SparkPeople SP Class of July 25-31, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from July 25-31, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 25-31, 2010 Team Messageboard let's see some action around here! :) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:06:31 EST wow! Can you believe it's been almost 4 years since we started this journey?? Let's all just keep hanging in there!!! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:05:22 EST Hello from Michigan! Greetings!! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:49:39 EST Hello! Anyone out there? <BR> Greetings from Michigan! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:08:17 EST Our 1 year anniversary is coming up~~~YES!!!! So how many of you are still Sparking and losing weight? How much weight have you lost? I lost my motivation for a couple of months but was very lucky not to gain anything that I had lost. Today I am working hard to get my motivation back stronger than ever, I am ready to lose another 54+ lbs this next yr. Good luck everyone and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!! <em>503</em> <em>509</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:39:40 EST Hello :) Looking for support "friends" Hi! I'm looking for some friends to offer support and motivation :) I am just getting back into the spark people stuff. I had identical twin boys 8 weeks ago and I'm dying to get rid of some of the weight! I started at 224 pounds last year and lost weight... got down to 192 lbs then got pregnant w/ twins. . . I had the boys 8 weeks ago and I'm now at 187 lbs..... I'm really going to try to lose 2lbs a week (I want to shed the last 30 lbs!!) I'm nursing both babies and that should be helpi... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:10:28 EST please help Hi I am 26 years old and I just recently lost 25 pounds on a high protein diet but as soon as I stopped I gained 10 back. I still have about 25 pounds now to loose and all I seem to do is gain. I love to eat and I need some help on what works I have tried all kinds of fads but nothing is helping. I feel that the more I try the more I gain. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:56:03 EST Aloha! Aloha from Hawaii!! You are all an inspiration and I am ready as I can be!! Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:54:29 EST Hello Im ready to lose! Hello everyone. I am trying to lose 25 pound of excess fat. I need some support to do so. I also have a blog I just started at so check it out. Thanks. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:30:35 EST How many glasses of water are you drinking a day? I try to always drink 16-20 glasses a day, today it was 20. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:37:10 EST How many login points did you get today? <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:34:17 EST Gratitude 7 - Weight Loss Journey! Hi, <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of my weight loss journey and I am excited but reserve with concern because this challenge will be long. I recognize that 200 excess pounds did not come on overnight but I want it to be gone as rapidly as possible. You see for the past several years I have been in denial which has lead to me not focusing on the fact that I am obesed. It is now time for me to do something about this issue. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:38:56 EST A challenge Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have been following Spark, with varying success, since July and have lost 5lb - not quite the result I was hoping for, but an injury has plagued my progress. I am still not healed, but have to continue with some more exercise, and I am now looking to loose 10lb in the next two months, which I think is a reasonable target. <BR> To help me though, I am looking to take part in a challenge along with other people. I have seen the Spark America website, but I am from the ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 05:12:00 EST Suggestions on getting more veggies I love all fruits and eat a ton of them everyday. But I am getting bored with salads and my typical dinner side of broccoli, asparagus, or green beans. Any suggestions on how to up my veggie intake that the rest of the family will enjoy too? Wed, 6 Oct 2010 08:40:50 EST 16 down and 34 more to go! My first post... My enthusiasm has been good except for hitting my "plateau" this past couple weeks. Losing 16 lbs in the first 6 weeks was great motivation to keep it up. I've been traveling and that is always difficult to stay on the "straight and narrow". lol Tracking each day is great - I can't lie to myself! Health is a big issue for me and my chol/trig numbers improved greatly after 6 weeks on Spark - also a great motivator! Mon, 4 Oct 2010 11:11:32 EST hi there, I hope you are having a wonderful week! I am very active and dancing is my passion besides my spending time with family. I <BR> am trying to get in the best shape possible and it takes alot of effort and diligence. Life <BR> is good though and Love it.. God bless everyone..! Sat, 2 Oct 2010 12:53:05 EST ron nazzaro i have lost 47 pds since discovering i had type two diabetes. i have enjoyed this group and the help that it has provided me. with your encouragment and motivation i will succeed where i never did before Thu, 16 Sep 2010 08:09:45 EST smoore Hi, I'm new at this. I Love this site. I saw somewhere a recipe for cupcakes that used a cake mix and canned pumpkin. Do you know the measurements of how to make these cupcakes? Thanks Sat, 4 Sep 2010 16:13:57 EST What are your goals for Sept. 5 thru Sept. 11? Let the team know what your goals for this week are so we can support and motivate each other.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine are to stick to the schedule I have made for myself and since I don't get in enough fruits and veggies I want to eat at least 2 every day this week Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:47:14 EST Hi Just started using spark website, not a very good poster on the net. Just got diabetes for my 50th birthday. Would have preferred a gift card. Appreciate reading everyones posts. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:15:48 EST Question I've never used the boards before (besides posting my birthday) so I'm wondering if anyone can guide me to a Q/A board (regarding maintenance after weight loss) or if that is something I can ask here? Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:06:33 EST What Are Your Goals for Aug. 29 thru Sept. 4? What Are Your Goals for Aug. 29 thru Sept. 4? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 days; while also brining my lunch to work 4 days next week!! <BR> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 08:35:29 EST little bit of motivation hello my name is olga, i am a single mother of 2 im trying very hard to have a healthy life style and to stay motivated but its really hard most of the time im depress feeling tired of doing nothing i have hypothryoid disease and i guess its not helping me at all lose the pounds that i want, my face breaks out alot i consume lots of water but still dont see any results im on medication right now for my thyroid. another thing is i dont have any friends close by i spend most of the time with m... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:58:52 EST My Loss is my gain Hi all, <BR> I have been following a few sparkepeople challenges and have been happy with what i see. I think with this going the way it is i will soon achieve my target of losing 100 lbs on my target date. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:01:18 EST Hanging in there Hi everyone! My name is Susan. I have been a sp member for a few weeks but I just don't have the time to dedicate to the website and the groups like I would like to do. I have a two year old and a 6 month old. So I am very busy. I was working out everyday on the elliptical but it seems that there is so much go on the last few weeks I have no time. But I have been wearing my pedometer and tracking my step. I am happy to say yesterday I walked 14,400 steps!!! Not everyday is that way, but I wou... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:24:55 EST Appreciate all your stories It helps me to see what others have experienced, and how they continue to move on. Thanks for the inspiration. Working my way down, Beth Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:47:05 EST Hello my fellow July Sparks Hi, I am Beth from northern Indiana. I heard about Sparkpeople through my Blackberry applications. I really like it so far. I am a mom of 3, and have struggled with extra weight off and on most of my life. I want to get a handle on it, and get to a healthier me! I started this year in January with my work's Biggest Loser internal competition, and am still on that Journey. I have lost 35 pounds so far, and have about 40 more to go to be at what's supposed to be pretty healthy for me. ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:36:37 EST To Introduce myself Hi, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm almost 54 years old and I've been overweight most of my life. Since I've quit a 3 pack a day smoking habit in 1991, I've really gained the weight. I'm embarrassed and ashamed of what I've let happen to myself. <BR> <BR> I've been on every diet known to man and have had SOME success but nothing long term. The weight always comes back. <BR> <BR> I have a lot to lose but my first goal is to just get below 200. I hate that I weigh that much! <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:40:48 EST It is COFFEEBE NS1668’s Birthday Today (08/24)!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is COFFEEBEANS1668’s Birthday Today (08/24)!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=COFFEEBEANS1668 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:43:30 EST need a motivator I have not been "religiously" signing on, actually this website is very confusing. I am looking for someone to help me become familiar with the site and give me a little motivation once in awhile!!!! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:49:39 EST steady as she goes Hi : Its been a slow progress after the first two weeks but in 10 weeks I have lost 12 lbs!!! Yea!! I'm sure it's the better way to lose.. changing eating habits and portion control work so well. So glad I found Sparks - love it here. Barb <em>224</em> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:17:50 EST Success Down 10 pounds and loving it. I have been taking zumba and water aerobics. What fun. Keeping the focus on a healthy life style. Best wishes. Mary Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:42:23 EST What Are Your Goals for August 22 thru August 28? What Are Your Goals for August 22 thru August 28? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not going to set a goal for this week . . . I know it will be hectic and I do not want to fail at yet another goal! <BR> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:23:55 EST Introduce myself My name is Theresa and I am 47. Three children and 2 grandchildren. I was really small for most of my life till I quit smoking. I am now about 80 pounds over weight and have tried everything to lose weight. I hate looking in the mirror. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 06:24:13 EST It was HDECKERT’s was Birthday Saturday (Aug. 14)! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It was HDECKERT’s was Birthday Saturday (Aug. 14)!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=HDECKERT </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day was wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:08:41 EST Week 2 with Sparkpeople Hi everyone. I have struggled with my weight since my 40's, currently I am 54. I have been successful on several occasions to lose 30 pounds only to put it back on time and again. I am considering lapbanding and my dietician recommended this site. I decided that I need physical exercise and while I can't say I am loving it....I do feel so much better about myself. I have joined a gym and have gone faithfully 4 times a week for the last two weeks. During this time I have lost 8.5 pounds, ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:22:58 EST Signature Lines in Post Hello. <BR> <BR> How do you put information in your signature line that shows in your post? IE sayings or blog links? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:14:47 EST Hello! I've been on Sparkpeople for three weeks, and have hesitated to introduce myself because I wasn't sure what to say. Eating and exercising have been private issues for me, probably because I am not very proud of my habits -- I haven't been eating right or exercising for years, and it has caught up with me. I am ready to make some changes, and found Sparkpeople when I was searching online for support. <BR> <BR> I am a single parent, living in West Des Moines, Iowa. In my free time, I e... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:06:52 EST It is GLASSYBARB’s Birthday Tomorrow (Aug. 14)!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is GLASSYBARB’s Birthday Tomorrow (Aug. 14)!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=A_ROBY </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:26:29 EST What Are Your Goals for August 15 thru August 21? What Are Your Goals for August 15 thru August 21? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My number one goal next week is to bring my lunch three days!! <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:31:49 EST New recipe Just uploaded my first recipe to the site. <BR> <BR> It's a hearty soup, so might not be the perfect thing for those of you in the northern hemisphere at the moment, but if you get a chance to try it would be happy to hear your feedback. <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=1199822 <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 06:32:48 EST bianchiboi home Southampton, Hampshire ENGLAND <em>609</em> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:55:29 EST Intro: Okay, so I'm a little late introducing myself here. I am a mother of 3 daughter. I am 33 years old and work full time second shift as a Respiratory Therapist. I have been struggling with this "baby weight" (60 pounds) since I had my youngest 2 years ago. I lost weight after the other kids by diet, exercise, and common sense; but I just can't seem to do it alone this time around. I've lost the same 15 pounds about 10 times in the last 2 years. YO-YO dieter. Can't wait to get started wit... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:52:08 EST Hi Spark Family Hi I am Henry, better known by friends and family as veAzy . I am glad to be a part of the Spark People Team. I live in a small Suburb/bedroom community just south of Phoenix called Maricopa. I have been working hard to live a more healthy life style, to trim away the excesses in my life. Hopefully with the help of Spark People I can accomplish my goals. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:46:29 EST Cintra Hi my name is Cintra I live in Trinidad, I am 50 years old. I'm new to the site (saw a story on STYLE of an obese young lady who said that SparkPeople help her to loose weight) I want to be (look & feel) my absolute best. I know my problem is exercising but I hate doing it. I need to get some motivation. I weight 120lbs my height is 5ft 1in and I want to loose 10lbs. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:29:45 EST I'm new but love this site... /i have been using Spark People for a couple weeks now and have lost 4 pounds! I am so excited and hope I can continue the good habits I have started following. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 11:16:33 EST I too can do this. Hello everyone I am a 34 old mother of two beautiful children (Alli -13; Nick-9). I have tried several times through out the years to lose the weight, only to gain it plus more back. But TODAY is the day. I have to do this for myself as well as my children. I know I can do this but I will take a lil while. I can only take this one day at a time. <BR> Thank you Spark for being here to help myself and other like me to succeed in our goals. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:25:33 EST I've been sparked! Hello everyone! Ironically, following my daily habit of being a couch potato after I get home from work was how I learn about I was watching a TV show were the website was mentioned as two ladies talked about how they have tried everything out there to lose weight and become healthy but nothing worked. As I continued to watch, I realized it sounded just so like me. So even before the TV show was over I got up, grabed my laptop, and inmediately checked it out. And here I ... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 11:26:02 EST Great Protein Drink I Discovered Some of you may already know this, but I just wanted to share. I was at a local natural foods store last weekend and started browsing their supplement/meal replacement powders, and I found Spiru-Tein. It is a high protein "meal replacement" powder, but I use it to make a protein shake that I eat along with a little fruit or a piece of toast. <BR> <BR> I got sample packets of the vanilla and strawberry flavors (both of which I mixed with 1 cup of light vanilla soy milk). I haven't checked fu... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:54:00 EST Intro :) Hi :) I joined SparkPeople one week ago. My commitment to weight loss has been on again/off again for about 2 years. I tried to convince myself that ten pounds would be easy to lose, but then ten became twenty and so on. Now I am 30-35 pounds overweight! I want to be healthy again (and fit into my clothes!). I feel that being around others with similar goals will keep me inspired and accountable. I have only been a member for a few days now but I definitely feel encouragement and support alre... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:14:21 EST What Are Your Goals for August 8 thru August 14? What Are Your Goals for August 8 thru August 14? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a business trip to Little Rock this week, so I am just going to try and survive that! <BR> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:06:40 EST Wanted healthy grandmother. I'm a retired teacher who loves to spend time with my grandchildren. The reason I joined Spark People was because I want to be healthier to be able to enjoy my grandchildren and a full life. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 04:40:26 EST Greetings SparkFriends My name is Misty and I am an eataholic...LOL <BR> I am married with 2 kids. I love my family so very much. I teach Sped at the elementary level. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight since I was about 20 years old. I met mey husband when I was 19 and I have consisently gained weight since we have been together... I go up and down. I have tried so many times to lose the weight. The lowest I can ever remember being was 175 and that is still overweight for what is considered healthy. <BR>... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 01:21:15 EST just getting started.... My name is Melissa I live in a small town in Oregon, close to Washington. I am 28 years old with 2 kids, 9 and 4. I gained most of my weight after having my youngest child. Afterwards I dropped 30lbs and was still dropping, when our lives took an unexpected turn. I left my "husband" and moved back home, living in my parents living room. Once I moved out I was not happy with anything in my life... I gained 50 lbs!!! Life is starting to get better after a few more bumps in the road... I have lo... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 14:27:03 EST It is HELLOFITCHICK’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is HELLOFITCHICK’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=HELLOFITCHICK </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 09:12:01 EST Farmers Market Good morning all! <BR> <BR> Our community has a local farmers market every Thursday. <BR> I have yet to make it down there.... <BR> I have decided, as part of my MOTIVATE MYSELF plan I will commit to going today! <BR> <BR> I'm sure I will find all sorts of yummy, healthy, fruits and veggies! <BR> <BR> Do you have a farmers market in your area? <BR> What are your favorite finds? <BR> Does anyone have a quick, simple recipe using some of the farmer market finds? <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 09:09:48 EST Here for Serious This Time! Hey, My name is Susan. I tried SP last year and ended up getting discouraged and fell off the wagon. So here I am again, with a new lease on life, thanks to my cousin who gave me a kidney, and I want to take FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT!! I plan on being around for a very long time, but because I have many health issues at such a young age I need all the love and support I can get! Thanks to everyone and good luck on your journey to a better, healthier you! Wed, 4 Aug 2010 22:42:20 EST Inspiration for the day "Whatever you can do or imagine, begin it; <BR> boldness has beauty, magic, and power in it." <BR> Goethe Wed, 4 Aug 2010 22:24:51 EST Hi There Hello, Everybody I am looking forward to began this new journey. I am 35 year old and single. Weight loss has always been a chellenge for me. I will loss a few pounds than gain those pound a few month later. I hope to find support, motivation and encouragement at the site. I welcome any supports, motiviation, and encouragement. I hope I can also be encouragement to everyone. Looking forward to hear from you. Wen-Lin Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:05:35 EST new Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and excited to be here :) Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:13:52 EST First time and anxious Hi - I have been wanting to post something but haven't been sure what to say or where to start. However, I won't get very far if I don't take this step. Here goes. I just turned 40, I am overweight, or can I bring myself to say it, obese? I have a beautiful 4 year who needs his mother to be more energetic. The desire is there, but sometimes the energy isn't. I am ashamed I allowed myself to get to this point. I went into ER on my 40th birthday - great birthday gift. During my 5 day recovery, ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:25:11 EST Spark Menu Planner I am wondering if anybody uses the Meal Planner here instead of trying to figure it out on there own. If you do, do you find your grocery bill tends to be pretty high? I am just starting out in a new place and am wondering if a good way to cut down on temptation is to just follow the meal plan or to try and figure it out on my own. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:58:19 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Alyssa and I'm 35 years old. I have 3 kids and am a stay at home mom. Ever since having children, I've struggled with my weight. I refuse to go up another size in clothing! I've finally reached a point where I'm ready for a lifestyle change. I want to set a better example for my family. I look forward to being healthier, stronger, and more active. I'm so excited to get started! Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:00:04 EST Squeaky Swings and Tall Grass.... Hi! I'm Teresa :) I'm from Northern Idaho but I go to school down in Utah. I go back in a few weeks so I'm trying to establish some good habits now so that the busy-ness of college life doesn't cause me to fall into bad habits. I've also been wanting to get into better eating habits for a while now, but didn't really have the tools or the motivation to just start. Luckily a co-worker told me about spark people and I've been tracking my calories and fitness minutes ever since and just doing th... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:15:49 EST I'm Back and Motivated Hi everyone. My name is Anisha and I am 20 years old from NC. I am so excited to finally have the right mind set to start making healthier life decisions!! I can't wait till next summer I made a promise to myself that I will feel more confident about myself and my body and I am definitely going to rock a two piece!!!! <BR> Any who.... I am looking for motivation which I seem to be lacking even though I am extremely excited I do sometimes have to force myself and say tomorrow never comes so I... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:57:37 EST One word that describes you today? One word that describes you today? <BR> <BR> Me - Tired! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:32:38 EST Greetings! :) Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been a member here for almost a full week now and spent the time exploring the site. I've enjoyed a few articles and used my in-between time at work to check up on stuff. I'm now ready to introduce myself! :D <BR> <BR> My name is Megan and I am going to be a fifth year college student this coming fall. I will be graduating in May with a bachelor in music, although I was previously a music ed. major. The College of Ed. was a pain in my side and school is expensive ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:18:53 EST Finicky eater Hi - <BR> <BR> I found out about Spark People from my employer, so I am jumping in with both feet to see if I sink or swim - LOL! <BR> I am wanting to lose weight and get my energy level back up, I have grandkids to keep up with!! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:07:09 EST Well, it's time... to finally do this! It's time to stop making excuses and finally lose the weight. I've always fought my weight, but I gained a lot while I was pregnant with my daughter and even more after I had her. I need to lose it so I can be healthy and be a good role model for her. <BR> I'm hoping that this site will give me the incentive and inspiration I need to get through the tough spots :-) Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:50:28 EST new! Hey Everyone!!!! <BR> <BR> I am new to the group and just wanted to say hi! My name is Susan. I probably won't be on here alot due to the fact I am busy with my 2 kids. I have a 2 year old and a 5 month old. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:43:32 EST Hello Everybody I am new to Sparkpeople--in fact I didn't even hear about it until last week. I want to lose about 30 pounds, ultimately. I have been caught in a rut for the last few years. I added exercise to my routine a year ago and was very disappointed that exercise alone would not rid me of my pounds! My metabolism has slowed down and I can't eat the same amounts that I used to. My weakness is cheese and butter, and I am cutting down on that and upping the vegetable and water intake. I am glad to find ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 08:51:55 EST It is TIJ-RAH’s Birthday Today!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It is TIJ-RAH’s Birthday Today!! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to You!! <BR> <BR> Ya'll Cruise By Her Page and Wish Her Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?id=TIJ-RAH </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 07:59:38 EST Hi I am new and wanted to say hello Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Teresa and I am new to SP. I am 46 and a wife and mother. I have 4 grown children and feel like I am starting a different phase in my life. One where I am finding me again. I am not new to weight loss. About 4 years ago I lost 135 pounds and kept that off. However, I am still not at a healthy weight so, I would like to lose more. More importantly, I would like to be physically fit. That is something I have never achieved. I have always hated exercise and f... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 01:32:47 EST Nutrition tracker I have a question about tracking the food I eat. I cook and bake alot from scratch. When I eat something like, say, a couple slices of my homemade meatloaf, how do I track that? It has a little of this, a little of that. I can see meatloaf in the tracker but it's always brand name stuff. <BR> Any help you can provide would help me track closer to reality. Thanks!! <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 19:43:50 EST Introduction Hello fellow SparkTeam members! I'm new (just joined 5 days ago) and I'm really looking forward to participating in alot of the great stuff I have found on the site. <BR> <BR> I'm happily married with 3 boys. I work full time, go to college part time, have 2 large dogs (a yellow lab and a german shepherd) and 2 cats. <BR> <BR> I have about 70 pounds to lose and am really challenged because I am an emotional eater. I also avoid exercise whenever possible. That said, I know I have hurdl... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 19:37:12 EST New to group :) Hi there, my name is Kara and I live in Fremont, CA I’m 39, married with two boys ages 9 & 11 they keep me pretty busy. I am a stay at home mom I was laid off 3 years ago I was in lending so I went back to school to get a degree and hopefully a job that didn’t work so I’ve dedicated myself to being mom and making time for myself. I have tried weight watchers for many years when I stay on plan I do very well but then I sabotage myself and fall off the wagon. I came to spark people for motiva... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:16:13 EST New Member Hi I'm just starting Sparks and exploring the website. There is tons of great information that I'm gleaning. Since starting my weight loss 2 weeks ago I have lost 7 pounds. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 16:30:57 EST RedHairRenee Hello, I am 50 years old and I need to lose about 20 pounds. For me those last 10-20 pounds are the hardest. I am really going to try hard this time. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 16:29:22 EST Let's get started! Hello everyone my name is Sonee-pronounced Sunny. I'm excited to be a part of this website, I've always had trouble with overeating but unfortunately I've never had the problem of weighing this much. Once I finished high school, the weight just started to pile on and on, and sadly, stuck. I find some motivation once in a while to go to the gym, but once I lose that motivation it's back to procrastinating exercise. I hope this website will help me stay motivated, and all in all become a health... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 14:56:15 EST 20 pounds to start! Hi all, <BR> I am just going through menopause and can't believe how quickly I have gained 20 pounds. <BR> I am frustrated because I eat healthy and don't have any of the 'easy' fixes left. Basically I need to eat less (portion control) and exercise more. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:23:54 EST introduction Hi, I am Lesa 53 yrs old 5'2 155 lbs. my goal is 135 by Dec of this year. 7 yrs ago I started a weight loss journey that enabled me to take off 150 lbs. over the last couple of years I have not been compliant with my food program and have slowly put on 20 lbs. I have been frantic over it and of course that just caused anxiety which caused me to eat... you know the story. I am praying that the Lord will help me with recommitting to my program and getting healthy again. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:20:35 EST New to this Board. Have 100 pounds to lose Hi, I am new to these boards and love the Sparkpeople program so far with a few exceptions. I especially like that I can journal on it from my computer, my cell phone, as well as my iPad, and track my progress However, II was wondering if someone could help with a couple of questions. <BR> <BR> I had huge success my first week and lost 13 lbs. However, I can't figure out why when my weight went down and I recorded it on Sunday, it didn't lower the calories burned this week on my workou... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:12:30 EST Here we gooooooo!!!! Hello all!! My name is Tanara, and I am going on a new venture in my life. I am 27 years old, have three kids, and have about 150 lbs to loose!! I have been on every fad diet in the book, and really need to find something that works for me. Food is my best friend, but I dont want to be friends any more. This is the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. So here I go on another journey in my life. I am glad to have found this website, I hope that it is a key to my weight loss!! good luck to al... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:34:32 EST Hello Hi <BR> I am new to spark and love this site. Why didn't I find this sooner! I am 34 and have been trying to lose the last 20lbs after having my daughter for two years. I am finally on my last ten after living with horrible chronic pain all over my body. What a challenge it has been trying to lose weight and change your entire life with nutrition and excercise and dealing with the pain I endure during and after a workout. Good luck to everyone and try to keep motivated-if you fail a day h... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:26:45 EST Hello I'm here to lose weight and get fit, if you have any suggestions or motivating quotes please send them to me I would greatly appreciate them; this is a battle that I have been fighting for years the up & down of it all, I want to finally secede @ keeping the weight down.... <em>15</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:15:56 EST Hello! Introducing myself. <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Not really sure what to say.... I'm pretty determined to make a healthy, positive, necessary change to my life. <BR> Sparkpeople looks like it has everything I will need to help me do that! <BR> My biggest enemy is myself. I'm going to try to give up my mindset up to this site, let it lead me! <BR> <BR> Good luck to me! <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:08:43 EST Hello! Hi everyone. My name is Becky. I'm 29 and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have struggled with my weight most of my life and really need to do something. I am going to be moving next weekend and am hoping to use that as a good start to changing my life. I look forward to getting to know you all better and all of us becoming healthier, happier people! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:19:41 EST Sunshine and sunflowers Hello, I am April and desperately want to change my weight and health. I have MS and 5 boys to keep me going. I have loved horses and the country. My husband and I live on a farm the only place to raise boys...for us. We are very active in our church, God comes first and everything else will fall in place, in His time. We have been very blessed I have not had any serious MS relapse in 4 yrs just little ones. I gave birth to two boys 23 and 20 attending college locally. The 4 years age ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 00:00:04 EST Another newbie - Hi everyone My name is Victoria, I decided that 2010 was going to be the year that I finally made my goal to loss weight a reality. So far all I have been able to do is put weight on and on, and on. It seems I start thinking I have to loss weight and my body goes, no we better start holding on this this stuff. Well I am sick of seeing the scales go up, I want them to start going down, and keep going down. I can do it, I know I can. I had already lost 20 lbs before I found this website, and this webs... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 20:52:10 EST Really Needin a Change. I have felt really bad for 7 days now. I just did an online questionaire and think I may have candida. I have many of the symptoms. Treatment requires a TOTAL diet makeover. I want to do this and I know that it will help both myself and my family. However, I am 43 and have eating junk for all my life. I love it. I am not sure I know how to do otherwise. I will need alot of help and support. Here I go...... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 20:45:16 EST rockin the mom jeans currently rockin the mom jeans but by this time next year I will be burning the mom jeans. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 18:19:45 EST I'm new to SparkPeople <BR> Getting Back in Shape and Getting Health Again <BR> <BR> Hi my name is Maria. I want to lose weight, get back into shape and get healthy again. I was a gymnast from the age of 5-25 and also a body builder from the age of 20-25. After I had my child 18 years ago I ran into some health issues and was unable to return to gymnastics and body building. So here I am 89 pounds over weight and totally out of shape. Joining SparkPeople is my first step on the road of losing weight, getting bac... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:51:11 EST Father of twins, husband, college student Hi my name is Justin I am enrolled at Tallahassee Community College for a transfer degree. I want to be a pharmacist. <BR> I have 9 month old identical twin boys and am married to a wonderful woman. I am here to get the support and knowledge I can't seem to get anywhere else. I like it here so far. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 15:14:50 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am new here and very excited about this website. It is the most comprehensive *free* site I've found for food/excercise tracking and healthy lifestyle promotion. I'm thrilled with the ability to track via my blackberry when on the go. I have a toddler who keeps me very busy! I took a break from tracking since my pregnancy and subsequent breastfeeding, but would like to get back on track now. I weigh about the same as I did pre-pregnancy, but a looking to improve upon that! Looking f... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:17:57 EST RoboMomma Says Hello! Glad to be a part of this community. My goals are modest - lose 24 pounds by the time I'm 50 (over two years from now), but I also want to make exercise, mindful eating and a healthy lifestyle (it's pretty healthy, but I could get it up a notch and it's not getting any easier as I get older!) a priority. <BR> <BR> I just started my page and posted a question about walking desks (treadmills with a desk). I'm curious if anyone has rigged up their own version and how that's working for them. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 12:47:05 EST My name is Ashley and i am so ready for a change! I was told by a friend about this program and decided i would check it out. I am so glad i did i can't tell you how many things i have been doing wrong!!! I live for pepsi! BIG mistake!! But this is day 2 of no pepsi and i am still alive and kicking!! And to tell you the truth i am not missin it!! I am getting ready to turn 41 and i just want to lose some weight and start feeling better about myself. There are some health problems in my family and i don't want to be the next target!! Well en... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 10:26:58 EST Hi I am Shelly! I am a 45 year old that has been heavy all my life. I have been energized by God to lose this weight that has plagued me as far back as I can remember! I just want to see what it feels like to be of "normal size". This site seems as though it could be a big help and I am looking forward to my new adventure, with help from you guys, and in return I will help any that I can, Thank you!.......Shelly Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:54:47 EST Nice to meet you! Hi! I'm JT. I'm a 30 y/o full-time student with a 4 y/o son. I'm a writer, but I also paint, sing and am currently learning to play the guitar. Into biking, yoga, vegetarianism, gardening, community clean-up, yada yada yada. <BR> <BR> My story: A few years ago, I started taking Depo. Over the next year, I gained 75 lbs. When I lost my insurance that year and could no longer afford Depo, I suddenly had lots of energy and, with diet and exercise, I was able to lose 100 lbs in about over the ne... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 01:52:41 EST So happy I found this place! I'm so glad my friend recommended this web site, I love it!! I was in a slump in my diet and I think this is just the motivation I need. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 22:16:53 EST G-ma 13 Well, I guess I'll start with two of the most important things in my life -- Jesus Christ (my Lord and Savior) and my grandchildren (I have 13). I have gained quiet a lot of weight in the past few years for various reasons; but, in the past year I have really gained a lot, due to being in an auto accident and not able to get around. First I was bed ridden, then I was in a wheel chair for over 6 months, I after 2 surgeries, I am now able to walk (with a cane). I praise God that I am getting... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:08:48 EST Newbie Hello! A good friend referred this site to me and here I am. I've set up my food plan starting Monday 8/2 and peeked around the site a bit. I am looking forward to getting back into the routine I slipped away from (eating healthy, exercising and drinking plenty of water). I hope to make some friends so we can support each other in our promise to ourselves to drop those pounds and be healthier! All emails welcome-we can do this! Thanks for taking the time to read my intro...Dianne Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:54:02 EST It's about time! Fifty seven years old and ready to get my life back. I have enjoyed life always, and appreciated all that God has given me, but suddenly I've noticed a tremendous weight gain. A weight gain that is starting to slow me down. I don't like it a bit. Today is the start of big changes! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:15:20 EST Hello, I'm a new member I am trying this site out, becuase I am looking to lose 30lbs by New Years and I think I have found a tracker that will keep me acountable here. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 14:39:20 EST Hello, Hello Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, which I found browsing for exercise videos on YouTube. It seems really cool and I can't wait to synch up with my phone so I'll be fully ready for anything :) <BR> <BR> I'm always happy to meet anyone who has similar goals and feelings as me, it's always a good motivation to make friends in the same boat who understand you. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old mother of a toddler. I've battled eating disorders since age 13 (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating)... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 14:06:05 EST Hello everyone I just wanted to introduce myself. So far, I am loving the site. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:35:55 EST GREETINGS FROM CHI HELLO SPARK THIS IS LASCHELLE GLAD TO BE WITH ALL OF YOU AND HOPE THAT WE CAN INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE EACH OHER TO BECOME HEALTHIER, SLIMMER, HAPPIER AND MORE ENERGETIC IN LIFE. LETS GET POPPING ON TAKING OFF THE POUNDS WHILE ADDING YEARS TO OUR LIVES. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:11:18 EST Here goes Nothing!! Hi All, I'm Sarah and i live in Yorkshire in the UK, I have just returned from a family holiday in Tunisa and seen the pictures of me stood with my 120lb younger sister. Realising i am now nearly twice the weight of the sister that only a few years ago i could swap clothes with has given me the kick up the bum i need to ensure that the next family holiday pics will be very different!! <BR> <BR> I'd be really interested to hear how everyone managed when they started... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:42:18 EST Dojomama new to this...will post more later :D Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:39:48 EST started July 29th My name is Lisa and I live in Indianapolis, IN. I have known about Sparkpeople for a very long fact, I used to coach people to better health and wellness and Sparkpeople was one of the best recommended sites! Not sure why I never signed up myself!! Now, it's time for me to focus on me because I have gained over 30 lbs since having my first child almost 11 years ago. Loving these changes just after 3 days!! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:27:08 EST Trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Hi.. My name is Anna. I live in China at the moment. Have been for the past 4 years, previous to that I lived in Hawaii for 12 years. Living in China, everyone around you is slim.. You don't really see any fat people around. I get stared at alot. I don't like it.. and have had enough. I joined Sparkpeople with my friend Jojobee90. She is very inspiring and motivated. I want to release the weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I've navigated the Sparkpeople site.. its inspiring and motiva... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:17:13 EST Hi all Hey my name is Ashleigh, Just starting out day one, i found this website from a patient i was actually taking care of at work! I was so excited after i heard about it today to come and check it out and so far i love it! I am wanting to stick with it and I believe this website is going to help give me the strength for reaching my goals! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:52:45 EST Gastric bypass Hi guys & girls. I had the wonderful Gastric Bypass in 2004. I lost 126 pounds. I still have not reached my goal weight but the good thing is I do not gain any wiehgt once I loose it. So I am here today because I wonderful caring person told me about this site. She told me a long time ago but I am finally ready to lose the rest of the weight. I'm not gooing to say good luck to us all. I'm going to say "Yes We Can"!!! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:13:16 EST Hi Hello everyone. I'm a 19 year old looking to, as I'm sure you can guess, get fit. I've had a nagging desire to slim down for many years, but recently, everything seems to be coming together to tell me now is the time to lose the extra pounds and get confident. I hope we can all motivate each other and get closer to our goals! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:11:35 EST A little about me Hey hey...this is always the hardest part for me...the introduction. I never know what to say...but here goes...I am a very heavy woman...310 pounds actually. I am also a diabetic and have some other medical problems. I know that if I would lose some weight, some, or even all, of these problems would go away or at least become smaller. Dieting has never been easy for me...I like to blame some of my medication for the weight...and some do cause a little weight gain...but not much. I know ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:04:38 EST Hi! Hi everyone. My name is Caroline. I am a recent college graduate who just moved to San Diego. I heard about this website on tv and can really use support in reaching my goals. In college I managed to lose 50 pounds, but since moving back in with my family, I find it difficult to control what and how much I eat. Unfortunately, I gained half the weight back. Now, I'm trying to get back into a system that works for me to push to my goal of losing another 50 pounds, on top of the 25 I kept off. I... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 21:41:32 EST First day here I just joined Sparkpeople today, and am still finding my way around. To introduce myself: I live in Northern Virginia, and am a retiree from the Smithsonian Institution. I have a flower and vegetable garden and usually enjoy working out there, but the heat this year has made it more tempting to stay inside. But tomorrow I plan to be outside taming the cucumber and pumpkin vines that are determined to conquer the world. I need to lose 50 lbs,, and will be working at that -- I will appreci... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 21:08:31 EST Aloha, my name is Leanala I have shed 44lbs so far since November of last year. I have been taken off my high blood pressure medication and am doing well with the diet and exercise program. I have been following the real age program but am interested in meeting women to share with and to find out if there is someone here in Hawaii so meet and exercise with. I live in Pahoa, Hawaii on the Big Island. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 18:31:41 EST OVERWEIGHT and STRESSED HOUSTONIAN Hello community, <BR> <BR> New here and I MUST make some changes. Overwhelmed and disappointed that I can't do this alone, but at 42 with over 25 years of being overweight, I can see; I can't do this alone. <BR> <BR> WillieRaye Fri, 30 Jul 2010 18:25:47 EST Hello Hi I've just joined this website recommended by a friend and hope that I can get back on track with my weight. I have really let go with my bad eating habits. I do exercise but it doesnt make much difference if i dont eat right. So here I am to try to motivate better eating and sticking to my workouts. <BR> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:07:32 EST Florence B.55 Hello everyone! I have been learning my way around all that is offered on this site. I honor my doctor for suggesting this site. I have been motivated by all the activities. I am really getting into the trackers. I will be taking off 50 pounds by december- the healthy way. I enjoy learning . Thanks for all the options! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:47:27 EST I am on fire! This site has motivated me to get on the band wagon and get my life in better health! I am a 50+ woman who needs to lose 100 lbs. (25 by January). with the help of this site, I know I will make it! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 14:16:35 EST New to SP I just turned 40 last year, and got tired of looking at the expanding man in the mirror. <BR> I am glad to be here and beginning to get more serious about exercise and health. <BR> Both my Mom and Dad are SParkies, and they were right about how great this site is.... <BR> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:54:19 EST Work-out videos I am thinking of buying a workout video but I want one that I can enjoy and not get bored with. Does anyone have a suggestion or have you heard of one that others have talked about? Its really difficult to get outside and walk with it being anywhere from 96-102 here in Atl and with three kids that makes it all the harder. So...I figure a workout video would be the best solution to getting my fitness in everyday. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:35:12 EST Hi everyone! Hi! My name is Amy and I am 29 years old. After injuring my back in December, I had to step back on my normal workout routine. Because of this, I gained about 10 pounds (and I was already 10 pounds more than my "normal" weight). Even after several months of getting back to my usual workout routine, I haven't lost any of the frustrating! I am planning to start trying to get pregnant soon, and my doctor recommended that I lose the extra 10-20 pounds first -- especially since ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:27:02 EST What Are Your Goals for August 1 thru August 7? What Are Your Goals for August 1 thru August 7? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My one goal for next week is to make it to the gym at least three times!!! <BR> <BR> It is going to be a hectic week at work, so I am sticking to one goal! <BR> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:18:20 EST Happy Friday Hello everybody <BR> This is my 2nd time with Spark People starting again. <BR> Hope you are all well and just wanted to say hello. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 04:07:23 EST Another newbie :) Hi everyone! My name is Anjanette and I'm 25 years old. I live in southern California with my husband. We just recently got married on May 8th, 2010. We had a super fun honeymoon at Walt Disney World, and ate lots of delicious food there. Since then I have not been so good about exercising or watching my eating habits. <BR> <BR> So, pretty much, I'm beginning to feel a little too squishy-soft for my likings. That being said, I realize I am the only one who can remedy said squishy problem! Th... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 03:30:15 EST Trying2Lose I am 38 years old and I have RA and I have an under active thyroid. I take predizone and I am very limited on types of exercise I can do. I use to weigh 225 lbs and now I weigh 169. I want weigh 150 lbs once I hit the 160's I am struggling emotionally and physically. Part of me is very content to go from a size 20 to a size 12, and the other part of me wants to lose more and reach my goal weight. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 02:59:33 EST Joined SP yesterday Hello! What a treat to be able to travel with people who have started the journey around the same time I have. I had been a yo-yo dieter for twenty years (coinciding with raising my kids) and quit in sheer self-defense some years ago. Dieting makes you fat! But I've slowly crept up on a 60 lb. excess over the last eight years, combination of sedentary office work and lack of self-control with food. It's time to get on track once and for all, and I think this site will help do it. <BR> <B... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:14:55 EST I don't know what to say....New member. New member wishes to lose 10 pounds, although discipline is hard and I don't enjoy exercising. Any ideas? <BR> Thanks to all who take the time to read this post. Have a great evening. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:59:46 EST Hello!!! Hello, I have joined this forum just like yourselfs as i want to loose weight. My only trouble is that i have an on going medical condition making me very tired and that is when i eat sugary foods, and fatty foods. I need to learn to change my eating habits for good and eat healthier foods for energy. <BR> <BR> Lets see how it goes! <BR> <BR> Beth Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:49:51 EST New Beginnings Hello, I am a 44-year-old married mother of two (my son is 20 and my daughter is 16). I am a high school science teacher in a small town in Iowa. My doctor recommended this site to me when I told her that I want to get serious about weight loss. I have been working out at a gym since mid-January, and I am very pleased with my progress in weight training. I really had thought that I would lose a little bit of weight just with these work-outs. Well, that is just what I lost: 5 lbs., a little bi... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 18:43:28 EST Hi Hi all, I'm new to this, just signed up now and trying to figure everything out. I'm hoping to lose about 20 lbs, ive already been dieting and exercising for about two months and have lost 10 but ive kind of hit a plateau so I thought this might help give me a boost! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:49:11 EST Hey everyone! Hey everyone! My name is Grace and I live in Las Vegas, Nv. I'm thinking a lot lately of joining the army, but my boyfriend is trying to talk me out of it. We'll see how that goes. <BR> I have a dog and a cat, and I'm currently just doing the student thing, thinking about getting a treadmill cuz it's the surface of the sun and humid to boot in LV. <BR> I'm looking for a buddy! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:22:11 EST Hello!! Hey ya'll! I'm Sami K. Today is my very first day. I will give you a short version of my story. Between 14 and 17 I was a model, got married at 17... ended up at almost 280 lbs, so far I have gotten down to 230 been here for almost a year though. Time for a change!! Good luck to everyone! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:45:51 EST Starting Okay I am here at my Doctor's advise. I need to loose almost 100 lbs and I need to get my type 2 Diabeties under control. I set up a home page and blog hope it helps hope to hear from others tips and thoughts. <BR> <BR> All I know is this is day 3 and I am sick to my tummy nausa is in full swing. Feeling so hungry that it is actually making me sick. This sucks! Does it end? If so when? How long do I feel like this? What can I do to feel better? I ate breakfast this morning 310 caloroies but... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:34:48 EST Hi! I'm new! My name is Deanna Tolman. I'm 56 years old, and despite being a nurse practitioner (which means I know all about the value of nutrition and exercise), I allowed myself to become 75 pounds overweight by a combination of eating everything in sight and being pretty sedentary. I was able to lose 47 pounds by moving to New York for a while for school, which involved having no car, running up and down subway stairs, and cooking only for myself. Now that I've returned to Denver, I'm falling back ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:27:21 EST Hi am here to reduce weight Hope to do it Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:21:12 EST Hi! I just joined SparkPeople to give me a little extra help. I've been counting my WW points for a week and lost 4.2 lbs so I'm on my way. I've been exercising using EA Sports Active for Wii and I love it! <BR> <BR> I am happily married to my best friend and we will celebrate our 12th anniversary in September. I have one son who is 10 and starting 5th grade next month. He's an athlete and very active. <BR> <BR> I am at my heaviest weight and I hate it. I never thought I'd wear the size I ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:59:44 EST one step closer Hello All, <BR> <BR> My Name is Aaron, Obviously new to the world of SPARK. I go into this with pure optimism, hoping that this site will provide with the support I need to take on this challenge of living a healthier life style, ultimately getting fit, and dropping a few pounds. <BR> <BR> All my life I played football which demanded me to “pack on the pound” in order to compete. Now I find m self graduated from school and still packing on the pounds. So this is my attempt to refresh the r... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 04:54:17 EST Hello Sparkies. This whole message board thing is very new to me so I hope I'm getting this introduction done right! <BR> I'm a 22 year old girl, living in beautiful city of Melbourne looking to tweak life a little so that I can enjoy the many things it has to offer with the confidence of a healthy, fit and happy 22 year old. <BR> Hopefully finding this website was the first step in the right direction, when it comes to reaching the aforementioned goal. <BR> <BR> Ava. ^^, Thu, 29 Jul 2010 03:27:07 EST I want to look and feel like I used to!!! I went to the doctor today and found out I have some serious medical issues. I've been overweight since having our 2 kids 15 years ago. Sadly, not taking care of myself has resulted in awful daily headaches, aches and pains and recently insomnia. I don't want to live like this anymore because I have too many great plans! I want to lose 50 pounds, restore my once amazing energy and look and feel better. I heard about Spark People, read the book and think it's a great idea. I'm on board! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 01:52:18 EST Greetings and Possitive Thoughts Greetings, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark some time ago not really knowing what it was. I discovered it again yesterday (27 July 2010) and decided to give it a go. <BR> <BR> The Law of Attraction is my focus. If I think that I am it will be so. <BR> <BR> Right now I think I am very tired and I am so therefore I guess it works. :-) Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:21:41 EST This will be fun and rewarding! HI my name is Stephanie! I have been in great shape for about 6 years, fluctuating in a healthy weight range. I've been VERY lean at times and fuller at times. My goal is to feel light in my body, look fit in my clothes and have disipline when it comes to eating with friends and eating when I'm not hungry! I've done very well having had accountablilty partners, and I have none at the moment! Thanks all for your support! I'm so excited! Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:09:04 EST First time Hi all! I'm 28 years old & just checking this out for the first time today...hopefully this works! I have to lose some weight for my health! :) Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:53:42 EST Joining SparkPeople for a Kick Start I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's experiences and questions on the communities; I'm sure I'll get some great ideas from you. <BR> <BR> I've lost more than 35 pounds since January, but have been on a long plateau since June. I'd like to lose the final 13 pounds and get down to my goal weight. I'm joining now to get a little more support to help get me past this plateau and down to my goal weight. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:54:23 EST 1st Post: Looking for support Hello! <BR> I'm Lindsey and I'm 26 (for one day so far, haha!). Today I went to for my yearly OB appt (new dr.) and she REAMED me out about my weight. She implied to me that without losing weight I won't be able to have a baby, something my husband and I want to start trying for in the coming years. So, I'm doing this more for my future family than anything. i've done WW and been successful, but outside influences (such as my husband's battle with colon cancer) have stalled my progress. I hav... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:45:00 EST Excited and Ready I am a teacher, mom, wife, etc. Very busy, but I stated running again 9 days ago while on vacation and it felt great! I am looking forward to loosing weight, getting healthier, and feeling better. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:13:16 EST just got here looking for support I'm in need of support. I'm making life changing decisions need some unbiased opinions please. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:23:10 EST 2nd timer Hi! My name is Nicole and this is my 2nd time trying sparkpeople although I think now I'm ready to get focused and really do this! :) I am 23 years old until Nov. 13th and married for 1 yr and 8 months. I live in Tokyo, Japan right now and have no children and my main motivation was to try to see how much progress I could make by time I vist the U.S. in 2 months but I think if I can hang on that long it will become regular and in a year I could be at my goal weight! :) Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:16:22 EST HELLO AND HI THERE! IVE RECENTLY STARTED WORKING OUT AGAIN AND HAVE BEEN DOING SO ALMOST EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH AND I THOUGHT EATING BETTER BUT SEEING NO RESULTS IM FRUSTRATED AND FINDING A HARD TIME GETTING AND KEEPING MY MOTIVATION. I HOPE BEING A PART OF THIS WILL HELP ME GET THE RESULTS IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:05 EST weigh in Hi team, <BR> How long are you waiting to weigh in? I was going to weigh myself every sunday but I am halfway through week one and I really want to know if I've made any progress. I don't want to become a slave to the scale but it might also be motivating to see a smaller number. Although I guess if I haven't, I'll probably alternate whining, crying and eating;). Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:25:10 EST I'm new I started this Sparkthing with a friend, and so far so good. I don't have much weight to lose, but this is important to me because I have NO energy and my clothes don't fit. I'm still having some trouble with navigation of the tools offered and have been MaGooing my way around. <BR> Anyway, about me: I'll be 48 in September. My husband and I have a farrier business (I do the office and gofur work). We have 4 children- 2 grown and on their own and 2 teens. We live on a 3 acre 'homestea... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:55:07 EST Help Hi- <BR> I'm Losinglisa2001. My main goal is to be healthier & a secondary goal is to lose 10 pounds. I'm 47 years & for the first time in my life I feel my age or older...and I dont like it. I've gotten away from exercising & eating right & cant get back on track on my own. I hope your support will help me. <BR> Thanks =) Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:41:46 EST Hi. My name is Melissa. My name is Melissa and I was told recently about joining this site. I have been working on losing weight since the end of September of last year. I have had medical problems with my left leg and this has hampered my success. At first I could only walk about 5 to 10 minutes before I was in alot of pain. Now I walk an hour at a time or more and sometimes I walk 3 times a day. I had a plateau for over 3 months which was very frustrating because how could I not be losing when I was doing all that... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 09:19:51 EST hello everyone! I am just an average person who has let life and family take over a bit too much causing me to neglect myself horribly! <BR> I want to get control of my life again - weight, health, fitness, happiness, less anxiety / stress etc. I appreciate any help or suggestions from anyone!! <BR> <BR> I wish everyone well on their goals and hope that getting to your goals brings you happiness!! Wed, 28 Jul 2010 09:03:34 EST Hi From Central Ohio Hi Everyone, <BR> Just began this program yesterday. I am 49 years old, and am planning to lose 50 pounds by this time next year. I used to be in great shape but a chronic illness and stress packed the pounds on. I am feeling better and have the ok of my Doctors to start exercising---- So here goes! Wed, 28 Jul 2010 07:21:41 EST hi everyone just joined this site.. looking for some friends to help support me in my weight loss journey.. currently i am on the master cleanse.. but afterwards im kinda clueless on where and how to start in losing weight and maintaining it Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:53:52 EST Turning 50 Life begins at 50! And I want it to last another 50 with good health and great friends! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 22:56:19 EST not getting older- getting better Hi everyone: I've just started on my goal to regain my girlish figure ( a bit). I've lost 10 lbs the past month and want to lose another 10 by end of sept. Just found this site and it looks great and motivating for sure. Thanks Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:17:33 EST Long way to go... I just had a check up today and I need help with my diet as my cholesterol is too high and I hate brown rice, brown pasta and only like some whole wheat breads. I am now taking BP pills for my BP was high and also my sugar is elevated. Not diabetic yet but could be heading that way IF I don't get my weight under control. <BR> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:38:52 EST Lets Drop it (weight) like its hot!!! Hello everyone....3xocticbeauty here,Im from phila.Mother to one.35 yrs old...ready to start a new chapter in my life.heard about Sparks from a friend.ready to get started and see my end results.ready listen and learn from any good advice ;)I will be posting new pictures weekly to show off my process....stay tuned! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:06:30 EST Day Two It's day two for me, and when I weighed this morning, I had lost two pounds...!!! I thought that it was kind of "poetic" that I had lost two pounds on my day two weigh in...!!! I am really excited that I found SparkPeople, and I am looking forward to many more "positive" results and "positive" interaction with other SparkPeople...!!! Have a great day everyone...!!! <em>252</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:17:12 EST hello Hello I am sandi and I am new to sparks and I am from alabama Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:03:15 EST Need to find something I can stick to I have been on a diet roller coaster all of my life. Finally figuring out that it goes deeper than just the first few layers of chub was the first step in moving in the right direction. I have done that and am moving in a very healthy direction in that aspect of my life, now I would like to put that final piece of the puzzle together. I am so pleased to find a place that I can come to for help that is not going to charge me an arm and a leg. I look forward to working with all of the features ... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 12:35:43 EST Here I am Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Well here I am looking for some more motivation and some help on my weight loss journey. This year I have made the effort to get myself back to health and in shape. Since January 10th, 2010 I've lost 32lbs, but I have plently more to come off still. I'm excited to work with spark people and learn new techniques on how to better myself. I'm also looking forward to meeting people who are looking for a healthier lifestyle. I'm here to learn!!! <BR> Happy Tuesday everyo... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 12:31:48 EST Hi Started yesterday with Sparks, looking to lose 35 pounds by February. Good luck to you all. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:20:25 EST Help!! I can't eat any less!! Hi, I'm jendotcom. I have set a goal of 130lbs. I started at 163lbs/size 12 and amnow at 144lbs/size 8. I'm 5'3 and have a medium frame. I started my diet by taking in 1200 calories per week. I've been stuck at 144lbs for about 1 month. I can't eat any less than 1200 calories per day. What can I do to continue until I reach my goal? NOTE: I have severe neck/shoulder/back problems, so my exercise options are limited. I do walk about 7 miles per week. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:42:21 EST Tammy 505 Hi My name is Tammy I am 50 years old. I have two dauhters and four grandchildren. I love being outdoors. I hope to loose weight for my health . Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:30:54 EST Hi My name is Stacey Bare and I live in the mountains of North Carolina along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am a married mother of four beautiful children. Amber who is 7 years old, a set of boy/girl twins (Beau & Shelly) who are 17 months old, and a 8 week old little boy (Jake). I am presently looking for employment. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:20:08 EST Starting out Today Hello Everyone, My name is Mary. Today is the first day of my new transformation. I am going to lose 30 pounds. My 20 year High School reunion is coming in Novemeber. My husband and I are determined to lose weight together. He is already down 25 pounds. He is using medical weight loss to help him. I on the other hand workout 5 days a week and walk as much as possible. I know I can do it. Just staying motivated. Have a great week. <BR> Mary Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:09:44 EST Getting started for the last time. Hello Everyone, <BR> I've tried to start this program a couple of times now and given up. I need to do it this time though! Its time for a healthy change, and time to get and STAY motivated. I welcome any advise you have on how to stay motivated :-) And i hope to make some weight loss buddies who will keep me going by challenging me to do more. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 07:48:39 EST Wanting help every step of the way. Not sure what to write at this point at all. But feel this will be good for me and my self-esteem. I have 2 boys that i am doing this for besides myself. But doing this more for me at this point. I would like to get back to the size I was when I was younger before I had my 2 beautiful little boys. And know that I can reach each goal that has been set in my life. This probably doesn't make sense but is how I feel. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 01:01:03 EST Moving forward I am almost a third of the way through my long-term goal of increased fitness and decreased body fat. I started at 36% body fat (obese), am currently at 31.7%--almost down to 30% (overweight), and working my way down to 25% (normal range). That goal will require about a 30 pound weightloss. I've lost 9 pounds so far. I've taken up kettlebell training which has given me new energy and enthusiasm for learning a fun and challenging sport. 30 minutes burns 600 calories so there is great reward fo... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 23:29:21 EST New to Sparks Hi I am working away from home I am currently a live in healthaide. I don't have much access to gyms or exercise equipment thats all at home. I want to be motivated as well as organized by keeping track of my dietary habits and meeting others who are interested in a healthy lifestyle. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 22:22:11 EST Third times a charm Hey I am not exactly new to sparkpeople. I started the first time about three years a go and I reach my goal of 30 pounds. Then I started last year and didnt get anywhere. I ended up quiting because of lack of support and lack of will power! I am back to try a third time to lose the weight I need to be healthy. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:31:48 EST Hi Hi there. Im Laura, a 25 year old mum to two beautiful toddlers. My partner and I have booked a holiday to Thailand in 4 1/2 weeks. While I'm not "overweight" I want to look good in a bikini when we go away. So I've joined up for some help with losing the baby belly and toning up (also some help on how not to eat chocolate ALL day would be nice) Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:16:27 EST water hi there, <BR> how essential do you think the 8 glasses of water are? I'm finding it to be a lot of water and a lot of time spent running to the washroom. is this crucial to success? i do find myself craving my diet soda less so that is good but I just find it sort of annoying. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:59:28 EST hypothyroid person needing help Hi, Im 43, a mother of two small kids and a husband (the latter provided much stress). I am hypothyroid who was switched from armour to synthroid/cytomel two years ago. Immediately, I began gaining weight and cannot take it off. I am also pcos and sensitive to breads, pastas, sugars. I have also been under a huge amount of stress (family related and some job) for three years. People think I have adreanl or thyroid burnout/fatigue. Dr says no, but my thyroid numbers have been in the dumps for ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:23:11 EST Greetings from Southern NJ! Good evening everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria and I am excited to be a new member of SparkPeople! I am in the midst of my weight loss journey, but figured I would give this a try. I started using Weight Watchers in January of 2010, but decided I wanted to learn more about what was entering my body and how my workouts were impacting my weight loss (I hit a plateau). So, after 7 months and 30lbs lost, I decided to stop WW and begin this journey of whole body understanding. I didn't want... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:57:40 EST Hello. Excited to be here. Well as you know I'm new here and I'm just trying to take in all this site has to offer. I am very excited about what I see so far and can't wait to get started. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:17:14 EST DANIELLE'S WEIGHT JOURNEY HI MY NAME IS DANIELLE AND I AM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO HELP KEEP MYSELF MOTIVATED. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:57:12 EST Hello Hello Everyone...I am new to this group, and I just wanted to say "Hi" to all of you who are in this group with me. I am very excited to have joined this program, and I am looking forward to moving forward with a positive, healthy lifestyle. I hope that I can be a source of encouragement to all of you as we begin this journey together. "The Journey" begins!!! <em>249</em> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:49:21 EST Hello to all my fellow weight watchers. Today is the day I will begin my journey to lose weight. I've packed on the pounds for too many years, eating my emotions, I think. I need to get real and the reality is that my health is suffering and I just don't like the way I look or feel. You would think that with 3 kids getting married within a period of 15 months, I would have gotten my act together, but I didn't. I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast and exercised on my threadmill and exercise bike for 25 minutes. Today, that's a star... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:10:20 EST Start of a Brand New Life Hello Everyone! Still looking through the site and reading everything that is available. Hope to officially start tomorrow. I have been overweight my entire life and have been a yo-yo dieter. My goal is to be healthy and live a long life. I am 52 years old and I want to lose a total of 70 pounds. My short term goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of October. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:49:18 EST Hey Everyone! I've been on spark for about a month but somehow deleted my old account this morning, OOPS!! Still don't know how it happened. <BR> But I'm back! Something about starting fresh gives me revived energy. I've been working out consistently and tracking my food most days and I've begun to see results. I am so excited to restart and continue this journey with you! <BR> <BR> Cara Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:18:51 EST Hello Hi I'm Peggy, new to the site of course. I'm looking to lose weight, get fit and most important make new friends. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:05:48 EST Hi there.. Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I am Haris from Malaysia and am here to loose weight, hope to be able to make it. thanks. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 02:02:00 EST New to SparkPeople...Any suggestion for success? Hi I'm Lori and I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm ready to do the serious work of taking off some major pounds (129lbs to be exact). I am looking for input on how to successfully use this site to achieve my weight-loss and healthy lifestyle goals. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 01:40:58 EST Hi Everyone I have joined today, My goal is to lose 50kg's. My interests are reading, animals, walking and movies. I would love to hear from people about their stories of success and/or failure. <BR> Cheers Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:19:50 EST GETTING STARTED this is a big step for me. losing weight has been on my mind over the past few months, esp when i realised that i've gained about 3 kgs/year over the past 3 years. my turning points:standing on the scale and seeing 76 kgs;feeling lethargic, realising that i can't shop for medium clothes anymore, but now XL or even XXL....i have made up my mind. i want to change. i want to be healthy and fit. i want to see clothes i like and get a size to fit me. i've even succesfully convinced my bf to start ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 23:43:47 EST Howdy, Y'all! hehe... just kidding... we don't all talk like that in Texas!!! :) <BR> <BR> HELLO! My name is Heather & I am 27-years-old. I teach fourth grade and LOVE it!! I also am attending graduate school online... I should finish up in just over a year. <BR> <BR> I have decided that it is time for a lifestyle change. I've gained about 25-30 pounds in the past 10 years and would love to lose it and tone up my body. I found this website & am really excited about using it and getting to know all of... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 23:24:45 EST never give-up girl says hello hello everyone~ehh¡¢actually I`m a little bit nervous because i`m not an american or an euro,and i`m worry about my poor english haha ~~BUt,like others,i`ve been struggling for losing weight for a long time,and i`ll never be satisfied with my weight.However,i love eating ~desserts/meet/snacks..everything thought as the "jungle food".For me ,the purpose of dieting successfully is to eat whatever i like.You may think i`m a lazy girl or something like that,but actually i have a strong perseveran... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 22:41:06 EST New to Spark! Hi, I am new here. I plan to get started tomorrow morning. Not sure about all of the options here but I am still looking. I mainly want to keep track of what I am eating and my exercise minutes. I also would like a good diet plan. Any suggestions? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:51:06 EST mary ann i am mary ann need to loose the weight for me and me alone Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:14:32 EST Hello from Romulus, NY I am looking for the support of others that understand how hard it can be to reach our goals, keeping motivated and on coarse to achieving my goals while helping everyone to do the same. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:53:51 EST So here I am! Hi there! Well, I've got a lot of reasons to be here. Let's see. I'm 29, 221 pounds, 5'7". I'm never going to be itty-bitty and I'm cool with that -- a size 6/8 would satisfy :) Honestly, I'm partly here because of vanity, but I'm also here for my health. I'm a type 1 diabetic, and I'm developing insulin resistance NOT GOOD. I've also got a hiatal hernia and GERD. ALL of these problems (except the type 1!) would be eliminated, or at least lessened, by losing weight. <BR> <BR> In the end, I'v... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:18:30 EST Hello from Romulus, NY I am looking for the support of others that understand how hard it can be to reach our goals, keeping motivated and on coarse to achieving my goals while helping everyone to do the same. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:55:37 EST Hi I had a gastric bypass 3 years ago. I have gained 23 pounds since and I am scared to death about gaining more. I feel really good now, but the weight is still there. I was shocked to see that my BMI is still in the obese range. I am going to make an effort to go for a walk everyday. I take care of my home and family by doing all the laundry and cooking and most of the cleaning. Sometimes I just feel too tired to do anything else. Can anyone relate? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:50:11 EST Hello everyone... I just joined sparkle and just wanted to say hello. You can check out my page to get to know a little about me. I'm still trying to figure out how all these things on the site work and how the message boards flow. I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks. <BR> Angela Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:24:48 EST looking to lose! Hi all, I am a gastric bypass patient who has lost 91 pounds since October. Need to lose another 100 and I am starting to struggle with my program. I am looking for a good support group to keep me on track. Thought this might find someone in my situation. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:52:58 EST One more time, this time for good Hello! <BR> I have decided to do this one last time and this one is going to stick. <BR> <BR> I'm approaching 50 and can't exactly reach my goal by then, so I'm going for before I leave 50 (turn 51). <BR> <BR> I want to get my sugar levels under control and not have to stick my finger again. I also want to get rid of my cpap so hubby and I can snuggle without it in the way, <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing with like-minded folks. <BR> Betty Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:31:28 EST Finally Taking Charge of My Life! Hi everyone, my Sister told me about this program and I am very excited to start. Like many others I have been on Weight Watchers, etc. I was recently diagonsed with high blood pressure and pre diabetes. I am on meds for high cholesterol. I dont want to go the same path as my Mom so here I am! Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:11:51 EST New to the site Hi All - <BR> <BR> I am new to the site and I am hoping to use it to help me lose weight. I like the idea of the calorie and fitness tracker my goal is to make sure I track things....even if I don't do well. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:59:23 EST What Are Your Goals for July 25 thru July 31? What Are Your Goals for July 25 thru July 31? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to make it four weeks without stopping for a fast food breakfast!!! I’m on a streak here and that feels great! <BR> <BR> I still need to make it to the gym at least 3 times!!! <BR> <BR> I will also bring my lunch to work at least 3 days next week! (This should be easier since my co-worker tha... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 07:40:13 EST