SparkPeople SP Class of May 6-12, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56134 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from May 6-12, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 6-12, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56134 lost and found http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x54459724 Hi <BR> I'm Laura and i joined last May. i havent been on here much since then or honest with myself about what I've been doing to my health. i am now back on track and determined to make it work by listening to you guys who are getting it right. I want to draw inspiration and courage from my fellow class mates :) Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:17:00 EST One Year Results, Setbacks, Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x53272742 It's our team's one year milestone here on SparkPeople! What are your results? Setbacks? Experiences? <BR> <BR> 1) I've embraced the Spark lifestyle - healthy eating and regular exercise, coupled with encouraging others and receiving encouragement. <BR> 2) My weight goal is a done deal and I'm now focused on maintaining weight within a 3-4 pound range. <BR> 3) I'm more fit than I was, but still have quite a ways to go to reach my fitness goals, which now include running a 10k. (Of course... Wed, 8 May 2013 20:28:15 EST Shining the SPotlight on two Team Members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x53257340 Two of our SP Class of May 6-12, 2012, members have written one-year anniversary blogs. Please take the time to read and comment on their blogs -- and consider clicking on that "I liked this blog" button! <BR> <BR> Here is the link for HSULTANA3's blog: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347991 </link> <BR> <BR> And here is the link for CRYSTALITE's blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346126... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:04:36 EST WHAT DO YOU WANT THIS TEAM TO BE? TO DO? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x53105670 Hey there, Fellow SP members! We all have one thing in common: we started our Spark Journey the same week. It's almost a year now. <BR> <BR> What do you want from your CLASS TEAM? What should we be talking about? What info should be "sticky" topic? (I'm removing most of the stickies as the topics seem geared toward newbies.) Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:55:16 EST Last letter starts next word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x52894582 Time to add a new game to our Fun & Games Forum! This is a one-word game, take the last letter from the posted word and use it to start the next word. Here's our first word: <BR> <BR> pondering Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:03:29 EST ONE YEAR on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x52779046 Hey Team! We're hitting our 11 month mark as SparkPeople Members! What's changed for you? How are you doing with your goals? <BR> <BR> I'm really beginning to embrace the idea that this is a life-long commitment. To truly achieve fitness and weight management, I have to commit to work on it daily (or near daily) for ever. Therefore, I have to make it FUN! Keep it INTERESTING! And work it with my FRIENDS! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:48:27 EST Losing with you and happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x51347205 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I'm so happy to actually workout these days. I'm really enjoing runnging and absolutely love coach Nicole and her videos on this website. I like to be able to track my progress and this website provides so much usefully information which most sites don't mostly just advertisments. I hope you all reach your goal because I know I will. God bless you all and have a safe new year. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:13:44 EST Fitness Emoticons - Account for your Exercise Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x50358733 I saw this in another team and people really enjoy tracking their exercises with the fitness emoticons. I'll start with today's workout: <BR> <BR> <BR> 10-12-12: <BR> <em>313</em> 20 min. <BR> <em>362</em> <em>34</em> 30 min <BR> <em>311</em> 12 min (to work!) <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:10:20 EST 3 Things to Be Happy About Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x50029175 Let's keep it a positive attitude and upbeat so "What are you Happy about today" Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:02:04 EST Daily Top 3 To Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x50029145 What is on your TO DO LIST FOR TODAY? Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:59:06 EST Two New Ways to Earn SparkPoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49689404 This week SparkPeople launched two new ways to earn SparkPoints: <BR> <BR> 1) WATCH A VIDEO: SparkPeople offers a variety of great fitness, cooking, and educational videos to help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals. To get SparkPoints go to the "Video" section of our Healthy Lifestyle tab and watch a video that interests you. Earn 3 points per video with a maximum of 6 points per day. <BR> <BR> 2) VERIFY NUTRITION INFO: Simply view the nutrition information for one of the foods in our... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:59:36 EST Congrats Susan! (IMSOOZEEQ) - Featured Blog Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49591504 Wow, just opened my email from SparkPeople on Community Highlights and who is the author of the featured blog? Our own team leader, Susan! Way to go, IMSOOZEEQ, for creating a blog that earned the status of featured blog post for your "Breaking News" blog! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:43:26 EST 8 Times You Shouldn't Pick the Fat-Free Option ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x49579675 Read a very interesting Daily spark blog from Lexi Petronis, of Woman's Day <BR> <BR> And I thought I was doing a really well by picking and choosing the fat free / low fat items. <BR> <BR> I knew diet soda's are the worst choice due to artificial sweeteners but did not realize in the fat free items artificial sweeteners & flavors were used. Article speaks of milk, peanut butter, cookies those items I don't buy fat free or low fat but I do on Salad dressing, Ice Cream and Yogurt <BR> <... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:12:55 EST If anyone is interested in joining BLC20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49539622 BLC20 is now open to newbie's if you are interested in a 12 week challenge to help push you towards your goal weight this is the time: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=57490&gcode=3AXXPFXDMW </link> <BR> <BR> Its a lot of fun and great challenges a long the way you make friends who are helpful supportive and encouraging <BR> <BR> I'll be there for my 4th round. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> this is sparkmail I received : <BR> <BR> "Space i... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:45:13 EST Your Healthy Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x49513916 Every day, we make multiple choices on how to approach life and health. For me, hearing & reading about decisions that the members of SparkPeople make in turn help me focus on healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I think it would be motivational for us to post to this thread about choices we've made and how we felt about our choices. <BR> <BR> For example, at work on Monday, we had lunch & cake for the owner's birthday. I was still able to stay within my calorie goal for the day, by cutting down on... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:34:31 EST Welcome IMSOOZEEQ as Team co-Leader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x49501216 Your team co-leaders are excited to announce an addition to the team! Welcome to IMSOOZEEQ (Susan) as a co-leader! <BR> <BR> Susan was recognized by SparkPeople as being a very motivational member. Take a look at this link: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_motiva<BR>te.asp Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:52:21 EST Less Known Features on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x49454604 Hey Sparkers: what are some of the less obvious features that you've discovered and like using? <BR> <BR> I really like looking at the reports that show calories in vs. calories out. SP recommends that you run it over time as on a one-day basis, the accuracy is not as good. To look at the report: <BR> <BR> In the MY TRACKERS drop down menu, choose REPORTS. <BR> Select CALORIE DIFFERENTIAL OVER TIME. <BR> Either accept the defaults, or change your date range & viewing period, then <BR> Cl... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:17:36 EST Free Yoga Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x49364157 These free Yoga classes are available in Phoenix, AZ. Search the internet for your location and see if there are similar free classes available! <BR> <BR> FREE YOGA! <BR> <BR> INDOOR YOGA/CONCERT SERIES <BR> Phoenix Civic Space Park <BR> 424 N. Central Ave <BR> Phoenix <BR> Thursdays at 6:30 to 9:00 PM (Yoga 6:30-7:30, Concert 7:30-9:00) <BR> Sponsored by the City of Phoenix. Information: 602-262-7490 <BR> <BR> YOGA IN THE PARK <BR> Biltmore Fashion Park, central lawn <BR> 2501 E. Camelba... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:58:07 EST In the Dog House! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49342351 Literally, not figuratively, I'm in the dog house this week! <BR> <BR> Not only do I have my own two greyhounds, I'm pet-sitting two more greyhounds while my friends go on vacation. <BR> <BR> Things may get a little crazy around here. (grin) Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:02:26 EST Julz, YOU ROCK!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49225265 I have to give a shout out to Julz! She ROCKS!! Not only did a great a great warm welcome to the team but she has been a great cheerleader along this journey! Besides my mother, Julz is always there commenting on my blogs or my page with great encouragement. Every time I see her name, I smile because I know she is cheering me on. <BR> <BR> Julz, you are the best!~ Thank you so much for all your encouragement. It is spark friends like you that help keep us motivated and encouraged. I kno... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:25:55 EST Almost 3 months! Share results here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x49222887 At some point next week, all of us will be hitting our 3 month anniversary on SparkPeople. I want to share some of my wins and encourage you to do the same. <BR> <BR> 1) 16 pounds gone. YAY! <BR> 2) I started out hating to exercise, and forcing myself. Now I *enjoy* exercising and miss it on my official "rest day." <BR> 3) I've made some great online friends and hope to meet some of you in person! <BR> 4) I walked in my first 5k and found it, unbelievably, easy! Now my weekly plan includ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:38:01 EST Walk? Run? Jog? What's your cardio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x49131360 I'm wondering what everyone enjoys for their cardio? I really love to walk, probably because I can then include my greyhounds and accomplish my cardio *and* their happiness at a walk. <BR> <BR> However, a friend is trying to convince me to take up running. <BR> <BR> And, I also enjoy jogging or jumping in place on my rebounder (mini-trampoline). <BR> <BR> So: what is your cardio and do you like to mix it up or are you pretty steady with the same choice? Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:31:44 EST Starting "for real" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x49070992 Hi, I'm not entirely sure how to start! My name is Sara, I'm 32. I've been overweight my entire life, but have hit an all time high since having two babies less than two years apart. We know we are finsihed having babies and I want to get completely serious. I have been running twice a week since the first week of May. I have been taking zumba once a week since February and three weeks ago I went to my first Crossfit. I have since completed two bootcamps from Crossfit and am debating jo... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:55:24 EST 3 Positives for the Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x49033323 I saw this on another team and thought what a wonderful way to get us motivated on daily basis to find the positives among the negatives that happen <BR> <BR> so my positives for the day <BR> <BR> 1 Work was enjoyable <BR> 2 ate within calorie range <BR> 3 i feel <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> What are your 3 positives of today <em>38</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:46:57 EST Songs Game: Use 2nd Letter of Song to start Next http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x48964672 Let It Be - The Beatles <BR> <BR> "E" is the second letter; please post a song title that begins with the letter "E" Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:15:00 EST Two month stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48921875 Wow! Time flies. I've now been on SP for TWO MONTH! that means everyone on this team is now a 2-monther as well. :D <BR> <BR> Here's what has changed for me: <BR> <BR> 1) I am starting to LOVE exercise! I'm reaching out and trying new strength exercises. I used one of the SP training videos last night on upper body workout with a band and was challenged. It felt great! <BR> <BR> 2) I'm being very accountable with my food, staying in my calorie limits every day. I've really been learni... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:58:08 EST July Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48794224 Hey Fellow Sparkers, what are your goals for July? Here are mine: <BR> <BR> * Continue with water, food, & exercise tracking <BR> * Finish reading "The Spark" and complete the assignments in the book <BR> * Follow the SparkPeople 5k Your Way (Walking) Training Program, and <BR> * Walk my 5k the week of July 29th! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:44:51 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48712478 Hello everyone <BR> I am a single mom of two kids. My weight increased due to stress and emotional eating, I originally lost my pregnancy weight. I am older now and find it so much harder to loose weight now. <BR> I started on spark people about a month ago. I have slowly been trying to loose weight. I started with a diet change two months ago and than incorporated fitness. I was very out of shape so started with walking. <BR> While my son was still in school I walked 5 miles every morni... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:20:38 EST Chi-Walking & SP 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48658897 This morning, I attended a 3-hour workshop on Chi-Walking. I'm very excited to learn that my walking posture was the cause of tight low back on long walks. There are many pieces to fully implement the Chi-Walking, so I'll be going through the workbook that was provided in class. The first that I'll be sure to implement is the posture, a shorter stride (yep!) and eliminating heel-striking. <BR> <BR> Learning the principles of Chi-Walking should help me complete my first 5k -- I signed up fo... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:04:58 EST New Fitness Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48614893 At first, I was confused when I logged in to track my fitness this morning. They've changed the fitness tracker! All the cardio and strength is lumped into one summary total now. <BR> <BR> I really like that it now shows the minutes and calorie burn for the strength exercises. <BR> <BR> How do you all like the revisions? What do you see that's cool to share? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:31:32 EST What resonates with you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48513651 What are you enjoying about SparkPeople? What are the offerings on SparkPeople that really resonate with you and keep you motivated? <BR> <BR> I love using the nutrition and exercise trackers. I enjoy the SparkTeams that I've joined. I love reading fellow members' blogs and letting their inspirations inspire me in turn. <BR> <BR> --Julia Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:31:56 EST Daily Spark Blog What's Your Exercise Personality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48496814 Another <em>345</em> Daily Spark Blog from Coach Nancy Howard "Do You Know What Your Exercise Personality Is? " Great read with a spark quiz to take to find out what your exercise personality is <BR> <BR> Link to blog <link>dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=do_you_<BR>know_what_your_exercise_personality_is </link> <BR> <BR> Quiz is at : <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/slideshow.a<BR>sp?show=72 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a D personality What are you? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:00:06 EST Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48465700 Did you read "Do You Suffer from Diet Rage?" Boy there are days when I do! <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_<BR>articles.asp?id=346 </link> <BR> <BR> check out the article Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:00:09 EST DID YOU STRENGTH TRAIN 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48464596 Today Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:45:54 EST A to Z Girls Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x48464524 A Alicia Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:41:56 EST A to Z Boys Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x48464508 A Adam Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:40:51 EST What's Your Area's Weather Like Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48464460 <em>67</em> very <em>259</em> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:38:04 EST Try Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48463261 Today, I went to "Yoga in the Park." There's a nice shopping center in Phoenix called Biltmore, and they have a very nice big grassy area with some shade trees. I found out that there is a free yoga class every Sunday at 10:30, taught by a different yoga studio/teacher each week. The classes are sponsored by a yoga/sports store at the shopping center. <BR> <BR> So today, I tuned up my courage and decided to attend this yoga class. I had been resisting, thinking that I don't want all thos... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:56:57 EST It's been a month on SP. What's changed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48445982 Hey Team: <BR> <BR> We've been members of SparkPeople for a month now. What's changed for you? <BR> <BR> 1) I discovered how incredibly easy it is to track my nutrition goals using SP's nutrition tracker. At first, I was resistant. I liked looking up foods in my 2" thick nutrition book. Now, I wouldn't go back to the slow way for the world! I also learned that I can add a nutrient that I consider important, so SP calculates my fiber intake every day, too. <BR> <BR> 2) I *love* earnin... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:58:46 EST No Thank You, Cake & Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48405475 At my office, we have lunch, cake and ice cream for every birthday. Today was a co-worker's birthday party and I said NO to the cake and ice cream. For my lunch, I ordered a veggie sandwich with two slices of cheese, no mayo, on a whole wheat tortilla wrap. NO Thank You, Cake and Ice Cream. I don't need your calories. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:31:56 EST What are your GOALS for the month of JUNE?' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48356084 We just started a new month so what are your goals for June? <BR> <BR> Me my goal is to lose 2 pounds this month hopefully It will happen (starting weight as of 6/1 149.8) plus exercise at least 3 times a week this month. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 15:57:44 EST Eat produce and walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48328034 Did you see this health news article? Increase your fruits & veggies, add a bit of exercise, and extend your life expectancy geometrically! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health<BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=665293 Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:23:46 EST How Much Water Did You Drink Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48322183 How many glasses ( 8 ounces) of water did you get? Summer is here now it is important to stay well hydrated ! <BR> <BR> Here's another great article from SP on drinking your water <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rticles.asp?id=54 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_a<BR>rticles.asp?id=1014 </link> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:57:28 EST How is your energy level today? (1 - 10) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x48296310 on a scale 1 to 10 with (10 being unlimited energy and a 1 can't drag yourself out of bed) <BR> <BR> How is your energy level ? <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 May 2012 15:25:31 EST Mindless Habits That Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48295982 <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_ar<BR>ticles.asp?id=1752 </link> <BR> <BR> This was something I needed I allowed myself to get side track this pass week and mindless eating ? emotional eating got the best of me but time for me to turn it around starting right now. <BR> <BR> 1 Eating on the Run <BR> 2. Skipping Workouts <BR> 3. Mindless or Emotional Munching <BR> 4. Skimping on Sleep <BR> <BR> For me I am just finishing up my vacation time had out of town guest which throw me a ... Wed, 30 May 2012 15:03:01 EST Healthy Life Style Blog 5/29 :What are U waiting 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48295851 If You’re Waiting for the Perfect Moment, You’ll Just Keep Waiting by Coach Jen <BR> <BR> <link>dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=if_your<BR>e_waiting_for_the_perfect_moment_youll<BR>_just_keep_waiting </link> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Blog <BR> <BR> Coach Jen hit the nail on the head there is never going to be the perfect time to start anything Life happens! It also implies that there is a start and stop on this journey! I can tell you from my experience there is not a finish line to cros... Wed, 30 May 2012 14:55:02 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48283395 I am new here. I just joined this month & I am very excited! I am 20 years old & I just had a beautiful baby girl last September. I'm finally ready to lose all this weight I have gained from the pregnancy & the stressful life I had before she was even in the picture. All my life I have put others needs before mine & ignored my health but I feel I am ready to change all of that for my new little family who loves me as much as I love them. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose about 30-40 lbs, quit smo... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:39:32 EST staying positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48249528 Good morning, <BR> My name is Ahnoosh. I joined this site a few weeks ago but havent had the chance to really work it, but I'm ready now. Life has had it's challenges for me...especially last year when I had emergency gallbladder surgery! My first colonoscopy came back positive for cancer (had surgery), and then after a recurrence of breast cancer ( after 19 years of being cancer free. So surgery, reconstruction...but no chemo. I am a three time cancer survivor! Woohoo. <BR> <BR> So...a... Sun, 27 May 2012 12:14:49 EST What are your plans for the Holiday Weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48240132 Doing anything special for the memorial day weekend? Me tomorrow we will be having family over for a BBQ and lots of food <em>491</em> <em>261</em> <em>489</em> Sat, 26 May 2012 15:12:57 EST Please allow me to introduce myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48212779 Hello all, I've been around a couple of weeks now, but I'm trying to be more active on teams and in the message boards and blogs, since I don't really know anyone yet. <BR> I've had this weight struggle for most of my life. During most of the year I'm a busy university student with two part time jobs, so I'm taking this summer as an opportunity to kick-start a change in lifestyle that I can keep up with even when things get crazy. So far so good diet-wise, and I will start going to the gym t... Thu, 24 May 2012 13:04:40 EST Heyyy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48160772 Hey, i'm Virginia and I joined this site a little over a week ago. I've never been good with dieting and managing my weight but i'm hoping this site will help me reach my goal of losing 30 lbs. <BR> I am a college student, studying interior design and my second year will be complete in 2 weeks <em>236</em> so i am very excited for summer. <BR> I would really like to lose the 30lbs by the time my school starts up again in the Fall. Not sure if that's a realistic goal but thats what I want t... Mon, 21 May 2012 01:25:01 EST Fast Break Strategies 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48158030 Strategy 2 Finding the time covered in team thread Did You Know All You Need Is 10 Minutes A Day? <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_message<BR>board_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x480<BR>12262 </link> <BR> <BR> Beside 10 minutes of exercise a day Plan Ahead this one I find very helpful <BR> <BR> Can read the full article on this strategy at <link>sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_diet_s<BR>trategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strategy_num=2 </link> <BR> <BR> Strategy 3 Setting up shop <BR> ... Sun, 20 May 2012 21:08:34 EST Blog Post There Is No Magic Pill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48132207 Yet again sparker (KIMMYWIZZIE1 ) hit the nail on the head with her blog post from May 12th Titled "There is no magic pill" I do hope you read the post <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journa<BR>l_individual.asp?blog_id=4877818 </link> <BR> <BR> Very insightful and straight ot the point we are the only ones who can make our weight loss journey successful there are no tricks of dieting. Dieting does NOT work success only comes from making life style changes that will last ... Fri, 18 May 2012 20:44:13 EST 10 Tips To Keep On Track When Life Gets Tough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48131659 Hey did you catch the latest Your Healthy Lifestyle Blog? Titled "10 Tips to Stay on Track When Life Gets Tough" by Coach Nancy Here's the link if you missed it. <BR> <BR> <link>dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=10_tips<BR>_for_maintaining_a_healthy_lifestyle_i<BR>n_times_of_stress </link> <BR> <BR> When life gets us totally and completely stressed and you just don't know which end is up there are some simply ways to stay on track <BR> <BR> 01 Just ask for help <BR> 02 Just keep exerci... Fri, 18 May 2012 19:49:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48091651 I am new here, decided to try spark to find little changes to make the difference I need so my clothes fit 'perfect' and I am not so embarrassed of myself in fitted clothes, let alone a bathing suit. I have two children and work 730-530 so of course there is hardly any time or extra funds for that gym membership! Although I am a little late on posting, I have started keeping a cup at my work station and tallying at least 8 cups a water a day. I keep healthy snacks on hand for my kids lunches,... Wed, 16 May 2012 08:43:23 EST Getting started is easy; maintaining is hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48089000 Hello all! My name is Cassandra Young. I am a thirty one year old college student. My goal is to graduate from nursing school in a couple of years. I also have a wonderful daughter with whom I parent alone. I learned about sparkpeople while reading my nook tablet. I thought, now there's a program I think I can stick to, so I'm embarking on this journey, but thankfully not alone. I have already read many encouraging and uplifting messages, so I feel like I'm off to a good start! I am very acti... Wed, 16 May 2012 02:59:30 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48086228 Hello everyone! I recently lost 30 pounds on weight watchers but have gained back about 7 pounds since reaching my goal a year ago. I am hoping to lose these seven pounds plus another ten more but am really struggling. I have gotten into a terrible cycle of binging then feeling terrible about myself day after day. If I wasn't a regular runner I would have gained much more weight back. I am a student but am on summer vcation now so I have no excuses for not losing - I have plently of time and ... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:03:30 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48076493 Hello, I'm just starting my weight loss journey and am hoping to find support and information here on sparkpeople. I've tried many times in the past to lose weight and sometimes have lost but then eventually gain it back and then some. This time it's for me, in the past I've worked out because other people were doing it and they were trying to motivate me and that just never seemed to last. I feel like I had an 'aha' moment last week when I decided on a Wednesday that I was going to do thi... Tue, 15 May 2012 10:16:43 EST How To Find a Fitness Buddy On Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48071331 There was a question as to how do you find a fitness buddy on Spark People Basically all you do is go ot community - pages - there will be a box to do a search click <BR> <BR> There is a article by Coach Jen "Find a Fitness Buddy How to Find a Goal Buddy on SparkPeople" <BR> <BR> Here is a quick link if you are interested in search your area for a buddy plus you will earn 3 spark points for reading article <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_art<BR>icles.asp?id=102 </link... Mon, 14 May 2012 23:55:37 EST not to bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48057914 Pretty excited to start week 2. Thought I really screwed up week 1 but not to bad, alittle high on sugar than i like but did good. Mon, 14 May 2012 08:17:52 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48055942 hi im allie and im new to sparkpeople! cant wait to get started :) Mon, 14 May 2012 02:30:33 EST Question of the week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48053865 What would you like to see us as a team do? Are there topics you would like ot discuss? Any challenges that you would be interested in doing? Is there something as team leaders that Carrie & myself should be doing that we aren't doing? <BR> <BR> This is your team we would love to hear your feed back ! Please let us know what we need ot be doing to help you on your journey Sun, 13 May 2012 22:03:30 EST 1st Fast Break Strategy Do U Know What U R Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48053810 <link>sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_diet_s<BR>trategies.asp?diet_stage=1&strategy_num=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting Fact from the article : "that the average fast food hamburger grew 23% from 1977 to 1997 ! Wow and they seem small in size to my eyes I usually have to order 2 when I do fast food <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Things we can do start to weigh & measure our foods then record whether you use the spark nutrition tracker or a notebook. I've read some post from you all already that t... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:59:15 EST WooHoo Week One Done & Starting # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48053678 Alright give yourself a big round of applause we just finished week one <em>104</em> So how are you all doing? <BR> <BR> I will tell you I was a bit over whelmed & stress this week Here's to a better week in #2 Sun, 13 May 2012 21:49:28 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48047677 My name is Melissa. I joined Sparkpeople to motivate myself to get moving and get healthy. I am working on losing 60 lbs by the end of the year. I love reading, listening to music and spending time with my daughter. I am trying to get myself dedicated to 10 minutes of cardio exercise everyday. Then work my way up to more. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing our stories. Sun, 13 May 2012 11:41:36 EST Stay-at-home mom makes complete life makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48042489 Hi everyone! I forgot to introduce myself to all the new members! I'm from Canada <em>479</em> originally but moved to central Ohio sixteen years ago, when my seventeen year old son was only one. I'm on the Zone diet, eating 1,800 calories a day and 5 foot 10 inches tall and female. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in writing, computers, computer programming, walking, reading, books, the Hunger Games series and love sushi and chocolate. <BR> <BR> I'm blogging about my journey daily, and my Spark ... Sat, 12 May 2012 23:47:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48041750 I am starting officially Monday. We are having a Biggest Loser Competition where I work for those who wanted to join. Wanted to get this site set up early so I was ready to kick off in style ;) <BR> <BR> Its nice to know that fellow coworkers are willing to stand up behind each other to make an impart in there lives and those around them. <BR> <BR> I am 316 lbs, I have medical issues, and I am tired of getting worn out from little things. So I have to do something to step up and take con... Sat, 12 May 2012 22:41:46 EST Insightful & Inspiring Blog Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48041251 I thought you all would be interested in hearing Spark member WATOGA17 (Jen) story about here journey into weight loss <BR> <BR> I think Jen hit the nail on the head with one of her comments "BELIEVING that it was really possible for me to achieve a healthy, attractive body. " When we allow doubt to enter into the equation we set ourselves up for failure. <BR> <BR> I hope you find this blog post insightful & inspiring Sat, 12 May 2012 21:56:58 EST Got in on the tail end of this class. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48040134 Just started today. Sat, 12 May 2012 20:36:50 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48038354 Hi I just found this site today and decided to give it a shot. I'm trying to get fit after a decade of being unhealthy and this place seems like it could help. Also I would love talk with others that are getting healthy as I don't have many friends interested in it. Once again HI! Sat, 12 May 2012 17:49:16 EST hey neighbors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48036619 hi, my name is tammie. i like crochet, making flower hair clips and beading. my goal is to be healthy and lose some weight (again) :) Sat, 12 May 2012 14:34:09 EST Hello, I'm Linda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48034298 Feels just like putting on a name tag. Oh, I do wish I had one of those clever user names. It's not because I lack imagination, truly. <BR> <BR> It's taken me 20 years to put on a hundred pounds. My goal is to lose it in 20 months. Granted, I've lost some and gained more over that time. Since I started on May 9th, I've been checking out the site. I am so pleased with it all. I can surround myself with positive thoughts whenever I need them and I have found some valuable information, too. I'... Sat, 12 May 2012 10:58:39 EST Back into Shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48030905 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have just recently married and was very committed to exercise, loosing weight and eating healthy. Since coming back from our honeymoon, I have out on some unwanted kilos, I worked so hard to loose. So after having to go out to an engagement party and not feeling all that great, I think I am ready again to dedicate myself to loose weight and become more healthy again. <BR> <BR> My husband and I before the wedding were running every night and since going back to norm... Sat, 12 May 2012 04:56:11 EST My name is Marybeth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48030714 My name is Marybeth and I've been overweight for 30 years and one week. I'm ready to change. I need to change. Being overweight has impacted every aspect of my life. School, friendships, relationships, work and my faith have all suffered. I can't help but wonder who I am without all the anger and depression that I carry around with me. Asking for help at home hasn't been very successful, and for now moving out isn't an option. I hope that by reaching out online I can finally find the s... Sat, 12 May 2012 03:31:02 EST Hi I'm Elisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48030227 Good Day Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've gained over 20 pounds this year and it shocked me. I've had a hard time losing weight. I accidentally saw this website I hadn't heard of it, surprisingly. I like the story behind the founders and it seemed to me to be a sincere site to help me lose weight. I hope to be able to learn from others and reach my goals. <BR> Thank you all in advance for your help and support, and I hope I can be support to others also. <BR> <BR> ~Elisa Sat, 12 May 2012 00:59:20 EST I'm a Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48029554 Hello to all, I always start out strong and eventually fall off the wagon (very hard). I am hoping this time is different. Good luck to everyone with there goals. I am completely open to any ideas. Fri, 11 May 2012 23:39:22 EST Hi I'm Kim ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48027275 Where to start ??? Let's see... I am 41 years old ( will be 42 in 3 months ) and my goal is to lose 150 pounds by my 43rd Birthday ! I have 3 biological children and 3 step-children, and they range in ages from 3 to 20. I work alot of hours, and I sometimes meet myself coming and going. A few weeks ago I had a severe pancreatic attack. During my week long hospital stay, it was discovered, I am in the beginning stages of diabetes, and I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and trigly... Fri, 11 May 2012 20:35:18 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48027101 My name is Amanda and I have been on a fun filled weight loss journey for a little over a year. I am working hard to get to my ultimate goals and enjoying all of the "little" success moments on the way! Fri, 11 May 2012 20:21:02 EST My Journey Starts Today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48023621 Hey Everyone, let me introduce Myself!! My name is Yvette (45) Married Mother of 3) from Sunny Arizona!! Looking to lose some weight before My caribbean cruise next year! I am always hopeless when It comes to motivating myself to get into shape. Hopefully all you Spark People, can keep me motivated as I will do the same for you!..so LETS DO THIS!!! Fri, 11 May 2012 14:47:37 EST Oh, brother. I'm in trouble... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48015822 ... just by punching in my food for one day, I am over by 1500 calories. Not to mention my water count; ten glasses-full of water is overflowing the water graphic. The thing is I wouldn't mind having some more water before going to bed and something to eat. I know I don't eat well. <BR> <BR> A lot of people who might read this will think diabetes. I have been checked out by my doctor and no I don't have that nor do I have any food allergies, I had that checked out too. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 11 May 2012 01:47:19 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48015151 Hey everyone, <BR> I'm Kara and I want to lose weight! I'm sure that's a familiar story in this place. Just got my blood work back from my doctor and I'm healthy as a horse, but NOT fit as a fiddle. Hope y'all can help me with that and maybe I can provide some good insight as well. Fri, 11 May 2012 00:11:12 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48015020 Hello everyone! I'm sick n tired of the Gogol ive been on since 2008! I need some support and accountability. I am 31 yo and ready to get in the best shape of my life post children. I hope to loose 30 lbs by the holidays and keep them off. I souled also like to influence my children along the way! Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:51 EST This is my 2nd day, hello to all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48014732 I'm just figuring out how to navigate my way around this site. This feels like the place where I need to be, however, I must say that I feel a little discouraged as I am supposedly so well informed about food and nutrition. I went on an almost 100% raw food diet for a year and found out about a month ago that I am very B12 deficient. Started eating "normal" foods again and gained back 25 lbs after losing 18. So... my body still doesn't feel like me. I look at myself and don't recognize the pe... Thu, 10 May 2012 23:38:20 EST hello this is my first post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48012281 hello my weight is 212 i'm 34 years old and i'm trying to lose weight since wooooo a long time ago a spend a lot of money on pills but nothing happened but i find this page and is wonderful it has everything i want. all together. i'm really,really happy now <em>345</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 20:48:25 EST Did You Know All You Need Is 10 Minutes A Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x48012262 No really, all you need is 10 minutes a day for a workout to start. If you are like me when I started I was so out of shape there was no way I could handle a 60 minute workout I was one of those people the article speak of the all of nothing mentality <BR> <BR> The best way to get started is slowly and build from there the body just needs for us to be active This bust the excuse "I don't have time" it maybe hard ot find 30 or 60 minutes in a day but I bet you can find 10 minutes to walk in p... Thu, 10 May 2012 20:45:58 EST ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH "ING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x48011852 Working our way through the alphabet starting with letter A <BR> <BR> A Amazing Thu, 10 May 2012 20:12:46 EST Use an EMOTICON to say how you are feeling today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x48011797 <em>104</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 20:10:17 EST Hello from maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48011081 Just wanted to say hello to all! I'm excited to have found this resource and hope it's the beginning of a much needed "shrinking" journey Thu, 10 May 2012 19:12:32 EST TAKING A BIG STEP HERE, TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48006292 CANT BELIEVE IM DOING THIS. GOTTA FIND A DECENT WAY TO GET THE RUBBER OFF WITHOUT LIPO SURGERY AGAIN. HAD IT DONE WHILE I WAS IN THE SERVICE STATIONED IN HAWAII. BEEN MAYBE 20+ YEARS AND ITS STARTIN TO HANG OUT AGAIN. LMAO Thu, 10 May 2012 12:31:56 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48005827 My name is Nicky and I just joined today. Thu, 10 May 2012 11:59:54 EST Just wanted to say hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48005314 I am beginning this weight loss journey, once again!!! I was doing very good at this time last year, then we decided t relocate from Ohio to Florida, so was not working for awhile. Feeling a bit depressed (missing everyone) and here I am all weight gained back!!! So thought I would try a new method to the madness. A little support will be great since I dont have friends making me go to the gym with them!!! I am on a mission. Anyone here work mdnight shift??? Ineed some eating tips i fin... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:27:12 EST Hi. I'm ready.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x48002973 I'm ready to change my life and lose the weight. I believe Spark can give me the tools to make it happen. :) Thu, 10 May 2012 09:07:59 EST New to SparkPeople and looking for some support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47999957 Hi! I'm excited to join SparkPeople. I'm looking to lose some weight, keep it off, and hoping to get fitter in the process. I am looking forward to getting, and giving, support from Sparkpeople. Any help, suggestions, inspiration etc. is much needed!! Thank you!! Thu, 10 May 2012 01:31:59 EST Hello to everyone here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47999092 Hi Teams! <BR> My name is Veronica and i've join this site because i want to learn how to maintain a healthy weight. <BR> I have lost 16 lbs and would love to loose 10 more :O) <BR> I hope we can encourage each other to accomplish our goals :O) <BR> Any tips or ideas are appreciated. Thanks! Wed, 9 May 2012 23:51:09 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47995721 Wow, I am finally here. By that I mean I am ready to get serious about getting healthy. I am a 33 year old wife and mommy. My husband and I have been married for 3 years. I have a beautiful 2 year old daughter with special needs (including cerebral palsy.) I have made a decision that I must be healthy if for no other reason than to be around to take care of her as long as she needs. <BR> I am a first grade teacher and find myself drained most days when I get home. However, I am ready to make... Wed, 9 May 2012 20:10:11 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47994448 my name is heather. this is my first time to this site. I am a busy wife and mom of 5 and I study enviromental science. My goal is to loose 100 pnds ,get slim and muscular. im searching for some good support to help keep me going Wed, 9 May 2012 18:27:11 EST Did You Set Your Fast Break Goals ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x47993064 For some of us we are 3 days into the new week did you set your fast break goals yet? <BR> <BR> If not here is the link I hope it work if not go to home page under other goals then you will see fast track goals pick 3 one from each Nutrition motivation & fitness <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/setup_p4<BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I got mine set up 2 fruits or veggies a day track calories burned each day and don't hit the snooze button on alarm clock Wed, 9 May 2012 16:19:34 EST How Did You Hear About Spark People? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x47992723 I was wondering how did you hear about Spark People? I was doing a google search on weight loss support groups/ exercise and found Spark people back in 2007 How about you ? Did some one refer you to SP or was it a search that lead you here? Wed, 9 May 2012 15:55:01 EST Weight loss in the tropics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47991806 Hi Spark People! <BR> I'm based in West Africa, so for me it's weight loss in the tropics! <BR> I’m looking to lose 15kg (33pounds) by the end of the 2012. <BR> I lost 10kg 3 years ago but put it all back on, and more! <BR> I'm determined to lose it, and keep it off this time! <BR> I'm used to European food so it will be a challenge to lose weight on different foods! <BR> Looking forward to interact on SparkPeople! <BR> Take Care, Tashmataz! Wed, 9 May 2012 14:43:56 EST Where to Begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47989516 My name is Ricky and I am 41 years old. I have lost and gained weight so many times throughout life. My most successful time was in 2003 when I lost over 100 pounds. Then, 2004 came about and without going into detail, it was such a stressful year. I sooned gained all of my 100 pounds back plus an additional 65 pounds. And, I kept it on until the summer of 2011. During the summer of 2011, I lost 62.2 pounds. Then, I let myself go again and I gained 63 of it back <em>24</em> . I hav... Wed, 9 May 2012 12:10:22 EST Workaholic Property Manager http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47987492 Hello everyone. I was a non active member of SP many years ago, and started fresh the other day with the intention of taking it more serious. I work a lot, often starting early in the morning and not finishing until 7 or 8 pm. It's tough to find time to exercise. Eating healthier varieties is also difficult, since I travel a lot. I don't leave my city, but I'm always leaving my office for impromptu showings or handling other business. Where we live there aren't many fast food choices, w... Wed, 9 May 2012 10:06:08 EST Loving Wife and Mother of 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47983412 Hello, Everyone! My name is Melissa and I am 24 years young! I am a mother of 2 (1 and 3) and a loving wife. <BR> <BR> I became obsessed with researching anything and everything about Being Healthy for 3 reasons: <BR> - To have the ability to teach my children how to live a healthy life <BR> - To help my husband lose and maintain a healthy weight <BR> - To lose my 'baby' belly! <BR> <BR> As for my motivation and energy levels, they aren't where I want and need them to be. I set my al... Wed, 9 May 2012 01:34:23 EST going strong again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47983172 Hi everyone, I've already lost 55 lbs need to loose 32 more, hope to get some great tips from some great people. Wed, 9 May 2012 00:57:22 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47982351 Hi! I'm Michelle. I just turned 30 and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. I'm back here again after gaining all the weight I lost last time around. I'm committed to keeping it off this time. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 8 May 2012 23:38:39 EST Hi, I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47980152 Hi, my name is Sophie and I am desperate to lose weight. I have just finished grad school while working...and I have packed on the pounds these past few semesters. I hate being heavy, and I hate the way I feel lugging around these extra pounds. I am hoping that my desperation and SparkPeople can help me get on the way to weight loss! Tue, 8 May 2012 21:15:39 EST New to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47977812 Hi, I am just starting and trying to find my way around this site. I need a lot of help and I pray that I can make this work for my health. Tue, 8 May 2012 18:24:20 EST Here's to a great start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47977447 Greetings everyone, my name is Courtney or starseryn if you prefer. I am 34 years old and from Campbell, CA. I am dating a nice man whom I have been seeing for a year coming up in June. We have two rambunctious male cats, the older is 5 years and the younger is 10 months old. <BR> <BR> I found out about Spark People when looking up an office exercise using resistance bands on google. I'm happy that I did find it and look forward to working hard on my weight issues with the help of the new go... Tue, 8 May 2012 17:59:14 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47976752 Hey everyone, <BR> I'm new here and just getting started on my journey! I can't wait to learn more on this website and look foward to getting to know many of you! <BR> Pam Tue, 8 May 2012 17:11:44 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47976559 Hi I am new on here and I need some help to lose my weight because being a single mom of 2 its a struggle to do much of anything. If anyone has any advise or can help me that would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 8 May 2012 16:55:05 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47976081 My name is Pat, I am from NE ohio. I weigh 190 and I am going to lose 50 lbs. Look forward to losing with you. <em>213</em> Tue, 8 May 2012 16:11:32 EST Jess attempts to do it all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47975188 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> So, I am 30 as of yesterday. I have a 5 yo,3 yo, and 2 week old. All adorable girls. I live in Massachusetts with the best husband ever and am a full time student (economics, grad this fall), and a veteran (Air Force, 8 years). <BR> <BR> As far as health and fitness go. I was super fit and healthy (the military will do that) when I got pregnant with my first baby, gained way too much weight (90lbs...seriously) and slowly lost 60 over a year and a half with the... Tue, 8 May 2012 14:57:28 EST Chunky-Monkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47974545 Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your Team,I have tried many diets in the past and have failed at all of them,Lost weight but gained double back.I look at food and gain 5 pounds lol,But I love Good Food what can i say.I am excited and I Hope and Pray that this works.I Have to get Healthy not only for my GRAND BABIES but for MYSELF I am not a spring chicken anymore and the older you get the Harder it gets.Thank You Again and God Bless all of you.LETS DO THIS :) Tue, 8 May 2012 14:11:08 EST Here to Make Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47974349 I really want to find something I can stick with and see results. I am so tired of the same old excuses and I'm tired of hating myself. I really want to be happy again. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for friends who can understand where I'm coming from, and people who have had success that I can learn from. I hope to be able to help others too. Tue, 8 May 2012 14:01:12 EST New to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47973701 Hey! I'm Neely, I'm 21 and live in Kentucky. I am an army wife and student. I am really looking forward to meeting new people on here and finding new ways of motivation! I am tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. Tue, 8 May 2012 13:22:33 EST Hollis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47973560 Hi, <BR> Its time to start for real this time,. Tue, 8 May 2012 13:12:36 EST Hey Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47972698 My name is Ashleigh and I'm new to this site and I hope it will be a good site to help me in my weight lose goals. Hopefully you guys might be able to give me some encouragement to help me continue in my goals as well. Tue, 8 May 2012 12:11:44 EST Opening up about my health and fitness goals :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47972570 Hey y'all! <BR> I'm a fiery, redheaded twentysomething! I've never been at a weight with which I was comfortable. I always tried dieting on my own, but I realized recently with the help of my wonderful boyfriend that if I keep attempting the same task in the same manner, I would stay exactly where I have always been. I want to quit being shy about my health and fitness goals & find a good support group, that's why I am here @ sparkpeople! I'm so excited to get started! :) Tue, 8 May 2012 12:04:30 EST Hi, I'm another newbie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47972472 Hello, My name is Whan, twentysomething Asian girl, I'm 5'5 tall and until last year my weight was 165 lbs, I've been living in a country where I've always been the only one in the class who was over weight,never been on a date and never be able to find any dress I could fit in. <BR> Last year I have lost 34 lbs. now my weight is 131 lbs. Though I'm still the biggest girl in the class,I feel a bit better about my self :) <BR> <BR> I am now struggling with my last 10 pounds and reached the ... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:58:24 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47971798 Just found this site today.... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:15:07 EST Hi ! again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47971193 <BR> my name is sandy <BR> I'm not new to SP. <BR> I'm a return. <BR> couldn't seem to get my act together before ,so I'm starting all over again. <BR> Health problems had me going often to one doctors app. or another.so exercise & healthy eating took a back seat... <BR> I lost weight but...yeah..I gain it back. <BR> This time I want to keep it off !! Tue, 8 May 2012 10:37:06 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47969990 Hi my name is Brittany. I thought this site was such a cool idea for those of us trying to lose weight or just maitain a healthy lifestyle. Im a single mom of two and I need to lose about 40 lbs. Im really nervous but excited to start my weightloss journey. :) Tue, 8 May 2012 09:33:44 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47965212 Hi :) My name is Amanda and I had never heard of Sparkpeople before yesterday. I"m excited to give this a whirl. I'm unhappy with my weight and how i feel about myself. I'm uncomfortable and i don't even look in the mirror anymore so it's time for a change. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know people in the process :) Mon, 7 May 2012 23:41:42 EST excited to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47964761 Exciting to see all my SP classmates and imagine all the determination and strength in this group. I'm working on one day at a time, one meal at a time. And giving myself the messages that I can do it, I don't need to eat unplanned food (no one every starved to death between meals), and that I can turn to you for the strength and coaching that I need to make it through the bad times. Mon, 7 May 2012 23:13:40 EST excited to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47964743 Exciting to see all my SP classmates and imagine all the determination and strength in this group. I'm working on one day at a time, one meal at a time. And giving myself the messages that I can do it, I don't need to eat unplanned food (no one every starved to death between meals), and that I can turn to you for the strength and coaching that I need to make it through the bad times. Mon, 7 May 2012 23:12:45 EST Im tired of being overweight too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47964332 Hi my name is Jennifer and i m currently a college student who has let myself go a little. i used to play soccer and was very active but now i barely ever walk or go to the gym. i so ready to get started and look and feel my best! Mon, 7 May 2012 22:51:16 EST Trying this again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47963007 Hi everyone! My name is Lisa and I have actually been a member of SparkPeople twice before. Both times I got really into it at the beginning and then it kind of took a seat on sidelines. <BR> <BR> Over the last few weeks I have noticed that I have been putting on more weight and it's been affecting the way I feel about myself. My husband and I make it a habit to weigh-in every two weeks using the Wii Fit, and we always set a goal to lose 2 lbs. in 2 weeks...but let's face it, I don't ta... Mon, 7 May 2012 21:39:34 EST Ready for a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47962762 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just joined today. I have decided to try this after having been on and off WW several times - I think maybe a new approach is needed - looking forward to posting on the boards and tracking on SP. Can't wait to start! Mon, 7 May 2012 21:23:01 EST Jelli 8483 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47962512 Hi,I am new to Spark People..I am excited to get started and determined to be successful. My name is Jessica I am 28 years old and the mother of three boys. I am also a full time student...I am very eager to see how this works and looking forward to meeting new people. Mon, 7 May 2012 21:07:04 EST I'm the newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47962157 Hi! My name is Kim and I look forward to working with you so that we can all achieve our health and weight loss goals. Mon, 7 May 2012 20:41:37 EST Working hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47960609 I have been working out for years - still run 3.5-4.5 miles 3x a week, do pilates, weights and aerobic workouts. I just completed my first 5K, headed for my second this weekend, but I am slow! I am on synthroid for my thyroid, and zetia, cholesterol meds. Last year I weighed 10 lbs less drinking much water. Never go past that and I am 35-40 lbs overweight. Just joined a gym and changing my workout. Trying to get motivated that at 56 years old I can change my weight and energy level. Mon, 7 May 2012 18:45:53 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47960254 Hi everyone! I thought I'd introduce myself :) I'm 19 and I'm looking to lose a little over 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue in my life. I was able to get down to my goal weight last year but I unfortunately gained it all back and then some. :( So I want to lose the weight again and then keep it off! I'm also currently training for my first half marathon in September and I ran my first 5K last month. I have never been much of a runner so this is a huge challenge for me, but I'm r... Mon, 7 May 2012 18:24:56 EST Getting it together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47958473 I am adopting a healther way of life today, and having this community of people and the support system to help me along the way is a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait to get my life back on track and become a success story , not only for myself, but for others. Mon, 7 May 2012 16:05:24 EST Hey All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47958016 Hey just signed up today. I'm new at this whole site. Before when I would try to lose weight I would sign up for fitness sites but never really post or anything.So this is all new to me. Well I'm 29 and have 100 pounds to lose to get to my goal of 120. I'm counting calories and exercising! Mon, 7 May 2012 15:31:25 EST Get Healthy Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47956111 Presently I am waiting to have gastric bypass surgery. After that will need to have hip replacement surgery. Just took a sleep study test and was told I have sleep apnea. Also have high blood pressure and high cholestrol.but medication has them under control. I developed type 2 diabetes about 3 years ago. I have had depression and manic depression most of my life. If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself LOL No complaints here though, Been living 30 ye... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:39:00 EST Hi, I'm new at this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47955131 Hello. My name is Jess. I'm 28 years old, a wife to a wonderful man, a mother of a 2 year old and a full time Physical Therapist Assistant. I joined SparkPeople because I need some help with motivation. I'd like to lose 30-50lbs. (I know it's a wide range, but I will be extatic with anything I'm able to accomplish) My husband tells me all the time that I am perfect as I am and that he doesn't want/need me to lose any weight. He doesn't understand that I'm unhappy with me, therefore I want to... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:39:46 EST Tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47954987 Hello my name is Tammy. I've been on a very long scale of being very over wieght and need all the help and support I can get. I want to finally look good and be healthy. Mon, 7 May 2012 12:32:15 EST New. Again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47954221 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I've been on and off of Spark for a few years. I just set up a new account, because I truly wanted to start all over, from the very beginning, and hope that life does not get in the way of things this time. <BR> <BR> I'm 32 years old, I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter, and I am getting married at the end of next month. I just finished my BA in Liberal Arts, and I'm hoping to begin grad school in the fall. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone here. I hope that t... Mon, 7 May 2012 11:48:53 EST Hi There.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47952299 After spending the last 2.5 years focusing on fighting a cancer battle, I've been pronounced NED (yay!) and am ready to focus on larger issues (rather than just those d*mn little cells). <BR> <BR> So here I am.... overweight and semi-outa shape (but working on it) but ready to start slow, build up and get myself even healthier. Mon, 7 May 2012 09:52:33 EST Hi I'm a Newbie!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47952236 Hello Everyone! My name is Ann and I am new to the team. I tried Sparkpeople a while ago and am ready to give it another go. This time I will WIN!!! Can't wait to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Ann Mon, 7 May 2012 09:48:46 EST Smile, it's a new day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47951634 I'm a 50 yr. old woman that has struggled with my weight pretty much all my life. I've always wanted to look good and feel good but could never get myself moving. I went through the Weight Watcher's program a couple of times and Curves program which was wonderful but always seem to not stick with anything. I finally woke up one day and said "You are the only one going to take care of this weight and your health is getting worse so do something about it." I'm a single Mom and have lots of diff... Mon, 7 May 2012 09:14:20 EST my self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47946246 My name is Louisa, i am 31 years old with two daughters. My nursing school graduation was today and went i saw my graduation pics, i decided to join sparkpeople to lose the weight. My starting weight is 215lbs. Sun, 6 May 2012 22:45:07 EST My name is pinkyply http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47944141 My name is pinkyply and I'm so happy to find sparkpeople.I've just gave up on my weight the last few years and never picturing the outcome I need all the support i can get from you guys.I have a 100 pounds to loose and i want it more then anything at this time.I watch my mom die from obese and i don't want to end up this weight. Sun, 6 May 2012 20:35:03 EST How R U Feeling 2Day Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x47941296 Using a emoticon examples <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <em>42</em> <em>250</em> <em>49</em> <em>55</em> <em>104</em> <em>39</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 16:33:31 EST Did U Huddle With Us? Postive Teamwork Woo-HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x47941261 <em>244</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 16:29:37 EST Hi new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47941045 Hello, my name is Tish and I just joined SP today. Im really excited about turning things around in my life health and weight wise! Im tired of feeling tired and want to reinvent myself! I want to become the happy and energetic me that I know I can be. Looking forward to getting to know you all on this journey together! <em>224</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 16:05:53 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47939376 My name is Mary Wilson and having lots of mixed feelings about starting this weight loss program. I have struggled with weight all my life and have never known what it feels like to put on a swim suit in the summer and not feel ashamed. I need to do this and stick with it. I am falling deeper into an unhealthy lifestyle and a depression. I have four wonderful kids and a loving husband. I just want to feel good and not so insecure because I know it wheres off on them. I also see my 10 year old... Sun, 6 May 2012 13:58:17 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47938062 Hi all, I'm Cassiea, here in Fayetteville,nc....hope all are doing well this Sunday......this is going too be a brand new start for me, and I'm very glad that I found this site....and I'm so happy to b be here. Sun, 6 May 2012 12:08:20 EST Wonderful Blog On This Journey Here @ SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x47907353 This is a great blog about weight loss journey & maintenance by a good <em>223</em> She is at maintenance end of the journey but and a big BUT as she stated in her blog post "There is no finish line. This is life. It is worth living. Today and every day. Spark on! " <BR> <BR> It's such a strong statement "There is no finish line." So true this is a never ending journey I hope you enjoy the post and are encouraged by Barb's story <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_... Fri, 4 May 2012 08:25:45 EST Tools, Tips and Tricks - What's YOUR Favorite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x47903897 What have you learned on your journey that other's should know? Do you have a favorite tool that you use to help you reach your goal? What new product has earned a spot in your bag of tricks? Share it with your team! We'd love to hear about it, too. <BR> <BR> (Personally, the discovery of Turkey Pepperoni as changed my life. I am not kidding!) <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Carrie Thu, 3 May 2012 23:43:21 EST NSVs - Non-Scale Victories!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x47903810 We've all seen it happen. We get so wrapped up in what the scale says that we forget the real reason why we're here - to be healthier humans! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So here's a thread we can use to post those little things (or big things) that happen in spite of the scale, not because of it. <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 23:36:15 EST Two Words - Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23302x56134x47903302 This could be fun We play this game on a lot of other teams. <BR> <BR> Example : Team Player could become Record Player or Team Mate, Dream Team, Audio Player <BR> <BR> Simple and quick fun game not time consuming <BR> <BR> STARTING WITH <BR> <BR> TAIL SPIN Thu, 3 May 2012 22:58:11 EST DID U WORK OUT 2-DAY or WAS IT REST DAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23301x56134x47903250 Did you work out today? Or was it your rest day? <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 22:54:24 EST Team Café: Please Chat Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x47903131 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This is a thread for everyone to post the daily chat rather than starting new topics. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 22:47:29 EST Spark Diet Stage 1 : Fast Break Overview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23303x56134x47885838 FYI ONLY PLEASE NO POSTING! <BR> <BR> Stage 1 of Spark Diet (which isn't really a "diet") <BR> <BR> 1st step is to set up your fast break goals : <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/myspark/fastbreak </link> <BR> <BR> 3 areas to set up your goals from one from each: Nutrition - Fitness - and finally Motivation <BR> <BR> <link>sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_1overv<BR>iew.asp </link> <BR> <BR> There are 6 fast break strategies : <BR> <BR> 1 Do you know what you are eating? <BR> ... Wed, 2 May 2012 22:22:30 EST Your Class Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56134x47883851 100X50 (Carrie) and LJR4HEALTH (Linda) <BR> <BR> As I am setting up this thread I will go 1st My name is Linda this time around I have been with Spark People since October 2009 I was a member back in 2007 My Journey really started before I found this <em>345</em> site back in 2004 I hit an all time high of 208 pounds and being just 5'4" tall was way to much weight for my small frame. I have been at my goal weight since May 2011 Almost a year. I am co leader of other Spark teams You will get... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:14:35 EST FYI Helpful Links To Help You find your Way Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56134x47883730 <em>303</em> Read ONLY NO POSTING FYI ! <BR> <BR> We have been in your shoes before One can get a little overwhelmed here at Spark People so to help you better navigate around this site and make for a more enjoyable experience We your team leaders have put a list of useful links here in this topic as well as to the right under "Team Stream" Links I hope you find this to make things easier to find <BR> <BR> Your Getting Started Guide : <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_s... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:05:13 EST