SparkPeople SP Class of January 16-22, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from January 16-22, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 16-22, 2011 Team Messageboard Another 24 Woke up feeling great, sun shining, birds chirping, thank God for another 24 hours Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:53:47 EST Lost Hello, I'm almost 57, weigh 250 lbs. I have a wonderful husband who loves me, don't know why, 2 great kids, one in college, one in the army. I've been overweight ALL my life. Have joined WW 50 times, tried Richard Simmons, read Dr Phil, I've tried it all. With all my attempts, I am successful in the beginning, then for some reason, sabotage myself. I've been a member of Spark People for years. I read the articles, some of the messages, have exercise tapes. I have good intentions, but ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:24:41 EST Happy 2nd SparkVersary! For those who have been here consistently for two years, those who have popped in from time to time, and those who have returned to renew their commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle, cheers to two years! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 02:35:12 EST The Biggest Loser Challenge Anyone here watching The Biggest Loser? The show has been two hours per episode, so I propose physical activity at every commercial break throughout the show. You in? <BR> <BR> This week, I'm going to do 15-25 squats, 15-25 pushups and 15-25 crunches. Who's with me??!! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:52:19 EST HI embarking on a permanent change! :) My name is Sarah, i'm 21, married, a college student, a server, and mommy to a 1.5 yr old sweet and stubborn pitbull named Theo. ANYWAYS. I started the Tapout XT workout today because the whole going to the gym a couple times a week is not cutting it for me. <BR> - always have had a little extra somethin in the lower abs / belly area...always. <BR> - my metabolism has slowed down, even though i eat pretty healthy (i'm a health food freak! and i love learning about it) <BR> - i want to conf... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:25:38 EST I am back . . . . I am back to SparkPeople after a long absence. Life got in the way but now I have to get my life back. . . . I am ready to lose the weight & make myself health again. I am looking for encouraging words & motivation. I hope ya'll can help me out. Thanks for listening & look forward to reaching my goals. <BR> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:16:56 EST Memorial Day Challenge! Hey, folks... <BR> <BR> How about a new challenge? On Monday, Memorial Day will be exactly fifteen weeks away... which is a great number. Maybe you have fifteen more pounds to lose (like me, LOL!)? Maybe you want to train for a 5k, and fifteen weeks is a good pace to train at... or maybe you have a sexy summer outfit you want to fit into by Memorial Day? I personally would love to be bikini-ready... <BR> <BR> What's YOUR goal for Memorial Day? Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:40:54 EST New Year New Me I joined SparkPeople a year ago but did not take it seriously. A lot has happened over the course of 2011 and I have decided to make some changes. Managing my health with conviction is one of them. I never post on anything so I thought I would try something different. <BR> <BR> Happy New Yearbto all, and Happy New You in 2012! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:16:29 EST Taking Things Seriously This Time Although, I originally signed up for SP in January, I really didn't do anything. After trying on clothes last week, I decided I better take a my health a more seriously. So on Saturday, I started tracking my food. It has been an eye opening experience and since my income is limited, I have to work with what I have. Over the past few days I have made appropriate adjustments to stay within most of my goal limits. I still need to work on a few areas. I have a good support system with a spe... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:54:40 EST 12 Weeks to Christmas Challenge! Christmas is exactly 12 weeks from today, and I've decided to challenge myself, I hope you'll join me! Today, I will weigh in and take measurements, so I can set goals, and track my progress. <BR> <BR> I plan to post a weeks worth of challenges on Sunday night, or Monday morning, most weeks. This morning, I'm going to post today's challenge, but will post the rest of the wekks challenges later today. <BR> <BR> Let's do this!! Mon, 3 Oct 2011 08:28:38 EST Learning to maintain! Hi, <BR> I'am GLAM_MAA I started SP in Jan as to date I have lost 41 pound . Started trying to do maintance a few weeks back so far slow going. Wish me well! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 03:25:06 EST Hiii....Well I m here to start a new active life!! I am a mother of two boys under 5 years of age.Though these two always keep me occupied but now I think its the time to look after myself also.Basically I hail from Delhi, the Capital of India and now settled in Gulf with my family.I am on this board to make myself fit and active.I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2008 and since then I am struggling for weight loss.I am on Eltroxin-75 mcg/daily and go to gym also (3 times a week). <BR> hope to hear from someone who can advice. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 06:23:43 EST Time for a fresh start Not sure how I managed to get so far off track, but I gotta get my groove on again. I had a good start at the beginning of the year, and looking at my photos from Thanksgiving last year, and the pics I posted taaken this week, I can see the difference. I still have such a long way to go though. <BR> <BR> I had such a good pace in the beginning, not stressing on how much I was losing or how fast, but focusing on making each meal count and staying within a reasonable calorie limit. As time ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:10:14 EST Want to be a healthier 48 year old I am a night shift nurse. I quit smoking approx 5 years ago. Over the past 2 years I have had elderly parent issues making routine almost impossible. Or, there I go again making excuses. I have no excuse to eat better, exercise and get my borderline high blood pressure and elevated LDL cholesterol in check. There I said it out loud. I can stick with the healthier eating and exercise for a few weeks, then i fall back off the wagon. I will keep trying. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> R... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 03:32:05 EST Buddy System - June Hi everyone! Post your name here if you want to continue to be in the Buddy System or if you want to join it. Your buddy will check your fitness and food tracker every day, or nearly everyday. This buddy will offer support and give advice when we needed <BR> <BR> If you join this Buddy system, my hope is that you'll cheer on your buddy, but also offer constructive comments when your buddy is having trouble. Your buddy should do this for you too. <BR> <BR> We could use more people in the Bu... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:38:50 EST Challenge #4 For Challenge #4, you will meet a new person on Spark. To do this, go to the page of any active Sparkfriend on your Sparkfriend list. Click on the link to his or her list of Sparkfriends, and find a person who you do not know. Post on this person's Sparkpage and say hello! Post here to tell us the name of your new Sparkfriend! Wed, 18 May 2011 15:07:29 EST Buddy System - May Hi everyone! <BR> Post your name here if you want to continue to be in the Buddy System or if you want to join it. Your buddy will check your fitness and food tracker every day, or nearly everyday. This buddy will offer support and give advice when we needed <BR> <BR> If you join this Buddy system, my hope is that you'll cheer on your buddy, but also offer constructive comments when your buddy is having trouble. Your buddy should do this for you too. <BR> <BR> We could use more people in th... Wed, 4 May 2011 13:38:48 EST Couch to 5k apps - recommen dations? Hi all - husband and I are thinking about giving this a go. I see a bunch of info out there with various sites, apps, etc, but wondered if anyone had a direct recommendation (or non-recommendation) for a particular app? I have a Droid phone (but don't have music on it) and an iPod. Can't imagine having my phone slapping around as I exercise, but that's the way the only person either of us know personally does it. Would much rather have something on my iPod. <BR> <BR> Appreciate any info/... Mon, 2 May 2011 12:06:51 EST Challenge #3 I challenge you to spread the Spark to someone here that you haven't talked to in a long time. We've been on Spark for 3 months, and there are people who joined along with us but are no longer active on Spark. I hope they are continuing their weight-loss efforts, but they may have given up. <BR> So, pick one person on your Sparkfriends list that is no longer active, and send them a goodie, or write a comment or message to them to let them know that you care. This person doesn't have to b... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:46:59 EST Please motivate me!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My name is Joanna and im a new spark team member ready to change my life. my only problem, i get discouraged easily. i have a weight problem and it is very difficult for me to stay focused on eating healthy. i tend to give up a week after dieting when i dont see the scale going down. i turn to fast food when i get discouraged and it just comforts me.. i need to change my thinking towards food.. i love food.. can you please give me some advice on eating healthy an... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:23:17 EST Buddy System - April Post your name here if you want to continue to be in the Buddy System or if you want to join it. Your buddy will check your fitness and food tracker every day, or nearly everyday. This buddy will offer support and give advice when we needed <BR> <BR> If you join this Buddy system, my hope is that you'll cheer on your buddy, but also offer constructive comments when your buddy is having trouble. Your buddy should do this for you too. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, just post on this threa... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 21:06:46 EST Healthy Snacks/Meals for Driving So, I have an 11+ hour drive coming up. I'm worried that I'll sabatoge my hard work. What snacks travel well, aren't too high in sodium, are filling, and will keep me awake when I need it? Also, what fast-food options are best? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:36:37 EST What's your mantra? So, I've been paying attention to what's going on inside my head when I exercise lately, and (totally unconciously, mind you) I find my inner voice saying, "Just one more!" over and over again when I feel like giving up. That's got me to thinking--what do you say to yourself when you hit the wall when you excercise? I want to come up with something to repeat that sounds a little more empowering than my current desperate plea to endure "just one more!" I'd love to hear what gets (and keeps)... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:03:33 EST Trying to get healthy Hi, my name is Chad and I am pretty new to Sparkpeople. I have lost 16lbs so far since joining Sparkpeople and have another 30 to go. Please stop by my page and say hi as the only Sparkpeople friend I have so far is my wife. Thank you and good luck to everyone out there on accomplishing your goals. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 18:06:32 EST Confused about the Calorie count Hi, <BR> <BR> I have a general question about the calorie allotments that the nutrition planner gives you for each day. I've noticed that over the past couple of weeks, even though I have kept my exercise plan (in terms of calories burned) essentially the same, I'm being given higher numbers in the calorie allotments for each day. Can anyone tell me why that is? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:00:36 EST Feeling a little frustrated.. The last few days... I've been doing terrible at eating. I've just felt extra hungry. I did start a new workout a week ago and my boyfriend said it's probably because I'm burning more calories... but I feel a little frustrated. I haven't lost any weight in a couple weeks and I just... I don't know! I feel like I'm messing up. Up until a few days ago, I could force myself to be a little hungry... to not snack and to wait to eat... We went out for a nice dinner Thursday... and I ate EVERYT... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:48:29 EST Motivation is greatly needed... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have fallen completely off the sugar wagon after a month and a half of cutting out sugar and following a great Mediterrian Diet plan.....Lost 11 pounds and was so proud but then had some medical issues come up with me, my husband and my mom and went back to old habits way of self soothing........................need a big kick in the butt to stop the sugar and get to the gym..............................I am my worst enemy Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:20:25 EST Buddy System I am proposing that we set up a buddy system. We could each have a "buddy" who checks our fitness and food tracker every day, or nearly everyday. This buddy will offer support and give us advice when we need it. <BR> <BR> If you join this Buddy system, my hope is that you'll cheer on your buddy, but also offer constructive comments when your buddy is having trouble. Your buddy should do this for you too. <BR> <BR> If you are interested, just post on this thread by Monday, March 7th. I ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:26:37 EST Hello everybody I am a 51 year old female. I have two sons. Their ages are 19 and 21. I live in Ramseur NC, <BR> I have come to realize the older you are the harder it is to get the weight off. I am loosing weight but it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I have been on this site since Jan. 22. Since that time I lost 8 lbs. I have been dieting since November 2010. Since November I lost 55 lbs. I have never had a weight problem until now. I am now taking back my life back Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:22:21 EST What's for breakfast? At the clinic I go to they stress heavily how important breakfast is. I have hear that for years in the diet industry too. Think of your metabolism like a fire in your fireplace. Overnight the fire dwindles, and come morning you need to stoke it up! Eating small meals & snacks throughout the day keeps the fire (metabolism) burning! We all probably know this already, but its good to reaffirm sometimes. <BR> <BR> I have never been much of a breakfast eater, and as they mentioned at the sem... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 09:29:56 EST I am your grocery "connection" lol....Just want to let you all know that I have been in the grocery business for 21 years, mostly managing perishable departments, which is where you should be shopping. <BR> <BR> I'd like to encourage everyone to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and eat as many WHOLE foods as you can. Fresh produce was my area of expertise for the last 12 years and it's sooooo much better than canned or frozen. I love to try new and different fruits nad veggies! <BR> <BR> I am currently running a f... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:09:43 EST Hello and thanks to everyone Wanted to say hello to everyone and thanks. I have been a member for just over a month and have lost 15 lbs, I am training to run a 5k race and i love everything about this place. <BR> I still have quite a ways to go to meet my goals but I truely believe that the journey will be easier thanks to this place <BR> <BR> <BR> Jay Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:48:17 EST Hi Hi Donginzu! Waving back and welcome the best team! <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:12:42 EST plateau blues... I seemed to have hit a "plateau" 2 weeks straight now my weight hasn't changed, well not more than .4 of a pound! Last week was my TOM, so I was prepared not to see a loss, and showed only a .4lb gain. This week I lost that .4lb but that's it! <BR> <BR> Not looking for gobs of weight loss here like on biggest loser, just looking for a steady 1-2 lb loss every week. I have increased my activity level since last week, adding more 30 min walks, and strength training, besides doing the wii fit p... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:45:58 EST Need Lunch Ideas I'm looking for some different lunch ideas. I have the same things that I eat all the time and sometimes I get bored with it and I don't want to get bored and just start eating mindlessly looking for that different thing to eat. So if you could please give some ideas of what you eat. Thanks so much... <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> <em>190</em> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:54:29 EST Hi! Im new! Hi all, Im Laura. I joined SP January 19 and have been keeping up with the 28 day challenge team. I love the accountability and I've lost 4 pounds so far. Im not looking for a huge weight loss, I just want to be healthy and not jiggle so much when I walk. My ultimate goal is to RUN a 5K, although my city is creeping up on 200 inches of snow fall and outdoor exercise wont be an option for a while!!! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:26:16 EST Day by Day I am a 26 years old. I have been on and off diets for as long as I can remember. This time around I am trying to change my lifestyle for a healthier me. I don't want to diet anymore, I am going to try to live healhier. That way I dont have to worry about dieting on and off. Im not a junk food eater, I just love to eat real food and I know my portions be out of control. I just want to be healthier and continue on my journey with the help of people just like me. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:10:47 EST Hi new to class! Hello everyone! New to sparks and trying to reach my goal this year and so far sparks is working-out and keep me focused. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 08:14:48 EST Hi new to class! Hello everyone! New to sparks and trying to reach my goal this year and so far sparks is working-out and keep me focused. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 08:14:23 EST Motivational Incentives I was just wondering if anybody has a plan to give themselves any motivational incentives as they lose weight. I have decided that when I lose 10 pounds I get a new pair of gym pants. For 20 pounds I get a new pair of shoes. When I lose 30 I get a bunch of new clothes (because I will need them). I wanted to reward myself a little more often but I cannot think of any good rewards. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 17:47:02 EST Hello Everyone! I'm new on this team and I'm glad to be here. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:10:39 EST Hi - I'm Lisa Hi everyone. I am Lisa and am new to the message boards. I have been following the Spark plan - or at least the calorie plan for a few weeks now. I enjoy exercising for the most part and am trying to lose about 10 pounds that seems permanent now that I am past 40. Looking forward to hearing about you! Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:49:05 EST Ya Baby! Can I get a "woo-hoo"? <BR> <BR> Went to the clinic for my weigh in today, and was shocked to see another 5 lbs gone! That's 9 lbs in 3 weeks! <BR> <BR> My first reward at the 10 lb mark will be The Wii Fit PLUS. I already have a Wii Fit, but would like the updated version. At 20 lbs lost I would like a new MP3 player, I have an old one, but it goes through batteries like crazy and I just want one with a screen, and shuffle features, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, was so excited, just HAD to sh... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:20:59 EST Who has the coolest screen name? I really like the screennames of many members of our team, and I'd thought it would be fun to share which screename you think is the best. <BR> <BR> My vote is for LilacBreezin - her name makes me think of spring!! <em>126</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:48:47 EST Hello Hi, I am Jennifer and I am trying to get back on track after losing 102 pounds over three years ago. I am new to the message boards. I have regained over 35 pounds after having major surgery on my ankle/foot. I am from SW Missouri. I am getting married in June and want so much to be at or close to my original weight. But I am having a hard time getting motivated and feel very bad about myself. I also think about food all the time. My goals are to get back down to 150 or less. be able to walk... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:47:47 EST Hello Everyone!! Hey everyone finally getting around to introducing myself! :) my name is Kelly! I live in a small town in AZ. I really want to lose 50 lbs by the end of June! thats kinda my short time goal!! but overall i just want to be healthy and be able to make healthier choices! :) I hope everyone is snacking healthy and drinking lots of water! :) <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:29:37 EST Fighting 2 Addictions Hey Everyone! I am here beacause I lost all my weight and then quit smoking. It's been 8 months since my last cigarette, but I have gained half my weight back. I struggle with unhappiness, fatigue, I miss smoking! I will never go back, but am having a hard time moving forward. In 8 months I have gained 30 pounds. I am trying to put healthy foods in myself and I pray for strength and guidance. I am doing my best, but I have these moments of weakness every few days. I eat so many bad foods, I g... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:05:33 EST How are you doing so far? Okay, you've been at this for a few weeks. So I'd really like to know how you feel you're doing. <BR> <BR> Do you have questions, suggestions for something you'd like to see on this team, give a shout out about things you've accomplished so far? Go for it! I'd love some feedback on how you're doing and how I can help you achieve your goals. <BR> <BR> Let's do this together! <em>224</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:28:03 EST Challenge #2 I think we're ready for another challenge. How about you? <BR> <BR> Let's make this one fitness related. I challenge you to complete at least 10 minutes of fitness every day this week. It can be anything you choose, walking, aerobics, biking, dancing around, even heavy cleaning will count. <BR> <BR> Let's track it here, and your team can cheer for you as you complete this challenge. <BR> <BR> Ready? Go! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>318</em> <em>316</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:25:04 EST Hey Everybody!!! Hey everyone! My name is Heather, and I'm 25. I'm just now starting my weight loss journey, and I'm really excited to get started. Which I'm sure will taper off in a week or so. I'll need all the friends, help, and kicks in the butt to keep me going that I can get! :D So add me, and we can be each other's motivation. And if you see that I'm slacking somewhere, don't feel bad in telling me to pick it back up. Sometimes, that's what we all need. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:52:21 EST Introducing: Me! Hello All. My name is Christa and I am on a new adventure this year in learning to take better care of myself. I am starting a walking/jogging and eventually running program that I hope will be the beginning of a good exercise routine. So far I have been successful in getting workouts in every other day, but sometimes find it challenging with my hectic lifestyle. Being a mom of 2 active boys, a teacher, and recent caregiver to my grandmother, things don't slow down much. Wish me luck that... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:24:20 EST What slimming down means to me Thought I'd start a thread on the positive side of change! <BR> <BR> I am SO looking forward to being slim, first of all because when I accomplish my goal (when, not IF!), I will have such incredible respect for myself for seeing things through. I am a strong woman in so many aspects of my life, but the daunting task of weight loss. Truth s that same strength in life I rely on to get me by can also get me to my goal. <BR> <BR> Cant wait to buy new clothes, capris in summer, shorts, bathin... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:04:53 EST My Restart Date 1-18-2011 I have been part of SP for a while but didn't take it seriously at all just now on the 18th am I being seriously taking it seriously now. I got a new streak going on. Maybe getting my eating habits in order. Getting used to working out. I wish you all the best of luck Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:45:14 EST 2011 a year of many successes I too am excited to start 2011 with positive goals and a plan. I am really happy that I found Spark people. There is a lot of information to navigate, but one can definitely find what one needs. I have decided join only a few teams, because I want to be able to participate in the ones I join. Let's all make 2011 a year of success. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:30:40 EST Determined to do whatever it takes II have joined this forum for support. I have a career in the human services' field and am accustomed to helping other people achieve their life goals. However, after a divorce and the death of my elderly mother, who I cared for, I find that somehow I have left myself off the list of people who need time, effort and care. I used to be a very active, athletic person and have somehow lost me. When I saw this site mentioned in a magazine and checked it out I knew it was for me. Keeping mysel... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:05:26 EST Water, water, water! It's driving me crazy! I'm really discouraged by all the water we're supposed to drink. I've read how good it is for you and the FAQ about it, but I have to go to the bathroom ALL the time. Once every hour or two. It's driving me crazy. Yesterday I only drank 4 cups (8oz) just to give myself a break from the bathroom visits. Does anyone else have this problem? Does it get better? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:04:51 EST Getting all my calories in? Help! I'm coming up short in getting enough calories eaten every day---I know, never thought I'd have THAT problem, right?!? Well, I'm so full with all of the water I'm drinking and all of the great fruits, whole grains, & veggies, that I can't reach my minimum suggested calorie count. Any ideas? I'm finding that not eating enough calories may explain my lack of weight loss during the last year, despite eating whole foods. Tracking what I'm eating here on the site has opened my eyes in s... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:56:02 EST Excited to start 2011 with a positive health goal! Hi! I am excited to join Spark People. How refreshing to find such a GREAT resource! This is my second week with SparkPeople and the nutrition tracker has really been a great asset! I am seeing my weaknesses and my strengths when it comes to food! I love when I plug in foods before actually eating them, I can change my mind and pick a better choice for the day! I do believe that this has been a key to my first week's weight loss! I am looking forward to getting ideas and support from t... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:46:32 EST Thanks Team! I'm glad I did! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I asked for advice on whether to weigh in or not. I was afraid because of the couple of 'cheats' I had, and I wasn't feeling like I was making progress. <BR> <BR> Most thought I should weigh in, so I went to the clinic today and weighed in, and guess what? I lost 2 lbs!! That makes it 4 lbs total for me since I started, and I am so pleased. <BR> <BR> Little by little, week by week I will acheive my goal. I was hoping for 1-2 lb loss per week, a... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:46:15 EST Challenge #1 Now that we're all getting settled here, I thought I'd throw out our first team challenge. It's a fairly easy one. <BR> <BR> If you haven't done so already, set up a SparkPage. SparkPages are personal homepage to share with our community, add blogs, photos, links to your friends and more. They also allow your leaders and teammates to visit and leave you motivational comments and give you Sparkgoodies. Be sure that your page can be seen by everyone, not just your Spark friends. <BR> <BR> On... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:17:12 EST Where should I start? I'm still fairly new to the site and don't have a lot of time to focus on here, so I was wondering where a good place is to start and focus my time? Thanks for all of your help!! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:29:43 EST bonnie I'm getting ready to lose 25 lbs. Having hard time getting started need support! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:44:51 EST Greetings All ~ I'm New If You Want Me I'd like to have some feedback regarding what we do here. I don't have much computer time and so I want teams I'm really going to be active in. <BR> <BR> My name is Pamela but you can call me Pami, P'la or anything you like, I've been called them all and love it when people care enough to use a nickname! <BR> <BR> I'm 50, morbidly obese and a high risk for another heart attack and stroke so I'm doing all I can to try to lose weight safely. I desperately need to get my cholesterol down, bu... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:10:04 EST Great blog with helpful information This is an outstanding blog with great information about a healthy eating plan, not a diet. I'm excited to share it with you, and I hope you find it as helpful as I did. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3951159 </link> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:13:22 EST hello my name is stephanie. i'm 42 years old i'm a diabetic, need to lose weight, get my blood sugar level undre controled. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:02:34 EST Starting my New life.. Hey ...I am super new to Spark page.., my doctor reccomended it to me.. it is great. I am loving how i can track all my goals and carb and cal intake each day, it is making my diet so much easier.. I think alot of us have some of the same goals.. I am 20 living in Sacramento, and my husband and i want to start have children soon, but i want to be fit and healthy before pregnancy. I dont want to pass my bad habits on to my children. I have never been skinny, but i am completely determined to ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:25:29 EST to weigh in or not to weigh in? Hi everyone, <BR> just trying to decide if I should go for a weigh in this week or next. After my first week in the program, my weight went down 2 lbs. I was encouraged by that and motivated me to keep at it. <BR> <BR> They recommend we come in for weigh ins at least every 2 weeks. My concern is that if I go in today or tomorrow and it hasn't changed or has gone up, will I get discouraged? <BR> <BR> I am trying to hang on to my motivation right now. I know it takes time, but I am impatie... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:23:23 EST Already off track. I got hit with a flu on Thursday and have not tracked nor exercised since, because I've been achey and feeling blah. I'm doing better today, the flu hit its peak over the weekend and I am just coughing and a little achey. Alka Seltzer Cold med is my best friend along with mucinex and a bunch of supplements (b12, ginseng) for energy. <BR> <BR> I'm not worried about exercising again right away, I'm still achey, but due to large quantities of apple juice and just wanting things like nutella on ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:07:46 EST Go for it. Well never thought you could eat so much and lose weight. I was so full I could not eat another thing. I have given up smoking the same time, if any of you are an ex smoker, you will agree that you want to 'raid the fridge'. Well have not wanted to do that at all. Tried a members recipe today and it does smell lovely. Well off to work with my goodies. <BR> As the Tiger on the Frosties box says I Feel GRREEAATT !!!! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:00:30 EST Glad to Be Here I stumbled upon this web site while looking for something else, but it seems to be exactly what I need. I weigh more now than I have ever weighted in my life, including three pregnancies. I have looked at other web based programs, but most of them charge. This is an amazing site and it is free. I can't believe it. I need all the support I can get because it has been very difficult to reach my health and fitness goals. This time last years I got off to an excellent start, but by spring ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 23:56:27 EST Just a week late.... I just found this group today. Better late than never. lol <BR> <BR> I started SP for the second time last Monday, January 17th. I had a great week of journaling everyday. I lost 5.2 lbs this past week. <BR> <BR> Here's a little of my story--I'm 41 and have been overweight most of my life. I got down to my smallest size in 1994. I maintained that for 5 years. After starting some new medication, I gained 80 pounds. What a huge set back. <BR> <BR> It took me until 2003 to get on the ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:28:15 EST Back again :-) Ciao, <BR> My name is Christine and I'm an Italian born in Northern California. I did spark people in high school ~ college to keep my weight down and avoid the freshmen 15. Now that I'm 30 I find that I'm so overwhelmed with diet info that I really need to get back to the basics (and lose the 22lbs I've gained since college) so I'm back. I did weight watchers for a few months but found that I hate calculating points, daily points, weekly points, activity points... I started losing my mind... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:47:03 EST Just to say Hi Hi, I am so thrilled to be part of the spark family. I am learning my way around the site so It is going to take some time before I can participate full in the groups I have enrolled. Thank you for welcoming me and I look forward to the friendships and support. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:43:49 EST howdy yall My name is Lacey. I am a mother of three, two girls ages 8 and 7 and a little boy who is 5. I moved back home to IN in July and have been making some major changes in my life. I have already lost 50lbs and still have about 100 more to go. I decided to work on myself and make sure I am happy and healthy and can keep up and take care of my kids! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:36:17 EST Ruth, who wants to eat right I need to learn not to eat so many sweets, especially when stressed. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:06:13 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! I hope everyone is going strong today! <BR> <BR> My name is Rachel, I'm married, 33 years old with 2 wonderful kids. I found out about Spark People on a message board a couple of years ago. I checked it out, liked the way I could track everything... and then lost interest! <BR> <BR> I am now at the biggest I've ever been. I'm very unhappy, struggling through everyday activities with an 18 month old and a 7 year old. I lost weight through both of my pregnancies, only to put it back ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:01:33 EST Hello! I am settled in and looking forward to making some friends and losing these extra lbs! I need all the encouragement I can get! ;) Sun, 23 Jan 2011 02:33:05 EST greetings from Missouri Hello everyone. My name is Jon and I am 27 years old. I am trying to lose between 60-70 pounds by this coming summer I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 3 years ago, and have been struggling with my weight for the last 5 years or so. . I am 6'6'' and currently weight about 310 pounds. I have always been on the heavier side because I am very large framed, but I have been gradually getting heavier and heavier. My goal is to get back down to the 240-250 pound range, which is where I was at when... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:43:00 EST Annready I am ready to take charge of my life (with some help and support from others that can relate). I beleive with help from you I can lose weight, feel better and play ball with my 11 year old son. I am 51 and tired of being tired Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:13:28 EST Looking for a help changing my lifestyle. Hi all. I am a 24 year old mom of one beautiful 1 year old girl and I am so lucky to have found the man of my dreams, who loves me inspite of the weight I have gained.I am really looking forward to changing my habits and becoming happier with the way I look. I have joined this site in hopes that I can find support. support for when I am down and when I have a failure, Or for someone to cheer for me when I manage to loose. I look forward to really getting to know some people on here and makin... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 22:41:18 EST Starting My Spark Hi everyone. My name is Janel and I'm very excited to start this Sparky-journey. <BR> <BR> I'm really hoping to become a part of this community and to start making a better life for myself. <BR> <BR> I found out about SparkPeople through The Spark book. And, judging from the techniques in the book, I think we all have a great chance of succeeding. <BR> <BR> I hope I make many SparkFriends. :) <BR> <BR> -Janel Sat, 22 Jan 2011 21:21:18 EST New here Hi I am Lori. I am 38 and I live in the very cold Manitoba Canada. I have two teenagers at home 18 and 14. I am engaged to be married this spring. But I have thought of putting the wedding on hold as I dont want to be a fat bride. But my fiancee and I don't live together so I dont think can go too much longer without being married to him. <BR> <BR> I am a photographer and I also work in health care but have been off wok, physically injured due to a back and shoulder injury. <BR> Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:58:13 EST How can I track multivitamin & supplement use? I can't find a way to add a multivitamin in my Nutrition section. There is a way to add individual nutrients, but that would take forever. Plus I take probiotics each day & would like to track that. If I could even track my medications, it'd be nice. The more I can do on this site, the less I'm trying to track elsewhere. Thanks for your help, everyone. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:20:44 EST Hi just joined... Have introduced myself on main sparkpeople and have just done my home- page. Not sure what to do next. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:31:38 EST Don't want to fail again I just joined spark people. I've gained and lost weight a few times. Here I go again. The goal is to figure out how to change my thought process so that I never have to go through this again. I want to be healthy and happy. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:56:20 EST Hi Everyone!! I have been battling my weight since...probably around age 6. and have definitely had moments of success and moments of failure along the way! it's been a while since i have fully committed myself to my health, and my weight has been slowly climbing in the wrong direction. i know that this is a super supportive community, and i also know that i would be about 25% as successful in the weight-loss process were it not for this website! so i am back, and cant wait to really focus on myself and my... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:50:20 EST Hello!! Hi! My name is Jessyka! I had tried sparkpeople several years ago, but never really gave it a chance. I'm trying to make my life healthier and decided to give it another go! My friend and I signed up for a pole dancing fitness class yesterday and it was really fun, so I think we're going to sign up with that gym and go a couple times a week! It's the first fitness routine that has actually excited me so I think it will be way easier to stick with. <BR> <BR> Well I'm going to go print my groc... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:31:42 EST Hi I am new to Spark People and i need motivation I am looking to lose weight and feel better about myself . I need all the help and the motivation that i can get from Spark People,I feel confident that i can achieve my weight goal with faith inmyself and your help , i know i can do this! I have health problems and i know weight loss will help control them so i can live a longer and a fuller life. Thanks Spark People. Looking forward to loseing weight! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:58:37 EST hello There! I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A graduate student, and mom of two under four. Im looking for any support to get me started on this journey of healthy living. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:29:50 EST Hi everyone! My name is Lisa! I'm 24 and I live in Ohio. For many years I've been telling myself that I need to lose weight and that I'm not happy with the way I look and feel. But yet, I still sat on the couch and didn't do anything about it. A few months ago, I joined a Zumba class and fell in love with it. I thought that was a good step towards losing weight, but I still didn't see any results. I knew dieting is what needed to come next, but so many of them turned me off because you have to deprive you... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 09:20:00 EST Good Morning! A cloudy, damp day but I'm up early and meeting a friend for lunch. I don't know what to eat at Arby's. I've been doing so well this week, I hope I can find something. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 08:07:57 EST LET'S DO THIS! Hi everyone! I'm new to SP. I created my account Tue the 18th and have been going strong since. I'm feeling really motivated about being here and I'm looking forward to all the amazing accomplishments ahead of us. <BR> <BR> A little information about myself: <BR> I'm 26 and married with 2 beautiful 2-year-old twin boys. I weigh more now than I ever have before (260 lbs), but that's all going to change. My next weigh in is this Sunday and I'm hoping that I've already shed a pound or two. When... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 01:20:41 EST Start to a new journey Hello everyone. I just joined the site today. I'm excited to be able to track my daily calories and workouts to see how I'm doing. It is easier to stay on track when you can see the numbers. I recently joined the gym because I want to be healthier. My sister and I have a goal to run a 1/2 marathon together. I can't do that while sitting on the couch. I can't wait until the day I can say I have accomplished that goal!!!! I will turn to the website for motivation from others. It will be wonderf... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:13:43 EST A little foolishness and a little wisdom is good.. ...the right combination is harmonic. <BR> I'm a married stay at home mom in southwest MI and work part, part-time as an educational massage practitioner. At age 39 I birthed my second child 16 yrs after birthing my first. And now 3 years later my BMI index is at 29, and boy do I feel it. My goal is to out create this funk I'm feeling and experience an awakened vibrancy. <BR> <BR> My short-term fitness goal is to exercise vigorously 10 min. daily. <BR> I love dancing, yoga, walking, an... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:41:01 EST im new here! Hi. My name is amber and i am new and have no idea what to do?!?!? any help would be nice! I am trying to lose 100lbs and be a healthier, prettier me and all motivations is welcome. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:08:46 EST Hello I'm new and want to introduce myself My name is Shirley from Ohio and am almost 54 years old. I'm married and had 4 boys and now have 10 grandchildren. I was a heavy heavy smoker 2 - 3 packs a day and quit when I turned 50 and have gained alot of <BR> weight. I was in weight watchers and lost 25 pounds a year ago but had to quit cause of finances. I hope I will get some support and hope to give some support Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:53:23 EST MOM SEEKING WORKOUT PARTNER Looking for a workout partner in Colorado Springs. Mom of 4 soon to be single again. Membership at 24HR Fitness Sport. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:32:51 EST Hi I'm Maria, and I live in Tampa. Currently looking for a workout partner. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:17:11 EST Hey there! Hey everyone! I am new to Sparkpeople and am looking for support in the journey to becoming the new me! I have tried losing weight several times and have always been too hard on myself and lost motivation. This time I am going to try a different approach and try to enjoy making a new lifestyle for myself! Hope I can make some new friends along the way! :) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:44:12 EST Hello I'm usually the last person to post in stuff, mainly because of my self esteem and how shy I am. But Im trying to be a new me so Im doing something different. This is not my first time trying to diet and I used to be more active but between family stuff, having a baby, and not taking care of myself I lost my way. So now Im 240 lbs....I hate it but Im trying to get better for myself and for my daughter. Its nice to meet you all and hopefully I'll be posting more! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:46:17 EST February more exercise minutes than sparkpoints ch I noticed that we have more spark points than exercise minutes as a team. I challenge us to have more exercise minutes than sparkpoints but still keep up the high number of spark points. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:40:37 EST what a blessing!! Hi! My name is Nik. I'm 26 and finally trying to take care of myself. I give a lot of me to my family, school, and job. Unfortunately that doesn't leave a lot of time for me so the dollar menu and I became best buds. I have been a member for almost a week now. I had started this journey about a week before joining SP. I started with 100 lbs to lose and I am currently down 10 lbs. I read about SP in People magazine this month and thought I would give it a try. So far, everyone has been so welc... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:09:42 EST Hi 1. What do you want to be called? Your SP name? Real name? You can call me Missy <BR> <BR> 2. Your age? 49 <BR> <BR> 3. Where are you from? Ohio <BR> <BR> 4. What motivated you to join SP? I have been overweight for a long time and I am tired of my mental image being so different than my actual image. I am also fast approaching 50 and I want/need to make some big changes. This is helping me make that first step. <BR> <BR> 5. What are you most excited about? Feeling good about myself and... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:29:17 EST The journey begins with one step Hi to all....... <BR> I found the book at the library and was immediately hooked. I've been involved in may online forums but never one dedicated strictly to fitness and weight loss. Especially one that has no hidden agendas or costs. I am 52 years old and 50 lbs. overweight. I have been a yoyo dieter my entire life, in fact it's how I was raised. <BR> <BR> I recently underwent shoulder surgery due to osteoarthritis from overwork. As if that weren't enough, I also fell and broke the "good" a... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:07:16 EST Once a college athlete.... But not feeling like I ever was. I gained 70 pounds while pregnant with my son Kash and it was 2 years yesterday that 60 pounds of that is still on my body. I've lost 20 pounds, gained it back then lost some more pounds and gained that back. I want to lose this weight in the right way and make it a lifestyle change. I absolutely love sports and I was once a very good athlete. It's been awhile since I've felt that I am a good athlete and that really affects me. I signed up to run a mini marath... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:07:56 EST Hi everyone - I'm new & so happy I found this site My name is Marianne. I'm 39 years old and trying to shed these last 35lbs that won't seem to budge. This has been an ongoing battle for me as I've struggled with my weight all my life. I'm tired of going up and down though and am ready to be healthy once and for all. It has been really hard for me since I don't like going to the gym. The best exercise for me is the exercise I get when I don't feel like it's exercise (ie. walking, swimming, riding my bike, etc.). I've been looking for a site l... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:59:37 EST Hello everyone! I'm brand new here, and I just thought I would say hello to everyone. I'm not quite sure how all this stuff works yet, but I look forward to figuring it all out. I'm 23, and I actually started my journey about 6 months ago. I've lost 50 pounds so far, and I plan to keep it up until I reach my goals! I'm in Iowa, so I'm pretty much limited to the treadmill for walking during these cold months. I think it's about -17 outside tonight without the windchill, and I WISH that was me exaggerating. Sa... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 04:33:50 EST New Member todays my first day here and im excited to be taking these steps to becoming a healthier me encouragement very much appreciated... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:45:04 EST Getting to know you all! 1. What do you want to be called? Your SP name? Real name? <BR> <BR> Hi! I'm Stephanie! <BR> <BR> 2. Your age? <BR> <BR> Almost 40! <BR> <BR> 3. Where are you from? <BR> <BR> Central Wisconsin <BR> <BR> 4. What motivated you to join SP? <BR> <BR> I saw a girl in People Magazine who used SP as a motivation/support team. I thought, "I want that"! <BR> <BR> 5. What are you most excited about? <BR> <BR> Feeling bouncy! <BR> <BR> 6. What are you most scared/nervous about? <BR> <BR> Fa... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:38:31 EST KarinHerr Hi Everyone, <BR> I am Karin Herr and I just found out about this website through a friend. I can't wait to get started. I hear a lot of good things and I read a lot of good things. Can't wait to hear from all of you.... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:40:01 EST Lunch Options Hi! I just recently joined spark people and have heard a lot of great things about this site. Can anyone give me some helpful lunch ideas. I am on the road a lot, and do not often have access to a microwave etc. I am frustrated because even the "healthier" fast food options are often not very healthy. I am tired of packing the usual PB& J or lunch meat sandwich. Any suggestions for other options I might be able to try? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:15:55 EST Hi!! Hi my name is Amanda. I am glad that I finally found something that might actually work. And a whole network of people going through the same thing I am. Well i know we can ALL do it and reach our goals!! I hope to hear from all of you! I am SUPER excited to get started on a new happier healthier me! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:39:31 EST Hi everyone!!! Here I am - and I know how I got here! Looking forward to committing to a lifestyle change one small step at a time. Started healthier eating and exercising the first of the year. Have lost 9 lbs so far but have many more to go! I hope to support you along your journey and hope to find support from you also! The past couple days have been a struggle - been doing all those right things but not seeing results on the scale. Have decided not to become a "scale addict" and just do the right ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:54:08 EST Hello everyone! Hi! My name is Christina. Well, obviously, I'm new. :) But anyway, I've been struggling with my weight ever since I got out of the military. I've gained about 50-60 pounds in the 5 years I've been out. I had a baby 10 years ago, and sadly, I use that as my excuse even though I dropped all my baby weight without even thinking. My lack of motivation to get up and move and my love of food have put me in this position. I think I have finally found a place that will work wonders for me! I'm alread... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:52:05 EST Hello I am Pecantree1 I am excited to have joined a group of people in this program for the same as I am. I am looking to reach my goals in a timely manner. I would like to know is there any groups that meet for excreise prgrams for working out? And if so where can I come to join the group. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:32:13 EST hi all, After searching for the past couple of months, I have finally found this awesome sparks program that fits my budget as well all the things that i wanted to help me lose weight. All i need now is to have the SUPPORT and MOTIVATION from all you wonderful people out there who want to lose weight and be healthier just like me.. Currently have 3 kids and my youngest is 6months old. I dont have any support from partner at the moment. But i am determined to lose many kgs in the coming months. I can... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:13:39 EST points system My target wt loss is 50 lbs. with a target date of January 2012. Not sure how to work the points system. Have done weight watchers before, but I don't have time to attend meetings this time around. Figured Spark people may be able to help. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:07:36 EST Hey Hey I am Christina and new to this site Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:00:32 EST Hey friends!! Hey everyone! I am new to this website and heard about it from a friend as very motivational! At my lowest point I weighed 313.8 pounds. I include the "0.8" because I will never forget that number. Today, I weigh 170 pounds! I am a completely new person and have gotten my health and life back. My ideal weight is about 140-150 lbs, and need the encouragement to finish up my lifelong goal of reaching that weight! Also, I feel as if I am having to redefine myself as a person, which is sometimes ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:32:27 EST Maggie Just starting today with Spark..wanted to say Hi...and wish me luck.. I have been working at my weight loss for a long time and I want it and need it like never before....already down 35 lbs...60 more to go... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:02:48 EST Is coffee considered in water count I drink at least 4 cups of coffee every morning. Does this count toward the 8 cups of water a day I should drink? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:24:58 EST Kickin this weight and going to stun them all My name is Carrie I am 27 and have 3 kids. I am wanting to loose a large amount of weight. I want to live a happy healthy life. I am going for 100 lbs to drop. I want to look good and not worry about going out and worried what people are saying about me and my weight. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:51:21 EST MsEvella Doing It in 2011 Hi Spark family. It is a new year and fresh start for me, This time I am going to stay consistent and keep the faith. Applaud myself tor every accomplishment from smallest to the largest. When I fall I will get up and dust myself off and move on and start again. This is more than just a weight loss goal but about a change in my lifestyle head to toe both inside and out. Bringing out the beauty in me that has been hidden for far to long. Spiritual growth. This is the second half of my life... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:24:22 EST hello spark people! My name is erika, im a 21 year old mom of two, with a wonderfull man and looking to make myself healthy and able to keep up with my very busy life! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:04:34 EST Birthday Party! Tomorrow, January 20, is our teammate Lorie's (LCOATES3) birthday! Please take a moment to stop by her page and wish her a very happy birthday! <BR> <link><BR>OATES3 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:12:45 EST Hey I'm Alyssa and I'm new! I wanna be in shape and at least one dress size smaller for my engagement party and wedding. my engagement party is in june so that's how long i'm giving myself. I'm here because I can't do it alone and I want to help others too! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:54:55 EST new to the team hi everyone-glad to be here. hope this will be the time i reach that elusive goal. TRUELINDA Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:45:05 EST hi everyone, hope to keep the weight off this time well, this is my umpteenth time trying to loose 30 lbs. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:16:52 EST Bad Manners? I am just starting out. I am not sure what info is appropriate for this board. I put an introduction on that board, but am I supposed to also put it here or is that considered bad manners? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:00:49 EST Jobug2 Hi, <BR> I am trying this Sparks system as I am limited(due to a disability) and would love the help and push every now and then to get a healthier body. Can't wait to see what others have done! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:51:26 EST hi Hi I am new to spark I am looking to complete my weight loss and it nice to have support while your trying to change old way I am looking forward to being apart of this I am 28 single parent and I been overwieght most oF my life and I am serious about my self care now and I ready to start dropping these mama pounds Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:44:20 EST hi Hi I am new to spark I am looking to complete my weight loss and it nice to have support while your trying to change old way I am looking forward to being apart of this I am 28 single parent and I been overwieght most oF my life and I am serious about my self care now and I ready to start dropping these mama pounds Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:42:02 EST Little things that can add up, what are you doing? So I was thinking about the little things that can add up over the course of the day. I have decided to park in the BACK of the parking lot, and use the restroom UPSTAIRS instead of down the hall. <BR> <BR> What are your ideas?? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:50:49 EST Hello Everyone! Wish me luck. Hello. My name is Ashley aka Ash. I've been using Spark People for 3 days now and I think it's the best thing for free. I'm so happy that I was introduced to Spark People. I love to log everything I do and now I can do it on the computer. I'm trying to get from 136 to 125. I hope with Spark People that can happen. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:44:18 EST Beginner in Torture.... need help!!! I am 27 yrs old, originally from Chicago. I am marrying the love of my life 9-10-11. I have gained over 35 lbs in the last 4 years that we have been together 195 lbs from 160. I now weight 175 lbs. and it has been a struggle to drop those last 5 lbs. I want to weight 145 which is my healthy weight. Everything is such a struggle. i have been stressed out from the holiday desserts etc. i have laid off from bread and sugars such as cookies etc. still no use, it has only been 2 weeks. i am a wrea... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:08:29 EST Back again as a new member I must have joined this site about 3 or 4 times, gave up, closed my account & swore I would never come back again, BUT here I am yet again. I would always give up in the past, usually way too soon. I'm hoping this time I will stick it out & maybe, I dunno....LOSE SOME WEIGHT....LOL That's the plan anyway. My husband & I are supposed to be going on a cruise in a few months & I really would like to lose even a little weight before we go. I hope that maybe with the encouragement of the friends I... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:47:28 EST Newbie from Long Island, NY Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Gina and I'm new to SparkPeople, I love what I've seen so far. I feel confident that this site will help me achieve my goal of losing 50-60lbs by keeping me on track for both diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> I have hypothyroidism which makes losing weight quite a challenge, but I'm on Synthroid and I'm determined to get this weight off for good! I look forward to "meeting" you all and offering support along your weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> Have a great d... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:53:36 EST hi i am seeking for a practically possible wait loss program please suggest me Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:47:03 EST Hi all, just discovered this cool site...... Hoping this site will help me keep my focus and stay on track this time! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 01:37:38 EST Here I go again... Hi. I'm Megan and 19 years old. <BR> I'm not new to spark people, I originally joined a year ago but unfortunately I failed at my weight loss. After 7 months I'm back and hopefully this the start of an amazing weight loss journey. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:10:59 EST Hi! I am a 38 year old single working mom of 3 I am a single working mom of 3: ages: 12, 9, and 3. <BR> <BR> I am looking to remove fat, get more active and healthier, and look better. <BR> <BR> I have found it hard in the past... my weakness are: no support system (here's to my new Spark teams!!), short on time and/or have 3 kids with me when trying to work out... and trying to find fast easy vegetarian meals that I like, and my 12, 9, and 3 year old like also!! <BR> <BR> Here's to our adventure!! Laurie Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:14:31 EST Hi, am I too late Hello all, I am a 64 year old grandmother who is wondering if I have waited to late to do something about my weight. I need to lose weight, I must because of my health, which could be terrible if I keep going the way I have. Am I too late? Can I do this? Would appreciate any answers. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:13:42 EST Hi I'm new to Spark and just joined the team My login name is graywolf72. I started a program here because I know first hand it's harder to loose weight without support. My ultimate goal would be to loose 50 pounds and keep it off. I really love music and cooking. Reading too. I hope to become an active member of the team. I believe with this program I will loose the weight and keep it off. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:03:14 EST Well, here am I. Relying on the support of others. I have struggled my entire life. At 400 pounds, I had gastric bypass and got down to 176! I was skinny! 10 years later and two children, I am back up to 247. I am disgusted by the way I look and feel. Everyday I have the intention to be good but as the day goes on I forget all about it. I am tired of beating myself up. I want to feel and look sexy. I don't want to be fat anymore. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:59:02 EST Hello fellow Beauties! Hello all, My name is Meghan. I'm 21 and I'm trying a diet again. This time, I hope it works. I love making friends and talking is definitely something I do a lot of. Don't hesitate to message me or add me as a friend. I'm still trying to get the hang of this site, but so far I love it. <BR> <BR> I wish everyone the best of luck on their journey and want you to know that you can do it! <BR> <BR> Meghan- Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:29:48 EST Hello! 1. What do you want to be called? Emmy is fine! <BR> <BR> 2. Your age? 25 <BR> <BR> 3. Where are you from? NC <BR> <BR> 4. What motivated you to join SP? I've been taking gradual steps toward better health for a while now, but always wind up failing. As of January 1st I'm a vegan, and I've joined local weight loss support groups and now Spark People, because the motivation is where the trouble always begins! <BR> <BR> 5. What are you most excited about? I'm excited about being healthy. My... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:33:01 EST Hi everyone! Hey! I'm new to SparkPeople as of today. Well technically, renewed. I tried this a few years ago and gave up on myself. I can't let that happen this time though. I have to get back into a healthy lifestyle for myself and my 3 girls. My oldest daughter is graduating this June and I want to be able to enjoy it! Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:11:21 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone. I just joined SparkPeople today. I'm hoping to make healthy lifestyle changes to decrease my weight. I am looking for a buddy with whom to share the journey. Thank you in advance for the support. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:39:21 EST I'm new. Thanks for the welcome everyone. This is my first day and I am excited about getting started and losing some weight. I need all the help I can get. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:24:28 EST Hello and hoping this works for all of us. I guess I'm trying this as a huge motivator to change how I live. Almost everyday I say I'm going to do better, but I never really act. So, this is day 1. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some nice folks along the way and maybe together we can get healthy. <BR> <BR> Good luck and don't be afraid to say hello. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:09:48 EST Hello all :D Hi!! My name is Beth and I'm 40 years old. I have about 200 pounds to lose. I'm looking for someone that might like to partner up for support. Male, female. It doesn't matter to me. :) Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:53:57 EST Joined Yesterday! Hi I just joined yesterday and I'm looking forward to the weekly challenges that this group does. Something extra to keep me involved and interested. <BR> <BR> I have a long way to go but my short term weight loss goal is to lose 49 lbs by Oct 2011! I enjoy running on my treadmill to get cardio in and if I find time I try to squeeze in yoga or other small workouts... but I am an at home mom and my time is constantly being demanded by my precious girls, ages 2 and 4... Oh... and they are my ... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:37:15 EST Hi I am Angie I joined this site hoping to meet people who like me have been jo jo dieting for a long time...lost the weight only to put it right back again plus more...I am hoping to meet other like minded people who can motivate and support in this regard Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:54:12 EST heyy! i want new friends who understand and help motivate me. simple as that, i'm nice and joining the military in 6 months. i want to be fully conditioned by then... add me :) i dont bite Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:13:52 EST Hello I am glad to be here and hope this forum will help me reach my goals. I have recently gained custody of my 4yo granddaughter and need to be able to keep up with her. Right now I am finding it hard to keep up. I work 40-60 hrs per week, take her to pre-school and run the household while trying to make sure her needs are met. She has had a rough life so far and finally understands that she has a stable home life and someone is there for her. I need to make myself more fit so I can be there for ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:31:01 EST Hello, another new face! I'm pretty terrible with introductions but I'll do my best. <BR> <BR> My name is Andie, I'm 27 years old I love music, reading and pitbulls (all dogs really but particularly pitties) <BR> <BR> I'm here to get my health together. I haven't been taking very good care of myself and I need to correct that. I have more than 100lbs to lose but overall right now I'd be happy with a 100lb loss. I know it's a long road and I'm going to be at this for a while. So, I guess I'm saying hello and I'm m... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:58:58 EST HI Hello! I'm new, I'm scared and need a good swift kick. lol. I would love to find someone in the Bowling Green area to talk to and exercise with. I have a lot of weight to lose and need all the support and motivation I can get. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 21:21:47 EST Hey everyone! Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Alyssa and I'm 21 years old. I'm currently a student, finishing up my undergrad in music education, graduating in May with hopes of finding a teaching job. I've tried tons of crash diets before and nothing has worked for me, so I'm hoping the support this website includes will be what keeps me going. I'm currently 270 lbs, and I'm hoping to be down to 200 by the middle of August. No particular reason for that date, I just decided on 200 lbs as my goal, and the w... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:03:38 EST Hello, My name is Lil I will try very hard to lose 29 pounds by May 7. I am looking forward to this. Thank you Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:44:36 EST Looking for support... I'm hoping that I've joined the best group of people for motivation. I've been considering so many different diets and I decided on this one - everything I read about joining sounded positive. I'm not looking for a fad diet, I'm looking for a permanent change in my eating and exercise habits. Thanks in advance for the support! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:20:04 EST New Mom, new body :) I'm a new mom to a beautiful and healthy 3-month old boy, and am hoping to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight ASAP! :) My goal is to not only lose weight and look great in a bikini (lol), but to also be healthy and just feel good about myself. After my first two post-baby workouts, I'm realizing that this is going to be a challenge, but I'm not afraid! Looking forward to giving and receiving support from others who are also striving to be healthier and happier! Best wishes to all. :) Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:53:16 EST I'm a rookie I'm a rookie at this blogging sites stuff...any recommendations? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:33:36 EST Hi! my name is Rachael I'm really excited to have found this website! I have a really hard time making myself get exercise, and I think this will help. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:08:16 EST New Hi my name is Mandy. I am a new mom with a 11 month old little girl. I gained lots of wieght when I was pregnant, and now it needs to go,and I have not been able to make that happen. Now hopefully this site will help <BR> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:52:43 EST on a road to a heathier me ive lost 65 pounds but am struggling with last 25 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:39:22 EST heyy im usually a yoyo dieter i usually diet then pig out and this seems to be good so far ive exercised a lot and eaten right foods :D Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:12:06 EST lwant to lose weight hi i m sadia. 29 yr old. i have baby boy of 5 yrs. i want to lose weight again feel to smart and active <BR> help me if u have any tip for me. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:50:58 EST Hello Hi my name is Tammy I been trying for year's to get some of this weight off me I walk all the time it just don't seem to do it either I try to watch what I eat but sometime's it's hard, I recently suffered a DVT in my left leg about 2 year's ago and on warfarin so I really gotta watch some of the thing's that I really love to eat, If there is someone that I could get as a buddy I would really love that Thank's Tammy Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:41:05 EST arrggh dunno wots going on! hello guys im a newbie have no idea how to use this site, anyhow here goes <BR> im 33 and a mother of 4 i know, i know im mad n now i have to try n fit in healthy eating and exercise, in between kids, housework, school runs, dog, partner dont even have time to knit at the moment! thought i would give this a go as ive recently had buba no.4 and realy want to shed the baby weight and getting fed up with the fad diets. <BR> so hello every one heres to a new me! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:29:24 EST Army wife needing help Hello my name is Jennifer. I have lived in Germany since april of 2010. My husband is in the army and this is our first duty station. My husband is set to deploy to afghanistan in 5 weeks. I have gained so much weight since ive moved here from the united states. I really need some motivation and i need to find a way to not stress about being alone for a year. I have no children so its just me after my husband leaves. So i know i have nothing holding me back. I love to workout but i just cant ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:04:44 EST Army wife needing help Hello my name is Jennifer. I have lived in Germany since april of 2010. My husband is in the army and this is our first duty station. My husband is set to deploy to afghanistan in 5 weeks. I have gained so much weight since ive moved here from the united states. I really need some motivation and i need to find a way to not stress about being alone for a year. I have no children so its just me after my husband leaves. So i know i have nothing holding me back. I love to workout but i just cant ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:04:08 EST Newbee Hi all - 1st day and really want and need this to work. I am happy that this time I will not be alone. Off for my walk. All have a great morning. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 01:06:17 EST Excited to Start the Journey! Well, here I go again. I seem to be good at the dieting but not to good at the lifestyle change. I am excited to join sparkpeople for some additional support as I start this journey to health and weight loss. I am amazed at all the stories I have read so far. It will be one day at at time for me first starting with no soda... I seem to lose weight but than go back to old habits. It does not help having a husband that can eat anything and stay a twig. Eating healthy will be good for me and m... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:47:05 EST Hello from VT Hello everyone. I have decided that it is time to make some lifestyle changes. I have become overweight within the past couple of years and am very unhappy with my body. I know that I need some social interaction to keep motivated and do not want to do this journey alone. Can't wait to start this journey with everyone. =) Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:01:16 EST Hi - my name is Brenda! I am trying this out - how is it working for you? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:18:08 EST New Year and a new Start... Hi there... <BR> I just joined and i wanted to say hi. <BR> About me: <BR> I live in Southern California. <BR> 38 married 4 kiddos <BR> I teach and coach at the high school level. <BR> I love baseball cards and photography... <BR> And i am 314 lbs... My goal is 250 by the day before my birthday in 2012. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> CANTU <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:01:32 EST Hey everyone! I'm a female freshman in college, looking to lose about 10 pounds. I want to learn healthier eating habits and cut way down on sugar. <BR> <BR> I'm having a lot of trouble losing these last 10 pounds, and I need motivation! My family is not very supportive with my weight loss goals, as they are struggling with it as well. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:58:42 EST Hi everyone I am really looking forward to getting to now some of you. I am just getting started and this looks fun! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:45:08 EST sandfeet54 Well here i am at 248 pounds i am scared about taking this journey of loseing weight i have been puting it off and making excuses today i got on the scale then sign on to sparkpeople i hope all of you will help me with my journey . Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:38:44 EST My name is Cathy Hi everyone. I am forty year old mother and a business owner of a bookkeeping office in Stoney Creek ON. I am once again jumping into trying to get myself on track. I hope this time I will continue. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:53:29 EST Young Mom, named sydni! Hi well i just had my son about two months ago. I really want my old body back, and im looking for support and help! My pre pregnancy weight was 135, and now I weigh in at around 165.. I used to be confident, I really want that back! Especially by his summer. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 02:21:57 EST ChrisHC Hi My Name is Chris. <BR> I just heard about your site and am really wanting to lose weight and get fit this yr. <BR> Seems over the last 10 yrs. i have been up and down in weight and trouble keeping up with it all. Seems the more i focus the the harder it has been. <BR> I have gained and lost weight but unable to reset my metabolism with success. Not sure how to do that so i guess that is another reason i am here. I look forward to learning and hearing from you all. Your frien... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 01:36:20 EST Spark Points Have you done your daily spin? How much did you get today? <em>347</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:45:05 EST Helpful Information Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Please be sure to set up your Spark page, so that your teammates can leave comments, send goodies, etc., to keep you motivated. Once you've set up your page, let me know, so I can visit and add you as a friend. Feel free to add me as well, so we will always be easy to reach. <BR> <BR> Also be sure to check out the multitude of Spark teams. As you discover the teams, you'll find that they group together members with similar interests, which will help you as you work to... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:51:42 EST New Member Information <em>235</em> New Team-Mates, <BR> <BR> I am so glad you joined us. In order to help get you going in the team I have created this checklist to get you going. It is by no means complete, and I will add resources to the list as necessary. <BR> <BR> 1. Introduce yourself to the team. We would love to hear something about you. <BR> <BR> 2. Decide what your goals are both long term and short term. Please share your goals with us, so we can all cheer you on as you work towards them. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 09:37:24 EST