SparkPeople SP Class of May 30- June 5, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from May 30- June 5, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 30- June 5, 2010 Team Messageboard 12,500-odd people joined in this time frame .... .. and there's nobody left? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:48:27 EST Hello, my first time here... This is a little scary for me, ok, a lot scary for me. Now that I have that out of the way, hello! I'm looking forward to joining the dialogue on this Spark message board. We found out this past Sunday that we will be grandparents for the first time, and I joined SparkPeople {again} on Monday. I want to be here for as long as I can, and enjoy all the wonderful perks that come with being Gma. I know now that I need support in finding my way back to a healthy body, and I hopefully have som... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:21 EST Something to celebrate today I will celebrate: a long hard day at work, and the fact that I still have a job in this terrible economy. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:54:13 EST Hello Team! Hey team, <BR> <BR> If there is anyone here, I was just curious to see how you were all doing? I was I was out of the business for a while. But the kid is here, 4 months old, and now I'm back in business. How are you all doing? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:43:27 EST Season's greetings To everyone on this team, all the best for the season. Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:25:54 EST Winter Weight Loss How do you stay motivated in the colder weather? <BR> <BR> What exercises do you do when the temperature drops? <BR> <BR> How do you keep fron giving in to holiday treats? Thu, 3 Nov 2011 10:00:48 EST Happy One-Year Anniversary!! Well everyone...this weeks marks our one-year anniversary on Spark People. What a year!! <BR> <BR> Here are some things I learned: <BR> - There are EXTREMELY supportive people on this site <BR> - Reading about other people's experiences is both motivating and comforting <BR> - I like me <BR> - I started off slow but I still started...this is a big one for me! <BR> - No one on the site is judging me, I'm not letting anyone down, It's okay to share and it's okay not to share <BR> - I want to ... Mon, 30 May 2011 14:36:08 EST 10 months of Sparking Greetings Team! <BR> <BR> We have been doing this for 10 months. That is fantastic! Were do you find yourself today? How are you different. <BR> <BR> All the best, <BR> Meghan Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:24:25 EST Vicki118 I'm a 56 yr old Christian, single girl. Girl because I feel 35 yrs old. I love life and I want to still be around when my grandchildren get married and have babies. At the rate I'm going I won't make it eating the way I do. This is my desparate cry for help! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:50:02 EST Congratulations Congrats to all for receiving awards this month from Spark People, keep up the good work. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 05:06:10 EST Im over it!! I signed up for spark people back in june of last year at that point i had already lost 10 pounds and was on the path of being successful in mantaining a healthy lifestlye. Well i fell off the wagon and the 18 pounds i had lost i have now gained 1/2 back im sick of yoyoing with my weight and am ready to say good bye to unhealthy eating and start at this again spark people aided in my weightloss last time but i didnt take advantage of some of the option like the messages boards this time im wi... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:06:38 EST Mind or Body When we are exercising do we listen more to our mind or body. Our mind tells us we can then sometimes our body says no. Or our body says we can then the mind says no. Which one do we listen to? <em>246</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:34:40 EST Six Months of Sparking Looking at the calander, we are all around our Six Month Anniversary. <em>516</em> . That is <em>345</em> . <BR> <BR> Do you feel different? How? <BR> <BR> I know I am more confident. I have control over food. Not the other way around. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:08:06 EST Sorry.... I want to apologize for my absence over the last month. And I want to assure you that I am back and ready to be a better co-leader for this team. You guys have always been fantastic to me and I will do my very best to show you the same support. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well on their journey, but if there's anything you need from me, don't hesitate to ask. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:39:55 EST Stevia Has anyone tried it? How was it? Mon, 8 Nov 2010 15:32:43 EST Username I'm always interested in how people came up with their username. Anyone interested in explaining please post. Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:03:29 EST Getting to know each other I saw this on another team's site. I thought it would be interesting if we completed this so we could get to know our team members a little better. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, October 20, 2010 <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:45 <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? med-rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I don't remember <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? The Apprentice, Dr. Oz, and Hell's Kitchen when it's o... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 21:00:26 EST Canadian Thanksgiving - Help Wanted! Hey everyone. I finally started losing weight again this week, and now I'm faced with Thanksgiving this weekend (we celebrate earlier than our American neighbors!). So here's my dilemma: I have two dinners to attend, one I am hosting, and one at my sister-in-law's. The menu is set for both. <BR> <BR> For my SIL's, we won't be getting much activity, there will be snacks, and a huge dinner with a lot of tasty but fatty foods. <BR> <BR> For mine, I have more control over the menu but th... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 08:48:45 EST Results Well, this is our 4 month anniversary with Sparkle. How is everyone doing? If you would like to give an update on how much you have lost so far let's brag! <BR> <BR> The next few months may throw more obstacles our way but we can stick together and continue a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> I'm down 18 lbs in 4 months! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:29:55 EST Most Popular Blog Challenge Thank you to SLIMTHICK2 for submitting this idea. <BR> <BR> So, here's how it works: <BR> Each day, try to read as many blogs from our team mates as you can. In this thread, vote for the "best" blog. You can use your own definition of best - it could be the most motivational, the funniest, the most honest - whichever blog you feel deserves to be recognized. <BR> <BR> Once the votes are tallied each day, we encourage everyone to nominate the winning blog to the General Spark People forum. ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:07:27 EST Blog I've just completed reading a very motivational blog entitled "The Motivational Myth" by NOTABOUTHEFACE it's rated most popular blog by this site, please have a read, I guarantee you that it will motivate you. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:45:18 EST I am ready for a change! Hello fellow humans, <BR> My name is Lesley and this year I turned 50. In recent years the pounds have been sneaking up on me though I have been consistent in exercise. I want to drop 50 pounds. I have hired a personal trainer but I need to do better on my food intake.People recommended this site to me. I can't seem to make myself journal my food. This site seems overwhelming and huge and I am not sure how to start. I want to be lean, not lugged down. <BR> Thanks. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:32:57 EST Anyone interested in a weekly weigh-in? I was thinking a weekly weigh-in might help me get back on track. Anyone interested in joining me? I will weigh myself tomorrow morning as my starting weight and record it here. Feel free to do the same. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:17:13 EST Glitches Guys sorry for the glitch at the wall this morning. It's a long story, but I'll try to do better next time. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 06:21:43 EST Huddling Thanks for the challenge and the goodie, Ofabulousme you have been a gracious host. Thanks to all those participated especially Waddelljm and Lightningbug45, I really look forward to this challenge. Have a good day. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:12:20 EST Hello Hello, I have been a member for a couple months, but I am now just getting around to introducing myself. I just have not had the time to get into the site, but am trying harder to make time for myself. Looking forward to spending more time here and Thanks for having this site. <em>30</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:55:02 EST It is SOUTHERN HICLET’s Birthday Today (08/31)!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is SOUTHERNCHICLET’s Birthday Today (08/31)!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=SOUTHERNCHICLET </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 07:55:55 EST hello Hi, I joined in June but am just now getting around to introducing myself. I have found the nutrition tracker a huge help and have gotten lots of good ideas from all the posts and blogs. This is a great site. With this help I am sure I can lose the weight I want!!! <em>239</em> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 01:30:24 EST What Are Your Goals for Aug. 29 thru Sept. 4? What Are Your Goals for Aug. 29 thru Sept. 4? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 days; while also brining my lunch to work 4 days next week!! <BR> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 08:34:56 EST Introductions Hi everyone-my name is Mary and I am in Miami fl. I joined in June but have not really committed until now. Wishing us all luck-I am looking for good health and to be an example for my 14 yr old daughter. <BR> Thanks so much Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:49:24 EST Hello! Hi everyone, my name is Carol. I've actually been a member of SparkPeople for a couple of years but restarted in June hoping to kick my plan into action. Still haven't recommitted entirely and have so much work to do to get started. It's very difficult for me to make changes and stay motivated. I want to be healthy and be a better example for my children. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:30:05 EST Hello My name is Andrea, I am 35 years old. I have 34 pounds still to lose to get to my goal weight. I have been diagonised with ADHD, depression and an ulcer. I have started using some of the features on this site and like it. I wish everyone the best of luck in their journy. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 19:03:31 EST hello Hi, I'm Jean. I would like to take off 20 lbs. I have acquired since having back surgery over a year ago. I would also like to get back into exercising regularly and getting my balance improved. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:50:34 EST Hello I just got around to introducing myself. I signed up at the end of May because our Company was starting a "Biggest Loser" competition and I need all the help I can get. <BR> I am "looking at 40"...I will be turning 40 next year and I have / had a little over 40 lbs to lose. Since beginning my journey in early June, I have lost 14 lbs and 1 dress size :-). <BR> I have more energy and feel better ~ especially when I leash up the dogs and take our daily walk. <BR> There have been a few road ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:19:10 EST If at first you don't suceed Hi, my name is Anne Marie. I'm 50 years young and have 2 boys, a husband and 2 cats. I have been trying to stay at a healthy weight for the last 10 years with lots of ups and mostly downs. Rising insurance costs and a desire to feel good about myself have led me to try again. Hopefully with the support of others and a commitment to change this will be the end of trying and the beginning of suceeding. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:10:20 EST What Are Your Goals for August 22 thru August 28? What Are Your Goals for August 22 thru August 28? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not going to set a goal for this week . . . I know it will be hectic and I do not want to fail at yet another goal! <BR> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:20:53 EST It is HESMYWAT RMELON’s Birthday Today (08/18)!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is HESMYWATERMELON’s Birthday Today (08/18)!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=HESMYWATERMELON </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:42:05 EST What Are Your Goals for August 15 thru August 21? What Are Your Goals for August 15 thru August 21? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My number one goal next week is to bring my lunch three days!! <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:30:56 EST We're up a point Guys, believe it or not there's another team that hasn't huddled as much as us. We are actually leading them by one point. Now that's progress to me. Congratulations. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:11:40 EST Words of encouragement I'd like to encourage everyone to huddle, also I'm encouraged by the progress made thus far. Take a bow team. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:05:10 EST HUDDLE Challenge Let's show our team spirit on the huddle wall! I'm calling all team members to participate in a huddle challenge. What do you win? Honor, pride and bragging rights....maybe even some Spark Goodies! <BR> <BR> Here's how it will work: <BR> You can earn points for participating in huddles. The person with most points at the end of August wins. <BR> <BR> How to earn points: <BR> 1 point per day for "huddling" (putting a message on the huddle wall). <BR> 1 point per day for being the first "... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:32:38 EST Getting there We're not quite there yet, but I see encouraging signs. To the wall everyone! Mon, 9 Aug 2010 16:27:42 EST The wall Guys I'm missing you at the wall, let's go for it. I noticed that I have been beaten into third place, I'll make up for that tomorrow. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:39:45 EST Progress made I'm down 5lbs. for anyone who is interested, that's after two weeks of nothing. That's progress for me. I have also been beaten to the huddle wall this morning and I will be checking in to see how many of you are going to meet me there a little later in the day. Have a great weekend folks. What about that huddle wall challenge? Sat, 7 Aug 2010 08:31:40 EST What Are Your Goals for August 8 thru August 14? What Are Your Goals for August 8 thru August 14? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a business trip to Little Rock this week, so I am just going to try and survive that! <BR> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:06:11 EST We're doing well Thanks guys for huddling, we are doing well so far, but you know what, I would like us to do better tomorrow, so far eight of us have huddled I'm looking to see more of us tomorrow. See you guys on the wall tomorrow. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 17:56:59 EST It is SHOSHANS’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is SHOSHANS’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=SHOSHANS </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:39:51 EST Elated Someone huddled before me today. Is huddling catching on? Wed, 4 Aug 2010 05:14:26 EST Huddle anyone? I would like to know why aren't more people using the huddle wall. I don't mean to complain, but all the other teams have this one up on us. Please folks let's huddle. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 07:47:00 EST Hi! I joined last month but have not gotten involved. I thought I would start today. My name is Katy and I'm a mother of three and grandmother of four. I'm looking forward to shedding some pounds. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 16:51:17 EST What Are Your Goals for August 1 thru August 7? What Are Your Goals for August 1 thru August 7? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My one goal for next week is to make it to the gym at least three times!!! <BR> <BR> It is going to be a hectic week at work, so I am sticking to one goal! <BR> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:24:58 EST night hunger I'm only into the first week of keeping track of what I eat. Last night I finished dinner and 2 hours later I seemed to be starving. I drank a large glass of water and tried sleep. <BR> I don't know if it is conected, but I had a horrible headache that woke me up in the middle of the night. <BR> Now I feel dizzy today. <BR> NO IDEA. <BR> <BR> All I know is that this will not keep me from eating right. <BR> Just a little dizzy right now. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:36:36 EST Struggling I had a lab band done june 11, and have not lost any weight. Paid $16,000 for this procedure, so I am really down on myself. I need to lose 100 lbs have been fat all my live. I can do my diet life changing way of eating with bumps once or so a week. I had a personal trainer for 24 sessions and it helped me to get moving again and I now go to the gym <BR> 3 times a week. I have been on this site 2 weeks hope it will help as I am desperate. My weight is affecting my health now. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:07:04 EST In a Slump I've been doing pretty well, lost 6 pounds in five weeks, but I'm in a real funk recently and have no ambition whatsoever, so I've gained two pounds back! I'm hoping an afternoon walk will help me get out of the mood and step up the exercise and food tracking. <BR> <BR> I'm content with losing just a pound or so a week, as it didn't get there overnight. My motivator had been thoughts of new clothes, but will need to lose 20 more pounds to find the clothes that will make a difference and keep... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:28:13 EST It is BRYSGIRL2’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is BRYSGIRL2’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=BRYSGIRL2 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> ... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 07:38:37 EST New Girl Hey all. Name is Lenora. <BR> I've never felt like I was the right size. Ever. <BR> Now I know that I was once a very healthy, athletic 20 year old. At 32, I'm starting over again. <BR> I look forward to setting real goals this time. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:25:54 EST What Are Your Goals for July 25 thru July 31? What Are Your Goals for July 25 thru July 31? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to make it four weeks without stopping for a fast food breakfast!!! I’m on a streak here and that feels great! <BR> <BR> I still need to make it to the gym at least 3 times!!! <BR> <BR> I will also bring my lunch to work at least 3 days next week! (This should be easier since my co-worker tha... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 07:38:46 EST It is MARINASA’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is MARINASA’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=MARINASA </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:38:55 EST It is RASCALRA CCCOON’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is RASCALRACCCOON’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=RASCALRACCCOON </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>1... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 08:35:29 EST What Are Your Goals for July 18 thru July 24? What Are Your Goals for July 18 thru July 24? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not stop for fast food for breakfast on my way to work next week; when I make it through next week that will be three weeks with NO fast food stops!! I also plan on making it to the gym 3 times next week!! Lastly, to bring my lunch at least 3 days next week! Gotta watch my money along with my wais... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 08:05:10 EST Motivation I find that I am more motivated than I was the day I started. I took a picture of me on May 30, the day I started. I took a picture of me on July 4 in the same outfit. THey are on my page. The difference is amazing. My body is shaping itself into greatness! I wasn't even strict on the program, and to be honest I still am not as strict about the exercise, but I have incorporated so many things (like roller skating every thursday night from 730-1030) that daily deliberate exercise isnt ne... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:30:17 EST What Are Your Goals for July 11 thru July 17? What Are Your Goals for July 11 thru July 17? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not stop for fast food for breakfast on my way to work next week! Also to bring my lunch at least 3 days next week! Gotta watch my money along with my waist line!! <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:47:31 EST wanna get in shape and get off my meds I will soon be 40 and would like to get back in shape and lose enough weight to be healthy and hopefully off of all or most of my arthritis medications. I've been on all the fad diets over the years, but I no longer want to diet, I want to get healthy and stay healthy. This plan has given me so much encouragement to lose weight, and has made it fun in the process. I can't wait to log in everyday and spin the wheel to see how many points I will get. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 21:02:17 EST Where are You From (City / State)? Where are You From (City / State)? <BR> <BR> It is always fun to find members that live in the same state or even a few miles a way, proves that this is a small world!!!! <BR> <BR> Please share your City and State and, who knows, we could be neighbors!! <BR> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:47:59 EST Training for the marathon Being someone who always likes the sprint but hates the marathon....I started out here (SP) in a mad dash sprint! The great part was, I felt great! Proud of myself, and once again starting to feel good about myself. Then, I got sick. It was just a really nasty chest cold, that got my asthma going, and before you know had me sitting in the dr's office getting breathing treatments. At the same time, my kids got out of school for summer (there went my gym work-outs), and, and, and (insert e... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 10:45:55 EST Absolutely sick of not making a change Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new but not so new. Spark people is amazing, but I left after I reached half of my goal a few years ago. Well, now I am back and ready for positivity and action. I just need help!!!! It's so easy to make the right decision when your tummy is full. Decision making when I am hungry is the difficulty. But I believe that I can do this!!!! However, not on my own:) Mon, 5 Jul 2010 13:33:14 EST WEIGHT TICKER i NEED TO HAVE MY TICKER READ IN LBS NOT KILOS, ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I HAVE TO GO? Fri, 2 Jul 2010 19:53:42 EST What Are Your Goals for July 4 thru July 10? What Are Your Goals for July 4 thru July 10? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not stop for fast food for breakfast on my way to work next week! Also to bring my lunch at least 3 days next week! Gotta watch my money along with my waist line!! <BR> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:23:38 EST Month of JULY <BR> What are your goals for July? Post them here! <BR> <BR> Let us know when you reach a milestone or any achievement, big or small. <BR> <BR> Let us know if you need encouragement this month! <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:59:11 EST Creating Your Own Personal Mantra. . . . Creating Your Own Personal Mantra. . . . <BR> <BR> Do you have a Personal Mantra? <BR> <BR> Please share if you do . . . I got to thinking about this today and was curious as to what exactly a "mantra" was and found this very interesting article. <BR> <link><BR>our-Own-Personal-Mantra&id=897267 </link> <BR> <BR> I am still trying to figure out my mantra, yet would love to know what yours is. . . Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:14:02 EST Hi there I'm trying to change my habits now so that I don't regret it later! I find I'm happier when I'm healthier - you would think that would be motivation enough, but I struggle anyway. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:21:32 EST Goals for the month of June My goals for June <BR> <BR> 1. Reach daily protein goal of 60 proteins per day. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 3. Take all my daily vitamins consistently. <BR> 4. Do Water Aerobics 3 times a week. <BR> 5. Walk as often as I can. <BR> 6. Go home from work on time. <BR> 7. Focus on balance of work, family, friends, and my health. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:42:35 EST hello hi my name is Suzanne I am just starting out Sun, 27 Jun 2010 11:10:10 EST Team Challenge --- 6/28/10 - 7/4/10 KEEP MOVING - EXERCISE CHALLENGE – June 28th – July 4th <BR> Here is the next 3-part challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> Part 1 - STRENGTH!!! <BR> <BR> Last time we started with the core – hip flexors. This week we will add WALL PUSHUPSs. This is an upper body exercise that works the Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders. You can do these throughout the day - every time you use the restroom.....just like the hip flexors last time. Here is the link for the WALL PUSHUP directions - <BR>... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:53:47 EST Hungry Girl? Just wondering if anyone else in this group follows Hungry Girl and/or uses her cookbooks? I've been experimenting with some of her recipes (I've recieved all three as gifts) and while I LOVE some of them, i don't really like how much processed/artificial stuff she uses in others. Does anybody have any strong opinions one way or another? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:21:08 EST It is SUZAN14’s Birthday Tomorrow! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is SUZAN14’s Birthday Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=SUZAN14 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:44:40 EST What Are Your Goals for June 27 thru July 3? What Are Your Goals for June 27 thru July 3? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:20:16 EST Hi I'm Tanya I just recently joined and am looking forward to the journey. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:28:29 EST Setting a mini goal! I want to lose the next 5 lbs. and get under the 140 mark!!! Trying to look at only "5" lbs at a time, hoping that by breaking down my goal into increments of 5 will help me achieve them more readily. Looking at a fragment of the task is less daunting than looking at the whole entire task! Wish me luck! <em>211</em> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:36:02 EST My Goals I would like to lose 2 lbs this week, which is going to be hard since it is the week of my Birthday. However, I am going to do my best. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:33:10 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Kim, I am 43, married, and have 3 sons ages 18, 16, and 11. I am looking for some guidance in loosing a few pounds and get back into shape. My will power is not the best. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:39:06 EST hello!! my name is melva, and am really ,really tired of being overweight, so am very hopefull, that this time is goin to be different, Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:59:44 EST Brag day! (6/21) We are all facing challenges trying to be healthy and good to ourselves. I wanted to start this thread as a place to brag about something (or some things) that you have done that you are proud of. No brag is too big or too small. It can be as simple as the fact that you logged in today and as awesome as achieving a goal that you've been working on for a long time. <BR> <BR> (I'll put my brag in a reply to keep it separate.) <BR> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:55:57 EST It is TLWESTBROOK’s Birthday Today! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is TLWESTBROOK’s Birthday Today! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=TLWESTBROOK </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em>... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:16:40 EST It is STORME76’s Birthday Today! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is STORME76’s Birthday Today! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=STORME76 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <e... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:16:09 EST oh boy losing the spark help Hi, i joined about 3 weeks ago so far lost 6 pds, but today not filling the spark not in the mood to work out and getting bored of typing everything in need to get back into the mood fast. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 13:46:30 EST my goals I am leaving for a week of meetings then vacation it is going to be hard to stay on the wagon. My Goals for the week will be to drink 8 glasses of water and stretch 10 min each day Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:45:40 EST my goals for the next week This week which will be week 3 for me is to fix the weak places in the previous 2 weeks which were needing to drink more water, walk, no matter how short the walk may be. This has been the best weight loss experience I've ever had. I have sworn to never diet again. This is working because it isn't 'dieting' it's being aware of what I eat and taking care of my nutritional needs and my health. Thanks to everyone out there who understands and encourages us all. Oh yes, and how do you get those ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:38:29 EST goals next week I will go to the gym 5 times next week. <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> Stay on track with my diet!!! Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:56:50 EST It is JUNE8383’s Birthday Today! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is JUNE8383’s Birthday Today! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=JUNE8383 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <e... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:26:07 EST Goals ~ June 20 thru June 26 Goals ~ June 20 thru June 26 <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for June 20 thru June 26? <BR> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:19:52 EST Margaritas I am trying to figure out how many calories are in 12 oz margaritas. Everywhere I look online, the calories are stated differently. Can someone help? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 08:39:08 EST It is NOLAJACK617’s Birthday Today! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is NOLAJACK617’s Birthday Today! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=NOLAJACK617 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em>... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:41:47 EST Hello! I signed up on SparkPeople about a week or so ago, and so far I'm finding it to be very helpful. I have gained a lot of weight since I started teaching 5 years ago, and I really want to get back to a healthy size where I feel great about myself. Combine that with my wedding next March, and suddenly I have a deadline! I hope to get a lot out of this site and hope it helps me attain my goals. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:52:35 EST Introduce yourself here I am new to I am 33 years old and just suffered my second heart attack, I am type 1 diabetic and have small vessle coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, pulminary hypertension and fibromyalgia. I am dedicated to getting in shape, losing weight, lowering my BMI and seeing my body transorm to beautiful. The commitment is where I usually lose it, so I am using this to build a support system. <em>306</em> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:46:23 EST tracking exercise I'm kinda' new and was really excited to realize I could track food and exercise and surprised at how little fat and protein and truly calories I was ingesting but eating all the wrong foods - and too much of them. THis program is pretty easy except...I can't figure out the exercise calories because I do my own weight program and they don't have anything for Zumba. SO, it's still a bit of a wonder what the real count is for daily exercise. Oh, well, maybe I'll get to figure it out one of t... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:33:32 EST Using the Sparkpeople menu How many of you use the sparkpeople menu? Do you follow it exactly or do you change it? I joined a couple of weeks ago but have just not gotten good with the food portion. I am doing well with exercise. Any suggestions? Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:25:56 EST Birthday Club Hi, I am trying to figure all of this out... information overload. Nevertheless, My Birthday is June 21. Yeah, I will be celebrating another year young in a week. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:05:44 EST HI I'M LADY M A 30 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT WANTS TO LOSE ABOUT 50-60 POUNDS. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:23:25 EST Spark Newbie Hi everyone! My name is Monina and I just started using the Spark last week. My goal is to live healthy and stay active and this site is just what I need! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:39:45 EST June 12th - June 18th Post your accomplishments for this week as we move through the week. <BR> <BR> Post your need for encouragement here, too. <BR> <BR> This is what we are here for! We all need to support and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 11:03:30 EST new and not so new I was introduced to this web site by my daughter about two years ago, however I didn't go very far the first time around. This time I promised myself to get more involved and visit some of the sites more and if possible participate as much as possible. I am from the Caribbean and would love to hear from anyone who is from this part of the world. A message from anyone else will be welcomed also. I will try to respond as much as possible.Bye for now. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 06:51:01 EST One week down I am excited because I have completed my first week. I know I am still in the "honeymoon period" but I was able to go out to dinner with the family and eat without depriving myself and stayed within my goals. <em>30</em> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 13:24:19 EST exercise I love to swim usually with my best friend but sometimes she can not go with me so I have to go alone swimming helps me to clear my mind and that is good to clean out the junk that gets in there if you know what I mean. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:56:25 EST Hi I'm Elissa I am 25 and trying to change my lifestyle of eating and working out. So far things have been going well. I have stayed on my plan, but it seems my weight is changing a lot (up and down)... so I am still at the same weight of 175.... so its a bit frustrating. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:31:01 EST Ready to try something new... Hi, I am Leslie and I am here for a new approach to losing the 100 pounds I have put on in the past 21 years since I got pregnant with my oldest. In the past few years, I have lost and gained the same 15 pounds. This time I want to shed those pounds and a whole lot more, for good! I am here to find the tools and the support to make permanent changes in my life and body. Please add me as a friend and let's support each other on our journey. Thanks! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:50:45 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am a wife and mother of a 3 year old boy. I joined a little over a week ago and have lost 7 pounds! I am sure it is mostly water, but I was happy with the results. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:53:05 EST Wake Up Call Hi, my name screen name is Heartoglass and I finally am heeding my wakeup call. I will be 55 years old by the end of December and have every intention of picking up the pace and getting my health and perhaps girlish figure back. I've been lazy and complacent, but no more! I've got the spark! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:29:58 EST Hello... New in "Spark" town I'm Kelly, I started about a week ago and I'll do my first weight check this weekend. So far I feel great and I expect to see some success despite a lack of progress for the past few years. I'm starting my second career after spending most of the past 15 years at home with my kiddos who are now 18 and 15. My son just graduated and I still haven't taken off that baby weight! Better late than never... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:48:39 EST bIRTHDAY MY BIRTHDAY IS APRIL 25 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:30:21 EST lost I have lost 5 lbs and this is a start having a injury makes it hard to excersize,I really want to do this so I have done some cardio. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:26:25 EST What is Your Favorite Blog(s)! What is Your Favorite Blog(s)! <BR> <BR> Share your favorite blogs here! <BR> <BR> These do not have to be from just SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This can also be your own blog! <BR> <BR> Be sure to include a link, or if it’s on Spark, a Spark ID so that they can easily be found! <BR> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:19:31 EST * Positive Affirmations * <em>285</em> <em>285</em> <em>285</em> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> ~*~ Positive Affirmations ~*~ <BR> <BR> A part of this journey is taking control of our lives. Let's give ourselves one positive affirmation at least once a week, preferable every day! <BR> <BR> This will help in building self-esteem! <BR> <BR> Start your affirmations with “I am”, “I will”, or “I can” statements! <BR> <BR> Today . . . I am alive! <BR> <BR> What’s yours? <BR> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:01:05 EST Goals ~ June 13 thru June 19 Goals ~ June 13 thru June 19 <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for June 13 thru June 19? <BR> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:29:53 EST Hi! Hi, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I have been working on my fitness for most of my life, yo-yoing for the most part. Two years ago tried weight watchers and only lost 3 pounds. Employer had a challenge to increase drinking water and exercise and I started that about 1 1/2 years ago and lost about 20 pounds and lost another 5 this past year. I hope to lose 10 pounds this summer and to get really serious about following the diet. My attitude is every day I eat healthy and e... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 23:21:55 EST New to Spark People Hi, I am new to Spark People. This is my second week on line for learning and support of a healthier lifestyle. I am a 52 years (young at heart) lady, I work full time, have four grown children and two granddaughters. I love spending time with my family, I love to cook and bake, and unfortuneatly to eat too! I would welcome anyone that wants to be a buddy with me on this journey to share successes, struggles, recipies and just the overall experience of trying to make true lifestyle changes. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 19:18:14 EST I'm new!!! Hello guys!! I'm Carla from Argentina!! I joined the gruop a week ago...I try always to keep between the 1200-1600 calories per day, I do...but eating too many carbs! So that's my goal: keep them down! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be strong you all ;) Thu, 10 Jun 2010 18:04:16 EST excited hi, am ruby nice to be a member. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:56:02 EST Hi I'm Janine... and this is my 1 millionth trip down Weight Loss Alley. I've tried about everything when it comes to weightloss outside of sewing my mouth shut! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:06:53 EST greetings from New Zealand Hi all, my name is Polly, I am wanting to lose 20kg. I have a sedentary job and this coupled with emotional eating, not doing my normal 3-5km daily walk has led to me really not feeling good about my weight at the moment. I can be soooooo good all day and then my husband will pick up something from the store on the way home and some chippies or chocolate will have fallen into the bag - LOL of course I dont have to eat them, it's 'won't power' I need as I have plenty of 'will' power. But tod... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 13:49:03 EST getting to know me Hi I am new and trying to understand the system I am trying to lose weight because I want to get in better health I want to lose around a hundred pounds that sounds so MUCH but I am going to try I am a widow and have been for over twenty years I am in my sixties and live in Las Vegas Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:49 EST Hello I'm a stay at home mom who just decided to take some "me" time to get healthier. It's alot harder than I thought, so I am hoping this website will help. I can't wait to loose some weight and be a healthier role model for my family. Wed, 9 Jun 2010 11:41:55 EST Sweetpea518 Hi,I am trying to figure this Web site all out it looks like just what I am looking for.. ..I have gained weight and want to lose it ! I have been trying but keep falling off and gaining again so i am hoping to find some support. Tue, 8 Jun 2010 19:54:38 EST New Sparkie I found Sparkpeople on 6/4/10 and said "Sign me up!!" I have had 4 good days...well, maybe 3 1/2! Anyway, I am amazed at the wonder of these pages and truly believe this time I may actually reach my personal goals!! Thank you all for your input and I'd like to complete this journey with the ones I started with, so would ya be my friend?? Tue, 8 Jun 2010 19:07:00 EST What are You Drinking Right Now? Let's make sure that we get plenty of water, maybe by posting here it will help those that are struggling! <BR> <BR> Currently I am downing a glass of unsweetened iced tea! <BR> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:20:28 EST Here I go! Greetings Spark Community! I'm excited to begin my journey to a happier & healthier me with your encouragement. I'm 35, married, no kids, and I've been overweight my whole life. I'm 5'3 and currently 190 - my heaviest ever. I've never lost more than 20 pounds at any given time and I'm tired of struggling with food and feeling miserable about myself. My goal is to lose 60 pounds and I'm very hopeful since I found SparkPeople. No more trying to do it alone! This is my time to win! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 09:06:37 EST Greetings! I just started this week on spark people. What a cool site. <BR> I'm a teacher, so this summer is my time to get focused on <BR> taking care of myself. It's good to be here. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 21:09:50 EST Happy to be here I'm happy to have found this site and hopeful that I'll reach my goal of being thinner and healthier by 50. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 15:39:12 EST Time to introduce myself I joined spark people with my best friend as a motivation to make some positive life changes. A lot has changed recently, including the ending of a 2 yr long-term relationship that was moving toward marriage. Now that I have more free-time and an opportunity to reconsider what is important to me I decided the body needed some attention. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 20% of my body weight, which will bring me into to the very top of the "healthy" range for my height/body type. In addition to w... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 13:13:15 EST Hi I am new Hi everybody I am new to this site. Have recently left another 1 which was quite cheap but then found this which, hooray is free. <BR> I am 43 and am a few lb off my target but need help and support to lose my last few lbs and then hopefully to maintain, <BR> I have 2 teenager daughters, 1 husband.1 dog, 1 cat and 2 fish. I love walking with my dog and try to go to the gym as often as possible. <BR> I am still finding my way around this site but hope to be up and running asap. <BR> Jue.x Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:32:57 EST newbie this is my first day/week- I am looking forward to some life changes. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 06:54:35 EST Hello, I'm new I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lara and I live in a little town in PA. I have a husband and 2 children. I had a recent health scare and decided it was time to get myself healthy again so here I am. I am loving going to curves almost everyday and getting out and walking more and more too. Since my health scare I am down 35 lbs and still going. I hope to get alot of useful info from all of yous. Thank you for taking the time and reading what I had to say. Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:01:48 EST Dreams68 - 'use it or lose it' All my life I've dreamed of being fit, healthy, and happy with who I am and what I look like. I'm in my 40's now and I've decided to live by the thought, "use it or lose it." It's time to work to get my body fit, get it healthier, and live life to the fullest before I procrastinate myself into old age and regret what I didn't do in my life. I've been lucky to have been healthy all my life regardless of my weight and exercise habits but that won't always be the case if I just keep letting life... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 13:31:43 EST Hi Hi. I've already lost 70 lbs on my own, but now that I'm so close to my goal I need more help than ever. <BR> <BR> Courtney Sun, 6 Jun 2010 12:51:11 EST Hello I'm newly starting the SparkPeople program. I"m trying to increase my overall health and fitness. I have some back problems (which first cropped up when I was 27 or so), which has limited my exercise in recent years, and I mostly work a desk job -- so my weight has gone up as a result. I'm trying to lose weight for my overall health, to help with joint issues, and help with my back issues as well. I'm looking to lose about 75 lbs at this point. <BR> <BR> -Kim Sun, 6 Jun 2010 12:22:35 EST Hello Today is my first full day on here. Still finding my way around, but with daily use, I think I will get it. I am 33, and trying to lose about 20 pounds. I walk about 4 to 5 times a week and try to eat healthy. I am NOT a dieter or calorie counter. Maybe that's my problem as to why I can't get to my goal. I hope with the help and support of "friends" online I can change some habits, increase my exercise and maybe, just maybe count calories, if it comes down to that. I live in a small ru... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 08:31:01 EST MarilynMorrison Hi there! My joined this support system because of lack of commitment when trying to change way of life for the good. Hope there are people out there that can help or inspire me to go forward. <BR> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 07:45:53 EST Long time coming I added these 65 lbs over the last 9 years and my self confidence has decreased with each lb. gained. I need to believe in myself and show myself that I am as strong as everyone believes I am. I love my three kids and husband and want to have more energy and motivation to do things with them. So am I here to start my journey... : ) Sun, 6 Jun 2010 01:02:39 EST kelly109 Hi, just joined sparkpeople today so still learning my way around, any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks Sat, 5 Jun 2010 22:38:13 EST Hello My name is Krista I am a mother of two girls. Kaylee is 8 and Bailey is 5 months old. I want to lose 54 pounds this year to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 22:29:26 EST hi new here this is a great place tos lim down and tone up-- my goal is to lose 25 lbs- i have started walking/jogging--the first week is the hardest, and i am counting my calories. posh Sat, 5 Jun 2010 20:13:31 EST New In Texas I am new to this site, I was on the biggest loser and although successful I slipped back into old habits and now that school is out for the summer I have to get in shape and lose this weight. I am over 50 and love to stay active....I am looking at the site today, going to the grocery store tomorrow and starting a new me on Monday with a realistic goal in my mind. I hope that everyone will help me on this new journey since I'm going to need it! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 17:53:59 EST Its time... Hi all, my name is Sabrina and I am a 32 year old mother of 2 girls who is tired. I'm tired of being big or healthy or just fat. Its time for me to change. I AM READY!!! So here I go. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:47:07 EST Hello - I'm Julie I am a teacher of 6th grade students in Texas and our school has had a very stressful year. I tend to eat alot when I am stressed and have gained about 30 pounds this school year alone. I found this site on the internet when I was trying to find an inexpensive way to keep track of what I am eating and to help motivate me. I thought I would give it a try. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:27:51 EST 30 Needin to lose 50 something pounds hi my name is allen and this is the first time i have actually done something to help me lose the weight. I want to get back down to a healthy weight. i am tired all the time and i need motivation. i served in the army and had plenty of help but now i am on my own. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:04:47 EST Finding time to be healthy Hi! <BR> I am a 44 year old mom who is currently teaching, doing my PhD, raising my two girls with my husband, and wondering why I can't just drop weight off as I did when I was younger. I love being active, and eating healthy food, but am struggling with finding the time to meet the diet and exercise goals I set for myself. I am looking forward to getting back my energy again. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 13:36:23 EST Mandy I am a wife and a mother of 2 beautiful children who are 7 and 9 years old. For the first time in my life I am trying to change myself all the way around in a healthy way, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. I have always been "big boned" as my family called it and for once I don't believe them. I have a choice to change the way I look and feel, thats why I joined this site. It has many wonderful features and I am exploring more every time I am on here. The healthier I am... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 12:25:04 EST What a gorgeous day! I'm Jules and I live in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We (hubby and daughter)moved here in '89 to enjoy the great outdoors. The extra 70 pounds I'm carrying makes that a wee bit difficult. I work full time as a teacher librarian in an elementary school, and am in graduate school. I'm 51 and living the best years of my life. My goal is to get fit so I can wear tucked-in shirts with my jeans, so I can hike and bike, and so I'll feel more confident at interviews next spring. I'm looking for a b... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 12:22:30 EST Hello to everyone in SparkPeople land. I have been a member of WeightWatchers for the past16 months. It has been wonderful and I have lost 35 pounds. But I hit a plateau and I'm tired of paying $10/week. I was hoping to hit my weight loss goal and become a lifetime member by now but I still have another 15 lbs. to lose. When my wife told me about SparkPeople it seem like just what I needed. So here I am to give it a try. I'm interested in and enjoy triathlon; swimming, cycling and running. I'm not good at it mind you. I j... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 11:07:29 EST Hello Hi, I just joined SP yesterday. I am 51 years old and have a husband and five children plus a new son-in-law. I've been the same weight for the past 7 years, but I would like to be heathier and lose 40 pounds. I am looking forward to learning and sharing with others trying to be healthier, too. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 10:41:06 EST Making a Change Hi, I have finally decided it is time to change! No more being unhealthy and hiding behind fat! Time to take care of me!! Wish me luck! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 09:12:53 EST newbie in the house I just joined the team and ready to kiss these pounds bye bye Sat, 5 Jun 2010 09:05:09 EST newbie in the house I just joined the team and ready to kiss these pounds bye bye Sat, 5 Jun 2010 08:45:03 EST Hi I am 48 and have been trying to loose 8 kilos for a while,but whenever I decide to change my diet,something inside of me starts to resist,and I eat more than usual,I am sick of my attitude but it seems I have no control over it,hope I can gain control of my life by loosing these extra kilos,I appreciate your suggestions. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 07:30:06 EST Hello, My name is Jean I am 56 years old, consider myself fairly active, but I need to build some upper body strength, and lose about 13 lbs, and keep it off. I go to a yoga class, ride my bike 2-3 times a week and walk the dogs in the warmer weather seasons. I need some cardio workout also. Hoping this will keep me motivated. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 02:02:41 EST summer begins! Hi! I am new to sp & am looking for some help, advice, and support from people like myself. I am happily married, a teacher, and have been trying to have a baby for 5 yrs. I have pcos and am really in need to get this weight off. So that is my focus "job" for the next 3 months. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 22:58:27 EST I AM READY FOR A LIFE CHANGE I am ready to lose the weight, gain confidence, and welcome my old clothes. I am super overweight, and I have never been this big ever. I still look beautiful, I am just not as confident as I used to be. I love this website. I know I'm going to make it. I can't wait to be encouraged by all of you, and I can't wait to encourage others also. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 22:00:06 EST Team Challenge 6/6/10 - 6/12/10 Welcome to the first challenge! I hope that you will join us! <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Sunday, June 6th and last until Saturday, June 12th. There will be another post immediately following this one with an example that you can copy and paste into your own post to track your progress. Please only make one post in this thread for tracking purposes! You can come back each day and edit your post to update your progress. <BR> <BR> There are three parts of this challenge. <BR>... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 20:32:38 EST Taking one day at a time Hi Everyone - I've been on my weight loss journey for about 4 months and have lost 40 lbs. I have a little over 20 lbs. to go ... for now. I am a work in progress :) Fri, 4 Jun 2010 20:17:38 EST I'm me Well, i'm John, and i'm joining the navy in four months but i gotta loose some weight.... alot of weight... so here i am Fri, 4 Jun 2010 18:11:58 EST Greetings. I joined this site with a goal of losing 6 pounds, while improving my attitude and mood. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 18:08:03 EST First Timer! Just signed up - saying "hi" to all!! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 17:33:35 EST Hello! I have joined a couple of times and only track my food for a couple of days and spin the point wheel. I never read anything. So I promised myself that I would go slow and read as much as I can and get all the tools to actually help myself! Fri, 4 Jun 2010 15:41:50 EST Hey there! Hi! My name is Shannon! I'm a stay-at-home mom that works four to five times a week at night as a server. I have, in the past year, lost 0 lbs but have gone from a size 14 to a size 10. I am almost back to the size 8's that I was prior to being pregnant three years ago. I lost the inches by being on my feet and dancing while I'm at work b/c that's what we do at my restaurant. I just want to actually lose the fat that I can see and to stop having constant aches and pains that comes with a... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 15:35:00 EST Hi everyone! First time here .... trying to figure things out lol Fri, 4 Jun 2010 15:11:09 EST Hi Everyone, Hi Everyone, my name is Laura, i recently gave birth to my first child via c-section and am looking to get back into shape, i gained around 40 pounds during pregnancy ontop of the extra 30 pounds i was already trying to lose before i got pregnant, i heard this site was really helpful for women like me, so if anyone has any tips for me to help me, especially any tips on exercise after c-sections i would be so grateful!! Hope to hear from you! Good Luck with all of your goals!! Laura xx Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:39:22 EST introducing myself hi im zana jacobs. my fiance will soon be graduating from basic training at fort sill. i havent seen him in 6 months. and all i can think about is the army wives and girlfriends that have kids and thier husbands/boyfriends have been depolyed al the way to iraq or germany i keep thinking how hard that must be for them. my boyfriend and i have been dating for a year and i can truthfuly say that id do anything for this man hes my one and only because if it were any other guy i wouldnt have stay... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:34:24 EST Emoticon Your Mood Use an emoticon to describe your daily mood! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:02:00 EST Goals ~ June 6 thru June 12 Goals ~ June 6 thru June 12 <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for June 6 thru June 12? <BR> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 08:29:09 EST Hi everyone I am new to this system and wanted to say hi. Bob is my name, I feel that there are mostly women here which may be a good thing, most men that I know are like me and challenged in the kitchen. I am looking to lose 60 pounds, have been told I need to consume between 1900 and 2200 cal. a day. There seems to be plenty of resources here to guide me and I am open to any tips that anyone may have. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 06:39:25 EST Excited about Getting HEALTHY!!! Hello all, my name is Camille and I have struggled with weight all of my adult life and am now ready to stop the struggle. I have 2 teens, 16 and 14, who take up most of my time. Since summer is here I can focus on me and get a handle on things by August. Once I reach my goal I would love to stay there....I want to lose a total of 30 pounds and work to keep it off. I have already started a rigorous program on my own but have seen no results (on the scale) yet. I eat about 1400 calories a... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:17:10 EST Hello All! I am new here and would like to see if anyone would like to be my friend. :) Fri, 4 Jun 2010 00:31:39 EST Hello! My name is George I'm 46, and about to start changing the way I eat, and live. I've hired a personal trainer to assist me in developing a healthier lifestyle. I'm really excited to get started. I'll need as much support as I can get. I hope this helps me give up cigarettes. Thanks again. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 00:29:11 EST Hello, just found Spark pages through my droid Hi everyone, I am excited to beging my program. I just found this site today and it looks like something that will be helpful in getting back to a healthy weight. I have set up my spark page and am off to a good start. I am getting very addicted to my droid so I am hoping this will keep me on track to losing weight and being healthy. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 22:51:40 EST Nice to meet you Hi, <BR> My name is Gayle and I've just started here at SparkPeople. I'm 48 years old but don't feel or look it. I have spurts of living a healthy lifestyle, but usually allow life to interfere. I don't want that habit to continue. I am lucky and grateful that I am healthy and am not on any medications...and I want to keep it that way. I want to be healthy - in mind, in body, in spirit. I've never participated in any on-line community, though I have lurked, so this is a bit out of my c... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 21:55:39 EST Hi, I'm Pauline, This is the first time I have used Spark people and I really need the motivation. I had lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago, but I have gained it all back. I really want to get it all off and feel better about myself. Having diabetes and dealing with all of the medication issues makes losing weight hard. But I refuse to use this as an excuse to stay fat. I am tired of being fat. So I'd appreciate any help I can get. Good Wishes to all. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 17:01:43 EST new from ohio i am 50+ wife, mom, and gramma and i need to learn to make better food and exercise choices. i started doing ww points and have lost 20lbs but i need support to lose 50 more lbs i live in northern ohio and would love to hear from you maybe together we can become healthy spark people!!!! Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:49:12 EST Need some prayer, having surgery on Monday I'm having a partial tonsillectomy on Monday. I know it's simple but I'm a little nervous. I would appreciate some prayer. <BR> <BR> Any advice on how to stay on track while I'm on recovery? I won't be able to excercize, though I won't be able to eat much either so it kind of balances out. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:23:10 EST Hi, my name is Shelly This is my third day on Spark, and I must say I've learned a lot! I was also very surprised of how much I slipped; fitness-wise. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 15:18:00 EST Hello! I'm Angie from Stanley, N.C. I recenlty went to my dr. for help with weight loss, he recommened this site to me. I was ashamed to ask for help but I think that is the first step, to acknowledge that I have a problem with food. I have always used food as a comfort and now I realize that there is more to life than binge eating. I want to be happy and healthy. Thanks for all your support. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 14:49:23 EST a new start Hi all! I'm not new to Spark People, but I thought it would be best to join this week's "Class of". <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People back in August of 2008, in an effort to lose the weight I had put on during my pregnancy and the months AFTER I had my first child. It was an great success when I stuck with it, and I managed to get down to within about 10 lbs of my goal weight that time. <BR> <BR> I have since had my 2nd child, and I figured it would be best to start on Spark again, so that wh... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:43:50 EST Hi there all! I'm 29, a new mother of a 4 month old and ready to get back to my pre pregnancy weight....and then get back down to my wedding date weight which was 4 years ago. I don't need to be a tooth pick, I just want to be healthy and it's hard. I'm finding the menu suggestions not so much fun on this website simply because I have celiac disease and am gluten intolerant. So far I'm feeling good about using sparkpeople as a tool to get my weight and health under control. Glad to be here! Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:13:42 EST Hi Im Sabrina This is my first day on the site. I am excited and nervous, butt mostly overwhelmed by all that is going on. I have tried to lose weight multiple times to no avail so I thought I would try something different. So here I am :) Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:00:41 EST Hey Sparkpeople hey everyone I'm from Miami and my goal is to lose 50lbs. <BR> I want to live a healthier lifestyle and feel better along the ways. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 12:28:08 EST Already jumped ahead of myself.. I made a blog posting before even introducing myself to ya'll. <BR> <BR> I'm going on here by Ada, but feel free to call me by my actual name, Jamian. Shortening it to "Jam" is peachy-keen as well. I just joined SparkPeople about two days ago. Honestly, I thought the site might have been some form of weight-loss scam center because it seemed a bit good to be true. However, after looking around, I am highly impressed with both the abundance of resources and the community. I had been on a few... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 11:55:25 EST Hello! Hi! I joined the site after I saw how fantastic my good friend looks after a few months on sparkpeople! <BR> I have been out of the workout/eating right habit for a few weeks now and am looking for new motivation. <BR> I'd like to lose 20 pounds to get down to a healthy BMI & help my clothes fit better. <BR> I tend to lose ambition with how busy I can get, and often am working on my weight loss goals by myself, with no community support (it's my own fault. I just don't talk about it) but I... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 10:34:09 EST Kate needs to lose 20 pounds! Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kate. I live in New England with my husband of almost 14 years and our three daughters, ages 11, 8 and thee. I am a full time college professor who works from home. My husband is currently unemployed, but he's also in school full time - working on his second career. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale last week and promptly freaked out. At 38, I weight more than I ever have in my life! I am 4 feet eleven - and I weight *choke* 134.7 pounds!! Yeeeek! <BR> <... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:01:15 EST Amanda from NZ Hi - Amanda here. I'm from NZ and new to SP. Bit overwhelmed by the site and fallen off the wagon already - Day 4. Just having trouble with serving sizes and that's how I blow it. Typical Kiwi thinking in the kiwi way - lax. <BR> I have a 6 year old, gave up smoking when I found out I was pregnant and put on non-smoking weight and baby weight but never shifted it again. Hoping this will give me support and motivation to do this at home as I don't have the money or time to attend meetings... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 04:05:27 EST Hello to everyone Hi to all! My name is Janice and I'm 57 years old with type 2 diabetes. I'm having troubles controlling it using both oral meds and insulin. The diabetes educator recommended this website as a way to keep track of what I eat and how much I exercise. Right now I need to lose over 150 pounds. Exercise is not going to be easy to incorporate into my daily life because I have other health issues. I'm ready to give everything a try, though. Hopefully, being part of this team will keep me moti... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 00:04:48 EST hi im sparklelin1 and ive just joined sparkpeople im so excited to be here. ive tried everything only to gain weight back.. my family are all workout people.i was once, but ive put myself on the back burner for my children. but im going to try again. ive lost 30 pounds so far this for the last 50 pounds. i have been struggling with this last 50 pounds for awhile. i have 10 gardens and a pond with alot of fish. i love to be outdoors. im so glad to be so glad i read about sparkpeople today and joined. <BR> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 23:02:00 EST Hey Ya'll! My name's Shelby and I'm here to lose some poundage! I used to be a very healthy weight and due to pills with evil hormones in them, and a long and comfy relationship, I haven't gotten off my bum and made it all go away yet! I'm here to get support and tips and anything else I can get! I'm very excited about this and I'm making it work! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:57:48 EST New to spark I am looking to lose 50lbs & have a hard time finding diets that work for me. Will admit I am a very picky eater & rarely have time to exercise due to running 2 kids to their activities. I use to try NOT to eat after 7pm but with sports events I am either eating at the concession stands or waiting till we get home, this is anytime between 830 - 9pm......OPEN to any & ALL suggestions Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:34:26 EST Amy Garrison I just joined SparkPeople and I am very excited to begin my weight loss plan. I have 80lbs to loose. I stay very busy with my kids and work. I am finally going to do something for myself. I joined the gym today and am very excited to have found this site. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:26:08 EST Hi i am sherry Hi everyone!!! I am so excited to join this group!! I have tried so many diets but i am determined to make this work! I hope i can depend on your help. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:23:59 EST hello hi, i'm 33 and living in nyc. trying to lose the same 10-15 lbs i've been trying to shed for the last 3.5 years. i REALLY want to do it this time! it's not that much, but it's SOOOOO hard! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:15:30 EST Hello! Hi, I wanted to introduce myself. I am a mom of three great kids. I love to run and am training for my 5th marathon. I have gained 20 pounds in the past year. Since I am a regular exerciser, I am sure I am gaining because of all the junk I eat! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:04:54 EST Something interesting goes here... ...I know it does. But as usual, my brain has decided to rebel and not help me out. <BR> <BR> Lessee... I turned 31 two weeks ago tomorrow. My husband is being super-duper supportive and is willing to go through this with me, so that's cool. Our dog gets to go through it too - he goes with us on our walks around the neighborhood. He loves it, but gets annoyed that we don't let him chase the rabbits. <BR> <BR> I've tried a number of times to get into an exercise routine, but it either gets t... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 19:38:05 EST oops.... Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I need some support- ALREADY! <BR> <BR> Today I did well, up until about 5.30pm. I was super hungry, and all I could find was this packaged ritz cracker and philly thing. So I ate it. Not THAT bad. <BR> Then my fiance said he wanted to have a BBQ, and brought home some packaged pre-basted type stuff, chicken and ribs. Never mind the nice healthy dinner I had planned I guess! <BR> <BR> So I figure, ok,ill have a small portion. So did. And it wasnt great. In fact, I think... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 16:06:46 EST I'm new here! I am Jeanette, live in Virginia, and am starting another diet! I need to drop some weight and have it stay off for good! <BR> HELP!!! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:26:38 EST Buddies? I did SparkPeople about a year and a half ago and my Buddy helped more than anything. I'm hoping to find another buddy or two for mutual support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> I'm a Christian, 40-year-old, SAHM who homeschools my 9 year old daughter. I would like to lose about 20 or 25 pounds. And, I'd love to have an encouraging Buddy or 2 that can help me through the rough days. <em>9</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:07:49 EST trying again My name is Rick and seems like dietings been my lifes story, but really ready to keep it off and live a healthy life style, Wed, 2 Jun 2010 13:17:23 EST sczjkws1966 I wanted to say hi and let everyone know that I am so excited to be here to get my life back together! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 13:08:39 EST Hi I'm Dawn I am 44 and am so tired of being overweight and feeling bad. I know I can do this, I have done it a hundred times before. I bet I have lost and gained hundreds of pounds over just the last 10 years. I am an emotional eater and have depression. I am a sinlge mom (like most moms today) and do not get much support from my ex for the kids so I have been trying to be mom and dad and have spent the last 20 years focused on just my children and now I need to do this for myself, to feel better. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:52:33 EST Another Newbie Hi! My name is Sheila. I am 46 years old and I need to lose 50 pounds. I am a wife and mother. I have wonderful husband who never bugs me about my weight or makes rude comments. I also have two very enegetic sons that keep me busy. I love them all dearly. I will need friends and encouragement to make it to goal. I also hope to be able to be an encouraging friend to those that will have me. I will see you in the forums. Good luck this week! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:49:27 EST Hello to All Hello Everyone...I am new to this program & I am looking forward to chatting with all of you. I hope that I will be able to get some help or good advice from you guys, plus hopefully I can pass along some good information or ideas of my own. Good luck to everyone working to lose weight. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 11:13:40 EST Back for the 3rd Time This is my third time doing SP. The first time I did not take it seriously and was here to gain SP points...not a good reason. The second time was after my son was born and I lost 20 pounds and then life got in the way. Here I am the third time, put back 15 of the 20 I lost and hoping to lose 1 pound at a time and get to a healthy weight. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:42:56 EST Motivated Hello everyone. This is my second day on sparkspeople and I love it already. I am 54 years old and I want to be healthy again. I feel that this site will help me with my goal and I know that you all will be very helpful with my journey. <em>252</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:20:03 EST Hi from Missouri Hi all, I have heard about Sparkle a long time ago and haven't really used it that much until finally decided that this weight has to come off. I even thought about having surgery (Lap Band), but I still knew that I had to change the way I am eating. I have diabetes and even though I know the long term effects of diabetes, I still remain to eat anything I wanted to eat and too much of it. As I sit one day feeling sorry for myself, I decided that if I want to be here for my son and my husba... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 09:47:58 EST Joined today and needing motivation! Hello! After about 10 yrs of the weight rollercoaster.. I'm tired of being lazy and unmotivated. I woke up today and realized how depressed and self-conscious I have become over my weight. I do realize that at 38 yrs old - I will never look 20 again, however I'd really love to enjoy a life full of energy and healthy eating habits. My goal is 10 lbs... but for me these 10 lbs seem like 20.. or 30... depending on the day. <BR> <BR> I decided that today is a new start... I've packed my gym bag... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 09:37:30 EST looking to get back on track hello! This is my first spark post. I am a new mom ( baby boy is 7 weeks) Prior to pregnancy I was losing weight steadily with WW and am looking to get back in the groove. I decided to try spark people because of the good things ive heard. I know keeping myself in line will be challening when I am so focused on little man, but now is the time to get started. I return to work in about a month and need to get back on a healthy track before i throw the stress of going to back to work on top of e... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:22:29 EST Valarie (the overweight girl) Hi my name is Valarie and i have been overweight my entire life. Im only 19 about to be 20 but my weight has kept me from doing things and having fun with my life. I recently decided to start losing weight so i could help myself look better but mostly to help myself feel better. I have been doing this now for about a week and a half but im trying my hardest to lose weight. Im young and i want to enjoy my life and not be worrying about my weight all the time. So hopefully by next summer i will... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:27:09 EST Wanting to loose weight My name is Raquel and I am on here to get help in loosing weight . I have been having no luck and low energy lately. My goal is to get from 170 pounds to 110 pounds. I have been depressed with my weight. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:04:01 EST Wanting to loose weight My name is Raquel and I am on here to get help in loosing weight . I have been having no luck and low energy lately. My goal is to get from 170 pounds to 110 pounds. I have been depressed with my weight. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:40:20 EST Hello Hi! My name is Mary and I'm new to Sparks. I joined because I wanted to find a more convenient way to track my food intake. In January, I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem and am now taking thyroid medication. Although I started feeling better, I still wasn't well, which led my doctor to test me for food allergies in April. I've lost a total of 15 lbs so far, despite my crazy busy travel schedule. I'm looking forward to the healthier (and slimmer) me. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:31:33 EST 50+ always 20 lbs overweight....but that will end Hi all..I used to be an athlete in high school. During university I gained the freshman 10 and again after childbirth gained another 10-20 pounds. I can always seem to get down to the 150 but never can back to the 135 where I should be . With all the tracking on this site and advise I think I can finally do it. I am married for over 25 years and we are empty nesters Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:03:14 EST Hi! I'm Karen OK, I'm new. New to this site. New to a forum. New (kinda) to computers. But not new to trying to loose weight. I saw Sparkpeople advertised in a magazine and thought it looked interesting. I like the concept...having people out there to help you but, when I choose. (no offense) I'm a little shy and a lot scared. Scared of failing again. Scared of not knowing how to navigate this site. Scared of not enough information. Scared of too much information. The bottom line is...I've tri... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:07:53 EST May 30th - June 5th, 2010 <BR> What do you need encouragement for this week? <BR> <BR> What have you already accomplished this week that you want to celebrate? There is nothing too small to be celebrated! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, if you see someone post here who needs encouragement or who has reached a goal, please post on their SparkPage to help them out! They will do the same for you! <BR> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:01:20 EST 'Ello my heath concious friends. My name is Jon. I am a 28 year old factory worker from southwest Missouri. I have two children, Myron is five and Alexander is three. Kari my wife of eight years got me to join spark to help me lose weight. When I started I weighed 322lbs. I am now down to 277lbs, but I still have a long way to go. I have always been the fat guy even when I was just a kid. Just once I want to go to a pool or a beach and take my shirt of and not see people point and laugh. Further I want to be around for... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 18:58:28 EST Well oops! I had an accidental really good look in the mirror today and wow! have to do something about this weight, I look twice my age! <BR> <BR> I will be getting started in earnest when I get back from out of town Friday, but for now I am going to spend time learning and planning out meals. <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know you all! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 18:52:40 EST Hello from the Hoosier state Hi everyone. I'm Brenda, 55 years young, and I'm here to lose...well as much as I can, lol. I've lost weight before but always gained it back; hopefully this time I'll keep it off. Food has ruled my life for too many years and now I'm fighting back. I had wanted to have lost about 25 pounds by my anniversary (28 years....WHOO, HOO!), but since it's on Saturday, I didn't quite make it. Now my goal is to have lost that amount by my birthday in September...25 pounds or more. <BR> <BR> Have ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 18:51:57 EST Calorie frustration! So, I just started today with SP, and I am already amazed at how many calories, fat, and carbs I consume. It is dinner and I am hungry and I am only supposed to consume 200 more calories and 6 grams of fat before I go over my intended amount! This should be an interesting dinner! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:55:20 EST Make the choice Hi, I am happy to be is my first day ! I am a little overwhelmed with all the information and resources....but am excited, too. I have read a number of the blogs and I am really inspired by the encouragement of all the member and seeing how committed everyone is. I look forward to having this team to help me lose 40+ pounds. I am going to need your help. Thanks. Kathy Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:40:28 EST Is there a low carb menu? also algergic to pepper Hi all! Not sure I am in the right place. I am looking for a low carb menu plan that can be altered to avoid pepper and peppers of any kind. Any suggestions? Thanks. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:00:51 EST Hello I am a new member. My name is Dorothy Newcome. I am 35 years old. I will be 36 on October 10, 2010. I am married and have a daughter that will be 2 years old on July 10, 2010. I found this website on when I was doing a search for online diets. I have weighted myself and the scale says that I weigh 180 pounds. I am 5'4. I am here interested in obtaining and maintaining a food plan and an exercise plan that I can do here at home only. I do not have a car where I can go anywhere and I am unemployed. I a... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 16:09:40 EST I hope this works!!! Hello everyone. I really hope this works. I am so discouraged! I need to feel like I am in control of my body... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:14:33 EST toadie9 Hi my name is vickey I am 45yrs old and I am looking for a weight loss support system,and to make a couple of friends along the way... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:03:11 EST *Introduce Yourself Here* Hi i'm Holly, this is my first week on spark people but I've tried millions of diets before. My weight is always going up and down but I'm hoping spark people will help me get to a stable weight. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 13:01:01 EST 50 & FAT Today is the first day of yet another attempt to lose this weight. I am now at my largest ever. I weighed in this morning at a whopping 220 lbs. UUUGGG!! I have no will power or drive to do this but I have to get motivated! I am starting with the daily challenge and I have chosen 450 minutes for June cardio. It is good to have a support group. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:44:19 EST Hello New Friends! I am new spark people, 2 days to be exact. I am hoping I can stay true to my goal and hoping to meet new friends for a bit of motivation and support! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:33:41 EST Hello Again <em>249</em> <BR> Returning to SP, determined to succeed this time. <em>215</em> I can do it!!! I will do it!!! No more excuses!!! Failure may happen, but quitting is no longer an option. <BR> <em>321</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:21:02 EST New To The Website Hi all. my Name is Mary. I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I am thrilled to have a place like this to assist me in my weight loss goals. I hope that you will keep me motivate on my journey, and I also wish each and every one of you great success. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:07:38 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Elizabeth! Im new to SP. I have already lost 40 lbs., but now Im stuck. I still have a long way to go before I am healthy and in shape. My goal is to lose at least 16 more lbs before my husband gets back from Afghanistan. That will mean that I was able to drop 56 lbs while he was gone! I love being an Air Force wife. Im super proud of my hubby and all that he does for us. We would like to have children, but I don't think Im healthy enough to do so at this poing. I would als... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:50:33 EST Daily Log-In Points Did ya spin the SparkWheel today? <BR> <BR> If so, how many points did ya get? I was able to get 5 today! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:07:35 EST SparkPage Have you set up your SparkPage yet? <BR> <BR> A SparkPage is a great tool, it allows others to encourage you along your journey while giving you a place to tell others about yourself! <BR> <BR> Cruise around and look at other Sparkers pages, and then take a minute or more to set yours up!! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:06:48 EST I made it through my first day! I successfully completed day 1 with only a few minor problems. It was so hard though! I just got back from a cruise on Saturday where we ate constantly. It was hard to get back to healthy eating patterns. I know these first few days are the worst (and then again at the two week point). Hope everyone else had a good start too! WE CAN DO THIS!! <em>306</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:59:00 EST hello my name is kristel, and ive been here before. i am a nursing student with a bunch of nursing school pounds to lose.. more than 50. i lost a lot of weight about a year ago, but i did it by taking pills and kind of starving myself.. i actually got to the point where i thought that excersise was just a stupid waste of time since sudafed took weight off quicker.. ive got a break from school and i want to go back feeling and looking better. wish me luck!! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 04:08:59 EST A dedicated beginner Hi, my name is Monika, My main goals are to lose weight and become fit and healthy. I am hoping that during this process or after I have reached my goals to compete in running races. I am very excited and hope I can also help and motivate others as well. <BR> Thanks Mon, 31 May 2010 23:06:04 EST I am new to this program. My name is Sandra I am excited I found this site. I look foward to reaching my goal slowly. Mon, 31 May 2010 21:12:35 EST HOLAA Hello there! My name is Lisa Marie and I'm looking for a spark people buddy since I'm new to the program. Also, some healthy tips would be greatly appreciated. <em>220</em> Mon, 31 May 2010 20:34:39 EST Brand new and a little terrified! I'm introducing myself to the weight loss internet! I'm over thirty and thoroughly tired of the situation that's been going on with my body. It's time to commit to something and a good friend recommended this place. Positivity doesn't come naturally to me so here's hoping for some small changes! Mon, 31 May 2010 20:23:28 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all. I'm coming from babyfit so I am kind of familiar with this layout. <BR> I need to lose my baby weight then some. So far I am down 27 lbs. I started my pregnancy overweight and I am so ready for a lifestyle change. My motivator is my child. I don't want her to battle with her weight like I have my whole life. Instead I want to show her, through example, how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I'm 28. I plan on being absolutely fabulous for my 30's! Mon, 31 May 2010 20:03:20 EST Woo Here to Turn My Life Around Hi I am Amber. I have been on here before but got caught up in other things that were more important. I am back and wanting to lose some weight and get on a regular basis of living a healthy lifestyle. Along my way I am looking to meet people around my area (edmonton) that are looking for the same goals as me and together we can work together to meet them. What do you say! We can do it. Mon, 31 May 2010 19:54:19 EST hi I dont have alot weight to lose, but I need to be accountable. Exercise isnt a problem, it's more about what I put into my mouth. I am hoping that this sight will help me do that. I am open to helpful hints and suggestions:) Mon, 31 May 2010 19:40:56 EST hi I dont have alot weight to lose, but I need to be accountable. Exercise isnt a problem, it's more about what I put into my mouth. I am hoping that this sight will help me do that. I am open to helpful hints and suggestions:) Mon, 31 May 2010 19:40:30 EST Hey Everyone Hi im Paula Im new to Spark People ,Im 24 mother of 3 Alyssa (6) Allison (4) and Aidan (2). I am recently separated from my husband of 7 years.( hes a cheater in the worst way) , I just started school for my Bachelor's degree in social science and I work full time at convergys,( I get cussed out for a living by Direct tv customers) My goal is to lose a little over 100 pounds Mon, 31 May 2010 18:20:51 EST New Plan, New ME Heard about the great support on this site and want to give it a go. It is a little overwhelming at this time because there is so much information. I'll just start slow and see where it leads me. Mon, 31 May 2010 18:12:01 EST Doing it Once and For All Hi, My name is Diana! I'm a brand new member, and would love to have the support and motivation from any and all. I have 115 lbs to lose, and need all the help i can get. I have tried on my own for years, the most i have ever lost is 30 lbs. I am determined to lose it all, as i have watched my daughter having great success with this website. Any tips and inspiration would be greatly appreciated! I'm also brand new to learning the computer, so my daughter will be helping me till i learn to do ... Mon, 31 May 2010 18:01:18 EST HELLO Hello, <BR> I have just registered today and am hoping that I will successful this time- I've certainly waited long enough.I'd love to develop links and friendships with people also working to improve their health. <BR> take care for now <BR> Helasgirl Mon, 31 May 2010 17:08:52 EST Rev Chiara Williams I am currently a minister and have an internet ministry at the am under doctors care for several issues that are weight related and basically grandmother of 10. Am seeking to connect with Christians who are also overweight to encourage eachother and get fed on the word of God...your emails will be accepted via website guestbook....I also have a Christian blog God Bless Mon, 31 May 2010 17:08:29 EST READY TO GET STARTED HI, I'M HEATHER I'M 26 YRS OLD AND I NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS TO LOOSE THIS WEIGHT. IT'S VERY HARD TO DO, AND EVEN HARDER TO DO ALONE... I'M READY TO BE HEALTHY!! Mon, 31 May 2010 16:33:28 EST HEY Hello to name is Mimi and im a mother of 28 and ready to make some changes..Im disgusted with my never thought id be at this weight..I admit i was never the skinny girl..all my life i have struggled with my weight.But its time to make a change..I wanna feel healthier and sexier..but most of all be here for the long run for me and of course my wonderful 3 kids :).. Mon, 31 May 2010 15:11:15 EST New Start for June1st Hello everyone! I have just discovered this website and i think it is amazing. My name is Tracy and I am really excited to start working with this. Mon, 31 May 2010 13:21:32 EST UK Newbie Hi eveyone! <BR> <BR> I have just discovered and become infatuated with the website :-) <BR> <BR> I have been meaning to loose a bit of weight for a while, but Im getting married next August so this is has given me the extra push I need. <BR> <BR> I hope to chat on the boards and get really involved- keep my goals fresh in my mind! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Mon, 31 May 2010 13:18:54 EST Hello Everyone! :D Happy Memorial Day! My name is Ellyn and I signed up today (was actually going to start tomorrow, June 1...beginning of the month and all that!) to get myself back on track. Last year, I managed to lose 50lbs...then the holidays arrived. Between last Thanksgiving and now, I have gained back most of the weight I lost and am SO angry with myself! So I'm trying to put my anger to productive use by getting my act together and losing it again...hopefully with SparkPeople's help! :D <BR> Let's se... Mon, 31 May 2010 13:10:22 EST Hi Everyone! I'll need all the help I can get! Hi! I'm just starting today. I've tried for years to lose weight and I manage to lose about 10 lbs, then gain it back. I put on more weight after my husband passed away two years ago and stopped cooking healthy meals. I'm motivated now because I have a new granddaughter and want to be healthy for her! I'll need all the help I can get to make this happen! Mon, 31 May 2010 11:02:22 EST Hi from a newbie Hi; I just joined the site and am looking around. This place looks like exactly what I need to motivate me to lose this extra weight I have gained since I stopped smoking and started work behind a desk. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a fun and enriching experience. Mon, 31 May 2010 10:08:15 EST so confused Hello from aprilgem49...I'm here because i need some direction, help and support. There's so many diets out there it's totally confusing! I love carbs, eat from bordem and at that metabolically stubborn age. I really hope I can do something about this. I'd like to lose 30 pounds by September. I really feel like my weight is going to ruin my summer. Is anybody in the same boat? Mon, 31 May 2010 08:36:16 EST hi my name is Ruth and i am overweight im 20..and weight 270 pounds ive been struggling with my weight for years and have tried almost every un healthy die and this time im motivated and ready to drop the weight and keep it off.hope everyone ccan give me tips and advice on how to lose weight Sun, 30 May 2010 23:26:36 EST Hello fellow mommies I have a 7 month old that I no longer want to use as an excuse for my weight gain. I actually lost all the baby weight but I let people believe that the extra weight is from the pregnancy. ( I can't believe that I admitted that) Somehow weight from a pregnancy is better than just being fat. I look foward to looking back at this an laughing when I reach my goal. Sun, 30 May 2010 22:03:02 EST Hi Everyone! Day one on the board......... Hi Folks, <BR> A quick hello to everyone. Just found the Spark People resource and just started my Day 1 of the latest diet (he..he) Read my blog if you are interested in how I came to be here...and why this time it will be DIFFERENT! <BR> <BR> I am a 40 year old mother of 3, battling the bulge and the ever ticking clock of time.....I swear every year that goes by is one cream puff less you can eat per week. (kidding) <BR> <BR> Anyway, Hi and hope everyone is having a good day and hitting... Sun, 30 May 2010 20:34:31 EST hey hello there! =) Sun, 30 May 2010 19:31:30 EST Hello Everyone My name is Jan and i was so excited when my friend sent me this site via email. I bought a Wii fit plus last week and started using it immediately as I really wanted to get fit, but did not want to go to the Gym. I am loving it and feeling better all ready. I am looking forward to losing weight with you all and keeping it off! I have looked over the site and I am very excited about it. Thank you Sparkpeople for doing this for me and all the others who are overweight. Have a Healthy day everyo... Sun, 30 May 2010 17:26:46 EST I am new Hi <BR> I am Carole and I am new to this website. I have to lose a lot of weight. I am discouraged. I have hit bottom. I am disappointed in myself and embarassed by how I look and how I feel about myself. I don't know where to begin. I have lost self confidence and am not sure I am worth the effort to do all the work needed to lose the weight. I am worried about my health and my relationships with others. I have built a wall around myself. I am confused and sad. Does anyone feel this way too?... Sun, 30 May 2010 15:16:58 EST Hi everyone :) Hi Everyone, <BR> I just started up here after seeing a link somewhere over the internet and I am amazed! This seems like such a great website and I'm already loving the community feel! I'm 20 and I'm looking to loose a few kilo's to shape up and feel more comfortable in my body. I'm not overweight, but I don't have a healthy relation ship with food and that's something I really hope to change! So please say hi to me, and give me some inspiration! hehe <BR> Sun, 30 May 2010 08:54:39 EST new start!!! hi everybody, today i have taken charge of my life and am moving forward, not sticking in my rut of eating anything and everything-cos im happy/sad/stressed i am unfit overweight and unhealthy and want to live a healthier life so i have joined your group-the first time i have done anything like this-i feel a bit nervous -but i need to bite the bullet and try it. Sun, 30 May 2010 04:04:29 EST The Purpose of This Board <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Do not reply to this post. <BR> <BR> One of the most important things that we need in our journey to a new lifestyle is encouragement and support from our friends. Your new SparkFriends are here for you! If you hit a bump in the road, then start a post. Your SparkFriends can help to encourage you and/or give you advice. <BR> <BR> Also, each week, I'll start a new thread where we can all ce... Tue, 18 May 2010 19:52:24 EST Where is everyone? :( Hmm...looking forward to getting a few more folks in the team! :) Can't wait to get started!! Thu, 13 May 2010 10:02:16 EST TEAM CHALLENGES <BR> This forum will be used for team challenges. We will wait until the end of the week once everyone who is going to be in the class has a chance to check in. Then watch for a new post with your first challenge! <BR> <BR> Challenges are a wonderful way to get people talking and to help motivate you! <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 May 2010 10:14:05 EST Daily Motivation I enjoy motivational quotes, thoughts, poems, and will try to share one here daily, feel free to add yours! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:25:01 EST !! Birthday Club !! Why not celebrate your birthday with the entire team? Share your birthday in this thread. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:24:16 EST ~*~ Daily Chatter ~*~ Just a place to chat daily! A great way to get to know each other, while sharing our accomplishments and maybe our set-backs! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:22:19 EST