SparkPeople SP Class of November 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from November 14-20, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of November 14-20, 2010 Team Messageboard From Weight Loss to Maintenance Here's an interesting article from Spark People: Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Maintenance. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1063 </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:49:06 EST CMV Good Morning! After received more than a dozen spark emails, I am ready to get this healthy lifestyle started!! Looking forward to doing spark challenges and sharing with you! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:22:07 EST Bust Your Bad Mood With Exercise Did you ever try to exercise when you're in a bad mood? You really should! You would be amazed at how your bad mood evaporates into thin air after a good workout -- goodness, you can't even remember why or what provoked you in the first place. Do this for YOU! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1276&page=4 </link> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 08:25:47 EST This or that? Specify what you would prefer, then ask your own question. <BR> <BR> I will start it with: <BR> <BR> Walking or jogging? Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:13:35 EST Wedding gift Put down an item that can be given at a wedding. <BR> <BR> I will start it off with: <BR> <BR> Dishes Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:12:19 EST A - Z: Start a new word ending with 'ng' I will start it off with: <BR> <BR> A - adding Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:10:48 EST One Day at a Time - Part 3 Here's the third part of this topic. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=505 </link> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 18:28:41 EST One Day at a Time - Part 2 Here we go with the second section of this article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=449 </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 07:23:50 EST One Day at a Time - Part 1 Are you journaling, exercising, etc? Please read the following article to find out how you can improve on your journey - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=426 </link> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:35:50 EST Come on, get happy! Just read this Spark People article. Hope you enjoy it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1678 </link> Sat, 12 May 2012 14:06:22 EST May is Blood Pressure Awareness Month We all have to be careful. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tlight_on_high_blood_pressure_the_sile<BR>nt_killer </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 07:17:04 EST 'Fat Talk' is bad for you I just came across this article which I felt I should share with you all. Read on: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-talk-is-bad-for-weight-loss?eid=10106<BR>57302&memberid=20787254 </link> Mon, 7 May 2012 05:35:03 EST 10 Smart Ways to Burn More Calories Here's a Spark People article that can boost your calorie burn! Every little bit counts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1600 </link> Sun, 6 May 2012 05:49:38 EST April 2012 - Daily Calorie Intake Please COPY AND PASTE the information below onto a reply and PLEASE return to your original response to edit. Thank you. <BR> <BR> My daily calorie intake is: <BR> <BR> April 1 - <BR> April 2 - <BR> April 3 - <BR> April 4 - <BR> April 5 - <BR> April 6 - <BR> April 7 - <BR> April 8 - <BR> April 9 - <BR> April 10 - <BR> April 11 - <BR> April 12 - <BR> April 13 - <BR> April 14 - <BR> April 15 - <BR> April 16 - <BR> April 17 - <BR> April 18 - <BR> April 19 - <BR> April 20 - ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 17:58:48 EST April 2012 - My exercise programme for today is... This evening I went out for a 3.78 mile walk. It was very pleasant outside. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 17:56:53 EST April 2012 - Weight Loss Challenge In April we have 5 Sundays, shall we try to lose 5 lbs this month? <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the information below and PLEASE come back to your ORIGINAL response to edit on a weekly basis. Sunday is our weigh in day. Let’s do this! <BR> <BR> April 1 – I weighed in at: <BR> April 8 – <BR> April 15 – <BR> April 22 – <BR> April 29 – <BR> On April 30, I weighed in at: <BR> Total pounds lost or gained in March 2012: <BR> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 17:50:08 EST February 2012 - Weight Loss Challenge! In February we have 4 Sundays, shall we try to lose 4 lbs this month? Copy and paste the information below and come back to your ORIGINAL response to edit on a weekly basis. Sunday is our weigh in day. Let’s do this! <BR> <BR> February 1 – I weighed in at: <BR> February 5 – <BR> February 12 – <BR> February 19 – <BR> February 26 – <BR> On February 29, I weighed in at: <BR> Total pounds lost or gained in February 2012: <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 06:06:38 EST 2012 - January Challenge Who on this site does not want to lose weight? Can we challenge ourselves to lose 5 lbs in January? Since we have 5 Sundays, let us lose 1 lb a week which should bring us closer to our goals. <BR> <BR> January 1 – Weighed in at: <BR> January 8 – Weighed in at: <BR> January 15 – Weighed in at: <BR> January 22 – Weighed in at: <BR> January 29 – Weighed in at: <BR> <BR> In order to lose weight, we need to watch our calorie intake and there is also the need to exercise. Let us keep a record ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:22:23 EST December 2011 Fitness Minutes Challenge On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR DECEMBER 2011 (Copy and paste the Template below onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Dec. 1 – <BR> Dec. 2 - <BR> Dec. 3 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Dec. 4 - <BR> Dec. 5 - <BR> Dec. 6 - <BR> Dec. 7 - <BR> Dec. 8 - <BR> D... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 17:18:04 EST Show how you're feeling with an EMOTICON <em>334</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:57:50 EST First year roll call and progress to date! Still here with us? Let us know your progress to date. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is not always simple to do. We all have stumbling blocks along the way. However, in order to encourage one and all, let us know how you feel about this journey. <BR> <BR> Hugs. Lise <BR> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:07:48 EST November 2011 Fitness Minutes Challenge On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR NOVEMBER 2011 (Copy and paste the Template below onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Nov. 1 – <BR> Nov. 2 - <BR> Nov. 3 - <BR> Nov. 4 - <BR> Nov. 5 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Nov. 6 - <BR> Nov. 7 - <BR> Nov. 8 - <BR> N... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 12:08:30 EST October 2011 Fitness Minutes Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR OCTOBER 2011 (Copy and paste the Template onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Oct. 1 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Oct. 2 - <BR> Oct. 3 - <BR> Oct. 4 - <BR> Oct. 5 - <BR> Oct. 6 - <BR> Oct. 7 - <BR> Oct. 8 - <BR> Sub-Tota... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:22:44 EST September 2011 Fitness Minutes Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done and include your calories burned in brackets. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2011 (Copy and paste the Template onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Sep. 1 - <BR> Sep. 2 - <BR> Sep. 3 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Sep. 4 - <BR> Sep. 5 - <BR> Sep. 6 -... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 07:56:30 EST August 2011 Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done and include your calories burned in brackets. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR AUGUST 2011 (Copy and paste the Template onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Aug. 1 - <BR> Aug. 2 - <BR> Aug. 3 - <BR> Aug. 4 - <BR> Aug. 5 - <BR> Aug. 6 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:42:20 EST July 2011 Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR JULY 2011 (Copy and paste the Template onto a reply on the same thread) <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> July 1 - <BR> July 2 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> July 3 - <BR> July 4 - <BR> July 5 - <BR> July 6 - <BR> July 7 - <BR> July 8 - <BR> July 9 - <B... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:51:10 EST Six letter words--last letter starts the next word swords Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:27:53 EST June 2011 Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR JUNE 2011 <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Jun 1 - <BR> Jun 2 - <BR> Jun 3 - <BR> Jun 4 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Jun 5 - <BR> Jun 6 - <BR> Jun 7 - <BR> Jun 8 - <BR> Jun 9 - <BR> Jun 10 - <BR> Jun 11 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <... Mon, 30 May 2011 19:17:16 EST May 2011 Challenge! On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR MAY 2011 <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> May 1 - <BR> May 2 - <BR> May 3 - <BR> May 4 - <BR> May 5 - <BR> May 6 - <BR> May 7 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> May 8 - <BR> May 9 - <BR> May 10 - <BR> May 11 - <BR> May 12 - <BR> May 13 - <BR> May 14 - ... Sun, 1 May 2011 09:12:18 EST mommax51 Hi all this is a new journey in my life. I am 28 and a mother of 5. My youngest passed aways to SIDS in October 2010 and i have really let myself go. i am 5'10" and a whopping 235.. *sigh.. It is time for me to work at this for myself and my family so i am there for them years from now. We have a long line of diabetes high blood pressure in our family. So thanks ahead of time for my mood swings a grouchiness! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:51:59 EST April 2011 - Fitness Minutes and Activities Done On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR APRIL 2011 <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Apr. 1 - <BR> Apr. 2 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Apr. 3 - <BR> Apr. 4 - <BR> Apr. 5 - <BR> Apr. 6 - <BR> Apr. 7 - <BR> Apr. 8 - <BR> Apr. 9 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:49:56 EST March 2011 - Fitness Minutes & Activities Done On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> TEMPLATE FOR MARCH 2011 <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Mar. 1 - <BR> Mar. 2 - <BR> Mar. 3 - <BR> Mar. 4 - <BR> Mar. 5 - <BR> Sub-Total of fitness minutes: <BR> <BR> Weigh in: <BR> Mar. 6 - <BR> Mar. 7 - <BR> Mar. 8 - <BR> Mar. 9 - <BR> Mar. 10 - <BR> Mar. 11 - <BR> Mar. 12 - <BR> Sub-Total... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:49:28 EST Losing motivation Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 3 months ago. I've lost 11 pounds. I'm happy for the 11 pounds, but bummed that I lost those pounds in the first month and haven't done much since. I keep telling myself the good news is that I haven't gained, however, I don't feel as "light" as I felt when that weight first came off and my jeans have been a little snug lately. I feel "heavy" again. I was eating really well for about 6 weeks (following the South Beach food recommendations), ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:30:24 EST Helloooo Hi! My name is Portia, and I'm been trying to lose weight for the past month, and have lost 7 pounds, although it keeps fluctuating like crazy. I'm very excited to be here and can't wait to talk to you all. <BR> <BR> xx-portia Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:58:48 EST February 2011 - Fitness Minutes & Activities done On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. PLEASE COME BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL MESSAGE AND EDIT IT WITH THE INFORMATION. Thanks. <BR> <BR> My goal is to maintain 100 fitness minutes per day. On some days it will be less, on others more but I should end up with an average of 100 per day. This should give me a minimum of 2800 fitness minutes in February. <BR> <BR> Feb. 1 - Weigh in: 149.6 lbs <BR> <BR> Feb. 1 - 35 mins - 15 of walking my... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:52:50 EST My Info I know I'm starting a bit late but I hope that's okay. <BR> Jan. 24: Weigh in - 132.6 50 Minutes Bootcamp, 30 minutes RevAbs <BR> Jan. 25: <BR> Jan. 25: <BR> Jan. 26: <BR> Jan. 27: <BR> Jan. 28: <BR> Jan. 29: <BR> Jan. 30: <BR> Jan. 31: Goal: 129 <BR> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:16:04 EST A work in progress Hello! <BR> <BR> I joined a couple months ago, but didn't visit often. I'm not sure why. I think I needed to be in the right place emotionally before I could jump in with both feet. Or is that just another excuse? November 30 I started doing the South Beach eating plan. I lost 11 pounds in the first 2 weeks. Several friends commented on my starting a "diet" right before the holiday season, but I thought it was the perfect time. If I could make it through the holidays than I should be ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:31:02 EST Soft Food Diet Has anyone ever heard of a good health soft food diet that they can recommend? My doctor told me to go that route today and I can't figure out how to do that and still eat fresh fruits and veg and whole grains. <BR> <BR> Any advice is welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:27:35 EST Restless QuzieSue I want to lose weight but have always found it hard as I work 2 jobs and eat at odd times on weekends. I work days during the week and evenings or nights on weekends. I could use tipps on managing foods and sleep with this situation. I'm a nurse which is a stressful job with little thanks. Also I get sabataged by a significant partner who is also overweight and loves meat and potatoes, with alot of butter and fattening sauces. So I can sleep he does alot of the cooking on weekends...not good ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 05:06:39 EST January 2011 - Fitness Minutes and Activities Done On this challenge, write down the minutes you have done and break them down to the activities done. Please come back to your original message and edit it with the information. Thanks. <BR> <BR> My goal is to maintain 100 fitness minutes per day. On some days it will be less, on others more but I should end up with an average of 100 per day. This should give me a minimum of 3100 fitness minutes in Janaury. <BR> <BR> Jan. 1 - 120 mins of Cardio <BR> Weigh in: 152.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Jan. 2 - 6... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:20:44 EST 2011 Weight & Inches Loss Challenge! We're starting a new year-round challenge instead of doing it on a monthly basis. I do hope that many of you will join me on this challenge. If we did not need to lose or maintain our weight, we wouldn't be on Spark People, right? Please feel free to use the format below and modify it as you wish but please remember when inputting your information, GO TO YOUR ORIGINAL REPLY AND EDIT. Thanks and see you on board! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Weight goal for this year: <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:09:47 EST Hello all! My name is Crystal and I have been a member of Sparkpeople since the middle of November. I am loving the tracking options for diet and exercise, but would like to get more into the social aspect of it. I am a stay-at-home mom with my 22 month old son (after teaching elementary school for 6 years). I have always enjoyed exercise, but have struggled to eat within my caloric range, especially since I'm a vegetarian and am rarely "full". I began running in February and LOVE it! I've completed... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:23:48 EST My goal for today is.... For today, my goal is not to go over my calorie range. I'm experiencing a surge in my appetite and need to have a bit more control over that. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:27:19 EST HELLO SP Class of Nov 14-20 Sorry it took me a minute to introduce myself, but it has been a whirlwind. I have a desire to lose 50 lbs by May 1, 2011 and would be tickled pink if I can do it. Motivation is hardest, especially online...will need lots of support there. I am wife and mother of 2 (two teens - more stress :). Look forward to talking with some. Thanks. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:08:20 EST 50 by 50 in 500 days Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am very excited to join the team and start my new venture. I started my journey on Nov 25th - Thanksgiving day - which was 500 days until I turn 50 in April 2012. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by the time I turn 50. Thus - 50 by 50 in 500 days! <BR> <BR> I look forward to the comraderie of this team as we support each other to our goals. <BR> <BR> What is yours? <BR> <BR> Bonny Fri, 3 Dec 2010 23:29:49 EST A late, Yet Heartfelt Greetings. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This greeting is a bit late, as I've been a member of Spark for some time. However, life has grow hectic off-and-on, as it always does. In light of such, I haven't taken much time to explore the website as I should of before. I've been spending some time getting familiar with the pages and am enjoying all of the information I've found sofar. I look forward to spending time with you all and hopefully reaching our goals together. <BR> <BR> Take care and best of l... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 22:51:51 EST Tree from SouthEast Kansas Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 38 years old, have lots of weight to lose and have tried everything under the sun to lose it. But I don't seem to be able to stay with it for very long. I want to get healthy and I know I need to! I am coming here looking for help and motivation to stay on the path and win this race! Hope to get to know all of you too! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:59:30 EST Make a pledge of your fitness minutes for December We all know that the more active we are, the more we burn calories. Therefore, how many fitness minutes are you pledging for December? Please copy and paste the dates below and edit your entries on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Dec. 1 - <BR> Dec. 2 - <BR> Dec. 3 - <BR> Dec. 4 - <BR> Dec. 5 - <BR> Dec. 6 - <BR> Dec. 7 - <BR> Dec. 8 - <BR> Dec. 9 - <BR> Dec. 10 - <BR> Dec. 11 - <BR> Dec. 12 - <BR> Dec. 13 - <BR> Dec. 14 - <BR> Dec. 15 - <BR> Dec. 16 - <BR> Dec. 17 - <BR> Dec. 18 - ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:28:16 EST hello I am a 38 year old mother of two who is tired of being overweight, tired of no energy and tired of doing it alone. I am looking for help and encouragement to reach my goals. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:27:37 EST Dec. 2010-Put your pedometer on and step forward! You would be surprised as to how many steps you take during the day -- even in your own home. One has to go up the stairs, carry loads of laundry, go to the mall for food shopping, etc. Put on your pedometer and put down the steps you have done during December. Total steps recommended on a daily basis is 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste the dates below into a reply and edit the information on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> Dec. 1 - <BR> Dec. 2 - <BR> Dec. 3... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:25:22 EST Lose 5 lbs in December 2010! Please copy and paste the dates below into a reply and edit the information on a weekly basis or as stipulated. <BR> <BR> On December 1, I weighed: <BR> <BR> Dec. 5 - <BR> Dec. 12 - <BR> Dec. 19 - <BR> Dec. 26 - <BR> <BR> On December 31, I weighed: <BR> <BR> Total weight lost in December is = Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:20:42 EST Turn Spark Points into money to reward yourself! What you need to do here is to accumulate as many points daily as you can by exercising, inputting your food intake, answering emails, reading blogs, etc. If you get 78 points, you change this sum into 78 cents and each day you accumulate the amount. It's fun and in due time you can spend this money on yourself because you have worked hard for it. Do join us in the fun! <BR> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:19:03 EST Dec. 2010 - Do you need more accountability? Please copy and paste the information below into a reply and edit your information on a daily basis. Keep tab of your calorie intake and your calories burnt and subtract the burnt from the intake to get your difference. I know that Spark People do this for you but when you see it down on black and white for you and all your team-mates to see, it can help you modify your ways. <BR> <BR> Date______Cals eaten_______Cals burnt______Difference <BR> <BR> Dec. 1 <BR> Dec. 2 <BR> Dec. 3 <BR> Dec. ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:16:14 EST Returning member, seeking help Hello Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberly and I am not new to sparkpeople, I was a member about 2 years ago, I gave up but I hope and pray that I stick with it this time. I am happy to have become a member once again. Wish me luck and I need all the support I can get. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 22:03:11 EST 50+members with 50-99 pounts to lose I need support /motivation to help me keep on track as I try to get my excess weight off. I have been constantly gaining weight this year and think I am looking for someone to communicate with when I feel like I might want to binge eat. and get off track. I need to lose 80 pounds. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 18:39:28 EST Continuous Chest Compression CPR This is a 6 minute video worth watching. It could save a loved one... <BR> <BR> "... learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help..." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-sarver-heart-centers-continuous-chest<BR>-compression-cpr </link> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:02:57 EST Juan42, Borderline Diabetic My name is Juan. I have recently been diagonosed as a borderline diabetic. I was put on Metformin and took it for 4 days and had very bad diaherria, so I got off of it. The doctor told me that if I exercised at least 30 minutes a day and watched my diet, I may be able to control my diabetes without medication, so that's what I'm trying to do. I walk 60 minutes six to seven days a week and play nine holes of golf two to three times a week and i've been watching my diet. It seems to be workin... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 07:01:43 EST Hi From Libya :) hello everybody , iam new here , and iam from libya , i guess we have the spark is spreading and i hope i would be able to achieve my goals with your good care and help :) Sat, 27 Nov 2010 03:06:29 EST R. is Trying again... This is the 2nd time for me, trying to adopt Sparkpeople good guidance. Its easier than the 1st time and I am making good progress. <BR> Currently 171 pounds after 9 days. My difficulty now is that i am under eating, afraid of overeating... <BR> Good luck to everyone on the team! Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:59:38 EST hello from Rancho Mirage, CA I just wanted to say hi. I have been finding this website very helpful, knowledge is power. I wish everyone reading this success. Rolf Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:37:44 EST hi Hey guys. I'm Jill and I'm excited to work hard on achieving a new way of life. I have many pounds to lose but I'm positive that with motivation and personal strength i can to anything! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:04:38 EST Introduction I am Vickki815. I am a 35 year old mom of 2 (6 and 3), trying to get myself back weight wise. I am 15 lbs. away from my Weight Watchers goal but I want to lose an extra 10 lbs. I have a hard time finding time for myself and concentrate on myself with my 2 children and a husband who is away for a minimum of 12 hours a day for work and driving time. I lack motiviation usually after the first 2 weeks of starting any changes. I am hoping joining this website I will find motivation to keep going ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:08:16 EST New to SP Hello...I signed up on 11/16 and started logging my food and exercise on 11/21. Looking forward to reaching my goal with the support of SP. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:48:26 EST Into Hi, I want to see if this method will help me. I bike 45"/day but still can't lose weight. I'd like to lose 30'. I'm finding trying to figure out this program to be quite challenging! Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:44:49 EST Hello Spark People! My name is Amanda. I have just joined SparkPeople and I am very excited to be here! I have a long way to go in my goal, but I have never wanted anything so bad in my life. It is very encouraging to know the kind of support that I have on here. Can't wait to reach my first 20 lb weight loss! Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:17:09 EST HI My name is Cindy I was told about this site by a friend and love it. I am one week into the Maintenance phase of the HCG diet. I did 40 days of the injections. I lost 30 pounds. I am worried about not doing this phase right. I have only been able to eat about 1100 calories but have not cheated as far as sugar or carbs. I am up 1 pound. I would appreciate and help regarding phase 3. I have been doing research but am not sure about what the best food are for me. I would appreciate any help or advise. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:42:27 EST Getting ready for bariatric surgery Hi everyone, I have been sent to this site by my dietitian as I await bariatric surgery. I see my doctor tomorrow and then I will be referred to a surgeon. So far I have lost 30 lbs. I am married 29 years on Dec.24th and have two adult children, four grandchildren, two cats and my mini dachshund Charlie. I look forward to meeting new friends on this site. :) Deb Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:37:21 EST AJAND1 Looking for extra motivation and challenges after having lost 60 pounds on my own by tracking my meals and exercising!! Great web site and very informative. I am a mother of 3 teenage boys who are extremely supportive along with my husband of 22 years. Great recipes are in need to try and "trick" my family into eating healthier. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:13:40 EST Hi! I'm 41 (29 in hexadecimal - the older I get the more I like base 16!), married to a computer guy (how I know how to count in hexadecimal) and mom to two children, 5 and 11. I work part time from home and live in beautiful NC. I want to lose a bit of weight and get in better shape. Go team! Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:06:46 EST I need all the help I can get to stay motivated... Hello to all! I'm new to message boards... I need all the help I can get to stay motivated and stay focused. I have 100+ to lose and I started on 5 days ago (...... again......). I am my own worst enemy.... but I know if I work at this I can be (and have been) successful! <BR> This time I want to stay focused, finally reach my goal weight range and get healthy once and for all. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:50:40 EST Does the coffee habit slow down your weight loss? I have found this interesting article online and decided to share it with you all. It's up to you to decide what is best for you. All I know is that I'm cutting back even though I only take one cup a day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>low-weight-loss/4-n-142436 </link> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:00:46 EST Are you rewarding yourself? I read this article few days ago, about rewarding yourself (here is the link <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=86&page=2 </link> ) and I decided to pick one of suggested rewards - buying a gift certificate. <BR> <BR> This morning, after my weekly measurements check-point, I went to my favorite clothes store to buy my first gift certificate and it felt so great! I spoke about my goals with the shopkeeper - I want to loose the last 10kg until my birthday in Jan... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:32:27 EST Hello!! Noob ready to make a change Hi All!! I'm Risha!! I have been this size all my life 30 (soon to be 31) years. So I nestle into my "Big Girl Swagg" whenever someone says something about my weight. But, it is time for a change. I'm ready to be at a respectable 220 or at least a weight that I'm not spilling into the airplane seat next to me. My weight is the true reason I never get up on an airplane. I lie and tell people that I'm just afraid, but it's because of my size. So I'm truly ready to make an impact on my w... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:21:57 EST Trying to loose it!!! Hi everyone, I'm new here but not new to trying to loose weight. hopefully this site will help me do it this time around. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 12:47:28 EST HI, I'm TheMissus1 I'm TheMIssus1 and I heard about SparkPeople on my local news station on Thursday. I am happy that I am on my journey to not just weight loss but to a healthier lifestyle in general. I am a busy wife and mother of 2 teenage boys age 12 and 13. I work full time and also attend college online so I am often too busy to stay healthy if that is even logical. My goal is to become stay healthy for my children to still be able to be active with them as I get older. I am only 31, I'll be 32 next month... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 11:54:55 EST If this works............ I will have accomplished a goal that I have had for the past years. Five years ago I started gaining weight and now 15 pounds over what I weighed for years I am not content with this even though I often can wear the same size my clothes are not comfortable. I am an early morning riser and get about 45 minutes of a stationary bike before work. I eat breakfast in front of the computer, lunch consists of an apple or orange and dinner is usually after 7 lately around 8. In between meals I ni... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:02:16 EST Hello all I am excited to continue losing weight and reach my goals. I am looking to lose 100 pounds, run a 10k without walking, and getting back into the shape I was when I was younger. <BR> <BR> I joined this site to keep track of my food intake and workout regimen but I'm glad there is a message board. Hopefully I can use the peer sharing ideas to get me to my goals. <BR> <BR> Thanks and good luck to everyone out there. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:57:21 EST Hi, I'm new I'm a middle-aged woman who lives in the middle of nowhere and I've been struggling with weight and fitness for the last 30 years. I need a change of attitude from healthy living being something I'm trying to doing TO myself to something I want to do FOR myself. Motivation is a big issue. I'm tired of being mad about the whole thing. I have to say this all seems a little overwhelming at the moment. But I'm grateful for all the resources available here. Wish me luck! Sat, 20 Nov 2010 11:50:57 EST Im 27 and need to lose 80Ibs.... Hi Everyone, <BR> I like to eat and i have to learn that being heathy is my inportant than that cookie ;) its hard. Anyhow i have always been bigger i am suppost to weigh 163 at the most in middle school i was 150 in high 175 after child 200 husband left for iraq 230 returned and we celebrated......262 was my starting point. i got to where i could not breath. so my journy begins i am down to 238ibs now and still have 80 to go so please help me and keep me motivated i have lost 30lbs three ti... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:32:38 EST Hello fellow self improvement adventurers Well, I do think it's like and adventure :) <BR> I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes this past February2010. On March 1st I started on a diet and exercise program. At the time I weighed 265 lbs and I could only walk 5 minutes on my treadmill. I kept doing the 5-minute-walk everyday until it became 10 minutes, then 15, and so on. Soon, I was able to walk 90 minutes at a speed between 3 - 3.5 mph. Eventually, I kept my walking sessions at 60 minutes because of my bad back which usually starts t... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:22:15 EST Carol Padgett Hi! My name is Carol I am a student, mother of 2, wife, and I have a part-time job. I joined this site in hopes of losing at least 30 pounds before my next birthday. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:49:15 EST What happened...Again? 43...Who turned off my metabolism? My jeans -are a little too tight...can't wear many of my favorite clothes...not as confident as I use to be - Is fashion a terrible reason to loose weight? <BR> <BR> My goals are to loose these 10-12 pounds again - cut back on my "partygirl" ways...and keep those fitness appointments with myself... <BR> <BR> Been using SP for a few days now - so glad I found you!! Open to new friends to share ideas ~ Sat, 20 Nov 2010 08:38:13 EST Let the fun begin! HI there, <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm having a real challenge staying on track. I lost a significant amount of weight (70 lbs) a couple of years ago using Weight Watchers and it was great but I've since put it all back on and then some. Weight loss has been a challenge for me my entire life, I've always been the bigger girl. Not that there's anything wrong with being the bigger girl but I've never been the healthy girl. <BR> <BR> My goal is not to be skinny my goal is to be healthy. I'm at a w... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 08:06:13 EST Anna in Ireland I'm 55yrs young, and it has just dawned on me that my children have never known me to be anything other than overweight. so now I have the motivation to reduce. I am a foodaholic and love to cook. I have recently joined our local gym so that will help focus my intentions. I am removing the word "if" from my vocabulary and replacing it with "when". I am blessed with good health, and am also doing this because I want to live a long life with my husband, and have the energy to do whatever com... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 07:20:18 EST Hi I'm Marilyn I look forward to joining the weight lost team and finally getting started on losing weight the healthy way. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:58:04 EST Trying to Change, Need Help I want to start running again and focus on returning to healthy eating habits. I had created a great lifestyle based on running and eating nutritious foods, but then, over time, stress and the rapid pace of my life slowly eroded all of the wonderful positive changes I had made. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling to motivate myself to change for about a year with marginal success. I can't do this alone...I need help! <BR> <BR> Wow! That was empowering! :-) Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:37:57 EST It's My Body... It's my body and I'm not gonna take it any longer. I want my healthy body back. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Malakia and this is my new mantra. Okay, I know I stole the tag line (and put my own spin on it) from a commercial, but the sentiment is the same. I'm done with letting the obstacles life throws in our way, get in MY way. So, here I am and I know I can't do this by myself. Therefore, I'm asking for all the encouragement and support you can give. <BR> <BR> To get started, I've set my sites ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:40:35 EST Hi from Ky. First day first step Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:51:14 EST Hi There Hi, I'm Sharon, formerly from Detroit Michigan but been here in CA for so long I think I'm officially a native. Looking forward to loosing and learning with all of you Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:05:41 EST Good Morning! I'm new.... A friend of mine told me about this site and I'm really enjoying it. My nutritionist wanted me to keep a food log, but I kept leaving it at work, forgetting it at home, etc. Now I've got it on my Droid phone and I can access it anywhere! It does the reports for me! It's so easy! <BR> <BR> I'm a mom, a full-time auditor, and I try to run a side business selling Scentsy. Lately, things have been a little hectic, but I made sure to re-arrange my priorities and I've been able t... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:21:00 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Sarah. I'm 33. My current weight is 192 pounds. I'm 5' 7" tall. I joined this site to be committed to changing my lifestyle so that I can manage to become and stay healthy. I have so many health issues that are so dangerous if I don't take care of right now. My cholesterol is border-line high. I'm a pre-diabetic. I have unstable blood pressure. I have acid reflux. I had angina-like symptoms which the doctor said it's only psychological. I have irregular sleep. I have some different ho... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:18:24 EST My name is Desi Hey everyone! I just joined spark people :) I'm am 22 in college trying to finish it up. I just really want to live healthier and be more fit. Most of my family is overweight and I saw myself going down the same path and I need a change. So thats why I'm here. Encouragment is always welcomed :) <BR> Love Desi Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:58:39 EST Hello from Shirley I would like to say hello to everyone and say that I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you. <BR> I was in a car accident in 2006, and my life hasn't been the same since. I was unable to work for a while and was told my neck and back will never be the same. I have gained so much weight and felt embarrassed until now. I am turning 40 on Christmas Eve and it is time to taking back control of my life. No more excuses! <BR> Excited to be here <BR> Shirley Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:49:16 EST wants to lose weight hi all hello all <BR> how is everyone doing i am doing well iam 23 weigth 300 iam 5'11 big boned and want to weigth 150 <BR> by 2012 iam a student at job corps takeing offie admin were i also meet the love of my life john schwelgin 21 who is takeing computer tech iam looking for buddles don't be shy email me i love to talk Fri, 19 Nov 2010 06:51:58 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to say a quick hello and let everyone know I have NOT withered away in a bag of Dorittoes! As of this evening I have cleaned out my fridge and cabinets in preparation for a new start tomorrow! I starting this differently and not thinking of this as a "diet" but rather as a life change. i am ready to get healthy and teach my children how to stay healthy! Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:07:05 EST Add Me To SparksPeople "HELLO" to all of you SP People ! I am new to this site and can't wait to see how things will work out ! I hope to recieve lots of feed back as well as encouragement and support ! I am looking foward to this ! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:18:05 EST Hey! I am new here and can't wait to start! Hi everyone! I have been trying to find some form of group to achieve my weight loss goals with, but I never thought to look to the internet! I have tried diets and excercise routines, but could never stick with them. If anyone has some good tips (I don't really leave the house too much) just let me know! Thanks! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:09:10 EST I need help!! My name is Abby and I am 27 and I desperatly need to lose weight. I have tried everything and can not find anything that works for me. Im ready to do this but I just need help getting started! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:59:42 EST Hello Hi! I am new to this site so I just wanted to say hello to you all. I am a 27 year old mother of three kids all under 10 and I work full time. I love to do things outdoors so I hate this time change because it's dark before I get home from work now. Anyway, if any of you have any advice for me on my journay or just want to chat please don't hesitate. Thanks:) Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:43:29 EST hi there I've been with sparks a few days but there's so much information and things to look into that I'm just making my way to this sparkteam. <BR> I'm a 54yr old grandmah that's recovering from being hit by a car 12years ago, it's taken me that long to claim my life back. <BR> This has been a journey but it's only just beginning. <BR> I think I found a little corner where I can finish healing. =) Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:59:30 EST Hi! Hey everyone, I just joined yesterday and I am already LOVING this site! It has so many great tools,I think this will really help me to stay on track. I am 27, married and live in Southern California. =) Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:03:26 EST Hello All Hello everyone, my name is Garrett and my wife introduced me to this website. It looks like a great place and I am looking forward to meeting people with the same goal in life; taking care of ourselves. I am a father of 3 beautiful girls and our youngest is just 5 days old. I am a business student and enjoy cooking, playing outside, mountain biking and anything that I can do with my family. <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:33:14 EST Hey Folks Hey everyone my friend found this site and i think it looks amazing so i joined and now i agree :) First day and im feeling hopeful, how have you'se all found this...easy or really hard? Do you'se keep up to date with all your entries? Thu, 18 Nov 2010 11:32:12 EST Just Starting Spark Hello all, Kara here,I've just learned about Sparkpeople and have enjoyed the website. i need help to lose about 40 pounds. although 50 would be great! I've generally lived a healthy lifestyle and am a vegetarian. Married with 2 boys I try to stay away from the kitchen (because I'm always nibbling.) My weakest point I'll have to say is that i love my breads and pasta! For the past 3 yrs I've struggled with chronic back pain. I've tried some alternative medication adn therapy and have s... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:23:22 EST Hello! New to Spark! This is my second day with spark people and I'm very excited. I always heard that after you got married you let yourself go but I never thought I would be that person. I have gained 20 pounds since I married my amazing husband 2 years ago. Also about 2 yrs ago I changed careers... going from a physically demanding job to a sit down desk job. I literally do not move from my desk all day. I also work long hours which makes it hard to go to the gym. Plus by the end of the day I am exhausted! I'm... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:23:33 EST Day 2 Just started. Trying to navigate the site and learn what I can. Any advice for a newbie? Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:09:56 EST NEWLIFESTYLE1110 Hi everyone. I am new to this! I am using the calculators and I am on a serious mission to get healthy and lose weight...I am however, having a problem...I am not getting enough calories each day. I am only eating about 880 and I need at least 1400. I also need about 120 g of protein/day. Any suggestions?? Thanks everyone!! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:41:06 EST New Here Hi my name is Therese. I joined this site because I am taking a walking and fitness class at the local community college and this is part of my homework. <BR> <BR> I am 43 and have 3 boys(21,18 and16) and I am widowed 3.5 years now. I am an elementary cafeteria manager for a local school system and have a close walk with God. <BR> <BR> This is part of me getting back in shape and getting back out there to socialize and creating a new life as I will not have my boys home for long. <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:20:51 EST Redstelleto15 Hello Spark People, I am a Newbee from and ad in Good Housekeeping mag, I am Excited to begin and hope to hear all about this new site. Thank You in advance for any post forth comming! I have at least 50 pounds to loose ad hope the Health too will follow! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:56:52 EST Hello I am anxious to lose weight and eat healthy for the rest of my life. I cannot believe what this website offers. It is nice to meet you and I look forward to this challenge Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:09:46 EST i'm just not sure anymore hi, i'm new to the site....but i decided this is my last try at losing weight, all of my motivation is gone and i'm trying so hard to find some, i'm desperate. I've always been over weight two years ago i got down to 163lbs and was extremely close to my goal weight but i just let it slip away and now i'm back at 215, and i'm just sooooo very tired of dieting. i worked so hard for the weight loss and now its just gone. And i really need some motivation. i have support from my family but not th... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:59:26 EST Finding a new way to live! Hello Spark People!!!! I am excited to be a part of such an awesome and dynamic website. I started my weight loss journey on February 3, 2010 and have lost 67 pounds to date. I still have about 80 -90 pounds to go but I am well on my way! I have two amazing toddlers that I want to be around for and be able to fully enjoy all that life has to offer us! Through this journey I have started to find myself, a love of excercise and a new way of life!!! I look forward to sharing this journey with... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:08:27 EST RNMOMof3 New member Hi everyone, I am a new member of SparkPeople. I can't tell you how excited I am to have found this site. I am a RN an mother of 3 great kids ages 4-10. Needless to say....very busy. I have lost 40 pounds, but can't seem to get this last 25-30lbs off. So frustrating!! I am reading through this site, and I am already inspired and encouraged. Day #2...... <BR> Thanks, Jill Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:02:30 EST Hello, I'm new Hey, it's cool to be on board! Hope you all reach your goals! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:38:56 EST Hi Hello everyone Wed, 17 Nov 2010 06:03:07 EST Missing that SummerSun Hi there, I am SummerSun78. I am excited to be starting on the new wellness journey. I hope to find some online buddies that I can look to for support. :) Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:23:34 EST Getting Skinny in Italy Hello :-) my name is Jana. In the past year I have gotten married, moved to Washington, then almost immediately moved to Naples, Italy due to military orders. I look forward to watching my body get slimmer, stronger, and healthier! Nice to meet you! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:33:03 EST Hello So I'm new to the site and the whole posting thing. My name is Anne and I'm a 26yr old single mom. I have two big reasons for wanting to lose the weight. The first one is my daughter. I want to be able to run around with her and not have to worry about becoming out of breath. The second is because I had a very big health scare at the end of September/ the beginning of October. I have some support at home with my mom but that's about it. I'm hoping that I can get some support from people here.... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:52:41 EST New, from France! Hi there <BR> I just discovered Sparkpeople and am just getting to get used to this incredibly rich website. I am very happy to have found this, and will do my best to stick to it. I don't have very much to lose, but I need to finally get rid of these 5 kg I got after my pregnancy 4 years ago. I have been feeling unwell since then and need to get in shape again. <BR> Glad to be part of this huge project. <BR> Carine Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:50:44 EST Hi everybody! I'm Grazyna, originally from Poland <em>655</em> , I live in France <em>712</em> with my husband <em>129</em> and 2 wonderful kids . I've heard about this site in a podcast and I thought that this website is what I need to stick to stick to my goals. I'm happy to be here! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:33:10 EST Robb's Minutes November <BR> 15-120 <BR> 16-100 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:52:53 EST Add me, Educate me, I'm willing to help :P Hey my names Robb.. <BR> <BR> I live in Reno Nevada where there is always some kind of festival or event packed with greasy food's and beer.. <BR> <BR> It's time to live a healthier life style so I am willing to sacrifice my evil best friends, for some new friends lol.. <BR> <BR> I am pretty easy going so feel free to stop by and say hi or leave a comment.. <BR> <BR> Laterz, <BR> <BR> Robb <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:49:57 EST Chips, cookies, and candy.....OH MY! Hi....just joined (11-16-10). Hopped on the scale this morning and I thought if that scale could talk it would be telling me to GET OFF! I am a fan of The Biggest Loser, especially Jillian!!! I need to start dealing with my health (esp. weight) the way I deal with the rest of my life. Honest, blunt, and to the point. I am a late bloomer in that I will be going back to college (Jan. 2011). I want to be confident with my appearance and build my self esteem. I have 2 wonderful kids, I am ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:33:40 EST A new day - a new idea I'm a mom of two boys. My husband and I own a small pharmacy in our local town. Time seams to always be slipping away and leaving all of us way behind. But I've made the choice today to do many things differently. First to not feel guilty about spending time moving & choosing more wisely what I put in my body. We are an active outdoor family but I want to be a greater participator in the lives of my boys. I want my husband to always be proud of the woman he once chose to call his own. And e... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:29:42 EST Hi! Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly, and I am a 40-something mother of 2 beautiful boys (9 and 11). I was referred to SparkPeople by my friend Meghan who has already lost 30 lbs! (Congrats Meghan!) I am here to get healthy and fit. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. LOL! So, I am ready to take my "Under Construction" and change it to "Mission Accomplished!" Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:55:52 EST Hello, I'm new :o) Hello! I'm new here. I usually go by the name AJ, which is part of my gamer tag on the games that I play. I just turned 30 last week. This was the hardest birthday I've ever had to go through. I never thought 30 would feel like this. I've gone through spurts of fitness and diet, but with usually with less success than I plan. I've even tried doctors who give you pills. The pills don't work for me either, I only managed to lose in 8 weeks, what an average patient of his loses in the fi... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:45:44 EST Bride to be... Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Jenilee. I started getting my healthy lifestyle on track in June, but I wanted new ideas for recipes and exercise, so I decided to join up! I am getting married in August next year and I am also looking at going back for my masters in Canadian history come next fall, so I really wanted to get the weight off and be healthy before starting the next two chapters in my life. It isn't so much about the wedding dress for me as it is feeling and being healthy agai... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:54:10 EST Ok Ok...I will stop lurking!!! Hello to my fellow SP's, just wanted to take a moment to post an introduction--so where to name is 49yo mom and grandmom. My history--the short version---I quit smoking Oct 2007, started to make healthier changes to our diet, and then I joined a gym, at the end of Jan 2008--I had a heart attack. Anyway 8 stents later, add in a little menopause...and 3 years...I have added 57 pounds to my body, which am sure isnt good for my heart condition. This past Saturday, I bou... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 06:01:28 EST Brand new start Hello. I have never posted on any site before and I am a little intimidated by this whole process. I am a 42 yr old mom of 3 college students. I have gained 30 lbs in the last six years and would like to start taking care of myself again. This site looks like it has the tools I need to be successful. <BR> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:32:13 EST hello new here my name debie and am new here hope this can help me .i have tried other things but gained weight back. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:18:02 EST Another newbie Hello, everyone! I am a late-40's mama who wants to get active and shed some weight. I am warming up to the idea by researching this site and getting my head wrapped around a healthy lifestyle (again). Looks like a wonderful site with a lot of help. I guess I'm a bit of a lurker right now, but I'm determined to start making healthier choices. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:10:41 EST I need help Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to all of this and i'm not really sure how to get started. I recently had a baby so i'm not cleared to work out yet ( i should be in about 2 weeks) but i'm not sure what to do when i am cleared. I've tried to lose weight before and it worked for a few months but then i got pregnant and that all went out the window. With the new baby here i can no longer afford my gym membership. While pregnant i ended up with gestational diabetes which was a real eye opener. I... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:05:44 EST Mid 20's crisis Hello Spark Community! I'm 26 and have found myself in a rather large slump. Months of money troubles, unemployment, and circumstances out of my control have resulted in a less-than-desirable weight and an unstable mental situation. I've always been a pessimist, but for the first time ever, I'm worried about how negative life has become. So, that's why I've joined SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> A brief introduction is rather simple- I'm a single mother of an awesome 4 year old little girl. Th... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:02:50 EST HEY EVERYBODY! Hello everyone my name is tiffany and i have a medical condition that is making it so that it is inevitable that I have weight loss surgery or lose the weight asap on my own. if you want to know anything else just let me know, I will answer any questions. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:56:01 EST Hi from Arizona Hi There - I am Elizabeth and I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I am not new to Spark, but I haven't used the tools here in about 2 years. I decided today was the day to get back to tracking my food. I did it here before and met my goals! I should have never stopped. <BR> <BR> I am IT consultant, but currently taking time off to be a stay at home mom to my daughter. I'm also writing a book and raising a new puppy ;-) I love to bike, make jewelry, read, draw and do exercise DVDs. <BR>... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:03:59 EST Heyy Any diet tips?? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:43:33 EST Hello All Well, I JUST signed up for this on the suggestion of a friend. I'm looking to loose almost 90lbs. I find myself needing motivational help. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:40:05 EST I HOPE IT ALL STARTS HERE TODAY!!! Seeing my friend, who is very similar to myself - same age - same occupation - same children - same shape(ish) so so similar to myself in so many ways! My dear friend has gone and lost a stone in just a few weeks by eating healthily - now it's my turn!!! let the fun begin..................just sorting out my new recipes - they sound delicious. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:37:31 EST Hi! Help! I am new to the site, but not new at trying to lose weight. Every since I had my first child, I have kept this weight and I am definately feeling it. I am ready to lose weight for good! I not only want my old body back, but I also want the old me back. I need lots of support and would love to make some great buddies on here! Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:24:21 EST new to spark I am just trying this site out. My sister in law uses it faithfully and has lost alot of weight. I generally follow a gluten free diet and hope this will help follow my diet and lose weight. <BR> <BR> drrk Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:34:35 EST New to Spark People Hi, my name is Bernadette, and I am 30 years old. I am here to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle as well as lose weight. I am engaged to be married, with the wedding date October 22, 2012. I am hopeing and motivated to lose 100 pounds by then. I also have a 12 year old son, and am wanting to lead by example when it comes to diet and exercise. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 12:24:48 EST leeniegurl5 Hi all! I am soooo excited to join this community! This is going to be a long road for me, but hopefuly, with motivation from the community, we can reach our goals together before we know it! I am striving to lose 60-65 pounds by 10/11. I am 39 years old and want to be healthy as well as look good. I am excited to hear from other sparkpeople members. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:32:15 EST New today Hello. I just found SparkPeople on Google and am very interested. This looks lilike the type of program that may work for me. My main focus is getting back to where I was a few years ago, in the best health of my life. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:12:23 EST Life is too short to waste any more of it. My name is Suzan. I am 45 years old. I have 3 kids and am an Assistant Principal of a large urban high school. I am the luckiest person in the world. Nice to meet all of you. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 08:33:14 EST This Time... Okay, well, I'm one of those "lifetime dieters", but I want that to end, so I really want to utilize this site and what it offers. Oh, and hello! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 01:05:58 EST Record your fitness minutes here! What I have found out over time is that I do better when I am accountable not only to myself but to others. Below, I have put in the dates and all you need to do is input your fitness minutes done on that particular date. Trust me it works! <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the dates below into a reply and edit your daily input. <BR> <BR> Nov. 14 - 120 <BR> Nov. 15 - 180 <BR> Nov. 16 - 130 <BR> Nov. 17 - 120 <BR> Nov. 18 - 0 <BR> Nov. 19 - 165 <BR> Nov. 20 - 55 <BR> Nov. 21 - day of rest <BR> Nov.... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:08:41 EST The goodie game! This is a wonderful way to get to know each other by visiting each other's spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to the other team members. Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:00:04 EST Find ten Words within a Word! Let's try a new game. We will find TEN new words within the words specified. The first word is TOURNAMENT. Once we have ten words, we shall move on to another word and it will be given by me. <BR> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:56:55 EST Conga Line the Words Here's a fun game that should keep us busy. <BR> <BR> Post a word. You use the "LAST TWO LETTERS" of the word posted, in order to start your word. <BR> <BR> For example, here's a sample of five posts <BR> 1st word - peopLE <BR> Next post - leguME <BR> Next post - messaGE <BR> Next post - gEL <BR> Next post - eletrIC <BR> <BR> First word is <BR> <BR> strategIC <BR> <BR> (The next person who posts....start with "IC".) <BR> <BR> Let's get out those dictionaries and have fun team!... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:53:48 EST FIVE letter words. Change ONE letter only. What we have to do is make up a five letter but just change ONE letter to make the new word. <BR> <BR> I will start with: <BR> <BR> stove Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:36:39 EST Help for the newbie... <em>334</em> Hello there! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the Spark People site and to the SP Class Team Nov. 14-20, 2010. <BR> <BR> Like most of us on this site, we needed help in finding our way around this site because it can be a little overwhelming at first. I thought I would start this thread to help you along the way. First of all there are two links to get you started: <BR> <BR> This link is to a video to show you how the start page works: <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:26:10 EST Do you have a question or need help? Please reply to this and put forth your query or where we can help you. Someone will come right along and respond. <em>220</em> Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:34:23 EST Birthdays and special events coming up? Please post your birthday and any special events coming up. We would love to help you celebrate these. <BR> <BR> My birthday is celebrated on Sept. 12 and my wedding anniversary is on Dec. 27th. <BR> <BR> Emails will be sent out as reminders. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 08:22:10 EST This should motivate you to lose... I am sharing this from a member on another team - if this doesn't get you up and exercising and watching what you eat and working on a healthy lifestyle I don't know what will motivate you - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticle/body-scan-of-a-250-lbs-woman-vs-<BR>a-120-lbs-woman/940665 </link> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 08:14:41 EST