SparkPeople M.O.S.T.L.Y.=Morbid Obese Sparkers Trying to Lose Team Messageboard Finding ways to improve our lives by encouraging weight loss and increasing exercise each week. We know how difficult it is to get around in our daily lives. SparkPeople M.O.S.T.L.Y.=Morbid Obese Sparkers Trying to Lose Team Messageboard It's Official! I am no longer Morbidly Obese! <BR> And I am only .2 lbs pounds away from the half-way point of my (original) goal! <BR> Yay! <BR> I know this team will be going away, but I still wanted to share my news with everyone who has been there for me and has watched me on my journey! <BR> I don't know if I could have been as successful without MOSTLY, thank you! <BR> -Janet Sat, 2 Jun 2012 12:27:10 EST 4 pounds away from being "morbidly obese". So close but so far away... <BR> This past week I had only 1.5 lb loss, I know its still a loss and I should be grateful but I can't help but feel disappointed. <BR> Plus with it being that t.o.t.m., I'm having a harder than usual week, I feel so hungry, bloated, lazy ugh. <BR> I've told myself that if I don't break that barrier this upcoming week that it's ok, that I'll get there for sure the next week but I'm not satisfied with that. <BR> Anyway, I just wante... Sun, 20 May 2012 02:03:47 EST To measure or not... my body that is! I can't decide to measure or not. I know some say just do it! But that just means more that I have to keep track of. But it also means I might see a loss faster than always looking at the scale. I am all ready a rebel, I weigh in on Saturdays, we don't have Monday in our house. Have not for a long time, my kids hated Monday, so we always had two Tuesdays! Just sounded better. Ok I am rambling, I think I will do my measurements on my weigh in day....Saturday! But I te... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:48:28 EST I am in need of help My name is Kathy and I am 59 I weigh in at maybe 360 I am only 5'3" tall. I have always been big but not this big. It just seemed to sneak up on me. I was sitting at the computer and I felt uncomfortable and I looked down and I was squeezed into this chair I tried to move around to get confortable and the chair broke. Never in my life did I ever break a chair. My friend got me a new one and he was so nice but I was totaly embarrassed when he said to me this one is a little more sturdy and i... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:13:12 EST Checkin' in Hello SParkers <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well and are on track <BR> <BR> Been thinking of you but not so much of thinking of myself : ( <BR> <BR> Too busy to think <BR> <BR> Hope all are staying healthy or getting healthy <BR> <BR> Enjoy your journey and SPark On! <BR> <BR> Tony Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:41:39 EST New member Hello everyone, I am new to spark people and am looking to lose weight and get healthy, but I know my limitations, obviously I haven't been successful in the past, but here I go again...hopefully this will finally be it and with help and support we can all get there! <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater, and since the sudden lost of my husband almost 8yrs ago, I have been an emotional wreck! <BR> <BR> Then, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid just over 6 months I need another obstacle.... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 03:50:47 EST New team member I live in Baldwinsville NY, I am 50 years old 6'2"and weigh an estimated 430 lbs. I used to be a pretty athletic person having been a good shot putter in high school and as a member of various track clubs. I also played Rugby for a number of years. Over the last 20 years I have allowed myself to gain way too much weight. I do not drink very much, drugs are big no no and smoking is completely out of the question. However, when I feel pressure, I eat. Over the past 3 or 4 years, the weigh... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:41:40 EST February Heart Challenge February is Heart and Stroke Month, so if you are not involved in a regular fitness program now is a good opportunity to challenge yourself to get out and exercise your heart <BR> . <BR> Our challenge is to do a fitness activity at least 12 times this month (aprox. 3 times per week). It will do your body good! <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> <em>332</em> <em>329</em> <em>313</em> <em>312</em> <em>216</em> <em>237</em> <em>196</em> <em>328</em> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:31:11 EST New SPark Feature.... PLEASE READ!!!!! HOT NEWS FLASH <BR> <BR> SP HAS ELIMINATED THIS OPTION <BR> <BR> YIPPEE, HOORAY <BR> OH WHAT A RELIEF IT IS <BR> <BR> JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW OF THE CHANGE AS I JUST FOUND OUT MYSELF <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall! Who wants his... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:50:12 EST Any new Resolutions for 2012 Wondering if anyone set any new or exciting resolutions / actions for 2012? Or do you even do resolutions? Good luck to all in this new year and may each of you reach your goal(s) or maintain your goal(s) this year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Personally, I need to get more accountable for my actions and sometimes my IN-actions. A BUSY schedule does not burn many calories, in my case anyway. <BR> <BR> Good luck in your 2012 and always remember to have some FUN Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:11:34 EST I need a buddy! Never mind. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:46:26 EST What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving is not too far away for those who live in the US and it would be great for us to foster a heart of gratitude by having a place to record what we are thankful for. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the roof over my head - especially with all the rain we get here in my part of the world. <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:07:43 EST Share your Successes and Wt Loss Successes ****** Share your Successes and Wt Loss Successes ****** <em>104</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:50:20 EST have a great day all............ <em>30</em> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 14:10:41 EST Just Joined the team. HI, my name is Sarah and I'm from Western Colorado. I've been using Spark People for almost 2 years now, and up till 6 months ago I had lost about 70 pounds. But then I let life issues take over my weight loss plans and I gained back about 40 pounds putting me back up above 300 pounds. This last week I set my mind to getting back on track, but then was dealt a massive surprise, I'm pregnant, and I know you may be wondering then why did I join this team?? I need to keep my weight as steady... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:37:51 EST Hi I am a Newbie! Hi, <BR> I just stumbled across this team and it sounds just like me so I thought I would join. I have a very significant amount of weight to lose and after a recent wake up call I am giving it my all. <BR> I am looking forwards to seeing where I get go and I hope that on this journey I can help motivate others. <BR> <BR> So Hi! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 02:03:55 EST Hello from Raleigh! Hello, <BR> I'm new to the team and glad I found this group. I am looking to develop healthy eating and exercise habits. And to keep going when I want to give up on myself. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:46:44 EST Going Thru the Spark Last fall I purchased a coy of The Spark and added it to the list of other books I was going to read. Well I think it is still at the bottom of that pile. So I thought I would dig it out and start reading it. And I thought if any of you are reading it or have read it, this would be a good place to share our thoughts and insights into it. It will be a great way to sustain motivation along this journey we are taking. <BR> <em>305</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:36:45 EST Welcome JINLYNN as our new Leader Hello to all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to welcome and thank JINLYNN for stepping up to help out with the MOSTLY Team Leader position! Won't you join me in wishing her well as she helps the TEAM. <BR> <BR> I'm confident that she will inSPire some new ideas for the team. She has a GREAT SPirit, but you already know that! <BR> <BR> Thanks again JINLYNN <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 09:07:43 EST Have you ever eaten.... carrot greens? <BR> <BR> Today I stopped by a friends place to get some of her fresh romaine lettuce that she wanted to share. She has a very compact garden in her back yard. I noticed that her carrots were looking very lovely – lots of bright green feathery tops on them. As we admired how well the carrots were growing, the question came up as to whether or not one could eat the carrot greens. Being inquisitive I decided to find out and pulled off some leaves and popped them in my mout... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 02:34:29 EST Check in and let us know how YOU are doing! Hello team, <BR> <BR> Check in and let everybody know how YOU are doing! <BR> <BR> What might be working for your plan and what we can do to help each other in our search for healthy living!! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:15:39 EST New to MOSTLY I am new to the team and hoping this can be one I come to regularly. Best wishes and health to all! <BR> Mon, 30 May 2011 15:12:00 EST New to here and fighting to get healthy. Hello everyone, My name is Amanda and I am here to get healthy and loose weight. I currently have about 200lbs. to loose and I know it's going to be really hard. I look forward to getting to know you all! Wed, 25 May 2011 00:41:32 EST Hello new to this ... I am 47 mother of a wonderful 19 yr old young man. Who just rocks. I am married and morbid obese. I have back problems so (working out I have no clue what I can do there) working out is zip. I hurt myself in Nov and have gained 30 lbs just since then. I sit here can't do anything yet I wake up each morning saying today is the day and then bang it starts today isn't the day. But anyway I am looking for someone to confide in and hope understands my pain. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 10:58:40 EST Ok, so where's everyone at? It's Sunday, February 20th. 7:32 am CST. <BR> <BR> Where is everyone? I see a few new blogs, but no new board posts. <BR> <BR> Come on everyone! Wake up, get Sparking and get motivated. You can't lose it if you don't try and stay connected with your support system. I don't know about everyone else, but I have way more support on here than I do at home. <BR> <BR> Wake up, get moving and let's all motivate each other!! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:34:06 EST Please Wear Red Friday 2/4/11~~ In recognition of Go Red For Woman~~ American Heart Association.Friday February 4,2011 is National Wear Red Day and encourages men,woman and children to wear Red to help raise awareness to this number one killer for women.And in doing so,you may inspire your mothers,sisters,daughters,aunts and friends of the necessity to change the path we,as women are on.This is no longer a Journey to fit in a smaller size,but a Journey for many women to embrace living a life of Health, especially as we gro... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:55:53 EST Three for Thursday --Random Questions :) <BR> <BR> Do you have a special talent? <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your dream vacation (if money was not an issue?) <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? <BR> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 05:57:39 EST Let's try a new game! Yum or Yuck! This is how the game works: I'll start by listing a food, and asking "Yum or Yuck?" Anyone who wants to play can post a response and say whether that food is a Yum or Yuck for them, and then add another food's name so that someone else can say if it's a Yum or Yuck to them, and so on. :) <BR> <BR> So here we go! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Zucchini <BR> <BR> Yum or Yuck? <BR> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 07:04:40 EST Two for Tuesday--Fun Questions! 1. How many keys are on your keyring? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Is the weight on your license correct? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:28:03 EST Monday 2/24: What are your goals for this week? Let's set goals for this week. What do you plan to do to get you closer to your fitness and health goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk every day for exercise <BR> <BR> 2. Use hand-weights every day to try and tone my arms up <BR> <BR> 3. Drink 8 glasses of water every day <BR> <BR> 4. Get at least 7 hours of sleep at night <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:20:33 EST Newbie !!!! Hello!!! <BR> <BR> I am Carmen from Puerto Rico. I am very depressed these days. I have trying to get back on track to my routine and I have not been able to. I am struggling to lose my pounds since the beginning in March 5, 2010. When I joined, I weighted 269; to this date, I have lost 6 pounds so far, but I want to get this fat moving. I know I am morbidly obese and that is the main reason of my health conditions and sicknesses. I am getting tired of trying and I want to live a longer ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:46:04 EST do u watch Heavy I love this show and it breaks my heart. I am these people and it really hurts to watch it. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:07:46 EST Im new Hey Im new and to this group. This is so hard I know everyone keeps saying dont give u can do it but really to lose 150 pounds, Is it even possible without surgery. Just frustrated with myself I am truly addicted to food. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:19:08 EST What are you going to do....? What are you going to do this weekend that will help you reach your goals? Let's hear your ideas! :) <BR> <BR> Maybe park a little further from the places you need to visit this weekend? Get some exercise playing with pets, children? Find a fun way to move, get active, and get some exercise? Drink more water? Watch your portions? <BR> <BR> Let's share!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I walked a total of 5 miles, and I passed up a lunch at Burger King to eat a salad at home. :) I think ... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:19:22 EST 10 Random Facts about Me! <BR> Let's share 10 random facts to get to know each other better! :) <BR> <BR> I'll start! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I've lived in three states: Maryland, Georgia, and Florida <BR> <BR> 2. I've traveled to both Alaska and Hawaii <BR> <BR> 3. I'm claustrophobic (hate being in small/tight spaces) <BR> <BR> 4. My favorite color is purple <BR> <BR> 5. I have one brother <BR> <BR> 6. The home I live in now is going to also be my retirement home--no more moving for me! It's small and all one-... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:52:56 EST Valentine's Day is coming...are you ready? Valentine's Day is less than a month away....with all the chocolate and chocolate and even more chocolate just waiting to be given, received, and eaten! <BR> <BR> Do you have a plan for handling this holiday? Do you celebrate it? <BR> <BR> Usually, my hubby will stick to flowers from the grocery store or make a card on his computer, which I love, since it's his words and not Mr. Hallmark's words. :) I try not to go out to eat on that day because 1. The restaurants are packed, and 2. ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:51:31 EST Menus for today? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they say! So what's on the menu this morning and for the rest of your day? <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had two boxes of raisins before heading out the door for my walk. I told my son it was like "Raisin Bran without the Bran". LOL! <BR> <BR> For lunch, I'll have a nice big salad with lots of veggies piled on top. Caught a great sale on green and red peppers and zucchini, so I'll be putting those on the salad, definitely! :) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:45:35 EST Thankful Thursday~~ That's what i am calling today! <BR> I am Thankful for so many things, and being back on SP is one of them!! <BR> Hmmm what else am i thankful for??? <BR> My kids, my husband(most of the time anyway LOL), my parents, and all are in GOOD Health!, DH has a job he loves, i am thankful i have leaned that money doesn't buy happiness, the scale keeps going DOWN slowly but down none the less,i could go on and on! <BR> BUT I won't! :D <BR> So what are you Thankful for this Thursday morning?? <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:29:21 EST How many SPark points did you receive yesterday? Just curious, how many SPark points did you get yesterday? <BR> <BR> I think my total was 50. <BR> <BR> I have my own little routine, <BR> first log on for the SPin of the wheel, <BR> then I do the SPark Trivia <BR> then I Huddle with my teams or most of them <BR> then I do a Poll, <BR> then I try to log my nutrition, fitness and other goals <BR> <BR> and Viola` my SPark day is done <BR> <BR> Have a SPlendid Day Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:04:45 EST AWOL Leader, well absent anyway Hello to all, <BR> <BR> I heard from Cindi today and she sent this message. <BR> <BR> Hey Tony! <BR> I wanted to let you know i am AWOL!!! <BR> Snow and ice coming off my steel roof, tore my Internet antennae down and now i have to wait for them to get it back up! <BR> Please let everyone know and keep the SPark burning til i can get back!! (HOPEFULLY they will be here Friday!!) <BR> TTYS <BR> (((HUGS))) <BR> Cindi <BR> <BR> Just wanted you folks to know what was going on with her. <... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:52:21 EST Wacky Wednesday --Whatcha got planned? :) Here we are, the middle of the week, and halfway to another beautiful weekend! :) <BR> <BR> So what are your plans for today? Relaxing? Resting? Running errands? Let's share! :) <BR> <BR> I think I've got a pretty slow, non-hectic, day on tap for today! WooHoo! :) I'm heading to the park in about 20 minutes for my walk, and then I'll do a few quick housecleaning things that need starting (laundry mostly), and then homeschool lessons. My son has taekwondo again tonight, and I'm ho... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:51:05 EST New M.O.S.T.L.Y. Member`! Greetings team,I am Diana and I am glad I found you,it's really hard to accept that I am Morbid Obese.It just sounds so horrible.I am a wife and a stay home mom,when I am not transporting kids back and forth to and from the bus <em>227</em> Glad to have the support,and wish to give support.Have a pleasant week. <em>247</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:14:33 EST Joke of the Day...Dear Abby I stole this from another team of mine and thought you folks might enjoy it too! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy reading <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DEAR ABBY ADMITTED SHE WAS AT A LOSS TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Abby, <BR> A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think t... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:23:08 EST New Team Page Layouts Just wondering if anyone noticed the new team page layouts. <BR> <BR> What kind of input do you have? <BR> <BR> Like it? <BR> <BR> Dislike it? <BR> <BR> Pros & Cons? <BR> <BR> Let us know and we can pass the info along to the powers that be, if need be <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Wonderful Week Team Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:34:01 EST Monday~~Monday~ You should be VERY glad you didn't have to HEAR me sing that!! LOL <em>334</em> <BR> So what's everyone up to this week? <BR> My weeks are about the same now that wrestling & Basketball season has started. <BR> Practice for one or the other every day except friday, B-Ball games on Saturday Mornings and Wrestling tourneys on Sunday mornings <BR> TOPS weigh in on tuesday! NOT looking promising this week, LOL <BR> I have stuck to it pretty good, but i had my birthday this week and well home m... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 06:59:19 EST Twas the Month after Christmas~~ A fiend sent this to me and it was to cute not to share with all my SPark friends!! <BR> <BR> <BR> TWAS THE MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS <BR> <BR> Twas the month after Christmas, <BR> And all through the house, <BR> Nothing would fit me, <BR> Not even a blouse. <BR> <BR> The cookies I’d munched, <BR> The eggnog I’d taste, <BR> The holiday parties, <BR> Had gone to my waist. <BR> <BR> When I got on the scales, <BR> There arose such a number, <BR> That I walked to the st... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:30:12 EST Joke of the Day... Just now got off the phone with my friend in Minnesota. He said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling. <BR> <BR> The temperature is dropping below zero and the north wind is increasing. <BR> <BR> His wife has done nothing but look through the kitchen window. He says that if it gets much worse, he may have to let her in. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 19:45:52 EST To eat or not to eat?? That is the question! When i get up in the morning i am usually not hungry, so i don't eat anything til 12-1 o clock, then i eat a fairly large meal and then another fairly large dinner. <BR> <BR> Everyone keeps telling me i would be better off to eat in the morning, even if i am not hungry and have 3 smaller meals. <BR> <BR> I would love to know what you all think? does it REALLY make a difference?? <BR> I always thought it was BETTER to not eat unless i ws hungry, but ..... <BR> <BR> Any input would be appre... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:32:52 EST Chit Chat How 'bout a place just to chat amongst ourselves? Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:37:20 EST SP Wheel SPin-How many points did you get today? How many points did you get on the WHEEL today? <BR> <BR> This thread is meant to get everybody SPinning the Wheel AND to get more points by posting on Team Threads. Good Luck and have FUN! <BR> <BR> <BR> By the way, I saw 25 points on the wheel today and landed right next to it. <BR> <BR> meaning I got <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> points, <BR> <BR> <BR> YAY! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:40:16 EST What Has helped you succeed in 2010? Good Morning and HAPPY New Year to all of my Wonderful SPark Friends!! <BR> As i am having coffee and reflecting a little here i thought i would share a little secret i have found with you and HOPEFULLY you will share yours with me!! <BR> <BR> I am BY NO MEANS an expert Loser (hee hee )but i rededicated myself to the "cause" on 10/1/10 and i lost 21# for the year, NOT a big deal but add it to the 2 i DIDN'T gain and it looks a little better! LOL <BR> <BR> I joined TOPS, as a lot of you know... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:20:04 EST Interested in a Team Challenge? Looks like FUN! REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON (Saturday )JANUARY 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JANUARY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:34:55 EST Good MONDAY Morning!! How was your Christmas??? Well, the Start of a new week!! <BR> I stepped on the scale and gained 2#, so now i gotta figure out how to get it OFF before y OFFICIAL weigh in tomorrow! <BR> It was an AMAZING Christmas though! We didn't have a LOT but we had enough and the kids learned how much fun it is to GIVE too! <BR> And as if i needed MORE reason to celebrate, My Niece gave birth to a GORGEOUS Bouncing Baby Boy on Christmas night making me a GREAT Aunt Again!! <BR> <BR> Now it's back to work!! <BR> I HAVE to drin... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:15:29 EST Daily Check In, What's going on with you? Anything going on in your journey/life today? <BR> <BR> Anything working eSPecially Good <BR> <BR> or notice anything that is NOT particularly worth the trouble. <BR> <BR> We're looking to see what works for everybody and other interesting STUFF Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:23:49 EST THURSDAY DEC 23 How is everybody doing? I'm up and at it early today, been up since 4:30, just didn't get on the 'puter right away. <BR> <BR> I'm having the last of my veggie soup for breakfast. Weird huh? <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> I got my carpet cleaner out of the shop yesterday and have a busy day planned vacuuming the carpets then shampooing them too. <BR> <BR> That task kills my back and hips, but what a feeling of accomplishment! <BR> <BR> We have a Bissell Pro-Heat 2X Pet shampooer, do you have one and have you had... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 08:54:49 EST Wednesday, December 22nd--How is everyone doing? We're halfway to the weekend! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> Feeling good about your eating and exercise? <BR> <BR> Do you have your Christmas preparations almost finished? <BR> <BR> What's on the menu for Christmas Day? <BR> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:15:46 EST WELCOME CINDISCRAPS, OUR NEW CO-LEADER Welcome to Cindi aka CINDISCRAPS <BR> <BR> I've known Cindi for a good length of time and she graciously accepted the challenge of helping out getting the team re-SParked and having some FUN <BR> <BR> Please stop by her page and get to know her. She has had some ups and downs throughout the time that I've known her and like the rest of us, she has persisted and is losing again. We all know how difficult that can be. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy to share the reigns with Cindi and hope you get... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:48:44 EST 2011 Goals I decided to set some goals for myself for 2011, and it turns out it looks like it will be the year of the 6! <BR> My Goals to start the new year: <BR> 1. To eat 6 servings of Vegetables/fruits <BR> 2. To drink 6 bottles of water <BR> 3. To exercise 6 times / week <BR> 4. To lose 6#/mo <BR> 5. To stick to these goals for 6 months! <BR> <BR> Soo..... <BR> Does anyone else have any goals for the upcoming New Year?? I would love some ideas for more! <BR> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:17:51 EST Gearing up for 2011 Challenge! I understand things have been quiet on this team for a little bit. I hope that doesn't mean that you've given up on your goals! :) <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> So let's do a challenge to get ourselves moving towards a happier, healthier 2011. Each day from now (December 21st) until December 31st, we just have to MOVE. That's it. You choose how long, and you choose what you want to do. Work within your limits. You can do seated exercises and maybe do some arm raise... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:54:30 EST What is working for you? Can you tell us what is working for you? Maybe something in your diet that has helped you out or what exercise or activity that you enjoy the most. <BR> <BR> My personal key is to wear my pedometer. Many days I barely get enough steps in because I'm in too much pain to deal with much activity. Other days I can amaze myself by the amount of steps that I can get in. Walking around the grocery store or home improvement stores can really rack up the steps for the day. The pedometer is MY pe... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:48:28 EST I am one step closer to my goals today because.... Little steps really add up over time, so let's share! <BR> <BR> I am one step closer to my goals today because... <BR> <BR> I decided to eat more fresh produce than processed foods! <BR> <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:37:06 EST Is anyone interested in a weekly weigh-in? Hello, <BR> <BR> Is anybody interested in a weekly weigh in? <BR> <BR> This had been a sticky topic in the past but seems like it is rather stagnate. <BR> <BR> Let me know if this is a viable topic <BR> or what other ideas you might have for a more active team. <BR> <BR> Thanks a million, <BR> <BR> Hugs that is, sorry, not enough money in my pockets to Pay $$$ for great ideas ; ) Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:02:13 EST Welcome to RT3490 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Let's welcome RT3490 to the team. <BR> <BR> I know we've been a bit lax lately but I'm <BR> re-affirming my journey beginning immediately and hope we can resurrect this team too. <BR> <BR> Welcome RT3490 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:00:22 EST Christmas Stories and Free Fun Stuff I put this on my blog today and thought maybe to pass it on. So I am putting on a few team pages. If you on the same teams you may already know. Please excuse it then. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas Stories starting Dec 1st until Dec. 2th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hristmasstories/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please feel free to pass on to others. I would so like this to snowball so to speak. <BR> <BR> <BR> Also some other free fun stuff: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:45:14 EST I am the new be on the block LOL Hello everyone I am here just like like all of you to lose weight. I am excited to begin this journey and look forward to chatting with you. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:03:48 EST New Chick on the Block Hi all! I'm Donna and I'm glad there are people I can talk to online who have an idea what my life is like. <BR> <BR> I'm 46, 334#s, 5'6" and can't walk more than 100 yards without having to take a break, or having my hips protest or just plain lock up. <BR> <BR> I went to the fair tonight and spent most of the time light headed with an exertion headache. I was so miserable the yummy fair foods didn't even tempt me. I was too aware of how I'd let my life slip away for food. <BR> <BR> Wh... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 04:08:55 EST Hi I am new My name is Jackie I have been overweight all my life but this is the heaviest I have been I really need to lose the weight for my health. I seem to lose a few then gain a few more I need to stop this and make healthy changes in my life. Looking foward to meeting new friends on here. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 08:39:03 EST Abbreviations I was thinking on how everyone abbreviates in their blogs and messages. Which got me to thinking there are some I don't know. <BR> <BR> So I researched. Yes (my favorite thing) found a site with them all in alphabetic order even. <BR> <BR> So if anyone else needs or wants to look here is the link. <BR> <BR> Btw I am putting this on a few team pages. If your on the same teams as me you might get a ditto effect. <BR> Ha! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Text Messaging an... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:19:16 EST MOSTLY TEAM ENCYCLOPEDIA Please post anything in this thread that you would like to share about yourself so we will have an ongoing list of birthdays, anniversaries, Sparkiversaries, surgery dates, etc! You can give info as to where you live, how old you are, how many kids, what type of pets so we have an ongoing "encyclopedia" of MOSTLY Members. Please feel free to come back and edit your post if new milestones come about! <BR> <BR> Please share as much or as little as you'd like to. <BR> <BR> Sherry Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:54:57 EST MOSTLY MEDIA Please post anything here related to tv shows, celebrities, movies, Internet sites, magazines, books, etc! <BR> <BR> Sherry Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:51:21 EST MOSTLY FOOD & RECIPES Please post favorite recipes, links to recipes, food items you enjoy, restaurant finds - ANYTHING to do with food! Menus, grocery lists, etc! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>341</em> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:49:07 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE: 10 Foods to a Healthier You! How many of these foods do you pick up on a regular basis? I get apples, broccoli, olives, skim milk, salsa, oatmeal, and chickpeas! <BR> <BR> You can also read the article at the site: <BR> <link><BR>lane-diet-quick-and-easy-weight-loss-f<BR>oods/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Losing weight can seem like a time-consuming <BR> process. What can I eat? How can I <BR> prepare it? How long will it take? But in reality, <BR> eating healthfully is as simple as ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:43:59 EST HEALTHY FOOD OF THE WEEK: CUCUMBERS Another one of my favorites! I love English cucumbers the best I think - but I also love those tiny pickling cukes too.... oh yum! <BR> <BR> I've heard many times that cucumbers have no nutritional value - apparently that is wrong! <BR> <BR> CUCUMBERS <BR> <BR> To be "cool as a cucumber" add them to your menus during the warm summer months when they are in season. Although slicing cucumbers are available year round, they are at their best from May through July. <BR> <BR> Cucumbers are sc... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:35:17 EST .LELYTTLE - PLEASE READ :) Are you LillyGood? <BR> <BR> Sherry Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:21:31 EST LILLYGOOD Lilly - did you change your name? I can't find you! You won the challenge and I need to award you your prize! <BR> <BR> Sherry Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:36:02 EST HEALTHY FOOD OF THE WEEK: GRAPES Yummy! I love grapes! <em>277</em> A huge source of manganese! Who knew? <BR> <BR> The combination of crunchy texture and dry, sweet, tart flavor has made grapes an ever popular between meal snack as well as a refreshing addition to both fruit and vegetable salads. American varieties are available in September and October while European varieties are available year round. <BR> <BR> Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin. So... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 09:00:07 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE - HABITS TO AVOID <BR> <BR> I'm all about sharing tips on how to pick up healthy habits such as ways to eat more fiber, tips on getting more zzzs, and how to fit in more exercise. You may not realize though that some common everyday choices you make could be contributing to weight gain or poor health, so here are some eating habits you want to avoid. <BR> <BR> * A bad breakfast: You know you're not supposed to skip breakfast, but did you know that what you eat in the morning sets the tone for your meals... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 07:56:04 EST Hi, I'm new! I weight 323.8 and would love to get down to 154 at first, then eventually 130 if need be! I'm 66 inches (5'6). What prompted me to lose weight this time around was hbp and a less than kind glucose reading. I'm glad to be part of this team! Let's get it! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:27:35 EST Did you Ever think Wt Loss SEEMS Impossible???? <em>150</em> Did you Ever think Wt Loss SEEMS Impossible? ?????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> I know that may seem silly to some people but its very real to me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Like I read in this MOSTLY team where the question was posted... what are your goals for AUGUST? <BR> <BR> and I thought to myself... well my fantasy goal is to be 290 lbs <BR> <BR> and at the same time in reality.... it seems like a FAR OFF number like I will never, ever, get there.... <BR> <BR> 13 Week Weig... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 10:47:17 EST Hello M.O.S.T.L.Y. Sparkers!!! Well, I just wanted to say hi and give y'all a little info about me! First.. I am SO SUPER FREAKING GLAD that I found MOSTLY. Thanks BIB! <BR> <BR> I am 35, engaged, no kids fulltime but my fiance has 3 we get regularly. I have two pugs that I absolutely ADORE... Pixie and Mimi. I am a manager at a homeless shelter here in northern Oklahoma. I am originally from Northern Michigan but have lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, and now Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 03:23:08 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK What did you want to be when you grew up? Did your dreams come true? Are you still working toward them? <BR> <BR> I wanted to be a teacher, a mother, and a bit later (12) I wanted to be a writer. <BR> <BR> I homeschool, have three children, and I do write - somewhat. LOL And blog. ha! Still want to write someday! <BR> <BR> Sherry Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:49:05 EST HEALTHY FOOD OF THE WEEK: OLIVES I LOVE olives! I'm interested to see what benefits they have -- so let's read on! <BR> <BR> Olives are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza. <BR> <BR> Olives cannot be eaten right off of the tree; they require special processing to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. These processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are cultivated and the desired taste, texture and color. Some ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:44:07 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE - TOP 10 HOME EXERCISES By Jim Fisher <BR> <BR> Want to get in shape without joining a gym and without the expense of purchasing exercise equipment for your home? No problem. Here are 10 home exercise routines that require no equipment. <BR> <BR> 1. Jumping Jacks -- Yes, good old fashioned jumping jacks-the same exercise we did as kids. They are an excellent warm-up exercise to start your routine with and provide good cardio benefits if done at a high intensity. <BR> <BR> 2. Walking -- If the weather is nice, thi... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:41:48 EST WEEK THREE TEMPLATE Give yourself 1 point for every 10 minutes of activity that you do! <BR> <BR> MONDAY: 5 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 3 <BR> <BR> TUESDAY: 0 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 2 <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY: 4 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 4 <BR> <BR> THURSDAY: 0 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 3 <BR> <BR> FRIDAY: 3 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 4 <BR> <BR> SATURDAY: 12 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 2 <BR> <BR> SUNDAY: 5 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 4 <BR> <BR> TOTAL POINTS FOR WEEK THREE: 51 <BR> <BR> <BR> Extra credit is still available. Give yourself a point for any ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:34:57 EST WEEK 3 CHALLENGE: I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT! <em>319</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>403</em> <em>135</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Monday, August 2nd, for every 10 minutes you're active, give yourself 1 point. <BR> <BR> As always, extra credit is still in effect! <BR> <BR> Good luck - and busta' move! <BR> <BR> Sherry <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>403</em> <em>135</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:30:09 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE - DR OZ'S FRIDGE MAKEOVER Take a peek in your pantry and fridge. <BR> What do you see? Chips maybe? <BR> Crackers? Cheese puffs? What’s that <BR> hiding way in the back of the freezer? <BR> Frozen pizzas? Ice cream? <BR> <BR> Here’s the thing about having all that stuff <BR> squirreled away in your kitchen: If it’s <BR> there, you’re going to eat it. And that <BR> doesn’t get you any closer to modeling <BR> that new bikini this summer. “You can’t <BR> keep bad foods in the house and expect <BR> that you won’t give in... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:16:18 EST New Here! I am trying to make a real go of things here. Look forward to getting to know you. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:35:14 EST HELPFUL LINKS If you come across a website that you think may be helpful or enjoyed by the MOSTLY family, post it here! <BR> <BR> I'll kick it off with a few of my favorites: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Dottie's weight loss zone - tons of information and recipes. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Great site w/ free e-mails with info on great low-cal foods and recipes <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Looking for motivation? The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl b... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:37:17 EST WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR AUGUST? Hi all - just wanted to know what you've got planned for August!?! I haven't officially made any August goals yet - but I do know a couple of things: <BR> <BR> 1. Hit the 50-lb lost mark by August 7th (my 1 - year Sparkiversary - and no, it didn't take me the whole year to lose 50 pounds, I'll blog about it on that day) <BR> <BR> 2. Work up to 13.1 miles (1/2 marathon) on my recumbent bike for my long ride day. (I do a "long ride" one day per week - other days I do 30 minutes) <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:32:21 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE OF THE DAY: GOAL SETTING It's the end of the month. As we head on in to August - many of us will be setting goals! <BR> <BR> Here is a website dedicated to goal setting: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Setting Intentions vs Setting Goals <BR> <BR> July 26, 2010 by Arina <BR> Filed under Goal Setting <BR> <BR> View Comments <BR> <BR> Setting Intentions vs Setting GoalsHave you heard the phrase before that you are the creator of your reality? When I first heard that, I though... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:39:47 EST Hey Teammates! Just joined this team and it looks like the perfect fit for me! I'm trying to get back in gear and get back on track loosing some weight. <BR> <BR> I'm Pam from Missouri. I'm a single mom of 4. Anything you want to know just ask! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:32:41 EST HEALTHY RESOURCE OF THE DAY: WALKING Here is a link to a walking guide/video and lots of good info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/walking_tips.php </link> <BR> <BR> I absolutely love to walk and plan to get in a mile this evening if it doesn't storm! (And the heat index is 100+) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:42:22 EST HEALTHY FOOD OF THE WEEK: GREEN BEANS This week's healthy food is one of my absolute FAVORITES! Green beans! Let's learn more about them together! <BR> <BR> Green beans Green beans <BR> <BR> Commonly referred to as string beans, the string that once was their trademark can seldom be found in modern varieties. Although these bright green and crunchy beans are available at your local market throughout the year, they are in season from summer through early fall when they are at their best and the least expensive. <BR> <BR> Gree... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:39:06 EST WELCOME TO THE TEAM PRPLPASSION59! Glad to have you with us here at MOSTLY. Best of luck on your journey with SPark! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:19:47 EST WEEK TWO TEMPLATE Give yourself one point for every 8 oz of water you drink. <BR> <BR> MONDAY: 8 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 1 <BR> <BR> TUESDAY: 8 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 0 <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY: 10 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 3 <BR> <BR> THURSDAY: 8 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 6 <BR> <BR> FRIDAY: 9 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 5 <BR> <BR> SATURDAY: 9 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 2 <BR> <BR> SUNDAY: 8 <BR> EXTRA CREDIT: 1 <BR> <BR> TOTAL POINTS FOR WEEK TWO: 78 <BR> <BR> <BR> Extra credit is still available. Give yourself a point for any of the thin... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:16:39 EST WEEK TWO CHALLENGE - DRINK YOUR WATER! Week two's challenge is all about keeping yourself hydrated. Give yourself a point for every 8 oz of water that you drink each day. You'll find the template in the MOSTLY challenges forum. <BR> <BR> Sherry Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:08:36 EST Healthy Resource: Jasmine Lost Almost 200 LBs! Ok - I posted this article to get your input. This woman had gastric bypass. Tell me what YOUR thoughts are on gastric bypass and if you've ever considered it? Does that make her journey less impressive? Can you relate to her? Oh, and btw, she is now a Sparker! <BR> <BR> <BR> Every week, we introduce you to bloggers <BR> who share their weight-loss journeys <BR> and hefty doses of inspiration with their <BR> readers. This week’s featured blogger is <BR> Jasmine from Eat Move Write. <BR>... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:55:27 EST Northern California newbie Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County, CA. I need to lose over 200 lbs, and I'm 57 years old. It's scary, but I need to do it if I'm going to have any kind of a life. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting everyone here. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:12:02 EST Healthy Resource: Losing 100 Pounds or More Expert Q&A: Losing a Lot of Weight <BR> An interview with Michael Dansinger, MD. <BR> By R. Morgan Griffin <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD, MD <BR> <BR> If you’re very overweight or obese right now, you might feel like the odds of ever achieving a healthy weight are pretty remote. But you can do it. And the benefits will be tremendous <BR> <BR> <BR> How do I know if I'm really ready to lose weight this time? <BR> <BR> If you're ready to record your reasons on paper an... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:34:06 EST Healthy Resource of the Day: How Water Helps I took part of an article from <BR> <BR> TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK - DOES THIS SOUND TRUE TO YOU? <BR> <BR> Now, doctors advise that over-weight and obese people should drink as much water as they can,as part of their daily weight loss programs; at least eight glasses a day. What makes doctors now recommend water as a therapy for weight loss? Many studies have been carried out by nutritionist and weight loss experts and this is what they found: <BR> <BR> Firstly... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:58:54 EST What's for Dinner Tonight? Share with us what you'll be making/eating for dinner tonight! (Or any meal that you'd like to share) <BR> <BR> I'm going to my Mom's today, so I have no idea what's for dinner. Usually some type of chicken, salad, a green veggie and rice. <BR> <BR> Sherry Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:11:24 EST Be careful with Fruit Smoothies McDonald’s <BR> <BR> As fast food chains become the <BR> scapegoat of the obesity crisis, <BR> McDonald’s has been doing its fair share <BR> to change its reputation as an artery clogging, <BR> obesity-inducing hamburger <BR> chain. So the recent introduction of <BR> smoothies to their menu shouldn’t come <BR> as a surprise to anyone. <BR> <BR> McDonald’s smoothies, marketed as <BR> being made with “real fruit,” have already <BR> hit many of the McCafe locations of the <BR> chain, and are ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:08:49 EST How 2 use Fr/V to help manage your weight: Article How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight <BR> <BR> Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. There are many different ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy one. Helping control your weight is not the only benefit of eating more fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of canc... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:33:55 EST WELCOME TO MOSTLY POOHBEAR! Welcome to MOSTLY! It's great to have you here with us. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your Spark journey, your goals, hobbies, etc. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you! If you need anything, just let us know! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:36:55 EST Healthy Resource of the Day: Serving Sizes What is a serving of fruits or vegetables? <BR> <BR> By Shereen Jegtvig, Guide <BR> <BR> Updated July 24, 2008 <BR> <BR> Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> "One serving of strawberries." <BR> <BR> One serving of strawberries. <BR> Photo © Stasys Eidiejus <BR> Question: What is a serving of fruits or vegetables? <BR> Nutritionists say to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, but, what's a serving size? Is it on... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:11:24 EST Healthy Food of the Week: Swiss Chard Ok, I have never tried Swiss Chard. I don't think I'd be a fan of it either - but it is a really wonderful source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a huge whopping source of Vitamin K - which I am generally lacking! <BR> <BR> Here is your introduction: <BR> <BR> Similar to spinach and beets with a flavor that is bitter, pungent and slightly salty, Swiss chard is truly one of the vegetable valedictorians with its exceptionally impressive list of health promoting nutrients. Although Swiss chard ... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:08:27 EST WEEK ONE TEMPLATE COPY THIS TEMPLATE INTO YOUR OWN POST. COME BACK AND EDIT IT DAILY. <BR> <BR> Week One: Fruit & Veggie Challenge <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Fruit/Veg points: (1 point for every fr/veg u eat) <BR> Weekly points: (Points for finishing the 4 weekly challenges - do each only once ) <BR> Extra credit points: (Points for doing any of the 10 extra credit options - you can do these every day if you wish) <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Fruit/Veg points: <BR> Weekly points: <BR> Extra Credit points: <BR> ... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:54:14 EST WEIGH IN THREAD, WEEK ONE <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Please post your starting weight in this thread. On every Sunday, come back and edit your same post with your end of week weight. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 336 <BR> Week One End Weight: 334 <BR> Week Two End Weight: 333 <BR> Week Three End Weight: 327.6 <BR> Week Four End Weight: <BR> Week Five End Weight: <BR> Week Six End Weight: <BR> <BR> Total Pounds Los... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:48:32 EST CHALLENGE FOR WEEK ONE! FRUIT & VEGGIES <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>291</em> <em>69</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the MOSTLY Healthy Habits Challenge! <BR> <BR> I have the following members signed up: <BR> <BR> Myself, Tony, JEYPDX, Robertaannala, JollyAmerican, LillyGood, ZowieNut1, and Sunset24. If anyone else would like to join, you are welcome to! <BR> <BR> The challenge is going to run for 6 weeks - through the end of August. Challenge weeks will run from Monday through Sunday. You can... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:44:46 EST Healthy Resource of the Day: Blog & Article In case you didn't already know this, Spark people promotes a website called That's Fit on their homepage. I have checked it out and it is a fabulous source of helpful information! <BR> <BR> Here is their link: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to point out an article on a man who has lost 258 pounds. I have been reading his blog for a bit now and That's Fit has him featured today! <BR> <BR> Here is the article: <link><BR>d-258... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:04:39 EST HOW IS JULY GOING FOR YOU? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Since we are past the 1/2-way mark for July, I wanted to check in and see if everyone is meeting or exceeding their goals for the month! <BR> <BR> For myself - I am re-evaluating my goals. I'm pretty disappointed in myself for the past several days. It's time to turn things around! <BR> <BR> Are you sticking to your calorie range? Are you getting enough water? Do you get some type of movement every day? <BR> <BR> If you are falling behind on your goals ... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:55:58 EST Welcome to MOSTLY SMLouder! Welcome to MOSTLY! Please take the time to introduce yourself to the group and tell us about your journey. You can feel safe here that no one is going to be judgmental and there is someone who probably has gone through the same things as you have. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad you found your way to our MOSTLY family! <BR> <BR> Sherry <BR> co-leader of MOSTLY <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:51:54 EST 1st Ever MOSTLY Challenge! Hello everyone! I would like to see who is interested in signing up for a challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge will run for 4 weeks and will incorporate a series of daily and weekly mini-challenges. <BR> <BR> The challenge will have a point system, with plenty of opportunities to earn points. <BR> <BR> The winner of the challenge will receive a trophy goodie from MOSTLY and a 10 dollar gift certificate to the Spark store, courtesy of me. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Of course the goal of t... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:47:08 EST Healthy Article of the Day: Behavior Modification Behavior Modification <BR> <BR> Habits, good or bad, are formed by repetition. Eating habits are no exception. If you are in the habit of snacking when you watch TV, you were reinforcing that habit until finally it became a part of you. Other habits are formed in the same way. Some of these habits are: eating while reading, eating the minute you come in the house, eating when the kids come in from school, eating when you come in from a date, or eating while cooking dinner. <BR> <BR> We a... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:26:43 EST Welcome to MOSTLY ZOWIENUT1 ISABEL143U & JEN0318 Hello and welcome to MOSTLY! We are happy to have you join our little family! <BR> <BR> Please introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about your journey and your goals. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know you well and share our ups and downs together. <BR> <BR> Welcome to MOSTLY! <BR> <BR> Sherry <BR> co-leader Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:19:23 EST Healthy Article of the Day: Ease Nighttime Pain This article comes from Web MD. It's geared toward people with fibromyalgia (which I have) - but the tips for easing up pain before sleep sound like they'd be helpful for people with arthritis or just being sore from exercise! <BR> <BR> Fibromyalgia Pain at Night <BR> 10 Tips for Better Sleep <BR> By Jeanie Lerche Davis <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> <BR> Do you toss and turn at night because of fibromyalgia pain or discomfort? <BR> <BR> "People with fibro... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 18:54:37 EST Healthy Food of the Week: Peppers! <em>267</em> <em>267</em> <em>267</em> PEPPERS! <em>267</em> <em>267</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> This week's healthy food is going to be Bell Peppers! Did you know that in ONE CUP of bell pepper strips you get 291% of your daily Vitamin C? Amazing! And 104% of vitamin A. All for 24 little calories!!!!!! <BR> <BR> A wonderful combination of tangy taste and crunchy texture, bell peppers are the Christmas ornaments of the vegetable world with their beautifully shaped glossy exterio... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 18:46:13 EST Scales and tape measures I apologize if this question has already been addressed, but it's been on my mind and I wanted to get some input. <BR> <BR> Like many of you, perhaps, the bathroom scale I own stops way before my actual weight: it goes to 330 and I know I weight somewhere between 380 and 400 or maybe more. I just estimate my weight based on how far the needle moves beyond the 330. The last time I was weighed on an assumedly accurate scale was at a hospital with my diabetes educator, and that reading was 10-1... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:15:43 EST Welcome to MOSTLY Ladybugoh, JeyPDX, & BNMMartinez Hello and welcome to our MOSTLY family! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I wasn't prompt with your welcome, but I am currently on vacation! I've been seeing more of our beautiful US and I've been wondering more and more about how some people are able to live in this awful HOT weather! LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway - I'm so glad that the three of you joined the group! I hope you will all share about yourselves and your journey here at Spark, whether you have just joined or if you've been around awhile. <BR... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 20:07:38 EST Welcome to MOSTLY CindyScraps! Thanks for joining MOSTLY! Our family is continuing to blossom! Please feel comfortable sharing with us as much as you'd like! <BR> <BR> Best of luck on your journey! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>235</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:50:18 EST Weekly Weigh In <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <em>225</em> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to post your weekly weight. Or if you'd like, keep track of measurements, keep track of how you were feeling, your exercise minutes, or non-scale victories - anything you'd like to keep track of weekly! <BR> <BR> My weight for the week is 340.5 <BR> I only lost .5 (not counting the 9 pounds of fluid) <BR> <BR> I exercised (I think) 256 minutes <BR> ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:26:52 EST What Are Your Goals for July? Just wondered if any of you have thought ahead to July! <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> Do you have any weight loss or exercise goals? Personal goals? <BR> <BR> I haven't quite figured out my exact goals yet - but I do know for the 1st week of July I will be visiting Virginia, Washington DC, NYC, New Hampshire and Massachusetts! I will be eating almost ENTIRELY fast food. *sigh* I've gone through all the websites and written down all the best choices and their calories. The ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:08:05 EST Healthy Snacks I thought there was a post on this already but for the life of me couldn't find it. I am so forum challenged. <BR> <BR> I have a few food ideas. Hoping we could have this for everyone to add to this post. <BR> <BR> Snack idea: (from my sister who is doing south beach) <BR> Take a pear (or apple I have used too) a wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese. Cut, spread enjoy. <BR> <BR> The flavor is awesome. Makes it seem like a cheat. <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast smoothie: <BR> <BR> I use any fr... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 10:37:11 EST Welcome to MOSTLY Sunset24! I'm so happy that you joined MOSTLY! I hope that you will enjoy our tight knit little family! Please jump right on in and tell us about yourself and your journey! <BR> <BR> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> Sherry Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:26:05 EST Welcome to MOSTLY PUGRAD1995! So glad to have your as part of our MOSTLY team! Thank you so much for jumping right in to the conversation! Made my day! <BR> <BR> Best of luck on your journey! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:43:46 EST Welcome to MOSTLY LillyGood! Welcome to MOSTLY! We are so glad to have you as part of our little family! Please tell us a little about yourself and join right in the conversation! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week, <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:36:50 EST What can I do to get everyone to chat together? I've been trying everything I can think of to increase participation - but I'm still feeling pretty lonely here <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Is there a discussion forum you would like to see started? Would you want to participate in a challenge? Do you want to have a weekly weigh in? <BR> <BR> Any ideas or suggestions are very welcome! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderfully healthy week! Blessings and hugs! <BR> <BR> Sherry Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:11:47 EST Healthy Article of the Day I'm going to try and post a different article every day from around the web that can help us along our journeys. <BR> <BR> This article was found on and it gives a few ideas for exercising when you are carrying a lot of extra weight. <BR> <BR> Obesity and Exercise - Exercising on Your Own <BR> What You Can Do at Home <BR> <BR> By Paige Waehner, Guide <BR> <BR> Updated March 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medic... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:51:35 EST Food of the Week This week's food of the week is: Blueberries! <BR> <BR> Read along with me this week as we talk about all of the wonderful goodness that blueberries have to offer! <BR> <BR> All information can be found at The World's Healthiest Foods. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories. Blueberries are at their best from May through ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:30:19 EST Welcome to MOSTLY Blanche! Hi Blanche and welcome to MOSTLY! We'd love to hear more about you, so feel free to tell us a little about yourself and your journey here at Spark. <BR> <BR> We hope you feel right at home, <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>199</em> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:10:27 EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TONY! I wanted to make sure and say Happy Anniversary to our fearless leader! May you have many, many more happy years and blessings to come! <BR> <BR> Sherry <BR> <em>337</em> <em>408</em> <em>242</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:39:02 EST Welcome to MOSTLY LedMcGowan1! Hi! Thanks for joining us! I'm glad you made it <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Please jump right in and tell us all a little about yourself. Everyone here is very supportive and never judgmental! <BR> <BR> Have a very happy and healthy day! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:13:46 EST Welcome to MOSTLY CradledbyJesus! We're so happy to have you here at MOSTLY! I hope you'll tell us a little about yourself and your goals. I hope to get to know you better! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>199</em> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 23:52:01 EST Welcome Welcome to Prodigy805! It's great to have another member! Our little family is growing! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to jump right in and tell us a little about yourself. We are very friendly and nonjudgmental! We're here to support and encourage you! <BR> <BR> Best of luck on your journey, we're happy to have you here at MOSTLY! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>229</em> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:56:26 EST Healthy Article for Wednesday: 20 Healthy Snacks <BR> 20 Mix-and-Match Healthy Snacks <BR> By Mary_RD on Jun 15, 2010 07:00 AM in Tips & Updates <BR> <BR> <BR> How to Snack <BR> <BR> To increase your nutrient consumption at each eating experience, be sure to eat more than one food at your mini-meal. A single food, such as a little bag of Baked Lays, is not a great mini-meal. The single food may be fine but what about the other nutrients that you need? A satisfying mini-meal should be nutritionally dense, balanced, and take a bit of e... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:54:56 EST Welcome to MOSTLY 5KKatie! So glad to have you here! Please tell us a little about yourself, your goals, and hobbies. Best of luck to you on your journey! <BR> <BR> Sherry <em>235</em> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:48:37 EST What's for Dinner? Just wondering what you're having for your favorite meal of the day - doesn't have to be dinner! <BR> <BR> I am not having the most calorie conscious dinner - but it is good! <BR> <BR> I'm cooking Racheal Ray's Taco Pasta Toss - modified to be healthier. Using whole wheat rotini, Laura's Lean Ground Beef, and I put red pepper, garlic, zuccini and tomato paste in the blender to HOPEFULLY hide veggies from my family. We'll see if it works or not. My boy never eats veggies, so we shall se... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:01:21 EST FOOD OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SQUASH Our food of the week is summer squash! Love it? Hate it? Never tried it? Here's your chance to find out more about it, thanks to the website, The World's Healthiest Foods. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Only 36 calories per cup! 2.5 grams of fiber! 10% of your vitamin A and 16% of your daily vitamin C. A good source of Folate, copper, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc! Sounds like a super food to me! Please chime in on how you use summer squash and with an... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:39:43 EST Welcome to the team VelvetKiss! <em>235</em> Welcome to MOSTLY! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so glad you've joined us. We're a new team here on SPark but we've got a lot of heart. The members are so kind, motivating, and friendly. I hope you will post a little about yourself and jump right in! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Sherry Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:42:07 EST Question of the Day Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm going to post a question of the day each and every day! I hope you will join in the fun! <BR> <BR> Today's question: Do you watch The Biggest Loser, and what do you think about it? Motivating or unrealistic? Or maybe both? <BR> <BR> <BR> * I'm going to admit, I am a "The Biggest Loser" junkie. Now, I don't think it's healthy for morbidly obese people to exercise 6-8 hours a day or realistic. It is, however, highly motivational for me to see the change... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 20:00:50 EST Welcome to our new Co-Leader BIBLIOMANE40 I want to thank BIBLIOMANE40 for accepting the challenge of helping out with MOSTLY. Please join me in thanking her for her efforts. <BR> <BR> I look forward to Sherry's assistance and input and hope we can be the Best Team. <BR> If you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to let us know. <BR> <BR> Hope each of you have a SPlendid Weekend, 'cause it's knocking on our doors! <BR> <BR> SPark on team! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:41:19 EST How is Everyone? I know a couple of our members (Bobbi, Di) had some health issues this past week and I wanted to check in and see how they are doing! <BR> <BR> How about everyone else? How are you feeling? How is the eating and exercising going? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling extremely run down. (Woman stuff) Other than that I am ok. The eating is pretty good and exercise is good, but I want it even better! <BR> <BR> Hope you all are doing well, <BR> <BR> Sherry Wed, 9 Jun 2010 13:15:12 EST What are your goals? I was just wondering if anyone has any specific goals with their weight loss? <BR> <BR> My first goal was to get under 350, which I did a couple of weeks ago. (YAY) 350 has always been the place where I give up. <BR> <BR> My next goal is to be 335 (9 lbs) by the time we go on vacation on July 3rd. <BR> <BR> My exercise goal is to work up to walking 3 miles 5x a week. I'm just at 1 mile 4 times per week right now - but I'd like to get up to 3 miles by the end of summer. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 15:42:07 EST What music inspires you? any favorites? This is because of the tv shows that were favorites. <BR> <BR> I love music and get inspired all the time by it. My husband and I met through a country music radio station date line even. (whole other story won't bore you with it) <BR> <BR> Here are some of my favorites (from a earlier blog of mine) <BR> <BR> <BR> *** I will give you a few Examples: <BR> <BR> "Don't Laugh at me" by Mark Wills always reminded me of being picked on in school. Of being put down or hurt because of my weigh... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 16:49:56 EST Weekend Plans? Fav TV shows? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I wondered what your weekend plans were? <BR> <BR> I am off today, so I am doing housework and plan to get in a walk later. I usually menu plan and get my grocery list ready on Fridays too. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am going in to work for a few hours, will get in a walk at a park close to work, and then in the late afternoon will go with the family to my parents' house. <BR> <BR> Sunday is more housework, more laundry, and some tv catch up time On Demand! Another wal... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 14:04:31 EST My Vent...Please don't Judge Well, I'm not really sure how to vent about this without sounding like a horrible person and sister. My fiance and I tried for two years to get pregnant, only to later find out that the main reason was because of my morbid obesity. If I was to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle then my body and cycles will be more in balance and I will be able to get pregnant with much more ease (hopefully!) not to mention I will be a better parent for it. So that is what I am here trying to do. Wel... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:54:48 EST Challenge for all of YOU. Ok, as I am going to suggest a challenge for you. This has helped movitate me so much. <BR> <BR> Post a picture of yourself. Not an old one but a recent one. I guess cause it is only a few of use here I feel brave enough to make this challenge. <BR> It doesn't have to be your avatar. Just put it in your photo gallery. I copied the link to my picture below. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had my wedding photo but that was before. I was about 275 then and boy compared to now I was skinny. So I had a few ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:15:22 EST I didn't do it. Welp, I binged yesterday. Lets just say I'm not proud of it but I didn't feel like I could fully move on without admitting it. I did great all day....I even did great at the BBQ. BUT when I got home I wanted pizza, so I drove to the store and bought pizza...and extra cheese....and chips and salsa. I brought it home and got it and ate it and the chips with salsa. Then I finished it off with icecream and chocolate covered strawberries. I don't know why I did it. I do know that sometimes I get t... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:13:07 EST Today's blog I did a rather long post on my blog today. I was going to just put it on here. But I realize that many could perhaps benefit from it. <BR> Let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> This may sound silly but this group I feel "safe" in posting here. Does that make sense? <BR> Guess I am afraid of people that judge. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:49:18 EST How to boost your metabolism? I was doing some research on metabolism and found an article @ that I thought was interesting. They have a short slideshow with the methods of increasing metabolism. I know that every one of us is different and some of the methods would very difficult for some to do but I thought it was of interest anyway. <BR> <BR> Nothing ventured, nothing gained. <BR> <BR> Hope we all can learn at least something from this information. <BR> <BR> The link to the article is as follows: <BR... Sun, 30 May 2010 08:44:36 EST Rant & Vent It was brought to my attention that we could use a vent/rant room. So this is the place to come. We'll make this thread a sticky topic, so that it is always on top of the list and we can find it easily. <BR> <BR> Now bring on those rants and raves and start venting. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy with other ideas that you would like to find with the team. Ideas are always welcome! Sat, 29 May 2010 18:45:56 EST How are you going to handle Memorials Day? So we all know that in America, we tend to celebrate holidays with lots of food. This is fine and dandy as long as you're not a food addict like me. I remember Thanksgivings when I would eat until I was sick because I felt like no one could judge me since we are suppose to eat like that on that day. But what I come to realize is that this addiction doesnt take a day I shouldnt take a day off from fighting it. Anyways, I sort of have a plan of having one hot dog and some vegetables. B... Sat, 29 May 2010 18:31:25 EST My new favorite food dish Ok see you better get a bat or something. I am bored and this is my second post! <BR> <BR> I have a new salad recipe I sort of created. Actually there is a seafood place near by who makes it this way but it has sugar. It is really good and we are beyond broke. <BR> <BR> Last week we got some cucumbers from the one food bank. I took about 3 cut them up into slices. <BR> <BR> (btw if you keep the skin on a little bit you don't get indigestion from the cucumbers) <BR> <BR> Added a few onio... Sat, 29 May 2010 17:48:51 EST Tips and tricks Ok so I figure there are a lot of things we do on a daily basis that may not be conventional every day things. <BR> <BR> So I figured I would start off by being just plain honest. About my situation and things I have found along the way. <BR> <BR> Ok so I am over 440 lbs. I can't tell exactly cause I don't have a scale to check. My thyroid diabetes and insulin resistance as well as mobility are the issue. <BR> <BR> <BR> First I can't fit in the bathroom in my house. Door isn't wide eno... Sat, 29 May 2010 17:33:43 EST Hello & Welcome to MOSTLY MOSTLY stands for: <BR> <BR> Morbid <BR> Obese <BR> Sparkers <BR> Trying to <BR> Lose <BR> Your weight <BR> <BR> I've been here at Spark People since April 2009 and find it very difficult to lose weight. I'm morbidly obese and have several health issues that make it difficult or nearly impossible to get regular exercise. I have severe back and hip pain which makes it difficult to do some daily activities. I have some good days and many bad days. <BR> <BR> I hope that we can join togeth... Fri, 28 May 2010 13:41:42 EST