SparkPeople In It For The Long Haul Team Messageboard If you have a sincere dedication to bettering your health and are willing to be supportive and in turn, be supported, please join "In It For The Long Haul." All are always welcome and appreciated! SparkPeople In It For The Long Haul Team Messageboard How did you do through the holidays? Did you manage your goals through the holidays? Did you partially manage? Trying to make it through without packing on the pounds is very challenging. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 04:34:51 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:12 EST Super Bowl Sunday We are in this for the long haul. The members of this group are attempting to make healthier lifestyle choices. Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Superbowl, Valentines, birthdays, weddings, office parties, reunions, Memorial day, labor day, July 4th. Everyone of these days there will be plenty of unhealthy temptations handed to us. Where does it end? It doesn't. <BR> <BR> We have to decide how we are going to handle these days. We need a plan to succeed. If not we will continually ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:22:03 EST new to this team Been on SP for around 5 years. Been trying to lose weight for that long. Taking the weight loss journey more seriously and am in it for the long haul. More on wanting to be healthy and exercise for me. <BR> <BR> Always looking for new friends to help me on this journey & teams that I will get support from. <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:53:12 EST TOO QUIET! How/what is everyone doing?! <em>213</em> <em>524</em> OK guys, it's WAY too quiet around here! How is everyone doing? What have you been doing for your workouts lately? <BR> <BR> Me? I'm doing pretty good. Workouts lately have been walking outside (there is a wildlife area/pond about 15 min from our house hubby & I have been taking our dogs out to and walking a few times a week). I also broke out my Turbo Jam dvds and tried one of the SP downloads on my tv. I had to put my gym membership on a freeze due to some... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:17:46 EST Play For Keeps Or Just Go Home I am in it for the long haul, because not only do I have to lose 200+ lbs, I have to overhaul my life permanently if I want to stay healthy once I get back to my body’s natural size. I am slowly realizing that words have to be followed up by action quickly on this journey or you do not move forward. <BR> <BR> I love to cook, love food, love adventures in casseroling, so the changes in that area have been fun. I struggle with portion size and remembering to eat, so I am not starving when I d... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:12:12 EST Hello from Arkansas I am new here and not too good at posting! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:04:22 EST New Member Here Hi All. I joined SP this past weekend. My name is Amy, I'm 39 years old and I have battled my weight most of my life. I joined this group because I AM in this for the long haul. Yes, I want to lose weight, but it's about soo much more than that for me this time. I want to lose weight, but I want to love a healthy, active, happy life utmost! I am committed to making this a LIFESTYLE change, NOT just a weightloss program. <em>521</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:33:15 EST Flowers What's your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> I love rainbow carnations, rainbow roses, and lillies. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:51:21 EST March Celebrations <em>236</em> Whatever your special day this month I want to wish you a happy day full of fun, laughter, and love. <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:29:32 EST Spring and Spark As springs rolls in do you find that you spark less? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> I do. It's too nice to sit in the house in front of the computer in the beautiful spring weather. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:23:33 EST Sparkpeople Recipe What is your favorite sparkpeople recipe? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> My favorite is summer frozen fruit bars. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:15:08 EST Survivor Challenge 2/17-2/23 <BR> To remain on the island you either have to lose any amount of weight this week or exercise for at least 150 minutes this week. What ever exercise you do counts towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> This week weigh in on your usual day and post if you've lost and/or exercised for at least 150 minutes. You don't have to post your weight or how much you lost. You can just post "yes" to let us know you met the challenge. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:18:50 EST Tea or Coffee? Tea or coffee? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> I am a tea drinker. My favorite is iced green tea. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:08:55 EST Survivor Challenge Week 4 - 2/10 - 2/16 To remain on the island you either have to lose any amount of weight this week or exercise for at least 150 minutes this week. What ever exercise you do counts towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> This week weigh in on your usual day and post if you've lost and/or exercised for at least 150 minutes. You don't have to post your weight or how much you lost. You can just post "yes" to let us know you met the challenge. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:05:36 EST VLCD Have you ever done a medically supervised VLCD (very low calorie diet)? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*********** <BR> I have not, but I am interested in learning more about it. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:22:58 EST Bootcamp Have you ever done a bootcamp? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> <BR> I will be doing one in the near future I am really looking forward to it. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:17:34 EST Calories Was there a food that you looked up and were shocked at the amount of calories it contained? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************* <BR> Movie theater popcorn. I knew it was high in calories, but over 1000 calories definitely shocked me. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:00:22 EST Hot Yoga Have you tried hot yoga? Did you like it? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> <BR> I've never tried it, but because it's in such high temperatures I don't think I'd like it. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:36:38 EST Gym Membership Do you have a gym membership? Do you use it? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> <BR> I don't, but I wish I did. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:07:29 EST Counting Calories I had a conversation with someone late last night who said they love counting their calories and she asked if I enjoyed it. So, I am asking you all if you enjoy counting calories. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> I don't enjoy counting calories, but I also don't hate it. I enjoy knowing what nutrients I am putting into my body. This is something I'll be doing for the rest of my life and I am okay with... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:03:44 EST February Celebrations <em>236</em> What ever your special day this month I want to wish you a happy day full of fun, laughter, and love. <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:18:37 EST New Food If you could create a new version of any food or junk food that you could eat as much as you wanted without gaining any weight what would it be? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> I would create a new version of ice cream. Each flavor I create would have chocolate in it. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:12:56 EST Survivor Challenge Week 3 - 2/3 - 2/9 To remain on the island you either have to lose any amount of weight this week or exercise for at least 150 minutes this week. What ever exercise you do counts towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> This week weigh in on your usual day and post if you've lost and/or exercised for at least 150 minutes. You don't have to post your weight or how much you lost. You can just post "yes" to let us know you met the challenge. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:02:08 EST Survivor Challenger Week 2 - 1/27-2/2 To remain on the island you either have to lose any amount of weight this week or exercise for at least 150 minutes this week. What ever exercise you do counts towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> This week weigh in on your usual day and post if you've lost and/or exercised for at least 150 minutes. You don't have to post your weight or how much you lost. You can just post "yes" to let us know you met the challenge. <BR> <BR> I weigh in on Saturdays, so I will post on the 2nd. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:40:16 EST Survivor Challenger Week 2 - 1/27-2/2 To remain on the island you either have to lose any amount of weight this week or exercise for at least 150 minutes this week. What ever exercise you do counts towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> This week weigh in on your usual day and post if you've lost and/or exercised for at least 150 minutes. You don't have to post your weight or how much you lost. You can just post "yes" to let us know you met the challenge. <BR> <BR> I weigh in on Saturdays, so I will post on the 2nd. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:33:21 EST Goals Look back at what you've done this week. What goals would you like to reach to next week? <BR> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> I only walked 12,000 steps 5 days this week, so my goal for next week is to walk 12,000 everyday. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:19:34 EST Favorite Toy What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> My favorite toy was my curly haired doll that recited my prayers with me every night at bedtime. I still say the same prayer every night. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:10:50 EST Which exercise? Which do you like best for exercise...............walking, running, or jogging? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> I am definitely a walker. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:01:46 EST Cooking If you could get private cooking lessons who would you choose to learn from? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> I would want lessons from Anne Burrell. I've seen her teach and she is an excellent instructor. I know I could learn from her. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:01:19 EST Working Out If you could workout with anyone who would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> I would love to workout with Leslie Sansone. She is so positive and she makes working out fun. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:12:24 EST Survivor Challenge Week 1 January 20th-26th Week 1 - Weigh in on your usual weigh in day and post that you did. You don't have to post your weight.......just reply with a "yes" to show you weighed in. This will be your starting weight for this challenge. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:15:12 EST New Exercise Anyone try a new exercise lately? What was it? How did you like it? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:52:16 EST Survivor Challenge Starts Jan. 20th This game is easy. You weigh in once a week and if you have lost any weight you get to stay on the island. Lose nothing and you're off the island and out of the game. Last member standing wins. <BR> <BR> I will post the weekly thread and all you have to do is reply with a "yes" if you lost weight or a "no" if you did not lose weight. Any loss counts no matter how much it is. Did you lose 1/10 of a pound..................then you're still on the island. <BR> <BR> This games starts Sunday, J... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:34:33 EST January Team Celebrations HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>408</em> mm <em>107</em> <em>44</em> mmm <em>214</em> <em>283</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> GITRDONE2 <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>408</em> <em>26</em> <em>437</em> <em>407</em> <em>214</em> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> ZACEVETOB <BR> ANGELUS__QUINN <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKAVERSARY <BR> <BR> <em>345</e... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:00:46 EST January Personal Goals My personal goals for January are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat between 1200-1800 calories daily. <BR> 2. Walk 12,000 steps daily. <BR> 3. Log all food daily. <BR> 4. Log all exercise daily. <BR> 5. Drink 8 cups of water daily. <BR> 6. Lose 3 pounds. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:16:44 EST Virtually walking Across the Country Hi my name is Karen - Since Dec. of 2011 I have lost just about 75 pounds. I have only been on spark with this username since Sept. of this year my journey continues. My goals are to maintain health with eating fresh whole foods , most of which I grow. I have many interests in fitness , cycle , swim, fencing, sculling (rowing) ,tia chi , jazzercise , speed walk 5ks, and weight training. Love to cook , good conversation and am a very good listener. LIL Racer <em>226</em> I am currently... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:17:30 EST January 1-7 Team Challenge Let's start the new year with a healthy challenge. To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in, so how many calories will you burn this week: <BR> <BR> 7000 more burned = 2 pounds <BR> 5250 more burned = 1.5 pounds <BR> 3500 more burned = 1 pound <BR> 1750 more burned = .5 pounds <BR> <BR> Cut and past the template below: <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten <BR> Calories Burned <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten <BR> Calories Burned <BR> <BR> Tuesday <B... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:50:46 EST Leslie Sansone Hi everyone I need your help. <BR> I used to have a video by Leslie Sansone that had a timer on it. It helped me a lot. I lost it when I had to send my puter in for repair. Does anyone know the name of this DVD? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:00:52 EST December Personal Challenge Wow! Where did the time go? It's already December 3rd. I apologize for posting this late, but really where did the time go? <BR> <BR> What will be your personal challenge for December? You can cut and paste the template below. <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> 8 <BR> 9 <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> 15 <BR> 16 <BR> 17 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> 22 <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <BR> 28 <BR> 29 <BR> 30 <BR> 31 Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:37:49 EST What is your favorite Christmas movie? I am so completely obsessed with A Christmas Story? I can recite the movie while watching it word for word. The word someone used to describe me was "obsessed" about it. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:45:31 EST December Team Celebrations <em>384</em> <em>236</em> <em>242</em> KKZMOM11 will be celebrating a very exciting 4th Sparkaversary <em>264</em> <em>44</em> <em>408</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 15:30:22 EST Hi, I am new! Hi my name is Peggy & I liver with my husband, 1 cat & 1 dog in Arvada, Colorado which is a suberb of Denver. It is great being here. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:36:42 EST Thanksgiving Weekend Challenge Let's burn those holiday calories away. Challenge yourself to go a little beyond your usual workout to burn away those extra calories. <BR> <BR> I usually do a little over 4 miles a day, so I will challenge myself to do 5 miles a day. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:52:28 EST November Celebrations Please join me in celebrating our team members special days. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <em>409</em> 2-ANGELUS__QUINN - Birthday <em>44</em> <BR> <em>408</em> 27-KKZMOM11 - Birthday <em>407</em> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:03:56 EST November Personal Challenge <em>331</em> <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My goal is to walk 125 miles (walking & Leslie Sansone) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 4.29/120.71 <BR> 2. 4.29/116.42 <BR> 3. 4.36/112.06 <BR> 4. 4.18/107.88 <BR> 5. 4.32/103.59 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> 8 <BR> 9 <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> 15 <BR> 16 <BR> 17 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> 22 <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <B... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:58:53 EST Most Important Meal Of The Day Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Post here daily what you had for breakfast. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:25:37 EST What is your favorite fall food or drink? My favorite fall drink is cold apple cider. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:15:31 EST Happy Birthday ZACEVETOB (9/29) Happy Birthday!!!!!!! <em>383</em> I hope you have a fantastic day filled with love, friendship, and laughter. <em>44</em> <em>144</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:21:18 EST October Personal Challenge What is your personal goal for October. You can cut and paste the template below. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:54:24 EST DO YOU EVER ... DO YOU EVER SHOP AT A HEALTH FOOD STORE OR GET MOST OF YOUR THINGS AT A REGULAR SUPERMARKET? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:50:38 EST WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT ... WHAT IS HARDEST FOR YOU TO DO? FIND TIME TO EXERCISE? FINDING TIME TO GET YOUR CHORES DONE? EATING RIGHT? OR THE ECONOMY MAKING IT HARD TO BUY THE RIGHT FOODS? OR IS IT DOING ALL THIS WHILE WORKING OUTSIDE THE HOME AND TRYING TO RAISE A FAMILY BESIDES? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:48:39 EST ARE YOU A FAN? ARE YOU A FOOTBALL FAN AND IF SO, WHAT TEAM DO YOU FOLLOW? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:45:10 EST HAVE YOU SEEN ... HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW INFORMATION OUT THERE CONCERNING FATS? NOW THEY ARE SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSUMING THEM. SKIM MILK IS OUT AND 2 % IS IN. SO ARE MANY OTHER FATS. I HEARD THIS ON DR, OZ AND CHECKED IT OUT ON EVERYDAY NUTRITION. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:40:58 EST WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST ... WHAT SUBJECT WAS MOST DIFFICULT FOR YOU IN SCHOOL? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:57:07 EST WHAT KIND OF CAR ... WHAT KIND OF CAR WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:56:19 EST IF YOU CHEAT ... IF YOU CHEAT ON YOUR FOOD PLAN, WHAT IS THE THING THAT TEMPTS YOU THE MOST? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:55:40 EST WHAT COLOR ... WHAT COLOR DO PEOPLE SAY LOOKS BEST ON YOU? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:54:38 EST HEB Slim Down Showdown 2013 Has anyone considered submitting an application? It sounds interesting. I am considering trying, I filled out the application but it still requires a photo and a 3 minute video. The video is the most challenging for me. It's all due before the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Just thought I would ask. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:11:05 EST WHT IS YOUR MOST WATCHED ... WHAT IS YOUR MOST WATCHED TV SHOW? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:27:21 EST WHAT MAKES YOU #3 WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY ANGRY? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:25:20 EST WHAT MAKES YOU #2 WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:23:40 EST WHAT MAKES YOU ... WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:20:44 EST SEPTEMBER PERSONAL CHALLENGE POST YOUR PERSONAL CHALLENGES HERE AND COME BACK AND EDIT YOUR ENTRY EACH DAY. <BR> <BR> 9/1 - 2,135 STEPS <BR> 9/2 - 2,221 STEPS <BR> 9/3 - 2,571 STEPS <BR> 9/4 <BR> 9/5 <BR> 9/6 <BR> 9/7 <BR> 9/8 <BR> 9/9 <BR> 9/10 <BR> 9/11 <BR> 9/12 <BR> 9/13 <BR> 9/14 <BR> 9/15 <BR> 9/16 <BR> 9/17 <BR> 9/18 <BR> 9/19 <BR> 9/20 <BR> 9/21 <BR> 9.22 <BR> 9/23 <BR> 9/24 <BR> 9/25 <BR> 9/26 <BR> 9/27 <BR> 9/28 <BR> 9/29 <BR> 9/30 Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:54:28 EST WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME ... WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:47:26 EST ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD ... ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASONS SHOWS ON TV? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:46:45 EST HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN ... HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN A TRAFFIC TICKET FOR ANYTHING? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:45:54 EST WILL YOU BE WATCHING ... WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE DEBATES FOR THEUPCOMING ELECTION? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:44:53 EST September Personal Challenge What is your personal challenge for September? <BR> <BR> Template: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 22:09:38 EST DO YOU WATCH ... DO YOU WATCH REALITY SHOWS AND IF SO, WHICH ONE? Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:21:29 EST WHAT JOB ... WHAT OCCUPATION WOULD YOU FIND TO BE THE LEAST ATTRACTIVE FOR YOU? Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:20:24 EST HAVE YOU EVER ... HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO GIVE A SPEECH OR PERFORM IN SOME MANNER, IN FRONT OF A CROWD? Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:19:29 EST WARNING TO ALL! <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> THERE ARE SOME CATALOG COMPANIES THAT ARE SWITCHING ACCOUNTS WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. IF YOU ORDER FROM THESE RED CAT STORES, ON LINE, AND USE YOUR BANK DEBIT CARD TO PAY FOR THE ITEM, THEY AUTOMATICALLY OPEN A CHARGE FOR YOU IN THEIR COMPANY NAME AND AT NEARLY 26% INTEREST. THIS IS OF COURSE, ILLEGAL. YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IS NOT CHARGED FOR THE ITEM AND YOU ARE HIT WITH A BILL WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE AN ACCOU... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:13:53 EST IS THERE SOMETHING .... IS THERE SOMETHING ON SPARK THAT YOU WOULD CHANGE IF YOU HAD A CHANCE AND WHAT WOULD IT BE? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:34:41 EST DO YOU THINK THERE ... DO YOU THINK THERE IS MORE "MUD SLINGING" IN POLITICS NOW THAN THERE USED TO BE? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:32:52 EST IF YOU COULD BE ... IF YOU COULD BE ANY AGE AGAIN, OTHER THAN WHAT YOU ARE, WHAT AGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:31:15 EST WHAT WOULD YOU DO ... WHAT WOULD YOU TRY IF YOU KNEW YOU COULD NOT FAIL? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:30:06 EST Hi! I'm Lee! Im a student at Clemson University and I'm morbidly obese. Just a couple years ago, I'd gotten down from my 270lbs to 190lbs through exercise (though, not much dieting). It took a long time for me to reach my lowest weight of 190 in August of 2009. I had surgery and was not able to workout the way I wanted to for 6 weeks. During this time, I moved away from my gym. I never did get back into working out consistently. I would go to the gym before work 4 times a week and play a couple hours of t... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:57:44 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE AND WHY? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:49:19 EST HAVE YOU HEARD ... HAVE YOU HEARD ANY OF THE NEW CONSPIRACY THEORIES CONCERNING JOHN LENNON'S DEATH? IF SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THEM? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:44:08 EST DO YOU THINK ... DO YOU THINK THAT BEING A STAY AT HOME MOM IS AS DIFFICULT AS WORKING OUTSIDE THE HOME CAN BE? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:42:38 EST DO YOU GET INVOLVED ... DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS AT ALL - CAMPAIGN, OR REALLY WATCH THE DEBATES? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:02:02 EST DO YOU THINK ... FUN WITH WORDS <BR> <BR> ARE SATISFACTION AND CONTENTMENT THE SAME THING? Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:18:21 EST WHAT DID YOU THINK ... WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE OLYMPICS? <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:13:29 EST SparkCoach What are your thoughts? Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:45:12 EST Happy <em>20</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:07:33 EST IF YOU WON ... IF YOU EVER WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE MONEY? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 14:37:29 EST WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE ... WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING WARY AND BEING SKEPTICAL? ACCORDING TO ONE OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, THEY ARE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 14:36:48 EST WILL YOU BE GLAD ... WILL YOU BE GLAD TO RETURN TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING WHEN THE OLYMPICS ARE OVER? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 14:35:01 EST HAVE YOU EVER ... HAVE YOU EVER MET ANY OF YOUR SPARK FRIENDS IN PERSON? Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:27:39 EST WHAT DO YOU DO ... WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GET ANGRY? Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:25:48 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FORM OF RELAXATION? Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:23:51 EST Going to work out today. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a teacher and today was the first day of school for my students. Usually, on the first day of school, I am tired and have no desire to work out. However, that is not the case this school year. I actually have energy today and I am wondering if is because I have been working out and eating healthy. Well whatever it is, I am not going to stop. I plan on walking for 30 minutes and doing 30 minutes of strength training. I will also go to bed at a decent hour an... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:36:00 EST DO YOU REALLY ... DO YOU REALLY ENJOY COOKING OR IS IT A CHORE FOR YOU? Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:46:03 EST HAVE YOU EVER COMPETED ... HAVE YOU EVER COMPETED IN A COMPETITION SPORT EITHER AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR ON A TEAM? Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:44:18 EST DO YOU WEAR ... DO YOU WEAR SHORTS IN THIS HEAT? Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:43:03 EST I almost did not workout today. I almost did not work out today. The excuses started to pile up in my mind..."I am tired and I don't want to work out, I will work out tomorrow", etc. I decided to work out today after seeing a picture of myself, which my friend had sent me. The picture was not very flattering. I decided that if I wanted to change what I saw in the picture, I would have to work at it. So, I went for a walk and enjoyed it. The weather was cool and breezy, there were upbeat songs on my Ipod, etc. I am gl... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:38:09 EST WHAT'S NOT WORKING? IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVE TRIED IN THE AREA OF EXERCISE OR NUTRITION THAT DID NOT WORK FOR YOU THAT YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:38:37 EST WHAT'S NEW? HAVE YOU TRIED A NEW EXERCISE OR FOOD TODAY OR DONE SOMETHING ELSE TO MAKE THINGS WORK BETTER FOR YOU? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:36:32 EST AUGUST PERSONAL CHALLENGE PLEASE LIST WHAT AREA YOU ARE GOING TO BE WORKING ON THIS MONTH AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU COMPLETED IT THAT DAY. <BR> <BR> I WILL MOVE MY BODY EVERY WAY I CAN. <BR> <BR> 8/1 - 1,763 steps, weights, exercises, chair dancing all done! <BR> 8/2 - 1,840 steps, weights, exercises, rowing machine all done! <BR> 8/3 - 2,164 steps, weights, exercises, all done! <BR> 8/4 - 2,522 steps, weights, pedaling thing, walking, cleaning, and errands -yeah! <BR> 8/5 - 3.044 steps, weights, exercises <BR> 8/6 <B... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:34:08 EST HAVE YOU EVER ... HAVE YOU EVER PURCHASED DRUGS OR VITAMINS ON-LINE? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:15:01 EST DO YOU SHOP .... DO YOU DO YOUR SHOPPING ON-LINE OR PREFER TO GO TO THE STORE ITSELF? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:14:20 EST IS MOST OF YOUR ... IS MOST OF YOUR HOME EXERCISE ROUTINE TAKEN FROM THE SPARK FITNESS PLANNER? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:10:14 EST Hi Everyone!!! Hi everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am a 40 something guy who lives on the east coast of Scotland with his wife, two daughters and a mad Jack Russell called "Pip". <BR> <BR> Unfortunately i am also living with Binge Eating Disorder. Which is slowly taking its toll on both my mental and physical health. I have been receiving counseling from my local Gp practice . Unfortunately the therapist that is counseling me doesn't really have an idea in what she is dealing with. <BR> <BR> I have been on and of... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:13:09 EST Hi everyone My name is Heather. I am 28 years old and I have about 80 lbs to lose. I look forward to using this forum and spark people to help me stay motivated, especially when the going gets tough. I start graduate school in January of 2013 and I plan on using exercise as a stress reliever. Hopefully, I am on my way to a healthier and active life. <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:10:06 EST ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED ... ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED IN THE SHOWING THAT THE USA IS MAKING SO FAR IN THE OLYMPICS? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:29:24 EST HAVE YOU EVER HAD ... HAVE YOU EVER HAD HOME MADE ICE CREAM? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:27:19 EST WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITEM TO PUT ON THE GRILL? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:26:20 EST NEW Member Introduction Hello there! <BR> I am Diana and.I am a wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids;2 daughters,1 is 21 and the other 15 and a son who is 13. I am very determined and in this for the long haul,how ever long it takes.One day at a time,one step,one change and Slow and Steady.If you would like to read more about how I found Spark People,you are welcome to visit my page anytime! <BR> Nice to be Here with all of you Long Haulers <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> <em>247</em> Diana Tue, 31 Jul 2012 03:40:12 EST Hello, new here. Hi, I rejoined for the third time, but this time I'm committed to doing things the hard (er right) way and without going on a diet. So far, I have been focusing on eating whole foods within the right proportions and going to the gym at least twice a week and working out at home. My attitude is much better, and I am losing about half a pound to a pound and a half a week or so. But the weight loss isn't as important as my knees feeling good and being able to run after my toddler. I hope to ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:10:14 EST EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE ... EVERYBODY SEEMS TO LIKE CHOCOLATE. DO YOU PREFER MILK CHOCOLATE OR DARK? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:01:52 EST CROPS BY YOU ... ARE THE CROPS BY YOU DOING WELL WITH THIS HEAT AND DROUGHT HITTING MOST OF THE COUNTRY? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:00:58 EST HAVE YOU BEEN ... HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING THE OLYMPICS? IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:00:10 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR, IN CLOTHING, TO WEAR? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:29:01 EST IF YOU COULD ... IF YOU COULD BUY ANY NEW CAR ON THE MARKET, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:27:48 EST HOW DO YOU ... HOW DO YOU PREFER TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:27:01 EST Happy Sparkaversary CHLOE453 (7/29) <em>384</em> Congrats on your dedication to bettering your health. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:16:29 EST Happy Wedding Anniversary GITRDONE (7/27) <em>384</em> Blessing to you both. I hope you have a fabulous day filled with lots of precious memories. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:14:39 EST Happy Birthday REACHING4HOME (7/27) <em>383</em> I hope your special day is filled with lots of surprises, family, friends, fun, and love. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:12:38 EST NEW RECIPES TO TRY POST HERE WITH ANYTHING NEW YOU HAVE TRIED - WHETHER IT IS ONE ITEM OR A RECIPE FOR A DISH YOU'VE NOT TRIED BEFORE. WHATEVER! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:26:34 EST WHAT IS THE HARDEST ... WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART, FOR YOU, OF GETTING IN YOUR EXERCISE? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:24:58 EST ARE YOU INTO ... ARE YOU INTO PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:19:03 EST DO YOU THINK IT'S FAIR ... DO YOU THINK IT'S FAIR FOR THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS AT PENN STATE TO BE PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING THEIR COACH DID? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:14:59 EST HAVE YOU EVER LECTURED ... HAVE YOU EVER LECTURED ANOTHER PERSON ON HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT OR QUIT SMOKING WHEN YOU, YOURSELF SHOWED SOME SUCCESS? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:12:30 EST WOULD YOU SMASH ... WOULD YOU SMASH A CAR WINDOW ON A CAR THAT HAD A YOUNG CHILD OR A PET THAT APPEARED TO BE UNCONSCIOUS DUE TO EXTREME HEAT? OR WOULD YOU JUST TRY TO CALL SOMEONE FOR HELP? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:25:47 EST FUR BABIES ... IF YOU HAVE A PET THAT NORMALLY STAYS OUTDOORS, DO YOU MAKE SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR HOT OR EXTREME COLD WEATHER? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:24:18 EST WOULD YOU EVER ... WOULD YOU EVER SPEAK UP TO A TOTAL STRANGER THAT WAS MISTREATING THIER CHILDREN IN A PUBLIC PLACE? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:21:12 EST What top 3 events do you like in the olympics? 1. gymnastics <BR> 2. swimming <BR> 3. tennis Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:39:29 EST POST YOUR PET PEEVES ... POST YOUR PET PEEVES HERE AND TELL US WHY. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:36:39 EST DO YOU COOK ... DO YOU COOK LESS IN THE SUMMER HEAT? Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:35:13 EST ARE YOU INTERESTED ... ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE NEXT ELECTION? Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:34:43 EST WHAT WOULD YOU DO ... WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR CAR BROKE DOWM, AT NIGHT, AND YOU WERE ALONE? Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:34:04 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ... WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FRUIT? Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:07:57 EST DO YOU REMEMBER ... DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU DID AS A CHILD TO COOL OFF IN HOT WEATHER? Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:07:18 EST DO YOU HAVE ... DO YOU HAVE AN UNDERGROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEM? Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:06:39 EST HOW DO YOU HANDLE .... HOW DO YOU HANDLE PEOPLE THAT SABOTAGE YOUR PROGRAM FOR WIEGHT LOSS? Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:34:31 EST WHEN IS THE LAST .... WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT REALLY SILLY AND JUST HAD LOTS OF FUN? Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:33:32 EST DO YOU HAVE ... DO YOU HAVE A HEALTH ISSUE OTHER THAN WEIGHT, THAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH? IF SO, DO YOU WANT TO SHARE WHAT IT IS? Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:32:49 EST One more spark.... My name's Mary. Joined SP 6 days ago. Stumbled onto this site by accident while trying to figure out how many calories are in slivered toasted almonds. I'm trying to lose 15-20 lbs. I do Zumba, Turbo , strength training & others. <BR> <BR> Still can't find out if slivered almonds lose some of their fat content if they're toasted :) Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:52:00 EST ARE THERE COMMERCIALS ... ARE THERE ANY COMMERCIALS ON TV THAT YOU FIND TO BE OFFENSIVE? Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:49:45 EST DO YOU REMEMBER ... DO YOU REMEMBER THE BIRTHDAYS OF ALL FAMILY MEMBERS WITH A CARD OR A GIFT? Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:46:18 EST WHAT DAY ... WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IS THE MOST QUIET FOR YOU? Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:44:32 EST Here I am!!!, to Live, Love, Learn and Laugh My name is Roberto C. Urdiano, I go By Bobby U. I am a father of two; Gabriella is 2 1/2 and Cruz is 13 months. I'm a Soldier in the U.S. Army, been in for 12 yrs. I'm a wounded combat solier that has been on multipul deployment and at 38 yrs of age my body is starting to break down. Somedays I just feel like a punching bag. But motivation keeps me, keeping on. I visited an awesome nutrition counselor at my base, he gave me some guidance and here I am. I live a pretty active lifestyle I enjoy... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 22:15:35 EST WHAT IS USUALLY YOUR ... WHAT IS USUALLY YOUR BIGGEST MEAL OF THE DAY? Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:42:39 EST WHAT DO YOU WATCH ... WHAT TYPE OF TV SHOWS DO YOU MOST FREQUENTLY WATCH - DRAMA, REALITY, COMEDY, DOCUMENTARY, OR SOMETHING OTHER THAN THESE? Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:39:42 EST WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE ... IF YOU HAD ONE, WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE "BEATLE"? Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:37:54 EST Brand new,Canadian and overwhelmed, this is a lot of information to take in. My name is teri, I live in bc, and need to lose 40 pounds or so. I was using a couple of different sites over the past six months, and had lost 20 pounds <BR> But have gained back 4,so I am here to remotivate myself. The site certainly looks interesting. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:55:31 EST I JUST TRIED ... PLEASE LIST SOMETHING NEW THAT YOU HAVE TRIED IN THE WAY OF FOOD OR DRINK AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKED IT. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:32:31 EST DO YOU HAVE ... DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? IF SO, WHAT DO YOU HAVE? Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:15:13 EST HOW MANY SCHOOLS ... HOW MANY DIFFERENT SCHOOLS DID YOU ATTEND? Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:14:28 EST HAVE YOU READ ANY ... HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE BILL ON-LINE? Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:13:47 EST JULY PERSONAL CHALLENGE THIS WILL RUN EXACTLY LIKE JUNE'S DID. YOU SET YOUR OWN PERSONAL GOALS. THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION BUT A CHANCE TO GO BEYOND OUR PERSONAL BEST. <BR> <BR> MY CHALLENGE WILL AGAIN BE TO INCREASE MY STEPS TAKEN DAILY. <BR> <BR> 7/1 - 1,179 <BR> 7/2 - 1,312 <BR> 7/3 - 1,421 <BR> 7/4 - 1,502 <BR> 7/5 - 1,680 <BR> 7/6 - 1,802 <BR> 7/7 - 1,918 <BR> 7/8 - 2,021 <BR> 7/9 - 2,491 <BR> 7/10 - 2,543 <BR> 7/11 - 2,621 <BR> 7/12 - 2,786 <BR> 7/13 - 2,857 <BR> 7/14 - 2,973 <BR> 7/15 - 3,072 <BR> 7/16 - 3... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:22:13 EST WHAT IS THE MOST ... WHAT IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED? Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:01:25 EST DO YOU CHANGE ... DO YOU CHANGE YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REALLY RISES? Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:00:22 EST HAVE YOU EVER ... HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN CHILD BIRTH? Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:59:00 EST ARE YOU A ... ARE YOU A READER AND IF SO, WHAT TYPE OF BOOKS DO YOU LIKE? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:33:18 EST DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR ... DO YOU USUALLY WEAR MAKE-UP OR JUST DO IT WHEN YOU ARE LEAVING THE HOUSE? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:32:35 EST WHAT COLOR ... WHAT COLOR IS PRIMARY IN YOUR HOUSE? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:31:38 EST Just need to vent This is day 9 for me and the past 10 days have been a true test of perseverance in the sense that I have been dealing with physical challenges that are not normal for me. I am excited that I have been able to track my food everyday and meet my exercise goals so far. That alone is a big victory for me, and it proves that this time is different and that I am in it for the long haul! <BR> <BR> My first week was a bit challenging in the sense that it was that time of the month for me, and despit... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:15:28 EST CAMP ACCOUNTABILITY ... THIS IS WHERE WE WILL COME EACH DAY TO POST WHAT WE DID THE DAY BEFORE IS REGARD TO THE BREAKDOWN OF OUR FOOD. USE YOUR NUTRITION TRACKER AND IT WILL GIVE YOU A CALORIE, PROTEIN, FAT, AND CARB COUNT ETC. YOU OR YOUR DR. CAN SET YOUR CALORIE LEVEL AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THAT AND ARE FOLLOWING SOME OTHER PLAN; JUST LIST IT. FOR EXAMPLE - IF YOU ARE ON WEIGHT WATCHERS AND COUNTING POINTS JUST STATE WHETHER YOU STAYED WITHIN YOUR LIMIT AND HOW IT BROKE DOWN. IF YOU ARE ON T.O.P.S OR SOME... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:15:35 EST WHAT DID YOU DO .. WHAT EXERCISE DID YOU DO TODAY? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:34:42 EST IS YOUR BEST LOOK ... IS YOUR BEST LOOK IN LONG HAIR OR SHORT OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:07:43 EST DO YOU LIKE ... DO YOU LIKE, OR MIND, HAVING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:06:57 EST WHAT DO YOU DO ... WHAT DO YOU DO, WHEN THE TEMPS GET NEAR 100 DEGREES, TO KEEP COOL AND STILL BE ABLE TO EXERCISE? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:06:09 EST On the long, rough, lonely road. Hi! My name is Dawn. I am a 38 yr, old, 240 lb. wife, & mother of 3, a type 2 diabetic, & pretty much alone in this journey. I'm hopeing 2 meet other people who can understand what it's like 2 be doing this as the only diabetic in the family. It is not easy buying & preparing meals for people who don't have diabetes, when you do. It also isn't cheap, but I am working on it! That is my favorite thing to say. I'm working on it! That is why I am here. Hope to hear from you. Luv n hugs to you al... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:35:59 EST What do you think ... What do you think is your best PHYSICAL feature? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:39:58 EST If you had the chance ... If you had the chance to travel anywhere in the USA, where would you go and why? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:39:15 EST Would you ever ... Would you ever resort to a surgical procedure to lose your excess weight? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:38:21 EST New to Spark People Hi, I am a 40 years old and have struggled with weight issues for most of my life. I lost about 25 pounds last year but managed to gain about 10 of it back over the winter and holidays. Part of my struggle comes with difficulty I have in exercise due to chronic pain issues. I had been using My Fitness Pal but am ready for a change and have heard great things about Spark People. It is time for a change in my life, not just a weight loss program but a lifestyle change. I have been happily m... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:04:49 EST On my way to the old me :) What a struggle. Life, weight. Ups and downs. It sure has been fun though. But I miss the athletic teen and early twenty year old I used to be. With a top weight of 313 pounds and lowest weight of 160. I have tried alot of things but the one thing that I was never willing to let myself do. Was become an athlete again. I never saw it like that, until recently and the thought alone helps to motivate me. It also keeps me going when I have hit a long plateau. Like right now, I am going on 2 weeks... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:20:05 EST A TO Z FOOD YOU LOVE A - AVACODOS Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:36:44 EST QOTD FOR 6/24 HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO CALL A RESCUE UNIT FOR SOMEONE? IF SO, WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM AND HOW DID YOU REACT? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:57:25 EST just starting my journey here Hello everyone. My name is Laurel. I have decided to start the program and join the community. I decided that Monday will be my first day. This way I can plan my food, explore all the different things on the site and be ready to succeed. I was doing another program and lost about 80 pounds. I still have over 100 that I want to lose. I was stressing so much because I had stayed at the same weight for a few months. I have decided that it is time for a change. I need to have something that fits ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:43:56 EST Hi, All! Well, I'm always saying "Tomorrow. I'll start tomorrow." So, it is no shocker that I am still overweight. I gained all of my weight while I was pregnant and never really did much to get it off. I would start and never finish BeachBody programs, I ran a couple of times telling myself that I was determined to be a runner.... And I am not.. Yet. <BR> <BR> I bought new sneaks around Christmas time because I had started, and was doing well on, a new get-healthy journey and those same sneaks... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:20:42 EST WHAT'S STOPPING YOU .... MANY OF US FACE CHALLENGES DAILY, IN OUR STRUGGLE WITH OUR WEIGHT. IT MAY BE ONE THING TODAY AND SOMETHING ELSE TOMORROW. LET'S COME HERE AND DISCUSS THOSE CHALLENGES. COMPLAIN ALL YOU LIKE. VENT AND BLOW OFF SOME STEAM! WHATEVER IS SLOWING YOU DOWN OR REVERSING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS, MAY BE SOMETHING THAT OTHERS ARE GOING THROUGH AS WELL. IF WE SHARE, WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION TOGETHER. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:02:27 EST QOTD FOR 6/22 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF ETHNIC FOOD? <BR> <BR> MINE IS GREEK OR MAYBE MEXICAN, OR ITALIAN, OR ..... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:43:27 EST Cosmina (Cosmina) Hi my name is Cosmina (pronounced Koze Meena), I live in Salem Oregon. I am starting with a goal to lose 78 pounds by May 2013 at which time I will attend our granddaughters wedding. I am very embarrassed of my weight, always looking around to see if I am the fattest in a room. I am 55 and have decided to change my lifestyle. All my friends have had bariatric surgery and are now little. Due to a dangerous blood disorder, weight loss surgery is not an option for me. So I guess it up to desire,... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:09:33 EST QOTD FOR 6/21 IT APPEARS AS THOUGH SUMMER HAS HIT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BIG TIME. WHAT KIND OF WEIRD WEATHER ARE YOU EXPERIENCING IN YOUR AREA? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:14:24 EST Introducing Me to the Group I think I posted my introduction to the wrong board, so I'm doing it here too. I just joined this site and am a bit overwhelmed. I had gastric bypass in 2007 and lost 246 lbs and still wasn't at goal. I have regained 100 lbs and am very discouraged as I never stopped working on losing my weight. My food choices are not as good as they could be, though my pouch still works fine and I can't eat large volumes (even though I'd still like to do that). I am hoping that this site and these groups ca... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:23:16 EST QOTD FOR 6/19 SHARON OSBOURNE'S SON HAS RECENTLY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MS. HE WILL APPEAR ON THE TALK SHOW WHERE SHE IS ONE OF THE HOSTS ON WEDNESDAY. DO YOU THINK IT DOES ANY GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC TO BE INFORMED ON SUCH A PRIVATE ISSUE? Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:17:21 EST QOTD FOR 6/18 HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED THE LOSS OF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER THAT DIED AT A VERY YOUNG AGE? Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:30:10 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Jen. I'm a 27 year old stay at home Mom of two beautiful children and one up in heaven. I've been trying to lose weight since January but I've been having a hard time. I had successfully lost 40 lbs before I had my son.. but weight loss is not easy this time around! I'm looking to meet some new people to help share tips and what not. I have an ultimate goal of about 150 lbs to lose. Don't be afraid to message me or talk to me =) <BR> <BR> Jen Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:02:56 EST New to SparkPeople Hi. I'm Amy. I've been trying to lose weight for a while now with minimal success. I was introduced to this website by my Aunt and I thought I would give it a go. I have had a lot of issues with over eating and eating sugary foods. I work in fast food and it makes it even worse to stay on track. I'm hoping to stick to my plan and goals, not eat as much greasy food and lean more to salads. I want my 1 year old to have a happy, healthy mommy. Motivation is key (which I lose often). I want to be... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:05:13 EST I am looking forward to meeting all of you :-) I am looking forward to meeting all of you and giving as much encouragment as I receive. I am 57 yrs old and more than ever need to take control of myself. I can't do it alone and I am asking for your help. I need to lose at least 50 pounds and today is the day to begin my journey. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:36:30 EST Hello! Hello there! I'm a new member looking for support!! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:15:44 EST QOTD FOR 6/14 DO IT SEEM TO YOU AS IF THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF POLITICIANS GETTING THEMSELVES IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW LATELY? Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:08:30 EST QOTD FO 6/13 CAN YOU PINPOINT EXACTLY WHEN YOU DEVELOPED A WEIGHT PROBLEM? Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:24:09 EST QOTD FOR TUESDAY IF YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS THAT HAS A WEIGHT PROBLEM, HOW DO YOU HANDLE GETTING TOGETHER WITH THEM FOR A MEAL? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:07:12 EST Starting new at 46 Hi!! I'm Jen. I am starting a new life now. I'm looking to lose 120 pounds. I doesn't matter how long it takes. I took me years to get to the weight I am, it will take years to be where my body feels best. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:54:27 EST QOTD FOR MONDAY WHEN YOU CHEAT ON YOUR FOOD PLAN, ARE YOU HONEST AND LOG IT IN, OR DO YOU JUST NOT POST YOUR NUTRITION FOR THAT DAY? Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:04:42 EST SHAKE IT UP ... MOST OF US GET CAUGHT UP IN A RUT OF DOING THE SAME EXERCISES EVERY DAY. I KNOW I DO BECAUSE THAT'S ALL I'M ALLOWED TO DO. BUT LET'S TRY DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR A CHANGE. POST HERE IF YOU HAVE TRIED SOMETHING YOU DON'T USUALLY DO AND LET US KNOW WHAT IT WAS. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:21:57 EST QOTD FOR SATURDAY DOES YOUR FAMILY GET TOGETHER FOR PICNICS? IF SO, DO THEY EAT HEALTHY OR IS IT MOSTLY JUNK FOOD? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:06:01 EST Hello Ya'll I am so excited to be a part of this community!! I am here to track my weight loss journey and get motivation!! I have lost 20 lbs so far since I started 2 months ago ... It's a big lifestyle change and I finally am loving myself and enjoying life in the here and now!! Live life to the fullest, keep on keeping on and Stay focused!! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:09:33 EST Just starting and need motivation.. ............ Hi All <BR> <BR> I have just joined up to Sparkpeople, and am so excited to be actually starting something. I usually blather on to my flatmate about wanting to lose weight, and don't actually do anything about it. <BR> <BR> I have put on lots of weight since packing in smoking 2 years ago, and have been saying since then that I needed to lose weight, but not doing anything about it............ <BR> <BR> How do other people manage to stay focused? <BR> <BR> I have found that after a week... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 04:23:46 EST QOTD FO FRIDAY ARE THERE LAWS IN YOUR STATE TO IMPRISON PEOPLE FOR EXTREME ANIMAL ABUSE? Fri, 8 Jun 2012 18:27:30 EST Family Man Recently Diagnosed with Type 2 I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. I consider myself a pretty active person ( for a 47yr old) but have always had trouble with calorie consumption. I have tried to become a healthy person on my own for years with varied outcome. This is the first time I've extended my hand for help. I'm now a type 2 diabetic on oral medication. I have a young family and need to stick around on this rock for as long as I can. Any guidance or just conversing with someone dealing with similar ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 14:50:51 EST QOTD FOR THURSDAY THERE ARE MANY CELEBRITIES COMING FORWARD, STATING THEY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH DEPRESSION. HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED THAT YOURSELF? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 14:06:56 EST Walked my first mile today I started here a very short time ago. Its been a little over a week. I am getting a grip on my diet so its time to move to fitness. I walk my dogs at least twice a day as we live in an apt. Today I mapped out a 1 mile walk and off we went. About half way through it started to hurt but we just kept going. I finished the mile in about 30 min. My 14 year old dog was about as worn out as I was the 7 month old puppy could have done it again <em>246</em> . I am pretty proud of myself and intend to... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:35:23 EST QOTD FOR WEDNESDAY WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT ITEM FOR YOU TO PASS UP IN THE GROCERY STORE? Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:51:56 EST LEAVING SPARKPEOPLE I've decided if I'm going to get the weight off, I need to do it on my own without feeling pressured to be a certain way. So I'm leaving sparkpeople and I doubt I'll be back. <BR> Take care and I hope you all reach your weight loss goals. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 18:15:31 EST QOTD: MONDAY Do you usually skip breakfast? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> <BR> I don't eat when I first get up but around 9am or so I'll have a cup of yogurt or a couple of boiled eggs. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:59:13 EST Savor the flavor of locally grown food Savor the flavor of locally grown food <BR> <BR> It seems that everyone is trying to become more environmentally friendly by recycling, taking public transportation, or even trying to "green" their grocery shopping and dinner plates. <BR> <BR> One way to help the environment—and enjoy fresh, tasty food—is to focus on fruits and vegetables grown locally, and meats that are raised nearby. <BR> <BR> Local produce can be sustainable if it supports local farmers and communities and does not har... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 07:56:01 EST QOTD: SUNDAY Do you eat things you really don't want to eat, just to please others? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************* <BR> <BR> I tend to do this often. Hubby will fix him a snack and he brings me a piece of whatever it is and if I say no thanks he just gets pissed off about it. So I eat it and then I'm mad at myself for giving in to him. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 15:02:24 EST TWO WEEK CHALLENGE- JUNE 4TH-17TH "I can do anything for two weeks". The challenges will be every 2 weeks. You set the goals, you chart what you want, you decide what you want to do. At the end of two weeks post reflections. <BR> <BR> <BR> The next 2 weeks will be June 4th thru June 17th. <BR> Post one initial post, then update it. <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> My goal is to do 45 minutes of exercise daily. <BR> <BR> June 4th- <em>248</em> <BR> June 5th- <BR> June 6th- <... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:31:26 EST QOTD: SATURDAY Is your mood affected by how well you eat? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> Not so much how well I eat but when I eat. I find myself getting really cranky and tired feeling if I don't eat about every 4 hours. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 18:16:45 EST Hola! I am a 24/F that has an extreme passion to teach kiddos from under-resourced communities. In about 2 weeks I'll be moving to sunny Charleston, SC and all I want is to feel confident rocking a two piece on a paddle board :) I try to eat healthy fairly often but food is also my greatest nemesis. It's my go-to for every emotion and I am tired, so tired, of turning to food as if it is going to heal me. This site seems to be exactly what I have been looking for-a community of individuals that ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:20:01 EST Hola! I am a 24/F that has an extreme passion to teach kiddos from under-resourced communities. In about 2 weeks I'll be moving to sunny Charleston, SC and all I want is to feel confident rocking a two piece on a paddle board :) I try to eat healthy fairly often but food is also my greatest nemesis. It's my go-to for every emotion and I am tired, so tired, of turning to food as if it is going to heal me. This site seems to be exactly what I have been looking for-a community of individuals that ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:20:00 EST Hi my name is Ivy I am new to this forum and I am not able to reply to mail or verify my e-mail..can someone help me. Please. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:08:39 EST 40 somethings with 25-49 pounds to loose Hi, I'm new to the name is Ivy Lee and I started my weight lose in December after becoming ill and having nose bleeds..little did I know my blood pressure was out of control from my bad eating, stress and no exercise. We lose 22 family members in 2006-2007, then My dad, Sister-n-law, Uncle to cancer 3 years ago..I have been so depressed and not able to cope very well with life. I feel I am getting better. Thank God I had a Dr. who cared and seen what was going on. I can say she sa... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:04:44 EST QOTD: FRIDAY Do you eat out more than twice a week? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> We out twice a month when we go do our bill paying and buying groceries. The only exception is if we're celebrating a birthday or our anniversary. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 18:23:18 EST June Personal Challenge What are your goals for June. <BR> <BR> To make it easier I made the template below. You can just cut and paste it. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:27:54 EST Starting Over I'm Katt, and I am just getting back into the reality that I want to be healthier again. This is no longer about just losing weight and forgetting about exercise. I really miss working out and feeling pumped on a regular basis. Be patient, it may take awhile for the brain and the body to get in sync on this, but I'm in it for the long haul! Thu, 31 May 2012 13:49:43 EST QOTD: THURSDAY Do you find that one diet mistake or binge will throw you completely off track? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************ <BR> <BR> It has in the past but I try these days to caulk it up to just being a bad day ( or week) and get back on track the next day or meal. Thu, 31 May 2012 11:54:44 EST Strange Foods -- How do we count them? I don't know if any of you have ever had the experience of living in a foreign country, but sometimes it is difficult to even begin to describe what it is I am eating let alone try to find nutrition facts. Case in point ... how many calories are in a fried scorpion?! No, I didn't eat one, but a friend did. That is an extreme case, but there are many foods here in Beijing that are beyond my description except in generalities. Yesterday I ate a type of melon that reminded me of a Honeydew. ... Wed, 30 May 2012 21:03:43 EST QOTD: WEDNESDAY Do you regularly indulge in Mish-Mosh dinners ( a bowl of cereal, a cup of yogurt, and a spoonful of PNB) ? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************************** <BR> <BR> Not on a regular basis. But sometimes towards the end of the month dinners may be a little of this and that. Wed, 30 May 2012 18:35:21 EST overwhelmed already Ok so I sign up and I am all excited because I am going to get all this help. I look at the menu it gives me and it is nothing I have in the house. How do you get started? I can go shopping but what do I get? How can I work the food I have into the menu's I am given? Wed, 30 May 2012 04:46:36 EST QOTD: TUESDAY Do you think a trip to the grocery store is exercise? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> For me it is. Hubby comes with me and he uses a riding cart and has to go down every isle whether we need something on that isle or not. I have to follow him down each one. And we usually hit 3-5 stores each grocery day so I'm getting about 20,000 steps each shopping day compared to my normal 5000-7000 steps per day. Tue, 29 May 2012 15:41:24 EST Simple strength training tips Simple strength training tips <BR> <BR> If you’ve never lifted weights in your life — and many people haven’t — why should you start now? The answer is simple: Muscle tissue, bone density, and strength all dwindle over the years. So, too, does muscle power. These changes open the door to accidents and injuries that can compromise your ability to lead an independent, active life. Strength training is the most effective way to slow and possibly reverse much of this decline. <BR> <BR> Having s... Tue, 29 May 2012 15:25:37 EST Cincinnati, Oh Hunger Walk My husband and I walked this yesterday morning, in 90 degree weather. it was 3.1 miles, which was no problem. i enjoyed the walk. the only problem.................brand new shoes and HUGE blisters on my ankles and by my big toes on both feet. that made for a VERY uncomfortable 1 1/2 miles. i am stubborn and hard headed and i should have listened to my husband. but i didn't and now i get to pay for it. but he and i raised $450 for the Freestore/foodbank, which i find VERY impressive. thanks to... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:11:52 EST G'Day G'day ya'll :) I am from SC but presently in South Australia. I have been on a roller coaster of weight gain and loss for over 20 years. Been in the fitness industry for alot of those years, motivating others to reach their goals, and celebrating with them on each step. I have also been a team leader for folks that were raising money for Leukemia by running marathons or triathlons and have done a few myself. <BR> At 46 (almost 47) I am at the heaviest I have EVER been, numbers I never t... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:17:33 EST QOTD: MEMORIAL DAY Is night time snack time for you? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> I try hard not to eat anything after 7pm. Mon, 28 May 2012 12:29:16 EST Newbie - glad to be here! First time I have been to Sparkpeople and I am really excited about all the tools that will help me keep on track. I am a computer nut, so being able to log on an check things off is right up my alley. I am ready for a new me. I believe subconsciously I piled on the weight so I would be unattractive and not have to deal with men, but I am tired of this person who I no longer recognize. I want to be free and serve God with everything in me, not making food an idol in my life. Food is ther... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:56:15 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:09:43 EST Team Member of the Week - 5/27/2012 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member since 4/2012 <BR> 2. Lost 15 pounds in only 4 weeks. <BR> 3. Very active on spark and her teams. <BR> 4. Has consistently made the top 25 in fitness. <BR> 5. Is very supportive of other members. <BR> <BR> This member is...........ALDNJPD1 <em>250</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 20:19:25 EST Low Fat vs Low Carb... What do you think? <link><BR>pdate0904c.shtml </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 17:24:20 EST MECH 49 HI MY NAME IS ANTHONY I WOULD LIKE A DIET TO FOLLOW TO RICH MY WEIGHT LOSE GOAL OF 50 POUNDS CAN YOU HELP Sun, 27 May 2012 17:02:38 EST QOTD: SUNDAY Do you eat well during the week but blow it on the weekends? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************************** <BR> <BR> I try to eat pretty much the same way every day regardless of whether it's the weekend or not. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 May 2012 14:00:41 EST Howdy Ya'll Hello everyone! I am new to this site, so I thought I would introduce myself! I am a 27 year old female, married with no kids! I am a dog groomer by trade and have two cats, 4 rats, and a fish! I was born and raised in San Antonio, and moved to Pennsylvania when I was 14 after losing my father. Between the culture I grew up in, and the pain of losing my dad, food has ALWAYS been a crutch for me. Whenever I had a bad day, or a celebration, or just because, I would turn to food. I grew u... Sat, 26 May 2012 23:23:58 EST What are your top 3 favorite exercises? I like: <BR> <BR> 1. elliptical <BR> 2. fitness video games <BR> 3. walk away the pounds/walking Sat, 26 May 2012 15:20:39 EST QOTD: SATURDAY Do you tend to lose weight on vacation? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> <BR> I haven't been on vacation in 13 years so I don't know if I do or not. Sat, 26 May 2012 09:15:02 EST Hi, I am MamaSheddinFat! Nice to meet all of you! I started my weight loss journey on October 3, 2011 and have since lost 81 lbs! I still have 197 more to lose to hit my goal weight. My first goal is to lose 100lbs by 6/26, my 44th birthday...and I just may make it!!! So happy! I hope to reach final goal by my 45th! <BR> Would love to get to know all of you, and help support you. Fri, 25 May 2012 23:17:48 EST It's time for a new beginning. Starting NOW!!!!! Hi Everyone!!! If life begins at 50 then I'm almost there. LOL!!! A week until the big day!!! I need to make some life style changes. Beginning with my weight. I have RA ( Rheumatoid Arthritis ) and I am not letting it control me anymore. It's time to take back my life and that has to start with my attitude. I've lost 8 pounds in 10 days and have a possitive out look. (NOW) Looking for friends to share the journrey with. Good Luck to you all. Sadina. Fri, 25 May 2012 18:01:15 EST QOTD: FRIDAY If you open a bag of chips, are you pretty sure to empty it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> A big bag, no. A small bag, yes. But I know chips are a trigger food for me, so I don't bring them in the house anymore. Fri, 25 May 2012 09:42:39 EST Overweight and Lacking Self Confidence Hi, My name is Bonnie and I joined 2 days ago and finally got the courage to post. When I started I was gunho and ready to follow any plan. By the afternoon, I was back to my old feeling sorry for my "fat" self. I am here to get my head on straight about losing weight. One year from now (or less) I want to be at my goal weight. I am trying to do a visual of myself at my perfect weight to motivate me. Tried on some clothes at a store last night, didn't go so well. That of course, motivat... Thu, 24 May 2012 13:05:19 EST QOTD: THURSDAY Do you have a stash of snack foods? <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> <BR> Right now I don't have any kind of snack foods, but on shopping days I'll usually buy a little something, low in calories. Thu, 24 May 2012 12:36:52 EST QOTD: WEDNESDAY Do you tend to eat your meals quickly? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> <BR> I know you're supposed to allow at least 20 minutes for a meal so I try to make mine last that long. Wed, 23 May 2012 12:22:14 EST QOTD: TUESDAY Have you tried and failed at more than one diet? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> Too many to count. The ONLY thing that has ever worked for me was low carb and that's what I'm back doing now. Tue, 22 May 2012 10:07:25 EST Great article I thought this was a really good article and decided to share. <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=1754 Tue, 22 May 2012 09:15:18 EST I've tried everything else I have tried every diet and even Weight Watchers, but I hate those meetings where everyone says little cheers, but I think I won't do be able to do this if I don't have some type of support. Eating has always been my best friend. i eat if I am happy, sad, to celebrate, or punish myself. I need to lose 40 pounds. I have done the shots and starvation diets, but I want to lose it for good. Mon, 21 May 2012 18:57:42 EST QOTD: MONDAY Do you usually eat everything on your plate? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************ <BR> <BR> I'm trying to eat smaller portions so yes, what I put on my plate, I eat all of. Mon, 21 May 2012 18:03:50 EST Day One! hey everbody just wanted to introduce myself im 22 and 163 lbs and i want to try to shuck that down to 130 by the end of the year. my other goal is to run a 5k this year in under 20 min. i started with a bang today and im hoping all of you can keep me accountable to myself and also to stay on track!! heres to changing your lifestyle!! Mon, 21 May 2012 12:00:14 EST QOTD: SUNDAY Are there certain people in your life who trigger you to eat unhealthy foods? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> My hubby sure doesn't help me any but in reality, I'm my own worse enemy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 May 2012 17:33:04 EST Getting Started Hi, my name is Wonda and I am starting a Program to lose over 80 pounds. Looking to meet weight loss buddies, and encouragements are helpful. Sat, 19 May 2012 23:10:30 EST Hi everyone! Hello, I'm Kate. I have been up and down with my weight for the last 6 years. I'm done with that! I am going to go down and stay down. The difference in this journey is that I am actually making lifestyle changes. Getting new habits, getting rid of old habits, and learning to love exercise. I am most definitely in it for the long haul! Fri, 18 May 2012 09:46:09 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone my name is Nicole and I'm new to this page . I've struggled with my weight since I was a kid. I have a thyroid problem type 2 diabetes on top of that . I lost 35lbs and 15 lbs away from my goal and at that time I was on weight watchers but lost my job and that was one thing I had to cut . I did good for a while then I seen the weight creep right back up and back to were I started from. I've been doing great so far with sparks only had one bad day so far , but went right back on t... Thu, 17 May 2012 12:38:42 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Ashlie. Hi! <BR> I am 23 years old and I have had some challenges in my life that I have overcome. I am tried of the dragging me down. I do not want to be pressured by them anymore. I used to like looking at myself in the mirror and taking pictures, but not anymore. I want to look better, and feel more comfortable about myself. I have tried so many different diet plans and work out centers, and the work for a while, but its my motivation that is lagging. I am hoping that this helps me to finally get... Wed, 16 May 2012 10:47:09 EST 25 lbs or BUST!! I have made up my mind. It is past time for me to get this weight off! Wed, 16 May 2012 07:37:00 EST Hello everyone I'm Melinda I just recently had a epiphany, and sense I'm going to be 30 in a couple of weeks i figured that i should start making some changes in my life. I starting with my weight because it has been a throne in my side sense birth, and I'm hoping that with this success my other goals will just fall in place. Tue, 15 May 2012 22:39:47 EST Hi I'm dawn Im mom of four and trying to get my self healthier and loss <BR> Some weight. How can I loss weight and not make it <BR> Such a chore? Tue, 15 May 2012 11:27:42 EST New to Spark People Here is what I know, Weight Watchers is a 22 billion dollar a year business and I think I should be able to get healty, loose weight and gain support with out having to pay for it. Did you know that Jennifer Hudson made over $30,000 for each POUND she lost? There is something wrong with that! I want to get support from REAL people who are in the same boat as me and don't get paid big bucks to loose weight. I am hoping this is the place for me! Tue, 15 May 2012 10:27:02 EST Thinking Your Way to Healthy Weight Loss <link><BR>/eating-for-better-health/thinking-you<BR>r-way-to-weight-loss.aspx?xid=nl_Every<BR>dayHealthDietandNutrition_20120514 </link> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:56:16 EST Team Member of the Week - 5/13/2012 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member of spark since 8/2011. <BR> 2. Has lost over 70 pounds. <BR> 3. Is very active on spark. <BR> 4. Is always positive and supportive of other members. <BR> 5. Is a great example of not letting life's difficulties get in the way of good health. <BR> <BR> This member is SUPER_ACE115. <em>242</em> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:57:19 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople. I just signed up tonight. I'm a 22 year old Army wife, mother of two four-legged furballs, and trying to expand our family by TWO feet now! My husband and I have been together for three and a half years, and in those years, I have gained around 70 lbs and went up 9-10 pant sizes. I can't believe I'm admitting this. I finally got to the point where I was disgusted with myself when looking in the mirror. It was affecting my self-confidence, my sex lif... Sun, 13 May 2012 22:01:03 EST Patience, Patience! Patience, Patience! <BR> <BR> You've heard it before, patience is a virtue - but did you know that it can also help you lose weight? It works on both physical and energetic levels. <BR> <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> - Less Stress, Better Well-Being <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed that when you feel stressed, your body doesn't seem to function well? Not only does a stressed, impatient state of mind put you at greater risk for illness, you also hinder your body's fat burning processes. The m... Sun, 13 May 2012 09:08:02 EST Are You Making Yourself More Hungry? Are You Making Yourself More Hungry? <BR> Are you hungry all the time? These eating behaviors may be causing your insatiable desire for food. <BR> <BR> By Reader's Digest Editors <BR> Some herbs and spices <BR> <BR> While these herb and spices are great for your health, consuming them with meals is best since they can stimulate appetite. <BR> <BR> Mustard <BR> Adding mustard to your food increases the flow of saliva and digestive juices -- natural ways to stimulate appetite when you've b... Sat, 12 May 2012 18:07:15 EST Happy Birthday 70LBSTOGO2 Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! I hope you had an amazing day. <em>236</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:48:02 EST Determined bride 2 be HI all my name is Claire and I would really love all your help and support in achieving my wiegth lose, and in return I hope to be able to offer you all the same help and support, I really look forward to making some new friends and achieving not only my weight lose goal but hopefully a lot more. Wed, 9 May 2012 16:33:15 EST Hey Hi I'm a newbie just signed up today. I have 100 lbs to lose and I know I can do it! In the past I tried losing but I hadn't really committed myself to the healthy life style I tried counting calories but ended up letting my vices chips and soda have some of those which makes it so I didn't have a lot to eat other than that. But I am determined for a healthier me for myself and my kids. I have already lost 40 lbs from when I started!! Mon, 7 May 2012 15:27:06 EST Team Member of the Week - 5/6/12 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member of spark since 2/2012. <BR> 2. Has lost 50 pounds. <BR> 3. Has consistently exercise for a least 1000 minutes monthly since joining spark. <BR> 4. Is very active on spark. <BR> 5. Is very sweet and encouraging. <BR> <BR> This member is....................................NEKE<BR>L16. <em>242</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 16:48:45 EST Woman on the run-who forgets to have fun I want to lose. I want it now. I have done it many times in the past. I am not going <BR> to sing the pity song. I am not giving up this time. I have goals to reach and I am so determine <BR> to reach them. By any means necessary. I won't and can't blame it on anyone else this time. <BR> I will focus on the real problem and that's me..I just need help to stay on this path. I have joined <BR> the race and have a year to complete it. .. Michelle :-) Boot camp style. Sat, 5 May 2012 15:44:35 EST Woman on the run-who forgets to have fun I want to lose. I want it now. I have done it many times in the past. I am not going <BR> to sing the pity song. I am not giving up this time. I have goals to reach and I am so determine <BR> to reach them. By any means necessary. I won't and can't blame it on anyone else this time. <BR> I will focus on the real problem and that's me..I just need help to stay on this path. I have joined <BR> the race and have a year to complete it. .. Michelle :-) Boot camp style. Sat, 5 May 2012 15:44:34 EST my first blog. would appreciate feedback. I am finally at my boiling POINT! I'm ready to finally be healthy and fit but I have a huge road block that I need advice to overcome. I have the ambition to lose the extra weight and embrace a new healthy lifestyle but I have no energy ever. Every morning I have to pry myself out of bed after hitting the snooze button for at lleast 30 minutes. I drag all day and when I do have plenty of freetime to exercise I choose to sit on the couch. Not because that's what I wanna do I really want to get... Sat, 5 May 2012 00:47:20 EST Clean Slate. Hi everyone new team member here. <BR> <BR> I am a 41 year old guy called Frank. I live in Scotland with my wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters and i am also a binge eater. <BR> <BR> I have been on and off the spark for sometime now as well as being on Overeaters Anonymous and the Smart Recovery program. Up until these past couple of weeks i have really struggled to committing to my lifestyle change. Sometimes i would last a week or if i am lucky i would last a couple of months and t... Fri, 4 May 2012 18:28:42 EST HEALTH FOOD IMPOSTERS <link><BR>ng/health-food-impostors?cm_mmc=Spotli<BR>ght-_-899168-_-05042012-_-11-Fake-Heal<BR>th-Foods </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 09:06:11 EST New here Hi all, <BR> My name's Justin. I'm new to the group and a returning Spark user. I've realized recently that although I've been making healthier choices like eating better and exercise, around the 3 week mark, I lose the motivation to keep up my progress. I think I have a lack of support, so I'm reaching out to a few Spark groups to help with that. I look forward meeting folks and joining in discussions where I can. =) <BR> Justin Fri, 4 May 2012 01:49:50 EST May Minutes, Miles, and/or Steps Challenge. How many step, miles, and/or minutes do you pledge to do in May? <BR> <BR> To make it easier I made the template below. You can just cut and paste it. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. Thu, 3 May 2012 10:22:15 EST TWO WEEK CHALLENGE "I can do anything for two weeks". The challenges will be every 2 weeks. You set the goals, you chart what you want, you decide what you want to do. At the end of two weeks post reflections. <BR> This will start Sunday, May 6th and go thru May 19th. The next 2 weeks will be May 20th thru June 3rd. <BR> Post one initial post, then update it at the end of challenge. Wed, 2 May 2012 17:35:32 EST GLAD TO JOIN! IM GLAD TO HAVE JOIN THE TEAM AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HOW WE MOTIVATE EACH OTHER AND KEEP UP THE GOOD HARD WORK Wed, 2 May 2012 11:10:08 EST trying, doing, rising, stumbling, falling.... I'm honestly copy-pasting my introduction into the 3 boards that fit with me the most from what I went thru ... sorry... it is so much - I'm overwhelmed and so trying to start getting in touch. :) <BR> <BR> yep that pretty much describes the past almost 6 years ... and instead of loosing the weight I had gained after have some issues with my lung.... I practically gained weight. Some pounds from the medicine, some from the 100 to 0 in terms of competitive sports to null sports, and some out ... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:50:31 EST The Junk Food Tour in PA <link> </link> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:03:45 EST Weekly Weigh In I'm 243 today so I'm up 1.8 lbs for the week. <em>192</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:30:50 EST Team Member Of The Week - 4/29/2012 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member since 9/2010. <BR> 2. Is an active member of the team. <BR> 3. Is consistently in the top 20 for fitness. <BR> 4. Completed several spark challenges such as the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge and 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak. <BR> 5. Is always supportive of other members. <BR> <BR> This member is..............WENDYJM4 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:51:52 EST Cinnamon and Honey Cinnamon and Honey <BR> Whoever thought? Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microw... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:49:23 EST Hello Hi from Hamilton Ontario, Canada. I am new here. <BR> Just finished school and looking for a job as a Medical Office Administrator. In the mean time I am working full time on the Mountain. I've started walking to of from work at least 3 times a week. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:05:43 EST A to Z Songs You Like A-Addicted by Kelly Clarkson Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:38:47 EST A To Z Girl Names You Like A-Alessandra <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:20:47 EST A To Z Boy Names You Like A-Alexander Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:19:27 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi fellow Spark People. My name is Mary and I just joined Spark People to help with a healthier life style. I think motivation has been a bigger of my problems. You know how it goes when you eat fast food and say oh Ill start tomorrow, and how one bite of something "good" leads to more bites. Along with motivation, cooking healthy, exercising and staying on track has been a major problem for me. I like to run, so I am hoping to get back into that as well. I do live a busy life and try... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:02:08 EST Hey Hey! My name is Shan. I'm 34yrs old and married w/ 3 teenagers! I have spent my entire adult life struggling with weight loss and thought I'd try an online support group. I hope that I can figure out how to use this site. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:12:40 EST Hi I am new to this, a little shy about posting things about my self. I can be lazy in the mornings and not want to do anything, i love soda. I need some help to keep me motivated!! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:16:10 EST Ready to become the woman who I know is inside! My name is Anne. I am 23 years old and weigh 242 pounds. <BR> <BR> My weight is something I have struggled with all my life and I am now at the heaviest weight I have ever been. I feel like I am trapped in someone elses body and am ready to be the happy person that I know is inside. I have been married almost 2 years and feel like I am not only cheating myself out of life but I feel like I am cheating my husband out of a real wife as well. I want to be as active as my husband and have fun d... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:58:36 EST Hi Everyone, I'm New to this site :) Hi everyone, I'm hoping by joining this site I'll make some friends with goals to lose weight like mine. I want to lose those last few stuborn lbs, to stay active, live healthier, & never go back to were I was 2 1/2yrs ago. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:11:58 EST Hi, I'm new, just joined Sparkle today :) Hi all, I'm Jenn and just joined sparkle today! Still trying to figure everything out. My home page seems a bit confusing and overwhelming right now. <BR> I just turned 40, I have twins that will be turning 21 this year (YIKES!!), I have a fiance that is in the marines and deployed in Afganistan right now for the next year. <BR> 40 hit me kinda hard, so I decided I was going to turn this into a positive and finally make those changes that I have been promising myself (unsuccessfully)! <BR> ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:09:20 EST I am Kat and I am new to SparkPeople Hi everyone, My name is Kat, I turned 50 on Easter. I have some serious health issues & am having trouble losing weight because of inactivity. Not sure what else to say, just wanted to introduce myself. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:30:48 EST Hi, I'm another Deb! I'm new to Spark People and new to the team. So far I'm really enjoying learning the ropes and getting into the journey to better health and a much thinner me! I hope to get to know you all better along the way. As I looked through some of the posts I see there are a lot of successful weight losers in the Spark People Family. That's a great testament to the program. Good Luck to everyone and I look forward to getting to know you all along the way. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:13:38 EST The Beverage that's WORSE than HFC SYRUP <link><BR>archive/2012/04/23/aspartame-in-less-s<BR>ugar-sodas.aspx </link> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:04:49 EST 2012 Fruit/Vegetable Word Challenge This goes from May 1st - 31st. <BR> <BR> The goal is to make words using the first letter of every fruit and vegetable you eat to form new words. For example, if you have avocado, cucumber, and tomato you can make the word "CAT" using the first letter of each. <BR> <BR> You can carry over your letters day to day. For example, if you ate cabbage, but didn't use the "C" from that you can use it another day. <BR> <BR> Once you use the first letter of a fruit or vegetable you cannot use it a... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:40:07 EST Team Member Of The Week - 4/22/2012 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member since 1/2011. <BR> 2. Has lost 40 pounds. <BR> 3. Has won 3 Popular Blog Awards. <BR> 4. Inspires others to do better. <BR> 5. Is a spark motivator. <BR> <BR> This member is.........MARTHASPARKS. Congrats!! Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:55:38 EST Becca Hello my name is Becca and I just joined spark last week to loss weight and gain motivation and energy! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:22:57 EST RECIPES Please share what your favorite recipes are here. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:07:21 EST FOOD CHOICES, MENU'S, ETC Let's talk about what foods we eat daily and how you go about making the choices you make. Do you make up menu's and follow them or do you play it by ear. Let's start talking. <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:06:32 EST 11 NICE WAYS TO SAY NO TO FOOD PUSHERS <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1685 </link> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:51:03 EST Hello, I'm Tonya. A lot of people kept telling me about Spark People. I think I tried it once a few years back and never really gave it a chance. I've been hearing a lot of good things about it though and am told some of the recipes are awesome. So I decided to give it a REAL try. I also decided to give my weight-loss a REAL try. That started Sept. 2011 at 160 pounds. I've currently lost 21.8, weighing-in at 138.2 and I've 18.2 left to lose to reach my goal weight of 120. Since November I've been taking a HIIT... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 03:48:33 EST Hi I Am Deb I recovered from a serious illness two years ago. After my illness I started on the path to weight loss and healthy living! I have since lost over 100 pounds! <em>9</em> I no longer eat red meat or drink soda! Most foods I consume are organic. I strive to exercise a minimum of 10-15 minutes of cardio each day. I feel better and have a much happier outlook on life. I would like to lose another 10 pounds, but I am very satisfied with the progress I have made. My larger goal is to maintain the... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:23:59 EST Team Member of the Week - 4/15/2012 This member: <BR> <BR> 1. Has been a member since June 2011 <BR> 2. Lost 80 pounds with spark. <BR> 3. Is very inspiring and always offering motivation to other members. <BR> 4. Recently ran her first 5K finishing in less than 45 minutes. <BR> 5. Has a ultimate goal of a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> This member is MENNOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on being the member of the week. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:31:39 EST Really glad to be here Hi everyone <BR> Really glad to be here,and really need to lose weight as i have a wedding to go to in August,plus i am miserable with myself,I want to do a low carb diet as i feel this will do me good.I am going to start tommorrow.I am 54 years old and i am very happily married but been going through a very stressful time as my hubby has been in hospital really ill and has a long way to go in getting back to his fit self.We are in our second marriage and we have 7 children beetween us but we... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:54:21 EST Hello Hi there, I'm a 30 something girl (still don't think I'm a grown-up). Sshh! I'll be 40 next year. <BR> I've got a lot of weight to lose and need to increase my exercise (which shouldn't be hard as I don't do any at the moment ) <BR> I follow a healthy eating plan and I've noticed that I need online support and came across this... It looks great on here, albeit a bit confusing, but I'm sure I'll find my way around, eventually ;-) <BR> I just wanted to say hi!! and throw myself into the deep e... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 07:09:17 EST