SparkPeople SP Class of July 8-14, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56144 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 8-14, 2012. Welcome! Open the gateway to a new you! SparkPeople SP Class of July 8-14, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56144 Daily Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x60021185 Hi everyone! <BR> December 14 - quiet Sunday. Checking emails, sparking, going to do laundry and finish decorating the tree. Football and knitting later. <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:56:56 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x59633433 What steps will you take during the moth of November to help you reach your SP goals?? <BR> <BR> I plan on continuing doing meal prep so that I have healthy meals ready to eat when I come home after a long work day. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:59:52 EST Question of the Week - Nov. (7SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x55492779 What's the first thing you look for on a nutrition label? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> <BR> Serving size / Number of servings <BR> <BR> Fat <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates <BR> <BR> Protein <BR> <BR> Sodium <BR> <BR> Sugars <BR> <BR> Vitamins and/or Minerals <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Something else not listed here (please specify) Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:01:19 EST Calendar - Sept (7SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x54732418 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For September, that means increasing the number of fruits and veggies you eat so you can meet your 5-a-day quota. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> (You need a pdf reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:50:04 EST Calendar - July SP7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x53934467 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For July, that means decreasing and managing the stress in your life to better enjoy the lazy days of summer. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you de-stress and relax. Click below to download and print your July calendar. (You need a PDF reader [like Adobe Acrobat Reader - free] to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:20:40 EST Calendar - May SP7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x53216617 31 Days to Stronger Bones <BR> <BR> May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month—a time to remember the <BR> importance of preventing osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weak <BR> and brittle. Half of all women (and one quarter of men over 50) will break a bone due to <BR> osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. But osteoporosis is largely <BR> preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> Strengthen your bones from this month... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:45:49 EST Has anyone ordered Spark Solutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x53141295 I have preorded my copy of Spark Solutions and wondered if anyone else has ordered it yet? I believe it will be delivered some time early May and would like to see what everyone thinks of it when we get it! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:05:27 EST Calendar -April SP7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x52753784 30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days, you may wonder where to start. But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple, and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money, limit waste, enhance your health and even increase your overall physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here are 30 daily tips to get you started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:47:34 EST Oct. Fitness Points Leaderboard 7J http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x50631471 It's the last part of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for fitness points logged into the fitness tracker during October. If you have a personal Spark Page you received a team goodie as well! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> MA_KING69 2,040 <BR> BARTSLIMP 2,016 <BR> PRPLNDA 1,760 <BR> CMADELINE1 1,755 <BR> MARYBETH4884 1,745 <BR> AFCAPTAIN 1,637 <BR> DISKATDREAMER 1,474 <BR> LIVEDAILY 1,462 <BR> JIM12490 1,384 <BR> LUCENRICK 1,... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:05:13 EST Oct. Spark Calendar 7SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x50203676 October is Family Health Month--a time to take a look at the health and lifestyle habits of everyone in your household. Use these 31daily tips to help your kids develop healthy nutrition and fitness habits for years to come! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda r_2007-10.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great month! <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:21:14 EST Question of the Week - Oct. 7SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x50161014 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>341</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> New Question <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>341</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you usually go grocery shopping? <BR> <BR> Every few days <BR> <BR> Once a week <BR> <BR> Once every two weeks <BR> <BR> Rarely--I eat most of my meals out <BR> <BR> Other (Share in the comments!) <BR> <BR> <BR> W... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:11:08 EST Reasons to be thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x50025901 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post a thread where we can voice happy things and stay positive. Weigh loss can be a daunting journey (for me it is).... <BR> <BR> So I hope you like this idea <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that I got out for a walk during my lunch break today. Get to spend more time playing with my little man this evening as a result:) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:13:24 EST People are a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x49687008 I work at a nursing home and some old women are mean just to be mean. I've been feeling so good about myself being 8 weeks postpartum, dealing with a staph infection, and also a knee injury, but I've been staying on track and am back at the gym 6 times a week. However today one of the residents asked "are you the girl that just had the baby?" I replied I was she says "You sure don't look like you had it." It just makes me so mad that people think this is okay by any means. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:11:39 EST Spark Sept. Calendar 7SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x49677242 30 Days to More Fruit & Veggies <BR> <BR> As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for harvest. September is many things to many <BR> people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest month! Since most people struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of produce each day, these 30 tips will help you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet—and enjoy every bite! (an oldie but a goodie) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:53:04 EST Question about elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x49405182 How do I really know how many calories I'm burning on the elliptical. When I enter it into the site I feel like I don't get an accurate amount because of the variables of the different levels. Or do those not matter so much? Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:23:51 EST Setting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x49381454 Borrowed from a wise friend: <BR> <BR> Why you must set a goal to get to where you want to be! <BR> <BR> You can't go anywhere without a goal... When there's no purpose there's no interest... without interest there's no ambition... and without ambition you have nothing! <BR> <BR> I guess you could become an Olympic couch potato. Picture this... The Olympic theme playing in the background, your coach rubbing your shoulders, Remote control ready ...and set... The thumb serves a massive volle... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:22:30 EST Food/Kitchen Items - ABC Game7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23760x56144x49242895 Harvest time is upon us. Can you name, in alphabetical order, a food or kitchen item? <BR> <BR> A - apples Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:20:21 EST vicki562 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49232967 I would like to tell everyone hi , & Thanks to the one's who welcome me. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:34:05 EST Team Spirit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49210923 Have you HUDDLED today? <BR> <BR> Welcome to The Team HUDDLE CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> This challenge is to help with boosting TEAM SPIRIT! <BR> <BR> Every day, come into the team and HUDDLE! This has more than one benefit... you earn spark points for doing it... you say hello to your fellow team members and show them that you're sparking along with us... <BR> <BR> <BR> Come on every one... let's HUDDLE! <BR> <BR> The Challenge will run daily from July 29 - August 30. <BR> <BR> *****Come ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:50:36 EST Question of the Week - 7SP August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x49196433 Which of the following 9-inch dinner plates (a-D) is properly divided? <BR> <BR> A. Fill 1/2 the plate of fruits and/or vegetables, 1/4 of the plate with protein-rich foods, and 1/4 of the plate with grains. <BR> <BR> B. Fill the plate with equal portions (1/3 each) of fruits and/or veggies, protein, and grains. <BR> <BR> C. Fill 1/2 the plate with whole grains, 1/4 of the plate with protein, and 1/4 of the plate with vegetables. <BR> <BR> D. Fill most of the plate with v... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:47:26 EST 7SP August Motivational Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x49196389 31 Days to Better Sleep <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and breathing. But for lots of people, getting enough sleep can range from challenging to impossible. This August, you'll learn to sleep more soundly and improve your energy levels by using these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> Link: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-08.pdf </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:42:58 EST Olympics Workout-do this while watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x49192414 Who says you have to be a world-class athlete to get in a workout during the Olympics? If you tune in to watch contenders from around the globe go for the gold, don't skip your own workouts. Use our fun Olympics Workout Game to squeeze in some fitness while you watch. We can't promise you'll be as fast as Usain Bolt or have shoulders like Michael Phelps, but we do think you'll enjoy this fun workout. <BR> Try this workout during tonight's opening ceremonies or while you watch any Olympic eve... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:10:30 EST Lulumom96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49155634 This is my first post. I'm new to Spark People. So far I enjoy this site, I'm getting a lot of tips for dealing with Type 1 diabetes, and losing weight. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:36:52 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49136964 Hi! I'm Lindsay. I'm a type 1 diabetic, and from the time I got my first insulin pump I have struggled to keep my weight down. I love the saying "I'm not fat, but I have fat that I need to get rid of" because it fits me to a T! I'm not a fat person, but I sure do have plenty of fat to lose! I'm pretty tall so I "carry it well" whatever that means! I'm looking forward to sticking with this program, and so far (two weeks into it) I've lost 4 pounds and I don't really feel like I'm dieting! I ju... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:55:27 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49125947 Hi I am really enjoying sparkpeople.com and am looking forward to getting to know all of you. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:30:25 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49119792 Hi there! I am just getting started with my new healthy life style and been making lots of changes over the last three weeks like exercising and dieting, but have been a little disappointed that I have not seen a very big change in my weight. I bought a new scale and found out my old scale was not working properly and I had not lost as much weight as I had thought, but at least I know the real numbers I am working with now. I am very interested in connecting with people on here! I have read s... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:33:30 EST It can be done - here's proof http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x49116796 Check out this lady that was on the Today Show and is a Spark member: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:58:54 EST This or That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23760x56144x49104236 Pick from the two options and then create two options for the next poster. <BR> <BR> Early Bird or Night Owl? Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:23:14 EST Hi my name is Katherine my friends call me Kathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49091117 I recently joined spark people so far I am loving it. My current goal is to lose 10 pounds and tone up by 12/31/2012. All motivation, inspiration and tips are welcomed. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:45:46 EST Nice To Meet Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49090271 Hi my name is Janet. My co-worker and I have a deal to lose weight by our Christmas Party. And our other co-worker found out about it and introduced us to Spark. I have 50+ pounds to lose, so I don't think I will hit my goal weight by Christmas but I hope to make a dent in my weight loss journey. I am really enjoying this website and I just started reading the book. The thing I enjoy most in my life is doing things with my baby puppy girl Sugar Bear. She is a Yellow Labrador Retriever ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:22:59 EST I can't do it w/o support.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49049877 Hi there.Just call me Chele :) I am new to this site and I'm excited but overwhelmed w/ all the information here. I need to lose about 50-60 lbs. I do go to the gym but I am getting discouraged and unmotivated. I need the support. I'm currently working on goals and will share them with you all within the next two weeks. Hopefully this will keep me motivated as well. Look forward to chatting and making new friends. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:43:40 EST Happy to be joining this great group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49044283 My daughter got married the end of last month, and of course I wanted to lose weight. But I missed my goal by 25-30 pounds. But I did lose about 20 pounds since last fall, I see myself making progess, and now I want to continue my journey to a new healthy me! <BR> I'm 60 years old and have been a yo-yo dieter since high school. But the swings that were 15 lbs have become as much as 60 lbs in the past decade. As a result of all my "diets", I have eliminated many unhealthy foods and am semi-veg... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:59:30 EST Hi my name is Bonnie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49041496 I'm here to loose weight. I started last wedneday, and learning how to input all the information to the website. I'm here because I know that I will need help along the way and by what I have read that I will get the help and support that I need from the members here. <BR> <BR> thanks Bonnie Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:22:41 EST I'm on a roll and am going to keep on rolling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49028047 I just joined SparkPeople (again) last Friday but have actually been 'working on it' since March when I joined Weight Watchers (again). I have lost 19 lbs at WW in the past 4 months but their community support online leaves a lot to be desired so I came back to SP for the long haul :) <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that the combination of the two programs will make the best of both worlds and will spur me on to achieving that lifetime membership status that is my goal :) Figure using that as a goal ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:03:22 EST Hiiiii You guysss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49011776 Hii Im new to Spark family. Im am exxcited to join a friendly based site. I hope along this journey I am able to meet some good people and friends who are on the same path to success. Thanks for having me and looking forward to chatting with you all soon. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:16:00 EST Spark Step Tracker function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x49011425 How to Choose and Use a Pedometer <BR> Get Fit the Right-Left-Right Way <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> Track your daily steps with SparkPeople's Step Tracker. <BR> We created an optional tracker for you to log your daily steps, but it has to be "turned on" if you want to use it. <BR> <BR> To add a Step Tracker to your Fitness Tracker: <BR> <BR> 1. Go to "my Fitness" (your Fitness Tracker) under the My Tools tab. <BR> 2. Click the "Change Fitness Goals" button near the to... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:47:58 EST Hi Great To Join http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49011149 Hi all~it's great to join you all here. I decided to join sparkpeople to help surround myself with support, positive people, friends & hopefully be inspiring as so many of you will be to me along the way. I have over 100+ lbs to lose to reach my goal of 134. It's a long way away -I'm 284 lb. right now. I've lost 28 lb. from my highest weight a year ago. I've given up the fad diets & decided to change my life style & live a healthier, happier life. My focus is to build muscle, tone up & of cou... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:24:01 EST Are you enjoying your Successes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x49010868 Copied with permission from a friend on another team, but it is written so well I had to share! <BR> <BR> Are you enjoying your Successes? <BR> <BR> July 16 / 2012 <BR> <BR> You'll never achieve real success in your lifestyle change unless you like what you're doing and like what you're eating! It's true. If it hurts when you exercise or if you do exercise that you don't like doing, chances are you'll quit is a short period of time due to lack of interest! The same is true about what you'r... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:02:41 EST 7129melissa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49004111 I am a 35 yr old mother of 2 with very limited time to myself. I wanted to do weight watcher and decided against it because of all the costs. I came across this site on a google search and I am very excited about it. I am only about a week in now but I have found that the site has made me feel like my goal of weight loss is possible. Thank you much. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 07:46:51 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x49001374 Hi, my name is Lindsey and I just turned 22 years old. I am 220 pounds and would like to be between 150-160 by the end of this process. Growing up I have always been the "big girl" and the "fat friend". I have tried to lose weight in the past but have never had enough motivation do to so. I am finally ready to no longer be the "fat friend." I am also excited to learn to be healthy. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:45:21 EST Bible 18 (a person kept alive by religious belief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48998534 Lucky I live in Hawaii, and have excellent weather, and lots of fresh air to consider multiple factors that I am willing to improve to achieve good health. I work at an administrative job, finish by 4, and have time to swim outside, and walk my brown dog (KAMA) who has kept me alive. I attend religious services weekly, drink 2 glasses of wine every day, and have at least two morbidity factors (cardiac, and diabetes). But I remain optimistic! <BR> I am in a Phase III study for a new dia... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:02:01 EST Hi there, from a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48997708 I hope I'm doing this right...these forums are way different from any I've ever used. It'll take some time for me to get used to so please forgive me if I'm doing it wrong. <BR> <BR> Ahem...I'm Zira, and I HATE myself right now. <BR> Thats right I hate myself. I'd like to get on track and get to a place where I don't hate the way I look. I'd like to find some pagan friendly groups to join, so if anyone knows about that and has a link for me I'd be ever so grateful. :) <BR> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:54:07 EST What is your weather like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48989865 Tell us about your weather conditions and the area you are in (can be a city, state, etc.) <BR> <BR> In Columbus, GA today it is hot, muggy, with afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 100 predicted. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:35:31 EST sad, and disgusted with myself :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48984596 Hi folks! Today I hang my head, I am sad and disgusted with myself that I let myself get this overweight. I guess I hide it well? Or perhaps I can't see what I really look like. The highest weight I had been in my life was the day I gave birth to my daughter (180lbs) I am 5 ft tall, and I felt like a cow. After she was born, my life spiraled into insanity, discovering my husband (now ex) was cheating and using drugs. I never fully started a weight loss program if you will, as I figured that ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 20:32:24 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48983782 hey guys my names dalena i'm 19 and am diabetic so it's been truly a struggle to find things that will work for me i'm willing to do anything i'm currently 202 and not proud of it so i just need help and encouragement and thanks Sat, 14 Jul 2012 19:34:06 EST CAN'T FIND MY PAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x48982108 I can't find my page..I just signed up.. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 16:22:03 EST Hi all! Looking forward to making new friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48980945 My name is Cheri & I'm really looking forward to meeting some wonderful people. I've never had a problem losing weight until after giving birth....lol <BR> I've been on the weightloss roller coaster since high school & I'm ready to get off...permanently! <BR> I'm doing this mainly for me, but also because I want to impact my children in a healthy & positive way. Ive become an emotional eater just over the last couple of years & I'm really sick and tired of the guilt that comes along with tha... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:29:13 EST Hello, Spark people... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48979624 <BR> <BR> Today I decided to pick the truth, stop being mean to myself and give my self a chance to be the best that I can be...on any level! I am fat and unhappy...I just carry all of that in a good way:). I know why...because I eat too much, I snack at night and the more I wanted to stop, the more I eat. I was so ignorant once! Never had problems with the weight until I gave birth to my daughter and realize that I gain 60 lb!! She is almost seven, and I never lost that:). I moved to Ameri... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:33:44 EST Hello to all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48979262 I am a newbie and just wanted to introduce myself and say hello to all of you and thank you to those who have already welcomed me to the group. Just wondering is the 50plus group for those individuals over the age of 50 as well as those who desire to loose that amount of weight? If so, its for me. I'm single, a grandmother, a minister, and I have struggled with weight most of my adult life. I had the bariatric lapband surgery and later had to have it removed. So, here I am again and hope th... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:02:59 EST A big hello from Rainbowgurl :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48978187 Hi Everyone <BR> I came across this site by mistake... And I am so glad that I did :) I have been going to the gym from the past 2 weeks and I am loving it! Now I need to start sorting my diet and nutrition out as well :) <BR> I have given myself 1 year to lose 100 pounds... I am feeling so positive :) Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:31:32 EST good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x48977833 i know i should not but i had to get on the scale today to see if all this pain and suffering is worth it. YES it is. lost 3 lbs. some say its just water but i am hungry (not really) and my body is aching. this is for real. I just had to know if i was doing something right. LOL have a great day Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:03:48 EST Hi all! Looking forward to making new friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48974598 My name is Cheri & I'm really looking forward to meeting some wonderful people. I've never had a problem losing weight until after giving birth....lol <BR> I've been on the weightloss roller coaster since high school & I'm ready to get off...permanently! <BR> I'm doing this mainly for me, but also because I want to impact my children in a healthy & positive way. Ive become an emotional eater just over the last couple of years & I'm really sick and tired of the guilt that comes along with tha... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 01:52:20 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48972631 Today is my first day and i really hope to lose weight and keep it off Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:43:59 EST Losing Weight is like glitter and unicorns - not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48971596 Hi there - i've just joined sparkpeople after doing some research. I'm excited to get started because I have a lot of pesky weight to lose. Any motivation/inspiration you might have would be very much appreciated. Anyone wanna be friends? That would be awesome too. Cheers :) Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:23:27 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48970786 hello im a single mom of 3 and i want to be healthy for me and my kids i cant run or jump or play with my kids need to lose the weight to be there for my kids Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:08:07 EST Started Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48970291 Friday the 13th and my birthday. <BR> Seemed like the perfect day to start. <BR> <em>249</em> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:24:15 EST Hi Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48960391 Just thought i would pop in and say hi to all my team mates. <BR> <BR> Weighed in this morning at 250lb and had a body fat mass of 48.4% (yuck). <BR> <BR> Sick and tired of always being like this. Now its time to get totally selfish and start putting myself first and create the life that i want. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately this is also the first day of my holiday. But i am taking my running gear with me and with a little self control and wise choices i know i can come back with a weight loss a... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:48:39 EST Hello everyone my name is Ketoyiah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48958675 Hello, I'm so excited to have joined Spark People. I feel very motivated to start my path to a more healthy and happy me. Just wanted to introduce myself. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:37:15 EST Proud of weight loss, struggling to maintain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48956960 Hi, everyone! I lost 60 pounds on a national weight loss program. WooHoo! I've been so pround of myself, but the program changed and I have had real difficulty maintaining since it changed. I joined sparkpeople because I DO NOT want to gain 60+ pounds back. I've gained 10 and am very upset with myself and feeling rather lost. I joined the other program because I do believe in making weight loss maintenance and healthy eating a way of life. I am committed to tracking what I eat and my exercise... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:29:12 EST breyes61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48956439 Hi..I'm Carol an I just join here to help me lose weight. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:54:35 EST Hello All. Finally decided I can't be 300 + pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48951558 So here I go. Any encouragement would be welcomed. In time I hope to be a source of encouragement for others. First goal is to give up diet soda and the second is to actually use my gym membership. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:00:58 EST Supporting my wife and doing some good for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48950791 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to intorduce myself and thank everyone who has already welcomed me to this site. My main objective for starting with Spark People is that my wife has just enrolled in Weight Watchers and I can support her in tracking her points as I am tracking my calories. Even the short time I have been on here has produced noticable motivation in my wife. <BR> I also joined because I finally got sick of not having a "beach body" even though I am a Marine and... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:01:18 EST Hello/ Newbie!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48949620 So I came upon this site through a friend on FB (go figure) who is also on this weight loss mission! I have to say that this has definitely inspired me and pushed me a little more, I am excited and look forward to posting my progress as well as reading everyone else. It is nice to find a place where you can find support and others who are on the same page as you! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:29:31 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48944636 I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Nicole, full time mom, spouse and worker. I'm hoping to gain some motivation here to help me with my weightloss goals. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:33:55 EST Good evening everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48943113 Minna-san konbanwa~ <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone and hoping that taking the step of signing up for SparkPeople will get me to stop procrastinating my weight loss, and start prioritizing nutrition and exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> <em>41</em> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:52:33 EST The new girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48943110 Hi all I'm Keely I'm just now joining sparkpeople! I've tried many different ways to be healthy and lose weight and I was told this website was a good place to start. I hope to find people on here that will be supportive and will share sucess stories! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:52:22 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48941552 New to site. So far liking the ease and set up. Any pointers? Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:12:57 EST I nee to loose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48940706 hi, my name is christy and I didnt like the number that appeared on the scale at the doctors office..it proves I am obese..this stinks. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:15:42 EST GerreLP has joined today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48939281 Hi, hopefully I will get lose a little weight and start feeling better. I'm so happy to be a member and looking forward to talking with everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Gerre Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:18:21 EST hi my name is rebecca http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48937963 hey everyone Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:39:10 EST New Spark Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48935553 I just joined and hope this will really make a spark in my new start! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:15:34 EST Hi...I'm new and from MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48924686 This is my first time joining an online support group. I am hoping I find this to be useful and helpful. Right now it seems a bit overwhelming and time consuming to figure everything out and navigate my way around but I have high hopes that I will press on instead of becoming frustrated and give up. I look forward to any help, advice or tips and to making friends. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:19:06 EST I'm ready to lose 150lbs and get healthy , http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48923586 Hi I'm Sarah , just joined this , im on this for help to lose 150lbs , I lost six stone after having my son and I have put 4 stone of that weight back on in 2 years , and I've had enough of it now , so time to lose weight and feel gorgeous and healthy again Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:55:46 EST Motivating Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23760x56144x48919865 Do you have a favorite quote about fitness, nutrition or life in general you can share with us? <BR> <BR> One of my favorites, is from Spark: <BR> <BR> Exercise in the morning (before your brain figures out what you are doing!) <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:18:19 EST Erica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48918698 Hello every one my name is Erica and I am new on this site. I am 20 years old and weight 157. I am 4'11 so im obesed..Im really excited and motivated to loose weight. My goal is to weight 120 lbs. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:46:46 EST i'm new to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48916627 Hi, <BR> My name's Ala. I'm new to Spark. My goal is to loose around 20 kg. My starting weight is 81 kg. I've already lost 5 kg in 3 weeks due to exercising and healthy eating. I'm using my bike instead of the bus. Everyday I'm riding to work which is around 7 miles. I'm struggling with eating especially over the weekends but trying to be on the track all the time despite tiny sins :) Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:40 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48916426 I just joined today and am going to lose about 40 lbs. I'm really excited about all the neat things on this site. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:17:45 EST Hello SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48915720 I just joined the site. It's been working out for my friend so I thought I'd join up as well. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:30:58 EST Taufiq Suhamin - Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48911501 Hi. I am Taufiq Suhamin from Brunei Darussalam. I am struggling to lose weight and yeah, I managed to lose some kilograms (initial lost). Somehow, to look good, I want to lose more and more. Reminiscing back in 2011, I was very fat. <BR> <BR> Would I achieve what I want? BY FAITH! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 02:45:16 EST Hungry! Need ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23758x56144x48910584 Hi all, <BR> It is 9pm in California, and I am starving. I have only 90 points left in the day if I want to end the day at the top of my range (which I'm not sure is really ok, but I'm hungry.) Any good ideas out there about the most filling way to use those 90 calories? I am afraid that if I don't fill up a bit, I won't be able to fall asleep later. Help! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:11:18 EST Customized Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48909212 Hello, I'm navigating thru the web site to become more acclimated with the options. <BR> <BR> Does the site have customized meal plans? I've seen so far something similar to a food diary, but is there a program that suggests what to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> D K <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:39:26 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48908727 Hi, I'm 'DerKommissar'...I just joined today. Thanks for the warm reception. <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:09:56 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48908122 I am 48 and dieting for the first time in my life. I have very little willpower and am not very active. I know this will not be easy but am hoping that this will be the place to learn and get motivated. Thanks in advance for all the help and support. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:39:42 EST HI, am Bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48907648 I like to snack at night and it very hard for me to go to sleep so I drink wine every night, to help me fall a sleep... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:11:52 EST Hello from Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48906542 Hello, <BR> With your help, I plan to do this one day at a time. I wish everyone success. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:55:48 EST I'm Back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48902271 <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just returning to SP after about a 2 year absence. This morning I ate 2 doughnuts and felt like crap. When I got to work today I decided it was time. Time to get back to eating healthy, working out and feeling better about myself!! I can’t wait for my journey to get back on track!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:45:45 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48899280 Hello All, new Guy here. I'm a married 38 yr old looking to lose a few LBS and a bit of the Beer belly I have gained the past 8 years. Dr says I need to lower the Triglycerides and get my Cholesterol down. SO out goes the soda (my epic vice) and in with more sensible stuff. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to trying the site and seeing all the good things people post! <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me.! <BR> <BR> Matt Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:37:10 EST Hello Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48898308 I am starting spark people again. I am definitely motivated to work on making time in my busy busy schedule but I know that once I get a routine down, I will have so much more energy and feel much better about myself overall! Hello everyone! I am looking forward to utilizing the support from this site! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:42:32 EST Hi from Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48898103 Hi, I am 54 yoa, and have about 20 pounds more to loose. I belong to TOPS(Take OFF Pounds Sensibly), and with their support I had lost 20 pounds, then when my oldest child moved back home, I gained 10 pounds back. Cooking differently, and more snack/unhealthy foods in the house, which I could not/would not ignore. I found this site looking through Pinterest, and thought it couldn't hurt. I like to walk, and do daily, but I think I need to do something more, as I feel I am at a standstill... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:30:15 EST Failure makes me stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48893421 Mother of two wants to take control of her life! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:19:10 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48891060 I'm new here, sort of intimidated, but pumped. I want to lose weight, but do not have much of a support system at home, so I'm looking elsewhere. This is a stressful time for me, having recently lost a dear relative to cancer, the same week I discovered that the pain that I was experiencing from a fall the previous month was in fact a broken shoulder. But I don't want to use stress and an injury as excuses for my lack of self-discipline, because there will always be stress, and my legs still ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 22:05:24 EST Hi!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48889612 Hi Sparkies! :) My name is Kim. Looking to lose weight & make some friends along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good July 2012 (so far!). :) <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 20:20:46 EST Howdy from Texas!! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48888676 Hi, my name is Lanette... from Lumberton, Texas (near Beaumont)... 07-08-12 is my first day (yay, me!! lol) I'm really lookin' for some accountability (and motivation, of course!)... I look forward to meetin' ya!! Choose to be blessed!! Lanette : ) Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:04:03 EST Kittencadaveral is excited to have support from U http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48888579 I have had a weight problem since I was thirty. I tried to ignore it but now its affecting my daily health and ability to do basic daily stuff. I want to feel better and be proud of my appearance not trying to be Invisible because my personality is definitely more exciting than my appearance. Maybe I am just ready to love myself enough to do this. <BR> Don't have a support at home so will need all of you to help me. Hello everyone! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 18:57:00 EST 50+ and Ready to Lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48888073 I am a 50+ soon to be grandmother and ready to lose weight to get healthy. Any tips or suggestions to help me reach my goal would be appreciated. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 18:16:54 EST Hello I'm New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48885198 Hello there, I'm new; my name is Paul. I'm a filmmaker and motion graphics artist in Seattle. I need to make a change and get my life back. I've struggled with my weight for a ver long time due to a military injury. But I really want to feel and look healthy again. I found this community through a friend on Facebook. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:52:39 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56144x48882564 I am 62 years young and I need to lose 20 lbs to keep my Dr. happy and myself healthy. I live on a poultry farm in Louisiana and I am a very active Master Gardener. I grow a lot of what we eat every day. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:21:01 EST July Spark Calendar 7SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x48749795 31 Days to Less Stress <BR> <BR> Relax During the Lazy Days of Summer <BR> <BR> Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more. But summer is the perfect time to relax, slow down, and just enjoy the weather. What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.spar... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:16:26 EST Question of the Week - SP July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x48631666 Answer the question given to the best of your knowledge. There are no right or wrong answers. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:55:11 EST Summertime Fun Words (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23760x56144x48631445 In alphabetical order, type in a word or phrase dealing with the summer. <BR> <BR> A - apron for grilling Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:38:03 EST Login Points from the Wheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23760x56144x48631351 How many points did you spin (plus bonus points) did you get today? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:30:55 EST 10 Minutes a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23759x56144x48631338 Use an emoticon to show you have done at least 10 minutes of a fitness activity! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:29:26 EST Chat Room - SP Class July 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56144x48626159 We might not be able to solve the problems of the world, home, school or business, but we sure can talk about them! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:13:53 EST