SparkPeople 100+ Pounds to Lose...with Friends! Team Messageboard If you want to lose 100 lbs or more then this is the team for you. Let's keep each other accountable in our weight loss journey! Together we can do this! SparkPeople 100+ Pounds to Lose...with Friends! Team Messageboard 2017 Motivational Emails “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> For many of us…TODAY is the day that it all starts anew. For me, Sunday (the first) was hectic. I was at a theme park for the bulk of the day. While I accomplished over 13,000 steps (and almost 6 miles), I also had French fries and chicken strips, soda, some of my son’s cotton candy and funnel cake. I don’t think the 2 things balanced each other out. <BR> <BR> And then yesterday (the 2nd) we ce... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:33:20 EST Let's Hit 2017 Hard! Hello team! I've been gone for quite some time. I've unfortunately had some issues that I needed to deal with. As we all know, life can get in the way of our health. Life can also be the reason for bad health decisions and poor health. Let's hit 2017 head on! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:48:08 EST National Walking Day! Happy Tuesday Team! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware that Wednesday 04/06/16 is National Walking Day! <BR> <BR> I've attached the link to the American Heart Associations page with all the info! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/PhysicalActivity/Walking/National-Wal<BR>king-Day_UCM_448665_Article.jsp#.VwQzM5UVEeE </link> <BR> <BR> Let's get healthy together! Happy Walking! <BR> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:33:56 EST I'm new Good snowy afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> I am snowed in today, which is a perfect day for lurking on Spark. I have about 130 lbs to lose to be down to 150. At this point, my intermediate goal is to get below 200. I have not been below 200 since probably high school. I am interested in getting an accountability group started where we post every day 2 things we have done towards our weight loss goals. For Christmas, my mom got me the Spark calendar. I have found that to be very helpful. For th... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:52:14 EST 2% Challenge - December 2015 Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. (You'll find the 2% Challenge thread on the team home page) <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here’s mine! <BR> Starting weight – 237 lbs <BR> 2% - 4.7 lbs <BR> Goal- 232.3 lbs <BR> <BR> Anyone is welcome to join at any time until the month is over, then the new challenge will start. Weigh i... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:37:09 EST Yoga Work Out! I was looking around the site today and came across this video! I love yoga. Thought I would share this with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=27 </link> <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:17:56 EST 24 Days B4 Thanksgiving WALK Challenge This is the absolute BEST way to prepare for a healthy holiday season ... just WALK every day for 24 Days!! A little walk or a BIG walk ... every step counts for a healthy YOU! <BR> Monday, Nov. 2 to Wednesday Nov. 25 ... we will WALK, ENCOURAGE, MOTIVATE ...TOGETHER! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN'T DO THIS CHALLENGE WRONG! <BR> <BR> Walk any "way", any "where” ... you can choose to walk miles, steps or minutes! Use Walk at Home Videos or DVD's, or walk outdoors, walk on a treadmill, walk at the Mall .... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:35:27 EST Spark Goodies Challenge - November 2015 We all like getting little gifts and awards on our Spark Pages. Well...I'd like to give out some Spark Goodies! <BR> <BR> On the last day of every month, I'll go in and check this Spark Team. I will give away TWO Spark Goodies! One for the person with the most Spark Points earned and one for the person with most fitness points logged! <BR> <BR> If you think about it...It's a pretty simple challenge. All you really need to do is log in and track your fitness. Good luck to all! Let's have s... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:43:13 EST 2% Challenge - November 2015 Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. (You'll find the 2% Challenge thread on the team home page) <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here’s mine! <BR> Starting weight – 238 lbs <BR> 2% - 4.8 lbs <BR> Goal- 233.2 lbs <BR> <BR> Anyone is welcome to join at any time until the month is over, then the new challenge will start. Weigh i... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:01:04 EST have over 150+ to lose Well, I am back after taking a 2+ year hiatus. I have no working endocrine systems. Thyroid is dead and all meds for it convert to an inactive form, insulin autoantibodies make my insulin hard to adjust, Have to drink a lot of water because I am dehydrated and in fluid overload at the same time. I am now a retired ICU RN because of all of this and more. The docs say I will never lose weight, but I have lost weight using this program before, so I am back. <BR> <BR> I found a place to tell me... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:26:40 EST Spark Goodie Challenge - March 2015 We all like getting little gifts and awards on our Spark Pages. Well...I'd like to give out some Spark Goodies! <BR> <BR> On the last day of every month, I'll go in and check this Spark Team. I will give away TWO Spark Goodies! One for the person with the most Spark Points earned and one for the person with most fitness points logged! <BR> <BR> If you think about it...It's a pretty simple challenge. All you really need to do is log in and track your fitness. Good luck to all! Let's have s... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:11:30 EST 2% Challenge - March 2015 Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here’s mine! <BR> Starting weight – 228.4 lbs <BR> 2% - 4.6 lbs <BR> Goal- 223.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Anyone is welcome to join at any time until the month is over, then the new challenge will start. Weigh in days are users choice. So feel free to join up and start... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:23:45 EST Spark Goodies Challenge - January 2015 We all like getting little gifts and awards on our Spark Pages. Well...I'd like to give out some Spark Goodies! <BR> <BR> On the last day of every month, I'll go in and check this Spark Team. I will give away TWO Spark Goodies! One for the person with the most Spark Points earned and one for the person with most fitness points logged! <BR> <BR> If you think about it...It's a pretty simple challenge. All you really need to do is log in and track your fitness. Good luck to all! Let's have s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:47:22 EST 2% Challenge - January 2015 Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here’s mine! <BR> Starting weight – 223.6 lbs <BR> 2% - 4.4 lbs <BR> Goal- 219.2 lbs <BR> <BR> Anyone is welcome to join at any time until the month is over, then the new challenge will start. Weigh in days are users choice. So feel free to join up and start... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:20:45 EST Daily Quiz 12/31/14 This was actually a very interesting quiz. It makes you stop and think about how and when you eat and how you may be acting. Check it out and let us know what you got! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=66 </link> <BR> <BR> Here are my results. <BR> <BR> Your Results: A Healthy Balance <BR> <BR> You have achieved healthy balance with food. Although you get disappointed when you get off track, you keep a realistic mindset ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:46:51 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:57 EST Spark Goodies Challenge - September 2014 I'd like to try something new. <BR> <BR> We all like getting little gifts and awards on our Spark Pages. Well...I'd like to give out some Spark Goodies! <BR> <BR> On the last day of every month, I'll go in and check this Spark Team. I will give away TWO Spark Goodies! One for the person with the most Spark Points earned and one for the person with most fitness points logged! <BR> <BR> If you think about it...It's a pretty simple challenge. All you really need to do is log in and t... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:35:34 EST Motivational Emails “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~ African Proverb <BR> <BR> I love this one. Mostly because it’s true. You’ll never know if you can handle the storm if you’re always on calm waters. <BR> <BR> During your journey, there will be turbulence. You will hit bumps in the road. You will stumble and you may fall. But your need to learn to keep your balance during the turbulence. Learn to adjust your shocks to absorb the bumps in the road. And when you fall…get back up. Keep pushing. Ke... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:57:48 EST 2% Challenge - September 2014 Join the 2% challenge by posting your Starting Weight and 2% of that figure. <BR> <BR> Here is an example: If you now weigh 200 pounds and lose 2% of that this month, you will have lost 4 pounds by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here’s mine! <BR> Starting weight – 241 lbs <BR> 2% - 4.8 lbs <BR> Goal- 236.20 lbs <BR> <BR> Anyone is welcome to join at any time until the month is over, then the new challenge will start. Weigh in days are users choice. So feel free to join up and start ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:47:02 EST Looking for weight loss buddy 100+ lbs to lose Hello Everyone or Anyone! <BR> <BR> I know there haven't been many posts to this group in a while but I figured I could post my own shout out and see what happens. I'm looking for a weight loss buddy who can help me stay motivated through my weight loss journey. I have 150 lbs to lose and lack a stable support group within my family so here I am reaching out to anyone who is interested. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:43:24 EST Fruit & Veggies What do you know and what do you like about your Fruit & Veggies? There are still times when I discover a new one. <BR> <BR> Name a Fruit or Veggie that you love, share why or share any new information you may have discovered. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <BR> For example, I love Bell Peppers, all colors. They are bright and festive, versatile, and a rich source of Vitamin C. <BR> <BR> Did you know it starts out as a green pod and as it matures, it gradually acquires its true genetic color... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:09:00 EST New to the Group and The Website Good Morning All! It is a cool brisk morning here. I am a 43 yr old mother, wife and dedicated employee. I have struggled with my weight since childhood. I have lost in the past over 90 lbs. and due to life's stresses and challenges, I once again find myself looking to loose 105 lbs. I recently remarried and now have 2 step daughters as well as my sons to set an example for. I am hoping that with the support of this website, I will be able to achieve my goal within a reasonable amount o... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:25:18 EST Got a First? Today marks the arrival of the Water Snake - which Chinese astrology considers powerful and associated with the notion of Karma. I'm not Chinese, but it is enthusiastically celebrated across the world, and I think its a good way to mark a new goal. <BR> <BR> So today I did my first strength training. I've been here a week now, and I've mostly been taking walks. And now I want to start to tone my body, so that as I lose, I don't have flab. <BR> <BR> Any firsts for anyone else? Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:38:51 EST late 20's female looking for a weight loss buddy Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking for a buddy to help me stay motivated and be accountable. I have almost 200 pounds I need to lose. I have never been thin but sure I can get there one day if I have support and all the tools I need. I am new teacher of students with emotional impairments and would love to be a role model for them as well by showing them you can achieve anything you believe in. I have a hard time staying motivated but KNOW I need to lose the weight. I would also like to ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:49:34 EST GET OUT OF 440 POUNDS! Any takers here? <BR> <BR> I know at lead one member is stuck in the 440.xx lbs <BR> <BR> and needs to get out of j440 lbs. to 439.9 lbs . <BR> <BR> Please let us know if this is happening to you! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:26:43 EST GET OUT OF 278 POUNDS Any takers here? <BR> I know at lead one member is stuck in the 278.xx lbs and needs to get out of j278 lbs! <BR> <BR> Please let us know if this is happening to you! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:23:59 EST GET OUT OF 301 LBS! Any takers here? <BR> <BR> I know at lead one member is stuck in the 301.xx lbs and needs to get out of j301 lbs! <BR> <BR> Please let us know if this is happening to you! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:22:54 EST GET OUT OF 217 POUNDS! SO TRY IT! <BR> <BR> YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! <BR> <BR> GET FROM 217.9 LBS TO 216.9 LBS! <BR> <BR> FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! <BR> <BR> AND KEEP GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION! <BR> <BR> THAT'S WHAT'S CALLED GETTING OUT OF 217 LBS! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:56:43 EST 260lbs is creeping up... I am 5' 7" and 255 lbs. I have crappy joints and a thyroid that hates me. However, my biggest problem is my self control. I've always struggled with my weight, but luckily I held it well and people could never tell how much I really weighed. But now after having my son I am not holding it so well. I used to tell myself,"I'll never let myself get to 200 lbs, then 220, then 250, now it's 260! I can't talk to my "friends", so here I am. My husband is supportive no matter what, but he is 5' 11 13... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:49:08 EST What are you currently doing to obtain your goals? What are methods? <BR> How are you holding yourself accountable?? <BR> What are your plans for obstacles? Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:00:36 EST Hello from Texas Hello from Texas where I'm trying to make one thing in Texas smaller, ME! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:58:15 EST GET OUT OF 215 POUNDS! Hi! i'm new here! <BR> <BR> weighed in at 215.4 unofficially, naked, this a.m. <BR> <BR> really really really want to get out of here fast! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:53:22 EST GET OUT OF 217 POUNDS! Hi ! <BR> <BR> I'M NEW HERE <BR> <BR> WEIGHED IN AT 217.2 TWICE. AT HOME, UNOFFICIALLY... <BR> <BR> TRYING TO GET OUTTA HERE FAST. <BR> <BR> I CAN SEE IT'S MORE TREACHEROUS WHEN ONE'S TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT POUND BY POUNG; <BR> <BR> IT'S VERY EASY TO BINGE AND END UP BACK AT 2 OR 3 LBS HEAVIER AFTER EVEN ONE HOUR OF OVEREATING ! <BR> <BR> HHEEELLPP! IT'S NO JOKE ! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:50:42 EST GET OUT OF 218 POUNDS HI TEAM! <BR> <BR> NOW ONE CAN GET LOSE WEIGHT POUND BY POUND! <BR> <BR> IF YOU W-I BETWEEN 218.99 AND 218.00 <BR> <BR> THEN DO POST HERE UNTIL YOU ARE OUTTA 218 LBS. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:50:30 EST Hi all! Hi, <BR> I am Dani from that mitten state of Michigan. I have a goal of losing 50 pounds, cause I have always been told to start with a reachable goal, but need to lose closer to 200-150 pounds total. I have had a weight problem for a very long time, since I was in elementary school more or less, and it didn't help that I had hit my height of 6'3" in 8th grade. My family has a lot of bigger people in the recent generations, maybe due to the decrease in activity as we have been farmers f... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:04:00 EST CHALLENGE: 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS MONTH CHALLENGE HEY TEAM! <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE DISCUSSION BOARD FOR THE CHALLENGES YOU WANT TO SET YOURSELVES FOR THIS SUMMER OLYMPICS MONTH 2012! <BR> <BR> CHOOSE CHALLENGES CONCERNING FOOD OR FITNESS OR HEALTH OR SELF-ESTEEM OR ALL! <BR> <BR> REGARDS! <BR> <BR> ANNROSE126 <em>381</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:11:48 EST OUR TEAM'S ALL STARS ! HOWDY FOLKS! <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE THREAD YOU CAN USE TO LET US ALL KNOW ABOUT ALL THE WEIGHT LOSS GOALS YOU ARE ACHIEVING DURING YOUR VISIT WITH US! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:07:51 EST REACHED YOUR *FINAL GOAL WEIGHT*? FREE TICKETS! HI TEAM! <BR> <BR> FOR ***REACHING YOUR FINAL GOAL WEIGHT*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, <BR> <BR> YOU CAN CLAIM FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ACTIVITIES. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE YOUR FREE ( MAKE BELIEVE) TICKETS TO OUR TOWN'S MONSTER ROLLER-COASTER RIDE DOWN BY THE HARBOR ! <BR> <BR> WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A ROARING GOOD TIME! <BR> <BR> COME BACK AND LET US KNOW JUST HOW SCARY THE RIDE WAS! <BR> <BR> OR HOW BRAVE YOU WERE! <BR> <BR> OR POST YOUR PICS OF THE FUN! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:18:49 EST PICK UP YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR ***100 LBS LOST***! ***SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION*** <BR> <BR> FOR ***100 LBS LOST*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, YOU CAN PICK UP FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ACTIVITIES. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE YOUR FREE TICKETS TO <BR> WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A ROARING GOOD TIME! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:13:46 EST PICK UP YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR ***75 LBS LOST***! ***SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION*** <BR> <BR> FOR ***75 LBS LOST*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, YOU CAN PICK UP FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ACTIVITIES. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE YOUR FREE TICKETS TO <BR> WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A ROARING GOOD TIME! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:13:15 EST FREE TICKETS FOR ***50 LBS LOST*** WITH OUR TEAM! HI TEAM! <BR> <BR> FOR ***50 LBS LOST*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, YOU CAN PICK UP FREE (MAKE-BELIEVE) TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ACTIVITIES. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE YOUR FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN FOUNDERS' DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR! <BR> <BR> WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A ROARING GOOD TIME! <BR> <BR> COME BACK ANY PICS TO POST ABOUT IT! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>283</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:11:26 EST LOTS GOING ON WITH OUR TEAM IN JULY 2012! HEY TEAM! LOTS GOING ON WITH OUR TEAM THIS MONTH! <BR> <BR> 1- FOR EACH ***5 LBS*** THAT YOU LOSE WITH US, POST A " 5 LBS LOST COMMENT" ON MY SPARKPAGE, SO WE CAN ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. <BR> <BR> 2- FOR ***25 LBS LOST*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, YOU CAN PICK UP FREE TICKETS TO TOWN ACTIVITIES (SEE RANDOM FUN BOARD; IT'S ALL VIRTUAL). <BR> <BR> MORE FREE TICKETS TO COME LATER. <BR> <BR> 3- FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT YOUR GARDENING PHOTOS FOR OUR JULY PHOTOS CONTEST! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:00:52 EST lets be there for each other ! Hebrews11:1 ¶ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. when I read that verse I think to myself do I have the faith to see my <BR> body , healthy and strong .. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Ok so that means I need more and more of Gods word ... Im <BR> gonna Read it Read it read it somemore .. until Im so full of Faith I see myself heathly and Strong .. I dont know how long this journey will take b... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 08:23:10 EST MONTHLY CHALLENGE JULY 2012 - GOOD FOR YOU! HEY TEAM! <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE DISCUSSION BOARD READY FOR YOU TO TRACK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE(S) FOR JULY 2012. <BR> <BR> PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGES THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> FOLLOW UP HERE DAILY IN JULY, OR WEEKLY, OR TWICE A MONTH OR AT THE START AND END. <BR> <BR> RETURN TO FOLLOW-UP IN THE SAME MESSAGE BY EDITING IT. <BR> <BR> WHATEVER IS GOOD FOR YOU FOR THE TRACKING ALSO. <BR> <BR> FOR EXAMPLE: <BR> <BR> MY JULY CHALLENGES WILL BE TO KEEP MY DAILY CALORIES UNDER 1490 CA... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:41:05 EST WHAT'S THE SECRET TO OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES? HOWDY, FOLKS! <BR> <BR> WE ARE HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU TO ***OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES***! <BR> <BR> JUST PASSING THROUGH? <BR> <BR> PLEASE MAKE YOURSELVES AT HOME WHILE YOU SPEND TIME WITH US. <BR> <BR> ALL OUR FOLKS ARE REAL FRIENDLY-LIKE AND WE LOVE TO HELP OUT, LIKE WITH GIVING DIRECTIONS TO DOING WELL IN THIS CLUB. <BR> <BR> DON'T WANT TO STAY ALL THAT LONG HERE? <BR> <BR> LOOKING FOR THE ROAD OUT OF THE CLUB ALREADY? <BR> <BR> IT'S A SECRET ROAD OVER YONDER. <BR>... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:03:07 EST FREE TICKETS FOR ***25 LBS LOST*** WITH OUR TEAM! FOR ***25 LBS LOST*** DURING YOUR STAY WITH US, YOU CAN PICK UP ( VIRTUAL ONLY) FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ACTIVITIES. <BR> <BR> HERE ARE YOUR FREE TICKETS TO OUR TOWN ANNUAL PICNIC IN THE PARK! <BR> WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A ROARING GOOD TIME! <BR> <BR> COME BACK AND GIVE US THE LIST OF ALL THE NON-FOOD ACTIVITIES YOU PARTICIPATED IN AT THE ANNUAL PICNIC! <BR> <BR> ( ON RANDOM FUN BOARD; IT'S ALL VIRTUAL). <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:01:06 EST BEST PHOTO CONTEST COMING UP! JUDGING IN JULY. HEY SPARKERS! <BR> <BR> ***OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES*** <BR> <BR> IS ANNOUNCING A "BEST PHOTO CONTEST" FOR JULY 2012. <BR> <BR> REV UP NOW! <BR> <BR> 1) UPLOAD YOUR RECENT GARDENING PHOTOS TO YOUR OWN SPARKPAGES. <BR> <BR> 2) COMMENT ME ON MY SPARKPAGE THAT YOUR PHOTOS ARE UPLOADED AND THAT YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE. <BR> <BR> 3) THE CONTEST DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012. I WILL JUDGE DURING THE LAST DAYS OF JULY AND ANNOUNCE THE TOP 3 WINNERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 23:49:34 EST WHAT'S THE SECRET TO OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES? HOWDY, FOLKS! <BR> <BR> WE ARE HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU TO ***OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES***! <BR> <BR> JUST PASSING THROUGH ? PLEASE MAKE YOURSELVES AT HOME WHILE YOU SPEND TIME WITH US. <BR> <BR> ALL OUR FOLKS ARE REAL FRIENDLY-LIKE AND WE LOVE TO HELP OUT, LIKE WITH GIVING DIRECTIONS TO DOING WELL IN THIS CLUB. <BR> <BR> DON'T WANT TO STAY ALL THAT LONG HERE? LOOKING FOR THE ROAD OUT OF THE CLUB ALREADY? <BR> <BR> IT'S A SECRET ROAD OVER YONDER. <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE ROAD ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 22:37:14 EST MONTHLY CHALLENGE JUNE 2012 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's week? <BR> <BR> Weigh-in coming up in the next day or two? Let's all stay on track for the Big Weigh-in Day! <BR> <BR> I've given myself some small Easy Challenges for the month of June 2012 <BR> 1) walk at least 30 mins each June day. <BR> 2) stay within 1200 - 1500 cal each June day. <BR> <BR> HOW READY would you be do some Easy Challenges like this yourself just for June 2012? <BR> It could end up being quite successful for you! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 00:32:47 EST WALK IT OFF CHALLENGE TODAY WALKED 30 MINUTES MOST OF IT ON WAY TO WORK. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 May 2012 22:22:59 EST CHALLENGE: COUNT AND TRACK OUR FOOD INTAKE THIS WEEK, I HAVE TO DO IT MEAL BY MEAL TO KEEP WITHIN FOOD INTAKE BUDGET. <BR> <BR> BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE THE SCALE BUDGE DOWNWARDS AT THE END OF THE WEEK! <BR> <BR> JOIN ME FOR THIS CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> REGARDS, ANNROSE126 <BR> Mon, 28 May 2012 22:21:35 EST THE STAY IN TOUCH CHALLENGE Hey Team! <BR> Help us help you lose some weight and get fit! <BR> <BR> Stay in touch with us, ***Over 100 lbs to Lose Buddies***, either by Team Forum messages, Sparkmails, Blogging, Huddling or Comments. <BR> <BR> It's a win-win situation! <BR> <BR> regards, annrose126 <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Thu, 24 May 2012 22:07:52 EST NUTRITION AND EXERCISE, STRETCHES AND SLEEP! HI TEAM! <BR> <BR> As it says in today's featured SP article 'CRISSCROSS YOUR WAY TO A BETTER LIFE', <BR> <BR> we need not only Nutrition and Exercise for weight loss, but also Stretching & Sleep! <BR> <BR> I agree! WHAT DO YOU THINK? <BR> <BR> regards, annrose126 <em>100</em> Sun, 20 May 2012 09:29:39 EST COUNT AND TRACK YOUR FOOD INTAKE! Hi Team! <BR> HOW DO YOU COUNT YOUR FOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTH? <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOU TRACKING ABOUT FOOD? <BR> <BR> THIS IS THE 'SINE QUA NON' [WITHOUT WHICH NOTHING] ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS! <BR> <BR> SP DIET? <BR> CALORIES PER DAY? <BR> FAT GRAMS? <BR> CARB GRAMS? <BR> LOW FAT? <BR> HI PROTEIN? <BR> GLUTEN-FREE DIET? <BR> THE ZONE? <BR> <BR> WHAT ELSE IS THERE, THAT YOU COULD BE USING TO COUNT AND TRACK FOOD? <BR> <BR> AND NO ONE SAYS IT'S EASY... <BR> <BR> SO PLEASE SHARE YOU... Sat, 19 May 2012 07:57:21 EST WALK IT OFF FORUM Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Please share your BLOGS, musings and successes about walking the weight off, here. <BR> <BR> You can also mention barriers, obstacles and challenges to walking it off, <BR> <BR> particularly if there was a barrier to walking it off that you were able to overcome in a creative way. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> <BR> Annrose126 Sat, 19 May 2012 07:40:44 EST What is a Huddle? LET'S HUDDLE WITH OUR SPARKTEAM BUDDIES FOR NOW! <BR> <BR> YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HUDDLE WITH OUR SPARKTEAM ***Over 100# TO LOSE BUDDIES*** ON OUR HUDDLE WALL, ONCE EACH WEEK. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A HUDDLE AT SP? <BR> <BR> hud·dle [huhd-l] <BR> to gather or crowd together in a close mass. <BR> to confer or consult; meet to discuss, exchange ideas, or make a decision. <BR> <BR> In football, teams gather in huddles to plan for the next play. In SparkTeams, members can "huddle" each... Sun, 13 May 2012 08:21:31 EST SET TO RECEIVE OUR 'TEAM' EMAILS PLEASE GO TO: COMMUNITY/SPARKTEAMS PAGE <BR> <BR> CLICK BUTTON 'MANAGE MY TEAMS EMAILS / SETTINGS' <BR> <BR> PUT CHECKMARK INTO BOX FOR 'TEAM SPARKMAIL' FOR OUR TEAM ***OVER 100# TO LOSE BUDDIES*** <BR> <BR> COMMUNICATIONS WILL GO EASIER FOR US ALL. <BR> <BR> THANKS AND REGARDS TO ALL. annrose126 Sat, 12 May 2012 15:05:32 EST HI there from a new co-leader, annrose126! Hi again, <BR> <BR> i'm a new co-leader at our SparkTeam 'OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES' <BR> <BR> Please visit my SparkPage to learn a bit about me. <BR> <BR> HAPPY TO BE HERE, WORKING WITH YOU ALL AS WE ALL LOSE SOME MORE WEIGHT AND GET FITTER! <BR> <BR> First off, i am asking all our team members to huddle with us once a week on our team HUDDLE WALL. It is the quickest method of communication available. <BR> <BR> so i'd be expecting about 120 huddles each day? <BR> <BR> ANSWER THIS ... Sat, 12 May 2012 14:53:22 EST Hi there from a new co-leader, annrose126! Hi again, <BR> <BR> i'm a new co-leader at our SparkTeam 'OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE BUDDIES' <BR> <BR> Please visit my SparkPage to learn a bit about me. <BR> <BR> HAPPY TO BE HERE, WORKING WITH YOU ALL AS WE ALL LOSE SOME MORE WEIGHT AND GET FITTER! <BR> <BR> First off, i am asking all our team members to huddle with us once a week on our team HUDDLE WALL. It is the quickest method of communication available. <BR> <BR> so i'd be expecting about 120 huddles each day? <BR> <BR> ANSWER TH... Sat, 12 May 2012 14:16:33 EST Looking For New Team Leader I don't have the time to devote to this group. It's not fair to me or any of the group members. I do apologize. I would like to know if anyone is interested in taking over as team leader? <BR> <BR> Jackie Sat, 17 Mar 2012 07:43:42 EST Hi, everyone! I'll admit, before starting I was embarrassed to even put my real weight on here. I never thought I'd need to lose 100+ pounds! When I was younger I was hard on myself for having to lose 40lbs. I miss those days! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm looking for support/SP buddy to help keep me accountable. The only time in my life I really stuck with eating healthy and exercising is when I had to be held accountable with someone else doing the same thing. It was like a mini friendly co... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:39:37 EST Hey! My name is Caci. <BR> I'm here to lose 120 lbs and become confident and healthy! <BR> I know I could benefit from group accountability, but I really want someone to have a one on one accountability relationship with. I definitely need someone that will push me as far as I can go and not allow me to use my silly excuses, and I will be the same with you! <BR> I'm so excited to start this weight loss journey and I know that it will be near impossible without support and accountability! <BR> ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:41:46 EST Hi! Well, I really have about 150 pounds to lose. I'm hoping this team will be a great source of support. Sometimes I could really use a kick in the pants!! I'm a sahm (but pretty busy with volunteer work and carting the kids around) to three kids (8,3,8mo). I look forward to getting to losing weight with you all! Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:42:26 EST Virtual Me I googled virtual model with measurements and came across this site I thought I'd share with everyone. <BR> <BR><BR>ion/demo/snapmodel.aspx <BR> <BR> This is great. You can create a virtual model of what you look like or what you would like to look like. You can't personalize the face or choose clothes, but the body shape is much more realistic than other virtual models I've seen. You enter measurements instead of weight and your type of body sh... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:20:18 EST What is Today's Goal February 4 2012? Hi Team & Happy Saturday!! <BR> <BR> What is everyone's goal today? Mine is to track better & to make sure without a doubt I workout today...... <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> Jackie Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:29:32 EST Tip of the Day TIP: It's not hard to find time to exercise. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone~Go for a walk to the park with a friend or the kids or whoever~maybe ride bikes~go swimming. It's not necessary to spend hours at the gym to get a productive workout and receive the benefits. Take 10 mins to jump rope and alittle while later turn on the radio for 10-15 mins and just dance. Have fun!!! Two -three bouts of 15-20 mins each is just as effective as 60 mins at one shot. Not only does exercise improve your body i... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:15:07 EST Where Is Everyone?? Hi Team, <BR> It's been so quiet here lately. I know it was pretty quiet for awhile with there being inactive leaders and I've been popping in and out. I do apologize for that. But, I really want to turn this group around and have a place where we can support each in good times and bad, & have fun, & lose weight. <BR> We need to ROCK it to LOSE it!!! So, c'mon team. We can do this!! Let me know who is still here and active with this team by responding to this post. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR>... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 18:59:08 EST Hi there! Hey guys! I'm brand new to the site and I am really excited about joining! I could really use a good support system who has as far to go as I do.. Anyone want to be my buddy? :) I need someone to report to and hold me accountable. I've lost a lot before but I'm right back to where I started. Excited to make changes for the better! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:32:25 EST Frustration I am on vacation and the fitness center offers water aerobics which I love. However, I didn't pack my swim suit. No store in town has a plus size suit in stock. With next day shipping I could possibly get a suit the afternoon before I leave (thanks to the holiday). <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:39:55 EST Character If you could be any character from a movie, who would you be? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:12:10 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hello Team, <BR> With today being the last day of 2011 I hope everyone is getting their goals in order for the new year....It doesn't matter how long it takes to reach your goal(s) as long as you get there. Just remember, don't make crazy unrealistic goals~you're only setting yourself up for failure if you're unable to attain them. Make easy goals that you can reach~take baby steps. If you create goals that you know you'll reach it's also encouraging. To change our body we must challenge our... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:12:54 EST Hi =) Hi I'm brand new to SP and I have 100 lbs to lose I am only 215 but I am very short 5'1 with a very small frame and bone structure. My ultimate goal weight is 105-115. I had lost 85 lbs and kept it off for 10 yrs then I broke my back, lost my mom to cancer and my job and well..Here I am again back at square one. I just want more then anything to get this weight back off. I welcome all the support and the connection to others who are going through the same. Thanks for listening! <BR> <BR> Gab... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:53:05 EST Staying Motivated through the Holiday Hi Group. <BR> <BR> I know everyone is busy with the approaching holidays and everday life but I wanted to know if we can post here tips for others to stay motived and on track with all the gathering & parties coming?? <BR> <BR> Jackie Sun, 18 Dec 2011 10:35:55 EST Looking For A New Team Leader I took over as team leader with the best intentions. But, of course as soon as I take on a co-leader role things just got too busy in daily life. I don't have the time needed to run this group. I would love to remain as a member but I'm just unable to remain a coleader.Message me if interested. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jackie Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:58:55 EST Hello =) Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Missy.... I'm from Springfield, Ohio. I have lots to lose, my first goal is 75 pounds. Then I'll have a vacation with my hubby..... after that, I'd like to lose another 75. I know that 150 is going to be a journey, but at 279 I have to do this. I have to do it for myself, my children, and my husband. First and foremost, for myself =) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this journey, and hoping to find some friends to share my frustrations and happ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:07:58 EST WEEKLY WEIGH IN!! Weekly weigh in starts tomorrow!! I hope as many people can join as possible so we can support each other on our journies. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Jackie Sat, 5 Nov 2011 19:11:59 EST Been Busy!! Sorry I haven't been on too much this week or let'say on and off. It's been a crazy week. Of course after I become leader my life gets hectic. Nights that I go to the gym straight from work it's hard to come on for too long. <BR> I wanted to know how everyone is? I'm gonna start a team weekly weigh in. If anyone is interested in being a co leader with me please let me know. I could use someone to be a coleader in case things get crazy. Have a wonderful weekend!! <BR> <BR> jackie Fri, 4 Nov 2011 19:31:20 EST Another Daily Check-In Link Hey everybody. I just wanted to give everyone a place to say hey when they start Sparking for the day. Together we are stronger than we can ever be apart. Have a great day! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 11:08:01 EST How Was Everyone's Day?? Hi All, <BR> I hope everyone had a great day!! How did everyone do today? Did we eat right? Did we exercise? Drink that water?? I went to the gym after work with my daughter. I did get in 4 glasses of water today. But, getting my cups of water daily is a hit or miss. I do drink more than I used to especially since I gave up soda. Crystal Light Mixes help. <BR> If anyone needs to talk about anything, hit me up... <BR> Have a Blessed Evening!! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:54:41 EST Any1 Want to do a Penpal List and/or Secret Santa? I was thinking of comprising a Penpal list if anyone would like to write each other via snail mail? I want everyone's permission from whoever decided to participate because this would involve putting addresses here or when you pick your penpal you can contact them for the address. <BR> <BR> Also I was thinking of making a Secret Santa List. With the holidays quickly approaching I would like to work on this as soon as possible. As a team we'll come up with a spending limit. I will pair people... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:44:42 EST Member's Birthday List I'm not sure if there was a post for this or not. I didn't see one.But, I would like all members (well anyone interested) to please reply with their birthdays.....I'd like to be able to wish everyone a Happy Birthday on their special day and also let other members know when birthdays are. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Jackie Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:37:34 EST Tips For Staying Motivated 1~Figure out why you want to lose weight <BR> 2~Make long, medium, & short term goals <BR> 3~Have a weight loss partner <BR> 4~Enter a sporting event or challenge (nothing too hard-only what you can handle) <BR> 5~Keep a journal <BR> 6~Schedule your exercise for the morning if possible. Sometimes leaving it for the end of the day, you maybe too tired. <BR> 7~Try to achieve something everyday. Whether it's fitting in 10 mins of exercise or skipping desert. Every little change makes a differenc... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:48:37 EST Anyone Interested?? I have a chat room and was thinking that maybe we can get together weekly or monthly or whichever and we can talk online to each other and have sort of an online weight loss meeting?? We can discuss our struggles, successes, anything we'd like. Whoever is interested please with days & times that you're able to attend an online chat. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Jackie Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:45:21 EST Introduce Myself As New Team Leader & Roll Call Hi, <BR> I'm Jackie and I'm a member of this wonderful team. I came in yesterday to post and there was a message saying the current team leader has been inactive for the past 60 days and if I was interested in the postition to apply, so I did.I just found out I've been approved. <BR> I've owned groups in Yahoo but never here so this is somewhat new for me. I will gladly accept any ideas/feedback. <BR> Alittle more about myself: I'm a mother of 3 beautiful children~Christian 20 yrs, Brianna 16... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:47:10 EST Question Regarding Gym Workout I just joined a gym. And, I have a question regarding my workout schedule. Right now I can only go Tuesday~Wednesday~Thursday because this is the day they have babysitting. Is this effective at all? Am I waiting too long in between days? Is the days that I'm able to go better than nothing at all? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice <BR> Jackie Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:49:34 EST Still losing? Hi team. I hope all is going well. Are you still losing? Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:46:42 EST Lap band surgery I have recently went to the doctor and they suggested lap band ........what do you think? Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:19:51 EST Lichi I was just wondering if anyone has tried this stuff called Lichi? It's suppose to curb your appetite, reduce body fat, boost metabolism & increase energy. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:26:39 EST STOP the WAGON - I need to get on! Hi all and anyone - I am really struggling to get back to a healthy eating pattern. I'm on leave (first time in 24months) and having been assignment-tastic up until the day I finished up, my eating has got WAY- out of control! <BR> <BR> I know I should take it baby-steps to get back to things (I've kept up my 10 minutes a day exercise) but I could do with some mini-goals nutrition-wise. I'm pretty good with fruit and veg but it's the toxic sweet-stuff that sends me over the edge and I'm crav... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:31:12 EST hello :) Hello everyone, sorry for the delay in introducing myself ! My name is Karrie and i'm 30 years old. I've finally decided it was time for me to take care of myself after two health scares. I've joined sparks to lose all that weight and be able to finally , maybe , one day love myself more and of course get healthier. I'm wishing everyone the best throughout their own journeys here :) And if anyone ever needs help , i'll be there for them ! <em>247</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:30:06 EST Hello from B.C. I have been a member of SparkPeople for years but I read and spin the wheel and that was it. I need to lose exactly one hundred pounds. I have a multitude of health problems, Type II diabetes using insulin and medication, High blood pressure, calcified tendonitis in both shoulders, one was operated on the other still waiting for surgery. I really need some one to hold me accountable. Exercising is hard on my knees and I can't do any upper body because of shoulders. If anyone wants to be my bu... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:08:29 EST Hi from San Fran Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was a member of this group a few years back and I had lost over 100 pounds. I am very sad to say that I have gained just about al of it back. I realized moved to SF and am making an effort to recommit myself to losing weight again. Would like to meet others for moral support. Especially if anyone is in the bay area, it would be great to have a gym/walking buddy (these hills are no joke!) Sun, 31 Jul 2011 03:54:18 EST Hi from Fla Hi, <BR> I'm Vicki, 54, and over the past 30 years I've lost over 100 lbs, kept it off for over 16 years, then over the course of the last 14 years I've struggled to maintain, then to relose 100 lbs I gained over the last 6 years. Menopause played a big part in me gaining the weight plus a bad bike accident that made exercise next to impossible for months. The inactivity plus falling back into bad eating habits helped me to be 100 lbs heavier than I want to be. It’s been a huge struggle for m... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:37:10 EST Hello Again from Canada Hello. <BR> here I am again after two years and my weight has just gone up. I have approximately 200 lbs to lose, but have decided that just thinking about it will not get it done! <BR> <BR> My starting weight is 330.8 and my goal weight is 140 as my doctor says I cannot go any higher than that or I risk Type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to becoming seriously involved with Spark this time. <BR> <BR> Best wishes and success to everyone Sun, 17 Jul 2011 13:44:53 EST Hi from Michigan Hi my name is Nancy and I am a returning user of Spark People. I am 56 years old and have had two hip replacements. This with arthritus in knees and shoulders have limited my exercise capabilities. I need to drop this weight I have had all my life but it is so difficult to do sometimes. I read a saying from a resent fortune cookie (food I really shouldn't have been eating but the thought was good!) "Failure is just another chance to try again". I need to try again and suceed. I am h... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 23:10:34 EST What did you do today to reach your goals? I thought that would be a great topic to get a little bit more action is this tean :) <BR> <BR> So what did you do today to reach one of your goals? <BR> <BR> I organised a workout date for tonight :) Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:53:48 EST Hey Hey everyone, im really new at this but i just wanted to say hi :) Fri, 3 Jun 2011 08:09:41 EST Hi from Chicago, new to the team Hi my name is Krystal and I'm a newbie. I am 38 y/o Mom of two teens with a little over 100lbs to lose. My goal is to be happy, healthy & comfortable in my own skin. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:20:57 EST What do you hope to accomplish Obviously we are all trying to lose a large amount of weight while on this journey. Is there any thing else you are hoping to accomplish while you are on this weigh loss journey? <BR> <BR> I know I would like to get over my picky eating. I have actually tried more new recipes to try to become healthier, and bake more then fry my foods. I'm pretty bad on eating different fruits and veggies though, and would like to change that. The things that I do eat, I don't eat much of. I also have starte... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:08:12 EST My goodness.... finally back After spending a month in the hospital.... my house got hit by lighting, killing pretty much every electronic in the house. Computers, tvs, garage door openers... <BR> Finally have internet back and a new computer so I feel like doing a happy dance. <BR> <BR> I will personally be getting back on track myself and working on some new challenges for the group. <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. I noticed that there are also new members. I hope you have not been put off while I've been gone a... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:47:56 EST You can do it!!! Just wanted to send everyone a reminder... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:57:57 EST Hello to the new members! Just wanted to pop in and say hello to our new members. Don't be shy. Let's get this team going! Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:54:53 EST Have to be MIA I have been MIA since the 14th of February. I've been in the hospital since then and had no access to the internet, which is why I have not updated the challenge. <BR> I am currently in a place that's kind of like a half-way house... just makes sure you're better before they actually release you. I'll be here until the 9th of March (just a few more days!!). <BR> Once I get out, I hope things will get back rolling as I've noticed there has not really been much activity. <BR> Keep on keeping on... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 11:21:15 EST a questions just for the ladies! Hey ladies <BR> I am in the market for a new bra!! HELP!! <BR> <BR> looking for support. i wear a 46DD.. the last three i bought.. i loved... but the wires broke EVERY TIME.. <BR> <BR> any suggestions, or bras you LOVE! <BR> thanks. <BR> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 02:30:32 EST Where did you go wrong in past attempts to lose? Sometimes reading about where others had trouble helps us figure out how we can improve. So, where did you go wrong in the past weight loss attempts, and most importantly, what will you do differently this time? <BR> <BR> I went wrong last time by stopping tracking food, and by not always having several healthy dining options in mind for last minute schedule changes. So my fix is, be prepared and don't stop tracking! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:08:06 EST Do you have what it takes? I became a team leader in December and am trying to get this team more active. <BR> I'd love to have some help in doing so. Anyone interested in becoming a co-Team Leader? I want someone who can log on frequently and post on team member's pages and blogs. This is the most important thing obviously. <BR> I'd also like someone who has new ideas for challenges and mini-challenges, and will participate in them (as that seems to be something that the team as a whole is struggling with. I'd love i... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 09:58:30 EST Chit Chat Sometimes we need to talk about things BESIDES weigh loss, counting calories, fitting into jeans, and anything else related. <BR> Sometimes we do need to forget about the struggles of losing weight, if only for a bit, and just... talk. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 09:50:27 EST Abdominal Exercises?? I have a real problem with being able to get down to the floor and up again. I have bad knees-one that hasn't been the same since I sprained it last year and plates and screws in the ankle on the same leg as the previously sprained knee PLUS the extra weight. <BR> My question to the group is where can I find standing abdominal exercises (haven't seen them on here) & are the really effective? Would it also be effective if I laid across my bed on my back and did sit ups & crunches that way? <BR... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:28:10 EST 759 members...where is everybody?? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I keep hoping that with the number of memebers in this group (759 at time of writing) that there would be a lot more Chit Chat here:) We can all use support and I'm sure we all have support and ideas to offer. <BR> <BR> Besides, we don't always have to talk about weight issues! We can talk about anything and really get to know each other and have some fun here:) <BR> <BR> I'll start by telling you all a bit about myself - I've been a member of SparkPeople for over ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:57:23 EST Heart Yourself mini challenge This week's mini challenge is about loving yourself. <BR> Sometimes we don't see the beauty in ourselves that others see. <BR> Every day this week, list one positive thing about yourself. A lot of people struggle with this, I know I do. <BR> There's two parts to this mini challenge. <BR> The second part is to go onto a team member's page and send them a positive thought once a day (if you do more, then that's great too!!). Sometimes it helps when someone lets us know what they see when we ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:30:29 EST Daily Emoticon Let's get out how we feel, even if it's just by a little emoticon. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:12:06 EST Hello everyone! I've kind of been MIA from this group for quite awhile. I stepped on the scale on January 1 and was not happy with what I saw. SO, I am back to Sparkpeople again and determined to make some changes in my life! Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Julie Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:28:31 EST *~*~*~Lover's Challenge~*~*~* Valentine's Day is fast approaching. We're going to kick off the year with a Lover's Challenge. <BR> The human heart weighs under a pound (and I'm rounding up ^_^). Valentine's Day is geared towards couples, so let's lose the weight of a couple's love.. 2lbs a week. If you lose more though, that's GREAT! <BR> We'll do our first weigh in on Monday the 10th and work til Valentine's Day. That should be 10lbs down, and just a few pounds can make all the difference. We'll look great and feel grea... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:35:43 EST First mini challenge of 2011 It's a new year... time for a new you! <BR> We will start off with a smaller challenge, one that I know I personally struggle with. <BR> Water <BR> We don't always get enough of it. It's great for our bodies, keeps our skin looking healthy, and helps in losing weight. <BR> Join the goal at the bottom of the page, but keep track on here as well. Try to go for the 8 cups we need, but our goal is for 6. <BR> <BR> We can do it! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:26:09 EST Weekly Weigh In Weigh in day will be on Monday's. That way, we are able to hold ourselves together through the weekend (because we all know weekends can be the hardest). <BR> Try weighing yourself early in the morning before you eat so you can get the best results. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:18:43 EST Hi Everyone!! I'm new to sparkpeople and new to making healthier choices. I've been coasting for way too long and it's time to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm 38 years old and married with a 4 year old son. I have a husband who can eat anything he wants and never gain weight. We've gotten into the habit of eating take-out and fast food at least 3 times a week and it's definitely catching up with me. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to find it difficult to do even the most basic things without getting winded and ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:25:39 EST Scale Fright Help! I have developed scale fright. I can't even go into the same room! Rather than depending on the scale, I'm trying to keep on track with my food,exercise & motivation knowing results will follow. Please give me strength to face the numbers again! Do you ever have this problem? Sat, 18 Dec 2010 22:24:07 EST Hello From Fargo Hello From Fargo ND. I am Lisa. I started this journey weighing 217 pounds. The book "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle is a tool I used to understand why this time was different, and why I would be successful. This is it. A year from now I'd like to be at 117. I'm exercising, eating right, keeping a journal, and making good choices. I am acknowledging my use of food as an emotional crutch instead of fuel for my body. I'm retraining my brain and body to enjoy exercise! With S... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:33:51 EST Chit Chat This thread is here because, let's face it, sometimes we just do not want to talk about weight and weight loss. There are other things in life! <BR> Kick up your feet and relax... don't forget that glass of water! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:14:27 EST Welcome to the team!! Please be sure to introduce yourself to the team so we can know a little bit about you. You can choose to either post here, or create a brand new thread. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:48:27 EST I need support!! Sometimes we all have days where we just can't do it. This is why this team is here! Vent here and we'll be all the support you need, bringing you back up to where you want and need to be. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:43:45 EST New here! Hello! About me...I've been overweight for more years than I've been alive. I fear an early death due to my obesity problem. I'll be 40 next year. I'm ready to make a change in this area of my life. I want to experience {{fun}} with my two precious boys (10 and 1). I know that anything I put in my mouth will only be a temporary satisfaction. Nothing will feel better than getting to see my boys have their own children one day. I want to be around for that. I am ready for a change. I'm ready fo... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:17:27 EST Motivation Hi my name is kay and I have trouble having the motivation to keep from binging. I need all the help I can get. I do not have friends yet and am looking for sparkpeople friends. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:44:24 EST HELP need workout buddy Los Angeles/ nglewood Area Hello my name is Carrie. I am looking for a dependable workout partner ASAP. I live near the Inglewood area. So far my workout interest are the Baldwin Hills Overlook, The Van Ness Park, Walking and occasionally working out at the house. Open to new ideas. I prefer to workout in the mornings after I drop the kids off to school starting about 8:30 am. I may be open to other times depending. Of course staying healthy and fit is great but I want to lose 50-65 pounds. If you are interested, comm... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 02:09:31 EST Hi, I'm new... Hi: <BR> <BR> I decided to join this board and others like it because I think you understand what I am going through a whole lot better that others. Glad that you are here and I hope to (try to) log in a lot. <BR> <BR> <BR> (FYI: I am very pear shaped due to a medical condition.) <BR> I had posted to the panic room about being tired of getting stared at, and most people, even though well intentioned, just don't get it. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support and I am glad I found s... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:07:58 EST Hey there. New to the team I'm Lori, 39 with at least 150 pounds to lose. Hoping to get some motivation and some new friends. :) Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:32:41 EST I'm a done being fat girl!!! Just wanted to pop in an introduce myself! I'm Dawn from Katy, TX and I had 150 lbs to lose when I started this journey. I'm down 44lbs with 106 to go and with all your help I know I can do it! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and helping out where needed. Together we can make this work! <BR> <BR> Love y'all <BR> <BR> Dawn <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:14:18 EST Newbie with around 150lbs to lose... Hi I'm a 36 year old married guy with 2 young boys who is starting his journey at 372lbs. This will actually be the third time I,m doing this having lost it all twice before. Hopefully this will be the final time as I'm getting too old to keep slipping back. I've just joined the gym again and have been watching Biggest Loser for inspiration! Hopefully by coming on here it will make me more accountable for my weight loss and also give me a bit of support when I'm struggling which I know I will... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 11:57:11 EST Hi Hello everyone, I have been off and on the web site for about six months, but I just went to the doctor and I have to loose weight or I could have some serious health issues I already have high blood pressure. I have 100 pounds to loose, and for the first time in my life I am doing this for me. Look forwarding to meeting some wonderful people and lots of support. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:16:32 EST i am new here name is Tanya. I have about 200lbs to release before i am healthy weight. I could really use support and a buddy :) Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:55:14 EST I've got over 100lbs to lose! Looking forward to getting healthy with you all! Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:50:16 EST Back on the Wagon Hello everyone! My name is Andrea but I go by Gabby or Surria. I'm starting my weight loss journey again, for the first time. I joined up Spark and was able to lose over 30 lbs. I had a death in the family and dropped everything for my emotions. It was a very difficult time in my life but that was 2007. It's now 2010 and I am at the highest weight I have ever been. <BR> <BR> The time is now! I'm just looking for a few friends to join me on my journey. Wed, 7 Jul 2010 22:25:57 EST Why Can't I Get Back On Track?????? Why I am I having such problems? I just can't seem to get it right. It's not like I don't know what to do. <BR> I just can't seem to do it even with the eating. I know how to eat and what to eat. I'm now over 300lbs. The only ones that know this are the ones that read this post. <BR> Besides the injuries in the beginning of the year that is preventing from being physically active, my mother passed away June 8th and I didnt know she was so sick the past few years that she was actually dying.... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:16:28 EST Summer Fun Mini Challenge <em>283</em> <BR> This weekend Americans celebrate Independence Day. <BR> <BR> There are 9 weeks between Independence Day and Labor Day. <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to lose 9 pounds before Labor Day. <BR> <BR> Looking at the last 9 weeks, I can see that I haven't been very active or lost any significant weight. So here's what I'm going to do differently. I plan to walk on the indoor track at work 2 times a week, go to Tae Kwon Do 2 times a week, and eat 5 servings of vegetables a... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:15:38 EST Hey Everyone. .Newbie!! Hi my name is Kim and I'm 25 years old. I am from Spring, Tx, which is near Houston. I joined this group to hopefully find help and motivation to keep up my weight loss journey. I have always been over weight and have tried many ways to loose. Often I would then later it would come right back. At the moment I'm at my heaviest and am trying to set small goals to reach my larger goal of loosing a total of about 130 pounds all together. Hopefully, I have come to a place where I can do that... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 07:00:10 EST thx for the welcome! i am delighted to be here, and look forward to making many new friends, Lord know i need the support & friendships as well. my name is bridget and i'm full of joy for being introduced to this SP site. look forward to spending time learning & sharing. <BR> Blessings to all! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 00:04:18 EST Memorial Day Challenge.. I would like to start a Challenge for this week, starting tomorrow 5/24.. and have it end by Sunday.. the challenge is to... eat Low fat.find out what your zone is that SP says for you for fat it here and the challenge is to stay with in the range..if you go below.. not by a huge amount.. that is ok.. any one game...??? <BR> Lets do this for one week.. <BR> <BR> My SP fat goal is 32-56 <BR> today I was at 59... <BR> <BR> Good Luck everyone Sun, 23 May 2010 21:49:33 EST Newbie to the Team Hello everyone! My name is Jenni and I am a wife for 11 years and mom to three boys 8, 6, and 3. I have been on SP on and off for about two years and now I've been back for about a month a half. I have lost about 17 pounds but am starting to come up against that wall better known as myself. I've had a rough couple of weeks emotionally. I have mostly kept up with the exercise but my diet is out of control. Had a couple of binge days and now I'm trying to catch back up with the wagon I fe... Fri, 21 May 2010 15:04:22 EST Yet another new face!! Hi there! I have been on Sparkpeople for the last 2 weeks. Have lost 10 lbs. so far. I have a long way to go, and am very thankful for any support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> I also have a question. When I do my weekly weigh-in, it records my current weight. BUT is there anyway that gives a week to week total and summary, rather than just showing your weight today? Thanks in advance if anyone can help me! Thu, 13 May 2010 11:48:09 EST Hi, new here (from Seattle, WA). Hi everyone, new to this group and looking for any support and motivation, as well as friends. I am 34 years old, married w/o children but have two cats. Need to lose about 250 pounds. I have been up and down with weight my whole life but am at the highest point ever now. Tired of feeling like this <em>15</em> , want to feel like this <em>9</em> ! Sun, 9 May 2010 01:59:00 EST I'm Back Again Hi Y'All, <BR> I've been gone for awhile. Not so much by choice. Back in February I sprained my right knee and was out of commission as far as exercising. So, of course the mentality sets in well if I can't exercise then why bother with everything else. I was out of work most of February. March 1st I was attempting to return to work and as I was getting off the bus across the street from my job I fell and fractured my right ankle. Ok, I got a cast on. March 8th I go for my follow up they said... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:19:28 EST I need help!!! Hello everyone - I joined Spark a few years ago when my sister introduced me to it - she has since lost 100 lbs and I have gained another 20!!! I am scared silly that it is too late for me - I am 58 years old and food has such a hold on me it terrifies me. I have purchased the SPARK book and 10 minute exercise DVD but they aren't here yet so am waiting for those. I just keep telling myself to just start!! I am excited and frightened. Can I do this??? YES I CAN!! Do I want to do this?? ... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:02:08 EST Daily Quotes Focus on your potential, not your limitations. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 08:32:50 EST hi I just joined and am ready to get started with my new diet/exercise plan. I've yo yo'd my whole life (and even reached my goal twice), but obviously have failed at keeping the weight off. This time, i'm going to work hard to lose the weight, get fit, and remain at my goal for life. please help me with your support and i'll do everything i can to help you too. <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:53:19 EST I'm new here Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I have to lose a lot of weight, and I think I can find my motivation here. <BR> <BR> I will try to wrote the best I can in english, because I'm talking french, I'm from Canada, province of Quebec. <BR> <BR> Have a nice day everybody! <em>30</em> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:37:08 EST 5 lbs a month Lets start by posting out start weight and our gaol weight and come back and let us know how you are doing. We should all aim for 5lbs a month. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 13:56:22 EST Hello from NC Hi everyone. My name is Sharon and Im 36 years old. I have over 100 pounds to loose and would like to find a buddy to talk to, keep motivated, and help them to stay focused also. I work full time and go to school full time. <BR> Hope to get to know you all. <BR> <BR> Sharon Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:00:46 EST Hello from NJ Hello my name is Tracy. I just started sparkpeople a couple of days ago. I have been obese for the past 8 years or so. My highest weight was around 270. As of today I weigh 245. I want to lose another 105 pounds to get to my goal weight. I can't wait to get to know you guys. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:07:20 EST bay area looking for a bay area buddy <em>231</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 04:56:05 EST hello everyone I am new! Hi I am 26 and from PA. I am looking for a buddy for support and motivation. <BR> A little about me I am married but no kids. I have a Chihuahua and a kitty cat. I have a lot of weight to lose. I am looking for someone with around the same weight loss goal as me so that we can work at this together. So if anyone wants a buddy and would like to get to know me more please send me a message and check out my page. <BR> <BR> To the rest of the group Hi! I cannot wait to get to know all of you! <B... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:13:16 EST Soo Im looking for a buddy!!! Hello my name is Maribel finally I have decided to loose weight I would like to find a buddy for support. Email text all that good stuff... anyone intrested... email me =) Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:20:12 EST Has anyone used Herbalife for weight loss? I used to Herbalife about eight years ago and lost almost 40 lbs. I quit because I was always hungry. I am considering going back on it. It really did help me lose weight pretty quick. I hope history doesn't repeat itself! Anyone have any suggestions? Sun, 24 Jan 2010 15:01:38 EST Hello from the UK ;0) Hi there! I'm new to the team and wanted to introduce myself, I have 143lbs to lose and I'm having a ball on SP, feel free to sparkmail me if you are looking for a Buddy, I WILL add you and keep in touch. <BR> Let's make tomorrow our best day yet! <BR> Chat soon, take care, Lou x Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:52:01 EST Newbie to Group Hello. My name is Stacy and I've been overweight for a very long time. I would try diet after diet to lose weight, and I would slack off and regain all I lose and more. <BR> <BR> I started keeping a record of food and feelings and I discovered that I was using food as a crutch in my life. When I was happy I'd eat.....when I was sad...I'd eat....When I was depressed or bored I'd eat. Then it hit me! I was EATING myself to death!! So, I decided this is my year. A year to lose the weight.....A... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:05:33 EST Newbie Hi guys!! I am a newbie to this team, but not to SparkPeople. My weight has been up and down for the past year since my daughter was born with issues. I lost 30lbs and then gained it back between January of this year to now :( I really want to get back to being that active 18 year old I was that weighed 135lbs. I will reach that goal!! If anyone wants to be buddies let me know. I look forward to meeting you all :) <BR> <BR> Megan <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:08:15 EST New (not so new) from NY Hi, <BR> I'm Jackie and I'm new to this team not to SP or trying to lose weight. Needless to say I have been overweight a good part of my life (for as long as I can remember). I have 3 kids, Christian 18 Brianna 14, and David 2 1/2. I have tried many different ways to lose weight some with success and some without. I haven't been on SP in a long time. But, it's time to come back and hopefully get back on track. I don't even know my exact weight. I believe last year when I temporarily did WW ... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 08:44:46 EST New from NY I switched this post to "introduce yourself" topic. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 19:45:45 EST Hello All Hello.. I am 30 years old and weighing in at 331 pds. I have a lot to lose and I am going to do it.. Just have to have some help from everyone.. We can do this.. Huggss Sat, 12 Dec 2009 09:48:53 EST Back again I am not new to the team had family death and had to deal with getting rid of everything and the property. That takes a lot of time. <BR> I need all the help I can get and buddies to get me back on track. If you want to be a buddy then email me on sparks or check my spark page for me email address. <BR> I have a 50th anniversary come in 2011 and I would like to get as much off as I can. <BR> Need help and challenges <BR> Pat Fri, 4 Dec 2009 14:05:42 EST hello Hello, my name is Nichole and I'm new to this site and team. I am 24 years-old soon to be 25, and I have 130lbs. that I need to lose. I'm a person that needs to have people hold them accountable when it comes to lifestyle changes. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:14:51 EST november is here already We need a november walk challenge! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 18:02:17 EST New Too Hello All~ <BR> I just began SP about a week ago and am slowly getting used to the website, etc. Am figuring out how to get input and encouragement, and also how to give it! Also, figuring out next step to take, but have limited time. However, I will do what I can do -- and I think it will turn out well. Blessings to all. ~Jessie Sun, 25 Oct 2009 16:58:18 EST I'm new to this team Hello, I am Laura and I am new to this team. I have been staying with this for about a couple of days. I think it's a miracle. I don't know any of you yet, but I am grateful that you are there!!!! <em>247</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 09:05:52 EST I'm New Here Hey, <BR> <BR> I started losing weight August 26th, 2008 and so far I've lost 97 pounds. Right now my goal is to be 145 which will be 123 total. Once I get to 145 I will see if I have to lose more. 145 will put me at a healthy BMI from being Obese Class 3. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting new people here. <BR> <BR> Danni Fri, 9 Oct 2009 16:06:29 EST New to team I am looking for buddies to help with encouragement and challenges to reach my goal. This is my time to change my life and I need help! :) Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:25:40 EST Newbie looking for buddies! :) Hi everyone! I just joined a few minutes ago and I'm so glad this team exists. I've struggled with my weight for a long, long time and am now about 110lbs over what is considered my "healthy" weight. I've found it really hard to get and stay motivated to lose weight in the past because so many people just need/want to lose a few pounds, or maybe 10-20lbs - and I always felt that they couldn't possibly understand what I was going through!! <BR> <BR> So I'm really glad I decided to do this and... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:56:38 EST Posotive thoughts I thought it might be fun to name something that you like about yourself. It could be anything at all from the way you look, or something you do. <BR> <BR> I will start <BR> I am a good baker. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:25:31 EST Dog Power - Walking Buddies A wise man once told me "Never Under Estimate the power of your little dog." <BR> <BR> He was right - All day my dogs wait for me to put on my walking shoes and when I do they break out in the dance of joy. If the time of day that we usually walk passes - they start to do the "we need to walk dance". <BR> <BR> I can't let them down! While I am walking they seem to smile as they lope down the path. <BR> <BR> So many dog owners deny their dogs the joy of the walk - if you have one, ask you... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:13:08 EST Weekly Weigh - in stop by every week and let us know how you are progressing. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:22:28 EST Daikly Emotions Stop by & let us know how you are feeling. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:19:38 EST Breakroom Hi everyone stop in & let us know how things are going. What you have been up to, do you have anything specail coming up? Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:16:58 EST Walking Challenge Lets post how far we walk every day. Weather you use a treadmill, or walk on a trail or roadside. You can also use your pedometer for a total reading. So let us know what method you use & how far you went. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:06:20 EST Just for today....... This is where you come to post a daily challenge. so stop by everyday and tell us what your challenge is then lat us know how you did. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 10:55:47 EST Hi Hi my name is Pat and I have been a Spark member almost 2 years now. I lost 50 lbs in the firt year but have been bouncing around the same 10 lbs this past year. I am hoping to make some new friends to help keep me motivated. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 10:23:19 EST Need co-leader(s) This team has some awesome members with wonderful goals. We can support and encourage each other. <BR> <BR> My life has gotten exponentially busier since I took leadership of the team. DH lost his job, so I went from part time to full time work. I haven't had as much time to spend on my SparkTeams. <BR> <BR> This team has a lot of potential. <BR> <BR> I need some volunteers to be co-leaders. If you've always wanted to lead a team, here's your opportunity. You can reply to this thread or... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:18:58 EST Co-leader(s) This team has some awesome members with wonderful goals. We can support and encourage each other. <BR> <BR> My life has gotten exponentially busier since I took leadership of the team. DH lost his job, so I went from part time to full time work. I haven't had as much time to spend on my SparkTeams. <BR> <BR> This team has a lot of potential. <BR> <BR> I need some volunteers to be co-leaders. If you've always wanted to lead a team, here's your opportunity. You can reply to this thread or se... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:17:06 EST What Scale do you Use? As you may know, it isn't easy to find a scale that measures much over 300 pounds. Once you get beyond the range of the scale, it is hard to motivate ones self. <BR> <BR> Today I bought a Weight Watchers Glass Precision Electronic Scale. It is supposed to be accurate upto 400 pounds. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any scale recommendations or don't buy advisories? Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:24:32 EST Introduction Huntsville, AL Greetings, <BR> <BR> I'd like to introduce myself to the group. I am a 42 woman who married with grown children. My husband and I live in Huntsville, AL. <BR> <BR> In 2002 I had a RNY gastric bipass and dropped 160 pounds. The last two years I've put on 100 pounds as my life style became sendentary. With the kids gone, my husband and I found it too easy to go out to eat instead of cooking at home...and we've both lost our way. <BR> <BR> We are on week one of another journey to lose arou... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:49:59 EST Hello All I am trying to get this right AGAIN. I am strengthened by the realization that I am not alone in this battle. I am still trying to figure out all that this site has to offer and how to work it. Thank you for allowing me to join this team. <em>247</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:37:22 EST Changes. I haven't seen a new post in this group for awhile. So what kinds of changes has everyone been making? I for one rarely have soda anymore. I used to drink about a 2 liter of diet pepsi everyday. Now I drink water or tea. I try to get in about an hour of activity a day now. I also limit my tv watch to an hour or two, some days I don't even bother turning it on. Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:59:46 EST My Profile For those of you who have welcomed me to the team - I'd like to say Thank You! <BR> <BR> My profile page is open to the public now (I guess I had previously put it on "private"). Feel free to stop by and say hi anytime. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great week! I can't wait to weigh myself on Monday after my first week on here! <BR> <BR> Hugs all around!! Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:54:30 EST New Member Hi Everyone. My name is Lorene - and I just started using Spark People a couple of days ago. Can someone let me know when we post our weight loss with this team? Also - if there's anything else I need to know about participating with this team - please let me know. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great week! Thu, 2 Apr 2009 12:51:07 EST Newbie here and ready to go! Hi everyone. I am Yvette and I started my commitment to lose weight on Dec. 12, 2008. Since then I have only lost three pounds. I figured out that I may need someone to answer to, an accountability person. So I pledge to check in often and attempt to find a buddy to keep me honest and on the straight and narrow <em>43</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:02:41 EST Gizmo the dog is doing better She still is having the occasional accident but other than that she's doing great. I on the other hand am a bit tired. Going to have a hot soak. Did two different nature trails today (total steps 12420) so legs a little sore. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:49:55 EST When do you weigh yourself? I posted this on another team. I used to get weighed years ago when I went to my TOPS meeting each week. <BR> <BR> Now I weigh myself each friday. I was quilty of weighing myself almost everyday but am stopping that. The weight fluctuates between eating and drinking also when I go to the bathroom and have a BM. So I am trying to remember do it each Friday morning before I eat. My thinking is that it will give me a more accurate idea of how much I am losing for the week. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:54:17 EST Hi one and all Sorry I dissapeared for so long it too me off the group or I got booted for not being on spark one or the other. Just wanted to let you guys know I am back. I fell off the wagon and have jumped back on. I now have 110 to lose. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:40:21 EST Starting over Hello everyone, sorry that I have not been on for a long while. I hope all of you are doing well. When I find out that I had congestive heart failure I just kind of gave up trying to lose weight (shame on me) that is when I really needed to lose the extra poundage I am carrying around. But with the help of the Lord I am going to do it now, I think I am ready for the long haul. <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> Linda Sat, 28 Feb 2009 10:40:49 EST hi just want to say hi and admire everyone for theur efforts it really inspires me! have a good day Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:00:20 EST Hi Hi I am new to this team. My goal is to loose 100 pounds this year and have come to your team looking for ideas. Thanks for having me and I look forward to chatting with you. <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:17:08 EST Hi Hello my name is Melissa and I joined sparkpeople a few weeks ago and I am hoping that I can get the support that I need to lose the weight. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. So here I am hoping that someone can give me some pointers on how to get started and keep me motivated!!!!! Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:33:28 EST Hello! Hey there! My name is Julie and I am new to the team. I actually joined sparkpeople last year, lost some weight, and then fell of the wagon so to speak. I have decided that I need to get in shape (losing weight will be a bonus!!) and live a healthier lifestyle. I had a cancer at the end of 2008 (everything came back OKAY), and I know I need to take care of my health or I may not be so lucky next time. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you! I have about 140 pounds to l... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:56:59 EST Hi my name is Marla I am glad to find this team as I currently have a lot of weight to lose. I have been on diets most all of my life and have lost over 100 lbs twice but then each time regained it with extra which is why I am where I am today. I have been a member of SP since 1/5/09 and am pleased with all of the support I have found here. I personally like the nutrition counter and the fact that it tells me how many more calories I have for the day to reach my goals. I have also been trying to do exercise ever... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 17:52:29 EST Hi, Team It's been ages since I've posted and thought I would drop in a see if there was still any life on this board. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. The holidays are so hard. I had the greatest resolve the first two years that I was on South Beach. Never touching a thing that wasn't SB approved. After reaching my goal weight Dec 29, 2007 I thought I would allow myself the luxury of eating a few cookies at Christmas...boy is it easy to eat more than a few! I managed to hold m... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 09:31:27 EST Any one interested in doing a 100 mile Challenge? I was wondering with the New Year just around the corner if anyone would be interested in doing 100 mile challenge for the month of Jan. You can bike, hike, walk, run, elliptical I don't care what just as long as it is something you can keep track of. I figure this challenge would be a good way to get everyone off their butts for the New Year. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:36:11 EST Buddy Anyone? I'm looking for a weightloss buddy to chat with about our goals and to help motivate each other! I'm an 18 year old female, and I would really like to buddy with someone that's in the same situation as I am. Just message me! Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:31:08 EST Hi, Im DeAnna and I am new hello, all well i am excited to have found this site. I have 140lbs to lose ( wow a whole person) but i can do it. I have not made any great ideas on how but i started walking yesterday. I only got in 12min but today i got in 35min. I am very excited and ready to lighting up! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 22:00:32 EST ANYONE KNOW HOW TO SUPRESS APPETITE I swear I would be doing sooo much better if I could find a way not to be hungry all the time. My Rheumatoid Arth meds make me hungry so I just really need some suggestions, Wed, 26 Nov 2008 10:17:13 EST Hi everybody! MY name is Brooke and I have gained over 100 lbs in the last year or so. I have RA and fibromyalgia so me eating bad plus the meds is the problem. I am determined to lose at least 8lbs a month hopefully more so in a year will be around 100lbs.I need support though , I get impatient and think it is hopeless and give up. Not this time though I'm doing this and I am doing it for me! Sun, 23 Nov 2008 22:39:06 EST Getting into it YET AGAIN and Planet fitness Ok so after joining and expensive gym and weight watchers I find myself doing my usual...paying for them for months without actually doing and realizing I just can't afford to do that...cancelling everything and then realizing <BR> <BR> I can't afford not to be in a weight management program or going to a gym. So Sparkpeople here I am and I'm joining Planet Fitness which is a new cheap gym by my house opening soon...anyone a member??? <BR> <BR> I have no idea what its like but I need someth... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:49:10 EST Weeks 2 & 3 (P90x) Weeks 2 & 3 (P90x) <BR> <BR> The last couple weeks have rocked! Check out my blog to tune into the newest adventure of me, Token Fat Guy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=15<BR>58827 </link> <BR> Enjoy... <BR> <BR> TFG <BR> <BR> NOTE: I'm starting to feel like I'm the only one posting here. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:11:05 EST I'm new here and need to make friends! Hey everyone. My name is Jenn, I live in Oklahoma with my wonderful, supportive fiance, Mike, and our three girls- ages 5, 6, and 7. I have been overweight my entire life but after I had the kids I continued to gain weight until I finally went to the doctor the other day and *gasp* found out I weigh 296 pounds. <BR> I know that I need to lose weight, I just have a major motivation problem. I am so glad though that I found SP, because I think I have finally found a support system to help me i... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:16:47 EST Week One (P90x) Week One (P90x) <BR> <BR> It's time once again for the newest installment of the ongoing adventures of me, Token Fat Guy. <BR> <BR> Come one, come all... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=15<BR>34687 </link> <BR> <BR> TFG Mon, 27 Oct 2008 23:34:21 EST Not totally new here... Hello everyone I'm a 34 year old skinny, healthy athletic attractive woman trapped in a big unhealthy body. I've been on this web-site for 3 months now. I'm happy with the changes and progress that I've made so far. I guess that I should lose like 170 pounds in all or that's what the charts say. I'll be happy just to get into regular clothes again, and to be able to go out to eat with friends without having to worry if the booth is going to be wide enough for me. I'm hoping that this team... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 22:18:56 EST Random Stuff (again) Random Stuff (again) <BR> <BR> Just posted the new adventure of me, Token Fat Guy. Lots of pictures of me this time. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=15<BR>12187 </link> Tue, 14 Oct 2008 22:00:55 EST Hello everyone....I need some weightless buddies!! Hello everyone, I am a 40 year old woman...(actually turn 40 on the 23 of October)...I am ready to make the 40's the best....I have worked on other areas of my life...and now ready to face the big monster...LOL. I want to get rid of the weight once and for all. I would love to meet friends that are experiencing the same issues as myself...we can be an encouragement to each other...and friends. Lets tackle this as friends. I look forward to getting to know you. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:57:40 EST Looking for a buddy. Hi I am new to this group and I chose it because I am looking for a " budddy ". I have great support from my husband and children but I need the push sometimes. I think someone who is in the same boat would help. I have over 150 lbs to reach the ultimate goal. However for now I am focusing on the short term goal. I hope this team can help. Thanks Sun, 5 Oct 2008 19:36:25 EST Just Not Write Just Not Write <BR> <BR> The new adventure of Token Fat Guy just posted. If you dare have a look...then I dare you to have a look! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=14<BR>85007 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> TFG Mon, 29 Sep 2008 13:49:01 EST In need of some SP friends... Hey everybody! I just joined here a few days ago and I'm looking for some friends to support me and to just talk to. <em>30</em> All my info is on my page so, I won't go into all of that. So, drop by my page and check to make sure you even wanna talk to me! lol Hopefully, I'll hear from some of you soon! <em>303</em> haha <BR> <BR> Chelly <em>212</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 02:29:58 EST Hey Everyone! I'm New and Ready to start. Hi I am truly ready to loose this weight. I've made some small challenges and lost twenty five before finding Spark. I hope that with support i can loose a lot more and help others toward their goals as well. Best Wishes Mandi Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:13:28 EST Friction! Friction! <BR> <BR> This week's blog is about friction. I'm running late again but the new adventure of Token Fat Guy is posted. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal.asp?id=TOKENFATGUY </link> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 08:07:15 EST Yoink! Yoink! <BR> <BR> The latest in the adventures of Token Fat Guy.... <BR> <BR> But to be honest, right now I'm pretty upset. I've been told I don't help others on the site enough. <BR> <BR> Why on Earth do I keep writing this darn thing if that's what people think? <BR> <BR> Read it if you want...right now I couldn't care less. <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=14<BR>09835 </link> <BR> TFG <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:44:53 EST Back to the Beginning? Back to the Beginning? <BR> <BR> This week's blog is a bit short as I get back into the swing of things. But if you want to read the latest installment of the exciting adventures of Token Fat Guy..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal.asp?id=TOKENFATGUY </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> TFG Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:55:19 EST Feeling pretty low today I am having a low day and I need some pick me up. I am right now filled with negative thoughts and self-doubt. I feel yucky! I need some positive feedback not about me but about you. I need positive stories to help me see through this cloud of negativity. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:37:34 EST My goal for today! I am going to try very hard to be the best person that I can be... I will try to noy get upset with traffic, I will smile at people, I will not allow myself to sweat the small stuff. This is going to be difficult! <em>43</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:43:49 EST Realization So, rather than deny myself,which I always seem to do when I am "dieting" and is usually the reason behind my mini sabbiticals, I decided to see if eating something is worth it. What? Well, for instance, for breakfast I had an english muffin with one egg on top and a slice of cheese. Delicious! Lunchtime came and my daughter asked for Mac and Cheese. I love Mac and Cheese. I made it for her and I measured out a cup for myself. Let me tell you I do not like Mac and Cheese enough to give up 259... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 13:18:52 EST Pick a goal Good morning everyone! <BR> I have a little challenge for everyone today. Pick a goal--doesn't even have to be weight related and try to achieve it today. <BR> My goal of the day is to work on a grant that we are applying for at the school where I teach. <BR> I actually have two goals-my other goal is of course to make sure I actually drink 10 cups of water. <BR> Let's go today! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 08:47:13 EST First couple of weeks.. Hi everyone, <BR> I was just posting to another sparker and I brought up the topic of how I find hte first couple of weeks of dieting to be easiest, after a month or two I tend to slide back ionto old habits. Does anyone else find this to be true for them? Thu, 7 Aug 2008 14:01:21 EST Identity Crisis Identity Crisis <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was out of it for a couple of weeks but now I'm back. Check out this week's blog... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1380183 </link> <BR> <BR> TFG <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 16:49:03 EST What food plan do you use?? So Hi all!! <BR> <BR> Just curious!! What food plan do you all use?? I know there is plan on here. But it's very specific. Like you have list from a Dr. or WW or the food pyramid?? <BR> <BR> Thanks does this make sense?? Thu, 24 Jul 2008 21:44:26 EST Hi, I am a newbie! Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a 34 year old mother, wife, and teacher. I am new to spark people, actually, i'm not that new, I have been on it once or twice but I have never posted before tonight but I feel ready. I have had it with this "jail" called my body. I spend countless hours remembering how it used to feel to be able to move easily, go into any store and buy clothes,not fear that I may be too big for a seat or booth. Most of all I miss how confident I used to feel. I was pretty and I knew i... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:13:22 EST About last week's blog... About last week's blog... <BR> <BR> The adventures of Token Fat Guy continue! This week I'm giving away my shoulder secrets. Come check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=13<BR>47041 </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2008 17:55:06 EST Food Diary Can Double Weight Loss, New Study Shows Read this article...Thought some of you guys may be interested in it.... <BR> <BR> Food Diary Can Double Weight Loss, New Study Shows <BR> Tips and tricks from our resident dietitian, Julie Upton, RD <BR> <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> When someone comes to me wanting advice on how to lose weight, one of the first things I tell them is to write down everything they eat and drink for three consecutive weekdays and on... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 13:50:57 EST Shoulder s...hate 'em Shoulders...hate 'em <BR> <BR> The adventures of Token Fat Guy continue... <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1333726 </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:40:05 EST New(sorta) and needing some support! Hello everyone! I am a repeat offender spark person! I have followed the plan and lost a bit of weight before gaining it all back plus a few "value added" pounds numerous times. This time I am commited to staying on track so that I can lose weight for my wedding and for my health. I would love some buddies to keep accountable to, so feel free to sparkmail me if you would like a buddy too! Good luck everyone! Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:25:15 EST Good For You I just want to tell all of you how inspiring you are. You guys are great, and have helped me muchly already. Thanks. I wanna be like you. I yearn to have a number next to my user name proclaiming my weight loss. I hope and pray I can have the willpower you all have in resisting temptations. I dream of having the motivation you all have in being committed to exercise (something I have the most trouble with). <BR> <BR> Good for you all my ***Over 100 lbs to lose Buddies***. Good for you. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:02:30 EST In 100 Years It Won't Matter Dang, I have to admit failure once again. I'm back.I was here about a year ago, all hyped-up with good intentions losing all this excess weight. Well, much to my dismay, instead of losing, Oops, I Did It Again! I (drumroll please) GAINED! Now, I regretfully report I'm at an ALL TIME HIGH! Why is it that the one thing I seem to be good at is falling off the wagon? Well, "Here We Go Again!" <BR> <BR> If you feel like being further depressed, read my blog. Fri, 20 Jun 2008 18:24:32 EST help now I am going to lunch and getting a salad but the place I am going has the best peanut butter cheesecake, I want a piece so bad but I am not supposed to have it. I go to the doctor next wed to weigh in, i have done okay this months so far at 10lb lose but not as good as I should have, I ate a peanut butter cup last night. <BR> Help me please...get me off this thought before I go to lunch Thu, 12 Jun 2008 14:08:15 EST TaeKwonDo Is anyone else doing TaeKwonDo? I've gone for 2 classes. I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's class. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday I let someone talk me into taking the intro class. Today I met my buddy at the lunch time TKD class. It looks easy when you are watching from the lobby, but it didn't take long for me to be out of breath. <em>198</em> I've made it through 2 classes alive. I bought the uniform today, so I'm committed. My buddy is still deciding. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost any weig... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:26:24 EST Can you do this for me? Okay this may be asking alot but I just posted ablog about a definete bonus to me, but it's WAY to long to post here. Can you please read and leave me some encouragement and tell me if I am correct or out of my mind? Sat, 7 Jun 2008 14:01:20 EST Hi all I'm new here and just wanted to say and introduce myself. I'm Jenn, 27 years old, and definitely looking for buddies to go through this with! I've lost 48 pounds so far, and still have a long way to go. Email me if you'd like a buddy! Thu, 29 May 2008 23:45:22 EST Hello Hello everyone I'm Michelle I'll be 29 tomorrow on May 30th. I'm a mother of 2 one boy Kieran who will be 4 on June 16th and to one girl Kaelyn who will be 3 on August 22nd. I live in Winnipeg. Manitoba, Canada and enjoy scrapbooking, Card making and playing World of WarCraft. I'm looking for a good buddy who'll push and motivate me and keep me on my toes! I'm hoping to get a lot out of this team! Have a good day! Thu, 29 May 2008 15:50:48 EST WHATS A GOOD BREAFAST HI ALL I NEED IDEAS FOR BREAKFAST HAVING PROVLEMS WITH THAT Tue, 20 May 2008 22:02:19 EST Help For some reason I am stuck at 252 lbs and I don't know why. I exercise everyday and don't overeat. Any suggestions? Sat, 10 May 2008 17:00:34 EST 50 down....:) 145 to go :( Hey everyone! I wanted to introduce myself and hopefully connect with some people out there that can relate to my situation. I am 37 years old and a mom to three (two boys and a girl...9, 4, and 3 yrs. old). I started losing weight with my hubby a few years ago so we could be better examples for our son, Bailee---we both lost 100 pounds and we were on a great roll...My husband reached his goal and has stayed there without any trouble. I, on the other hand, had two more children and gained... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:22:55 EST walk - wherever whenever you can every time I watch my Little House on the Prairie/Walton DVDs, I am reminded that when I was a young, I didn't need to be reminded to do more walking. <BR> <BR> I grew-up in a small town but I still needed to walk to school - about 1/2 mile one way - daily or take my bike. If Mom needed something from the store, we hopped on our bike or we walked to get it. <BR> <BR> Of course, I was a lot younger then but I do remember going to my grandparent's farm and walking with them to the neighbors ... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 01:35:36 EST Joinging all the groups I can Hi everyone. I am joining several groups looking for new friends. I look forward to speaking with you all. Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:33:42 EST Need a buddy I really need someone that I can be accountable to. Anyone else need a buddy? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 14:55:46 EST New girl here Hey there <BR> <BR> just wanted to stop in and say hi...Im new to this team but not new to SP...I have been on Weight Watchers since March of 07 and have been on SP since Aug 07....I am married have a 2 year old daughter and have about 90 lbs more to go to get to my personal goal...I have learned a lot since I have been on SP and hope to keep learning more:) Fri, 21 Mar 2008 16:04:09 EST The scale is FINALLY going down Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY LOST ANOTHER POUND! It has been almost 3 weeks. I knew plateaus happened, I just didn't expect one after only losing 12#. HOWEVER, I did stay positive and every time I looked at the scale I reminded myself that I was doing well in other areas. I have more stamina, I sleep better and I am learning to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> After reading some of the articles on plateaus, I realize that I am probably gaining muscle and that my body needs time to adjust to... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:02:51 EST Tired of being overweight I am at the point that I don't know where to turn. I have considered weight loss surgery, nutri system etc. I just don't know what to do. Please help me to make the decision. I have severe sleep apnea, high cholestrol, borderline diabetic, sjogrens disease etc. I have been giving up for too long. I have to do something now to improve my health. I am a 55 year old woman who wants to enjoy life and be able to do things with my grandaughter. <BR> <BR> Cheryl Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:24:27 EST Tired of being overweight Already posted once. Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:23:45 EST Hello everyone! I've been a member of this site since 2006, but I never took getting healthy very serious. So, now that I'm ready - here I am! Glad to be here, and hope to get to know you all! Sun, 9 Mar 2008 06:21:57 EST I need Buddies I am new to this. I need to lose over 100 pounds. I would like some people to talk to when things start getting hard and I feel like quiting <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 21:58:08 EST What's Your Challenge This Week? My challenge is to stay possitive and up-beat no matter what. <BR> <BR> Stress saps energy and productivity only if I allow it to. <BR> Pain can be handled with medication, exercise, and deep-breathing/relaxation. <BR> Things will get easier as I lose the weight and meet my goals. <BR> God has blessed me with supportive family, friends and SP. <BR> <BR> I CAN AND WILL ENJOY THE JOURNEY OF CHANGING MY LIFESTYLE! <BR> <BR> Donna Mon, 3 Mar 2008 12:40:22 EST A little shocked to say the least I went down to visit my family in Kentucky for 4 days and when I got back home and weighed I had gained 8 yes EIGHT pounds?!?!!? Friday I watched my calories, Sat. I didn't consume over 200 thru the day because we went out to dinner Sat night. I only eat half or less of what was brought to me. I admit that Sunday and Monday I didn't count calories, but I was aware of everything going into my mouth and didn't go crazy. <BR> <BR> My husband and family seems to think that when I weighed this ... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 21:35:01 EST Newbie! Hi everyone, I am fairly new to SP and looking to lose over 100lbs and make friends as well! I am a mommy of 2 kids a teen and a toddler so dinner time is rough but I am working on it!! Any friends to help and talk with would be accepted with open arms! <BR> Good luck to you all... <em>48</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:21:20 EST I'm a newbie! :o) Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Rachel and I'm new to sparkpeople. I started my getting healthier journey on 1/28/08. My ultimate goal is to lose a total of 130lbs to put me at 150, but my goal for this year is 80 in 08! I look forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:59:46 EST Hey ya'll! Hey I'm just here introducing myself. I'll be back on later to read all of the OTHER intros :) I saw Hello Kitty and was drawn in lol. Yes, of course, I have weight to lose. I'm on a roll. I love to work out and getting the food thing right is what's hardest for me. But I'm starting to understand it all and am really enjoying the healthy food I've been eating. I'm excited about racking up points for our team! <BR> <BR> About me~ Stay at home mom of a 6 yo and a 2 yo (both boys). I'... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 19:02:18 EST what to do I've had such a hard time following my diet. I don't know what is the problem with me. everyday I look at myself in the mirror and hate what I see. I hate the way I look then I go to work and eat a bagel or eat sweets as snacks or at night eat cookies and milk. What is up with that. I am going to go to the store and buy a dvd my spark buddy told me about. I hope that motivates me to exercise. I don't have pictures of myself overweight to post. that just goes to show you how I feel about myse... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:35:11 EST The Biggest Loser Season 6 Open casting call in NY <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if any of you are fans of the biggest loser, but if you are and didn't know they are casting for season 6.. I just wanted to share this info: They will be in the city (NYC) this weekend for an open casting call. It seems like they are looking for teams, but I can't think of anyone that would be able to participate with me. I'm thinking about going down there just for the experience and who knows if I might just get lucky. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> THE B... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 12:21:33 EST new... I am not really new just kinda starting again.. I work out daily.. Can't work out too much I am 26 weeks pregnant..still watching my wieght.. I lost 30 lbs right before I got pregnant and stopped dieting and excercizing for 4 months then got back to excercising and watching what I eat.. I have only put on 12 lbs since I got pregnant.. my docyor siad as long as I am puting on wieght she does not care.. and the excersize is really good.. just in small i do 5 mins at a time 3 times a... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:07:41 EST Confused Am I going to the right place for the message boards? It seems very slow, barely any posts. I don't mean to sound horrible but I need motivation and I was hoping to find it here but I can't see where anyone really talks. <BR> <BR> Help, am I in the right place? <BR> <BR> Dawn Fri, 15 Feb 2008 17:15:07 EST Wha type of exercise is working for you? My weight loss has been slow and this past week I decided I needed a jump start so I checked into water aerobic classes. I found out that I could go to our high school pool, either in the early am(6:45 - 7:30)Mon.-wed-Fri and/or in the evening Mon & Wed at 6:00 - 6:45pm. <BR> I went to the early class this morning. IT WAS GREAT! I can advance at my own pace and yet be surrounded by other people with some of the same problems I have. <BR> <BR> What is working for all of you? <BR> <BR> Ke... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:06:13 EST A newbie to the group :) I just came across this team a little bit earlier today and have been reading the post and everyone seems so positive and helpful so I knew it would definately be a place that would help me. <BR> <BR> The last few years I have really struggled with my weight, was finally doing something about it and became pregant with twin girls, whom are 2 1/2 years old now. Needless to say I gained all the weight back plus alot more. (165 lbs to be exact) and for the first two years I've been pretty co... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 00:15:23 EST Wanted to Introduce Myself... I'm Cat, and I live in Minnesota, and am ready, ready, ready to lose this weight! Thanks for such a great group, and I look forward to getting to know you. I could use some buddies!!! <em>30</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:16:39 EST newbie Hi there, I've been with SP for a year and lost 65 lbs, only to gain 20 back over the fall/winter holidays. I'm celebrating the 45 lb. loss and moving forward!! I decided to give the team a try to change things up. I've actually got 95 lbs. to lose to be at goal. Sun, 3 Feb 2008 16:53:08 EST New to the Team Hi everyone. I am new to the team if you will allow me entrance. I am so tired of being overweight, and know I have a ways to go and can't do it alone. Look forward to seeing your results and adding a few of my own. <em>249</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2008 13:47:08 EST Time for a new life Hi all! I just joined and I'm really looking forward to the continued motivation that I'm seeing throughout the site. I have about 145 or so pounds to lose before I'm at a healthy BMI. I'm totally scared and really nervous. I'm thinking a probably need a personal trainer because while I honestly and truly want to lose the weight, I'm not motivated as far as hitting the gym. I've pushed myself before to do it when I was younger but as I've gotten older, I don't know what's happened. But as I s... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 13:10:08 EST Hi Hello everyone...I have been on Spark for a while and am really starting to get active with it! I have lost 13.6 lbs so far and it's soooo tough! I would love for some great words of wisdom and a little encouragement! I am doing this basically by myself so if anyone would like to message me...feel free!!! Sun, 3 Feb 2008 12:41:32 EST Hello Everyone. ......New to the Team Where do I begin............. First off I am 33 years old and I am a single mom. I have a daughter named Ireland and she is my world. I have always been chunky & when I would see a really BIG person I used to tell myself I will never get that I find myself being that BIG person. I have really let myself down :( But.........I am here to change that! <BR> <BR> Billie Jean Sat, 2 Feb 2008 06:37:13 EST TIME FOR A CHANGE I have not been overweight my entire life. But I have gained alot of weight over the years. I have two kids a 9 year old and 6 month old. I have alot of weight to lose and I am so ready. Any one else let's get moving. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:58:51 EST Great to see It's good to see this board being brought back to life! It was slow for a long time! Welcome to all the newbies! Sun, 27 Jan 2008 11:52:56 EST New to Group, but not to Spark Hello, I've been on Spark since October, but am new to this group. I've lost 20 pounds since I've been on Sark (over 50 total) but have a long way to go. I'm looking forward to motivating each other and seeing us all succeed. We can do it!!! Sat, 26 Jan 2008 15:47:02 EST I just joined Hi Everyone, <BR> I have only been with Sparks a few weeks. There has been a lot to explore and learn! i love the nutrition tracker!! It really helps me. <BR> I have been able to stay within my calorie limit every day (except on our 40th Wedding Anniversary-I went 263 calories over) <BR> I am having some trouble with water retention the past few days. Any suggestions? <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:22:45 EST Hi, I just joined! I've been on Spark for awhile now but I just found this group and joined. Just saying hello... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost about 70 lbs so far and have 100 or so left to go. I started at 319 lbs last June and as of today I'm 247.6 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2008 03:38:16 EST New... Just a quick hello and a little about me. I'm Michele and I live in Central FL with my wonderful hubby and two beautiful daughters. I've never been naturally thin but when I was single I always worked really hard to stay thin. When I say I worked hard I mean HARD like 6 days a week in the gym and living on min. food intake. I never stayed thin the right way but forced myself to be thin. Now going into year 9 of married life I've let myself go so badly that I've now got quite the journey on my... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 22:31:24 EST Getting Bummed I am really starting to get bummed out... I have not lost any weight since Jan. 4th. I have been exercising each day and I have even increased my exercise some. I have stayed within my calorie, fat, carb and protein limits each day. But no weight loss. I was doing so good and lost a total of 70 pounds this last year, but now I am at a stand still. Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:45:50 EST Please remember to SNACK! I know that sounds strange, but here it is 4:15pm and I'm STARVING. Having kept on my eating really well today I realize now that not having brought a snack with me means that I will be ravenous when I get home from work. I will want to eat whatever I can grab fastest no matter how unhealthy it is and it would be very hard for me to stop eating at that point. I know myself. <BR> <BR> So if I can share anything I've's the importance of snacks, planned out, mindful snacks When tha... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:22:30 EST Please remember to SNACK! I know that sounds strange, but here it is 4:15pm and I'm STARVING. Having kept on my eating really well today I realize now that not having brought a snack with me means that I will be ravenous when I get home from work. I will want to eat whatever I can grab fastest no matter how unhealthy it is and it would be very hard for me to stop eating at that point. I know myself. <BR> <BR> So if I can share anything I've's the importance of snacks, planned out, mindful snacks When tha... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:22:26 EST Please remember to SNACK! I know that sounds strange, but here it is 4:15pm and I'm STARVING. Having kept on my eating really well today I realize now that not having brought a snack with me means that I will be ravenous when I get home from work. I will want to eat whatever I can grab fastest no matter how unhealthy it is and it would be very hard for me to stop eating at that point. I know myself. <BR> <BR> So if I can share anything I've's the importance of snacks, planned out, mindful snacks When tha... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:21:53 EST back again I am basically new, I have used SP before but didn't stay faithful. I am back and determined to stick with it even when it gets tough. I am looking forward to contributing and getting the support I am hoping for to help keep me on this journey. <BR> <BR> Dawn Sun, 6 Jan 2008 17:38:39 EST free nemesis So at work every time there is an account won or something like it, we have food and drink. <BR> <BR> For the last three days I've been doing really well, on track until 4pm today, during which I had 2 chicken fingers, 3-4 cubes of cheese, 3 crackers, and a few nibbles of brownie. <BR> <BR> Now I have to give myself for showing restraint for not eating everything but still I wanted to avoid all of it. <BR> <BR> I need to be stronger. Fri, 4 Jan 2008 16:43:52 EST free nemesis So at work every time there is an account won or something like it, we have food and drink. <BR> <BR> For the last three days I've been doing really well, on track until 4pm today, during which I had 2 chicken fingers, 3-4 cubes of cheese, 3 crackers, and a few nibbles of brownie. <BR> <BR> Now I have to give myself for showing restraint for not eating everything but still I wanted to avoid all of it. <BR> <BR> I need to be stronger. Fri, 4 Jan 2008 16:43:24 EST I created two mini teams! Please join ! <BR> I created two mini challenges under member created challenges. <BR> <BR> <BR> The first is lose ten pounds in January 2008! That's my personal goal this month even though my long term goal is much bigger. <BR> <BR> The second is 500 minutes of exercise in the month of January 2008! This is about 30 minutes 4 days a week for the month. I need this encouragement so if you do too please join me. <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2008 13:25:07 EST GOALS FOR 2008 I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE INTERESTING... <BR> <BR> LOSE WEIGHT THE HEALTHY WAY AND DEVELOP A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BY WORKING OUT, EATING RIGHT, AND BEING MINDFUL OF HOW I TREAT MYSELF AND OTHERS <BR> <BR> GET A GOOD-PAYING JOB OR TWO WITH GREAT BENEFITS ( YES I SAID TWO THE SECOND ONE CAN BE PART-TIME...I HAVE BILLS THAT I WANT TO PAY OFF QUICKLY) <BR> <BR> GET SOME DECENT TRANSPORTATION <BR> <BR> MOVE <BR> <BR> SAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS I CAN <BR> <BR> BE NICE <BR> <BR> I HAVE MORE BUT I WI... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 10:34:43 EST 2007 is almost over, let's make 2008 GREAT!!! Hi everyone, 2007 is almost over, I haven't made my goals with the weight loss, but I am not going to keep beating myself over the head because I am still just as obese as last January. I am going to make 2008 great with the help of God, and support from my spark friends. Good luck to us all. This is going to be a year of change and great things for us all. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:48:37 EST New to team but not SP Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> I was going through some of the teams and this one got my attention because I need to lose over 100lbs to get to my goal of 175. It's geat to find teams with other people that have close to the same goals. Sun, 16 Dec 2007 17:46:57 EST I'm new Hello: <BR> <BR> My name is Beverly. I am 40 years old and married for almost 6 yrs. I live in Phoenix Arizona (born and raised). Hubby is from California. I have been on Weight Watchers since March and have lost 33.6 pounds. When I reach my goal I want to be 155. I may not get there by the end of next year, but I know I will get there. Looking for anyone who wants to be a buddy. Bev Sun, 9 Dec 2007 18:00:58 EST Starting over...a gain.... It's been a year since I first signed up, i stopped, gained some more weight, went to weight watchers, lost 12lbs, stopped ww, and gained it back. UGH, I hate this pattern. Thu, 6 Dec 2007 14:15:54 EST new to the team! Hello, I was scanning teams and I pulled this one up and I really liked somem of the thing I read so i decided to join! I need to loose 95 to 100 pounds. I've been overweight all my life and it is time to make change in my life. I don't really eat to bad, I just seem to have this problem with exercising- I HATE IT- another problem is i absolutley love anything sweet!! I don't eat alot of fried food, I usually bake everything. Except for my lean ground beef for sketti and tacos and even then ... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:14:40 EST gallbladder One year and half ago I had my first flair up and it acted up of only a week. My second flair up was about five months ago and lasted 3 weeks. During this time my gastro doctor ran all kinds of test which all turned up negative for gallstones. Now it has flaired up again and the doctors do not have any answers. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what did they to to fix it. Sat, 1 Dec 2007 15:49:34 EST Newbie! Hello! I'm new here, just joined this team & looking forward to some challenges, keeps it fun and interesting. :) I've been on SP since about April but have just recently gotten on the ball and I'm doing well - or I feel like I am! :) I hope everyone is doing well and doing what it takes to be a loser! :) Take care all!! ~Kasey Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:22:06 EST New to team Hi Team, <BR> I just joined your team, and wanted to take a sec to introduce myself. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and hopefully make some new friends. Susan Mon, 12 Nov 2007 11:06:00 EST Starting a live team in Michigan I live in SE Grand Rapids, MI, and I would like to start a live group that would meet weekly somewhere locally to weigh in and support each other in addition to the online support we get ghere on SparkPeople. <BR> I'm especially looking for people with a significant amount of weight to lose. <BR> If you are in the Cascade area and are interested or know someone who might be, please PM me! Thu, 8 Nov 2007 17:19:32 EST My new team! So I started my own sparkteam! I'm always getting emails & messages from people who want advice! I love it so much! But I figure if I created a group it would be much easier to keep up with it all! <BR> My goal is for everyone to meet and get extra support that is so crucial on your weight loss journey! We could all use new friends and what better friends then those who can actually relate to the struggles you're about to endeavor! <BR> I also plan to post <BR> -recipes <BR> -interesting ar... Wed, 7 Nov 2007 17:27:52 EST Hello, I just found this team! Hi, I have been on spark for alittle over a month and I just now found out how to look up new teams. When I first signed on I entered my weight wrong and I got on to a team with 50-99 lbs to lose by mistake. I was hoping to find more people with more weight to lose, even though those people are great too! I am happy to find a group who may have some of the same issues as I am having. Have a great day everyone! Fri, 2 Nov 2007 15:54:23 EST That sobering moment... I just saw a pic of me that has become my pivotal moment for my weight loss journey! Why is it that I just don't see myself as huge as apparently I am?? Does anyone else suffer from this affliction??!! I am too repulsed to even cry---but I must say this has awakened a new drive within me to change myself...I can't continue like this...any words of encouragement and understanding would be greatly appreciated right about now!! <em>24</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2007 05:04:07 EST Blaming mental illness I have had a very bad 7 months. I have been put in the hospital probably 7 times, due to my mental illness. I don't mean to use food as a vice, but... I sincerely am struggling with this, if anyone can relate... Please share your story, I love listening... and learning. :) <BR> <BR> Thank you Sun, 14 Oct 2007 14:41:17 EST Here goes. . . Hello there everyone. . . I'm a 20-something college student, studying computer science/electronic imaging. I've recently ended an unhealthy relationship, and I am trying to get my life (and my weight) back on track. <BR> <BR> Some of my interests. . . <BR> -Designing, animating, programming, and most of all PLAYING video games! (currently World of Warcraft) <BR> -Computers / coding / internet humor <BR> -Cats <BR> -Art and Art History (Fav artist: Egon Schiele) <BR> -Anything French <BR> -L... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 07:01:43 EST OCTOBER 14TH,,,NATIONAL HEART WALK DAY October 14 is the American Heart Association's National Heart Walk. This year I was invited to be a participant in this event. <BR> <BR> My goal is to do the 5 miles walk through the city of Lancaster, PA and by doing so raise sponser money for this worthy cause. My boss is the Chairman for the Lancaster Heart Walk and his 2 y.o. son Gust, who was born with congenital heart disease and underwent 3 operations in the first 18 months of his life, is the "Red Cap Survivor" Spokesperson for t... Sat, 6 Oct 2007 19:53:46 EST DOES ANY HAVE SUGESTIONS ON GOOD CARDIO VIDEOS? I NORMALLY WALK EVERYDAY FOR 60-90 MINUTES, ITS BEGINNING TO GET COLD AND I NEED TO REVAMPT THAT PLAN. DOES ANY1 HAVE ANY AEROBIC VIDEO SUGGESTIONS THAT ARE BEGINNER FRIENDLY? Tue, 2 Oct 2007 23:39:56 EST Shirataki Noodles Has anyone tried these. I hear they are really low in calories. How do they taste? Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:09:15 EST Has anyone tried those new soy noodles? I have heard they are really low in calories and suppose to replace pasta. But I wonder how they taste? Fri, 7 Sep 2007 20:44:29 EST Scale is so slow I feel my scale is not moving fast enough for what I am doing. Since I am a long ways from goal it should be moving faster. I am losing from 1.5 to 2 pounds a week. I am eating between 1300 and 1500 calories a day plus doing exercises 3 to 4 times a week. They say it takes 3500 calories reduced off your total needed calories to lose a pound a week. I have to be doing way more than that a week. Any suggestions? Fri, 31 Aug 2007 17:30:08 EST