SparkPeople this team is closed Team Messageboard This team is closed. For an invite to the new spin-off team contact: DAWNWATERWOMAN SparkPeople this team is closed Team Messageboard Hit twoderville! I am so happy! <BR> Today I am UNDER 300lbs for the first time in easily a decade. 299.6 to be exact. I'm so happy I could flip right out. <em>100</em> It's taken a long time and a lot of mental struggle. For me food isn't the issue. Heck, good choices vs. bad choices and getting moving, it's that simple right? It is. But it's the mental work that's tough for me. Staying motivated, wanting it, not giving in, not giving up, all that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, thought I would share. I th... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:44:46 EST 2 people welcomed me with sp mail but i accidenally deleted them before i saw what was said...if you could re-message me i would appreciate it...thanks so much for the welcome! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:42:07 EST I think I've found the right group for me now. I am worried about this, but I do have more than 200 lbs. to lose. I weigh 354 lbs., and I'm tired of not being able to enjoy time with my daughter. At 38, I should be able to go sledding with my daughter. I'm scared to because I'm scared I'll break a leg or something. So, I don't go. I take her, stand at the top of the hill, and watch. So, I'm losing out on a life with her. This summer, I want to begin to feel better, and be able to enjoy it with her. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:46:14 EST Getting ready for Gastric Bypass on 3/21/13 I am both excited and afraid. I will be so happy when its done. I just hope everything goes well and I do well Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:30:47 EST friends & support needed needing to find some support as I have none at home. <BR> likes: laughing, music(love), animals <BR> dislikes: rude people, bad manners, liars Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:43:48 EST looking for a support group I have just joined -want to introduce myself. I am 56 years old, a social worker who also works in billing in a small pharmacy. I have just sold an old farmhouse outside Saratoga Springs NY and moved to a very small lot in Albany to be closer to friends. And as anyone who has moved recently knows it's chaos! But the good things include having a real kitchen and being able to cook real meals again. Being able to drink water right from the tap without tasting sulfur. I have recently bought... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:59:07 EST One small change: 10+ ways to change your life If you're trying to make lifestyle changes (as opposed to changing your "diet"), find one small change that is within or just on the edge of your comfort zone and put it into practice. Every day we make hundreds of choices, and at every split in the road, where we can fall into an old habit or choose the better way, we can actually take as long as we like to make the decision. <BR> So one day, standing way back in the line at Subway and having the time to think about it, I decided to ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:41:07 EST Happy New Year Just decided that after being on this team for several years, (it is my favorite) my participation has been slacking, that my 2013 Spark-a-lution is to huddle with 200+ at least 5 times a week. I love reading about all that others are doing. Many days I don't have much to add, but I can join in with a huddle. A quick way to check in and a bit of focus for me. Anyone else wanna Spark-a-lution with me? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:25:09 EST 5 Star Daily Self Challenge We had this challenge going before, and I thought it might be fun to try again: <BR> <BR> "Every Day is a do-over!" <BR> <BR> <BR> COPY AND PASTE: <BR> <BR> 1st Drink Your Water? <BR> <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> <BR> 3rd Exercise? <BR> <BR> 4th Track Your Food? <BR> <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Star day! <BR> <BR> <BR> You can either just post a "star" as your answer (as I did above in the next post) <BR> or just post an answer if you met each of the 5 goals. <BR> ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:22:36 EST Not new, but newly returned Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm not actually new to this team. I joined it a few years ago but I stopped using the site. Now, I am back and tired as ever. <BR> <BR> As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I'd like to feel like I am getting better -- not bigger or more bitter. <BR> <BR> Last year around this time, I'd lost 50 pounds. By June of this year, I'd gained it all back. I've gotten 23 pounds back off, but I'd just really like to get some consistent change underfoot. I'd love encouragement... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:36:35 EST Hello Team I just wanted to check in and say hi. It's been a fair week. I have worked hard to keep my focus on my diet. I want to get to some point where I will just do it and not think about it. I just want to be able to make the right choices for my health. Sometimes i just feel like it is up hill battle. <BR> But for right now. I'm hanging in there. <BR> <BR> Sandra Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:59:32 EST thank you You guys are great. For the first time in a few years I don't feel so alone. I feel like maybe this is doable. <BR> <BR> thank you again Sandra Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:48:09 EST Hello Everyone My name is Sandra. I'm new to the group, and looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:50:47 EST Need a buddy near home Hello, my name is Marilyn and I live in Sumter, South Carolina. If you are in my town and need some one to exercise with please let me know! I am still open to a buddy to chat with and share words of encouragement with! I don't know if I can do this alone and I need help along this log journey!!! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:57:42 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone I'm Triksy, I've been on SP for about 3 weeks now but I just found this group today. Its really nice to know I'm not alone, most of the other groups i'm in are full of people looking to lose 15-25lbs... I've already done that and I still have nearly 200 to go. <BR> <BR> Anyway... I don't really know what to say, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. If there's anything you would like to know about me plz feel free to ask. <BR> <BR> I'm online alot and sub... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:22:44 EST Who Checks The Forums Daily? I'm one of those people who LOVES to talk and learn from others. I've noticed that even though our group has a couple thousand members... there are really only a few members who participate in discussions. I love and NEED the daily motivation that comes from group discussions. With that being said... how many people check the forums on a daily basis or at least a few times a week? <BR> <BR> For those of you who see this message... KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! We can do this!! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:02:43 EST What was the hardest? What was the hardest thing for everyone to cut out/cut back on? For me it's going to be ice cream and sodas. I started with the sodas today! Day one of my long journey to a healthier me! Once I get comfortable with my soda issue... I'll move onto that devilish ice cream! <BR> <em>249</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:18:22 EST In need of inspiration and understanding Hello everyone!! My name is Sandra. I'm from Little Rock, AR. I am a very unhealthy 34 year old weighing 420lbs at 5 feet 10 inches. I suffer from severe Fibromyalgia, arthritis and major damage to the knees and lower back. I lost my job in 2010 and since have become almost sedentary which has causes me to gain approximately 80 pounds. I have tried several diets and workout plans only to fail. I get up in the morning rearing to go... start a workout only to end it in tears from pain. I have c... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 06:58:21 EST new here Hi, my name is Angie and I joined Spark a few days ago. I am still figuring the site out, but I wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. I live in Arkansas, have a wonderful fiance and an amazing little boy who both mean the world to me. I have known that I need to lose weight for some time now, but I haven't been able to get myself motivated and I don't have a strong support system here. My fiance works nights, so sleeps all day and we don't get much time together. So, I sa... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:45:31 EST 202-212 lbs to lose... and I've lost 82 so far! Hi everyone! My name is Marie. I'm 44 yrs old, live in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I have been heavy most of my life... from 2nd grade til high schooo, then I lost 100 lbs... kept it off for about 5 yrs, then gained it all back plus another 100+. At my highest, I was over 380 lbs (not sure of exact number)... When I started the 17 Day Diet in March of this year, I was really in a bad place. My back has had issues since I had a car accident in my early 20's (right about the time when the weig... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:11:47 EST Suri might be watching? In the near past I have found my self not doing, because thoughts of what if this gets phone posted on the net. Be assured that my public actions are fairly benign, but more than once I have not done something (i.e. gone dancing) because I'm scared of the mobile. Don't want to be the ridicule of web. Just me or does this pester anyone else? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 02:20:06 EST Facebook, anyone? You guys are so wonderful that I just hate to give you this news.... <BR> <BR> I have to leave this team - as well as one other - because I just cannot give it the attention it deserves. <BR> <BR> Between work, caring for my terminally ill husband, and being a full-time student, I just have a difficult time keeping up with all of you! I don't feel comfortable being a member of this team and just checking in occasionally - I want to be an active member of the teams that I am a member of so ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:32:02 EST New Team Member Hello, my name is Gina. I'm 49 years old and have been overweight most my life. I've been a member since 2007 but never lost much weight. I tried every diet out there other than surgery with no luck. I felt I was depriving myself and would fail at losing weight. Each time feeling worse and more of a failure. Each year I would gain more weight. <BR> <BR> Growing up I hated being picked last for any gym team. While teenagers in school were out dating and going to prom, I sat home with m... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:32:14 EST greetings Hello. I'm Anita and I need to lose about 200 pounds. I've never been what one would call "thin" but my weight has continued to go up all of my life. It has now taken over my entire life and what has come with it is major anxiety, depression, and fear of leaving my house. I'm a well loved person, smart, intelligent, funny, however this weight controls me. I'm considering having gastric bypass in a few months, as an alternative to being locked in my house... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:35:20 EST Hello My name is Susan and I'm 41 years old. I've been overweight almost all my life. I'm single with no kids and live in Pennsylvania. <BR> <BR> I'm learning to love SparkPeople. There are so many great articles and the food tracker is brilliant. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:16:35 EST Walk Three Miles Week of Aug 6th Anyone can join just walk three miles this week and report your progress. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and exercise is up to you. Many things are not but weightloss an exercise are! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:34:14 EST Newbie Hi, Im new here. I figure, lets make another go at it. Although, fear is ruling me now about my weight. I dont want to die early or end up in a nursing home because of my weight. Looking for those that are serious about losing weight. Email me anytime. I would love to hear from you. Its time to start my journey and find the real me. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:44:44 EST Lets Walk 3 miles Week of 7/30 Its open to anyone who wants to join in. Just try to walk 3 miles and post updates and be positive. <BR> <BR> I am starting at zero again. <BR> <BR> I walk in Walmart or the grocery store hitting all the aisles. It is air conditioned and rain doesn't matter. I also walk at the mall sometimes. When I shop I start on one side of the store and hit every aisle until I get to the other end and then I go check out. It is about 1/4 mile everytime I do this. <BR> <BR> See you at the store soon. l... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:57:44 EST Lauren from Missouri here! Hello all. I have been a member with spark people for a little while now. Starting out, I kept with it regularly, but as time went on, I barely visited the site. I HAVE to lose weight because my health is going downhill. I want to lose weight, I just find it hard to. I have no motivation at home. My dear husband is 6'2 and 130lbs soaking wet. His metabolism is fast and he eats 4+ meals a day. He doesn't understand weightloss and says he loves me the way I am, but if I continue living the way ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:37:11 EST Walk 3 miles week of 7/23 So who wants to join a challenge to walk 3 miles this week. It is a moderate distance and you can go at your own pace. You can even split it up into 6 pieces of 1/2 mile each. Walk in the morning before heat arrives or inside the local mall or inside the local grocery store or other box store. <BR> <BR> I am going to do it and starting today. Just report if you are going to try and also report back next Monday. No lieing though. Just tell the truth about how far you walk. You are way better... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:33:46 EST Exercises What kind of exercises does everyone do? I'm having a very hard time getting started with this, first I'm having a hard time limiting my food. I set out to eat better or even just limit my calories and something comes over me then I'm grubbing uncontrollably. Then onto the bigger problem exercising! I have a toddler and often find myself exhausted but I know I'd feel better if I would get off my lazy butt for 1/2 an hour to an hour. So does anyone know of anything I could do that might involv... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:42:49 EST Hi all Hi all just wanted to stop by and say hi :) I've been on spark for almost a week now and came across this team today. I don't quite have 200 lbs. to go anymore i've managed to lose fifty pounds on my own, I still have about 150 to go. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:18:16 EST New...mostly Hi al! <BR> <BR> I'm Katie and I am 25 years old, living in Missouri. I joined SparkPeople back in January, but mostly abandoned it. At my heaviest I was 370 pounds. I lost about twenty pounds over a few months. In January I started my new lifestyle plan. I've lost another 80 pounds since then. I'm down to 268 and I look forward to having the support of a team like this as I continue my journey. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 00:08:06 EST Question .. Hi there, <BR> <BR> Does anyone know why Sparkpeople records my calories burned 2.5 times higher than the machines at the gym? <BR> <BR> Is there something I should re-set somewhere? I enter my current weight into the machine when I start so I think they should be the same. I feel like I am cheating on my counter! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 7 May 2012 08:50:10 EST Surgery... Alright, guys. I know if you're on this team, you have at least OCCASIONALLY thought about what your going to do "if" all that extra skin isn't re-absorbed (I'll be 36 in 3 months, it's not looking good for me.) While I am a nurse, I don't deal with reconstructive/ excess tissue removal (see, I don't even know the correct name for that, I've heard it, but I sure can't recall it) surgery very often except for the occasional post-op mastectomy/ breast reconstruction that hits our floor. I h... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:19:08 EST New and need help. My name is Kathy and I am 59 years old I weigh about 355,360 370. I don't know what I weigh because my scale can not weigh me.I have always been big but not this big. One day I sat at my computer and the chair felt a little tight I looked down and saw that my belly covered the arms of the chair so I tried to move to get a little more confortable and the chair broke.Thank God I didn't fall on the floor because I can't get up. I lay there like a beached whale just rolling around till I get to a... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 01:12:57 EST Lost 50 I am really excited because I reached the lost 50 pounds mark. Yeah!!!! Now I only have 150 pounds more to lose. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:43:54 EST I've made a change...but now I'm slipping... Hello, Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Katrina. I'm a 24yr old from Pennsylvania. My current weight is 351 pounds. But just about a month and a half ago I hit my highest weight ever at 367lbs. Since then I've started Weight Watchers and have had some success, but I'm finding this journey so much more difficult than I could have ever imagined. <BR> <BR> In just a few months I'll be moving to Missouri to begin the next big, exciting chapter of my life. I'm tired of being the "fat girl", tired... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:54:32 EST Hi, new here:) Hi Everyone, I'm new the group. 40 year old mom of 2 pre teens. I am loving the Spark people program of small changes have big results! The one problem I'm fighting is my impatience..with everything! Any advice from when you first started, before you really started seeing that weight to stay motivated and keep plugging away? I am so impressed with the success I see on this board! I am started at 420ish (scale moves around alot!) today it registered around 414. So I know the small ch... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:03:23 EST Toning Tables? I was wondering if anyone has used these? Do they work? My son's doctor said "Well at least it gets your body moving" Our gym has some and they offer 24 hour access so I think that would be great since we are on a night shift schedule and I could go when no one was there (hopefully). Also does anyone know of a weight limit? I emailed the owner (I was too scared to call and ask) She said she didn't know of a weight limit but had some "pretty hefties" <em>40</em> come in. I just want somethin... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:20:08 EST Lost 200 pounds? Does anyone here know anyone or has lost 200 pounds. I am on my way but I was wondering if there was someone who has done it and could share their experience. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:20:41 EST A Maiden Aunt's Journey I have introduced myself on my sparkpage so look there for more general information about me. Here I seek the support oof those who have a big challenge in the amount needed to lose to get healthy again. I have started two exercise programs geared to the elderly or disabled Each meets twice aweek and it is wonderful motivation and support to work with a group. Also, I have been lucky not to have any judgmental folks or fataphobes in either group. I still make too many mistakes in food i... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:58:16 EST New to this board Good afternoon, folks! <BR> <BR> I'm Sj and I'm new to this board. Actually I've been a member of SP for a while on and off, but this time I'm serious. <BR> <BR> I've been eating more healthfully and working out since the beginning of the year. In fact, I've been swimming 5 days a week every week since January 3. <BR> <BR> I've been weighing myself at the scale at the gym but it's been VERY erratic. I just figured out last week that it REALLY isn't accurate at all. I got on and got off of ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:45:43 EST Herbalife I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried Herbalife? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 03:37:39 EST 2012 Daily Chit Chat Thread Instead of doing a monthly thread... since we have not been posting as much as we once were... I am going to post this thread for daily postings & chit chat for the rest of 2012. We can change it over again on Jan 1st of next year. This way we will not slow down folks computers but won't have to change the thread so often. <BR> <BR> Happy Feb to everyone. Remember that Feb is Heart Healthy month. Take care of YOU! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 17:52:41 EST I am new here! Hopefully I just posted this in the right place : ).. My name is Sarah and I am 25 years old and new to Spark People! I have been on weight loss programs before like Weight Watchers, where my Mother was my partner, but last year I lost my mother to cancer and since then, I have reached the highest weight of my life and recently was put on high blood pressure medicine. I never thought at such a young age I would have to worry about something like that! I am here to find support and meet other ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:03:56 EST I'm new here Hi All- My name is Sara. I have exactly 200lbs. to lose. My goal weight [for now] is 150lbs. I am 5'7. Since I have never been thin my goal weight could change since I have no idea what it's like being that small. <BR> <BR> I am 25 and have been married for 4 years. I have a 3 year old son as well. I really would like to have more children but I need to get to a healthy weight first. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 10:19:19 EST January 2012 Exercise Challenge This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of January 2012. <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome, and ANY exercise you want to do is fine! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 01:55:48 EST January 2012 Chit Chat Greetings Team Family: <BR> <BR> Welcome 2012! Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> This year I commit to taking this team and my leadership in it more seriously. I commit to taking my Spark journey more seriously as well. Join me! <BR> <BR> Ann, I am sorry that you were disappointed with your house guests & plans being changed. I was supposed to go to an open house & just ended up not going. I have a hard time going to "things" like that. I'm almost agoraphobic when it comes to social events or s... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 01:52:40 EST DECEMBER Chit Chat I know when we started doing this by month it was because there were so many posts to go through...hmmmm...but since it is what we've been doing I'll start December up. <BR> <BR> I am exhausted from working late every night and not looking forward to going to work this morning. Burning the candle at both ends for sure when all I wish I could do is decorate and shop for Christmas! My favorite time of year and I'd rather not be in an office all day. Oh well, the office pays for those little sh... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 08:53:25 EST NEED HELP IN NORTH CAROLINA Hello my name is Deb I am sort of new been plugging in and out for a couple of months. really need to loose the wiegth I am to short to be weigh so much 5'2 1/2 and weigh 298, meet a great guy plan to marry in July but need to shake thos e pounds. Nee movitaion do not have any .SO HELP SOMEBODY Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:40:31 EST Hello all! (Not the most creative title :P ) I'm not really a complete n00b when it comes to Spark, but its the first time I'm really getting into the social aspects :) <BR> <BR> Quick summary! <BR> <BR> My name is Kat, I am 21. I am married, and have been for a year and three months or so :) My husbands name is Anthony and I will probably mention him a lot :P He's 22 and overweight as well. He is not as motivated as me, but is more and more willing to try new things and get on a healthy track every day :) I'm trying to turn him into ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 01:40:29 EST NOVEMBER Chit Chat Oh my....this little team looks neglected! <BR> <BR> I've been traveling for work...with no computer...and then got stuck in the middle of Wyoming in a snow/ice storm and couldn't go anywhere. I'm finally home, though, and went to look for our new thread.... <BR> <BR> I can't make this the 1st sticky topic so I'll email the leaders. <BR> <BR> Hello team! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 17:26:14 EST Eating enough calories <BR> <BR> After tracking my food intake for a few days it seems I am consuming too few calories. I am unsure what to do to increase my calorie intake as I am eating all my meals and snacks and I am rarely if ever hungry. I average about 1500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this issue and is it much of a hinderence to my goals if I stick with my current food habits. I am basically eating the way I want to live my life, eating foods i can see myself eating long ter... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 00:00:06 EST My Journey to 200 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I recently started my journey to 200 pounds, I started on October 11, 2011 and since then I can tell that this time is different. I am not following any kind of fad diet or latest craze. I just woke up that morning and said this is it, I am going to be healthy for myself and my daughter. <BR> <BR> Since that day I have been following two simple rules, eat less than I burn and what I do choose to eat make sure its healthy. I have so far lost 30 pounds. I started at... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 02:00:14 EST WHAT TO DO? WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE DISCOURAGED AND LOSING YOUR WILL TO CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:53:01 EST So lost and confused OK so everyone says when starting out take it slow and easy. Ok so i have been doing the water-check almost tracing all my nutrition. and have occasionlly been able to go out for a walk. My problem is i have 2 kids one that doesnt walk yet and one that walks slower than a turle and no stroller? so any ideas on some beginner excercises that i can do without having to *try* dragging the kids out? Mon, 10 Oct 2011 01:17:57 EST October 2011 Chit Chat Hey everybody can you believe this is October already? Let's make this the best one EVER!! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:33:33 EST New to the team and ready for change! I joined SparkPeople back in July. Since I joined I have lost 22 pounds, but I still have a LONG way to go. I have joined SparkPeople in the past; however, I was never successful. Things are different now as I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and I have PCOS. So losing weight is no longer an option, but rather a requirement in order for me to live a healthy life and to get pregnant. I am definitely looking forward to making new friends and losing more weight!! We can all do this! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:24:56 EST New Member Needing to Lose a LOT Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nick and while this isn't my first time on SparkPeople (been here in spirit to some degree since 2008). I posted once, made a page and the next day I think I ate some cookies. Not the best start. I was a member of the 20 Somethings with 100+ to lose. Now I'm in the 30 Somethings one. Kinda sad. I'm hoping I'm getting more determined. I way the most I ever have, over 500 lbs, and I want to stay committed and get this weight off. I'm very worried over my health, I ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 19:49:27 EST September 2011 - Chit Chat <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well and ready for the fall season! <BR> <BR> Bev Anne Sun, 4 Sep 2011 19:39:07 EST SEPTEMBER 2011 CHIT CHAT And a hush fell over the crowd as the kids all headed back to school.... <BR> <BR> Okay ~ where is EVERYONE????? <BR> <BR> All day yesterday, I was keeping a "pity party" at bay.....and today I woke early to greet the new day. A new day - a new beginning. I just need to keep trying to improve on the previous day and hope for the best!! <BR> <BR> Got a note from my niece (Autumn) to "Save the date" on May 5th 2012...she is getting hitched. So I have 9 months to improve the healthy path I... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 09:33:57 EST I have been told I was a walking time bomb. I went to doctor today for some blood clot issues of the legs I have had for over a year,,,wanted to see if anything else could be done,,,nope, damage is done. Doctor said lose weight at least 200 pounds, I am a walking time bomb if I dont,,,Help. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:16:08 EST Proud to be me! Hi, everyone. I am a newbie from Montana. Just want to say hello. I just want to affirm I that I am proud to be me. No more name calling, I like me. I am not defined by my weight but my ability to love. <BR> <BR> Feeling good and on my way to gym. Oh, I am in a wheel chair anyone else in wheelchair? <BR> <BR> Love to my new family. Denise Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:41:44 EST Pregnanc y/Weight Loss I haven't posted on here but I am frustrated and sad. We had a beautiful baby girl almost 5 years ago. I was 385 when we conceived. Our daughter is perfectly healthy but I development pre-eclampsia and was very ill, forcing me to have her at 35 weeks. I was on bedrest in the hospital for 2 weeks and she was in the NICU. I blamed myself and went through struggles with weight and accusing myself of being at fault for development pre-e because of my weight. I vowed to lose weight. <BR> <B... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:43:45 EST Just starting hi everyone I am just starting on spark-people.I started gaining after my first back surgery, gaining 60 lbs x 3 surgeries I'm ready to break the cycle. I am going to back to college after 20 years and am an activist in the mental health community sitting on my local ADAMH board. My weight is holding me back from being as active as I want. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:06:23 EST New Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just starting and I am already overwhelmed. It seems impossible. Even small tasks seem impossible right now. <BR> <BR> What is the best thing to do first? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:35:47 EST Exactly what I needed to hear today! This came in a Spark email, it could not have arrived at a better time: <BR> Margaret Thatcher once said "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." This quote hit home for me. It was exactly what I needed to hear this morning after a week of backsliding and doubting myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:03:34 EST Genevieve from Texas here... I've been using the SparkPeople website for about a month now, but did not have the courage to introduce myself until now.... <BR> I've struggled with my weight since my early 20s. Before then, I was really active so although I would probably have been classified as overweight, I was a far cry from obese, or morbidly obese (as I am now). <BR> With my 30th birthday looming (okay, a year and a half is not exactly looming, but it certainly feels that way), I know that I don't want to spend anot... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:21:45 EST Hi Everyone!! Hi everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I'm new here........but not new to dieting haha.....I have about 150-200lbs to sounds like so much right now...but I'm sure with hardwork and a team to back me up I'll be able to succeed!!! i am getting married May 2,2012 and while I know I won't be down to goal weigh by then I hope to be a bit smaller :)...........I'm doing this for me this time too...not for anyone else....I have hypertension I'm only 26 and it needs to stop now....I would like to be... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:18:14 EST Eye on me! Hi. I'm Denise. Found out about this site from my dr office. I like me but I wanna love me. I'm getting older and heavier and I want to get healthier! I'm a certified optician/manager, love photography and ballroom dancing. My weight started affecting my knees and is slowing my dancing and I just can't have that! Nice to meet all of you, good luck! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:57:55 EST New & Nervous... Hi All! <BR> I'm new here and to Sparkpeople! <BR> I have a ways to go but I hope this message board and meeting new friends will help keep me on track. <BR> I turn 40yr old in 3 months and 2 weeks so I have a first goal to meet for my birthday, so I'll need a lot of support. <BR> I'm a mom, blog designer, scrapbook designer and love life and to have fun! <BR> My favorite exercise activity is the Wii Michael jackson Dance experience (and anything else Wii). <BR> So hugs to everyone and here ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:52:16 EST A GREAT VIDEO ON HOW TO USE THE NUTRITION TRACKER This video from Coach Nicole is very helpful on how to find and use the Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1154 </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:36:33 EST Doing It For Me Hi, My name is Angela I am almost 40 years (Aug.10) I am wife and a mom I have a 11 year old son name Khamaron and I have decided to make a life style change so I can live to see all the wonderful things God has planned for my son. My weight is at 263lbs and by my birthday next year I hope to be 213 which is my target goal. If it's God's will and with some encouraging friends from this site I pray I will reach my goal. I hope to also be able to encourage others.......Let's Get This Started... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:28:32 EST IT's Weigh in day:( Well, today is weigh in day. My first dr's appt after joining Spark. I am a little nervous the last time I saw the dr I was losing weight then stopped taking my depression meds and gained everything back plus some! At least this time I can go in to see her with a plan and show her that I am trying once again! Have a great day! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:33:55 EST August 2011 Exercise Challenge This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of AUGUST 2011. <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome, and ANY exercise you want to do is fine! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 02:31:39 EST August 2011 Chit Chat Hi everybody. Can you believe this is August already? Let's make this the best one ever! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 02:21:19 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kaniesta and I am new here. I joined spark almost a week ago and have just been focussing on trying to meet my nutrition goals and excersise goals for the 1st week. I weigh just over 400 pounds and want to lose 200pounds by july 2013. I know that sounds crazy but I figure if I can just lose 8-9 pounds a month then it's possible. I think I have done pretty good this week except for last night when I went way over my calorie intake, but I refusse to let that stop... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:47:31 EST New one on the block Well it is certainly hard to get started. I've been thinking about joining for over a week. I really don't know too much about how Sparkspeople works. I think it is great that people can help encourage one another. I have about 170 pounds to lose. It really is hard to hear or put out that number. I must be real with myself and accept that if I am to change how I feel about my weight I must do something about it. So....Today is a new start. <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:49:29 EST Hi! I'm New! Blessings everyone! I'm CeCe and I joined this wonderful site 7/27 on my 48th birthday! I'm still exploring the site and I am so very thankful I was led here! <BR> <BR> *hugs* <BR> CeCe <em>304</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:35:48 EST Hi Everybody!! Hello Everyone! My name is LaKeya and i'm new to I've heard about the site in the past but never took the time to really give it a try. But today I am a new person and ready to take control of what I thought a lost a long time weight and my life! I hope to learn a lot from you guys and have some fun along the way! Looking around I see that this place is full of resources that will keep me on track and making it to my goal weight! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 02:22:17 EST New to Spark I read about this website in a magazine and said this is just what I need. I guess I have been in denial of how large I am. You look at yourself in a mirror and don't think you look that big and then someone goes and puts a picture of you on line, like on facebook. You look at it and begin to cry and wonder how did this happen. I have been up and down with my weight for 30 years. I lost over 100 lbs just to put it right back on and then some. Now I'm almost 50 and things are starting to... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:06:28 EST Hello! I am brand new to the site and checking out all of the tools. Which one's work the best for you? My goal is to lose 100 pounds by the time I turn 50, a little over two years from now. I will need all the help I can get. I've tried many, many programs in the past, including all versions of Weight Watchers. (Their latest program made me the healthiest fat person I knew. LOL) It's a struggle, but I keep going. <em>249</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:47:50 EST Im new to this and new to these message boards.. Hi, Im new to this and desperately need to lose this extra weight, have tried all sorts and am 5 half stone over weight and a chronically sick person and am 55 and know this isnt doing me any good atall....So, here i am, anyone who can offer me some advice would love to receive it.... <BR> <BR> My tracking has been a real eye opener, i didnt realise how much i have been eating, so need to get to grips with it and lose the fat and may also get some of my mobility back, well it would certainly... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:32:47 EST I have about 150lbs to lose,this maybe helpful 4ya I've been doing a Juice Fast for 4 days now,who knows how long I will go,I'm going to wing it....The helpful part to you is that if you like my facebook page,I can tell you all about it,it's a whole body cleanse YES you lose weight and feel waaaaaaay better,NO I'm not trying to sell you anything lol I'm just wanting to show you my progress and help you if you are interested after watching me transform!!! Please like my facebook page and check out my videos on Youtube_like_comment_and rate pl... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:44:23 EST Kind of a newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> I have recently come back to spark people in an effort to get control of myself and my weight. I set up my account here years ago but never did anything with it much to my regret now. Over the last week or so I have been going over the site and trying to figure it all out, being a huge technophobe this isn't easy but I think I am getting the hang of it now. <BR> <BR> I am a soon to be 36 year old recently divorced slightly lost woman. I am a paramedic and work nights at ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:07:40 EST Hello Been a member of this team for quite awhile, but not sure if I posted an intro here or not. If so, forgive me, I can be quite forgetful <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Brie, 39 years old. Married to the bestest guy in the whole world for the last 20 years. We have 2 sons and 2 grandsons. Both of us need to lose over 200 lbs. Amazing what 20 years of being a great cook will do to ya <em>2</em> Hubs has some serious health issues and has been home the last 4 months after driving OTR for th... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:55:27 EST im new to this site hoping to get lots of support on my journey and make new friends <em>213</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 06:58:16 EST Hi--I'm a Newbie :) Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Lisa and this is my first full day on here. I am still a little confused as to where to find everything, but I guess it will get easier each time I am on. Let's see-----I am a single mother af 1 daughter who is about to turn 20, I work full time, and never seem to have enough time for me! Well, I have made it a priority to make some me time. I am hoping this website will help. I am liking what I see already. I am looking forward to getting to know all of... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:12:59 EST Help is this thing on? :) Hi from a returning sparker. I am in desperate need of some accountability, and thought i'd throw it out to my fellow sparkpeeps. I joined the site five+ years ago and was active on it for a bit, but as often happens fell off the wagon and back into my old habbits. <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for is some accountability, nothing too over the top, it could be as much or little as your time permits, a weekly email or Facebook shout out would suffice. What I can offer in return is encouragemen... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 08:16:51 EST When you first started Hi All - <BR> <BR> I was wondering if it was a bit difficult when you first started a Spark plan. I actually started yesterday, but had a little bit of difficulty sticking with it all the way. I am hoping now that I have the meal plan printed I can get my shopping list done and follow it to the T. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else have something similar happen? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 00:19:15 EST Birthdays Hello all! Some of you may have received an email from me letting you know that I'm starting a birthday club. If you would like your teammates to remember your birthday, reply to this post with the month and the day. If you wish, you may also mention the year. It would be helpful if we knew your first name, too. Any and all of this information is, of course, totally optional! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:24:41 EST Hello from Libertyville, IL Hi All - <BR> <BR> New to SparkPeople...a bit nervous, but excited and feeling motivated. Hoping to meet new friends while on this journey. <BR> <BR> Best of luck! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:53:58 EST Hello My name Alicia, I am a new member Hello everyone My name is Alicia, I am new to this team but not new to spark. I joined spark-people back in 2008 when my son was 6 months old and I was around 330lbs. I wasn't really consistent. I joined a gym and lost over 80lb by summer of 2009. I went down to 254lbs. I have been on and off spark attempting to commit to a new lifestyle and way of eating and then giving in to temptations, feeling as if I failed and then giving up. I realize that the more I hesitate the bigger I get so I have... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 11:35:01 EST THE DAILY SPARK I thought it might be nice if we read the daily spark, and maybe even discussed it from time to time, so, I'll put a link here to the daily spark as often as I remember to do so. :) <BR> <BR> The DailySpark, is a blog that offers fresh doses of fitness, nutrition and health news every day. Here are just some of the things you'll find at the dailySpark: <BR> <BR> Summaries of the health, fitness and nutrition news that matters to you. <BR> <BR> Quick tips to balance healthy living with yo... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 17:52:15 EST MOTIVATIONAL TOPICS Motivating ourselves to start, journey, and continue making lifestyle changes is not always easy.If you have found some way, or quote, a story, or experience that has helped you to remain positive, please share it if you can. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:18:41 EST JULY 2011 EXERCISE CHALLENGE This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of JULY 2011. <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome, and ANY exercise you want to do is fine! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:50:29 EST JULY CHIT CHAT Hello everyone! can you believe it's JULY already?? Let's make this the best one EVER! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:44:44 EST July 4th Weekend Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering what your plans are for the weekend. Will you get some exercise in? Are you going to be able to avoid overeating? <BR> <BR> I'm going to get several bike rides in. I plan to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I will have a treat on July 4th, though! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:23:23 EST I'm new, too! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP, in fact, kind of found the site by accident while looking up some stuff on carbs. So glad I did. I've been overweight pretty much my entire life and, although I've had some successes in the past, for some reason I fell not only off the wagon, but under it and gained everything and then some back. Now, my health is affected with Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and all sorts of aches in pain. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:33:34 EST New again..... Hi everyone! I am restarting my journey again. Any weight I lose is awesome and my goal is to someday fit back on the roller coaster at six flags! I would love to be under 200 lbs, perfect would be about 160. I am a nurse, currently on disability but should return to work in Sept 2011. Exercise is difficult (but not impossible) due to fibromyalgia. I am my own worst enemy but I am determined to do this! <em>306</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 23:01:03 EST Hi I'm new Hi all! I'm new to SP but not new to trying to get healthy. I've been morbidly obese my entire life. I've reached my goal twice but never for long. I really have no support from friends & family which is why I thought I would try this. Sure they want me to lose the weight, but at the same time telling me to eat, it's ok. The last go around I lost 300 lbs to hit my goal weight and even had the body lift done in 4 very painful surgeries. Since then I've lost close to a dozen family members in t... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:08:13 EST Hi Hi, I new to this site and I have tried everything with little to no results. I have made myself a promise that I will work out and start walking more. I have started to eat better and has lost 23 pounds so far. Good luck to everyone on this neverending but worth it lifestyle change. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:07:48 EST 5x workout pants? My workout pants are ready for the rags bin and I need to replace them. I'm hoping someone on these boards can help me find what I'm looking for as internet searches are yielding nothing. <BR> <BR> * I need something that fits me. ~54 inch waist, ~63 inch hips <BR> <BR> * I need something that isn't tight fitting. I can find leggins and sometimes yoga pants but what I want are sweat pants. The last thing I need is to wear something that hugs my every cellulite dimple!!! It's hard enough bei... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:16:16 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone! I have struggled with my weight my whole life and somewhere down the line I just gave up. I want to get my life back and be healthy.Im tired of hiding behind my weight. Tired of using food to comfort me and make me feel better. I dont want to die at an early age because of my weight. I want to be here for my son and do things with him that right now im not able to do because of my weight. I have a long way to go but I will get there this time one pound at a time. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:39:23 EST Lazy-Girl here - Wow, this is painful Ok, so started officially Sparking on June 5 and I have been making my way around the site. I decided today I would join a team. My first team. So, looking through the gobs of choices, there it was...the "Need to lose 200+ pounds" team. It took me a minute to let that sink in. I did the math and realized...darn, that's me. I mean, I'm pretty intelligent and I knew I had a lot of weight to lose, but when I saw it in writing and realized how far I actually have to go, well, it kinda hurts. The ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 15:23:01 EST hello i didn't think i would find a team with 200+ pounds to lose. I guess i am not alone! I'm a 58 soon to be 59 yr old wife, mother of 5 n 2 steps, gramma to 11 soon to be 12. I retired in 1998 in order to take care of my youngest son who is autistic. I have no one to blame for my obesity! i comforted myself with food and even think i was trying to commit suicide by way of over eating. i found myself just a few days ago tipping the scales a 328....if i don't do something now I'm sure it will shor... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 22:54:10 EST JUNE Chit Chat Usually our Georgia does this one...sorry everyone! <BR> <BR> Chat away for June... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 21:09:45 EST Hot Mess Here!! Greetings!!! Hi, I'm Ilena. I have a beautiful 7 month old!! Single Mommy here!! I'll be 30 in July. I live in HOT Florida panhandle, near Destin and I am considered super morbidly obese. I'm 5'6 and weigh 360. I have a hypothyroid and take medication for it daily. I have an anxiety disorder and was recently in a car accident which caused chronic pain in my back and neck. Told you I was a hot mess! I got my lab results back last week and found out I'm also prediabetic and my "bad" cholesterol is at 281 an... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:30:22 EST JUNE 2011 EXERCISE CHALLENGE! This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of JUNE 2011. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 23:10:38 EST This Is Me Hello, I am a 28 year-old single mom of a 5 year-old. I live in Indiana and am a full-time college student. I have a lot going for me right now but my weight isn't one of those things, in fact, I wish it would just go. My goal is to become healthier and more energetic so that I can be the best parent I can be for my daughter. I am looking for a support system in this aspect of my life. Friends are everything, especially friends who understand. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Jessica Mon, 30 May 2011 23:35:28 EST Hello Hello, my name is LaWanda. I have been a member of SP for a while now but have not been very active on the site. I have tried to loose this weight on my own, without asking for any help. Well, I have finally came to realize that I just can not do it on my own. I have started and gave up too many times to count. So I decided that I should make SP a priority in my everyday life and swallow my pride and get the support I desperately need to be successful. <BR> <BR> I am 39 years old and weigh ... Mon, 30 May 2011 11:09:13 EST Sincere thanks for the warm welcome I have been looking for a way to lose the weight without feeling like I needed to announce it to the whole world. I am a private person by nature and like to do things without necessarily having those around me aware of it. If that makes sense?!!?? So, finding this site is really wonderful. Maybe after I have lost a little weight and am feeling more confident in myself and my ability to stick to it this time I will "brag" a little about my secret weapon. <BR> I really ... Sun, 29 May 2011 12:07:54 EST This is me. Deal with it. LOL I am a woman that desperately needs to lose weight or lose her mind. I have three dogs that I treat like children. I have tried for years to lose this stinking weight and have always been a complete failure at it. The people in my family don't suffer with being overweight long though because we drop dead early. I am sick of the looks at the doctors office and the grocery store (and pretty much everywhere else). I want to feel comfortable sitting in a chair without the worry that the chair won... Sun, 29 May 2011 01:43:44 EST Ok I am new and need to say Hi Hey I am from Maynardville, TN and before I started to lose some of this weight I was over 400lbs. I wouldn't even register on the doctor scales! That was an embarrassing mess. Anyways, I managed to lose 50+ lbs, but I fell off the wagon and gained some back. Now I am back with a starting weight of 359...I need to lose 200 pounds. Then I would be feeling more like myself. The kicker is that in 2007 I had a really bad car accident where I shattered my hip and pelvis, so exersice is kinda s... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:21:10 EST Rally/Co nvention Fort Wayne, In Rally 9-17-11 is the Team Name to Join. <BR> <BR> <BR> EVENTS: (Include a live web address with Chris Sparkguy Downie himself!) <BR> Prizes include a hardback copy of The Spark sighned by Chris Downie! <BR> <BR> Location: <BR> Allen County Library <BR> 900 library plaza <BR> Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 <BR> <BR> Time: 9-6 <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 am Check In <BR> <BR> 10:00-12:00 pm Speakers: ~indygirl, Hoosiergirlindy, Little_Queen, Crazymama46, and Andyeastman33 <BR> ~Indygirl (... Tue, 24 May 2011 08:24:07 EST Intro :) Just a quick hello :) <BR> <BR> New to this site and excited to get started. My name is Jayce. I am 31, engaged, and have two beautiful cats. I work full time and take a few classes online in pursuit of my BS in Accounting. <BR> I've always carried some extra weight, but at 6ft I could get away with it for the most part. Over the last ten years, due to a series of medical and mental setbacks, I've really piled on the weight. Now, looking forward to a new career and a new life with a wonderfu... Sun, 15 May 2011 22:41:10 EST Once again This is my 3rd time on SP. I believe about 2 yrs ago was actually on this team. Had to quit it last time because of no internet. But didn't give up on losing weight. I started last July at 395 now I am at 316. I am 41, married, have 5 grown kids, 7 grand kids. I still have approximately 166 pounds to go. But I know the support on SP is going to help me lose it all. <BR> <BR> Jodi Thu, 12 May 2011 13:39:55 EST Hi I'm Cheryl Hi I'm Cheryl and although I signed up for Sparkpeople a long time ago, I'm back to try again. <BR> <BR> I had some success with walking and eating healthy. But I eat compulsively and don't like exercise much so I always put the weight back on. As a working mom, it's difficult to find time or the desire to get away from my toddler to exercise. However I'm willing to make some changes in my life so that I can be healthy for my daughter and husband (and myself). <BR> <BR> Thanks for being ... Wed, 11 May 2011 19:09:17 EST Getting started! Hello all. I joined this team last year however I got pregnant shortly after joining and between morning sickness and Doctors appointments I didn't have time to log in and keep on track with my diet. However I gained 12 pounds and 6 weeks ago had a 8 lb 14 oz healthy little man! <BR> Now the problem I'm facing is getting started. I had a routine before now I'm just lost as of where to begin! My husband and I are trying to go walking every night when he gets off work. With my diet though I'm ... Wed, 4 May 2011 19:21:45 EST MAY 2011 EXERCISE CHALLENGE This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of MAY 2011. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 10:45:03 EST MAY 2011 CHIT CHAT Hello folks! Can you believe May is here already? Let's make May the month we bloom! <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------------------------ <BR> "Now the bright morning-star, Day’s harbinger, <BR> Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her <BR> The flowery May, who from her green lap throws <BR> The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose. <BR> Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire <BR> Mirth, and youth, and warm desire! <BR> Woods and groves are of thy... Sun, 1 May 2011 05:37:47 EST I have a few questions! Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! <BR> <BR> I have been suring the internet on counting calories. I ran across 2 other sites that do it and I was comparing my calories for each site. <BR> SparkPeople Calories for me are 1890-2240 <BR> Other website Calories for me 2700 <BR> Another website calories for me 2715 <BR> My question is how can there be such a difference in the calories for each site. I don't understand. Can anybody help me understand ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:23:38 EST Hello Hi, I'm Elisa, otherwise known as Meatball. That's the nickname given to me by my father. Now whenever I see the word "meatball" I think they're talking about me. I have recently lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers. I feel more mobile now and I'm able to walk a little longer without having to rest. This morning I did the warm up, 1 mile walk and the cool down of a Leslie Sansone walk dvd. It was over before I knew it. I do have problems with leg swelling and with my hips. I wasn't able to do the w... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:07:22 EST Guess what, Guess what, Guess what I've just done something for the first time ever and if ya ask me totally cool! I just put on and SNAPPED CLOSED a common everday lead apron. Was able to use the one hangin' on the portable. Ya lead aprons are sized. And of course "mine" is the one custom ordered, has always fit sloppy in the neck and shoulders (most likely porprotioned for a male). But when I got to my patient found I had a diffent one with me. Oh yeah I rocked it. Now I want to wear it for fun. Would the be weight t... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 02:25:15 EST New to SparkPeople! Need some insight! I didn't know where to post this, so I thought I would start here. <BR> I am 42, and I am disabled. I have Severe Degenterative Joint Disease in my back and both knees. The point I am getting at here is that I am only able to do upperbody exercises and some chair exercises. I can't stand or walk for any length of time due to the pain. <BR> My question is! Is it possible for me to lose the weight on this plan, since I can't walk or stand that long. I get 2,090 - 2,440 a day. I do 2 lb weight... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:54:54 EST Use An Emoticom To Show How You're Feeling Today <em>100</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:46:22 EST APRIL 2011 EXERCISE CHALLENGE This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of April. <BR> <BR> Any and all exercise counts. The main thing is to just keep moving! Let's go team! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>231</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:20:02 EST From JerseyDebbie23 I thought I would repost this here to give everyone a chance to welcome Debbie without going to the other thread that has gotten so big. I know when it's big like that it's sometimes hard for our team members who still have a dial up connection to open. Here is her post: <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! I'm Debbie from New Jersey (Jersey Shore area but orig. from north je... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:12:07 EST April Chit Chat hello folks...can you believe it's April already? <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>453</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:41:54 EST Hey you going to finish that? Folks getting tired of my usual meal rotations. So just wondering what cha having? Shout out a favorite for an idea. And why it's a favorite. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 05:33:09 EST Mini Conventions/ Rallies 29 seats remain as of March 18. Final Rally Sale! Tickets $9.99 each. <BR> <BR> Florence KY/ Cincinnati area Mini Convention May 21, 2011 (Saturday) <BR> drinks and snacks provided <BR> <BR> EVENTS include a live web conference with Sparkguy himself and a party Coach Nicole is attending! <BR> <BR> Event Timing: <BR> 7:30AM-9 Set up <BR> <BR> 9-9:30 Arrivals/registration/gift bags/ registration for prizes <BR> <BR> 9:30-11:30 Speakers and Questions ~Indygirl, Hoosiergirlindy, Sheenadee, K... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:30:03 EST just saying hi hello just joined your group wanted to say hi to everyone:) Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:22:20 EST MARCH 2011 EXERCISE CHALLENGE This thread is for though of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of March. Please post your goals here. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 05:59:46 EST MARCH 2011 CHIT CHAT Here it is, the start of a new month and Spring is in the air!! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 05:52:02 EST Calorie Intake VS Basic Metabolic Rate I may be placing this is the wrong spot... but, is there anyone who could help me wrap my head around caloric intake. I know weight loss is not as simple as calories in vs calories out... if it was I'd be tiny by now lol. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was watching Scale Down, it's Christian based weight loss series/book... figured I could use it in tandem with SparkPeople, kinda cover all the bases... basically, when she got into calories we should eat, she stated we should never eat below or BMR (a... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 02:51:36 EST True...o ...False ? <BR> The next person is settling into a routine for the new year. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going to bring back Georgia's games. Above is the first question. Next person to reply must answer true or false and pose a question of their own... Have Fun ! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:01:44 EST Feb Week One Question Of The Day. "I DID IT" ? Take a moment to think about this one. <BR> What is the one most important long term goal you are setting for yourself for this new year (whether it's in writing somewhere or in your mind)? What is the most important thing you would like to be able to say "I did it!" about in 2011? <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:33:39 EST FEBRUARY 2011 ..Exercise and Other Goals Use this space to log your exercise progress or other goals you may have. Dedicated exercise has always been lacking in my program. Even though I know that any real weight loss or lifestyle change has to include exercise. No time like the present. Lets move ! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:12:22 EST FEBRUARY 2011 CHIT CHAT Greeting Team Family: Can you believe that it's already February? Let's prove that this is the month of LOVE by sending out extra goodies to our Team Family to show them that we care! Have a great day & remember to include lots of fun & fitness! Love, Dawn Tue, 1 Feb 2011 04:03:03 EST Mental Talk I have really been struggling this week with the mental talk or mind games that I play. <BR> If I eat this then I can work it off this way. <BR> If I do this on Tuesday I can have it off by Saturday. <BR> It's ok to eat this if I only do it this one time. <BR> Every excuse, every reasoning, all the crazy things I say to myself to justify not doing Spark the way it is designed to be used! <BR> WHY?? Have any of you experienced this? Does it take time to change those excuses? How do you work ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:45:41 EST QOTW January 20-31 When you can't eat at home So, everyone struggles with convenience food and fast good options when you can't eat at home. Our Daily Chat had a discussion going about what to do if you are a car eater (you usually snack in the car). <BR> <BR> What are some suggestions you have for your team mates about surviving those car trips, long commutes and breakfasts on the go? What do you do when you're traveling and need to eat out? Fast food? Restaurants? Share your ideas with us! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:21:22 EST Need exercise tips So I have been heavy all my life, and when I got my first desk job is when it really got out of hand and after 6 years it has gotten to be too much. I have done a lot to help myself, completely cut out soda entirely(haven't had a sip since March '10), really cut down my carb intake, worked hard on upping my vegetable to protein ratio, and added a lot more water to my daily diet. I think I have my calories under control for now... I just need to add exercise and I think I will be on a roll. ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:25:58 EST Hello everyone Hi, my name is Kendra, been overweight for as long as I can remember and even when I wasn't I thought I was. I've been down this road before, I know it's a lifestyle change, not a diet. I have to work really, really hard to keep myself on track and that's why I give up and get frustrated, it shouldn't be so hard to get healthy. But because I have food issues I know that I am going to have to work hard. I need to be healthy for me and for my two beautiful daughters. Not only that but I need to... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:35:41 EST JANUARY 2011.. Exercise and Other Goals Even though the month is more than half over, I would like to use this thread for logging or recording personal goals for January. A place to post progress in any lifestyle change you might have. For me, I want to be accountable for my exercise. That has been one week part of changing my life. Give it some thought and hopefully what we post here will encourage others to make lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>332</em> <em>306</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:51:49 EST Newbie in need of Support!!! Hi all! My name is Tracy and I am 24 years old. I have tried spark before and failed because lack of faith in myself and lack of support from others.I am determined this time to stick with it and make my goals reality. I am looking for a Sparkbuddy that's just starting out like I am (again...) I don't have a scale yet (I can't afford one until friday!)so my weight is an estimate based off my last weight a few months ago until it arrives. I am looking for someone to be accountable to and to pr... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:43:30 EST Emotional eating I love my family in Texas very much, maybe too much.. just beginning to plan my trip and I want to binge eat and not stop. <BR> We lost my sister last spring, and I want to go see her kids and grandkids, but I guess I don't want to deal with the emotions that trip is gonna stir up. <BR> I have got to develop some other way of coping with difficult emotions, something OTHER than eating. <BR> <BR> Please share what works for you. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 02:43:41 EST A Cheat Day? Years ago when I lost 90lbs (yes, and gained it back like a trooper LOL) I always had a cheat day every week. I didn't go INSANE on those days and eat the house, but I basically let myself have more than normal. <BR> <BR> Do any of you ever do cheat days? <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:10:25 EST Family Christmas- let's talk about Leanne's fat! Well, I'm not exactly motivated right now. I am planning to weigh tomorrow to see how I've been doing. As of 12/27, I weighed in at 412, 12 pounds less than my all time hight of 424. I managed to stay at 412 throughout the holidays, YAY! Now I am faced with a new year, new goals, and trying to get out of the same bad habits. I have gained 145 pounds in the last 8 years, since meeting my husband. My family has seen what I have done to myself and are concerned. My dad and sister suggeste... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:09:21 EST QOTW 1/8 to 1/15: What's for breakfast? Breaking old habits is hard, and many of us have meal habits we're trying to break. My typical breakfast used to be a stop through McDonalds, followed by....a breakfast at break time of bagels or doughnuts. <BR> <BR> Since starting SP my new breakfast of the day is always oatmeal. I eat that every day, followed by yogurt (low sugar) at break time. And I used to HATE yogurt! <BR> <BR> On Sunday we always had what we called 'big breakfast'. We still do, and I partake but on a more reasonable... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:36:33 EST QOTW 1/1 to 1/7: New Year Goals New Years Pledge: <BR> I found this pledge on another team and thought it would be great for us for 2011. I modified it a little! Here's the pledge for getting the life you deserve: <BR> <BR> This is my year to be the person I've always wanted to be. This year I will put (your name) first. Starting (date), I will focus on taking the steps to achieve my goals. Today, I will create a plan to realize my dreams. This is my year to achieve four goals. <BR> <BR> 1.______________________________... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:43:47 EST January 2011 Chit Chat <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Yay! It's 2011! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 01:11:27 EST Newbie here Hey all! My name is Leanne and I'm new to sparkpeople, but have heard great things from friends who use it. I'm 27 and in desperate need of losing this weight for good. I have yo-yo'd on and off since I was 12 and have only continued to gain weight. I have a wonderful husband, but he struggles with being supportive at times. I'm really looking forward to getting to know new people and being part of a support system. Hoping 2011 is my year!!!! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:52:26 EST Hello Hello, I am Kevin. I live in Florida and have a whole boatload of weight to lose. I have gotten away from walking but am now going back to that and hope to eventually run a 5K, then more. Baby steps. I hope to talk with you guys soon. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:03:13 EST QOTW 12/25 to 12/31 Christmas Future We are ready to round out our Christmas Carole visits this week with a look at the Ghost of Christmas Future. Time to put your future vision goggles on. <BR> Let's look ahead 1, 2 and 5 years from now. <BR> What do you see? What kind of changes do you see in your yourself? <BR> Let's spend some time creating a positive vision of what we would like to see 1,2 and 5 years from now. <BR> Again, you can either write about this here or in a blog or a journal. The important thing is to s... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:16:31 EST QOTW 12/18 to 12/24 Dear Santa... We're going to skip the Ghost of Christmas Future until the week of New let's take this week to compose our Dear Santa letters. <BR> <BR> If you could wish for anything related to your health/food/exercise journey...something you'd like to get all wrapped up under the tree with motivation included, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Dear Santa, I would like a ________________________ Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:41:22 EST QOTW 12/12 to 12/19: Christmas Present Last week we spent some time talking about the Christmases of our past and how we developed the habits and traditions that we must face today. <BR> <BR> This week I want to focus on Christmas Present. We have just 13 days until Christmas! <BR> <BR> Think forward the next 3 weeks (we'll include New Years). What parties do you have planned? Family events? Do you know that goodies will be appearing like sugar plums left by fairies all over your office? Do you know you'll be making something y... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:52:08 EST Article of the week This week's article is about getting back on track after Thanksgiving week! <BR> <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=1062 Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:30:06 EST QOTW 12/5 to 12/12: Ghosts of Christmas Past We'll be spending the next few weeks looking at our relationship with food and the holidays. These are difficult times for most of us...old habits are firmly ingrained and we tend to go back to the same comforting activities and foods that comforted us as children. <BR> <BR> While you are more than welcome to spend time also looking at other aspects of your Christmases past, for this activity I would like you to spend time thinking about food. <BR> <BR> What are some of your food memories a... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:27:07 EST Christmas Stories and Free Fun Stuff I put this on my blog today and thought maybe to pass it on. So I am putting on a few team pages. If you on the same teams you may already know. Please excuse it then. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas Stories starting Dec 1st until Dec. 2th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hristmasstories/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please feel free to pass on to others. I would so like this to snowball so to speak. <BR> <BR> <BR> Also some other free fun stuff: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:39:14 EST DECEMBER Chit Chat Can you believe it's December already!??? <BR> <BR> And what do you guys think of the new logo? BevAnne (Gringuita) designed it for light us on FIRE for the new year! YAY. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 00:19:20 EST Greetings from Minnesota!! Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> First, I have to say....good job to all who are on here. By reading this you are a part of a group that is acknowledging the need for some extreme weight loss. This isn't about that "5 lbs" that just won't leave. This is about more than just fitting into that little black dress or that great suit. This is about regaining, reclaiming the life that you want and, my hat is off to you. <BR> <BR> Now....who the heck am I?!!!! <BR> <BR> I am a 29 year ol... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 00:05:13 EST Question of the week: 11/28 to 12/5 Each week I'll post a new question...something to think about....something to have fun with. Sometimes they'll be weight and health related and sometimes just fun! <BR> <BR> This week's Question of the week: <BR> <BR> Being Grateful. Since Thanksgiving just ended for us let's all post something here that we are grateful for in our lives today. Maybe something we didn't have a year ago...or something we have recently learned was really important to us. What are you grateful for this week? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:00:35 EST THE HUDDLE CHALLENGE Have you HUDDLED today? <BR> <BR> Welcome to the The Need to lose 200+ Pounds Team HUDDLE CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> This challenge is to help with boosting TEAM SPIRIT! <BR> <BR> Every day, come into the team and HUDDLE! This has more than one benefit... you earn spark points for doing it... you say hello to your fellow team members and show them that you're sparking along with us... <BR> <BR> Each week we will be giving out GOODIES for our TEAM SPIRIT leaders! 10pt goodies will be awarded f... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:44:09 EST The 5 Star Challenge (resurrected) ~ 5 Star SELF Challenge ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> "Every Day is a do-over!" <BR> <BR> Copy & Paste: <BR> <BR> 1st Drink Your Water? <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> 3rd Exercise? <BR> 4th Track Your Food? <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Star day! <BR> <BR> You can either just post a "star" as your answer <BR> or just post an answer as to if you met each of the 5 goals. <BR> <BR> The most important thing for those of us who have so much to lose to remember is.... Progress NOT perfection! ... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:31:17 EST New and Looking for Support! Hello. My name is Tia and I am looking for all the support I can get. I am on this journey alone where I live but found that I can find alot of inspiration on Spark People. I have 205 pounds to lose which is a long journey, but I am taking it one day at a time. I want to learn along the way how to make this a lifestyle. Please feel free to add me as a friend and I will do the same to anyone who wants to support each other on this journey. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 01:21:19 EST NOVEMBER CHIT CHAT Can you believe that another month is upon us! Where did October go? <BR> <BR> Remember that we're in the middle of what I call the "eating season". BEWARE! Take good care of yourself and stay true to your Spark Plan. We can do it together! Mon, 1 Nov 2010 00:46:18 EST Phone Friends? Anybody up to being a phone friend with me? I can call anywhere in the US or Canada without incurring additional charges. Please message me privately. Looking forward to hearing from you. <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:55:14 EST OCTOBER CHIT CHAT Greetings on the First Day of October! I hope that everyone is feeling fine & frisky. The weather is getting cooler, let's heat it up with some good conversation & friendship! Love, Dawn Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:06:16 EST HellO Everyone Im Jenna! Hello everyone... My name is Jenna and i live in Michigan... i am married and no children! YET!! --heheheh! ...ohhh and im 22 years old! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:07:25 EST New to the group and need motivation! Hello all my name is LaTasha or you can just call me Lady T. I'm new to Spark People, so bare with me if I'm not doing this quite right! <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor and got a complete wakeup call. I was very disappointed to hear how much I now weighed. At that very moment I made up in my mind that it was time for a change. I knew then that at the rate that I was going If I did not make a decision to change my habits and lifestyle that my health was going to get wa... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:30:05 EST Hi, I'm Donna Hi guys! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I am Donna, 43, married with 2 kids and I am on a mission to lose 1/2 of me and get healthy. I started this journey at 372lbs a few years ago and with getting my meds right (thyroid, PCOS, and others) and watching my food choices I managed to lose down to 330 and have been stalled for about a year. So, now I am putting some effort into exercise and seeing if I can get under 300lbs before 2011. (Might be a bit unrealistic... but, hey, a gir... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:19:55 EST I'm new- support please Good Afternoon everyone- I'm in Edmonton and new to all of this. I am finding along my journey that I am lacking support from friends. Nobody really gets it. maybe it's 'cause I have done this a million times before. This time is different- I'm not even completely sure how or why- I just think it's "the right time" <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate some moral support. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:49:45 EST Hi i'm Jenny Hi everyone my name is Jenny and not sure what all i am supposed to write here so.... My best friend recommended this site to me not sure what all it entails but i am willing to give this a try and see how it works. I have never been one to tell anyone my weight i was to emabarassed. I need to lose around 200 pounds give or take some but along w other health issues being the fat friend really sucks big time but I am here and on my way to learning how to live healthier!! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:51:47 EST Newbie here! Hello all!! I just joined tonight. My name is Tonia and I am 35 years old. Oh ya I need to lost a football <BR> I have always been fat.I cant remember a time where I was not overweight. Honestly being this big never bothered me untill not long ago. Im having a hard time to walk and move. My legs and feet are so swellon, thats another matter. <BR> About 2 weeks ago I went to the er because of the swelling and I was told it was right side heart failure and if I dont lose weight n... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:13:02 EST Program Advice Hi Everyone, <BR> I am struggling to say the least. I am absolutely torn with what program is best for me. I keep coming back to two very different programs. Low Carb or Raw/Green Smoothies. I have 200 pounds to lose and am just beside myself with what to do here. I have tried both programs and the LC is going to take a while since I have done that before and the more you try it the harder it is for it to work. The Raw way is also not an easy way but your health can improve so much and the sa... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:41:57 EST So very confused I was looking at my reports on here, and according to it on the days that I don't get in any excercise I have a difference of 1600 calories a day and on the days that I do get in exercise I have a difference of 4109 calories a day. (as in calories I burned, versus the calories I ate) <BR> If a pound equals 3500 calories than I should be losing 5 or 6 pounds a week. <BR> But I'm not, I'm barely losing 2 lbs a week. <BR> It just doesn't make any sense. <BR> It's so frustrating at this rate its... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 13:24:33 EST How do you use the fitness tracker? hey all, <BR> I live in the sticks, and the only option for internet here is dial up. So, I can't watch any of the how to videos. <BR> I'd really like to start tracking my fitness but I can't figure the thing out. <BR> I have some weight related health problems and I'm pretty limited on the exercises that I can do, so most of the ones that sp has suggested are just out of the question. I'm mostly swimming 4 days a week now, and doing some basic Jane Fonda type exercises, however I don't kno... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:45:36 EST SEPTEMBER CHIT CHAT Greetings Team Family! Can't believe that it's September already! Where did August go? For that matter, where did the Summer go? Does it seem to any of you that the older we get the faster time flies? It sure seems that way for me. <BR> <BR> Today has been busy, but then again, all my days are busy. It was a good day and I took some down time to just relax. I got a lot more sparking done than usual. That's a nice treat! <BR> <BR> I need to get to bed because I teach two water aero... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 00:46:38 EST eating too little makes u not lose??????? I'm not losing the way that I had hoped to, and I just read that it maybe cause I've cut too many cals. <BR> I've been trying to stick around 700 to 800 cals a day. <BR> Does anyone know if this is true? If you cut back too much too fast does it slow your weight loss? Sat, 28 Aug 2010 13:36:59 EST Couple of questions Hi all, I have a couple of things that I'm unsure about, if someone could help me out with them I would really appreciate it. <BR> First I was wondering if green tea with splenda can be considered water intake? I've had a couple people tell me that it is, but I don't see it any where on sp. <BR> Also, I was wondering if anyone knew of work out options for people of my size. I've tried walking, I've been trying to do 5000 steps a day, but it kills my knees. The day after they're so spent th... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:21:32 EST Clothing sites Here are a list of clothing sites, for various shapes and sizes :) couple shoe places and theres one site that is for chairs and exercise equipment and such for bigger people. :) I have been keeping a list and update it from time to time, so enjoy. :) <BR> <BR> Sizes 14 - 28 <BR> <BR> <BR> - Plus Size Swimwear, Bras, Dresses, and more <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Women's fashion clothing in sizes 14 to 32... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:27:04 EST What do you do for water retention? <em>15</em> <em>29</em> <BR> Summertime + me = water retention <BR> What do you do to counteract this? I have tried various things nothing seems to work. <BR> Karen <em>239</em> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:43:58 EST diet choices I need some help, I don't want to go on a particular "diet" ie. WW, Southbeach, etc. So I need some help in what are good food choices for dinners. I think I've got the other meals on track, it's dinners that are confusing me. Any suggestions? Sun, 8 Aug 2010 14:44:16 EST embarassed in the water I'm sure others have had this problem, so I'm hoping there might be some suggestions.... <BR> <BR> I have joint problems and because of them, doctors have suggested that until I lose about 75 pounds, I should do as much of my exercise as possible in the water. <BR> <BR> The kicker is that I will have to access a public pool in order to do this. I believe the local rec center has a pool and I intend to look into a membership so I can use it, but my worry is this.... <BR> <BR> I'm terribly ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 21:25:29 EST Pleasure to meet you Hello! You can call me Dreamer. I'm a 26 year old guy who's finally decided to take action against my obesity. I have struggled with my weight most of my life, as have most of the people in my family. <BR> <BR> I looked over the numbers and I actually need to lose 161 pounds to be in my 'healthy' range, but a dear friend pointed me to this group before I did the math and said I should stick around anyway. She says this is a great and supportive group of folks. <BR> <BR> I'd like to stick ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 00:57:34 EST Splenda Sweetened Summer Beverages Here are some summer drink recipes sweetened with Splenda (yes I know now everyones sweetener of choice.) Hopefully this is the right area to post this. <BR> <BR> **Lemon Iced Tea** <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 10 Minutes <BR> Cook Time: 1 Hour Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes <BR> Servings: 8 <BR> <BR> "Orange pekoe tea flavored with lemon juice and sweetened with Splenda® Granulated Sweetener. Serve in a tall glass over ice." <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 cups water <BR> 3 orange pekoe tea bags <B... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:16:41 EST FOCUS FOR 50 FALL CHALLENGE "FOCUS POINTS" Focus for 50 Fall Challenge "Focus Points" <BR> AUGUST FOCUS AREAS: <BR> <BR> Things to focus on this week are: <BR> 1. East breakfast EVERY day <BR> 2. Drink water water water, and no calorie drinks <BR> 3. Log ALL of your food, everything that crosses your lips, needs to be logged. <BR> 4. Post your progress daily. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE FOCUS: <BR> Move move move - at least 90 minutes cardio total and 40 minutes strength.This is to be done 3 days cardio (30 min) and 2 days strength (2... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 02:02:44 EST FOCUS FOR 50 FALL CHALLENGE WEIGH-IN <BR> Focus for 50 Fall Challenge Weigh-in <BR> This is where we'll post our weekly weigh-ins. Copy the template and edit your post weekly. <BR> <BR> AUGUST WEIGH-INS <BR> 8/1: <BR> 8/8: (+/-) <BR> 8/15: (+/-) <BR> 8/22: (+/-) <BR> 8/29: (+/-) Mon, 2 Aug 2010 02:01:47 EST FOCUS FOR 50 FALL CHALLENGE Focus for 50 Fall Challenge: <BR> Welcome to our Fall 2010 Challenge. We will each commit to losing 50 pounds this fall by focusing on 10 pounds per month. <BR> <BR> Challenge starts Aug. 1, 2010 and runs thru Dec. 31, 2010. <BR> <BR> Weigh in weekly, post weight either Sunday or Monday each week. <BR> <BR> We will have fun challenges and different focus areas each week. <BR> <BR> This is the thread where you will post your personal challenge goals. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 02:00:32 EST Silly Water Workout Question <em>240</em> I am tryin gto start some sort of exercise. I have always liked working out in the water. I have access to a pool at the Y. However, even though it is the therapy pool when the economy went south they turned the temperature down. I have always had an issue that when I get wet & cold I cannot warm up. I have been trying to decide if I wear a t-shirt over my suit if that will help being an extra layer or if it won't help at all since it will be wet. Any ideas? I know silly ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 14:17:31 EST August 2010 Exercise Challenge This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of JULY. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 00:25:20 EST AUGUST CHIT CHAT Hello Need to Lose 200+ Team. This is where we'll hang out and swap stories in August. <BR> <BR> Pull up a chair, grab a drink and tell us what's on your mind. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 00:17:18 EST Summer Road Trip Yeeha! I'm heading a few hours west in my car this Monday and taking a week's vacation ! Yeah! There is a pool in two of the three hotels, so I have a plan to use them for water-walking. I have a cooler and picnic bag packed with good stuff and I look forward to seeing what I can find that's different and interesting along the way. Have a good week and I will be thinking of you - or will I ? LOL. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:24:27 EST Introducing myself to the team members Hello my name is sherry ramsey and I need to lose 200lbs! I currently weigh 328.8 lbs. I did way 350, but with walking and cutting back on my food intake i have manage to lose some weight. However, I do have some health issues and limations. I have <BR> some knee problems and can't walk to far. And I don't know what kind of excerse i can do. Any advice? <em>249</em> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 02:49:23 EST Swimming Away the Pounds I had started a separate team called Swimming Away the Pounds, but no one joined. so I deleted it today. SO if anyone would like to talk about swimming, we could do it here. :-) <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 20:04:45 EST really struggling Hi everyone, <BR> I just wanted to say thanks for being there. I have really been struggling lately and not on sparkpeople much. I currently have been going in the wrong direction, I am gaining weight really fast, the 50lbs I lost a year or so ago are all back and I am think probably more, but I havn't been on a scale in a while. So here is my commitment to get back on track, hope to see you all on here. Rick Mon, 5 Jul 2010 19:42:10 EST Thoughts on Bariatric surgery? * Would you ever think of doing it? <BR> <BR> * Do you think it's the "easy" way out? <BR> <BR> * What do you think (what's your attitude) towards people who opt for this sort of surgery? Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:23:02 EST chair exercises I have a really hard time walking and doing traditional exercises and I know some of the members do chair exercises. What kinds of exercises can i do in a chair? Will it help me lose weight or just tone? thanks for any feedback..its greatly appreciated Sat, 3 Jul 2010 23:54:55 EST JULY 2010 EXERCISE CHALLENGE! This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of JULY. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 3 Jul 2010 21:39:51 EST good workout dvds Im looking for good workout dvds that involve no big equipment (small space i live in) something where i can burn calories..maybe cardio.. wal mart or academy would be a great if i could find these there. thanks a bunch! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 17:10:56 EST Introducing me :) Hello all, <BR> <BR> I really dislike talking about myself. So I apologize if this seems forced or sounds like a dating ad :) <BR> <BR> I am a 32 yr old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I recently got divorced in December of last year. It's a good need to apologize or do the head cock to the left. I am in a much better place now. <BR> <BR> I've been in the weight battle for most of my life. Never had any major health problems (diabetes, heart conditions, etc), b... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:49:53 EST July's Sizzlin' Chat Thread It's here, July 1st! Half the year is over. It's time to kick up our programs and spend this summer sizzling away some weight. <BR> <BR> This is the place we will share all our sizzling advice, gossip, cheer each other on and vent our frustrations. Pull up a chair on the porch, grab a tall glass of H2O and come sizzle with us! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 00:15:06 EST Fat and Confused HELLLLLLP! please Im asking this here in my 200 plus lbs to lose group cause I feel like I get better understood here. I need to lose alot of weight..I dont know how much I weigh cause most scales only go up to 350 ish and im bigger then that so i dont even have a starting weight. I been a member of spark for while but last Monday the 21st is when I put my foot down and im going to stick through this..but i think my biggest issue on how to lose this large amount of weight is where do i start! I read people blo... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:59:43 EST Being pulled in all different directions. I am losing steam. Getting myself to the pool for all my aquafit classes and my swims is getting messed up because I am choosing to spend time at home instead. I am writing for some support & encouragement to not lose my 'spark.' Apparently, reaching out and asking for help is one way to keep my spirits up. I hope someone responds. lol ps) thanks to jessie1326 for responding to my blog about 'month 10.' Thanks, guys. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey! Your words meant the world to me. I went to c... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:38:31 EST Hi All... new neighborhood Hi All! My name is Marlene. I stumbled with Sparkpeople thru an iPhone App recommendation. I downloaded the App a few weeks ago, and I loved it. Today I decided to check out the website. I am SO impressed to see the tons of information to support us to lose weight. I am 32 years old and have been overweight my whole life. Last year I decided to get healthier. I promised myself for the first time that I will make the commitment to make a lifestyle change to get healthier and to exercise.... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:12:49 EST Clothes Give-Away Size 28 to 26 I still have a lot of clothes from when I lost weight. Some of them are really pretty, and I'd love to send them to another Sparker. I was thinking of posting a blog with photos so that people could pick out what they wanted. There are a few items sized 26 and 28. Is anyone else down to that size? One of the hardest thing about losing so much weight is going through clothing. But I have really high quality stuff from earlier. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you'd be interested, or if you're that si... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:30:09 EST Howdy Hiya! Well, what can I say. I always knew I was obese and needed to lose some serious pounds, but two weeks ago a series of events drove that home to me, and I started this journey. I'm 32 and as of the day I started this weighed 503 lbs. My initial goal is to get under 400lbs by June 1 , 2011, with more to come. <BR> <BR> I'm currently on a 1200 cal/day diet using a mix of slim fast shakes with low cal meals. I'm not able to do much in they way of exercising YET, but have started wit... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:30:21 EST I only make it through my day halfway!! Need help! Ive been trying to get good with sticking to my diet that SparkPeople created for me. The first week I lost two pounds, but that was probably just water weight and I wasn't following the diet all that well. Heres my story lol, I do great on my diet all throughout the day. I get in almost all my water, and I just do great. When I get off work, its almost dinner time and I am starving. My stomachs growling, and in the past before I started with spark people I would run through the McDonalds dri... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:51:50 EST New to the Team Hi. My name is Trish, I am a mother of 4 beautiful daughters and a new grandson. I have been over weight all my life. I am married to my second husband who is quite a few years younger than me but to me age is a number expecially when you have found your best friend. I am 40, I will be 41 in August. <BR> Recently I have had a lot thrown onto my plate and me being an emotional eater doesnt help anything. Last September I lost a grandfather, in October I lost my dad, and one of my favorite Aun... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:18:46 EST First weigh 6/10 My first weigh was at 401. I will weigh every Thursday and post my success! <em>192</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:13:09 EST New to the team! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a relatively new member to SP, but I've been lurking for a while now. I just joined this group tonight, though! It looks like there are a bunch of supportive people here, which made me want to stay. I'm 32, married, 2 kids, and I need to lose 220 lbs. I have just finished my Master of Arts in Education and am looking for a job in the real world, after 7 years in college. So, I thought that since my life is changing anyway, why not change it all and make a real ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 03:44:17 EST I Hate Dating I hate dating. I don't hate men mind you; in fact, I ADORE men with all their inperfections and folliables. Why then do I hate dating? I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> I belong to an online dating site, one where you can't post your e-mail address. (They want you to pay to communicate with anyone.) I'm not really looking, so I haven't updated my profile in quite some time. The past few weeks, however, a gentleman has been flirting with me, sending me 'smiles.' Two weeks ago, he did some inve... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 21:16:42 EST JUNE EXERCISE CHALLENGE! This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of JUNE. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:33:36 EST DAILY CHAT - JUNE 2010 It's close enough to being June.... <BR> <BR> I expect that many of you have Memorial Day weekend plans and might not be "sparking".... <BR> <BR> I have fruit & goodies packed for the weekend with the guys and will shortly be heading out. <BR> <BR> See you all back here on Tuesday! Sat, 29 May 2010 15:39:42 EST Need All the Support I can Get Hi I'm new to SP today. I decided a few weeks ago that I am serious about losing weight. It took me a long long long time to get to this mindset and I am willing to do anything to stay with it. I'm naturally a shy person, so posting to anything is going against my natural tendencies. So I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm serious by fighting the urge to NOT post and hide in my hole. Hope everyone is doing great on this beautiful day. Wed, 26 May 2010 13:57:42 EST HI, I'm new HI: I'm Gayle. I'm 46 years old and live in Michigan, a half an hour north of Detroit. I share a home with my widowed mother and our two cats, Gus and Sam. <BR> <BR> I decided to start losing weight earlier this year. My mother who is only 66 has been semi-disabled for the past ten years or so. (She has arthritis in her knees and is unable to walk long distances.) She's been using an electric scooter for quite some time and she began using a walker around to get around the house. I d... Sun, 23 May 2010 10:55:54 EST MAY EXERCISE CHALLENGE! This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of MAY. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>310</em> <em>414</em> <em>320</em> <em>196</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 4 May 2010 02:21:25 EST DAILY CHAT ~ MAY 2010 May 1st - makes me think of activities we did as children, making cone shaped posie holders to hang on door knobs. <BR> <BR> And as we matured, I took that tradition & went to nursing homes to bring a bit of Springtime sunshine to someone that might not be fortunate to have family visit. <BR> <BR> Hmmm...sounds like something I should reinvest my time in..... <BR> <BR> Happy May Day to all!! Sat, 1 May 2010 17:59:01 EST New - lots to lose! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark and not so new to trying to get healthy. I am 24 years old, and have been overweight since early teen years. I have well over 200 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I am dedicated to getting healthy. There is a history of both cancer and heart disease on both sides of my family. I am committed to doing everything I can to stop that cycle. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know some of you on this journey. <BR> <BR> Be well, <BR> <BR> Sarah Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:29:30 EST kinds of food hi, I'm having a hard time getting the protein I need. I'm within my range but at the very low end. I'd like to get more into my daily diet. I think I would feel less hungry and it would help level out my blood sugars better. Also, since I'm still fairly new, I was wondering if as you make progress, does sparkpeople automatically adjust your calories, carbs, fat and protein levels? I would be grateful to anyone who had insight. Thanks! <BR> deb Mon, 5 Apr 2010 18:45:15 EST DAILY CHAT ~ APRIL 2010 DAWN ~ You are continually in my thoughts & prayers. <BR> <BR> DI ~ please take all the time you need to get refreshed, we will be here when you come back from "vacation"!! <BR> <BR> And to everyone else....let's Hop on into April. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 01:30:13 EST APRIL exercise challenge This thread is for those of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of April. <BR> <em>314</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>34</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:58:42 EST Im back Im new here. I just rejoined spark after deciding in my head and heart I need to do this. I have about 200 lbs to lose. Looking for support and to meet new friends. Hopefully, I can be that to others. Ive developed a lot of health issues because of my weight. Im looking to come off of most if not all of my meds. Anyone looking to be weight loss buds, I will gladly volunteer. But only if you are serious. No fairweather buds. Hope to hear from you soon. <BR> <BR> Portia Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:38:47 EST Hello everybody - I'm 28 from KC and have about 200lbs to lose I suppose. I feel like if I could just get that first 10 or 20 to go away I'd be motivated to keep going. I've had many, many false starts over the past 5 years or so. <BR> <BR> Still figuring out what SP is all about, but it seems like a very helpful website so far. I've been tracking the food I eat for the past week and feel good about being so aware. I'm so used to just eating whatever. <BR> <BR> I had success (I guess? I gained it back) wit... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 21:27:38 EST DAILY CHAT - MARCH 2010 NEW MONTH...NEW THREAD! <BR> <BR> We had a few new posts in the February thread so make sure to check those out! It's SO nice to see some new faces among us. Shaggin....I have not tried using the Wii fit. I really WANT to, but I am afraid to spend the money and then find I don't use it. I also wasn't at the weight requirement for most of last year, so I sort of put it off because of that. I wish I could try it without buying it somehow! <BR> I'm still struggling with getting in strength trai... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 08:51:30 EST March Exercise Challenge This thread is for though of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of March. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 07:51:17 EST The Real Killer Of Motivation The Real Killer of Motivation <BR> Routine is a murderer. <BR> <BR> Years ago, before starting the Motivation123 Web site, I had pockets full of plans and ideas. My mind was in a constant state of activity. <BR> <BR> As for my reality, nothing ever changed. Nothing in my life went in the directions I had hoped for. It got to the point that I began to doubt whether or not a better life was even possible. Could I change? <BR> <BR> Then, while paging through a magazine at the doctor's off... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:45:40 EST Crystal Light Is crystal light bad for weightloss or the body in general? Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:39:57 EST Readers Review I know this team has lots of readers. So a place to post ones recommends, avoids, and what not. <BR> <BR> <BR> Just finished "Lunch in Paris, A love story with recipes" (Elizabeth Bard). <BR> <BR> Great read. And although completely unintentional I had a duh event. The author while being offered normal sized desert or petite size, responded with normal. Leaving the other dinners doing the raised eyebrow. Results are small everyday decisions added together. <BR> <BR> Recommend wit... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 02:59:41 EST quick exercise question I hope this isn't too dumb a question but, is using a recumbent bike considered cardio? The reason I ask is because it seems that it just works your legs. Am I wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks all! <BR> <BR> ~ Nikki Fri, 12 Feb 2010 14:17:57 EST Mindless Night Time Eating I saw this topic thread on the main SP message board under Nutrition and Diet as one of the Hot Topics. It's an interesting question so I'll post the exact question here that the girl asked, in the hopes of getting input from all of you--as I'm sure this particular bug-a-boo has affected many of us. <BR> <BR> Here was the question: <BR> <BR> "I can do really well with my diet all day. I can keep my calories in check and my water intake is good, but as soon as I get home something happens. I... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:55:21 EST Making an online version of a Vision Collage? Any computer techies in the group? I want to make a collage, but I want to make one on the computer, not with paper. I don't have photoshop...anyone know of any free software that will allow me to combine several images to one document? <BR> <BR> And wouldn't it be great for SparkPeople to have an app that allowed us to do so? Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:39:39 EST Eight crazy health rumors <link><BR>ziest-health-rumors-573171/ </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2010 10:05:57 EST FEBRUARY...20 10...EXERCISE LOG <em>324</em> <em>237</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY... 2010... Exercise Challenge! <BR> <BR> Congrats everyone for making it through January and challenging yourself to exercise. Now, lets get down to business and make February a success. <BR> <BR> I'll start with this format and you can copy paste or make your own. Each day you can click on "edit" and put in the latest information. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are doing and for how... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:54:46 EST DAILY CHAT - FEBRUARY 2010 Thank goodness January is OVER. January sucked. Let's all have a great February, team! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:31:15 EST February Exercise Challenge This thread is for though of us who want a visual record of the progress we're making in our commitment to the goals and exercise challenges we've pledged to do for the month of February. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 08:46:22 EST 5 Star Day Self Challenge I saw this challenge on another team and thought it would be a great way to challenge ourselves. <BR> <BR> <BR> ~ 5 Star SELF Challenge ~ <BR> <BR> <BR> "Every Day is a do-over!" <BR> <BR> Copy & Paste: <BR> <BR> 1st Drink Your Water? <BR> 2nd Eat Right? <BR> 3rd Exercise? <BR> 4th Track Your Food? <BR> 5th Talk Yourself Up? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 Star day! <BR> <BR> You can either just post a "star" as your answer (as I did above in the next post) <BR> or just post an answer as to i... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 11:09:03 EST Introducing Myself I'm a 34 year old living in Southern California. I have no children, but my dog is my baby. I have been pretty isolated for 14 years but due to some good phych medicine, I'm doing wonderfully leaving depression and severe anxiety behind. When I changed my meds my eyes opened and I realized I was 338lbs. I was ready to lose and I have lost 29lbs since Sept of '09. I wish to find some friends close by to visit and do things with. This internet is just helping me to stay isolated in a way. But o... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:03:09 EST Exercise Question Hi. I'm new and will introduce myself shortly, but I had to ask, Is it just as effective to walk three times a day for 20 minutes as it is to walk once a day for 60 minutes? I guess that is two questions. Is it just as effective for cardio? Is it just as effective for weightloss? Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:14:06 EST Lowcarb Eating I eat lowcarb for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I don't have to take insulin for my Type 2 diabetes if I eat lowcarb -- I can control my sugars with just metformin. Another reason is that I find I have no cravings eating this way. If I feel hungry it is because I am hungry not because my body is craving stuff I don't need. I usually have under 20 net carbs per day but will allow myself up to 30 if those extra carbs are low glycemic veggies. <BR> <BR> For anyone who does... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:08:14 EST How did you get started with exercise? How did you first start exercising? At 406, I'm not even close to going for even a small walk. <BR> <BR> How do I get up off the couch and get started? <BR> <BR> I would love to hear your stories. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 17:57:11 EST Anyone want to help me make a meal plan? Let me know if anyone wants to help me plan my meals. I'm brain-dead and I really need to get some menus together. <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:09:40 EST Lets Play STRENGTH TRAINING BINGO We are doing this in a Biggest Looser Challenge. It's been fun for my competitive nature. So, I borrowed it. It's also a fun way to get your exercise in and perhaps learn some new ones. <BR> <BR> Create a bingo card that is divided into 5 blocks across and 5 blocks down and write the list below in order across the card or make your own Bingo card using other stregth training exercises. <BR> <BR> Use different Strength Training moves in each box. Cross out each move when 3 reps of 10 hav... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 14:59:13 EST Bogus diets to avoid <link><BR>s-diets-that-will-do-more-harm-than-go<BR>od-553992/ </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:22:34 EST Overwhelmed. I have exactly 200 pounds to lose. I have tried many different things, which have obviously not worked. I get discouraged and give up easily. <BR> <BR> I get very excited and worked up when I start something (whether diet related or just life in general) but then I get overwhelmed and thats when the bad foods come out. When I mess up once, it snowballs until I convince myself "I will just get back on tomorrow"...then the next day, the cycle continues. <BR> <BR> Sometimes just thinking... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:40:13 EST WHAT CHANGES WILL YOU MAKE IN 2010?? It's a New Year and a new decade, let's recommit to our personal goals. <BR> <BR> I will dig out my "Taking Control of Exercise" CD and complete my chair exercises at least daily. I need to get back more flexibility & strength in my legs. <BR> <BR> What changes or resolutions will you make in 2010? <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:44:00 EST JANUARY.....20 0.....EXERCISE LOG ***CORRECTION*** <BR> <BR> <BR> Please use the format in the "challenge" section of the forum.. I had a technical malfunction LOL thanks... <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>198</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 11:09:05 EST JANUARY...201 0....Exercise Challenge <em>217</em> <em>138</em> <em>108</em> <em>237</em> <em>231</em> <BR> JANUARY ... 2010... Exercise Challenge! <BR> <BR> Just about every weight loss success story I've read or seen includes some degree of dedication to exercise. Making exercise part of a new lifestyle is something necessary for me. In 2010, I would like to do a better job with that. In this forum, I challenge you to do the same. We probably have all been part of an exercise challenge before. I'll start with my for... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:59:37 EST DAILY CHAT ~ JANUARY 2010 Just creating a new 'chat thread' each month.... <BR> <BR> come on & jump into the hot tub with me...all subjects are welcome!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 19:59:16 EST Newbie Here! I am a newlywed, 30 something and need to lose at least 200 pounds. Stepped on the scale yesterday and to my dismay it read 361! I need to lose at least 31 pounds so that I can play my Wii Fit Plus that hubby and I received for christmas! He can play it, but the weight limit is 330, so I am out til I lose some weight. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:39:43 EST It's a day, not a month, nata week! My co-workers are so very tired of hearing me say... No thank-you concerning a most of the carb/fat/sugar/sodium laden seasonal treats. I thoughtfully pick those that I do part take, becoming a food snob. I turn down anything that is store bought(after all I can have that anytime). Homemade goodies must be specific once a year items before I give them a second thought. I have savored bites that pass the test. Because it's a holiDAY, nota a month nor week. <BR> <BR> What's your plan? <BR... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 02:34:27 EST another newbie Hi I am new. My name is Dennie, I am 45 married with 2 sons, 1 in high school- the other in college. I am really unsure of how much I weigh because I can't find a scale that goes over 350. I am thinking I am around 375, but could have drifted up a bit more. Ideally I would like to loose 225lbs but right now I am just shooting for getting under 300. <BR> <BR> I did gain a lot of weight with my pregnancies but then lost 165lbs and got to my goal weight. Then I quit smoking and slowly but surel... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:27:24 EST new here Hello, My name is Rick, I am 40 years old and live in Vermont with my wife and 2 kids. I am currently around 420lbs and want to get down to at least 220 if not a little lower. I am looking for much support and am just getting started at Sparkpeople. This is such an extensive site it is a bit overwhelming but I am working my way around it. If anyone wants to chat send me some mail and I will resond. Rick Tue, 15 Dec 2009 03:32:54 EST new here hello everyone,i am new to this team.My name is Kelly,and i live in WI,and i have a large amount to loose.i am hoping joining here will help.i have also recently gone Vegetarian.this seems like a great group,so thanks for having me here,kelly Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:20:44 EST question I spoke with my doc (pcp). He said its ok if I do two meal replacements and a reg meal as long as I feel ok before doing so. Does anyone know of any good meal replacements. I know slimfast shakes (liquid) are being recalled. Any other suggestions? We are talking 1200-1800/day. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 17:58:31 EST Plan Ok, <BR> I guess I have finally figured out a plan. My gastro doctor keeps bringing up bariatric surgery. Hint, hint. Its not something my insurance covers and I dont think I want to go that route. Ive considered going on Atkins although my PCP says that a diet high in protein is not good for my kidneys. Since Ive been having kidney issues. The only light I see at the end of the tunnel is for me to do about 800 calories a day. I cant deal with this weight and all the problems its broug... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 19:13:43 EST Thanks Thanks all of you who showed your support. Im not really on a specific diet. Im just trying to do no more than 1800 calories. I cant do a high protein, low carb due to some issues with my kidneys. I am trying to cut out soda and increase my water intake. Tomorrow is a new day. Ill will do my best to start anew. Im planning to return to the gym on Monday. Once again thanks. I wont be keeping track of my fitness, food intake etc. on here because my doctor likes to see my food journal and... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 23:03:35 EST Failed Another week gone and Ive failed again. It almost seems like Im doomed to die fat. I dont want that. I dont want to have to do surgery either. Afraid of going under. Plus, my insurance wont pay for it. Im just not sure what to do anymore. Perhaps I should accept that Im meant to be fat. Sat, 5 Dec 2009 16:35:00 EST I'm back Hello everyone..........Here I am ready to try again. I know that you don't fail until you quit trying. At least that is on my side. Mostly, I have been lazy and unwilling to give up a lot of the foods that I love. I know that with moderation I can still have them occasionally, so that gives me hope. I am constantly reminded of a favorite saying of mine. "Everything you say and everything you do , begins in the mind. When you lose control of your mind, you lose control of your life." ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 14:50:02 EST Im totally scared Ive made this decision probably a thousand times. But it seems like every time I go to my doctor's I get a new diagnosis.Im on my way to an early grave. So, Ive decided I hope for the final time, that Im getting the weight. Would love the support and to be a support to all in their endeavors. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 18:48:37 EST How did you do on Thanksgiving? How did today go for you? If you were on plan, what did you do to make that happen? If not, what will you do to get back on track? <BR> <BR> For our Canadian and European teammates....this can apply as easily to your week. Thu, 26 Nov 2009 21:19:04 EST New Personal Challenge Thread Is there something you wish to commit to doing? <BR> <BR> Do you need to be accountable to someone? <BR> <BR> Do you have a personal challenge that you want to tell us about? <BR> <BR> Do you want to challenge yourself to do just that bit better. Progress is not measured by how we compare to others, but in comparing ourselves with ourselves. <BR> <BR> This is the place to do it. Start your own thread...for your own personal challenge. Give it a suitable title, and use it to report on ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 20:37:11 EST enroute from 609 to 250 Hello everyone! I'm new to this website and am stumbling my way through, lol. I thought I would make a new thread instead or reply to the sticky...well, first off, I like attention, lol. Secondly, if there are any other heavyweights out there, I'd like them to friend me or send a message....cos it's not everyday you meet someone who need to lose like 400lbs. <BR> <BR> My goals are different than most peoples. I don't want to be thin, I want to be functional. My goal is to get to 250lbs. ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:43:10 EST About a month in, 35 pounds down... Hi, just joining your team and wanted to introduce myself. I'm just a month in and have lost a net of 35 pounds so far, today's weigh in was a little anti-climactic at 2 pounds compared to 18 last week, but plodding forward and doing my best to change my life! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 08:37:48 EST Weighed in today I lost 2 more pounds since Saturday. Whoo Hoo! Wed, 7 Oct 2009 01:40:53 EST Hi! My name is Michelle and I have joined SparkPeople because I am crying out for help and truly believe this is the place for it. I need to lose at least 200 pounds. It sounds pretty overwhelming knowing I need to lose that much but my plan is to set small weight loss goals along the way. You can read more about me on my SparkPage. I'm really looking forward to the support and encouragement I'll find here. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:58:07 EST new to Sparkpeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Susan. I have about 255 lbs to lose. I have been heavy all my life. I am 44 years old and would love to be able to do more things with my best friend/husband. I am a cancer survivor (almost 5 yrs now) and if I don't take this weight off, I could wind up with cancer again. <BR> I pray with my family and new sparks friends help, this will be my time to shine and grab the life I have always wanted as a healthier me. I look forward to getting and giving sup... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 15:19:51 EST OCTOBER RESOLUTIONS! Can it be? October is upon us and the end of the year is quickly approaching!! <BR> <BR> Time to start planning how you will handle the upcoming holidays - starting with Halloween. <BR> <BR> What October Resolutions are you planning?? Thu, 1 Oct 2009 02:50:44 EST New Hi, <BR> My name is Jenny. I have a little over 200 pounds to lose. I am here for friendship and support. My highest weight was 378 and I am down to 355 this morning! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:19:09 EST Hey everyone Hey everyone, My name is Cheng and I heard about this site from a friend of mine who said it's a good place to get started. <BR> <BR> My story: <BR> All my life I've been obese, ever since I was a little kid. And now before I've even hit 20 years old (in November) I find myself in the Mid-High 300lbs range. I've tried losing weight before, but with parents and family that spew criticism's (about my weight), I failed and fell into a slump. But I can't live like this way anymore, so I've decid... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 08:09:44 EST I HAVE LOST 200LBS! Hello All, <BR> <BR> As some of you already know I reached the 200lbs lost mark last Thursday. It CAN be done with a little determination and keeping your mind focussed on the end result. <BR> <BR> I have lost 14 dress sizes with probably another 2 to go when I am at my ideal weight. <BR> <BR> Do keep taking photos of yourself throughout your journey and do measure yourself. Very often the camera shows the losses that we cannot see when looking in the mirror. <BR> <BR> I kept one pair o... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 04:05:53 EST Inky's Back Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last been on and I’ve missed everyone. It’s been a very rough 5 months for me both emotionally and physically. It’s taken me this long to return because I know that you look up to me as a strong leader and role model but right now I just don’t have it in me to give. As a matter of fact I’m in need of your support and encouragement at this time. <BR> <BR> Over the past several months I’ve had to deal with many losses and slipped into a deep depress... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 15:57:13 EST HOW DO YOU VIEW EXERCISE? Do you see exercise as a chore? As something that has to be endured? <BR> <BR> I don't!!! <BR> <BR> I see my exercise time as 'me' time. <BR> <BR> Precious time that I spend on my body, my mind, my well-being and my health. <BR> <BR> I have RA which leaves me tired and in a lot of pain - but I have that whether I exercise or not. I have it whether I sit all day and do nothing or whether I do the laundry, iron clothes, walk all day or not. <BR> <BR> So I figured that I might as well ... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 05:54:27 EST how to i get started again... I just "rejoined" because I am gaining my weight back....i look at the pic on my page where I lost 90 lbs and I want to cry...I have to get motivated and don't know how....I was going to a weight doctor...but it got too expensive....I want to do it on my own....I just really need some support getting bakc on track....any suggestions... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:43:24 EST I'm BACK! Hello there friends!! I have been a member for Sparkpeople for a long time but I pretty much have been non-existent on it for a long while. Well, I recently joined a community Biggest Loser contest and thought that this would be an excellent way to get back on track. I really need the support and ideas and fellowship that this site brings. Any encouragement sent my way would be GREAT! <BR> <BR> I do have one other question- I can't seem to find a scale that will work for me. All the sca... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:37:22 EST Howdy New Friends :) Howdy do, new friends. My name is Janeal and I'm 33, live in Louisiana with my hubby, 12 yo son and new border collie (Jonah). I'm a recovering anorexic and I'm ready to be the healthy Janeal that God wants me to be. I workout at the gym almost everyday and I count calories. Right now, I'm absolutely loving the Hungry Girl and her "200 Under 200" book. <BR> <BR> I am a Domestic Engineer and my job is to make my family the best we can be. That absolutely includes taking care of our bod... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:43:32 EST Time to review goals for the rest of 2009! Believe it or not it will soon be September and we'll have 4 short months until the new year! I have seen some teams popping up to "lose 50 pounds by the end of the year" or other goals. <BR> <BR> Knowing those kinds of rigid goals are too hard on me, I thought maybe we could take the time to review our goals for the rest of the year and share them with our team. <BR> <BR> It is easy to get complacent, and summer tends to do just that for a lot of us. And for many of us, we expect perfecti... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:03:15 EST Motivation Idea Hey everyone, I was just reading a health and fitness mag that i love and in it was a section on being body confident. One of the things the writer mentioned was the way women (and men i guess) shrug off compliments and dont believe them, but will plague on every little jibe or insult. That is so true! Im terrible for it, Im still upset over a guy calling my ugly a year ago coz i told him i wasnt interested. <BR> <BR> Well anyway she said it would be a good idea to write down the complimen... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 17:03:09 EST Some Inspirational Quotes Success is not a race, be patient. <BR> <BR> Success is always a work in progress. <BR> <BR> Success doesn't come to you--you go to it. <BR> <BR> Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process. <BR> <BR> Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it. <BR> Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying. <BR> <BR> "Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at thin... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:39:03 EST Talking about Life Depression was a major cause of my weight gain. <BR> <BR> I had to give up my profession (DPM Podiatrist) due to the RA ravaging my hands. I could harldy believe it. I was 43 and I had to retire from a job I loved and adored. <BR> <BR> It sent me into the depths of despair and my weight spiralled out of control. <BR> <BR> I still take Prozac along with a lot of other medication. <BR> <BR> The reason I am mentioning all this now is because of my husband-to-be. He was made redundant from... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:53:47 EST The Benefits of Losing Weight Losing weight has been totally life-changing for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Leaving the fitness aspect to one side for the moment and focussing on the visual - <BR> <BR> * I can now wear clothes I never dreamed I could wear. <BR> * I can wear fitted and brightly coloured clothes <BR> * I don't mind looking in a full length mirror - even naked <BR> * I don't mind having my photo taken <BR> <BR> From a health point of view my health/fitness is just phenomenal. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying eating... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:37:22 EST so glad to be here Hi, I'm Nance and I'm new to SP and this team. So far, this has been EXACTLY what I've longed, wished, hoped and prayed for, for such a L-O-N-G time! Best wishes to us all as we move along together on our journeys toward our goals! GO TEAM!!! N Mon, 27 Jul 2009 13:53:10 EST Walking Shoes Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any advise on a good pair of walking shoes? I have started walking the dogs each morning and my feet were killing me today, and it was only 6 blocks! I have been doing water aerobics but trying to do a little more and need some advice, thanks! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:03:37 EST 70 pounds gone! Today I finally said goodbye to 70 lbs!! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> This set of 10 really seemed to melt off slowly and I barely eeked it out but I don't care, I'm taking it! <BR> <BR> Just had to share! As you were! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:12:38 EST Just wanted to let you know I've desided I will go to rehab walk the walk and get 10 miles on the bike. <BR> <BR> I'm going to the grocery for fresh friut <BR> <BR> I hoping to get to the bill-&-check book pile on my days off <BR> <BR> See ya in 5 J <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Fri, 10 Jul 2009 05:52:41 EST hello team Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to the site and am ready to begin the next leg of my journey. How are you all doing? Mon, 6 Jul 2009 18:33:01 EST Things To Accomplish In July Are there things that you have been putting off or need to focus on for the month of July? Post them here and lets see what progress we can make in July. How about a reward in August for July accomplishments? <BR> <BR> These are some things I'd like to accomplish in July <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. be down at least 7 to 10 lbs <BR> <BR> 2. always have fruit and veggies available (be a better shopper) <BR> <BR> 3. Have a pitcher of water in the fridge every day. <BR> <BR> 4. go to the pool a... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:53:29 EST Weekend Success Weekend Success Stories. <BR> <BR> What is your weekend like? How do you stay on track? It might be motivational to share how you get through your weekends. Do you plan something special to do or eat? Or, is it just another day of the week? <BR> <BR> Did you have a "proud of myself" moment over the weekend? <BR> <BR> I'd like to know how you feel about your weekends and how it works for or against your progress.. Or not at all. <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:11:40 EST Hey there! I just joined the group but I've been here for 2 weeks. I'm 60 lbs down so far and in 8.5 lbs I will have lost 1/4 of what I need to lose total. Ugh. LOL <BR> <BR> I have a pretty sharp wit and I blog alot. My current one (How's About You Virtually Kiss My...) and "My 3rd Nipple" were both featured blogs so that's kinda cool! :) <BR> <BR> I look forward to making some more friends here. My story in more depth is on my page but I just wanted to swing by and say hello and keep on rockin... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 22:05:24 EST For Motivation - The Paper Towel Theory The Paper Towel Theory <BR> <BR> A guy by the name of Bob White gets credit for this AWESOME theory for those of you who are worried about not seeing any changes in your body after working it for a while. <BR> <BR> No matter what approach you're taking to lose the fat it can be applied to all of us and it is something all of us need to keep in mind as we go along this journey. <BR> <BR> PAPER TOWEL THEORY (or 'Stick With It') <BR> <BR> <BR> Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls o... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 05:09:08 EST Motivation - Create a Slide Show of your Progress Some things are vitally important to a diet - <BR> <BR> Being weighed, of course! <BR> Measure yourself - since sometimes we lose no weight at all but the inches still continue to fall off. <BR> <BR> I created a slide show of my own weight loss journey. Again for every 14lbs or 28lbs lost. A picture is worth a thousand words and makes a huge difference. <BR> <BR> Further down the line it also serves to show me which clothes no longer suit me. I can no longer wear baggy, loose clothing - th... Fri, 29 May 2009 04:02:47 EST Rewards One of the most important things I have done all the way through my weight loss journey is to reward myself along the way. <BR> <BR> Of course it has to be non-food!! <BR> <BR> I used every 14lbs as a marker since in England we use stones and pounds, 14lbs making one stone. <BR> <BR> I would buy a small bottle of perfume, or a piece of jewellery, some skincare a bit more expensive than I would normally buy. <BR> <BR> My goal weight reward is a white gold ring set with diamonds in the desi... Fri, 29 May 2009 03:58:24 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I am just joining SP and trying to figure everything out. <BR> <BR> I am 27, live in WY, and I am married. No kids, but I hope to have one or two eventually, once I am healthier. I have been overweight all my life. In 2004-2005, I lost 75lbs (down to 281). And then lots of stuff happened (got married, thyroid went haywire, got lazy, etc) and now I am at 406lbs. I was as high as 430lbs but have managed to lose a bit of that. I want to get down to 200lbs by my 30th birthday. I hat... Tue, 26 May 2009 01:40:45 EST