SparkPeople A Lifeline of Sparkies Team Messageboard A group of honest, caring, humorous women who have over 100 lbs to lose. Come share our joy, challenges, tears and success. SparkPeople A Lifeline of Sparkies Team Messageboard General Discussion 2017 Hey teammates whats happening?? Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:38:26 EST Rejoining from Florida after a long absence I was here awhile ago but had left spark people. I rejoined a few months ago and am now looking for teams that can really help me keep motivated. I have 102 lbs to reach my ultimate goal of 165 lbs. I don't expect to lose it over night. I know it'll take time. It took me 8 years to put on the weight. But I'm 57 years old and would love to see myself at goal before I turn 60. Since menopause, it's extremely hard for me to stay on track. I get muddled thinking at times and due to a lot of lower... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:55:30 EST Saying Hello from Michigan Hi every one, <BR> I am Marti from Grand Rapids, MI. I am semi-retired, divorced, and have three grown children. <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople and have a lot of weight to lose, but I believe life is about more than just focusing on that. I love to visit with friends, laugh, and have fun. I believe life is too short to spend it unhappy. So I'm hoping this will be a good place to share some smiles. <BR> <BR> I can really use some of those smiles as we're having near blizzard conditions... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:24:56 EST The Recipe Corner Hello friends! I know that we all like to cook right? Is there a special recipe that you are looking for? Well then c'mon in here, let us know what you are looking for, and just maybe one of us will be able to help you find it! <em>267</em> Mon, 27 May 2013 17:34:56 EST Allow me to introduce my self. Allow me to introduce my self. I am Edna Shukis and like everyone I need to loose weight for my health and wellness. I have multiple disease that leave me with no energy. Sally Witt invited me because she said this is a fun and active group. I will post more tomarrow, running on a tight schedule to day and am very happy to be here! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 16:28:42 EST nevermind/ deleted 0 Fri, 7 Sep 2012 21:15:43 EST Hello to Friends Old and New Hi all, my name is Kim, and at one time I was a member of this team. Do to some Health problems and just plain life I havent been around for a while but was so happy to see a few names I recognized Right away on the topics page. I am very excited to reconnect with old friends and make lots of new ones. <em>9</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:42:06 EST IM LOOKING TO MAKE REAL BUDDYS??? TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER THREW THE GOOD AND THE BAD ON MY JOURNEY TO LOSE MY WEIGHT,PLEASE VISIT MY PAGE :) Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:28:32 EST HELLO I'M FROM MA. GLAD TO JOIN THIS TEAM ON MY JOURNEY,PLEASE VISIT MY PAGE Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:59:38 EST need help my ladies longtime in posting here, although I live on facebook, I confess to being a gameoholic. LOL <BR> I need help on logging excercise stuff. I hired a personal trainer and most of what we do I cannot figure out how to log, also easy things like stationary bike, could not find that either so chose cycling for that. another is what she calls seal jacks, which is jumping jacks without the jumping, then doing like standing on tip toes with weights, things like that so feedback would be awesome so... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:17:14 EST General Discussion 2011 Here is our new place to post, since our old one was so full of posts. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 15:13:57 EST ENjoying my visit Bev is haere and we are having a blast! Sun, 11 Sep 2011 04:37:16 EST New to Team, not to SP Hello All. I figured that it was time for me to introduce myself. I followed Cheri here and she said you all are a really great group, so am happy to join in. I'm turning 49yrs old, single and owned by one old cat who is very spoiled. I live back in my hometown and am ridiculously close to my parents, my brother, sister'n'law, nephew and niece. They all live here. I work full-time but its more mentally taxing than physical. I've had a long journey with weight issues, from dealing with ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 19:14:52 EST Hi from Florida Thought I'd better introduce myself. I'm Vicki, I'm 54 years old, married, and have 1 grown son that lives in NC. I'm also 100 lbs over weight. In 2005 I was 142 lbs but due to a lot of things my eating and exercise routine changed for the worst and since then I steadily climbed to 245.8 lbs. Since Sunday I've been on a new food and exercise plan and as of this morning I'm 240.2 lbs. So I'm finally doing something right once more. <BR> I have no idea how long it'll take me to reach my goal w... Tue, 24 May 2011 13:02:12 EST Hello Lifeline Sparkies! Hi, <BR> My name is Pat and I am new to this team, but I have been an avid Sparkie or Sparker since 08/25/09. <BR> <BR> I live in Alabama. I live in the area called the Wiregrass. We love it here. I have two adult sons. My oldest is married. My DH's two older sisters moved here to be close to us. <BR> <BR> I started this life journey to a healthier me in May 2009.I weighed 264.4 pounds. That was the highest I had ever weighed. My original goal was to get to 199 pounds. I have been stuck ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 07:07:25 EST Helpful Information Breaking the Rules of Exercise <BR> By Paige Waehner, <BR> When I first started personal training, I was hung up on following the rules I learned in my certification courses: A certain amount of cardio at a specific training zone along with the standard, recommended strength exercises. I quickly learned that human beings don't always conform to the rules of exercise and that trying to force them into it was like trying to get my cat to, well, do just about anything other than drape himself o... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:15:56 EST Starting over again My story....the story of an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> So 2 years ago i started using spark people and was quite susccessful, lost over 70 lbs. Then on January 16 2009 my husband said he thought he needed to go to the eye doctor to get his glasses checked because things seemed a bit blurry the last few days. So off he goes to the doctor to find out that he was the start of diabetes in his eyes. The doctor makes an appointment with a specialist. The appointment was for Febuary 20. In the... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:34:12 EST Hi! My name is Michelle and I have joined SparkPeople because I am crying out for help and truly believe this is the place for it. I need to lose at least 200 pounds. It sounds pretty overwhelming knowing I need to lose that much but my plan is to set small weight loss goals along the way. You can read more about me on my SparkPage. I'm really looking forward to the support and encouragement I'll find here. Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:58:08 EST Slimmer Summer Challenge <em>298</em> <em>283</em> Slimmer Summer Challenge. <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Weekly weigh in. You can chose what day of the week you want to weigh. <BR> <BR> 2) Do some kind of exercise each day/ 7 days a week. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <em>298</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun and be slimmer by the end of summer. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge Start Date: June 4th <BR> Challenge End Date: September 1... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 18:58:38 EST Rose Hall is Starting all over again as the song goes, its gonna be rough. I have not been on spark for over a year at least. I have talked with some of you thru other chat forums. I am going to try it again. I hope you all will have me back on your team. Sun, 24 May 2009 22:11:52 EST ASH WEDNESDAY 5% Challenge Please post ONLY your weight here every Wednesday. I will keep track and if any one else would like to keep track (just let me know who else is keeping track so we can compare notes) is more than welcome Good Luck and lets see how many Easter Bunnies we can loose!! hugs n tugs <em>148</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:14:42 EST Weekly Weigh Loss Challenge-Jan 2009 / April 2009 Start Weight-343. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:04:31 EST ******General Discussion 2009****** <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> 2009 Happy New Year !!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:40:31 EST Starting over I have been a SP member since Jan 2008, I started at 275, went down to about 242 in June, and now am back up to 260. Something has got to change. I did good coming here everyday, but it started getting in the way of evryday activities, so I stopped coming. But never again. If I have to never log off SP, so be it. I will drop this 120 lbs. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 14:15:42 EST new from over the pond Hi my name is Sue, I'm 55 from UK. Happily married for nearly 10 years, have 2 grown up married sons (who I brought up alone for years) and a 5yr old grandaughter. <BR> I don't work outside the home any more, but help to look after my parents when they need me. <BR> I have been with Sparks since April and after a slow start (I lost 6lbs in 3 months) I have sorted my head out and lost a total of 33lbs now. I need support and motivation and like to make new friends. <BR> will jump on the chat t... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:58:13 EST I'm here! I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been overweight all of my adult life and would love to finally be able to shop in a regular store. I also want to set a good example for my 10-year-old daughter who is already overweight. We are both going to the YMCA and working out at least 4 days a week. With God's help and the support of friends and family we will both reach our goals. Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:33:58 EST Hi Hi I'm shandy I'm new to the team. I am 34 years old from California. married to my husband nick for just over 2 years. I weigh 310 pounds and need to get down to at least 150 so I'm here hoping to find some help in getting there. <BR> <BR> Shandy Thu, 10 Jul 2008 02:13:51 EST Hello Team Hi everyone How are you all tonight? Tue, 8 Jul 2008 01:17:26 EST DAILY CHALLENGE Monday's Challenge... <BR> <BR> 1. Track your calories <BR> <BR> 2. Do 10 minutes of stretching...even if it's reaching for the stars. <BR> <BR> 3. Do 10 minutes of walking...even of it's while sitting at your computer or the dinner table. <BR> <BR> 4. Find someone who is not posting and encourage them to get back to the team. <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 07:01:18 EST Hello I am new to Sparkies <em>213</em> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a new Sparkie! I am really excited to be here! This was recommended to me by a long time friend Tracy! Thanks Sweety I am glad I am here! I am a 53 year old grandma who is raising 2 of 4 grandchildren! I am here to get these unwanted pounds off! My husband Dan is going to support me by doing it too! We are at a crossroads in our life and we are starting a new beginning not only on the weight loss front but we are moving to a better living arrange... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:52:49 EST Quiet time is good for the soul. I thought you all might enjoy this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 8 May 2008 05:10:09 EST I try and try again Hi sparkies, . My name is Gini and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I noticed some of you live in Alberta. I have been with sparks for over a year now and have stalled in my weight loss. I seem to have lost my self control. Just yesterday, I bought a big bag of chocolate candies and ate half. I have my daughter's wedding coming in September and want to look better for that. I am moving in 2 months and am very highly stressed at this time. I need a lifeline and some disciplen. Any help you ... Fri, 2 May 2008 05:46:08 EST Need some inspiration Hi, My name is Gini and I am about to turn 56 on Saturday. I am not thrilled.. I have been a spark member for over a year and did well for a while , then it sort of just went up and down for a while. The last 2 weeks it has been just up and up. I am getting so discouraged so I thought maybe some new friends could kick me gently and encourage me to get going again. <BR> I hope we can be friends <BR> <BR> Gini <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2008 17:39:49 EST Desperately seeking some self-discipline Hi everyone, my name is Tracy, and I am a newly single mother of 3 girls (14 yr old and 3 yr old twins)!!!! I live in Edmonton, Alberta and I am looking for support in this very difficult journey I need to do. I need to lose 150 lbs. and I just can't seem to stick to anything. I don't know what is wrong with me, I have all the right intentions, but I just can't get off my lazy butt!!! Anyone live in Edmonton who will come to my house and kick me until I get off my lazy butt and actually ... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 00:31:00 EST Hello my Sparkin' Lifeliner's! My name is Pami Jane you can call me Pami if you like....and I'm slowly getting around to all my groups. I belong to 19 so it takes some I live in Arkansas just north of Little Rock with my husband and three furpurrs. I'm here for the long haul and have almost 300 pounds to lose and hopefully all the associative diseases that morbid obesity causes. I'm also here to help others from my own experiences since I've been fighting this war for 40 years. Love and blessings for success i... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:01:33 EST Hello, My Name is Shareesa Hi everyone, my name is Shareesa. I'm a 27 year old, married mother of 4. Two girls (4,1), and two boys (13,10). I live in Marietta Ga. I've been here for 3 years now and love it. I joined Sp in order to loose the "kid" weight. Not baby fat. I've been on SP for a month now, and since then I've lost almost 20lbs. YEAH ME!!!!! My goal is to lose 120-125. I have a buddy on here, but I feel like she isn't sticking to her goals and she's lying about her weight and measurements. I'm looking for a s... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 16:45:28 EST Hello from Minnesota... Thanks for this great group. I'm Cat and from coldy Minnesota. I have been a member of SP for 2 weeks, and have loved this site so far! <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Cat <em>240</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:14:37 EST Lent Anyone?? Well, for those who participate, tomorrow starts Lent. <BR> <BR> It is not about giving up "stuff", even though we do fast. It is a time to take a spiritual inventory if you will. Time for reflection, trying to be the best you can be and giving of yourself. If it emans giving up that $3 latte everyday and giving the $ to a charitable organization so be it. <BR> <BR> As for me, I will be going hard core (on Weight watchers core/no count program) to improve my life. NO BREAD, NO SUGAR, NO F... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 01:06:30 EST Hi, I'm Jo. <em>213</em> I take my messageboards rather seriously, so I've been "shopping" for a "good few"...I would so love to be a part of your group. Your posts are funny and sweet and inspiring and friendly, everything that I would like to add to my life as I work on this journey to getting healthy. I hope that we can be friends, and that I can be a productive member of this team. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:50:07 EST Hi from California Hi my name is Lisa. Living in the not so sunny California...Lovely place to live though it is very expensive. I live in the salad bowl so I have lots of choices when it comes to salads. I am a single mom of 3...but only one at home. Been on this healthy living lifestyle a while but hit the wall last year or so. Someone introduced me to sparkpeople and now I am trying to press forward. I don't know what my original weight was because that was the highest the scale would go but I am not looking... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:59:52 EST Hi.... I have over a l00 lbs. to lose and any help and support I can get would be appreciated. I'm looking forward to making a change this year. Bring it on! ha! Sun, 20 Jan 2008 21:07:22 EST Hi everyone Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Lil and I do have well over 100 to lose. <BR> <BR> I live in Indiana with my DH and two boys :) Not sure what else to say but I'm here. Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:22:25 EST Hello from Melbourne, Australia... My name is Anna and I have been on Spark since 2006 but had a terrible year in 2007 and put on 15 kilos approx 30 pounds! Initially I had lost 80+ pounds. It is a new beginning for me in 2008 and I feel really optimisitc and positive about the future ahead. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all and be a support to all of you. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Anna Sat, 5 Jan 2008 20:55:06 EST Humor for the Day! <BR> They're Back! Church Bulletins: Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: <BR> <BR> The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. <BR> ---------------------- <BR> The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus." <BR> ------------------------- <BR> Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out an... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 06:29:28 EST 2008 Monthly Exercise/Weight Challenge <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> 2008 <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2007 17:48:00 EST Inspirational Thoughts Christmas Affirmations <BR> <BR> I BELIEVE that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God’s love in human flesh. <BR> <BR> I BELIEVE there are gifts more important than the ones under the Christmas tree, the things we teach our children, the way we share ourselves with friends, and the industry with which we set about reshaping the world in our time. <BR> <BR> I BELIEVE that the finest carols are often sung by... Thu, 13 Dec 2007 19:07:26 EST 12/6/07 New General Discussion It has been brought to my attention that starting a new shorter discussion topic may take a shorter time to load on our computers. The discussion topic we have now is very long. I will try this and see. Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:53:37 EST Hey! Hey, I am new here! I have been with SP for about 2 months. I really love it here. Just looking for a fun group to hang out with and lose weight with. One of my good friends(Truckington)is on this team and said yall were great! Hope you dont mind one more! I look forward to meeting you all!! <BR> Twana <em>213</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 22:56:35 EST New Recipe Box weight watchers Veggie Soup <BR> (No Points) <BR> 1 very large can of Chicken broth <BR> Matchstick carrots (in the produce section precut in plastic bag)-about half of the bag. <BR> Rainbow Salad or Broccoli/Cauliflower…cut like <BR> matchsticks (in produce section and precut in plastic bags)- about half of the bag. <BR> 1/2 of small bag of precut cabbage (cut for coleslaw) <BR> 1/2 to 1 chopped White Onion <BR> 1 or 2 Large Cans of Diced Tomatoes <BR> Small can of Spicy V8 (single ser... Mon, 1 Oct 2007 19:30:09 EST Hello Sparkies! Hello from Montana! I'm Kerry and I'm 32. I live with my husband and our two naughty dogs. Recently, I decided to (again) take up my trudge toward my goal of 160 lbs. As of this moment, I am sitting at 247 -- less than I have weighed since college. <BR> <BR> When I decided that I was going to finally lose the weight, I was 387 lbs! I have not followed any specific diet plan. However, I have read just about every diet book out there and took what I felt would work for me from each plan... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 12:39:21 EST Miscellaneous or fun articles APPLE TIDBITS <BR> <BR> <BR> Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie. <BR> <BR> Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan. <BR> <BR> 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. <BR> <BR> The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Michigan, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produced over 83 percent of the nation’s 2001-crop apple supply. <BR> <BR> Most apples can be grown farther north than most other fruits because they blossom late in spr... Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:18:00 EST Glad to be here! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a pretty bad "fat & ugly" day. I was depressed and knew that I hadn't been taking care of myself. Emotionally or physically. I recommitted to my health, and plan to be around Sparkpeople much more often, inbetween my full time job and a fairly new mother (my daughter Lucy just turned 1) <BR> <BR> I live in a suburb of Illinois, near Chicago. Outside of work I am an aspiring writer and have written four poetry books and drafted two novels. <BR> <... Sun, 5 Aug 2007 09:12:03 EST My introduction Hi there, my name is Jackie and I am just one week new to SP and enjoying it very much. I am trying to find myself some weight loss buddies to support me (and whom I can support in return) as I have a history of doing very well and then some event happens and I don't get back on the wagon. This time I really want to do it, and I think that SP is a great tool to help me. <BR> <BR> What I am mostly looking for are some highly motivated people as positive attitudes are contagious. I'm mostly... Mon, 23 Jul 2007 01:43:30 EST Just dropping in to say hi, Cheri was so nice to hear from you, so I am dropping a line. smile. I think of you all often, but since do not have time to read everything, truly and sadly cannot keep up. Please know my heart is with each of you, and I hope you are getting to be the thinner you that you wish to be. <BR> I myself went back to doc today and was down 2 pounds, I confess really surprised me, I have been eating the living h@## out of those WW ice cream novelties. I am going to go for my second fill on the 11t... Wed, 27 Jun 2007 19:58:31 EST Hello everyone! I am new to this team. I have been slacking a little on my diet. My weight loss has stopped. I am trying to get remotivated so I can get things moving again. I have lost nearly 60 pounds. I am a nurse who really needs to lose the weight. I am also a new grandmother. My grandson is 5 weeks old. It has really been a tough few months. I don't think I ever noticed before how the tough things in life can influence your eatting. My neice was murdered in may and it has been a down hill sli... Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:01:29 EST Newbie <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Hi I am new here, my name is Rose. I am 33 years of age and currently weight 244lbs I have a 2 children, my son Jordyn is 6 years old and my daughter Meckenzie is 4 months old. I am trying to loose weight but can't exercise right at this time due to a knee injury and back issues left over from carrying my sweety girl. I am from New Zealand and look forward to getting to know everyone Tue, 22 May 2007 04:45:51 EST Birthdate November 26, 1942. <em>184</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2007 18:11:51 EST Quotes VALENTINE QUOTES <BR> <BR> Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. ~Plato <BR> <BR> Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Someti... Sun, 11 Feb 2007 12:49:47 EST Women's Issues Hi. I wanted to ask about women's specific issues with weight and figured this was a good place! I had surgery last year to remove a fallopian tube that had gotten twisted around & filled with blood. It was the size of a soft ball (isn't everything?) and it had started irritating my appendix, which is what caused the pain to get me to go to the doctor (ER, actually). I had to have that removed too. I was wondering if any other ladies have had that happen with their fallopian tube? It's pretty... Mon, 29 Jan 2007 18:50:47 EST Helpful tools Here's a cool way to determine how many calories you burn when you're doing specific activities, according to your weight, at the time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope this will work as a link but if it doesn't, just copy the url and paste it into your address bar, press go and you're gone!! <BR> <BR> XO, Trixy Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:57:56 EST Hello Everyone I just wanted to say Hello I am Jann I am single no Kids and I live in FL Mon, 8 Jan 2007 00:25:07 EST Holiday Recipes Holiday Diva Tea: <BR> <BR> 1 qt. plus 6 cups water <BR> 1 cup sugar (or artificial sweetner to equal 1 cup sugar) <BR> 3 cinnamon sticks <BR> 1 tsp. whole cloves <BR> 1 tsp. whole allspice (which I didn't use because I couldn't find any) <BR> 8 tea bags <BR> 1/2 cup lemon juice <BR> 23 oz grapefruit juice <BR> 1 (64 oz) apple juice <BR> 2 (46 oz) cans pineapple orange juice <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> <BR> In a large saucepan combine 1 qt water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. Boil... Sun, 24 Dec 2006 00:51:27 EST A-Z game anyone?? Well just to make it fun.. starting with the letter A and going through the alphabet to Z lets think of things that start with the letter we are on and so forth. THe last person who gets Z will pick the next topic. <BR> <BR> THe first topic........Of course.. Healthy Foods. <BR> <BR> I will start with A <BR> <BR> A- Artichoke hearts Sun, 22 Oct 2006 23:57:06 EST Postf from our old house! <BR> Girls, I tried to copy the old posts but didn't have much luck. Got about 10 pages done and got an error report so I am going to see if we can do it in another way. Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:44:15 EST Welcome to our new home! I hope this is the first of millions of posts as we guide and support each other through our journey. The bonds we have forged have been instrumental in our success to date and I hope we share these for years to come! <BR> <BR> With Love, <BR> <BR> Moe Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:32:35 EST