now I am ready to eat better. I want to get off my blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medicines. My numbers are down but I want to keep going!! This looks like a great tool and I am going to use it to the fullest. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:03:45 EST Challenge 1 In another group of mine we are doing a challenge. I thought it would be nice to do it with you guys as well. The site has a good selection of videos. The challenge is to try one of each of the following: <BR> - cardio <BR> - strength <BR> - yoga / pilates <BR> When you do, post here what you did & your thoughts on the video. I already did my three today. Which are: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> **12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout-- Reminds me of Leslie Sanson and my dance moves combined. Not... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:23:12 EST Hello New to this site. Excited to get started on this weight loss again lol <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:33:56 EST Hello from the Chi Chi-town in the house. Hello all my Illinois peeps <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:16:27 EST Tell a story!! The get up: <BR> I will post the first sentence of the story. Then someone else will post the second. So on and so on. I wonder what we will come up with!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:18:29 EST Confessions Is there something bothering you? Maybe you slipped up and ate in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven't drank as much water as you should. Maybe you skipped a workout. Share your confessions here. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:11:52 EST Fluctuating weight <BR> Reasons your weight Fluctuates <BR> <BR> You Ate a Little Too Much Sodium <BR> Water is attracted to sodium like a magnet, so when you down a little more salt or sodium than usual, you may hang onto extra H20. Two cups of water (16 oz) weighs one pound, so a shift in fluid will have an immediate impact on your weight on the scale. <BR> <BR> The Fix: Drink extra water — it may seem counterintuitive but it will help flush out the water you’re hanging onto. Potassium rich foods are also... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:51:49 EST Do you want a workout buddy?? I had a request to help find other members that may want a walking partner. So PLEASE if you're interested in finding someone in your area post your location. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:42:20 EST 5K & more in 2013 Looking for a race, walk, or anything of the sort?? Checkout this website. <BR> <link><BR>onCalendar.aspx?state=il </link> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:12:53 EST Greene County I am in Greene County.. Is there anyone else near by?? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:10:41 EST How active I'm just wondering how active this team is. I have been checking on it & I don't see many posts. Plus, it says the team leader hasn't posted in a while. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm curious if there's anyone near my area. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:44:40 EST Where am I NOT from?! It certainly seems that way for me. I was born in southern Illinois in a town that seems to have been stuck in time, Herrin. My family moved up to northern Illinois to the Crest Hill area (my dad worked at Stateville), then we moved to a little town in central Illinois, Riverton. My parents divorced and we moved to Springfield and finally...we I got married we moved and have resided in Rochester ever since. Egads, I hope I don't have to move again! <em>198</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:10:15 EST I'm Erin- Looking for friends and support! I'm Erin, I just rejoined SparkPeople again after being MIA for almost 3 years. I lost 55lbs last time but sadly gained it all back and then some. I hope to get back on the bandwagon! Wed, 22 May 2013 22:52:41 EST Main Message Board Forums Hi! I'm totally new to this site & seeking empathy & encouragement. I'm 66, newly retired, have some physical difficulties, and just finished 28 days following the book "The Fast Metabolism Diet" where I lost 15 pounds and now want to begin further healthy and sensible efforts. Arthritic knees and spine prohibit exercising to limited walking and seated exercises for the time being. I currently weigh 339 pounds and feel like "what's the use" because even if I lost a good pound quantity, I'm ju... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:09:34 EST starting ANOTHER attempt to live healthier OK, let's see how this goes... Sat, 11 May 2013 14:39:05 EST bowlingwhiz the last 9 months have went from 364 lbs to 268 lbs counting carbs 4 more lbs for 100lb lost. doctor . said i could not lose weight because of my genetic background, dontalways believe your doctor, do your own research. God bless spark people for there help. Wed, 8 May 2013 04:17:22 EST Anyone from Central Illinois I am looking for a female partner. I'm from Pekin,Illinois. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 5 May 2013 10:14:51 EST Anyone doing the foam run June 1st? Just wondering if there is anyone out there doing the 5k foam run on June 1st? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:48:49 EST Getting To Know You Hello...I have had a lot of trouble staying with a diet. I have been very discouraged. I need a lot of support. Hope to find it on this site. I would like to lose 30 pounds. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:58:54 EST Hi! I am 45 and a mother of 3. I also have been doing a certification program in health coaching. My goal is lose about 8 lbs and mostly to be consistent in my consumption of healthy foods. I am trying to cut out added sugar, and to not eat grains as I believe they contribute to moodiness and depression for me. I do pretty well most of the time, but then break it and have trouble getting back on track. Just today, I started tracking my food - not on SparkPeople, but on my own. Looking for s... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:55:53 EST I'm new and in Schaumburg I'm new and in Schaumburg. <BR> <BR> Sorry, this was suppose to be under the where are you topic... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:18:33 EST Fastened to the wagon. Hello All! My name is Sara. After trying just about everything and being a complete epic fail, I finally found a group of people that truly keep me honest, focused and accountable for my actions. I started doing P90X only to hurt my knee so I decided to take a moment to re-evaluate and focus on my nutrition as I let my knee mend its self. After a month of time off I found my Slim in 6 DVD from years ago and decided it would be a nice smooth transition before attempting P90X again. I have 2 w... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:06:02 EST KSpam5 Good Morning All - My name is Kim - mother of 4 or 5 if you include hubby (lol) - I have joined becuase I need the motivation and support to loose the weight and become healthier - still working my way around the site and learning it - can't wait to start seeing results - have a great day Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:57:40 EST I'm going for (F)it! I am 57 years old and very overweight. I have struggled for so long. I think I got so obsessed I just made it worse on myself. I'm in that terrible struggle of not liking the way I look, and instead of doing something positive I reach for the sugar. I have to stop this! A friend recommended this site, and I'm going to do my best with this. The daily reminders will be helpful, as well as the daily motivational messages. I have depression, a cyst under a hammertoe, a sore shoulder (surgery ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:27:31 EST Determined to be healthier and stronger Hi! I have been very active majority of my life, but in the last couple yrs have battled spinal and joint issues. Recently have been told by dr. to go on a gluten,soy, dairy and egg free diet. At least one of those ingredients appears in nearly everything I eat. I'm not over weight,54 yrs old,5'5, 126 lbs, but my joints feel less strain if I'm under 115, which is my goal. I can't do the workouts I used to do, but have been dancing and riding stationery bike 30-45 minutes every other day along... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:24:30 EST I'm Beth I'm just getting started and need help. I'm tired of YO YO diets Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:41:52 EST I'm ready to shed this fat and start a new life! Hi! My name is Beth and i'm extremely excited about taking control of my life and my weight. I have never been at a healthy weight and i don't know what it's like to be in shape, but i can't wait to find out! <BR> <BR> I found out recently that because of my weight, i'm beginning to have some serious health issues. I'm at high risk for diabetes and heart disease. I am also starting to have consistent high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of carrying around 100 pounds of extra weigh... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:58:35 EST Any way I can join multistate teams? I live close to Iowa and do most of my food shopping there. I also live close to Wisconsin as well. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:33:20 EST In need of support. I am having the gastric bypass due to GI problems and just want to see if anyone has any words of encouragement for me. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 23:55:18 EST New to Spark Hello, My name is Amy. I'm a 35 yr old married mother of an 11 yr old, soon to be 9 yr old and a 6 mo old. I was diagnosed with PCOS and Insulin Resistance in 2006, prescribed 1500 mg of Metformin and exercise. That worked well until I became pregnant last year. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, put on a strict diet and a new medicine. After giving birth to my daughter I thought nursing would help get me back in shape as it did so many other women. Nope, not me. I gained 30 more poun... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:28:45 EST New to the board and the state Hello all! You can call me Ash, I'm new-ish to Illinois, my husband and I just got stationed here in August. I've been off sparkpeople for a while, but still working on my goal, and now I'm back, so I've updated to the new state group =) I started at 236 lbs with 91 lbs to lose, and I'm over halfway down; I've lost 2 jeans sizes ^^ It feels good to be doing so well. Hope to make some friends here. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:16:29 EST Hello I am Candee, just starting to diet, and watch what I eat again. I am diabetic and having trouble with the blood sugars. There is also a huge amount of stress right now, which is helping me binge eat. I am hoping this site helps me track my food and see what I need to change. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:39:04 EST New to this I just signed up tonight. I'm from the Rosemont / Des Plaines area. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:32:14 EST st clair county Hey im brittany i live in belleville IL cant wait to start shedding pounds <em>9</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:35:54 EST Shelly I walked for over an hour today with my family. In Chicago it was sunny and 37 so it was nice. We saw a robin so I hope spring is near. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:05:07 EST Hello everyone! I'm Janet, newly retired, and going to lose all the weight I gained working midnight shift! It was difficult to sleep during the day so I ate.....and ate and ate! Now I need to lose about 60 pounds, and I'm trying to sleep at night like normal people! <BR> (When I walk my dog on a sunny day, I still feel like a mole.....) So for exercise I walk, workout on my elliptical trainer, and my Total Gym knockoff. The weight has all got to go!! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:56:34 EST Looking for inspiration Hi All, <BR> I'm in Elgin and my name is Marcia. Losing weight and keeping it off are my goals. I hope this site will help me practice the habits I need to be healthy and reach my desired weight. I want to enjoy shopping for clothes, to feel comfortable in my clothes, to have confidence in maintenance, to move gracefully, to feel younger, to feel somewhat athletic, and to feel more feminine. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:56:06 EST Hey there! A little nervous here, but time to lose the 4x's baby weight! No more excuses! Looking forward to meeting you all. :) Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:28:49 EST Getting Motivated! Hi! My name is beth and I live in Greene County. I am married with 2 kids. I want to lose around 100lbs. Any support would be great! I have trouble staying motivated. I walked several 5k last year but would love to be able to run one just to say I did. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:18:58 EST Kane County I'm from Kane County, Montgomery IL. Moved here in 2009 from Lockport with my husband and our cat Missy. <BR> <BR> We go out to eat maybe once or twice a week to local restaurants. Wondering if there is anyone else out there on that is from the area. Maybe share info about restaurants and menus and nutrition info that isn't on here. Most of the chain restaurants are but local restaurants don't get on unless we put them on. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:19:36 EST Just joined Hello, my name is Denise and I just joined SparkPeople after starting a good eating program eating food that is not processed. I am currently in school for nursing and it is important for me to be as healthy as I can for myself and to be a good example to patients I take care of. <BR> <BR> I started doing "the plan" which has been great as you find out foods that you have a reaction to which will result in weight gain. Anyone else doing this? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:42:13 EST Hey! I'm new here and need your support! hello! <BR> i'm Danielle, i'm 18. I went on a diet yesterday and freaked and cheated big time today. <BR> I had 3 brownies, 2 bowls of ice cream, a whole pizza, little Debbie cakes and a crap load of soda. I'm a mess. But I decided to start up again today so hopefully this time it'll work! <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:00:25 EST NO MORE EXCUSES!!! This program is set up great!!! im excited everyday to log in and change my eating habits...the charts are a great help! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:59:07 EST New to the Group! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I have just joined SP and am happy to finally be taking steps in the right direction to meet my fitness goals! My largest goal is to lose 100lbs in one year. I started my lifestyle change on January 2, 2013 and am currently 21 days in and 17 pounds down. <BR> <BR> Drop me an e-mail if you'd like to chat or motivate each other! I can also provide my personal e-mail that works better! :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Illinois! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:35:59 EST Hello everyone I'm Theresa. I'm a single working mom, 46 years old with a lot of excuses for why I'm overweight. It makes me sad but not sad enough to stop eating donuts or ice cream. I need self control! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:44:19 EST I'm a NEWBIE HI, My name is Sarah and I have joined SparkPeople as a way to help me lose weight. I have never been so heavy and it is time for me to do something about it. I have 3 children, ages 11, 9, &5. I am happily married to an amazing man for the past 13 years. It is time for me to get in shape and feel better about myself. I am happy there is a place that I can track what I have eaten and how long I have worked out. It helps when I can physically see what and how much I have eaten. I hope t... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:55:24 EST Hello!!!! Hi everyone! Im Jess married and mom of 2 and im very thrilled to have joined with you guys. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:03:08 EST Hi! My name is Joannie I am a 42 year old single mother of 3. I have struggled with my weight since jr high. I have tried many gimmicks and gadgets and nothing seems to work. But I have decided this is the year for me. I am determine to lose the weight for myself. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:53:24 EST night shifter/healthcare Advice needed how to avoid craivings when tired! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:56:27 EST New to SparkPeople Hey everyone... I'm a graduate student in psychology with hypothyroidism. I had a lot of trouble getting diagnosed (almost a year) and I'm still not feeling awesome. In high school, I weighed 135 and was maybe a bit too thin for my height, but now I'm at 188lbs, despite eating healthy and exercising as often as a graduate student can. I am now trying Alli to help a bit; haven't had any negative side effects so far. <BR> <BR> I like to play tennis and soccer, read, write, play video games, an... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:46:50 EST 40 Something & Fit To Be Fabulous!!! Hello SparkPeeps...I'm Dottie....A Newbie....Fun...Fierce...Fit and Fabulous... those are my Goals for 2013... the Fun and Fierce parts I believe I've already achieved....but the Fit and Fabulous...well that is where I'll need a lot of Support....Looking forward to a new adventure here with! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:21:33 EST I will lose 20 lbs I have started this diet a number of times but I dont ever stick with it..... <BR> I want to stop taking meds just because Im over weight.... <BR> I want to get healthy... <BR> This is my NEW YEAR promise to myself... <BR> And watching tv with my husband will not be my #1 chose anymore.... <BR> He is very suportive in me losing weight.... but I start then I just give up on myself... <BR> Not any more I have about 60 lbs to loose but I would be happy with the start of 20 lbs... <BR> thank you ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:16:42 EST I will lose 20 lbs I have started this diet a number of times but I dont ever stick with it..... <BR> I want to stop taking meds just because Im over weight.... <BR> I want to get healthy... <BR> This is my NEW YEAR promise to myself... <BR> And watching tv with my husband will not be my #1 chose anymore.... <BR> He is very suportive in me losing weight.... but I start then I just give up on myself... <BR> Not any more I have about 60 lbs to loose but I would be happy with the start of 20 lbs... <BR> thank you ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:14:16 EST Hello there I am new to the site, yesterday was my first day. I just need some motivation. I don't really want to lose a bunch of weight, I am looking to get healthy. I am at that menopausal age and have been depressed, eat too much and haven't been exercising. I decided yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life...I found this site and hope it helps me to document and keep track of my progress. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 10:55:08 EST First day of the rest of my life I have been searching for a site to help me "get healthy." I can't believe I found a FREE site! I am due to finish nursing school in May. As I am getting closer to graduation and looking in the mirror, I find myself thinking: "How in the world are you going to take care of people when you aren't even taking care of yourself?!" I have made the decision to change my life. I look forward to the support I am seeing on this site and can't wait to get started!! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:51:08 EST Gabigail Hello everyone! For a large part of my life I thought all you had to do was want to lose weight and it would just drop off. Unfortunately, I'm at the stage where that doesn't happen so easily, and I now have compassion for those who try...over and over and over again. I've come to realize that there's a lot of hard work and motivation involved in being successful. I've recently joined SparkPeople, and I'm learning to navigate my way around the site. I'm so impressed with all the stories ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:58:04 EST Pontiac, IL Hi all! I am from Pontiac. I am getting my ducks in a row and my "new life" starts Sunday! I am gatherin recipes and planning. I used to do WW and they always said if you fail to plan you plan to fail. So if I get my recipes in order for the next 2 months...then I can just rotate my meals and throw in new things when I have time. <BR> <BR> I am excited about this site...seems like there is alot of support and fairly easy to move around in. Good luck to all!!! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:57:41 EST De Kalb (NIU) Anyone in the De Kalb(NIU area)? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:06:29 EST Rosered53 I'm Rosemary. I have almost made it to 5 years cancer free. I am in desperate need to lose weight for self gratification as well as improved health. I stumbled on this site and it looks great. Thank you all for the notes. That was wonderful! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:39:42 EST New and from the Southside (Oak Lawn) Looking for local support for workouts and emotional support! Please feel free to let me know if you are available or would like to be friends to try and support each other in this journey :) <BR> <BR> I am 28, wife and mother of 1. Working 3 jobs and going to school, but even with this busy schedule I am still up for the challenge! <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from someone and good luck to all. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:45:34 EST Howdy and Happy 2013 from The New Girl I joined Sparkpeople because I really need to find friends who understand the importance of diet and exercise. I'd appreciate all of the motivation and suggestions you have, as I left all of my support systems back East when I moved to Southern Illinois. Also I'd appreciate info from locals about free/budget-friendly family fitness activities and physical activities for singles. Thanks :) Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:17:04 EST I'm new. Hi I'm Miranda. I am 32 and a mother of 2 beautiful little girls. I need and want to be strong and healthy for both myself and them. I am so excited. I am ready to kick a**. Not to mention I feel like I have lost my "mojo" and I want that back. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:47:08 EST New to Sparkpeople I'm new to this site and hoping the support from others facing my same problems might help. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:24:49 EST New to Spark Just joined Spark yesterday and looking around the different Teams. I am from East Central Illinois and along with losing weight my goal this year it to run a 5K. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:49:52 EST Hi! Hey everyone! Glad to be a part of the group. Let's keep motivating each other and push ourselves to reach our goals in 2013! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:44:50 EST have tried this before Hello everyone!! I am so glad to be here but I have been here before and I lose motivation and/or don't follow through with anything I need to do. I am 39 yeast old and have been diagnosed with ADD and depression, if anyone out there has ANY comprehension as to what I am going through please please give me a shout out and let me know I am not alone. I need all the help and motivation I can get!!! :) Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:06:59 EST Happier, healthier me Hi. My name is Megan. I'm 27 years old and have a daughter who is 7 years old. I have been alittle over weight since I graduated from high school. I have never been an active person in school or out of it. I have tried diets before and only seemed to get 2 weeks into them before I quit. I get really easily discouraged of myself if I didn't have a perfect diet day. Now I've come to realize that I don't have to have a perfect diet day, but let myself have a small treat or say tomorrow I won... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:48:18 EST Newbie :) Looking for friends and motivation :) Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:03:32 EST CHRISTINA BEYER MY NAME IS CHRISTINA I LIVE IN PEKIN ILLINOIS. I WEIGH 187 LBS AND I WANT TO LOSE 47 LBS BY SUMMER. I GOT MARRIED A LIL OVER A YEAR AGO AND MY WEIGHT HAS JUST BEEN GOING UP. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:47:32 EST hey im new in decatur Hi just joined spark today and I'm in Decatur Illinois Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:48:01 EST Just getting started Hi, I just stumbled on this site today and was amazed at all the free content. I have been struggling with weight most of my adulthood, but up until about two years ago it was about 5 or 10 pounds. Now I find myself 30 pounds overweight and in spite of trying to watch what I eat, it just keeps going up. I'm really feeling a bit helpless at this point and incredibly discouraged. I feel fat and ugly and I hate passing by a mirror. At this point in my life I don't want to look like a supermodel.... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:19:34 EST Rachiew154 JUST STARTED SPARKPEOPLE A FEW DAYS AGO AND ITS GOING REALLY GOOD! INVESTIGATING WORKOUT ROUTINES TO INCREASE MY EXERCISE AN TO BURN SOME CALORIES!! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:10:39 EST Weight loss is my game. I'm Joy. Hello everyone!! I am here to gain some friends who might help me lose 136 pounds. Yes, I am MORBIDLY overweight and I need serious assistance. So, anyone who has ideas and suggestions would be most helpful. I am 66 years old and I have had four strokes, the last of which caused me to lose a good deal of my speech. But I really enjoy talking through my hands - aka, typing. I am also a creative writer and an artist. I am in Central Illinois and I am a member of my local YMCA. I am abl... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 17:11:05 EST Rock Falls / Sterling I recently moved to Rock Falls and work in Sterling. I'd love to chat with others in the area and local support for my weight loss and fitness efforts. Anyone out there near me? Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:46:15 EST debsmith58 Hello, <BR> I must lose about 60 pounds. My food is out of control. I know that I have spirtual deficit I must work on, a plan of eating, and support. If I don't start now, I am scared about what I could become. I am willing today with God's help. I need an online OA sponsor. Are there any out there who are available? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or encouragement out there is welcome. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:38:36 EST nighttime worker I work nights and when I get off in the mornings I am hungry but I am also tried and want to go to sleep but if I eat, I don't want to go to sleep right away, but as soon as I eat, I can't keep my eyes open. Should I just lay down without eating then when I get up, I really hungry then so I just eat hatever I see. Any suggestions? Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:21:27 EST Hi, my name is Hanna Mosley Hi everyone. I am new to sparks. I stayed within my range of calories for the day. I pushed it to the limit by eating kfc for dinner. Won't do that again for a long time. Trying to stay strong and stay on track. Good luck to all those out there trying to lose weight. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:47:09 EST time for me Hi <BR> I'm just getting started and will need lots of help. I am not a real active person but would love to be. I have already started eating better by making healthier choices. I would love to get about 20 pounds off . I have a girlfriend that used this and she looks great. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:33:44 EST karenkay0207 Hi everyone i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 5 years ago and am trying to avoid being put on insulin. I am trying to lose weight and get my ac1 levels down. I am working on trying to come up with a diet i can live with. I found this site on accident and thought maybe i should try it because i could use the support. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:01:05 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Letrice. I am a 34 year old single mother that really needs to lose at least a 130lbs. I was diagnosed with type two diabetes in July of 2010. I started working toward the goal of eating healthy and exercising until my mother got sick. After I lost my mother in November of 2010 I just stopped caring. I stopped taking my medication, keeping track of my blood sugar, or going to doctor's visits. I had a wake up call about two months ago when I started working in the Nursin... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 06:22:07 EST New to this Team I'm Aylamay, and I just started on this site. I have been reading the book, "The Spark" off and on for the past couple months and only now have I had an event trigger me to come online and spark me to make a change: Last Wednesday when I went to the Doctor, her scale diagnosed me as weighing 192 pounds, just 7 pounds shy of my lifetime high! I had been slowly gaining for the last few months. I may have a partial explanation: the Doctor said my thyroid levels were off, and she increased m... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 05:51:59 EST n k Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:28:47 EST Looking for a weekend workout buddy in Oak Park Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone (or a group) to workout with on the weekends. My goal is to just stay active for now, so walking is great. I am a 53 years old female and am in the 3rd week of an 8-week program with a P, two times a week, also adding a day of pilates reformer this week. I live near OPRF HS so the tracks would be a great place to start. My prefered times are mid-mornings. Please let me know if this fits your schedule and if you are interested in joining me - pleas... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:42:42 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Jan. I excited about joining the group and the site and look forward to being part of the team! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:24:41 EST SharonL726 Hi Everyone. I haven't started yet. But I just found out I have diabetes and low thyroid. Along with many other physical ailments. I really want to lose some weight, but it is so difficult to do alone. I really need support in this matter. Thanks. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:13:13 EST Hey there Hi I am new to team , I am lived in Peoria for last 7 years. I am not new to SP but have not been consistant with it. I am hoping to make a real change and lose 75 pound in the next year. I hope everyone has an awrsome day. <BR> Maggie Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:00:33 EST INTRO NEW TO SPARK Hello everyone. I am new to spark. I have found so many interesting things on this website. It is overwhelming sometimes. But it is nice to learn new things everyday. <BR> I am from Alsip, IL.. I am 40 years old, married, and have a 2 year old daughter. I have always been heavy.. I have tried tons of diets.. I lost 100 pounds on Atkins in 2005 and a year later gained it back and then some.. I want to lose 125 pounds. When I gave birth to my daughter, I weighed in at 323 pounds.. I am current... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:16:48 EST Meet Starfire Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. I am also urging my husband to lose weight. He is more than 100 pounds overweight, and I'm starting to worry about him. I never wanted to nag him about his weight, but he says he knows he needs to do something. And so the die "t begins! <BR> <BR> I worked for more than 6 months to lose weight in 2011, and I was so excited when I went from "obese" to no longer overweight according to BMI. I lost several pounds more than my goal. I thou... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:55:25 EST exercise videos Ok so I've gone to gyms and Curves (which was great but then I got bored). It's expensive and I just can't afford it. I have small small space to exercise in LOL. Have you tried any exercise videos or the dance etc stuff for the Wii? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:27:37 EST hello everyone my name is elise <BR> <BR> i used to be in weight watchers i am a lifetime member but i haven't gone back because i am embarrassed to go back and i want to try something new that won't drain my pocket book i have gained some of my weight back i need to lose about 20 or so pounds my goal weight is 146. so i need all the encouragement i can get so if anyone wants to be my buddy please send me a message, <em>41</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:04:05 EST New to Spark and Spark Illinois Team Hi, I am in Jackson County and I am new to Spark. I am here like everyone else to lose weight (or maintain for some). I new motivation and seeking maybe a buddy/ies to support me because I have all the excuse in this world (although) I genuinely have a busy schedule. I am a great motivator (to others) but cant do much for myself (funny, but it is true). Anyways I really hope to lose weight. Just checking in. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:51:38 EST Hi everyone I am a 43 year old woman in Schaumburg, Illinois who had to lie down on the bed yesterday and 'suck it in' in order to fit into my 'fat' jeans. What an awful feeling that is, so I want to do something about it. I just need some help and some people to 'yell' at me when I don't want to go outside and walk. Ideally, I would love to have a walking partner because I am MUCH less likely to bail on exercising if I know I am meeting someone to do it. I want to lose about 70 pounds by my birthday in ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:31:13 EST Hello! I am new to the group! I have a six year old daughter and an almost two year old daughter. I am from central Illinois, and I work as an English teacher. I would love to meet some new people and be inspired on my journey! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Stephanie Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:21:47 EST Tired of the battle Hi my name is Susan and I am sick and tired of being a yoyo in my own world. For once I would like to lose weight and keep it off. I feel like i do not have a healthy relationship with food, and make exuses at time to eat what I should not be. I know better I have done it before, but why do I continue to go through the same cycle. I just want to be healthy and stay at a healthy weight. What am I doing wrong here??? Good to meet you all and I hope the best for everyone! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:44:37 EST Hello My name is Melissa and I just joined today after seeing the website in a Yahoo news article. I've always wanted to lose weight and am looking for the tools and motivation to do so and I think this is a very good site so far. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:04:27 EST 123 walk with me Hello My name is Jackie and I hope this group and online thing really helps me lose the weight I need to ... Hope to meet lots of people and have a great support Group on here Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:53:21 EST Monroe County Anyone from Monroe County? Sat, 1 Sep 2012 13:27:26 EST Loss of team member I know she hasn't been on here in a long time, but a team member, and my wife, Angie passed away this morning sometime before 4:10 am. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GIE_T </link> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:55:12 EST Hello everyone - My name is Marie and I need as much moral support as I can get. My family is not supportive of my weight loss. But I am determined. I'm looking for a spark family where we can support each other. Are you ready? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:33:55 EST hi everyone Hi all you gorgeous ladies out there, <BR> I am a new member trying the spark people the very first time and trying to figure out this site too, and it looks so exciting. I am struggling with weight, I had lost 30 pounds and gained again, and I am trying to get rid of those 30 pounds again. <BR> Thank you. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:44:07 EST Hi from IL! Hi! I've been a Spark member for a couple of weeks now. Sorry it has taken me so long to introduce myself. I live in the west central part of Illinois (Monmouth). Although I'm new to Sparks, I actually started my weight loss and a workout program back in January of this year at my local YMCA. I knew losing weight was going to be very challenging and lots of very hard work, but I was and still am determine to get down to a much healthier weight! As of last Sunday, I have lost a total of 50 po... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:14:33 EST 51 year old with a final hurdle Hello! I am a healthy lady who works out hard 3 days a week but can't get the scale to move. I am 5'3" and weigh 168. I am about the same weight as I was before I started working out 2 years ago. I was down to 153 but have gone back up. I log my food and realize I eat too much at night but my caloric intake is 1500 per day usually. I hate not beating this. I am determined to conquer this. Help Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:16:08 EST My inspiration - I'm running to fight AIDS Hello everyone, <BR> If you're reading this message, thank you. I've always struggled with my weight and I think that I figured out what is going on. I lack the conviction and the purpose. As a personal challenge, I am focused on training very hard for a 10K race at the end of September to try to raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. I've completed my longest run two days ago and am feeling so pumped. If you are interested in helping the cause, please follow the link. Any bit will ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:51:36 EST Hi newbie here Hi everyone. New to Spark people, and this looks like a very cool site. I have a goal to lose about 70 lbs. I should also tell you all that I have the gastric band. I got banded 2 years ago. and lost about 30lbs. It is a tool for sure not a quick fix. Well I look forward to chatting and getting/giving support, tips and advice. :) Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:49:28 EST losing hope I have been eating better and exercises a lot...haven't lost a pound or an inch. how am i supposed to keep the motivation up when i'm not getting any results? i have been at it for over 2 months and still nothing. its getting harder to be positive when i am doing everything right and getting nothing in return. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:22:07 EST NOOB! Hey there! I am new to this. I am 26 years old and I want/need to become healthier. I see what my dad went through as far as eating unhealthy and not exercising and I do not want to become like that. I am kinda overwhelmed on what I should be doing and where to start. But, I think I took the first step. The only thing I am worried about is the motivation. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:51:05 EST I'm new here! Not sure where to start first. This is all very new to me. My name is Tammy and I've lived in a small town in Northern Illinois all my life. I've very recently quit WW. Have been w/them for over 2 years. I've lost 85 pounds. I was feeling very stagnant and needed a change in my life in regards to loosing weight. Not really near my goal weight with them so I'd like to continue to loose some more. This site was suggested to me and from what I've seen, it's very interesting. I just don't know what to do next and I'm feeling a... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:27:48 EST Introduction New spark person, starting today. I recently read the Spark book and took notes and started contemplating my goals. <BR> <BR> I'm still making my way through all of the "cornerstones" and goals I need to create for myself but I decided to join the spark people site so that I can start logging and find some recipes and advice. <BR> <BR> I have 50 lbs to lose, I have 2 demanding teenagers, a full time job and I have tried every diet on the planet. If there were diets on other planets, I'm sur... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:05:16 EST Hello from Illinois I'm 47 and live with my long time boyfriend and our two cats, Toby and Precious. ! I'm about 50 lbs overweight and I need to lose not only for myself but for those who have to transfer me to the bathtub, car, and so on. You see, I was born without arms and only partial legs. Therefore, exercise is difficult for me. I quit drinking pop a month ago. I'm trying to drink more water, but I don't think Im losing much weight. Looking for suggestions and support! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 18:44:22 EST Hello! <BR> I'm 47 and live with my long time boyfriend and our two cats, Toby and Precious. ! I'm about 50 lbs overweight and I need to lose not only for myself but for those who have to transfer me to the bathtub, car, and so on. You see, I was born without arms and only partial legs. Therefore, exercise is difficult for me. I quit drinking pop a month ago. I'm trying to drink more water, but I don't think Im losing much weight. Looking for suggestions and support! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 18:40:23 EST Hello! Greetings from Northern IL! I'm new here by a suggestion from my sister who said this site is awesome! I have been struggling with weight my entire life and now that I'm in my 50's I have to get really serious about being healthy. I have a tough time with motivating myself, as depression and stress have taken their toll on me the last 10 or so years. I feel big changes will be coming up and I want to be mentally and physically ready for them. I'm hoping, with help, I can change my eating... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:45:55 EST McLean County Shout Out Anyone out there in message board land from McLean County? We can start a motivational board and maybe some challenges to keep each other motivated! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:51:42 EST Join me on a hike in the St. Louis area Hey everyone in Southern Illinois! <BR> I live in St. Clare county near St. Louis and just bought a little book of local places to hike. There are SO many hiking places in our area. I thought Cahokia and Pere Marquette were pretty much it, but I was wrong. <BR> So as soon as this awful heat wave is over, I am going to try hiking once a week (or month, depending on my ability to pay for the gas). <BR> If anyone is interested, let me know. <BR> Jen Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:03:33 EST New in town Hello! I'm Jennifer, 42, and used to be thin, healthy and happy. Now I'm just happy (but not with my weight). After my divorce in 2004, I remarried and slowly packed on 50 extra pounds. While I'd like to lose that 50, my real goal is 70. Bottom line: I want to be MY best, not someone else's. <BR> I love the movie "The Mirror Has Two Faces" when Barbra Streisand realizes she has been "too lazy or too scared" to face her demons, but finally does and loves the outcome (even though Jeff Bridges ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:22:41 EST Hello Added myself to this website for ACCOUNTABILITY. I live alone, am single with no children.... so NO ONE is there to help me or motivate me. That's unfortunate, because that is what keeps me going. But I am going to try anyway to do what I know I need to do. Nice meeting you all.... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:51:42 EST Hello! Hi, I joined a few months ago, but just didn't get started. As a working mom with two teens, I'm busy, like everyone is these days. Learning how to navigate and post on here, seems daunting, but I have got to stop this weight from continuing to creep up and can use support, help and motivation. I live on a farm in central Illinois, but love trips into Chicago, especially to eat! LOL But that is a treat and I also love all the walking around the city. That can be a challenge on busy blacktops ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:18:00 EST starting again So I have tried Spark before several times but never really took the time to read all the info. This time will be different. I realize how little time I have taken for myself. Today I regrouped myself and got a good start on gettng set up the right way. One day at a time!! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:11:30 EST Hello from Bolingbrook Hi everyone! I'm new to, I'm also new to the state of Illinois! My name is ReAnna and I have just moved to Bolingbrook from Florida, I'm hoping to use this site to lose the weight I need to lose in order to live a healthy lifestyle. I'm 30 and have 77 pounds to lose, it's going to be a long hard journey but I'm really hoping that with the support of others I can finally lose the weight this time. I'm also hoping that I can possibly make a new friend or two being that I've be... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:52:03 EST New here Hi..I am a stay at home mom who needs to lose weight and get in shape...Right now I have been dealing with a fractured foot for over 2 years that won't heal and it is keeping me from being able to do any exercise. I have 30 lbs to lose and have very little motivation...I really need help in finding ways to eat right and the knowledge to do these things. I look forward to making new friends here and changing my life. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:19:56 EST i'm from madison county i live in godfrey,illinois and there isn't much to do here for fun. for exercise i like to go to the park and walk when it is really nice out Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:59:40 EST Has anyone tried ACE? A lot of the ladies I work with are taking this (it's apparently an herbal supplement that supposed to help with energy and weight loss). I'm usually skeptical about things like that, but many of these women are swearing it's working for them. Not sure what to think.... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:02:47 EST hello from Romancie I am a 49 year old male. I weight 230 lbs and want to get to 180 lbs. I lost my job almost a year ago and had no luck finding a new one. I know I am depressed because I eat more than I should and I am mostly dormant eating watching TV, I am getting help for depression but some of the meds make me gain more weight. I suffer from migraines very ogten about 15 a month. If anyone out there can write me with suggestions I would be greatful. Thanks so much. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:48:31 EST Finally back to stay I joined this group in May and then got really busy and did not come back. I finally decided that I need to do something. On Monday morning I am going to walk a while. Not sure how far or how long because of the heat in our area, but figure that if I put my shoes on and get out the door, I will do something and that is better than nothing. I have about 100 lbs to lose. I have already lost about 30 lbs in the last year, so I am started, but I haven't done much in the last 6 or 8 months. ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:00:05 EST A Bit Overwhelmed Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> It has been a tough couple of weeks. First off I did lose a few pounds <em>104</em> However, these last few weeks are supper hectic. My semester ends next week and I am trying to figure out how I can get all my papers, discussions (hybrid summer class), group project, working out, and a finale test all due by various times next week without going crazy. Then balancing that with the stupid ADP they have me on which is suppose to help me with stress!!! It is creating m... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:15:06 EST HI!!! needing help Hello, my name is Ashley. I have 2 toddlers and no support. Of course my children say mommy looks beautiful, but I need some real support to lose that last bit of baby weight. My fitness level is high and I don't look bad, but that belly fat is just keeping me down. Had my ex-husband not been so degrading I wouldn't have the problems I'm having now. I am great being positive for everyone else I just need help for me. Any guidance will be much appreciated on how to accomplish my goals Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:37:39 EST Just Joining Hello everyone. I'm RJ, it's nice to meet you all. I am just joining Sparkpeople. I am looking forward to seeing what it brings. I have a goal of losing 160 pounds, I have already lost 40 so I am on my way but got a little plateaued. I was doing Weight Watchers but I didnt feel like I was actually losing anymore. So here I am, in hopes of jumping off this plateau! <BR> <BR> I look forward to all of the support and reading about all of your successes. <BR> <BR> RJ Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:24:02 EST Hello My name is Kara, I am 19 years old and I have been trying to lose weight for a while, and I am still trying to find ways on how to lose weight and keep it off. I fail each time. I am 5'5" and I weigh 273 pounds. My overall goal is to lose 130 pounds. I need as much motivation and tips as I can get. Any tips would be great. I love the site so far. It seems very helpful. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:45:05 EST Hello, Spark people... <BR> <BR> Today I decided to pick the truth, stop being mean to myself and give my self a chance to be the best that I can be...on any level! I am fat and unhappy...I just carry all of that in a good way:). I know why...because I eat too much, I snack at night and the more I wanted to stop, the more I eat. I was so ignorant once! Never had problems with the weight until I gave birth to my daughter and realize that I gain 60 lb!! She is almost seven, and I never lost that:). I moved to Ameri... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:33:44 EST New to Spark Team Illinois Hello! My name is Lynne and I'm from Oak Forest. I'm 44. I joined because I've gained some "stress weight" due to being unemployed. I can only find part time work and have been very depressed, so I'm guilty of stress eating. I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:07:11 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Jennifer and I'm rejoining SparkPeople after a few years away. I had some success when I used it about 4 years ago, and life just got in the way so I strayed from it. I had a beautiful baby boy in December and then turned 30 in April. I'm at the heaviest I can ever remember being - 265! I'm having foot surgery next week, and then again 3 weeks later, which means I wont be able to really exercise for a little while. I'm hoping that cutting out carbs and eating more fruits ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:28:18 EST Somonauk I live in Somonauk/Sandwich area...anyone else from there and maybe looking for a walking buddy? Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:41:33 EST A new day, new commitment, and new friends My name is Emma and I moved back to IL in October of last year. I started being part of the spark community last year but a lot of life changing and stressful events occurred and well derailed my commitment to myself. I am 33 years old and 210 lbs. My goal is to lose 95 lbs. My ultimate goal weight is 115. <BR> <BR> A little bit about myself. I am currently a graduate student and I commute into the city quite often during the week. I have about an hour and 1/2 commute one way on the train. I... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:01:10 EST 50+ pounds to lose; newly started hello I need to lose 50 + pounds and am over 50. New to the site Wed, 4 Jul 2012 20:52:14 EST DeKalb County DeKalb, IL Anyone her from DeKalb? Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:23:03 EST Hello Hi I am Ellen and I am 46 years old. I never had a problem with my weight until 2005 when I had a radical hysterectomy. Every since then I have fighting the battle of the bulge. I am currently at 230 and want to get to 150-160. I want to feel good about myself again. A girlfriend of mine recommended Spark People so I am giving it a shot. I want to thank everyone for their support in advance. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Ellen <em>232</em> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:55:44 EST Tennis anyone?? I started tennis class, which is great. I need to practice outside of class, but I don't have anyone to play with. Anyone interested in meeting and playing? I live on the southside of Chicago, willing to travel city or burbs. Just a beginner, so don't expect a pro. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Steve Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:24:53 EST McHenry County, Illinois Just took some time to become more familiar with this team and realized that I could start up a posting area for those of us in McHenry County, Illinois. Hopefully, we can team up together and learn from one another here, maybe even set up an actual meeting spot for in-person meetings .... if we get that big. <BR> <BR> So please, come join me so we can share and root each other on to our victories and successes here at SP! <BR> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:34:48 EST Becoming my best Hello. <BR> <BR> As I look in the mirrow I don't like the person looking back at me. I have three kids, 10 year old girl, after whom the weight has been long gone. In the recent years I had two boys one after another. After my (now 22 month old) son was born the weight was comming of slowly, plus I had to have surgery so only about 25 pounds (the baby included) twere lost by the time he was 6 months old, and I found out I was pregnant with my youngest, who's now 6 1/2 months old. <BR>... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:14:31 EST Faith4U2 says Hello to All Hello, I am new - so you will have to bare with me. I am not a blogger or a message person, but I am going to try to change that, because I will need all the help I can it. I will be talking to you all soon. <BR> Hope you enjoy your Blessed Day Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:29:15 EST Newbie Hi there! My name is Amy and I'm from Bourbonnais. Wanting some motivation to start losing weight and be more healthy. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:13:55 EST Hello! Im new here Hello! My name is Mindy. I just started on this site. I am thirty years old and I have been married for 12 years. I have three children. Two boys ages 14 and 12. One girl age 8. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:36:05 EST Hi Hi my name is Angie and I'm a 48 yr old grandma of 7. I have had trouble with my weight pretty much my whole adult life. I have decided to have Weight loss surgery (WLS). I am preparing for it now. I am NOT doing it for cosmetic reasons, I am doing it for MY health. I have tried dieting in many different forms.. I can lose a few pds then it comes right back with a vengeance. Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:07:56 EST Carrie Hi, I am new to this site but love it so far. I am confused on how to use it yet, so any help would be appreciated. The other day a pop up came up showing all the calories for any restaurant. I can't seem to find it again. Any suggestions? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:51:38 EST Hi there everybody Hi everyone! Brand new to SparkPeople, but I have heard great things about the support and tools on this site. I'm 25 years old, and work night shift as an RN at the local hospital. I'm not new to weight loss, health, or fitness; been trying to lose the extra 60 pounds I've been carrying around since I was about 15! I have new motivation to lose weight and get healthy; I just quit smoking about a week ago, and am not wanting to gain any extra weight! I feel like the support of members of a we... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 12:53:20 EST New to the team! I everyone! I am new to the team and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nicole. I'm 23 years old, soon to be 24. I am a single mom to a little boy. He just turned 1 and I am still trying to get my body back! It's hard to find time in between work and my son to get some gym time and it's so easy to grab junk food on the run. I'm trying to get back in shape and be healthy so I can play with my son and set a healthy example for him! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:13:30 EST Hi All - Just signed up today :-) Hi all ! Just signed up today and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 38, I live in Pekin, IL - I am a mother to an almost grown (20 going on 40) year old son who is in college. I have for a few years now needed to drop some weight but have never pushed myself to do it.. until I saw a recent picture of myself on our Harley- I was horrified!! I decided right then, that I have to do something and now! So hopefully with the support, tools and community on this site I will be able to actually achie... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:48:55 EST No more excuses I am a GREAT procrastinator, not something to be proud of I'm afraid. All the tomorrows have now caught up with me. Today I start a real effort to lose this weight which has held me back from SO much! Mon, 28 May 2012 14:22:28 EST Hello Sparkle Hello!!! My name is Russ Miller. I just recently joined sparkpeople. Someone suggested it to me as a way to help reduce my weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels. My last A1C was 13.1 and normal for me should be 6.5. Blood pressure as through the roof and now exhibiting chest pains. Things have to change. The doctor put me on an 1800 calorie a day diet so that in short is why I need sparkpeople. Im still learning and have a ways to go so any assistance from you veterans out there... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:43:04 EST Excited for a New Start to a Healthy Life Hi everyone..I am a mom of a 2 year old and a 2 month old. I am currently 195 pounds and looking to lose 40-50 pounds. I think my best way of achieving this is not to look that far ahead and take it a few pounds at a time, so that way I don't get too frustrated. I know it will take more hard work and dedication than I might feel I have, but hopefully with good family and support from all of you, we can do this together!! Wish me luck and looking forward to reading about all of your successes ... Fri, 18 May 2012 15:14:48 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My friends call me MJ and I just wanted to let you all know how excited I am to be joining all of you! I am glad that I have chosen to take this fantastic first step towards losing weight and bettering myself. I hope that the tools that I use here and the ideas that I find will help me reach this goal! I want more than anything, to learn better habits to teach my children. I just do not want them to go through the same issues that I had. I know that it will be much easier for them to lear... Tue, 15 May 2012 21:52:43 EST New to Spark but not dieting So I have tried every known diet out there. I either get bored with the food, hate figuring points, and exercise just is not my thing. Yes I know exercise is the key to weight loss and health living. So I am going to try again to get motivated. I figure doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Tue, 15 May 2012 14:37:25 EST Hi! Excited to have found this site and more excited to get started. I need all the support I can get and would love to be supportive to others. My goal is to lose 120lb in a year. I've been having some motivational problems. Does anyone else find getting started to be the hardest part? Tue, 15 May 2012 10:30:38 EST Just joined I just joined a few days ago. Still figuring out all the sites and information available here. My goal is to lose 35 pounds and improve my overall health. At 60 I have back and knee issues as well as (slightly) high blood pressure and cholesterol. I live in Southern Illinois, a small place called Cobden, which is 16 miles south of Carbondale. It is beautiful country here, in the Shawnee Forest. My husband, Mark, and I have two sons, both married, and each has given us a granddaughter, 9 and 1... Tue, 15 May 2012 10:23:21 EST I am new to Spark People and need a acct. partner I am excited to be a part of Spark People on line. I will enjoy getting to know all of you and look forward to reaching my goals with all of you. I am looking to lose about 110 pounds. I can do the diet and exercise but need help with support and accountability. <BR> Thank you! <BR> Kymbareno Wed, 9 May 2012 13:08:26 EST