SparkPeople SP Class of April 3-9, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from April 3-9, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of April 3-9, 2011 Team Messageboard Just checking in with everyone! It's been awhile now since I checked in with my spark class of April 2011! <BR> I am still trucking along trying to keep off my wieght that is slowly creeping back on. <BR> How is everyone else? <BR> Have a Blessed Christmas! <BR> Wildflowerr <BR> <em>460</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 00:09:34 EST Is anyone checking in here? I realize I have not been checking in on this team as I should be, I just want you to know, I am still here if you need me, or just need to vent! <BR> Please sparkmail me anytime! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Donna <BR> :) Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:34:45 EST Great ideas for calorie burn!~check it out! <em>294</em> <em>363</em> <em>237</em> <em>362</em> <em>260</em> <em>295</em> <em>332</em> <em>318</em> <em>131</em> <BR> <BR> 50 Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1777 </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:21:55 EST March weigh~in time! <em>137</em> <em>193</em> <em>438</em> <em>7</em> <em>440</em> <em>7</em> <em>438</em> <em>193</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> March 3- 152 back to 152, let's pray I don't sabotage myself again! <BR> March 10- <BR> March 17- <BR> March 24- <BR> March 31- <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> Spring is just around the corner! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>193</em> <em>438</em> <em>7</em> <em>440</em> <em>7</em> <em>438</em> <em>193</em> <em>137<... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:45:45 EST Check out this quiz...see how you do! <em>198</em> I didn't do so well! <em>20</em> <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=38 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> Have a Blessed Thanksgiving everyone! <em>429</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:59:42 EST Have you tried Quinoa yet? While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. <BR> <BR> Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, is kosher for Passover, and is almost always organic. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>quick_quinoa_recipes </link> <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:45:33 EST The 2013 60 Day Summer Challenge is about to start The 60 Day Summer Challenge has begun! <BR> <BR> Come join us! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51784 </link> <BR> <BR> You won't regret it! <BR> <em>87</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:58:39 EST Good evening I am new to this site. I have 37 pounds to lose and need support to move forward. I have been exercising four days a week which is half the battle. I am tracking my calories and exercising so I should get there. Like the country song goes ITS A CLIMB! Mon, 28 May 2012 21:50:24 EST Inactive team I realize I have not been checking in on this team as I should be, I just want you to know, I am still here! If you have any <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> or just need to vent look me up! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>87</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:23:39 EST Anyone still around? Just wondering how anyone is doing from this initial class! Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:03:48 EST I'm Back Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to site just have been away for a while. I'm tired of being on Yo-Yo diets and ready to jump on a healthier lifestyle change, which brings me back to Spark People. I'm back now for the long haul. Spark People for life!!! Gotta Get Me Back!!!! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:35:34 EST shelly hi everyone, <BR> im a newbie.ive joined sparkpeople for inspiration and help help to lose weight. <BR> ive want to lose 3 stone and tbh am having great difficulty in losing any weight at all. <BR> im a mum to 2 girls,maddy 5 and lacey 10months and would love nothing better than to lose the weight to run around and have more energy to play with the girls and to feel better about myself because being so over weight is getting me down big time. <BR> looking forward to meeting some friends here ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 06:40:46 EST Have you signed up for a Virtual 5K? I signed up for two virtual 5k's this Fall. <BR> Have you signed up for any? <BR> Here is the LINK: <BR> Join a Virtual Race <BR> <link><BR>race-home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Do you think you need to work your way up to a 5K? <BR> Then check out this LINK: <BR> 5K Your Way Training Plans: <BR> <link><BR>-plans.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:18:01 EST Getting started on my journey Hi Everyone! My name is Ashley. I'm 27 and a mother to two boys. I hit a hard spot in my life when I turned 25 and my waistline suffered because of it. Now that my life is back on the right track its time to battle this weight I've put on and feel great about myself again. It has taken me awhile to find the motivation, but now I'm ready. I have a long way to go, but I'm excited! I started watching my calorie intake a week ago and I have dropped 7 pounds already! I know that is more ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 17:31:23 EST Hello Hello. I have used sparkpeople for a while now...just havent introduced my self. I am 38 years old and trying to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle. I just started really trying a few months ago. Any ideas anyone could give me would be great. I must admit when you start seeing the numbers going down on the scale, its good motivation. I have changed my eating habits and I exercise now. Sometimes I get tired of the same food, but for now it works and I am good with that. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:17:41 EST Rejoining I believe in support from peers in this complex endeavor of losing weight. There are many different reasons why excess weight accumulated in our lives both figuratively and literally. I want to lose the last 15-40 for health reasons. I see daily the negative impacts of obesity with one's health and I do not want that for my life. I look forward to meeting others as we go onward with our separate as well as together journeys. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:25:46 EST so much stress boy has my life been a roller coaster lately. through it all I managed to lose 1 lb. and a 20 dollar bill. that was today on my way into Subway.Wonder if it is making someone happy? I hope I can get on an exercise schedule that will help me feel better physically and mentally. I haven't seen many people on here lately, must be summer busyness. going back to work at school tomorrow. will be good to see a paycheck again. luck to all weight loss winners & strugglers like me! Tue, 9 Aug 2011 23:06:18 EST hi...i'm new. hello hello SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> I've been around for a while, but I've been the silent type. Just looking for information. But I am starting to get serious, and I thought I'd just let everyone know I am here! Leading up to that I was in awe of how supportive people are of one another as each one is working toward healthier lifestyles – together! <BR> <BR> about me- <BR> Would you guess that I'm here to lose weight, build muscle, and be fit...So on here I’m tkpkbrownie from Louisiana c... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:30:29 EST 60in6 Challenge Hello 40's group - anyone up for a 60 pound weight loss in 6 months time? I'm encouraging those who'd like to shape up and slim down for the New Year to give my 60in6 challenge a whirl. I'd love to see some participation...are you competitive, need to push, tired of being tired, feeling alone? Then stop by my page and join me. Looking forward to hearing from you go-getters! <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:23:15 EST What emoticon describes the way you feel today? <em>198</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:52:53 EST skeeters Oh my the skeeters have my name on their menu and they are "checking me out". Nothing helps, not even DEET!! they buzz right under my glasses even though i put the stuff allover my face. they bite through my clothes etc. and I don't want West Nile, I have a hard enough time just being "normal". At least I don't swell up like I used to, but I sure do itch for a while. I guess I am just going to have to walk downstairs with a walk fit tape. I need to get my wii fit going. have had it for ove... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 23:24:40 EST Daily Question to Answer Saturday-1 ) Post something you like about your physical characteristics. <BR> <BR> I like my smile. I think when you give a stranger a nice big friendly smile, it can make their day! <em>334</em> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 11:27:08 EST Daily Question to Answer Starting today answer each one of these questions daily. Starting with number 1. Then Sunday answer number 2, etc... <BR> Post your answer as a Blog, your status or in the discussion forum. <BR> <BR> Week one: <BR> Saturday-1 )Post something you like about your physical characteristics. <BR> 2) Post one tip on how you stay positive. <BR> 3) Post one thing you are grateful for today. <BR> 4) Post it in five words – share something positive, inspirational, encouraging, wise or uplifting. <BR... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 01:13:40 EST Better foods That list of foods to replace the high calorie ones is great. Thanks for posting it. Wed, 11 May 2011 21:38:30 EST check-in and random chatter for 5/11 I'm on a plateau are there any suggestions how to make the scale move? Wed, 11 May 2011 07:55:15 EST Daily check-in and random chatter for 5/10 Hit the pool early at 7am and have to start school work when I'm done on SP Tue, 10 May 2011 08:42:40 EST Daily check in & random chatter on Mothers Day We had our family gathering yesterday. A cookout I kept within an extra 40 calories BUT we all know all calories are not equal and mine included potato chips and a beer. Back on track today. Sun, 8 May 2011 08:46:19 EST Daily check in & random chatter for Saturday 5/7 Good day so far, I have my mile walk in. Will have to watch tomorrow on Mothers Day. One daughter already sent my candy and flowers. Thank goodness I was a small box (about 9 pieces). She said I could be a little bad on my day. Sat, 7 May 2011 09:46:49 EST Average weight loss per week? Is there such a thing? If so - how much would it , could it be? <BR> I know every person is different , some have higher metabolisms then others and so on and on , but i'm curious , if there was (or is) a average weight loss number per week , what would it be? 1 pound , 0.5 pounds? More? Less? <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 5 May 2011 12:22:31 EST Daily check in & random chatter from 5/5/11 I'm trying to get my exercise in early. Went swimming between 7:15 and 7:45. Will be doing my other exercises shortly. Guess I don't enjoy exercising so like to get it over with early. I usually take my walk after a meal (that way it works toward being on my feet after a meal). Tomorrow I will have been on the program for a month hope I have at least 9 lbs off. Thu, 5 May 2011 09:52:58 EST Week 1 Spring Into Shape Complete I just completed week 1 and I am feeling great...I even added a walk 1 mile in 15 min video to my cardio and it was awesome...So excited to start week 2... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:53:26 EST What emotion are you feeling today? <em>250</em> Tue, 3 May 2011 10:12:06 EST Let's Track our weights and measures this month! <em>148</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <em>185</em> <em>9</em> <em>344</em> <em>416</em> <em>85</em> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> May 1st- <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> Waist: <BR> Hips: <BR> Chest: <BR> Thighs: <BR> Upper arms: <BR> <BR> May 28th <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> Waist: <BR> Hips: <BR> Chest: <BR> Thighs: <BR> Upper arms: <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <em>185</em> <em>9</em> <em>344</em> <em>416</em> <em>85</... Sun, 1 May 2011 13:27:35 EST Spring into Summer Bootcamp Chat room Boot camp starts tomorrow! <BR> Be sure to record your work outs on your Fitness Tracker! <BR> Let me know if you have any questions! <BR> Here is the Link again if you haven't signed up yet! <BR> It's never too late! <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=9 </link> </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <em>87</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:51:34 EST <><>JUST FOR TODAY 4/29/2011<><> Find someone on the team that you have never interacted with and post a cheerful note on their SparkPage or send them a SparkGoodie telling them to have a great weekend! Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:28:38 EST 15,522 members?! Where is everyone? I see that there are 15,522 members but there are not very many posts here, We are a team, with this many members we should be on here cheering for each other. We should celebrate our successes and learn from our disappointments together. <BR> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:15:25 EST In need I'm thinking I could use a buddy to help me stay motived and on track. I'm trying to start a new schedule this week for myself and kids. I just need someone I can chat with, a little more adult interaction. If you ciould use a buddy too I'm willing to try and be there for others too. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>304</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:03:46 EST How many SparkPoints did you spin today?? 10!! Woohoo! Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:56:06 EST Stage 2 Anyone move on to that second stage of the Diet Habits stuff? Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:57:22 EST Hi everyone I just found my I am joining late...but ready to move and groove... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 20:59:31 EST Hi, I'm Andrew I'm in my second step thingy on spark and so far so good. I really like the set up and feel inspired to work at this weight, now seeing it more as a game than something to dread. So, hi! Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:28:31 EST good cook 21 Having difficulty balancing nutrition with each meal. I am a type 2 diabetic requring no more than 40 gm of carbs per meal. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:42:19 EST <><>JUST FOR THIS WEEK 4/17/2011<><> Sometime today make a plan for the week. <BR> Each and every day in the coming week do one special thing just for yourself. <BR> <BR> It can be anything from super simple to taking a trip! We all stay so busy working, studying and doing for others we sometimes forget to do for ourselves. <BR> <BR> Soak in your favorite bath salts, find a shady spot outdoors to read for awhile, get a pedicure, give yourself a facial, buy those sandals you’ve been wanting, get your car detailed, take a f... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 10:24:01 EST hi i m a new member of spark people. help me out to sheeeeeeeeeeeeed that extra pounds. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 12:38:29 EST bye bye WW I have been a member of WW since Sept. of 2010. I have a not so good team leader. Always praising losers but no support for those who are struggling. I need a support system. I thought that was what the meetings and online stuff was for. I get no responses on line to my "support group". I have lost my husband 2 1/2 yrs. ago, my only child doesn't love me for some reason, I have 100 lbs. to lose. I feel like I am going down instead of up. My weight is going up instead of down. and my so called... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:29:35 EST Emoticon Your Mood Today <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're doing this on another forum, and I think it's a fun way to explain the day! Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:19:25 EST Bret67 inro I am just starting out on this journey. I have been tracking for only a few days, so i miss adding a meal and such but for the most part i am on track. i am retired Navy and currently seeking my newest employer just we have not found each other yet, but we will soon meet. i am half of a newest spark team in that this is a husband and wife team, we both have a number of pounds to lose, we have done weight watchers, and are looking at incorporating both programs in such a way to hold us accoun... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:37:46 EST Week One...Slow I have just weighed in following my first week of the plan. I have stayed within my calorie range and only lost .6 of a pound. Did anyone else start slowly? Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:28:30 EST <><><>JUST FOR TODAY 4/13/2011<><><> Get rid of something today. <BR> ~That pair of pants in your closet that are baggy and unflattering. <BR> ~That stack of magazines you’re never going to get around to reading. <BR> ~The craft project you started and will never finish. <BR> ~Those shoes that never did fit right and hurt your feet. <BR> ~Still have VHS tapes but no VHS player? – GONE! <BR> ~You are never going to wear that prom dress from 10th grade again. <BR> <BR> Start un-cluttering your life! Reduce, reuse, and re... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 06:32:24 EST Renewing member I used to use Spark people a few years ago, but found it hard to log into and track my food. I now have an android where I can log in and record what I eat which is making me aware of what I'm eating. My weight is now at 200, which I hadn't been since being pregnant. The last few years have been hard with the loss of my brother, my husband having a medical crisis and then my son's battle with cancer. He was diagnosed at 6 months and is currently off treatment for 8 months and is now 7 years o... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 07:55:39 EST hi I am new to this . this is the first time i have tried an online community for help with diet and excersise . well this is not quite true i tried one once before but it was not good on the food side of things and i gave up . i am hoping that this one will be different and i will finally get results . i have never really had what you might call a weight problem but as i get older and after having children , i have spread and put on about three stone and have become really unfit . anyway here ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:20:24 EST Weekly Check-In I have been using the site and meal plans for about a week. My start weight was 207 and my goal weight is 157. I have lost 6 pounds so far out of the 50 pounds I am planning to lose. I went for an hour walk yesterday the first time I have done any type of activity since I started dieting last week, but I hope to do this at least 2 maybe 3 times a week going forward. I was a little winded when I got back to the house after the walk but I felt good. Until next week... <em>342</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:31:45 EST New to website Hi, I am new and trying to get acquainted to the website. Let me know if you have suggestions. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:17:09 EST Still happy to be here! Where in the world are you? Toronto, Canada <BR> <BR> How did you find Spark People? My brother-in-law <BR> <BR> What is your short term goal? Lifestyle change = Bed early, up early, fresh air & exercise, being grateful, and count my blessings daily. <BR> <BR> What is your long term goal? To live the life I was meant to. Being slim, healthy & confident again. To ENJOY my life instead of feeling crappy all the time!! <BR> <BR> How will you reward yourself once you reach your goal... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:41:30 EST Happy to be here Hello fellow Sparkies, <BR> <BR> As my topic reads, I am happy to be here with you! I am also truly overwhelmed by what lies ahead. I am excited, but scared also. <BR> <BR> I am fast-approaching my 41st birthday - it is just over one week away. I currently weigh in at 190 lbs. I work, don't have children (I avoid dating & meeting new people because of my feelings about my weight). Therefore I have loads of free time & no excuses not to use it! Yet I am bursting at the seams at 190 & ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:19:27 EST Hi! Hello! I'm Cat. I'm new here and trying to figure out how to incorporate the website into my routine. I've gained 40 pounds in 9 months - without trying - ha! (I believe it was from my cholesterol meds). I have stopped taking those and am trying my best to get rid of it. I don't feel at home in my own body. I've been counting calories (keeping track on a spreadsheet) and doing a Gold's Gym workout routine. <BR> <BR> So here I am, and I'm workin' it! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 14:25:44 EST I just wanna feel better My name is Kimberly, I am 27, and I have been obese since I was a kid. I have struggled with my weight for a long time because of a disease called Polycystic Ovarian Disease, which affects pretty much every aspect of my life. When I found out through research that if I do not work on my health now, that I could possibly suffer from heart disease later on in life, I started wanting to do something about it. I would also like to do this as a way of making my self confidence raise, my stress low... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:12:09 EST New to SparkPeople Hi everyone! I am 36 yrs old with 3 beautiful children...15,7 and 5. We love in Charlotte, NC and I am a manager in a fast food restaurant. I have been working out with the FIRM on and off for years, however have been consistant with my workouts for almost a year. My goals are to stay strong and live a healthy lifestyle. I am excited and happy to be a part of Sparkpeople! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 07:53:02 EST First Post Hola, Spark People! My name is Beatrice. I am a single mother of a 13 and a half year old beauty named Mia Noelle. I have a long way to go in my weight loss journey. I currently weigh 291 lbs. I once weighed 313, and lost 50, but gained back 22 lbs. Not good. However, I have gotten back to thinking and planning what I eat and exercising. I do love to roller skate and bicycle, so that is what I do the most. I also do some things that I learned from a trainer I had with a gym. I don't want to l... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 21:34:29 EST Hello Hello Fellow Team Mates, <BR> <BR> I live in the b-e-a-utiful rocky mountains of Montana. I am so glad a friend told me about this site, and am looking forward to finally getting rid of all this extra weight. <BR> <BR> Many Blessings To All <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 17:23:02 EST Friends? I'm interested in creating a small core group of friends/accountability buddies. The ideal number would be around 4 total, BUT if others are interested we could make more then one group, of course. <BR> <BR> So, anyone interested in being friends? <BR> <BR> :D Sat, 9 Apr 2011 13:52:10 EST Really Need Support I am jumping of the WW wagon as I have not had any loss in 4 weeks. I need a change and some direction. <BR> I am a wife, mom, caregiver to my mom and small business owner. <BR> At 40 I had a heart attack and bypass surgery though to look at me I was healthly. Weight was not an issue, my kids were cheerleaders and I could run around with them, and my numbers were good. <BR> Following the MI and surgery - I gained now almost 50 points. Nothings seems to work. I am 48 years old now and R... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 13:50:40 EST Hi everyone It seems I may have made it to the right place. I really like the upbeat attitude of the site and boards. I live in Washington state, work for the railroad. Have very odd hours that change frequently. I seem to do better with change when I have and can give support. Change is tough though, but I'm ready. I have a lot of weight to lose and have been struggling with energy and anxiety. I look forward to the journey with you all and thanks for the warm welcome. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 12:44:51 EST hi everyone hi,ive just turned 50 last week and need to get fit,already lost 33lbs.but need to get the rest off,any advice/tips most welcome. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 11:59:28 EST shanna's weight loss challenge hello everyone im so excited that i joined the spark people please contact me im very social and love to help and recieve it as well Sat, 9 Apr 2011 11:36:50 EST I'm new to Sparkteams how do I join? I'm new to Sparkteam & I'm lost on this website, there's so much information & things to do. How do I join a specific Sparkteam? How do I get to the message board? I'm new to using a computer, I really need help. Will someone help me out, please? My name is adoloreswr57. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 11:04:37 EST Hi I'm Daniel and would like to be fit Currently I'm 81 kg, 165cm and would like to bring my weight down to 65kg. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 03:39:45 EST Hi I'm Daniel and would like to fit Currently I'm 81 kg, 165cm and would like to bring my weight down to 65kg. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 03:39:00 EST HI Hello every one! This is my first time joining something like this. A friend of mine talked me into it. So, hopefully this will compliment the journey's of my life. Sat, 9 Apr 2011 03:29:58 EST Hate to Exercise? Read this article <BR> <BR> Fresh Fitness Ideas from SparkPeople Members <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=955 </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to get your sparkpoints after reading! <em>211</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 00:01:29 EST THIS IS MY SECOND TIME AROUND WITH SPARK PEOPLE I have rededicated myself to losing weight and getting fit. I am a 72 year old wife and mother of 3 children and grandmother to 4 grandchildren. My whole family is behind me and so far, they are encouraging me all the way. I am also a retired nurse and I have forgotten a lot of my nursing, but I still know enough to scare myself to death. Feel free to ask me any questions.I look forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <em>274</em> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 23:18:35 EST Hello Just starting Hello, I am new today. This looks like a great site to track progress and get the motivation and support that I need. I look forward to meeting all of you. <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 20:46:41 EST New...and shy Hi. I'm new. I'm not fond of 'putting myself out there', but I'm going to approach this differently and hopefully find the motivation and accountability I really need. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 20:00:51 EST Hi I'm intarzia1 I have used Sparkspeople before but like all attempts to lose weight, I plataued (sp) and quit. That was before the heart attacks and heart valve. That was 5+ years ago. I've gained weight since then. The multitudes of doctors that I have been seeing say to lose weight, surgery or whatever works, stay away from fruits as they are high in fructose, do not walk, especially on a treadmill, as this will speed up the damage to the bones in your feet, and on and on. How do I become a smaller person... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 19:47:53 EST Hello I'm really new Today is my first day. There is a lot of information to absorb it looks really great <BR> Betty Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:19:38 EST Ready to be lighter and healthier Hello, <BR> I just joined Spark People and am ready to start my journey to a healthier, happier person. I got divorced 2 years ago and lost lots of weight but it was due to stress. I gained it all back plus some and want to lose down to a healthy weight, but in the proper way. I am hoping to accomplish this with the help of Spark People. Any comments are welcome. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:18:25 EST Hello from Philly! HI, I'm Clesha and I'm a SparkPeople virgin. <BR> <BR> Just discovered you yesterday and decided to join today. Got my page semi-set up, but did take the time to set up goals and trackers. I'm looking forward to getting fit, healthy and focused. The support here seems great and hoping it will keep me motivated. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:11:59 EST Hello Everyone I am 37 years old, a husband, a dad, and a son. I have gained too much weight in my 30s, and I feel miserable (have to hold my breath to tie my shoes lol). I stumbled upon this site and liked what I saw, so I decided to join; it seemed like a friendly place. I very much like the idea of little steps and changing my lifestyle instead of some crazy quick diet. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting everyone and learning to enjoy this journey we have started. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 12:35:05 EST Hello All Hi guys. I heard about this site from a fellow zumba buddy of mine and I thought that this would be the perfect thing for me. I have tried all the fad diets, gym memberships, even buying fitness videos that I could do in my own home. But the thing was I never really had anybody that was there to push me and make me do all those things. I lost my job this past year and fell into a slump. I didn't want to do anything. But I have a brand new job that I love and I am ready to get back on tr... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 12:18:18 EST So much to learn Since Monday I have lost just over 1.5lbs which is great. <BR> <BR> What I am finding confusing though is wether to use lbs or kilos. The ticker says kilos but is actually lbs. The weight when I first logged in was lbs so when I weighed in today i used lbs but logging in to my sparkpage to edit my signature it then automatically changed my ticker to 241!!! Is there a way of changing the ticker to lbs? <BR> <BR> Other thing I am not sure about is have I joined too many teams? Do I need... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 09:07:23 EST Introducing myself Hello, My name is Seany and I'm trying to lose weight. I am a cancer survivor of 6 months. I had endometrial cancer and the doctor really encouraged me to get my weight off. I'm wanting to get healthy and more active. I have ahusband who is blind, two feathered friends and love walking with my guide dog river. I look forward to meeting you. Best, Seany Fri, 8 Apr 2011 04:37:09 EST It is now time......... Hi, everyone. I need to lose weight, get healthy, for more then an hour a day! I am pretty much a self-explorer and usually choose to go it alone. Obviously that isn't working. Anyone been there done that? I can be gung-ho tonight but tomorrow, when temptation appears in the form of food, I sink. I am open to your thoughts. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:24:08 EST Hello All Hello everyone! My name is Andrea. I'm a mother od three ages 15,11 and 9. Today is my first day using this site. There is so much on here its a little overwhelming. I have about 20 punds to get to my goal weight and I hope this is the right place to get that extra motivation and support. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:49:05 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, hi <BR> <BR> I'm Amy and I've just joined this site. I'm 45 yrs. old with hypertension. I'm hoping to get some motivation with my weight loss goals and have already found some by reading others reasons for being here. My current weight is 308 and hope to start losing a few pounds a week with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get to a healthy weight to control my blood pressure without medication. <BR> <BR> Thanks all for taking the time to read a little about me. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 16:36:04 EST Hello! Hello 27 year old african american female, trying to loose 30-35lbs before the summer. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:44:03 EST 27 with a few pounds to lose! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I've actually been taking a pretty active role in my weight for the past 5-6 months. 6 months ago, I was 222lbs, and very unhappy. <BR> <BR> I started taking MMA classes, and watching what I eat. I cut out much of the junk and started sleeping better. A month ago I was down to 187. I had a bad couple of weeks and I've rebounded to 191. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'd like to redouble my efforts, and my latest motivation is that I've got my first amateur fight in 7 weeks and I ne... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:19:06 EST Hello. I'm new here. Hi. I'm Dianne and while I have been exercising for some time, I am new to this site. I'm a soon-to-be-54-year-old widowed mom of three. Two of my kids are up and grown and my youngest is still at home. I used to weigh 320 pounds but I am now down to 260. I have been exercising and dieting on my own, but I feel that I would benefit from receiving support and motivation from others like me. I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Dianne Thu, 7 Apr 2011 12:30:48 EST Hi, I guess we are all newbies Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Chloe. I just joined yesterday but was a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of the site; there is so much you can do on it! <BR> <BR> I love the fact you can enter your recipies so you can get a calorie count of your home cooked meals. <BR> <BR> I've never really been into chatting on line much so if I am not a very good correspondent, that is why, but I am going to try and keep it up because my biggest downfall in fitness is inconsistency. I will be really motivated ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 05:08:33 EST Looking to get healthy. I'm a 24 year-old from Mobile, AL, but currently living in Beijing, China. I never thought I would ever have to think about losing weight since I grew up being skinny. Things started to change as I got older, specially with all the partying I was doing. I'm no longer the same person that I was 2 year ago, but I would love to try to look that way again. ^^ Thu, 7 Apr 2011 04:48:51 EST New to the Team and Sparks Hi, I'm a 49 Grandmother of 2 beautiful grandkids! Due to heart problems, I have been VERY inactive the past 11 years but am now able to gradually start exercising. This is my 2nd full day of my weight loss plan and any form of exercise and I feel alive again already! That may sound silly but it's true! Hope to get to know some of you soon! <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:07:38 EST Let me introduce myself.... Hello! <BR> My name is Melissa and I'm trying to lose weight and get in shape for my wedding in September! A co-worker told me about this site and I'm really excited to begin. This definately is going to be a challenge and that's why I think this site will be a great encouragement and support for me! Another one of my goals is to be committed to blogging my journey! I look forward to reading many of your posts and knowing I'm not alone in this challenge! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 19:02:13 EST Day Three Hanging in there. Been keeping up and under ranges. Actually feel a bit better, stronger. <BR> This site is filled with information! I learn something new each day! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:24:41 EST Here i go again on my own! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Im Martin from Belfast. I'm hoping to increase my cardio with my kids and change my lifestyle rather than dieting as i find i break after 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> I really hope i can do this, <BR> <BR> Website is massive omg. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:27:30 EST Hello All Hello, my name is Stephanie and i am excited to start a new healthy way of living and to loose weight. I am so happy i found a web site like this for support. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 16:23:51 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Christa <BR> <BR> Where in the world are you? West Jordan, Utah <BR> <BR> How did you find Spark People? Magazine-can't remember which one <BR> <BR> What is your short term goal? exercise 3 times a week <BR> <BR> What is your long term goal? lose 36lbs for my 36th birthday <BR> <BR> How will you reward yourself once you reach your goal? new clothes <BR> <BR> What is your favorite healthy food? assorted veggies sautéed <BR> <BR> What is your best personality trait? Eas... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:20:40 EST Beingmeagain Hi! My name is Karena . I have being over weight now for 6 years. I have added 2 children in the last 6 years. My weight issue came in then. Before the last (2) children I was a health fan with exercise and healthy living. Right now I weigh 228lbs on 5'5 in height, very unhealthy. Searching high and low to get some motivation I stumble across sparkpeople. It is very helpful to me as well as motivating. I am on my way now to a healthy weight loss that is helping me to return back to a posit... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:48:36 EST Hello Hello everyone my name is Daziah. I am 35 yrs old and I am looking forward to losing at lot of weight. This is the first week in a longtime that I have changed my eating habits. It's a little struggle but I am determined to stay on the right track and my first accomplishment for the week has been drinking more water so I am looking forward to a great progress. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:01:44 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone! My name is Savannah and I am 22 years old. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle as it is, but I am just to better my eating habits and shed a little bit of weight before summer. <BR> <BR> Where in the world are you? Ramstein AB, Germany <BR> <BR> How did you find Spark People? Noticed someone talking about it on Facebook. <BR> <BR> What is your short term goal? Eating healthier and having portion control. <BR> <BR> What is your long term goal? Losing 16 pounds and having a be... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:15:28 EST Starting again - Wedding prep Hi all, I'm sam, just starting to get to grips with Spark. I've got a wedding in 19 weeks and am determined to blow everyone away with the way I look! <BR> <BR> I got down to a healthy 144 a couple of years back and would like to be a minimum of 140 for the big day and the honeymoon. <BR> <BR> Support from forums is one of the most helpful things I find during the weight loss process so anyone who has similar, ambitions, goals or needs please get in touch! I really need a push with this as ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 05:38:45 EST cherylfay Hi, just joined today. I live in melbourne australia, and this is another of the hundeds of diets I've started.. I hope I do better this time, maybe . Wed, 6 Apr 2011 01:04:31 EST WELCOME! WELCOME! WELCOME!! !!!!!!!!! New Team Members are coming in faster than we can welcome everyone individually !! We are already over 7,000 members and new ones coming in as I type! <BR> <BR> The more you post on the boards, the better chance you have of making friends, getting support and learning all the tricks, parts and pieces of Spark People. The more involved you get, the more likely you will be to stick with your program, maintain your level of commitment and SUCCEED!! <BR> <BR> So WELCOME! Jump on the mess... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 23:15:27 EST Ready to get rid of my butt hips thighs etc. Excited about joining SP. I'm 50 lbs overweight and feel it all the time no matter what I do. ugh. <BR> <BR> Beth Tue, 5 Apr 2011 20:44:12 EST A bit overwhelmed but willing .... Wow, so much information my head feels like to explode! I am just not sure where to start! I need to do this and do it right for the first time in my life! I am a bit overwhelmed but willing and needing to trudge on through into the unknown and feared in some respects. Trying to follow vegan menus but not always clear on what I am doing. I think I might fall into the part time vegan area as I do occassionally like meat. Just not often and not much. Any help comprehending the menu/plann... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:54:37 EST Hi I'm Angel! I am 30+ years old and have been married for 9+years. I have two kids ages 9(boy) & 14(girl). I have alot of weight to loose and need motivation help. I'm looking forward to getting involved with Thanks and God bless! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 19:18:40 EST howdy all Hi everyone:) <BR> <BR> My name is Tyler and I heard about sparkpeople from a freind, I post at weightloss.hq as well, but i need as much help and motvation as i can find as I try to push through a plateau on my weightloss journey. I started at 292 pounds, and through a solid diet and excersise (p90x) program, i have gotten down to 230, however i am finding it just about impossible to lose more weight now, and i still have rather amble belly fat to lose:) I just restarted p90x this week, an... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:33:00 EST I hope I can do this! Hi. I just joined because I heard some wonderful and positive results come from this site. I try hard each day and I just have to stay focused and put more exercise into my daily routine. I've been slacking off the past few months. Seems like winter is just a blah. But I was there before and I want to get back to being in great shape again. I slipped off the wagon and I need to get back on. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:26:35 EST Changing my destiny! Hi my name is Lisa Joshua, and I am happy to be starting a program which will allow room for accountability and to improve my health. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:54:16 EST Wedding coming up Hey, I just found this and I am so anxious to get started. I need the accoutability to help me in the next few months. I am getting married in June and want to shed 20 lbs by d-day. Lots of hard work and motivation ahead, but it will totally be worth it! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 14:50:17 EST 50 pounds and over hi my name is nadia i have been tryign to lose weight for some time now,i am going throuh menopause also ,but i need encouragement cause i always seem to fall out of dieting and i do not know why my blood pressure is high so i need to watch a have heart problems in my family so i need to be healthy i hopw with this program i will be able to lose the weight that i need to lose, talk to you soon and take good care Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:13:21 EST I'm here again... OK well third time is a charm right? This is my 3rd shot on spark people... not because the site isn't amazing, but because I have real issues with follow thru and procrastination... I really hope that this time I can pull things off, get the weight off, keep the weight off and make my family healthier - which is of course the end goal to all of this. <BR> <BR> I'm a work at home mom of 2 kids, quin is 5 and in kindergarden and eris is 20 months and I stay home with her. Trying to get my ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:21:23 EST Tired of trying it all! I want to be finished trying every new fad diet in the magazines. I am going to have to get tough and do it the hard way. I am hoping that joining Spark will help me not be tempted to "lose a pound a day" anymore. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 08:51:30 EST Hi everyone Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm Emma from the UK and I want to start off by losing 50lbs which sounds a lot! I'm waiting for my new job to start so been sitting at home snacking, exercise also sounds like too much effort! Hoping to be supported and support others in their and my quest! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 07:28:54 EST Hey! How are you? I joined this site because it seems like every other site I've looked into doesn't have a good support system. I saw this site listed on another website and it seemed interesting so I thought I would give it a go. <BR> <BR> Quite honestly, I'm not all that active. I do my fair share of running after my 5 year old son and chasing our two miniature Schnauzers but that's pretty much the extent. I want to start being more active though. I even bought Zumba for my PS3 but I haven't even turned th... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 03:04:59 EST I have to lose weight! Hi. My name is Mona and I'm very new to Sparkpeople. I hope my diet program works this time. I am very desparate and I have to lose weight.It's good to know that there are other people to share this problem with. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 23:37:08 EST Here we go again!! My name is Karen~ I'm a wife, mother, teacher and major roller coaster dieter. Two years ago I was the healthiest I had ever been. I ran three 5 k's (all under 30 minutes), could beat most of my cheerleaders in running and push ups and was actually comfortable in my own skin. Then~ zup~ nothing big or traumatic happened I just gained it all back. <BR> So here I am up to one of my heavier weights (170) and I will do great for two weeks with running and working out and eating well, then I'll... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 22:08:16 EST I need to purge the pudge 30 yr old male in OHIO! I need motivation to lose weight besides the grimace on my face when I see myself in the mirror. Went from 189 to 266.4 being in a relationship.... YUCK Mon, 4 Apr 2011 21:06:46 EST Looking to slim and tone down Hi! I am 38 yrs old, with 3 children. I have just recently started taking Tae Bo classes. I am looking forward to slimming down and getting tone. Also looking forward to getting the added energy that I need so much. I am looking for a diet plan to go along with my exercise that my children and boyfriend will eat and enjoy also. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:17:14 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to this site and the cool features have got me all excited. My weight has been hovering somewhere between 160 and 170 for about 5 years now, and since having my daughter I'm completely unhappy with the way I look. I'm really looking forward to using some of the tools this site provides to achieve my goals, main goal being to look halfway decent in a bathing suit again! Thanks and have a great day all! :) Mon, 4 Apr 2011 13:31:25 EST Hello! Hey everyone I'm here to make friends with like goals and have fun along the way. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:18:39 EST Hello!! Hello! I'm here to introduce myself. You can call me Leigha--I'm not new to weight loss and this isn't my first SparkPeople account, but I've got some new motivation to lose a few pounds. I'm open to meeting new people and making new friends, just send me a PM. <BR> <BR> Blessings everyone! <BR> Leigha <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 08:37:39 EST babyphat hi im rachel im looking to loose weight and hoping i can find some friends to keep me motivated that r going through the same thing Mon, 4 Apr 2011 01:35:54 EST I'm a newbie to Sparkpeople Hello! I'm a newbie to this website. My friend told me a little about it, how you get encouragement and positive emails from other members to give you that boost that you need to help you get to your goal. I recently went to my doctor's office to get tested for diabetes and thankfully the results were negative. This was a wake up call for me for sure to start losing weight. I had been a member of weight watchers on and off for 2 yrs and within the past 6 months I just was not motivated to tra... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:17:46 EST hello iam the newbie hello my name is lopi and iam the new one on this website or club.ive tried lots of diets and iam determent to do it this year to lose some weight but also eat healthy. loopi Sun, 3 Apr 2011 17:16:30 EST New Spark Hi My name is Karen -my post will probably show as KFR- I haven't navigated much thru the site yet so if others have tips on the best basic pages to get thru everyday that would be great...I am 43 married with 2 sons 9 and 5. I enjoy reading - working with my horses, and being outside weather permiting... I live in Wisconsin. I used to be very fit and always had someone commenting on how in shape I looked-- recently I had someone comment on my wedding photo and they could not believe it was ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:13:01 EST Hello from AZ Hi gals and guys, this is my first day here and I'm excited! Any tips or tricks I can get are welcome. I look forward to new friends and support along my journey. Have a great Sunday! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:10:45 EST Attitude of Gratitide Challenge I challenge each and every one of us to find AT LEAST one thing every day that we are grateful for. My personal challenge will be to find at least three. I'd love to see some really long lists. Post them all at one time, or one at a time as they pop up. Let's have a LONG list of things our Team is grateful for. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:05:11 EST Daily Check-In & Random Chatter Great place to start checking in with your team, ask questons, get answers, learn your way around the team. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:49:35 EST