SparkPeople SP Class of July 31- August 6, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 31- August 6, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 31- August 6, 2011 Team Messageboard September Challenge 300 spark points! Sparkpeople is giving away prizes this month. <BR> <BR> For September, they're going to do a drawing out of everyone who earns at least 300 points. We’ll be giving away: <BR> - A $100 Amazon gift card <BR> - 5 Spark Activity Trackers <BR> <BR> <BR> We can do this! Hopefully someone from our team will win a prize! <BR> <BR> <BR> ?post=earn_300_sparkpoints_in_septembe <BR> r_win_great_prizes <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:21:16 EST Daily log in points 7 plus 7 for the bonus spin Fri, 9 May 2014 16:08:12 EST What was your workout today Walked the dog for 30 minutes this beautfiul morning! Wed, 7 May 2014 09:05:19 EST Team Bonus Points 2 Team Bonus Points today. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:41:04 EST Back again Hallo...I am a 40 year old mum of a 7 year old boy, hope to be motivated and reach my goal. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:04:14 EST Happy Sparkversary! Congratulations to all of you for making it to the one year mark! How are you doing on your goals? I hope you are doing great. If not, now is the time to recommit! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:24:41 EST Starting Over I'm not really new to the team, but I haven't been active since I joinsed last summer so I am starting over today. I reset my goals and amy ready to go. I work an odd schedule: Thur, Fri, and Sat and sometimes on Sunday from 7am until 8pm so I leave the house at 6m and get home anywhere from 9-9:30 pm depending on if I run errands on the way home. It's pretty easy to follow the plan on my days off, but on the days I work it is really hard. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate any ... Wed, 9 May 2012 14:26:06 EST Help! I need help with sticking to my weight loss program. I'll loose fifteen to twenty pounds and I find myself back where I started. This time I haven't been motivated enough to even loose ten pounds. The really sad thing is I have gained 7 pounds. Totally frustrated at the moment. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:35:54 EST MAY FLOWERS - Spring Excitement REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Taking some "me time" -- 20 points <BR> 2. Keeping your calories under goal - 10 points <BR> 3. Strength Training at least 2X per week - 10 points <BR> <BR> -----------------------------------... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:48:57 EST April Showers - Go, Go Away Pounds REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> No eating after 8p.m.....................15 points per day <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>--... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:50:33 EST MARCHing Into Fitness and Weight Loss! **DAILY POINTS ARE <BR> <BR> 1. 8 GLASSES OF WATER! 1 pt per day! <BR> <BR> 2. TRACK ALL YOUR FOOD! 1 pt per day! <BR> <BR> 3. THREE NO's: (Up to 3 pts a day) <BR> ***NO FAST FOOD: 1pt each day <BR> ***NO SODA: 1pt each day <BR> ***NO SWEETS: 1 pt each day <BR> <BR> 4. THREE YES's: <BR> ***PARTICIPATE and MOTIVATE: On your team and other threads! 1pt per day <BR> ***GO OUT OF YOUR WAY: (Take the stairs, park farther away, etc!) 1 pt per day <BR> ***CLEAN ONE AREA (Home or office): 1 pt pe... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 11:02:21 EST Team Anniversary! Happy 6 month anniversary to the team! don't forget to get your 6 month trophy! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>516</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 07:51:50 EST HoW to How do I track a Cross triner on my fitness tracker? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:11:29 EST Wii Fit Minutes Challenge/Goal Good morning: <BR> <BR> I will set up a place for those that have the Wii Fit to set a goal of exercise minutes on the Wii every month and to challenge yourself to reach that goal. Hope it helps you if you have it. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:54:29 EST FEBRUARY - EXERCISE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES February - Exercise Away the Winter Blues <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Do something nice for someone (either here on SparkPeople or at home or work) <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 15 minutes <BR> (cardio & weights - alternate days) <BR> <BR> COUNTING POINTS <BR> Give yourself 1 (one) point for each item except for #5 - <BR> #5 Count each exercise minute as 1 ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:06:46 EST January - New Year, New Start Challenge Good morning everyone: <BR> <BR> 2011 is almost over, holidays will have gone by and some of us (especially me) need to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Below, you will find the challenge for January - JANUARY - NEW YEAR, NEW START CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1).......8+ glasses of water daily <BR> 2).......log nutrition (either on SP or in a journal) <BR> 3).......20 minutes of specific physical exercise <BR> 4) at least 4 fruits/vegetables <BR> 5).......sleep ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:17:03 EST Journey of 4 months Hi, fellow Sparkpeople. I'm finally getting around to introducing myself, although, I've been a member for 4 months. Now that I'm not traveling the world and have retired I'm finally taking better care of my health though diet and exercise. Not just a matter of time as much as commitment and finding Sparkpeople to guide, encourage and support me. I've lost 40 pounds so far and have more to go. I started from obese, went to the downside of overweight with my target being a healthy weight.... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 23:13:11 EST December - Love and Hate It's easy to say whether we love something or dislike it but when we have to list our most favorite (or what we love the most) and then say which we like the least (or abhor) it might be a bit tricky. So...... <BR> Name something you really love and then which of the same thing you really hate. Any subject is fine! ie: cars, colors, seasons, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Fruit: Love - blueberries detest - melons Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:05:24 EST December Challenge Wow, already December coming upon us in 2011. Have you given it your best? Well, don't worry if you haven't because you're not alone! <BR> Let's give it a great try during December and see what we can accomplish. <BR> <BR> Below you will find the challenge. In our team page, you will find the sticky topic for this challenge. Please post only once and edit every day or week with your total points. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: <BR> ... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:00:25 EST Need a workout/healthy eating partner! So during the summer I worked out and ate amazingly healthy. I ended up losing 20 pounds and looked the best I had in forever. However, I just went to college (I'm a college freshman whose 18 years old) and I gained all that weight back plus two pounds. Now, at 5'4" I am 145 pounds. I still work out daily and I am really good at getting myself to the gym, but I cannot resist the urge to eat unhealthy food. Living in the dorms is hard because I can easily go down to the vending machine and get... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:08:24 EST Hi there Ive been sneaking around this site for a while, reading and watching, waiting for something to push me into a post. Getting on the scale this am was my push. So here I am, putting myself out there hoping to actually get somewhere. <BR> I am 47, fit, very active, always have been, I lift weights at the gym have been for all my adult life, I run, walk my dog, play tennis, cross country ski and almost always make healthy food choices. I am so angry that my weight has creeped up and i do feel qui... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:28:35 EST November Chat Yeah it's my <BR> <em>517</em> <BR> <BR> Congrats to all who joined August 1st and are still here! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:17:40 EST A mother of 2 boys in her late 30's Hi my name is Paula and I am very avid in loosing my weight. Right now I am in a rut, but I am determined to get back on track. Was wondering if anyone knows how or where I could train for a marathon? This is a goal of mine before I turn 40. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Paula Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:05:45 EST October Chat Okay, I had posted this in the September chat, but I thought I would try this instead, hee hee. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful weekend I had with my sister and BIL. They just left about 1/2 hour ago. Of course, it's always sad when she leaves and I know I won't be seeing her for another 7 months, but I am truly happy for her and her lifestyle. She is lucky!!! She has a wonderful husband and they are both in health. I can only hope that when I retire I am as good as them. <BR> <BR> After th... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 11:33:13 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Juliannella, I am here because I vant to feel good I want to be healthy but I need incouragement from everybody. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:37:43 EST September Chat How is everyone today? <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing good. Cold, feeling bad. I can't seem get my get-up-and-go back. I haven't done any exercise since Tue. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:03:14 EST hi all - So I didn't "join" sparkpeople during this week .. I did back in February ... BUT ... I did start working out and eating healthy this week. So I hope ya'll don't mind me joining this group to be more in tune with people on the same time frame :) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet ya'll. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:15:03 EST Hello Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this so I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Teresa. I am ready to make the changes needed in my life to really give this weight loss attempt all I can because if I am not able to make a change by January I will be starting a program for gastric bypass. I am open to any information, encouragement, gastric bypass info you may have. I hope to get to know many of you here on the boards ;) <BR> <BR> Lets get this Spark going!!! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:49:12 EST Sweetthelma Hi, I'm a grandmother raising 3 of my grandchildren (all boys). After having 2 back surgeries in 8 months and now not being able to work I started to gain weight. All my life I have worked and never had a weight problem. Going for 120 lbs. to 150 lbs. has been a great shock to me. My goal is to become more active again, exercise and change my horrible eating habits. I want to get back to 120 lbs. or even better 115. I still have to be careful of the kinds of exercise that I do but I can't jus... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:36:21 EST hi to all - new member hi my name is eirini and i am 47 years old. i am a mom of two which are both in the university. i have previously quited smoking and put a lot of weight on. i am also scared of failing in losing weight again. my weight is 102 kilos and i am 5' 2" (157 cm). <BR> <BR> thank you all Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:58:01 EST anewseason Hello, 'mI a 49 year old wife currently disabled waiting on retirement next year. I'll be 50 in less than a month, with a determination as never before to loose weight. I am happy about stumbling upon this site. I've gotten up to move and walk as per doctosr orders and in spite of my pain and weight I feel great about my new journey. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:00:01 EST Hello Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> I'm new to this whole thing. I joined August 3rd 2011 and I have only been on here a few times. I'm a mother of two daughters 8 and 6 and I take care of a 15 month old. I really want to stop the Cycle of yo-yo dieting and find something that can get my lazy butt in gear I know I don't feel good about myself and the way I look so it's time for a BIG change. On Wednesday I went and got the book The Spark..I was wondering should I read the whole book first before I s... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:11:34 EST New here! Hey all. Im new on Spark people. Im really committed to living a healthier lifestyle. I want to get fit and stay in shape. im hoping i can find friends on here who will help keep me motivated so i can reach my goals! Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:28:59 EST Elisha Hey guys. <BR> This is kind of out of my comfort zone, but I am totally one of those people that needs the support to keep motivated. Regardless of how I feel about my own personal appearance I love any and all helpful hints and just talking to other people! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:10:35 EST sweet tooth? i've never had much of a sweet tooth but now that i know i cant have it i REALLY want brownies and chocolate chip cookies. anyone know of any healthy alternatives or healthy recipes for sweets. im craving it BAD. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:55:02 EST Fruit I realized last night my sister was telling me all about her diet and how she has yogurt and fruit every morning that I never eat fruit. I know I should and I think that's why I don't. I've never really loved fruit, it's OK and I'll eat it but I have a hard time getting myself to eat it often without the mentality that I'm "making" myself eat it. Like when I was a kid and I couldn't leave the table until I finished my oatmeal (still can't eat the stuff). <BR> <BR> On top of that, I can't se... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:23:44 EST trying to get control of my sudden cravings Hello, my name is Nancy, I am 61 yrs old and I have been overweight for 40yrs. Currently I have trying to lose 15 lbs in order to qualify for gastric by pass surgery. Help please, only you can understand. I need help now. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:40:41 EST Hello, I'm new on the block! Hello everyone, I am new at this so please just give me a chance. I am like everyone else on here trying to lose weight! My first goal is to get to 150, It was suppost to be by September 30th, but I think I will be able to make that deadline. My over all goal is be get to 140 and be heathly!! Tue, 9 Aug 2011 11:08:38 EST hello Hi I am glad to be part of this team. With support from all of you, I hope to lose this crazy weight once and for all. I will give support to many and will lean on you when I need some help. <BR> M Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:25:58 EST Hi everyone I'm gardenlady1610 I may be slow getting started but I plan to make good use of all the info I can find. I did join about a week ago. There is so much info to look at it was a bit overwhelming at firs tbut I think I have the hang of it now. I am a mostly Vegetaarian. I do still eat some seafood and have mostly given up chicken recently. I gave up red meat quite a while ago. I also have a grown daughter who is a vegan so I do eat some vegan meals as well. Quite a combination of eating styles isn't it. I... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 18:53:57 EST Hey everyone Hey everyone. I am a 33 year old, married to a wonderful woman with two perfect kids. I am the typical jock turned lazy. I spent my entire youth working out and staying in shape so when I got done playing I just sta around, ate and recharged. Now it's time for a change and I look forward to sharing my experences with all of you. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:57:40 EST Day 1 for me Well I did it. I set today as my day to start. I took a 30 minute walk with a 3 minute jog at the end. I also just made myself a delicious healthy breakfast instead of cereal. 2 scrambled eggs with 2 slices chopped tomato, 1/2 oz feta and chopped frozen spinach. I always try to take care of everybody else first but today I did my exercise and made myself a good breakfast first. I hope I can keep up with the enthusiasm I feel right now. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:11:29 EST New to site I am a 57 Momm and have 4 wonderful children 2 girls and 2 boys, Married 34 years and since I turned 50 my wight have ballooned. I just want to get back down so I have more engery and so I will be around if any of my kids ever get married and give me grand children, Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:14:16 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Karen and I am 46 yo mom to a 3 yo boy. I have never really had weight problems until I broke my leg about 8 years ago. I gained 15 pounds and haven't gotten rid of it. It sure is easy to decide it's not very much and I am in my 40s so why work to lose it. I am joining SP to help me stay motivated to lose it and get back my fitness. I used to ride my bike 200-300 miles a week. Now I barely walk the dog. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:57:06 EST Adjusting nutrition information Hello, I am new to spark people. I am trying to adjust the amount of calories in 2 waffles. As the information that cvame up when I entered two round 4" waffles is off. Any ideas how to do this? I feel a little lost. <BR> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:19:40 EST Busy Mom Hi my name is Agnieszka <BR> I am 28 years old mom of two daughters 5 months and 5 years old. <BR> Don't have time for anything else boring :( I know I became boring and 15 kg more. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 05:23:41 EST Newbie I hope I am posting this correctly to introduce myself and join the team page July 31-Aug 6. I look forward to sharing my journey and any tips I may have as well as being a supportive member. I have set my first goal at 30 lbs and feel like it is so impossible and far away. I am at my heaviest and not happy about it. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 16:09:24 EST I Need help and support Hi my name is Radha Sharma and I have over 5 stone to lose, I am a married mother of a 3year old daughter, im forever trying to lose weight but due to my depression and budget and having a husband who eats a lot due to bodybuilding, i just find ive never got the motivation, i would love to make some friends on here who i can talk to get and give support to and have common interests, I love acting singing and dance and i above all love my family, i need to lose weight for my health my family a... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:55:10 EST Hi there! Hi there! My name is Erin ~ I'm 36 (almost 37) and a happily married mother of 2. My children are 10 AND 7. I have been over weight for years, but usually able to mask it well. Recently, my metabolism has really slowed and I've packed on more pounds making it completely obvious that I am just plainly over weight. With my children heading back to school in a few weeks full time, as a stay at home mom, I am fortunate to be afforded the luxury of having a semi flexible schedule. I plan to... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 08:47:02 EST What to Lose and Keep OFF Hello, My name is Christine and I am Looking for a workout buddy...anybody in the area of Clovis CA that will like to go to the gym together??? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 22:29:32 EST 22 @ 344 Lbs Hey how you guys doing my name is Mark I am 22 Years Old and 344 Lbs. Im new to Sparkpeople. My goal is to drop this weight and show people that with hard work anything is possible. My weight Goal is to lose 50 Lbs by Dec 10th for my company Xmas party Fri, 5 Aug 2011 19:54:22 EST Hai! ^^ Um, hello! So, I'm obviously new to this site and stuff.... My name is Halorie and I'm twenty years old. I weigh 144.6 lbs, roughly, and I want to weight a lot less. I'm going to try and eat right and exercise in order to achieve that goal. I already sort of have an exercise program going for myself, but I don't always adhere to it. I will work harder at doing that, as well as watching what I put in my face. :] <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone with their goals!! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 19:01:18 EST Little by Little Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Sharla. My goal is to get into better shape starting today! Currently I take my dog for 2 walks a day for 20-40 min. He is a boxer from a rescue organization and he it the BEST dog ever. I enjoy yard work and home improvement projects. My main problem is that I dont eat dinner usually until 8:00, there is just too much outside to distract me after work in the summer. That is my first goal-to eat before 7 every night. <BR> Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:30:29 EST HELLO FORM NEWTON KANSS I am excited to be here Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:28:00 EST newbie from Tennessee:) Hi. I'm 28 yrs old and have developed a bone condition causing me to use crutches daily. With this in my life I have come to realize that I have taken health for granted and now I want to enjoy what I do have and try to gain more. That being said I need to lose at least 20 pounds and would love to make friends and get/give some motivation on here. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:36:18 EST Eye on me! Hi. I'm Denise. Found out about this site from my dr office. I like me but I wanna love me. I'm getting older and heavier and I want to get healthier! I'm a certified optician/manager, love photography and ballroom dancing. My weight started affecting my knees and is slowing my dancing and I just can't have that! Nice to meet all of you, good luck! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:57:56 EST Hi All I joined this week because I can't stay consistent in my eating -- probably not a new problem. I have yo-yo'd for a long while and haven't been at a good weight for a while. I need to lose about 45 lbs. I'm 63 but feel like 40 ... at least most days! I walk / hike -- love to be outside. Glad we're having a break from the heat wave here in Nebraska! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:11:17 EST i need help losing a few lbs im a grandmom 67 years of age every one calls me momma sunshine <BR> im a sweets addict i love cake cookies ice cream cannot get enough, <BR> would love to lose 20 lbs by nov if anyone can help me , it would be great <BR> im 5 ft 2 and weight 140 lbs, Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:43:03 EST Scared to fail again Hi: I signed up yesterday and then did get on the treadmill, but as far as eating, it was a disaster. I had already made arrangements for an out of town friend to go to another friend's house for a tea and then it went downhill after that. I have ulcerated colitus and had a bout with that last night and ended up getting up and eating crackers and sprite to try and settle my colon. So, now I'm discourged (again!). Seems like there is always something. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:29:53 EST looking for change I've tried to lose weight in the past but never stuck with it and would always gain the weight back. At this point in my life I really need to start being responsible when it comes to my health and stop eating and drinking like someone who's 21. My hope is, by using this site, I'll be able to stay motivated because I'll have the support of people who are struggling just like me. I want a change! Fri, 5 Aug 2011 06:53:34 EST Just Starting like the rest Hey all, like the rest trying to find my way around this site. Im 55 yrs old and trying to get a handle on my health and fitness. Need to lose weight and get my life style In check. hope to see you all around Fri, 5 Aug 2011 03:40:44 EST Hi, hi, hi everyone!!! Hi! <BR> I'm a (almost) 23 y/o student working on my fifth year of college. I'm a nurturer... which means I've let myself go in the pursuit of helping my friends in family. Although I'm not done caring for them, I'm ready to put myself first and take some of my irons out of the fire. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be blogging, and I'd really appreciate/reciprocate warm thoughts, helpful hints, and motivating messages. <BR> <BR> Thank you so, so much! Thu, 4 Aug 2011 18:06:50 EST new-bee :) Hello! I am 21 years old and I am about 75lbs more than i would like to weigh!! so its time to start buckling down!! I am working on quitting smoking!! Reading everyones success stories is really getting me in gear to loose mine!! :) Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:40:51 EST new member says HI! Hi! My name is Bettina. I am somewhere in my end 30ies, SAHM of 3 girls and due to husbands work in the US ARMY stationed in Germany. <BR> <BR> I have a long not-so sucessful history of being overweight. <BR> <BR> Right now I am working with a nutritionist to get me back on track, its not really fun to be plus-size in Europe, believe me..sigh <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:36:03 EST New from NC Hello! I'm 27 and a full time student working on my doctoral degree. My hectic schedule makes it easy for me to eat unhealthy food and not exercise. As a result, I've definitely noticed in the past few years that I am putting on weight easier than I used to. I hope to get back into a fitness routine - I am going to start running again using the C25K program - and start making better food choices. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 13:47:51 EST Look at me, I'm Andra Lee (<3 Grease) Hi there! My name is Andra, and my starting weight was 200 lbs (I'm five foot six). I now weigh 160 lbs. Obviously, I have more to lose. My goal weight is 115, which maybe is a bit low, but that's where I want to go right now. It could change, of course, depending on how I feel about my body at different stages. I have suffered from eating disorders in the past, but I'm determined to lose weight the healthy way this time. No restricting calories, no binging or purging, nothing like that. I re... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 11:21:39 EST Hello All! My name is Shammes (: My goal is to lose the 50 pounds I gained after high school. I LOVE playing sports, so hopefully I will be able to lose the additional weight by doing the activities I love most! My motivation to lose the weight is that my best friend is getting married in March of 2012 and I am the Maid of you know what that means. lol. Its time to get to work! (: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 10:32:22 EST Hello - I'm New Here! And very glad to be here too! This is a Great Site. I live in New Iberia LA. Since I am now in my 50's, I have decided that it is time to grow older gracefully and to be healthier. I started by adding exercise into my daily routine and trying to make healthier choices in my eating. I was starting to do serious yo-yoing because not eating enough or feeling starved and eating to much. I am so thrilled to be able to track what I eat and see the report so I can adjust my eating and make bet... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:01:20 EST Hello from Nebraska Hi...just joined on Monday. I'm hoping this website will help to keep me motivated. Got on the scale Monday and wanted to faint. <em>24</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2011 19:38:47 EST Another Hello! I just wanted to pop in and finally say Hi to everyone! I joined on Monday with my husband, and we are working together to develop healthier habits. I have tried before with SP, but it will be so much easier with both of us on board this time! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone a little better in the future! I hope everyone is have a positive, successful first week! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 18:26:25 EST Stay @ Home Momma of 2 Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Jessica Sterling. I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, sometimes 3 boys if you count my husband! He is a wonderful man and a huge support to me. We just had our second boy Colton. I am in the process of getting back into shape. He is now 7 weeks old and I was released from the doctor to begin this journey once again. In the past the only way I knew how to lose weight was to starve myself. I know as a mom I cant do that and still be able to keep up with our o... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:55:35 EST Off to a good start... Hi, <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm excited about what the site has to offer. I took the day to sit and read, read, read, and sign up and just take it all in. I'm hoping that this will give me the great jump start that I need. I am looking forward to the journey. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 15:42:37 EST Hi Hello, I'm Linda from Houston...glad to be apart of something so exciting as I make yet another journey towards good health. For some reason, this time it feels different from other times. Glad to be here!! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 15:01:45 EST Hi from NB, Canada :) Hi everyone just found this site while doing a web search and so far really like it lol :) I'am a mommy of two and have between 75 and 100 lbs to get rid of hopefully tracking everything here will help me to stay organized :) Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:41:14 EST Hello from Colorado I'm new, too. I found the site while looking for a calorie tracker. It seems a little complicated, but I'm going to start with the basics. Good luck to all in our "class"! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:18:38 EST Hello from East Tennessee Hello everyone, my name is Karen and I just finished a book on SparkPeople and wanted to check it out since it looks like there are a lot of great tools. <BR> <BR> I just joined today and learning my way around. Hoping to use the tools on this site and get motivation ot lose weight and become healther. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:18:14 EST Hello from West TN!!! Hey guys. I am back with spark people after a year of being away. I am so excited to be back. I have a new determination to get the weight off and keep it off. I have been over weight since my mid twenties, and I am longing to rediscover that old me. And part of that is getting my body back. I am so excited to be here and contiune on my weight loss journey!! <BR> Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:30:26 EST Hello everyone! Hi my name is Chandra and I have just gotten serious about my weight loss. Don't know how I got here and until recently felt hopeless to get back to the real me!! I am on day 3 of setting captives free-th Lords table. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:43:45 EST It's me! Hello I am a deevah! This year I am reaching out to connect with others. I am working to regain my sense of self. To reach not only a weight loss goal, but the goal of becoming a whole person. A happier person who is accepting and forgiving to one's self. I want to love myself as much as I love others. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 00:27:44 EST Hello from Little Rock Hello I am new; SEEKING SUPPORT AND MOTIVATIONAL FRIENDS. <em>213</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2011 00:23:40 EST Hello My name is Renee hope to make new friends!! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:08:40 EST Here we go... Hi, <BR> <BR> My name's Joanna... and I'm new to the site. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here. I don't have a lot of time to spend on the computer... My two critters - ages 4 & 2 keep me pretty busy. <BR> <BR> A friend told me about the site (it's been working for her, and she looks great) and I thought I'd try it out. I know somewhere under all the fat, is the person I really am... I don't know why I've been 'hiding' for so long. <BR> <BR> and so it begins... good... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 20:58:58 EST Hi from Ottawa, Canada Hi: I'm new since yesterday and am still trying to find my way around this busy site. I need support and encouragement and the tools to keep the lbs. I took off a while back (reached goal in November on another site), but I now find myself getting back into bad habits like eating a lot of sweets. Hope everyone is doing good! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 20:08:42 EST Need to [Re]Start Somewhere Hello, glad to be joining. I hope this will help keep myself motivated. I used to be fit (not extremely, but much better than where I am now). All I know is that I really miss all my energy. I know how to get it back and I am determined to do so :) Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:15:02 EST Hello Team Hi everyone! I am Roxy and just joined this team today as well as sparkpeople. I have a ways to go on getting to my goal weight so it will help to chat with other people who are going through the same thing. If I lose 2 lbs a week I will be at my weight goal in January of 2012. That doesn't sound too bad actually. Good luck to you all! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:01:40 EST Hello, my name is Angela, I'm new to the team. i'm doing a challenge with a couple of couples. I have to lose weight by Nov 1. whoever loses the most weight ,per couple, wins a POT... Im excited about this web site to keep me motivated... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:45:10 EST Hello from Texas Hello everyone! I joined Spark People last night and am very excited to be a part of this group. I live in Bedford and am barely tolerating this heat! I am 49 years young and my only child is grown and married. No grandchildren yet. I am hoping to learn how to control my eating habits, exercise more, and develop an overall better--and healthier--lifestyle. I like to eat and don't care to exercise, so this will be challenging. Currently, I work part-time as a Registered Nurse and care for my ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:22:47 EST Hi I'm new on here Hi my name is Jean Ann. I am new to the site and excited to achieve my goals!!! :o) I also hope to meet some new friends. I love sweets!!! And I have to force fruits & vegetables. I sit behind a desk all day. I have been ill and the Dr. put me on steroids. I gained about 30 lbs. My nephew is getting married on September 17, 2011. I would really like to take off 10 to 15 lbs. by then. I am hoping to buy a smaller size dress for the wedding. Does anyone know anything about xylitol? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:05:19 EST hi Hi my name is Georgia Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:33:44 EST Hi, my name is Ann I would like to join the Healthy Hearts Team. I had open heart surgery January 5, 2011 and have started exercising and eating better. I've lost 32 pounds and hope to get anothr 20 off by this time next year. Any suggestions? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:11:34 EST Looking for a new problem This is my take - I've been trying to loose weight for 2 years and I'm tired of this problem. I want to check this off my list and get on down the road to find a new challenge. I want to learn banjo, get a better job, take dance lessons, hike a mountain, ride my bike, write some stories - but I'm obsessed with this weight thing! I've got about 50 lbs to loose. I believe I saw that 4,000 people were in this group - I cannot deal with 4,000. How about some mutual encouragement from 3? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 00:34:57 EST It is time I finally decided to take control of my life so that I can do the things I want. I will be 54 on August 30th and I want to use this month and this year becoming the best me I can be. I have a wonderful life and want to enjoy all it has to offer as long as possible. <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:25:12 EST HI I'm Becky and it's my first day! I love that I found this site! It is structured so well and easy to use. I'm looking forward to tracking each day and hope to get to know some of you along the way. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:06:08 EST Newbie to group Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Patty and I am here to learn to live a healthier life. For years I have been attempting to lose weight following a low carb diet. All that this has gotten me is an 80 pound weight gain. I am finally realizing that denial is not a river and I need to have a new plan. Working on re-learning to cook with healthy fats and eat more fruits and veggies. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:55:18 EST August Chat I took the liberty of starting a new thread for August - hard to blieve it is here already! Hope everyone is having success as they begin their journey to better health! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:48:31 EST working on the new just me hi all I'm Melinda, just getting started with spark!! looking for little ways to keep my self motivated day to day. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:12:24 EST A New Start... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been a member on SparkPeople since January (2010). I needed a fresh, clean start... so I decided to close my old account & open up a brand new one.. and here I am. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great summer! <BR> <BR> (¯`v´¯) <BR> .`·.¸.·´ <BR> ¸.·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨) <BR> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·. LEAFSGRRL.&#9829; Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:34:34 EST New member Well here I am with fingers and toes crossed; it seems what ever I do some unforseen circumstance gets in the way of a healthy, slim and enjoyable existance. Don't get me wrong, I am so fortunate in more ways than I could count ,,, family, house, job, goldfish et al. but you know, I am sure I would enjoy my personal life far more, if I could just lose the bulk of this extra weight that somehow managed to sneak under my skin without me looking. Day one, will I make it to day two ? Hmmm Mon, 1 Aug 2011 18:16:07 EST Needtolose Just joined. Need to get back on track with weight loss. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 18:02:19 EST Hello I am new to this but not new to trying to get into shape. I hope that this will help. My name is Jennifer and I am looking to lose about 70 pounds! I have two girls and a dog, work part time and go to school full time so this should be interesting lol Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:10:57 EST Ready to Get Healthy Hi everyone! This is the second time I have joined SparkPeople, and this time I am 100% focused and dedicated to adopting a healthy lifestyle and sticking to it. I am about to turn 26 in September and I know that if I continue eating junk and not working out I will be causing my body great harm. I look forward to meeting people on here that can inspire and motivate me to get moving and make better decisions when it comes to my health. I am a teacher and have been off from work since the e... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:04:17 EST well... here it goes. hello. my name is sarah and I'm really trying to find the motivation to loose the weight I need to be healthy and be at a normal weight for my height. since I've gotten married, and even before then, I've just given up on trying to loose weight.... and that just isn't helping me out so much. I would love to hear from people' who are in the same situation as I am :) Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:35:30 EST New here! Well, the title says it all - I'm new here! Hoping to make a change in my life, and make some friends while I do it. :) My name's Beth, I'm 29, married, and working as an IT training assistant and administrative assistant while my hubby goes for his doctorate. I love being outside, especially when the weather's nice, and I enjoy hiking and walking. I'm trying to get back into the swing of living healthy - I really let myself go while I was finishing grad school. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm gl... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:01:01 EST Hi I am looking forward to getting healthy Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:32:36 EST Hello Everyone - New Here Hi everyone, I'm so glad to have found this group. I will be 50 years old this month, and my goal is to lose 94.8 pounds (approximately, heh). I plan to do Callanetics as my daily exercise routine. Does anyone else do Callanetics? I've been a fan of their program since the 80's. <BR> <BR> Anyway, nice meeting you! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:54:32 EST Starting Day 3 with the help of Spark! I recently got started with the weight loss journey AGAIN. My goals for 2 days were to drink more water and to write everything down I ate. I have had success with WW and have been calculating points for 2 days. I am not willing to pay WW again so I am giving this website a try. I am looking for support to really stick with the plan. My other goals have been to not snack in the evening while reading/watching tv. I have also kicked the glass of wine habit at nighttime, for 3 days so far!... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 00:04:07 EST tonka Hi. I am 59yrs, overweight but trying to eat healthier and be more active. I have been finding it a bit difficult to do it alone, and find it is not easy. With High blood pressure and High Cholesterol being monitored by drugs, I thought it was about time I took control. My daughter is getting married in March 2012, so that is my goal date for myself. I need all the help I can get, and someone to laugh with who is going through a similar scenario in life. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:55:53 EST New Beginnings Hi everyone. I am Robin. I am a 46 year old Army wife, mother of a 25 y/o, 23 y/o, and 11 y/o, and grandmother of 2 (ages 7 & 2). Ihave been struggling with weight and health issues for the better part of 10 years now. I have just recently quit smoking and am trying to stop drinking mountain dew (6-8 cans daily). I want to take this step to enable myself and my family to learn how to adapt to and live a healthier lifestyle. Tomorrow is my New Beginning and I am looking forward to it!!! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:10:15 EST Begining anew with Joy & Love! Hello Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I am back after about a 6 months hiatus, I opted to create a new account for the new me. Within the last 10 months my life has dramatically changed in the area of work, balance, relationships etc. You know when there are times in your life where there is just too much change at once and you can't do it all?? That was me 6 months ago - now I am in the right head space (after all that change) and have a month off before starting my next job to focus on ME and t... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:56:12 EST Hello :) Hello there, <BR> <BR> I am Kelly. Very Nice to meet everyone :) I am sure hoping this gets me motivated again. I have lost 40 + pounds since the very end of 2009. I am really only half way to my goal marker. I am so unmotivated these days. I go to the gym 3-5 days a week...spin class, zumba, circuit training, the whole bit. But it is my eating habits that completely stink. I can't seem to get it under control for any length of time and I am thoroughly disappointed in myself. <BR> <BR> I h... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 15:39:41 EST Krazy Kelli Hello-! I am here to lose weight and help support my 17 yo son who is a big dude and needs to lose 130 pounds for surgery. He is on the Sparksteen site and loves it and told me to try this site. I am married ( 20 yrs) and have a 17 yo son and a 13 yo daughter. I am a nurse ( pediatrics rock!!!), former firefigther, girl an dboy scout leader, and marching band mom. Hope to hear from others in this fight against the middle age spread, the more the merrier on this crazy ride!! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:57:58 EST Introduce Yourself Please take a minute to introduce yourself to the team. Let us know a little about you and what your goals are here. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:22:05 EST July Chat Hi everyone, this is the forum where we can all talk and share ideas with each other. It is a great place to get to know the other members and share news! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:21:12 EST