SparkPeople SP Class of January 1-7, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from January 1-7, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 1-7, 2012 Team Messageboard September weight loss challenge Start weight - Sept. 1 -- <BR> Sept goal weight -- <BR> <BR> Sept. 8 goal: <BR> Sept. 8 actual: <BR> <BR> Sept. 15 goal: <BR> Sept. 15 actual: <BR> <BR> Sept. 22 goal: <BR> Sept. 22 actual: <BR> <BR> Sept. 29 goal: <BR> Sept. 29 actual: <BR> <BR> Sept. 30 - end weight: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:07:51 EST August Weight Loss Challenge Start weight - Aug. 1 -- <BR> August goal weight -- <BR> <BR> Aug. 8 goal: <BR> Aug. 8 actual: <BR> <BR> Aug. 15 goal: <BR> Aug. 15 actual: <BR> <BR> Aug. 22 goal: <BR> Aug. 22 actual: <BR> <BR> Aug. 29 goal: <BR> Aug. 29 actual: <BR> <BR> Aug. 31 - end weight: <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:15:52 EST June weight-loss challenge!!! Start weight June 1 - <BR> <BR> 6/8 goal: <BR> 6/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/15 goal: <BR> 6/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/22 goal: <BR> 6/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/29 goal: <BR> 6/29 actual: Sat, 30 May 2015 19:51:15 EST May weight loss challenge Start weight May 1 - <BR> <BR> 5/8 goal: <BR> 5/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 5/15 goal: <BR> 5/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 5/22 goal: <BR> 5/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 5/29 goal: <BR> 5/29 actual: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:11:34 EST April Weight-loss challenge Start weight April 1 - <BR> <BR> 4/8 goal: <BR> 4/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 4/15 goal: <BR> 4/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 4/22 goal: <BR> 4/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 4/29 goal: <BR> 4/29 actual: <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:44:07 EST March weight loss challenge Well, ladies, another month is upon us. Let's see what March brings !! I just have this feeling that this will be our BEST month yet!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight March 1 - <BR> <BR> 3/8 goal: <BR> 3/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 3/15 goal: <BR> 3/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 3/22 goal: <BR> 3/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 3/28 goal: <BR> 3/28 actual: <BR> <BR> 3/31 goal: <BR> 3/31 actual: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:06:50 EST February weight loss challenge!!! Well, ladies, another month is upon us. Let's see what January brings !! I just have this feeling that this will be our BEST month yet!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight February 1 - <BR> <BR> 1/8 goal: <BR> 1/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/15 goal: <BR> 1/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/22 goal: <BR> 1/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/28 goal: <BR> 1/28 actual: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:50:33 EST Jan 2015 Your Choice Challenge! A chance to challenge yourself to be the best you! <BR> <BR> Chose a goal (not weight related, we already have a weight loss challenge) and get prepared to track to see progress. Sometimes tracking weight can be depressing (trust me, I know!) So, it's a good idea to track other things to see those non-scale victories! <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions, but feel free to track anything you would like! : log a minimum number of fitness minutes per week, set a calorie range, and stay within i... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:02:03 EST January 2015 weight-loss challenge Well, ladies, another month is upon us. Let's see what January brings !! I just have this feeling that this will be our BEST month yet!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight January 1 - <BR> <BR> 1/8 goal: <BR> 1/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/15 goal: <BR> 1/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/22 goal: <BR> 1/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/29 goal: <BR> 1/29 actual: <BR> <BR> 1/31 goal: <BR> 1/31 actual: <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:22:26 EST December weight loss challenge Well, ladies, another month is upon us. Let's see what December brings !! <BR> <BR> I don't think that I am going to set a goal this month... I know that I should but I am always just so frustrated when I don't get there... so I am just aiming to lose something, anything. <BR> <BR> Start weight December 1 - 236.6 lbs (yuck!) <BR> <BR> 12/8 goal: <BR> 12/8 actual: 236.2 (-.4) I am not really a person who goes into the decimal points. but I need something to hold on to. I really did wel... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:25:00 EST November Weight Loss Challenge Well, ladies, another month is upon us. Let's see what November brings !! <BR> I'm going to try for, at least 3 lbs........down that is. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Start weight November 1 - 149.7 <BR> <BR> 11/2 goal: <BR> 11/2 actual Oops, forgot to weigh !! <BR> <BR> 11/9 goal: <BR> 11/9 actual: 151.1 <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> 11/16 goal: <BR> 11/16 actual: <BR> <BR> 11/23 goal: <BR> 11/23 actual: <BR> <BR> 11/30 goal: <BR> 11/30 actual: <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:24:26 EST October Weight-Loss Challenge Shall we continue the tradition for another month ???? <BR> <BR> Start weight October 1 - 144.4 <BR> October goal: 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> 10/5 goal: <BR> 10/5 actual: (on vacation, did not weigh) <BR> <BR> 10/12 goal: <BR> 10/12 actual: 150.1 (was NOT very good on vacation) <BR> <BR> 10/19 goal: <BR> 10/19 actual: 147.6 <BR> <BR> 10/26 goal: <BR> 10/26 actual: <BR> <BR> 10/31 goal: <BR> 10/31 actual: <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:06 EST September Weight-Loss Challenge Okay ladies, we are continuing Nicole's challenge.... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Start weight Sept, 1 - 146.9 <BR> Sept. goal - 143.0 <BR> <BR> 9/7 goal: <BR> 9/7 actual: 148.8 (did so well until the end of the week, then blew it all) <BR> <BR> 9/14 goal: <BR> 9/14actual: 149.4 (NOT doing so well, I better get going !! ) <BR> <BR> 9/21 goal: <BR> 9/21 actual: 146.5 (lost 3 lbs.) WooHoo !! Now need to keep it up..... <BR> <BR> 9/28 goal: <BR> 9/28 actual: 145.1 (I lost, but not m... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:30:21 EST August Weight Loss Challenge You know the drill! <BR> <BR> Start weight Aug 1: 149.4 pounds <BR> July Goal: 147.2 pounds <BR> <BR> 8/3 goal: 148.8 pounds <BR> 8/3 actual: <BR> <BR> 8/10 goal: 148.2 pounds <BR> 8/10 actual: <BR> <BR> 8/17 goal: 147.8 pounds <BR> 8/17 actual: <BR> <BR> 8/24 goal: 147.2 pounds <BR> 8/24 actual: <BR> <BR> 8/31 goal: 147.0 <BR> 8/31 actual: <BR> <BR> Total August weight lost goal: 2.4 Pounds <BR> Actual August weight loss: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:47:42 EST July Weight Loss Challenge Start weight July 1st: 150 pounds <BR> July Goal: 148.8 pounds <BR> <BR> 7/5 goal: 149.8 pounds <BR> 7/5 actual: 149.8 <BR> <BR> 7/12 goal: 149.0 pounds <BR> 7/12 actual: 150.0 <BR> <BR> 7/19 goal: 149.0 pounds <BR> 7/19 actual: 151.2 (tom) <BR> <BR> 7/26 goal: 148.8 pounds <BR> 7/26 actual: <BR> <BR> Total July weight lost goal: 1.2 Pounds <BR> Actual July weight loss: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:18:57 EST June Fitness Minutes June 1 -- 0 min. <BR> June 2 - 105 min. (gym workout) <BR> June 3 - 90 min. (stationary bike, walking) <BR> June 4 - 0 min. <BR> June 5 - 30 min. (walking) <BR> June 6 - 120 min. (gym workout) <BR> June 7 - 0 min. <BR> June 8 - 75 min. (stationary bike) <BR> June 9 -110 min. (gym workout) <BR> June 10 - 30 min. (walk) <BR> June 11 -110 min. (gym routine) <BR> June 12 - 0 min. <BR> June 13 - 120 min. (gym routine) <BR> June 14 - 0 min. <BR> June 15 - 35 min. (walking t... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:30:10 EST June Weight Loss Challenge Start weight June 1st: 152.6 pounds <BR> May Goal: 150.6 pounds <BR> <BR> 6/8 goal: 152 pounds <BR> 6/8 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/15 goal: 151.6 pounds <BR> 6/15 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/22 goal: 151 pounds <BR> 6/22 actual: <BR> <BR> 6/29 goal: 150.6 pounds <BR> 6/29 actual: <BR> <BR> Total June weight lost goal: 2 Pounds <BR> Actual June weight loss: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:09:42 EST May Fitness Minutes May 1 ~~ 0 min. <BR> May 2 ~~ 115 min. (gym workout) <BR> May 3 ~~ 30 min. (walking & dancing) <BR> May 4 ~~ 0 min. <BR> May 5 ~~ 120 min. (gym workout) <BR> May 6 ~~ 30 min. (walking) <BR> May 7 ~~ 100 min. (gym workout) <BR> May 8 ~~ 120 min. (gym workout) <BR> May 9 ~~ 60 min. (walking) <BR> May 10 ~ 15 min. (walking) <BR> May 11 ~ 15 min. (house cleaning) <BR> May 12 ~ 100 min. (gym workout) <BR> May 13 ~ 15 min. (stationary bicycle) <BR> May 14 ~ 120 min. (gym workout... Thu, 1 May 2014 19:06:56 EST May Weight Loss Challenge You know the drill... <BR> <BR> Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Start weight May 1st: _____ pounds <BR> May Goal: ______ pounds <BR> <BR> May Week 1 goal: ______ pounds <BR> May Week 1 actual: <BR> <BR> May Week 2 goal: _____ pounds <BR> May Week 2 actual: <BR> <BR> May Week 3 goal: _____ pounds <BR> May Week 3 actual: <BR> <BR> May Week 4 goal: _____ pounds <BR> May Week 4 actual: <BR> <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:19:47 EST April Weight-loss challenge Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to adjust your days to work with your weigh in schedule! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight April 1st: _____ pounds <BR> April Goal: ______ pounds <BR> <BR> April 8 goal: ______ pounds <BR> April 8 actual: <BR> <BR> April 15 goal: _____ pounds <BR> April 15 actual: <BR> <BR> April 22 goal: _____ pounds <BR> April 22 actual: <BR> <BR> April... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:21:42 EST April Fitness Minutes Here is a forum where you can track your April fitness minutes. It's fun to look back and see all that you did in one month. You can set your own goal, if you want to, but really it's just a place to keep track of your hard work!!! <BR> <BR> Please, just go back and continue to edit your previous post, please don't post a new post every day!!! That way, it's easier to read. <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:17:39 EST Rediscovering Sparkpeople I joined originally about a year ago but wasn't sure I wanted to give up my other forum that had all my history of prior information. Then I started to read things on line to help me get motivated once again and ran into this website again. I realized there is much more here than my old site and there was tons of motivation information plus nutritional info and people! I am glad I took another look. Each night when I want to go get something to eat, I log on and start reading instead! I love ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:38:13 EST Betty Hi, I would like to lose 20-30 lbs. I do work out with a trainer 3x a week. I wear a pedometer, but rarely get to 10,000 steps. my average is about 5,000. my additional problem is I will be leaving on a 3 month road trip so meals will be a problem. I am hoping to get a min. of 5,000 steps in a day, even on the days I will be driving all day. however I still need help trying to manage the 3 meals of eating out and some healthy snacks in between. can anyone help me with this???? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:10:46 EST March Fitness Minutes Here is a forum where you can track your March fitness minutes. It's fun to look back and see all that you did in one month. You can set your own goal, if you want to, but really it's just a place to keep track of your hard work!!! <BR> <BR> Please, just go back and continue to edit your previous post, please don't post a new post every day!!! That way, it's easier to read. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:49:10 EST March Weight Loss Challenge Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to adjust your days to work with your weigh in schedule! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight March 1st: _____ pounds <BR> Goal: ______ pounds <BR> <BR> March 8 goal: ______ pounds <BR> March 8 actual: <BR> <BR> March 15 goal: _____ pounds <BR> March 15 actual: <BR> <BR> March 22 goal: _____ pounds <BR> March 22 actual: <BR> <BR> March 29 1 ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:45:03 EST February - A month of love - Challenge!!! It's here!! February- A month of love. Some of use have family or significant others whom we love. But for some of us (myself) I don't always love the most important person in the world.... ME!!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge - This month you need to take time for yourself - you need to love myself, love my body and love others!!! <BR> <BR> So - here's how it works - each week, or for the month as a whole, you need to chose one goal to love myself, one goal to love my body and one goal t... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:32:24 EST February Weight Loss challenge!!! Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to adjust your days to work with your weigh in schedule! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start weight: _____ pounds <BR> Goal: ______ pounds <BR> <BR> Feb 8 goal: ______ pounds <BR> Feb 8 actual: <BR> <BR> Feb 15 goal: _____ pounds <BR> Feb 15 actual: <BR> <BR> Feb 22 goal: _____ pounds <BR> Feb 22 actual: <BR> <BR> March 1 goal: _____ pounds <BR> M... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:18:10 EST February Fitness minutes!!!! Here is a forum where you can track your February fitness minutes. It's fun to look back and see all that you did in one month. You can set your own goal, if you want to, but really it's just a place to keep track of your hard work!!! <BR> <BR> Please, just go back and continue to edit your previous post, please don't post a new post every day!!! That way, it's easier to read. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:16:07 EST January Fitness Minutes challenge!!! Here's the forum to track your January fitness minutes! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:25:00 EST January Weight Loss Challenge! Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:24:05 EST TEAM POINTS/FITNESS LEADERS In 2014, I am going to start posting our team leaders for points & fitness minutes. I will try to post the results each week, and at times will give out goodies to those in the Top 5. <BR> <BR> I would also like to see those leaders take part on the team, and encourage others who are struggling. Losing weight can be a difficult process, and we ALL need a hand. Please take the time to lend one. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR !! <em>408</em> <em>409</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:11:38 EST December weight loss! Post your weekly goals - whatever you want and then come back and track them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone!!! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:46:28 EST December Fitness minutes tracking Here's the forum to track your December fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:38:46 EST Bits about me Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been sparking for over a year now. A little more consistent now then before. I've just started my first real job outside of college. I'm ready to lose some weight. I gained about 50ish pounds in college. Most of it was from having a broken foot for over a year. Now I'm fixed up and back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Recently, I took up running with my mother. Together we ran 2 color runs (5k) this summer. Now we are starting to train for a marathon (Eek!) ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:46:30 EST DONE!!! Here's how it works: <BR> <BR> I post a challenge that can be done in 1-2 minutes without a lot of equipment. The next person to log onto the thread completes it, says DONE!!! and then posts another challenge for the next person. <BR> <BR> It's super easy, lots of fun and a great way to get and stay motivated!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have fun playing with me!!! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:55:55 EST My Birthday Wishes Thanks team for my birthday wishes. As for every candle being a wish, that's going to be a lot of wishes as I turned 42 today! My, how time flies when you're having fun! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:12:37 EST November 5 pound challenge Starting weight Friday, 11/1: 230 <BR> <BR> Goal weight Friday, 11/8: 229 <BR> Actual weight: ??? out of town this week <BR> <BR> Goal weight Friday, 11/15: 228 <BR> Actual weight: 228!!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> Goal weight Friday, 11/22: 227 <BR> Actual weight: 228 (boo... but at least I didn't gain any weight this week.) <BR> <BR> Goal weight Friday, 11/29: 225 <BR> Actual weight: 228 <BR> <BR> Goal pounds to lose: 5 <BR> Actual loss: 229 (oops, gained a pound) <BR> <BR> I guess that I didn... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:02:00 EST November fitness minutes Here is a place to track your fitness minutes - maybe we will just keep a running record (ex: add up all of your minutes for the month). <BR> <BR> Ex: Nov 1 - 10 minutes <BR> Nov 2 - 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Total: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Etc... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 22:59:35 EST Make It Happen <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 03:36:44 EST Hey... I'm a newbie Hi, i"m looking for sparkfriends to help me thru my fat loss journey... Pls add me if you are interested!! :) Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:33:51 EST Famous Quotes 'Do or do not. There is no try' - Empire Strikes Back? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:41:11 EST SCAM ALERT I received a Sparkmail from another team I am on, and wanted to pass this along, just to be on the safe side. I didn't find the username !! <BR> <BR> Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <B... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:05:28 EST June fitness minutes Sorry guys, that I am a bit slow on the start here... where did May go and how is it already June? <BR> <BR> I finally made my monthly goals of 1200 fitness minutes in May! All that training for the 10K and the triathlon really made a difference in my minutes! <BR> <BR> Time to set your June goals! Here's how it works! <BR> <BR> The first number is the number of days a week you hope to work out. <BR> The second number is the number of minutes per day that you will work out. <BR> The third... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:19:25 EST Team Goal streak, June 2013 Here is where we post our goals for the month of June. Then, each day, we add it to the team total. We will see how often our team can reach their personal goal. <BR> <BR> So, I will start. My goal is always fitness - any day that I do any sort of fitness be it a 10 minute walk or a 10K run, I will add to the team goal. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, June 1st, I did an 8K run and a firefighters challenge to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy association of Canada. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> 0 + ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:11:27 EST 5 pounds lost in June! Starting Weight Saturday, June 1: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday, June 8: <BR> Actual weight Saturday, June 8: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday, June 15: <BR> Actual weight Saturday, June 15: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday, June 22: <BR> Actual weight Saturday, June 22: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday, June 29: <BR> Actual weight Saturday, June 29: <BR> <BR> Goal pounds to lose these 4 weeks: <BR> Actual loss these 4 weeks: Wed, 29 May 2013 23:23:03 EST Laugh Time Story with a Moral <BR> <BR> A government representative visits a farm. <BR> He tells the farmer "I need to inspect your farm" <BR> The old farmer says: "Okay, but don't go in that paddock over there" <BR> The government man says; "Mister, I have the government authority with me. See this card? This card means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on this agricultural land. Have I made myself clear?" <BR> The old farmer nods politely and continues to go about is work. <BR> Later, the old farmer... Fri, 24 May 2013 18:16:30 EST I signed up for a weight loss program and gained My weight has been + or - 10lbs for the last 20 years. I've used exercise to control my weight but started school last fall, and am using that as an excuse to NOT work out regularily, and have gained 15 pounds in the last 9 months. Also, I started anti-anxiety meds, and no longer worry about my weight, and dont feel motivated to do anything about it. I just feel nothing, while my weight continues to go up. <BR> I don't have anxiety anymore, but I can't seem to feel inspired to lose weight. Y... Fri, 24 May 2013 01:42:50 EST My Fitness minutes Here's the format: <BR> 1st number: how many days you plan to exercise each week <BR> 2nd number: how many minutes per workout day you plan to exercise <BR> 3rd number: your monthly minutes <BR> 4th number: your minutes left for the month. <BR> <BR> So, for example, your numbers might look like this: <BR> <BR> 3/30/360/360 (I will exercise three days a week, for 30 minutes each day. I have 360 total minutes for the month to do and I have 360 left to do). Then, once I exercise the first day,... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:25:26 EST Team Goal Streak - May 2013 Here's where we track our monthly goals: <BR> 1) Set a goal <BR> 2) Every time that you accomplish your goal, you add to the team total. <BR> <BR> Ex: I accomplished my goal 0 + 1 = 1 <BR> Keltic-Cara accomplisher her goal 1 + 1 = 2 <BR> Etc... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:24:07 EST Team Goal Streak - April 2013 Hey! We are calculating our goal streak... Chose a goal, then add it to our team streak. <BR> <BR> In March, we made it to 80! Let's see if we can make it past 80 this month!!! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:26:08 EST April Fitness minutes Here's the format: <BR> 1st number: how many days you plan to exercise each week <BR> 2nd number: how many minutes per workout day you plan to exercise <BR> 3rd number: your monthly minutes <BR> 4th number: your minutes left for the month. <BR> <BR> So, for example, your numbers might look like this: <BR> <BR> 3/30/360/360 (I will exercise three days a week, for 30 minutes each day. I have 360 total minutes for the month to do and I have 360 left to do). Then, once I exercise the first day,... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:42:57 EST Team Goal Streak - March 2013 Here's what you do: Pick a goal you want to work on. Add it up to the team total - in order to do that, you will have to look at what the previous person posted. This is a team goal, so we are going to see how big our streak can get for this month, and then compare it to next month. <BR> <BR> In February, we made it to 49... lets see if we can make it a bit farther this month!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So, for example.... <BR> <BR> 0 + 1 = 1 (I did my goal today) <BR> 1 + 1 = 2 (Keltic-... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:45:05 EST March Fitness minutes!!! Here's the format: <BR> 1st number: how many days you plan to exercise each week <BR> 2nd number: how many minutes per workout day you plan to exercise <BR> 3rd number: your monthly minutes <BR> 4th number: your minutes left for the month. <BR> <BR> So, for example, your numbers might look like this: <BR> <BR> 3/30/360/360 (I will exercise three days a week, for 30 minutes each day. I have 360 total minutes for the month to do and I have 360 left to do). Then, once I exercise the first day,... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:05:05 EST A new thing to try... March motivation! Here is a thread where I will attempt to offer some motivating things to try to increase your fitness minutes and your motivation to lose that weight. <BR> <BR> Please remember, I am not a fitness expert! I am only offering suggestions. If you have other suggestions or want to share your ideas to how you accomplished each, please feel free to do so! <BR> <BR> Check back often, and good luck with your journey!!! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:03:42 EST Marching into March... 5 pounds lighter!!! <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Ok.. due to great response, and people seeming to enjoy the February 5 pound weight loss challenge, we will do this again for March! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, post your starting weight, your 5 pound goal weight... and march it off!!! (hahaha.... sorry, I get corny when I am tired!!!) <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:00:23 EST Not new to the program, but new to blogging Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Christa. Single mom of 3 kids, just finished my MBA, and I work full time. I started Sparks last year and lost almost 50lbs. As I was finishing up school I stopped exercising and stress ate. So I gained 15 lbs back. I have made a commitment to myself that I need to drink my daily water requirements and exercise on a steady schedule, I will have success again. Looking forward to reaching my goals this year! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:01:31 EST I Got Married! :) I wanted to send everyone a short note to let you all know that in my absence (2/14-2/17) - I got married! It was a spur of the moment thing that took a few days planning but my hubby and I tied the knot in Pigeon Forge, TN on Valentine's Day around 4pm. I'm going to post a few of the pictures on my SP page if anyone wants to see them. We spent an extra 3 days up there and it was beautiful weather until Saturday when the mountains got snow and then it was cold *burrrr* out so we spent most... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:04:01 EST Songs What songs do you listen to? I always have music playing wherever I am. Upbeat ones for walking and exercising, background music when I am on my laptop and I have found a good radio station at work for some just great mix of music to have in the background as well. <BR> <BR> I like some of Britney Spears and Micheal Jackson for exercising, Proud by Heather Small, Eye of the Tiger just to name a few. <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:00:31 EST Team Goal Streak - February 2013 Here's what you do: Pick a goal you want to work on. Add it up to the team total - in order to do that, you will have to look at what the previous person posted. This is a team goal, so we are going to see how big our streak can get for this month, and then compare it to next month. (Sorry, I meant to start this on the 1st, but I forgot, so add what you have already done this month.) <BR> <BR> So, for example.... <BR> <BR> 0 + 1 = 1 (I did my goal today) <BR> 1 + 1 = 2 (Keltic-Cara did her... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:03:00 EST Let it go Occasionally I get in a funk. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Usually I just need a place to vent and get it out so I can let it go. That's why I'm creating this thread. If there's something bothering you, eating at you, or just annoying you - post it here! And then...LET IT GO. <BR> <BR> No one should feel the need to comment on previous posts. This is just a space where you can be honest and get those bad thoughts, feeling, anxieties, and worries out in the open so you can move forw... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:37:39 EST WAHOO if you worked out today!!! Give a <em>244</em> if you worked out today!!!! <BR> <BR> (I can not <em>244</em> today as I did not work out today... boo <em>39</em> ) Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:45 EST One thing this week As it's Monday for a few of us and Sunday evening for the rest of us... <BR> <BR> What is one thing you will do this week to further your healthy living goals? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:35:53 EST Word of the Week is ......... Each week I will post a new word for us to work on; either by posting a quote, letting us know of a blog that relates, or a video that relates or how you can work with this word <BR> <BR> To start us off, this week's word is: <BR> <BR> BEGINNING <BR> <BR> 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.' - Henry Ford <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:54:37 EST February Fitness minutes! Here's another way to challenge yourself for the month of February. We do this on another team and I think it's lots of fun! <BR> <BR> Here's the format: <BR> 1st number: how many days you plan to exercise each week <BR> 2nd number: how many minutes per workout day you plan to exercise <BR> 3rd number: your monthly minutes <BR> 4th number: you minutes left for the month. <BR> <BR> So, for example, your numbers might look like this: <BR> <BR> 3/30/360/360 (I will exercise three days a week,... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:39:45 EST Fabulous Five February!!! Hey all! I love challenges... they keep me motivated! And since we can now post in the challenges thread (cause the new leaders have removed all of the previous sticky topics, yay leaders!!!) I will post my challenges here from now on! So, I am giving you all a head's up for a February challenge! It's called the Fabulous Five February.... and your job is to be fabulous by losing 5 pounds in February! <BR> <BR> Who's in? I am!!! <BR> <BR> So, come back closer to the time. Post your month's s... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:33:07 EST Last half of January challenge! Hey team, <BR> I have been thinking of a challenge for us to do. I don't know about you, but I have been on a roll since the beginning of January, but I need a bit of a challenge to keep me motivated for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> I did this challenge in December, but only Bescats and I did it. Maybe more will join this time! So, the deal is to chose something that you are not already doing that you want to work on every day for the rest of the month. Some examples might be to be phy... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:19:38 EST Class Reunion Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Thought I would pop over to visit the team that started me off a year ago and see how everyone is going. During 2012 I lost weight and put it back on, but I consider it a good year because I learnt a lot. Now I am looking forward to 2013 being my year to achieve what I set out to do a year ago. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great weekend <BR> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:28:11 EST 21 days of Christmas Hello All, <BR> I am starting a 21 days of Christmas challenge for myself. Anyone who wants to join is welcome, but I don't care if you do or don't, it won't bother me! I will keep going! <BR> <BR> So here it is... chose something that you want to do every day for the next 21 days and do it! Track it here to let us all know how it's going and so that we can cheer you on! Copy and paste the chart below, and update us as you go! <BR> <BR> Go us!!! <BR> <BR> My 21 days of Christmas goal: ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:34:38 EST Starting Over I saw somebody else said that people seem really gungho at the beginning of the year... then we seem to crash. And this is true. In the first two months of the year I ate healthy, worked hard, and lost five pounds, about half of my goal. I felt pretty good and a number of people commented on how firm I was looking. I have NEVER looked "firm" at all. lol. <BR> <BR> Then life happened, like it does. I don't know how but it was one thing then another then another until I was right back whe... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:15:19 EST October or November Challenge? I have to admit that I have been on here since all of you but rarely post. I'm so busy, it's all I can do to use the tools daily on this site. BUT I have lost 32 pounds and this site and your motivation have surely helped. Now I'm at a bump in the road. I'm stuck at 200 and need to do something different. Anyone interested in starting a challenge for October? Ideas?!?!? Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:25:57 EST IF this... THEN this... I saw this on another board and thought it would be fun if others joined along! <BR> <BR> Some need to make plans to stay motivated.... What's your plan??? <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> <BR> IF... I exercise every day... THEN I can get a better night sleep... THEN I can get up the next morning to exercise and stay on track! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:12:05 EST Join me - October 1st challenge! Ok, I know that I started this 6 days into September... but come on! I've been sick on the couch for the whole month to this point. I am starting to feel better and need to get my butt in gear!!! <BR> <BR> What's your goal for September? Where do you want to be by October 1st? It doesn't have to be a weight loss goal. It could be a fitness goal, an eating goal, a posting goal... etc.. you decide!!! <BR> <BR> Here's mine: <BR> <BR> I have a 10K run coming up in 2 weeks... I would like to b... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:48:03 EST September goals! Hi! <BR> <BR> So as a new month sneaks up on us I was wondering if anyone had any goals or challenges for September? I'm running a 13.1km race on the 30th so my focus is on training for that but I would love to get involved with some other challenges or goal-setting! <BR> <BR> What are you hoping to accomplish this coming month? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:18:26 EST Got Curves?! Hola Ive technically been on here for a while but Im just now getting more active on the site. Really looking forward to being down to my ideal body weight really soon. One of the big reasons for my wanting to lose weight besides getting fit is I want to break into the entertainment industry and well they don't seem to take kindly to bigger girls which is a shame! #gotcurves?! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 22:41:20 EST Hi!!! Hi Sparkies.... My name is Kim. Been here before, left and now I'm back. :) Looking to lose some weight & find some support along the way. I don't feel like I get much of the "support" that I need at home... so that is why I'm here. Just thought I would introduce myself to the team. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good week!!! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 22:55:23 EST May Challenges OK Team, list any challenges that you have tried or succeeded doing!!! I realize May is almost gone, but let's have some fun. This doesn't just have to be SparkPeople challenges, this also can be personal challenges that you have set up for yourself. This might help other's that are having a hard time with the weight loss journey. Also if you end up doing one of the challenges, let us know how you did!!! Good Luck!!! Mon, 14 May 2012 19:11:12 EST Lifestyle Changes, Articles, Ideas This is a place where we all can post any of our lifestyle changes that have helped us reach our goals, or articles we run across that may help us or someone else on the team, any ideas or suggestions that will help the team out in achieving their goals. <BR> <BR> So let me be the first to post an article. <BR><BR>ictures/best-fruits-for-diabetes.aspx?<BR>xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_2012<BR>0414#/slide-1 <BR> <BR> I know this says for diabetics... Tue, 8 May 2012 19:00:04 EST Suggestions Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> So far we have added the recipe of the month, compliments of B_MOO21. I have started with the birthday wishes this month. Does any one have any suggestions on what else new we should add to the team? Just let any of us know. We want to keep people involved and posting. So if there is anything any of you would like to see, speak out!! <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Angela Tue, 8 May 2012 17:10:17 EST Success Stories!! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd start a new topic on success. This could be successful weightless/fitness/recipe etc. Each month I'll collaborate them and send an email out of the top ten useful success tips!! <BR> <BR> I guess I should go first: <BR> My greatest success this month is banishing the sweet cravings. I find if I eat a low sugar breakfast I don't have a sugar low and crave to cheat! <BR> <BR> Anyway get posting!! xxx Fri, 4 May 2012 05:25:19 EST Why SparkPeople? Getting to know everyone better may help us motivate each other better! <BR> <BR> So why don't we post why we joined SparkPeople to begin with. <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople while reading People magazine. I have been on my weight loss journey for about a year before joining and was looking for some more support and motivation. I am so glad I found SparkPeople. I found an accountability partner and joined several teams. I love getting to know there are other people out there going through ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:05:51 EST New Game!! Movie/Actor Game I got this from another message board and thought it would be fun!! <BR> <BR> Let's see how long we can keep this thread going.. Here's how it works. I'm going to name an actor/ess. Someone else will post a movie they were in. So after that, someone will name a different actor from that same movie, and then it starts over again... I'll start the ball rolling with a few just in case I didn't do the best job explaining.... <BR> <BR> Bruce Willis---- <BR> <BR> Look Who's Talking----- <BR> ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:58:02 EST 30 Minutes May Challenge Who's ready for a challenge??? <BR> <BR> Let's see if in May we can all get in at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday. <BR> <BR> If you accept the challenge, please post once a week to let us know how you are doing and what you are doing for exercise. <BR> <BR> Who's in? <em>318</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:44:15 EST Favorite Spring Exercise What's your favorite Spring time exercise? Do you enjoy getting to enjoy outdoors or is sticking to inside exercise your preference? <BR> Personally getting to go hiking is such a burst of motivation for me. There is nothing like a great walk to lift my spirits. <em>311</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:36:10 EST New Here! Hoping to change Habits Hello Hello! <BR> Not sure if I already introduced myself or not. Its been a long time since I registered, but now I think I have the time to start updating here regularly. <BR> <BR> My name is Rae, I am 22 years old, 155 lbs (5 ft 2) and I have epilepsy. I am looking for other with E who are trying to lose weight as well. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:49:04 EST Sherrie_Berry I am very sorry to learn that Sherrie Berry will no longer be our co-leader as of today. She has been the back bone of our team and an inspiration for me. But I wish her well and much success with her goals and hope to see her back with her smiley face soon. <em>253</em> <em>46</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:40:19 EST Losing weight after child birth My name is Tina. I am a 29 year old mother of two. My youngest is 6 1/2 momths old. I just recently started getting back into losing weight. I had my baby by c-section. I am looking for light to moderate excercises to help strengthen my tummy muscles and lose the belly fat caused by my pregnancy. I am also looming for food ideas that have low cholesterol, low sodium and low fats to help me lose the weight. But I can't seem to find anything with those listed. Can anyone please help me? Sat, 14 Apr 2012 01:18:24 EST I'm Jeniece & I'm new! Hi! I just started the Eat to Live diet this past week and I'm going to amp up my SparkPeople usage for accountability & motivation! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 18:01:29 EST QOTD April 7th and 8th Happy Easter Weekend! <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <BR> Are you doing anything special this weekend? <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> I'm working on papers, three of them due next week, and on Sunday I will make a ham and have my son's girlfriend join us for dinner! <BR> <BR> Be your best you, <BR> hugs Fri, 6 Apr 2012 23:37:22 EST QOTD April 5th Do you have spring fever? <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <BR> Are the milder temperatures giving you the urge to get out and garden? Are all of your trees and flowers in bloom? Do you have spring fever? <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> I am so ready for the mild temperatures...ahhh, there is nothing as wonderful as lots of sun,... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:58:19 EST QOTD April 2nd Were you tricked yesterday... Was anyone able to play an April Fools Day trick on you? <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, I'm stopping in as often as I am able to...sorry for the missing QOTD posts. I hope you're all taking care of each other. I miss you all a bunch!!! <BR> <BR> In answer to the QOTD...nope! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs Mon, 2 Apr 2012 01:14:31 EST QOTD March 28th How many fruits/veg etables... <em>210</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>147</em> <em>258</em> <em>277</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>488</em> <em>289</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> How many fruits and/or vegetables (freggies) are you eating each day? <BR> <BR> Sadly, I do not get enough <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic day! I miss you all so much!! <BR> Hugs Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:22:32 EST QOTD March 26th How are you doing with your... This is a repeat question that is worthy of another spot on the QOTD thread. Are you drinking your water? How much are you drinking???? <BR> <BR> <BR> I've not been drinking as much as I should. I usually drink 10 glasses per day, but I've been slacking...I'm going to get right back to it today!!! Pinky swear <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Have a happy Monday! <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Sorry for no weekend post...I'm sick <em>39</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:38:42 EST QOTD March 23rd Have you had any technical issues. I could not get onto the SP site Wednesday and Thursday...sigh! <BR> <BR> Have you had any technical issues with the site being unavailable? <BR> <em>17</em> <em>24</em> <em>234</em> <em>2</em> <em>24</em> <em>234</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back to do a lot of catch up... <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:43:44 EST QOTD March 21st Are you an organized person? <em>160</em> <em>160</em> Do you line all of your ducks in a row? <em>160</em> <em>160</em> Or do you <em>160</em> <em>14</em> <em>134</em> mix them up with lots of other stuff? <BR> <BR> Are you an organized person? <BR> <BR> I am pretty organized; although, with school this semester...not so desk is a mess!!! I need to declutter!! It's time to get my <em>160</em> <em>160</em> back in a row! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!! Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:29:20 EST March 20th Are you a soda/pop drinker? Happy first day of spring!!! <BR> <BR> Do you drink soda/pop? Do you drink regular or diet? Have you given up drinking soda/pop? <BR> <BR> <BR> When I came back to SP in August of last year I was drinking 6-8 cans of regular pepsi everyday...yuck!!! Did you know that each can contains approximately 10 tsp of sugar? That means I was drinking 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 of sugar...ugh!!! Now I drink the occasional diet pepsi...I gave up the pop cold turkey and did not have any side effects. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:57:04 EST QOTD March 19th Do you garden? Now that the spring is almost here I was wondering how many of you garden? <BR> <em>485</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>45</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> I take care of my flowers, but I do not have a vegetable garden! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Monday! <BR> Hugs Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:55:44 EST QOTD March 17th and 18th Do you celebrate... <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <BR> Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What are you going to do this weekend? <BR> <BR> I do not do anything special on this day, but I want to wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! <em>137</em> <BR> This weekend I'll be doing homework and housework! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!! <BR> Hugs Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:17:37 EST QOTD Mach 15 Do you live in an area of the world.. <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>257</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>444</em> <em>437</em> <em>259</em> <BR> Do you live in an area of the world that has four seasons? If so, what is your favourite??? <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>257</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>444</em> <em>437</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> I love spring, and fall and the cool summer breezes! <BR> <BR> Be your best you! <BR> Hugs Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:17:54 EST QOTD March 14 Do you eat fish or seafood? <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>14</em> Today's question is about what we like or do not like to eat. <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> Do you eat fish or seafood? What is your favourite? <BR> <BR> I do not! I love the idea of eating shrimp or lobster, but I do not eat any of it. I've tried and I just cannot do it <em>24</em> I eat battered halibut maybe twice a year, but other than that no fish or seafood for me. <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Hugs Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:39:06 EST QOTD March 13 Does time heal all... I was just wondering if you believe that time heals all wounds? <BR> This isn't meant to be a somber sort of question, but rather a self-reflective sort of question. I'm curious to know, if you think/believe or subscribe to the model of time making everything better?! <BR> <BR> We've all lost and survived losses, specifically the loss of a loved one, and I do believe that time heals the initial trauma of the event, but the missing and wishing for more time, in my opinion, never goes away. ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:48:42 EST QOTD March 12 Do you take vitamins? Do you add vitamins to your eating routine? Is it a multivitamin or are you specific about what you take? <BR> <BR> I do take a multivitamin; although, this is a relatively new thing for me to do! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Hugs Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:26:12 EST QOTD March 10 and 11 Do you use reusable... When you go shopping, do you bring your own shopping bags? Are you concerned with the environment? Do you recycle? <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> <em>434</em> <em>436</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed posting yesterday! Enjoy today!! <BR> I have lots of reusable bags for shopping; however, I do forget to bring them inside the store often and have to fill them once I get back to my van, and yes I do recycle!!! :) <BR> <BR> Hugs Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:50:08 EST QOTD March 8th Today is Intemational Women's Day.. Did you know that today is International Women's Day? <BR> <BR> Here is a link from the United Nations for more information... <BR> <link><BR>omday97 </link> <BR> <BR> I did not know it was today until I saw it on google, so I was curious to know if you knew!!! <BR> Celebrate being a woman!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Thu, 8 Mar 2012 03:54:06 EST Small NSV Last night, when I went to the Y to work out, I walked into a room with only men (it was the family fitness room, but there were only dudes in there). However, instead of leaving because I was intimidated by the men (and them seeing my flabby self working out), I stayed and did my cardio AND my weight training. Big deal for me...I usually run away from situations that make me self conscious. <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 15:56:54 EST QOTD March 7th What brand of vehicle do you... What kind of car do you drive? Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes, Lexus etc... <BR> Do you have a hybrid vehicle? <BR> Do you not drive at all? <BR> Is public transit your best friend? <BR> OR Do are you mobile by another means? <BR> <BR> <BR> I drive a Pontiac...I'm a GM girl all the way! I've had Chrysler...bleh...and Ford...double offence if you drive either, I just have not had good luck with the latter two. <BR> <em>433</em> <em>433</em> <em>343</em> <em>3... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 23:24:28 EST QOTD March 6th Do you prefer... As I was enjoying my coffee this morning, I thought to myself...hmmm, do my spark friends prefer coffee or tea? <BR> <BR> So, that is the question for today! Do you prefer coffee or tea? <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't have a preference I love both...Mmmm!! <em>254</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! <BR> Hugs Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:16:49 EST QOTD March 5th When life gives you lemons... I was just wondering what you do when you get stressed? Do you jump and scream? Eat? Do you lose your appetite? <BR> <BR> When life gives you you make lemonade or throw the lemons down and stomp on them? <BR> <BR> I have to admit that it depends on what causes the stress. Sometimes I like to make lemonade and other times I like to throw the lemons <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Be true to you!!! <BR> Hugs Sun, 4 Mar 2012 23:34:31 EST QOTD March 3 and 4 What is your favourite fruit... What is your favourite fruit and/or vegetable? <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>488</em> <em>277</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> I love most fruits and veggies!!! My favourite fruit is watermelon on a warm summer day and I love brussel sprouts...Mmmmm! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> Hugs Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:51:06 EST Introduction Hi everyone! I joined in January, but have not had a chance to get on and introduce myself. I figured it was about time, and my daughter is taking a nap today, so I get a little quiet time. I am 30 and have 3 kids, ages 6,4, and 2. I also have 2 stepdaughters ages 14 &17.I am very busy being a stay at home mom, girl scout troop leader, and just busy in general. My husband is an over the road truck driver so he isn't home much to help out. I have 45 pounds to lose, by mid June, the oldest grad... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:55:31 EST RECIPES. ...SHARE YOUR FAVOURITES :) I got a request/suggestion from a sparkmember on this team She asked for a recipe thread because she didn't see one, so here it is! I love this idea!!! <BR> <BR> Post your favourite old or new recipes. Have you modified a family favourite to make it more healthy? Share that with us too! <BR> <BR> Hugs Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:20:57 EST Hello to Everyone Hi, my name is Jo. I am a mother of 6 children aged between 19 and 2. I enjoy reading and music as well as swimming and walking. However, I have found it difficult to indulge in any of my hobbies in recent years, mostly due to lack of time or energy. I have always struggled with my weight, having successfully lost weight in the past only to gain it again. The birth of my youngest child resulted in quite a large weight gain, which I have been unable to lose. I've been told that my age i... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:35:29 EST QOTD March 2nd Do you watch American Idol? I know this show is soooo popular so I thought it would be a good question for the group... <BR> Do you watch American Idol? Do you have a favourite yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> I do watch sporadically, but this year I've seen more than most other years and I LOVE Shannon Magrane and DeAndre Brackensick!! <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Fri, 2 Mar 2012 00:42:44 EST MARCH EXERCISE CHALLENGE Just post an exercise next to your name with the duration, and/or number of repetitions. <BR> Are you ready...get set...GO!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> March <BR> 1 Sherrie_Berry <BR> 2 Mishmush <BR> 3 rest day <BR> 4 rest day <BR> 5 JASHANTI <BR> 6 TALINDAELF <BR> 7 HAMILTONCHICK <BR> 8 LACATUSCO74 <BR> 9 CRES012 <BR> 10 rest day <BR> 11 rest day <BR> 12 DLANDMOM <BR> 13 SCRAPCATHY17 <BR> 14 Sherrie_Berrry <BR> 15 GANGANDI <BR> 16 SAM52286 <BR> 17 rest day <BR> 18 rest day <BR> 19 ROBSCHI <BR> 20 ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:09:54 EST QOTD March 1st Have you ever purchased... First of all, I LOVE posting the QOTD, so thank you for your replies and of course I will continue!!! <BR> <BR> This question came from our very own team member and her question is... <BR> <BR> Have you ever purchased something from an infomercial or the shopping channel? <BR> <BR> I have several purchases from the shopping channel and have been given gifts from the same. You've gotta love shopping from the comfort of your own <BR> <BR> Happy March!! <BR> Much love and hugs ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:42:01 EST QOTD Feb 29th Do you want me to continue? Happy Leap Year! <BR> <BR> Today's question is being asked because I see fewer and fewer are answering the QOTD, so my question is... <BR> Do you want me to continue to post a question daily? <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful February 29th! <BR> Hugs Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:16:59 EST QOTD Feb 28th Are you a sports fan? Is there a sport that you just cannot live without? Do you like <em>226</em> <em>105</em> or <em>281</em> <em>299</em> <em>131</em> <em>260</em> <em>294</em> <em>278</em> <em>196</em> <em>326</em> <em>300</em> ? Let us know what team you <em>321</em> <em>215</em> for! <BR> <BR> I LOVE the Pittsburgh Steelers..especially Troy Polamalu <em>281</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, <BR> hugs Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:37:05 EST New Plan Hi Everyone, I joined SparkPeople several months ago but had surgery after joining and then a couple of weeks ago fell down the stairs and fractured my lower back so exercise is out of th equestion right now and is limited after the pain subsides for 3 months :(( so I am sorry I haven't been responding to my e-mails to join in on groups around the Killeen area but will as soon as the doc gives me the a ok... I am usually very active so this is a test of the wills for me. Have a blessed week! ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:17:35 EST QOTD Feb 27th Do you have a cel phone... Do you have a cel phone and if you do have you downloaded the SparkPeople app? <BR> <BR> I do have a cel and yes of course I have the's the best!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Monday, <BR> hugs <em>220</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:38:32 EST QOTD Feb 25th and 26th Are you satisfied... It's not easy to continue beyond 6 or 8 weeks...I am so proud of those of you that are still here and posting and sharing your thoughts...people lose their motivation and that is why it's so important to come here and to your other team pages on SparkPeople and share your journey. I love this quote... <BR> People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. <BR> Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> So this weekend I'd like to know...Are you satisfied... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:25:34 EST QOTD Feb 24th Do you have children? And... Do you have any children? And if you do how old are they and are they boys or girls? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have 2 boys, 18 and 26 years old. Oh and Maggie <em>338</em> she is 8 years old. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and be your best you, <BR> hugs Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:32:36 EST QOTD Feb 23rd What changes are you seeing... I've asked this question before, but it's a good one to keep asking as the months progress. <BR> <BR> What changes are you noticing with your body? Has someone else noticed your changes? How are you feeling? <BR> <BR> Have a happy Thursday...the weekend is almost here! <BR> Hugs Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:01:36 EST Vacation Help It seems whenever I physically go on vacation I also mentally go on a vacation from my diet. I use the relaxing time to overindulge in food & drink. We were snowboarding in Whistler last week & I ended up gaining 2.8 lbs since my last weigh in. <BR> <BR> It just seems whenever I'm out of my work/gym/home routine I lose focus. I often travel for work & on personal business so there are plenty of opportunities to get off track. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts or tricks to help me out would be app... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:53:50 EST QOTD Feb 22 What is the craziest diet.. Another great question from DLANDMOM! <BR> <BR> What is the craziest diet you've ever been on? <BR> <BR> I've never tried anything other than WW and SparkPeople. Boring, I know!!! <BR> <BR> Have fun with this one and thank you DLANDMOM!!! <BR> <BR> Have a happy Wednesday!! <BR> Hugs Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:16:14 EST QOTD Feb 21st Do you log your food... Our very own DLANDMOM sent me some questions for this week and I thank her very much and encourage all of you to do the same...I love the initiative!!! <BR> <BR> Do you log your food before or after you eat? Do you keep track of your daily food and add it at the end of the day? Do you log into spark or use an app on your phone? <BR> <BR> I log after eating and I use the app for the iphone...I love it and highly recommend downloading the app even if you use it just to keep track of water..... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:56:50 EST Daily Team Chat I've changed the team chat thread to daily team chat so that we are able to talk with each other daily and give/exchange feedback on how or what we would like to see happen with the team. Staying in touch and posting on the team thread is a positive part of our journey...the more active you are the more likely you will be successful!!! You can post how your feeling, give kudos to a team member or post something you've seen on Spark or elsewhere... <BR> <BR> Be an active participant in your ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:42:42 EST QOTD Feb 20th How did you come up with... Today's QOTD was asked by one of your fellow teammates so here it did you come up with your Spark name? If you don't feel comfortable sharing than as always please do not, but I thought this was a fun question. <BR> <BR> I used a childhood nickname...boring story...but that's how I got it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday, <BR> hugs Mon, 20 Feb 2012 01:12:15 EST Team Exercise Challenge Sign-up If you are interested in helping to motivate other team members by adding your name to a date for March and coming months sign up here. <BR> <BR> I will create a list (once we have names on this thread) for March from the 1st to the 31st and each person will have a different date...on that date you post a challenge (like the QOTD) and challenge all of your teammates to an exercise of the day. We follow that thread posting whether or not we did the exercise and it is important to cheer your ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 23:24:33 EST 1st grade teacher Tried everything to lose 30 pounds, need help. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:52:42 EST Intro Hello, everyone! My name is Audrey. I am 25 soon to be 26 and live in Indiana. I am new to this program and have been trying to lose weight since January 2nd. I had a personal revelation that I need to be healthy. I started a blog to help me stay motivated and now I am here. I signed up earlier this year, but am just now using it. I hope SparkPeople will be just what I need to reach my goals. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:12:29 EST QOTD Feb 18 & 19 Do you have any ideas that... Okay, so this is your team page, so I want to know if there is anything you'd like to see, do, or change. Do you have any ideas that you would like to see on this page? <BR> <BR> Be honest and we will make the necessary changes to make this the best team (even better than it is)! We've got a great group here!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Sat, 18 Feb 2012 01:18:38 EST Unforeseen side effect of my diet I used to eat a lot more fatty foods than I have been as of late. I'm finding it's affecting my system in a pretty bad way. I just went 3 days without going to the bathroom and realized yesterday it was more likely than not the lack of fat in my diet. I ended up eating tons of fatty greasy stuff yesterday, and drinking half a bottle of prune juice to get things going, but was wondering if anyone had any "healthy fat" foods I can work into my meals to prevent having this issue again? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:29:17 EST QOTD Feb 17th What colour are your eyes? Today's question is fun...let's see how many of each colour we have as the day progresses. <BR> <BR> I have green eyes <BR> <BR> green 1 <BR> blue <BR> brown <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:02:39 EST QOTD Feb 16th How many points did you... How many points did you get on the spark wheel today? <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> I got 10 for the first time in a very long time! Yaaay! I've been getting 2s and 3s so this was a wonderful surprise!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderfully Spark-filled day, <BR> Hugs Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:04:08 EST QOTD Feb 15th Do you have a favourite TV show? What's your favourite thing to watch on TV when you cozy up with a blanket? Are you a sci-fi person, maybe drama, or reality TV? <BR> Do you have a favourite? Many favourites? <BR> <BR> I don't watch a lot of TV...sigh, but I do have a guilty pleasure on Sunday night...Once Upon A Time...have you seen it? Oh, and now I love Smash on Monday have got to check them both out....definite A+ for both!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:29:24 EST FYI I wanted to share this with the group. I just went through about four days of absolutely no appetite and having to force the meals,no will to exercise, totally exhausted and generally felt like giving up. I realized that I was thirsty but was either busy, distracted or simply not motivated enough to drink adequate amounts of fluid also my lips felt tingly and dry. I am a nurse and realized that something was not quite right so I started by simply checking my urine only to find that my specifi... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:15:39 EST QOTD Feb 14th Did you share Valentine's... When you were in school did you bring those cute paper Valentine's to share with your friends? Did you share with the entire class or just with certain friends? <BR> <BR> I heard recently that schools are considering not allowing children to bring Valentine's to share with the class because children are often left out. My friend sends them with her children but they have to bring one for every child in the class..I think that's fair! <BR> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:04:56 EST Hanging on By My Fingernails I have had the worst three days no appetite and I think it has to do with not knowing what to eat and having adhered to my lifestyle changes using Sparks wonderful assistance. I'm exercising, I struggle on most days with trying to reach the recommended amount of calories. The problem; I don't see any significant change. I started logging on the 5th of January I've lost 3 whole pounds; my clothes feel a little less snug but I feel that with all of my effort I should be seeing some better resul... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:29:30 EST QOTD Feb 13th Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Tomorrow is Valentine's Day <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <BR> Do you do something special? Do you acknowledge this as a "special" day to show someone that you love them? <BR> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> I have to tell you that I let this day go as though it were any other day. I do not celebrate this by buying into the economic celebration of love. I feel that if the calendar states that on this... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:30:43 EST QOTD Feb 11th & 12th What do you plan to do this.. What do you have planned this weekend to keep you active? Do you hike? Do you bike? Are you a dancer, gardener or walker? How will you get your fitness minutes in this weekend? <BR> <em>218</em> <em>307</em> <em>348</em> <em>342</em> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> <em>57</em> <em>317</em> <em>260</em> <em>294</em> <em>300</em> <em>326</em> <em>314</em> <em>185</em> <em>216</em> <em>321</em> <em>295</em> <em>329</em> <em>416</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun with whatever ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:34:11 EST QOTD Feb 10th Do you love your job? Are you stuck in a job that you just hate? Are you so happy that you have a job that you've never really thought about this question? Is there an 'ideal' job for you? Do you have that 'ideal' job? Let us know if you love your job. If you don't love your job you can vent about that here too!! <BR> <BR> I don't have a job outside of school, and home, and being a mom, but I do love being a mom (most of the's a tough gig) and wife (most of the time, too LOL), but I don't love being a ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 23:43:46 EST QOTD Feb 9th Does kindness matter? I was just wondering how many of you think that kindness matters? Is it important or beneficial to ourselves or someone else to hold a door open for them? Can sharing a smile make a difference to someone? Are you opposed to random acts of kindness? Do you do random acts of kindness? <BR> <BR> You can answer all or one of the above questions, and if you don't think kindness matters I'd like to hear that too. We all have our own ideals and that is what makes us unique!!! <BR> <BR> I am a fi... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 09:14:46 EST Problem with Meal Plan Help! Where do I go for help with this weeks meal plan. No problem Sun, Mon. & Tues. But today I was going to log my meals & find that week 2/5 thru 2/11 has changed on line. The meal plan I printed out last Saturday does not match what is now listed. I don't know which to follow. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:28:11 EST QOTD Feb 8th Do you remember your dreams? Are you one of those people who remembers their dreams? Do you have the same dream over and over? Do you believe that dreams are trying to tell us something or that they have meaning? <BR> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> My answers are really, no and no. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and do something just for you today!! <BR> Hugs Tue, 7 Feb 2012 23:18:29 EST QOTD Feb 7th How do you promote change? Do you think that your voice makes a difference? How do you promote change? <BR> <BR> There are many ways to bring about change, at school, home, work, etc what do you do to promote change? <BR> <BR> I do believe that change begins with a whisper; in fact, I concluded a paper with just that quote. We don't have to be on the world stage to promote change. We do it here at SparkPeople by sharing our thoughts and helping to change each other for the better. <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <B... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 00:19:24 EST QOTD Feb 6th Do you have a favourite... <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <BR> Do you have a favourite movie? <BR> <BR> I have lots, so here goes...The Man in the Iron Mask, Ever After, Corrina Corrina, The Shawshank Redemption, Tangled, Dispicable Me, Finding Nemo, and The Blind Side...I think there are more, but this is a good start!! <BR> <BR> What are your favourite movie(s)? <BR> <BR> Have a successful Monday, my friends! <BR> Hug... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 23:51:26 EST Trans Canada Highway Virtual Walk/Run Bike/Jog Here is our thread to record our miles as we virtually travel across Canada. We have 4990 miles to's going to be great!! An added element of fun for this journey and to add accountability is to write a blog about where we've been and what we've seen (this can be done my going to google and searching images). <BR> <BR> We will start in Victoria, British Columbia and move East. Our start point is Douglas Street and Dallas Road. Our first part of the trek will see us through Britis... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 10:54:47 EST QOTD Feb 4&5 We wake up in a jail cel... You and I wake up together in a jail cel, yep, we did something I want to know what the first thing you are going to say to either, me, the guard, or your lawyer?! <BR> <BR> We have Saturday and Sunday to answer this one, so come back and post another reply if you think of something funny!! <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Oh, by the way, my answer is...What did YOU do to get us into this predicament (of course it couldn't have been my fault!!!)? <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>10</em> <em>... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:06:08 EST ticker problems Ok no matter how i try my ticker always says Kgs but puts the lbs figures i have entered at weigh in. I really dont want to change my weight into Kg at every weigh in. As far as i can tell i have not selected metric measurements etc, i can't seem to find a way a change it if i hit edit and preview it, it temporarily says pounds so i save and then as soon as i look at a new post etc its changed it back to kg..... grrrr <BR> <BR> HELP! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:05:23 EST QOTD Feb 3rd Which would you choose? Today's question is easy peasy... <BR> Which one would you choose hamburger or pizza? <em>489</em> <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> Take 10 minutes and be good to yourself today!!! <BR> Hugs Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:10:09 EST Been a while! So it's been a while since I checked in. I have been extremely busy with work and school and of course my 2 lovely kids. However, I have still managed to lose a total of 12.2 lbs since Jan 1st. <BR> <BR> Also on wednesday I received amazing news at work. I was offered a Supervisor position in our Transplant department. I will be dealing with transplant recipients and making sure they get their medications as well as it being billed correctly. This is my dream job and it makes me feel like m... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 20:08:09 EST Sugar Regulated Like Alcohol Here's a link to an interesting article ~ <link><BR>-researchers-180605186.html </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:22:29 EST QOTD February 2nd Today is known as... In Canada and the United States, February 2nd is known as Groundhog Day. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. <BR> <BR> This is quite an event and lots of people stand around and cameras are flashing so my question is this...imagine that you are the groundho... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 00:11:14 EST Can anyone explain it to me? When I started the program (and after I adjusted my fitness tracker for daily cardio), I was assigned a daily caloric total of 1600-1900. This seemed CRAZY high to me and I started eating in a range of 1200-1300. After 2 weeks of eating in this range and some input from one of my spark friends and reading the article on how our daily caloric goals are calculated, I started to trust this number and have been increasing my caloric intake to around 1500. <BR> <BR> Well, the daily cardio caugh... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:43:30 EST Turkish buffet I am traveling this week for business and had lunch today at a Turkish buffet. I don't know the names of much of what I ate so can't possibly track it. Do I leave the lunch portion of today's nutrition <BR> tracker blank and just resume with dinner? Any ideas out there? I'd be glad for your help because we are all "on the journey" together. Thank you! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:46:05 EST Scale Didn't Move For the first time since joining SP the scale didn't move. I have lost 6.6 lbs to date but I expected another loss this week. I stayed within my calorie range each day and even changed up my workouts to include a new class. Logged 400 minutes of fitness this week. I'm trying to stay positive & look at the little victories - pants that have room to breathe. I am on antibiotics for my sinuses...maybe that's the reason I didn't lose any weight? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:15:27 EST QOTD February 1st If you could learn to do... If you could learn to do anything what would it be? Would you be a circus clown, a triathlete, a doctor, nurse, seamstress...hmmm, there are so many options...what's yours? <BR> <BR> Have fun with this one!! <BR> Hugs Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:12:17 EST Birthday cake... This weekend will be my first test on my journey. My best friend's daughter is turning 5 and they're having a birthday party. I do not want to deprive myself of the birthday cake. However, I need some guidance on how much to eat and honestly how to track it, since I probably won't have any nutritional information. <BR> Thanks for any input. <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:12:04 EST QOTD Jan 31st What is your astrological sign? What is your astrological sign? Is the assessment of your sign an accurate description of you? <BR> <BR> Aries - The Ram <BR> March 21 – April 19 <BR> Aries people are creative, adaptive, and insightful. They can also be strong-willed and spontaneous (sometimes to a fault). Aries people can be driven and are very ambitious often making them over-achievers in anything they set their mind to tackle. Aries are fire signs, and so too is their personality. They may be quick to anger, but don’t t... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:16:13 EST Blogs are ready Hi! Find out about my philosophy of "DIE-IT"ing and how I've changed the name for myself to I'm on a "LIVE-IT" track instead. I'm also going to use art therapy techniques to further my weight loss goals and will share on my blogs for you to try out. Why art therapy?? Well first let me tell you I'm a trained art therapist. I currently work with individuals struggling wtih addictions and what better way than to segway my livelihood into my own personal growth? I'd like to introduce several d... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:37:10 EST HELP I am going out tomorrow night to TGI Friday with work and need help to choose in advance what to eat - any suggestions? <BR> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:42:12 EST Indoor jogging Anyone else does it? Treadmill, jogging on spot (wii fit remote with encouraging noises optional), indoor tracks - apparently there are plenty of possibilities. <BR> <BR> Do feel free to ignore the rest of my post, that WOT is more of a 'just in case anyone has any idea' thing - please DO share YOUR experiences with keeping the body moving and relearning running though. It' s easier to keep motivated if I know other people in kind-of-my situation are doing the same thing. That's the main r... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:47:50 EST QOTD Jan30th What was your favourite food... You know some kids can be super fussy when it comes to food, so today I want to know if you had a favourite food when you were a child? <BR> <BR> I don't think that I ever had a favourite food, I just wasn't a fussy child. I know that I didn't like puffed wheat cereal...blah!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Hugs Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:30:56 EST When You're Sick I have done really well this month and I am proud of myself. However, I now have a cold. A nasty, icky, nose drippy, head like a balloon cold. <BR> <BR> Do you work out when you're sick? There is a big part of me that says to go ahead and do 10 minutes because it might make me feel better but another part of me knows that rest is the best thing. <BR> <BR> I'd hate to see myself losing progress because of a silly little head cold but I'd also hate to see it hang around for weeks because I... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:47:52 EST QOTD Jan 29th Do you still have your... Do you still have your tonsils? <BR> <BR> <BR> I do not have my tonsils. They were removed when I was two on New Years I've been told. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday and your tonsils if you have them hehe <BR> Hugs Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:56:30 EST An AWWW Moment Want an AWWW moment? Check out this link - <link><BR>oday-today_pets_and_animals </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:32:26 EST QOTD Jan 28th What was your favourite.... When you were growing up did you have a favourite tv show? <BR> <BR> <BR> I had so many, so here goes...Family Affair (who didn't love Mrs. Beasley?), Lost in Space...danger Will Robinson ahhaa, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Petticoat Junction...okay, that's enough, I'm feeling older with everyone that I type! <BR> <BR> Have fun reminiscing! <BR> Hugs Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:17:46 EST First real non scale victory! I went shopping today with a friend for Valentine's Day. I needed a cute dress for dinner with my boyfriend. My problem is most stores I like the fashion of are junior stores (forever 21, deb, wet seal, etc.) so I have always been a 2x in these stores. I picked out a few I liked, all in 2x and they were all too big. I have lost a dress size. And in the week I ate like crap! I feel amazing right now. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:14:49 EST Meals Started the year lost 8 lbs in the first 2 weeks then boom they are all back =(. The problem was I got frustrated and stopped using my tracking tools because I just can not figure out how to count the calories of the food we have at home when we make caserols and things like that. Has anyone else had this problem? if so how did you get past it? Want to get back on track but still in the discouraged land. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Roxy Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:13:35 EST QOTD Jan 27th Is there a story that... Is there a story that your family just cannot stop telling about you? Did you do something so funny or silly that they just will not let it go? <BR> <BR> Share your story with us! <BR> <BR> My husband always tells the story of the one Christmas (the first and last time) that we decided to go visiting while our turkey was cooking. I left it cooking on low and some grease from my meat/bread stuffing splashed out onto the coils and the house was filled with smoke when we got back home. Our d... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:24:26 EST Tortoises: We will be victorious over the hares!!! Hello All, <BR> May your goals inspire us all. Know that your support of our team will get us under the bar. May your small victories under-weigh your weaker moments. Hope will empower you with discipline against the numerous temptations of our culture. Discipline to get back at it. Dedicate yourself to the battle of the bulge. Remember: Only 'giving up' is failure. Success is important regardless of what others may tell you. Ignore those that say; "You're always going to be the same. Why try... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:52:23 EST New Year!New Me! Hello everyone! I hope everyone is well. I am a new member :) This the first I am actually acknowledging I need to shed all this excess weight I gained the past two years. I hope with my new found mind focus I can shed these 100 pounds and with the help and encouragement from everyone. Thanks xoxo! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:43:23 EST QOTD Jan 26th Do you sing in the shower? Do you sing in the shower? <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> I do not! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Hugs Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:54:57 EST Need an Accountab illabuddy Okay, I need some help. I'm in Stage 2 and for the past 2 days I've lost the motivation a bit. I don't like this feeling at all. So I'm back, but I need help. How can I say this....I don't think anyone in the family is trying to sabotage me but they are definately not helping. I just need a buddy to check in with me daily. I would be more than happy to do the same in return. I've tried other groups just for that purpose but haven't heard anything. :/ Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:51:03 EST QOTD Jan 25th Do you untie your shoes.... This question of the day is about another habit that we share... <BR> <BR> Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? <em>68</em> <em>295</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> I am guilty of taking my shoes off without untying them <em>2</em> <em>20</em> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:23:15 EST Cardio Trackers How do you track cardio if you can't find an exact match in the list? <BR> <BR> ie...Wii Just Dance or cardio walking with Leslie Sansone <BR> <BR> I have a watch that has a heart rate monitor and an exercise setting. You can time how long you exercise, then take your pulse at the end and then it tells you the calories that you have burnt. <BR> <BR> I have all my personal data entered into it...age, height and weight. <BR> <BR> I just don't know how accurate it is because I can't compare... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:28:48 EST Peanut Butter I have found myself craving peanut butter like crazy lately! Which is the healthiest peanut butter out there? I would like to buy an all natural one with no added "stuff" - no oils, sugars, etc. <BR> <BR> What do you suggest? <BR> <BR> Many thanks! <BR> Steph xx Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:31:20 EST QOTD Jan 24th Do you have any... Today's question should be interesting!!!! This is a let's get down to the nitty gritty type of question...are you ready?? Are you sure???? Okay here goes... <BR> What is your worst habit? What do you do that drives your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, sibling, parent, teacher, best friend, absolutely crazy??? <BR> <BR> I am a cigarette smoker and that is definitely my worst habit, and probably my only bad habit. If I think of more I'll post later in the day! <BR> <BR> Remember hone... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:57:03 EST A little frustrated! So I tried so hard to make good decisions today. I met a friend at Chili's for lunch. I wanted the california club sandwich and french fries sooo bad but I chose the chicken club tacos thinking the grilled chicken was a good choice and the black beans although high in calories are healthy and full of fiber. Turns out that meal is over 1100 calories! OMG!! I'd of been better off with the half sandwich and fries! Hard lesson learned there! <em>40</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:11:04 EST what next In about 4 weeks, I will be 40 years old. I would like to weight 10 less than when I started. Is this too ambitious? <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:53:59 EST QOTD Jan 23rd What was your first... Today's question is about your first time... <BR> <BR> What was your first concert, musical or play? <BR> <BR> <BR> My first concert was Rush and my first musical was Guys and Dolls. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Monday!! <BR> Hugs Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:31:42 EST Joining In - Newie Hi, just thought I would check in. My name is Sandra and I live in Australia. I started on the 7th Jan and have spent the past two weeks finding my way around the website; the information that is available is vast, looking forward to the year ahead. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:09:05 EST New kid on the block Am Sparrow,am a christian,i love cooking,reading,traveling,music.....the list is endless. <BR> I joined this site after reading weight loss stories in yahoo about pple who used this site to lose weight. <BR> My goal is to loss 47 pounds,last time i checked i was 204 pounds,not just to loss the weight but to keep it off completely! <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:44:40 EST QOTD Jan 21 and 22 Do you know a... Are you funny? When you go out are you the life of the party? Are you good at telling jokes? Did you child, niece/nephew, friends child, or student tell you something funny that you would like to share? How about sharing some laughs with your teammates this weekend?! <BR> <BR> Share a funny riddle or joke <em>246</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>24</em> (keep them clean, please) <BR> <BR> Let's see if you can really make your friends LOL <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> H... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:56:14 EST Introduce myself Hi all. My name is Jenn. I live in Denver, CO. I am a 37 year old Stay-at-Home mom, who has a little part-time job when the kids are at school. A year and a half ago, I had a massive brain hemorrhage (a stroke) and lost the use of my left side. I am definitely on the mend. Have gotten most of my movement back, I am able to walk, use my left hand and arm mostly. <BR> <BR> Prior to the stroke, I was working on my PhD in Research and Evaluation Methodologies in Education at CU-Boulder. <B... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:43:31 EST NEW GAME!!!! Seven letter words! Here's another fun game, let's see how many 7 letter words we can come up with! <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:51:38 EST 2 weeks down My name is Amber. I'm 36, 5'2" and would like to lose about 15 lbs. I was an athlete all through high school and never thought about weight or nutrition. The past 7 years has been a series of ups & downs with my weight beginning when I quit smoking. I am an avid runner, cyclist & gym goer. Often times I would work out in order to eat whatever I wanted and I know this is wrong. I reached my goal weight right before my wedding in 2011 but since our wedding I've gained 10 lbs in 6 months. ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:33:33 EST QOTD Jan 20th What changes have you... It's been a few weeks now since you joined SparkPeople, so I want to know what changes you've noticed? Is it your clothing? Your energy level? Your tastes? Are you being consistent? <BR> <BR> Here's the way I was feeling and the changes I noticed at two weeks. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447798 </link> <BR> <BR> Share your changes so that others can learn, be inspired and support you! <BR> Hugs Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:19:34 EST What do you do for exercise? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just tried zumba 2 for wii and LOVED it!!! OMGosh, why have I not tried this before? This is exercise...really? Yep, as long as we get up and move what our mama gave us, we're exercising. <BR> I did 20 minutes of low and med intensity dancing and burned 256 calories...AWESOME!!! <BR> <BR> What do you do for exercise??? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:12:33 EST QOTD Jan 19th What is your downfall item? Is there a food or many foods that you just cannot eat now? Does some food send you into a tailspin? Are you tempted by more than just your serving size, so you don't even try to eat a little bit? <BR> <BR> I cannot bring dessert into the house....NONE! I cannot eat just a bit or a piece...I just can't do it! I am a junk-food junkie...yep, I said it! <BR> <BR> Have fun with this one! You may have to think about what you cannot have anymore. Did you realize that you have a trigger item(s)?... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:20:17 EST QOTD Jan 18th Do you have any... Do you collect anything? Is there something special that your kids, husband, and/or friends get you every time there's a celebration? Do you collect salt and pepper shakers, outdoor garden gnomes, hula hoops, earrings, shoes, clothes and/or books? OMGosh, the list is endless!!! <BR> <BR> What do you collect? <BR> <BR> I have a pandora bracelet (it is a charm bracelet). For Christmas my husband got me a Santa and my son got me a cow (I love primitives and for a time I had a fascination with... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:12:32 EST Working out with sore muscles? So I understand the soreness is good. It's fat burning off and muscle building. But I started the EA Active 3 weeks cardio program yesterday and it feels like my thighs are rocks. It's entirely painfully to sit down, stand up, or walk up or down stairs. <BR> <BR> The problem is it's a 4 day a week schedule. I was going to do 4 days back to back, but might it be a better idea to do every other day instead until my weaksauce muscles catch up to the more intense workout? I feel so lazy not doi... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:19:07 EST Why am I gaining weight? two weeks in, I was down 11 lbs. I was pretty stoked. Wake up the VERY next morning, up 2.5 lbs!!!! I was thinking, ok....I know my weight fluctuates day to day.....but 2.5 lbs in one day? What the heck? So, I let it go, wake up this morning, and I'm down .5 lbs from yesterday. But still up 2 lbs from Sunday. Why would I gain weight like that? <BR> <BR> I'm not discouraged, I'm still following the program and will see it out, but I cant lie and say that it isn't disappointing.... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:41:56 EST QOTD Jan 17/12 Which fashion trend... Is there a fashion trend that you just loved and wished had never went away? Is there a fashion trend you wish had never happened? <BR> <BR> I do not miss the legwarmers from the 80s and yes, I see they are back...aaaaggghhh! Oh, but I did love my four-wheeled roller-skates with giant blue/white fuzzy pom poms!!! <BR> <BR> Share your favourite, or not so favourite trends with us!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:19:06 EST whoops! delete me! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:08:13 EST hi everyone! This is all new to me. I'm from Copperas Cove, Texas. Any members close by? I'm in the 50+ age catagory and I have diabetes aand need to loose 100+ pounds. Im kinda looking for a buddy/friend in same boat. I have never posted to a board before. I have face book only to see my kids post and keep up with them. looking to really make this work and hear from someone. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:30:10 EST Nancy Hello everyone, I have started this site on the 5th of Jan. I found this site when I looking for calorie info online and feel I have addiction, to entering and getting points. I really am a chart person so that is what keeps me going. This site is working because it matches the type of person I am. I am finally understanding nutrition. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:00:47 EST Hello Everyone My name is Crystal and I want to make a life change. Over the last 4 years, I have gained 65 pounds. I recently lost 12 pounds by cuting out chicken, beef, pork and chicken alone. I am also starting to be more active. I am ready to do whatever it takes to be healthy. I started on this wonderful website and now I am feeling great. My initial goal is to lose at least 40 pounds. I am doing this for myself. I am getting married next year and I want to see my children grow. I don't want to be the ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:07:01 EST Support I'm not sure how i'm feeling to day, woke up this morning feeling blotted and my body feeling nervous not sure why or where this feeling is coming from. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:24:19 EST One more down.maybe . scale jumps Well weighed in today only down 1 lb? I haven't been exercising, and it makes a difference, so today's the day to start. I stayed on the diet perfectly, but at least I know I have to do. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:43:06 EST New to Sparks I'm a 46 year old who used to exercise regularly every morning, but kids, work and life in general came along and I stopped. Trying to get back into a regular exercise routine and eat better. Could stand to loose 30 to 35 lbs while I'm at it. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:08:55 EST QOTD Jan 16/12 What cartoon character... What cartoon character would you say best describes you? Would your best friend or husband agree with this choice? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll have to give this one some thought for myself! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:21:43 EST dalaria here hello my name is Dalaria ,live in Georgia ..l am looking for a support team to work with ,i lost 10 lbs this week and managed to gain all back except 4lbs ,yes the chili really ruined my week but i will not give up.i promise to drink my water this week and continue not to eat after 7 and add cardio to my weight loss journey. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:35:13 EST goals My goals for 2012 <BR> <BR> 1. eating more healthy meals. <BR> 2. exercising 3 times a week. <BR> 3. getting rid of stress. <BR> 4. walking more. <BR> 5. keeping track of my progress daily Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:35:07 EST Rainy Days and walking Ok. So my main exercise so far is walking. But its its cloudy and cold today, and tomorrow it is going to rain all day. I could use some ideas for home exercise to make up for my missing 2 miles a day on rainy days... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:22:27 EST Kristel Hey I'm Kristel I'm trying to lose weight it seems I can go for a week and then I give up.I had a bad past 2 days but am back on track today I did 20 min of cardio but I'm also so sick of chicken anyone have any good protein meals that are low fat and have good amount of protein ? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:00:21 EST I swear my scale works differently on sundays. When I started I said Sunday was going to be my weigh-in day. Last week, it didn't reflect what I thought it should, so I decided to weigh-in the next day just to see if there was a change. And there was. <BR> <BR> And same thing today. The scale has not changed AT ALL down to a tenth of a pound. Which really I feel is impossible. I always weigh first thing in the morning on Sunday, before I eat anything, and after using the bathroom. But then when I weigh myself the next day, I see the cha... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:44:20 EST Hi Hi i'm Gail i finally decide to loose the weight have been over weight for years now and i decided it is time i got back me. I'm from Trinidad. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:52:44 EST One month in, 10 pounds lost! A little thank you to everyone on the two teams I follow. I started my diet a bit before I joined sparkpeople, and hit one month today. There is 10 pounds less of me and it is, in part, thanks to all of you. <BR> <BR> This has been a learning experience for sure! Thank you all for posting and participating on this site. Just reading what you all say keeps me going. Interesting questions, interesting responses and so much focus. You all are great! <BR> <BR> My two cents on this past month: <... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:42:13 EST Long way to my goal Hi everyone, I'm new to this website. I have a long way to go and struggle to daily meet my goals. I love this site - and have already found alot of useful information on it. The nutritional tracker has been so good to actually quantify the calories I have been eating. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:22:04 EST Deleted topic Sorry - posted in wrong spot and can't figure out how to delete topic Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:35:03 EST Let's write fun a story! All you have to do is add a line to the story, when we finish one story the next person can add the beginning to the next story. This should be funny!! <BR> <BR> Here's the first line. <BR> <BR> There once was a.... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:02:35 EST QOTD Jan 14-15/12 What are your plans... Are you doing something special this weekend? Do you have plans you'd like to share? Do you have rest days from exercise on the weekend? Do you work weekends? <BR> Let us know what your plans are for this weekend. <BR> <BR> I will be studying, doing housework, laundry and exercising. <BR> <BR> Enjoy yours whatever it is you choose to do!! <BR> <BR> Hugs Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:00:14 EST Hi there! I am start ing a lifestyle Makeover. I just turned 56, and I wanted to get healthy and slim. My husband and I are recent empty nesters. We have a four year old grandson and a fifteen year old grand daughter. <BR> We love to go camping and we love photography. <BR> I love to do counted crosstitch and needlework. <BR> Hope to hear from other sparklers. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:09:40 EST I'm finding it hard to eat!!! In the mornings, it's SO HARD to eat right now. I'm not hungry! I have to make myself so I don't stack all my calories at lunch or dinner!!! Anyone else having this problem? What are you doing to correct it? Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:59:23 EST Rough Night Well, I had a great week, but last night we went out to watch a show (not the movies, so no popcorn temptations). On the way home (around 9:30pm), we were passing a ton of different fast food places, and all I wanted to do was dive in and grab what I used to eat. I'm afraid that if I wasn't facing a weigh-in this morning, I would have caved. <BR> <BR> This is what usually drags me down into not continuing on with a "get healthy" lifestyle. There are so many temptations out there. How i... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:27:13 EST First Weigh In Super excited to weigh in this morning. <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 1/6/12 - 295 <BR> Current weight: 1/13/12 - 286.6 <BR> <BR> YAY. what's that, 8.4lbs in the first week? WooHoo! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:44:14 EST QOTD Jan 13/12 Do you or did you have a pet? Do you have a sweet little fur baby? Did you have a pet growing up that you loved more than life? Are you allergic to pets and cannot possibly have one? Is your pet a fish, bird, hedgehog? <BR> Did you have sea monkeys? You have to be old enough to know the last one, and clearly, I am lol <BR> <BR> I have a jack russell terrier named Maggie. She turned 8 years old in November. She is our little girl!!! The only problem we have with her is that she does not know she is a D-O-G....seriously, ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:27:37 EST Are you looking for packed lunch inspiration? I work in Boston's version of little Italy. The smell of pizza starts filling the air by 10am. If I don't pack my lunch the only options are pasta or pastry. Packing lunch has to happen. <BR> <BR> For those of you looking for interesting, healthy and properly portioned packed lunch...draw inspiration from the glory that is the bento box! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/ </link> <BR> <BR> The traditional japanese packed lunch, bento boxes offer variety and a heal... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:28:08 EST My name is Francine Hi everyone!! I am trying to lost weight and get fit b summer but also make it a lifestyle change. I hope we can all motivate each other by out weight loss progress. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:16:40 EST Using Nutritional Tracker for homemade foods Does anyone have any suggestions for using the Nutrition tracker when it's a homemade food with no label to go by? I make smoothies at home using fruits and veggies every day. I just take what I have,throw it in the blender, splash a small amount of fruit juice, flax seed oil, and use water for rest. Blend, split between my family of 4. I'm a nutrition illiterate, so I don't know what levels of folate, vitamins, etc. are in there. Every day my tracker says I'm not getting enough folate, ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:43:10 EST Visiting relatives? My boyfriend and I are visiting his family next weekend. His mother is a southern woman and cooks like Paula Deen. Big portions and not exactly healthy. Anyone have any good tips for staying on track while I'm there? She tends to throw me right off track every time I see her. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:18:31 EST QOTD Jan 12/12 Where or is there somewhere... Have you gone on the most amazing holiday and you just wanted to move all of your things and stay there forever? Is there somewhere in the world that you'd love to go but haven't been? Share your favourite place with us so that we can get to know you better! <BR> <BR> Hugs Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:26:40 EST Emotional eating one of my main issues is emotional eating. I can see myself when I feel cornered, first thing I think is to run to kitchen and open the refrigerator. Eating something feels almost like getting energy or strength to fight with the challenge. <BR> But most of the time it causes an issue: eating something bad, that I can't do anything about... Done, and that days diet is over :( One more thing to be upset about and one more disappointments for myself. <BR> I just read here that having su... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:47:44 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:43 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:33 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:06 EST New Member Hi, everyone! I am new to Spark People and looking forward to getting in shape! I need to lose 42 lbs. to reach my goal weight and feel fit again. I have found that losing weight in my forties is much harder than I thought it would be. Really want to be successful and have the energy to keep up with my two "tween" daughters. Getting started tomorrow! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:08:26 EST tracking strength training? Hi Everybody - The strength training program that Spark generated is way too hard for me. So my first day I swapped in other similiar easier exercies and was able to do them and track them. <BR> <BR> But today when I went to do strength, the list was back to the original list. <BR> <BR> Is there any way to permanently swap their list for mine? <BR> I tried creating my own program with their exercises, but now there is no way to track them. <BR> <BR> Help! <BR> Thanks, Joanne Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:53:43 EST Hi,(in need of change) Looking forward to using SP in keeping me motivated in being healthy. Already liking the nutrition/fitness trackers. Curious to see what else SP has to keep me on the right path. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:49:39 EST Reward Ideas I think rewarding yourself for weight losses (non-food rewards, of course) is really important. It keeps you motivated by giving you something to work for besides good health. What rewards do you have planned for yourself. <BR> <BR> I keep my weight written down in a little notebook that I keep in the bathroom. For every 5 pounds I lose I'll give myself a smiley sticker in the notebook. <BR> <BR> 10 lbs. - a book that costs less then $10 <BR> <BR> every 25 pounds - a CD <BR> <BR> 50 pond... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:00:45 EST Greetings! Hi everyone, my name is Bryan. I'm 35 years old and am a second timer on sparkpeople. I used it a couple years ago, but lost track, lost my focus, lost my drive, but didn't lose any weight! I'm coming in at a whopping 295 lbs, and have set a goal for myself to lose 50lbs by my 36th birthday, which is in December (2012). <BR> <BR> I'm currently enrolled in a cardio kickboxing program called FXB, and I'm hopeful that it'll spark me to success. My plan is to do the kickboxing M/W/F, and li... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:54:43 EST feeling the eye of the tiger ! GO TEXANS ! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:50:26 EST Depressing I knew that I probably wouldn't see weight loss the first week that I was doing this but I sure didn't think I would see weight gain. I gained 2.8 lbs. Right now I feel like a failure and it is so depressing. I am not going to give up just yet but it sure is tempting. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:00:04 EST Hi all I am new to all of this.... Just wanted to take a minute to introduce name is Cindy, I am 46 years old and a registered nurse in NC. I have fought the weight battle all of my life, like a roller coaster ride. Last time I did it successfully for any length of time I went from a size 22 jeans to a size 10 in about 4 months with working out for only 30 minutes everyday on my lunch break. Keep in mind that was when I worked as a prison nurse and got a lunch, uninterrupted, everyday lol. <BR> <BR> I am now at... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:36:16 EST QOTD Jan. 11/12 What was the last thing.... What was the last thing or treat that you did or gave yourself? Do you like to go for a pedicure or manicure? Did you get a pedometer? Do you consider SparkPeople a gift to yourself? Did you have a wonderfully warm bubble bath? <BR> <BR> Let us know what you did to make yourself feel better! <BR> <BR> Hugs Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:01:05 EST Why is it so important to drink water? Just starting out. <BR> <BR> I am not a big drinker...usually a couple of 8 oz glasses of water will do me fine. Can you count your glasses of ice tea and coffee as part of the water requirement? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:37:10 EST Am I the only one? Is anyone else having hormonal fluctuations? I find myself wanting to cry most my day rather then feeling positive about the changes I have made. Then when I start to get teary I can't cry (never could cry really) so it is now causing headaches and chest pains. I just want to know if I am alone in my mood swings or if this is normal after the first week and losing 5lb? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:30:00 EST Chair Dancing! Well sorta I had read this article today and it kinda stuck with me since well I've been wiggling in my desk chair jamming to upbeat music all day. <link><BR>five-unexpected-mood-boosters-actually<BR>-work/2 </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:09:30 EST Anyone from Ontario? Hey everyone, I was wondering if there was anyone from my area that joined the same tie frame I did. Let me know as it would be nice to chat and if close we can may be meet for walks or coffee? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:05:57 EST hi there My name is Paul and I have just been introduced to this site by my partner and have just completed my first week in which I have lost 5 pounds. we live in Cheshire in the UK. OUr joint goal is to lose weight and get healthier. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the journey Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:49:21 EST HI I am Karen! My name is Karen and I used to be quite active, however, I have been unsuccessful in maintaining my good habits and would like to regain the ability to be consistent and achieve my weight loss goals. My hope is that this program will help me to achieve these goals. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:32:41 EST Stressed out Mommy Hi name is Cassie and im a 38 yr old mommy who sits on the side lines ALOT! i dont want that anymore i want to run with my kids and be someone they can look upto for a role model. I looking at lossing about 150# no not over night but in about a year n i could really use all the encouragement i can get! Also fun and easy recipes that work good for kids and are healthy. So far since i have started last week im down 3 of those 150! wish me luck and im here if anyone needs... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:29:17 EST Good Afternoon Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and am very excited and anxious to begin a new healthy lifestyle and loose weight! I am 40 years old and the mother of three (ages 3, 13, and 23). Just wanted to say "Hi" and wish everyone a new year filled with happiness and Health! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:59:45 EST Just starting out Hi all- Just starting out and figuring out this website- figured out how to post food (which is acutally cutting down on my snacking since I know I need to write everything down) and figured out how to post excercise. Now I need to figure out how to do Spark page- and then I hope I can get the supprot to lost the (yikes- 40-50 pounds) I am hoping to do. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:39:00 EST Moma looking to feel better about her self in 2013 Hello I am a Wife and mother of 3 Very bright, fun and funny kids. I love to have fun and play games with them. One thing we love to do as a family is Eat. But they all stay slim. But for me I gain and gain and dont lose anything. Well I cant say I dont lose I lose 3 pounds when I try but then gain 7 back. My hubby and kids all play sports so they are all on the move and can lose weight and am Stuck on the sides lines eatting a hot dog. Well Not no more. My daughter found out she is going to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:04:55 EST Recipes/Yummy Snacks/Foods Do you have a favourite recipe you would like to share? Have you found something super yummy you'd like others to know about? <BR> <BR> Share your ideas, recipes, yummy snack ideas and favourite foods here! <BR> <BR> <em>467</em> <em>466</em> <em>261</em> <em>341</em> <em>190</em> <em>210</em> <em>491</em> <em>289</em> <em>181</em> <em>194</em> <em>45</em> <em>482</em> <em>485</em> <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>497</em> <em>22</em> <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <em>293</em> ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:37:29 EST hello hello everyone, trying to get the hang of everything on this much too see. I am trying to understand the message boards, so note sure if this is how it works <BR> I am 40+ woman who is ready to make a change and would welcome any support and motivation. <em>30</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 02:36:01 EST QOTD 10/12 Do you have a favourite team? I love the Pittsburgh Steelers!!!! <em>281</em> They were my papa's team and they are MY team!! I love, love, love Troy Polamalu (he's my boyfriend, and my husband knows it but sadly Troy does not) <em>39</em> <em>2</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favourite team? Football? Baseball? Soccer? Racing? Hockey? Olympics? Do you do anything special on game/race day? <BR> <BR> Have a happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Goooooo Steelers! (Ya, I know Tim Tebow's Broncos kicked t... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:07:12 EST Intro Hello. <BR> I finally decided it is time to make a change. No longer happy with how I feel or look. <BR> <BR> I've been using this for a week now, and taking it slow. I started by tracking EVERYTHING I've eaten and doing something (anything exercise-wise) for at least 10 minutes a day. <BR> I'm surprised how well this is going so far. (I caught myself doing a stretching exercise while pumping gas the other day and again today when doing dishes) <BR> I'm making small steps toward a healthi... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:59:19 EST Another Newbie This is my 5th day on Sparkpeople and I'm just getting around to introductions. I'm looking to get about 25 lbs. off this year and keep it off. It will help my heart, my sleep apnea and any number of other unhealthy states that the extra pounds bring on. I'm just finding my way around the website but today went well and I seem to be getting the hang of it. I signed up on Januray 5. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:49:23 EST New to this Hello everyone <em>30</em> . I am new To this site and am feeling great about starting a new me. I would love some "new" friends for support and love to offer anywhere I can help. I have been on so many different diets and hoping that this is the one <em>224</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:55:24 EST Hello! Hi everyone, I am new to sparkpeople, I joined on saturday and I am loving this site. I know there is so much to learn from this site but I am ready for a new me. <BR> <BR> Sonnia Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:19:06 EST Billatgmail Taking a plunge Every one has a story to tell. This will be a new chapter that will end well. To success in personal goals with a little help from like minded SPARK PEOPLE. Lets get there together. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:12:51 EST Breakfast and lunch ideas I really find it difficult to plan for these 2 meals so I need a bit of help. Usually I wake up only a half an hour before going out so I want something quick as breakfast. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> As for lunch again - busy person here! LOL! I have a limited time to prepare so can someone suggest something easy to prepare? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 18:48:07 EST Crystal Light I always get the Sunday paper for the coupons and yesterday they had in there an offer from Crystal Light to get a free sample of their Crystal Light Energy Citrus. Go to <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It says while supplies last. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:15:22 EST Which class to start at my local YMCA Hi everyone. I have a lot of weight to lose and I'm just starting out. I have no one to go to the gym with (we have a current ymca membership). I'm looking to join a class there. Does anyone have any suggestions on what classes may be a good fit? I was thinking some kind of swim class b/c my knees have been bothering me lately. I would like to try Zumba, pilates, or yoga but for a big, uncordinated gal like me that may need to be put off it I get my "gym feet". lol. Anyway, I guess I'd... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:14:00 EST Is it weird... already see a difference in my body? <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed in yet, but I can already tell a difference in my stomach, butt, and legs after a week!!!! Am I just imagining things because I'm aware I'm being healthier? Or is anyone else noticing a change? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:13:10 EST Fitness Tracker I've checked other sites and it seems that the calories burned for some activities on this site seem low. Is there a way to adjust this or should I just manually enter the calories burned? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 07:52:53 EST Hi There! My Name is Debora & I heard about this site from a friend on FB. My ultimate weight loss goal is 1/2 my body weight (from my heaviest point), but that is such a huge number, that I'm only putting in my small goals.... I weigh less today than I did this time last year, but didn't first one is to go from 268 to 250 by mid-March. I can say that I am my own worst enemy....I've gotten off to a good start more times than I can count & several times have set up routines that were really working f... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 05:51:38 EST My first week Weighed in this morning and down from 212 to 206. My partner Paul who joined the same time as me is down from 252 to 247. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 04:29:19 EST The "don't eat till evening" (DETE) diet The usual wisdom is that on a diet we should eat three small meals/day, adding up to 1000 calories, with lots of roughage. That's fine if you aren't addicted to the sugar rush, but if, like most of us fatties, you are, it's near impossible to resist the temptation of more carbs once you start eating. <BR> It's easier to resist the temptation if we set ourselves the task of getting by on sugar-free soft drinks only until supper time, then having our 1000 calories with lots of roughage, and tha... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 02:19:15 EST QOTD 9/12 Do you have a favourite colour? My favourite colour is green. I love almost every shade of green! <em>304</em> <em>243</em> <em>229</em> <em>201</em> <em>134</em> <em>343</em> <em>272</em> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>432</em> <em>446</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>132</em> <em>106</em> <em>491</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favourite colour? <BR> <BR> Here's a link to see what your favourite colour means... <BR> <link><BR>olor-personality.html </lin... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 23:27:05 EST Hi My name is Claire and I made the decision to lose the weight this year. I have spent the last couple of years working on inner changes in myself and now is the time to make the physical ones. Although, I just joined yesterday, I started with the diet and exercise changes on Jan 1st. I want to be healthier for my best friend and husband, Mike and my 4 wonderful girls. I can't wait for vacation this year, I plan to hike, swim and whatever the rest of the family does instead of watching f... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:06:55 EST Intoducing Me Hello everyone. My name is Chealsie and i am 20 years old. I am going to college at LCU in Lubbock Texas. I am 5'6 and weight about 250 and wanting to lose at least 50 to 75ish pounds. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:02:48 EST first weigh today My first weigh in today 314 down to 304....10 pds !!!!!! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:50:34 EST Hi! I've finally decided that it is time for me to take care of me. I'm a wife and mom. I am also a teacher. I am a good 100 pounds over weight, maybe even more. My goal is to change my food intake and add exercise to my daily life. I don't have time for hours of workouts but doing nothing is not good either. I am looking to find a balance to fit it all in. <BR> I am excited to start with SparkPeople! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:28:10 EST Goal Setting I'm just wondering about setting weight loss goals other than one's ultimate goal weight. Should I set other goals and if so, what increments are other people using? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:16:28 EST Go Girl Hello everyone, I just learn about this web sight. I love it so far. I am in a group that is trying to lose weight. I wasn't going to join. I didn't feel ready yet? Now I am all excited! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:12:54 EST Sassyred70 Hello Sparkpeople, My name is Dale and I just started on here two days ago. My friend and co worker tammi shared this site with me. We both have been working on fitness and not reaching our goals. I think this site will change that. I'm very excited to participate in the challenges and will reach my goals. I'm looking forward to seeing others reach theirs as well. So good luck to everyone. Stop in and say hello anytime :). Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:30:27 EST poundage Hey I'm Lora. I have about 70lbs to lose. I will be happy with 50lbs lost, but I would like to get down to 150lbs. I am 5'5", so I think that's a reasonable weight. I have a muscle disease called McArdle's disease. It is a glycogen storage disease aka my body completely lacks the enzyme that breaks down glycogen into usable energy. I have to stick with mostly aerobic exercises because too much strain on my muscles sends me into rhabdomyolysis (which means it breaks down my muscle and sends it... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:31:15 EST birthday January: <BR> 9th Stephanie ( STPHID89 ) <BR> 19th Alysha (ALYSHAK) <BR> 17th Megan (MRITCHIE117) <BR> 29th Stephanie (weightslayer2) <BR> <BR> February: <BR> 2nd willpa02 <BR> 10th Lora (cosmolora) <BR> 16th Nicky (Nickidy) <BR> <BR> March: <BR> 10th Cris (beeooti) <BR> 14th Sherrie (Sherrie_Berry) <BR> 15th Nikki (nikki101in2012) <BR> 21st Kirstin (Kirstinmarsh21) <BR> 24th Kesh (Keshlee) <BR> 24th ML (Gone2012) <BR> 24th Kelsey(Kelsey1432) <BR> 24th Kim (Kim728) <BR> 25th Sabrina (Yearf... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:22:47 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Jenna and this is the first time in a little while that I am prepared to look into the abyss that is my weight gain. I weigh 254 and would love to lose 100 pounds in all, but I would also like just to be under 200 this time next year. <BR> <BR> I have a lovely daughter and husband whom I dedicate most of my life too. I work full time. I love video games, music, art, drama, comedy, writing, reading, and traveling. There are a lot of times when I live my life in my head-because I t... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:22:23 EST Walking and Hiking I also love to be outside. Hiking in the mountains or near the lakes locally is meditation to me and good for the soul. Unfortunately, as I've become older and more sedentary, I don't enjoy the winter as much as I used to. I'm using my treadmill, but can't wait for the snow to melt, temps to rise and plants to green. I love summer! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:17:51 EST Intro Hello. I am a 24 y/o cosmetology student who is tired of the tire I have accumulated around my waist. I am setting a goal of losing around 50-70lbs. I spend about 7hrs a day at school, and plan on doing my workouts after I get home. I saw a flyer for yoga classes being held at my church, so I plan on joining in on that as well.. and bringing my mom with me (she needs to get some flexibility back). I am measuring everything I eat and tracking my exercise. This site is really great at telling y... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:17:39 EST Hello Hello, my name is Sherri. I am new to both SparkPeople and to SP Class. My goal is to drop some weight and develop a healthy lifestyle. I'm excited about embarking on this journey and all the things to come. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:36:37 EST Hey everybody, it's Ashleyleesha here! And i'm starting over under a new name (: time to get this right, be better, be stronger and i'll tell you now that i'm more determined than ever! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:44:08 EST Hello Looking to lose 70 lbs this year. I lost 20 last year and need a new plan. I currently weigh 220. I LOVE to lift weights, and look forward to hitting the gym this week. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:31:20 EST Baby Weight.. I gained 55 pounds with the pregnancy of my first child, who is now 7 months old. I am trying to lose 40 pounds still! I have a hard time managing my time to work in fitness and eating something quick (and typically unhealthy) has been "easier". I love to cook and I do love all kinds of healthy foods so it has just been about taking a few extra minutes each day to prepare healthy snacks for the week. I started my lifestyle change on Jan 3rd and have since exercised everyday and eaten healthy ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:50:30 EST Pounds to Lose 151 or more pounds to lose Sign up here to find buddies with similar weigh loss goals. You can motivate each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:26:51 EST Pounds to Lose 101 - 150 Sign up here to find buddies with similar weigh loss goals. You can motivate each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:26:06 EST Pounds to Lose 76 - 100 Sign up here to find buddies with similar weigh loss goals. You can motivate each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:25:35 EST Pounds to Lose 51 - 75 Sign up here to find buddies with similar weigh loss goals. You can motivate each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:24:47 EST Pounds to Lose 1 - 50 Sign up here to find buddies with similar weigh loss goals. You can motivate each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:23:16 EST Ready to lose weight and regain life Hi, everyone! I am starting the food/exercise tracking tomorrow and look forward to reading about your progress along the way. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:29:49 EST I'm excited for this new adventure! Hello all! My name is Beckie and I am a 30 yr old mom of 2 beautiful girls. I have been married for almost 7 years and I also have a 110lb American Bulldog named Bronson. I have been carrying around extra belly fat weight and feeling down about myself for about 4 years. I've tried a million different weight loss methods, but because of lack of results, I usually quit quickly - probably right before the results show! I am starting a new business this year and I am just all around tired of my n... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:36:44 EST Good morning. I am thinking of math. I have my mind firmly rooted to the idea that weight loss is math. A basic formula that doesn't vary (for me - I have no thyroid issues). I have fears about being and getting thin but they are outside of the math. I will let science take care of my weight loss by moving more and eating less. I will take active steps to address the emotional stumbling blocks that I have allowed to stop me before. <BR> * I have a responsibility to show my son how to live a healthy life (he is still at home... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:28:57 EST In need of help! Greetings everyone! <BR> <BR> I am in need of some major help. According to the sparkpeople guru's I am actually burning more calories than I'm taking in...Which isn't good either. What's worse is that I actually work a job where I'm on my feet moving around for 8 of the 9 hours I'm there and that isn't helping my numbers any either. <BR> <BR> I need some ideas on how to up my calorie intake the healthy way or how to adjust my fitness goals here on sparkpeople or both. <BR> <BR> Any and al... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:44:23 EST Hello Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I have recently restarted on here. I joined originally last year but fell off track and stopped tracking my progress as a result of which I am back where I started. <BR> <BR> My name is Carol and I am 56. I live in Warrington, Cheshire, UK with my 26 year old son and soon we will be joined (on Feb 11th) by my new partner Paul who has also joined me in our New Year resolution to lose weight and get healthy. We are also starting ballroom dancing lessons on 23rd January ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 06:59:57 EST Hello =) Hi I am Jen mother of five girls. I have been eating well and doing mostly dance as a workout since I joined last week. I am a bit shy so I haven't said Hello but it is nice to meet you all. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 00:04:56 EST QOTD 8/12 What is your favourite outside activity? Do you love to do something outside? Garden? Walk? Run? Swim? Shovel snow (does anyone really like that...ugh)? Cut the grass? If there is something you love to do outside or even remotely like to do outside, share it with us! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>444</em> <em>437</em> <em>87</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <BR> Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 00:00:23 EST Newbie in the new year Hi all, newbie whose been there done that and trying to get off on the right start. Life changes for the healthier better me. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:39:00 EST Hi my name is martha This is going to be a challenge I hold most of my weight around my waste. Do anyone have any pointers? Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:28:40 EST