SparkPeople SP Starting Our Journey on June 17-23, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from June 17-23, 2012. It's almost been a year! SparkPeople SP Starting Our Journey on June 17-23, 2012 Team Messageboard starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Touch base! Hey everyone! Come chat with us! What are you doing to stay and get healthy? Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:25:50 EST Summertime goals? It's nearly summer! What are your goals for the summer? My summertime goals are to stay in range starting tomorrow! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:16:20 EST Can you believe we are coming up on a year?! Hi Teammates! Can you believe we are a little more than a month away from our one year Spark Anniversary? How has it been going for you? I've had my ups and downs but, over all, Spark has changed my whole way of looking at food and exercise. I haven't lost as much as I wanted, but I am still motivated to make it happen. I haven't been very active on this site, but I have been looking forward to this anniversary for ... well... a year! How about you; how are you doing? Wed, 15 May 2013 06:02:40 EST Gearing up for SPRING! What are you doing to get ready for Spring? Are the any habits you'd like to "spring clean" out of your life? Let's brainstorm about how we can make this spring our healthiest yet! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:18:38 EST Happy NEW YEAR!!! Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holiday was safe, and happy! So what are your goals for the new year? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:32:57 EST Past Thanksgiving, and Winter Holiday planning So, one Holiday down, how did everyone do? The holidays are tough. What went right, what went wrong? Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:17:56 EST Holiday Planning It's a bit early for Christmas, but Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner. If you're a bit nervous about dealing with them (I know I was last year!) here's a great article I got emailed from Spark that I found to be a big help! <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1685 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:04:50 EST How's everyone doing? It's been a while now; how are we all doing? What are you proud of? What are you having trouble with? Sun, 7 Oct 2012 23:49:34 EST Weekend checkin How's it going? Do you have a harder time reaching your goals over the weekend than during the week? Do you have any tricks that you use to help you get through the weekend? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 00:42:40 EST What new activities are you doing? Is there something you've started doing since you joined that you never thought you'd do? <em>260</em> <em>131</em> <em>363</em> <em>332</em> <em>357</em> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:47:02 EST September 7tth Checkin! So How's everyone doing? Any new progress? Either scale wise or NSVs (non scale victories)? How are people in your life reacting to your new lifestyle? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>9</em> <em>91</em> <em>33</em> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:26:18 EST "Czesc" I just joined this group. I love the spark website. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:28:02 EST Hi There! Looking forward to getting to talk to you all and follow through with this new journey! Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:19:18 EST Hello Hi....I joined in June but this is the first time on this team. I really enjoy the site and the interaction of the people on the teams. I really wanted to know how everyone that started when I did is doing. I would like to hear what everyone has learned in this time and how all of you are doing. I have learned that this is a one pound at a time switch to a healthy way of living. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:13:12 EST What inspired you today? Today, amazingly, it was me. I saw myself reach a great goal and am setting my next one! I managed 7 days of staying within calorie range. Next goal? To manage until August 11th! (that' will be a little over 3 weeks straight :D ) Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:14:33 EST What are you proud of today? I am proud that thus far, I have had my water for the day, and improved on the eliptical! I used to be able to only manage 3 minutes at once. Today, I did 2 chunks - 1 of five minutes, the next of 7. WOOHOO!!! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 21:08:54 EST New Challenge!!!! There's a new challenge! The new one is do something active 20 minutes per day! This CAN be broken up if it needs to be!!! You'll track this under "Other Goals" under "My trackers"! Lets see who can get the highest streak!!! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:13:59 EST Challenges? So I was stalking other teams and whatnot, and our class seems to be somewhat...quieter as opposed to these other classes. I think we should get a BLC going or something and make it fun :) What do you all think? Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:34:02 EST Week 4: Do you see the change yet? I've heard it takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends/ family, and 12 weeks for everyone else. So as we are finishing our 4th week how does everyone feel? Do you notice a difference? It may not be in your body, but maybe in the choices you make, do you go into the grocery store without even looking at the bakery now, or are you able to slip into those jeans that were a size too small a few weeks ago? <BR> <BR> For me I'm noticing a big difference in my de... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:50:21 EST Week 3 Feeling the change yet? 3 weeks in for some of us, hows everyone feeling? <BR> I know I'm feeling a difference, I slipped up while out to dinner with some guys from work, the food was greasy and buttery and nothing like what I've been eating, and I got really sick afterwards. But I'm back on track and feeling great about it. I've lost almost 7 LBS and can't wait to be out of the 160's next week. <em>41</em> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 19:46:27 EST Hello Everyone! Hello! <BR> <BR> I've recently joined SparkPeople, and am really enjoying the site. I started my weight-loss journey 7 weeks ago, and have lost 14 pounds so far. But I really think I need the support of a community of people, so I was hoping to find that here. So, hello everyone! It's nice to meet you! Feel free to read my weight-loss blog: <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! <BR> <BR> -Syhren Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:20:11 EST ... Hi i am eva Wed, 4 Jul 2012 03:17:32 EST Woe <BR> Had the blow-out two-day 75th birthday bash downtown (Chicago) with kids and grandkids. Fabulous time. It's a wonderful city. Sadly, restaurant food at best has too much sodium for me and I retain water. I will have to wait a few days and drink lots of water before I can tell if I gained "real" weight. Meanwhile, I have just signed on for a 60 day challenge at the WellnessCenter. It involves "walking" to Vancouver...actually points for physical activity...I have already "walked "... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 16:51:27 EST Week 2: Better or Worse? Has your week 2 been harder or easier than week 1? <BR> <BR> Mine has been harder. It is like I got bored with the tracking and the eating and I just wanted to go back to the lazy, easy way I ate before. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:54:03 EST Hello My name is Kidada Kendrick... I am a 37 year mother of two wonderful human beings... I am currently weighting in at 244.. I have recently lost 6 pounds this month. I love spin /cycle class. I attend spin six days a week, I weight train 3x a week and just started P90x yesterday.. I am need of a good support system.. My plan is to lose 80 pounds..and I will do just that!!!!! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:37:15 EST Finding my way Hello, <BR> <BR> Still discovering what Spark People has to offer.... <BR> My name is Darlene and my big goal is to be healthy and fit. My small goal is to do something each day that moves me towards that goal. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:56:13 EST How to create a ticker? I thought I remember seeing something about this before but now I can't find it... <BR> <BR> Meg Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:17:21 EST First Week <BR> I've spent a lot of time figuring out the site. There is an amazing amount of information and motivation...hard to believe this is a free site. Bless you, Spark Guy. Have made a bit of progress toward my goal but even better, now I have a plan to move forward. I have a big birthday bash downtown (Chicago) this weekend. Will be staying at a hotel with my husband, children and grandchildren for a few days. That translates to lots of restaurant meals. I am concerned that I eat reasonab... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:27:07 EST First Week <BR> I am beginning to figure it out the site. There are so many choices that I know I will never be bored or in a rut. So far,so good!! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:56:19 EST Hi everyone!!! I'm new to Sparkpeople and I am just learning the ropes! I've recently starting living a healthy lifestyle beginning in April, and enjoying all the benefits from it! I'm looking to make new friends on here! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:33:32 EST what foods are not found on the database I couldn't find agave sweetener. how do I add it to the database? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:24:48 EST Ready to be ME again hi there everyone, my name is renee! I just wanted to make a short introduction of my self...I am a young mom of a 5 year old, was pregnant my senior year of high school! I gained alot of weight with her during my pregnancy and kept adding on the pounds! I was an athlete before i became pregnant, was in conditioning, and weights class everyday, played softball, basketball was a cheerleader and a member of the flag team! well, i want to be that fit again!!! And now I am letting nothing hold me... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:32:15 EST What plan are you following Mind if i ask what tools you will be using to accomplish your goals ? Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:48:59 EST How was everyone's first week? I was just hoping to see how everyone did for their first week? What did you find most helpful? I think the food tracker is great! It really helps me realize what I need to eat less of (carbs) and of (protein). Good luck on week 2 everyone! Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:28:46 EST Day 1 I will admit I was skeptical when my niece told me about this site. But I explored and joined last night. Today was a good day--used the food tracker, drank water and walked for a mile and a half this morning. I believe thie is going to be a great support system. <BR> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:48:00 EST Hi there New to this site....hoping to make friends that can help me meet my health goals Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:06:52 EST new again to Spark People Hi all. I'm Tim. And I have been struggling time after time after time again with weight issues. I'm a 43 year old man and I live near Ocean City, Maryland in a small town called Eden. I'm originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia from another small town called Afton. <BR> I've been on Spark People a few times (too many to mention) only to lose motivation, and give up. I'm tired of giving up, and am ready to see this journey to the finish line. <BR> I have a lot to offer myself a... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:44:53 EST Hi Everyone! Good afternoon, everybody. <BR> <BR> Seems quite funny to be saying hello to "space!" But, I hope to get to know you throughout our common journeys of better health. <BR> <BR> My name is Donna. I am a 46 year old wife of 24 years and mother of 2 girls. I need to lose about 60-80 pounds depending on how my body works in the next couple of months. If you saw me, I would not look that heavy because I am strong with dense bones and muscle mass - but, I am definitely in need of a change.... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:55:50 EST Hi all I'm from Lincolnshire, in the UK and am going to be 30 this year. I'm also getting married next year, and have entered into a "no fat brides" pact with my best friend to try and lose all the weight that's slowly crept on over the last ten years before we both get married next summer. I've tried a lot of diets over the last few years, and whilst I always do well in the first couple of months, after that the bad habits start creeping in again, and I lose the will to go to the gym. I stumbled ac... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:07:56 EST To the new me!! Hi my name is Stacie I am 28 years old. When I started my weight loss battle I weighed 267lbs. I have lost 37lbs so far but I've hit a snag and don't seem to be losing anymore weight. So I joined to get extra help. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:41:17 EST sick of saying tomorrow will be the day I am new to sparkpeople, joined on Tuesday. After years of putting off taking charge of my weight, exercise and general health a friend recommended this site. So far it has been pretty good, almost like a game. I feel better and more mindful of my choices, but I would appreciate some online friends to give/get motivation. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:53:32 EST so.....theres a first time for everything.. I have lost 95 lbs through weight watchers and I kept it off for 6 years..but just lately I have gained back 15 lbs....I am stuck in a have decided to take a new road in the journey of life by doing something different....commiting to looking after me, through a healthy diet plan and exercise. yes I will continue to be a runner and a step class regular....but now I will be logging in my eating plan on this web page....looking forward to some nice surpises on the sca... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:39:51 EST Starting on my greatest challenge! My name is Kristen. I work full time as an RN at a home health agency. I help senior citizens recover from being hospitalized and learn how to maintain their health as well as their independence so that they can stay at home and avoid the nursing home. I also am a Consultant for L'BRI Pure n Natural, which offers natural aloe vera based products that help my customers make healthy choices for themselves and their families. I have spent more time taking care of everyone else and let myself go... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:22:03 EST A new start Hello everyone, my name is Seatah and I am 27 years old. I need to lose about 50 pounds, I hate not finding many cloths my size, and I always have to get the biggest size they have. Now I am determined to do something about my weight, I think with SparkPeople and goal buddies I can do it. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:56:21 EST New to Spark People I'm new to this but I am really seeing some interesting things. I've heard good things about SparkPeople. So far I have lost 23lbs. It was more but I have been slacking :( Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:27:57 EST Not giving up!!! Hi, I'm Theresa and I'm beginning my journey again.... and I will not stop until I reach my destination.... I am believing this will take me there.... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:30:49 EST Time To Take Control! I am in need of motivation, and I came across this website watching weight loss stories on You Tube, while trying to make a decision about whether or not to go on the HCG diet. I'm not sure I have the mindset to stick to a diet without motivation from others, so I am hoping to get that here! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:12:03 EST Hi everyone Hello, I am a returning member. I lost 20 lbs before using Spark People two years ago and unfortunately this past year have gained it back! :( I hurt my back and neck and haven't been as active as I would like to be. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to this new challenge and ready to do my best once again! So today is day one! Happy to be back. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:48:11 EST Being a newbie This is my first time on sparkpeople, I'm excited to see how this goes. The community feel is something new, and I'm hoping that it can keep me motivated! I'm getting into some more serious training (for a long distance swim) but could still definitely use help eating to fuel my body! Still learning the ropes on the website though and open to any feedback you have or tips for success! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:53:51 EST just starting my journey here Hello everyone. My name is Laurel. I have decided to start the program and join the community. I decided that Monday will be my first day. This way I can plan my food, explore all the different things on the site and be ready to succeed. I was doing another program and lost about 80 pounds. I still have over 100 that I want to lose. I was stressing so much because I had stayed at the same weight for a few months. I have decided that it is time for a change. I need to have something that fits ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:43:57 EST Hi, All! Well, I'm always saying "Tomorrow. I'll start tomorrow." So, it is no shocker that I am still overweight. I gained all of my weight while I was pregnant and never really did much to get it off. I would start and never finish BeachBody programs, I ran a couple of times telling myself that I was determined to be a runner.... And I am not.. Yet. <BR> <BR> I bought new sneaks around Christmas time because I had started, and was doing well on, a new get-healthy journey and those same sneaks... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:20:42 EST Hello fellow helpers!! I am so excited I found this page. I was trying to track my calories by paper and needed to find a website for reference and found this LIFE SAVER!! It made it easy for me to focus on the goal and it pushed me to get going!! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all!! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:27:36 EST Hi everyone! Wow! I had no clue there were so many people just starting out the same time as me!!!!! Looking forward to adding some of you as friends and following along with your journey! I am only trying to lose 15-20 lbs. but the most important thing I want to do is CHANGE MY EATING HABITS for good! Ive always been a junk food junkie and now that Im 40, thats got to stop! :) Wishing everyone the best of luck no matter what your goals! <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:49:04 EST Hello all Glad to have found this group. Nice to know there are so many nice people taking this life journey too. Makes me feel that I am not alone. I have battled weight and lost so many times. However, I just can't give up because then what. I know only I can do this, but it is nice to be a part of such inspiration, support, encouragement, knowledge, and motivation. I am looking to lose 100+ pounds so would love to hear from anyone who is in a similar weight situation. Good luck to everyone ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:45:31 EST Hello Everybody! Hello. I'm Vinia from Michigan. I'm 31, I've never been married, but currently have a boyfriend, and I have no kids. I've been overweight since I was 8 years old and i'm just looking to change that. My highest weight was back in 2006 when I was at 283. I think my last weight in was 209. So i'm just hoping to find support and maybe speed up the process a little. I'm really looking forward being 130 lbs. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:39:47 EST Cosmina (Cosmina) Hi my name is Cosmina (pronounced Koze Meena), I live in Salem Oregon. I am starting with a goal to lose 78 pounds by May 2013 at which time I will attend our granddaughters wedding. I am very embarrassed of my weight, always looking around to see if I am the fattest in a room. I am 55 and have decided to change my lifestyle. All my friends have had bariatric surgery and are now little. Due to a dangerous blood disorder, weight loss surgery is not an option for me. So I guess it up to desire,... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:09:33 EST Hello everyone! Hello- I think it is great that they have a way for everyone who is starting together to converse on our outlook, our problems and our successes. I am looking forward to lending and receiving good advice and support. Let me know if you'd like to help eachother. I haven't gotten a chance to read the other entries yet but I hope I will tomorrow so some of you may be hearing from me. I wish us all success Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:51:50 EST Hellllloo Sparkies..... Hi Sparkies... My name is Kim. I was a member of SP before... was gone for awhile.. and now I'm back. :) I am looking for some support on here to help me on my weight loss journey .. as I feel like I don't get the support I need at home. :( I am also hoping to make some friends along the way too. ;) <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a good week!!! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:18:19 EST Hi, I'm Christine! Hi, everybody! I'm Christine and I'm ready to lose some weight. I've struggled with my weight since about 5th grade. I lose a little, then gain some more. It's a cycle I haven't been able to break, but I'm ready now. I look forward to hearing from some of you and getting some support, encouragement, and ideas! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:33:59 EST Newbie* we can do this Hi all, my danielle. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to motivating, getting motivated and sharing this journey together! <BR> <BR> We can do this! <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:44:10 EST skinny_12 hello everyone im from nebraska Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:35:08 EST Third Day Hi Everyone! My name is Suzy. My goals are to get healthy, lose weight, prevent diabetes (or head it off) and to get active again. I feel very encouraged by the tracking tools and information given on this site and look forward to supporting and encouraging others as well. <em>306</em> Have a blessed day! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:28:13 EST About me Hi I am new here.I am a married stay at home mother of 6 kids.I am trying to lose weight and get in shape but I have a hard time doing so.I am a smoker and I have a very high stress level.I have very poor self body image about myself and a low energy level.I do not have any friends and I have no one to help motivate me so things are pretty hard for me.I think all I need is someone to help motivate me on a daily basis.My husband works long hours so he can't really help that much but he try's j... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:05:55 EST Just saying hi... Just saying hello...this site is awesome...good luck with your goals! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:11:41 EST Good morning - Day 1. Hello to you all. It is day 1 for me as well. I have been doing some changes over the past 4 months but need more accountability. Nothing horrible but I think this is a good place to meet friends while supporting eachother on this journey. Afterall, it is not a diet (think the first 3 letters) but a life style change that will allow us to live the life we are wanting to live. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:28:22 EST Hi :-) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined today because I finally decided enough is enough. I'm not getting any younger and it's time to get healthy. Also, I'd be lyin' if I said that health was my only goal. I also want a smokin' hot body too! :-D <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting new people, making new friends, and getting my butt in gear and reaching my goals. :-) <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:11:29 EST Hello:) Hi I'm the new girl, nice to be here.. hope to lose weight:) *fingers crossed* <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:33:44 EST Hello from the east coast I'm a stay at home mom with a four year old. I have two adult children so this feels like a do over for me, which is kind of fun. I had to work when I had my older children and felt like I missed a lot of stuff. The only really bad thing is because of my age I worry about being here for my little one as she gets older. I am hoping joining this site will help motivate me to lose weight and get into shape. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:34:29 EST First timer, determined Hi all! I'm Melisssa from Brooklyn. I've got 40 lbs to lose, but my true goal is health. Glad to be here and feeling good about taking action. Here's to not just complaining about it, but doing something about it! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:37:54 EST Newbie Shelby Hi I saw this site the other day and thought i'd try it out. It seems really interesting and helpful so hopefully I can stick to it and continue my journey to a healthier happier life. Good Luck everyone!! :) Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:09:09 EST Hey everyone!! :)) I'm back after a long hiatus.. made a new account coz i forgot my old account. anyways.. how's everyone? hoping i could meet cool people in here .. let's inspire and motivate each other shall we? <em>250</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:17:46 EST hiya :-) Hiya I'm Lyndsay and I'm in desperate need of motivation to exercise and finally feel good about the way I look, I know there are loads of people who feel the same so hopefully we bounce off each other and help motivate each other the best we can :) Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:42:59 EST Returning for Hiatus Hi, I'm Amy. I just rejoined Sparkpeople yesterday after a hiatus. I was dealing with some difficult personal struggles and it just wasn't time for me to be here. I found that tracking my calories became an unhealthy obsession and I had to take a break. I'm in a much better place now and feel that I can safely start tracking once again. I'm ready to make weight loss my third full time job (after being a mom and wife!) and I'm looking forward to going on this journey with all of you! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:31:23 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! I just started yesterday and besides the excercise, I failed very horribly. I love to eat. I eat a lot and thats my big problem. Before I could handle my food intake, but since I've had my children, I have been a very big eater. It started when I was pregnant. I used to take eating to the extreme because I thought I had an excuse. I'm still very active, but after looking at my meal trackers, I've realized that I eat about 3 1,400 calorie meals a day....with snacks in between. I'm stil... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:11:20 EST Just signed up I got on the scale today only to discover that I had gained the 30 pounds I lost over the past year! I am sure I have done this countless times. I am just so wanting this cycle to end! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:42:03 EST Day 1 Hello my name is Ashley im trying to loss 40 pound by november...hope i can do it!!! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:03:57 EST Nithya !!!!!!!!! Hi All, <BR> I am very new to this sparkpeople site but inspired by seeing the professional and personality development, health , fitness suggested and motivated by you all...........I am so happy to utilize this opprutunity to groom myself with all your advise, suggestion and motivation........I am getting married by August-2012 till that time I need to reduce 8 kg atleast as I am in the starting stage of obese.....please help me to work out this goal....... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:14:31 EST Glad to be doing this! Hi all!!! I'm glad I made the decision to lose weight for real this time! I've done sooo many diets! I've been as little as 30-40 pounds away from my goal and quit. I take my dieting mess-ups to heart and quit. I believe I'm addicted to food. I have to change that mind set.... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:54:16 EST It's Time for ME! Hi, I'm Wendy. I'm 51 and live on a mixed farm north of Edmonton, Alberta. My husband and I have 4 teens - yes, I have to colour my hair, especially now that two are driving! Three of my kids have learning and/or hearing disabilities and this has taken a huge time and emotional toll. They are, hopefully, on their way to success so now it's time to take care of myself. For the first time in many years I am really motivated to lose the weight that I've accumulated since having 4 kids in... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:07:36 EST Day 1 - I'm here Hi, <BR> <BR> I just saw this site and thought I'd join. I'm excited to get the day started in the morning. Hope I can track everything properly and stick to it. I think it'll be challenging, but marriage and 2 kids later I need to do this for myself. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:10:58 EST Hi :) I'm ooking for new Spark friends! hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark. I joined this morning because I must tackle my emotional over eating demons and work towards a positive relationship to food and exercise. I live in Paris, although I'm an Aussie! I'm looking for Spark-ly new friends so we can help each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> Ali <BR> x Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:22:37 EST Hello! Hey all. New to Sparkpeople today. My friend Julie got me into this, and I'm so impressed by her journey that I had to start one of my own. <BR> <BR> Little bit about me: newly single mom of two girls, 11 and 9. I am a member of my local Elks lodge, I play the bagpipes in the Edward P. Memorial Pipe Band, and I work at UHS. I love reading, and I want to write a book someday sooner rather than later. <BR> <BR> My main goals with Sparkpeople are to lose about 20 pounds, run a 5k (without... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:28:03 EST New Spark! Hi everyone, I am so glad to have found this's nice to have someone there who KNOWS. So far I love the site and I love being able to use it on my phone or at the computer...convenience has always been a stumbling block in tracking progress for me. I'm looking forward to taking this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the journey! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:31:35 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm here to lose 70 pounds. I'm a new mama that gained a lot of weight while prego and now have to lose it all! I can't wait to meet you all and help each other! <em>30</em> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:49:21 EST Hi from a newbie Friend told me about this as a good no-cost way to lose weight (no signup and weekly fees etc) Hoping it will help me. <BR> 72 and can't mess around too much longer. Gotta get rid of this weight. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:11:10 EST Hello I'm new to this site. I talked with my mom about this site and she loves it so I figured I'd check it out. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:32:31 EST my goal is to lose 50 pounds or more hi im Carol im here to lose weghit i really look forward too all this that has to offer me Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:27:37 EST Newbie Hi im new can use some tips Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:57:05 EST How are your First days going? How is everyone doing? What have you been working on? Do you have any questions? Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:43:39 EST Hello everybody Hello SP Class of June 17-23, 2012 <em>58</em> . My name is Nakia, and I have about 40 pounds to lose (hence the s/n). I'm a little overwhelmed at all that sparkpeople has to offer, but do not be afraid to message or friend me as I do reply. I promise I'm super friendly. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising almost everyday for a month (except on Sundays and when I was sick last week), and I haven't really lost any weight. My mother suggested that I join this site and keep up with my food. I've be... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:28:27 EST Hi Hi, my name is Jenny, i am 27years old. I live with my husband and two children. Really want to lose weight but have a weakness for food! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:54:21 EST New to team Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a teacher and I love my job......but it has been a tough year. The summer is here and I am determined to get back to the way I was before stress and bad habits set in. A friend told me about SparkPeople and I decided I would join on the first day of summer and make it my goal to clean up my act and spend some time taking care of myself! <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:22:49 EST New to the site, but a forever dieter. I am looking forward to being interactive with all the members. I need constant support. My children; boy 10 weighs 98 lbs and girl 9 weighs 111. WE NEED HELP. Not my family's nagging. Or should I say verbal torture. I was picked on as a child, because I WAS FAT. I do not want my children to suffer the way I did and I want to be active with them. Anyone wanting to give free advice or a coach feel free to let me know. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:11:09 EST Hello SparkPeople I am new, just joined this evening. I was introduced to this site by a good friend. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:10:17 EST Hi Everyone Hi there, <BR> I'm looking forward to this journey with you all, but I am a bit scared and nervous as well. My goal so seems so very far away. But.... here we go.....SP Class of June 17 - 23 2012!!!! <BR> Katie Sun, 17 Jun 2012 16:15:27 EST Fast break goals What are your 3 fast break goals? Do you understand how they work? Why did you choose the goals you did? Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:57:57 EST Hey EveryBody!! Hi, my name is Tiffiny & I wanna say I ready to get fit & in shape & glade that I have meet new people to help me get fit!!! Plus I would like to make some new friends to workout with. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:52:31 EST Day One! Hi I'm Chris. I am also new to this site and am looking forward to being sucessful in losing weight. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 10:04:58 EST Starting today Hi there, my name is Erika and I'm a musician and mom to a 9yo girl. I am at my highest weight ever and determined to turn things around. Looking forward to meeting you all! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:57:57 EST PLYONS4! HI, IM NEW TO THIS WEBSITE BUT NOT NEW TO DIETING!! IM A MOTHER OF 3 CHILDREN AND 1 GRANDCHILD. I LOVE SWIMMING AND GOING TO THE GYM, I AM DUE TO RUN THE RACE FOR LIFE IN JULY IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH AND I AM DETERMINED TO LOSE AT LEAST A STONE(14LBS) BEFOR THEN!!! IN ALL I HAVE @ 6 STONES TO LOSE,HOPEFULLY BEFORE MY 45TH BIRTHDAY,NEXT APRIL....... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 04:33:54 EST