SparkPeople SP Class of August 3-9, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all new members who joined SP from August 3-9, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 3-9, 2008 Team Messageboard How Many Fitness Minutes Do You Have? How many fitness minutes do you have? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:43:36 EST Things and ideas do you associate with spring What things and ideas do you associate with spring? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:40:44 EST What Winter Workouts Do You Enjoy? Do you have a workout or several workouts that you like to do in the winter? Please share your workout ideas here! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:21:16 EST What Are Your 2015 Goals? What are your long term and short term goals for 2015? How do you plan to go about achieving them? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:39:07 EST What Will You Be Doing To Celebrate The New Year? What will you be doing to celebrate The New Year.? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:36:07 EST Holiday Decorations The holidays are officially here. What are your favorite holiday decorations? Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:23:50 EST Goals For Fall And The Coming Holidays Do you have any personal goals for the fall and approaching holidays? Share your goals, your progress and offer some support to members of the team here. We can do this!!! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:13:44 EST Walking Into Fall Can you walk 30 miles between now and Thanksgiving? Post your goal and then your weekly progress. Good luck! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:23:19 EST Share Favorite Fall Recipes Do you have any favorite fall recipes? I think it would be fun as well as helpful to share so e new recipes for fall. It will broaden our healthy choices and allow us to experiment with new tastes. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:08:14 EST Things That You Do To Transition From Summer To Fa What things do you need or like to do to make the transition from summer to fall? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:05:07 EST Getting Ready For School To Start What things do you do in preparation for school starting ? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:57:35 EST Fresh Fruits And Veggies Found In Summer What fresh fruits and veggies do you enjoy in summer! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:54:24 EST Things you so to become pool or beach ready What types of things do you do before taking the plunge into either pool or ocean water? How do you prepare? Tue, 13 May 2014 12:46:28 EST Summer outdoor yard activities What type of yard activities do you do in the summer? <BR> They can be work, social, health orientated or leisurely. Tue, 13 May 2014 12:43:14 EST Spring to Summer Challenge From the first day of spring until the first day of summer, track your distance via walking, running, swimming or biking. Just how far can we go? Let's find out! Post your progress here along with your support for other team members. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:40:06 EST Flower names from A to Z Starting with A and going through the alphabet, name a flower for every letter through the letter Z. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:32:55 EST March Challenge This challenge is to see if you can set a goal for staying in your eating range. Example, for the month of March, I will eat within my range 6 days a week, 5 days a week etc. Then use this thread to record your progress and/or to cheer for other team members as they strive toward their own goals. Are you up to the challenge? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:58:50 EST Positive Words From A To Z Starting with A and going through the alphabet to Z, post a positive word. The word will begin with the letter that is after the one used in the previous post. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:22:26 EST Little Victories For many of us, our journey takes a while. We plug away, following our plans for healthy eating and exercise. What keeps us going is the small stuff, our little victories. Share your little victories here and help to motivate yourself and your team mates. Congratulations to all of us for achieving all of those small things that keep us going! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:12:33 EST Secrets for success As we travel on our journey to health and fitness, we try many different things in order to be successful. What works for you? Please share your secrets for success here. We will all appreciate it! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:04:18 EST Exercising 10 or more minutes per day This challenge is to record at least 10 minutes (or more) of exercise every day. Make a goal of doing at least ten and see if you can do it daily. More than ten minutes is even better. Start small and build from there. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:22:45 EST 2014 Valentine's Day Challenge How does losing 5 pounds by Valentines's Day sound? Please join me in this challenge. Post your progress here and offer support to other team members too. <BR> <BR> Cyndi Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:13:48 EST Tips for success Have you got tips for staying motivated? Is there something that helps you to be successful? Please share here; Thanks for sharing! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:57:12 EST Holiday 2013 Challenge Let's see how many days we can stay within our calorie range through the holidays season. Post your progress here. Good luck! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:50:06 EST Walking into 2014 Are you battling holiday weight gain? If so, you're not alone. Let's see how far we can walk between now and January 01, 2014. Post your goals and progress here. Let's get out there and get moving! Good luck with your goals team! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:43:40 EST What's on Your Playlist? What keeps you motivated when you work out? Sat, 12 May 2012 00:05:28 EST MARATHON IN A MONTH Post your Marathon under this topic <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> October 1 - 1.5 miles <BR> My Marathon - 1.5 miles (update each day) <BR> <BR> Add a tip or share something you did did for yourself today <BR> <BR> See you at the finish line!! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:56:55 EST Been here forever Hi Everyone, I've been on this website since 2008, but have never really taken full advantage of the site. I have been using it off and on for the past 3 years, but this time am truly committed to making the changes and taking the steps to achieve my goalsthere, so I thought I would join in the fun part as well, rather then simply tracking calories burned and consumed! Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:43:08 EST Thanksgiving Challenge This is a simple challenge that will run for the two weeks that we have before we get ready to get stuffed along with our turkeys. <BR> <BR> 1. First list something that you are thankful for in your everyday life. <BR> <BR> 2. Second list something that you did that was a healthy choice for yourself. It can be something as simple as going for a walk or sicking fresh vegetables over the fries on the menu. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone joins me in this challenge because we all have so much to... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:56:34 EST October's Challenge: The how behind the do... Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> As part of our October challege, I thought it might be helpful to put our "how" we are taking care of bodies to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> I am trying to maintain 200 minutes of cardio a week, and averaging around 1500 calories. I'm trying to cycle the calories a little bit, (low, low, high) but keeping my average around the 1500 mark. I'm been making sure I have at least 3 meals a day, including a strong healthy breakfast. <BR> I've also made an effort to be more... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:14:05 EST October Biggest Loser Challenge! <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Information coming soon! Sign up for the challenge in the general forum post at the top of the page! Thanks!! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:34:06 EST New Challenges - October 1st, 2010! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I think we've all been away for a while, and I wanted to check and see if there was anyone interested in competing in a biggest loser challenge for the month of October. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, reply to this thread. I will have the guidelines posted on next Wednesday, 9/29. Official weigh in day will be October 1st. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:22:27 EST commited Tired of always doing this over and over again...I need to stay focused and succeed for life!!! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 23:06:40 EST Goal weight Has anyone reached their goal weight? I haven't... I've come close but then I go up again. I'm still plunging along but I really would like to reach my goal.. Mon, 31 May 2010 07:31:58 EST 28 yr old mom working on my way back to health Hi Everyone - <BR> I know this weight loss journey is going to be hard and difficult. I am shamefully embarrassed to share my true weight with friends, seems easier with strangers. I was really skeptical about sparkpeople, but I decided I needed motivation so why not let other peoples stories help me and so that is why I joined. Mon, 17 May 2010 17:06:34 EST MMM Been away too long..How is everyone doing? I started spark August 3 or 4, 2008,,,can't remember exactly.anyhow, I fell away, gained a lot of weight and was wondering who stuck it out, left and came back, succeeded, etc. I have been back since 1/3, and have lost 20 of what I gained pretty much after I left. Debbie Sun, 7 Mar 2010 13:52:22 EST LOVE YOURSELF FEBRUARY CHALLENGE I'm reposting this e-mail that I sent to everyone so you can use it to reference each day's little challenge. Hope to see many of you back and joining in! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey team...I have let my life get too busy and haven't been much of a leader, but it is our 18 month anniversary and I have put together a fairly simple day to day challenge for the month of February, which mostly concentrates on loving yourself. I have Monday, Wednesday and Friday listed as cardio days and Tuesday and Thur... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:09:33 EST You can do a "Do Over" Just wanted to let you know that everyone slips once in awhile and you CAN do a Do Over!! Thu, 1 Oct 2009 00:25:44 EST DUMP THE EXCUSES Welcome to the Dump. Here is the place to dump your excuses, and the lbs. <BR> <BR> My Excuses: <BR> <BR> I am tired. <BR> I don't have the time to exercise. <BR> I'm not hungry for healthy food, I want something (insert sweet, salty, savory, fried here). Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:19:06 EST SICK OF BEING FAT. Hello ladies and gents. <BR> <BR> My Name is Kayte, and I'm a food-a-holic. I have an unheathly relationship with food. This began at a young age when I realized that I didn't have a calling in life that revolved around sports or athletics, and that I would never be the size 2 that seemed to be so popular with the "in" crowd. <BR> <BR> I told myself it didn't matter. I told myself I was happy the way that I was. And I lied. <BR> <BR> In March of 2008, I found Spark people. For 6 months ... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:59:58 EST Hello all! I joined sp at the beginning of August but today is my first actual day of getting into it. <BR> <BR> My name is Lindsey. I'm from NJ and I'm a mother of 2 young children, who have unfortunantly left me 70lbs overweight. They were worth it though! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss Journey a month ago and so far I've lost 10 lbs. I feel great! So happy to be sharing this journey with the rest of you! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:49:24 EST Hi, I'm New This is my first time joining Spark people I just joined last week. This was e-mailed to me by Martha Stewart so I decided to check it out and decided to join what the hect it couldn't hurt and I was really ready to lose some weight and this could really help me. My goal is to lose 36lbs total. For the last four weeks I have been walking 1 hr 30 mins. in the morning and since April I have lost 8lbs. I just increased my walking by 10 blocks so now I have been walking a total of 10,000 by eveni... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 14:48:44 EST HAPPY 1 YEAR SPARKAVERSARY TEAM! This team is a year old! Congratulations team! <BR> <BR> Have you reached your goal? Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:22:08 EST Red and White Mini Challenge This is short notice, but I have been thinking about this for a little while.... In honor of all of my Canadian friends I am starting a Red and White mini challenge <BR> <em>636</em> in honor of their upcoming Canada Day celebration on July 1st. <BR> It is a simple challenge, for the Red set a goal of fitness minutes for the week and post your minutes each day and for the white try to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible each day and post how many you had. This little chal... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 18:08:15 EST Did you know?? I read this in another team I am on: <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Based on member feedback, we've made it so that you can now reset the articles you’ve read more than 6 months ago. To reset articles, you can go to Account/Email Preferences ( <BR> ence.asp) from your MyStart page, and scroll down on the Account tab to the Reset Articles section of the page. Click the Reset Articles button, agree to reset, and voila! You can now read the articles again... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:15:56 EST How Far Can You Go In A Month? Just for fun, track your daily miles or minutes and at the end of the month figure out where you could have gotten from your home starting point. <BR> <BR> For example <BR> May 1 - 4 miles <BR> May 2 - etc. etc <BR> <BR> May 31 - Total miles 150 <BR> I could have walked to Fargo, ND <BR> If I could do 4oo miles I could walk to Minneapolis in a month!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Give it a try....I'm going for a walk. <em>231</em> Looks like an indoor one though, it is starting to rain! <BR>... Fri, 1 May 2009 18:30:12 EST May - check in and challenge yourself <em>192</em> 164 <BR> <BR> So is everybody ready to get into the "swing" of things? I jump started yesterday by drinking much more water than usual. I find that personally if I stay away from diet soda, I do much better. I have been at a standstill for quite a while, but at least I haven't put back the few pounds I lost in the beginning and I have lost inches. <BR> <BR> Have a good day today. Fri, 1 May 2009 03:58:43 EST How many Spark Points do you have ? Hey, since we all started the same week, I thought it would be interesting to see how we are all doing with regard to spark points. <BR> <BR> Right now I have 3,775, and have 1,225 until my next one. <BR> <BR> What does everybody else have ? <BR> <BR> Mike Sun, 5 Apr 2009 21:06:14 EST April Challenge Posting Please post your points for the April Challenge here. <BR> Eating 5 fruits/veggies daily - one point per day <BR> Exercising 10+ minutes daily - one point per day <BR> Losing one pound a week - 10 points per week <BR> Add up points and post them weekly. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the participant who has the most points will get a Spark Goodie from me. <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2009 22:07:48 EST April Check in post Let's use this post to check in for April! <BR> <BR> I've joined a Biggest Looser Challenge on one of my teams so with a few modifications I hope to be able to keep up. <BR> I'm starting this month at 140, I would LOVE to misplace 2 pounds but in reality I know I will be lucky to loose 1. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 05:08:18 EST April Challenge Sign-Up Our numbers seem to be dwindling since we didn't have a March challenge. Is there any interest in an April Challenge??? <BR> <BR> Here's what it would entail: <BR> <BR> Eating 5 fruits/veggies daily - one point per day <BR> Exercising 10+ minutes daily - one point per day <BR> Losing one pound a week - 10 points per week <BR> Add up points and post them weekly. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the participant who has the most points will get a Spark Goodie. <BR> <BR> If this appeals, p... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:47:07 EST daily checking in for our group Let's see if this forum will come out on top! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 19:18:44 EST hello Hi am a newcomer....well actually i am making the transition from 'silent' member to more 'out there and engaged' member! I have really just started to make the most of this website and its changed many things for the better. For one, its made me more independant with my weight loss. Not being relient on unsupportive members of the family or friends is such a blessing. Now I have my own personal support system right here at sparkpoeple! Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:19:38 EST February Week 4- Biggest Loser! Week 4's challenge is all about the weight! How much weight can you lose this week? Once again, the person with the biggest percentage of weight loss for the week (make sure to record a start weight for this week!) will win the challenge. <BR> <BR> Also, this is the final week of February, which means we'll also crown the February Biggest Loser this week too! Make sure you get your February starting weight and your final weight in next Saturday! Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:17:33 EST February Challenge week 3- 5 Alive Week 3's challenge is 5 Alive, meaning eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day! Obviously, there can be more than one winner to this challenge, and each team member that eats their 5 fruits and vegetables starting today, Feb. 15th, will receive a Spark Goodie from me! <BR> <BR> Of course, I will also give a Spark Goodie to the person with the most weight loss for the week as well. Happy eating! Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:05:50 EST Voluteers? I am looking for a few volunteers to take over as team leader for our group. Right now, I am not able to devote as much time as I would like to the team, so in the name of fairness, I am stepping down. It has been such a great journey with this team, and I'm very proud of the progress we've all been making! <BR> <BR> If you are interested in being the team leader, please send me a message and I will get you signed up. Thanks again for your participation and support! <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:53:33 EST February Week 2 Challenge- SparkPoints! Week 2's challenge is SparkPoints! How many can you get this week? The winner of this week's challenge will be the person with the most spark points, along with a weight loss winner! <BR> <BR> If you are unfamiliar with Spark Points, mouse over the My Tools tab, and click on my SparkPoints to discover the joy of these addictive points! Sat, 7 Feb 2009 13:24:12 EST January Challenge Results! Hi Team! I apologize for the delay in getting the January results out! I'm sure impressed with everyone's numbers! There are some prizes to be handed out: <BR> <BR> The winning team for January is Team Perseverance with 1123 points! Great job in making your lifestyle healthy! <BR> <BR> The individual weight loss winner is HEALTHYWAY101, losing 13 pounds this month, for a 6.35% Awesome job! <BR> <BR> The individual point winner is FLUTTERBUGCE who had a total of 239 points for th... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 15:23:28 EST February Challenge week 1- EXERCISE This week's challenge is exercise. How many fitness minutes can you get? The team member with the most fitness minutes will win the challenge, and get a spark goodie! <BR> <BR> Also, remember to weigh in next Saturday, because the person who lost the most weight will also get a spark goodie! <BR> <BR> Get out there and move this week!! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 12:58:20 EST February Challenge! Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Since February is a "mini" month with only 28 days, we are going to have a set of "mini" challenges to keep us motivated this month. I heard from a lot of people in January that were finding the monthly challenge difficult to commit themselves to, so we're going to shake things up a bit! <BR> <BR> Here's how this will work: There will be 4 week long challenges, each focusing on a different healthy habit. For 3 weeks, you will post your results for both... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:56:03 EST February Challenge Sign Up! More details soon! Sign up for the February challenge here! Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:07:41 EST Have you tried...? Thought it might be fun to post some of our favorite diet foods. <BR> <BR> I've found a new bread put out by Brownberry here in WI that has extra protein in it. It tastes <em>250</em> and gives you 7 grams of protein per slice! <BR> <BR> I also like the protein flavored water packets put out by the makers of Special K. They give you 5 grams of protein in your water and the flavors are decent too. <BR> <BR> What have you found to be tasty and healthy? Thu, 22 Jan 2009 07:04:11 EST New Team Photo! What do you think of our new team image? Yes? No? Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:14:58 EST Another way of measuring success... Ok I copied this from another message board but only because it is tons of fun. What have you lost? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 ... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:29:51 EST Checking in after lengthy absence Hey everyone! Wanted to let ya all know I am still alive. Back in the near end of November, I ended up losing internet for a few weeks and have ever since felt so bad about not being there to finish out the challenges that month for my team. Since then I had become extremely busy with the holidays and lots of travel, that has left me exhausted and wiped out. Infact we were down in Wisconsin from Jan. 1 until just 2 days ago, being shuffled and stuck everywhere with serious delays with our ... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:47:57 EST help im new could someone help guide me- i am new- im in the lose 30lbs group- not sure what im supposed to be doing--and a little confused on how to get and stay involved-- could someone please help me <BR> <BR> thank you--sharon Fri, 9 Jan 2009 14:13:38 EST Go Team! I'm catching up today! <BR> 1st- Goal this month - Give up Coca Cola. Lose 6 lbs. <BR> 2nd- Favorite holiday memory: Catching up and napping with my hubby. <BR> 3rd- Points so far: 13 pts - 6 for exercise, 2 for sleep, 2 for water, 3 for self time <BR> 4th-Haven't had time to blog <BR> 5th- Walked the dog for 40 minutes in the snow. <BR> 6th- Coping with leftovers: I'm freezing the leftovers and taking all the cookies to work! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:23:12 EST Does anyone own a really good scale? ...and if so, what is it and where can I get it. Mine is an unreliable piece of junk making it very difficult to track progress. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 19:52:49 EST Anyone else using Wii Fit or Wii Outdoor Challenge Just thought it would be fun to know who else is using a Wii to exercise. <BR> <BR> I just added the "Active Life Outdoor Challenge" to my Wii fitness plan. I LOVE it! It really gets me sweating. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:56:29 EST Team Perseverance Members: <BR> REBYTR <BR> SARALOUOT <BR> LSHELINE <BR> HEALTHY451 <BR> JENNIFERRIVAS <BR> FLUTTERBUGCE <BR> AODELL7521 <BR> MICHELLEP1109 <BR> LDYRED53 <BR> BOOMBALADDY <BR> RACHELMARIA <BR> 223DAISY <BR> LL_XSTARX_LL <BR> SPILLEDDAFFODIL <BR> LYDIA751 <BR> MAARINA <BR> CSAETTEL05 <BR> HARTINGL52 <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> 1st-Happy New Year! Post your goals and starting weight (if you want) for January in your team thread <BR> 2nd-Post your favorite holiday memory from this year's fe... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 22:57:51 EST Team Resolve Members: <BR> JHEBERT7829 <BR> NHSTITCHER <BR> 1_MEANIE <BR> MZRDMD <BR> MERILEES <BR> JDTHEHEADKID <BR> CAROLSM1 <BR> CANDOQUILTS <BR> RLHA2J <BR> JUSTME4ME <BR> JHEBERT7829 <BR> AFORTIN8 <BR> CALIX-GIRL <BR> FITPEACE <BR> RBARRAZA <BR> SHIAMI <BR> AURURA <BR> PAULACIONISMO <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> 1st-Happy New Year! Post your goals and starting weight (if you want) for January in your team thread <BR> 2nd-Post your favorite holiday memory from this year's festivities. <BR> 3rd-Fi... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 22:57:03 EST Team Resolution Members: <BR> DLONG0506 <BR> HEALTHYWAY101 <BR> CATERPILLER1 <BR> SJOHN914 <BR> SUZPAR <BR> ANNSTANSEL <BR> ALCMELOOSE <BR> COUGER00 <BR> STEPHANIE.FRIEL <BR> PLUMSHORT <BR> KIWI0284 <BR> MACYSMOM32 <BR> HSLOTTEN <BR> CJNIESMAN <BR> JOC111 <BR> CRAZYMEG <BR> COURTLOVE <BR> MONTANA50 <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> 1st-Happy New Year! Post your goals and starting weight (if you want) for January in your team thread <BR> 2nd-Post your favorite holiday memory from this year's festivities. <BR... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 22:56:06 EST January Challenge: The Right Start Extravaganza!! Welcome to the New Year Right Start Extravaganza!! January is definitely a time of new beginnings, and we're going to start our first New Year as SP'ers out right! <BR> <BR> We have three teams: Resolution, Resolve, and Perseverance. Here's where it gets a little different; each team member is going to earn points each day for certain activities. The team with the most points at the end of the month will be the winner. There will also be two individual winners; the one with the most po... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 22:39:22 EST Just for fun, track Santa! This is fun to watch, I've done it for years. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 23 Dec 2008 02:21:44 EST Sign up for the January Challenge! I know it's a bit early to be thinking of January, as we're only half way through December, but with the holidays approaching, I wanted to be sure I didn't miss any one! We will be having another team centered challenge, but with a little twist this month! I will have details later this month. <BR> <BR> If you are ready to rock in 2009, sign up for the January challenge! I guarantee it will get you off to a great start to the new year! Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:52:18 EST Please help! I need a pick me up!!! I haven't been active on the site for about a month now. I haven't gained or lost anything since I last logged on. I guess that's one good thing. But tonight, and this is very personal, my husband admitted to me that he is not attracted to me physically. I have thought this the case for the last few years but never wanted to broach the subject. Leave it to a few holiday beverages with the neighbors for the truth to come out. He says that he loves me and I don't doubt that for a minute, bu... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 02:32:09 EST Helpful hints for the holidays This is an article by my dietitian, Alison, I thought everyone would find helpful. Let me know what you think. <BR> <link><BR>day-eating-support </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:47:05 EST How's everyone doing on their goals for 2008? I'm supposed to be 30 lbs. down by Christmas... I think I'm going to have to extend that deadline to end of Jan.... you know, rather change it than face failure. 25 pounds by New Years is pretty good considering that's 5 lbs. a month including 2 holidays. <BR> <BR> I'll be happy with that... <BR> even happier if I can beat that! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> (I finally hit 24# this morning. Praise God! My first pound lost since Thanksgiving) Wed, 10 Dec 2008 11:42:36 EST December Fitness Challenge Log your fitness minutes here! Results post on Wednesday <BR> <BR> Our goal for the month is 2000 minutes! We can do it! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 12:54:36 EST December Weight Challenge Here's the place to record your weekly weigh ins for December! I'll post results on Wednesday of each week. <BR> <BR> Remember, our collective goal is 500 pounds this month! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 12:53:19 EST December Challenge! Welcome to the holiday season that is December! As we all are quite aware, December is a very busy time for many of us, between shopping, baking, cooking, and family celebrations. Because of this, we are going to take a break from the team challenges we have done the past few months. Instead, we are going to have a mass team challenge! <BR> <BR> I am challenging the group to lose at least 500 pounds this month and move at least 2000 fitness minutes! You can post your results under the ... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 00:05:50 EST November Challenge Results (FINALLY!!) Hello team! <BR> <BR> I apologize for the delay in the results. The team who lost the most weight was Fowl Play with a loss of .61%! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> It was a very close competition this month: Turkey Terminators ended with a .56% loss, Cool Cranberries lost .58%! <BR> <BR> Our Biggest Individual Loser was (drumroll please!): <BR> PLUMSHORT With a loss of 7.2 pounds for 4%! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Great job in a difficult month! Congratulations to everyone! Thu, 4 Dec 2008 23:54:48 EST A December Challenge Idea I'm not a leader on this team, but I hate to see no challenge for December. So I'm putting one out there for anyone who wants to try it. <BR> <BR> Who Can exercise the most days in Dec. (10 min. minimum) You can go back and fill in for what you did the last 3 days. <BR> Do your best. Maybe there will be a Spark goodie in it for you. And a goodie for the longest streak. <BR> Thu, 4 Dec 2008 11:09:59 EST HOW DID MOSES DO IT? I FOUND THIS SO INTERESTING I THOUGHT I'D SHARE WITH Y'ALL................. <BR> <BR> <BR> How did Moses do this?~ <BR> <BR> This is almost overwhelming when you think about it. <BR> <BR> Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. <BR> <BR> According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do yo... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:41:26 EST I WON on the Spark Wheel! I wasn't paying attention when I logged in to get my spark points but I won an exercise DVD from Spark people! Woo Hoo, I had to have it sent to my DD's house since I am away right now. Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:43:28 EST Anyone ideas on a reliable brand of scale? Hi everyone, <BR> who uses a home scale that is reliable? i'm in the market, but i've already brought two home only to return them. they don't seem to be able to hold adjustments, they can't reliably weigh my 15 lb weights from day to day. <BR> Any ideas? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:52:43 EST Boosting your metabolism My dietitian gave me a list of ways to help boost your metabolism and I wanted to share them with you. If you are like me I am always looking for ways to help me be healthier and to lose weight. <BR> 1) Eat breakfast - breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism. Not eating breakfast causes your body to store mre fat throughout the day. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat little and often - two reasons why meal frequency affects your metabolism: thyroid hormone level drops within hours of eating, and metabolism then ... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:28:25 EST November Challenge: Cool Cranberries Your leader: KJGILBERT <BR> <BR> Team members: <BR> <BR> 1_MEANIE <BR> NHSTITCHER <BR> 223DAISY <BR> KERISEN <BR> CMAKARATEMOM <BR> BOOMBALADDY <BR> LULATRAIL <BR> BYFAITH01 <BR> CATERPILLER1 <BR> MONTANA50 <BR> ANNSTANSEL <BR> DPERAZA <BR> DFANGEL598 Sun, 2 Nov 2008 19:35:21 EST November Challenge: Turkey Terminators Your leader: PADRESLAKERS <BR> <BR> Team members: <BR> OMG_ITSTIME <BR> SJOHN914 <BR> PAMELA8888 <BR> LDYRED53 <BR> MACYSMOM32 <BR> AFORTIN8 <BR> PAINTEDTEAR <BR> NATTYNATION <BR> DAVEAT50 <BR> MAK1186 <BR> PLUMSHORT <BR> JHEBERT829 Sun, 2 Nov 2008 19:34:12 EST November Challenge: Fowl Play Your Leader: BICNGILLETTE <BR> <BR> Team members: <BR> MERILEES <BR> SOUL LADY <BR> GETBACK2ME <BR> FLUTTERBUGCE <BR> SARALOUOT <BR> RLHA2J <BR> ROSE0824 <BR> MAIZEBURKE <BR> RAMPANTPANDA <BR> FITPEACE <BR> NICOLETENPENNY <BR> ONETWENTYLBS <BR> CANDOQUILTS <BR> TIMBRI30 Sun, 2 Nov 2008 19:32:55 EST November Challange info? Where can I find the November challange info? I would like to join but what do I do? Sat, 1 Nov 2008 15:02:38 EST AN IMPORTANT QUICK NOTE ABOUT NOVEMBER CHALLENGE.. Hi everyone!! Just wanted to let you all know I am very excited to do and be a part of the November challenge. <BR> <BR> Being one of the team leaders, of Fowl Play, I have come across a family emergency that will keep me away from the site for the first couple days of the challenge. I am sad about this, but we had a passing in my family today and I have to travel a little over 1000 miles for the funeral. We are leaving bright and early Friday morning and the latest I will be back is lat... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 23:15:16 EST November challenge signup Since I cannot find a post for the November challenge signup, I figured I would start this one. I want to sign up!! LOL Sun, 26 Oct 2008 14:07:43 EST A POEM ABOUT GIRLFRIENDS A POEM ABOUT GIRLFRIENDS <BR> <BR> <BR> Someone will always be prttier. <BR> Some will always be smarter. <BR> Some of their houses will be bigger. <BR> Some will drive a better car. <BR> Their children will do better in school. <BR> And their husbands will fix more things around the house. <BR> So let it go, and love and your circumstances. <BR> Think about it! <BR> <BR> The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart. <BR> And the most highly favored <BR> woman o... Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:07:44 EST Hawaiian buddy wanted I am looking for a friend in Hawaii who will help keep me on track. prefer a woman close to my age, but that's not as important as being in Hawaii. I am stuck on the mainland and craving the Aloha spirit almost as much as macadamia nut ice cream! I check-in often and will encourage you too. I've lost 50+ pounds in 2005, and am working to maintain that now, I've gained a few back, but really want to re-focus and recommit myself to eating healthful, unprocessed foods, and stick between 110... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 22:01:22 EST November Info **I need help** Hi Everyone! I'm putting this out here for all our wonderful team members. <BR> <BR> As some of you may already know, I'm about 2 months pregnant, and so I will be working more toward maintenance and healthy eating for the next 7 months instead of actual losses. <BR> <BR> In doing so, I will not be "participating" in any of the monthly challenges concerning weight loss, and so, I'm coming to y'all to see if I might be able to get some volunteers to organize a challenge for November. <BR>... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:24:45 EST Participation question Can those of us that are not involved in those team challange things still post here or do we have to belong to the team challanges to post? Mon, 20 Oct 2008 05:27:18 EST Just had to share with all my SP friends! Today is officially 4 months since my husband left for his second deployment to Iraq. We have made it through 4 months hallelujah!!!!! 4 more months until R&R and 8 to 11 months left until this deployment is over. You have all been such a great inspiration and comfort and have helped to make this deployment go by that much faster so thank you everyone because you all rock! <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:41:01 EST FRIENDS <BR> FRIENDS <BR> <BR> <BR> People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. <BR> <BR> When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.. <BR> <BR> When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. <BR> <BR> They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, <BR> <BR> To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and the... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:33:49 EST Birth Control Question Ok I know this is totally last minute, but I just only started worrying now. I am going today to get on birth control and just now started to worry about it messing with my weight loss. If any of you are on birth control what are you on and has it had any affect on your weight loss? Tue, 7 Oct 2008 11:37:31 EST October Goals My goals for this month are: <BR> <BR> 1. To lose at least 2 pounds per week <BR> 2. Stay more consistent w/my eating program <BR> 3. Find time to do cardio at least 2x per week and strength training at least 2x per week. <BR> <BR> I am very excited to be on this team and to get back on track with my health!! <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:29:09 EST to go breakfasts Typically i have to take my breakfast with me because I cant eat real early in the morning. I like to eat breakfast around 9 or so, but have to leave my house at 730. So, my question is do you have any ideas for quick breakfasts I can take with me? Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:10:46 EST October Challenge: Orange Jack-o-lantern team! Hi! This thread is for the Jack-o-lanterns! <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> members: <BR> Afortin8 <BR> annstansel <BR> Bicngillette <BR> Flutterbugce <BR> hollydoodle <BR> Jesraven77 <BR> JLCooper7 <BR> Kelsnewbod <BR> Kiwi0284 <BR> MAK1186 <BR> Merilees <BR> Mzrdmd <BR> Plumshort <BR> PSUTeach <BR> Rbarraza <BR> Saralouot <BR> Sjohn914 <BR> Sophiepotato <BR> thebigfarm <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> October Daily Challenges: <BR> 1. Set 3 realistic goals for the month and Blog about them.... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:53:25 EST October Challenge: Brown Buccaneer's Team! Hello! This forum is for the Brown Buccaneers! <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> Members: <BR> curlmom - Team co-leader <BR> Candoquilts <BR> CopelandJr <BR> Ellebee36 <BR> Jenniferlb07 <BR> Jhebert7829 <BR> LL_XstarX_LL <BR> Lsheline <BR> Macysmom32 - Team co-leader <BR> marbear811 <BR> monviegirl <BR> nicole6395 <BR> Onetwentylbs <BR> Persephonejude <BR> Rebytr <BR> rose0824 <BR> sandy1060 <BR> sugarfield <BR> CmaKaratemom <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> October Daily Challenges: <BR> 1. Se... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:51:30 EST October Challenge: Black Cats Team Hello! This forum is for the black cats! <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> Members: <BR> 223daisy <BR> carebeargoddes <BR> deanrd7 <BR> erdperson <BR> Fitpeace <BR> JoNeal <BR> Jqrichmond <BR> KaytePeters - Team leader <BR> kerismom1 <BR> KJGilbert <BR> NattyNation <BR> Padreslakers <BR> Pamela8888 <BR> panseyjam <BR> Rebeccaka <BR> Robopunk <BR> stargazer1977 <BR> VioletteK1 <BR> workingon135 <BR> YtellmeY <BR> <BR> Daily Challenges: <BR> October Daily Challenges: <BR> 1. Set 3 realistic goals for ... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:49:31 EST Hi I am a new latecomer Hi I subscribed early August, but only jumped on the band wagon 6 days ago. I love the site and am shocked at what I am learning by just inputting my daily food intake. Since starting I have lost a pound and am very encouraged that there is a method to lose the weight without the head games! I am so glad to be here. <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2008 12:52:57 EST I am back... Hello everyone! I am back. I had my surgery and have been having a hard time with my recovery. You can read more about it in my new blog I wrote up today. Hope everyone is doing well. I will be here regularly again. Take care everyone :) Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:30:44 EST October Trick or Treat Challenge <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>275</em> <em>275</em> <em>275</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> Hey team! <BR> <BR> Great work so far on the September challenge! I'm in the process of getting the October challenge up and running. It will be very similar to this month's, but we will (hopefully) have 3 teams instead of just 2. And instead of just competing within the teams, we're competing against each other! I will again post the daily challenges that can ... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 19:56:47 EST Stuck in a rut I can't seem to shake this. it feels like a big black cloud is hanging over my head. I don't know what's wrong. I don't have any energy. I literaly have to force myself to get anything done. It's been a few days since I've done anything remotely healthy. Help. Wed, 24 Sep 2008 01:49:14 EST How is everyone? Just wanted to check to see how everyone is doing? Hope all is good and if anyone needs support or a shoulder to cry on we are here <em>252</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 09:16:41 EST Thank you, Katye, and August 3-9 Spark Team Hi, Everyone. <BR> Thank you for the birthday wishes and the Spark Goodie. I spent a very beautiful day at Trillium Lake with my dad. My mom had to work. We took a picnic lunch, took the dogs, and took lots of pics. If there are really good ones, I'll try to post them. Did a lot of walking---three hours! Plenty of trails and rest stops/viewpoints along the way. This winter, I want to go back to go skiing. Remember, Timberline Lodge was used to film "The Shining". Hee, hee. Since I love ho... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 16:23:57 EST Sorry MIA Sorry everyone I have been MIA the last few days. I have a nasty tooth ache and need a root canal tomorrow. My biggest fear in the world is the dentist. I hate going. But I promise as soon as I am done with all this and the pain is gone I will be back again. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work!!! You guys are awesome!!! Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:38:54 EST Question about emails. The last couple of days I have not gotten any emails. Is everyone else getting them? Mon, 8 Sep 2008 08:48:45 EST "Evil" foods Ok team, <BR> <BR> Recently there has been some talk of "evil" foods. Just remember... there are no "evil" foods. All foods fit in a diet somewhere, that's how we stick with our lifestyle changes. There are, however, pitfall foods. These are the foods that we can't resist, but don't really enjoy for longer than they are in our mouths. <BR> <BR> My pitfall is Pizza. I love me some pizza... hmm... but i limited myself by only getting take out 2x a month, and eating the lean cuisine pizzas f... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 09:41:34 EST Fell off the wagon last night :( Ok so for the last 3 days/nights my husband has been out of town for work. Not that, that is a problem but I have been doing a lot. Going to the gym, school, and of course taking care of Riley. Well I was doing really well uptil yesterday. I was planning on going to the gym yesterday morning (like I do every day) but forgot the Sears Carpet Cleaners were coming. So that kinda threw me off. Well last I did pretty well all day with eating...... <BR> <BR> Until the afternoon. While I was... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 08:51:47 EST Please Read Help Fight Breast Cancer I am not sure who might or might not need one, but this is for a great cause. If you go to they are selling their 2008 desinger insulated lunch bags for 9.95 and 5.00 of that goes to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They have 3 really cute designs and if you are a fan of the color pink then these are for you. These are really cute lunch bags and could possibly even be used as a small purse or even someone who has younger children could store frozen breast milk or... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 20:32:19 EST New and learning I am new to this whole spark people thing, but eager for motivation. Nice to meet the team. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:29:38 EST Hi from WV Hi everyone, <BR> I just now found you and I'm really glad I did. Technically I joined 8/6/08 but was in the middle of a move and did not do anything. The last few days I've been learning my way around here. I actually started my spark page and downloaded a picture. To some that does not sound like much but when you have dial up in the middle of the mountain most days its a big deal I'm just glad I can sign on to SP. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I turned 48 on Sunday. I now live in WV wit... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 02:42:44 EST HUNGRY in the NIGHT This may be a strange question/situation but here that I am eating a more moderate diet and better portions, I wake up in the night - starving!!! My stomach is so empty it hurts and I have to get up and put something in it so I can go back to sleep. Any ideas? Mon, 1 Sep 2008 02:27:19 EST Newbie! Just wanted to say hello ~ I joined a couple weeks ago, but I'm now just getting the chance to introduce myself. I figure with the kids in school, I will now have more time to myself. I am happily married and a mother of two boys, 17 and 6. I would like to lose at least 50 lbs. I am hoping the Sept. challenge will be a great start for me!!! I will need all the support I can get ~ I'm not a very motivated person! Thanks!!! Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:47:48 EST September Daily Challenges Forum! Post here the completion of your daily challenges, regardless of team affliation (or for those not participating in the Biggest Loser Challenge, but still want to participate in the daily activities.) <BR> <BR> 31 WEIGH IN and Measurements (Do not need to post msmnts. if you don’t want) Post goal progress for August. <BR> <BR> <BR> September: <BR> 1 Menu planning for the week 30 minutes cardio <BR> 2 BLOG 15 minutes Strength training or video <BR> 3 Spread the Spark! Invite 1 friend to... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 21:20:59 EST new Hi, <BR> My name is Ann and I joined a few weeks ago, but I don't know how to get started. You realy don't see your weight creeping up until you see photo's of yourself. Any help would be appreciated, but not sure what the next step is. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:08:01 EST Can't do this on my own Hi everyone... <BR> I've been trying to get back on track and I realized that I can't do this on my own. I was feeling like a failure because I couldn't stop eating a lot of bad foods... I am willing to stick with the plan of loosing weight but I need support.... <BR> Is there anyone out there? Wed, 27 Aug 2008 01:02:47 EST I'm ready to try this! I got off track for a bit, so this is PERFECT to get me back in line! Sign me up :-) Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:04:30 EST Kayte's Blue Bodacious Bodies!!! TEAM THREAD This is the thread for the blue team weigh in's, questions, progress etc. Thanks! (GO BLUE) Tue, 26 Aug 2008 14:41:02 EST Kel's Red Hot Rockets! - TEAM THREAD This thread is for the red team weigh ins, questions, progress etc. Tue, 26 Aug 2008 14:40:07 EST Can't find the badges? I've noticed some have a "I lost XX pounds" badge but I cannot find them. I checked the Sparks Goodies page but nothing. <BR> <BR> Ideas? Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:58:15 EST hello Hi Team, <BR> I've been slow to get to introductions and using the full site. I've lost 12 pounds since June 3, which is exciting, but I joined Spark to help me get through my usual lose/gain yo-yo mode. I'm excited you're all here & the breadth of info/motivation is out there. <BR> I'll get a picture up soonish. And I'm looking forward to joining in the teams' challenge. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Rachel Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:22:09 EST Spark Recipes Please tell me how to use or find the spark recipe calculater.Katepeter says we can convert our recipes to healty spark recipes.I am still learning <em>4</em> <BR> Merrill Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:28:12 EST September Challenge I would like to sign up for the September Challenge! I need to get my spare tire off and competition is the most motivating way to do it. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:34:41 EST challenge Still new at this posting thing, but count me in for the Sept. challenge Mon, 25 Aug 2008 08:39:49 EST Extra Wide Hips Honey always says that I don't have a butt, I have extra wide hips. That takes a toll on my self-esteem. It reminds me that I need to get my boobs away from my belly button and my belly button away from my knees. I'm working to get my body back in shape, I just don't know where to start. I want to be a person my husband can't keep his hands off of. Instead, he says he's not as "interested" as I am. I know he's not cheating because he doesn't go anywhere. But he rejects my advances a lot of th... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 03:38:27 EST Hello I'm new to all of this message posting so I'm just going to keep it simple and say hello for now. Sun, 24 Aug 2008 23:30:20 EST Sept challenge sign up - Biggest Loser Challenge <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> Hello fellow sparkers! Anyone else looking down the barrell of September with all it's back to school, change of seasons, dwindling daylight daunting challenges? I know I am. So here's what Kel and I decided to do about it. We're going to do a "Biggest Loser" type challenge. <BR> <BR> Info: <BR> The Challenge will begin as of September 1st. Please sign up this week s... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:15:50 EST Let's start a SparkGoodie game! We're all getting these SparkGoodie points - as many as you've gotten SparkPoints. I'm betting most of you - like me - haven't come anywhere close to using them all up. I propose we start a game with them. Here's how the game goes: <BR> <BR> You post to this thread one thing that you've done in the past week that is a positive thing for your health. Did you walk the dog? Plan a healthy meal? Spend time talking with a friend instead of eating your troubles away? Surely you did at least... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 11:27:19 EST Week 4 Daily Challenges <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>108</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! How are you doing after week 3? I hope you are starting to see positive changes in your habits and outlook. I'm so happy to see the positive posting on the boards! Together we can do this! <BR> <BR> And on a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who's responded to me about how the daily challenges are helping them stay focused. I'm glad that the... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:18:50 EST ? Tracking Water? I am able to track the water I drink during the day, but even though I "signed up" to track water, it doesn't keep track of it over time, nor do I get spark points. What am I doing wrong????? <BR> Donna Sat, 23 Aug 2008 09:12:58 EST In need of a pair of GOOD shoes So I am looking to buy a new excercise shoes. but I am not sure what brand to get. I do alot of cardio and strenght training. I dont run but I do classes. I also have low arches and need A LOT of support. Does anyone have any recommendations? Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:19:52 EST Serving Sizes I'm having trouble with serving sizes. I could eat (snack) all day long. I can't seem to keep up with what I eat. When I do, I don't know how to log it. Scratch recipes from family and do you log it? Soups? Casseroles? I don't know. I'm trying to watch my portions, but I could eat the "good stuff" until I explode. What do I do? Also, I'm trying to quit smoking and have been chewing on oyster crackers to keep my hands busy. Any other affordable (better) substitutions? Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:33:33 EST TAG!!! Ok, For those of you who haven't run across this game before, someone posts a challenge, and the next poster completes the physical challenge, and posts a new one for the next person. Let's keep the challenges to something that can be completed in 10 minutes or less so everyone has time to play! <BR> <BR> Challenge #1: Complete 15 jumping jacks! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:40:32 EST Doctor's office scale vs. home scale. You know what drives me nuts? The scale at the doctor's office. You can weigh yourself in the morning naked and then when you go to the doctor they weigh youafter you have eaten and fully clothed. This sucks because that can add 7 to 10 pounds to the scale and shatters self esteem. I have an appointment today. When I weighed myself this morning I was 146. I am going to weigh myself fully clothed before I leave and see what the difference is at the doctor's office. I am going to make myself a ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 15:44:13 EST Pie Charts Comparing Nutrition Composition There is a place on this site that allows you to look at two pie charts which compares the composition of your recorded nutrition (protein, fat, and carbs) to what the Sparks diet recommends. I cannot find it. Would let me know how to do this? Thank you. Tue, 19 Aug 2008 14:13:13 EST Trouble eating breakfast Just wondering if anyone else is having a difficult time eating breakfast? I have the time in the mornings and I have plenty of healthy choices but I get almost nauseous thinking about eating something. Once I get to lunch I can eat but there is something about eating first thing in the morning. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks! <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:36:34 EST Motivating Family I am trying to movitate my husband, who constantly talks about losing weight. He has diabetes (insulin dependent), and would like to look better. I would just like him to feel better. He talks about starting, but something always comes up. Any suggestions? Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:11:44 EST Introduction Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site and a few weeks behind. I'm just getting the hang of this. Anyway, I'm a mother of 4 and I've never been "skinny," but I certainly was healthier. While I have a LOT of weight to lose, I'm more concerned with my long term health and happiness. I never lose a weight fast and I find it EXTREMELY frustrating!!!!! So, I'm looking to you all for support to actually convince me to stick with it and not give up!!! My biggest problem is finding time, or... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:13:47 EST Illness I got sick last week and was down and out for about 3 days. I didn't have the energy to keep a food journal and calorie count (maybe that was an excuse). I was paying some attention to what I was eating and I didn't feel like eating crap anyway. However, I think I ate my weight in toast! <BR> <BR> Most of those "comfort foods" that a person eats when they are sick are packed with calories, carbs and fat. What does a person do when they are trying to loose weight but have the flu!? Sun, 17 Aug 2008 23:18:07 EST Short term goals 8/30: 1) Gold Medal for August with five new personal team members in Mary Kay Business. Have two! <BR> 2)Lose 3 ppounds <BR> 3) Organize office and business building binder! <em>208</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2008 18:04:29 EST I'm new here.... Hi everyone. My name is Jenny and I just got started. I've already lost 3 lbs!!! I had a baby in December and have 24 lbs. to lose. One of my original goals was to be able to wear my wedding ring again once I lost the weight. Just this Wednesday, I lost my ring. I am devastated and felt like giving up. Even though I don't have my ring anymore, I'm still trying to stay motivated. My biggest challenge is finding time to work out with two little ones at home. I'm trying to get up early e... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:00:23 EST Goals for the rest of August I want to drop another 2 pounds down to 174. I want to really solidify my exercise routine before I go back to teaching in September. Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:21:47 EST Sometimes "bad" is better than "worse" My fridge was empty last night. I'd been out of town, then working late, had homework and running to do, and I was hungry. <BR> <BR> "I'll just stop at McDonald's for a quick dinner. That'll save me some time and let me get on with the other things I need to do tonight," I thought to myself as I was heading home at 7:15 pm. <BR> <BR> But then what would I eat for lunch tomorrow? I knew I'd get hungry if I just tried to throw something together... especially from the practically "nothing" ... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 07:34:24 EST Week 3 daily challenges! <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>135</em> <em>135</em> <em>135</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Hello and best wishes to you all! Congratulations on another great week of progress! We're so glad to see so many of you putting up some big losses already. Kudos to you!!! This week, we're going to focus on expanding on last week's challenges, and mix it up a little bit. Again, if anyone has any particular areas they would like to work on through a challen... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 21:45:19 EST I'm Proud Of Myself... I'm training for my first PT test in August for AROTC (Army Officer Training in college), and I've been working on pushups, situps, and running. The run is my biggest concern. Well, minimum I have about 18 and a half min to run 2 miles, maximum in about 15 minutes. I've had a lot of trouble so far pushing past a mile, mile and a half. <BR> <BR> Today I set my ipod to 18 min and ran 2.2 miles without having to walk. Hopefully, I can train better by my test, but it was a big accomplishment... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 23:11:59 EST Handy Little Chart You say: "It's Impossible" <BR> God says: "All things are possible" <BR> Luke 18:27 <BR> <BR> You say: "I'm too tired" <BR> God says: "I will give you rest" <BR> Matthew 11:28-30 <BR> <BR> You say: "Nobody really loves me" <BR> God says: "I love you" <BR> John 3:16 & John 3:34 <BR> <BR> You say: "I can't go on" <BR> God says: "My grace is sufficient" <BR> 2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15 <BR> <BR> You say: "I can't figure things out" <BR> God says: "I will direct your steps" <BR... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:19:16 EST daily rewards One of my Fast Break Goals is to reward myself everyday. I do not want to reward myself with food all the time, any other ideas? <BR> <BR> I came up with 3: <BR> 1. Time to read something that I chose <BR> 2. a small treat (a small cookie or something) <BR> 3. Buy something for myself. <BR> <BR> Any other ideas? Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:22:18 EST Weighing Well, I was able to enter my starting weight, but somehow or other I cannot find the page that will let me make a change to my weight. Anyone remember? <BR> <BR> Warm wishes and goals met, <BR> <BR> Maddiekeezer Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:25:31 EST How do you handle stress???!!! One of my kids might have a serious health condition - having an MRI tomorrow. Already started the stress eating in response to this news - king size Hershey bar - my old friend/enemy. Any advice? <em>40</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:05:47 EST My first week...... My first week wasnt absolutely the worse. I ate better and I ate less than normal. I walked 2 miles everyday except for 1, I only done the strength training 2 days though. I did fall off the wagon a couple of times...The first 2 days I done really well drinking 8 glasses of water...I actually had 11. Then after that I slacked off. :( But I did manage to lose 4 lbs. Wish me luck to stay motivated!! Tue, 12 Aug 2008 20:38:01 EST Starting my second week Dear group members, <BR> <BR> Well, I had a win yesterday. I'd promised myself that on Monday (yesterday) that I would visit our local *re-creation* center and pick up some literature and familiarize myself with the facility. And guess what?! Tuesdays and Thursdays are free for folks over 62! <BR> <BR> The facility has both indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor walk track, a gym, exercise classes, various step and walk machines and other machines that look very alien-like. <BR> <BR> Coinc... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:29:54 EST Fitness tracker help? Last night I did everything that was listed on my fitness tracker (crunches with a twist, wall push ups, etc) and I did an extra 20 minutes of walking, but when I checked off the boxes and put in my walking minutes, it still said 0/237 (how many calories I was supposed to burn). Is there a save button I'm not seeing or am I not doing something right? Hope someone can help :) Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:37:01 EST Can learning to lose weight be "fun?" Somewhere, on some article on SP I read this past week, some SP expert said that they thought losing weight could be fun. <BR> <BR> FUN??? <BR> <BR> I saw that and it boggled me. How can losing weight be fun? My mental picture of losing weight is hunger, self-deprivation, rigid tracking, and beating myself up for wanting to eat differently than what the "diet" says I should. <BR> <BR> How could it possibly be fun with that attitude? <BR> <BR> How coudl I possibly succeed with that attit... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 20:12:42 EST my introduction Hello. I'm Jen. I'm 29 with 2 kids and a mother in-law. I have about 80 pounds to lose. I'm tired of dieting. I want something new and fresh. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:52:30 EST JJReed41 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I'm Jack....just finished my first weekend which was tougher than I thought but it's over. Looking to get down to a much healthier weight so I don't need an oxygen tank anymore to play outside with my kids! In looking at some recent summer photos I had no idea who the old fat guy was standing with my family but knew one thing...he had to go! My initial thought was to "go it alone" but then my mom, as embarrasing as that is to admit, told me about this site. I wish us all g... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:14:16 EST day #1 cardio I did 17 minutes of walking, 10 minute of jumping and 45 minutes of cleaning! Sun, 10 Aug 2008 14:56:32 EST Weigh in Well, one week on, and I've put on a pound. Up to 180. <em>39</em> Needless to say, we have gone out to for dinner at friends a few times. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Aug 2008 10:42:02 EST planners Hi, <BR> I just joined and I am on old WW person, This site looks so much more motivating! <BR> I need to use a tracker/planner and I really feel the need to carry it with me, I used to have the WW on the go on my palm, but they discontinued that, so I found this site and the calorie king tracker resource for my PDA, so I can carry a tracker along with me wherever I go, I need that because I do best if I enter the food I am about to eat Before I eat it, and see what that does to my day, doe... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 10:04:24 EST Question about weight tickers? Where did everyone design their tickers. I really like them. Thanks so much everyone :) Sun, 10 Aug 2008 09:05:19 EST Anyone else use dial-up? You've seen 1,000,000 posts from me today because I had a lot of down time at work and they have high-speed internet here. At home, I use dial-up. (It's slow, but hey, it's $5/month!!!) <BR> <BR> One thing I've run in to is that SP has a lot of graphics and gadgets... Which is awesome for high-speed, but really a downer for dial-up. Is anyone else using dial-up still, and if so, how do you work with great sites like this? <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2008 18:17:11 EST introductions Hi, I'm Andrea. This is my first time using SparkPeople. I have a lot of weight to drop, but overall just want to be healthy and set a good example for my family. It's very encouraging to see the amount of people on here! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 14:58:09 EST Hi, all! Hi, gang! SP is so huge; it's nice to have a much smaller "class" to talk with. :) <BR> <BR> I'm kinda fuzzy on the dates, but I started my weight loss journey at 210 pounds and CLIMBING 1/2 pound a week. I'd been doing that for over a half a year... something was seriously out of whack in my life. <BR> <BR> I was taking a nutrition class at the time I decided that I had to do something about my weight, and, using the info I got from that class, I managed to put a halt to my 1/2 pound pe... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 14:45:15 EST How was your first week?? Hi everyone! Just wanted to see how everyone's first week went. <BR> <BR> I had a short week. I started Monday but am making Fridays my weigh-in day (for a challenge I'm doing on another team, plus for other reasons). <BR> <BR> I worked out everyday and stayed in my calories everyday. I am very proud of myself, but I'm not going to get too excited yet. I always do well the first two weeks or so. AFter next week, I'll probably need some help! <BR> <BR> I'm down 4 pounds so I can't co... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 07:20:33 EST Disabled I am disabled, quasi-mobile if you will. Does anyone have any suggestions for exercises? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 05:03:01 EST different meal plans? Is there anyway of linking meal plans, I have started this on the same day as my Husband but our meal plans are totally different, is there anyway of getting them the same, I like having the meal plan but don't want to cook 2 different meals? Fri, 8 Aug 2008 23:22:22 EST Hello I'm a 26 mother of 2 who's been feeling out of control, especially lately. I've decided I need to get a grip on my eating before I go down this road any further. Since the birth of my youngest, I've put on about 20 lbs, and I certainly don't want to put on any more. I'm excited to get started! Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:14:49 EST Strategies for managing time on-line? Hi all... <BR> <BR> I've been really enjoying all the resources here at SP, but at the same time have been bothered by feeling like I could wind up spending an inordinate amount of time cruising through articles and blogs and discussion boards (fascinating and good stuff, but not really the "being active" I need!) <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how *you* manage the balance between your time on-line and your time doing other things like, say, going for a walk or riding a bike or making somet... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:46:39 EST Trying to lose weight!! Yes the inevitable trying to lose some weight before I go on my luxury holiday booked for me by hubby for my 50th birthday/10th wedding anniversary, hard work not having too many carbs, but today I had naughty food Key lime pie yum yum and don't feel guilty, how amazing is that, I'll start again tomorrow!!! Fri, 8 Aug 2008 07:52:27 EST Already spending way 2 much time here & loving it! Hello all from Ventura, California! I just discovered SP last night and offically started SP today, and have spent most of the day on this site. Already, I've received warm welcomes from several members, and this feels different than anything else I've tried, and believe me, I've tried MANY. Thank you and I look forward to the mutual support, but please someone poke me if I'm on here way too much! Fri, 8 Aug 2008 00:01:45 EST New to Site Hello everyone... I am new and just joining this team... This Site is very nice and is so much better than the one i first joined... if anyone wants to chat about weight loss goals or obstacles just drop me a message... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 21:25:29 EST Hello Team! Hi everyone - <BR> I am so excited to join SparkPeople. I have been trying to loose weight for a long time and have been temporarily successful. Up and down weight gain and loss is the story of my life. As I have gotten older it's been getting more difficult to keep motivated. I joined this site because I have tried everything else and I figured why not. Who better to encourage me than people in the same boat. I hope to be able to do that for others as well. Being overweight is hard an... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 13:43:23 EST Howdy every one Sorry I am a few days behind.. but oh well. Melissa, 30yr,Married, mother of 2. From Texas.. I am needing to lose 39lb for my goal. I started at 183 in july, and weight in at 174 on monday. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:30:12 EST hello, I'm new Hello all, I am new to this site and still trying to figure everything out. <BR> I only have internet at work right now, so my access is not all that great. <BR> I've gained back way too much weight over the past three years and am turning that around. <BR> This looks like a great place to keep motivated. I'm looking forward to meeting some great people. <BR> thanks for having me! <em>213</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:24:13 EST New Member: Doodles aka Donna Hi Everyone! I started Nutrisystem on July 21, 2008 and accidentally found Spark People and boy am I glad I did! I lost 9 pounds the first two weeks which is sort of a miracle for me, I usually loose VERY slowly. But I would like to get on to regular food in a few months once I am used to real portions and a healthy calorie count. I just started with Spark People yesterday. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:18:32 EST newbie Hi, I started this week and am really looking forward to losing some pounds, I know I will be around for awhile my niece and I have a competition going to see who will shed the most pounds by Dec 11th 2008,we go on vacation on the 12th, the prize $100.00, I tease her every morning about how I am going to spend her money <em>30</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:15:48 EST Whoop Whoop I went yesterday with no pop :) thats a huge thing for me. I don't drink coffee or tea, so its my get up and go drink. It wasn't easy and I wanted to give in many a time, but I went out to the garden, read a book, or searched healthy lifestyles on here and the net :) <BR> <BR> Huggles n Happy dances Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:09:38 EST Day 3 of rain It's been raining for 3 days in a row now. Blew my my walking motivation all to pieces, not to mention it's so depressing. <BR> I live in the rural boonie mountains of New Hampshire so there aren't many people around and I'm new to this so I don't have fitness equipment yet, don't have kids or pets to exercise with, cleaned my house yesterday vigorusly for exercise and I guess I over did it because I ache all over. I'm "over 50" so the rain could have something to do with it too deep in my ... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:03:04 EST Birthdays September 7th for me. *gulp* is feeling old today lol. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:00:40 EST Newbie Hi, just joined today. <BR> I'm a single stay at home mum with three children. I have been at my current weight of 80kg for about the last 8 years and feel it's about time I did something different to get off this plateau. I have only been down to 75 once and would like to again and keep it off. I'm excited to meet new people and get motivation from others and give. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 03:03:10 EST Hi...I just started yesterday... This is a really cool site. I am anxious to immerse myself in the community. Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:02:15 EST Hi all Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 36 years young almost 37 married with one son who is 12, spoiled and moms little monkey. Although preteen isn't exactly the funnest time! lol. <BR> <BR> I am an emotional and equal opportunity eater. If its food, and I am in a crisis I will eat it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 14:09:57 EST My first day I just found Spark today and am already very enthused. Was looking for something to motivate me and stumbled on SparkPeople. Now I really feel like I have the right mindset to get started. I quit smoking (after a 10 month battle trying to quit during which I gained nearly 60 pounds). I've always been one to bounce back and forth in a 20 or so pound range for the last 12 years. I know that once I get momentum I'll make my goal. But getting a good strong start is always the key for me and... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:43:05 EST Here I am once again..... Starting fresh once again..... I can't even count how many times I've said that. Sad, eh? <BR> <BR> I am a SAHM of 2 children, a 6yo and a 2.5yo. I grab food on the go and struggle to find the time to exercise regularly. I've realized that I need to make the time for me. No one is going to give it to me but me so here we go.... In addition to my bad habits, I have an underactive thyroid which makes losing weight all that much more difficult. I lose weight very slowly and it's very f... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:33:39 EST Time Saving Tips and Other Ideas If you have a great tip on saving time in preparing food, shortcuts to healthy food, etc. please share them here. <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of time in my kitchen today preparing myself for when I come home from surgery. Since I just started a new low carb, low sugar diet, 1500 calorie diet, high protein, yesterday recommended through my surgeon, I went grocery shopping this last weekend. Needless to say, I am brand new to shopping for healthy food haha. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I purchas... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 18:54:35 EST New topic or category to forum.. I am wondering, are we able to create a new category to the forum or not? If not, which I am sure is the answer to this question lol, I would like to make a suggestion. <BR> <BR> Today I spent most of the day reorganizing my kitchen to prepare myself for my post surgery. Anyways, some of the things that I did, I would love to share with the team as they can be incorporated for anyone here. Is it possible to have a category entitled Member Ideas or something of that sort? Then we can all... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 18:20:54 EST hello! My name is Liz and I am brand new to the site, which I really like. I discovered it while doing work out videos on you tube ad eventually decided to check it out. <BR> I just graduated nursing school, where I put on a good 40 pounds and am looking to lose it! I also have a very lovely 3 year old daughter named Olivia. She does crunches with me it's cute! <BR> Hello new web friends! Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:46:22 EST New to Group (August 4, 2008) I turned 50 this year and I would like to be at a healthy weight of 140 pounds by March 2009. I have to beautiful granddaughters 1 and 3 years old. They are very active and I would love to be around a long time to see them grow into beautiful adult women. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:43:30 EST Weigh-in My starting weight is 179 lbs. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:25:05 EST Avatars Hey everyone, just so you know, If you want to create weight loss avatars of yourself, you can go to (my virtual model) and set up before and after pictures in different outfits etc. Sun, 3 Aug 2008 21:52:11 EST Hi All HI Just joined and looking forward to the experience! Have at least 30 to lose and need support! <em>198</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 17:48:00 EST Hi My name is Shel and I just joined today. Hoping to meet new friends and support buddies. Thanks for such a wonderful site. Sun, 3 Aug 2008 16:07:49 EST Daily Challenges A new challenge will be posted each day. Check in for a quick task! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:12:47 EST Jump Start August Your challenge for August is to do 90 minutes of cardio per week, and burn at least 1000 calories! Keep a weekly log here! <BR> <BR> August 3: <BR> August 4: <BR> August 5: <BR> August 6: <BR> August 7: <BR> August 8: <BR> August 9: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:10:44 EST A shoulder to cry on... Come here for support when you're feeling blue. We want to help! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:06:57 EST The Soap Box Here's your chance to shine! Get up and crow about your success so we can congratulate you! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:05:44 EST Weekly Weigh In!!! Welcome!!! Keep track of your success by posting your weigh ins each week! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:04:10 EST Buddy Forum Anyone who's looking for a buddy, post and search here. A buddy can help you with accountability and consistency in your program, plus, we're all starting at the same point, so we have a great basis for pairing up early! <BR> <BR> Kayte Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:57:58 EST The Clubhouse Hi Everyone! This is the place to stop and chat! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:51:09 EST Q and A Forum! If you have any questions that you need answered, Please post them here, and we'll do our best to answer for you! If you need immediate or technical/health related answers, I would suggest the message boards or your physician in order to get a professional opinion! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:49:28 EST Welcome to Spark!!!!! <em>227</em> PLEASE DON'T REPLY TO THIS POST! THANK YOU!! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome and congratulations on your exciting new journey! Spark has many great tools to help you on your way, so we thought we'd give you a quick overview to make your life a little easier. <BR> <BR> 1. Spark Pages: This is how you tell the spark world who you are and where you want to go. Take some time to set up yours so we can get to know you! <BR> <BR> 2. Message boards: If you need immediate help, or h... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:42:00 EST