SparkPeople SP Class of December 30- January 5, 2013 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from December 30, 2012 - January 5, 2013. Welcome to a New Year and a new YOU! SparkPeople SP Class of December 30- January 5, 2013 Team Messageboard 3 Year SparkVersary Happy <em>505</em> !!! <em>249</em> I joined SP on Deceber 31st of 2012 after stumbling on the website doing a Google search (still not sure what item I was searching) but I found something even better...motivation, community (in the nicest member) and the flame to a spark inside me (and all of us) that has lead me to reach so many goals. This Spark journey has been <em>345</em> and I am going to <em>386</em> cause I have so many goals I want to reach and I know <em>521</em> an... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:54:47 EST Cabin Fever So it is this time of year.. Cabin Fever <BR> What do you do to overcome the feelings of Cabin Fever? <BR> How do you overcome this feeling? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:26:38 EST Suen Hi. I just signed up today. I am 25 lbs. over weight and I am diabetic. I also have heart disease. I look forward to interacting with all of you so we can help each other to reach our goals!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:33:09 EST Low Impact Fitness Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just created a new team with the goal of working out 5 days a week in a low impact setting for those that cannot or do not want to run. There will be a workout posted for Monday through Friday and hopefully good discussion for cardio options for those with joint problems or issues with running. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to join, share the link, or provide feedback :) <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=62590 Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:50:27 EST Southern WV Mommy Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Resparkin I've fallen off the rails, so to speak. I've lost focus of my health and wellness goals over the past year. Now I'm back to my starting point...+1~2kg. This morning I put on my trousers for work and had to breath in a little to do up the button. :( <BR> But I have hope. I'm in a new town, new job and my wife is expecting a new baby this year. I want to be in my best shape when number 3 arrives, 'cause I thinks it's going to be tough. But I also want to be an inspiration to my wife when she b... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:32:32 EST birdwatcher I am back for the second time after losing 13 lbs. I hit a wall in Sept. 2013 and could not get back on track. I think I am mentally ready to try again. I have been tracking for a week now. I am very glad there is a sight like Spark People to help me!!!!!! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:46:20 EST Unsure but excited Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:41 EST Happy 1 Year Spark Anniversary! I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone still here a happy 1 year anniversary! How has it been going for you? <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon twice and I actually weigh more now than when I started. I've also not been able to lay down for the last 6 months because of health problems. Which of course are aggravated by my weight. But 2014 has started out fantastically! I'm not sore and I'm able to move. So I'm adding things to my diet plan and renewing my efforts on Spark as well as making s... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:50:28 EST Finally getting started Joined spark people at the tail end of last year but work took off and a shoulder injury prevented me from doing too much. My wait kinda maintained but finally last month I decided to give this a concentrated bit of effort. <BR> <BR> Been going properly for about 2 weeks. Just wondering how the rest of you are doing and what you have found to work. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 06:00:04 EST LuAnn from KY Its time!! I looked into the mirror from a distance and noticed I'm turning into my mother! which i know most of us do as we get older but I am also starting to see her health issues turn up in me but only 20 years sooner than they hit her!! I'm starting to worry that if I do not get my weight under control now, the other health issues that are starting to rear their ugly heads will never go away. I have plenty of reasons why I should have a healthier lifestyle and like the rest of us I have ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:19:32 EST LuAnn from KY Its time!! I looked into the mirror from a distance and noticed I'm turning into my mother! which i know most of us do as we get older but I am also starting to see her health issues turn up in me but only 20 years sooner than they hit her!! I'm starting to worry that if I do not get my weight under control now, the other health issues that are starting to rear their ugly heads will never go away. I have plenty of reasons why I should have a healthier lifestyle and like the rest of us I have ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:10:54 EST Hello my name is Sikia Hi my name is Sikia and I lost 80 lbs 2 years ago and stopped now i'm trying to get motivated to lose the rest adleast 70 more help!! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 15:54:23 EST Calendar - Sept (12SP) 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><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 20:49:09 EST Calendar - August (12SP) SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For August, that means improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. With a little effort, you can catch those Zzz's. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you sleep better each night. Click below to download and print your August calendar. (You need a pdf program likeAdobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:32:32 EST Sukerblue-Slow And Steady Does The Job Hi Everyone, <BR> I will use this 28 day challenge to support my need for consistency with fitness, water consumption, and staying within my SparkPeople calorie range. My goal is to lose 14 additional pounds by October 2013. Started 169 lbs., current weight 162 lbs., goal weight148 lbs. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 06:09:30 EST Calendar - July (SP12) 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><BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:27:22 EST Calendar - June SP Dec <link><BR>r_2007-06.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For June, that means achieving an active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Here are 30 daily tips that will help you add a little more activity to your day. Click above to download and print your June calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:01:02 EST Spring Words (game SP 12) Copy and paste the list and fill in ONE word that begins with a letter from the word SPRING. <BR> <BR> S <BR> P <BR> R - rain <BR> I <BR> N <BR> G <BR> <BR> example for P - you might put petunias, etc. When we finish all the letters; we can start all over. Sat, 4 May 2013 17:36:10 EST Calendar - May SP Dec 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 11:35:26 EST Hi Everyone!! I was here, then I had some medical issues come up and I fell off the wagon. I had surgery on last Thursday and now I'm recovering and anxiously awaiting clearance to begin again. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital I ordered the Rockin Body dvds and I can't wait to get them! :-) <BR> <BR> I could really use some friends on this journey, so if anyone is up for a buddy, please look me up! <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:49:23 EST So frustrated I've been working out over three months now and really thought things would improve more than they have. I still am stiff and sore in my joints when trying to bend down or squat to get something. My Achilles tendon is giving me trouble, so now I have to stay low impact and can't do some of the stuff I was doing. My right elbow has started hurting and so now I feel like I can't do my upper body stuff either. It just feel like I should be doing better than this! I want to be able to push mysel... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:16:06 EST Calendar - April SP Dec 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 10:44:07 EST Question of the Week (SP12) Eat this, not that. <BR> Which of the following food switches makes the most sense for health and weight loss? <BR> <BR> Steel-cut oats instead of instant oats with sugar <BR> <BR> Unbuttered popcorn instead of potato chips <BR> <BR> A small piece of dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate candy bar <BR> <BR> All of the above <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:35:13 EST Coming out of lurkdom I've been part of SP since the beginning of the year, but I've been lurking. So I'm stepping out of the shadows to say hello! <BR> <BR> I'm having great success so far - 20 pounds lost, 31 inches, even had to buy some new clothes! The best part is I'm making lifestyle changes. I'm working out everyday and making healthy choices in what I eat. (Ah donut, you are NOT my friend! You are in fact killing me.) <BR> <BR> Losing steam though, lol. I think I can, I think I can... <BR> <BR> Shana Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:22:08 EST Podcasts Besides the Spark people podcast, does anyone else have a favorite body-image/inspiration podcast? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:20:59 EST Daily Menus I am just getting back on the Spark and I thought it would make it easier for me the first week or so to follow the diet plan provided. I noticed that out of the week that it shows Ginger Rice for dinner on four straight days. This can't be right. I believe in left overs but not four days straight. Am I doing it wrong? Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:02:18 EST Question of the Week March (SP12) This one is worth a goodie for choosing the right answer! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>273</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> New Question <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>273</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> About how many American adults are estimated to have high blood pressure? <BR> <BR> One in 10 <BR> One in 5 <BR> One in 4 <BR> One in 3 <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:17:32 EST Calendar - March SP Dec 31 Days to a Healthier Diet <BR> <BR> You've probably heard the phrase "you are what you eat." While it's true that food is fuel, it's also true that food is broken down and transformed into cells, hormones, muscles and YOU! When you think of food in this light, it can make it easier to make healthy and nutritious choices for your body. March is National Nutrition Month®-a time to focus on making informed food choices for a balanced and healthy diet. <BR> <BR> You need a PDF reader like Ado... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:16:21 EST Feb. Leader Board awards (12SP) 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 February. <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that had a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. <BR> <BR> MKMMARTY 3,260 <BR> TINAANDDAN 3,244 <BR> DAWN2013 3,157 <BR> PINE76APPLE 3,078 <BR> JRTMOMAZ 3,036 <BR> VERANDA422 3,029 <BR> NEWNIKKI50 2,986 <BR> SCASSIDY5 2... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:48:31 EST Happy Valentine's Day! Each of you is very special to me and today is a good day to share that with you. Found this poem (no author given) but wanted to share it with you! <BR> <BR> Krys <BR> <BR> You've Touched My Heart <BR> You've given me a reason <BR> For smiling once again, <BR> You've filled my life with peaceful dreams <BR> and you've become my closest friend. <BR> <BR> You've shared your heartfelt secrets <BR> And your trust you've given me, <BR> You showed me how to feel again <BR> To laugh, and love, ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:09:36 EST 1 change you made for a healthier lifestyle?? <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Please post anything that you have done since joining Spark to help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. Remember that any change no matter how big or small is a change for the better. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> One thing that I have done is I have started walking everyday no matter what for at least 10 minutes. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:24:50 EST Goodie Give Away Activity (Dec) It is always nice to learn more about others on the team and visiting their page is a good to do that. A fun activity to get there is a Goodie-Give-Away. <BR> <BR> Rules - simply type in the next number from the previous post, such as 1, then 2, then 3, etc. When the last two numbers are identical, you visit a member's page and give them a goodie of your choice. Examples: 11, 55, 188, 3977, etc. <BR> <BR> Starting off with: <BR> <BR> 1 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:52:37 EST Icebreaker 1) WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? A friend of my mothers <BR> <BR> 2) DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Four - 24,22,21 and 19 <BR> <BR> 3) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL/BREAKFAST FOOD? Turkey bacon, egg, cheese on light toast. <BR> <BR> 4) DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Not always - shhhh. <BR> <BR> 5) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Eyes and smile <BR> <BR> 6) WHAT IS THE MOST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I am incredibly patient <BR> <BR> 7) WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:29:01 EST New Spark Hi! I'm a new spark. I joined sparkspeople January 3, 2013 at 300 lbs. I just turned 47 years old and I have at least 150 pounds to lose. So, I'm gonna be here for quite a while. I'd love to find some buddies to take this journey with. I've done pretty well on the diet plan so far. In the five weeks I've been here, I've lost 11 pounds. I'm highly motivated to finally get this weight off, get healthy and feel better. I'm so tickled that I found this program. It seems to offer all the tools I'l... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:44:54 EST Starting over Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been playing the weight game recently and I am sick of it. I am here to make a permanent lifestyle change. I do not want to be overweight, and unhappy with myself any longer. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:28:43 EST Super excited 7 lbs down! 35 to go! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:28:36 EST Week #6 Challenge ~ Feb 3rd - Feb 9th This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> "Living the good life" Challenge – Reading Nutrition Labels & Ingredients <em>203</em> <BR> <BR> "High in Fiber!" "Low in Fat!" "Heart Healthy!" "All Natural!" "Whole Grains!" If you only read the front of your food package, it would be easy to think that you are making smart food choices. The problem is that these promises aren't all that they claim to be, they are often simply buzz words that companies are hoping will convince you to buy their produc... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:19:45 EST Question of the Week Feb (SP12) <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>252</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> If you could have just ONE of the following advantages in your weight-loss journey, which would you choose? <BR> <BR> A personal trainer <BR> <BR> A personal healthy chef <BR> <BR> A motivational life coach <BR> <BR> A fridge that constantly refills itself with healthy food <BR> <BR> One extra hour per day for exercise <BR> <BR> A fully-stocked home gym <BR> ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:47:34 EST Calendar - Feb. SP Dec 28 Days to a Healthier Heart <BR> <BR> February may be a month for romance, but it's also a time for you to focus on loving yourself -- and your heart. During National Heart Month, we'll help you focus on one small thing that you can do each day to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Share this valentine with your friends and loved ones to show them how much you care! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-02.pdf </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:55:52 EST Jan. Leader Board awards SP12 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 January. <BR> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Each of these participants (that had a Spark Page) was awarded a team goodie for their efforts. <BR> <BR> DW33412 3,497 <BR> TINAANDDAN 3,338 <BR> DAARCY 3,210 <BR> WIFEALF2 2,895 <BR> 2013RUNNER 2,843 <BR> JRTMOMAZ 2,842 <BR> RUNNINGIN13 2,786 <BR> BURNTHEB 2,751 <B... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:28:03 EST Week #5 Challeng e–EAT~SL EEP~LIFT~Repeat! Jan 27 This week's challenge: EAT~SLEEP~LIFT~Repeat! Jan 27- Feb 2 <BR> <BR> "Living the good life" Challenge – SLEEP to Slim Down <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Target 6-8 hours a night <BR> <BR> So you already know that a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise program are keys to losing. But are you listening to that other recommendation you’ve heard more than once in your life? Get plenty of sleep. Recent medical studies show that sleep loss can increase hunger and affect your b... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:19:16 EST New person Hello My name is Stephanie, <BR> I'm a full figure woman and I just am tired of being over weight. I'm 37 <BR> And I stand 5 ft 11in . I would love to lose 100 lbs. I work 42 hours a week and try real <BR> hard to watch what I eat but its hard. I need some help and a buddy to help me with exercises <BR> Please let me know what I can do. Thank you Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:15:30 EST What emoticon describes you RIGHT NOW? <em>381</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:11:40 EST Hello, I'm new here. Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to this site as of the first of the year when I decided it was time to get back on track. I had lost 80 pounds in 2011; gained most of it back in 2012. Ready to make healthy living a priority. I quit smoking after 25 years a few months ago and realized I had replaced one bad habit with another addiction (high fat carbs). I am commited to getting healthy and grateful to have found this site. Thanks! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:22:38 EST Hello fellow Sparkers! Hi, I am a Mother of three grown children, married for 39 years and a very proud grandmother of four. Been slowly gaining each year since my 40's and finally decided "this is it". Started with SparkPeople a few weeks ago and I am excited to say I am losing weight, eating healthier and moving toward my goals! Thank you Sparkers! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:12:14 EST Introducing Myself Hey all, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Brittany. I am about to graduate from college with a Bachelors in Social Work. I wanted to make a change in my health this year since I know so many other changes are coming up as well. My goal is to try and get healthy enough so I can feel better about myself (as I am sure everyone can relate). I also want to get into a routine so this is actually a lifestyle change rather than just something I am doing for a while. I plan to write my pr... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:12:31 EST End of Fastbreak? Hello, <BR> <BR> So, I am still in Fastbreak, but I would really like to move on. I meet all my goals, but I just don't write it in everyday. I missed a couple days of writing what I was eating, but after at least two full weeks of this. I exercise regularly and have been even before we started this. I feel that Fastbreak is not where I should be anymore. However, I have not received an e-mail. How can I move on? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> UmmZahira Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:54:54 EST Week #4 Challenge – WOO HOO! Jan 20 – Jan 26 This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> "Living the good life" Challenge – Eat Your BREAKFAST & Look up a Spark Breakfast RECIPE <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Aim this week to make a habit of eating breakfast daily <BR> <BR> You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, did you know that eating breakfast may actually help you lose weight? Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism in the morning, so eating soon after you wake up will raise your energy level ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:06:31 EST Help Needed Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lea and Im 50 this year. In the past i have been very neglectful and have gain a considerable amount of wieght. It is now time to do something about it before it ruins my life. Not only am I fat and unfit Im also unhappy and depressed with myself. Two of my children are getting married this year and my aim is to loose 20kg before December. I work shift work so i need help to stay motivated. I can walk and ride my bike, go to the gym but im not a very good sw... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:48:13 EST Help Needed Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lea and Im 50 this year. In the past i have been very neglectful and have gain a considerable amount of wieght. It is now time to do something about it before it ruins my life. Not only am I fat and unfit Im also unhappy and depressed with myself. Two of my children are getting married this year and my aim is to loose 20kg before December. I work shift work so i need help to stay motivated. I can walk and ride my bike, go to the gym but im not a very good sw... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:47:34 EST Help Needed Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lea and Im 50 this year. In the past i have been very neglectful and have gain a considerable amount of wieght. It is now time to do something about it before it ruins my life. Not only am I fat and unfit Im also unhappy and depressed with myself. Two of my children are getting married this year and my aim is to loose 20kg before December. I work shift work so i need help to stay motivated. I can walk and ride my bike, go to the gym but im not a very good sw... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:46:54 EST Roxanne Shante is going to lose -20+lbs Hi My Name is Roxanne Shante and some of you may know me if you remember 80's hiphop , but either way I am here to get Healthy, Fit and have some fun while doing it! I am in New York and Memphis I will come out join workouts and if its free count me in !! So lets do it! Plz Believe it !! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:57:01 EST Hi to all, I'm Sarah :) This is my first time to post on a message board, lol. I am really excited to have found this website and to find an online community for support! I am in love with the daily food tracker and I love all the articles too. <BR> I have struggled with over eating my entire life and have only recently decided that in order to see a real change I have to keep myself accountable. <BR> Hope that all of you are excited about the changes to come! <BR> Grace, joy, and hope, <BR> Sarah Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:29:57 EST Week #3 Challenge - GO! Jan 13 – Jan 19 This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> "Living the good life" Challenge – MEASURE UP to slim down <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Track Every Bite, Lick, and Taste <BR> <BR> This week, it is time to measure up. Even though it can be tedious and time-consuming, measuring and tracking your food is the number one, ''evidenced based'' weight-loss technique that actually works. When you stop diligently measuring and tracking calories, it's easy to get lazy with ''eyeballing'' your food. ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:01:25 EST Motivated at last ! I discovered Spark People by accident on New Years Day....12 days on I've lost 3 pounds, and my partner has joined in and lost 4 pounds! .....I'm so motivated....this might well be the diet plan that finally makes a difference ! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 05:02:29 EST Physical limitations and need to loose 100+ lbs. Hi all my name is Sharon and I have been doing this for 8 days with a weight loss of 2 and 1/2 pounds this week. A good start I think. Looking to hear from people who have a lot to loose and may have trouble with heavy duty exercising. Looking for new ways to exercise that don't kill my back, neck and knee. If you have any suggestions please share. I have been doing the steps (one step for three minutes a day) and ball exercises...just two simple ones and now going to add stretching with ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:10:42 EST Hi everyone! I am one of the many people signing up as a new year's resolution. I had a baby last spring. Even before getting pregnant I had started gaining weight, but I have now lost the baby weight plus about 15lbs, I'm hoping SparkPeople can help me lose the last few pounds to reach my goal weight. I'd love to get there by my birthday in June, so I can treat myself to a cute new summer wardrobe :) <BR> Also, I enjoy running. My post-baby fitness goal was to run a half-marathon, and I did it, but it w... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:31:04 EST My intro... Hi, I finally got enough nerve to post an introduction on the board. I joined SparkPeople so I could be apart of a bigger effort in getting fit. I'm shooting for less stress, to loose 20lbs and to learn how to eat healthier. I love the out doors...gardening, walking and just sight seeing. I'm looking forward to being a more active part of the team and even though my name is Jayman I'm not a man, my grandson helped with signing me up!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:58:43 EST Hi! So happy to have found SparkPeople! Hi, my name is Kristie. I live in Lincoln, NE. I just turned 40 this summer. I have two kids, an 18 year old daughter, and a almost 10 year old son. My goal in joining spark people is to lose the 10 pounds I have let creep back on throughout the past year. Also, and this is my main goal, is to focus on my fitness. I have begun a program training to run a 5k. I am really excited to meet others with the same experiences and goals and hopefully we can motivate each other throughout this j... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:00:28 EST Name something that is sticky fly traps Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:25:27 EST Glad I joined I'm so glad I joined Spark People and am part of this group. It's been 10 days and I still am motivated to succeed. Thank you all for the support!!! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:03:15 EST Glad I joined I'm so glad I joined Spark People and am part of this group. It's been 10 days and I still am motivated to succeed. Thank you all for the support!!! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:59:21 EST New to SP! So excited :) I am brand new to this program and so far I have spent a few days looking around and it seems like SUCH a great program and idea. Love this! Anyway, I am a 21 year old from South Caroline who is going to school for marketing. I have been struggling with my weight all my life and I am now working on approaching it with a new attitude and perspective! Would love to get to know people! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:23:53 EST Current Weight Loss! Has anyone else experienced any weight loss for the new year? <BR> <BR> I am determined to make small changes. I know that if I make too many changes at one time, I'm going to totally bomb like I have in the past. <BR> <BR> All I did for this past week was add in exercise. My weeks run from Tuesday to Tuesday. I lost a total of 4.2 lbs by just adding exercise! <BR> <BR> Anyone else have any stories they want to share? =) Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:16:21 EST Change Calories I am burning more calories in the week than my recommended exercise amount, but my recommended intake amount didn't change. Shouldn't it? How do I make sure the amount I am eating and the amount I am exercising are a good match for the weight I want to lose? It automatically set up when I opened the account, but when I changed the amount I am exercising nothing happened to the amount I am eating. Whew!! I hope you all understand that. Please help. Thank you. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:14:07 EST A new year and a new me! I have made alot of bad decisions in the past few years and I am ready to start making some good ones. I want to feel better and be happy with who I am. I am in the process of rediscovering myself. I got so caught up focusing on everyone else that I forgot I am important too. Thank you for being here to read this. <BR> <BR> -Victoria Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:57:23 EST gloria hi new tho this site will need help with staying motivated Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:48:21 EST Smigly Sparks Up Orlando! Hi! My name is Brenda. I'm working on changing my weight-loss and exercise programs to create a New Lifestyle; a New Me! I'm into learning all about Diabetes and how to control my blood sugar as I have been recently diagnosed with this disease. I am almost to my anniversary date of getting my aortic heart valve replaced. That was on April 26, 2004. I also participate in AKC Obedience with my cocker spaniel, Jack. He is almost 8-years old. He is a large part of my life. I hope to also particip... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:08:47 EST Hi there from Shebos I started Sparkpeople yesterday to help me lose about 14 pounds. I regularly exercise by doing games on my Wii and by walking my dogs. I will start using the nutrition tracker to help me figure out what I'm eating. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 19:01:55 EST Week #2 Challenge - GET SET! Jan 6 - Jan 13 Weekly challenges are designed to help you: <BR> <BR> 1) Learn about Spark People tools and community <BR> 2) Work toward making healthful habits, behaviors and actions that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> 3) Focus on setting small attainable goals <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> "Living the good life" Challenge – Freggies <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Target 5 servings daily <BR> <BR> This week, it is time to find ways to add fruits & ve... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:16:09 EST Hello Hello my name is belinda and i am new here to sparkpeople. I am looking to lose a lot of weight because thsi is my year!!!! <em>9</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:16:03 EST Just joined Hello everyone, <BR> I am new here, doesn't know much about the site. Looking forward for your support. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:17:56 EST First day of the rest of my life I have been searching for a site to help me "get healthy." I can't believe I found a FREE site! I am due to finish nursing school in May. As I am getting closer to graduation and looking in the mirror, I find myself thinking: "How in the world are you going to take care of people when you aren't even taking care of yourself?!" I have made the decision to change my life. I look forward to the support I am seeing on this site and can't wait to get started!! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:51:08 EST Grandma568 I`m a 56 year old grandma, I `m used to be very active but I`m taking collage courses on line and since I started I have gained over 35 lb and getting very lazy ,so here I am . Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:26:16 EST Hello, my name is Kristin and fat defines me Hello Spark People of the world. My name is Kristin the word fat defines me pretty well but I want to redefine myself and stop calling myself fat. All our lives our teachers and friends have asked us to describe ourselves in one word. Well, all my life I've come up short. I've never been able to describe myself but and I'm not quite sure who I'm suppose to be. On the other hand the I've always been good at describing the unflattering traits I believe that I am such as; fat, lazy, ugly, slob, ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:29:30 EST Happy New 2013!!! This link pretty much says it all <BR><BR>01/happy-new-2013.html?spref=bl <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:57:07 EST Gabigail Hello everyone! For a large part of my life I thought all you had to do was want to lose weight and it would just drop off. Unfortunately, I'm at the stage where that doesn't happen so easily, and I now have compassion for those who try...over and over and over again. I've come to realize that there's a lot of hard work and motivation involved in being successful. I've recently joined SparkPeople, and I'm learning to navigate my way around the site. I'm so impressed with all the stories ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:58:04 EST Hello :) Just a quick message to introduce myself! I am so happy I found SparkPeople! I found you all on Pinterest so I must admit I am a Pinterest addict too( My fellow pinners know exactly what I'm talking about)...anyhoo, my name is Becky and I'm happy to meet all of you! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:25:04 EST I'm new! I am new this this program. Will do a lot of reading on the site this week and start next week. Have to get my kitchen and pantry in order. Any helpful hints would be really helpful. Have been on Atkins and I love their bars, but after a year and not really loosing, I need to do something different. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:31:18 EST Time to COMMIT and make that commitment a PRIORITY Hi, I'm Tanya. I am brand new to sparkle. My sister-in-law gave me Fit & Fresh portion control containers for the lunches I bring to work, as my Christmas gift. I found in them a flyer for Spark People. I have never carried a commitment of health and fitness for longer than a few months. I need to make it a lifetime commitment in order to change. My physical body and life enjoyment are going to depend on this. I am going to do this because I have a chance to change. My genetic make-up was not... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:58:33 EST Just joined today! Found this website and love it! Am starting my new life tomorrow. Today is a day to prepare healthy food choices, meals and snacks, get the treadmill out of storage, clean out all the "crap" from the fridge and cupboards and learn my way around here. I have 30 lbs to lose; am 44; and basically have been living a non-active lifestyle. Raring to GO! :) Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:34:09 EST Question of the Week SP12 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>353</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> New Question <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>353</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which of the following fitness trends did you try in 2012? <BR> <BR> Zumba <BR> TRX (suspension training) <BR> CrossFit <BR> At-home workout programs (P90X, Insanity, Bodyrock TV) <BR> Barre (or ballet-inspired workout... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:57:45 EST Dance workouts I love dance workouts such as zumba but I got fed up of the same dvd and same wii game. any suggestions of any good workouts. I did the bollywood one found under the videos on sparkpeople and it was very good. any help is very much appreciated Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:21:25 EST Hello! Hi, I am 27 married and in college. I have been trying to lose weight off and on for 2 years and I keep yo yo dieting. Last year I injured myself and went to a chiropractor and he told me to get off gluten. This started the worst year of my life. But it was going to happen sometime so at least it's over now. Long story short I can't eat gluten and I have Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome which is part of the reason I wasn't able to lose weight. Anyway I was put on a diet to help with the PCOS and lo... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 02:26:41 EST hi all new to the site I am looking to learn how to manage my weight, diabeties, depression and so much more. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:45:58 EST Newbie (again) Hi folks, I'm Becky and I've been struggling with my weight for longer than I would like to admit. I'm excited to get on board with Spark people again. It's been about 10 years since I've been a member and I'm ready to get into this full force. I don't have much of a support system so I am looking for that. I believe strongly in the buddy system and I think I've come to the right place. Best of luck to all of you that are Spark members. Hope to hear some success stories to help keep me motiva... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:21:26 EST Tired of feeling like yuck! I'm joining sparks for the new year..... i've already picked up great ideas on how to change slowly to change lifestyle habits. I have my motivational tools in place and i'm ready for the long haul! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:31:07 EST Hi Hi, I am Barbara / lllamalady. I am renewing my fitness plan for the year. I used to be skinny and could eat anything. I have a big sweet tooth and love my homemade bread! Since I hit 40 yrs old I have slowly gained weight. I used to weigh 135, consistently. My high was 195 and I lost weight at the gym to 152. Then the gym closed and I have slowly put the weight back on up to my current 177. I want to get down around 140 - 145 and stay there. I got a nice treadmill for Christmas and w... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:05:20 EST TOO LOW IN IDAHO, NEED A SPARK TO GET A START HI, MY NAME IS KRISTIE AND I LIVE IN IDAHO. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH WEIGHT PROBLEMS FOR MOST OF MY LIFE. I JUST FOUND THIS SITE YESTERDAY, SO FAR IT SEEMS REALLY GREAT, AND I AM REALLY EXCITED. SO FAR I HAVE REALIZED MY PORTIONS ARE WAY TOO FULL OF CALORIES. <BR> ON A POSITIVE NOTE---WHAT TO DO ON A 15 MINUTE BREAK AT THE HOSPITAL? GO TO THE BATHROOM, DRINK A GLASS OF WATER, AND GO ON A 10 MINUTE WALK IN THE BUILDING, BECAUSE "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE". Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:13:21 EST Rosebud Hi all i'm Rose and obviously new to this site am looking for any help going really have a massive target and am going to try to do it by cutting very low on carbs so any advice would be much appreciated. Good luck to all those starting now too x Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:08:37 EST One Week Post Surgery Hello. I had back surgery a week ago, and am ready to move on to the next phase of my life. I have never been this out of shape, and I don't want to be this out of shape again. I have my follow up appointment on the 15th of January, but I have started walking (slowly and a little bit at a time of course). It has been hard to stay down but I am ready to slowly start getting my life back. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:30:35 EST Bursting with enthusiasm I am low carbing and I have PCOS and insulin resistance. I am 316lbs and need to make this change for the rest of my life. I just started this week and even got the courage to go to the gym. I am not going to stop my momentum. I have done low carb before and it did work for me but I never seem to follow through with anything in life. This is not a journey of weith loss this is going to be a journey of mind change. I have got to get a grip on the metophoric rope that everyone else around me is... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:48:49 EST Joe of New England Good morning everyone. I am looking forward to losing weight this year and being much healthier. I remarried almost two years ago and I want to be able to grow old with her. I also want to honor God who gave me this body. I am disabled and get around on crutches. I do wish that Sparkpeople would add some exercises on the listing for people who get around on crutches or use a wheelchair. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:37:05 EST Back to Do What Works I used to be a member about 2 or 3 years ago, and SparkPeople helped me a lot in achieving the goals I had set for myself. Once I got there, though, I began to focus on other things, drifted away from SP and eventually deleted my profile. It's been all downhill from there. I am back now to do what I know works for me and it's nice to see some faces and names that I remember. Thank you for still being here. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:03:25 EST Hello everyone! Hi there, my name is Schrelle and I need some help in losing weight. I found this site and after looking around for a few moments, I realized that I may actually reach my goal with the help of the tools and people here. I'm excited about losing weight, getting in shape, and improving my overall health. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:24:03 EST friends needed Hello, feel free to add me. I love to motivate and need to be motivated. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 05:40:01 EST Hey guys! Hey guys. My name is Anthony and I am new to Sparkpeople. I used to be a pretty fit person who exercised regularly. As of late, I have hit a lazy spell and I am currently at my heaviest weight ever. I hope this plan will get me back on track. I appreciate all the encouragement and advice you are willing to offer. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 01:21:48 EST Hello Hello everyone....looking forward to loosing weight, feeling better, and following along with other people. I find that reading other people's motivational stories helps me to stay excited about getting fit and makes me want to have a success story too. Good luck to everyone. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:48:53 EST Dawn in FL Hi. My name is Dawn, and I am completely new to this vegan thing. :) All my life my weight has been a yo-yo, and I thought...."new year = new idea!" so here I am. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, giving recieving support and learning new eating habits. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:22:24 EST Trying to lose the last 15 pounds! I have been excercising 6 days a week...have been very active during the <BR> Day...struggling with the last 15 pounds. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:03:46 EST a little lost Hi everybody, I'm not sure how to communicate with others on this site. Too bad there is no chat where we could talk in real time. I would like to make friends who struggle with weight like me. I am the biggest of my friends and want to change that. I need support system!!! Please help! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:22:14 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. 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Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:19 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:18 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:18 EST Hello hi my name is shanna and I'm excited to start sparkle. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:02:44 EST starting fresh willy, im tracy. <BR> I'm tryingtoloseweight and keep it off. I've lost weight in the past, but seem to put it all back on easily. looking for lifestyle changes and support. hoping joining sparks eill help. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:38:57 EST Set to find myself during 2013! Hi, I'm Kim - a 30-something married mom of 2 from Southern NJ who has already lost over 60 lbs, but still have about 50 to go before I hit my goal! Once I got below 200 lbs for the first time in my adult life, I treated myself and became a Licensed Zumba Instructor. I am pleased with myself but still have a ways to go! I have gotten to a point in my life where its time for me to begin toning the flab LOL. <BR> <BR> I enjoy crock pot cooking, and am always looking for healthy recipes that ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:51:05 EST low libido Emotionally I am quite frustrated - I have very low libido for some reason and it is frustrating my bf and also myself. I am only 24 and I am getting married soon and it is looking as a problem. When I am with him I do not feel into it. He is a great partner and it isn't that I am not attracted to him. I just do not feel up to it. Any help? I do not know if it is in my mind due to the fact that I am not comfortable with my body Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:13:24 EST Ready for a new year and a new start I have joined SparkPeople to help me get motivated to get back in gear, over the last 2 years I have lost over 100 lbs but still have a long ways to go. I have struggled the last 6 months and want to get back on track for myself as well as to be a better Mom and wife. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:07:54 EST Need all the help and support I can get. My weight has been up and down all my life. I am tired of feeling as if I am wasting the good, God-given health I have been blessed with. Just want to do this like everything else--one day at a time. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:25:11 EST I can do this! Hello, I'm Brandy 38 years old, from Northern Michigan, mother of two girls, grandmother of two active boys. My goals..... <BR> Get Healthy <BR> Lose Weight <BR> Keep up with Grandkids, sure there are more to come!!! <BR> Make my 40s GREAT!!!! <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:45:41 EST Bloggers and those who read them. I just posted another Blog. I dont know if I am going to do these things daily or weekly but I hope you guys will like them. I this is my first attempt to blog about anything so, some positive support would really be nice. <BR> <BR> thank you in adavance. <BR> Zach Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:43:13 EST Ms Hall Hi I just wanted to give this a try. Just had a baby % months ago I gained 70 pounds now I want to lose some but at a healthy pace. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:29:31 EST Hi Hi my name is Elizabeth and this is my first day on this web site with the hope it can help me loose some weight and get healthy in the new year. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:16:28 EST hi im oksana Okay I really want and need to lose weight I've tried fasting but it made me sick/: so I'm hoping this works I'm new at this o I don't know What to do or where to find the stuff know here.. I'm so lost /: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 04:57:32 EST HEALTHY HI,I'M LINDA AND WILL NEED ALL THE HELP AND FRIENDS I CAN GET .REALLY NEED TO LOSE 53 POUNDS SO HELP HELP HELP!!! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 01:44:42 EST getting started is hard this is so hard for me to admit, I am sitting here struggling not to eat anything else tonight because i am almost over my goal count. today is my first day and it is very hard. someone please help me. <BR> . Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:45:16 EST Hello All Hello Teammates!!!!!! <BR> Just a quick hello to get started... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:35:24 EST new to the program I am new to this site and was wondering what everyone has found that works and any good tips Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:30:28 EST New Member all you members that have been here for awhile must be sick of all the new member posts since the 1st! SORRY! So cliche i know but its my new years resolution to get healthy and sexy for me AND my husband! I had a baby a year ago and my weight has slowly creeped up to almost 200 lbs! We found out our youngest son Christopher who was just born on Nov 21, 2011 was blind when he was about 4.5 months old. The first two weeks after getting this life altering news my husband and i didnt even eat or... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:09:55 EST Kathy My Name is Kathy I'm 51 years old and over weight. I have moderate to sever depression. My life style is not healthy. Thats why I came to Sparkpeople. I really want to try and change the way I eat. It will not only help me but my husnbend as well. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:06:27 EST Cautiously excited to start this journey... again! Hi everyone! I'm a teacher in my late 20s, have been married for almost 4 years and have been desperately trying for a baby for a year now with no happy results. I'm ready to focus more on my own health in hopes of finally having a healthy pregnancy and baby. I have a long journey to my ultimate goals, but I have to start somewhere! Hopeing to find some support and motivation through sparkpeople. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:59:19 EST Tami Hi, My name is Tami and I am new to the site. I am trying HARD to lose my extra weight and being a diabetic it has been a rough time for me. I was told about this website and support system and hope that it works for me and helps! I have looked through some of the reciepes and so far they look great! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:24:35 EST Hello all! Today was my first day! I have welcomed 2013 with open arms and an open mind. I have a lot of layers to shed; some emotional and obviously some of another kind......blubber. <BR> <BR> I have always struggled to maintain a healthy weight, as I am sure many on here have. I have decided this year is the year that I will get off of this hamster wheel. I am going to look at food in an entirely different way, that is the only way I will be able to break this cycle that I have been on for far too ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:49:41 EST Hello Hi! This is the first time I have ever done anything like this. I figure if I want to make a change I have to try things differently. Recently I moved to a new state, started a new job, bought a house and several other things. With all this going on the focus on myself got pushed aside and I need to refocus. I look forward to chatting with you all. Have a great day! <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:06:06 EST Feeling Fit My name is Gwendolyn and I just joined the fitnes challenge. I recently lost someone close to me and been very down in the dumps. I need to get motivated to lose weight and get fit. Its been a rough time and I have very low energy. I need all the support in the world right now. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:24:57 EST lactose and gluten intolerance Can anyone help me get these criteria into my program? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:47:46 EST Starting new (again) Hi everyone, my name is Tammie and I live in Ocala, Florida, I am mom to 4 amazingly wonderful kids and I want to be around to see them make their dreams come true. In mid 2011 I started to suffer from some strange issues and it caused me to have to take a leave of absence from work in Dec 2011. Now I have officially been out of work over a year, I did go back to school to earn a degree but in the process of all this, I have gained more than 50 pounds and feel myself teetering on the edge of ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:11:59 EST Rosered53 I'm Rosemary. I have almost made it to 5 years cancer free. I am in desperate need to lose weight for self gratification as well as improved health. I stumbled on this site and it looks great. Thank you all for the notes. That was wonderful! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:39:42 EST Happy New Year, New Team! I'm not new to SP, but new to this team. I changed my name for this year. I used to be RUBYEAGLE 40, then RUBYEAGLE 127, but I decided to be an eagle in progress. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:27:43 EST Happy New Year here I come. Starting over! Happy New year everyone! I am 52 years old and am joining to lose weight, be more consistent with exercise. Could sure use some support as I have difficulty with staying motivated. I have had problems with weight off and on, but as I get older I do find it is easier to gain and harder to lose. I want to stop yo-yo dieting and lead a healthy lifestyle. Look forward to being part of your community! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:05:11 EST New to Spark People Hello! My name is Susan. I am 39 years old and the mother to an awesome 14 year old. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I have about 170 pounds to lose. I look forward to making a lot of friends and getting/giving lots of support. I hope to hear from you, till then HAPPY NEW YEAR! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:18:03 EST Howdy and Happy 2013 from The New Girl I joined Sparkpeople because I really need to find friends who understand the importance of diet and exercise. I'd appreciate all of the motivation and suggestions you have, as I left all of my support systems back East when I moved to Southern Illinois. Also I'd appreciate info from locals about free/budget-friendly family fitness activities and physical activities for singles. Thanks :) Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:17:04 EST I'm embarking on a journey to lose 78 lbs!!!! My h Hi I'm Ginger. I'm going to lose 78 lbs. My weight has slipped up after marrying my husband. He lost 100 lbs but my weight keeps edging up. I'm ready to be serious now. I'm gonna be faithful to this page so that I'll have some accountability and a group of people with common goals. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:13:41 EST New of Wisconsin Hi everyone, <BR> I joined to lose a lot of weight. I'm hoping this site will help me with this. I need to do this for my health but have never been motivated enough, but now I am! I'm dedicated to succeeding this time. I want to thank you all in advance for your support!!! <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:58:46 EST Hi Thanks for the opportunity to join. Still learning all this site has to offer. Look forward to any tips you have. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:48:37 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi everyone! I just joined SP today. My name is Lo, I'm 30 years old and I'm looking to lose 32lbs before my 31st birthday in May. I hope to use SP to establish a strong base of support and motivation for myself, as I don't seem to get much of that in my "real" life. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and I hope to get to know everyone! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:34:16 EST intro I am hoping that this will be the year that I can lose the weight that I have gained since having my three girls. I work full time and then use most of my free time running the girls from activity to activity. This year I am really going to try to work on spending a little time on me without feeling totally guilty. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:18:30 EST HI! Hi everyone! I am new to all of this but I want to lose weight and get healthy in 2013. I am hoping to meet some nice encouraging people to help motivate me and I would also love to help motivate others as well. :-) My name is Brook, I live close to Richmond Va! Looking forward to his journey! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:30:24 EST An Introduction 1) WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes. A French Tennis player <BR> <BR> 2) DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 3) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL/BREAKFAST FOOD? <BR> I love steel cut oats with cinnamon and raisins. I also eat this as a snack sometimes. <BR> <BR> 4) DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? <BR> Not usually. I double note my shoes, so it takes too long to untie or either I am just to impatient. <BR> <BR> 5) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? <BR> Body ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:46:29 EST Healthier Me! This 2013 I want to be a better, healthier me! I've struggled with my weight for nearly a decade. Since I was a thinner woman until after the mid-life births of my children, I don't have a history of being athletic or active. I could always "eat what I wanted" and not gain weight. Not th healthiest approach to food and exercise, but it's what I lived through my mid-thirties. Soooooo, here I am, accessing the support and tools of this friendly site. Planning that this year of my big 55 w... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:37:30 EST Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I am a mom of 2 kids 7 & 6 I do in home daycare and I am trying to get back in shape shed a few pounds and train for my first half marathon in April! I am looking for support and encouragement!! I hope everyone has a great new years day!! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:36:00 EST Teri326 Hi my name is Teri and this is my first time using this program, It seems to be good. I have not started yet- trying to get over the Flu. Wishme luck. I can't wait to get started. <BR> <BR> Teri Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:59:48 EST New comer to the site Hi my name is Krystal and I am new to the site. I am happy to see alot of you doing great and keep up the great work. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:55:00 EST Hi, I'm Patti I'm glad to be here. My track record in the weight loss department is not so good, so I'm hoping the online interaction will help me to be more successful. I have a long way to go, but I'm a quilter, so I can set goals, see incremental changes and be happy without receiving instant gratification. Onward to a more healthy me! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:40:26 EST Liza Blessed Hello, starting my NEW YEAR off right with Spark People. :-) Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:51:08 EST Looking for Weight Loss Buddy Hi. I'm a 41 year old father living in Dublin. Although I have always been on the heavy side, this is the heaviest I have ever been and am worried that if I don't address it in a meaningful way that it will just become a bigger (excuse the pun) problem. I'm mostly just looking for someone who is on a similar journey as all my friends and family do not need to lose weight. They are supportive but I think a fellow traveller will be a real motivation. I was quite fit before and think I can get t... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:41:14 EST Need your support to do this Hi !! My name is Shirley and I joined sparkpeople because I hear it's the best place to get the support when trying to lose weight...My goal is to lose 71lbs by September of 2013...My interest is meeting new friends that I can share my goals with and making new friends in the process...I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and I love yardsales... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:29:38 EST Hello Hello! I am Rosamond. I'm brand new to Spark People so I am still working my way around! I'm excited to start 2013 on the right foot. I need to lose at least 20 pounds and think that the motivation from people like you will help me to do just that! I look forward to getting to know each of you. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:27:27 EST HI HI everybody, im a 23 year old french student. i just have a kidney transplantation (2months ago) so my body really change with all the medications and perfusions i had. I am not overweight at all so I'm not here to lose weigh just want to have a healthier lifestyle (food, sport....) in order to keep my body in shape and above all to keep my new kidney in a good health !!!!:) <BR> love from paris! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:19:46 EST Hi Everyone! I'm not completely new to SparkPeople, but I'm just getting back to my weight loss goals with the end of the holiday and new year. Since I've last been on SparkPeople I've gotten married :) -- I look forward to meeting new people that share a goal of losing some of those unwanted lbs! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:49:37 EST Jumping on the New Years Resolution Bandwagon Hi everyone! My name is Abby. I am hoping to use the "New Year's high" to get me started! I am excited to make some friends and find support. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:26:57 EST Jumping on the New Years Resolution Bandwagon Hi everyone! I am hoping to use the "New Year's high" to get me started! I need all the help I can get! I am excited to meet people and find support. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:19:30 EST intro Hi everyone. I'm a mom, a student, and I have a tiny urban farm in northern California. I need to get my butt back in to shape so I can be an active and energetic mom and farmhand. I'm looking to connect with people for support and also looking for some crunchy organic friends to connect with. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:26 EST MariaT Hey Strivers and Survivors, I'm a newbie to SP. I'm looking forward to becoming healthy and giving myself another SOLID chance so I don't have to resort to WLS. Let 2013 be my/our year to follow through for US! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:58:04 EST 50 and ready for fab! just today. hooray! looking forward to a new year. hopefully, better fit and toned. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:54:56 EST Happy New Year Being here is not a new year resolution but a great way to kick start 2013. As everything in my life, I gave up before even start, I want to be a better person not just for me or for my kids but to everyone around me... Could be you... Losing weight will not make me a better person but will give me the confidence not to hide and just maybe not wanting to be alone... Happy new year everyone... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:46:05 EST Brighter Shade of Green Starting the year healthier and happier I know I have all the support I need right Here! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:26:23 EST Getting healthy in 2013! Hey everyone! Excited to try this! Have quite a bit of weight to lose, and would really like to regain some energy! Dealing with Hashimotos and would love to hear from anyone with similar issues! :) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:42:21 EST Newbie I am a 42 year old mother of 4 ages 25, 22, 14, and 12, grandma to 2. I have been with my hubby for 16 years and married for 10. My husband is amazing, he says "I married you for better or for worse, i am not going anywhere" (What a man) I am here to make the best of 2013. I want to lose weight for my happiness and for my family as well. I look forward to what 2013 has to being. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:36:36 EST Hello! SparkPeople Noob Here! :o) Hiya, my name is Jen. I am 32 years old. And I'm looking to have my clothing fit better! LoL. I would like to loose 40 pounds; goal weight being 165. I am also thinking of signing up my 9 year old daughter to this site so she can track her eatting habits; as she is a tad over weight as well. I think she will love this site as much as I do! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:44:36 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Debbie and I have had Spark as my home page for a year or more. lol. I have never been consistant about recording, if fact have done it very little. Spark People however, has been a great motivator and encouragement to me. I have recently achieved a life long goal of mine, getting my Master's degree in Counseling. I am now working as a crisis counselor and it is very stressful. I have gained weight (that is added to my baby weight which began in 1985, eek!) and of coarse as stre... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:51:14 EST Hi Everyone!!!!! It's been a long time coming, but I finally said enough is enough. I'm 29, with 4 beautiful kids, and a wonderful husband. I couldn't imagine life without them and I wouldn't want them to have to live without me. So it's up to me to get healthier so I can be here to see my children, children get married and have children. Women in my family have a short life spand, so I'm in this for a lifestyle change, not just a DIET. If I can help anyone on their journey to weightlose please don't hesitat... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:50:25 EST ~ <em>334</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:24:33 EST hey everybody Hi my name is becky, im 24, im new to spark people. I have 4 children total 2 of my own (3,9) and 2 step (7,10). I got married in july but have been with my husband for 7 years now. My ultimate goal is to just be healthier but would love to lose about 40lbs. I am 24 weigh 188.25 right now this is the heaviest i have ever been even while pregnant. I work full time mid-8am as a cna on a long term psych unit. I have already had problems with cholesterol and my thyroid and am predisposed to diab... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:10:22 EST Hello there! Hello Im annie ive been overweight most of my life, ive lost 28 pounds in the past 2 months but need more motivation and support so hopefully i find it here, this means more to me than just getting skinny but be healthier and happier! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:37:52 EST New Member Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste. I am 27 years old. I'm currently 205 lbs which at 5'1 is not a good thing. <BR> I am an emotional eater and have been for years. When I turned 27, back in April, I had to quit karate shortly afterwards due to both of my knees going out. They've been sore ever since. <BR> <BR> I am tired of looking in the mirror and being ashamed. I have been a part of SP in the past, but I am back and I am BEYOND ready to change my life for good! <BR> <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 01:55:29 EST Hello from Louisiana I'm from north Louisiana. I'm 44 years old, mom to two boys, and married for 18 1/2 years to my college sweetie. I need to lose 40 lbs. I've just joined Weight Watchers. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting fit together! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:33:27 EST I'm new. Hi I'm Miranda. I am 32 and a mother of 2 beautiful little girls. I need and want to be strong and healthy for both myself and them. I am so excited. I am ready to kick a**. Not to mention I feel like I have lost my "mojo" and I want that back. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:47:08 EST HI HI...IM ANGELICA IM 25 YRS OLD AND I HAVE A 3YR OLD DAUGHTER..MY GOALS ARE TO GET IN SHAPE AND GET DOWN TO MY GOAL WEIGHT..IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SOMETIME NOW..BUT I FEEL LIKE I AM AT THE POINT THAT I CAN REALLY STICK TO IT. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:41:48 EST flowdisk I've made up my mind not to buy any new cloths untill I'm down to my target weight,starting january 2nd.I know I'll get there. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:49:04 EST Hello! Hello, I have already lost 14 lbs from just working out but now i am at the point where i am not seeing any results and i need help and some ideas on eating healthier that is my main problem why i have not lost any more well so i think. My problem is i can eat ok for a few days and then get bored of what im eating. Any Ideas? HELP!!! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:41:13 EST NISE i AM A BRAZILIAN WOMAN INTERESTING IN FRIENDS AND BE A BETTER PERSON Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:33:15 EST Hi I'm Staci Hi everyone! My name is Staci and I have been heavy my entire life. I just turned 40 this past June and my husband and I want to have a baby. I want to lose weight for my own health to be able to have a baby, be a good mom, and be around for all the important stages of my life and my child's life. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Staci Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:36:36 EST My 2013 Makeover Hi! My name is Mary and I am trying new things for the new year. I am looking forward, not behind and am feeling optamistic about reaching my health and fitness goals. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:36:24 EST Weight Loss Rewards What are some good weight loss goal rewards? I have always had trouble staying on track, so I thought I'd try some Goal Rewards this time. Any ideas? Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:51:48 EST Happy New Year I'm a 48 yr old, married, mom of 3 teen sons, nursing student. To lose 50 lbs I need to exercize more, ugh, and eat less per meal. My house is a mess, and I want an even better relationship with my husband. I'm looking forward to improving all these things a little at a time. I think the challenges could work for me. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:32:46 EST Hi! Mom of 10 needs help to improve life I am a mom of 10, my oldest is 20, my youngest is 4 months. I need to loose 100 pounds and get my blood pressure and cholesterol under control, however i have a bad habit of neglecting myself, my needs. My mother passed in 2002, and she was my best friend. I have had increasingly more episodes with depression and social anxiety, and food seems to be my comfort. I have no close friends or family, besides my own children. I figured i would give this site a try. I really think if i improve... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:01:27 EST Week #1 Challenge – ON YOUR MARK! Dec 30 – Jan 5 Weekly challenges are designed to help you: <BR> <BR> 1) Learn about Spark People tools and community <BR> 2) Work toward making healthful habits, behaviors and actions that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> 3) Focus on setting small attainable goals <BR> <BR> This week's challenge: <BR> <BR> 1) "Living the good life" Challenge – Drink WATER <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Target 6-8 Cups daily <BR> <BR> Drink water throughout the day, before, and during meals to help... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:51:17 EST SP12 January Calendar 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:04:47 EST 25 Questions - ice breaker In hopes of getting to know each other better, please answer these questions. Simply copy the list and paste in your reply then answer them best you can. There are not right or wrong answers! <BR> <BR> 1) WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> <BR> 2) DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> <BR> 3) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL/BREAKFAST FOOD? <BR> <BR> 4) DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? <BR> <BR> 5) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? <BR> <BR> 6) WHAT IS THE MOST FAVORITE THIN... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:20:17 EST Good Habits to work on A friend shared this and I thought it was worth sharing. Hope you do too! <BR> <BR> If you want to be successful... Your Habits Should Be Positive And Successful! <BR> <BR> Good intentions are never enough when it comes to weight loss and lifestyle changes! The habits that you form early on and continue to use throughout your lifestyle change will be the habits that you'll keep. <BR> <BR> First you make your habits, and then your habits make you. <BR> <BR> If you form a habit of eating a... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:16:55 EST Today I am happy/sad because ... Fill in the sentence. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:33:55 EST Where are you from? Tell us what area, state, or country you live in! <BR> <BR> I live in Columbus, Georgia, USA. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:32:51 EST Emoticon how your day is going Choose an emoticon (or words if you prefer) to show how your day is going! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:23:13 EST How many points on the Spark Wheel? When you log in you have a chance to spin the wheel for points. What did you get today? Be sure to include bonus points if you earn them! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:00:37 EST Tip of the Day Tip of the Day #1 <BR> To add a friend to your Sparkpage, go to their page and click on the "add a friend" button on the top righthand side! In order for someone to befriend you, you have to have a Sparkpage. If your page is set to private (a default that can be changed,) they will have to wait for confirmation. Support from our friends is very important to our success! Keeping your page public is a great way to get virtual goodies and encouragement from others! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:59:20 EST Post your questions here Spark is awesome but can be confusing! What question do you have? Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:58:00 EST Chatting about life What is happening in your life? Worried about something? Hopeful about something? Discuss here and we can try to help or encourage you! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:54:34 EST PLAN! PLAN! PLAN! Wise words from a friend of mine: <BR> <BR> You have goals... goals that define who you are! As you know, successful people follow their plans and keep updating their plans to achieve their goals! The question I have for you today is... how often do you change your plans ...updating the path of success to achieve your goals! <BR> <BR> Think about it! When you first started in Spark People or even before Spark People did you set out to lose weight for a specific reason only to find out that ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:52:45 EST