SparkPeople SP Class of December 5-11, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from December 5-11, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of December 5-11, 2010 Team Messageboard hello???? has anybody had any luck with the weight loss? i will start off good.....then it goes downhill. anybody else having trouble? <em>381</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:13:33 EST Any one still here Just checking to see if we still have people from my class active on this message board? Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:54:53 EST New Member Hello my name is Cassandra but everyone calls me Sandy. I am 28 years young. I am a working mom and wife. I have a 2 yr. old and her name is Alana. I am ready for a change and thats why I'm here. I just want to say to everyone that I know that this is not going to be an easy road to go down, but with a little motivation, self deiscipline, patience and us sticking together I really think we can do it or should I say we CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone in advance cause I trully ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 12:29:06 EST One Year Anniversary Coming Up! Hey, all! I know this team hasn't been very active (believe me, I tried to resuscitate it), but I wanted to extend an early kudos to all of you (us) for making it so close to the one-year mark! I hope you all have had an amazing, transformative 11+ months. I know I have! Keep on Sparking!! Less than a month away!! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:55:21 EST Introducing Myself!!! Good morning all!!! My name is Pam and live/work in the NYC area. Although I joined Sparkpeople awhile ago, I haven't really used it until now!! <BR> <BR> I'm definitely motivated to lose the weight I've packed on, and a little intimidated by this website (especially because I'm not very tech-saavy!). I am working on my Sparkpeople profile currently, so that has my whole story, but briefly...I was about 30 lbs lighter in college and need to get back to that weight! Currently I'm around 170 ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:16:27 EST One Thing About Me Reply here with one interesting thing about yourself, as often as you'd like! Feel free to comment on posts above, as well. I'll start: <BR> <BR> I have been a vegetarian for almost four years (but I still love the smell of bacon). Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:52:10 EST The Last Thing I Ate Was . . . I love telling people about what I eat, haha. In this forum, however, you must first respond to the person above you with a comment on their post, THEN go on to tell us about your latest food or beverage of choice. :) <BR> <BR> The last thing I ate was a small container of seaweed salad from Whole Foods. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:49:51 EST Truth or Dare! I think we all know how to play this one! Basically, I'll start by posting a truth and a dare. The person below picks which one they'll do, and posts the next truth and dare, and so on! Let's get started: <BR> <BR> TRUTH: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? <BR> DARE: Do 20 "guy" pushups (even if you need to rest in between) Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:40:46 EST I Never . . . Here's how this works: I say something that I have never done. Anyone who HAS done that thing replies (feel free to elaborate) and posts the next item. So if I said "I have never worked in a bank," anyone who has worked in a bank before can post next. Let's start! <BR> <BR> I have never fallen asleep in a class. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:38:11 EST What has been your biggest success in July 2011? Let's add some positivity in here! My biggest success, I think, has been joining the gym and going often enough to get a free month! Ten times between July 3rd, when we joined, and yesterday. I've also learned how to play racquetball! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:26:46 EST THE WOODS - Earth Team Room Check in with your teammates, discuss challenges, give support here in THE WOODS! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:12:58 EST THE FLAME - Fire Team Room Check in with your teammates, discuss challenges, give support here in THE FLAME! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:12:30 EST THE SKY - Air Team Room Check in with your teammates, discuss challenges, give support here in THE SKY! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:11:58 EST THE SEA - Water Team Room Check in with your teammates, discuss challenges, give support here in THE SEA! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:11:23 EST What is your most important challenge in July 2011 For me, it's the sweets. My husband and I, now that the weather has started heating up, have gotten in the habit of always having ice cream in the freezer. I buy the 1/2 fat Breyer's, but I usually have more than one serving in a dessert! I need to start getting healthier cold desserts, like frozen yogurt, fruits, or Skinny Cow. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:55:28 EST Since December 5-11, I Have . . . Title says it all! <BR> <BR> What have you accomplished since you joined SparkPeople? For me, since December 6th, I have lost over 15 pounds, run a 5K, started to eat a ton more fresh fruits and vegetables, begun drinking over 8 cups of water every day (and usually over 10!), discovered intuitive eating, and started feeling at peace with my body. You? Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:52:27 EST Class Reunion Just wondering who if anyone is still active from this particular SP Class? Wed, 8 Jun 2011 20:34:45 EST Looking for a new team leader I have had this team since it's beginning <BR> and was only required to stay for a month. <BR> <BR> I am finding it hard to maintain my program <BR> and do so many things, both here and in r/t. <BR> <BR> Would love to hand this group over to someone <BR> who entered during this time period. Let me <BR> know ! Fri, 27 May 2011 05:26:33 EST May goals This has been a very busy month or so. <BR> I am way behind and am still trying to get caught up. <BR> <BR> For May, I am leaving the goals as they were for Mar and April.. <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 May 2011 23:50:28 EST What is your most important challenge in Apr 2011? What is your #1 goal for April? <BR> <BR> The weather is warming up, the sun is shining for most of us! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:46:36 EST April 2011 Exercise Challenge Let's try for one outside walk per day! <BR> <BR> No distance or time requirement ... let's just up our Vit D and sunshine exposure to get rid of the winter duldrums! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:44:58 EST Apr 2011- Personal challenge This month, let's try to work on our personal living space. <BR> Organize, clean, declutter, whatever YOU feel needs doing! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:42:32 EST April 2011 -Eating/Food challenge This month, let's try for 5 fruits and veggies per day Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:40:22 EST What is your goal for April weight loss? What is your goal for April weight loss? Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:38:34 EST MIA, sorry, be back soon! I am sorry I have been absent alot this month. <BR> <BR> Two bouts of gout, Lent beginning with all the extra activities, etc. <BR> <BR> You are all doing great, keep it up!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:09:18 EST March: Keeping it going ! I am not going to change the "goals" and "challenges" for this month. <BR> <BR> Let's keep working on Feb! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:14:49 EST Let's make February a challenge month! Let's make Feb a great month for challenges! <BR> <BR> I have all new challenges in the challenge forum and 2 new team challenges to spur you on! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:58:08 EST Tell us 5 things about yourself ... Tell us 5 things about yourself NOT connectewd to weight loss or exercise. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:45:47 EST What is your most important challenge in Feb 2011? What is your most important challenge in Feb 2011? <BR> <BR> Please share what you really need to work on this month and tell us how you plan to do it! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:43:20 EST Class 5-11 Gym is now open! I am opening up a new gym for people to come in for exercise and sharing on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> We can meet at the water fountain between cardio and strength training! <BR> <BR> Let's go team! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:40:32 EST Feb 2011- Personal challenge For Feb., Pick one area in your life you want to devote more time to. Post that area, how much time you plan to devote to it, and how you will do to make that goal happen. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:33:58 EST Feb 2011 -Eating/Food challenge For Feb, track your food for every meal and snack for 5 days a week. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:30:55 EST Feb 2011 Exercise Challenge For Feb: <BR> <BR> Beginners: Exercise 10-15 min per day, 5 days this week <BR> <BR> Mid active: Exercise 20-30 min 5 days a week <BR> <BR> Active: 30-45 min 5 days a week Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:29:14 EST What is your goal for February weight loss? What is your goal for February weight loss? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:25:24 EST Hello everyone and thanks !! School started on Monday! <BR> Two classes (I was only planning on one this semester). Several tech issues had to be worked out LOL <BR> <BR> I want to thank all the people who are being so faithful to the team, huddlying everyday, and greeting members! <BR> <BR> Keep it up, I am so proud of you! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:36:24 EST Hello Hello! I have been using SparkPeople sporadically for a few months. I feel that it is time to become more serious about my goals of losing weight so I figure one way to do that is to meet others who are going through the same thing. I have been a teacher for many years and due to a move I am staying at home this year. I am enjoying my time and need to start taking care of my health (that is the whole reason I am staying home). I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more about Sp... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:01:11 EST One day at a time My New Years resolution - my promise to myself - to love myself enough to take better care of myself so I will feel better and get healthier, one day at a time. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:40:16 EST Determined and passionate about a change Hi my name is Janice and i am her to make a change in my life that will be for the rest of my life. I have been with weight watchers on and off for a couple of years. I lost 17lbs last year just by doing it alone not paying the weekly fee. I picked up all but, 7lbs and thought about doing weight watchers on line, but to expensive. I just retired a 1 1/2 years ago and want all my extra money. I googled free weight loss programs and was interested in this site. I enjoy all the offers, but a lit... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:51:44 EST my intro hi im catty and im interested in losing wieght. every year i do the whole diet thing and quit after some weeks because i have no motivation. but i hope this year it will be different Sun, 9 Jan 2011 23:41:51 EST Book Purchase I purchased "The Spark" 10 minutes and a time, and started reading it today. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:07:39 EST How's Everyone Doing After The Holidays? I was just wondering how everyone did during the Holidays? My dinners and family gatherings are finally over. I gained about one pound, which is not bad at all. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to get this new year started! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:27:45 EST Hi from Bama! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Hadn't had much time to stop in and say Hi until HI! And Happy New Year to You All! <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:09:42 EST How can we help you make your goals? How can we help you make your goals? <BR> <BR> Let us know so we can encourage you. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:12:28 EST What is your January weight loss goal? What is your January weight loss goal? <BR> <BR> Tell us how we can encourage/help you to meet this goal. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:05:16 EST What state are you from? Tell us your name and what state you live in. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am MaryAnn and I live in Colorado! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:03:41 EST Exercise A-Z Let's try to find an exercise for every letter of the alphabet. Who knows, someone might list one that sounds fun to you! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:02:30 EST Jan 2011- Personal Challenge This thread is for a personal challenge of whatever type you want. <BR> <BR> What do you want to accomplish this month, not related to eating and exercise? Tell us your challenge and post your daily results here. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:00:39 EST Jan 2011- Eating challenge Our eating challenge this month is to eat at least 2 fruits and/or veggies a day, every day. <BR> <BR> Can you do it? Post it here daily. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 02:58:13 EST Jan 2011 Challenge - Exercise The challenge for Jan. 2011, should you decide to accept it, is to walk everyday for at least 15 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Treadmill, WATP, whatever makes you happy, but start getting some movement going! <BR> <BR> Can you do it? Post it here daily. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 02:56:33 EST 2011 Health plans? What are your plans ... not resolutions... for 2011? Resolutions can be broken and done in less than a day, but plans and goals are ongoing and can always be picked back up and worked again! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 02:52:01 EST Brand Spankin' New I am new to Spark, new to dieting and new to exercise (you know...the planned kind)! I am finally ready to take the steps to become a healthier version of myself. I look forward to receiving encouragement and motivation from all of you as much as I look forward to giving it! :) <BR> <BR> Megan Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:44:10 EST Favorite article? What is your favorite article you read this week on SparkPeople! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:46:59 EST Favorite challenge? Tell us! This is a place to tell us about your favorite challenge .. either here or in another team! <BR> <BR> What makes it special to you? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:44:56 EST Tell us about ... Tell us about a team that you enjoy on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> What have you learned? <BR> How does it motivate you? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:43:30 EST Tell us how your first 2 weeks has gone ! You have now been at SparkPeople for at least 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Tell us how it is going with you! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:42:04 EST Hello all Hi there, I'm new to Spark and very excited I happened upon this site. I've always wanted a resourse like this and feel very blessed right now. Anyone have any tips to make this an even better experience? Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:17:46 EST Hello & Happy Holidays Finally ready to introduce myself :) I joined on 12/5/2010 and have just been lurking behind the scenes. It's been incredible reading all the success stories, tips and blogs. There's so much inspiration and hope which I've been desperately needing. I'm 60 plus pounds overweight and I'm ready to loose it in a healthy and realistic way. I was going to wait until the new year to "start" but why postpone living a healthy lifestyle. This has been a serious test on me... I figure if I can get ... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 07:30:13 EST What are your five main goals for 2011? What are your five main goals for 2011? <BR> <BR> MaryAnn plans to: (still working on others) <BR> Lose to under 200 pounds. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 23:26:12 EST Introduce myself I was looking for all all inclusive place to track "me". I am a leader of a group called "TOPS" Take Off Pounds Sensibly. I am within my goal leeway and am just trying to keep healthy sensibly. I am not too concerned with BMI. I think the numbers are too low there. I feel good and look like a girl and that is what matters! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 03:34:16 EST Hey There.... My name is Frank aka TheDodgyKnee. I have been about the sparkpeople website for a while under another user name. But unfortunately i fell off the wagon big style. So i thought that starting over again making those small changes and building up was the best move to make. <BR> <BR> So here i am making those small changes to my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I think this time i am only going to get involved with a couple of teams as well as interacting with only a few positive people. <BR> <BR> I hav... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:26:56 EST new beginning Hello. I have come to join the SparkPeople to make a new and better life for ME and my family. Looking foward to meeting new people and making new life choices for myself. I am very excited , to get started!! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 22:45:21 EST New to SparkPeople~ Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Melisa~ I just started and am looking forward to meeting new people to start the journey with~ I am happily married to a Chef for 15 years and homeschool my kidergarten son and also have a 19 month old. I am a former teacher and now full time stay at home mom. Wishing you all luck! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Melisa <em>443</em> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00:30 EST I need to do this... I really need to do this spark program. I hope I can actually succeed at this... I need to use the weight. My name is lisa and I have been on the spark program for five days. I plan on sticking it out for the long haul. Each and every story I've heard so far has been such an inspiration to me. I'm learning so much from the articles and actually enjoying making healthier choices and tracking and seeing for myself the progrss. i think I can do this! It's worth a try. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:04:30 EST Hello from Canada! Hey Guys! <BR> My name is Stephanie and Im new to SparkPeople. <BR> Im 26 yrs old and live in Northern Ontario. <BR> I just reciently got engaged this summer and will be getting married in 2012. So that is two years to get myself to a better looking healthier bride! <BR> I have a friend that is a personal trainer and she told me about the site and that I should try it out! <BR> So here I am! <BR> I have tried multiple diets ... I'm ashamed to say how many and have failed with each one. The on... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:39:09 EST new to sparkpeople Hello! My name is Sara and I'm new to SparkPeople. However, I am not new to dieting and exercising. :X I'm 23 years old and a mother of a 3 year old boy. I currently weigh the most I ever have (around 160 lbs.). I know it doesn't seem like much but it's a lot for me (I didn't even weigh this much 9 months pregnant!). I definitely want to do something about it though. I actually enjoy exercising a lot. Sadly, I enjoy eating a lot too and use food to cope with everyday stress and emotion. :( I'... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:35:00 EST Hi...Brand new to the SPARK community Hi....I am looking to lose the weight. I have tried everything and would like to be healthy and I really have found that I need structure. I am also competitive so any challeges will be a boost for me. <BR> <BR> My interests are spending time with my family, reading good books and I have 3 dogs and a cat my house is full.... <BR> <BR> I joined Spark when a friend told me about sounded interesting and I started browsing....then BAM....found myself signed up. <BR> <BR> Look ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 16:30:25 EST Hi I'm new... Kinda Hi. I've been on Spark before and did well for a while and then fell off. Then I came back... same thing. And a third time. <BR> <BR> This time I intended to just restart a profile but it's been so long I can't remember what password I used so I'm starting fresh. <BR> <BR> I started last week at 211.0 lbs and I need to get down to 125-135. I've got a long way to go. <BR> <BR> I'm telling myself that little changes make big changes. Sun, 12 Dec 2010 11:08:39 EST Casey in TX Hello Everyone, <BR> I know that it will take me awhile to get to read everyone elses posts here, but I thought that I would also add mine. Another beautiful lady and myself decided to join today and jump on the wagon together. So I guess to say that I have a buddy to help keep me motivated. I had a baby almost 7 months ago and have a little guy that will be 3 in a couple of months. Needless to day, I'm still carring both of them around in my belly! Ha Ha. So I am now looking to be back ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 23:32:31 EST New Team Challenges? So, I have been looking around at some different teams to join and I noticed a lot of them have these elaborate challenges with team names and private spark groups and they last for months at a time. It sounded like fun to me but most of them have already started. Does anyone know any that are starting soon (within the next 2-3 weeks)? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 11 Dec 2010 22:04:49 EST Kim from NC Hey everyone, my name is Kim. I live in Fayetteville, NC with my boyfriend and his 7 year old son. I'm 28 and currently work for Bath Fitters and I"m enrolled to go back to school in January. Point blank, I'm ready to lose weight. I lost quite a bit back in 2007 and got down to a size 14, but have since gained it all back. I'm currently a size 18/20. I'm not happy! I have never been a skinny girl, but I want to at least to be back in shape. I have several health issues. I have rods i... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 21:25:27 EST Hello everyone - I'm new and inexperienced Hello again. Thank you for taking the time to read my first post. <BR> <BR> I have embarked on a journey to change my lifestyle and not just lose weight. Before signing up with SparkPeople, I researched the Internet, and boy is there a ton of information out there; most of which is contradictory. I really like this concept because everything is one location, and each person can fit the information to themselves. <BR> <BR> I am 32 years old, happily married, going back to graduate schoo... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:28:47 EST Hi everyone! SO far i love this site! If you need support and inspiration add me! I need friend on here to help support me and keep me on track. I really want to achieve this! I am done being unhealthy!!!! Who's with me!!?? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:26:25 EST Lorraine's Journey I am in the process of getting back on track with my weight loss. I have about 30 lbs to loose and I am confident that I will reach my goal. I am a BIGGEST LOSER FAN!!! Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:13:57 EST Hello everyone... My name is Rowan; I just joined the site. Saw a friend of mine the other night and couldn't believe my eyes! She had lost weight, and was glowing. She seemed happier with herself and didn't look as tired as I have seen her. She told me about the site, and how much it has helped her. I have struggled with my weight for years, and am ready to really commit to fixing it. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 15:14:44 EST Hey guys I just joined, so I'm still exploring the website... I hope it will give me the push I need :-) <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!&#9829; Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:55:37 EST New Hello All, <BR> I am new and really excited that I stumbled on this site. I am a mother of two living in the St Louis area in Misouri and time seems to be the precious commodity. I am ready for a life style change and i dont want to wait until a doc tells me so. Any advice or tips would be appreciated. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 10:04:05 EST I am hereeeeeeeee Hi All, <BR> <BR> Its Robinson, this website is simply amazing, it wud be really nice to stay intouch with you all and get inspired. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 06:14:11 EST Hi everyone My name is Sasha. I'm new of course. I'm married and have a two year old little girl. I am 21 years old. I haven't been in shape since I was in the fifth grade. Since then I have been slowly but steadily gaining weight and I am now 5'5 and 208 lbs. My goal is to get to a good healthy weight by my next birthday because I want to be able to enjoy my twenties before they are over instead of being afraid to wear bathing suits in public or wear shorts outside. I want to have that sense of being yo... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 02:00:27 EST Hello My name is Katie I am 31 and have decided it is time to get my butt off the couch and on to a more healthy life. I have lots to lose. I have gained over 45 lbs since I quit smoking 4 yrs ago and kept telling myself it was ok since I wasn't smoking. I'm hoping through this great website and community I can get that extra push I need to not quit and become the person I want to become. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and helping in anyway that I can. Here's to a great and ex... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:39:35 EST hey everyone I am new here and I've got lots of weight to lose. I am 22 years old, and I am 5'2" and weigh 205 pounds. I weighed 225 at my highest earlier this year. <BR> <BR> Basically, when I realized how much weight I had gained (around 40 pounds) in a few years after moving out from my parents' house, it scared me. Both of my parents (and just about all my aunts and uncles too) are diabetic, and I guess it hit me that I am not immune to aging and health problems. <BR> <BR> So I want to lose my ... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:08:03 EST This is hard Hi! I'm trying to "try again" BEFORE the first of the year...I've had type 1 diabetes for 50 years, with mostly good health. Had heart bypass in 2005, but no heart attack! I weigh toooooo much. (suffice it to say MORE than "24-49 pound overwieght). I just needed a more reasonable goal to start withl.. It'll take me a while to figure out all the nuts and bolts of this site. Wish me luck. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:36:55 EST newbie hi everyone Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:22:45 EST Shisna Hi I am LaShisna and I am looking to loose about 10lbs by February. I have been trying to loose weight for about 10 yrs now but in those years I would loose and get pregnant and gain it back. I am through having kids( I hope) and hopefully this time I can keep my weight off! <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:22:06 EST New to SparkPeople I'm excited to be part of the Spark community. After one day, I can tell that it has made a difference. I am thinking about what I eat, how much and excercise. The sucess stories are so inspiring, but support each day is what I'm looking for. I recently joined a fitness club for the first time in my life. This will be a new approach to the long Wisconsin winter. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:16:52 EST New to SparkPeople HI, I'm Cathie and 36 years old. Need to lose some weight to feel better and am seriously tired of all these fad diets. I'm ready for a lifestyle change and know I'll need help! <BR> <BR> Look forward to talking with you. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:07:44 EST hi! i'm rita hello,i just started the program,and i am a little excited.i just hope that i can lose the weight and try to keep it off. and hope to meet others like me!my goal is 50 lbs so i am in it 4 the long haul.just wanted to say hello! and good luck to everyone!! Fri, 10 Dec 2010 01:23:44 EST Food Addict in Iowa.... Nice to meet you Newbie here... I'm not much of an internet social butterfly, but I'm going to give it a try with this site, because I really need the support/help. <BR> <BR> About myself... I'm female, 43 years old, 5'10", 230 lbs, gaining another 10 lbs yearly. I was thin (140lbs) until my 30's. I do not feel bad about the way I look, or have low self-esteem, but at this point in my life I have reached a weight were I am realizing it is PHYSICALLY UNCOMFORTABLE to be overweight. <BR> <BR> I do not believ... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:05:22 EST I am back!!!!! I am so excited to be back. I am really motivated this time. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 23:01:18 EST Hello all! I am amazed there are so many of us all starting on this journey this week! I hope we can all come back in a year with 100% of our goals met! We have a tough struggle ahead of us, and I wish the best to all of you! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 22:40:38 EST Howdy Hi everyone, I'm here to work on some very important life-changing goals. Thanks for sharing your stories. <BR> xoxo Thu, 9 Dec 2010 21:02:38 EST Hi I am Deborah in Florida. I am glad to be a part of the spark experience. Just wanted to say hi. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 17:54:10 EST hi im new here and looking for friends: ) Hi my name is lily I'm 30 ,I'm a mother of 2 beautiful girls I love to workout I'm study fitness and nutrition I'm in my last 2 months, I enjoy running, hiking, I love watching football, ufc,boxing, basketball but I'm a girly girl whos not afraid of dirt lol now im doing for second time the insanity <BR> workout that i learn to love ,well hope to meet friends here Thu, 9 Dec 2010 16:32:38 EST Repeat Offender Hi, my name is Gabby. I've always been heavy but I reached my heaviest in high school. I lost 50 lbs in college. But now as I embark on 30 years of age I have gained almost 100lbs. YIKES!!! Its time to get back on track, no pain, no MORE gain. <em>211</em> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 14:07:12 EST Hello :} My name is Donna. I hope this works Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:53:44 EST Hi! My name is Carina, and I'm new. I always really suck at these things, but I'm going to give it a go anyways. <BR> <BR> I'm Carina, I'm 25, and I'm a teacher in Toronto. I also post almost daily on a book blog (mostly reviews, also some discussions). <BR> <BR> I was a competitive athlete when I was a kid, and then gained and lost significant amounts of weight (and lost and re-gained my fitness level) to varying degrees since then. In the summer of 2009, I had surgery, which put me out of commission for about a year in term... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 11:41:16 EST Good morning from Tn. Hello. I am from just outside the Nashville area. It is cold today and I am bundled up in tons of warm clothing. Imagine everybodys surprise when Spring hits and I unravel a thin beach ready body. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 09:43:19 EST Hello from Canada! Hi all! Just wanted to introduce name is Tess and I have about 40 - 50 pounds to lose. I am hoping to find some support and encouragement on this site so that I can finally lose this weight and keep it off......FOR GOOD! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 01:53:51 EST Greetings from NC! Hi everyone! I'm Tara. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 5 years ago it didn't work out then, but I'm so hoping it works out this time. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are trying to start a family, and I feel that my/our weight is the main problem keeping us from conceiving. <BR> <BR> My hope is to start living healthier and the rest will fall in place. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:13:17 EST Hello Hi, I am a former Weight-Watchers loser, but I gained a few pounds back and my blood pressure is up so here I am to lose weight and save money. Thanks so much for this great opportunity to receive encouragement and advice as I try to live a healthy life. Not only that but Christmas brings all kinds of tasty but unhealthy food into my kitchen and it is doubly hard this time of year to try to eat healthy. <BR> Thanks, again, <BR> Campion8 Wed, 8 Dec 2010 23:09:58 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Stephanie. My best friend told me about this forum. She said that it is a great way to keep track of your calories consumed and burned, so I thought that I would try it out. <BR> Right now, I am doing the P90X lean fitness program and I love it so far, however, the diet has not been the greatest. After some intestinal upsets, I decided to modify the diet to include more carbs so that I could add fiber to the diet more easily. It seems to be working better and I have a lot ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 17:43:28 EST Hi! I'm Anna from Chicago Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just heard about and joined sparkpeople today and so far I love it! I've never been good about tracking food/exercise and this seems like such an easy place to do it! <BR> <BR> I'm a mother to 3 boys - ages 11, 9 and 5. I work full time. Life is busy! In spare time that I can manage to find, I try to exercise and train for various races. I love getting medals :) <BR> <BR> I've been married for 13 years, to a man that can eat whatever he wants and not gain weig... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:42:13 EST Hi Team...I'm Al! I think this is a great site! I hope I can keep up with my entries every day! <BR> <BR> I am from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I have 3 daughters ages 16, 14 and 12. <BR> <BR> I run regularly with a running group. I have run several half marathon and will run my first in 2011. I also plan to complete my first Olympic Distance Triathalon this year too (I have completed 2 sprint distance). I hope to complete an Ironman in the next couple of years. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:40:33 EST Hello team and time for change Tired of doing the same thing I did yesterday ready for change Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:18:34 EST shannon hi Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:38:38 EST Hello, just joined Just getting started, looks like a really interesting site. Need to loose 20 pounds, used to be into long distance running, did trail 50k in 2009, but haven't done anything since. Need to get back into exercise habit again. Crazy busy with work, and Married with 2 small kids(girl(2yr) & boy(5yr)). Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:01:11 EST New & Ready to change! Hi all! I'm Amanda. New to SparkPeople, although I have heard plenty about it. After dealing with weight struggles my entire life, and going from highs to lows, I am finally ready to take back my life! Looking forward to meeting a few of you and doing this together! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 13:37:39 EST My Journey Begins Here Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople so I thought I would make this blog entry more of an introduction. <BR> <BR> I am very excited to be apart of the SparkPeople Community. I recently had a huge weight gain. In the past 6 months I gained 20 pounds and have finally gotten to the point where enough is enough. My biggest problem was not staying active and when you're not active your eating habits seem to go right along with it. Me joining Spark is my way of regaining control of my life. I ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 12:04:23 EST Hi Y'all! I am new to this...I can say from past experiences, dieting and life style change has been very hard. I love all things fresh and love veggies and know they can be made to taste like meat but having children that do not eat what I like and then having to have 2 shopping lists, get pretty expensive and I am on a seriously limited budget. How do I cope and how do I introduce a new healthy life style to three children who think pepperoni and cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese are vegetables? H... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:49:33 EST Hello I'm Ali from Devon, UK Hello everyone, this site seems so helpful and motivating.. far more than English sites! I want to lose 25lbs and Christmas is racing towards me with all that lovely food and delicious drinking to tempt me and I'm hoping SparkPeople will help me through! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:21:59 EST Starting again!! This time keeping the motivation! So my official start date with spark people is April where I was wishy washy from the beginning. I have been on a hiatus for a couple of months and need to get it together. I have gained more weight and have to officially step on that scale again to see where my ticker should be set. I am hoping to give and receiv encouragement as we lose this weight together. Best Wishes Everyone! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:13:49 EST Hello Sparkpeople!!! Thanks for having me!! I am a mother of 3 beautiful children, and very overweight! I wanted to introduce myself to you, to let you know that I will lose some weight! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:30:19 EST Hey Newbie here!! Hey everyone I'm looking forward to meet a bunch of you! I really will need motivation and help with my weight loss journey and am looking forward to helping anyone else that needs some too! <BR> Im 23 years old, had a baby about 3 months ago and am having a really hard time getting back into shape. Before baby I was overweight too. It is really hard for me to stay on track but this time I don't only want to so bad but I need to make sure I do get in great shape for my baby! I would love to f... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:21:43 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone, I'm Ash from Oklahoma. I am 21 and have been overweight since I was a kid. I am great at starting things but never stick with it. That has got to change- I have to do this for me, for my health, for my future. I joined sp today because I'm hoping to meet some friends to help me in this journey. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:12:15 EST Hi!! My name is Kim Hi!! My name is Kim. Approximately a year ago I lost about 60lbs. and have slowly started to notice that I am beginning to put a little weight back on....something I don't want to happen. Unfortunately I have also lost my motivation....I keep telling myself that I need to stay on top of this or things will get out of hand, but unfortunately food keeps calling me too....its a hard battle. I am hoping to find a little encouragement and motivation. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:58:41 EST Hello All! Hello! I have been overweight (obese) all of my adult life.I have struggled with my weight for years; lose 40lbs, gain 20., lose 5, gain 2, etc. I'm sick of the yo-yo and ready to make a lifetime commitment. My goal isn't to be "skinny" but to be healthy! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:51:47 EST Very excited Hey guys, <BR> Im very excited to have some help with my health goals. I've been doing great lately, but having this site help me track everything is a godsend. I'm also very excited to start being apart of the community and sharing ideas/goals with all. <BR> <BR> Send me a message, dont be shy. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:14:12 EST New from Kentucky! My name is Amanda. I've tried this several times, but now I feel serious about it. I understand that every now and again there will be slip ups, but its up to me whether or not I let one small thing derail every bit of progress I've made, or just keep trucking along. I'm trying to lose thirty pounds and get into shape for a 5k run in October. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:09:53 EST New on the block and Motivated Hello All- trying something new- never gave health the serious time that it is needed. I am highly motivated to stay on track. I get off track (with eating habits) all to easy so if anyone has tips or ideas on how to overcome or at least deal with this I am all ears. I am excited about this step. And I am ready for this journey! Thank you all in advance for your support! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 19:05:55 EST trying it out I don't like being fat Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:50:19 EST trying it out I don't like being fat Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:50:18 EST Holiday plan? What are you doing during the holidays to keep your calorie consumption under control? <BR> <BR> Are you limiting baking or candymaking? Limiting yourself to one or two pieces a day? <BR> <BR> Tell us your secret! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:24:06 EST Hello from NY Hi! My name is Marisa and I live in NY. I would love to lose a lot of weight (almost 100 lbs) but can't seem to keep on track. I do really good for a couple months and then lose focus. I am usually pretty good with my eating, but I am horrible at exercising. I work full time and have a 2yo and 4yo. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:52:17 EST Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I'm logging on from Georgia. I am 22 years old with about 50 lbs. to lose. I am getting married on December 21, 2010 and have an 18 month old daughter named Katie. She is my whole wide world... I really want to be healthy enough to chase her around, as she is getting more and more active every day. Anyways, I am just so happy to be here and can't wait to get to know all of you! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:44:31 EST Hello sparkpeople Hi all! I'm new to this website! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:01:34 EST Hi :) Just joined Spark People. Looking for something to get me and keep me motivated to reach my goal. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 16:47:00 EST Ending a death march and beginning a new life.... My name is Jessica and today is the first day of the rest of my life. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 16:43:50 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm Stacey, from Ontario. Very happy to have found all these brave souls looking to start weightloss before the holidays! I've been trying to lose weight for a while, and now that my thyroid's 'under control', I'm hoping to really get moving. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 14:34:10 EST 2nd time around and looking for support in Seattle Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Erin and this is my second time on SparkPeople. I am in a new city and new state now, so I thought I would give it another go. I have only lived in Seattle for a year and thought I could lose the weight on my own. Turns out I need a lot more outside support than I thought. Hope we all can help each other out. My biggest challenges are meal planning and motivation to exercise. I live just a couple of blocks from Greenlake, so it should be easy, right? Anyway... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 14:24:36 EST Not really new, but starting over. Once and for all, I need to change my life for the better. Not just for myself, but for my family. Family is the most important thing in my life. I need to set a good example for my kids. One of persistence, good health, and joy. I hope to reach a new healthy lifestyle with my health intact. I have noticed a few things trying to creep up on me like arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If I get these things in check, I know I will be alright. Take care fellow Spark People. Luvs. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:41:22 EST Started yesterday !!! Hi, I'm Kate. I just turned 50 and I lost 30 pounds several years ago and it has slowly crept back on. I am planning ahead as I have two graduations and a wedding (mine) next year so a lot to look forward too. I seem to have the exercise and food under control, but what did me in was my love for nice wine!!! My fiance and I would love to have a couple glasses with dinner every night. I read that you can still lose weight and have wine, but not me. The scale would not budge an inch. So Sunday ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:09:37 EST Hello Hi everyone. I just started today and I am excited, but nervous as well. I really, really, want to be successful with this program. I am a 4th grade teacher from Ohio and there is a thin and healthy person inside me that is dying to break free! I look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:08:39 EST 100% for me! Hiya everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lia from Canada (Ontario, GTA to be specific) and in my late 20's. I've always been the heavy one in school and in my family. I'm ready to change that though, I believe that to be 100% myself I need to do this for me. <BR> <BR> I currently work a crazy job, sitting at a desk no less, so from overhauling what I eat, to how I get myself moving I'm looking forward to the challenge!! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 09:01:40 EST Hi From Wanda Hi Everyone, <BR> I am happy that I found this website. It has so many great ideas, and it seems like a lot of people share their inspiration. I really need some motivation and encouragement. I am very overweight and going through peri-menopausal symptoms. I am also turning 50 in January. I want to get healthy and not get out of breath every time I climb the steps. I started a journal on Sunday, and I've been doing 10 minute walks each day. I am also introducing myself to you. I just read a p... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 04:55:18 EST This time is permanent My weight has been fluctuating between 240-270 for at least 8 years, and I have had enough with diets. I want to dictate the change in my life before this dangerous cycle changes my life for me. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 02:16:43 EST Howdy.... My name is Juanita. I'm here to get a hold of my fitness, and eating habits, and already exercise pretty regularly. I have a lot of work to do, and am hoping I can gain some online friends, and find my spark and get on the road to better health. <BR> <BR> Bring it on! <BR> <BR> J Tue, 7 Dec 2010 01:29:25 EST Hi Everyone! I am Christopher Hi all. I am really happy I found this place, and I look forward to the encouragement I need to get back on track again. I bought an Ipod a little over a year and a half ago, and using the program Loseit, I lost 75 lbs very quickly. (roughly half my total goal) Luckily, I enjoy exercise. Everything was fine until last thanksgiving when the kids showed up and started baking. Since then I've gained half of it back. I need to turn this bus around! Thank you all for being there. Emotional eating... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 00:15:21 EST Hi Hi my name is Stefanie I am a wife and mother to 2 little girls. I am 32 and I am embarking on a journey to transform and re-find myself. <BR> <BR> I have quite smoking and just came home from throat surgery 4 days ago. I cannot speak for 14 days and in light of this I have come to terms with how I have hurt myself over the last decade. From smoking and neglecting myself, I feel that it is time for me. Time to get healthy and fit, become a better role model for my girls and be happier a... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:41:41 EST Also starting today! I've lost the same 20 pounds again and again, so my first goal is to lose them one more time. My second goal is to not need to lose them again! <BR> I'm in my early 40s, a mom and I work, so time is short. I'd love to give/get support from others starting now. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 16:54:00 EST What is your favorite exercise? What is your favorite exercise and how do you plan to incorporate it into your Spark plan? Mon, 6 Dec 2010 16:25:26 EST READY FOR CHANGE HI! I'm Laura, I'm 21 and I'm sooo very ready to change my life around. I'm actually really not quite sure of what I'm supposed to put here, but I'll tell you about my situation. I'm 5'5'' and at a shocking 350... It's quite embarrasing actually, I've been having trouble with back and hip pain(its imobilizing its so agonizing) and I'm 21. I'm tired of going to the doctor's and telling me they can't really help me because I'm overweight, and then listen to the schpiel of "you need to lose weig... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:24:11 EST Hi I'm introducing myself! I have been working at a very sedentary and stressful job for over a year now, and really feel like I've lost control of my weight. I'm hoping to lose at around 30 pounds. Wish me luck! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:22:13 EST Hey guys! Hi My name is Jenna. I live in New York, and am currently attending college. I am VERY new to this site, and would love tips! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 11:24:39 EST On the road again Hi, My name is Rebecca. I was introduced to SparkPeople by a friend. This is not my first time trying to diet. I actually lost 130lbs doing weight watchers a while back. I've since then hit a plateau, decided I was wasting my money and stopped going. I have gained most of my weight back. At this point, I want to lose the weight but I am not very motivated to start all over again. I know that I was happier with myself as they weight came off but it just seems like such a huge goal to o... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 10:16:20 EST Questions? Ask them here! Do you have any questions about how to do something at SP?? <BR> <BR> Ask them here! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 02:38:45 EST Starting Today Hey everyone. My name is Jaime. I am 23 years old and weigh 220 pounds. I am only 5'1 so this is a huge weight on me. This is the biggest I have ever been. I have always been large but averaged 180 all through high school. I am ready to make a change for myself and for my future. I am hoping this group will help me to meet my goals and get to where I need to be to be healthy and feel good about myself. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 02:24:13 EST Starting Here Hi, I'm Deb. I just turned 37 years old and am eager to start changing my life. I know I've got a long journey ahead, but I'm committing to do the best for myself so that I can be a better mom for my kids. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 01:50:40 EST The Beginning Today I am beginning something that needs to happen - a change in the way I look and feel! I am eager to not only loose weight but truly change without having to eat cardboard food or spend a lot of unnecessary money. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 00:20:47 EST Five things! Tell us 5 things about you that makes you special! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 21:28:19 EST First challenge posted I have posted our first challnege! <BR> <BR> It is an easy one! <BR> <BR> Chack in once a day to the team! <BR> <BR> Let's see how many can do this ! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 21:26:48 EST Day 1 of the rest of my life I have been inspired by my daughter who has been with Sparks for 1 month now. She is down 10 pounds and she is so excited about this program. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 4 and my weight has slowly but steadily piled on over the last 20 years. I am starting to feel the effects of my weight and I'm not getting any younger so I felt it was about time to start getting a new grip on my weight and health! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to supporting you all and making friends in this battle of the ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:40:30 EST Hi Hi, my name is Caryn and I need some extra support to get rid of my last few pounds for good. I'm hoping I'll get a lot of good ideas here. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:11:44 EST Time to get serious This is my 3rd or 4th time starting with Spark People. I like to believe this will be more successful than previous attempts, which resulted in brief periods of attention to health, followed by continued increase in weight. I like the idea of a spark team based on date of joining, and I see us all linking arms as we head into the future with health as a goal. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 18:48:49 EST got to get going I just need to get motivated and stick with ANYTHING and I know I can be successful. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:26:35 EST Hope springs eternal.... Hi, folks. I consider myself to have become a fairly healthy lifestyler - not running any marathons, not a vegan or on a highly restricted calorie diet - but I swim for 45 minutes 2 - 3 times a week, walk or bike to work (30 mins or 20 mins round trip, respectively), water and seltzer are my beverages of choice; I always eat breakfast, avoid transfats like the plague ( I read labels, even though it's become more difficult since the print has gotten smaller over the years...); yet I remain ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:17:46 EST Hi! My name is Jennifer. I am a 26 year old graduate student in Indiana. I just got married in August, and I have two cats Max and Hallie. I gained about 20 pounds since I finished my undergrad degree in 2008. I lost some weight for the wedding, but starting school again and all the stress that entails has knocked me off the health wagon so I'm here to hop back on again. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:16:58 EST Overwhelmed but willing That picture of me on my page is me, 10 years ago. I'm trying to find one of me now, to post. I've aged more than 10 years in appearance! Just diagnosed pre-diabetic and very high LDL, low HDL and high Triglycerides, my doctor advises: "really need to change to a healthier lifestyle to prevent full blown diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure". All things my Mom already has. I knew it was all coming. My Native American genes don't help: many Natives acquire diabetes. But my lif... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:44:43 EST Back in the saddle Hi everyone ~ My name is Melanie and I am originally from Texas but now live in Wyoming. (waves hi to her neighbor in Colorado Maryann..) <BR> <BR> I joined Spark a few years ago after I quit smoking and had success with the program, I lost about 40 lbs. Then I developed hypothyroidism and struggled with getting my medication right for the last 18 months and fell off the eating healthy/exercise band wagon. The docs finally got my thyroid medication sorted out and I am ready to get back on ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:17:38 EST newbie Hey, <BR> I'm back! I did this a few years ago and was really organized and did well. But then I slacked off and slowly the weight crept back on. <BR> I realize that I need to just stick with it and find new ways to stay motivated. <BR> I'm wishing all of the group much success! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:57:09 EST lsears00 Hi everyone. I am a 55 year old mom of two and grandmother of 5. I will be celebrating my 40th anniversay on April 23, 2011. Our son , a captain in the Army bought us a cruise and I want to look my best for the occasion. I appreciate all of the help I can get. I will also be graduating the University of Ark. this december 15. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:33:04 EST Hello Hello! My name is Donna and I live in Illinois in the suburbs of Chicago. I've been overweight since having my son (who is 17 now) but have been obese since quitting smoking for good about 10 years ago. I've tried all kinds of diets, but nothing has worked. A friend refered my to SparkPeople and I'm very excited to get started. 2011 is gonna be my weight loss year! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 04:14:50 EST Hi I am MaryAnn from Colorado! Hi I am MaryAnn and I live in Colorful Colorado. <BR> <BR> I have been a Spark People member for over 2 years. <BR> I have multiple health problems that try to keep me heavy .. but I am going to fool them !! I am going to work my way thinner in spite of them ! <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be here among all you just beginning Sparkers ! I am sure your enthusiasm will help me on my way! Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:50:27 EST Welcome to the team !! <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team: SP Class of December 5-11, 2010!! <BR> <BR> You are now a member of an excellent team! <BR> <BR> Please tell us about yourself in the Introduce yourself thread. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:28:22 EST