SparkPeople Getting Fit and Healthy the SparkPeople Way Team Messageboard This team is for anyone with fit & healthy goals that include wanting to go beyond just weight loss, and learn to eat better and exercise regularly - for life. SparkPeople Getting Fit and Healthy the SparkPeople Way Team Messageboard Hi all Hi, I'm Karen from Australia - looking forward to team members assisting me to motivate towards my goals. Looking for accountability partners to exercise at least 3 times a week if not more. It is winter here now so a bit hard to get out of bed in the mornings and get to gym which I have paid for (12 months membership!). Cheers Karen Sun, 7 Jun 2015 06:30:24 EST Challenging myself to a Better Me Hi. My name is Faye. I live in Prosper, just north of Frisco and McKinney. I am a 72 year old great grandmother who lives with my son and his family of a wife and two teen sons. I am chief cook as I enjoy watching everyone eat when they get home after their busy day. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds gained over the years. I love walking but have been very lazy this year. I do pilates and some weights but I also love baking for family and friends. Of course that requires a lot of t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:22:46 EST New Julie 14 I have just turned 60 and my weight is becoming a health concern more to me than ever. I have trouble standing on my feet for long periods of time and this limits me both socially and economically. I have 3 grown children and many grandchildren. I enjoy volunteer work in my community and belong to several clubs. My husband is still working and will turn 65 this year but I am not employed at present. I need to get more healthy now not wait any longer. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:31:44 EST Did you HUDDLE ? <em>220</em> yep Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:08:32 EST HOW ARE YOU TODAY (words or emoticon) <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> BRRRRRRRRRRRRR its cold here today.... 5 degrees Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:06:51 EST Healthy Holiday Survival Guide "Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season <BR> <BR> Don't let your wellness fall by the wayside this winter! These tips, recipes and workouts will help you stay healthy and motivated all the way until spring." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_center.asp?id=5 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:07:14 EST Few More Spark Changes Per Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback buttons were... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:09:43 EST 26 Fitness Experts Share 3 Best Weight Loss Tips Fantastic Compilation of Helpful Tips! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> From Coach Calorie: <BR> "I reached out to numerous PhDs, nutritionists, TV hosts, fitness pros, celebrity trainers, influential bloggers, authors, and personal trainers and asked them to share their 3 best weight loss tips. They didn’t disappoint. <BR> <BR> Below you will find a small section dedicated to each fitness expert that includes a picture, a short bio, and their 3 best weight loss tips. I encourage you to click th... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:12:35 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:47:58 EST Changes coming! Brand New SparkPeople Experience! "Introducing a Brand New SparkPeople Experience!" <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday, October 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> "So what's changing? Your SparkPeople "Start" page. Members of SparkPeople know this page well since it's the page you see every time you log in to your SparkPeople account. That page has undergone a few changes over the years, but none are going to have as big of an impact as this one. The page is laid out in a completely new way, and even has some brand-new features!" <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:00:08 EST 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt <BR> Take 7 Minutes to Reshape Your Rear <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1947 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:20:50 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:32:42 EST 30 New Emoticons! From SP: <BR> "Our Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions you've given. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!" Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:55:12 EST October Goals Share your goals and progress here! <BR> <BR> I am getting ready to shake things up a bit. Little more structure to both my nutrition and fitness. A holiday push <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Would love to hear what everyone else is doing <em>104</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:08:44 EST What are your September Goals? Do you have any September Goals for Nutrition? <em>301</em> <BR> For Fitness? <em>311</em> <BR> Do you want to start a new streak? <em>249</em> <BR> Continue a streak? <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about your September Goals so we can cheer each other on!! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:43:42 EST Not so new to SparkPeople.... Hi Sparkies.... <BR> <BR> I used to be on here in 2010... lost weight... very successfully.... disappeared.... ate and ate again... gained most of the weight I had lost back... and now I'm just trying to find my groove again. I need a lot of support... and that is why I'm looking on here... because the support I had in 2010 was unbelievable :) and, helped me a lot during my journey. I have next to no support at home... husband just does not seem to understand why I want to lose the weig... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:03:02 EST Stop Dieting and Start Living! Stop Dieting and Start Living! <BR> Have You Made the Change? <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=620 </link> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:19:59 EST How's Your Summer Going? Tell us what you have been doing this summer! <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <em>256</em> <em>332</em> <em>260</em> <em>379</em> <em>376</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> We'd love to hear all about it! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:36:36 EST hiiiii <em>39</em> I would like to lose 20lbs... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:59:51 EST hiii Hiii everyone Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:32:07 EST hiii Hiii everyone Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:31:35 EST Have you tried the new Calorie Range Feature? Have you tried the New Feature: Calorie Ranges Based on Fitness Tracking? And if so, what do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:47:52 EST The 1-Mile Walking Test The 1-Mile Walking Test <BR> A DIY Fitness Assessment <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1496 </link> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:22:22 EST Starting 2013 it is going to be a great year! I have been out of touch for awhile and apologize. But I am back into the swing of things and working into my routine again. I will be posting a challenge in the next two days. Also, if you have any suggestions or ideas for challenges etc please let me know. Have a great day! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:04:42 EST Hello!!! Hi there, I am Michelle. I signed up w/ SP back in 2007, but never really started. I am ready to make changes now and looking forward to meeting more people for support. I have tried this weight loss thing on my own for the past few years and have not been successful. So I am taking the advice I give to others, "if what you are doing is not bringing positive results, try something new".... <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:53:30 EST Hello from Illinois Hello all!!! I just wanted to introduce myself. I joined this time in hopes of getting some much needed support to finish accomplishing my goals of becoming fit and healthier in the year 2013. I know that being part of a team is essential to accomplishing fitness goals and I'm looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. <em>30</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:52:06 EST Did 1'st 7 min on eliptical Need help 2 keep going Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I just set up a few days ago and I can’t wait to start using it on a regular basis lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I se... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:05:29 EST Quote for Today " You neglected to mention my greatest teacher ----my mother." <BR> <BR> Winston Churchill Sun, 13 May 2012 22:08:21 EST Hi From Florida I'm Vicki and I live in Florida. <BR> I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. <BR> I want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy. <BR> I'll basically be doing a low fat plan because I feel it's the healthiest way to eat. I want to incorporate a lot more veggies and fruits into my food plan and a lot less red meats and oils as they don'... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:52:54 EST QOTD: NEW QUESTION DAILY FIRST QUESTION: <BR> Do you find yourself losing weight on a steady basis or do you tend to take weeks or months to get thru a 10 lb stretch? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> For me, it seems to take me about 3 months to go from one 10 lb set to the next. I tend to yo-yo badly so it's sometimes a struggle to get into the next set of numbers (240's down to 230's, etc). <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 11:50:02 EST Hi I need help. <BR> <BR> This month I will turn 39. I am 80 pounds overweight. EIGHTY. Today I am motivated to track my foods and do some exercise. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, maybe I'll still be motivated. Next week? Ummm, not so much. There's always an excuse - kids, work, exams, chores, period, tired, whatever. <BR> <BR> I need help. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SP for over a year. Possibly more. I've only come here too sporadically track my foods/exercise/body stats. And to "lurk" around at ... Tue, 1 May 2012 22:16:27 EST the best way is the spark way Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and just joined SP for the second time. I believe the spark people way. Its about life changes, small changes, then larger changes. Its not about a magic drink or pill to loose the weight. Its not about starving yourself and working out like a crazy person. It's about consistency, dedication, healthy eating, and staying active. I hope this team helps me learn new things and assist me with my journey to stay on track. Check out my page. Lo... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:51:45 EST feb. challenge tracker February challenge tracker: Copy this into your posting: <BR> <BR> 1st: <BR> 2nd <BR> 3rd <BR> 4th <BR> 5th <BR> 6th <BR> 7th <BR> 8th <BR> 9th <BR> 10th <BR> 111th <BR> 12th <BR> 13th <BR> 14th <BR> 15th <BR> 16th <BR> 17th <BR> 18th <BR> 19th <BR> 20th <BR> 21th <BR> 22th <BR> 23th <BR> 24th <BR> 25th <BR> 26th <BR> 27th <BR> 28th <BR> 29th <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:24:04 EST Feburary challenge As we all know Feb. is a slow month for activities. Between the weather and temperatures we slow down on our 10,000 steps. So, this month I challenge you all to add at least 2000 steps to your daily total. I have posted a second msg where you can record your additional steps and also your tips on how you are adding them! Good Luck! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:19:23 EST This Is My Year For Results- New Attitude Hi . I'm from the Bahamas. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:26:02 EST EAGER FOR A NEW ME MY NAME IS LATESHE AND I AM 38 YEARS OLD. I BEGAN LOOKING AT SPARKPEOPLE IN 2009 BUT DIDNT TAKE IT SERIOUS, BUT I HAVE BECOME UNHAPPY WITH THE WAY I LOOK, I SPEND SO MUCH TIME TAKING CARE OF MY FAMILY THAT I HAD FORGOT ABOUT ME. I HAVE 5 KIDS AND 2 GRANDKIDS AND I WANT TO BE AROUND FOR THEM.... SO WITH THAT BEING SAID I HAVE BEGAN TO LOVE ME AND I AM MORE THAN READY TO START TAKING CARE OF ME AND ITS STARTING WITH SPARKPEOPLE!!! <em>252</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:41:52 EST February challenge Hi everyone! I will be posting a challenge for Feb. I will reading your recent blogs to see what you may be having a problem with or just want to work on something. If you have any suggestions for challenges be sure to post them or give me a e-mail. We do have 11 months to go!! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:26:13 EST New year and a New You is on the way! <em>306</em> Now that we have all made our New Years resolutions and if you are like me probably have already modified them and changed them all together. <BR> <BR> Most of us want to start out the new year with fresh and ambitious plans that many times get waylaid by our everyday lives. Then we start to get mad at ourselves for not sticking to it. <BR> <BR> I am giving everyone a get out of jail card, when you start getting mad instead get happy! <BR> So what if you didn't get that 5... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:17:24 EST Hi from your absentee leader! <em>315</em> I want to be sure to say hi to all the new members that have joined since I went off line in August...The ab surgery that was suppose to be minor turned into a major surgery and recovery period. I am finally back on track. TO ALL MEMBERS NEW AND OLD HI AND IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:00:10 EST way2beautiful banded on Dec 8, 2011 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was banded on Dec 8/11, and since then, I've lost an amazing 12 lbs! I've been woking really hard at following the post-op diet, and I'm looking forward to the challenge that Christmas will present. I am certain I will have my smallest portion of food for Christmas, but, my downfall has always been the sweets!! YIKES!!!! Anyone else have that challenge? Any tips to help me through it?? <BR> <BR> Thanks to all, and best wishes fot the Holiday Season!! Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:56:12 EST I'm here to do a restart Hey all - I signed up last year, but didn't really get into things. I recently started a new job and all of my coworkers are incredibly fit (or seem that way to me) so it sort of shocked me into realising that I needed to get off my bum and get moving. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my calories in and calories out this past week just to get back into the groove again. I am ramping up my exercise (starting today) so I hope to start seeing my weight drop soon. My water intake has been super... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:42:57 EST I need all the help I can get..... Hi everyone. I started trying to lose weight, AGAIN, in July and was posting on facebook. I fell off the wagon 3 weeks ago which seems to be the trend for me. My goal is to lose 30 pounds, lower my cholesterol and be around a lot longer for my family...... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:31:54 EST Starting the fast break I am Sharba and I have "dabbled" at the spark since August. I have been reading "The Spark," and I would like to officially start my Fast Break week. This is it! No more putting off daily exercise! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:57:38 EST Here with a plan Im my name is Kye aka Bryan what every one works. Kye is my nick name. Im here to try to get to the way i was back in high school. its only been 3 years since i have graduated and im not liking being 183. My goal is to lose all the added lbs and gain muscle maybe get toned. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:03:24 EST New here - food tracker question Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. Have been on SP for a while but never did anything with it. Now I have been diagnosed with diabetes and am trying to use the food tracker to keep up with my nutrition. I hate calculating, it isn't so bad when you eat a frozen dinner or eat out because it is figured for you. I want to cut the cost and eat healthier, make more from scratch, so it gets a little difficult to add up things by the ingredient and food tracker can do that for me. <BR> <... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:59:11 EST Hello everyone! I'm new here. My name is Charm and I just joined this team today. I've been a member on SP since late March. I want to mix things up and work to be healthier. I've been losing pounds and inches. I thought this team may help with ideas and support. i look forward to getting know people in the team. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 14:18:46 EST Hiii....Well I m here to start a new active life!! I am a mother of two boys under 5 years of age.Though these two always keep me occupied but now I think its the time to look after myself also.Basically I hail from Delhi, the Capital of India and now settled in Gulf with my family.I am on this board to make myself fit and active.I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2008 and since then I am struggling for weight loss.I am on Eltroxin-75 mcg/daily and go to gym also (3 times a week). <BR> hope to hear from someone who can advice. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 06:23:43 EST Starting the 8-week Diebetes weight loss challenge Hello, i have been a member with Spark People for some time now, but it has lain dormant in my computer and I have not made any progress with my weight loss, and my BS numbers are still not under control, so I thought it would be a great time to open things up and try again. I have no support on the home front - can't find the words to explain, so I won't say anything. But i am looking to Spark People pages for the support to keep moving forward and get ahead on my journey!! These pages are ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:48:18 EST Hello Everyone! I am new here! Hello everyone, my name is Lynn. I am new here to sparkpeople and this team. I have lived for a very long time with every excuse in the book about not losing weight, exercising, or getting healthy in general. I am ready to start this journey and be successful in my goals. I want to do it not only for myself but for all those around me that I love. I know with alot of determination and team work I can finally reach those goals. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:52:28 EST July challenge results and comments l Please copy the form below and put it your msgs as you track your results. Also, this a good place to add your comments on how to get 8 full glasses of water a day and how to lower your salt intake. <BR> <BR> July 1: <BR> Water: <BR> Salt intake <BR> <BR> Copy this over in your msg for each day you track! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:07:31 EST July Challenge I am posting the July challenge a little early due to a unforeseen health problem that has cropped up. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to drink 8 full glasses of water a day and keep your sodium under 1500. <BR> <BR> There is a separate msg to track your results. <BR> Good Luck and happy 4th of July!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:01:16 EST Hello everyone! New Here! Hello everyone, I have been gone from the site for awhile due to many issues in my life but I must say.. they have not held me back from my goal of losing weight. As of my last sign on, which was back in fall of 2010, I was weighing in at 320lbs, now I am at 289lbs. I am happy but could be more happier if I could lose more. Im a little fustrated with this only because I know I could do better if I was able to exercise like I used to. I am unable to exercise because I am about to have a second... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:26:51 EST I finally started!!! I was just stupid! All my life I was leaning towards fat but never was really FAT! Always on the edge... 6 years ago I gave birth to my son and during the pregnancy I didn't get much weight: Anyway, I lost even more after the birth. Blah, blah, blah...not to get into all of the details, I found myself in times when I could and almost had to walk for two hours a day, every day, without wxception! And that was just perfect! I ate more than ever, got hooked on walking... and suddenly I was thin!... Thu, 12 May 2011 13:47:40 EST Conga Line with words.. huddLE - leathER Tue, 3 May 2011 09:27:08 EST HOW TO STOP STARTING OVER How do you stop the starting over? Here it is May 1st and once again I'm starting over. How do you stop this? How do you stick to a diet? I know that yo-yo dieting is not good for you. Sun, 1 May 2011 09:19:17 EST I am back and committed Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I had try starting awhile ago but I am back and it's time to get real! It all starts now :) Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:36:59 EST Question about when to eat please? Anyone know exactly how long after a workout we should wait to eat a meal? Or what a time frame is to eat within after a workout? Any help would be appreciated. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:24:30 EST Determined to Succeed!!! My name is Crystal and I am determined to lose 60 pounds within the next year. My self esteem has been affected by my weight gain. I used to be more confident. Depression brought me to a place where I didn't care about what I looked like. I looked in the mirror today and decided today I'm going to take back my life, Not only for me, but for my family. I have tried EVERY diet there is, but I realize that I was trying to take the easy way out. This time, IM GOING TO DO IT AND STICK TO IT.....I ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:22:52 EST Post and results of April Challenge! Msg #2 Please post your weekly info here and also any suggestions to get outside and enjoy the great weather (or not so great depending on where you are)!!! Have fun! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:55:12 EST April Challenge <em>334</em> Sorry for missing a challenge for March (family illness/surgery) <BR> With the weather getting nicer (I hope it starts staying this way) I thought a outside challenge would be fun!!! <BR> <BR> So, each week plan a hike of 2 miles and if you can use different places and terrain. I am going to be using our walking path at the lake!! Log in under the April challenge #2 msg and let us know where and how much walking (hiking) you get in each week! <BR> <BR> Remember April s... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:52:30 EST Will there be a March challenge? I just joined this team today and I was looking for a March challenge. Could anyone tell me if there will be one? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Carrie Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:59:07 EST Better late than never I would like to introduce myself to the team. I want to lose weight, but this time I want to do it <BR> the healthy way. Not starving myself. Not talking diet pills. Not any crazy new diet. I want to make a lifestyle change. I hope to get insight, inspiration, motivation and information from this team. Thanks <em>213</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:21:34 EST Hi my name is Roy I've been struggling with weight and eating habits all of my life, and I'm nearly hitting 30 and I know the weight it taking it's toll on me, and I've become more limited on where I can go because of embarrassment and being uncomfortable. It's staring to diminish my sunny side. I'm single and lonely, and food has always been an every emotion high for me. I really want to stop making excuses on why I'm heavy and I want to be happy and healthy. I want the life I know I deserve and that I c... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:00:24 EST A New, Healthier Me! THought I would take a few minutes to introduce myself.:) I've been on here for a little while, and have almost reached my weight loss goals (14lb to go!). Now it time to rev things up and look at my overall health, which between a bout with cancer, diabetes, and a recent diagnosis of early stage renal failure isn't the greatest. Its time to really get proactive though! I'm quitting smoking today, been doing yoga and strength training, and am starting a 5K training program. I have also d... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:45:02 EST Sick <em>46</em> Oh no I can feel it coming on - getting congested and throat is getting sore. Not a good sign. There has been so many people around here sick and I honestly thought I was going to escape it. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:31:30 EST Hi to all new members I like to say hi to all the new members I hope you find this team and sprakpeople very helpful. Just take the time to look around. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:22:29 EST Hello I'm new to the team but not brand new to SP (I joined @ the beginning of January). I love SP so far but just thought it might be good for me to branch out a bit further in the community. <BR> <BR> I'm Jean a 36 yr old ft working mom & partner/wife/gf something....who has finally decided to do a little something for me...prioritze myself, my health, & my energy. <BR> <BR> I look forward to contributing to the group. <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:08:29 EST my name is june just want to say i to my friends at sparks, Sun, 20 Feb 2011 02:42:14 EST LOYAL..LITTLE...SISTER That is what my name means. Kidada Kendrick is my name. I was born and raised in Boston Mass. I am looking for support from other people that are on the journey of discovery. Discovering and uncovering who they really are!.. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:43:56 EST Chocolates or Flowers?? What do you enjoy getting for Valentine's Day?? <BR> <BR> I enjoy the flowers as they make me happy inside and my house also looks happy with flowers. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:52:48 EST What's it like outside? Says 0 degrees now but supposed to be up to the 40s today - Heat Wave!! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:27:37 EST What are you doing today?? What are you doing today to help meet your goals?? <BR> <BR> I am going to walk for 30 minutes and stay away from candy <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:44:46 EST What are your struggles this week? I have been dealing with a bum knee and the extreme cold temperatures. Makes you want to stay inside instead of hitting the gym or walking outside. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:36:41 EST Where are you from??? How many states are represented on this team??? <BR> <BR> I am from Colorado Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:28:27 EST hi everyone just getting started on here. any pointers? Wed, 9 Feb 2011 00:17:27 EST LOOKING FOR A SPARK BUDDY I am looking for a Spark Buddy to keep me on track. I am a 40 year old single mom of 1 daughter age 6. I like to go for walks when it is not icy or snowy out. This wintet has been hard on me with all the storms we have had here in NY City. I have about 100 pounds to lose to get to a healthy BMI. If you would like to be a Spark Buddy add me. Thanks Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:10:58 EST Glad to be here! Hello, my name is Betty. I joined SparkPeople 1 month ago today. I'm learning a lot especially about eating healthy & the proper way to exercise. I haven't lost much weight so far......but I'm confident that I will gradually lose what I'm wanting to. My main goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle & lose a few pounds in the process! I'm glad to be joining this team! <BR> <em>515</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:46:15 EST Every Day is a New Day....right? I am new to Sparkpeople and have recently been reading The Spark. I am working on improving myself this year inside and out. Both seem to be quite challenging, but I need to do this for the health and welfare of my children and my marriage. It is my goal to be a better me in 2011. <BR> <BR> Jess Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:26:58 EST February challenge - 1st time blog meet and greet Please post your comments and successes here for the read and comment 1st time bloggers. (Meet and Greet) <BR> <BR> You will meet alot of fun and interesting sparkers this way!!! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:47:48 EST Pedometer question Need some advice on accuracy of my pedometer. I can still return this one if someone can recommend one that is better. <BR> <BR> This morning - just cleaning house and getting ready for the day it says I've already taken 2000 steps - that seems high when all day yesterday I only walked 1700 (Yes, I did reset my pedometer - lol) Wonder if scrubbing the fridge door and wiping down counters etc - if it didnt pick up that I was taking steps. <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me advice as to how to ju... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:22:25 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, I am laquanda and its nice to meet each and everyone of you. I am new to posting messages on sparkpeople, so please bare with me. I have been with sparkpeople for 2 weeks so far, and I have learned entirely a lot about this place. Its a lot of information, which can be overwhelming. However, one day at a time. I am looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of you. Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:43:35 EST Introduction Hello everyone! My name is Nina and I'm from West Virginia. I'm married with one child Zach,6. I'm currently striving to lose 115lbs to reach my ideal weight. Just recently I witnessed both my parents have a heart attack and it dawned on me that if I didn't change that would be me. So wish me luck!!! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:23:04 EST Weekends are tough!! Always have so much trouble staying on track through the weekend. What do you do to stay focused?? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:11:35 EST A New Look To Come: I am young... the doctors say i am ova weight... I am looking to get into shape and healthier... I am going for a job that was offered to me... It requires me to be able to run a certain distance and be able to lift my own weight... As of now i cant even do one push up...I use to be able to do how every many push up thrown my way and i was on the track team for middle school... I really let myself go... I gained tooo much weight... I went from like a size 5 to 18... Now i am a 13-14 and 14ski... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:08:19 EST Struggles What are you struggling with this week?? <BR> <BR> I am having a tough time finding the motivation to exercise. The weather is great and I have the time just lacking the drive. I need a swift kick in the rear!!! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:04:27 EST tummy bloat So I am trying to lose some weight and get some exercise in - walking for sure etch day for 30 minutes. Tell me according to my scale I have only gained 1 pound in the last few weeks but yet my stomach seems like it is bloated and my jeans are actually getting tight in the waist. I've been eating healthy - like oatmeal for breakfast. I know I did eat TV dinners for a couple of days this week - so is it water weight from the extra sodium in the TV dinners. Have stopped using these exce... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:13:28 EST &#9835; So health together &#9835; Thanks for the warm welcomes! This looks like a wonderful place to be healthy, in all aspects. <BR> <BR> I’ve joined the team looking for motivation and encouragement from others. Most of the time, it’s not hard for me to exercise at home. After all, it’s “my time”, comfortable, can wear my not-so-stylish exercise clothes, and my cat, Frisco, will give me nuzzles when it’s time for sit-ups! <BR> <BR> Back in the 80’s, I was a fitness instructor at a nationwide chain that catered to women.... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:05:39 EST Hi ! Mommy of 2 little ones .... Hi there every one! <BR> <BR> Just like you I am trying to be my best !! Would like to get back to the pre mommy DAZE!! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:42:46 EST Hello!! Hi everybody! I joined SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago, and I am LOVING it so far! I love the nutrition & fitness counters~it has been keeping me accountable for what I eat and how much exercise I put in. I am new to the whole team thing, so I will have to do some exploring to see how it all works! Glad that I found this team. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:24:16 EST New Beginning the fist of Jan. Hi everyone! My Name is Chris. <BR> I joined in Jan.I'm learning how to work this site, it hasn't been all that easy. <BR> I'm pleased to say i have lost a few lbs. <BR> My goals are the first three fast break goals. And to begin to eat my recommended number of Cal. a day. And to increase my exercise and activity 6 days a week. <em>36</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:40:39 EST Easy ways to increase protein intake?? On a daily basis Im meeting my goals for calories, fat, and carbs.... but have been consistantly low on protein. When I do reach the goal it's usually just by a point or two. <BR> <BR> Any recommendations for increasing my protein intake on a daily basis? Feel that if I can increase the protein I may be able to gain some more energy through out the day. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:23:55 EST Newbie aboard Hello. I am new to this website but not new to dieting. I have taken a different approach this time and learned about my food addiction and working my way through that. I am now at the point where I want to start surrendering my weight and one step is to stop isolating myself so this is my baby step! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:22:40 EST Back again :-) Ciao, <BR> My name is Christine and I'm an Italian born in Northern California. I did spark people in high school ~ college to keep my weight down and avoid the freshmen 15. Now that I'm 30 I find that I'm so overwhelmed with diet info that I really need to get back to the basics (and lose the 22lbs I've gained since college) so I'm back. I did weight watchers for a few months but found that I hate calculating points, daily points, weekly points, activity points... I started losing my mind... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:47:02 EST howdy yall My name is Lacey. I am a mother of three, two girls ages 8 and 7 and a little boy who is 5. I moved back home to IN in July and have been making some major changes in my life. I have already lost 50lbs and still have about 100 more to go. I decided to work on myself and make sure I am happy and healthy and can keep up and take care of my kids! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:36:17 EST What are you doing this week to reach your goal of being healthy?? <BR> <BR> I joined a walking group this last week so will walk 3x with them. I also am going to work hard to start getting more strength traininig in. <BR> <BR> Keep us posted on how things are going for you this week!! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:35:40 EST I,m shapley7 new to this program I am new to the program, and I am a computer novice. My life situation is difficult.. I suffer from depression, and body pain and limitations.. I have my daughter living with me now for the past year. She was in an auto accident in july of 09 and was broken everywhere, and put back together with rods and pins and screws.. She has just recently lost her right foot. They tried tosave it for the last yr and a half. stress is my middle name.. My husband and I have a really hard time no... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 22:39:06 EST I am new and hope to be soon improved! I just joined this group and I am hoping to change my life around, get fit and healthy, shed some pounds and get organized! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 21:23:28 EST Hello I'm usually the last person to post in stuff, mainly because of my self esteem and how shy I am. But Im trying to be a new me so Im doing something different. This is not my first time trying to diet and I used to be more active but between family stuff, having a baby, and not taking care of myself I lost my way. So now Im 240 lbs....I hate it but Im trying to get better for myself and for my daughter. Its nice to meet you all and hopefully I'll be posting more! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:46:16 EST At 55 getting back my body, confidence & strength The Spark program has put me back on track. I was always a fit woman until the removal of my ovaries. Gaining 25 lbs in 2 months is quite depressing. I have lost most of it on my own but loosing weight and being fit and in shape are two different things. I am on my way. Thank you Spark People Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:22:49 EST Hello New to the boards Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelli just starting to get into the sparks people website so just getting a feel for it right now. I have been on many diets and finally have realized that diets don't work that a lifestyle change has to be put in place to succeed. For years I tried these different diets and have failed,I think the reason being is that they can not be sustained on a long term basis because they are meant as a quick fix and not for a life long way of eating and fitness. So he... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:22:33 EST blumorning24 Hi, i dont remember joining this site but i must have. im 46 amd need to lose 55 lbs. i not active at all and want to be thin again. i know that take alot of work but by reading about the people that are in the same shape im in im hoping it will help. i will look forward to your e-mails and will keep intouch everyday. i think if i can have people to relate to i will get off by butt and move also realize more of what i am eating. i was married for 20 years and was happy with the way that i loo... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:50:34 EST Is coffee considered in water count I drink at least 4 cups of coffee every morning. Does this count toward the 8 cups of water a day I should drink? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:24:58 EST Hi Hi, I am new, and this site has been helpful so far, i just wanted to introduce myself... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:07:05 EST Hi all, just discovered this cool site...... Hoping this site will help me keep my focus and stay on track this time! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 01:37:38 EST Hello Team Spark Hello, I am Adriana. I joined SparkPeople about a month ago and I am so excited I found it. I have been making great progress by exercising and tracking my food. I am looking forward to meeting the team!! <em>213</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:13:26 EST Good! <em>30</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:55:35 EST Changing My Life to Live Hi,I'm a positive WAHM in the literary industry dedicated and determined to live healthy knowing weight loss will come as a by product of living healthier one step at a time. <em>244</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:51:44 EST Hello, My name is Lil I will try very hard to lose 29 pounds by May 7. I am looking forward to this. Thank you Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:44:36 EST lwant to lose weight hi i m sadia. 29 yr old. i have baby boy of 5 yrs. i want to lose weight again feel to smart and active <BR> help me if u have any tip for me. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:50:58 EST New to Spark site, Hi my name is Marie, I'm 68 and would like to lose around 75 to 90 pounds, I live in the state of <BR> washington. My husband and I are semi-retired and enjoy sports and long drives and photography.We have 7 children between us and 14 grand children,we also have 5 great grand children. I also like to knit, crochet ,read,sketch, and garden. I recently started doing upholstery and am working on my dinning room chairs. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 03:40:23 EST Excited to Start the Journey! Well, here I go again. I seem to be good at the dieting but not to good at the lifestyle change. I am excited to join sparkpeople for some additional support as I start this journey to health and weight loss. I am amazed at all the stories I have read so far. It will be one day at at time for me first starting with no soda... I seem to lose weight but than go back to old habits. It does not help having a husband that can eat anything and stay a twig. Eating healthy will be good for me and m... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:47:05 EST Hi - my name is Brenda! I am trying this out - how is it working for you? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:18:08 EST ChrisHC Hi My Name is Chris. <BR> I just heard about your site and am really wanting to lose weight and get fit this yr. <BR> Seems over the last 10 yrs. i have been up and down in weight and trouble keeping up with it all. Seems the more i focus the the harder it has been. <BR> I have gained and lost weight but unable to reset my metabolism with success. Not sure how to do that so i guess that is another reason i am here. I look forward to learning and hearing from you all. Your frien... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 01:36:19 EST Starting Over Again Well, here I am on Day 2 of my new commitment to myself. Sparkpeople is not a new format for me...I joined a couple of years ago and was going great guns until my father became seriously ill and eventually passed away. What with caring for my aging parents, depression and grief after his death I fell out of the habit of good exercise/eating correctly. Funny how you can fool yourself about how things haven't changed but as I stepped on the scale yesterday the numbers did not lie...I NEEDED ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:58:22 EST New Beginning. Hello Everyone!!!!!!! <BR> Hello Everyone!!!!! <BR> The past year has been one of change.......divorce,depression., a new start, weight fluctuating with every turn. Time to get on track and get serious about my health, and stabilize my weight. I LOVE to dance; the extra 40 pounds is getting in my way!!!!! How did that much weight "creep up" on me over one year?????? This is my new start..any and all suggestions welcome!!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:47:42 EST Introducing Smiley Sam :) HI there just introducing myself as it seemed like a great idea. So I'm 30 years old (turning 31 in April) I used to be really active in my younger years and was in the NZ Army for just over 3 years. I have 3 children and am no longer with their father. I have always shed any weight gained after each child, however with my third child I shed all the weight & 10 kgs extra and when I started studying nursing (career change) my lifestyle changed and I've found it harder and harder to budge any w... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 02:53:56 EST 30ish Female who wants to be healthy Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking and attempting to work toward a longterm goal to loss my unhealthy weight to bring me to my healthy weight and to maintain that healthy weight once I reach my goal. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:27:51 EST connie10 Greetings,non-fur bearing beings! My mom doesn't know how to use the 'puter so I had to step in. I personally am responsible for mama's 20# weight loss! Yes,it's true that if I wouldn't have run down the mountain we live on, all those times ,she wouldn't have worked up her heart rate but that's another positive,right? In nice weather we walk 4 miles. On days like this(way below freezing) we do several fast walks of 10 minuets. We do wonder if any of you humans and furry folks do anything else... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:26:55 EST New Member: Clugster Hello my name is Chasity and I just turned 40 last month. I work at vet school as an anesthesia veterinary technician and I am taking classes in College Station, Texas. My goal is to become nice-looking healthy veterinarian. I just started this last Saturday. I wanted to try something different and new. I used to be on Weight watcher almost ten years ago and lost 15 pounds however over the years I gained 5 pounds back. I would like to lose 25 pounds. It is time for me to have new body makeove... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:15:18 EST Welcome to the team. I want to say WELCOME to all the new members. I wish you all the luck to getting healthy. You have came to the right place. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:08:28 EST Hi to everyone I decided after trying on my clothes that I need a change and that includes not only wardrobe but attitude. I use food to supply my busy life with fun. I am currently a new author of a non fiction book coming out soon and it revolves around my personal journey. One of the pieces of my book is my weight since both my kids were small and now are 28 and 26 I have failed to complete and keep off the weight I have put on over and over again. I want to help others and I feel that I cannot even s... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:21:17 EST READY TO GET STARTED Hi Spark Family! <BR> <BR> My name is Tia and I am 44 years old, married with 2 children. I was told about this website and thought I'd give it a try. From the looks of it, it seems very encouraging. I hope I can finally remain encouraged and meet my goal of losing 168 lbs. I look forward to meeting a lot of new friends. <BR> <BR> Tia Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:58:38 EST I would like to make a healthy life style change Again, I want to make a healthy life style change. I want to eat healthy and the things I want in portions control. I would like to have more energy and peace of mind. I am 40 something but I consider myself the new 20 something. Just would like to feel better and eat better. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:38:02 EST Stay @ home mom w/ teens, and 4 yr old twins. I am trying to lose weight and have been trying too since the twins were born (2006). It has been an up an down hill struggle. I started vocational school 2010 for Massage Therapy. I don't have the support from my family which horny give me the motivation to exercise or continue to way healthy, so I try to do it myself and it is extremely hard. I have always been on the thick side, but woild like to tone my body more then anything. I have had 4 children and the only thing that I have put on w... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:27:17 EST Hey everyone! Excited to get started! My name is Michelle Johnson. I'm from Central Illinois and a single mother of 3. I never had to worry about my weight until I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago and well now I have gained weight and can't stand it! Our family is doing a weight loss challenge starting tomorrow for the next 8 weeks and I'm super excited to get started but since I've never had to watch what I ate before, this is a new challenge to me. So I found this site from a facebook friend and thought I would check it out. Loo... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:29:06 EST Reaching out I love being able to reach out to others with similar interests through the internet. Hello out there to all of you who want to live healthier lives. I am a health care professional and know the benefits of good diet and exercise, yet lack the motivation to be the best I can be. Now I'll be looking for hints and ideas from all of you! I'll also share with you some of the things I HAVE found successful over the years, including gardening tips, hiking suggestions, cooking with herbs, and men... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:40:47 EST foxylady_12 hi all i need to lose some pounds i need to go from 340 down to 140. when i stop smoking 6 years ago that is when i gain i have a few medical problems that keep me from walking any distances, my biggest down fall is sweets, & chocolate, chocolate is the worst one, i have ocd, high blood pressure, problems with my breathing, i do not cook any more it is cheaper for me to buy the frozen dinners, but there is to much salt in them, i suffer from depression, anxiety, disability, with out the sle... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:42:12 EST My First Day I'm here to lose 50 lbs. by Christmas 2011. This is my first day and I already love this site. I was so glad to see that there wasn't exercise scheduled for today because I'm feeling really rotten today and have been a couch potato most of the day. And I think that's most of my problem - not enough movement. I know I eat healthy foods. I'm not sure if my portions are okay, so I'm glad this will let me know. <BR> I live on the east coast and love to write. I am currently editing my first... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 14:58:04 EST Hello My name is Crystal. I've been happily married for 15 years and have a daughter who is 17. My weight has been a struggle all my life, going from fat to thin and back again. This year, I have decided to get the weight off and keep it off, and I joined Spark for the sense of community and support. I'm bad to loose motivation and just give up on my own, so I'm hoping that being part of a weight loss community will help keep me accountable for what I'm doing (and not doing) to reach my goals. ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:17:36 EST Hi. I am a newbie. This is my first experience using Sparks. Read about it in People Magazine. Hope this thing works for me. I lack motivation. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:34:03 EST Hello all My name is Jihane, I'm 26 and getting married this summer. I'm at 195lbs today and want to be at 145lbs by July 2011. I'm just tired of being overweight, tired, depressed, lazy and ugly all the time. I need help. I want to achieve this. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 11:54:07 EST Day5 and energy to burn Hi my name is Charlene and this is day 5 for me. I'm 54, married for twenty years with two grown children. I live on beautiful Prince Edward Island. I joined Sparkpeople cause I wanted to feel good about myself again. My husband has decided we need to take a much needed vacation in March. We've never been outside the Maritimes our whole time together, so this will be a new experience for us. Right now I don't feel comfortable in my own skin. You see, we moved to PEI 13 years ago and... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:13:53 EST Well I've made the first step & joined SparkPeople I want to be under 200 lbs again! I'm in my late 40's, kids have left the house, my husband & I are usually in 2 different places so lots of time it's just me watching tv & eating....I have to stop, change my ways and make a commitment! I want to play with my 2 month old granddaughter, not be the old granny that can't do anything! If I don't do it now I never will! Anyone else feel like I do? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:12:53 EST Getting fit, healthy and happy I have joined SparkPeople to get healthy and happy again. I have lost weight before and just gain it back. I have made lifestyle changes in the past but always seem to go back to my bad habits. Help! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:37:12 EST Time for round two? Im at it once again. I lost 68 pounds the first time, and have unfortunatly gained a sickening 24 pounds back since November. GROSS. I am once again on track to lose the 24 i gained back, and the remaining pounds I didnt lose before. I can use all the motivation I can get. Feel free to add me! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:37:22 EST Restless QuzieSue I want to lose weight but have always found it hard as I work 2 jobs and eat at odd times on weekends. I work days during the week and evenings or nights on weekends. I could use tipps on managing foods and sleep with this situation. I'm a nurse which is a stressful job with little thanks. Also I get sabataged by a significant partner who is also overweight and loves meat and potatoes, with alot of butter and fattening sauces. So I can sleep he does alot of the cooking on weekends...not good ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 05:06:38 EST Hello I'm starting a"eating right" day tomorrow. I wanted to start Monday but have been sick for 6 days with a horrible virus. I've so many diet programs. I'm tired of trying. We're planning a cruise in the fall and I like to loose 40 pounds by then. My age is not a positive factor as the older you get the harder and longer it takes to loose. Any advice helps! Thanks Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:37:28 EST GETTING STARTED Hi, My name is Esther. <BR> <BR> I have known for sometime that I need help. My biggest problem is feeling overwhelmed with all the information. I just don't where to start. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:28:41 EST New Year New Life I'm a 51 year old mother of 2. My daughter just graduated college and my son will be gradating next year. I was married April 20, 2009 to the most wonderful man but loves me just the way I am. But I'm ready to change. I need to lose weight for my health and because I want to be thin again. I have to work not only on my weight but on my over all well being. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:12:49 EST Hello out there i am ready to do this! a positive outllok on this weightloss challenge. I have 53 pounds to shed wow what a relief that will be my knees are already smiling! this is a great site and I am so happy to be a new member and I look forward to interacting with others on here! my favorite exercise is bicycling and long walks with my dog... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:14:42 EST wanting to loose weight Hi, My name is Stacey and I am wanting to loose a lot of weight mainly for diabeties management. I am on the verge of going on insulin and I don't wan't to have that happen. I need to loose about 80 pounds and need the support in which I do not have, which makes it even more harder to loose the weight. I do want the benefit of looking great as well. I want to reach my goal and be successful in loosing this amount of weight. I cannot wait to meet others on this site who are going through the s... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:42:16 EST ....................agai Hi, I'm Joey. I'm a 30 year-old father of twin sons, (whom I want to watch grow up and give me grandbabies one day) a student of illustration at AAU online, and this is my third (or is it fourth) time starting up at sparkpeople. I love the community, and there's a definite sense of support, but there has always been a lack of dedication on my part. This time it has to be different, so here we go! <BR> -Joey Sun, 2 Jan 2011 04:15:36 EST Hello 2011 ! A new year, renewed motivation, new friends... and I'm ready! I'm a 53 year young lady who has gained and lost the same 20+ pounds all my life. This time around I know I need more support and motivation than ever! The 50's are really showing some resistance. So, I'm excited to be here, and LOVE reading stories of support and success from others in the same boat! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:10:29 EST Hello & Happy New Year from SC Well, here I go again...This is my 2nd attempt here on SP. I am hoping that daily visits to SP, tracking all my food, exercise and progress, and staying motivated will show me the results I am hoping for. I was diagnosed with PCOS a month after my husband and I got married in 2007, and we are really hoping to be blessed with a baby within the next year or so. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year!!! <BR> <em>409</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:51:11 EST FRIENDLY AND NICE HI: <BR> <BR> I LOVE MEETING AND TALKING TO NEW FRIENDS,WHO BECOME MY OLD FRIENDS. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:11:28 EST hello! Happy New Year... Well here I go again, starting the year off with a promise. Worked two years ago. I lost 80 lbs and now I all slowly gaining it back( or maybe graining it faster). I've lost motiavtion so I hope to find it here. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:45:54 EST I am new and feel good about my choice to join. I will be 45 next week and I am about 40 lbs. over weight. It has been creeping up on me since my mid thirties. I decided that it is now time to take it off for good. I found out about this website in a magazine. It seems like the perfect tool for me. I am in the process of getting myself set up to start next Monday. I want to get all the correct foods in my home and figure out an exercise plan for myself. Well here's to much success for all of us! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:56:42 EST January challenge postings Please post your January challenge info here! <em>345</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:31:51 EST January 2011 challenge This msg is informational there is a separate topic msg to post to for the challenge!!!! <BR> <BR> Wow here we are the beginning of a new year!! After the holidays it is always tough to get going again! <BR> Most people are getting to make their long or short list of resolutions for the new year and setting themselves for guilt when they don't accomplish it all. <BR> <BR> So lets take a some small steps this month... <BR> (First don't get overwhelmed with the news years resolution gig). ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:29:47 EST Hello From Idaho Hello SparkPeople, I am new to this site. I am still getting used to how the site works, keep getting myself lost ... lol <em>24</em> I plan to start my journey to a healthier lifestyle on New Year's Day. I have my trackers all set up and am weaning myself off the sugar and carbs <em>252</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:27:08 EST New to SparkPeople and Excited About It! My name is Mary, I'm 57, live on one of the many islands in WA state, and I think I'm [finally] really, truly, seriously ready to drop these excess pounds and feel better in the process - or at least be able to keep up with my Black Labrador Retriever (wish I had her metabolism!!!). I am counting on all of you to nag me into compliance and pat me on the back when I reach mini-goals. No way can I do this without you! I'm looking forward to making new friends and sharing experiences. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:13:44 EST Hi, Everyone ! My name Is Diane Hi, My name is Diane, and I am Detemined to lose the wieght I feel I need to lose. I am excited about being apart of a community with the same goals. I go!!!! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:48:59 EST hi all i need all the help i can get Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:04:58 EST Joining the Group Glad to be here. Thanks for the support. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:07:13 EST clred642 looking for ways to stay fit and healthy Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:43:24 EST I am SO ready to get started Hello! I am new here and I am so excited and motivated to find this website. I have recently lost 20 pounds. Although it was done in a healthy way, I believe that I have become a little un-focused recently and I still have more weight that I want to lose. Although I don't mind when the weight comes off, I am ready to be as healthy as I can be. I am committed to myself and my goals and I am excited to meet new people, help them reach their goals, and receive some advise and motivation from oth... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 21:55:50 EST Hi, New here Hello!! <BR> I just found this website and seriously need to lose some weight. I gained a ton after my last baby (3 yrs ago) and just can't seem to find the motivation to lose it. I LOOOOVE food and have a hard time denying myself. So I hope to learn a lot here and hope to be support to others as well. <BR> Yocheved Bracha Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:06:47 EST WELCOME I just wanted to stop by and say a BIG WELCOME to all the new people. I hope you find this team helpful. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:58:51 EST Hello, I am new! Hello, I have a 2 month old baby and a 15 month old baby.... I have a personal trainer 2 times a week and am finding it a lot harder to lose weight after two babies back to back.... I would like to get back down to my weight of 150lbs again.... I am really bad with the computer so any help anybody can give me will be appreciated!! haha Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:53:28 EST Back in the Saddle Haven't been on since March, but here I am again and determined to make it work. So excited to be here! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:22:02 EST Hello! Name is Rose & I'm new to the team! So glad to be here! I've been with SP since 8/11/10 & I'm looking to stay motivated & challenged! Especially this time of year...with the holiday stress & winter weather! It's all been a struggle these past few weeks! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 09:32:11 EST G'day Hi. I'm a 46 year and currently living in Australia. This past year has been stressful and I'm been putting on weight by letting exercise slide and making poor meal choices. I want to do better for my self, to get fit and healthy and feel the vitality and joy that this will bring to my life. I'm not waiting for 2011 - I'm starting today. Sat, 18 Dec 2010 01:40:10 EST Hi my name is Deb Hi, <BR> My name is Deb. <BR> I am 51y/o, and live in Wisconsin. I have been a member for a year or more now I think. Some months religious about journal some months/weeks not. <BR> I found this team and thought it might be just what I needed for that extra boost! <BR> I have lost 10 pounds the last year, but know I would feel much better, and so would my back losing some more. <BR> Have had to have 2 sets of 2 epidural injections for my back................they never said anything nor prea... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:14:14 EST Weekends are Tough Does anyone else struggle with the weekends? Seems like we are always on the run and eating because whatever/wherever. I am going to focus on staying on track this weekend. What do you do to stay on track? Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:05:14 EST Hi everyone I am Chris I am doing this for the first time and I am excited and a little scared. I need and want to lose weight. I have failed so many times before and don't want to this time around. I want to suceed!!!!!! I am a mother of a child with disabilities and a wife to a wonderful husband. I am going to school full time. So I have a lot on my plate. My son has type 1 diabetes, autism, and cognitive delays. I want to live a long time for him and for me. Any hints or suggestions to conquering this w... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:20:30 EST 22 year old Canadian Goal is to lose 15 pounds by February Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:49:52 EST Good Day To All Hey all, I guess we all have a goal that we are trying to make or maintain. Its all about healthy lifestyle. I'm a 27 year old male from Trinidad & Tobago, working in the health care field. I am disgusted with my level of health and fitness, and decided that come 2011 its time for me to take charge. I have often join gym, paid for a month and in one instance paid for a year's membership and never went. If I do go it might be twice maximum. SO I really am hoping to get that motivation, encour... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:45:04 EST vartika 31 hello memebers i m trying to lose weight for past many years and not reached any where i m walking 1 hour every day but weight is shooting up . any sugesstion plz inbox Tue, 14 Dec 2010 04:56:24 EST Holiday Season Question What are you going to do to try and stay on track the next 3 weeks? <BR> <BR> I am going to plan my meals and I am keeping all the cookies I baked in a box in my trunk so they are not in the house and not easily accessible. My goal is to get them boxed up and sent to our customers this week!! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:19:31 EST new to sparkpeople Hello! My name is Sara, I'm 23 and a mother to a 3 year old little boy. I'm really excited to get started on my goals and to feel okay with my body again. I'm so happy to find people so motivated to reach their own goals. I feel like I'm in the right place. I'm looking to make friends so we can help each other during this journey in our lives. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:03:42 EST Hi...Brand new to the SPARK community Hi....I am looking to lose the weight. I have tried everything and would like to be healthy and I really have found that I need structure. I am also competitive so any challeges will be a boost for me. <BR> <BR> My interests are spending time with my family, reading good books and I have 3 dogs and a cat my house is full.... <BR> <BR> I joined Spark when a friend told me about sounded interesting and I started browsing....then BAM....found myself signed up. <BR> <BR> Look ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 16:30:24 EST Greetings from the Mojave Desert Hi all! I am Masaya (pronounced MA-SA-YA). I am one of a rare breed of human called "Las Vegas native"; I was born and raised here. I am a bellydance instructor and choreographer. Dancing is my passion and my purpose in life. I started learning the art form a decade ago via instructional videos and decided to study seriously in 2005. <BR> <BR> Bellydance has benefited my life and health in countless ways... It has reshaped my body and shown me that there is muscle underneath the excess ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 08:50:49 EST redjody76 I am new to Sparks. I am currently on weight watchers and love the program, but I am not yet at goal and need to save money, so I have to stop going for now, but I still need the support from others. Sparks looks like a very good choice. I am excited to get going. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 22:51:52 EST Hi!! My name is Kim Hi!! My name is Kim. Approximately a year ago I lost about 60lbs. and have slowly started to notice that I am beginning to put a little weight back on....something I don't want to happen. Unfortunately I have also lost my motivation....I keep telling myself that I need to stay on top of this or things will get out of hand, but unfortunately food keeps calling me too....its a hard battle. I am hoping to find a little encouragement and motivation. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:58:41 EST CHRISTMAS TRIVIA In Frosty, the Snowman, who brought Frosty back to Life? <BR> <BR> Who lost $8,000 in It's a Wonderful Life? <BR> <BR> In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what biological shortcoming made the Grinch so mean? Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:23:43 EST READY FOR CHANGE HI! I'm Laura, I'm 21 and I'm sooo very ready to change my life around. I'm actually really not quite sure of what I'm supposed to put here, but I'll tell you about my situation. I'm 5'5'' and at a shocking 350... It's quite embarrasing actually, I've been having trouble with back and hip pain(its imobilizing its so agonizing) and I'm 21. I'm tired of going to the doctor's and telling me they can't really help me because I'm overweight, and then listen to the schpiel of "you need to lose weig... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:24:10 EST CHALLENGE I challenge you to start your day with a healthy breakfast. Post and let us know what you ate today. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:12:48 EST Hello All, I am excited about this FREE site to help me get on track to lose some weight that i DON"T need money to do. Lots of great stuff on here its gonna take me awhile just to figure it all out. well, i'm in it for the long hall now and want to do it the right way and not be deprived of the foods i love just to learn how and when (and how much of them) i can eat them. Got about a hundred pounds i'd like to lose so here goes! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:14:35 EST Need 2 lose it! I got married and let myself go. I need to lose the weight I gained to better health and also so I can run around with my nieces and nephews, and maybe one day I can have children. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 13:11:36 EST Taking my weight loss seriously My name is Dianndra and I set my goals to lose weight. I have set them before but gave up and actually gained more weight. This time I want to be commited and actually stick with my diet and exercise.I'm hoping that joining this website I will achieve my goals and lose the weight Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:40:13 EST Hello Everyone! Happy December everyone, hope the holiday season is finding everyone well. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of sp for a couple years now, but have never really given it my all. But this time around I am sick and tired of listening to my own excuses. <BR> <BR> So, I am giving it my all and looking for support from people who are going through the same things. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <em>48</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:09:16 EST Hi I'm new and today's my first day Good morning. Guess we're supposed to introduce ourselves. I'm in Bakersfield, CA and I'm hoping that with SparkPeople and my sister as a buddy I can lose the weight I've gained and get healthy. Wish me luck! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 12:59:36 EST Emily from Michigan Hi my name is Emily. I am a first year college student. I come from a large family of 10 children. I am 19 years old. My goal is to become healthier and still quick and efficient. Right now i have a very short break for lunch and i find myself eating poor eating choices. It is hard because i have a gluten intolerance, meaning that i cannot eat wheat or any other grains that have gluten in them. Help! If you have any siggestions for me they would be greatly appreciated!! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:19:21 EST Just Me! Anna Lea I am joining this to find out if any one has suggestions on how to deal with Plantar Fasciitis and getting active with this??? Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:06:23 EST Hello Hi, My name is Carol Brady,and no there is no Mike and no 6 kids. I have 3 kids who are grown and gone. I have 4 grandkids whom I absolutely adore. I have lost 75 pounds from October 2009 until October 2010. I am at a standstill and still need to lose 20 more pounds. I also need to start an exercise program to tone up. I am new to this and appreciate any help and advise you may give. Thanks Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:57:02 EST Desperately Seeking Losin'. Hello. Happily married father of 2, with 150lbs to lose. I have an average IQ and am net savvy but haven't found THE PROGRAM that works for me yet. Type 2 diabetic who has troubles staying on a constant med regimen. Haven't been to the doc this year because I keep delaying my next A1C test. Want to show up with good numbers but--am certain they're not, so I promise myself to eat right and exercise and I'll go for the test after I get my numbers down but keep losing focus on this goal. I'... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:47:56 EST Extremly over weight need your help Hi im Sharon 1381 .Im a mother of 3 grown kids. I have 5 grandkids. I am extremly over weight. need to lose 140 pounds.I am 55 years young .Would like to be around for a few more years.I have very bad arthritice in booth knees so dont no about exercising I also have a very under active thyroid. Can use all the help i can get. HELP!!!!! Sun, 28 Nov 2010 01:03:40 EST Tired of being tired Hello. I guess I am supposed to Introduce myself here. My name is John and I am 39 years old and, 100 lbs overweight. I work at a desk job staring at a computer all day and the only exercise I get is chasing my kids around the house (Ages 17, 3, and 1 month). I find that I am always tired and my friends say that if I lost some weight I wouldn't be so tired all the time. Also, I want to try and get in shape for my 10th wedding anniversary (Nov 2011). Hmm, what else to say? I guess that'... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:47:20 EST *Hi* Looking for an active group to join! Hi All! I feel like I'm writing a "personal add" lol! <BR> <BR> I am a just turned 30 year old married mother of one amazing 3 year old daughter and I need to loose over 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am looking for an active group/board/team to join... nothing bums me out more than going to a support board and having the last post be my own :-( <BR> <BR> I promise to be an active member and a contributor... not a whiner :-) I lost 80lbs once before (on Atkins) so I do have some words of wisdom ... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 16:52:48 EST December Challenge Just the month of December is a challenge all by its self. So the spark challenge for December is to reduce the stress of the season. Taking 15 minutes a day just for you! Please share you ideas and tips for relaxing during the holidays! Happy Holidays and keep on sparking! Sat, 27 Nov 2010 09:20:00 EST Hi everyone! Hi i am new member, so glad to be a part of the team! Thu, 25 Nov 2010 07:59:55 EST Hello Everyone! Hi, I'm Erika and I have just joined Sparkpeople, it seems like a relly great and motivating site. I am on a quest to lose 90 pounds and get my sprakle back. I will not be stopped!! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:27:45 EST Nordic Track Incline Trainer Curious if anyone has one and could give a review. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:11:38 EST Glad to be here. Hi, This is Lee. I'm so glad I found this site. It looks like it has everything I've been looking for. Great tailored menus and recipes - and lots of support. I sit in front of a computer for at least eight hours a day. I hope that through this website, I can get the help and support I need to make the rest of the day really count. I want to become healthy again. I've fallen so far away from being healthy and feeling good that my life is now threated with heart disease, high blood pressu... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:26:23 EST Hello fellow Sparkers I just posted on another place; guess this is the correct site. I am grateful to have found this, it looks like a positive, lively place! Today is a good day to start something better for my health. I need to lose weight-30 #, but more important, I need to feel good again...I've forgotten what that feels like. Have several health issues that weigh me down and as I said in my other post; "pun intended!" LOL I walked 2 1/2 miles today and it felt good..beautiful day here! Walked with my dear hu... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:15:21 EST Hey Everyone!! My Name is Cassie!!! <BR> Im new to this. Very excited, but, also scared. I hope i dont screw this up. Thats what im most terrified about. I want this sooo bad plus I need this so bad. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:30:27 EST Hello all I am excited to continue losing weight and reach my goals. I am looking to lose 100 pounds, run a 10k without walking, and getting back into the shape I was when I was younger. <BR> <BR> I joined this site to keep track of my food intake and workout regimen but I'm glad there is a message board. Hopefully I can use the peer sharing ideas to get me to my goals. <BR> <BR> Thanks and good luck to everyone out there. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:57:21 EST Hello from Colorado Hello. My name is Bobbi. I am a 54 mother of 4, grandmother of 1 most adorable granddaughter. I live in Milliken, Colorado and work full-time. I am 5'7" and weigh 253 pounds. I have tried a lot of diet plans and even have had lap-band surgery 3 years ago. Nothing helps, but I don't want to give up because I want to be strong, healthy and mobile so I can keep up with my children and grandchildren and travel with my husband and be able to see the sites and get to and from without being out of b... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:05:33 EST Trying to Change, Need Help I want to start running again and focus on returning to healthy eating habits. I had created a great lifestyle based on running and eating nutritious foods, but then, over time, stress and the rapid pace of my life slowly eroded all of the wonderful positive changes I had made. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling to motivate myself to change for about a year with marginal success. I can't do this alone...I need help! <BR> <BR> Wow! That was empowering! :-) Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:37:57 EST looking for support Hi, I'm Sheri. I've carried 100 extra pounds for many years which has caused my self-esteem and confidence to continually drop. Anyone with an encouraging word to help me keep going on this journey is appreciated. I need motivation that I'm not seeming to find on my own. Good luck to all of you on your journeys. I wish you success and beautiful days of pressing on! God bless. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:37:16 EST going to make it with new found support Hello everyone. I feel very lucky to find out about SparkPeople!!! I am a mom of 5 children who needs to lose weight more for health reasons then anything. I try to take it only one day at a time other wise it becomes to overwhelming for me with my crazy life of kids ranging from 15, down to 1. I work crazy hours as does my husband. I find it very hard to make time for myself with everything I have to do. But I know that it's important to put my health first, and not feel guilty by it. ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:18:11 EST New today Hello. I just found SparkPeople on Google and am very interested. This looks lilike the type of program that may work for me. My main focus is getting back to where I was a few years ago, in the best health of my life. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:12:23 EST Hey Everyone...My name is Megan Hey name is Megan and I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little about why I am here. I have gained a lot more weight since I graduated for school 5 years ago and I feel like it is time to take control of my life again. I went back to school and graduated with my cosmetology license in February and am loving my career. So with my apartment and new career in place, it is time to get my new body on the go and feel better about myself. Also I joined this website because m... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:19:58 EST A New Day It's a new day I'm determine to make this goal of losing weight one day at a time. I hope with your support and guidance I'm able to reach ALL my goals. HELLO! Reaching mid-40's with the same hope and dream in my 30's to lose 30lbs. It seems unreachable but I'm determine to ALWAYS try something new to get me inspired. I do go to the gym one or two times a day about 4 days a week. My problem is not eating enough and what I do eat is not always the right thing. Our family of 5 just moved... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:39:16 EST A New Day It's a new day I'm determine to make this goal of losing weight one day at a time. I hope with your support and guidance I'm able to reach ALL my goals. HELLO! Reaching mid-40's with the same hope and dream in my 30's to lose 30lbs. It seems unreachable but I'm determine to ALWAYS try something new to get me inspired. I do go to the gym one or two times a day about 4 days a week. My problem is not eating enough and what I do eat is not always the right thing. Our family of 5 just moved... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:38:05 EST Beginning Again At 62 Hi. My Name is Cheryl. I'm 62 and I need a makeover. I found this website and I'm so excited about making a goal and working towards it. I am hopeful that this excitement will continue and that I will be able to stick with it long enough to change my lifestyle and my life. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 13:48:11 EST Just starting I'm taking this time to review Sparkpeople to see how I can get the most out of it. Wish me luck! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:37:52 EST I need some help!! I am finding it difficult (that is putting it plainly) to get into myself and my weight loss. I always find something that allows me to justify putting this journey off. I need help! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:03:51 EST I'm a mommy with a 2 year-old son Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a mommy with a bubbly 2 year old son (nearly 3 now)..I was breastfeeding my son until he's turns just 2, and while I'm breastfeeding him, my weight was at the normal BMI, and I looked great! But when I stopped breasfeeding him, the weight kept piling on and first I can see that I cant fit into all my jeans, and about a week ago, my stretchy pants that I've been using is feeling tighter than ever at the waist! so thats why I come across SP in youtube, I was trying... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:40:49 EST Introducing Myself Hello, My name is Jessica. I am 22 years old. I live in a small town in Iowa. I joined Spark People to loss weight and get healthy. I am trying to loss around 40 lbs. For me, I find that I eat late at night. It happens when I am sitting on the couch relaxing before bed. I know I have ice cream in the freezor. <BR> When I was in high school I used to work out everyday. I was very fit. Once I graduated I moved from Ohio to Omaha, NE and started living with my boyfriend. I rearly worke... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:38:38 EST NEED ADVICE I have been sick all week and have not been able to go to the gym which I just joined on Monday. I think I have a little depression going on as well. I joined the gym with my daughter & husband. The problem is I don't work right now and I want to go to the gym early and he wants me to go with him when he gets off work. I know that for some people it is easier to do it with someone else, but I feel like I need to go when I feel like going. I am not trying to be selfish, but I have to do whatev... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:29:48 EST Hey! Everyone Good afternoo!! <BR> So I am new and excited about being apart of SparkPeople!! I have to figure out a whole new way of doing everything! I have a 11 week old little girl that is wonderful but also turned my life upside down!! I never have time it seems like for me anymore! I am either feeding her , cleaning house or cooking dinner for the family... <BR> But I love to run and miss it so much or just workink out!! So I am ready to put this back into my daily rutine and my husband is going to g... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:11:06 EST Hey! Everyone Good afternoo!! <BR> So I am new and excited about being apart of SparkPeople!! I have to figure out a whole new way of doing everything! I have a 11 week old little girl that is wonderful but also turned my life upside down!! I never have time it seems like for me anymore! I am either feeding her , cleaning house or cooking dinner for the family... <BR> But I love to run and miss it so much or just workink out!! So I am ready to put this back into my daily rutine and my husband is going to g... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:11:02 EST 50+ And Want to Lose 25lbs and Eat Healthy Hi, my name is Donna and I am brand new to this site. <BR> I am hoping to meet other people on this site with similiar goals. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Donna Thu, 4 Nov 2010 12:15:01 EST Healthy found me! Hi, I'm here to loose weight and feel healthy and look good! Wed, 3 Nov 2010 17:39:29 EST Newbie I am new to this site, just started my page & joined a gym yesterday. Looking for support to receive and I can offer support as well! <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:42:18 EST Hi I am Samantha Hi! I am Samantha. In the past year I have gained 30 pounds. I am a yoga instructor and honestly am a little confused as to why this has happened but I am joining this site to lose the weight and get my healthy life style on track. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:21:35 EST Hi Hi I'm just restarting my weight lose journey. I had started a while ago but some family issues came up and I fell off the wagon. but now i'm back and more detemined than ever. I have a mini goal that i just set for my self and that is to 10 - 13 lbs by Christmas. I am really working hard at this. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:41:09 EST food scale weighing incorrectly My husband and I had to by a new food scale because ours bit the dust. Several months ago it freaked out on us for a second. When we bought a new one, we found out that our old one was weighing way low. So we have been probably eating twice as much as we thought we were. From now on we are going to check it once a month to make sure it weighing correctly. Just wanted to let every one Know. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 15:56:41 EST Trying to turn over a new leaf I am trying to turn over a new leaf. Both of my parents had heart attacks this year and my father has been diagnosed with type II diabetes. I have a 17 year old daughter and want to make sure I am healthy and that I am around when she has a family. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:51:06 EST November Challenge Anyone up for a challenge since November starts tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Sandy :) Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:19:29 EST Hello from sunny Florida Hi everyone! I just joined today and I'm excited to begin this new journey. My goal is to get to a healthy weight before my 50th birthday in July. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:53:15 EST Hello out there I am a 43 year old woman who has to lose over 100 pounds. Help!! Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:39:44 EST Have not lost weight since starting c25k I think I have lost in circumference, but the scale has not moved. I find I need to really rest in between the training days, so I am not getting my total calorie burn in. I do walk home most evenings at a good pace, about half an hour. <BR> Should I push myself and get to the gym on the off days anyway? <BR> <BR> I have my eye on the training program run4-1hr. when I complete the c25k - currently in week 6 :) Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:10:40 EST Hello from Sydney ^.^ Name: Shelly <BR> <BR> Location: Sydney, Australia <BR> <BR> Date Joined SP: 25th of October 2010 <BR> <BR> Goal Weight: 62 kg or 136.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Goal Weight Loss: 45 kg or 99 lbs <BR> <BR> Overall Goal: To become healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> 2 Random, Fun Facts about You: First time mother and university student. <BR> <BR> Anything else you want to share: After losing 50 kg or 110 lbs, I was so close to my goal weight and then falling pregnant with my first child, I put on 22 kg or ... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:03:37 EST I can't keep doing this alone - HELP! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight since I was 8yrs old. I used to be soooo skinny and scrawny and now, when I look at fatty foods I gain weight... what gives? Hahahaha <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight alone, because my fiance (also a big person) isn't on boat with me yet. He'll eat the healthy food I make but he's also my biggest saboteur! My friends are starting to go to the gym but we just bought a house so until I have my finances back in line I have to w... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:43:34 EST Hi evereybody! I'm Karen and new to this site but I am gaining momentum and getting into this! I'm over anxious and joined a number of teams all of which I really need to understand, sort of like this webite! But I am excited to be on Spark People. I saw it on FB and decided to venture in. Now I'm glad I did. I have been ignorning my rising weight gain until I realized I can't go on like this. . for myself and my health.. . .so I have turned the cornor, made a change and now am forging ahead! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:40:54 EST Hello All Hi, everyone. My name is Amber. I am new to all this. I, unfortinitly am a very overweight female. It is time for me to loose the weight and get healthy. I'm not just doing this for myself, but my 2 year old daughter as well. I need and want to be around for her throughout her life. She doesn't deserve to have a fat mom who is to tired and/or lazy to run around with her. It's time to cange all that. I quit smoking so now it's time to get healthy. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:37:50 EST mother of 2 trying to loose belly fat hi my name is brittany and i'm the mother of 2 beautiful boys ages 3 and 6. my grandmother is a breast cancer surviver. I'm very proud of her but it made me realize i need to take contol of my body and what i need to be putting into it. I now feel like it's time for me to focus on myself and get healthy for my boys. I'm excited to have found spark, mabie this will motivate me to get to my goal weight!!! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:34:35 EST I need help, Can't do it alone! Hi, my name is Pat. I need to loose at least 20 lbs. and get healthier. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:35:39 EST Hello All! Hey my name is Angie. I'm a chef and I live in Arizona. I've been overweight my entire life and I'm tired of being tired all the time. I feel crappy everyday and I don't feel like doing anything. I would like to lose weight for my health. I need some motivation and friends to help me. I find myself hungry all the time especially at night. I'm hoping to lose 150 lbs. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 03:10:23 EST Hello..guys.. I m krunal soni and living in london,UK.... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:24:45 EST Hello Everyone...Noobie here Hello. I'm a 24 year old wife and mother. I have always struggled with weight issues and it has finally gotten to a point where I have no choice but to do something or I risk a lot of health problems. I hate the whole dieting thing and never have time to work out, but as of today all of that has to change. I hope to make some online buddies who understand exactly what I'm going through and we can work together at getting in better shape. My son is only 2 and I want to be around for a lon... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:55:33 EST Kimm My name is Kimm and I am 27 looking to shed a few pounds. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:10:16 EST Hello New to spark People. Like this so far...... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:05:55 EST 40 something trying to stay fit Im looking at this and it seems like a good idea.My name is Queenbee19 and I would like to improve my hiking skills as well as eat better. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:01:51 EST Here I go! Hi, I'm Darline from Washington State. Looking forward to finally making the changes in my life that I know I have to make to be a healthier, happier me. There are no miracle pills, no miracle programs - it is all about education and retraining the bad habits away! I am so excited and this website looks amazing Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:25:07 EST New Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I got married on June 26, 2010 to my best friend, Dan. We moved from Michigan to Alaska to teach exactly one month after our wedding. We are somewhat isolated from the conveniences that allowed me to be successful in my weight loss attempts in the past, so I have a few more challenges than I'm used to. I am really looking forward to being a part of this SparkTeam. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:30:10 EST Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa and I'm 21 years old. Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY but my family is from Barbados. I've been trying to lose weight since I was 16 years old. I've dieted in the past but stopped due to lack of interest or just pure laziness. I definitely need to work on cutting out the sweets ( I love chocolate and rocky road ice cream). I would appreciate any help and support. I would love to make new friends along the way. Hopefully this site helps me jump start my weight loss and reach a... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:50:00 EST Hi My name is Christy. I a 24, married (no kids). I am in college for a degree in Biochemistry. Don't know what else to say. :) Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:17:15 EST Hello there My name is Suzy and I desire a lifestyle change that will lead to weight loss. I am giving myself 1 year to lose 80lbs. In the past, I tended to start the process and quit prematurely when I don't see instant results! Thank you in advance for your encouragement and support. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 15:32:03 EST READY FOR A CHANGE HELLO IM NEW TO SPARK AND READY TO GET THIS WEIGHT OFF Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:32:48 EST Newbie here... I'm a newbie to these boards, although not to fad diets. I've tried all sorts of gadgets and gizmos, bought expensive clothes hangers (treadmill and bike), and have all but given up. I'm not sure why, but I'm still hopeful that I can reach my desired weight and this looks like just the place to help. Would love to know how to stay motivated. That's key for me. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:10:11 EST Hello I am new here starting off on 10/17/2010 I had an aneurysm in 2008 3.5 weeks after I had my second child. I became very depressed once I got home from ICU (which I spent 60 days) and missed the first two months of my infants life. Once I got home I was 207 pounds which I was thrilled over. Now, I am up to 277 from poor eating, no exercise, tons of meds that don't help with weight loss. I know that I should and AM grateful to be alive. But alive and fat is not what I want to be. I know that I want to be healthy for my girls' an... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 01:09:02 EST Just getting started I'm 23 and am a fitness professional. I am looking for a good site that I can use to keep better track of my eating habits and exercising habits. I'm also hoping that I will be able to recommend this site to others that will be able to understand the site and be able to use it in a tool to reaching their ideal body image. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:50:47 EST Just getting started I'm 23 and am a fitness professional. I am looking for a good site that I can use to keep better track of my eating habits and exercising habits. I'm also hoping that I will be able to recommend this site to others that will be able to understand the site and be able to use it in a tool to reaching their ideal body image. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:48:35 EST Hola! Hi! I'm Natalie! I have noticed a pattern in the fall for the past fours years- my clothes don't fit, I've gained weight and feel lethargic. I do exercise every day and for the most part eat relatively healthy. But now, I need to be a bit more cautious and specific. I need a change and a fresh start! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:06:25 EST Liliana Hello all, I am 50 yrs old. I met a great guy 3 years ago, married 6 months later. We recently moved to a very small town in Manitoba, from a large city in Alberta. Not settling in very well. Why?? Menopause !!! I have gained 30 lbs since I married. I always worked out 4 times a week, was in good shape and happy. Not now. I have lost desire to workout and most other things. This wonderful husband of mine is 54 yrs old and is asking "What happened to the girl I met?" Its like I am a ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:37:16 EST Hey Ya'll Hello, <BR> My name is Kasi and I'm 24 years old. I am the mother of 4 sweet beautful little girls..Kaylin is 6, Brooke is 5, Ava is 2, and Paisley is 5 months old. I've been married to my wonderful husband Johnny for 7 years. I am a christian and I love going to church. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:12:23 EST Thank you all Hi, I am Pattinet and just joined today. I would like to thank all of you that sent me a welcome message. I have a hard time losing weight because I really like to eat. LOL. I hope this time I will make it. Thank you all for the encouragement. <BR> <BR> I am not really sure how to use this sight but, will keep trying. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:07:44 EST new member Hi I new on team. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:50:53 EST It's me! My name is Genoveva. I'm a mother of 4 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful man. I would like to drop at least 30 lbs while using sparkpeople. <BR> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 14:09:12 EST I'm new I'm new and am feeling my way around. I'm excited to see how my health will improve, the weight will fall off, and I'm more consistent with exercise. I appreciate all the help you can give to keep me on track. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:48:13 EST New to SparkPeople Thanks for all your welcome to community posts ! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:04:44 EST Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Hi all, <BR> I live in in the metro St. Louis area and I hope to learn and grow through each and every one of you. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 18:48:25 EST Hi Hi my name is Pam. I'm new to this site, but I really like it. I am also looking for someone to walk with in South Tulsa or Bixby. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:49:47 EST Catherine I have 50+lbs to lose by my birthday, April 25th. Then I am going to join the navy. What I have started is I have become vegan. I use protien shakes and soy milk to get my protien and calcium. if anyone has any advise, recipes or encouragement for me I would really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thanks ^_^ Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:14:28 EST HI I'm new to this, but I've been working on loosing weight for a couple of months on my own. When I started my weight was at 215 and when I started spark on Tuesday my weight was at 209. I love this site, It helps seeing what I eat and what I burn daily. Before, it was just guessing all the time. I love biking and found this is the best for cardio workout. Since I started this site on Tuesday I did strength workout and just finished working my core, which needs it badly. I'm a stay at home mom... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:35:24 EST Making a Change Hello, I just joined and well I am very impressed with the web site.. so many ideas, so many tools.. and so much support! I live in the East Bay and am looking for a work out Buddy for Ballys in Pleasant Hill.. would prefer 1st thing in the morning... nothing like starting your day with exercise.. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 19:52:23 EST ready to make a difference Hello my name is Jena and I am 20 years old. I've never really tried to get into shape but i think i'm ready now. I just had a baby boy may 30 and i gained quite a bit of weight. I dont want to be this heavy i'm so ready to be happy with myself and reach the full potential that i know i can. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:11:17 EST Greetings all ! My name is Pati. I'm a mother of four and live in MI. For many, many years I have been rather cruel to my body and am here to change all that. I'm ready to shed the personal excuses and fears that hinder good/healthy choices. I recently began walking a few times a week with a very dear friend. What has surprised me is how much easier being accountable is for me with her involvement. I did notice there was an option of “looking for a buddy” but I did not utilize it. Is it really just for motiv... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:17:18 EST What are you doing to stay active today? Today I went for a 3.4 mile walk? How about you? What are you doing to stay active? Tue, 5 Oct 2010 19:23:47 EST Taking the first step... Hello Everyone!!! Hope that all has had a good day. I'm 31 and happily married. We do not have any kids yet but hope to one day. I saw the Sparkpeople on my aol webpage and thought I would check it out and so here I am. <BR> I'm wanting to loose weight because I am tired of feeling sorry for myself, making excuses also for health purposes. I have heart problems, blood pressure, etc... on both sides of my family. I plan on being around a long time if God will allow me to be. So this is my firs... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 18:22:18 EST Hi everyone, i'm new here Hello, I just figured I would post and say hi to everyone. I just joined the website today and i'm looking forward to reaching my goal. I'm 22 and recently graduated college. I hope to see you all on the forums :) Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:10:50 EST New Hi, I am 34 and frustrated with my weight. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:19:48 EST new to Sparkspeople Hi - I am 54 years old and seem to be putting weight on during menopause. I gained 15 pounds in the last 2 years and am trying so hard to stop adding the weight. I went up 2 dress sizes -- what bothers me is that most of the weight is in my belly. I want to lose 5 of the 15 pounds. This is my goal; however, I sit all day at work and love to snack all day. Any help you can give me or any input would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 10:29:39 EST Trying to improve myself Trying to improve myself and get a lot healthier and happier <BR> Tough to do when I am my own worst enemy and also my own best friend...Confusing???? Mon, 4 Oct 2010 08:18:13 EST Hello Everyone! Hi everyone, I have just singed up for sparkpeople so there for i am new, I am 27 just recently married, I need to lose about 99 to be at my ideal weight it sound good and i am excited but also scared of the unknow, this program looks really good as for i am in control and get to chocie what i eat also it will push me to get moving. I know i need to lose weight but i have had many failed attemps so my motivation is down and hope that i will find support. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:45:26 EST new to Sparkpeople Good morning! Thank you for creating this website. I love it!! <BR> Terri Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:53:07 EST Hello Everyone Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> New Girl on the block, just checking in to wish everyone a 'Sparkly' Day! and Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! {don't forget to touch your boobs this month...and every month!} Fri, 1 Oct 2010 02:43:11 EST Hello...I'm here I just joined SparkPeople and I'm dropping in to say HELLOOOOOO to everyone. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:03:49 EST Hi! I'm 26 years old and over the last few years I have been gaining weight pretty steadily. My activities have changed drastically as my work responsibilities went from working on the floor to managing the people on the floor. I am about 30 pounds heavier than I would like to be and my aunt and I decided that we would challenge eachother to lose 30 pounds over 3 months. I heard about sparkspeople through a girl at work and decided to give it a try. Any support helps :) Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:13:27 EST nitakay Hello! im new. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:22:49 EST How do you guys track your water intake? I'm just curious because I have ONLY been tracking when I drink straight water. If I have juice or tea or soda or anything, I'm not counting that in my water intake. However, I know that some of that liquid counts, to your body anyway... your body takes the water from foods and other liquids. Its just that, with some liquids/foods, there is not as much water in them. So even though I'm not meeting the 8 servings a day of water, I don't believe I'm dehydrated either! Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:32:50 EST Motivational Quotes HelloooOOOoooOOO! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite motivational quotes?!? Tue, 28 Sep 2010 20:00:31 EST Here's to Life Changes Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My mother introduced me to this website last week, after her friend introduced her to it (after she lost 25inches using SparkPeople). So far, I'm finding it pretty helpful. I used to compete in figure skating and was in very good shape, but after I quit I started gaining weight (nobody tells you that you need to make nutritional changes and keep up with exercising and at 17, I didn't know better). Then came University, and living with my ex where I started to eat th... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:56:14 EST Putting this off 4 , 2 long!!!! Hello, I'm a 34 yr. old mother of 2 and nurse by day. I love people and meeting new people. I also love food, but can't find time to cook or shop healthy. Open to any suggestions? I quit smoking 3 years ago and gained 80+ pounds. I feel helpless because my addiction to sugar has consumed me and I often hide candy from my kids so I can eat it alone. All I did was quit 1 addiction 4 another! Sun, 26 Sep 2010 22:06:06 EST protein/fiber? Hello there! <BR> <BR> I was want to increase the fiber and protein in my morning smoothies so that they will be sufficient fuel through lunch time. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts on fiber or protein additives that I could add to them? Sun, 26 Sep 2010 20:53:19 EST Hello Hi, I've already introduced myself on some forums, but forgive me, I'm still finding my way around here. I'm really excited about this site, and all the tools it has to offer. I've looked for free tools like these for a while, but never imagined they'd all be found in one place! I especially appreciate the menu planner, and shopping list. Being motivated to cook healthy meals has been a challenge for me, especially as I'm also dealing with a mood disorder. So having the option to let myself b... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:42:20 EST Marcia Rams I'm ready to set goals with Spark People Sun, 26 Sep 2010 12:23:29 EST It says "Introduce Yourself!" ... So I am! After seeing this website in a magazine, and after having three seperate unrelated people recommend it to me, I figured I'd check it out. So far I'm loving the quizzes and how the nutrition is tracked (though I wish the search tool was easier/more accurate to use) and how vast the resources are. I've been on and off this site (in between calls at work) for hours and still feel I've barely tipped the iceberg! <BR> <BR> So anyway, you can call me K. I'm 25 and married 2 years to the first "off... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:37:43 EST JUST DROPPING IN TO SAY HELLO MY MAME IS MIKE I'M 55 YEARS OLD A CANCER SURVIVOR WHO NEEDS TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE I'M A FORMER MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR BUT THE RADIATION FROM THE CANCER LEFT ME BLIND AND WITH NERVE DAMAGE BUT THAT'S ALL THE COMPLAINING YOU'LL EVER HEAR FROM ME I'M ALIVE AND THANK GOD EVERY DAY FOR MY WIFE , MY FAMILY, AND JUST FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Sat, 25 Sep 2010 09:20:03 EST Going to a Wine Walk... Any suggestions on how to handle that, food wise for the day? I'm trying to plan out my meals for tomorrow, and I'm not sure if I should eat dinner before I go, and skip my morning snack so I have the calories for the wine? <BR> <BR> I've never been to one (cuz I was preggo wand had a newborn), so I'm not even sure how it works. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:23:26 EST Delightful I have been struggling with my weight but registering on spark people have made the struggle easier. I look forward to participating on the different teams. I am 50+, recently married and live in Florida. I have shared this web siteI with family and friends who are a part of the struggle also Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:08:59 EST Short and always felt overweight Hi, My name is Danielle. I am a 26 year-old from Minnesota. I have always felt overweight and developed far before most girls in my class. I have tried Weight Watchers and did loose 35 pounds. I have managed to gain 20 of those pounds back and could definitely use to loose them :) I just want to feel comfortable in my skin and feel good when going out. I always feel heavier than my friends and feel like it keeps me from being the person I know I can be. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 13:09:04 EST WELCOME NEW CO-LEADER!!!! Please welcome Onicam as new co-leader!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all for the response!! Onicam was the first to accept!! Good luck everyone!! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:51:30 EST newbee hi to all Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:14:29 EST My goal is to maintain an healthy lifestyle Hi Everyone <BR> My name is Marva, I am 33 years, married and I have 1 daughter. I am really interested achieving an healthy weight an maintaining a fun filled lifestyle. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:15:12 EST Humm I'm a chronic fad dieter who once lost 106 pounds in a sane way. I'm ready to change my lifestyle to lose weight and get fit in a health way. I want to do more than know about maintenance from experience. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:39:00 EST Ready! Hi all! I am ready for this! 50lbs less here I come! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:13:02 EST