SparkPeople SP Class of September 27- October 3, 2009 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34794 This team is for all members who joined SP from September 27- October 3, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of September 27- October 3, 2009 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34794 Is there anybody out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12997x34794x42027944 Hi everyone, <BR> just wondering how you are all doing? If you joined at the smae time as me that would be over a year and half ago now. I am sorry to say that I am no further along the road. Am not even sure but suspect I weigh more! <BR> I went to WW last night and was so disgusted with myself. Now I am determined to use my frustration in a positive way adn turn this around. <BR> <BR> Would love to know how others have got on in their goals and journey? Wed, 25 May 2011 03:46:07 EST HOW CAN I WINTERIZE MY HEALTHY JOURNEY ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x39184336 DAY 15 <BR> I NEED TO FIND WAYS TO WINTERIZE MY FITNESS AND NUTRITION. I NEED TO HAVE A PLAN "B" FOR WHEN WE HAVE BAD WEATHER !!! THEN I NEED TO JUST DO IT !!! <BR> ANY SUGGESTIONS !!! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:37:51 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12997x34794x38832461 I lost 40 pounds since we started this team on Oct 3, 2009 and then lost focus and gained it all back. Now I'm starting over. My goal is to take it one day at a time and complete our team goals. Slowly but surely I'll get there especially with all of your help. I've discovered my biggest roadblock is stress. If anyone has any ideas on how to handle stress and keep focused, I'd be grateful. Thanks! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 07:03:21 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x38641620 HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY ! <BR> ANY THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR ??? Fri, 24 Dec 2010 17:33:55 EST Inspiring Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x38602808 Just been looking at team page. HAve never this before. I just want to say that I love the image for our team. I love the person running on the beach. I love the beach and have this image of a much slimmer version of myself running along a beach just like that picture. It's so full of energy. Today it seems so unattainable for me! Wed, 22 Dec 2010 05:59:53 EST finally starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x38135997 Hi! My name is Crystal and I signed up for the Spark website in October of last year. Because of several family crises I haven't actually started until today. I am going to turn 38 on Tuesday and I need to get healthy, and this seems like a good way to go about it. I am hoping to get lots of support and figure out how to do this for the rest of my life while still living my very full life. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:30:32 EST Still here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x36917048 and still going strong 1 year later. <BR> <BR> Thanks SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> You're the BEST! <BR> Paul <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:05:17 EST WHERE IS OUR CLASS TEAM MEMBERS ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x36716384 SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE FROM OUR CLASS TEAM MEMBERS. HOW ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR JOURNEY. LET'S SHARE AND CELEBRATE OUR SUCCESSES. HOPE TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU !!!................EGG Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:37:05 EST Hi I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x35849134 looking forward to the challenge. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 22:32:10 EST Weekly Weigh In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x34470515 Post your weigh in results here whenever you weigh in if you want. I do, it keeps me focused and gives me one more thing to hold me accountable for my health. <BR> <BR> Dennis Sun, 30 May 2010 09:41:58 EST Hello... I'm Lisa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x34455779 I've been smoke~free for 13 months and I've gained some unwanted weight. So, I'm here to shed the extra pounds & to help support others with the same goal. Today, I will work towards a healthier me. Wishing you all an excellent weekend :) <BR> Cheers, <BR> Lisa Sat, 29 May 2010 10:57:37 EST I am so proud of my wife - Magazine shoot today - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x33752432 Her After Event blog is <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3173137 </link> <BR> <BR> Today I saw my wife leave for Los Angeles for a photo shoot by Scrubs Magazine. It was sponsored through Sparkpeople and she was one of four people chosen to do the article and photo shoot. She was the one motivating me to start my journey here and without her support I do not believe I would have stayed on course. <BR> <BR> Today she is there due to her ow... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:01:57 EST Charity35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x33413101 Just made a page, not sure what to do with it, but I have one. Yeah! Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:59:40 EST My 5K of a lifetime - Never will be topped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x33396281 This has received so many comments that I thought I should share it with you all. It was the best time running ever! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3104216 </link> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 23:00:53 EST am I the only one out there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12997x34794x32852394 Hi everyone, <BR> I was just wondering since our SP class has been around for around 5 months or so, if anyone else is disappointed in themselves for not meeting the goals we set for ourselves? Well, I am not actually not disappointed, just not as far along as I had hoped... <BR> Life got in the way and got me off track... <BR> Anyone have any ideas to get back on track? <BR> Thanks Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:00:24 EST How are you doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x32534734 I am doing well. I joined SP back in September, but really didn't start using SP regularly until January of this year. <BR> <BR> I already had a place to log my food and fitness since I was using the BodyBugg. However, my fitness level has gotten better and I talked a friend into doing a half marathon this year and the Walt Disnesy World marathon next January 2011. I needed someone to make sure I would not just quit and I was fortunate that my best friend was up to the challenge. Seems like ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 16:04:43 EST Hello to all the awesome People here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x32267809 Hello to all. I have been into fitness for quite a while now, but my weight just got out of control. So, here I am to get things back in order again. I love doing P90x, cycling and Hiking. Look forward to reading all the great motivational stuff here Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:49:12 EST FINALLY HAD ENOUGH SO HERE I AM! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x32061409 I never had a weight problem til these past couple of years. Just a tiny bit overweight but I know it won't get any easier as I get older. Just want to eat healthier and make excercising a part of my lifestyle. Does SP vary their dinner plans? Looking for inspiration to keep it up! Thanks! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:58:12 EST General Discussion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x31787367 Well, I thought I'd open this particular topic just so we can post without having anything to really discuss. Just post what's on our mind at the time we get here. <BR> <BR> Anyway, no one seems to be in here anymore so I'll shut the lights out when I leave. Take care all. Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:42:02 EST This week... 01/24/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x31363112 1/24 <BR> Last Week 254.5 <BR> This Week 256 <BR> Weekly Loss UP 1 +/- <BR> <BR> Going the wrong direction! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 10:28:42 EST Forty Four and starting over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x30059981 I am 44 and I have had gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago. Lost from 302 to 143. A year ago life got a little crazy for me. Had a baby and got divorced. Gained back 65 lbs. Trying to get it off again so I can keep up with my little one. I also have a 20 year old son in the Army. He is in Iraq right now and miss him greatly. I hope to get 65 lbs off by July. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 08:31:11 EST Fitness for life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x30027264 Hi, <BR> I just turned 65. After dieting successfully to lose 24 pounds (from June-Nov 2007), I hit a plateau that was 15 lbs from my goal weight and 10 lbs above a healthy BMI. I was exercising but evidently not the "right stuff". A year later this past fall, I weighed within 2-3 lbs of that plateau weight and decided to do something completely different. I began training sessions (3X a week, 50 min/session) in October and have really benefitted from them. My physician also suggested t... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 19:35:49 EST Week Six Callenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29598554 woohoo <BR> we are in week six, i'm proud very proud of you, you must be proud of yourselves too.. <BR> <BR> this week is going to be great <BR> 140 minutes of cardio.. <BR> 140 minutes of strength 100 minutes of them are CORE activities, do sit ups, pilates, crunches.... think about the ultimate 6 pack abs you always dreamed of.. <BR> <BR> for the food ...it's fruits week.. have 3 portions of fruits every day <BR> <BR> and the additional thing of this week is ... you have to find one of... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 03:13:54 EST HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29584369 After a vacation at an all-inclusive I cannot get myself back on track!! My breakfast and lunch in great, I get in my exercise, but then I totally lose it and binge eat!!! AAAHHHH!!!! I'm going to work really hard today to stay good!! Why does this have to be so hard?!?! <em>46</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2009 09:22:44 EST week five challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29436847 happy montheversary team.. <BR> by now you must be proud of what you changed in your life <BR> <BR> for this week will be all about outdoors <BR> your vhallenge is to have 120 minutes of outdoor cardio... go have a walk, run ... what ever you think of.. sky is the limit <BR> and make sure that you focus on lower body fitness <BR> this week you have to do squats after you finish your walking or running, you will shape those thighs in this week... <BR> <BR> <BR> and for food, keep tracking.... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 03:12:53 EST Happy Monthaversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29393342 Congratulations on making it through your first month. What changes have you made? How much weight have you lost? How many inches? What have you been doing for exercise? Are you meeting your goals? Are you where you thought you would be now? This is the place to discuss how you are doing so far and What goals you have met and new goals you have set for yourself. Thu, 29 Oct 2009 18:05:45 EST 38, Female, 35lbs. overweight, ready to change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29299066 Hi everyone, my name is Nicole and I'm so happy that I recently found sparkpeople! I get so motivated when I read about everyone's success. I am using all of the tools on this sight to help me reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm always dieting or planning my next diet, but this time I'm just going to eat healthy, watch my carbs and exercise. I want to keep my calories between 1200-1500 and drink plenty of water. I want to use spark daily to motivate myself and log my journey. <BR> <BR> I a... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:51:31 EST Week Four Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12947x34794x29255354 hi team.. <BR> week four challenge starts on Sunday, Oct. 25th <BR> this week challenge will include food intakes <BR> 1)track your food intake <BR> 2)get 1 portion of whole grain in breakfast and 1 during the day. <BR> 3)get 120 minutes of cardio <BR> 4)get 100 minutes of strength training, all about upper body, you can use free weights, resistance band, gym equipment, or your own weight. <BR> <BR> and for this week i recommend we share our workout daily, one reply for each member, and y... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 06:41:11 EST Song Lyrics that help keep you going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29230782 On you mark, get set,,,,Post em! <em>276</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:35:30 EST hey how is everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29209124 hello my name is autumn im 23 i live in clearfield utah and looking for people to talk with thanks Wed, 21 Oct 2009 04:16:37 EST I need your help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29207660 Hi I am writing because I need to change my lifestyle, and I need your help. I am a loner and I think I can do this change alone, but I can't. I have had 35 years to do it the right way and I am still over weight and unhealthy. I am 49 with diabetes, high blood pressure and very overweight. 4 years ago I lost 90 lbs and had my health under control. Then I found myself pregnant and came down with postpartum depression. I found my weight going up before my eyes and that depressed me even m... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:04:32 EST I am new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29195795 Hi everyone, I am new and working my way thru the web site!! Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:09:33 EST Kelly in Wisconsin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29182902 Hey everyone...coming out of the SparkPeople closet that I've been stuffed in for a month or so. My neighbor and I are exchanging services... she is a personal trainer and I am a graphic designer. I spent a couple weeks going to her house and doing analysis on myself to see how I am going to meet my goals. 30 lbs by February for my vacation. She suggested doing a food journal and recommended SparkPeople for that. I have been addicted to SP since I first set up and account here! <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 23:13:54 EST hi from Japan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29138014 Hello I'm really new to this, so please go easy on me. <BR> <BR> I live in Japan now and decided to sign up for Spark People so that I could really focus on losing those last few stubborn extra pounds. I teach English - primarily to 3~6 year olds, so that is my daily cardio. I have a Maine Coon kitten who weighs 12 pounds already and likes to be carried, so that's my daily strength training. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Oct 2009 21:10:26 EST How was everyone's second week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29107102 So far, so good! I've lost a combined total of 4lbs from the first week and the second. How is everyone else doing? <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:35:31 EST Ok yell at me.....beer & wings w/ Blue cheese Fri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29103722 I'm going out with my friends for an early lunch at around 1100 tomorrow and I'm pigging out. They're supposed to have Amazing wings where we're going and I know from a simply looking in the mirror and positive comments from my boyfriend SparkPeople is working....I'm not weighing myself till Dec 1st so I have no info there. <BR> I hope one day of "gluttony" won't hurt too much. I'm doing my 30+ minute workout followed by a stretch in the AM before I leave for school, so, hopefully my metabo... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:14:41 EST week three challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x29098100 this week the challenge is to finish 100 cardio minutes <BR> <BR> and 100 fitness minutes all about abs, core body activities, let's shape these abs and butts <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:52:05 EST I think this is the spark I've been looking for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29081831 Hi! My name is Brenda. It has been extremely stressful at work for the last 6 months, and I've gone from eating healthy and exercising regularly, to sitting all day at work, and grabbing fast food on the way home after a 11 or 12 hour work day. The work stress has eased up, but I'm having trouble getting into the habit of eating healthy and working out.. I found SparkPeople and I'm hoping this is the spark I need to get back on track. Thanks for listening! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 23:02:10 EST Spark Gift Challenge for the New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12947x34794x29059770 Basically, you have to find ONE person on here in our Team and team up with them. <BR> Your challenge will be that you have to earn as many spark points to Gift them a Spark Gift for all the hard work they did this year. <BR> <BR> Here's the catch....You have to record your partners STARTING spark point TOTAL and keep that Number safe until a day or two before New Years. When New Years comes, You have subtract Your Teammates FINAL Spark Point TOTAL from their Starting Spark Point total.(Fina... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 23:47:33 EST challenger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29056772 Hi my name is Deb and I am in a weight loss challenge and have joined Spark People to help me. I want to learn to eat healthy and lose weight. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by September. Short term goal is 25 by December. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:21:39 EST New to Spark & lovin it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29034104 Hi everyone! <BR> This site is amazing and I only wish I would have found it sooner! :) Goodluck to everyone!!! I am excited to continue my journey on a healthier happier me! :) <BR> <BR> ~Mishy Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:05:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29029315 Hi I am Ann Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:07:38 EST Hi I am new to the site !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x29012156 Hello everyone I hope to become a frequent visitor to the site =) I have never had to worry about my weight till I quit smoking 2 yrs ago but oh well here we go haha! If I have a question about something on the site who do I ask or where do I go to ask ??? I hope to hear from someone ! Thanks. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:29:56 EST Hello, I have just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28994678 I am new to this. I am 62 years old and a widow. I want to lose at least 28 lbs. One of my sons got married last month and the pictures of me were awful! had not realised how I had let myself go since my husband died. Now I am determined to get myself back on track. I am a vegetarian and I lvoe to cook. I live in Cornwall. I cannot exercise a great deal because of my asthma BUT I do try to do 15 mins a day on my Wii fit. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 07:21:09 EST How was everyone's first week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28937072 I have to say, I am a little disappointed. I didn't lose very much weight, but I did lose an inch off my waist so I guess something did come out of this. I felt like I worked very hard but didn't get super results. Any suggestions/thoughts? Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:29:34 EST I started Oct. 1st. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28933180 Hi everyone, <BR> A newbie too. I'm hoping this will help do the trick. <BR> Karen Thu, 8 Oct 2009 00:02:15 EST Hello everyone I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28926218 Hi I am Connie and I am tired of being over weight. I have been over weight all of my adult life and now that I am 40 its time to do something about it. I started counting calories on June 2 with my primary doctor and have been doing great. I have lost to date 36 pounds!! I am happy I found this site cause I could use the support from a group. I have been using another weight loss sight but its boring (doc set me up on it so she can see what I am doing). I am just happy I landed here. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 17:49:52 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28921938 Hi, I am looking forward to finally getting into shape and eating healthier!!! Wed, 7 Oct 2009 14:07:01 EST Meal Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28910290 Hi all! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any meal ideas. You know..healthy options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? I have fallen into such a food rut! I pick the same things over and over. Like cereal for breakfast,sandwich for lunch and Lean Cuisine for dinner. I know I need to mix it up and try new things. What are you guys eating? Wed, 7 Oct 2009 00:28:22 EST Hi Everyone I am new here!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28904446 Hello Everyone my name is Candice and I new here. I am trying to lose weight but it is very hard. I started trying this new thing, the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet. I start yesterday, lets see if it works. I have read up on it and people have said that they lost weight by being on this diet so I will see. I guess it does hurt to try it. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 19:14:55 EST I'm doing it this time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28894042 Hi there ... I'm 60 and have battled my weight problem for the last 20 years. I'm so happy to have found this site ... it offers a wealth of information and support and it's the right price ... haha. Seriously though, I've tried weight watchers and it's very expensive and I feel too introverted to really talk there, so in turn I didn't get the support I needed either. By being able to type how I feel makes it so much easier for me and I see there's many many people in the same boat as I am... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:09:06 EST gladys urbina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28877848 hi im gladys and im very excited and motivated to have found sparkpeople!!!! i need some buddies to help me along in this journey..... i have actually already lost 261bs.it has taken me 9 months to do this, i have about 39lbs to go. i was only doing cardio up till 2 months back when i started to incorporate strenghth training with weights and risistance bands to surpass my plateau that i had hit. SO NOW, I RAN INTO THIS SITE AND I FEEL MORE MOTIVATED THAN EVER TO GET THE REST OF THIS WEIGHT... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 17:41:47 EST Shy Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28877007 HI I'm new to this and kind of shy. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 16:55:48 EST Getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28864374 Hello everyone. Waking up one morning, I decided its time to do something about my weight. I was always thin and active when i was younger and maybe I have been in denil, but never really thought of myself as overweight. Then I just stopped, looked at myself in the mirror and then decided to step on the scale, and just cried. How did I ever let myself get this way? Im scared if I dont do something now, it will get worse! I need motivation! Im scared.. I dont want to fail! I have started by ... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 08:25:17 EST New one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28863855 I am new to this program. If anyone has any tips that would help I would really appreicate it. I'm still trying to figure out the website and have lots of questions. I feel so overwhelmed with all the information but I'm trying to take a little bit at a time. Right now I'm just trying to track my nutrition and fitness. I can't believe how much information is here, it's great!! Mon, 5 Oct 2009 07:57:18 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28862903 My name is Michelle and I have joined SparkPeople because I am crying out for help and truly believe this is the place for it. I need to lose at least 200 pounds. It sounds pretty overwhelming knowing I need to lose that much but my plan is to set small weight loss goals along the way. You can read more about me on my SparkPage. I'm really looking forward to the support and encouragement I'll find here. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:58:09 EST Here I go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28861028 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Going to see if Sparks will help me stay on track and reach my goal. I am at the heavest and now it's causing health problems. So as soon as I figure out how to move around, I'm hoping for positive results. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 00:48:08 EST Hi I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28855107 I just found this site a few days ago. I am VERY happy to be here. I am motivated by tracking my fitness and nutrition. I have always been health conscious but I have let things slide for about a year. I’m looking forward to getting back on track and meeting new people. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 19:33:28 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28851406 Hello , Hope to have support and new challenges. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 16:13:51 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28850688 I'm new to this. I am trying to lose 145 lbs. I had gastric by pass back in 04.but they have put me on meds and I gained some weight back. So I'm. Looking for help. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 15:34:24 EST i'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28844586 My name is Teresa. i live in horseheads, ny. i am married and have 4 kids ranging from 7 to 19. i have been having some thyroid issues and battling some depression and have put on 25 lbs in the last 1.5 yrs. i am currently unemployed which doesn't help. i am looking forward to getting to know you and taking this journey together. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 10:15:32 EST One week down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28839471 I've got to loose about 60 lbs in 4 months. I am determined to do it. I started at the beginning of the week and I am tracking the weight loss carefully. I know a support system helps so anyone wanting help or support, don't hesitate to ask. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 23:23:30 EST New Guy in Wisconsin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28837054 Hello everyone! My wife suggested that I join Sparkpeople to help keep myself motivated for my half-marathon attempt in May 2010. So far SP seems pretty cool and interactive. <BR> <BR> I work a lot at a local restaurant as the General Manager, so finding the time and energy to workout so I can meet my goal has been tough so far. But I am committed to make it happen and I look forward to meeting new people along the way! Sat, 3 Oct 2009 21:02:22 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28837006 This is my second day on spark people. I'm really looking forward to this. I enjoy planning my meals and there's lots of helpful information. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 20:59:33 EST Thin on the inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28836430 I am new to this forum. I have tried numerous times to loose weight & have some success, only to regain what I have lost & much more. I have not weighed less than 200 pounds since 1990. I am tired of being tired. I have the knowledge to live healthier, just not the motivation. Being chronically depressed doesn't help. I know I can loose weight, especially if I focus on God & my goals, it is just so easy to become distracted & loose focus. I work one full time & 1 part time job. It is... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 20:26:07 EST Hoping to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28835412 Hi. I'm new to the world of dieting. I've always been one of those people who can eat whatever I want and not gain an ounce. Until about 2 years ago. Suddenly I started putting on weight. My doctors checked my thyroid and all was well in that arena. Apparently I'm now one of those people who start packing on the pounds in their 30s. I'm afraid of walking down the same road as my mom, yo-yo dieting and always wishing I was thin again. I want to gain control of my weight gain before it continue... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:23:47 EST Week One Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12947x34794x28835261 welcome all members. <BR> Sunday oct. 4 is our first day as a team all together. as many of you explored the site, you can see that fitness page is full with options for you to choose your work out. <BR> this week challenge is: <BR> total fitness minutes of 100 <BR> 60 cardio minutes <BR> 40 strength minutes <BR> (20 minutes a day, 5 days a week) <BR> my suggestion for cardio is this: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1330 </link> <BR> <link>www.spar... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:13:58 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28831700 Hi! <BR> I'm Qualmi from Norway. I'm 23 years old. (Actually, exactly 23 and a half today) I have always been a lazy person, liking the calm and relaxation of the sofa before any physical activity. I am 100 kgs, and need to get down to about 75 kgs. (roughly 200 lb / 150 lb, I think, for those of you (most of you, probably) from the States, or any other place using pounds instead of kilos.) <BR> <BR> I'm extremely hard to motivate for more than three or four days. This goes for mostly anythi... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 15:10:49 EST Pat is going to lose it this time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28831092 Familiar Story- gain, join group and lose, then start climbing slowly up, Decide to take a break. Then join group, lose, and start climbing up again! Now my motivation- I don't want to continue to be the largest person in my social groups- still- while all around me are getting thinner and thinner. Live on 10 acres, but weight bothers feet, knees, etc. which keep me from walking the dogs around property, so I ride the mower and they run! Have Exercise Bike and watch Videos while riding i... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 14:27:49 EST HEY NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28829873 HELLO EVERYBODY IM A NEW SPARKSFRIEND MY MOM SENT ME A LINK LAST NIGHT BECAUSE I WAS FINALLY HONEST ABOUT WHATS BEEN BOTHERING ME... MY WEIGHT!!!! SEE I BELIEVE I HAVE HAD DISTORED BODY IMAGE FOR A WHILE( THOUGHT I LOOKED ONE WAY BUT REALLY LOOK ANOTHER) I FINALLY SEEN MYSELF ... FOR REAL I AM A YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOVES TO BE OUT & SEEN I ALSO LOVE FASHION AND BEING OVER WEIGHT IS NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR THE LIFE I LIVE.... I AM SO READY TO HAVE MY BODY MATCH MY EGO. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH T... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:04:06 EST Ready to make a change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28829559 I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I even remember my grandma imposing a diet and excercise program on me in the fourth grade! I have tried many diets and had minimal success over the years. I find it very hard to stick with it. I just really love food and DON'T love excercise! <BR> <BR> I am a single mother to one nearly two year old little girl who I am trying to instill better eating habits in than I have (My grandma used to put butter on my sandwiches UNDER the may... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 12:44:44 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28828676 Hi im joy. needing to get healthy slim and lose weight. being organized would also help. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 11:53:38 EST Shar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28827192 Greetings, <BR> I am excited to use this wonderful resource that Spark people have created. I am a yogini and dancer who has gained a lot of wieght and hope to dance it off before I turn 50...only 3yrs away. I believe it takes attentio to the whole person to make these difficult changes and a whole lot of support. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 10:35:20 EST Hi my name is desiee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28824036 i am 20 years old, soon to be 21 on december 25th. I have a 4 month old daughter named victoria! I gained 20 pounds while i was pregnant, and i want to lose those 20 pounds. I'm hoping sparkpeople can help me. i am currently attending college to become a D.A i am graduating in may, thats when im planning to have dropped all the wight! i plane to work hard, because i wanna feel good about my self once again!! Sat, 3 Oct 2009 03:46:08 EST Hello, Im NEW! & my name's Brittney! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28823963 I am 19 years old. I gained an astonishing 45+ pounds in a matter of 4 or 5 months & just cant keep on track to get it off. I've lost self-esteem, gotten ruder, more jealous... & overall just become someone i don't wanna be... but i know that i CAN & WILL get through this! I need to. <BR> I'm only 19 & have so much ahead of me! I shouldn't have to feel insecure & cry because my hips ache from holding too much excessive weight! My BMI is 29.6. I am 19 years old and am literally, 0.04 away from... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 03:28:15 EST Hello! Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28822765 Hi there. I am going to be 31 in about 2wks. I am sick and tired of yo-yo diets! A friend introduced me to this site, so I am trying to figure everything out...My goal is to lose 25lbs in about 2.5mos! So here we go! Sat, 3 Oct 2009 00:05:29 EST A new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28822596 Hey all. My name is Beth and I just turned 36. I'm very excited about being apart of SP. I have a husband and 2 kids (ages 5 and 11). I have a couple of family members who are also trying to lose weight so I'm hoping to share some Spark and get them on here as well. :) I'm great at starting diet and exercise plans but never good at keeping at it for more than a few weeks. Joining a community like SP is new for me though so I'm hoping it will help me stay motivated and finally begin seeing so... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 23:53:10 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28821709 Hi everyone at sparkpeople. My name is Brenda I'm a student, wife, and mother & I've decided to make some changes in my life for the better. Hopefully this time I'll get on board and stay there. Again I'm Brenda & nice to meet you'll!! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:51:30 EST Ready For The Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28821079 Hi Everyone. I am excited, eager, and ready to accomplish fitness and health goals. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:12:49 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28819900 Hello folks! I'm Wendy. I'm 35 and trying to treuly lose weight for the first time. I've never really tried because I've always afraid to fail. I can't live this way anylonger I have to get it done. I quit somking in December and was sent hoem to work shortly after. This wonderful combination has meant an additional 20 lbs over the last year. Did I say I was ready. Well I am!! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:08:07 EST wanna be thinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28818307 hello my name is tammy. i'm a single mother of three adult children. i'm joining the web site to lose weight and start eating healthier so i can keep the weight off. i'm new to this and finding the site very helpful, infact i've already referred the site to a GOOD FRIEND. i love reading all the articles. and best of all it's free, i'm telling everyone about it. thanks to all who make this site possible. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 19:28:27 EST Beite1...new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28816253 it's alot to take in when doctor says lose weight for health reasons, so here I am Fri, 2 Oct 2009 17:13:37 EST I am new and ready for a change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28815403 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Idia,im 28 and embarking on a new phase in my life! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:20:14 EST My Name is Clarence Ziglar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28814115 Just came from my medical doctor and he said lose some weight or go on another pill(diabete) I love to cook and was raised in the counrty so naturlly I like to eat too.But with my heart blockages it's not good for me. I need help and support. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 15:06:16 EST just getn started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28810419 Well it's been 4 days with SparkPeople and I can already tell chang is coming & has come. Feeling great and gettin used to the wonders of the site.. just wish i could spend more time getting used to everything. cya Kurvmom Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:10:14 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28810092 My name is Marie I am 26 years old and I am the mother of a wonderful 7 year old girl. I am here for some support to lose about 30 pounds but more importantly to get more healthy. I have already lost about 45lbs. doing it on my own with no help or encourgment from friends or family. I am now in a stable and loving relationship to a guy who is giving me lots of encourgment to get more healthy. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 11:56:22 EST LindaCHP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28807477 Hello, I am new at this so bear with me. I am excited to starting this challenge with you - thanks for your support. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:16:14 EST sadie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28802658 H just starting this and my first goal is to drop 12 pounds not very good at being strict with food. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 04:10:07 EST Hello SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28801712 Hi i'm a 25 year old woman who right now is kinda struggling with weight loss right now um right now i kinda have a little medical problem but still need to shead shom pounds so i can do thing like my friend do that are my age, my medical problem is a small hairline fracture in my upper hip bone where it meets the pelvis in the creace so it's kinda difficult to do much right now so i'm reaching out for help does any onw know of any eating ,physical something i can do untill i'm able to do the... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 00:52:55 EST Just want to say Hi to all you Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28801255 Hi, Heard about this great motivator and now I can see why. We all need a support group. I'm really tired of not liking myself and decided I was going to do something about it. My husband wants to go to gun sight which is a self defense gun course, and you need to be in good shape to endure a week of the training. So we have banded together and have started out exercising and reshaping our eating habits. Seems to be working so far. <BR> So, glad I found all you spark people and hope w... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 00:20:55 EST hey everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28800019 hey guys! I'm so glad I found this website! I'm ready to lose this weight! Thu, 1 Oct 2009 23:03:35 EST Donna Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28798450 Hello I am ready to begin a change in my life that will last forever Thu, 1 Oct 2009 21:49:34 EST Looking for support in losing weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28793162 I am new to this site and honestly have never gone online for help in losing weight. I'm kind of shy about this and don't know what to expect. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 17:26:38 EST Hello to my new SPARK community! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28790491 <BR> My name is Gege, and my goals are not unlike most overweight, middle aged and underactive people out there. I need to get in shape, drop more than 50 pounds and stick around to see my kids and grandkids grow up. <BR> <BR> My sister turned me on to this site...and day 3 I already love it. Even if I don't lose any weight at all while I explore this website I am learning a whole lot. The tracking systems for nutrition and activity level really help me know where I stand every day. For... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 15:19:30 EST Excited About Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28790402 Hi ! Just heard about this site at my meeting last night with a group of people trying like myself to eat healthy and lose weight. Think I am gonna really enjoy it. So far so good. Everyone have a great week. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 15:16:14 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28785531 Hi my name is Stacy and I am new to this site. I have lost 163lbs but have gained back about 40 of that. I am trying my hardest to loose it again but not really going anywhere. I did it initially with weight watchers but cannot at this time afford to go back. I hope this site helps me out. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:55:52 EST Want to lose 80 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28785214 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm 32 years old and although I've lost about 6 lbs already, I still have over 70 to go. I'm a shorty (about 5'3) and my goal weight is around 125 lbs. I gained weight in my mid/late 20s, and it can be a little painful to realize I could have nipped this whole obesity thing in the bud if I'd gotten myself on track (and STAYED on track) six years ago or so. <BR> <BR> But there's no sense in crying over spilled milk---so here I am :). I started watching my calories a li... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:45:19 EST Looking for more motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28781174 Well...here I am. A fellow Facebooker referred me to this site and what a great place! I am a mother of 3 who seemed to have found an extra 50+ pounds during this past winter thru summer months. I'm not quite sure what happened. Okay, so I DO know what happened. I ate my way through this past year of college. I have had enough of feeling fat and unattractive. I recently joined Curves and have forcing myself to go daily. I am getting married in June and as I type this...my dress does not... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 09:14:25 EST Another Mommy trying to get healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28780037 Being in my mid 20's my body has changed add on the baby weight that Im still carrying from 4 year old and its difficult to look in the mirror and recognize that person. I'm trying to live a healthier lifestyle not only for myself but also for my family. This is going to include for me making the right food choices, and introducing my son to some healthy fun foods for him. Also working out. I need the confidence booster I would get from being a size 3 again. I want to feel invigorated and acc... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:28:06 EST Menopause milestones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28778400 I'm almost 48 and I've been going through menopause for about 4 years now. The weight gain began in Sept. 2007 when I gained about 25 lbs. in less than 30 days! Since that time, I've put on 10 more lbs. gradually and I've been pushing and trying different ways to train to lose this weight with no success :-(. Being only 5'2, every single pound shows!!! I am on biodentical HRT now and am into that for 30 days. My mood is better; I get about 3-4 hours sleep where I was getting barely 1; and... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 06:46:40 EST Just starting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28778281 I am a 53 year old female who has begun go gain weight and I want to do something about it before it gets out of hand. I am feeling rather discouraged about it and am not sure what to do about it. A friend told me about sparks people and I thought I would try it out. I am rather computer un-savy but need the support sooo.... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 06:36:21 EST marcel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28777043 Hi my name is Marcel 56 years old living in Vancouver BC Canada Thu, 1 Oct 2009 02:11:38 EST Excited to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28776868 My name is Jen and I am a mother of two wonderful children. I don't know what happened but after my daughter was born I started packing on the pounds, alot I am sure had to do with no longer working and staying home all the time. I have gained so much weight the last three years that I no longer have motivation to do anything and that needs to change. I have looked into many diet programs, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutri System etc...and all in all the cost of food was not in my curren... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 01:41:12 EST Desperate help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28775647 My name is Nikkii Rawlinson and I am 30 years old from Millbrook, Al. I have struggled with my weight all of my life. I go up and down constantly. I am glad I found ya'll because I need that motivation Wed, 30 Sep 2009 23:51:20 EST So Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28775003 My name is Angie. My boss intorduced me to sparks people and I can not express my excitement for this great tool to help me on my journy to a happy and healthier lifestyle. I am a single mom of 3. I have had 4 children. I am a very positive person that has hit some bumps in the road. I was married for 8 years and have been divorced for 4 years actually today. Last year I got down to 160 from 195. I did a biggest loser thing with friend and won it was so great. I then kept going. The w... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 23:15:13 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28770994 Hello I am joining this website in hopes of reaching my target goal weight. I have a lot to lose and I hope we can encourage each other to keep it practical and make this a lifestyle change. I would love to chat with those who make me feel that I can do this. Take care and e me soonn. <BR> nkyles992@netzero.net Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:14:39 EST Just starting out.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28769212 Hi all you other SparkPeople.... I'm just starting out with what I hope will be a long term and consistent exercise and healthy eating way of life. Never been a big exerciser - signed up to the NEWO group and got motivated to actually start the last challenge 3 weeks ago, and have not missed a scheduled exercise day since. Big step for me. <BR> <BR> Always thought I was a healthy eater but I think I get unstuck by portion sizes and snacks! So it's good to actually have healthy suggestion... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:43:56 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28766943 Hi I am Tammy. I just joined sparkpeople! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:48:31 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28766735 Hi...just started this today. This site is pretty cool. I didn't start out well, I had McDonalds today, ugh. But I have a cold and needed some comfort food!!! I actually had lost 35 lbs. but gained about half of it back and don't want to go back to the way I was....hopefully this will help. Not eating McDonalds...but this site. :) Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:37:26 EST Pastorwileymot tivated4health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28766024 The word of God says this, i can do all things thru Christ Jesus who strenghthens me. i would like to be a encouregment to the team , i am positive and know with God i can do this and want to help others to be healthy. Dont worry i won;t preach yet. lol Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:00:59 EST Newbie here : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28765534 Just got started with this a few days ago and am already very impressed. I have been a member of CC for a couple of years and have tried umpteen diets over the last decade with some success (even competed in a triathlon several years ago) but I fell off track 2 years ago and just cannot seem to stick to anything.....ugh! <BR> REALLY need to stick with this, so if anyone is interested in becoming buddies I could sure use one. : ) Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:36:58 EST Day 1 on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28765069 I have really let myself go over the last 17 years gaining over 50 lbs. As a father of 3 children who are active in sports I want to set a good example of healthier exercise and eating habits and more importantly I want to be around to see them grow. Over the years I have had multiple weight loss attempts dropping between 20-35lbs each time only to eventually fall out of my good exercise and eating habits to put it back on again. I have had the most weight loss success when part of a con... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:12:36 EST new girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28764860 hi every1 ive just joined the site!!!, im hoping to get to know how to live a healthier and happier life and also lose a few pounds, if any 1s got some good advice about the site or tips just message me Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:04:17 EST New from NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28764698 Hi, <BR> I'm 49, married, with a 10-year-old son, and just joined yesterday. I need some help getting my eating under control. Somehow I've gotten in the habit of eating (or at least wanting to) all the time. And I kind of quit exercising much in the summer--too hot and humid, at least that was the excuse I was using. I don't think I'm depressed, but what's with this constant urge to eat? Anyway, I think I am ready to do something about it and the weather is BEAUTIFUL, so no more excuses. Jus... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:57:37 EST I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28764526 I have tried all kinds of things and read all kinds of books. I know what I need to do but I think my biggest problem is staying motivated. I have hope that this will be the program that works, once and for all! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:49:59 EST I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28764474 I have tried all kinds of things and read all kinds of books. I know what I need to do but I think my biggest problem is staying motivated. I have hope that this will be the program that works, once and for all! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:47:48 EST Diane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28764382 I need to loss 10 pounds. I'm 52 year old who somehow forgot how to eat less and right. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:44:41 EST I'm a Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28758035 Hi. I'm new to the site. I found out about SparkPeople from a friend on Facebook and thought I would take a look. I was immediately hooked. I'm a single mom of a 15-year-old son and have been unemployed for a year. I've been looking for a job to no avail and am getting really depressed about it. My head knows the constant rejections are really not personal, but my heart makes me think I'm a total failure. I've been going through an extremely hostile divorce and custody battle (my son w... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:27:55 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28756798 I am starting again Want to find balance. My name is Dorothy and I have a lot of weight to loss and a lot of habits to change. Looking forward to making supportive friends. Thank you Wed, 30 Sep 2009 09:41:24 EST Hello all, my name is Cheryl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28756227 My name is cheryl conway and I would like to thank Dorthy Crooke for introducing me to this program. I am excited about trying this out and will be mentioning it to my fiancee. He is struggling with his weight gain too. Not working can really put on the pounds and you don't really notice it until it's too late. <BR> Looking forward to this new site and how it can help us out. <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 09:18:02 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28752923 hi im tiffany, i am a single mother to a very cute autistic angel (boy 5 years old) he is my life i am just trying to better my life at the moment to keep up with my son. He is in need of alot of daily needs and im in need of more energy and better health at the moment. at the time i am a gym member with my wonderful best friend and trying to do what i can to better my life as well as my sons life, I might need some help and support later on down the road. If anyone would like to talk about t... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 06:02:10 EST Starting to Sparkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28751262 Hi there! My name is Alison and I am new to SparkPeople. I am excited to be here. I recently got a bike for commuting and it has changed my fitness goals from just losing weight to that and just plain being healthy too. I have a long term goal of competing in an Iron Man Triathlon. I did train for and compete in a mini-one two summers ago. I am looking forward to realizing my personal goals with others. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:31:00 EST Hello, I am me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28750396 Hello, I'm me. I'm a public school English teacher. I'm a single lesbian. I'm convinced that there is no god, but I haven't quite broken the habit of going to church every Sunday. So, among those, I'm automatically disliked by a lot of people. C'est la vie. <BR> <BR> I love books and movies. I enjoy singing in two different choirs. I'm slowly learning to play the guitar. Since the day in my childhood when I tasted my first Dorito, there has never been a day when I wasn't craving a sa... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:31:28 EST Hi! :0) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28747085 I am the mother of two busy kids with a very busy husband. He is a social person, but, because of my weight, I'm not. So, in order to be more comfortable around people and spend more time with my hubby, I've started my weight loss journey. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:59:10 EST Trackers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28745516 I notice on some profiles that there is a little tracking system indicating how much weight is lost. Do I need to set that up for myself or will that automatically happen after I weigh in next week? Thanks everyone for answering my questions and for being so welcoming to this site. Thanks. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:41:27 EST From Russia With Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28744143 My name is Karin...hi. Right now I'm living in Moscow, Russia. It's getting into the winter months here, and one of the things recommended to avoid the Grey weather blues is exercise. However, that's not why I'm doing this. <BR> In 2010 two people I care a lot about will be getting married: My older sister, and my best friend. The BF will be getting married in March, and my sister will be getting married in July. On top of all that I'll be heading back to the states in April to start doi... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:27:45 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28743568 Hi, I am Sandy, I am now 49 years old, and the Mommy of two. I have a 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I NEED to loose a good 50 plus pounds. I am new to Sparkpeople, so let me know what I need to do to keep in touch with you all. Thanks! Sandyb Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:55:20 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28741356 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to DC and new to Spark People, although, unfortunately not new to yo-yo dieting. A friend recommended Spark People and I guess the best way to describe my attitude about it is 'cautiously optimistic." I'm on board with the idea that I should change my lifestyle, that I should stop dieting and start making healthier choices. I'd love to hear about other member's successes. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:56:49 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28739129 Hello I am new to this but determined to make my body healthier. I need help with using this site. For instance I need to figure out how to show that the sandwhich I had today i did not eat the bread and i took the mayo off of it. I am sure that will change my caloric intake for today. Can someone please help. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:09:42 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28738254 I begin Sparks on yesterday. So far it has really helped me to monitor my eating intake. I pray I will loose my weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:32:51 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28737147 Hi, My name is Shana Miner Ladin and I live in NYC. I have been looking to make lifestyle changes that stick. So far I have stuck to a good workout schedule that includes cardio and strength training, but I have to get my food under control. I'm hoping that by joining this group and setting real goals, I can make it happen. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:48:39 EST newbie intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28736713 Hello! I am a 33 (almost 34) year old woman who has been overweight my whole adult life. I gained WAY too much during my 2 pregnancies and have never been able to shake it. I have a 10 and 12 year old...that is long enough to carry the weight around. <BR> <BR> I lose a little and keep it off for a year or two and then the scales slowly go up a bit. I have recently started getting rid of my "fat" clothes when I drop a size so that I will have nothing to wear should I regain the weight. So... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:33:01 EST Day one for me too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28736280 Well, "tomorrow" - the day I was always going to start my diet and increase my fitness level - finally arrived and it is today. Have never been this heavy or out of shape, am completely digusted with myself and determined to be a much slimmer, fitter person....with the help of SparkPeople and this team. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here in our online meeting space. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:18:07 EST Ok 25 lbs be gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28735342 Hi new to sparks, am hopeful this time I will suceed.. Just turned 49 and need to drop a few. Wish me luck. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:41:04 EST Hi my name is Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28734716 Hi my name is Lisa and I need to lose some weight to be healthy. I have always been a little overweight but when I got pregnant with my son, I really let myself go. I have lost 56 pounds in the 11 months he has been around just by exercising regularly (5 days a week) but now my weight loss has leveled out and I need to make some more serious changes in my diet and specific exercise program to get that last 50 pounds off and be the healthiest I have ever been. I want to start small and lose... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:17:02 EST 46 and needing help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28733595 Hello...I am 46 and I eat because I am depressed. I try to eat right but I find myself snacking on all of the wrong foods. I have no support, so I am basically on my own. I am hoping this will help me. I just need to lose 20 pounds. I look forward to hearing from anyone for support. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:35:21 EST babi_girl_20007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28733065 well i have been the same weight for the past 3 years and no matter what i do i just can loss any wieght Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:16:28 EST Hi, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28732932 Hi everyone, I am new to site. Need to loose a fair amount of weight, found this site and since it free decided to join as need all the help I can get. Best of luck all. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:12:14 EST LeAnn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28730046 I've had fibromyalgia for several years now. The depression and not sleeping is awful. Medications do not help, have tried them all and my doctor seems frustrated with me. And my family doesn't understand. I'm really tired of feeling so miserable. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:23:12 EST Hello...I'm Dave. And Life Begins.....NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28726892 Hello everyone. I'm just getting up to speed here, but it certainly seems I'm at the right place. <BR> <BR> About Me: <BR> I'm 43 <BR> <BR> I live in Rocklin, California...near Sacramento in Northern Cal. <BR> <BR> I am the Director of Agronomy for a company that sells products to golf courses. It's kind of a technical position that has sales associated as well. I travel a lot. I'm on the road between 1000-2000 miles per week! <BR> <BR> I'm a writer and a musician as well and love compute... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 01:04:56 EST UrbanLotus says Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28725840 Hi! I live in Australia. I joined SparkPeople to see if I could shed some weight and find a way to live that didn't feel like a dieter's lifestyle. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:36:32 EST Getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28725339 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Please do not post here so this information can remain on top. <BR> <BR> <BR> here is a link that will help you to get started on spark people. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_star<BR>ted.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>22... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:11:41 EST Hi All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28723960 Hello Guys! I'm new and I'm excited about starting this new life style change. I have tried Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, and The Full Plate Diet and nothing has worked. I love fast food and eating whatever; however, this all needs to change. I look forward to working towards my goal and please feel free to offer any suggestions because I feel as though community involvement on this site will aid tremendously to my success as well as yours! Mon, 28 Sep 2009 22:06:09 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28723759 Hi, <BR> I am excited and hesitant to start this program. I have never been heavier and have to do something. I desire to make lifestyle lifelong changes. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:57:32 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28722643 Hi there everyone, <BR> My name is Marian and I stumbled on this site this evening while searching for healthy living options. So far, this site seems very promising and I think I am really going to like it here. I am here because I have gained more than 20 pounds this past year and went from exercising daily to not exercising at all. <BR> <BR> I am excited to be here and I am looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Marian Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:13:02 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28717349 I am new to spark people and I just want to say hello. Please visit my spark page to hear more about me. I look forward to getting to know you all better. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:49:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28716437 I'm new to this and thought that joining this site would be better than the other methods that I have tried for losing the weight. My husband is supportive to me but I sometimes feel like I can't talk to him about my weight loss goals as I am bigger than he is. Well that's me in a nut-shell would love to get to know some others from here. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:11:20 EST I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28715134 Hi everyone! My name is Kimmy and I've just joined SparkPeople. I'm looking to meet some workout friends that will help motivate me! I've let my weight get out of control and I'm ready to take a stand against it! I'm not sure how this works yet but please look up my page and add me to your friends! Even if we can't meet in person to workout, I'd still love to be able to have someone to chat with!!! Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:15:25 EST Hi, -I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28714924 I joined a gym, and I am trying to keep active. My problem lies in emotional eating. When I get upset,--I eat! I also have trouble with the normal challenges of parties, etc. where there is food. But I am trying! Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:05:25 EST Hello i am LOLAbean150 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28712943 Just learning to navigate this site and get myself motivated to loose lots of weight and feel good about myself again. I will warn you all now i am a horrible speller and i am not going to worry about it. So any English teachers out there try not to cringe when reading my messages and blogs. <BR> Looking forward to meeting new friends to support me in my battle of the bulge. And i will try to support you on those late night chocolate cravings when the fat free, sugar free pudding just won... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:43:40 EST Making an effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28702901 Making an effort to get my life on track and focus on healthy living. Have spent way to much time on the roller coaster for the last ten years and now need to striaghten things out. Trying to put together some honest achievable goals that I can meet and be happy with. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 05:56:47 EST Ready for a New Lifestyle, Foreal this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28702768 Hi, I'm Rock Bottom....:) I am 26 y/o...employed full time and sporadically taking classes to achieve my degree in Cardiovascular Technology with a certificate in Sonography. My family and I have battled obesity since I can remember with the exception of my brother, he was blessed with a lightning metabolism. My mother and sister both received gastric bypasses, and going through their pain both mentally and physically caused me to promise myself that I'd NEVER go that route. I was recentl... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 05:30:21 EST Hi I am Gina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28702637 I just love this site already. Have found so much information. I am from Ohio and my husband and I are looking to get healthy. We have told each other we are never to old to get fit. So here we go. I am going to lose some weight,quit smoking and enjoy our life. The emails are nice as well. Thanks for the new support. This time I am going to make it. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 04:51:51 EST Mami hermosa lista!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28702089 Hola!!! estoy lista para perder 5 kilos en 2 meses!! Se aceptan sugerencias!!! soy nueva por aqui..........Hi!!! I'm ready to loose 5kg on 2 months, any suggestions??? Im new!! Mon, 28 Sep 2009 02:14:14 EST Hi Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28701356 Wow, this is probably one of the best sites I have ever been on. I only wish i had found it sooner! It seems to really cover everything that i think about on a daily basis. My whole life lately seems to be consumed with weight loss, weight gain, am i that fat? Can i get that skinny? and i seem to be alone, of course i have friends, but not too many of them have weight issues. So i am really excited about Sparkpeople. THANK YOU Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:43:09 EST HELLO FROM CALGARY ALBERTA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28699401 I'M HERE BECAUSE I NEED TO LOOSE WEIGHT AND CHANGE MY EATING HABITS AND SART WALKING LITTLE MORE EVERY DAY.WITH YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT I THINK IT COULD BE DONE. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:41:46 EST Hi =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28697551 Hi everyone =) I'm Katie, a 22-year-old college senior in Kentucky. I've used SparkPeople before with success, but I just need to put myself back on track, haha. I definitely need to lose some weight to become more healthy and feel better about myself. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:15:29 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34794x28697175 My name is Jessica I am 18 years old and my goal is to loose 10 lbs but I just want to lose body fat and be healthier. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 20:56:16 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28694797 the way I signed up recommended this group...are there other people here as well? <BR> <BR> I am a little overwhelmed with all that is here and working to figure things out. I will mostly be on only in the evenings (USA EST) <BR> <BR> there is a lot here to take in Sun, 27 Sep 2009 18:59:06 EST Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12997x34794x28681204 If you have questions post them here. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 00:05:13 EST class daily life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34794x28595763 welcome to the team, <BR> here you can discuss your daily life activities, what every obstacles or success through your new life style. <BR> make lots of friends. <BR> have fun Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:46:13 EST