SparkPeople SP Class of August 23-29, 2009 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from August 23-29, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 23-29, 2009 Team Messageboard Hello Hello, I figured this was appropriate. I recently became a team leader on this team so I wanted to introduce myself. I joined back around August 2009 and I actually reached my goal the following year using everything I learned here. I actually used do at least 10 minutes of exercise every day Sparkguy idea. <BR> <BR> Well I though I was done and for about a year I kept the weight off then November of last year I was unable to handle stress and now I'm back due to comforting stress with eati... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 07:21:21 EST Roll Call I want to see if anyone is active here! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:54:38 EST Starting again I joined SparkPeople in 2009 but didn't really do anything with it! So here I go again....and this time I'm determined to start living a healthier lifestyle! I'm 44 years old and obese. The realization of how I got here has set in and I know it's time to make a difference. Not just for me but for my family. Let the journey begin! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:44:06 EST HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY, SP CLASS! Just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to my August Teammates ... many of us are still quietly plugging away and using SP, but not necessarily posting on this site. <BR> <BR> SP has helped me lose 50 lbs in the last year and now I am now working on maintaining my weight (give or take 5 lbs). I continue to stay active however my running has been on hold due to some problems with my knees, so I'm working on other exercise options. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Would love to hear an... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 13:43:23 EST Hi My name is Diana Geisler I was just told by my doctor NOT to eat anything with REFINED SUGAR in it!!! I am so losted, I have no clue what I can eat other than fruits and vegetables. He wants me to go to the Joslin Diabetes Center. My next move is the Insulin needle which I do not want to take. I feel like I can not eat hardly anything anymore. Please help with some advice!!!! I am open to any good ideas. Thanks to all who might help me. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 17:04:48 EST Trying to lose weight Hi my name is Jeanine I'm 32 and trying to lose weight again. My weight has been up and down since childhood and I was just recently told by a friend the reasonhe didn't want a relationship with me was because of my weight. I found out within the last week but he knewa year and a half ago and didn't even attempt to try helping me. I wan to lose weight for myself but it's hard and I always end up giving up sooner or later Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:25:37 EST No longer lurking! Just wanted to say hello! I've been hanging around here for a while off and on. Turning over a new leaf, being more committed to it now and making this work :) Mon, 10 May 2010 00:13:35 EST Farmville Hi <BR> <BR> If there are any people out there that enjoy Farmville I sure could do with some neighbours :) please let me know or email me if I can add you on facebook and become farmville neighbours with you.. <BR> <BR> DEbs Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:43:54 EST losing motivation Hi team <BR> <BR> only lost 7 pounds and still feel like I have not yet truely committed to a lifestyle change although made very positive steps.. I am now feeling bit like work and housework/family draining so much of me it is hard to stay motivated.. could be that time of the month, could be that my son and dog both been ill. Any advise on how to get my mind back on track or motivation from you guys or any advise on how you overcame this would be really really appreciated.. i don't want to... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:45:35 EST Happy six months! Today's February 23, so in the next week or so lots of people on this team are going to be having their six-month Sparkiversary! <em>516</em> <BR> <BR> How's everyone feeling about their progress to date, and will you be posting a "Six Month" Blog? Mine will be tomorrow, and I hope to see several more... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:50:14 EST One Last Try A professional yo-yo dieter for 25+ years now with at least 50 pounds to lose. Reading The Spark book and setting those first three goals this weekend. Afraid to start because of so many past failures and had resigned to being plus sized forever but weight is climbing and it makes me sad. Want to enjoy life, kids, grandchildren and be happy in my own skin. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 15:22:17 EST P90X Journey Hello everyone. My name is Tobias. I am about to start my P90X program. Still have a couple of more items I need to buy like dumbbells and a yoga mat. I still need to take my before pictures which will be done tonight along with my starting weight. I will use this website as means for logging, blogging and tracking. And hopefully find people who will throw in good word to keep me motivated and hopefully some people who are on the same journey. I have never been a big fan of TV ads selling exe... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:57:37 EST This is my time! Hey everyone! I've been using SparkPeople to log my foods and fitness for about a month now. I love this site! The food lists are comprehensive. The site is easy so easy to use. I've recently started searching through the recipies posted by other members and have found some easy and tasty goodies. <BR> <BR> I'm committed to reaching my weight goals - primarily for health reasons. But, I would be lying if I didn't admit that I want to look good again. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is an a... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:08:38 EST Little by little Hi, I am starting Spark People and am looking for a couple people with whom I can chat back and forth. I'm an elementary teacher in my 50's. I live in eastern Washington. I'm looking forward to reading the forum and getting started. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:44:50 EST Introduction Renita I am 4'9 , married with 3 grown son on their own and 1 12 year old son living at home. I work for a hospital with means I carried a pager and always on call for major problems. I am diabetic and am trying to get my health in better shape. I just brought a new motorcycle and working on getting proficient at that. I rededicated myself to taking care of myself better. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:33:01 EST my fitness tracker question Hi everybody, <BR> I get stumped by Fitness tracker a lot. I am doing the biggest loser power sculpt dvd, for example. I have put it under "cardio" for 30 min and given it the low impact aerobics designation and gotten a calorie count based on that. But I am confused as to how to put the strength training portion of it in. Am I supposed to go through the whole video and write every move down then record each one as a strength exercise, or can I find a shortcut? Most of the time I have not eve... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:37:46 EST Refocus in 2010 I have not fully utilized SparkPeople, but I am refocusing my plan and goals this year. I got my husband and my best friend to join, and we'll utilize more of the tools and suggestions from members to help us lose the weight and become more healthy. Wish me luck! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:43:35 EST Marianne Hi, I have been lurking on this site. A few days ago I actually read a great deal from the various areas. I am impressed and will visit every day. I have reached my weight loss goal and am now maintaining. Start weight was about 258 (I had stopped weighing) and my current weight is 145 or so. With 150 being my warning weight. I exercise, but this year my goal is to go back and be more consistent. I hope to find others in my area for a support system. Happy New Year to all of us! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 10:02:13 EST Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays 2009 I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.... <BR> <BR> The holidays took their toll on me in a variety of ways, and on a lot of us, I'm sure! <BR> <BR> So, as this year winds down, I will just encourage you to keep at it, don't lose focus, and if you fall off the bandwagon, let us know so we can help you back up. <BR> <BR> I DEFINITELY will throw a challenge out there as we wind down because New Year's always brims with resolutions, most not kept. My hope for you is t... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 13:42:43 EST Hello, hello! I joined in late August, but haven't been very dedicated to my journey since then. (Aie!) I'm one of those crazy people who gets energized by rainy, gloomy weather, so I'm finally ready to get down to business. I'd love to greet the spring weather in 2010 with less of me than I've got now. ^_^ Sun, 8 Nov 2009 19:05:08 EST Anyone else having this problem?? I have been sparking now for 2 mo... in the beginning I saw results, but they seem to have dissapeared and now I'm gaining... <BR> <BR> Anyone have some insite? <BR> Wed, 4 Nov 2009 00:20:28 EST Cardio Team Challenge - Here are the teams Well, we had 16 folk sign up for the cardio team challenge. <BR> <BR> This starts meet your partner, get your cardio in, and then e-mail me your minutes. <BR> <BR> The challenge runs through Sunday, October 25,,,while this is a competition, I encourage the social aspects of getting to know one another, supporting one another, and having fun. <BR> <BR> The teams are as follows (and definitely randomly picked!)... <BR> <BR> rmaldred and sparkyeg <BR> <BR> dancegirl26 and al... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:54:35 EST Yoga and mindful eating I heard something about this on tv yesterday, and found this article today that I thought was interesting, and might be of help to someone. <BR> <link><BR>8/090803185712.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Mindful eating is one of my action steps this week, and it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I tend to read and eat at the same time. Then I look down, and poof! my food has disappeared somehow. So this is something I definitely need to work on! <em>24</em>... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 19:09:53 EST Just getting started Hi everyone! Just thought that I would introduce myself. My name is Samantha and I am 28 and a homemaker. Looking forward to getting to know some of you and getting started! <BR> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:40:12 EST Can't get started Hi everyone. I was introduced to sparkpeople about a month ago and I can't seem to get myself started on this weight loss journey of mine. I need help! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:59:00 EST Hello Hi my name is Laura. I have been married to my husband (Tim) for almost 10 years and I am the mother of 3 beautiful energetic children (Olivia 10yrs, Zoey 7yrs, and Tyson 4yrs.) I joined Spark becasue I stumbled across it actually and it seemed like a good thing. I also have been trying to change a few things to be able to lose some weight but have not had much success so I am going to try this out. So in anyone have any ideas to help me out I would greatly appreciate it and hope to meet alo... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:34:23 EST Inspirational Blog - Me? A runner?! I just came across this wonderful blog from one of our is absolutely inspiring and is further evidence of that inner athlete that is just itchin to burst out! In this case, she discovered others it will be something entirelu different. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to take a is THAT good. <BR> <BR> The link is attached... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2468899 </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:51:10 EST Beginning my eighth decade. Beginning my eighth decade, I decided that it was imperative that I pay more attention to my lifestyle. Always having enjoyed exceptionally good health, it was easy to slip into habits that worked when I was younger. Now, however, I realize that if I want to stay active, alert and healthy I must exercise regularly and keep my weight under control. Being a tall 5 foot 10 inches, I have always been considered slender. It is only in the last year or two that I notice my weight creeping up. ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 17:40:55 EST Exercise Equipment Challenge - The Results Sept 27 When you start posting here it will be Sunday, Sept, for all that joined the Exercise/DVD equipment challenge, how did you do? You committed to 4 days. Did you work out for the 4? <BR> <BR> Either way, tell us how the workouts made you feel? Gonna be a part of your regular life or looking for different exercise challenges? <BR> <BR> Share your stories here..... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:00:21 EST Just Getting Started Good Afternoon All! I am fairly new to SparkPeople, although I have been hearing about it for years. Since I went to college, I steadily gained weight every year and got to a massive weight that was surprising even to me. I got married and gained a little more, then finally had a doctor that cared. He told me that I needed to lose weight and the sooner the better. I have cut my caloric intake in half since this conversation with my doctor and have been working out for about two months no... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:52:23 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Meghan and I am new to SparkPeople. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works, but so far I really enjoy it. I hope that this will help me to lose weight and just be a healthier person! I love to excercise and I feel good when I eat right but I just need to stop being so lazy! :) Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:07:07 EST What are you craving and what did you do? In part of my "not caving to the craving" plan I'm going to be accountable for each craving I have and what I did about it. <BR> <BR> Craving: <BR> <BR> Today I've been craving potato chips. <BR> <BR> What I did: <BR> <BR> Salt isn't a typical craving for me, but with the stomach bug I had, I think I might need some more sodium so I had 10 ritz crackers and some garden herb laughing cow cheese. <BR> <BR> Ritz aren't the best, but my self control with potato chips is pitiful so I'll take... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:10:07 EST I swear I've searched for an answer -- awards I've noticed Lbs lost with SP, spark streak awards etc. <BR> <BR> I was thinking they'd automatically be given like how the SP trophy updates and that I just hadn't lost enough yet. <BR> <BR> Then today I see one for 5 lbs lost. Well, I've lost 5 lbs (insert pouty face) <BR> <BR> Then there is one for a spark streak that I've gone longer for. <BR> <BR> So, totally whiny pouty selfish whine. How do I get mine? Mon, 21 Sep 2009 11:53:53 EST Hi there... I'm here to finally develop healthy eating habits and a stable work-out routine. It's going to be very hard for me, since I'm used to eating whenever I feel stressed, bad, sad, embarassed etc. as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, it's the way I cope with any kind of situation. Obviously that needs to change. Hopefully, SparkPeople will be just the thing I need to get me on the right track. :) <BR> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 07:16:44 EST New Username Hi! It's me, irish1991, now Irish_Aguirre. Sorry for the confusion, but when I started SP last month, I didn't think much about my username & I felt like changing it slightly. Silly, I know, but it works better for me. Hope that's ok! Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:25:13 EST Hello Lovelys! So I've just recently figured out the message board and wanted to introduce mysel ;)... <BR> <BR> So I'm Samantha and this is part two of my journey. Part one was losing 20lbs and this is to finish it up. <BR> <BR> For some reason I can't stay as modivated this go round. When I discovered I was obese, it wasn't hard to work for it until I was "overweight". Now that I'm trying to get "healthy" I'm not as motivated. I have my eatting habits down pack but it's my exercise plan I lack on. I'm ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:05:22 EST Stage 2 questions (Healthy Diet Habits) Hi, <BR> I just started Stage 2 (Healthy Diet Habits)yesterday. <BR> This week I am supposed to be doing portion control. <BR> Shouldn't that be on my "Other Goals" page, along with my action steps? I still have my "Fast Break" Goals there, but nothing for Stage 2. <BR> <BR> Should my Fitness plan also be changed? Not sure if that happens automatically when you change stages or not. <BR> <BR> My start page shows I'm in Stage 2, and the goals/action steps are listed there, but nothing else h... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:00:10 EST One step at a time Hi! My name is Rosella. I am new to Sparkpeople, only started about 3 weeks ago. However, I love SparkPeople as it is not only portion control but lots of motivating articles from Spark members, also articles on health, fitness, nutrition information, etc. <BR> I believe I will greatly benefit from SparkPeople, not only in helping me lose weight, but also in improving my health. Also, I have only put in my first blog and believe imput from other members will help to keep me motivated! ... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 13:38:30 EST Fed up Mom Hi to all, Iam a 33 year old mom that needs to lose around 80lbs. I started putting on weight after my first child and it just got worse and worse with each of my three children. It is really hard for me to be seen in public because I was actually an all star athlete when i was younger. I played volleyball and basketball in college and was extremly fit and healthy. My weight has bothered me for the past 10 years, but it really became an issue when my son came home from school and said, "M... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 22:57:25 EST Stepping In (intro) Hi, All - I'm M, 39 year old (gosh, how'd THAT happen?!) mom to two who used to be in fairly good physical shape. Over the past 2 years, I let much of my fitness routine and general sense of health and well-being go south, owing in part to a complicated pregnancy & a chronically ill child, but mainly due to my own lack of motivation and gumption. I'm back with a newfound sense of motivation and resolve now, determined to live a healthier life, get back in shape, feel better, and hopefully... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 22:08:23 EST How do we work out our calorie range? Hi everyone.. <BR> <BR> When I first started, the site generated a calorie range but then after I started logging more and more exercise it popped up a warning saying you are not consuming enough calories, however it did not generate a new range and i ended up looking on other sites trying to figure out what i should be having based on my exercise etc. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any section on Sparkpeople that will do this for you or can anyone recommend a good way of doing this? At the... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 03:35:17 EST My first post Hi, I have a journey to travel before I meet my goal. I started at 273, have so far dropped 7 pounds and want to hit 130. Why you ask?? I am over 40, have acid reflux and am tired of being called fatty or anything else derogatory. I have a special needs son who is also overweight and I need to set an example of living a healthier lifestyle. I joined the site to help keep me motivated and OMG a person could spend a week checking everything out on this site and still not get through all of ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 20:21:38 EST Hilsen fra Pinvin Hi, <BR> Living in Norway can make you feel like a whale out of water. It is such an active and in shape society. Everyone walking and biking etc. 4 years ago I lost my first husband to a brain tumor and during that battle did not take very good care of my eating habits. Focus was elsewhere. After he had passed and old classmate came back into my life and we ended up getting married and I moved to Norway where he has lived for the last 24 years. I find myself wishing to be in shape and to ea... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 01:53:14 EST intro Hi! My name is Sue, I am 36, almost 37. New here to SparkPage. Excited! Looks like there is a lot of support and information here! I am mother of 4 kids (18,15,13,6) and guardian of my niece, who is 15 and special needs. I have been very happily married for 8 years to my husband, Randy. I work at Lorain County Board of MRDD as a group home aide, I love my job! I also am an Avon Sales Representative. I am starting school on Sept 19 at University of Phoenix Online-Axia for my Associates degree ... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:13:29 EST Hi Everyone My name is Cathie, not sure how I found this website, but am certainly very happy that I did.. <em>244</em> <BR> I am looking forward to a fun and successful journey with the SP Class of August 23-29, 2009. <em>192</em> <BR> I live in a very small remote community in Northern BC Canada. <em>636</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 04:57:32 EST Hello Hi Everyone! I am here to introduce myself. My name is Melissa. I live in Illinois. I am a married mother with two girls who are 12 and 16. I work third shift so my diet and exercise routine is kind of all over the place. Am looking for friends who can help motivate me! Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:00:38 EST Hello Everyone HI everyone, I am new to spark people and needs tons of advice. I cant seem to "stick with the program" I have a gym membership, which i dont go, buy tons of healty food but after 2 days dont want it. HELP Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:51:02 EST Hello All I just found out about SP and I am loving it and am wanting to get into it more!! It is amazing how much you think you know, but then find out that you don't... :) I love the way it is laid out and what it is about and what it has to offer for anyone!! I am new here so any tips about fully using this site would be a big help!! Thanks!! :D <BR> <BR> PNGirl Thu, 3 Sep 2009 23:30:19 EST Site for Nutrition Facts Hi, everyone, <BR> Hope you are all having a great day! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let everyone know about a website I found where you can look up Nutrition facts for individual foods (if you can't find them here). <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:10:40 EST Hi I am Marsha. I am new here. I love this website. I hope I will be able keep up. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:09:34 EST trying to lose Hi everyone! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:17:21 EST getting going! I am a busy person who is looking for another way to make changes I can use over my life to maintain good health Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:15:14 EST Hello! Hi I'm Shara and I'm new to SparkPeople! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 19:39:46 EST Exercise Equipment Challenge!!!! I have seen so many posts about having exercise equipment that just sits around collecting dust, being used as a clothes hanger, a play thing for ferrets! <BR> <BR> How about a One-Week Challenge....let's see how many of you that have equipment that is sitting and rusting are willing to take it our and USE it as INTENDED at least twice this week! 15 minutes minimum. <BR> <BR> Any takers? We can check back next Monday to see how many who accepted the challenge were able to meet it....c'mon... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:52:23 EST Columbus Gal GIving this a try! Hi there, <BR> I have heard nothing but ravs about SparkPeople, so here I am, ready to give it a try. I have tried WW in the past and like the concept behind it - structured support - but wanted something a bit more "modern" and interactive. Hoping to find it here. <BR> <BR> I am a mom of a 2 1/2 year old, working full time. Married to a super fellow. Needing to make some changes. Now. Not tomorrow. Not later, rather than sooner. Today. I am a walking, ticking-time bomb for all sorts of nast... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:20:11 EST Hi I will be 63 in a couple of weeks an with all of this weight I am feeling OLD! I am married to a wonderful man who is trying very hard to help support me in my effort to lose this weight. Since we are both on SS we don't have a lot to spend on special foods so I am trying to find things that we can afford and both can eat. Any help that I can get with recipes and such will be appreciated. Thanks for all the help I'm finding here. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:12:21 EST 40 pounds or BUST Just finally reached the point where I'm tired of carrying the extra weight and replacing perfectly good pants only because they won't button any more. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 18:50:49 EST The Journey Has Begun! Whew, I'm taking the plunge and starting a new beginning for myself. I'm horrified because I've had to deal with this throughout most of my life. I'm desperately hoping I can conquer it this time, reach my goals and maintain them. I'm happily married and I know that my husband has high hopes for me but I truly need the support from folks like yourself who understand what I'm going through. I look forward to hearing from you and hearing how your journey is going. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 17:06:49 EST Hello every one! I'm new here and still exploring the site. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 14:32:20 EST Hello my name is yoyo I have been using this site for a week and I am really enjoying it. I am in Toledo, Ohio and have been here less than a year and I will be stationed here for a total of 3 years. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 13:23:56 EST Hello everyone My name is Tabitha. I have recently diagnosed as having Pre-Diabetes, High Allergies, High Cholesterol, and Acid Reflux. In 2001 I was Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. This year I was also diagnosed with ADHD. I have gotten so overweight that I was almost 300 lbs about a year and a half ago. I have lost enough to get down to 245 lbs. but I want to get back down to 135 lbs. I have tried every diet I have found and all they have done was send me into the doctor's office or hospital because of not... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 12:15:45 EST Track calories burned for pedometer steps? Hi, <BR> <BR> I have looked around my fitness area, and don't see a way to track calories burned for pedometer steps. My pedometer has this feature, and I would like to add it to my other calories burned for cardio and strength exercises. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how I can do this? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:29:40 EST Hello Sparkers! I am really enjoying discovering all the information available and I am confident I will reach my goal for a healthier lifestyle. I am a native Texan who relocated to Denver 6 years ago. I used to be very active but turned into a couch potato and gave up on diet and exercise. I recently completed a thorough health exam with my doctor who confirmed that I am a healthy 57 year old woman (despite elevated cholesterol) who needs to lose some weight. This looks like a fun and focused way to r... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:02:54 EST megmoka I am ready to commit to loosing the 10 pounds that has been hanging around my waist for a long time Sun, 30 Aug 2009 09:38:48 EST Trying to get started! Hi! I'm just learning the ropes. I can use all the help I can get! I guess it's normal to feel a little overwhelmed with all the new tracking tools, etc. I figure I'll try to learn a little bit more each day. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:48:35 EST new!!!! I'm new on spark!!! i think the sight is awesome, i found out abut it from my nutritionist and have been hooked ever since....i am 27 years old and have to admit i had gastric bypass surgery in april, this sight helps me keep my calories in check,stops me from grazing and helps me know if i am getting enough protein in my so happy i found this sight!! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:19:36 EST Fingers crossed I'm going to succeed this time! Hey there all I'm Nicole. I'm sick of fighting with myself just to lose the extra Kgs. I know I don't have much to lose but sometimes it feels like 100 kgs in this never ending battle. I want this to be it for good. I really am looking for like minded support from people who understand what it is like to really love your food too much. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:17:46 EST losing weight in order to conceive Hi all! <BR> I am about 80 pounds overweight and just found out I probably have PCOS. Losing weight is one of the biggest ways I can improve my chances of conceiving. I am working to lose weight so when hubby and I start TTC, my body will work correctly. We plan to start TTC in August 2010 when I get back from Iraq. I leave for Iraq in February. <BR> --Kelly Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:03:10 EST Hello! I am glad to be here! :) Sat, 29 Aug 2009 21:29:08 EST Hi Hi, I decided to make a change in my life today and lose the weight that I hate. I've always put it off because of work and study and always come up with excuses to not exercise. But today I'm going to do it! <BR> This looks like a great site and it's great to meet you all! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 21:24:05 EST Hi, I'm new! Four years ago, I lost over 60 lbs. I know I weighed over 182, because that was on my wedding day and was also when I stopped weighing myself. After that day, I went up a size (from a 14 to a tight 16) but was too afraid to get on the scale. I started to do yoga, went down to a 14 again and started weighing myself... After 18 months and some serious healthy choices, I was down to 112. Much better for my frame... I'm only 4'11"! In the past year, though, I've gained 20 pounds back. That'... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 20:42:52 EST 40 Something and Motivated in St. Augustine Hi, I am new to Sparks. Only been doing this for 5 days now, but loving it. Looking for a buddy in the St. Augustine, Fl area to exercise with. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 20:42:22 EST I'm new here :) Hi! <BR> <BR> I found this site by accident and it is just what I need! <BR> I have just started my first semester in college and also work a part time job, <BR> Over the summer I started to gain weight and feel not so good. <BR> <BR> A lot of it had to do with binge eating because of stress and just not exercising <BR> I am not really overweight to other people, but I have noticed the changes in my body and how I feel. <BR> I am hoping to get back into great shape and just feel better all... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 16:25:31 EST New to the site! Hi, just a quick note to say hello. I'm new to sparkpeople and I'm still figuring out how to work all the stuff on my page! I hope I can keep it up and use it to help me lose weight and live a healthier life! Cheers! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:02:14 EST Hi again from New to Spark I think I posted my message in the wrong place. Still finding my way around this site. <BR> <BR> Just joined 2 days ago and am anxious to get started! <BR> <BR> Jennifer2 Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:35:23 EST Hi Hey All!!! <BR> Its been only a week since I've been on and watching what i eat + working out. Even though the results are minimal, but am happy. <BR> <BR> - deepblue Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:59:35 EST Hi everyone- I am 50+ yoa and when I turned 50 It seems like I was going to the doctor quite regularly all of a sudden. I decided to try and change that. I have a disability which limits my ability to excersize or even go on long walks, so I had to find something that worked for me since weight loss was the common denominator in all my ailments. I simply decided to count calories and wow- I have lost 20 lbs since April of this year. I still have 10-15 more to go, and I am plateaued right now, but I'll get... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 12:34:05 EST Hi guys, anyone fancy a chat? Im from Scotland, and i'm going to need a lot of help and cheering up if i'm to do this diet thing! Believe me, i've tried it loads of times and fall at the first hurdle. All i want is to be nice and thin this time next year and not feel fat and frumpy. So if anyone fancies a chat, im here Sat, 29 Aug 2009 11:59:06 EST Ready to get healthy I am enrolled in school to start a new career and I want to be healthy and fit when I'm finished with school. I've fought with a weight problem all of my life. I was at an ideal weight for about 5 years until I had problems with my marriage and my mother died. I ate and ate and gained 50 pounds. My family has a very high rate of heart problems and the other problems that go along with it and I don't want to have those same problems. So I'm ready to start over. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 10:22:08 EST Is this really me? Hi, I just turned 29, and am fortunate not to have any major health problems. I recently took a good look in the mirror, and am not satisfied with what I see. I realize that I'm not getting any younger, and that I need to work hard now to not only feel better about myself, and hopefully be able to alleviate symptoms of PCOS and infertility, I need to do something about this weight. My first goals are to completely eliminate soda, or sugary drinks from not only my diet but from the house compl... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 08:37:12 EST Im trying to find me again Hi, I'm Rhonda, I'm 47 and a recent widow after 25 yrs of marriage, I was already over weight and then i began to eat mindlessly over the last 8 months. I have never been this big and I hate it. I just want to look and feel good about my self and I 'm basically a healthy person until recently when I started having swellign in my legs and knee pain, I have seen my doctor and I am over weight but amazingly healthy, I am off salting my food and was a diet coke aholic, I havent had a diet coke ... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:10:03 EST Hi everyone! I am very excited to be here on SparkPeople! My name is Christina, and I live in Wisconsin. I have been married five years and have a very sweet 2 1/2 year old son. I started Weight Watchers in June, and have also recently begun the Couch to 5K program in an effort to (finally!) shed all of my baby weight! Nice to meet all of you! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 20:10:44 EST Hey everyone! Hello! My name is Erin and I'm from New Hampshire. I'm 24 years old and have been battling my weight for about twelve years now. I've tried Weight Watchers and many other diets and they just didn't seem to work. This looks like a great site, so I thought I'd give it a try! I would love to find some people to lean on through my journey, so please feel free to contact me! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:56:54 EST Hi I am new here! Today is my first day on this website and I am hoping this will help me accomplish my goals. I am trying to lose 10 lbs., adopt healthier eating habits and establish a regular exercise routine. So here I go. I look forward to meeting all of you! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:55:34 EST New journey! Hello! My name is Jenn. I've decided (for the 10th time haha!) to start another diet. My boyfriend is leaving for Kuwait in December (deployment thru the airforce). He will be back next summer and we are planning on going to Cancun shortly after. I would love to be in a bathing suit and feel good! I am not for sure quite yet how well I like, but hopefully it sticks! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:02:12 EST Bonjour de Montréal ! Je suis bien contente de connaître ce site si motivant! les exercices sont bien décrits, les conseils multiples et la motivation , super! De plus, j'apprendrai l'anglais en vous lisant et si vous le désirez, vous pourrez apprendre un peu le français, tout cela ,en devenant plus en forme de jour en jour! Mon problème est la constance...j'espère ici trouver des trucs pour retrouver mon énergie et mon poids santé! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:19:13 EST New from Ohio What to say??? I'm over 50, struggling with 20 pounds over the past 5 years (having been thin all my life). Now if I could lose 10 I would be happy. Lifestyle is fairly active, gardening, show agility dogs (lots of running). Love to be outdoors. Like this site so far, lots of motivation and tools. For me, Fall is the best time to diet/lose weight so I'm starting at the right time. Did Curves/Weight Watchers both with some success but budget is tight right now. Really need to get more... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 07:47:40 EST hello!! hi my name is candice and im fairly happy with my weight im jst looking to shift these last few pounds and really tone up! i look forward to talking with you all! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 06:16:28 EST first day of the new healthy living :) hey guys! I'm a pre med student, and currently I have had so many lectures on diabetes, obesity etc. I never thought about myself as being majorly over weight until I did my BMI and found that I was just sitting on obese. That's okay though, because now I have realized that I need to make a change! I don't want to be susceptible to diabetes and end up dying young. My mother who is only 52 and slightly smaller then I, already has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So I guess if I don't... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 04:35:54 EST Hello I just thought I would introduce myself to all of you fellow spark people. <BR> My name is Catherine. I am from a little town in Northern Alberta Canada. <BR> I have 4 children, ages 18, 16, 14, and 11. <BR> I am a new student, just starting back at school after being a stay at home mom for 11 years, then working for the past 6. I am going into nursing. <BR> Anyway, I really am excited about this website and look forward to meeting at least some of you. Any feedback or words of encouragement... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 02:10:44 EST Drew Hello, i'm looking to gain mental strength from posting this. I'm new @ this sorta stuff, So here goes nothing... All i have to lose is weight. <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 28 Aug 2009 01:12:08 EST OUT OF CONTROL EATER I'm a widowed parent of 3 children. Since 1996 I have been overweight and to this day I'm basically considered obese for my height and weight. I have tried every diet out including changing foods but since I have a busy daily schedule with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep p/day I find it hard to continue or maintain a healthy lifestyle. I'm tired of being overweight but I don't know what else to do. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:30:45 EST Hi A friend of mine who has lost 40 pounds suggested I join and try this program. I will be 37 on Sunday and want to finally lose all the wait I put on while I was having my babies. I really am hoping that you all will help me stay motivated and lose the wait. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:27:23 EST Hello! I am new to this site.... Hello everybody! I just became a member on this site! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim. My goal is to lose about 30 pounds. They just crept on after a marriage with a fattening honeymoon and a miscarriage. I have also been living with hypothyroidism for the past 5 years. I am really hoping for support and ideas to help make this goal a reality. Thank you for reading my post!!! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:19:16 EST New to the program Hi, <BR> New to the program. Third day (?) and I already forgot about my fastbreak goals. Now I'll remember. Keeps me encouraged to really work at the whole program. Can't wait to see the results. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:10:08 EST LBS'- KG's I am wondering if there is anyway to have my weightloss ticker display pounds instead of kg's. I know I am canadian and all but I just understand the pound system so much better. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:02:55 EST girl on the block! Hi fellow sparkers. My name is Christy I am from Winnipeg MB. I look forward to being on this crazy journey with all of you, good luck to everyone....HAPPY SPARKING! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:01:41 EST Hello, new here! Hello! I'm new to sparkpeople. I am a new mommy looking to lose some extra lbs. <BR> I live in Ontario, Canada and my daughter is 2 months old (and an absolute delight) :) <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning more about spark! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 18:03:44 EST I want to be a mommy... Hi everyone - My name is Michelle and my main goal is to lose some weight before I get pregnant. I want to have a healthy pregnancy and not be on bed rest. Can't wait to meet you all! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:18:12 EST fit and unflabby Hi am new to spark people just wanted to say hi to everyone. I am a Mom of two boys 16 and 9 . I have 4 dogs Rusty -jackrussel, Copie-boxer, Chewy-Germanshepard, and Romeo-Pekingnese. One Husband LOL! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:03:38 EST Hi I'm new here Hello - ccshumake and I've just joined sparkpeople today. Looking forward to taking the journey with you. God bless. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:12:21 EST Hi, I'm new here. Hi! I am really looking forward to getting moving and getting and giving support to fellow sparkpeople. I have about 50 pounds to lose. I am a former competitive mountain biker and runner who fell off the fitness wagon several years ago. Now with two kids to chase and getting older, I really feel the need to make changes and get back to my fit alter ego that I now only vaguely remember. This site is impressive. I think it will be just what I need. We relocated two years ago and I left behind ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:54:47 EST i need to do this to help my self and my family Hi my name is Heidi Wallen I am 33 years old I have 3 boy's and a very good husband that look at me the other day and said Heidi you need to help me I need to lose this weight it scares me that I weight so much and that is when I told myself that I need to do the same I have try in the past and I have been on SP before I did good I got down to 210 from 235 then I had change some thing and I stared to get the weight back and I keep on working on it and I got back up to 229 be for I know it I ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:04:15 EST Greeting all, I am Huntergirl10 I am grateful that I stumbled on this site. I really need motivation to succeed in my effort to lose weight and regain my stamina. I am a mother, grandmother and a student. Yes, I went back to school. I am currently seeking an associates degree in Business with finance as my concentration. My biggest challenge is finding the time to eat right and exercise. My schedule is really busy. I am making the time to read and participate in Sparkle People. I plan to post pictures soon, once I f... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:58:30 EST Taking the plunge! Hi. I'm new to the sparkpeople community and just wanted to introduce myself. Want to get to know the community and hopefully have someone keep me accountable in changing the way I eat. The areas I am especially prone to is lack of portion control and emotional eating. With God on my side and good friends, I hope to overcome and conquer both. I am a wife and stay at home mom of two children. I volunteer a little in the community and am an active member of some prayer groups. I belong to ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:36:20 EST Hello SparkPeople! Hi everyone! My name is Lee, I am a 33 years old, and live in Houston, TX. I am logging on to SparkPeople to find motivation to stick with a healthy lifestyle. My daughter, who is 11, and I will both be tracking our calories and exercise so that we can work together for a common goal. I have a hard time sticking with any type of program for too long. Usually it is because I get bored or busy. Hopefully, this time I can stick it out! To kick off our fitness portion, we both joined Curve... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:26:18 EST Hello Hello im helen iv recently joined spark people and my goal is to loose weigh for my wedding in 2011 and need as much help as poss. thankyou x Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:21:02 EST Hello! Hi - i am from Mumbai, India and new to SP. Am looking to loose weight (close to 20 kilos) and adopt a healthier lifestyle! Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:12:25 EST Hello From India Hello Everyone Im Jean and Im from India I am going to be 51 next month.I work as a headmistress in an International School Last month I got a terrible fright as I was nearly diagnosed with heart problems..Firstly I have brought up two children on my own and by Gods almight grace they are settled and working and Inderpendent.During the inbetween years I was too busy bringing up my children that I TOTALY NEGLECTED MYSELF AND MY HEALTH..TILL NOW.For some time now I have been reading all the art... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 05:53:40 EST feel blessed to be here thank you for having a community that is going to be supportive and fun. i feel blessed t be here. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 04:14:25 EST Hello to all of my teammates my name is mzHodges I am looking forward to achieving my weight goal and also hearing about you all achieving yours also..... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 00:15:38 EST Hi -- starting fresh, again. I lost 20-ish lbs a couple of years ago with some help from a good friend as an accountability buddy. My accountability moved away and my motivation went down the drain. <BR> <BR> So now, I'm finally ready to come back to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My big struggle is going to be giving up soda, but I believe I can do it. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:16:10 EST Hi everyone....I amexcited to join this team. I am a little overwhelmed by all this stuff, so if it takes mea little while to figre it all out, please be patient with me. I hope to make many new friends, while we laugh and cry together over all the little and big stuff that happens along the way. I wish everyne a happy and healthy day. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:33:12 EST Hello! Looking forward to meeting some of you! I'm excited to be on Spark! I'm a bit nervous to give this weight-loss/healthy-living another try. But my weight continues to inch up and I continue to feel tired, slightly moody, and down about myself. I worry about my health and how healthy I will be as I age. I just turned 30, and I became hyper-aware of the fact that I will get old! <BR> I'm not as good as I'd like to be with writing on message boards and on blogs, but I want to give it a strong try this time, maybe make some connecti... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:12:01 EST energize123 I m looking forward to getting toned and loose fat!!! I work out five days a week but suffer when it comes to eating...i like i m trying to stay disciplined on my calorie intake to get rid of the last 20lbs!!! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 21:14:46 EST Hi, I'm Connie and I need to lose some weight I'm not over weight but I do feel that I could stand to lose about 10 lbs to have an ideal weight. I had gained weight after a car accident and I was unable to move around much. Putting on the extra weight may have hindered my recovery. After a couple of years of barely moving around much the weight accumlated and I'm to a point now that I feel I need to get back to Pre-accident health. Excercises can only be minimal but watching my diet with yoga or stretches may help. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:44:13 EST HELLO EVERYONE I WANT TO INTRODUCE MYSELF TO THE SPARK PEOPLE COMMUNITY. <BR> MY NAME IS LISA, I AM TRYING TO LOSE 30 LBS AND IT HAS BEEN HARD. ' <BR> I HAVE FINALLY DECIDED THAT I WANT TO BE FIT AND TRIM. <BR> I'VE TRIED ALL KINDS OF DIETS....THEY WORK FOR A LITTLE WHILE, THEN I AM BACK TO MY START WEIGHT OF 174. I BELIEVE THIS TIME THAT I AM READY FOR CHANGE!!!! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:26:13 EST im here to get results and feel better hi everyone- i am retired at 51 years of age and i just went to the doctor to find out what i weighed and was in shock. she did some bloodwork on me and i found out that i am hypothyroid. i have not been too social since my circles of friends are few, i live in the country and show Chinese Sharpei dogs a couple of weekends a month. i don'rt have a set schedule so the food schedule is non existent. i am not happy with my body, but i am ready to reduce it. and i want to meet a guy with my bette... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:29:29 EST Hi. Hi, I go by Bella. <BR> I'm a 19 year old singer and I'm hoping to lose half my body wieght so that I can be comfortable with myself and audition for Canadian Idol. <BR> I play guitar, piano, flute and I sing. <BR> I am shy with the exception of when I'm actually proforming and I love to read. <BR> <BR> Bella Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:48:56 EST I'm your latest Newbie! Hello! I just found SparkPeople yesterday and after spending quite a bit of time with it today, I'm pretty impressed. Not just with some of the tools and features but also with some of the stories I have seen posted. People are really working hard and being successful at changing their lives. <BR> <BR> I don't have any dramatic story. Just that of weight gain after leaving home in my 20s, gaining some weight, and never really getting it off despite multiple attempts. Some half-hearted admi... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:34:04 EST HI FROM NEWTON KANSAS HI I AM NEW Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:03:38 EST Hello everyone - my name is Sue I have been trying to lose weight with not much success for many years. I am a type 2 diabetic and really need to lose weight for me - to be able to decrease my insulin, look and feel better. I have been working at a low-carb eating style for the past four weeks and my blood sugars are decidedly better!! I happened upon this site by accident and find it extremely helpful. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:54:20 EST my name is ambre and I'm here to be healthy So i'm going to try to lose weight again and I'm really nervous about it but also excited. I think maybe I can do it this time. I really want to feel healthy I don't know the last time I did. And honestly I want to feel cute. So wish me luck on my journey. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:52:08 EST Logging Measurements Does anyone know where to enter current waist, hips, arms, etc. measurements? I see the reports that track them, but for some reason I can't find where to log them. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:17:21 EST Lose the giggle and diabetes at the same time Hi i'm new to SparkPeople. I have 4 children (3 kids and a hubby) I would like to lose the baby giggle and get in shape. Diabetes run in my family and I would like to control it with activity instead of "the other treatments" and cut my kids chances of getting it as children. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 11:42:08 EST New to Alternate-Day Diet Hello, I am new and am excited about this diet. I have sworn by low carb and still do to a point. I feel better if I keep my carbs low, but am finding the older I get the harder it is to take off the weight. I'm 58 and need to loose about 60 pounds. I have been trying this on my own since last week and was happy for find this forum. Today for breakfast I tried instant breakfast. Did not feel well after. (The high sugar content, I believe). I will have to get some of the low carb drinks point... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 11:09:37 EST New to Spark Hello everyone, I'm new to this website but I'm very excited to get to know people and to mutually encourage each other with our respective goals. I welcome any advice or opinions on how I can meet my goals and hope to hear from some of you soon. <BR> <BR> Colin Wed, 26 Aug 2009 11:04:52 EST Stay at home mom trying to lose weight I have been a stay at home mom since December of 2007. I have tried really hard to lose weight, but have never had the motivation to do it. I am hoping to find that here and make a few friends along the way. I have a huge goal in mind, but know that with a little help and inspriation, I can do. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:20:31 EST HELLO EVERYONE!! Hi my name is Hortencia a former gestational diebetes and now high blood pressure sufferer, of course overwight and trying to eat healthy and try to prevent early diabetes, I really hope this will help , nice meeting you all! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:51:06 EST Hey Guys! Im SO EXCITED for this!! Hey Hey Everyone! <BR> So to make a long story short.. I went to college and gained the freshman 15 :( <BR> Since then I've spent the last year trying to get take it off (with some success) however I am still not where I would like to be. As I was surfing the web I came across this website and decided why not try it! I've been doing my own exercising and dieting on my own which is a major downer. I saw this site as a way to actually have a community where I get to interact with people going ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 01:53:22 EST Overweight and feeling it!! UGH Hey everyone!!! I'm 30 years old, a mother of 3 children, and VERY unhealthy!! I just want to be able to do simple tasks again without hurting all over and feeling like I'm 100 years old.! This site looks totally great and I know it will be a great tool in my long journey!!! Looking forward to meeting new friends along the ride!!! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 01:26:51 EST JaDeine L. Vann My goal is to loss weight and make my self feel good. I had cut down some, but lose some weight. I was at 230, but I had loss some. I am trying to get down to size 14 or 10 size. I need your guide line to help me and what I am doing wrong. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:29 EST I am here to get healthy...I need your help! Hi! My name is Cathy and I live in Kansas. I am 46 years old, have been married for almost 28 years and have 3 gorgeous children. Approximately 2 months ago, my husband & I became "empty-nesters" for the first time since we were 20. My weight has gone up and down over the years, but I am heavier now than I have ever been. Shortly after our youngest left for college, my husband & I finally took the time to look at each other and ourselves and to tell the truth, I don't think we recognized ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 23:27:49 EST Starting over AGAIN!!! Hi All, my name is Marion and I am joining this website because my great friend Brittney and I are gonna be weight loss buddies and she told me to join. I am 31 years old and a single mother of 3. I have decided (after seeing myself in a picture and being totally disgusted) that it is time for me to start my weight loss (again) and this time keep it off. I don't know how many times I have started a weight loss program, whether it be Weight Watchers or just watching what I eat and quit righ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:33:54 EST new today Hello. I decided to join this group to hold myself accountable for my goals. It's time to finally shed the pounds and get healthier. My grandkids need a Nana that can keep up with them! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:23:10 EST lkcm Hi I am new to sparks and am trying hard to lose weight, if you can offer support and reinforcement that would be great. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> lkcm <BR> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:53:28 EST Hi! My name is Shanielle. Please call me Shan. So excited to join you all! Cant wait to chat with you. Hopefully, we will learn from eachother and have great success on our weight loss journies. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:37:29 EST Young BBW I am 25 years old and almost 400lbs. Next tuesday is my birthday. I want a change. I am tired of being big. Thats the only way to sum it up. I think often how I used to be a size 16 and how I would give anyrhing to at least get back to that size again. I deal with alot of stress and I am also on a thyroid medication. With being so big its hard to do weight loss videos because we can't move quite like the skinny people in the videos. So I decided to find out what this site was about and hopefu... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:48:20 EST NEW Hi! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:31:24 EST Hi. New to this, but it's time I seen this sight today & decide to sign up. I'm going to finally face up to my weight gain. I'm VERY much aware of the weight gain. I want to lose it, but not always fully motivated. I moved down south 2years ago a size 6 some 8's. Which for my height was perfect! I swear one day I woke up & was a size 10/12. And it only got worse. I am even larger now. Even when I was pregnant I have NEVER been this big. Yeah, I'm tall, but I don't like it. It's messing w/ my confidence. I already don't go ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:04:34 EST I am brand new to SparkPeople I just learned about SparkPeople today from my doctor and just joined. I am quite excited about this website and the success stories I heard. Would anyone like to share his/her own story? I would love the encouragement! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:36:57 EST hi everyone Hi, I'm new today, with a lot to lose,fat that is. And I need all the help I can get, so here I am! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:35:35 EST Hello! My Name is.. Hello Everyone! My name is Amy. I heard about this through a friend and now i'm here to check it out. I'm having a bit of trouble finding my way through the website but I'm sure I will get the hang of it. So needless to day I am very new to this. If anyone has any useful tips I would love to hear them! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:11:41 EST New here Hey guys, <BR> <BR> please give me all i need 2 lose this weight fast. <BR> <BR> Take care Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:03:13 EST New here Hello this is new to me! Hope to meet some people to support who I can support and Hope to loose the weight! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:05:28 EST Hey I am Courtnie Hey my name is Courtnie, I would like to introduce myself to everyone that is here. I am here to lose weight and get back in shape. I am here to make friends that will support me in my journey to lose weight. I am here to support others in their goals as well. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:52:58 EST Finally Taking It Seriously I'm a 24 year old secretary for a school district. I was recently diagnosed with manic depression, I know that getting physically healthy will lead to confidence and help me on the track to being emotionally healthy. I'm looking to friends and family for support. They always say your not going to lose weight until your really committed to do so, I'm finally taking this seriously, I want to change my lifestyle! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:10:01 EST Mother of 3..looking forward to staying heathy for I am a Mother of 3 great active kids!! I am looking for ways to stay active with them and to make sure I am around when they grow up!! Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:19:13 EST DEE i have been heavy all of my life and its hard to lose the weight i was on herbalife and was at one time 325 now i am 250 and i only wear a size 14,16 and 18 so i have the weight in all the right places but it would be nice to lose 110 pounds and do it safe. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:18:50 EST Greeting from Austin Hello Everyone, Just wante to say Hello and hope to meet some nice friends who are also trying to loose weight like me. <BR> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:56:50 EST how can I get rid of my spare tire? Trying to lose 15 pounds, or 10 percent of my body weight. It is easy for a few days, and then I fall off the wagon. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:17:42 EST Newbie I am a just-turned-50-year-old grandmother of two who has let my weight rule my life. I am out of shape, out of breath and running out of time. I want to see my grandbabies grow up and I fear that I may not if I keep going down the road I'm on now. I lost 64 lbs. about 7 years ago and was ecstatic. Of course, I gained every pound back plus a few and am now scared that I may never be able to lose the weight again, especially now that I'm 50. I do walk 30 minutes 3 times a week but know that is... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:36:56 EST Newbie here Hi, I am hoping my "addiction" to the internet will be useful for supporting a very important goal ---losing weight, improving my health and appearance, and prolonging my life. I take these issues seriously with my horses and dogs, so why not care for myself with the same loving attitude of promoting health. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:07:34 EST Misha 691 Hi its time to try something new to lose weight. I'm not just doing this for myself but also for my kids. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:47:58 EST Hello! Hello fellow spark people! <BR> <BR> I would like to introduce myself to the community. I am here to lose 10kg and am feeling very inspired already! This site looks awesome and I look forward to using it and fulfilling my goals and helping out others too. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:02:47 EST kkurly HI, I'm kkurly, 60 y.o woman, daily exercise helps but my eating habits need modification. I eat pretty healthy, love veges/fruit, lean beef, lean pork, fish as often as affordable, but am amazed at amount of sugar intake! <BR> I'm 5'8", 230# (was very slender in my youth, suspect weight gain of past few years is hereditary) <BR> WOuld love to share stories and ideas. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 04:58:54 EST Hi Im Lena Heya, Im Selena, but most people call me Lena these days (I used to hate it... but now if someone calls me Selena I think "why the hell arent you calling me Lena?"). <BR> Im a kiwi girl born and bred, currently living in the city of Palmerston North. Im used to being a small town girl, so living in the city has been a learning curve. I was studying to be a psychologist... but 2 and a half years into it I decided I wanted to be a nurse. Thought I may as well finish my BA, and start my BN the ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 03:01:13 EST looking for stength and endurance I'm up to that age where most anything I do, about my weight, finances, and wrinkles just discourages me. I feel that at this point and time it is manditory that I take care of myself and not worry about the things that I can not change. Wrinkles for example: unless you have some kind of miracle happening, you are going to get some, same with weight, it just happens. you start out young with a clear face and a slim, trim bod then all of a sudden you get huge! For no good reason!! along with t... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:15:45 EST Aloha Aloha Cousins! My name is Reina, I'm a 32yr old mom of 4. I am also a very proud Army Wife to my husband Jimmy. I've got a lot of weight to lose & I'm counting on not just myself but also surrounding myself with some positive people to help keep me accountable. I've been overweight my entire life and for the last 8 years I've yo-yo'd between 235 to 248lbs. I started working out in Jan 2009 & made some minor food changes and have managed to lose 19.4lbs as of today. To me that a HUGE fe... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:12:52 EST Hey Hi, Im intorducing myself. Im 20 years old and completly shy... i am looking for a complete lifestyle change, as well as weight loss of 50 pounds or more, i have 3 children do as im sure everyone knows it has put a real toll on my body im hoping to meet people in the same boat maybe we can motivate each other? . :) Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:24:21 EST Hello everyone My name is Edwina I am a mother of 2 and wife, I am 35 years old and desperate to lose weight I am tired of looking at myself in the mirror and hating what I see. My husband doesn't complain but I don't like it and that's enough I look forward to meeting, talking and sharing ideas Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:25:47 EST Been here before I was on board with Jan.classin2008,my puter got a bug and I lost it all! Iam married to a wonderful guy,have 6 kids &10 grandkids. I like to garden,cook, travel and entertain in my home.I am an avid HGTV and DIY watcher! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:53:06 EST Hi there, I am Lane I am soon to be 50! Wow, where did all those year go? I have many good memories and I am looking for many more in the next 50. I joined SparkPeople because I needed a way to track my weight loss and get off these 15 pounds that have crept up on me in the last 6 years. Seems like a pretty nice community here. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:04:22 EST MrsFred I am a 63 year old Mom,Grandma and wife of aonderful husband of 32 years. His name is Fred and everyone has always called me MrsFred. My name is actually Cheryl. My goal is to lose this weight because of the Diabetes and today I am watching what it has done to my Mom and I don't want that to be me in 20 years Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:26:59 EST Planning to finish off my 20s on a high Hello! <BR> <BR> Somehow I have let taking care of myself slip over the last few years, gaining almost 20 pounds from the end of college until today. <BR> <BR> As turning 30 becomes more of a reality, I realize that I am becoming one of those women who loses the connection with herself. Where does that concern for our mind-body-spirit get lost in the day to day grind of work and life (and I don't even have a partner or kids to worry about!)? I DO NOT want this blubbery, unhappy perso... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:26:13 EST HELLO hI EVERYONE I GLAD TO START THE TEAM I REALLY NEED SOME HELP I LIKE ALL THE SUPPORT I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO BREAKING AWAY THESE POUNDS 90 POUNDS TO GO GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:43:52 EST HI FROM THE SUNFLOWER STATE OF KANSAS HI I AM FROM NEWTON Mon, 24 Aug 2009 16:38:49 EST Hello- New Member Hi all! I'm a new member from Baltimore! <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old woman just looking to be healthier and make my entry into my 30's a great one. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:27:35 EST Time to lose the twin baby weight Hi, My name is Carrie. Today is the first day of my weight loss. I am a mom to three boys - a 4 year old and 10 month old twins. I gained massive amounts of weight while on extended bedrest with my twin pregnancy. Now it is ten months later, and I am finally ready to get started getting rid of it. We had a birthday party for my oldest son this weekend, and I cannot stand to look at the pictures that were taken of me. I am so ashamed that I have put in no effort to lose weight since the babi... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:15:06 EST New to this site... 29 yr old military spouse on the site looking for accountability buddies to help with my journey to loosing 85lbs. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:14:39 EST This is Me... I am new to the site, but NOT new to trying to loose weight. I know that the issues with my weight have a great deal to do with my poor self esteem and feelings of unattractiveness etc. I looking forward to sharing with other this crazy life of weight loss, becuase TODAY everything changes! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:11:29 EST Newbie to this site Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am very excited about Joing Spark, making new friends, getting help with my weight, and eating habits. Hope everyone gets successful and remains successful. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 13:18:23 EST NA No longer available due to loss. Be back soon Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:39:09 EST Hello!! Hello, I am new to this. My name is Mindy I'm from Southern Illinois. I am here to finally lose weight. My youngest started kindergarten this year and I am finally making time for myself not excuses. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:44:38 EST Hi from Michigan! Hi all! My sister just told me about SparkPeople and suggested I join since she's really enjoyed it. I live in Michigan and I work at a community college. I'm coming up on my 10th wedding anniversary and I have two children and a cat who is a pretty pretty princess. :) <BR> <BR> I gained weight after my second child and getting a more sedentary job AND getting older! I'm finding it difficult to take off. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:23:13 EST i'm new! Hi, everyone! <BR> my name is jenn and today is my first day with SP! i am very excited about this journey and am ready to make this positive step toward better health for my soon to be 2 year old son and husband! besides the benefit of getting healthy i am hoping to lose a good amount of weight before i try to conceive a new baby within the next year. my six month goal is to weigh 250 by march 2010, which is the month i graduate from college. i am really glad that i have found a place to be ... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 02:18:37 EST help im a 30 year old mum of 4 girls who needs to loose 4 stone, i am married and am a self-employed beautician. i have done loads of diets but never seem to stick them out so hopefully this healthy eating plans will work for me. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:02:02 EST jo from ossett Hi, i'm a fat ish lass from Ossett West Yorkshire hoping to lose some weight, I love going out with friends and having fun, I want to lose the weight for christmas so I can buy that ' little black dress' I want to feel good as well as look it. Also go back to Ibiza and wear that bikini I didn't dare wear this year. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:48:14 EST Get It Done 42 Hello to every one <BR> I am at a do or die in my life and I must lose this weight!!! This is the bigiest I have ever been and it is hard to function.So I will listen and take any support I can get. Thanks Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:45:24 EST Hello Fellow Members I'm a retired teacher--three years. I've always had a weight problem. I gain, I diet, I regain. I'd like your support to attain and maintain a healthy weight. I enjoy walking, reading, crafts and children. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:50:44 EST Hi I am New to the community! I am a 24 year old female who just had a baby on JUne 12, 2009 and plan on getting married. I have always been over weight pretty much and hope to lose weight and feel and look healthier. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:10:51 EST Hello from Western North Carolina Hello to my new Spark People friends. I acknowledge that I need to improve my lifestyle and loet some pounds. I live with MacTavish, my West Highlands White Terrorist in the beautiful mountains of NC. He doesn't seem to mind if I exercise or eat as I should; so I look forward to being supported and supportive. <BR> <BR> I appreciate this opportunity. <BR> <BR> Lynnis Mincey Sun, 23 Aug 2009 11:53:31 EST Hi im new with 39 lbs to lose Hello all, Im here to try and lose 39 lbs. Im not so great at staying motivated and have not alot of will power. im hoping to find a weight loss buddy who can help keep me focused. Im still at the stage of wishing it would happen over night. Please help tips and hits needed. thanks. xcx Sun, 23 Aug 2009 08:05:44 EST Namaste ! I am PK. My first time on the site. So far its good. <BR> Well may be a little overwhelming. I really hope it works ! <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2009 05:02:51 EST END OF THE YEAR What goal have you set for yourself to reach by the end of this year? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:03:06 EST HOW THIS TEAM WORKS <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> DO NOT POST HERE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> In order to minimize the amount of email notifications we all receive, please do not create new threads without FIRST checking to see if your subject matter is already covered. Then please post within that thread. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> This team will be yo... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 12:52:20 EST