SparkPeople SP Class of August 2-8, 2009 Team Messageboard Welcome SparkPeople Class of August 2-8, 2009! This team is for all members who joined SP from August 2-8, 2009. We can do this! Together! SparkPeople SP Class of August 2-8, 2009 Team Messageboard hello again Coming back after long time...anyone still here or should I close my subscription to group? Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:18:55 EST Give Ideas to Remain Active with a Slipped Disc Popped a disk last May; had to stop all major activity for months! Been walking a lot lately and the disc is acting up again. Does anyone have exercise ideas for glutes and thighs that will not harm the lumbar area? Thanks. Fri, 27 May 2011 07:38:47 EST Marchin' Into March What's your cardio today? Mon, 7 Mar 2011 07:00:37 EST January CALORIES Challenge! How many calories will you burn a week this Month? <BR> <BR> Set a Weekly Goal and let's WORKOUT! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:31:07 EST JANUARY 2011 GOALS! Do you have a New Year's Resolution(s)? <BR> What are you goals to kick start the NEW YOU? Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:29:12 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING EMOTICONS & THANKS! I am thankful for my FAMILY and my SP FAMILY! <BR> <em>426</em> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:07:30 EST JennFoulks Hello I actually joined Sparkpeople in August of 2009, but I did not actively take advantage of the site. However, as of Tuesday (September 7, 2010) I am using Sparkpeople more and more each day! I am logging all my meals, and excerise! I am enjoying all of the articles, and the fitness section is so very helpful. I am looking forward to accomplishing all of my goals with the help of this wonderful site! Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:47:48 EST Hi there... Well, don't really know where to start....don't want to fail, so I guess I feel like I don't try because I am scared of failing, not getting some results quickly enough and I don't like to fail, so I don't try. :( <BR> <BR> I did a kickboxing class for roughly 2 years, but with family schedules at the time, daughter younger, needing to get to bed earlier and the classes not happening until 6:30 - 7:15pm, we would get dinner too late and child to bed too late and I would ultimately not get ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:00:00 EST HAPPY SPARKVERSARY TO YOU! Ok so it's been a year of Sparking!! Are you still here? What differences can you see from a year ago...It could be weight loss, healthy new habits etc! <BR> What has your year long journey been like? Thu, 5 Aug 2010 07:46:21 EST EXERCISE EMOTICON/POST YOUR FITNESS! Emoticon what exercises you did today! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:15:50 EST What's the last FRUIT/VEGGIE you ate? <em>267</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:51:59 EST weight I lost one lb. this week. Was a good week for me. Sun, 30 May 2010 11:10:37 EST MAY BIRTHDAY'S CHAMARBOU <em>410</em> May 12 <BR> IVYYELLOWROSE <em>410</em> May 22 <BR> CONSERVATIVE78 <em>410</em> May 26 <BR> MICHELLELYNN99 <em>410</em> May 26 <BR> LIZARCH <em>410</em> May 31 <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> Tue, 4 May 2010 08:29:48 EST EXERCISE DVD'S Do you workout using DVD's?? If so, what do you use? What's your favorite go to DVD? Tue, 4 May 2010 08:25:45 EST Happy Birthday MSTRAYER476! Good Morning Team! <BR> Today we are celebrating a birthday with MSTRAYER476. <BR> Please visit the sparkpage leaving Happy Birthday wishes, comments and love! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TRAYER476 </link> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 06:02:51 EST Happy Birthday JUSTSLS! Today we are celebrating a Happy Birthday with JUSTSLS: <BR> <BR> Please visit her sparkpage and wish her a Happy Birthday! <BR> <link><BR>STSLS </link> <BR> <em>236</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 06:16:27 EST Hi! I'm working on my fitness Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:03:42 EST Happy Birthday RASTUS55! Greetings Team, <BR> <BR> Today we are celebrating a birthday <em>236</em> with RASTUS55! Pleae stop by her page and wish her a very Happy Birthday! <BR> <link><BR>STUS55 </link> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 07:42:20 EST APRIL CELEBRATIONS FAITHSEEKER40 <em>144</em> APRIL 3 <BR> RASTUS55 <em>144</em> APRIL 12 <BR> JUSTSLS <em>144</em> APRIL 14 <BR> KOCONNOR06 <em>144</em> APRIL 17 <BR> MSTRAYER476 <em>144</em> APRIL 21 <BR> BBLUNDON <em>144</em> APRIL 27 <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:58:44 EST WATER WATER WATER! Emoticon how many glasses of water you get in a day, for the month of April! <BR> choose either one you like that has water Thu, 1 Apr 2010 07:37:31 EST Rededicating myself to ME! I have started the weight loss process too many times to count and today is the first day to the rest of my life as a healthier, more energetic and lighter me. With this introduction I am announcing to anyone who cares to know that I am back on the road to a happier, healthier me! I will use all the tools available to me to make it happen. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:54:01 EST new to Sparks Hi everyone, I have always struggled with 5-8 pounds, looking here for support and motivation Sun, 7 Mar 2010 12:10:43 EST Hi Hi, my name is Vicki. I live in Northwest Arkansas. I am new to the message boards and have been a SP member for about 6 months. I am looking for help to quit eating so many sweets. I love sweet stuff especially ice cream. I like to do a variety of exercises including water aerobics and circuit training. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 22:08:15 EST HEALTHY SNACKS What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:55:35 EST MARCH BIRTHDAY'S <BR> YELLOWEYEDOWL <em>409</em> March 19th <BR> SEATTLE_BOUND <em>409</em> March 21st <BR> HULAMONI <em>409</em> March 28th <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:54:34 EST STRENGTH TRAINING! What do you use for strength training? Any favorite moves or dvd's for strength training? <BR> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 08:34:27 EST FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY'S DIDI440 <em>144</em> February 11th <BR> SILKTHESPYII <em>144</em> February 28th <BR> LILNAN <em>144</em> February 29th <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 09:16:09 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEACH! Hope it's <em>250</em> and you get your Wii Fit Plus that you wanted! <em>304</em> for helping make this such a great team. You're the best! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 21:35:27 EST What's Your Favorite CARDIO? What is your go to cardio, the one that you don't have to drag yourself to do lol? <BR> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:04:09 EST Struggling Hi, I am Cheryl from Bowie Md. I first signed into Spark in May and haven't been doing a great job of following my goals, losing weight or much of anything. In fact I just reset all of my goals and believe I am ready to get started but obviously need help. Looking forward to a fresh start. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:15:17 EST JANUARY CELEBRATIONS! DLTHE1 <em>144</em> January 1 <BR> AKFISHWIDOW <em>144</em> January 19 <BR> ANNA_H11 <em>144</em> January 24 <BR> TEACHINKIDS2 <em>144</em> January 28 <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:07:15 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY: KIMMAYFIELD Today is KIMMAYFIELD birthday! Happy Birthday to you! Praying you have a wonderful day :) <BR> Visit her page and leaving warm birthday wishes, comments and love :) <BR> <link><BR>MMAYFIELD </link> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:24:05 EST SparkPeople Needs Your Comments! The Spark Guy and Coach Nicole are asking members to describe Spark People in one sentence. They are going to use some of the better quotes on the website and such. Go add your thoughts, I did !!! <BR> <BR> If you lead another team, pass this along to your team members too ! Let's get as many members involved as possible !! <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=17587241&imboard=1 </link> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 13:22:05 EST Keeping the Fun What can we do to keep the fun in fitness? Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:16:31 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBECCAROSE11 ! Today we are celebrating a Happy Birthday with REBECCAROSE11 <em>236</em> ! Please go to her page leaving lots of birthday wishes/love/comments and goodies! <BR> <link><BR>BECCAROSE11 </link> Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:33:29 EST DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS! <BR> REBECCAROSE11 <em>410</em> 6th <BR> ASHLEY8610 <em>410</em> 10th <BR> KIMMIE124 <em>410</em> 10th <BR> HELINA1986 <em>410</em> 22nd <BR> SALLYGAL89 <em>410</em> 23rd <BR> KIMMAYFIELD <em>410</em> 27th <BR> ZESTYTCHMOM <em>410</em> 28th <BR> MAEBYZIM <em>410</em> 28th <BR> DMLADY1229 <em>410</em> 29th <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY <em>107</em> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:07:37 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOKU-ALOHI! It's <em>236</em> time! <BR> Please help us in singing Happy Birthday to: <BR> HOKU-ALOHI!!! Please visit her page with lots of birthday wishes/love/comments and goodies :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>KU-ALOHI </link> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 27 Nov 2009 01:16:44 EST Hello! I just wanted to say hello - I have watched from the sidelines for a few month and decided to try to send a message! <BR> I am a little slow with tech. I have enjoyed reading all the information that you share and look forward to learning from you. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:08:28 EST NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS Christie1107 <em>236</em> 7th~~~39 yrs. <BR> Laka29 <em>236</em> 9th~~~29 yrs. <BR> Jen-Nar- <em>236</em> 11th~~~21 yrs. <BR> Just_Rach <em>236</em> 12th~~~23 yrs. <BR> Mila_ZG <em>236</em> 13th~~~ <BR> 0023841 <em>236</em> 13th~~~ <BR> Heatherdow87 <em>236</em> 14th~~~22 yrs. <BR> SR1983 <em>236</em> 14th~~~26 yrs. <BR> Malbee2 <em>236</em> 19th~~~ <BR> Maya-Sparks <em>236</em> 27th~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:44:40 EST Hiya from Maya My name is Maya and I joined Spark People on July 7 of this year (2009). I researched the site for almost a month and then officially started when my DH (DJ username: DJWINDSURF) became a Spark Person on August 3rd. I am here because I am also SP friends with Teachinkids2 who has been a great inspiration to me. <BR> <BR> Happy November! <BR> <em>465</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 06:47:53 EST Challenge and Blessing Some teams have a challenge and blessing thread. Thought I would start one on our SP Class, here we go. <BR> <BR> Challenge: The weather is cold here in SoCal a brisk 54-degrees in the morning. Plus I wake early 3am to get exercises in before 1st job, CPA exam study, 2nd job and more study. <BR> <BR> Blessing: The military folks out there in hot, hot Baghdad, Iraq protecting us so that we remain the land of the free. I clicked on blogs to reply to and saw this soldier's page: <BR> <link>w... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 06:35:13 EST ~HAPPY BIRTHDAY~ 10/13 Let's give a very Happy Birthday to: <BR> LIONSLEPS2NITE! Go to Lionsleeps2nite's page and give some warm birthday wishes/comments/goodies :) <BR> <link><BR>ONSLEEPS2NITE </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:35:45 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY-10/12 Please join me in wishes GRANDKATZ a Happy Birthday today! Please visit GrandKatz page and leave some warm birthday wishes/comments/goodies! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <link><BR>ANDKATZ </link> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:26:58 EST ~HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY~ 10/9 Happy Birthday goes out to two of our class/team mates! <BR> <BR> DJWINDSURFER <BR> <link><BR>WINDSURFER </link> <BR> and... <BR> MYANTEK3 <BR> <link><BR>ANTEK3 </link> <BR> Please visit their pages and wish them a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 01:32:44 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO..... DHAEUSS is celebrating a 27th birthday today! <BR> <em>236</em> Please take a moment to visit her page and leave some birthday wishes/comments or goodies! <BR> Happy Birthday :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AEUSS </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2009 09:52:58 EST OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS! <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> DHAEUSS----------Oct. 3---27th bday <BR> MYANTEK4---------Oct. 9---36th bday <BR> DJWINDSURFER-----Oct. 9 <BR> GRANDKATZ--------Oct. 12 <BR> LIONSLEEPS2NITE--Oct. 13 <BR> EVACOU-----------Oct. 29 <BR> SILLYSHERRY56----Oct. 29 <BR> MELISSAPOOLER----Oct. 29---33rd bday <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:46:06 EST How tall are you? I'm 5'3" and want to get in the neighborhood of 125 to 129 lbs. <BR> <BR> I see a few people who are aiming for the same weight range--how tall are you? Mon, 28 Sep 2009 18:10:03 EST pleateu hi! <BR> i could really use some weight loss tips for getting rid of those last 5 unwanted pounds. <BR> i feel like i've sort of plateu-ed and my brother is getting married in 2weeks so i want to look good for the wedding because im a bridesmaid and i know there will be a million pictures. <BR> some food or exercise tips, anything to mix up my current routine? <BR> thanks so much!! <BR> ps. i HATE my arms, any tips to make them thinner would be EXTRA appreciated :) Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:52:44 EST Hello Team Members- So I am just now getting around to writing an introduction post. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I did awesome my first month and now I have slacked off a little, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> I just now ordered a scale on Amazon. <BR> <BR> But enough about that- <BR> <BR> I am 22 years old and happily married for 4 years now. When I was 19 I started to struggle with weight and I even put on a total of 45 pounds in the past 3 years (YIKES!!!) but in all fairness I was not exactly a... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:31:52 EST I apologize... My weekly emails were intended for motivational support bdays/etc...Never were they to be an annoyance or a clutter to your email! I apologize for any inconvenience and this past Sunday was the last one... <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:34:22 EST talk to some one to send me comment and talk to have not had no one to talk to Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:26:57 EST Sleep, rest are so important Had 4 1/2 hours sleep last night, so I was extremely tired today. I wanted to eat everything I laid eyes on. But I didn't, just kept going throughout the day telling myself "no, you're tired, not hungry". Definitely was my mantra all day. <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself a <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> today. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:37:54 EST this is me hi my name is Kalisha, Im almost 26, mother of a beautiful 3 year old little girl and a wife. my goal is not necessarily to louse weight but to learn to live a heather life and to teach that to my darter and the rest of my family if i can. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:25:04 EST New to Spark People I am new to Spark People and look forward to getting ideas and motivation to help me reach my goals. Sun, 13 Sep 2009 10:04:49 EST Donating Blood Hi! <BR> <BR> As long as I've been old enough, I've given blood at every chance I get. (I usually feel dizzy for a few minutes,once I passed out, but potentially save 3 lives; so worth it.) My first blood drive since starting the Spark Diet is on Tuesday and I wondered if anyone had any advice. My usual routine was to eat beef the couple days before donating, as well as drink a ton of water (well, it felt like a lot back then, the day of I would eat a big breakfast with orange juice (I ha... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:25:54 EST hay birthday is September the 20 2009 hope to get lots of comment to Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:41:24 EST RIGHT HAND GAME Type any words/phrases that can only be typed with the right hand! Let's see how many words/phrases we can come up with! I'll start us off... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 08:58:49 EST AllnTime Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a 31 year old female, residing in Memphis, Tennessee. I have 2 children (a 9 yo boy and a 2 yo girl). I have been married for 7 years and it has been grand. I have been very hesitant to post to this site. I just felt nervous in doing so. I don't understand why I am so nervous, but I just am. I am here for the same reason as just about everyone else. Encouragement and motivation. I look forward to being the strength for people, just as I look forward to receiving m... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 21:17:41 EST SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <BR> September Celebrations <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jenwem2~ 2 26th birthday <BR> Timaro 3 24th birthday <BR> Jperalta0480~ 4 29th birthday <BR> Korrinne~ 4 <BR> ANGEL_83402~ 5 32nd birthday <BR> Rjs983~ 7 26th birthday <BR> Ladyhermione~ 8 <BR> Kendrahem~ ... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:32:04 EST birthday My Birthday is August 30th. I turned 41. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:36:45 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE! Alright, it's time for the holidays! Let's get into high gear and get ready! Are YOU with me??? <BR> <BR> CARDIO ~ Minimum of 90 mins of fitness this week! <BR> <BR> STRENGTH ~ 3 times a week! <BR> You can do these in any order you wish <BR> Upper, Lower, and Core Strength training! <BR> Moves of the week are: <BR> UPPER: <link><BR>_plan_generator_details.asp?id=79 </link> <BR> <BR> LOWER: <link><BR>_plan_gener... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 21:18:56 EST Keep on, keepin' on... I'm a Weight Watchers "Lifetime Member" looking for a new way to keep myself in check. I signed up for Spark People a few weeks ago and so far, so good. It really seems to be a robust way to keep track of habits and behaviors about fitness, food and health. I have about 10 pounds to lose and am hoping that training for the upcoming "Bike to the Bay" will go a long way towards helping me get to my goal. I run, cycle and love to do Hatha yoga to keep my body fit, flexible and strong. It's ... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 15:09:26 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY Today is EBALO_27 29th birthday! There isn't a sparkpage yet for us to visit...So I started this thread for us to wish a happy birthday! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday EBALO_27 <em>410</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:53:26 EST Wake Up America! Hi, Just wanted to say a little something for all of GOD People, Here today.. MY name is Tanga! First of all.. I love to give pep talks and encourage GOD people.. We all have something in common! We are tring to get healthy,get fit, and LIVE. WE can do it! I am here to meet new friends while reaching my goal. SUPPORT is the key.. Remember this without GOD we can do nothing.. But, with him, Philippians 4 :13 Reads, I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENETH ME.. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:18:34 EST NO FOOD BEFORE BED! No Food Before Bed <BR> <BR> For most of your day, the object is to keep ghrelin levels low — you don't need any extra diet-endangering hunger! But at night, you do want ghrelin levels to rise. Your body requires ghrelin to move effectively through all the necessary phases of sleep. Without the proper progression, you won't get to stage 4 sleep — the phase of deep sleep, during which you get a big pulse of growth hormone — or to the REM sleep that helps protect levels of leptin, the hormone... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:17:27 EST The first day of the rest of my life Hi, I'm Kelly. I'm heading back to college at the age of 30, and I decided if I'm gonna change my life one thing I really need to work on is my health... and reduce my size. I've tried this before jumping right in and got all raring to go, and then fizzled out several times. This time I'm taking it abit slower, starting with drinking water, adding more activity to my day and avoiding takeout. I really want to live a healthier lifestyle, and be able to keep up with the kids I'm gonna be worki... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 04:04:45 EST Hi Fellow Sparks My name is Torri. I am a Registered Nurse. I am 30 something and my goal is to lose over 60lbs. I have five children 3 boys 20, 17, and 15 and two girls 6 and 5. I have been married for 18+ years and counting. I sing with a Christian Praise and Worship group. I take care of individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. I have done this for the last year and before that I worked in Obstetrics. I look forward to getting know like-minded individuals. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:17:44 EST Recipes of The Day 08.20.09 Chicken Stir Fry <BR> <BR> * 2 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves <BR> * 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch <BR> * 1 tablespoon soy sauce <BR> * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> * 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> * 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons cooking oil, divided <BR> * 1 cup broccoli florets <BR> * 1/2 cup sliced celery (1/2 inch pieces) <BR> * 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots <BR> * 1/2 small onion, cut into wedges <BR> ... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:05:43 EST Hi! I'm Chioni!! Hey, I'm Chioni! I'm new to Sparkpeople and wanted to introduce myself. I've been on the weightloss journey for a long time and it finally is getting good!! I'm on my way!! My oldest friend and I have been struggling together and have finally decided to take control. We're blogging about it at and if you want to get a good laugh you should definitely read it. I guarantee you will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Help us along on our fitness journey!!! Join... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 18:07:47 EST Hi I'm Sara I am new to this site. I love it so far. I definately think this site will help me lose the weight i have been trying to get rid of. I hope to lose 20 lbs by the end of the year. I have been on this site for a little over a week I guess but still don't know my way around yet. I know of a few friends who are on here but don't know how to find them. If anyone cane help that would be great :) Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:51:04 EST Here I go again! Hello, I found this wonderful website by pure accident and I am so glad I did. So far I have been a browser, not using the tools yet. I need help. I started my adventures a few years ago at 240 lbs. I lost 80 lbs in about a year, pretty much on my own. Exercise and watching my calories. It wasn't that hard but maintaining was another story. I had some changes in my household and lost my drive that I had to maintain my weight loss and consistant exercise. Now I know that I let my emotions cont... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 01:46:18 EST ARE THERE TOXINS IN YOUR COSMETICS?? Are There Toxins in Your Cosmetics? <BR> <BR> Did you know that cosmetics and personal-care products are a huge source of endocrine-disrupting chemicals? "But wait," you're thinking. "If it's on the drugstore shelf, it must be proven to be 100 percent safe — right?" <BR> Not necessarily. While the Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety of cosmetics, manufacturers don't have to seek approval before they bring a new product to market. Beyond an established list of prohibited or re... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 23:28:42 EST Hello all... Been at this 2 far so good, love this site!!!! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:22:29 EST A healthy Life Hello all, I want to say that i feel so happy on what i am doing right now this site is great and I always going to be greatful Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:18:24 EST Hi there! Hi! I joined SP at the beginning of August but today is my first day actually using it. <BR> <BR> My name is Lindsey. I'm from NJ and I'm the mother of two young children who have left me 70lbs overweight. I don't regret any of it though, they are my world! But I am definantly ready to drop the pounds and start taking as good of care of myself as I do for the rest of my family. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey last month and so far I have lost 10 lbs total. I feel great! I'm so ha... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:58:26 EST Gramj56 Hello! I am new to Spark People. Really enjoy the web sight. I need motivation the most to lose weight. Am on prednisone alot, which does not help when trying to lose weight. Any suggestions on how to combat this? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 23:26:24 EST Question about Avocados... How do you pick out an Avocado? How do you know if it's a good one or not at the grocery store. What sort of snacks, meals, do you make with them? I have never bought one and not sure if I've ever eaten one. I hear that they are good for you though. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:37:41 EST COMMANDING YOUR MORNING This is my first post since introducing myself. Yesterday a friend at church loaned my wife a book, "Commanding Your Morning" by Cindy Trimm. I believe it would be a great help for anyone struggling with life goals. Early each day, through prayer you "order" your day. "Ordering your day requires the ability to prioritize. It requires the ability to discern what is distracting". Here is a list of active declarations found on page 120. <BR> <BR> I stand to command my morning and declare it is... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 05:29:17 EST Weekly Meal Plans Has anyone used the Weekly Meal Plans, strictly eating what it suggests? It seems like it's high on breads/carbs and low on proteins (no eggs, very little meat, mostly beans). I'm just curious to hear comments from anyone who's followed the Meal Plans, how they did on weigh-ins and if they were hungry, etc. Sat, 15 Aug 2009 10:07:17 EST FRUITS & VEGGIES A-Z Rules of the Game! <BR> Starting with the letter A name a fruit or veggie! Say for instance A and I put Apple then the next person to play would do the letter B...IF you play and you are on a VOWEL...give someone on our team a goodie! Just a way to encourage and motivate each other...So I'll start it off with the letter A and when the person who does E give their fruit or veggie they give someone a goodie! There are 5 point Goodies it doesn't have to be the larger ones, whatever you choose... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 23:12:05 EST just me Hi everyone! Icant wait to get to know you all. my name is wendy i live in ireland. im 5"4 and weigh 206 lbs. i want to lose weight because of health reasons, i foolishly went on a 200kcal a day diet last year which left me with chronic IBS, so this time I want to change my lifstyle for good, manage my condition, be healthy feel great and look good! Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:40:36 EST SparkPoints Can we exchange SparkPoints for items in the Store? I'd like to get an exercise ball. Fri, 14 Aug 2009 07:14:38 EST New to Spark Hi <BR> I am new to Spark and am excited to embark on this new journey. I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor and I have decided that I owe it to myself to take the time for me and to lose this weight. I am a stay at home mom of 3: 10 yo, 3 yo, 2 yo. and a Military Wife. I hope to meet others who are embarking on the same journey and that we can motivate each other. <BR> Looking forward to meeting you! <BR> Take Care <BR> ~Julie Thu, 13 Aug 2009 22:43:33 EST set up How do I put my weight up with the cute markers? Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:12:41 EST Weird food thoughts . . . So, yesterday I stayed well within my nutrition ranges--right in the middle on most of them (except I was 4 grams low on fat). I did all right--wasn't hungry--tracked everything--drank 8 cups of water... <BR> <BR> I had a nice dinner last night, and was comfortably full afterward. No need to change out of the jeans after dinner; but I felt guilty for "eating so much" for the next two hours. I know this is crazy thinking, but it's involuntary. There's this little, mean voice in me that say... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:21:07 EST Hi I am Mitzmel Looking forward to getting better at using the site and the tools, and getting to know people along the way Thu, 13 Aug 2009 08:12:27 EST Hello SparkPeople! Great to join the SparkPeople community! I look forward to meeting you! Thu, 13 Aug 2009 07:49:46 EST new to healthy living hi everybody, <BR> just joined spark people and am feeling hopeful about losing weight and having more energy to live healthier. i'm excited about all the ways the website can help me stay on track to meet my goals. i'd love some feedback just to get the momentum to get started (again). i've had so many false starts, and i want to succeed this time. i have alot to lose-65 pounds. i didn't think i'd ever be this heavy. i'm ready to begin again and start to feel better! <BR> d Wed, 12 Aug 2009 11:24:39 EST Hi I am PLPEEP I have been a member of sparkpeople for 7 days now. I am doing really well keeping track of my progress. I am trying to overcome a life time of no self control. I am pretty hungry most of the time and hope that stops soon. Actually I can't be hungry I just think I am. Food has always been my best friend who never judges me but in reality it has been my worst enemy. I am trying to get my head around this. Wish me luck I am truly going to give this my best shot. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 11:11:52 EST *+*+*hApPy BiRtHdAy*+*+* <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>184</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to SLOGANREYNOLDS1!! <BR> August 12 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 09:40:28 EST Here I am I am so excited to have found this site. I really think this is going to help me make things happen. I am looking forward to making use of all that this site has to offer. I am a mother of three beautiful girls. With each pregnancy it has been harder to bounce back...but then all you moms can relate I am sure. My youngest really did a number on me, and I just haven't been able to shed all this extra weight. So here's to hoping I've finally found just what I've been looking for. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 01:43:29 EST tomorow's food plan Tomorrow’s food plan <BR> Eggs 2 <BR> Ww toast <BR> Butter 2 t <BR> Fruit 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> Veg soup 1 <BR> Fruit 1 <BR> Tuna 3 <BR> Mayo 4 <BR> Ww bagel <BR> Chips 3 <BR> Snack <BR> Granola bar <BR> Dinner <BR> Chicken 7 <BR> Squash 1 <BR> Salad 2 <BR> Snack <BR> Biscotti 4 <BR> tea <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 21:47:08 EST Hi, I'm New!! I heard about this site on another site I use regularly and thought I'd give it a try. Wow! I'm hooked. I love the "gee-whiz" gadgety factor of entering my foods each day and love that it's so easy to track. Even when I go over on calories, I'm really staying pretty close, and being really, really conscious of what I eat. I am the mother of two girls (ages 13 and 15) and probably could stand to lose close to 100 pounds. I have to get on board with the exercise thing, but this is really good i... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:05:27 EST Men and their METABOLIS M....UGH! Why is it that men can eat sooooo much and not gain any weight!!! My boyfriend is a stick!!!! But he eats ALOT!!! And then it makes me mad when they say, "It's not hard to lose weight, I do it and it's easy, you just have to stick to it." WHAT? Do they not understand we can't lose weight like they do?? Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:03:32 EST newbie Hi everyone my name is Beth and joined a week ago and I am starting out slow. I just had back surgery 4 weeks ago today. I been on bed rest going stir crazy trying to watch what I eat. I seemed to be stuck and can't go any further, any suggestion would be welcomed thank you have a great day <em>30</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 06:54:44 EST hi i'm aliza!! hi i joined a while back but had some computer troubles, so i'm fixed and ready to just jump right in. <BR> <BR> i did not go to the gym today or yesterday, the kids are all home, and it seems like such an effort to find someone to watch them while i go. i tried getting up early last week to go and it was hard to be working so hard so early. <BR> <BR> i do feel like there will always be an excuse not to go so i should go. <BR> <BR> my eating -i finally took a step out of the gutter, had ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:30:16 EST This Is Not A New Beginning Hi All, <BR> This is not the beginning of my first weight loss journey. I am sad to say that there have been many. I can say that this is the first journey that I am taking with so many tools to ensure a successful one. So, hopefully, this is indeed... A New Beginning! Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:27:02 EST Hello - I'm Happy to be here Hello All <BR> <BR> My name is Anne AKA classiclady1959. <BR> I hope you will visit my page, just stating what my thoughts and goals are has motivated me. I have a gym membership (hardly used) LOL I plan on making it pay finally pay for itself. I have literally got to take this in baby steps. I have a huge problem with staying motivated so I have broken it down this way. If I lose .4lbs per day - thats 2 lbs per week, 104 lbs per year. In one year I can be just a breath away from my ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:08:15 EST Heeellllooo! I'm TLSlaughter I'm a, just turned 40 year old, mother of 6 who has been struggling with weight issues for more years than I'd like to admit. I started this road before, about 4 years ago, this time I'd like to succeed!! I had written out my personal reasons for wanting to lose weight at that particular time, they still hold fast and true to this day. Here are a few of them: I want to lose weight because I know it'll help me with my depression. I want to have fun with my children, without losing energy fas... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:11:29 EST Tara Sanchez Mother of 3 Beautiful Girls I have 3 girls between the ages of 3 months and 5 years so it has been hard for me to find time to go to the gym, but I am determined to make this work, so I will find at home excersices for when I can't get the tribe organized enough to get us to the gym. I have found that just looking at the nutrition facts and taking notice of calorie intake ect, I have stopped eating many of my favorite foods (like Walmart's mini donughts, how I miss you) because it is just not worth the amout of working ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:32:15 EST fiber? How do you get more fiber in your diet? I already prefer whole wheat bread and brown rice. I don't like whole grain pastas, but I do eat lots of fruits and veggies. Still, my daily fiber total is always really low (sometimes half as much as it should be). Now what? Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:30:23 EST New to this site Hi, <BR> I am a married, working, mother of 2 who will be turning 40 in January. I have tried every diet out there and am in need of support and encouragement in order to lose this weight once and for all. I am encouraged by this site and all that it has to offer. Tracking my food intake and exercise is huge for me and a tool that has helped me to lose weight in the past. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:19:28 EST Hi...I'm walking to Rome Hello. I am Christi and I live in Madison, WI. I am 28 years old and married with two cute and cuddly kids. I am seriously overweight, starting at 303 pounds last Friday, the last day of July. There is a lot of cancer and heart disease in my family. I have decided not to wait for that day 10 or 15 years down the road, when I have had that heart attack or been diagnosed with that cancer to have my wake up call. I have decided that today, or rather last Saturday was the day for that wake up cal... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:43:07 EST Losing it AGAIN! I am 19 year old trying to lose 50 pounds again. I used to be 218 but i got back to my old ways and im now up to 258. I plan to reach 208 pounds this round and stay there for good. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 02:15:55 EST Ready to get started Hi...I am mother of 1...he is 8 years old and I am happily married. I need to lose at least 25 pounds and I am ready to get started. I can't wait to see some results. I only started the program today and I already feel better about myself if that is possible. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 21:03:44 EST On your team! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a part of your team and so happy to be here. Great resources on SP. <BR> <BR> Good wishes to all of you in your healthy living journey. <BR> <BR> gk <em>30</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2009 17:22:49 EST SparkPoints I'm not really sure how SparkPoints works. Do we redeem them at some point? Or are they just motivational? Thanks <em>213</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:35:23 EST Hi My name is Tricia and I am new here. I really want to get in better shape and get this weight off I have gained over 5 years. <BR> I am still trying to figure out things here. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:04:00 EST Hi all intro Hi everyone my name is Rachelle I am the mother of 4 boys 3 biological and one adopted, I work as a registered nurse, and I also have a degree in photography and I am a nail specialist. I live in florida and am close to the beach which I dont go to much because I will not put people through seeing me in a bathing suit lol but someday I will be able to do that and enjoy myself! I started my journey 3 1/2 weeks ago to become a healthier me because my weight is taking a toll on my joints and lif... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 10:32:06 EST DPA2009 Hello <BR> I am new and finding my way. So far I love the program . Looking forward to talking to memebrs of the team Sun, 9 Aug 2009 09:50:37 EST Never Met a Dessert I Didn't Like Hi, I'm Sharon. I'm 61 years old and have struggled most of my life with my weight. I was diagnose with fibromyalgia a couple of years ago and am now on disability and fighting it all the way. My doctor's tell me I would feel so much better if I could get my weight down to about 126 from my current 162. When I got myself up from rolling on the floor with laughter, we compromised on an initial goal weight of 142. <BR> <BR> This is where Spark People enter the scene. HELP ..... don't kn... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 08:04:03 EST Hi, My name is Lauren. I have tried and failed more times then I can count and am ready for a lifestyle change. I need lots of support! I have about 10 kilos to lose by Christmas. Hope to talk to you all (or at least some of) you soon! xo Sat, 8 Aug 2009 22:48:09 EST First day of a new journey! Hi everyone. I am new to this site but like most of you , not new to trying to lose weight. I came across this site in a magazine and thought I'd give it t a try. I have a lot to lose but this time I am taking it one day at a time and trying to not look at the big picture all at once as that can be just a bit overwhelming at times. My goal is to get healthier and be able to do some things that right now I am unable to because of my weight. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 20:55:05 EST hi my name is debb irecently gave up smoking and as u can imagine gained weight i come from alarge family of girls and up until now have mamaged my weight my sisters are all hugely overweight and i dont want 2 go down that path i love life in general and want2 embrace it in a healthy way AND STOP STRESSING BOUT MY WEIGHT Sat, 8 Aug 2009 19:36:49 EST I Hope I Can Stick With This Hi! I just joined yesterday. When reviewing the site it looked so positive and encouraging that I wanted to be part of it. I have tried many diets in the past...weight watchers, nutri-system, LA weight loss. Most recently, I joined a gym and started working with a trainer. I started out in May at about 164 and now weigh 170 lbs!! In disgust, I started looking for diet/weight loss tips on the computer...which led me to Spark. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 18:27:38 EST hi everyone hey, i'm Heather, This is my first time trying to lose weight and i would really love support i have a long way to go to meet my goals. I also would really like to be supportive to others while on their journey. Helping others while helping myself will keep me more focused on track so add me as a friend so we can help eachother. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 17:15:54 EST English newbie - looking forward to meeting you Hello, I'm so encouraged to join Spark People - I lost 7 stone about 7 years ago - this obviously changed my life but over the last couple of years 4 of those seven stone have snuck back on! I'm really disheartened as I do feel like I've tried everything to lose the weight again. I like to keep fit - but clearly additional weight is detrimental to acheiveing this goal. I've run two marathons but can only just wobble around 4 miles at the moment. Hmmmm . . . . . I am generally a very posit... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 14:31:14 EST New to SP - Teacher in Kansas Hello! I am new to SP and interested in changing poor habits for good! I have lost a vast amount of weight on my own, but need a bit more to get the last 25 or so off. My goal is to firm up habits I know I want (healthy habits), but that I just need accountability to ensure I complete. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:44:01 EST Hello everyone, This program looks good so far. I hope it works. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:32:16 EST time to get busy. Alway's trying to stay busy as i can . Later. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:26:18 EST Hello Cheers everyone, <BR> <BR> I just turned 40 a month ago and looking to lose 15 pounds. Any tips are welcome! Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:24:28 EST One year and counting Hello - I am new to all of this. I have a long term goal of losing 85 lbs by my birthday next year (short term - 2 lbs a week) as it will be the big 50 and I am dreading it. My life is in a state of transition - stock piled with a lot of letting go in the next 12 months. I would like to feel good about myself as I walk through this next chapter of my life and hope that connecting with others along the way will add depth and laughter to the sequence of events : ) For me life is about the ... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 12:30:58 EST Hey, I'm Chasity Hey everyone! My name is Chasity and I'm 22 years old. I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful baby girl, well she's 18 months. I am graduating from college in December which is one of the reasons I am deciding to loose weight. I don't want all my friends to see me with the "long-overdue- baby weight" still hanging around. Plus, I want to stay active and in shape for my little girl; and I don't mind the thought of being sexy for my hubby! I need lots of support and encouragement beca... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 10:36:06 EST Hi my name is Linda I am a new one to this program. I have three dogs and wish I lived on a farm so I could rescue more. I really want to loose weight and get in to shape. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 8 Aug 2009 04:22:57 EST I'm new to sparkpeople Howdy everyone, i'm Shane. Proudly engaged to Elizabeth (mommyto3bees) I have joined sparkpeople to boost my self-esteem. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 00:50:47 EST spruillts i am so looking forward to losing some weight with all of u! Fri, 7 Aug 2009 22:37:19 EST hello Hi all! So I just joined the site because I heard such good things about it. I'm a sophomore college student. I'm studying nursing in school and love to cook, run, read. My goal is to drop a good 15-20 pounds. I have been on and off weight watchers for the past year. I value living a healthy lifestyle its not so much about the number. I want to feel better about myself because I am turning 20 at the end of the year :-) Fri, 7 Aug 2009 21:57:40 EST Ragweed is my enemy I dread the pollen count that is soon to come Fri, 7 Aug 2009 21:24:18 EST dreamgirl Hello! <BR> <BR> Glad to have found this site, it is awesome so far. I've only just started and am finding that it is very motivating, informative and educational. I hope to reach my goals using this program. Wish everyone the best in their <BR> own goals too. Talk to you soon. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 14:48:59 EST Stay At Home Momma in need of inspiration This may be just what I need to get myself back on track. My youngest is 14 months old and I had gained 50 pounds during her pregnancy. I was able to get the baby weight off, but now it's coming back again. If anyone is interested, I would love to know your favorite part of the Spark program! If not, no worries. Just getting started and excited for this journey! :) Fri, 7 Aug 2009 14:30:36 EST Great website I'm happy to have a forum to view my goals and tools to help me reach them. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 14:10:06 EST You don't find yourself; You create yourself Hi. my name is Rick. I'm a 64 year-old grandpa in Oakland, CA. I have had type II diabetes for 7 years, and on Sept 22, 2008, I had a hip replacement. I need to:-lose weight- about 50 pounds, eat better, and exercise more. I enjoy walking, gardening, and martial arts. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 13:03:03 EST Introduction Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople. I'm hypothryoid and want to desperately lose 10-15 pounds. I have found new and exciting ways to achieve my goals through sparkpeople. I already love this site and I can't wait to tell others about it. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 11:41:40 EST Hi Everyone! HEllo everyone! My name is Jackie and I am from South Texas! I have been battleing with weight loss for 3 years! I am excited to have found Sparkpeople and hopefully this will help me loose the weight I want to lose! I would appreciate all the feedback and motivation I can get! <BR> <BR> Thanks a Bunch, <BR> Jackie Fri, 7 Aug 2009 11:19:03 EST Walkersville walker I am a 55 year old woman with many pounds to lose. I exercise daily, just need to get a handle on overeating. Any advice is welcome. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:28:29 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Natalie. I am 18 and a student. After having a previously very healthy lifestyle and small figure i have spent the last year yoyo dieting gaining over 3 stone and becoming more and more depressed. Well now this is the start of a new me and self esteem galore! Good luck to everybogy else in reaching there goals. We can do this! Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:27:48 EST Seeking Bossco2! I saw you needed support but I couldn't find your page. Give me a shout - I'm here for you! <BR> <BR> Tracey Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:06:06 EST Just starting out! What a great program! I really like the way you can track your meals each day and your activity levels. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 08:58:22 EST new member saying hello My name is Amy. A few notations to help others know me. I am vegan/vegetarian, i love to cook and prepare almost all of my own food. I have a yeast a wheat intolerance and have been told that I am prediabetic. I struggle with accountability with my diet and the unhealthy things I do when I am stressed include emotional eating. I am also parenting a 16yr old daughter so the stress level is very high at times. I am a mental health therapist so I am used to offering alot of support and encourage... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 08:03:45 EST Good morning I'm new After having half of my thyroid removed due to cancer,gaining 50lbs I have had great difficulty trying to find something that works for me. <BR> I am hopeful to find freinds and support through this journey, share insight about thyroid cancer as I still have lumps on the remaining piece of thyroid that must be monitored. <BR> I raised two children on my own and am now alone again. <BR> I need to keep motivated and focused. <BR> I do suffer deprsion and tend to drink more than I should <BR... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 08:00:36 EST HEY HOW IT GOING?? My name is Natasha I am a tru chocoholic LOL.....and need some serious help :P....... I am very new to this site and so for think it is amazing!!! I have tried to diet b4, tried WW, Herbalife, starving my self and nothing worked!! I am going to make a tru effort and really try and do this.....I am looking for some some positive people on here so we can motivate each other!! add me as a buddie and lets start this!! Fri, 7 Aug 2009 05:32:00 EST I'm the new guy Hey there guys.... <BR> <BR> I'm not much for writing, so I'll keep this short ok! <BR> <BR> I'm over weight and am going to lose it by next year. Motivation is hard for me because I work as a concreter all day and am buggerd after work. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 03:34:01 EST Recommitting to losing weight - again Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to SP. I want to get serious about eating right and exercising again. I've used Calorie Count previously and recording calories really seemed to help. But I didn't log on every day and haven't used it in about 4 monts. Now I have a BlackBerry so I wanted to use an online calorie tracker so I can record my calories more easily during the day. I already like what I see on SP. <BR> <BR> Here's a little about me: <BR> Married?- 14 years to fabulous and funny man. <BR> ... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 01:44:11 EST the begining After reading an article at Time magazine about how exercising won't make you thin, decided to look up customized diet plans and found this. Hoping that having an idea of what to eat will help. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 01:19:59 EST Gettin' Skinny AGAIN Hello everyone, my name is Rebecca and I'm peeking my head up to say, I'm fat and need to lose weight! :) I would love the support of fellow members and I think this is going to be one interesting way to track my progress, I'm looking forward to it! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:47:35 EST Just Saying Hi So just wanted to say hello, and ask what people find is their favorite part of the site. I am new here and am looking for a place to make some lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> Looking forward.. to the journey. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:04:45 EST Hey everyone! Hi everyone, I'm new to sparkpeople. My name is Jessica and I want to live a healthier lifestyle and lose a bit of weight. I wish you all luck :) Thu, 6 Aug 2009 20:55:24 EST howdy out there hi i just joined from ill am trying to quit smoking and diet to can it be done seymour roses. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 20:28:27 EST Hi there! Jami here... Hey all! Here for the same reason you all are to be healthy and happy with my weight issue. Im in Streamwood IL looking for some peeps to possibly meet and become friends with, or workout with... ya know whatever. :P Nice to meet all of you! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:59:57 EST Just Joined Hi my name is Karen. I am a mummy of 7 children, ages ranging from 13 yrs to 6 mths. I joined this website to give and receive support and good advice from people that have the same goal. Since having my last 2 children i have found it hard to get back into shape and seem to put on the kilo's rather than take them off. I have tried a lot of different things but usually end up with more weight to loose <em>39</em> If anyone would like to have a chat, please drop me a line. <BR> Cheers Karen Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:56:05 EST Hi to everyone! Hello, i am so glad i found this website, and i am excited about meeting new people and getting some motivation. I quit smoking in March, and my dad passed away due to lifestyle choices in April. So, i gained weight due to quitting smoking. its not like i was at a good size beforehand, though, and now im bigger. but one thing that will never change is that i love to eat!! i just started going back to the ymca a few weeks ago. i know what i want to do, just do not know exactly how. so, ... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:44:03 EST Hi! I'm new! Hello everyone! My name is Jessica. I'm new to the site and just marking off things on the checklist. I live in Tucson. I have two great kids. Kailey will be five on August 23rd. Bradley just turned seven months. I have about 20 pounds to loose... wish me luck! :) Thu, 6 Aug 2009 16:27:18 EST New to Spark People Hello! Im Amanda. I have a 5 1/2 month old son. I need to lose about 24 lbs to be my target weight. I gained weight after I got married and then more when we had our son. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:52:40 EST Hello Hi - My name is Pam. I'm 42 and trying to lose 20 pounds for my health. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:59:33 EST willing to loose hi all. My name is Tanya and I decided to join after getting some personal things in order. I have been a happy and stress eater (so I basically just eat whether happy or sad) lately and I would like to shed 10 lbs. and start being more accountable. i love the site so far and it has so much to offer. Can't wait to loose Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:19:55 EST Time Hi there everyone! <BR> <BR> So I was sitting here thinking why I needed this change and how I let myself get this far. <BR> <BR> For me, I thought I was doing fine until I stepped on the scale and realized I weighed 10lbs more than I did the last time I stepped on the scale ((which was like 2 to 3 months ago)) I feel the weight on my bones and I am only 20. I should feel the weight on my bones. How I let myself get this fancy coffee drinks and eating fast food everyday up... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:48:14 EST AWW so sad! I am really enjoying messaging people and sad that I can only do 5 per day till I have 100 points. I am new and have been getting lots of inspiration. So many people I would like to encourage as well. Kinda bummed! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:36:54 EST Hiya Hi there. I'm Rach, 22 from the UK. Just graduated from uni, and thinking that as everything else is changing, now might be the easiest time to change my routines/eating plans! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all :) Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:56:09 EST Hello all. Hello my name is Ryan. I have lost focus over the summer and need to get back on track. Part of that reason I have lost my way is I have mild Physical Urticaria. If I get too sweaty and overheated I will break out in hives. Or as I joke I am allergic to my own sweat. It's not chronic but I fear it will hit at anytime. After my last bout with it i sort of just gave up. I need a change in my life and I doing this all for me. I can't sit around anymore and be unhealthy. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:48:47 EST today's plans I love going outdoors and used to hike all the time. Since my son is so young and my knees are bad, I have let that passion go. I am afraid I will hurt myself and he will have to go on his own to get help (he is only 5). I am also afraid I will get half way down a trail and he will want to stop. To get over these fears, I have decided to find new places to hike. I have found a place to go that has a variety of trails, some short, some long, some easy, some difficult. It is a nature center and... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:48:42 EST First time user Hey there! So I have 47 pounds left to loose..I have lost 8 so far....but I can't seem to get past that, so I am trying out this website. Looks great! I am 35 years old with an 8 year old, and twin 3 year I am busy and food is my comfort! I have always battled with my weight and I'm so tired of it. I would love to be "fit and healthy". Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:02:18 EST Ready for change! Hi, my name is Jordan. I am getting ready to make a big move across the country, from DC to Seattle, just to change things up and have an adventure. To prepare, I am hoping SparkPeople will help me make healthy changes to my lifestyle so it will be a fresh start all around when I move!! Not to mention that I could do with losing 20 pounds!! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:12:12 EST Needing all the support I can get to start... Hi there, <BR> I was introduced to this page because my sister felt I needed positive encouragement to get my health back and beat depression. I lack the motivation to get started and when I have made progress for 3 days I fall back sometimes because something happens and I fall back into old patterns of behavior. I have joined this team to give me the support I need, have also joined weight-watchers again and am deteremined to make it permanent this time. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:49:55 EST lose weight hi Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:50:20 EST Introducing myself I am 37 year old wife and mom of 9 kids, whom I homeschool, and am extremely over weight. I am excited about spark people and what it allows me to do. My biggest problem has always been keeping track of what I eat. I am so glad to have an easy way of tracking it now. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:46:00 EST Ashley Need to shed some pounds and would love to do it with some new friends! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:23:58 EST My last hurrah Hi my name is Casey. Just joined the website and already have made progress this summer. I'm looking to find some support and recognition as much as everyone else here. I used to be a personal trainer but since gave it up. Feel free to ask me questions, I might be able to help. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 00:30:30 EST Need help to get to my second goal Hello It has been 13 months since I have lost 54 pounds with WW I have gained back three and am struggling to get to my second goal I need to loose another 13 lbs stress is my issue. I work three days per week and homeschool trying to find the balance again. During the 14 months it took me to loose the weight I also found out I was allergic to cereal grains and had out my gall lots of foods I can't eat sometimes makes me sad. Thanks for listening. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:39:11 EST Hello all! New here.... Hello everyone! My name is Jackie, from Ohio. 40 years young and 238 lbs. I have struggled with my weight for years and have simply decided I cant do this by myself. I am excited to meet new friends and begin my weight loss journey, I hope for the last time! I am really in need of a buddy, so reach out if your interested in "buddying up"! Wed, 5 Aug 2009 22:43:57 EST Hi My Name is 214lbs I saw a picture of myself whitewater rafting. OMG i didnt know I had gotton that big. I have to do something Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:52:28 EST Hello All Hello everyone. I am a 30 yr old from Miami Florida. Right now I am about 8 months pregnant, but when I have the baby next month, I am despertly ready to start loosing the weight. I decided to join this website because I was interested in interacting with others like myself. This has been very hard for me since I spent the last 10 yrs of my life in the military and to get out just to gain a ton of weight. I wish everyone the best on this journey to a better life. Be blessed and Be encouraged! Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:42:35 EST I'm a newbie Not new to weight loss just new to Sparkspeople <BR> Our daughter just finished a triathlon and while she was training she lost 50 pounds she looks great. <BR> she has me motivated. I don't see her all the time. and I know I am an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2009 19:31:11 EST Stuck in a Rut My name is Pam and I have lost about 30 pounds over a year 1/2. Recently, I have started to put in weight training and the scale has not moved down but is either staying the same or going up. I am confused. I have people telling me that I should lose all my weight first before I start weights and others tell me that weight training is just as important as cardio. I try and get to the gym 4 times a morning and do cardio and weights each time. What should I be doing differently. I know that I ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 19:26:18 EST Farmers Wife Just found out about this web site and wondering how it works Wed, 5 Aug 2009 17:40:36 EST Hello I have just joined this program and wanted to say hi. I am trying to lose 19 lbs by mid-October. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:50:51 EST Hi Im Sarah and Im new My name is Sarah, I am 27 and a resident of Wisconsin. I have a 2 year old beautiful girl. I am so excited about this site to help me track and keep on track to reach my goals. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:49:50 EST * ~ Wed, 5 Aug 2009 15:45:22 EST Hi! Hello - this site looks really neat - I am excited to be here. I am 100 pounds over weight and have gone through depression for several years. But I am ready and up to this challenge to reach my goal. I'm ready and willing to see this through. <BR> I look forward to hearing from y'all. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 14:23:48 EST Death to "Fat and Fabulous"...finding the REAL me! Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a 30yr. old female who has been overweight for most of my life. I am tired of being overweight, and the feelings of insecurity that go along with it. I have quite a bit of weight to lose (110lbs.), but I have made up my mind to simply lead a healthier lifestyle and be more conscious of my food choices. On the more shallow side of things....I'm tired of being the, "pretty face" I want to be that hot and sexy wife, and mother, turning heads, rocking the latest fashions... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:43:39 EST Mary's world Hi there, I am new to this site, and looking forward to good results Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:18:44 EST Hello my name is Nancy My name is Nancy I am a college student hoping to graduate this spring. I just got married this past March to a wonderful man. I am trying to get into a more healthy life style and lose weight. I hope to give and receive motivation and support from groups and other people. I am a really nice person looking to meet friends with similar interests and goals. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 05:11:43 EST Jennifer here! Hello!!! Hi everyone! Just introducing myself. Looking to keep myself track and loose some lbs. in the mean time. I am training for a marathon and hope that I can keep some of the hunger pangs at bay. LOL <BR> Anyways, glad to be here! Tue, 4 Aug 2009 20:14:27 EST First message Hello to all! I'm just getting started myself so bear with me. I'll get the hang of it I'm sure. I'm 43 and the mother of three young girls. I do weight watchers but it's not enough. I work full time and walk at work for about 45 minutes on my lunch break. I need more motivation, I guess. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:54:13 EST SOS Hello new world of Sparkpeople. My name is Kim, I am 33 years old & I choose to change my life today. I need help; I can't do this alone. I have a fantastic husband, amazing son, great family & friends who I love & love me unconditionally. So much that they can't see how badly I need their tough love. They say I am the 'strongest person they know', but I have not been with this struggle. Only alone. I have so much knowledge about healthy living & weight loss, my brain aches from it. I have l... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 18:25:42 EST Hi Everyone! I am so new to this but I am praying and hoping this helps me on my weight loss journey. I am in a program "Weight & Wellness" thru Willis Knighton. I have had some ups and downs both emotionaly <BR> and physical. Not everyone around me wants me to change. I am afraid I will lose some people that are <BR> close to me. This is my time in my life to help me. Being the oldest child I have taken care of everyone else <BR> but ME ! I am praying for new friends on the same journey I am ! <BR> Ali... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 16:23:02 EST Wanting to succeed this time Have struggled with 200 pounds forever it seems. This time I want things to be different. <BR> I want to take it one day at a time and succeed. I'm 65 and need to be around for the grankids and my <BR> husband. I have no real health problems yet but I'm afraid I will if I continue to hold on to this weight. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:36:54 EST Hello - new here! I have been wanting to lose weight for the last several years... but it has just been real difficult to do. Especially after a hysterectomy and then the thyroid stopped working... I am busy with two grade schoolers who are finicky eaters. I know I really have to get motivated... even if it is just to lose a few pounds and gain more energy. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:28:26 EST new menber just joint 64 years hoping to lose 25lb .also getting marry next year. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 12:08:25 EST quietstranger Hello everyone, <BR> I have picked up weight this summer,clothes are not fitting,and I fill the extra pounds that I have put on. <BR> Need better eating habits and lay off the beer. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:39:15 EST Brand new Sparkie here.... Hey all, what a wonderful place this is. I'm a 47 yo wife and mother of 2 teen boys, I have a blessed life and am a joyful person. Some friends and I were discussing my personality the other day....quiet and meek spirit with an exhuberant personality....sums me up! I have mucho pounds to lose to get healthy and am looking so forward to meeting many of you on SparkPeople. I'm a facebook addict so this format is so great. Thanks for any advice, comments and support to help me, I'll try to ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 10:30:09 EST Intro Hi, <BR> In need of more exercise, better eating habits, etc. <BR> I share my life with four dogs....daily walks will be on our daily to do list. i am actually pretty good about that, however the afternoons rains here in FL at times can get the best of my attempts. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:59:45 EST Hello All New Here! So my cousin and Aunt are on this site so I though I would give it a shot. I am a stay at home mom with a 2 year old and an almost 8 month old. During my first pregnancy I gained 50 lbs and never lost it. With my second pregnancy I didn't gain that much and am sitting at my first pregnancy discharge weight. I cannot get rid of the extra 50 lbs. I would even be satisified loosing only 30-35. I just want to get back to my normal self again. Plus I am a bridesmaid in 2 wedding this fall Oct 3 an... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:11:58 EST Where are our AUGUST BIRTHDAYS? Do we have any August babies? If so please post your birthday so we can celebrate with you...A virtual <em>236</em> brought to your page filled with birthday wishes/ balloons and lots of love! Post your birthdays here is the link... <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12376x35067<BR>x27377851 </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 08:14:25 EST A wee Newry girl turned into a BIG belfast girl! Hi i'm Noeleen and I want to get super duper healthy again. Where did it all go wrong!!! LOL! I think it had something to do with the University drinking competitions!!! Tue, 4 Aug 2009 07:42:15 EST Hello! Hi everyone, I´m Laka, 28, from Brazil. I´m currently living in Tokyo and this made me realize how lazy I used to be when I was back home. So I think it´s a good chance to take control back and start changing the way I live. <BR> Nice to meet you all! Tue, 4 Aug 2009 02:33:07 EST Hi, my name is Barb I am 60, have fibromyalgia and have been pretty sedentary for almost 2 months. I have to get up and get out!! I want to get my weight gain to level off and then lose weight. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 01:35:32 EST lagayle renee netherland phelps I am so tired of being over weight I am ready to live again Tue, 4 Aug 2009 01:08:17 EST Hi I just wanted to say hi to everyone. I'm Vikki, and looking to change my life for the better. I'm not looking to be thin, just want to be healthy. I want to be able to look in the mirror and find myself attractive again. I just want to love me, so I decided to join SparkPeople and really put the effort into losing weight this time. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 00:05:21 EST Hi. =]]] Hey. Im Madison. and I just thought i would introduce my self. Im 18 year old and about to start college. I live in FL and love it. I have been dancing since i was 4 years old. Now i teach. But even with dancing so long i have always been a little over weight. and now i am just tired of it and ready to get in shape. <BR> =]]] Mon, 3 Aug 2009 23:23:10 EST Hi I am Kellie Hi I am Kellie and I am new on here and I am looking to make some friends that I can talk to and help me through everything. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 22:51:40 EST New here today I have finally decided to do something about my weight and I'm hoping that with all of the different groups for all of the various issues I have, I'll be able to stop making excuses and actually learn to lead a better life. I hope, with all my life experience, that I may be able to help other people with problems I may have already learned to deal with. I am a married mom with a teenage son starting high school in a week who works full time from home. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:53:36 EST Natasha Gough I am 26 and a mother of 3 beautiful children. I have had a very hard time losing weight since I had my 3rd child and I finally hit the 200 lb mark and decided it was time for a change. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 20:44:48 EST inside3 just join need help with hunger,exercise.because went i exercise i want to eat anything and every thing Mon, 3 Aug 2009 17:39:14 EST New and need a buddy! Hello everyone. I have just resigned up on here again. I am looking for a buddy to chat with. Someone I can use to help keep me accountable. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 15:06:08 EST Brand spankin' new to Spark! Stumbled onto Spark, and I am really excited...and very overwhelmed by how out of control I've let my weight get. It will be great for me to use the nutition tracker and message boards and OWN UP to what I am doing to my body and spirit and not ignore it! <BR> <BR> For me the problem is not going to be what I am putting in my body, but how much of it goes in. I know there are a lot of people out there like me who, when depressed comfort themselves with food, and when happy and excited, cel... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13:18:56 EST Hi from Maryland My name is Colleen, and I'm excited to be apart of this journey. My goal is to lose 40 pounds in 9 months. I know I can do it. I hope to meet alot of you online soon. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 11:24:49 EST Getting the ball rolling I just came back from the doctor very discouraged. I have been working out for four weeks and have been working hard to eat healthy foods and portion my meals. I thought I might have lost weight by now, but it turns out that I haven't, if anything I might have gained a pound or two. My blood sugar is normal and my cholesterol is in good shape however, the weight is not coming off. A friend told me about this site so I am giving it a try as a way to keep the ball rolling. I hope to see a ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 11:08:43 EST Hmmm. What to Say? Hi! I am brand-new here. It's a little weird posting to who knows who (whom?). Umm... not sure what to say. :) Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:22:23 EST Hi All! My name is Alanna, and I am a runner and a yogi. I am hoping to get into stellar shape for my wedding next year. I am looking forward to meeting positive people here on Sparkpeople! Mon, 3 Aug 2009 09:01:19 EST hello all hi i am 35 and v ery over weight i live in ashland ky i have been married for 16yr i need to loose 100 pounds and i need all the help i can get lol... i also am here to make friends and disguss weightloss tips and support others who are trying ... any other questions plz feel free to ask and all words of wisdom are very welcome good luck and god bless Mon, 3 Aug 2009 04:05:22 EST Here I Go Again Yup, here I go again!!! I have recently lost 50 pounds, but unfortunately I have already gained back about 15 pounds and need to get some motivation to get back to where I was to continue on my weight loss journey. I saw this site posted on a friends Facebook page and thought I would check it out. It looks to have a ton of information, however I am a little overwhelmed. Hopefully it will all make sense soon. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 03:18:48 EST Hello Just wanted to say Hi, I just joined, this looks like a good website :) Mon, 3 Aug 2009 01:51:03 EST Newbie! Hey all! This is my first time here, and I'm a little nervous about figuring things out. I'm not seeing results on the plan I'm on now, so I really hope this works. Looking forward to meeting some people and discovering new strategies! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 21:50:31 EST Healthy, Yet Tasty (Recipe Box) <BR> <em>140</em> <em>481</em> <em>472</em> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>258</em> <em>180</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2009 21:12:25 EST Here we go again... Hello everyone!! <BR> I just joined and thought I would post a message. <BR> I've tried to lose weight countless times, and some of them actually worked, but here I am again. I have heard good things about this website and it looks like I'm going to be spending a great deal of time exploring all the features. <BR> I love to excercise, I need to focus more on my nutrition. <BR> So how does everyone like it here? Sun, 2 Aug 2009 20:50:20 EST i'm! Hi everyone. my name is sarah and i'm returning because i failed. i thought i could do it alonee but i can't. i here looking for support and comfort. and maybe sometimes to vent :) Sun, 2 Aug 2009 20:30:03 EST New here as well Tomorrow starts the once again task of eating right and exercising . . just heard about this site, so I'm hoping it'll help me stay motivated and be on track! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 20:11:38 EST I am Sunny..... fatnsunny I am a 34 yr old mom of three (2 teens and a pre-schooler). I have recently become "settled" with myself. I became a single woman and dated for a while and am now in a steady relationship. I have become comfortable and then one day I looked in the mirror and I am twice the woman I once was. I want to lose weight and become healthier so I can be the mom and girlfriend that I want to be..... more energy, more fun, more life Sun, 2 Aug 2009 19:26:42 EST Kristinae123 is excited to get started! Hey, Everyone! I'm new to this program and excited to get going. I am a small business owner with little time for myself. I am looking for a healthy program where I can loose a significant amount of weight so that I feel better and present myself as I see myself. I love to cook, so any tips to keep meals from being boring will be greatly appreciated! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 18:41:05 EST Hi members! My name is Anna & I'm excited to be able to join you all here in my goal to lose some weight. My goal is to loose 16 or so lbs. In the process I hope to learn how to eat healthy not just for now, but a lifetime. The best way for me to achieve my goal is by joining this group(s) and share motivation & inspiration with like minded people. I look forward to sharing ideas and motivation with others. In the past I have lost weight but put it back on few months later. I need tips on how to keep it ... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:34:22 EST hello my name is nicole hello everyone i'm nicole i'm 32yrs old and i've been struggling with weight all my life. i've tried almost every diet none has worked. i need to lose weight due to some health problems. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:17:43 EST Hi fellow team members! <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Cindy and I'm 49 years old. I actually joined SP during the week, but changed class teams because I wanted to start at the beginning of a new week. I'm also hoping a friend of mine from another site joins us here. <BR> <BR> I invite you to come check out my spark page and get to know more about me there. I look forward to working with y'all as we work towards our weight and health management goals. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Let's go team!!!!! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:02:43 EST New to SP Good morning everyone. My name is Debbi and I am from North Florida. I have been on quite a few diets in my day, which worked, but then I gained the weight back. I have now come to the point where I realize that it is not the food I need to change, but it is ME that I need to accept and change. I found out approx. 1 year ago that I am sensitive to gluten products. I went on South Beach (no processed carbos for the first two weeks) and when the wheat products were added back in, so were my... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 09:48:02 EST help I am 49 years old and I have bach hip and but pain my legs are numb feeling and walking is diffacult I am in a wheel chair manual one and that hurts my back and arms. I had accident my husband says get up walk I wish I could, I have been to a chiopractor. therapy, pain shots many doctors I am over weight I can't do my walking any more so my weight came back on. I need help I am depressed over this all the doctors say it is because of my size that caused this it was the size of the smi that hi... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 08:38:52 EST Hi Everyone My name is Linda. I am so happy to have found this website. I am looking forward to making new friends and being healthy, physically and mentally. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 06:19:03 EST Hi, I'm new to this! Hi - well it's time I got serious about my weight loss! Yo Yo is my middle name!! Have been paying a gym membership for a year and a half, but haven't attended since Feb 2009. Am now stressing a little, as we have just booked a holiday to Kuching, and I'm hoping to be beachwear-ready in 7 weeks. No, I'm not going to be silly, but 7-10 kilos less would be a really good beginning. I am looking forward to sharing your stories with you. cheers and success to all, Martina Sun, 2 Aug 2009 05:06:59 EST yo im new so i just wanted to say im excited to have some help with reaching my weight loss goals! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 04:00:29 EST Got Questions? Ask Them Here We are here to answer any questions that you might have about the site. <em>38</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:38:29 EST WELCOME! NEW MEMBER TUTORIAL VIDEOS <em>235</em> New Members to Spark People...Here are some very helpful videos to help guide you through the site! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=571 </link> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:25:00 EST