SparkPeople Parents of pre-teens and teens (ages 12 to 17) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22491 This team is for parents of pre-teens and teens ages 12 to 17. Share experiences and tips for raising a healthy family. Also find support as you work toward your own health-related goals! SparkPeople Parents of pre-teens and teens (ages 12 to 17) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22491 What to do with a teen who WON'T eat healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x58980385 I have a 17-y/o boy who completely resists healthy food. This is a sad reminder of the way I used to eat. He wants burgers, fries, cokes, chips (every friday it's a must), etc. I have to just tell him no, we're not going to the burger joint.... but at home? He won't eat fruit unless it's watermelon. Hates everything else. Well, he'll eat an apple if I cut it up for him. (Does this sound pathetic? He's clinging to childhood I think in a way. ) He hates PBJ. The only thing in his favor I think ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:07:29 EST healthy teens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x58932774 with school starting this week (routine returns), I plan on getting my family back on the healthy track. I have two daughters ages 16 and 11 (will be 12 in a few months). Both have ironically gained some weight this summer because it was a VERY lazy summer. I want to make sure they lose weight and be healthy (which is exactly what I need to do to). As most girls can be they are sensitive and I don't want to decrease their self esteem....I want to quite the opposite increase it. My plans ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:45:12 EST I'm kind of new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x58840540 Hello - again...I joined SparkPeople back in 2011 but I never took off with it. Today, I revisited the site and feel inspired. I'm hoping I can get going and catch some momentum. I am so tired all the time and I miss the once active life I used to live many years ago. Over the last 12 years, I have gained 100 pounds!!! WHAT?! I just can't believe it. How did I let that happen? I could use all the support I can get right now, any words of encouragement, inspiration, personal success stories, a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:54:04 EST Hello,,,,, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x58781814 Hi All I joined this team many moons ago -- when i first started with sparkpeople. I can't say that I have ever posted, but then again I have been on and off Spark several times over the last 4 years. I have recently hit the restart button on my journey to a healthier me. This time round I am working on consistency - in tracking, exercising and making healthier food choices. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to journeying with you! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:05:18 EST Making the most of "kid at camp week"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x58680729 My 16 year old is at Bible camp this week so I am going to make the most of it! I enjoy and NEED the quiet time. I am doing some meditation time. I actually listen to weight loss hypnosis tapes. Has anyone else ever done that? I really like them and it forces me to sit for 30 mins at a time. Something I rarely do and it's soooooooooooo relaxing and rejuvenating. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do for relaxation? Do you really try to fit it in your days? I wish I had more time.... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:42:48 EST Good Morning.... I'm kinda new.... in a way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x58321083 I am a mother of a 16-year-old girl.... I really need support and encouragement! For the "living with a moody teen girl" and "I have to get out of this body that is NOT mine.!" I know what I need to do and for the most part do very well... exercise daily... BUT eat out too much... convincing myself I am counting the cals, etc. So I decided Sunday, AFTER my daughter told me I was the worst mom in the world for not letting her have a friend sleep over, (she just got home from a week-long missio... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:46:44 EST Hi new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x57884725 Hello, I'm Julie and I have two daughters ages 16 and 14. Also a 7 year old son. Glad to join this group. Thu, 15 May 2014 15:47:09 EST Daughter needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x57454059 Anyone out there with a middle school age daughter who feels like she has no friends? Our daughter is pulling away from our youth group because an older youth girl excludes her, on purpose, from everything. Our daughter has built a wall now. I do make her go to do mission projects and care packages, but I do not make her go for other things because she leaves crying. <BR> <BR> Any ideas or thoughts???? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:53:01 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x57437499 I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:24 EST Hi there!! I am returning member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x57374088 Hi, all. My name is Olga. I have not been active on SP for about 5 years. Several times I signed on hoping to stay and lose weight, but I was not able to keep up. So, I am trying again. I initially signed up with SP about 10 years ago. I lost almost 20 lbs back then (17-20) and kept off the weight for about 2 years. After that, I stated having daily migraine headaches and just could not exercise and think about “healthy food”. When I have migraines, I crave junk food and comfort food.... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:10:27 EST My freshman is having problems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x57290210 My oldest son is a freshman and is having problems at school. (Number 3 kid of four, but the oldest boy.) All of a sudden he is having an attitude with teachers and not doing his work. I've had two teachers call this week. First, he was grounded for his computer and games for a week, but when the second call came he is now grounded from all electronics for a month. This includes his phone. He can use it at school, just in case, but it goes on the fridge as soon as he gets home. His baseba... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:34:13 EST Hi from Trev - a composer from the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x57289889 Hi all fellow parents, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally steer us towards many better directions in life too. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a b... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:57:44 EST Help Teen Twin Girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x56844556 I have 16yr old twin girls that are driving me crazy … screaming is an everyday norm in our house….they have no chores they do not help around the house the stay on the computer all day and all night if I let them. When I try to give them chores they do a half ass job if I ask them to re-do it I get screaming and slamming doors…the problem was that I would take privileges away and my wonderful husband of 26yrs would give them back…we finally got on the same page after I threatened to leave hi... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:26:33 EST heiler http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56518630 Hi everyone. I have joined this site to keep me on track of my goals and to give me motivation along the way. My goals consist of losing 15 pounds and jogging a 5k by August. I enjoy walking, rollerblading, swimming and hanging out with my kids. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST lsb1974 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56374776 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST meka 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56336703 I am 35 years old. I have been taking care of people for a while. Never took time for myself. I've tried to workout in the pass but wasn't successful. Help me I really need to lose weight. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:46:33 EST Getting a 14yo boy off to school on time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x56259462 Anything that has worked for you to get your teen to be ready on time for school? He has a 9pm bedtime, needs to wake by 6.30a, to be out the door by 7.30 (he is driven to school due to distance). He sleeps though his alarm, although it wakes everyone else in the house. This is typical for him with anything that requires a time schedule. When we say we are leaving at a certain time, he always sounds shocked when we say it's time to go. Typically, we leave him behind if he isn't ready for thin... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:30:38 EST Just joined this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56236902 Hello, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I was on SP years ago and am now back. I like having the accountability of logging in what I eat and a way to keep track of my water and exercise. I also have found that the teams really help distract me when I want to eat. <BR> <BR> I have 4 kids. Two are in college but still live at home and two are in high school and fall into this team's age category (12-17). I have a DD age 22, a DS age 19, a DS age 17 and in 11th grade, and a DD who is ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 01:10:37 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56232379 Hi I am Susan, <BR> <BR> I have been logging spark before but never communicated with anyone. I have been losing weight and exercising but want to kick it up. And get support and suggestions and just meet people and make some friends. Who deal with this. Hmm not sure what else to say. But I will be on spark more often. Have a great day everyone. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:56:13 EST 7 Majormom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56208111 Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:06:16 EST Biting my tongue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x56190527 My 17 year old daughter keeps eating and eating. Then she cries about how she's getting fatter and fatter. When I explain to her how making better food choices, getting exercise, and getting enough sleep daily would help her, she keeps telling me she knows all this, but she persists in eating everything in sight, complaining that we don't have good food which causes her to look for junk food (which we keep to a minimum if any), and also staying up till very late then getting up around noon da... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:28:15 EST Getting to a better me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56183993 Trying to find the strength to finally change my body and my self esteem. Making changes to let go of the overwhelming weight and self hate. Not only for myself, but to show my children that goals can be made and exceeded! That perhaps we can be greater than we think we are... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:24:25 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x56169334 Happy New Year everyone may all your healthy wishes come true this year Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:36:34 EST Day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x56127961 Hello! My name is Anna and my goal is to lose the weight that has been creeping up on me...although I have been on and off the SparkPeople site for several years, I have never reached out to the community for support. This time, I feel focussed and strong and have restarted TODAY in hopes of making the weight-loss dream finally come true. look forward to hearing from fellow fighters along my way :) Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:10:17 EST UH, kids and homework! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x55771128 My oldest son is 15, and my third child. He is extremely bright and even took the ACT as a 7th grader. We always thought he was a bit bored in classes and his teachers would say the same. <BR> <BR> Well, this year he is a freshman in high school and still doesn't apply himself. He has missing work in three subjects and we just had to be the "mean parents." <em>198</em> No gadgets, gizmos, phone, or friends until the assignments are completed and turned in. (Even if they no longer co... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:13:33 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55715786 Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. My name is Colleen and I have an almost 12-year old. He'll be 12 in April and has been in middle school since September. The teen years scare me! Thought this team might help guide me through them with support from others going through it too! <BR> <BR> I've been around Spark for a while but just started using it to its fullest potential last year around this time. It's made a huge difference. I'm now trying to involve myself with some of th... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:14:13 EST Am I being selfish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x55656740 My son is a high school senior this year. He is my only child and I am very proud of him. He is 4th in his class and he has always been very well behaved. I'm really lucky , right? <BR> <BR> I have been active with volunteering at his school but I usually TRY not to be breathing down his neck while I am volunteering. For example instead of chaperoning the dances and mingling with the students in his class I volunteer to clean up afterwards. <BR> <BR> They are planning a Senior Trip cruise t... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:50:04 EST Im Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55562520 Hello, My name is Robin and I am from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I am not sure if I did this before somewhere down the line about two years ago but I am back. After a year and a half of stress from certain family events I regretfully have gained back the weight I lost but I am ready to do it again. This time it has to stay off I will be turning 50 next year and promised myself years ago 50 was it. I am a mom of 2 adult children 21, 18 and a 12 year old. I am a former ER Cardiac nurse... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:19:15 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55378693 Hello everyone.....My name is Donna and I am a mom to 5 kiddos. Three of them are pre-teen/ teenagers. I have a daughter who is 14, a son who is 13 and another daughter who is going to be 12 in a few short days. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:37:53 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55351587 Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55351582 Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST If at First you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55351581 Hello all! I am a 45 yr old mother of three and grandmother of one. I have three (2 girls 26 & 14) and 1 son ( 20). A beautiful grandaughter (20 months) and the most wonderful husband in the world. I am very blessed with great friends and family. The only problem is I do not like myself. I can notlook in the mirror cause when I do I see someone I do not recognize. Even though I have back issues I keep trying and failing. I really need to lose this weight to feel better physically and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:53:26 EST Help! I have two teens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55347850 Hello! My name is Jen, and I have a 17 year old daughter and a 14 year old son. <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time realizing that they are almost grown! My daughter will be 18 (an adult - gasp) in December. I watched her cheer at her final football game Friday night. It was Senior Night and she presented me with a flower. I am also realizing that she is making stupid decisions and at this point I know that there is not much I can do about it anymore, and that all I can do is guide her an... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:06:49 EST Finally time for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55280563 HI, I'm finally making time for me and really need some support. I am a single mom, 46 years old, have 2 teenagers and finally feel that I have some time for me to start getting myself in shape both physically and emotionally, although I'm really looking for support for the physical shape. I joined sparkpeople to hopefully connect with others to help support each other on this weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. Hoping to keep me motivated, I'm sure like other moms I tend to put my kids ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:54:29 EST Gonna get it right this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x55058202 Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of two. I have been struggling with my weight since age 19. <BR> I have been on every diet including lap band surgery. I have never been consistent or successful at weight loss despite having surgery. I have never exercised and watched my caloric intake for more than 3 months. Last year I reached my highest weight of 294 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have decided that I won't be defeated by obesity and the diseases that come along with it. My weig... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:10:09 EST Hi. I am started a new Healthier Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54851688 Hi I am a 40 year old Mother of two who has never worked out consistently for more than a couple of months my whole life. I am 25 lbs over my ideal weight and have lost a lot of muscle definition over the years. This summer I started working out (walking/running) 5-6 days a week. I love the energy and strength that I have gained from making this apart of my normal life. However I have yet to lose any weight. I know that it is due to my diet. I don't like a lot of healthy foods and I wil... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:18:10 EST Finally coming out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54843721 It's ironic that i give myself a post name NE1CAN but CANT be consistent on my journey to be fit. I use to be an advocate walker for years until i started working from home. No matter how badly i beat myself up about it I find that i start/stop allot. So I finally decided to stop hiding (spark member for years) and join the rank on getting the support I need to succeed. My goals is to walk again, adopt good healthy eating habits, lose wieght to lower my blood pressure and most of all keep it... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:51:35 EST My 15yr old is driving me nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x54780816 This was a post I posted last night I've since then apologized to my son as have asked for his forgiveness for my foul mouth but why do they just make you go there with them...I was no freaking angel but I never gave my mom this kind of drama never... <BR> <BR> Hi guys I've had it with my son....I've just cursed him completely out I know I shouldn't have but I lost it completely I'm so ashamed that I did this and know I must apologize to him and I will after I post this but it just came out ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:11:33 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54779150 Hello SparkGroup my name is Meka and I am a mother of 3, I have an 14y/o daughter, 13y/o son and 1y/o. I am really interested in creating a healthy lifestyle for my teens. My 13 y/o son is very active he is into wrestling, MMA and playing basketball with his friends daily. He tends to make healthier choices with food and does not over eat. Now my daughter on the other hand is the couch potato. It is hard to get her to be active I have her walk with me and encourage her to go and play with her... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:29:43 EST Disrespectful Young Man- PLEASE HELP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x54764878 I had a bad weekend with my 11 yr old son. I don't even know what to do with him anymore! He had a friend over and everything was cool until I got an email from AT&T stating we went over the 150 GB of data usage limit. I immediately burst into his room and took the computer and shut off the XBox! How in the world did we go over that much!? Well, he was on XBox Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. The first three days of the weekend he didn't get off until any time between 1 and 3 (he has XBox Live.) AND t... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:13:17 EST Skipping Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x54679267 Hi Everyone! I have a 13 year old who insists that he is not hungry in the morning and refuses to eat breakfast. He is not a morning person and is difficult to get up and going. We have explained over and over again the importance of having breakfast. Does anyone share the same experience? If so, how do you encourage them to eat? Any meal ideas to get a "little" something in them for fuel? Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:43:54 EST I'm New!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54654685 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 37 years old and live in Cincinnati, OH. I have two teenage boys that I homeschool. I also work three days a week at my dad's insurance office. I have a wonderful husband and have been married since 1997. I am a big time emotional/stress eater. And of course I don't binge on carrot sticks and celery when I'm feeling down! LOL! I am looking forward to the support from this team. I know I will need it in the days and weeks to come!... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:28:44 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54608935 Hello, all! I am entering the pre-teen years with my oldest! (Wow!) He is 11 right now, but will be 12 in a couple months. Not sure what to expect. Is it always hard to get them to shower? Any words of wisdom for the seasoned mom of pre-teen boys? <em>33</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:11:57 EST change of lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54524096 Hi my name is Lisa and 45 years old. My husband and I a month ago quit smoking. I have gained 55 pounds since 2007 when I had my hysterectomy. We said we are going to get into shape since we give up smoking. My goal is to be very challenging, 77 pounds by April of next year (8 months).. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:18:02 EST sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x54454893 I found out a couple of months ago that I have Grave's disease only to find out that I am abnormal. Most with this disease are thin because they burn all the iodine before it even has a chance. Talk about not fair!! My son(14) is taking this very hard. I keep telling him that treatments have come a long way and I will be fine but every time he looks at me he looks like he might cry. I have no experience with this and am having a hard time helping him cope with this. My daughter(who is 1... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 07:09:05 EST How many points until your next level? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x54448405 13154 Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:09:59 EST College http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x54387389 My 17 year old daughter goes off to college in 3 weeks. Anybody else getting ready to move their teen into college dorms? Sun, 4 Aug 2013 01:07:27 EST Hello, I'm new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54345177 Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a mother of a 12 year old who will be 13 in just over a week. He is a great big brother to his two younger sisters. I'm nervous about this next phase of development. I know he is a great kid and will do well but I just worry. <BR> <BR> I am working on loosing about 35-50 pounds. I have been battling my weight for the last few years. I want to loose the weight so that I can be more active with all my kids. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:02:19 EST Hi I'm Staci http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54307998 I have been battling my weight since my first child 22 years ago...I feel like an addict typing on here confessing LOL but honest I do take it serious I have High Blood Pressure at 43 and have had for 4 years now and bad circulation in one leg. I am very active with my two children I have at home, but am limited to things such as its difficult to put on my shoes and certain vehicles aren't comfortable and even plane rides. I need to do this for ME..I just need to stay close to tracking and st... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:11:11 EST Stepping out of my box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x54278393 Hi everyone! I have never posted on any social network type atmosphere before. So, this is way out of my comfort zone! I know that in order for me to make this time trying to lose weight and get healthy the real deal, I must give it my best shot! I am nervous but excited at the same time! Hoping for continued strength on this journey!! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:44:32 EST Crazy mom of two teens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53968009 Well nobody warned me that during the teenage years that I would feel like aliens had invaded my home, mind you these just weren't your normal aliens but very hostile ones. It sometimes feel like those sweet, helpful and generous children that were here before have vacated the premises forever. According to older wiser people than myself this is temporary condition. I can hardly wait, my son is 17 and believe I may see a glimmer. My daughter is 15 and is the most temperamental wreck I have ev... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:58:13 EST Glad to see other parents with teens lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53949062 Hey spark peeps- I am relatively new here to spark and am loving it so far. I have a 17 yr old son a 15 yr old daughter and an 11 yr old son and I am completely crazed by them lol. I have wonderful energetic kids but being there teenagers and there worlds are very important and extremely chaotic I get overwhelmed by that. I work full time and have a supporting husband that works full time as well. We both come from dysfunctional families so when we decided to have children we wanted to be sur... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:36:19 EST the new thinner me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53925791 Hello everone. I wanted to blog but cant figure out how to do it. they say you go to yourspark page and click on blogs but that does not let me start a blog. does anyone have better directions then this? I started a year and six months ago. at my heaviest I weighed 236. i used to weigh 115 pound before they took out my thyroid adn I gained all that in less then a year. I gained 100 pounds in 90 days and have struggled to lose it. that was almost 15 years ago. A nurse at work told me about ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:58:16 EST creative dicipline ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x53698139 My 12 year old son, Alex, 2 years ago wanted a dog. He asked and asked and asked until my husband finally caved in and said yes (we have 2 cats). I didn't want another animal because we have the cats and felt it was enough. Finally, said I wanted something small like a Boston terrier, we got a lab and named him Snickers. Well, now being 12 Alex wants to watch YouTube and play PS3 instead of taking care of Snickers. <BR> <BR> Today I hit my limit of asking/forcing him to take care of Sn... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:22:09 EST So disappointed in my boys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x53695037 I am so disappointed in my sons, ages 14 and 13. The dogs were barking at our new neighbors that live behind us. I always check on my kids when I wake up at night. I realized both of my sons weren't home. I called the oldest one and his phone went to voice mail. I tried again and he didn't answer. I then called the younger one and he told me they were bored so went for a walk around the block. At 1:30 AM?! <BR> <BR> I told him to get home and tell his brother. I waited on the front... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:52:25 EST New to SP and Page - Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53613950 Hi there! My name's Sam and I'm new to SparkPeople. <BR> I'm 32, single and have a 12 (almost 13) year old son. I struggle with my weight daily due to my busy work schedule - I eat a lot of take away junk food on the road because I just don't have the time to cook when I get home. I also work away a lot too so eat out at hotel restaurants or live on pot noodles & any snacks I can have in the comfort of my hotel room. <BR> I have joined SparkPeople to try and help get myself motivated to lo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:46:04 EST I think my name is Kim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53612859 I am a 3rd shifter who works 7 days on and 7 days off (As you can tell this is day 7 at work for me <em>334</em> ). I have a 12 year old boy who handles my crazy schedule along with my husbands even crazier schedule the best he can. He's a great kids who unfortunately inherited my carb addiction. he will eat any sweets we have in the house while I'm asleep and his Dad is at workI've been working on getting junk food out of my house but they guys won't let me go that far. So they have ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 04:29:45 EST Drug Prevention 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x53600021 Greetings Guys, <BR> <BR> I'm new to community. I am trying to outreach parents who are interested in improving the lives of their teenagers. If you want your family to have a healthy life style, join me on Facebook. We are running a Drug Prevention week on Facebook.com/Careteen <BR> <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos/96888946@N03/8<BR>932813211/ </link> <BR> <BR> My question is how far are we willing to go to prevent our teens from substance abuse? Are we as parents doing enough to make ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:28:20 EST Newbie to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53521370 Hi! I'm a mom of three; boys 14 and 16 and a 12 year-old girl. We eat mostly healthy and are all active, but my weight had creeped up over 215 in February and I felt it was time to do something about it. I have reduced my carbs to fruits and vegetables and amped up the walking to 6 or 7 times per week. I started tracking on SparkPeople on April 7 at 200 lbs, and have been pretty religious about recording food, exercise, weight and measurements since then. I get a fair amount of support fro... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:29:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53482218 Hi, I've been a member of sparkpeople for a couple weeks now. I have one 13 yr old son. Part of my motivation is that I have noticed he is starting to eat more junk food. He has always been more of a healthy eater but lately has been wanting pop, chips, candy, etc. I know this comes with his age but want to encourage better choices. I can not control what he has when he is not with me so I want to start being a better role model. He is very active so he is able to burn it off but if these foo... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:52:16 EST allowence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x53442563 what is a good amount for a allowence Im thinking 5.00 per child a week only if they do the chores. what do you all do. Wed, 22 May 2013 20:10:08 EST Mom of 13 & tween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53420049 I'm sure you've heard it a thousand times, but I am the mom who is so sick of eating the foods my kids like that I barely eat meals any more. By the time I'm done cooking for them, I never have enough energy left over to cook something else for myself. I really don't enjoy any cooking. <BR> <BR> That's where I'll begin today. Tue, 21 May 2013 00:29:06 EST Just Joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53340202 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've just discovered Spark People and am liking what I see so far. <BR> I'm a mom to 3 boys ages 16, 14 and soon-to-be 13. I'm also a wife and student. Just finished my first year of college and have 2 more to go. <BR> So to say that life is a little crazy right now would be pretty accurate. <BR> Look forward to conversing with others on the ins and outs of parenting teens! :) <BR> <BR> Sara Tue, 14 May 2013 09:23:40 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53206282 I'm the proud parent of two teenagers that make me laugh & make me crazy!!! I am definitely enjoying this time with them...the good & the bad. I've been on spark for awhile but not active for a long time. I'm hoping to start taking care of me as my parenting duties are, for the most part, starting to decrease on the home front. It's not that they need you around less, they just don't need you for every moment of their everyday! Fri, 3 May 2013 13:38:05 EST What do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x53197479 Have you changed your children's eating habits too? My son (11) has always eaten more healthy than most kids, but unfortunately I did teach him some bad habits along the way. When I started all this I had to learn about servings and such, so I've been teaching him too. When I was growing up a 'serving' of chips was until the bag was gone or until my mouth hurt so bad I could no longer eat. <BR> <BR> People have asked me if I feel like I am depriving him because I don't keep junk food in the ... Thu, 2 May 2013 20:19:33 EST Rules for 13 year home alone during the summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x53194618 My son is going to be on his own a day and a half every week during the summer while my husband and I are at work. I feel he's old enough. Very mature. For those of you that have been through this before, what rules or expectations do you have for your child/children? Thu, 2 May 2013 15:28:28 EST Suzanne's journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53182825 Hey guys and gals! Just needed some encouragment to keep motivated to loose weight and feel better. I hope I can also be an encouragment to anyone needing it. Wed, 1 May 2013 17:56:26 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53164315 Hi my name is Lucy. I have 3 girls. They are my life. My oldest will be 12 in December, my middle will be 9 in December and in June my baby will be 6. I am not sure I will make it until they are all grown. Some one is always crying about something, everything I say upsets someone and I just dont know what to do. I have to be the parent but having someone mad at me all the time is hard. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:47:51 EST My son had not interest in anything... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x53118793 What does one do with a 15 year old boy who does not want to be involved in anything? My son goes to school and comes home and maybe runs errands with us on weekend. That’s it. My son does not seem to like to do anything. Oh, of course, he likes video games and to watch TV, but really want more for him. <BR> <BR> He does not have any hobbies. He is not interested in any sport. He hates exercise. He hates reading. He does not want to join any clubs at school. He does not seem to have... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:19:37 EST Hi! New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53111731 Hi! My name is Julie, and I am the mom of teenage girls, 15 and 13. I also have a 6 year old son. <BR> <BR> For a while, I have been feeling bad because my 13 year old daughter is acting disrespectful and snide toward me, and she keeps pushing me away, saying she wants to be alone. The hurt and stress from this is one of the things driving me to overeat. Both of the girls are good kids, honor students and athletes, but I feel like they use me as a maidservant or verbal punching bag. Discipl... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:26:51 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x53106251 Hello, I'm Patsy and I'm pretty new to this site and most of all forums. Married with 2 (12-15). MS dx in 2006. <BR> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:00:25 EST 11 year old shaving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x53095479 i do not remember how old i was when i started shaving my legs it was not something me and my mom did not discussed i just started doing it. and after practice i got good at it but i had my fair share of nicks. my 11 year old has asked a few times how old she has to be to shave. I just put it off and tell her she dosent have hair to shave .( in reality she does) she does have dark hair but it is not thick. she is in the 5th grade. I have decided to show her how sometimes in may. and then giv... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:06:41 EST How's Your Workout Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x52745427 How are your workouts going.....Please share what are you doing.....how often....where meaning at home or gym...with a buddy or alone....are you still on track <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:57:38 EST Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x52745296 Who takes vitamins......I've been so energized with the exception of last night of course for like the last month I don't know if it's the working out or the vitamins the doctor has me on...just curious if anyone else get that kind of energy from vitamins sometimes I'm up at 3 in the morning trying to workout and not wake anyone....I'm so hyper right now.....I don't know what is going on Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:47:21 EST Hello! I'm new! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52736859 My name is Lori. I live in Western Wisconsin. I have six children, 25, 23, 21, 17, 17 (Yes twins), and a 9 year old. Five girls and one boy. haha. <BR> <BR> My 17 year olds are fraternal twins. One is special needs with ODD, ADHD, and is cognitively disabled. <BR> <BR> I'm on weight loss journey to lose 83 lbs. and have lost 7 so far since the end of February. <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet everyone! :) Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:32:37 EST My son is in trouble at school. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52699625 In the past he would get in trouble and get in school suspension. This school year he has had no trouble, that is until yesterday. <BR> Anthony got into a confrontation at school Monday. It was at the end of the day. He was leaving the support services when the teachers tried to stop him from leaving. He grabbed one teacher by the arm and left a bruise. He then threatened to hit her and used a few swear words. He got on the bus and came home. He was calm when he came home. His teacher called... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:25:51 EST Hello, I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52646534 I am new and really need help! My 12 year old daughter blames me for everything. She does not take responsibility for her actions--she blames me for many things. And she loves her dad, he NEVER DOES ANYTHING WRONG. <BR> <BR> Today I am crying because of her hurtful words and actions towards me. I so need help---she always bad talks to me and uses a tone of voice that communicates she has no respect for me. <BR> <BR> I am the only parent who makes her accountable for her actions. So... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:14:47 EST My son will not got to sleep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52635080 Hello, I just talked to my son's psychiatrist She said that the use of the lap top late at night is the reason for Anthony's insomnia. she said that the light from the device is keeping him up. It has been proven in resent studies that devices such as Kindle, laptop, smart phones are what is causing this.. <BR> She said that the device needs to be turned off an hour before bed time.talk to you later. Now I have to get him to co-operate and turn off the laptop an hour before bed time. <BR> Do... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:03:23 EST Tenage boy question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52514769 My 15 year old son does not seem to be able to learn from his mistakes. He goes to a grat school, but is having problems with one of the teachers. Granted, the guy is a jerk, but it is a public charter military school, so he has to respect the guy, even when the guy is being a jerk.He also struggles with social interaction, so he often says and does things trying to be "cool", but only ends up causing disruption and alienating his peers more. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions??? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:42:56 EST Children & Broken Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52477357 So my little men were horsing around today and the older boy broke the younger boys elbow...how in the world....So that leads me to ask how many of you have had kids with broken bones and how did it happen.....If not when you were a child did you ever get a broken bone <BR> <BR> My son was slammed to the concrete Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:46:53 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52467988 Hello everyone. My name is Christine I'm 37 years old and am a stay-at-home mom. (Not by choice) Mother of, well kind of 5. We have a blended family. In addition to my 3. I was also a surrogate 3x. Currently I'm not at the weight I would like to be. It has nothing to do with society telling women they have to be "stick thin" or my husband complaining about my weight, because he doesn't. He would never do that to me. It's just me. I keep comparing myself to what I use to look like in high sch... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:20:31 EST I am alive and well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52441243 It has has been rough for the last 18 months, I have lost a lot and gained more. currently I am recovering from surgery and not able to work out like I want to.In the meantime I am taking eating healthy classes and started a tai chi course. I am very disappointed that I am not allowed to roller skate yet , but the doctor did say I can take my favorite spin class with low intensity. So you see I have slowed down quit a bit but I still alive and well. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:09:21 EST Hi, my name is Tura http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52406943 Hi, my name is Tura. I am a single 40 year old mom of a soon-to-be 12 year old boy. His birthday is March 18th. He is already very much the teenager. lol I can't even count the number of exasperated sighs and eye rolls I have inspired, just by being Mom. He and I have a wonderful relationship and have a pretty open dialogue about pretty much any topic you can imagine from sex, peer pressure, drugs, and dating, to friendship, bullying, school violence, and learning from my mistakes. Yes, he is... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:38:31 EST So Much Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x52398932 My one and only child is a 15-year-old boy. Most of the time he is quite charming and lovable. However, over the past couple of weeks, he has had SUCH an attitude. He is a really good kid, a volunteer firefighter, a student instructor for karate, active in church and community, but lately he as been a challenge to be around. Even his karate Sensei, who loves him to death has commented on the attitude. He refuses to do anything that is asked of him, even the smallest things, and he argues or c... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:48:12 EST Marva http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52386732 I wish I had good words to say about my self , but I don't..,I can only say that I have no drive or motivation but I desperately want to shed this unwanted weight . I wish I could live a normal healthy life with an average weight. I have completely let my self go .. I have no clue what today's fashions are because " I don't fit in " size wise. I'm afraid of loosing the last piece of self esteem I do have left once I go over 250. I'm 38 years old married to a younger fairly healthy man wit... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:31:49 EST Trying New Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x52374054 What new veggies have you tried lately.....I just bought some asparagus and roasted them and actually enjoyed them what about you what have your tried lately Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:07:38 EST Greek Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x52373965 How many of you like this stuff I tried and can't get into it <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:01:43 EST Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52305044 Ive gotten stuck on my weight loss. Im stuck at the 32 pounds loss. Is there anything I can do to get this moving again? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:45:54 EST My 13 yr old want's to die http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x52252532 I'm so sorry I haven't been around lately I had surgery three weeks ago and I've been sick and in so much pain then last week my 13 year old wanted to kill himself so I had him committed into the psych hospital...I just don't know what else could go wrong at this point....So please pardon me as I deal with this....thanks for understanding everyone I will be back online as soon as possible Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:44:15 EST An exercise in gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x52251760 Well I just finished reading an article on gratitude and the effect it has on your well being. The article said that after a 10 week study where students were to wright down 5 things they are grateful for once a week the attitudes and happieness increased. I thought why cant I try this experiment on my family. I've got my niece that has been through alot and always looks on the negative side of things (she's only 5) and my two teenagers who. . . well are teenagers. I figured everyone could us... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:17:57 EST New to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52193623 Hello to everyone! I just joined SP this month, and am really enjoying it so far. I have 100lbs to lose, but taking it one day at a time. I am a full time college student working on my ADN. I have a wonderful man that loves me, but after watching me sabotage myself for the last 11 years he's getting a little frustrated. I have two children, 12yr old girl and 14yr old boy. My son is embarrassed by me, and my daughter well she is exactly like me. I want/need to get this under control not... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:50:02 EST getting married and need to lose 30lbs by May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52136959 I am getting married in May and have 30lbs to lose if that is even possible. I need to start exercising for sure. I work long hours sitting and drive over an hour one way to get there. So 4 days a week I am hit. If I want to exercise in the morning before work I would have to go to bed by 9p to get up by 430a. I leave my house by 530a to get to work by 7a. I wouldnt see my family. If I exercise after work I wouldnt see my family then either because I get home at 7p and my kids go to bed by 9p... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:16:45 EST Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x52057392 Hello, I'm almost 57, weigh 250 lbs. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, don't know why, 2 great kids, one in college, one in the army. I've been overweight ALL my life. Have joined WW 50 times, tried Richard Simmons, read Dr Phil, I've tried it all. With all my attempts, I am successful in the beginning, then for some reason, sabotage myself. I've been a member of Spark People for years. I read the articles, some of the messages, have exercise tapes. I have good intentions, but ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:24:41 EST Its a great new year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51993392 My name is Katherine and I live in Alabama. I have 8 beautiful children, 5 of which are mine and 3 are step kids. Two of my kids are 17, 1 on my side and 1 on my husbands side. I wish I had twins!!! Anyway, I work for Avon and would love to have all of you as customers or working for me. Please contact me at 256-266-4350 or at: www.youravon.com/katherinebullis. I hope to hear from all of you. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:17:21 EST TRACYLYNN853 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51974801 <em>235</em> to the team! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:04:17 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51970951 Hi spark friends. My name is Nicole . I'm a 36 year old mom to my wonderful boys Christian and Logan. <BR> I was a member back a few years ago. Im back and determined to be successful. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:27:28 EST Slow but steady? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51951969 I re-joined sparkpeople in Dec 2012 with the goal of losing 50 lbs. I have been tracking my food daily and doing at least 20-30mins of jogging 4-5 times a week. So far I lost about 7lbs, its going slow and can become discouraging, but I think I will stick with it. I might have to reevaluate my goals, maybe if I have the goal of losing 1/2 lb weekly instead of 1lb weekly I will be able to see result and remain motivated. <BR> I think I need to look at this as a new way of living and not som... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:48:38 EST Children with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51918192 Hello all I've had a busy day today....Doctor appt. with the kids all day long...finally our last appt. was with the pediatrician and I found out not one but both boys ages 13 & 15 are right at the threshold for diabetes the range is 4.5 I think to 6.0 and they are at 5.8 & 5.9 they will test again in three months if they 6.0 they will be given some other test to see where they are at and may have to get on medication...so I'm going to go and google diabetes to see how we can get this under c... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:28:24 EST EKARENV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51873740 <em>235</em> Glad you joined the team! <em>235</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:15:37 EST ESSENCE1969 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51872903 <em>235</em> Glad to have you on our team! <em>235</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:38:04 EST HPV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51866196 I would like to know if any parents out there have started taking their kids to get HPV vaccines? I heard both girls and boys need them. My Ob/Gyn and my kids paediatrician both said I need to vaccinate my daughter, but many parents told me they will not and I can't decide. My doctors told me at 13 they need to start getting shots, but I just read they should start at 18. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:53:49 EST 11 year old daughter's ATTITUDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51861227 Hi there!! I have two girls, 11 (will be 12 this year) and a 9 year old. My 11 year old has had the teenage girl attitude for many years now and it is driving me crazy! (and upsetting me) She acts like a "know-it-all" and thinks she is the best thing since sliced bread! She is always putting her sister down and always rolling her eyes up at us and says "whatever" after I tell her to stop acting like the way she does etc. Won't listen, always picking a fight and extremely lazy! Does not... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:30:29 EST CHERISHFIEDLER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51846742 <em>235</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:47:49 EST Hi, All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51816462 I'm "new" to this board, but not new to SP - been here since 2007, when my life was a wee bit less stressful, and I lost successfully. But slipped back and above what I was before, so here I am making a new start (third day, yay!). <BR> <BR> I have two boys, 14 and 9. And I'm trying to focus on the positives of 14 - watching him be more independent and take on more responsibility. Which of course he doesn't always do! <BR> <BR> -Susan Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:59:38 EST Favorite workout dvds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51730054 What are some of your favorite workout dvds please share maybe you can help someone change it up a bit.... <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:37:00 EST Do you have a workout buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51730037 Do you have a workout buddy or do you go it alone....my sister works out with me every morning she's a retired school teacher and has nothing but time so I talked her into joining me at the gym....she wont come to the house and workout with me though....strange.... <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:34:15 EST NOTMYMOTHER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51709615 <em>235</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:33:20 EST BLITZEN40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51709602 <em>235</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:32:21 EST Looking for some changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51695777 Hi, I am Pam and I am trying to lose weiht this year. I probobly won't spend much time on message boards because I work and go to school and I am married and I have 2 kids! I have a question, though, and have no idea where to ask it... <BR> <BR> Pam Jones Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:51:50 EST Getting to know you better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6134x22491x51666464 Hello to all the newbies that have joined the team...I just thought if you were interested we could share 10 things about ourselves to get to know each other better so here we go <BR> <BR> 1. My name is Tema and I lead 5 teams here on Sparks <BR> <BR> 2. I'm a mother of two adorable teenagers.... <BR> <BR> 3. I'm a part time student... <BR> <BR> 4. I love African and World History.... <BR> <BR> 5. I've been a sparker now for 7 years...I'm a sparker for life <BR> <BR> 6. Last year I los... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:55:08 EST Starting Spark Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51666254 Lets get two streaks that we can do and commit to doing them for 60 days...who's in it with me Streaks (doing something every day or week or month) are a great way to stay motivated and to reach some amazing goals! You can start a SparkStreak on any of your goals and can share them with other members on here..... <BR> <BR> So pick two streaks that you want to work on and post and keep us updated on how you're doing daily if needed... <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:26:43 EST Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51657450 I've been reading up on this and going back and forth with myself trying to figure out if I can do this or not. Anyone doing this? My stumper is the 'no dairy' thing. I love love love cheese! We may be eating to much in my family. I can buy a 5lb bag from Costco and my family of six will go through it in a little over a week! Other than that, I think that I can do the no processed all fresh foods thing. What about you? Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:20:47 EST Happy Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51657131 To Xavier, my youngest son, and everyone else celebrating a birthday today! <BR> <BR> Today he made double digits. He is 10! My aunt seems to think that this is the age when all hell breaks loose. I think it is 12. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:57:25 EST Hi teen parents! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51655491 I just came back to SP this month. I have been out of the loop for a while but I am determined and have made up my mind. I am going to push through it. Yesterday I tried to get my daughter to exercise with me. Instead she watched me and then fell asleep. <em>24</em> <BR> I reminded her that she said she would support me. She said that I always give up too easy and she would help me once I lost 10 lbs. I felt like <em>39</em> . No matter what I am not going to give up. If I can b... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:56:16 EST What's for lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51642377 Hungry! What are you having? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:34:21 EST what do you like most about SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51638797 For me it's knowing that I'm not in this alone. The support i get from this site is priceless. And the teams that are tailored to what's important in my life are a bonus! <em>252</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:29:17 EST Missy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51630014 I am back again and need some support. My children and my husband need to loose weight too. My son feels so bad about himself and it scares me. He is way overweight and is depressed. I'm also going to college and my schedule for studying and work is going to be hard to get me started back. I feel like I should spend all my time studying. I feel like I need to be in better control of my time. I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions would help me. Thanks Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:59:39 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51625868 I've been a member for a few years but just recently started posting. I lost all the weight I wanted to the first time, kept it off for a year or two but now I need to lose it, again. Thought if I tried to be part of the community and got more support that I would do better especially with the maintaining. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:21:09 EST Uhhh, parents! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51596297 I don't understand why parents don't "discipline" or give "consequences" for disrespectful behavior, not following directions, or being inappropriate at school! I have four kids and they all are very different, but we have always expected our kids to be respectful and do "their job" at school. <BR> <BR> Can't parents see that they are "harming" their kids and their future possibilities? I guess they don't or in some cases simply don't care. <BR> <BR> Thanks for "listening." I'm done v... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:42:49 EST ASH76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51567368 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am 36 and need to lose 125 pounds. I have four children and have gained too much weight with each pregnancy. I have tried many times to lose the weight and have never had much success. I am hoping this time things will be different. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:43:53 EST Hi I am back on the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51559636 Had done Spark in the past and achieved my ideal weight. Then I had ACL surgery (2009) followed by meniscus repair (Nov 2012) and gained very quickly. I want to lose weight mainly because my PT and surgeon said if I want to go back to tennis/running it would be much better if I lost weight. Also I have to unbuckle my suit pants when driving home from work. Refuse to buy new stuff. Recovering from knee surgery makes it difficult to exercise, which is annoying. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:47:38 EST My son http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51555411 is really struggling with flares here lately. He's home from school today because he's hurting so much, and the pain medicine isn't touching it. I'm so frustrated because we had such high hopes for the Orencia when he started it 6 months ago It was supposed to be the "big gun" that gave us the best hope for remission. Not only haven't we seen any improvement, but he's worse. Not as bad as he was in the very beginning before we started treatment, but pretty bad. <BR> <BR> I wish I could... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:32:32 EST How to encourage my son to ask someone out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51510657 This may seem like an odd worry but I would really like my 17 year old son to experience going on a date/having a girlfriend before high school is over. I know I'll probably end up saying 'be careful what you wish for' but he's such a great kid and I think he would enjoy spending time with someone. <BR> <BR> He is a straight A student, athlete, good looking, has a part time job. I would describe him as a real catch. He is a fairly confident kid except when it comes to girls. He had bad ac... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:28:40 EST The Biggest Loser Season 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51508972 Do you watch the show what are your opinions of it....will you be watching it this season if so here's a place to chat about it.... <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:57:38 EST Where are the MANNERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51490108 I've been teaching my kids manners from day one...where does it all go to when they turn into teenagers? I'm absolutely livid right now....I just took my sons out to dinner and a movie and one my oldest wanted to take his girlfriend and of course he spends all his money like there will never be anymore so I'm paying.....where we go to a nice restaurant and then to a movie it was four or us and I spent 96 bucks on dinner plus 10 bucks on a tip so that was 106.0 then we get to the movies and t... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:39:07 EST 17 and just doesn't get it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51485044 My 17 year old son has had the worst year ever. I don't know what else to do. <BR> <BR> I caught him smoking weed at the start of the year. <BR> I think he's stopped, he says he's stopped, but he lies sometimes. <BR> The police have brought him back, a 2nd time for noise disturbance at a house. <BR> Now he wants to join the NAVY. <BR> We've gone from one extreme to the other <BR> Encouraging good behaviour, Crying, Hugging, Shouting, Grounding him talking to others. <BR> He's been stopp... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:58:38 EST New to this team...but not new to the topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51427625 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Denise and I have 4 children. Two girls, one who will be 30 in Feb. and one who is 27. Two boys, one who is 16 and one who is 8. So I have been here before, but the girls and the boys are so different that I have been learning new things continually! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:22:58 EST Bev http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51421330 Well I found this site many months ago and dilly dallied around. I am now ready to get serious but definately need the support. I have about 50 lbs to lose and am so tired most of the time. I am a busy nurse and with bad eating habbits (skipping meals then overeatting because I am starving) Suggestions more than wlecome. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:37:04 EST Pre Packaged Meal Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51391810 Have you ever tried the pre package meal plans like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig or any of the others...if so how did you like them....did it benefit you at all Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:55:31 EST Exercise Minutes Per Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51391704 How many exercise minutes do you shoot for each week.... <BR> <BR> I personally try to get in at least 450 a week....that's usually 1 1/2 hours a day for me...what's your schedule like with exercise <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:45:40 EST New Years Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51372158 Are you going out for New Years Eve <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:07:09 EST What gifts did you get http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51364360 What gifts did you receive for the Christmas holiday this year...were you at all disappointed in any way... <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:43:43 EST Finding Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51356793 Hey Team! <BR> Not sure if this topic has been discussed. I did a few searches and couldn't find anything so I decided to try and start a new one. I am in my 50's with a 12 year old girl. Our relationship is fine so far. But, my main concern is that she has very few friends. The school she attends is not in our area. And, according to her teachers and principal are very gossipy and more concerned with online social networking than school. The girls that she used to play with in the neighborho... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:40:52 EST Exercise Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x51349944 What workout program are you currently working on....is it something you put together youself or more like a structured program you're following....like Jillian Michaels or some Beachbody program....Starting Jan. 1, 2013 I'm going to start Jillian's Body Revolution again... <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:08:32 EST New Years Resolutions 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51335459 Will you be making any New Years resolutions if so what is it <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:38:39 EST I don't know how to parent my depressed teen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51298177 I'm struggling here... I have a 17 year old daughter who has crashed and burned this year. Went from being a solid A student to flunking most classes this fall. She hasn't been herself for months... irritable, avoids me and her sister, stays mostly with the "fun" parent of a friend. I know she's supposed to be separating, and supposed to be finding her own way, but I can't seem to find the right balance - I pulled in the reins until she made up the ton of missing work; now that it's made u... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:19:43 EST Struggling With My Son's Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51282180 Hello all....it's me and I'm back again...brokenhearted about some news I got about my son today...I went to his school today about his IEP...and I had already been long frustrated with my son's education...it just seem like he lost all hope and didn't care anymore which put a few gray hairs on my head...I couldn't figure out how to help him anymore and just would be so frustrated well today I found out some very disturbing news...My son will be 15 this Sunday and has had a learning disabilit... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:54:52 EST 2012 How did you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51259522 Now that the new year is almost upon us, how did you do with your weight-loss goals this year? <BR> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:03:40 EST My 13 (almost 14) year-old reason for getting fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51227209 Hi everyone. I am new to the group but I have been a "Sparkgirl" for a couple years. When I first started, I joined the 6-11 year-old parent group. By the time I came back, I had a teenager! Talk about a time warp! My "bundle of joy" will be 14 in one month and for the last year or so I swear this kid has gone from my baby to that young human squatting in my house! Don't get me wrong, he is still a sweetheart and I love him to death but sometimes I KNOW his brain completely shut down. Poor ki... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 08:22:25 EST Teenagers are Sickening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51189760 Good evening all I just need to rant for a few....I'm so sick of teenagers I don't know what to do....they are really making me sick...they are showoffs, hardhead, know it all little damn demons and I can't wait for them to grow up and get on their own....I'm ready to smack them down....they lie like a rug....don't want to be bother with you until they need your money.....and I'm sick of it already....I wish it was legal to put them out of my house I absolutely would.....I can't wait for them... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:24:18 EST Christmas Wish List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51171952 What's on your Christmas wish list.....I just picked up the Wii U and I must say it's interesting it's going to take me some time to get used to the controller which is about the size of the machine itself...I also picked up a couple of Just Dance games <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:59:42 EST Christmas Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51171781 I absolutely love this time of year....I love giving gifts to my family and friends just to see their faces....it's priceless....I shop for my entire family...and I like giving the gifts I know they wouldn't buy for themselves....I sometimes give gift cards or cash one person this year is getting cash and his father is getting a gift card...I'm finished shopping for everyone except one of my sons....he wants the ipod touch so I'm going to pick that up this weekend...Some times I wrap and some... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:38:22 EST Im a nurse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51113648 Hi I'm Lei, a registered nurse. Since I am on the healthcare profession it is only proper that I look like it. Looking as big as I am right now I don't know if I can motivate my patients to change their behaviors if I myself don't show how it is to be healthy. I was always the fat girl and I wan to be no more. I always thought it is impossible to lose weight and always blamed my genes, for most of my clan are composed of big bodied people. But one time in college I had a friend who invited m... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:03:18 EST Lets lose 2013 lbs in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51099887 I'm going to start a Challenge on Jan. 1 2013 for us to loose 2013 lbs next year....I know that sound daunting but it is so possible there is enough of us where we can do it....Please join me and make this happen.....We can do it..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 17:11:10 EST Dec. 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x51099508 What are your goals for the month of Dec...I know that this month we get bogged down with a lot of holiday mindless eating but we can focus and stay on track <BR> <BR> My goals is to not do a lot of mindless eating and continue to get my glasses of water in and more veggies that's my biggest problem <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:35:55 EST How has your life changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51099483 How has Sparks changed your life so far... <BR> <BR> How has getting healthy affected your life... <BR> <BR> What can you do that you were not able to do before.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:33:13 EST What do you want in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51098932 What do you want for yourself in the upcoming year..... <BR> <BR> I'm still mauling this one over <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:44:33 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x51061678 After two pretty bad years and a twenty pound weight gain I am going to get serious again about losing my extra weight. I have about 70 pounds overall that I need to lose. Having Chrons sometimes makes eating healthy difficult. Things like green vegetables and fruit can make me feel sick. Hopefully I can get some advice and help on how to manage my weight, begin exercising and dealing with my illness at the same time. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:22:40 EST Checking in on Your Children/Child http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x51059446 Hello all I just wanted to check in to see what's going on in your child's world...mine are being extra nice since the holidays are fastly approaching....but they are only getting one thing each they grades and behavior is still in the toilet and I don't think they even deserve the one thing...but I'll give on that one....What is your child/children up to Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:49:12 EST Who said they could grow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50984994 Hi! I am a wife and mother of four. Three boys ages 17, 13, & 9. My baby girl is 2. From birth to age 10 they are angels, 11 on they act as if they don't even know me anymore. Support, advice, or just Ann ear would be greatly appreciated! <em>303</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:38:54 EST Looking for some leaders to take over the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50898347 Hello all I hope this finds you healthy and happy I'm looking for some leaders to take over the team at least five if I can get them I'm leaving the team and possible sparks so I don't want to just up and leave the team leaderless so please let me know if you would be interested in leading this team thanks everyone have a wonderful holiday <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:46:30 EST Black Friday Y/N http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50876893 Black Friday Y/N <BR> <BR> My answer is yes yes yes this year Best Buy which happens to be my favorite store is having some amazing deals <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:27:37 EST Holiday Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50832512 We have three upcoming holidays Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day what will you be doing....what are your special plans <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:54:36 EST I need support and motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50827161 I am so ready for this. I am done with this body and want my old one back! I'm not sure what happened but instead of getting depressed (that wasn't working for me)! I am going to get on the ball! In 2004 I lost 85 lbs. and kept it off for almost 8 years! And then... it started creeping on. I had partical knee replacement and quit taking my vitamins. Totally unsure why? Then went on Zoloft for anxiety... and it really came on.... I gained almost 40 lbs. over four or five mos. I am miserable!... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:26:54 EST Your Kids Grades for School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50798781 How are your kids grades so far this year my one sons grades are horrible and he's a freshman in high school now and it's so important to do well in every grade I really wish he would take this more serious how about your kids what are their grades like Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:30:37 EST Kids Christmas Wish list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50796982 What's on your children's wish list for Christmas <BR> <BR> This will be the second year that my kids get nothing and they know why....lol Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:20:15 EST Okay Here Goes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50742247 Hi. I'm brand new to this group, and I'm trying to figure out how to be involved with these messages. I have a 12 year-old daughter who is being extremely rude, hateful, hurtful and disrespectful to me. Once the cloud of drama has cleared, I can calmly talk to her and we resolve the matter. <BR> <BR> I have had a bad year with my husband, and I have a feeling her outbursts and comments are at least a little bit reflecting his behavior toward me. However, I want to STOP getting caught i... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:57:23 EST Hi, I am new to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50692159 I am 45yo and have watched the numbers on the scale continually go up for the last few years. I suffer from autoimmune diseases and have chronic pain. I have used this as my excuse to the point that now my wgt is effecting my diseases and causing increase pain. I cant wait any longer. With the help of Christ, I am motivated to do something NOW! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:18:43 EST Hi there from Papamoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50675899 Hi I am Jenny and I need all the encouragement that is out there. For the last few years - okay - 10 - I have been supporting a brother with Autism and and elderly Mum. Unfortunately forgot about me. I am hoping to become more energised, more enriched by using this community as a forum of support. Look forward to talking with you all at some stage. Have an awesome weekend and hope to that I can become an inspiration to someone in need. <BR> <BR> Jen Sat, 3 Nov 2012 19:26:18 EST Let's give it the old college try!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50674894 Hey, I'm 47 years old and I live in west Tennessee, near Paris. I have a 68yo dh, a 25yo dd, a 20yo dd, & a 15yo ds. I gained 55 pounds in the last year. Medically speaking, everything has been corrected. So, now its up to me to lose this weight. My daughter is doing Weight Watchers, but I'm kind of agoraphobic. That wouldn't work for me. She is losing weight VERY slowly & yet never seems discouraged. I want to learn from her that every little bit helps & it all adds up to real weight... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:57:49 EST So I Read My Kid's Text Messages... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x50620159 ...looking for trouble, and I found it. <em>227</em> This may beTMI for some of you so please, be forewarned. <BR> <BR> One classmate(a girl) was giving step by step instructions for how to perform oral sex. A boy asked my DD to give him some of her menstrual blood so he could use it as war paint. He also suggested she be in a lesbian porn video. She just turned 15! There was more but those were the ones that I can't get out of my head. <BR> <BR> I am at a loss - do I confront her? I w... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:18:22 EST New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50609049 Hi! This is my first time on sparkpeople. I need to lose 100 pounds. I want to have less pain and be able to play with my kid. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:42:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50608217 BPH gets me up 4 - 5 times a night and the dopamine agonists I take for RLS keep me up. That 's why I have to get to bed now. I was up very early. Also, I have friends in New York City I am worried about. Sorry to dwell on my troubles. I'll take time to read the board tomorrow. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:33:20 EST Hi my name is Monica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50602326 I'm offacially at the end of my rope. I'm 28 and I'm at the heaviest i have ever been. I hardly recognize myself. I have always been heavy but comfortable in my skin but recently i have lost my edge i just stoped caring. I contribute this to being stressed. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and have had no sucess, i know my weight has a lot to do with it. But today is the day i have decided to chance my life. i dont want a diet, i want a lifestyle change i want to be healthy when... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:45:54 EST Ready for a healthy, honest lifestyle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50597944 Hi! I've never blogged before, so I don't really know what to say. My name is Sammi and I am a 29 year old mother of 3 beautiful children. I have a 12 year old step son, a 4 year little girl and a 1 year old little boy. After having my son, my weight rocketed up to 205 lbs. I am 5'7" and after seeing myself in photos, and daily in the mirror I new I needed to change. I started loosing weght in September of last year and have lost 30 lbs so far. But I feel that I have lost my motivation becasu... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:46:11 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50572970 I am new to spark and still trying to figure out how to navigate... I am mom to 4 kids... 23, 21, 15 and 12... My oldest 2 are both getting married next year so that has become my timeline/ motivation. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:36:42 EST hi I'M new! I can't wait to meet friends that can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50567708 hi I m Here to get help to get my live on track Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:05:47 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50565216 Hey all! I was previously a Spark member but about a year ago I hit quite a few snags...but I'm back! Bought a gym membership today, switched my shift at work so I have the time and energy to get back on track, and I've registered for the site under a new name (forgot my old one, haha!) Before the previously mentioned 'snags' I hit last year I was doing strength training 3 days a week and at least 10 miles a day on the elliptical machine...plus adding in some Zumba, hikes, walks, runs, etc... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:33:43 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50525141 I was part of the spark team a few years ago and then I dropped off the planet... I've come back to earth and have found that my 14 year old daughter has turned into an alien!!! I am hopeful that I can learn some tips and tricks to get my daughter back... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:49:27 EST New Mom on the Block, Help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50522304 I need to lose a lot of weight and I am looking for support, <BR> I currently weigh 280 lbs, and am in need of Help ! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:25:05 EST Halloween Plans 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50520267 What are your Halloween plans this year....I'm probably going to do movies and study no plans on going out for me....My kids want to go trick or treating but I told them no I think they are to old now...they are 13&14...what do you think....what about you <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:50:38 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50518030 Hi! I have been married for 27 years. We have 3wonderful boys! Ages :19,15 & 12. Two of the boys are athletic & trim, one struggles with his weight like me. Looking forward yo hearing how others deal with food /exercise with teenagers. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:46:07 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50516803 Hi, I am a mother of four, two boys and two girls. I am new to this site, I'm here for motivation I need to lose 40 lbs. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:03:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50516721 I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 33yrs old, a mother of two girls 9 & 12 I have been married for 1yr and 5 months. I am an over weight pearson as is my husband I'm trying to lose weight hoping he will follow me in the process. I also hope to teach my girls good habits. I watch my youngest and she eats like me and it scares me. I need help! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:57:45 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50486015 Just wanted to say hi to everyone I'm new and trying to figure all this out Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:08:45 EST I'm new to this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50446816 Hello all. I'm fairly new to this. I have been on a two year long weight loss journey. I have shed more than 100 pounds without surgery. I am really struggling to lose the last 50-55 pounds. I guess I am looking for motivation and people who are struggling with the same issues. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:27:12 EST Hi Everyone - Single Mom of 17 Yr Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50444381 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Crisanna and I live in MA. I'm a single mom of a 17 year old daughter. I am approximately 30lbs overweight and at the age of 49 my energy level has decreased tremendously. Often I workout and eat well for months then get off track by going on vacation, getting sick, holidays or lack of time. Hope to stay on track and seems likely that ongoing support can help. Look forward to being part of this SparkTeam and hopefully inspiring others. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:10:28 EST 14 Year old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50434572 Hello I have a 14 year old son, he is an awsome child I lovce him dearly. My name is Teresa. My child hates school. Is there any way I can help him have a better school experience. Thanks for sharing. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:17:18 EST Trying to stay calm ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50429671 So first off let me tell you a little about me .. I am fairly new to the board here and have been lurking for a few weeks (when my first issue arose with my son) I'm nervous about asking for advice. My husband and I have been married for 17 years and we have a son who is 16 and a daughter who is 13. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago my son who is 16 broke up with his girlfriend, he had only been with her for about 3 months. Her version of the story is that he wanted sex and she didnt so he broke up... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:12:33 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50426305 Hi my name is Christy I joined the team a few days ago and have been "lurking" around. I have a 13 year old daughter and a 16 year old son (who is currently giving me a run for my money). I hope to get to know all of you better and be able to get some advice on some of my issues. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:53:34 EST New too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50414180 I just wanted to say hello! I'm on day two and so far so good! <BR> I hope you all have a lovely day- <BR> Laura Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:56:43 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50411290 Trying something new with this. We eat very very well but I need to keep better track and start going to the gym!!!! Time for me now. My youngest is 3 and oldest 17. Working makes it hard to get to the gym but I need to make it happen. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:07:48 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50399601 Hi all,I am a newbie so taking my time to find my way around. Add me as a friend please, and I will motivate you too! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:23:06 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50367060 My name is mrs mcphearson, and i am new to this site. i would not mind making new friends and been able to be a friend. hope to hear from some nice people. Be Bless Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:35:36 EST New to SparkPeople. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50364388 Hello all, <BR> My name is Christy and I joined SparkPeople today. I have been married for 20 years and have two children, one is 4 and the other is 19. I have over 100lbs to lose. I am excited to start this journey with all of you. I already have a question for you. When I go to my meal plan and make substitutions the grocery list isn't updating with my changes....what am I doing wrong? Also is there a way to access the grocery list and meal plan from the mobile app?. Thanks for readin... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:07:53 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50357923 Hi my name is Jeanette and I have 3 children of my own plus have my 18 year old niece living with me. Next month will also have my 2 nephews who are 11 and 14 moving in. I have a 100 pounds I am trying to loose and also want to be able to provide healthy meals everyone in the family loves. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:11:33 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50343922 My name is Marie, I am a stay at home wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids. I have been feeling really down and out about myself, my weight and health. I can't believe I let myself get this out of shape. I have decided to turn it around, starting today! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:52:02 EST Hey I'm new....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50332803 Hello everyone, nice to meet all. I'm a SAHM of two teen daughters, ages 15 and 18. I've been married for 23 years :) Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:47:30 EST Still just me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50332368 I've spent my entire adult life at the same weight--not a good one--but I felt comfortable in my own skin. I started my weight loss journey in October 2011...sort of by accident. I started walking to combat the stress of raising four crazy kids while enrolled in college full time (better late than never, right!? And isn't it amazing what a fast-paced walk with an ipod can do for your mental state! Who knew?) Anyway, I started to not want that 4th or 5th slice of pizza (who has time to cook!?)... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:13:42 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50314099 Hello everyone, my name is Tom and I'm 33 with a 14 year old son. I'm currently at my heaviest weight and I'm sick and tired of being overweight and an embarrassment to myself and my girlfriend. <BR> I've used all the excuses I could in the past for being fat I'm too busy, I'm tired, my knee hurts(ACL replaced), my back hurts(fractured vertebrae), I got too much work to do ect ect ect I could go on for days here. It's time I manned up and took the blame and took control of my future. <BR>... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:02:00 EST My son 14yr old son caught with pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x50311120 About a week ago I found pot and a bowl in my son's book bag. I was sick to my stomach. My husband and I spoke to him and found out that his friend gave him the stuff to try on his own time. This friend has been pressuring him for sometime so he finally became curious he said, especially since his friend seemed to be ok. <BR> <BR> We have always been open with him and spoke to him about not doing drugs and what can happen. We really believe that we were in the clear with it. We gave him a l... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:43:00 EST Hi my name is Frances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50249797 I just need to know how do you put weight ticker on your page? Fri, 5 Oct 2012 04:59:17 EST Helping my teen loss weight too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x50235707 My 14 year old daughter is smart, funny, popular...and overweight. She started picking up weight about 2 years ago...but now that she is in high school the peer pressure is much more pronounced and she has expressed the desire to get the weight off. <BR> <BR> I am trying to be a good model...and openly talk about my daily struggles with health eating and exercise. I make sure that there a plenty of healthful options at home to eat. We take plenty of walks, ride bikes, Wii Fit often (I r... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:16:45 EST Oct. 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x50200387 What are yours <BR> <BR> Here are mine.... <BR> <BR> 1. lose 10 lbs this month <BR> 2. stay with the calorie range of my program <BR> 3. work out 5 out of 7 days per week... <BR> 4. celebrate my bday with a bang....but stay within the range <BR> <BR> What about you guys what are your goals for the month <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:42:27 EST Hello I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50162574 I am new to this program. Trying to figure it out. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:50:35 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50161966 Hey! My name is Allison, and I am new to SparkPeople. I, like many of you, have been overweight most of my life, struggled with it, and have tried multiple diet and weight loss plans with little success. I have two kids, 14 and almost 4 (in two weeks), and I am tired of being tired all the time. I want to be here for my kids for many years to come, so I decided to give this a try. I am hoping to find a great support network here, as well as people who will challenge me and call me on the carp... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:53:26 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50158391 Hi everyone, I'm new to this website and I'm looking forward to losing weight and meeting new people! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:40:41 EST Starting over - A new Beginning for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50153534 Hi I am new to Sparkpeople. I joined this site because I wanted some accountability. I know I need to track my food and I have not been good at that at all. I wanted somewhere to go where I can get help with the changes that are about to occur in my life and to talk to people who may understand what I am going through. I have a lot of weight to loose and I have tried multiple weight loss programs and have not succeeded. I want to loose weight so I can be a healthier person and be a bett... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:29:13 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50146436 I just started today. I have taken some typical nutrition classes that basically tell you to eat veggies and no sugar. I am trying to teach my four teenagers (17, 16, 15, 14) to eat healthy and the importance of exercise. My 15 year old is lactose intolerant and it has been a challenge to feed her what she likes without upsetting her stomach. She has been intolerant for about a year now and just didn't know it. My oldest is getting ready to graduate HS and move on to college and I want to mak... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:53:11 EST Hi everyone I am Hotmama372 new to the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50133903 I am Hotmama372, I'm ready to take this new journey to a weight loss plan. My body wants a new outlook after having six children. This is really exciting and I can not wait to start my goal and read all of the posts. Good luck to all of you on your journey as well. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:20:12 EST Wednesday Fun...You know you're... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50117159 Fun post!!! <BR> <BR> Finish the sentence; You know you're the parent of a teenager when/if.... <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:12:35 EST Maybe it is just me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x50117065 I think I have been told more this week than any othe time that I love one son more than the other. The funny thing is, both sons have said this. I just shake my head look at the offending son and say "Right now, that sounds about right". <BR> <BR> It must be the moon cycle, hormonal imbalance, or just plain being teenage boys, but right now I jus shake my head and smile. I know I was not always the perfect child as a teenager, but I also know I do have good kids. They just don't like ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:04:56 EST This is me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50112266 Hello everyone. My name is Mindy. I have two wonderful boys and a great husband. I have struggled with my weight after having my first child, and he's 16 now so I think it is time to get serious. I have tried Weight Watchers and had some success, but i have no will power. I am hoping to find people who have been where I am and can share stories about how they did it. I work at a desk job which limits much exercise during the day. I look forward to losing with all of you. <BR> <BR> Mindy Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:43:36 EST I am going to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50111552 I am so excited to find a web-site that gives me everything I need to be successful on my mission to change my life. I am very sick and tired of trying to find something to wear and I want to feel better. I know I can, but it is going to take work and support to get there; the reason why I am connecting with others in my struggle. <em>30</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:27:05 EST Reaching my goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50088821 Hello spark people out there. Thought that since I have been using Spark since March that I may as well introduce myself. I am one pound away from Sparks goal weight for me. I have lost 49 pounds to date and have been running regularily since I started this program. Spark has helped me to reach my goal and inspired me to become a healthier person. I have never run before and now am running 6k 4 times a week. I hope to run 10 k by spring time. People at work notice the weight loss and I am abl... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:02:58 EST My 14yr old and Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x50069889 So I think that my 14 yr old is now having sex....So I went out and got him some condoms right away and wanted to have a talk with him about it but he refused to talk to me...I've always been able to talk with him in the past about everything...He tells me alot believe me but he wont confess that he did sex....it all started about a month ago when my younger son came to me and told me that my 14yr old let some girl in the house in his room while I was out and that he thinks they were having s... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:16:13 EST A lot of changes during my last year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50059039 Hello.. I just want to introduce myself, I am new to Spark People and have had a lot of changes in my life during this last year. My name is Elizabeth and I am looking forward to the support, because I need a lot of motivation! I gained weight and I haven't been able to get back on track. My goal is to lose 36 lbs and reach my goal weight of 154 lbs. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:14:45 EST I have to start somewhere. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50033735 I am excited to try this out and I feel this team is perfect for me. I have a 24 year old daughter and a 15 year old son. My son actually wants to eat healthy and exercise with me. I have tried all the fad diets and I am ready to try something more long term but I know I need outside support and I am hoping this is the place for me! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:12:17 EST Here and Now is the Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50031098 Hello Sparks members !!! Just wanted to say I'm excited about stumbling onto SparksPeople and really want and need a site that really wants and shares not to mention cares about helping and supporting my journey on weightloss... could someone also assist me on how to reply tried several times to my messages no luck !!! Thank You !!! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:33:47 EST need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50025550 I am 62 years old a mother of 2 and grandmother of 5, great grandmother of 1. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago am doing well but not in remission yet. i want to learn how to be healthy and need to lose 50 lbs. I do not have a lot of energy and stay tired, so trying to excersise is challanging. Hoping sparkpeople can help me get started. I need all the help i can get. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:43:26 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50024526 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a parent of a 13 y.o. girl and 16 y.o boy (or man lol!) <BR> <BR> I am not good at asking for help or support but I have decided to release this and join SparkPeople because --- I need help reaching my goal of weight loss and a healthier life. I tend to exercise sporadically and eat great for about a month, then I fizzle out. I want to change that and stick with good habits for life! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:37:45 EST Stress-induced Eating!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50014581 Hello All. <BR> <BR> I need to change my stress-induced eating. Things get stressful, as little as an eyeroll , and I am eating graham crackers out of the box or grabbing that pastry or cake, etc. <em>198</em> I am taking a parenting class for two and a half weeks and today enrolled in this class. Success stories or inspiration anyone? <em>304</em> <BR> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:43:57 EST Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x50005360 I started on the site just a little over a week ago. Surprisingly its been fun so far learning about myself with the tracker. I've been working for awhile on trying to lose extra pounds, but I haven't been holding myself accountable. Now I'm starting to become more aware on what's going in and what I'm doing to counter that. I'm getting married in July of 2013 so I have a goal to look good in my pictures. I have 2 step children a 15 year girl and a 13 year old boy. I'm excited to be on ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:53:18 EST No Soda Spark Streak Sept. 19th to Oct. 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6135x22491x49999575 I got this ideal from another spark member on another team to start doing spark streaks and a streak is just seeing how long you can go doing a thing... <BR> <BR> So lets us do a thirty day streak with no soda....who's is with me starting tomorrow from Sept. 19th thru Oct. 19th let see how long we can go without drinking pop/soda <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:04:24 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49997815 Just started about 10 days ago....just learning the site and how all this works...I am a mother of 2 kids, a 21yr old son in college....Gig em Aggies!!! and a 16yr daughter in her junior yr of high school...I finally have some time to devote to myself and work on this yo-yo dieting roller coaster i have been on the last 20yrs...done a lot of the "diets" on the market but after the weight is off their is no maintenance follow up to motivate me...ready to make permanent lifestyle changes and ke... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:06:32 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49985833 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Starting to eat and live right but I have no idea where to begin. Question: Do you have to eat all of the recommended calories? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:12:50 EST Sue. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49981162 Hi I'm Sue, and I've been at this only about 2 full days, I have been burning an average of 60 cal. per day and I'm eating my daily amount of cals. How lond will it take me to lose a pound?? maybe I'm a little impatient but I have been fighting to get rid of mymidsection and muffin top for going on 2 years now, I had lost 18 pounds 2 years ago and gained it back after a fire forced me out of my normal environment, the stress built up and boom the weight went back on. I need some encourage... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:50:23 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49975942 Hi my name is Vicky and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am a stay at home mom with a 10 year old girl, 8 year boy, a 11 month girl, and my adopted niece who is 14. I am trying to loose and 10 pounds while firming and toning after have my newest member. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:17:08 EST Hey there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49972567 Hi my name is Christinia. I live in Tacoma, Washington and I am a single parent to a 12 year old daugther. I work full time and am currently looking for a part time job as well. I am trying to lose about 20lbs by the end of the year. I have my good days and bad days and it seems when the days are bad they are really bad with snacking and over indulging. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:11:42 EST Hey There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49967207 My name is Makayla and I have recently joined Sparkpeople.com to help motivate me to reach my weight loss goal. I plan on weighing my original 120lbs I used to be, by christmas of this year. Currently I weigh 153lbs. Its going to be a challenge but I am ready for it. I'm doing this for myself to develop a happy and healthy lifestyle as well as to look and feel amazing! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:00:11 EST Hi! My name is Nicole.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49955580 Just wanted to say hello, an I look forward to being a part of your groups! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 06:51:37 EST Chumbasmom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49951769 I started this becuase my son just turned 13 and I weigh the same amount now that I did when I delivered him. :( Time to start fresh!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:38:06 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49951215 Hi, I'm new to Sparkle People. I just joined today. I've been married for 22 years and we have two teenagers. Our son is 17 and our daughter is 14. It's nice to see a forum dedicated to the teenage years! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:42:27 EST Looking to Start Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49947547 Hi, my name is Alycia and I am a bio-mother of three and a stepmother of two. They range in age from 11 months to 14. Currently reside in a suburb of Houston, Texas. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with weight since college. I went from being extremely active in high school to sedentary. It was the 30 lb creep over four years. I was able to exercise and keep that off for two years. With the birth of my older daughter I gained 70lbs and thus began the struggle for 10 years. I have gone up... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:11:00 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49934857 This is my introduction to the Team. Howdy y'all! Although I live in a northwestern suburb of Chicago, I am originally from Dallas, TX. I moved here in 2008 and am still trying to get used to the climate here. Last week I bought my first "real" pair of running shoes and started the Couch to 5K training program. I just finished session 3 of week 1 and feel great. When I found this website, through a friend, I signed up immediately. I am charting my meals and fitness and hopefully this ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:54:38 EST Hi I am new to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49933849 I found the site through an article on Yahoo news and thought WHY NOT? I am a single mom and wish I could figure out the best way for me to lose some of the pounds that I have put on in the last 5 years Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:23:45 EST Happy to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49933274 Hello everyone!, my name is Gilma and I am excited to join this group. I already have received such friendly messages from some of the members and I really feel welcomed. This past week I have walked 6 miles! and today I am going to do some strength training with weights. I'll let you know how it goes. <em>224</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:45:49 EST Greetings and Salutations! I'm Veronica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49923215 I'm a little nervous on what to say about myself. Well here I go...My name is Veronica and I am a mother to 1 child. A 12 year old boy going on 25! LOL. I am from California but moved to Virginia about 3 years ago. I have not ever been thin. I can say I gained about 100+ lbs since moving out here! I joined SparkPeople to help me get motivated in losing this weight! Also it's free and I have looked around the site and love it especially the menu planner! I also like the Exercise of the Day! My... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:58:49 EST New to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49920665 Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have found such a great community of people to share my weight loss goals, struggles, and ultimately, long-term success. I look forward to getting to know all of you and support you every step of the way. Go Team!!! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:51:21 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49919589 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 49 and I've been married for 26 years. We have a 16 year old son who is a Junior this year, (he is growing up way too fast). I have struggled with weight my whole life. 1 1/2 years ago I lost over 30 lbs and kept it off for about a year. Then I went on vacation, ate too much, and didn't stop eating til I stepped on the scale 15 lbs heavier. I've been trying to get back on track ever since <BR> . <BR> I recently had surgery and i'm looking forward to doing more... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:21:39 EST e25davis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49917563 I am working on me for me this time. Can't wait to see how it works out. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:29:13 EST Cooking question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49914914 I am usually a good cook, but there are times, well most times, there is just enough time to make a nice, good, nutritious meal. Last night I made a roast. The taste was great and it was not dry, but the meat was a little tough. Probably because I cooked it too fast. There is half of the roast left today and I don't want to throw it away. I am afraid if I put it in the microwave, it will dry out and with meat being already tough, no one will want to eat it. <BR> <BR> I am looking for s... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:41:44 EST Laura McLey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49908996 Hello, my name is Laura. I have struggled with my weight for 15 years now. I have P.C.O.S. which makes it even more difficult to loose weight. I have 75lbs to loose. I want to loose the weight not only for me but for my family too. I have a very active 3 year old and sometimes it is hard to keep up with him. I also have arthritis in my back so I am hoping that if I get the weight off maybe the pain will lesson. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:51:51 EST Hi, group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49908418 Well, this is awkward.... So, I'd really like to meet my goal weight. That's 35 pounds. Read about Spark People, am hoping being in touch with people who have similar goals will help. How are you all doing? <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:05:40 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49903671 Hi! My name is Tracy and I just discovered this site today. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, I got down to my goal weight through running and tracking calories. Then my running buddy got pregnant. Without even thinking about how it effected ME. <em>211</em> I gained tons of baby weight. I still run long distances, just not as often as I should and have been awful about watching what I eat. <BR> <BR> My running partner's "baby" is now three and she is thinner than she has ever been and I am ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:44:58 EST Grateful for the support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49898644 I am a single mother of 3 boys. Well, my oldest just graduated H.S. and joined the Marines. I have been struggling with my weight for years; however, since Ryan left for the Marine Corps my eating has gotten out of control! I am probably a little depressed from missing him. I now weigh 185 pounds and that is a lot! I am only 5'3" tall. Also, it does not help that I am unemployed right now. I was laid off from my previous position. I am currently a full-time student - I decided to go b... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:15:14 EST Some advice, hope this helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49898549 I have 3 children, ages 12, 14, and 16. The middle one has ODD & she is turning 15 this month. I work full time but am lucky enough to work from home now. I go to college full time, classes are on Saturdays. I also intern about 2 days per week as a requirement for my Master's in Social Work. Just so you might say there is no time to do this, haha. <BR> <BR> The thing I think works best is having good communication and even better listening skills for when my children talk to me. I also try t... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:10:57 EST Just want to be a better me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49896370 I am a working wife and mother of two. I am a Christian and at 280 pounds, I know my temple needs a lot of work to be pleasing to the Lord.I was born and raised in Southeast Ga where we season our veggies with fat back and/ or bacon grease. By the time I turned 11 years old I was in a women's size 14. I have always been obese and have never been happy with my appearance. <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:22:51 EST Thanks for the warm welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49894602 I am glad I have found this site and expect it to help with better tomorrows with my weight and my family's overall health and happiness! Di Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:56:16 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49890935 New to Spark. <BR> I have a 15 year old son. <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:50:31 EST Reaching out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49889975 I've tried to eat a regular diet. I've tried spin class 7 days a week for 4 months. I switched to running only to find I can only jog/walk and without an assigned class time, I'm not consistant. <BR> <BR> I hope that the more I reach out, the easier it will be to find the support I clearly need to make things work again. <BR> <BR> I'm 45 years old, 5'8", and weigh 224 lbs. Goal is 170. Low carb diet seems to work best, running/jogging also has had past results. Maybe a message boar... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:26:53 EST New Chapter: Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49883908 Hello everyone! Just joined today after reading an article on Yahoo. I've been borderline obese to obese for around 10 years now. I've had enough. Today I start a new journey! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:01:33 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49883351 I am new to Sparkpeople. I have two boys, 15 and 12 (but keeps reminding me he will be 13 in 17 days). I am looking to be healthier and happier. I would love to finish a 5K, 10K, and 1/2 marathon, someday. Right know, I would be happy with a mile. I hope to find encouragement and support and am willing to give it. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:19:54 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49881615 My name is Deborah Walker and I just discovered this site and already I think it is great. It is easier to achieve something when there are like minded people doing the same. I need to lose 90 pounds. I was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure last year. I was already suffering from anxiety and depression, and my dad died so that really threw me off. My doctor told me that losing a mere 20 lbs would help greatly towards getting off meds. I decided that 30 was the immediate go... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:17:06 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49881590 First a shout out - Thank you to SparkPeople for this great weight loss assistance site! <BR> <BR> My name is Sandy and I'm 40 something and have many, many pounds to lose. I have tried WW online and did well, but once I fell off that wagon, I fell hard. LOL. I'm glad there is a site I can use that has all the great benefits of the WW site without the negative one (the cost). Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:15:58 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49879349 I am a 46 yr old single father of 3 boys ....really unhappy with my weight (6'3 320Lbs) when I was unemployed during 2010 i joined a gym and got my weight from 360 lbs to 295lbs doing simple core exercises and some training with a personal trainer. I was limited in my exercises since I have had surgery on my left knee and still have a torn meniscus in my right knee, but I still saw results. When I found employment again, it is 2 hours away from my home each way (up at 4 am get home at 7:30 pm... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:01:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49879339 So...I'm jumping on board and hope to see results in the near future :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:40 EST Hi my name is Connie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49879217 Hi, I hope everyone is having a successful day. I live in California on a farm with goats, chickens, llamas, ducks and turkeys. I am an employee of Target. I like working at Target and doing things around the farm. I enjoy sewing. Right now I am working on a felt, sequin stocking. I am married and have 3 kids. My boys 11 and 15 are home and my daughter is married and lives close by. I want to lose about 10 lbs and have tried different ways of losing weight. I think the most effective so far i... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:52:55 EST Newbie to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49878131 Hi I'm Karen and have just joined the site today. I have 3 children only one of which lives with me and is 13. My other 2 are older. I need to get this weight off and get healthy for myself and my family. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:44:18 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49877635 Hi there, from Indiana! I am new to sparkpeople.com as of today. I am in the middle of my weight loss journey. I started my journey @ 300 lbs, and as of yesterday, I weighed 240. I still have 65 lbs to go to reach my goal. I joined because before now I was doing this on my own and feel that at this point, I could use some encouragement and tips! I am VERY excited to start this phase! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:20:44 EST TBoneOwen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49877079 Hello! Today is my first day! I need encouragement. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:42 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49875702 Hi my name is Stacy, I am a proud mother of 5 children four boys ages 14, 13, 11, and 9 and my only girl will be 7 in 10 days. I want to wish everyone the best of luck on your journey to a healthier life and the day to day challenges of children especially teenagers! Have a fantastic day <em>30</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:37:56 EST I joined this site because.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49873230 hello everybody, i'm 39 year old. I describe myself as very active: I exercise at least 5 times a week, eat about 700-900 cal a day. Once a year, I train and run for a marathon (ran in 5 continents). I cycle daily, and climb/run mountains every weekend (about 5k). <BR> But I've been gaining weight in my mid section ( I look like a 3mos pregnant lady). I blame my age and metabolism, and I will need advice on proper nutrituion and meal plan. Like i said, workout is not a problem for me, I'm add... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:18:48 EST New WiFi Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x49872152 Well after lusting for this scale over two months I finally went out and got it...It's called the Withings Wifi Scales...heres the link to what it's like so far I love it...it downloads the info right into my computer and smartphone...so when you step on it it logs the info and as long as you connect it to your wifi it will download your info...weight, body fat, bmi, and a few other things I also like the fact that you can share the info straight from your phone or computer with your doctor o... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:24:46 EST Still have some hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49871073 So im 20 years old about to be 21 in about 11 day...I go to school and work so that takes up most of my time. Next April will be younger sister quincenera and well I guess for once I just really wanna pretty dress and look good in group/family pictures. I have amazing friends who tell me I beautiful and I believe them most of the time and I guess I just really want to feel that when I look at myself...this is very hard for me to admit but it's easier to do this online and I really hope this... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:04:06 EST Hello I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49868551 Hi everyone looking to keep in touch on a daily basis so i can get this weight off once in for all & maybe even make some local workout friends in the process! Talk to me! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:48:35 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49863206 My main goal is to lose this baby weight (it's way past time since my baby is 10 years old!). I've heard and read great things about SparkPeople and I'm really looking forward to the support and help reaching my goals! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:27:27 EST Hi SparkyPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49862766 Hi everyone! I am a 34 year old house wife and mother of two great kids. This is such a cool site so looking foward to watching my weight shred. Here's to great health!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:00:38 EST FINALLY ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49862327 Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I hope this works!!!!! My main need is accountability. I know what to do, how to do it but need that EXTRA push at times to make the best choice.....I am hopeful that I will get that and be able to help somebody else.....Thanks in advance <BR> <BR> Kee Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:36:12 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49859819 Hello my name is Tazie, I a single parent to an almost 13 yr old. I am originally from the Caribbean but I now live in Iowa with my son. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:50:31 EST Hello Spark Friends! My Name is LIsa..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49832142 Hello Spark Friends! My Name is Lisa / aka:ukmom638. Ready to do something just for ME! First I'll tell eveyone a little about ME! I LIVE for my family, they are my greatest accomplishment! I have been married for 23yrs to the Love of my Life. We have 2 children our Daughter is 19 and a Sophomore at the University of Kentucky. My Son is 15 and a freshman in High School. My work day is always a challenge, I am a Plant Manger of a manufacturing facility. The rest of my day is spent follo... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 17:52:16 EST Hello! New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49799466 Hi, I am just checking in to say hi! I joined last week and I just logged in and started looking around the site today. I am excited to start focusing on my weight loss journey. I want to get rid of this excess weight and eat healthier for myself and my family. <BR> <BR> I have a son (12 - turns 13 in October) who just started back to school in Middle School. Wow, I thought it was tough last year when my daughter hit her Senior Year. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting with everyon... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:22:25 EST hi im shannon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49792022 This is my first day going good. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 02:33:38 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49779567 I am a busy mom of 2 teens and 1 20, nurse and wife, as with most other parents i have come last. However they will be leaving in the next five years and I will be left unhealthy with my husband, and no friends outside work because I haven't had time to cultivate those either. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:47:29 EST Ready to make a change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49779035 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I am fairly new to Spark people, tried a few years ago and now I am back. Alot has changed since I tried before and something has got to give. 2 yrs ago I lost my job, after a while of unemployment I now am a business owner (lots of time in the public eye), lost my father unexpectantly 5 mos ago (can honestly say the worst thing I have yet to deal with).Have a wonderful family-married for the last 21yrs, 2 teenage boys (14 & 17) yet I am depressed, unmotivated, and... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:15:32 EST Heeeeeeeeeeey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49776863 Hey ya'll! I'm Latonya. I'm excited about this journey to find tonya...the real Latonya I was created to be. My weight has yo yo'd all my life. I've always been overweight so you can only imagine my desire to discover who I am without the extra loads (physical and mental). I realize this will take a permanent lifestyle change so as I embark on this journey, I would love your feedback, advice, and wisdom. Thanks! I'm really excited because this is my year of greater!!!! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:46:04 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49768749 Hello everyone. I'm overwieght and so is my 15 year old daughter. I joined spark people to help the both of us lose some weight. We're working hard and we're doing it together. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 16:23:03 EST Hi everybody, Im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49745840 Hi my name is AmelliaJo, I'm new here and just wanted to see what the messageboards are all about. I have been struggling with my weight for quite awhile now, and am looking for a new way to get motivation to get to where i want to be. I am married and have 5 great kids, 4 boys(16, 13, 11, 9) and 1 girl (7). I hope to get a chance to get advice/support from you all as well as help anybody I can in return. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 07:52:52 EST 42 and 40lbs to lose. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49698762 Hi I'm Annie, I have 40lbs to lose looking forward to adventure, PRAYING for success - looking for support as I spend the next 9 months transforming my life. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:42:21 EST Lifestyle Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49679571 I am a 51 year-old woman who is reasonably fit. I lost 45 pounds two years ago, but have since lost my "mojo" with life intervening. I've put on 10 more and more importantly, have no motivation or passion for staying healthy and fit. I joined Spark People 2 years ago, but never fully used it. I've made the commitment and now am a daily tracker. I am looking for friends and supporters who are motivating and supportive. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:55:29 EST The Hot Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6134x22491x49668873 This is a neat little question game I stole from another team but it's so fun <BR> <BR> <BR> Please tell me if you wanna be in the hot seat. <BR> <BR> The hot seat is where a member is asked questions by the team and they answer. It's fun and last three days per person in the hot seat <BR> <BR> So if you're interested in playing sign up here on this thread....Just say whether or not you're in and we'll go from there it's fun give it a try <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:01:15 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49655485 Hi I am new to this site , so far I like it a lot, I hope it will help me a lot. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:23:07 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49645004 Hi everyone I am new to SP and I am overwhelmed by so many posts and links that I am not sure if I am doing things right. My son is 16 and my niece who lives with us is 17, my husband is a diabetic on dialysis, so it is very hard for us to find the right balance on a diet that will be beneficial for all our individual needs. I am hoping to find that balance here. <em>39</em> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:29:03 EST 3...2... ...HAPPY SCHOOL YEAR!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49644765 **Cross post from my blog** <BR> <BR> Bigggg shout out to the student, teacher, and administrator SPARKERS returning to school today or in the upcoming weeks!!!!! My eldest heiress is a Sophomore this year. Where does the time go?? <BR> <BR> It gets hectic but I'm setting a goal to make sure we get a good breakfast in the mornings. Goals also in place to make sure she gets a square lunch, stays active, has healthy after school snack options, and gets plenty of rest at night. Not easy with a... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:14:27 EST Hi - Returning Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49643399 Hello, I was here about a year ago and have just jumped back in. <BR> <BR> My 14 year old daughter is just starting high school - she starts the 9h grade next tuesday. Today she is at JROTC camp. It is a bit weird how fast she has grown up and how much she still depends on me. <BR> <BR> However, I know it will be an interesting year. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:49:48 EST Hello Fellow Weight Loss Goal Seekers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49627015 Hi! I'm from Texas and I've never joined anything like this. But, I have just been diagnosed with health issues and GOD is telling me it's time to get healthy. So, please pray for me as I go on this journey. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:41:54 EST Hello everyone, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49618832 Hi everyone, <BR> This is my first day using SP. I am a mom of two girls aged 3 and 12yo. I have been a SAHM for a year now, and I'm now mentally ready to change my life. Getting rid of the weight I gained during the last pregnancy is the first change on my list! I've tried this weight loss thing alone and have always gained the weight back, now I realize I need and want to join a community of people who have the same goals as me to stay motivated and to learn from. I look forward to being pa... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:56:14 EST Getting Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49613916 Hi, I am a mother of three. I teach the 4th grade, drive a school bus, and my husband is in college at the age of 44. Needless to say, I am very busy. I need motivation to do this because I struggle with it day after day. I need to get healthy for myself and my children. I don't understand myself because one minute I realize how embarassed I am about my weight, and the next minute I am eating too much again. I hope that joining this group will get me started toward the new me! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:43:31 EST A Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49613799 Hi my name is Shenieka I am a mother of 8 and I am so tired of being over weight. I just want to be able to play with my kids without feeling like I'm about to pass out!! Thanks I look forward to getting you know everyone!!! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:03:35 EST Hello everyone - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49606009 My name is Marie and I need as much moral support as I can get. My family is not supportive of my weight loss. But I am determined. I'm looking for a spark family where we can support each other. Are you ready? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:33:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49597827 Joined today. setting small goals of weight loss, hopefully to lose 80 lbs when I am done Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:40:18 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49584077 my name is missy and i am new her looking to make friends plz add me Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:01:24 EST My Boy plays Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21264x22491x49576700 How do I convince him to eat more? He is 14 plays football and walks to school. He even wants to walk home. This is great but he doesn't eat enough calories for all the activity he does. He doesn't believe me that he isn't eating enough. Tells me "Well I don't want to get fat." So I was thinking is it possible to use the site in reverse, So he can see how much he should be eating? Or is there a another website out there? Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:37:51 EST Kids/School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49549680 Has the kids returned to school if not when Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:23:58 EST Hi - I'm a Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49543926 I'm new at all this. Tried different diets. None worked. Today is my third day. It's only 1 PM and I have totally BLOWN my diet today!!!! I'm beginning to think I might be a stress eater!! Any suggestions on how to control this beast? <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:03:02 EST new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49520860 I am 40 yrs old ready to get healthy. I don't know too much this, but seemed like this would be a good fit for me. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:45:03 EST Hi, I am Christie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49504772 I am a single mom and don't have a lot of time for myself. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:40:06 EST Hi from Cambridge, UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49499708 Hi - this is the first time I've posted anything, but am so pleased I have to annouce that I have lost 10lbs in 6 weeks and am feeling FANTASTIC!! Only a quarter of the way there, but I'm feeling on top of the world at the moment, and my kids are getting fed up with me saying, 10 pounds... So, I hope some of you can share my enthusiasm, knowing what it takes to lose 10lbs when you're 47... <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading... SP is working for me and it's fab! <BR> love Karen x Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:13:55 EST Just finished my first day food tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49493033 I haven't felt hungry at all. I've always resorted to low carb, high protein to stay thin. Not used to thinking of carbs as ok! Feeling very positive! Really like the meal tracker. My energy stayed up today to chase my two year old, so that's good Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:16:57 EST Hello. I feel like Jabba the Hut. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49489315 Hello, this yet another attempt to lose weight. I have tried and tried my whole life. I was hit by a car three years ago and now I find walking painful to my back and leg. I have gained even more weight because of this and I now feel like I resemble Jabba the Hut. In my mind I see myself as a normal sized person. When I look in the mirror, the reality is so different. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:10:04 EST New! Anyone who cares? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49481169 My name is Rhia, 45yrs old. I'm a mother a 16yr old girl, 15, 13 and 9 yr old boys, a total of four. By this time, I'm working 8 to10 hours in a day - five times in a week in the office, working at least 2 to 3 hours in a day at home and full time on saturdays and sundays doing household chores. To tell you... I'm a solo parent and i don't have helper in the house. I missed those days that i was about at 20's... i used to exercise. Now i really feel i'm heavvvy and so so uggggly. I want to... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:25:28 EST New member with preteen and teen age girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49479046 hello i am a new member with a preteen daughter and teenage granddaughter and i am hoping to learn alot from this site Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:49:20 EST Hi, I am new to this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49474346 Hi, I am Beth. I have 2 kids that I give my all too as well as a full time student. I am in my second marriage and started this journey because we want to have a kid of our own. I have not been happy with the way I look for a long time, but now have the motivation and the support to start and hopefully succeed. There is not much else to me, I spend my time with my family (hubby is in the Military so he is only home half the time) and doing school work. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:41:03 EST hi 2nd day on this site :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49473608 hi <BR> l'm a mum of four, but sadly only one left at home as the others have grown up and left home <BR> have a wonderful husband whos very supportive and four grandchildren. <BR> came across this site by accident but even though its only day 2 i am starting to enjoy it. it may take a while thought to get to grips with it. I have a few pounds well more than a few to lose but am aiming towards small realistic goals to start with . ive tryed weight watchers and rosemary conley do great for a... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:36:51 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49468572 I am 34 and I have been obese most of my life all of my adult life. I have had the pleasure of marring a wonderful man that has a 16 yr old daughter. She reminds me of me when I was a teenager and Iwant to help her so much I have started this program and she has gotten interested in it as well. My husband and Ihave a 8 yr old little boy and I dont want him to grow up obese. I know that kids lead by example. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:29:29 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49462274 Hello Everyone! I have lost weight once before walking back and forth to college, but since I moved back to Michigan and in with parents, it's been tough. I gained the weight back due to the stress here, but I have decided that I while I can't convince others to walk and eat healthy that I need to do this on my own. I started Sunday by walking the 2 miles around my neighborhood and then gain Monday and today. I don't walk alone, I have three teenagers (boys) that enjoy walking with me. I... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:16:41 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49460285 Day one of my journey to be healthy. All of my kids are athletic (2 black belts, 1 soccer player, and 1 basketball player) and I want to be a better role model for them as a healthy mom. I am looking forward to meeting lots of great new people. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:55:39 EST TRYING TRYING TRYING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22491x49456066 Hi everybody, my name is Lisa and I'm new to Spark. I wasn't sure what group to join since so many cover me, lol. I am mother of four from 20 down to 4 years old. My youngest has down syndrome and being home with him has really cut down on my activity. I've gained quite a bit since his heart surgery and am looking to kick it to the curb!! I only have about 3 hours per day that belong to me while he is in school but I intend to make the most out of them. Any and all help is appreciated. Good ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:59:55 EST It's a Funny Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22491x49446608 My youngest is starting as a freshman this year, and my daughter is a junior. I almost couldn't wait for her to driver's license to help with the driving "juggling" schedule. She just got it, and I am nervous every time she leaves the house. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have hit that point where they don't need me as much as a mom as they did when they were little. Although I am so very proud of the young adults they are becoming, it is a funny thing to see them seperating, as they should... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:36:38 EST