SparkPeople SP Class of October 11-17, 2009 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from October 11-17, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of October 11-17, 2009 Team Messageboard PriorFatGirl (90lbs lost) - How Can I Help You? Hello everyone! My name is Jen, a priorfatgirl. I lost 90lbs by fighting, kicking and screaming (eating healthy and working out) while living life - dating, buying a house, changing jobs and losing my mom in a tragic car accident. I've maintained now for about 1.5 years and would love to help others on their journey. <BR> <BR> What can I do to help you? <BR> <BR> (P.S., I do have a blog where I've documented my journey, so feel free to check out some of the excerpts) ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:53:52 EST Just trying this out...for the 3rd time. I'm having trouble getting and staying motivated to loose weight and that's why this is my 3rd attempt at I guess I make all other factors such as convenience more important than my health. The ironic thing is that I always feel great after I work out. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:06:24 EST I Challenge this team to get MOTIVATED!!! Let's do it! <em>48</em> <BR> If you have been motivated lately, this challenge is NOT for you. But, you know who you are. If you have been on this team since Oct. and the weight loss ticker is not moving, or moving in the WRONG direction <em>55</em> <em>49</em> I challenge you to get up and do something about it! Even if it is just 10 minutes a day! <em>306</em> Set yourself small daily achievable goals. AND also a small weekly and monthly goal. Don't forget to set the rewards to go wit... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:13:54 EST Our SIX Month Spark~a~ versary! I wanted to start a thread for us to Post updates on what has happened to us so far, on our 6 month Sparkversary! <BR> <BR> <em>516</em> <BR> <BR> I have lost 70 lbs! <em>244</em> <BR> I feel sO much better! <BR> Last nite I did 1 hour and 45 min of ZUMBA! For those of you who do not know what that is...Its Jazzercise to Latin Music. I am sore today, but it was awesome!!! <BR> I have sO much more energy. And my clothes are not always riding into me! <BR> I LOVE MY LIVE IT! and never wa... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 18:56:44 EST my job is done here hi everyone my job is done here on this team, i was here from the begining i have seen it grow from 1 or 2 members to the thousands it is today. i would like to wish you allgood luck on your continueing journeys <em>242</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:51:38 EST I am new and I need help Hi, my name is Katie and last year I quit my job and since then have been basically rebuilding my life and my goals since then. My life in every other way is great, but I have been putting on the pounds steadily since then. Before when I gained weight I would do very unhealthy things to lose the weight, and now that my life is going in the direction I want it to, I want to lose weight the right way. I just do not know how to go about doing it. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreci... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:42:23 EST Healthy Rainbow Challenge - Jan 17-23 Hi team, here's a repeat of a great challenge that we did back in November. <BR> Let's have many colors of the rainbow can you eat daily with your fruit and veggies. <BR> Example: <BR> red- <BR> orange- <BR> green- <BR> blue- <BR> yellow- <BR> purple- <BR> <BR> <BR> Just copy and paste this into a new message. <BR> Edit the original message each day when you post! <BR> <BR> Jan 17 <BR> <BR> Jan 18 <BR> <BR> Jan 19 <BR> <BR> Jan 20 <BR> <BR> Jan 21 <BR> <BR> Jan 22 <BR> <B... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:01:42 EST Hi All - I just hit the double nickel + 1. Hi All - I just hit the double nickel + 1 & would like to loose about 10 pounds. It is the last 10 pounds that seem to be the most difficult. I am walking and walking and walking, also doing some machine training at a local health club. Encouraging people there too. Any suggestions? Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:23:11 EST Jan.17-23rd, weekly challenge ! This week's challenge will be go daily to 5 of your team mates SP page and leave a goodie or a comment or a comment on their blog ! <BR> <BR> Also keep eating those 5 servings of fruit and veggies daily, and your 30 min. workout daily ! <BR> <BR> so just copy and paste: <BR> <BR> 1. Give 5 goodies or comments on SP Page or Blog daily <BR> Jan.10 <BR> Jan.11 <BR> Jan.12 <BR> Jan.13 <BR> Jan.14 <BR> Jan.15 <BR> Jan.16 <BR> <BR> 2. Fruit and veggie: <BR> Jan.10 <BR> Jan.11 <BR> Jan.1... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 09:50:56 EST Hi. I'm Back. I signed up a month or three ago and never got started. But this Thursday (1/7/10) I and around 10 friends are starting out own Biggest Loser competiton. Will run three months with modest monetary prizes to be had. I'll be using SparkPeople to help me do my best in a healthy way. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:11:16 EST Can I get a WOOOHOOOO ! ! ! Here's a place where we want you to post your <em>244</em> moment. <BR> <BR> If you have had a good day, good weight loss, reached a goal, got a new job or raise, whatever you are happy about and want to let the team know so we can celebrate with you, please post it here. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 06:59:03 EST A - Z Healthy Foods! Starting with Letter A, list a healthy food, go thru to Z and than start over. <BR> I will start it off..... <BR> <BR> 1 Letter A - apple Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:02:40 EST Weekly Challenge - January 3 - January 9/10 Let's get back on track this week with a new weekly challenge, starting January 3 and ending January 9/10 <BR> <BR> 1. Write a blog this week, a review of 2009 and your goals for 2010. <BR> <BR> 2. Let's get back to eating our fruits and veggies, at least 5 servings daily <BR> <BR> 3. have you been slacking on your exercise program? Give us 30 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> so just copy and paste: <BR> <BR> 1. Blog <BR> <BR> 2. Fruit and veggie: <BR> Jan.3 <BR> Jan.4 <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:44:14 EST I am please?!!! Help!!! I signed up on Spark people a month ago. i am in three groups and get e-mails every day. With Christmas/tons of family all staying in my house, single parenting, life, i have done nothing else on the Spark site. This site looks cool, but i am OVERWHELMED!!! Where do I start? Any advice? Hey people - it's a NEW YEAR and a perfect time to dive into a healthier life. But I only have so much time....thanks in advance :) flipflops123 Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:18:00 EST suggestions for good cardio dvds? hi everyone, <BR> i was wondering if any of you have good suggestions for cardio videos. i am doing too much strength training videos (such as jillian's shred and no more trouble zones). i have turbo jam videos, tae bo, and jillian's cardio kickbox and banish fat boost metabolism. so anything besides those? ideally, i would like one that is about 40-50 minutes long, can be interval training or just continuous. <em>304</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 08:42:41 EST Looking for a place to start Hello, my name is Michelle. I started sp in October, but never followed through with it but I'm back now :) I know that I had joined a team back I supposed to stay with that group/team? If so, how do I find out which one I joined? If not, I'm looking to start with a new group/team/challenge....don't really know how it all works yet. Don't know if this helps, but I'm 40. I've got 50lbs to lose. I like excercing once I'm at the gym, it's just a challenge to get there. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:33:20 EST hi, thought i'd introduce myself my name is ashey, and im 18 yrs. 200lbs.i have struggled with my weight for as long as i coud remember yoyoing all the way.finally when i started dating my boyfriend almost 3yrs ago, i have gotten to most ive weight in years. it just feels like my motivation has taken a vacation.i've just had to deal with alot like feels like now is the time to get me back on track and finally stop yoyoing and adopt a healthy life style change and get the real me shining id just like ... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 01:33:55 EST Just a few days left Just a few days left to get your Christmas cards in to the Holiday Mail for Heroes. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, this site is totally free and only take a minute to send a card out! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> wildflowerr <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thu, 3 Dec 2009 15:41:09 EST December weigh in results ! Let's start posting for December our weight loss ! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight - Dec. 1/09 <BR> <BR> Ending Weight - Dec. 31/09 Thu, 3 Dec 2009 14:21:38 EST Still Alive and Kickin' I am still alive and kickin' <BR> I am just a member of too many teams! <BR> It's hard to keep up with them all, and the nutrition chart and the fitness chart and the house and family! <BR> AND I do not even work! So I imagine it must be VERY difficult for those who do have Full time jobs and or, small children at home. <BR> My blessings go out to all Spark members! Stay strong in your fight to be healthy! <BR> Blessings, <BR> wildflowerr <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thu, 3 Dec 2009 11:42:17 EST a challenge for the first week in december every year for the the first week in december i do a mini detox, i just thought you may like join me, i give up coffee, i have green tea instead i start the day with a peice of friut and a glass of cranberry juice i eat more fresh friut and veggies than any other time of the year to flush my system before christmas. <BR> it comes second nature to me as i only eat clean foods anyway i hope a few of you take up this challenge with me Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:16:47 EST Hello All Ok here we go. I do not normally post or blog on internet sites. However I have got so much out of your posts. I feel its time to jump in. I can not believe this site, all the people and all the information its endless. I am starting to feel that it might help me get rid of all my excuses. Well here is my story. I am a 48 year old married female with a 14 year old daughter. I started having weight problems in my late twentys. I had 20 pounds to lose, then 30 and so on and so on. And here ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:20:06 EST the weigh in thread you chose your own day <em>192</em> <BR> i have put on a kilo these past few weeks, now things are back to normal i am hoping to lose a bit more Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:35:44 EST I have a problem I eat well chosen, healthful foods, and have done so for the last five years during my weight loss journey. I swim four days/week, with strength training on alternate days. It has worked...I have lost 130 pounds, but now I am stuck. I waver up and down 2-3 pounds over the course of a week and have done so for 6 months. I consistently run short in calories, carbs, fat and protein. There is no way to eat while at work, and I do not feel comfortable adding more food to my meals in order to r... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 02:13:05 EST Challenge for Nov.22-28/09 Hi team.... here is this week's challenge, it's a 2 part challenge. <BR> <BR> Part 1..... It's Thanksgiving week in the US. Everday stop by our Daily Chit Chat Thread and leave a post letting us know what you are thankful for. here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34796x287<BR>08980 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Part 2.... Stretching is important. Here is a Sparks fitness article, read it to learn the importance and pick some exerci... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:12:29 EST So stinkin' frustrated... I know I don't post on here much but I'm so frustrated! In the last month I've lost 1 lb. 1 stinkin' poung and I feel like I'm killing myself just to get that stupid pound. Granted I had a baby 5 months ago and I know my body is adjusting still. I have just never had this much trouble losing weight before. Any advice? I switched up my workouts about a month ago, and instead of regular weight lifting, I'm doing a circut training program of weights and cardio in circut fashion 2 times a week fo... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:46:54 EST Hello Everyone! I am fairly new to SparkPeople. I have lost 110lbs on my own over 5 years, but am having a very hard time with the last 50. I wish I had found SP before...the encouragement and accountability found here, both to others and oneself seems the perfect way to navigate these often times treacherous waters. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:09:28 EST Hello i,m Patty I,m getting to know this site a little more each day. I work outside the home so finding time each day is a challange.Anyway i,m going to give it my best shot!!!! <em>252</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:50:18 EST Challenge for week - Nov.15-21 Okay team, last week I gave you guys your Upper and Lower Body workout... hope you enjoyed that. <BR> <BR> This week let's walk.... <BR> <BR> Record your walking minutes each day. For those that have a pedometre make sure you wear it. I don't so I will be posting my actual minutes that I go walking.... <BR> <BR> Remember you are competing against yourself so it doesn't matter which way you want to count your minutes, the challenge is to get you to walk. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <em>138<... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:46:52 EST Challenge for Nov.8-14/09 This week's challenge - <BR> <BR> Let's work on strength training- <BR> <BR> Here's some great workouts, let's see how you do with them. Just record your minutes per day, try to do arms one day, legs the next day. It's advised not to work the same muscle group 2 days in a row. <BR> <BR> The following exercises are for beginners.... if you want you can look over the Advanced workouts that Sparks has ... Go to Healthy Lifestyle (top of your page) and under Fitness go to Exercise Demonstrat... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 09:11:53 EST Ok am I missing something??? I admit I still haven't been able to totally navigate the site...its so hard when you work (and TECHNICALLY aren't supposed to be on the internet) full time and then come home to a full time toddler. But is the Spark Diet really all that simple...use the nutrition and fitness trackers? I already look at portions and weigh everything (from years in WW). What makes the Spark Diet different than all the other programs- not the ones that you have to purchase their foods. I have to say that lo... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 08:45:57 EST Shoelace from MD Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I want to thank the creator of Sparkpeople because I have found this to be the best website I have come across ever. And to think that it is free is just bananas. I am from Maryland and looking to shed some unwanted pounds, 25+ to be exact. Since I started on Sparkpeople I have now lost 16 lbs. Even working with a personal trainer, I never lost this much weight. I have set my goals and hope to continue to communicate with the beautiful people on Sparkpeople to ... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 13:57:20 EST pamjamandmore I need to stop grazing in the kitchen now that I am retired. Have found knitting helps when I am restless. Also found that not playing computer games after 8 p.m. helps me calm down enough to get some sleep. Boy, can computer games with time limits rev one up. Mon, 2 Nov 2009 17:27:03 EST Fit and Sick Do Not Blend I'm feeling very frustrated this weekend. I was feeling proud of my almost 2 lb. loss (which I know isn't much, but it was for me) then I got sick. Between the juice and not working out...well, I got really off track. I have a plan to get back on track tomorrow, but I am really feeling bummed about how easily I justified the unhealthy choices...all b/c I didn't feel good. Another problem is that I still don't feel good, but at least I'm aware that I can't be stupid about things. AARRRGGHH... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:33:44 EST Dipping my toe in the water I'm always terrible at these sorts of introductions; see the fact that it took me two weeks to even work up the nerve to tackle this step. But with that said, the last two weeks have convinced me that this is the place with the tools I need to make the changes I want to make in my life. <BR> <BR> In my mid-thirties, I only now feel like I've got it together enough to know what I want to do with my life. With a divorce and a spat of unemployment firmly behind me, I'm finally settling into a c... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:21:13 EST I'm focused on being FIT! Hello, I am excited to say I finally found the time to do my Spark page! My name is Emily and I am becoming a part of this community because I want to find my athletic, fit self again. I look forward to sharing ideas with all of you, as i have already benefited from recipes and motivation from many of you on this site. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 08:33:42 EST November/09 - weight loss reporting Let's start our new weight loss report here for the month of November/09 <BR> <BR> this time we will write down our date and each reporting you will come back and edit it, hopefully it'll make it a bit easier for me to keep track. <BR> <BR> Last month the report came in with 188.3 lbs gone ! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 06:18:00 EST this week's healthy habit - controlling portions Hi there - need some advice. <BR> I totally get how measuring everything will help, but this habit seems like a tough one to get into. <BR> <BR> Should I leave measuring cups/spoons out? <BR> How does one measure a restaurant meal? <BR> Is it really necessary to measure cut up veggies? <BR> <BR> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2009 12:29:33 EST Challenge for Nov.1-7/09 Here's a great challenge for us, it's simple to do, but very nutritional ! <BR> <BR> Let's see how many colours of the rainbow we can eat each day for our fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> example: this is what I ate today for my fruits and veggies <BR> <BR> yellow - banana <BR> orange - orange <BR> red - apple <BR> green - celery, broccoli <BR> white - cauliflower <BR> orange - carrots <BR> red - tomato <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 21:13:46 EST proteins??? Struggling with hitting my fats and proteins this week. I can not stand the thought of eating another egg white right now. Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:20:35 EST New to SP Hi, I am 24 and looking to get healthier and have more energy. Sorry for the late start I lost my grandfather last week and my life got crazy. But I am tring to stay possitive and lose this extrea weight that I have been caring all my life. I look forward to meeting new people with the same issues that I have. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:03:43 EST Hello i'm Stacy, Hello, my name is Stacy, i'm 26 years old. I stared at 276lbs and i have already lost 7lbs. i'm hoping to lose 96 lbs by 9/2001. i'm looking for friends. i need all the insperation i can get. i have tried all of this before, but this time i have my two sisters and my cousin who are doing it with me. they are a great support for me and hopefully i will be for them too. hope to hear from you guys soon Tue, 27 Oct 2009 01:42:56 EST Biggest Weight Loss Challenge What is everyone's current weight loss challenge? <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:26:25 EST Count me in! 1. Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> 2. Exercise 30 minutes daily <BR> 3. Nutrition - daily journalling <BR> 4. Visit one team members Spark Page and leave a positive comment <BR> 5. Once this week write a blog about your progress. <BR> Oct. 25 - yes, although I ate pizza and a piece of coffee cake, I did stay under my alloted calories. Today I will be more sensible, though. <BR> Oct. 26 <BR> Oct. 27 <BR> Oct. 28 <BR> Oct. 29 <BR> Oct. 30 <BR> Oct. 31 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:58:34 EST sweetdee my name is wanda better known as sweetdee i am married i have 2 sons and a 2 month old grandson my purpose in life is to lose weight so i can live a normal healthy life it is not easy. I realize that i need help and that i need a support group Sun, 25 Oct 2009 20:26:50 EST Introduction Hi Class of Oct 11-17! <BR> <BR> My name is Robert, I'm an LPN at the local hospital near my house and I'm more than 100 pounds over my currently BMI. I sat down a few weeks ago and decided that I HAD to find a way to cut all this out, and found the WW Online program and then the SparkPeople website. <BR> <BR> I'm just learning about SparkTeams and learning how to use them, so it's good to see everyone and I hope to continue on my goal of losing weight and helping others along the way! <BR>... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 19:17:14 EST Hi!, my name is Vicky, I just started this program and I think it's great. I am enthusiastic about the results so far. Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:36:30 EST Favorite Mantra? I saw there were some great motivational sayings and quotes but there are a little long to be gasping out when running or pumping iron, I was wondering what are your favorite mantras to say when you working out? <BR> <BR> For me when I'm trying to push through soreness I like to tell me self to "Cowgirl up" and when I'm running hills "I think I can I think I can..." <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:49:24 EST Challenge for Oct.15-31/09 - Week # 3 Okay team, by now you are familiarizing yourself with Sparks, hope you are taking full advantage of our Nutrition and Exercise trackers. <BR> <BR> By Week #3, some of you have had great success and are inspired to continue towards your healthy goals. There are others who are still struggling, so I'm going to through out a challenge for this week to help everyone stay focused on their program. <BR> <BR> We will be keeping a daily record on this thread of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink ... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 09:19:11 EST Joining in Hi, I finally got comfortable enough with the site to look around some more and check out the groups I joined. <BR> <BR> I'm 32, 5'9", and two and a half years ago I was 267lbs. Through dramatically changing my diet (cutting out junk food, sodas, white and sugary carbs, increasing water, only whole grains, tons of veggies) I lost 80lbs in about a year and a half. I put 35 back on REALLY fast a year ago when my ex-husband left. I almost fell through the floor in January when I bought a sca... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:16:55 EST Hola Hello Alo!! Super excited to be here! Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:10:58 EST "Fat Camp" I am curious if anyone knows of any "Fat Camps" and any information about it. I am super curious about perhaps participating in something like that :/ Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:40:33 EST Alwaysmona My name is Ramona, I live in Powder Springs GA with my husband and my little dog Prince. 20yrs ago I was in the US Army but sense then, I let life give me the hand to mouth disease. I never thought it would be so hard to continue to stay fit. I don't expect to have that 20 something body again, but I would love to be healthy again and walk a mile without becoming out of breath. I'm looking forward to being encourage and maybe encouraging someone to complete goals. I'm always real, always m... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:31:34 EST confused.... Hi Everyone! <BR> I joined spark a week ago and am still trying to navigate my way around. I'm confused when it comes to the nutrition tracker. I have my calorie range (which has been an eye opener!) and I'm not sure what to do with it better to stay at the low end or in the middle? How about the fat and protein? I find myself on days not hitting the calorie low end and on other days going well over. I'm tyring to find the healthy balance but am having trouble. Can anyone point... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 13:24:35 EST cantsh1 I turned 50 years old this year and I feel like I've aged 10 years over the last year alone. My weight has ballooned to 150+ pounds and I really feel old for the first time in my life. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble just getting started on the program. I'm a nurse and have worked 7pm to 7 am for 15 years. I am constantly flip-flopping from working nightshift to trying to live normally on my days off. <BR> <BR> My eating and sleeping habits are all messed up and I don't know how to keep trac... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 21:46:41 EST Weight loss reporting...... Here's a place where we want you to come by and post your weight lost. We'd love to see how the team is doing, and all progress encourages others ! <BR> <BR> So let's keep that weight coming off and our numbers lost going up <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>7</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>205</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 07:34:30 EST not so newbie hi all! <BR> My name's Liliana (Lila for short) and I'm new here at SparkPeople. Or at least the community aspect of it... <BR> I discovered this website last year, and tried it out for awhile, but I never really jumped into the community (I'm a bit shy), and forgot about it after awhile. Now, almost a year later, I'm back, and making a much more concerted effort to get healthy. And since I keep hearing so much about the importance of the SparkPeople community, I'm biting the bullet and putt... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:23:33 EST Hello All! Hi my name is Maggie and my wonderful boyfriend introduced me to this awesome site and I am loving it so far! Would love any idea on workouts or recipies! Mon, 19 Oct 2009 14:38:25 EST Rachel :-) Hi! I'm Rachel and I need to lose some weight! My husband and I want to start thinking about having babies in the next year or two, and I'd like to be healthy when we do. I'm great about exercising, but not about watching what I eat, so I'll need lots of help in that area! Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:37:55 EST Hello I'm Rose Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't post last week. Very busy week. <BR> I started my diet 9/14/09 but didn't start SP or exercising until last week. <BR> <BR> Started out at 255 my goal is 160 (size 16 ), so far I have lost 25 lbs. I lost 2.5 lbs this past week. <BR> <BR> I eat 5 times a day Breakfast / snack/ Lunch/ snack/ Dinner. I Drink a 20 oz bottle of water with each meal/snack. 100 oz = 12.5 glasses of water. I have Protein with each meal/ snack, Carbs at Meals, Veggies a... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 10:21:22 EST Easing in Hi! I am new to sp and I want to be healthy and look great too! We have a 20 month old son so I need the energy. I have 60 pounds to lose and would feel great if I could lose 20 by Feb. Thanks for all the support, I am starting out slow... <BR> Sherri Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:49:06 EST hidelbergs This was my first day, and I can't believe how full I am. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 23:36:49 EST Hi Just thought I would take a second and say hi. I'm new here and I'm looking forward to getting started. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 21:35:11 EST Hello New to Spark just wanted to say hello and share my goals, my name is Mike I'm 33yrs I'm 6'1" 232lbs (well when I started) I just want to get healthy lose some weight and be around longer for my kids/grandkids (someday). I've been at this for a week now. Well watching what I eat anyway I've been working out running/jogging for almost a month. Since I've been watching me calories I've dropped 8lbs which has been pretty nice. Well hope I can stay motivated! I do enjoy the jogging so I thin... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:02:03 EST Hi! I'm totally new to SparkPeople... Hi! I am a 50 something mental health nurse from central Arkansas. I have a disability that makes cardio difficult and have almost 60 pounds to lose. My goal is to lose enough weight to make mobility easier and to be able to enjoy my life. I am recently (3 yrs ago) married to the love of my life, and I grieve that it took me so long to find the right person for me. Now, I need to be as healthy as I can so we can have those milestone anniversaries that many of my contemporaries are having... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:38:08 EST Philippians 4:13 "Stay strong in the LORD!" <BR> REMEMBER <BR> Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) <BR> "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:19:35 EST Trying to start a new life! Hi Everyone! I'm another new person trying to make a difference in her life. I have had some serious healthy issues happen in the last 9 months that have made me stand up and say "what the h@ll am I doing???" Ok well its making me want to say that. I have severe fears of not being able to do it...not being able to take control of the one thing that alludes health and weight. I like to be in control...I tend to like to do things my way b/c I am afraid that no one else will do it or... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:18:05 EST Hey Everyone! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. Im Jen im 22 yrs old and newly married. I graduated in the spring and am starting my real "adult" job in about 3 weeks. I know i cant lose the weight i want that fast but my goal right now is ten pounds by thanksgiving. I want to set myself a reasonable attainable goal so I wont get discouraged. Good luck to everyone trying to lose weight! Sun, 18 Oct 2009 14:34:14 EST Another new face in the crowd! Hi all - I'm Courtney and I am a 22 year old Education major. I am really excited to be joining this site; today is day two and so far we're off to a mostly good start. <BR> <BR> Night eating is hard to curb since I am a student and am often awake until 2am doing homework and such. I tried to instead wake up earlier and am taking melatonin to try and sleep at 10 instead - so we'll see! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm engaged to an AMAZING guy, we're getting married June of 2010! <BR> <BR> Feel ... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:01:02 EST Is it best to follow the SparkDiet or My Own? Hello all! <BR> I know a good amount about nutrition, but I don't always make the right choices so that's why I am here! I am wondering if it's better to follow the meal plans that SP provides or if I should just log my own choices. I make relatively healthy choices and I have looked at the meal plans and am not crazy about all the options. What is everyone else doing? Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:28:04 EST Hey Hey Hey! Hello! So I'm new to SparkPeople. So far its a really cool website. I will be 24 in like 2 weeks. I've been married for 2 years and I just joined the Biggest Loser competition at my work last week. So im looking for awesome resources and a support system! Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:06:55 EST Sheila's Weight Loss Journey Hi everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila. I am a mother of a beautiful 2-year daughter. I have many health issues against me. I am an African American woman with Diabetes (Type 2), High Blood Pressure, and my cholesterol of late has been high. My goal is to be here to watch my little girl grow to be a woman, so this is my first step to reaching my goals. I need to lose the weight, which will ultimately help me manage my Diabetes, lower my blood pressure and lower my cholesterol. My time... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 10:11:32 EST 40 somethin doesn't have to look like 40 somethin Hi, I'm Fi...already lost 4 dress sizes since Sept 2008, (and 3 belt holes, or 6" +) although I don't know how much I weigh (5'4" and woz 175lbs. at heaviest)...don't measure in terms of weight...just what I can fit into clothes wise, minutes exercised, METS (4.9 curently) and heart rate (126 bpm @ 4.9 METS)...concentrating on healthy and good sleep quality...Think I have 25 lbs. yet to lose...I LOVE the rowing machine! Working on cellular age reversal...latest research shows resistance work ... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 09:09:22 EST New Kid on the Block Hello, I'm Peggy, 61 yrs old until Nov.17. Joined today to see if I could lose 30 lbs. to lower my cholestrol that the doctor wants me lower. So far love everything I seen here, it's a great place to start. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 01:45:44 EST sandy Hi , I AM 53 YEARS OLD AND GOING THRU MENOPAUSE, I AM BATTELING MY WEIGHT. I JUST SIGNED UP ON SPARK AND HOPE TO GET SOME SUPPORT Sat, 17 Oct 2009 22:28:29 EST New Member! Hi guys! I just found this place and I think that it'll be really good for me! I'm getting married next month (Nov. 28th, 2009) and I want to like the way that I look for my wedding pictures. I'm 21, I have two show horses, but have not been able to ride lately because of a new job:( I have been steadily gaining weight for the past 3 years...I've gained almost 30lbs! Hopefully this works for me...I've tried everything! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 22:21:19 EST New to the Group! I just joined your group today! I am a swimmer and LOVE to swim! It's been months since I've been able to swim due to health concerns, but now I'm ready to "dive in"! :) Sat, 17 Oct 2009 20:57:44 EST New begining Hi, <BR> Y'all can call me LJ its a lot easier to type. I'm 49 and sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am grateful that each new day gives me new opportunities to learn and grow and sometimes fail. I have tried this on my own and failed more than once. I've lost and gained over and over again. I've been here before and am hoping not to be here again. Good luck all and there is power in numbers. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 19:22:44 EST I am 230lbs and my goal weigh is 140 (nd 90lbs off My name is Carmen I have 2 little girls (6/9) all my like I have been over weigh. I googled and found this site and I think it is awesome so I am going to give this a shot, I feel confident that I can do this now because this site tells me what to do and what to eat. I don't have to figure anything out I just have to follow their instruction. <BR> <BR> thank you for reading my intro. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 18:26:05 EST Hi! Thank you for being a member of this group I look forward to networking with each of you as the days go forward. I am celebrating my 8th month of recovery from a L Mastecomy. With the grace of modern technology, the spot was found on my annual mammogram in Jan 09 when it could still be considered pre-cancerous. I have found that one does not recover from such surgery as fast as one recovered from childbirth over 25 years ago. I have little patience for the recovery process. I am looking forward to reducing my weight and regaining... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:14:17 EST Tonya Williams Hi To ALL: <BR> My name is Tonya. I heard about this site through a friend at work. I thought I would give it a try. I am presently struggling with some medical issues which stem from being overweight. Many I get depressed and frustrated with myself. We look down on people who have other addictions like alcohol, drugs, etc... but things like watching to much television is an addiction. I feel like I am addicted to food. Sometimes, I am sitting at work thinking about what I am going to ... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:13:18 EST Day 1 Saw this site from Hungry Girl. Just wanted to say "Hi". I will be trying to get more active, which for me is half the battle. I look forward to hearing from you all. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 15:26:04 EST New to SparkPeople :) Hello! My name is Rachel, I am 23 years old. I have been married for almost 3 years and I have a daughter who will be a year old next month. I live in Florida, near Jacksonville. I have 100 lbs to lose. I can hardly believe that, in fact, seeing that number on the screen makes me cringe. I am very interested in meeting people who are like me in one way or another. Support is huge. I have a family of yo-yo dieters. My mom, two sisters, and myself have all dieted many times and it alway... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:32:58 EST Hello, new here! Hi, my name is Shayla! I just joined Sparkpeople today, and I'm looking to lose the rest of my baby weight. My husband and I had our first daughter in July of 2008. I gained 43 lbs during pregnancy, and have lost about 20 of that, but I'm here to lose the other 23, at least! I really could lose about 30 lbs! :) <BR> <BR> I have a LOT that I need to change to be able to accomplish this goal!! I need to stop all the soda and sweets....that's my main downfall! Plus, I just eat way too big... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:05:26 EST Another hello Hey everyone. I just joined less than an hour ago, but am really interested in everything I'm seeing all over the website. I'm excited to get started! Hope everyone who started earlier this week has been having success so far! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 13:38:56 EST Ready for the Challenge! I am in my mid-30's and have been on a roller coaster of weight loss for as long as I can remember. I joined this site after a friend recommended it and I am very excited to start a new journey. One that begins with a healthy outlook focusing on whole foods and excersize. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 12:28:29 EST I'm new and have 13 pounds to lose I'm new here and looking to use Spark to help motivate me to lose 13 pounds I've put on in the past two years due to switching to a VERY sedentary job that involved late nights and bad habits. I'd love to meet people in a similar situation interested in motivating each other to eat right, take the stairs and get to the gym! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 10:07:27 EST KFrech - Day One A dear friend recommended this site, and here I am! <BR> I know so much about losing weight - I've spent countless dollars on books, memberships & magazine and endless hours obsessing about weight loss. <BR> I've never used an on-line community and I can't believe this is FREE! <BR> What I do know is that I need a good kick in the butt and lots of motivation to crack the code :-) <BR> Thanks for allowing me to be part of your group :-) Sat, 17 Oct 2009 10:05:18 EST Hello to you all. Hello, my name is Peggy but I am known as Quilterbeeme. Yes I do like to quilt and alot of sitting is involved:) And cooking for a living does not help either. Even though the food is approved by a dietation. Hope I spelled that right. Heard the saying Never trust a skinny cook. Well have an extra 55 pounds and now it is time to be a skinny cook who loves to eat but the right food and amounts! <BR> My doctor told me about your site and so guess what I am going to take the advice of my doctor.... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:34:23 EST New.....yet not new. Hi everyone, <BR> I'm brand new to SP. A friend introduced me to it and I'm excited to get some motivation and helpful ideas. Sooooo...I'm looking forward to success in healthy living, healthy eating, and more energy to keep up with grandchildren. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:31:46 EST im new here Hello im a 31 yr old female on a mission to loose weight, here for motivation and to give motivation...... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:19:42 EST Hey ya'll:) Hey, it is great to meet you and be a part of this team. <BR> I'm 27, from KY, wife and a mommy. I have set a goal of 60 pounds in the next year, i would like to do this a bit sooner, but i just want to do it healthy and keep it off this time, gotta make a change, no more midnight reese cups:):) <BR> Feel free to drop by my page, i need the encouragment, would like to make some great friends here, may GOD bless ya'll! <em>247</em> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:06:56 EST Need to lose weight Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a mother of 2 daughters who both play fastpitch softball, but now I need to concentrate on my weight as well. I have a family hisory of heart disease and I'm on my way there. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 21:34:52 EST Hi ...... I'm Mumdeb.....I have just joined Spark I really hope this will work for me.......I am a hard case......I am a food addict. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 21:26:12 EST New Begining. New to the site. Hope it help me. It's been a long journey. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:04:27 EST CALORIE IN VS. CALORIE OUT CONFUSION!! HELP.... <BR> MAY SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE CALORIES IN VS. CALORIE OUT RULE WORKS? I'M SORT OF CONFUSED... SCRATCH THAT... I AM CONFUSED!! <BR> <BR> FOR EXAMPLE IF I EAT 2,000 CALORIES A DAY, DO I HAVE TO BURN MORE THAN 2,000 CALORIES AT THE GYM FOR THAT DAY? IS THAT HOW IT WORKS? <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP! <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:34:10 EST hello! new here and wanted to say hello. looks like such a neat site, excited to learn my way around.. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:08:37 EST Checking in Here to say hi. It's the day before my birthday, and I'd like to feel younger next year! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:23:51 EST Stephanie Ponce - NY Hey guys! My name is Stephanie Ponce and I am a college junior attending Cornell University in NY. I am excited to start Sparkpeople because it seems like a firmly established way to attain my goal of achieving my ideal weight. I would love to hear all your experiences and get to know you all. Thanks Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:24:59 EST Brown eyes wanting to be thin Hi,I'm Tammy.I have just joined and have a lot of weight to lose.I am hoping to meet new friends and find support. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:17:30 EST i'm new here today and exploring hi! i am excited but nervous to try yet another online weight loss program. i can admit that i have trouble keeping my attention on new projects. i love starting new things, but i have trouble finishing them (in most areas of life, not just weight loss). i've always enjoyed working out and exercising, but eating healthily has been a struggle for me for as long as i can remember. well, my unhealthy eating has finally caught up to me, and it's time to get healthy again! i've recently moved and ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:36:50 EST Hi Hi my name is Kim, <BR> I am 51 years old and have lost 30lbs. I have been on a plateau because of reverting back to poor eating habits. I started working out 6-7 times a week in January 2009 and have kept up that great habit. I walk in the summer outside and in the winter to Leslie Sansone DVDs. Two times a week I strength train with Jari Love DVDs. Because I have kept up my exercise I am able to wear my thin clothes. The problem for me is that I keep gaining and losing the same 6lbs, ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:03:07 EST Hi i'm ashb84 on here but at home its Ashley This is pretty new to me...i'm really into trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle...i'm 25 and would like to start a family in a year or two but at the weight i'm at it isnt a good idea right now...and ive been diagnosed with PCOS whish ive been told by losing weight will totally change the degree at which PCOS will affect feel free to motivate me up lol i could really use it these days...and i hope i did the introduction of myself ok. :) Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:02:20 EST Hello Day 1 for me. I started last month on my journey to lose 80 pounds in the next year. I have lost 8 so far and hope to be able to stay motivated and focused to reach my goal. So far SparkPeople looks like a great place to do this. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:44:21 EST Hi Hello, I am new here at Sparkpeople. I'm looking for buddies to share inspiration and motivation. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:21:24 EST I need to lose weight and get healthy again I am 58 and not healthy ,I need to lose from 158.08 to 110.00 lbs and I have heart trouble and diebeties among other things I get very discouraged. i can't do a lot of pressure exercise.because of two knee replacements help Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:07:11 EST I'M BRAND NEW WELL, I'VE DONE WEIGHT WATCHERS FOR SIX MONTHS AND HAVE HIT A BRICK WALL. I NEED SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE TO HELP ME OUT. MY CHALLENGE IS QUANTITY - QUALITY ISN'T IT. THERE IS A HUGE MENTAL BLOCK ON ACCOUNTABILITY...ANYONE ELSE? Fri, 16 Oct 2009 08:59:21 EST Finding myself again. Somewhere in this overweight/ un-exercised body is the person I remember and want to be again. I'm not thirty anymore (or even 40) but at those years of my life I felt good and was satisfied and happy with my looks and state of mind. Who says that Grandmas cant be "HOT!" Fri, 16 Oct 2009 04:52:23 EST hello all! I am 24 and looking to be healthy again after being sick for over a month. I have not been able to work out in a few months and i am VERY eager to get started again. I currently work as an assistant pastry chef at gourmet restaurant/resort so i am on my feet all day and find it difficult to have the desire to workout after work. I'm looking for support to try and wake up very early (530am) so i can go to the gym and run before work. I love running- i just dont have a lot of time to do it... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:24:26 EST Im A Newbie!! YAYYYYY!!!! Hello Everyone. My name is Shani and I just wanted to say that I hope that this will be a fun experience and im hoping to meet new people and gain new friendships here. My goal is to lose some pounds and im praying that I can get through this. it shouldnt be so bad though because im strong and dedicated!! So again Hello to all!!! Talk to you soon. :) Thu, 15 Oct 2009 21:45:00 EST Finally committing to making changes I guess I'll start with..... where does time go and how did I get to the place I am at now? Well pretty simple, I gave up! I didn't care enough to make changes in my life. I am thankful that God has placed it on my heart to commit to make healthier life choices for myself. I am excited to see what traspires with the support of this site and those who share the same journey to healthier living. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:31:35 EST hello! hi everyone :) my name is kristen, im a 23, almost 24 (in a month!!) year old american living in england, and i just signed up for sparkpeople....well, im actually giving it a go for the second time and i'm really ready to lose weight this time. i like reading, yoga, swimming, and obsessing over west ham united :) anyway, i look forward to meeting some wonderful people on these boards and i wish you all the best of luck on your weight loss goals! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:50:07 EST Hi i`m new Hi i`m 38 years old house wife, married with three children and want to lose weight desperatly! Its really getting me down. i feel big and ugly. Coming from a size 0 to in my 20`s to a size 16 in my 30`s it makes me feel really ugly and i dont want to look in the mirror any more because i dont like the way i look, so i stay away from any thing that makes me see what i dont want to.So much so i dont want to go into town just incase i see myself in a window. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:47:33 EST hello everyone i just started the program to track my calories and workouts. i seem to be gaining instead of losing right now and i thought it would be sensible to track input and output. so far, sparkpeople is a super fun-filled site! it is surprising that spark points are motivating. good luck everyone! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:23:57 EST GIVING IT MY ALL No excuses. For years I have been overweight. I have "TOLD" myself over and over again that I would do something about it but I never actually put those plans into "ACTION." After a while, I just became tired of it all. I've decided to take my life back begin LIVING. I'm working toward a better me and I haven't felt this motivated in YEARS. It will take sometime but I'm ready and I'm giving it my all. I'm so happy I found this website!! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:21:42 EST Day One Hi I'm Betty.... I think I'm going to like it here. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:16:16 EST New Member and ready to get fit Hello, <BR> Signed up yesterday. I'm really enjoying this site, it's neverending! Already, I can see that checking in during the day will keep me on task. The calorie/meal tracker is exceptional and made me keenly aware of where I blindly consume. I have enjoyed reading many of the posts and find them very inspirational. I look forward to connecting with folks here. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:41:37 EST HELLO! Hi... <BR> <BR> I am GLSPA, 32 and want to lose at least 20lbs. :) Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:59:30 EST Excited to be part of SparkPeople Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined SparkPeople this week and have lost 3 pounds. I'm very interested in connecting with others who are struggling with work/family/life/health balance. I'm 44 years old with a full-time senior-level job and a 3 year old boy with endless energy. My husband travels extensively for work. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to reach out and good luck to everyone in reaching your goals! <BR> Suzanne Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:32:21 EST Back to Sparking Hello, <BR> My name is Rachel and I am 22. You know how they say when you get married you gain weight? Its totally true. I got married in June and I have gained 11 pounds! I used to weigh 180 and with the help of SparkPeople I lost 40 pounds, now I have gained 16 of it back so its time to get back on the wagon. If anyone is looking for friends, feel free to add me. I am much more motivated when I have a buddy. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:14:45 EST Hello Sparklers! I heard about SparkPeople through LifeHacker right when I was starting to really beat myself up over my weight gain. Being half-Asian, I've always been really petite and never had to really watch what I eat or how much I exercise. I guess you could say that that has nurtured some pretty bad habits. I've always been incredibly busy, since I work full time and am a full-time graduate student. However, the past half year has added some pretty big (positive) changes that have compounded my stress... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:39:48 EST Starting the second half of my journey My name is Melissa. In the last year I have lost 60 pounds. I have maintained that loss, but am backsliding in my eating and workouts of late. I still have a lot left to lose, but my current goal is to lose 50 pounds. That will get me to 175 pounds and out of obese and into overweight...finally!! I am looking for a lot of support..I NEED to get back on track. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:36:45 EST I am starting my journey I would like to chat with anyone trying to lose weight ... it would be great if I could find a buddy. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:48:02 EST Hello! :) My name is Lynsie! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am a single mom with a 2yr. old daughter. <BR> When I was pregnant everyone told me not to worry about gaining weight <BR> because baby weight just falls right off ...boy were they wrong. <BR> That may be true for a few lucky women out there, but that wasn't <BR> what happened to me! For the last two years I have not been able to shed any of my baby weight. <BR> I gained almost 100lbs. I am very tired of being overweight and not being able to go to the playground ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 23:39:37 EST hi Hi, my names Tina I'm in my 20's and I am ready to get in shape. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 22:15:05 EST Hello , my name is Ashley Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Ashley, I am a 26 year old mother to 3 beautiful babies ages 8,4, and 8 months. I am on my journey of weight loss to get to 160-165 lbs. I have about 58 lbs to loose. I have struggled with weight pretty much my whole life and remember always thinking why am I so much bigger than my friends. One of my many horror stories is during high school having many boys comment about my weight or yelling out car windows and I walked down ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 21:02:19 EST Giving it another go! I have been trying for 2 years to lose my baby weight after my son. I have has a lot of stress, a broken marriage and depression. I am done with the excuces and am ready to focus on me. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:52:39 EST Hi! Hey Everyone! Im Heather and this is my first time using SparkPeople. Im working towards losing 51 lbs and I hope that this site will help me. :) Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:50:20 EST Hi, I'm a newbie Well,my sister introduced me to this site over the weekend while I was visiting her and her husband in Port Perry, Ontario. I live in Greene County, upstate New York and it is tough being so far away from my family. But I am very happily married and love New York State. I'm 60 years old and have been overweight my whole life. I am pretty healthy but would like to spend my later years being able to enjoy my life in a more physical environment. I love the gym but I still find it hard to hike se... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:22:42 EST Hi there Heya, <BR> <BR> I'm w3sp, 27yrs, male and from the Netherlands. <BR> <BR> I've been obese for 15 years now. I even had an operation because of it. <BR> <BR> I'm starting today with my cardio training on this site and I'm hoping to succeed in my goal of losing 24kilograms till march 2010. <BR> <BR> Feel free to ask me any kind of question and I'll answer them as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> Have a nice day! ^ ^ Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:37:19 EST Hello friends! Hello! My name is Holly, Iam 23 years old. Iam currently not happy with my weight and do not like to look at myself in the mirror. People always tell me I dont need to lose weight, but it's how we see ourselves, not how others do. Iam so excited about spark people, it will be great to get on my way to a healthier and more beautiful me! I also can't wait to meet some new friends on here and give them support as well as get it. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 16:47:22 EST fit at hi ive just turned forty and one of my aims is to get fit.ive been a non smoker for seven weeks have been going to a dancercise class for 2 months and im tryin to walk more!!! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 16:33:32 EST Slow and Steady, Hello Everyone I'm a research scientist that does a fair bit of sitting in front of a computer. I used to be a runner in high school and I'm trying to make a concerted effort to run regularly as a lifestyle change. I'm excited about the tracking tools - the food finder seems particularly useful. I'm interested in the exercise tracking, and I'm curious to see how much I'm influenced by the motivational tools. I'm looking forward to meeting other team members! <BR> <BR> Pat <BR> Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:55:32 EST Hi there Hello there! I'm new to this site, and just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old mother of a 6 month old baby girl, and I'm struggling to take off the last few pounds. I'm hoping to lose 40-50 lbs to be down below my pre pregnancy weight. Wish me luck!! <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day! <BR> Cheers; <BR> Sarah :) Wed, 14 Oct 2009 13:58:05 EST Hello Hi I'm Tracy, <BR> Its my first day here. I was using another site and disliked the fact that feedback was so minimal and a friend of mine suggested I come here. I did lose 17.8 lbs since Sept 3 (start weight of 225) Ugh...hurts just to say it. <BR> <BR> I am 30. I weigh 206.2 as of today. I have 2 little kids and work full time (my challenges). <BR> <BR> Looking forward to starting the journey with you. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:09:58 EST Hello New Here Hi my name is MaryAnn. I just came across Spark today and everything looks so useful and interesting. <BR> <BR> I am 41yo, mother of 5 ranging in ages from 4yo to 23yo. <BR> <BR> I have been trying years and years to lose weight. I guess I haven't been too serious about it but I really want to try this time. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 250 pounds. I have a goal weight of 130 pounds and a goal date of Dec. 9, 2010. I hope to make it. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am hurting all over....knee... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:37:18 EST Overwhelmed Hey, all. I'm new to SparkPeople (obviously) and am completely overwhelmed by how robust it is. So much information, I want to quit before I get started. Any suggestions on where to begin? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:55:02 EST Weightloss Goals! Hi, My user name is graciouswords, and my plan is to lose this last 10 lbs by mid-December. :) I weighed 150 lbs, 2 years ago, and lost 25 lbs, but i've now gained back to 133lbs..which i think my body likes this weight, but i truly want to be at 120lbs, just because it was my college weight and i feel good in my clothes at that here i go! On a journey to lose, committed to working out and eating right by tracking cals :) <BR> <BR> May we all reach our goals of a healthy, confide... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 23:57:34 EST Hi everybody Hi everybody, here is Diego and I am new to this site. I like the "game" approach, with points, and I also liked the possibility to know exactly how long is my daily walk/run. There are brazilian foods that are not available in the site list, but I hope soon to include the ones I miss. <BR> <BR> See ya, <BR> Diego Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:51:51 EST I'm New! Hi all! So glad to have a support group. I haven't been happy about my body for the past year. I have gained ten pounds and I am finally mentally prepared to take it off! I look forward to taking the journey with all the new people in my SP class. I have a lot of knowledge about fitness--I am a personal trainer--so if I can ever help you out send a message my way. I just have a tough time with eating healthy but I am determined to change that. I look forward to chatting with everyone! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:06:42 EST 10 years and still trying! Hello Everyone, <BR> I have always had issues with my weight, but I have managed to trim most of it off. In the past 10 years, I have gained about 20 pounds, but the older I get the harder it is to take off! I hope that this time with your help and support I will be able to shed those 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> I look foward in sharing this journey with you! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:49:11 EST Hi Im excited to be on the team!! Hi, I'm so excited to be doing this! I need to lose some weight and to learn how too! Oh and yea yall can call me, Alex. If you want yall can message me anytime and talk, I'm going to need all the help I can! Well have a great day!! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:40:59 EST Hello! Well, hopefully this website will motivate me to shed some unwanted lbs! Today is day 1 (again). I have had quite a few day 1s recently. Time to get serious! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:00:23 EST ready to live a healthier life Hi my name is Tiffany, ad i'am 35 years old; i so desperately need to get this weight off of me simply because i have family history of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. I need all the support i can get to achieve this goal. I have two boys wh are eight and nine and i want to be around for a long time to watch them grow up. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:41:34 EST Ready to change for good I'm 45 and have struggled for a good part of my life with weight. I was obese as a child, slimmed down during teens, college and twenties but then gained back a good chunk of weight with and after two preganancies. It seems like AI've done nothing but diet, fall off the wagon, get back on for the past several years and I know this is terrible for my metabolism and weight. I'm ready to change - not looking for a quick fix but I am looking for a permanent one. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:21:54 EST Hello All Hello All, <BR> <BR> Foremost, thanks to sparkpeople for creating such a wonderful website. The website all of its members are a great motivation. I do believe that with SP I will be able to achieve what I want i.e. to loose the large spare tire I have been carrying on me for quite some time. With the support of all the team members I will loose it. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:55:25 EST Hi - happy to join your team Hi my name is JoAnn and I'm from the Detroit Michigan area. I have joined a weight loss challenge at my gym and was looking for a website to track my food - and I found Sparkle. The site is a bit overwhelming but I'm sure I'll be a pro in no time. Looking forward to making some new friends on here. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:23:38 EST New to this...... Hello my name is jessica and i am a young mother, student, and worker. I gained alot of weight with my last pregnancy and my baby is now 1 and a half years old so its time to get rid of the weight. Im also looking forward to hopefully completing our lives and marrying the love of my life within the next few years and would like to feel my best. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:42:14 EST Fearful Faith Hi there. My name is Faith. I have been wanting to be in perfect shape since I was in my teens. I have even dreamed of entering a fitness contest. But I cannot remain consistent with proper eating and sufficient exercise and have watched myself climb the scale to 210 pounds. I am very unhappy. Last night I cleared out my closet and have given away many of my beautiful dresses. I still have quite a few left and I tell myself that I will lose the weight and wear them again. I don't know.... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:35:10 EST Hello fellow classmates The name's Lulu and I'm a 21-year old girl currently living at her cousin's place. <BR> <BR> I am 175 cm tall and I weigh 65 kg. <BR> My goal is to lose 5 kg before December. Which is hard because I have some issues with food. I've been an on-off bulimic for the last 6 years which has made my stomach go crazy. Meaning it takes a while for it to process food. Meaning it takes a lot of time for me to actually lose weight even though my calorie intake should make it possible to lose about 1 lb... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:22:56 EST I need to take the junk out of the trunk Hi, I would not say I am obese but I definetly need to loose a bit. I am about 25 pounds over weight. I was always athletic in school but have become a couch potatoe of sorts. I'm going to change that. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:32:34 EST Survivor08 Hi Valettaboo I call my self Survivor08 because I am a Breast Cancer Survivor of 8 years and I want to work to get my body fit and in a healthy state because Crohns was added to my body this year so I need this to help with my healing. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:29:18 EST Hi everyone Ok, so I am here to keep losing weight. I actually had the gastric bypass surgery back in December and have done really well. I have lost 130 pounds, but still have 50 to go. The 50 are not coming off easy and so I am here for motivation. My life has totally changed and I am the happiest that I have been. I would love to encourage others and be encouraged by others, so thanks for welcoming me and I look forward to talking with all of you. <BR> <BR> Jess <em>41</em> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:14:31 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly, I'm 24 and live in the Twin Cities (MN). I'm beginning my journey to lose 20 pounds over the next 4 months, and what I've learned from past experience is that I can't do this on my own. I'd love to make a couple of accountability connections so that we can help keep each other motivated and on-track. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:55:50 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a little lost as to what to say here. I can tell you that I'm here because I weigh 50 pounds more than my "absolute top limit, ever." Or that I'm 70 pounds more than when I started having children. <BR> <BR> Maybe I should just say something about me other than my weight . . . I'm a busy mom with grown children, teens in the home and grandchildren. I work in a fast paced office, I read voraciously, and I'm probably taller than you. <BR> For now - that's all I've got :... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:37:11 EST Desperately Seeking....Inspiration :) I am a special needs Pre-K teacher and our school is having our very own Biggest Loser competition. I participated in it last year, but wasn't very serious about it. We were in the process of adopting and I was finishing up my Master's degree, so I was pretty preoccupied. Well, I got my degree and adopted a beautiful 7 year old boy, so there are no more excuses! My life is perfect except for this weight. This is my final obstacle! I have a lot of weight to lose, and I definitely am my biggest... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:56:16 EST Introducing Myself Hello everyone! I heard about this site on lifehacks and thought I'd give it a try. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:30:48 EST Hi! Newbie here! HI! My name is Jacole. I am 26 living in Mesa, AZ! I had bariatric surgery (the band) last year, but due to my divorce and some hard times, I have gained back quite a bit! I am now ready to get healthy and thin, and have about 45 lbs to lose. I love this site so far. I am so glad I found it! =) Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:02:50 EST Hello again This is my 2nd time joining SP. I'm 51 yrs old, married for 4 years to the most wonderful & supportive husband. During my absence from Sp I tried weight watchers and doing something on my own plus a very low calorie diet from the Dr. But did not put a lot of effort into any of them so here I am again. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:56:45 EST My name is Corinne I have been overweight. Not obese but larger for a long time now. I am not meant to be a sixe 2 but I could be a fabulous size 6 or 8 but no I'm a size 13 or higher. Mostly higher unless they are old clothes. My being uncomfortable with myself has effected my self image and even my sex life. I don't feel attractive therefore I don't understand how my husband can. So here I am. I am going to work at this til I get it right and feel comfortable. It's been a long time since I have. By the way I ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:12:20 EST Hello Hello im a 36 year old single mom that needs all the support i can get though this journey .. my doctor has told me i have no choice but to lose the weight . so i found this page and said to myself it cant hurt . after reading and see some of the tools . i think this is the best desion i have made so far . i love the tools to track everything u do . im still learning how to get around to the forums and how to use them im wanting to make friends with others who can support me and me return the... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:07:42 EST Blessedpat Hi, my name is Patti and I just joined tonight because I facialed a woman that just lost 54 pounds and is still losing. I have never heard of this but it looks awesome. I am a little overwhelmed because there is so much to do and I don't really know where to start or in what order. I've tried to look around but I got more confused. I hope I can figure it out 'cause I need help. I just turned 60, am a very young at heart 60 and don't look my age, but if The Biggest Loser checked the age o... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:02:35 EST Hello All! Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am 36 and recently diagnosed with prediabetes! I have been overweight most of my life and obese since college. I have tried many different weightloss programs throught the years and have met some success but never long term. <BR> <BR> I feel different this time. The prediabetes diagnosis has really hit home how important it is for me to lose this weight and lose it now! <BR> <BR> I am at my highest weight ever, 250, and have over a hundred pounds to lose. Th... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 22:00:05 EST Hello! New member here. Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I’ve been a member of other weight loss websites in the past, but stumbled upon this one today and was so surprised at how active it is! This time around, I'm starting over with new motivation. I have made a pledge to myself to be completely honest. No more skipping a weigh-in because I’ve gained instead of lost. No more pretending that the extra serving of pasta doesn’t count. No more conveniently “forgetting” to write something down on my food journal becau... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 20:28:20 EST Greetings Hi :) Just thought I'd drop a greeting in the intro section. I'm new to the site, obviously. I'm student teaching, so I don't have much time to devote to losing weight, but I think it will help to have an organized place to figure out what I need to do. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to meeting some new people here; I love to talk - just don't be offended if it takes me a day or two to get back to you. Some of my days are very long. <BR> Cheers! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 20:18:25 EST No retreat, no surrender i've just joined on the recommendation of a woman iat my gym, who lost 100 pounds thanks to sparkpeople. i'm finding it all very confusing at first glance. here's my situation: i have been exercising hard and dieting haphazardly since september of 2007. since then, i have lost just 15 pounds. i now work out three times a week (cardio and weights for about 1-1/2 hours each time). i have a thyroid deficiency and am talking a pill for this every morning. it is supposed to boost my metabolism, bu... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:24:43 EST How to work out while working a lot I joined this website to see if i can discipline myself to eat right while working a lot. It is hard where I work because too many tempting fatning foods. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:36:05 EST Hey Everyone :) Just wanted to say hello, I'm Charlie, I'm 21, from London, England. I have been with my partner for 18months now and he recently told me that although I haven't put on weihgt since I've been with him, he would like me to be "slimmer". I have tried plently of diets, but my biggest problem is the motivation to stick to it. My goal is to fit into a size 8(UK) pair of jeans, and I intend to do it, though I am large chested so the top size will always be bigger. <BR> <BR> If anyone out there ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:19:43 EST NEW TO THIS HI I AM NEW TO THIS INTERACTIVE "ADVENTURE". I AM HOPING WITH EVERYONE'S SUPPORT I CAN LOSE THE POUNDS! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:30:29 EST wanting to change for good Hi! I'm 51 .. and would like to lose 25 lbs. I do some of the FIrm videos, but still have a hard time losing weight, probably from stress and just not getting much time outside. I need to learn to relax! Also, I would like to eat more organi, natural foods in my diet. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:29:20 EST Hi Hi Everyone! My name is Dawn & I'm new to this site. I am 31 years old & work in Childcare. I need to be able to keep up with one & two year olds on a daily basis, in order to do this I NEED to lose weight. I have always had a problem with my weight & looking at my mom & the struggles she had today because she didn't take care of herself are enough to finally make me take control of my life so I can enjoy the next 30 years of my life (hmmm...sounds like a song). LOL <BR> In February my hu... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:22:50 EST New to Spark from Ohio Hi everyone! I am a 54 year young guy. I have just recently started a weight loss & fitness program 7 weeks ago. I have been on the HMR weight loss program at one our local hospitals. I have seen great success to date. I have lost 23 Ilbs so far. I have been also walking 3 miles a day 6 days a week. I am looking to expand my knowledge on how to maintain weight loss for a long time!! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:11:39 EST New to this site Hello- <BR> Found this site which was reccommended on another site. So I am checking it out. I am trying to lose 20 pounds and you would think it was 200 pounds, I do not have the discipline I used to have when it come to eating less calories. <BR> It helps when I can track my daily calories. So this type site is good. On no specifice regimented diet...just balanced healthy and less calories. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:35:26 EST hi!! hi!i`m new and want to intruduce me!my name`s Annika,born in Germany,living in Luxembourg!i already tried much diets,but never stayed motivated for a long time,and hope i can find here some people who can help me(and if i can,help them too!!)to stay motivated for this long hard way for a better life! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:21:33 EST Hi Everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself. I am so excited to be back on Spark People. I stopped for awhile when I was pregnant. Now that my son is four months I am ready to get going again. I so want to be healthy for him and for me! I think this is a great place for support and encouragement. Good luck to us all! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:20:11 EST Hi am new to all this i am a single mom of two boys who needs to lose a lot of weight. I am fairly healthly, definately living on a shoe string and my boys are the most important thing in my life right now. I don't get a break form them and am tired and not able ot take car of self. They a re currently eating sherbert and gold fish for breakfast and Ialrteady ate my days totals in calories and fat. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:11:24 EST Bad at dieting I am 26 years old and the mother of 2 beautiful children. I am trying to lose weight to feel better physically and to feel better about myself. I have stuggled with weight gain for about 6 years and have tried tons of fad diets. Dieting is not a good thing for me because I find I can not stick to it. I have a problem with drinking soda so that is my first goal is to limit how much of that I drink until I can be down to none. I am open minded and will take advice from anyone who has constructi... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:41:53 EST New to board Looking forward to healthy tips and encouragement with new on line friends. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 04:11:19 EST Here I go...on my journey back to beauty I am new to SparkPeople but not new to weight loss. I have been trying to lose weight longer than I can remember. I have tried everything that I can possibly imagine to lose all of the weight that I have gained in the past 10+ years. I have decided that it is time to truly get serious and do more to get to my goals. That is why when a friend told me about SparkPeople, I decided that this might be just what I need to get motivated. I look forward to communicating and learning from all of you a... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:33:00 EST I need help Hi, I need help. My health is suffering I need to lose weight. I have tried several other diets and have not stuck with them. I love facebook and my daughter suggested I join this. <BR> <BR> So far it looks like a lot of fun and motivating. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the chance to get health <BR> <BR> Laura L Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:57:53 EST Hey Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a college student and I just got out of a long relationship. You know how that is with girls, you get comfortable because some one tells you you're beautiful everyday and when you gain a couple pounds, or 40 in 4 years, you don't feel as bad about it. Then it's over. And then all you think is, why was this ok again? <BR> <BR> Oh well. Back in the game. Thank God for sports. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:42:12 EST here i am, agian! Hi my name is Brenna and I am back to what I call "Not the real me" I lost 48lbs with a very low calorie, low carb diet that included appetite suppressants and injections.I was able to keep it off for about 2 years, I was so happy! it is the smallest I have been as an adult.I weighed 128-132lbs...this was the only time I have ever felt like"ME", the rest of the time I have always felt like a fat, disgusting, worthless person.Stress played a HUGE part in my regaining the weight, I know this an... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:37:58 EST Today is the 1st day of the rest of my life Looking for encouragment, friendship and tasty recipes to loose weight Sun, 11 Oct 2009 15:37:23 EST hey all! I am also new here and need to change my lifestyle. I ahve a struggle with will power and planning, so I hope the support here will help, and the tools to help plan meals will keep me on track. Here goes! Sun, 11 Oct 2009 15:28:37 EST Hello Hello my name is Karen and i just started this today. Hoping to loose 50lbs over the next year. Hoping this helps me, I have a hard time sticking to things and dieting is hard on a tight budget. Wish me luck. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 14:43:07 EST Hi All My nam eis Debbie..I found this site because I was looking for a support group to help me with weight loss....I am giving myslef one more time to lose the weight before I have weight loss surgery in April or May 2010. <BR> <BR> I am a mom of 6 kids, ages 25,23, 9,7,6 and 5 years old...I have a wonderful hubby that I have been married to since I was 14 ( 29 years now) years old. <BR> <BR> I am starting at 224 and my goal weight is 134... <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyon... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 11:34:00 EST CarolynRN HI, I am a struglling dieter. I have followed diets on and off for several years. I recently got remarried and have skyrocketed to my heaviest weight yet. I don't like looking in the mirror , and even my underwaer is tight. I am tired of paying high prices for diets that only work temporarily and I lose fous and can't get back on track. I need to break up with my bad relationship with food and become health . I don't want the spend the last half of my life tired, fat and unhealthy. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 07:56:59 EST Hi SP (Special People) Hi My name is Karen Short, and my girlfriend Raynibo and I were having coffee this evening and we talked about various things...a girls night out. She told me about Sparkpeople and she was very excited about your program which in turn excited me. I live in North Carolina, and I have a little Dashaund her name is Sadie, I've been in NC almost 8yrs and this is the first time that I've gotten interested in joining any sort of group. I have already recieved some email from other members and I hav... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 01:37:15 EST