SparkPeople Calling all Canadians Team Messageboard There is a great number of Canadians here at sparkpeople - let us get together and share our stories, have fun together and challenge one another with our goals. SparkPeople Calling all Canadians Team Messageboard Newbie here! Hi there. New to the site and the team but very glad to be here (finally). Looking to turn my life around and this looks like a great place to start. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:13 EST NewB here!! Hey there! From New Brunswick here! Im 36, newly single. Need to shed 25 pounds!! Could reallly use some friends and support! Thanks ya'll!! ; <em>9</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:09:06 EST Hello, new to the team Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Debbie and I live in <BR> Toronto, Ont. Please feel free to add me as a friend as I am fairly new to SP. <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all . Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:54:44 EST Easter Weekend (April 2014) <em>453</em> I can't wait.. long weekend coming up this weekend; I am off for four days... and this is a huge uh oh - I love having the time off to visit family, friends generally catch up - but I am going to have to get a serious plan in motion because, with a weekend like this - I will probably over eat. So, this week, I am planning ahead - I don't think I have ever done this before... planning activities and food and hopefully, on tuesday the 22nd, I won't feel like I overdid it. <BR> <... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:32:58 EST Is yoga right for those new to fitness activities? Hello everyone! I am re-starting my journey to become fit, and would like your opinion! I have always wanted to try yoga, but I'm not sure that it is made for someone at my fitness level. I have been a nursing student for the past 3 years, and basically, haven't done much but sit around studying and snacking. I can't do it anymore. Nursing school is very stressful, and I was hoping that yoga would help me de-stress. I am not flexible, I am very overweight, and I am very sensitive about bein... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:02:12 EST New to the team and looking for sparkfriends! Not new to spark, but recently become an avid user. Looking for active members who are interested in supporting one another in their fitness journey. <BR> <BR> Drop me a message. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:23:40 EST Weight loss strategies... Hello everyone! I thought it might be fun to share what changes everyone made, and is making to improve their lifestyle... Any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated! <em>30</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:17:04 EST Another "newbee" joins Just stopping by to say hi. There is a lot of info to take in. Although I have tried many routes to loose weight, I have never tracked this way before. My head is spinning! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:07:45 EST Spring is in the air, summer is almost here! While the above statement is wonderful after the winter we all endured, it also brings a sense of anxiety to many, including myself. That's why, as a team, I think we can support and push each other to make this summer as relaxed and beautiful as we all desire! <BR> I would like to start by introducing myself to everyone! My name is Christina, and I am just restarting, for the last time, the journey to find myself. At 33, I think it's high time! I have felt health, I have experienced what it... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:07:26 EST Hello Spark Team Just thought I would drop by, say hello and introduce myself. I am Vicky. A new member to the Spark family. I wish you all the best in your journey to reach your goal and hope you wish the same for me. Lets support one another in our time of need. Thank you. Have a great weekend!! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:47:08 EST Hello Everyone Hello, I am new to Sparkpeople, not according to my sign up however. I am 45 and am ready to get into shape and be a healthier me. I started my journey on April 4, 2014 and have lost 4 lbs so far. <BR> My only difficulty has been with my fitness tracker. It doesn't seem to want to work at the indoor walk track where I walk. What am I doing wrong? can any one help? <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:34:45 EST Food Swap Hi Everyone, <BR> Ok so I have a task to come up with some new Games Soooo here we go!!! <BR> <BR> What Unhealthy Favorite Food did you give up and What did you Swap it for? <BR> <BR> My Ultimate Favorite was Old Dutch Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips <BR> I swapped My Potato Chips for Triple Cheese Chee Cha 2 cup serving is only 90 cal. <BR> <BR> I thought this might be fun and Give us some ideas at the same time <BR> Lets give this a try <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:30:53 EST Great Article for Anyone who needs a Mental Boost Hi Everyone, <BR> I hope your week is going Well!! <BR> I have done this 10- Step before but Find myself doing it again for a refresher!! <BR> I thought that it would be some really good information for anyone New and starting a lifestyle change or in fact any one of us that needs a Mental boost. <BR> I hope you all enjoy it and find as helpful as I did. <BR> <BR> Mind over Body ( Articles under Wellness) <BR><BR>_over_body_fat.asp Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:32:38 EST What is your favorite workout song? <em>335</em> <BR> Now I'm not a big fan of Green Days lyrics but I have a lot of his songs on my scanman that I listen to when I go walking. Especially now that I am jogging more I find the beat in his songs so pumping and keeps me going when I tire. I also like to listen to a lot of Beach Boy surf songs because of the same upbeat pace they set in almost all of their music. <BR> I'd like to hear what other music is listened to to help you be more motivated during your workouts. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:59:30 EST New Mommy of one year getting back into shape Hello everyone, my name is Wendy. I'm presently 33 years old and would like to get (back) into shape after having my little boy over a year ago. I'm not new to SparkPeople. I go through motivational/consitantcy bums. My goal is to stick with it longer this time :) I also have a two year old shepherd mutt that also encourages me to get off my butt and take her outside for some exercise :) Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:38:29 EST Welcome Hi everyone, <BR> I have just joined as Co leader for the team and I will be welcoming all the newcomers, <BR> I am very excited to be part of the team as a leader. <BR> I thought I would let you all know a little bit about me. I am from Calgary, Alberta I have been pretty active on Spark since Jan 26 I have gotten rid of 18 pounds in total and I have Spark to thank for the support through my journey this far. <BR> I love the site and I love this team and I would like to invite any of you tha... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:55:36 EST Hey, new to site Looking for friends :) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:15 EST Hey Everyone! The Canadian Wildlife Federation is doing their annual walk-a-thon. A great motivation to get out and walk after this [ah, interesting] winter. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Does anyone want to start a team on behalf of "Calling all Canadians" ? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:25:30 EST Excited to join the team! I can use all the help! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 02:40:33 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new here and looking for some support buddies on this journey. My goal is to lodse between 70-80 LBS to start. I have two daughters 14 and 19 years old. I am 36 years old and have been married 16 years now. <BR> Hope to hear from you all soon and good luck to everyone on there journey!! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:02:18 EST HELLO, NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE HELLO, <BR> VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE, AND TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. I AM 44 YRS OLD AND LIVE IN ONTARIO. REALLY HOPING TO LOSE MY EXTRA WEIGHT AND THIS LOOKS LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO BE. REALLY HOPING TO FIND AND GIVE MOTIVATION . GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:19:32 EST April 2014 - Give the team your bonus points! Already April! Can you believe it? Let us give our great team the bonus points you get. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:24:43 EST ? ? ? QUESTION OF THE DAY ? ? ? What motivates you & why? <BR> <BR> <BR> Me: At one point, all the members of my immediate family were either overweight or obese. My husband and oldest daughter were overweight and my youngest and I were the obese ones. Now, when my husband saw the effort I was putting in to lose weight, it spurred him on to watching his food intake. He has always exercised but he was starting to have a stomach which he did not like. He is now the correct weight. I still have a ways to go down to my... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:40:40 EST April 2014 - Daily emoticons for goodies! Feel good? <em>30</em> <BR> Feel sad? <em>46</em> <BR> You've exercised a lot? <em>33</em> <em>198</em> <BR> You feel like eating a certain food? <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> Let us know about it! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:25:50 EST April 2014 - Jot down your exercises done! This is the place where you record the exercises you have done for the day! Let us see how many fitness minutes the team can have during the month of April. We will do this by adding the previous minutes recorded. Ex. If 60 minutes was done by the previous member and you have done 112 mins, that would make a total of 172 minutes. Let's add these up! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:07:00 EST New Here I just want to introduce myself. I'm Christal a 28 year old mother to 2 boys. I live in Alberta and I have already lost 70lbs on Weight Watchers and I gained 10 back. Ive been trying a few different apps/sites for calorie tracking but I haven't found anything that Ive been able to stick too so Im trying out Spark People and I'm really hoping this one works for me. I look forward to hopefully get to know some of you and be active on this board. <BR> Thanks for taking the time to read my post ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 01:55:02 EST New Hi, <BR> I am new here and don't really know where or how to get started. Any help appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thx <BR> Alli2819 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:32:03 EST Sunshine Just starting my new program. Just learning all that Spark People has to offer. Checking out all my options and hope for a successful weight loss journey. Hope to meet some very inspiring people to help with with my journey. Nice to meet you and Have A Happy! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:45:03 EST Introducing me Hello all Canadians, <BR> I have been a member of sparkspeople on and off since 2011. In August of 2013, I started consistently logging on and tracking my food. As of yesterday, I am down 52 lbs! It's been the hardest and best thing I've ever done. I've lost weight before with different weight loss plans that involve taking a lot of pills and basically starving yourself. The weight always came back. Since I began my journey this time, I've been lucky to have an incredibly supportive family be... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:12:30 EST A Burst of Color Run <em>364</em> <BR> I thought I'd let all Alberta members know about this 5K run in Rosedale Alberta. <BR> is the site I got the information from. <BR> Join me this July for the 3rd Annual Burst of Color Run on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 10am at Centennial Park in Rosemary, Alberta just east of Drumheller. <BR> Early-bird Registration opens April 1. April 1 to May 31 ... <BR> If you are interested in attending I would love to hear from you. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:49:38 EST How I chose my sparkname Should have been Steel Dawn , like the movie. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:36:45 EST Hello all! I joined SP a couple of years ago, but with very little community participation, mostly as an observer. In fact, I believe that this is my first introductory post. As a result, I never really took to SP and was unsuccessful in my attempt at a healthy lifestyle. Now I've decided to begin again, this time aiming for real results. I am looking forward to this journey with all of you. <em>41</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:05:57 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Andrea, in Toronto. Starting (again) a plan to get healthy and lose weight. Oh, I've done this so many times before. But I'm new to SparkPeople and am really impressed by how easy the trackers are to use. It's only Day 3, and I'm still feeling that newbie enthusiasm, but the hard work of staying on track for even just THREE DAYS makes me feel like I should have lost about 8 lbs by now. (Not to worry, I haven't). <BR> <BR> I'm a single mother by choice to two little girls, I'm 41, an... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:34:21 EST Hi! Hi! <BR> I am a proud Canadian with 58lbs to lose!! I have a 5 year old son and have been married for 6 years. I want to lose weight so that I can eliminate some health issues - including secondary infertility. <BR> I'm from Ontario :) Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:50:14 EST Checking In Good Morning and Happy St. Patrick's day to all. <BR> Checking in from GTA area Ontario. <em>441</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:32:12 EST New at SparkPeople Hi there. Im new at this site and hoping i can finally get some help and reassurance with my weight loss. I've been on a strict diet for a few months and did lose 15 lbs but i'm having troubles with my back making it harder to exercise for long periods of time. Im wondering if i did 3 10 minutes a day, would it work just as well as if i did 1 30 min workout? Any positive input would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:50:37 EST Starting over... I don't even really want to be here, that's how motivated I am! But I need to be here, I'm kind of sinking right now and this is like my last stand. So, here I am again, after losing weight and regaining it and feeling down about myself. This is a start for me. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:30:23 EST Nervous but hopeful... Hey, my name is Britt and I'm finally to the point where I'm so desperate that I have to do something. I've tried losing weight in the past but my willpower seems to be nonexistent after a couple of weeks of trying to be healthy. I'm guilty of losing 10 pounds, then putting on 20+. I'm to the point where my clothes aren't fitting anymore and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. The one thing in common with all of my past attempts is that I did it alone- so I'm hoping that participating in the me... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:44 EST Motivated in Alberta! I am excited to start this interactive program. Great to have some online friends to support and encourage as we reach those small goals together. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:14:14 EST Old team member, trying to get back on track Hi all, <BR> It's been a really long time for me to be back on Spark. I have some good excuses, but they are all just that: excuses. <BR> So I am ready to come back to SP. I've reset my goals and need to remember to make time for myself everyday to exercise and just spend in my own head without outside distractions. <BR> <BR> A little about me: My previous SP name was Gordiesmommy. I am mom to a rambunctious 7 yo boy who loves hockey. I am a wife to DH. I am also a kindergarten/Grade 1 teac... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:29:49 EST Leaving sparkpeople Hey! <BR> I am sorry to say that I am leaving sparkpeople. <BR> I apologize for not being a very good leader or friend this last year. <BR> <BR> Yiche is doing a good job and I know this team is pretty active. <BR> Take care of each other and keep on sparking. <BR> <BR> Lise Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:30:25 EST New to the Team I am brand new to Spark. I am very keen on eating right and I exercise almost daily. Losing weight has never been easy and now that I am 50 it is a must. My health and my knees are counting on losing at least 20 pounds. I have tried to trim down before but I think that I was missing out on the community support. Here goes! <BR> TB Sat, 8 Mar 2014 17:13:11 EST Spun 50 points for the team Woo Hoo spun 50 points for Calling all Canadians twice in a row!! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:20:17 EST just joined this team Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> from vancouver bc, working towards getting to goal weight this year. <BR> <BR> hope to get to meet some fellow sparkers and motivate and support each other Tue, 4 Mar 2014 02:29:54 EST Not Just About The Numbers On the Scale I just wanted to remind everyone not to just focus on the numbers that show on the scale. I lost 3.4 pounds in February which isn't too bad but you know what's better? 2.5 inches on the waist 1 inch on the hips 2 inches on the upper arm and 2 inches on the thigh. Add up all those inches and I lost 7.5 inches in February. <em>224</em> <BR> Bring on spring. <BR> Sandy Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:00:37 EST March 2014 - Daily emoticons earns you goodies!!! Let us know how you feel with these emoticons. At the beginning of the new month, you will receive a goodie! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:44:25 EST March 2014 - Give the team your bonus points! From the Start page, when you scroll down to Step 3, you will see some red flags on the left hand side of the teams you belong to. Click on Calling All Canadians Team and let us know how many points you got! Let us keep our team at the top! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:41:05 EST March 2014 - Jot down your exercises done! Keeping tab of your exercises done is a great way to see your overall progress. Often, we don't realize just how much or how little we do. Writing it down really makes you more accountable to yourself. Good luck with your goals! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:34:28 EST March 2014 - Calories IN and OUT! !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE! <BR> <BR> How did you do in February? Personally, I did horribly because I had lots of appointments with my husband before his surgery, but he should be coming out in the next couple of days. March will definitely be a better month... Am I ready to attack the month of March? Yep! and as soon as he's home, I will restart my program. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:21:13 EST Hi! Just finished eating a bag of chips and thinking that I was tired, my knees are aching and I really gotta loose weight, so thought I'd sign up and see what happens Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:06:09 EST How can you not feel GREAT when your a Canadian <em>334</em> <em>636</em> <em>652</em> <em>705</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:44:42 EST Province Roll Call BRITISH COLUMBIA <em>524</em> I have just restarted after going astray for over a year. I've rethought my goals and am ready to commit 100%. My goal is to lose 35 pounds by November this year.....very doable with help from SPARK friends. How any of you will come along and join me? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:38:21 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:15 EST depressing plateau Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just need to vent a bit. I've hit a plateau. 19 days… then down a pound. I got all excited thinking I was on the move again. Nope. Now up to another 9 or 10 days and haven't budged (except up 0.6/down 0.6, etc., etc., etc.) <BR> <BR> I know this is normal… I've done this before. I'm just so friggin down about it. Stupid weather isn't helping (live on the eastern prairies, where we are having 2nd coldest winter on record - 120 years). Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:25:50 EST Just joined :) Hey everyone just joined up today and ready to hit the road to weight loss success! Add me if you like :) Always looking for motivational pals :) Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:22:36 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST What is behind your Spark Name? My name is Lise (pronounced Lees). When I was a baby and just starting to speak, and people would ask my name, it was said that I used to say "Yeesh". However, being francophone, I spell it Yiche and 12 represents the day I was born on. To this day, I still go by Yiche to all my siblings. <em>20</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:06:50 EST New Canuck Hello group! <BR> <BR> New Canuck here! Just checking everything out that this site has to offer! :) Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:06:45 EST inspired by the Olympic athletes Despite the uncool bits about the Olympics empire, and Sochi, I'm really enjoying watching the Olympics! Now that I'm more serious about exercising I really appreciate how hard they train to get that good! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping some company will sponsor me to take a couple years off to exercise! ha ha <BR> <BR> Have you been watching the daily montages on They're exciting and emotional! <BR> <link><BR>ay-musical-montage.html?cid=mrss </link> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:57:08 EST over eating at night I also have such a hard time at night, all day I am really good, my husband comes home late at night and I get his dinner ready for him, then I am hungry again, or I make his lunch and want to snack. It is so hard for me to get away from this. because of this I cannot lose the weight I need to. Hoping being with the sparks people I will be able to curb this some how? <em>386</em> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:56:46 EST Let's try this again... Hi - I am an old member returning...Guess when I joined before I just couldn't figure out how to move around on this site...So I'm back and this time I am not giving up so easily. I have 24 lbs to lose. I am from Ontario...lots of snow here this year. <BR> I have struggled with my weight it seems all my life and now at my young age of 67, I'm back. <BR> I have heard so many good things about Spark People that this site has helped so many with weight loss. <BR> I only hope I can hang in her... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:15:27 EST Breaking the Window on Abuse & Mental Illness I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suffering to b... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:16:23 EST Hello all newbie here. Hello, <BR> I am new to Sparkle and am hoping to find support and accountability here. A little overwhelmed at all the information at the moment but am trying to take it in :) I am looking to join some challenges as I know I succeed when I have a source of support. I never really know what to say on these things. I am terrible at the all or nothing mentality which usually leads to my down fall. I need to learn to relax and take small bites on anything and everything to stop myself from the... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:52:38 EST New Northern Girl! Hi! <BR> <BR> Ok, well, here's my little Intro: <BR> <BR> I am a 33yr old from Northern Ontario. Born and raised in Timmins Ontario, I spent time growing up in Whitehorse YK and in Kimberley BC. I've been happily married for 10 years, and work full time for a pretty cool Airline that flies up the James Bay Coast. I am a horseback rider, fisher-person, and hiker. Even though I am plus sized, and really don't want to go below 200lbs, I want to get myself back on track :) <BR> <BR> Thanks... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:33:24 EST A new lease on life Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a 32 year old cancer survivor, wife and mom of one. After a 5 year battle with multiple myeloma I am gratefully in full response to treatment, though I am loathe to say I am healthy. For this entire journey I have told myself that the extra weight is from all the steroids, or that I would lose it when I had my transplant last spring, but not so. While I believe that during treatment was not the time to try to lose weight I don't think that gaining(!) 50lbs assisted ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:55:09 EST Pushups Challenge Anyone? Starting Sunday, Feb. 9th, we will have a pushups challenge. If you're anything like me, this is one of the exercises that challenges me to the fullest. We can begin with modified pushups (on your knees indicated as (M)) or a full pushup (F). We will be reasonable and if you can do more, indicate it beside the date as to how many you have done. For example: Feb. 9 - 6 pushups - Done: 2 F & 4 M which means 2 full and 4 modified pushups. This allows you to see the progress you are makin... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:20:29 EST Squats Challenge Anyone? As of Sunday, February 9th, this challenge will begin. Mark an X beside the day you have completed the exercises. <BR> <BR> PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE INFORMATION BELOW AND RETURN TO YOUR REPLY TO EDIT THE INFORMATION. <BR> <BR> Feb. 9 - 10 squats - <BR> Feb. 10 - 12 squats - <BR> Feb. 11 - 14 squats - <BR> Feb. 12 - 16 squats - <BR> Feb. 13 - 20 squats - <BR> Feb. 14 - Ah geez, it's Valentine's Day -- REST <BR> Feb. 15 - 24 squats - <BR> Feb. 16 - 24 squats - <BR> Feb. 18 - 26 squa... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:06:54 EST February saying Hi for Emoticons <em>524</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 01:51:40 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:30:47 EST Hello everyone Hello all, I was gone for a while as I got pregnant last year and had a beautiful baby girl in November. I am down to my pre-pregnancy weight and I'm now back to where I was before trying to lose another 20-30 pounds. <BR> <BR> A little about me... <BR> I just turned 34 a week ago, been married to my husband for almost 9 years (anniversary is at the end of the month), have one daughter named Isla. We live on Vancouver Island in BC. <BR> <BR> I'm not very accountable so I'm hoping this tim... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 02:20:58 EST new member needing motivational buddy Hi I'm a new member with a few reasonable goals; to lose a few lbs, increase my cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. I'm closer to my 30's than my 20's and I want to keep up a healthy lifestyle to continue enjoying our beautiful outdoors. Looking for a buddy to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 00:18:40 EST Hello - I am New/Old Member Hi all! I joined Spark people back in 2010, but got de-motivated a while back and stopped logging in. But I am back now and ready to get serious! I am a 40-something Mother to 2 (1 adult Daughter and 1 pre-teen Daugther) and just became a Grandmother for the First time! So I am ready to get fit and healthier. Not much weight to lose, just a few pounds, mostly I want to eat and live better so I can feel better! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:09:50 EST New Member :D HELLO!!! Hello!! <BR> <BR> I am new to this sparkpeople thing. I think this place is a great idea, and I love how supportive the groups are, I am just not sure how they work. I have been a member for ~ 6 hours so I am guessing it will come with time. I am a Mom, a Wife, and a student in nursing school. I am battling (but winning) a chocolate addiction. (I replaced smoking with chocolate, big mistake) My biggest problem is finding time to exercise, cook, plan and eat healthy. i find I eat toast and PB... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:54:09 EST Let's Do This Ok... I have been playing at this 'weight loss thing' for a long time. In the past year I have come face to face with a lot - A LOT - of unflattering, unnerving and downright terrifying truths about my paradigm around food, my body, my identity and how they relate to what I weigh and what I look like. Not the least of these is that I rarely commit to anything. I get super excited and participate for 2-3 days, then bail.... I want to commit to complete this challenge and would love any support... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:34:28 EST Hi I'm a new member Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and am navigating my way around. Lots to take in and learn, but it is a journey for me. Originally I wanted to lose 100lbs, one pound at a time. To date I have lost 11 lbs. Does anyone know have to change original weight. I make a mistake when I first started and so far it shows i have not lost a pound. Looking for the support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:56:41 EST New here Hi, I am coming off a month long program of eating only whole foods. I want to continue eating right so that I can lose 40 pounds. Nice to have like minded people around for support. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 19:58:31 EST Blown away! I just wanted to say thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. I just got a chance to check my spark page and noticed all the comments and spark goodies and mostly all of them were from you all here. I haven't been very active here on spark, except in the Nascar forum because of the game that runs there throughout the regular season. But I am definitely going to try to get in here a little more often after this because you all made me feel appreciated on my birthday. So I just wanted... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:27:23 EST Happy Birthday to LAVAL54! <em>383</em> my dear. I wish you a great day and hope that you will be surrounded by your loved ones. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lise Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:47:12 EST Happy 11th Anniversary to KSGAMMA! Dear Lin, I wish you and your husband a great day today. Continue to enjoy your life with him and wish you many, many more years. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>408</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lise Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:45:29 EST Hi everyone I am new and I am CONFUSED! LOL I have messed up with this so many times. <BR> I kept forgetting what I used as my name and my passport. I think I have made about 4 different starts but this morning I remembered this one! YaY me! lol <BR> I have a LOT of weight to lose. I have problems with exercise because I can't get down on the floor. If I do I can't get up. I was sick about two months ago and slid off my bed on to the floor. My husband had to call for paramedics. He can't pick me up by himself. *sigh* <BR> I have a dis... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:19:12 EST Synonym - Antonym Give us the synonym then antonym of this word? <BR> <BR> Ex. Perplexed ~ Syn. bewildered, Ant. certain <BR> <BR> (You should provide the next word that the following person will work on) <BR> <BR> Let us start with: ACCUSTOMED <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:25:46 EST Word association game.... What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see this word? <BR> <BR> Vehicle Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:22:13 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATTHEWRON Wishing you a great day enjoying life with loved ones and friends. <em>383</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:14:57 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:22:03 EST February '14 - Daily emoticon earns you GOODIES Drop by every day if you can and drop off an emoticon. At the end of the month, it will earn you a goodie. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:30:06 EST February 2014 - Jot down your exercises done!! It is actually encouraging to see exactly what exercises you are doing on a daily basis. When you see it written down on black and white, it really jolts you into action. <BR> <BR> On this thread, please insert your exercises done. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:54:32 EST February 2014 - Calories IN and OUT! !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE! <BR> <BR> How did you do in January? Personally, I could have done better but I got too busy with other activities. Am I ready to attack the month of January? Sure thing.... Hope you will join me on this challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> We will be continuing with the Daily Calorie Differential (DCD). If you are ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:50:55 EST finding your way around spark people hello well im on spark people again for another go of it i havent been o for a few yrs i believe...tryed quite a few yrs ago but didnt keep it its a new start and and a new beginig...i was at my highest weight 2 yrs ago at 265 so i desided to go to hebal magic i did do my2 yrs although i didnt follow it perfectly i did lose approx 50 pounds...since the i can not stand taking pills...and i am back up to i will start slowly and py attention o what i eating..i go swimming 2 t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:01:19 EST hi there.. Hello. My name is Siegrid and I live north of Montreal in Quebec. I've been on Spark People before and reached my goal, kept it off for 2 years, and then when my Dad died I started putting it back again. I have tried a couple of times since then, but gave up. Hoping this time I will succeed. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:51:25 EST Looking for accountability buddy Hi, I am kind of new here. :). I am at a healthy weight and I exercise daily. My struggle is eating in response to stress. I am looking for someone able to check in on me, encourage me and kick my butt when needed. Will do the same in return. Thanks! :) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:46:49 EST Hello from Nova Scotia Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm from little ol' Nova Scotia, out on the East Coast. I absolutely love where I live but at the same time I have had enough of winter for one year <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am a 26 year old stay-at-home-mom who has some serious changes needing to be made in life! <BR> <BR> I am really happy I found this site! I look forward to meeting people! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:20:42 EST A man on a mission, who needs guidance and support Hi there, <BR> <BR> My name is Matthew. I am turning 35 this week-end and wish to get healthier. <BR> <BR> I find that of all the times I have given myself this goal, the problem usually lies with the fact that I try to do/change too much, too quickly; resulting in me quitting quite fast. <BR> <BR> Although I have not integrated exercise, officially back in my life, I must say that I have a job that does have me moving a great part of my shift. I take walks with clients 1 to 3 times a d... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:22:06 EST Just Starting Out Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> I am just starting out and have a long hard road ahead of me. I am motivated so hopefully with this site and some help from Sparkpeople friends, I will stay motivated and achieve <BR> my goals. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:21:45 EST Ten pounds down!!!! Woohoo we finally got our digital scale batteries replaced so I can actually get an accurate weight. <BR> <BR> As of today I am down ten pounds :) Since Jan 4th I think it was so not bad! Yay me for sticking to it. <BR> <BR> With out even knowing it was a reward I went and got my hair done today. <BR> <BR> Heather Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:44:00 EST Hello :) Hi there fellow Canadians and Thanks for the invite! <BR> I am new to Spark People and enjoying the site. I have a weight loss goal of 80 lbs and I hope to become healthier and fitter along the way. <BR> I enjoy belly dancing, Yoga, walking, photography, cooking and playing with my 2 wonderful Border Collies. <BR> <BR> Happiness and Health to all! <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:41:13 EST Birthday and Anniversary wishes done here! We have had two birthdays that have gone by recently! <BR> <BR> On January 10, JOYAOLSON celebrated her birthday. Pass by her Spark Page and give her your good wishes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>YAOLSON </link> <BR> <BR> and also on <BR> <BR> January 16 - JRCOACH celebrated a birthday. Please leave a message right here as he/she does not have a Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all. Lise <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:02:34 EST Hey there! Big guy on a mission! Hey everybody!! <BR> I'm a big guy who has lost roughly 120lbs so far! Not looking back! <BR> I'm super outgoing and motivated! <BR> Big time outdoors guy, I love mountain biking, hiking, geocaching, walkin the dogs, and the gym of course! <BR> Lookin for anybody who's close to me with equal interests and goals! Keep fit guys! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:24:33 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:37:22 EST FEBRUARY - Give the team your bonus points! From your START page, scroll down to the red flag beside our team Calling All Canadians. Click on the flag and it will give you extra points for this team. Yes, we are the greatest! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:06:16 EST New to this Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined a week ago, but this is my first post as I've been surfing around the site getting used to it. So far, I'm very impressed! Your stories are inspirational and the amount of info is amazing. I need to lose 36lbs, and according to the calculations here, I might be able to do it by May. I've been using the nutrition tracker , which I was dreading, but I found it extremely helpful. ( Who knew that those little semi-sweet chocolate chips I like to munch on had so many cal... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:48:20 EST Injured and Off The Wagon - HELP! My knee popped on Sunday evening and now I can't do much of anything. I took yesterday off entirely in hopes that it would have been enough for some strength to return to my knee, but alas. I was doing so well with my diet today, knowing that I wasn't going to be able to burn the usual 500+ calories I usually do. When I got home, though, rather than making my salmon and mixed vegetables, I wound up having a giant serving of pasta and two large bowls of multi-grain cheerios, and now I'm ove... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:54:28 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:58 EST First timer Hi! I just joined SparkPeople on Sunday. I'm I dire need for help to lose weight. I lost approximately 35 pounds 4 years ago for my son's wedding, but have gained it plus back. I need to lose weight to feel better and avoid health issues as I get older. I'm looking forward to Friday, as my home gym is being delivered, and I need to held accountable. Today, I played WII for the first time in months, and had good time doing it. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:21:16 EST No scale showing that makes sense Hi can anyone help re my reports scale for my weight and measurements comes up in metric although I checked "no metric" on my START page. <BR> The report just has 1.7 up the side and a funny graph not my real detailed weight. <BR> <BR> HELP? <BR> Bebe Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:02:44 EST Motivation and Encouragement Quotes - DO SHARE! "The expectations of life depend upon diligency; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools." <BR> <BR> ~ Confucius Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:37:48 EST finally seeing some results I've been sticking to the plan with the exception of this past saturday I had to go to a friends for dinner where I tried to stay on track but slipped a little. <BR> <BR> Been doing my extra walk to work it works out to about 6-7miles a day. Today I finally saw the scale go down but I don't want to update my tracker until I am sure it's gone for good lol. I am down about four pounds. It's a start at least! <BR> Now I am off to get ready so I can hike to the sky train again. <BR> <BR> Heath... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:27:54 EST Birthday or special occasion coming up? Please write in the date and occasion to be celebrated? Copy and paste the information below and insert your information in a new reply. Please try as best as possible to keep the dates in a chronological order. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> January - <BR> <BR> February - <BR> <BR> March - <BR> <BR> April - <BR> <BR> May - <BR> <BR> June - <BR> <BR> July - <BR> <BR> August - <BR> <BR> September - <BR> 12 - Yiche12 (birthday) <BR> <BR> October - <BR> <BR> November - <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:38:46 EST Challenge Start Hi! I will be a late starter as I have pneumonia right now and just found this challenge. :-) <BR> I am able to do a few light squats with no weight, and some ab work, but I will do as much as the illness allows until I'm well~! <BR> <BR> I will be checking my weight when I get a weigh scale and for now I will use the fit of my clothing to see if I'm headed in the right direction. Aiming for 60 lbs this year~! <BR> Will post my weight when I find out. <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:30:17 EST Hi Everyone This is the first online community I have ever joined. I am so tired of being overweight. I am so tired of wearing the same clothes everyday because I cannot fit into anything. I dread summer because I am always in jeans. This year I am ready and excited to make changes. This summer will be different and I cannot wait to get started Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:42:54 EST HI Just joining this site. I have about 20 lbs I want to shed. I'm up and down like a yo yo. <BR> Went to WW few weeks ago and lost 5 lbs then got busy with life and lost my motivation. <BR> Not doing well with weight loss now but hoping this site will help me. <BR> I am consumed by how tight my clothes feel, the extra weight I see in my face. Also plagued by the need to go back to gym and get my weights and cardio going again. <BR> Bought junk food last night and pigged out. Got to stop. Anybo... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:54:22 EST New and needing support Hi All! My name is Krista and I hail from eastern Canada. I am new to the Spark community and am in need of some new friends and support! Like I'm sure many of you have, when it comes to weight loss, I've done it all: Weight Watchers, Tops, special diets and work out programs, etc. I'm not saying those programs are bad, I'm just saying I didn't find the personal interaction I needed to be successful. This is where you come in :) I need people to encourage and check on me daily to ensur... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:10:52 EST Following a life long dream! Hello everyone, my name is Linda and I have always wanted to be fit and healthy. Never took myself up on the challenge. I will be 55 in 9 weeks and have decided to start on Monday January 20 to fulfill my dream. I hope I will also be a positive model for my 20 and 21 year old kids. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:10:08 EST Having a hard time... Eating. I am not interested in food. I know this is not good or healthy. I just want to sleep. I hurt my sciatic really bad and moving is challenging. <BR> <BR> I just need to get in the kitchen and do it! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:25:31 EST Proud of myself! I got back on the exercise train! I have the day off and I just put on my fitbit filled up my water bottle, made a fast paced play list for my iPod and did a 2.8 mile walk in 31 minutes according to my little pedometer! <BR> <BR> Yay! first walk under my belt now to make it a habit. <BR> <BR> Heather Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:43:48 EST What was the hardest thing for you to give up? I think I am officially fully detoxed from chocolate! I don't even know how many days it's been now. I have never really even been a huge chocolate eater but working in a chocolate store where you are allowed to sample what ever you want it becomes way too easy! <BR> <BR> <BR> What was the hardest thing for you to give up? <BR> <BR> Heather Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:45:17 EST Looking to get healthy Hi l just signed up to fulfil my weight and fitness goals . To reach the goals l have set for myself to look and feel the best l can Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:05:58 EST Turbo Fire Workout Today marks Day 7 for my Turbo Fire workout and I was wondering if anyone else in this team is working out with it as well? <BR> <BR> HIIT 45 and STRETCH 10 for me tonight! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:19:38 EST It's here it's tiny and it's adorably CUTE! I just got my fit bit in the mail. Its so tiny and cute I can't wait to get it all figured out and start using it! I think had I known it was that tiny I might of gone for the flashy lime green one instead of black because it would be easier to spot if I drop it. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have a Fitbit? Any tips for me? <BR> <BR> I can't wait to test it out! <BR> <BR> Heather Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:48:29 EST New to the team and site Just wanted to say hi and let you know that I am very excited to be joining your team and to reach my goals this year Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:41:50 EST Hi, I'm Maria It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:13 EST Hello Everyone I just came across this site. Had not heard of it before but doing a search for online weight loss support and this came up. yay! So like many started the new year with a resolution to finally do this and get my health and weight where it needs to be. My goal is to lose 50lbs by July and I will be 40 in August! eeek and I have said for the past 2 years I will have my act together by the time I'm this is it...its time I HAVE to do this....for health and happiness! I'm from Nova Scotia... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:36:24 EST Almost made it through my first week Good afternoon everyone and happy Friday. I cannot believe I have almost made it through my first week and lost 5lbs. I have had a few oopsies but nothing that I did not learn from (like I didn't already know). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week end. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:31:10 EST Gazelle Crosstrainer Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this forum. I recently purchased a second hand gazelle to start my weight loss journey. If anyone has the Freestyle crosstrainer pro would you be able to tell me what size the "set screws" are that keep the handles rigid. I have searched high and low, and of course don't have a manual so I can't look at the specifications. Would greatly appreciate any help I can get, because it's a little wobbly when I try to use it. I look foward to seeing some gre... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:40:50 EST Hello My second day in, I've yoyoed between a healthy weight and up to 30lbs over weight since my teenage years. I never really liked exercise, and I have a weakness for candy and chocolate. Presently my biggest worry of not being able to reach my goal is that I have the mirena IUD and many have given testimony that this IUD causes weight loss to be virtually impossible. However, I am optimistic and looking forward to my journey, and happy to be a part of this group. Anyone got success stories ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:57:52 EST Getting back on track I have tried Spark before but got overwhelmed by all of the stuff. I want to try again but will only join one team in hopes that I can connect with other like minded people. I need a village to help me. I wasn't ready to ask for help before but now I am. I am looking forward to meeting embers of this team. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:56:49 EST 30 Day Squat Challenge How about a Squat Challenge to help work those glutes! Don't forget that when you are doing a squat, you should sit as far behind as possible so that your knees do not pass your toes. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 50 squats <BR> Day 2 - 55 squats <BR> Day 3 - 60 squats <BR> Day 4 - Rest <BR> Day 5 - 70 squats <BR> Day 6 - 75 squats <BR> Day 7 - 80 squats <BR> Day 8 - Rest <BR> Day 9 - 100 squats <BR> Day 10 - 105 squats <BR> Day 11 - 110 squats <BR> Day 12 - Rest <BR> Day 13 - 130 squats <BR> Day 14 ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:59:40 EST back after 5 years I last tried spark 5 years ago as a teenager. I was able to lose 15 pounds and reach my goal of 150. I now have 35 pounds to lose to reach 150 again. I have patellofemeral syndrome which will make this more difficult. I'm hoping there are other people on here that are young with knee problems. I can't find anyone in my everyday life that can understand how hard exercise is with a knee problem. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:46:23 EST Excited to get started! 35lbs to lose! There is so much to read and learn on this site. I look forward to all the inspiring stories and recipes from everyone! I hope I can keep up with everything. I joined a gym a couple days ago and am starting on Monday. I also follow my fitness pal on my phone with my husband. I am going to Mexico in the spring and would like to lose the last of my weight. I have already lost 40 lbs! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:57:38 EST January Plank Challenge Hey hey! <BR> <BR> I'm taking this challenge starting today (January 3rd)! Have you tried this before? Wanna join me? Who can beat me? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn't! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds <em>248</em> <BR> Day 2 - 20 seconds <em>248</em> <BR> Day 3 - 30 second... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:17:07 EST Losing my mind I am trying how to add the 30 day food challenge into my nutrition tracker. Is there an easier way to do it other then item by item? This really unmotivates me. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:13:27 EST Happy New Year Hi Everyone. I am not new to sparkpeople but have veered off the path. <BR> <BR> I do not make resolutions but this year I really need to focus on myself and getting healthy. I have done a small goal for myself to make it more realistic. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone and have a fantabulous day Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:57:21 EST Well, I'm hesitant, but need this badly.... I'm 57 and non-insulin dependent diabetic and I'm feeling desperate to do this, but not really convinced I'll ever be able to get there. <BR> <BR> I've done a million diets before...some successful, some not. As I get older it's certainly getting harder and every extra pound I have seems to be on my stomach! I've been craving carbs like they are going out of style and not quite sure how to get past this, but I'm going to try. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful, successful 2014. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:40:14 EST A - Z Canadian Cities or Towns..... A - Acme, Alberta Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:27:21 EST Starting a New Year Hello to all and may 2014 be a 'spark' of a year. I am a 50+ Canadian who has been using FitBit for a year but it has been a hit and miss attempt in reaching my goal of 10,000 steps a day. In the past I have completed a number of half marathons runs but found the running was taking a toll on my body. Here's to a new year and new goals. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:29:39 EST 2014 ... here I come Well... here I am. Don't look now but I'm making a plan. Not just any plan either... a plan for success. I'm excited for change and a little apprehensive about the work that is ahead of me but baby steps will get me there. I'm excited to see you all as we work towards our goals... together. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:13:56 EST January 2014 - Calories IN and OUT! Weigh in on January 1:165.4lbs <BR> <BR> Jan. 1 - <BR> Jan. 2 - <BR> Jan. 3 - <BR> Jan. 4 - <BR> Jan. 5 - <BR> Jan. 6 - <BR> Jan. 7 - <BR> Jan. 8 - <BR> Jan. 9 - <BR> Jan. 10 - <BR> Jan. 11 - <BR> Jan. 12 - <BR> Jan. 13 - <BR> Jan. 14 - <BR> Jan. 15 - <BR> Jan. 16 - <BR> Jan. 17 - <BR> Jan. 18 - <BR> Jan. 19 - <BR> Jan. 20 - <BR> Jan. 21 - <BR> Jan. 22 - <BR> Jan. 23 - <BR> Jan. 24 - <BR> Jan. 25 - <BR> Jan. 26 - <BR> Jan. 27 - <BR> Jan. 28 - <BR> Jan. 29 - <BR> Jan. 30 - <BR> Jan. 31 - <BR>... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:28:30 EST January 2014 - Calories IN and OUT! !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE! <BR> <BR> Well, with the end of year festivities behind us, we can now set off this new year with new goals and energy. Are we all ready to attack the month of January? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> We will be Daily Calorie Differential (DCD). If you are experiencing difficulty in losing weight, check out the link here: ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:50:36 EST New Year and New Life Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kerri. After a Maternity Leave and being in great shape from all the free-time I had to exercise during the mat leave, I returned to work two years ago and, I have put on 70lbs - eating poorly and little to no exercise. I feel unhealthy and with four kids, a full-time job and a recent separation, I want to feel my best. I have joined hoping that the members out there will help me meet my goals and then I will be able to help others meet their goals... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:19:28 EST Hi! I signed on to Spark People in 2009 but didn't take the time to check things out. I'm so glad I finally looked around - what great community support and challenges! (WW was good for tracking but I really like motivation from 'teammates'!) Looking forward to celebrating successes this winter with all of you! <BR> <BR> Sue (in Halifax) Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:14:53 EST Just starting out Hi my name is Vicki and I am a true Canadian thru and thru. I have joined Spark to become more aware of healthier choices and to get my health on track. I have a slightly different problem as I can not gain weight. I have weighed under 100 lbs for most of my life. This sounds great but trust me its not. I am hoping the nutrient information and support I can get to my goal of 120. Wish me luck. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:24:11 EST New to Spark! Hi! I'm new to this, I need to lose weight, and get more fit. I am a Great-gramma, married to the love of my life. I live in small town Alberta. I love to read, crochet, play in the out of doors. I belong to a very close Church family as well as my natural family. Happy New Year! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:25 EST Day one Hello! My name is Anna and my goal is to lose the weight that has been creeping up on me...although I have been on and off the SparkPeople site for several years, I have never reached out to the community for support. This time, I feel focussed and strong and have restarted TODAY in hopes of making the weight-loss dream finally come true. look forward to hearing from fellow fighters along my way :) Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:10:17 EST New Sparky... Hi all, My name is Kimberley. I am a college student (taking Photography) and loving it. :) I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. Moved out of Toronto (still in Ontario) to attend school. :) I am married. No kids. Today (December 29th) is my birthday... so for a present from myself - I joined SparkPeople. :) I am not waiting til New Years to make my "become healthy" for my Resolution. I'm doing it right now! :) I would like to lose around 45 pounds and then re-evaluate w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:28:14 EST Mud Hero. Anyone try it? I am looking into registering for Mud Hero Halifax in July 2014. It looks so fun and my cousins were thinking of putting a team together. I am a little concerned how to tug my 240 lb body around the coarse (well, plan to be lighter by then, but even so). Anyone do this? Let me know how it went? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:20:52 EST Proud of myself and wanted to share! Just made sugar cookies for the family and didn't even eat a scrap of dough. I made very healthy oatmeal squares this morning, so I had one of those instead. I didn't cheat myself! <em>104</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:23:39 EST 49 in a few days... Hi all, I became a mom at 40 and, though I was always on a bit of a weight roller coaster, I was always able to take the pounds off with a break-up or enough motivation. After the big event, though, I couldn't get below 140 to save my life. Recently I did something amazing and stressful over the course of a few months and slimmed way down. I had stopped weighing myself at that point because I get a little nutty with the scale, but I dropped a good two pant sizes. Of course I got cocky and dec... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:57:13 EST Hi hi everyone. I am new here and looking forward to losing the weight that never seems to come off!! I tend to be a busy person with work and now need to find the time to get to the gym and prep those meals before hand! <BR> <BR> Chat soon!! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:49:43 EST Jan....GOODIES 30 mins for 31 days challenge <em>381</em> Come and post how many minutes you worked out today. Any kind of exercise will do. walking, skiing, swimming, golfing, weight name it, you can do it! At the end of Jan. I will hand out goodies for all those that take on the challenge. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:26:43 EST Jan.....Say Hi For Goodies Challenge <em>524</em> .....This challenge will start on Jan. 1st. I've already handed out this month goodies for Dec. Thanks for participation...Let's make Jan. rock! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:10:14 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the main page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:45:23 EST Merry Christmas everyone..... <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Three Wishes <BR> When you are lonely <BR> I wish you Love <BR> When you are confused <BR> I wish you Faith <BR> When you are down <BR> I wish you Joy <BR> <BR> wishing you and yours all the blessings of the Christmas season.... <BR> blessings and hugs...............lita <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> ... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:05:24 EST Happy Holidays!!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> It came without ribbons. <BR> It came without tags. <BR> It came without packages, boxes or bags ... <BR> Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. <BR> "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. <BR> Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more! <BR> ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! <BR> <BR> May you h... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:10:09 EST Canadians Are Soooo Nice.... All the wonderful comments on my sparkpage from all you wonderful sparking Canadians made me re-evaluate my priorities and helping out on this team is definitely one of them. I did have to cut back on other teams that I was involved with. Leading and committing to all the teams takes an incredible amount of time as some of you know. So I just wanted to say <em>304</em> to all my <em>223</em> 's for all the nice words you sent my way. <BR> <BR> You all have a wonderful sparking day... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:23:53 EST Sparky Sparky... A new sparky here... well sort of Hi! My name is Kimberley.. I'm in my 40's... been here before... lost weight... gained some back.. and have returned to get this weight off once and for all. :) I'm Canadian. :) Married. No kids, but I have a zillion stuffed animals. There is talk in the New Year of getting either a puppy or a kitten.. it will be my 1st animal ever... kind of excited and nervous at the same time. :) I can lose weight on my own.. but I'm looking for some support along the way. So! :) Hope... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:05:11 EST people needing people - are the luckiest people Hi - my name is Hazel. I have been fighting the good fight most of my life but now that I am a senior, I am most relaxed about the whole thing and its not so much now, how good I look but how good I feel. I have enjoyed being part of the Spark People Site and would love to chat now and again with other seniors who are struggling as well. I began at 232.5 a few years ago and this morning am 193.5 so I am thankful for the 49 lb loss but know I need to get down much lower and with your encourage... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:40:06 EST Hi today just starting Hello, trying this page to start my new changes to my old fitness lifestyle before I lost track 2 years ago Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:50:42 EST Hello! Hello from the frozen Canadian north. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:02:20 EST December 2013 - Carlories IN and OUT !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DROP ME AN EMAIL. <BR> <BR> Are we all ready to attack the month of December? With all the festivities ahead of us, this will help us stay on track. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This will be our eleventh month using the Daily Calorie Differential (DCD). If you are experiencing difficulty in losing weight, check out the link here: <BR> <BR> <li... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:47:01 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies Use an emoticon or write what you did today or plan on doing today to get those beautiful bodies moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Dec. 1st..... (Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:04:08 EST Dec......Hi's For Goodies This challenge will start on Dec. 1st....(Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:59:22 EST Hi My name is Jean. I joined Sparkpeople to track my new lifestyle and to help me to succeed in obtaining my goals. I want to become stronger and healthier. Thru diet and exercise I want to help my body heal and remain drug free. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:50:24 EST just me Hi all: <BR> <BR> I am an (almost) 50 year old woman needing to lose 50 pounds. I am really looking forward to connecting with others on this site and getting the support that I need. I will also do my best to offer support to others. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:55:18 EST Fuzzy Hello, I am a 52 year old women in desperate need of support. I have been on diets all my life and have finally lost my goal of a 100 pounds. When I went into pre- menopause the weight started going back on, as well as I had many other symptoms. I am starting to have other issue.with my health as well. Spark People have helped me before , but I was never on the message board. <BR> <BR> Today I am calling for help as I am finding it harder the second time round. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:00:38 EST Second times the charm ! I am making myself accountable. I am starting a 21 day elimination plan to find out what foods I am sensitive to. I know a few but a hurting stomach for three days is NOT fun <em>24</em> . Thu, 21 Nov 2013 07:41:48 EST hi i like me time I don't go out much. work than home. so i do the exercises by my self town is 30 mint away. am doing ok Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:41:43 EST I can do this with some help! Hello i am Jan, I am in my 50's and feel this will take longer but what have I got to lose.....about 50 lbs. I have been here several years ago, but now feel I need to try again. I would like to see what I can do and be in 9 months. I am planning a trip then. At the present I feel lost, anxious and frustrated. I really need to get on track, but can't see the light. I want to get healthy for me, I read that if you like yourself it will happen, so I guess I need to work on that also. Tomor... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:36:43 EST Post: Daily Team Points Nov 10/13 - 3 points for Calling All Canadians - Rank #1 in Canada Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:20:17 EST Bonus Points For Our Team On the main page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> <BR> If you don't have time to post to all your teams, keep a tally of the points and the dates ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:09:01 EST Team Bonus Points - Click every day!!! On the Start Page, you will find on the left hand side some flags. Please click for the Calling All Canadians Flag every single day so we can get more points. Let us know how many points you get on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Today I got 2. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:21:18 EST Simcoe County/Muskoka Ontario <em>524</em> All my Canadian Friends!!! Just trying to get the group for Simcoe County/Muskoka up and running. If your in the area or on the border please feel free to join. Hopefully we can possibly organize some group outings on the various trails and beautiful waterfronts in our home areas. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Lori <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=55665 Fri, 8 Nov 2013 04:13:35 EST Newbie from Ontario Hello, clearly I am new to the site and slowly looking around to learn what it's all about. I am a mother of two, small business owner and home daycare provider. My health and fitness journey began about a year ago and I can't get enough ... when I have time (or should I say motivation). I am looking forward to learning more about Spark and how we can encourage one another <em>30</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:31:49 EST Remembrance Day and the Highway of Heroes I was just going through my FaceBook entries and came across a Remembrance Video made of Canadians honouring the soldiers who died in Afghanistan as they are taken from Trenton Air Base along the Highway of Heroes to the Chief Coroner's Office in downtown Toronto. It came out over a year ago and moves me to tears every time I see it. I had an opportunity a couple of years ago to stop at the Burnham Street overpass in Cobourg and witnessed a procession going by. <BR> <BR> I can't share the... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:27:31 EST Bonjour Je suis toute nouvelle sur ce site, j' aimerai faire votre connaissance et obtenir votre soutien dans mon cheminement. <BR> <BR> À bientôt ! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:16:19 EST From Québec Bonjour! <BR> Je m'appelle Madeleine. Je suis Canadienne. J'habite la ville de Québec. J'adore le cyclotourisme. <BR> J'ai lu le livre SPARK L'étincelle il y a déjà plusieurs mois, mais je ne l'ai pas vraiment mis en pratique. <BR> Je viens de joindre SparkPeople parce que je veux maintenant reprendre le contrôle sur mon alimentation et sur mon corps. Pas seulement pour l'apparence, mais surtout pour avoir plus d'énergie et de joie de vivre. <BR> Je cherche des personnes avec qui faire équip... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:18:36 EST Nov....Say HI for goodies <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:08:45 EST NOV. ...GET UP AND GO FOR GOODIES CHALLENGE Emoticon or right what exercise you did today. Let's just GET UP AND GO. At the end of the month I will hand out goodies to all those that challenge themselves to getting back into shape. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:08:42 EST newer sp I weigh in on Sundays. I have been slowly loosing weight over the past 6 months. I have been a member of SP many times - for a week or so but never really kept with it. Last June I tipped the scale at 233. I was 208 when I signed up this time. <BR> My first weigh in showed a 5 lb drop <em>244</em> <BR> My next goal is to get under the big 200. Don't remember the last time I was there Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:21:34 EST OCCUPATION NS.....A-Z A - Astronaut Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:12:48 EST November 2013 - Calories IN and OUT !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DROP ME AN EMAIL. <BR> <BR> Are we all ready to attack the month of November? Personally, I definitely am! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This will be our tenth month using the Daily Calorie Differential (DCD). If you are experiencing difficulty in losing weight, check out the link here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_a... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:13:31 EST Hi from Vancouver Island I am glad I found this Canadian Connection. On the new start page you can spin for a team... I won 50 points for we Canuks today. I thought that would be reason enough to introduce myself! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Hi, my name is Shannon. I joined Spark People in 2010 and bounced around off and on until last June when my second and last child graduated from high school. I decided that I would turn my focus on me. I didn't like what I saw so decided to make some changes. I quit wheat to see if... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:34:54 EST Newbie Hi, My name is Deb and I am new to this team. <BR> I have lost approx 70 pounds 9n 2010. 20 of those have been slowly creeping back over the past year. I really don't want them. I know that spark people and sights like it work because I lost the 70 lbs on one. I am starting my journey again and I look forward to all the great and like minded people I am going to meet. <BR> Deb Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:52:14 EST hello I need help in losing weight.I live alone and I am lonely.I go out often with friends and they like eating out.In order not to be to lonely ,I join them then kick myself in the butt after. I wish to live longer and I am a diabetic,so with these two things in mind,I need everyones help... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:06:53 EST 27 pounds for health and happiness Hi, I've been here years ago and generally I do Weight Watchers at home but love this site for motivation. I don't call losing weight a diet. I try to use the winter months for winter maintenance or as I call it "my tune-up". The last couple of years I just could not get my head in the right place for many personal reasons. This year is different. My thyroid is misbehaving and is being addressed, with my weight up my lab work is elevated in the wrong areas. I know my weight can make a ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:29:12 EST Daughters wedding Hi there; <BR> <BR> So since August I have lost 14 pounds just in a diet change. Due to physical limitations, I can't really work out. Anyone have suggestions on how to expedite my weight loss? <BR> My daughter was originally getting married nov 2014 and the date has now been changed to feb 2015 as her fiance will be leaving for the military. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:43:19 EST Newbie and feeling my way around Hello amazing Sparkle people, I just joined last night and have been on my computer ever since. I used WW online for a long time and the format became second nature to me so I'm not anticipating any challenges here. For now I'm just cruising around and checking out various functions and searching the message boards...........oh, of course I've started the program and am serious about getting this weight off once and for all! <em>521</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:39:19 EST New to the group I had tried sparkpeople years ago but after a while I moved over to another site. I'm back because I want the support, informative articles and to be inspired by others stories. I'm hoping possibly to find a support person nearby. <BR> <BR> I'm still relearning to navigate through the site but I'll be back soon <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:54:43 EST Hello All My name is Donna, I'm trying again to lose weight, get in shape and mainly just be healthier. Being 50+ and seeing people you know getting sick, having heart attacks and dying makes me realize that I can't afford to put this off any longer, I NEED to get healthy to minimize my chance of being of those people. I always appreciate any help and support I can get and would love to be able to help someone else meet their goals as well. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:25:09 EST Happy Thanksgiving <em>426</em> <em>429</em> Happy Thanksgiving! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:24:33 EST CLICK...IF YOU LOVE SPARKS <em>252</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:40:52 EST Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week-end? <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my whole life right is good. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>4</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 16:59:10 EST Wishing Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving!!! <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Thanksgiving Every Day <BR> <BR> The table is brimming with good things to eat; <BR> We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat. <BR> The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat; <BR> It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete. <BR> <BR> But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine; <BR> Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shi... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:56:43 EST Making a change. I am a 47 year old Mother of two.Like alot of the stories I let myself go.Got pregnant,got chubby,had two kids,quit smoking but worst of all bought track pants.Those things are way too forgiving! Have tried over the years to take charge.I have jumped on the band wagon more times that I can count and think I still have the bruises from falling I have recently been offered a wonderful opportunity....fundraiser for our local hospital.Its called "lose it to win" same idea as the "big... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:20:46 EST From Weight Loss to Maintenance Here's an interesting article from Spark People: Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Maintenance. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1063 </link> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:55:51 EST Hi I'm Cynthia, Artist, Wife, Mother, Grandmother Right now I am struggling with backsliding. After setting a quiet goal for myself and doing well for the last 8 weeks I am frightened of not being able to keep this going. I deal with sabotage and stress and don't take great care of myself though I appear to have it 'all together' except for my life-long battle with obesity, a prevalent problem in my family of origin. I would like to chat with anyone who feels the same so we can support each other. I have not shared my plans or the amount... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 01:57:09 EST Newbie From Winnipeg Hello my name is Lyanne I am 41 years old and I have several goals I want to reach, my first goal is to lose 72 pounds, by next summer. I currently have a YMCA membership just joined today, and a personal trainer, I am looking for motivation and help on healthy eating. I have had reoccurring knee problems for years. So if your in Winnipeg and a member of the YMCA email me, I go to the one on Fermor, but I can go to any of them., I will be doing more workouts then on this site, with personal t... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 20:56:34 EST Overcome Your Excuses Not to Exercise Oh yes, we can find a thousand and one excuses not to exercise but Spark People has provided us with an article that will actually help us stop this. Read on: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1757 </link> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:23:19 EST Edmonton Workout Buddy Are there any new moms in the Edmonton area that are interested in joining me for some mom and baby classes? <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time staying committed to going, but I'll never break a commitment to someone, so I'm looking for a workout buddy! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:23:15 EST A-Z....5 letter words NO repeating a letter A - argue Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:17:44 EST De-stress in 3 minutes or less De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less <BR> Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the single, most common problem that most dieters face when trying to lose weight? Will power? Nah. Temptation? Sometimes. Emotional eating? Bingo! That’s why it takes so much more than good intentions and information about nutrition and exercise to be successful. The ability to manage difficult situations and feelings effectively—wit... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:01:42 EST On Board Hi, I am new to SparkPeople and like what I see so far. A 51 year old female, I work out 5 x/week in a combination of weight training, spinning, walking and yoga. Always interested in new things to try, my goal is to remain active and stay injury free. I enjoy knowing that I can complete physically demanding maneuvers with greater ease than much younger individuals and I want to keep it that way! Would love to compete in a Tough Mudder some day. Working with a trainer and nutrition specia... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:23:51 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting <BR> Key Pieces to the Puzzle <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait f... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:15:46 EST OCT.......GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE 3 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Team Total.... 3 miles Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:46:17 EST The New Spark Activity Tracker Yesterday SP announced "the release of the Spark Activity Tracker, a tiny (and fun!) little reminder to fit more fitness into your day. About the size of a quarter, it's the first—and only—activity tracker that fully integrates with your experience." <BR> <BR> Similar to the Fitbit Zip, you can clip it to your shoe, pocket, belt or bra, it recognizes motion in your body and determines your "steps" and calories burned accordingly, storing and tracking that info all day. When y... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:56:36 EST Hellow Fellow Canadians Hi, I am a 25 year old Albertan and am looking for motivation to get into the best shape of my life, you would think getting engaged and planning your wedding is motivation enough... but it's not. I need support to help me be accountable for all my choices and support me when I mess up and to keep the encouragement coming when I succeed. lately I am on a slow road, but am seeing progress so I wont complain. <BR> <BR> So I am hoping for the best, and I promise to support and encourage everyo... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:40:51 EST CBC Live Right Now challenge Here's a challenge with a new exercise "task" each day. Some of them are pretty easy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-challenge-posterEN.pdf </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:39:33 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Efforts Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:30:54 EST October 2013 - Calories IN and OUT Message deleted. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:55:48 EST Look Good At Any Weight... Look Great at Any Weight <BR> Forget the Skinny Jeans <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> My closet used to be divided into three sections: clothes that fit when I was 20 pounds heavier; clothes that fit when I was thin but miserable (from my “never-eat-anything-fun” phase); and clothes I could wear at that moment. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the clothes that actually fit me were the fewest in number. I was tired of either squeezing into clothes that were too smal... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:22:48 EST Did you sleep well last night? <em>102</em> wanted to sleep in but DH woke me up with a cup of coffee <em>247</em> <em>106</em> <em>43</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:52:40 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES.....COME SHARE .I have the power to make each day a bright day. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:44:12 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting <BR> Key Pieces to the Puzzle <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait f... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:40:35 EST Think Two Steps Ahead... Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> Find the BIG Picture <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The house is a mess, the kids need a ride somewhere, you haven’t sat down in hours, and you have 10 minutes to eat something. <BR> <BR> It’s 1 p.m., you’ve been working non-stop to finish a project because your boss is breathing down your neck, and it’s time for a quick, 20-minute lunch before getting back to the grind. <BR> <BR> We often face situations simila... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:35:21 EST CHIT CHAT IS WHERE IT'S AT.... <em>213</em> this is the place to be if you like to chat to other members. A place to talk about what is happening with you, what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, or what your plans are for the day! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 19:56:03 EST LAST FRUIT OR VEGGIE YOU ATE... <em>265</em> <em>368</em> SALAD Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:55:14 EST WOO HOO....TO EXERCISING TODAY <em>244</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:54:05 EST October. ...Daily Hi's for Goodies Come on in and say hi. It only takes a second and makes a great start to our day. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:31:37 EST Hi Everyone!! I'm Rachela and I'm just now getting around to navigating this amazing website. I have finished reading up until week 1 of The Spark book. I am blown away by all this awesomeness and can't believe it's taken me this long to take the plunge. I had heard about SparkPeople here and there but never really took the time to figure out what it was until I downloaded the app. I wanted a food tracker and here I am. I've already told my mom and a few other people. I can't wait to get going!! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:09:47 EST LIST ONE SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.... Tackle the basement with a great clean up. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:02:26 EST Journée des Franco-O ntariens À tous les Franco-Ontariens, je vous souhaite une magnifique journée. Célèbrons nos racines, notre culture et notre fierté. <BR> <BR> Cette journée est la nôtre et soyons-en fiers. <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:03:33 EST HELLO NEW MEMBERS....COME ON IN A BIG <em>235</em> to our team. Please tell us a bit about yourselves so that we can get to know you better. All the best to all of you on reaching your goals. We are here as a team to help support and encourage you along your new lifestyle journeys. <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:37:04 EST New to start Hi everyone,just started and feel a little overwhelmed,,,,I am free to suggestions on getting the best results,,thank you all.. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:59:48 EST Help from my spark buddies! Feel free to delete this topic if it is not allowed. With all of your support on weight loss and being there for me - helping motivate me and drive me to being a better me, I wanted to take the opportunity to ask you all for help another way. Blow is a link to my gofundme page. It is to help me marry my best friend! If this is not allowed on this forum I deeply apologize, I am not aware of the forum rules with link postings. Please read my story and have a look! Sharing, donating, and ni... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:23:22 EST New to the group I am a retourning member to spark people. I did loss 60lbs the first time. I have regained 20lbs and now here to loss 30lbs. I am excited to be back! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:56:26 EST Newbie from newfie! Hi there...I am from Newfoundland and new to this site...hoping to meet some people along the way and get some motivation to get me going!! Would also love to have some people on my friends list...feel free to add!! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:00:35 EST Do you have a Canadian Idol? I do! My idol is a little 80 (yes, that is correct) year old lady I call Em. <BR> <BR> Em is about 4 foot 10 (if she is lucky) and weighs in at about 95 pounds; when she gains a few pounds, she complains because now she has to give up her absolutely favourite food - ice cream. She loves ice cream so much that she will eat a bowl for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She will only stop when the carton is empty. Then she'll give it up for a while until a craving hits her and the cycle begins all over ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:38:30 EST New to this site I need help to loose 20 pounds. I don't seem to have any motivation to not eat the bad stuff. I'm a carb-aholic especially potatoes Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:14:33 EST New Mama desperate to lose the extra weight here! Hey everyone! I just joined Spark People in hopes that it will give me the help and motivation to lose the extra weight I put on from having my first child. I gained about 50 pounds while pregnant and two months after my daughter's birth, I still look like I'm six months pregnant! If anyone out there is or was in a similar situation, please feel free to message me with any tips you might have...I know this road isn't going to be easy! Thanks and I can't wait to get to know some of you! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:04:20 EST jolly nana Hi folks, just heard of this site today, thought i would give it a try after all what have i got to loose! Only about90 lbs.So i can use all the help i can get! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:33:40 EST jolly nana Hi folks, just heard of this site today, thought i would give it a try after all what have i got to loose! Only about90 lbs.So i can use all the help i can get! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:30:09 EST Fell off the wagon at 3 weeks Sigh. Was doing great since August 26th. Calories averaged 1450 a day, walking and gentle stretching along with physio (was in a car accident Aug 23rd, working through whiplash, yep, rear-ended) <BR> <BR> Then last night after a yummy dinner of salmon, kale & sweet potato, I ate 2 extra rice cakes plain, then 4 with becel then ANOTHER 4 with becel and honey. <BR> <BR> Running out of rice cakes, I foraged in the freezer and had 2 pieces of bread with becel & brown sugar, warmed up in th... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:01:10 EST Try again Have to try harder this time. <em>386</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:55:33 EST Vayan from Montréal Hello Mighty Sparktians! <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and so far I find it wonderful! I am almost vegetarian ( I rarely but still have from time to time chicken , fish or turkey whenever possible) , I have always been very health conscious and try my very best to minimize my impact on the environment . I am very eager to learn about how I can lead a merry vegan life style but being parent of a 3 year old I want introduce these changes slowly so that we can adjust succes... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:25:53 EST Recipes I am so grateful for the recipe calculator we have here. I have a recipe for zucchini bread which called for making two loaves. It's very detailed and provided the nutritional info for one portion. Recipe also stated makes 10 portions. I thought wow, these are really generous portions for so little calories and fat.... but I wanted to find out more nutritional info and decided to enter into SP calculator. Boy am I ever glad I did. Turns out, each loaf was 10 portions not 10 portions ove... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:25:07 EST Friendly Hello Hello, I am rejoining Spark People. I need support badly, My weight is no longer creeping up it is racing, I feel bigger everyday. I am hardly comfortable in my skin. I have to lose this weight to be a good example to my 13 year old daughter and teach her how to overcome bad habits. I am not great at posting things, but I would really appreciate support from all of you successful dieters who have made this program work for you. I am looking forward to following your progress and getting ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:11:57 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS 1st Place.....Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team <BR> 2nd Place.....A Brand New Road Ahead Team <BR> 3rd Place......V.I.P....Your License To Succeed Team <BR> 4th Place.......World's Best Grandmas and Grandpas Team <BR> 5th Place........Strengthen and Tone Your Body Team <BR> 6 the Place.....Calling All Canadians Team <BR> 7th Place.........Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................243.75 miles <BR> V.I.P.....A License To Succ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:25:53 EST GETTING STARTED.......hoping to get further! I stumbled on this site for a reason. Commitment is not my strong point at this moment. I believe I am here for many reasons EXAMPLES: ~ overweight ~ fibromalgia ~ high colestrol ~ slightly enlarged heart [ my friends always say I have a large heart lol ] <BR> <BR> My home is my castle, me and Zeta the cat live here. My two adult sons live far from me. I believe in family. I only want positve and strong people in my misted. I need to take care of me for a change. How can I help others withou... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:07:34 EST Hello all Hello everyone I have been a member of this site and group for awhile now but I am just now starting to use everything. I have a 12 year old daughter, a 17 month old daughter and a 6 week old daughter. Although I have now lost all the weight from the last two pregnancies I still can't fit into a single pair of pants I used to wear before them and I never did loose the significant amount of weight I gained with the first one 12 years ago. I have had enough and although I am very limited in... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:50:16 EST Hello from Barrie Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Jan. I am a disabled person who has tried to loose weight many times. I need to loose 75 pounds to be close to my ideal weight. I am so glad that there are people from Canada on here and that we have a group for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I need encouragement right now. I have a brother who is dying from cancer and has only 3-6 months to live. I am eating like crazy and I am always hungry. Ww does not help as they do not take into account for disabling conditions that pr... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:33:19 EST Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival The Veg FF is this weekend at Harbourfront! It's all free and has cooking demos, nutrition talks, yoga classes, etc etc. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/08/VFF-schedule.pdf </link> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:20:51 EST TWO EMOTICONS .....Change one <em>405</em> <em>332</em> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 08:25:24 EST LAST letter.. ..STARTS a new word. carriagE Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:38:06 EST new to the canadian team hello, <BR> <BR> I tried to do sparkspeople last year, thought I knew my calorie counting and all so I thought I would do it all by myself. Unfortunately I haven't lost weight (didn`t gain any but didn`t loose any). I got myself the fitbit and started tracking again and noticed these boards which I have not before. so looking forward to get on track :) <BR> I am from the kw area (known for octoberfest) :) <BR> Trying to train for 2 5km runs in October. I am a mom of 2 wild boys. <BR> a... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:59:26 EST Hello All Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> From the Hamilton area looking for some support and encouragement in my new journey! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:43:06 EST SPIN OF THE WHEEL PLUS BONUS 3/7 Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:53:05 EST Spark Trivia....What Did You Get Today... 3/3 Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:48:51 EST FILL IN THE WORD....... One word per day per person....just copy and paste to your reply. <BR> <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - ABC blocks <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - Oatmeal <BR> <BR> 4. Mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8.A famous band - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10.Television program - <BR> <BR> 11.Famous person - <BR> <BR... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:47:50 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed.... How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed <BR> Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. You have countless friends ready to work out at a moment’s notice. A persona... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:45:02 EST DID YOU HUDDLE ON OUR TEAM TODAY.... <em>104</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:28:42 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage Your Team Mates.... You are <em>345</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:55:34 EST Back Again...again I'm almost embarrassed to post here since I've been 'back again' so many times. But I need the support, so here I am :) <BR> I will be following the DASH plan. My first goal is to lose 11 pounds which will take my BMI from obese to overweight. <BR> It's good to be back! <BR> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 08:39:04 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY ???????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How does exercise affect your hunger levels? <BR> <BR> Exercise makes me hungrier! <BR> Exercise makes me feel less hungry. <BR> I haven't noticed a connection between exercise and my hunger levels <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> For me.....I could definitely use a snack after I exercise...usually carrots or celery sticks. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 03:48:56 EST EMOTICON....HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY <em>252</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 03:22:27 EST SEPT....SAY HI TO YOUR NEIGHBOR FOR GOODIES <em>213</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 03:20:32 EST SEPT.....GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for Sept. called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, elliptical, treadmill or walking (with or without a pedometer). Go to our TEAM CHALLENGES FORUM and join in on the thread GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Post what you did for the day....week. Add your miles to the last miles posted. <BR> <BR> I will han... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:20:16 EST Betster I am 59 yrs old, weigh 205 lbs and I hope to retire in June 2014, a much healthier and thinner person than I am now. I'm very excited about spark program and honestly a little overwhelmed, there;s just so much information. Thanks for all the nice welcoming messages. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:17:06 EST Susan Hi, i am Susan. I joined Sparkpeople, since my mother told me about this a while ago and i thought i connect with other people. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:30:20 EST any one from Flin Flon/ Creighton area? hi, just wondering if anyone lives in the Flin Flon / Creighton area, as i'd like someone to keep motivated with. <BR> thanks! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:42:08 EST Privacy Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm new to the posting thing though I've been on SP for a few years now. I seem to come and go.. unfortunately, falling by the wayside means I gain weight... so I'm back to try and lose <BR> 20 lbs again. <BR> <BR> I have noticed since the last time I was on here regularly, that a lot of people have marked their pages to private. I've not done so but am wondering have there been issues? I just figured this was a forum for meeting people losing weight and it's kin... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:58:01 EST Hi Hi. I am really excited to start becoming a healthier and slimmer me. I am 54 yrs old and would like to lose 50 lbs by next August when my husband and I go visit our son in Saskatchewan. We also have a son who will be getting married and I do not want to have to try to hide in the photos. The website seems to have a LOT to offer and I am just beginning to find my way around it. Just wanted to start by saying Hi. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:51:06 EST September 2013 - Calories IN and OUT! !!! <em>303</em> !!! READ THIS MESSAGE THOROUGHLY IN ORDER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CHALLENGE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DROP ME AN EMAIL. <BR> <BR> Are we all ready to attack the month of September? Personally, I am! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This will be our eighth month using the Daily Calorie Differential (DCD). If you are experiencing difficulty in losing weight, check out the link here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.a... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 06:51:03 EST Not so new to SparkPeople.... Hi Sparkies.... <BR> <BR> I used to be on here in 2010... lost weight... very successfully.... disappeared.... ate and ate again... gained most of the weight I had lost back... and now I'm just trying to find my groove again. I need a lot of support... and that is why I'm looking on here... because the support I had in 2010 was unbelievable :) and, helped me a lot during my journey. I have next to no support at home... husband just does not seem to understand why I want to lose the weig... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:03:02 EST HI I'm new Hello, my name is Karen and I have just joined SparkPeople. It's actually not my first time, I was a member several years ago, and did really well. I stopped and lately have struggled with losing weight, so I decided to rejoin, I deleted my old account and have pressed the "restart button". I needed to start fresh. I hope to meet some new and reconnect with some old friends, If they are still members, to help motivate me into a healthy lifestyle. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 03:35:32 EST December Hi my name id December I'm 46 a stay at home wife and mom..I have a married daughter and a 17 year old son. I a Christian. My goal is to beat PMS eating and learning to stick to a healthy eating plan. I have been on and off the weigh watcher plan for 19 years now and need something to kick start me into healthy eating lifestyle. I look forward to meeting people on this site. God Bless and happy healthy eating Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:17:05 EST Back again! Hi!! <BR> <BR> I've been on and off Sparkpeople for a few years now, but I am getting back to it again with a new motivation in sight. I just finished school in June and am now a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant. Trouble is...I am over weight (okay obese)! I have this constant nag in the back of my head wondering how people may be judging me, as well as questioning myself as to how I can help people lose weight if I myself am over weight. <BR> <BR> So I am back. I am tracking. I... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:49:55 EST From Ottawa, Ontario Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Chantale, I am 49 (still qualifying as "40 something"!), a single mother of 2 teenagers (son - 17, daughter - 16); we live in a rural area outside of Ottawa with our horses, dogs and cats -- a dream finally come true! <BR> <BR> I used all my willpower to quit smoking in December 2011 and am now faced with the new challenge of losing the weight that came with reaching that goal. I've also entered a new phase in my life, the peri-menopausal stage, which is ma... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:37:53 EST Consequency of sleep deprivation I just found this online and felt I should share with all of you: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>consequences-lack-sleep-130000096.html </link> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:06:28 EST just me hello i am fred out shape after stroke and and accidents Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:40:08 EST Looking Up Nutritional Values I was looking up the nutritional value of some things we were having for dinner. I didn't see it in the SparkPage database. I have a hard copy booklet from Health Canada that I find invaluable. As I was going through the booklet I wondered if most Canadians are aware of this free publication. It's called Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods by Health Canada. It is available by request on diskette, large print, audio cassette and braile. If anyone is interested in a copy, phone 1-866-225-... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:29:58 EST All About The New Kid.... :) Hey All!! My name is Kim. I'm a married, canadian woman ... heading back to college this September for Photography. I totally *love* taking photos of mostly nature/wildlife. :) It's been awhile since I was in school.. so I'm nervous, scared and have anxiety attacks over it.. and, it hasn't even started yet! I am somewhat shy... until I get comfortable around you... then you'll be lucky to shut me up. ;) Now onto my "weight loss" journey... I used to weigh 400 pounds... lost some... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:13:31 EST Hello from Agassiz, B.C. I am restarting my journey to feeling healthier and being thinner. I have gained and lost weight a few times over the years, and now at 55 years old, I find my self there again. I stumbled on this community and am so excited by what I have discovered so far. I hope that with lot of support from you all , I can work my way back down to a leaner healthier me. I am setting a goal of 50 pounds. I think this is doable for me, and with some effort at getting back on my treadmill, and moving more in... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:40:01 EST Hi from White Rock, BC! is now 11:30 a.m. and I am still in bed. Logged onto Pinterest at 8:30 a.m. and found a pin to this amazing community. Where have you been?! <BR> <BR> I've joined because I have gained 60 lbs in the past year. I went to a birthday party yesterday and saw a pic of myself and was shocked. I actually "quietly borrowed" my friends tablet and deleted all my pics. So, here I am... I am already encouraged by the numerous posts I've read and am excited to start this journey. Hmmmm... g... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:42:41 EST Hello! I am new to SparkPeople and joined because I need to get out of my couch potato ways. I am 38 and have gained about 50 pounds since I got married 8 years ago and had our daughter 3 years ago. I am now at my heaviest weight of 230 lbs. My goal is to lose at least 50-60 lbs and just be healthier and more active overall. I want to enjoy life as a family and get away from the T.V./Internet time more often. I have asthma and bad knees so hopefully both will improve as I start getting more fit. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:32:08 EST Yumadar Bac k on the program, got lost over the winer. Gained more weight, have back problems, so now is the time to do something about it, I feel I can get the support from this program. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:47:30 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:15 EST Hello to all my fellow Canucks! <BR> <BR> Living in BC and just joined I thought I'd drop in to say HI! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone here all the success in their journeys...Canadians ROCK! <em>636</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:40:58 EST Anyone? Anyone? Help, please! :) Hi! <BR> <BR> I shop on-line and I am researching solutions to companies who will not ship internationally. <BR> <BR> There is a solution to the problem... it's called 'international shipping and mail forwarding&#8207;' and I want to know: <BR> <BR> • Does anyone have any experience with companies who do this (good, or bad), or who use/know of any reputable package and mail forwarding services? <BR> <BR> • I am asking help in vetting companies who provide this service. <BR> <BR> I'd l... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:49:21 EST August 2013 - Calorie IN and OUT! Are we all ready to attack the month of August? Personally, I am! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This will be our seventh month using the Daily Calorie Differential. If you are experiencing difficulty in losing weight, check out the link here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1605 </link> <BR> <BR> Knowing your Daily Calorie Differential can make all the difference in your weight loss. You can also put in the point system used with We... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:01:56 EST Hey everybody! Hey ladies and gents! I am a 23 year old new mom looking for other like-minded people who really struggle with over eating / unhealthy eating. I want to be a fit, healthy mom for my 10 month baby boy and a happy, sexy wife for my hubby ;) I have a 3 year old aussie shepherd who is like my second baby (seriously) and love to take him for walks. I live in beautiful BC and was born and raised here. I have battled severe anxiety and depression for most of my life, obviously getting worse whe... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:10:56 EST Hello I was here a while back but unfortunately I left. I am hoping to stay and find the tools to help me lose weight. It would be nice to network with more people who shares the same challenges at my age. I am 57 years woman with high blood pressure and diabetes 2. I really don't like to exercise but I keep very active cleaning houses. my biggest obstacles are sweets and sweets. If only....... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:52:17 EST Hi,I am new here. Hi ,I am new and just started yesterday.I find the site very user friendly.I do not have any spark friends yet,but I am working on that.Looking forward to getting healthy and fit again. I live in Ontario Canada,in a small town of about 1500 people.I am married,do not have any children but I have 2 cats,I am 48,and diabetic,have been for well over 20 years.I look forward to getting to know as many people as I can.Have a wonderful day. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:20:59 EST Do You Remember When .....? Let's see what we can come up with in do you remember... <BR> <BR> glasses or hand towels in boxes of powdered detergent? <BR> <BR> roller skates with key? <BR> <BR> drive-in theaters? <BR> <BR> You get the idea....let's hear from you!! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 03:51:28 EST Regina woman looking to lose 100 lbs. Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm 32 ys old and live in Regina. I have started back at the gym a month ago. It's nice to see all the support here. <BR> Talk to everyone soon!! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:02:23 EST Torontonian seeking support. Hello from Toronto, <BR> <BR> I am a 40 yr old female who has been overweight pretty much my entire life. I am looking for local support be it either online or in person. I have learned that I am the type of person that needs to have their hand held for a while until getting used to changes. I need someone to help push me out of my comfort zone to get the ball rolling. If there is anyone in the Toronto or GTA area that is able to help, please inbox me. I really want to make a positive change... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:55:39 EST Help losing 30+ pounds - 53 years old Hi <BR> I have tried all the diets and have lost then once off the diet on comes the weight. Life has dealt a few hard blows and that brings me back to the junk food, I look for food as comfort. <BR> I need to lose this weight, I have accepted a challenge to bike in a 25km race, it's not far, but when your not used to it, it can be. It is a goal I can reach, but I would like to do it in better time. The race is Sept 06 and if I can drop 15 or 20 lbs by then it will really help. <BR> <... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:33:43 EST Changing now for the future Hi All <BR> <BR> My name is Miranda and I am a 34 (almost) yr old mom of 2..I was just recently diagnosed with Hypertension high blood pressure...I went to the doctor for swollen ankles and ended up in the ICU for 3 days. <BR> <BR> I am not receiving much help from my doctor, so if anyone has any advice on low sodium and low fat meals or treats please let me know!! <BR> <BR> Thanks and I look forward to following you all in your journey! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:12:24 EST NEW Blog Post: Collecting Rewards Options NEW Blog post! Ever wonder why things aren't working out like you prayed for? Here's something that might shed some light. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/collecting-rewards-options.html </link> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:11:10 EST Gonna Get It Done Me In 5: <BR> 1. My name is Cindy. I am happily married to my best friend and soul mate and we have two beautiful children. <BR> 2. I have been overweight for so long I don't remember being at a healthy weight (more than 15 years) <BR> 3. I finally realized I deserve to be healthy and am prepared to fight my way, every day, back to the healthiest, happiest Mom, wife, and woman I can be! <BR> 4. I will lose over 100lbs to do this and am nervously looking forward to this journey! <BR> 5. I woul... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:21:47 EST Never too old? I am new to this site but I have been trying to lose weight ojn and off for over 20 years, started to gain weight after I turned 50 I lost once 50 lbs but put them on fast enough after I stopped . I have tried every diet I have come across spent a lot of money on different diet products but the fat and me stick together even if it is very unwelcome. <BR> Well my daughter told me about this site and I am giving it a try, maybe with some help I can lose at least a few pounds. I am a little sca... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:39:15 EST Hello Canucks! <BR> Just thought I would stop in and introduce myself. <BR> Not new to SparkPeople, but newly returning. <BR> <BR> Recovering compulsive overeater, sugar addict and bulimic. On the journey to a healthier, happier self. Thought it was time to get into some sparkteams, mingle and make friends and get some accountability going for myself. Nothing is more motivating than the encouragement and understanding of friends ! <BR> <BR> Today I am working on my sixteenth day of abstinence - worki... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:09:59 EST What helps you? photos, motivational post its around the house, collage board, journals <BR> <BR> What keeps you going on days you just can not seem to get the motor running? Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:24:23 EST 10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Hungry We have all been there.... It's good to do an introspection of oneself and see where we can modify things: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1660 </link> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:03:38 EST New to this support system Hello. <BR> I have been trying to loose weight for eight years now. I had gained 83 pounds during my pregnancy. My husband is VERY good at spoiling me. LOL But I struggle with anxiety and panic disorders. I have had very hard time getting my heart rate up without a surge of panic EVEN though logically I know it is good for me. I eat very healthy, MOST of the time. I am very busy and I think the only thing that is missing is the exercise and support. I truly hope to loose this weight ( 60... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:28:45 EST Tips on How to Break Free from the Scale! Please take the time to read this article. It's very important not to rely solely on the scale to measure your progress. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1625 </link> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:42:12 EST new to the team Hi guys My name is Sherry, I'm 27 and from Toronto. It's encouraging to see other Canadians coming together to reach their goals :) Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:37:14 EST