SparkPeople Men, You're Not Alone Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=337 This is a group for the GUYS ONLY please. SparkPeople Men, You're Not Alone Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=337 Just Checking In--Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x59988832 Hello, All! <BR> Just a quick check-in, so I’ll post this to all my teams. <BR> It just hit me earlier this morning that yesterday I completed my first week on SparkPeople, and today is the first day of my second week. I was just pondering how it is going. <BR> First, I worked out at least 30 minutes on 5 of the first 7 days, skipping Saturday and Sunday, which is my plan. <BR> Second, I tracked 5 of the 7 days faithfully. The 2 days I did not track were days in which something knocked me o... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:21:42 EST What is Water???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x59951861 Hello, All <BR> I’m posting this to a couple of groups, because I’m interested in getting a bunch of feedback on this question. As the topic indicates, my question is simply, “What is water?” <BR> To clarify, for tracking and health purposes, what can I track/count towards my water total: only pure H-2-O, or any liquid that I drink? I drink a lot, but not a whole lot of pure, unflavored water. <BR> So, would you consider my morning coffee (with Splenda and a touch of half and half) to be tr... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:00:50 EST Howdy, All! (My Introduction) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x59937534 Hello, Gentlemen, <BR> <BR> My name is Tom, and I'm a brand-new Sparks Person living in the Dessert north of Los Angeles. I have about 137 (but who's counting) pounds to lose, and look forward to spending some of the time in my journey to better health and fitness alongside you all! <BR> <BR> Not sure what else to put here, so I'll leave it open? Any questions, please feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to give you an honest answer (even if that answer has to be "you don't have the need... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:17:01 EST Jobs and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x59777089 The past few months I have been job searching. I was laid off in july, small company went bust. No problem with my work for almost 18 years as a driver , warehouseman for chemical wholesaler. Too many people focus on wanting that younger person. Have you been through this. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:59:17 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x59777026 New one here. 66 yo in north Florida. Have lost about 62 so far since last january on and have a lot more to go. Treadmill and walking combined with my healthy cooking have been most helpful. Hope to learn a lot from this group of men. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:49:59 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x59622517 Stumbled on this forum/team today so joined up. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd see what others are up to and cherry pick ideas. <BR> <BR> About a thousand years ago, I was pretty active; but 60's caught up - my 60's and the sixties. <BR> <BR> So, howdy, all. I think this will prove worthwhile. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:56:17 EST Interested in trying some new products for free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x58611309 Hello! <BR> <BR> As you may know, SparkPeople.com partners with brands to keep our website free for you. Our goal is to work with companies who offer high-quality products that are relevant and useful to our members. We've recently partnered up with Meta® to spread the word about their new MultiHealth product line that supports wellness from the inside out. <BR> <BR> As some of our more loyal and active members, we would like to invite you try 3 new Meta products for FREE! <BR> <BR> Tho... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:24:33 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x58237141 <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:44:01 EST Where u from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x58084067 Why doesn't everyone tell where they are from and that way maybe new groups can be formed to help one another out. - I'm from Rhode Island Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:42:23 EST Unexpected perqs of healthy living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57639097 As I approach two years of maintaining my weight, I've been thinking about how life has changed. Some of the changes are obvious - smaller clothes, more energy, etc...- but what I've been more aware of recently is the smaller victories like: <BR> Being able to tie my sneakers without sitting down or leaning on something to help me balance. <BR> Being able to wash the bottom of my feet in the shower, again without leaning or sitting. <BR> Being able to reach every part of my body in the showe... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:01:59 EST Refuel: a 24 Day Eating Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57553498 Have been reading a book from the library called Refuel: a 24 Day Eating Plan to Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina. Defintiely a book aimed at us guys and explaining how our diets have reduced our testosterone and inceased estrogen production and led to weight increase and many other health problems. Easy read and easy to follow. I am going to try to 24 day eating plan which seems pretty straightforward. <BR> <BR> Anyone else here reading the book or maybe finis... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:11:20 EST Hey guys, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x57377950 hi, my name is Glenn, I'm new to the team, in need of some motivation and some good exercise routines. I'm 52, out of shape, got a few health issues. I want to turn myself around and get healthy and become happier. My wife and I just joined the Y, and I'd like to get the most out of it, just don't know where to start. <em>104</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:00:49 EST Eating Before Working Out in the Early AM, Or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57261149 Hello. <BR> <BR> I have a question, really aimed at the subset of you who (1) seek to lose weight and not just maintain; and (2) work out in the early AM before work. <BR> <BR> Here it is: do you eat first? If so, what do you eat and what do you not eat? Oh, and while we are at it, how do you know what you are doing is optimal? <BR> <BR> Many thanks! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:35:35 EST Do you feel pressured to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57205368 There's a lot of chatter about women and body image so I was wondering if men experience being overweight in the same way. <BR> When you see guys on "Men's Health" and other fitness magazines, does a voice in your head tell you that they have ideal bodies. <BR> If you're not aware of "marketing" pressure to be thinner, what about from family? Friends? <BR> For me, I gave up on having a Speedo body a long time ago and the only pressure that I am conscious of now is my own. I like the way hea... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:28:27 EST ya never run to slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57187024 great message here. <link>running.competitor.com/2014/03/train<BR>ing/slow-is-a-state-of-mind_70265?utm_<BR>campaign=newsletter_rundown&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_content=2014-03-19&utm_source=iContact </link> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:56:35 EST Where have you had to compromise because of weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57121962 Been ruminating about areas in my life where I have had to make accommodations because of being overweight. <BR> I wasn't involved in sports because I couldn't keep up. <BR> I usually dated "who I could get" rather than "who I wanted." <BR> Obviously could not shop in the trendier places - always had to be in the "Husky" stores. <BR> <BR> So men, anyone else care to share? <BR> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:13:16 EST Team Challenge/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57098914 To Create some accountability and forward momentum how about a couple of team challenges/goals? It looks like you need to be a team leader to add team goals. <BR> <BR> So Team leaders what do you think? <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:09:18 EST Finish the sentence... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57035876 I FINALLY KNEW I HAD TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT WHEN... <BR> <BR> I went to my doctor just after my 47th birthday and found that I was 244 pounds and my blood pressure and cholesterol were in the danger zone. I was facing a lifetime of maintenance medications if I didn't change my lifestyle and, since my dad died at age 49, there was an added sense of urgency. <BR> So that was my wake up moment. <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 05:58:28 EST Anyone else feeling abandoned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x57024799 Greetings brothers... <BR> A couple of days ago when I logged into Spark, I received a message that this group was looking for a new team leader because of the inactivity of the current leaders. I thought about it for a couple of days and decided to throw my hat in the ring. After submitting my request, I received a message saying I would hear back in three days. <BR> Over a week later...nothing. <BR> This led me to look at our current leaders and only one of the four them has been active w... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:19:01 EST Body Beast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x56425805 Is anyone here doing the Body Beast home strength training videos? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:26:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x56356704 Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been here before about 6 years ago I lost about 30 lbs on SP. Last year I realized that I had gained it back. Since then I've dropped 12 of it but it was hit and miss. I'm finally back on track logging my food and sticking to my calorie goals. I'd like to lose 20 more lbs and I believe this time I can keep at it. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:36:53 EST Holiday Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x56053250 What are your strategies for the holidays? This year I finally figured out that it's not really the holidays that make me balloon up, it's what I eat before and after the holidays. I usually start pigging out from October through the end of the year because "I'm going to gain weight anyway" but this holiday season so far Thanksgiving Day was my only bad day, and otherwise I've been eating what I normally eat. It's worked very well so far. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:23:58 EST Glad I found you guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x55706480 I know what you mean about weight loss groups being overrun with women. I have been in WW and TOPS and have been the only man most of the time. I have tried many diets and lost interest after a while because discussions at meetings dealt with women issues that I didn't really care about. I hope to get some good info and support from this group! Glad I found you guys! I am in High Ridge, MO which is west of St. Louis. Look forward to engaging in good conversations! Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:53:59 EST Mountain bicycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x54817445 Did a 32 mile turn on the rail trail this afternoon. Weather,temperature and humidity were great and made for a great ride. <em>104</em> <BR> 32 miles on a predominantly level dirt trail may be that outstanding but at 4 months short of 70 I am pretty proud of it. <em>224</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:33:22 EST Exercise with a buddy: Make a friend: Stay on targ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x54815649 Last month, I finally found an exercise buddy. A guy down the street who wanted some motivation to get doing some exercise. I was feeling the same way. "Ok, I'll exercise tonight. But when tonight comes, Oh, I don't feel like it. Or something else seems more important." <BR> <BR> With my exercise buddy, we have an appointment to work out three days a week. I'm expecting it. He's expecting it. And when one of us says "I want to skip today", well, I challenge back .... then I'll come to your ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:36:24 EST Hiatus, disaster, and now recovery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x54556567 I know I'm not the only one that's done this: had a successful weight loss and felt great then something slipped and rather than check it where it was, I let it slip, and slip, and slip. And then the reality of the extra 20 protruding above my belt finally sinks in. <BR> <BR> It's the reality of dealing with my shame and anger and all the other crap that goes along with acknowledgement that I created this and I'm the only one that can fix it. It's not just diet and excersize - it's more tha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:58:56 EST Hello Men! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x54240023 Hello fellow Men! <BR> Back after a loooooong SP break! <BR> I've been staying active but need to give a little extra push right now. So back at it again with SP. It has never failed me in the past so lets do this! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:19:36 EST Greetings from a new would be community member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x53134727 Hello my names Bob, <BR> I've been following the Spark way for the past few months and lost weight. I'm nearing the autumn of my years and I need to loose about 56lbs. I've recently had a bad bout of work related stress that sent my blood pressure high and created a situation where just eat and eat which affected my cholesterol levels. In all it was a spiralling downward journey for me. I'm now in the throws of a new dawn for me and the journey is fraught with temptations of bad food and old ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 03:41:32 EST Weight Loss of First Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52975041 Well it isn't as much as I had hoped, but down 2.4 lbs in first week is a good start. Going to weigh-in every Monday morning. That helps me 'behave' on the weekend, knowing that a weigh-in is coming right after an opportunity to slack. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:47:37 EST CrossFit on Hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52926658 Hey guys. I'm not sure how many, or if any, of you guys are doing Crossfit where you live/work. I joined Crossfit back in the spring of 2011 and have enjoyed it for the most part. I had some 'maybe-related-but-not-sure' injuries last spring/summer, but started back in November of 2012. Now, just a few months later, I have decided to put it on hold until the end of July in order to get lean. <BR> <BR> The problem is that Crossfit, while a great workout, leaves me exhausted...until the next ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:45:54 EST Surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x52883335 I was surprised to see such a 'dead' team page. Hopefully it is because everyone is out exercising and shopping for good, clean foods! This team played a big role in my success in 2007. I know things have changed, people move on and life happens....it did to me! <BR> <BR> So I am back. Decided last night to put my Crossfit life on hold to focus on shedding weight. This site, and a different type of strength training and cardio are the only way that I know I can achieve what it is I want.... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:58:34 EST Extreme Exercise hurts the heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52654581 Recent finding: Marathon runners who were followed over three decades had a 19% lower rate of death than non-runners--but those who ran more than 20 to 25 miles each week ended up with the same risk as the couch potatoes in the study. Self defense: Exercise vigorously for no more than one hour a day. <BR> <BR> * Source: James O'Keefe, MD, head of preventive cardiology at Mid America Heart Institute at Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, MO, quoted at Today.com <BR> <BR> ** Articl... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:16:05 EST soft drinks and prostate cancer risk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52654531 One soft drink a day increases prostate cancer risk. Men who drank one 300-milliliter can of a sugary soft drink (slightly less than 12-oz) a day were 40% more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer versus men who never consumed soft drinks. <BR> <BR> * Source: Study of more than 8,000 men by researchers at Lund University, Lund, Sweden, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. <BR> <BR> ** Article was taken from Bottom Line/Personal newsletter, Volume 24, Number 7, Ap... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:10:56 EST Clothing links for Big and Tall men... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52307522 As usual, men seem to be excluded in things elsewhere on SP. So, here are some links for big men: <BR> <BR> <link>www.kingsizedirect.com </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.casualmale.com/Big&Tall </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.rochesterclothing.com/Big&Tall </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.westportbigandtall.com </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.destinationxl.com/Big-&-Tall </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bigtalldirect.com </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bigmen.com </link> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:24:21 EST patient obesity is a don't-touch topic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52296506 <link>www.ocregister.com/articles/weight-4<BR>08996-patients-doctors.html </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:03:06 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52239928 Hi: I am 69yrs old and retired. My motivation is not to body build but to simply trim down to an acceptable BMI. I also hope to improve my cardio health in the process. <BR> My starting goal was to drop 36lbs. by 7/1/13. I have dropped 56% of my goal in 46% of my time frame. I think that I am doing okay. I am gaining some musle mass and improving my mobility in the process but this is just an added plus, not my objective. <BR> <BR> If your reason for using SparkPeople is similar, get on he... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:32:54 EST Obesity Myths Exposed in new study.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52184660 This paper raises serious questions about our understanding of obesity. Links: <BR> <BR> http://conscienhealth.org/2013/01/obesit<BR>y-myths-busted-in-the-new-england-jour<BR>nal-of-medicine/ <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30<BR>/obesity-myths-debunked-sex-calories-s<BR>nacking-bad_n_2585332.html <BR> <BR> http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJ<BR>Msa1208051 (New England Journal of Medicine) <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:46:54 EST INSANITY - I NEED MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x52042466 Hello guys Edwin here, recently...well for the past few months I had well just completely let go of my diet and the small exercises I was doing and I really don't know why I think its maybe because i got really lazy or just lost all the motivation i had to change myself. and because of that i swear i feel like i put on at least 10 pounds. Now I'm further back then i was when i started. But around last week i decided to get INSANITY and to be honest it looks insane and I'm not sure if an over... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 19:21:24 EST Biggest Hurdle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x51690977 So, I was just curious to see what other men's biggest fitness hurdles were. Whether it's health related, exercise, eating, etc. I want to hear what slows you down. For me, it's snacking. I LOVE food. I hate that I love food, but I do. Snacking is the biggest thing I need to overcome and/or alter to really succeed. <BR> <BR> What's your story? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:14:38 EST dead in here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x51639264 what happened up in here? not much action Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:55:09 EST Day 20: Update and new challenges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x51603107 Well, roughly three weeks now, and I'm continuing to lose, so not going to complain. I will likely weigh myself tomorrow to get the most current reading, but as of a couple of days ago, I was down 23 pounds. I wouldn't object to being around the 30 pound mark when I weigh-in again, but will not be disappointed if there is only another pound or two gone--after all, it's already 23 pounds less than I did around Christmas. <BR> <BR> Today I'll actually start doing some real exercise. I have ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:41:17 EST Looking for a site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x51497620 Does anyone know of a site out there on the interweb where you can upload a photo and then enter a goal weight and the site will show you what you could look like at that weight? Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:23:57 EST Day One - Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x51319436 Well, I know Suz said we can start this on Wednesday, but why put off any longer? Most of 2012 has been me putting off, and I only have myself to blame for that. <BR> <BR> Shortly after I wrote my first entry for 2012, life took a major turn around - I ended up in a job I love, within the field I studied. More money, more challenges--life was great and things were turning around. Unfortunately, keeping track of things on Sparkpeople, exercising with any consistancy, etc. fell by the waysi... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:21:41 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x50917306 Well I actually met my goal, one year later here I am in the same spot. Job and total life change kind of threw me out of whack so ya. Things are settled again and I'm trying to get it off again just can be hard working nights. <BR> <BR> I started a workout blog and diet tracker just saying what I have been doing and how it's working. Y'all can Check it out at justinspruiell.blogspot.com leave comments and let me know what y'all think maybe you can steal a few excercise ideas. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:40:37 EST Hello can anyone help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x50797873 Hello my name is Edwin, I'm 5'10 and weigh about 260 pounds i am not sure since i do not own a scale but the last time i had a physical which was around a few months ago i was 250 and since i haven't been exercising and eating healthy I'm thinking maybe i put on a few pounds. right now i seriously need to loose weight. when i joined today the site set my goal to loose 50 pounds by May 2013 But i have no idea where to begin... i don't know what exercises i should start with . or what foods i n... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:21:02 EST Hello community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x50073468 Hello, I am Paulo, I have 34 years old, and i´m from Portugal. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:10:28 EST Look who's baaaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x49583214 Hi there! Just got out of my 2009 time machine - and it only put 15 pounds on me. <BR> <BR> Well, time to start over. I'm turning 40 in a year. To paraphrase Sugar Kowalski, "Makes a guy think." <BR> <BR> So let's do this again. Love to have some company on this journey. My one rule: if you write me a message that has any emoticons, expect me to scowl. Let's be adults here, people. <BR> <BR> I play scrabble and chess. <BR> <BR> I listen to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Hives, Gillian Wel... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:52:35 EST Lifting Music? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x49288708 I have very ecclectic music tastes, but I have to have the hard stuff when I lift. What are your favorites? For me: <BR> <BR> 1) Down with the Sickness (Disturbed) <BR> 2) Droppin' Plates (Disturbed) <BR> 3) Perservance (Hatebreed) <BR> 4) Mosh (Eminem) <BR> 5) I F-----g Hate You (Godsmack) Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:14:27 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x49232255 My name is craig I am 43, I live in Denver Colorado, been married for almost 18 years, I have two girls and a house full of estrogen. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of a testosterone based group. I have been working to loose another 12-14 pounds and get back into shape. My wife and I just finished the Survivor mud run on the 21st of July and it was a great race. Looking to improve my time next year with better training weight loss. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:53:29 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x49194059 Hello everyone, I'm just starting to get serious about weght loss. I currently weigh 303 and my goal is to reach 175. I know it won't be as easy as it was putting it on, but I know I can do it. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:28:49 EST Weight Gain?? Seriously? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x49149713 So I'm a reformed low carb diet guy. I had to stop, Thanks to a bad cholesterol screening and a really tough lecture from my doctor. <BR> So here is the issue: I'm logging everything I eat, my exercise, and my measurements, and I haven't exceeded 1850 calories per day for the last two weeks. My calorie intake, according to SP, should be 1800-2150. I gained 1.2 lbs last week and 1.4 lbs this week. In short, I'm gaining weight on an 1800 calorie diet! I'm 5'10" and I weigh 214.6 with a bodyfat ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:01:07 EST Any of you guys do Pilates? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48698573 Hi guys! <BR> Sorry to crash your group, but I knew this is where I could find an active community of men, which is exactly what I am seeking. I am writing a story for SparkPeople about men who do Pilates as part of their fitness routine. If that is you and you're interested in being included or interviewed for the story, please comment on this post. The types of questions I'll be asking are: <BR> <BR> -What other fitness activities do you do besides Pilates? <BR> -How has Pilates benefited ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:06:09 EST Spartan Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48612223 Has anybody run the spartan race? How was it? What should I expect? How do you prepare? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:40:44 EST David from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x48569892 I've been a spark member for quite a while but never really looked into the site until recently. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. In my 40s, married over 20 years, and I found that I feel a lot better when I don't have the mid-age gut. I've done the yo yo thing a few times and now have to both lose and then learn to maintain. I look forward to interacting with you guys and working each other through the process. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:46:52 EST My name is Frog... ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x48502976 Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> My name is David (but everyone calls me Frog). I've been heavy set for a long time and for the last few years, I've grown complacent with my physical health. <BR> <BR> My first born child (Jocelyn) was born to my wife and I about a month ago. So, I decided to join SparkPeople and start my diet and exercise routine, for my daughters sake if not only for my own. <BR> <BR> Thus far, I am a week into my routine of 1500 calories per day, 3 weekly strength trainings and one h... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:19:31 EST Tips and Advice for Cruise Vacationing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48403594 Alright guys, I'm taking the wife on a 7 day cruise to Alaska this weekend. I've never been on a cruise, but all I ever hear from anyone is how much food there is. All I can think is, Oh, Cr@p! Am I about to undo all this weight loss progress?" <BR> I'm looking for some effective tips and advice for damage control while aboard. What can you tell me? Any suggestions? Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:06:22 EST softball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48387985 any softball enthusiasts in here? just curious. what position you play? where do you play? tournaments? etc etc etc. i've got a triple header to play tonight. should be fun, and active! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:08:56 EST Hello, I'm Chuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x48316528 Hello, I am here in augusta, Ga (home of the masters) and I need to loose weight, eat healthier, and be more active for my family. My grandchildren look forward to spending time with papa and I want to spend more time with them and my wife. My wife and I are on this journey to get healthier together and making small changes. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:15:43 EST Impromptu fitness challenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48309972 I did something which got me wanting to ask how often you guys find yourself involved in impromptu challenges which boost your confidence etc. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine posted a status on Facebook the other day saying that for every like on his status he would do 5 pushups and that those who were brave enough should repost it. <BR> <BR> Well, I went ahead and took up the challenge. I stipulated that they would not be consecutive, but that I would do each and every push up. <BR> <BR> Well,... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:53:35 EST New kid on the block! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48299355 Hey Fellas! <BR> <BR> This is my first week with SparkPeople! I'm pretty excited about getting back into shape and trimming down some of these pounds. I have been through some rough times, just to realize I need to be watching out for myself from now on. Good luck to you all and may the best men LOSE! <BR> <BR> -TheSeaBear Wed, 30 May 2012 20:11:06 EST Hi my name is Abraham http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x48267154 Hi, my name is Abraham. New to the site, new to the team. check out my page to see a little on me lol Mon, 28 May 2012 18:42:17 EST Any Guys Tried Pilates? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48177582 Any time I check out a Pilates class, they are 100% women. I've heard of professional athletes (NHL, NFL...) incorporating Pilates into their workout regimens. <BR> <BR> Have any of you guys over 250lbs on the rounder side tried this? I've tried to look around for Beginner dvd's and such, but am having a hard time trying to find one realistic for me. I've come across one or two of them, but after watching 5 minutes I'm like HELL NO, there's no way I can do that! Have heard there are easi... Tue, 22 May 2012 05:18:04 EST Bodymedia FIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x48127913 Does anyone use one of these? my wife has one and I am thinking of getting one, the subscription is only about $7 a month. It would track my sleep, steps, exercise. I would still use SP for my food tracking and then import my steps/exercise. Just wondering if anyone was familiar with this or other similar device and had any feedback. Happy Friday <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 18 May 2012 13:56:18 EST Social Insensitivity and Uncivility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x47958625 How would you handle this?... <BR> <BR> Today finds me having traveled nearly four hours to set-up to exhibit and present to an annual convention and trade show for our industry. The fellow exhibitors are familiar faces, as I have seen them at this show and others in years past. Many I last saw last June at another show at this resort location. <BR> <BR> For me, last June was a half-year pre-Spark and there are as of this instant, 37 lbs less of me than during last year's trade show circuit... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:15:18 EST Hello, new to forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x47921518 Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Paul, and I rejoined SP in Nov 11. I am new to this forum, and hope the "men's perspective" will help me out. Have been doing the yo-yoing since I have been back and having a real difficult time wrapping my head around all of this. Any advice or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. <BR> If you like, stop by my page and add me as a friend and I will do the same. We all need to stick together. As some of these areas, and plans, are mainly women, it is nice... Sat, 5 May 2012 07:52:12 EST My name is Kevin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x47868898 I joined SparkPeople last week and started tracking my food to see where I'm at. I'm looking forward to start taking charge of me and being happy with myself. I'm also reading the Spark at the moment. <BR> <BR> My plan is to start adjusting what I'm eating with what is suggested, but I was wondering if I should just adjust one meal at a time, so I;m not prepping items unfamiliar to myself. My fear is jumping in with both feet then getting fed up and falling back on what I normally prepare an... Tue, 1 May 2012 23:36:41 EST My name is Eric http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x47838380 I just found sparkpeople a week ago. I just got done losing 30 lbs on the HGC plan and was looking for a way to help keep the weight off. I live in Tucson Arizona. I am glad to have found this forum because this site is so female oriented. <BR> I am going to run a 5k probably in the fall then a 10k. If I can get fast enough I'll try a half marathon. Running for two hours at a time seems a little tedious. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:28:38 EST The New Guy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x47784402 Hey everyone. I'm new to the group so I just want to introduce myself. I'm a 21 year old college student. When I'm not on campus I am taking care of my grandma full time. I've had a weight problem pretty much my whole life. The heaviest I've ever been was over 400 pounds. Right now I am 390 pounds. It's really affected me this year. My knees and ankles hurt due to the weight. I also have diabetes and high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> You would think that all of those things would motivate me t... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:32:37 EST Hey from south Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x47307354 Hey, guys, <BR> <BR> 41 year old father of twins. Getting in shape for my kids. Looking forward to interacting with other guys in the same boat as me. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:36:13 EST Hungry for change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x47236622 http://www.hungryforchange.tv <BR> <BR> The folks at www.foodmatters.tv have a new video. This week only, there is a free preview online. Just watched it last night. It's excellent. Worth a viewing. <BR> <BR> It's a discussion about the foods we eat. Food addictions. Processed foods vs. natural foods. <BR> <BR> Dan Sat, 24 Mar 2012 07:27:08 EST Back after a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x46869794 Hi everyone. I'm back on SP after a 2 year hiatus. (If you want the long version of my SP journey, check my blog. <em>30</em> Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I'm recommitting to my health, so you should be seeing me around here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 16:30:42 EST Danica Patrick - Nascar - all hype or real? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x46774136 Looking for your thoughts on her racing today. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:43:27 EST Can you eat right during the football playoffs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x46037749 It's playoff season and with that, in my home, come nachos, chicken wings, pizza and so on. I know the best way to stay on track is to avoid these foods but sometimes I can't. What can you do to tone it down and still enjoy the games? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:19:39 EST Something to help with the motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45800469 A very good motivational article ... <BR> <BR> http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=<BR>today_is_the_daythe_one_where_you_recl<BR>aim_your_life <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:44:00 EST 2012 Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x45768531 I'm starting a new thread to provide a fresh perspective. <BR> <BR> Starting at 177 today. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:18:36 EST Getting in shape after a stressful year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x45744602 Happy New Year! 2011 was a difficult year - divorce, corresponding financial issues, weight gain. Especially now that I'm over 50, it's time to get myself healthy mentally and physically. I'm a very active sports official, working roughly 10 games/week about five months out of the year (from teens to adults). Without this exercise, my health and weight would be much worse. On the other hand, carrying 60 extra pounds around during the rigors of a game is not smart. I'm in sales and trave... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:09:58 EST A Spark Holiday Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45648282 All in emoticons <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=46<BR>38208 </link> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:50:47 EST Stage 2!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45493592 Ok, so I just moved to Stage 2 this morning, and already I am feeling overwhelmed!! You go from tracking your food daily to measuring out each portion, and it hit me kind of hard. It seems like a monumental task to measure out each thing, and in my mind, it comes with that whole diet label and judgement (Oh look at him, he's measuring out his food, must be on a diet.) <BR> <BR> I know that these are steps to a healthier life, but how do you keep yourself encouraged and how do you look at th... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:32:31 EST Heavy Guys-250+lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45385262 Just curious how many of us heavy guys are on here, and what your situations are like? <BR> <BR> As for me-I'm currently floating around 340, and looking to drop 120-150lbs, with a goal weight of somewhere around 200lbs. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 15:55:48 EST Hello Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x45377872 Just thought i would pop up and say hello to everyone. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 07:28:20 EST NBA Lockout Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45309620 Hello men in man cave... is there any NBA fans here, specifically Laker fans? Does this team have any place where we can discuss sports or anything else we enjoy? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:47:41 EST Motivational Quote 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x45254840 Success isn't permanent & failure isn't fatal. -Mike Ditka <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 08:19:02 EST Looking for some tips for my morning routine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x45087801 Hey men!!! <BR> So this is my morning: <BR> Wake bright and early - usually between 4:30 - 5:00. <BR> Have 2 cups of coffee before my daughter gets up. <BR> Take her to the school bus at 7:00. <BR> Do 30 minutes on the treadmill at a moderate pace. <BR> <BR> So here's where I need advice. If I have breakfast before the bus run, I cramp up on the treadmill. If I don't eat before the treadmill, I hit a wall about halfway through. Today I tried just having an apple before the treadmill but i... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:50:00 EST Ten THOUSAND Fitness Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44881993 Wow, I never thought I'd hit 10,000 minutes. In a year. And, lost 60-lbs in the process. <BR> <BR> Here's me doing the cliche` manly muscle flex. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for SparkPeople, because if I hadn't come here, I wouldn't be in the best shape that I've been in since when I was skiing competitively in high school. I think I may be in better shape than that, actually. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:51:21 EST Holidays are coming - how do you prepare/deal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44862825 I don't know about you but I love Thanksgiving. It is my nemisis. Turkey, apple pie, mashed potatoes with gravy, and all the great, tasty, high calorie foods that come with it. <BR> <BR> This year my plan of attack involves three items. Eat less during the two days leading up the Thanksgiving, take slightly less of each item then I think I would like, and plan to get a run in on each day before and a walk on the day of the event. Oh and drinking lots of water during the morning before the me... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:23:17 EST Motivational Quotes 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44862709 “We will go to the moon. We will go to the moon and do other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.” - John F. Kennedy, Jr. <BR> <BR> If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster <BR> And treat those two imposters just the same… <BR> <BR> If you can fill the unforgiving minute <BR> With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – <BR> <BR> Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, <BR> And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son! <BR> - Rudyard Kipling, “If” <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:17:27 EST Motivational Quotes 10/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44857616 "Tough times don't last but tough people do." - A.C. Green <BR> <BR> “Endurance? You’ve only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run.” – Percy Cerutty <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:54:45 EST Motivational Quotes 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44840141 “Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb <BR> <BR> "If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not." <BR> - B.G. Jett <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:12:37 EST Eggs & increased risk of prostate cancer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x44705030 "Men who consumed 2.5 or more eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer compared to men who consumed less than 0.5 eggs per week (HR: 1.81; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.13, 2.89; p-trend: 0.01)." <BR> - American Association for Cancer Research. <BR> <BR> Full research summary here: <link>cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournal<BR>s.org/content/early/2011/09/15/1940-62<BR>07.CAPR-11-0354.short#aff-2 </link> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 01:33:56 EST Post Surgery Assist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x43832328 Alright guys I need an assist. About a month ago I had rotator cuff surgery. They removed a bone spur, cleaned up the tendons and the short bicep had to be cut and sewn under the rotator cuff. Prior to the surgery I was doing really well on my workouts and was making great progess. A lot of my gains are going away quickly because I can't do the upper body or even run. What can I do to try to keep at least the lower body at an acceptable level and some cardio. Thanks guys. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:18:46 EST Making Everyday a Wonderful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43761065 After my mom (also my best friend) passed away 4 years ago (still like yesterday to me) at her age of 62, I decided to live best of my life everyday and have my gratitude for every day I have. <BR> I am so glad that I found this web site and having so much fun with in the 1st week. <BR> Finally, I feel that I am not along. One of my doctor said lose 20 lb (from 140lb, and I am only 5'2") is not realistic for me (which really made me feel sad). But I know this is what I really want to do. If ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:38:17 EST ooohh-oohh that smell.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x43729828 ...I know its not death that surrounds me, or maybe it is, just not that decay odor. <BR> <BR> Lately, after working out I have a intermittent distinct odor about me that I only smell. I'm not talking about any rank BO, or even the sweaty BO....My wife confirms that I am not all stinky. <BR> <BR> What I am smelling comes and goes, its not a constant, but it is hard to explain, it almost smells like "hospital", if you know what I mean.....kind of like a antiseptic odor. As I stated, my wife... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:25:29 EST Skinny Boy Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43699335 Something that I have struggled with has been having skinny arms and legs. I tried bulking up and changing my nutrition. The result was a gut and very little muscle to show for it. I went to the gym, got a fitness assessment and a workout plan, but the workouts are all on machines and cardio. No weights! I love weight training and hate to give it up. Plus this is a 12 WEEK program! GAWD. That's like forever it seems. Any ideas on how to stick with this? Any clues on how to deal with my skinny... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:10:00 EST Words of Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x43666378 I post this in other groups. I did not receive a reply back from the leader I messaged and I asked a while ago so I figured I would post this and if anyone objects please let me know and I will not do it again :D <BR> <BR> <BR> " If you fail to prepare, you must prepare to fail." <BR> --- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Emma Morris --- UK <BR> <BR> <BR> " There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgement." <BR> --- Malcolm Hein --- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:28:19 EST Tell me about plateauing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x43624972 I started eating smart and exercising (about 1500 cal and 30 min of Tae Bo 3 days and 50 min 3 days)in july. In the first 2 weeks i dropped 10 lbs, in the 3rd week i dropped 3 lbs. this is the end of week 4 and I haven't shed a single lb. to be honest i did drop my calories to about 1100 for the first 4 days of the week, and up to 1500 these last 2 days. <BR> <BR> I'm really frustrated, I haven't dropped my exercise or diet but my weight loss has stopped. <BR> <BR> advise please Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:53:37 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43624759 Hey guys, glad to see you here, and glad to be here I started at 267 in july and am sitting at 253 now ...5'9" Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:38:44 EST Can't say I'm excited, can't say that I'm not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43438877 I am really not sure what to expect from this site. I mean, sure I expect to track my food, and have an online blog. That's a given. However, the online community aspect of this is what I am really not sure of. Perhaps I will become and active member, or maybe, I will simply ignore it. I guess only time can tell. <BR> <BR> I am 29 and will be 20 by the end of the year. I will be moving to Charlotte within 30 days. I am gay, I have two teenage girls, Alexis and Kt. They will be going t... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:51:20 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43317850 Nice to meet you! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 22:00:10 EST Hi new to the team, returning to SP after 1.5years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43313390 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm JP and I'm returning to SP after almost a year and a half. My wife and I started SP together a few years ago. We followed the program faithfully for over a year and both saw good results. Unfortunately life got in the way and we both stopped coming to SP. We still try to use the things we learned here and live a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well to be honest, I've kinda got away from the healthy eating and excercising thing. Which is why I'm back. I want to recommit t... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:48:05 EST Hello,fellow sparkpeople, I am from Texas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43287573 Hello,I am from Texas, Retired Navy, Retired from 32 years in the Insurance Industry. Work out <BR> at gym 3 days a week, Fish,Hunt and Play at Golf. <BR> Married,2 Children, 6 Grandchildren, 13-22 age group. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:52:48 EST diet advice needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x43222637 Here's the short version: <BR> 40 years old, 5'10", 208 lbs. <BR> 28 lbs. to lose <BR> sedentary desk job <BR> daily exercise = 3 mile run (8:30/mile pace) <BR> weight lifting twice/week <BR> 1600 calories/day <BR> weight loss since January: -2 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I've manipulated calories by lowering them to 1400 - lost 1.5 lbs, but my metabolism crashed. I've increased calories gradually to 2000, but I gained 7 lbs in 1 month. <BR> had a physical, and fastin... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:38:42 EST So, Here I am.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43199956 I am in the Air Force and currently deployed to an "undisclosed location is southwest asia" and am looking forward to getting my fat butt back in shape and besting my last PT (physical training) test. I joined Spark back in May and did well for about a bit before the fun of the deployment got me (12hr shifts 6 days a week with the same thing every day for eternity, affectionately known as "groundhog day"). Spent the last month and a half eating too much (chow hall here is wicked awesome!). En... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:42:53 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x43108214 <link>www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_486425/To<BR>p_30_Worst_Foods_in_America_%28Beware%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Just a reminder of why I am picky when I eat out. This is an incredible list. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:57:28 EST Hello fellow SPARKsters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x43005646 My name is Carlos & I am so SUPER excited to have come across this website at 3 am in the morning. I was up till 430 am and I could not stop learning and went to bed excited and woke up excited! How are you all doing today? EXCITED? Have a great day!!! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:43:04 EST Vacation results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x42918557 Just got back from a week of vacation, touring New England. Eating out all week. Wondered what that would do with the weight. Stepped on the scale this morning. Just the same as 8 days ago! Yippie. I was expecting at least some increase, but not this time. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:14:05 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42875146 Hiya, I joined today from a recommendation of a dietitian. She recommended I reduce meat (all meats) and increase grains, fruits and vegetables I can stand. To lower my cholesterol which is currently at 256. <BR> <BR> My goals are to lower my cholesterol to 199, my glucose to 99 and my LDL to the good. In doing so I hope to drop about 30 pounds. I would love to be able to do a few pull ups unassisted. <BR> <BR> LOL rough post after the guy who is running a marathon <em>40</em> <BR> <... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:32:20 EST Oh My What a Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42781966 To say things have been going good is a understatement. I had lost 100 pounds last year and was looking forward to losing my last 80 pounds this year. Though it did not go as I had hoped. My wife got sick with a infection in her kneecaps and lost use of her legs and i became primary caregiver. Well that is when it started the weight creep up. It started as excuses not to exercise and that is what I did. I watched my weight come up and it did. Now to no excuse but my own I have to start aga... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:18:25 EST Success at the conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x42570617 This past weekend I attended a five day IT conference, mostly guys, mostly introverts, mostly geeky. Food was all you can eat. The opening day comments from previous attenders was this was the 'gain 5 pounds' event of the year. But they did have lots of healthy good choices along with the pepsi, pizza, and junk food. <BR> <BR> I stuck pretty close to my eating plan, with minor exceptions. Even the banquet dinner ... catering provided an alternate meal to suit my eating plan! How gracious!... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:49:15 EST Introductions and such. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42559558 Hey guys, I'm Andy. 36 years old from Utah. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight as long as I can remember, and well and truly fat for the last couple decades. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I lost quite a bit of weight, from almost 400 pounds down to about 290. I've struggled most of my life with migraine headaches and bipolar disorder, and noticed when I was at that weight both were much easier to manage than when I was heavier. <BR> <BR> However I lost motivation and ended up putting 75% of that w... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:26:23 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42536050 My name is frank and have been on the spark for some time now. but it has just been the last couple of weeks that i have started to see a difference. Saying that it has been the last couple of weeks that i have been putting in some real effort. <BR> <BR> I have just discovered the drug called running and i am absolutely loving it. I only started running over the last couple of weeks and in that short time i am already reaping the rewards. <BR> <BR> Anyway just thought i would stop in and sa... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:46:46 EST Happy Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42514323 I just dropped my daughter off with her mom but I'm taking her to a triple A ball game tonight. Hot dogs and ice cream tonight - good thing I went for a run this morning! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:59:46 EST Let's talk belly fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42341085 Okay, I feel like right now I am in the best shape that I have been in since I was probably 20 years old. I'm 160-lbs (5'8" medium frame), and lost over 50-lbs this winter. That said, I still have what I'd estimate is 5-lbs of fat around my abs. I can see the muscles but there's a layer of "squish" still. <BR> <BR> I'm running 4-6 days a week (4-5miles) and doing strength training 3-4 days a week. For my strength, it's a mix of crunches, twisting crunches, 25-lb curls, flies, push-ups, p... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:52:46 EST hello everyone, so now what? haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42293197 Hi my name is Rick, I am from Toronto. I am NEW here so be gentle with me : ) I'd like to talk to like-minded people who I have things in common with, get in shape, and maybe go for some bike rides (for those local to me). Drop me a line anytime. Cheers, love and rocknroll. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 15:26:02 EST Protein Supplement??? Please HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42273595 So far I Believe I am doing great with my strength and weight training but I've been feeling off lately. I look at what I have been eating and Notice that I have been just barely making my daily minimum amount of protein needs. Considering all the strength and weight Training I have been doing, I thought (and read) that it might be best to get a protein supplement of some sort to balance thing out for myself. Problem is that I have never bought a protein supplement in my life! <BR> <BR> If a... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:46:18 EST Thank GOD FOR THIS TEAM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42271259 Hey dudes I just joined this team! WOOT! and I'm really glad to be here. It felt really awkward looking at other blogs and people's post just to find out it's all about their menstrual cycle (no offense to women, But there is just no way we can relate to that lol). <BR> <BR> I'm 25, And I do need to loss some weight but I am mainly concerned with building muscle. So I know my overall weight is going to bounce back and forth but I'm cool with that as long as I get myself looking great. <BR>... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:28:02 EST ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42221680 hey everyone, thanks for having me. my wife and i are both new users and trying to lose some weight. i am 27 and work as an EMT. looking to lose about 50 lbs. any good tips message me. thank you Fri, 3 Jun 2011 20:54:17 EST Fitness testing: a wake up call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42109591 OK, so I'm 66 and former military, weigh 165 or so, and walk or ride my bike nearly daily. (I avoid my car in favor of mass transit). So I've believed I'm in pretty good shape. <BR> <BR> Today I took the four simple fitness tests on the SP site and got a real wakeup: <BR> <BR> Pushups -- I could do 20 which was "good" on the chart for my age <BR> Crunchs -- I could not do even one using the technique described - worse than bad. <BR> Step test -- 123 beats in first minute of recovery -- "p... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:51:15 EST Chante Frank: Who Am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x42077053 I am 23 years of age. I have have joined SparkPeople in hopes of losing the extra weight I have gained and learning to keep it off. I want a new healthy living so that I can be a role model to my family, who are also unhealthy in many ways. As a family we suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, overweight, bad eating habits and laziness. However, I feel that if one person takes the initiative, everyone else will get in the game. I am excited for the outcome. Can't wait to meet my goals!!! Fri, 27 May 2011 15:20:06 EST I think I need a new scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x42049478 I've been using one of the older style scales from HO Medics. Lately I've noticed that my weight changes if I get off then get back on again. Now I don't trust the scale and I realize this has undermined my whole view on my daily regimen. It amazes me how such a seemingly insignificant item can have such an effect - or rather - how I let it have such an effect. What's worse is I've let this go on for a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Time for a new scale and get a handle on my real weight! Thu, 26 May 2011 06:58:47 EST Name one thing you'll do for yourself today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41953295 Name one activity you'll do to help keep you healthy today? Mind, body, spirit. <BR> <BR> I went for a run and now I'm going to spend some quiet time with a cup of coffee before my daughter wakes up. <BR> <BR> You? Sat, 21 May 2011 08:42:15 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41884862 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> New here to SP. I was on a different weight loss site, but that one said it was closing and this seemed like a good alternative. Now that I've tooled around the site a bit, I think this one will be better. It's good to find a men's group, most things here (and the other site) seem dominated by women. I can't wait until I can pick up the weights again, but that realistically won't be for another 6-9 months. I snapped my humerus (upper arm bone) in half at the beginning of ... Tue, 17 May 2011 18:33:28 EST Trade Secrets from fellow team members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41839710 I just read the following article and thought it was interesting and useful. I figured I'd put it out there to see what my fellow team members are doing to get some insight on what is working for everyone. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=467 </link> <BR> <BR> 1) In my fridge, you’ll always find ________. <BR> Milk, eggs, kimchi, salsa <BR> <BR> 2) My favorite “go-to” exercise: <BR> Cycling (mountain & road) <BR> <BR> 3) When I usually wor... Sun, 15 May 2011 17:13:04 EST The Graduation Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x41830322 I've been staying away from sugar and most wheat for the past seven months. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I attended a graduation party and decided to have a piece of the cake. While it tasted delicious, afterwards I could tell that I probably would have been better off to skip the cake. <BR> <BR> I put this under 'motivated' as it reinforces my decisions to stick with my eating plan, even though other food may look good or taste good. I'll feel better sticking to my plan. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm up ... Sun, 15 May 2011 07:01:42 EST JOURNEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41796151 Hello - I have been Overweight ALL My Life - Now its Time to Create a New Journey Fri, 13 May 2011 07:06:29 EST Hello Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41682638 My Name is Paul,i live in washington state but originally from England. joined this site to lose weight of course but also to re educate myself to eat sensible. Losing the amount of weight i really need to lose is a big challenge but i hope possible so i'm looking for friends who find it difficult to keep on a diet or should i say keep disciplined to it. i work nights and slowly due to stress at work and my personal life , my weight has ballooned to a dangerous level and need to get on tr... Sat, 7 May 2011 13:18:27 EST Men, it's time for a little celebration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x41637854 Before I joined Spark People in 2007, I noted a high weight of 232. Today the scale showed 172.0 I've posted the 60 pound award on my site. <BR> <BR> I invite you to celebrate with me. Not with food, but with feeling healthy and trim, and doing/eating the right things. <BR> <BR> Just yesterday, an unsolicited comment from my chiropractor, "Dan, you are looking really trim." Thanks, Doctor Francis. <BR> <BR> Dan Thu, 5 May 2011 06:30:18 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41613734 Hey am 26 years, for the last 5years i have been strugglitng with my weigh and bad eating habits to a point that my BMI is 37, i don't want to cause myself serious health problems, i want to eat healthy and be happy, i seriously need to lose some weight, i need to believe that i can do it Wed, 4 May 2011 01:16:24 EST Hello Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41587568 ........I am ready to lose 25-49 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 2 May 2011 22:20:25 EST Work week challenge - drop 20# by Sat May 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x41556498 I'm thinking we should be able to drop 20# collectively - a team effort. Weigh yourself if you're interested in participating and post your current weight here. Then weigh in again on Sat May 7 and let's see if the total loss is more than 20#. Personally I think we should go for 100# but I'm not sure this forum is active enough. So let's see who jumps in for the 20# challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm up first. <BR> <BR> CW: 174 Sun, 1 May 2011 17:07:52 EST Greetings from Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41541668 I have noticed that a lot about Sparks is directed toward women. It is good to find a group of men. <BR> <BR> My name is Thomas I live in Houston/Katy Texas and I am 41 (only till Monday) May 2nd is a good day, My birthday and the day I start my first class at a University! So anyway, Hello everyone and I hope that I can be of help in someway, if not now, then the future. Please feel free to add me as a friend and also if your on facebook do a search for my email and add me. thomas-wagner@... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:09:20 EST Just bought new jeans - a size smaller! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41535440 I know it isn't much but it's a self-esteem boost and I'll take it. Gives me more drive to keep it up. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:19:34 EST Rogaine foam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41272105 Okay ... not exactly a "fiitness" question, but this seems like a great place to ask. Does anyone here have any comments on the use of Rogaine foam? I figure that at least a few of you must have tried it, and I am wondering whether it has proven worthwhile to combat hair loss in the back. Thanks! Sun, 17 Apr 2011 08:59:56 EST Hey Gang! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41223312 Hi gang..I just finally got motivated with Sparkpeople after being signed up for a month or so, but it's time to get serious about health and nutrition.. <BR> I'm in it to win it, so to speak.. <BR> want to know more about me, you can read the Blog I just left on my page.. <BR> That was a lot of fun, cuz I've never left a Blog before in my life, and didn't even know what I was going to say, then my fingers just got a mind of their own, and next thing you know I had they were flying across the... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:17:40 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41205043 My name is Danny, and I'm new to this website. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:32:29 EST Half Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41167198 I ran my second half marathon on Saturday. Posted my race report to my blog here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157024 </link> <BR> <BR> I plan to run my next half marathon in August. It's the ET Full Moon Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 51k. It's run up near Rachel, NV. We get bussed up from Las Vegas to the race site along the ET Highway near Area 51. The races end at and include breakfast at the Little A'Le'Inn. Should be lots of ... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:57:34 EST New team members: what's holding you back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41162986 I've seen a bunch of new team members sign up but unless I'm missing something, just a few are actively participating. I'm curious why? I didn't think we were that scary - are we? Is life too busy? Need help? Jump in, while we're not hired coaches but we're willing to help with what we can. Heck we're a team aren't we? Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:55:55 EST Do you have a reward waiting for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x41084058 I'm not sure what mine will be yet. I want a new kayak or maybe I'll spring to get my bike overhauled but my reward for reaching my goal will definitely be some form of gear to stay active with! <BR> <BR> Yours? Thu, 7 Apr 2011 22:18:57 EST Brand new to the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41081547 My wife has been a Spark person for awhile, and she finally convinced me to join. We figured we would be able to lose what we need if we work at it together. Well...she figured it out awhile ago, I just figured it out. <BR> So, who am I? I live in Northern NY, am 32, and have a wonderful wife and 6 beautiful children. (See why it's so hard to lose weight?) I am a NY State Correction Officer, own my own DJ entertainment business and in 2001 founded a Paranormal Research team (now do you see?)... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:14:54 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41075116 Hello 27 year old african american female, trying to loose 30-35lbs before the summer. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:44:03 EST Here i go again on my own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x41054825 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Im Martin from Belfast. I'm hoping to increase my cardio with my kids and change my lifestyle rather than dieting as i find i break after 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> I really hope i can do this, <BR> <BR> Website is massive omg. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:27:30 EST HERE TO GET FIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40866140 HI,I AM STEPHEN WEST.I AM HERE TO FINALLY GET FIT.I AM 39 AND I AM DETERMINED TO GET FIT! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:38:38 EST need a support team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40826074 Hi this is Big G and I need to lose more weight. Would like to get tips and motivational support from a group. I have limited exercise capacity due to long standing back surgeries and pain. Are there any suggestions for me? Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:13:28 EST Hello from Athens Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40744408 I just joined SP the other day because a need to develop a healthy lifestyle that doesn't involve a special diet or restricting this or that food. I'm the skinny fat kid (well I'm 42 but you know what I mean) skinny all over with a big belly out front and it needs to go! Found this home of testosterone among these estrogen laced teams and gladly joined up. I've tried other avenues of weight loss and always ended up back where I was when I started so I'm hoping that it will stick this time.... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:06:15 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40672827 New to this team, thankful I found it. Not sure how much I will contribute or even log on ( let's face it I'm a guy ) but it's nice to know when I do log in there is an estrogen free zone to vent/B.S. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:40:22 EST Super Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40643717 hey guys, check this out, a Super Moon tomorrow <BR> <link>www.universetoday.com/83960/march-19<BR>-2011-supermoon-or-superhype/ </link> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:56:27 EST Sparkpeople goal calories calculated for women? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40641998 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I've generally gone by Sparkpeople's suggestions for how many calories I should be eating in a day. But I think I may be eating way too low because Sparkpeople assumes I'm a woman. <BR> <BR> I was directed to fat2fit radio's basal metabolic rate calculator (http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/bmr/ also you guys should listen to these guys podcast!) <BR> <BR> and the numbers they were suggesting for me to eat were significantly more than what sparkpeople was recommending... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:02:04 EST Bowflex machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40538307 Hi all! Does anyone own a Bowflex machine and can provide an opinion? I am seriously considering a purchase of one and I'd like to get other opinions before I do. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 21:34:40 EST Hello from BC Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40533482 Great to finally find the men's room in this place. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've been on here for about the past week when I decided that something had to be going wrong as I had changed a few eating habits and started to exercise, but was not losing any weight. The nutrition tracker slapped me up side the head and now things are on track. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:27:36 EST Storm day. Working at home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40390367 Working at home is a pleasure, hassle, and an opportunity. It's great because I don't have to travel - especially in this nasty weather. It's a hassle because there's a full fridge and cupboard so I have to be more aware of snacking and portions, and it's an opportunity to get more exercise in!! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 07:45:07 EST Intake of protein??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40184478 HI TO EVERYONE, I wonder if i can ask you guys if you know how can I get the protein i need without the amount of calories? and i also need to increase the intake of vitamin D. I'll appreciate your help. wish to you all, have a wonderful weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:53:57 EST Music to accompany your workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x40184171 When I used a stationary trainer or biked on roads where there wasn't much traffic I'd listen to music that had an uptempo beat. I remember this as being very helpful. Now I'm in search of new music with the same uptempo beat but different from the classic rock I used to listen to. Caribbean, swing, modern, anything new that the young people are listening to. Suggestions? Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:37:50 EST Where'd your forum name come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40181515 I'm always curious. <BR> <BR> Mine comes from my love of the outdoors and some time I've spent working with environmental groups. Plus the fact that I had a handlebar mustache at one time. I was dubbed lorax in an offhand quip by someone and it sort of stuck - or maybe I just liked it. I also live in Vermont and Lorax was too short so there you have it. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:26:46 EST Crossfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40177133 I'm starting at the local Crossfit on March 1st. I went to an open house yesterday, did a quick intro and by 15 minutes was in the bathroom, on the floor dry heaving and feeling sorta yucky. I was thinking "no way" but after I got home and spoke with my wife I e-mailed the owner and said sign me up. I need a kick in the butt, some accountability, and something different. We'll see how it goes! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:59:10 EST Weight Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40129810 Right now I'm on the hunt for a set of 20# dumbbells to use for curls, rowing, and what I vaguely remember called flys (on back on a bench, slight bend in the elbows and lifting the weights from below the chest on both sides, up till they touch above my chest). It's a bit of muscle building but more muscle toning for the upper body. Anyone else using weights? Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:10:19 EST Greetings from the South http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x40088669 Greetings from the South. <BR> <BR> I am a 37 year old from Alabama. Two sedentary jobs and a new masters degree mean that the last two years have been terrible on my body. I had lost about 50 lbs four years ago after having major problems with reflux and having surgery. Now, I've gained almost all of it back. I'm tired of yo-yo dieting, and I'm ready to change my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I started the C25K program about three weeks ago, but managed to mess up my knee during week one. In h... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:42:00 EST Anyone here a Nike+ Runner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x40014697 I've had a $50 gift card for Dick's Sporting Goods for 2 years now and finally just spent it this week. My childhood best friend recently started posting his run times on facebook via Nike+ Running and has encouraged me to join him in this sort of thing--sort of an encouragement /accountability thing. <BR> <BR> I ordered the Nike+ Sportband and am expecting it in the mail early next week. My friend uses his sensor with his iTouch. I'll mainly use this for 5k runs around the hood and a f... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:01:37 EST Wow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39994202 I just came across some pictures I took of myself in 2008 after my weight-loss / muscle toning and man am I feeling down a bit. Down and ticked off enough to make sure i get back to it--dang i was looking good. Alright, again, once again, I'll start logging every single thing starting tomorrow. All water drinking, weight-lifting, 5k running, and lots of chewing gum! Let's do it! <BR> <em>198</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>85</em> <em>84</em> <em>249</em> (again) Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:54:05 EST What's up gentlemen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39930068 Thank GOD! I was wondering for minute if I would find you guys...I thought I was the only dude on here for a minute! <BR> <BR> My name is Dave, 44 y.o. 6'2'' and I am going to lose 30lbs or more by June 15th. That's my goal and I will need all the help I can get! Married, two kids ages 8 and 11 - mortgage, job, church activities, you know the drill. Too much to do and not enough time to do it. <BR> <BR> Dad was 47 when he had a heart attack and quadruple bypass - mom's father was 51 a... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:13:11 EST "once again, into the breech" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39916601 Hello all. I hope to be abel to use sparkpeople to assist me in dropping around 65 pounds. I am currently carrying 265lbs. on a 5' 11' frame at 43 years old. <BR> <BR> My challenge is trying to find an alternative to the drive-through lunch and the southern fried breakfast. Both are a weakness and somewhat of a necessity due to my schedule. I plan on posting to the weekly weight site. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone here! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:02:31 EST Finding out the size of your frame. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39908515 I thought this was really interesting. I was trying to find out what the average weight for a man my size was and everything wanted a Body frame size. I always assumed that I was large, just because . . . I felt large but after actually doing the measurements (Measuring the wrist with a tape ruler) I found I was medium. <BR> On one note, it's nice to have this information. On the flip-side this means I have more weight to lose to be in the healthy category. <BR> <BR> I used these two sites ... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:51:42 EST Hello from somewhat frozen West KY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39851089 We hit zero here yesterday and we've had about 9 inches of snow this week. Pretty unusual for this area. Big Al's global warming is . . . . . . well . . . . . where the h is it? Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:29:11 EST BODY PUMP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39850705 I am wondering if anyone has taken a Body Pump class (at or not at 24 Hour)? i am intrigued by the cardio and resistance in one. I am getting in shape, but have a fear of trying this class - but I want to!!! Any thoughts about your experience? Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:09:48 EST Hello from Mississippi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39766930 Mid life spread is getting old, so I have set a serious goal to improve.... I have a strong will power, so it is just a matter of setting my mind on the goal and focus...... But very happy to find a group on here for men. <em>249</em> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 22:55:09 EST NEXT WEEK ONE POUND LESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39733858 I KNOW FOR YOU COULD BE EASY TO LOOSE ONE POUND IN A WEEK, NOT FOR ME, BUT I WANT SOMEBODY TAKE THIS SMALL CHALLENGE: I AM 67, MY WEIGHT TODAY IS 199.8 AND I HOPE I CAN DO IT. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 17:09:53 EST hello from wisconsin.... go brewers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39685074 Hey all just joined and wanted to say hello. My name is Corey. I live in Wisconsin, and ready to give spark a try.. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:04:37 EST Hey from Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39639284 Hi all, Mike here, a new member of the team from Vegas. glad to see the boys club is alive and well on here. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 15:36:18 EST Bulgarian bag - make and use http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39628323 A Bulgarian bag is a strength training tool invented in recent years. It's not really for beginners but is quite versatile and can be used in various ways to provide excellent conditioning and power for the upper body in particular. <BR> <BR> This page has a .pdf how-to-make, also a video on how to make and use a Bulgarian bag: <BR> <link>jabmax.com/2009/06/27/how-to-make-a-<BR>bulgarian-training-bag-under-12-00/ </link> <BR> <BR> Making your own might only cost a tenth of what it is to... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:53:11 EST Any Kinect users here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39457600 Hey guys, back again, heavier than ever and ready to go back to tracking and getting back in shape. <BR> <BR> My life has been very hectic with work, kids, wife, etc. and I'm realising that going to the gym is just not feasible these days. I'm pouring money into it and just not using it. I've used workout videos in the past but quickly get bored of them. <BR> <BR> So this weekend I bought a Kinect for Xbox, including Dance Central (which my wife loves) and Your Shape Fitness Evolved. <B... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:40:36 EST Favorite post work-out snack/drink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39446232 I've got some Body Fortress Vanilla Whey Protein powder I've been mixing with skim milk that I drink after a workout but was wondering what you guys use? Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:34:21 EST Hello from the frozen north http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39393218 Just a note to say hello from the frozen north where it is now about -30 and we've decided that we have to find a lighter form of insulation. <em>102</em> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:59:01 EST I'm new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39216064 Ok, actually I signed up almost 6 months ago, but haven't really done anything with this site until now. I'm in close to the worst shape of my life, and I'm ready to get into the best. I'm 31, live in Michigan, have a hectic schedule, and really enjoy delicious food. And I also really enjoy of the idea of my wife's eyes getting wide with excitement when she sees me take my shirt off (rather than sad with disappointment....) So here's to becoming healthy, fit, trim (and dare I say it, hot :-) ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:01:31 EST Best Time of Day to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x39202618 I was wondering what people's theories was on the best time to get in a workout was. I'm not talking about the most convenient for you, but if there was a time, such as morning, afternoon, evening, that was most beneficial. <BR> <BR> For me, I'm in a weight loss phase, having between 20-30lbs to lose. I have a theory that if I do my cardio as soon as I wake up (5am) then my metabolism is kicked into gear earlier in the day, and so I in theory will burn more calories and fat during the day.... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:17:23 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x39095986 Hey how's everybody? <BR> <BR> Name's Starrfoxx and I have joined Spark. <BR> <BR> I am about 20ish pounds overweight and I am looking to trim that down. <BR> <BR> I am already into strength training but my snacking is keeping me from seeing my awesome muscles ;) <BR> <BR> Hopefully joining this and keeping members of the public (that's you) informed on my progress will keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> That's it for now. More to come. Stay tuned. <BR> SF <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:37:07 EST Making a stationary bike fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38935366 I live Up Nort' here in Wisconsin. Walking is my favorite exercise. But some days in the winter up here it's not so much fun. So I got this stationary bike (actually a aero dyne) in my unheated garage that I ride. It bores me to death! Any ideas on how to make it less boring? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:56:22 EST Introducing… Mike AZ (1 of about 65) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38892864 I would like to connect with some male Spark People in addition to the very nice women that are ubiquitous. I am in my mid 40’s, in Arizona, Married for 20+ years, 3 kids, and am a research manager. I have been slowly gaining weight, with a few yo-yo diets for the past 20 years and am ready to stop. I needed friends to get me off the couch and I am looking for friends to help me lose my extra weight. I look forward to getting to know a few f you. <BR> -Mike <BR> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:33:44 EST Greetings from Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38836904 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to introduce myself. My name is Don, I’m 41 years old, married near Boston, MA. I discovered SP over my holiday break and was amazed by the combination of tools and content on the website as well as the fact that it’s FREE (I have paid monthly fees for sites with far less). After spending several days engrossed in the site, I finally felt comfortable enough to join some teams and this was one that appealed to me. I'm working on developing con... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:47:05 EST My Current Routine: Plz feel free to make comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38836566 The Core exercises: Bench Press, Squats, Deadlifts & Military Press have 2 minutes rest between sets, all others 1 minute rest between sets. All exercises tempo are 1 second positive and 2 seconds negative. <BR> Goal: Muscle Mass <BR> Diet: 30-30-40 (30% fat/30% protein/40% carb) <BR> Calories: 3,060/day <BR> Fat g: 102/day <BR> Carb g: 306/day <BR> Protein g: 229/day <BR> Daily caloric intake: 3,060 <BR> Height: 5' 6" <BR> Current Weight: 190 lbs <BR> Age: 48 <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> Ch... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:37:00 EST Your favorite TV programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38802447 Mine are: <BR> Ghost Advetures <BR> Law & Order (On TNT) <BR> History Channel in general <BR> Any Steeler or Penguins games Sun, 2 Jan 2011 07:43:11 EST Greetings from Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38772556 I joined this place for one reason... I'm a guy. I don't thing guys approach and deal with the stresses of trying to lose weight the same way women do. I came here hoping this is a place where someone can give pertinent advice and tell me to man up if that's what I need to do. This is going to be a rough year but I see that a lot of you guys lost more than the 50lbs I'm shooting for in the same time period so I know I can do it. <BR> <BR> fp Sat, 1 Jan 2011 01:54:40 EST hello from texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38743664 my name is jose and i just joined this page. <BR> <BR> my goal is to get down to 200# by the end of may 2011 by trying 1800-2000 calories. wish me luck. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:22:29 EST Here's the deal with me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38732702 I am currently 190-ish and my goal is 180. That said I have made significant muscle gains since I picked up the weight. However, along with the gains have come some poundage around my waist. Six months I had NO VISIBLE love handles and now I have two little barely being able to handle, love handles. Noticable nontheless and that's bothersome. <BR> <BR> I know how to lose the 10 pounds but don't want to lose any of my gains. I DO want my "V" back (my back use to have that classic "V" shape) b... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:43:57 EST Made it through Christmas and kept loosing weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38720624 I made it through Christmas and the holidays and my weight loss trend continues. No hickups. <BR> <BR> Just this morning the chiropractor comments that I was looking trim. Nice to hear that. <BR> <BR> And to those who may have eaten too much over the holidays, now is a good time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Dan <BR> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:58:42 EST I'm 48 and guess what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38711356 I'm in the best damn shape of my life! For those of you who are 50+ pounds or more away from your goal know this; YOU-CAN-DO-IT! <BR> <BR> Really. It's totally possible. I'm sorry to say that I have no secrets, no shortcuts, because quite frankly, there AREN'T any. <BR> <BR> Counting calories and regular exercise IS the shortcut. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:50:45 EST So, is it okay to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x38695396 burp, fart and just wear our underwear while posting here? <BR> <BR> I am typing this from my MAN FORT!!!! No one is allowed in my Man Fort w/o permission or there will be heck to be paid (I don't even know what that means? LOL!) <BR> <BR> Here's a little something for us MEN: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jaW5DtKxFE </link> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:06:13 EST Greetings & Salutations!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38670610 Hi! <BR> <BR> My story is just like everyone else's, I grew up and got fat; I spent most of my life dedicated to my family & job; I arrived at middle age with my doctor saying I may not live to see my daughters get married. <BR> <BR> *DOOM* <BR> <BR> Actually, my story has some variation to the above but basically that's it. <BR> <BR> In August of 2006 I got Bells Palsy: <BR> <link>www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/<BR>healthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgat<BR>e=12019.html </link> <B... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 06:55:53 EST Hello, please help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38663682 Hello to all my fellow Sparkpeople menfolk. <BR> I am restarting my program today after spending about a year on weight watchers. The question I have for all of you is this. After following the plan for 11 months, and going to the gym several times each week, I only lost 11 pounds. Doctor says meds I am taking will not effect my weight loss. He also says he will check thyroid. Does anyone out there have this problem, or possible thyroid condition? And what did you do to correct it? thanks Sun, 26 Dec 2010 18:09:12 EST ITS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x38407136 Hey everybody! Hope you are all doing well!! <BR> LOVING the pics and the progress keep it up!! <BR> Rachel macs progress pic team/challange is amazing but I am worried some of the men on the site might feel it is just for the girls and it shouldn't be. I want them to feel the same support as I feel on this team. So lets get them involved!!! If you know men on the site start recruiting!!! They deserve to feel good about their bodys too!!! <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 17:03:04 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38279608 Hi, my name is Ken and I just wanted to say hello to everyone out there. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 04:39:51 EST Hi from Vancouver, BC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x38193190 Hi Guys, Joe here. Hope all is well. Am starting up again to get blood sugar and weight under control. Just saying hi. <BR> <BR> Joe Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:56:20 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x37904670 I am an emotional eater who can go off on binges. I am working to control that by remembering that one day at a time is all I can do. Evaluating my feelings that cause me to want to eat. Asking "Why are do you want to eat?” Acknowledging that I do not want to eat because I am hungry. I am on a journey to change my behavior. I must deal with the reason(s) and the emotion(s) because they will still be there if I eat or do not eat. <BR> <BR> As an emotional eater, I know the comfort I have got... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:07:03 EST Hi! I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x37774357 Hi! My name is Tim. I'm new to SP! I enjoy meeting a bunch of other people who are also on a journey to get fit. I have lost 40lbs so far this year with an at home workout program and a meal replacement shake (not slim fast..I don't like that stuff). My goal is to lose 30 more pounds. I am sticking with my home workout programs since it works really well for me and a bunch of my friends! I love to meet new people who are also getting fit!! Message me. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:29:34 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x37352478 Hello I am a missionary in Mexico. I have been on and off spark for about a year now. Hoping to get more plugged in to make it stick. Planning on loosing 50+ pounds. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 19:31:29 EST Best Chest/Arm Builder Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x37316267 I'll ask this question here because I don't want to join a lifting group just to ask a question... I am primarily a runner. My boss is a former football player and got me into lifting last year, but due to various things that have us both busy, we haven't been able to make it to the gym for 6 months or more. What kind of exercises can I do at home without weights - or with simple 8-23lbs free weights - that can help me build my chest and arms? I hate looking like a scrawny runner, and I w... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 18:18:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x37214547 Hello, My name is David, My wife is on spark, so I decided to join also, I hope to lose at least 20 pounds. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:15:19 EST Something to THINK about. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36925040 an eye opener: <link>tinyurl.com/35roz2z </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:14:42 EST Camping Trip and Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36894698 Hey Guys, I am headed out on a camping trip for a couple of day with a bunch of friends. We are each responsible for one meal on the trip. While I can control my meal there are going to 6 meals that I have no control over. Since I am fairly new here I am not sure if I should just guesstimate the calories that I am consuming or try to bring my own food. I think that it will be tough to cook my own meals separately since we are sharing cooking equipment. Any suggestions? Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:30:22 EST Hoodia Gordonii http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36891963 Any thoughts on this supplement (if it is a supplement - I am not sure)? It is in the protein shakes I have for breakfast and lunch. It supposedly suppresses hunger and all I can say is that its working for me - whether its the hoodia or just the fact that I've started eating better (counting calories, carbs, fat and protein with the help of SP's tools. I'm inclined to not fix what isn't broken, but always like to hear what others think. I don't know anyone in "real life" that knows anyth... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:23:11 EST Just checking in a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36748710 Hello, All, <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well today. <BR> <BR> Just a general check-in. Good week this week, dropped another 2 lbs, and I'm definitely feeling some changes in how my clothes are fitting. Not yet down a pants size, but I am occasionally (depending on how much I've drank, and the position of the moon and stars) tightening my belt 1 extra notch. That is a good feeling!. <BR> <BR> Keeping on with the EASA 30-day challenge workouts. Today will be day 8. Great thing is that ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:23:05 EST I was beginning to worry (LOL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x36595863 I am new to Spark People and was beginning to worry when all I saw in post after post and blog after blog that were all from women. Not that I am against women at all LOL. I just think men and women have different issues with weight loss. <BR> My name is Mark, 42yrs old 5'8 and 203lbs. Yes I have crossed over in the the land of the Terrible 2's as I call it. According to the site I am about 53lbs overweight. Which I desperately need to lose due to health issues like High Blood Pressure and Os... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 02:42:31 EST Men's Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36595347 I've never taken supplements, but would like to know what you all think - glucosamine maybe, as my knees are hurting. Thoughts? <BR> <BR> <link>www.menshealth.com/mhlists/best-supp<BR>lements-for-men/printer.php </link> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 01:09:30 EST hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x36527069 Glad I found this group. Nice to see other guys around here. Thanks for starting the group! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 22:17:57 EST Checking back in, been about a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36461689 Hello, All! <BR> <BR> Haven't posted for about a week, so I just thought I'd check in and say "hi." It has been a good week, but I just finished blogging about it, so I won't take up too much board space here. <BR> <BR> I may just mention that if you look at my tracker, the little football has ground out some more yardage. 6 more pounds down, still about 85 or so to go (I'm actually not certain what my final goal is, I'll work that out with my Dr and my comfort level as I get close). Par... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:01:26 EST Stay Away Earl & Fiona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36419253 Luckily the strength of these storms will be offshore and/or north of my location (sorry for those of you it affects), but my concern is that it just doesn't rain when I need to run!!!! Yes, I can get on the old dusty elliptical in the garage, but man I hate elliptical machines!!! <BR> <BR> Very quiet on the team board lately.... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:45:21 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x36367831 Fighting father time. 43, wife, 2 kids, more gray than anything. Firefighter, firefighter fitness trainer, paramedic. WAY TOO CHUNKY (i love food too much). Have spark on my android phone to help me stay on track. BMI says I'm obese (I call Bullsh*t) At 6'1" I can't wiegh 180- I'd be a bag of bones! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:34:07 EST Need Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x36357620 Have been on and off Spark...never participated in anything just track calories sometimes. Not sure how all this works. I need some motivation. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 20:32:45 EST Day 4 Check In, Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36306242 Screwy day today. Had to do some quick improvising, but I'm within my goals (actually a teeny, weensy bit short again) on Kcal! I wrote all about it in my blog, so I won't go into details here. Just checking in, letting y'all know that I'm still around :-). <BR> <BR> No fun question today. I'm so loving the answers to the last one I posted, I'll be sure and do that again some time! <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Tom Fri, 27 Aug 2010 02:16:24 EST Scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36291438 I have to get a new scale. Analog or digital? I thought I was 244 or so and the digital scale that the ladies keep at work showed 257....WHAT!?!?!? I had one back in the day, btu I guess those things have a life cycle (I would too if someone like me was always stepping on me!) Any suggestions? Reading reviews at Walmart.com makes me think that I might as well just choose one because there's ways someone praising one that the next person rips apart. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>1... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:25:13 EST Day 3 check-in, and my fitness history of horror!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36284669 <BR> Just checking in for day 3. I'm still hanging out, working my plan, and feeling pretty good about things. Of course I'm fully aware that I'm in the "diet-honeymoon" phase, and that it will get harder. Still, I'll enjoy this while it lasts! I posted some details about the day in my blog, feel free to take a gander, and comment if you'd like! <BR> <BR> Now, a fun question for the day: <BR> <BR> What types of fitness equipment do you have, and to what extent do you use it? I know I ... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 02:22:49 EST Day 2 Check-in, and some questions for fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36262494 Hello, All, <BR> <BR> A bit late, and I'm a bit tires, so I'm going to make this one really quick! <BR> <BR> Day 2, still on target, ate pretty well and exercised today. I wrote all about it in my blog, so feel free to peruse. It is a fairly long post, so I'll warn you about that now, but hopefully it won't put you to sleep!!! If it does, your insomnia is cured, eh??? <BR> <BR> OK, now to make this more fun, I'm going to ask 2 questions. I am really interested in your replies! <BR> <... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 02:51:45 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36240081 Hello, All, <BR> <BR> Just checking in, at the end of my first day, so of course I'm all enthusiastic and excited!! You ever notice that you NEVER get hungry the first day of a diet? :-) I won't bore you all with details of the day, except to say it was a good one. For particulars, feel free to see the narcissistic rantings that I call my blog!! <BR> <BR> That's about it! Hope you all had a truly blessed day. I'll look forward posting and reading some of your posts again tomorrow! <BR>... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 01:52:21 EST Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x36207595 So who likes to work out in the morning? How do you get motivated to do it? I've always wanted to have the motivation to get up early and workout, but just can't seem to do it! Sun, 22 Aug 2010 15:32:50 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x36189105 Hello, All, <BR> <BR> First of all I just want to say thanks for the "welcome emails." I certainly do appreciate it! Also, I want to mention that I'm cross-posting this to all of my teams, so if you see this twice, sorry about that. I'll avoid cross-posting in the future, but figured that for an introduction it would be appropriate. <BR> <BR> So, I suppose I should tell you a bit about myself. My name is Tom, and I live right in the heart of the beautiful Antelope Valley in Southern Cal... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 13:30:10 EST Muscle Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35885686 Just curious to what most men think of women with weight lifter bodies. Turn on or turn off? Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:06:17 EST HI. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x35854279 So, I am 48 turning 49 soon, about 50 pounds heavier than I should be. I found a lot of success from an online community for cancer surviors and hope that this will work for weight loss. I am glad it is just guys since I don't care about tone thighs and a nice butt! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 08:16:19 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35829592 Hey guys, I'm new to the group and have a question for the rest of you. I'm not on "vacation", but my in-laws are in town and they have TERRIBLE eating habits. YEsterday was their first day here and I ate way more than I should have. How do the rest of you deal with/handle eating while on vacation? Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:18:35 EST Quick Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x35557617 Hi, stumbled onto Spark back in March when they created the Android app. The whole networking thing here looked totally dominated by women, so I never really explored it much. But I like how Spark makes it easy to keep track of your food intake so I stuck around. Today I stumbled onto this team; it's good to know there are actually other men here. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm not looking to become a body builder or run a marathon or anything like that. Just looking to get to a healthy weight an... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:18:59 EST carb cycling diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35454860 Carb cycling is a powerful tool for weight loss. Combining the benefits of a low carb diet plan with periodic days of carb loading is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off. To most weight loss beginners, carb cycling seems too complex and confusing. Here is a simple plan that will give you all the weight loss advantages carb cycling can offer. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why Low Carb? <BR> <BR> Low carb is defined as a diet that contains 30% or less of carbohydrates. If you are ... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:26:13 EST what is a calorie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35434944 What is a Calorie? <BR> A calorie is a unit of energy. We tend to associate calories with food, but they apply to anything containing energy. For example, a gallon (about 4 liters) of gasoline contains about 31,000,000 calories. <BR> Specifically, a calorie is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One calorie is equal to 4.184 joules, a common unit of energy used in the physical sciences. <BR> <BR> Mos... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:09:11 EST Road Trip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35317119 I'm about to start a summer road trip--26 hours in the car with three kids 6 and under (wish me luck!). <BR> <BR> If you had to eat for two days at fast food restaurants and gas stations what is the healthiest thing you could choose? Sat, 10 Jul 2010 10:53:41 EST neck fat better indicator of obesity than BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35291351 <BR> Neck size may be better indicator of weight issues than body mass index <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Meet the expert: <BR> Olubukola O. Nafiu, M.D. <BR> <BR> Learn more: <BR> U-M Department of Anesthesiology <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ann Arbor, Mich. --- Body mass index, a well-known method used to determine overweight and obesity in children, may not be the best way to describe distribution of body fat. <BR> <BR> Rather the size of a child’s neck may better predict childhood obe... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 23:29:27 EST Best Cardio Dvds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35155892 Ok, so I've basically come to the conclusion that those Beachbody Insanity dvds, while great cardio workouts, are just too hard on my knees: way too much jumping! <BR> <BR> This thread can be for any workout dvd recommendations, but what I'm looking for in particular are some high calorie burning, but relatively low impact workout dvds. <BR> <BR> Recommendations? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 23:02:53 EST You guys tried Beachbody Insanity DVDs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35113540 Friend of mine gave me a set. Just tried the plyometrics cardio circuit routine. Pretty intense for a home dvd workout. 40 minute routine and I was pretty drenched in sweat. <BR> <BR> Not bad to pull out on a day when you go over your calorie range to knock off a few hundred calories. I'd guess I burned around 500-600 or so. <BR> <BR> Whether I'd pay full price, I don't know, but its a pretty good workout. I'll try out the other routines over the next few weeks. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:50:30 EST falling off the wagon on the weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x35088199 It seems like it is much easier for me at least to follow through with my goals Mon-Thurs then it is over the weekend. It seems like I eat more/exercise less on the weekends. Obviously I could reach my goals much faster if I could work on them 7 days a week vs 4. Does anyone else have the same problem if tracking food, eating appropriate calories during the week, and then overeating on weekends? thanks! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:16:15 EST New to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34992023 I've been using the spark system for a little over a month. I see that most of the tips in the weight loss community are aimed at women, so its nice to see that this group exists. I've already gotten some great support from a couple of guys on the site. <BR> <BR> I started out 5'9 - 238 - size 40 pants. Troubles in my marriage (no intimacy - wife is not attracted to me; among other things); a new job after being downsized (and a 30% pay cut); and being out of shape. I believe that if I c... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:47:22 EST Had a Successful Week Despite Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x34862091 Hi everyone. I've been back on the SP system about 2 weeks now. As I expected, I have been very bad about tracking all my food, water intake, etc on the nutrition tracker. I feel guilty about this. <BR> <BR> However, I did do it for a couple days, and I think it helped give me a feel for how I should be eating to create a calorie deficit. I also started working out again. As of today,I've lost about 6 pounds since I started!! Yeah me. <BR> <BR> I do want to try to get into a more regu... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:53:22 EST Focus on the legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x34757020 Ok, another tidbit that makes sense to me. When you're starting back into getting in shape after gaining a lot of weight: focus on the legs. We're carrying around a lot of pounds: the stronger your legs are, the easier everything else gets: like going up and down stairs. But beyond the specifics, strong legs makes it much easier to carry our loads. I'm not saying ignore the upper body, just give the legs some extra attention! Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:27:26 EST Favourite Gym Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x34755772 Ok, so I'm one of those guys who doesn't do great working out alone. Whether its hitting the weights, or jumping on a bike, I just don't push myself to my fullest. I need someone egging me on. So the last four weeks I've dusted off that gym membership and have been doing classes at the gym 4-5 times a week. My body is in better shape than its been in years, and every day I feel the muscles and flexibility coming back! Here are the main ones I do: <BR> <BR> <BR> Spinning: the ultimate wor... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 12:56:51 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34623374 I joined SP last year, but have not stuck with it. I'm disappointed in myself...I had originally hoped to be at my goal weight by now, but have actually gained 5 lbs since last Fall. I need to lose 30 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to find the best way to use the tools and programs on the site. I don't particularly like tracking my calories and fitness on the system -- it feels cumbersome to me. I've been successful in following specific diet programs before such as South Beach, and I see... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 12:49:27 EST New to Spark... not new to weight issues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34543641 Hello. <BR> <BR> I've lost significant weight twice before... and gained it back each time. I remember marveling at how easy it was to stick to my eating plan when I got "in the zone". It defies logic as to why it's so difficult to GET in the zone. <BR> <BR> I've read several sp home pages and got inspired by the before/after photos and stories. It worked for so many people, I hope this can help me get into "the zone". <BR> <BR> I set up my spark account back in January but got overw... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:44:53 EST My Introduction.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34492598 Last week I started working out again and I'm starting to clean up my diet. I've last and gained back the same 30 pounds twice in the past four years. When you hear about yo-yo dieters...that is me. <BR> <BR> I have a history of diabetes in the family so I'm trying to avoid continuing the family tradition. I am a married father of two (ages 4 & 7). Seven years ago I gave up my full-time job in Information Technology to stay at home and take care of my kids full-time. <BR> <BR> I've foun... Mon, 31 May 2010 14:22:46 EST Hey Guys! I'm back! (head down in shame...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34207507 Hey Guys, I'm back after about a 2 yr absence. Nice to see some familiar names (Hey MT!) <BR> <BR> So after losing over 30 lbs, especially with the help of this forum, I entered a pretty stressful period of my life. Work stress. Couple more kids. My wife had a pregnancy with complications that had her basically bed ridden for over 6 months, etc. etc. etc. Long and short of it: I stopped counting my calories, started stress eating again, and gained it all back with interest. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 17 May 2010 18:30:20 EST Not New...but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x34040465 well I am not new, but it's been so long I feel that I am. I am 30 years old, and my wife and I have a 5 month old boy. I have tried a lot of diets and have not succeeded with the weight loss. I saw a video of me from just a couple days ago and my jaw dropped. i didn't realize I was that big! I have weighed myself and I have ballooned to 294 pounds, and I am only 5'11". I have a hard time staying comitted, and some of the diet ideas just aren't for me. I know I need help and am looking for it... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:59:07 EST Down 30+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x34031692 I am finally in the 180's Started in Jan at 216 and now here we are in May and I have reached 185. I haven't been here in a long long time. Mon, 10 May 2010 06:47:23 EST Finally not choking on estrogen here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33648473 I'm glad to see that there's a place here for guys. It definitely helps me feel comfortable here. <BR> <BR> I'm here because I want to succeed in losing the extra 20 pounds I'm carrying around. <BR> <BR> I want to do this superficially so I look better, but I think a much more important reason is that I want to be healthier. I want live a healthy, active life, and losing weight is the way to start that. <BR> <BR> I look forward to interacting with all of you. Best of luck to everyone. We ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:48:22 EST Up and Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33641888 Hey guys. I have been on this site for a while now, but just found this team. I lost 40lbs last year I got complacent over the winter, stopped tracking and my gym time decreased tremendously. End Result = I put half the weight back on. I am NOT going to put it ALL back on. <BR> <BR> I am back to tracking and getting serious about the gym again. It feels great. Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:36:42 EST Hello from South Dakota!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33345927 Hi everyone my name is Ryan and is 27 yrs old I weight 245 pnds and unfit lol I have been on SP for a couple years now but off and on but this time its for good!! everyday during the last couple months i have been on here reading posts,email newsletters,message boards,got the book you name it!!I can be a little shy all I am looking for motivation and friends to get me through this!!I dont know if i am scared or lost!! I need that extra push I am concerned about my health and my depression... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:12:38 EST New from Wisconsin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33307052 Hello everyone. I'm new to Sparkpeople and checking out this Spark Team. My goals are to lose weight and build muscle as well as to get more active. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:02:29 EST So what INSPIRES you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x33279965 If you run a search engine on "inspiration vs motivation" you'll get the full discourse that is the internet. Rather than prompt another iteration of philosophical hoo-hah over the difference, I'll leave it up to you to research (or not). However, I found I could muster up short-term motivation but needed inspiration to come back to SparkPeople and exercise after my last hiatus. <BR> <BR> Remember Curly from the movie City Slickers? <BR> <BR> Curly: You know what the secret of life is? <B... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 21:38:57 EST Back...and flabby...sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x33219253 I've been gone a while, for better or worse. I'm down to about 177 which is pretty good...getting closer to my pre-marriage weight. Joined a gym, try to go as often as I can, varying cardio and strength. Gym has FitLinxx so it's easy to keep track and every time I'm there, I try for one more rep in the set than I did the time previously; and I'm usually successful. <BR> <BR> So here I am, 40 years old, 5'11" and 177 pounds. I'm a pretty skinny guy, always have been, but I definitely have... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 16:29:32 EST My Re-introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33172150 Hello everybody. I'm back to give it another go. For the past couple of years I've been coming on here with every intention of getting back on my weightloss journey, but something always comes up. Well, I am fast approaching 50 years old and I don't want to be 300 pounds when that time comes. So I'm back again. I'm still having the problems with the cokes but I'm doing better. I've started drinking more water which is taking alot of getting used too. But I will succeed. Looking forwar... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 11:02:20 EST Spread The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x33109176 If anyone is interested... I took one of the spread the spark PDFs and made it so you can just type in your username and then print it. (If you want to spread the spark and get points for anyone who signs up) <BR> <BR> Just go to this link and choose the download at the bottom of the document. (If you use the download at the top you will have to sign in) and then fill it out and print. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <link>markcarrell.posterous.com/spread-the<BR>-spark </link> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:59:21 EST A quick hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33105165 Hello all. My name is Steve from MO, and I've been on SparkPeople for about a month. I had been searching for a "guys only" group for a while and I'm glad I finally stumbled upon it. <BR> <BR> A little background, I have been losing weight over the last year from 280 to 220. When people ask how I did it, my answer is "a healthy mix of diet, stress, and diabetes". My diabetes was only diagnosed about a month ago so I am still in somewhat in shock and pissed about it. Although I have been ea... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:51:35 EST The backwards slip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x33090165 Hey fellas.. <BR> <BR> So I have been working out/eating healthier for over a month now. I have seen my weight go from 244, all the way down to 236. I was stoked. But I also notice that on the weekends I'm more lax, and even go out for a night of drinking (and ultimately late night snacks). <BR> <BR> As I mentioned previously, I really don't enjoy weight lifting. I'm trying. So I have a couple questions for you all: <BR> <BR> 1) Have you noticed yourself slide before? IE - you're doing goo... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:27:05 EST Sleep... How do you get enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x33054362 Just wondering how you all manage to get enough sleep (if you do) in today's busy world... <BR> <BR> I find I have a hard time getting more than 4-6 hours of sleep a night, and I know that is not helping me achieve my weight and health goals. I think my main problem is my children. I have 3 kids and my DW works full time too, so I don't seem to have any alone time. I get home from work and immediately (it seems) I'm hauling kids here and there, or helping with homework, or enforcing rules an... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:52:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x33028848 Been on for about a month - still trying to figure all of this out. Hoping this will keep me motivated to loose some weight and keep exercising. Would really like to get in shape before summer starts. Colorado here. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 16:36:20 EST Wow.. glad to see it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x32947775 Hey all. My name is Mike. I'm 28, will be 29 this year and the idea of the countdown scares me. I've always been overweight to varying degrees. Years ago when I was dating this particular chick who was all into eating out, I was up to 270 and not in good shape in the slightest. <BR> <BR> Since we broke up I've stuck in the 235-255 range, when I really want to get down to 220 or so. I met my last GF (who was really, really cute.. and was pretty awesome for a while) when I had been lifting wei... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:29:27 EST A place for MEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x32819510 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> My name is Bill, <BR> <BR> This is my second round here on SP. <BR> I need to lose about 30 lbs by July. <BR> Does anyone have any good ideas for weight loss rewards? <BR> All I can find is lists of "buy yourself something pretty, or go get a pedicure"....I need something a little more manly to motivate me. <BR> Please help!!!!! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 17:20:41 EST Wellness Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x32757581 I also posted this on the ONE FOR THE GUYS team Discussion Forum, so apologies for cross-posting annoyance...... <BR> <BR> I read a good article 'Take Your Meds, Exercise - And Spend Billions' in the Feb 15, 2010 issue of Business Week. <BR> <BR> It was an interesting piece on how the industry of Wellness Programs have influenced corporations'/governments' spending/savings on health care. General Electric in North Carolina tried it in the 1990s and pulled out because they saw no savings. T... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:13:30 EST Old newbie - back this time for some Pilates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x32750947 Well, like some of you I have returned after some time away. I did not post on DAY1, but today was DAY2. Two days in a row counts as a start (one day is a fluke!). So here's my howdy! <BR> <BR> My take on it this time is a very simple focus: core strength. I've had intermittent back "issues" for awhile and one round of Pilates made my back feel better (who knew?). So my second was today and I felt it, but it felt good. <BR> <BR> Any men trying Pilates? I checked my ego at the done-lap... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:47:43 EST 2010 Olympic Men's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x32428955 Here's the scoop. This will be a Topic that can be posted to Daily, Weekly, or even Monthly. It's up to the person. It will be a place for encouragement, overall commentary, BUT MOSTLY for check-ins. Here is what will be done. I'll keep a spreadsheet done weekly that will track usernames to check-ins. Percentages from base check-in will determine the 'Gold', 'Silver', 'Bronze' in each tracked measurement. <BR> <BR> Here are the 'Events' what we will track (just track those you want): <BR> 1.... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:29:16 EST Rotating shifts and health.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x31909035 do any of you guys work a swing shift schedule and what do you do to stay heatly and motivated, especially on night shift? Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:38:48 EST COOL GUYS>>> GUYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x31802535 I thought I was alone.... <BR> <BR> LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED... <BR> <BR> COMPETITION ANYONE?? <em>246</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 18:30:40 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x31700245 Hello All: <BR> <BR> There really aren't a lot of teams for guys in SP. I have been a member since 2006 but I kind of took a 3 year break. During that time I gained a bunch of weight and fell back into a sedentary lifestyle. I have been back since Jan. 3rd and I've been doing well. I am an elementary school educator, married with two children (girls 3 & 10), and I love geocaching, technology, and Disneyworld. I belong to teams for all of those other things, and now I found a team that h... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 19:11:07 EST New and Ready to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x31631397 I'm new to the team and it actually took me some time to find it. Lots of teams for the ladies not so much for guys. <BR> <BR> In any case I have been playing around on the site for about 2 weeks now and have begun to become a little more serious about this. <BR> <BR> As most of you probably are I am somewhat time starved. I have 4 kids work 2 jobs (60/week total) and when I have down time I like to veg. <BR> <BR> I have become more serious about my health and diet simply because my... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:50:30 EST Is There Anything Good About Men? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x31335003 This is a longish article by internet standards, probably 15 minutes to read. It approaches some of the common (negative) stereotypes about men and the role men play in societies. <BR> Regardless of your politics, it's a very thoughtful read. <BR> <link>www.psy.fsu.edu/~baumeistertice/good<BR>aboutmen.htm </link> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 01:48:40 EST Podcasts and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x31273268 I recently started listening to a podcast called the Biggest Loser Fan podcast. It is available on iTunes or http://biggestloserpodcast.com/ . I find it helpful to listen to podcasts to keep my focus on fitness but I am wondering if any of you have suggestions for other podcasts that are insightful and help keep the focus on fitness and health. Let me know. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:55:25 EST Trying to stop late night eating - need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x31159147 Hello everyone, <BR> I have been on program for 3 weeks now, and am really having a tough time with late night eating. It doesn't matter if I finished eating dinner late or early, my head is always telling me I am hungry and up into the cabinet or frig I go. Can you give me some pointers on how to stop doing this, or ideas to make better choices? The grazing method is really counterproductive at this point, and I really need your help. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Paul Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:59:15 EST Exercise Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x31020334 I always have toruble putting together a play list to get me moving. I thought this would be a good thread so others can share some songs on their playlist so people like me can have some good ideas. Here are a few on my setlist. <BR> <BR> Disturbed - Land of Confusion, Ten Thousand Fists <BR> Jackson Browne - Running On Empty <BR> Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time <BR> Michael Buble - Moondance <BR> Led Zepplin - Immigrant Song Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:14:28 EST The "Perfect Push" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x31014053 I was given the "Perfect Pushup V2" for Christmas and have just completed my first round of using its default workout. I really like it but have not been able to figure out how to enter it into sparkpeople. I think I will set up custom exercises for each day but that sounds like a lot of work. Ant the exercises will change as I advance. <BR> <BR> Has anyone out there used this tool and if so how have you documented it use within Sparkpeople? Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:12:53 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30836896 There are not many guys in sparkpeople. I'm tryin to loser weight for my own health, but also because my brother is 330+ lbs. and I hope that if I can go from close to 300lbs. to 185 I can inspire him. He just had twin girls less than a year ago and he needs to be able to do for them. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 19:21:04 EST Starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30778389 Hello all, been on sparkpeople for almost 2 years, but have been on and off, here and there and never really took it seriously. Found this Mens group which is a nice change, seems like everything you see is mostly women related as far as message boards and blogs go. It will be nice to find others with the same challenges that we have. <BR> <BR> I am 40 years old, married with 2 great kids. I have got to get back in shape to keep up with them, so that is my single biggest motivating fact... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 07:14:03 EST New to the forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30706907 Hello everyone, <BR> I wanted to introduce my self. My name is Paul, live in Southeastern CT, and am just restarting after a years absence. Tried Weight Watchers for 8 months, and lost nothing. SO here I am again, hoping for advice, tips, buddies etc. Thanks Sun, 3 Jan 2010 06:48:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30674674 Just signed up today and plan on starting tomorrow, I've been a yo-yo dieter for many years. I'm hoping being in a group with other men going through similar things will help me stay on track. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:41:37 EST New Year's Resoluti ns/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30580381 Every December, as I get ready for January, I usually make some resolutions and goals for the New Year. Last year, I finally completed my Master's degree and then got the job I had been wanting. Fitness goals were down my list. This year I realize I have to make health and fitness a priority. I still have to get more specific on my goals <BR> <BR> So, just wondering, what are your resolutions or goals for 2010? Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:44:09 EST 2010 Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30535342 I have only been on Spark for a few months but wondering, are there ever any yearly challenges? <BR> <BR> Who can lose the most in one year, who can walk the furthest, do the most work outs consecutively. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you guys but I have always been someone who likes to compete and would be up to a 2010 Olympic year challenge. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 13:16:55 EST So, what's the secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30521094 Just to introduce myself... <BR> Andy , 46 year old guy from Surrey in BC (Canada) <BR> <BR> Back onto Spark after a few months away. Seems like I am on this endless roller coaster of healthy eating and fitness, followed by too much junk food and no exercise. The roller coaster continues again and again. Right now I am back on the fitness ride. <BR> <BR> So what is your secret to keeping motivated on track, and staying on track? Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:05:33 EST what a year 2009 was http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30466123 It sure has been a good year lost my first 91 pounds. That was a battle.Though I made it through I am quite happy. Hard to believe what 91 pounds in backpack feels like.That many pounds sure is hard on your body and blood pressure. Oh I dropped 30 points on the that considering it was in the 180's.Just very excited about the New Year and my last 100 pounds to lose.:}.Well everyone have a good Christmas and a happy New Year and I will give a update when I have lost my first 50 pounds of the ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:37:35 EST Allow Me to Introduce Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30437769 Hey new group. Just wanted to come by and introduce myself. I'm a 20-something that's ready to start feeling like a 20-something again. Hopefully I'll be able to add something to this group and gain something that will help me along the way in my travels... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:01:30 EST Intro from Chitown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30421450 Hi folks, <BR> I am from Chicagoland. My wife and I are working at living healthier and losing some wieght in the process. We both have lost some pounds and inches recently but found SP and now having a better way to track it all. Thanks for all of the welcomes so far and looking forward to being involved in the forums. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:37:11 EST Glad there Not women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30309780 Did not want to here about Michelle Obama's Flabby arms, WHO CARES!!! Just got on this site was using Iphone APP "LOSE IT" . I lost 53 lbs. I like the easier way to track nutrition on this site. Trying to stay focus on lifestyle change and not diet. site is very big and do not know what here yet just learning. Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:19:52 EST Subway Guy Falls Off The Diet Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x30107786 I posted this not to bash jared, but rather to show that your not alone. everyone has thier ups and down, even the ones who make it seem easy. <BR> <BR> “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jared Fogle, a.k.a., "the Subway guy" was recently spotted in the Miami airport toting some extra baggage -- and not the ... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 06:25:55 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30056751 Hey all, I'm a 40 year old Dad and husband. I have a just turned 11 year old son who is one great kid. Been married for 14 years to my best friend, who supports me in my better health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Been on this Journey for a while now with many ups and downs. Lost control a couple of times and gained back much of what I lost. I am healthier than I was a few years ago, but still have a long way to go which is why I am here. <BR> <BR> I've tried many sites for support, but they ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 02:10:38 EST Round 2- This time it's going to stick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x30011962 Recovering from cervical spine surgery, this is the first step to getting back to living right again. This recovery has helped me to stop some of the bad habits like smoking, drinking, etc. Now I need to keep it going with the rest of the process. Diet, exercise , etc. I started this before but did not stay on track. This surgery has kind of rekindled the motivation, anyone else out there have a similar type of situation with some words of advise? Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:55:18 EST I have a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x29964874 Its been along time since I've been on here. I've actually gained all my weight back. My problem is that when I fall off the wagon I start drinking and drinking and drinking soft drink after soft drink after soft drink. I've been told and I've said this to other people before and that is "All you have to do is to choose not to drink those soft drinks or to lose weight, its that simple." Is it really that simple? For me it has not been that simple. I'm at a loss at what to do. I would li... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:37:47 EST Calories needed and how to calculate??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x29870995 Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> After being totally inundated with informatio overload from this site, I simply want to know where I can calculate based on my height and weight how many calories I SHOULD be eating to maintain and then how to calculate a realistic deficit in order to safely lose 2-3 lbs. a week. Thanks! <em>198</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:04:27 EST General Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x29772571 I created this topic so we could discuss simple things that don't necessarily have a place in the other topics. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you guys but man I got beat up pretty bad with my football picks yesterday! I got trounced. A bad day. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 09:44:48 EST We're all in this together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x29764484 Hey everybody. Just found this site and it seems supportive and unique. I want to introduce myself. I've been on this 20 year rollercoaster trip gaining more each time I lose a bit. Was at my top weight of 355 and during October and 1/2 of November, I was able to shed about 18 lbs. through determination and portion control. Hope to be 185 or so by 1/30/2011 for my son's 14th bday. Thanks for the support! Dave Sun, 15 Nov 2009 21:51:20 EST It's just good to be back with goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=871x337x29533257 It's been a long time since I posted here and it's good to be back. I found a goal that should help focus and intensity. I ran my 1st marathon with a gazillion mistakes (see blog)resulting in a lot of pain. Henceforth, I've resolved to do another marathon the correct way with the educated plan and commitment. Anyone up for their 1st or 2nd marathon? <BR> The avoidance of pain sure can be a motivator:-! Wed, 4 Nov 2009 21:31:48 EST The guy with many names... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x29155191 Hey folks, <BR> <BR> Hope all is well your way and I apologize for the confusion. It appears while on an Ambien kick, I deleted my screen name, ugh.... all of those points lost. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reaching back out to you and losing the extra poundage together. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Kelly Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:23:48 EST week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x29021914 Ok, week 5 in the football season is done, any thoughts. <BR> What is with the cowboys? <BR> Patton Manning, hot or what? <BR> Are they going to start Vick or what? <BR> Titans, what the hell happen? <BR> New England losing to Denver. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:40:40 EST nobel peace medal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x29021720 I am just wondering what your take is on Mr. Obama getting the peace prize. <BR> to me, it lacks merit, his intentions might be there, but has done nothing to deserve it. <BR> Maybe this was awarded to him to help give him something to help him reach his goals. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:33:43 EST Fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x28966200 Can 'power walking with a lawn mower' qualify as a fitness activity? How about walking with a weed wacker? <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 13:37:37 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x28785100 Hello guys, <BR> I was really glad to find this group. I did notice that there were not many guys in SP compared to the ladies, which would be great if I was single! LOL Anyway, my name is Ed and I am from Upper Marlboro, MD and have made a decision to get back into healthy eating and fitness. I could use all the help I can get, so I will be looking to get some encouragement and support from you guys. I will be doing the same for you guys too! <BR> Take care, <BR> Ed Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:41:04 EST New and getting fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x28737200 I am Ed, 41 yrs old and married for 17 yrs. we have two kids, both teens (oh what fun!). I am an avid soccer fan, player, and referee. <BR> <BR> I have been out of shape for the last 5-8 years but never really thought much about it. I could do what I wanted and all was fine. I am 5'9" and have weight as much as 220lbs. <BR> <BR> Well last Feb. my wife decided it was time for her to loose weight, her mother had died and it caused her to evaluate a lot of things. Well she was doing a great ... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:50:42 EST Progress is not all weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x28675833 Thursday I played 18 holes of golf and still felt good. I then went to the gym for two hours and felt even better. Today I walked nine holes went to the gym and enjoyed Connecticut's great fall weather. I say all this because I started the last three days weighing the same without a loss. But I have plenty of energy and feel stronger than ever. Eating healthier and looking forward to physical activity. I have not felt this good in years. the weight loss is not the only benefit! <em>2... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 18:12:15 EST New Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x28606918 Hey, I'm Adam. I'm 25. I am married with a 4 month old. Weighed in at 300.5 lbs the other night, and realized i need to make a serious change. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:00:07 EST Been away for a while... and I'm stuck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x28473952 So when I started back a few months back I was (I thought) happily married with a lot of support from my at the time wife, since then she's walked out on me and we're in the middle of a divorce, and I've got my mother living with me due to health issues. I fell off the diet wagon for quite a while. Wasn't doing anything active. Yet I still stayed around 300 pounds. For the last 2 weeks I've been eating better, going to the gym 3-4 times a week and trying to be generally more active... <BR... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 11:56:36 EST Broken Keyboards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x28453725 You guys are pretty lame. I include myself in this accusation. But why no postings? Are your keyboards broken? I mean we have week one of NFL to talk about. Wives that are good, (or bad) to brag about, Patrick Swayze died (roadhouse was a damn good movie, ("a polar bear fell on me") Kanye West is a friggin idiot.... Lets get it crackalackin fellas. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:17:49 EST New Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x27984237 Hey all! <BR> <BR> New to Spark, like the concept and tracking software. <BR> <BR> Seems like cool group! <BR> <BR> Later... <BR> Joey Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:24:43 EST Chin ups and pull ups, how do I get started? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27950152 When I was in elementary school they would have you do Pull up/Chin ups for the physical fitness test. I could never do one then. Then I got really fat and couldn't do any then either ;). Anyway, I've lost a bunch of weight. I'm about 190 and bought a bar for the door way. How do I go about training my body to do pull ups/chin ups. I have no idea where to start and what methods to try. Anyone have any tips? Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:56:25 EST spin the wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27872538 after eight days of one point each day I finally got a five <em>244</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 08:41:19 EST Blood Pressure and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27677427 I am writing on behalf of my father-in-law, who is a UPS driver. He recently went to renew his CDL and failed the medical exam. In order to get renewed, "they" told him that he needs to lose 15 pounds in 30 days and get his BP under control. If not, termination. The doctor he saw sounds like a douche. He recommends that he not "eat anything substantial after 12:00 pm" WTF?!? I realize that sometimes its recommended that not eating after certain times to prevent extra TV time snacking and what... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:19:19 EST Thunder and Lightning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27471113 So, as I was wasting time online yesterday I came across this, and it made me smile... <link>sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_c<BR>orner/post/Forget-Atkins-LenDale-Weigh<BR>t-lost-30-pounds-wit;_ylt=AjEpb8aUIWo1<BR>WXfgi276CuxDubYF?urn=nfl,180265 </link> <BR> LenDale White of the Tennessee Titans lost thirty pounds this offseason. How? Try the Patron Diet. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:47:56 EST Something Funny Happened to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27415214 Ok I just joined SparkPeople yesterday after I noticed none of my pants fits me very well any more. But I hadn't weighed myself in some time. The last time I did, I was about 259 lbs, so I was kind of dreading weighing myself. The most I had ever weighed in my life was 308, so at least I was fairly confident I hadn't crossed THAT threshhold again. <BR> <BR> Well, I stepped on the bathroom scale and it said 260. I was happy. But how did I explain the fact that my pants seem to have shrunk... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 08:21:03 EST New Writer Needs to Get Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x27415078 Hey guys, my name is Rich. I've been a professional writer most of my adult life...which means I move very little when I work. Couple that with the fact that I come from a family of big guys and that of course means I'm way overweight. I'm 6 foot and as of today, 275 lbs. Looking forward to getting a lot from this group. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 08:09:49 EST New on the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x27221278 Hello! <BR> <BR> I am just getting started with SP and looking forward to meeting all you as we work as a team to meet our goals! Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:48:34 EST Here, let me drop this little bomb... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x27134688 ...just read this <link>food.yahoo.com/blog/yahoofreshpicks/<BR>12434/why-you-should-get-over-your-fea<BR>r-of-carbs/?posted=1 </link> and thought it'd be a good discussion topic around these parts. <BR> <BR> For me, it's right on the money. I've been eating pizza and pasta the entire time here on Spark, and I lost my weight to boot. Some people will read this and think they can eat this way without bothering with exercise and still expect results, which is obviously NOT what is being t... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:33:16 EST Awkward moments with doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x26980648 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's great. <BR> <BR> This is more of a post-weight loss thing, but I thought y'all might find it inetersting. <BR> <BR> Been doing a lot of research on loose skin/plastic surgery for folks who deal with it. Got stuff lined up all week ... the first post is <link>http://www.secondhelpingonline.com/?<BR>p=1268 </link> <BR> <BR> It recounts my first (and only) visit to a plastic surgeon. The whole thing was just awkward, like I was in territory I wasn't r... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:45:50 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x337x26867690 Hey everyone, my name is Scott and I joined a few months ago because my girlfriend is pretty much hooked on this website. I'm trying to get the hang of it because I have been noticing my weight on the scale has been going up in numbers and I'm trying to get back to a healthy weight. My only issue is I have never needed to diet before. I am eating very little in the day, and by 10 at night I am trying to stuff 1,000 calories in before I fall asleep. Does anyone have any tips on how to be consi... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 20:54:23 EST MS150 Maniacs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x337x26857304 I have started a team for anyone is riding or thinking of riding in any MS150 race. The team is open as well to any previous riders. I rode before in 2005 in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It was one of the hardest things I ever did, but also one of the most rewarding. My brother has MS, so this race means a lot to me. I would love to share my training experience and stories with any other riders, or even those that have MS or a family member/friend with MS. Hope to hear from you! 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