SparkPeople Team ~Indygirl and NewSparkDebbie Team Messageboard Lose weight with us! ~Indygirl has lost 200 plus pounds & NewSparkDebbie has lost 58 pounds. No matter if you have 50-100 pounds to lose or if you're over 400-500 pounds plus, we can do this together! SparkPeople Team ~Indygirl and NewSparkDebbie Team Messageboard 80's 188.4. Can't remember the last time I've been in the '80's"! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:29:07 EST MEAL IDEAS What have you eaten today? <BR> Got a pic? <BR> <BR> This is a great way to stay accountable! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:41:02 EST 2018 Goals I’m working on three goals this coming year- <BR> Tracking daily <BR> Working out 3-4x per week <BR> Cooking healthy Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:11:10 EST *2018 Winter Weigh In Club This is a weigh in posting for those of us who need accountability. This particular one runs from Jan 2018 to March 2018. Official weigh ins are the 1st of the month, but can be posted anytime if you forget. Please follow the format shown in the messages. Sat, 9 Dec 2017 05:21:18 EST MY MAIN MOTIVATORS: What are your main motivators and why? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:28:46 EST HEALTHY HABITS MONTHLY Healthy Habits in a SPARK STREAK are a big key to success. Let’s all choose a monthly goal and try not to break the momentum. This month up- December. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:22:27 EST NEW YEAR GOALS 2018 What are you planning to do with the upcoming year? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:20:20 EST DON’T GIVE UP DECEMBER Name a reason why you won’t give up on December. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:17:48 EST Cheap but healthy groceries. 1 per post A-Z Apples Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:53:53 EST Favorite holiday tradition: Being with family Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:52:38 EST Losing pounds 272. Around 4 years. Today 192. Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:17:32 EST The Daily Brag- Name Your Victory What did you do today that was a victory? Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:03:10 EST MY WEIGHT PROBLEM/ ~INDYGIRL’S SOLUTIONS I wish I could get myself to be consistent with tracking and staying in range again. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:54 EST Create Winter Word MNTSRTCNEWNTR <BR> AEIOUE Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:32:59 EST Holiday Food Favorites A-Z-light version What is your favorite holiday food? Is there a healthy or light version? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:25:54 EST 2017 Winter Holiday Weight Loss Enter your weight each day of the week or month that you see fit like: <BR> <BR> November 260 <BR> October 269 <BR> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 03:04:53 EST Snowball Fight! Type a name and say SPLAT! NewSparkDebbie Splat! You’ve been hit with a snowball! Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:26:35 EST The Weather In ____ is _____ The weather in Indiana is chilly and rainy. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:24:30 EST Winter Fun A-Z Adorning trees Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:22:49 EST Holiday or Christmas Wishes A-z A lot more love than hate in the world Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:17:18 EST Holiday Activities A-Z Arranging festivities Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:13:54 EST Prayer Request Room Request Prayers here. Any faith may request prayer. No arguments about faith allowed, only prayer requests. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:36:52 EST Your Interests! I love rabbits and have three house rabbits. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:32:14 EST Story of how you got where you are in health Tell your own story of how you got where you are with your health today. Where do you want to be with it? Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:29:53 EST Better For You Halloween Treats A-Z Apples dipped in Carmel or peanut butter Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:26:29 EST Create a spooky word Haheawendlesseorsmtaklhhn Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:24:18 EST Fall Poems- add your own original poem Fall leaves are dancing all around, <BR> Little ladies in brilliant gowns, <BR> Twirling and stirring in the wind, <BR> Brushing past the river's bend, <BR> Trees are moving with each gusty blow, <BR> Getting ready for the winter snow, <BR> But me, I watch the beauty from my room, <BR> Where I'm warm and safe with tea on brew. <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:19:47 EST Fall Foods A-Z Apples Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:10:51 EST Fall Fun A-z Apple bobbing Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:10:01 EST Fall Spectacular Weight Loss Group The goal is to lose between 2-4 pounds per month. Weigh ins can be weekly or monthly. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:01:38 EST am i in the right team?? Looking for answers as to what is the goal of this team? <BR> I was searching on SP for a team devoted to NOT having weight loss surgery. <BR> and this one popped up, but I couldnt be sure if that was the subject here. <BR> Can anyone enlighten me?? <BR> I am really looking for a team or group of SP friends who are devoted to losing weight without going thru WLS. <BR> If I am in the wrong place, I apologize. <BR> Inbox me if you feel like it. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:16:45 EST ~Indygirl's Diary I decided to restart my diary for those of you who want to see what I'm doing with my getting healthier efforts. <BR> <BR> This week, if you read my blogs, you'll see that I decided to shoot for 2-3 pounds a month, around 24-36 pounds a year until I'm happy with my ability level. That is a really doable goal, considering most of us gain 10-20 pounds a year. Not only would we keep the weight off, but we would get thinner and be able to enjoy life without cutting back so drastically that w... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:38:45 EST If I was at goal, I would... A-z Ask questions at the cosmetic counters and actually get attention, I think. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:14:49 EST Summer Healthy Foods A-Z Almonds for your trail mix Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:12:11 EST Summer Activities A-Z Archery Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:10:48 EST Healthy Choices A-Z Apples Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:09:27 EST Favorite Names A-z Adrianna Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:05:38 EST Word Scramble Make a new word using the old word. One word per post. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:57:44 EST Summer Sensational Weigh Ins! Starting Weight 250.7 June 11 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:55:09 EST Vacation Wish- 1 per post, as many as you want Where would you like to go and what would you like to do? <BR> <BR> Do you have travel plans already? Tell us about them! Sun, 14 May 2017 08:12:47 EST Ask ~Indygirl Do you have questions? I am able to answer quite a few, as I am a certified professional health and wellness coach. I have also lost over 200 pounds and made my way out of a bed and a wheel chair. I would love to help YOU. <BR> <BR> This is a FREE offer here on SPARKPEOPLE to answer questions ON THIS FORUM BUT NOT IN SPARKMAIL. I am no longer answering questions in Sparkmail because I get far too many requests and I can't keep up with those and my own personal goals. I hope that does not... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:59:24 EST SELF ESTEEM LOUNGE Do you like yourself? <BR> How do you feel about yourself? <BR> Did you know it REALLY affects the if you succeed whether you like or even love yourself. <BR> <BR> IF you don't like someone, you avoid spending time and effort on them. You don't do well by the usually. If you hate someone, you kinda set out to destroy them. What if that someone is YOU? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 May 2017 04:30:16 EST Things THAT WORK WELL If you have tried something over and it does not work, it probably isn't for you. You are not failing it. it's just not a good match for your lifestyle. Move on. EVERY PLAN WORKS FOR SOMEONE, JUST NOT EVERYONE. Find YOUR plan. <BR> <BR> That being said, WHAT HAS WORKED IN YOUR PLAN? Thu, 11 May 2017 04:21:51 EST Pets? Did someone mention Pets? Post about your beloveds and their antics here. Thu, 11 May 2017 04:11:28 EST Ways to Fit in Activity A-Z (Get Creative) Ambushing Thu, 11 May 2017 04:07:37 EST A Song For Your Playlist A-Z Apple Bottom by either Jack White or White Stripes <BR> Good little warm up song or cool down Thu, 11 May 2017 04:05:26 EST Upbeat Chat Only! The Positivity Place Post your upbeat stuff here Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:48:26 EST Name a Favorite Song A-Z Apple Bottom by Jack White Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:05:20 EST I REALLY Want In My Healthy Life TODAY! Walks with my husband Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:30:06 EST Obstacles to Healthy Living A-Z Arrogant people who think they know better than you about what your life should be like Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:25:25 EST Name a Musical Band or Singer A-Z Archies Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:52:17 EST SPRING Weigh Ins to Lose 12-24 lbs *NEW* Pick your personal weigh in day and post your weight here. Remember that we ALL gain. <BR> <BR> Aim for losing an AVERAGE of 1-1.5 pounds per week. <BR> <BR> Have faith and believe in yourself. <BR> <BR> Stay the course. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:45:33 EST Make Healthy Happen Chat Room This room is for talking about getting healthier and fitter, losing weight, taking vitamins, goals, motivation, new ideas, working out, preparing nutrious food... Anything about how you can or are living the fit live. Questions are welcomed. <BR> <BR> Please go to the Daily Chat Room to discuss life events... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:35:28 EST My Goal For Today Is- Are you going to clean house? Redo the kitchen? Get organized? Get things going for weight loss? <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:47:55 EST Today I ate or meal planned: I'm meal planning to go to Bob Evans for dinner. So I'm going to have the vegetable soup (bowl) and maybe a salad with my own dressing.242 calories Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:41:01 EST Today's Workout/ Movement: Walking Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:38:40 EST What Motivates You TODAY? I wasn't that motivated for myself. As people told me I inspired them, I felt like I couldn't let them down- I had to prove they could do it too. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:37:20 EST New to SP as well as Indygirl & NewSparkDebbie I have over 100 lbs to lose now at about 240. I have taken off 50 lbs on my own but really feel like I need some community to check in with and see advice and challenges that others have and overcome losing 100 lbs or more. <BR> <BR> Very inspiring and supportive. I am hoping that posting and reading what others post will help keep me on track. This is a long journey and I personally can only take this ONE DAY AT A TIME! Any further ahead than that and I just would get overwhelmed so I will... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:38:50 EST Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up! Have you fallen off the wagon? Do you need help? Post here. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:31:54 EST Off The Couch What exercise did you do today? Big or small... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:28:55 EST Lifestyle Lessons Learned What have you learned about living a new lifestyle? What works for you and what doesn't? Keep in mind, everyone is different. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:24:49 EST Trivia Game! Vitamins best suited for metabolism and nerves... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:20:03 EST Make a Holiday or Winter Word with these letters HCKHWNZIRTATMSCHUNAKWOEAIUYNLMRF Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:18:02 EST Healthy Food Finds!!! Find something yummy and healthy? Tell us about it here! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:49:45 EST Holiday Favorites Game A-Z non food items a brisk walk in the snow Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:00:51 EST Famous Character A-Z from TV/ Book/ Movie Alice (in Wonderland) Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:12:24 EST Places To Go or Travel A-Z Alaska- because you can see Russia from there Lol! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:35:26 EST What I Want For Christmas A-Z If you could literally have anything, any wishes or whatever this year.... What would you put on your Christmas Lists? Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:32:27 EST Favorite Fall and Holiday Recipies Post your favorites here. If you can find a way to make them light, GREAT! Healthy foods are what we are looking for. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:21:17 EST Fall Candy or Goodies A-Z Apples dipped in carmel Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:01:13 EST Fall Fun Things A-z Apple bobbing Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:59:19 EST returning to spark Hi I am kat I am returning to spark after a long absence, I did really well when I was here before .... but I let my worries fears and everyday life problems lead me back to a place I never want to go again,,,,I hope I can take what I have learned and not that happen again,,,Hoping to meet some new people and reconnect with some of my spark friends from the past...just to say a little about myself ...I am 51 years old and I have provided in home childcare most of my adult life......but right... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:39:49 EST Hello So glad to have found this group! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:04:25 EST Name a Famous Person/C elebrity A-Z Ashton Kutcher Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:13:07 EST Who Lives In Or Around Indianapolis? I live in the Fishers area, which is North East of Indianapolis. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:39:47 EST 4th of July Weekend & Staying on Plan With the 4th of July weekend comes all sorts of opportunities to eat at barbecues, picnics, family get togethers and restaurants. <BR> <BR> Don't deprive yourself. <BR> <BR> Save the best for first. Eat what you REALLY love first, just one serving and then fill the rest in with stuff you're not so keen on. Why? If you save what you really want til last, you will definitely eat everything n your plate to get to the god stuff. If you eat the good stuff first, you will likely byass the oth... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:11:35 EST When I Get Healthy, I Want To A-Z Write "Pass" on any letter that seems impossible and move on to the next. <BR> <BR> This can be a dream of yours, a goal, a thing you wanted to do when you grew up... Everything you think about that you want to do when you get healthy! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:29:35 EST Vitamin and Supplement Info/ Questions Always ask your doctor before adding a new vitamin or supplement to your plan. I am not a medical professional. Always research information for yourself to make an informed decision. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:10:59 EST Today I Survived, Thrived, Struggled... Post one of the three and why you think you Survived, Thrived, or Struggled. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:26:28 EST Couch to ? What movement did you do? Record any movement you did today here. Big or small, it all laps the people on the couch! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:24:03 EST The Weight Loss News Room I added more games to the team to help us de-stress a bit. There is a lot going on in the world and in our lives causing stress right now. Stress raises cortisol levels in the body, which makes you hungry, but also directly contributes to belly fat. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:19:05 EST My Motivation for Today What is keeping you going today? Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:13:35 EST Make a new FALL word with these letters... Dreamers <BR> <BR> Words may be made of some or all of the letters. One word per post. Words may only be used once. <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:09:39 EST Add a sentence to make a story... It was a beautiful night as the stars danced in the sky above. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:07:56 EST A Few of My Favorite Things A-z This could be anything at all that is a favorite of yours, a song, a television show, a movie, an objec, a pet, a friend or family member, a place... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:04:55 EST Letter to Team About New SparkPage Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmark it to use again. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small gr... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:03:05 EST Speeding Up Weight Loss Ask Your Doctor Before Making Any Supplement or Dietary Changes. Make sure it is safe for you to exercise. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:06:00 EST Weigh/ Track/ and Measure Club We are going to promise to weigh track and measure our food and stay accountable on this thread. Simple answers like Done are fine. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:52:19 EST The Small Plate Club Try putting away your large dinner plates and switching to lunch plates. Even go so far as to get some really pretty new ones to spoil yourself and make yourself feel special. I found some beautiful antique ones at Goodwill, where I frequently look for antiques. Also try ordering one size smaller at drive thrus than what you actually want. Stay accountable and tell us your progress and successes, need helps... Here. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:50:10 EST TV Shows A-z All in the Family Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:07:27 EST Hi team! After several years of trying and failing to drop the excess weight, I am dusting off my SparkPage and recommitting myself to reclaiming my health and my life. In the past year and a half I have been diagnosed with a rare form of hives, torn my meniscus and spent part of the winter on crutches, been diagnosed as hypothyroidism, and Hashimotos with thyriod nodules <BR> I work in a stressful environment putting in long hours and coming home with nothing left energy wise. <BR> The tools like F... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:28:38 EST What Do You Do Instead Of Eating I diffuse oils in the air or burn candles sometimes because smell is a very powerful sense that can override taste. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:30:24 EST A brag I guess I should put in a brag section I first put in. About my hubbys homemade soup. <BR> <BR> Oh well I am here now. <BR> <BR> <BR> My one friend who knits for her Great Grandbabies . <BR> <BR> She teaching me to knit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am only learning the plain knit. This is only like ten minutes or so I got started. . <BR> <BR> Later when I get the knack of it. <BR> <... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:46:17 EST What I'm up to I'm up to trying something new right now... I'm still doing SparkPeople daily and tracking food and exercise daily, but I'm kicking it up a notch with more exercise and a few less calories. I hope it breaks me into the 220's. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:24:30 EST Hopes and Dreams Write your hopes and dreams for your future self here. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:29:00 EST Spark wheel Points 2 Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:14:15 EST Daily Brag 2016 I would like to set up a topic where everyone can brag about something they did great today. Workout, good eating, good dead...and when they feel bad they can come on this topic, read and see that its not so bad as it seems. So plese...say positive things about yourself, your deed or everyday accomplishments! :) Get inspired and inspire! :) Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:43:25 EST 2016 1 lb a Week Challenge- WINTER QUARTER 2016 <em>67</em> If you lose a pound a week that puts you at 52 pounds smaller than you were last year! Seem small? Think how large it would feel if you GAINED 52 pounds. Now reverse that feeling. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:09:53 EST Small Changes challenge Beth asked me to post my email here. so here you go. <BR> <BR> drink more water, eat more veggies, have at least one salad a day, add some fat to your diet, take a vitamin, visit the dietitian, join a water exercise class, buy an exercise bike. turn on the wiisport and do five minutes, buy a step counter, exercise in bed, make sure you get enough protein, Go to church, pray every day, Drink water when you're hungry between meals on the theory that it's thirst not hunger, get out and visit ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:54:15 EST New Years Weight Challenge Starting weight of 389 on October 18th. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 21:59:47 EST MY NUMBERS Joining this New Year's Club! <BR> <BR> - STARTING WEIGHT 10/01/2015: 186.0 <BR> - ENDING WEIGHT 01/01/2016: 160.0 <BR> <BR> - For a TOTAL LOSS of: 26 pounds in 92 days <BR> <BR> I know this may sound like "a piece of cake" to some of you, however I have been with SP since July1st and I've only lost 4 pounds. As a matter of fact at my next weigh-in I may have gone UP IN WEIGHT even though I have been exercising more and eating less! <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 06:48:24 EST Introduce Yourself! This is the place to tell us a little bit about you. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:52:49 EST CLOSED TOPIC Open Space Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:34:26 EST Sea Turtles- For Slower Losers Do you have trouble losing weight? <BR> Is everyone around you dropping weight like crazy for one reason or another? <BR> Jealous? <BR> Frustrated? <BR> Join The Sea Turtles! <BR> Let's talk about ways to rev things up! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:06:18 EST Lose Weight by New Year's Day Challenge My weight yesterday was 231.8. Only down by about a half a pound but I guess it's better than nothing. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:30:09 EST What Are Your Plans Today? Anything Fun? Post a fun day, an average day or whatever day here! <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 18:02:02 EST On Facebook? Want Friends? Put your facebook link here Sun, 6 Sep 2015 18:00:59 EST POST A NEW TOPIC HERE Please Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:59:56 EST Not In Use At This Time <em>227</em> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:53:53 EST Not In Use At This Time <em>227</em> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:51:31 EST Not In Use At This Time <em>227</em> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:50:48 EST CLOSED TOPIC Closed Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:49:32 EST CLOSED TOPIC closed Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:48:57 EST CLOSED TOPIC Closed Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:48:26 EST Personality Trait from A - Z Joyous Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:54:08 EST I am new to the team and spark people Hi my name is Tammy. New to spark people and the team. <BR> I weigh over 350 pounds and being obese is very depressing. I am 42 and I have been obese most of my life. teenage years and adulthood. Right now my knees are swollen I can't hardly move. I have medical conditions associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, sleep apnea I use a cpap machine occasionally, acid reflux, depression, and migraines. I hope if I can lose some weight I could reduce some medications, ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:26:20 EST Sunday June 14 On Saturday I added a 20 minute work out. <BR> <BR> It did show up on my exercise tracker after i had filled it out. <BR> <BR> Then when I finished my nutrition of my food for that night. I looked down <BR> and it never gave me the points of calories I had burned. <BR> <BR> It said I did not do any exercise that day. <BR> <BR> Any other tracking it has showed every day. <BR> <BR> Just wondering. What happened. Can you explain it please to me. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:04:01 EST I am back. Since I left I had many health issues. Was diagnosed with Microscopic Colitis. I am 73 years old. <BR> My first weight was 200 when I started years ago not 166 pounds. <BR> So I guess I am a grandmother compared to you youngsters. <BR> <BR> My worse problem today is the upper part of my back to the right is hurting big time and my legs.. I live in the country and the only thing is the lake to swim . The weather of lake water is not warm yet. We have no recreation place to swim. <BR... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 11:25:59 EST Organize your Kitchen to your House Yes, it's a challenge to get organized, but when we do it together it becomes easier. <BR> <BR> Write your goals here each day on how you are going to organize your home. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:05:46 EST Summer Gardening If you are growing your own flowers or veggies or fruit, tell us about it. Let's learn about gardening and start growing healthy food. No garden is too small, even a window herb garden counts! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:02:30 EST FREE SparkRally July 25, Registering Now July 25th, we will be having a SPARK RALLY at the Noblesville, Indiana Library. <BR> BE EXCITED! We always have lots of fun and YOU are invited! <BR> You have to register via the Noblesville Library, more info to come on how to do that. <BR> <BR> We will be hearing from Bradmill2922 who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> ~Indygirl who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> Crazymama46 who has lost over 200 pounds, <BR> Hoosiergirlindy who has lost 190 pounds <BR> McCourtt who has lost over 60 pounds <BR> ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 12:39:51 EST Reaching your daily calorie goals Does anyone else have trouble reaching their daily goals? I especially struggle with the protein! There are times where I'll put in all my food for the day and it's 7pm and I've still got maybe 5 or 10g of protein needed and no idea how to meet it! <BR> Anyone else have this problem? Any ideas on some low-cal high-protein snacks that I can munch on at night when I'm thisclose to reaching my daily goals? (to make things a bit more complicated, I do not eat red meat.) Sat, 30 May 2015 17:39:26 EST Thank You INDYGIRL! Thank you Beth for being the strong and caring leader that you are! Your a special person and so much stronger than you believe that you are.... <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> You have led by example, tripped over all the obstacle's first for us all, and came back to hold out your hand to all of us that are struggling along the way. <BR> <BR> Your an amazing friend and awesome leader! <BR> HUGs my friend..... <em>247</em> <em>380</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:47:14 EST Motivation an unusual way So just a couple of days ago. Someone I only have spoken to a couple times decided I was lazy and selfish. Unsure as to why that is the judgment I will move forward with... <BR> You have had but two conversations with me but have deemed me lazy and selfish? I am confused. However, no explanation is needed from you I can see perfectly why you have made these assumptions. I can draw my own conclusions. .... <BR> I have a choice now...... <BR> Discouragement and failure or <em>39</em> <BR> ... Tue, 12 May 2015 11:38:07 EST New to the group Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Not new to Spark, but new to the group. I will try and keep the intro as short as possible, and will try and refrain from too many "life stories" along the way, but we'll see how long that lasts! <BR> <BR> Oh, and feel free to call me Ael. <BR> <BR> I am currently 35 and weight 365 pounds, though my largest was once over 370. In my 20's I used Spark to get down from 355 - 310 in about 5 months, but it was a bit easier to manage for me back then. I had a good chur... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:54:45 EST Portions and or Tracking- How Did You Do Today? So far so good... Using portion control Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:35:32 EST The Sparked Mile- Count Your Daily Miles If you measure in miles instead of time, this is the place to post Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:32:32 EST TODAY My Inspiration Is... Today my inspiration is wanting cuter clothes Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:31:07 EST What are your TOP TIPS? I take cinnamon to control my sweet tooth Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:27:56 EST The Water Glass- How Many Are You Drinking? So far 4 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:40:55 EST ADDING Fruits and Veggies Count Em Here Count up your fruits and veggies as you add them in through the day Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:39:29 EST Restaurant's Healthiest Choice 1 per post Olive Garden Soups each 100-300 calories per bowl Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:36:01 EST WINTER\ HOLIDAY Activities A-z Archery Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:34:09 EST Words A-Z Apple Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:33:21 EST The VENTING ROOM Leave Your Stress Here STRESSED to the max but hanging in there. My friend was hospitalized and we don't know if she will be okay. Still don't know my husband's biopsy results. Had to put off my shoulder surgery because of finances being so bad after his surgery for an indefinite time. Finances are at an implosion point. Just don't know what to do. I've been praying. Going to see a financial counselor to help us plan so I can get my surgery this year, I hope. The pain is awful. Sadly, they keep giving me co... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:05:58 EST Im New Old Stock I think I traced myself back to 2007 lol...then 2010...that says a lot. Im marie..Im from Michigan..Im here to make a change. I need to lose weight..but I've known that for years. This time,,,I need to lose whatever is holding me back. One Day at a Time. I've been browsing teams since early Feb, I I'm still learning the site,,,and part of my 'plan' is to stay motivate others...and educate myself,,,and learn to ask for support. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend m... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:27:59 EST Jumping back in to SP and weight loss.. I've been here on SP for awhile, worked hard to lose weight, and feel like it is often work for nothing. However, I just recently found a new doctor and have a new plan to revitalize my metabolism. I have low thyroid function and am diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. My new doc is helping me on the road to success with a new way of looking at and working through weight loss. I'm more hopeful now than I have been in years!! <BR> <BR> Indygirl, you are truly an inspiration! I've been looking ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:43:16 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows consta... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:12:33 EST Indianapolis Area Spark Rally! July 25, 2015 July 25th, we will be having a SPARK RALLY at the Noblesville, Indiana Library. <BR> BE EXCITED! We always have lots of fun and YOU are invited! <BR> You have to register via the Noblesville Library, more info to come on how to do that. <BR> <BR> We will be hearing from Bradmill2922 who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> ~Indygirl who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> Crazymama46 who has lost over 200 pounds, <BR> Hoosiergirlindy who has lost 190 pounds and more! <BR> <BR> Have lunch with us and m... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:00:03 EST INTRO HI, MINE IS GLENDA I'm 42 AND I WEIGH 380 POUNDS, I'm A FOOD ADDICT. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN MY LIFE I USE FOOD, WHETHER A CELEBRATION OR BAD DAY. I HAVE TRIED WEIGHT WATCHERS TWICE AND THIS IS MY THIRD OR FOURTH TIME TRYING SPARK PEOPLE. I AM MARRIED AND MY HUSBAND IS ATHETHLEIC, BUT HE LOVES ME AND NEVER MAKES ME FEEL BAD ABOUT MYSELF, IN FACT MY SELF CONFIDENCE IS FINE, BUT I FEEL THAT BECAUSE HE TELLS ME HOW BEAUTIFUL I AM ALL THE TIME IT HAS ENABLED ME TO ALLOW MY WEIGHT TO GET OUT OF ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:14:10 EST Hello, New Again I am back to do it right this time. I'm not giving up. I am almost 50 years old and sick of being sick and tired. There are alot of great success stories here and motivation, I have a long way to go but I know it can be done. I look forward to getting to know Ya'll. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:13:36 EST Hello I'm Pam. I am married have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I have 160some pounds I need to lose. I really need your help. Looking forward to getting to know each of you and having success on our journey! <BR> <BR> Pam Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:30:42 EST Hello Everyone I am new to the team and in absolute awe of Indygirl and her transformation! It sure does give me hope. <BR> <BR> Since turning 50 it seems like the pounds just hop on when I walk by or look at food. I have been working hard and going to the gym consistently for about three months and guess what? NO CHANGE. Actually that's a lie. My clothes are looser but the scale is actually up a pound. I am sticking with it and adding much needed cardio. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to kno... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:25:51 EST New and Overwhelmed Hello, I'm Karen. I have been a member of SP for quite a while but not active for a couple of years. Three years ago I lost 60 lbs, just 10 lbs short of my goal... Still I was quite proud of this accomplishment. I was enjoying walking and hiking and fitting into cute clothes again. Then I hurt my knee, ran into a tough spot at work and gradually returned to my unhealthy eating habits. I gained all 60 lbs back. I want to feel better again. I don't want to increase my blood pressure med... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:49:22 EST 10 pounds off by January 15--Holiday Challenge Anyone up for a short term challenge...let's come thru the holidays with less on the scale! <BR> <BR> 255 starting for me..will post again next Sunday...let's go! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 02:38:20 EST Thanks to NEWTEXDEBBIE- A GREAT LEADER! She holds the team together during my depressions and busy seasons... I just couldn't do it without her! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:19:50 EST Hi - I'm new here and I'm scared Hi - my name is Lois. I am 58 years old and I find my weight just creeping up, up, up. As of this morning I weigh 330 - it's the highest I've ever been and I'm terrified. I'm uncomfortable and embarrassed to go to work today. It's hard to walk even a little bit because of the weight and the pain in my knees. I want to lose the weight - I need to lose the weight. So I'm here - hello to all of you <em>41</em> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:19:27 EST Open House Meeting At Indygirl's on Fri Dec 12 3-9 Open House Meeting at my house Friday December 12 from 3-9 <BR> <BR> Christmas Door Prizes! <BR> Sign up for a buddy on a real live buddy list! <BR> Drink warm mulled cider and flavored hot teas. <BR> Visit with Spark Friends! <BR> Get Free Spa Treatments for a pampering afternoon. <BR> Total Treat Day! <BR> <BR> Beth Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:36:32 EST Hello! Hey, I'm just posting a quick hello. Like most of you, I have a lot of weight to lose, so I'm looking forward to making new friends here. <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:17:25 EST A Newbie Hi, my name is Elvira and I am fat. Just in case you hadn't guessed <em>20</em> I have over fifty pounds to lose. I have a lot of health issues including Fibromyalgia and depression. I am committed this time around(yes, have danced this dance before) to exercise and eat healthier. Indygirl has always inspired me and believe it or not I was intimidated to be in her group. She is so amazing that it really blows me away. I am looking for spark friends to keep me motivated. I am happy to be h... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:50:25 EST Blisters Hi Indygirl <BR> <BR> First let me tell you, you are a BIG inspiration for me!!! Secondly, please excuse my english if it is not so good, it is my second language. <BR> <BR> I need some help. I currently weigh 332 pounds. I just started a new workout program after being out of exercise for about 2 years. I walk 10 min in the morning before work on the treadmill and 30 in the evening at a pace of 4.5. My big problem is that I am getting blisters under my feet and it hurts alot. Can you plea... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:59:17 EST What is your go to for back pain. I have a lot of back pain due to severe DJD. Walking and most exercises causes severe pain. What is your go to for pain relief. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:48:57 EST Mantras Have a mantra you love or you made up? Put it here! <BR> <BR> Lose, maintain, but do not gain. ~Indygirl Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:07:43 EST What I'm Doing Today To Get Healthier: I went shopping and bought healthy foods Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:48:10 EST Lose Weight By New Year's Day 2016 Challenge! If you start changing your daily habits now, this could happen for you, like it did for me. <BR> <BR> 1) Get a calendar <BR> 2) Skip a Year ahead and write what you will weigh BOTH 60 and 100 pounds thinner <BR> THAT is your goal range. <BR> 3) Losing 50 pounds is as easy as losing 1 pound a week, 72 pounds is 1.5 a week and 104 pounds is 2 pounds a week. <BR> 4) DO NOT SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE BY SETTING YOUR GOAL AT 100 AUTOMATICALLY! Aim for the habit changes that will get you to 1-... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:28:56 EST Introducing Myself to the Team! Hi all, I'm a new member and very inspired by Indygirl! Have been using SPARKPEOPLE intermittently for several years (more off than on), but gradually using it more and more. Noticed, for example, that my food seems to fall in line almost automatically if I log it. <BR> <BR> I have "issues" with exercise -- being a real couch potato. However, one of my best traits is loyalty and having the incentive to "do it for the team," helps somewhat with getting me "off that couch" and moving. In a... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:31:43 EST Determined! Hi I am a 45 year old Christian and am disabled by a very bad back (two herniated disks and a "broken" vertebra) . I weigh 337 lbs. I want to lose the extra 200 lbs by my 50th birthday or hopefully sooner! I want health for real. I consider this a life journey and not a fad diet. I joined SparkPeople on the recommendation of my pain management P.A. and am finding it helpful and encouraging although I have just begun to take full advantage of it. <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:57 EST Hello! Hello. My name is Janel, I am 37 years old, and I’ve struggled with my weight since my childhood. I’ve been a SP member for close to 2 years but I’m not as active on this site as I would like to be. I'm trying so hard to succeed in my weight loss journey, but sometimes it just seems like I'm doing everything wrong. Then I read Indygirl’s page and her blogs and became so inspired that I needed to join this team. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:24:30 EST Hello Hi, I'm Jacquelin, from Canada ( Victoria, BC). I have been around SP for a while - in fact lost 50 pounds 18 months ago. Of course I have regained that and more, and I am determined to make some lasting changes, but really slowly and one step at a time. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia about 18 months ago, as well. I had been on a great path of eating healthy and training for a half marathon. It threw me for a loop and I have been really struggling since then. ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:40:24 EST Hello, I've come to re-join the human race, hehe <em>524</em> <BR> I have been on sparks for a long time, well on and off, mostly off. but i thought i'd give it another go. so stumbling through pages and articles, i came across Indygirl's page. which led me here. <BR> I have about 100 lbs to lose, my health is really poor, i'm tired all the time and i have clinical depression. In fact I've hidden myself away from the world for about a year now, so that the only people i see on a regular basis is my husband and daughter. so i have no real... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:05:19 EST The Mare is lame. So, I'm a reasonably healthy 27-year old weighing in at 260. I've been stable at that weight for the last year and a half. I haven't really lost, but I'm not getting heavier either. I'm used to exercising a few times a week, usually 2 or three hikes during the work week and an hour of horseback riding on the weekends. Unfortunately those activities are out of the question for the foreseeable future. <BR> <BR> I now have an injury to my left knee (1st injured back in April) that has put me... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:03:10 EST CLOSED What health book are you reading and can you tell us about what you are learning? Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:48:35 EST CLOSED <BR> <BR> Dedicated to chair exercise Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:45:43 EST Need your advice on exercise for thinner arms Beth one of my goals is to wear short sleeve shirts. I have come along way. I was a size 4x and now I am a extra large. I am very proud of all that I have accomplished but I still have wide arms and I am very imbarrased of showing them. What exercise would you recomend for thinning of the arms? I am using kettle bell. Your help will be greatly appreciated on this. <em>323</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:51:36 EST 3 month challenge June 1 to Aug 31 I am interested in beginning a 3 month challenge. From June 1 to Aug 31. Would anyone be interested in joining me? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:38:57 EST Painful Feet... Hello everyone. Has anyone experienced pain in the tops of your feet? I have had pain in the tops of my feet for about a month now. One of my feet is worse than the other. It takes me a long time to get my sneaker on because it hurts so badly. I saw my dr. a week ago and I was swollen up because of high blood pressure so she put me on medication and told me that she thought that was why my foot was hurting. Well, it's still here and I am crying it hurts so much. I have drank tons of wa... Fri, 30 May 2014 23:09:29 EST Halfway - How do you Keep Pushing thru To Start with the positive I've been really happy with my success this year. For all of the goals I have hit, As of April I am off all of my Insulin, I've lost 29 pounds this year, 48 total. But with all of that success, I'm still only half through. With all of this work, it's exhausting to think I'm just at the half way point. But at the same time I'm glad to be at the half point. <BR> <BR> How do you deal with still having so much road ahead? Sun, 25 May 2014 20:22:08 EST Indianapolis Area Spark Member Rally 8-23-14 Details to come! Thu, 8 May 2014 04:28:13 EST Returning to the team.... Hello everyone, <BR> I have been a mess so to speak having lots of ups and downs. I have gained more weight and just going through some things. I'm not working and we are struggling financially and it really bothers me and has put me in a little bit of a depression. This has worked against me as far as my eating goes. Some people tell me they can't eat when they are upset. Lucky them. Not me.. All I do is eat. I really need to try to get this eating under control. I have been sick wit... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:50:45 EST CLOSED This is for everyone who works at being fitter, whether you see results on the scale or not. The loss of weight is a reward in and of itself, what we want to reward here is fitness habits! <BR> <BR> So get a jar and pledge some amount of money to yourself for every workout you do and for every meal you do not stray. You are about to get paid for them, whether it's a quarter of a dollar, at the end of the week or month, you may have a manicure or some other great reward for yourself! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:04:11 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> I have been lurking around SP for quite some time now but have never engaged myself. I need to start joining in, that is hard for me. I need to lose around 185 pounds and am struggling with back and hip issues so mobility is a real big problem. I found the chair exercises so I am going to work with those. Thanks for being here, it's really so important to be around folks that are in the same place and also who have broken out of this place. It is possible... <BR> Jackie Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:10:24 EST Hi Everyone! Hi there, <BR> My name is Jodi and I have been a SP member for awhile now. I have started and stopped more times then I care to count. I am giving it another try. So Hello! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>524</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:57:14 EST New to the Team Hi. My name is Jane, and I've always had a weight problem. I struggle every day with it, as I've been doing for years. It's been an extremely slow and sometimes harrowing process. I lose, I gain, I lose, I gain. At one point I had lost 196 pounds, but 2 1/2 years into menopause I realized I had regained 85 pounds! I couldn't let that keep happening. I love SparkPeople because there is no judgement here, just people who understand what you are going through. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:36:00 EST Hello Hello everyone, my name is Adriana. I've been a part of SP and this team for some time but was never an active participant. I've decided to come back and actually use the tools and support, and work towards becoming a healthier individual. Nice to meet you all. <em>30</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:37:44 EST New To The Team Hi, I was told about this group and seen Indygirl's page and really felt like she was someone who has been where I am and beat it. I actually sent you a sparkmail Indygirl if you're reading. Anyway, I thought I should tell you guys I was here and am looking for people who have had the same struggles and can help me beat them. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:23:47 EST Kitchen ReVamp Challenge ReVamp your Kitchen to suit your lifestyle and post your progress here! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:23:26 EST Hi! So I'm pretty new to spark and am looking for groups and friends to keep motivated. I have 140 lbs to lose but really feel ready to lose them this time :) I'd love friends so if your looking for a friend too add me. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:54:37 EST Motivational Quotes "Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail til they succeed" Thu, 13 Feb 2014 05:40:04 EST Power to the People... Along with our motivational verbal and written mantras, we need to pay attention to our less obvious non-verbal language. Turns out, we can "fake it until we make it" and here's how: <BR> <BR> I watched a TED Talk today that really opened my eyes as to how important our body language is, and how it has very real physiological impact on our hormones (Testosterone and Cortisol) <BR> <BR> I bet your eyebrows are going up right now, thinking, "Those are some pretty powerful weight loss hormon... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:45:18 EST Cincinnati SparkPeople Rally 4.26.2014 Cincinnati Area SparkPeople Member Rally 4/26/14 <BR> <BR> April 26th from 9 am to 5 pm <BR> <BR> Microtel Inns and Suites Conference Room <BR> <BR> Address: 7490 Woodspoint Dr, Florence, KY 41042 <BR> Phone:(859) 746-8100 <BR> <BR> <BR> Presentations By: <BR> <BR> Tina Wiseley aka Hoosiergirlindy lost 200 <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl lost 240+ <BR> <BR> Brad Milligan aka Bradmill2922 lost over 200 <BR> <BR> Tiffany Bell aka Daughteroftwin lost 100+ <BR> <BR> Tom McCourt aka... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:33:05 EST 5 Essential Elements of Successful weight loss Goa<BR>ivation/a/5-Essential-Elements-Of-Succ<BR>essful-Weight-Loss-Goals.htm <BR> <BR> Sorry ADD A LINK wasn't allowing me to enter anything!! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:19:02 EST What's Your Toughest Challenge heading into 2014?? Mine would have to be consistency AND .....TO BUST NIGHT EATING!!!! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:12:42 EST What is your favorite moment thus far...... your entire weightloss journey? Mine was when I was able to go 'back' to the gym & complete an entire pre planned workout and actually literally 'went the extra mile' ....felt great and felt great the rest of the day!! I know not much but that was like an Ah~ha moment for me so I like to think of it often :D Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:10:18 EST Surf's Up Summer Challenge- 5 pounds a Month Club Let's lose 25 pounds by June 1st. That's about 5 pounds a month. What are you going to do to make that happen? Who's in? Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:55:50 EST What Healthy Food(s) Do You Like? I had granola and organic milk <BR> Banana and peanut butter <BR> Grapefruit juice so far.... YUM! <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:52:35 EST Fitness Minute Challenge! How many minutes can you get? It doesn't matter what your fitness level is. I started by lifting shampoo bottles in bed. Whatever you do, count it and keep going. Every move strengthens you for the next! <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:48:52 EST Danger?! Hi everyone, Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to alert people to read, heed, and spread the word. There is a scary article in the health news section of "Articles and Videos" on the start page. One of my classmates nearly died because of this product. It's probably mostly young men who would try this, but... I think by now, most of the product has probably been removed from the market, but who knows? The product can cause liver failure! Take a look. Alyssa Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:02:25 EST I'm a new member on this board Hello, just getting back to Sparkpeople and joined this board. I just love the kindness and support I see here from all of you. I'm hoping I can join in as I start fresh in my weight loss journey. Thank you for being who you are! <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:06:26 EST Is Sugar Bad For You? I believe in moderation. This time of year we are bombarded with sweet treats everywhere we go, seemingly. <BR> I thought you might like this Web MD article. <BR> <link><BR>health-effects-of-sugar </link> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> mmm Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:44:43 EST et barbie Barbie couldn't survive half a day having the body she has if she was Real: <BR> She should only have half a liver and partial intestines, while it's would be practically impossible for her to move her neck or lower body: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8658/How-Barbies-body-size-look-real-l<BR>ife-Walking-fours-missing-half-liver-i<BR>nches-intestine.html </link> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:06:15 EST Chair Exercise is now in the fitness tracker I heard today from Coach Jen that two new entries have been added to the Sparkpeople fitness tracker <BR> "chair exercise, low impact" <BR> and <BR> "chair exercise, moderate to vigorous intensity". <BR> <BR> To find them - go to your fitness tracker - type in "Chair Exercise " to the seach box and click "search" <BR> <BR> Low impact - is if you work gently or slowly or do slow exercise <BR> <BR> moderate to vigorous intensity - is things like Chair dance, turbo chair etc - and keep up ewi... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:44:29 EST Low Cal Beverage Challenge Drink water, tea, Crystal Light, Mio, coffee, coconut water... but stop the constant snacking. <BR> <BR> That's the concept here. If you keep yummy drinks in hand in different tasty flavors, will it help? <BR> <BR> It helps me! <BR> <BR> What are you drinking? Is it helping? Got your water in today? Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:22:26 EST Wisdom from "the Bear of little brain" “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. <BR> <BR> "Yes, Piglet?" <BR> <BR> "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.” <BR> &#8213; A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm re-reading "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff again. It allegorically employs the fictional characters of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of Taoism. Milne was a genius in creating his lovely and motley collection of uni... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:40:29 EST back on spark Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> I was on spark before and started at 315 lbs and lost 80 lbs, and then I got pregnant, went on bed rest and gained every last pound back, so here I am again! I met such wonderful, motivating people on my first spark adventure and I hope to do the same now! <BR> <BR> Marla Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:07:15 EST I will miss you all I will not be taking part in the threads for awhile. I am having real bad computer issues and it is a real hassle to be on the threads. It has robbed me of all the joy of sparking and turned it into nothing but frustration. It has taken 32 minutes to write this so far. I wish everyone Happy Holidays. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:10:24 EST Holiday Tips and Tricks We've started off a season of food galore! It's everywhere, and it is tempting, yummy, and full of memories and emotions. If you’re an emotional eater like I am, the memories (good and bad) and family gatherings will send you into a frenzy. Party tables lined with delicious and beautifully presented arrays of holiday favorites that would make Martha Stewart jealous are soon to come. Snacking on carrots and knitting to ward off binges aren't going to cut it this time of year--you need an arsen... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:50:05 EST Binge Stoppers- add yours here I remember to myself that the less I eat, the less I have to work off. One slice of pizza will always have less calories than two. Two less than 3... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 03:28:50 EST SPARK RALLY JANUARY 11th, 2014 Jan 11 from 10 am to 5pm <BR> <BR> Noblesville Public Library <BR> 1 Library Plaza in Noblesville, In <BR> CALL to RSVP (317) 773-1384 and follow the prompts to SPARKPEOPLE Event or register online at; <BR> <BR> Speakers who have lost amazing amounts of weight from 60 to 250 pounds! <BR> Prizes! <BR> Friendships! <BR> Videos and fun! <BR> <BR> Free to attend <BR> The hotel we are using is REALLY REALLY nice! Please make reservations early to make sure you get a ro... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:50:37 EST Please DO NOT read this book for the book club Hello INDYGIRL and All, <BR> I seriously think you need to consider NOT using this book and using ThinWithin instead. Weigh Down is a cult. I know because I was in it. So was- TRAINEDBYHORSES who is here and started the Thin Within Team here- <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=16414 </link> <BR> She also has this blog and ministry~ <link> </link> <BR> PLEASE!! Talk to Heidi about this- she can put it into words better than I can. I was a me... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:35:17 EST Our BigRedAngel is about to Hit 100 Pounds Lost! Cheer her on! <BR> <BR> Go to her spark page and leave her goodies and cheers! <BR> <BR> Beth Fri, 8 Nov 2013 07:11:12 EST My progress has been slow...very slow. Hello everyone. My name is Tina and I am 42. I am a believer, a wife, and a mother, and I love being all of those things. I was diagnosed with COPD when I was in my early 30's. I am not a smoker, nor have I ever been a smoker, but unfortunately those pollutants have cost me my lung health in an indirect way. I did not grow up heavy, and really only had to deal with weight once I had children. I gained a lot of weight with my last pregnancy. After my youngest child was born, my husband d... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:16:55 EST What do you see when you look in the mirror? When you look in the mirror what do you see? <BR> <BR> What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble? <BR> <BR> As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you immediately notice what you think are your flaws? Be honest… <BR> <BR> Last week I came across a promot... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:54:08 EST walking speed? Hi everyone,do any of you have tips for how to track walking calories burned if you can't walk 2 mph? My son, who is on this journey with me, is finally beginning to walk almost every day. Yippee! He isn't really sure that it matters very much and I'm pretty sure he would be more motivated if he could see that he burned 50 calories for each 10 minutes or whatever. At over 500 pounds, he just can't go too fast right now. He's stronger and more fit than you might imagine though and I think he p... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:11:44 EST Binge :( Yesterday I was so pumped to get myself back on track...My vacation started and I knew I would have all kinds of time to make sure I did the right things...What did I do? <BR> <BR> Eating Binge....I really don't know why I did it or what I really was thinking :( <BR> <BR> Even though I have still had success while not really eating the right way over the past few weeks...33 lbs lost to date....I Don't know why I have the Blahs and Binges? <BR> <BR> Anyone have any advice for me to get my... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:50:28 EST Maintaining my weight loss! :) This is just a quick check in with everyone. <BR> <BR> I hope some of you remember me. lol I've had major back surgery. Two days 8+ hours each day... <BR> <BR> The surgery was on Sept 4th and 5th. I'm very <em>334</em> to say that I've kept the weight loss off. I'm still 184 Lbs! I was very surprised when I actually got on a scale today! I've been keeping up my water and watching what I ate. I've only cheated once in a while and usually cut it in half so it wasn't so bad. I've ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:52:43 EST Holiday Goals for January 1 What is your January 1st Goal? Join the Blitz and Glitz Challenge for monthly goals to get there. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:41:52 EST Branson, Missouri Has anyone been to Branson or live there? We are wanting to plot a family get together there for my Mom's 80th b'day. It would be great to get thoughts on different places to stay or places with good packages. If my Dad continues to feel good we plan to head there in May so I have a little time to get plans made. Thanks!! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:27:01 EST I've survived the surgeries! Well I'm still here and around. I survived the two 8+ hour surgeries. I've had some ups and some downs. I've been in the hospital, out of the hospital for 24 hours then right back in the hospital with worse, horrible symptoms. Then finally into the ARU (Advanced Rehab Unit) with 3 hours a day of therapy both OT and PT. That was for 2 weeks and I so needed it! I feel much stronger and more qualified to go home. <BR> <BR> I've been home for two days and am holding my own. My DH and DD are both... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 02:13:57 EST The Men's Group by WSPDAVE Welcome WSPDAVE! He is here to help the men of our group after his 5th knee replacement. He enters the hospital tomorrow and needs our well wishes. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:40:41 EST CLOSED Are any of you on Facebook? Do you want to chat with each other? This is a way we can connect! <BR> <BR> Leave your FB info here on how we can find you. <BR> <BR> Find me by looking up Beth Donovan Indygirl indygirl4spark Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:06:48 EST THANK YOU INDYGIRL for your inspiring email Indygirl, <BR> Thank you for your very awesome and heartfelt email. It is so nice and inspiring to hear that you matter. We do not say it enough and certainly don't hear it enough. <BR> <BR> It is so easy to degrade yourself and so hard to acknowledge myself at the same time. Your kind words have reminded me to be kind to myself as I matter, if to no one other that myself (although I know many people love me). <BR> <BR> THANK YOU Sat, 21 Sep 2013 05:45:59 EST Meet ~Indygirl, BigRedAngel and Hoosiergirlindy October 19th at noon (Central time), we are having a lunch get-together at Marti's Place in Hebron, IN...hope you will be able to join us <BR> <BR> PHONE (219)-996-3363 <BR> Marti's Place at Ramsey's Landing is nestled on the scenic wooded banks of the Kankakee River between DeMotte and Hebron Indiana. You can dine in a relaxed setting while enjoying a splendid view of the river, birds, and landscape. Your hostess Marti Klauer and manager Ron, invite you to come in... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:51:25 EST HELP! :) Hello, everyone! This is my 2nd time back on Spark people. I have been off for years. <BR> <BR> I just started working from home about 1 year ago and have put on A TON of weight. I no longer exercise and now have chronic back pain. Just doing the dishes or walking around the block is a HUGE struggle and my lower back gets so tight and its very painful. <BR> <BR> I need help. I need anyone that has started from this and has had success - please give me pointers -anything. I am only 36 years ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:15:29 EST Do you live with a attitude of abundance? There is nothing I can't have tomorrow,so there is no reason to eat it all today." <BR> <BR> I read that today when I was trolling for some inspiration. <BR> <BR> Grammatically, I don't like that sentence. Double negatives make me cringe. But I like the basic bones of the thought. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I would have said, "You can eat anything you want tomorrow, so there is no reason for you to eat it all today." <BR> <BR> or switch it to the first person and make it more personal: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:01:16 EST Holiday Blitz and Glitz The idea of this challenge is to say where you want to be on Jan 1, 2014. <BR> <BR> Me, 199 pounds. <BR> <BR> Then set monthly or weekly goals to get there. <BR> <BR> Me, monthly til Oct 1 <BR> No soda <BR> No fast food <BR> Up to 3 meals, 3 snacks <BR> All the fruits and veggies I want <BR> Take vitamins and supplements <BR> Add more protein <BR> Drink more water Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:50:42 EST The Fit Club! Today I did_____to get fit! Today I am shopping using my FitBit to get fit. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:44:20 EST Chair Excercises Hello! <BR> <BR> I think there used to be a post that had links to chair excercises. <BR> <BR> Can someone post the link here for me? I want to re-post the link on the Class Team for this week. There are a lot of new people looking for support and I'm directing them to some of the teams that I know are active and helpful. I know this site has a lot of great resources. <BR> <BR> &#9734;´¯) ¸.&#9734;´¯) <BR> (¸&#9734;´ (¸.&#9829;´´¯`•.¸¸.&#9734; <BR> &#9734;• &#9734; ……… &#9734; • &#97... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:06:46 EST Hello, Hello! Hi Everyone I am Cathe nice to meet you all. I live in Northwestern Ohio. I have been coming to Sparkspeople for a short time since Jan. 2013 I have been so highly motivated and inspired about the stories that I have read about Beth and her journey. Beth you are one truly amazing people. I feel honored to be able to join your team. I m looking forward to meeting new friends, getting advise, ideas and so on. I hope to share a lot with the team. So excited about continuing my lifestyle journey ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:52:29 EST new to the team Hi my name is Lisa and i started spark people about a month ago and i'm looking for some friends and support..I saw indygirls story and i almost felt like that was my story she was telling..I'm really not sure if i'm doing this right as far as writing this post but i'm trying to learn...sure could use some friends along this road...thanks Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:00:21 EST New here Hello! Everyone! I have "seen" Indygirl around since May (when I first joined SP) . <BR> I thought she was very inspiring! I enjoyed her blog and then yesterday I found out she had her own team!! LOL!! <BR> Well who wouldn't want to hear more inspiration from Beth!! I had to join!! <BR> <BR> Beth I loved reading about your being on a platue (sp?) (after losing 100 pounds) for a year and thinking it was the beginning of the end. <BR> I have been on a "stall" for a couple weeks due to stress... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:34:43 EST I don't WANT to give up the extra food. I've posted this same message over several years time and on different team forums. This is the last time I'm going to ask this question because I don't really think there's an answer. This is a last-ditch effort - if this team can't answer, then no team can. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you simply don't WANT to give up the extra food? What do you do when you simply don't want to do what you know you SHOULD do? <BR> <BR> With tears in my eyes, I asked my doctor, just this week - "Why can'... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:04:05 EST Anyone tried intermittent fasting? I was struggling to stay within my calorie range, not helped by my husband who wants to eat cake, biscuits, crisps etc. Indygirl sent a team email urging us all not to give up and it was such a boost to my motivation, I can't tell you how much I appreciated it. Well, I decided it was time I put my foot down about having trigger foods in the house (all of the above) and my husband, bless him, has been very supportive - and it doesn't do him any harm not to eat rubbish, either. <BR> <BR> Then ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:42:44 EST I'm New To SP And The Team!! Hello fellow sparklers!! I just started using SP on Aug. 5th and I'm loving it so far. so many strangers being so supportive of one another... I love it! I know I can do this will motivation and help and I will do my best to be there for you as well! My name is Dezsa, I'm 190lbs and just miserable in my body. Let's do this!!! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:29:49 EST Grow an Active Team Invite your active, friendly SparkPals to join the team. We need positive people who genuinely care about others and want to matter themselves. Let's make this team GREAT! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:25:41 EST THE BOOK CLUB Our first book we will be studying is YOU ON A DIET by Dr. Oz and Rozien. <BR> <BR> Please have you book bought or borrowed by Sept. 1st. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:15:36 EST bike riding my goal is to ride 30 min 2 x per day Sun, 4 Aug 2013 17:29:03 EST Finally Back Surgery OK everyone here's the low down. <BR> <BR> September 4th and 5th. <BR> <BR> The first half is on the 4th and the second half is on the 5th. Yes, this surgery is that big. I'll be in the Neurology ICU for the first three days and on a regular floor for another 3 days. Then off to a rehab. <BR> <BR> If you want the details or have questions please contact me privately. I don't want to scare people here. <BR> <BR> I'll be off Sparkpeople for quite a while of course but I'll get back on when ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:26:38 EST continuing the journey! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say I'm back after 3 months of feeling blah, yucky, and generally unmotivated to spark. I don't have a short term weight goal, but looking to lose about 50 lbs over the next year. I just posted my first blog since January & outlined my plan for August; basically adding healthy habits slowly & holding on to them for the long term. <BR> <BR> Springli <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438355 </link> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:34:31 EST Knee Surgery I am so sorry Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just remembered that I needed to post here. The knee surgery went well, I am home and on pain meds and resting well. As far as I know everything went well. I'll find out more on my followup appointment. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayers. <BR> <BR> Patty Wed, 3 Jul 2013 02:23:18 EST Hi! <em>213</em> my name is Barbara and I am new to this team! I have been on SP for a few months and am really struggling right now. When I first came to SP I read Indygirls story and found such inspriation from the story and then other posts of hers I have read. Always wondered how to join her Team, and for some reason never found the way until a day or two ago. I am 72 years old, was a single mother of a boy who has grown up to be a incredible man with 3 lovely children. 30 years ago I m... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 02:27:10 EST Knee surgery & low blood pressure Well I have a date. 7/2 at 1:30. It's just a quick scope procedure so it's out patient. I'll be home for dinner. lol Thank goodness. Then I'll be able to walk again and lose the weight faster. <BR> <BR> I seem to have lost enough weight that my body has decided it doesn't need the blood pressure meds any more! I am so amazed. I even stopped the one pain med that I know lowers the BP and went back on the other one that doesn't. <BR> <BR> I am now off both BP meds per doctors orders a... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:43:16 EST A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease News Flash: A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ml?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> What say you? How does that make you feel? Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:52:23 EST Chair Exercise Club in honor of Emmabe1 A great resource for chair exercise is a free website called <BR> If you click our team logo picture, my before and after, it takes you there. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:00:08 EST New Again... Hello everyone.. My name is Pam.. Im 52 yrs old .. I live in Maryland. I am married to an awesome man.. I have 3 grown children and 5 granddaughters.. <BR> <BR> I have approx 160 pounds to lose and feel so disgusted with myself. I call myself trying and trying but give up so easily with trying to eating right. I have been told Im either a all or nothing type person.. whether its eating right or exercise .. Speaking of exercising, I havent done any of that either.. I cant even hardly walk in... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:56:56 EST Don't like the number on the scale... This is a product link I found on another Sparker's blog (ZENRYAKU) but I love it so much, I just have to pass it on...hopefully no one is offended by me posting a product... <BR> <BR> I ordered one for my daughters and me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-999.html </link> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:02:10 EST Bad Day, Week, Month, Year..... I need a kick in the rear!! I can't seem to get back into my routine. Pain, headaches, allergies, digestive all hits at once and pushes all the right buttons to make life miserable. Add to that the stress around my Dad's health and having to sell another house in Texas and a possible new job move.........AGAIN!!!.........which will mean living back in the little camper.....AGAIN.....(although when the house sells I intend to upgrade the camper significantly) so this new job bet... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:11:36 EST Work Out Struggles Got a struggle? Post it here! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:28:56 EST Newbie Hi there! I'm new to the group and just wanted to come and say hello and let ya'll know a little about me. <BR> <BR> My name is Sabrina, I'm 29, married with 3 small children, and a trying to work from home mom. Trying to get healthy isn't really new for me but I seem to jump off the wagon when it's going good. I'm changing it. I decided 3 days ago and I refuse to let myself back down. Idealy, I'd like to lose over all, 170lbs. Baby steps though! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to reply, messag... Fri, 31 May 2013 20:09:39 EST Hott Music Playlist What are your Hot Songs that make you have to get up and move? Sun, 26 May 2013 04:09:49 EST Grow a Garden Spring/Summer 2013 The idea is to challenge yourself to: <BR> <BR> Grow your own veggie/ fruit garden <BR> Get in touch with nature <BR> Avoid harmful chemicals <BR> Eat locally and therefore fresher <BR> Eat more veggies and fruits <BR> Frequent farm markets instead of supermarkets <BR> Flowers and herbs welcome! Sun, 19 May 2013 04:33:28 EST Pasta Salads As it's getting warmer, I am craving pasta salad!! lol What are your favorite healthy pasta salad recipes, or things to put in your pasta salads? <em>267</em> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:21:31 EST Food Struggles What struggles and or solutions do you have to share? Wed, 15 May 2013 11:25:36 EST When It Rains It Pours! Well Morton's Salt was never so right as now. I went to my Pain Management Dr today because of my knee. I really don't know what I did but it is swollen inside and is swollen outside as well. It is hot and extremely painful. At times I'm not sure which hurts me more my back or my knee! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Now of course I don't stop what I'm doing because I'm used to pain but this was really bad. So I ended up accepting a shot with Lidocaine and Steroids in it. I have to admit I'... Thu, 9 May 2013 23:38:15 EST Im faiIling Im failing at this. I lost 4 lbs and then put them back on. Im gonna die if I dont get the weight off. I dont know what else to do. I dont know how to get on the ball. I thought I was but apparently not. I dont want to be fat anymore. What can I do? I cant exercise right because of my knee. Dont know if chair exercises really help. I dont know what else to do. Its like Im standing on a cliff ready to jump off. Help! Advice would be great. Sun, 5 May 2013 12:39:27 EST Week 6 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Week 6 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek – is on my web site for you. (Exercise and trek notes) <BR> <BR> 1 – Go to <link> </link> and click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side of the front page <BR> 2 – Open the “Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek “ folder <BR> 3 – Read - Wk 6 Exercise brochure – you can download or print it if you choose. <BR> 4 – Select your exercise and step target <BR> 5 – Start moving, increasing your step count each week, through ex... Sat, 4 May 2013 17:28:05 EST Week 5 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Week 5 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek – is on my web site for you. (Exercise and trek notes) <BR> <BR> 1 – Go to <link> </link> and click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side of the front page <BR> 2 – Open the “Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek “ folder <BR> 3 – Read - Wk 5 Exercise brochure – you can download or print it if you choose. <BR> 4 – Select your exercise and step target <BR> 5 – Start moving, increasing your step count each week, through ex... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:23:10 EST Thanks for your inspiration Hello -- <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello and I have been reading your posts for quite a while now. Just sometimes I tend to read and absorb and not jump on the bandwagon quickly. <BR> <BR> Feb. 16th I got on the scale first thing in the morning and I weighed 299.8 which means I was more than 300 pounds during most of my day! My husband has been working on his weight for about two years and has lost a total of 93 pounds, but I could not seem to get motivated. Thanks to the scales a... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:22:04 EST Week 4 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Week 4 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek – is on my web site for you. (Exercise and trek notes) <BR> 1 – Go to <link> </link> and click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side of the front page <BR> 2 – Open the “Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek “ folder <BR> 3 – Read – “Introduction” brochure, “Trek Preparation” brochure, “Bugs and other Nasty and Nice Critters” Brochure, plus the previous weeks trek notes if you have not already done so! You can download or p... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:34:33 EST How would YOU describe yourself to a sketch artist Watch when you have an extra 6.5 minutes to spare.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:13:59 EST Food Plans My basic plan involves portion control and does not exclude any food item. <BR> <BR> Avoiding foods that contain the following really does work. I have never seen it more simply explained and this is basically what I've followed. I do not eliminate these foods, but I do eat less of them: <BR> <BR> Carbonated sodas <BR> Refined sugars and flours <BR> Artificial anything <BR> Processed foods <BR> <BR> I add whole foods like fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:51:40 EST Meet Me and Inspirations at the Rally! It's free! At the bottom of this announcement is the team Link to the new Rally slated for 7-20-2013 for SparkPeople members and friends. <BR> <BR> We will be having fabulous speakers, including 3 who have lost over 200 pounds using SparkPeople. Other speakers have reached fabulous levels of fitness in becoming marathon runners, sky divers, certified yoga instructors, and examples of the fit life/ inspirations to those around them. <BR> <BR> Fun prizes, including a few hardback copies of the book "The... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:33:20 EST Week 3 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Week 3 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek – is on my web site for you. (Exercise and trek notes) <BR> 1 – Go to <link> </link> and click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side of the front page <BR> 2 – Open the “Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek “ folder <BR> 3 – Read – “Introduction” brochure, “Trek Preparation” brochure, “Bugs and other Nasty and Nice Critters” Brochure, plus the previous weeks trek notes if you have not already done so! You can download or p... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:06:35 EST I love this Trek! I am now finally 199 pounds! I BROKE THE 200 POUND BARRIER! <em>244</em> <em>40</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been this low in over 17 years! 170 here I come! <BR> <BR> Patty <em>334</em> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:37:42 EST Closed Hi all! Hope everyone is loving Spring (now that some of us have found it lol) <BR> <BR> New challenge for April is to try to get your 7 SERVINGS of fruits and veggies everyday!! And share with us what ones you ate and how you prepared them, to maybe give others ideas of ones to try or a new way to eat them <em>334</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> <em>265</em> <em>69</em> <em>289</em> <em>284</em> <em>277</em> <em>291</em> <em>488</em> ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:33:58 EST HEALTHY CHOICES What healthy choices have you made today? Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:42:04 EST Wk 2 - Bibbulmun Track Virtual Challenge <BR> Good morning trekkers <BR> I hope you had a great first week in Perth sightseeing and shopping, and more shopping!! <BR> This second week we have one more day in Perth, then in the Hills above Perth and on the second day we start our real hike – and 4 nights camping in the bush!! <BR> Please put any questions, comments, and exercise records in this thread so that I find them quickly to reply. <BR> Please put exercise records in the wk 2 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Exercise <BR> No... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 23:31:34 EST Hello! Hi I am new to the team. I am struggling massively with my weight. I need to lose just under 5 stone (70 lbs) In the last year I have put on over 42lbs and I am just getting heavier and heavier. I don't know why but I have developed binge eating problems and just cant control my eating any more. I need to somehow take back control Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:27:02 EST Posting question? I don't mean to sound dumb or technically there a way I can just get to where I posted last and read the updates since then besides scrolling to find my last post? And, is there a way to know when someone updates. I checked the little box below this one that says I want an eamil to be sent to me when anyone replies to this topic...but never get the emails? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:02:59 EST I am new here Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is MaryAnn. I just joined this team. I am 45yo and a SAHM to four children. I always find myself starting over. I have to get into the right mindset. <BR> <BR> I am trying to look at my journey in small doable steps. This week I am focusing on getting at least 8 glasses of water in. I am also going to focus on doing at least 10 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> I don't know what else to write about myself. <em>24</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:53:15 EST Beginning Again Hi y'all. <BR> <BR> I'm Denise and I've been a member for a while but haven't started the real work of getting healthy. I'd love to get to know everyone and be a motivator as I am motivated by y'all. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure of the way things are done so fill me in. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:35:06 EST What do you do with a Rutabaga? I have two from the garden that a fellow gardener gave me. I have no idea how to cook it or what to expect from it! I want to try it. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Patty <em>4</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:27:46 EST Wk 1 - Bibbulmun Track Virtual Challenge I hope you had a great trip to Perth – so now that we are all assembled in Perth, the capital city of West Australia – we will spend this week checking out the city and doing a couple of excursions to interesting sites in the area and you get to stay in accommodation for this week while you shake off any Jet Lag!! <BR> This week also gives you the chance to get used to doing a virtual trek and to ask questions that might arise. <BR> Please put any questions, comments, and exercise records in... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:51:24 EST Wipe everything out?? OK I am so aggravated about my whole calorie range stuff and from talking to some the past day, I've decided that yes, my ranges have to be way does anyone know how I wipe all that info I provided out and start over and see if I get different results?? Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:11:20 EST Snacks I am getting bored with the same ol snacks Ive been having but am afraid of getting some that really arent so great for us so what are the things you eat <em>180</em> for snacks? Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:52:53 EST Saw the doctor yesterday, Here's an update First let me catch everyone up by saying I received a phone call about a week ago from the Nurse. She told me my blood test came out normal and the biopsy was benign, I had a sigh of relief. I was told to see the doctor at my scheduled appt and she would go over everything. <BR> <BR> So I went to the appointment thinking it was just a formality. She'll say, I'm fine and I'll be off shopping with my friend. Not exactly what happened. <BR> <BR> In reality my blood work was a little e... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:06:06 EST Interesting Dr appointment I haven't lost any more weight but my measurements have all lost! I know it's supposed to be once a month but I just had a hunch so I had my daughter help me measure again. I lost size in everything but my thighs. That doesn't surprise me because of my back I had a lot of muscle waisting. I expect that one to get bigger as I strengthen at PT. <BR> <BR> I have to say it was an interesting Dr appointment. My Neurosurgeon was happy with the weight loss but really want's me to go faster so ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:14:23 EST ANYONE HAVE DIFFICULTIES WITH DEPRESSION??? Hello, I have had depression most of my life. I have been on antidepressants and then the side effects were too much so I would go off of them and now I am back on 10 mg of Lexapro. I have currently had surgery so perhaps that it why my depression seems to be creeping in even more. I find myself crying a lot. Thinking my life is so boring. So lonely. So inactive. I know I don't always do what I am supposed to do when it comes to working out. I have had difficulties getting back into it.... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:45:38 EST Bibblemun Track Virtual Trek starts 31st Mar Are you ready to take on The Bibbulmin Track and trek through the unique, ever changing scenery of the South West corner of West Australia ? All that is necessary is simply to want to have fun and increase your exercise, and with 8 exercise levels everyone should be able to find a suitable level. <BR> <BR> Move (walking, or any other form of exercise) as much as you can during the 6 weeks of the trek <BR> The aim is to reach a step goal during the 5 days of the Trek each week, and then inc... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:11:48 EST Forgive One More on Bariatric Surgery Snow, this is especially for you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-180-pounds-really-does-body-8212-160<BR>-163900419.html </link> <BR> <BR> Although I had the surgery, this is an incredible article for anyone with doubts and it also presents such an amazing definition of the journey afterwards. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:59:40 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello all, <BR> I am a new member and I am looking forward to being part of the team. <BR> I am still learning my way around this site. I find it pretty user friendly so far. There is a lot of information to take in. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of a wonderful 25 year old daughter. I live in Austin Texas. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:11:41 EST Unexpected turn of events at doctors visit To start let me warn my gentleman sparkers, this topic may not be for you. <BR> That being said, some of my female sparkers may relate and I'd love any feedback you might have. <BR> <BR> In February, I had my annual visit with the OB/Gyn. Nothing unusual was going on, but I did mention that my cycle had been a bit wacky for the last couple of months. Considering I'm 50 years old I thought it was reasonable to assume it was the start of menopause. The doctor said there can be many factor... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:05:06 EST Really? I gained 9 pounds in five days! So it's been an incredibly stressful three weeks, and with relatives in town and every meal out, I caved on Sunday at slid off my plan. From Sunday until Thursday, so that's five days. I wasn't eating pints of ice cream or anything -- up 9 pounds, everything I'd lost in a month. Is that even possible? Wow. So trying to get back on board even though my siege of stress doesn't end til I wrap up a business trip Sunday night. All I can say is, wow. I wasn't sticking to plan but I honestly wasn't ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:25:27 EST New Member Hi everyone, I just joined your team after reading Indygirl's blog. Very inspiring and welcoming. I would like to be part of a team that is able to provide encouragement and support. I have found it extremely difficult to do this alone. I lost almost 20 lbs over the summer and have gained 15 lbs after moving back home with family. I am moving into my own house in a couple weeks and I want to get the momentum going before the move. I hope I can encourage others as well. I'm excited to b... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:48:28 EST Chia Seeds I have just found out more about Chia seeds. Yes, you can make cool statues with them. The thing I'm very impressed with is that they have the most complete nutrition of anything I've read about, tastes fine and truly helps you lose weight as well as regulate your innards! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else eat them? <BR> <BR> Patty <em>334</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:06:10 EST Bariatric Surgery WOW! <BR> <BR> The more I am learning about Bariatric Surgery the more I'm thinking I really don't want to do it! That is really a lot of work and I'm truly not sure I could be that restrictive on my eating! I'm having second and third thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> I have to complete 6 months of a Dr directed diet anyways before my insurance company will pay for it. So I figure I have 6 months to think about this. <BR> <BR> I've talked with my Nephrologist and I'm going to start up wit... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:41:58 EST Closed Some of you expressed interest in another challenge to lost weight so here you are!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge this time is to lose 10 pounds by the end of May!! We can do it!! Stay positive...think of your goals...motivate and encourage each other!! <em>386</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:26:35 EST Found out I'm likely permanently disabled So for three years I've lived with severe chronic foot pain, had surgery last May that didn't help, and went for another opinion this week. The surgeon said there's nothing more to be done, I have significant, painful scar tissue and this will be the way I'll be for the rest of my life. I still walk around, but it hurts -- every step. Cooking dinner means I have to sit and rest. I avoid the grocery store, as standing in any line is painful. What's frustrating is I used to walk as my exercise.... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:38:31 EST User names It is always interesting to see what the names we pick for our usernames mean to us. I was hoping others would be willing to share the significance of their picked name as well. <BR> <BR> Snowtgrr came from my love of Siberian Tigers. They are so large and powerful but are very graceful. They mate for life and are very protective of their families. I love their beauty, strength and grace. I think of them and work on myself as I go through life getting to know the real me not the one my ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:59:35 EST Fresh for Summer Booklet by Emmabe1 Emmabe1 has prepared a recipe booklet that has some yummy recipes in it that you all may enjoy so I thought I would pass along :) Here's the message from Emmabe1: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer - This is probably the last thing most of you are thinking off right now with the weather in The Northern Hemisphere as it is – however I munched and crunched my way through our Summer just gone – with the excuse that I was testing recipes and preparing a new recipe booklet for you <BR> . <BR> Fresh f... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:20:46 EST I finally did it!!! I just had to brag! I finally broke through the 212 weight block I'd been in for months! <BR> <BR> I'M FINALLY DOWN TO 210! <BR> <BR> I know it's just a couple of pounds but I've been getting to 212 and then going back up to 219 for months now! I weighed myself at about noon so I know it isn't a fluke! I did it 3 times in a row and it came up the same each time. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now the goal is to keep it off! I also have my first class for my lap-band this friday. I'm so... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:24:31 EST Closed This month's challenge is going to have a few little challenges in one :) <BR> <BR> 1 ~ We all need encouragement, but it is also great to encourage others, (idk about you all, but encouraging and being positive for others, always helps me too) pick 2 people daily to send a Spark Goodie to with words of encouragement <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> 2 ~ Water is important for hydration and feeling fuller, make sure you are getting your 8 - 8oz glasses of water daily <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> 3 ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:46:52 EST Totally bummed, any tips? So today was my weigh in day. After a week of exercising daily, eating entirely within my plan, feeling really good, the scale said I lost a pound. Yes, I know, a sane healthy weight loss. But I was aiming for two pounds a week, and I fully admit -- yes, this is bad -- in the past I've done bad for you crash diets where I was losing like 4 or 5 pounds a week. I'm determined to do this healthy, but am totally demoralized by a one pound loss. Not only that, but when I stepped on the scale at 6 ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:08:14 EST Winter routines Not to be fussy, but I'm cold! I live in the South, so I can hardly fuss, but it has been a cold year for us. I have refused to join the gym--I have a dog, and I have a great neighborhood, and walking is free and doesn't (usually) provoke my pain issues. I had such a good thing going, then the cold hit. <BR> <BR> What are your suggestions for staying warm? Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:39:37 EST Summer Exercisers Beach Club Do at least 10 minutes of exercise. You can break it up if that is too hard at one time, but the total must be 10 minutes or more by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Something is always better than nothing. A little move prepares your muscles for a bigger move. This theory and 10 minute plan took me from bedridden to walking and a 250 pound weight loss without weight loss surgery. Baby step it! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:22:04 EST new to team I am so inspired by Indygirl's posts on Sparkpeople's daily email that I decided to join the team:) I have been on and off again with my participation with Sparkpeople, and need some encouragement to reach my goal. 10 years ago I weighed 264#. I lost 80# but couldn't seem to keep going. In the past 10 years I have been between 180# and 220#, up and down. I am at 191 now, and need to get serious and reach my goal of 140#. So... 51# to goal. Indygirl really spoke to me with with this: "... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:20:18 EST Lost my Mojo, trying to find it again! Hello there! My husband is ill all the time and I'm his caregiver but the past two weeks, he's been extra ill and the stress of seeing him like this really got to me! <BR> <BR> I LOST MY MOJO and didn't really watch what I ate nor did I get in much exercising. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly trying to get it all together again and need some encouragement. I'm forever saying 'one day at a time' and I'm trying to practice what I preach! I have watched my portion sizes for the past couple of days but ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:27:13 EST night time snacking Good morning <BR> <BR> I am doing really well with my food until after supper. Then I want to snack on all the wrong things. I have tried planning snacks but sometimes even having a healthy snack starts me grazing. How does everyone handle this. <BR> <BR> If I found away around this my weight loss would speed up and I would be so grateful. <BR> <BR> Any ideas?? Help Mary Jo Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:36:26 EST Intro- Indy Born but a Florida resident! Well, I am a Florida Girl, so I don't think I'll be working out with any of you Indy Gals. I am however, an Indy Girl by birth, and grew up near Fall Creek, on Indian Lake Rd. I lived there all 12 years of my life until moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1975. It seems I only get "home" every couple of years or so when my family has their yearly reunion at the park in Fortville. <BR> <BR> I lost 50 lbs on SP about 3 years ago... but gradually the weight "found" me again. I am 50 years old, am ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:12:01 EST