SparkPeople Taking Life Back! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=24519 It's time to take back control of your life! Scary, huh? But you don't have to do it alone! We're all here to support you on your journey. Take back your life today!!! SparkPeople Taking Life Back! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=24519 New to the Team but not SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x58416339 Good morning everyone! <em>524</em> <BR> I'm glad I found this group. I'm looking forward to learning, sharing, encouraging and being encouraged. <em>306</em> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over a year and honestly haven't taken advantage of all the great things it offers. I'm looking forward to doing that now. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:39:14 EST new to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x58231773 Hi new to the group..not sure where to start.looking forward to seeing where my journey goes Mon, 16 Jun 2014 02:16:04 EST Taking it one day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x56994405 Day one Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:22:37 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x56501052 Hello <BR> I joined this team because I loved the name! I couldn't agree more! I'm here to do exactly that! <BR> <BR> Just one short month ago, I had give up! I was so depressed, embarrassed, and didn't know what to do. I had lost my confidence and social skills. I just wanted to hide away from everyone, which is pretty much what I did for years. I was becoming healthier and heavier by the day! <BR> <BR> On January 1, I stepped on the scales, had a good cry, and then decided I had onl... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:34:12 EST Left Weight Watchers and trying Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x56224421 I am starting today. I have 50 lbs I need to lose. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:45:14 EST 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x55835860 It's about that time of year again where we review our achievements for the past year and set our goals for the new year. <BR> <BR> I'd like our team to list 4 areas for personal goals to conquer this year - Health, Family, Financial, & Attitude! <BR> <BR> My 2014 "Health" goal is to lose at least 50lbs this year and get toned up once again. My child is 17 months old and I have actually gained 30lbs since having him :( <BR> <BR> My 2014 "Family" goal is to spend more active time with our ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:04:08 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x55470479 Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah. I've been out of the exercise loop for a while, partly due to several illnesses, a wasp sting (LONG story!), and just the stress of being newly married. I'm now re-vamping my entire Spark profile... Looking for new teams that will help support me in my journey to becoming healthy again. Tis a season of new beginnings! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 02:35:55 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x53754328 Hi there! I'm Grace! I have 80 pounds I need too loose. I deff need the help of others too push me though. I want to loose weight to feel better about myself and to just live a healthier life. Add me! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 14:25:10 EST Katie's intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x53738227 HI my name is Katie. I am a single mom of a 11 year old daughter Rylee. I began my weight loss journey 3 years ago at 250 pounds. I am currently 178 pounds. I am really glad I found this team. I need to learn to be nicer and a more loving person. I tend to be sarcastic which is not a good thing. I am also on day 1 of giving up sweets the tame the sweet tooth challenge and also dealing with my eating habits. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:41:26 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x53528670 Hi, <BR> <BR> I loved the name of this group and had to join! I guess that is what I am trying to do - <BR> Take Life Back! Get back what I lost throughout all the I have been fat - well which has been all my life. <BR> <BR> Trying to finally get my life, my mind and my body the way I want it! Wed, 29 May 2013 22:14:20 EST BATHROOM CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x52481891 So, I think we need to get this started again! I challenge you to do a mini workout every time you go the bathroom. There are so many exercises that you could do in the bathroom! Squats, jumping jacks, lunges, stretches, arm curls, football runs (standing in place and 'running' as fast as you can), etc. I challenge you to pick a different one each time you go and do at least 10 reps :) <BR> <BR> I find this is a great way to get some strength training in at work! <BR> <BR> Join me in thi... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:23:25 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x52167888 Hi everyone! My name is Melissa. I joined SP yesterday and looking forward to all that this community has to offer. I am trying to learn how to be nicer to myself and allow myself to be happy while becoming healthier and stronger. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:56:45 EST I SO need this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51915657 I was pleasantly surprised to see this team. This is exactly what I need, to take my life back. Somewhere along the line I lost it. It seems to belong to everyone around me. No more! Thank you for being here and I look forward to participating in this team! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:03:23 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51908071 Good morning! I am excited to join the team of Taking Life Back! The title says exactly what my goal is. I have just turned 50, it is time for me. I have a lot of weight to lose. I am happy to be here and pray for the courage to truly move forward and take life back! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:10:13 EST Ready? Set? Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51572478 Hi, I'm new to this team! I'm in a rut, and fed up! I'm a burnt out nurse and I'm ready for change. The thing is, that I know how to do this, because I'm doing things that I've done before! Seems like deja vu, I've been down this road too! I want 2013 to be my year of change, a year of declaration & commitment! I've been in this place before, it's like instant replay! <BR> I like your title "taking life back", because somehow we can lose control of it. We let someone or something take the he... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:14:02 EST The New Me 1/7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51519796 Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I am very excited. Hopped out of bed at 5:30am jumped on the treadmill, I have tracked my food today so far and my water has not left my side. I have to get a new scale, my old scale was sacrificed to Super Storm Sandy and some of her rising waters. No worries, feel very energetic today. I forgot how clear your brain is after exercising. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:36:52 EST Jules??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51444967 I am 48 years old and have lost a son to a car accident, a husband to cancer and My daughter has gotten married so I need to take me back. I don't even know who I am or what exactly I want out of life. I have been working out since april and lost 40 lbs. I still need to lose about 30 to 35 and find the gal I used to be before the tragedy in my life occured. Julie Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:57:14 EST Re introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x51075216 I'm not 100% I introduce myself when I first joined this team since its been so long ago but I will do so again because I am at point in my life that its time that "take life back!" <BR> <BR> I have "let go" of myself and have fallen back into old and bad eating habits and I thank God I didn't gain all the weight back that I lost years ago but I have gained enough back to not feel comfortable in my own skin and the majority of the "nice" clothes in my closet don't really fit right now. I rea... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:20:36 EST 2012 Accomplishments / 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x50823122 It's that time of year, team! Let's share our 2012 accomplishments and our 2013 Goals! <BR> <BR> I'll start - <BR> <BR> Accomplishments in 2012: <BR> <BR> I had my first child on 7/2/2012 - Colton Harley Wayne was born 6lbs 13oz, 19" long, and almost 4 weeks early. This momma gained 50lbs during pregnancy :( <BR> <BR> Goals for 2013: <BR> <BR> Get back on track with exercising. I had to completely stop during the second trimester of my pregnancy due to a condition called SPD (symphysis ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:57:53 EST Starting Over :) Birth Story inside... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x50221050 Omgsh, have I been busy! Most of you know that I found out I was pregnant last November. Well, I wasn't on sparkpeople much during that time. My little boy came 4 weeks early due to me having a severe bicornuate uterus (heart shaped uterus - we had NO idea I had this or more precautions would have been taken). I went into labor on my own on July 1, 2012 during church! But I didn't realize I was in labor! I thought I was having contractions, but I wasn't sure b/c it was just period like cramps... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:27:29 EST What i learned today is .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x49159291 I was walking with my dogs today along a path through the park, at one point the path twisted around to one side to connect to another, while we were walking it struck me. I could just cut across the grass instead of following when the path twisted off. But then i though i am out to get my mile done and my steps and it hit me <BR> <BR> Always stay on the path, even if it is much eadyer to cross the grass. <BR> <BR> I followed the path and got a quater of a mile more and after i was done i ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:37:28 EST Hello new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x49118711 Hello my name is melinda I am new with sparks been here for about a month and have really enjoyed the site and people I have talked to. I was going threw the teams and came across this one and it really hit me. Due to alot of health issues, 18 surgery, arthitis and others I have kind of dissappeared. I have began to feel like I let my health issues and pain become who I am and for a long time now I have lost all my self and power. I have a wonderful hubby that has been there threw everything... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:15:08 EST Make a wish ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x48944644 <BR> Make a wish ..... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:35:39 EST Life Changes or Changes Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x48233644 I'm posing this Blog wondering if anyone will even see it or read it for the simple fact that I'm new to using SparkPeople.com. Until recently I was only using the smart phone app to track what I ate, drank, or how much I exercised. So I don't have may friends. But on to the question.... <BR> <BR> A year ago I came to the realization that I was in an unhappy marriage. I was almost 200 lbs. I'd lost myself some where along the line! I was no longer the snarky, fun loving, joking person I had... Sat, 26 May 2012 01:29:44 EST How do you learn to accept you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x48203012 I just went for my daily walk/run and what a mess I was! I for some reason thought I'd wear shorts today because it's getting too hot. Mind you I haven't worn shorts in years and definitely not in public. The minute I put them on I knew I should have brought my normal attire of fitness capris, but I didn't. I spent the whole time thinking "OMG my thighs are going to slap me in the face then trip me as they get under my feet! This may make you chuckle and honestly the vision of it makes me chu... Wed, 23 May 2012 20:01:03 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x48191159 Hello! My name is Misty. I'm 35 years old. I'm a soon to be divorced mother of two (10 year old son and 7 year old daughter). In two weeks I will be celebrating the 1 year annivesary of the day I decided to take control of my life. I had decided that I was unhappy with who I was and what I had become. I was just a few lbs shy of 200 lbs (I'm only 5 ft 3 in.). I'm now 60 lbs lighter. I exercise daily. Joined the gym. My most recent accomplishment...I ran a 5K! The whole thing without stopping!... Tue, 22 May 2012 23:20:29 EST Hello, Let's do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x47943970 I'm a fan of taking your life back! Sun, 6 May 2012 20:25:17 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x47822182 I am newbie. Just joined SP. My goal ( like most people on SP ) is to loose weight. I am also disorganized. Hopefully with the support I get from joining this team I will reach my goals. <em>30</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:56:16 EST A New Year... A New Sparkie... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x45981963 Hey Sparkies! My name is Kimberley. I'm Canadian. I am tired of being overweight. 2012 is the year that I get healthy .. no more excuses! I just hope now I have what it takes to get me to where I would like to be. (sigh!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow! Enough about me. ;) Time to join the party & have some fun. :) Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:04:52 EST Exciting News :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x45483067 Hi Team - So I got some super duper exciting news on 11/21/11 - we're finally expecting a baby! I'm so excited and scared at the same time. Our last (and only other) pregnancy was 4 years ago and I had a complete molar pregnancy. I had my first ultrasound on 11/23/11 - which confirmed I was around 4-1/2 weeks pregnant, so there wasn't much to see yet :/ But I've had several blood tests now, showing that my hCG levels are rising properly and are in the normal range (another molar pregnancy w... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:21:47 EST Looking for support... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x45271597 Okay...I am here once again and trying not to be intimidated by this site and how to navigate around it. I am in desperate need of supporting persons who are working to reach their goals. I want to be successful this go round and I would like to meet people who are struggling with the overwhelming task of losing weight. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get more support from this site and how to link up with persons who will be supportive? Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:49:59 EST No excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x45152761 Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jo and my main goal is to live my life with no excuses. <BR> <BR> My weight loss goal is 70-75 pounds (optimistically) though I think I could be happy losing only 50-55 pounds and maintaining it. <BR> <BR> I've battled with my weight all my life and have also chose to fight anorexia and bulimia with hospitalization. I haven't engaged in the behavior for more than 15 years but the constant comparing myself to others (part of my eating disorders) lasted until last... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 09:43:16 EST Letting go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x44578518 I have been working on setting boundaries lately, today someone I thought was my friend had a bad day and took it out on me. He pushed every button until I lost it. He did this in public in front of many people. He called me out of my name as well as grabbing me while threatening to beat me. I allowed him to pull me into a yelling match and I said the things that had been building up inside me. I was wrong for yelling and arguing with him. But I saw the truth about him and it scared me. So ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:23:21 EST You're not alone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x44330885 Hi Team - <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you all know that no matter what you're going through, you're not alone. We're all struggling with something - whether it's food addictions, stress, anger, hurts, hang-ups, or just feeling blue. If you're in a rut make sure you talk to somebody! I'm always here to lean on if you need me! I, myself, have been struggling with food a lot....I can't seem to control my cravings and give in. I've probably gained 8 lbs...at this time last year I had eating ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:25:40 EST Hello, another newbie here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x44240119 Hello, I just got (re)registered on SP and I'm getting geared up to begin a new healthy lifestyle journey once again. I am dealing with some really difficult things in my life right now, but always try to keep a positive attitude and my faith in God. While searching for teams that I thought might be of help to me, I found and joined this one. <BR> <BR> I'm 51 yrs. old and live alone, with my adopted kitty (Kodi). I was born and raised in Mich. and moved to Florida 9 years ago. I liked it the... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:39:39 EST 40 since May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x44167823 Here I am, 40 and the heaviest I have ever been in my life....all <BR> though i have been heavy all my life....I have never known what it is like to be fit and healthy. Now here I am 40 and half (or more) of my life is gone, I have to experience life fit and healthy and yes, sexy! I have to get in shape and turn heads and sit on my guy's lap without crushing his legs....I have to feel comfortable to walk around my room naked and not be uncomfortable Making love with the lights on! Sorry, if t... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:37:52 EST Hi.. My name is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x44033330 Hi Everyone! ... My name is Kim. Been here before - needed a new start. I am hoping this time will be the time that my spark is re-lighted. :) I live in Toronto Canada with my husband. Don't have any kids but lots of stuffed animals. :) I am addicted to horror movies, facebook, hello kitty, black&white photography, reading, listening to music (all kinds), and apparently collecting stuffed animals. :) <BR> <BR> I am a binge-eater, late night snacker, emotional eater, addicted to food... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:42:31 EST Not So SparkyPeople New.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x43794748 Hi Sparkies... My name is Kim. I've been on SP since January 2010... but closed my page so many times (lost count) ... I have re-opened this one in an attempt to refind my spark that I lost. Hopefully this time will be the one that lasts longer than a week. (lol!) :) <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi! :) Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:02:00 EST Perfect Fit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x43653600 I just started yesterday and my ah-hah moment involved taking care of myself. Thank you for starting this team and I am thankful for being part of it. I am so thankful for finding this site and now this team. Things really are right in front of you when you just pay attention. Now that I am paying attention to the 100lbs on my body it is time to get it off!! Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:38:21 EST hold others to what they http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x43185002 Say to you & put you in a title of you can't & its a fact you have to live with. <BR> <BR> Well when they tell you that make them prove it or steps to have them PRESSURED into putting their $ where there MOUTH is. Every time I did that they gave in & had to admit that I was more capleable than I looked Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:31:26 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x43022724 Hi; it's my 2nd day and I have been feeling in control again. I'm looking for support to make sure I stay this way. Thanks <em>247</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:39:11 EST stubborn individualist seeking support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x42750886 Hello out there...My name is Janey. I have never really felt comfortable in goal-oriented self improvement group situations. I always felt that my problems and personal challenges are mine and private. Now i wish to try something new and explore opening up a bit to others that may be experiencing similar difficulties as I am and see what happens. <BR> I am a single mother of a teenager now awakening after what seems like a long 4 year period of hazy numbness after my very difficult divorc... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:51:55 EST 6/6/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x42620371 My topic title is the date I took my life back. It's been a difficult, tiring and draining year, but I've decided to make it positive rather than negative. On June 6, 2010, my stepdaughter told me I had to leave. She was 14 at the time and had witnessed me being abused for the past 8 years by her father. He was never physically abusive, yet the emotional and verbal nightmare that he put me through was too much for even a 14 year old to observe. On June 6th I packed up the minivan with ou... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:46:03 EST Triggers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x42596768 So I recently discovered that diet soda is a trigger for me! If I drink the diet soda I start to crave sweets. I started thinking about other triggers I might have and wondered if any of you know what your triggers to cravings are? Triggers can really be anything. For instance, another trigger I used to have is when we would watch Sunday night cartoons on Fox, I would instantly crave a blizzard from Dairy Queen b/c my hubby and I used to always have a blizzard while watching Family Guy on Sun... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:42:36 EST Taking my life back after being bullied http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x42568139 I joined SP because I am on a mission to reclaim my life after my experience with being bullied. No this did happen at my work. Nor was it my boyfrreind. Nor was it someone who had no bearings on my future. No, the person bullied me was a person in a position of power... a teaching instructor. No only did I undergo negative pscyhological and intellectual impacts of being bullied, I developed many physical sideeffects. As a result of the bullying, I came to the point where I felt I had to mak... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:51:39 EST feelin a bit lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x42270527 hi am new it well not really i built this account then didnt come on back i guess i was a bit depressed there r times when i get up and lie to myself that beauty comes from the within n yada yada what hurts is i know better n i wanna be better i just dont know how i have been strugglin with my weight all my life and i have never sticked to exercising for more than a week i really cant do this by myself..could someone show me the ropes i dnt know what to eat really im in jamaica n im not rich... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:46:56 EST Hello All I am New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x42254006 I am new to this stuff and have been a part of SparkPeople but have done nothing with it. I got married two years. I want to loose weight so that I can be healthier for my self and grandkids. My husband does not care about my weight just my health and so do I. I need to really do something. Help please. This is hard and I am tring to make better food choices and get some sort of exicers in. <BR> <BR> Star Sun, 5 Jun 2011 19:30:38 EST BREAK TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x42198227 I have ALWAYS associated my "break-time" with eating. Hey that's the way I was bought up. In school we had nutrition-we ate, lunch-we ate, and a late afternoon "break"-and yes again, we ate. Therefore, anytime the word "break" would come up, I associated it with, "Okay, time to go get something to eat". Regardless of how many "breaks" I would take, be it at work, church, conferences, conventions, classes, etc, just anything that would prompt a "break", I would automatically go and find some... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:35:29 EST The things we discover.. .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x42192655 So during this weight loss journey, I have come to discover the many levels of fat: <BR> <BR> 1-Morbidly Obese <BR> 2-Obese <BR> 3-Fat <BR> 4-Overweight <BR> 5-Average <BR> 6-Underweight <BR> <BR> ....................AND ALL THIS TIME, I THOUGHT I WAS "JUST FAT" <em>15</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:39:13 EST At-home Workouts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x41732476 Hi all! I do not go to the gym. There is not a gym close enough to my house that would make buying a membership worth the money b/c I know I would never go LOL. So I've made due by working out at home for the last year (well, almost a year, and sort of at home, see, we use our church most of the time). Anyway, I was wondering what you do for 'at-home' workouts? <BR> <BR> I use The Biggest Loser DVDs - I have most of them. I absolutely love them, but I'm starting to see that I (we) need a li... Tue, 10 May 2011 06:57:25 EST Life Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x41645379 I think this is an appropriate forum and am interested in your thoughts. as part of my journey of self discovery, health and control - i have found myself totally unsatisfied in my career path. I have been doing the same thing essentially for twenty years and the fullfilment, challenge and desire is just not there (I am thankful to have a job, however). I am considering, when I lose the additional 40-60 pounds, of becoming a personal trianer. Not to be rich, but to help others take contro... Thu, 5 May 2011 13:05:47 EST Hi Team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x41193855 Hello - My name is Shanna and I'm from Ontario Canada. I joined SparkPeople over Christmas break and have enjoyed all the motivation and inspiration I have found on this site. I have to say I love this team name!! For me 2011 will be all about making positive changes and setting new goals for myself. My goal for this year is to get the scale moving in the right direction. I've changed and increased my activity significantly since I joined SparkPeople and eat much 'cleaner' than before, howeve... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:05:50 EST Release or not to release? That is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x41189748 Ok, so I'm in my water aerobics class working out. I'm enthused and motivated and doing my thing. All of a sudden, I feel this mass build up of gas, in which I get upon eating certain foods. Wow, it seems like its such a large build up. I can feel the gas moving around my body, with each different exercise that we do, I feel it move from one side of my stomach to the other, up in the chest area, just everywhere. The pain is almost too much for me to bear, I start to get out of the pool, but w... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:47:00 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40989635 Hi. I'm new to the team and just wanted to say hello. I am 35, married and a mother of 2 great kids. I'm excited to join a team that supports the kind of strength I'm building. I've been working on taking back control of my life since last spring and I've been able to meet several of my goals. Previously, I did things just because someone else wanted me to. Now, I am paying more attention to the things that I want/need to do (but not going overboard)....which feels great! Can't wait to... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:28:39 EST found yous all at last!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40810647 at last i made it here , turns out i have needed this site for a long time lol <BR> I am on a break year from work and I need to get fitter and lose weight before <BR> i take my son to Europe for a three month holiday. I have bpought a £1,000 <BR> camper van 1983 Bedford cf and got breakdown cover(used it already lol) <BR> Been on this site for 2 days and already feel better ita loads of fun. <BR> hope to talk to loads os folk too. I am 47 and from Scotland <BR> Ta the noo xxxxxx Sat, 26 Mar 2011 17:57:58 EST Hey everyone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40765478 Today i am feeling GREAT. Its my 3rd week back with sparkpeople i have lost 2.5 pounds have been exercising more and more each week and i am remaining positive...if any of my spark friends have facebook pages...come join me. Amy Grant...i also just started a health and wellness group page on facebook...to help us all stay better connected. Agrant78healthwellness@groups.facebook.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:05:10 EST Trying Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40742851 Hello! I am a teacher, wife, and mother of 2 tinys. I used to do WW pretty regularly and loved it, but when my 2nd was born, it was just too hard to get to the meetings and make it all work. <BR> My husband works mostly nights and weekends, so I am the primary parent, which I love, but it has come to my attention in the last few weeks that I don't spend a second of my day on myself. Between teaching middle school and taking care of my kids, I have let myself become sorely neglected! <B... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:00:41 EST Waving from South Central PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40722255 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark, but I think I'm new to this team. My name is Liz and I'm an ordinary 40-something wife, mother, grandmother, hopeless romantic, total romance fiction junkie, wanna-be author, and burgeoning book blogger. I've been back and forth on the scale so many times. I figure, if I keep coming back then that means I haven't given up yet, right? Anyway, it's great to be here and hopefully I'll be able to stick around a bit longer this time. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:57:53 EST want it so bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40712964 I was losing, and then started eating more. I have two new dresses one size to small to motivate me to start on the journey of this weight loss. I have gained and lost so much over the years, but seem to be stuck around 315-321. I have tried today, mind thinking, just telling myself I can do this, and I do want it so bad. I am disabled, have had two knee replacements with 7 surgeries on one knee, back surgery and I also have fibromyalgia, and osteo and osteporosis arthritis. I can't spel... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 03:06:01 EST HELLO TO EVERYBODY :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40712355 HI, MY NAME IS EMILY AND I AM 26 YRS OLD. I ENJOY WORKING OUT AND BEING HEALTHY BUT MY ATTENTION SPAN ALSO HAS A VERY HIGH DEMAND..LOL WHICH IS WHY I AM HERE, I NEED DAILY MOTIVATION AND FRIENDLY ADVICE TO KEEP ME INTERESTED IN DOING WHAT I NEED TO DO TO BECOME HAPPY WITH MYSELF AGAIN. CURRENTLY I GET IN SPELLS WHERE I WILL WORKOUT SUPPER HARD FOR 2-3 WEEKS THEN STOP FOR A WEEK AND EAT BAD...ITS JUST NOT DOING MY MIND ANY GOOD... I AM HOPING THAT SPARK PEOPLE WILL HELP ME WITH THIS...AND 15L... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 01:20:29 EST just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40708201 hi, i am excited to be part of a team and i really like your teams name: taking life back...because that is exactly how i feel...so i am stepping out of my comfort zone and reach out for help and advice from others...here i go!! <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:15:34 EST New again to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40707955 I am not quite 40 (not till May), I feel more like 50 though! I have been so overweight and unhealthy for so long that I am terrified of failing in my attempts to change that. I want to be a good example to my kids and live a long, active life with my wonderful man. I have to succeed if I wanna acheive either of those goals. I hope and pray through support of others like me, I will NOT fail! Thank you and God bless you all. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:05:31 EST New kid on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40698367 Hi, all! In the last 7 years I have been struggling with a food addiction. Food replaced a lot of things that friendships/relationships should have been putting in my life emotionally. I am coming out of the darkness into the light finally and hope that this sight will help me track my progress and motivate me to keep trying! I can't stand the thought of another summer trying to cover myself up instead of staying cool and comfortable. I'm sick of disliking myself and I don't want my kids... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:14:35 EST Hey yall!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40681150 just wanna drop in and say im haley haha. Im new obviously.. so be nice to me :) hah <BR> ive lost control of this crazy life of mine. Need help! ahhh :) <em>249</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:51:31 EST I hate my life, fat is everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40649005 I have joined the site because I hate my life and the fat in it. Do I do anything about it. Not really. I am over 300 lbs and never thought I would see this in my life but here I am. I hate my life. I do have a goal though and thats to learn from all of you how you are losing fat and gaining a life you love. Please help me. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:43:56 EST Hello from Lynnette in California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40645400 Today is my first day with Spark People. I am in very bad shape, physically and mentally. I am ready to get back in shape. I love myself and I am loved very much. My goal is to get my weight down so I can live a long, happy and healthy life. : ) Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:00:49 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40643741 Hi! I'm 23 years old and I'm a wonderful wife and a mother to two beautiful little girls. I've always had trouble with my weight. I'm tired of it. I know I need to change, but I lack serious support. I'm hoping the concept of this site really works and so far I'm super excited. But I'm still scared I'll fail just like every other time. I just want to make sure I don't hear this again.... <BR> "Stop running! I feel like I'm in Japan!" <BR> No more of that crap. I want to look better a... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:57:51 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40636546 I found Spark People and decided to give it a try. I plan to lose 30 lbs by the end of June, 2011. Being overweight has caused me to have trouble sleeping at night. It's very depressing and it also has an effect on how fast I will develop diabetes. I wanna slow that down as much as possible :) I hope this time I can stick to it! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:11:41 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40616138 <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>441</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Hello All! <BR> <BR> I rewrote this old Irish blessing for all of you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098125 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:24:23 EST hello world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40600924 hi im emma im 21 years old and im obese, i tend to hide from the world because i hate the way i look. but ii hope this program will help me find myself again and show myself to the world :) my hopes are high as ever Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:56:33 EST Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40598355 For the longest time, i have always let others dictate my own actions. I took, what I thought, was responsability but my own self worth came through other peoples eyes. I shouldn't do this or that because of a stigma. <BR> <BR> One year ago, on my 37th birthday I decided to live outloud. my birthday passed Monday and I am definately not the same person I was last year. This year, I plan to explode and control my own destiny and only allow myself to fret about things that are within my ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:34:50 EST glad to find help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40590009 I am a mother of three girls. I have fought with my weight all my life. I recieved damage in my nerves of my back last year. The weight came right back on. I would love to learn a new way to keep the weight off, instead of the yo-yo diet ride. I am also worried about two of my daughters one in obese, the other is showing the same patterns.I feel if I can learn to eat healtier and be around longer for them, they could have a chance not to face my issues with weight. Thks Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:53:28 EST New to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40570712 Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am new to spark people. I am having some trouble still maneuvering the site. There is so much it's a bit overwhelming. But I am 23 years old. I am a married mother of two (a 3 year old and a 1 year old). I stay at home with them all day so time is not usually an issue as much as motivation is. Nearly a year ago I was 230 pounds. I have gotten down to 174 on my own, but I am still overweight and have some more to go and so I figured I needed some help now. I don't... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:26:27 EST Hi, My name is Trisha and I'm new here and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40569381 I am hoping this program will be the one that helps me lose weight and get healthy again. I'm 60 yrs old and have put on nearly 60 lbs in the last 10 years. My family is supportive, but only to a point...they are all relatively thin...lol. I am a mixed media artist and an avid (obsessive...lol) vegetable gardener. I walk on the treadmill and walk the dog, but that's about it. Multiple health issues restrict more vigorous exercise. Anyhow, I hope some of you can relate and perhaps we can... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:29:06 EST hi everyone! So glad I found this team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40551708 My motto lately is: "Get bored with the past - It's over !!" <BR> <BR> I am slowly but surely learning healthier habits, practicing putting my knowledge and tools to use, and reclaiming my health and strength. For too long I have lived imprisoned behind walls of fear and sadness. 2011 is my year!! <BR> <BR> I am proud to be on SparkPeople and welcome anyone looking for more SP friends! I love writing blogs and participating with my teams! :) Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:22:43 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40551319 I was so very happy to sign up on sparkpeople! I was finally going to take charge again! I am a procrastinator by nature, so I indended to "start" on Monday. Well, today is Monday...I am already breaking my own rules and not doing any of what I wanted to do...eat a healthy breakfast, do morning stretches...Where do you all get your motivation when you just don't feel like doing anything? Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:04:27 EST How wonderful is this?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40549728 I am so thankful to my friend VINGRAM for introducing me to this program! I will give it my best, and see what happens. If V isn't the perfect example of someone this program works for, I don't know who is. Beginning right now..... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:57:51 EST DETERMINED & CONFIDENT ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40542355 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a 55y/o female, who wants to live a healthy lifestyle. I will be a 1st time grandma in about two weeks <BR> and would like to be fit to run and play with her. My main goal is to learn how to eat healthier. The Spark <BR> Program is a challenge and I love a challenge. I do not feel alone in this quest to lose 50lbs. I know with <BR> all the tools, resources, and the Spark community, I can do it. <BR> <BR> Saddleup123 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 02:08:02 EST Taking my life back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40539710 Recently my boyfriends mom gave my boyfriend a talk stood right up to him and told him what she thought he should do. It ticked him off but for me it was an eye opener. See one of the things she said was to stop living in the past and that struck me hard. I had too been living in the past. I had been rambling on and on about my exhusband about how bad and mean and abusive he was to her. When she said that I thought oh man I need to rethink things and stop living in the past. I had been living... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 22:40:11 EST fatmama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40509621 I just want to lose weight to have my life back Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:27:06 EST Time for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40508424 Hi...thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Janice, I am a stay at home mom of 4. Ages 13, 12, 10 and 5. I am trying to fit in some me time which is challenging but I'm doing it. So the floors don't get vacuumed, just swept. No one notices but me anyway:) So I started TurboFire on Monday and started really watching what I was eating. I had been low carbing since January 1. Had lost 20 then stalled got fed up and gained 6. Decided it was time to change. EVERYTHING. So here I am:) Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:30:57 EST nathangma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40490156 i have no support. i have no one to help me when i am unsure if what i am doing is helping. i need help with smoking,weight and depression. i am in pain everyday with my back,knees and hands. i need guideince in how to lose at least 50 or more pounds. i dont know anything about tracking calories or what is best etc. i hope someone has the patience to help me Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:17:35 EST Hola http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40488924 Hey all, I am new here, glad to be on board. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:19:19 EST eager to loose weight in a healthy way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40478817 I am new to this program. I have already lost 26 pounds before joining here, I have high hopes to attain my goal with all of you. I have looked around this program and find it extremely well thought of and I'm sure everything here will help me on my journey. I am Canadian, oldie but goodie, married 33 years to Richard, I have 2 children, I am also retired from Bell Canada Telephone Company. I used to play golf but health and weight prevented me from doing so, I hope to be able to play again m... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:40:18 EST Am i groggy because of the rain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x40471039 I have been feeling full powered since Sunday, but im not sure if it is all the running around im doing, or the fact that the weather is gray, that i feel EXHAUSTED. im trying to take my life by the horns so to speak, and not get into that napping depressive manner.... what should i do? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:17:57 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge Wii Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40464599 Just thought I'd let you all know that "The Biggest Loser: Challenge" wii game is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If you have a wii and want awesome workouts, get this game!! It is well worth the $30 it costs! <BR> <BR> Have you played it? Did you love it? Or did you hate it? I love it! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:29:17 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40461278 my name is meagan. and man do I love the name of this group. That is exactly how I feel right now (exclamation mark and all). I have had weight issues all of my life. These past four years have been the hardest where I have recognized that my relationship with food is unhealthy and must be fixed. I have a problem with binge eating and emotional eating and have realized that while I know how to lose the weight I gain from this destructive habit what I dont know how to do is how to keep it off.... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 01:24:25 EST Hi My Name Is Donna Spinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40455515 Ive Been Trying To Lose Weight.But Ive Been Having A Hard Time.I Cant Stay Away From Junk Food.Im On 4 Or 5 Different Diets.I Need All Of Your Help.Im From Cortland NY.Thanks Donna Spinner Wed, 9 Mar 2011 19:49:51 EST I AM BACK FOR ANOTHER SHOT @ SPARK PPL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40438380 HI I AM 25 YRS OLD AND I JUST CAME BACK TO SPARK PPL TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY, HIT ME UP IF U WANNA B FRIENDS Wed, 9 Mar 2011 05:30:22 EST Hello. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40416350 Hello fellow sparkpeople. :) <BR> I am Madz, a student from England. I signed up yesterday, and can already feel that this is the place that will work for me. I feel slightly addicted to the SparkPoints plan, and I love the advice and articles. It makes the place feel alive! <BR> I want to lose 20-40lbs, as I have recently put on a few pounds that I would love to get rid of. I am a healthy vegan, and my diet is already pretty good - I don't eat white carbohydrates, chocolate, sweets / candy, ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 07:58:00 EST Just beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40372332 Hi everyone. You can call me gur or gurina. Years ago I was on the ediets.com website and team challenges. I am just beginning SparkPeople and looking forward to some fun challenging ways to lose my extra pounds and to regain my life. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day and make sure you "git 'er done". I'll check back in later tonight. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:47:38 EST Hi, I'm nanainthewoods1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40349480 Just signed up. Came here from weight watchers. Not doing well on new plan. Came back 2 wks ago and gained 2.5 lbs. Miss old ww plan. I think there are many who feel this way. Need suggestions. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 09:23:28 EST Lollie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40339124 Hi, I am Lollieblossom,......Lollie for short. I need to loose weight, seriously! It's no joke any more to always be the fattest in the group! I've had enough and I a have made the decision once and for all. I am one determined lady at the moment. I want to be able to fit into my clothes again without looking like an overstuffed marshmallow biscuit. <BR> I need help to reach my goal and I realize that it will be a difficult journey.....but I must do it for me and my family. <BR> This is my c... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 18:44:20 EST Hey everyone...I'm back. This is my second day ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40303858 My name is Amy, I am 38 years old. I have two teens 18 year old boy lives with his father, 16 year old girl lives with me. I first joined sparkpeople last fall then around the holidays fell back into quite a depression...its harder than i thought it would be to learn to do things for ME and not feel guilty about it. Well anyway...i'm ready to give it another go. I had a different profile page before...(forgot some of my info) so i started a new one. Hopeing to make a few friends along the wa... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:38:29 EST I am glad that I found "SPARKPEOPLE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40298909 This SPARKPEOPLE website is really nice. And I read the success stories that spark my motivation a lot. And I think that I will have to take a long time but I will never give up. Then one day I will able to look healthy and feel good about myself again. I am a mother of one daugther. I have gain my weight since I gave birth to my daugther in 2004 for over 40 lbs. People here can do it , so I CAN DO IT. and "YOU CAN DO IT" Thu, 3 Mar 2011 02:02:01 EST Really going to try and stay motivated this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40298853 Hi everyone! My name is Deanna and I'm 28 from WNY and a full time EMT. I'm new to this whole on-line diet site thing so I'm just hoping it helps me stay motivated! I feel like I am too young to feel the way I do. I must admit that after only a week of diet and exercise I am already feeling better! Working in EMS overnights can be VERY hard to try and eat "right" but so far I have been making it work by making healthy choices. I hope to stay on track with the use of Spark. Just wanted t... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 01:54:53 EST Hello Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40250780 I noticed the larger I become the larger my family becomes. I gain 2 lbs. my kids gain 2 lbs. so I am joining Sparkspeople for myself and my family. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 09:43:21 EST Newbee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40240626 Hi, new to the program and look forward to getting to my goal. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:33:42 EST chocolate makes my butt big http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40236968 hey im lacy im new here. my biggest weakness is eating chocolate i cannot go without it. im in search for something just as satisfying but less unhealthy can anyone help? <em>246</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:15:27 EST Weight and Periods and PCOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40221360 As most of you know, I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have always been rather heavy - I went into 7th grade weighing 210lbs. I started my senior year of high school at the lowest weight I had been during that time, which was 220lbs. As I got older and put on more weight my periods started getting crazy and I even went 8 months without one. I had seen the doctor about it b/c my hubby and I really wanted to have a baby, but when you're not having consistent cycles, it seems impo... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:47:43 EST Am Remi, and am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40220569 This place is pretty awesome. I've just signed up, but I've known about SP from some ladies I know and they have done a great job turning their lives around. <BR> <BR> I have seen so many motivational pages and I can't wait till am the next success story. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:54:10 EST Embracing this new level of determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40164842 Hi all, I'm so excited to join this team! <BR> I've had a long weight loss journey, and I've lost about 62 lbs. <BR> Lately I've really been thinking a lot about the process and changes which happen to a person when they make the decision to get fit and they follow through on it, no matter how difficult it can sometimes be. <BR> Feel free to check out my blog, page, add me as a friend, whatever! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:09:13 EST Not eating after 8:00pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x40150645 I have been having a hard time at night. I am a night owl and go to bed very late. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:42:25 EST I am new to sparkspeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40133935 Hi. How are you?? I am new here so I am just browsing around, trying to get the hang of everything. Anyways, My name is Liz. I am a single mother to the most beautiful, smart, funny, precious 5yr old little girl in the world(: And I am here to get support and motivation and to give it in return. It is nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> -Liz Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:31:19 EST It's been a rough week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40123916 Not because of my weight, but because my hubby's grandpa died last Wednesday. We actually watched him die in the hospital. We left the room when his heart rate dropped to 30 beats/min - at that point he would gasp for air once a minute or so. It was so sad. I've never been around anybody who was dying before. I felt so much pain for the family, too. I don't think I've ever felt as much compassion for anybody as I did last Wednesday. My family isn't close and I've never cried at a funeral befo... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:18:32 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40120038 HI, <BR> <BR> My name is Cindy. I am excited because I just joined a gym last night. Looking forward to a new me! I can hardly wait for the results. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:21:20 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40099484 Hello! My name is Christine and I am 25 (going on 26) years old. I am about 315 pounds and have been heavy my entire life since about 7-8 years old. I am getting 100% dedicated to lose at least 100 pounds over the next 18 months. I am officially starting today and hope to reach my goal weight of 215 pounds within my set time frame. <BR> <BR> I currently work about 60 hours a week and finding time to eat right and exercise have not been my priority. This is changing. I basically work M, T, W,... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:13:07 EST Hi everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40076421 Hi! My name is Rici & I am a 31yo stay-at-home mom. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years and our son, William, is 5 years old. My goal is to lose weight, be healthy and feel great. I have tried and tried in the past and have, obviously, been unsuccessful. I am hopeful that through the support of my husband and son, I will make it this time! BUT....I would love to have some support from all of you here--I need all the help with motivation I can get!! =) Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:20:31 EST Hello =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40075386 I just joined Spark People today,and I am hoping to find inspiration and support from other members. I'm tired of being me and waking up to the same person day after day,I'm in need of help and motivation...Thank you for welcoming me and I look forward to my personal journey and to see a the new person thatt I so hope to become! <BR> ~Molly Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:27:21 EST BARBARA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40065402 HI MY NAME IS BARBARA AND I AM JUST GETTING STARTED WOULD LIKE SOME FEED BACK ON WHAT YOU DO AND HOW IT IS WORKING THANKS HAVE A BLESSED DAY Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:26:14 EST Anyone interested in getting really serious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x40051755 Hey all! I was thinking about maybe starting just a small private group/team to really commit to losing the weight and working hard every week. I really am just looking for people who want to workout 5-6 times a week, will be accountable to posting about it, and track their food so that together we can shed some big numbers in the end. I am not looking to loose weight rapidly obviously, but I was just wondering if anyone out there wanted to give it a real serious try with a small intimate gro... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 18:34:07 EST Good Morning, E000565 here for the first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40043770 Was going to join another weight loss program and a friend told me about Sparkpeople. Am a 53 year old female who has close to a 100 pounds to lose. Have joined the Y but find my eating habits do need to change if I am going to suceed. Hope my adventure here is successful. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:33:14 EST I survived the H1N1 virus!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40040286 I am All most over the H1N1 virus I will be going back to work on Tuesday. I laid around yesterday with the chills and body acks. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:31:57 EST Hi! New to this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x40016080 Hi all, I am new to this and not sure how to go about it. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:14:00 EST It's Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39986778 It's me again, someone trying something different (sparkpeople) to lose this weight I have been trying to lose in the last 10 to12 years! I now deal with diabetes type 2 for that long too. My name is Sandra but call me Sandy :) I love animals, I have 4 peekapoo dogs - I love yard work when the weather is not cold out :( - I love swimming at the YWCA (even in the winter) - I love my job - I love my husband and son - Growing up, my family raised quarter horses, me and my brother showed the... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:14:46 EST Hey there everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39951544 My name is Izzy i'm 23 & I just started my page wanted to say hello! <BR> I love to make new friends & am always looking for a work out friend! <BR> <BR> I hope everyones doing great! <BR> <BR> -Izztastic <BR> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:36:12 EST Stretch Marks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39951477 Hey Everyone. I joined sparkpeople about two years ago about 25lbs lighter and wanting to lose weight back then, but instead I have just been watching my weight steadily climb up and up. This summer I gained about 10lbs in 4 months and developed big hideous stretch marks on my stomach, thighs, and sides. I am 23 years old and now I will never know what it is like to wear a bikini or even a bathing suit that isn't a one piece. I feel like an utter failure. Even if I lose the weight now I will ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:09:19 EST I DID IT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39917617 I weighed in this morning thinking that my 5 pound goal for the week wasn't going to happen. What a surprise I had when I weighed in and found that I lost 6.2 pounds this week <em>244</em> . Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement, tips, and motivating stories!! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:52:41 EST Just Joined, Need Spark Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39890233 Hi, my name is Kim. I'm the mother of six, five boys, one girl, between the ages of 11 and 21. I just turned 40, been overweight since about first grade, and have tried numerous diets. I need to lose a lot of weight, and really need the motivation and support that friends can give, especially if they know where I've been, where I"m at, and where I'm trying to get to on this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:08:31 EST Goal for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39874561 So here I go in writing down my goal for this week I want to be down 5 pounds by Mon. I have been working hard this week exercising and watching and writing everything down so we will see. I'll let you know how I do <BR> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:42:13 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39871124 Hey everyone. :) My name is Addison and I'm an eighteen-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada. I'm here because I'm overweight and unhappy with it. I've been overweight for about five years now and I've always wanted to lose weight so badly but I've never been able to stay motivated enough to lose any significant amount. I'm looking for motivation! <BR> <BR> I love music and horses. I've been playing the clarinet for seven years and I have a 2001 Percheron pony mare named Spunky. We mostly tra... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:14:57 EST New to Spark People/ New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39861811 Hello everyone. I have been overweight/obese since I was an adolescent. I need a new life, new beginning, a healthy me. I am motivated now I have a membership to the YMCA (just joined) and I found this website, and I said perfect. I have been surfing the site now for about an hour, great stuff. This is my new healthy lease on life. and I know it will work, I have confidence in myself. Just gotta keep motivated. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:10:50 EST HI AM SWEETLADY5911 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39846032 HELLO EVERYONE Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:59:03 EST hello im melissa holstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39835948 im 37 short and a home health aid im always short on time in the mornings tring to get up earlier any kind of fast breakfast ideals are much appriciated startindg weight was 180 on february first now down to 178.5 got the spark diet 28 book and enjoying it very much im a big yoyo dieter so i pray i can stick with this i have learned so far baby steps Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:25:49 EST New to the Spark family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39825615 My name is Kathy and Im new to the Spark family. Im from Iowa and Im in the process of creating a new life for myself. Since my children have recently grown up and left the nest, I've come to realize how much I became lost in the process of caring for my family. Now Im taking time to get to know myself again and to become all God intended me to be. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:04:21 EST I have depression but depression does not have me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39759053 I introduced myself already but I think I want to tell you all somethings about me. See I have depression but it does not always affect me that is why I say I have depression but depression does not have me! I give advice to everyone who asks me for it but when I need advice I cannot go up and ask for it. I been motivating a lot of people and need motivation myself. One other thing is that I have a condition that affects me differently than it affects others like me I am a high functioning me... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 17:25:46 EST I'm back! (and not leaving this time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39708145 Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> First of all, let me thank you all for being here. All of you have such incredible strength for taking the first step in the journey to making a better life for yourself, and because of that, you inspire me. <BR> <BR> I've been here before. I've had a tendency to get obsessive with this site, and my lifestyle change. This time, I'm determined to make this a balance and not let it consume me. Therefore, I'm trying to not make it this "all or nothing" deal, but starting... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:46:22 EST Hi, I'm Pat and I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39702364 I like the concept of this team and I'm looking forward to getting in on chat threads and seeing what everyone has to say. Have a great day, Pat <em>444</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:11:59 EST February--Heart Healthy Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x39669848 As we know, February is Heart Healthy Month. And, Friday, Feb. 4 is Go Red for Women to make awareness of Healthy Heart Month. <BR> <BR> So, what are you doing or can you do to keep your heart healthy? <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:14:37 EST another team newbie.... ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39664517 ... Hi Team!! <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberley. I've been a sparkie since March 8th, 2010. Ever since I joined SP ~ every time I joined a Spark Team ~ I would never do very much in that team. I am hoping this year things will be different. :) <BR> <BR> I'm off now to check out the team page. :) <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Let's GO Team!!! <em>236</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:46:48 EST de-stressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x39656669 i am in search of a relaxation cd or guided relaxation to help me de-stress. i want to be less stressed in my life!! <BR> <BR> anyone ever used one or know of one? Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:44:28 EST How did this happen??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39637631 GRRR!!! I've been using my nutrition tracker, whatching what I eat, and stealing a few minutes here and there to exercise, and I STILL managed to gain a pound! We are not amused.... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 14:11:55 EST Transformation724 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39631722 Good morning everyone. My name is Michelle and I am new to sparkspeople.com. I'm looking forward to taking back my life, losing all my weight for me to become truly healthy on the inside, become beautiful from head to toe and gain support from anyone willing to help me reach my goal as I will definately help you any way I can. Good luck to everyone and do not give up! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:42:37 EST Hello everyone I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39598331 Hello, my name is Tawny and I am new to the team. I am ready to gain a new perspective on my life and work on improving myself for the better. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:29:21 EST I would like to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39592312 Hello. My name is Mary and I am almost 30 hrs old and I am tired of being overweight and I decided it's time to do something about it and a co-worker told me about this website and how it helped her tremendously so here I am. Up until I had my daughter in 2000 I was a size 10. After I had her I have tried or so I say to lose my weight but have never been faithful at it. I think it will help learning how to count my calories and having support of those who know what a struggle it can be to los... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:06:21 EST Pass Go and Be Below 200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39575985 hey everyone, my name is Melissa and I am here to help keep me accountable on my total life make over. I had gastric bypass on Jan 10th of this year. I realized a dream of getting rid of my diabetes a week after the surgery was over and I have more energy than I've had in years. I am changing my life with this amazing tool. I am learning about healthy foods, exercising, and the mind,body, and spirit connection that I find feeds my soul and helps me to be healthier. <BR> <BR> I know it might... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:01:07 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39524108 I'm Phyllis, a 35 year old who has lived unhealthy for too long now. <BR> <BR> I have realized that food is controlling me and I need to get to a place where I can control it. This is a scary journey, and a long one at that. I have about 146 lbs to lose, but I have faith that I can do it this time. It's different this time, I can feel it. I am ready to take charge of my life. <BR> <BR> I am attending OA meetings, following a meal plan and starting tomorrow, heading to the gym! I really... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:35:33 EST I'm Unique and I am here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39513679 Hey all new "Taking Life Back" team members! My name is unique and I was invited to join this team a few days ago! I am looking forward to meeting other members and making friends! If you are looking for a spark buddy make sure you add me as a spark friend! I update my page all the time with blogs, photos and even a workout song of the day! I enjoy maintaining a constant support system for my spark buddies and love to reach out to them via email and comments! My spark buddies and I challenge... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:03:44 EST Hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x39462260 My name is Valerie and my family (3 kids) and I are getting healthy in 2011... We are taking our lives back one step at a time... We are going to start by getting active, shopping with healthy in mind, eating healthy foods and being grateful that we have the choice to become healthy... :) Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:16:41 EST Goodbye Fat Kid, Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39410688 All, <BR> <BR> A year or so ago I posted a goodbye letter I had written to the 'fat girl' who is constantly at my side. I still wasn't ready to let go of her when I posted that letter, but have since done so and I'm slowly seeing her memory fade away. I wanted to bring this topic up again, as a chance for you to say goodbye to the fat kid who has been taunting you! So, if you're ready to say goodbye to your fat girl/boy - post your letter here! Here is my original letter: <BR> <BR> Dear Fa... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:55:41 EST 2010 Successes & 2011 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x39410063 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I want to know what your successes were in 2010 and what you're shooting for in 2011! So post away!!!! <BR> <BR> I had a couple of 2010 successes that I am proud to share! <BR> <BR> #1 is that I took back my finances! I started a plan (on my own)in May of 2010 to pay down my credit card debt and I have faithfully stuck with it and have no paid almost 1/2 of it off! <BR> <BR> #2 is that I set a goal on Jan 1, 2010 to lose 60lbs by the end of the year...well, I didn't a... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:29:43 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x38717437 Hey people, I am Andy, from BC (west coast of Canada). I joined this team last week but have been slow to post. I have been on Spark people for over a year but became most active starting last June. Since last year, I have lost 40 pounds. I would like to lose 60 more by the end of 2011, maybe sooner. Sparkpeople has been a great resource, helping me on my way to health and fitness. I hope I can add something to this team in the days, weeks, months to come. <BR> <BR> So my question to you, w... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:46:56 EST one word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x38668935 I have not been out here in almost a year, I have one word.....HELP!!!! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:25:57 EST Taking my life back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x38660683 I am so ready to take my life back. I need to learn how to take time for myself. I need to learn how to take care of me for a change. I have HB pressure, diabetes and thyroid problems. I want to be able to love me and I dont. (esp the way that I look and feel) I need to learn how to encourage myself bc other people dont. They always want to me do for them but they r never there for me...so this topic fits me to a T...TAKING BACK MY LIFE... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:12:15 EST Hello my name is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x37583576 Hello my name is Sheryl and I am ready to take control of my life...I am a mother of a service person, wife, runner, biker and just a plain ol' girl. I hail from Pennsylvania, am 49 yo soon to be 50! Thu, 28 Oct 2010 06:37:44 EST Starting my journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x37312646 Hi all! I'm happy to be here with all you lovely people who are ready to take life back! I am certainly ready to start this new phase of my life and am looking forward to the support of this team and excited to get to know you and support you in your goals. <BR> <BR> I'm 43 years old and have struggled with weight issues since I was in my late 20's. I've been through a lot in my life and have depended on food to see me through those rough times. And now I'm ready to change this unhealthy... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:39:44 EST New Lady Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x37244826 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristen! I'm 22 and a fairly new mom of a nine and a half month old little boy who keeps me on my toes. I am living with my boyfriend of a couple years now and getting married next June!! <BR> <BR> I love my family but I often feel like I am living for everyone else other than myself. My son and fiance always come first. Then come my family, my friends and usually even my cats come before me. <BR> <BR> I am in serious need of getting my health in order and... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:07:57 EST IS A STRANGER LIVING YOUR LIFE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x37070773 Since this is the "Taking Life Back" team, I've been thinking about the question, "Back from what?" It often feels to me that someone else, or something else, is living my life and controlling my life. I don't know exactly what it is, but it seems helpful to name it. I think the better I can identify; and name "what" it is, the more specifically I can target my efforts to regain control Let's try to get really specific about taking our lives back from __________________; (fill in your own bl... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 23:03:37 EST Sick, tired, and just plain ol' sick and tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x36953544 Hi All! I'm a 33 year old married working mom of 1 toddler. My story is like so many others...the past 3.5 years have been hell for me. I used to be vivacious and fun loving. My husband was diagnosed with a life altering (both his and ours as a family) life long illness in 2007 (following a run with post traumatic stress following a brutal mugging) while I was pregnant with our son. Following the birth of our little guy, DH was laid off with me following 3 months later. We found jobs bu... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:02:40 EST Are You Ready to Take Your Life Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x36912853 If you're ready to get back in control of your own life, welcome to this team. We have given our power away for too long--to food, to weight, to other people, to our jobs, to our families, to negative emotions, the list can go on and on! Please jump right in and introduce yourself. Share your thoughts on what aspects of your life you'd like to reclaim! <BR> <BR> We're looking forward to getting to know you. A sincere welcome. Sue Ellen <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 13:08:49 EST Please Welcome SUEELLEN317 as a New Leader!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x36911648 <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>242</em> <em>304</em> <em>30</em> <em>211</em> <em>20</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Just in case there's anyone unsure about how I feel, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO HELP ME WELCOME SUEELLEN317 AS A NEW LEADER FOR OUR TAKING LIFE BACK TEAM!!!!! <BR> <BR> SueEllen noticed that I haven't been the active leader I'd intended on being and volunteered to LEAD our team.... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:00:14 EST What Can Make Me Feel More in Control Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x36904695 Sometimes our challenges seem so big that we don't know where to start. At least I feel that way at times. I forget that I can start with one thing. What is ONE WAY that you could help yourself feel empowered and in control today. I think we need to remember that big changes start with small choices. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 23:02:33 EST SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x36828795 HI EVERYONE, I'M NEW. FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES, THAT CAUSED ME TO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION. I SUFFER FROM MIXED CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE & EARLY DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. MY SYMPTOMS INCLUDE PAIN 24/7, RASHES, HAIR-LOSS, SKIN AND EYE SENSITIVITY TO SUNLIGHT, BRAIN FOG, MIGRAINES, FATIGUE, etc. ASIDE FROM ALL OF THESE SYMPTOMS MY MEDICATION, WHICH INCLUDES STEROIDS, HAVE CAUSED ME TO GAIN WEIGHT, AND SO HAS MY EMOTIONAL EATING. LONG STORY SHORT, I HAV... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:10:12 EST Check out my blog post on binge eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x36451764 I wrote a very personal account of my relationship with food over the years. <BR> <BR> I hope I can help someone else by sharing. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 21:42:46 EST new and need some help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x36223014 Hi, i am new to this team. I am in my 40's and have been struggling with not only trying to lose weight but dealing with depression. I think the depression is linked to hormones as it seems to get worse a week before my cycle begins. IT's brutal!!!! i am having a hard time coping with this and want to know if anyone can give me some tips on how to prevent it from taking over???? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:42:26 EST living the legacy of narcissism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x36151200 (cross posted on depression board) <BR> <BR> I've been reading Karyl McBride's _Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers_ and am finding a lot that resonates with me. My mother's mother (my grandma) is a textbook narcissist. My mom is *not*, though I think she bears -- and passed on -- the legacy of my grandmother's narcissism. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there (sons and fathers included!) have experience dealing with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, whether ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:05:55 EST Kind of shy but I like the team name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x36018559 Hi. I've been dealing with depression for several years and just recently everything fell into place for me. I started to take my life back. I have 2 mantras, "I am in control of how I feel" and "Don't stop what you haven't started." At 61 and 214 lbs, I took control of my weight, etc. Two months later, I have lost 10 pounds, sleep better, and have more energy. But this week I was suddenly hit with feelings of depression again and I really let it get hold of me. While blogging tonight,... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:05:25 EST Please read this!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x35906156 Please check out my blog post for today & click "like this" to make it popular. I want my message about depression to reach as many people as possible. <BR> <BR> THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 18:14:17 EST At a crossroads... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x35803105 I'm at a place in my life where I feel that the decisions I make will truly impact the rest of my life. It's time to either put up or shut up. I can choose to live or become a ghost of what I was meant to be... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 23:20:18 EST Wii Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x35399858 So I was wondering if any of you use a Wii for exercise? I have Wii Fit Plus, The Biggest Loser (though I don't care for it much), and Just Dance. I absolutely love Just Dance (it's such a GREAT workout and I can't wait until October when Just Dance 2 comes out). Does anybody else have a game for the Wii that they just love to workout to? What do you like about it? Wed, 14 Jul 2010 09:16:09 EST Hello from Nebraska http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x35128325 I am taking my life back!!! Ilove it. I am fairly new but only now am checking out the team. I am on a good path. I hope to lose some weight. ANd learn to exercise. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:07:46 EST Hello. Nice to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x35062809 I have just found this group. I've been on spark off and on for a year and a half. Mostly off. I joined this group because I liked the name and the idea of taking back life! It sounds so powerful. I'd like to get stronger and exercise regularly and eat more healthfully. To do that, I think I have to conquer my tendency to worry about things. Not easy to do. I look forward to getting to know the rest of the group. I'm open to other sparkfriends also. Have a great day! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:20:49 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x34824306 I don't know if I belong here but I need support and help and this place seemed like there were people here who are struggling with something similar to myself. I lost a significant amount of weight a couple of years ago and I have never really dealt with the mental aspect of it, that is currently coming back to bite me in the behind because I still view myself as someone who is not worthy of love or affection and I hold myself back for fear of what might happen if I truly am myself. I have... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:15:01 EST New Spark Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x34767357 I created a new team "Positive Mental Health" Stop by and check it out. I hope you like it and will join! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43408 </link> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 08:48:21 EST hello, I'm new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x34647641 I am new to this team. I am a harm reduction advocate. I was addicted to meth for 19 years until 1996. I started a coordinated harm reduction group team. I am trying to lose 50 pounds, and learning a new healthier, lifestyle. I live in Nebraska with my husband, my puppy and cat. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 14:21:02 EST Just stopping by- question about husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x34473818 Hi everyone. I am not sure if I'll stay a member of the team or not. I just have a question about my husband who has been recently diagnosed with severe clinical depression and dysthymia. He's has been depressed ever since I have known him (10 years) and has always turned to marijuana since he was in high school to help with it. (He's 30 now). He finally went and sought professional help a couple of months ago and was put on zoloft and has been meeting a few times with a therapist. It has bee... Sun, 30 May 2010 12:59:43 EST Hey there! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x34301238 I'm Jennifer, from Pa. Love SP & all the people I've met on here! Looking forward to making myself a better person & believing it, losing about 100 pounds. I'm 38, have a partner & 3 fur kitties. Was VERY happy to find this group... I'm hoping we can all be a support to & for each other, cause I feel like we've all had a demon or 2 in our lives that has just taken over. Well, NO MORE!!!!! The only way to go is up from here, & I hope we can do it together! <em>247</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 21 May 2010 20:21:01 EST A little about me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x34157068 Hi there. <BR> <BR> There's no easy to do this, so I'll jump in here with my weight history. <BR> <BR> I grew up thinking I was fat. All my childhood my mother talked about how i was just like my dad, and she wasn't shy about telling him he was a fat whale. When they divorced my brother took over where she left off and made all sorts of jokes and comments about how fat I was. By my teens I had huge eating issues. I remember bawling and trying to puke after I came home from school and ate a ... Sat, 15 May 2010 12:02:54 EST This Is Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x34056031 I love this song by Switchfoot. It has been especially comforting and motivational for me lately. :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead <BR> Yesterday is a promise that you've broken <BR> Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes <BR> This is your life and today is all you've got now <BR> Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have <BR> Don't close your eyes <BR> Don't close your eyes <BR> <BR> This is your life, are you who you want to be? <BR> This is your life, are you wh... Tue, 11 May 2010 03:37:06 EST Anyone on Paxil and still able to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x33981376 I can't really say Paxil has made me gain weight, but I am beging to wonder if it is slowing down my losing of it. Is that possible? Anyone here on it and have a success story about losing there weight. Please share with me, I could really use the encouragement. Thanks in advance, Brenda Fri, 7 May 2010 13:49:50 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x33945140 Hey there, I'm Lauren. I'm 18, and struggling with multiple things, but on the road to being healthy. I'm always looking for people who have had the same experiences as me, or who can help me get better. I'm about to graduate high school and extremely excited to start the rest of my life. I love getting encouragement and believe it's even better to give it. I enjoy lots of things like reading, playing tennis, speaking Spanish, and just relaxing. Feel free to leave me a comment, I'll definitel... Wed, 5 May 2010 23:37:02 EST coming back after a long absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x33764231 Hi everyone! My name is Kristin and I have been on SP and this team before, but unfortunately, let myself slide for about a year now. I also got addicted to pot, although I did give up smoking cigarettes (hooray!). The loss of nicotine and the "munchies" from pot added up to a 10 lb weight gain. On top of that, I got so sluggish, that I hardly exercised at all, so I'm terribly out of shape. <BR> <BR> My hope here is to re-learn or maybe learn for the first time some healthy eating habits, es... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:33:07 EST Glad to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x33571157 Hi, I am new to this team. I saw the title "Taking Life Back" and thought it was for me. That's how I feel about this site. I really haven't told anyone to many details about the Spark because I feel like I finally have something that is just mine. Sounds selfish but I have a family and a business and I just need to keep this to my self for a while. Hope we can share each others journeys! Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:25:31 EST Reason for Joining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x33541021 What is/was your reason for joining Sparkpeople? What was the final straw-so to speak-that convinced you to join? Why did you join Taking Life Back? What is there about the team that interests you or you wanted to see or receive from the team? Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:42:57 EST What is your New Name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x33407108 Sometimes when you have a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first name:... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:42:29 EST What Would You Like to See or Do on This Team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x33274525 Let us know what you would like to see added to or done on this team. If you would rather not post here....shoot me an email. <BR> <BR> We value your input. <em>304</em> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:19:03 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x33250922 I have just found this site and this group looks fab. I am a 28 yr old mother of two, from the east of England. I am severely depressed and have struggled with weight, depression and self destruction for the past 10 years. I was planning tomake a fantastic start in 2010, then on 2nd January 2010 my 57 yr old father suffered a subrachnoid hemmorhage and is still in hospital making very slow progress. This has been such a shock to my system and feel that my whole world has been tipped upside ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:06:06 EST April Showers to May Flowers Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7028x24519x33240233 Well, we are well into April and I always remember that little saying "April showers bring May flowers". I love that saying. Makes me think of growth and life! <BR> <BR> Well I am thinking that we need a little growth and life here at Taking Life Back! We had a pretty ugly winter and it dampened the spirits of some of us. But it is now Spring peeps and it is time to kick it in gear so we can stride into the Summer at our best! And just like April showers make May flowers, let's use April's h... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:16:29 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x33211572 Wow what wonderful forums this page has, I love it! <BR> I have a lot that has recently been taking over my life and a few weeks ago I decided to do something about it. Depression, bipolar, anxiety, weight gain, feeling alone will NOT win! I will not let them take over my life and affect it the way it has. I want my family back to a happy, healthy loving family. I know through this site and other things that I need to do to take care of myself I/we can do this! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:15:16 EST Leader in Sparkpoints & Fitness Minutes this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x33187700 April Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1. TERRI77 <BR> 2. CHIBIKARATE <BR> 3. POOHBEAR1733 <BR> 4. GLOWORM1963 <BR> 5. ...ABETTERME <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. TERRI77 <BR> 2. CAPECODBABE <BR> 3. CHIBIKARATE <BR> 4. SUNNYRAINWALKER <BR> 5. BETTYCHANGES <BR> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:50:17 EST New but so old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32924364 At 54 I'm one strong of gun. Husband activated at 55 into the current war, he had to walk away form his succuessful business handing over the reigns to sons who lost the business and our retirement while he was away. He returns with PTSD and wounded. Iget cancer loose part of my kidney. I loose my right eye last summer. Too sick too worn to go to work, too broke to stay home. Stuff gotta change. <BR> Committed to streak writing and connecting with friends for two weeks to see what I can ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:44:40 EST Greetings all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32909000 My name is Betty and I live in central Illinois. I found SparkPeople through the book. Since reading the book and starting on this website I'm having a great time. Everyday is an adventure and challenge. So many things are happening. The line from the book, I achieve the things I want, is my mantra. I'd been with WW for two years, lost 45 lbs, gained 20 back. And was hungry all the time. WW isn't designed for someone who exercises a lot. Now I'm not hungry all the time, and when I am, I can e... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:42:07 EST sick of hearing myself whine!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32847913 Finally after many years of procrastination I'ved decided the only way things will get better is to do something. So here I am !!! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 02:24:23 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x32816368 Hello everybody. I joined this team because I have a lot of depression as a result of being overweight. I get made fun of a lot at school (I'm 17, turning 18 this december) and I can't go through one day without feeling guilty about eating. I need some help. food controls my life, and I just want it back. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:25:15 EST The Three R's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x32684212 You can lose weight in a healthy fashion and keep it off. Of course you know that. But do you BELIEVE IT? I mean really believe it? <BR> <BR> In order to be successful, you have to be mentally prepared to begin your journey. There are 3 R's that will help you get to that mentality. <BR> <BR> 1. Recognition - Recognize that yes, you do need to lose weight. <BR> <BR> 2. Reflection - Reflect on losing weight. Why do you want to lose it? What are the benefits? What are the outcomes you hop... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:43:49 EST my life, my responsibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32596008 I just joined the group today. I have been a member of spark since Feb 09 and really haven't gotten into taking care of myself and actually losing the weight I need/want to to get healthy and be happy. Before now, that is. I have been in my current relationship since March 1998 and it has not been a good thing overall. To top it all off I have really done nothing too good for myself since the start of it all. I gained 65 lbs since 1998 and would love to be close to that same size again. Not t... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:21:53 EST Temperance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x32495162 Fruit Of The Spirit---Temperance <BR> Gal 5:22-- But the fruit of the spirit is...TEMPERANCE. Webster defines temperance as "self restraint in conduct, expression, indulgence of the appetites, moderation". In other words it is the control of self. <BR> <BR> We can consider our time to be the most dangerous period of all human history. It is because before, nature controlled man, but now man has learned to control nature's elemental forces before he has learned to control himself. The recen... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:48:54 EST Ready for a saner approach to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32125304 Hi everyone. I'm not sure if I'm doing this right or not, but after being a member for over a month and not yet posting anything, I thought it was time I just jump in and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I'm a mom of three boys. I live in Pennsylvania. I'm a writer trying to land a paid writing gig and so for now, I have other jobs that pay the bills. I'm not a stranger to dieting. In fact, I've been ON a diet more than I've been OFF a diet from the age of 9. <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 13:11:37 EST Having troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x32025435 Hi Everyone. I just found this team on SparkPeople and I am really glad I did. I am looking forward to see what all this team has to offer. I am having some major issues with my life and am also trying to do something with SparkPeople. I find myself STUCK and am looking forward to some member input. THank you so much for being here, <BR> Gypsy Wed, 17 Feb 2010 10:07:57 EST My personal "Challenge" in "Taking Life Back!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31905974 Don't we all have a personal "challenge"... whether it be health or mood... or situation in life... I really like the name for this team - "Taking Life Back!" <BR> <BR> It has such a positive vibe! And writing the word positive.. reminds me of one of my biggest challenges... <BR> <BR> Remaining positive. But I'm working at it, and it feels really good! And every single day, I feel myself getting more positive and more determined to drink my water, track my steps, do my walks. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:16:49 EST Finding a way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x31851645 I am so glad I found this group. My entire life has been controlled by someone or something. I'm ready (and have been for a while) to take my life back. I really need support because I am pretty much a closet case for tons of stuff. I'm so used to being what others want me to be I've almost forgot how to me myself. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:11:06 EST pen pals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31839277 Hi everyone! My name is Renee I would really like some people to write to by snail mail, that would be awesome! those with similar interests etc who have a fair bit of weight to lose like me! :) <BR> Some of my interests are punk,goth,dark wave,heavy rock and some metal music. Art esp drawing and painting,tattoo designs,piercings,camping,vodka,beer, <BR> animals,and morning walks. send me a message to my inbox if your interested! I also suffer from depression and anxiety and I really want to ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 23:13:37 EST Ping Pong --- WHAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31510756 Better known these days as "table tennis"... I remember playing ping pong as a teenager... many years ago. <BR> <BR> But I don't have room in my house for a ping pong <BR> table. So I went to Home Depot and picked out a nice <BR> smooth 4x8 sheet of plywood 3/4 in thick. <BR> <BR> I had the man cut it so that I had a sheet 3'x6'. Then I put it on a folding table and shoved it up <BR> against the wall. <BR> <BR> Now I play ping pong and I love it!!! And believe <BR> it or not... you can ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:21:31 EST "I Will Not Be Broken" ~ Glo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31466994 "I Will Not Be Broken" - book by Jerry White. <BR> <BR> Subtitle: <BR> 5 Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis. <BR> <BR> I want to post comments from this book, as it is <BR> so inspirational to me. I hope no one minds if I <BR> post them here. I thought this the best place, as <BR> it is about people "Taking Life Back!" <BR> <BR> When a tragedy or crisis hits, sometimes it is <BR> extremely difficult to find the motivation to <BR> keep going. <BR> <BR> This book is filled with the words o... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:44:39 EST hello :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31392743 Hey there, <BR> My name is Samantha and I'm from Ga. As of a few weeks ago, I started to change my lifestyle (i.e. eat healthier and exercise more). While it has been challenging to fit these things in my schedule, I feel that it will be worth it in the end. About a month ago I started to feel really sad about my body, and didn't ever want to get out of bed, let alone leave the house because I felt unhappy. Since I began exercising, I noticed a huge change. I'm open to making friends and help... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:08:13 EST relapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x31323740 Help I can't get started. <em>304</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:01:31 EST Hi, I'm Angie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x31261378 Hi,everyone. I just joined yesterday and I thought that this looked like the kind of group that I needed and that I may be able to contribute to as well. I am a 29 year old married mother of two. I feel that life has just gotten crazy and I may have lost a little of myself along the way and I am here to gain that back. I am looking to lose about 80 pounds to start with and when I reach that point I will decide if there is more to go. I know that this is going to require a chance in my life bu... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:29:52 EST moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31042988 I will keep the forward momentum I have established today. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:44:03 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x31013347 Hi, My name is Tamara, I am 39 almost 40 with three boys. I have decided I want to "take my life back" and looking forward to helping motivate others and be motivated when I need it. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:53:19 EST Given ONE wish..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x31003354 What would it be? <BR> <BR> I hate to say this but....MONEY <BR> It's tight right now and to pay off everything and not owe anyone would be ideal, so I could help others! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:35:29 EST Tracking Calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30780112 So I tracked all my calories eaten yesterday...all of them, I didn't miss even one thing, I promise. I've tracked before, but only when I was 'dieting' so I never saw how many calories I would eat on a non-diet, normal day. This time I just ate normal food and tracked what I normally would eat and I was shocked to see that I ate over 3000 calories! It was mainly because of my meal at lunch time...I stopped at McDonalds for lunch. I had the 2 cheeseburger meal with medium fries and a large Swe... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 08:25:42 EST Hi Im jenn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x30748367 Hi Im a single mom from nyc trying to stick with it! I need to lose 125 lbs just to get to where I'm comfortable, well Im 28 and I really love fun! I want to find people like me who want to motivate and be motivated ;) Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:14:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x30705290 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm 34 (almost 35)and working to make 2010 a very, very good year. This team seems to be something that I'm looking for. <BR> <BR> The things that I'm focusing on taking care of my self in these four main areas. <BR> <BR> 1. Physicaly- Lose the weight I gained in 2007 (highest weight:181.5) <BR> <BR> 2. Financialy-(full-time/part-time employment & reduce cc debt) <BR> <BR> 3. Emotionally-just be positive and at peace. <BR> <BR> 4. Spiritually- Know that with God everything... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:45:52 EST Just like to say hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x30654304 Hello, my name is Juanita and I am on a mission to lose weight. Happy New Year everyone...lets hope it's a good one!!! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:59:43 EST How's your 2010 starting out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30649034 Mine is okay, but I can't start out with exercise! I fractured my foot a week ago, but didn't realize it and made the fracture worse when I slipped and fell 2 days ago out in the snow! I went to the doc yesterday and she took xrays to confirmed that I have a small fracture so it's crutches for 2 weeks! Yuck. They bite! My arm is so sore from those stupid things! But otherwise things are good here. How is your new year starting out? Fri, 1 Jan 2010 08:45:26 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x30627698 I am a full time mother of three little girls, I work full time and go to school full time. I spend most of my time taking care of everyone else that I often forget to take care of me. This past year has been rough, a lot of little things going wrong at just the wrong times. I am looking forward to a new year and a fresh start. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 09:42:39 EST My first vocal solo performance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30608629 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> A few months back I recorded myself playing piano and singing a favorite worship song when I was messing around one day and I posted a link to the audio. I was bombarded with emails asking me to post the video...but I didn't really have a video, since I just wanted the audio. I had never done a vocal solo performance before so I had nothing to show you guys. <BR> <BR> I totally stepped out of my comfort zone this past Christmas for my church's Christmas play by singing "B... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:52:57 EST Taking back my household http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30601793 Well, For the first time in my life I am a true stay-at-home mom. I have always worked either at home or outside the house. I have 4 kids ages 13, 6, 4 and 1. I homeschool my 13 yr old. My house is in C.H.A.O.S. (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). <BR> <BR> I am terrible at domestic organization, menu planning, grocery shopping on a budget, etc. I have way too much stuff that I don't have places for. I spend so much time picking up toys, doing laundry/dishes - that I seems I never catc... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 09:29:39 EST 2010 New Year Resolutions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30599890 Hi Team! Sorry I've been MIA for quite awhile now...I could make a thousand excuses about why I haven't been on, but that's all they would be is excuses! So I was wondering what are your 2010 New Year Resolutions? I have a few so far: <BR> <BR> 1. Pay off my two high balance credit cards - 1 is at $4,453.00 and the other is $2,632.00 <BR> <BR> 2. To log in to Spark People every day and involve myself in the team consistently once again. <BR> <BR> 3. To be at least 60lbs lighter by Dec 31st... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 07:59:16 EST On Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x30579053 You know you are getting better when you bare your problems out for everyone to read about and you want them to know. I have been taking medications for depression and anxiety since 1995. I had a lot of stressors in my life,many of which have gone away. The biggest stressor was being a business owner and money issues. It is a myth in American society that people who own businesses are rich. We owned a building and I had employees and we sold the building unsolicited in 2008 which removed... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:00:03 EST Im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30514138 Okay i have to admit, i have not been here in a long time. After 11 years at the same job, suddenly my position was eliminated. Ive pretty much layed in bed the last two months feeling sorry for myself.Depression has hit hard. Im tired of it and i need to get back out there. Help. im tired of feeling like this. Sat, 26 Dec 2009 02:09:34 EST Hello...new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x30435490 Hi everyone, I'm not new to SP but I have been away for quite a long time, but I'm back and really motivated right now to take some of this weight off and make some great positive changes in my life! I'm happy to have found this group and look forward to getting to know some of you! Sun, 20 Dec 2009 17:13:03 EST Hello from Northern Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29960810 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Becky. I am not new to Sparks. I signed up about 6 months ago and didn't do too much after that. So, I decided to re-join under a new name to go with my new attitude and determination. <BR> <BR> I am over 100 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> I am 51 years old, married with no children(medical reasons). I have two beautiful neices, Breanna 5 and Bobbie 3 (she will be 4 on Dec 23). <BR> <BR> I am in debt, overweight and am ready to change. Ready to... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:42:24 EST The science of Debra Sue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29899119 Howdy - I am Debra Sue (BuzyBeeDebra) and I hail from Houston, TX - anyone else out there near me? <BR> <BR> I am a 40 year old mother of FOUR children ages 13, 6, 4 and 16 months. Happily married for nearly 17 years. <BR> <BR> I need someone to superglue me back to the wagon that seems to keep toppling over and dumping me out. Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:08:04 EST I'm taking control over ALL my addictions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29788160 Just something I wanted to share with all of you. <BR> <BR> I have allowed cigarettes to control my life for the past 23 years. Today I am 14 days quit. I have been struggling with food addiction all my life. Today I will no longer live to eat. <BR> <BR> There are so many things in life that are beyond my control. Not smoking or overeating are things I can control. <BR> <BR> I am strong. I am confident. I am going to win. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 21:15:39 EST Breaking through a rut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x29762558 Hello, all. <BR> I need some help with a terrible rut I have been in. I lost about 70 pounds about 2 years ago and it was easier than it is now. I am in such a rut. For about 6 months, I have been working really hard exercising and eating healthy, well-balanced meals. I can't lose even a pound. I went to Vegas last week and didn't care about what I ate, etc. I did walk ALOT, but didn't eat well. I came home and weigh the SAME as before. I can't go up or go down. I am almost 40...that... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 20:20:10 EST Im on my way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x29604129 My church serves donuts and cookies in the mornings for everyone. I cant help but pass it by. Today, I passed it by without eating anything! I can usually pass the one by the kids classes but not my class. Its right next to the coffee before I go into class. I looked at it and said NO and kept on going! <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:20:09 EST trying to get back in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29389774 I haven't been on Spark People in quite sometime and have realized that I've also gone nowhere with my goals. I got divorced early this year and have been feeling very unmotivated since. I would really like to look and feel healthier and eventually be comfortable in my own skin so that I can date without apprehension. I don't really have a big support system, so I could really use some help. Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:42:41 EST Tired of the depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29222403 This may be a bit long for an intro, but it kind of explains a lot of things. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for almost 2 years now and have lost 75 pounds. <em>244</em> My husband doesn't notice changes unless I tell him, but when I had some old pictures out a month or two ago, he was able to look back and see the changes and was shocked. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have battled depression for a number of years. I had been on medication up until a few months. Then our insurance changed and I can n... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:12:57 EST Hello from Arkansas/ Monclova! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29091925 My name is Ana, I am 41. I want to be around to see all of my children grow up. I have no medical problems, nor do I want any. It is past time to do something. I attend Weight Watchers, and have change my eating habits, now if I could just start walking, I would like to eventually run! <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:37:58 EST cc from cali http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x29029904 hi i'm cc and i'm from cali..near l.a., more specifically. <BR> <BR> i'm here because i want to take life back from my love of food, from my debt & from my desire to overspend (thus the debt! <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> i look forward to meeting you all <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:36:15 EST Northern California newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x28999898 Hi! My name is Mary, and I live in the California Wine Country. I've suffered from major clinical depression all my life (I do have a terrific therapist), and I'm an emotional eater as well. The two have become a vicious cycle I'm struggling with -- get depressed, eat too much, get depressed about being so fat! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:48:35 EST Hi, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x28956680 I cannot believe that I'm actually writing to a forum. I am a very shy and insecure person but I am now also a very desperate person. Long story short, I have inexplicably gained weight DAY AFTER DAY for the past few months. I am 36 years old, married, work a high-stress job and helping to raise my 16 year-old stepdaughter (her mother kicked her out two years ago). I have also been under treatment for depression for the past 22 years <em>24</em> . This weight gain is only making my depre... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 02:54:18 EST Getting my life back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x28954289 Hi my name is Rashanna. I've been on Sparkpeople since 2007 but I just came back a month ago. In May I was diagnosed with depression/anxiety but I have been battling this illness since 10 years old. I am taking the generic for zoloft which has been helping me. I hit a wall in August that caused me to wake up and start living life and fighting for it. I'm in the battlefield and am ready to fight harder than I ever have before. Not only battling this but battling weight, job, school and ev... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:04:45 EST starting anew with joy and trepidition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x28375668 I haven't been very good at keeping promises to myself, especially when it comes to my health and fitness goals. I have set a target date to quit smoking on Oct 1. I am currently in recovery from substance abuse, for about a week.l So now seems like as good as time as any to start again with Spark People. My biggest goal is to keep my promises to myself--to stay away from drugs, to stop smoking, to exercise and eat right. <BR> <BR> I know it sounds like I'm trying to accomplish a lot righ... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 12:41:01 EST My first therapy appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x28242638 I have my first therapy appointment on Tuesday and I am very excited. I am sick of carrying around so much baggage that I am ready to unload and move in a positive direction. I want to love myself, appreciate my husband and be the mother I can admire. Learning to deal with the past and prepare for the future are my goals. Wish me luck. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 18:03:29 EST New and seeking help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x28205838 My name is Melissa and I am returning to the site 2 years later and 20 pounds heavier. I have been successful with weight loss before but this time is different I have been feeling a great deal of depression and self loathing over the weight I have gained. I have a wonderful family but I have been treating them badly because I am unhappy and frustrated so I take it out on them. My children are only 2 and 4 so this behavior is even more despicable. My behavior is negative, destructive and trap... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:17:36 EST Love Question.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x28016367 So I was thinking about this the other day and was wondering how your significant other shows you that they love you? My husband is not an "I love you" type of guy, instead, he shows me that he loves me in different ways...like letting me cuddle with him, even though he doesn't want to (he's not a touchy feely guy either...LOL). He also will wait up for me to get home from class or band even though I get home late and he's really tired. So how does your love show you that he/she loves you? Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:30:37 EST A promise to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x27972230 The weather outside today is gray and dreary. Normally the weather reflects my mood, but today I am starting over. Today I promise to myself that today will be better then yesterday. I'll try to keep the ghosts of my past at bay and enjoy my life for once. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:45:53 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x27943192 Hi! I just posted a blog about how busy I've been lately! I haven't been on spark people for a very long time! My worship team has had two concerts (one in michigan and one here in indiana) and the community band I'm in has been practicing and has put on a few concerts too! I'm also getting ready to start fall semester tonight for college. Only 3 more classes and I've got my certificate in business...then 4 more and I've got my associates degree! With all the craziness of my life, I just have... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:20:03 EST ITCHY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x27854279 Om my gosh...the last 2 mornings I have been so itchy when I wake up to take my thyroid pill I cant get back to sleep!! It's driving me crazy! 5 hours of sleep per night is not going to work for me. Im already tired enough. Im sitting here scratching random itchy spots. I haven't changed laundry soap and I use lotion all the time and besides my skin isnt dry. Im pretty sure its thyroid related but Im not sure why. The only thing I can think of is that the last week I had been having Bran Fla... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:07:22 EST Admitting it to others. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27847001 Hello. <BR> Here is me...in a nutshell: <BR> I am a single mom and have been for about 12 years. I have two beautiful daughters. One is 17 and just moved away to go to college last weekend. She is still in town, but not at home. The other daughter is 15 and a sophomore in HS. She was so different from her older sister, but is REALLY lost without her. <BR> I recently got laid off. I was paid for the last 60 days, but tomorrow is the last official day. It will be about a month before I g... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:48:24 EST Just saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27643267 Aloha <em>88</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:15:08 EST Progress Not Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x27577581 I was just reading my last blog of 7/16/09. ( I don't post very much) Any way I thought maybe I'm just a little too hard on myself. I guess I've always been an all or nothing person. If I couldn't do something perfectly and completely, I wouldn't do it at all. Finding a balance has always been a challenge for me. So I've decided to stop beating myself up for cheating on the weekends. I decided to give myself the same support I would give anyone else. I will embrace the progress that I hav... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 08:14:35 EST new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27543950 I have accomplished going from 181 to 136 and eating healthier. Now, I want to stop having 3-4 drinks a night. I hope this team will support me. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 11:25:23 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27399016 This team appeals to me because I don't know that I have ever been in control of my emotions and it's caused me a lot of grief! I am tired of feeling helpless and want to feel proud of myself by making choices that are best for ME! I hope to make some online friends and share this journey with people feeling the same way. Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:41:08 EST Hello ready to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27382858 Hi, <BR> I'm new to the team. When I read the description of the team, I said to myself "that's exactly want i want, to bring my life back, to have control over it!". For so long I felt I was seeing my life as a movie, just going trought the motions of things, now I finally want to be an active participant in my life! Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:49:36 EST I'm new and I'm ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x27274787 I have already done my exercise the fitness section had planned for me and I feel really tired (which is goo because I sleep shockingly) <BR> <BR> But the reason I'm here is because I've recently been diagnosed with severe depression and I'm not going to let it control my weight any longer. I DO NOT want to go on medication, so this is my kind of therapy I suppose. Hope I can meet some great people, <BR> <BR> Em xx Mon, 27 Jul 2009 03:18:04 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x26882666 My name is Ronda and I am new here and I wanted to say hi. I love what your intro says on the team I am tired of not living my life. So I am taking my life back. I look forward to meeting all of you and making new and meaningful friendships. <BR> Ronda Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:04:18 EST hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x26833127 Its my second day on sp. I just found this group. I was searching for others like me. I am a recovering alcoholic ive been sober over 150 days. Its the longest i've gone without drugs or alcohol since i was 17. I'm finding so many problems now that i'm sober with my mood and depression and self worth. I haven't gone to any aa or anything. So i'm very thankful to have found sp. I hope to find others to relate to. I know were not alone in this fight. Theres so many people in the world and yet i... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 13:10:11 EST going to try again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x26813488 Hi everyone, I'm not new to dieting ,no that goes way back.I'm new to this group. I'm having trouble starting and staying with it. HELP! Thank You and GOD Bless. Sarasoda <em>247</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:52:42 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x26566468 Hi my name is Christine. I am dealing with news that my mother who I am so close to is in a very fragile state and has made funeral arrangements. Iknow my self all to well and know that I will let this consume me. I need support and tips so I do not do this. 11 years ago my sister had passed away and I spent over 2 years being in a state of just existing. Before my mother does pass on I am asking for all the support, advice so that I don't go down that road. I have my faith, however I w... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:14:43 EST Inspirational Quote for the Day — Simplicity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7129x24519x26416107 If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things. <BR> <BR> — Emily Dickinson Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:24:20 EST Moving fast as soon as you feel like moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x26383837 Hi everyone i am new on here. Im just checking out the whole program and learning how to use it and apply it to my personal life. Im not claiming procrastination for my life, so i am making a diference and making every day more productive by taking care of myself and knowing that there is a tomorrow to look foward to. Move get up quick and kick bad habits to the curb. Blessings and i look foward to hearing from you all. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 11:15:10 EST new team for people that used to b thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x26094539 I started a new team a couple days ago for tjose of us who used to be smaller and are trying to get back to that thinner self, i just started it and theres already 29 people as of today so come join us, have some fun supporting eachother getting our figures back! Heres the link;http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr<BR>oups_individual.asp?gid=33791 <BR> Fri, 5 Jun 2009 13:17:24 EST I reached my GOAL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x26067015 I reached my goal weight today and am so HAPPY!! I wanted to share the news with all my Spark Friends. I could not have done it without all of the wonderful people right here! Thank you all SO VERY MUCH!! I continue to root on all my spark friends and am grateful for all the support and friendship shared with me. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 12:29:03 EST Co-dependent no more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x26005661 <em>39</em> <BR> I am new here Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:14:59 EST HOT SEAT: 6/1/09 thru 6/7/09 - ALY7J07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25973471 Here's the new hotseat! Sorry it's a week late! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:07:17 EST Just popping in to say hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25851644 I recently joined this group so I thought I'd pop in and say hello. <BR> <BR> I like the idea of "taking life back". I feel like I'm stumbling/bumbling through life, and at 42, the need to get my s*&t together is making me hyperventilate a bit. <BR> <BR> I want to get my weight under control once and for all - either lose what I need to or love what I have. I want to get my finances in order. I can't imagine what it's like not to be in debt to credit card companies. Switching one bala... Wed, 27 May 2009 12:27:54 EST Im Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25641519 Hi...I saw this team and thought it was perfect for me! I am ready to take my life back. To many times I put other things first and make other people and things priority. I need to make myself a priority. I am ready! Mon, 18 May 2009 20:49:31 EST HOT SEAT: 5/18/09 thru 5/24/09 - DRGNFLYBELLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25622935 Here's the latest hot seat! Mon, 18 May 2009 09:40:26 EST country song name game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25473443 I just had a wow moment. There are times that I say something and I think that would be a good country song name. I just had one. So I said to myself. ( Myself this could be a fun game to play with my team friends so would you please indulge a oldhippie and play it should be fun ) I will start. and this is what I said to my wife when she woke up this morning ! <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted sloppy-joes for breakfast but had string cheese instead. Tue, 12 May 2009 10:42:32 EST HOT SEAT: 5/11/09 - 5/17/09 - IMASWEETIE27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25470596 Here's the new hotseat! Have fun! Tue, 12 May 2009 09:10:48 EST Hi, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25453381 Hi all, I've been with SP a year and a half; I lost 25 lbs the first four months, and have steadily gained 20 back since then. At least it wasn't all 25! <BR> Anyway, it's apparent that I don't have control of my eating and exercise habits, so it's great to find a team that focuses on getting control of our lives again. <BR> I'm not giving up! Mon, 11 May 2009 16:04:35 EST Yahoo! I'm Overweight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25391909 Okay, it sounds strange, but you will soon see. I have been obese for almost 14 years. Now I have finally lowered my BMI to the point I am no longer considered obese. I am just overweight. Yeah for me! I am going to celebrate tonight! <BR> <BR> Happy Dance Time. Fri, 8 May 2009 20:54:18 EST TWILIGHT Vamps/Wol ves-JOIN MY TEAM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25323637 Hey Everyone!! Are you a fan of Stephanie Myer, or any of her work? I am a HUGE Twilight/Stephanie Myer fan. I hope there are plenty of you out there who would like to share this experience with me. This team is going to be FUN!! We'll discuss everything Twilight/SM related, and just have a good time, along with sharing a tremendous amount of support for you while you are on this wonderful journey to a new/healthy YOU!! Thank you for visiting! Tell everyone you know to join!! Thanks!! <BR> ... Wed, 6 May 2009 12:40:11 EST Hello from Willlowwinds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25317427 Hi I just joined this team. I have been on spark for a few months now. I am more of a blogger than a forum poster. LOL Forums tend to lose me. <BR> <BR> I love to blog. I have been blogging on another site before spark. My life is an open book so to speak. I have it summerized on my spark page if your interested in details. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me <BR> Wed, 6 May 2009 09:40:30 EST Manic Depressive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25314169 These 2 words describe me to a T. And there's no hope for me. I am a bad man I am just being honest for once. I have put my wife of 36 years and my 2 children through hell. not physically. I would never hit my wife or my kids. But mentally because no one knew what would set me off on a tirade not even me. and I am to weak to seek help that's just not me. I do not know why I am posting this I just had to ! Wed, 6 May 2009 07:45:01 EST Hi, new to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25256611 Food, Weight, Finances, Drugs, Depression.... <BR> <BR> Check on all of those. But I'm on the path to defeat these demons...gonna take a while, but I'm finding this site to be an outstanding resource! <BR> <BR> Look forward to chiming in on the discussion. Mon, 4 May 2009 09:49:12 EST HOT SEAT: 5/4/09 thru 5/10/09 - ANGELSBREATH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25253321 Here's the new hot seat! <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2009 08:05:36 EST Hi! New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x25250964 Hi everyone! I was browsing different Spark Teams and this one caught my attention. I've got a lot on my mind right now and the "theme" of this team is very fitting for me! My weight loss journey is winding down, but there are still a lot of things I have yet to tackle and conquer. I've held myself back on so much for as long as I can remember due to my weight and anxiety/depression issues and I'm tired of it and am so ready to get back what I don't think I ever truly had, which is a full and... Mon, 4 May 2009 03:44:10 EST how do i make a quote under my message? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25159087 i see alot of people responding to forums,blogs,etc, and underneith whatever they say are there goals, or a quote in blue or red, how do i do that??? Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:29:19 EST Buying a Wii http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25120496 I'm buying a Nintendo Wii on Friday! Does anybody have any game suggestions for weight loss? I'm not getting the Wii Fit just yet, but maybe in a month. I'm buying the system with Wii Sports, but I'd like to have a few more games! Let me know! Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:47:48 EST HOT SEAT: 4/27/09 thru 5/3/09 - PAULA3420 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x25057796 OKay, here's the new hot seat! Have fun! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:22:34 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24995027 I am the CT leader....and happy to be here. Hope to get more support, lend some, and meet new people on this journey of mine! <BR> <BR> Smidget (Kim) Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:20:15 EST So Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24925308 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say I haven't forgotten about you, I've just had new duties added to my job, so I am soooo much busier than usual. I will post a new hot seat on Monday (I promise). Hopefully, I'll get in the swing of the new duties soon and they won't take up so much time! <BR> <BR> Courtney Wed, 22 Apr 2009 08:17:31 EST HOT SEAT: 4/14/09 thru 4/19/09 - MYPLUMTEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24698211 HERE'S THE NEW HOT SEAT THAT REPLACES JRMURRAY8!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 08:29:47 EST Survived Easter Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24670545 YAY! I made it through the Easter holiday. I managed to be good and stay away from the candy. All that yummy food, but my will is stronger than the easter bunny! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:54:31 EST HOT SEAT: 4/13/09 thru 4/19/09 - JRMURRAY8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24666717 Here's the new hot seat! Have fun! Mon, 13 Apr 2009 09:04:22 EST Self-Care & Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24623627 Hi There :) <BR> <BR> I need to step-up to the plate of authentic self-care and assist my ability to focus here at SP by honoring my limitations. I can't get to most of the groups, and when I do, I get overwhelmed and needs long breaks. This tells me that I need to reduce my SP stimulation in order to find focus at SP. I deeply regret this, but for now, I must honor the fact that I cannot maintain being part of several teams at once. My capacity for virtual worlds may increase, at which ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 09:03:38 EST The end of the affair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24571140 Dear Marlboro Man: <BR> <BR> We've been together for almost 11 years now. In the beginning, it was love. For the first five years or so I swore I would never leave you (even if I did sneak off with Joe Camel from time to time. I always came back to you.) Being with you made me happy and being without you made me miserable. You became a part of me, and for those first five years, I didn't mind that at all. <BR> For the last five years, though, I haven't felt that love. I've tried to leave. I... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 08:30:07 EST Hot Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24507911 Tell us something unique about you Tue, 7 Apr 2009 09:05:46 EST HOT SEAT: 4/6/09 thru 4/12/09 - JADEDTIGER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24471993 Ask away! Have fun! Mon, 6 Apr 2009 08:15:19 EST New...but will I fit in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24426025 Hi - your team looked interesting because it's active and I liked the premise of "Taking Life Back" which is what I'm doing after having Gastric Bypass last September and losing almost 100 pounds so far. If I am going to be judged for having weight loss surgery, please let me know now. It's a rough road, not the easy way out as most assume, and just like anyone else I need support. So if this team is not receptive to me, I'd want to know up front. Otherwise, I'd love to be a part of your t... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:03:08 EST We need to discuss this...(Biggest Loser Viewers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24380083 So i watched BL tuesday and the woman that came back lost 87 POUNDS ALL BY HERSELF IN 12 WEEKS!!! that is only 3 months. that is me being out of the 200's by the end of June. does anyone have any idea how she did it? found info online? or anything. i haven't been able to stop going on about it for 2 days straight. i mean it is expected of the people on the ranch. but at home, entirely by herself. this is blowing my mind, i can't even tell you how much. lol. well yeah. so what do you guys thin... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 20:07:31 EST Hello all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24375151 Hi, my name is Christine. I am soooooo totally done with being the "fat" girl. I believe I have started on sparkpeople the second week of March. And I believe I have changed a lot. I haven't drank soda for almost a month now, I am eating healthier, I don't eat much junk food anymore, still working on that one lol, I'm not drinking 8 glasses of water a day, I usually get in at least 4-6 glasses, I am also working on that too, but it is tasting much better than it did when I first started drink... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 16:52:41 EST Thoughts on Weight Loss Surgery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24358617 Hi team! I was just wondering what your thoughts are on weight loss surgery. I have a friend who is getting ready to go under for a lap band and I think it's totally bogus. She used to be very tiny - a size 4 and about 5'5" tall. After 3 kids and 20 years she now weighs over 300lbs. The reason I think the surgery is bogus for her is that she hasn't even TRIED to lose weight naturally. She constantly eats junk and never exercises. She collects disability because she "can't" work because of he... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:14:13 EST Any ideas on how to cook a meal we'll both enjoy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24322177 I'm continually running into the dilemma of cooking light meals for myself that my husband will also enjoy. I know men need more calories per day than women on average and he's not overweight by any means, so I feel bad that I'm not making him the hearty meals I used to. It's not like I cooked unhealthily, but they tended to be higher in calories with bigger servings and I want to share meals with him instead of having to make my own little meal. Any ideas on how to do that without eating tin... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 06:28:18 EST Joined team today and wanted to say Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24307145 Hello. I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tammi and I live in Maine. I have two young children and a great husband. I joined Sparkpeople a little less than a week ago. It seems to be a great site, but I'm not sure if I can keep myself motivated to keep track of my foods. I want to lose the weight but I don't really care for the calorie counting part of it. Not much else to say. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:43:07 EST Hey Ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24306942 My name is Leah and I am from Tulsa Oklahoma. I tust had my second child. He will be three months on the 8th. I am Married and also have a two year old little girl. I am wanting to lose weight so I can keep up with my children and feel good about the way I look again. I started my lifestyle change yesterday and think I may have over done myself for the first day. I tend to get carried away. I did so much yesterday that today I can bearly move. but no pain no gain. can't wait to make my goal. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:35:47 EST HOT SEAT: 3/30/09 thru 4/5/09 - CARYNAKACARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24255193 Okay...lets hope this goes better this week...LOL! Ask away! Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:37:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24248275 Hi everyone!! I'm Melissa. I've been dieting on and off since 3rd grade. It's really hard but I'm now going to work on it one day at a time. I'm good at starting and then a day or two later I'm back to my old ways. I haven't been doing it a week yet but I really feel like I'll make it this time. I hope everyone here reaches their goals! <em>41</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:59:43 EST Smoking and Weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24236570 I have slowed down from a pack a day to four a day. I want to find a way to just quit! It is so hard you guys trying to lose weight and stop smoking. Through these struggles I find myself chewing alot of gum, so not healthy fot the teeth. Other people smoke around me, things get to me, I get hungry, I SMOKE. Please help. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 15:58:46 EST New and not sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24214715 Hi, My name is Louise. I'm 41 and have struggled all my life with weight problems. I have a hard time sticking to something I start. So I'm trying a differnt way by trying this on line. So hello everyone hope to talk to you soon. Sat, 28 Mar 2009 19:08:36 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24180974 New to this team but I have been on Sparks for a year now trying to get back on track. I joined this team because it looked interesting. <BR> <BR> Monique Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:20:29 EST My fiance will leave me if I LOSE WAIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24137925 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I have been thinking to myself about the statement my fiance made seriously though. " If u lose too much weight I will leave you cause that's not who I fell in love with". I stated today after thinking "I am Whitney Houston then, I will always love you but it is what it is. Then the tables turned and the truth came out, Oh baby I just don't want it to go to your head. HA! I said my love don't change for nothing so whats up with the insecurity. Then here we go with these mixed ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 02:02:13 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24072128 Hi team! I am tired of being fat and it is on and poppin'! Fat beware! No matter how I do it I will do it. I wanna go from 309 to 170, then 170 to 140. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 01:41:48 EST BIRTHDAY CLUB!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24067525 As my first official order of business, I thought I'd start a BIRTHDAY CLUB. <em>44</em> I love birthdays and I love parties. <em>236</em> <BR> If you're interested. Please respond here with your Birthdate, SPARKNAME (and real name if you wish). (my example below) <em>411</em> <BR> I'll leave this thread open for three weeks, then compile the entire calendar and post a "sticky" thread as the "OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY CLUB". Any member who misses the first wave can be added at any time... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:51:29 EST What did you do today that amde u feel good?!@ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24056641 I thought i would start a thread that we can share 1 thing we did that made us feel good! Something we felt made it a better day, or easier to stick to our new lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> Today i cleaned my entire kitchen top to bottom,sweating and dancing to classical rock..lol <BR> <BR> What did u do? <em>224</em> <BR> Farrah OMGohsh! I spelt made wrong! hahaha Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:17:18 EST HOTSEAT: 3/23/09 thru 3/29/09 - MEIJER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x24042497 Here's the new Hot Seat! Ask away team!!! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:09:33 EST My Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x24017511 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kim and I'm 26 years old. I'm new to Spark and this team, although not to weight loss. I can actually remember the exact moment that I started feeling like the fat girl, when I was 11 years old. Even though I was an active, healthy kid, I got some very negative comments that made me feel huge. Eventually, that's what I became. <BR> <BR> I'm here because I finally realized how ridiculous it is to let something that long ago control how I take c... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 10:38:39 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x23928276 Hello everyone, my name is Krysta. I am SO ready to lose weight. I'm just tired of being heavy and not enjoying shopping. I am ready to be a better me. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:19:41 EST Hi I'm new to the team but not so new to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x23900160 Hi all, my name is Alison and I'm a 23 y.o. from Chicago. I've recently decided to give SP and healthy living a second shot. I first joined a couple years ago and managed to lose 35 pounds. Sad to say I ended up quitting because I ended up in a bad place with my depression. I was laid off after my company was taken over then I ended up unemployed for over 8 months. I was going on so many interviews, and each one seemed to make me feel worse about myself, my goals, and my choice to pursue my m... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 02:34:19 EST HOT SEAT: 3/16/09 thru 3/22/09 - PRINCESSNDAPEA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x23837609 OKay, here's the new hot seat! Have fun team! Mon, 16 Mar 2009 08:23:18 EST how do i get that vitual pic of myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x24519x23830720 i assume i have to type in my measurements and weight but is there a website to go on? <BR> <BR> THANKS! Sun, 15 Mar 2009 22:52:58 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x24519x23692748 I am new to y'all and to sp. I have 40 lbs to lose and find it hard to do. I am married and have had 2 girls, one 15 and the other 1 yrs. between my husband and I we have 5 kids total, not all living here but they are close and very much a part of our lives.. getting out with the baby is hard and that's where I find trouble in keeping up with a routine for exercise, as well as eating...So here I go, ready to lose the unwanted pounds and get my life back. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 08:49:59 EST