SparkPeople SP Class of September 12-18, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from September 12-18, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of September 12-18, 2010 Team Messageboard It's already February. . . Time is flying by so far this year. I can't believe it's already February. Do anyone make a resolution for the New Year? I didn't, I never do, but I am always looking for ways to improve myself. Share your resolutions or goals for the new year. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:57:14 EST Goodbye 2013!!! It feels like the year just started and already it's time to say goodbye to 2013. What did you accomplish this year? <BR> <BR> I started nursing school this year and am working my way towards keeping a consistent workout schedule. I don't always have time to log in to SparkPeople but I am keeping true to myself. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:30:01 EST Summer's almost gone! I can't believe that summer is almost over and it's already September. This is has been a crazy, hot, summer. What plans do ya'll have for the winter? How do you plan to keep fit now that it's going to start getting colder (for some of us)? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:45:43 EST It's HOT out there!! I'm not sure where everyone is from but here in Virginia it has been HOT!!! How is everyone keeping cool this summer? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:54:08 EST Fun in the Sun!!! Now that we are having summer weather, even though it's not officially summer until June 21st, what kind of outdoor activities have you done or plan to do? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:50:52 EST Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms and Moms-to-Be out there. Do you have any special plans for this special day? Give us some tips on how to stay on track during this time of celebration. Fri, 10 May 2013 21:01:00 EST A New Month! Today is the first day of April and for some is the start of warmer, more spring like weather. The return to shorts and flip-flops is finally here. I am looking forward to getting back outside in the sunshine for bike rides, walks, and maybe even taking up a running regimen. What are your plans now that Spring is here to stay on track with exercise/eating? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:37:52 EST Spring is almost here!! With the winter slowly coming to an end and spring right around the corner I know that we are all looking forward to warmer days and flip-flops. Have you been able to stick with your goals over the winter? If so, how did you do it? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:09:40 EST The Holidays With Thanksgiving now under our belts and Christmas right around the corner sometimes we lose sight of our goals and let our train get derailed. Do you have any tried and true tricks to keeping the pounds from sneaking back on? Please share your tips and tricks with the team. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ALL!! <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:29:46 EST My apologies I have been a very bad team leader to you all and I apologize. I have entered into one of the toughest semesters of my college career so far and I admit I have taken time enough only to track my food and exercises and that it about it. I find myself with very little down time and what down time I do have I spend with my family or reading. <BR> <BR> I would nominate someone else for the position of team leader however, it doesn't really seem to matter since not a single one of the 10,000 ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 22:35:23 EST No Activity? So I just went to add a comment to one of the other posts and realized that I was the last one to post on the board... FROM LAST YEAR! I just popped in for a little bit. I can't believe that it has been since September of 2010 that I joined. In some ways it doesn't feel like it has been that long and sometimes it feels like it has been forever! I was just trying to see if we could get a little more action on this team!!! Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:35:42 EST Looking for a new team leader I posted a message awhile back letting the team know that I am engaging in new ventures and I've moved to a new home, my job is taking up considerable time and I'd like someone to take the helm of this team. Please step up! I look forward to hearing from someone getting involved with this team and making a difference! Let's go SP Team Members! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:24:51 EST New Team Leader Needed Hi Everyone! <BR> I'll be moving shortly and I am sure I won't be on Spark People as much as I have been in the past. If anyone is interested in stepping up and becoming a team leader to this team, let me know. <BR> Thanks and have a great September! <BR> Anne Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:20:31 EST Hi I have been a member for some time, but am struggling with motivation and having support on this journey I am on. Any advise for how to create a support system would be great!!! <BR> <BR> thanks! Sat, 2 Jul 2011 17:45:43 EST Next Four Months It's been 8 months since this team began, where are you on your weight loss journey? Is it time to change up your exercise routine OR add a new goal in your nutrition log such as cutting out caffeine or drinking even more water with a twist of cucumber or lemon maybe? Post on your blog or in a message how you plan to take the next four months, that's only 120 days and make them AMAZING! Thu, 12 May 2011 09:23:02 EST Favorite Treat? What is your favorite treat or dessert or way to give yourself a reward? A massage, a non dairy dessert (I'm learning to truly love those, Almond Dream Cappucino, Coconut creams, Soy milks etc.) or just a long walk to a beautiful park? What do you do for just you? Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:45:53 EST Hi I'm Erin and I joined SP on September 16, 2010. Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I joined SP on September 16, 2010 and I'm so glad I did. I enjoy meeting others. I've learned alot on SP. Any and all encouragement, ideas and advice would be greatly appreciated. Sometimes I could use some help. My sparkpage is Check it out and become my sparkbuddy. The more the merrier. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Erin - EV1959 Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:45:43 EST Coming out of Winter Hibernation What makes winter challenging for you, if anything? <BR> The weather, the change in available foods, at least fresher varieties in local venues, <BR> family schedules in flux, school, work, what? <BR> <BR> I recently began a new job, it's not much, but after not working for three years, it's a big change, I'm engaged and I have to become a skinny minny for my wedding, just because it is a once (okay, twice) in a lifetime for both of us. We haven't set a date, probably this summer, early f... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 14:04:08 EST What has changed in two months? It's been a little more than two months since this team began, what has changed for you? Have you lost weight, begun working out, gotten a new job, set new goals, drank water in place of soda or just de-stressed so you can get to take on the holidays and the new year? Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:05:48 EST 59 Years OLd, I really like Spark People I have a desk job and go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. I really like the info from Spark People. Been married 39 years and my wife goes to gym 3-4 times a week also. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 12:35:57 EST New to team I am still learning all about what Sparks has to offer. I just realized that there are class teams. I started my experience on Sparks on Sept 14, 2010. I am over 50 and have joined those teams. At the start I needed to loose 107 pounds. The first month I lost 9.5 pounds. I am confused with the ticker tape as I entered everything in pounds and it shows up in Kilograms. Not sure how to change that. <BR> <BR> I live in Canada, am a parent of adult children and a widow. I work full time,... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:43:37 EST New to the site! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to be taking the first step in bettering my life. For so long I have allowed myself to just go and didn't really care much about what I may have been doing to myself let alone my body. Now having gained over 40 lbs. and at my highest weight ever I'm starting to feel the affects. I have high blood pressure that may or may not have been passed down by my dad, I have GERD, I have a lot of aches and pains sometimes and I really believe that it's my body say... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:06:07 EST Joined SP on 9-17-2010 My name is Kristen. I found and joined SP on a tearful Saturday night. I was fed up and not happy with my weight/body. So I hit Google trying to find a free online calorie counter. I came across SparkPeople and I am so glad I did. <BR> <BR> At first I really hadn't planned on creating a SparkPage and doing the whole social thing. But after looking at other SparkPages and seeing the success of others I decided why not. <BR> <BR> Today marks 1 month since joining SP, and I am looking f... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 15:18:27 EST Hi from Jude I'm 68 years old in good health and trying to maintain that by losing 20 pounds. I check SparkPeople every day for encouragement and support and find it a fun way to start the day. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:25:26 EST Needing support Hello! I'm new to this site and enjoying it so far. <BR> I'm 37 and a mother of two boys..ages 9 and 4. I've struggled with my weight most of my life. I'm not getting any younger and would like to make some serious changes. <BR> I look forward to working together to reach our goals <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:38:52 EST New to the Team not to SP Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Steph. I am a 28 mom of 2 children 8 and 2. I am here because I am ready to make the commitment to lose this weight I just need some support... A buddy would be nice.. or a mentor..I'm not picky. I know I cannot do this by myself. Any volunteers? Oh and friends would be nice too. :-) I have gained about 75 pounds due to hypothyroidism, but my levels are down enough that I should be able to lose weight. (key word should) I have let it get me down for too long and I'm rea... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:12:21 EST I'm finally ready Hi really don't know what to say. I'm a 30 year old, married, mom of 3. I've had a lifetime of ups and downs with my weight and my depression. I'm finally ready to make changes to my life. I need to get healthy in mind, body, and spirit.... first and foremost for my kids and myself. I'm having to start all over at 30 b/c of stupid choices... but I want to make the right decisions. I just don't know where to start. That's why I joined sparkpeople! I have 91 lbs to lose. So here goes... the fir... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 05:12:52 EST Hi Everybody! I just joined and am looking forward to finally losing the weight I put on in the last few years. I was always fairly trim and athletic until I got to my "middle years." (Need to shed about 40-50 lbs.) Anyway, it is very exciting to join the message boards and hear from others and their progress. We can do this!! Best wishes to all.... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 13:59:08 EST Hello Team I'm Teresa and I'm a new member to this team, a friend invited me to join. I'm 36 married with one child. I've been struggling with my weight for years and it's time to win this battle. I need support and encouragement and for someone to keep me accountable. Looking for buddies. Please view my sparkpage and tell me what you think. Thanks Fri, 1 Oct 2010 06:05:39 EST Hey All I joined SP on 9/14/10 and saw that they have teams for each week that we joined. So, I found you. (Better late than never, right :). Anyway, I am Jo, the Wine Lady. We own a winery in Oregon. <BR> I look forward to making changes to my life that result in a healthier, skinnier me. Hope to meet you all in time. <BR> <BR> Jo Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:05:44 EST digital vs. analog scales does anyone know the difference in accuracy between a digital scale versus an analog scale? I'm a much bigger fan of the digital and it gives my feedback, but im curious if there is any difference. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:51:35 EST Hello New Friends Hello! My name is Roxanne. I'm 48 and have always stayed active and pretty motivated. However, over the last couple of years, due to some minor health issues, working out and running have become a struggle. I need a little more motivation and 'community spirit.' So far, I have been tracking nutrition, my fitness and mileage and I find that being accountable for my goals is helping me. Thanks for all the feedback so far and your storied are inspiring. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:51:15 EST Here's to Life Changes Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My mother introduced me to this website last week, after her friend introduced her to it (after she lost 25inches using SparkPeople). So far, I'm finding it pretty helpful. I used to compete in figure skating and was in very good shape, but after I quit I started gaining weight (nobody tells you that you need to make nutritional changes and keep up with exercising and at 17, I didn't know better). Then came University, and living with my ex where I started to eat th... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:56:15 EST 9/27 -- Measure ME Monday! 9/27 -- Here is another challenge!! <BR> <BR> The challenge will be in two parts. Part one is to take your measurements and record them in your "Weigh-in & Other Measurements" tracker. Consider measuring your waist, hips, neck, thigh, calf, and upper arm. <BR> <BR> Part two is to send a reminder to at least three people, reminding them that the scale isn't the only way to see progress.... taking body measurements and seeing the inches lost can also be very motivating! These reminders can ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 07:36:55 EST Just Wandering By Hello all! I am a 36-yr-old mother of 4 with about 30 pounds to lose. Just started on Sparkpeople last week and already dropped 3. I know I will have to stay consistent to see those other pounds go away, but so far this strategy is working better than the wish-it-away strategy I was using before. Highly motivated and eager to see the results for next week! I am having my children hide the scales from me, only weighing myself once a week so I can be surprised with the wow factor! Can't w... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:19:27 EST Finding My Way Goodmorning, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark to help me get back on track of heating clean and tracking my food, I've been on a downward spiral for about 2 years and need to take time for me again. So joined for motivation and encouragement to get off the 20lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm on day 11 and doing GREAT! I just can't hardly believe it, but been tracking everyday and losing already. Wow, why don't we do this all the time, I just feel so much better now that I'm eating right and drinking more water... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:24:32 EST STARTING SPARK PEOPLE AGAIN My name is Pat and this is my second time to join Spark People and this team. I had to drop out for quite a while due to medical reasons and I am now back and trying hard again to lose weight. I am almost 72 years old and a wife, mother, grandmother and retired nurse. I still feel about 30-35 in my head, but my body tells me something entirely different. My doctor tells me I can do light exercises again and in the next breath he tells me to act my age. (Hard thing for me to do). I still stay ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:27:04 EST Starting here with all of you My name is Marie. When I turned forty and went for my annual check-up and was weighed, i was in disbelief! I had never weighed this much in my life. I was at 196 pounds!!! ( I am only 5' tall) No way, I thought. Then I took a second look in the mirror, and by golly, I had to acknowledge I was the heaviest I ever wanted to be. My cholesterol is high along with health was starting to go down a hill I was not ready to accept. I also recently found out that I will become a grandma in ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 08:55:35 EST Enjoying fitness & trying to eat right Hi i am new to this site but I have always been a fitness addict. Now that I am in my 40's I am really trying to focus on eating better & focusing on running & yoga. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:52:37 EST AnnaMarie49 I just started last week. Not sure if i am working the program right. Tell me how to read the measuring right. If it says 0.5 does it mean a half of a cup. Also i am a nurse and i work some odd hours. I have always heard you should not eat late. What should i do about the days i work late. Please help me with this issues. Thank you for all your help <BR> <BR> Anna Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:43:30 EST Staying strong This weekend, we're celebrating my 2 year old's birthday. We're having it at Chuck E Cheese because my kids love playing the games there. Because it is my kid's birthday, I bought a 1/2 sheet cake for him. And, of course, a bunch of the people that were supposed to come have let me know today (after I've ordered the cake, of course) that they won't be able to make it. It's going to be a very large temptation. <BR> <BR> But I have a plan. I am going to stick to water to drink. I'm going... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:43:58 EST introduction Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> I just joined spark people last week, but I have been struggling w/my weight for a long time. I had been having an especially hard time loosing weight after the birth of my child and then a serious injury to my foot which affects how much I can exercise. I had some weight related health issues (PCOS, Hypothryoidism, Prediabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, etc), so in Febuary of this year I decided enough was enough. I started doing low-impact exercises 4-5xs ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 04:06:51 EST Hi. Let's give it a go. Hey. I'm Kevin. I want to get healthy. I have been trying this website out for a little less than a week now and Its working great so far. So how is everybody doin? Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:09:27 EST Newbie I have been trying to lose weight and exercise fairly regular, but my eating habits and cooking skills are lacking. I am very impressed with all the infomration on this site! My goal is to cook and eat healthier and have my clothes fit again! Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:49:55 EST Hello! I have recently joined SparkPeople and hope that it can be a rewarding experience. I have tried several different weight loss methods before, but due to my schedule, it seems as though I always give up due to lack of time. However, I have decided that this is the year to finally get my weight under control and my health back on track (as my 35th birthday is approaching). I hope that many of you will help to inspire me to stay with it! <BR> <BR> Tierney Chadwick Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:26:41 EST New to the program. I am new here and excited about the opportunites. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:40:03 EST introduction Hi everyone! I was introduced to sparkpeople by my sister, and she has had so much support that I decided to try it. I have struggled with my weight for about 25 years. I'm 51 now and over 100 pounds heavier than I was when I got married. We've been married for 31 years,and my husband really really is not happy with the way I look now, or the health issues that have come with it. I'm praying this will work for me. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:43:30 EST What day of the week do you weigh in? In the past, I've always thought of Monday as my weigh-in day... but I've realized that I tend to "slip" on my diet over the weekend all too often, and all the hard work I put in to eat right and exercise for 5 or 6 days out of the week don't look all that great on a Monday morning. I think I'm going to move my weigh in day to Wednesday mornings! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:37:16 EST Jerrina Im 26 and new to the site any suggestions on how to get started. Ive been reading alot. Just trying to get use to the site. Thanks for all your help. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:41:19 EST tomorrow I think tomorrow is my weigh in day. I joined/started my program on Monday the 13th, so I'm not too sure if I weigh in tomorrow or on Tuesday? I had a really good week, tracked all my food, water and exercise (even when I went for Chinese food on Friday). <BR> Tomorrow is back to work (yuck), it is my only free night so I am going to try a new recipe (ginger beef), and I can't wait. I think I might be able to fit in a 20 min walk on my lunch hour. <BR> Better get to bed, goodnight all. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:33:12 EST On board Hi! I joined SP because I needed help getting started on my weight loss. I have been yo-yo dieting <BR> for the past 3 years with 20-25 lbs down and back about 4 times over 3 years. So I need help to loose <BR> and keep it off - I need to loose more like 50+ lbs and I joined SP for helping in doing it. I also have high <BR> cholesterol and so am looking at dietary changes to help with that - more vegetarian and less meat plus <BR> the regular exercise. I needed to get started again and th... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:44:50 EST Almost ONE week in! Hello...... I have been a sparkler (i like that phrase) for about 5 days now. I was referred by a friend and LOVE it! I have to admit that it's a big change to keep track of every single item of food and record it, but I already notice a difference in the way I feel. It keeps me in check..... some days I was not eating enough (not good for metabolism) and other days I was overeating without realizing. NOW.... I know right where I stand. I have lost 55 pounds prior to sparkpeople, but hav... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:52:24 EST Hi, I'm Barbara I lost my husband a year ago this week. He was terminally ill for 2 1/2 years. During that time, in taking care of him, I let myself go. I hurt my back pushing him in his wheelchair, lifting his oxygen tanks, lifting him - and now if I don't get some weight off, I am facing expensive tests, injections, and/or surgery. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:54:58 EST Losing Part of Me My name is Tracy. I am 39 yrs old and I am weighing in at 249 lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been in my life (even when I was pregnant!)!. I was thin growing up, but once I hit adulthood, my weight took on a mind of its own. No matter what I tried it never worked. Now I am at a point in my life where I can see my health deterioriating. I look at my parents (who are also overweight, as is most of my family) and how their health has gone downhill over the years. Then I see all these seni... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:11:56 EST Hi I'm Lisa Excited and a bit overwhelmed as I join SparkPeople. I need to get back on track with my weight loss after falling off the wagon while on vacation in Florida. I just love key lime pie and was on a mission to find the best. Needless to say, it was all good! I considered joining Weight Watchers (again) this entire week and learned about SP from a magazine article. I thought I'd give it a try. I know all about healthy eating and portions however I struggle with eating certain times of the day (e... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 12:05:31 EST Hello everyone I'm new to this weight loss thing. But I am not sure how this will work. Maybe ya'll can help me understand it better. Ok it says that I am supposed to eat 1200 to 1550 calories a day, but burn 560 a week. How does that help me lose weight? Please help me understand. Thank you. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 08:44:40 EST IT'S MY TIME NOW! Hi my name is Colleen I have 3 very busy children. I have always focused my time and effort on them and family. Now at my heaviest I've come to the conclusion it my time to focus on myself. I want to be around for my 3 wonderful kids. My dad died young as a result of a heart attack. Everyone in my family is skinny expected, you guessed it me. My family always tells me I take after my dad's side. When I found this site I thought with this many people going through the same thing (trying t... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:26:16 EST I AM NEW HELLO SP CLASS OF SEPT. 12-18, <BR> I AM BRENDA O. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT EVERYONE AND I HOPE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SITE. IT IS STILL A BIT CONFUSING IN SPOTS. I AM MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL, NEARLY 21 YRS. WE HAVE 6 KIDS THREE ARE GROWN AND 3 ARE NOT GROWN. WE ARE THE GRANDPARENTS OF 4 & 1/2 GRANDBABIES, THE HALF MEANS WE HAVE ONE ON THE WAY IN ABOUT 7 MONTHS. WE ARE HOPING FOR A BOY BUT WILL TAKE WHAT GOD DELIVERS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN I... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 02:11:08 EST Starting again...Looking for friendly competition Hi, I'm Monique. I'll be 50 next month and I'm a grandmother of 4...but still have a 4th grader at home. :) I need to lose about 20 lbs. I thought some friendly competition might provide some additional motivation for me. If anyone is interested, please let me know. I wish us all good luck in achieving our goals. I look forward to the months ahead with you as we begin our journey together to a healthier and happier life. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:00:46 EST Hello All I'm joining today as a way to monitor myself and try to stay on track. I've gained, lost and re-gained the same 30-35 pounds for the last decade. I want to lose it for good. I feel like I "know the right and wrong things" to do, but I have a hard time staying motivated...and food is just so yummy! I'm looking forward to the support of this on-line community. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 22:59:27 EST Hello Fellow Classmates I am new to SP, but not new to using the net for weight loss support. I lost 50 lbs 8 years ago using a wonderful site called Bootcamp Buddies. In fact, that is how I found SP this time around. Unfortunately, I have put most of the weight back on. A lot of things have changed in those 8 years. I quit smoking 5 years ago, faced menopause, and learned my body cannot jog 5 miles a day any more. I'm learning to adapt and hope I can lose most of those pounds again. Looking forward to meeting... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:41:55 EST Hello~my first week has not gone well Hi there! I am 52 years old and have been overweight all of my life. However, as a teenager and in college I maintained a healthy weight for about 4-5 years. I have been on a variety of programs throughout my life but never completed a maintenance plan. Since I went to my physician recently and was told I was hypertensive and prediabetic, I MUST get hold of myself and loose weight. My ex-husband died very suddenly just a month ago and he had been very active so if I want to be healthy a... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:29:24 EST Making realistic changes I just found Sparkpeople today and am hoping to find some motivation and make this process a little more fun. I have lost 60 lbs, but it has stopped and I guess I need to figure out the rest of the changes to get that last 25-50 lbs off (not sure where I'll stop yet). I know that diets don't work- does anybody out there know ANYONE who has lost weight and kept it off? And all the low fat, low carb, 100 calorie snack pack, nutra-sweet (the list goes on) diets seem to get us all into more tr... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:55:10 EST I'm cautiously optimistic I've tried many diet plans, boot camps, fitness plans, and personal trainers, none of which worked, or at least not permanently. I'm excited about what I see about changing myself from the inside out. . . hopefully that will make the difference this time around. I know another aspect that I haven't really had is the community aspect; even in boot camps, I didn't reach out to others enough to feel part of the community. So, I'm praying this time around I have the strength, accountability, and ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 17:51:37 EST HELP I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT Hi My name is Renee. I have had problems with food my whole life. My moms side of the family is overweight and they have high blood pressure, diabetes and high chlosterol and everything else that comes with being over weight. My grandmother actually died from being overweight. I dont want to be like them. I was smaller when I was younger but after my daughter 18 yrs ago I lost weight probally like 10 times but then gained it back and then lost it again and again. I never seem to lose it and ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:15:22 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Michelle. I am 42 years old. My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We are both over weight and struggling with high cholesterol. We have a 9 year old special needs daughter. She is also over weight. <BR> <BR> My goal is to use SparkPeople to learn and practice healthy new habits. With the big goal of creating a healthy lifestyle that carries over to my family. <BR> <BR> I realize we can't tackle everything at once and we will master new healthy habits one at a ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:11:00 EST Angela HI everyone! I am so excited to have joined this sight! Its been very helpful for me. My sister kept telling me join sparks! And so im here! And so far its been a great motivation:) Sat, 18 Sep 2010 15:27:02 EST Newby I am excited to find Spark People. I have 4 kids from 22 in the Army to 5 in Kindergarden. My goal is to loose by May which is when one of my sons graduated from a military college as a 2nd Leutenant and who is a fitness guru and I want to surprise him at his graduation and finally be weight I haven't been in 20 years. I also am very much into organic gardening in Florida. I have a poblano pepper plant that won't stop producing. I think my neighbors are over poblanos too! Wait 'till the... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 15:05:49 EST im new and looking foward to a healthier life! Hi my name is jovie, and I have joined this new website. I'm looking foward to get motivation and support from everyone, so I can acomplish my goals and get some pounds off of me. I want to do this for me and my family. I'm looking forward to my new beginning *_* Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:20:52 EST Hello! I just joined yesterday at the urging of a good friend of mine. She's a great motivator and has changed her life with a huge help from Spark People. <BR> <BR> I'm 28 years old and struggle with PCOS which makes weight loss very difficult for me. I need plenty of motivation and positive people around me as my doctors have told me that since I have PCOS I should just "expect" to be overweight and I should learn to be happy about it (oh, and they've also said that I will have to work twice as... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:25:12 EST New member from across the Ocean Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just signed up yesterday. I got back home from my holiday in Portugal and was so tired of being the fat little me. I think I'm weighing more than I ever did before. <BR> <BR> For once I don't have the idea I have to lose 10lbs in the next couple of weeks but I want to do a lifetime change. i'm ready for it. I set my goal for may next yr and i'm totally relaxed with that. <BR> <BR> That was about my goals, now a little about me :) <BR> <BR> I'm 34 yrs old (nearly... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:09:49 EST Hello This time I'm determined to accomplish my goals. I can do this... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know some new people along the way. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 08:29:10 EST Quit smoking :)...gained 10 lbs... :( 45...mother of 3...quit smoking and gained 10 lbs..... <BR> <BR> just need to get that off and work on sugar addiction.... ;0 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 08:10:56 EST need help cant find the motivation need help Sat, 18 Sep 2010 07:05:05 EST Ready to Live Life Hi my name is Alicea. I am 42 years old. I have been overweight most of my life. I grew up feeling insecure because of how people around me would talk about me. I was never good enough for anyone. I have only recently, through lots of prayer, by myself and others interceeding for me, begun to heal in that area of my life. I am at a place in my life now were I am ready to do something for me, and not just because I need to do it, but because I want to do it. I have finally begun to see myself ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 01:06:25 EST New to the community I just returned home today from the hospital from having shunt surgery. I am restricted on how much activity I can do but the one thing that did not stop me from doing is So I have begun looking once again for those great new ideas for less calories so I can continue looseing wieght. Since mid-June I have lost 18 lbs without exercise. Due to illness I have been told by my doctors now that I have had the shunt put in and I am healed they will clear me to begin slowly beginning to ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:50:51 EST My intro Thought I would tell how I came upon the name 'equipped'. I have done a lot of reading and visited with dietitions - have learned a lot about how food works in the body - which foods make me ill and which are healers for my body - therefore I feel I am now 'equipped' to start making changes in my life as to restoring my health. <BR> <BR> I have made up a sparkpage - come and say hi if you are inclinded to do so . Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:07:06 EST Lisa I want to lose weight and be healthy. I have 4 boys and 2 granddaughters and I love to watch college football. My goal is to try to stay moviated that's the hardest part, I get bored to quickly. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 23:34:03 EST Hi SparkPeople!! Hi I'm Sharon......I have decided to live life to the fullest and enjoy taking care of me. I will run my first 5 K in November and I have been doing some serious training.....I like this site and look forward to corresponding with like-minded people.....Goal: Work Hard for Great Results.......Go get it SparkPeople!!! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 23:15:15 EST Hi Y'all Hello, I just found this website through a friend on Facebook. I am 36 and a mother of five kids. I am currently 230lbs and want to lose 95lbs. I haven't always been overweight, but when I had kids and moved to Texas, I kinda gained A LOT. I want to look nice again for my husband. I have tried so many diets and have all about accepted that this is who I will look like the rest of my life. If anyone would like to help me out, that would be great. Thanks!! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 22:13:05 EST Iowa Mom to 3 girls As the title says I am a mom to 3 girls, ages 5, 3 and 1 year. My name is Bobbie, I have been married for almost 7 years, to my childhood best friend. We live in small town Iowa and love it. I love to walk the trail at Neil Smith, but have let myself go over the years, now over 300 pounds. I would love to get back down to 150. I drive a special ed school bus, and love it. I have one daughter in school all day, another daughter in school half days 2 times a week, and then my baby. I am ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:56:15 EST What do you plan to do Tomorrow? For me I plan to walk around the 2 mile trail at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, maybe with two of the kids, or better yet the whole family. I have planned out the menu for the week and will cook off of that. Tomorrow dinner is homemade pancakes(we cannot use eggs in our house due to food allergies). I plan on having toast with peanut butter for breakfast and a bowl of cereal with a banana for lunch. And I will drink, drink, drink my water! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:47:52 EST Hi and Accountability/ Pen pal friends wanted! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Christina. I'm 22 and have been yo-yo dieting for almost 4 years now. I have 30 pounds to lose and obviously as a yo-yo dieter this isn't the first time I've found myself in this tight spot. I would love to have an accountability partner and friends to help motivate and talk to during this journey cause I've always lost weight alone and found it to be a very lonely and self-deeming experience. So if you are anyone who loves someone to accompany you. Pleas... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:27:19 EST I am Gisele and I have joined because I wish to use a weight-loss program that actually works, rather than my own programs which never flatten my stomach or keep the weight down. <BR> Looking forwrd to this. <BR> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:15:44 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone. My name is Alex, I'm 25 and I live in New Zealand. I've been spending the last few days exploring the SparkPeople site and all the tools and resources that are available. It's a little overwhelming! But also very motivating. <BR> <BR> My overall goal is to feel great about myself and be healthy enough to life my life to the fullest. I am getting married in February 2012 and I would love to feel beautiful and confident on my wedding day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a part... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:25:57 EST So hoping I will get motivated Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this program and I am hoping it will get me motivated to lose weight. I have tried a lot of different things to lose weight but find I cannot keep interested. I need ALL THE SUPPORT i can get. I need to lose to look better and for my health. Please Please help me!!!!! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:36:20 EST Hello Hello, my name is Suri. I hope that i can acomplish my goals. My goal is, to become a better Me!! I wanna feel healthy again. :) Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:07:21 EST Hello !!!! Hi Im Nicole, Im 21 years young and my mother refereed me to this site and its only been a day and im liking it a lot there seems like theirs tons of support and i defiantly need the help Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:17:56 EST Hazeleyes HI my name is hazel eyes. This is my first time trying a program to lose weight . I never really had much of a weight issue until I turned 40. Iam looking forward to getting started and meeting new people. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:17:52 EST This is my millionth time joining But I have faith in myself this time. <BR> <BR> I was feeling yucky about having eaten badly today (lots of candy and fast food for lunch) so I decided to log on and track my calories because I WANTED to! What! <BR> <BR> So yeah, I'm back, baby! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:59:56 EST Hello My name is Leann. Looking to keep myself healthy for me and my children. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:50:10 EST The 3rd time is the charm This is my third time starting SP. Each time, I have every intention of following through. Each time, I've stopped somewhere around week 3 or 4. This time, though, I've got an additional motivator - $60. My family is doing a Biggest Loser contest and I want to win it! So I'm doing my best to keep on top of things, and I know that SP can help me do it. <BR> <BR> Now, a little more about me. I'm a 36 year old stay at home mom of two boys. Teddy is 4 and Pete is 2. They keep me busy, bu... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:43:28 EST Starting my new life, living as me...Im Courtney I have struggled with weight since i was a teenager, but who hasn't, I am 27 and have recently had my long term boyfriend tell me 'he needed time' and haven't heard from him since, this was a month ago. I have come to terms with the fact that I am now single and I have taking this new opportunity and running with it. I am getting healthy for me. I am happy with my new outlook on life, I am young, I have a lot to offer and I am not letting anything stop me or get in my all I need... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:29:58 EST Mother of 2 Hello, <BR> In the last 2 years I have given birth to my 2 babies. I am a young at home mom now and a lot of things have changed in my day to day life. I never get to leave the house because we are a one car family at this time and my boyfriend is busy working full time to support the new family. I have gained about 65 pounds in the last 2 years due to pregnancy and laziness. My family and friends don't live in the same town as me so I have to rely a lot on phone calls to keep me motivat... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:21:56 EST Hello Hello guys, I just joined today because I really want to lose weight for my health. Even though I don't have any health problems right now, but I know with my current path I am going, I am bound to encounter a few health problems as I get older and this is one of the reason I have decided to Join. I am 5,5, 220 pounds(I look like I weight 180) and I am a senior in college. My graduation present to my self will be to weight 150 pounds by May 1st 2011 and my current goal is to weight 170 by mar... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:13:27 EST Hello Hello all. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:53:27 EST Hi, My name ia cooltigress. I have been batlling with my body weight for some time now and i never used to follow a diet though to the end. I am hoping that with this great site and the help from all of you..... I shall Lose and maintain the weight i need. <BR> Wish me luck...! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 02:55:08 EST Hello Hello Spark People! My name is Liz. I've been on the journey of weight loss and healthy lifestyle for a while now, but am new to this site. I'm excited to get back in gear & continue my progress. :) Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:47:46 EST Need a HCG push buddy Hello All! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a push partner for the HCG diet. I have done research but would love to have the guidance on how to get started. I have done well with other ways of life but was in a car accident and put the weight back on. Thank you for considered me to be your prodigy. I look forward to slimming down. Take care all! Jenn Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:38:40 EST HELLO MY NAME IS WILDHAIR3 I HAVE OVER A 100 LBS TO REACH MY GOAL , I HOPE TO FIND NEW FRIENDS .SO WE CAN HELP ONEANOTHER IN THE JOUNERY . UNTIL NEXT TIME Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:01:40 EST Caramel Hottie Hello my spark People friends i am new to this so please bare with me. I am desperately tryna lose my belly fat i have a gig and cant start until i lose it so i need all the help and suppot i can get. Im a fare, open and kind person will return the love.If you need help or someone to talk to feel free to leave me a message and i will get back as soon as i can. :) Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:53:31 EST Looking for friends to change with me! :D Hey everyone! I'm Hayley and I'm 20 years old. I have been overweight for my whole life basically, but a combination of medication and depression at the beginning of this year caused me to gain 40 more pounds. I'm now 80 pounds heavier than I want to be and I can't take it anymore. I see pictures of myself today and I'm stunned I let it get this out of hand. I used to be very comfortable in my body, even though I was somewhat overweight. I'm not comfortable now though, and you know what I don... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:47:05 EST Hello Hello to all. I have been doing weight watchers and have joined a gym. Although, I love weight watchers and have lost 25 pounds, I want to succeed on my own. Several years ago I lost 44 pounds and then gained it all back. This time I want a lifestyle change to keep the weight off. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:41:38 EST Hello I'm Debbie, just found this site this week so I'm looking forward to learning how to use it and to seeing all the progress which is going to happen. Also, very excited to meet other people who are working on getting fit. <em>182</em> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 17:29:57 EST Hi Hi my name is Sandi, I am married with 3 oldest is 20, and i have 2 -6 year olds, i homeschool one and the other is in puplic school. I am new to sp but not to trying to lose weight! I love this site there is so much helpful information.. I am always up for making new friends so if you need a buddy let me know. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:44:33 EST Newbie! Hi folks! <BR> I'm Julia, I'm new to sparkpeople as of about ten minutes ago. Just trying to figure it out, there is tons of stuff on here! I'm from CO, I'm a SAHM of a 2 year old, trying to get healthier! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:02:47 EST Just starting ok---I have gotten serious about loosing these 15 #s, and really keeping it off (I think I have used every excuse in the book) When I calculated the seemingly heathy snack after dinner I was so shocked that the apple, almond butter, nutella snack was almost 400 calories. No wonder I have gained 10 ponds in 8 months and got a tummy with it. I am also supprise about the portion sizes. It is not just the weight. My Dad died in April and he had diabetes and high blood pressure and I am pr... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:33:59 EST Brand new to sparkpeople Hi All! I am new to the site...still trying to figure everything out!! I am looking for encouragement and hoping I can in turn offer some encouragement to others!! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:39:55 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone! I'm not new to Spark, but I've decided that this time I'm going to actually use the tools provided and work with a team! Good luck everyone! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:27:08 EST New Member Hi everyone. My name is Suzanne and I am ready to start my new healthy lifestyle. I want to lose weight to begin with and then maintain. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:12:00 EST new to spark I have 5 kids. My oldest is 19 and he just got married last month. The other boys are 16,15 and 14 and my only girl will turn 3 next month. <BR> I was 196 at the beginning of the year and now I am 172. My goal weight is 125. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:35:00 EST gladtobeme Hello, my goal is to lose 60 lbs. by Sept. 15th, 2011 and keep it off. I enjoy walking outdoors and going to the gym. My eating habits need to improve for me to reach my goal. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:43:25 EST Can I join your class... I'm needing a fresh start Hey y'all. <BR> I'm Merilee and I joined SP 2 years ago. I lost 35 pounds with SP and then went through a move and got off the band wagon. Sadly, I've gained all my weight back in the last year and a half and now I need the accountability again. <BR> I thought joining a new class would help since there are only a few people left in my old one. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 40, a stay at home mom with 3 kids ages 3, 5, and 12. We are living in Franklin, TN (near Nashville) Anyone live close by? Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:24:06 EST Hello everybody, I am new here! I have started just today on Sparks People. I have been trying to do my best by myself, however, I felt that I needed more motivation, so I am here. I am 29 and live in Snow Camp, NC. I have four children and I am in a relationship, but it has been rocky for some time. I want to better my health and be able to feel good again! I am currently a stay at home mom, however I also run my own lawn maintenance and landscaping company, I am also going to school online at Argosy University fo psy... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 08:34:19 EST My last try at weight loss Hi All ! Have been trying to lose weight for almost 4 years now and have actually ended up gaining a whole lot in the process. <BR> <BR> The funny thing bout it that I donot crave for fast food, sweets or sodas ! <BR> <BR> But I still dont lose any weight =( <BR> <BR> This is my last option as I am planning to have a baby soon and would like to lose some weight as I have back issues. <BR> <BR> Am open to all the help you guys can provide ! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:14:59 EST Here we go again.... 1st time poster, 3rd time sparker! I am a 35 year old, mother of 3, working nights as an RN. I previoulsy had a good run with SP but then life caught up to me and I let it go. Not only did I stop sparking but I started a bunch of bad habits like drinking tons of soda! <BR> So now I'm back and want to actually make it work this time. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 04:26:34 EST I need to lose weight I really want to lose for myself <BR> I weigh more than I ever have <BR> I would like some help with motivation Thu, 16 Sep 2010 03:20:23 EST Hello! Just started this week. 25 lbs in 9 months to fit in a wedding dress and get more energy. We can do it! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:27:30 EST Hello everyone Hi there, I'm new to all of this online weight loss world. I have been overweight my whole life and I can never seem to get it under control. I am hoping making some friends and gaining more knowledge on sparkpeople will allow me to finally reach my goals. =-) Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:56:18 EST hello hello everyone i am anthony and i am on a mission to change my lifestyle into the spark lifestyle Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:24:37 EST I'm ready to get started. Just came back from a cruise. I had fun and did some pretty exciting things. Rafting, parasailing, swimming. I am still able to do everything but I have to carry around seventy extra pounds while doing so. I would like to be smaller by the time I go on my next cruise. I had to sit stiffly on the airplane to keep my thighs from spilling over onto the seat next to mine. I'm always afraid that I am going to be asked to pay for a second seat. The people around me at work are supportive and... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:57:16 EST Hello all Hello all! I am new to Spark , weight watchers, and the weight loss journey. ) I am 34 yrs old, married with 4 children at home. I also have 2 Giant Dogs and a Russian Tortoise. I love my family and I love my animals. I am an internet junky and a very shy stay at home mom. I quit smoking after a 4 1/2 year struggle on and off at during which I gained an enormous amount of weight. I am now stepping forward in the weight watchers world. I love to cook but if it were not for the occasional starc... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:36:04 EST I think I'm getting married lol My boyfriend of two years told me today he doesn't want to wait any longer. He wants to get married as soon as we can make it happen. I'm super excited and totally on board the problem order to make it happen we have to quit smoking and I have to lose about twenty pounds to be where I would like to be when I put on my wedding gown. I work full time and have two small children, he and I work opposite shifts so he is not much help in freeing up time for me to hit the gym and he is fl... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:28:14 EST 1 Pound at a time. What'd you do today? Today, I took the stairs at work for exercise and packed my breakfast and lunch. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:00:40 EST Trying to be me again I am a mother of two young ones and need to lose some pounds and find my old way of looking at things. <BR> I use to be so happy and full of energy that others would ask all the time what drug i was on. My drug of choice was life. Now i am barely chugging along and am tired all the time. I have to change things around because the way its going is not working for me. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:16:51 EST PA mom of 2 needs to lose weight! Hello! My name is Terri. I am a stay at home mom of two. My daughter is 6 and son is almost 3. I hate the way I look and what to loose all of this weight!! I am starting SP @ 256lb. I would like to get down to a size 10, whatever weight they may be. I know that I am lazy and need to get up and get my butt moving :-) <BR> <BR> goes!! <BR> <BR> Terri Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:38:16 EST Turning Over a New Leaf Hi everyone, my name is Tina and I am new to SP. My mom was recently diagnosed with a fatty liver and was put on a low fat, low sugar diet. Misery loves company - I told her I'd join her in this diet since I myself had about 30 pounds to lose. We've been eating healthy for about a month now and I can honesty say, it's not that bad - the hardest thing to do was breaking old habits but now healthy options are coming easier and easier to find. I have lost a little bit but really want to kick... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:33:30 EST Hi y'all! Ok, so I'm new around here and am trying to get plugged in to increase my opportunities for success. I have the unfailing support of friends and family, but am looking to gain further support and encouragement from a community striving to make healthier choices and pass their knowledge on to help others. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:57:08 EST I have to make this time real! I have known for years I need to lose weight, but continually manage to ignore what I know. This time I am determined to reach my goal. I know it won't be easy, but if I want to have a good, productive life, then I need to get healthy and stay healthy. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:20:34 EST Hi Yall! My name is Brandy and this is the 1st day of my healthy life. I am excited and so looking forward to making some amazing friends along this journey! I am weighing in at 300.2lbs, I don't have a "goal" weight exactly...I just want to be healthy for myself and my 2 yr old best friend, my son! I would be happy to talk to anyone! Best of Luck! Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:23:43 EST I'M O SO READY WELL HELLO EVERYONE. I'M NEW TO THE SITE. I'M 34 AND I'M READY AND O SO FOCUS FOR A NEW BEGINNING IN MY LIFE. I WANT TO LOSE THE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF. I WANT TO LEARN TO EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:47:41 EST What does your water bottle look like? I found the easiest way to drink more water is to ALWAYS have a re-usable water bottle handy. Over the months and years I've accumulated quite a few, since I think I lose them, they get stuck in my car, etc etc.. So I'm gonna tell you about them. Feel free to share what you use to get your 8 cups a day! <BR> <BR> My work bottle is a pink 500 mL eddie bauer nalgene with a built in straw <BR> <BR> My home bottle is an 18 oz. purple nalgene bottle rom American Water Works Association that say... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:30:39 EST Hopeful and New to Sparkle Hi! My name is Billie and I am new to Sparkle this week. A friend of mine from LA told me about you all. So far this website is a little overwhelming, but I'm getting the hang of it. For the past year I have been fighting breast cancer here in NY at Sloan Kettering. Now that my treatment is completed I am anxious to rejoin the human race, get healthier and get busy losing some weight. So here I go!!! God Bless. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 08:51:50 EST Okay - so here goes.... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I would very much lose these damn stubborn middle age kilos and most of all regain control over my eating and overall health. In the past few years I've been spiralling into bad habits and its time to do something about it NOW! <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 07:25:13 EST SAHM taking control of my life again! I'm a SAHM with two amazing boys. I love and adore them but focusing all my time on them has left me with no time to work out or loose weight. Now that they are a little older, I'm making my health a priority, not just for me but also so i can be a better example to my boys. How can I teach them health and fitness if I'm not healthy and fit? Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:06:11 EST Team Goal: Walk/Run 10 miles per week So, I have a question. I use the elliptical machine and I was wondering if I could use this as my Walk/Run 10 miles per week. It gives me the distance and all...just curious? Tue, 14 Sep 2010 23:25:45 EST Hey Y'all My name is Andi and I've been on this journey for a while. If you look at my sparkpage...I was just informed by my doctor that I was overweight. I'm only 20...and that's not ok. So, I can't wait to get started and lose the pounds and inches! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 23:22:41 EST Greetings! Welcome all... My name is Uche and I'm pumped and ready to go! Just joined yesterday after reading a glowing testimonial from an SP member on a running blog, and I hope this will give me the tools I need to keep myself accountable and stay motivated. <BR> Hoping to achieve my goals and so much more :) Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:28:08 EST Hi! Hi guys. I found this site when searching for a calorie count on the web. Hopefully I'll be able to lose the weight AND win my company's biggest loser contest. Of course, losing the weight (or better yet, the inches) is most important! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:12:48 EST New sparkperson here! Hey everybody! My name is Steven. I used to be in somewhat good shape while I was in the military. I've been out now for two years and since then I've put on 100 pounds. I'm very motivated to lose this which is why I'm here. I hope the community aspect of this site will provide the motivation I need to get in better health. Anyways, I look forward to talking to you all. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:22:57 EST hello hi every one im new to program trying to loose 50 lbs Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:55:43 EST Hello! Please tell us your name and three things about yourself. ALSO tell us what you hope to accomplish here on SPARKpeople... <BR> <BR> My name is Carolynn, Here's three things about me: <BR> <BR> 1. I was born and raised (year round) at the Jersey Shore (and I'm nothing like those idiots on MTV). <BR> <BR> 2. I'm recently married, and we bought our first home and adopted a beagle last year. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm re-starting spark people to be healthy and lose pounds for vacation in January 2011,... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:49:28 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Samantha. I'm 20 years old, and I'm in college. It's not my first time on Sparks, but I decided this time around I'd be a little....more talkative. <BR> So, my weight loss actually began about 3 years ago when I moved to Arizona. Then, I began to ride my bike 10 minutes, 2 times a week, 5 days a week. Within the year I lost 32 lbs. I've now lost a total of 50 lbs. Now, I just want to lose about 13 lbs to get to the goal weight of 145. So, everyone, hello! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:41:17 EST Day One Hi, I'm Marla. Today is day one of taking control back of my life & getting back into shape. After 3 kids I was lucky enough to have lost the weight I wanted & felt great! However after my 4th child, a lot of things changed in my life. I was no longer living the kind of lifestyle I can only dream of now. The challenges are much greater now, so take my hand & help me up this hill & I will help you up your hills too. I know we can do it! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:32:49 EST New to the team! Hi, my name is Sheryl and I'm happy to have found SP and happy to join this week's "class"! I don't think I'll graduate for awhile - I have 115 lbs to lose but day 1 (yesterday) was a good one. Stayed on course and couldn't resist weighing myself this AM - down 3.5 lbs. I'm hoping I can continue to stay strong and on course! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:56:01 EST Hi Everyone!!! Good Afternoon to everyone! <BR> I'm 33 years old and happy married to wonderful man that is very dear to me. We both have 2 wonderful fur babies, which both are rottie's. Shadow is 3 1/2 and Savannah is 1 1/2. I work full-time at Bluebell Creameries and been with the company for about 6 years. Its the best job that I have ever had, except for the ice cream part. It sucks to be around ice cream all the time. Besides that little minor detail, it is the best job for someone to have. Now, you k... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:50:05 EST Hello fellow skinny people :) I am very excited to really get started loosing this weight. I feel like I have a better plan, and a better attitude than I have in the past. I am going to loose this weight, and I am going to be one of those beautiful people that walk by and you think "man, I wish I looked like that!". And the best part is....when I reach my goal weight... I'm going to get myself a Mac Book Pro!!!! YEA MAC PEOPLE!!! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:19:15 EST Hi! My name is Staci and I have 30+ lbs to lose. My goal is to lose 30 by Christmas. I gained 30lbs over this past year when I was trying to lose 15! I went the opposite direction. Call it ODD ;) Anyway. Glad to be here and ready to get started! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:02:30 EST New and starting fresh! Just wanted to send a quick hello and introduce myself! I joined SP about a year ago and gave up after some time...this time that will not be the case! I am recently engaged and looking to feel fabulous and confident on my wedding day next fall! I am excited to begin my weight-loss journey and meet new and motivating friends along the way!:) <BR> <BR> Staci Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:45:51 EST Recommiting to weight loss&good glucose control Hi joined last night -----ready to go this morning Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:01:40 EST Have an awesome Fitness Day Hey everyone, I just wanted to say hi and i'm looking forward to meeting and making new friends that are as interested in fitness as I am . Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:35:53 EST Joined Today Good Morning, <BR> I have been an emotional eater all of my life. Over the past 2 years I have lost 85 pounds but lately my eating has been out of control.I have regained 7 pounds I need need to gain control again. I spend 2 years not being hungry and now I am hungry almost all of the time. I have been through a tough time emotionally [ death of 2 close family members and having close friends being diagnosed with terrible illnesses] and I think that is why I have been feeling depressed. When... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:54:11 EST Joined Today Good Morning, <BR> I have been an emotional eater all of my life. Over the past 2 years I have lost 85 pounds but lately my eating has been out of control.I have regained 7 pounds I need need to gain control again. I spend 2 years not being hungry and now I am hungry almost all of the time. I have been through a tough time emotionally [ death of 2 close family members and having close friends being diagnosed with terrible illnesses] and I think that is why I have been feeling depressed. When... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:47:46 EST To heal is to be whole Hi Everyone <BR> My name is Olive and this is my first day here getting ready to take care of my health. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:39:51 EST hi im new to this site i really hope that i keep to my goal and loose the weight. :) but i think with this site it shouldnt be a problem since theres alot of nice people to help get me motivated well hope we all make our goals Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:01:04 EST Hi! I guess I don't have much to say at 3 AM except that I can't sleep! <BR> I'm a 33 year old wife, mom of a (almost) 9 year old boy and step-mom to a 16 year old boy (WOW that's scary!!) <BR> I am a special education teacher, but have been out of work for several months. I have loved the extra time with my family, but I need to find something to help with expenses and get me back into a normal routine. <BR> I have reduced my soda intake dramatically and been eating healthier in general (very r... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 03:55:05 EST Hi - Newbie here! Hi. My name is Sidney. I am a Diabetic. I eat a Vegan, low fat, no refined products diet (Whole Grains - no white flour, rice, etc). I have a lot of weight to lose, but I am confident that I can this. <em>334</em> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 02:02:31 EST My name is Janelle and I'm new to the site My name is Janelle. I joined the site to get knowledge from others and resources on an area that has taken up way too much space in my life. I am a single mom of one child. My goal is to lose 93 lbs. I have a long road ahead of me, I'm just trying to find the most beneficial route to get me to my goal in the long run. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:30:20 EST Hi, Hoping to regain a size 3/5 again in my life. I am a Professional Cook, and I gained over 40 pounds in Culinary School that I never lost. Also, I gained weight when I exited the military and became sedentary. I hope to become involved in a group of some sort that moves instead of vegetating in front of a TV all day. I have a goal of over 100 pounds that will take me over a year and 3 months to loose on the SparksTeam Program...Wish me Luck! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:08:29 EST Hi, Hoping to regain a size 3/5 again in my life. I am a Professional Cook, and I gained over 40 pounds in Culinary School that I never lost. Also, I gained weight when I exited the military and became sedentary. I hope to become involved in a group of some sort that moves instead of vegetating in front of a TV all day. I have a goal of over 100 pounds that will take me over a year and 3 months to loose on the SparksTeam Program...Wish me Luck! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:08:27 EST Making a signature How do I make a signature? I feel like I've searched everywhere and can't find it on's probably somewhere very obvious! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:55:40 EST Hi from California Hi, I'm married and just turned 30 this year. <BR> <BR> 6 years ago I invested in a personal trainer and with his guidance and mentoring I lost 100lbs. 3 years ago I got married.. and I started to quickly 'find' the weight I lost. <BR> Denial last for about 2 years. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm determined to get back in shape and be healthy so that my husband and I can start a family soon! <BR> <BR> When I journal I seem to do well and lose weight each week, but for the last year, every week I tr... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:47:11 EST P90X DAY 1 - BUDDIES WANTED Looking for new friends to motivate & be motivated by. Thanks for your replies !!! <BR> Angelo Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:28:52 EST losing the final 10 lbs! Hello my name is Susan and I am curently at 128 and wish to get down to 120. (Lose this last bit of weight once and for all) So I thought if I posted on here to let you all know then it would help make me accountable. I reallky am loking for a lifestyle change to be fir and healthy! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:32:00 EST Howdy The weight's crept back on these last 8 months, and my exercise tapered off....I want to get back up on the horse and lose 20 pounds in a way that is sensible enough that I can keep it off. And I want to enjoy moving my body again and make exercise a habit. I am starting by drinking proper amount of water, stretching and walking to music, and cutting down portion size and fat & sugar intake. Not sure what else to say, except I have now accomplished my first post on the message board :0) Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:42:50 EST Hi I'm a 32 year old father of three who has struggled to lose weight for several years. What has finally motivated me to lose the weight is that my wife recently lost over 100 pounds, and she looks very nice. In fairness to her, I should probably shape up as well. Additionally, I have had multiple grandparents with heart problems, and one died while in his fifties, and I don't want that to happen to me. <BR> <BR> While I do generally eat healthily, my biggest issue is portion control. I am hop... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:21:22 EST Hi Hi. My name is Natacha and I am ready to lose weight. I am planning on taking it one day at a time by eating healthy and exercise and to lose weight. I look forward to be a part of this team. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:44:05 EST Hello! This is the beginning of my millionth diet...I expect/hope it will be the last. I'm just learning to navigate the site and I look forward to checking out your pages. Thanks and good luck! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:37:17 EST Can't believe I'm here again! After fighting it for too long, I decided to come back to SP. I was soooo successful from May 23, 2009 until May of 2010. I lost almost 50 lbs.! Then it all went to you-know-what. I've been in this place so many times I've lost count. I don't even know what triggered this relapse; like so many others, it crept up on me. I get to feeling a little to proud, a little to cocky-like, "I've got this under control". Then everything slowly starts to unravel; I knew the signs, I felt it happeni... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:44:55 EST "fat" jeans are too tight Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who is always gaining or losing weight. Since I was married a year ago all I've done is gain. My husband isn't a huge fan of my new look, and neither am I. I'm also feeling my knees clicking when I walk up stairs which is unsettling. <BR> <BR> I've done well in the past with diets that track food, specifically the old LA Weight Loss plan and Weight Watchers worked great when I followed the plans. SparkPeople seems promising, and I love that it is fre... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:58:50 EST Another Noob Hi there, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I joined SP yesterday to give myself one more chance at getting my weight under control for free before I resort to a diet program. <BR> <BR> Overall, I have about 110 pounds to lose, but right now I'm only focusing on that first 10 -- the weight I've gained since my toddler stopped sleeping through the night. If I can manage that much, I figure I have a shot at losing more. Ar this point, any little bit will help, right? <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:57:44 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Misti. I've been on this "weight loss", "healthy lifestyle" journey for a long time. I've done low/no carb, Weight Watchers & tried Healthe Trim. My best success has been on Weight Watchers, but I stopped following the plan (again) several months ago. <BR> <BR> I've decided to take another step on the journey. I'm not going to count POINTS, or count carbs or calories. My goal is just to pay attention to portion sizes, track my food and drink more water. <BR> <BR> One step a... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:36:00 EST Hello all! I'm new to the Sparkpeople thing. I follow the Weight Watcher eating program but I like the idea of the whole life perspective that Sparkpeople utilizes. I also find that this site is a lot more active than Weight Watchers. I know that I am busy, like most of us, but I want to have healthy lifestyle. I hope to be a positive part of the program! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:41:00 EST Hello, new to all of this, soon to be 50 in Dec. I need to lose a lot, it hurts to walk, I weigh 255 lbs on 5 feet 6 frame! I hate the way I look, I want to feel better and I have diabetes on insulin, high blood pressure, some neuropathy from the diabetes, just a mess, I really need help and I hope I can find it here, I just started school last month and enjoying that. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 02:10:05 EST Karen Hi I am Karen and I have been strugling with my weight for a long time. And now I really needed to get rid of the extra weight. I need all the morale and encouragement I need at this moment. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 01:16:08 EST Having a fresh, restart...for the final time! Hi everyone. My name is Joni and I have joined SP 3 times. I finally decided it was time to re-do everything and start over since I haven't logged in since before the start of summer. <BR> In the past, I haven't been involved on the boards or teams but maybe being involved and finding people similar to myself will help. <BR> I've lost 105 lbs but gained 60 back...without really realizing it. I hope to lose the weight again before I have to lose all 105 lbs again. <BR> Good luck to everyo... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 22:45:50 EST Another (almost) newbie! I'm Nicole and I'm 24 years old. I can't seem to lose these last 12 pounds... or maybe I just love eating too much! I have had a sparkpeople account before but found myself getting very obsessive about weight loss and food so I quit for a while. I'm back to give it another shot, but plan on taking a more relaxed approach this time. <BR> <BR> Hope to meet you all soon! <em>244</em> <em>249</em> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 22:37:47 EST Hi my name is Tamara Tonight I set this my plan in motion and sparkpeople is my tool. So in a matter of fact tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my happier, healthier life. <BR> <BR> I am glad there are people out there that feel like I do and with whom I can chat and find solutio0ns to problems and humps in my road to life. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 20:45:33 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> I'm 26 years old and heard about this website from a friend. I've been pretty active my entire life, but after graduating college I have found it very hard to find the motivation to get active again. I used to feel guilty t if I didn't work out 5 days a week in college, but now I'm so tired after work and on my off days that its hard to muster up the energy to go to the gym. I work 12 hour shifts so I feel like a zombie when I get home. <BR> I tend to go up an... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 20:33:19 EST new to spark Hey I'm hoping to lose 15 pounds in about a month and a half. wish me luck! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:41:51 EST hi i am ready to lose Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:04:59 EST I'm a Newbie I'm new to this, but I hope that I can give and get the support I need to push myself away from work and into a healthier me. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 17:50:01 EST Starting Fresh Starting fresh today. Fresh attitudes,open to ideas and ready for the journey to begin. Letting go of the past and fearlessly taking the first steps on the journey. I will be enthusiastic about the journey and celebrate each positive step taken! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:54:20 EST New to SparkPeople I am new to I am a lifetime weight watchers member, but lately I have not been able to lose weight or maintain my weight on the plan. I heard about sparkpeople through the internet, and thought I would give it a try. I would be interested in any tips that you might want to pass along. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:45:23 EST Hello Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm Shelly I'm 13 days PP and I'm ready to get onto the track and lose the weight I put on while pregnant. <BR> <BR> I was going to wait for my 6 weeks recovery, but thought I'd start out small and get healthy now. <BR> <BR> For more information on my weight history check out my blog. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 02:18:53 EST Miss Jay Hi all! Miss Jay here. This is my first foray into the world of community message-boarding, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Three things about me? <BR> <BR> 1) I'm getting married next year and would love to use the wedding as motivation to lose that last stubborn ten pounds <BR> <BR> 2) Taco Bell is my weakness <BR> <BR> 3) Sometimes I like to watch "Jersey Shore" on Thursdays. (But then I listen to an hour of NPR to make up for it...I swear ;)) Sun, 12 Sep 2010 01:34:34 EST USE THIS FORUM to CHAT, ASK QUESTIONS, ENCOURAGE! <em>306</em> <em>303</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>306</em> <em>303</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Hey team! <BR> <BR> The GENERAL TEAM DISCUSSION Forum is a great place to start your own threads and conversations.... <BR> <BR> ASK QUESTIONS <BR> TAKE A POLL <BR> RANT <BR> SHARE SUCCESSES <BR> DISH THE LATEST NEWS <BR> <BR> It's UP to YOU --- ANYTHING GOES! <BR> <BR> Mel <BR> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST! IT WILL GET TO... 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