SparkPeople SP Class of November 11-17, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from November 11-17, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of November 11-17, 2012 Team Messageboard Happy 1 Year Anniversary! How did you do? Hello Team. It's been one year since joining Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> How much weight/inches/clothing sizes have you lost? <BR> What healthy changes have you made? <BR> What healthy changes would you like to make? <BR> What exercise(s) do you enjoy? <BR> What is your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? <BR> <BR> HOW DO YOU FEEL?! <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:59:53 EST Happy 1 Year Anniversary! How did you do? Hello Team. It's been one year since joining Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> How much weight/inches/clothing sizes have you lost? <BR> What healthy changes have you made? <BR> What healthy changes would you like to make? <BR> What exercise(s) do you enjoy? <BR> What is your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? <BR> <BR> HOW DO YOU FEEL?! <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:56:27 EST Hello all! I actually joined Spark People back in November but have only joined this team recently. It has already been six months and a good chunk of the weight I wanted to lose gone. Now that I'm on the home stretch, so to speak, I will be looking at ways that I can continue losing the last 30 pounds, adjusting my fitness routines and eating. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:15:51 EST How are we doing after 6 months? This week is our 6 month marker! <BR> <BR> How are you doing? Still motivated? Are you making progress? <BR> I'll be taking my measurements on Tuesday... I wonder how many pounds and inches we've lost as a team in 6 months? <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparking! <BR> ~Julianne Sat, 11 May 2013 15:10:00 EST Where did everyone go? There seems to be very little going on here these days. Out of the thousands that joined our SP Class...has everyone quit?? I know I am not super active, but I am trying to check in several times a week, though sometimes life gets in the way. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> X <BR> EJA Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:13:56 EST hiya all. My name is Mary I am here to get healthy. I want healthy for the rest of my life . That includes better food choices and moving alot more . Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:38:35 EST 3 Month Anniversary Goals How are we all doing after close to 3 months? <BR> I thought it might be nice to have a place to put our short term goals as to where we would like to be on our journey when we hit the 3 month mark. <BR> <BR> Mine are as follows: <BR> <BR> My goal is to: <BR> <BR> Weigh 159 lbs <BR> (-21 lbs with SP, -34 overall) <BR> (26.5 BMI, little closer to Normal Range) <BR> Have a 32 inch waist <BR> Have 39 inch hips <BR> Have 23 inch thighs <BR> Have 11 inch upper arms <BR> Be able to complete Week... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:17:20 EST Motivation Hi my name is Megan and I’m addicted to diet and health books. I tend to purchase a lot, spend time reading them, and then not apply the concepts to my life. Some have foods that I would not eat. Some do not have sound advice. Some have exercise plans. I have not exercised since November. I have high cholesterol and a history of family heart problems. I’m also 20lbs overweight. I want to feel better and have more energy. I want to get pregnant soon. My husband is approaching his 30th birthday... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:00:19 EST Random Acts of Kindness I just posted this in reply to another thread but thought I would create a separate topic altogether. Why don't we pick a fellow teammate then go out and perform a random act of kindness in honor of that teammate. We can then go to their page and reply back here to tell them what we did in honor of them and their courageous battle to make a better life. What do you think? Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:32:30 EST Happy 1 Month Sparkiversary! <em>515</em> Happy 1 Month Sparkiversary!!! <BR> <BR> We've all been here one month! How are you doing? Are you active on teams? Are you measuring and tracking your foods? Are you exercising? Do you feel better? Do you need some help? <BR> <BR> I recognize several of you on some of my teams! It's good to see you there and get to know you better! It's great to be losing weight with you!!! <BR> <BR> For me, it's taken all month to get into the habit of new routines. Getting back into the... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:00:18 EST Why Calories Are King - by Becky Hand Why Calories Are King <BR> 5 Questions with Becky Hand, SparkPeople Dietitian <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> 1. What is the most common misconception about calories? <BR> I’d say it’s the belief that calories from different foods are worth more or less. It’s true that fats are higher density in calories than protein or carbohydrates. But in the end, all that matters is whether your body needs those calories or not. If your body has met all of its immediate e... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:15:17 EST HELLO!!! I've been working with Sparkpeople for about a month now, I thought it's about time I come out of my shell and introduce myself. I was having a blast with the trackers at first. And I was able to drop 10 pounds!!! Woo-Hoo!!! I took a break due to illness and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Oh, about that introduction, I'm Cindie, my grandfather use to call me Cinderella and my good friend Darryl. I'm 39, married, a mother to a tween, and a kitty lover. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:26:37 EST Did you exercise today? Yes Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:48:03 EST Sparks-a-flyin Been in this for a couple of weeks now. I am surprised at the motivation that the site provides. I find myself doing a check as to what my Spark trackings are going to look like, and pay WAY more attention to the nutrition attributes of everything that goes into my mouth. I've been walking at least five days a week at generally three miles a day. I can already see and feel the difference. I'm shooting to loose about sixty pounds in a year. Having trouble eating enough to cover what has be... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:28:18 EST How Many Glasses of Water Today? How many glasses of water did you drink today? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:22:33 EST What Were Your Total SparkPoints Yesterday? What were your total SparkPoints Yesterday? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:21:25 EST Positive or Negative Are you feeling positive or negative today? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:20:01 EST Favorite Restaurant While Losing Weight? What is your favorite restaurant while losing weight? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:19:18 EST Bonus Points How many Bonus Points did you get today? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:18:37 EST Your Login Points Today How many points did you get today? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:17:58 EST New Member Hello! I am a 60 years old, raised a large family, work full time... plus and am trying to get accustomed to measuring and tracking my diet on a regular basis. I will keep trying and hope to get down to a reasonable weight as well as correct Cholesterol and blood pressure problems. Health and less medication are great motivators right now. Looking forward to the accountability and help Spark People can provide as well as to hear any tips or pointers others may wish to share. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:01:20 EST hello New to this site. Need motivation to get started even if it is bad time of year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:42:28 EST hello New to this site. Need motivation to get started even if it is bad time of year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:40:06 EST hello New to this site. Need motivation to get started even if it is bad time of year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:34:33 EST Hey you there! :D I'm new here! Hoping to gain knowledge and be inpired here! <BR> I'm actually trying to lose 19 lbs! <BR> WISH ME LUCK! Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:51:10 EST Hi geek here! Am looking forward to working with you guys! I'm hoping to make friends and offer support and even get some as well! I'm pretty geeky, and that might just come out in some of my posts! Also, Hi Guys and Gals! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:57:28 EST Hi I'm Nena Hi I'm Nena 50 years old 326 pounds and diabetic, Hoping to cut down on my meds Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:24:34 EST I'm new :D yayz Good morning everyone :) I'm new to the team and have lots to learn about this entire community and how it works. I do believe this is the beginning of my second week here and lots to do lol. Instead of losing weight, I need to do the opposite(typical for me to go against the grain lol); however, this would be the place to put on healthy muscle weight. <BR> We can all do this! :D <BR> Have an amazing day everyone! hugs <BR> Andrea Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:27:04 EST Hi :) Hello, my name is Simon. I'm 22 years old, a full-time student, and live in Ohio. I'm 5'4 and weigh (as of when I started last Wednesday) 300 pounds. I am very much a compulsive/emotional/binge eater. Food controls me. I think about when I get to eat next and what I will eat. I also have a big problem with drinking. <BR> <BR> As of Wednesday, I haven't had any pizza (a huge addiction of mine) or alcohol. I have ridden my stationary bike for 30 minutes a day every day but one. I haven't weig... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:50:38 EST hello trying to do what I can to be a healthy woman, I walk 30 mins a day on my treadmill, then run my errands. <BR> <BR> I am alone a lot get bored easy, had 13 surgeries [back, leg etc] the fact that I could walk is great. <BR> <BR> Blessed in many ways and hope that everyone is happy with whatever there doing to make there lives better. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:36:01 EST Great article here . . .<BR>how.asp?show=83 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:56:39 EST I would love to invite you to.... My new SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> I was noticing that some of the SparkTeams that I had joined were lacking in support. While I understand that people have busy lives, I need a place to come and find motivation from close friends who have similar goals. <BR> <BR> I also am passionate about challenges and would love to start some in which we can all participate. <BR> <BR> Because of those reasons, I created a SparkTeam - Looking for Motivation & Support. You can visit this team by clicking on the... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:41:43 EST kitkatflynn hi im new member who is trying to lose some weight this is scary for me.i don.t want to also a weightwatcher member.also cyndy 10 tried to e-mail back im not doiing something right.please do not think im ignoring you.ive aleady done qigong and some chair body is stiff.but i will not give up great times had by all .kitkatflynn Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:59:44 EST Leaders? Where are our leaders? I'm interested in a community of support. I need the leaders to be active within the SparkTeam! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:34:18 EST Challenges? Hey! I know that other teams that I've been on have instituted challenges. I really like this idea and was wondering if we are going to have any challenges here? I know that weekly challenges give me something new to look forward to every week AND help hold me accountable for what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I'd love to be part of a team that really interacts with each other AND supports each other. Challenges could help! <BR> <BR> If you hate this idea, it's ok! It was just a suggestion! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:20:53 EST Week 2 It's the beginning of week 2 for our team. I know some of us haven't been here for an entire week, but let's think about what we want to do this week. What our goals are for the coming week in order to make ourselves a success. We can do this!! We can make it through another week and we can lose weight and be more fit! <BR> <BR> Please post your goals for this week. Just this week, not the long-term stuff. Who knows, you may have goals that are great ideas for someone else and help them to s... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:14:55 EST weekly weigh in's I thought we could put our weekly weigh in here. <em>381</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:13:00 EST need to get weight off Hello all, trying to get some weight off. My doctor told me about this site said she tracks everything here. Would like to lose 41 pounds. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:47:02 EST Just getting started Hi, I just stumbled on this site today and was amazed at all the free content. I have been struggling with weight most of my adulthood, but up until about two years ago it was about 5 or 10 pounds. Now I find myself 30 pounds overweight and in spite of trying to watch what I eat, it just keeps going up. I'm really feeling a bit helpless at this point and incredibly discouraged. I feel fat and ugly and I hate passing by a mirror. At this point in my life I don't want to look like a supermodel.... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:19:35 EST i just want to be sexy again Hi, I am from Middletown ,NY and I am looking for someone to eaither workout with or I can talk to for support on losing weight. I want to feel good about muself again and I just don't have the motivation to do it alone. If you think you are the right perosn to get me to my goal, please write back. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:36:11 EST Hello everyone Hello from Geraniumlady in the Texas Hill Country. I live alone, well ,I do have two dogs, an outside cat and multiple other critters that wander through and around my 10 acres. I have been a widow for 14 months now and find myself "recreating" me. So I'm looking for some stability and consistency to hang on to and while weight loss is important just general good health is my goal. I retired last Aug. after 33 years as an operating room nurse and now I love everyday being a Saturday. I w... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:54:38 EST Rachiew154 JUST STARTED SPARKPEOPLE A FEW DAYS AGO AND ITS GOING REALLY GOOD! INVESTIGATING WORKOUT ROUTINES TO INCREASE MY EXERCISE AN TO BURN SOME CALORIES!! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:10:39 EST My story!! Hi Im Crisy145, I Just want to share my story since I just joined the group! 7 monthes ago, I under went the gastric sleeve proceeder. So people say I cheated because I got surgery but I think I used an avaible tool to help me. And it hasnt all been peaches and cream! I went in at 326lbs and now weight 215lbs. The weight has started coming off very slowly and I want to make sure I continue to progress down the correct path. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:17:57 EST First day with SparkPeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Ramona, a 61 year old housewife from New Orleans. As you may know, it is hard to lose weight when you are surrounded by good food...and we have a lot of it in N.O. Not only in the restaurants, but Church functions as well. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reach 130 pounds. I am starting at 272, so I have a long way to go, but I am determined to do this. I have Fibromyalgia, and my Dr. said the best course of action is exercise and weight loss. I will be glad when I ca... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:09:10 EST Hi! My name is Lisa and I need help! I had Gastric By Pass Surgery nine years ago. I had amazing results and got down to my goal weight. However, over the past few years I have started gaining. I have gained 85lbs. back and I feel like a failure. I can now eat as much as I want and whatever I want without the "full" feeling. It is like I never had the surgery! I am scared to death I am going to get back over 300lbs. again and I don't want that to happen. I am married and have a 4 year old son tha... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:58:44 EST :) Hello Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm Mar, and This is my first time on Spark People... It seems like an amazing resource,and I'm really excited to start my journey to health!! <BR> <BR> I am currently around 280 lbs, although I've been told I look much less, and I don't feel like I'm 280 lbs. I love to swim, do Judo, and be active and busy in general, but unfortunately I seem to love eating even more. I tend to stress eat, especially when I get home late at the end of the day and feel the need to... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:14:16 EST Newbie New to the community. Hope to help someone here and have someone to help me too. I quit smoking for 4yrs now time to shake the few extra lbs off. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:31:25 EST Hello 40 going on 50 real close Hello 40 going on 50 real close. Trying to lose 40 lbs so I will feel and look better . Turned 40 8 years ago quit smoking 6 years ago and the weight just won't stop adding up. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:44:55 EST Day 3 for Me Joined SP to lose weight and get back to regular exercise due to family history and pre-diabetes warning from doctor. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:08:04 EST Ms.RossieDavis Hello, my name is Rossie. I am interested in The Active Calorie Diet. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:01:33 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, My name is Pam and I am new to Sparkpeople. I would like to have someone to talk to when I am struggling with wanting to eat. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:38:45 EST Heeeeeey Duuuuuuude (90s Nickelodeon? Anyone?) <BR> <BR> Ok. I need to lose weight. I suck at staying motivated. I read The Spark, decided to retry SparkPeople (it's been several years). I've spent all kinds of money on dieting and I just want control of my life. <BR> <BR> Here's to me, y'all. <BR> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:34:19 EST MzPowell08 Hello!! I am MzPowell08 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:28:31 EST New here and I need all the support I can get!! How is it that I basically spend all day everyday worrying about my weight and health yet the scale keeps creeping upwards and I keep putting crap food in my mouth? I'm not sure but I know I need to change. I'm 26, female, 5'2" and 180lbs. I have high cholesterol as well. I eat too many processed foods and not enough fresh whole foods. But I plan on changing that today! I also don't exercise as much as I should. I used to run often but for the past 6-8 weeks I stopped secondary to some foot p... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:57:26 EST ready! Hi, my name is Megan. I'm 26 and ready to be fit and healthy. I want to lose about 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any soft drinks in the last 2 weeks! This is a hug accomplishment for me! I gradually stopped drinking it. I haven't had any caffeine headaches which is surprising. I have also started trying to exercise (previously did not exercise at all). This consists mostly of walking. I never understood those people who said they felt so much better after they stopped drinking coke or whe... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:24:07 EST my name is Baileykathleen Before I hit 40yrs I would like to be in the best shape of my life,adult life. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:52:30 EST Hey everybody! My name is Ayanna. I woke up this morning and decided I was done carrying all my weight. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:37:48 EST Hello Excited to be here! Love the challenges and the motivation this place offers...look forward to getting to know many of you on my journey Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:45:03 EST Hi Y'all! Hi! My name's Becca and I've been yo-yoing since I was about 19 years old. I was thin in high school but because I was constantly told I was fat by my soccer coach and other people in the school, I believed it and didn't realize what I had. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which makes it really hard to lose weight, but not impossible, and I'm really motivated to get this weight gone. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by next summer to run/walk Tough Mudder with my brother, so I'm needing to be at... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:31:17 EST CALIMILLO NEEDS HELP HI SPARKPEOPLE i AM TRYING TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT WITH YOUR HELP. I NEED MOTIVATION. I WAS JUST TOLD BY MY DOCTOR THAT I HAVE DIABETES AND I AM VERY SCARED. HE SAID I NEEDED TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT. PLEASE HELP ME. I NEED THE MOTIVATION. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:11:23 EST Hi. I'm Rebecca and new to Spark I am into fitness and health. <BR> I currently workout to P90X <BR> Nice to meet everyone Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:29:31 EST Hi, My name is Wendy. I turned 50 this year and I don't want to look like a 50+ year old woman. I look younger so my goal is to be a sexy and healthy 50 year old. Plus, the program is free and it looks like a lot of fun. I also like the support it gives. SparkPeople may give me the chance to be who I want to be. Thank you. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:52:22 EST Iam new to this and need alittle help Iam a mother of 3 wonderful kids and iam new to this i have tried several things to lose weight but iam finding i need a little help getting in the right direction Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:43:33 EST Howdy Hi :) <BR> <BR> Terrified of the gym, unemployed, and unbelievably disgusted with myself. I'd like to not cringe when I look in a mirror or swear under my breath when I need to buy clothes. It's a crazy hour of the day as I write this, so I'm probably being a little too honest. Oh, well. See you in the funny papers. :) Mon, 12 Nov 2012 02:59:29 EST Hey I am new here and just wanted to say hello and a little gun shy trying to figure site out bare with me. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:33:21 EST First Timer - Need Something To Get Serious Just joined and looking for something, anything to help. I've tried losing before, but really need to get serious about it. With so much going on with family right now and some good things going on, I figured it's a great time to get good about my health and change things around there. I have type 2 diabetes, blood pressure controlled with meds as well as cholesterol, a family of picky eaters (child with disabilities so there are foods she cant physically handle and a husband who hates veg... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:17:46 EST Hi. I'm Alyn and I'm fat. Hi, all. <BR> <BR> I'm 49 for another month and a half (will be 48 when January rolls along - no way I'm not counting backwards when the alternative is 50!!!) and I'm loaded with problems that keep me at my (BMI-labeled) "obese" level: work stress, home stress, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, depression, bad back and knee, and other stuff I'm forgetting - oh, yeah, forgetfulness. <BR> <BR> Trying to go from my 216 down to 180. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone, so joining ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:53:20 EST Guess I'm first So I just joined Sparkpeople or should I say rejoined I was a member on the site a couple years ago. <BR> <BR> My name is Charity, I'm 32 years old and at my heaviest weight ever! (258lbs @ just 5 ft 6 inches) As a child growing up I had no weight problems at all but then I had my first child, I gained 76lbs with my first pregnancy :o <BR> <BR> When my son was 3 I got pregnant again (I had lost probably 40lbs since his birth) I gained another 76lbs with my daughter. And really I've been goi... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:52:15 EST