SparkPeople SP Class of June 15-21, 2008 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20404 This class is for all new members who joined SP from June 15-21, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 15-21, 2008 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20404 Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x37113209 Hi, my name is Sharon. I have been married for 17 years and have 5 children, ranging in age from 17 to 5. 4 boys and 1 girl! <BR> I work full time as a CNA/CMA at the local nursing home and really enjoy the work though it is very long hours. We work 12 hour shifts:( <BR> Well, if you have anything else that you would like to know just send me a message and I will respond with an answer. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all!! <BR> Sharon Mon, 4 Oct 2010 22:50:49 EST Returning to Spark Pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x34723731 Has anyone else been away from SP for a LOOOOONNNGG time? I had messages on here from late 2008. How things change over time, huh. I was living in upstate NY then, now I live an hour south of Seattle. I weighed about 25 lbs more than I do now. I went on my second tour of duty in Iraq (12 months yikes!) and paid off half of our ridiculous amount of debt. I hope I can find the time to be an active member of the SP community again, this place was really motivational and helpful when I actively u... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 20:17:53 EST Bariatric Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x32439510 I am scheduled for gastric sleeve surgery 3-17-2010. I am excited to get back into my smaller clothes. I have a general list of things to eat, but, just cannot figure out a menu.I bought some baby foods. I have all the necessary dookiung utensils etc to make tiny meals. Any ideas? Thu, 4 Mar 2010 15:52:31 EST Mum of 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x31697883 Hi i am a mother of 2 children and im also overweight. I cant get motivated to lose the weight. I work full time so i find it hard to exercise. Any advice is welcoming. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 17:24:59 EST Re-Introducing Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x30988999 I was looking around today and realized I had accidentally left this team. I don't know when this happened? I've been on SP since June 17, 2008 so I guess I need to reintroduce myself! <BR> <BR> Hi. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:21:33 EST Weekly Challenge Sept. 21-27 (2009) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x28513103 Play a game outdoors at least once (more is great)! <BR> <BR> This means going outside at least once this week and play tag with the kids, or buy a cheap horseshoes game and setting it up in your yard, or play hopscotch in your driveway. It can be as hard as tennis/water polo or as easy as marco polo. As long as it's some kind of outdoor game it's great. You can even make up your own outdoor game, but you have to tell us what it is (playing sit outside and watch others play is NOT an option... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 09:54:28 EST Hello, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x27062899 Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark people last year and have been using it on and off for menu planning. I have lost and gained the same 4-5 pounds several times. I have to do something more, so I am reaching out to you for help. A lot of you have lost wieght and are keeping it off. How do you do it? Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:22:41 EST What are yo doing for fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x26539700 Follow this link or copy and paste it into your browser for a nice reminder about how good it is for all of us to remember to have some fun. What have you done just for fun lately? Wed, 24 Jun 2009 07:23:40 EST Spark-iversary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x26279936 Being the class of June 15-21, 2008, it seems to me that many of us should have Spark-anniversaries coming up. Mine is June 21 so I barely made it into this class! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any special plans for their Spark-iversary? How many of the goals you set last year at this time have you met? Have you accomplished more than you ever thought possible? I would love to hear about everyone's journeys! Sat, 13 Jun 2009 00:17:14 EST Great article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x25894549 I have a friend who writes for a living. And in my humble opinion, she does a very good job of it. Anyway, she just started writing for the Examiner web site. Here is her first article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.examiner.com/x-12262-Boise-Healt<BR>hy-Liv </link> <BR> <BR> Family health and fitness is kind of her "thing" so if you like her, please add her to your favorites and keep going back. I especially like how she refers to every day and sometimes foods. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you ... Thu, 28 May 2009 23:53:28 EST Introducing myself after 11 months... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x25668025 Hi! I wanted to introduce myself, too. I never really got into the whole teams thing. (I also didn't use SparkPeople for almost six months.) I'm back into it now and really using all the website festures, except the teams and message boards. I can always use some support though! I seem to have reached a plateau at -10lbs. Anyways, just basically saying hi! Tue, 19 May 2009 19:22:54 EST HELP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x25198731 Ok so its great that its festival time in my area, it means summer is just around the corner. I am freaking out tho cuz we are going to one 2moro and well when we get there 2moro it will be time for me to eat. I am in desperate need of some semi healthy fair food options. I think last year it had ( i know this has gotta be super bad for me) italian sausage w/ peppers and onions, soba noodles (I am thinking this is my best option since everything else is deep fried and covered in sugar)and of ... Fri, 1 May 2009 20:24:42 EST Finding Others via SP Search? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x24455981 A friend of mine joined today. But I can't find them on the site. I can't seem to find a place to 'search' for individuals. Is there one? Sun, 5 Apr 2009 16:41:17 EST Where do you find ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x23715140 the sparkpeople "I have lost X amount of pounds" things.... <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 11 Mar 2009 20:42:53 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x22942956 Ok team, <BR> I am heading out on the road again. Not sure for how long. Will check in when I get back home. Good luck to all on your goals, I will miss your posts but will try to get them read when I get back. <BR> <BR> Debbie Proud Army Mom Richard <BR> <BR> Kansas Patriot Guard Member Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:36:52 EST another new latecomer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x21123182 Hi, my name is Abigail and I've finally decided to join some teams. I've been on here since June, lost several pounds, but do to my problem with emotional eating <em>39</em> I gained back most of what I'd lost, so I'm ready to hit back with a vengence. Any encouragment would be greatly appreciated! Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:22:42 EST Do one thing a day that is just for you & post it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x20842144 I was thinking this morning that we all do fitness and nutrition for ourselves/family on here, but we rarely do little things for our own little smile each day. I will start with a post. <BR> <BR> My one thing for today is that I put on some pretty eyeshadow. I rarely primp myself and just that little bit of shimmer gave me an extra confidence boost today as well as forced me to spend time on me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> Wed, 10 Dec 2008 11:29:58 EST How many login-points today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x20618095 4 <em>278</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:51:07 EST thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x20528039 i hope everyone has a blessed day <em>43</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2008 09:20:15 EST What are your Holiday Traditions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x20514230 Hi everyone! I thought it might be fun to post your favorite holiday traditions for the wintertime! Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Years, whatever you celebrate...post here and what your favorite family traditions are. <BR> <BR> Last year I started a Thanksgiving tradition of cooking thanksgiving dinner for all the coast guard guys/girls that weren't able to go home for Thanksgiving (they are from all over). They come over to our house and watch football and play PS3 while I... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:39:57 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x20383646 Still checking out teams - kinda late in joining, but here I am... <BR> I spend most of my time logging my nutrition and activity vs blogging, but I hope to see you on the boards. <BR> Jeanla Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:02:00 EST In time for Halloween and Just for FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x18979417 1) What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? <BR> Loved to dress up like a witch <BR> <BR> 2) What has been the coolest Halloween costume you've worn as an adult (couple or single)? <BR> Hubby and I dressed up as sexy pirates <BR> <BR> 3) Share a Halloween memory. <BR> <BR> I use to stuff an old shirt, jeans and boots with newspaper put a basketball on top of it with a scary mask on it and sit it in the front of my house next to the door. <BR> <BR> I also use to squirt it w... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 20:20:18 EST Keeping up with Biggest Loser Families http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x18751493 I don't know how many of you watch The Biggest Loser. I watch it and I love it. So, I thought perhaps I'd start a thread where people in our team who do watch it can discuss the episodes, can discuss how it has motivated them, or made them think about things. I never liked reality shows, but I love this one because it helps everyone on it. Even the teams that get voted off have the option of working their hindend off at home (in the type of atmosphere we have)and going back on the final show ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:33:53 EST What was your last straw? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x18392867 Question stolen from another board!! <BR> <BR> Just wondering what was your turning point? The straw that broke the camel's back? <BR> <BR> What made you finally decide that it was time for change - time to make a healthy start? Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:52:05 EST What's your favorite thing about the Fall season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x18374865 I love pumpkins and Holidays. Wed, 10 Sep 2008 17:00:27 EST weekly challenge Sept 7-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x18299007 Sorry I'm a day late posting this... <BR> <BR> This week let's practice ME time. The callenge will be to take 15 minutes a day to meditate and think positive thoughts about ourselves and our surroundings! <BR> <em>135</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 06:44:10 EST weekly challenge Aug 31-Sept 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x18110328 This week's challenge is to see how much water you can drink in cups. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 20:56:41 EST weekly challenge Aug 24-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x17977947 Ok I'm starting a weekly challenge. If you want to participate it is up to you but you can post on this thread when you've completed it each day for accountability. I'm late at starting this week so we will go from today Tues to Sat and then next week start on Sun. Tue, 26 Aug 2008 11:31:31 EST also old, but new, sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17879336 Sorry it has taken me so long to actually join the group! I am 26 and would like to lose 20-30 pounds by Jan 31. I am not sure if that is a reasonable goal or not. I have been working hard to change my eating habits and work out but have only lost 1 pound in the past month. This is kind of discouraging, but I am pressing on. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to doing this process with you all and hearing your success stories! <BR> God Bless! <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:39:10 EST been gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x17777507 Hi all, I have been back on the road with DH. He needed to get on track on losing and getting BS in check. Was gone for almost a month. Now for me to get back on track. Even though we take alot of food with us that I know we can eat I still gain as I don't get my exercise in. We don't stop very early and sometimes its on a ramp. So I hope to get going again. <BR> <BR> Debbie Proud Army Mom Richard Iraq <BR> http://community.webshots.com/user/armym<BR>omnavywife Mon, 18 Aug 2008 18:00:30 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17730785 I will check out more as time goes on. My family is in the midst of a move which will take place by October 1. After we settle in I will have more time to spend online. I am just beginning to reduce my work hours as well. I will go from working 40-60 per week to 4 nights per week. My husband has had chronic pain and not able to work for over 10 years, we have an 11 yo -- needless to say there has been a lot on my shoulders. Very overwhelming. Financially, it's scary, but I can't keep u... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 21:07:39 EST Daily Challenge???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x17720676 Any body interested in starting a daily challenge??? and to be accountable we will post it after we have completed the challenge. We can start a new thread for each challenge. <BR> <BR> I will volunteer to come up with some for a while or whoever is online first??? Give me some suggestions. Our team is so quiet...we need to keep motivating each other!!! <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 11:13:56 EST been here awhile, just found you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17629262 i joined sparks on june 18 however i just found this group, im bipolar and am on med therepy and am looking to loose 95lbs over the next year....i am doing well and look forward to meeting new friends and acomplishing my goals Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:08:38 EST Old but New, Sort Of, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17536219 Joined SP June 18, 08 and have been attempting to go it alone. Been doing okay but now that I'm more familiar with the site, I feel more comfortable about joining a group and offering support to those who may need it and also coming here to gain support from others who may offer it. This seems like such a wonderfully rounded and well informed group which is a great thing. Hoping I can connect with all of you at some time and Thank You in advance for having me as part of your group. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:21:07 EST Interesting article.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x17445540 Someone else posted this article in another thread (sorry I've forgotten your name!! Thank you so much for posting!!) and it was exactly the encouragement I've been needing lately. <BR> <BR> You really do change from the inside out. <BR> From the notes I've received from some of you, the most common concern seems to be that your fat loss seems too slow. After starting a serious fitness program including cardiovascular and weight training, nearly everyone feels better and more energetic alm... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 23:16:55 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17420779 Hey everybody, I joined in the middle of June but some how I'm just now getting started, go figure! I am happy this morning breakfast was a toasted english muffin w/ an egg and tomato, 190 calories. Talk about baby steps. Today I am 291 and I am hoping to get healthy. If I can make it through today I will be healthier tomorrow. I'm taking this thing one day at a time and look forward to getting to know you all real soon. <em>224</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:39:16 EST Welcome to my journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17319890 I'm Traci. I'm 42 years old and TIRED OF BEING FAT. <BR> On May 24, 2008, I weighed 241 lbs. That's the largest I've been in my entire life. I hated every single picture of myself and I was tired all of the time. <BR> <BR> I exercised religiously for nearly a month before I stumbled on SparkPeople. It wasn't until I started learning about proper portion sizes, eating fruits and veggies, drinking water, etc. that I began to see results from my workouts. <BR> <BR> To date, I've lost 20... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 22:11:13 EST My Avon Walk Link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x17155366 For some reason, I can't get the link in my siggy to work so I am posting it here. <BR> <BR> (It has to be copied and pasted) If that still doesn't work, you can go to www.avonwalk.org click on "make a donation", "donate to participant", New York 2008, then type my name COLLEEN WALBRECKER. My name will come up lower on the page, click that and it brings you to my donation page. <BR> <BR> Thank you HelenfromNC for bringing it to my attention! <BR> <BR> Edited to Add...the link for som... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:42:53 EST Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x17147199 Well how is everyone doing????? <BR> It's been quiet on our team boards, where is everyone??? <BR> <BR> How many inches have you lost so far??? Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:07:21 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x17135869 hey ya'll ! i joined SP on June 16th, but didn't add this group until today! i hope that everyone is doing as well as they'd like to! i've come a long way, but seem to be plateauing...ugh! anyway, happy monday and thanks for welcoming me to the team!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:28:30 EST homeopathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x17028586 I have been so frustrated following the meal plan, getting the exercise in and the scale not moving nor the inches comming off. I started to investigate why?? Thought it could have been thyroid problems so I went to a homeopathic doctor and WOW! He was amazing, seemed to understand how I was feeling and went back to emotional triggers from birth. He believes my hormones are all out of whack and has started me on a plan to get them right again. He said this was a big reason that I am obese a... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 21:49:04 EST Finally checking in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16919689 I've been on for about a month, but forgot to check in on this team! Silly me! <BR> <BR> I'm Helen from NC. I am here to lose 70 pounds, and I'm already well on my way with 8 pounds down over the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> So far, I love SparkPeople and I'm telling everyone about it. I look forward to getting to know some of my "classmates" here. <BR> <BR> Helen Mon, 21 Jul 2008 21:41:37 EST A new challenge for myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x16907733 I have made the committment to walk 39.3 miles for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October and need to start training for it! My challenge is to walk a minimm of 3 miles a day or night to get used to the walking. <BR> <BR> You can check out the link in my siggy for my Walk Page! Of course, I would accept all donations! haha Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:43:42 EST Habit 4 - water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16895770 Anyone else working on drinking water this week? This is one that I have already been doing well but not perfect. I am at a conference in Arizona until Thursday. It is a very fancy hotel that must give cheap conference rates during 110 days in July...work is paying for most of it. I'm having trouble finding water! The faucet is warm, the hotel is so fancy there are no ice machines. There are nice little bottles of water in the fridge in the room but they charge $4.50 if you drink them! My mis... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 09:52:34 EST I'm feel great today because..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16891774 I'm great today because I've stuck to it for a whole month now, I've lost 10lbs, and I got a new haircut. I'm feeling on top of the world. I feel like my goal to lose 57 by my 57th is doable! <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:33:03 EST Gaining weight...could it be muscle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16822477 I went to Curves for a year and I did notice that my clothes were fitting better, but I wasn't seeing any weight loss. I may have lost 2 pounds over the course of the year. Some people have told me that I probably gained muscle. <BR> <BR> So, it was a difficult decision to come to, but I decided to quit Curves. My intention was to join this gym closer to my home. I haven't joined the gym yet because my fiancé, who is also overweight, wants to see what the work out facilities at my apartment ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:55:50 EST Saying hello for the first time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16799586 Hi everybody! My name is Jen, I'm a 27 year old teacher from Texas. I joined right before my husband and I went on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks, so I started today. I've done well on Weight Watchers in the past, but needed a fresh start. So far I'm hungry :(, but I know my body just needs to get used to eating less again. I look forward to meeting everyone :) Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:37:01 EST Finally saying hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16719486 Just wanted to finally say hi to all the team members. I've been trying to learn my way around the site, whew there's allot to learn. Just started last week really tracking my food and deciding to be serious. Exercise will be my next big hurdle because of oh so many aches and pains (boring). But I'm getting going (slowly) and hope to soon be back to the active self I used to be oh so few years ago. My how time slips by and one realizes it's not as easy as it once was. I have faith that ... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 11:00:55 EST I've made a mental change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16681281 I was busy making myself 2 pancakes this morning using Jiffy Mix which only requires skim milk to make and I realized I hadn't even thought about using chocolate chips. Normally I wouldn't eat a pancake without some chocolate in it, but today it didn't even cross my mind until the pancakes were cooking and even then I just knew I didn't need them. I see this as such a big step! I'm finally starting to think differently about food and being careful, the journaling really helps! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:47:45 EST Energy Shakes/Drinks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16665625 First of all...a big Hello to everyone,just joined today and already having questions it seems... <BR> <BR> Just wondering does anyone have any great energy shakes/drinks recipes that can really give you a charge! <BR> <BR> Also..Have any great Breakfast Shakes/Drinks for a energectic quickie when there's no time for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I don't favor V-8 because it's to salty and I'm beginning to stray away from the store brands...Just want something pure and natural that will do the job... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 18:25:00 EST Motivational Binder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16660502 Okay, so I was lounging on the sofa and reading my fitness magazines (I'm addicted to Self, Fitness, and Shape)when I thought to myself, why not take the vision collage one step further? I don't know about you all, but I like certain articles out of magazines and spark, but I don't necessarily want piles of magazines stacked in the house because of one or two snippets of it. I decided I'm going to use one of my old three ring binders and put clear plastic paper holders in it with the clips of... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:50:33 EST Avoiding self-sabotage . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16650899 Does anyone have any ideas on how to avoid self-sabotage? I have lost more than 15 pounds in the past six months, and I am just about to drop a clothing size. Usually, when I get to the point that it's a noticeable change (either when people start commenting on my weight loss, or when I drop a size), I backtrack and start to gain the weight back. <BR> <BR> Obviously, I have some fears and issues associated with being a healthy weight. In the past, I have just thought, I am not ready to ... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 02:15:42 EST New here in Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16646643 My name is Traci from Ohio. I am Fat and here to make changes and friends. <BR> <BR> Things are going great right now for me because I get on here and hold myself accountable to myself as well as spark friends. I am really doing well now. I have decided I am going to have my husband take new pics at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> I am still so excited about this site and actually feeling like I can do this for once instead of going up and down. <BR> <BR> Have a happy upcoming week!... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 21:56:29 EST Habit 3 - exercise consistently http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16633311 I assume many of us are working on habit 3 so thought it might be helpful to share how the week goes. This one is a real challenge for me - my endurance is low so options feel limited. I know I need to exercise more but I just hate it or feel incompetent. I have been doing weights at the gym for several months and I am feeling stronger - especially arms and core - but I am struggling with cardio. My gym offers a Nia class once a week which I like but can't always make it (Sat mornings). Not s... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 11:11:00 EST State of the Team Address Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16624586 Good Evening everybody! <BR> <BR> First of all, let me apologize for not being as interactive lately as I should be. I have had some major health issues including a trip by ambulance to the ER for chest and abdominal pains about 3 weeks ago. I am doing better now, but I am still trying to get back on my feet. Add to that that my business is starting to get busier plus being at home with a 6 year old and a 1 year old daily, and my life has been utter chaos LOL! <BR> <BR> Second, it looks to ... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 23:36:11 EST What's your favorite exercise?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16456907 Just curious if you would all like to share your favorite exercise with the group, maybe we will get inspired to try something new that is working or being enjoyed by someone on our team. <BR> <BR> My new found fav is def the water jogging. It's weight less, easy, burns lots of calories, fun and I can do it with my kids. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 22:14:28 EST I saw a recent photo of me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16414103 I've never been overweight. I've never had to 'diet'. That was always something someone else was doing. I saw a picture of myself taken last week. I had no visual understanding that this is the shape that I am in until now. I have a business convention to go to with lots of parties that we are invited to. Now I am so depressed and cried all night because of that picture. I'm just going to swear off food and get back to my old self. I can't do this weight thing. The trip is in 3 weeks. I was l... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 21:46:14 EST crawling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16382732 I like this slow and wonderful crawling pace, for me it works so well. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 14:04:16 EST State those BIG goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16372313 I know its almost so far out its scarey to say, but would love to see myself run in a mini or actual marathon someday. I am a long way from that, but if I were to do that..wow. I would be really impressed with myself! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:22:48 EST Holiday Strategies ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16371724 I am sure everyone has been there, you are at a family get together and its time to eat. What choices are you going to make? I can hear Grandma in the back round "That's all you are going to eat? ". <BR> trying to put more food on your plate. <BR> <BR> This year I am going to take smaller plate so looks like more, watch what I eat and the amounts. <BR> Also going to journal when I feel the need to over eat. And Stay away from Grandma while eating <em>246</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 07:58:06 EST Bluebirds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16357812 Not sure if you get to see bluebirds were you live, but they come around every so often here. What's neat about them is I always seem to see them when I am having a down moment. Recently, when I mentioned to a relative my love for this bird, she reminded me that they are the state bird of NY and that I probably saw them all the time growing up in Western NY. <BR> <BR> Wishing you bluebirds "bright moments" in your day! <em>67</em> <BR> Kelly Wed, 2 Jul 2008 17:40:40 EST July: 31 Days to Stress Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16353583 This is under the motivation page on Spark, but I thought it would be nice to give a link here too. Mine just got put on the fridge. <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=889 </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 14:54:10 EST green tea??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16349227 I have heard alot of stuff about green tea and I was wondering if anyone has any advise as to which brand is the best (taste wise). I am drinking a bottle of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale right now and it is pretty good...just a bit high on the calorie side (230 for the bottle). has anyone seen any results from drinking green tea? Wed, 2 Jul 2008 12:28:51 EST New to team and SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16342655 I just joined SP a week or so ago and love it so far. The tools have been so helpful. Everyone says though to get in with my Spark class because it is where everyone finds great support, so I'm excited to have found it. <BR> <BR> I am a college student with PCOS. My goal is to lose about 75 lbs. overall but I have set a goal to lose 20 lbs. by Sept. 1st. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 09:21:38 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16257474 Hi - I'm Kelly! I joined Sparkpeople on June 19th. Can you relate to losing weight...gaining it back...losing it...gaining it back! This time I just want the cycle to end! I want to lose the weight for good and maintain a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Can't do it without you!!! <em>33</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2008 15:56:29 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16241159 Hello my name is Brooke and I am new. I had a baby 3 months ago and am ready to get back into shape. I have 40lbs I want to loose. I am used to dieting and exercising just when it comes close to summer time so I can look good in my suit but I want to look good year-round and not kill myself every May. Ya know what I mean <em>30</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2008 22:45:24 EST For All you Smoothie Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16226622 I started a team called Smoothie Lovers. I noticed that there's not a team for smoothies. (Unless it's private) <BR> I hope you decide to join this team...it would be great to share recipes, information and just have fun! <BR> Also, if those who would like to be a team admin----that is great because depending on the size of the team, I need help! <BR> I want to make this fun for everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is the link to the team: <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/smoothielovers </... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 12:21:37 EST Hit My Goal Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x16210272 I've had 12 glasses of water and 5 freggies. Plus have passed my quota of cardio exercises. Fri, 27 Jun 2008 19:14:19 EST Hows it going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16206219 My name is Michele. I joined Sparkpeople to help lose weight before my wedding next June. When my brothers fiancee (they're getting married in Ap)ril told me about this website I jumped right in. I've have been only been on a couple weeks and sparkpeople has definitely shown me that I was not eating enough to lose weight. So I have modified my intake and now Im starting to see changes. This is awesome. <BR> Everyone keep up the great work! Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:20:11 EST Hows it going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16206215 My name is Michele. I joined Sparkpeople to help lose weight before my wedding next June. When my brothers fiancee (they're getting married in Ap)ril told me about this website I jumped right in. I've have been only been on a couple weeks and sparkpeople has definitely shown me that I was not eating enough to lose weight. So I have modified my intake and now Im starting to see changes. This is awesome. <BR> Everyone keep up the great work! Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:20:06 EST Hows it going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16206190 My name is Michele. I joined Sparkpeople to help lose weight before my wedding next June. When my brothers fiancee (they're getting married in Ap)ril told me about this website I jumped right in. I've have been only been on a couple weeks and sparkpeople has definitely shown me that I was not eating enough to lose weight. So I have modified my intake and now Im starting to see changes. This is awesome. <BR> Everyone keep up the great work! Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:18:53 EST It's our nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16190307 http://www.meditationsforwomen.com/dailys/<BR>301095.html <BR> Follow the link to a good article. It says to keep your awareness high to keep you enthusiam high. Wishing everyone and aware enthusiatic day! <em>224</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:53:35 EST OOOhhh Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16170634 I got a new scale today, my old one wasn't working right, so here is my New weight as of the new scale...on my old one I started out at 190, and lost down to 185, but not now..lol <em>234</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:04:09 EST So far So good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16168999 This program really seems to work. The nutrition tracker and the fitness tracker keep me in line. <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:59:44 EST I'm a little late... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16161223 I joined SP and have been having so much fun looking around I forgot to introduce myself! I'm Marcia. This weekend I'll be married for 23 years and We have 3 teenage sons. There is so much information on this site it's hard to stop reading! Thu, 26 Jun 2008 10:04:40 EST I'm new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16155045 Hi everyone! my name is Anna i joined SP five days ago. I should have done this earlier but was caught up with everything that's on this site. So much information! i love it! Thu, 26 Jun 2008 04:26:28 EST New and Need Support Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16154215 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Denise & new to SP. Check out my sparkpage for my story and blogs. I would really like some friends to share my journey with online. I'm a great listener and very non-judgemental so feel free to drop me a note. <BR> <BR> Much love to all <BR> <BR> Denise Thu, 26 Jun 2008 01:27:34 EST Woo Hoo lost 5#! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16150444 Hey all, <BR> I didn't even feel like I was on a "diet." Being committed to riding my bicycle to work, keeping up the Nutrition Tracker and getting my water in really worked well this week. But most of all it's knowing that I have the support of my classmates that has really inspired me. <BR> Rebecca <em>304</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2008 22:13:30 EST I'm baaacckkk!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16142645 I've jumped on this wagon again and here I am! 10 days into it and 5.2 pounds down! <BR> <BR> I am Jennifer, single mom to three great kids, full time employee, part time student and the list goes on! <BR> <BR> Something feels different this time! I'm focused and motivated. I want to see where this can take me! <BR> <BR> I've got a long way to go but I am in this for the long haul! Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:59:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16142097 I am new too, I have lost 5 pds in 1 week, I hope I am working on my next 5 this week..:) <BR> I hope everyone reaches their small goals!! <BR> We can do this!!!!! <BR> Do I hear a YES WE CAN?? <BR> YES WE CAN!!! <BR> Kathy.. <em>220</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:39:41 EST Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x16139411 I hope it's alright that I post this challenge since I'm not one of the team leaders. I just thought this was a good idea for everyone after reading everyone's stories of how they want to stay motivated and be the best selves they can be. <BR> <BR> These are the instructions on how to make a vision collage. This is also on your "SparkPoints" page. <BR> <BR> The link is at the bottom of this message. <BR> <BR> What I'm hoping is that everyone go and make this collage, perhaps scan or take ... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 15:55:14 EST Hey...I am new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16137480 I am a happily married, mother of two very energetic boys. I have been overweight for the past 9 years. I am ready for a lifestyle change. I would like to lose 88 pounds. That seems huge now, but I am trying to set small goals to meet each week. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:56:40 EST Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16117997 Ok SO i have been doing good not to exceed my fat and to actually get all my calories. But I am having issues getting enough Protein. Anyone have any ideas that I can try to up my protein intake? Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:27:16 EST Anyone from MA? - just curious http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16117988 Well, how many of us are from MA? <BR> <BR> I was thinking that once I get the go ahead from my Dr. to start exercising, maybe we can organize some sort of walk group. We can pick a time and place and all walk together as we get to know and help each other and be able to lean on each other that much more.......Hopefully there will be some of us (or all) that are in the same vincinity Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:26:09 EST My Dr. visit today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16117952 I joined SP because I was getting chest pains and all the test the dr. was running all came back normal. After having 3 kids, my weight is the highest its been my entire life..... I was going to talk to the dr. today about the possibility that my chest pains could be due to my extra weight, but she beat me to it... She is putting me on a diet. She thinks I might have an ulcer (which she is testing for) and said that even if it is or isn't either way I need to diet. The extra weight makes the ... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:23:59 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16117688 I just recently joined this site and am looking forward to checking out all it has to offer! Wed, 25 Jun 2008 00:09:47 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16109200 My name is Angie, 34years old, mother of an 8 year old daughter. I have been overweight for the last 14 years,and I'd sure love to not make it 15 years. I seriously lack motivation. I made a promise to a friend that already uses this site that I would introduce myself to my group. I have over 100 lbs to lose but that's too overwhelming. So my first goal is to get to 199. Whatever support or ass-kickings can be given, I will gladly accept. I had a great day yesterday and today but am always th... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 18:34:28 EST Got Questions?? General Q & A--HOT Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16100042 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>229</em> <BR> Hello Sparkers!! <BR> I have recently been asked by one of our WONDERFUL team members to start a Q & A section in our forum. I thought that was a fabulous idea (Thanks HatchetJob)! <BR> <BR> Do you have any questions that we can help with? Feel free to jump right in with questions and answers, after all we're ALL here to help each other...right? <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> Shannon Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:21:50 EST Didn't get to introduce myself to team on Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16077917 Hello! My name is Christina. I am getting married August 9, 2008. I have been going to Curves for a full year now. According to the scale, I've only lost 2lbs. I'm hoping that sparkpeople.com can help me to monitor what I eat so I can lose some more weight. I honestly believe that I haven't lost more weight even though I am going to Curves 3 days/week because I'm not eating the right foods (i.e. fruits & veggies). Mon, 23 Jun 2008 19:50:35 EST losen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16066491 4 pounds down Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:18:49 EST hi I'm Abby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16051033 I just joined up on spark I have heard good things about this site so here I am. I don't have a lot to lose but I do have health issues that all extra weight is a problem. I have already lost 20 pounds but it is at a stop. so I need to get motivated and get going. <em>249</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2008 23:17:37 EST Newcomer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16048743 Hello, My name is Stephanie and I am so excited and grateful to have found SP. I have done extremely well in the last days. Great food, water goals meet, my exercise. Thanks for the support. Look forward chatting with you. GOD BLESS <em>244</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:36:21 EST Hello Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16042741 Making the decision to get back into shape was hard. It was hard because I have never thought any less of myself but to realize that living a healthy lifestyle is also a part of loving one self....is hard. On the other hand, making the first step to a better me and making friends along the way, as I hope I will with this team, is a true success. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 17:27:10 EST I'm new -- need help tracking exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16037089 Hi! I just found SparkPeople last night, and I am trying to figure out if it will meet my needs. I have a number of food allergies, so I think I need to just take the info that is available about different foods and make my own eating plan on paper, because it's pretty much impossible for me to eat off the generated food plan (constantly having to scan the "substitute" foods list is just going to depress me -- 80% of that stuff is food I can't eat!). <BR> I am wondering if I can tweak the ... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:28:51 EST Hello Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16027951 Hello Everyone. I am a 40+yr. old NAVY Wife and Mother of 2. I am very excited to be here and am very impressed with SparkPeople thus far!! Thank You, Thank You to Chris "SparkGuy" Downie for starting this for all of us. <em>304</em> A big Thank You also to KRNRJOCK67 for the welcome e-mail before I even knew I had e-mail. <BR> <BR> Best Wishes to You All!!! <BR> <BR> Live~Love~Laugh <BR> <em>249</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I do have one question I hope someone ca... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 01:49:19 EST another new person! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16027163 Hi there, <BR> i found this site randomly through a friend and thought i would give it a try. I'm excited to have found a place with a plan, because if i don't have something telling me exactly what to do i'll just eat everything i see and sit on my butt all day and watch TV. haha. well it's day 1 and i hope it turns out well. :) <BR> -Tia Sun, 22 Jun 2008 00:32:03 EST State of the team address http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x16024917 Good Evening All!! <BR> <BR> When I agreed to be a Spark team leader, I never in my life imagined that I would be accepting 14,000 people into the Spark family!! I and my co-leader Shannon (shannoninaz) are very happy we accepted the challnege, and we welcome all of you with open arms! We will do out best to help out and answer any questions we can (just be patient with us though, we just gave birth to 14,000 kids LOL) <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, there are a few threads we have creat... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 22:43:55 EST New too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16023971 Found this site by accident. I have tried many different diets over the years to lose weight. I do feel it is a lifelong lifestyle change---mine just hasn't been lifelong. This site is great and I am hoping to meet friends and get motivated. <em>9</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 22:04:43 EST Hi I am new also http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16023845 I though I had done this on the night I joined Sparkteam, but I guess I did not since I can not find me. I am do this to loose 90 pounds and to keep it off. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 22:00:31 EST hello--newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16022387 Hello. I don't really know what to say about myself. I am 47 years old and live with my dogs and cats. I have a horse but am to fat to ride her. I am an emotional eater( you name it and I use it for a reason to eat). I need to lose at least 100 pounds. I lost some weight in the past but have since gained most of it back. I keep saying that I have to get started losing weight but haven't done a thing about it. (except coming here that is) I guess that is enough about me for now. <BR> Margaret... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 21:01:06 EST New to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16021804 My name is Jean and I decided to get toned and fit. I stand at 5'7 and 220lbs. I love sports and the weight i have gained is hindering me from playing to my full capacity. My goal weight is 180lbs of solid muscle. It is time for me to get off the couch and get motivated and get fit for life. This website is very inspirational it has fitness routines and nutrition charts that is giving me a head start in accomplishing my fitness goals. Does anyone have suggestions of fitness routines that have... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:38:06 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16021002 My name is jacky. I just joined and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:02:21 EST Bathing suit in a box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5843x20404x16007513 I really didn't know what else to call my topic.. could have been "dealing with emotional eating" or "sharp drop in self-esteem". But I had a challenge yesterday that would have knocked me down a month ago. Bathing suit in a box. Going to Mexico in two weeks. Look NOT GOOD in bathing suit. Have to deal with it. Read my blog for the full story, but I am sure that someone else out there ran into a stumbling block and had to address those emotions that have brought us to this site in the f... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:45:36 EST G'day from Australia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16005102 Hey there, Class of June 15-21,2008! My name is belabindi and I just joined yesterday, and boy am I excited because I can finally track what I'm doing on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Just a little about me...I live in Brisbane Australia, and go to university. I'm studying to be a nurse, and am half way through my degree <em>58</em> , so now I am officially half a nurse. <BR> <BR> I need to be on track with my studies, and that has meant that at times I fell into the trap of eating the wrong ... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:29:43 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x16004279 I'm so excited to finally find my motivation to lose this weight! I'm Jenn, I'm a 30 year old stay at home mom. I have gained over 50 pounds since the day I met my husband!!!!! What have I been doing??? I'm excited to get back on track and finally do something all for myself! Sat, 21 Jun 2008 01:48:32 EST New again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15998495 Hi everyone, it is nice to be able to talk to people that have similar goals. I am ready and excited to join this SP because I know that it will be a wonderful experience for us all. <BR> <BR> Patti Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:36:29 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15993043 Hello, all! I am here to beat the yo-yo thing once & for all. My past habits have taken a toll on my health and I am here to learn to take it slow & steady, not beat myself up for every perceived failure, and to take credit/reward myself when I hit milestones. I've been exercising regularly now for about 4 months and have made some diet changes, but I find I really need help with the nutrition piece specific to being pre-diabetic with high triglycerides (my body is highly sensitive and res... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:14:55 EST new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15988284 Hey everyone! I'm new to this team but not new to sparkpeople. I made a new site for myself after "relapsing" and gaining back 5 lbs i worked so hard to lose! well it's time to start losing again, and I'm back on sparkpeople for all the amazing support! I'm a 20 year old junior in college. I'm 5'6 and currently weigh 190 lbs. I'm a pant size 14. My goal is to be in the 150's by the end of October 2008, and then I will decide where I want to go from there. I'm thinking that being in the ... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 13:47:55 EST Day 1 of a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15987791 This is my first time in here and I am looking forward to having people I can commiserate and celebrate with Fri, 20 Jun 2008 13:33:05 EST today is day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15985932 Hello everyone, today is my first day here and there is so much information. I am going to start slow, i think i eat pretty healthy but i don't watch my portion sizes so i am going to work on that and start exercising. Then if i can't lose I will alter the way i eat. <BR> <BR> I'm a sahm to 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 9 months. And I will be returning to work on the 30th, which is 1 reason i'm not ready to change my eating habbits. I need to adjust my schedule first to having my kids eat dinner a... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:44:05 EST New here too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15981300 Hey to all! <em>213</em> <BR> I was on a yahoo group and seen where someone mentioned this site so thought I would try it out myself. I am a single mom to 2 girls, ages 14 & 7. I have tried going to the gym, without much success..seems there isn't quite enough time. I am slowly but surely learning that I must make time to do this. It's important for me to become healthier!! Anyhow, not really sure what to say right now, just wanted to introduce myself and I look forward to gaining new frien... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:30:35 EST Hi I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15978358 I am 25 and have recently had to change my diet due to acid reflux. So I thought if I had to make some changes anyway then I should try to loose some weight as well. In college my freshmen 15 was more like a freshmen 40 and I have been saying for a long time that I was going to do something about that. Well actions speak louder than words so here I am. Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:09:53 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15973538 Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Cyndi. I live in Oklahoma. I am married with 2 children. I attend college F/T *Sociology major* I'm glad that I stumbled upon this website earlier today. I am looking forward to meeting new friends, and losing 85lbs within the next year. ;-) Fri, 20 Jun 2008 05:44:39 EST Hello team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15973068 My first day and first message here. I'm 36 yrs old, mother to 3 children (7, 10, 15), living in Alaska. Somehow I went from being that strong, bold, active girl to being this frumpy, unhappy, out of breath middle aged woman. I'm trying hard to find the old me. My weight goal is to lose 50 lbs, my overall health goal is to kick this ever present fatigue to the curb, decrease my chance of having a heart attack (belly fat city here), and ease these poor achy knees. Nice to "meet" you all! Fri, 20 Jun 2008 03:58:58 EST Not my first day, but still new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15971447 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am trying, again, to lose this weight. I know what I need to do, I know why i need to do it, i know what I want to look like when I am done. All of these things make sense to me, but yet, I can't seem to get off my duff and get them done. I am eating slightly better, but I could do better still. Some days I get more water than others. <BR> <BR> So, I figured I would check out SP and see if it can help me get my rear in gear!! <BR> <BR> Michelle <BR> Wife of 15 y... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:16:05 EST Hi everyone!! I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15970168 Just wanted to take a min to say HI!! and thank everyone for the warm welcome!! Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:19:30 EST Another Newbie!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15960032 Hey guys! This is my first day here, and so far I'm loving it. I think I've finally found the place that will give me the encouragement I need to stay motivated. I recently got married... well back in Decemeber, and slowly I've been gaining more and more weigh as each month passes. I want to kick the lazy habit and get back into living a more healthy life. Not only for me, but my husband. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 16:01:44 EST I am a newwwwwwww wwbieeeeee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15957212 Name is Jeannie I am 23 and I joined spark people because I was watching a rerun of Ellen the other day and saw the 3 women featured in People and they gave me so much inspiration to lose weight. I have the desire to meet some people that have the same aspirations as I do on here! <BR> And to find out my other reasons you can visit my sparkpage!@! Thanks!! Thu, 19 Jun 2008 14:18:19 EST My 3rd day here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15946938 Hi my name is Stephanie and I'm on day 3! I'm so excited to be apart of sparkpeople!!!! I look forward to "meeting" others :) Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:59:20 EST HEY IM NEW HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15942865 Hey im 23 and I have to loose 19lbs wish me luck Thu, 19 Jun 2008 03:43:30 EST My 1st Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15941994 Just joined 6/18. Have heard many great things about SP..finally decided to jump out there and start this journey. My spark page has my story on it. Similar to many others. Looking forward to exchanging encouraging words, thoughts and ideas. Good luck to everyone just getting started! <em>88</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2008 01:32:50 EST joined 6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x15933572 Well, I try to just weigh myself on Fridays, but since I had a drs appointment today I'll start here. <BR> 198 Lbs. ( I started at 208 back on May 2nd, Not sure how I will work that in with the SP start and Goal system. Still figuring out this site!) <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:12:10 EST Hunger Pangs: Good or Bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x15931942 My work is so sporadic, the best time to interview clients is at lunch time and I forget to eat before I step into those interviews. Then I miss the lunch train all together and start munching when my stomach starts to growl. What a ding-a-ling! So, now that it's 4 p.m. I'm wondering if I should be running to grab some real food somewhere...or just enjoy these hunger pangs. Will they shut down my metabolism? I have so much to learn - like how to throw an apple in my briefcase before I le... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:54:37 EST And so the story goes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15930508 HIIII! I'm new of course. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I am 21 and engaged to a fabulous guy. We will be married this August, and I couldn’t be happier about that. He isn’t unhappy with the way I look, but he knows that it makes me feel crazy some days. So I’ve got my support at home, but he isn’t the motivational type <BR> <BR> I’ll be the first to admit that I am addicted to pixelated crack (aka video games). My soon to be husband and I both play them way too much. This is not something I ... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 16:55:00 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15924696 Hi, I'm new. Wanted to say hi to everyone. I am hoping to lose some weight and get healthy. It will be nice to make some new friends also. Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:36:45 EST Newbie here!! help xx http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15921810 Wanna say a big HELLO to y'all. N let u all no I'm here for myself ... No one else. I wanna do this to feel more confident.. Woop woop GO ME haha anyways I'm new to the site so not quite sure wat I'm doin xx <em>249</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 12:07:15 EST New and doing this for hubby in Iraq :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15910139 I'm excited about this...I really am. I need motivation, encouragement, and strength. My husband has been in Iraq for almost three years now and at times I just feel sad and depressed. I lost so much weight when he first left to keep myself busy. We recently got married (yaay) and then he had to return to finish his term. It's been three months since he's been gone and it has been so difficult for me. I used to weight 142 and now weigh 118 but my inital goal was to weight 110...i'm gonna lose... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 01:02:26 EST New Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15903474 Hi! My name is Sara-Jayne and I am a 28 year old SAHM of 2 toddlers. I have been seriously slacking the past few months and I really need to get my rear in gear and lose this pesky weight! My goal is a little bit different than most. I would say it is to be at a better weight before getting pregnant again, but it's not that simple. I am not planning on getting pregnant again for my family, but for another. I am currently about 2 months away from beginning an IVF cycle to be a gestationa... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:48:46 EST bummed - over calories - buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15902903 sigh.... over my calories.. know i should focus on my fast break goals but i'm feeling bummed and that usually leads to me thinking i'm not going to get anywhere as usual.... <BR> looking for a little support <BR> <BR> anyone interested in buddy-ing up? it would be great to have someone to talk to and keep me accountable and vice/versa... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:29:14 EST Im new too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15897637 Hey everyone! I just started today and hopefully will actually stick with this plan!! <BR> Good luck everybody! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:19:58 EST Anything's possible right...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15897163 I'm also a newbie. This is my first and hopefully last time joining Spark. So far it seems like a really great, refreshing, motivational environment. I'm here for a reason. I want to loose weight and stop just talking about it. I have a great support system, and I'm lucky for that. I don't have any kids. I got fat the good old fashion way by being lazy and eating too much bad (but oh so good) food. I know it'll be a difficult journey, but I believe in myself and all of you! WE CAN DO THIS!! ... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 16:59:15 EST Need to lose 60 pounds!!!! Excited about joining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15892829 I am hoping to make friends and a support system to help myself and others lose weight. I am SICK of being FAT and can not take it anymore. I will post pics tonight. Traci Tue, 17 Jun 2008 14:21:01 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15890880 Hi All <BR> <BR> Just joined. I now weigh more than I did when I was nine months pregnant with my first and I am not pregnant!! I have tried to lose weight on my own but I can't seem too. I need lots of support and help to keep me motivated to work out. I love to sit and watch TV..... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:13:49 EST New today. Hello to all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15890728 I saw Ellen also and was inspired to check this out. So much info and it's a bit overwhelming. All could be wonderful if I have time to devote to using the website. Is anyone doing Walk Away the Pounds program? I thought it would be just "so so" But it turns out I love it! Three miles today :) Good luck everyone and blessings! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:08:23 EST Just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15887164 I have recently purchased a treadmill and I am actually using it!! While I was walking yesterday I watched Ellen and saw the three ladies who lost so much weight on Spark people, so I decided to check out the site. I have been conscious of what I am eating since I started exercising but I'm not being strict. I have recently stopped drinking diet soda and drinking only water. I typically drink only one cup of coffee a day and I'm trying to cut out all carbs at night. I would love to hear fr... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:19:37 EST Hello Team; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15877237 I also am a brand new newbie! And I'm so happy to be here,I'm not exactly sure what this team does,but I'm hoping to be motivated to reach my goal <BR> I am 67 years old,married,children,grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren! I'm happily married,I do suffer with depression and anxiety,and I'm also trying to stop smoking,so far so good,but the anxiety and depression doesn't help my fighting that. I would be so happy to hear from any and all of you,oh by the way,I'm also a Christian lady,a... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 05:08:47 EST Nice to meet everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15874015 Hello all! Just thought I'd take a moment to swing by and introduce myself. I've committed myself to taking off the weight that has come with my MS. Granted, it's only 15lbs, but it's enough to make me uncomfortable. It used to be I'd jump off the couch at the first sign of spring, but the heat makes the fatigue and tremors worse, so winters have become my friend. If anyone has any suggestions for exercises that one can easily do on a bad day I'd appreciate it! Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:28:51 EST New and really motivated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15873497 Hi, <BR> My name is Susan and I am a 44 year old married mother of 4. I have been to hell and back but, never really took care of myself the way that I should. I'm tired of losing and gaining...you know the old yo-yo thing. <BR> <BR> Now I am ready for a lifestyle change and I am really excited especially since I stumbled onto the SparkPeople website. I think this site is really amazing and has all the tools and support needed to succeed. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:06:56 EST Newbie Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15870568 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to come and introduce myself. My name is Liz and I am ready to start changing my life and I heard this was a great place to help with that.:D:D <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I found this place. <BR> <BR> Till Soon <BR> Liz Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:24:03 EST Hi, Gal in cafemom told me to come here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15870345 I was on cafemom complaining about how fat I am and she said quit whining and come here. So, here I am. Married to a chef. I know. and mom to 2 boys. 250lbs. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:16:10 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15870180 Hello Im new here! <BR> <BR> My name is Brytnee and I am a mommy to a 7 month old litte boy named Brinkley... <BR> <BR> i have been on here before i got pregnant, and after i gave birth to my son i lost more than my pre pregnancy weight. <BR> I didnt care at the time and now its all catching up to me again. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:09:18 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15869399 I am writing to introduce myself... I made it through my first day, hallelujah! It's nice to know there are others out there. I love the support I get reading all of the posts. Good luck to everyone- remember, you are absolutely worth this. <em>48</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:46:22 EST Ready to Drop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15868803 Weight, that is! <em>30</em> I've never seen another site like this one (and FREE). Very excited to be here! Just completed my first day... stayed within my goals and walked further than I had planned. It has been an awesome day! Looking for friends... so, add me, if you'd like. I am happily married, mom of 2 teenage, wonderful boys, work full time outside of the home, love gardening, jewelry design -- anything creative, love to read... Looking forward to inspiring one another! <... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:28:51 EST New and ready to get started. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15864586 I am new to this site. I am ready to make a change in my life. I am 53 years old, happily married, two wonderful children and five four legged babies/dogs. I need to lose 50 pounds. I hope this group is what I need to get and keep me motivated. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 18:18:32 EST ohio newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15861589 Hi everyone, Im stephie and I would like to lose about 75lbs I just joined spark people and am really excited to meet new friends. <BR> <BR> Stephie <em>184</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2008 16:37:23 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15859111 I am 35 and I had lost about 30lbs and the I had surgery and was off my feet for about 3 months and gained it all back with some of it's friends and relatives. Lost in how to get going again. Last time I just cut out the pop. Need some Ideas and motivation. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 15:09:21 EST I am great today because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20404x15858981 I .made a wonderful change in my life by joining Mon, 16 Jun 2008 15:03:51 EST Not just another noob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15858500 I think almost all of us can say that we've been on some sort of diet, or used some sort of software/video/gimmick to try and lose weight. <BR> <BR> I hear about SparkPeople last year, but opted for a go at Peer Trainer instead. Suffice it to say, I'm probably bigger than I was this time last year, and I am now at SP! <BR> <BR> I am no different from anyone else out there. I have days where I feel "okay" but lately it's been a lot more of the "oh please don't make me get out of bed!" days... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 14:45:44 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15858201 I am 38 years old and have been on the roller coaster of weight loss. Several years ago I lost 30 pounds and have gained most of it back. I have been very unmotivated and confused on how to do it again. I lost the weight last time by cutting out all sugar and white flour and I have not been willing to go that route again. I need help and motiviation to know I can lose the weight again and keep it off this time for good. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 14:36:26 EST Newbie here also http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15856304 I am 62 6o punds overweight and seem to have no motivation to lose it--no energy either--I sure need help-My husband of 11 years is 18 years younger and I sure would like to outlive him-- Mon, 16 Jun 2008 13:34:28 EST new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15855917 hi i am katie i am 24 years old i have a great hubby and to great girls who are 5 i love my live friends and family but not my self so much i have been trying to loss the pounds now for a few months and i have al togather lost 19 pounds and still going i have some firends that help me and well we all help each other Mon, 16 Jun 2008 13:21:55 EST New...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15853959 Hello everyone, my name is Naomi. I started here on sparkpeople a while back, but ended up having a lot of things happen in my life at once. Rather than looking at them as a challenge I accepted defeat and left spark...But I'm back now and determined to make it happen this time. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: I'm a single mother of a three year old little girl, I work full time for a non-profit organization in California, and I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. <BR> <BR> I ho... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:30:17 EST I need to do this for myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15850029 Hello... <BR> <BR> I have no idea what I am doing so need alot of help! I am getting married in June of next year and want to look amazing! Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:45:35 EST Quit smoking, now its time to lose the weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15836195 This will be another tough goal for me. I am not gonna give up! Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:01:38 EST Brand New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15835255 Hi, I just started a SparkPeople account, im hoping this will help me get into and stay in my ideal weight. Im a first time user and have never tried a team or support weight loss system, especially online, I guess we'll see how it works! Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:19:11 EST June 15th, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15827239 Good day to everybody!! Welcome to the first day of the rest of your lives as a HEALTHY person!! I ma so glad you have joined us! My name is Paul and I am your team leader, my co-leader is Shannoninaz. I have been with Spark people 8 1/2 months now, and I wouldn't change a thing. I'm not going to lie, there have been many struggles, highs and lows, losses and gains along the way. But the one thing that keeps me going is all my friends and family here on Spark people. I don't have all the answ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 13:22:10 EST Daily challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5844x20404x15268923 This thread will be used to post an easy to reach goal to help all of us stay on track. It may contain one thing up to three things per day. For example, today's challenge is to drink at least 4 glasses of water and eat at least 3 servings of freggies (fruits and veggies). <BR> <BR> Paul Tue, 27 May 2008 13:28:36 EST Newbie to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20404x15268790 This thread is for everybody in this class to introduce themselves to the team. <BR> <BR> HI my name is Paul. I joined SP to make a better life for myself and for my family. I have been overweight all my life and now is the time for change. I live in Washington and look forward to getting to know all of you and work together to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Paul Tue, 27 May 2008 13:24:16 EST