SparkPeople Keep * It * Simple Team Messageboard We all know how important being healthy is. Sometimes, we make it harder than it should be. Join us, as we work toward a more simple lifestyle. SparkPeople Keep * It * Simple Team Messageboard Simply Venting : Transform your frustrations here <BR> sometimes... venting it out... will open the doors to move forward... <BR> <BR> key here.... if you vent it here. ,.... Leave it here... <BR> <BR> and think of a Positive direction... <BR> <BR> and then move forward .... taking the next step Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:08:27 EST im new Hi I'm Brandy and new to this group. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:17:00 EST SIMPLY Sharing Support (Word Quote Thought etc) <BR> <BR> share some encouragement... a kind word... a thought... an emoticon... <BR> <BR> you choose... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:03:20 EST SIMPLY Emoticon your Movements . <BR> Keep That Body Moving <BR> <BR> Emoticon your movements today Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:42:12 EST Today I AM SIMPLY...... <BR> <BR> getting my house work done Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:51:04 EST Hi, Deby here <BR> <BR> Hi Team... <BR> <BR> My name is Deby <BR> <BR> I thought it was time to get back to keeping it simple... I figured this was the team to join ... to help me keep on track <BR> <BR> Wishing Everyone all the best and much Success <BR> <BR> BLESSings ALLways ~Deby Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:00:11 EST September Challenges? Is anyone doing a good one? I started the 21 day sweets and the 30 day plateau buster yesterday. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:22:21 EST Hi - Just Joined The Team Hi, I'm Carol and I've been a member of Spark People for so many years I've lost count <em>252</em> I've been on again, off again and have lost the same 10 lbs. or so over and over, gained it back, started again. Need I say, "I'm getting sick of it!" It's my fault. I try too hard, think everything to death, and then have one setback and figure I'm doomed and why bother. When I saw the name of this team, Keep It Simple, I thought "this is what I need - simple" <em>334</em> I should be r... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:33:16 EST Hello Hi, I'm Marge and I want to work on a new healthy lifestyle change, but want to keep it simple and work on it one day at a time. I need to lose about 40 lbs. <BR> I'm married to the love of my life for 45 years. We have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. I plan on retiring in just a few weeks. Right now I'm a part-time appointment coordinator at a cancer center in town. I love to cook, read cookbooks- always looking for new ways to prepare healthier meals, I also do crochet, counted cross-stitc... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:21:20 EST August Simple Looks Like... Doing absolutely as little outside as possible. <BR> <BR> What does your August Simple Look Like? Sat, 8 Aug 2015 16:41:20 EST Hi its Me From what I see so far I really thisk this is the group for me. Cant wait to figure this page out more. Any input would be appreciated. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:50:29 EST Hi, I'm Vicki Over the last 10 years I've gained 127 lbs and now it's time for me to reclaim my body <BR> in the healthiest way I can. I've struggled to lose the weight and would drop a few pounds <BR> only to regain them plus a few extra pounds. But since Sept. 2014 I've been working to <BR> help my hubby lose necessary pounds so his heart function will improve and although <BR> I worked towards my own goals, it was never 100%. But since June 20th I've taken back control <BR> of my own body and will be w... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:07:56 EST Top 4 (June) Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> On ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:53:49 EST New to Team I'm Marge and I am new to this team. I plan on retiring in a few months and along with trying to live a healthier lifestyle, I want to live a simpler life. Looking forward to getting to know you and share ideas and support. <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Marge Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:45:13 EST New and focused on health I recently became very ill and am still being tested for the root cause. I have asthma and was raised knowing that maintaining health is a non-negotiable. Unfortunately, the older I got the more I focused on family, work and church while letting my self care go. I am just starting to get around after two months of the illness (possibly Valley Fever or Mold toxicity). I have re-evaluated my life and I need to keep it simple. I am trying to find a way to have true balance and peace in thes... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:53:47 EST Third Letter Starts a New Food Each person lists a food using the third letter of the last food listed as the first letter of the next food. <BR> <BR> Potato <BR> <BR> Next food starts with T <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:27:24 EST May is out...June coming in.... Well, May is almost over. How did you do? <BR> <BR> Exercise-- <BR> Freggies (Fruits & Vegetables)-- <BR> Water-- <BR> Portion Control-- <BR> Weight Loss-- <BR> Other-- <BR> <BR> Goal(s) for June? Thu, 28 May 2015 22:32:17 EST Laughter is good for the soul We know we all need laughter to lighten our spirits and lift our moods. <BR> <BR> Post your jokes, quotes, stories, etc. here. <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <em>20</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:28:13 EST Weekly Challenge May 12--May 16 Easy Challenge this week.... <BR> 5 Days visit a "Keep It Simple" Team-mates page & post on their page or give a goodie. A little encouragement can motivate, & inspire your team. <BR> <BR> Every day that you meet this goal post a <em>248</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 18:22:33 EST Weekly Challenge May 1- May 9 <em>102</em> We all know we need it. Try to get at least 6-7 hours each night, if you can. <BR> <BR> <BR> Come back and post how many hours of sleep that you had. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 09:06:56 EST Scattergories How to play: Scattergories <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE answer of your choice. <BR> We'll start with "A", when the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> Working on the letter "A" <BR> <BR> 1. SCHOOL SUBJECTS - <BR> <BR> 2. EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING - <BR> <BR> 3. TELEVISION STARS - <BR> <BR> 4. HISTORICAL FIGURES - <BR> <BR> 5. SOMETHING YOU'RE AFRAID OF - <BR> <BR> 6. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT - <BR> <BR> 7. FICTIONAL CHARACTERS - <BR> <BR> 8. SOME... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:42:32 EST A-Z Alliterative Sentences Write a sentence where EVERY word must begin with the SAME letter. We start with a and go to z. Sentences may be as long as you like or as short as 3 words. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:38:07 EST I Am...A-Z Beginning with the letter A & moving forward, each player will post either a descriptive Characteristic, Emotion or Phrase for that particular time.... <BR> <BR> for instance: I am AMAZING , I am BEAUTIFUL, I am CAUTIOUS and so on <BR> <BR> Let's start: <BR> <BR> I am "Anxious to see my family today" <BR> <BR> B: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:36:49 EST Places I've Never Been: A-Z Places I've Never Been: A-Z <BR> <BR> Beginning with the letter A and moving forward, each player will post a town, city, country, continent or any PLACE where they have never been: <BR> <BR> A: Antarctica Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:34:43 EST Finish April with Fruits & Veggie Challenge TEAM CHALLENGE: Make a Habit: Fruits & Veggies <BR> <BR> Just post what fruit or veggie you ate each day. The more you can eat, the better. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <em>258</em> <em>491</em> <em>69</em> <em>291</em> <em>289</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:17:58 EST Newbie Hello! I am new to the team. I have been on Spark/on my weightloss journey for a month. I am instinctively a hoarder, but last year reshaped my thinking and am determined to live the simple life! I realized all the stuff I had been keeping for years was not worth keeping if it was not purposeful and I didn't use. I am interested in finding ways to keep life simple! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me. I'm a 27 year old Canadian nurse with over 100lbs to lose. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:56:00 EST New & from Colorado My name is Peggy & new to the team but not to SP! It is good being here!! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:26:07 EST Trying so hard to pare down After being forced by circumstances to rid myself of half of what I owned, I am at a point where I just don't want to let go of any more. I'd love to be able to fit into a nice 500 sf apartment, but I go through boxes I've been through a million times, and I just can't see myself getting rid of any of this stuff. What is left now would fit nicely into 650-700 sf, but I'm alone now, and not well, so I can't take care of much of a place anymore. <BR> <BR> I hope you can help me reach a point ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:26:53 EST Re- Sparking Hi, I am re-sparking after an absence of about a year...trying to connect with anyone who is starting over with simpler goals..I am walking and just eating "real" foods so far. Look forward to your posts. Have a great weekend <em>213</em> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:04:18 EST ZenHabits Hi I was led here as a follower of Leo Babauta's blog on living simply <link> </link> and decided to search Spark teams for a team on living simply. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:27:38 EST NEW: Last Letter Starts New Word Variety Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:24:39 EST New from Missouri <em>213</em> Work full time in Hospital. Wife, Grandma, like to quilt (which is NOT simple) <BR> currently obsessed with 230 girls abducted from their boarding school during the night more than 2 months ago...Still missing in Nigeria. <em>682</em> <BR> #Bring Back Our Girls Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:26:14 EST Help When I log in here it tell me that I have not joined any goals. I then click on one and all it does is take me to my fitness page. Ok what next as there is nowhere to set anything up. <BR> <BR> I must be missing something or looking too hard. <BR> <BR> Ta Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:49:39 EST Hi I'm New 50's, married female trying to get fit and stay healthy in a complicated world. I need to keep my struggle simple. <BR> <BR> Nice to be here. <BR> <BR> - Barb Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:39:29 EST I seem to have a challenge When I log in here it tell me that I have not joined any goals. I then click on one and all it does is take me to my fitness page. Ok what next as there is nowhere to set anything up. <BR> <BR> I must be missing something or looking too hard. <BR> <BR> Ta <BR> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 04:33:18 EST Huddles gone I see that they have remover more off of the points page with no more huddles. I thought it was a way of geeing members motivated. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 03:59:09 EST What to do when the weather is good? I have lived in the Netherlands for 38 years and the climate isnt all that good. But since 3 months i live in Florida and the temperature is rising and so is the sunshine. <BR> <BR> But ive been raised with the idea that as soon as the weather is good i HAVE to go outside and enjoy the weather. Well, when the weather is good, you WANT to go outside too, cause you never know how long its gonna last anyway. <BR> <BR> And NOWWWW....... I just feel guilty whenever i am inside the house. More ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:34:57 EST I am coming off Lyrica Today its the second day in where i have taken 1 3/4 of my daily dosis of Lyrica. <BR> This is a thread i found about the Lyrica withdrawal syndrome: <BR> <BR><BR>read.php?t=192315&highlight=Lyrica <BR> <BR> The withdrawal syptoms are: <BR> <BR> Exhaustion, coupled with insomnia (horrible combination) <BR> Depression <BR> Crying jags <BR> Rage <BR> Extreme episodes of sweating <BR> Chills <BR> Inability to regulate temperature <BR> Flu like sympt... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:42:33 EST Just A Simple Chat Hello Friends, Come on in and let's chat awhile! I have got the tea on and the door is open! See you there! <em>526</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:39:20 EST Give A Huge Welcome To -WRKNG2ABTTRME- Hello Friends, We I am so honored and blessed to welcome -WRKNG2ABTTRME- to our host of team leaders and I would love for all of you to stop by the team and her page if you will and make here feel at home! Thank you! Hugs, Rose:) <em>244</em> <em>235</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:35:42 EST I'm a newbie Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and to the USA AND to this new group too! <BR> I'm a 38 year old woman and just moved from Holland Europe to Florida cause I met my husband there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready to loose some desired pounds. The first week on this website i only put weight ON cause I was more then normally focused on food. <BR> <BR> From tomorrow on a new start for me though. Haha.....that's a simple life to be always allow yourself to start again. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:39:21 EST Hello! I think this team is very cool. I have always been a big fan of simplicity BUT I tend to make everything complicated. I guess that comes from being a perfectionist which can make life harder. I am going to try to make being a part of SparkPeople a fun thing and not get too bogged down on making things difficult. Glad to be a part of your group!! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are in the process of renovating a house that my mother built 40 years ago. We purchased it a couple of years ago ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:06:28 EST I like the thought of keeping it simple. Hello my name is Maria, from Illinois. <BR> <BR> The idea of keeping it simple, sounds very encouraging and promising in this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I am eager to learn, how I can keep it simple. <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:36:13 EST Simple is Best 4 Me Hi, I'm back. Hope to be able to stay involved with sparkpeople this time around. Still having computer issues but will do what I can. <BR> To those that don't know me and a reminder to those that do, I'm Vicki. I'm 57 years old and have about 68 lbs to lose. I only lost 6 lbs in 2013 so am really hoping to do much better this year. <BR> I am married to Bob and he's just had to get a pacemaker/defibrullator in March, and is still adjusting to having a very weak heart (20% heart strength), so ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:57:13 EST Bonus Points for Our Team Placement If you're one of those Sparkers who like to earn Bonus Points, don't miss out on the Start Page opportunities. <BR> <BR> On the main Start page on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it. Click on the flag. The Points will appear for the day. Then post in here the points you earn for the team. You can choose up to different 5 teams. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:25:14 EST Weekly Challenge..Jan. 27--Feb. 1 This week we are starting a daily 10 minute fitness streak. <BR> Every day exercise at least 10 minutes a day. Cardio or Strength! <BR> Post a fitness emoticon every day that you do the 10 minutes! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:23:02 EST DYK (Did You Know?) DYK (Did You Know) <BR> <BR> I thought this would be great for all of us especially for new members who haven't started posting yet and for those of us who don't necessarily post on the Let's Talk thread. Short and sweet, lol! We'll give it a try and see how it works out. <BR> <BR> DYK (Did You Know) that this is our new chat thread? <BR> <BR> DYK that you can post anything & everything here that is going on in your that we can encourage, support and motivate you? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:53:50 EST 3rd Letter Starts New Word Post a word starting with the 3rd letter of the previous posted word. <BR> <BR> Example: word posted " work <BR> <BR> New word: rage <BR> <BR> Next word: gain <BR> <BR> Let's see what we can come up with. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:38:07 EST "Do" Tell We're looking for words with the syllable "do" in them. Beginning, middle or end, doesn't matter. <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:35:17 EST Ways to Get Motivated When In A Slump We all have times when our motivation has hit bottom. <BR> <BR> Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump <BR> <BR> 1. One Goal <BR> 2. Find Inspiration <BR> 3. Get Excited <BR> 4. Build Anticipation <BR> 5. Post Your Goal <BR> 6. Commit Publicly <BR> 7. Think About It Daily <BR> 8. Get Support <BR> 9. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. <BR> 10. Stick With It <BR> 11. Start Small. Really Small <BR> 12. Build on small successes. <BR> 13. Read about it daily. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:32:02 EST Renewing friends How many have you friended on Sparks? Have you made contact lately? go to your friend list and give an old friend a message. Maybe they may need a word from an old friend. Try to do one a day for the next few weeks. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:11:16 EST KISS I am new to this team, but have been practicing KISS since 1979 when I got sober. In recovery KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid; however, I prefer to say Keep It Simple Sweetheart. <BR> <BR> I've been in Spark since the end of January 2013, almost a year now and have lost about 28 lbs. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know other KISS people. <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:55:07 EST INTRINSIC_2014 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Sonia, I'm 33, and I live in Western North Carolina. I'm the Mom of an awesome 5 year-old son named Valen. I've tried Spark a few times in the past (under different user names), but I'm back again after regaining 48 pounds in the past 3 (very difficult) years. The math says that's "only" an average of 16 pounds per year. "Only" 1.333 pounds per month... But blah :( It really adds up! So... I am going to make this year count! <BR> <BR> I found a few a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:57:50 EST Soldier Marches Let's see how many we can do! Each leg up counts as one! The higher the leg the more workout. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:48:39 EST Steps Anyone? For those that count your steps done them here. This can be used as an accountability or as a goal to achieve whatever. <em>311</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:44:31 EST 2013 Out....2014 In Post how you did this year (2013) and what your goals are for 2014. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:23:54 EST Simplify My Life and Get More Organized Well, I won't claim my health plan is simple, but I do need to simplify my life, and I saw some organization brags. I need more of both in my life. Anyway, I'm at the halfway point of my weight loss, but figure, I can't stop now. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:51:48 EST THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT CARD GOODIE <BR> <BR> MUCH APPRECIATED <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:17:04 EST From Lola I'm pleased to meet you! Three + years ago, I lost 75 lbs. here on Spark under a different name and am here to maintain that loss, as it's easy to get complacent, stop tracking, and start gaining. So I opened another account to get that done...and perhaps to accomplish some new goals while maintaining my loss. One of them is simplifying...decluttering, and enjoying the peace and serenity taking those actions can bring. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:35:19 EST Hello I just joined this team Hi my name is Lana and I joined SP a couple of months ago and just found this team. At this time of year this is just what I need to remind myself of. I started off strong, but now am finding that too much can be overwhelming. I hope to learn from you and remember the bigger picture! <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:48:55 EST A Simple Hi All!!! Keeping it nice and simple... Hi everyone my name is Frank and i am new to the team... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:57:12 EST My blog link for 11/4/2013 I'm in the A&I Radiant Crimson team challenge and here's the link to my blog:<BR>ournal.asp?id=ANNWILLWALK Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:12:31 EST Did You Drink Your Water Today? We all know we need to drink water daily for our body to function right. So, let's do it! <BR> <BR> Post...yes, no, working on it, emotions....whatever...but, use this as an encouragement to get the water in daily. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>194</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:50:40 EST Trivia Is everyone answering your three Trivia questions every day! <BR> Its a great way to learn, (This is found on your listing, when you get your daily log in points) Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:22:51 EST Have You Huddled With the Team Today? Post an answer or emoticon to let us know if you posted on the huddle board. It is a great way of encouragement. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:07:53 EST Woo Hoo ... if you moved your body today <em>244</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:18:19 EST Team Bonus Points Is everyone starting your day with the Start page? You have a way to give your teams added bonus Points, If you want to know more about the Bonus Points go to "Community" and check it out. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:04:39 EST Spark Changes Coming Monday, 10/21 Here is the link to explain: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:24:03 EST Weekly Challenge 10/21--10/26 We all seem to like different colors of things. So, this week let's see what colors we can eat in our Freggies (fruit & vegetables). <BR> <BR> Let us know what colors you ate each day. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:14:54 EST Weekly Challenge 10/14--10/19 We all need variety. Do something different each day this week. It can eat a new to you food, prepare a dish differently, go someplace different, take a different route, do a new exercise, etc. You get the idea. Whatever it is, you might decide that you want to do it regularly. <BR> <BR> Please come back and tell us what you did! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:52:45 EST Hi my name is Ann I am glad to be a part of this team. I feel an overwhelming need to simplify my life right now and I hope this group can help me do that and lose weight. Thanks for having me!! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:02:47 EST Spark Activity Tracker Hi everyone. Kinda new here. Just getting back online. Had a question. Hope this is the right place to pose it. If not I apologize in advance. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if there is a monthly fee for the Spark Activity Tracker? I know there is a $5.00 per month fee for a similar tracker at another program.<BR>ead1 <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this tracker? Does it do what it says? Is it helpful? Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:03:11 EST Weekly Challenge Sept. 29--Oct. 5 Something different to do each day. Come back each day and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> Sun__ Post on Huddle Board. <BR> <BR> Mon__ Log in & Spin. How many points did you get? <BR> <BR> Tue__ Post on 2 threads of this team that you haven't before or for a long time. <BR> <BR> Wed__ Eat 5 Freggies (fruit & vegetables) <BR> <BR> Thu__ Go to a friends feed and post something nice. <BR> <BR> Fri __ Give a new member a Goodie. Who? <BR> <BR> Sat __ Read a member's blog. Who? <B... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:25:47 EST Weekly Challenge Sept. 22---Sept 28 Two-fold challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Post on huddle board daily <BR> 2. Post on at least one team thread daily <BR> <BR> Of course, if you come back and post here that you posted on the huddle have done both challenges. <em>334</em> <em>246</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:56:17 EST Chain Reaction Each player posts two words that go together, but he must use the second word that the last player posted and a new word that he thinks of himself. For example, "French bread," "bread pudding," "pudding cake." <BR> <BR> So here goes..... <BR> <BR> night time <BR> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:21:37 EST Ideas, Suggestions For This Team We are always open to new ideas and suggestions for this team. Post anything that you would like to see done or would like to do. <BR> <BR> This team is your team and your input is important! <BR> <BR> So please post here...or if you would rather...shoot me a message. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:18:48 EST Just To Let You Know...... <em>215</em> Just to let know.... <BR> <BR> Leaving in a little while.....I will be away for 3 days. I wish each of you a good week. See you when I get back! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:52:26 EST How Do You Encourage Yourself? We all have days of feeling down sometimes, very down. What do you do or could you do that encourages yourself .....when you need it. Share here. Your answer(s) might be just what someone else needs today. <em>247</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:46:21 EST Hi I am Trevor Hi I am Trev in the SE UK <BR> <BR> I an slightly below my goal weight but keeping with in my range. <BR> <BR> I am motivating those in the 10 minute challenge and getting a lot of good response out of it and fun to. <BR> <BR> I live in North Kent in the Southeast UK <BR> <BR> Don't get bored make it fun to keep going! <BR> <BR> Trev <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:13:37 EST Weekly Challenge--- ept.9---Sept 21 This challenge is a little different. We face troubles, diappointments & struggles every day. Sometimes it's overwhelming to just be alive. Even though these troubles come our way, we also have many good things happening to us. So on this challenge, I want you to list EVERY day something good that happened to you. <BR> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:21:52 EST Zumba I just started going to Zumba classes. OMG! What a rush! They are entertaining and a Great workout. I hope to tone up my body. How long before I see results do you think? <BR> <BR> Candace Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:14:47 EST Doing the Next Right Thing . . . Rigorous Honesty I'm struggling to use my time wisely and to be honest with myself about it. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself, "Ohhhh, it's okay to _____ for a little while" even though it turns out to be what I'm doing for the next two hours. <BR> <BR> I can ask myself, "what would the next right thing to do be?" <BR> <BR> If I'm honest with myself--right now for me it's <BR> <BR> WASHING UP & GOING TO BED. <BR> <BR> What's your "next right thing"? <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:35:06 EST Challenge August 16-22--Your Weight Part 2 So I thought of this idea...a getting to know a fellow SP member and it goes like this <BR> This time, let us use the number on the scale to make someone feel good! <BR> <BR> Once you post your name on this thread, you will be given a partner and so be in pairs. As a pair you will state things about each other, good things, like hobbies, fitness minutes, nice smile,lost a pound etc. How many things...the sum of the number of your weight. <BR> <BR> Example, if you weigh 215lbs, then you will... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:56:12 EST August 8-15...your weight Your weight...whaaat! <BR> <BR> Yup you will use the numbers of yiu weight to help you with exercising. Choose any two numbers of your weight to do something. For example if you weigh 215, you can do 21 min walk, or a 15 min run or 12 sit ups or even a 51 jumping jacks. You don't have to post your weight, just post how much of what you did. <BR> <BR> Let's make that number on the scale motivate us!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:11:30 EST Challenge August 1 - 7...Back to Basics Did something work for you in the beginning? Did you eat less of something, did an extra minute of exercise...or maybe you just meditate more. So let's do that this week. <BR> <BR> On the first day, state what you will do, then for the next six days, post your progress. Let today be the day we restart a new habit!!! <BR> <BR> Let's do this!!! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:27:22 EST A-Z Words Ending with ING Post any word alphabetically ending with ING. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:13:04 EST Word Starting with ST Let's see what words we can come up with starting with ST. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:11:03 EST Challenge July 24--July 31 <em>370</em> <em>45</em> Summer time and all those fresh freggies! So, let's take advantage of them and see what we can eat ....fruit & vegetables = freggies. The more different colors the better. <BR> <BR> So, what fruit and/or veggies did you eat each day? <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> <em>368</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:04:01 EST Weekly Challenge July 14--20 Name One! <BR> <BR> If you're like me, you have more than one area that you need to work on (be it nutrition, exercise or chore list, etc.), But, this week we will concentrate on one area (if you do more...that's great!) <BR> <BR> Name on thing that you will work on this week.....then, come back and post a <em>248</em> or whatever you did! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:49:53 EST Sparkpeople Changes Optional program changes...... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an open mind when reading the blog below and deciding whether or not this is something that might in... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:25:30 EST 5 Letter Words A-Z Post any 5 letter word----alphabetically. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 07:23:42 EST Weekly Challenge July 7--July 13 We all find ourselves at times, taking care of everyone else. So, it's time to do something for ourselves...before we burn out. It can be anything that you enjoy doing or do nothing for a period of time. Whatever.....share with us what you did or post <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 07:21:22 EST New To The Team Hi there! I'm new to the team and look forward to getting to know all of you. <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:45:00 EST Hi from Kansas City Hi, I am Cathy from Kansas City. I came across the team and had to join. It so fits with what I want to do right now, Just to keep life and weightloss simple. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 23:30:24 EST Hello from Houston Hi,I'am Carrie from Houston.I started losing weight,then gainedit back. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:29:45 EST Weekly Challenge June 23---June 29 We all know that we need water to survive, and, some of us don't get as much as we should or are consistent with the drinking of water. So, this each day how much you drink. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:03:48 EST Weekly Challenge June 16---June 22 Sunday...June 16 FREE day. It's Father's Day for a lot of us. Celebrate it however you can or want. Everyone can post Goal Met <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, June 17---Saturday, June 22--- We all need encouragement...posting on the huddle board is a form of encouragement to others. So, post on the huddle board. Let's try to make this a habit as often as we can. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing your huddle post and your <em>248</em> here. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:31:23 EST What or Who Motivates You? We all are motivated by certain things or certain people to keep going on to reach our goals. What or who motivates you? <BR> <BR> Sometimes when thinking about it or seeing it posted by can and will help us to be more motivated or get our motivation back. <BR> <BR> So.....what is yours? <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:16:33 EST Weekly Challenge June 10--June 15 <em>102</em> We know we need it, but, sometimes we don't get it. <BR> <BR> Aim for 6/7 hours each night! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:33:40 EST Weekly Challenge: June 1--June 8 Weekly Challenge: June 1--June 8 <BR> <BR> Time to enjoy the outdoors. Weather permitting....Do your cardio routine etc., OUTSIDE 4 different days this week! <BR> <BR> Post <em>248</em> each day that you exercise or do something outside. Going to and fro to somewhere doesn't count. lol Fri, 31 May 2013 15:56:13 EST Finish Out Month of May Challenge Post how you think you have done for the month of May. What changes do you need to make or work on? Rate yourself (1--10) and explain if you want. Mon, 27 May 2013 21:05:06 EST Hello from Illinois Matt here. Just joined the team as it seems to fit with new process of recommitting myself to a healthy lifestyle. I just need to keep it simple and work on the small things to help me gain momentum. <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> Mon, 27 May 2013 10:29:04 EST Post A Seasonal Emoticon Post any seasonal emoticon. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Sun, 26 May 2013 23:58:19 EST Summer plans? Any plans for the summer? <BR> <BR> Me...just a attending a little wedding ceremony where I am the bride <em>41</em> ...July 20. <BR> I won't be on Spark as often as planning and meetings as well as school is taking over my life. <BR> <BR> How will your summer go? Sun, 26 May 2013 20:56:28 EST Hello, 'ello, 'ello! Hi! :D I'm hoping to make some friends along the road to a healthier lifestyle, and I figured a friendly group like this would be a great place to start. <BR> <BR> I'm the kitty cat, but you can call me Kitty. I'm a twenty-three wife and mother. <BR> <BR> I have 25lbs to lose by no certain date, but the sooner is always better in my book. I lack motivation, and I have a back injury that may (or may not) prevent me from working out as intently as I hope to. (My back has been out of sorts fo... Sun, 19 May 2013 20:32:36 EST May 12 - 18...TV time to crunch How much TV do you watch per night? <BR> <BR> Sometimes we don't know so I thought we take the first step in finding out and using those as a fitness tool. <BR> <BR> So the challenge is this.... <BR> <BR> State each 1 hr programme you watch each, reality, entertainment, etc. (you can state the name of the programme if you would like or just state A-1hr). <BR> <BR> Then for each TV programme you watch, you will do 5 crunches up to a maximum of 20. You can do it either during eac... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:37:50 EST May 5 - 11...swallowing rainbows Spring is now here to stay...45 days into srping according to google! <BR> <BR> So let's get some rainbows in our bodies...fruits and veggies. Aim for red, green, blue/violet and yellow daily. <BR> <BR> Let's swallow rainbows <em>437</em> and feel good inside Sat, 4 May 2013 19:35:43 EST April 28-May 4... Monkey see, monkey do fitness! Fun fact: this phrase originated in Jamaica in the 1800s! <BR> <BR> This challenge should be fun! Do the fitness activity in the current, post and suggest another activity in your post. Suggest anything fitness: pus up, jumping jacks, stretching too, just anything to move your body! To make it even better lets count! <BR> <BR> I'll start <BR> <BR> 1 push up (the next person suggests doing 2 of something and so on) <BR> <BR> Let's enjoy getting our minutes in! <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:38:01 EST Challenge April 21-27...Bad Days, Good Deeds!! I think this idea is amazing! <BR> <BR> Sometimes bad things happen on days and we feel like screaming at the next person that even thinks of us <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> What if we do something good instead! What if when something bad happens we send a hiya email to that long lost friend or smile at that guy who always looks so grumpy. Our day may still suck but at least we made someone else's a bit better <em>30</em> ! <BR> <BR> So to officially state the challenge...Take a daily bad... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:24:06 EST Challenge April 14-20 Updated.. .Munchies Tracking! Sorry all, still working on my report for a presentation onTuesday. I should finish by tonight so I will think of and post a challenge tomorrow. Or if you have a challenge please suggest and we can do the first suggestion. <BR> <BR> If not I will post on on Monday <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:29:31 EST Simple is my favorite thing! Hello, everyone! This looks like a fun and active team, and I am looking forward to participating. I live near Portland, Oregon, and enjoy low-carbing (don't judge! *grin*) and trying new fun and frugal things. My husband is on this weight-loss journey with me, and we keep each other motivated. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:57:36 EST The ConGA Game.. Just add a word that starts with the last two letters from the previous word. <BR> <BR> gaME - methOD <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:00:49 EST Challenge April 7- 13....bragging rights!! Hiya Imma back!!! <BR> <BR> My week away was good though it was really a week away as I came on to check on you cause I <em>382</em> . <BR> <BR> Last night I went to a cocktail and wore a tight, short black dress and and I felt so ooooooooh!! My dear FH told me my arms are showing some muscle so my bare shoulders were looking goooood! Hold on.... I never over ate at the buffet <em>40</em> <em>104</em> . It's become the norm I have forgotten about that... <BR> <BR> Why am I boastin... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 07:40:37 EST Ice in Water Odd question for April 1st. To count as drinking all your water, do you have to wait till the ice melts to get the full amount? Does this make sense? I'm having an odd questioning day :) Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:41:58 EST Sorry for the late challenge notice :-( Sorry I have been deadline and then some well needed sleep. I am also taking a two week's spark break to refocus my goals and attack my food issues head-on. I willl check in every once in a while to see how you are doing but not everyday. <BR> <BR> Since there is no challenge this week I would love to know how you are doing on this journey. Also could you please suggest challenges you would want done..any idea is a good idea. I will come on to post a challenge next week. <BR> <... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 06:58:25 EST Have you given a hug today? {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} to each of you this morning! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:24:36 EST Where is everyone from? Hi all, <BR> I'm Joan from Lytham, near Blackpool, UK anyone else local to me. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:07:02 EST March 24-30 challenge.. ...Consider the Lilies... Sometimes we a so busy trying to get through the day, trying to eat right, trying to get in those fitness minutes, trying to lose weight, even trying to post on SP and we forget our peace of mind. <BR> <BR> So this week's challenge is to sit quietly to relax or to consider the happy things in life or even to remind yourself of how beautiful you are. Try that for at least 10 mins, and breathe....aim for 5 days this week. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:10:25 EST March 17 - 23... Wooohooo So I recently joined this team and it's main purpose is to celebrate ourselves everyday. So this week's challenge is to celebrate yourselves by stating your daily WoooHoo moment here. <BR> <BR> We aim for 6 days this week and only because I posted this challenge late on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Let's celebrate our daily victories, whether it's eating your5 servings of veggies, exercising for an extra minute, whatever you think is an achievement CELEBRATE YOU THIS WEEK!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PS... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:54:30 EST March 10- 16... Cheer Uppers... Persons on this team are struggling with pain, disappointment and sometimes they need a gentle reminder that they are not alone on this journey! <BR> <BR> So the challenge this week is to support those who have posted in the "What Are You Struggling With Today" thread. <BR> <BR> Post a nice comment on at least 2 members' or send a smiley face goodie (or any other goodie of your choice). Let us do this for at least 5 days this week. We need to be our teammates' keepers and sending a kind w... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 13:00:48 EST Crossfit I go to our local YMCA and the class I'm taking is crossfit style of exercises. Has anyone tried that. I started Jan.1 and at first I did not think I could do this, but stuck with it and now I can almost keep up. It's fun and I have so much more energy. The inches are coming now. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:32:48 EST Challenge March 3-9....M tivation for your Mojo Sometimes we feel like giving up and we need that motivation to get going again. Post one simple motivational quote here that has helped you. You can get them from SP quotes or maybe you found on online. Share it <BR> <BR> Aim for at least 4 quotes this week! <BR> <BR> The link below is for SP inspirational quotes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy getting your mojo back Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:38:56 EST Find the Hidden Emoticons! This is a fun game! There are many emoticons that SP has used in the past and have gone into hiding! Let's find them and post them here! Each one gets a separate post! <BR> <BR> Here's how to post it: Go to add an emoticon. Click on an emoticon. Once it is posted in the message box, you change the number in the middle to the number we are on. <BR> <BR> SO, if we are on number 4.... you will delete/change the emoticon number in the middle emoticon to 4 and this will be the Hidden emoticon: <... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:00:51 EST Let's talk to each other So I think we should get to know each other. I propose we write one question and the next person answers it and ask another question. I'll start <BR> <BR> What's your favourite colour? <BR> <BR> The person who responds should answer this question and ask another for another person to answer. Let's start knowing each other again! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:42:04 EST Challenge. ..February 24 -March 2...old habits What bad habit will you try to work on this week...list the steps and check in daily, let us know your progress. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:19:54 EST Challenge. ..February 17-23...give a goodie Give one goodie to a person on this team you have never spoken to before. Give a cheery word.. <BR> <BR> Let's do this at least once everyday for this might just make someone's day today Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:15:04 EST Hello Hi everyone! I love the theme of this team, and am trying to apply it to my life. The past year or so I have just become overwhelmed with all of the information out there. This has left me so discouraged I stopped trying. So my goal is to get back to basics and try to keep things simple. I am so excited to have found a team dedicated to this!! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:56:05 EST Challenge Feb10-16.....Go to bed!! So you figured about this challenge <BR> <BR> Go to least 6 hours per night <BR> <BR> Do more if you can <BR> <BR> If that's impossible, take a 30 min nap during that day <BR> <BR> Aim for 4 days of good sleeping and the others of napping <BR> <BR> Or have 7 days of awesome sleep! <BR> <BR> Stop reading...go to sleeeeeeeeeep <em>102</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:01:40 EST Weigh in hahaha! So I weighed last week and saw 198.0... For the whole day I thought I was 180... The "9" went missing lol. I still celebrated cause i lost 0.4lbs <BR> <BR> What's your weigh in joke Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:13:04 EST Challenge Feb 3-9, 2013 Can you do 30 mins of exercise swimming, dancing, lifting, bending...what will yiu do? <BR> <BR> Aim for 5 of the 7 days <BR> <BR> You can do this!!! <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:40:36 EST NSV...Brag about it! There is more to this journey than the number on the scale. let us start noticing the other things! <BR> <BR> Share your non scale victories here so we can cheer you on <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:16:44 EST Kisses to you I always loved Keep it Simple Silly and have reminded myself of that for years. Hello from central coast CA Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:15:55 EST Hello Good Day <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I really like the graphics for the team logo, Keep It Simple. <BR> My thoughts are; <BR> It is not just about the weight I have to lose or want to lose but developing another frame of mind. <BR> Feeling good about myself on the inside (heart felt) not just words in my head. <BR> <BR> Not sure if this makes sense but, Keep it simple sure does. <BR> (I would like to be able to write so that I am understood and to be less fearful of speaking out.) <BR> Kee... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:16:03 EST Three day challenge to Feb 2,2013 Join me until saturday Feb 2, 013 to eat at least 5 servings or fruits/ veggies for three out of the 5 days. Can you do all five? <BR> <BR> Check in daily Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:16:34 EST Good morning from a newbie. My name is Nancy, I'm 69, work 5 days a week at an Antique Mall here in Michigan. Husband of 50+ years is ill, so trying to find foods he will or can eat leaves my program taking 2nd, place. <BR> I've always checked Spark People out, but now have joined. I have been on WW on line, but dropped it this week end. Support was not there Today I will learn what I can here to journal, and track.hope everyone has a great day. <BR> <BR> Nancy <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:12:58 EST Stress Relievers? We all are under a lot of stress from time to time. What do you do, to help relieve the stress? Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:19:39 EST Intro yourself. .EMOTICON STYLE! Add an emoticon that describes you! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:48:20 EST January 7 through Janurary 13 Challenge EASY Challenge... <BR> Take some "Me" Time. At least 15 minutes a day. <BR> Post what you did each day. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:04:32 EST What Are Your Trigger Points to Cause You To Eat? What causes you to eat? Anger, loneliness, boredom, etc.? Post what your trigger points are. Another member might be able to help with suggestions. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:06:04 EST Weekly Challenge --January 2-5 This week YOU choose 1 healthy habit to get back on track! What are you going to work on.....and how did you do? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:55:43 EST What Is Your Goal for 2013? Post what you would like to accomplish in the year 2013. Big or small goal(s)....they all count... <em>381</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 12:25:01 EST new and trying to start differently Hi. I'm 50, and giving SparkPeople another try. I signed up last year but never began interacting with a group. I was not sucessful with my weight loss but I want to try again. <em>249</em> I have simplified my life in some ways - left a full time job this year and am homeschooling my son. I have 50 pounds to lose that I gained in the last 2 years. Anne Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:30:01 EST Holiday Gift Ideas---A-Z Post anything that could be given as a gift....alphabetically. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:41:54 EST Christmas /Holiday Music It is that time of the year where Christmas/holiday music is everywhere you let's list some of our favorites on the thread.... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:38:47 EST I Dare You! Challenge will be posted. Yep, that's it! If you meet the challenge, then please post that you did it and post a challenge for the next person. It can be exercises, fruits & veggies, water or whatever. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:35:06 EST Thanksgiving Is.... Post anything about Thanksgiving, what Thanksgiving means to you...your favorite Thanksgiving memories or your plans for the upcoming one. <BR> <BR> Anxious to hear from you! <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:40:15 EST What Steps Did You Take Today? What steps did you take today to bring you closer to your goal(s)? They don't have to be big ones....each on counts! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:06:44 EST What Do You Need and/or Want From This Team? We want to be a team that you enjoy coming to and joining in on the different threads. Let us know what you want or need to make this happen. If you would rather not post here...shoot me an email. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from you and finding out what will help you. This is YOUR, let us know what you want or need to see on this team to make it happen. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:53:23 EST NSV (Non Scale Victory) Sometimes we get so focused on what the scale is doing up, down or nothing. We cannot live by the scale alone. What about other positives. Do you have some non scale victories? Why don't you share some of your non scale victories here. <BR> <BR> Might be a good motivating factor for you during a down time or motivating for a team mate!! <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:08:51 EST I'm new! I've been with Sparkpeople since May, but I've only just joined this team. I love the idea of keeping it simple. Life is full of so many challenges, maybe weight loss/healthy living doesn't have to be another thing stressing me out. I love this program, but I've "fallen off" several times. I'm happy that it's always here for me to go back to when I'm ready to. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:28:42 EST What Would Make Your Life Simple (Simpler)? Post anything that would help make life simpler for you. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:18:32 EST Opposites all---none Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:15:55 EST New to the team! Hi, I just joined yesterday and I don't think Ive introduced myself yet. My name is Molly and I am 24 years old. I have been overweight singe high school. A big part of that weight gain was due to struggles that I had with depression and thyroid issues. I have tried different diets, some of which worked and some didnt. Recently I tried Jenny Craig which I started to not like because their food got really boring and I always felt hungry. This time I am going to listen to my body and feed it th... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 22:48:00 EST Hello Hi I am new and love the name of the team. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:03:09 EST Blessings. Last night some poor soul got into a car accident at the corner by my house. He was speeding and hit a pole. It was horrible to watch and I pray for his family as he recovers through this difficult situitation. Scary thing is, that's where my fiance parks when he's visiting at my house. I sent him home 20 mins early that night....20 mins right before the accident happened. He could have been hit too. <BR> <BR> It's so easy to want so much in this world that we end up forgetting how much we d... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:26:16 EST Challenge 11/5--11/10 We are going to Taste the Rainbow by choosing different colored fruits and veggies!! <BR> <BR> RED: <BR> Strawberries ..... Watermelon.....Tomatoes..... <BR> <BR> GREEN: <BR> Lettuce.....Celery.....Green beans.....Sweet Peas.....Peppers.....Asparagus <BR> <BR> YELLOW: <BR> Yellow peppers.....Squash.....Corn <BR> <BR> WHITE: <BR> Onions.....Potatoes..... <BR> <BR> PURPLE: <BR> Grapes.....Eggplant..... <BR> <BR> BLUE: <BR> Blueberries..... <BR> <BR> ORANGE: <BR> Pumpkin.....Cantaloupe...... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:15:48 EST New member Hi, I'm new to this team, not new to Sparkpeople. I have to find a way to make a complete lifestyle change and I have to make it stick. I have lost and gained back the same 20 lbs. 10 times in the past 5 years. My husband and I have very little time together, and we are both overweight. I've had cancer 4 times, and a year ago lost a breast to it. My self esteem is shot. And I really want to simplify my life and make the changes that will help us get and stay healthy. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:47:14 EST new member Hello, i'm yaya. Just started on here. Hoping i can stay motivated from this and lose weight. I'm 27 and really want to get back in shape before i decide to start my family. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 08:38:57 EST new member i started here last night but lost everything,hi my name is bridget, ive been on myfitnesspal for bout a year now and so far have lost 45 lbs, iwant to keep this journey going with as much support i can get to get me threw this ...i deal with anxiety disorder on a daily bases,but im hoping that with this weight lose i may not have to deal with it forever, i wanta become more healthier for me and my family and look and feel awesome when i look in the anyone out there willing to h... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:55:31 EST Ready for a healthy, honest lifestyle! Hi! I've never blogged before, so I don't really know what to say. My name is Sammi and I am a 29 year old mother of 3 beautiful children. I have a 12 year old step son, a 4 year little girl and a 1 year old little boy. After having my son, my weight rocketed up to 205 lbs. I am 5'7" and after seeing myself in photos, and daily in the mirror I new I needed to change. I started loosing weght in September of last year and have lost 30 lbs so far. But I feel that I have lost my motivation becasu... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:46:10 EST Challenge 10/29--11/3 We all know that sleep is important. Check this out: <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=129 </link> <BR> <BR> Let's see how many hours of sleep we get each night. Post here. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:15:01 EST I want to outrun the fast zombies! You know what... if there was a zombie apocolypse right now.. I'd be the buffet. because I've been eating like I've been at a life-long buffet. I don't wanna be a zombie buffet! LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm Renee', 47, married, 4 kids, live in Arkansas, 5'7" tall (was 5'8 for most of my life! I shrank!) and I'm 243 lbs. I want to lose at LEAST 85 lbs... and I want to do it simply. I don't want to worry about making sure my protein is top notch every day, or my carbs are this or that every day, let al... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:20:55 EST What Motivates You? Why do you want to be healthier? What motivates you to want to lose weight and/or be healthier? Reasons can vary greatly between people, but, we are all on the same journey. Share yours! <em>223</em> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:17:01 EST Just joined team Hello I am burnin-upturtle but you can call me kathryn if you want. i just joined your team today but have been on Spark People for a little over a year. In that years time i have gone from a size 20 to a tight 10. I have gone from just sitting in front of the t.v. to working out 30 minutes or more everyday. I am learning how to become fit. I take thing pretty simple and thought i might fit in here. I am 55 and live in sunny Cali. with my hubby of 7 years.We are both retired. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:29:20 EST Name 2 Name 2 areas that you are having more difficulty with. <BR> <BR> A few suggestions might be: <BR> <BR> drinking water <BR> cardio exercise <BR> strength exercise <BR> fruits & veggies <BR> enough sleep <BR> nutrition (portion control, emotional eating, snacks, etc) <BR> ME time <BR> organization <BR> de-cluttering <BR> or any that you might think of Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:22:17 EST Another New Person Hi, my name is Lori. I am a graduate student from Oklahoma. I have about 40lbs I want to lose by this spring. I have been trying to lose weight for the better part of a year, but I have been totally unsuccessful. I think most of this has to do from me making it so complicated and thus unrealistic for two graduate students (my boyfriend also needs to lose weight). Yesterday afternoon I received two Rocco Dispirito cookbooks that I think are totally going to do the trick as far as eating b... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:14:32 EST Another New Person I accidentally made my intro post in this forum. I reported it in the proper place, but I cannot figure out how to delete this bit here. So if someone has that power, please feel free to delete this. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <em>2</em> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:11:51 EST New to Sparks - MGottberg Hello, I am new to Sparks People and so far I love it. I am a single female that has been over weight my whole life. I was born in Wells, MN and lived here my whole life except to go to college. <BR> I have tried to lose weight my whole life, at times I have been successful, then only to gain it back. I bet that I have lost over 500 lbs only to gain it back and then some over my life time. I always say that this will be the time, but then I let my self esteem get me down and fail. A fr... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:30:32 EST Hello I'm here and like most people, I'm tired of being fat. I am the biggest I've ever been in my life and its very depressing. I'm looking to get serious and may need some motivation. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:52:26 EST NEW member Hey All! <BR> My name is Thai, in from Denver I'm 29yrs old and have a beautiful 4yr old daughter named Arcadia. I am single and a self employed massage therapist of 9 years. I've been a member of SparkPeople before and lost almost 40 lbs it was truly due to the support I found here, nothing gets you going like a kick in the pants!! I value what this site has to offer it is such a blessing! Now to start using it again after 4 years! I over all need to loose 100 lbs but I know that for me I ju... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 02:11:38 EST Hello from Turkey Hi, I am new here and hoping this time I can do it. I need to get healthy, which means losing weight and excising, controlling my sugar. I am getting older and want to live for MANY more years! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:43:53 EST What Physical Activity Did You Do? Post any action that you did. This will help us keep accountable. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>34</em> <em>312</em> <em>231</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>406</em> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:47:29 EST Hello! Hello everyone! <em>213</em> I am striving to do exactly what the team name states: Keep it simple! I find when I make things complicated...I fail. K.I.S.S. equals success. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:39:46 EST Hello from Sunny Climates Hi - I have been cruising for new teams to join. And liked the title of this one. I joined last year have been on and off on this diet thing and ready to start again. I work full time, go to school part time. I love knitting and can't wait to continue with my weight loss. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:24:03 EST Hello from Portland, Oregon Hello, everyone! My name is Hannah, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I joined this team because I have been having problems lately with getting organized and also with picking up healthy habits. So I wanted to hang out with like-minded people. Sometimes the simple solution is best. Peace to all, and have a great day! =) Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:28:18 EST Hello Hi my name Cate. I am 30 yrs old and have recently decided that I needed a lifestyle change. I made the choice to go back to school full time while working full time, a couple of years ago to pursue a degree that I should have done from the start. I have challenged myself to live a healthy life but I am not a complex person, maybe it is because I really don't have enough time in the day to be complex. I am hoping that this team can help me learn how to reach my goals in a easier, manageable... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:32:12 EST Hello!! Hi everyone! My name is Pam. I am 51 yrs old and live in Maryland. I am very happily married and have 3 grown children and 5 granddaughters. <BR> I am very over weight and as my Dr said, either I lose it or I can die, the chose is mine. I have approx 150-160 pounds to lose. Have just joined WW this week. I am praying with Gods help and family, friends, and this site I can do it. <BR> Looking forward to working simply to help each other to be happy healthy and wise! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:23:38 EST Hello!! Hi everyone!! I can truly say that I need as much help as I can get. I signed up on SparkPeople in August and set a goal to lost 25 to 30Ibs by December 2012. So far I only lost 4Ibs. This is all my fault. The problem is that I have not been taking this seriously. Well starting today I plan on taking this journey seriously. <em>306</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:43:42 EST Hello I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly so if I'm not please forgive me I'll learn. My name is Teresa and a friend told me about this site and to be honest I need all the help I can get. I had knee surgery in April so I haven't been able to move around a lot but working on it now. Walked a mile last night knee is sore but I made it praying I can keep it up. Keeping things simple is the way I like to live if its to confusing I will give up but so far things on this site seem easy enough. Kind... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:21:17 EST Hello Everyone Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Bill. New to Spark community yesterday. did I miss this when I scanned the teams yesterday. Keep it simple is practically my motto. Got to where I am by making things too complicated. Now age 55, 275 lbs need to get my health back. Best wishes to all. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:59:05 EST Oct. 1---Oct. 15 Challenge Part 1-----post on huddle board <BR> <BR> Part 2-----leave a comment on a Keep It Simple members page Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:18:03 EST Hello Hi, just a quick intro on myself ... I have decided that I need to concentrate more on a healthy lifestyle for myself and to start that I need to try to think more positive, get back out there and walk more, drink more water than I have been ... just try harder for myself, to be healthy. With support from my fellow SparkPeople, I'm finding that I'm not alone in this. Thank you and have a great day. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:08:20 EST Hello I just joined the group and wanted to say Hello. My name is Maggie living in Illinois and trying to get a handle on things without excusses . Have a great day. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 03:20:59 EST Hi from VT Hi, <BR> I'm Elizabeth but I go by Eliz, (a nickname I got from a younger cousin. Something about my chasing him with a creepy crawler when he was little and he screamed eek Liz). <em>18</em> <BR> I'm almost ready to retire, married to a great guy and have 4 grown children. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:42:13 EST Heaven Gained An Angel..... I am very sad to report that UNSTOPPABLE_ (Teresa) passed away. <BR> <BR> This is the friend feed post from her husband (12 hours ago)....This is Marcus, (Teresa's Husband), I don't know exactly how to do this, so, I will just say that we lost Teresa today and Heaven gained an Angel. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to her page. You might want to leave a message, goodie or something to show her husband and family how you feel about her. I'm sure this would be an encouragement to them: <link>www... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:27:44 EST Hi Hi, I am new to the team and to sparkpeople. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:36:26 EST This team just jumped out at me Hi there <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Not really new to sparkpeople at all but this morning as I tossed out more 'gone bad' veggies that I got to fit some ideal other persons journey, I started to think about how when I joined I wanted to keep things simple. To make good choices, exercise because I really do enjoy it and just live well and make good friends. I started out well and then I started to panic a bit and thought I should do things this way and that way and this would be better and ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:37:33 EST Really fulfilled the team title today Hi all...My name is Jennifer and I am fairly new to SP and this team. But when I heard the team name, I knew it was for me. I am 29 years old, and as a recovering alcoholic, you'd think that I would be well aware of my inability to Keep It Simple. Yet I guess that I haven't noticed that trait in myself in the three years since I stopped the vicious alcohol cycle. Nope, I just moved on to obsessing about food, sugar in particular, and life in general. The thing I really remember being afraid o... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 01:17:00 EST New to team Hello, I am new to this team but not to spark, returned a bit ago and took the user name Chef as I want to do better at cooking at home. I love spark's simple approach to cooking. Stopped working for awhile last month and am taking a long time out to simplify my life and health and have been enjoying joining teams. In the past experiences with spark I think I did not branch out enough in trying new ideas and virtually meeting new teams, so the name of this one lept out at me as a place I coul... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:53:15 EST ABC...4 LETTER WORDS ABC...4 LETTER WORDS Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:40:57 EST SEPTEMBER 4--SEPTEMBER 30 CHALLENGE Let's see how many miles we can walk in September...If you don't walk, convert cardio into miles. 20 minutes= 1 mile. <BR> <BR> Example...40 minute DVD= 2 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep a running team total Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:29:58 EST Hello I'm Lynn Hi, my name is lynn99911 and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I love the sound of this site and look forward to meeting you all Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:25:51 EST What is SparkPeople all about??? Hello! I am totally new to SparkPeople. I began tracking my food and exercise just yesterday. What a fantastic site!!!!! There is sooo much to navigate through. So excited to use this tool. <BR> Please respond...Looking to meet new friends with lots in common! <em>20</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:30:34 EST Picking myself up... Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm English, 43, I have three grown up children and have been on Spark for a long time now. Still going up and down the same weight pattern, generally stuck in the 170s. <BR> <BR> What a year 2012 has been for me - after being with my boyfriend for six years, I thought the next step was marriage... but he dumped me instead. Still reeling from the shock of it all. However, despite being heartbroken, I'm not going to let it ruin my life. <BR> <BR> My whole world is upsid... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 06:36:41 EST New here , Hi everyone:) Hi, I am loving Spark people it's great!! It helps me with so many different things:) Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:14:10 EST Hello I'm Jessica :) Hi Everyone, I am Jessica , I will be 27 end of September, I am married with 3 children. I have 100 + lbs to loose most of it culminated during my pregnancies and after with depression. But here i am to finally beat this weight once and for all. I found this group with spreading my spark on one of the other members and thought i would browse around, this groups seems a good one to join, seems active enough to want me to stay, i am tired of finding groups that are not that active, you know wha... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:17:28 EST Hi newbie here <BR> Hi I'm norman from australia living in the uk.. I'm a deslectic and have difficulty writing so if i dont post or cant answer or my words and letters are back to front.. i'm sorry... not intentially ... i promise you... <BR> I'm looking forward to read from you all though Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:54:14 EST (DAILY) LET'S DO 20 LEG LIFTS-ANY TYPE (DAILY) LET'S DO 20 LEG LIFTS-ANY TYPE Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:17:14 EST AUGUST 19---AUGUST 31 CHALLENGE Part 1--- <BR> Let's count our glasses of water for the rest of the month...keep a running total. <BR> <BR> Part 2--- <BR> Strength Train 3x each week. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:11:34 EST ... and here we go! New to Spark - need to lose 156 lbs - a whole other person. I'm Simone - <BR> <BR> Lost 100 lbs - with the aid of a lapband, then gained 120 back in a year when the lapband broke. <BR> <BR> Now it's up to me and not a procedure - I need to take credit and accountability for my body. <BR> <BR> So here I am. <BR> <BR> Keeping it simple and still going - I'm going to do this. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:34:34 EST Hello from new team member Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mary. I am new to this team, but not new to SparkPeople. I have lost over 30 pounds here so far. The next few months will be busier than usual for me, and so I am looking to keep things simple while still continuing with healthy eating and dropping the pounds. So, I am thinking this will be a great team for me during these months, with its "Keep It Simple" motto and opportunity to chat with others. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! Ha... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:59:34 EST Hi Hi I'm Sherry or She as my Grandsons call me.. I live is South Ms, have 2 grown children and 2 grandsons and a very loving husband.. I have been a member of Spark for several years now. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:29:11 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE; AUGUST 12--AUGUST 18 WEEKLY CHALLENGE; AUGUST 12--AUGUST 18 <BR> <BR> PART 1 <BR> Eat your Fruits & veggies this week <BR> <BR> PART 2 <BR> Welcome some new members of this team Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:53:40 EST article about Gandhi and simple living I thought someone might like to read this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-and-high-thinking-lessons-from-mah<BR>atma-gandhis-life/ </link> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:07:42 EST Hello everyone. I am really happy to see so many people with the same weight loss goals as myself. I am still trying to learn the system here, so I might not post to often, I might just sit back and observe for a while. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:36:04 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE; AUGUST 5---AUGUST 11 WEEKLY CHALLENGE; AUGUST 5---AUGUST 11 <BR> <BR> 2 Parts... <BR> <BR> PART 1--- <BR> Choose one of these basics to work on this week-- 8 Glasses of Water, 6/8 Hours of Sleep, 5/8 Fruits & Vegetables or Portion Control. Tell what you are working on & update this thread by Saturday the 11th. <BR> <BR> <BR> PART 2--- <BR> Try a new exercise 2 different days. <BR> Post on the days you tried it & name the exercise. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:32:29 EST Introduction Hi all, being newly single and in my early 50's I'm all about keeping this simple. I gained muc weight throughout my marriage and now I need to not only shed the soon-to-be ex husband but I really need to shed that weight. <BR> <BR> My goal for the past couple of years is to siimplify my life - that's why this goal means so much to me. I know there are so many areas of my life I can simplify but the food choices I make are one of the biggest followed only by my need to get out more and exe... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:38:03 EST Introducing myself Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and currently live in Nova Scotia, Canada. My goal is to lose 70 pounds for summer of next year. I restarted my goals today as I fell off the wagon for a couple of weeks. Thankfully no long term damage was done. I didnt lose any weight but the most important part was that I didnt gain any either. So far I have lost 10 pounds with spark people and I love it here. I hope that by participating more in the teams I will have more accountability with myse... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:49:33 EST Yes, thank you! Hi! My name is Kat & I'm 28. I've lived in Jefferson City, MO my whole life. I've forever been making list after list until I get so confused and never finish any of them! I feel like I do too much planning and consideration before I can decide what to do <em>24</em> <BR> This looks like the place to help me simplify my life! Glad to be here <em>213</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 00:49:17 EST New here!! I'm starting Sparkpeople for the umpteenth time and hoping I can stick with it. My name is Amanda and I'm a 32 year old Mom of one :) I'm about 30 lbs overweight and have been struggeling to lose it since my daughter was born 13 months ago. I'm looking for support and guidance. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 21:37:05 EST Hello, I'm Elizabeth I've been a member of SP since April, but have been trying to get settled in a new town so I've slacked in my diet and workout schedule. I really need to get back on track. I just wanted to say hello. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:22:15 EST Saying Hello <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I love the energy on this team...sooo glad I found you!! I need all the help I can get with motivation and accountability. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my sparkpage and friend me if you'd like. You can never have too many friends!! Have a great day everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:09:29 EST vicki562 I would like to tell everyone hi , & Thanks to the one's who welcome me. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:34:05 EST August Goals You may be like me, I then to spin my wheels trying to meet an unrealistic goal. Join me in the development of measurable health/happiness affirming goals. <BR> <BR> My August goal is to walk 8000 - 10000 steps each day. My Fitbit pedometer will measure my progress. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:34:31 EST CHALLENGE?!?!? I'm sorry about not posting our challenge this week. My uncle died Friday night & I just forgot. So we'll skip this week & restart the weekly challenges on August 4, 2012. <BR> <BR> Once again, I am sorry! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:14:47 EST introducing me I just think this is such a great concept for a team. I posted a little intro in another place, but I thought I'd say hi in this "official" place too. <BR> <BR> I'm a very organized person who sometimes complicates things with too much organization! My ultimate goal is to live a healthy life with Just Enough... stuff, money, and weight. It's all about keeping it simple, as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> I'm having a good start week here on sparkpeople, but weight loss is a journey. In ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:19:16 EST How did you simplify things today? I think this is a great group, cause I really need to simplify things. But I've got a long way to go before I'm there... So I would love some advice and clever thoughts from those of you who've come a bit further! Easiest place to start is here: <BR> <BR> How did you keep it simple today? Did you do anything specific that turned a complicated or difficult thing into something easier to handle? Or that saved you time in some way? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:10:00 EST Joining the group What a positive place to land. I have been reading posts and have decided to join. I can sure use the positive vibes. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP since April 2011. I had been successfully maintaining my weight loss with Weight Watchers until they rolled out the most recent program. I gained 7 pounds in less than 6 months so I joined SP. I weaned myself away from counting "point" and used the SP nutrition tracker to get back to my personal goal. <BR> <BR> But last spring I got sidetrack... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:22:22 EST hi i'm dee hi everyone my name is dee and im 36 yrs old married mom and step mom i'm here looking to lose weight over 35lbs i have lost but gain back some of the weight i live in port charlotte florida with my hubby of 17yrs and my strep son am also a grandmother to 3 grandboys im looking to find someone who wants to meet at youfit and i want to walk 2miles a day im looking for a work out buddy im hopeing to lose all my wight in less then a year i have 30lbs my doctor wants me to lose in 3 months Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:04:16 EST Hi there! Hello. I stepped on the scale today and my weight was at 250 and my jeans were hard to get on. That's a lot of weight for my 5' 5" frame! I decided it's time to do something so I searched for online weight loss support and came across this site. I really like everything that's available here. I'm not very self-motivated, so I could use a lot of support. I'm excited to take this first step! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:52:14 EST Best Tuesday Ever! This is going to be the best Tuesday ever. I did the 2 min. mini stretches yesterday, my walking tape and ate clean. Today I'm going to do the 2 min. stretches, the walking tape, and start a journal of taking care of me. Goals, plans and rewards and gonna make an awesome watermelon salad.!!! Have a great Tuesday Spark friends. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:30:01 EST SuccessBoundBe equi--Starting Out Hi everyone!! Today I made the decision that I must do something positive about my weight and health. I've made this decision so many times before I can't count. Today is going to be different because I am admitting to myself that I can't do it alone. I'm asking for your help. I hope to be part of something much bigger than myself. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:46:57 EST my all-time low & high Hi everyone! Well, this past weekend I was feeling really terrible and I know it is because of my weight. I took a vow to myself that Monday (today) that I will get my butt in gear and stick to a diet and lose all this unwanted weight! when I weighed myself this morning, I was in shock that I had literally let myself go like I did. The big 2-0-0 was a weight I never thought I would cross, especially when I am only 5'4"! Anyways, I am making this commitment and will stick to this regardless. I... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:53:31 EST A brand new week Good morning to all. It's a brand new week and a brand new chance to get it right. Eat clean work out dirty. I'm gonna carve out time for mini 2 minute stretches all thru the day. Have a great day. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:33:36 EST What a lovely group! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 40 year old mother of two, working full time as a first line manager while not only trying to keep the house and garden in order, but also improve on it (ie renovating it) constantly. I would certainly be helped by keeping things a bit more simple every now and then, so when I found this group I felt an instant urge to join! :) Hoping to get to know a lot of you and keeping it simple together! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 04:22:42 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am new to Spark People. I've looked at it many times over the last couple of years but not really done anything with it. I would like to get involved. I'm maybe 15/18 lbs. overweight but I know its just the beginning. If I don't get it under control it will be more. I hope to be in the right place to do just that. Looking forward to learning my way around this sight. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:25:39 EST Hi Everyone I/ve been on SP for about 2 months and I love the idea of this team. This is the way I try to do my weight loss One day at a time and slow and steady.Some of the other teams seem like trying to do to much. I've lost 18 lbs and have been kinda stuck for the past couple weeks. but I'm not letting myself get frustrated and I'm just hanging in here. <em>252</em> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 02:42:47 EST Hi Hello, <BR> My name is MariJo. I am not new to sparkpeople but thought that this team concept was really neat. I like to keep my life simple. I have a husband and 2 teenagers, work full time. I have been trying to lose weight that I gained about 7 years ago when my husband retired from the Army and I quit being a stay at home mom and began working full time. That transition from Army life to civilian life was really tough for me and very stressful. Now I am really finding it difficult to ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:22:30 EST Hello! Hi, I am new to this team and looking forward to joining. I am a 29 year old working mom to two kids under the age of two (girl 21months and boy5 weeks). I have quite a bit of weight to lose but I know that I can do it. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:22:39 EST Hey! Hello all! I saw this team and just had to join! I've been complaining lately that things seem so complicated, so this is perfect timing! <BR> <BR> Kim Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:34:16 EST Hello I just joined this team and thought I would introduce myself. I have been overweight since birth I think- as long as I can remember. I have gone from a chubby little kid to an overweight older kid to an obese teenager to a morbidly obese adult. I feel my health draining from me and I know that if I don't change I will die before I'm 40. The worst part is my son- he's 5- is now overweight. I need to change my meal planning and add life and activity to our lives so that he can live a happy, hea... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:35:32 EST A BETTER ME I've got about 57 lbs I need to lose to reach my first goal and I'm hoping this team will keep me motivated since we're all in the same boat, more or less. Look forward to getting to know you thru the team. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:16:29 EST JULY 15---JULY 28 CHALLENGE JULY 15---JULY 28 CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 2 Parts... <BR> <BR> PART 1 <BR> Since some don't track their food, we will go another way. <BR> Portion Control &/or Moderation <BR> If you do this post at least 3x each week on here. <BR> <BR> PART 2 <BR> Fitness---Do A Little More. <BR> I'm not talking about minutes. <BR> EX. If you're talking a walk, walk 10 more steps. If you're doing Jumping Jacks, do 2 more. <BR> Post here if you complete this part, 5 days each week. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 06:50:09 EST Staying Fit and Healthy For Life Hi everyone ... I just want to say that I have spent my whole life so far going on diets, going off them, losing weight, and gaining weight. I finally have gotten to a point where I do not want to be on this diet yo-yo anymore. I am fed up with being obese!! I just want to be able to learn how to stay fit and healthy for life. I hope that on Sparkpeople I will be able to learn how to do this and that the website and Sparkfriends and other people on the plan will be able to help me to be a... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:25:37 EST Lisa Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight now for a while. I was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and i'm waiting to see a specialist to figure out what to do. I found Spark on MyPoints. Thought I would try it out, see if it could help. I've been reading articles on my condition. Hoping to see the doctor soon so I can figure out my weight loss problem! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:10:20 EST new to team, new to spark hello, i am new here. i need to lose weight and i think i am in the right place this site has tons of useful information. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:57:10 EST I nee to loose weight hi, my name is christy and I didnt like the number that appeared on the scale at the doctors proves I am obese..this stinks. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:15:41 EST Hey y'all :) Hey there! I'm Caiti. I've decided to join SparkPeople to try and meet some people that are in the same boat as I am. I'm 19 and I've been overweight since I was 9 years old when I developed asthma and had to be put on steroids to strengthen my lungs. Ever since, I have never really been motivated to lose the weight that I've gained. Recently, it hit me that I will be turning 20 in five months, and shortly after that it will be 2013. I've made the decision that I want to exit my teenage years... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:09:08 EST GerreLP has joined today... Hi, hopefully I will get lose a little weight and start feeling better. I'm so happy to be a member and looking forward to talking with everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Gerre Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:18:21 EST Question How do you get the goal and weight scale with your message? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:52:40 EST Hello there Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined spark this week. I found your team and it was refreshing as I have a lot to juggle. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you <BR> <BR> L Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:03:52 EST KISS Keep It Simple Silly! <BR> That is an old saying - but one I am trying to live by. Whether losing weight, dealing at work or managing a family - I finally realized it is only as complicated as I allow it to be. With that said I am going to try and simplify my approach to life including losing the 38 pounds that have been hanging on for way too long. I'm excited to be a part of this group. Have a great day! <em>334</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:12:26 EST A Success Story You Have To See! Hi everybody! I just saw this extraordinary story about this guy that someone from one of my other teams gladly shared with us. Waited to get her permission to share it and now am getting it out to you as quickly as I can. <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE GOT TO TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS .... you will NOT regret it. It is an absolutely phenomenal success story about a man that was destined to die, or so everyone was telling him, but he defied all of them and proved to them that anything is possible if y... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 17:11:28 EST Hello from Florida Hi...It's just little ol' me (little? i wish!) from Florida. Looking forward to participating with this team! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:54:00 EST Struggling with feet pain Any suggestions on exercise I can do without using my feet? I don't have a pool which would feel really good right now in this heat wave! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 11:10:39 EST Hi everybody! I think this team will be good for me. The simpler the better! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have tried to lose weight so often and so half-heartedly that keeping it simple with small achievable goals one step at a time might help me achieve a more long-term lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.......little steps at a time! <em>41</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 01:59:56 EST Belly Fat How to burn this belly fat????? :( <BR> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 06:07:09 EST Hi from Texas Hi everyone, I have been on this journey for a long time. Everytime I reach my goal, I seem to give myself permission to "celebrate" and then I'm on this same road, again. Praying this time is the right time for me. I am 52, daughters are grown, my first grandbaby is 6 months and I have been married for 33 years. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:00:43 EST JULY 1---JULY 14 CHALLENGE JULY 1---JULY 14 CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 2 Part challenge... <BR> <BR> PART 1 <BR> STRENGTH TRAIN at least 3 days each week. <BR> <BR> PART 2 <BR> SLEEP...Try to aim for 7/8 hours each night Sun, 1 Jul 2012 01:42:40 EST New and very scared. Hello my name is kim and i have come herre to get support and help in losing the extra pounds I have put on in the last few years. I am new to all of this and have no clue what I am doing or even how to get started, I never thought I would have to worry about my weight but when I look in the mirror I dont see me anymore. I hope to achieve the goals I am going for and would listen to any advice and help anyone has to offer. Thank you. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 00:44:32 EST Dayna HI My name is Dayna I joined for health reasons. I was looking at different sites on the internet and sparks looked like it offered what all i was needing. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:13:21 EST Hi Everyone! I've been feeling pretty lousy lately so I decided some changes were in order. My husband and I were already eating meatless meals a few times a week and I noticed I had dropped a little weight so I decided to start leaning heavily on more fruits, veggies and whole foods for a period of time to see if I could lose some more weight and notice any other improvements in my health. I've been completely meatless for two weeks, lost a little more weight and noticed that my face is looking thinner... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:20:29 EST I Need Spark Friends To Keep My Accountable!!! Hi, I'm trying yet again to hopefully lose the extra weight for good, and make a healthy lifestyle change!! I can use all the help I can get to stay accountable and make this really happen for good!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:12:13 EST On my way to the old me :) What a struggle. Life, weight. Ups and downs. It sure has been fun though. But I miss the athletic teen and early twenty year old I used to be. With a top weight of 313 pounds and lowest weight of 160. I have tried alot of things but the one thing that I was never willing to let myself do. Was become an athlete again. I never saw it like that, until recently and the thought alone helps to motivate me. It also keeps me going when I have hit a long plateau. Like right now, I am going on 2 weeks... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:20:05 EST Hello from Florida! First day here on the team! Wanted to say hi and that I am now sitting here sparking and watching Tropical Storm Debbie out our window! I think we are going to need an ark!! <BR> Looking forward to being on the team! I have a lot more time to spark than some, since I am an early retired homemaker, with no children or grandchildren. I have been on SP for 22 months and love it very much! Have lost 30 pounds and on a long plateau right now, but hope with working extra hard, I will get those pou... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:22:03 EST OK ALREADY!! I admit it! I have some weight to lose. 50 lbs or so, if we want to get technical. Am I ready? I hope so. Have I tried and failed SO SO SO many times? yep. It is possible? completely. <BR> Wish me luck :) Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:01:20 EST Newbie Hello there! My name is Victoria and I'm looking for a support group. I've tried WW but the support was never there. I have struggled with my weight for 15 years. Now that I'm older (54) it's time to get on the road to good health. This site looks like a fun site and I'm looking forward to making new friendships. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:51:37 EST Good Morning! Hi! I'm Julia, mom of two pre teen girls. Have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. Been with SP since Jan. 2011. This site has been a blessing; have found there is alot of helpful information. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:51:55 EST Cosmina (Cosmina) Hi my name is Cosmina (pronounced Koze Meena), I live in Salem Oregon. I am starting with a goal to lose 78 pounds by May 2013 at which time I will attend our granddaughters wedding. I am very embarrassed of my weight, always looking around to see if I am the fattest in a room. I am 55 and have decided to change my lifestyle. All my friends have had bariatric surgery and are now little. Due to a dangerous blood disorder, weight loss surgery is not an option for me. So I guess it up to desire,... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:09:33 EST Hello from the east coast I'm a stay at home mom with a four year old. I have two adult children so this feels like a do over for me, which is kind of fun. I had to work when I had my older children and felt like I missed a lot of stuff. The only really bad thing is because of my age I worry about being here for my little one as she gets older. I am hoping joining this site will help motivate me to lose weight and get into shape. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:34:28 EST Hi I find myself being very unhappy these days. I have fibro which keeps me in pain, unable to move, and as a result.. I am feeling very down. I dont seem to find pleasure in much of anything anymore. I feel very lonely.. so I thought I would join this team to try to keep things simple and not feel so overwhelmed with my life. I am hoping I can get my Spark back Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:49:28 EST New Spark! Hi everyone, I am so glad to have found this's nice to have someone there who KNOWS. So far I love the site and I love being able to use it on my phone or at the computer...convenience has always been a stumbling block in tracking progress for me. I'm looking forward to taking this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:29:58 EST Good Day! Hello to all! I am so happy to have found this site and all it has to offer. I do prefer to "Keep it Simple", so what better team to join than this one!! I am looking forward to meeting new people and being successful in my endeavor for better health at a lower weight!!! <BR> Thank you!! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:37:06 EST Hello I just started Spark and need to lose 30 pounds. I cannot do but stretching for exercise. I had a stroke in 1999 and left side is weak. I usually keep my lifestyle sedentary and simple. I am in wheelchair and try to walk everyday so I don't be wheelchair bound. I love pistachio nuts and eat high protein dinners. I have three children and they are wonderful to me. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:51:44 EST New to SparkPeople Hi. I'm Amy. I've been trying to lose weight for a while now with minimal success. I was introduced to this website by my Aunt and I thought I would give it a go. I have had a lot of issues with over eating and eating sugary foods. I work in fast food and it makes it even worse to stay on track. I'm hoping to stick to my plan and goals, not eat as much greasy food and lean more to salads. I want my 1 year old to have a happy, healthy mommy. Motivation is key (which I lose often). I want to be... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:05:13 EST Good Evening:) My name is Louanna, 51, from North Carolina. In choosing to become healthy I realize I need to relearn how not to take life so serious and just let go. To keep It Simple! I'm looking forward to becoming part of this Group. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:31:20 EST Hey! Hi everyone, I'm Lyn, 27 from the UK. I joined SP just over 2 weeks ago ow, and there seems to be so much to do and read on this site, that its all a bit mind boggling. I like the idea of this group, as keeping it simple will hopefully help me to my goals. <BR> <BR> Looking to make friends and chat with like minded people! xx Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:53:37 EST Hello There I thought I would try this site after hearing nothing but positive comments about it. I thought about joining Weight Watchers, but I've been there before. I've lost some weight and have managed to keep it off, but I still have not met my goal. So now I'm ready to start peeling away old habits and add some new healthier choices into my lifestyle. I enjoy almost any activity, but my main interest right now is bicycle riding when ever I can get a ride in. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:36:06 EST good morning!! Hello everyone!! Im logging into Spark for the first time. I have heard great things about this site, so I figured what the heck!! Im almost 39, and have a personal goal to lose 100 lbs by the time I turn 40!! Lets get this started and see what I can do!! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 05:22:37 EST bump in the road well..i did really great for two days then really lousy for two...i was about ready to just sign off of sparkpeople but after reading some posts..well, i don't want to. i need to make this work. I have two young children and i want to be the best i can be for them. i want to set a good example for them about how to treat and take care of myself. so thanks for all the posts. they inspire, encourage and guide. it's important not to do this alone. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:56:51 EST Hello! Hello everyone. I'm new to SP and thought I would say a little about me. I am married and have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. I work 4 10hr shifts a week. I need to lose at least 65lbs by December when our youngest gets married. Looking forward to all the help. This site seems like a great place. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:59:35 EST Hello! My name is Betsy and I have been a part of Sparkpeople for a while! To date I have lost about 50 pounds and I have about another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I have been looking for a new team for a while and I like the name of this team! Life seems so complicated! I live with my elderly parents and I of course work full-time and it seems like there is never enough time in a day to get everything done. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to meeting some new faces here on Spark and some new motivations... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:14:34 EST My name is Lillie Hi. I'm new here. Thought I'd try something completely different. So, instead of pretending to go on a diet every Monday of the year, I want to give this a try. I'm generally a happy, healthy person, but I've packed on even more weight in the past 6 months and I'm feeling it in my back, my knees and I can't walk without getting winded. I'm hoping this will be a fresh start for me. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:39:14 EST Seeing a success story! I am so inspired by all the amazing stories on this site -- it's great to know I'm not alone in my struggle to re-gain my health and my self-confidence. I didn't realize until I joined this site how much I've been avoiding and how I've been isolating myself due to a 60 lb weight gain during my pregnancy. I am 42 and my daughter is only 2 years old, so I have to stay fit and healthy for a long time and I want to be happy and free to be active with her whether in a bathing suit or snow suit. ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:38:48 EST just signed up - suggestions?? Hi, <BR> I am new to sparkpeople but have lots of experience with weight loss failure. I think reaching out to others on the same path might be of help....isolating and trying to do it by myself sure hasn't. I started my day with a nice walk in the woods and then i came home and joined sparkpeople so for right now - today I'm good! Any suggestions on how to best use the site will be entirely and greatly appreciated. Thanks for being there! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Ann Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:54:32 EST Hi everyone! Hi! I'm returning to spark after some time away. I can not wait to get to know y'all. I need help holding myself accountable and when needed a good push. Thanks in advance. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:04:03 EST Hello Ya'll I am so excited to be a part of this community!! I am here to track my weight loss journey and get motivation!! I have lost 20 lbs so far since I started 2 months ago ... It's a big lifestyle change and I finally am loving myself and enjoying life in the here and now!! Live life to the fullest, keep on keeping on and Stay focused!! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:09:34 EST Simply Me I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life and it's time I get back to a weight I know will be healthier for me. I'm working towards getting down to 185 lbs. I won't be thin but I'll be much healthier than I am now. <BR> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:27:35 EST New to Team Hello everyone <BR> I saw the name of this team and thought yes this is for me <BR> trying to make it work and getting fit <BR> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 14:50:25 EST Newbie Here! Hey All, <BR> I just joined SP and I am looking forward to making healthy changes in my life. I am excited to have an online group of people for strength and support. Food is my addiction and I need to break it before it breaks me. I feel this is a great tool to get moving the right direction. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:15:21 EST No more excuses I'm new to this site and to the idea of joining an online-support community for help and motivation. I have some medical issues that limits my activity level and take medications that cause weight gain. I've gained 55 pounds over the last few years and have used my limitations as an excuse. Finally I have decided to make the commitment to do something. NO MORE EXCUSES! Wed, 6 Jun 2012 02:37:31 EST Just joined! so far ... excited hello everyone, newbie here <BR> just trying to stay motivated and get moving again Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:49:16 EST Newbie joining in Hj everyone, Name is Dad I'm attempting to lose 30 -40 lbs by years end. Assuming this program might work, have had sucess with other open internet sites, concerning different problems before. Hoping this one will work for me, to lose some weight. Gonna give it a shot. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:19:44 EST Hiya..imma Dar The name of this team got me to join.......Hope to learn more about my journey by being on this team, make new friends and have some fun. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Dar Sun, 3 Jun 2012 14:36:10 EST JUNE 3---JUNE 30 CHALLENGE We're going to try a simple monthly challenge. It has 2 parts <BR> <BR> Part 1---Exercise. <BR> <BR> Part 2--Water <BR> <BR> Every Saturday, post here if you met "YOUR" exercise & water goals for the week. At the end of the month I will give goodies to all participants that completed at least 2 weeks! <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:51:15 EST I'm new here. Go easy on me, OK?...LOL Hi, Everyone...Just found this site and hoping I can finally recapture my once gorgeous self here with your help...Well, "they" might not have used the word "gorgeous" in idle chat but my mind did the translation...But then reality hit...I'd been evading it for 20 years and I've finally burst out of jail - that lazy Den of Denial and here I am! .... Someone throw me a rope, please. I'm ready to face the music and do what's needed to recaputure "healthy" even if never again to be "gorgeous" !... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:33:30 EST Newbie I like the thought of keeping it simple. I just joined Tuesday. Very new to this site and posting. <BR> Would like to make friends for encouragement and motivation. Feeling tired and stressed all the time. Simple wold be nice. I'm 53 and needing to lose 40-50 lbs to feel healthy. :) Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:52:26 EST Hello One a side not, I may change my name... Ok, I just signed up a while ago, I will not say I am a new member because I closed my account a 3 yrs ago. I came back to see if I could actually utilize this site to help shed some weight. So... yea, hi. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 00:52:12 EST Thank you for the warm welcomes! I'm Christa, 44 and looking to lose the rest of the weight I put on in 5 years. I lost 40 a couple of years ago, had an autoimmune relapse last August and have put 11 back on. I realize, as I looked at yesterday's food tracking, that if I had simply skipped 2 things-nuts on my salad and a second portion of lasagna, I would be right in my zone. just those two things, way over! I suppose that's a big part of writing it down, avoiding denial and not *really* knowing how those 'little' things add... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:20:23 EST It's me :) Greetings to all :)....A little about me... I am 38. Wow, that's hard to type, lol. Anyway, I am the lucky mother of three gorgeous daughters. I work in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher, which I absolutely love. About a year and a half ago I got out of a long and miserable marriage and restarted on my own, which was very hard but so liberating. I recently married my best friend and the very best man I have ever known. Our marriage is such a blessing and my daughters are in a fabulous place... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:44:33 EST The fat back & I'm want say good bye forever! Hi, everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Sara and I'm like everyone else here, tired of the fat. So I decided tonight is the night, I say enough is enough, and say sorry hubby the fat is going bye-bye. I am prior USN, so I know how tough it is to go to military to civilian life style and what follows and what doesn’t follow you when you leave. If there are prior squids trying to do this to, let me know because I’m going to need all the help or ideas I can get. <BR> <BR> Take Care, <BR> Sar... Tue, 29 May 2012 21:39:42 EST Simple strength training tips Simple strength training tips <BR> <BR> If you’ve never lifted weights in your life — and many people haven’t — why should you start now? The answer is simple: Muscle tissue, bone density, and strength all dwindle over the years. So, too, does muscle power. These changes open the door to accidents and injuries that can compromise your ability to lead an independent, active life. Strength training is the most effective way to slow and possibly reverse much of this decline. <BR> <BR> Having s... Tue, 29 May 2012 15:33:59 EST Simple is GOOD I'm to the point where i'm beyond irritated and frustrated with all of the diet advice being touted as 'FACT'. I enjoyed watching Dr. Oz for a long time but after wating so long you kind of have to question everything that is shared on the show. One week a certain obscure herb is the MUST TAKE miracle supplement and then a month or two later you're advised not to take it for other reasons. I liked the revolution until Harvey made up this diet where you can only eat blended food. Bob Harper ha... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:55:44 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:24:59 EST