SparkPeople SP Class of December 25-31, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from December 25-31, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of December 25-31, 2011 Team Messageboard HI Hi my name is Tiffany and I am 24 years old. I am currently working on loosing my baby weight. I have slacked up until now assuming that the weight would disappear like it used to when I was younger. I have a son who is almost 3 and I am still the same weight as I was when I delivered him. EKKK! I look forward to joining in on the conversations to help motivate and improve myself! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:18:14 EST Anyone still following this team? I noticed nobody had posted in a while but wondered if there were any other lurkers... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:46:01 EST Keep it going... Hi everyone, <BR> Sorry I haven't checked in on everyone for a while. I've been out of the loop for a bit. My DS and I have been passing a bug around for a couple of months, but I think we finally got rid of it (cross my fingers). How is everyone doing? Any new news to talk about? I've registered for a couple of 5Ks and my first mud run (excited!!), and finally got myself a road bike, so now I'm in the market for a tri. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Join in and let us know how your... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:43:57 EST Summertime Summer is here finally. I can take my walks/runs outside, find a game of volleyball, or get the bicycle out! What are some fun things that you all do in the summertime to get some good exercise in, but still have fun? Wed, 29 May 2013 09:41:15 EST Just checking in Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing. I've been crazy busy with work, school, and chasing after my 11 month old. But I love every minute of it! I've forced myself to get up and get to the gym before work so I can get my exercise time in, but it's become a habit now and I don't mind it so much. Plus, it's like having another cup of coffee once the adrenaline kicks in. I've also signed up for a couple of races in my area to help motivate me to ki... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:49:10 EST February!! A new month is always a good time to start some new goals or make changes to our routine. Anyone have any they want to share? <BR> <BR> I am going to go chip-free for the month. For me, this is my weakness, but it's only a month, right (and a short one at that!). I'm sure I can do it with the support of my SP friends! <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear your goals or changes you want to make this month! <BR> <BR> Jenn Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:59:18 EST 2013 How has this team done in the year 2012? Are there many still going strong?? I did really well until life changes in August. I have gained my weight back but know it was from my abandoning sparks and not the other way around. I know it works,I need to get motivated , and I need help doing it!! any suggestions from those that have kept at it ????? I let a few weeks of inconsistencies sabotage my progress. I am ready to start fresh! wedding in June will help motivate me I hope!!! <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:22:26 EST October is here And the candy is too! Has anyone been out to the stores lately? The first isle of most grocery stores is candy candy candy! Since having my son, my tastes have changed from salty to sweet, so this is NOT GOOD!! But so far I've been able to refrain from buying into those huge bags of sugar...we shall see how my willpower maintains through the month! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Any new news? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:49:56 EST A new month Tomorrow starts August. Summer is quickly coming to a close. Did you achieve the goals you wanted to for this summer? If so, what new goals are you going to strive for? If not, then what can you do to get to that goal? <BR> <BR> I always look at a new month as a new time to refresh, and think about goals and a plan of action. <BR> <BR> I know my exercise routine hasn't been what I want it to be lately. I've used excuses that we've all used, but it's time I get back on track. So my... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:38:39 EST new girl I just discover this team & I can't wait to see each of us succeed <em>334</em> <em>213</em> so hi everyone Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:13:40 EST Summertime Well, as of this week Summer is officially here! I thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing. I hope you all are working on better eating habits, exercise goals and in general your overall health improvement. I know I am! <BR> <BR> Make sure to check out the fitness section on here to get some great ideas for working out, and get the family involved! My kids love to mess around with me when doing exercises. We make it fun competition stuff (you know, who can do the most p... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:59:51 EST Hello from Egypt Hi, my name is Dina. I am from Egypt. I started dieting at a weight of 251 pounds in September 2010, June 2012 I reached 192 pounds... my target weight is 163 pounds . I know I am slow, but at least I am getting some results. My goals are to reach my target weight, become more healthy and energetic and most of all become more confident about how I look. Thanks for taking the time to read my message. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:25:08 EST Tomorrow is Monday! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Sunday is always a good day to assess your week: what healthy habits you did; where you could make some changes, etc. Anytime we start something, usually it's "I'll start Monday". Well, tomorrow is Monday, so maybe take a minute today to think about what you can start (or stop, if it's a bad habit) tomorrow. Make a plan of action for your new "thing". <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:57:26 EST June is here! Well hello all, <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts a new month, and the summer begins! This is my favorite time of the year, so I am very excited! So maybe with this new month we can all evaluate what our path is on our healthy journey, and look at what goals we are trying to achieve. Do we have specific ones? Are we working on a healthy habit or working on breaking an unhealthy one? Maybe you can do some personal meditation to find answers to these questions, and if you have a specific goal or ... Thu, 31 May 2012 15:04:24 EST Happy Earth Day Hi all, <BR> <BR> I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Since it is Earth Day, maybe set a goal to do something good for the earth, eat organic, etc. I bought an organic plum tree yesterday to add to my fruit trees. Hopefully I'll get some delicious plums soon! <BR> <BR> Jenn Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:26:40 EST How is everyone doing? Just curious, how everyone is doing? It's been a little over 3 months on our journey. What has changed? How much have you lost? Are you exercising more? Do you have new healthy habits that you are enjoying? What's up? Thu, 19 Apr 2012 06:53:47 EST % of group still active? just curious about what % of people who joined during this time are still active on the site, is there any way to tell? it's common to be very gung-ho about becoming healthy during christmas & new year, i'm wondering how many of us have stuck with the program so far? <BR> <BR> i have - and feeling great about it! normally i fade off after a few weeks myself, but this time it feels totally different, in a good way! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:12:45 EST What are the latest headlines in your area? Since we're all from different parts of the country - how about if we give eachother a little cultural/political/daily news brief on what's new in our part of the world? That way you can learn a lot about what's going on around the world from your spark friends who joined at the same time you did. <BR> <BR> Here in San Diego a cop was tried & convicted for trading DUI arrests for sexual favors - he got 8.5 years behind bars and proved SD cops are corrupt as heck! In addition, it's supposed... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 14:06:36 EST Fell off Well I went out for a week with family and friends and fell off the portion control while I was there. So no loss in sight this week I imagine but I'm back to the gym and apples instead of cheesecake. <BR> <BR> I can do this by golly! And we all fall off sometimes so here's to getting back on with all the support we can muster. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 20:08:39 EST Late as well... Hello everyone. I'm a tad late as well. Spent the last month just trying to track my food and making better choices. This month I hope to ramp up and exercise more. I've done Sparkpeople before, a few years ago but I have back slid A LOT. My boyfriend and I are talking about getting engaged and I want to be able to try on dresses without wanting to cry. :) <BR> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:33:40 EST Hi there - I'm a bit late to the party... I (re)joined Spark People at the same time as you guys but it took me about a month to get down to business properly... anyway, I'm here now :) <BR> <BR> I live in Southern Ontario, I'm 26, I've been putting off losing weight because my life was just too crazy. Well, my life is still crazy... in fact, it's craziER, but the reasons for it being crazy have made me realise that I need to lose weight NOW. And, if I can do it now... I can hopefully keep it off later when my situation improves s... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:30:36 EST lost some I have lost 3lbs, I know it is not much but it is a start. <em>30</em> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:55:01 EST Hi Everyone! Hey There, <BR> My name is Brie Ann and I am just beginning Spark People. I am really excited and hoping this is something I can stick too. I have a habit of starting out a diet or exercising and I get bored so easily. I am one that will wake up and eat right at the start of the day but by the mid afternoon I am looking for excuses to have that sweet or salty snack. I would love to lose that last 15 pounds and sadly I have been trying for a very long time. If anyone would like to have any... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:22:27 EST Hello SparkPeople! My name is Angela. I have been a member of Spark People for three weeks. I am addicted! I have been on a weight loss journey for over three years now. I want to lose 40 more pounds. I can use all of the good people of Spark to help me along the way! THANKS! Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:32:33 EST hello from Laporte,IN. Just wanted to say hi, I dont have a computer so it is hard for me to get on here. If there is anyone wanting a txt buddy for support or wants to be my txted buddy please let me know. God bless Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:57:24 EST Oh dear!!! Has anyone else been having problems?? You all sound so on the ball! I've ignored all good sense and pigged out on things that I shouldn't be thinking about anymore - certainly not in that quantity!, I've not bothered weighing myself - there's no point, I have done 2 walks since I started and I haven't posted for about 10 days.. Help!! I feel I'm slipping away. I don't want to. What do I do?? Read Spark again?! Any ideas gratefully received! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:59:29 EST Tips and Tricks time management So i've been having a hard time finding time to get everything fitted in one day i'm in school full time I work full time (in health care so i'm all over the place) and I just feel like all i do is work, school, study eat sleep and I'm loseing my exercise time because i'm trying to meet deadlines for school. any tips and tricks from my SP family? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:02:25 EST thrilled I am down11pounds.I'm so proud of myself.The sparkspeople groups and inspiring peoplehave been very helpful.Thank you! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:16:20 EST Ready or Not, Here I Am Hola everybody! I hope all of you are keeping strong and steadily working toward your goals! I am working hard on trying to keep my goals in sight, but if you really want to know how I'm doing and encourage me, follow my brutally honest sparkblog. I'm not going to pretend that I excercise everyday or eat uber healthy all the time. I am going to show you my struggles, defeats, failure, and hopefully my drastic improvement and achievements large and small. Please feel free to chime in at a... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:15:56 EST Trackin the Fitness How many minutes of fitness are you up to for the month of January? <BR> I'm over 1,000 min so far - goin for 2,000 in Jan! Who's with me? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:56:50 EST Rockin the walkin with live spark friends today I'm goin for a mega walk with my live spark friends - yeah! I'm so happy I've found some new spark friends on here and we're meeting up to go on a long power walk around lake murray to burn as many claories as we can and to push/motivate eachother to hopefully go the full distance (I think its 6 -7 miles?) and then we're going to do crunches. Then when I get home I hope to watch some power FOOTBALL - woo hoo, what a great day! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:11:44 EST HELLO ALL!!!!! I am glad to be here, surprised at what my daily intake was once I began to log it ( now I know why I am at plateau) I am enjoying the sp site as I learn to navigate it. I am looking forward to meeting others who share common struggles and the joy of overcoming them. We are what we think we are...... so think healthy, fit and successful! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:16:57 EST fast break stages Is everyone moving to the next stage. I do not feel like I am ready. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:56:09 EST Where are you? Since we are a new team, I thought it would be fun to see where everyone is; it's fun to know that we have friends all over the country, and sometimes from other countries (and sometimes, we find we have friends right in our area). <BR> <BR> I'm in Dunedin, FL, just outside of Clearwater/Tampa. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:07:03 EST Happy Friday! The weekends are always the hardest, aren't they...well, for me at least. I don't have the distraction of work to keep me from heading towards that fridge or cupboard. <BR> <BR> What I try to do is on Fridays, I think of what I want to accomplish over the weekend, whether it's not eating chips or maybe drinking an extra glass of water. Maybe it's walking around the block each day or taking that lap twice (it's the weekend, extra time for another lap, right). <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's w... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:04:54 EST Here I am! Hello everyone, I need to lose weight and to get healthier. A friend told me about this sight, so here I am. I need alot of support. It will be very hard to break old habits and gain some new good ones. Both with the new way of eating and exercise. So let's do it together. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:58:14 EST Hi! I'm new to spark. I'm Ru (short for Ruth). I'm new to Spark after struggling horribly with sugar over the holidays. I've always had a sweet tooth but found myself obsessing with the sweets in the house (usually I don't have have them here). I've now gotten rid of them all but am trying to decide if it's better to completely eliminate sweets from my diet, or as some recommend, allow myself a small treat regularly so as to not binge. There seems to be conflicting advice on this. So I'm wondering what has wo... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:30:23 EST Hello, everyone! I just started yesterday and am super pumped! I cannot believe this site is free! I have been spending a lot of time getting to know the site and am simply in awe at all of the resources available. I have a great feeling about this! Good luck to all of my fellow newbies and thank you to the veterans whose success stories convinced me that this site, along with my commitment to the program, will allow me to see achieve my goal in 2012 and maintain thereafter. <em>304</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:13:11 EST This is it! Hello everybody. I'm here because I'm sick and tired of being overweight and really want to finally reach my goal. I'm active at the gym and always have been and you'd think I'd be in excellent shape. I need to get my diet in control and learn how to eat healthy and be more diciplined. I plan on checking in everyday. So far I have lost 4 lbs in 2 days and I don't want to stop. I have slowly gained the weight since my 1st child was born. I have 4 boys and my youngest is 4 now. It's me t... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:34:19 EST Down 10!! Hello All, <BR> Just wanted to post some success, since joining spark people 2 weeks ago, have lost 10lbs!!I have continued my insanity workout every morning and drank plenty of water. I use the sparkpeople app on my phone to track my food and have had great success. Have even eaten out 3 times and still managed to eat healthy and make good decisions. I love this board and hope to continue the success. I understand that i may slow down a little with numbers, but am still shooting for mini... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:26:28 EST Lilly D Hi there, i am trying to lose the 25 lbs. I gained back after being on NS (expensive!) trying to do this on my own w/o buying packaged shipped food. I am 56 and was told i have high cholesterol. My current status is NO energy and depressed. Support is needed so any help tips from you will be taken seriously on my end. Good luck to you as well. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:29:44 EST Hi im Denise im on the road to regaining my health, weight, figure, my happiness my SPARK!!!!!!!!!! im in hampton and hoping to find a workout partner man or woman i have all dvd workouts p90x, bootcamp,zumba, brazialian butt just to name a few i would prefer early morn like 5ish or late in the evenings after 8-9 please text me @ 757-298-6876 leave name number time and where u live. i will contact u as soon as i c it and have a chance. I will return call Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:12:47 EST Hi im Denise im on the road to regaining my health, weight, figure, my happiness my SPARK!!!!!!!!!! im in hamp Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:57:59 EST Starting out blog Hi everyone, I hope this doesn't post twice; oh well, if it does... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I found this great blog on starting out, and I think it gives some great advice. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to comment. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday!!! <BR> <BR> Jenn <BR> <link><BR>best_advice_for_those_just_starting_out </link> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 08:17:43 EST Hello! Hello! Thought I'd introduce myself to the "class." I actually a SparkPeople ad in my Self magazine and was curious. And then when I asked my Facebook friends about diet buddies, people starting mentioning all sorts of plans. One was SparkPeople, so I joined. <BR> <BR> So far, I really like it. It has a lot to offer, and I have to admit that I'm always enticed by the points I get. (I'm like a little kid getting a sticker every time I do something good!) <BR> <BR> I turned 40 in May, and it wasn't ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 21:58:04 EST Hello Hi, my name is Pia and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I joined sparkpeople about 2 weeks ago and have been flicking around trying to get used to everything and the plethora of info on this website. I am really excited about getting to know people on this site as i'm sure that they are also going to be a great source of information, motivation and support, and hopefully soon enough, I'll be able to do the same for you. Cheers! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:30:54 EST how are we all doing jan 1-15 I am doing good! Managing to hold within the calorie range I have chosen. Falling down a little in the exercise department. Thats probably due to not feeling completely healthy this week, not sure if it s still my kidneys acting up or if I have a touch of the flu. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I will not use that as an excuse not to watch what else I am doing! <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing this first week or two of january? How is your determination holding up? <BR> What can we do or post a... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 19:35:06 EST How to Find your calories needed per day A) start with the number 387 for women 864 for men <BR> <BR> B) multiply your age by 7.31 for women 9.72 for men <BR> <BR> C) subtract B from A ( the result may be negative) <BR> <BR> D) Multiply your weight in ppounds by 4.91 for women 6.39 for men <BR> <BR> E) Multiply your height in inches by 16.78 for women 12.77 for men <BR> <BR> F) Add D and E <BR> <BR> G) Your daily physical acivity level <BR> Sedentary (no regular activity) 1.0 <BR> Low active ( up to 30 minutes daily activity... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:15:38 EST Easy does it.... Hey friends! We are heading into the weekend. Just wanted to encourage you all to keep your eyes on the prize!!! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:34:57 EST weigh ins I hope no one minds, but I would like to have some accountability with this group by posting my weigh in every wednesday morning... <BR> <BR> my first weigh in since I joined on dec 27 - 293.25 from 298. - loss of 4.75 pounds Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:00:56 EST Ideas for success Hi team, I thought I would begin a topic to put in ideas to help us towards our new goals and healthly lifestyle. Please feel free to add and share your thoughts and ideas! Here are a couple I thought of: <BR> <BR> 1. Accountability - a member in one of my other teams gave me this one. Go to SparkPoints (top right of your main screen) and go through the list as best as you can daily. Not only does it help you become accountable, gain SP points, but you get to read interesting articles ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:20:30 EST Finding motivation to get started Hello team :-) <BR> I joined about a week ago and I'm really finding a lot of great information here! I've done more cooking at home, trying new healthier recipes, working on tracking my food, etc. But one area I'm really struggling with is finding the motivation, or self-discipline, to exercise! I have a treadmill, weights, here at home even and yet I'm finding it really hard to MAKE MYSELF DO IT. <BR> <BR> So here I am, wondering, what are you doing to help you get motivated? I want to kno... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:29:32 EST Time for a fresh start So tired of losing and re-gaining the same 15 pounds every year. This time I want to focus on longterm lifestyle changes rather than strict eating plans that I eventually grow weary of. It's getting harder and harder to lose the weight and it goes back on more and more quickly. I want to stop worrying so much about the number on the scale and more on how I look and feel. Spark pages seem to have some great ideas! Looking forward to making a permanent change. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:05:58 EST NewYear New ME! Happy New Year! <BR> I am new to Sparks and ready to get fit and healthy this year. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:50:20 EST jeannine I'm a mom of 5 adults children and a gramdmother of 3 who need to get healthy for myself and I'm going back to school to be a X-Ray tech. I enjoy going camping with my family and love riding my bike. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:10:10 EST On a journey to healthy living Hi, I'm MsFitat40...well, that's my goal by my 40th birthday this year. I'm glad I've learned about Spark people so I can have an accountability mechanism and appreciate the different forums available to support my efforts. <BR> <BR> So, I'm taking this a day at a time to accomplish my goal and wish success to everyone on the same journey. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:56:22 EST Diabetic who need help I am type II diabetic, leaving in Scottsdale Az, looking for help and advise how to control my morning (fasting) sugar reading. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:20:10 EST Hello! Hi Everyone! I am looking forward to being part of this group. Boy do I need it. Like many of you I have struggled with my weight for years, then about ten years ago I got it under control mostly thru running and training for races. Then about four years ago I was in a realtionship that I simply could not bring myself to end. To cope, I snacked each night..sort of dulling the pain of forcing me to examine this (after all I DID want to get married, but just not to him!). The relationship... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:31:53 EST New Year with new beginnings Hi there, this year I am turning 50 and I promised myself that I want my body back that I had in my early thirtees. Need to get rid about 60lbs. It has been quite a struggle with my weight and the weight kept creeping up on me. Going to menopause and slow thyroid didn't help much but I know that is not an excuse. I am really struggling fitting everything in my schedule. I am a single mom plus I work 2 jobs and I am finding it really hard to stick to my menus and to make it to the gym at ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:07:05 EST BOY o BOY am I new at this! I am in the progress of going from 211 to 145 by using healthy eating rather than a fad diet! <BR> <BR> I wish everyone a very happy new year . GO 2012! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:56:08 EST If you haven't already..... If you haven't already read today's article, "31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions", you should! It's a printable calender with great ideas for putting a plan into action for making your 2012 dreams come true!! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:01:37 EST im a newbie Hi i'm Rachel im new to this, this is my first day joining SparkPeople and im loving it! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:34:10 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> I am so excited to finally be here. I hope that I can maintain motivated till my goal and possible motivate someone else along the way. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:50:00 EST Fresh start like most of you... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Samantha i'm 30 and i'm 271 lbs. I've been over weight my whole life but the last 6 years i've put on about 80 lbs....I work fulltime go to school fulltime right now i'm just trying to get my life together. <BR> <BR> I've taken a week to set up my spark and get use to it and meet people today (the 1st) as cliche as it is is when I decided would be when I started hardcore up to now i've been slowly making changes here and there. <BR> <BR> The one thing i've... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:25:44 EST rakilby sent from snappy tots and Kilby Kreations hey im new and don't know where to start <BR> i'm looking for all my snappy tots family <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 21:12:30 EST Hello from Michigan I hoping to get and give support in reaching my goal! I am trying to overcome an illness that has kept me sitting on my behind for years. It is time for me to take charge of my health and my life. I am working towards controlling my sweet tooth and getting active!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all!! Happy 2012! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:38:44 EST Hello Everyone! I'm looking forward to being part of this group. I am a soon to be 45 year old woman with a 3 year old son and one on the way. I have no energy and know that my diet is poor. I need some friends to cheer me along and I will do lots of cheering too! Happy New Year everyone! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:26:24 EST Hello from a fello newb! I am looking to lose right around 100 pounds and I am in this for the long haul. I'd love to find some friends on here to go through this with!! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:17:16 EST Hiya! My name is Laura. Am tired of the extra weight I carry around. I am an emotional eater-and I have realized that yes, i can analyze WHY I eat till the cows come home--but losing weight is a combination of the psyche and the food. I am ready now, to track the food, since I have finally got a handle on the emotions... <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:39:50 EST Hi From Ohio Tryed Spark people before, but this time I figured out how to use it :) ! here's to a new me in the new year! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:40:06 EST Hi to everyone !!! My name is Janette I look forward to talking to everyone and meeting all of my goals with each and everyone of you :) Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:27:57 EST Hello - quick introduction Hi everyone, <BR> Just a quick introduction since I joined this team yesterday. My name is Kim and I joined SparkPeople on the 26th. Have dabbled in getting healthier and losing weight for many years but haven't taken it too seriously. I just turned 51 and for the first time am starting to feel the effects of too much weight and being out of shape plus have reached my highest point (so true about 10 pounds a year if you aren't watching it!). I have 2 daughters (just turned 9 and 11 1/2) a... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:27:13 EST Hello My Fellow Team Members Let me tell you a little about myself. Almost 5 years ago I had a complete Hysterectomy. Almost 2 years ago I quit smoking. And now Age is setting in as well. I've put on close to 50 pounds. I've only lost 26 of it. I try to walk 5 miles a day. I love to walk. I can't seem to get it thru my head though that I need to eat better. I think as long as I walk...I can eat. I also struggle with what type of exercises I can do to help with the apple figure I have. I am really hoping to keep track of... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 02:01:58 EST Life is Ahead of Us! Life is a journey and I'm starting this part of it again (weight loss and fitness). At 52 I want to look for life ahead instead of spending time in regret over various choices and dynamics including weight gain and self-made health crisis. I'm a wife, mother of 5, and teacher. I love the outdoors and hope to find some buddies to come alongside on this health quest. I want to run in a 10K before the year is out and lose weight and emotional baggage at the same time! Looking forward. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:51:47 EST Here I go! I'm a SAHM of a teenager and a toddler trying to lose 50 lbs. I can't seem to find face to face weight loss meetings that work with our family schedule, so I'm giving this a try. Anything to help me commit to working out every day, stopping that endless evening graze, and letting go of the sweets. I need more energy and want to get back in shape. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:43:45 EST Hello, I am Karen.. A new year = a new me! Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I just wanted to drop in and say hello to everyone. On Jan 1st I will offically be starting my new menu plan for a new me. I am a married stay at home mom of 4 kids ages 12, 8, 5 and 4. Until recently I was working as home daycare provider as well but due to a back injury I have been unable to work or exerices. My goal for 2011 is for me to start focusing more on me ( I always am putting other before myself and my health) to lose 1.5 lbs a week and by Dec 25, 2012 I... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:47:40 EST Howdy! Looking to lose 40+lbs! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I have used SparkPeople prior, but constantly fell off the wagon. This time I am not making any excuses. I created a new username and I am ready to start the new year off right! <BR> <BR> 2011 was a rough year, weight wise. Earlier this year I was about 150lbs and only had 20lbs to lose. I steadily gained since then to my current weight of 175. I haven't been this heavy EVER. The only time I weighed this much was when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter 10 years ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:29:09 EST Jeann Hi I am 62 and over wieght it is a life long issue up and down. need to take off 60 lb fast, It is winter and walking out side is hard, I am retiered so have to motivate myself, Love to cook worked at it for 47 years Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:03:34 EST Hi,,,,I fell in love and married this year. Well....You all know what happens when you fall in love? usually gain weight. Ive gain 20lbs in one year! My aniversery is 3/17, we are going to Mexico...I want to be back down as far as I can. <BR> I am on my 4th day of 1200 calorie diet. Ive gained one lb? Currently im 144lbs at 5ft2 and I am 34%fat according to my home scale,,,owch! Any advise? Im drinking only water, approx 60oz a day....maybe Im drinking way too much water? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:02:12 EST Hello! I am excited to start on my new journey with Sparkpeople. I have my game plan and am makine myself a priority! Blessings!!! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:37:55 EST Bonjour! I am a 25 year old going back to school to become an Elementary School teacher. Over the last six years when I stopped playing supports for schools and local clubs I noticed I was still eating the calories I was required for sports with very little exercise. Needless to say with my high calorie intake and no sports I gained weight and found myself in a cycle I could not fix. <BR> <BR> I am now at a place in my life when enough is enough and I am motivated enough to try to change what I hate-... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:28:28 EST Ready for me Hi everyone, my name is Megan and I have been on sparkpeople before. I got out of it but I'm ready now for me. I used to want to get healthy and lose weight because it was what everyone told me to do. But now I want to do it. I want to do something for me. Something to make myself proud of. Today is Day 1 of the rest of my life! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:13:41 EST Just Getting Started I have started with Spark in order to regain my healthy eating lifestyle and to take off the extra pounds that I gained by not eating and exercising the way I should. I definitely can feel a difference in how my clothes don't fit, my knee (replaced three years ago) hurts, my IBS symptoms as well as my overall energy level has decreased! I am excited to get going on this journey and appreciate any support and encouragement you can give me! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:20:58 EST Need "buddies"! Hi everyone. This is my third time here, my millionth time dieting and the first time I am forcing myself to ask for help. I get bored and sidetracked when I have no accountability. I have had lots of change this year, and am feeling like this could be the time for permanent lifestyle changes. <BR> 76 lbs to lose, I am in my mid 40s, stay at home homeschooling mom, used to have a career I loved but now stay home due to fibromyalgia. What else can I tell you about myself??? Exercise is m... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:28:00 EST Hello everyone! Very excited about this site! My main goal is to learn to make healthier choices and teach my kids to do the same! I have about 10 pounds I would like to shed. Would love to feel about my outside the way I do about my inside! God bless! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:10:40 EST Me too!! I'm new to SP but not to diets Hello all! Well we are all having another go are we?! It feels good to start BEFORE the New Year so it doesn't seem like another pointless resolution doesn't it? 2012 feels like a good year to make changes....I hope we all get to where we want to be. Happy New Year to you all. Gaynor (in France, so I'm very far away!!) Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:33:09 EST first time This is the first time I've ever done this type of thing. I'm pretty excited! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 03:56:33 EST Meet Angela!! Hello. I am a 31 year old mother of 4 and a very proud Army wife. My children range from 11-6 and my youngest child is Autistic. I had a stroke, combined with a spinal cord injury, in 2004 that left me paralyzed for a year, and as you can guess, I put on some weight. I look forward to getting to know each of you and us being an inspiration for each other! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:04:50 EST New Here! Hi all! <BR> I am new and very excited to get started, but nervous at the same time. I am tired of failing and more motivated than ever. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:45:03 EST Greetings I am extremely excited about sharing this journey with you all! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:43:15 EST Its time! Hello everyone! My name is Amanda and I'm happily married with a 16 month old. I am desperately needing motivation to get this weight off! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:41:19 EST Hello!! Hi I just signed up and I'm super excited to get started. I am a mommy of 3 and need to lose at least 40lbs! I'd love to chat with anyone that is in the same boat! I'm in Nevada Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:45:26 EST New to SP but not to dieting Hello everyone, I've recently joined SparkPeople to help me track my weight and calorie intake. I've been logging my calories for a little while and lost some pounds into the bargain. Although I found it works on my own, I could do with some encouragement and motivation, so here I am. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:15:43 EST My Name is Marta Soliz HI everybody! :) I am so happy to join SparkPeople. Hopefully I will be able to accomplish my goal. Hope everyone has an awesome day :) Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:49:57 EST Well hi, I'm new (: I can't wait to get started! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:39:59 EST New Guy started December 27th. Hello All, <BR> I am in the military full time and have desperatly needed to lose weight for couple years, and i was told about this site. So, here i go, off and running full speed ahead. I have always been perty fit, but could never get the scale to budge or lose this belly thing. I started the Insanity workout 4 weeks ago, and just joined here this week to help track it and watch what i eat more. I have 2 children and one more due in August. My goal is to lose 55lbs before my new child... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:04:09 EST Lindsey1313 I am really looking forward to staying the coarse.. Through the years the weigh has come and gone, but lately it is coming on fast. I feel I have a hefty goal, no pun intended to lose 37 pounds, but just know the SparkPeople program will help. Discipline, Control of snacks of chocolate, chips etc. are key for me. Smaller portions and exercise along with calories in / calories out IS ALL GOOD! Here is to the pounds from the body falling away with ease and mindfulness Thank you for you... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:39:20 EST Im new here Just heard about this site and it sounds great. I have 100 lbs to loose and can use all the help and support I can get. I went through years of being hardly able to walk and have sense had both my knees replaced and can finally get active again. i have never in my whole life been this heavy and need to loose the weight (I feel horrible). So happy to have found this site! I look forward to the days, weeks and months ahead. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:15:41 EST Hi I just wanted to say hi, and put myself out there to have accountability. <BR> <BR> I am 53, I love to walk but have a hard time finding time these days with work and being so tied after work. <BR> <BR> I need motivation, encouragement and accountability! I need to know there is someone who cares that I want to lose, get healthy, and feel better!! So I am hoping to find a spark buddy/buddies who will hold me accountable to my own words and goals. <BR> Thank you!! <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:08:22 EST 50 Day Challenge! I am 180 wanting to be 160 by Feb. 16. This will help motivate me and keep me accountable. I have a positive competetive bet going with my friend to see who can get the closest to losing 20 lbs. We are going on a cruise together with 4 other "skinny/healthy" girls. We want to feel confident and pose in pictures with them without feeling HUGE. I am looking forward to reading motivating, inspirational posts from all of you! <BR> <BR> *Kim* Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:33:59 EST Fit for Forty Hi, My name is Nicole and I live in SW Florida. I cannot believe that I am about to turn 40 in February. How is that possible? I have always had a positive attitude and told myself my weight didn't matter that much....until I see myself in photographs and am horrified. Who IS that girl? It certainly isn't me! I want my body to match the girl that I know is on the inside. I am looking forward to plenty of support and motivation on this site! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:13:32 EST Looky here! I'm In!!! Day three here on SP. I am amazed how much I have learned in three days. Learning to navigate this site is quite tricky, because it is packed full of so many opportunities and tools to utilize. But I am getting a handle on it. <BR> <BR> So I have been going through my groups and forums, purging those that I may have been a little over zealous in joining. So then I realized that I never introduced myself to this group. Imagine that! A group just for those who have joined this week. So here is... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:16:33 EST hello I am new I am brand new to spark people. My doctor told me I had to lose weight for health reasons. I found this site searching the web. I have been on spark people for a few hours now getting to know the site I find it very useful. I need to lose 100 pounds + . I am at 325 pounds and I want to lose at least 10 - 12 pounds by my birthday wich is Feb. 28 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:08:53 EST Hello Everybody! Im new to Sparkpeople and Im a little nervous. How is everybody's progress? Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:23:50 EST hello getting started on this journey <BR> <BR> over forty over weight and sick of feeling sick! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:56:52 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Sam and I have recently joined Sparkpeople in order to lose some of the weight in which I have gained in the last year. I am hoping that by keeping track of my nutrition and exercise it will help motivate me to lose 5 kilos which is my goal. I am also looking gain some muscle as well as burning fat so if anyone has some good advice I would welcome any advice offered. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> <BR> Sam Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:46:19 EST 50 year-old who needs to change his lifestyle... Three days before Christmas in 2011, I found myself in the emergency room of a hospital with chest pains, dizziness, sweats, tingling in extremities and so on. After many tests, the good news is that it appears my heart is OK. The likely culprit was a severe panic/anxiety attack. Though I've had milder ones, this one was really bad and scared me pretty good. After some soul searching, I've come to the realization that I have to change my life or I'll be lucky to make it to sixty. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:42:56 EST Hello!!! My spark name is 2012Loser and it really is a positive name, I plan to reach my goals in 2012, I'll be losing the bad habits and the things that got me where I am - food/lack of exercise/etc. and replacing them with a healthier and more energetic lifestyle. I will also be reaching for my goal weight....I will definitely be winning at losing! <BR> <BR> I am a mom and a grand mom. Work full-time and bowl once a week when I am able too, unfortunately I have issues with my feet, working full-ti... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:11:35 EST Hello Hello! Hello Everyone! I'm Whitney! I'm hear to become a new healthier me. (inside and out!) Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:48:08 EST Hi! Newbie wonders if foodies can survive... hi, all.... <BR> I just discovered this site (had never heard of it!) and bought the book on my kindle. i am extremely new to sparkpeople and excited to have a one-stop shop that seems to serve all of my needs -- physical and motivational! I'm supposed to be on this until next Oct in order to reach my goal weight, and my main goal is to stick with it. Also, my husband and I are foodies and since we've been together, I've gained 35 lbs, which I'm focused on losing for good this year. I woul... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:36:49 EST OneCraftyLady Starts SparkPeople Hi. I joined a couple weeks ago, but didn't do much more than create a user logon. So today is really my starting date... I start every year about this time a goal to lose weight and be healthier... I never seem to make it thru to my final goal. This time will be different! (I hope, I pray, I stomp my foot and say it even though there is a part of me who doubts.) <BR> <BR> I'm 46 year-old mother of one (11 year old son) . I am married to my best friend who loves me unconditionally an... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:15:52 EST Starting SP Hi. I joined SP a couple of weeks ago but didn't do anything more than create my user name... so I feel like I'm really starting this week, so I joined this group. My name is Tanya, and I live in Texas. I am a mid-40 year old wife and mother. I work full-time outside the home, and I have a homebased business in scrapbooking. I really want to lose weight and get back to my college weight before November 2012, when we are taking a trip to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. <B... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:54:50 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone, thanks to those of you who have already welcomed me. I am happy to have found this site. It was recommended to me a couple of years ago, but didn't get around to signing up until now. I look forward to figuring it all out and posting regularly. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:09:04 EST Newbie Joining hoping for the extra push to lose the rest of my weight this year. Hoping Sparkpeople will help. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:44:53 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Roxie and I am new to SparkPeople. I can't wait to get started! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:18:45 EST Hi I'm Sue, heard alot about this website so decided to give it a try. I'm hoping to stop taking weight off, and putting it back on over and over again!! I'm 42 and trying to get healthy, I'd love to get 40 lbs off and keep it off :) Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:08:49 EST 49 and counting I am 49 years old and tired of losing the same 10-20 pounds and want to lose it for good for my 50th birthday Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:07:28 EST looking For Change Hello everyone my name is Marvin I am 35 245 and 5 8. My goal weight is to be about 190. I join this site to get that extra push to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:42:31 EST Hey there! My name is Kelly and I am 20. I have been on this site before and lost 30 pounds. I fell of the wagon but I didn't gain any weight back. I have 50 more pounds to lose and I am very determined this time. I hope to get to know ome of you. <BR> Kelly Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:24:23 EST Back again! Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Well, here I am once again. I've been gone a while, so I decided it was time for a new beginning. <BR> We've had a few bad years at home and my body decided that enough was enough. So, before I develop some major health problems that aren't easily solved, I need to take care of me. <BR> This year is about ME. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:03:58 EST Hi there I am just starting out here. I look forward to chatting with fellow newbies and getting some motivation along the way. <BR> Alecia Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:53:47 EST Great Granny @56 I am a young 56 year old female with a goal of living healthily to 120 years old. I believe that I can do this. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:23:03 EST hello all.. Hi my name is Lindsey I am 25 and a stay at home mom of 6 kids age 2 to 12 I am hoping this a great resource to get to my goal weight so again hello:) Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:19:23 EST Hello all!! Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> My name's Gisselle and I'm 21. I've gained almost 100 lbs since graduating high school and now that i'm about to leave college I've finally realized that I need to do something about it....I've been blaming it on late night snacking and studying but I'll no longer have that excuse. Ive tried other things in the past, but I have a SERIOUS lack of motivation. It's time for me to make a change!! <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 13:36:28 EST Retired and loving it Hi, I'm recently retired and love it. I enjoy cooking and 'puttering'. Since I'm not much of an outdoor person and not fond of the cold, I don't go outside much. In the last month, I've gained 15lbs and need inspiration and support. <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:21:52 EST SAW New Year Resolution 2012 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:58:36 EST Hey yall... I'm new here! Just wanted to say hello and that I'm looking forward to losing some pounds and inches along with you! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:45:14 EST Hi I am Donna . I ama christian I have been marriedfor 32 years and have 2 dhildren one of which is a special needs . I have problems finding time for all I need to do . I work full time outisde the home at a local high school where I work with a group of special needs children. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 08:22:42 EST Just beginning this journey.... Hello, I wanted to introduce myself. I just found Spark People yesterday and I have got to say.....WOW.....I think this is great. I am a father of 4 and have put the pounds on the last couple of years. I want to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I also want my kids to grow up living a healthy lifestyle and not fight a weight problem like I have the last few years. From what I have seen so far.....I am impressed.....Look forward to meeting some of you through the process to a hea... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:39:16 EST Ready to Get Started!!! I just walked my dog (25 min!) for the first time since April & I'm having my first 8 oz glass of water for the day! Celebrating small victories is the order of the day! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:11:10 EST Hey :) Hey! <BR> I'm Mel. I'm 19 years old and have a 1 year old girl. I'm living with my 23 year old boyfriend and I really want/need to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy!!! I hope this is the final way I can achieve my goals and any help & support is very much appreciated :):):) Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:19:47 EST Joserini's weight loss journey Hi <BR> I have been on my weight loss journey since May 2010. I have lost 50 kilos by completely changing my lifestyle and adopting a low fat diet and a daily exercise regime <BR> The weight fell off very quickly in the beginning, in fact I actually developed gall stones and had to have my gallbladder removed earlier this year becasue of my rapid weight loss. Since about June 2011 I have maintained at 74/75 kilos, but seem unable to lose any more weight. I am still eating around 1200 to 1300 ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 04:48:01 EST hello Hello, my name is alison and I came upon this site accidently and have really been looking through all this info and sight etc and I have joined because I think this site i gonna work for me one because it is online and two I want to calorie counting diet, I have been on weight watchers and that worked for a while then I got burnt out on pointing 'everything" I hope this site helps me more than weight watchers...:) Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:05:36 EST I'm New Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I definitely need the kick in the butt to change my eating habits and "exercise" routine. I want to get healthy and feel better without being on so much medication. I feel like my medication is more of a killer to me than a helper. Thank you so much again and I hope everyone continues to do their best to get and remain healthy, active, and positive! Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:09:20 EST New Spark Member Hello, <BR> I'm 27 years old and I have always struggled with my weight. Recently I have let myself gain to my highest weight 180. I've decided not to wait for the new year. I don't want to start the new year at this weight, so I've already lost 2 lbs. Knowing my past with dieting, I decided to join this site and also I purchased 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. It is a book that lets you choice your diet but gives you motivation on the way. I have probably tried every diet out ... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:43:00 EST Starting Fresh Hi all, I'm Beth, I'm 47 and have 100+ lbs to lose. I'm planning on losing 30 -50 lbs in 2012. Let the fun begin. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 11:35:51 EST Hello Everyone Hi! <BR> My name is Stephanie, and I will be 25 in March. I used Spark with great results a few years back, but unfortunately I began to gain weight and am now at the heaviest weight that I have been in my adult life. I have returned to Spark because I know its such a motivating place to be. <BR> Wishing everyone great success, <BR> Stephanie Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:12:44 EST Fit & Healthy in 2012 Hi everyone! <BR> It's 12/26/11 and I'm starting my lifestyle change today. I want to lose 70+ pounds and become a healthier person in 2012 (and for life). All the resources here should be a huge help. I look forward to meeting you and working together to achieve our goals. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:00:41 EST Ready for a Change Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a 21 year old college student that is new to SparkPeople. I'm excited to begin a journey to a better, healthier lifestyle. Even though I was active growing up, my sedentary college lifestyle has caught up with me. I'd like to lose 40 pounds. This would put me at a healthy BMI. I hope that by making small steps I can lose weight, get healthier, eat better and feel empowered by my own decisions. <BR> <BR> -WiseGirl018 Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:45:31 EST ready to start Thought I would get a headstart on living better before my birthday on 01/01/2012 Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:01:01 EST Newby Thought I get a head start before the New Year. LOL <BR> Wishing you all the best on your individual journeys. I welcome all friend adds. Also looking for a buddy. <BR> <BR> God Bless <em>247</em> and <em>212</em> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:51:10 EST hey new to the whole thing here for some support trying to lose 100 by next DEC. no calories for today have not been hungry, but did walk 2 miles this mornin Sun, 25 Dec 2011 13:57:56 EST