SparkPeople SP Class of July 17-23, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 17-23, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 17-23, 2011 Team Messageboard Greetings Hello everyone! I haven't checked in with the team in so long! I just wanted to stop by and say hello! I hope everyone is doing well and has had a safe and fun holiday weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>334</em> <em>306</em> <em>252</em> <em>100</em> <em>524</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:48:57 EST Keith from Roanoke Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Keith from Roanoke. I've been a member for quite some time but am only now actually posting. Obesity seems to run rampant in my family, at least for the men, so I really have to work to keep things under control. In my experience so far the hardest thing to staying on track is the people you surround yourself with although most times they tend to have no idea they are actually hindering your progress versus helping. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:29:13 EST HI Im new to this. I am 52 years old with a whole list of medical problems - mainly Diabetes and Blood Pressure out of control. I tend to be a "GraZer" thus making rounds at night and grazing for food. It seems when I track my foods I eat most of my calories at night. I also am trying for disability - because of left sided weakness and neuropathy in all four extremities. I walk with a cane only short distance, and driving is a lot less that what it was.... my real question is wITH ALL MY LIMITATIONS... any s... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:56:05 EST A game not a challenge. .....let's have some fun!! Springtime is just around the corner. So let's give SPRING..the ABC's. Using the alphabet starting with A name a spring time item, food, event, etc <BR> I will get us started. <BR> <BR> A= apples Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:28:42 EST What are your Spark Points for the day? 3/5 God Bless you and Have a Wonderful Week. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:34:27 EST wiping the slate clean Hi, I was an active member from april-august of 2011. I was losing weight for the first time since having my daughter in 2009. I was down 10.5 pounds & doing good until August 5th when my dad passed away suddenly at the age of 57 from a massive heart attack. I lost all motivation & gained back every pound :( today is the day I dust myself off, stand up straight & get back on track. I am 37 years old, married with a 2 year old little girl . . . I've gotta crawl up out of my fathers grave & liv... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 10:29:14 EST Hello Hi, New to Spark, not sure how to navigate through the whole site. Love to workout, and eat healthy, have to find a way to drop the pounds. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:37:48 EST cRaZy Busy Mom Here Hi there. I am a happily married Christian woman living in Houston, TX. I have four children of my own, plus we have two foreign exchange students living with us - one from Ukraine and one from Korea. Needless, to say I am feeding a big family on a tight budget. I am just now learning the art of cooking. I use to weigh 318 pounds ... and have lost over a 100 ... but have more work to do. I seem to have plateaued so I need to shake things up a bit ! <BR> <BR> Hoping to get involved with a go... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:45:08 EST BABYFACE Hi I'm Rosalyn I live in Indy and i happen to come across sparkpeople by accident. Although it may have beenan accident sparkpeople has helped me out tremendously already I've lost 15 pounds in the 8 weeks. Which to some might seem like a lot but for a mother of 4 kids who seem to be in everything it is already a great accomplishment to me. so if you are in the Naptown area and need a walkin or workout buddy send me a message. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:08:20 EST Getting back on board Hi everyone! Though the desire is great, I am struggling to find the motivation to get back in the groove and continue with my journey to losing side. i am a positive upbeat person on most days. i am looking to pick up where i left off about a year ago (how did so much time slip past me??) and lose the last 55 pounds to my goal (well, plus the 15 that i gained back in my lazy days) getting going is the hardest part, i know it will be great once i make it a habit again. Thanks for the supp... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 12:49:27 EST Action Steps So in stages two and three there are action steps we can do, says they are at the bottom of your spark page. I can't find any :( Do they show up only once in a while and today I don't have one or am I just really blind? Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:59:21 EST Struggeling Mom I am a mom to three very different aged children from a 23, 19, and 4. My four year old has cerebral palsey caused by a stroke. This health issue has caused my life to go in a whirlwind. We live 6 to 8 hours away from medical facilites for him and he has four to five therapies a week during school year. This summer has consisted of many trips to for medical reasons which means many over nights and much stress. I don't have much time to be on the computer, but am trying to make a little time e... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:28:02 EST bridget hi, im new here, if anyone would like to help me along, i would be very grateful!!!!!!!! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:08:19 EST I'm new to posting! I've been trying to figure out how to post and continue the same thread. Just want to join in and say how happy I am to have found Spark People and all the neat things that are here for us to learn from. Hope to hear from you. Barb Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:05:02 EST sorry :0( accident Wed, 3 Aug 2011 06:28:01 EST Trying to make weight loss easy! Hi all, I am new to Sparkpeople. I have heard a lot about this website, and after attempting diet after diet (counting points, starving myself with shakes, diet pills) and failing, I have finally decided to give this a try. I have spend a few days looking around and this is really starting to make sense, lets get back to the basics of eat less, burn more and track what you put in. I have seen a lot of great successes on this site and hope to one day be one of them. I have been overweight ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:53:33 EST Can someone help me understand this?? I am having a hard time reaching my calories goal, and I know that my body needs a certain number to function, but I am having a hard time understanding something...Why do I need to eat 1200 calories if I am working out to just burn them off? I am not trying to be a smart@ss I just can't wrap my head around it! <BR> <BR> Is working out more for your muscle develpment? I just always hear calories in calories out and thought, why not cut calories? Thanks for your help!! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:43:25 EST Someone Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming I joined sparkpeople on 22 Jul 2011. I can't believe how positve and charged I have felt during this whole past week. I discovered sparkpeople because one of the ladies in my office brought in some old magazines. I found the article about the website in a copy of Good Housekeeping from Feb 2010. It only took a few minutes of reading to make me want to immediately go check out the website. From that first moment of logging on I decided I needed to join. It was time to seriously want to take ca... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 01:48:08 EST New and nervous... Hi, I am Princess469 and I have recently joined SparkPeople to help me loss weight and get healthy. I am not use to posting information about myself on websites, so I am a little nervous. I have reviewed this website and have received a number of encouraging emails already, so I am looking forward to my journey with SparkPeople. Thank you! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:55:56 EST Lose 40 By 40 Hello Spark People <BR> <BR> My name is Valerie. I'm 39 years old and I've been trying to lose weight forever. I love to workout, but I also love to eat. I'm sending this message out to the Spark universe that my goal is to lose 40lbs by my 40th birthday on February 14th. I'm looking for all the support I can get. Hoping I can find it here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> - Valerie Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:15:41 EST Goooooooood Morning! Good Morning!!!!!! I am feeling great today! I'm kinda getting used to this waking up early to exercise thing, I hope I still feel like this after I've been doing it for a while. I love my alone time early in the mornings. I hope everyone feels as great as I do today. So far, I am loving the nutrition and fitness trackers! They seem to keep motivated. Plus, reading success stories and the small successes and struggles that others have make me believe that I can really do this, even though I m... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:16:34 EST Balancing it all out This is a 'what would you do' type thread. <BR> <BR> My daily goals are to have: <BR> 1,200 - 1,550 cals <BR> 163 - 236 carbs <BR> 32 - 56 fat <BR> 60 - 127 protein <BR> <BR> My totals for today are: <BR> 1,344 cals <BR> 163 carbs <BR> 52 fat <BR> 63 protein <BR> <BR> I have 156 cals left at my disposal if I want. Now because my protein is between 60-127g and I have only had 63g of protein, WOULD YOU eat more protein rich foods to get the 156 cals or just leave it at that? Thu, 28 Jul 2011 03:04:19 EST Diving in and trying to figure all this out! Wow! There's so much to learn about Spark People! I'm setting aside time each morning to log in and get started. I must admit, I felt a little overwhelmed after the first day. I took a few days to get serious and now, I'm going to add one thing at a time. <BR> It will be good to hear from you, to learn what you've found on the site to help you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:19:40 EST Me,Myself,and I I apologize for not introducing myself earlier. There always seem to be something going on here. Anyway, I love animals and raise chihuahuas myself. I suffer from bi-polar deppresion which doesn't help matters either. I am trying to quit smoking cause I have COPD. The meds I take from that also contribute to my weight problem. I have weighed about the same for the last 4 years..I am having a hard time choosing foods because I am a picky eater. I am hoping that going back to school will help m... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:18:37 EST Hi, I am kind of new still. I am so excited to be part of this movement for a better health. I am here because I am determined to change my life and that of those around me. <BR> <BR> Good effort everyone...because luck has nothing to do with losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:03:24 EST Challenges What are you struggling with? Midnight snacking, not enough sleep, that chocolate bar in the fridge... <BR> <BR> My challenges have always been the kids snacks. My wife stocks the pantry with snacks for the kids. Most of them are the typical pringles snacks, little debbie treats, etc... They are for the kids snacks at lunch, but when I am hungry and looking for a snack they are so tempting and easy!! <BR> <BR> I am also a chronic undereater. Being over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds that ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:16:16 EST Hi! I'm Sharon I'm so excited to be apart of this team. I'm still not quite sure how to manuaver around the web page but I'm getting better everyday. My goal is to lose 30lbs by the end of the year. :) Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:07:29 EST Does your mood affect how well you're doing? I've noticed this every time I've tried to lose weight, and I'm noticing it again today... <BR> I'm usually a pretty happy person, and when I'm mentally feeling good, it's not too hard for me to eat right, exercise, take care of myself - I mean, I still have to push myself to do better than I had been because of bad habits, but I could encourage myself into making better choices. <BR> I had a rotten day at work yesterday, worked a late shift and have an early shift this morning, had a disagre... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:14:29 EST Hi, my name is Aaron. I joined because I want to get healthy and found it is hard to do it on your own. I'm hoping that I can get the encouragement and support I need here. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 05:29:42 EST Hi I'm trying to become healthier I am from Iowa, 43 years old, and my body has changed over the last 6 monthes with menopause on my back. I'm not liking how my body looks and I want to become a healthier eater and get my body in better shape and feel good about myself. I haven't had that feeling in a while and I think by starting this program I can accomplish my goals. <BR> I am wanting to loose some extra body fat and get into shape. If anyone has any tips for me I would appreciate it. <BR> I am hoping with this program ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:24:01 EST What in the world did I get myself into? I have been lookin at the nutrition guide. How in the world am I going to get all of that? I'm poorer then dirt! In the past, I've tried to get healthier food like a thing of grapes or strawberries or something from the grocery store and unless I eat it every other day, half of it goes bad and I would have to throw it away. -That isnt something I can do. I learned that I can get away with cutting up veggies once I bring it home and freeze them. I've tried to do it with fruit but I just don't ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:10:18 EST Already losing weight in five days! Has anyone else lost more than they expected during Fast Break? I started last Thursday, and though I've been drinking my water, tracking faithfully and being a LOT more aware of what I eat (which I think is what's making the difference), I hadn't been able to exercise much at all. I thought that I might see one pound's difference this morning (haven't weighed myself since last Monday anyway and it was only half a week) but somehow I lost 4 pounds without doing anything hard-core crazy. I nev... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:58:22 EST How has being heavy effected your mental state? One of the things I noticed as the weight went on was how it effected my thinking. My sense of self continued to go down, People actually said things to me and acted differently to me than they had before. I had a 12 or 13 year old boy tell me that I was fat while I was out walking...How can these things not effect you? <BR> <BR> What do you feel like? Are you able to keep your confidence up and feel good about yourself? We are the same people inside our bodies no matter what size are... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:16:55 EST Hi team! I am 32 years old. I live in Kansas. I have a four year old son. I want to loose 100 pounds and I'm giving myself one year to do it. I'm hoping that this program and the teams I joined can help me do it. My husband is an over-the-road truck driver and hardly ever home. So, most of the time I am doing it all on my own. I find it very difficult to cook healthy meals for one, and to find time for exercise. I have joined a gym in my town and try to get to their zumba class three times a week. I a... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:10:02 EST Motivational quote of the week..... I will be posting a Motivational Quote of the week.....and want discussion on what it means to you, it speaks to you....your feelings on the subject....let's open up to each other. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:38:08 EST Trying so hard to eliminate sugar from my diet... Hi, I'm Pam, 47yo, and live in California. I am trying very hard to eliminate sugar (and most carbs) from my diet and am having a very rough time of it. I've done it successfully in the past and felt so much better and lost a bit of weight by doing it, but when I started adding carbs back in I totally went off the wagon and started inhaling sugar again at every opportunity. It is like an addiction for me and I am finding that I really need some help with this. I can't just eat sugar in mo... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 01:51:26 EST hi! hi everyone, just wanted to drop a quick introduction! my name is tee and i'm so happy i found this website! i definitely have been looking for ways to lose weight and the ways that i know work traditionally for me have been so difficult financially on my pockets...until i found! i am thankful to sparkguy and everyone else who dedicated time, money and countless hours of caring to help other people just like me lose weight! <BR> <BR> i am a 30 year old wife to a great man an... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:45:23 EST newbie I am a 45 year old couch potato. I am looking to get moving, eat better and get healthy! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:28:20 EST Hi! What a great idea to have all of us who started this last week in the same group! I joined when my friend and sister-in-law told me about SparkPeople, and I'm glad I did! <BR> <BR> I'm 31 years old, 5'4", and 182.5 lbs. today. I'm already down from my original 185 just last Wednesday! For the first time ever, my husband is interested in losing weight, so I'm along for the ride and fully motivated. <BR> <BR> For the last week, I've watched what I eat very carefully (Goodbye, cereal. H... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:53:47 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone! My name is Brigitte and my goal is to lose 109 lbs. I am a stay at home mother to 3 children (ages 9, almost 5 and almost 2) and a wife to a hard working husband. I eat too much, exercise too little and very rarely get a full night's sleep. I am working on portion control first and exercise second starting at 10 min a session. I fear a full night's sleep will not happen until my youngest child gets a little older. <em>211</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:03:05 EST Introductions Hi everyone my name is Elaina and I'm a new member of I joined to get help w/ losing these 10 + lbs hanging around my midsection.I'm 30yrs old and losing weight isn't as easy as it was 10yrs ago. Its been difficult to eat healthy because my BF doesn't like lowfat/lowcal food so I'm stuck eating/cooking things that make him happy. What I've had to learn is portion control and that seems to be helping. I can make what he likes but I don't have to eat a lot of it. I think u... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:49:47 EST It's been challenging I have just started this past week and excited and as the week progressed became more discouraged the lack of family support and my own ability to support my new endeavor. I want this badly i say, but do i? I know my body is crying for support as I can no longer walk properly as it tries to carry my over 300lbs weight. So where does one begin? Tracking is a great idea but having such a time of it ..As I right this i wish not to be a discourager.. I BELIEVE IN THIS I just need my mind to b... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:04:18 EST Hi,I am New to the TEAM Hello,I am a 50 almost 51 year old mom of 3 and a wife and a stay home disabled woman living with Chronic health conditions and needing to lose weight to better manage my heart health and to get fit as I can to prevent type 2 diabetes that my numbers are close to.I have Sparked before,but not had the success I need,so I am never going to give up and keep at this,no matter how long it takes.Thank you for reading! <em>247</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 06:14:57 EST Ready To Lose the X-tra Baggage I'm ready to lose the weight I want to lose. I won't give up and won't back down. Losing weight is my priority right now and I will accomplish what I set my mind to. :) Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:15:56 EST I am excited, lost 63 lbs, need help with 45 more. I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy on 5/25/10. Have lost 63 pounds. I need help to get 45 more off. Looking forward to this being a place where I can get encouragement, tips, meal plans and just any help I will need. I have been at a plateau for about 2 months. I am very discouraged right now and afraid that my weight loss is over. Please help me. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 22:05:14 EST Hello My name is Angela. I am starting this journey again after 2 years of graduate school and working full time, I am ready to get this weight off. I look forward to using this website and hope to get to know you better. Thanks!! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:11:19 EST I love this website! Hi! I am new to the SP website, but I love it so far. I have lots of weight to lose, and my doctor pointed me in this direction, so I am really excited and motivated! I also think it will be really helpful to be supportive of and have the support of lots of others who have the same goals! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:01:47 EST Just started today Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nick and I decided that today was the day. I ate healthy and began a swimming regime. I wish everyone good luck with their own goals because I know how difficult this is. I plan to lose 40 lbs over a period of one year. I am calling this effort "A Year of Hell" for obvious reasons. <em>18</em> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:52:32 EST Help motivate me My name is Caryn and I have been trying to lose weight for a number of years. I can do it, just don't maintain the motivation! I am hoping a free option will help me stay motivated. I am looking forward to this experience. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:42:46 EST Friends w/ same goals? 20's/100lbs to go/low carb Hey everyone! I'm new here (like everyone) and I am on my first day of the Dukan diet. My doctor recommended a low carb diet because of my PCOS/insulin resistance and gave me some options. The Dukan diet seems to be the best for me because of the inclusion of oat bran, which I love, and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I feel really uncomfortable talking about my weight with my friends and family, but I know accountability really matters when it comes to losing weight, so I'm hoping to find some n... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:47:03 EST frica Hi guys, <BR> My name is Clint Kymdell and Im 30 years old and need to turn my life around, <BR> When i got married 7 years ago I was in shape but over the years Ive put on weight and it is starting to effect the way my wife looks at me, so Im determined to turn my life around and get myself looking good and fit again. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Clint Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:38:11 EST New today Greetings everyone. I am new here. I am pretty active and constantly busy between work, my horses and planning my wedding. I will tell you all now......I am the anti bride.....ahahaha. It has been quite the opposite of wedding positions with my fiance and I. He's starting to have Groom-zilla tendancies. But its all good. I compete in the equine sport of barrel racing and train my own horses. If i could get paid to train horses (or more) what I get paid to reset passwords all night I w... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:07:31 EST hello hi im Tracy would like to hear form you so if you would like to chat please drop a line thanks Sat, 23 Jul 2011 03:54:44 EST Anyone similar? Anyone else in my boat? My info is: <BR> Height: 5'7 <BR> Starting weight: 133lbs <BR> Current weight: 125lbs <BR> Goal weight: 110 lbs <BR> I basically need to lose 15 lbs in six weeks. Help =)? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:21:22 EST Hi all!! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Jessalyn, I am a 31 year old wife and mother of two girls and I have a confession to make. I suck at follow through. If my like were a golf course I would never leave the first hole because every time I attempt to move forward I get stuck on the follow through. I am hoping that being here with you all will help me learn and get moving!! <em>334</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 20:29:46 EST TogetherEveryo oneAchievesMore T.E.A.M As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. <BR> As we are liberated from our own fears (that it's possible to become healthy), <BR> Our presence automatically liberates others <BR> So, Lets do this SparkPeople!!! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:16:46 EST all about vanessa Trying to things better this year .wanting to lose weight the health way .need lot of support Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:34:41 EST Hi, I'm new I am brand new today. I love this site. There's so much great info and support. I hope I can be supportive to others while I am getting healthy again. <BR> <BR> I've never weighed this much and it is super uncomfortable. I have 30 pounds to loose. I cannot believe I've allowed this to happen - and I've been wallowing in that guilt for far too long and just stuck - not gaining anymore but not losing either. <BR> <BR> It's good to be here. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:25:57 EST Hello! I am new to the spark family. I am 34years old. diagnosed with diabetes. weight is 249. most i have ever weighed. goal is to get back to my pre marriage weight of 165 - 180. Married, 2 kids. Not happy with my self. I need to get it together. I am tired of being tired. Ready to love myself, and let this wall down. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:26:03 EST Hello, My Name is Moggie... and I'm a foodie. <BR> I really like to eat, I hate to cook, and I enjoy drinking socially. I have 2 herniated discs, a damaged nerve in my back, and kneecaps that pop out when I exercise too much. This means I'm 34 and I've never weighed so much in my life. <BR> Some of my friends in the theater sent me over here so I could try and get some help with this. I'm scared that I won't have the willpower to keep going when I get bored so I hope the community here will be enough to keep things in... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:37:23 EST howdy hi from long island, ny Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:30:43 EST Just joined - Im excited & terrified!!! Hello guys! I've been checking out sparkpages here and there for over 4 months. I havent had it in me to commit to anything that would create the change I so desperately need in my life. And hence, I've been dragging on, simply existing - when I so want to feel alive, with energy and experience a sense of admiration and love with myself. So here I am! I desire to recreate my life beginning with my health and appearance, discipline and will. I step into the shoes of an alchemists and create th... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:52:21 EST NEW TO THIS..... HI IM AMBER AND VERY NEW TO THIS MY GOAL IS TO LOSE WEIGHT FROM MY SON I JUST HAD 6 MONTHS AGO I HAVE BABY FAT, N TERRIBLE LOOSE BABY FAT SKIN ON MY STOMACH WHICH IM SCARED MAY NOT GO AWAY BUT IM REALLY TRYING AND I AM REALLY SET ON DOING THIS! AND IF ANYONE WHAT SO EVER HAS NAY HELP POINTS I WILL TAKE THEM ALL!!! THANK YOU Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:14:55 EST Howdy! Howdy from Southern Virginia! Hope to find you all well on this sunny day :) <em>67</em> <BR> Today's my first day here and I see I have a lot of reading to do! Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:37:53 EST Changes ... Hi ! I'm a 51 year old single mom of two older teens. I work with special needs kids. I've been battling my weight all my life, and so far the weight is winning! I've had periods of time when I've been thin and in great shape, BUT, the way I did it was unrealistic, impractical, and unsustainable. (Eating 1200 or less calories a day, working out for an hour and a half every day, including running 6-7 miles...) I'd like to get real, change how I eat, and incorporate moderate exercise that I... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:28:53 EST Hi from Florida! Looking forward to meeting my new "Sparkmates", hope to see all of you on our anniversaries! This is great, since I always chicken out of going to my actual high school reunions! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:48:09 EST Greetings from Singapore! I'm from Singapore!! <em>30</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 01:08:35 EST Greetings from SIngapore!! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Rohaya and I'm 28 and a mother of 1. I'm a stress-eater and I started to gain weight while planning for my wedding which took place 2 yrs ago. I'm from Singapore, a food paradise, where eating can be said to be a lifestyle <em>4</em> <BR> I'm struggling very hard to discipline myself especially when I'm surrounded by all the rich and delicious food.. Hope I can get motivation from you guys!! <em>30</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:57:22 EST Hi I just joined tonight looking fpr suggestions and motivation. I think the tracker and challanges will help. I've lost 22 punds since February, but it's been a tough year healthwise for my family (son (11) and daughter (9) both needed surgery and both my husband and I were injured in sperate car accidents) While my daughter was hospitilaized last month I regained 5 pounds, I managed to get them back off but it was very discouraging. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:27:53 EST Getting to goal is my goal! Hi everyone, I hope you are all sparking right along. I am here because I really want to reach my weight loss goal. Okay, okay, I know that is why most everyone is on this site, but I am serious. I have already lost 55 pounds, but I really want to lose 35 more. I have health related reasons for wanting to get to goal, but they are also making it harder to lose and I am frustrated. I have been stuck at my current weight, (give or take a pound or two), for the past 8 months. I really hope... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:12:05 EST Hello- Hi, all. I'm new as of 3 days ago. It was kind of a challenge setting up everything (fittness schedule/ activities, logging in food (and figureing out how to add new ones). But- my journey begins- here's hopin' ! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:42:03 EST Hi there... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Ching. I've only started a few days ago here in Sparkpeople. <BR> I started watching what I eat on June 13, 2011. So far I've lost a couple of pounds. Started at 217.5 lbs. This morning, I'm at 201 lbs. I'm 1 pound away from my short-term goal of 200. I've never gone below 202 before. <BR> I haven't started exercising yet but I plan to starting tonight when I get home. :) <BR> Please guide me well. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:32:53 EST greetings from a newbie to Spark hi, my name is pammac92. i am a newbie to spark. i have asked my oldest grand daughter and my dear husband if they would like to join me on my journey. i am 55, will be 56 in September. i have been on the weight loss yo - yo since about 7'th grade. i have tried atkins, weight watchers, low carb, bulimia, dexies, counting calories, eating nothing to eating everything, as you might suppose, i still have some work to do to improve my eating habits. i am a mother to 4 children aging from 42 - 34... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:53:05 EST Tired of being fat Hi. I'm a mom, over forty, with four kids, and forty lbs to lose. Yikes! My goal is to lose 5 lbs every month til I get to my goal weight. I'm tracking my calories on a spreadsheet on my imac. I'm also walking 30 minutes everyday with my neighbor. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:43:00 EST Beginning the Journey Hello, my name is Jeff and today I begin the journey to health. After many years of neglect I have decided that I must take care of this temple. So today I eat right and go to the gym. I am excited to begin and look forward to using this site. I just found it and am very excited to learn all the benefits of using it. thanks <BR> Jeff Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:14:17 EST Suzieq Hi! I'm 38yr old woman excited to start working on my goals! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:59:00 EST Just another new member Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Joseph, I'm an 18 year old currently living in San Diego, and I am trying to meet my weight loss goal by the end of September when I begin to attend college. I originally intended to find a calculator to see how many calories I burn while jogging, but I lucked out and found this whole community instead! <BR> I am 6'1 and I currently weigh 220 lbs, despite cutting down on junk food and doing moderate exercise (2-3 times a week). As of recently I started a ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:25:03 EST Needing a new approach Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> I'm Karen and I need a new approach to weight loss. My husband & I signed up for the WeightNot program and I really do not like all the pills that I'm required to take daily. I like their approach of lean meat and lots of fruits and veggies, but I really miss my skim milk and cheese! I feel like I'm missing out on food because I'm not able to eat from all the food groups. I know I'm off to a good start, but I want to incorporate the foods that I'll be eating when the... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:22:42 EST Where do you come from??? Since this team is not a locality team....we can be from all over the let's take a trip and see how many locations...we are all from. It will be interesting to see....if there are any of our members near each other.....that would be great for those looking for a workout buddy especially....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> amy <BR> leader Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:21:42 EST Hi, I'm Carrie I am brand new to the site and checking out all of the tools. Which one's work the best for you? My goal is to lose 100 pounds by the time I turn 50, a little over two years from now. I will need all the help I can get. I've tried many, many programs in the past, including all versions of Weight Watchers. (Their latest program made me the healthiest fat person I knew. LOL) It's a struggle, but I keep going. <em>249</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:48:50 EST hey My name is V and i am just making a post for the fun of it :) I am on a journey to get my self healthier and i have some pretty hefty goals that i am working on. Weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking, lol all of this before i go to college :) so I have a lot on my plate and i am going to do what i can before December. I want to look my best for my BF when i go back to see him :) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:31:41 EST New to the team today! Hi, I'm Jennifer. <BR> <BR> I live in Peoria with my husband of 12 years. I have three children, a 20 year old daughter who lives out of the home, a 16 year old son at home and a 10 year old daughter at home. We also have two dogs, a Chihuahua named Drake that's about 2 years old and Indy a mixed breed who's about 9 years old. <BR> <BR> In January 2011 I was a size 8, excellent size for my 5'8" medium frame. I weighed around 148lbs. I started a new job outside the home (normally I tele... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:54:30 EST To my future alumni! This sounds like a neat team...I am from Georgia, and just found SparkPeople online yesterday. What an extraordinary gift from the founder! I need to lose at least 50 pounds, so let's motivate one another! <em>249</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:19:08 EST Hi. I am Dawn58703 Good morning fellow sparks. <BR> <BR> I joined three days ago. There is a lot of information on this site and it's by far one of the best. Never seen so many people trying to get healthy in one place before. First thing that came to mind was "at last, people who get me." That's huge for me because I'm introverted and this year has been a devastating year all the way around, yet here I am trying to ignore that and move forward with life in a positive way and to lose weig... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:09:56 EST How do I lose these pesky 15 pounds? I am 49 years old and over the past 5 to 10 years, I have put on 15 pounds that all seem to be around my waist. I used to be able to feel like I was staying fit just by what I did for fun and I never paid attention to what I eat. Now, I have this extra weight that bothers me and I can't seem to lose it! I think that because I have always been pretty active and because I didn't have to pay attention to what I eat, that I have learned unhealthy eating habits and do not know enough about nutr... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:54:57 EST MOTIVATED MOM!! I am 33 a married mom with three kids 16.14.11.. Last year i lost my mom my dad and one of my brothers due to severe health issues and weight issues. This is my motivation Since apriil 14 2011 i have currently already lost about 25 lbs.. I need of freinds to help me keep going!!! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:38:57 EST Continuing the journey Hi all, <BR> It's good to be back at spark again. I've been on another path for quite some time now but enjoy the encouragement and tools here. I am working with weight watchers and a personal trainer as well to continue to strive toward my goals. I've recently completed my first 5k and look forward to improving my time and maybe my rank (came in 25 or 25 for my age group) <BR> Continue taking steps to be who you want to become <BR> LessMel Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:17:31 EST Ready for the next chapter of my life I have taken the challenge to change my life and am glad to be among those of you in this forum. I look forward to taking this challenge together. <em>249</em> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:19:25 EST A New Way of Life Hi My name is Amanda and I am here to learn how to change. I am 36 years old and have 2 beautiful boys 5 and 9. I have started this change about 8 months ago and have lost 52 lbs so far. I have about 100 to go with babysteps. I am looking for support and hopefully friends along the way. My problem is I have difficulty following through or I throw it away when things get tough. I am also changing other areas of my life. I look forward to getting to know you and walking this road with you. <BR>... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:09:02 EST Looking for motivation I've been trying to lose weight for 16 years now, been up and down 10 lbs, but added ten more with each kid (I have 5). We are in full time ministry, so I want to be a good example to the kids and college students that we minister to. I have even had my thyroid tested and it's low, but not in the medicating range, so I'm battling a crazy, inconsistent schedule, and a feeling of hopelessness that I can ever truly regain my health again. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:07:09 EST LOOKING FOR A BUDDY JUST STARTING TO DAY LOOKING FOR A BUDDY TO CHALEENG ANY INTERRESTED Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:44:17 EST Hello I am a 33 years old. I am married and have 3 kids. I am glad I found this web site, I am 5ft 4in. and weigh 219. I have been on prilosec for almost a year and have gain 45 pounds since getting put on so I am hoping by logging what I eat and my exercise that I will be able to break though and lose that weight! I am also a RN and love my job but with the job there are days that all you do is run and not eat so by the time I get home I pig out! So I am going to try to bring my lunch and s... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:41:58 EST hi I'm a vegetarian and need as much help as I can recive from this site. I hope some one can help with a recipie with low carbs as we all know vegetarianisum calls for a diet of carbs. I just found out I really shouldnt be eating them. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:48:38 EST hi I'm a vegetarian and need as much help as I can recive from this site. I hope some one can help with a recipie with low carbs as we all know veg Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:46:53 EST Sparkpeople not working? I keep entering my weight and my goal weight and the date I want to reach my goal date and when I save changes it changes the date for me to some other date. I keep going back and selecting the date I want and it still changes it ugh! So now I dont know how many calories I need to really be consuming a day to lose weight. Annoyed ;( Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:46:45 EST Healthy Habits I am 42 years old and have always been about fitness ( a former instructor) and good eating habits, until recently I have fallen off the deep end and am looking for some guidance on how to have a healthier lifestyle for myself, as well as my family. This is the reason I have joined Spark People. I do find it a bit overwhelming to have the time to read all there is to read, so any quick helpful tips would be welcome. Thanks and I look forward to chatting with you all. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:16:17 EST Hello, I'm a new member Looking for some inspiration and motivation :) I am a twenty-something woman in Downtown LA, hoping to lose about 20-25 pounds. Happy to be here! I use the excuse that I'm too busy and too tired much too often, so I'm hoping I can focus and make health a priority. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 04:36:08 EST Slender Senior Wannabe I recently saw some photos and videos of myself, and was apalled. I managed a healthy weight for years, then I started driving instead of taking the bus and gained about 10 lbs. Almost 20 years ago I quit smoking and put at least an additional 30 lbs. Strangely, I feel a lot slimmer than I am, hence the shock at seeing those images. Good motivation though. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:54:12 EST New kid on the block Hey all. My name is Jenn. I'm 21 and would like to lose 15-20 and get nicely toned. I'm trying to start eating healthy and clean. I'm new to this group. Any one have any advice? Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:46:32 EST new to the website Hi everyone! I just found this website and found it very inspiring. About 3 weeks ago, I decided to get serious about losing weight in a healthy manner (no get-slim quick gimmicks) and began to watch what I was eating and doing some cardio. I am excited to join because I have a large amount of weight to lose, and sometimes feel very overwhelmed, so having some support and better ability to track my progress will hopefully help me to finally be successful and stay that way!!! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:29:26 EST New member introduction! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Colleen McMurray and I am glad to have found a support group to be a part of! I am very aprehensive about my weight loss journey, as I have tried many many many times before to lose it with no luck. My biggest fear is that I will be motivated to do this for a week or so, then fall off the wagon again. Regardless, I need to stay focused and on track and I am so glad I have people to relate to! Nice to be here! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:28:24 EST Hello Hi, my name is Sabrina. I just wanted to introduce myself, im new to the site. Just looking to meet new ppl & get great support to lose weight. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:11:59 EST I am new to this website - looking for motivation Hi there, <BR> I am tired of being out of shape and I am really hoping to succed in my goals this time. This website has a lot of motivating tools on it, I hope that I will be chatting with you all a lot from now on. <BR> Stacey Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:35:21 EST Hello all Im new here and Im searching for help!!! When it comes to weight loss I start but never get to the end of things. I am searching for suport I really want to lose weight I try and get frustrated. I need a suport group!!!! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:55:24 EST Newbie Hi everyone! I'm new here, and looking to get healthier by losing some weight. My family has Diabetes in the past 2 generations, and I'm hoping to prevent myself from becoming the third. I'm getting married next year, so I'm definitely wanting to get healthier to start my life as a married woman too. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:16:27 EST On board I am inspired by reading some of your posts! I've hit 45 and wish I felt 25. They say it can be done...I'd settle for feeling 35! Another journey begun. Looking forward to your thoughts. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:22:52 EST New member Just trying to get motivated after a surgery. Used to be able to run just feel im back to square one. I will be able to start running again by end of next week but not looking forward to it. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:33:29 EST Staying Motivated! I went out last night and bought the food on my "grocery list" and I am excited to get this journey started! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:18:56 EST Hi All, Hi all... I am S/W engineer... I need to reduce 20 kgs from my weight and i need a buddy who can help me on the same.. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:25:35 EST Health-A Way of Life Hi, I aspire to be fit and healthy and that does not seem to be getting fulfilled owing to the sedantry lifestyle I have. More than half of the day I am in front of the PC and I dread having a bent spiral bone. My other set of fears have actually become real. I had this terrible fear of having a small flab and I have it now :( ....I want to change my routine completely, stay fit and extremely happy! Need a deadly combination of time, will and total relaxation to drive it. I know I have a resp... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 06:35:47 EST Hey all Lets come together in here share! Hey, <BR> <BR> I joined last night, my name is Sarah I am 23(almost 24) i weigh 196pounds and i wish to get to 146... After 3 children i kind of got to busy to keep on top of my personal apperance/weight ect... Practically all my nice clothes are to tight on me now, and i refuse to spend decent amount of money on a wardrobe to fit me, i'd rather kick my back side into gear & get back my shape.... <BR> <BR> I thought i would put this on here, so we could all come along explain who we are w... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:15:15 EST Hello Everybody Hello! I'm Anna. I'm not too surprised to discover that my BMI has reached the obese leave, although it is a difficult thing to see on screen. Over the past year, my clothes have become increasingly uncomfortable and I find that I'm breathless from ordinary activities these days. I'm hoping the BMI news will help to motivate me to get serious about weight loss over the summer when I usually find life less hectic. I have had success in the past, but over the past several years, I have foun... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 03:14:21 EST I don't want to fail anymore. Hi all, my name is Tahlia and I will be turning 31 this weekend. I don't want to be a failure anymore. I am anxious and afraid all of the time and this has made me feel like I cannot finish anything and that I don't deserve to either. I don't want to spend another 31 years feeling this way. I really want to have a life that I can be proud of - a life that I would be proud to share with others. I bury myself in my career so that I don't have to have a full and whole life, and I don't wan... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 03:07:48 EST Trying- My name is Angel. I'm a 23 year old female that weight 260 something lbs. I've been overweight since I was a young teenager. Recently, I've killed my binging habit and finally, FINALLY went from drinking 4-5 cans of coke a day to quitting caffeine altogether. I'm not sure what to do now. I mean, I know I need to exercise, eat healthy, but it all feels as if I don't know where to start. I live pretty much on the side of the mountain, so any exercise I'm doing is coming from weights, cardio and... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:06:12 EST HI FROM NEWTON KANSAS HI MY NAME IS SPARKBECKY2016 I AM FROM NEWTON KANSAS Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:24:28 EST The beginning of a long process I have been battling my weight for all my teenage years and now into my adult years. I like to be able to enjoy what i like which obviously is not good for my weight problem. My doctor informed me about this site today and she said that this site is awesome. So hey why don't i give this a try, i am so ready to lose this weight. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:57:29 EST Starting Over My name is Marilyn and I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I need to lose 100 pounds (give or take). There are a number of reasons - get off the blood pressure medicine, be able to buy clothes off the rack instead of having to make everything, be able to walk up the stairs without hanging onto the railing, etc, etc. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople looks like it has lots of useful info. I plan on having fun exploring the site. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:31:16 EST Hello. Hello. My name is Violet and I need help to lose over 100 pounds. I hope this program will be helpful. How has it worked for you? Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:18:01 EST Hello! I'm new.. Cant believe everything this website offers! Really excited to get down to it this time. The weight will be gone! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:06:36 EST Hello all Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kathy and I want to lose 30lbs. For a while now I've been struggling with myself over workout sessions and eating right. No matter how long I stick with something, all it takes is one day for it to all come crashing down. Hopefully this time will be the time I succeed. :) Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:55:36 EST new on the block Hello everyone, <BR> i joined today because i have gained a whopping 40lbs within the last 9 months - i have never seen the scale approach 200lb but now i find myself at 219lbs and i am scared. Every morning i wake up & tell myself "today's the day I get a hold of things" but by 6pm I've failed again. How do i begin? I need to learn how to cook, plan meals & eat at home. Sugar consumption and portions are out of control. I hope I can get some help with baby steps to get going in the right dir... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:53:43 EST Hello Everyone My name is Renu and my goal is to lose 20 pounds. I have been really struggling to loose that weight and tried all sorts of diets. Hopefully wth will work. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:29:42 EST Hi all... Just signed up and am ready to change my evil ways. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:56:17 EST Debbie First day on the site...think I have already made mistakes...can I go back and delete some things? Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:12:30 EST Hello Sparkers!!! Hi everyone, my name is Lauren and i am a 21yr old who has fallen off the healthy band wagon and needs some help getting back on. I have around 50lbs that need to say bye bye from from backside, front side, well pretty much whole thing lol. I know that i am going to need your help to stay on track as i tend to give up when it gets hard. I would love to make some awesome friends who i could talk to and help along as they help push me to my goals. Goodluck to every one!!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:16:19 EST want to change for good Hi im 25 and ready for a kickstart got 50 lbs or so to lose and tomorrow is the first day wish me luck xx Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:05:34 EST Hello!! Hi My name is Brenda. I am new to this community. My goal is to lose 100 lba. What has worked for you to 1... fight hunger 2... to stop the cravings!!! I love food... but I hate it too! I seriously need to stay away from food. I wish there was some way to make everything I liked, taste like something icky! Like...LIVER! Yuck!! or smelled really bad so I wouldn't want to eat it. Any tips that have helped you would be appreciated! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 16:58:41 EST New User Help How do I create a signature? Sun, 17 Jul 2011 16:34:36 EST Summer time favorite food..... With this thread...we will start with the letter A and go through the alphabet.....naming a summer time favorite food that starts with that letter......I will get us started <BR> <BR> A=asparagus Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:53:02 EST Willing to Try Something New...Again... Hello. I am willing to try something new..again... I had tried a similar site, a few years ago, but there was no real feedback from others, so maybe this will work. Wish me I wish you well also! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:23:04 EST Salula Hey! x Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:58:21 EST Hello :) I am ready to start getting healthy! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 14:18:29 EST Hey Everyone! Hey everyone! My name is Tanisha and I'm a 21 year old medical student in India. I weight 253lbs or 115kgs. Being a medical student I have all the information I need to lose weight. I always start my weight loss journey but never complete it. I know the importance of losing this weight being in the medical profession but I lack the motivation to complete what I've started multiple times. I need your help to keep me accountable to my goals. I hope to lose all this weight my May 2012. Thank You... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:17:44 EST Hello, I'm a new member Hi, my name is Julie and I have just joined Spark America. I have been trying to get back into shape for many years now after a car accident. I have gained over the past eleven years all the weight I previously lost right around 90 to 100 pounds. I was very active, ran every day and quit everything after the accident as I had to learn to walk again. I felt so much better when I was running and exercising and am determined to get back into shape, but I need a little push. I am married to a won... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:59:23 EST Gordons Diet. My name is Gordon, I am 74 yrs young, I really want to lose 2 stone. I have tried so many times but never seem to get further than a week. I am going to do it this time. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 10:08:01 EST New here I am Mary from PA with a renewed commitment to take.better care of me so that I can keep taking care of my loved ones and participate fully in what I am passionate about in my life Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:45:52 EST A life changer Hiya everyone. My name is Dacius. I am one of the two team leaders for this new member team. This is my first time hosting a new member team and I am excited to help others find out just how great Sparkpeople is. <BR> <BR> I am a 32 year old man (us guys are highly outnumbered here) that is married with two children. Three years ago I weighed 357lbs. I was lost and near death before hitting 30 years old. Fast forward to today. I am 232lbs, I run a 9 minute mile, and I bike 52 miles a day to... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:22:10 EST