SparkPeople SP Class of March 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from March 14-20, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of March 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST Hi I'm Betty You know it's a daily struggle for me to stay on a diet. I have the best intention but I just don't make it, I signed up for a 5k in April to keep me motivated. I really need some hard support I hope I'm on the right track Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:40:33 EST Is anyone else here? How many of us are still on this journey? I have been trying to stay on track, but have hadd a few slip ups Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:44:01 EST just getting started Hi everyone, I am just getting started. Monday, September 10, I am choosing to get my act together and lose weight to get healthy. I have alot to lose, but I am setting small goals for myself. 10 pounds by October 14! Baby steps !! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 18:21:08 EST How many of us are left? Hey group, how are we doing? Sat, 2 Jun 2012 22:39:36 EST What is new this June? Share with us how you are breaking through a plateau or what new fun workout you have added to your weekly routine. Maybe your just discovered a healthier snack alternative and want to share the recipe with us all. Whatever it is, here is your chance. <BR> Best of luck and Spread the spark! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 05:29:08 EST 1 Month away from the 1 YEAR MARK Let's reconnect! How far have you come? What is your next goal? How much better are you feeling as compared to your 1st day on SparkPeople? <BR> Best of luck to all as we near this BIG occassion! May you all have many reasons to celebrate! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:44:54 EST want to get healthy Hi! I am 53 years old and have just been diagnosed witth a chronic illness. I need to lose weight not just for appearances but for my health. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Currently, exercise and even physical activity is difficulty on some days. I know that with support and focus and do this! I am excited to start living healthier and to loss weight. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:23:38 EST Assistance requested :D Hello! <BR> I'm not new new but i'm new enough to have only just noticed this website's cracking and i'd no idea how much actually went on here! <BR> I'm Chrissie and I've got a few stone to lose and i'm gonna need some help here! I've no idea how to really use this site and would love some pointers! I've lost weight every so often but then put it back on and I've just had the push to do this and make it permanent - i want to make sure this is the last time! I want to actually change my lifes... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:35:03 EST What is NEW to YOU in 2011?!? Let's take a moment to share our resolutions, hopes, and dreams for the year ahead. What is it you want for you during 2011? <BR> Let's go team! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:52:58 EST January Days Hi, <BR> I am excited for this January! I have left previous lifestyle changes "snow" me under in January- but not this time! I am anxious to see good things happen every day! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 05:37:58 EST How do I motivate myself to a size I've never been I've been overweight my whole life and while my friends are able to say that they're trying to get down to a certain size because they remember how it feels to be smaller, prettier etc, I don't have that motivation. I've never been anything but big. I don't know what its like to feel healthy or smaller or prettier. How do I motivate myself when I don't even know if I'll be happy with myself at a lesser weight? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:23:08 EST Who's still in, and how are you doing? Hi all, <BR> <BR> We've been at this since March. I am doing well with tracking my food and eating well. I enjoy following the blogs of about 35 friends. I enjoy the daily spark emails. I use the recipes. My fitness is only fair.... I am down 30 pounds from my all time high, and 16 pounds since joining SP. How about you? Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:32:44 EST Wanting to get back to my dancing weight Hi, I'm Carhocker. I turned 50 in March. I believe you get wiser as you get older, but with weight loss, this doesn't seem to be the case because I officially weigh the most I've ever weighed. Although I've always been somewhat active, I'm finding it harder to do the physical activities I once enjoyed, especially dancing. I'm here to find support from people who understand my dilema. Thanks! Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:21:45 EST Reintroduce yourselves today--6 months later! So here we are on the verge of celebrate 6 months with SparkPeople. What changes have become part of your life? What changes would we recognize vs. the you we met way back when? What are you most proud of? Mon, 13 Sep 2010 06:31:18 EST Exercise programs, what is everyone doing? I was just wondering how everyone was incorporating exercise into their daily lives. What exercise are you doing? Are you following SP fitness program or doing something else? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:58:15 EST Trying to hop back on... I got married and fell off the wagon. I want to get back on, and I'm trying everything I can. But it's so discouraging that my jeans are tight and my shorts don't fit, and that I can see that 10 extra pounds I gained every time I look in the mirror. Now I have 30 pounds to lose, and it's so daunting. How do I re-motivate myself when I feel so gross? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:11:07 EST Hi there from NY Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm posting on here for the first time, and I'm here to offer encouragement and support to everyone here. <BR> <BR> So here's my story... <BR> <BR> I've never been particularly thin. As a kid, I was called "stocky" and I remember being forced to shop in the huskies department of any store, which was pretty embarassing. I did a successful weight plan when I was in my early 20s, I remember I didn't diet at all, I just did lots of exercise, and I remember losing about... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:56:16 EST Greetings from Louisiana Hi, I am new to SPark People and haven't been too serious about losing the weight until the last 2 weeks. I'm doing much better since I set small goals. Last week my goal was walk 3x a week and lose 2 lbs. I did it! Before that my goals would be train for a 5K, eat healthy, clean and organize my house, cure a disease, and if I didn't accomplish all then I chalked it up as a loss <em>20</em> Fortunately for me (and my family) I am realizing slow and steady and a more balance approach rea... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 15:33:30 EST 4 Months in the SPARK So as a Spark class we are coming up on our 4 month mark. Let's take a moment to reflect. <BR> What is your biggest success? <BR> What is your next challenge to conquer? <BR> <BR> My success is the entire life change I have undergone. Yes, I have lost more than 20 pounds but it is the awareness of making good decisions all through the day, week, and month that made that possible. <BR> My challenge will come when I return to work the first week of August. I hope I do not see the scale cr... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:59:33 EST Not computer friendly. Hi.I joined spark people the same week you all did, but just now am trying to figure out how to do anything but log my weight, diet, and exercise. I had 50 pounds to lose when I started. Some of my blood test numbers were high. I immediately lost 20 pounds, and have gained 5 back. I walk or ride my bike for 1 hour 3 times a week. I have quit logging my food. I need to succeed this time. I even made a spark page today. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 19:27:41 EST First Time Posting Hi, <BR> My name is Tabitha. I am a 33 year old mother of 3 girls. I live in Huber Heights, Ohio. I signed up for Sparkpeople sometime in March but didn't really get started until about 3 days ago. I have over 100 pounds to lose, but more importantly, I'm tired of sitting around bemoaning my situation. I've decided that it's time to get off my butt and do something about it. I've been a member of my local YMCA for alnost 2 years but never really used it. This week I've been there and exercis... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:09:13 EST New to mesaage boards Hi Just wanted to find out about what people in Arizona are doing to meet weight loss challenges in the heat of summer. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 23:22:42 EST Starting a "new" in June Hi, <BR> I tried to start about 2 months ago. Got sidetracked. I have 6 months left of this year to make a difference. I don't want another New Years to come and I look back and say...another wasted year. What happened? <BR> <BR> So, I am going to try and fail and try and fail and keep trying. The one thing I know is that I can't give up. If I fail, I just keep trying. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can get to know some of you and that will keep me on track! <BR> Bostonbytes Mon, 31 May 2010 23:04:55 EST Hello My name is Julie. I'm a 23 year old nanny. I am married to a Navy Corpsman. I currently live in Oklahoma but am moving to Baltimore this fall to attend College of Notre Dame of Maryland. I am very excited about the changes taking place in my life and very motivated to create a healthier me! Thu, 27 May 2010 14:22:09 EST Hello My name is Julie. I'm a 23 year old nanny. I am married to a Navy Corpsman. I currently live in Oklahoma but am moving to Baltimore this fall to attend College of Notre Dame of Maryland. I am very excited about the changes taking place in my life and very motivated to create a healthier me! Thu, 27 May 2010 14:05:33 EST Hello This is the first time writing on here. I have been trying to lose about 15-20lbs. for about 1 1/2 years now & it just wont come off. I exercise so much but my problem is I don't portion what I eat...ahh.. So I am going to try sparkspeople out! I used it before and lost 5 lbs but then life got busy.. So here I am again. I never used the message board so I am going to use it hoping it will keep me here! Wed, 19 May 2010 22:25:57 EST Feeling healthier already! Hi, I am female, 51, and started my weight loss journey with a nutritionist in January but didn't find SparkPeople until March. My ticker shows everything I have lost starting from Jan 6. I did Nutrisystem 20 years ago (and reached goal weight), but had a problem transitioning to real food from their packaged stuff, and then pregnancy finished me off. Finally back to getting past excuses and trying again to lose the weight. I am enjoying the motivation and help on SparkPeople which is really ... Wed, 5 May 2010 08:50:12 EST DIagnosed at 19 years old Hi, my name is Annie. I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle) and ventricular tachycardia (the heart rate can get to be too fast or too slow, and there are irregular beats) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted when I was 20. A "healthy" ejection fraction is about 55-75%. Mine is 25%. <BR> <BR> I have had my defibrillator replaced once, and need to have it replaced again in about 6-12 months. I cannot have ch... Sat, 1 May 2010 10:56:30 EST Kind Words I haven't lost a lot so far, and I certainly can't see any changes, but today someone at work commented that they can really see a difference and I'm obviously working hard. This made me feel so so good. <BR> <BR> I have body image issues - I can't see what everyone else sees. I hope this changes. I hope I can look in the mirror one day and compliment myself and feel as good as I do today from someone else's compliment. <BR> <BR> So... I think we need to do more complimenting here. For ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:35:44 EST Migraine = no exercise. Does anyone have any natural suggestions for migraine relief? I've had one since Sunday, and that means I can't bounce around at the gym. I'd like to get back out there while I'm still motivated, but I know if it hurts me, I won't want to go. So - I need a headache zapper.... suggestions? Wed, 21 Apr 2010 05:21:47 EST on a journey to a better me! Hello everyone! my name is Maggie and I am a mother of two beautiful girls, a full time mom and a full time student. I joined Spark people bacause my oldest baby will be turning 15 this summer and several of my family members that I have not seen for many years will be attending her Quinceañera celebration, which I'm very excited about, but I'm not to happy about my weight, so I would like to lose a few pounds before the event. To reach my goal of losing at least 8 pounds, I have been joggi... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:43:47 EST hello from hueneme just wanted to say hello and hope to make friends on here and to also say that this program is working so far. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:04:56 EST Hello everyone I am a 48 year old female hoping to lose weight and feel fit and well. I have been tracking my nutrition for nearly a month, but have not explored too much further on the website. This week, I am on vacation and am hoping to explore the site further and become more involved. My wonderful pooch walks with me everyday, but I am finding that it is important to walk without him sometimes to keep up heart rate. In addition, I am working to establish a weekly rountine the includes yoga, gentle wei... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 06:51:59 EST One month in for this Team... Just wondering how everyone is doing and looking for some motivating stories. I myself have not lost anything, which makes this one month point hard to see. My problem is consistency, I can only keep up with the tracking and excerice for a couple of days and then find excuses with life/work/kids/etc. <BR> <BR> How has everyone else's first month gone? <BR> <BR> Kay Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:51:19 EST Hi everyone! I am a newbie and slowly learning more about this site. I don't know my way around to well yet, but I made it here so that's progress. I am a single mom of three and have been overweight my whole life. I am now at my all time high and it is affecting my health and my life more than ever before. I started to make changes about 2 months ago and have managed to lose about 20 lbs. Unfortunately though, I have had a couple of difficult episodes with increasing feelings to binge. THIS IS SCAR... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:16:10 EST BOOOO!!!! For me.... I just realized in two days it will be a month that I'm "supposed" to be following SP... I've spent most of the time making excuses, between the laptop cord broken and the home computer with a virus... anyhow, I would like to get back on track and have more than a 4 day streak.... on a happy note, I've kept off the three pounds!! (but it should've been a lot more!) Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:21:31 EST Hello my name is Reo hi i'm enjoying this program ,i hope i can lost the weight with sparkpeople Fri, 9 Apr 2010 19:04:36 EST Working toward a healthier me I have been on the diet yoyo for many years now, and have finally come to the realization that it is time to get fit and healthy if I want to be around for a long time. I read about SparkPeople in one of our local papers, and thought that I would give it a try. I was amazed at how many people use the web site, and at how many have reached their goals by connecting with like minded people. I am now 51 years old, and I am hoping that through the use of this web site, and the people that I conn... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 16:16:22 EST New to this Hello. Im a newcomer...I think this page is great and hopefully I can succeed with the help of the community. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:48:54 EST Introduction I need a whole life makeover. It is said that when you make improvements in one area of your life, it creates a spill over effect into other areas of your life. That is my goal. I choose to start with fitness because it will give me more energy to work through the rest. <BR> Also, I live in the US Virgin Islands and would like to here from some of my neighbors. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 18:24:33 EST Hi I rejoined SP on the 14th of March but just found this team today. I am from east Texas and have two grandsons and a granddaughter on the way. She will be born around the 21st of July. I have been married 39 years on the 10th of April. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 18:38:18 EST Hello... although belatedly Good Morning to All: <BR> Sorry this post is overdue... I love this site, but I'm really having difficulty w/ these boards :) I hope this is where I introduce myself? <BR> <BR> It's going to be a glorious day here today, so I'm having my early cup of coffee and then it's outside for most of the day! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> Susan <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 06:52:47 EST Grandma G I want to lose weight to look & feel better but also because I have 7 grandchildren that are very active & I want to be able to play with them & keep up..I have been using this program for about 2 weeks & already feel better!! Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:02:47 EST New and Inspired! Hi: I'm Eve and just joined Spark People a week ago. A former Weight Watchers member for many years, I was ready for something new. I LOVE how thorough Spark People is and best of it's bloody FREE!!! I am determined to shed a minimum of 50 pounds once and for all. Lost 75 of it 20+ years ago, but gained a little back a few years ago after moving to the Pacific Northwest. Love being active and outside, hope to teach spinning again soon, and above all love helping others. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:56:02 EST Easter When I went shopping the other day I realized my entire life all holidays have been centered around food and a lot of it!!! I am thinking I will surprise my family this year. planning a Easter picnic and hike. I want to celebrate holidays by living them not eating them any longer. <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>448</em> <em>448</em> <em>448</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:03:35 EST Hello! Hey everyone my name is Michele and I'm 29 years old and a mother of three children under the age of seven. I have about 50 pounds to lose until I reach my goal weight. If anyone has any advice to offer me it would be greatly appreciated! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:08:13 EST Monday Weigh-in... discouraged I weighed-in today, and I gained weight! It was a weekend full of temptations, but I thought I did alright. I'm discouraged.... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:03:32 EST Jenn's Monday Weigh-In (3/29)Down another lb! <em>244</em> <BR> I am averaging 1 lb per week and so happy that I am sticking with it this time <em>344</em> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:29:09 EST Hi everyone! Glad to see I'm not in this alone. It's been a struggle for many years. I'm 37 and I'm 60 lbs overweight. I'm blessed to have a clean bill of health, I would like to keep it that way. I know the weight will start to change that if I don't do something about it. So here I am. I've raised my girls and now it's time for me to take care of myself and enjoy my husbands company. This year is going to be a very busy one and I don't want the weight to bring me down. I have my daughters grad... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:18:46 EST Meg914 I purchased The Spark about a week ago-Helping me so much.Been eating more veggies and fruits. <BR> Am excited about eating healthy. Live near LubbockTx, Fri, 26 Mar 2010 22:02:56 EST Hello My Name is Pam and glad to be a part of this class of new Sparks. I live in Johnstown, Ohio (East of Columbus in Licking County) where I grew up, and moved away for 19 years living in Virginia working in D.C. and Toledo Ohio, before moving back. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:40:16 EST Learn2Love23 Hi, <BR> My sister introduced me to this site. We are both working towards living healthier lives. My family has a weight issue so I think I have simply settled for what I thought was the inevitable. Reality is that we always have choices no matter what situation we may find ourselves. Taking control of my weight issue is a choice that I have. No one can do it for me. I have 135lbs that I am attempting to shed. I chose to say shed because if you loose something you often find it again ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:00:36 EST Thursday weigh in! Been here on Sparkpeople for one full week now.... I love it! So many helpful tools and supportive members. I am thrilled (and shocked!) to have lost 4.3 pounds this week!! I got on and off the scale three times to make sure, LOL. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone here lots of luck... we can do this! <BR> <BR> Take care, Jodie <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:43:08 EST Hello My name is Sha-Vonn. I just turned 30 four days ago. I decided that after last weekend I really need to lose weight, but I dont want to use diet pills or anything like that. I read about sparkpeople and thought it was a good way to track my progress and meet others like me. I also like to excercise, but like many of us, I need to find more time to do it. I work, go to school, and do a internship. So if people have any ideas about time management I would appreciate it. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:53:51 EST Hi My Name Is... My name is Kerry, and I just want to pick up a pair of jeans in the morning without dreading trying to put them on. ;) <BR> <BR> I have been married for almost 7 years. We have 4 kids. Three of them live with us, they are ages 14, 10, and nearly 1. I am a stay-at-home mom working towards becoming a work-at-home mom. Staying busy, trying to stay active, and get back to a happier weight where I can actually fit into my own clothes. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:51:24 EST 2 lbs...GONE!!! So excited!!! 2 lbs gone and I am feeling GREAT! <BR> Since working out every day, I sleep like a log, wake up refreshed, and no longer have back pain when I wake up! YAY!! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:57:12 EST Hi! I'm new from Clear Lake I've got 15-20lbs. to lose to be at a health weight. I strugle all the time with up and down weight and have never been able stay committed or had the extra money to join anything. So I'm excited!!!!!! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:48:55 EST a little about me!! I'm a wife and a mother to 2 beautiful little girls ages 6 and 2! After I got married and had kids the weight just crept up on me and I need to lose about 20-30 pounds I'm looking forward to a new me!! Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:28:32 EST Hello I am the typical chubby kid. I have lost hundreds of punds in my life, but it always seems to find me. I start out very motivated but lose interest quickly. I have been on every diet plan that is out there and have paid with my health and my wallet. I'm not asking to be a super model I just want to not look so fluffy! Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:45:12 EST Hi! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd say hello. I'm here to try and lose the final 20-odd pounds I need to after losing 50lbs last year. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Hashimotos when I was 16 (a form of hypothyroidism) and PCOS when I was 20 so would love to hear any hints and tips from people who are suffering along with me :) <BR> <BR> My first week has not gone well, I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer last week (too much coffee and work stress methinks) and have got a nasty infection ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:57:00 EST ChrisK Hi everyone.. I've been lurking for over a week now checking things out. I'm ready to kick my butt into gear and get to work on losing some of this weight. I can't wait to meet some of you and get to make some buddies along the way. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 02:04:53 EST Did the welcome email help? Glad to have everyone and I hope the welcome email was very helpful. If anyone ran into something that they would have liked to have read about on the welcome email, please let me know. I'd really appreciate it! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:50:00 EST Hi! Hi everyone. I'm a 36 year old SAHM with 3 great kids (1, 4, & 7). I did Spark People before my last little one was born and thought it was great. So here we are again. I need to loose that baby weight before the summer so that I can look good at my family reunion. Don't want to hear about the weight I've gained since they last seen me (2 years ago). Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:05:42 EST Checking in New to SP and checking in for the first time. <BR> <BR> I am a working mom with 2 boys, 10 and 5. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople because after a 50 lb weightloss, I am having a hard time even losing the next 5 lbs! With 50 more to go! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:14:03 EST Newbie Hi all, <BR> My name is Debbie and I will be turning 50 this May. I am looking to lose approx 85# in the next year. I want be more active and this coupled with losing the weight I want to be more healthy. I am a nurse and started my career as a neonatal intensive care nurse. I then need a change-no night shift or weekends and then did hospice nursing. I did the NICU for 20 years and hospice for a little over 2 years. I hurt my upper back and have not worked since Nov '08. Because of the back... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:32:12 EST Weight Loss Ticker I have a weight loss ticker, but for some reason, it's in Kilos instead of Pounds... does anyone know how to change that? It's driving me nuts! <BR> <BR> S Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:41:17 EST still trying to get into the groove I am still a little at a loss it usually takes me a little to get into a new thing. I am starting with food choices now then will start getting out and walking next. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:00:26 EST Jaye180 Hi, <BR> My name is Jerline and I live in Pine Bluff, AR. I joined this program to live a healthier life and hopefully loose some weight in the process. There is a lot of interesting information on this site, and I have only just begun reading. I am impressed with everything I've seen and I feel like this is the place for me. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:58:25 EST Fell off the wagon...but I'm back on it! And I feel terrible about it. A lot of the things were outside my control. We had a volleyball tournament this weekend out of town so I didn't drink all my water on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Friday and Sunday were travel days and I just could not stop at every rest area between the arena and home (especially not at night). <BR> <BR> Saturday and Sunday morning we were in the arena and although I made extra efforts to get some steps in (even took the steps instead of the elevator most of... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:59:59 EST Hi Hi my name is Hope and I am new to sparkpeople. I am the mother of 6.After my husband passed away Jan.of 07 I have really let myself go.I really hope I can stick with the program and reach my goals. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:02:20 EST woot woot!! 4 lbs. down :) Just wanted to share my excitement :) weighed in this morning and I'm down 4 lbs. down!!!! woohoo <BR> <BR> good luck to everyone else weighing in! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:44:49 EST Hey there! Hey Guys! I'm new to SparkPeople and I just wanted to say that I really look forward to this journey! It seems like a great program with great people! Talk soon! S Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:51:08 EST Just joined Well I just joined this community. I'm really hoping to get into shape by this summer. I'm a homeschool mother of 3 wonderful children. My biggest problem is trying to find the time to exercise. Need motivation. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:58:36 EST Ready to go! Hello everyone. Tomorrow is my official start date! I have approx 20lbs to shed and no doubt that I can do it. I just need a tool like this to make things very clear. Seeing exactly what I'm eating vs burning is the key for me. PLUS I love that SP crosses over into all areas of life. So I am ready to go and make some positive changes. :) Sun, 21 Mar 2010 20:02:15 EST HELLO !! HELLO EVERYONE, <BR> MY NAME IS NEE-NEE AND I'M A NEW MEMBER BUT I AM SO PUMPED AND READY. I HAVE ALREADY FOUND SO MANY THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. I AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO CHAT WITH FROM TIME TO TIME ABOUT PROGRESS AND GOALS. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME. GOD BLESS! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:51:49 EST Hi Hi. I just registered yesterday. I'm looking forward to getting myself back on track and keeping up with an exercise routine. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 14:10:20 EST Greetings Hi, My name is Jim and I live in Alabama. I'm new to SparkPeople and I hope to be able to use the excellent resource to help me live a healthier life. I'd like to loose some extra weight and get in better cardiovascular fitness. <BR> Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:25:05 EST Trying to get back in shape! Hello everyone! My name is Maria and I in my early 20s and I am trying to loose 25-30lbs. I am also married with a young daughter and am finishing up a dual degree program. My weight loss goals are not large and I have tried to get back in shape on my own for a couple months now but have been unable to stay consistent. I am hoping to find support, motivation, and new friendships by joining Sparkpeople. <BR> Here's to getting back in shape and staying healthy!! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:23:26 EST It's midnight and I'm wide awake! My abdominal pain was really bad last night so I went to lay down after dinner. I wound up sleeping for 5 hours. Ugh! I'm hoping I'll get tired in an hour or so. I so want to munch on the cheddar popcorn in the pantry...but, I promise not to. If I get too hungry I'll have some carrot sticks and a little hummus. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 02:14:50 EST Looking forward to using the site! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I just happened upon this site and LOVE it...really looking forward to using all of the tools. <BR> <BR> And, the tracking of SparkPoints really speaks to my competitive nature...I will not rest until I reach that yearly goal!! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:08:33 EST Desperate to feel better! Hi, I would like to introduce myself and say hi to my new friends. Tomorrow is my start date and I really want to look and feel better. I am joining this community to make some lifestyle changes and feel better about myself. I'm sure these are all things that you have either said yourself or heard many times. I know with your help that I can be the person I know is hiding inside this body that keeps following me around. I have a big sense of humor and can hide pretty good behind that too... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:54:35 EST LUVSRAINBOWS Hello everyone, I am 57 yrs old. In my younger days I used to be called Olive Oyl (popeye's g/f). Well those days are long gone. This is the heaviest I have been...I have hypothyroidism, cholestrol, heartburn, overactive bladder,and yes I do take medication for these ailments, plus I am a borderline diabetic. I haven't taken care of me and now I want to, but I keep telling myself maybe it is too late now. Plus it is very hard for me to get out and walk as my legs and knees bother me, so I gue... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 20:31:05 EST Hey from the 'couve' well I thought it was time to say Hi to you all it has been just a few days since I joined Spark and am very excited. I am looking for a great new way to loose weight and live a healthier life style for me and my family. I have struggled many times trying to loose weight and nothing really stuck. I am hoping to find some great support and new ideas with Spark and look forward to meeting as many people as I can. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:42:41 EST Hey everyone!! I am Laurie D.(lulud) I am 41 yo mother of three, married 20 years. I work in healthcare. I am eager to get started. My first goal is to lose weight for my son's high school graduation in May. Long term I know I have got to lose weight to feel better. So far my biggest health problem was brest cancer 10 years ago, otherwise I have been healthy but now it is time to feel better... Hope to hear from others....... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:08:50 EST Mother of 3 in need of life long change:) I am a working mother of three who needs to find time for me! I enjoy reading when I get the time and spending time with my family at the cottage! My goals are quite simple... I need to lose weight and I need to learn how to do it the right way this time so I never have to put myself through previous dissapointments. I am looking for advice and help from everyone and anyone who has the time to give it and it will be greatly appreciated. <BR> He's to the 2010 and my year for change:) Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:04:51 EST Mother of 3 in need of life long change:) I am a working mother of three who needs to find time for me! I enjoy reading when I get the time and spending time with my family at the cottage! My goals are quite simple... I need to lose weight and I need to learn how to do it the right way this time so I never have to put myself through previous dissapointments. I am looking for advice and help from everyone and anyone who has the time to give it and it will be greatly appreciated. <BR> He's to the 2010 and my year for change:) Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:04:51 EST Hello All!! Saw ad in First for women, hope sparkpeople will help. I am a little overwhelmed right now with the process of getting started but am trying. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:01:55 EST Loving the site! I am so happy I found this site, it seems to have everything I was looking for and more. I can't wait to explore all it has to offer, but I am really glad to see the wonderful support on the message boards. I am a mother of an energetic 16 month old boy, and am adjusting to life in a new Wyoming town. I want to become the best me I can, and this seems to be the perfect time to start! <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:26:54 EST OkieRN Its a dreary day outside, I have been trying to figure out this Diet plan, I'm overwhelmed with info! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:39:12 EST PAUL FORM ST. LOUIS MO I.M JOINING THIS WONDERFUL WEB SITE BECAUSE OF ALL THE SUPPORT IT OFFERS. I NEED TO LOSE 50 LBS. BECAUSE OF HEALTH REASONS. TO LIVE LONGER & HEALTHER I HAVE LOSE 16 LBS. SINCE JAN. 2-2010 WITH THE HELP OF EVERONE I WILL LOSE THE REST. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU. <BR> AND LOOKING FOWARD TO THE JERNEY. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:29:02 EST Back on the wagon :o) Hi there, loving the website, need something new to give me renewed belief in myself that I can make these changes permanently. My email inbox is full of emails from SparkPeople so will try and read them all shortly so I can get some motivation. Looking forward to meeting ya'll on our journeys <BR> <BR> Sandy Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:26:59 EST Hi I'm Amira Hi! I'm Amira from Alexandria, Egypt. I'm 32. I'm single and never married. I weigh 185 pounds and 5' 7" tall. My goal is to be in the healthy weight range. I like this site a lot. I've been here many times before but never passed the Fast break stage. Maybe I want everything to be perfect so when I ruin it for a day or two i quit and after a while I come back again after I gain more weight. So, I need some support and help to stay motivated. Looking forward to making new friends here on spar... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:11:09 EST Hello everyone! Hi, My name is Janna. I live in South Dakota with my husband, three children (11, 6, and 4), and my basset hound "Daisy" ( who turns 4 next month). I have struggled throughout life with my weight, always 20-50 pounds overweight. My Physician informed me about I am very excited to be a part of something with a unique approach to weight loss and healthy living. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:58:51 EST hey ya'll I joined SparkPeople about a week ago and have been using the time to get to know the site. Today I decided to actually start using it! LOL! I want to lose about 100 pounds! I've done it before; twice. But both times gained most of it back!! I have high blood pressure, and the doctor told me if I lose weight I might be able to come off the medication!! That was enough to get me motivated. I recently retired from the medical field. Now I stay home and watch grandbabies!! (Best job ev... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:49:07 EST I am excited to be on onboard! Hi! I have always been interested in fitness and overall wellness! My education and even jobs, have always involved wellness. My goal is to stay movitvated and productive! I always have good intentions and I can educate other people, but I need to practice what I preach and be consistant daily. I joined this site to help me with motivation and productivity. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:44:17 EST Helleo new to Sparkpeople Hi, i just started on my long journey of losing 135lbs to be healthy hope to meet alot of friends in the same boat as me <BR> <BR> Michelle <em>252</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:39:38 EST let's get back in shape! Hi! I'm 29, soon to be 30, wife and mother to a 2.5 year old and 2 stepchildren. I'm a runner, mountain biker, yogi, but just went through a spat of illnesses that have set me back from my usual running routine. My goal is to lose the 7 pounds I put on, plus 3, for a total of 10 pounds so that I feel great running again! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 13:55:12 EST Hello I joined, but am off to a slow start. Life seems to get in the way quite frequently, but I'll get there. At least I'm moving! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:46:38 EST Hello My name is Terry. I live with my husband, my 2 college aged children (away at school now) and my 82 yo mom whom I care for. She has alzheimers. A year ago at this time I was about 24 lbs less than I am now. Today was the first time I got on the scale in a while because I did not want to know what it was going to say. I used to have a very physical job that helped me keep my weight down and actually lose weight. Now I am unemployed and have been in a mental rut. I have had weight problems my... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:10:03 EST I'm an Aussie girl I have been living in Colorado for twenty years and try to visit my home in Perth, Australia, every two to three years. <BR> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:01:57 EST Hi.... I read about SparkPeople in a magazine and thought I would give it a try. I'm 58 (almost 59) with about 50 pounds to lose. I'm tired of being fat. I'd like to get healthy and look good. <BR> <BR> There appears to be a lot out here. Any tips or guides for beginners so it's not so overwhelming? Any tips to help motivate me to exercise? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:29:10 EST Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople. This site seems to have everything that I've been looking for. If only it could magically give me more time, it would be a miracle! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:24:28 EST Hi! Hi my name is Shana from a little country town in Arkansas. I am 23 yrs. old have been through the struggles in my life bt who hasn't. Back in May of 08 i lost my daughter Kayveon whn she was only 2 weeks old and after that i feel into a deep depression and gained weight. I have always been healthy bt now i am getting a little too healthy where it is starting to affect my health bt tha main reason i want to lose weight is for me. I want to feel good both inside and out. I really want to be he... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:07:29 EST Ready to get started! HI all, this is day 2 for me and I'm checking out all the features of this website. Seems intersting so, some great trackers and stuff hope to have a succesful journey with you all!! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:20:24 EST Share one POSITIVE thing about YOU!! Because we all need to realize that we are wonderful and have something great to offer... <BR> <BR> tell us one positive thing about YOU. <BR> <BR> I'll start.... <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> I love to be a cheerleader and pep others up! <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Check back each day to let us know how wonderful you are!! <em>306</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:07:10 EST What did you have for breakfast today? Just looking for more ideas. <BR> <BR> I had 3/4 cups Southwestern egg beaters, 1/4 cup fat free shredded cheddar and 2 Tbsp pineapple mango chipotle salsa...and coffee! Yummy! 160 calories, 9 carbs, no fat and 25 grams of protein! I'm stuffed. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:32:42 EST I'm doing better then I thought! Though I didn't join SparkPeople until yesterday, I've been watching what I eat since March 1st and poking around this site. I was 210 on that day. I knew I had lost some, but never got on the scale so I had my starting weight at 205. Today I got up and thought I'd jump on the scale because I was anxious to know. It said 200, so I've lost 10 lbs in 20 days!!! I'm thrilled, but now I'm not sure if I should adjust my starting weight on my weight ticker. Technically I lost 10 lbs with Spar... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:25:03 EST I Am . . . needing to get in to shape as I approach 50. Both of my grandmothers lived to 90+, so I realized I'm likely to be on this earth a long time and want to be healthy and energetic. I have struggled in the last 3 years with health issues, so I feel like I've got a long climb in front of me, but SparkPeople seemed like a great approach. I'll close with on of my mantras: <BR> <BR> I am smart, talented, creative, trustworthy, loyal, truthful, athletic, loving, kind, brilliant, skillful, and most of... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:51:14 EST Aloha to everyone! Looking forward to learning all about the "Spark Life" . To be healthy and loose 50 #. I miss being active because my stomach is in the way . I hope this life style is working for all of you! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 02:22:45 EST Hi, I am Andrea Hello! I am Andrea and I am a 26 year old female getting ready to graduate in Phlebotomy. I am from Ohio and have lived here my entire life. I just joined sparkpeople because some of my friends from school are on here and told me about it. So thought I would try it out. I don't have a lot of weight I need to lose but I do need to start eating healthy and taking care of myself better. <BR> <BR> I have a dog named Yanni. He is my pride and joy. He is a little Shih Tzu with a lot of health prob... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:04:29 EST Gottogetfit1-Looking Forward I'm very new to the site and also the computors. So I'm pretty slow learning how to use the site, but love it greatly,so much I seem not to get any thing else done except read and look around in it. I still don't think I have E-mail fixed where I can reply to my e-mails. LOL I'm looking forward to all the help this site has to offer. I have a lot of health problem(disabled since 2005) and some of the medication I take tends to make you gain weight. I live in Foothills of NC, I have 2 children... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:37:41 EST Hi everyone! Hi! I'm excited to get started losing these unwanted pounds. Most of my weight I gained during pregnancy. The big problem is I didn't lose the weight in between my fat built on top of fat. Now that my younger daughter is 18 mo old, it's time to start taking care of myself. I would like to lose 50 lbs w/in the next year. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:10:10 EST Barb Hi I am Barb from Texas. This place ROCKS!!! I have been looking around at all the cool stuff here and can not believe how great it is! I am tired of being tired and am here to take back my life! I will lose this weight. I will eat more healthy. I will stay positive, have faith in me and count my blessings. <BR> I can't wait to meet all of you here. Please feel free to stop by and say Hello! <BR> I have been exercising every day now for a week..I want to join my way of eating with my... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:01:04 EST Hello SparkPeople I am hoping to get my weight and my health under control! I read about this program in First Magazine about a week ago. One blurb was about making small changes...and it dawned on me...I was just thinking about "if I could just wake up thin tomorrow...". One day I will. But incorporating small changes until they become a lifestyle should be very do-able! Looking forward to meeting new people, reading new tips, and becoming a litle less me so I can be a better me. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 19:51:31 EST Hey im new here Hey im new here and i really want to lose weight, i have been heavy all my life and i am ready to see it gone :) I am one who need help with being motivated. if i could make a friend on here and They would be willing to help me that would be amazing :) Fri, 19 Mar 2010 19:12:49 EST New 3/14 but signed on in February I signed on in Feb but just looked around that day. I came back ready to work, post and start a nutrition program 3/14. I want to be in this group because it is truly when I started this journey. Can I be in the group. I have tried to re-set start date on goals, etc but some of them won't re-set. I have worked hard all week to stay on track and I've been really sccessful. I look forward to getting to know the group. <BR> <BR> I am 58 yo female with about 70-75 lbs to lose and I just ... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:52:53 EST moms and dads at home Hi my name is Tanee and im over weight i have been struggling with my weight for a while now. I really dont have a support team until now. So if some one would like some motivation IM here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:03:37 EST New to Spark...have 93lbs to lose Hi Sparkmates! My name is Tricia from Atlanta. Over the past 16 years I have steadily put on about 90 lbs. Well I'm here to take them off. I have 8 month old twin boys ( I lost all the baby weight plus 10 more...then I put all of it back on plus 4 more pounds!!!!). <BR> <BR> Here I go............. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:13:58 EST Vegan Hi, I joined earlier today but can't sort out a plan which suits my lifestyle. I have recently become vegan (mainly raw) after many years of vegetarianism. Through various trials I discovered I am lactose intollerant and sensitive to gluten. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:59:20 EST Hi from Jersey Girl who loves to ski Powder! I moved from NJ 6.5 years ago and absolutely LOVE living in Utah! Unfortunately I got hurt skiing this year and want to stay healthy and lose some pounds so I can get strong for next season. I would love to know if there is anyone who likes to swim? This is about the only exercise I can do right now and I would love a buddy to do it with! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:19:25 EST On the Way to a New Me Hi everyone! I have tried so many diets over the past few years, but I guess I had never really made up my mind <BR> to stick with something until now. I am very excited to have a place that I can enter everything and it tell me how I'm <BR> doing in regards to calories, fat, exercise, etc...also that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg for the service...know whata mean? I've realized if I don't start something immediately to get my weight under control, I won't be here to <BR> see my sons or d... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:38:57 EST Uneasy Hi I am True2selffirst, however I am working on that. I am a lap-bad patient which helped me to lose 60 pounds, but I still have to complete this journey. I don't tend to tell others I have the lap-band so I don't have to deal with others attitudes. I really didn't want to join another program to help me lose my weight because it just seems like one more thing I add to my to do list, however this might help. I don't know if I can do this every day, but we shall see. <BR> <BR> The main reason... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:35:48 EST Excited! Hi! I love trying new things, problem is- I'm usually bored after a week. This seems to have lots of stuff to keep me interested. Really looking to improve my health and, let's face it, look killer this summer. Good luck to everyone (including me). ;) Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:14:35 EST brendagresl Hi I'm looking for a better way of eating to help me and my husband lose some weight and a healthy life style. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:12:49 EST Thinking differently Hi my name is Melissa and I live in western PA. I am looking forward to learning some new techniques to use in order to lose the weight I have packed on over the past 10 years... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:03:49 EST Hi, I'm Connie I joined SparkPeople yesterday and am excited about the information provided by SparkPeople. I think this is going to be a good way to lose and manage myh weight. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:55:59 EST Ready to be healthier Hi, I am a 31 yr old married, mother of 2. I would like to lose a few pounds just to feel better about myself. Being the mom to a little girl I really worry about self image and what I am projecting on to her. My husband and I both work out and we try to tell her it is for our heart and not because we want to lose weight. We also try to explain that fruit and veggies are going to make you stronger than hotdogs and chicken nuggets. There is nothing that I refuse to let them eat but I try to pa... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:53:46 EST New on Spark Hi All, <BR> I am new to this. i am totally excited, though! What a great resource! i'd love to find support buddies and just chat in general about ups and downs. :) <BR> Christy Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:59:02 EST 53 and Looking to Create a Healthy Lifestyle As a 53 year old workaholic I need help with motivation, support and ways to fit or alter my present lifestyle to include a healthier lifestyle. I hope to lose 25 pounds - just because I don't feel good about myself at my current weight of 159. I also am tired of being tired all the time. I have committed myself to the Pan Mass Challenge that takes place the first weekend in August. (the challenge raises funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute). I will ride a bike from Wellsley, Mass ... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:07:34 EST Getting Started Hi, I decided to try this diet on Tuesday March 16th, but today is the first day I've had the time to try and get started. I have been a little confused as to how it works, but I do know that it's the diet for me, as my sister introduced me to it a few days after I prayed to God to help me WANT to lose weight. I obviously see that HE wants me to lose weight. That is the motivation for me, for I can see that He LOVES ME SO MUCH to care enough to send me this diet the day after I prayed that pr... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 07:15:46 EST So happy to start taking control! Hello, I'm so glad I've finally taken the courage to join! I've just turned 28 and realized that I am miserable with the way I look and feel. I used to be a very energetic person, love going outdoors and very cautious of what I ate. I really don't know what happened! I find myself staying indoors more, watching TV, playing on the computer for hours, eating fast food and then I wonder why I'm so tired and don't want to do anything! I'm ready to make a change, I've been trying for the last year... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:21:48 EST New SUPREMEONE Member I am a new member of this site. I am interested in motivational efforts for stretching, walking and exercises using weights. I have Multiple Sclerosis and it is very important for me to exercise but yet an oxymoron because of fatigue being a big problem with MS. I could use all the motivation I could get. I have no major issues with my MS except for fatigue and some tingling. Exercise would help my fatigue greatly, but I find it hard to get it in. Any help or suggestions would be great!... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:29:11 EST Ratio between sugar and fiber I'm new to SparkPeople and I joined because I have become concerned about sugar as a toxin and want to track "bad" sugar. I would like to explore a diet plan that is based upon the ratio of sugar to fiber and I'd like to find an upper limit of sugar. That is, total sugar (both good and bad) minus fiber should not exceed X grams. I cannot figure out what X is if I can't track sugar. I have to say that I am terribly disappointed that SparkPeople is unable to unwilling to accomodate this goa... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:13:25 EST I am new at this I have never used or been on a message board. Infact I only signed up for internet a few weeks ago. I am excited to hear from women over 65 that have lost weight (I'm 68) - sure is a major struggle as I get older! I have become a couch potato more and more and my 'middle' is growing leaps and bounds over last 3 years. I ache when I walk or do much. Will this get easier? I need motivation. :-) Looking forward to hearing from you! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:58:56 EST Bama Girl I need to lose5lbs in three weeks Need tips to get it going any one have any good tips sure would apreciate any help, THANKS BAMA Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:32:02 EST Here goes.. just want to say hi to people on spark Hi, my name is Missy. I'm a 27 years old female and living in the Tampa Bay area (FLorida). My interest are reading almost every magazine I can get my hands on (ranging from people to marie claire to money to cooking light to fitness to entertainment and everything between), watch every movie that looks somewhat interesting (comedy to drama to action to cartoon and everything between), cooking really yummy food (nothing like cooking your own yummy meal), spending time with my cute dog, gettin... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:43:55 EST Hello Sparkpeopl Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Ellen and I'd like to lose some/all of my baby weight by the end of the summer. I'm looking forward to using this program and getting and giving support to my fellow sparkpeople! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:10:03 EST Never give up Hello! I am so excited to have found Spark. I was reading an article in First magazine about Spark and was thrilled to know that there were thousands of people out there that I could identify with. I am about 75 pounds over weight and am in my late 50's. I have lost hundreds of pounds in my lifetime.....always gain it back. Again, with spring in sight, I have decided to try to take some pounds off. I am doing Weight watchers (of course I am a lifetime member) as I seem to have success... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:29:38 EST The Final Decision to Change My name is Mishwn, I am really looking for people to help motivate me, and also motivate others in thier journey to weight lost, also to make some good friends. I have been struggling with my weight for yrs and now, this seems to be something new and exciting to embark on. So please join me and we can help each other on this path. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:44:09 EST HI! my name is Jessica! Hi everyone, Im new to this site,and still finding my way around, I orginally found the site when trying to locate the calorie count in a banana, and realized all that this site has to offer! Im 22, almost 23, and have finally decided to lose the weight i put on after having had two knee surgeries a few years ago. My long term goal is to lose like 40 pounds and to feel better and be healthier. My short term goal is simply to start eating better and get some exercise. Im a full time college s... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:20:08 EST Hi I've been lurking for a couple of days. I've been busy reading all the cool stuff on this site. I can't wait to see results. What a good site! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:50:00 EST In need of change... I did not make a New Year's resolution this year afraid to fail again. Instead I waited for February to start going to the gym. But now I need some motivation to keep me going. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:49:42 EST Hello Up until my late 30s I didn't need to diet or watch what I ate. I was the perfect size 6. <BR> I got married in my late 20’s and started eating exactly what my husband was eating without realizing that he is a 6' 1" construction worker & burns a lot of calories. The increased calorie intake and my slower (age related) metabolism have resulted in weight gain. <BR> I am the girl with all of the fitness magazines and knowledge about weight loss but for some reason I haven't been able to make i... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:36:26 EST hello hi my name is Mallory. I'm going to school full time to become a nurse and I'm a stay at home mom to my 11 month old daughter. so I'm a busy girl and finding time to exercise and eat right isn't always so easy. i gained a lot of weight when i was pregnant with my daughter so I'm here to hopefully lose it and then some. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:32:23 EST Here we go Hello All, <BR> I finally had to admit to myself that I need help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So hopefully I can find some support here and eventually support others. Here we go, <BR> <BR> matterby Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:30:11 EST Hello Team Players Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Paula a mother of three; twin boy and girl (12) and a girl (7). I've been on a mission to live a healthy life style while lossing weight in the process. I began this mission about 2 years ago and so far have been very successful. I've lost over 81 lbs with about 25 more to go. Its going very slow, so I saw the need to join a group for extra support, since I also have a group of friends that I work out with, sharing the same goals. I hope to meet my i... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:40:02 EST Hey!! Hey Everybody! This is PeggyLee2010. Just joined SparkPeople today! I am 46 years old. I live in West Virginia. I am looking forward to making alot of healthy changes. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:35:19 EST One more new member Hi everyone. Just this morning I thought to myself "I absolutely have to start taking better care of myself." Then I come across mentions of this site a few times this morning. I'll take it as a sign. I am now busily looking around the site at all the information that is available. It's kind of overwhelming actually. I guess it takes a while to settle in. I think I'll be reading for a while. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:25:56 EST Holy Cow! It's time to get serious! My name is Darla and yesterday (St. Patrick's Day) I celebrated my 50th birthday. I currently weigh 220 lbs. and am 5' 9" tall. I suffer from an irregular heart rhythm and acid reflux disease. I am a "professional" stress eater! Holy cow! It's time (or should I say Past Time ) to get serious. I have already solicited the help of a good friend at church to help me on my journey. I am looking forward to better health. I just need a strong support system to get there! Thanks for your hel... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:46:13 EST Hello Just trying an online approach tracking my food choices. Looking to trim down and stay fit for the long run. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:43:48 EST Gotta do this now! Hi <BR> I'm so glad I ran across this program. I'm must loose the weight now as I am beginning to teach taekwondo to children. I started taking lessons several years ago but stopped practicing after having my FOURTH child, a 15 month old boy. I begin exercising full force yesterday with doing forms and running which is a little different now being 40 year old. So I need the help of others to stay true and balanced. Looking forward to joining and keeping in touch with all of you. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:28:12 EST Hi , my name is Bev Iam ready to start my weight loss journey , and learn how to eat right , exercize and live a good healthy lifestyle in the process. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:12:41 EST Hello New here, mom of an almost 1 year old, with much to lose and not much energy. Hello all! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:11:30 EST Hello, Iam new and need lots of support! Hello. My name is Amy and Iam new at this and must start a healthy life style of changes. I want to be healthier and feel good about myself for once. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:08:05 EST Have No Willpower My biggest problem is that I was in an ATV accident in 2007, and broke my hip, fractured my sacrum, fractured my pelvis in numerous areas, and now have permanent sciatic nerve damage which prevents me from being able to do any kind of high impact exercising such jogging, etc. I also suffer from depression from the fact that I'm limited in any kind of exercise which I know is an essential part of losing weight. Any advise from anyone who can understand would be greatly appreciated. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:38:47 EST Hello I'm NEW Hi I'm Jennifer from Houston. I just signed up yesterday and I'm off to a pretty good start. Luckily my coworkers are out of town so there's no pressure to go out for lunch. I'll have to surprise them with a NO! when they get back next week. I'm packing my lunch since I'm watching my diet and my budget right now. It definitely helps with both. Look forward to chatting with you guys. JLE Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:30:28 EST New Member of Spark!!! Hello, my name is Kim. I am a 29-year old, white female and a mother of one. I am a legal assistant for one of the most prestegious law firms in my city. My daughter is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I can't even play with her or enjoy any outside time with her because of my weight and problems associated with my weight. I am 67 lbs. overweight and I am a high risk borderline diabetic. I have many health problems that contribute to my being overweight and I am ready t... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:14:02 EST new here looking for suport Hi I am new here. Was relatively fit until 2006 when I came down with Lupus. Had to take steroids for several years but am off them now. I have lost 20lbs after the dosage was removed but would like to loose the rest. and not sure how with my limited mobility at times. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:14:11 EST One Small Step And the journey begins. I am looking forward to working with other positive people as I make changes to my lifestyle. This is a journey that I plan to enjoy. I am a writer who has allowed a sedentary lifestyle to creep in, and push my former activities out the back door. This move will inspire me to allow my writing to become a tool, and not an inhibitor. My first major move is to get up and moving for at least ten minutes for every hour at my desk. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting othe... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:32:00 EST I'M NEW TO SPARK Hi there I'm new to spark weigh in at 249lb, my goal is to get down to 150lb. Most of all my life I have been over weight and I have try many diet. I have lost weight in the past but in the long run have gain them back. Now I'm trying to make a change to better myself, self esteam and my health. I'm 38 yr. old proud parent of two kids. <BR> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:11:19 EST calorie count Been tracking in my food tracker- it says 203 calories in a whole wheat english muffin??? On the food label of my muffins it says 110 calories. How do you change it? Thu, 18 Mar 2010 06:51:01 EST Trying to take control Hi, my name is T.J. I'm 26 years old, and i want to lose 50 - 70 lbs. I use to weigh 190 and i'm 5feet 10inches tall, i was fine with that. Now since i lost my Daddy, i have lost control of my weight and i am trying to get it back. I weigh almost 260 now. In five years i've gained 70lbs! I want to start a family but want to be a bit more in shape before i do. i don't want my weight to cause my baby any problems. i feel very ashamed of the way i look now, and i don't see why bob stays with me ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:11:50 EST Linda's Happy Hour Hi, I'm Linda and I'm fat! I want to be thinner for the Hodag this year. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 01:48:53 EST Hello I signed up after reading an article in the First magazine. I am hoping to lose some weight for this summer. I would also like to enter a Women's day race in 2 months. Hopefully, I can get some ideas on how to eat and cook healthier from this site. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:48:24 EST 24 and wanting a healthier lifestyle I never ate well as a child, due to a poor family and single mom with 4 kids. I am now married and happy and am gaining weight like crazy! I want to be healthy, but also look good without having that belly fat or thick legs...I am a college student and I work Part Time, with not a lot of time extra during the day. I love this website already and I've just started today....There are SO many helpful things here that will keep me motivated and keep me on track. I love everything about it, and th... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:45:42 EST New to Spark people and excited but I have a ? I am doing WW and really like it.. Is there a way I can combine these two or use spark people with Weight Watchers? thanks Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:30:04 EST Hello There :) My name is Courtney. I am a 20 year old college student in NJ. I have always been concerned about my weight, but I am finally taking a serious stand about it. I know the next few months will be rough while I am still in classes, but my main goal is to shoot for 24 lbs. by September 1st. That is not ALL the weight I want to loose, but I feel like doing it in chunks will make my goals seem more attainable! Hope you are having good luck! Feel free to message me some inspiration! I could definit... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:49:16 EST Hi Hi my name is amber. I am going to start a new healthy lifestyle to be able to keep up with my son. I am now 25 and have no more excuses why I am not in shape. I need help and support. I know I can do this. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:22:05 EST Hi I'm Jai I joined this forum to get back on track and loose the weight I packed on this past year. I really like the nutrition and fitness tracking devices. I'm interested in camping and outdoor living and live beside a river. I like to do airbrush temporary tattoos at festivals but haven't made a lot of money doing it. I crochet, do arts and crafts, read books, and like English Logic Problem puzzle books. I'm a grandma. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:09:13 EST graduation goal may 15-2010 my weight was 348 pounds 15 months ago now i need to loss more ... i started a membership at our local ymca pushing my self to loss some weight. so here i go 1 st timeon sparkle page... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:57:35 EST new to this and happy to be here I'm cindy, i'm 52 and have about 25 to 30 lbs to lose. I am an emotional eater, husband was diagnosed with cancer in july and my weight has gone up-up-up since then. This site has some great things. Glad to be on it with understanding people. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:56:12 EST Here I go... This is my first post, my first foray into anything like this. I'm looking to get something positive started here. I need to lose some weight, get some energy and enjoy myself instead of thinking I'm being deprived. I'm a bit nervous about this whole posting thing. I am 54 years old. I'm a new grandma and loving that. I work full time and generally like my job. I'm married and my kids are grown and out of the house. I like to read and quilt. I am not much for exercising but maybe this spring ... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:43:22 EST Hi! To all the doglovers out there! Hi! I am pgw654, new to spark but have already seen a difference in how I look at what I eat day in and day out. Hope to get my big Rufus dog ( 10 year old Sharpei, Chow, Husky mix with one artficial knee who needs to lose wieght to) to get fit as well. So hello all! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:12:56 EST Hi Hi, I'm Kyla, and I'm really excited about this website!!! Just logging in keeps me motivated and keeps me on track (so far, it's only been one day) so I'm excited to start seeing some results. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 19:50:39 EST Fluffylady3 Hi, I'm a lady in good health. 70 yrs old and have 30lbs to lose with a doctor's note I can do it. Any older ladies out there who walk 2 miles a day and do 30min exercise tape. Will be on the road in RV for 3 to 4 weeks and not able to read my boards every day. Am looking forward to help and support. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:57:43 EST savards6 Hi everyone, I've just joined and am looking forward to this journey! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:46:33 EST hobblinalong Hi all, glad to hear from you, thanks for your support already! Any tips you can give me I will be thrilled to have. I am looking for an exercise I can do with a cast on my leg. I broke my ankle so walking , etc is out for now anyway. Thanks for the welcome! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:28:52 EST HI Hi. I just joined Spark today. I am a mom of 2 and work full-time. I look forward to getting to know you. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:56:42 EST Hi, just found this site, and excited Looking forward to meet some neat people on this site. I live in the country not to far from Rochester, MN, Looking to lose some weight and get my cholesterol numbers down. I actually enjoy getting up and exercising. Never thought I would say those words. The scale hasn't moved much, but my cholesterol numbers have gone down in the last month. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:30:31 EST Hello Hey I'm Amanda. I'm 24 and have about 20 pounds to lose. I'm looking to, above all, live a healthier life. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:10:13 EST Good Morning Beautiful! My name is Pauletta, and I have tried to lose weight for over 4 years without success, this is my last hope to lose the weight, I never had a strong surport front. <BR> So I am glad to say I finally feel as though I will get that from this program, it makes me smile inside because I can feel my weight dropping off already. <BR> THANKS! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:31:28 EST weight loss tracker How do you get a weight loss tracker for your profile? Anyone?? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:04:50 EST Wanted to join in and say Hi My name is Kelly,just joined SparkPeople yesterday, very excited. Feel like i'm on information overload. Have a lot of work to do, so right now, i'm going to go for a walk and stop chatting. Did you notice that i am a procrastinator? Looking for a lot of guidance and support. I'm pretty sure i'm in the right place. OK!!! i know, it's freezing out, but i am going for my walk. <em>148</em> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:30:45 EST Hello everyone I'm brand new to Sparkpeople but a long struggler with my weight and fitness. <BR> <BR> I have more than 50 pounds to lose and have been going to weight watchers for almost two years. I've lost about 5 pounds during those two years. Yikes! I'm hoping that this site might help me stay motivated and stop eating emotionally. <BR> <BR> I have a stressful job with a long commute and am the primary caregiver to my husband who is going through cancer treatment. I wish I could transform all t... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:30:29 EST tshepherd45 Hi! <BR> My name is Teresa and my daughter and I just joined sparkpeople. We are looking forward to big weight loss Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:29:46 EST Hi guys! Hi! I'm Mae, i'm 27, and i'm excited to lose this weight and get really fit and strong. ultimately my goal is to be a personal trainer and help others achieve what they never dreamed for themselves. I'm excited to be part of this community! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:01:41 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just introducing myself to the team of Spark People. Hope all of you are well and enjoying the website as much as I have done in the last 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Be good <BR> <BR> Rich Wed, 17 Mar 2010 06:34:57 EST Hi Everyone I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Amy I need to get in shape again. I am weighing the most I ever have and am committed to living a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to reading of your successes and sharing my journey. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Amy Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:25:15 EST EATING ON THE RUN. Hi Gang -- I jUST CAME OFF 3 DAYS OF FLU SO AM NOT MUCH INTO EATING ANYTHING YET (lost a couple of temporary lbs but not my favorite way to do it) . .. BUT THOUGHT THIS COULD ACTUALLY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO START FRESH WHILE HAVING AN UNEXPECTED BREAK FROM THE OTHER FOOD ROUTINE. ANY IDEAS? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:46:53 EST Hi Everyone! I have been on this site for only a few days and I am trying to get familiar with the site. I am hoping to lose about 110lbs, through small consistent steps. I need help with motivation!! I would love a buddy who would like to keep each other accountable! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:05:19 EST Its Time So I decided to try and get serious about losing weight. I have never been this big and seem to be getting bigger everyday. At this point I hardly have any clothes that fit. So its time. Time to figure out how I am going to lose weight. I have a general idea of what I have to do, its just a matter of forcing myself to do it. So the journey begins. Hopefully it will be a long journey and one that works. Time will tell... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:58:48 EST Hello Team I am Heatherlyn - 39 year old (turning 40 in AUG) mother that needs to lose weight. I read about Sparkpeople at the chiropractors office and decided to check it out. Of course it is 10:30 at night when I signed up - but better late then never - right! My one photo is taken by my eight year old - I usually delete them cause I look awful but I realized - gee that is how she usually sees me. Man I have to change that image and I need to get moving. So here I am. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:45:48 EST I wanna be a loser Will this site work?? I don't know but I'll give it a go. I just quit weight watchers. Lost 20 lbs and gained it back. I know it is on me to do this. I need to dig deep to find the motivation. All words of wisdom are welcome. <BR> <BR> Angie :-) Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:41:27 EST Ready to shed a little extra My name is Mitzi and I have an 18 month old son. I am a single mom, and sometimes its hard to find the time to work out after working full time and spending time with my son. He loves to act silly, so lately I've tried dancing around and hula hooping and things that are just fun. I know with summer coming up, I'll get a chance to really take it to another level. I'm really excited. I have 30 lbs I would like to lose by July. =) Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:00:38 EST New Beginings This year is a celebration of new beginings. After living in Mexico for five years, I have moved to a new city and state. I gained 40lbs in the last two years and i am determined to lose this weight. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:25:23 EST Hello! Hey everybody! I just wanted to a minute to introduce myself. My name is Aimee and I am 33 year-old teacher from Kentucky. I have been teaching preschool for the past ten years. Preschool is not exactly what I planned on teaching, but I love and am devoted to what I do! I am a new mom of a 9 month-old and loving every bit of my new role in life! However, enough is enough...I gained close to 50 pounds during my pregnancy on top of already being overweight. I am ready to shed some of thi... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:03:05 EST HELLO I READ ABOUT SPARKPEOPLE INFIRST MAGAZINE AND I WAS INTERESTED.LOOKS LIKE A GOOD PROGRAM TO TRY. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:31:30 EST Intro to Me and SparkPeople! Hi My name is Marshall, My wife is on here and she has lost weight... and well I need to lose some weight too and what a better way then to do it together! I am pumped and ready to get this plan going... I am a vol, firefighter and I need to be in shape too. My goal is to lose 50-70 pounds... Working out at the station gym 2 to 3 times a week. Game on!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:57:21 EST new to Sparkpeople Hello everyone and thank you for the great welcome. I checked out Sparkpeople on a whim. I was sent an email about it checked it out. I was so impressed with all that I read, I joined. <BR> I spent the last two years caring for my mother who had cancer. She was 80 years old when she died in July of 2009. We were close. <BR> My own health suffered as I put all my efforts into my mother and my full time job. And my husband and I also grow 5 acres of vegetables and fruit that we sell at local ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:55:01 EST What will you do for motivation? What are some of things that you will do for motivation during your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> I heard that Heidi Klum had her husband Seal take nude pictures of her every week. This helped Heidi see how far away she was from her goal, and see how for along she had come. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I am going to do for motivation, but I would love to hear your thoughts. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:35:53 EST New to the site and need some support! :-) Any positive tips on losing weight and keeping it off??? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:52:02 EST Hey Everyone! I am new to the My goal is to lose 99 pounds. I hope that joining this community and knowing that I am not alone through this process will help me with that goal! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:26:21 EST Cutting the Yo Yo string Hello. I have lost and gained 30-40 lbs three times in the last three years. Now, I'm back to my original weight with no motivation to try again. Hoping this forum will set me on the right path lose the weight forever, create a healthy lifestyle and renew the pursuit of my goals. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:09:42 EST New to this. Hope this will build consistancy in my lifestyle changes. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:34:18 EST Hello Everyone My name is LaSonia I am new to Spark, and would like to say hello, and I look forward to working with each of you to achieving our dream goals of losing weight and keeping it off. Good Luck to us all. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:16:37 EST Marge Hi, I am Marge and I want to lose weight and keep it off. I want to feel good about myself, especially since the nice weather is coming.I get frustrated very fast when I don't see results and I end up eating more. I hope that thgis program works for me. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:51:24 EST Lucimad Hello spark people of Az and other groups. I am really excited to be on the site and am finding my way around slowly but surely. The weather is beautiful with more to come and motivating to get outside and enjoy everything Az. has to offer. I am a retired teacher who is looking for people of similar interests to network and get together with. Hope to meet some of you in person or through the message board. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:42:36 EST Here I go again! I've done this before successfully but always gained it back. This time, I want it to stick! Any tips/advice/encouragement is welcome. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:03:06 EST Hi My name is Jill, and once again I find myself needing to lose weight. I am a sahm, I have have two boys with my husband Chris. We live in Eastern Colorado and we farm and ranch. I just join a weight loss challenge at our drugstore with 2 other ladies, I would like to lose about 25 or 30lbs. So far I like the SP website. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:50:15 EST Hi There! Hi, I'm Joann. Since I started working at a health and fitness company 7 years ago I have gone up 3 sizes! I want to look good in a swimsuit again and now that I am 40 i am determined to do so. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:47:56 EST HI I am a 42 year old mother of one son who is in college. I am excited about being apart of Spark and excited about the results I will see. I am scare, because I don't know who the new me will be but I am excited to know that I have a change for a new beginning. I know I can do all things through Christ that strenghtens me. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:44:11 EST New to the group looking for advice from people Hi im a 38 yr old male, who is very involved in mixed martial arts training. Im 5'11' 235 lbs. mostly muscle but feel a little sloppy. Im better suited for 215 and having a hell of a time losing anything. I work out 5 days a week. 3 of those include plyo and core training the others running. According to this diet regiment im obese, so naturally im concerned the information will be wrong. HELP. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:21:55 EST Hi...I'm new Just joined here. I am looking for motivation and friends to help me along the path to weight loss, fitness and healthy living. I have arthritis in my hips and knees so exercise can be painful, but I know that if I lose the weight It will be easier on my joints. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:56:31 EST Hey There Hello- I am recently married, new to my area, at a new job and recovering from my grandmother's death. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired with my body image. I want to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:34:58 EST Hello my name is JoAnn I have had by pass surgery on my stomach and lost 220 lbs so far but i have slowed down, and need something to help me to start losing again i have osteoarthritis so its hard to walk too much but can do some so if you have any ideas let me know, i have limited income so something that doesn't cost lots maybe some meal ideas that would be good for my family..I am 55 yrs old and would like to do more wtih my kids.. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:18:28 EST Hello Everyone! Good morning! I just joined and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jessica and I currenlty live in Waco, Texas. I've been married for a little over 5 years, no children yet, and I'll be 30 this year (Yikes!). I'm looking forward to changing bad habits and losing the weight. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:13:54 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, <BR> My name is Jenny, and I just joined sparkpeople. I am on a mission to lose a 100lbs, and I am hoping and praying this will help. My best friend uses this site, and she loves it. So, I finally caved in, and here I am. <BR> <BR> I hope to make new friends, and help support others while I am losing weight! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all! <BR> <BR> Jenny Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:36:37 EST Hello Hi my name is Angel. Just signed up. A little overwhelmed with all the different parts to the site however, very excited that it has so much to offer. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:27:25 EST my struggles hi my name is jennifer im 35 years old nmy weight is258 my story is i tryed everything i could pills of all kind i have all kinds of machine treadmill,ab lounge,ellepticall machines n even weight bars but i suffer from depression really bad i try to push myself but i fell like im always to sad because i try so hard but no resualts .i also have really bad astma witch limits me also i have 1 son he is 14 years oldi would like to b around to see my grandchildren born but i really need support i... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:15:10 EST NC NEW I am really over weight and trying to lose about 50 lbs for starts. I am very motivated however require work on my discipline. I WILL ACCOMPLISH MY GOAL THIS TIME because I can do anythinmg through christ who strenghtens me. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:08:39 EST Mauston says 'thanks' I finally signed up because I was tired of feeling held prisoner by food. Scared of where I would end up because of so many poor diet habits. Eating because I was bored or lonely. Insatiable cravings for sweets. Eating when I'm not even hungry. So, I needed to try something different. I appreciate all the support that has come my way. My main goal is to just not feel so out of control when it comes to food. I'm a bit of a homebody that enjoys staying home with my family and pets and ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:52:42 EST Hello my name is LaWanda As I said my name is LaWanda, I am 37 years old and the mother of one son, he is 17. I have tried many different diets over the years and have failed miserably. I feel like I am at a point in my life that I am ready to make a life long change! I am looking forward to meeting some new positive people who are supportive and who I can also support along their journey. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 02:12:26 EST Here's hoping! My name is Kari and I have hyperthyroid issues. This has caused me to gain 2 dress sizes in 7 months! I am looking for something to get my weight at least back down to where it was, and hopefully, to go lower! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 01:20:29 EST Hi there. New Sparkler here. I'm looking forward starting this program. I have been checking out this site for about an hour now and I'm sooo happy I decided to join. <BR> <BR> I hope I can make some new buddies that are in the same boat that I am. I'm 26 and lately I'm feeling at least twice my age. in the past 6 months my weight gain as spun of out control. I have always been heavy but have never considered myself morbidly obese, until now. <BR> <BR> I ready to make some major changes!!!!! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 01:02:08 EST In love with Culinary Arts... Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Rosaida and I am Pastry and Baker Chef from the Dominican Republic. <BR> <BR> I am actually in the site because I watched a couple of videos while I was surfing on youtube and I had decided to lose weight. I lost 40 pounds 3 years ago and then gain them all back. I used to smoke something I decided to quit two weeks ago, because I consciously knew it was something I needed to do. <BR> <BR> I am only 25 years old and I always had troubles because I have... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:58:42 EST hello hello!! Does this work good! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:35:08 EST Hi everybody , My name is samantha:-) I joined sparks after reading some of the stories and seeing the outcome and support people were getting from here. I need to lose about 150 pounds but I have no support team or friends and family that are willing to give me the support to do it. I just wanna meet other people going through the same struggle I'm going through and get pointers on how to lose weight and what tricks they know to stop bad eating habits.I weigh 300 pounds right now and I'm totally depressed and won't leave the hou... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:30:44 EST Hi Im Ali Hey guys im ali looking forward to changing my lifestyle for the better. I love good food and i love sailing. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:24:08 EST New to this I am new to this site and am looking for any advice. I have been dieting my entire life and want to finally get it right. I have been exploring the tools and was wondering if anyone else experienced the recommended calorie amout changing on my nutrition guide. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:16:58 EST Heres to a new start and better endings I've been struggling with weight sence i was about 10. yrs old when put on medication reaching 210lbs at 12, Things werent easy and i still have self-esteem and confidence issues. The longer i look in the mirror the more i become depressed. Im ready to do what it takes to find the beautiful me inside waiting to be shown to the world. Inside and out i need improvment. It has been a long journey, a journey that has really led me no where so i am ready. I am ready for a change and ready to be h... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:53:03 EST One tired mommy...ready to get back in shape! Hi everyone! I am a married, stay at home mother of 3 wonderful kiddos (ages 11, 1, and 2). I gained quite a bit of weight during and after my pregnancies and I am ready to get back in shape. I tend to do everything for everyone and I am ready to do something for me! I have suffered from depression since my youngest was born and I am tired all of the time. My kids are wonderful, but very active. They keep me busy all day long. I have used that as an excuse....till now. I recently joi... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:33:24 EST How can I turn 60 into the new 40? Posting is new to me. Feels a little like therapy but here goes . . . I'm almost 60 and feel like I'm turning into a fat old lady - it is very scary and at the same time makes me furious! I want to spend the rest of my life in strength, health, and with purpose. I know God didn't put me here to become an old cow. I feel extremely stupid that I can't figure out how to hang on to a healthy lifestyle. I've lost and gained tons of weight, and have gone from being a runner to a couch potat... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:20:37 EST diets make me panic I never go on a diet any more because as soon as I think about it, I go into a panic mode and eat more than ever and instead of losing weight, I gain more. I've learned the hard way to never, never, never go on a diet, or even think of it. However, I am at the point that I can no longer ignore the forty extra pounds I am carrying around. Every year it gets harder and harder to carry extra weight and my health is being compromised by it. <BR> I never heard of spark people until today but I ha... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:13:25 EST Newble glad to be here Hi, I'm new to the site, but unfortunately not new to weight loss. In my 20's and 30's I gained and lost the same 25 lbs. over and over again. Mid-40's brought 10 years of successive life stresses that led to many sleepless nights and a 50 lb gain that wouldn't budge. I am looking forward to new ways of motivating myself to change longstanding behaviors. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:10:25 EST New to the group! Hi, I'm Taylor! <BR> I recently got married and moved to California to be with my husband who is in the Marine Corps. Ever since i moved out to Cali, I have gained 40 lbs. I have been trying all sorts of things to lose weight and nothing's working. I am at my wits end! I am the biggest I have ever been and it's giving me some depression issues. <BR> I am hoping this will help me out! <BR> Good luck to everybody! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:39:41 EST Motivational words from A to Z Just to get us started, here's a simple motivational game, so....... <BR> A.....Achieve. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:14:00 EST Still believing! know qiutter am I'. GOAL IS TO LOSE 40+POUNDS. SPARKPEOPLE WAS REFERRED TO ME FROM MY DOC. I AM EXCITED TO SEE HOW THIS WORKS!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:56:19 EST Always the Bridesmaid! I'm new to this and really hope it works! I'm 30 years old and after having 3 kids, about 60 pounds over weight. After seeing myself in the dress my friend put me in for her wedding a couple months back, I know I have to do something, the girdle was way to tight. Now getting ready for the next 2 weddings I have to stand in, I don't wanna have to go through that again. I would like to look good AND be comfortable. And maybe someday for my own wedding, not have to shop in the plus sizes fo... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:27:00 EST Eating more often DaveFitz, <BR> <BR> Thank you for the message. I am re-posting it here, and would love to have you elaborate a bit more. <BR> <BR> Most of us eat 3 times a day; which is totally incorrect. The body can only metabolise a certain amount, the rest is stored as fat in our internal organs, hence weight increase. The trick to sensible eating is often and in small portions [e.g. every 2-3 hours]. Then the body breaks down food more efficiently. Combine 8 glasses of water per day with this, and th... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:24:56 EST Hey There! Hey all! My name is Kelly and I am a returning sparker. I have recently reached the weight that I told myself I would never reach. So starting today I am retaking control. My first goal is to lose 30 pounds by the day I graduate from college. I have a long road ahead of me and look forward to getting to know many of you along the way! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:05:49 EST Hi! I'm Marymac90! Hello! I just joined today, and I'm trying to figure out how to work this program. ! am 60 years old. My long <BR> range goal would be to lose about 150 lbs. <BR> <BR> I live with my boyfriend just outside of Wilmington, DE. We plan to get married this summer or fall. <BR> <BR> I like to garden, but between arthritis and my poor fitness level, I can't do too much physically. I used to <BR> enjoy making up collections of plants in big pots, but we are going to try to sell this house,... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:07:15 EST Hi all! I just heard about SparkPeople this morning and this looks like a great program. I've tried different plans before but I've always had a hard time keeping it going over the long haul. I'm excited about joining this community - hopefully this will be the last time I have to start a "lifestyle change!" Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:08:44 EST Hello Hi there.. I really like this site. Easy to use and lots to read. Looking forward to loosing some weight.. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:33:42 EST Newbie to SP Hello! I joined SP after reading The Spark. I so enjoyed the positive message and easy-to-meet goal setting techniques that I wanted more. I have 47 pounds to lose but more importantly I want to learn how to incorporate fitness and nutrition into my daily lifestyle. I remember how free it felt to be outside when I was a kid, before I worried about how my legs look in shorts and if my arms are fat, and I want that back. I am looking forward to meeting new friends on this site and to start... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:02:15 EST Hello! Hmmm, I'm not sure I've done this correctly! Just wanted to say hello, I'm Jessica. Looking forward to getting to know some friendly, supportive folks! :o) Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:05:45 EST Enthused New Member Hi everyone, it's great being a part of your family. This site has a lot to offer, I just hope I'll be able to master it. Well I'm a 56yr old grand-ma who has always been physically fit but in the past year my weight and B/P have been ballooning and today I have decided to put a stop to this insanity. A friend recommended this site and I believe I have logged onto the right site. <BR> Angie Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:47:12 EST Enthused New Member Hi everyone, it great being a part of your family. This site has a lot to offer, I just hope I'll be able to master it. Well I'm a 56yr old grand-ma who has always been physically fit but in the past year my weight and B/P have been ballooning and today I have decided to put a stop to this insanity. A friend recommended this site and I believe I have logged onto the right site. <BR> Angie Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:45:43 EST new member hi im a new mum who is looking for simple and easy ways to loose wieght and tone up my stomach muscle ready for the summer Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:21:37 EST hey everyone! I'm Macy and am a new user as of today and am from Lansing, MI. I'm looking to lose about 40 lbs and keep it off. So i just thought i'd introduce myself and say hi :) Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:17:08 EST New to THIS Program Hi, I found out about this program in First Magazine. I have done Weight Watchers off and on for years. I am fighting a lot of weight and health issues and need to make a change. I have been thru a ton of tests this year for heart issues (have PVCs 25% of the time). I need something that will motivate me, fit into my very busy lifestyle and easy (I track for a day or two). My husband and I turn 50 this year and celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We are planning a 3 week trip to the ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:11:09 EST Great Grandmother of 21 I am 81 and living with my son and daughter-in-law who are slso raising their two grandchildren The children help to keep me active and cheerful. My problem is my daughter-in-law is a great cook. We eat lots of pasta! With the coming of better weather I am trying to go for a short walk every day. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:43:31 EST The Spark what a wonderful book I so loved the book and I am still reading it downloaded it to my kindle then downloaded it from audible and now it is also on my Ipod. There are so many wonderful pages. Page 74 Our program is actually a way of life. A state mind. It is a road map that will take you to a destination all your own: a place where you have confidene in who you are and what you can become. If you have not read it please do it is really awesome. Bella Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:20:19 EST Denise from a little town in Texas Hello! <BR> This is all new to me - but if it can help me to get fit and healthy - I'm willing to try it! I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last summer. I am on oral medication for now. I have managed to lose 10 pounds and try to walk often - but it is often not often enough. I am glad to be here and hope to meet new people on this site. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:19:17 EST My name is Ann Zenk I am 54 and soon to be 55. I was always at a normal to low weight for my height until medications and inactivity due to my artificial hip and need for knee replacement made it difficult for me to exercise at all. If I am at Physical Therapy at least 3 times per week, I can lose weight so I am joining Anytime Fitness where I can exercise whenever I want to. Hopefully this will help. I do not like the image I make with so much extra weight. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you in your fitness... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:01:51 EST new member I joined today so that I could lose weight in a safe way Mon, 15 Mar 2010 06:45:08 EST Hello everyone, My name is Nkem and a mother of 3 adorable children. I love having a good time and its finally taken its toll on me. I'm desperately looking for a way to loose weight so I can have my confidence back. I hope to achieve it on sparkpeople with all your help. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:21:25 EST I wanted to introduce myself...... Hello everyone! My name is Yvonne. I am a mother of two, an army wife and an online student. My goals for short term are to get healthy. I enjoy all things girly but also enjoy gettin dirty, 4wheelin, going to the races, watch football etc, I joined this site to get support from others who have been there and done that or that are taking the journey as I am to better health. :-) Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:42:26 EST Hello there--Thanks for your support Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, Vitamin B2 Shots, Lindora, Jenny Craig, Microbiotics, Atkins, Weight Down Workshop, purchased & read all the books, Fit for Life, Feeding the Hungry Heart, It's Not What You Are Eating It Is What is Eating You, The Zone, Health Books, Books on Candia, Natural Cures, Liver, Colin, Kidney cleanses, pesonal trainer, gym memberships, every fad, we have spent thousands of dollars, and it still eludes me. I am starting today, I look forward to your help along the ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:49:39 EST Hello, I'm Dee. I'm new to Spark People, I live in VA and hope this will motivate me to lose weight. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:02:47 EST Time to get healthy Good Evening, I am from Northern Kentucky. Our daughter recently got married and she and her husband hope to start a family soon and I will be a Grandma. I want to be a healthy Grandma that will be able to run and play and have fun with little ones. I want to be around for a long time to enjoy them. I have gone through a few major traumas in my life in the last few years and my nerves have been part of the reason for my weight loss, but honestly, I just really enjoy eating. I'm excited t... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:37:58 EST Not a bicycle, not a bicycle... Long story short, my "bicycle" problem is my general OCD and tendency to get ahead of myself. (ie riding in a week-long trip across Iowa before I even bought a bike! lol) Something in my head just recently clicked, and all of a sudden I'm obesessed. This site seems like a place to track it all and keep motivated, so here we go! No bicycle. Not this time :-) Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:23:19 EST Hi today is a new beginning Hi, My name is Shelley and I want to change my life. I will be 40 in a mere few weeks. I want to be fit and forty, not fat and forty. I excited for the challenge Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:19:23 EST Need support Hi. I've heard great things about and am ready to finally make a life change. I know I need the support of others to meet my goal of losing 70 pounds by November. I'd love to live my life again instead of hiding from it! <BR> Mary Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:29:17 EST Hello.. My name is Monique and I am.. addicted to chocolate. I always feel strange when I write introductions. What do I say, I hope I don't sound silly. <BR> <BR> Well as I said, I am Monique and I am married to a wonderful man for the last 8 years. We have three beautiful children and we currently live in Ga. If you look at a map, I live about 2 hours south of Atlanta. <BR> <BR> I try to go to the gym four days a week, and I'm learning to run again. I am also trying to lose all of that baby weight that I have managed to bui... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:25:06 EST New to the team! Hi! I've just joined and I've never done anything like this so I'm not sure what to expect. Any input? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:18:49 EST Hello all! I'm new to Spark People so I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Samantha and I'm 27 years old. Like many of you, I've lost and gained countless pounds over the years, but I'm finally ready to make a definite lifestyle change. I've got 102 pounds to lose which seems pretty daunting, but I'm hoping this website and the support of these communities will help keep me on track. I look forward to contributing what I can and learning from all of your experiences as well. That's it for now -... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:34:38 EST Looking for peppy! Hi, I'm a new member who learned about SPARK reading a magazine article. I have 50+ pounds to lose because I want to feel better! It's no fun feeling sluggish having high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I've been trying to adopt a more active lifestyle by doing gardening and home projects. I would love to hear from compulsive overeaters and strategies you've learned to counteract the overeating! I want to have more pep and energy. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:25:59 EST HI EVERYONE!!! Hi my name is Jessica Miller I am 29 yrs. old I am a wife and a mother of 2 very busy boys ages 5 and 2 and you would think that as busy as they are I would look like a model! But unfortunately that is not the case. I am part of a TOPS ( Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) when I first started about 3 yrs ago I lost 30 pounds and then I got Pregnant and gained weight during pregnancy and then lost the weight soon after then I go back my appetite and the pounds started coming back on. To try to make ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:22:01 EST HI EVERYONE!!! Hi my name is Jessica Miller I am 29 yrs. old I am a wife and a mother of 2 very busy boys ages 5 and 2 and you would think that as busy as they are I would look like a model! But unfortunately that is not the case. I am part of a TOPS ( Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) when I first started about 3 yrs ago I lost 30 pounds and then I got Pregnant and gained weight during pregnancy and then lost the weight soon after then I go back my appetite and the pounds started coming back on. To try to make ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:18:03 EST Hello Just found this site. Don't have a clue what I'm doing at this point but I'm sure I can learn. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:59:33 EST mrsmilli I am a retired teacher. I have also home schooled for 13 years. I do alot of art work and write plays and create play props. Am overweight...reaching for 150. that is 65 lbs and discouraged. :( Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:56:14 EST 50 year old and loving every minute Hi my name is Cindy Cruz and I recently moved to Pierce City Mo from Moore Ok. I am a mom of a 12 year old and have 2 stepchildren and 3 grandchildren. I am a nurse and work in Springfield MO. I recently had a bout with chest pain but was told my heart was in good shape. The rest of me needs work so here I am. I am thrilled to be at sparkpeople and would love to hear from ya. I just created my spark page and this is my first day and I am hopeful that I can meet my goals. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:27:47 EST Day 1 Starting over again! I lost 30 pounds last year on WW, but lost track of myself when my husband moved to Texas. I just haven't been motivated. I realized I have gained back 9 pounds, and I think I need a change in process. I'm hoping this site will be the thing I need! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:32:46 EST Hi - New Member Hi, <BR> I've just signed up to spark have got about 50 pounds to lose and really need the motivation. Used to work for a slimming organisation so know exactly what I should be doing. When I stopped working for them I discovered that I didn't have to be a slim role model anymore so hit the slippery slope. Now trying to get myself sorted. I'm 40 next year and want to have shifted that weight!!! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:13:35 EST Hello Just wanted to introduce myself - I'm 35 and planning to lose about 100 pounds over the next two years or so. I have spent some time putting different areas of my life in order, like eliminating consumer debt so I can start saving for a down payment, and it's time to work on me as well. I'm a primary teacher and currently live with my parents because my mother needed the company a couple of years ago due to my dad's work they're retiring so I'm planning on moving out somewhere... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:09:28 EST Hey... Just joined and ready!! Hi there.. My name is Michele and I am 38. If there is a good time to start loosing weight, its def now!! I would like to connect with others that are ambitious and have a passion for loosing weight, getting fit and being healthy!! I think that I will have better results if I have people who have the same goals! I look forward to my new journey!! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 11:32:26 EST Hi -- I'm new to this site Hi, I'm new to this site, but a neighbor of mine LOVES it. Also, it sounds like what I need to motivate myself to lose weight and get healthier. I currently walk approximately 5 miles a day (with my dog) and I take a yoga class twice a week. Soon I'll be out golfing at least 3 times a week. I'm somewhat active, but still packing on the pounds. I know why I'm packing on the pounds -- cookies and other sweets -- I just need to exercise more control over these rascals. I look forward to be... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:50:16 EST Hi I am Amy I am so glad I stumbled upon this site. It seems wonderful. Just reading over it has brought back some motivation that I have lost. I previously did weight watchers and would be successful for around four months then I would slowly slide back into old habits. I am so glad to be here and looking forward to getting to know some of you. I hope to be encouraged and to give encouragement. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 08:29:38 EST I've been up and I've been down Weight loss has been a constant battle for me since I was 15 years old...well at least that is when I first realized I was overweight. It was an article in 17 magazine about a group of girls and their weight loss journey that made me take a look at myself. It was so easy at the time, I just took their tips and advice started a diet the next day and lost 30 pounds in 2 months. It has been an up and down battle ever since. In 2004 I joined Weight Watcher and lost 30 pounds and I was so prou... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 08:19:13 EST Just Joined Hello Everyone. My name is Jen. I am excited to be here. I need to drop this extra weight I am carrying around. I have some fun things planned for the summer and want to look good for them. I am 29 and from Colorado. I need a lot of motiviation. So please help me out!! I look forward to meeting more people who are on the same journey in life as I am. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 08:01:46 EST Healthier life Hi my name is Lisa I started my journey to a healthier life in July 09 I have lost a total of 65lbs. joined for support and to support others on the journey to a healthier life Sun, 14 Mar 2010 05:13:59 EST Hi. I'm brand new to Spark People Hi there. I am new to the Spark People site. My daughter recommended I check it out. I've been moderately overweight since having my kids. I was laid off of my job on New Year's Eve and since then have put on another few pounds. My son just got engaged and is getting married this summer so not only have I basically "had it" with being overweight but I want to look my best for the wedding and also for the rest of my life. I know I have far to go and am not trying to lose it all by then i... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:28:26 EST noob Hi there! Hoping to become less cranky by feeling better. :) Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:20:27 EST GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM Hi guys, cold and foggy here... Brrrr Tue, 2 Mar 2010 03:12:32 EST Fighting emotional eating Here's a great article addressing emotional eating. I know I needed the advise! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=596 </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:59:35 EST DAVE' S FITNESS FORUM: Q & A. Fitness, exercise or nutritional queries? Please post and we shall be happy to respond. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 18:39:30 EST How are you enjoying Welcome to Sparkpeople and hope you are enjoying yourself. Let us know how you are doing with the site and if you have any questions. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:53:21 EST Please introduce yourself HERE Please introduce yourself here instead of creating a new thread. Thanks and WELCOME! <BR> <em>199</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:41:29 EST