SparkPeople SP Class of March 4-10, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from March 4-10, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of March 4-10, 2012 Team Messageboard Jammin' July Challenge! This Challenge Starts SUNDAY July 1! <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>****** <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> 10 POINT BONUS CHALLENGE: <BR> You pick! Pick something in your personal healthy life... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:27:52 EST Hi! My name is Gina... Hi! My name is Gina. I'm a mommy to 2 really cute kids who keep me really busy! If I had HALF of their energy... During most of the year, I am an elementary music teacher at a very sweet Christian school in Louisiana. But now it's summer time and we're HOME a lot!!! And I'm determined to make a few changes before I return to school in the fall. I'd like to have more energy to play around with my kids. I'd like to feel better about myself. I'd like to fit in my clothes. I REFUSE to bu... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:10:55 EST Jump into June! Jump in to June! Ok, this is my first time so I hope this is fun! Copy and paste into a reply! Goodies will be sent out on Sunday afternoon/evenings for previous week! (see time of this posting) <BR> <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> 1... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:34:43 EST Finally Starting Have a long way to go...but am really motivating myself. My husband just retired from 22 years in the Army, moved across the country, got a new job, bought a new house and finally joined a local gym to really focus on me. Fri, 11 May 2012 11:15:49 EST MAY FLOWERS - Spring Excitement REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Taking some "me time" -- 20 points <BR> 2. Keeping your calories under goal - 10 points <BR> 3. Strength Training at least 2X per week - 10 points <BR> <BR> -----------------------------------... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:50:11 EST Hello from TX! Hi, I'm not new to this but this is the first time I'm posting here. I've been sort of toying with my diet but now I want to get serious. I weigh 190 lbs, need to be 140, and I keep eating unhealthy food. I know I need to eat a lot more fruits and vegetables, and I need to keep on my workout routine. It is possible to walk a mile around my neighborhood, and there is a hill there where I run zig-zag up and down it. I guess what I need from y'all is motivation! Thanks so much for just being her... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:08:03 EST Fit2win4 Just joined Curves to add strength training and cardio to my program... excited about being healthy again. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:37:19 EST Hello Hi! My name is Destinee, I am 29 and overweight. I have 4 kids and I am a stay at home mom. I currently weigh 197 lbs. and would like to eventually get down to 135 lbs. I would love any words of encouragement or tips to help me get started and stay on track. My biggest weaknesses are eating out of boredom and drinking too much soda! Thanks for letting my join your program, and I hope to be shedding of the pounds and setting a positive example for others! God bless, and have a great day... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:13:29 EST Already Eaten way TOO much today And it's not even 6pm. I normally have a big breakfast and dinner, with a very small lunch. Well, I pigged out at lunch and I am worried about dinner. <BR> <BR> I don't want to go over all weekend, and we are going to Dad's tomorrow. Talk about a man that does NOT understand the concept of diet or watching what you eat. He can't stand that I'm a veggie and is convinced that I'm "malnourished". <BR> <BR> Feeling of dread. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 18:57:33 EST April go-go away challenge REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> No eating after 8p.m.....................15 points per day <BR> <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> -------------------------------------- <BR> --------------------------------... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:27:39 EST April Showers - Go, Go Away Pounds REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night <BR> 5. Exercise daily at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> No eating after 8p.m.....................15 points per day <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>--... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:49:38 EST What are you having for dinner tonight? Considering a stir fry... only thing is I have white rice and no brown <em>24</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:51:59 EST Good Morning Everyone!!! Good morning everyone, I hope y'all are doing good. I wanted to share my news that I'm going to be a grandma, my step daughter is due on October 30th of this year which is her dad's birthday. I'm only 35, so am I to young to be called a grandma? It is what it is whether I think I'm to young or not. I'm going to visit with her this weekend so wish me luck that I can stay within my calorie range and eat the right foods. Have a great weekend everyone!!!! Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:41:41 EST Journey to Thirty Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Zachary (pauses for traditional "Hiiiii Zaaach")...Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I am 29 years old and have finally gotten serious and addicted to losing weight and becoming healthy. I have been calling it my "Journey to Thirty" and in just under 7 months I will be 30 years old. Time to make a difference! <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me, and welcome to OUR journey! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 01:13:39 EST Get a Free Cookbook from Chef Meg Found this at under Cooking Tips and Techniques <BR> 20 of Chef Meg's made-over and original recipes compiled in a downloadable, printable cookbook. And, like everything else on SparkPeople, it's 100% FREE! <BR> <BR> Quite a few layers to get to it - wondered if our Team members found it yet <BR> <link><BR>?id=1376 </link> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:23:03 EST Hungry hungry hungry My nutrionist put me on a 3 week plan last fri. I have a protein shake for breakfast, a fruit for snack, another protein shake for lunch, another fruit and then a dinner of salad and a protein and then a protein shake at night.......I'm starving I was fine all week... Then today I go foodshopping for my son and husband and now I'm STARVING. I'm trying to be strong but its really hard. BTW I had lap band surgery 5 yrs ago and have lost 42lbs with no gaining. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:29:35 EST Hey Hey everybody. I'm a stay at home mom with a 2 & a 4 yr old. I'd ultimately like to lose about 60 lbs, but right now I'm just focused on the first 10! <BR> <BR> I signed up Friday the 9th, and I'm still poking around, trying stuff out, checking out all the SparkTeams I'm part of or interested in. Believe it or not, I've already found (and lost) a workout buddy. We set an exercise for the next day, & I never heard back from her! <BR> <BR> I really like the nutrition tracker; it's not per... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:28:35 EST I found this VERY helpful! I bought a smaller bowl and plate for me since all the bowls and plates are so much larger in my house. This helps cut down on my portions sizes. Also I bought a ridiculously large water bottle (1.5 liter) to carry around with me. Just a tip <em>4</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 07:31:07 EST I really like this program So far I really like this program. It gives me incentive to loose this extra weight that has been creeping up on me since the birth of my last child. Who is 20 years old now. and being 52 myself the hormones have not been kind to my weight problems either. I hope I can stick to this program. I am just one of those people that grew up with a mom that had to bake and cook for everyone and entertain with food always!! Out of six kids I am the one who has taken her place. I just love to bake and ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:13:32 EST Hey There Excited about this site and starting a healthy lifestyle! My main issue is sweet tooth and especially after dinner, I know I feel so much better in the morning when I don't eat heavy at night and especially candy but what are some low cal sweets that can help? Strawberries are already on my list! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:53:28 EST Learning to love me Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Myriam and I'm so glad to be apart of This is a tough challenge on changing my life style and I'm glad that we all can support each other. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:03:57 EST I have to go shopping in the morning.... ...because I have absolutely no food in my house right now, besides some canned pumpkin and lentils. So here's to starting over fresh! Kind of exciting. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:24:28 EST HI!! :) My name is Jen, am new to Spark People, am 37 years old, have tried many diet plans like weight watchers and herbal magic, they worked great for a while but then I plateau'd and couldn't get passed that, once I ended those plans I gained all the weight I lost and more. I want to get down to a healthy weight, I want my clothes to fit, that includes my shoes. <BR> Work at a job where I sit on my bottom all day long in front of a computer. So have gotten used to not moving around much. <BR> I e... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:53:34 EST Jennifer: French Teacher from SC Hello everyone! I must thank you for the welcoming messages I've already received and the support so far! I am a 25 year old French teacher in my second year of teaching. I noticed that I started gaining weight in my transition to college and since then, almost 8 years later, I've been through many cycles of starting a weight loss program and fizzling out before making a lot of progress. I lost 20 lbs with Nutrisystem, bringing me down to 167, but I quickly gained it back within the year ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:03:28 EST beginning troubles Hi, everyone! I'm in the wee beginnning stages, and I'm having trouble not being influenced by my husband- he wants junkfood constantly. Any ideas would be appreciated!! Thanks! <em>247</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:09:36 EST Just getting started... Hi everyone! This is all new to me, but I will try and manuver through this all. So far I have completed one day of tracking food. I'm sure it will get easier as the days pass. I have set goals and know I will accomplish them. I thank you all for your support. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:44:39 EST worth a try Hi everyone. I have been watching my eating habits since June of 2011. We had a biggest loser contest at work and I lost 29 pounds but I have a long way to go. Since then I have lost a total of 45 pounds. I would like to lose another 50 pounds. My motivation level isn't as strong as it was . I read in Family Circle about Sparkle People and thought this might do the trick. It's worth a shot--wish me luck. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:47:53 EST Hi from Idaho Hi -! <BR> <BR> A few years ago my husband (NY state native) and I (Iowa native - thus my user name) followed his job from Iowa to Idaho. <BR> <BR> My goal is to generally be healthier and to lose a little bit of weight along the way. I am already at the high end of a "healthy" BMI, and I'm aiming to lose 10-15 pounds to land at the low end. I need to improve my fitness, and I'm also hoping that carrying very little extra weight will help me manage the arthritis I was diagnosed with a co... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:45:34 EST Hello Everyone. Just popping in to say hello. <BR> <BR> Frank Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:19:55 EST Hello - I'm a Lose it! drop out Hi everyone! I love the idea of actually being in a "class" that's starting all at the same time. I'm just on the tail end: joined yesterday on the tenth. I used to use Lose it! but got frustrated that I couldn't log foods the night before. I also love the fact that I get a report at the end of the day that signals to me that eating is done for the day!. <BR> I'm a bit of a binge eater, have always been twenty pounds too heavy, now thirty, and it has to stop. I'm in grad school for writing an... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:09:58 EST Hey there Hi everyone. I'm Michelle. I'm a 22 year old Americorps member working my butt off this year, both professionally and emotionally. I think it's about time to add in some physical exertion, too. Nice to meet y'all. :) Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:15:07 EST New and Improved me! HI, My name is here.. but determined to meet my goal, <BR> excited to have some new friends here <BR> I am single mom with 3 grown children, just moved here from Chattanooga TN <BR> Love music , I am a vocalist, professional cook <BR> and have a great dog named Belle <BR> always looking for people to hangout with since I am new to the community. Thanks for all the encouraging emails and support already! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:35:07 EST Hello! Hi I'm new to sparkpeople. I am a single parent and a college student and I didn't really prioritize my weight during the last few years... gaining about a hundred pounds so far...... I'm hoping that I can finally get serious about my weight loss and keep myself motivated enough to have some real results... My overall goal is to lose between 100-140 pounds by June of next year... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:15:25 EST A Senior Citizen from Texas Hello Fellow Noobies. I am a 59 year old (60 April 16) who is ready to turn things around. After 32 years of teaching high school, I retired June 2012. I am 4'11" and weight 127 (shudder). I was always fit and thin. For exercise I competed with hunters and jumpers. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 5 years ago after a fall and cracked hip. Riding day were over and I have found no exercise I enjoy enough to take its place. Hate to go on and on, so long story short. Within 5 years, my weight i... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:07:39 EST Hey Y'all!! I'm 23 years old and decided to try and lose some weight for the new year (I'm getting married in a year and a half!!) and still have about 40 pounds to go. I've discovered I'm one of those people who needs motivation to keep going, and I love to motivate others as well. I just discovered SparkPeople today and I'm hoping this will be exactly what I need to keep going! I look forward to talking with everyone and good luck on your journey to better health. :) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 15:40:45 EST Happy Saturday!!! Hey everyone!!! I just wanted to stop by and let everyone know how my Saturday is going and it's going great so far! The sun is shining, it's about 62 degrees here, and what a better day than today to take a walk. I did just that!!! Me and my dog Roscoe took an extra long walk today and I feel just as good as I did yesterday, if not better. Anyhoo, I hope everyone has a great day, Bye!!! <em>253</em> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:33:58 EST me Hey y'all I am going to try this one more time! I am 75 in April ( that's why this is probably my last time!) LOL I live in Virginia have almost all my life, born here to. Retired from Real Estate Business many years ago! 3 wonderful children fantastic daughter in law of course the MOST BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER in the world!!! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:18:41 EST Good Morning! So I joined the site almost a week ago, and i had been doing really well on my diet and exercise until yesterday when the girl scout cookies came in. Is it good to have a cheat day, while not going to over board? I know I went about 600 calories over, and yesterday was the only day I had planned to take off from the cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> Any advice? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:12:43 EST Hello Hello fellow Sparkers I'm excited and hope to stay motivated to reach my goals:) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:46:49 EST Newbie here! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new, from San Diego and want to slim down. I've tried a bunch of diets/lifestyle changes and nothing really sticks. I'm excited about my new challenge at SparkPeople. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 02:48:29 EST Happy, healthy, fit... I'm looking forward to becoming healthier and happier. I'm committed to eating clean and moving my body every day! I currently weigh 209 pounds, and plan to weigh 135 by the end of the year. It's time! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:54:32 EST Well, I guess I'm here! Hi everyone, saw this intro spot and figured "what the heck". I'm 41, married, and my boy child just turned 18 (yikes - that makes me feel OLD). I'm a bookkeeper by day but my passion is dogs. We almost lost my hubby 2 years ago to a ruptured bowel. That inspired me to make some changes. I went to school and became a Certified Dog Trainer, my business opened on January 1st of this year. <BR> <BR> I'm here because I really hate the word "obese". My doctor at Planned Parenthood sneake... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:15:43 EST Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople and have decided to join after gaining weight steadily after getting married 3 years ago. I'm trying to adjust my lifestyle to an active, healthy one instead of a lazy, unhealthy one. While I love the results, I really struggle with motivation to work out. I'm always looking for new people to meet and encourage. Good luck in everyones journeys! Fri, 9 Mar 2012 16:33:28 EST Hello Everyone ! I used to do Weight Watchers on-line and the discipline of entering my daily food and exercise really worked for me. But then life became a bit stressful caring for my elderly mother and other issues and I lost that discipline and regained the weight I had lost. Like many of you, I got discouraged and gave up for awhile, but now I'm back! I had heard about SparkPeople before, but I was committed to Weight Watchers before. But that program has become cost prohibitive, so I'm glad this option i... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:06:18 EST Day 5, Yippee!!! Here I am, Day 5 and I feel great. I just finished my strength training and cardio for the day, but I actually think I may go for a walk or maybe even a run. I find that the more I do my strength training and cardio, the easier it gets. Have a great day everyone!!! Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:17:40 EST today is the first day I have just joined this today because I really need a lot of help to get a lot of weight off. I am 59 years old and I weigh 425, so you see I am at a very dangerous stage right now. I have tried to get the bariatric surgery at many places but have been turned because of my weight or my addictive personality as they say orother reasons, so I guess I need to do it this way, if I can, cuz I really feel if I don`t I won`t be around much longer. <BR> I am not a very organized person at all so keep... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:08:40 EST Hey all! Hey guys! I'm Niki. I am 24 years old. I am not really new to Spark People but been off track for a while so starting over again with my weight loss goals. I currently weigh 213 pounds and hope to get down to 130 by February of next year. Look forward to talking with all of you! <BR> <BR> Niki Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:18:02 EST introduction i guess i did this right....just wanted to introduce myself.......still learning how to navigate this site Fri, 9 Mar 2012 02:10:04 EST Hey everyone :) My name's Molly. I'm 21, I'm a student at the local community college, and I'm tryin to lose about 76 lbs. I love being outdoors, especially at the beach. My main goal is just to be able to keep up with my own lifestyle! I love surfing, mountain biking, running, hiking, swimming, (starting to like) yoga, and just being outside! I've struggled with weight my whole life, and I've never been at a healthy place in my life. I figured what time is better than now, and I've decided to make a complet... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 20:22:17 EST Day 4...WOO HOO!!!! Well here I am, Day 4 and I am feeling great. The exercising and calorie counting are really working for me. Now all I need to do is find a way to cut out sugar all together. Any suggestions? I get the shakes when I don't have any sugar. Do you think maybe I may have Hypo glycemia or something? I'm open to any suggestions or theories. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:47:34 EST Hello! My name is Ann and I am 23 years old. I am married to an amazing man and the proud mom of a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old boy. <BR> <BR> I am joining spark to look good at my brother in laws wedding in the summer, to easily walk/run in a 5K for breast cancer awareness and to be okay with myself again! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:17:17 EST week 1 .... to loose 25 kg hey Guyzzzz , this is my 1st week to loose my target weight of 25 kg. I tried lots of time, but alwayz failed. This time for sure i m gonna stay committed. So on my 1st week I am 78 kg & to stay committed I am gonna include green tea for 2 cups daily & start walking as much as I can do. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:31:41 EST water ammont Is anyone else struugling with 8 glasses of water i mannaged 4 yesterday and 3 decafe coffees which dont count and i was on the loo all day lol Thu, 8 Mar 2012 03:02:12 EST I'm at it again..... Hello everyone. I am very excited to have found this site and am looking forward to reaching my goals. I have struggled with my weight for what seems like forever. This site seems to have so much motivation and I am one that really needs it. I have a hard time trying to figure out what works best for me. I work the graveyard shift, go to school full time, and am a mother of six. I have a gym membership that I haven't been using but am still paying for. I am always tired and never have ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 03:01:32 EST Texting buddy Hello! I am looking for a texting weight loss buddy to help motivate each other. As online spark team page is very helpful, I think texting would be better since I don't always have my computer with me while I always havemy phone with me ;) <BR> I live in CA, USA. <BR> 19 years old, female <BR> current weight: 147lbs <BR> goal weight: 125lbs <BR> email me at if you want to work with me! <BR> thank you guys!! :D Thu, 8 Mar 2012 01:15:29 EST REALLY, REALLY TRYING THIS TIME! just joined and hoping that if I can stay away from my vices"so I will not need the surgery I am considering "the sleeve"! I have never really lost weight just kept increasing over the is the time to think about the future and my children! I'm wishing anyone reading good luck as well! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:42:06 EST HI I AM NEW HERE TODAY WANT TO START MY PROGRAM TOMORROW SINCE ITS ALMOST 8PM HERE IN OKLAHOMA I AM HAVING MY HUSBAND HOOK UP MY NEW WII FIT PLUS HOPE TO LOOSE 50LBS + HOPE THIS WORKS Wed, 7 Mar 2012 20:21:28 EST Hi everyone I am looking forward to losing weight and getting healthy. I have a 3 yr old grandson that keeps me busy. however, I loose energy trying to keep up with him. so I want to be healthy for him and myself. I want to live along time to enjoy his life and what he does. I started exercising 2 weeks ago about 1 hr a day and watched my weight go up instead of down. drank more water, and took vitamins and then started to see a decrease in weight. I want to have a new wardrobe by august 2012. small chan... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 17:29:11 EST hi I am ready to get healthy. i just had my last baby and im ready to take the weight off and get healthy. I need the extra support to keep me motivated and keep me going. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 15:53:59 EST Another Newbie Life is full of challenges.... I have over come so many of life's challenges and yet I have found myself back in this seat due to a car accident. I am a fitness freak, who is on limited activity due to a torn pelvic floor and hip joint. Seat belt injuries SUCK! So my addiction has taken me back to my FAT weight, I have a love/hate relationship with Chocolate. I can admit when and what I am doing, I am not a closet eater any longer! <BR> <BR> I need to be accountable to myself and I do... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:38:35 EST I'm in it to lose it Hello Everyone <BR> I live in a far north chicago suburb, very close to roller coasters. Where do you walk and when do you meet? Is there an official race? Until recently I had been walking quite a bit, but slipped and fell and fractured my ankle. As soon as I can I will be out walking again. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:41:27 EST first time Hi All! This looks like a cool way to diet. Good luck to all and to myself. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:39:35 EST Hello. Hello. I'm Anna. I need to loose 20 lbs. Hopefully I can do it! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:15:43 EST started today Hi Im Christie from Ky and I just signed up! Not sure if I can absorb all this info! Any advice is welcome! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:06:02 EST Looking for meal planning help Hi everyone, <BR> I found SparkPeople when I was looking for help with daily meal planning for weight loss. I have been working out more in the past year, especially the last two months than I have in years. I've been having no luck in the weight loss department. My husband says I always work hard, not smart. I'm trying the smart route with using the menu planner. I'm actually not started yet, I want to wait until I have a regular routine (I'm going on vacation next week). I'll be headin... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:18:08 EST New and confused... HI, My name is Terri and I just joined SparkPeople. I am still learning the website and the overwhelming amount of information here. <BR> If you look at my page you will see a picture of my son and I, taken last weekend in Las Vegas. (He is in the Air Force stationed in NJ and I hadn't seen him in 8 months!) I used this picture as my profile picture because it was the defining moment, the OMG I REALLY look THAT BAD moment for me that I MUST do something to lose weight and get healthy. I didn'... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:39:42 EST Introducing myself... I am on day 3 of my personal fitness challenge and a day 2 member of Spark People. My husband and I quit smoking last week and it felt like the right moment to take control of some other aspects of my life, instead of make excuses. I, too, need accountability! That's why I'm here. I'm notorious for a strong start, and then fizzling out when I don't see results. I ran 20 minutes on Monday morning and did an hour long spin class last night. Not sure why I'm not 120 lbs yet! Just kidding, I appr... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:15:29 EST Just thought id introduce myself... Hi there, <BR> <BR> Just thought i would introduce myself here as i'm new. Still getting the hang of all the information this site provides for health and fitness!. Its the best site I've found for help with dieting, any tips or advice on using the site, or getting motivated would be much appreciated. I am trying to lose weight as i am currently 11st 4lbs and only 5ft 1in tall. Unfortunately my height works against me with my BMI and puts me in the overweight category. I have recently joined... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:49:14 EST New as of last night Hi all! New here, my name is Emily. My weight loss saga has been a along and tiring one. You know how it is...when you're always dieting and never getting anywhere? I'm doing this all backwards too. I'm a newlywed, got married Oct 1 2011...hated the way I looked in my own wedding photos...decided since our honey is not until Sep 10 2012...I would try to look better for those pictures. So that's the plan! Looking forward to getting some help and helping others! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 06:34:51 EST Getting on the wagon to stay! Hello, I am a well almost 33 year old woman who has accomplished many things in my life, but the one thing that has weighed me down is that I have found it very difficult to lose the pounds that have been finding me these past several years. I blamed this on coming from a big family, but when I look at my cousins....they are not like me and my family. Due to many excuses for my poor eating habits, and health issues such as vertigo, which by the way is not asked in the medical conditions page,... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:13:55 EST Hi, I'm a newbie! :) Hi everyone! :) <BR> <BR> I am a newbie here and just starting to figure this site out. Any low carb people on this site? I am following a low carb diet but haven't seen much on here so far..... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 00:42:49 EST Off to a good start :) Hello everybody! <BR> My name is Jennifer and I just started here on SparkPeople on Sunday and joined several teams and I've gotten myself off to a pretty decent start. Far from perfect, of course, but who needs perfect anyway?! I've been an all or none perfectionist type person (darn OCD!) for too long and I've finally allowed myself to just do what I can and accept any change or progress as good enough. As long as I keep at it and don't give up along the way I don't NEED perfection. P... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 22:40:03 EST Newbie from PA Hello from PA. I just joined today and already it made me get my butt out and walk today. I had 2 back surgeries last year and really don't want another. I need to lose about 35 pounds, especially in my middle section. I joined to do the sugar detox and found the site so interesting that I decided to set up some goals etc. <BR> <BR> I love how you can map your walking route and see how far it is that you actually walked, even if I was disappointed to only burn about 130 calories today. ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 22:00:51 EST HELLO, MY NAME IS VRICCIO FROM TEXAS I am 20 or so lbs overweight, and can't seem to get a grip on it. I was doing good then stop working. now with hubbie all day, working with him for 2 months and the weight is pouring on. Help, HELP. <BR> I am a mother of 3(27, 26, & 4) and a grandmother of 3(7y, 1y, &6m). i love doing things, and being active, if i am pushed a little. Love the summer Tue, 6 Mar 2012 16:47:43 EST new member alert! hello everyone, i am a new member to this site. i joined because i just found out i have high blood pressure and im also in need of weight loss goals. i look forward to log in daily and be a part of this community. i can offer support as being a great team member. im on a mission to lose weight and get my hbp under control hopefully by my 40th birthday on may 7th.i do understand it may take longer but i would like to drop 20lbs by my big day..i am also here because i would like to help raise... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 14:05:40 EST SassyCrystal-29 Hi y'all! I am a 29-yr-old full time college student and mom-of-a-cat! I have been over-weight my whole life and I am quickly approaching 30 and would like to start working on losing weight and getting healthier! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:57:56 EST Here we go...! Hi, I'm Lo and I decided that, for my birthday, I want to release this weight once and for all. I'm pretty much a lurker-type, so I might not post all the time (in fact, it was no mean feat convincing myself to post this Intro!); but I really want this to work this time, having been overweight for much of my life. So I'm going to do my best to use the tools that SparkPeople provides and reach out as much as possible for support. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:07:47 EST Hello,,im new here:) im new here and i have a goal to loose about 20 kgs. I hope to get to know som e people here that can be my weight lost friends :) <BR> i live in Europe and im 36 old, ihave 3 beautifull kids. (teenagers) <BR> you can add me as a friend if u like :) Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:35:52 EST 20lbs by end of August Hi. I am new here. I have been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember.I need help. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:25:20 EST Hi! Hi my name is erica and I am a mother of three live around Alexandria, MN and I have decided I am going to lose tha baby weight this year. I have been going to the gym on and off for the last year but I have decided that Im going to do it this time!! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:12:53 EST Hello Hello everyone, my name is Kellie and I live in Falcon, CO. I am in a challenge to loose weight with Snap Fitness where I am a member. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:52:26 EST Checking in, and very confused...! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm a 36-year old male computer geek based in Gloucester, and am here because I have recently had a series of blood tests done which showed that I have a high cholesterol level (7.7 / 1!). <BR> <BR> My doctor has ordered a 'strict low fat diet' for 6-months with a re-test, although trying to establish what that means is proving to be a bit of a challenge, further confused by a visit back to the practice where a locum has decided that she is going to refer me to a 'Lipids' ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 05:33:58 EST Time for Me Hello SP! I was actually a member a few years ago, but life took over. BUT, I'm back now, and ready to get down to business. My husband and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary this September by having a vow renewal ceremony, which is serving as my motivation this time around. This will be my first "real wedding", and I'm super excited about it. I bought the PERFECT dress, and it fits, but obviously will look better if I was in shape. SO, I'm getting started again. My goal is to lose abou... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:33:43 EST 20lbs to lose!! Hi guys my name is kaysey and im new to this site... My goal is to lose 20+lbs ready for my wedding in july this year! I hope i can do it! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:08:04 EST Healthy Weight Loss Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jen. I'm a first year medical student and am more health conscious than ever. I began my weight loss journey on October 27th, 2011 when I weighed 160 lbs at 5'6". I now weigh 133.4 lbs and my goal weight is 120 lbs. Thank you for all your support! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:44:03 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! I'm new to this & a bit clueless as how to work the site etc, but I'm hoping in time I'll get there AND shed the pounds! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:53:07 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! I'm new to this & a bit clueless as how to work the site etc, but I'm hoping in time I'll get there AND shed the pounds! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:50:46 EST Today is the DAY! Hello ALL! <BR> <BR> I'm River's and I'm quite elated to be here with you all on our 'Fitness and Healthy 4 Life' journey. Looking forward to learning and sharing in this wonderful endeavor, Woo-Hoo!!!!! <BR> <BR> Peace, Love, Light & Laughter always ~ RS Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:44:45 EST Hello I'm Carla Hello everyone my name is Carla. I am currently working towards losing about 27 lbs. or maybe more if possible. I got in this shape because I became depressed and all I felt like doing was eating, but that's all about to change because I intend on losing this weight. There is no room for error! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:21:09 EST mocristy here! Hi, I just found this site and hope it can help me reach my weight loss goals. I finally recovered enough from my thyroidectomy back in October that I feel I can concentrate on the weight issue. This seems like a pretty good motivational tool to me. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:05:41 EST Geneva, Cleveland, Ohio Hi!! Looking To Meet People To Help Me Stay On My Fitness Track/Goals,..Need To Lose 10 lbs!-To Finally Achieve My Goal! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 07:58:26 EST hello hello everyone! I'm paola, I'm 20 years old and I study economics. Today is the day I've finally decided to change my life for good. No more procastination on my health. I thought joining a commnity of people that feel the same way would have helped me! so here I am! :) <BR> Nice to meet you :) Mon, 5 Mar 2012 04:56:04 EST My Journey Hi everyone, Today I decided to commit to weight loss and I hope that with everyones support I can do this...I am marrying my soul mate in October and want to look and feel great. I read of other peoples success and I am sure I can do this!!! I know that it has to be a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> I have always felt low in self worth with the extra weight and not always as confidence as I would like....but 2012 is my year I am sure.... <BR> <BR> I hope to make friends and help support them ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 02:47:34 EST New to SP <em>249</em> <BR> I am a 52 year old wife, mom & grandmama. I have so many reasons to lose weight and get healthy. I am ready to go...and learn about all the cool tools on SP! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:06:02 EST rhonze hello everyone my name is rhonze and i'm very excited to start this journey with you!!!!!!!! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:07:23 EST New to site This is my first post. My name is Tammy. I am 42 years old. My goal is to weigh 150lbs. I really don't know what else to say. I hope everyone is having a great day and staying in their calories and drinking that water. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:18:07 EST Looking for encouragement Hi, I have lost 50 pounds and need to lose about another 40. I had a set back in December due to health and need to get my butt back on track, NOW! I am struggling with my restart button :-). I go to the gym and need to get back on a calorie counting routine. Thanks for listening. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:13:33 EST angie3158 Well they say there must be a first time for everything. This is mine. I have a lack of computer say so I have never bloged. I am 53 and overweight. When I married the love of my life I weighed 145 lbs. And at 5ft 7 Looked pretty good. I felt sexy. Over time like so very many, every year I just added five six pounds.before I knew it here I am round. My husband is a wonderful man and never speaks negative of me. Yet another reason to love him. However he eats and just doesn't.t gain much weigh... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:57:28 EST