SparkPeople SP Class of July 3-9, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 3-9, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 3-9, 2011 Team Messageboard New here Hi there, I am a long time member who didn't feel the need to use the forums when I registered. I thought I could do this on my own. When I joined, I weighed 164 pounds and was prepping to run a 5k, i now weigh 180 and have a very unhealthy relationship with food. I weighed 205 at my heaviest, and am determined not to allow the weight to continue to creep back on. I have a loving partner and children who need me to be healthy, active, and fit! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:09:15 EST SparkPeople FUNNIES - new feature <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> <BR> <BR> Above is a link to the SparkGuy's blog, where he introduces a new feature on SparkPeople, a Funnies section. If you enjoy a giggle, check it out - located in the Wellness Resource section. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:17:22 EST SparkLive! - Cold Weather Exercise Tips SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:44:22 EST Ready for Change I'm am Jessica and have used Spark off and on for a year. I read a blog the other day of a success story that has totally shaken me. This women started out at the same weight as me and had lost 100 pounds or more. She was asked what was the hardest part of her journey. She said," that it was thinking that losing the weight would make her happy and then after losing realizing she still wasn't happy". She realized that alot of her unhappiness wasn't her weight but other things, feelings, emotio... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:27:32 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:45:04 EST When someone "LIKES" your blog to Facebook If you haven't noticed it yet, view one of your blog posts. There is a new Facebook 'Like' button option on your blog posts. If you don't want your Spark blogs to cross over to Facebook feeds when someone "Likes" them here the option to turn this off: <BR> <BR> Go to your SparkPage, and click the "Edit my SparkPage" button. <BR> <BR> In the page that opens, there is a large white area at the top. Look at the topics that can be checked or unchecked in the right of that white area. Take th... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:01:12 EST SparkLive! class - Choosing A Gym SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:17:44 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:20:34 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:04:34 EST SparkLive! class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:10:15 EST Maria's Journey 070511 I began using July 5, 2011. Someone informed me of this site. Since then I have made up my mind to lose 100-110 pounds hopefully within a year. I started working out August 30, 2011, and so far have been pretty consistent with my workouts. I have learned to change my whole way of eating. Thus far, I have lost 61 pounds. <BR> <BR> August 2, 2012 ~ I hit the -100 pound mark!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have finally did it. I have 4 more pounds to lose to reach my ultimate goal to wei... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 16:50:56 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:14:49 EST Today is my new beginning Hi! I am starting today. I am tried of being tired. I don't have a real support group I can talk to so I am now going to take advantage of the groups and maybe meet new friends I can talk to along the way. Thanks for you help. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 08:36:33 EST SparkLive! class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:18:22 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:47:54 EST SparkLive! topic - Thanksgiving Survival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:08:49 EST Hello! My name is Shinysunny, I found Spark in July 2011, but then went on vacation. <BR> <BR> I am logging on regularly but still find that the site is a labyrinth to me. It is hard to be consistent and track my progress regularly but I do make progress. I am exercising daily, drink my water and learn to relax. I am French but live in England. I will be 40 next year. <BR> <BR> Well, I am not sure I should be on this Spark team or start in a new class, as I did not really participate much, and I... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:25:41 EST SparkLive! class - The Power of Positive Thinking Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 10:39:29 EST SparkLive! meeting: Thinking Inside the LunchBox Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 18:44:51 EST SP Live! topic - Eating Healthy on a Budget Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:38:19 EST weight lifting update Well yesterday I started week 2... I have to say I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. I've read alot and done alot of research, and last week (my first week) I did squats 2 sets 10 reps no weights *I have alot of balance issues* <em>334</em> then leg curls on stomach and back 2 sets 15 reps 20 lbs... Then I did 3 different abs exercises 1 set each 16 reps... <BR> <BR> I've worked my way up to *yesterday* I didn't do squats just too many balance issues but I did walking lunges 2 sets 16 reps... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:01:04 EST Newbie on the Block Hello everyone, I just signed up and looking forward to getting started. If anyone has any <BR> easy tricks or tips to make the first few weeks easier for a newbie let me know. :) Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:33:22 EST Reached another goal Well I've offically lost 20lbs...can't believe it... Still haven't gotten back to exercising like I should b/c I've been having back issues but I'm watching what I eat, drinking my water and staying active with house cleaning and yard work... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:43:53 EST stage 3 question So, I just read over all the overview and week 1 & 2 of the stage three....but I am VERY hesitant about one thing. They are recommending to stop tracking daily and start doing it weekly. I am not sure that is possible for me for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I LOVE tracking, it makes me feel good about myself <BR> <BR> 2. I still have a long way to go on this journey and not sure if ending now is a choice. <BR> <BR> I know I can do whatever I decide is best for me, but am wondering other ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 20:05:35 EST Monthly Minute Goal I was wondering if we could do a Monthly Minute goal this month, of say like 39,000 minutes. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:50:14 EST How did you do in August? I thought August went very well for me. It was the first time I saw something besides the scale change which upped my motivation. The scale is one thing, but fitting in smaller pants that didn't fit earlier is so much better. To be honest August flew by for me and I can't believe today is it. <em>464</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else also had a good August. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:53:09 EST Feel So Much Better! Went to bed early woke up really early, no pain, no fever!! I feel back to normal. I even went for a short walk. Did 1.25 miles! So excited. Thank goodness this flare up didn't last long. I think the majority was b/c of the head cold last week then the stress of my daughter doing stupid things which affected my job. Being a dispatcher and getting a call that she is drunk driving...not a good way to end the weekend. But now that my stress levels are down and work gave me a few extra days off t... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 06:16:10 EST wont be much help Hey I'm sorry just wanted ya'll to know my lupis has flared up. I caught that cold and have been really stressed at work and it brought on a flare. I'm running a fever, my whole body hurts and all I want to do is sleep. This usually lasts a couple of weeks. So I won't be much help on the walking miles. I am sorry but I can't hardly walk around the house right now let alone my normal walks. <BR> Again sorry guys! <BR> Julie Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:41:14 EST Have a question.... The reason I love the message boards is that I can get a different idea or two from them because sometimes I have a hard time thinking outside of the box and my own little world. Little insight....I switch the same two breakfasts each day. I switch the same three lunches each day. My dinners if it were up to me would be the same six to seven each week. I switch the same three exercise routines daily as well. Now I am perfectly happy with these things. I know if I feel like I am getting ... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:39:10 EST wanted to share I don't remember where I saw this but it really made me go "hmm I can do this" <BR> <BR> I might not be able to lose 100lbs but I can lose 10lbs 10 times! <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:32:37 EST That evil day of the week, you know what I mean You know. That day that you just can't squeeze any exercise in. Or you go for that huge bagel for breakfast with cream cheese and butter. Or maybe even a few lattes with whole milk... That evil day during the week that just doesn't work. <BR> <BR> I have one of those, its Tuesday. Off all days to be evil I don't think Tuesday would be it, but it is. Ugh, I really dislike Tuesdays, the only time I can workout is during my lunch break but if its down pouring that's a no go. Once I get home I d... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:47:27 EST One Month One month after joining Sparkpeople, I am starting to figure this website out! I figured I needed to join my "real" team.....the people who started Sparkpeople the same week I did. I just joined the 8,300 mile challenge and am looking forward to helping with this goal. <BR> So congrats to people who are just like me.....just starting the program and just starting to figure it all out! <em>334</em> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:42:59 EST OMG charlie horses are KILLING me I am having severe charlie horses. To the point I will wake up and can not move my leg where it is drawn up and locked. A few times I have woke up crying cause it hurts so bad. I picked up a multi vitamin today and a few bananas. I am hoping that helps. It is not "sore" muscles. It is a true charlie horse. muscle rock hard, drawn up and killer killer pain. I can not even straighten my leg for a little bit I even dreamed one night this huge wild animal was eating my leg off and it woke me up.... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 01:14:33 EST 2 Word Game ... Change one word Spark People Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:25:49 EST Trojan Strider 110 I have a question. I have a Trojan Strider. It's like the obetract. Not sure if I spelled it right. <BR> Here is the link to give you a pic of the thing: <BR><BR>tm <BR> ?category=3 <BR> <BR> Mine is the Strider 110. <BR> <BR> According Trojan's page it falls under cycling, like bikeriding. But it works your whole body because while you are cycling your arms move forwards and backwards with each step. <BR> <BR> I will like to track the miles I am... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 12:48:31 EST What did you do for exercise today? Today I rode my bike! <BR> <em>332</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:47:09 EST Hello my name is... Hi I'm Annmarie. I live in Orlando, FL. I am at the beginning of a 100 lb weight loss journey. It has been 3 weeks so far and I have lost 5 lbs. I have tried many "fad" diets and lost some weight but I am done with the yoyo diets. I am a true believer in that failure is the opportunity to start over again more intelligently, so that is what I am here to do. I have realized my mistakes and am ready to make some serious lifestyle changes. Hoping to find some encouragement within this team and t... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:29:14 EST Are you still here? You're still doing great. I remember reading that the reason for having a Fast Break was because most people don't make it past the first couple of weeks. That means that if you joined during our week and are reading this, you're doing better than most. You're a member of the select few who haven't given up and are still on the journey to better health. <BR> <BR> Had a bad day or two? You're still doing great. Had a bad week or two? You're still doing great. Bombed out completely after two days but came back yesterda... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:19:26 EST August 2011 Challenge - 8,300 miles Congratulations on getting to the end of your first month on SparkPeople. I hope that you are finding lots of helpful information and resources on the site. <BR> <BR> There has been discussion on the team thread about having a team goal. What I have come up with is a distance challenge, that we can all participate in. I live in Canada, and I know that Hannelie lives in South Africa. Those are the two farthest points that I've read for our team members, so that's what I'm using. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:20:41 EST Question on our monthly challege for miles I love the idea of the exercise portion of the is my challenge....I don't always walk, but exercise daily. I always do about 30-35 minutes and I move between four different things....wii fit free step, assorted things on the wii fit (boxing, jogging, step), walking and walking/jogging in my pool? How can I count any of the things besides walking, which I know the milage? I want to help kick this challenges butt! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:33:01 EST How are you doing? We have three days left in this month and I know I am doing well. I am still excited about this site, and am keeping my sparkstreaks going. I am shocked at how much healthier I am eating and the amount of exercise I am getting in. I feel so much better, and when I do eat bad I can tell with how I feel. <BR> <BR> So, how are all ya'll doing? Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:42:27 EST Check out the Workout Generator <link><BR>_plan_generator.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If you don't quite know what you want to do for a workout, check out the above link. All you do is answer a few simple questions, and SparkPeople will put together a workout for you. <BR> <BR> I've used this feature many times, when I want to do something different or new. I love Coach Nicole's videos, and enjoy her leadership. <BR> <BR> Please let me know what you think when you do get a chance to t... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:01:06 EST Suggestions? Good Afternoon! I have been dieting on and off for the past 12 years now. I did at one time lose a lot of weight, but never learned how to maintain my weight loss and gained it all back. All 140 pounds! Anyhow, this has always been a struggle of mine and I was hoping that maybe a few different suggestions could help me out. I NEVER eat to the lowest end of my calories. And NOT from lack of eating. I eat three meals a day and usually one or two snacks. I enjoy all my foods and love how... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:33:56 EST Hi, I'm Regan! I am 21, 5'1, and would like to get down to about 130llbs. I need to lose 20-30lbs to accomplish this. <BR> <BR> I recently went on a low calorie diet about 1 and half months ago and started using SparkPeople as a Tracker about 3 weeks ago. I exercise regularly and follow my diet to the mark... but I am still losing NO weight. I am sticking with this diet and exercise routine because I feel better, but I would love to shed some pounds. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:32:13 EST I´m from colombia and i live there Just trying do the count with otrer foods. Somebody else? Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:19:09 EST update on me Well seems I've stalled or could just be me. Had some weird work hours this week, Had my 40th birthday and a big bbq, I did good on the eating part but I learned tequilla is not my friend. lol had a couple of days that I didn't track but still watched what I ate. My exercise hasn't been as good this week as last week. Finding it hard to find me time.. Between babysitting the grand baby every day and the couple of 3rd shifts I had to cover and sleep being screwy I just think I'll consider this... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:16:31 EST new Hi! I'm new to this site. I've been trying to lose weight and get healthier but to no avail. I figured I will use this site to help me achieve my goals, meet similar people with the same goals, and live a healthier life. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:37:14 EST Seeking Help to a fitter Me Hello's great to be a part of this group and hope to seek a good guidance to help myself look better and feel fit!! I have been on the treadmill for the past one month and was also controlling my diet a bit too but never felt any change in my weight and body measurements. Getting desperate I also started the Cabbage Soup Diet a week ago which I finished just yesterday (Did minor cheating in that though, after the Day 5) but to my surprise I didnot lose even half a pound!!! I rea... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 04:21:09 EST Team Goals I noticed that we have some team goals and was wondering if someone was going to define them or actually set a goal for the team to work towards? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 20:56:03 EST Spark Recipes <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have you had a chance to check out a sister site of SparkPeople, for recipes of every description, nationality, course, etc.? <BR> <BR> I placed a link (above) if you are interested. <BR> <BR> You can search for a recipe. <BR> <BR> You can add your own recipes. <BR> <BR> You can create a cookbook, and save your favorites in there. <BR> <BR> Each recipe has a breakdown of nutritional content, as well as how many servings, and how many calor... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:33:02 EST I'm prouder when it's harder I usually get about 20 minutes of exercise on my lunch break, then shower and come back to work. Today I only did nine minutes at a slower pace than usual. I feel great about it, though, because I did it after running two other errands. I knew I could just squeeze in a little exercise if I kept it slow enough that I wouldn't drip sweat and need a shower. <BR> <BR> It's goofy and didn't burn many calories, but I feel ridiculously smug because I enjoyed it and because I did it when I could hav... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:48:29 EST Hey! Hey I'm Holly! I'm here to get motivated and lose to weight! I'm currently a junior in college and am pursuing a career in Speech Pathology. I've gotten back into running in the last six months. I've ran 3 5K's and I'm looking forward to running a half marathon in september. I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities like rock climing, wake boarding, snow skiing,etc. My goal is just to feel better about myself and maybe make a few friends along the way! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:35:27 EST How do you get more protein? I'm having trouble balancing protein and carbs. This week most of my reports said I didn't eat enough protein. I tried eating eggs but I just don't like the flavour. Does anyone have any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:31:03 EST Is this normal? I have a significant amount (~60 pounds) of weight to loose before I even start to be considered in a healthy BMI range. I noticed today when I got out of the shower after my run that the fat in my stomach seems loose. Is that normal while losing weight? Instead of being uniformly across my stomach and above my waist, it is now much more focused above my waist and I can move it more. If this is normal and it means it is going away, then yay, but I have never noticed anything like this before. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:41:51 EST Powerful Stuff Today my trainer gave me a handout that said: <BR> <BR> Pick two and you can't have the third: <BR> <BR> -Eat what you want <BR> <BR> -Be thin <BR> <BR> -Be lazy <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I already knew this. The way this information was presented made it perfectly clear that I'm finally on the right path. Just thought I would share! Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:10:38 EST Shouldn't I be a size eight by now? I'm feeling impatient with the part where I notice tiny changes but they aren't visible to others. I'm ready for the part where other people say, "Wow, have you lost weight?" I betcha that's why weeks 2-3 are the critical hang-in-there time for most weight loss. It's long enough for the honeymoon excitement to wane but not long enough for hugely noticeable results. <BR> <BR> I know if I can just hang in there for a couple of months, there will be a big pay-off. What are a couple of months? ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:07:41 EST hello there Hi all, You can call me Medo, I'm from Egypt , I'm 170 cm in height and I was about 82 KG, But through healthy eating and workout I Managed to get to 72 KG in a short Period, though you see, I'm not really that Overweight But my Biggest Frustration is the fat around my Tummy, and I Used to work alone on my weight, so Now It's Great that I Found you People, In the end I'll Just say : Nice to meet you all :) Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:48:38 EST Looking to lose 50 After hitting the 50 mark in years the body seems to slow way down. The weight starting piling up so fast I couldn't keep up. My friend Kristi got me moving again. She's an angel. Now I'm walking, working out and seeing results. Sparkspeople is a great place to keep track and see my progress. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:35:40 EST What will you do after you lose? I think a lot about the things I'll be able to do after I lose the weight. It helps keep my mind in the right place, where making my daily efforts or dissatisfaction with my looks feel temporary and part of a big purpose. Here are some things I want to be able to do after I succeed: <BR> <BR> - feel confident when others are taking pictures that include me <BR> - swim in the pool at my apartment complex without needing to cover up until the second I hide myself under the water <BR> - buy clo... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:11:27 EST Having trouble sticking to it I started the 17 day dieat about a month ago. I was doing really well on it for about the first 2 weeks and lost about 12 lbs. Then the 4th of July came up and I totally stopped following it, Now I am finding it very difficult to start any diet up or even get motivated to get moving again. I have a wedding to go to Aug. 6 and I wanna look goof for it. So if anyone can give me advice or something to help me get going I would apperciate it. Thank you! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 22:44:06 EST Have you told anyone what you're doing? I've told my sister and parents that I'm losing weight and how, but that's it. I don't feel like it would be professional to tell my coworkers much about it right now, but I'll love talking about it when they ask me how I'm losing weight. ;-) <BR> <BR> How about you? Have you told anyone what you're up to? Sat, 16 Jul 2011 19:38:03 EST 501 walker: hello I am new to this community. I have been on a weight loss program on my own for a while. I discovered your web when I was checking health and fitness. I have been motivated and inspired by the way the spark web is set up. I have made some goals and am working toward them. I really haven't had time to navigate the different pages and programs until today. Between work, taking care of my grand child, yard work and such I have to squeeze in segments here and there. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:39:26 EST Suggestions.... Hi Everyone, I hope you are all having a great weekend! I have a question. I am into my second week now and still doing stage one...mostly because I think I want to utilize how excited I am about the program and I think I would like to wait to start stage two so it is a revitalization for me. I would be starting next week. BUT, I have inlaws coming for almost two weeks and a wedding for my SIL, not that I have much to do other than get myself and my family there, I know that I will be abl... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 13:41:44 EST Cholestrole tracking Hi <BR> I was wondering if it is possible to track my cholestrole. I already put it on the bottom of my Nutrien tracker page.. <BR> <BR> Weekly Progress <BR> NUTRIENTS: GOAL 7/10 7/11 7/12 7/13 7/14 7/15 TODAY <BR> Calories: 1,200 - 1,550 - 1,503 1,207 388 1,315 712 0 <BR> Fat: 32 - 56 - 75 51 14 61 28 0 <BR> Carbohydrates: 163 - 236 - 140 49 48 77 63 0 <BR> Protein: 60 - 127 - 73 88 22 71 59 0 <BR> Cholesterol: 0 - 250 - 205 455 194 204 429 0 <BR> <BR> But I was wondering if... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:11:53 EST weekends are rough Hi - I started on the 6th and things are going well. But the weekend is here and I'm craving my favorite comfort foods. <BR> Ice cream is my down fall and I can never have just a little, and it seems like weekends were made for eating. Haven't had any luck with losing weight the past coupe of years but I really want to do it and this site looks great to do it with Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:25:03 EST Ugh not again Hola! This is Shiela from Michigan. I joined spark during the week of July 3-9, just before my 38th birthday. Of course, birthday parties, food, cake so I don't even know why I did it then. Miraculously sometime after that things started to click. So I am on the road. Right now, things are going well. I just get so tired of the starting and stopping and starting, losing motivation, etc.. You know...the endless cycle. It IS time to stop all of this. I have quite a bit to lose and hopi... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:27:23 EST Stage 2 (Healthy Diet Habits) In the week coming up, you should be receiving an email asking you about moving to Stage 2. I encourage you to make the change in stages when asked, as there is so much good information there. <BR> <BR> If you don't think you are ready to move on, I would still encourage you to go. The Spark program is set up so that you can move from one stage to another. If you feel like you would benefit from going back to a previous stage, you can do this at any time, so don't feel like you can't move... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:55:45 EST waiting patiently for the slimmer me hi everyone <BR> i am new to sparks and sick off yoyo dieting, ever since giving up the fags 10 years ago i have gone from 9 stone to 12.5 stone well enough is enough this time with all your support and advice i will shift this heavy weight once and for all. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL. this truly is a great site. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:25:36 EST What has been the easiest? What has been the easiest thing to do so far? <BR> <BR> For me it has been logging into SP and drinking water. I just keep a filled water bottle on my desk at work. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:40:49 EST Hello!!!!!!!!! Hi my name is Sherry. About two years ago I really decided to lose weight and was doing good. Then my mom got sick and died in Dec. 2009. I used that to start eating again and for a while was why out of control. I am better now and have been lookng for something to help me. I found it in SparkPeople, I am having fun intering all my stuff and earning points. I am 49. live in a small town in NV. I love to travel the USA. I love the ocean and wished I liked closer to one. I have a 24 y... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:37:55 EST great day did a 17 min mile with some jogging in it as well!!! also did another 19 min mile all speed walking... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:49:26 EST Music & Exercise What are your favorite songs to listen to while you work out? <BR> <BR> Right now I'm loving Adele (her more up beat stuff anyways) and Eminem. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:34:49 EST What has been the hardest? So, what has been the hardest thing about your first week? <BR> <BR> For me it has been trying to keep an eye on my portions of food. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:46:48 EST Hello =) Hi, my name is Tracy and I actually started using this website a few days ago. I am 38 years old and have been seriously dieting for over 12 years now. I have been overweight/obese for as long as I can remember. I have been married for almost 15 years now to my high school sweetheart, Jim. We have three amazing children, whom all give us a run for our money especially since they out number us now. Our daughter Kaleigh is 15 1/2 years old and a junior in high school. Our oldest son James ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:00:50 EST Determined More Than Ever Hello! My name is Sara and I'm new to both SC and SP. I recently moved to SC from Hawaii and am trying to get acclimated to this heat...holy cow is it hot down here in the south! I'm more determined than ever to lose weight and keep it off, but more importantly I want to begin living a healthier lifestyle. I don't need to fit into a certain size to consider myself in shape. I want to eat right and exercise. I've done it before and know it works for me. I just haven't figured out how to stick... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:25:58 EST Taking control again :) Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> I am brand new to this site and currently figuring it out. :) I am going through many life changes right now. I am ending a stressful 5 year relationship, learning to eat right and getting more active. Additionally, I started back to school...which is scary 22 years after high school graduation. <BR> <BR> I am excited and hopeful for my future. So many changes at once, but most of them for the better. I've never had problems with my weight until recently. I woul... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:02:16 EST First Week Results? The FoodTracker has really changed my eating habits. I have increased my water intake & I lost 3 pounds this week. For this next week I need to focus on fitness! <BR> <BR> I'd really like to know how our team did this first week. I think it would really motivate me. Please share anything you'd like about your first week with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:42:38 EST Do you weigh every day? I'm planning to weigh every couple of weeks because daily weigh-ins have made me crazy with diets in the past. I like the bigger pay-off, so to speak, and that I focus more on what I'm doing than on the results of what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> How do you handle the scale? Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:24:03 EST Hello! Hey all, I am back to SP for a 3rd time (different names at different times in the past). In the nesxt year my goal is to be at a healthy weight so that my chanced for chronic illnesses such as diabetes can be avoided. I have been overweight for 99% of my life and I have fianlly discovered why I stayed this way. I'm so glad to have a community that is so encouraging toward each other through a very difficult change. Thanks and best wishes to all of you who are continuing through your own jou... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:00:35 EST Sooooooo Glad to be Here Hi, <BR> <BR> Thank you for getting me started. I have never done this but I am so excited to be a team player. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and loosing weight to be healthier. <BR> <BR> Learning the program will help me start loosing because it will keep my hands busy typing. I have gained so much that I looked so very unhealthy. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:25:07 EST New to site Hello! I just joined a few days ago and the whole site is overwhelming. There's so much to explore. I hope to become healthier so that I will have the energy to keep up with my two "tween" kids! Any tips on where to begin navigating this enormous site? (I hope I'm posting this correctly!) Sun, 10 Jul 2011 19:49:13 EST Joined Yesterday.... Well... Here I go! <BR> I joined yesterday. I was just looking online for a calorie counter site... and stumbled onto SP. So far I love what I see and how easy it is to navigate around. <BR> <BR> I have read a few other introductions and feel very comfortable with this group of people... <BR> <BR> I am 45 and a SAHM and an amateur photographer. My oldest just moved out last week and I think that has got me thinking, "What NEXT!!" . My weight has been steadily climbing these past few yea... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:23:51 EST in Regards to the Weight Ticker... I have found it... and set it up. Why is it that it is in Kilograms? Is there a way to change it to pounds... I understand being Canadian that everything is in Kilos... but I am old school and much prefer pounds. <BR> <BR> By the way your photo of Moraine Lake is beautiful! <BR> I need to go there again.... (I am only an hour or so away) <BR> <BR> Thanks Deb Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:01:29 EST Hello Everyone! Hi I'm new to SP. I am a busy 30 something female who has made bad choices in the past concerning foods and exercise. I am excited about taking this step toward a healthy lifestyle. I am looking for SP buddies to share in this journey with me. Good luck to all of you. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 01:39:28 EST Hello I'm new to Sparks and looking to lose 15 pounds. Do you have any tips for me? Looking forward to sharing ideas! Sarah Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:45:24 EST New to the Adventure Hi everyone, <BR> I’m a twentyish year old looking to get healthy and live a super active lifestyle. I am starting out at about 220 pounds and ultimately want to get down to about 150. More importantly I want to turn my life into an adventure. I want off of the couch and into the world. <BR> <BR> I have always loved the outdoors and I would really like to get involved in outdoorsy things. When I was younger I dreamed of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in a single summer. I would love t... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:42:06 EST New This Week Hello, <BR> I stumbled Spark quite by accident (or fate?). I was researching on-line diet programs, specifically Weight Watchers, as something I might be interested in and there was SparkPeople. I decided to look into it and I am very excited! I have been tracking my nutrition and fitness for only 4 days, but have already dropped 2 pounds! Crazy! The nutrition aspect has been the key for me, I believe. I didn't really realize how much I was over-eating. I've been eating healthy foods a... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:24:54 EST Hello.. Hello my name is Mindy, I am almost 30 years old. I will hit the Big 3-0 in about a month, I need to do a lot of work transforming my lifestyle and eating better and getting regular exercise, I have tried and lost weight in the past but never stuck with it. I know I can do this and I will not quit this time. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:22:44 EST I really need to do this! I am so tired of not fitting into my clothes. If I could lose 25 lbs I would begin to have something to wear again. Right now its the same two dresses which I have to alternate on Sunday. I look like my mother and I swore I would never be over weight like her. Go figure. I love to eat in the evenings. This is hard. Last night I actually managed to only down 2 cans of diet pop. I can do this!! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 07:33:50 EST New spark Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new here :) and I think a need a little bit o support. <BR> I'm from Romania and I need to lose 13 kg. <BR> I'm only 26 years old and I'm not sattisfied with my looks. <BR> <BR> I hope I can make this time! :) <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 04:38:14 EST New Girl on the Block~! Hi everyone, I am new here to this site. I am really really going to try hard and lose the weight this time. I have been saying this for years now, usually around January for New years and June which is 6 months before my's a horrible cycle. I just got out of a 11 year toxic relationship, so I figure if I can get rid of him, I can get rid of this weight! I have 6 wonderful boys! They are 18,17,15,14,11 and 6! <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all~ <BR> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 02:53:18 EST Not new to this game Hello, <BR> I am introducing myself. I am not new to the dieting game, nor am I new to sparkpeople. After losing a lot on Weight Watchers, I went through some life stressers, having health issues, marital problems, and financial changes, ending with a relocation from Maine to North Carolina. During the past 5 years I managed to put almost all the weight back on. I started spark people, but it kinda got lost in all the changes. <BR> I am the proud mom of a 10 year old competitive swimmer... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:27:46 EST Logging Exercise For my exercise I started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. I can't figure out how to log this on the exercise tracker. I'm not sure which entry would be closest to it as far as calories burned. Any suggestions? Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:26:27 EST New here I just joined. I've had trouble losing weight since my last child was born 6 years ago. Since then I've only gained weight, including 15 pounds in the last year. I just received the results of lab work from my physician and found out I now have high cholesterol and she wants to put me on a statin. I have started snoring at night and my knees ache. I know all of this is due to my weight gain. I'm looking forward to support and motivation from you all! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:09:24 EST NEW TO THE PROGRAM LOOKING FOR MOTIVATION HI I AM FROM SOUTHERN OREGON LOOKING TO SHED SOME WEIGHT AND TRYING TO FIND PEOPLE TO HELP ME ALONG THE WAY Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:43:24 EST Hi ! my name is mimi Hi there,i eat healthy., i try to exercise 5 to 6 times a week..dealing with menopause is not fun... , all the fat I have , is around my waist line and stomach..need help. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:41:32 EST Just Do It! I have made a life changing decision to improve my health and lose weight! I was introduced to SparkPeople at a family meeting during 4th of July weekend. I am a healthcare professional who has taken care of everyone except myself. I am excited and really need support while on this journey! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:41:51 EST Let us kill some kilograms! Hi, <BR> my name is Michelle and I'm 23 years old. I've been gaining weight ever since me and my boyfriend moved together and I started studying and working after school. So lot's of stress and change of food habits involved. <BR> <BR> I actually like sports, but I'm annoyed of being the one to organize e.g. floorball, badminton or now, my latest thing: basketball! <BR> I now have to find something that's cheap and worth of doing at least once a week... <BR> <BR> A friend lost weight by w... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:41:53 EST deep breath here I go Having gained all but 2LB that I lost several years ago, I can see that I obviously need to draw on support from folks who share a similar goal. I learned good lessons. I just didn't adapt them. Now I am uncomfortable in clothes, tired in a job which can be physical at times and I need to launch into the next set of years in a better state of fitness. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:37:41 EST hi. i'm new here. :) hi everyone. i'm zahra and i'm new here. i'm from the philippines too. i hope spark people program can really help me. (i know it will). i'll be happy to meet new friends here. ^__^ Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:19:10 EST Just joined, come to say hello I found this site whilst looking for support on my journey to lose weight. I have pledged to lose 3 stone by 10th December 2011 for my local Hospice and appreciate any tips and advice along the way. I have lost 11 pounds so far since the beginning of June, but my weight loss is slowing down and the last 2 weeks I have only lost a pound a week. Ideally I want to lose 2 pounds a week. I am currently eating 1200 -1400 cals a day and exercise moderatley, due to a metal bar in my leg I am una... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 06:31:28 EST Lost in translation Hiya, I've recently moved to China with my husband and my dog, Gytha. I tend to put on weight, and that puts a lot of strain on my back. I used to think weight problems were genetic because all my family is overweight, but I'm determined to stop this once and for all. <BR> Not that easy, though! Isolation in China doesn't help, and it doesn't help either that all the food in China has hidden calories that I don't know of. <BR> I hope I can get some help here :) Fri, 8 Jul 2011 02:51:01 EST Ideas for rewards For my motivational Fast Break goal, I chose to reward myself for meeting my other goals...except that now the only rewards I can think of are food-related (which kind of ruins my good day of eating). Does anyone have any other ideas for what type of reward I can give myself? Thanks!! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:27:24 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:13 EST Hello All Hello, My name is Mikaela am 25 years-old and a mother of one 7year-old lil girl, who is amazing. I am a massage therapist and a student a the moment. I am looking to get back down to my right healthy weight. I don't want to lose my hourglass figure I jujst want to be healthy and fit. My wieght has been up and down for about 5 years now, Im at the age were I need it to just be healthy and DOWN! I also want my daugther to see that mommy isn't unhealthy! love that this website is free and off... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 23:26:19 EST The Best is Yet to Come Hello: I do not know where to begin so I would appreciate any helpful hints from others. I need to stayed motivated as I am going through some challenges in my life. Any helpful suggestions will be appreciated. I am teachable. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 18:54:00 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sam, and I'm a mother of 2 (a 7 year old boy, and a 15 month old girl). I'm a Colorado native that wants to get back to enjoying life again. Scratch that, I do enjoy life and love my family dearly! I want to get back to enjoying me again. <BR> <BR> I want to look in the mirror and recognize myself. 50 or so pounds isn't so much in the grand scheme of things, but knowing what the loss will do to my self esteem is unmeasureable! <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 18:27:32 EST New favorite snack? I think Spark People's ideas for snacks are uninspired, and unsatisfying. So instead I have been having lemon flavored greek yogurt, 7 frosted mini wheats (50 calories), and a few carrot sticks. I don't mind right now, but I can see this getting old too. What are your ideas for a healthy snack? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 17:02:05 EST Looking for friends to reach my goal! Hello!I am from Sand Lake,Michigan & my name is Shirl!I have been trying to lose weight since I had my youngest son 10 years ago!I am looking for friends who wants to help each other lose weight and reach our goals!I have went through weight watchers and still eating with the points chart!I hope to find somebody who enjoys eating healthy and trying to lose weight!You can add me as a sparks buddy or on e-mail address is!Hope to see your add soon!Have... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 14:05:44 EST Scale Issues I thought this would be easier to solve than it is. I weight 320 and I am very motivated to get my lifestyle in check and get this weight off. My problem is I can't find a scale to weight on. My home scale goes blank when I step on it (I think I can hear it weep a little too). Does someone have a suggestion on how I can weight until I get some of my weight off? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 06:58:21 EST New beginning :) Hi There! <BR> It's my first official day of my weight loss journey!! I'm so excited! <BR> I've gained so much during the past few years and now it's time I want to change. <BR> I need to loose 19Kgs (around 42 lbs). I'm taking this slowly so I'm gonna reach my goal in February 2012. <BR> <BR> Nice to see you all here :) Thu, 7 Jul 2011 04:14:49 EST Hi, I'm Angel. :) I'm new on here. I need to lose about 40 pounds. I would love any kind of motivation you guys can offer. I know that I'll need a lot of help. I have a job, a son, a husband, and I'm going to school in about a month. I've been trying to lose weight for a really long time, seems like my whole life. Hopefully this site will help me get the job done. :) Wed, 6 Jul 2011 22:01:02 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Michelle and I am here in NC. I am a military wife of 20 yrs and a mother of 2, which are 20 and 15. I joined today because I have been on this weight rollercooster almost all my life. With my husband being deployed, I decided that this is my time to get healthy and losing the weight I need to. I wish everyone the best of luck in their own journeys and I look forward to all the kindness and motivation we give eachother. Take care. <em>306</em> <em>223</em>... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 21:00:30 EST Hi there! Hi there! I'm new to sparkpeople and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Josiann and I'm 22 yrs old soon to be 23. I'm married to a wonderful guy and have a 2 yr old daughter. My goal is to lose 60-70 lbs and I am ready to get active, lose weight and look fabulous! I'm excited to use sparkpeople for the tools that they provide, but most importantly the support and advice that will help me succeed! Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:17:20 EST help me loose 20 pounds my name is patty and i have gained at least 30 pounds over the winter i have never gained weight before i need a lot of help it seems very hard for me any suggestions thank you......... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:53:51 EST Hi from Boston Hi everyone! I'm from Boston, MA and I'm very excited to start the SparkPeople program. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:47:05 EST Hello My name is Renee. I joined this site at the urging of a close friend who has been on this site and getting support for a while. I have been struggling with my weight for years... yo yo-ing from diet plan to diet plan and never sticking with anything long enough to make enough of a difference. Two years ago my world fell apart... my best friend and husband of 20 years went into respiratory arrest, had a heart attack and a stroke and ended up in a coma. Thankfully he survived, but he now h... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:24:06 EST New to the Site Hi. I am new to this site. I weight alot and would like to weight alot less. I think my main goal is to live a healthier and more active lifestyle that will allow me to lose weight instead of being so focused on losing weight. I tend to get discouraged if I am so focused on my weight. I am getting married next October and would like to look better for my wedding and just be healthier in general. I work 10 hour days 4 days a week where I sit at home and work on a computer so some days its real... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:52:30 EST Getting aquainted Hi there, <BR> Nice to meet you all. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. <BR> I'm 22 although I don't really look my age. I grew up in England but now reside in Belgium which is a peculiar little country. <BR> I have a son who is two years old and I'm a stay-at-home mum. I studied applied visual arts at secondary school thus you may have guessed I like art ;) I love animals too and I have quiet a managerie that includes a cat, a dog, a mouse and half a dozen guppy fish. Looking a... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:17:43 EST Hiyas Hi, <BR> My name is Colin. I'm in So. West Michigan. I live on a hobby farm where we raise rabbits and chickens, have five dogs, orchards, various fruits, gardens, etc. <BR> My job is housekeeper for my family. My hobbies include cooking, horseback riding, my spiritual endeavors, and movies. <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:41:21 EST Hi my name is Vicky and I'm a newby Glad to be part of the group, looking forward to dropping the weight and feeling better. I have way too much insulation right now, LOL, so the heat is killing me. I'm going to need your support, and I'll be there if you need a positive supportive buddy. Let's do this! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:26:34 EST i just came to say hello :] hi, i'm emma, and i want to lose weight because my most recent weigh-in made me realise i wasn't far off a size twenty, something i swore i never wanted to be... this site is amazing, and i'm already furiously collecting sparkpoints!! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:22:30 EST Have some great ideas for distractions? I recently read about a study in which they tortured kids with candy. Basically they left a child alone in a boring room, sitting at a table with a candy bar in front of him. The researchers told the child that he could eat it, but that he would get two candy bars if he waited. Then the researchers left the room and studied the child through mirror-glass. <BR> <BR> The researchers found that the kids that waited successfully often distracted themselves by singing, moving around, and just not... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:15:20 EST What's your pattern and how can you break it? I had started using a daily calorie limit a few days before starting here, but Sunday I caved in to some societal pressure (used "not hurting feelings" as an excuse to accept offered food from two different family members, even though neither one would have been hurt). Then, since I was already over my limit for the day, I had a bag of Arby's, because I might as well splurge before starting "for real this time" tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This is my pattern of failure-to-lose-weight in a nutshell. <... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:04:01 EST Ready and willing with ALOT to lose Hello everyone my name is kimberly, I am 24 years old and very overweight. I have a beautiful dauhghter who is 6 months old and a wonderful fiancee who is also overweight but lacks motivation to make a change(which makes it harder for me because we live together). I have struggled with my weight my entire life and I'm ready to stop "attempting" to lose it. I'm ready to really lose this weight and keep it off this time!! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:34:21 EST It great to be here... Well it's actually great to be anywhere above ground. I am a diabetic in denial. I have been for 20 some years and although it hasn't cost me a limb yet it has cost me. I was recently terminated from yet another job for failing to pass a DOT physical. I should really stop taking them. I am a diabetic who is on an insulin pump and that's a no-no for the DOT and driving industry. I just have a hard time coming to grips with it. <BR> <BR> I am here to change the rest of my life. I cant do anyth... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:44:56 EST Hi My name is Louise Today is my first day !!! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:22:26 EST Dieting and Budgeting Does it strike anyone else how much dieting and budgeting have in common? I mean, with both, you're trying to eat/spend less and exercise/save more. And using calculators and diets/budgets tends to be more successful than just aiming to eat/spend less. And in the end, no matter how fancy, it all comes down to learning to say "no" in order to gain something in the future (well, or LOSE something, lol). <BR> <BR> I often talk about dieting with money-related terms, like, "I'd eat that fattenin... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:04:53 EST new member Just wanted to stop in and say hello. I am 31 years old and hoping to lose approximately 20 pounds. I have become very lazy and lack self control since having my daughter 2 years ago. I hope I can get back on track by being held responsible for what I eat/drink and do on a daily basis. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:51:34 EST Hey Hiya everyone, Just a quick note to say hello to you all. I am rapidly approaching 31 and I am not going to spend my 30's unhappy with myself which was pretty much my 20's. Life is to be enjoyed, experience happiness and fun. I want to do this now however I also know I will have bad days too which is where we can all help each other. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 05:43:21 EST Hi everyone! Un saludo desde México Hi I'm Samantha, I joined SP two days ago, and I can't log out!! I found this sooo adictive! -and I like it ;) I'm trying to lose weight, but above all, start a healthy way of life, I've been doing it since april by my own, but with SP is so much FUN! I'm from Mexico, so if sometimes I misspell some words or my grammar is horrible, well... you know the reason (and don't hesitate in correct me :) ) Thanks! :) Saludos! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:51:34 EST Hi! I am LAstarlit!! I work very hard, but I have lost myself in work. I am trying to refind a healthier me! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:47:26 EST just a couple questions I was wondering how often one should weigh themselves. It seems like daily would be discouraging because the numbers on the scale might fluctuate too much. <BR> <BR> My second question is this: if I am still hungry after I log all my food and I have met my calorie requirement for the day (1350 but still have "room"), what is the best thing I could do? I kept a food diary for the 3 days prior to starting so, and I was eating about 3800 calories/ day (yikes)! Is this my body adjusting? <BR> ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:40:23 EST Hello I just joined this group and spark people for first time. Hope it will help motivate me to lose weight.. WW and diet center did nothing for me. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:03:22 EST Hello Fellow Sparklers I am new, just wanted to say hello! Happy 4th........I ate too much good stuff over the Holiday, anyone else feeling guilty? Walking some of it off tonight! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 16:39:20 EST ObaCoba READY!!!! I'm ready to actually lose all this extra chunk lingering off my backside!! Tired of Darkwing ducks cape flaps flapping from my arms!! and why in the hell do i have 3 chins when i lay back...GROSS!!!! READY TO LOOK GOOD!! and feel good!!! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:52:20 EST Going to need all the help I can get! Just joined today at the recommendation of workout buddy. I need/want to lose 35-40 lbs. They will be stubborn as I lost them before and found them! It's been about 6 years since I was at my goal weight. I'm a pretty fit person. I did the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in April and walked the whole 39.3 miles. I excercise most weeks 3 x's a week. Cardio every time and weights 2 x's. So, apparently I am overeating! I am an emotional eater. If I have an emotion I'm eating. Looking forward to the s... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:17:43 EST Can you say emotional blender? Hey everyone! My name is Cindy and I am a 29 year old from the "show me state" of Missouri. My bestie introduced me to this site and I am super excited to start, I have set my start date for the eighth (we grocery shop on the 7th for the week). I can't help but be a little nervous at the same time though. I am affraid to tell anyone about the site because I am affraid I will fail...again. I remain optomistic within myself though. I hate how food has taken control of my life. I work at a... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:05:22 EST I so need to lose weight!! Hi! Thought I try something new. This site has a great reputation for actually helping people lose and weight & for it's great support. I am a single mom with an 11 year old still at home. I have numerous health issues, some of which are directly related to me being overweight. I feel motivated today so I will try again!!! I will keep on trying until something works for me:) I would appreciate any and all advice on losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:59:36 EST Introduction - Izzybaz Good morning! My name (well, username anyway) is Izzybaz. I'm new to this forum and this site. I just bought the book and am looking forward to finding out what The Spark is all about! So far, I'm really liking all the tools and resources on the site. I am not usually a heavy poster, but I hope to push myself to be more outgoing here. I can't wait to meet everyone. :-) Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:28:21 EST Hi im new to Hello everyone, I am just looking for ways to help keep me on track so i can finally see the number go down on the scale.. I need help with motivation and staying on track.. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:23:55 EST Here I go! Hi Fellow Sparkspeople! <BR> I'm finally getting started on something I've put off all year. I broke my foot in January and gained an ugly 10 lbs on top of the excess10 I was already carrying. Sick and tired of being sick and tired, here I go! I've always been slim my whole life, so this has really a yucky place for me. I've been selling all my size 8's on ebay - then I finally decided that was ridiculous and instead I should be selling my size 12's and keepign those 8's! I already exerc... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:57:50 EST HI FIRST-OFF-MY-KEYBOARD-TOOK-A-DIVE-SO-SORRY<BR>-ABOUT-THAT.-MY-NAME-IS-JENNI-AND-TODA<BR>Y-IS-MY-FIRST-FULL-DAY-WITH-SPARK.-I-H<BR>AVE-BEEN-TRYING-TO-WORK-ON-MY-WEIGHT-A<BR>MD-TONING-BUT-FOUND-I-VERY-HARD-TO-STA<BR>Y-MOTIVATED-AFTER-WORK-AND-RUNNING-ARO<BR>UND-AFTER-HALF-A-DOZEN-KIDS-SO-HERE-GOES. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:56:22 EST Hi Hi i am new to the site. I have 5 girls. all under the age of 6. I live in Nebraska. Origanaly from Iowa. I have about 25 lbs I would like to loose. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:11:53 EST Diving in Hi, there. I keep half-heartedly starting diets, wimping out when a little temptation comes along (it always does), and then starting "again tomorrow" (after eating as much as possible today because now it's the last day before my diet starts...again). Since nobody knows I'm dieting, nobody cares, right? <BR> <BR> So this time I'm setting a goal (61 pounds by February 15th), setting daily goals in order to reach it, and joining a community where I can hopefully find other people who also nee... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:57:15 EST HELLO I'm Carol, how are you guys? I'm new here, so I'm gonna need help....Thanks Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:28:33 EST Hello! Warm Greetings to All my teammates! I'm a mom of three with the goal of losing all my baby fat(that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it...LOL) I love the layout of Spark People!!! I think it will help me stay motivated and focused. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 20:08:39 EST Hey all! Hi all, new to Sparkpeople - I'm a Kerry girl living in Dublin. I've been trying to slim down for years but am fierce soft on myself. I've recently hit the big 3oh oh and am definatley finding that things are beginning to solidify - its time to make a serious drive at weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet a diet buddy - either virtual or in the Dublin city area as I could do with the added motivation of seeing someone else succeed! <BR> <BR> Its lovely to meet you all! <BR> Orla <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 18:21:23 EST Trying to lose Baby Weight ~ ugghh!! I had a baby in August of last year and gained a miserable 70 lbs. I use to workout ALL the time but, o how things have changed with a little one around. SO ... I am refusing to buy fat clothes ... I need to do something about this weight and my depression ~ so starting tomorrow am ... i'm gonna start running before work. It worked for me before when I was dieting ((WAY before having a baby tho)) so, we'll see if it still kicks my metabolism into gear. Any advice is greatly appreciated!! ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 18:09:06 EST Not sure where to start ... A bit overwhelmed with all the trackers and groups yet excited to get started and know I have such a support system behind me if I choose to use it - hoping to meet some local people in the Spark Maine group and sure could use all the buddy support I can get. I love with my daughter's family in a small town in Downeast rural Maine, and long winters can turn us "foodies" into "fatties" ... my daughter is being supportive of my newest low-carb diet, though, and I feel I can be successful at la... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 14:13:07 EST Hey all! I am an 18 year old girl who, surprise surprise, is trying to lose weight. I have never actually been overweight but I have managed to get pretty close a couple of times - which scares me to death! I've tried to lose weight many times before but...well, you know the drill! Anyway, I would love to chat to anyone else out there whether they are just starting out or have already reached their goals. :) Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:13:23 EST helo hi my name's Mel and i am looking to make new friends Sun, 3 Jul 2011 22:32:16 EST hii! My name is Kimberley and i'm from Saskatchewan. I'm here to start my weight loss, I have tried sooo many times and so far I have lost 10 pounds and I have been keeping it around there but I need to loose more. I'm open to anyone's advice, thankss :) <BR> <BR> Kayy. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:00:26 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Heidi. I'm 34 years old and I live in California. I need to lose over 100 pounds and I'm hoping this site will help. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all. <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 15:51:50 EST Hello all! Hi, my name is Jeremy, I'm 34 and live in North Texas. I would like to lose 90 pounds or so over the next year, and I am going to try this as an alternative to packaged meal plans or premade supplements. Please let me know if you have any tips, recipes or advice that will help! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 11:16:54 EST