SparkPeople SP Class of January 8-14, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from January 8-14, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 8-14, 2012 Team Messageboard My name is Vicki I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:46 EST Hi I'm Deborah I hope I can meet knew Friends on here. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:55:10 EST This team's one year sparkversary. This team's sparkversary is this week. I was wondering how many of us were still on. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:58:44 EST Fighter..... looking for some support to lose weight and stay motivated to exercise. Anybody from Alberta ,Canada? Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:12:24 EST Hello! I am Karen. Hope this the right place. I have so many questions but I thought I should introduce myself first. My questions seem really stupid so I hope someone can direct me to where I need to post them. <BR> My goal is to lose 30 pounds. I have been up and mostly down my whole life and I felt best at 120. I am at 160 right now and miserable. My max was 160 at 9 months pregnant. My BP is up according to the doctors (106/77 today) and it has always been low. Doctors keep giving me meds for high BP and t... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:57:06 EST Looking for a support group Good morning on a beautiful Sunday morning! I am a 56 year-old woman who is determined to turn my life "right-side-up" with the help of my God, and community. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:46:05 EST Excited to get started! My name is Ashley and I started useing sparkpeople about a week ago and I am just now figuring out how to use it. There is SO much information on here that it is a little overwhelming at first. I am excited to get started and start feeling better! I am getting ready to start week 3 of couch to 5k! It is a little rough, but I know I will be proud of myself when I can overcome these obsticles. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:17:43 EST Food of the day a-z artichoke Wed, 4 Jul 2012 23:42:00 EST hi all i'm jan. I've been at this for about 4 months and have not done all that well. I am a lazy dieter and the weekends kill me. I want what everyone else is eating. I am fourty pounds overweight and feel like crap about myself. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 21:13:42 EST My journey Exercising has been fun with Zumba. I don't like to run with my trainer but he motivates me to do my best i am liking how I look now even though I was comfortable with myself it just wasn't healthy. Sun, 6 May 2012 18:15:47 EST Have you joined any of the Spark Challenges? I've joined a couple of challenges so far, I finished the 10 minutes of fitness a day challenge and have just joined the Spring into Shape Bootcamp and am on day 4 of that one. I enjoy the extra challenges to actually finish something I start and to help get that boost to bring myself to the next level. <BR> <BR> What have you joined? Has it helped boost your levels of what you were trying to do? Have you been able to finish the challenge? Thu, 3 May 2012 14:50:05 EST Daily Chit Chat Thursday I have Company and pizza coming over - i'm going to try to eat only 2 slices. <em>480</em> Thu, 3 May 2012 00:06:43 EST Hi this is Joanne from the UK, aged 41 Hi l have joined this site as l am desperate for support and motivation to lose weight. <BR> I moved to Denmark one year to marry my now husband and have gained 23 kilos. I live in the middle of nowhere so its not possible to meet friends so l eat because l get quite lonely, its not possible to work as l cant speak the language which l am slowly learning so l tend to spend alot of time eating and watching TV whilst my husband is at work and l just cant seem to get my head round starting a die... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:18:26 EST Norman129 Hello, my name is Norman. I have been working at losing weight for the past 30 months. I lost sixty pounds prior to joining sparkpeople and have lost 25 since. I was able to wear a suit to church on Easter that I have not been able to wear since 1986. I am trying to lose another 15 pounds before Independence Day. If I reach that goal I will reward myself with a new suit (I am a pastor) and one of the reasons for losing weight is to have some nice clothes that wear nicely. <BR> I have made so... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:25:32 EST hi my name is daniel can you tell me how to claim my 500 bonus points Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:37:18 EST QOTD 02/21/2012 Today is Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras. Do you celebrate it and, if so, how will you celebrate it? <BR> <BR> -Melinda Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:28:14 EST Stregnth Training How often do you stregnth train? Is it every day or every other day? <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:17:18 EST Week 3 - can't get going I'm at Level 1 - I like what I've seen so far on the Website, but I'm struggling the life getting in the way challenge among other things. I've printed a shopping list to help me get an idea of the types of food I need to include in my shopping that I may not be. However, I do have the concern of working within my budget. I'm viewing this as a lifestyle change and would like to loose some weight as well - my doctor's would also like to see me lose some weight. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:52:12 EST Hey guys Hey guys I am a 21 year old in my senior year of college... It is nice to meet you all. I guess I signed up because I am not happy with my weight and the way my body looks.... but I love to eat hahaha.... I definitley need some motivation to help work out etc Thu, 9 Feb 2012 13:16:38 EST How Is Everyone? Hey guys! It's been a month since we've all started! I hope you're all doing great and keeping up some good work. I was just checking in to see how everyone was doing and if we're sticking to this! <BR> <BR> I'm down 9 lbs since I first started, and I feel great!! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:14:44 EST hey everyone (: my name is Isabelle. im from Kentucky and just wanted to introduce myself. im 19 and have 120 pounds to lose. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 00:58:22 EST Sorry a little late.... I actually joined Spark People a couple weeks ago, but have not sent an introduction message. I am married to a Certified Executive Chef and I have a beautiful daughter. <BR> I graduated in Psychology and recently left my job. I decorate cakes and enjoy making candy, cookies, and recently dove into bread making. <BR> I am ready to take this journey and would love all the support I can get! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:28:31 EST Eager crafter wants to join the Fun Hi - I am a wife of 20years, a mom of 2 teen daughters, and an avid crafter (scrapbooking mostly these days and I am already enjoying this sight with all the people and neat recipes particularly school and work snacks as well as family time snacks (5-7PM), I am a strong worker with a business dying to start - so recently I decided to help others by educating them on how to make scrapbooks, or how to best organize their photos for basic albums. I just want to help people get their memories o... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:14:58 EST QOTD - 01/31/2012 If you made any goals for 2012, how are you doing with them? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:56:15 EST cardio!! What do you do for your cardio? I usually walk on the treadmill or do a video on sparkpeople, but I am looking to change it up a bit. I have ordered zumba and am waiting on that to come in (trying to be patient but the excitement is killing me!). So I am looking for something that can change things up. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:46:46 EST Exercise help I was thinking when i got my tax refund that i would buy and elliptical but every one that i have looked at has had a 250 pound weight limit and i am at 305.2 right now. I loved the elliptical i use to have a few years back but it broke and i want another but i dont want to waste my money just for it to =break because of my weight. I know there are DVD's but i dont have time for DVD's i have been trying to do little things like lifting my dumbells and crunches and even chasing after my 2 year... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:10:17 EST QOTD - 01/29/2012 What is the story behind your Spark username? <BR> <BR> -Melinda Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:24:56 EST Fast Break re-cap So how did everyone go with their first two week "Fast Breaks"? <BR> <BR> I chose the following three to focus on: <BR> - To track my calories every day <BR> - To go for a walk every day <BR> - To not hit the snooze button <BR> <BR> Tracking my calories every day was eye opening, it really showed me where I can focus on the most to have the biggest positive changes. Two things really, drinking high calorie liquids instead of water or tea, and snacking on high calorie sweets - my meals them... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:20:50 EST Time for ch-ch-ch-changes Hi everyone! I joined SP a little more than a week ago. I'm 25, 245lbs, and my goal weight is 160. I've never dieted or tracked exercise before. It's been very eye-opening tracking my daily nutrition and that alone has made me, mentally, change certain things (grabbing a handful of carrots instead of chips). I want to develop a healthier lifestyle because I know my weight isn't healthy for my height (5'9). But also, I really want to go hiking. I want to play a pickup game of baseball with my... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:12:28 EST I need meal ideas I get bored realy quick with some foods more than other. I need meal ideas that are healthy nd i can take on the go with me. For lunch i have been trying to eat salal with chicken but i am so bored with it that i have been skipping lunch. I am also on a tight budget so i need to look for the cheap food to stay within my budget. I am not to big on sandwhiches so i am kind of stuck now. We are going shopping in a few days and i have no idea what i want to get me for meals. I have taken out all ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:24:45 EST Frustrated Hey I have been working on losing the last 20 pounds, but instead have gained 8 pounds. I exercise and watch what I eat and count calories and still am not losing the weight. any suggestions. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:56:41 EST DEC.DEB 29 HI, HAVE BEEN DIETING NOW FOR A MONTH AND HALF....VERY FRUSTRATED THAT IS TAKING ALOT OF TIME TO LOOSE WEIGHT. EATING RIGHT AND EXERCISING TOO! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:19:01 EST Lunar New Year Start Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a middle-aged single artsy vegetarian with over 50 lbs to lose. <BR> I need help staying on track. I am planning to do a triathlon in the fall as a fit, average weight person. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:35:47 EST What remark hurts your feelings most? I've been the "fat kid" all my life and heard so many remarks by "well meaning" people that it makes me sick. <BR> <BR> The one remark that makes me most irritated is "It's too bad, 'cause she's got such a pretty face" <BR> <BR> Any others that bother you more? Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:10:21 EST Newbie Hi! My name is Coco. I am a 2nd year graduate student. I used to be slim and thin and have been gaining weight ever since I started college. However, I have made up my mind to start making major changes in my life to get myself back on a healthy track for not just my body, but for my mind and spirit as well.... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:45:35 EST Weigh in I'm going slow <em>134</em> but sure this morning i weighed 300 so since 1/11/12 i've lost 10 lbs. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 10:05:30 EST QOTD - 01/21/2012 IF you use exercise DVDs, which one(s) is your favorite? <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> What is your favorite piece of exercise equipment? Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:07:08 EST New to the group Hi guys now that i have a few minutes i thought i would take a moment to introduce myself. Here is a little back ground on me. A few years back i was a member of spark people i exercised alot and ate healthy and lost about 50lbs if not more. May 11, 2010 i found out i was pregnant with my second child it was a huge surprise because we werent trying. I kept trying to exercise throguh my pregnancy but my grandma was afraid i would harm the baby even after i got the ok from my doctor. So i stope... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 01:21:29 EST Hello all... I am new to sparkpeople, I just wanted to say hi Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:27:08 EST Looking for weight loss/get healthy friends! Hey everyone. My name is Meg and I'm a 33 year old preschool teacher from Minnesota. I've been on my healthy lifestyle kick for 18 days and I'm hoping that this website will help me find the support and motivation I need to keep going. I love my family and friends but sometimes I feel as though they look at me funny because I've decided to get healthy. <BR> <BR> If you need support and motivation and/or are a great motivator, add me as a friend, message me, or what ever works and let's help... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:07:31 EST Panda64 Hi, I am very new to this program. I really do not know what to do first. <BR> I have to lose 35 lbs. I have congestive heart failure-so it is something I must do. <BR> My heart specialist will have a fit if I don't. I need all the help & support I can get. <BR> (I have an April appointment --is it possible to lose that much by April?) HELP! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:43:17 EST Water Intake Can anyone tell me if drinking sugarfree iced tea counts as water intake? I have looked at several different articles and herbal tea with lemon is mentioned as a water substitute as are flavored waters and carbonated waters. I really dislike plain water a great deal and very rarely drink it (although I have forced myself since joining this site earlier this week) but I can handle tea. Let me know what you think and if I have to drink water...ugh...I will. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:41:25 EST Michele Brooks I am 43 and trying really hard to lose 50 pounds. Between 4 pregnancies and severe arthritis in my knees and feet, I have let myself go and I want to get it under control. I lost 45 pounds last year with HCG but then just gained 20 pounds right back so I want to lose it the right way this time! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:14:09 EST QOTD - 01/19/2012 Okay, let's get it over with...what is your FAVORITE food? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:03:15 EST Hello! Just starting out! Hi! I joined spark people a week and a half ago and I'm hooked!!!! My goal is to lose 35 lbs. I am turning thirty five this year, so 35 by 35 would be awesome!!!!! I am a stay at home mom of five children, two of which are home with me full time. The older three are in school, sports, music lessons, etc, etc!! I'm a pretty busy mommy and wife but I am determined to finally take the time for myself and do this once and for all!!!!!! I'm so happy to have found this website. I have been reading ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:11:21 EST Feeling a little insecure tonight I look around and see all of the gorgouse women. Whenther it be on TV or out in public and i often wonder why i cant look like them. I amd trying so hard to lose weight not only for myself and my family but for health reasons as well but its not going to well. Mostly because TOM started today and with that comes a majore sweet tooth. I am trying to find away to control my cravings but havent found anything that helps. I hate the way i feel every day and looking in the mirror makes me sad and ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:00:01 EST Motivational Link I found this website today and while I recommend the entire site, I especially wanted to share this link about motivation. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>15/email-from-a-reader-building-the-mo<BR>tivation-to-lose-weight/?utm_source=fe<BR>edburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=<BR>Feed%3A+canyoustayfordinner%2Frss+%28C<BR>an+You+Stay+For+Dinner%3F%29 </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:42:10 EST I need all the support you can afford Ok, this is my 99th atempt to loose weight. I hope to be victorious this time around . <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:45:50 EST QOTD - 01/18/2012 What kind of car do you drive? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:28:17 EST scales I know this is probably a dumb topic, but, tell me about your bathroom scale. I need to get one but every time i go there are so many different ones I get confused. What is the best kind to get? Forgive me if this is a stupid question. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:35:49 EST new here my name is shanell. im a stay at home mom. my husband is in the United States Air Force. Been married for almost 10 years and have an 8 year old son. life is great, i have a wonderful family, everything is in the rght place.... except my weight. i just noticed my email account and the messages inviting me to introduce myself here, or i would have done it much sooner. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:22:45 EST Hi everyone, new to this so help me out please x Well i've lost 6 lbs in a week thanks to just cutting out all the crap and doing light exercise. However i'm guessing to keep up with weight loss i'm going to have to step it up a notch or two so does anyone have some tips, exercises, even good foods that will help. I need to shift this fat because I am not walking down the aisle like this. Anyone wanting someone to motivate them or just to listen feel free. I hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:13:48 EST Any other stay at home moms out there? Looking for some hints or ways to sneak in some more work out time or how you juggle things. <BR> <BR> I had a really hard time focusing on myself and feeling like I'm taking time away from my son. He's 3 and we go for a walk or bike ride everyday in the afternoon but that's not exactly a workout. I finally got over it and decided that I'm going to do my C25K in the mornings with him in the jogging stroller. He may not feel like being pushed in a stroller but I don't have child care right n... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 04:04:46 EST Hello I'm a 38 year old stay at home mom of a soon to be 3 year old little boy. I am also an Army wife and was working full time as a nurse until just before Thanksgiving when I quit to stay home with my son. I have wanted to get in better shape but just had too much going on (an excuse I know) and unfortunately that was when to the back burner. My husband is a dietitian so we don't eat too terrible at home (better than most people I think) and my weight is pretty steady (just at a WAY too high nu... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:58:21 EST QOTD - 01/17/2012 What is your weather like today? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:53:04 EST Newbie here! Hi there! Thanks for all the welcome direct messages everyone! My name is Christy. I'm 24 (25 in two weeks!) and I would like to share a bit about my story - according to spark, it's supposed to help, right? ;) Historically, I've never been happy with my body. That being said, there is a psychological component because there was a time I should have been happy but wasn't (meaning I was healthy and at a healthy weight - but apparently not thin enough in my mind). So I never really trust my own... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:26:33 EST Not able to exercise and feeling bummed out I tore the ligaments on one side of my right foot a few days before Christmas and they are STILL not healed. I am in physiotherapy but it's slow going. I, like everyone else on this site, really need the motivation of seeing the scale move for at least the first few weeks, even if it's only by a pound. But it's not going to happen for me. <BR> I'm discouraged <em>24</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:26:41 EST What is your workout routine? Is anyone else using Wii Fit for their workout? <BR> I used it for the first time last night and I LOVE it!! So much more fun than going to the gym! The snowball fight and the hula hoop game are awesome! Plus it tracks your minutes for you and your calories burned. I think this is going to be just the thing to keep me on track. <BR> Today I'm going to do some Yoga. Yay, so excited! <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:14:51 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I look forward to working with you all so that we can help each other meet our goals for 2012. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:36:34 EST QOTD - 01/16/2012 What did you eat for breakfast? <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:22:32 EST Anyone else starting C25K along with SP?? I'm in my early 40's, overweight and outta shape. I want to lose weight, but I also want to get fit and be able to be more active. I did Week 1 Day 1 of the workout program yesterday, and was actually able to complete the whole thing!!! It was really tough, but very motivating that I was able to get through it. Today I walked for 30 minutes, and I am really looking forward to trying Week 1 Day 2 tomorrow. Anyone else trying this program?? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:14:53 EST New to Spark People Hello, I am new to this website. So far from what I have seen this is a pretty neat website. My goal is to start eating better, I really need to cut down my weight. My goal is to lose 40lbs by September. If anyone has any pointers. Great recipe ideas, work out plans or anything to help me accomplish my goals that would be great!!! I would like to become obsessed with this site so that I stay on track!!!! I tried a recipe on here last night and it was really good!! I look forward to doing thi... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:13:15 EST QOTD - 01/15/2012 Hello all! <BR> <BR> To help us to get to know each other, I'll be posting a Question of the Day each day (or, at least, most days....). You don't need to participate, but it is a fun way to get to know each other. Some of the questions will be health related, some will not. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> TODAY'S QUESTION: <BR> Are you a sports fan? If so, what sports do you enjoy? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:35:21 EST Hi everybody! Hi everybody, <BR> just a little note to introduce myself. My name is Litsa, i am 38 and i have been on a diet on and off for the last 20 years. I have tried every diet under the sun but nothing worked until 14 months ago when i just had enough, i weighed myself and i was at my heaviest ever at 265 lbs. At the same time i was diagnosted with PCOS which explained a few things about my weight and the difficulty to lose it and so i started my weight loss journey. I have lost 56 lbs and i am half... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:03:15 EST hello im jeanie and i am glad to meet all of you Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:17:27 EST My name is Shelley My name is Shelley. I design and make miniature teddy bears, jewelry and knitted bags. I also teach what I do. I love my job, but in that last few years multiple serious health issues have made it nearly impossible to do my job without excruciating pain. I suffer from chronic nerve pain very like fibromyalgia. All of my health problems are exacerbated by my weight problems. Due to my pain, most days I have limited mobility. Regular exercise is impossible for me. Some days a walk from... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:05:24 EST hello Hello, my name is Christina. I'm a 25 year old single working mother. I've been dieting for years. I lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, gain weight, etc. I do pretty good at losing weight and keeping it off threw the spring and summer but when it comes to winter i gain it and can't get rid of it. I have a 4yr old daughter who is extremely active and I want to be healthy for her. I don't binge and i don't eat a lot of junk food, Maybe a bit of chips once a month. I don't eat chocolate at a... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:48:11 EST New To SparkPeople Hi my name is Alisha and I am excited to get on track. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:27:34 EST Another Newbie My name is Diane and I have decided that it's time to take my life back. I recently turned fifty (gasp!!!) and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with my beautiful, adorable, and dare I say perfect, eight year old grandson. I want to be around to watch him grow up and become the man God intends him to be! I also want to enjoy the company of my wonderful husband for many, many years to come. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and currently working as a Christian Counsel... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:47:19 EST Those with young kids When do you fit in your workout??? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:34:19 EST New to Spark I have tried other things but this is better for my buget and I can type in my pjs. At work I have recently started going to the gym 3 days a week for an hour. I want to ge healthy again. I feel fat and ugly at this weight. I like to cook and love to sing. I Love God and my family and friends. I am also going to college right now so sometimes I eat on the run and do not exercies. I live in Sierra Vista Az. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:07:01 EST Howdy!! Hey all!! Thought I would introduce myself! I am Robin, mom of 3, college student and army wife. I have decided that this is the year that I will get into shape! I am constantly doing something for everyone else and its about time I do something for me!! So here I am!! I am doing the couch to 5K program. My husband is always running in 5k's and I have always been the supportive wife at the finish line taking the picture. I want to be in the pictures too and be running next to him!! Just... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:55:56 EST Good Morning! Well, I am off to a good start today. Have already had 2 cups of water and spent 30 minutes at the gym. The gym was hard. I really struggle with that because I do not enjoy it at all. The whole time I am working out all I can think about is how many other things I could be getting done in that time. But, I did it, so I am proud of myself! <BR> Now it is off to a healthy breakfast and then get some chores done and enjoy the rest of the day with my son. Have a good day everyone!! Stay focused, ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:24:13 EST Hi Everyone!! I joined up a few days ago, and, have really enjoyed this site. It is so informative, and, the message boards are so helpful. I'm hoping to make many new friends who are in the same boat as myself. I feel I need the guidance and support of others to help me with my weight loss. I'm hoping to drop a good 40 lbs by the time this is over, then, start maintenance to be able to keep it off. My short term goals are 10 lbs at a time. <BR> It is so easy to fall back into your old way of life, li... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:19:58 EST Hello from Northeast Ohio Hi everyone. My name is Michelle. I am from a little town called Beach City (no there is no beach). I live really close to Amish country. I am 41 years old. Next month i turn 42. :( wow i just realized that. lol I am here at Spark People because I want to get healthy. I want to get rid of my Type II diabetes. I want to get healthy enough to have a baby. I know, late start but i just finally found the man of my dreams and am ready. <BR> Yesterday was my first day on Spark People. I did reall... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 02:24:11 EST SP Newbie! I heard about this from one of the instructors at my school and thought i would give it a try! :) Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:50:48 EST Need to get healthy Hi, all. My name is Sheree (Mrs.Flowers), and I am new to SP. I have been in other weight loss groups, with inital success, only to put my weight back on ... with interest! I hope to lose about a hundred pounds in the next year or so, and hope that this community and website will aid me in that goal. I am an avid gardener, and combine that passion with cooking, canning, and healthy menus. I look forward to getting acquainted with others here. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:31:08 EST First Step Hi im new to the site and and am very excited about learning healthier living habits. Im 6 feet tall and about 255 pounds. My main goal is to get back under 200 pounds so i have alot of learning and working ahead of me . I hope to get good advice and support from these boards because ive never tried eating better or excercising at all really . So please if you have any good advice for someone starting from square one i would really appreciate it . Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:22:52 EST New Hello I am new, not really just a new screen name i started over so i can have a fresh start. My name is kirstie i am 21 a mom of a girl and a boy, married to the best husband ever. Obviously i need to lose weight so here i am looking for sparkbuddies feel free to add, i need someone to keep me motivated Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:56:45 EST New...again! Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Missy and am happy to be a part of the SparkPeople team again. I'm looking forward to utilizing all the great tools and support that SparkPeople offers. It's been a few years and I'm ready to take my health more seriously! Best wishes and Happy New Year to all!! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:33:37 EST Hi! This is my first day on the site, so I'm still learning. I've had sporadic experiences with exercise, but I'm trying to get into a regular routine, and trying to figure out healthy size portions of food, since I always have trouble with that! If anyone has any tips for being motivated to complete exercise regularly or how to watch portion sizes, I would love to hear your advice! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:02:17 EST Get Excited!! Hi friends!! I'm so excited to begin this journey with you all..i just had a beautiful baby girl in December, and i have 2 amazing boys 10 and 7..I have struggled with weigh issues all my life, but some how manage to get to a size i like then regain. I gained 50lbs during my pregnancy because i was on bedrest, and picked up some awful habits, because i felt miserable..I want to loose the weight this time and keep it off. Looking forward to encouraging you and recieveing encouragement! Best Wi... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:15:10 EST new to sparkle! hello everyone i am new to sparkle! i am a college student in delaware trying to lose weight and get myself healthy. i ahve about 40 lbs to lose support me and i will support you! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:04:22 EST Say Howdy(check in) <em>104</em> here and accounted for Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:23:34 EST my intro Hi I'm Tiff. A college student for graphic design. It requires me to sit in front of the computer a lot! <BR> <BR> Last week I joined a group on facebook which my cousin started for weight loss support and they were talking about this site. <BR> <BR> Decided to give it a try and so here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm 5"2 at 195 lbs rather 194 now! I also have a low active thyroid. <BR> <BR> This Christmas my brother gave me a just dance 3 game for the ps3 and OMG i LOVE it. <BR> <BR> My goals for t... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:17:11 EST Change food vaules? HI there, was wondering if there is a way for me to change the food values, when I enter a certain food in there is a list but generally, my specific food isn't listed, like white toast, just reg white toats is not listed.. cant do wheat becouse I am allergic to it, and other items like my sames club Angus bugers etc, be nice if I could add in what values this specific foods I eat have ie calories, fat, carbs etc.. tyvm Annie Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:50:10 EST Thank you Thank you all for becoming apart of this team. Reading about all of you has made it easier to join a team as I was not sure I wanted to. I do not like to talk about myself but love to hear about others and help as I can. I am a mother, a young grandmother, a wife, and a friend. I recently had my meds changed and have gained some extra weight, therefore here I am asking for your support in exchange of mine. <BR> <BR> Gretchen Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:31:38 EST Heyyy ! Just wanted to say to everyoneee && introduce myself :] Im new to all this but Im definitely commited && ready ! I am open to any advice you might haveeee ! Im gettin ready to start the Lemonade Diet to help motivate me! Its a 10 day process that offers the chance of losing 10-20 pds depending on how I stick to it && whether I get out in this snow && move around lol ! - Lil Misz 2 Thick ! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:14:43 EST New & excited to reach my goal.... & to look good Hi, my name is Veronica I am 25 years old. I'm new here on sparkpeople.... and i must say that i am very impressed with all the tools there are here to help me achieve my goal wich is to loose weight... i have been honestly very excited on doing my trackers.... my height is 5 feet 1 in. ... my current weight 183 pounds, but my goal is to weigh at 133 by December 26, 2012 :) I am looking forward on getting to know this program & all these inspiring people.... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:57:52 EST Off an running ... well, off, anyway ... I amglad to find this place and I am looking forward to interaction. I don't care much for meetings because they are generally inconvenient and not very personal. A group of people who don't see each other except at meetings show up once a week to here a mini-lecture on something most of us already know. The weighing in and announcing progress is not enough. I need to interact on my progress at random times throughout the week. Some days are easier than others. I want somewhere to go for the ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:56:22 EST Hello Hello SP!! I am pleased to say I joined! My name is Heather, I am 24 years old with 2 daughter, ages 3 & 4. My goals are to lose atleast 25 pounds and start living healthy with my family. I want to introduce new healthy ways to eat and stay active to my kids. I have been a stay at home mom since my oldest wasborn. I am ready to get off my rump and do something about this weight problem. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:43:26 EST Looking for a weightloss buddy Hi everyone <BR> <BR> my name is Ellis. I'm 25 years old and I'm looking to loose 36 pounds by the end of May. I know that there isn't anything I can't do as long as I put my mind to it but sometimes, just like anybody else, I have a dip day and then I need someone to kick me right in the butt out of the house and into the gym. <BR> <BR> I love all the message boards but I would love it even more if there were one of maybe two out of you who'd like to catch up on our progress on a regular ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:44:45 EST A New Year... A New Sparkie... :) Hey Sparkies! My name is Kimberley. I'm Canadian. I am tired of being overweight. 2012 is the year that I get healthy .. no more excuses! I just hope now I have what it takes to get me to where I would like to be. (sigh!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow! Enough about me. ;) Time to join the party & have some fun. :) Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:04:48 EST Greetings from Europe! Hi everyone! My name is Ellis and I'm from Europe. I've been on SparkPeople before and but I never really went for it and so of course I didn't succeed. This time, I know that I will but I don't want it to be a lonely journey. So I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you and doing this together! <BR> <BR> Lots of love <BR> Ellis <BR> <BR> Goal: losing 36 pounds, gaining back my self confidence and shining on stage as I am finally - after all these years of uni - pursuing my one and ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:44:32 EST finding the energy? I am a full time student and work 40 hours a week. I have got the food tracking going perfect but finding the energy after a 16 hours day has got me dicouraged. I work 3:30-midnight and do on-line classes during the day from 11-2:30. Any suggestions on getting that little boost after my work night to push me through a workout? Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:01:36 EST HI Hi my name is lyndsay i am 22 i have a 3 year old and i am engaged, i am looking to lose 100 pounds so that i can be back down to the weight i was before i had my son. I hope to lose and keep it off the only problem is I HATE VEGETABLES! If you have any advise for this feel free. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:45:34 EST Husband & Wife Team Up RipNTear has never dieted in his life. Now at age 50, with a belly bulge, he has been instructed by his doctor to lose 35 pounds. I am a long time member of SP but I wanted to be in the beginners group with him. We are teaming up to make a better us! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:24:09 EST meal plan Can I modify my meal plan? For instance, I don't drink milk or eat yogurt. I am allergic to peanut butter and it seems it's on there daily. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:34:59 EST New to this site and wanted to say HI SO...HI!!! I'm a working mom with two boys aged 10 and 13 and I heard about this site from my sister. I'm glad I joined because i think this will be a great tool for me to learn to live a healthier lifestyle. Looking forward to making new friends and hearing your ideas and your success stories too! <BR> <BR> Cheers and wishing everyone a healthy year. <BR> :) Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:16:03 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> I have had a lot of knee problems in the past and I was told that losing weight would help this. This gave me the extra motivation needed to loose weight. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:55:55 EST Introducing... ME! Hi, I'm Natalie. Wife, mother, food enthusiast. This is my first go at any type of healthy living with help but I'm excited to be here. I work from home and take care of my 1 yr old daughter Julep. Eating the right things at the right time has been a struggle for me however with my wee one mostly on solid foods now I'm trying to eat when she eats and it's helping. I like scrapbooking, photography, karaoke and I am a baseball fanatic. First and foremost an Angels fan but a baseball fan through... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:28:13 EST Hello...I am new to spark, I am looking forward to meeting and making new friends. I hope to be as well as find support. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:37:04 EST I am new. Hello. I wanted to introduce myself. I am new. I have a long way to go. This is day 3 for me. I am hoping to find the support I need. I am finding that getting started is tough.. I'm hanging in but just barely... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:02:06 EST 30 lbs in 90 days Hi! I'm 22 and a mother of 1. As a little background, I was always incredibly thin throughout my life, until I got pregnant. Obviously I expected to gain some weight, but I didn't expect to gain 65 lbs, and only lose about 15 after labor. I was in shock. Over the last two years, instead of losing more weight, I've gained about 12 lbs. I'm uncomfortable in my body, I'm having fertility issues, and I"m losing the confidence I once possesed. I'm in desperate need to lose at least 10 lbs, just to... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:10:47 EST New to Spark In September I weighed 312 lbs. I have had open heart surgery (4 years ago), 3 heart attacks, and an insulin dependent diabetic, Type II. I have had one kidney removed due to impending renal cell carcinoma, and have mild to moderate kidney disease in the remaining kidney. Since September, I have lost 46 pounds, gone off of my high dose insulin, have reduced cholesterol significantly, and have excellent reviews from my cardiologist and endocrinologist. I am using Spark to provide motivatio... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:22:32 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Stacey. I'm 32, married w/o children & have lived in Wisconsin all my life. When I turned 27 my metabolism seemed to just quit. I've battled depression most my life but for the last few months I've finally felt happy. I think I'm finally ready to make new friends & lose weight. This is my first time trying to lose weight. I don't have much of a support system at home so I'm hoping to find that here! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Stacia <em>43</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:15:34 EST "Need to get in shape teacher" here!! Hi! Trying this to see if I can get motivated and lose those extra pounds before I go on springbreak trip! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:07:36 EST hello ny name is Shellie I'm from Ohio,I had an accident. On 12/1/2011 which landed me on bedredt for 6 weeks. I up and on my feet in another 2 weeks. Prior to accident. My weight was approx 210,being on bedrrst there was nothing to do but eat. I have decided today its time to stop eating due to boredom. I estimatemy weight to be around 220. I'm currently. No able to bear weight on my riight ankle,due to a break. So I cant weight myself. Today is a day of change. <BR> y <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:11:56 EST New to the Community Hello everyone, Im so excited to be part of this community. I have browsed through some of you guys profiles and I must say I was really impressed. Im looking to break free from my unhealthy life hopefully I have come to the right place. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:32:29 EST Newbie! Hello everyone, <BR> I am Dawniemarie and I live in Taylor,Mi I just joined the site 3 days ago and I'm loving all that this site has to offer. I'm here to meet new friends and to reach my goal, which is to lose 100lbs. I just recently weaned myself off of soda and now drinking almost my goal of 8 glasses of water,I work out at the gym(fitness U.S.A)mon,wed,fri's and thinking about doing Zumba on Tues. and Thurs. <em>294</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:43:48 EST greetings, everyone! Good evening, or should I say good morning! It's waaayyyy past my bedtime, but just wanted to say hi. I'm 42, and ready to get off my rear and get to work on being healthier. I'm headed home to California in April, and I'd like to see a marked difference by then, so here goes nothing. It's day 2, and I'm really having fun! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:14:42 EST calorie intake Does this really work? Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:06:28 EST newbie to the group Hi everyone I am new and ready to take the challange of losing weight., I am like the little engine who thinks I can get unstuck in the track of eating unhealthy and get on the right track to make my life healthier and live longer. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:58:04 EST Blogs Is there a way to link a blog from an external site to my spark page? I already have a blog that I am writing in, and would like to just have that instead of having to write twice. Thanks! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:47:09 EST Hello It's me Alma of Tuttle, OK I am a Mom, Grandmom, daughter, wife, aunt & cousin, to too many to list. I like to make things for people. I crochet, quilt, sew, & many other things. I am joining this to see if it will help me loose weight. I have a hernia in my stomach, from messed up gal bladder surgery's. The Doctor told me to loose 40-50 pounds, to get my stomach repaired. So this is a must. I have been working on it for about 4 years. I loose then gain it back and more. I just need to get it all off. I am going to a T... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:44:25 EST I'm baaaaack. I've done this a time or two, but now I hope to be back for good. Thankfully, I discovered the Blackberry app for SP and now tracking my food/fitness is going to be so easy. (I used to forget what I had eaten by the time I get to a computer to log it, so I kinda quit doing it.) <BR> <BR> Anyways, my name is Carly, and I'm 22 years old. I'm working to lose 30+ lbs. I'm also going to train to run a half marathon this year. Good luck to everyone, and if you need a friend, I'm here for you! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:06:09 EST Hello Hello, I am Teresa, I am a wife and mother of 4, have dealt with weight issues since i was in jr. high and it got worse as i had children, I have started my journey to losing weight and having a healthier lifestyle. I joined for accountability and maybe make some friends. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:58:40 EST hello beautiful people Hi I'm Deirdre just started a new diet this year trying to lose some weight by summer...whos wit me? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:29:51 EST Hello Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm currently restarting what has felt like a lifelong battle with my weight. I go to Florida at the end of February and California at the end of April so I want to feel good for those vacations, also I get married August 9th, 2013 and I want to look and feel good about myself long before then. <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> ChelseaIrene Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:29:30 EST I am New to this Hey, <BR> My name is Nikole, and I have struggled my whole life with my weight. It became worse when I busted my ankle a couple of years ago and I was laid up for a year!¡!¡ I am finally coming out and wanting to get out and do things again!¡!¡ Motivation is key though so with that said I cleaned house yesterday and tomorrow starts my training regiment for running a half marathon for the summer!¡!¡ THank you Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:14:03 EST New to Sparkpeople but not neew to dieting Hi, My name is Tracy, I am new to this site but I have tried just about every other plan out there. I plan to make this my final and lasting attempt to get healthy and lose wieght. I have more than 100 lbs to lose but I am looking at it in small 5% increments to make it more attainable. I hope you all will halp me with the support and guidance that I need. I lok forward to getting to know you all. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tracy Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:11:49 EST Hello there! Day 1 for me! Wish me luck.... I've never considered myself obese when I look in the mirror or at those charts. I am very muscular with a cushy padding. Not fat! I have always had a roller coaster weight issue. I can lose it and I can put it back on. I love food and it loves me. I've lost enough to where I was on target for " the charts", but I looked too skinny to my family, friends, and myself when I looked in the mirror. The chart says 140 lbs. - no way....I look good at about 155 -160 lbs. I'm not going for the... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:27:07 EST Heeeeello Detroit! Hello SparkTeams! I'm looking forward to interacting with ALL of you this year. Can't wait to hear all of your success stories. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:25:11 EST So Ready This is day 2 and I feel good!! Joined SP yesterday and am looking forward to being part of this! I am pumped up and ready to work hard in 2012 finally getting my lifestyle to one of "healthy". So much to do.... So much to change. But, I can do it! SP will indeed keep me motivated and on track. Here's to a great day team. Let's all do this!!! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:23:05 EST Day #1 and I'm excited! Hey everyone, I'm Tiffany! Glad to be here! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:28:12 EST Hi I am Nicky Hi I am wanting to make alot of changes this of them is to lose weight! <BR> This is the start of my journey!! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:35:19 EST Hi everyone! I am here to lose 50 pounds. And get healthy. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 03:05:07 EST Single mom trying to get fit Hi everyone! I am a single mom of a 6 year old boy. I am also going to school full time and working two part time jobs. So trying to stay healthy is not an easy task. I am looking for healthy recipes that don't contain pork since that is a food allergy in my house. I hope that this isn't going to be too hard. I would like to have my son join me on my workouts. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:20:00 EST HI Hi, I'm Jazaray. Nice to meet everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jazaray Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:54:44 EST Hi my name is Marissa This is my first time on Sparks. I signed up last night and started working on my goals today. I worked out at the gym for 1/2 hour, ate less measuring my food and I'm writing on this board and will write later on in my journal. I am 163 lbs overweight and need help. I hope to find support with my overeating on Sparks. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:51:01 EST A New Beginning Hello everyone. My name is rosalind and I am very new to this program. I am in dire need to lose 50lbs, and I will need a lot of support. I just found out that my health is failing and my doctor said that if I was to lose weight, I could possibly reverse it. So please help. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:23:04 EST A New Beginning Hello everyone. My name is rosalind and I am very new to this program. I am in dire need to lose 50lbs, and I will need a lot of support. I just found out that my health is failing and my doctor said that if I was to lose weight, I could possibly reverse it. So please help. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:22:43 EST Mary's weigh! Hello and happy Monday! I have gained and lost weight several times over the years... somehow I still seem to be better at gaining than losing! I tend to be busy... work, family, PTO, Cub Scouts... The first thing I usually put off is time to exercise. Somehow making "me time" to exercise seems like a luxury and envokes guilt. I do have a membership to the YMCA. I have a wii and several weight loss/fitness games. Last Valentine's Day I asked for (and recieved) Zumba for the wii... it'... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:44:33 EST Glad to be here Just a shout out....HELLO! Glad to have found this place and glad to see so much support for the good! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:20:35 EST Hi I'm new around here Hello! my name is Sonya and I'm new to SP. I'd like to post a few pics but I'm at a loss any pointer would be greatly appreciated. Any Hoo *smiling* I am a wife, mother of 3, grandma to 2. I am now ready to think about me and embark in a healthier life style. Not sure of how or where to begin so here I come. I am an encourager and motivator to other but have hard time keeping myself lifted up. My plan is to give this my all. I take critique OK, but take encourement much better. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 18:55:05 EST New here Hi everyone, Im new to this site, and excited to be here. Im here to track my progress and make friends doing so. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:19:29 EST Yikes!!!! It's my first day!! Excited and scared!! I feel so very fortunate to have found this website. From what I can see already is how supportive everyone is and the vast amount of information and tools there are to help me succeed in my weight loss journey. I look forward to getting to know alot of you....because we all need support and a big hug every now and again....and I am no exception. I will definitely need some buddys. If anyone is interested please email me. Good luck to all!! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:57:15 EST NEW YEAR, NEW ME Hello I am a 27 year old woman . I have a fantastic husband and 3 beautiful children, but i still cant shift the feeling that i could look better so they r more proud of me .I used to be a UK size 6 i am now between a UK size 14 -16 and this is starting to get me down. <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:17:38 EST hello from canada my name is mary ann and i am from canada. i am hoping to lose weight this year for i have tried many times in the past and seemed to have lost maybe 10 pounds or less and i am hoping to meet my goal this year of 20 pounds or more. it all started with my thyroid disease which seems to make it harder for me to lose but if anyone else has this problem and has lost weight could you please help me to lose weight too. thank you and am hoping to feel better about my weight this year and find beauty ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:32:59 EST Hello All Hi there! <BR> I'm Heidi and although I've signed up with spark a few times in the past, I really, really, REALLY want to make this stick! <BR> <BR> I hope to be more involved. Not only to get motivation from others, but to give. I think I get so mired in my own faults and discourgements, that I forgot that there are others that just might be going through the same thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm here. I'm ready. Looking forward to getting to know some new friends. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:55:49 EST New to this :) Hey everyone. My name is Leah and im 20 years old. I have been wanting to lose wight for about 7 years now to be at my healthy weight and to be at a weight i feel comfortable at. I have tried many different diet plans but nothing seems to work for me, i will lose like 10 but then get discouraged because i wont lose much after that. im hoping that this will work for me because i am really determined to lose this weight! any support helps :) good luck to you all! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:47:23 EST Hey Y'all! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I am a 30 year old single black woman who lives in the south. That means I have some curves!!! I did really well last year when I lost 30+ pounds only for my mother to be diagnosed with cancer, meaning I put almost all of it back on... I finally got tired of the excuse "my mother is sick and I was/am really stressed out" and decided it was time to do something. Then on top of that Jennifer Hudson, with her formally fat ass, decides to get all up in my grill and call me a "... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:11:31 EST hello need help, need some advice to lose pounds FAST and HEALTHY!!! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:58:28 EST mjtmama Hi, thanks for all the warm welcomes. I am excited to get started. I was reading Shape magazine and came across an article for SparkPeople and thought would be a great way to get motivated with others to lose weight. I re and just cently had a baby and would like to shed all the weight "again". I lost most of it and I have gained it all back very quickly. I am tired of not having energy and Im ready to get back in shape! All advice and motivation is welcome. Thanks again for the support. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:56:13 EST New with almost 100 lbs to lose Hey everyone. I found this site by accident and discovered the amazing reviews from people who have been successful here. I hope to be added to that list and I look forward to my journey with the rest of you. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:15:18 EST Hi Hello my name is Erin, and today is my first day as a Spark member. I can actually say that I am excited to join this, and excited about losing weight. I'm looking forward to losing all this extra weight and to be able to really enjoy being more active in my life. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:11:34 EST Hello Hello! My name is Kami and I have always struggled with my weight. I've tried every diet out there and have lost some weight with most of them. I am looking for a way to change my habits so I can live a healthier life all together. I have been married to my amazing husband for almost 4 years and I want to lose weight for not only myself but for him. He loves me no matter what and continues to think I am beautiful, but I want to look like I did when we first met almost 6 years ago when I was a... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:39:37 EST rosec49 Hi, I am new and have no idea what I am doing where to start. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:05:44 EST Leangirl664 Hello everyone, I am a 68 year old mother of 4 and a grandmother of 7. I am looking to loose the 10 pounsa that I have gained since I left Weight Watchers. I do not want to go any further up in weight. I am looking forward to the support that one is given on the boards. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank You Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:51:10 EST Hello from the hinterlands Good luck to all those starting this week. It looks like a great program. <BR> <BR> Anyone getting started with a Bowflex routine? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:50:33 EST Hello Everyone <BR> My name is Lisa & I currently live in Greenville,NC. Saw this web site in Self magazine that I purchased this morning & so far am impressed with the tools, the help & the people here. I have between 60 & 70 lbs to lose. Gained 30+ lbs when my husband & I moved here just over 4 yrs ago. Wasn't used to having the convience of food so readily available 24/7. Gained another 30+ lbs when I quit smoking April 2010. People ask me if I feel better now than when I smoked & I want to say yes but ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:04:07 EST Food Addict & Stress Monster Hello! I am a total foodie--I love to cook, I work in a bakery, and one of my favorite hobbies is experiencing new flavors. I also have an extremely busy lifestyle and I'm easily stressed. <BR> <BR> So, that being said...I just turned 24 and I have returned to 200+ lbs. It's come to that point in my life where I need to figure out how to balance everything--dieting and maintaining without being miserable, as well as finding time to exercise. <BR> <BR> Right now, I really want to lose about... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:01:29 EST Intro of me Hi Everyone, I'm sgtwarhorse . As the name implies I am a veteran of the Army and Army National Guard. I've been married to my lovely bride Autumnshadows for 30 years. I'm trying to start this year with a plan to improve myself and my quality of life. I'm tired of plodding along. We are Catholic converts now for 8 years. My devotion to faith, family and country are unshakable. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:20:19 EST Hello to you all Hi my name is Debbie i am from southwest uk, i am hoping to lose at least a <BR> couple of stone and this site looks like it could be very helpful, i start in the morning, although i have just eaten the smallest tea i have eaten in ages and had two glasses of water lol. <BR> <BR> Deb Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:28:55 EST new to site Just found this site today. Looks like a good site to help lose some weight this year. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:37:09 EST New Hello everyone, I'm new to spark, I have been working on my weight loss whole heartily since the end of Oct of 2011 I have already lost 27 pounds, 88lbs to go. I go to the gym 5 days a week and really count my calories. I have been doing really well and its now a routine for me. My body and mind looks forward to getting up in the morning to work out Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:01:45 EST Chrissy Rogers Hi guys... My name is Chrissy Rogers. My husband wants to be a Law Enforcement officer, so he has started to get into shape and I have decided I would like to as well. I'm having more problems with it then him though. I tend to work 10 or more hours a day so by the time I get home from work I'm just so tired I do not want to do anything but relax. I'm hoping to receive motivation from all of you on here! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 00:20:15 EST