SparkPeople SP Class of February 26- March 3, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from February 26- March 3, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of February 26- March 3, 2012 Team Messageboard OCTOBER 2% Challenge Any that are interested. We are going to set a goal to lose 2% of our body weight in the month of October. <BR> <BR> On Oct. 1st record your weight here and what your 2% goal is. An easy way to do that is multiply your current weight by 2 then move the decimal place two spots to the left. That's your goal! <BR> <BR> So if you weigh 211 x 2 + 422 or 4.2 pounds is your goal. <BR> <BR> To clarify an entry would look like this: <BR> <BR> Margie 10/1 236 <BR> 2% goal 4.7 lbs. <BR> <BR> You c... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:08:25 EST Hi I have just found my team! Hi there I am not new to sp having joined in March 2012, but I just discovered that we can join teams based on when we joined up. How many of you are still active? I think this is a great idea as I am sure many who are still around can offer great encouragement to each other. I know I need it. I have been on this journey this time since August 2011 but was only introduced to sp in March. It is a long slow journey and I still have a ways to go Still I have made progress and am almost at the 40... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:35:57 EST Eat a Rainbow <link><BR>h/fruits-vegetables.shtml </link> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:17:02 EST Reaching my goal! Hello spark people out there. Thought that since I have been using Spark since March that I may as well introduce myself. I am one pound away from Sparks goal weight for me. I have lost 49 pounds to date and have been running regularily since I started this program. Spark has helped me to reach my goal and inspired me to become a healthier person. I have never run before and now am running 6k 4 times a week. I hope to run 10 k by spring time. People at work notice the weight loss and I am abl... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:02:58 EST Hello SparkPeople Hoping so much for support and encouragement from my SparkPeople participants. Just starting my journey today to lose about 50+ pounds. I have severe OA in my knees (looking at knee replracement in my future) but for health reasons I am hoping for exercise ideas from some of my fellow SP participants in order to start my fitness plan. I will mostly have to do cardio from a chair as it is difficult for me to walk or stand for long periods of time so any recommendations would be very greatly ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:54:28 EST lets do this! im new to spark and slowly discovering all the neat things it offers. if anyone has any advice i would love some! im in my 20's and trying to get back to my confident, healthy, athletic self. I can no longer fail. Too tired of hating my body! Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:04:21 EST Marsha Hello! Working to lose and get healthy! I just turned 55 and want to live a healthier lifestyle so I can be here for my hubby, kids, and grandbabies! Daughter is getting married in July so I have been working hard for the past 6 months and have lost 26 lbs. I have hit a slow period as far as weight loss so I decided to give this site a try! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:45:11 EST Fitness Map issues? The past few days, I've noticed that when I go and either plot out a new map via Fitness Maps, or go to my saved maps and select one, I cannot add the route to my Fitness Tracker. I will select the route, enter the minutes it took me, and click the "Add To Fitness Tracker" and nothing happens. And like I said above, it happens regardless of whether it's a new map I'm plotting out, or a saved map. This is getting extremely frustrating to me, because I use this tool whenever I've done a walk ou... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:17:10 EST Hello! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I've been exploring the site a bit, and figured this should be my next step! <BR> Not sure what else to say for now, so I'll keep it short. Cheers! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 02:59:57 EST saying hi Hi, I recently joined -- I'm here to lose a few pounds and also to just help myself stay mindful and make healthy choices. I'm a grad student in the San Francisco Bay area. I'd love to meet some of you and connect with others in the community! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:44:56 EST New Member Hello everyone i'm new here and looking for support Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:26:40 EST Newbie Hello everyone. I am excited to start my journey to a better me. Have an incredible busy life style. Mother of 3. Two are still at home and one is married with a brand new baby girl. I work 50 hr weeks and spend the rest of my waking hours making care of my mother who is currently recovering from cancer surgery. I am having a hard time finding time to exercise. I always feel better after exercising but the day is gone before I know it. I would be up for suggestions. Good luck to al... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 21:32:58 EST check in Hi everyone! Just checking in for the day- it was great!! Ate very well, drank lots of water, and exercised. I feel wonderful!!! I bought the SparkPeople DVD and did the total body challenge after a very long day at work and it was the best remedy for my mood!!! Hope everyone is doing well! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:32:29 EST Newbie and loving Hello, I just started about a week or so a go on here and i am really enjoying my self. I was actually introduced to sparkpeople my mother in law and she loves it too. I really like the guides and great recipes. I am here to make a lifestyle change not just diet and i want to have support while I am doing it so it would be great to have some! Have a good day and enjoy your life. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:07:59 EST Hello sparkpeople Hi I'm Charlotte I joined spakrpeople on Friday the reason being im useless at doing something without positive motivation and a way to keep myself on track .. I love it so far! I've got the app so I can keep it up when I'm not at my computer .. My main goals are to loose weight .. To be more healthy .. And a short term goal to be able to run/ jog for 30 minutes easily .. I started on Friday doing 10 mins a night jogging / running and today I've gone up to 15 :D .. I'm 17 a smoker and a reall... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:04:27 EST Doing this for health I have a second grandchild due in June and have just discovered I have high blood pressure and mild angina. <BR> My body doesn't like the way I live so with your help I can change and stop things getting worse. <BR> I'm 60 next month and want to lose 80 lbs by Christmas. <BR> To start with walking is my excercise. (a bad back and a frozen shoulder rule out several other things for now) <BR> <BR> I'll help you if you help me <BR> I have a lot to stick around for. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:48:27 EST First post I am EC1313 and this is the first time I have used any type of program online. I have looked for something to help me lose weight and eat healthy. I can't afford to go to a gym and pay a trainer. I like the format so far to keep track of everything. It really helps guide me and keep me on track. I feel like I am starting slow and not sure of what to do. <BR> My daughter and I are starting to walk 2 to 3 times a week. Look forward to the support of this group. Thanks in advance for your alls h... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:25:50 EST Hey Team - How Was Your Week? Hi All - How is everyone doing? I survived the week and nailed one of my fast break goals. the rest, well I have some work to do. <BR> <BR> I went the whole week without soda. Thank goodness for those Crystal Light water bottle mixer things. LOVE the peach tea. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:37:54 EST Sparkpeople newbie Hi, I'm a 42 year old Mom of two boys. Just trying to take off 20 lbs. before summer. Glad I recently found sparkpeople, it seems great so far although I do have a few things to still figure out. How often is everyone weighing in? Keep up the good work everyone. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:21:56 EST Week one of Sparkpeople Hi, I'm a 42 year old Mom of two boys. Just trying to take off 20 lbs. before summer. Glad I recently found sparkpeople, it seems great so far although I do have a few things to still figure out. How often is everyone weighing in? Keep up the good work everyone. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:21:10 EST hello Hi I just started the spark people's diet my goal is to drop 80 pounds. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:53:32 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Von and I am trying to take a healthy approach on life. Don't know what it is but as I age I start to realize that my body is my temple and I need to be more careful about the way I treat it. I've made several changes to the way I eat, but I realized that I need motivation. I picked up the Sparkpeople cookbook at my library and liked what I was reading so here I am. I have a goal of losing 25-30 lbs. I know I can do it and I will. Looking forward to being a par... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:27:06 EST It's Time To Make Some Changes! Hello out there! <BR> <BR> I bought the SparkPeople DVD today and thought I'd check out the website ... what an awesome place this appears to be! This may very well be JUST what I needed to get myself off my butt and moving in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to exploring the site this weekend and getting going with some healthier eating and some body moving :) Fri, 2 Mar 2012 21:15:28 EST Time to Sparkle! Here we go, gonna give this website a go. Been working out good, but i'm hoping that this will give me the extra push i need to get my eating to where i want it to be. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:19:31 EST Going to keep on trying - hoping this helps! Hi! My name is Christy. I have many reasons for joining this site. First of all, I want to gain support without having to go to another meeting and stand on a scale. I would rather do that in the privacy of my own home - yes, I recently quit weight watchers. I want to get to know people dealing with some of my same struggles - eating too much sugar, getting back into exercise after being gone awhile, and struggling to conceive. I am only 20-25 pounds overweight, but my doctor says that losing... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:26:40 EST getting control of bad habits! Hello, I am Marceeann and I want to break bad habits such as grazing and emotional eating and develop goo d nutritionhabits. I'd like to lose about 15 pounds in the process! Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:55:41 EST gnc lean 25 ahKW I started drinking the GNC lean 25 shake twice a day for 5 days now but I have lost only 1 pound. <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:28:33 EST Hi it's all about a brand new me I am 57 years old, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I need to make some changes in my life so I can watch my grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up, I have started by quitting smoking which I did on Feb 14th,2012, after nearly 45 years of smoking and up to three packs a day this is a big move for me. So far it's been ok. Next is to get in better shape and become more active, I found the spark community and liked what I saw so here I will stay. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 02:05:28 EST Hi it's all about a brand new me I am 57 years old, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I need to make some changes in my life so I can watch my grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up, I have started by quitting smoking which I did on Feb 14th,2012, after nearly 45 years of smoking and up to three packs a day this is a big move for me. So far it's been ok. Next is to get in better shape and become more active, I found the spark community and liked what I saw so here I will stay. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 02:04:05 EST Getting Back To Basics. Hi Fellow Sparkies! My name is Kim. I was on here from Jan. 2010-Dec. 2010. Then I had a whole year of being on a emotional roller coaster & ended up spending more time in my kitchen then on SP. So, now I'm back & ready to get down to the basics. Baby steps will get me to my goal.. I just now have to figure out on how to stay on course. Today, was my 1st day back on track [means: tracking my food & drinking water] in a year. Boy... it is harder this time around than it was *originally... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:25:59 EST Hello All Hi all- I use to be a member here back in 08 and I just kinda forgot about it. Anyway I am back. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease over a year ago and have been living with hypothyroidism for 9 years now. I am trying to really control my weight (and most of all lose it and then maintain). I already do a pretty good job of eating healthy, soda is a downfall for me. But I have been doing pretty well with that. Nice to meet you all! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:09:23 EST Back Home :) Hi Everyone! I used SparkPeople back in 2009, and the site and support helped me to lose 25lbs. Now post baby, I need to lose all the weight I gained (35+ lbs)! Looking forward to being active with this site again. <BR> <BR> I am from Florida, mom of 3 (one 2legged, and two 4legged :) ). Can't wait to lose weight and get healthy with everyone. I truly love Sparkpeople, and am excited to be a part of it once again. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:15:45 EST A new day Hello, this is a new day in my life. I've read sparkpeople blogs with much encouragment. Today I want to join the fight with so many others to obtain a healthier self, most physically, mentally and emotionally. Most of you understand the trail of this endeavor. I will be an active spark member. I need your help and plan to cheer you on as well. Together we can make it!!! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:43:43 EST Newbie at 35! Hey everybody! My name is Angie and this is my first post onto an online community of ANY type! I have been on the weight roller-coaster practically my whole life and looking for a way to stop the ride! I hope to find new healthy habits and meet some great people working towards the same goals! In 2009 I lost over 70 pounds but I found it again by the middle of 2010 :( I was really committed to the gym (which was good) and really committed to a terrible diet of over restrictions (which ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:24:38 EST I need help I start a diet and it lasts about two weeks then I give up. I need help. I can't afford weight watchers or a gym. I need to lose 170 pounds. I have 5 kids and I want to live. I work third shift. My kids are ages 2 TO 20. I don't talk to anyone about my weight because its rally sad that I let myself get to this point. I'm a single mom and I should set a better example for my kids. Especially my daughters. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 06:13:10 EST Hello Everyone I am 64 and weigh 171.5 pounds. My goal weight is between 145-165; I'll decide as I go. I joined SP at the recommendation of my doctor. If I reach my goal weight, doc says I can avoid diabetes. I hope he s right. I have other health issues unrelated to weight, except that I take steroids and other meds which make me hungry and create a midriff "pouch," which I am trying to avoid. I have lost 17 pounds in the past year; I exercise regularly (mostly walking). I am on the verge of completely ret... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:40:30 EST Can't Wait! Hello all! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Marie and I am thrilled to be here! I have really been wanting to lose a lot of weight for quite some time now, however having become pregnant last year I had to put that plan on hold. Well the baby is now 4 months old and I am super excited to change my life! I currently weight 240 lbs and really want to get down to around 140-160 lbs. I have a tough road ahead, but am happy about it nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:07:33 EST HELLO everyone! Hello to everyone, i have always struggle with weight. back on 2007 i used to weigh 185 lbs, making small changes i lost about 45 pounds. last summer i was 138 and i gained 10 more pounds :( . I got a treadmill and started working out 3 weeks ago. I moved to CA not too long ago but its been very hard especially because i dont know anyone and dont have friends. i would love to have make friends from everywhere so we can reach our goals together! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:52:54 EST Lois joins because I don't have any antisipation of losing a great deal of weight. My body simply doesn't let me do a lot of exercise, with increasing arthritis and a knee that evenually will need replacement. The other one has already been done. <BR> I do however want to keep from gaining weight and want a way to track what I eat each day. Keeping a food diary just doesn't seem to work for me. <BR> I have 2 brothers and a sister, all who have diabetes. So far I have not developed it. I hope by watching my f... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:51:02 EST need help staying motivated Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I have about 180 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight. I have tried different things to lose weight, diets and exercising. I find myself not sticking with it because I don't see the results fast enough. I have lost weight then wind up putting it back on. I've done this for years and I want to stop this yo-yo cycle I have started. I just turned 39 and I am wanting to lose weight and be closer to my goal at 40. I know I can't lose it overnight that's ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:07:54 EST I need support! My name is Tabitha and I am a 25 year old stay at home mom to 2 beautiful little boys! I am currently 225lbs on 5'4 frame, my goal is to be 145lbs by next Valentines Day. I am severely depressed about what I look like to the point where I have become afraid to leave the house. I am so unhappy, and I am afraid to look in the mirror. I want to be happy and active for my children. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:33:17 EST Rebecca Dean Hello, I am new here and not real sure how this all works.. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:54:49 EST New to spark Just joined spark today - I have to say that I have been in a rut for months now. I would like to know if anyone has some words of encouragement. I am my own worst enemy and even though I am so sick of myself I struggle with motivation. Maybe I am afraid of failure again - I know what I need to do it is doing it and sticking with it. I am even a member of curves for 3 months now but everyday I drive past the exit and go home. Anyone been there? What helped you? Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:31:58 EST Not new to spark, but starting over I'm not new to spark, but starting over due to drama. Trying to get lose weight and get healthy. Good as any place to start. Any help or advice is always greatly appreciated. Going through/dealing with a few things like PCOS and Degenerative Disc Disease. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:09:43 EST trying again Hi every one this is the millionth time i have tryed to lose weight....Stumbled on this sight by accendent and hope that it keeps me motovatied. Need lots of help from everyone. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:54:52 EST Support Central! Hi, I am starting this journey for myself, this will be attempt number who knows and I need it to work...I don't have much of a support system at home with this and really am in need of someone or a buddy who would be interested in sharing frustrations/ideas/accomplishments...Thank<BR>s! Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:49:54 EST new member Hi...I am Zosharoza and I am a new member. Just wanted to inspire anyone out there to take one day at a time. Don't get discouraged and look too far ahead. That can be discouraging. I have 25 lbs. to lose. I lost most of it, then, gained it back again gradually. Oh well, I can only go on from here. Let's all look forward to success, not back at our failures. Let's go team! <em>306</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:26:59 EST NEW First night is tonight. I'm saying tonight since I just found out about this site about 2 hours ago. Of course I logged all of my food in for today and have gone over my calories already, but tomorrow is a new day. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:46:01 EST New to sparks Hi I'm a mother of 4 children been happily married for almost 2 years to my best friend. I'm just starting out on sparks trying to lose some weight and just to get healthier in general. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:17:43 EST Third Time A Charm I am trying to focus on counting calories and staying on a weight loss program. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:30:21 EST Hi & Hello! Hello everyone! i was recommended to this website by Taralynn McNitt who i believe started using this when she start her new healthy lifestyle. She has inspired me to do the same & i planned to. If you need more motivation you can visit her blog like i do at Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:50:25 EST Hello All! Hi everyone, just taking the opportunity to introduce myself! I just recently discovered SparkPeople and think it is pretty exciting. I am very active and really enjoy exercise and being active (I teach spin, bootcamp, and run) but struggle with maintaining a consistently healthy diet (have a habit of binging on sweets). Although I am technically at a healthy BMI I have recently been yoyoing with my weight and would like to stablize. I want to gain control of my eating habits and in doin... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:11:39 EST Looking forward to doing this! Hi there, I am a Christian homeschooling mom and business-owner. This is my time to do something great for myself. I have been watching myself fall into a bottomless pit of carb-overload and unfit living, and realize that I don't do anything else in my life even half as poorly as taking care of my well-being needs! I realize that my primary problem is that I don't value my well-being as much doing a good job for my clients, keeping up with the bills, taking care of my child, and keeping up wi... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:35:40 EST Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be starting a whole new journey in my life. A journey that will lead to a better healthier me! I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences and sharing my own with you. I really want to change my life and this is the first step! Hooray! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:50:21 EST hello Hi I am a 33 yr old mother to 3 kids....I need to lose about 60pounds. I have lost some and had a few weeks where I was doing well but I am an emotional eater and its been getting the best of me. I decided to try sparkpeople for some support. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:16:25 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a lot to go, and to be honest this will be a hard journey for me. I find it hard to meal plan, and tend to eat junk food way to much. <BR> <BR> I am tired of avoiding mirrors and cameras. I miss the confidence I used to have, and really want that back. <BR> <BR> These first two weeks - really going to focus on the fast break goals. If I can make those, maybe I can make it! <BR> <BR> Looking for buddies to help keep me accountable and pester me along the wa... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:08:45 EST Kim Making changes and looking forward to the journey!! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:56:48 EST hey all well not sure what to say, i just want to make a change, and am ready to make it happen. i have a long road ahead of me and need all the help i can get. thanks. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:38:09 EST Exercises and Workouts Sunday Gym <BR> <BR> 1 set of 10 <BR> <BR> Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=73 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dumbbell Chest Press <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=71 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cardio: 1 minute of butt kicks <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wer-kick-butt-exercises.html </link> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:55:39 EST Nutrition Corner This is excerpted from Eat This Not That! <BR> <BR> Seven Habits That Make You Fat <BR> <BR> 1. Putting the Serving Dishes on the Table <BR> 2. Getting Too Little (or Too Much) Sleep <BR> 3. Not Multitasking While Watching TV <BR> 4. Drinking Soda <BR> 5. Taking Big Bites <BR> 6. Not Eating Enough Fat <BR> 7. Not Getting the Best Guidance! <BR> <BR> Now MY solutions <BR> <BR> 1. Weigh and measure your portions onto a smaller (salad size) plate then place the plate only on the table. Cover... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:53:04 EST Vegetables - Spices & Herbs List <em>301</em> I found this list at Food Editors online and thought it might come in handy for cooking your Vegetables and making them more tasty! <BR> <BR> Vegetables & Herbs <BR> <BR> Sweet Potatoes- nutmeg or cinnamon <BR> Potatoes -garlic and basil, mint and sage <BR> Squash (orange)-thyme, basil and rosemary <BR> Squash (yellow)-basil, parsley and oregano <BR> Cabbage -cilantro and cumin <BR> Carrots -cumin, sage, ginger <BR> Corn -marjoram or sage, dill seed & thyme, basil and rosemar... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:51:03 EST