SparkPeople SP Class of December 13-19, 2009 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from December 13-19, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of December 13-19, 2009 Team Messageboard Crickets. Anyone still around? <BR> I miss you guys and hope everyone is doing great! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:22:52 EST Rural woman needs buddy! I live in a rural area, fairly new to the area, so I haven't made any acquaintances. I need someone to be my buddy in my quest to get heathy. Any takers? Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:59:55 EST Just One Tiny Thing Between now and December 31, I am going to commit to eating a fruit and/or vggie with each meal. This will help me balance my appetite. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:04:44 EST Here I am Hello fellow Sparksters! My name is Dawn and I live in Milwaukee. This is my first time posting on the message board, even though I have been a Spark member for almost a year. ::sigh:: What to say about me.......I'm overweight, depressed and a compulisive eater. The last two of which i am currently coming to terms with. I have been on a diet most of my 37 years of living and have never really known what it's felt like to be THIN. I'm hoping this will be a way for me to be open and honest with... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:48:54 EST wake up call I just received a wake up call from my doctor. Shesaid that I was a boarder line diabetic, potassium low, and have high blood pressure. I want to start new. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:53:08 EST Please Note.......... I May Be AFK For A Bit I have been AFK for the past few days. Saturday morning, while running in The Race For The Cure, I tripped and made a rather spectacular fall with close to ten thousand people watching. We were running over a bridge and I tripped on a raised portion of an expansion joint. <BR> Initially there was lots of blood from my right knee and my left hand hurt… a lot. Later, the doctor told me that the sports watch I wear on my left wrist actually kept me from breaking my wrist at it acted as a back s... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 07:29:31 EST October Cardio Challenge! This is also one of our team let's make it a challenge. <BR> <BR> 30 minutes of cardio, 5 times a week. <BR> <BR> Post your cardio here! <BR> <BR> We'll do a weekly check in. <BR> Make your posts look like this: <BR> <BR> October 1st-7th <BR> <BR> Oct 1- 30 minutes (walking) <BR> Oct 2- 30 minutes (Jogging/running) <BR> Oct 3- 52 minutes (P90x - Sunday Workout) <BR> Oct 4- <BR> Oct 5- <BR> Oct 6- <BR> Oct 7- <BR> <BR> You get the idea. <BR> Just 30 minutes! Take a quick... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:27:33 EST October Water Challenge Staying well hydrated is important, especially if you are trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Did you know that people who drank water before meals eat an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal? <BR> Bottoms up! :D <BR> <BR> For September our team score on this was 1704. <BR> Let's try for 2000 in October! <BR> <BR> If you haven't added this as your it :) It's an easy one! :) Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:21:51 EST Weekly Goal Challenge! What are your goals for this week? <BR> This is a place where you can list your goals, update us on how you are doing with them, and the community can help hold your accountable! <BR> <BR> What do you want to achieve this week? Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:34:34 EST New Co-Leader for our team :) I got an e-mail just a few minutes ago that told me how much I've been slacking here. <BR> <BR> With everything I've been caught up in, I somehow let things slip that should have never slipped. <BR> I somehow thought that maybe you all don't really need a team leader anymore. I was wrong. <BR> <BR> John has requested to be a co-leader for our SP Class team and I think this is an excellent move for our team. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know John, you should. <BR> Check out his page... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:27:57 EST I have lost 80 pounds....Yeah!!!! I am so blessed...I have lost 80 pounds by eating six small meals a day. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:38:22 EST Activity here? I love what this Team has done in the past. And especially the accomplishments that members have made individually. <BR> <BR> Any chance the challenges may resume? <BR> <BR> Pirate Sun, 25 Jul 2010 14:52:34 EST Hello Im new any suggestion would be appreciated! Hi my name is Nicole and I am new to this ,little nervous that I am going to fail but if you have any suggestion please let me know ,Thank You! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:19:30 EST Over 6 Months - How's It Going? When I started, I was such a skeptic. It's been slow going (painfully long plateau), but now I'm a believer. I'm not sure I'm going to make my end goal on time, but I'm confident that I'll reach it. How are you doing and what do you think of SP now? Sat, 26 Jun 2010 20:51:29 EST Hi? Hahaha I think its a little late to introduce myself, but its better now than never right? Well! My name is Diana and I've been here in Spark people these last months. This is my first post. <BR> About my journey, I started with 72Kg (158 lbs)with only 1.54m of height, so I was really sad and one day I discovered Sparkpeople :D Now, I'm 60kg (132lbs), but I feel i should weight a lot less :( So I'm a little depressed! Anyway, I hope everyone is doing great :) Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:21:54 EST My name is Chris and this is my first post. I have 30 lbs to loose and it has been a huge struggle. Started SP Jan. 1, lost 10 and gained it back. Now I feel as though I am starting all over again but I am down 4 lbs. I feel motivated again. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:48:43 EST Excellent Article in the Daily Spark today! So...tomorrow is weigh in. Blah <BR> I try not to get too worked up over this day..but as you all know it's difficult to not. <BR> These last 10lbs I'm trying to get off are sticking to me like some un-natural paste that wont un-stick! <BR> <BR> I logged into my email this morning and saw this article and it was like...a ray of light. <BR> I hope it helps some of you too! <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=691 Sun, 2 May 2010 13:40:57 EST Long time no see Hello everyone, I joined sparkpeople back in Dec. & I promptly fell off the radar. I am back on the healthy track & I have been for a while now. I have lost a total of 40 pounds since Dec.. I spend my days running my sisters restaurant (since the sudden death of my brother-in-law) & I drive school bus in the afternoon for fun (yes fun, I LOVE driving a big yellow bus). I realize now that I put everyone's needs above my own & that in order to be here & healthy I must think about myself first i... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 22:57:17 EST C25K - Couch to 5k Program For the last few months I have been attempting to run. <BR> HAH. Let me tell you how amusing it's been...not so much for me, but for alllll those people on the running trail behind my house that get to watch my attempts at running. I'm sure they're loving it. Anyways :p <BR> <BR> I've discovered that while I really suck at it. A LOT...I really enjoy it. It gives me so much energy! <BR> <BR> I did my first day of week 1 today and wanted to come here and pull you all in it with me :) <BR> Mis... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 15:17:09 EST February Push Up Challenge! So I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm pretty much a pansy. :p <BR> I've been on SP for a little over 6 months now, and I still refuse to do regular push ups. Why? <BR> Because they're hard, duh ;) lol <BR> <BR> What I should have been doing all along is pushing myself to at least get better at them, but instead I've been keeping it easy and doing the modified push up. <BR> <BR> So, February Challenge. <BR> When you decide to start this challenge, time yourself for one minute and s... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 08:35:57 EST I smile everyday. I am 200 lbs trying to weigh 180-185 by the end of May. I want to run a 10K by June and hopefully a half marathon by the end of 2010 or early 2011. I am an ex-athlete that has had 2 right ACL recontructions and Lumbar spine surgery in the past 2 years. I am well on my way to achieving my goal, i'm proud and excited about my acomplishments this far. I hope to be motivated and to motivate others on their journey. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:37:45 EST Question Where do I find those "I lost X lbs. with Spark People" photos? Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:10:19 EST ONE MONTH CHECK IN! How are you doing? Sat, 16 Jan 2010 15:39:59 EST Hi Team I'm slowly learning my way around the site and this will be my first message, so hopefully I'm doing it right! I'm looking to get more fit, feel healthier, and have a little fun doing it. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:47:15 EST Introduction to Spark Hi I am workng on going from 145 to 117. So far this has really helped me. I do much better when I track my calories and workouts. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:24:32 EST Motivation What keeps you motivated to lose weight? I know we all will hit bumps on the way (scale not budging, binging, non-believers, and temptation), but how do you cope? My motivation is liking myself again. Since I have become overweight, my self esteem has killed over. I can't wait to hear from you all! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 02:05:00 EST Replacements What are some healty replacements for some of your favorite things. <BR> Mayo- Lite Done Right Italian Dressing <BR> Chips- thinly sliced cucumbers <BR> Pie- Sliced apples with cinnimon microwaved with milk Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:02:58 EST hi! im dawn! i need some friends to inspire me and keep me going! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 23:44:17 EST Hello! Hi! I have been on this site since before the holidays, but am just finding the time to figure out my way around the site. I have what I feel like is a lot of weight to lose since my 2nd baby and having a problem staying motivated to eat better, so I am hoping this site will help me with that. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:49:11 EST Another "New Years Resolutioner" Joining the Ranks Good afternoon name is Emily and I am 21 years old, recently engaged, and motivated to lose some serious weight! I am a third year college student who definately gained a little bit more than the freshman 15.... Looking for motivation because I always seem to push myself too hard too fast and fall off the bandwagon. I'm hoping to meet some nice and friendly people here to help me get started! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be here. Please let me know if you have any tips for startin... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:24:05 EST Hi everyone, glad to find you! Hi I'm Debbie, here from Ohio and so glad to be an active part of sparkpeople. I joined 12/19/09 and left 10 lbs. behind in 2009. It is the first time I started out the year already on a diet and losing weight. My resolution is to set obtainable goals and set mini rewards (food not permitted) to motivate and encourage me. I have a lot to lose so I welcome all the encouragement and support and I will do my best to provide the same to you. <BR> Thanks for having me. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:01:24 EST Is there a way too (2 questions) ( Question 1) Is there a way to change the time zone I hate having to keep clicking a day back because on the east coast it is already the next day. <BR> <BR> <BR> (Question 2) when it makes the meal plans for you is there a way to list foods and stuff you cant eat or do I just have to edit the thing every week. But then its hard because I cant learn good healthy foods for getting more vitamins since I cant eat dairy Tue, 5 Jan 2010 03:23:16 EST Commitment Hi, <BR> My name is Alla and I am deaf. I kept saying myself that I will lose weight on Monday which it never happen for more than 5 years. I am going to commit myself for New Year resolution. Wish me good luck!!! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:43:32 EST Ah.. hello I'm still getting used to the site, so hopefully i'm doing this right. I've been using sparkpeople for about 2 weeks, keeping careful track of what I eat and of my exercise. I'm kind of detail-oriented and nerdy so I really enjoy keeping tabs on all the little things I eat. And what a different it's made.. <BR> Plus i've been able to start copying my recipes over and it's helped me see which ones are healthy and which aren't. I'm vegan and I guess I always assumed anything I cooked was health... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:26:50 EST Ah.. hello I'm still getting used to the site, so hopefully i'm doing this right. I've been using sparkpeople for about 2 weeks, keeping careful track of what I eat and of my exercise. I'm kind of detail-oriented and nerdy so I really enjoy keeping tabs on all the little things I eat. And what a different it's made.. <BR> Plus i've been able to start copying my recipes over and it's helped me see which ones are healthy and which aren't. I'm vegan and I guess I always assumed anything I cooked was health... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:26:49 EST Healthy Travel Snacks I travel a lot for work. I'm in airports, on airplanes, and in hotels for probably half of my month. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for healthy travel snacks this morning to mix it up a bit and found a few things that I just had to share. <BR> <BR> Gerber Graduates mini-fruits. <BR> I know...toddler munchies? Hey you put healthy stuff in your kids, why not you too? <BR> 1/4 cup of these little fruit bits have only 35 calories! <BR> <BR> Crispy Green dried fruit with no additives or preserva... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:59:21 EST Does Anyone else weigh-in on Sunday? I know I signed up a two weeks ago but honestly it was last Sunday before I actually ever sat down and began to navigate this wonderful website. Tomorrow is my first weigh-in and I'm pretty nervous. Probably shouldn't have chosen a holiday week to start but oh well and the most impt thing is that I've been moving this week and that is awesome..ok my muscles may disagree with that a little but they will thank me later. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:20:00 EST New Years Day & I'm New Hi.I joined SparkPeople the week the rest of you did, but I didn't really take the time until today to navigate around on the site much.In Sept 2009 I joined Kaiser Hospital's Weight Management program, and for the first time ever, participated in a weekly weigh in.(A dreaded horror of mine!)I look forward to getting to know you as we support each other here. <BR> Susan <em>249</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:55:52 EST Happy New Year! What did you have for breakfast? I ate light . . . I had cottage cheese with straweberries. :) Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:58:47 EST Hi, I'm New :) Hi, I'm Debbie, in Missouri. I'm New here, well, I've been here about a month, trying to get used to the site, and get through the holidays. In 2009 I lost 25 pounds, and mostly it was by accident. It really motivated me to do more and showed me that I can do it. I have numerous health problems that often prevent me from exercising on a regular basis, but I do walk as frequently as I can. I am extremely motivated, but often make poor food choices not because I choose to, but because I need to... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 21:35:33 EST mejohajo Hi, my name is Meredith. I am a wife and a mother of two. I am a nurse aide and a student. I joined spark people because I really want to loose some weight and eat healthier and this site seems to give some structure and encouragement to do that. I am excited! Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:01:06 EST weigh in we should put our weigh in's on here <BR> im up 5 pounds =( Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:36:45 EST Let the Music move you! So music makes moving much easier for me, and I'm always on the 'lookout' for new, motivating songs. Normally, I like fast songs with good beat. <BR> <BR> Right now (it changes), my song is "Low" by Flo Rida. The lyrics are somewhat explicit, but when I hear that song, I have to MOVE. <BR> <BR> What's your "go-to" or "gets you moving" song? Tue, 29 Dec 2009 17:03:45 EST Hey Everyone! I am a single mom at the age of 25. I have two beautiful children, my son, 3yrs and my daughter 23 months. I am currently going to school part time for my AS in Nursing (RN). I also work part time as a CNA. I have always been overweight but maintained 210 lbs from 14 yrs until I had my daughter at 23yrs. After her, I gainned nearly 70lbs. This year I have lost 25 lbs but through the holiday's I have gained 13 lbs back. It is time to get on the ball again! I currently weigh 263. <BR> I am a s... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:21:42 EST YOUR MISSION. ..should you choose to accept it... Take 10 minutes today or tomorrow to list 2 goals and the rewards for reaching each goal on your Sparkpage. (Do more, if you're so inclined!) <BR> <BR> Goals & rewards were important to me in my journey. I set some unusual goals, and some 'different' rewards. <BR> <BR> My first and most exciting goal was to be out of the obese BMI range. Walking 5 miles at once was another biggie... =D <BR> <BR> My rewards included simple/cheap things like bubble baths and paperback books and more expen... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:10:29 EST Are you measuring in addition to weighing in?? Something I can't seem to stress enough to everyone I talk to is the measurements. <BR> <BR> So many people rely on that darn scale too much and then end up being frustrated with them selves on weigh in day. <BR> <BR> There have been quite a few weeks where I've gained a pound, or didn't lose anything. <BR> Then, after the scale I measured, and realized that I'd still lost, even if it wasn't in my weight. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a measure, you get can get them at wal-mart, target, fab... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:36:43 EST Last week of 2010 Challenge! Why put off for the new year, what you can start today? <BR> <BR> How about we all try to fit in 15-30 minutes of cardio every day, starting today for the week :D <BR> Post your results here: <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:29:57 EST Hello to all. My name is Patrice. I joined SparkPeople as an additional resource for motivation and support. Up until a few months ago, I did a very rigorous weight training routine for a number of years. A change of jobs made it pretty challenging to get up and go. My hours differ from day to day and I travel, locally, quite a bit. This made scheduling exercise a real challenge. So, I let it slip and paid the price with a 10 lb. weigh gain and a few aches an pains from not working out. Time to quit... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 11:39:35 EST The Day After Christmas Challenge This challenge is quite simple, I promise! <BR> <BR> When you get up, before you get involved in the activities ahead (shopping, visiting, driving, whatever)...EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST! <BR> <BR> Ideas, in case you need them: <BR> <BR> ~An omlet, with 2% or fat free cheese, a tablespoon of bacon bits (25 calories) and topped with salsa; <BR> ~oatmeal; <BR> ~A bowl of whole grain cereal sprinkled with fruit <BR> ~Hungry Girl's Eggs in a Mug (recipe: <link> Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:33:41 EST Hello and Merry Christmas I'm excited about being a part of SparkPeople. There is some very helpful stuff on the website. Thu, 24 Dec 2009 16:04:53 EST just saying hi Hi guys! i'm new to the site. i wanted to say good luck to everyone here and happy holidays! Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:41:12 EST Julia Hi my name is Julia and I need to lose 60 lbs by August 09. This is the date I chose because its my 25 wedding anniversary. This site has very good tools. I am hoping I can do this with a little help. My job is sitting down, so the weight is hard to take off. I came here to get some advice and tools. I am a person to keeps everything to herself but I guess I need some help with this. I have been trying for a long time to lose the weight but I am having trouvle I guess. I quit smoking and I qu... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:16:52 EST Week 1- we made it! Congrats on making it through our first week! I hope everyone had a good week :) Happy Holidays, keep up the good work!! Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:03:47 EST Teams within this Team Depending on Goals? Hi All! <BR> <BR> Since we're all starting together, I wondered if we might want to divide into smaller groups depending on the number of pounds we want to lose or something. We could use that to get to know each other better and motivate those who are closer to where we are... <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:13:01 EST Recipes with reduced sodium & sugar Hello! I'm a new member... joined per my dr.s suggestion. I'm searching for ways to reduce my soduim and sugar consumption. Do you have any suggestions? I look forward to your replies. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:34:06 EST A NEW SPARKPEOPLE CHALLENGE Starts on January 3 . . . something to look forward to! Check it out here: <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1425 </link> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:11:58 EST First Night I have lost 60 lbs and it feels good. I have just a few left to go, but the finish line seems so far away. I am glad I found this site, I am sure it will get me closer to my ideal weight. I hope to meet new people whom I can be accountable to and help others in the process. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:14:20 EST Anyone looking for Friend(s) Feel free to add me!! My name is Alexa and I am looking for motivational friends! Strength in numbers!! I swear I don't bite and I am in it for the WIN! :) Sat, 19 Dec 2009 23:24:40 EST Taking Control Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 24 year old from Melbourne who has, in past months, felt like I've lost control over myself and my life. I've finally looked in the mirror and decided that it's time to regain control. Despite exercise, each time I get on the scales I've gained weight and my clothes seem to get smaller and smaller. It's not that I have a terrible diet, I just tend to eat more than I need to and give in to too many temptations. I've realised it's time to stop and take a look at ho... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 22:06:12 EST you should have a weigh in ? you should make a spot where everyone weighs in and puts their weights down every week , it will be exciting to see how everyone does every week <BR> thanks =) Sat, 19 Dec 2009 21:47:45 EST hello from Grenada HI. I am Ruth Williams from the island of Grenada. I am interested in a healthy lifestyle. I joined this site because I really need to lose weight. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:52:39 EST ready to LOSE I am once again trying to diet. I had lost nearly 10# a year ago and have since regained it and some more. I am even more serious now about losing it and getting back into shape. I have 2 children in which to try and keep up with and try to pack around. At work we have tried to do the Biggest Loser Challenge howerver, I went the other way and continued to gain. I need more motivation and somebody to keep me on track. Hope that help is out there. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 17:56:41 EST HELLO OUT THERE! Hi everyone! My names Hayley, I am 21 years old from Canada. My new years resolution is to lose 40 lbs in the coming year. I know I can do it with some help from all of you! I hope to inspire and be inspired, so i'm hopping on the train to success! XOXO Sat, 19 Dec 2009 14:29:24 EST sagnomore1118 ready to begin the journey Hello everyone! I am a 42 year old single mom who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. As 2009 ends and 2010 begins I know it is time to make my health a priority and lose all this baggage I'm carrying around! I've gained and lost more weight than I care to admit and staying motivated is one of my biggest problems. I've known what to do and know why it is important but with lifechanges in the past 3 years I've had difficulty focusing my attention where it needs to be. I'm looking for... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:19:32 EST HI, I'm sheila IAM IN MY LATE 40s IVE BEEN PUTTING OFF DAY BY DAY TELLING MYSELF IM GOING TO START MY EXERCISE AND DIET THAT DAY .IM HAVING TROUBLE GETTING STARTED. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 12:27:36 EST Hello Hello Everyone. My name is Michelle, I have been married to the greatest guy for 18 years & I have 2 children. I have been overweight my entire life. I live a very hectic life & it is difficult for me to find time for myself which has caused me to maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. I have recently lost 25 pounds & I am eating healthier & exercising. I guess I determined that if I don't find time for me to take care of my health then I just might not be around. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:55:23 EST Newbie Here Hey Y'all, I'm Carol. I'm new to Spark People. So far it seems like a cool site. I'm finally getting serious about losing the weight I've gained the past few years and getting back in shape. I used to run. Now I can barely walk upstairs without huffing and puffing! Looking to give and get support on this journey and make new friends. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 09:04:07 EST Hey! Hey! Hey! Who wants to play! Not me! very serious. Gotta crack down, but I want to have some fun doing it. I am Tiffani Renfroe and not new to Spark did it once before but I was just playing. I didn't lose anything last time and not because of Spark, because of me. Anyone else sick and tired of being sick and tired? Would like to find some "friends" that could help me stay on track. Gotta a lot of bad habits to break and a bf that's worse than me and refuses to admit. So I'm hoping that through my changes he'll be ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:36:48 EST hi hello everyone im windy i just started my program and i could relly use so a little motivation, advice and how others are doing it so im glad to meet evryone and wish you all best wosh and merry christmas! ;) Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:55:36 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My name is Mandie Madrid. I am not new to SparkPeople. I have done SparkPeople before and it didn't work for me, not because SparkPeople is a bad site but because I didn't use it to the extent I should have. I have a VERY hard time getting motivated and staying motivated. I am PRAYING this is my last time on the journey to weight loss and that I will learn healthy lifestyle choice for my future. In the future I would like to be happier and healthier for myself and my family. I woul... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:53:28 EST Hello everyone I'm new to the site and love what I see so far. I have a feeling this is going to be a great tool in my quest to lose weight. I'm 29 and "Let myself go" over the last few years. Looking to get back in shape just to be healthier overall. Look forward to meeting some people here and to stay motivated. Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:50:06 EST New to this type of thing so bear with me.... I am 47 years old mother of two beautiful girls and the wife of a wonderful husband. I had gastrci bypass surgery in march of 09, which was receeded by lap band surgery. I really want to get the last of the wwight off. I live in Elkton Maryland , just about an hour from Philly and Baltimore. I work at Bank of America but my real career is my family. I will add some pics tonight as well as more about me. I am only on a short break so will share more later. Thanks for letting me be a part o... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:14:16 EST Hi everyone I have now been doing this for two days. woo hoo!!! Trying to figure out how on a Friday night how to drink my normal close to a twelve pack of bud light habit. I think of everything I have been doing the hardest things to give up for me is Dr Pepper and Bud Light. I guess I am not giving the totally up but putting it to more moderation. If anyone else has the same issue I feel for you too. Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:35:36 EST On The Road Again Hello out there, I am a new member and am excited, commited, ready to make a change in my life and my families live. I am excited about being part of such a large organization that will help and support, I will do the same for you out there. <BR> <BR> Have Fun and enjoy this journey Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:37:50 EST Hia! Hello! My name is Raven and I've been struggling with my weight the past few years. I've gained weight so fast due to my sudden loss of a dear friend and a big change in work style from being highly active to being non-active at all. I've come to a point that I'm really hating how i ended up with my weight and can't hear one more person telling how I've growing bigger each passing day. I want to be me again, and i'm very thankful to a good friend of mine to refer me to this site, can't wait ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:29:38 EST hi my name is louise and i would like to lose weight. i'm actually an alright person haha if you want to chat x x Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:59:45 EST How to? How would I get that little weight tracker strip that everyone has? And how do I put my profile picture up? Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:16:15 EST Hello everyone :o) I just wanted to send a message to introduce myself. My name is Tamara and Im 23 yrs. old as of yesterday. Im an LPN with a beautiful 2 year old girl and her dad and I are set to be getting remarried this September. We have been having serious talks of having another child but since Im so overweight its the one thing putting the brakes on our plans as it could be dangerous for me, and the baby. Ive been battling with my weight for about 5 years now and am finally the heaviest and most fed ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:49:34 EST Hello... Hello, my name is Heather and I am trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle for future years. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:37:40 EST Socializing on Sparkpeople Helps with Weight Loss Blog post about the study: <link><BR>dy_socializing_on_sparkpeople_helps_wi<BR>th_weight_loss </link> <BR> <BR> Excellent article, but I know this. :) <BR> <BR> A Beginners Guide to the Sparkpeople Message Boards: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=374 </link> <BR> <BR> A Guide to Posting on the Sparkepeople Sparkteams and Message Boards: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=538 </lin... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:03:15 EST Hello this Butterfly165.. I am so excited to be on this lifestyle journey!!! On my way to become FIT & IN SHAPE.. <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:47:58 EST Getting Started I am a 34 year old female. My goal is to lose 40lbs by May30,2010. I like to swim so I have been going to the gym to swimming laps 10 Laps back and forth. I do a warm up of stretching before and after. After a week, I can tell a difference. I'm hoping to have more energy and make this a habit. Wish me luck!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Nisha M, Atlanta, GA Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:33:14 EST Just found this site... First day of my diet and I am hoping this site will stop me failing, I have recently put on 2 stone due to unfortunate personal circumstances, I have ate so much more than usual and have not done any exercise for 18 months, hope your all doing well, Marie Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:51:57 EST New To Spark!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mel. I have not been part of this community long and just wanted to say hi, and to tell you a bit about myself. <BR> <BR> I left my family and friends to move to Somerset with my boyfriend. I am currently studying Audiology at uni and am finding it enjoyable but demanding. <BR> <BR> I guess what I'm trying to come to terms with is that i miss my friends and family and with my boyfriend at work all day, and lack of friends i've been able to make has gotten... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 08:25:09 EST hi im sue I just found this on my computer and I am very excited with the holidays here it is sooooo hard to try and loose weight, I can use some advice especially what I should and should NOT eat. Thanks and I hope I can give some advice also Thu, 17 Dec 2009 06:49:46 EST Im here to lose a few extra pounds Im wanting to lose some weight and start excercising Wed, 16 Dec 2009 22:09:25 EST New to Sparkpeople Good Evening all, I'm new to sparkpeople and am droppining in to say Hi! I live in southwest iowa and am looking forward to losing weight and meeting new people while doing it. Let me know what you think about the program!! Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:47:56 EST NEW AND DETERMINED Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I woke up today and realized that I need to make a change. I am nineteen and weigh 250 pounds. I feel my life slipping by my fingures everyday. Everyone else seems to be embracing their loves and living them to the fullest. I sit back and wish it was me, limited by the restictions that my body and the emotional state that my body enduces. <BR> <BR> I've never been skinny or even what would be considered healthy. I dread going to the doctor because I cannot stand to ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:05:10 EST Hello... Hello. I am new to SP and just figuring out how things work. I am 23, mother of one sassy 4 year old girl, work full time as a registered nurse. Trying to find something to help me get in shape and make some lifestyle changes. I need a stern kick in the butt to keep me motivated so I figured this would be a good site for that and for support. Thanks Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:10:58 EST 19 year old female...looking for encouragement Hi. My name is Amanda. I am 19 years old and I have a poor self image. I am wanting to lose 31 lbs. and I want some people to encourage me. Have a look at my page and message me if you want. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:03:48 EST Hi um when I was youger both my and my sister were kinda small. Now im really terribly over weight nut i know that if I don;t get healthy I will gain alot of weight. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 14:46:36 EST New here...obviously :) I teach the special ed preschool class in a small Oklahoma town. My family is originally from Oklahoma, though my dad is in the Army so we moved around a lot growing up. Up until the time I started college I was very active, but then college came around and late night study trips to whatever place was open til midnight or later did not help my waist line at all. Recently I've gotten back on track with an exercise plan, but I am queen of starting something and not seeing it through. I get ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 12:20:40 EST Hello! I'm ready to have some fun staying healthy I stumbled across this site and am eager to meet some new friends and find some support and work at staying healthy. I look forward to "meeting" others working towards the same goals. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 07:44:10 EST Greetings My name is Cyndi I'm excited about joining and hope that this will make a difference for the goals I am setting for myself. <BR> Everyone needs support and encouragement. I am looking forward to meeting new people and finding creative and fun ways to reach my goals. In turn I would be happy to offer support and encourgement too. I am definately a people person. I feel blessed to be able to join this enlightening group. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:31:21 EST On my path.....??? Hello everyone - I'm new to Spark and am really hoping this is that 'little' piece of the puzzle that gets me on my way? My main goal is 30lbs, however I would be happier with 40lbs! 40 before 40 would be AMAZING! I want my energy back, I want my zest back, I want my body back......I want to show my kids that 'mom can walk the talk' and not hand out lip service. (maybe I need to prove it to me too?lol) anyways, I'm looking forward to putting the effort into SPARK and hopefully get healthy... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:40:54 EST 2 goals at once has anyone here ever successfully quit smoking and lost weight at the same time? am i cray to try? Tue, 15 Dec 2009 22:26:25 EST I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty intimidated... I've never really been into these online communities. A customer of mine, a woman in here late sixties, gave me the web address for SP, and told me that she had lost 60 lbs. Well, I've been using the nutrition and fitness trackers for a couple of days and they are already helping me keep myself in check! I currently weigh 216 lbs. and my goal is to lose about 86 lbs. over the next couple of years, and to sustain a healthier lifestyle. In the meantime, I have my senior recital, college gra... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:10:17 EST Hello I'm new to spark people My name is Heather and I'm new to this site and am hopping i will be able to loose weight and keep it off. I'm 26 years old and going threw a divorce and i want to better my life. I know this is going to be hard but it will also be worth it. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 15:37:41 EST I am Joao Carlos Well, I really need to lose some weight, and I have a hard time getting focus and always fail... But I would like to meet people who want the same goals, like heath, and lose weight. I will keep in touch!!! <BR> <BR> Carlos. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:44:47 EST From Dell In Wisconsin I recently discovered that I have several health issues related to my excess weight. I have to deal with them by changing many aspects of my life. My goal is to go slowly, introducing the changes slowly over time. I know I will throw my hands up in defeat if I attempt too many changes all at once. But I'm still scared of failure. I need a friend who understands. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:41:41 EST Hey from Florida Hey Yawl, <BR> I am new today, burt have been a member of Calorie count for a few months. I need all the motivation I can get!LOL I am married, 3 children )(grown) 6 grandchildren, 1 g.grandchild an 18 year old cat Phoebe. I want to lose 64# and feel good. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:16:17 EST My Journey I am just here to learn and share about a healthy active life. I am married with 4 children nad realize my health needs to be one of my priorities if I want to stay around for my beloved and my children. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:33:07 EST Hello! Hi! I'm new and really hoping Spark works for me! I am 29 and from Ontario Canada! I am married and work full-time. I try to live a healthy life style, but I am just not cutting it on my own. I need to be more accountable! I have at least 40 pounds to loose and a healthy life style to kick start! <BR> Cheers to you all! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:43:55 EST Let's get this party started! My name is Melody, and I seriously need to start being nicer to myself. I'm a single mother of two, a preschool teacher, and a student. <BR> For a while now I have not been taking very good care of myself - smoking, drinking, eating nasty fried food a lot of the time and stuff with lots of preservatives. I have been getting sick more often and lacking energy to say the least of the consequences of my poor health choices! <BR> I was out sick again today, and I have been realizing that I need ... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:54:28 EST My Introduction... I'm not exactly sure what to type here, so I'll just wing it. I fluxuate weight wise between 250 and 240, my max weight was 305 and I've done a lot of work to get where I am. Hopefully Spark will help me get the rest of the weight off ~crosses her fingers~. Also on a more personal note as to who I am in general, I'm a loving aunt of 5 soon to be 6 and I hope to have my own someday if you don't include my baby Tundra. She's a full blooded Saint Bernard and about 5 1/2 months. She's a big ... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:25:19 EST HELLO EVERYONE FROM DESOTO,ILLINOIS HELLO. I JUST JOINED. DIDN'T KNOW THIS WEB SITE EXISTED. I AM 48 YEARS OLD AND I DON'T THINK I AM GOING TO BE AROUND FOR MY 50TH BIRTHDAY. I REALLY HOPE THIS SITE WORKS FOR ME. I NEED HELP. SUPPORT WOULD BE NICE TOO. I WEIGH WWWAAAYYYYY TTTTOOOOO MUCH. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DROP 200 POUNDS. I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WORKING AGAINST ME, HEALTH WISE. BUT I NEED TO WORK AROUND THEM AND GET SOMETHING DONE. BEFORE IT'S "TOO LATE". Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:13:33 EST Hi there! Well. Here I am again. I've tried so many times to get serious about losing weight, and I still haven't been able to shed those pounds. So here I am on Sparkpeople starting over. <BR> <BR> I need help. I need motivation to stay on track. And I need help taking it slow. I'm great about being super motivated, really getting with the program for several weeks or months, and then just absolutely flaming out. <BR> <BR> Clearly, I need help. <em>39</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:44:53 EST Hi Everybody Hello, My name is ROse and I am new to the Shreveport/BOssier area. Just moved here from Idaho. I am a .medical assistant and need to lose some weight. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:58:12 EST Time to change Hi. I'm a twenty year old college student who lives a party-filled lifestyle- no set sleep schedule, lots of alcohol consumption, eating junk food everyday- and I'm ready to change the way I'm treating my body and living my life. I just joined SparkPeople last night, and the amount of information here is pretty overwhelming. But hopefully this will be the start of something new and positive for me. I've set a goal to lose 10 pounds before I go back to school on January 19th, wish me luck! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:22:42 EST I"m a newbie! Hi, everybody - I'm new. Probably won't be posting a lot because of the crazy schedule I have, but I love to read and learn what everyone is doing! <BR> <BR> tory Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:06:35 EST New member New member. Looking to cut my weight in half. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:24:41 EST Fit 62 year old female Hey, <BR> <BR> My name is Sharon and I am new to this site. I have an avid interest in working out, keeping fit, and genuinely enjoying life. I am a high school teacher in an inner city high school and plan on retiring this June. Yes!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> After I quit smoking, I gained roughly 20 lbs. I am very petite and never had a weight problem before. Now, it seems if I look at food, it attaches itself to me. So I have had to change some behaviors. <BR> <BR> I love animals, all an... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:13:52 EST A New Begining Aftewr a lot of frustration, self doubt and countless defeats I believe I have found a process that makes sense. I am John, I am fifty six and I am obese. I am one of those people who believes ifyou excercise enough you can eat whatever you want. you can, it just shows up in your waistline. <BR> <BR> glad to be a new member Mon, 14 Dec 2009 08:01:40 EST Hello Hello! My name is Pattie and I am so happy that I have made this decision to Join Sparkpeople to lose weight. I would like to lose at least 30 pounds if not more. I want to set weekly goals to do this and would love help and guidance to get through this difficult time. I recently had a life changing surgery and vow to change my life for the better. Can't wait to meet people and become successful in my goals. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 07:13:16 EST Heyyy Hi, I'm Brittany and I'm brand new to SparkPeople. I'm eighteen and I'm a freshman at UNC-Wilmington. My goal is to lose 35 pounds by summer of next year. Hopefully this won't be just another failed diet attempt, haha. Good luck to everyone else too! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:31:32 EST Hello Everyone! I'm new and I just wanted to say Hi! So...Hi! I am not very good at staying motivated and keeping on track and holding myself accountable. I recently married my best friend in January and am just enjoying life as it goes by. I am ready to be healthier, have more energy, and love myself again. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:31:34 EST Blessmykids3 Hello, My name is Carolyn. Today is my birthday and I turned 30! I have Type 1 Insulin dependant diabettes since the age of 4 yrs. old. My diabettes is very brittle now. I have alot of other conditions from my diabettes. I have 3 Beautiful Children and a loving husband. It's a struggle. I reall need to loose weight. I am a member of the Y.M.C.A. and i never go. I have no motivation. I'm always tired or something hurts, But I'm constantly gaining weight. I need to try to loose some before it g... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:12:17 EST Question How do I add my fitness points next to my post count in forums? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:21:42 EST 28 with 20 pounds to lose Hello! My name is Kim and have just recently joined SparkPeople as a way to remain motivated while I track and acheive my weight loss goals. I would love to hear from others who have recenly accomplished their goal, are in the process or who have even just started. I love hearing other people's stories as they are truly inspiring! Looking forward to hearing from you all Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:04:02 EST Hi.. I'm new. And I have some major habits to break. And I want to look beautiful and healthy when bikini season rolls around this coming summer. And I want my stretch marks to go away. And I want to get HEALTHY. OMG do I want to feel healthy, and sexy and skinny. I could use some encouragement, some help..some..whatever y'all have. Sun, 13 Dec 2009 14:00:05 EST Meet your teamleaders: BusyMom22 I'm a 46yr old mother of 3 great kids, and married to a patient, kind and loving man. <BR> <BR> I live in Virginia, in the same town for most of my life. I have also spent several years in Texas & Connecticut/Massachusetts. <BR> <BR> I work for a privately owned company in my town that's been in business over 50 years, in an HR capacity. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of Spark since October, 2006, but didn't really start following the program until July, 2008. <BR> <BR> I started out wei... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:55:48 EST Daily Check in This is a post where you can check in and let us know how you are doing. <BR> What's going on in your life? <BR> How are you feeling? <BR> Do you need to vent, or celebrate? <BR> <BR> Come share it all here :D Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:43:11 EST Hey! Hey everyone! My name is Christine and I am from NC. I have joined this site to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle. I have a wonderful husband named Dale and a beautiful daughter named Brianna. <BR> <BR> Anything you wanna know, just ask!! Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:26:36 EST Tell us.... How did you find and what made you decide to join? <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 10:46:00 EST Challenge: Day 1! Let's start off day one with a challenge! <BR> <BR> Go to this link: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=571 </link> <BR> <BR> And get all the information you need to get your SparkPeople all set up. <BR> You'll find an into. to your start page, your nutrition tracker, fitness tracker and an intro to using the Spark People community. <BR> <BR> Let us know when you're done! Sun, 13 Dec 2009 10:43:38 EST Hi. I am new to this! I have seen a couple of my friends do really well with Spark People. Now is the time for me to shed some pounds and get moving!! <BR> <BR> Melagal Sun, 13 Dec 2009 08:33:17 EST Hello All... Hello, my name is Lou and I'm 33 y/o. I've been happily married for 8 years and have no children (hopefully soon). I'm 55 lbs. overweight at this point and thoroughly disgusted with myself. I know how I got here and I know what it's going to take to get healthy again...ugh. So to the rest of you who are in the same boat as I, best wishes and thank you in advance for your support. <BR> <BR> Lou Sun, 13 Dec 2009 07:24:26 EST Good morning to all Hello everyone, I am Sandy AKA Boxer woman, because we raised and showed boxer dogs,I am 55 years young , I live with my husband in a little village of Westford, Pa. we have 11 acres and grow all our own food, which I can and freeze. We also raise our own chickens for eggs and meat, and also beef cows.I enjoy the out doors and my Grandchildren, I quit smoking going on two years ago and got sick and the weight has come, so iam sick of being over weight and want to get it off! Thanks for letti... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 06:38:50 EST