SparkPeople SP Class of December 26- January 1, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from December 26- January 1, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of December 26- January 1, 2011 Team Messageboard anybody still around? Where are you at with your journey?? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:58:59 EST "Where are they (you) now?" 1 yr later Hello my fellow SP classmates! I'd love to hear a little "where are they know" stories now that we've hit the one year mark for membership. Share! <BR> <BR> I am a team leader for 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose and having a lot of fun with it. I'm down 41.8 pounds for the year, with about 35 to go. Feeling great! <BR> <BR> You? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:18:57 EST Fitness Pledge Hello Team, this year is almost over so let's get a fit life for 2012. <BR> Let's make a pledge to ourselves, a commitment to ourselves...A pledge to make our workouts and health just as important as everything else. <BR> <BR> So team let's post daily to reach our goals and motivate one another! <BR> <BR> Post your water intake <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Post your vegetable and fruit intake <em>291</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Post your workout for that day <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Come o... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:46:21 EST One thing you will do today to advance your health Today I will rest, drink water, & take airborne to kick this cold! Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:40:29 EST Looking for support... Okay...I am here once again and trying not to be intimidated by this site and how to navigate around it. I am in desperate need of supporting persons who are working to reach their goals. I want to be successful this go round and I would like to meet people who are struggling with the overwhelming task of losing weight. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get more support from this site and how to link up with persons who will be supportive? Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:49:59 EST Favorite teams We've been out in the Spark world for 9 months now. So what teams have you found that you absolutely love? Share with the rest of us! Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:15:15 EST What workout did you do today? Seems we need a new topic so people can post what they did today. <BR> <BR> I just did 5.48 miles of walking! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 10:07:45 EST Shout-Outs for September 25 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NIKO27 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> JENN245 <BR> PEACEFULHOME11 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> ALLI-B-22 <BR> NALAYB <BR> HEMMERS1 <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> KTC0900 <BR> ILLINICHEERS <BR> DIGITALDREAMER <BR> JENSKEN <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> KEEPER65 <BR> MBROWN111 <BR> ANGGEL40 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> 1YOGAYOGI <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> RSSGMATT <BR> TREP13 <BR> SGILBERT18 <BR> AN... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:02:56 EST Shout-Outs for September 18 The shout-outs have been sent out - enjoy and keep up the good work! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 08:36:09 EST Shout-Outs for September 11 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> PEACEFULHOME11 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> JENN245 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ALLIB22 <BR> NALAYB <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> HEMMERS1 <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> KTC0900 <BR> ILLINICHEERS <BR> KEEPER65 <BR> PALAWTHE <BR> 10221956 <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> MBROWN111 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> VANMETRE70 <BR> BELTANE12 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> 1YOGAYOGI <BR> MB... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 07:11:12 EST HELLO ALL Hi my Name is Kristina and I am new to Spark. Well I still feel new because when I did sign up and create a spark page I didn't do much after that. Looking for friends and support. It's hard to do it alone. I will be tempted, I will hit speed bumps, but I WILL succeed. I have to tell myself that. I look forward to making new friends on here! :) Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:09:14 EST Thank you, team leaders I just wanted to give a public shout out and thank you to our team leaders - COOL_CHARLOTTE, KAKIPOPUP, and NOMOREBREAKS for their guidance, encouragement and information over the past six and a half months. Very courageous of them, too, to step up to the plate to lead the class who started at New Year's - I would imagine our team is probably larger and more cumbersome to lead than the teams immediately before or after ours. <BR> <BR> Every little thing we do on Spark - huddling, getting em... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:15:23 EST Shout-outs for July 17 The shout-outs have been sent - I apologize for the delay - Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:41:39 EST Shout-Outs for July 10 The goodies have been sent - I'm sorry I don't have time to post the list - Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:21:08 EST What changes are YOU noticing? What positive changes are you noticing in your life as a result of Spark People? <BR> <BR> My success here has helped me feel more confident in other areas of my life. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 14:17:49 EST Shout-Outs for the week: 6/19-6/25 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> NIKO27 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JENN245 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ALLIB22 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> LOLA118 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> HIKERMEG <BR> OHSOCOOLLISA <BR> NALAYB <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> ILLINICHEERS <BR> ATXAGGIE <BR> QUEENCREOLE <BR> INTERNETALLY <BR> KEEPER65 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> MARI4BELL <BR> SPARKLINGSANDY <BR>... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 08:52:02 EST Check out this website for a serious butt kick! It is only 12 minutes but you will hurt after!! Good if you don't have very much time!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:32:00 EST Shout-Outs for the week: 5/29-6/4 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NIKO27 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JENN245 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> QUEENCREOLE <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> TREP13 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> OHSOCOOLLISA <BR> MARI4BELL <BR> ILLINICHEERS <BR> NALAYB <BR> JDECK11 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> SPARKLINGSANDY <BR> NDC73179 <BR> INTERNETALLY <BR> KEEPER65 <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR>... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 08:39:04 EST If you started on January 1... your 6th month on SparkPeople is starting on June 1. Stop by and let your teammates know where you are at, what changes you have made and are making - large, small, or fair-to-middlin' - Mon, 30 May 2011 06:31:50 EST Shout-Outs for the week: 5/22-5/28 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders: <BR> <BR> NIKO27 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> JENN245 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> DIANE03 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> MDTRAVELGIRL <BR> ZOLLAH <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> NANA717 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> INTERNETALLY <BR> VANMETRE70 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> MARIEL77 <BR> NDC73179 <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> CYBERSUZE <... Sun, 29 May 2011 09:04:07 EST Shout-outs for the week: 5/15-5/21 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> NIKO27 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> DIANE03 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> JENN245 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> MDTRAVELGIRL <BR> ZOLLAH <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> NANA717 <BR> RUNNINGYOGI <BR> JMIRROR <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> VANMETRE70 <BR> KTC0900 <BR> MARIEL77 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> NDC73179 <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> CYBERSUZE <BR> LOLA118... Sun, 22 May 2011 08:54:16 EST Hello my name is Heather My name is Heather and i am overweight i want to lose 70 pounds and feel good about my self and stop hurting all the time. 14 years ago i lost alot of weight and 4 years ago i had another baby ang gained every pound back i lost and then some i weigh more now then ever and i am unhappy but i can not stop eating and i have know energy to exersise.My knees hurt all the time and everyday i tell my self today you will start and then i go to work in the the school cafe and i start eating then i thi... Sat, 21 May 2011 10:13:17 EST Shout-outs for the week - 5/8-5/14 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> MDTRAVELGIRL <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> JENN245 <BR> RUNNINGYOGI <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> NANA717 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> SPARTYCHICK <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> TREP13 <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> LOLA118 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> FROZENBELLA37 <BR> KTC0900 <... Sun, 15 May 2011 08:50:23 EST What did you to TODAY to stay motivated? I bought myself a little treat at Costco. A new Wii game, We Cheer 2. It got good reviews on and it looks like fun! It won't hurt me to burn a few more calories playing a game. Fri, 13 May 2011 16:37:37 EST Shout-outs for the week - 5/1-5/7 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> MDTRAVELGIRL <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> JENN245 <BR> RUNNINGYOGI <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> NANA717 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> SPARTYCHICK <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> TREP13 <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> LOLA118 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> FROZENBELLA37 <BR> KTC0900 <... Sun, 8 May 2011 07:44:40 EST We're starting month #4, what are your successes? I've lost almost 22 pounds and have gone down nearly 2 dress sizes - from 16ish to 12ish! <BR> <BR> I'm have so much more energy an am feeling better about my body. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to an event in a new dress! I'll post pictures in my blog. <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo!! <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 14:22:51 EST Shout-outs for the week - 4/24-4/30 The shout-outs are missing for last week - there is no information under the April tab - they will return next week - <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work, everyone - Sun, 1 May 2011 04:50:31 EST Shout-outs for the week - 4/17-4/23 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> JENN245 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> SPARTYCHICK <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> ANP_1194 <BR> TREP13 <BR> LOLA118 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> INTERNETALLY <BR> MIKITGEEK1 <BR> SAILING... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 08:01:40 EST Member since January 2011 Good Morning, I have been a member since January 2011 and until now I have done well. I have lost my motivation. I need encouragement!! I know I can do this but old habits are starting to come back..... Help! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:17:22 EST Finally Ready! OK....I have hit the point where I am finally ready to make some major changes in my life as far as diet and exercise go! This is exciting and a bit scary.....but....Starting on Monday, April 25, I will be eating healthfully and tracking everything that I eat....wish me luck! Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:25:16 EST Shout-outs for the week - 4/10-4/16 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NIKO27 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> JENN245 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> NARSADDICT <BR> LOLA118 <BR> STRETCH2011 <BR> SULLIV <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> TREP13 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> INTERNETALLY <BR> JAO1111 <BR> OHSOCOOLLI... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:10:16 EST Mrs. Wilson on a diet again. Hello all...I have recently decided to once again tackle my weight issues. I am on my second week of a 1200 Calorie diet...and overall I am doing pretty good. I have been keeping a food journal in which I include calorie counts which is really helping...Doesnt help with the want for things that are not within my range but it has definately helped me keep things in prespective. Last week I went to visit my family Dr. and she gave me a RX for Phenteramine...I haven't really notice that it is do... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:41:22 EST Shout-outs for the week - 4/3-4/9 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NIKO27 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> SULLIV <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JENN245 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> OUATEONE <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> NARSADDICT <BR> JMIRROR <BR> LOLA118 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> TREP13 <BR> GOGOGRANNIE <BR> AN804U <BR> CYNICALTWAT <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> STRETCH2011 ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 06:22:03 EST Shout-outs for the week - 3/27-4/2 A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> GOGOGRANNIE <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JENN245 <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> OUATEONE <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK2 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> CHESS7 <BR> RRFIT2 <BR> LOLA118 <BR> MARIE177 <BR> NARSADDICT <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> AN804U <BR> GARDEN207 <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> TAMMILANE <BR> OHSOCOOL... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 07:12:54 EST What motivates you MOST?? This might sound a little strange, but my biggest motivator is remembering how much I've accomplished in other areas of my life. Sometimes I feel as if I'm hopeless at losing weight and keeping it off. I really helps me to focus on accomplishments in other areas of my life to remind myself that I CAN do this! Sat, 2 Apr 2011 15:12:19 EST How about NOT gaining weight?? I started SP with the goal of losing 45 lbs. I lost 18 in the first 2 months and then hit a serious plateau. I am trying, but just can't get into the right frame of mind to get excited for major weight loss. Things are also super crazy at work right now. Usually when things get crazy at work, I get crazy at home - eating everything and gaining weight. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm trying something different. I reset my calorie and exercise range to stay the same until the semester ends in Ma... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:40:53 EST List your notable accomplishments 3 months in! Well, today is 3 months for me since discovering Spark. I'd love to see a collective list of our shared accomplishments since starting this journey! <BR> <BR> Here are my top three: <BR> <BR> 1) Dropped my BMI from morbidly obese to just regular obese <BR> 2) Competed in my first 5k on Saturday! (WOO HOO!) <BR> 3) Much more comfortable overall - in my own skin, my clothes, in kitchen chairs Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:42:49 EST 3 Months down. Welcome teammates to Month #4. Yes, it is week #13. <BR> <BR> This is actually the point at which most people who need to lose a lot of weight give up. <BR> <BR> Don't do it. If you can get over this little 3 month bump studies show you will be MORE likely to keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> I'm having some bumps myself, but I'm not giving up. This is my LIFE. I want to set a good example for children and friends. Even strangers. I want to show people it CAN be done. I'm so tired of hearing... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:16:56 EST Shout-outs for the week - 3/20-3/26 A BIG <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders: <BR> <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> JENN245 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> MBUCHANAN9 <BR> TREP13 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> TAMMILLANE <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> PRESHA811 <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> URLEEC <BR> MMS81096 <BR> AN804U <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> 19811960 <BR> RRFIT72 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> MYADOG1 <BR> KTC0900 <BR> A-DAY-... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:15:37 EST Welcome to Week #12 Yes, this week we'll all be turning into 3 month Sparkers! Honestly, the time flies. <BR> <BR> I'm doing much better this time around. Last year when I tried to lose the weight I was a BEAR. If anything changed, I got poor sleep before a weigh in, someone ate my snack, we were going out....I would be so unbearable. I would get very upset and take it out on everyone else. This time around I find myself a lot more relaxed about this. I'm not constantly subtracting numbers to figure out dates w... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:36:58 EST Shout-outs for the week (3/13-3/19) A BIG <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> NIKO27 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> JENN245 <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> TREP13 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> JMIRROR <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> URLEEC <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> BUBU54 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> OUATEONE <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> 19811960 <BR> MBUCHANAN9 <BR> PRESHA811 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> MYADOG1 <BR> AN804U <BR> RRFIT72 <BR> ANITA_NM <BR>... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:39:45 EST Week #11 Well here we go into week 11...You know, I was reading last night that studies have shown it takes 6 weeks to make a new habit. I know it take a lot longer to control a food addiction, but....what have I been doing for 6 weeks? I've been walking for 6 weeks now. I've been going to bed and getting up at decent times for 6 weeks now....I wish I could say I'm taking regular good care of myself and my home. It made me think....Maybe I should have a daily schedule to follow. It might help me to se... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:40:32 EST Shout-outs for the week (3/6-3/12) A BIG <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> TREP13 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> URLEEC <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> GERMANIRISHGIRL <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> JENN245 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> MYADOG1 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> MARILM <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> BUBU54 <BR> CSITURKEY <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> MMS81096 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> AN804U <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> DESERTBRAT30 <BR> KTC0900 <BR> KARENF <BR> L... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:06:23 EST hey there! I just noticed this team on my one of my SparkFriend's pages, so I joined. I signed up for Spark Dec. 29 in anticipation of getting on the bandwagon January 1. Going strong, loving Spark. I have a long journey ahead of me, but I'm happy and proud of the accomplishments and progress I've made so far, including dropping my BMI from morbidly obese to plain 'ol obese and becoming team leader for 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose. I find that I love motivating others, it keeps me sparked! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:09:16 EST Group workouts. Well tonight I'll be going to our local Free Fit Club. It's an hour long workout, much more intense than anything I've done yet, and I'm not sure how I'll do. I have an intense dislike for people and public places, but I LOVE working out and sweating. I am sort of excited. I've wanted to do this for several months now, but didn't feel fit enough to go. I know I will not be able to keep up, but it's for all levels, and I should be able to adjust it to my liking. <BR> <BR> In the past I've avo... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:42:33 EST So long week 9 and hello to week #10! Well I started making out a list of goals and new workouts and a plan for this week...and I totally bombed. I used my Wii Friday and saw that I'd lost 1 pound and thought I was doing ok, but then....the binge started. It lasted two days and I just could NOT stop. I know this is an emotional thing. <BR> <BR> I feel I'm losing some part of me. Like someone is dying. I feel hurt and angry and I know the binge was totally self-sabotage. I did NOT weigh in Saturday. It was in the mid... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:12:33 EST Shout-outs for the week (2/27-3/6) A BIG <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> ZARAH140 <BR> PAMTHEMUSICAL <BR> MYADOG1 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> CHERYL2U <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> BEANABABY0827 <BR> JENN245 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> HUNGRY_HAGGIS <BR> JMIRROR <BR> AN804U <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> JOJOSTARBUCK1 <BR> OUATEONE <BR> BUBU54 <BR> AGBEERS <BR> MMS81096 <BR> GARDEN2070 <BR> MISSPUBLISHED <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> SRETCH2011 <... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:35:38 EST Hi im sarah. Im a high school student and looking to lose weight before summer. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:05:13 EST First workout tape or DVD Does anyone remember the first workout tape or DVD (mine was a tape)? What is the oldest workout tape or DVD you bought that you are still using? Also what is your favorite workout tape or DVD old and new? <BR> <BR> My first workout tape I bought right after high school in the early 90's was one of Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies. I did use it often at the time because most workouts were too hard for me. I was not overweight then but very out of shape. <BR> <BR> My first work... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:48:28 EST 2 Month Sparkers. Yes we've been here for 8 weeks now! <BR> <BR> And this is week #9 of the rest of our lives. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of slacking lately. I find myself floundering a bit. My house is very disorganized and it's starting to effect me. I have making too many excuses. I'm doing better than I was, but... I need a SCHEDULE. I hate to say it, but it's true. With the kids and the computer time and the workouts, and now with making my hubby lunches 3 days a week...I need a more firm "do this now" sort of ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:20:51 EST Shout-outs for the week (2/20-2/27) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> NIKO27 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NURSIEKINS34 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> KB1018 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> JENN245 <BR> PRESHA811 <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> AN804U <BR> JEWELS692 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> SBEHNKE2 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> SINADENA <BR> BASOLT <BR> JENSMULLER <BR> LINDSDEN <BR> TERESAMARIE1959 <BR> <BR> and a LOUD <em>243</em> ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:00:38 EST About adjusting the calorie range... This morning I hit the button to reset my weight goal, and as usual I just saved it, no changes. <BR> <BR> And my calories went up so much!! They went from 1550-1900 to 1770-2200!! No way! I could barely stuff 1500 healthy calories into me (what only took one pizza to do takes a LOT of salad and fruit!). <BR> <BR> So I poked around some on the site and here's what I found out. <BR> <BR> The calorie range is based off what you weigh, what your goal weight is, and what date you wish to reach... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:01:38 EST What do you prefer to be called? Just wondering, now that we've been here for a few months, what you would prefer to be called? Your screen name? Your real name? A nickname? <BR> <BR> I'm Nikki. I don't mind if you call me Nomorebreaks, or No More, but you can call me Nikki if you want. :) Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:44:02 EST Week 7 is done....On to Week 8! Yes, that's right. We'll all be going into our second month here at Sparkpeople this week! <BR> <BR> What changes we've all made! <BR> <BR> I know that some of us are struggling. The thing is...I know you all hear this one a lot, but it's so true... We did NOT learn to eat poorly overnight. We didn't get used to eating poory in just a month. It took many months, and often years for our bad habits to take over our lives. We are going to have to WORK to change those. It will take months to un... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:51:17 EST Shout-outs for the week (2/13-2/19) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> NURSIEKINS34 <BR> KB1018 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> JENN245 <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> PRESHA811 <BR> AN804U <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> LINDSDEN <BR> SBEHNKE2 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> DING15 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> ALFIAMYST <BR> ALWAYS_DREAMING <BR> SINDAENA <BR> MSTGERMA1 <BR> <BR> and a LOUD <em>243</em> t... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 09:28:29 EST Hello Week #7! So that was the end of Week 6 for most of us! A month and a half?! That's just crazy! <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone takes a little time out for themselves this month. <BR> Stop at an interesting and have a cup of coffee....Treat yourself to a move - ALONE. Read a book you've been wanting to get to too.... Get a new CD and take a walk alone, not "working out" just wandering and thinking and sitting and looking... It may be Valentine's Day, but we can't love and respect anyone else properly u... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:15:36 EST Shout-outs for the week (2/6-2/12) Our Pings (for progress) this week go to: <BR> <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> SBEHNKE2 <BR> EUPHMOM <BR> KAREBARE506 <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> <BR> (if you would like to be on this list, huddle this week and say "I'm making progress") <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> KB1018 <BR> NURSIEKINS34 <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> NIKO27 <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> SAFARIBABE <B... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 05:59:56 EST A neat little site if you're not sure what to cook <BR> You can enter what you have and it will list recipes you can make. <BR> <BR> Like if you enter "chicken" "bread" "cheese" it lists 2000 recipes and 2 you can make right now with those 3 ingredients. (the other 1998 require more ingredients) It's kind of nice when you're using things up and not sure what to make. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:29:53 EST Official Healthy Cooking Challenge I've just begun the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge. <BR> <BR> :) Week one looks pretty easy. I all ready plan our meals. I need to get my kitchen organized though, so I'll focus big time on that. <BR> <BR> I think I do decently cooking, I just would like to be able to get it done faster/more efficiently. And I'd like to enjoy a bit more. I'd love to have things sorted out enough that the whole family can help with dinner prep. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:46:51 EST No more. I have been a rather depressed, fat, lazy mother. <BR> I have made excuses. Excuses about why I can't. Why I shouldn't. Why I won't. <BR> <BR> I was the friendly mom. <BR> The funny mom. <BR> The absent mom. <BR> <BR> I was in hiding. <BR> I didn't want to embarrass my kids. <BR> I didn't want to be embarrassed. <BR> <BR> I have smart, creative, well-rounded children. <BR> <BR> What have I taught them? <BR> To hide? <BR> To give up? <BR> <BR> No more. <BR> I would rather them see me st... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:33:29 EST Week #6 check-in Well we just finished week #5 and are now in #6. Does it seem like a month and a half?? <BR> <BR> How are you feeling? <BR> <BR> I'm amazed at how my sleep has changed (mostly for the good). <BR> <BR> I'm a little worried because I can see myself slipping up a little bit, just letting the little things slide...I've been there before and know I have to stop that NOW before it becomes larger and turns into an avalanche. I will probably be blogging about that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My clothes d... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 12:29:05 EST Teammates making progress 1/31-2/6 <em>242</em> to our teammates who said they are making progress when they huddled last week - <BR> <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> ELDERDANCE <BR> SBEHNKE2 <BR> EUPHMOM <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> A-DAY-AT-A-TIME <BR> 1EMMA2011 <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 19:51:36 EST Am I very sore ... I have been doing Pilates every morning for the past 3 weeks. I decided yesterday to "mix-it-up" a little, so I tried a new core workout video. This morning when I woke up, I felt great, but when I went to do the workout my hips hurt so bad I could not complete it. I did what I could, but it was actually painful. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this? Should I go ahead with my planned workout for today and work through it, or should I give my body a day to rest? I did do about 20 m... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 10:17:49 EST Shout-outs for the week (1/30-2/5) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> MLEWKOSK <BR> ALWAYS_DREAMIN <BR> ACCDNTLATHLETE <BR> KNITQUEEN2 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> NIKO27 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> MALIGIRL <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> MSTGERMA1 <BR> JENN245 <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> MISSPUBLISHED <BR> NEEDTOBE145 <BR> LYNNE311 <BR> DINGODREAMS <BR> SBEHNKE2 <BR> PRESHA811 <BR> EUPHMOM <BR> TREP13 <BR> AN804U <BR> JOANIEMARIE642 <BR> JMIRROR <BR> <BR> And a LOUD <em>243</em> for... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 05:59:13 EST Hi all! Well, I signed up for SparkPeople back in December, but, wouldn't you know it, simply signing up was not enough to melt the pounds right off. :) My son turned 3 about a week ago. I guess that means I can no longer call it baby weight. :) <BR> <BR> So, today is day 3 of my trying to eat right. That, coupled with going to the gym 3 times a week, should get me on the right path to losing 65 lbs. <BR> <BR> Any way, hope all of you are well, and good luck with your fitness goals! <BR> <BR> --An... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 13:37:16 EST This is the start! This is day 1 of my weight loss journey. I want to be serious about it. I honestly need to lose over 100 pounds, but i am going to take it 1 day at a time and celebrate all of the small successes. I love this website so far and it seems like it will be just what i need to keep motivated. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 10:38:31 EST Shout-outs for the week (1/23-1/29) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> JENN245 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> BUBU54 <BR> NIKO27 <BR> AN804U <BR> SERENADALLAS <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> MIKA_RYAN_LUVS <BR> HUNGRY_HAGGIS <BR> RSSGMATT <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> BOLIQUE <BR> GOBLUE61403 <BR> AFRESHSTART2 <BR> BELTANE12 <BR> PEDINURSEMOM <BR> LYNNBERRY338 <BR> PEPPER47A <BR> DELIGHTFULDEE3 <BR> KLEWISN <BR> SAILINGCHERI <BR> DANICAYAYA1 <BR> <BR> and a LOUD <em>243</em> to our Fi... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:20:32 EST Technical Questions Can anyone help? <BR> <BR> How do you get a photo and other "picture"/award (like the "I lost 20 pounds" or "Spark" book) to show when you post to the message boards? <BR> <BR> Also, I am having trouble changing the background on my spark page - I make the changes, but they don't "take." <BR> <BR> Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:40:05 EST Month 1, finished! And hello week #5! <em>515</em> <BR> <BR> Well we've made through the first month!! <BR> <BR> I'm still processing everything and thinking it out, so I'll put my update up tomorrow probably, is everyone doing???? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:36:29 EST Big Benefits from Small Losses Something I read last week that may help with that "it was JUST 2 pounds" mentality: <BR> <BR> Losing 2 pounds...drops your odds of developing Type II Diabetes by 16%. <BR> <BR> Losing 9 pounds...increases an obese woman's fertility by increasing bloodflow to her uterus by 19%. <BR> <BR> Losing 11 pounds...women who weighed 150 pounds and lost just 11 cut their risk of osteoarthritis of the knee by 50%. Each pound of excess weight we carry puts 3-6 pounds of pressure on our knees. <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:16:51 EST Airplane Food I am flying from the Upper Mid-West to Dallas this week (morning flight - meeting - evening flight home). Airports are a HORRIBLE trap for me. I HATE flying and I don't want to get in my usual rut of eating to calm my nerves. <BR> <BR> Any ideas as to what I can pack in my carry on as a snack that won't violate the 'rules'? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:37:00 EST Weekend get-away I will be away this weekend - back on Sunday afternoon - so the shout-outs will be posted later than usual - Fri, 28 Jan 2011 03:54:46 EST Shout-outs for the week (1/16-1/22) A big <em>244</em> for our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> JENN245 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> BUBU54 <BR> SERENADALLAS <BR> NIKO27 <BR> MIKA_RYAN_LUVS <BR> PEDNURSEMOM <BR> GOBLUE61403 <BR> HUNGRY_HAGGIS <BR> RSSGMATT <BR> LYNNBERRY338 <BR> 29MOMOF4 <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> GOGOGRANNIE <BR> DANICAYAYA1 <BR> BELTANE12 <BR> DELIGHTFULDEE <BR> LANNAB1 <BR> BOLIQUE <BR> PEPPER47A <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> KLEWISN <BR> JAKNIGHT <BR> <BR> And a LOUD <em>243</em> ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 05:33:11 EST So many little goals... So many things I want to reach....So much to inspire me and keeping me going. <BR> <BR> I'd like to see my line on the BMI graph on the Wii Fit Plus (looks like it starts at about 40). My BMI is so high it's off the chart. <BR> <BR> I'd like to see the wheel and pointer move for my BMI on the Wii Fit Plus (right now it flies all the way up and stays there, even losing 5% hasn't helped yet). <BR> <BR> Heck I'd like to see those lines drop from obese to overweight. And then from overweight t... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:25:13 EST Hello Week 4! That's right we've all almost been here a month all ready! <BR> <BR> is going? <BR> <BR> I hope we all made it through week 3, it tends to be a tough one. <BR> <BR> I'm still not focusing on the exact numbers even though I end up weighing in twice a week because of the Wii game automatically doing it. But I lost again this week, quite a bit, and I'm now down 13.5 pounds in all. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to work out my foods and am concerned with Sparkpeople raising my caloric re... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:17:04 EST I need some suggestion on foods... I've been really focusing on food this last week, and I'm having some problems. I don't know if they're real problems or just my own worries getting blown out of proportion. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to cut out my higher fat processed stuff and add in more wholesome goodness. I need to pack in more veggies and fruits. (Like I'd like to ditch my really sugary yogurts I eat now I go for the plain ones.) <BR> <BR> I have 3 problems right now....First if I put something into the plan for the d... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:10:16 EST I was soooo bad :( I don't know what came over me. I always pick up my husband and we go to Buffalo's Cafe. Well I didn't even think tonight when I picked him up. Yep...same as always we went to Buffalos for Hotwings. I just found out how bad I have been, now I am all depressed. For the first time that nutrition tracker didn't tell me I didn't eat enough. I can blame it on it being "that time of the month" or I can blame it on my husband or my son, but the truth is I just didn't think. Oh well, tomorrow is anot... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:13:03 EST Mantras and self pep talks. I was thinking as I read someone's (Corrina's?) post about their mantra, which is their numbers... I know we all have little Self Talks with our selves. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share mine. <BR> <BR> When I'm walking or working out hard I always feel so different. Almost like I'm someone else entirely. Stronger, more brave, more exciting. Anyways as I trudge along I have this going on in my head: <BR> <BR> I am strong black coffee. <BR> I am mystery. <BR> I am excitement. <BR> I am NOT a sl... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:50:40 EST new here Hi I am new here, not alot of time to spend on here with work and a teenage daughter but I hope to spend some more time out here. I would like to lose about 100 pounds and am well on my way to exercising etc. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:50:53 EST My numbers I need a "mantra" to remind myself through the day of the goals I have the hardest time with so: <BR> 3 times a week exercise at the YMCA <BR> 5 fruits and vegetables <BR> 8 glasses of water <BR> 10 head to bed so I get 7-8 hours of sleep. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:12:11 EST Losing weight the hard way I began this program after the new year began, but have had some physical problems in the meantime, diverticulitis and now a pelvic abcess. So I've been on a diet of clear liquid only, and have probably lost a few pounds. That's the only good part. I hope to be ready to continue with planning my diet, exercising, etc. soon. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:39:45 EST Help! I just spent a few minutes cruising through the list of team members (it's at the bottom of the main team page). We're up to over 800 pages (which is great!). <BR> <BR> I was looking for people who don't have comments or goodies yet, and my goal was to change that (by leaving a comment or a goodie)... <BR> <BR> But...the majority of our teammates on the first 20 pages I scanned don't have SparkPages <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> This means that I can't communicate with you...I can't send you t... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 08:39:11 EST Shout-outs for the week (1/9-1/15) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> JENN245 <BR> SAFARIBABE <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> BUBU54 <BR> PEDNURSEMOM <BR> GOBLUE61403 <BR> 29MOMOF4 <BR> CORRINASPARK41 <BR> SERENADALLAS <BR> PUPPYCUPCAKE <BR> RSSGMATT <BR> NIKO27 <BR> HUNGRY_HAGGIS <BR> WINLIFE <BR> DANICAYAYA1 <BR> JEANHOW <BR> BORNIN2011 <BR> PEPPER47A <BR> JAKNIGHT <BR> MSEEYORE1963 <BR> MERANDRENEE <BR> VEGCHICK2 <BR> NOUVELLEMIC <BR> LISAJ1169 <BR> <BR> And a LOUD <em>243</em> ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 07:48:09 EST On to week 3.... How is everyone doing? Some of us are into week 3 all ready, and others are wrapping up week 2. <BR> <BR> Anyone need any extra help or advice? Or looking for more Sparkfriends for support? <BR> <BR> Are you feeling nay changes yet??? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good. We're in the midst of some crazily storming weather, which is making a daily walk not possible, but I'm still keeping up with my fitness goal. I am sleeping so much better, but I'm thinking maybe I should turn my... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:00:19 EST I has a sadness. A little nut of worry inside. <BR> <BR> I ate pretty high sodium, and a little junkier than normal yesterday (I let me sick son choose the dinner meal...and normally when I make macaroni and cheese I stretch out the servings with carrots or green beans or something, but I was naughty last night and add extra cheese and crackers). I would have been ok with that, but...this morning Aunt Flo dropped in. *sigh* When I stepped on the Wii I ignored the .4 gain. What is that anyways? I'm wearing ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:32:48 EST GREEK YOGURT I just had to let everyone know that if you haven't already tried non-fat Greek Yogurt, get out there and buy a tub! <BR> <BR> I just tried some today for the very first time in place of mayo in my homemade chicken salad sandwich, and I can honestly say that I don't think i'll ever use mayo in a sandwich again. <BR> <BR> It was so light, and NO FAT!!!! Barelly any calories either. <BR> <BR> Absolutely delicious! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:44:28 EST Hi everyone Just wanted to finally stop in and introduce myself. I have been using the site and wanted to get in a routine 1st. <BR> <BR> I'm 46 and quit smoking 5 months ago and have gained close to 30 pounds. I have not weighed anywhere near this much since college and need to take it off as I can no longer fit into my pants and really don't want to buy new ones. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting all of you and getting healthy together. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:15:06 EST Not feeling like a Super Fitness Nut?? Seeing that Bob ran 4 miles this morning and feeling like your 15 minute walk huffing and puffing and slogging along just doesn't count? <BR> <BR> Heard Debbie has lost 11 pounds in her first week and thinking that 2 pound loss you were celebrating is just one tiny atom drowning in a whole sea? <BR> <BR> Saw Mary is working out 4 hours a day? <BR> Agnes has been meeting her food goals everyday? <BR> <BR> Is the scale not moving? <BR> Did you binge yesterday? <BR> Are you still sitting ther... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:40:05 EST 40 and trying to keep my mojo Hello All, I have always done some type of exercise. Mostly for vanity. Now that I have reach the BIG 40, I have to do it for sanity and to continue to fit into the clothes in my closet. I expected some changes at 40 but I must admit, I have been blown away at the way my metabolism has all but stopped. I am recommiting to my exercise goals and clean eating . 40 does not know who it's messing with........I'll keep you posted. LOL Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:03:07 EST turning 1 into 2 Hello everyone, l'm new to sparkpeople. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:19:33 EST How to you know you're ready to leave Fast Break? So my 2 weeks are coming to an end in Fast Break, but i'm not sure i'm 100% ready to go on to stage 2? How's everyone else doing/feeling? Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:31:06 EST Take back control - missing the good days! Hi all - In 2003, I weighed 265 lbs. I started making small but sustainable changes and got down to 155 lbs and maintained that weight for 6 years. The last year has gotten away from me and I put 17 lbs back on. I am afraid that 10 years from now, I'll be back to 265. In addition to the weight gain fear, I just plain don't like the way I feel. I found Spark People and am now reading The Spark. Starting off slow, and working to regain healthy habits - and am looking forward to the journe... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:52:01 EST Hello:) My name is Beth and I am really excited to be back with sparkpeople again. I have done this once before, but failed due to lack of outside motivators. I hope to get to know some people on here and I hope that I can be motivated by all of you on my team. I am a super busy person, but I am determined to do this for me! I am 26 years old. Been married to my husband for 6 years and have 2 wonderful boys, ages 2 and 4. I work full-time as a residential coordinator for people with developmental dis... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:53:46 EST Hi! Hi, <BR> My name is Rachael. I'm 30 yrs. old & I need to really get my butt in gear. I'm 5'9", and have always been on the thin side, but 2 yrs. ago I quit smoking & gained 20 lbs!! It was awful. Since then I've just felt more & more sorry for myself & I need to just suck it up & get to work. I have a 7yr. old & an 11 yr. old , plus 2 older step sons. I want to be healthy & be able to run around & play with my kids & enjoy life. It's hard though - I work full time & with my kids' schedule... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:38:10 EST Need some ideas Hi Sparks!! Hope everyone had a great and successful weekend. I had a good one but not as easy as I hoped. I need some ideas to combat the PMS cravings. Last week was my normal munch out week because the urges leading up to "the monthly bill" are so strong. Help. Please and thanks. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 07:36:01 EST Hello everybody I'm new That's probably obvious. I'm Tina, a 46 year old college student. I have a very stubborn (beanpole) teenage son and a husband who is running around here somewhere. I think he's just a lurker though. I have actually just finished my first week. It took me a couple of days to figure everything out and get my kitchen cleaned out, lol. My first week wasn't as bad as I thought. That nutrition tracker keeps telling me I'm not eating enough and not exercising enough, and not drinking enough water, b... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:26:02 EST Shout-outs for the week (1/2-1/8) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> JENN245 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> GOBLUE61403 <BR> SERENADALLAS <BR> WINLIFE <BR> PUPPCUPCAKE <BR> KMORRIS81 <BR> MSEEYORE1963 <BR> BORNIN2011 <BR> ANITALEE320 <BR> BOLIQUE <BR> CJVIN72 <BR> NOUVELLEMIC <BR> BABS89 <BR> SAMMYKAY14 <BR> CORRINASPARK41 <BR> KLEWISN <BR> KRIS2YOU10 <BR> SHIAWASENAKO <BR> PP60402 <BR> SHANNON0920 <BR> SPEEDWAYKIM <BR> MERANDARENEE <BR> LSUINMEMPHIS <BR> <BR> And a LOUD <em>243</em> to our Fitness ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 08:52:46 EST What is your favorite team? I'm just starting here and want to get on an active "challenge" type team - anyone had any luck finding one? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 08:06:03 EST Patricia's New Look HI, I'M PATRICIA IN I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND TWO GRAND CHILDREN. I'M 44 YRS. OLD, MARRIED . I LIVE IN ILLINOIS FOR ALMOST 30 YRS. I'M NOT THAT BIG JUST ONLY IN THE MID-SECTION(STOMACH) THAT I WANT TO WORK ON MOSTLY. IF ANYBODY HAVE ANY ADVICE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IT'S A PLEASURE TO JOIN SPARK PEOPLE. THANK YOU Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:46:10 EST I just need to say... It's nice having you all here for support and motivation. I actually think that I would have given up on my second overeating day without everyone here. This is more than I usually participate here and it's been nice making connections and getting familiar with everyone. <BR> <BR> That out of the way now, I'd also like to throw a surprise challenge at you all. <BR> <BR> If you are reading this, then I challenge you right now to get up off your seat and do an extra mini-workout. 10 minutes. ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:26:01 EST made you look lol i'm so silly!!!!! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 08:46:00 EST hi i am misty i am misty 195 now at 190 hopeing to get down to 145 before june of this year wish me luck Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:27:03 EST Official Healthy Family Challenge<BR>individual.asp?gid=42562 <BR> <BR> I'm going to join this and try it out. I'll start it tomorrow. We all ready do most of what they're talking about (eating together) and I am a little concerned that any physical activity may be beyond what I can do right now...but it's for family, so it can't be too difficult and it's something I'd really like to work on. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd post it here because some of you may be interested in taking a loo... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:54:02 EST Heading into week 2.... Tomorrow I start my second week. I think I've learned this first week...and I'm thinking about the goals I want to adjust and add or remove for next week. <BR> <BR> I've been walking every day but the one the weather wouldn't allow me to. I did an alternative workout that day to replace it. I have met nearly all of my goals that I set. And each day I did all or nearly all of my daily lists I am following to get myself in a pattern of waking/sleeping/caring for myself. The ones I did miss I d... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:27:53 EST Question re: calorie range I just read a blog that confused me about the calorie ranges. Actually, I may be kind of confused about the calorie and fitness ranges. Somewhere I thought I read that my goal for the Fast Break portion of the plan was to just be active for 10 minutes per day some way. So, I wasn't really worrying about my fitness goals (except the 10 minute goal). The blog I read seemed to indicate that the calorie ranges were calculated taking into account that X number of calories would be burned through a... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:58:40 EST Newbie here! Hey everyone! I just officially started today (signed up last week or so...) and I'm a little overwhelmed, but I'm learning! I'm off to work out for the first time this year, and I'll come back and let you all know how I did! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:43:27 EST Erin Does Life Hiiii! My name is Erin. I am very very very new to this site, but am looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> I have joined this site for all the reasons you all have, I am sure. TO LOSE WEIGHT. Okay, Okay, enough with my sarcasm answer to that. I am here to get healthy, and to learn to 'write' down everything I eat. That has always been my success in the past. I am also looking for spark people to help me with my journey. I don't have friends or family that are ready to lose weight, or need... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:17:36 EST Planning For The Best I'm planning for the best I can do and increase as I get more into shape and it becomes easier for me: <BR> <BR> - 10 min cardio <BR> - 30 min walk every other day <BR> - 15 min strengthening excercises (alternating lower, upper, core, full body) every day Wed, 5 Jan 2011 20:05:32 EST Hello everyone! My name is Katie(25). I am a SAHM to 2 kiddos under 2,lol. I am also a full time student, so I finding time for myself can be difficult. Then, I tell my self there are 24 hours in a surely I can find 20/30 minutes for myself. I look forward to getting to know some of you and hope that you are all able to meet your goals as well! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:09:38 EST Hi, I'm new...well kind of... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I actually started SP last September 4, 2009. At that time I lost 45lbs over the course of a few months. I began to have a set-back over the holidays and then some personal issues really put me into a weight gaining spiral. I have since gained ALL 45 pounds back and about 24 more. It has been so frustrating and depressing to lose that much and then be set back this far. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I'm going to try again. I know that it won't be easy, but I remember... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:20:49 EST Slow and Steady I've been on the Spark journey for one week and I feel an increase in energy and desire to do things. I haven't started the exercise portion yet but I have increased my daily walking. No change in weight but I won't let that sway my feeling. <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:03:43 EST Hello Hi everyone! Im Tammy been here a week and a little nervous to post, but this would be the group I check on the most because we all started the same week, and cant wait to see us a year from now. I think this may finally be the place to help me to keep the weight off for good, I'm down 3 pounds this week and I cant wait to see next week! Good Luck to everyone, <em>334</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:43:52 EST my plan of attack I have 22 pounds to lose. My plan is to eat healthy small meals, watch my caloric intake and avoid the foods that compel me to over eat - Triscuits and cheese. <BR> <BR> My exercise goals are to do 30-45 min. of cardio 5 days a week and weights 3. Plus add fun activities in between. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 06:44:50 EST Over and Over in 2011 Just wanted to say Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm not really new to SP, but this is a new profile because for the New year I felt I needed a new start! So here I am starting over again, which I will do as many times as needed till I feel I've got things the way I want them to be! <BR> <BR> Good luck with YOUR weightloss goals! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:10:58 EST Week one over. How did we all do this week? Week one is over for me and I am very happy with the results. I am 5.5 pounds down. I know it will slow down to a crawl, but is is nice to have a good start! <BR> <BR> How did you do this week? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:33:21 EST How to change current weight for ticker? Hi! So, I updated my weight under "My measurements" on the start page, but my ticker is still showing the old weight. Is there a certain place you have to enter your weight for it to show up on your ticker? Hope this makes sense.. Thanks! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 01:54:46 EST First time Member Hi, this is my first time logging into this site and am still exploring all it has to offer. I am a 26 year old female and have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I joined this site in hopes to find someone to share my journey's ups and downs with and also give support to one another. My goal is to lose 50 lbs and hopefully by summer. :) Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:52:24 EST The Definition of a Diva How does one introduce themselves to a community of strangers? I guess I am what I do. So this is me.Wife - 17 years; Mother- of 3 girls; Teacher - High school choral director; Assistant Minister of Music - at my church; science fiction enthusiast - comic books and movies. <BR> <BR> I love singing, having fun and laughing. My students think I'm blunt but fair so I warn them not to ask me what I really think because they might not like the answer. <BR> <BR> If I start something, I will fi... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:12:35 EST I may fall down but, i always dust myself off! Hi, my name is Angie and i'm new to this so any helpful information is welcomed. I joined Spark for a new beginning. I'm a 28 yr old female that has struggled with her weight for years like many people. So, i've finally taken responsibilty for my own actions without blaming anyone else or my emotions and ive decided to change. I'm giving this my all and I will pray for the best. I do realize this will be an everyday struggle and battle but im willing to give it a shot with no regrets. Im sure... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:05:40 EST Starting off right! Well it looks like we are all starting 2011 off right and making great changes! I wish everyone luck and hope to make tons of motivating friends! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:54:03 EST I wish us all luck. Hello all. I am a 31 year old married mom to 5 kids. My hubby decided to lose some weight so I decided to lose with him. He wants to lose 50. I NEED to lose about 100, but at this point i would be proud to lose 10. I am trying to eat better and exercise. We are walking and paying more attention to what goes in. It is only day 3 and I am already wanting things I know I do not need but because I said I shouldn't have them its what I want. i am looking to be inspired by others and their success... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 14:30:05 EST Hello from Tennessee Just started and I am very excited to be here. Sleep is a problem I struggle as hard with as my weight. I think sometimes it goes hand in hand. Hoping 201l is going to be awesome. <BR> <BR> Michelle Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:52:40 EST New :) name is Brittany and I'm 28. I love this support network and am excited and happy to be a part of it! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:58:19 EST Hello 2011, Hi there, ok I'm back to the grind, yet again, trying to get my pre childbearing body back! This will be the year! I will run the Spartan Race this year and be in the best shape ever! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 07:13:28 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone, my name is Chantel and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I'm 32 years old and have two children, Jemma 6 and Riley 3. My husband Mark and I have been together for 14 years. Thanks to the many members that sent me welcome messages, much appreciated. <BR> Now that I have started, I look forward to losing weight and making many Spark Friends :) Mon, 3 Jan 2011 02:47:07 EST New to This Hi, my name is Anita. I am 44 years old, married to my soul mate, and have 2 wonderful children (15 and 17). In November of 2009, my doctor suggested gastric bypass surgery for me. I went through one afternoon of interviews with a nurse, a dietician, and a social worker - and was terrified. I realized that this wasn't the right choice for me, and vowed to make positive changes in my life. I was giving myself one year to see a big change. In March 2010, I started working with a personal traine... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:08:39 EST Hello from a skinny girl living in a fat body Not sure how it all happened, must have been in a black out for like 2 years.... I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and start living a healthier life for me and my family. I'm married to a great guy and together we have 3 kids. <BR> I'm feeling pretty intimidated as my weight has reached an all time high and my motivation and all time low. Sugestions and inspiration is welcomed. <BR> <BR> Thanks and Happy New Year, Kerry. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:04:52 EST Starting Over Hi I am a women who has decided to take charge of my weight. I want to lose 45 pounds by the summer. I plan on going on a Mother's Day vacation with my sister and family. I want to look good in a one piece bathing suit. Thanks for this website:) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:14:22 EST New to SparkPeople Hi - I just heard about SparkPeople from a book I recently read. I decided to check out the website and was excited about what I found. It was a perfect time to join and start getting healthy - body, mind and spiritually. Looking forward to the future and watching the progress. :) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:28:04 EST New to Spark & glad to be here! Hi fellow Sparkers! I'm Julie, most recently from central Alabama. I'm a New Englander who has been living below the Mason-Dixon for most of my life, although only in the "real" South for the last 23 years. I've come to love this part of the country, fried food, and everything Paula Deen! (much to my undoing) <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found Spark because it looks like it will help me to do what I know I've been needing to do, which is find a way to enjoy the foods I like in a lighter,... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:19:37 EST new to spark people hi, happy new year. i'm a single mother of 4 children. hopeing to lose 100 pounds no time limit. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:58:38 EST 1 - 2 lb Weight Loss a Week Let's start small and aim for at least 1 - 2 lbs. a week with personal rewards! I'm going to set my goals by date and go shopping every 5 lbs (copy and paste if you want to fill in your own). Here's my weight loss calendar: <BR> <BR> 1/3 - 153 (starting weight) <BR> 1/10 - (152) <BR> 1/17 - (151) <BR> 1/24 - (150) <BR> 1/31 - (149) <BR> 2/7 - (148) *shopping $50* <BR> 2/14 - (147) <BR> 2/21 - (146) <BR> 2/28 - (145) <BR> 3/7 - (144) <BR> 3/14 - (143) *shopping $50* <BR> 3/21 - (142) <BR> 3... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:31:26 EST Need Tips Hello today was my first offical day on my journey to losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have been looking around this site and doing things they ask in the spark points. I just don't have the time to do that. Will it hurt if I don't do that? <BR> <BR> I mean as long as I log food and exercise I should be okay. <BR> <BR> There is just to much here and not enough time in my life to be sitting at the computer all day. <BR> <BR> Tips please. I know we all are new but I just need tips for anyon... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:20:38 EST Hi, I'm Erin & I am thrilled to be here! I have 2 daughters, 26 & 24, plus a 3 yr old grandson. I am on a journey that I have battled most of my life. This is my time to reclaim my health, happiness, and a life that promises many years to share with my daughters & grandson. Thanks to my youngest daughter for encouraging me to join this site with her, so as not to face this road alone. I have 93 lbs to lose & a body that craves to feel younger again. My goal is to do all the right things for a change for me & to learn the tools neces... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:57:33 EST Just starting in 2011 I have been working on losing weight for awhile but have hit a plateau. Hopefully I can get more encouragement and be recharged to keep working on it this year. Fifty pounds seems like a daunting amount!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:35:11 EST Greetings Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople! I've decided that this is the year that I finally manage to get my weight under control. I've tried and failed before but this year I'm confident that I'll succeed. I have a 14 year old daughter, who sadly, is following in my footsteps. I need to set an example for her. It's not just my health but hers as well. <BR> Of course, I'm nervous about failing yet again, but with the help of this community I'm hoping to find the motivation to stick to it! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:34:26 EST Hello! My name is Stephanie.... I have been battling my weight my whole life. My best friend of 20+ years was scheduled for bypass surgery in October of 2008. I didn't want to be the fat friend left behind so I got serious about losing weight in June of 2008. I stuck with it and was down about 50 pounds by the time she had her surgery. My heart broke when she died 2 months after her surgery. She was only 36 years old. I was motivated to keep up the battle in her honor which I did througout 2009. I eventually lost 80 ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:34:30 EST 60 lbs to go in 2011 Greetings to my fellow SPARK's! I raise my water glass to all those who endeavor to reach their goals this year. I'm working towards better health and increased strength & energy while shedding these last 60 pounds. Happy New Year! If you're reading this, you're off to a good start - stay active and be involved! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:31:49 EST Greetings to all my fellow change seeking comrades Just like most of the people here, I'm seeking change and happiness in my life. Before I've discovered this wonderful homepage I wasn't sure have to proceed with my life and have to manage the everyday tasks, but the opportunities here allow me to make my day easier and better. Thank you for this chance, I appreciate it very much! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:12:45 EST Me too! Still trying to figure this out... <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:34:56 EST Hello all :) I'm Nicole, 22 years old from good ol' Michigan. I have a 2 month old son named Carson and he is greatest thing to happen to me. I decided to join this website to help me stick with a diet plan and actually try and lose weight. I have always been "starting a diet" every week and i fail miserably. This time I will stick with my plan and stay active!!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:33:38 EST Hello! Hi all! I'm so excited to start this weight loss journey. I'm a wife, mother of two and a scientist. :) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:29:26 EST New to SparkPeople =) Hi! I'm Sarah Anne, and I'm a sophomore in college looking to lead a healthy lifestyle. I have been using the website FatSecret for over a year to track my calories, but I recently discovered SparkPeople and prefer the supportive community and focus on general well-being that it offers. New year, new perspective! <BR> <BR> For the full story of why I'm here, see my SparkPage, but here's the summary: I gained about 10 pounds my first semester of college and then lost 20 by the summer. Now (th... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:27:46 EST Here and ready Here and Ready to fine me again. I lost her a few years ago and ready to met up with her again. Lose weight and feel better about myself. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:37:56 EST Hello Hello Everyone! I'm Katie and I live in CT. I've done SparkPeople before, and always lose weight, but then I never can keep it off! This time I'm vowing to make smaller changes I can maintain, so I can keep it off for good. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone else starting their journey :) Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:57:31 EST Shout-outs for the week (12/26-1/1) A big <em>244</em> to our SparkPoints leaders this week: <BR> <BR> BOLIQUE <BR> BABS89 <BR> NAOMI1950 <BR> CORRINNASPARK41 <BR> SPARKMEGAN2011 <BR> ZENWOLF <BR> SPARKINGINPA <BR> TRISHY64 <BR> SEXYKSGIRL <BR> PINKFRANGIPANI <BR> 3WITHME <BR> ANGIEMOM36 <BR> GRAMKATH <BR> PAJULS68 <BR> JENNI1122 <BR> CAT104 <BR> HEARTANDMUSIC <BR> CEBENZA <BR> YELLOWSHOEDIVA <BR> LORIENABANANA <BR> PAULAORDUNEZ <BR> SKITTLES8737 <BR> FANGFACEKITTY <BR> FITADDICTION <BR> <BR> and a loud <em>243</em> to ou... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 05:00:58 EST Wanted: Motivation and some over 50 friends! Hi~ Happy New Year! I have just finished losing about 75 lbs with Nutrisytem (great plan) but had to stop due to job layoff. Very sad and very scared now that I have so many choices and have only myself to answer to. I read in People Magazine today some success stories about this site and decided, why not? So here I am in need of some serious motivation and help for the last 20 lbs. Thanks! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:50:03 EST Starting up for a new year! Hi I'm Mary! I've been on and off a bunch of diets and nonsense just trying to keep myself healthy and happy, but I always seem to lose track. I'm currently studying Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med in college, so stress has been fighting against me as well as lack of sleep! D: ! I joined SP for a little extra motivation to work harder to be a more healthy person and hopefully lose the pounds that are weighing me down! <BR> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:07:39 EST 1/1/11 Howdy! I am Cinnamonie! I am looking forward to get to know my new SP "classmates" here! :) <BR> <BR> Cinnamonie <BR> <BR> 163/159/123 Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:04:10 EST New and hoping to lose some weight My name is Paula, I am 33 and a mother of 2 beautiful children, 8 and 13. With my first child I gained 50+ pounds, in one year I lost 25 of that. I was on a roll until I got pregnant with my second child and gained an additional 50+ pounds!! :D Both have been well worth it. I have lost 15 pounds from my second. My goal is to lose an additional 60 pounds. I start off really good and then somehow put myself last. I feel too busy to get up and get moving................. Even though wh... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:48:47 EST Happy New Year I am starting Sparkpeople again after being away too long. I have a lot of weight to lose to help regain a healthy lifestyle. I have a long road ahead and look foreward to being a part of Saprkpeople. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:45:17 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Danielle and I am joining Spark People hoping it will help me achieve my goal! I recently discovered I have PCOS which is causing problems with my hubby and I have another baby! To improve my chances, I need to lose a good bit of weight! So I am hopeing that With some encouragement and support from friends I make on here, I will be able to reach my final goal! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:14:41 EST Hello 2011 ! A new year, renewed motivation, new friends... and I'm ready! I'm a 53 year young lady who has gained and lost the same 20+ pounds all my life. This time around I know I need more support and motivation than ever! The 50's are really showing some resistance. So, I'm excited to be here, and LOVE reading stories of support and success from others in the same boat! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:10:30 EST Hi - New to this site Hi All, <BR> <BR> Wish you a very Happy 2011 !! <BR> <BR> Let me introduce myself briefly. I am a 36 year old male from Mumbai, India and am into ERP consulting with one of the global top IT and Consulting firms. <BR> <BR> Although this is my first time here on SparkPeople, the weight loss battle is old with me. When I married about 10 years ago, I was about 96 kgs. in weight. The lowest point in my weight from then till now was a point in 2003, when I could come down to about 78 kgs. Sinc... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:03:39 EST Hello, Just getting started Hi, my name is Tonya. I've joined SP to help motivate me and keep me on track. I have about 40 lbs to loose. I've been loosing and gaining the same 5 lbs now for about a month. I'm ready to get this 5 lbs behind me and stop this madness. I'm hoping to get great tips, advice and support. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:55:56 EST Hello everyone, I'm Rhonda I just joined Sparkpeople today and I'm pretty excited. Last year I gradually took meat out of my diet and this year I am going to focus on transitioning to an 80% raw diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I am migrating over from the Livestrong Dailyplate site because Sparkpeople has an Android App, and I'm impressed with all the food selection in the My Nutrition section. Hope to make lots of new friends! <BR> <BR> Rhonda Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:51:23 EST Hello & Happy New Year from SC I am 29 years old, from South Carolina. I have PCOS and the biggest I have ever been. This is my second attempt with SP and I am committing myself to be here every day to log my food, fitness, and post on the message boards (posting when I need to/can). <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been married for 3 years and there is nothing we want more than a baby. I am hoping to shed the extra weight and hoping that will help get us pregnant. <BR> <BR> I am always looking for motivation and b... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:43:54 EST Lindsey in Delaware hey all! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:56:12 EST Hello from VA I am new just found this site after reading article in Woman's Day. I need motivation to lose the weight I need to lose. So I hope some people here can help. Can't wait to meet you. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:48:43 EST Ready to lose weight I am a 56 year old woman who has 80 pounds to lose. I need to get rid of belly fat which appeared after age 50 and just start eating healtier and exercising more. I used to exercies an hour a day and got out of that habit when we moved 3 years ago. I love to exercise and know that I would feel much better by eating right and working out. Please help to keep me motivated and on tract until I reach my weight loss goal. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:26:38 EST My name is Veronica Hi everyone and Happy New Year! I don't know why I am here. Many, many, many times I have tried in the past to lose weight and have always failed. I need help. Sometimes I think I need someone to hold my hand. I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine, the one with the articles that have the inspirational weight loss success stories. One of the gals mentioned this website. I want to lose weight so I feel better inside and out. As I get older, I feel the effects of carrying all ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:10:08 EST Hello from excited and nervous Hi, am turning 40 this year, and I have been fighting my weight for years. I have always tried to do it alone,, so I am changing it up and seeing if something like this site will help. I am ready to do this, and I so hope I stay motivated. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:03:11 EST TRUESUCCESS HI EVERYONE. I TRUELY NEED SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE JUST LIKE ME. I'M OVER 5O (56) AND I HAVE RECENTLY LOST 18 POUNDS, BUT I'M JUST NOT QUITE SATISFIED WITH MYSELF....WOULD LOVE TO BLAST OFF 5 MORE POUNDS...I NEED TO DO SOME WALKING AND FOR SOME REASON I JUST CAN'T GET MOTIVATED. WILL TAKE ANY SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.....HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THANKS... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:45:30 EST Just Getting Started! Hello SparkFolk! A new member to the site - I need motivation from the outside to help lose weight. I am a marathon runner and triathlete, who needs to eat less and find the motivation to slowly get to my race weight. It has been a long time. Any athletes out there who also have a problem with too much eating, I can relate to! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:00:48 EST Happy New Year Hi! My name is Pam and I am a single mom of a 10 year old daughter. I am ready to start making a better life for my daughter and I. I have high cholesterol and high blood pressure and I need to lose about 100lbs. I have tried in the past to get healthy, but there is something different about this time. I have watched both my parents suffer from heart disease and I dont want to do that to my daughter. My daughter is also starting to follow in my footsteps and thats the last thing I want. ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:32:58 EST New to the SparkPeople community Lost 25 lbs recently, but got side tracked and now the weight is starting to catch up on me. Still need to lose 20-25 to feel my best, but struggle with time and health issues for my own self care. Encouragement and support is greatly needed. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:39:55 EST Dealing with stress This is my 2nd time I am signing up. First time I tried to do it on my own. This time I am admitting I need support! Hope you won't get tired of me asking. <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:25:38 EST Lakemi1 Introduction Hello, I recently lost 25 poinds on Medifast and have recently decided to attempt to lose the 25 remaining pounds without spending all the money on Medifast food, and attempting to stick to the 1200 calories a day with exercise being added. I have had a very interesting 2010 year as far as health goes and decided it was time to turn my health around and get this extra weight off. <BR> <BR> I love to travel, work full time as a cardiac nurse, and I am a full time student attempting to ear... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:56:50 EST tired of being fat It is now the new year and every year I tell myself the same thing.Lose weight. I just found out I have diabetes and I've had high blood pressure for many years. I stay away from my friends because I feel to huge. I need friends from here to help me help myself. i hope I find some. Debbie Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:43:23 EST StCindy greets 2011 Greetings everyone! Brand new year! Weight loss goal of 75 lbs. I am new to the Spark People community. I am a full time music director at a large church in OKC. I spend a lot of time on my rear end or just waving my arms. I am excited to get fit and healthy! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:02:31 EST New to SparkPeople Hello All, I just wanted to say hi and that I am very happy to be a part of the Spark community. Happy New Year! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:57:13 EST Lets make 2011 the best year yet!!! I am so excited. I really believe this is going to be a great year. I am really hoping to make some fantastic changes in my life this year. Last year I got my Masters and this year I hope to change my activity level, have more fun and lose lots of weight. I set my date for goal and saw that by the end of the summer I could be at goal or at least very close- that really makes it real. I joined a dating group over the holidays are realized that I wouldn't want to date me.. I am boring! It ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:46:29 EST Newbie Here Hello everyone. My name is Joanna and I am 23 years old. I am from a small town in Kentucky and my husband and I have been married for 5 years. After I got married I started to gain weight and I kept gaining. I am ready to get my body back on track and lose the weight. I decided to join on New Years day since it would be the beginning of a new year and give me a fresh start. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and make new friends. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:44:58 EST Determined to Succeed Hi all! My name is Jennifer. My main goal is for a healthier me and year. I am a social person and really need support to achieve this goal. Please send me a message. We can do this together! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:43:04 EST Happy New Year! I am starting fresh today and bringing in the New Year with resolve to lose 80 lbs in 2011. I look forward to meeting weight loss friends here and sharing in the joy of taking control of our health and wellbeing. :) Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:29:10 EST Happy New Year! Ready to rock and roll into shape Starting today with a 33 pound focus which will lighten my life by June 16 <BR> For the first time I admit it is not a natural shedding process... <BR> I limit myself to 2 desserts or 2 cookies per week. <BR> By the way, I ate one for breakfast and one for it will be a long week before next Sat. <BR> I gave up diet soda already and replaced it with water. <BR> I gave myself my 5 minute pep talk before I joined today. <BR> I am about to do my 10 minutes of stretch and exercise. <BR>... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:16:17 EST STARTING 2011 IN A POSITIVE WAY I'M trying to be positive since i have such a hard time finding anytime to do anymore then i already do. I'm a single mom to a 4yr old and its hard to fit in anymore at night then cleaning up, putting her to bed, dinner and maybe a bit of tv before bed.. I hope this helps me find a way to get healtier and lighter Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:27:38 EST 23raven Hello everyone I just want to say have a great year and stay positive because u can do it long as u believe in yourself Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:22:05 EST 23raven Hello everyone I just want to say have a great year and stay positive because u can do it long as u believe in yourself Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:21:21 EST New today! Hi, I joined today on New Year's Day. What better day to start!! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:00:39 EST Nanci Moyer New Year-New Beginnings I starting a new year off hoping this year will be my best year ever. I lost my partner Nov 25/10 to suicide and I can'y fall into a category of emotional and stress eating. I started exercising and dieting Jan 1/10 and lost inches and 30 pounds. My goal is to keep going and not stop. My goal is to lose another 26 pounds and keep it off. Wish me luck! <BR> I'm so glad I found this site. <BR> Happy New Year to all, hoping we all meet our goals! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:37:56 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am Jacquie and I am hoping to loose 22 pounds before summer. Look forward to getting to know you all! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:20:12 EST It's never too late to be who you were meant to be HI everyone, My name is Fran. Well, the kids are grown and living on their own. I finally have time to concentrate on "me". I've lost 105 pounds over the last three years and I'm now working on the last 40. I am a diabetic and have started a diabetic diet, I have my workout routines all organized, and I have all the equipment I need. Now to get started...the hardest part. LOL <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the tears and cheers on this road to health and wel... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:48:31 EST Time for a change Hello all. I am new here but I am ready for a change. I realize anyone needing to lose weight is in danger of health problems, and I am so far past where I need to be. Basically I am fed up with being tired all of the time. I have also caught myself being ashamed of meeting new people, and I do not want to become anti-social because of my weight. Really motivated to make the changes I need to lower my blodd pressure without medicine and feel better. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:44:45 EST What are YOUR "Power" tunes? I went out for my walk this morning listening to my "Workout" playlist. This is a very eclectic and somewhat random group of songs that perk me up when I hear them - they range from Mozart & Bach to Michael Franti, Modest Mouse, & White Stripes, and I always play them on "shuffle" so I never know what I'm going to get. <BR> <BR> Anyway. Today "Je ne regrette rien" by Edith Piaf came up...I don't hear it often and every time I do, I'm psyched up, revved up and motivated to conquer the world... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:53:47 EST just do it i want to lose my tammy . Sat, 1 Jan 2011 02:30:25 EST happy new year!!!! I am new to all of this,and want to lose 40 lbs and get healthy,happy and content.:) Sat, 1 Jan 2011 00:37:19 EST 50 less or Bust!!! Hi everyone! I'm Jennifer. New year, new plans to accomplish this needed weight loss. I have a closet filled with outfits I can't wear. I have had it with quick weight loss plans that just don't work. I am looking to lose 50 plus #'s if that is possible. It does not matter how long it takes, as long as I am losing slowly and steadily. I need to have some sense of accountability for my size, since it is only my own fault for gaining so much weight. Yesterday was my Birthday, and I think I shou... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:53:29 EST New to SP Hello everyone! My name is Jamie, I am 37 years old and tired of being fat! I am here seeking motivation and support. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:28:17 EST Happy New Year from Michigan I'm new here, my future daughter in law showed me this website. I've been changing my eating and life style habits since surgery back in March. So far I've lost 123 lbs in 10 months. I've a ways to go, but excited about the new year and what I can learn here. It is always nicer sharing the experience with friends who too want to change their life to a healthier journey. <BR> It isn't always easy, but it is rewarding. :) <BR> <BR> I still want to lose between 68 to 80 more pounds. <BR> <... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:27:56 EST Happy New You Hi all, <BR> Happy New You and Happy New Year. My name is Alyson. I look forward to meeting others on this site. Happy New Year. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:00:40 EST Happy New Year from Lollypops7! I'm SO happy to introduce myself to all of you! I'm a mother of 3, grandmother of 6, who has battled my weight my entire life. I'm a piano teacher and professional accompanist who LOVES making new friends. You will all be my lifelines as I endeavor to lose weight and become healthier. Thanks in advance for your help, support, and encouragement! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:40:07 EST Hi great way to end the old year and wonderful way to begin the new year :) Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:29:34 EST Hello all I am new to this site and wanted to say hello. Any help or suggestions that you can give on weight loss would be greatly appreciated. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:29:26 EST Getting started Like many people hubby & I are making a resolution to lose weight and be healthy. I work full time and have a 2 1/2 year old so I am always on the go! I am here to find motivation, advice, planning tips, etc. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:17:08 EST Perfect time to make a change! Happy New Year! I don' usually join things like this but I'm really hoping to find inspiration and ideas here! Good luck everyone! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:17:03 EST Hi, I am new :) Hi, i am new here but looking for a buddy!! I do not have specific goals but 8 hours of sleep a night, new diet and 10 mins of excersice a day would be a good start!! I am looking for a buddy with slightly more goals then me to push me a little more!! But i am good and having fun so far!! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:14:22 EST newbie needing to lose 50lbs Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is kelly and i need to lose some pounds. I had lost 30 and have put 20 back on. Sad thing is i work at Curves and feel like i have not only failed myself but the ladies i am trying to encourage.I am looking forward to using Spark to help me get back and stay where i need to be. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:55:38 EST I need to loose at least 50 lbs I try and try but its hard i exersize on the wii and then i loose intrest i need modivation Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:48:49 EST FRIENDLY AND NICE HI: <BR> <BR> I LOVE MEETING AND TALKING TO NEW FRIENDS,WHO BECOME MY OLD FRIENDS. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:11:28 EST Hello Team! My 1st day and still learning the ropes! I am excited about this new experience..Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> My primary goal is develop a healthier lifestyle, by being consistent with a health diet and purposeful exercise. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to travel this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Zen Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:53:14 EST 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge I think this SparkPeople challenge would be a great way to start off the New Year & really teach me all about what kinds of stuff I need to do to really kick off my weight loss program. Also, I think I read on one of the posts that joining in January of 2011 and tracking your fitness minutes enters you to win cool prizes <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Is anyone else going to start this? I figure I'll need some serious motivation to keep going once I start... maybe we can do it together? Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:15:19 EST happy new year Hello! I just found spark people and am so impressed. I hope to find a lot of good information and motivation here. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 09:55:00 EST Hello New Member Here. I'm getting up in age and decided I needed to make a positive change in my life. Tried several times and many different ways with no permanant sucess. I'm motivated more now then before and was told this was a WONDERFUL site. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 08:39:54 EST Let's Try This! Thanks for all the messages! This is exciting and I'm hoping for a nutrition/exercise lifestyle change for 2011. I've discovered most diets do not work and I need to learn to change habits. I live in Maryland but I'm from Virginia and spend a lot of time there too. I'm married to a wonderful guy who also wants to lose weight. I have two beautiful daughters. One is married, the other graduated from college in May and is looking for the "real job" right now and living at home. I'm a stre... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 07:20:41 EST Spent I'm a mother of six and exhausted! I need some motivation to get started! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 02:57:22 EST anewaims I have been overweight my whole life. I now see my children following in my footsteps. I am looking forward to meeting new people and having a new start in 2011!! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:40:38 EST Does anyone else "vulture 'round" for Spark Pts? Ha! I find myself scouring the site looking for new ways to get more points! It's sort of hilarious, but hey, someone was smart enough to think of them, to keep me motivated and going and searching and logging back in. <BR> <BR> I also downloaded the Blackberry app for tracking my food, and I'm on my way to making my motivational collage too!! <BR> <BR> Yay for goals and a community of support! Not trying to be negative, my first thought when I realized what this was all about, and I get ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:18:08 EST Amazing Inspirational Video A friend showed me this video on YouTube once when I was feeling really down and depressed about my weight. He is an incredible person and knew how to help me. <BR> <BR> I just re-watched this video even though I've seen it before, many times, and every time, I cry. <BR> <BR> This gives me every ounce of hope and inspiration that I have NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO SUCCEED!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:12:33 EST Hi Hi I am Jen. I am 21 and I am from Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to finally getting into shape and learning to live a better lifestyle. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:53:45 EST Hello from Phoenix, AZ (technically Tempe) Hi Everyone! <BR> I am really excited to be here and start 2011 off to a great start before it even hits! I believe that if you want change NOW is the time to start, not waiting til the 1st of the year or a Monday- so here I am working on making HUGE changes in my life on a Thursday afternoon on Dec 30, 2010! I am really new to all of this stuff so please be patient with me as I am getting used to all the technology and trying to learn where I go for what! I look forward to hearing all your ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:22:04 EST Hi everyone I am new to the site and looking at all the information it hold. Glad to be on board and look forward to having a great experience and a new body soon. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:08:21 EST New to SparkPeople I am busy married mom of three finishing school and working a professional job. I have allowed myself to become unbalanced and need some inspiration to stay on track. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:02:14 EST Hello SparkPeople I just recently joined SparkPeople because I was just told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes and I NEED to lose weight. I am really looking for some support from others because I don't have much support at home.. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:32:13 EST hi my name is maria hi Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:04:39 EST Hello Class!! I'm so looking forward to enthusiastically and mindfully graduating! <BR> I love to work out to a low impact TV show that airs out of Nashville called "Rise Up' with physical trainer Jennifer Brindley. <BR> I'm 'learning to love' tracking my food intake ;0) <BR> Glad to meet you all! <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:42:26 EST New Here I'm Jane. This is my first time on the boards. I feel like a square blob!! I look all around at moms who have kids younger than mine (1 as of Oct. 9th) who look amazing and didn't try to actively lose the weight! I wish everyone luck--please do the same for me!! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:40:56 EST Hello I'm New <em>334</em> I just joined the other day and finding my way around. I'm looking forward to my weight loss and living a healthier life! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:48:10 EST Hi! Hi everybody! I am a 21 year old nursing student from Ontario, Canada. I need to lose some weight so that I can save myself the money needed to by bigger sized clothes (which, if I don't do something soon, is going to be a necessity). I have known about SparkPeople for awhile, but I haven't really considered joining until now. And with the New Year fast approaching, I think now is the perfect time to get myself committed to something to help meet my goals. Any tips or words of wisdom will be ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:23:30 EST Hello, I am new I am Karen, I am new to this site, however, I must say that I am excited to get started. I am looking forward to Jan. 1st, 2011- to loosing this weight and getting healthy again!!! Bring on the New Year and the New ME!!! I wish us all luck on this journey!!!! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:17:51 EST Happy New 'ME' Year...and each of you too! It's time to really start. My Drs (primary care, osteopathic, and chiropractic) all agree - I have to break the cycle of back pain/weight gain/mental strain that I'm in and this was recommended as a good way to start with a lot of support and tool. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:00:46 EST Hello to all..Newby here... I am a beginner here. I know weight loss goals usually start in January, but I wanted to get a jump start, even if only a couple days. I don't exactly how this all works, but I wanted to give it a try.... <BR> <BR> I guess I'd start by telling a little about me. I am a 34 y.o. mom of two wonderful little people. I have had weight issues for about the last 10 years or so. Actually, it was a little before that, but the real weight started packing on around that time. Before that I was a health... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:28:57 EST Hi Im a recovering Gastric bypass wt gainer Hello everyone...I had gastgric bypass in Jan of 2007, lost 90 lbs and did well for about 2 i have gained back 27 lbs and am hoping to get myself back on the straight and narrow and lose that weight. I know the fault is all mine but I want to do better. I am able to eat sugar and starches and it does not bother my pouch. I dont drink soda at all, try to get in enought water and the only other thing i drink is coffee.. I find that I can eat alot more in one sitting than I reall... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:25:35 EST Personal Care Goals I know from experience that I'll be very far behind most others, but I also know that many of you out there need to focus on some of the very basics too. <BR> <BR> Here's my plan right now... <BR> <BR> I put 3 lists into my phone: <BR> AM <BR> dress <BR> walk/workout <BR> coffee <BR> breakfast <BR> facebook/floss <BR> shower/face <BR> dress <BR> <BR> PM <BR> straighten house <BR> wash face <BR> teeth <BR> rinse off <BR> brush hair <BR> next days "to do" <BR> <BR> and Personal Imp Schedule... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:14:12 EST I am new and feel good about my choice to join. I will be 45 next week and I am about 40 lbs. over weight. It has been creeping up on me since my mid thirties. I decided that it is now time to take it off for good. I found out about this website in a magazine. It seems like the perfect tool for me. I am in the process of getting myself set up to start next Monday. I want to get all the correct foods in my home and figure out an exercise plan for myself. Well here's to much success for all of us! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:56:43 EST Ready for a new adventure... Hello! My name is Robin. Since I'm introducing myself, you probably know I'm new to the program. I'm very excited, but also a bit skeptical. I hope that's the right word. It's just that I've tried so many things, and I always end up gaining more weight than I lose. I've never had a weight problem, always was the skinny one, until I got married and started raising a family. I posted a "before" and "after" picture on my sparkpage, but it's the opposite of what most 'before and after pics... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:14:16 EST just do it Hi! my name is Quintella and i found a program that cought my eye.Icant be lieve its true. Im very happy that i found <BR> something that will help me change my perpective im very greatful thank you! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:14:14 EST hello I am starting again I am 56years old tommorow and need to get myself into shape before it is to late. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:30:22 EST New Member really hoping to become my screen Name Hello all my name is ThinNLovingit, well my screen name is. I am new to spark and set a goal to lose like 100 pounds for now, not really sure how much. But I have tried tons of diets and this is actually my last try. If I don't see progress, I'm gonna go drastic and get bariatric surgery (the gastric sleeve), which scares me. But I'm tired of being obese and now my body is feeling it. I have gained at least 100 pounds over the last 6 year. I started gaining just before I got married and ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 04:33:11 EST Discovering SparkTeams.... As you begin to navigate the SparkPeople site, you will find SparkTeams - you can find them on people's SparkPages as you begin to "visit" other Sparkers, but you can also find them more intentionally by doing the following: <BR> <BR> Click the Community link at the top right of the page, then click SparkTeams. You will find a portal that has a Team Finder Wizard and a search box; also a listing of teams by category - <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:56:02 EST I am New Hello my name is Caroline I have just found out that i weighed more than 200 pounds and decided to try out this website and talk with others that are here for the same reason i am here just to loose all the weight when my fiancé had first met me <em>39</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:42:03 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lauren and I am 28. I have a very active 18 month old daughter and an amazing husband. I am new to this site and so happy I found it, I really look forward to achieving my goals and meeting new people! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:25:42 EST Newcomer to Spark Hi, my name is Angela and this is my first time here on Spark People, so I'm still learning everything and how this site works. I'm excited and hope this helps me with goals, tracking and staying motivated. I need the accountability piece of this. I need to lose weight for my health and so I feel better physically and mentally. Thank you! Angela Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:19:40 EST Here to lose some weight Hello, <BR> My names Brandy, I have 4 wonderful children, and I'm ready to lose some weight. I need this sight for help. I know there are people out threre to support me. I need all the support I can get. I'm ready, just not sure If I can depend on support at home. With four kids (2under2) finding time to exercise is gonna be tough. I'm ready for a excuses! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 01:59:45 EST Try Try Try Again Hello! I have gain and lost weight too many times to count. I was skinny until college. BUT I never had good eating habits.Since then it's been a roller coaster. I'm a psychologist, I took a nutrition class in college, and I know how weight loss works. Putting the knowledge into action is so very difficult. It's not like you can stop eating (like you can stop smoking). I figure if I just keep trying, something will connect eventually. I'm hoping the social support of this community wi... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:41:01 EST I am new, looking for a buddy I am a new member looking for a buddy to help keep me on track. I am willing to help also. I am 89 Lbs over weight and would like to lose it all. But I get bored exercising by my self and can't afford to go to a gym. So I need a buddy who can help. <em>334</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:31:20 EST First Visit Hello to anyone and everyone. I've decided to do that whole "New Years Resolution" thing. I've tried fad diets that I have of course quit, because I have problems saying "NO" to food. If it's there - I will eat it - if it's something yummy - which is usually something fatening. I eat when I'm not hungry, I eat when I'm bored, I overeat when I'm eating a meal. I have 2 babies I want to watch grow up, and I have a wonderful husband I want to grow old with. It's time to stop the excuses, st... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:18:20 EST HI! I'm brand new to Spark People My name is Amy. I live in Ashland, Illinois. A friend told me about this site today. I am very excited to dive in. I am ready to track my caloires and begin a much needed excercise routine. I am pretty overweight and have alot of chronic pain....any tips on excersizing would be very much appreciated. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:12:34 EST Step 1 Admitting u have a problem is the number 1 step to recovery. I have a weight problem and I need help. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin. It is time for a change. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:11:05 EST Zumba anyone? It just looks so stinkin' fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:05:52 EST I'm here to get help in getting healthy I'm new here, so this is a trial Introduce Myself Message. <BR> I am cajunspiced56 on here, and my name is Gina. I have 79lbs to loose. I have already lost 30lbs, but am having a hard time continuing. I am a Yo Yo dieter, and I am tired of not getting all my weight off, and keeping it off. <BR> Now that I am older (54), I have a lot of medical problems..Some physical that limits me to exercising. I have always loved to exercise! I like the way I feel afterward. I am wanting to learn more ab... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:51:31 EST Need weightloss buddies - help! I am in South Twinsburg - my name is Traci - I am so overweight I am self concious and down . . . . turning 35 soon. Looking forward to meeting like-minding friends to work on this goal of better health and weightloss together. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:40:31 EST Hi there! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I read about this website in a magazine and I'm excited to get started! I found myself disappointed in how I ended up this year (I'm up 15 pounds from where I started) but I'm ready to make the change and lose what I gained and then some! <BR> <BR> Anyone looking for a friend or motivator?! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:15:05 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Liz, I'm 22. I graduated from college this past summer and want to lose the weight I gained over my last year in school. I was able to keep most of it off through college while I was in marching band, but without that kind of activity three times a week my weight has only gone up. <BR> Anyway. I've been on SP before, but I'm serious this time and wanted to create a new username for a new me. I'm going to do it right this time! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:48:41 EST Just joined I saw a report on People magazine's "Half Their Size" and decided to join. I would LOVE to lost 50 lbs, and have been trying off and on for about 3 years. I miss feeling good about how I look...maybe that is vain, but it makes such a difference in terms of my confidence. My husband and I both have struggled with our weight throughout our lives, and after our first 3 years of marriage...we have packed back on our pounds. I eat to make myself feel better...I need to cope with the stress in ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:26:10 EST Falling off the band wagon. Hi! My name is Lauren. I am years old, and I am currently trying to lose weight. I've been using SparkPeople on my phone for about two weeks now. Today was my appointment for my complementary personal trainer at the gym I signed up for. After the hour, I felt depressed and wanting to hide in a hole. I'm losing faith in myself and the goal I have set out for myself. I would love some tips and some support to help me stay motivated. Thank you. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:12:45 EST Howdy! Hi, all! Just discovered and joined SparkPeople today. I've been working slowly on getting back into shape and losing weight since October. Re-upped with Jenny Craig in November. I've lost 15 pounds so far . . . well, we'll hope I got through the holidays without too much damage (argh!). Planning on refocusing my efforts on Monday, January 3. I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow December 26-January 1 classmates. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:50:41 EST GETTING 2 A NEW ME!! My name is Lesley Wilson and I'm a 33yr old female from South Carolina. I have been overweight since jr high school and I'm trying to get to a better me now. I'm looking to connect with people who will keep me motivated and bring positive energy into my life. I'm tired of just sitting letting the world pass me by. I want to live my life!!! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:47:45 EST Hello I have been putting off getting serious about getting in shape and being at a healthier weight. I'm looking forward to starting the New Year out with better choices and some healthy exercise. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:42:26 EST April Gray My name is April and I am a married mother of two boys and a wonderful husband of 10+ years. I was a slender at one time & then I got in a relationship that I was not happy and got out of the situation and now trying to get my life on track. I am also a college student. I go to school at night while my husband stays home with the kids. I would like to be out of the 200 lbs. At one time I weighed 123 lbs. I know I cannot get down that much after having two kids, but I can try or maybe get down... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:48:00 EST Will need help Hi - I am anxious to lose some weight and just feel better. I work alot and always have difficulty fitting exercise or proper meal planning into my schedule but I am determined (once again) to make this work. <BR> I find the sparkpeople menu tracking a little cumbersome and will track my foods in a small notebook that I'll keep with me. <BR> I look forward to learning more about the successes and ideas you all have. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:44:05 EST DWadeE Hellllooo. Everybody out there,there is now snow on the ground, not a white Christmas but still.... looking forward to helping all of you as you help me! Great articles, great tools. Talk it up chat it up Spark ON! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:15:58 EST I really want this to work Hi everyone! My friend JoAnn keeps telling me about this place so I thought I would try it. I have tried other approaches and they worked for a while but I need something more interactive. I look forward to "meeting" you! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:56:13 EST Getting to Start All Over Hi my name is Sarah, and I'm brand new to this site. I'm 23 years old with a beautiful 6 year old boy, and a great boyfriend. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight all my life. Except when I was 16, my mom and I worked out 6 hours a week and lost a combined total of 200 pounds. It didn't last long because I got pregnant with my son and gained all of it but 30 pounds back. <BR> <BR> I purchased a house when I was 19 years old and am currently in the middle of a short sale. I also am a br... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:55:11 EST Getting a Jump on 2011 Hi Everyone, <BR> I look forward to staying on track this time around and I'm glad that I have quite a few of you to make sure I hold myself accountable for my actions (or inaction). Wishing all of you a happy and healthy new year! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:18:27 EST Hi I am a new member I am a female and over 50, currently going through Menopause. Looking to see if there are others who are going through the same thing and have a problem with loosing weight. I do not have a problem gaining, in fact I believe just the smell of food makes me gain weight. Would be nice to compare notes with someone else who has had any success Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:59:28 EST Hello! Hi Spark people, crystal is writing. I am an 18 years old girl, and I have an overweight, so I decided to burn my kilograms thanks to you! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:58:01 EST hello... hi everybody, after losing my first baby i lost 25 pounds and gained it right back putting on another extera 15 pounds! i had my second child now and im determand to loose it all!! im starting today... still discovering new things here.. learning more and more... this sounds great and lots of fun... good luck to all of you out there! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:38:27 EST Biblebill Hello to all of you, I'm new my wife and I live in a small town called Jasonville In. I.m an ordained Minister. I joined this diet thing hoping to loose some weight as you can see I'm about 60lbs over weight so I can use all the help I can get. I'm not young either I will 66 years old come Jan. <BR> Thank you for having me. <BR> Rev. Bill J. Ansorge Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:09:43 EST help me get there! hello new friends! this is a little scary as it requires commitment when others are "in the know"my goals..but I am ready for the ride! My birthday is tomorrow and what a better present to give myself ..a gift of healthier living! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:04:51 EST Let the journey begin Well this is a very new venue for me. I don't know how to use these message boards very well, so please be patient. I'm really excited about this site and feel confident that this is going to be great. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:04:26 EST Jennifer Hi, I'am Jennifer and I need to lose 30 plus lbs. I would love to see myself at 150lbs by this time next year. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:55:51 EST help me get there! hello new friends! this is a little scary as it requires commitment when others are "in the know"my goals..but I am ready for the ride! My birthday is tomorrow and what a better present to give myself ..a gift of healthier living! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:12:39 EST Hello I am a stay at home mother of 3. I just want to become healthy so I will be around to watch my family live and grow. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:01:10 EST Hello my name is Jeana. I'm new to this site and I'm looking for a lifestyle change. This is also the first time i've joined any social net site, but its time for change and i could use the help and encouragement to lose the weight for good and not just for vanity. I look forward to meeting my goals and sharing with others their success and accomplishments. Have a good day all. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:38:20 EST 1 st day i'm excited about being apart of this program, i hope to loose the weight by the estimate period, and i will need some team player help. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:31:35 EST New to SparkPeople and Excited About It! My name is Mary, I'm 57, live on one of the many islands in WA state, and I think I'm [finally] really, truly, seriously ready to drop these excess pounds and feel better in the process - or at least be able to keep up with my Black Labrador Retriever (wish I had her metabolism!!!). I am counting on all of you to nag me into compliance and pat me on the back when I reach mini-goals. No way can I do this without you! I'm looking forward to making new friends and sharing experiences. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:13:44 EST Hi, I'm Lorraine Season's Greetings everyone. I am Lorraine and am looking forward to working together on our weight loss goals. I live in Canada,(it is snowing right now) and love the outdoors. I am doing an online MBA degree (12 months left) and have found myself sitting at the computer a lot, so hopefully you will inspire me to get outside and walk! talk to you soon... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:10:42 EST Hi...I'm Amanda. I am 34 years old. I have two sons and a wonderful boyfriend who has a daughter. I am a teacher. We just built a new house and life is pretty good. However, the more happy I get, the more pounds I put on. I'm not exercising regularly or eating right. I need some support and motivation. I would like to lose 30 pounds by July 6, 2011. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:01:49 EST Tired of being fat and tired Hi, My name is Susan. I was very sick in 2007, and diagnosed with Lupus. Because of this, i have been placed on a continuous round of prednisone, which in itself has helped contribute to a 50+ weight gain. I have also been put on 10 other medications which made me very tired and without energy. But, after 3 years and seeing that these meds are not going away (unfortunately), I realized i need to make up my mind and get as fit as i possibly can. I read an article in People magazine how a ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:49:18 EST I HOPE I CAN DO THIS HI,MY NAME IS MONCA BERRY,I AM DROM MORGANTON,NC....I AM IN NEED OF A HEALTHY CHANGE IN MY LIFE..I HOPE THIS PROGRAM WORKS FOR ME. I AM GONNA DO MY BEST TO MAKE THIS PROGAM WORK.... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:39:51 EST New But Old I've been to spark a few times with withering dedication and consistency. I am hoping this is my last visit, that it is successful and consistent Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:26:40 EST Hey there! My name is Kayleigh. I'm not necessarily new here. . . but I am back with a new motivation! Hopefully I can make some new friends while also getting into the shape I am looking for. Hope you all are doing fantastic! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:56:36 EST Trying to lose weight and keep it off this time My doctor suggested that I join this online site for a support group. I have a tendency to let my mood control my eating habits and I am a workaholic so I always have an excuse not to exercise. I have gained 70 pounds in the last five years and have dropped 10 lbs and then gained 20 along the way. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:55:44 EST Friends Needed Hi everyone, happy holidays! <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People today because I need to lose weight and I need motivation to help me to do so. I live alone and have NO support system except my puppy, but he loves when I eat. I work at a call center and actually have 7 girls on my team who had weight loss surgery this year and 1 scheduled for January. When I express that I want to lose weight, they reply that I should get the surgery too! <BR> <BR> I would like to lose approximately 65-95 pou... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:39:16 EST Ready to start the new year Hi, I just joined this site and I'm looking forward to starting the new year focused on shedding my extra weight. I'm 54 and married to my soulmate. I have 3 daughters, a step-daughter and a step- son. We have 5 grandchildren with 3 more on the way by mid February! I'm a cat lover....we have 5. I own a business and I'm often on the run. I seem to struggle with 20 -25 lbs. of extra weight. In the past 3 years, I've tried the low carb radical diets and had success losing the weight, but... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:36:47 EST Ashley from Missouri Hi! I'm Ashley. I'm 21 years old. I have two kids. and I don't feel comfortable with my body anymore. I'd like to lose 20 lbs. I heard about the site from a friend. and I'm hoping that being able to talk to people with similar goals will keep me from thinking that I'm doing this alone, help motivate me, and keep me on track. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:28:26 EST Accountability buddy? Hello everyone, my name is Jenny and the only way I will be able to survive this is if I have buddies. Please feel free to check up on my food and/or exercise journal to keep me on track. You are welcome to post both good and bad thoughts about my progress, feedback would be great! The more people I know are checking up on me the better :) I am happy to do the same for you. Thanks! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:10:40 EST Hi, Everyone ! My name Is Diane Hi, My name is Diane, and I am Detemined to lose the wieght I feel I need to lose. I am excited about being apart of a community with the same goals. I go!!!! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:49:00 EST new to sparkpeople! I stumbled on to this site by someones blog, while I was trying to look for ideas to get me going on my journey. <BR> I dont think i finished her whole blog befor I activated my own account. Im pretty hyped up about the whole thing and I havent even read the book. but what I am excited about is that I can track my own things down and all the items on the site to help me out . and it may be a bit tuff in start of things remembering to log in items but I am going to try really hard and hope ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:36:49 EST Hi there! Hello everyone! I signed on to Spark a couple of days ago and I'm already enjoying following the program. I especially love it that there are workouts right here on the web site. I joined Spark because I had gotten sick of my yoga routine - I really needed some variety - and because I wanted to track what I eat. It's fun to just type in something I ate and have all the nutrition info come up. Living healthily has started to feel like a fun game, not like a chore. I look forward to getti... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:25:19 EST New to Spark! Hello, my name is Brenda. I have 5 beautiful gifts from God and an amazing husband! I have joined to see if I can get this wieght off my body. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:56:32 EST LGrover7 I have joined SparkPeople because I have limited travel time so I cannot attend a weekly meeting. Online support group is perfect. I am a 58 year old male. I weigh 295 lbs. and I need all the motivation/support I can get to lose 120 lbs. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:50:20 EST C25K Ok... so I've been looking in to c25k. Obviously it's financially do-able since i's free. I've *NEVER* been a runner. My boobs are huge. I'm not sure HOW i'm going to manage this. I plan to bring the treadmill back into the house. I guess I can run holding the girls LOL. I'll figure that part out. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I posted this topic for anyone who wants to join me, or anyone who has done it before and wants to give advice or tell us how it went. Realism here folks. <BR> <BR> Btw I will ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:18:24 EST Ready to get started with Sparkpeople Hi! I'm so excited to find a free website to help us start our lifestyle changes for 2011! I am a Registed Nurse but have had to stop working due to chronic back problems. Of course after not working for 4 years, the pounds have piled on. That and being in my 50's doesn't help. My husband and I both need to loose 50+ lbs and are excited to get started and to get healthy. <BR> We've only been married for 8 years and have 8 children (4 each from prior marriages). We already have 14 grandc... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 23:08:54 EST Heyo Just stopping by to say Hi. I am a mom, student and wife, with goals and a busy busy life. :0) Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:21:17 EST Hi My Name is Cindy. Hi, I'm a wife of almost 15 years, a mother of 3 beautiful pre-teen girls, & a non-smoker for 246 days & counting. <BR> Looking to lose 30 to 35 pounds, to increase my self-esteem, & to live healthier, so that my kids learn to live healthier. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 20:54:29 EST Hello Hello Hello Is anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me.... <em>306</em> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:01:43 EST Hello, my name is Jennifer I am new to SparkPeople. It seems like a great motivational tool and support network in the quest to be a healthy weight. I wish everyone the best. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:43:53 EST Hoping That This Connection Will "Lighten Me Up" I live in cottage country Northeast of Toronto..actually very close to Algonquin Park. I have lived and worked in the area since 1996. Before that I worked in the Golden Horseshoe. <BR> I love living in God's country but am a little isolated now that I am retired and the cost of gas is keeping me from being a regular participant in a gym. I can walk the country roads and I have a Wii that should help me be active. <BR> <BR> I have a furry dog named Hershey and a loving husband named Bruce... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:17:46 EST Vintage lover.wants to wear the clothes she sells Im 22 and 220 lbs. ugk that sucks to say but im starting of on the right track and its my goal to lose 50 lbs before 7.1.2011. and im not giving my self the option of failing. its gonna happen. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:40:50 EST Hi, I'm Amy I'm a 36 year old full time working mom in Northern NJ who has lost my way, weight-wise. I hope this group helps to motivate me to stay on track and make 2011 a fit year! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:13:34 EST hi all i need all the help i can get Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:04:59 EST My Time to get healthy Hi! I have multiple health issues that I have used for excuses and after maintaining my weight for18 months, I feel ready to change things and lose weight. I'm tired of tight clothes and have no funds to buy more. The only reasonable course is to fit into what I have! I have sever RA and Celiac Disease. Following most diet plans has been difficult changing it to fit the no wheat requirement. I have started walking a couple times a week - I'm up to 1 1/2 miles now. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:47:07 EST Hi I'm Stacey Hi everyone. I am a 40 year old mother of 4 and I have been battling weight my entire life. I am starting to worry about my health and my weight. I want to lose weight and live a long life for myself and my family. I am looking for encouragement and friendship to help me through. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this venture. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:34:44 EST Newbee Well it's that time again to set up a New Years Resolution...well this year instead of losing weight or droping, I am going to RELEASE it.....because when I lose weight or drop some weight, I allway find it back. So maybe by Releaseing it, it maybe gone forever..I sure hope so!! Thanks in advance for the support Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:08:04 EST starting over! Hi! Just joined! I am excited to do this! Kind of nervous but am willing to do things I haven't tried before - or maybe tried but didn't really commit too. This seems like a really awesome site and it came highly recommended! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:23:53 EST hello everyone....I'm so glad to meet you!!!! I was looking at a article (by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen) when I saw the recommendation to join SparkPeople. I had been using '' until I fell off the wagon 3 weeks ago. I decided to take the plunge and join in here. Anyway, I hope this message finds everyone doing well.....take care and thanks in advance for any assistance! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:21:03 EST