SparkPeople SP Class of October 10-16, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from October 10-16, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of October 10-16, 2010 Team Messageboard Hello Everyone !! I can do this !! First step is to drop 20 LBS, Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:16:43 EST SUMMER 2012 WEEKLY WEIGH-IN CHALLENGE JUNE 2 - Yay! lost - 1.6 today! better than nothing! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:20:07 EST STAY IN TOUCH CHALLENGE! Hey Team! <BR> Help us help you lose some weight and get fit! <BR> <BR> Stay in touch with us either by Team Forum messages, Sparkmails, Blogging, Huddling or Comments. <BR> <BR> It's a win-win situation! <BR> <BR> regards, annrose126 <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Thu, 24 May 2012 22:48:07 EST BJ'smommie Hi, <BR> I have recently been diagnosed with I C and have 4 more IMSO treatments. I am at a loss as to what I can eat. I have given up coffee completely and drink only water. I don't know what foods to eat. I am 66 years old and weigh 289 pounds. I need some menu suggestions. Thank You <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:36:14 EST How should I Start! I sign up for Sparks people quite awhile back but never started anything. I am 47 years old and I know I need to lose over 100 pounds. I NEED HELP! I just gotten over a slip disk and now my pain level is down. I have more good days than bad. I want to start walking again but to be honest I am scared of hurting myself. I never want to go through that pain again. Should I lose weight first then walk. I am 5ft4in and weigh about 270 pounds. I carry all my weight on my top. Very top heavy. Any... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 20:08:19 EST needs to go to the gym!!!! why!!!is it so hard to go to the gym in the summer.Its like i have no time now i was doing so good now i feel like im letting myself down. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:20:45 EST Met my goal, now the real challenge...... I have met my goal, which I owe to SP tracking and great motivational programming. Now, I am dealing with maintaining. This is the hard part as is a lifestyle change and must take place. I thought I was there, but I am finding myself grabbing chips here and there (especially at parties). I tell myself that I can have some, but then I always have more than I planned. I must accept that potato chips are my enemy. I am otherwise a very healthy eater, I love vegetables, and I hardly ever eat s... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:29:13 EST need to lower fbs Hi, <BR> I need all the support I can get. I need to lower my blood sugar..... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:01:53 EST Joy-filled Chris I'm a SP member since October 2010 and so happy to have found this link to PERMANENT healthy living. As a yo-yo dieter I have now reached my goal with the help of SP. Daily it gives me the encouragement and motivation I need to stay off the "diet trail". I joyfully share it's site address and wisdom with my family and friends. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:57:55 EST How many log in points did you get today? 2 Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:02:16 EST Hi. Hi. :) Sure don't know where to begin. I signed up in October so I've been lurking around here for awhile without saying anything. My name is Angela. I've struggled with food issues my entire life, as far back as I remember. I've desperately tried to develop a healthy lifestyle and only recently have been succeeding at that. Since October I've lost 10 pounds (then gained 4 back for the holidays). I do have a weight loss goal, but that is not the most important goal to me. I'm still s... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:15:50 EST hey everyone hi im new and slowley finding my way around im 32 and have a bit of weight to get of i am wanting to change the way i approach this instead of starving myself and then failing miserably x Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:37:02 EST What is everyone's plan of the holidays? The holidays are right around the corner. My plan is to enjoy the food but most of all enjoy time with my family. I will not deprive myself of the things that I really like but to eat them in moderation. I also plan to only eat the things that I only get once a year. Also I plan to make sure that I get in plenty of exercise. <BR> <BR> What is your plan for staying on track during the holidays? Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:38:13 EST Smaller, Smarter, or Sexier .. <BR> Which one do you want to be? <em>224</em> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:55:15 EST New on the SparkPeople Block Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am very happy to be introduced to this program by my sister as she said I am very detailed oriented and this program will be very good for me. I signed in and have been learning alot especially when I fill out my Nutrition portion each day, I am struggling a bit with meeting my goals, most times I am under my calories but over in my fat section. I am working to balance out my meals. I also started back with my gym again 3 times a week, so it is good all over for m... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 21:17:58 EST Here's to a healthy lifestyle! Hi my name is Janet and my weight has gone up and down for years. I look forward to Sparks helping me keep on track and stay motivated to reach my goal of losing 30 pounds. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 14:06:53 EST Finally Making a Permanent Change I just joined Spark a few weeks ago and have finally worked up the nerve to post! I just turned 32 and am finally ready to make some permanent changes. My poor diet and lack of fitness have impacted my health, my relationships and my self esteem. Believe it or not, I had my doubts about whether I would stick with this for two weeks and I have! I've made a pact with myself not to beat myself up if I fall short sometimes. Sometimes you take a few steps back to move forward - this time I'm ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:11:19 EST Feelin Better Long Way to Go... I'm 47, and have been living a very fast paced, busy family lifestyle. At 248lbs with a bunch of various health issues such as arthritis, high cholesterol, pending knee replacement and most recently high glucose level, I've been trying to start a diet and/or exercising more many times over the past decade and a half or so. It was the glucose level that got me. One very close to Stage 2 Diabetic level. And then a month and a half ago one over the level. Within the next day or two I changed my ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 21:38:51 EST Are you MOTIVATED? Thumbs UP or thumbs DOWN <BR> <em>48</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:01:47 EST Hello SP Class I started to Spark on 10/10/10, but got caught up with life, but I'm here now <BR> <BR> So here is a little about me: <BR> <BR> CITY: Orlando <BR> FAMILY STATUS: Married; 1 Child daughter <BR> PETS: 2 Dogs Rex and Albert and one Gecko Sunny <BR> WEIGHTLOSS/MAINTENANCE GOAL: 45 pounds total. <BR> CURRENT WEIGHT: 176 (but I started @ 192 on 10/01/10) <BR> FAVORITE EXCERICSE: None, but get on the Treadmill <BR> FAVORITE HEALTHY FOODS: Salads <BR> WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START LOSING W... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:51:34 EST New here... Hello everyone, I'm putting myself out here to try and attain my goals. I've never been on a forum or anything before, but I'm trying to be a little more social. I have to say with all the other diets and stuff I have done in the past, I am really impressed with this website. For the past few weeks, I have been focusing on my portion sizes and nutrition facts and having fun logging stuff in and earning points. I think it is helping me get in the mind frame to really pay attention to how I can... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 21:31:46 EST Newbie I am new to spark people and have found the site to be very helpful so far in my weight loss journey. However, I feel so lonely on here, I tried adding friends but I think I need active members as friends so I can share my struggles with in trying to get my body back where it should be. So, if anyone out there feels the same way, just send me a request and let us battle the bulge together :) Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:21:49 EST Falling for a fall start... SparkPeople has my attention because of its warm invitation and outstanding resources, however when it comes right down to it I don't do well without people connection. I joined about a week or so ago but didn't figure out how to introduce myself until today!!! I'm looking forward to understanding the site better and making progress through the encouragement of others :) Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:27:38 EST Thomas Baker -BAKERMAN14 Hi everyone I am Tom and I joined about a week ago on the advice of my doctor as I will be 55 next week and can't seam to get below the 250lb mark. During the past 10 years I have had 7 back surgeries, 4 carpal tunnel,a hernia and right knee surgery and all was caused by a work related axccident 10 years ago and a sback surgery gone wrong as they took out the wrong disc and have been fighting an up hill battle ever since. we have been married for 25 years this year and have 5 children and 7 ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:11:07 EST Stacey living a healthy life Good morning all, <BR> Had to lose weight due to health problems and with faith and GOD in my life everything is possible has lose 25lbs in 1/2 year. Now i take a half of blood pressure pill and water pill, GOAL is to get off all meds!!!!!!!!! Exercise 5 days a week and change my eating habits, FISH, CHICKEN, EGG WHITES, COOKING WITH OLIVE OILS!!!!!! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:34:01 EST New to Spark Hi, <BR> I've just joined sparkpeople to help get off some weight. I'm a mother of two small children and could use some help understanding the site. Any tips and advice would be welcome. <BR> <BR> Cheers, Nancy Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:23:12 EST Hola! Helloooo SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> My name is Malea...I live in the Charlotte, NC area and I'm officially following my SP program as of today. I got married last month and am finally getting myself on track to be successful. I haven't had a cigarette in almost 72 hours which has been absolutely awful but I'm making it. I'm looking forward to finally getting myself on track for good =) Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:21:32 EST Hello Hi my name is Melissa. I and new on sp :) Looking around the site for the past week and getting use to some thing. Hope it gets easier LOL I and a 30 year ols mother of 2. I want to change what I see in the mirror everyday and need support doing it. I'm in for a long journy LOL Lets GO!!!!!!!! Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:03:04 EST Spit and Swallow <BR> OK, gang. Let's keep this clean! <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> Brussel Sprouts Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:48:01 EST Jelipeg! F/T Working mother of 2 trying to squeeze it all in.....lots in this boat! any good tips for less nighttime snacking - i find i'm great up until about 9pm when i can actually sit down and relax...hard to not give in to the munchies! Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:03:29 EST Spread some COOL VIBES to the next person! <BR> Be happy and STRONG! <em>250</em> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 21:09:07 EST How to: Add pictures to your blog <BR> If you want to add a pic to your blog, press the "add picture" button just above where you began typing. The BROWSE button will take you to your computer's stored photos. When you choose the one you want, double click on it and upload. After you save your written blog, the pic should appear! Tue, 19 Oct 2010 21:03:07 EST How to: Become a Community Member <BR> <BR> If you're interested in that cool "Community Member" icon you see on my profile, just click on it! <em>211</em> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:47:44 EST What state are you from? <BR> NC .. The Tarheel State Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:45:46 EST A little overwhelmed but loving this great site! Hey everyone - I have had a couple days to look around on the SparkPeople site and I have to say I think it is an incredible tool for helping others and myself to keep on track. I love the supportive people and groups and once I can get it all down, feel it will truly be an awesome place to connect with others. I would love to request friends to talk with but I don't quite understand how to do this yet. I'm not even sure how to continue with threads or even get replys from those who may ha... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:54:34 EST i want to be healthy, and happy! My daughter introduced me to this site! I am 42 years old, have 3 wonderful kids, and a husband who loves me. But I am not happy, or healthy! My feet hurt constatly, I am always out of breath, and dont think I look good, no matter what I wear! I love my husband, and I am glad that he likes me as I am. But I dont think that he even realizes that when he tells me that I am sexy, and that he loves me as I am, it does not make me feel good. I want to look good to myself! I want to be able... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:55:30 EST Hello My name is Ember, I am 22 and a college student. I am working hard at school, just getting my associates of arts degree, also going to CNA classes and working at a nursing home. Looking to lose some weight for a wedding next September and also I am looking to join the Army or Air Force next year. Hoping to get to my goal sometime in the next year... And definitely working hard at it so far!! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:05:18 EST Discouraged Well... I joined a week ago and did GREAT! during the week. Then the weekend hit and we were out 2 nights with friends. During the day I did well, and I even planned what I was going to eat and drink while out. It didn't happen. I ended up drinking lemonade at the restaurant but at least ordered what I intended, and then finished my mom's appetizer and shared some of my husband's nachos. Then tonight we were out to a friend's house for supper and it went downhill fast ending with a large... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 23:47:12 EST HOW WAS EVERYONE'S WEEK? Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous week! it was my first week was pretty good. I ate out a couple of times but still managed to lose 3 lbs! That makes 43lbs total so far for me and only about 3 til' I will be under 200! woohoo, its been a long time since I have seen ONEderland and I am ready for it! I got in about 70 minutes of cardio this week and 60 minutes of strength training. I have done a lot of moving around this week in general, from taking the stairs EVERYWHERE to parking f... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:09:50 EST hi everyone I am new to the website and think it is a great idea Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:05:36 EST Hope this sticks My name is Dale. 26. I'm hoping is something I can stick with and be active on and not fade away in a couple months. Here's to hopefully seeing me around for a long time! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:46:23 EST Hi Everyone. Looking forward to this! Hi, my name in Patti, I am 52 years old and live in Summerland, B.C. I am menopausal and have been struggling to loose 10 lbs. for the last few years. This week my husband has finally agreed to work with me on improving our health. <BR> <BR> Really excited about getting started, can't wait to explore the whole site. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:25:19 EST Time to get serious Hello, my name is Nichole. I'm 32 years old and have been slowly gaining weight througout the last few years. I have always liked working out and being fit but have gotten busy and kind of have put it on the back burner, until I realized how big I have gotten. I'm not happy with my size at all. I eat healthy and try to stay active but the weight has just been going up, it's so frustrating! I am very excited about this site and look forward to turning things around. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:22:42 EST Hello Everyone I just joined and I am very excited Hello my name is Gina and I just joined SparkPeople. I read about this site from a success story and was very egar to start. I am a mother of a 3 yr old boy and enjoy every min with him. Before I was pregnant i weighed 117 lbs and during my pregnancy i gain 60, I now weigh more than I did 9mths pregnant. I have tried every diet out there and threw away more money than weight, so when i read this story I joined with no second thought. Like I said I am very egar to get start on becoming HEALTHY... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:15:30 EST New to Spark in Columbia, SC Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Mary and I am new to Spark! Just found this site and thus far have found it to be exactly what I have been looking for!! Looking forward to making friends and supports along the way on this journey!! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:54:02 EST Just getting started I'm 23 and am a fitness professional. I am looking for a good site that I can use to keep better track of my eating habits and exercising habits. I'm also hoping that I will be able to recommend this site to others that will be able to understand the site and be able to use it in a tool to reaching their ideal body image. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:50:47 EST Just getting started I'm 23 and am a fitness professional. I am looking for a good site that I can use to keep better track of my eating habits and exercising habits. I'm also hoping that I will be able to recommend this site to others that will be able to understand the site and be able to use it in a tool to reaching their ideal body image. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:48:36 EST Losing Weight AGAIN Hi everybody, <BR> I learned about this site after reading an article about several women who had lost weight and managed to keep it off for several years. I lost almost a hundred pounds between 2005-2007 but I have now gained nearly 50 lbs of it back. I want to lose the weight again and keep it off this time. I remember how good I felt back then, I felt like I had more energy and I actually looked better. I hurt so much now when I walk or move, mostly from arthritis. My doctor said that if ... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:46:16 EST New Kid at "Spark" Hi, brand new this week. Looking forward to meeting new people and creating some positive daily habits. I've started taking care of myself since the kids went back to school in fall after a very inactive summer. Hope you're all having a good weekend. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:13:18 EST Hi, I'm so excited to start this program!! I live in Spokane Valley, and I'm looking forward to meeting people to support and help support me through this weight loss. I am turning 34 this year, and I know it's just getting harder with age! I really appreciate how much motivational and inspiring this community is!! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:35:56 EST hi! Hey everyone! I'm Kerry. I'm a 21 year old senior in college and have realized it's time to really get serious about my weight, instead of going on two week diet stints that never last. I've gained 25 pounds in the past two years and it's time to get rid of that, and then think about getting rid of more. I want to graduate college feeling really happy about the way I look. So Monday morning it all begins! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:00:26 EST Time for a change Hello! I'm a great gramma who needs to make a change. I've been overweight since the birth of my first child...42 years ago! lol I guess it's time! I live in a 108 year old farm house with my husband of 29 years, 6 dogs, and 3 cats. I have 2 sons, 3 grand children & a great granddaughter Sat, 16 Oct 2010 17:10:52 EST Indianapolis Woman with Something to Prove! Hello! I'm a 40y.o. happily married mother of 2 from Indy. I am going to be a grandmother in February and I cannot wait! I need to lose 50 - 60 pounds and I need to prove to myself that I can be firmly on the path by the time my first grandchild gets here! I have not tried to lose weight since becoming a vegetarian so this will be interesting! I cannot wait to make some new friends and learn some new things here at SparkPeople! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 17:08:35 EST Hello Hello everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself to you, my name is Jessica and I have a wonderful husband and had our first baby girl last December. I need more motivation to loose the rest of this baby weight! Hope this helps! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:23:32 EST spark me on After trying every diet for 50+ years this will be a new adventure for me.I need lots of encouragment which iv,e never really had.Been a yoyo dieter all my life.Actually had a jejunial bi-pass back in1974 after topping the scales at 319lbs the night before surgery.It was a very radical surgery which they stopped doing later in 1974 after patients were getting liver andother problems.I actually got down to 139 lbs in a year or two. SSince then i have gone back and fourth between 145 and 189 ov... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:51:36 EST I'm new! Very new! Hi everbody, my name is Gaynor, this is a first time for me trying to loose weight this way, I've never heard of this site before, until I decided to look around for a last resort. Today was supposed to be my 1st day at "trying" but cravings got the better of me. But I still won't give up. I'm a mother of 2 boys, 6 and 1y8months old, they take up most of my free time, I'm at work ful time during the weeks and that is where I've started picking up even more weight, I've moved from working wit... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:12:48 EST So Motivated Today is a new and exciting day, I just signed up with Sparkpeople. I just turned 50 and had set a goal to lose about 25-30 lbs by my milestone bday, unfortunately I did not accomplish that goal. I was disappointed in myself, because of that disappointment I find myself with a renewed motivation and determination. About a month ago I joined Women's Workout World so with the help and support of the girls at the club and those from Sparkpeople and myself, I believe I can reach my goals. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:55:09 EST need to connect Hello! My name is Candice and I am 29 with a 1 yr old girl, Callysta. I was a member of spark in 06. I lost 40lbs, all of which over time I gained back +10 more. <BR> <BR> I am seeking out all the help I can get this time around. I have recently realized that food has become a drug to me and its getting out of control. In addition to spark I am going to try and get help from my doctor and maybe some therapy. <BR> <BR> I really hope to get to know you all. If any of you EVER need to talk j... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 02:27:59 EST A New Healthy Me Coming Up Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople and am looking forward to a new me. I want to learn to eat healthy foods and make healthy food choices for the future. I want to learn to like working out and get fit so I can keep up with my grand-daughter. I feel a little overwhelmed with all the information here; however, I know in time it will get easier. So hears to the new me. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 20:51:12 EST Hola! Hi! I'm Natalie! I have noticed a pattern in the fall for the past fours years- my clothes don't fit, I've gained weight and feel lethargic. I do exercise every day and for the most part eat relatively healthy. But now, I need to be a bit more cautious and specific. I need a change and a fresh start! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:06:25 EST Need support! Hi my name is Kate. It's my first time to SP. I have been trying to lose weight since I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and my medication slowed down my thyroid, probably 5 years now. I am going to try to lose 10 pounds at a time, short goals. I want to lose about 30-40 pounds. Food seems to be my biggest problem, portion size specifically. I walk my dogs or ride a stationary bicycle almost every day. So here goes! Thanks for listening! Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:38:25 EST Long time coming I've been overweight the majority of my life. I've tried everything you can possibly think of from herbalife to alcachofa. In 2006 I was dx with type 2 diabeties. I've been working to understand what diabeties is and how I can manage it. During this process I've learned to eat healthier but still lack the motivation needed to get out there and exercise. <BR> I have the privalege of being a case manager to ladies who have come thru and ahead of great traumas in their life. With them, we a... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:55:41 EST Needing help with motivation I joined SP 2 years ago but only tracked food and exercise for about a week before closing my account. I recently graduated from college and I've been kind of down on myself. I know I need to make changes to not only improve my health, but also to gain confidence with who I am. For the 3 days on my new account, I have found most of my weight gain is due to heavy snacking with little exercise. Where I need help is staying motivated and actually working out on a regular basis. Hopefully by... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:35:18 EST Liliana Hello all, I am 50 yrs old. I met a great guy 3 years ago, married 6 months later. We recently moved to a very small town in Manitoba, from a large city in Alberta. Not settling in very well. Why?? Menopause !!! I have gained 30 lbs since I married. I always worked out 4 times a week, was in good shape and happy. Not now. I have lost desire to workout and most other things. This wonderful husband of mine is 54 yrs old and is asking "What happened to the girl I met?" Its like I am a ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:37:16 EST Hello from a new member I'm Laura, and I have been trying to lose weight for years. I am trying to lose 25 pounds. I do great when I have someone to exercise and loose weight with. I had a great support team a few years ago. We each lost 25 pounds in four months. However, I got pregnant with my second child and they went on to reach their goals. Yea for all of us, however, now I am back to needing a support system. I find I do not do well when I have to do it all myself. I am having trouble getting and stayi... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:21:48 EST Losing the baby weight I am a 25 year old wife and mother. I am currently working on losing the baby weight I gained while pregnant. Of course my "baby" is already 2. She alond with my husband are my motivators. I want to be healthy and be around for them for many years. I can do the excercise part, but I have a hard time with my diet. I try to eat healthier, but usually quit after a couple of weeks. I am hoping that Spark People will help me track better and come up with more options to eat healthy. I am looking ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:40:32 EST Hi all. Hi. I've come on to this because I'm unhappy with my weight and how unhealthy I feel. I've been yo yo dieting for over 12 years. I've joined diet classes, had gym memberships all having some effect at the time but life seems to get in the way and I go back to old habits. I also have PCOS so tend to but on weight easily. <BR> Since Christmas I have controlled my weight a bit just by watching my portions. I have lost about 7lb since then without really trying. I decide that all I need now... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:30:13 EST What are your plans for this weekend? Any food or exercise concerns? Do you find it easier to eat healthy on weekdays or the weekend? Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:12:46 EST What are your plans for this weekend? Any food or exercise concerns? Do you find it easier to eat healthy on weekdays or the weekend? Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:11:15 EST Hoping this Works for Me I'm getting acquainted with the SparkPeople pages. I'm searching for the motivation to get myself in the right frame of mind to lose this weight and get it off. I need to show good motivation for my daughter as well. She will be going through her own weight loss, but its up to me to set the right example and have the right tools at home to help her. <BR> <BR> I've lost close to 50 lbs before, but I have never reached that 50 mark. I need to lose the 50, and keep on going to lose more, an... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:13:27 EST Hi All! I'm really happy to start something positive. To all those that are in this class, I wish you all the best. <BR> I'm 28, I play guitar and sing. I love reading and my current favorite TV show is HOUSE. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:17:19 EST Hi All! I'm really happy to start something positive. To all those that are in this class, I wish you all the best. <BR> I'm 28, I play guitar and sing. I love reading and my current favorite TV show is HOUSE. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:16:58 EST Here I AM!!!! Hello SP!!! I am a 24 year old mother and wife!!! My family and friends are my whole world!!! I have finally decided that it is time to get healthy and happy for good! I have tried many diets here and there, but never stuck with one for more that a few weeks really!! I have finally hit rock bottom in my life and am hoping to make a lifestyle change!! I am so excited to be on SP and am hoping to meet people who will help me in my journey!! <BR> <BR> I am at 224 pounds!!! The heaviest I have ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:55:07 EST Today is the first day of the rest of my life! Hi Everyone! What a terrific site this is... Lots of great tools to use, and best of all, it's free... I've been looking for some serious motivation to start on this journey, and I think this site is just the thing. Any "must-do" items for newbies? I've set up my fitness and other goals, created a web page and started on my meal tracking. Today is not a great day to do that because I'm prepping for a procedure tomorrow, so I'm only on liquids today. But hey, I will definitely drink my q... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:14:22 EST Hi- new here! Just saying hello and hope everyone is having a good day! I'm still learning about all the programs on this amazing site and and excited to be here! <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:14:41 EST Hello :) Hello, my name is Jennifer. I am twenty years old , I have a three year old daughter. I am hoping to lose weight, get fit and feel great about myself on the inside and out. I hope I will be able to gain tools to meet these goals and a support system :) Any other questions check out my spark page or ask. :) Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:23:22 EST This is It! Hi, I am Becky and am 57 years old. I recently retired from my job of 36 years and am tired of always wishing I weighed less and could do more activities. I have been on several diets and found that they do not work. I am a very SLOW loser and get discouraged. <BR> This time I have decided that THIS IS IT!. It is time to learn to eat sensibly and start working out(which I hate). Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:04:45 EST Hey I'm Shantelle! Hi, my name is Shantelle and I am 24 years old. I have struggled with being overweight my whole life so when a friend recommended this website I thought I would try it out. I would like to lose another 70 pounds and I know that won't be easy but I have already lost 30 pounds since my heaviest weight back in high school. I love exercising once I get started but getting started can sometimes be difficult for me. I look forward to meeting new people and really getting into the community here to ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:47:33 EST Hey Ya'll Hello, <BR> My name is Kasi and I'm 24 years old. I am the mother of 4 sweet beautful little girls..Kaylin is 6, Brooke is 5, Ava is 2, and Paisley is 5 months old. I've been married to my wonderful husband Johnny for 7 years. I am a christian and I love going to church. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:12:24 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My name is Mandie and I am excited to join this community to help me lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle! I have fought my weight for a long time, and am looking forward to losing and keeping the weight off! Good luck to all, great to be here! Thu, 14 Oct 2010 07:11:01 EST Feeling good about focusing on me! I have always known that I DO have the control to eat healthier and to exercise regularly. Most of the time I keep thing under control without really thinking about it. But when things seem to overwhelm me or I don't handle life's challenges that come at me, then I totally loose it! Getting back on track is like trying to walk up an escalator going down! I love the website, I was impressed by the book and so far I have taken some small steps toward gaining control! Yeah! Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:35:27 EST YOUNG WASHINGTONIAN SET TO GET THE POUNDS OFF HELLO, I'M ANGELA AND I LIVE IN WASHINGTON, DC. I WAS SENT TO THIS SITE BY MY NUTRITIONIST BECAUSE I NEED SUPPORT ON LOSING MY WEIGHT. I AM 321 POUNDS AND READY TO START MY LIFE OVER FOR THE BETTER Wed, 13 Oct 2010 23:10:53 EST Howdy All My name is John and I have lived in Vegas for 16 years. This site was recommended by the trainer at the gym. I am really looking forward to starting my weight lose program. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:45:21 EST Hi fellow sparks! Hi everyone. Looking forward to what I hope this site will bring me and hoping I can finally reach my goal...with all your help and encouragement of course!! I'm sort of a private person when it comes to my health/weight so this is a big step for me, but it's also kind of exciting! Looking forward to the challenge, Anirt47 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:41:38 EST Hello Just wanted to say hello and I am a little nervous to be starting my journey, but I can't wait. Any help, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome and I hope to hear from you soon! Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:42:02 EST New here, with restrictions Hi! I'm Jenn. I am currently taking coumadin (blood thinner) for a blood clot in my lung. As a result, vitamin K foods are out for me. I'm very sensitive to vitamin K and have to avoid it. I know some people can eat regular amounts of it...I'm not one of them. <BR> Any suggestions for me? Food plans are really hard without green veggies! Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:24:53 EST Hello I just wanted to say hello and that I cant wait to get started in losing weight and becoming healthier. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 05:45:18 EST ready to REALLY loose this weight!! Hello everyone...i am 28 and am super fed up with loosing and gaining weight over and over as Ive done since my first pregnancy 9 yrs ago. I have not been my target weight since...well not sure when and am very excited to start and stick to a program to hopefully accomplish that! I have a great husband and two beautiful children, and of course myself i feel i owe it to get my energy and health back and keep it that way! I'm very excited to use online networking to keep me going and motivate... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 01:18:49 EST Deb Hi! I am new to sparkpeople. I am 44 years old and a mother of three. My husband and I have been married for 16 years. I am interested in learning more about diet and exercise. I had gastric bypass surgery about 2 1/2 months ago. I am down 83 pounds. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:42:24 EST New Member Hi to all. I am 33 years old and would be very happy if I could lose 30 pounds and keep it off. I have made several previous attempts and am hoping that this web community will give me the help I need to get the weight off and keep it off. Looking forward to getting started. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:46:06 EST Hello Everyone :) I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 27 and I am looking to lose about 25 pounds. I have tried numerous things and still seem to gain the weight back. I signed up with Spark today and I am looking forward to Sparkpeople helping me with my weight loss and becoming the fit person I want to be! :) Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:20:36 EST Thank you all Hi, I am Pattinet and just joined today. I would like to thank all of you that sent me a welcome message. I have a hard time losing weight because I really like to eat. LOL. I hope this time I will make it. Thank you all for the encouragement. <BR> <BR> I am not really sure how to use this sight but, will keep trying. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:07:44 EST Working on a Thinner Me! Hello all, I am really excited about starting SparkPeople. If anyone has any suggestions or words of wisdom please share. Thanks :-) Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:31:56 EST hello out there! Glad to be a part of the group, trying something new recommended by aetna better health. There r great tools to use to keep track of what you should and can eat. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:22:45 EST Day one I am going to lose the same 50lb I lost 2 years ago. This is my first day back on the calorie counting. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:02:55 EST Time to change Hello, I am proud mom of a beautiful 18 month old little boy! However my body has suffered the consequences of this birth & from bad lunch choices. It is time to make a change and I would like to get a little energy back too. I am exhausted by the time I get home from work, bathe my son, make dinner, play etc... then it is off to bed. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:30:07 EST Cute in the face and Thick in the waist! Hi everyone. If your dying to know who I am, here's alittle tast. :) I am a 30 yr old blk female. I live up north but I'm from the dirty south. :) I have four boys ages 7,6,4 and 2 and I also have a "spiritual husband". Some may call him my baby's daddy (extremely hate that term) and some may call him a roomate with benefits. Whatever the case we're makin it do what it do. I have decided to make a change because I have been chubby all my life and never had any real issues with my weight or ap... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:12:20 EST Hi I'm new! Hi all!! I'm new here and looking for some motivation. I'm here to get fit and toned by January! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:42:00 EST KDRAZ here and super new! My name is Cathy/Kitty/Kateri and this is all a bit overwhelming! So much to look at and hopefully so much to learn. <BR> I live in Wisconsin, on a farm and am an empty nester. My husband runs 3 times a week and I would really like to be able to do more outdoor activities with him. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:38:26 EST Hi I am Jennifer Hello I am Jennifer and I am a mother of 3 boys, Keagan is 7, Braden will be 3 next month and Brenton is 1 1/2. I am married to a boilermaker and he is out of town alot. I had lost alot of weight after my first child then started gaining it right before I got pregnant with my second one and the third came so fast that I didn't have time to lose any weight. I am not happy with my weight and want to change it. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:40:46 EST How's it going for you this Tuesday? Started off my day with a skim milk, strawberry smoothie and have already entered the rest of my foods. I'm motivated and raring to go. How you are all doing today? Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:39:11 EST Hi there Hi everyone, im new to the site! I am a homeschooling mother of two boys - one with high functioning autism and one with Asperger's. I have been doing Herbalife since 24 May 2010 and have lost 23 kg (50lb) to date. I am hoping to lose another 10 - 20 kg and get fit and healthy and lively! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:14:54 EST Hi... Hi, I'm Sibrena...Military wife and mother of two. I just happened to find this site online while reviewing Weight Watchers and figured I'd give it a try. I've tried one other nutrition and exercise lifestyle community, daily burn, but it didn't work so well for me. Not saying it doesn't work, it just didn't work for me. I think I lack the motivation it takes to get off my patootie! I really want this to work and maybe with a little help this will be the one. I have a problem with sticking to... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:04:45 EST Hello everyone!:) I am new here so I would appreciate any support n help:) <BR> I would like to make some friends n hopefully FINALLY loose some weight :) I am Polish, but living in England. <BR> My weakness r fastfoods n chocolate:) It is also hard for me to be consistent, but this time I am going to commit myself 100%. I want to see the results!:) I am looking for buddies to support each other so anyone interested please let me know:) Thank u!!! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:59:52 EST NEED to loose weight! Im a 25 year old femail who is currently living in Canda on a working visa, i love to travel and i love to do things that push my limits. Ive always been a fun loving outgoing personality & I hate to think my weight holds me back in doing things i want to do but the truth is it does. I am a well proportioned girl, which means im fat everywhere, my goals are to loose around 20 kilo's by the time i go back to Australia and see all my friends in mid April. I am very happy with my personality but... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 01:03:10 EST Howdy- I am trying to be hopeful and create a system that will sustain me to real weight loss that lasts this time. <BR> I need to start over and believe in myself and others. I hope to find friends, move to a new phase of life, and let go of past failure. I want to create a positive role model and a better person. I want to give up poor habits and poor excuses. I want to believe that at 44, l can look forward to having some kind of fulfilling lifestyle. <BR> <BR> THIS TIME..... I don't want... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:43:49 EST Here we go.... I am ready to be accountable and join a team to lose 19 pounds! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:42:07 EST Hey Everyone Hi Everyone I'm Laurissa. This Is my first day on sparkpeople and I must say, I cannot wait to see where this takes me. I just turned twenty and I've finally decided that it's time for a change. I've been overweight all my life and I feel like now is the time to change that. Thanks for reading and wish me luck! :) Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:18:02 EST I'm new I'm new and am feeling my way around. I'm excited to see how my health will improve, the weight will fall off, and I'm more consistent with exercise. I appreciate all the help you can give to keep me on track. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:48:14 EST New to SparkPeople Thanks for all your welcome to community posts ! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:04:44 EST Going for it!!!! Hello, I am new to SparkPeople, but I am very excited to continue my weight loss journey. I have been struggling lately to keep moving so I thought a little support my be what I needed. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:52:20 EST Hello everyone Hello my name is Cryss, I just wanted to say hello. I am hoping this site will be able to help me to meet my goals I have to live a healthy happy life with my family. I also hope that I can be some help to others and they can be help to me as well. I am always interested in knowing what others are doing to loose weight and meet their goals. I am great encourager to anyone, but I fail when it comes to encouraging myself. Thank you all and hope to meet others that may be able to help me, and I... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:11:38 EST Turning 22 on the 22nd Hello Sparkers! <BR> In 2 weeks I will be turning 22 on the October 22nd and I have always always always felt that 22 would be a great year for me. So what better year to do this than to make the choice to commit to a better healthier lifestyle. With all the things that are out of my control right now, that one thing I can control is losing weight. Let's make this a great one! <BR> <BR> Stephie Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:55:48 EST Here we go again... I've been to Spark before but unfortunately i've given up on myself before i could actually make any changes. I'm back again, hoping, praying, that i'll remain accountable to myself and this board. I'm not sure how i've gained all the weight that i have but it's time to make a change. Actually to be perfectly honest i know exactly how i've gained all this weight. I've done absolutely NO monitoring of my portions or my food choices. I think i hadn't done anything about it because i was co... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:37:36 EST A work in progress! I am working on making sure my 40th birthday will see me healthier then my 39th birthday. I have 3 daughters that need to see a good example! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:14:32 EST MY FIRST DAY I SAW AN ARTICLE IN ONE OF MY MAGAZINES ABOUT SPARK PEOPLE AND DECIDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE. I AM 49 AND I WANT TO LOSE 100 POUNDS BY SEPTEMBER(MY SONS WEDDING) I AM COMMITTE DTO DOING THIS AND ANY AND ALL IMPUT , SUGGESTIONS ,IDEAS , COMMENTS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:44:49 EST My first day Hi, <BR> My name is Judy. I joined Sparks People because I want to lose 50lbs. I want to get off medication, dr says I can if I lose weight. My daugher-in-law sent me the link. Hope some of you have some tips for me, especially what to eat for breakfast. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:23:45 EST Hello! Hey everyone, I'm Kei, and I just joined this website. I have a 2 month old newborn, and I am a stay at home mom. I hope this website will help me lose my extra baby weight. But, that's all for now. Bye. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:13:05 EST Good Morning Good morning everyone. I know it is late/early, but had to go and make sure my neice and her new born baby were ok. <BR> <BR> About to head to bed. Was able to do 420 min of heavy cleaning on my kitchen today. I don't know what was spilled on the floor before we moved here, but I am thankful for the exercise today (by way of cleaning and scrubbing the floors). <BR> <BR> Well off to bed. I am sure that everyone is doing great on their workouts. <BR> <BR> ~Kim Mon, 11 Oct 2010 03:52:39 EST New and excited!!! Hey all! Im so excited to have found this website!!! Im a mommy by day, wife by night.... married to the military, and im definitely ready for a new change! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:11:51 EST Just Joined Tonight! My future daughter-in-law introduced me to this site since she knows of my interest (AKA my struggle). I'm a high school nurse and community theater lover who has begun to add a few pounds since I turned 40 (12 years ago). Am motivated to reverse the trend, and am looking for inspiration. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:29:06 EST Skinny Minnie My name is Suzy. I am a 30 year old single teacher. I am currently 75 pounds over weight. Though I have always struggled with my weight, I have never been this heavy in my life. I'm hoping with strong motivation, a sound plan, and lots of support and encouragement from all of you here I will meet my goals of becoming a happier, healthier me. Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:18:38 EST wheeelchair bound Hello, I have become wheelchair bound 7 years ago. Before my accident I was very active hiker, swimmer and traveler. I now have managed to put on over two hundred and fifty pounds. I think it is time I get this crap off of me and gain my self respect back. This group was told to me by a nutritionist from the Cleveland Clinic. I am finding it rather hard to do any cardio sitting , but open for suggestions. I hope this is the beginning of a positive turn in my life Sun, 10 Oct 2010 17:30:43 EST Hi - New Here Hi, I'm a 37 year old, homeschooling, stay-at-home mom who needs to lose about 45 pounds. I've tried Weight Watchers in the past, losing 20 pounds when going to meetings, and almost as much again when doing the Online version of that program. But it got expensive, I quit, and gained back the weight. <BR> <BR> In six months my family is going to Disney World for the first time, and I would love to be at a healthier, more comfortable weight by then. A former college classmate that I reconne... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 17:30:31 EST Hi my name is Rose Hello! I am just beginning to get back into the groove of better fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Although I have always firmly believed in both, life has managed to sneak in and put these beliefs on the back-burner. I find that now, in my late forties, it is more difficult to get back into moving around, eating properly and sleeping better. AHA! But I know it is do-able! For me, do-able means losing 35 pounds, being able to walk upstairs without losing my breath (I have extreme asthma... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:32:31 EST Hi, I'm Aili Hi folks! Long story as to how I finally arrived at SparkPeople, and I'll save you the boring details for now. XD But a quick introduction: I'm 32 years old, engaged to a great (but stubborn) guy, going back to college for a new degree, and I want to shed about 60 pounds. I have a friend who's been my partner-in-crime when it comes to motivating each other to get back in shape (he's one of those lucky skinny-athletic guys who wants to build more muscle again like when he was playing football)... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 09:22:52 EST Catherine I have 50+lbs to lose by my birthday, April 25th. Then I am going to join the navy. What I have started is I have become vegan. I use protien shakes and soy milk to get my protien and calcium. if anyone has any advise, recipes or encouragement for me I would really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thanks ^_^ Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:14:28 EST Autumn A - B -Cs <BR> Apples Sat, 2 Oct 2010 10:02:40 EST October Cafe' - Open 24 hours/day Pull up a chair, grab your water and let us know what is going on with you! <BR> <em>274</em> <em>287</em> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:21:21 EST