SparkPeople SP Class of May 25-31, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all new members who joined SP from May 25-31, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 25-31, 2008 Team Messageboard First timer!! Hi, this is my first time actively being a part of any kind of weight loss suport group. So far I've stuck to my goals and it's 4 days into the new year!! Very Proud of myself. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:37:20 EST Looking for a buddy!!! :) Hi! My name is Kerry, and I am looking for a buddy for support on this journey! I live in Wi and need to lose 30 pounds! Thanks! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:36:48 EST Question of the Day? I will post a question of the day here. <BR> I have been posting it on the other thread but wanted to make a thread just for the question of the day. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 07:50:41 EST What do you think of next This is a fun game right down the next word you think of - 1 word <BR> I will start <BR> <BR> DIET Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:36:56 EST What Exercise did you do today? This is a thread to record what exercise you did. <BR> Give yourself a WooHoo! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:34:18 EST Pedometer I wear a pedometer all the time. <BR> I try to get over 10,000 steps every day and get 20,000 steps sometimes. <BR> Does anyone else wear a pedometer? <BR> This is where I am going to record steps every day. <BR> Anyone else want to join ME! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:32:42 EST Spark Points How many Spark Points do you have total? <BR> How many did you get today? <BR> Have you ever won anything? Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:22:55 EST Daily Chit Chat Hi. I am ME and I am a co-leader on this team. <BR> We have been a quiet team but I would like to get some more involvement. Please feel free to tell me how you are doing! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:21:17 EST Hi everyone!Any motivational tips appreciated. Hello! I came across S.P. while looking for some inspiration to loose a few pounds online. <BR> I live in the U.K. and although some of the recipes etc are slightly alien (measurements and so forth) I'm hoping that S.P. will inspire me to have some will power. <BR> I have taken the plunge to post a message after reading S.P. e-mails for several months but not actually doing much to keep fit - I am promising myself that I will try harder! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:45:22 EST What is new? Hi. My name is ME2448 and I have become a co-leader on this team. I joined SP between May 25-31 of 08 as you would know by our team name. I am still working on losing some weight but have maintained the weight I lost in 2008. I am wondering who is active on this team and what have you been up to. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:37:27 EST November weigh in Post your weight here as soon as you can this month. I know everyone has different weigh in days so I will not set a specific date to begin. <BR> <BR> We will then post our weight at the end of each week. Losers will be awarded a sparkgoodie each week with this. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to lose at least 1 little pound a week for the month of November. <BR> <BR> Let's join hands so we can all do this together! We are strong and will succeed. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:09:14 EST November 3-9 weekly challenge This week your challenge will be to eat 6 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Try and get in at least 1 raw vegetable each day. <BR> <BR> If you eat a large variety of vegetables in a broad color range it will not be as boreing! See how many different kinds you can get in in a weeks time. You may find some you really like. <BR> <BR> Happy muinching! Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:05:55 EST November Challenge For the month of November we will be challenging ourselves to walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> This can be done all at once in a nice walk around the neighborhood or in a mall or you can do 3 - 10 minutes mini walks at a quick pace. <BR> <BR> The choice is up to you! Just do some walking everyday! <BR> <BR> Earn a Sparkgoodie for this too! Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:02:10 EST Does anyone play Farm Town? I am trying to find neighbors for the game Farm Town on Facebook. Anyone play that game and want to be my neighbor? Fri, 2 Oct 2009 18:27:30 EST October 4-10 Challenge The challenge for this week will be to eat at least 1 raw vegetable every day. <BR> <BR> This should be a very easy challenge for all of us to do! <BR> <BR> Let's see the creative ways we can find to eat our veggies "in the raw"! <BR> <BR> Happy eating. Happy snacking! <BR> <BR> Sparkgoodies will be awarded for those joining the challenge. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 18:23:03 EST October Monthly Team Challenge Since it is Fall now and most of us are experiencing cooler weather let's make this month's challenge to take a walk outdoors every day. <BR> <BR> OCTOBER TEAM CHALLENGE: <BR> Walk outdoors every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> You will be enjoying the cooler, fresh air and getting healthy! You may even meet some new neighbors, who knows! <BR> <BR> Post your minutes walked and distance here each day. <BR> Top 5 in Time and top 5 in Distance will be awarded spark goodies. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 18:17:54 EST 9-23 to 9-30 Challenge Your challenge this week is OPEN EXERCISE. <BR> Log a minimum of 30 minutes every day to finish out September. <BR> <BR> That means that you can choose either cardio or strength training. The goal is to JUST DO IT! Get up and get your large muscle groups moving. Build some muscle & burn some calories. <BR> <BR> Let's end September and welcome October sweating! <BR> <BR> Spark goodies will be awarded at the end of the challenge. GO FOR IT! <BR> Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:37:24 EST 8-22-09 Challenge <BR> Your challenge today is to STRETCH YOUR LEGS. Choose any of the following to do today: <BR> <BR> *Go for a brisk walk <BR> *Go for a hike <BR> *Ride a bicycle (stationary or outside) <BR> *Jog or Run <BR> <BR> Working the larger muscles groups really gets your heart pumping (and burns lots of calories). So...GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday and MOVE! <BR> <em>182</em> <em>231</em> <em>217</em> <em>68</em> <em>252</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:07:15 EST September 15-21 Challenge September 15-21 Challenge <BR> Walk 10,000 steps a day challenge. <BR> <BR> Based on the best evidence as of the end of 2003, Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke recommends the following: <BR> Classification of pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: <BR> 1) Under 5000 steps/day may be used as a "sedentary lifestyle index" <BR> 2) 5,000-7,499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered "low active." <BR> 3) 7,500-9,999 likely includes ... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 23:42:24 EST Hello to all I'm a 28yr old single mom who live way out in the middle of no were, someday's I find it hard to work out can anyone help? <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:43:51 EST September 8-14 Challenge September 8-14 Challenge <BR> <BR> Eat no "white" foods this week. <BR> <BR> Stay away from the white potatoes and eat sweet potatoes instead. Replace white bread with whole wheat and whole grain breads. Change from regular white pasta to Whole wheat pasta this week. Try to really limit the amount of foods that contain white flour. Eat some brown rice instead of white rice. <BR> <BR> Post results daily to the September 8-14 Challenge thread <BR> <BR> Those who successfully eat no "whi... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:39:58 EST September check-in Use this thread to tell other team members how you are doing, what you have planned, the weather where you are - or anything you would like to share! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:30:28 EST Show how you feel today with an emoticon! <em>102</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:28:33 EST How many sparkwheel points today? 1 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:27:20 EST September 1-7 Challenge <BR> The challenge this week is to get 100 sparkpoints every day. <BR> To make it to the 100 points you will definately need to do some exercising! The choice is yours, what ever you would like to do. Maybe your favorites? Maybe try some new exercises? Change things up this week! <BR> <BR> Post your daily points to the September 1-7 Challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team members earning 100 spark points daily for the entire 7 day challenge will be given a spark goodie. <BR> <BR> Best of ... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:22:26 EST September Monthly Team Challenge Stay within your daily goals Challenge! <BR> <BR> For the month of September we will be concentrating on several very important aspects of healthy living. <BR> 1. Calories - Stay within your calorie limits. <BR> 2. Water - Drink 8 glasses <BR> 3. Nutrition - Eat 5 fruits/Veggies <BR> 4. Fitness - 30 minutes of Cardio or Strength <BR> Post your results for each of the 4 areas daily to the September Monthly Team Challenge Thread. <BR> <BR> For some of you this will help get you back on t... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:17:05 EST August 22-31 Challenge August 22-31 (longer to finish the month out) <BR> Four times this week do your choice of 5 strength exercises. Post to the August 22-31 Challenge thread with your results. Spark goodies will be awarded to all who complete this challenge. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all! <BR> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:33:38 EST August 15-21 Challenge August 15- 21 Challenge <BR> Walk 10,000 steps a day. Post your steps (and miles if you wish) to the August 15-21 Challenge thread daily. Total steps for the day must be posted to be eligible for the sparkgoodie that goes with this challenge. Please post all results by 9am August 22. Sparkgoodies for the top 3 totals for the week will be given out. <BR> Those of you who do not have pedometers and would like to join in this challenge, it gives you enough time to purchase one (or borrow one) ... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:56:16 EST August 8-14 Challenge August 8-14 Challenge <BR> Use the nutrition tracker daily to log all your foods eaten and post your Calorie Diferential daily. You can also post any comments about the day here as well. You may be surprised at what you discover with this challenge! Spark goodies will be awarded on August 15 for those who join in this challenge. Post to the August 8-14 Challenge thread. <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2009 08:02:00 EST August 1-7 Challenge Do 30 minutes of your choice of cardio daily. <BR> <BR> Post results daily to this thread. <BR> <BR> Those who complete the entire week of 30 minutes each day will get a sparkgoodie! <BR> <BR> Results need to be posted by 9AM August 8th. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>231</em> <em>237</em> <em>260</em> <em>108</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> So many choices! Which will you choose? Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:04:34 EST August Monthly Challenge Set a walking goal for the month and post your results either daily or weekly, which ever you prefer. <BR> Those posting a goal and completing it will be given a sparkgoodie! <BR> <BR> Totals must be posted by 9AM Sept 2nd to be eligible for the goodies. <BR> <BR> Best of luck with your walking this month! Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:58:24 EST July 24-31 Challenge The challenge this week will be: <BR> <BR> Part 1 <BR> Stay within your calorie range that is on your nutrition page. <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> Eat at least 3 fruits and 3 vegetables each day. <BR> <BR> Part 3 <BR> Post your progress daily to this thread. <BR> <BR> There are spark goodies waiting to be sent to each person who posts their progress EVERY DAY, no matter if you are in range of the challenge or not! The idea is to be accountable and honest so you can see how your eating is going.... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 07:32:42 EST Accompli shments, goals and mishaps! This thread is for letting us know what is going on with your journeys to a better, healthier you! <BR> <BR> You can post things that have gone great for you, things that have worked best for you, goals you have set or met, or even the mistakes you have made along the way. Who knows you just may help someone else with what you post here! After all that is the goal of SP - to help people become healthier. <BR> <BR> I hope to hear from you! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</e... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:13:45 EST July 17-23 Challenge The new challenge for this week is: <BR> <BR> Burn 300 calories each day. Make it fun! <BR> <BR> Post your progress to this thread daily. <BR> <BR> Good luck and happy burning those calories! <BR> <em>216</em> <em>231</em> <em>217</em> <em>237</em> <em>68</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:05:59 EST July 10-16 Challenge The new challenge, should you decide to participate is: <BR> July 10 - 16 (Friday through Thursday) <BR> Do the exercise of your choice 30 minutes a day and then do 10 minutes of walking. <BR> <BR> Post your progress here daily. <BR> <BR> At the end of the challenge I will post the standings on this thread. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all, I hope you will choose to join in this challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 21:54:38 EST **July 3 Daily Thread Morning team! <BR> The sun is shining bright here and it is getting hot! <BR> <BR> Did some cardio this morning and now am planning to look up nutritional information for a restaurant called "Sonny's BBQ". We will be going to a picnic and memorial tomorrow that is being catered by them. Figure if I know what the calories are I can - maybe - make some better choices. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! <em>252</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:53:26 EST **7-2-09 Daily Thread Good morning, I walked today with the sunrise. It was cool and a slight breeze. I could hear the birds singing and it was wonderful! Walked for 40 minutes and just enjoyed all the nature. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <em>252</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 07:33:40 EST 7-1-09 Daily Check-in Happy July to everyone! This is the first day of the July challange. Don't forget to post under that thread each day. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have big plans for the 4th. <BR> <BR> It is a very rainy and gloomy day here but I did get in a walk before it all started! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day and smile at someone today! <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 10:53:38 EST Daily check-in 6-30-09 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I have posted the new challenges for July. <BR> I hope we get some activity. There are people who want to remain active so I think as a team we all should be supporting them! <BR> <BR> I hope you check in to see what is going on! <BR> <BR> Breakfast I had orange juice and a banana, the beginnings of my fruits and veggies for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great fruits and veggie last day of June day! Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:09:56 EST July's Monthly Challenge Your Challenge for the month of July is to post an encouraging message to one of our team members a minimum of 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> Post back to this thread who you encouraged. <BR> (You can go back in some of the older threads and send to some of them, and hopefully they will get active again!) Just a suggesstion. <BR> <BR> LET'S GET THIS TEAM ROCKIN' AGAIN! <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:05:32 EST July 1-8 Challenge Ok Team! The challenge for July 1-8 is to do a minimum of 30 minutes CARDIO exercise EVERY day. <BR> <BR> Post to this thread each day with your workouts and times. <BR> <BR> Whoever posts the most minutes for the week will receive a sparkgoodie from me. <BR> <BR> Good luck team and good workouts! <em>217</em> <em>231</em> <em>182</em> <em>260</em> <em>216</em> <em>68</em> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 20:28:43 EST Daily Thread 6-29-09 Happy Monday to all! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great week, eat healthy and get in your exercises! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are progressing in this! Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:01:37 EST Re-introduce yourself here! Hi team! <BR> This is where you will be re-introducing yourself to the team and telling of your progress and goals. <BR> <BR> I hope to hear from lots of you out there! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>224</em> <em>252</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:59:33 EST Fruits and Veggies for the rest of June! Hello team! <BR> <BR> The challenge is to eat at least 6 fruits and veggies per day for the rest of June. <BR> <BR> Daily post your progress here so we can see how everyone is doing! <BR> <BR> Good luck and good health to all... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS AS A TEAM! LET'S GO! Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:22:32 EST 6-25-09 Daily Thread Good morning team! <BR> I have set my goal today to walk 5 miles. <BR> I am getting ready to head out now before the heat builds up too much today. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day all! <em>244</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:02:55 EST 6-23-09 Daily Check-in Good morning everyone! <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful day planned. <BR> <BR> Here it is going to storm in the afternoon so I will go out and walk in just a bit, trying to beat the rain! <BR> <BR> After the walk I have planned to cook some healthy food and portion it out for the weeks meals. Then some circuit training on the home gym equipment. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Let's hear from you! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful day! <em>211</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:01:09 EST Daily Check-In Hello team! <BR> Let's see what everyone is doing and how everyone is doing. <BR> Check in here daily, if you can, and log your progress with your exercising and things in general. Share how your day is going or things you are looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:50:17 EST 1 Year with Spark People Now that we are at the 1 year point I was wondering how people are doing? Have you reached your 1 year goal? Are you still actively counting calories and exercise? Sun, 24 May 2009 08:17:10 EST 10.5 Months just wondering how everyone is doing I can't believe we are coming up on a year! This is definitely the longest I've ever stuck to anything in terms of eating right and exercising. I have been far from perfect (I should have been at goal in February) - but I am proud of my progress thus far (55 lbs down - 50 on Spark people), and am just wondering how others are doing (good, bad or indifferent). I'd love to hear some chatter! Fri, 10 Apr 2009 21:19:42 EST Its too quiet in here!!! Hello --- is anyone out there??? Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:46:02 EST Almost 6 months November 25-31 will be 6 months with SP. <BR> <BR> How are we doing? <BR> Let's talk about it. Sat, 8 Nov 2008 10:46:41 EST Joining Your Team Hi everyone! I joined Spark memorial weekend on the advice of my sister in law, but I really started my change in the beginning of April. <BR> From what I've seen you all have been pretty successful and have done a great job keeping one another motivated. Looking forward to being a part of your team! Wed, 5 Nov 2008 19:43:22 EST Staying Motivated I am new to the discussion format. <BR> <BR> Can anyone provide me some suggestions on how to stay motivated with exercising? The best time for me to get a full hour workout is at 4:00 AM. <BR> <BR> How do you maintain your food plan? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <em>193</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:09:09 EST Do it in October! Since I'm way late this month on running a real challenge, I'm going to start a game instead that I caught on another board. This one is great because you can pop in and out at any time. <BR> <BR> This is called Do it/Did it <BR> <BR> I present a challenge, and someone does it! Then they present a new challenge. I will demonstrate in the first few posts. Please join in! Sun, 12 Oct 2008 19:46:45 EST Month 4 check In Well - I am stuck at 5 lbs to go for my goal for 2008. I had really hoped to be there by the 4th of July. I didn't make it but the end of the year is not here yet. Monday is the start. I need to get it done. Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:30:31 EST My first post... be gentle Hello! I am new to this group. I am so thankful for SP. It is helping me transform my life. The support, the tools... I'm soooo thankful. Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Mike <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:50:10 EST 'ello! Well i finally found you guys! lol i joined on May 25th and have had 1 falling out in July since joining. I lost 20 pounds previous to SP and 2 since joining... which i think is kind of sad so i'm getting back on the horse! My goal this month is 10 pounds, i've been going to the gym on schedule and keeping to a set food schedule (which is awesome for me) and i've been playing more DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 14:25:34 EST September Count 'Em Up Challenge This challenge is a jump back in and get some healthy habits going challenge! I'm borrowing a format from my Starting Over: Weekly Challenges team, but tweaked it a bit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's what we are going to do: as a team, we are going to count up the miles we moved and the fruits/veggies we ate! <BR> <BR> The posting goes like this, for each of the two things we are counting we will put what was done that day, your total, and the team total. <BR> <BR> that day/your total/team tota... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 01:03:51 EST Hello!!! Hi my name is Nicole, and I joined Spark the week of may 25th to the 31st, and I was doing well, but then I went to Colorado fot most of the summer to visit my husband who is in the army, and I didn't get to workout like I wanted. I ended up putting on 7lbs, for a high of 235 lbs. Since getting back home, I have been working out on the eliptical machine a min. of 35 min, usually 45 just about every day, and I have decided to cut out all ot atleast most alchol and soda, and any other non wat... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:52:49 EST General Chit Chat Everyone on this team joined the same week. How are we all doing this month? I know I want to lose 4 pounds before I go on vacation at the end of the month. Then of course after vacation I will have to lose the same 4 pounds probably. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 06:49:38 EST First Post Hey guys, I joined back on May 27th and this is my first time to post. Sorry for the delay, but I have finally decided to give this a go. I look forward to meeting you guys and look forward to the long journey ahead! Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:13:19 EST August Essential Nutrients Challenge I know everyone works hard on the big things that we focused on last month, calories, exercise, water, sleep, but sometimes it is good to remember the little things that can get forgotten, but are still essential to our health. <BR> <BR> For the next month we are going to be focusing on nutrients we should be getting from our food. We will try to work on 1 nutrient group per week for each of the four weeks of the month. Here is my plan: <BR> <BR> week 1: calcium and vitamin D <BR> week 2: i... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:13:52 EST Did a scary thing today I had my husband take my picture in the world's ugliest bathing suit. It's on my blog today. Earlier, I had blogged about how ugly the suit was and how my top half looks nicer and curvier than it used to, and a couple people challenged me to post a picture, so there it is. <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to do this? It's scary! <BR> <BR> Judy Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:34:06 EST Month 2 check-in How are you all doing. It's been two months already! <BR> <BR> For me: I haven't weighed myself in awhile, but I think I'll be in the 180s for August 1st! Fri, 25 Jul 2008 12:29:35 EST 20 calorie? i dropped the ball on this a wh ile ago, i dont even know where you guys are getting the calculations, stil having a hard time tryign to get around this site, i will say tho i got a new puter, much faster. Thu, 24 Jul 2008 19:20:07 EST Hello! First time to post! Hi, everyone! I'm new since May but this is my first time to post. I hope I know what I'm doing. It looks like fun - I sure hope I'm in the right place. I need to lose weight and would like to get some motivation and I also want to help support others on this journey. I know what to do and all the right things but to stay on that healthy path is hard for me. I don't understand it. I don't like to be overweight but every time I lose weight I gain it right back - because I don't maintain what I... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:14:40 EST 4th of July I hope everyone has a safe 4th. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 15:37:51 EST Whole grain snack ideas? For some reason for my snacks I like a grain rather than a fruit or veggies (I eat those at meals, don't worry!) I've mostly been eating Whole Wheat Honey Pretzels, which are fine, but I'd like some variety. Any great whole grain snack ideas out there? Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:49:24 EST need some pointers Hi, I would love it if I could get any pointers... I am in this rut of I can lose 5lbs but as soon as I turn around I gain 2 or 3lbs right back. I don't know what my problem is.. I exercise at least once a day and I cut out all the junk food. I do drink diet soda but I lose the weight when drinking it so I don't think that is the problem. I drink well over 8 glasses of water a day too.. Any pointers would be great because I'm to the point that I'm giving up.. Thanks in advance Wed, 2 Jul 2008 15:37:47 EST oops...posted in the wrong place i guess I posted my first post in the team challenges. I didn't know this was here. Please check out my "I need help" post there! :) I need help!! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 10:46:00 EST I need help I joined (using the term loosely here) at the end of May and basically got totally discouraged trying to count calories and haven't been back. The only thing that brought me back is emails from spark. I'll read articles and check messages but other than that...not doing anything. <BR> <BR> I'm not super overweight but I could lose 20 lbs or so to look better. I'm not even exactly sure what I weigh because my scale keeps messing up. I think around 170 and I'm 5'6. <BR> <BR> Anyway...... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 10:43:16 EST Camping... Need Advice We are getting ready to go camping with 5 families for the 4th of July. We are going to be away for 4 days. This trip is always a great one full of amazing memories, and a lot of food! I am really nervous about gaining weight and feeling disappointed when this should be a fun time. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice about how to be calorie friendly while camping? I am sure it can be done, I just don't know where to begin. <BR> <BR> I truly would appreciate tips. I do know that my ... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 06:22:30 EST omgolly This looks a bit tough :) <BR> I am in, but I have no clue where you guys got the turtles and all that :( <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2008 22:43:48 EST July: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge! Join in for this new challenge starting July 1st, the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge! <BR> <BR> I'm basing this on the healthy lifestyle scale which you can find here: <BR> <link><BR>_lifestyle_scale.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This is a points challenge with a running total that you can track and post here in this thread. You get points for exercise, staying in your calorie range, eating fruits and veggies, getting good sleep, and drinking water. It goes like t... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 21:28:19 EST One Month Update Hey team, congratulations on surviving your first month! I think that this is a good time to weigh in, not your body, but your minds too on how this has all been going. So, let us know what's happening with this quick survey: <BR> <BR> What progress have you noticed in the last month (weight, inches, feeling better, better habits, more energy, etc., andything you feel is different and better in your life)? <BR> <BR> What good choices have you made recently? <BR> <BR> What choices could hav... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 15:54:54 EST Hello, just jumping in here! Hi my name is Mandy. I'm a SAHM (most of the time) to two amazing kiddos, ages 3 and 10 months. I want to lose weight for them and for me. I'm also married to a wonderful man. <BR> I've been working hard these last couple weeks. I do Turbo Jam every night. And use the Roberta Temes hypnosis CDs. I write my week's goal on our dry erase board and cross out the ones I meet every day. I feel like I'm finally kind of on track. Nice to meet you all! Fri, 27 Jun 2008 11:04:10 EST Just wondering if this counts I clean houses with my mom, all varying in the amount of time it takes us, but I was wondering if that counts towards some kind of work out. We do everything fast and efficient, and sometimes I sweat just as much, if not more than I do working out?? I know under the cardio tracker, it has heavy cleaning, but I guess I just wanted to hear it from someone else too!! (and I also work out after I get home from picking up my daughter from daycare after work to make sure I get those calories burned... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 20:28:52 EST Congrats Team - we're 1 month in! Since today is June 25, 2008, it has been a month since we all started here on SparkPeople and if you are reading this, chances are you are still on it. I just wanted to say CONGRATS to everyone on a job well done! Go Team!! Wed, 25 Jun 2008 13:29:23 EST I may have started something here... I've been a member of SP for less than a month. I've been increasing my exercising, walking a lot, eating less, and I can tell a difference. <BR> <BR> Now, my husband has decided that he's going to get into shape, too. He has been walking to work (1.2 miles uphill), then home for lunch, then back to work, then back home, so his walking is 4.8 miles if he walks all day. Sometimes he gets a ride one way or another, but he's enjoying the walk AND he says his jeans fit looser. I like to th... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:34:11 EST My quest to conquering my addiction to fries!!! French fries are my biggest downfall and they are absolutely terrible for my thighs! <BR> <BR> How do I cutt off thte fry intake? They always win...they always say eat me, eat me! When I order a sandwich instead of a burger, they ask if i want fries or pasta...what do you think I order? <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhhh! How do I overcome this thing? <BR> <BR> I'm not an daily, obsessive fry eater, but when they cross my path or become available, thats when i get into trouble. <BR> <BR> <em>112</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:19:39 EST another new teammate! Hi everyone! I look forward to learning from you and sharing with you. Did any of you feel ackward when you started? If so how long before this became comfortable for you? I am pretty quiet and reserved and I feel like I am really exposing myself. But I am ready to make some changes so I am willing to step out of my comfort zone, just wondering how many others might feel or have felt the same way? Tue, 17 Jun 2008 21:50:20 EST New Classmate Hi all, here to lose 40 to 50 pounds. Best of luck to everyone!! Mon, 16 Jun 2008 18:47:49 EST Have I hit a wall? My husband has this expression about when your brain or body just can't continue anymore. I woke up this morning feeling run down and completely out of energy. I feel like my body has hit a wall. I feel like I just can't go on anymore today. Is this normal for the beginning of the fourth week? I just want to go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head. But I have three little children to take care of and tons of house work to do. Someone please help me! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:30:43 EST The problem with feeling wonderful ... Hi everyone. I've been with SP for a few weeks now. I weighed 7 pounds less on Thursday than when I started. I feel great. My pants fit better. I feel stronger. I feel like I'm standing up straighter. Good for me. <BR> <BR> Here's the problem. The little voice coming from over my one shoulder says that I can stop now. My clothes fit. I must be fine. The little voice coming from just over my other shoulder says my BMI is still over 30, and that my goal is a long way off, and I n... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 14:59:34 EST Burning Calories Is it true that you have to burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound? Thu, 12 Jun 2008 19:44:33 EST Glad To Join The Team Hi, I am new and is excited about Sparkpeople and joining the team. I married and mother of 3. The kids are all off to college, which give me more time to focus on maintaining a healty lifestyle. I love to work out and run about 4 times per week. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 17:13:16 EST "Share it not wear it" I thought I would share this quote with some of my other SP Teams. I belong to the Emotional Eaters team and a team mate was having a stressed out morning. She posted a statment on our board for support. She described her morning and how she really wanted to eat the stress away put was trying not to give in. At the end she said "I just wanted to SHARE IT NOT WEAR IT". I thought this was a GREAT motivational statment. I wanted to spread the word. <BR> <em>212</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 09:30:14 EST Any Suggestions? Hi-I am getting a bit frustrated. I have been on Sparkpeople for two weeks now, just moved to Stage 2 yesterday. I am logging everything and staying at an average of 1300 calories a day...and in the range for calories, carbs, fat, and protein. I go to Curves 3 days a week and in between I try to walk, garden, or run around with my kids. I don't drink all 8 glasses of water but do drink at least 5-6 every day. I have only lost 1 1/2 pounds. I used to be able to lose weight rather easily ... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:26:06 EST Is it just me? I really feel like this should be simpler. I need to lose weight (about 70 pounds), my husband needs to lose weight (about 60 pounds). But, there just isn't a way here for US to have ONE meal plan - Oh! and why is there bacon on his meal plan and it isn't even an option for me? Why isn't there some kind of option for couples? I'm absolutely certain that we are not the only couple on this website. With 2 meal plans I wind up making 6 meals per day (3 for me and 3 for him). If they cannot... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 21:04:54 EST Update from Coach Jen I just received some info from SparkCoach Jen, and I'm passing it along here. I'm sure with you all being reasonably new, you may not even have know about this, but good to be in the know anyway! <BR> <BR> "We've started to have more of a problem recently with "chain" messages. For example, you're asked to send something along to 10 of your friends, and before you know it you're getting this same message (or a similar one) from lots of different people. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of these are ... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:59:58 EST Just had to share I am working on getting that eight cups of water daily (which is difficult for me...I'm just not that thirsty.) After I got my 30 minutes of cardio tonight, I obviously needed some water. I drank two cups really quickly and when I went for a third, my five year old daughter asked if she could have a cup from the cabinet. I gave her one and she filled it up "just like mommy". She said, "I am going to drink this water to be healthy like you." <em>246</em> Doesn't that make you smile? K... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 23:04:28 EST Wow, What a difference! I have eaten breakfast every day for one week now and I cannot even begin to express how much better I feel all day. <BR> <BR> As a SAH/HSM to a lot of kids I find it hard to make myself do something for myself but I decided I *had* to learn to eat breakfast. And I have! <BR> <BR> I have not weighed nor measured since I joined a couple of weeks ago, but I will get around to it. It's a rejection thing. But I know I am making progress because I am drinking water throughout the day and EATING ... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 21:45:31 EST Hi! Another Newbie! :-) Hello All - <BR> <BR> My name is Pat and I live in Charlottesville, Virginia; I joined 29 May, but I am just finding the time to figure out how to use the great resources offered here at the site - <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose at least 50 pounds, and it is great to see all the other people with similar goal in mind - this is why we all joined - I love the motivation here by all the people posting - <BR> <BR> Thanks, and it is great to be here!! Hope to get to know more of you better - Pa... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 16:17:05 EST Just had to tell someone I woke up today and decided I had to see if I was making progress. I checked my waist lost almost 2 inches (my waist always is the first place it goes from) and 1/2 inch from my hips. I found I lost 4.5 lbs from Wednesday. My hard work is paying off..yay :) Sun, 8 Jun 2008 12:57:00 EST Protein Hi-I'm at Day 11 and have lost 1.5 pounds. I'm having trouble getting enough protein in every day. I know that protein helps you feel fuller longer so try and eat it with every meal and snack but still when I track my food, I'm barely over the miminal listed for protein. Any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> DeeDee Sat, 7 Jun 2008 10:44:28 EST recording weight? i must be overlooking something obvious but i cant seem to see where i record my weight changes. i have been here for a week today and want to weigh in. also, how do i get one of those cool tracker things that shows my know like a long cutesy box that shows a scene and how far a person has come in thier weight loss? Sat, 7 Jun 2008 10:00:10 EST Nutritional Intake I am actually finding it hard to eat as much as the nutritional tracker suggests for me. I have always been a healthy eater, and now that I am eating less I am not making the nutritional and caloric suggestions. I am not starving myself, I eat good amounts of food and am full after meals, but I'm not a snacker. <BR> <BR> Should I be eating more? Or should I just do what works for me? Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:07:31 EST Looking for Post-Hip Replacement Cohorts Hi <BR> <BR> Looking for anyone who may have had recent hip replacement surgery and want to start a cohort to help encourage, share and monitor healthier dietary and lifestyle goals for our ongoing recovery process on a weekly basis through SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are interested. Thanks. <BR> <BR> mauigirl_17 Thu, 5 Jun 2008 16:30:08 EST Weight and My Vacation OMG, I went on vacation last week and had a GREAT time.. my niece got married. This is the first event i had to attend since dieting... I was so worried that this is where i am going to gain back all the weight that i lost.. I didnt keep track of wehat i ate... now that does not mean i didnt watch what i ate... but i thought for sure that o was going to have gained. I have learned over the past 2 months.... how to eat properly.... I LOST 2 LBS... CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT....YES I LOST 2 POUNDS...... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 09:08:44 EST Joining the team Hi I'm Claire, I am 47 years old and I have struggled with weight my whole life. I am glad to be a member of this team. I have a pretty good handle on the exercise side, but the weight just doesn't seem to budge. I hope that this will help. So far so good for 3 days. I am looking forward to chatting with you all!! Wed, 4 Jun 2008 18:45:36 EST I am excited to become a member I am so excited to have found this website and looking forward to using to tools to help me finally lose the weight and gain a healthy life style. <em>9</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 09:41:47 EST Put me in coach! <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wrapped up my first week and I'm officially obsessed with SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> tamara Wed, 4 Jun 2008 00:28:18 EST i'm a newbie too!!! Hi there, i'm Sue 31 single mom to 4 kiddies under 5 (ages 4, 3, 1 and 6 weeks). I've been separated from my hubby for about 1 1/2 years now. I work full time first shift in a factory, i just went back to work after being laid off since november. A good friend of mine gave me the inspiration and motivation to join here. Before I was pregnant with my last child, I lost about 100 pounds. Then i got pregnant and gained some weight back and now i have approx 25 stubborn pounds to lose. this time ... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 22:31:55 EST Hello, I am new I can't tell you how many times I have looked at this website too intimidated to try to post something. It looks like too much fun, so here goes! <em>213</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2008 18:02:57 EST I'm New Too Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and have a lot to learn. This looks like a great place for inspiration and education. I look forward to learning and losing. <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2008 17:24:06 EST Hello everyone I'm new to the team Hello - I'm not at all myspace savy, so it has taken me a few days to figure out this website. I am really into spinning, but have not been able to spin since Friday. :( I work at a health club and I am able to spin during my lunch, how great is that? Weekend I don't spin and this Monday and Tuesday I'm really busy at work, therefore I am unable to spin. I really miss it and can't wait to get back in the saddle. I would love to purchase a spin bike, but the one I want/need is $1200. I gu... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 10:34:25 EST Hi team...! I am already one week on my lifestyle change program. I found this site two days into beginning a mandatory diet after a medical warning, regarding my weight and blood pressure. <BR> <BR> I was just looking for a site to track my calorie intake, but after going through SparkPeople i found here so much more than just calorie tracking. I am doing very well so far, and have started loosing weight and waist inches in my first week, which is very promising. Nonetheless, i am here for the long run... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 18:23:46 EST Vacuuming? I vacuumed my house this morning and got hy heart rate up and broke a sweat. I was really pushing myself to work as hard and as fast as possible. I was hoping it would be a little cardio workout. When I stopped, because my heart rate was still up, I decided it was worth logging. I decided it should fit under heavy cleaning. Does that work or am I cheating? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:03:23 EST Need some posting help Hi. <BR> <BR> I just started here a few days ago and i see in the team forums that we should put all of postings under one heading.. so should i start a new topic when i post or use reply? <BR> <BR> I wanted to join in the june challenge. <BR> <BR> thanks for any help! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:36:20 EST quick question Hi-I joined last week and have already introduced myself but I have a quick question. I would like to make one of those cute weight loss trackers at the end of people's emails but haven't figured out how to do it...can anyone help me? I think that would help me stay motivated if I saw that going down...;-) <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> DeeDee Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:07:36 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to this site. Hi, my name is Luke and I joined the site in hopes of finding more accountability in my pursuit of becoming lean. Looking foward to burning away the pounds together.Let's get going. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:04:59 EST Hello! Hello, My name is Frances and I live in Missouri. Back in Sept. of last year I was diagnosed with heel spurs. I was already thinking of trying to lose weight one more time but after this I decided I HAD to lose weight. Less weight on feet has to equal less strain on feet!? Anyway, I have lost almost 20 pounds since that time. Recently I hit a wall and gained 2 pounds back. I am going to get rid of it though! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 06:29:30 EST Hello everyone!! I'm just getting started far so good...I hope this keeps me motivated! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 01:05:36 EST I'm Off and Running... Hi everyone. I wanted to introduce myself to the team. I am married and a mom of two young boys. I have been working out most of my adult life. Lately, I put on some unwanted pounds...quite a few to be exact...and even though I've started working out again, I have not been losing weight but at least, I haven't gained anymore. When a friend introduced me to SP, I thought great, here is a way for me to be accountable for everything that I do. So I'm trying this out and I'm hoping that by t... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:45:59 EST One Week Strong! I joined SP on May 26. As of this morning I was down THREE pounds. Very Encouraging! Keep up the good work everyone! <BR> Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:20:38 EST New Too I'm married with two boys 15 and 23. My oldest is in the Air Force and far from home. My youngest is a talented musician. I work Wednesday-Friday (lucky me). I lost 35lbs last year on Weight Watcher's and sadly, due to an injury, I've gained 10Lbs back. I still attend Weight Watcher's and I'm thinking of joining a fitness center. I loved the way I looked and felt last summer and want that again. Besides I can't fit into my clothes!!! I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Sun, 1 Jun 2008 21:26:19 EST new too! I can't believe the mom of 4 who is new had time to post her intro!! I have 30 seconds, so here goes! I'm a mom of 2 (girls/3&1!). Lost all baby weight, but was big to begin.. need to get back to myself! My problem will be trying to find time to utilize this site to it's potential! Going to start tomorrow.. hubby starting too! Hope to make some progress! Sun, 1 Jun 2008 20:09:09 EST What's the Deal, Vern? Today, I was comparing SP's calorie count to the actual calories on a box. While the box said there were seven SERVINGS, the cooking instuctions gave a PORTION ratio: 1 Portion = 1/4 box. <BR> What's the deal, Vern? <BR> To me "portion" is a soft, yet heartier word. A "serving" sounds like something more decadent and cold. If I wasn't in my new "spark" frame of mind, I'd probably go for the portion! <BR> IS there a difference between a serving and a portion? Or is it just the ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 19:10:51 EST introducing myself Hi, I'm Rhoda mom of 4... 3 boys (6,4,3) and my new baby girl (4 wks). I'm starting out focusing on my food, my big down fall is sweets when I get stressed that's all I want. I'm still in postpartum care so haven't gotten the clear for hard workouts yet, but I'm wanting to start walking this next week..(having surgery this tuesday and will be down for a few days. I've done really good so far on watching my food, and saying no to the carbs, and adding more vegis to my diet. I've also learned r... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 18:42:35 EST Hi I'm Di 55 yo wife to Tom. We are currently living in Yuma, AZ (high temps this week around 110). I have about 70 pounds to lose. That will take me to what I weighed 3 years ago. I quit smoking on April 2nd and that's going real well so now it's time to do something about the weight. <BR> <BR> This place is BIG and CONFUSING. So, it is going to take me some time. Where do those graphs at the bottom of messages come from? <BR> <BR> Di <BR> The future is not some place we are going to, but ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:22:29 EST New Also Hi Everyone, I joined on the 29th finding this site by accident, or was it? I am 30 lbs overweight, turning 55 this year and really feel slugglish. It seemed when I turned 50 the weight really started piling after being slim almost all of my life so hopefully I can get help here. Good luck to everyone. Sun, 1 Jun 2008 14:35:31 EST 2/3 down Now the really hard work is here. I have taken up body building. Most of my friends think I am insane to be in my 40s and taking up body building but I like it. It makes me feel strong and in control. It really helps me as I have to eat a "clean diet" or my work outs are just plain off the next day. Sun, 1 Jun 2008 12:28:10 EST Hi everyone! Hi - I joined Sparkpeople yesterday and I'm amazed at all the great tools for free! I had joined awhile back but didn't check into everything available. I'm 52 and want to lose 52 pounds (didn't realize that until I just wrote it!) and look forward to being an active member of the team. <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2008 12:11:02 EST Hi All! Well, I ho hummed around and joined this sight and I am hoping to commit to myself again after a few years. About 3 years ago I lost about 30 pounds but started college online, worked full time as a daycare provider, and remained married and a mother to 2 boys, now ages 11 and 8. While I was in school I packed back on the pounds plus another 20. UG. So quite disgusted with myself, I have got to get on track again. (It always plays out so much easier in my mind's eye...) ANYWAY...just th... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 00:28:24 EST Hello! I am a new member. I am really excited about all of the information found in this site. <em>30</em> Sat, 31 May 2008 22:18:22 EST Day 1... Here I Go Hi there! My name is Brittney. Chronic dieter. I lose weight then gain it back. Lose it then gain it back again. I'm determined not to do that anymore. I'm starting with a small goal of 15 lbs and then I'll go from there. Hope everyone had a good day. Sat, 31 May 2008 22:16:41 EST Just Starting Out Hello! I signed up earlier this week with the actual kick-off beginning on June 1st. Wanted to get a feel for the web page and see what it was all about. I think that tracking the foods I eat and exercise I do will really help. I can see were I am at each day. Also, having something or someone to get me to weigh in will be great. Hope we all have great success. Sat, 31 May 2008 16:34:54 EST hello I am trying to lose 50 pounds.. and just feel better. I recently went thru a hysterectomy and am trying to find my "new"self.. I will enjoy doing this along the side of the rest of you.. <BR> Here's to our new selves.. <BR> Kris Sat, 31 May 2008 09:22:46 EST hello I joined 5/30 <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing today ... today is the last day for members to join this group ... so welcome newbies Sat, 31 May 2008 08:26:59 EST Slow start... Hello everyone - I joined SP earlier this week, but have been so busy trying to navigate around and get a feel for everything on this site that I haven't posted anything yet. So, I'm starting off a little slowly on that part... :) <BR> <BR> But, my name is Jennifer and I live in Denver. I'm married with a four year old son, work full-time, and am finishing up my BS in Accounting. I've always struggled with my weight, and after my son was born I lost most of pregnancy weight and then gaine... Sat, 31 May 2008 00:11:36 EST hi everyone I'm new to the sparkteam and just wanted to say hello. I'm looking forward joining you all in our weight loss adventure. Sat, 31 May 2008 00:10:07 EST Success will be mine. I'm ready to get this done! Weight loss is a goal that I have had for years. I manage to lose and gain over and over. I am ready for the new approach. I need lifelong changes to what has been a lifelong problem. It is time! <BR> Sat, 31 May 2008 00:06:09 EST Yea, Last week of May Sparks <em>213</em> I'm Onie from Georgia and proud to be on your team. <BR> The meal plan is great and I shelled out for a total gym type thing from for $99. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to go! How 'bout you? Fri, 30 May 2008 23:02:31 EST A sad beginning, a happy ending? Hello all, my name is Kirby. I am 22 years old, married and am in college finishing prereqs for nursing school. <BR> This week I discovered that my second pregnancy has ended in miscarriage, as did my first. This news has absolutely devistated me, however it has also motivated me. My doctor is running tests and labs to discover what, if anything, caused me to lose these pregnancies. I, in the meantime, have decided to take a proactive approach to fixing what I believe to be a part of the pro... Fri, 30 May 2008 21:46:00 EST Joined May 25th, 2008. Hey all! My Cousin brought me to this site, and I have already lost 5lbs.!! I'm hoping to lose a few this weekend, maybe 1 or 2, before Weigh in next week. :) God bless! Fri, 30 May 2008 16:04:04 EST introducin me :) Im rachel, 19 years old and enlisting in the navy :). if youd like to know more just ask, Im honest. <BR> <BR> ~*~Rach~*~ Fri, 30 May 2008 15:23:14 EST Join SP on May 26th Hello all: <BR> <BR> Started SP a few days ago and have been waiting for this beginner class to thanks team leaders. Yes! I'm starting over again, probably for the millionth time, but the good thing is...I haven't giving up. No matter how many times I fall or mess up...I get back on the horse and try it again! I look forward to everyones entries and comments and wish everyone the best on this endless battle to good health! May this be "OUR" year to say good-bye to all those unw... Fri, 30 May 2008 15:12:00 EST Support from significant other My boyfriend whom I live with is a really supportive, loving person. He's asked me what support I need from him to change my lifestyle, and I wasn't really sure what to say. Basically I just told him to listen to me, to try to make healthy meals when it's his turn to cook, and to not bring home junk food. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions? Fri, 30 May 2008 12:48:27 EST Day 2 and going strong! 2nd day here and I'm loving it! Fri, 30 May 2008 12:29:18 EST Day 1 wohooo lol Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm a 43 year old, single parent from Massachusetts..I'm a great motivator lol.. except when it comes to motivating myself! Hoping you guys will keep me going! I'm more than happy to keep you going too.. Let's do this together! Fri, 30 May 2008 09:26:29 EST Hi there, newbie here Hello group, i am 22 female married with 3 young children, i joined today , i did have a spark last year but i stoped and moved over to baby fit, but now im back and i cant seem to remember my old spark so i started a new, it should be new with a new start and everything else. So i wont talk much of the past but the future, so who i was and stuff last year on spark doest exisit the new spark is the new me. Fri, 30 May 2008 07:40:34 EST Okay another newbie Hi, I had heard about this site but never inquired until now. Why now? I am becoming borderline diabetic and I am in denial. I do not want to take drugs to manage what I should be able to manage naturally. So that's why I am here. Fri, 30 May 2008 04:23:18 EST really new; do I get it? I joined on Monday, didn't really start doing things until Tuesday. I saw mention of "stage 1". i've pretty much just been trying to add to my sparkpoints by being good, drinking water, keeping track of what I eat, reading motivational things, etc. It is like I want to "beat the clock" so to speak with the sparkpoints. Am I missing something? Where are the "stages" did I start off on the wrong foot. Please help! Fri, 30 May 2008 00:12:26 EST I'm new too! Hi everyone! <BR> I am looking forward to this! My name is Julie and I live in Colorado. Thu, 29 May 2008 23:36:51 EST Hello from Phoenix! Hi all. <BR> <BR> I am new to the website and am so excited about making a healthier lifestyle for myself. I have lived in Phoenix for almost 4 years. I have a wonderful husband and a 15 month old son. These two men in my life are mainly why I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. Besides doing it for myself. The extra weight from being pregnant has put strain on my back and has sucked a lot of my energy out. I am looking forward to getting back to my old energetic self and fitting back... Thu, 29 May 2008 23:22:45 EST Another one joins the Team! Hi All! I am new- I just started the program on the 25th and I am looking forward to kickin' butt! Thu, 29 May 2008 22:23:10 EST Another New Englander joining ! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> OK, I read most of your intros, and think I am in the right place! <BR> <BR> I need to focus on getting healthier, and paying more attention to what goes in my mouth. <BR> <BR> Also, I have been off my exercise routine for a while, due to surgery, and I am ready to get moving again. <BR> <BR> I am 38, live in CT, married with 2 kids, and work out of my home full time. <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to exploring what this site has to offer. So far I am... Thu, 29 May 2008 21:38:45 EST Hello from Texas! Hi my name is Carol. I am so excited to be on this site! There is so much to read!!! Thu, 29 May 2008 21:15:33 EST Hello Hi everyone! Obviously a newbie and just trying to figure it all out and hoping this will work for me! Thu, 29 May 2008 15:05:46 EST Cali girl here! Hi! New to the site, obviously, and am excited about all the tools that are at my disposal here. <BR> <BR> I'm 31, new to California and am aiming to lose just under 20 pounds. I'm fairly active, but since I leaped into my 30's the pounds stay still no matter how many miles I run! <BR> <BR> I also moved in with my boyfriend a year ago (hence the move to CA) and have let our social life interfere with my fitness. So, we're both on a mission to get our Sexy Summer Bodies back (SSB's). <BR>... Thu, 29 May 2008 13:44:35 EST Hello-new here! I just signed up yesterday and am hoping to lose approximately 28-30 pounds. I have been overweight for most of my life...tried many diets, lost, gained it back. I work out at Curves 3 days a week and just need to eat less and more healthy. I am a single mom to two girls, ages 7 and almost 11. It's more difficult to eat right with kids around. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> DeeDee <BR> WV Thu, 29 May 2008 13:37:06 EST another ohio-an hi! i've been on sp before, but dropped of awhile back. i'm here once again and ready to give it my all. i'm tired of being fat! i am 26 and i should be living life to the fullest. being overweight inhibits that a little. are you ready to lose with me?? here's a little about myself: <BR> name: jeanine <BR> age: 26 <BR> location: ne ohio <BR> family: married to chris (7/24/04); austin (ds 1998), samuel (ds 3/2006) and sophia (dd 9/2007); cat, malachi. <BR> job: i'm a sah, homeschooling mom. i'... Thu, 29 May 2008 10:09:27 EST Hello from Boston! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople yesterday, after far too long of meaning to take action but really just sitting around on my butt <em>20</em> I have gained a lot of weight over the past few years and am ready to get rid of it and lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm excited to be part of the SparkPeople community! <BR> Thu, 29 May 2008 09:14:21 EST HI! Hi everyone, <BR> I just joined today and need to lose about 60 pounds but most importantly I want my health back and to feel some energy again. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you and to help each other with our goals. Thanks! Wed, 28 May 2008 23:54:27 EST Hello from Ohio I am 51 years old and I just joined this site two days ago. I already have learned so much about what I should do to really get myself in shape and healthier. <BR> <BR> I look forward to this journey and meeting some great folks along the way. Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated...I need all the help I can get....LOL!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day..... <em>30</em> Wed, 28 May 2008 23:41:51 EST Anyone Interested in Finding or Being a "Buddy?" Hi all, I am new as well. I have had many successful years in a 12step program for eating and find it really helpful to have a "buddy" to connect with briefly on a daily basis to help commit food and fitness goals too. This site looks fantastic with lots of resources and ways to track goals. I have always found that having a special buddy to connect with helps to keep me honest on my own program as well as supporting the other person. Of course I will also be taking advantage of the Teams... Wed, 28 May 2008 23:24:46 EST I hope I can stick to this! Well, I started in Spark today and hope that I can check in every day to find ideas and support. My goal is to stay fit and healthy and to loose 5-7 pounds that are bothering me since they have accumulated in my belly :( <BR> <BR> Talk to you later! Wed, 28 May 2008 22:20:25 EST Here to find health Hi All- <BR> <BR> I am new here and cant wait to make new friends and get some of this excess weight off! I am trying to get healthy for myself and my new Daughter! Wed, 28 May 2008 20:23:45 EST I'm ready! I love it that I found this site. Wed, 28 May 2008 16:42:54 EST Nice to meet you! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm not that new to Spark, really. I joined up last year to lose weight for my sisters wedding but didn't keep with it once the stressful winter months hit. I thought I'd rejoin because it worked so well the first time, and this time I will stick with it! It's worth it! <BR> <BR> Mary-Ann Wed, 28 May 2008 13:54:14 EST June Challenge: Cross-Country Trek For anyone who wants to take part in a fitness challenge for the month of June, I'll hot a cross-country trek using our workout minutes. <BR> <BR> For every 15 minutes of fitness, the team moves forward 1 mile. <BR> <BR> Challenge starts Sunday, June 1st. We will record weekly exercise on Saturdays. So, you can post during the week about what you are doing, and then on Sat, add up all your minutes from Sun-Sat. On Sun, I'll add them up and tell everyone where we've gone to. <BR> <BR> Join... Wed, 28 May 2008 12:38:03 EST Down 9 lbs in one week I am so excited I had to share.... Today is 1 week since I started exercising and working out, and I am down 9 lbs. I am very proud of myself. I don't expect these results every week, but this is a good start! Wed, 28 May 2008 11:05:44 EST Newbie here Hello all, I am new here and have never really done anything else except WW's. I have reached my goal with them, but for me it just isn't enough. I need to work on alot of things that make it really hard to stay at my current weight, or get to my personal goal of 125. <BR> Hugz sue Wed, 28 May 2008 10:04:06 EST hello everyone ... i am a newbee I would like to say hello to the members of the SP.I am new here and heard about this in a magazine just yesterday when i was waiting at the doctor's office. I came across a magazine which included the article of the success stories of the people losing weight. There someone mentioned about the noted this down and now i am a new member.I am dying to lose 30 lbs of weight. I've recently lost 10 lbs but it seems almost impossible to lose these last 30 lbs.I am fedup of yo-yo ... Wed, 28 May 2008 10:01:18 EST Hello Hi my name is Jenda and I am here to find support i have it from my husband but i want to be surrounded by people in the same situation as me. i look forward to chatting with you all. <BR> Jenda <em>30</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 23:38:19 EST Gettin' Busy Hello, I am a homemaker and homeschool mom to a fabulous dh and 5 dcs ages 8, 7, 5, 3, and 1. Since we are home together nearly all of the time (minus dh, someone has to pay the bills! ;-) I cook most of our meals. <BR> <BR> It is my primary focus to reset my metabolism up a few notches as I need to be able to get out and play with the kids more. I do now, but not a sactive as I should be. <BR> <BR> I am guilty of eating meals composed of leftover pancakes and peanut butter and honey sandw... Tue, 27 May 2008 22:58:49 EST I'm here and I'm ready to get healthy!!!! Hi all!! <BR> I just want to introduce myself, and to meet some people who can truly become friends and inspirations for me on this journey. I am tired of being tired and I can't wait to log my first set of accomplishments! Please feel free to join me, and hopefully we can inspire each other to reach our goals together... <em>213</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 18:33:26 EST School's out Next week is the beginning of summer-what a great time to set new goals and continue with previous ones. <em>244</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 17:43:00 EST Hello all Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople and new to dieting in general. I'm 27 and although I've been overweight my entire life, I've decided now is the time to get healthy. I think have accountability to a group will be beneficial and help me reach my goal. Tue, 27 May 2008 14:10:33 EST Hello! I'm new to the team and have been watching my nutrition and doing circuit/cardo 4-5 times per week since Jan 2. So far I've lost 40 lbs and about 30 inches. I'm looking for motivation to continue working toward my goal. Looking forward to making new friends!! Tue, 27 May 2008 14:07:20 EST Hi all! Hi, I'm Jenn, today is my first day on Spark, and I am very excited to get started on a healthier lifestyle. I have about 100 pounds to lose, but often lack the motivation to do it, I'm a recent breast cancer survivor and its time to get healthy, no more excuses! I look forward to meeting you all. Tue, 27 May 2008 12:14:10 EST Hi Hi Hi everyone. I'm new here. I need to get my tushy in gear and start loosing to get healthy again. I don't get much support at home so i thought I would give this a try. I'm excited to make a change! Tue, 27 May 2008 10:37:32 EST It's the Tuesdays that count... I'm on board with all of you as a true newbie to this site, team and process. I'm still feeling anonymous as I click through 100 pages, but am hoping that it will feel more like home soon. Let's be an encouragement to each other! =) Tue, 27 May 2008 06:14:44 EST Hello, also new ... Hi, I'm Amanda, mom of 3 and have gained back 20 of the 70+ lbs I worked hard to lose 5 years ago. I used myfooddiary before and that seemed to work but since I gained back the weight a year and a half ago it hasn't worked so I feel like I need a change to get myself motivated again. I am hoping this is the place! <BR> <BR> I started today and am looking forward to a lifetime change! Mon, 26 May 2008 23:12:22 EST Hello! My name's Audrey, and I'm finally sick of stupid crash diets that only seem to make me gain weight. I'm only 23 and it's getting rough to see myself go up a size every few years- it's time for a change! I'm very hopeful that having a great community of people will help me reach my goals...thanks to you all in advance! Mon, 26 May 2008 23:04:51 EST Hello! Hi everybody, <BR> I'm a newbie to this whole website but it seems really neat and I'm excited to start using it. <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> Chrissy <em>212</em> Mon, 26 May 2008 23:03:42 EST What are your fast break goals? Everyone does slightly different things to get their diet jump-started. Here we can see what people are doing, share experiences, and find people trying to accomplish the same goals together. Best part, you can keep fast break goals throughout your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I recently decided that I would read inspirational quotes. I already get the daily quote e-mail, but now I go look for quotes elsewhere and talk about them on my blog. Sometimes, when I'm down and really want a cooki... Mon, 26 May 2008 18:45:47 EST Hi-Ya! Hello - I'm Melissa and obviously new to Sparkpeople. I've been working on losing weight for almost a year & a half now and have lost 57 lbs in this time. I would love to say I have a great support system, but my parents are not into working out & eating well (even though they really need to), so I've definitely been in need of some extra motiviation, which I think is exactly what I'm finding here. I think this site will help me lose my last 15 lbs since I keep getting "stuck" at this poin... Mon, 26 May 2008 18:07:00 EST Ready to get back to my pre pregnancy healthy self Hi everyone! I joined Spark today. My name is Amber and I'm a stay at home mom of two boys. They are 4 and 2. Before I got pregnant with my first son I was at a healthy 125lbs, but now I have skyrocketed to 230lbs! I'm ready to take care of myself and set a good example for my boys. I can't wait to be healthy again! I look forward to getting and giving encouragement. Let's get started! Mon, 26 May 2008 17:41:26 EST Hello I am not new to SP really, just returning to start again. Mon, 26 May 2008 13:12:36 EST Hi! Hi everyone. I just joined SP and am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life. I will be a sophomore in college this fall and am looking forward to getting my bachelor's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social sciences in a few more years. I love to read but I also want to use some of the time i spend reading to get in shape as well.I'm hoping to lose 30 lbs. by my cousin's wedding in august and more by the time comes for me to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding ... Mon, 26 May 2008 12:56:47 EST Looking for Skinny Self aka Healthy/Fit Self Hi all - I'm new, just joined today. <BR> <BR> I'm here to reclaim Skinny Self. Skinny Self also goes by the name of Healthy Self or Fit Self. I saw Skinny Self a few years ago - she hung around for awhile but haven't seen her in about three or four years. Skinny Self usually hides when life throws tough situations my way. <BR> <BR> Today I realized that Skinny Self needs to show up and learn how to deal with life without running away! <BR> <BR> Thanks for helping me find Skinny (Heal... Mon, 26 May 2008 09:51:40 EST Can you drink that much water? I don't know about you, but I find it hard to drink the recommended amount of water in a day. But, I feel that if there is a challenge then I can succeed! Lets see who can have to longest streak of drinking 8 8oz glasses of water (or 8 cups) everyday. Who wants to join me? <BR> <BR> Today I forced myself to drink 64 oz. of water. <BR> <BR> Streak-1 Day (started 05/25/08) Sun, 25 May 2008 23:10:19 EST Can You Eat Five a Day! Fruits and veggies are so important in a healthy lifestyle. There have nutrients, water, fiber, energy, almost everything a healthy body needs. Best of all, they are filling but usually low in calories. One of the easiest things you can do to improve your diet is eat more fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Let's try to eat fruits and vegetables every day, 5 1/2 cup servings or more! <BR> You can use your quicktrack to keep it up, and if you check out your "SparkStreaks" under My Tools, you can... Sun, 25 May 2008 18:03:39 EST What New Thing Are You Trying? Since most people here are just starting on their journeys, everyone is trying to make little changes here and there to lead them toward a healthier life. This is a place where you can post what changes you are making, from big changes to little tiny ones. Even your team leaders are still constantly improving our healthy lifestyle little by little. <BR> <BR> I am trying to do a few strength exercises everyday. <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 May 2008 17:58:36 EST Questions for the Team Leader(s) Post your questions here! We'll answer as best we can or point you to the right place on SparkPeople to get your answer. <BR> <BR> Kara Sun, 25 May 2008 17:54:17 EST SP Class of May 25-31, 2008 This is the spot for general discussion and chitchat. Let's keep it busy! <BR> <BR> Most of your posts can go here (instead of starting a new topic). <BR> <BR> Kara Sun, 25 May 2008 17:53:14 EST Good Morning to All Hello everyone. I just joined today and am very excited to have found this site. I haven't been overweight my entire life. Gosh I only weighed 97 pounds my senior year in high school. (those were the days) I am now 41 and 105 pounds heavier. I can't believe I have gained 105 pounds in less than 23 years. I know I will NEVER weigh 97 again and at my age I shouldn't, but I would like to weigh around 135. I joined this group for support. I have a sabotager living in the house and that su... Sun, 25 May 2008 11:14:49 EST