SparkPeople SP Class of July 22-28, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 22-28, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 22-28, 2012 Team Messageboard Anyone still around/back for another round? I've returned to work off some pounds I gained back over the last year, anyone else doing the same? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:19:11 EST Got lost for a while, need help getting ME back! I am 52 year old female that use to work out and be in good shape. I've lost my way over the past couple years. Lost my dad to cancer two years ago and then have had my own cancer battle. I need to get back into a solid workout routine ! I'm having no luck getting there on my own. I know I'll feel better about everything if I just get myself going again!! I'd love some help Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:19:52 EST Happy Alena Hello <BR> My name is Alena and I am on a mission to get healthy, feel good, look good and be happy. I have been logging in for 4 days and I hope to get enough energy soon to start a real work regime. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:53:35 EST What are your May Goals? I would love to hear what everyone's May goals are for your health and fitness! <BR> <BR> Mine are to exercise days per week, lose 10 pounds, step 15,000 steps and drink 128 ounces of water everyday. Thu, 2 May 2013 13:48:51 EST Emoticon how you are doing today <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:07:29 EST New Year Goals <em>347</em> <em>192</em> <em>274</em> <em>364</em> <em>317</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for 2013? <BR> <BR> I am buying the fitbit to motivate me to continue on my journey! <BR> I want to lose another 17 pounds - I do small goals, due to my ankle. <BR> <BR> I will continue to eat healthier - but plan to eat even healthier this year. <BR> MY 50th birthday is in 4 months. I want to look and feel better!!! <BR> <BR> God willing - my ankle cooperates, I can walk 40-60 m... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:06:36 EST Happy New Year - January Chat <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I hope as you start the new year you are planning to continue your journey to a healthier stronger you! <BR> <BR> God Bless you! <BR> Jean Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:05:49 EST Update on your status How are you doing with your fitness goals? <BR> <BR> I am still striving for health. <BR> <BR> I drink my water everyday, get a little exercise, and I am making healthy food choices. <BR> <BR> Jean Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:32:43 EST Gift a Goodie Hi Team - in lieu of the holiday season please reply - and give a goodie to who you reply over. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays. <BR> Jean Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:31:40 EST Iowa lady ready to get healthy Hello, Like I said, I'm from Iowa, and at 56 years old, and 100pounds over weight, I decided once again to try and loose this excess baggage, since I can't afford any of the expensive weight loss things, I decided to give sparkspeople a chance, It looks like a great site, and I'm looking forward to making new friends and getting healthy together. Nice to meet everyone, and I guess its time to start putting one foot in front of the other!! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:40:19 EST November Goals My goals for Nov include - not stressing out with so much on my plate, <BR> eat healthy! for my kidney health, drink my 10 servings of water, and do better with new schedule - I am at school 2x a week until 10pm and I do not home until after 11pm. I need to readjust my bedtime for the other days of the week so I am not so tired. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> team! <BR> <BR> Jean Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:40:08 EST Today I am thankful for.... <em>251</em> <em>282</em> <em>459</em> <em>432</em> <em>274</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Jean Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:37:51 EST Chat Box HI team, <BR> I am sorry I have been MIA. <BR> Life is way too busy! <BR> I am back in school finishing my degree in Psychology. <BR> I have been taking care of my parents 3-7 days now that they live within 3 miles of me. <BR> Mom had surgery last week, I am having midterms this week. JOY JOY JOY! <BR> <BR> So how is every one doing on their Spark Journey? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <em>334</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Jean Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:35:20 EST Class Pulse Check Hi fellow classmates! <BR> <BR> Looks like we've hit the 3 month/90 day mark. How's everyone doing? Have you... <BR> <BR> *Met all your goals and are right where you hoped you'd be and going strong <BR> <BR> *Met some of your goals and are making new ones <BR> <BR> *Haven't met any goals but are motivated and pushing forward <BR> <BR> *Completely fell off the wagon and are looking for new motivation <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing. I'm interested in knowing how my classmates are doing!! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:08:53 EST October goals What are your goals for October? <BR> <BR> I am currently in PT so my goal is to work hard so I can return to my reg exercise program. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:20:24 EST input for forum topics Have you joined other teams on sparks? <BR> If you have - please share the team that Sparks you the most. <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in team challenges for the holidays coming up? <BR> <BR> Do you play trivia - would you like a trivia post to post your progress and see how others are doing as well? <BR> <BR> Please post anything else you would like to see in our forums. <BR> I would like to see our team stay active.. from my experience - it is cool to see how members change and reac... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:13:51 EST 20 pounds! Hello, everyone. I've been lurking around this team since I joined...never really posted anything, but I do check in and read posts and comments about topics. I started my new lifestyle journey July 23rd this year. I just want to share that this morning I hit the 20 pound lost mark, and I am ecstatic. It took me just about two months to do this, and I can't believe it. Congrats to anyone else who also has achieved any weight loss. It is incredibly hard, but so worth it! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:10:55 EST Spark - what are your favorites on the site? What is your favorite tool on Spark? <BR> <BR> Jean <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:13:41 EST Not receiving emails from Sparkers I haven't had any emails from the teams I joined and there are a lot of them. <BR> I really miss connecting with them and need to know how this can be remedied. <BR> Anyone out there that can assist a not so savvy computerer? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:08:29 EST Calorie Range changed HI - does anyone know why my calorie range changed? I was at 1210-1530 but it was increased to 1350-1610? Just wondering........Thanks!!! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:41:36 EST What are your September goals? My goal is to get back on track - tracking my food with Sparkpeople food tracker, join another challenge to get back on track with my structured exercise program and drink 10 servings of water... I am upping my water from 8 to 10. <BR> <BR> jean <BR> <em>274</em> <em>491</em> <em>478</em> <em>466</em> <em>373</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:32:09 EST Nervous a little....I've lost some motivation I know this sounds silly because we've all been there, and it is a normal part of the process of learning a new liftestyle..... but today I haven't been as focused on my "goal" as I have been for the past three weeks. I even ate gummy bears and fruit thingys. The GOOD thing I did was eat only half rather than the whole bag. Thank God my son is here because I can always pass it off to him .... especially if it's candy. Help me ladies/ stay on track! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Karyn Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:41:40 EST Just checking in! Hey there everyone! I hope everyone is doing good. I am sorry I have been a bit busy...trying to get my home business up and running. Just know that I am soooo proud of all you! You can do this. You are all strong and amazing. Believe it and it will happen! Go get it! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:22:39 EST What have you changed in a month? What changes have you made in a month? <BR> <BR> Which trackers are you using? Which is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Are you seeing results? Do not just go by a scale - you could be feeling better, your clothes may be a little loose, and or other things you may see a difference in <BR> <BR> Are you drinking more water? <BR> <BR> What do you need help with? Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:16:47 EST Hi Everyone I'm Trudy. I stumbled on this site while reading an email from another weight loss site. I saw an ad for the cookbook and downloaded it on my tablet. My interest was peeked and I decided to try Spark instead. I had lost 10 lbs before joining and have lost 3 more lbs since beginning this journery 2 weeks ago. My motivation is high and I am looking forward to making a lifetime committment to this new way of eating. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:50:50 EST Stopped in to say HI! Hi class members, glad to meet you. Will be checking in to see how Great! all of us are doing quite often. Be sure to stop by and say HI some time. See ya! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:30:30 EST Need some fitness ideas? Fitness Videos on Spark Need some help with working out? <BR> <BR> Spark has AWESOME videos right here and you can easily track them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_videos.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Jean Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:14:55 EST Excited Well even though I got bad news medical this week and I still ended up losing 2.4 lbs this week. I was thrilled to see the weight loss since my medical condition is suppose to slow down my weight loss. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:09:40 EST How are you doing? <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> What changes have you made to your nutritional and physical balance? <BR> <BR> Do you need help with anything? <BR> <BR> Are you drinking water? <BR> <BR> Which tool on Spark is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Jean <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:20:18 EST First week down I lost 2 pounds this week. I was hoping for more since it was my first week. I've been really diligent about tracking my food. I feel good though because I'm not hungry all the time and I feel more in control of my food choices. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 07:16:04 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:18 EST I'm back.....for good Hi team! I wish I could say I did this before, stuck to it and made it my lifestyle however life got in the way. my first visit with spark I lost 30 lbs so it does work if you follow it. since then I ha two children and continued to make bad choices. I love food and fell off the wagon, check I got stuck under the bus. the most important thing is that I'm back and doing it! I'm feeling great and hope it lasts forever. this is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. we can do it! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:35:33 EST Thought I'd say hello!!! I've been here a week and have lost three poundss and I thought it might be time to say hello to the class!!! Hello!!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:37:02 EST Good morning! Thought I'd say hello! My name is Melanie and I'm 44 years old. I joined SparkPeople last week, and am still getting used to things on this site. Forgive me while I adjust - plus I spend hardly any time online when I'm at home as I am on a computer all day at work so I usually just don't feel like being on one at home too. <BR> <BR> I have battled with my weight off and on for several years now. Lately I've felt myself "in between" - my daughters are fairly grown (ages 17 and 18) and I have been a single paren... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:51:24 EST It's working! I'm down 6 pounds this week! I didn't exercise, but I did track my food which helps immensely. Hope everybody else did well, too! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:32:04 EST Woo hoo! Excellent week one! Happy to report that my weigh in this morning showed a 3.6 pound loss. Very happy! It was painless, really....I managed to have ice cream, some candy I wanted and went out to an all you can eat Korean BBQ place for dinner one night and fit it all into my plan. Awesome! How did everyone else do this first week? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:50:45 EST Trying something new. Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. I am a vegetarian and I am a paramedic. I work A LOT. I work something called a 24/48. I work for 24 hours straight and have 48 hours off. It makes for a lot of bored eating and days where I can't exercise. I grab a lot of carb food because it's fast. I have put on a lot of weight and I am unhappy. I have started p90x and trying to eat less carbs and better portion control to lose some weight. My boyfriend and I are both trying to los... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:02:04 EST Hi! I'm new here. I am a middle aged divorced father who is morbidly obese and a food addict. But, I am changing my life and taking charge of my health. Not tomorrow, not next month or next week or next year - TODAY. <BR> <BR> If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - I laid it all out there. <BR> <BR> I wish you all every success in your goals. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:10:17 EST Excited and anxious to begin. Hello, <BR> I am trying to change the way I eat to reduce body fat and of course lose weight. I would like to make a weekly menu of the right amount of fat, carbs, protein and calories but I feel over whelmed as to how to get started. I would appreciate any suggestions. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:10:58 EST Finding Win Hello, My name is Win Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:43:39 EST New here Hi..I am a stay at home mom who needs to lose weight and get in shape...Right now I have been dealing with a fractured foot for over 2 years that won't heal and it is keeping me from being able to do any exercise. I have 30 lbs to lose and have very little motivation...I really need help in finding ways to eat right and the knowledge to do these things. I look forward to making new friends here and changing my life. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:19:56 EST WV Mama ready to be a Fit I am a 36 y/o wife and mom of 4 who recently became a Leslie Sansone Walk Live Leader and has also been doing the yo-yo thing way too long. We have had a lot of changes in our life recently and I am ready to make a physical change too. I am tired of being tired and being on the borderline of diabetic. <BR> <BR> I have about 40lbs to lose and have set a few August goals for myself: <BR> 1) Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> 2) Exercise 5-6 days a week (teaching walking classes 3 days a week) <BR... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:17:32 EST I'm Julz and I'm fat! I just joined Sparks. I'm really determined to lose at least 35 lbs. I'm not embarrassed or scared at all. I am however, disgusted in myself and very depressed about what I have become! Here's to the next 9 months of losing weight! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:27:02 EST Ready for a change! Hello~ My name is Tiffany. I have a wonderful husband and 3 awesome kids. I have struggled with my weight all my life and have tried and failed many times to get fit. Recently we made a life change and moved to Vegas! Now I'm ready to take that change one step further and really concentrate on getting healthy. My family supports everything I do but I would love to meet some people that are going through the same changes as I am. If any of you are interested in finding someone to help with mot... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:21:50 EST pjshopper I am ready to take care of myself ... sending my daughter off to OSU in three weeks! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:23:46 EST Weight Watchers & Holding I have been doing ww on line for over a year and have been at the same weight for the last 5 months playing back and forth up 2, down 2. Is this site for real--it has all the ww online plus more and its free? I didnt realize i was eating so many carbs and they were all in my ww free fruits and veggies that i took as 0 points and portion control wasn't there. it is only my 3rd day with spark so any advice for newbie would be greatly appreciated. Any fav sites--tips? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:58:10 EST Hi Everyone... My name is Louis, and im new to <BR> <BR> I'm going to use all the tools that are here to help me reach my goal of 185lbs by october. <BR> <BR> I have to definitely cut down on fast food and start exercising alot more... <BR> <BR> I know that small steps will produce huge results. <BR> <BR> Wish me Luck! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:14:26 EST Lisa My name is Lisa and my goal is 45 lbs in the next year. I want to be healthy and active. As my kids get older my eating habits get worse and my activity level has gotten less. I'm looking for support and motivation. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:05:34 EST Momma wants her curves back! Hi! I'm Nik. I am a wife and mother. I have a lot to lose but I am looking forward to making huge changes in my life one step at a time. I am excited to be a part of the team. Good luck to everyone! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:28:44 EST Mom struggling to lose this weight Hello! I am a mother of three struggling to lose the last fifteen pounds. Lack of motivation and frequent frustration makes me gain everything I lose. Looking for support and help. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:38:48 EST it is my turn Hello I am on a new phase of life...My husband passed away last year and I miss him but am looking <BR> ahead to the fact it is now my life and it is me who is 100 percent responsible for what I do <BR> with it. I wasted years in the past being unhappy with my weight, making excuses and <BR> starting and stopping I want to believe I can do it and know if it is to be it is up to me. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:21:53 EST Goals to Dreams I am turning 60 August of 2012. I am desperately seeking advice and help to motivate me to get this huge amount of weight off that is dragging my entire life down. I like to be active and constantly busy. The heat in Kansas has really put a damper on my active life. It seems like I do nothing but think of food all day. I have such horrible cravings that I cannot control them. I have thought about a lap bank surgery but really do not want to do that or pay that kind of money. I would lo... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:52:24 EST Hello Hi there. Let's see how this goes.. I am not much on dieting but i really need to lose weight & can't afford to do it thru any other program so here goes... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:01:40 EST New Here! Hi, I'm Shannon! I'm 32 y/o from NJ and looking to get some support on my journey to lose weight. Growing up, I was shy and it never helped that I have always been a little bit bigger than everyone else. To top it all off, I've gotten braces AND glasses within the last year or so. Now that I'm an adult, I have more self confidence, but I'm still not happy about the 40+ pounds I've put on over the past few years. My problem is mostly food related...I love food way too much! I think I jus... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:38:04 EST How do I log strength training exercises? I did figure out how to log my cardio in the fitness tracker but how do I log my strength training? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:21:43 EST Introduction Hi my name is yamilet i'm new to this getting the hang of it looking for motivation to start on this new goal for myself :-) Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:09:44 EST jesusgirl011 Good morning friends and friends yet to be met. I believe that GOD has ordained all my steps, so I am here for a purpose. I so look forward to meeting the challenges and to do my best to give all that I can to support others. It is a very lonely place by yourself and each of us have the ability and choice to change that, and I made that choice a couple of days ago when I joined Sparkpeople. Have a GOD filled day, keep smiling because today is not an accident but a gift. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:58:30 EST hello from Romancie I am a 49 year old male. I weight 230 lbs and want to get to 180 lbs. I lost my job almost a year ago and had no luck finding a new one. I know I am depressed because I eat more than I should and I am mostly dormant eating watching TV, I am getting help for depression but some of the meds make me gain more weight. I suffer from migraines very ogten about 15 a month. If anyone out there can write me with suggestions I would be greatful. Thanks so much. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:48:31 EST hello my name is andrea howe i am ready to start a new life Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:46:40 EST Golfwidowsayshi Hello! I live in McKinney, Tx. I am married and have one son going into high school. I feel like I am stuck in limbo. After battling health problems for years. I am finally on the right path. But this last year,I have recently gained about 40 pounds. I have never felt better physically, but I find I don't know what to do now. I eat out of boredom. I crazy over sugar and sweets. I just feel like I am out of control and I don't have a plan. I need to loose this weight. Despite on how I feel, I... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:01:54 EST hello everyone good morning everyone...I'm Megan 28 from PA... I have been over weight all my life and looking forward to losing this weight and getting healthy. I have some pretty big long term goals for myself to be able to run a marathon, and also to get into body building. I need to find some short term goal and get this weight off my body for good. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:56:04 EST Motivation Hi, my name is Michelle and I've joined Sparkpeople to help motivate myself on my mission to lose weight. Sometimes we need that boost of encouragement or self tracking to get started. I'm hoping to make friends and to get help and motivation from you all. I have a 19 month old baby girl that I need to stay healthy for and I want to get on track mentally so together my husband and I can strive ahead on our road to success. So feel free to give any imput on how this program is helping you... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:55:29 EST Hi everyone Skinny Beatnik Introduction Hello everyone, I've signed up today to shift the final 7-8lbs of lard! I had been on Dukan since the end of May but after almost completing it, I have decided that I would rather move onto something that suits me a bit better, so going back to eating low cal tasty fruit and veg and having a treat when I want it, not when I'm allowed! How does everyone find this site? Is it working for you? :-) <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 06:45:21 EST Morning Munchies It used to be that evenings were my most challenging time - I would be tired, but need to do a bit more work before bed, so I'd eat not because I was hungry but to keep myself awake. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm getting more sleep, I don't have those evening carb/sugar cravings, but I wake up famished. It's hard to steer away from the kitchen before going to exercise, because I'm ready for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all at the same time! <BR> <BR> For tomorrow, I've got a small portion of yogu... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 03:56:11 EST Reposted to the "Introduce yourself" forum above Technology and I don't mix well Wed, 25 Jul 2012 03:32:48 EST new to this diet thing Hello All . <BR> After a breif stay overnight in my local hospital wich scared the hell out of me i have desided to start a diet . <BR> I was at work when this all began . i had a headach that was a very nasty one , my bp was taken at the er and it was 256/170 not good at all and was told that my colestrol was significanly high . the er dr said if i would have waited anouther 10 minutes i would have been in a full blown heart attack . thank god i caught things in time . iam new to this diet ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:37:38 EST Have to these pounds! Hello. I stepped on the scale today and my weight was at 250 and my jeans were hard to get on. That's a lot of weight for my 5' 5" frame! I decided it's time to do something so I searched for online weight loss support and came across this site. I really like everything that's available here. I'm not very self-motivated, so I could use a lot of support. I'm excited to take this first step! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:02:38 EST belladee555 Hi, I dont know what to really say, but all I know is I would never do something like this so I guess I'm starting in the right direction. I've always been a fit person until about 2006. Went through some personnal issues and A LOT of STRESS. <BR> In 2009 I had a slip and fall accident and I hurt my lower back and hip bad. I went from walking 5 miles a day and coaching softball, to becoming bed ridden for almost a year. I've recently started to walk again and I found I can do just about a m... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:02:12 EST Fat & Fed up That about sums it up. Seeing my weight on the scale was the real kicker and is what has motivated me today to sign up. <BR> <BR> I am Tracey, i'm 45 year old female, married with 2 teens and a love for life, my family, my hobbies, and want to be healthy again, to have energy to keep up with my family, and not feel so tired. Plus i have sleep apnea and have to sleep with a cpap machine. No very sexy in bed. I'm a 5'8 brunette, dark brown eyes and i know there is a thinner, healthier p... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:09:46 EST newbie ths site was given to me by my registered dietician. so far it looks like it will be very helpful. must do something - as my dietician said: 'how's that working out for you', in response to my not doing anything to help myself. obviously not doing well with my current lifestyle, so here's to turning over a new leaf! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:49:43 EST Jacqui B! Hi there! My name is Jacqui... I'm getting married next year and I have a lot of weight to lose... but I'm not particularly losing it so I'll look good on my wedding day, but because I want to feel better. I've done spark people before, but I didn't really get in on the message boards, trying it out this time... maybe it will help me. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:28:22 EST Hello everyone. Hi everyone. It's great to have been led to something that has already gotten me excited about my weight loss goals. Every minute i have been on here has made me more motivated. I look forward to everyone's help, motivational stories, and seeing others besides myself look towards a happier, healthier future. :-) Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:16:18 EST Hi I am a newbie. Hi . My name is Zee. I hope to find support and I hope to give support and be a friend to anyone that reaches out. I've made a commitment and I am going to see it through. I would like to lose 60 LBS. The weight is ruining my health, my relationships and basically my life. I never used to be heavy. It has been is the past 10 year and due to stress and depression and life changes.. I would say that I am an emotional eater. I am a 58 year old female and the weight won't budge. I need a... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:33:47 EST Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a big loser! :) I just joined SparkPeople after a friend on the MSWorld message board recommended it. So far, I like what I see and feel that it will be very helpful in reaching my weight and health goals. <BR> <BR> Back in 2008, I weighed 265 lbs. I'm only 5' 3", so you can imagine what a little butterball I was! LOL! Over the years, after my husband and I separated (he was a compulsive eater and loved food, which didn't help), I lost down to 230 lbs. <BR> <BR> In December of last year, I had a lipid pan... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:29:48 EST Ready, steady, Jump Cheers all, new to the Spark, not to fitness. however, I LET MYSELF GO and TOOK THE EYE OFF THE PRIZE as my platitudinal father would say. I am excited to hear about you, your stories and take some nspiration and give a little too. <BR> <BR> Rock on Groovy folk. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:00:37 EST Determined Newbie Hello. I am excited to be a part of the Spark community. I am determined to lose the 90+ pounds that are sticking around, and letting them stay lost! I have been surfing the site, and am amazed at all the success that is happening here. I hope to add my story to yours. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:44:53 EST Ready to start I want to look hot!! I'm 18 and I'm going to have an amazing body. There's not much left just a bit of toning and in ready to get rid of it Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:09:33 EST Shout out to my classmates! Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great day today and will have an even better one tomorrow! I am a 59 year old, single woman living in beautiful Oregon. I'm looking forward to getting to know a lot of you and to watching the progress all of us make as we strive toward our goals together. <BR> <BR> I'm an esthetician (by license..haha...not working currently as my license is for Michigan) and I can tell you "drink your water!" The benefits far exceed weight loss. I could always... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:15:55 EST Returning Member Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste and I am 27 years old. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople probably 3-4 <BR> times. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to do this alone, and I can't do it. <BR> I am tired of trying to do it alone. <BR> <BR> I need help. I admit it. I ask for it. <BR> <BR> I am 5'1 and weigh 196 currently. <BR> <BR> Why am I reaching out now? <BR> <BR> Last night, I went to Wal-Mart to get a swimsuit because <BR> my family and I are going to a water park. ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:10:00 EST SuccessBoundBe equi--Starting Out Hi everyone!! Today I made the decision that I must do something positive about my weight and health. I've made this decision so many times before I can't count. Today is going to be different because I am admitting to myself that I can't do it alone. I'm asking for your help. I hope to be part of something much bigger than myself. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:46:57 EST HAVE TO DO IT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR YEARS I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET <BR> THANK YOU VERY MUCH Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:40:35 EST Howdy there! Hey everyone! I am a newbie-ish! I used this site a couple years ago to lose about 50 pounds and now I have gained it back... plus some. So here I am ready to start over and make this work this time around. <BR> <BR> What do you find works for you in being successful to lose weight? Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:51:05 EST Just trying to be a better me. Hellooo! <BR> <BR> I am new to all of this, but extremely excited to start this journey. <BR> My entire life I have struggled with being one of the bigger kids in school and was constantly ridiculed for it. Now I am 19 years old and ready to make myself feel better than i ever have before. I started out this year at 183 pounds and was completely petrified to gain any more weight-- I was going into my freshman year of college and was mortified that if I gained the notorious "Freshman 15", I w... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:15:28 EST trying to lose i have join hoping to get back in shape and to lose these un wanted pounds i have put on Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:34:27 EST On the road again. My husband and I love to travel. We have a motor home and we are gone for two months in the winter months. We also take shorter trips in the summer. Eating out is a challenge when we travel and I gain weight when we are gone. Our goal this coming winter is to not eat out so much with our friends. I also eat too much late at night. I am trying to get more sleep and trying to stop the snacking. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:37:11 EST Good Morning - let's get this started! Hi Y'all - I just learned about SparkPeople - I've been looking for help like this! I'm excited to be signed-up and ready to start to make a big change in my life. I want to feel better - and that includes loosing a significant amount of weight. Intellectually I know what I need to do to get there... emotionally is where I always have problems. I look forward to making this site part of my daily 'work-out'. ...and I'll pray for some divine intervention/motivation to help me make this we... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:51:52 EST Life changing Hello new friends! Glad to be getting involved with a community that will motivate and inspire me to reach my goals. Any great recipes for healthy alternatives to favorite fat filled dishes would be greatly appreciated. I love to eat and cook and I am struggleing with new foods and recipes. Going to try quinoa this week, getting off milk and soda and sugar. Any motivational pictures stories or ways to include my kids in a great workout where I can actually maintain a fat burning heart rate. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:26:42 EST A big step! Wow! I decided to take a big step forward, get healthy, lose weight, and become an example for my family to follow by. This is all easier said than done and I have attemped in the past without success. I joined SP to get motivation for those days I lack, also to gain education on living a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 02:25:50 EST 25 at 260lbs and wanting to lose some. I am a 25 year old student that is completing his goals of becoming an Astrophysicist. I am currently at 264lbs and I am feeling the need and urgency of losing some of this weight. This is the heaviest I have ever been and I am becoming a recluse within myself. I am looking to lose weight so that I may be healthier and more confident. I am fighting extreme bouts of depression and self loathing. I am walking at least three miles a day and eating less, however, I am struggling with the depres... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:24:20 EST Hi all! Hi everybody! I'm new to SparkPeople (obviously). I'm a 19 year old college student trying to get into better shape. I already eat fairly healthily, but I would like to keep better track of my nutrition due to the fact that I have several dietary restrictions which make it difficult to keep track of the nutrients/calories that I'm getting on a daily basis. I also definitely have some work to do on the exercise front, so here I am! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:48:47 EST just getting started I am starting my diet tomorrow. I am excited and motivated. I want to keep the positive thoughts.:-) <BR> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:47:21 EST New Member Hello All. Well, I just finished signing up and I'm hoping that by checking in here and staying accountable I can achieve my goals. It's way overdue! Since it's now 11:00 at night, I need to go get my zzzs but will get up in the a.m. raring to go. Look forward to hearing all the great advice from you folks who have been on this site long enough to have it down pat. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:07:53 EST roseinfinger I am a 27 year school teacher and now in my late fifties. I so want to lose some pounds off my body. I am willing to start but I do need support out there from others who ar trying to do the same. I do not want to be depressed anymore. I want to get healthy and do exercise. Please help me to achieve my goal. I will take it one day at a time. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:54:52 EST just getting started I am starting my diet tomorrow. I am excited and motivated. I want to keep the positive thoughts.:-) <BR> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:33:14 EST Hello Everyone Hello my name is Jessica and I am 25 years old. I have always had a problem with my weight, as of right now I believe I weigh 209 and I am 5'2. I never really "tried" to lose weight except just going for walks but I know that I have to do more than just that. So as of right now I want to turn my life around because some things have happen to me where I feel like now is the time to change everything I want to change. I know doing this alone will be a challenge but I am hoping to stick with thi... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:58:01 EST Beginner on Sparkpeople I just joined sparkpeople to help me track my workouts and nutrition. I was curious as to how much food I was consuming vs the energy I was expending. However, I am coming to the realization that sparkpeople offers so much more!!! I am hoping to learn more than I anticipated initially and surprise myself with what I thought I knew about a healthy lifestyle and what I don't know:) Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:56:01 EST Hi everyone! I'm Leanne, 18, and recently a high school graduate! I'm not going to college right away due to money issues, so I figured that without the stress of school on my back, I could really lose weight like I've always wanted to do. I'm really looking forward to my weight loss journey, and would love everyone's support! <BR> Please and thank you. <BR> <BR> Love, Leanne Sun, 22 Jul 2012 02:22:08 EST Getting Started - Help is here <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Sparkpeople and SP Class of July 22 - 28! <BR> <BR> To learn how to use the site, set up your spark page, set your goals, and much more! Click on my trackers (Menu bar at the top of this page). This will take you to YOUR start page. Click on the Menu tab: How to Use This Site. Here you will see detailed information on how to navigate the site. <BR> <BR> Have a question or need help? <BR> You can email one of us l... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:32:39 EST Fruits and Vegetables Eating fruits and vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber and other nutrients. Post how many fruits and vegetables you want to eat everyday. Then post again either daily or weekly if you are reaching your goal. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:15:30 EST Something you did right today! Brag about something you did right today. We need to pat ourselves on the back for everything we do right. It does not matter how big or small the accomplishment. Everything you do right is something to celebrate, so lets celebrate those accomplishments together! <em>211</em> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:39:46 EST