SparkPeople SP Class of June 27- July 3, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from June 27- July 3, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 27- July 3, 2010 Team Messageboard Begin with the End in Mind-New Year 2013!! Welcome to 2013. It is time to think of our goals and the reason we are thinking of them. As the Covey people remind us, we should start with the end in mind. We need to begin any worthy project thinking of what we want to accomplish. Here are some thoughts on this: <BR> <BR> “No one can go back and make a brand-new start, my friend; but anyone can start from here and make a brand-new end.” ~Dan Zadra <BR> <BR> “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” ~Stephen Covey <... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 02:41:53 EST Message to think about: Doing Your Best Check out these thoughts... <BR> <BR> "Life is like a show, give it your best performance."--unknown author <BR> <BR> "We all possess certain talents and gifts that are unique to only us. You already have everything that you need to start living an extraordinary life. It's up to you to turn on the switch and let your light shine."--Randa Manning-Johnson <BR> <BR> "Your life is a stage and you are the poet so pour your heart out, let them listen and be heard. Let the real you shine."-- Pam... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:30:58 EST Message About Exercise Here are some quotes labeled "fitness motivators": <BR> <BR> Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown <BR> Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi <BR> Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. -Norman R. Augustine <BR> The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain <BR> It's never too late to become what you might have been. -George Elliot <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:32:30 EST Message of the Season!! Halloween!! <em>275</em> <em>423</em> <em>333</em> <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <em>147</em> <em>494</em> <BR> This week's thought is simply some fun Halloween quotes I found on a Beliefnet site called "Our Lady of Weight Loss." they give us some humor to add to the stress we have in avoiding all of the candies that pop up where ever we simply don't want to see them, at a time when we are tired or most vulnerable to not simply pass them by!! <BR> <em>275</em> <em>423</em> <em>33... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:59:04 EST Poem of the Week--10/10/12 "Promise Yourself" “Promise Yourself" <BR> To be so strong that nothing <BR> can disturb your peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity <BR> to every person you meet. <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel <BR> that there is something in them <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything <BR> and make your optimism come true. <BR> <BR> To think only the best, to work only for the best, <BR> and to expect only the best. <BR> To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others <BR> as you... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:21:01 EST Message of the Week--10/1 Leadership and Helping Often helping others is a way to help ourselves the most. We cannot do a good job with helping others or teaching them unless we know what we are actually talking about. This makes leadership an important part of anything we value: <BR> Please consider these quotes about leadership: <BR> "Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing."--Albert Schweitzer <BR> "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."--John F. Kennedy <BR> "The final test of a lea... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 02:07:14 EST Message of the Week--9/25: Struggles in our lives! This is a tough time for me and from what I have read, I am not alone... Please read these three very different quotes about dealing with difficulties and struggles. <BR> <BR> "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it." Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:20:35 EST Encouraging message-- 8/13/2012 Here's a quote from Einstein: <BR> <BR> "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert Einstein <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> How does this quote make you feel? What does it have to do with sparking? Can you relate it to our team or your goals or your life? Do you like this one and do you plan to use it for anything? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:27:40 EST Motivational Poem--check this out! Hi there--Please enjoy this poem: <BR> <BR> You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be! <BR> by: Donna Levine <BR> There is inside you <BR> All of the potential <BR> To be whatever you want to be; <BR> All of the energy <BR> To do whatever you want to do. <BR> Imagine yourself as you would like to be, <BR> Doing what you want to do, <BR> And each day, take one step <BR> Towards your dream. <BR> And though at times it may seem too <BR> difficult to continue, <BR> Hold on to your drea... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:13:01 EST njgirl49 back again sticking to it this time! Trying this again and will stick to it this time. Pay more attention to what I put in my mouth and make sure it is healthy for my body. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:06:15 EST Two Years of Sparking Hi classmates. I haven't really checked into this team recently at all, but I when I was looking at the dates of my sp class I realized it has been two years! <em>244</em> <BR> For those of you who are still active on spark, congrats! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:04:11 EST Who's still here? I'm still an active sparker celebrating 2 years this month!! <BR> <BR> 70 lbs. lost! <BR> <BR> LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SP!!!! <BR> <BR> Jeff Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:23:52 EST Making choices Message of the Week 8/25-7/1/12 Choices are all around us. We know what we "should" do and it doesn't always match what we "want to" do or what we eventually "do" do. Take a look at these interesting thoughts on making choices: <BR> <BR> “You have only always to do what is right. It will become easier by practice, and you enjoy in the midst of your trials the pleasure of an approving conscience.”--Robert E. Lee <BR> <BR> “Make the decision, make it with confidence, and the world will be yours.”--Jaren L. Davis <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:19:24 EST Check this out--It's our journey!! 4/22/12 I found this poem that got me to thinking about the things we are trying to accomplish here at SP and thought it might be helpful to everyone... <BR> <em>41</em> <em>38</em> <em>40</em> <em>38</em> <em>58</em> <em>38</em> <em>9</em> <em>38</em> <em>104</em> <BR> "It's The Journey That's Important" <BR> <BR> Life, sometimes so wearying <BR> Is worth its weight in gold <BR> The experience of traveling <BR> Lends a wisdom that is old <BR> Beyond our 'living memory' <BR> A softly spoke... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:35:32 EST Satisfaction in our Message of the Week 3/7-10/12 Hi all, <BR> As I recuperate from my cervical spine surgery, I have had many thoughts go through my head. I am not 100% yet, but I am so thankful to be better than I was a week ago. I am also thankful that I have been sleeping and I have been working at taking it easy that it occurred to me that feeling satisfied is a special and important place to be! That explains why I sought out the following quotes for us to share during this time of Lent or coming spring or Daylight Savings Time and ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:10:44 EST Is anybody still here?! Just checking in with my class! Where's everybody at? No one seems to have posted since last October. Hope everyone is still Sparking on <em>220</em> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 07:23:41 EST Self-Imp rovement Message of the Week-1/28-2/4/12 I started out wanting to share some quotes about "sticking with it," but these quotes about self-improvement really touched me more--so here goes! <BR> <BR> "Human improvement is from within outward." James Anthony Froude <BR> <BR> "Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation." James Allen <BR> <BR> "Self improvement must meet a meaningful end or need for... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:53:47 EST Getting Started Message of the Week 1/3-1/9/12 "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Maria Robinson <BR> <BR> "Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be." Marsha Petrie Sue <BR> <BR> "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi <BR> <BR> "What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly." Lao Tzu <BR> <em... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:57:54 EST Message of the Week-12/2- /11--Stick to your plan! "LIVESTRONG" discusses 6 necessary principles for a positive life. One of them is flexibility. <BR> They say: <BR> "A staunch position on how things in your life should be will only bring about pessimism and heartache when things don't go according to your exact schedule. To stay positive, you must adopt a flexible attitude. When things don't go according to your plans, instead of becoming upset, explore your other options to see where your new path can take you. You may find that your flexi... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:06:41 EST Message of the Week-12/2- /11--Stick to your plan! Hi all, <BR> Here's a catrchy little phrase to help you with choices and with building your own healthy HABITs. You might want to draw it out and put it in your kitchen somewhere... <BR> <BR> Having <BR> A <BR> Bite <BR> Involves <BR> Thinking <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> There are lots of others out there like the Weight Watcher's classic "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." Do you have any good reminders to help your team members to stick... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 18:58:55 EST Satisfacti n--Message of the Week 11/20-11/27/11 "Satisfaction does not come from indulgence, it comes from achievement." Calvin Coolidge <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> On this American Thanksgiving week, how do you envision satisfaction? <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <BR> Does this quote give you something to take to the table with you on Thursday and any other day as well? Do you have a plan that willl help you manage this special day for giving... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 01:52:15 EST Time to reflect and to revise your goals for fall! Hi all, <BR> <BR> It is an important time for SparkPeople to look at their goals and reflect on them--Are they in touch with what we need and want for ourselves right now? With a new month, season, holidays, and cold weather--the goals we have had may be just a bit out of touch. <BR> <BR> Please use this thread to discuss goals, share your thoughts, ask questions, share your changes-We will help you with any issues you are having and we will cheer you on as you work towards meeting these g... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:30:10 EST Goals and Dreams Message of the Week 10/31-11/6/11 With the challenges of Halloween and the coming holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on our goals and why we have them. Please look at the following words of wisdom about goals: <BR> "Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."- Dag Hammarskjold <BR> "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."- Sydney Smith <BR> "My philosophy of life is that i... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:20:59 EST Managing fear--Message of the week 10/23-30/2011 Fear is a part of our lives in many way. It might be nerves or of pain or of failing at something or of any number things. Check out what some people say about fear: <BR> <BR> **"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."--Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> **"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and t... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:06:16 EST Self-care message of the week--10/1 15-22/2011 Self care is really a big deal. Consider this quote: <BR> <BR> "The name of the game is taking care of yourself, because you're going to live long enough to wish you had.”--Grace Mirabella <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is done is done, let's not talk about the past. How are you taking care of yourself now? What else can you do in this area to help yourself out? Does SP play a role in your self-care plans? <BR> <em>91</em> <em>85</em> ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 14:19:22 EST peogadad Hello, this is my first time to blog! I'm a 66 yr old man that is a very brittle diabietic on the New RU-500 shots, 4 times a day and that is 5 X's as strong as the regular Humalog R. I have to be very carefull with any thing that I eat and am needing some advice with someone like myself. I am limited on execise, and my weight is 270#. I would like to lose 100# but can't seem to lose one! ANY ONE OUT THERE THAT COULD HELP! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:57:01 EST Self-loving message of the week-10/7-13/11 "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."-Lucille Ball <BR> <BR> "If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself."-Barbara De Angelis <BR> <BR> "Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward oursel... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 04:40:37 EST Hopeful Message of the Week-9/2 -10/6/11 With a difficult week heading my way between parent teacher conferences, report cards, midterms in my classes, results on my EMG and my neck and hand issues with the carpal tunnel, and of course all about my family--I went looking for and I found several quotes on hope. I would like to share a few of them with you all: <BR> <BR> "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." ~Mohandas K. Gandhi <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:50:59 EST Motivational message of the week-9/1 -20/2011 Here is a quote I picked up at Weight Watchers this week. I am sorry that I don't have an author to attribute it to: <BR> <BR> "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Have you already made a new start here at SP with goals, a nutrition plan, and an exercise plan along with friends and teams to support you? What is the brand new ending that you w... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:07:18 EST Encouraging Message of the Week-9/8 -17/2011 Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> Here are some wonderful words of encouragement: <BR> <BR> ”The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”--Mark Twain <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> ”As a being of power, intelligence, and love you hold the key to every situation and contain within yourself that transforming and re... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 02:53:55 EST Video Message of the Week--8/29 9-9/4/2011 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> This week's motivation is found in the following video: <BR> <link><BR>NR=1 </link> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Share your opinions on this video. Do you think that this video and its message relates to your personal work here at SP? What message does it give you about your Spark program? Your life? Would you consider coming back to see this video again? Why or why not? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:52:17 EST Message of the week--8/21 -8/28/2011 This thought of the week is very different than usual. I just finished reading an AOL news article on the "Huffington Post" entitled: "Disturbing New Children's Book 'Maggie Goes On A Diet' Encourages Young Girls To Diet." It showed the cover with a chubby "Pippi Longstocking" looking child holding a pink dress up to a mirror, imagining herself as a thinner child. The article went on to be very biased against this book. It pointed out that the target audience is girls around the junior h... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:04:29 EST 56 lbs lost since June 28th, 2010 Boy, am I glad I saw an article about SP on CNN in some google search results! <BR> <BR> Jeff Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:15:02 EST Message of the week--8/10 -8/20/2011 First of all--I am sorry that this is late--it is a crazy time for this teacher with the beginning of my school year and my son's very first beginning of the school year. <BR> <BR> NOW, the quotes of the week--and a half: <BR> <BR> Regular relaxation or meditation of any kind improves health, stress release, efficiency, intuition, creativity, longetivity and performance. <BR> Craig Townsend Website <BR> <BR> Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. <BR>... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:27:32 EST Message of the week--8/1 -8/8/2011 Our message this week is about support... <BR> <BR> "Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after." from the Bard himself, William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> "Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others." Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> "I've always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way." Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> "In a relationship each person should support the oth... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 22:40:18 EST Message of the week--7/25 5-8/1/2011 Here's a bit of wisdom from Buddha: <BR> <BR> "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How will you live in the present moment this week to practice this important secret for mind and body? Which of the other possibilities (mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anti... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:43:56 EST Message of the week--7/18 -7/25/2011 Here's a little something to think about along with the day to day activities of your life: <BR> <BR> "Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." -Anne Frank <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Changing habits is often difficult--and diet rage can be a part of life when someone is working hard to treat his/her body better. There is a lot of discussion about how happiness is contagious. <BR>... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:40:09 EST Message of the week--7/11 -7/18/2011 Here are some quotes about supporting people when the going gets tough: <BR> <BR> "Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal." Jerome Fleishman <BR> <BR> "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." Edmund Hillary <BR> <BR> "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:08:38 EST Message of the week--7/4- -7/11/2011 Hi all, <BR> For the fun of it, I googled the words "stick with it" and I came up with a lot of exercise and budget sites. However, one page I found impressed me a lot. It can be found at:<BR>egies-to-stick-to-your-diet-and-get-fit/ <BR> <BR> The following are the 17 habits that this article said you'd need to stick with your healthy plan: <BR> 1. Know your motivation <BR> 2. Take it in gradual steps. <BR> 3. Don't be drastic. <BR> 4. Choose ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 15:00:21 EST Message of the week--6/28 8-7/4/2011 Sticking to our plan is important: <BR> <BR> "Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point. " <BR> Maltbie Davenport Babcock <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> When things aren't going well with your weight loss or your lifestyle change, do you feel down? Does that send you to the kitchen? Are you able to "plough ahead" like... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:50:39 EST Looking for traction I just weighed in at 208 and am pretty frustrated. I've been trying to eat smart, but I can't seem to get any traction to turn things around. I was an acceptable weight two years ago, but have been climbing steadily every since. That puts me up about 40 pounds during this "growth spurt" . I'm not sure how writing is going to help, but I'm willing to try it. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:00:23 EST Message of the week--6/20 -6/27/2011 Here are some thoughts about goals that I wanted to share with you today. <BR> <BR> "It's a dream until you write it down, and then its a goal." Anonymous <BR> <BR> "Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there." Bo Jackson <BR> <BR> "You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life." Les Brown <BR> <BR> "Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals." Henry Ford <BR> ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:52:40 EST Message/Poem of the week--6/13 -6/20/2011 I found this poem on a site where people share their work... <BR> <BR> Don’t Quit <BR> by peace <BR> <BR> When things go wrong as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit, <BR> Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. <BR> <BR> Life is queer with its twists and turns, <BR> As everyone of us sometimes learns, <BR> And... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:03:30 EST Message of the week--6/7- -6/13/2011 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all." Dale Carnegie <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Do you have help in working on your Spark goals? Do you ever feel all alone in your efforts? What keeps you going? What helps you? What do you need to stick with it? <BR> <BR> Our team is here to help each other. What can you do that mi... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 23:46:45 EST Message of the week--5/24 -5/31/2011 Today, I have a special thought for you from Jesse Jackson: <BR> <BR> "You must become an advocate of what you believe otherwise you will become a victim of what others want you to believe". –Jesse Jackson <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Have you ever let yourself become a victim of what others wanted you to believe? <BR> Does this relate to your program here at SP? <BR> How can you advocate for what you believe and become a healthier person? <BR> ... Wed, 25 May 2011 00:18:18 EST Moving into summer--Goal time!! Hi all, <BR> i am thinking about summer and I wish you could see my grin. I really, really, really hate cold, damp weather. Anyway, this is a place to share your goals for the summer... <BR> <BR> it is a time to enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of all of the special things that our out there--summer activities, farmers' markets, and anything else that is simmer. This might be a place to plan for those summer celebrations that almost always include eating. Memorial Day picnics ... Tue, 17 May 2011 03:52:33 EST Message of the week--5/16 -5/23/2011 Take a look at some wisdom from Harriet Tubman: <BR> <BR> "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Share the dreams you have that you are working on. Do some of these dreams include your healthy living and weight loss plan? What are you doing to help yourself or to give yourself a good push... Mon, 16 May 2011 08:14:10 EST Message of the week--5/9- -5/15/2011 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Willpower??? There are lots of comments on the topic. I read an article by Coach Dean this weekend sometime that said that there probably is no such thing... I have pondered that for a while. Then, I ran into this: <BR> <BR> "It is not because things are different that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Anonymous <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What does that have to do with "willpow... Mon, 9 May 2011 14:20:51 EST Message of the week--5/2 -5/8/2011 We have been thinking of spring and the starting over going on all around us... Here is a little thought to get you going: <BR> <em>184</em> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <BR> "What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter."-- Peter F. Drucker <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Weight loss and building ... Sun, 1 May 2011 22:08:54 EST Message of the week--4/25 5-5/1/2011 Hi all!! <BR> <BR> To continue our theme of "starting over," I'd like to give you this powerful, short quote: <BR> <BR> "It's never too late to become what you might have been." -George Elliot <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Since it IS never too late, WHO are you planning to become? Describe or name this person--and tell how this is a change from who you are right now. WHAT do you need to do to "change?" HOW can we, your "bestest" team of all... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 02:22:10 EST Special days--birthdays and anniversaries!! <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>214</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Hi there--We are going to create a "celebration thread." Please copy this entire thread and then copy it onto your reply. Add your birthday and anniversary under the month where it belongs. That way, we can all send greetings to each other and help celebrate your special days!! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 04:59:28 EST Hi Everyone! I joined this site a while ago and I have been reading and watching, I am now ready to tackle my issues and make myself a better person. I want to be the best that I can be. I am at a point in my life that I need a change. I live in Ohio and have 2 grown children and I want to be able to have a good time with my husband and the next phase in our life!! Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:55:20 EST Special thoughts about weight loss H there, <BR> <BR> I was searching the internet and ran across this page of quotes. I thought that I would share them and start a discussion about them--especially when I think this is a page that I am going to use and revisit. Take a look at this great collection of quotes from all walks of life and history: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Please share your thoughts with the rest of us: <BR... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:51:48 EST Something to think about!! “To make positive change for tomorrow, we must make positive change for today. To make positive change for today, we must make a positive change to our attitude.” – Written in 2011 by Allen Steble — Australia <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Our superintendent shared this quote with us and I kept thinking of my SparkPeople program and plan. Think about this and share how it might fit in with your goals for today and how it might impact tomorrow. Do... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:29:31 EST Spring goals--Time to review and get going!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> If you have not revised/ revisited your goals, this is a great time to do so. Take a look at your goals and decide if you are focused on them. If not, what would it take to get you focused? Will they get you to your long term, over-all goal? Are they good steps, that are both do-able and challenging enough? <BR> <BR> Use this thread to share your goals and the thinking that got you to them. Come back at least weekly to share how things are going and let us know i... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:10:40 EST Welcome to our mid-winter beach party!! I have had enough snow, sleet, ice, freezing cold, snow days and the like. As a result, I am inviting you to join me in a mid-winter beach party on a sppecial tropical island that is equipped with a resort, caterers and all of the fun and excitement that we can conjure up as a group. We have unlimited resources to make this the best party ever and this party will go on for days and weeks if we choose. <BR> <BR> All we have to do is get planning and decide what we need and want to make this... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:13:01 EST Thought of the week 2/2-2/9/11 Here is something to consider: <BR> <BR> "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <BR> What does this interesting quote have to do with this group of people here at Spark People this week? What does it mean to you? Can Mark Twain help you to get your engine running for the second month of the year? <BR> <BR> Reflect on this quote and share what it brings to mind!! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:30:35 EST Thought of the week 1/25-2/2/2010 Take a look at this brief, but powerful quote and reflect on how it either does or doesn't match your healthy lifestyle: <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> " Sometimes not making any decision IS making a decision." <BR> Author Unknown Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:26:11 EST Hello New to the boards Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelli just starting to get into the sparks people website so just getting a feel for it right now. I have been on many diets and finally have realized that diets don't work that a lifestyle change has to be put in place to succeed. For years I tried these different diets and have failed,I think the reason being is that they can not be sustained on a long term basis because they are meant as a quick fix and not for a life long way of eating and fitness. So he... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:22:34 EST Poem of the week--1/ -1/10.11 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I found another poem that I thought was good for our new year goals and readiness for positive changes: <BR> <BR> The Victor <BR> by C.W. Longenecker <BR> <BR> If you think you are beaten, you are. <BR> If you think you dare not, you don’t <BR> If you like to win but think you can’t, <BR> It’s almost a cinch you won’t. <BR> <BR> If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost. <BR> For out in the world we find <BR> Success begins with a fellow’s will <BR> It’s all in the stat... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:07:22 EST Goals for January 2011, the New Year!! Share your goals for January. How are you going to get off on the right foot in the new year? <BR> <BR> Feel free to share long-term goals, medium range goals, and/or short term goals. If you aren't sure, try the "just for today" thread and think about one or two things that you know that you just need to do!! <BR> <em>249</em> <em>189</em> <em>248</em> <em>3</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 04:33:35 EST Let's get our motors "revvin'" in 2011!! This thread is to share your daily or weekly concerns or victorries or challenges. Please check in with us as often as you'd like and discuss the issues that are in your way or the things that are working for you as you work towards a more healthy life style--fitness, healthy eating, weight loss, happiness. <BR> <em>84</em> <em>180</em> <em>192</em> <em>30</em> <BR> Let your team members support you in your journey and in turn, help them out as well. TOGETHER, we can all get to our des... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 03:38:32 EST Important Poem of the week 12/27/10-1/3/11 Hi everyone... Here's an important little poem I found and I thought it might be something to share with everyone here and to have you respond--and maybe even write your own SP stanza or two to correspond to this. Please read it over and share your thoughts. How do you think it matches our journey here at SP? <BR> <BR> Just One <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> One song can spark a moment, <BR> One flower can wake the dream <BR> One tree can start a forest, <BR> One bird can herald spring. <B... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:30:14 EST Holiday themed A to Z Hi there, <BR> <BR> This is a fun little take on our A to Z game--Starting with A, list one special thing that we have in the holiday season that begins with that letter. The next person will take "B" and do the same, and so on. I am wondering how many times we can make it through the alphabet by early January!! <BR> <BR> Good luck and enjoy this little stress-reducing game with your spark team friends! <BR> <BR> Gentle hugs, <BR> Sylvia Thu, 25 Nov 2010 23:03:09 EST Holiday helpers, short term goals (and support!!) Hi there, <BR> <BR> This is a time of challenges facing us from every direction. Lots of holiday treats show up in unexpected places that we need to walk by. Lots of things take our time and might limit our exercise time in some strange ways. Stress can run rampant resulting in possible emotional eating. <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is a place for you to come and state your resolve for those short term issues. Start it out by giving it a time span--Today, I will... ... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:56:05 EST Thought of the week--11 /25-12/3 This is a thought to help you with your thoughts about your own priorities. <BR> <BR> "Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.-"Doug Firebaugh <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> As we move into the holiday season and all of the obligations and tasks that need time and attention, I was wondering what might be in the way of your Spark program. How are you going to keep your commitment to yourself and that "better tomorrow... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 21:55:42 EST Working together on an ABC Game!! Hi Everyone--This game is a bit of relief from seriousness and all you have to do is come up with an item that starts with the letter we are working on (We will begin with A and when we have an answer to all of the items, move to B and so on...) The list is below this explanation. Copy the list and then fill in as many of the choices with an example that starts with the letter at hand. <BR> <BR> 1. Vegetable <BR> 2. Fruit <BR> 3. Dog Breed <BR> 4. Cat <BR> 5. Linen <BR> 6. Appliance <... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 23:08:59 EST Thought of the Week--11 13-19/10 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> i realized that Saturday is the best day for me to start this thread, because I have more time online on the weekends!! <BR> <BR> Here is a short quote from Emily Dickinson for you to consider: <BR> "We turn not older with years, but newer every day." <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Share your thoughts on this with us. If it has a special meaning and fits in with your program here at SP, please reflect on that as well! Sat, 13 Nov 2010 22:48:53 EST Thought of the week--11/5 through 11/11/10 This is a new thread that I am going to start to give us something to think about and reflect upon. Please consider the quote I've shared--and discuss your feelings and opinions--and how it might reflect upon your Spark journey!! <BR> <BR> "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy <BR> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <BR> How do you think JFK's words... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 23:56:43 EST November/ December-(and Holiday) goals!! Hi everyone, <BR> With the beginning of November and the passing of Halloween, we are moving into the holiday season which can be pretty tough on someone who is working to build new habits and be a healthy eater. Please reflect on what you want for this often hectic time of year with its abundance of food. <BR> <BR> Do you want to lose weight or maintain--or even be satisfied with a small gain? <BR> How are you going to achieve that goal? <BR> Will you be needing strategies for handling par... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 21:57:37 EST EXCITING NEWS--WELCOME OUR NEW CO-LEADERS!! <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>243</em> <em>410</em> <em>345</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <em>242</em> and <em>304</em> to Jan (ROLLINGSTONEMOM), Heather (MOLGRA2), and 2RICKIE (It just dawned on me that I have never checked to make sure what her first name is, even though we have talked frequently and shared a lot of other information.) <BR> <BR> PLEASE join me in congratulating them for their dedication to our team--and thank them for stepping up to the challenge of helping... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 23:41:07 EST Halloween strategies for success!! <em>147</em> <em>493</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>431</em> <BR> Hi there classmates, <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about the fall holiday season being upon us and thought that it might be a good idea for us to put our heads together and think of some good ideas on how we might manage Halloween. Between having candy for trick or treaters lying around, extra treats at work, possible parties, and (shame on me for admitting to this) our kid... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 01:55:48 EST October Goals Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> Time is flying by. I know September is a "short" month and for a teacher, is a hectic crazy month, but as I get older, things seem to swoop by me in hyperdrive. I am still feeling sad that summer isn't here and now that I have seen my breath--and possibly some frost--I am more than a bit in mourning for the nice warm weather. <BR> <BR> However, with October on the calendar, it is time to check those goals and tune them up to meet our needs. Keep holidays and event... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:04:19 EST On the way to recovery and success? It has been a rough road the past year. One day I decide to have bariatric surgery, the next I decide against it. I joined this site in June, then didn't use it until today. My husband and I were talking about the surgery and he said, "All that does is fix your stomach, you still have to fix your mind." HOW TRUE! So I am trying to do this AGAIN and I got him to sign up as well!! So wish me luck or say a prayer :) I exercised today and it felt so good - I will probably hurt later from fribrom... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:37:58 EST new Hi, <BR> I'm Lois. Found Spark People thru Dr. David Williams site. Am 63, and slowly gained weight since my late 40's.Went on my first cruise in June and that was my epiphany - so many overweight people, young, middle age and older. Came home and started using the site for nutrition and exercise. Have steadily lost a pound a week. Have a very supportive husband and friends and daughter and daughter-in-law. My daughter-in-law used your site last year; she looks fabulous. My goal is to feel l... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:47:55 EST newbie Hello everyone. I am fairly new to this page. I started it about 3 months ago. I find myself not being very consistant in logging my food in. Any suggestions for me? I am 45 and wanting to lose about 35 lbs.Right now I weigh about 170. My goal this month, well for the rest of the month is to lose 10 lbs. Do you think its possible? I will work out more than I can cut back on food. Anyway, any type of feed back is appreciated. and good luck to everyone else out there. <BR> <BR> Eva Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:12:58 EST Great teams here on Spark People!! Hi there, <BR> <BR> Many of you have joined up with other teams and have found some great friends, challenges, information and more. Please share some of the teams that you belong to with the rest of us and let us know why you are enjoying them so much. You may help your special team to grow a bit more, which is always good for a team--and you may help one of our team members find a group that is good for them as well. <BR> <em>304</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>243</em> <em>304</... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 20:39:01 EST Team member of the week!! Hi there!! <BR> <BR> Starting with Septemeber 12--we will be recognizing a member of the week. this will be a member who is active on our team and who is working hard to develop those habits that will improve their health and life. It will be up to you all to help me to be my eyes and ears and to "rat out" other team members. Send me a spark mail or comment on threads about others who you know are really "spreading their spark." I will be monitoring the team goals and challenges as well... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:56:13 EST Weekly check-in Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> The purpose of this thread is to share your week with everyone. Since most of us weigh in once a week and work our program from one day through the week, I thought doing a report in might help everyone with their focus. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share your progress and your issues. How did your week go with eating and exercise? Were you active on SP or was something else preoccupying your time? How are your other teams going as well? What do you want to do differen... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:43:22 EST September goals!! Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> It is that time again--Please look at your goals and see how things are going. This reflection is important in building your own success. What do you need to do even better? What problems could a new goal help you solve? <BR> <BR> Please share what is going on with you, your plan, your previous goals, and/or what new goals you are working on in September. Whenever you share, it helps all of the rest of us to think about our own needs and we can all work together ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:27:44 EST Labor Day--How will your Spark shine? Hi there classmates!! <BR> <BR> With the big Labor Day weekend (and "the official end of the summer" <em>39</em> ) upon us, what are your plans? /what will you do differently this year because of your commitment to your own improved health and fitness? What might you do that goes against your healthy plan because it is so important to you for one reason or another? <BR> <em>232</em> <em>67</em> <em>232</em> <em>259</em> <em>232</em> <em>184</em> <em>232</em> <BR> Have a wonderful h... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:08:46 EST Hi ya I'm a fluffy college student and the serial killer of houseplants. Joining spark to get into shape. Wish me luck!! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:10:03 EST Introduction from Dawn Hello team! My name is Dawn and I am a 36 year old wife and the mother of a precious 15 month old baby girl. We live in New Jersey. I am a special education teacher (teaching 5th grade this September, but taught middle school most of my career.) I am also an author (book title is Peanut Butter and Jelly Possibilities: Youthful Inspirations.) <BR> <BR> I have 100 pounds to lose. I am off to a great start and there is something very “different” that has clicked inside me that is driving me and... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:07:31 EST 2 months in--share your successes!! Hi everyone, <BR> I was noticing on the team page that many of you are talking about meeting goals, having progress, and other wonderful accomplishments. Take a moment and share some of those good things, those victories here with all of us. <BR> <BR> Each little (and big) victory that you share will help the rest of us as well. <BR> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>43</em> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 01:10:21 EST Yucky and Yummy This is a food game. I will get us started in the next couple of boxes to show you how it works, but I will explain it here. <BR> <BR> The last person who has posted will use the word "yucky" or "yummy" first--that is to describe their reaction to the food the previous person mentioned. (We really aren't bashing any foods, but we all have likes and dislikes and some of us have allergies or are vegetarian--so we have a reaction to a particular food.) Underneath our yucky/yummy choice, we l... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:04:48 EST The August and September Challenge is Here!! Our summer challenge will have three parts. As a goal for the team, you can choose to do one of them, two of them, or all three and you will record the number of the following things that you do each day. <BR> <BR> Part 1: (Motivational/Social) Huddle on our team and post a message on one team thread or tEAM member's blog daily. <BR> <BR> Part 2: (Fitness) Do ten more minutes of a familiar exercise or try a new exercise each day. This can work for the beginner who needs to get started... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 09:45:37 EST hello everyone Hi, My name is Kelli. I am new to Sparkpeople. Not really sure what I am doing but learning as I go. Would love to meet people who are trying to better themselves and their lifestyles. Feel free to message me. Have a great day. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 10:07:57 EST Hi there - I'm new in town! Hi there - I signed up for SPARKPeople early in July but did not do anything until this week. Now I'm on day 2 - and I have to say so far it's easier than I thought it would be! I'm no stranger to dieting though - I know temptation will try to weasel it's way back into my life. It almost happened tonight! I am getting used to counting calories as I am more familiar with points - this has been an awakening! There are so many inspiring stories here - I hope to eventually be an inspiration ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:34:45 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, I'm new to SparkPeople, my daughter started me on it. I have like 90 lbs. to lose and it seems overwhelming. I've tried everything so I'm hoping that this will help me get back on track. I'm married and have three grown children. We have 3 dogs (1 is my daughters rescue) and two cats (both my other daughters), both are home while finishing up grad school. I work in HR which can be pretty stressful and I'm a stress eater, which is one of the reasons I'm at the place I'm in ri... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:39:02 EST Not computer savvy As I am the type of person who only learned enough about the computer to do my job--- I am not the most savvy. I hope I will get better as I lose weight with spark people. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:35:02 EST WHAT GETS YOU THROUGH THE DAY?? What gets me through the day is. Salads my childrens, smiles, my husbands hugs,10 min workouts,sparkfriends, and the list goes on and on. <em>334</em> <em>30</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:54:51 EST Our First Month!! I NEED YOUR HELP!! Hi there, <BR> <BR> You have been here for a month and I hope that you have been using that nutrition tracker and the fitness tracker. You have made some Fast Break goals and are having good luck with them. You have a Spark Page and belong to some teams that you enjoy. You have created some goals--long terma and short term, and you possibly have accomplished some of the short term goals by now. You have done your poster and are getting comfortable with the site. <BR> <BR> Now it is time... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 22:24:27 EST new to the team <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Marie & I joined SP on 3 July. I live in Washington county Oregon with my hubby, our Great Pyrenees Bismarck & our cat Casanova. I started out on a couple of other weight loss sites in the middle of June but then found SP & haven’t been back to those other places since. <BR> <BR> A huge part of the appeal of SP is the emphasis on LifeStyle change over simple weight loss and all the tools offered to help with that process. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:38:56 EST Introduction I heard about this site from a co-worker, who is also trying ,like me, to make some healthy lifestyle changes. I have about 38 more pounds to lose to reach my goal. I love all the resources this site has for me, and the support from other people like myself who are trying to lose weight. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:00:14 EST Betty by the Lake Hi, I just recently starting on this new adventure. I really love all the positive aspects of Sparkpeople. I'm not going to dwell on the past.......but move forward with the knowledge that I have attained and with the added knowledge that is set forth here! I enjoy walking, playing with my puppy and grandchildren & gardening, along with other activities. Thus, I'm determined to eat healthier & exercise, so that I can fully enjoy this great life that God has given me. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:17:54 EST Katzen Frau Hello - I found this site in the hopes of finding others who constantly struggle to get their weight under control and have a healthier life. I have already lost 40 lbs but since last December it seems I lose a couple of pounds one week and then gain them back the next week. I am trying to get myself motivated to lose the 40 lbs that need to still come off. My biggest problem is I love to cook and of course that means entertaining a lot so everyone can enjoy what I have created. I also en... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 06:14:55 EST barbie631 I joined Sparkpeople to get motivated to lose weight, I tried with countong calories but not having the weight loss I was hoping for, so I started the low carb weight loss, I hope I can stick with it, I lost 70 lbs doing that about 4 yrs ago and now I've gained 30 back, Is anyone else doing the low carb weight loss so I can share idea's and keep motivated with. I have to get this weight off!!!! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:44:53 EST How can I edit a shared recipe I created? I created a recipe for Fat-free Mayo-Parmesan Dip today and forgot to specify the servings -- so now it looks like the serving size is the whole recipe instead of two tablespoons! I couldn't find a way to either delete it or edit it. Can anyone help? Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:04:20 EST need help with arms to make my arms slimmer i tried pushups and weights...but instead iv ended up looking very muscular and my arm girth has actually shoulders and hest have also become broader...any suggestions??? Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:55:29 EST Emoticon--How are you feeling today? This is a great way to reflect on how you are feeling--and it gives you a chance to have some fun with the emoticons that we have. <BR> <BR> Select an emoticon (or two) that best describes your feelings and your day and share it with us! <BR> <BR> Have fun, <BR> Sylvia Sun, 18 Jul 2010 04:03:06 EST Motivational Poster Hi there, <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> Who has made their motivational poster? <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I thought this was a little silly when I started SP, but then two things happened that changed my thinking. One was when I read about it in the book, "The Spark." the other was when I created my own. It started out as an activity like I'd do with my students, but it became an important process to me. <BR> <BR> Many people have photographed theirs and put the photo on t... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 03:53:44 EST Are you making your goals? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> One of the things that I really understood from reading "The Spark" <em>305</em> is the importance of goals. It is really important to not only have that idea in your mind of exactly where you want to be in an "ultimate" sort of way. Those are your long-term goals as a rule, unless you joined SP with only a few pounds to lose, that often includes your goal weight and possibly a few better habits. <BR> <BR> The important goals are the short-term and medium range goa... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 03:33:30 EST Another newbie Hi! My name is Shelly and I am here because I am committed to making some positive changes in my life. I have been struggling with my weight for years but am having a particularly hard time losing the weight after baby number 3. With 5 kids under the age of 10 (I have 2 step-children) and a full time job I have found it difficult to find "me time" to look after myself. After a lifetime of shiftwork I am finding the Monday-to-Friday lifestyle exhausting. I come here looking for the support and... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:53:52 EST I did it! Hi! I have about 3.5kg's to lose to bring my BMI under 25 and I'll take it from there. I'm usually an all or nothing kinda girl when it comes to weight loss, but I am working on changing my attitude. I used to want to weigh what I did at varsity (45.5kgs) which is silly. Now I've lost 0.5kgs in my first two weeks and I figured out how to read my spark mail AND introduce myself!! WHOO-HOO! Hope y'all have a great weekend! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:24:01 EST Protein powder I love to use my "Magic Bullit" for smoothies and would like to add a protein powder at times but know little about this. Left the grocery store confused about which would be the best option. Any recommendations? Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:58:52 EST UK member! Hi everyone. I feel a bit silly doing this, but thought I'd post a quick message. I'm 36 and from the UK. I am a bit of a yo-yo dieter but have put on steadily over the last 12 months. I only fit into about 25% of the clothes in my wardrobe and I have loads of new clothes still with the tags on that I can't fit into. <BR> <BR> I hate exercise which I know is one of my serious weaknesses. But I do a tap dancing class once a week and I know that if I can find things which are fun I stand ... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:53:58 EST I need to make these changes for myself Hi All! I am a 48 year old granny who babysits nearly everyday for my grandkids. With each of my daughters baby's I gained 10 pounds and need to get it off. I am not sure why I let this get to this point but I need to do something it is starting to affect my health. I need to do this for me and my family. I am excited tohave found Spark. Someone mentioned ti to me a year or so ago and I am finally ready to make this change in my life. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:26:43 EST KailuaMomof4 Hello all! There's so much to see here at SparkPeople. I'm still taking it in. I'm 5'6", age 46, and don't think I can call my 180 lbs. baby weight anymore as my baby is 6 now. I used to swim competitively throughout my early teens and had athletic ability. I never thought of it as exercise, but was always out playing tennis with friends or riding bikes. After the third child I became much more housebound, and more so when I began to home school my children. While 130 was my weight in ... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 02:13:42 EST Changing weight measurement from KGs to Pounds Hi there, <BR> <BR> I submitted a tech question for those of you who have asked about changing your measuements from kgs to pounds and here is the response I received: <BR> ***************************** <BR> If a member chooses the metric option, they will see other members, including <BR> those using the English system, in metric. Those is Canada are automatically <BR> given the metric option because that is the meaursement customarily used. <BR> <BR> If they would like to change to usin... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:35:54 EST stuck above 200 I've hit a platau in my weight loss. I can't seem to get break this. I'm not sure what to do, i change my workout and still nothing. It has been more than 60 days. I haven't given up!! Can someone suggest how to break out of this platau??? Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:35:37 EST Vacations- --planning or already done? Hi! <BR> Are you planning to go on a trip? Have you already taken one? Share your plans or your trip with the rest of us. <BR> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 09:30:19 EST Good Day Bad Carbs Well, I didn't do the type of relaxing I would have liked but it was a good day. I went to an unemployed support group at church this morning and ended up being very chatty and had some great conversations, came up a outdoor medical trailer giving free sports exams, grabbed my boys and got them a physical for school, met with clients, was stood up by another but drove down the street of another client/friend and they were outside so had a nice brief visit and some good laughs, got a job lead,... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:44:57 EST New to the group! Hi I'm new to this group, but I'm excited to be with people who started the same time as I did. I'm on vacation, so I haven't weighed in yet - Monday(gulp!). I've done good, so we'll see. Wish me luck! Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:08:13 EST New to SP Hi there. I started officially on June 30th, but it wasn't until July 2nd that I started tracking my food and things like that. I've kind of gone about things in a haphazard way, just reading random things that interested me on the site. I don't think I've learned as much as someone who was more thorough might have. <BR> <BR> I've wanted to say hello before this, but I can be kind of shy at times, and it's hard for me to talk about my weight because it's so upsetting to me. But I finally... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 16:46:27 EST Hi - I'm a newbie =) Never posted on one of these boards before & I'm not really sure how to use this or what to do. I am trying to find the motivation to lose 15 to 20 pounds. I lost 10 pounds doing Weight Watchers about 5 months ago and was excited about my results, but when I hit a plateau and couldn't seem to get the last 5 pounds off I ended up frustrated & gained ALL 10 pounds I had lost back!!! Now every day I seem to say "tomorrow" I'll start back, "tomorrow" I'll do better, but I seem to be falling furth... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 21:48:44 EST Hello I joined last week and I'm kinda overwhelmed. I work full time and have a family. We all love facebook and there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. I haven't got into any boards yet, but I like what I've read so far. I'm excited to find such a supportive group of people. Any help for a newbie will be greatly appreciated! Wed, 7 Jul 2010 20:26:45 EST Here we go! I'm here for the articles, the support, the ideas to make it easier. I'm 55, and my goal is to feel healthy. I'm about 15 pounds over my goal weight, and most of it is due to less exercise than I need, and making less than healthy food choices! <BR> <BR> I like reading, being outdoors, swimming, motorcycling, quilting, etc. I work about 60-70 hours a week, so there is little time for the hobbies, though! <BR> <BR> But I need to make time for the healthy stuff. This website is helpin... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 14:47:31 EST Sup! Hi everyone! My name is Robin and I joined a few days before the July 4th holiday. Big mistake! I am a food addict and I have zero control around lots of food, so you know I was in big trouble at the get togethers I attended. SO I really began on Monday and I have been doing very well with everything. I lost 60 lbs that I have managed to keep of for some years now. But I need to lose at least another 30 and move forward to my goal. I sort just got comfortable with being a "normal" fat. I real... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 13:57:14 EST Getting to know me Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkP and I'm just running through my initial check list of things to do to get started. I live in North Carolina am married and the mother of 2 teenage boys. My weight has flucuated up and down for years. Last year I made it under the 200 mark and was thrilled but with the stress of my husband loosing a job and dealing with life it has snuck back up on me. I'm turning 50 next month and had hoped to be at my goal of loosing 50 by 50 but here I am starting over. S... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:38:18 EST Motivated! I am a mother of 3 children...18 yr, 13yr. & a 9 yr. old. I am happily married for 15 yrs this past June. My husband & I work as a team & keep each other motivated & positive on our journey to weight loss. Our children keep us busy with sports & dance classes. I have a daycare business that also keeps us both busy all the time. I love my life, family & friends. My goal is to become healthier for me, my kids & husband. I want to live a long fabulous life! Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:19:38 EST binging after meals. its Bernie the binge eater again. <BR> I am asking for help and ideas. I am starting the program this coming monday,but i thought yesterday i would slowly cut down on food in preparation for next week. <BR> All was fine during the day and last night i was alone my wife was out with my son,i went to the fridge and ate stir fry and rice left overs with five lighty buttered rivita biscuits ,followed by yogurt and a couple of canned plums and orange drink to help my cold i am getting over. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:18:21 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! My name is Kristen and i'm a 25 year old SAHM. My husband is a submariner in the USN and thanks to that we travel all over. It's fun because it's always a new adventure but it's also a little hard too, especially because most gyms require i start up fee. I am here because i'm going to lose 70 + pounds and be able to fit into my skinny jeans once again! Tue, 6 Jul 2010 08:56:48 EST Time to shift that baby belly Hi, I'm a mum of a nearly one year old boy and I've been putting off losing that excess baby weight for quite a while now. No more excuses, it's time to get moving! I'll be returning to work soon after maternity leave so if any extra motivation is needed to shape up then that's it. I'm keen on walking and hiking so I'm hoping that will help me towards my goals. It's the discipline I lack to eat healthily that may be the problem! But I've heard nothing but good things about this site so I'm su... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 06:23:50 EST heeeeeelllllllllll lllooooooooooo!!!!! hi there how are you? my name is chica am from Angola and am new to spark people! i love the website articles and blogs but am still a bit clueless on how to use the website. anyways i´ll get there hehehe. i wheigh 75kgs and would love to lose 13. i would like also to make lady friends and support each otehr. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 06:00:44 EST bernie the binge eater thanks for all those people who sent me welcome and support emails. <BR> I have a long road ahead of me.Its good to know i have such great backing ,certainly gives me motivation. <BR> The fun starts on monday 12th and its back to the health center and on with the diet. <BR> Again thanks for the letters. <BR> In answer to the question was i a queenslander originally,answer no, born glasgow, scotland, moved to london after war,emigrated to hollywood in 52 and ended up in australia in 1960.Lived... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 00:06:46 EST Hi everybody! Hello, My name is Stacie, I'm a stay at home mother of 4. My oldest daughter lives on her own, and I have 4 grands, which I often have. I have a 19 yr old that lives with me, but he's not home much. Then I have my 9yr old twins. My mother, sister and sister's husband all live in different parts of the same house. I usually cook for everyone. There are 4 of us that are obese, 2 that are skinny, and 2 that are a little heavy. My goal is to get myself and my kids healthy, and to find healthier r... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:03:08 EST Hi all! Day 2 here for me -- I'm feeling great! I've got abotu 50lbs to lose... and darn it! It will come off. I'd love it to come off RIGHTNOW! =) But eating right and exercising is the way to go... Would love to have a buddy to go through this with! I'm an almost 43 year old married mother of a 6 year old chatty little girl and would love to hear from anyone! =) <BR> <BR> Tips to bannish late-night (after 8:00) snacking is appreciated, too! <BR> <BR> Nancy Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:37:12 EST Dothan, Alabama Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople and still trying to figure out how everything works. Is anyone from Dothan, Alabama utilizing this site? Mon, 5 Jul 2010 09:49:15 EST Hi Bernie the bindge eater The name is Bernie,I have had a weight problem for most of my seventy one years. I just eat everything and always to much of it. <BR> Have lost and gained hundreds of pounds over life time and never really had a support group such as i have read about in spark. Married and have recently settled in a water front town house Queensland Australia <BR> Starting a new life style and at over 280lbs.with worn vertabras,will start diet and sports gym on monday 12th july. <BR> My wife could shed 30 to ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 02:20:23 EST Hello everyone I am new here I feel good that theres a place like this online. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 14:04:24 EST healthy,fit and fun! I am so happy to be a member of SparkPeople. I look forward to using this site everyday to learn skills to improve my eating and fitness lifestyle! Best wishes for all of you! Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:17:46 EST Hi There Hi and thanks for warm welcome. I'm Rachel. I was part of another weight loss site but heard about SparkPeople and decided to take a look and really liked it. Since I started diligently trying to get the weight off 1-1/2 years ago, I've lost to date 60 pounds. I have 60 more to go to reach my goal. The one thing I really need help with is exercise. I want to and know I need to, but I'm so tired by the end of the day with working, that I don't exercise much. Well, anyways, I'm glad I'm ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 07:00:16 EST New to SparkPeople Hi all, my name is Erin-Caitlin. <BR> <BR> Although I'm new to SparkPeople I've been on this journey to a healthier me since April. I've lost 37 lbs. so far. I'm looking forward to learning new ways to help myself achieve my weight loss and healthy lifestyle goal. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 00:03:21 EST 35 years old 5' 3" 180lbs i am too heavy need too loose atleast 40lbs. have joint problems started excercise level is almost nil. except household work. <BR> any suggestions to eat well, excercises that i can start with are welcome <BR> thank you. i am very hopeful i will do it this time! Sat, 3 Jul 2010 21:42:02 EST Ready to get started getting healthy Hi, Well today is the day I have decided to turn my life around. I hope, well I know, I can do it!! When tracking my nutrition for today, I was shocked at how many calories I had already consumed. It was an eye opener for sure. <BR> <BR> I am married and the mother of two adult daughters. One is married and the other still lives at home and is in college. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 18:37:43 EST Hello, how are you, I`m new My name is rwcrue and I`m new to all of this but will figure it out...eventually. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 17:43:27 EST Hi everyone! Hi all, it's been a week since I started SP and I'm really enjoying it! THere is a crazy amount of information on this site, and better that I browse here instead of Facebook, which I"m really addicted to! I have to lose about 95 lbs or so, so I gather I'll be on here a while! Please post to say hello and especially if you've succeeded at losing a lot of weight....sometimes I think of the time involved and get discouraged.....but I really have no choice but to move forward... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 15:59:45 EST An Idea I know I have only been with SP since Tuesday, but it just makes since to me the way they plan the meals. I think I have always known it, but just kept eating the stuff I liked the most (JUNK!) I wonder will it get harder to follow. I am praying not. I'd liked to hear from some SP friends who have been doing it awhile. Thanks, Candy Sat, 3 Jul 2010 15:47:20 EST Hello Nice to Meet you I'm Tenaj19611, a 49 year old proud grandmother of 1 granddaughter. I have never dieted in my life, but now find I'm obese. At the same time I'm trying to loose weight I've quit smoking. Trying to stay to see my grandbaby married. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:01:35 EST Help! Where can I find something that give me the calories of individual foods? Sat, 3 Jul 2010 11:12:38 EST Hi- I'm Jenny... Good morning to all. I'm happy to be here and look forward to starting to get my life in order - again :)....Thank you to my friend Jane for leading me to Sparks . <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:09:47 EST Can't find my SparkBuddy's nutrition tracker My sister and I are SparkBuddies. I can get to her SparkPage, but we want to be able to share what we're eating my seeing each other's nutrition tracking page. So far I haven't figured that out. Can anyone help? Sat, 3 Jul 2010 09:16:05 EST hi iam flea I am a girl trying to look gd and be much healthy i get home sit with my cat and pig out i wont to be active even thought i play football ! i wont to be like everyone else and not like thought super skinny models <BR> I wont to be me !!!!!! just a bit skiner and fitter !!!!! Sat, 3 Jul 2010 03:44:35 EST I have been in denial for too long! Hi. I am not sure if this will work but I hope so. A little bit about me, I used to be in the army and had a perfect body all my life until I got pregnant with my first child when I was 24 years old. Almost seven years ago I was 130 now I am 197 pounds! Its hard for me to look at pictures. Every time I do I realize that I am in denial: I can't believe that is me. I never had to watch what I ate, our my weight, didn't know about calories or even exercise unit I joined the army. I used to worko... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 01:46:56 EST The turning point. Today, is July 3rd, at Gettysburg, PA, it was the turning point of the Civil War. After Gettysburg, General Lee knew the south could not win the war. Today, will be a turning point in my life. I will expect a miracle, and praise God for it. <em>30</em> Sat, 3 Jul 2010 01:22:21 EST need to change my eating habits Hi my name is Julie i need to change my eating habits and get more active. I have been married for 11 years i do not have children but i have 4 legged children i have 3 dogs. I enjoy being around horses as i own one but he is for sale right now, i like to read listen to music watch movies and my fav channel on tv is animal planet. I need to get healthy because i need to set an example for my husband who is 36 and has some health issues and he is on disability so i need to show him that i can ... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 01:02:33 EST Hi, I am new, I am so excited to be a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 19:31:58 EST Hello, my name is Amy. I am a wife, mother of four children. I am very excited about joining Sparkpeople. I look forward to making friends, gaining a healthy lifestyle, and gaining a positive self-esteem, and confidence. I look forward to encouragement from others and giving encouragement. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 18:21:28 EST hello I am hoping to recommit myself to health and fitness this summer and recover from a back injury. Phil. 4:13 -- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 18:13:46 EST Life is What Happens AFTER the gym! Hi! My name is KT, I'm 38 years old and working to get BACK down to goal. A year ago, I lost 90 pounds (over 2 years) and now I'm struggling with maintenance. I've gained back about 5-7 pounds and I want it gone gone gone! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 17:26:16 EST I'm ready! Been a "dieter" for years. No results. Just got married last fall and we are moving next week. I'm ready to make a fresh start and finally be healthy and feel good about myself! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 16:05:32 EST Hello! Hello there, I'm joining the Spark community this week. I have about 50 pounds to lose to be at a healthy weight I know it's a long road ahead of me, but I hope that between the support I have at home, and the support I hope to find here, that I can do it! I was inspired to join this site because I recently saw a good friend of mine for the first time in over a year, and she lost 65 pounds using this site and looks FANTASTIC!! I hope that by next summer I can have the same results. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 13:14:11 EST Hi, just starting, need all the help I can get. I've dieted for a lot of my life. Realised that dieting isn't the answer, but healthy lifestyle is. Realised this when I was already overweight... Got married, had a baby, got depression, and PILED on the pounds. Now it's time to change this, it goes no further!! <BR> <BR> Any tips, friendly advice and buddies would be much appreciated!! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 13:13:27 EST Q Q- Queen bees who keep all the bees working as a unit to create that yummy honey and beautiful flowers...may they never go extinct. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:44:40 EST New to the spark I spent a lort of time in the gym as a young man, and now at 47, gravity has started to drag down once firm muscle. I don't have a lot to loose, but need to firm up what is dragging. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 11:19:15 EST Hey new sparkers Hello everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself to the team forum (even though I joined earlier this week...I am not only fat but extremely lazy). I've set up my page here so feel free to stop by and make friends! I'd love to hear from you! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:47:44 EST TQuiles-Greenville,SC Glad to join SPARK. I realized I needed more help in losing weight. I have not been successful in the past five years. Tired of the yo-yo weight lost. My goals are to lose 50 pounds and drink 8 glasses of water. It has not been easy. This is my third day, I realize I am not eating enough calories. Hope everyone is having a great day. Off to my Zumba class. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:32:31 EST Hi motivators! We all need to change to make the most of our lives and that includes me! I'm happy to join this group. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:17:30 EST Day One - Overwhelmed! Hey ya'll - <BR> <BR> My name is Niina, I'm 28 and I'm trying to lose 90 pounds by my 30th birthday which is in about 14.5 months. I've browsed through a bunch of spots on this site and I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed! Where should I start??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> NinjaJo926 (Niina) :) Fri, 2 Jul 2010 00:25:03 EST Practically pefect Paul Howdy, I'm practically perfect Paul. I live on the west side. Just getting into Spark but hope to warm up real quick. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 23:33:26 EST Hello! I joined SparkPeople today. In the past year, I've lost a bit of weight, but need to lose more. I belong to a gym and DO attend, although I don't go as often as I think I should. On the other hand, I take yoga at the same gym and love it! Anyway ... I am looking forward to SparkPeople and getting to know its members. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 22:32:58 EST New to the Community Hi, My name is Mark and I am new to Spark People. I'm 47 years old. I am 100 1bs overweight and I am now choosing to live healthier lifestyle. I'm still learning my way around here. Look forward to meeting new people and make new friends. See You soon. Good Luck to everyone on their new life choices. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 22:16:27 EST Hi! Hi there! I'm new to this site and am still a bit confused about what goes on here, so I'm working through the "Getting Started" checklist. I heard about this site after buying the Spark book. I'm hopeful this will help me work toward my goals. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any tips about how to best use this site, please send them my way! I have to admit I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now. :P Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:51:34 EST Me Hi, I'm 45 years old. I am a RN . I have recent gained wt after the death of my mother last year and would like to get back on track.I have Fibromylaligia and I feel like the wt.gain is making my symptoms worse.I am discouraged because the meds the dr started me on aren't helping,but make it difficult for wt. loss Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:13:43 EST Getting serious about weight loss Hi, I'm a 51 year old mother of 3 grown children. I have one grandson who is 8 years old. I have been going to the gym for the past 6 years thinking that if I just exercise everyday the weight will eventually come off. WRONG.....I have not lost one pound in 6 years no matter how hard I exercise...It's time to get serious about weight loss and I found this sight by accident while browsing the internet. So far I am very impressed with the site. Hope to connect with people in the same boat... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:55:14 EST Making a Change! Hi, I'm a 47 year old math teacher who is trying to take advantage of the summer off to get into a better routine. I spent many years in the Marine Corps, but in the past 10 years I've become more sedentary and relaxed into eating the wrong foods. Of course, having 5 kids didn't help, either. I just have 3 teenagers still at home, and instead of improving their habits, I've let mine go downhill with them. <BR> So here I am :) I need to bring us back to healthy eating and increase my acti... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:48:01 EST Hello, everyone My name is Toni. How is everyone tonight? I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I know nothing about dieting, like what is good to eat and how much. So I thought I'd join this site to get some help with my goals. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:59:52 EST Where are you from? I'm from Milan, Illinois (in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities area) Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:39:54 EST Hey! I'm new! Hey everyone, I am Teresa- a 25 year old, married, nurse, mother of three daughters. I joined SparkPeople because my mom told me to, she's on here somewhere too (probably better we don't run into each other lol). I have dealt with eating disorders since I was about 12... ranging from bulimia, to anorexia, to just overeating. When I got married, nearly 5 years ago, I weighed 123- now here I am at 162(.4!) and I feel awful. Not just for myself, but for my husband (who has recently taken off al... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:02:04 EST newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Nancy, i'm 24 been married to my wonderful husband for almost 6 years. We have 2 little boys ages 5 and 3. I'm a military spouse as well as a stay at home mom. I want to lose the last 15 lbs from before i had kids, but the main reason for joining is i want to get healthy and feel better about myself. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 16:50:33 EST Hello Hello, this is so very new to me. I am having so many troubles to losing weight, and feeling good about myself. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:55:25 EST Well....This is me. Hello everyone, my name i Steve. I am a forty-five year old single father of two unbelievably wonderful kids. My children and I are actually pretty active; walking, bicycling, hiking, canoeing, camping, gardening, playing softball, etc., and we grow a lot of our own food (organicaly) but I have a tendency to overeat and/or emotionally overeat, especially at night. The pictures that you see of me on my personal page, was taken four years ago, right after my divorce. I entend to update these ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:35:41 EST Hi Everyone! I'm Carter114 and just getting started today. I am looking forward to making positive changes in my life as well as getting to know you. As much as I am looking to others for support, I am happy to give it right back to you!! Here's to a successful second half of 2010! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:33:08 EST I'm new My name is Kira and I figure this site will be more useful then a set diet that limits what you eat. Here I can enter what I have eaten and when I see how many calories I am consuming that should scare me into eating healthier. Now all I have to do is find motivation to exercise Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:13:35 EST New, with a lot to lose. I've never "talked" to strangers before via internet. Very green at this! <BR> However, I needed a cheering section to keep going with my goals, and a support team for when I fail. <BR> Need to lose 50lbs. My goal was to turn 50 and be 50 lbs thinner. Well, I'm 50, that's about it!! <BR> Anyone out there who wants to help? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:21:39 EST Hi There! I'm new and a lil nervous. Any suggestions to ways on how to not make this a struggle? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:09:59 EST Hello From Nashville My name is Judi. I am 43 years old, married for 19 years and have 2 children. My BMI is 44 and I am trying to prep myself for gastric bypass surgery, so I need to lose some weight and get fit enough for the procedure. <BR> <BR> I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and fibromyalgia. For me, this is a life or death matter to lose weight because if I don't do something now, I fear I will die within the next 10 years. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:00:18 EST Any suggestions This is my 2nd attempt at using SparkPeople! I could use any suggestions to staying motivated and social! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 12:46:55 EST hi I'm "R" How is it going. Anyone able to tell me how to track my nutrition for a length of time (wk/mo)? I opened the meal planner and all my meals from yesterday showed up today. R Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:35:03 EST New to Spark Hello all! I jut signed up on here today. I am still trying to figure this all out! Any good tips that will help with this? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:36:24 EST douglas51 I just turned 46 and my youngest child just graduated from high school. I now want to take the time for me which includes life changes of lots of exercise and eating healthy. I work in the health field and we seem to be the worse for exercise and eating right. I want to be a better me! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:52:39 EST Hi, newbie Hi, I'm Lizzy. This is the first time I've ever tried a diet and exercise program. I am determined to lose weight after the birth of my daughter. I just don't know how to do it and so am hoping that I can get the help and motivation needed on this website. <BR> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:00:43 EST New person here! Hi! <BR> So happy to have found this site, with great people and support :) <BR> I'm a 30 year old chap living in the UK. I aim to change my lifestyle completely, giving up smoking, unhealthy food and general lethargy for something altogether better! <BR> Good luck to you all! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 03:23:51 EST New to the Community! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Deborah. I am here to begin living a more healthy life. My goal is to lose weight and to STOP eating refined sugar in sweets and otherwise. I also want to begin eating more clean, sustainably and locally. As well, I am new to online communities and hope to make some friends! <BR> <BR> Much success to you! <BR> Deborah Thu, 1 Jul 2010 00:41:10 EST Introducing myself... Hello, all! I've picked July 1st as the latest first day of my diet/fitness/wellness plan. I'm a therapist and a client recommended this site, so I'm giving it a try. I have a hard time staying on track through any out-of-the-ordinary experience (a party, family gathering, etc.), esp. if alcohol is involved. I'm turning 40 in 6 months and am just tired of not feeling proud of myself on this front. Have fingers crossed that this site will help! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 00:07:05 EST New and needing encouragement Hi, thanks for noticing me. I'm needing help to lose weight. I use to be VERY active but can't do what I use to. I'm hoping for ideas that will help me be successful in this weight loss journey. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:46:37 EST Finally!! Well i have been "trying" to lose weight for quite some time now and have had little success, but have gotten back into a rut. I exercise often, but I don't really watch what i eat, so my weight loss has halted. I am very hopeful that joining spark people will help me track everything that i eat so I'm more aware of what i'm eating. By tracking everything that i put in my body, I'm hoping that it will keep me more honest with myself. Apparently, just because no one else sees you eat that c... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:25:27 EST First Time User Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> This is the first time that I have done any kind of weight loss program so im excited to see how well it works. I look forward to learning how to live a healthy lifestyle and shed some unwanted pounds! <BR> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:21:30 EST Sooo great to be here!!! Hello to all on this great site. I wish sooo much for myself and you all in the future as we reach for the skies to obtain such great goals for our lives. Now on to me, I am the mother of 6, and wife to 1. I love arts and crafts, I am primarily a homemaker and am great at what I do, but need to lay off the baking I have done over the years. Currently overweight and have been this way since having my first child 14 years ago. After each child the pounds packed on and for life of me have had th... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:41:40 EST Hi, New to group Hi All, I'm Jan and I desparately need to loose weight. I desire to lose at least 50 lbs (preferably before New Year's when my step-daughter is getting married) in a healthy, non-fad way. I like to eat natural and whole grain foods - the less processed the better. NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS! <BR> <BR> I'm a stay at home mom and I homeschool my 2 teenagers. Currently my family and I live in the great state of Texas and love it here. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting more as the days go b... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:44:44 EST New to Spark People I have recently started my life changing diet an life style. My goal is to loose 40 lbs. by this Thanksgiving. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:53:53 EST Hello, I'm New Here! Not to sure about this but here goes...I have joined this site as a way to track my weight loss and to improve my general overall health and well being. My goal is to lose the 20 lbs. I gained when I quit smoking last year. On July 9th I will be celebrating 1 year free of breast cancer. As you can see by my groups I have many different interests and my interests seem to change all the time. Looking forward to having a lot of fun with this and reaching my goals and learning new things. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:28:20 EST Hello Hi, my name is Jolene and I'm here to hopefully lose some weight and get healthy. I need all the support I can get. I am easily discouraged and not very motivated on my own. I have two teenage daughters that run circles around me. Can't never seem to keep up. Tired of feeling frumpy. Maybe with the help of Sparkpeople and my husband I can do this. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:49:14 EST Hello everyone my name is Angie I am glad to be a part of this group. I need friends to help encourage my weight loss. Ihave parkinsons dsease and the meds cause alot of problems. I need some buddies Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:46:44 EST Introduction Hello! I'm Jaime. I am 22 years old. I currently weigh 217 pounds. I have been overweight my whole life but just started bothering me after graduation. All throughout high school I stayed steady at 180 and within the last year topped 200 pounds. I hate my body and the way I look right now and really hoping that with the help of this team, and spark people, that I can finally start to lose weight and begin feeling good about myself again. <BR> <BR> Look forward to working with you all through... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:34:48 EST Hello! I am new here. Looking forward to loosing some post baby weight, since he is about to be 1, lol. I would love to get back to my weight in HS many years ago, which is 105-ish. I have a hard time staying motivated, so hoping this site and community can help me! <BR> Hubby and I hope to have #3 child in the next 12-18 months, so I want to be small(er) before that. Hoping to loose 10-15 pounds by Jan 1. <BR> <BR> Much luck to you all on your health, fitness, and weight-loss journey Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:31:58 EST summer eating During the summer I have more time to exercise and follow an eating plan. However, one big snag I run into is eating out and having company over for dinner. Last night we ate out and I was amazed that I was just under for my calories for the day. There are so many hidden calories in food when we eat out and it's hard to control. Eating out with others tends to make me nervous and I eat and drink things I normally wouldn't have. I will work on planning ahead when eating out and hopefully that ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:31:10 EST Hi Im marshwe Im here to lose weight and have a support group all at the same time. My bf suggested we use this site together to lose weight. That way we can support each other while getting healthy. I lost quit over 200lbs a few years back and now its coming back. I have not regained it all and thats why Im here I dont want that to happen! So being new to this please have some patience with me and lets do this! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:00:00 EST Hi Hello! My name is Brittany, I am a 18 year old girl and I'm trying to lose weight for My Boyfriend and to look better for college. I know I need support and I want to thank all of you for your help, Thanks! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:52:37 EST new to sparkpeople hi everyone, im new to the site and im still trying to make my way around and figure things out. i am a member of weight watchers and have lost 18lbs in about 12 weeks and im now hitting a plateau so im just exploring new ways to get inspiration and keep myself motivated. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:57:22 EST Hello to All! My name is Erica and I have 3 little angels. My oldest son will be 6 in August, my middle son will be 4 in September and my little princess just turned 1 on the 7th of June. I am and sah homeschooling mom and an army wife so, needless to say, things stay pretty busy around here. We are moving in a few months and I am trying to stay healthy and lose at least 10 more pounds to get down to my goal weight. Thanks for helping me out. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 07:59:11 EST Hello Fellow Spark Members My name is Niki and new to the program, If anyone wants to share their stories or jus chat send me a message. Or if ya have any tips or suggestions or whatever same thing, jus clicky the button. Thanks look forward to meeting u. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:54:07 EST joydevi My goal to lose 20 lbs. in 6 months.....a difficult and hard rod ahead.....In my heart I need a whole year to accomplish. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:51:28 EST out of control backslider In the last year, I have lost 38 lbs, but have gotten so off track am gaining,( 10) lbsback and dont seem to be able to stop. Need some ideas to stop this self destruction. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:18:28 EST Tired of being fat I am 53 years old. When my husband died 8 years ago, I went into menopause and subsequently gained close to 50 lbs. I've lost about 10 of those pounds and am determined to get my old body back. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 20:33:08 EST let me introduce myself im new here... hi my name is jessica i have 3 children just had my third she is 8 weeks now trying to get rid of the baby weight so i can look and feel better about myself.. i have 2 boys and now a girl also.. im hoping to get some good motivation, exercising and healthy meal ideas from this site along with meeting new people.. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:39:04 EST Request for accountability Hi, I was using spark for awhile, then stopped, and today deleted my old account and started this one to start fresh (and so I could make a page with a weight loss goal). I've lost about 40 pounds since 2005. It's been slow but at least I haven't had any relapses. Throughout this journey I've started doing things I never imagined possible: bike trips, races (triathlon, 5k, 10k, half marathon), swimming, vinyasa yoga, and even trying out sports I've never tried before ... or wouldn't becaus... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:02:52 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Tracy (Tiguer). This is my first time joining SP - so I'm totally new to this! So far, I love the site and I wonder why I struggled with other sites before this! <BR> <BR> Your location - Rochester, MN <BR> Your age or age group - 33 <BR> Your family - Married to a wonderful guy for almost 9 years. Two kids, DD age 4 and DS, age 1. We have a bichon/lab puppy (yes, he is weird looking...strange mix.) named Windsor. <BR> Your occupation - I work in finance for a large... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:24:02 EST Hi! I posted on the thread, but wanted to say that I love all the choices under the nutrition part of the plan. I have been full after every meal. :) Which is not always true from other things I have tried. The choices defintely takes the brain work out of it! I'm loving this! <em>249</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:04:32 EST mandip56 hello fellow sparkys , my name is mandy and i'm 36 yrs old and i'm embarking on my journey to losing weight and feeling good about myself , as a mum to 3 boys i dont seem to find time to eat healthy or exercise as i'm either too busy or too tired . And i'd like this to change without sounding selfish , i hope i can meet like minded people and enjoy this experience and who knows in time we can all acheive our goals . X X X Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:58:27 EST Hello all I'm Kelly and ready to go. Just taking Spark on a test drive has already motivated me. I wish everyone much success Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:43:38 EST daisyismydog I just graduated from highschool. With these other big changes in my life I am trying to be healthier and happier each day. I also want to get into shape for when I meet those cute college guys! Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:28:47 EST hi Hi, my name is Marianna and I would like to lose 30-40 pounds. I have all ready started working out and am doing great at that. Also started eating better doing ok with that as well. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:27:28 EST Hello Everyone Hi All. My name is Cindy. I just joined and I'm trying to get to know all that spark is all about. My goal is to loose 20 pounds and learn to eat healthier. Although I'm a vegetarian I have not managed to put it all together and learn how eat correctly. I have been a vegetarian now for about three years. I stopped smoking about a year ago and moved to a new city. Since I stopped smoking I have looked towards food as my comfort and gained some weight. I just hope I can get motivated en... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:19:12 EST Needs Motivation Hi Everyone <BR> I'm new here I am really looking for motivation to get me to a healthier weight. Prior to my firs pregnancy in 2008 I was 185 pounds after I had my son I was hoping to lose weight but I ended up pregnant again in 2009 after my second son was born in November of 09 I told myself I really need to get down to a healthier weight, I was gestational diabetic with both my kids and I run the risk of becoming diabetic later in life unless I do something about it. I have lost a total ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:37:21 EST Hello! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Katie and I am new to this site! I started my weight loss journey at 215 pounds after gaining close to 100 pounds after fracturing my back and slipping into severe depression and binge eating. I am proud to announce that I am now 193 pounds after 1 month of eating right and starting to exercise again! I joined this site to help me keep track of calories and exercise, meet others who are also losing weight, and help me get to my goal weight of 150 pounds (at... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:53:30 EST Hello! Hello! I have been overweight for sometime and been inconsistent with dieting. I have a 7 year old daughter and just recently left my husband. So now I am off to a new start in life, what better time than to make a lifestyle change and loose that weight. I joined spark people as a way to stay on track. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:10:00 EST Hello everyone My name is Russ, and a good friend of mine guided me to this site. I've been looking for a way to go on a diet and stay on it, and this has worked for her. I figure it she can do it, so can I. I'm just tired of being overweight and having no energy. It makes it very difficult to keep up with my three (soon to be four) year old daughter. I also got a scare when my father had a heart attack last year. We thought he was healthy, but now we know better. I am bound and determined to make this work... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 01:42:04 EST Hello I have reached my heaviest this week at 261 lbs. I don't even want to say it but I have said enough is enough. I am almost 33 and something needs to be done. So I will do something. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:52:48 EST hello from country south oz just needing to take better care of myself after a back injury 5 months ago, not working and putting on a little more weight. need motivation without the expense of a gym etc....any1 happy to help i am happy to listen...and thankyou in advance.... bluewren1 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:49:48 EST Hello Everybody! Hi, <BR> I just found and joined this site and am very excited! I am one of those people who have done many different diets and always gained weight back. This site seems like a breath of fresh air to someone struggling with the emotional and unconscious eating habits of a lifetime. I am a fifty something woman who needs to lose about 20 pounds. I have recently started to train for sprint triathlons and love to exercise but I can't seem to loose any weight. Portion size is one of my greates... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:25:34 EST Hello I was a member about 2 years ago. I weighed 426 pounds at my most then I was admitted into the hospital with congestive heart failure. My doctor told me today I had severe CHF a year ago now I have mild CHF. My goal is by the end of the year I want to be healthy again and on my way to a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:37:08 EST hello to all I am really into this and hope that I will lose what I intent to. I am stong willed and have done this before, only to gain it back, so I hope that i can deelop a new life style Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:51:09 EST Mimzy139 I'm Mimzy139. I'm a Christian who trusts that my goal weight was given to me by the Lord. It may sound crazy, but I prayed for a goal weight and 139 was the number I was given. I turn 50 next year and I really want to reach this goal by then. I'm diabetic, type 2, and I find it hard at times to keep the numbers where they should be. I work on it constantly, however, I am learning that stress can really send it up. My son's been in Afghanistan and goes back next Spring. I trust the Lord to kee... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:37:30 EST Hi, I am Lynzie Hello, <BR> I just joined today and I am looking forward to using this new site and all the new resources available to help me lose weight successfully!! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:26:35 EST Introduction Hi All, <BR> I'm new to this site. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm hoping that I learn how to fix and eat better meals. <BR> I'm 42 yrs married and have 3 grown kids ages 27 , 24 and 20. I'm also a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy named Jr. I work in the education field as a counselor. I'm hoping to lose 20 lbs by August 15 if possible. <BR> <em>58</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:54:12 EST New to Spark I'm a mom of 4 with a desire to return to a CONSISTANT healthy lifestyle. I am reintroducing myself to body building and have recently taken up yoga. My toughest challeges are time and support, both of which I lack. My greatest motivators are competitive challenges and encouragement. I look forward to taking advantage of the many tools and resources available through SparkPeople to keep me on track and motivated. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:45:46 EST Newbie from Cincinnati! Hi! <BR> I am a 34-year old, stay-at-home mom of two boys. They are 10 and 11. I school them at home using a virtual charter school. I live near Cincinnati, OH with my husband of almost 13 years. I LOVE to read! My favorites are anything vampire or supernatural. I am looking to lose 63 pounds by my 35th birthday in February. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:07:52 EST tiger1975 Hi, I here like the rest of you to not only to lose weight but create a heathier lifestlye. I have been on lots of diets and of course lost but gained it all back plus some. I am at my heaviest and am having more and more health problems. I want to grow old with my husband not live a short life. I have always been heavy even as a child. My Husband loves me no matter what but I don't care about myself. Being overweight this long has depressing and I find myself getting more depressed. I don't ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:26:31 EST Hi All Hi my name is Linda and I am going to be forty this September . I was the fat kid in school. I still am the fat one , only now it has spilled over into my family . I am here to change our lives for the better. I do appreciate all the support and help I can get , because we are going to need it . In return if I can be of any help and support I will gladly lend a hand. Thank you very much, Linda Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:32:00 EST Hi Everyone Hi I am new to this site and I am very excited. I have been trying to loose weight and have been having a hard time getting it off. I am hoping this will help me and guide me in the right direction. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:14:31 EST Greetings I joined this morning upon recommendation from my lovely wife who has been a member for awhile. I've gone from 245 to 220 in the last few months but have "leveled out" recently. I'd like to maintain a healthy lifestyle and also work towards the top level of a healthy BMI. I'm a CPA with a love of music. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:10:44 EST I'm glad to be here (new convert) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Teresa. I found when a friend told me about it on Facebook. I'm 54 years old, and reached my highest weight of 252 lbs around Christmastime of 2009. I felt awful: no energy, heart skipping beats, joints aching with arthritis, did I say no energy?!? I decided enough was enough. I started my new lifestyle around April 1st, after my latest grandson was born, and I suffered an acute sciatica attack while trying to help his mother recover from a C... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:30:33 EST Greetings Hello, I am Sean and am new to sparkpeople. I have been actively losing weight since Jan (have lost 24 pounds) but still have a way to go. It seems that I have hit another plateu and am looking for ways in which to shake up my routine to see more progress. I am looking forward to interacting with you and hopefully we can all reach our goals. See you all online. <BR> <BR> Sean Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:43:11 EST Hello to all the beautiful sparkspeople :) Hi, <BR> I recently joined sparkpeople, I am from Berlin, Germany and I am ready to start loosing weight!!! :) <BR> xoxo <BR> yara00s Mon, 28 Jun 2010 07:37:03 EST Losing weight for health and well being Hello, my name is Patty. I have tried LA Weight Loss and Weight Watchers. Just recently I have been on a bariatric weight loss program, but it is getting too expensive. I am ready for a healthy lifestyle change that doesn't involve eating protein bars 3 times a day that can only be purchased one place. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 06:55:35 EST bevp well i am trying to lose some weight here and i hope this works everything else seems not to. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:55:24 EST Fingers Crossed! Here we go...a journey to healthier living! While I just found the program today, this seems like a great place to stop procrastinating and start seeing results! Will keep you posted as I progress!! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:30:32 EST 50+ with pounds to shed Hi, <BR> I am TrimL24 and has just joined SparkPeople. I am hoping to shed 21 pounds by October 31st 2010. In two and a half weeks I lost 7 pounds. I have been on a no fruit and carb diet and so so it has been okay. My problem is I hate any kind of exercise decause I get very itchy. The dermatologist that I saw call it 'exercise induced syndrome' which is actually my body havig an allergic reaction to my warm blood . It does not happen all the time but because I never know when it will happe... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:50:20 EST Hello Hey Everyone, My name is Cherie & I have just joined this programme today :) I have 3 stone to loose hopefully by mid november as this is when im having my 30th birthday & I want to look my best, hopefully I will suceed Take Care XX Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:47:55 EST New to Spark People My name is Mitzi and I'm struggling with losing weight again. I need to lose about 30lbs. I went on LA weight loss about 5 years ago and I lost 50lbs. I was heavier then. I kept it off for about a year and then slower started gaining back. I'm not back to what I was but I'm headed there and I want to stop it while I'm still ahead. I quit smoking 7 months ago and immediately gained 15lbs. I'm struggling with continuing to be smoke free AND lose the weight. Unfortunately I am not easily self mo... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:45:48 EST Ready to Change I want to change... Just not sure if I am ready to disapoint myself again... not meeting my goals and falling back soo far again. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:39:38 EST bye bye stress and extra weight I have 20 lbs. to lose, but just as important I need to reduce the stress in my life. My weight issues are stress related and I have begun to have physical problems as well. Teaching is my passion, but it can be all consuming at times. When I'm working, I find my life is often out of balance. Reading the Spark People book has given me hope that I can regain the balance in my life and lose the extra weight to feel and look better. I've never joined a blog community before and am looking forwar... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:10:09 EST New Member Hi Everyone - I wanted to introduce myself to the SparkPeople community. <BR> <BR> I have reached the point where I have tried every known gimmick diet out there. Recently, I joined Isagenix as a way to lose 10% of my overall weight in order to be an eligible candidate for bariatric surgery. I quickly took off 25 pounds and then put the 25 right back on. Isagenix taught me nothing, except helping me to realize that I don't want to have surgery and that there are no quick fixes. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:59:58 EST Menopause Mania I am Kim struggling with the enormous weight gain I feel is due to fluctuating hormones of menoopause. So drastically unfair. I am working out daily but getting so very frustrated because my weight goes up instead of down. I do build muscle quickly but have been running 2 miles 3 times per week in addition to weight training 3 times per week. I thought maybe by joining I may meet others who have conquered similar weight gain. How do you do it? Sun, 27 Jun 2010 10:55:34 EST stress stressed to loose weight for my holiday and my personnel life Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:47:04 EST 4 letter word scrabble This is a fun little word game in which you look at the word that is posted last and it is your job to post and list a 4 letter word that begins with the final letter of the word in that previous post. (We will stick to 4 letter words that won't get censored in a public place, ha ha!!) <BR> <BR> Our start-up word is LOVE. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:35:44 EST A to Z, What are you thankful for? Hello, <BR> <BR> This is a fun thread to follow the alphabet and list an item that you are thankful for that starts with the letter of the alphabet that follows the last post. Try not to list your children and spouses and grandchildren, but other pleasures in your life. <BR> This is a way to help us all think of everything positive in our lives and to share and support each other. It is also a game that is fun and easy to join in on. <BR> <BR> I'll get us started... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:26:34 EST Problems or emergencies? --Post here ASAP If you are in any type of trouble that you need to (or want to) share, please post here. We will do everything that we can to get you info or to lend a hand to help make things better. <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <BR> We can't replace a doctor or lawyer or other professional, but we can offer support, ideas, messages, links to other teams or info that may help you. <BR> <BR> This is more for emergencies--if you have questions, please go to our question thread under General Dis... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:23:03 EST Let's get started this week Building in fitness can seem like a scary thing if you haven't been focused on it recently. Let's start today through July with 10 minutes of walking or any other activity that you enjoy. Please post here and share how this is going for you. Please feel free to brag if you are doing more or different activities. (The rest of us can use the motivation and good ideas. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>231</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:17:17 EST Daily chatting! Come here to visit with each other Hi there, <BR> <BR> Please come here to say "hi" and visit with everyone. Talk about your day, your successes, your issues, your job or family or anything that you want to discuss. This is just for fun and to keep up on each other's news. <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <em>39</em> <em>28</em> <em>198</em> <em>246</em> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:10:22 EST Welcome--Ask SparkPeople questions here! <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <BR> Hi! <BR> Please save this thread for asking questions about anything SparkPeople. If you want to know how to do something, please bring it up here. If you want to understand something, this is the place to ask. If you are confused about something, please mention it here. I can't guarantee we will know the answer immediately, but if we don't, we will find the answer or find someone who knows the answer for you. <em>38</em> <em>38<... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 03:06:19 EST Please, Introduce yourself to the team! Hi there, <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of us. I'll share some ideas that you may want to talk about--and please feel free to add other things that I didn't think of, (Also, please don't share any of the items I mentioned if you don't want to share them. That is perfectly fine as well!!) <BR> <BR> Your name/username <BR> Your location <BR> Your age or age group <BR> Your family <BR> Your occupation <BR> Your pets <BR> Your hobbies <BR> What brought you... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 02:45:01 EST Your Team Leaders Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm Sylvia (ENUFF81020) and CHEFAMANDA are the team leaders for the June 27-July 3, 2010 SP Class. There are so many awesome things about SP to share with you. We are here to help you find them and to answer questions, while you set your personal goals and get going towards a more healthy you. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Please make sure that you introduce yourself on the team introduction thread. We will start getting to know each other better that way. <BR> <BR> We... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 02:35:59 EST