SparkPeople MISparks Team Messageboard A wonderful group from Michigan who joined sparkpeople in hopes of getting control of their weight and learn to eat healthy. SparkPeople MISparks Team Messageboard Newbie! :) Hello and Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> I've lurked around this website for awhile, and finally had the guts to create an account and be present in this community. <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of struggles with weight loss, my self image, eating healthy, and everything in between. I had lost almost thirty lbs a few years back, and was feeling fantastic. But, within the next following years I ended up gaining it all back, and then some. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by joining here I will find the mo... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:50:22 EST Just joined Hi, my name is Sharon and I come from the Grand Rapids area. I have been on this journey about a month and a half. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:44:14 EST Jennifer at 50 is READY FOR CHANGE! I turned 50 this year and am in dire need of a lifestyle change. I was a very active person in my younger days but I have gotten very complacent when it comes to physical activity and though I eat enough healthy foods, I have been indulging in the "not so healthy" category for too long. I want to lose 35 pounds by May, my next birthday and adopt a physical activity program that I can stick with. I want the next phase of my life to be the better phase and am ready to take the steps to do ju... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:22 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Stephanie and I joined this group to help me keep myself accountable to my weight loss goals. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:19:42 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST Hello from Cindy Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm a Lifetime WW, but I needed a different approach to getting my body and health to a better place. A friend has been active in SP and I always like her posts on FB, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the experience. <BR> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:28:57 EST Spark is overwhelming! Hello, I am back to my Michigan after a time in Arizona and Colorado abt. 4 years. So good to being enjoying the fall colors. COPD with chronic bronchitis and Asthama have altered my life a bit and I am working with that. I need support at times. Diabetes and weight is my main goal now. I also have Diabetic Retinopathy and am seeing my first doctor again. I have been in continuous injections for some time now abt. at least 8 years now. Controling my Diabetes results in less swelling of... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:37:44 EST robbinlee Hello everyone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:04 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:19 EST Mackinaw Bridge Anyone out there doing the Labor Day bridge walk this year? I did it three years ago and am planning on it again this year. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:46:50 EST Signed Up Again! My name is Brandy. I am 36 years old. I am trying to get back in the swing of things with my works outs. The winter cold had an effect on my arthritis, so working out in the winter was not an option. Now that it is summer I am starting my work out routine again! If you want to know more about me, just send me a message or watch my videos here on! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:59 EST To Juice or Not to Juice? Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well today! I thought I would confide in y'all, my new friends here, about something I'm considering doing. I have been looking up "juicing" and have talked with my doctor about doing short-term (10 days) to retrain my body to crave GOOD food and not JUNK. I just wanted to see what y'all think (if anyone has info on it or has done it) before taking the plunge. :o) I appreciate it! <em>478</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:36:11 EST First day using spark! New to using this site! Looking to make friends to help along the way. I'm no stranger to counting calories and tracking fitness, but really like what I see here. <BR> <BR> I was using myfitnesspal for a long time and was only 5lbs from my goal but got off track and gained 10lbs back. I also use a jawbone up band to count steps and keep me motivated, it's a great help! <BR> <BR> My main goals are to kick up my exercise routine and focus more on healthy eating instead of just counting cals. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:51:04 EST Cold weather Weather people are saying another polar vortex is headed our way. Didn't mother nature get the memo that we already had a cold COLD winter and need a hot HOT summer? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:16:27 EST I Haven't Checked in in A While I made my intro a while back, but I haven't checked in in quite some time. A lot has changed. I have been able to keep eating healthy and exercising daily. It has all become a habit now and it's very easy. I have lost a total of 89 lbs. so far. I'm only 11 lbs. away from having the first 100 (out of 200) extra pounds gone. I feel so much better! I am not in pain at work anymore, I have a ton of energy, and I've noticed my mood is a lot better. I feel happy most of the time now. I was... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:33:47 EST Metro Detroit Im here again and seeking motivation. I'm ready to reach my goal of 58lbs Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:17:07 EST Starting again in Troy..... Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Vicky. I have been a member for a couple years but never really used the website and cracked down and been serious to speak of. I have used some of the recipes and exercise ideas but decided today to start developing some healthier habits and lose some of this weight. I tend to lose motivation so easy. Now that my kids are moving on, I figure it is time for some ME TIME! So let's do this. <em>524</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:14:33 EST Favorite Summer Food Mine has to be ice cream. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:03:03 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:58 EST Humbly, he opens his Big Mouth, and ...... Hi all! My name is Randy, and I've been using the SparkPeople site for nearly a week now and decided it's time to get involved. I've been trying to lose weight for quite a while now, and ran across this site while trying to prepare a program for my TOPS chapter. I think between both SparkPeople and TOPS, I can finally get a handle on my lifestyle and permanently drop my excess weight (already I've lost 2 lbs that I can positively say came from my experience with SparkPeople)! I look forward t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:53 EST Anyone in the Midland area? Looking for accountability partner and possibly workout buddy. Please message me if you're interested. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:02 EST Hello There! My name is Denell and I just joined SparkPeople today. I have a long way to go before I meet my goal and today is a fine start. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:20 EST Favorite Summer Activity I look forward to Michigan summers to play golf. We are blessed with many great courses and resorts. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:35:19 EST Looking for people in the down river area. Hi, my name is Michelle. I'm a mom of a 2 1/2 year old and 13 month old, both boys. I have been with spark since before I had my babies but fell off the wagon during the last couple years. Having little ones makes it difficult to get out and meet people. I'm trying to get back to exercising and looking for support =) Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:48:48 EST LeslieShawn Just started today, I need motivation. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:13:20 EST Run or Dye Will be in Kalamazoo this Saturday for this will anyone else Wed, 28 May 2014 12:53:39 EST Coming back to Spark So I thought I would step away from Spark and regroup...I just didn't realize how much I would miss!!! <BR> I am working on a fresh start and it's hard Wed, 28 May 2014 12:23:40 EST LOOKING FOR ACCOUNTABI ILITY..... Hi! I am from Flushing. I have been a member of spark for a few years, but never really utilized it. I get in a groove, then lose that groove semi-quickly! I have never made connections with any other sparkers, so I thought that may help. I am looking for accountability, a friend, maybe even a work out partner. I am a (soon to be) single mother of 2. I work full time, I love God and I am on a journey towards health. Overall health. Mentally, physically and spiritually. I am ready to gi... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:36:16 EST Looking for a walking buddy in the SW corner Hi! I live in the SW corner of Michigan and would love to have a walking buddy, even if it's just once in a while. I'm looking for someone near Dowagiac/Decatur/Hartford or even St. Joe/Benton Harbor. It just seems like you can walk further without even thinking about it when you have someone to talk to while walking! <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:00:41 EST new to spark Hi I'm new on today was my first day.I mad it with no Pepsi.i hope this gets easier.can anyone tell me how to deal with pop craving. Mon, 12 May 2014 23:18:50 EST Hello From Brethren Hi, My name is Sarah Britton and I am from the very small town of Brethren, MI. I am restarting my fitness journey. I weigh 188.5 and really want to get down to my healthy weight of 130. Feel free to add me as a spark buddy if you like, and we can inspire and motivate each other. Have a great day! <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:51:34 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Tim and I live in Swartz Creek. My heaviest was 360 lbs. in November 2010. I lost 170 lbs. but gained 15 of it back. I stayed at that 15 pound rebound for about 9 months. Since March 5th I have dropped 12 pounds to my current 198. I walk/run 6 days a week and moderately lift 3 days a week. My long term goal is 185 lbs @ 11 - 15% body fat by January 2015. I'm 56 years old and a stay at home dad with a 3 year old daughter. Always looking for fitness friends whether it is here, Facebook... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:03:46 EST How to Not Feel Deprived? Does anyone know how to not feel constantly deprived? I am staying in my calorie and fat range and eating a wide variety of healthy foods, and I'm taking women's multivitamins, but for the past 2 weeks or so I still feel like I just can't get enough to eat to feel satisfied. It's like my body is screaming for nourishment. I'm ignoring it and not binging, but it makes me feel pretty crappy every day. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:53 EST Upper Michigan Anyone from Upper MIchigan? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:19:58 EST Hello from White Lake! Hello Everyone! <BR> I’m Sasha, and well, this is my very first day here on the site. I daresay I’m a bit overwhelmed and somewhat excited. <BR> My story, and please forgive me for it being long-winded...I'm just going to repeat what I posted in another introduction thread. I’ve always been one of those body types (hourglass figure) that gains weight super-easy. One “bad” meal and I balloon up a few lbs. Nonetheless, 15 years ago, I lost nearly 100 lbs. and kept it off for 13 years. <BR> It s... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:40:48 EST new to this board. Good Morning everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am from Hillsdale county. I have done spark in the past but I am just restarting. It is nice to have a site for mi. Have a great day <BR> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:55:20 EST Looking Downriver Looking for someone to workout with <em>303</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:50:24 EST Dearborn Martian Marathon April 12 I am walking my first 5K at this event! Have been walking further each day... There is a kid event too... runners and walkers of all abilities... Now I am going to find a Martian antennae/headband to wear. ;) <BR> <BR> Anyone else planning to go? :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:12:03 EST GR New-Be Hey I am Jennifer. I live in West Michigan near Grand Rapids. I am a married mother of 2, 26 years old, and am trying to lose another 30-40 pounds. Lets hope our weather gets better so we can enjoy walking outside again. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:29:28 EST My new foster dogs are up for adoption! I know it has been awhile but I am not above reaching out to my internet friends for help. My new fosters are up for adoption in or around Michigan. I have their profile, pictures and adoption link below in case you know someone who is looking. <BR> <BR> <BR> nApp.html <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> <BR> We are Pavlov and Darwin - 2 male Jack Russell Terriers. We were found on the street and stayed together as a pair so we'd love if someone can bring us i... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:00:11 EST Stuck in A Plateau I have been stuck in a very stubborn plateau since March 6th. 20 days! I am still eating healthy and exercising every day, and drinking lots of water, so what's wrong? People say muscle gain…but when does that become unrealistic? How much muscle can I expect myself to end up gaining? What happens if I never ever lose another pound again? What can I do to jumpstart myself? The pair of black jeans that I couldn't even get over my hips at my highest weight are now starting to feel too big... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:34:07 EST Hey, hey from Bay City! Hi guys! My name is Amanda and I'm just starting out here. Will possibly be looking for workout buddies when the weather warms up (if the weather ever warms up) to go do workout-y things on Vet's hill. =) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:41:20 EST Springing Forward from St. Louis, Michigan Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to warmer, sunnier days ahead. I'm motivated to take walks and get back into a healthier lifestyle. Today, I walked for 20 minutes during my lunch break. It was cold, but I did it. I hope that EVERYONE can meet their personal goals, and I'd love to get encouragement to stick with my plan. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:31:24 EST NEWBIE FROM TROY Hi Everyone!! super excited to get started getting back healthy. I'm Hope. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:06:02 EST Need support buddy's Hello, I am am 59 and have been seriously trying to change my eatting habits since November. So far 30 pounds lost that I am most proud off. I'm married with some health issues that make exercising not an option now. Hope to hear from many of you soon!!! I need also some healthy options for lunch that you don't have to cook or microwave at work. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:19:15 EST Run Janet Run I am a runner. My plan is to run a half marathon on July 4, 2014. My training was going well until I slipped on black ice and broke my arm! <BR> My goal is to lose some weight while I continue to train carefully! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:04:33 EST Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.....Chelsea, Mi Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:39:54 EST Hello from Hillsdale MI Hello! I really need to lose weight and could use some motivation! I am only 26 and weight way to much! To be at a healthy weight I need to lose over 200 pounds! I dont know many people around this area. I am really wanting to get the gastric sleeve surgery, if I can ever get insurance or a way to get it done! I was starting to go in to heart failure with my high blood pressure and being obese! <em>46</em> I'm to young to die and need to what I can to be at a healthy weight and I will do w... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:45:18 EST Newbie from Imlay City Hello everyone! I'm Adina, a Spark newbie from Imlay City :-) <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some like minded individuals, and I wish everyone the best of luck in reaching your goals! <BR> <BR> ~Adina Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:52:05 EST Greetings from Shelby Twp.! I'm a returning Sparkler, having disabled my account for a period of time (should have just gone OFFLINE? Oh, and learn!) Thought it would be fun to connect with people in my home state. BTW...still love it here (just that the winter's get a bit long?) <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:20:01 EST Cloudy and light freezing drizzle in Ossineke which is just south of Alpena. I saw a robin standing on a 3 ft. snow drift this morning, but he didn't stay long. It is supposed to get up to 40 today and rain a little. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:31:10 EST Getting back on track in Ossineke, Mi Thanks everyone for your encouragement. I have to was comforting to see that I am not alone in this quest. Today is day 4 and I am celebrating by doing something I haven't done for a while. I am going to do my own grocery shopping later on today and hopefully will make this a weekly habit. <em>30</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:23:56 EST New to Sparks Hello everyone... <BR> Nice to find a group from my beautiful home state. I live in Waterford and love the water. I have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and a great husband. I'm pretty blessed with everything in life but my weight. Just discovered Sparkpeople and am so excited to join and lose the weight and gain my self respect back. Looking forward to your help along the way, <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sumher <link> </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:06:55 EST Greetings from Farmington Hills Hi there, Michiganders. I've been lurking for months and am finally chiming in with my introduction. I'm a 40-something female with a 2-year-old who keeps me busy but snacking. I'm trying to crush that behavior here on SP. I look forward to getting to know folks. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:49:28 EST Getting back on track in Ossineke, Mi I joined in May of 2013 and that was it. I did absolutely nothing. I am now back with a vengeance. I am 64 and have 68 lbs. to lose. The obstacle has been the severe condition of both my knees. My son gave me a fitbit flex to encourage me to move even when it's not so comfortable...and it has worked. There's just something about keeping track of daily activity that has motivated me to move. I am currently following a tried and true diet plan...low carb, as this will allow me to lose even if I... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:39:35 EST Newbie from West Branch Mi Just signed up today and I am hoping the community support keeps me on my toes and keeps the enthusiasm going. I'm gave type 2 diabetes and need to lose weight and get into that healthy lifestyle again! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:48:03 EST HELP: Non-fitness goals Hey all, <BR> So I set 2 goals for myself each week, one fitness related and one non-fitness. At the end of the week I post a blog and reflect on my accomplishments for the week. I used to do 3 fitness goals/week but felt I was getting in over my head and wasn't accomplishing much. I restructured my goal system and only do one fitness goal each week along with one non-fitness goal. I'm having some trouble coming up with ideas for non-fitness goals though. Last week's non-fitness goal was... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:07:49 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! <BR> I'm new to the site and to this group! Nice to see so many Michigan Sparks! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:24:17 EST Southwest Michigan (Re)starting today and serious about doing this. Love to talk to other Michiganders and if any locals want to support each other give me a shout out! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:56:35 EST Looking for Supportive Friends New to SparkPeople and looking for supportive friends and groups. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:09:07 EST Hello from Alpena Hi, I'm a 38-year-old female living in Alpena. I've been struggling with my weight since I was 6, but I really exploded after the pregnancy for my now-16-year-old twins in 96/97. I was 200 lbs. overweight at my very highest weight! Even though I don't have high cholesterol or diabetes yet, I still have some health issues, like frequent UTI's, constipation that I have to drink Metamucil daily to prevent, strange skin rashes, and chronic ankle pain that I have to take Aleve for before every ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:55:40 EST Looking for members near Battle Creek New to message boards and trying to find a gym partner near BC Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:43:40 EST a work in progress! I have been a member for awhile but have just been in stalker mode! I am over 50 and have over 50 pounds to loose, BUT...I have already lost 30+ and working on the rest. Does anyone else use Herbalife to loose weight? It's working for me but would like to hear other stories. Everyone on here deserves such a big THANKS!! This site has helped me so much..given me courage and kept me motivated when things are going slow. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:25:56 EST a work in progress! I have been a member for awhile but have just been in stalker mode! I am over 50 and have over 50 pounds to loose, BUT...I have already lost 30+ and working on the rest. Does anyone else use Herbalife to loose weight? It's working for me but would like to hear other stories. Everyone on here deserves such a big THANKS!! This site has helped me so much..given me courage and kept me motivated when things are going slow. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:06:02 EST NEW TO SPARK Hello. I'm new to spark and love what I have read so far. I'm looking for help and support from others who are trying to lose weight. I live in Michigan...anyone in the area looking for a walking partner? Please let me know! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:39:57 EST In Holland MI, Looking for a Gym Partner Hey ya'll. I am in Holland, like it says, and I am looking for some one who in in the area that can go to the gym with me. I am looking for a lady partner, since I am one, and don't feel at all comfortable with guys at all. I am a member at planet fitness already. I go Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and though i can work out just fine, it's nice to have some one to shoot the crap with, compete against a bit for motivation. I am still pretty out of shape, so... <BR> <BR> I have kids, 8 and 5,... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:18:53 EST Sharon Recently retired. Want to get healthy, closer to God. <BR> ........... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:11:10 EST Looking for Troy Michigan Sparks! I live in Troy. <BR> New Gram to beautiful 9mo grandbaby (Grandbaby #2 arrives in June)! <BR> I've lost 67lbs since September. <BR> Hoping to loose additional 62lbs by this coming September. <BR> Looking for other Troy Sparks to help me stick to my goals! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:55:28 EST Any new summer Michigan destinations? Anyone planning on going somewhere in Michigan this summer that they have never been before? I am going to find somewhere and check it out! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:12:14 EST Creativeheart5 Sorry I Didn't introduce myself....... Constance <BR> My Weight has gone up almost 35 pounds in three years. When I was just under two hundred I felt very active and happy but now I don't. My ultimate goal is to be healthy. I thought I was fat at 145 pounds almost 21 years ago. Anyway This me. I am going to be 41. I am a Mother of two young adult daughters and one teenage daughter in high school. I am married to my college sweet hear for 20 years. I run my own business 15 hours day a... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:31:18 EST A Promise or 2 New to Spark people and fairly new to beautiful West Michigan. I am not thrilled with the cold and snow but that's the southerner in me. I am looking to meet new people in the GR and Stanton/Lakeview areas. <BR> I typically don't make New Years Resolutions but this year I picked one word and one number that I am going to work on, <BR> My word~Friend. To be one and to find one or more. <BR> My number~5. To save 5% of my check every payday <BR> To take 5 minutes each day... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:38:52 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Fat mamma Hi Iam tired of looking at a fat mother in the mirror. Don't feel good. Feel fat and ugly. Have no energy Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:33 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:44 EST Back again Hello Sparkers!! My name is Ashley. I am back for my 3rd time with SP. I started in 2012, and lost 20lbs. I have kept most of it off. I am proud to say that I have been out of the 200 club for almost 2 years now. I still have lots of work to do before I get to a healthy BMI. I usually end up loosing my motivation, so I am planning on being more active on the community side of Spark to keep me going. So thank you in advance for your help. <em>211</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:44:15 EST heiler Hi everyone. I have joined this site to keep me on track of my goals and to give me motivation along the way. My goals consist of losing 15 pounds and jogging a 5k by August. I enjoy walking, rollerblading, swimming and hanging out with my kids. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST Chris from Novi Hi I live in Novi Mi. Have been married 42 years, mother of 4 grandmother of 3 and trying to lose weight while battling a thyroid problem. Hopefully I can do it this time. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:11:45 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:07 EST Hello from Troy Hi. I'm Miriam and am new to SparkPeople. I'm looking forward to giving and receiving encouragement as we all move toward our goals. Glad to see there's a Michigan group here! I live in Troy. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:13:33 EST Carol From Michigan I am 65 years old, and have one daughter and 2 grandsons. Hope to lose 40 pounds by my birthday! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:44:59 EST Hello from Sue Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST New and Confused! Hello, I just joined last night and I can tell I need lots of help. Apparently I didn't enter my food correctly. I had 2 slices of bacon and it gave me over 1700 calories for that! What did I do wrong? I'm older, not terribly active, and I need lots of encouragement! I'd be happy to hear from someone who knows exactly what I'm going through. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:06:12 EST HI this is BeeHive777 I feel like this is going to be my year. I will need lots of help and incouragement. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:22 EST CAN YOU MAKE UP SOMETHING ABOUT THE SNOWY WEATHER? HERE IS THE STORY, NOW WILL YOU ADD SOMETHING TO IT,PLEASE. <BR> Some new neighbors moved next door, and carved out their ingles. <BR> My company went out to start their car. I knew that the snow was 11 feet next to the house, and yelled and told them to hold on to the rope, But I haven't heard from them since! I went to make my dinner, and I just pulled it out of the snow after my refrigerator broke down. It was so cold in the house that my tongue stuck to the dinner plate! I let my little... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:54:39 EST New to this Hello- <BR> My name is Teresa, I'm a wife and mother of two, almost 4 years ago I had gastric by-pass surgery and lost 80lbs I have kept it all off, but I don't eat good at all and I feel horrible all the time because of my poor eating habits and it's unfortunate that I have allowed my children to pick up my habits so I hope with this website we can stay motivated. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:19:38 EST Fit in 14 My new motto! Very much looking forward to reaching AND keeping my goals! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:20:55 EST Glad To Be Back Hello Sparkpeople. Looking forward to being a part of the team once again. The tools on this website are like no other that I've encountered. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing motivational stories. I am an Atkins-Way-Of-Eating follower. The Atkins program fits my lifestyle and jumps my metabolism. I enjoy cooking and have meal preparation down to a science which helps tremendously on any fitness program. I am self employed as a practice manager in the health care industry. The... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:09:56 EST Needing to be healthier for my family I recently signed up and paid to run a 5k color run in May so now I have to get healthy and lose weight! Planning on the Couch25k. We are starting a Biggest loser competition at work on Monday I want to win. I also have 4 kids (12 year old girl, 3 year old boy, 2 year old girl, and a 8 month old boy). They take up ALL of my time when I come home from work. Looking for quick, easy, meal plans that are kid friendly! I heard about Spark from a lady at work but didn't realize there was so much... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:47:38 EST Happy New Year!! Hello! My name is Becky. I have 75 lbs to lose. Chronic wide spread pain and SI joint is messed up. Can't do hardly any exercise so I must be very diligent about tracking all food I put in my mouth. Looking forward to 2014. Hoping once i get some of this weight off the pain will go away. Happy New Year!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:20:01 EST Livonia seeks buddy HI there, <BR> I'm from Livonia, just joined the Curves on 5 Mile near Merriman, and am seeking a workout buddy/motivational buddy to help keep us both in fabulous spirits and losing weight this year. <BR> Please connect! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:31:45 EST Newer to Spark Hi. My name is Alynne. I am newer to Spark. I have struggled with my weight all my life and I really need to make some positive long term changes. Any tips would be much appreciated. I really am determined to overcome this battle and become healthier. It's not about being a size 2 or looking good in a bikini for spring break for me. What matters to me is my health and I am newly married this past June and we eventually want kids. I know I need to make these changes in order to be there for my... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:47:01 EST Trying Again Hello, <BR> <BR> I have given SparkPeople a try before, but never really gave it a chance. I never really used the community, nor did I truly give the tracking any credit. This time I plan to get everything this site has to offer, and hope to reach my goals in the process. <BR> <BR> Thank You, <BR> Drew Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:01:04 EST Momlto4chiefs Hi ! I'm a mom of 4 teenagers so life gets crazy. I really need to shed some weight. Tired of looking like a overweight mom so I'm ready to begin the process. I love sweets so I need to find other ways to turn my cravings into something else. I'm 49 have a great husband who needs to lose weight as well and a proud mom to the greatest 4 children in the world! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:21:14 EST Momlto4chiefs Hi ! I'm a mom of 4 teenagers so life gets crazy. I really need to shed some weight. Tired of looking like a overweight mom so I'm ready to begin the process. I love sweets so I need to find other ways to turn my cravings into something else. I'm 49 have a great husband who needs to lose weight as well and a proud mom to the greatest 4 children in the world! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:21:13 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Sarah. I am 29 years old with a goal of 35 pounds to lose. I am more excited for the increase in energy and ease of picking out an outfit than I am the specific number on a scale. I have used sparkpeople several times in the past. Once with incredible success for a year and a half, and a few other times with alarmingly fast failure rates. I have learned from this what works best for me on my personal journey to living healthier. I will admit, I am not one to use team forums. I ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:36:42 EST Hello all My name is Tina, I am new to the site. I have a goal of losing 45 pounds, but focusing on losing inches more then the weight. I have a lot of toning up to do before I can worry about the scales. The were my downfall last time I tried to get healthy. I am working on getting myself ready for changes this month, then going into it full force starting Jan. 3rd 2014. I have started doing 20 mins a day of some kind of exercise, broken up 2-3 times in the day. I am trying to get myself motivate... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:53:15 EST intro Now that I've been on Spark for over a month, I'm checking in and introducing myself. I am Donna and I live in the Newaygo area. I've been on the journey now for about 6 months. I joined this site so that I could start tracking my food after seeing the scale number get stuck (who knew it was me :) ) Just trying to get health issues under control Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:36:14 EST Hi Hi all. Just introducing myself. I'm Ericka and need extra motivation to shed this weight. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:22:04 EST Tell about some historical spot you know! BOOK CADILLAC, DETROIT MICHIGAN <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed those guys who appear in sculpture above the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel? Ever wonder who they were? <BR> <BR> The Book Cadillac Hotel opened in 1924, a development of the Book brothers: J. Burgess Jr., Frank and Herbert. The brothers grew up in the original Cadillac Hotel on the same site. They bought the building with inheritance from their father and built the Book Cadillac in its place, hirin... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:35:40 EST Hello Hi my name is Barb and I AM from Corunna, MI looking for sparks friends! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:21:16 EST Hello I would just like to introduce my self. My name is Barb and I am 33 years old. I am a mother of 4 and I work as a Dental Assistant/ Patient coordinator. I would just like to say that I am happy to be here, and happy to know that there is support to help me reach my goals which I have always struggled with. <em>30</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:38:31 EST Not done yet! My transformation story is more of a journey of many ups and downs... I realized for a while that I needed to make a change, because I really wasn't liking who I was seeing looking back at me in the mirror (at my heaviest that I weighed myself I was 234 lbs.). I would exercise, then get discourage because I wasn't seeing the results like I thought I should with the amount of effort I was putting into the workouts. Then because it wasn't coming off, I had gotten it in my head that "I wasn't de... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:57:11 EST Need motivation! New to Sparks. I hope I can do this. Love to read others progress. Certainly need the motivation. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:59:50 EST SCARY OUTDOOR VACATIONS I once dated a beautiful out-doors man, that every time we did some thing out side that was physical (to exercise) or on a vacation together, I was endangering my life! I will probably be telling you each story one at time in this section! It got so bad that I had a bill of my rights, that I memorized to recite to him, questioning my survival on these outings! <BR> HERE IS MY BILL OF RIGHTS/ SURVIVAL REQUIREMENTS <BR> IS THERE ANY REPTILES, BUGS , OR ANIMALS THAT CAN MAME, BITE OR BREAK ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:53:37 EST I'mAlanna New to all this don't want to say anything dumb or expose my discouragement. I am only 10-15 lbs from my goal, but I have been for two years now. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:45:56 EST I want to finish what I start!! Hi I can't tell you how many times i'v'e said I was going on a diet. Well i'm at that age that I need to make healthy changes not just so I can look good. I have Fibromyalgia and I have rough days. It's very frustrating sometimes. I don't think i've EVER finished something this big before and I need to do this now!!!!!!! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:36:44 EST What do you do to enjoy cold weather? Baby it's cold outside!" I am a victim of working too much, or not having enough money to learn to ski, here in Michigan in the winter. Which isn't here yet! I am trying to learn to change, and enjoy this season more. All I know is cooking, and staying cooped up in doors for the cold. So here's my routine basically. I've already put butternut squash or pumpkin into everything from soups to desserts. I buy mulling spices and put that into my teas for a more soothing taste, and smell. Then I ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:45:15 EST WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD IN THE WINTER? When it gets cold out, <BR> I like to curl up in front of the fire place! <BR> Sorry wrong fantasy, <BR> in my house I like to curl up in front of the tv set, <BR> and eat a bowl of homemade chili. <BR> It seems like it really hits the spot, <BR> and warms me up. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:59:54 EST Starting New and looking for motivation HI! I'm Keagan's Momma and I'm fat! I'm not trying to offend anybody, just looking for some motivation, support and lets face it I'm no good at being truthful with myself. I have a tendacy to tell myself it's not that bad or that I'm too busy or that I'm too tired. All lies...what it comes down to is I'm lazy. If I could drag my butt of the couch I know I would have much more energy and would be able to keep up with my 2 year old. I'm always the first person to say, "hey lets walk", so ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:39:27 EST What's the weather like where you are/ Michigan Well nature seems to have rolled up the red carpet, and taken away our two weeks of Indian Summer., here in Garden City, outside of Livonia & Westland in Michigan Ug. Yes I have put on my heat at nite, and closed the windows. If it was the olden days I would be saying time to get out those nickers! But my wardrobe seems to be as confusing as the weather. I dress in spring clothes with winter socks, and a heavy sweater. I hope that I am not jumping the gun here by thinking we are getting read... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:10:45 EST Plentyoffish dating website I realize I have not been on this site much since I created my profile. I started college and I had a very bad experience over summer. I was on the dating website plentyoffish and I met a man on their that raped me. I went to the police and they don't believe me and I have no physical evidence. I was wondering if any of you were on plentyoffish and have had the same thing happen. He has wavey or curly red hair, stands about 5' 9 to 5'11, blue eyes, the right one is lazy, glasses, his weight r... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:26:13 EST Thanksgiving challenge? Would anyone be interested in doing a Thanksgiving challenge? It is 8 weeks away from tomorrow, which is a perfect amount of time to do a challenge. You can set your own goal, and send a weekly update on how you are doing. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:35:23 EST I'm ready to finally reach my goal Hello, my name is Jamie. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. In high school I swam and was active but was still slightly over weight. When I went to college I was on my own for the first time and ate whatever I wanted and found alcohol. I gained a lot of weight with little to no exercise and my confidence went down the drain making everything worse. I am an emotional binge eater. Over the years I have yo yo'd up and down over and over again. I have battled with depres... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:12:40 EST BEST TOM SAWYER STORY ABOUT YOURSELF When I was six years old, my mom, sister, and I went to Johnstown Pennsylvania for summer vacation. It seemed like a town on the other side of a mountain, down in a valley. We visited my mom's friends parent's farm. There I lived out my adventurers like Tom Sawyer. On one occasion we went to the creak and caught crawdads with our bare hands, or a paper cup. My sister thought it was funny to hang some off her finger tips. Slamming the screen door of the farm house, and running out to the next ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:51:04 EST Name a favorite made in MIchigan item/&where It's funny how we take so many products for granted that are made in Michigan. <BR> Our family function on Saturday mornings was to go to a Sanders restaurant. At the soda fountain there, I loved getting Sanders Fudge on my ice crème puffs. It was one of my fondest memories of when my family was together. So even though I really haven't indulged as much, I think I would be very sad if Sanders just disappeared. It would make me feel like one of my comforting childhood memories had disappeared.... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:15:04 EST hello I hope to finally be able too lose the weight and keep it off. So i can, live longer and be more active for my children Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:45:45 EST Hello ...and finally some nice cool weather. Anyone from Michigan should know what I mean. I am amazed every fall that the leaves changing bring so much beauty, and unfortunately almost over night they are gone. My name is Linda and I am a mother of four wonderful children, who all give me a lot of happiness. I stay home with them full time....somedays are rough, while most are very rewarding. It would seem with no employment I'd have little or no proble getting fit and keeping weight off...yeah ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:04:28 EST What are some of your Michigan outdoor adventurer? I really do miss going camping, or fishing. It is so nice being out in nature relaxing either in the woods, or on a lake. It brings out the adventurer, and explorer in me. And I always like picking raspberries. Black flies biting me when I get lost in deep woods, not so much! in the wrong season! Canoeing on the Au Sable River, is fun. And going into those small towns for breakfast is so comforting! Listening to the fish stories from the locals hanging around a main dock somewhere! We are so... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 03:46:27 EST Maybe this time Hello my name is Samantha, I am 26 today, and I have been on this site a long time, and I feel as though nothing I do ever helps. I am 180 pounds, and have awful asthma, and every pound I gain, my lungs hurt more and more. The more they hurt the less I do, and the less I do the more weight I gain, it is a vicious cycle that I need to break. <BR> <BR> I wish I could afford a gym membership again, because the one thing I can almost always do for hours is ride an exercise bike inside, there... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:28:12 EST hello I'm Andrea and I'm from Hartford, MI but now live in Portage, MI. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:36:52 EST Really needing some support I am feeling real needy today for some moral support from people that understand what a struggle it is to lose unwanted weight and how it effects us both physically and mentally. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:08:42 EST Introduction I just moved to Michigan a year ago, and since the transition I can't seem to keep my weight down consistently. I'm having trouble meeting friends up here, so I thought I would try this Spark group. <BR> <BR> Anyone on here from central Michigan? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:01:50 EST April I dont know what I am doing....but i do know i want candy andother food to eat. It is 3:28am and have to fight the sadness and gear in my heart. I need toremember rhe poitive of eating is 2min satisfactionof the food and remember thenegtavive outways the postive. I need to care more to do omethimg productive and not eat junk.ithinkgoing togetjust a drink and go back to slee Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:32:33 EST Hello, Michigan! Hi. It's raining and it sounds beautiful. I went out for my hike before it hit but the rain doesn't stop me. I'm dedicated to my daily hike! I'm in my 40s, soon to be empty-nesting, single mom. It's time for me to lose the extra what? 25-30# I've been lugging around for 20 years. Glad to see a Michigan forum. We're a great state and soon to be a slimmer one. I'm in greater Lansing so greetings to all Michiganders! :) Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:47:44 EST I'm New Here Hi, I'm Nancy and I joined yesterday but just getting things set up today and will start the program with breakfast in the morning. There is a lot to absorb on this site and I'm trying my best to get it all in. I hope to loose weight become a healthier me and make new friends. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:38:49 EST FOOTBALL WEEKEND !! <em>213</em> SPARKER'S. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT IN FRONT OF TV ARE WE? PUT YOUR HEADPHONES ON <em>311</em> AND LISTEN TO U OF M <em>281</em> . GO BLUE!!! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:49:30 EST Go Lions! Go Tigers! Sorry can't help it. Hey Michigan Team checking in from Muskegon, Mi. <em>104</em> If you live in Michigan and like other teams that's okay too I still like you. <em>41</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:07:44 EST adoptable dog If anyone is looking for a dog I have a foster doggie that needs a home. She is a 4 year old shephard mix and is so crazy good. Totally house trained, doesn't go on furniture unless you let her, is fantastic at both fetch and catch. <BR> <BR> If you or anyone you know is looking in the metro detroit area let me know! <BR> <BR> Here is her petfinder link with the rescue info and the application link:<BR>2 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:55:26 EST Hi I'm starting over again and I rejoined sparkpeople for the umpteenth time. I don't really know if anything will be different this time, but I'm going to try anyway. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:35:23 EST Question This question was poised on another team I belong to; it was simple but has had a great response. <BR> <BR> What makes you laugh? <BR> <BR> ME?? I'm easily amused. A lot of things make me laugh (my family probably makes me laugh the most). Life is too short to take things too seriously. <BR> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:20:59 EST Looking for buddy near Lupton/Rose City/Hale I am back to Sparkpeople after an extended absence. I am relatively new to Michigan and would love to have a buddy. I live outside of Lupton. Any neighbors? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:42:15 EST new to Mi. hi <BR> I'm new to the team and also the state. I just moved here from Il. and am originally from the east coast. I must say I'm happy to have trees around again, there were not many in Il. where I was from. there are plenty of them in the east coast so I kind of feel like I;m home so to speak. <BR> <BR> looking forward to sharing with the team <BR> <em>9</em> health to the team Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:34:55 EST Anyone in the Midland area? Looking for a walking partner. Really need that extra motivation for awhile. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:28:57 EST WATCH FOR ME !! ALL YOOU SPARK;S WHO HAVE H.A.P. AND GET QUARTERLY MAGAZINE , WATCH FOR THIS "FELLOW ON THE COVER & STORY OF MY STORY IN DECEMBER, ISSUE. DID PHPTO SHOOT TODAY AND I MENTIONED SPARKPEOPLE & THIS ARTICLES IS FOR THOSE OF "YOU" THAT I DID THIS TO PREVENT ANY OF YOU OF GETTING A HEART ATTACK. <em>252</em> . Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:33:03 EST I'm back from the past and need your help! I created this group back in the day.. I'm glad to see it has grown without me.. Now I'm back and have to lose a lot due to medications. I am hoping to get much needed support from my Michigan buddies. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 02:05:07 EST Tired of being tired.. I am not new to this weight loss journey. I am in my late 40's and feel seasoned in the diet industry. I have learned to be skeptical of the "lose weight fast" schemes..since I tried many of them. But yet I struggle to keep myself under control. <BR> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 08:19:30 EST pounds gone for good Hi my name is Andi Jean, I am over 40 with a great husband and 2 awesome boys. I am once again starting a fitness program and a healthy lifestyle change. I have tried many diets and paid many dollars to achieve my goal of losing 50+ pounds. I am hoping to use sparkpeople to start new habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I currently am a member of a gym which I love because of all the great classes. I really want to develop a support system for success. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:53:07 EST New to Spark People Hi All, <BR> I'm Jennie. I've been using Spark People for about 2 weeks now. Before SP, I was a member of Weight Watchers for a number of years. It worked great for a long time. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease hypothyroidism and since then the weight has been slowly been coming back, not due to poor nutrition or lack of exercise. I'm working on eliminating grains and wheat from my diet in hopes that my autoimmune symptoms and weight improves. We'll see how this goes. ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:54:32 EST ANY U OF M FOOTBALL FAN'S OUT THERE ?? PRE-SEASON GAME AUG. 31, 3:30 PM CENTRAL MICHIGAN. HOPE WE HAVE <em>214</em> FEVER. GO BLUE. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:37:17 EST PICTURE THIS !! THIS IS WHAT 1 YR. AND 4 MONTH'S CAN DO, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH YOU CAN DO IT. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:17:37 EST A year and a half later... I am introducing myself a bit late in the game... I have been using sparkpeople on and off for a year and a half. I should be on more than I am. I have a hard time posting when I know I am doing 'bad' and am more likely to post when I am doing 'good'. I need to hold myself more accountable no matter what day it is! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:38:18 EST Ruck hikes for cardio Just curious if anyone is doing military style ruck marches for cardio workouts, I think I'm going to try it and could use some pointers...thanks! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:30:34 EST Watch For Me !! I have been chosen to appear in the H.A.P. magazine for February on my progress on diet, weight & exercise. I have lost total 60 lbs. 25 in and will be 73 July 26. My reason was my trygilceride level was 229 on April 3, 2012 and was afraid od another heart attack. Had 2..So, my nurse/nutritionist Karen was with me all the way, too. On April 3, 2013 my Dr. Perez on my accomplishments. I said if I can prevent 1 person from heart attack, I've done my job. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 02:56:21 EST Anyone near Ypsilanti? Is there anyone near Ypsilanti that would like to get together and do some kind of fitness class? There are a lot of classes in the area, and I am just trying to find someone that wants to get together and join one! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:32:39 EST Izzydo Hi I am 56 and need to lose more than 50 lbs. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I am hoping this group will help me to lose and keep it off. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:26:56 EST hello I am new to this site a little about me. Mother of 3 grown kids 1 grandson, iam 53 years old I live in michigan the cass city. I have dropped some weight working with sp i started at 280 then 260 then 245 now iam at 235. Doing ok I hope. It has turned out to be a very pretty day here.My day has not gone will grand but the sun is out and the birds are singing that is cool. That and bob seager iam good Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:07:19 EST Color Me Rad - Lansing - October - 5K Just found out about this and I'm in. I here these are a blast and there is still time to shape up! Anyone else want to have some fun? Matching Spark T-shirts? Anyway. I'm in no matter what! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&t=Lansing </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:24:14 EST Female in the 810 Hey! I'm looking for weightloss buddies and support:) Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:04:25 EST Hello Hello I am new here to the board. I have been on sparkpeople before but lacked the motivation. So now I am back with my motivation. I am a 33 year old mom with 2 girls age 13 and 8. I have been heavy ever since getting out of high school and am finally ready to get this weight off. I am hoping to work hard and get the weight off as well as learning new eating habits and getting regular exercise to keep myself healthy. This was all brought on when my Grandmother passed away in September. She w... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:56:18 EST specialkitten Hi everyone. From Michigan, i am new to sparks and actually just came across it as i was trying to find low fat recipes. I am trying to get my life back on track so I can become more active for my 3 yr old son and soon to be grand baby. Over the past 3 years i have had surgery to remove a tumor from my neck (non cancer) and found out through a lower GI I have crohns. Then 2 months later found out i was pregnant. Ive been trying to get healthy these last 3 years without much success. It seems ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:12:37 EST I am new to SparkPeople My name is Sharmelle but you may call me by my nick name Shar if you would like. I am a graphic artist, graphic designer, and photographer. And I write poetry sometimes. So I a constantly sitting down at my computer and I do get out to take photographs and do other things. <BR> <BR> I also have what you call familial spastic paraparesis which will have me in a wheal chair later on in my life I hope. I walk slow and cannot do much for exercise due to this. I can only do sit down upper exerci... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:45:07 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm quite new, but I live in mid-Michigan. :) Just wanted to say hello! :) Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:21:43 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello to my fellow Michiganders. I'm new here, so I'm trying to find my way around. I'm 37, a mom to 4, & live in the Thumb. I grew up in Detroit & moved here when I met my husband. I have been battling with the same 30 pounds for the past 8 years. I've lost it twice, but have gained it back. I am ready to get it off for good this time. I hope to meet some great people here! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:08:20 EST Just Gettin' Started! One of my friends introduced me to spark so.... I'm giving it a try! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:05:59 EST Anyone near New Haven? I'm just curious how many, if any, people are around the New Haven/Chesterfield area? <BR> <BR> :D <BR> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:33:00 EST Hey everyone... I hope all is well with everyone. I've attempted to "be back in it" a few times over the last year... and yea that was a joke. Then my boyfriend and I moved to a new place... forcing me to go through my closet. UGH! Now that was a joke. <BR> <BR> I seen all my adorable clothes that still have tags on it lol... the ones I never got to wear because I started gaining weight back. <BR> <BR> I've been back on track for 2 weeks (tomorrow) and I'm down about 7 pounds so far. I would've been down... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:28:02 EST Back again!!! Hello all! <BR> I am a 32 year old single mother from the Grand Rapids area. I found Sparkpeople a couple years ago, but due to a crazy busy schedule I had a hard time committing to focusing on my health. Now things have slowed down a bit and I am back, diving in head first. I have realized that my health and weight loss is something that needs to be front and center in my life, not on the back burner. I feel like I have a new relationship with food and exercise. I am feeling great, my cloth... Sun, 26 May 2013 16:23:39 EST MI SPARK'S, WHAT'S THE DEAL ?? WE WERE IN 4TH PLACE NOW 7TH. WHAT'S THE DEAL.THIS THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND HAVE NOT MUCH TO DO. LET'S GET THE WALKING <em>331</em> AND GET GOING . TODAY SO FAR I'VE PUT IN OVER 18, 000 STEPS AND THE DAY IS NOT OVER. ANYBODY WANT TO CHALLENGE ME? LET'S BE # <em>205</em> . DEAL !!! Sat, 25 May 2013 12:06:08 EST New to Fitness Hi my name is Jackie and I am new to this whole fitness and diet thing, I am getting ready to start a bootcamp tomorrow and trying to figure out what my best approach is to diet. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 May 2013 20:32:40 EST Help!! Hi! My name is Susan! I am a 40 something, working mom and wife. I have been working at losing weight and regaining it since i was about 16. I am tired of it!!! I need to get myself healthy and fit now!! I have a family history of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes and I don't want to repeat history!! There is also history of depression... I am working at making my health better so I can hang around for my new grandbaby just born at christmas!! So just starting out today!!! big hopes and dr... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:04:11 EST I'm 'all in' this time Hi I'm Carcin, I have been a member of Sparks for a few years but never really participated. I was on the outside looking in. Even that made me feel a little uncomfortable. This time around I am going out of my comfort zone by creating a my page( still in progress), posting comments(still not sure am posting in the right areas) and looking around the site for inspiration and information. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:58:59 EST Has it warmed up in your Michigan location? We are about to leave our winter Texas home in Brownsville and head back up to our home in Michigan. Our son said it was in the high 70s yesterday. I sure hope it stays warm when we get back! I've been enjoying the walks on the beach and the warm evenings here so I have been a little spoiled! <BR> How warm is it in your neck of the woods? Tue, 7 May 2013 19:03:20 EST hi im new to spark people Hi my name is Rell, I'm 28 years old, over 200lbs, I decided to join spark people because my daughter is now 13months old so I can't use the excuse "I just had a baby" anymore, time to make a change and get my confidence, energy, and health back. I look forward to chatting with you all. Mon, 6 May 2013 00:24:14 EST Upper Peninsula Hey folks!! Hailing from the beautiful UP in the Marquette area. Hope you have a great day! Wed, 1 May 2013 11:19:49 EST looking for people in Buchanan or at least Niles I had to move back to my hometown and live with my parents 4 years ago and my only friend here is my boyfriend of 16 years. And he does not help me with losing weight! I'm 32 years old but look about 23 (on a good day) lol. I gained 44 pounds the first year I moved home and have lost and regained the same weight repeatedly. I'd like to find a workout buddy in the area or at least have someone friend me from my neck of the woods <em>213</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:38:43 EST Looking towards success and balance... The pounds I carry around everyday have weighted on my self-image for the last fifteen years. I do not know what got into me, but since the beginning of Spring, I have been on a mission. With such unconditional support from my husband, and self determination, I have been exercising for at least five days a week since April 20th. Whether walking outside for three miles, on the treadmill in the basement for 2 miles or lifting 3 to 5 pound weights three days a week, I felt great. I then weig... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:06:28 EST Hello getting started on this healthy journey. Im Vanna. I've been putting eating right n exercise off. I need some encouragement nand help. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:10:39 EST Hello getting started on this healthy journey. Im Vanna. I've been putting eating right n exercise off. I need some encouragement nand help. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:06:51 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! My name is Julie, I have a lot of lifestyle changes to make. Looking forward to using this website as a tool to help me reach my goals. Weight loss, physical fitness etc. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:56:04 EST Returning member Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a returning member to SparkPeople. I was here some time back to start a diet regimen. A lot has happened in my absence so here I am once again to get back on track to my dietary goals. Thanks for looking! <BR> <BR> Jerry Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:04:45 EST Northern L.P. Buddy Hello All, <BR> <BR> I live in the nothern lower peninsula and like many others am ready for Spring to arrive and stay. In the midst of trying to track my nutrition and incorporate a fitness routine I realized having a buddy in this weight loss mission is what could really help me stay accountable. Being a stay at home mom has made my mission even more challenging some days. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, can't wait to chat with some of my fellow team members. <BR> <BR> J Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49:21 EST Manistee Noob Figured I would jump in and get my usually lurking feet wet. :) <BR> I live outside of Manistee, on 40 acres of hubz family land, we are slowly trying to get self sufficient and get property back in shape. Who knew brush cleaning could be a workout ? :P <BR> Since I live out of town, most days I take to the woods, with my 3 dogs, a pitt bull, boxer and pu puppy that keep me in smiles. It is a trade off, gorgeous walking view , no longer have a workout buddy though. <BR> anyhoo I look forwar... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:54:53 EST Brand new from Muskegon, MI Hello everyone! I am excited to find this free alternative to the Weight Watchers tracker. Going to the grocery store right now to stock up on fruits and veggies. Yay Spring! <BR> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:50:44 EST Walking Buddy I am looking for a walking buddy in the Troy area. If you're in Rochester Hills, Troy, Clawson, Sterling Heights, Madison Heights, or are welcome to join me for a daily walk. There is a decent size park with a nice trail in Madison Heights if you're interested...or we can walk somewhere else. I need a lot of motivation as this is my 3rd attempt at losing weight. The first time I did ok. I lost 70-80 pounds, but quickly gained it all back and then some. My second time back.... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 01:34:09 EST Hey my name ishaher and 23 and mother of 2 ;) I love using this website to track my calories and fitness, it helps me so much. I'm also doing insanity everyday 6days a week its very intense and is my 2nd week I loveeeee it =) I can already see change and we all know change is great! If anyone has any questions please ask I'm very open and will answer anything. Thanks Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:39:31 EST hi im kimberly hi im kimberly Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:06:37 EST Time for change! Hey friends, <BR> My name is Nicole,I'm 19 and live in a small town in Michigan. I love being outdoors,and going to the sleeping bear dunes in the summer. I am a photography addict,as well as a food addict lol. I love animals and being around my family and friends.And,I love to cook. I live with my boyfriend and his sister,and have three amazing brothers of my own. I moved out last September,not because of family problems or conflicts,but because I want to show my parents that I can be inde... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:40:22 EST gastrorn55 hello, 2 years ago, I was deteremined to lose weight. I joined spark people on my pc. as usual, I fell off the wagon, and here I am 2 years later 20lbs heavier. I am so discouraged. Not only am I 20 heavier, I have lupus, arthritis, pre-diabetes and severe back pain from arthritis. I have had to have chemotherapy for my lupus, consisting of 4 consecutive weeks and PT for my back pain. If I could lose the 100 lbs I need to lose, I would feel so much better, if I could only buy willpower!... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:49:58 EST First full day of "Spring"? What is this !!! SNOW . SPRING? HELP !! Cabin fever. But what the heck I still got up at 2:30 am did my 2 hrs. of exercise & 1 hr & 7 min. of walking. MI SPARKS we can still do this despite the weather.We can still <em>198</em> it out and take it. I walked 9,376 steps ( 4.76 miles) . I want to hit 10,000 steps or 5.0 miles. I am determined to do this. ish me luck. GOD BLESS ALL. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:37:57 EST hey ya'll, a BL refugee here I joined the free biggest loser site in January, then they turned those into paid memberships as of 3/18/13. What i found out is that blogging or just communicating with others in the same boat, really helped. <BR> So here i am. I used to track my calories and exercise, but like the communication on this site. So I'll try to chime in on occasion. <BR> Trying to figure out how to put that little weight tracker widget on my profile page too... <BR> <BR> i'm down about 25lbs... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:18:44 EST HELLO MICHIGAN SPARKPEOPLE !!! I am Grandma Franny and live in Rochester Hills, MI.and 72 1/2 yrs. old Started on my diet & exercise program on April 3rd of 2012. My weight was 162 and my trygleceride level was 229. Asked my Dr. to help me a special diet for I was so bloated up. One thing no more pop even diet drink that water and no bread, cakes pies, pizza. Well as of today NOW I am at 104.4 pounds. Let's show the other states what we can do. GOD BLESS ALL & <em>198</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:54:18 EST Giving it Another Shot Hi everyone, I just joined last night after being inspired (again!) by the Biggest Loser finale. I've tried many times on my own to lose the weight and keep it off, however, it appears I am my own worst enemy. I'm ready for change as I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm ready for a new chapter in my life. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:16:23 EST First Day! I signed up for Spark this morning and have had a great day! I did a video from the site (and one from you tube) and actually drank water. Goal setting worked for the first day :) Now to keep it up! I know I can do it Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:34:55 EST Just starting yet again! Hi, Here I am again, trying to lose weight and get healthier. I work for a hospital and I've joined their yearly <BR> weight loss program. A group of us girls, from two offices, joined. We are called the Cardiac Chubs! Yes we work for <BR> cardiologists, and we are not giving a good example for our patients. <BR> I have been with one of the doctors for 29 years, and have gained 70 pounds over the years. We started out as private practice and now work for the hospital. So my goal is to lose ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:47:13 EST Introducing Myself Hi Everyone- <BR> New to spark just saying hello..... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:08:03 EST Bad Fall Yesterday I took a bad fall in the parking lot of the PT facility. The owners of the bldg. do not keep up the parking lot and it's very hard to walk. I can't understand since they are orthopedists!!!. I went to the hospital by ambulance. I didn't know a nose could bleed htat much. Ended up with lacerations on my face and a broken nose. It is really swollen and so is my left eye. Gko for follow up with my family doctor tomorrow. I hate going out in public, but have to. I ache all over... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:27:04 EST just joined Hi my name is Sue and I am a new member that lives in Michigan. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:45:32 EST Hi everyone! Hi, my name is Erin, I have always been one who had to work to stay in shape, after I had my kids it just plummeted! So here I am! Shoot I am only 25! I need to drop this weight and look good naked again! <BR> <BR> I started here last week at 202 lbs, I will lose it its no longer a choice, I have seen to many people I love fight health battles over weight and I will no be one of them! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:58:27 EST Hi I'm ileen! Just starting out and really hope to lose 35 lbs by the time I go on a 6 day hiking trip this summer. I'm trying to stay motivated.... not a huge fan of exercise or of measuring foods.... but I am going to try! :) Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:33:38 EST Looking for weight loss buddies in the Canton area Hi all, <BR> <BR> As I begin to get past the 'easy' to lose weight of the initial 25 lbs., I find myself in need of motivational people around me. The inherent issue, of my friends motivated for the gym, I'm the only fat one (one of my friends complained yesterday about loosing his six pack status, at 30. Thanks bro). <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm looking for people nearby in similar situations, people who are motivated, and still working towards their goals. My story: 30/M who has dropped 27 lb... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:24:59 EST cadelmann looking to being better I am a 68 yr. old who has carried 100 lbs. to much for a number of years. I have had both hyper and hypo thryoidism which has made weight a problem. I have been a widow for 18 years. with 4 children, one of my sons is a survival flight nurse. I have had numerous health issues over the years including a pituitary tumor requiring transphynoidal surgery. <BR> I have been the Queen of a Red Hat group for 11 years. Each of my group is a widow that has experienced sudden loss. We have done many... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:01:05 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:12:51 EST Hello My Name is Dennis I am going to be 52 yrs. old in March. I have been exercising since I was 12 yrs. old and my Idol was Arnold Swartzenegger . Thru the years I have gone astray from working out but have always come back. I have been around the world have finished 3 marathons and I am currently training for a 10-12 mile Military obstacle course called the Tough Mudder and yes its run in the mud its supports wounded warriors. With in the last year I have lost 40lbs and kept off 30 I also participate in Herba... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:39:19 EST New to Spark I live in Northern Michigan...hard to get motivated when it's so cold and snowy! :-) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet other MI sparks! <BR> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:53:38 EST YAY Two weeks after moving in I 've finally found my coffee pot and toaster. YAY!! <BR> I think my son in law is coming to get the rest of the snow off the car and maybe Julie and I will go and finally get me a microwave. <BR> Audrey Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:20:08 EST Fixing Michigan Roads Govenor Snyder wants to fix our roads, it was on the news tonight that he is proposing to increase in gas tax from 19 cents to 33 cents and increase auto registration. Don't think I'll be driving as much. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:38:30 EST New User Hello Everyone! I'm new to Sparks People and I would just like to state that I hope with the help of this website that I can fulfill my weight loss goal. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:09:23 EST Hi from the Motor City! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle and I'm tired. Tired of promising myself that I'll do better and be healthier, but then never doing anything to reach that goal. This time, I'm giving it my all. <BR> <BR> Born and raised in Detroit! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:12:24 EST another 2.6 miles in the cold! no slipping on the ice today! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:09:18 EST Okay, I'm gonna do it. even though it's 18 degrees right now, I'm gonna put on my long underwear and several layers of clothing and take my dogs out for a walk! I just hope I don't slip and fall on the snowy streets! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:04:21 EST newbie here from Grand Blanc Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to see Michiganders here! Tell me what you all are doing to get fit in this freezing cold weather! I can walk and walk and walk when it's not cold, but am struggling right now. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:12:25 EST Getting Started - again!! No matter how many times I have to start, I will. I don't ever want to give up, and I know that the more I keep at learning to live healthier the more it will become my lifestyle. I am excited to make small changes everyday and not take on everything at once. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:30:40 EST Noob from GR area Hi everyone! I'm Dani from the Grand Rapids area, mother of 2, step-mom to 1, all kids under 6! Married to OneLumpSum1 for a year and a half. Just began weightloss journey numero dos after having the second baby. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:55:17 EST MOONWSPR Ok, just happened on this site and thought I'd give it a try. I like all the different options with tracking food, and really hoping this will help keep me on track. So far, not doing so good,but its day 1 and I'm staying positive. I wish I'd found this before I joined Medical Weight Loss! Any suggestions would be helpful. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:20:18 EST Hi from Bay city Michigan Iv only been on Spark People a few days. I'm so excited to do this. I have 40 lb to loose again,,lol I have been on disability for a few years because of a real bad lower back and I have ms. I'v done nothing but sat around feeling sorry for my self and put on weight. Well I'm over it now and its time to look to the future and not the past. With a little support for you all I know I can do this. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:54:06 EST Anyone else love the snow? I know it can be hard to get around in but it is so beautiful! I just love our four seasons state. Going to try to burn off some calories today taking the kids to the sledding hill! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:32:04 EST How long have you been on here? Progress report! I've been on here since January 1st. I've lost a total of 5 pounds so far and I've been diligently been going to the gym for cardio and strength training. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:33:56 EST Hello fellows I am here to get healthy with the support of others in the same boat Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:00:15 EST Let's go Michigan! I thought I would just mention that I heard on the news this morning that Michigan is number 5 in the nation for obesity. <BR> <BR> Let's change that number! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:22:18 EST Newbie.. Hi Folk! <BR> <BR> I just started Sparkpeople not to long ago and realized I didn't have a SparkTeam. Will someone explain to me what this Team is all about?? :) Thank you! -Desirae Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:38:26 EST Hello. Trying something different. I love the idea of points. But I'm kinda bummed you don't get to redeem the points for anything. I guess has me spoiled! lol. (BTW, my name on there is JessieMichelle.) ;-) Anyway, the points look like a great way to track my progress. I didn't want to do message boards and everything, but it could be fun... so here I go! I also like all the tools and resources and such. I already have about 40 points and it's only been a few days! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:15:48 EST Starting Fresh Tomorrow I start the new me. I know this will be a slow process and I can not expect results on day one. But I am doing this for me and will continue until I reach my goal this time. No turning back. Wish me luck. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:36:42 EST Hi everyone. I am a 38 year old type 2 diabetic. My doctor thinks weight loss surgery is something I should highly consider. I want to lose weight with diet and exercise. I am looking for support and people who know what I am going through. My main issue is I binge eat..........I need to stop. I want to feel good, have more energy, and my diabetes to go away. <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:04:48 EST Mt.pleasant Hi everyone, I'm kelly, 24 from mt.pleasant! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:00:50 EST Hello From SAGINAW Hello, my name is Melissa. I am here to lose weight so I can get back to my pre-children days and get back down to a size 6. I am in Saginaw. I need someone to help me stay movitated on this journey. My husband is trying to lose weight too but he does not understand what I go through as a mother. I work full time and going to school to get my associate's degree and have a 2 year old and a 9 month old. Mommy hands are full! Getting to the gym is not the easiest thing to do. Finding some... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:11:11 EST starting up again Hello people! Just started back on Sparkpeople again and looking forward to accomplishing my goals this time. Hope there ate some others to help me to stay motivated. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:02:43 EST starting up again Hello people! Just started back on Sparkpeople again and looking forward to accomplishing my goals this time. Hope there ate some others to help me to stay motivated. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:01:05 EST Rochester Hills gal ready to roll!! I am super motivated not just to lose weight, but to get healthy and STAY healthy. Gone are the excuses from 2012, I am worth the time and effort to get in shape! My plan includes 2-3 days at the gym and 2-3 days with DVDs or yoga. <BR> <BR> I sit in a cubicle 4 days a week for 10 hours day and now vow to take the stairs and walk on my breaks!! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:45:03 EST 1st day on sparks , Traverse City MI New to Sparks any help appreciated plz ! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:59:12 EST Looking to lose 100+ pounds before I am 30 <BR> <BR> Hey Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am from the Grand Rapids Michigan area. <BR> <BR> I am going to be 29 years old in a couple of weeks. I've used Sparkpeople in the past, but now I have connecting it to facebook, twitter, and plan on uploading pictures and holding myself accountable. I love the idea of working with other people towards my goals; However, I am very shy and self conscious about my weight and body, and don't really have any friends that have the same issues that I have. ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:03:05 EST New to SparkPeople from the Waterford area Hi everyone, I have just signed up here a few days ago and am still learning to navigate the site. I don't have as much to loose as some, but I still struggle with the 'Oh So Easy' temptations. I have developed Hypertension and don't want to end up like my dad who has had several stints put in. I have been going to the gym on a guest pass with a friend, but there are many times she does not want to go. I am hoping to gain motivation here so I can keep on track with the limited equipment I hav... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:06:27 EST What is your favorite winter activity in Michigan? Cross country skiing for me! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:09:22 EST Finding My Way Back Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople. Reading through some of the message boards, I'm already feeling good about joining. I am hoping to hang out here a bit on evenings and weekends and catch up and stay motivated. Your posts look fabulous. I look forward to reaching my goals amongst those of you working for the same thing. Happy New Year! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:57:11 EST new spark member I am new to Spark People and looking forward to starting a healthy journey for myself. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:38:56 EST Overweight and overwhelmed! Hi everyone! I am semi-new to spark people. I have always battled my weight. I am 5'3 and at my largest I weighed 300 lbs. I had gastric bypass surgery in march of 2004 (i was 22 then). I lost 155 lbs, putting me at 145 lbs. It was awesome but I didn't learn to change my lifestyle. Since then I have gained 80 lbs back. <BR> I am married and we have a 5month old. I actually lost weight during my pregnancy. I was down to 200 lbs. After I had my daughter in august, i gained 30 lbs back. Even ty... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:59:16 EST I can do this! Hello, I'm Brandy 38 years old, from Northern Michigan, mother of two girls, grandmother of two active boys. My goals..... <BR> Get Healthy <BR> Lose Weight <BR> Keep up with Grandkids, sure there are more to come!!! <BR> Make my 40s GREAT!!!! <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:45:41 EST new to the program I am new to this site and was wondering what everyone has found that works and any good tips Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:30:28 EST Feeling Fit My name is Gwendolyn and I just joined the fitnes challenge. I recently lost someone close to me and been very down in the dumps. I need to get motivated to lose weight and get fit. Its been a rough time and I have very low energy. I need all the support in the world right now. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:24:56 EST Anybody live in northern Oakland County, Michigan? Looking for anybody who lives in northern Oakland County, Michigan. <BR> Would like to get to know you and meet up with you, if interested. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:48:22 EST Greetings!! I just wanted to say hi to the forum, and let everyone know about a blog I'm starting up for the New Year. It's centered on running and fitness, and will hopefully help give support and ideas to any one who struggles with working out. The site is: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Follow me, and feel free to post comments or suggestions!! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:53:52 EST my city TAYLOR Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:13:56 EST Hi Everyone!!!!!!! Hello!!!!! I signed up to help motivate myself and others to lose weight and get healthy. To all those who follow good luck and lets have some fun!!!!! Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:40:39 EST First week Good Morning! Just want to introduce myself! Stay at home mom of 3, last one started kindergarten so I have no more excuses as far as time!! Going to take little bites out of my total loss goal of 40 pounds! 50 would be even better!!!!!!! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:51:14 EST walking group for alpena mi? hi im 21 and looking for people in alpena to make a walking/ exercises group looking to meet on the weekends ? Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:52:36 EST New to Spark Just finished reading the Spark 28 day book and I have the SparkPeople 28 day Boot camp Dvd. I feel so inspired to get working on my list of small goals. I'm sure I'm not using the right terms but I am excited to start a healthy lifestyle! I need all the support I can get, I am a yo yo dieter and have been anorexic and bulimic in the past and still battle with those problems. This book has made the most sense to me and I want to stick with it! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:54:14 EST Emily is looking for spark friends Hey all!!! I am looking for some spark friends that I can talk to daily to help keep me motivated. I am looking to loose 70 pounds and also quitting smoking-I am a easy going, good listener, honest person, and can become a great friend. I am hoping to find the same here on sparks!!!!! Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:51:23 EST Sabrina Blevins Hi just getting serious about weight lose I'm 300lbs . I just gave up on pop and started drinking geen tea <BR> want to try to lose the weight before concidering weight loss surgery. I just need more enery and motovaction <BR> to exercise more and eat less. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:56:45 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, My name is Pam and I am new to Sparkpeople. I would like to have someone to talk to when I am struggling with wanting to eat. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:38:45 EST new to the site! hello, my name is Nicole. I am new to this site. I founf it just browsing online. I am hoping this helps! I am 23 years old. I have tried everything to loose weights. gym, workouts, diet pills, diets, eating smaller but more meals, shakes.... and nothing seems to help! I do not know what is wrong. Something was said about sleep apenia? But I'm sick of being over weight! I want a change. But as I said I have tried everything.... I don't know what else to do! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:52:56 EST Weight Management and Metabolic Nutrition Has anyone used the Weight Management and Metabolic Nutrition program at St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland with Dr. Tom Rifai. Is it all shakes or do you eat regular food and is it affordable. Any information would be appreciated. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 10:42:18 EST Hi!!! I'm Cristy! Hey there!!! My name is Cristy Blonk. I actually started my journey back in January. I started out at 400 lbs. So It's been a pretty successful year. The last couple of months have been quite the challenge though. I am joining this sight in hopes to find the strength and encouragement that I need to keep pushing forward. The holiday season is here which is a whole new obstacle. I started out so incredibly strong... and 70 lbs later I feel like I've lost a lot of that. I just cant let myself g... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:58:24 EST New to Holland, Michigan Hi! I'm Vikki and my DH and I moved to Holland, MI two months ago from Virginia. My sweetie is originally from east Michigan (Toledo, OH area). We felt we needed to live in a less expensive area than the Washington, DC region, looked around, visited and fell in love with Holland. We're bicyclists (ride a tandem bike), like to sail, like to sing in church choir, woodworking... Michigan is very new to me, I was raised in Illinois. I'm looking forward to our new life here, although I believ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:16:32 EST Weighing in for my first time-Waterford, MI 175 lbs 10-29-12 <BR> Looking to loose 2lbs a week for a total of 26 lbs minimum by Jan 28th for my vacation :) <BR> 30/f if anyone wants a walking/jogging workout partner then, send me a message or email me <BR> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:02:56 EST Ready, Set, Go! Hello, My name is Belinda. <BR> <BR> I, like many of you, have struggled with weight for many years, (ok, really as long as I can remember). Unfortunately, I have tried a number of things. Some successful for a while and others not at all. I am at the point, this weight has taken over my life. I am tired, I hurt, I am short of breath, and tired of being judged by others and even myself. I am so ready to move forward to a healthier, younger, fitter, better me. I do not do well tracking, but ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:09:43 EST I'm the Newbie Hello all, First of all I am a Visalus user, not promoter. Anyone else out there ? I am a mom of 2 daughters, 10 and 14, have been married for 15 years to a wonderful man who loves me just as I am. Unfortunately I do not love me just as I am. My goal is another 65 pounds. At my age this may be hard but i sure as hell will give it a good try. I love to scrapbook and love all of my kids activities. At this point in my life it's time for me ! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:11:41 EST On my way. . . Again Hello out there my name is Kerry, I am 65 and a retired nurse, I live in a small costal town on Lake Huron in MI. <BR> When I moved here 5 years ago I weighed 195# (and I am only 5'2") I got involved with a weight loss class and lost a number of pounds, I then gained back almost all of it. Last March I did begin Weight Watchers and got down to <BR> 160#, I quit WW a short time ago and am again sabatoging my diet, I now weigh 165#. I do walk regularly and am <BR> beginning curves next week ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:15:17 EST cassopolis It is interesting to see all the different towns represented Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:15:58 EST I'm a newbie from Dexter I've have 40 pounds to lose. But more important than that, I want to become more physically active and learn better eating habits. <em>239</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:31:30 EST Yooper wannabe I can't help clicking on anything yooper! I am a yooper once removed (and a yooper wannabe).. My mom was born in Ishpeming and my dad in Wakefield and when they were kids moved to Trout Creek and Painsville. So, I spent all my summers as a kid vacationing in the U.P. visiting grandparents and aunts and uncles. I am always sooooooo jealous of real yoopers who get to live year round in all that natural paradise. I always tell my husband that I feel like I'm coming home when I cross the br... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:39:43 EST Brighton Newbie I like what Jazzejr said...her Henry Ford quote obout If you think you can or if you think you can't, your're right. That's what my mom always told me growing up and that's what I always tell my kids now. Now I need to practice what I preach ......and I think I can this time. <BR> Well it is sunny, and beautiful today. The tree colors in the neighborhood are'll be raking time before too long (good excercise!) Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:25:14 EST Brighton Newbie Hi....just joined today, so, I'm trying to figure this all out. One thing is for sure...I am DETERMINED this time! Is there anyone who wants to be a "weight loss" buddy? I just need to be accountable to someone, or, maybe that's what we do with these forums...we are accountable to everyone? Two things I always tell my kids....never, Never, NEVER give up and If you think you can, you're right...if you think you can't, you're right.......So, now I have to start practicing what I preach. I ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:16:00 EST What About Those Tigers! Go Tigers!! What about Cabrara. <em>205</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:26:42 EST YAHOO Yahoo !!! Over Labor Day weekend I had gained 3#. I got on the scale this morning and lost 8# altogether. It feels good to have a breakthrough. Gives me a boost to keep going. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:06:10 EST Exercising with an injured foot Hello, I'm still relatively new here. I'm liking the site quite a bit. Doing okay on weight loss so far. But last week hurt my foot when lawnmower ran over it. No worries have all toes and whole foot in tact. But doc says it will take at least 3 weeks to heal properly if not 6 weeks before I can walk or exercise like I was. Was wondering if any one had any suggestions another than trying to maintain healthy eating for exercising wise while injured? Good luck to all of you. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:49:40 EST new to SP - friend me :) Hello, I'm new to SP. I'm looking to some fresh ideas and motivation to lose some of this weight that is so hard to get rid of. I'm surrounded by boys who anything and everything and don't have to worry about their weight. This website seems like it has so much to offer. Please feel free to share what has been most helpful for you using this website. I figured I'd try this before joining Weight Watchers. Hope this works :). Wish me luck Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:26:59 EST New and looking for support My name is Christi and I am from metro detroit, I have 2 young children and run a daycare out of my home. Finding time to get to the gym or work out seems very hard. I am trying very hard to stay motivated to kick at least 20lb but I have a bad habit of making excuses. Hoping that joining some boards and making some friends will help keep me going. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:44:57 EST Hello, I'm new Hello, I'm new to spark people. And I am looking for a easier way to help get myself back in to shape. I have more weight to lose than I am proud of and I have been struggling with it for about 8 years now. A friend of mine referred me to this website, and complimented on how well it helps people. I'm hoping to make friends, drop pounds and be happy with myself like I used to be. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:36:33 EST Newbie from SW Michigan Hello everyone...I am new to sparkpeople. I am 51 and need to lose 50 lbs. This is the most I have every weighed in my life. As I stated on my profile page I was the one everyone envied because I could eat anything and not gain an ounce. That change after I turned 40. <BR> <BR> I am petite 5'1.75" have to count every little inch so just a little bit of extra weight is noticable on me. That being said, 50 extra lbs really looks bad. I have dieted before but have always gained it back because... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:27:50 EST Trying to lose 20 lbs I've been trying to lose 20-25 lbs for three years... My mental well-being ties in with my physical well being and so it's important for me to find a balance. This week I started walking at the track 3-4 times a week after work for at least 45 minutes. I'm hoping to be able to get support through Spark People. My plan is to log in regularly and use some of the tools provided here and stay in touch so I can stick with my goals. Support messages, tips and suggestions are welcomed. :) H... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:58:55 EST From Muskegon Hi, I'm new to this site and in the last year have decided to take back my body. I have so far in the last month lost 18 pounds but have 32 more to lost by February, if not more. Anyone in my area looking for a walking partner or just to talk? Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:14:05 EST Here and Now is the Time Hello Sparks members !!! Just wanted to say I'm excited about stumbling onto SparksPeople and really want and need a site that really wants and shares not to mention cares about helping and supporting my journey on weightloss... could someone also assist me on how to reply tried several times to my messages no luck !!! Thank You !!! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:33:47 EST UP Laurium Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:33:26 EST Back Again Hello, my name is Jo Ann and this hopefully ismy last time back. I am seeking help. I have had some real challenges lately in losing weight and due to medical reason have too take 50 lbs off. I would hope to get some motivation and help from anyone out there that can help. I am 56 years old happily married and proud grandma of 6 grandchildren. Love life and God, just need some help. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Jo Ann Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:46:38 EST New and in search of a gym partner in my area I live in the Southfield/Beverly Hills area and I would like to find someone who would be interested in meeting up to work out at a local gym about three times a week. I am free in the late afternoon or early evening. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:33:47 EST Newbie in need of support Hi I hail from Royal Oak area and I am ready to get back in the fitness business. I know that diet success comes from finding support so I decided to join Spark People. I look forward to sharing this journey with my fellow Michiganders. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:55:00 EST I'm a Newbee Hi my name is Bren I'm new to SP...I live in MI...need support and friends...I'm Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:01:57 EST Good afternoon all! So, yeah, lemme introduce myself! My name is Jessica and I am a college student who lives in the Belleville area, if anyone knows where that is its like twenty minutes from ann arbor and maybe a half hour from Detroit. I don't know times I just get there when I get there,lol. Anywho I have barely any time whatsoever during my day. I do live at home with my mom and my sister, and don't get too much support from them. My boyfriend does give me awesome support, even if he is trying to sabotage m... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:14:30 EST Another newbie in the UP Hi everyone -- my name is Sandy, I'm 64 years old and have a goal of losing nearly 100 pounds, so I'm going to need all the help I can get! I feel confident that if I take it one day at a time I can do this, with the help of the other members on Spark People. I'm looking forward to getting to know many people here and hope I can help others along the way, as well. <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:05:08 EST Hi from the U.P. Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> This is my first full day at SparkPeople and it's not going too bad. I have quite a journey ahead of me as I have over 50 lbs to lose to be at my goal weight. I need to stay motivated and will definitely need help with that. I am a huge proscrastinator. "I'll start exercising tomorrow" is a favorite of mine, but unfortunately, that tomorrow never comes. <BR> <BR> I heard about SparkPeople from a friend at work and thought, "what the heck," I've tried every other di... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:49:19 EST Hello from Southfield Hi my name is Elizabeth. I am hoping to get under 200 pounds by next year. I have lost about 7 pounds so far. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:54:39 EST Hi from St. Clair County Hi, I'm brand new to SP. A little overwelmed with all the information but excited to get my weight loss journey started :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:01:04 EST fungusgirl Hello! I am new to SP. I need motivation to get and keep going on my weight loss journey. I had started working out 3 times per week in january of this year, lost weight and started feeling toned. Then got involved with life, daughter graduating from HS, Grad party, family issues, moving my daughter to school, etc. Needless to say, emotional eating took it's toll, and I have gained back everything I lost and then some. I had planned on getting back to the gym at the high school, now that... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:02:27 EST Hello! New to the Spark site. Hello everyone! I begin a new journey today! I have tried WW and Medical Weight Loss to only loose my money in the end! I had lost 80 pds but I have gained back 30 and I need to stop gaining and start losing! I live in White Lake and I am married with 2 adult daughters and one grand daughter. Good Luck To Everyone! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:01:48 EST 50lb weight loss goal begins today... Is there any tips that have worked for you? Favorite workout? I've done it before with great success but this time I'm not as lucky, summers hard for real schedule but Im ready now and determined. Would love to hear your tips, good/bad and any advice. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:46:15 EST New member, need all the help I can get :) I did a weight loss challenge (local) a few years back with great success but in the past 4 years it's slowly crept back on, Im here to get it back off and KEEP IT OFF this time. I know it's all in my mindset and Im determined. Any help would be appreciate. Thanks! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:42:20 EST Hi everyone I'm from Walled Lake,MI and just found this wonderful sight. I have 60lbs to lose and I'm hoping this site will help me. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:35:47 EST Looking for running partner in Flint, MI Hi, <BR> <BR> I am an employee at UM-Flint and a mother of a 10 month old son. I am looking to shed the last bit of my baby weight. I enjoy running (even though I am not that good at it) and have taken to running after work about 2.5-3 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Is there anyone out there that would enjoy a running partner and can join me in downtown Flint after 5 p.m.? This past week I have been running by myself but I don't think it's wise to continue by myself. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:42:10 EST Back again, and in Holland Hi! I am in Holland, and I am back again to give it another go and hope for success this time that is permanent. I am a 38 yr old mama to two boys. And sure wouldn't mind a work out buddy near about the same age as me to help me stay motivated, and to help that person stay motivated as well. <BR> <BR> I will be joining a gym tomorrow... Thinking I will join Planet Fitness... Any takers? Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:11:47 EST Hello everyone!!! My name is missi amd i live in the tri cities tn area. I'm turning my life around and getting fit and healthy and i am looking for people doing the same in the area to get together and do some fit clubs or just to have a hiking buddy!!! Please email me here if you would like to do so!!!! Thanks! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:08:49 EST Hi Hi everyone my name is Kim i have two boys and a soon to be step daughter i have struggled with my weight for over 5 years so i am hoping this will help me. If anyone has advice please share with me :) Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:14:49 EST Not giving up! I find myself getting frustrated! I started out fresh 2 months ago and was excited when I dropped 28 lbs! But now, my weight loss has come to a screeching halt! I am experiencing more stress, and I guess this could be contributing. But I refuse to give up! Visiting Sparkpeople each day is definitely encouraging me to stay strong. I just have to keep telling myself, "I am worth it!" Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:05:02 EST Mid-Year Changes Instead of a New Year resolution, I woke up this morning and decided that today would be the first day towards a lifetime of changes. No more excuses and no more pre-planning, just going to do it!!! Along with discovering P90x (today will be day 1 of 90 days) I also discovered Sparkpeople. These two together, is what I am committing to in order to reach my goals:) Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:04:06 EST number line tracker Can anyone tell me how you get the cute little tracker number line that many people have at the bottom of their posts? Where do oyu find it and how do you add it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:52:43 EST Mackinaw Island Run Is anyone going to run the island on 9/8/12? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:58:50 EST Hello Plus Size Diva's Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Thank you for joining the team. I look forward to interacting with you so that we all can reach our weight loss goals. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:21:21 EST Tecumseh - new member <BR> Greetings to all Sparks Michiganders. :-) I love that I was made aware of this team just after signing up. Is anyone from around the SE Michigan area? <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> jesster Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:51:20 EST Just getting started name is Brenda and I just joined Sparks People :) I'm finding it much more difficult to stay motivated and focused to lose the weight I need to lose and to live a more healthy lifestyle. I turned 50 this year and I'm feeling every year of my aching joints, weak muscles and constant fatigue. I hope by being part of a group like this I will receive (and eventually contribute) some much needed motivation and encouragement to reach my goals :) Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:12:21 EST I'm going to try AGAIN... Hi All, <BR> Here I am, going to try to loose some weight again. I wish I could. I am tired of being so fat (and ugly). I just want my skinny husband to be proud of me. (He has never said he wasn't.) I don't want to be embarrassed in public. We like to go on our motorcycles but lately, I don't go at all cause I am too ashamed of myself. I am hoping to find a LOT of support and encouragement here. I heard of this site in the Womans World magazine. (Oh, I seem to ramble on and on at ti... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 19:25:22 EST Hi everyone! Hello everyone!! I have been a member of SP since 2008. I have lost almost 80 pounds in total...but for the last year I have been very laxed on my exercise and diet and gained almost 20 of it back. I decided that this behavior has gone on long enough! Monday I started back at the gym, this time, every day! (I may take 1 day a week off). And my diet is back to healthy healthy healthy!! I would like to lose that 20 again within the next 6 weeks! 42 days until the BIG DAY for me and I want to lo... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:01:28 EST Hello, I'm Elizabeth I've been a member of SP since April, but have been trying to get settled in a new town so I've slacked in my diet and workout schedule. I really need to get back on track. I just wanted to say hello. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:22:15 EST HI EVERYONE IM A NEW B great to be part of the Michigan Team ! I live in comstock park , near grand rapids, single mom , 2kids, joe 23 and katie 17 . joe is out on his own now . and we lost katie just before her 17th b-day 4 yrs ago.. seens her passing I've managed to gain over 100Lbs .. ready to get back into life ! <BR> Danielle Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:51:54 EST new person hi, i am new today inspired by one of the persons online. i need a lot of encouragement! it has been difficult for me to stick to any weight loss system and i have tried them all several times. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:09:20 EST New to Spark People! Hey!! Im Jen a wife and mom of 4 kids! I am in MIchigan, I am here to loose weight! :) I am in need of a workout buddy and motivational friends! I need encouragement to keep loosing weight... I fell away after loosing 30# due to injuries... now Im back! I'm reading to go again, I need to loose about 20# one goal I have is to Run in a 5K so I wanna drop the weight, get fit, then train for a 5 K then ONE day do a triathalon! I would love to have someone to work out at the gym with any lifetime... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:07:16 EST New to Spark People! Hey!! Im Jen a wife and mom of 4 kids! I am in MIchigan, I am here to loose weight! :) I am in need of a workout buddy and motivational friends! I need encouragement to keep loosing weight... I fell away after loosing 30# due to injuries... now Im back! I'm reading to go again, I need to loose about 20# one goal I have is to Run in a 5K so I wanna drop the weight, get fit, then train for a 5 K then ONE day do a triathalon! I would love to have someone to work out at the gym with any lifetime... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:06:57 EST I'm not there yet, but closer than i was yesterday My name is Jessica, I'm 19 and let myself go in the past year. I gained 40+ pounds and when i almost hit 240 pounds (my highest weight) i agreed to myself i needed to get going for good this time. I've tried many diets, yet have all the same outcome. I have always been a little overweight and last year i committed to running and made it under 200 pounds and shortly gained it all back when moving into a house with my boyfriend, beginning to get lazy and eat out a lot. I'm here to make friends ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:46:26 EST I'm Julz and I'm fat! I just joined Sparks. I'm really determined to lose at least 35 lbs. I'm not embarrassed or scared at all. I am however, disgusted in myself and very depressed about what I have become! Here's to the next 9 months of losing weight! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:27:02 EST Lake Orion, MI My name is Lisa. I'm a married mother of 3 living in Michigan. I trying to take small steps to better health. I want a heathy lifestyle I can maintain for the long term. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:34:50 EST Hey!! Hello everyone, I am so excited about joining Spark!! It sounds like this just might be the motivating factor to help me lose weight. I am a college girl who needs to get her fit body back!! Im open to any recipies you may have, exercise tips, I am open to anything and everything!!! Cant wait to get started!! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:59:44 EST New to Spark Hi Fellow Michiganders! I'm new to spark and still figuring out things on the site. I live in Hartland, MI which is about 30 miles south of Flint. It's good to see all the support from Michigan. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:45:14 EST Question I was wondering if anyone knew of a site that you could see what your hip size should be? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:59:00 EST